Field Trips

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

Dinosaurs: Just Imagine! and Dinosaur Chronicles

Aspiring paleontologists will witness the intersection of science and imagination as they learn how scientists piece together fossil clues to uncover how dinosaurs looked, ate and lived in a dinosaur double feature at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. The "Dinosaurs: Just Imagine" exhibit includes animatronic dinosaurs and opportunities for hands-on play while digging for fossils and assembling skeletons. Within the museum's Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium, visitors can learn more about Earth 65 million years ago and possible reasons for the dinosaurs' extinction with "The Dinosaur Chronicles."

February 21 through May 25, Public Museum of Grand Rapids, 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, 616-456-3977. Museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit is $2 after regular admission; planetarium show is $3.

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Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race

What happens when science is corrupted by destructive ideology? The Detroit Science Center attempts to address this issue with an investigation into Nazi Germany's abuse of scientific principles to legitimize violence and genocide. Originally exhibited at the United States Holocaust Museum, "Deadly Medicine" features historical artifacts and photos documenting the Third Reich's quest for racial purity through "scientific" social engineering.

Through March 1, 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. Admission included with regular admission. This exhibit is not recommended for children under 13.

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Mid-Michigan Children's Museum

The state's newest museum specializes in offerings for children and their families. The "Aunt Sugar's Farm" exhibit shows children how food products like potatoes and sugar make the journey from the ground to their kitchen shelves and emphasizes the importance of nutrition and eating healthy foods. "Car Works" gives pint-sized visitors a look at the auto industry with a car-themed playground that introduces basic physics. Other areas of the museum explore water, Michigan's seasons and the human body.

Mid-Michigan Children's Museum, 315 West Genesee, Saginaw, MI 48602, phone 989-399-6626. Museum is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 p.m.-6 p.m.

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