If you need are looking for things to do in Detroit with kids, the Cranbrook Institute of Science is always a great weekend destination.
The Museum of Natural History (39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills MI) offers hands-on science experiments, the chance to learn the story behind the stars in its planetarium and quite a few bats in its Bat Zone.
While exhibits at the Museum generally rotate, there are some permanent exhibitions and galleries that are always open. These include:
The Story of Us
The Story of Us showcases the best of the Museum’s nationally-regarded anthropology collection and offers an immersion experience to its kid visitors. Children can experience the best of the Institute with the help of a virtual holographic-like personal guide and use individual touch-screen interfaces to learn more about objects that interest them.
Life Changes Over Time
Ever wanted to meet a Tyrannosaurus Rex face-to-face? Thankfully, while that is probably never going to happen, the next best thing might be to get up and close and personal with a T-Rex skeleton.
Ice Ages Come And Go
This weather exhibit presents climatic variations that have buried Michigan under ice over and over again. Interactive exhibits teach Institute patrons about how the seasons work and heat distribution across the world.
Flint Anthropology Gallery
The newest gallery at the Cranbrook Institute of Science features more than 100 Native American objects from the Institute’s collections.
The Motion Gallery
Kids won’t find physics so scare after trying hands-on experiments that demonstrate the concepts behind motion.
Every Rock Has a Story
While studying rocks might seem boring, the Institute definitely disproves this misconception. Was Michigan once located on a tropical beach? Will California eventually succumb to the Pacific Ocean? This exhibit attempts to answer all these questions.
The Astronomy Lobby includes ViewSpace, a self-updating exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Mineral Study Gallery
The Cranbrook’s founder, George Booth, started this mineral collection in 1926 with only a few hundred specimens and now it has grown to more than 11,000 specimens.
Water is Like Nothing Else
The power of H20 is examined and studied to see how it is able to make a storm and also how much of the human body it accounts for.
For more information about the Cranbrook Institute Of Science, visit science.cranbrook.edu