Field Trips

Area science museums host special programs of interest to budding scientists and their families

Cranbrook Institute of Science
Cranbrook Institute of Science

DinosauRevolution

Would-be paleontologists and their parents can experience the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods by traversing a maze filled with hands-on activities covering 150 million years of dinosaur history. The exhibit also features a fossil dig.

May 25 – Sept. 3, 2007, Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248-645-3200. Museum is open Saturday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost: $8 adults; $6 seniors and kids; free for children aged 2 and under.

fossilized egg
fossilized egg

For more information, go to http://science.cranbrook.edu/common/news_detail.asp?L1=7&L2=0&newsid=257882.


Hatching the Past

This interactive exhibit features real fossils, including the 75 million-year-old fossilized egg laid by a titanosaur in Argentina; a nest of eggs laid by a duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur; and the nearly 18-inch eggs laid by the ostrich-like, carnivorous oviraptor — the longest dinosaur eggs yet discovered. A video display introduces guests to "Baby Louie," the nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo (shown top right) discovered in China by Charlie Magovern in 1993.

Sept. 2007 – May 2008, Impression 5 Museum, 200 Museum Drive, Lansing, 517-485-8116. Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

For more information go to http://www.impression5.org.


Nine Eight Planets and Counting

How many planets in our solar system? It was widely believed to be nine before Pluto lost its planetary designation last year. But the actual number of planets orbiting our sun may be 10, 12 or even more. The planetarium show Nine Eight Planets and Counting offers a fascinating look at the latest discoveries about the solar system.

Opens Sept. 15, 2007, The New Detroit Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit, 313-577-8400. Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

For more information go to http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org/events/htm.