Field Trips

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

Lizards and Snakes: Alive!Squamate

EARLESS HEARING, THIRD "eyes" and 3-D infrared vision may sound like science fiction superpowers or characteristics of mythical beasts, but these are all real traits of various snakes and lizards from around the world. Over 60 of these reptiles, known as squamates because of their scaly skin, have made the Midland Center for the Arts their temporary home. The exhibit features creatures from five continents, including 20-foot pythons, color-changing chameleons and venomous gila monsters.
Through May 3. Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W. St. Andrews, Midland, Mich., 989-631-5930. Museum open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit free with regular admission.
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Detroit Science CenterStar Trek: The Exhibition

THE DETROIT SCIENCE Center blasts off with an exhibit based on the popular television show and movie franchise. While current technology hasn't yet created phasers or holodecks, visitors can walk on a replica of the famous Enterprise bridge from the original series and experience warp speed with the help of a spaceflight simulator. The exhibit also features memorabilia from the fictional universe that has inspired generations to look to the stars and explore new technological frontiers.

Through Sept. 7, 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. $18.95 for adults and $14.95 for children and seniors, which includes museum admission. Call 313.577.8400 for discounted group rates.

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Hatching the Past

IN THIS EXHIBIT at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, visitors can look at real dinosaur eggs and learn about the evolutionary history of the egg, which has undergone drastic changes and played an important role in the diversity of life on earth. The exhibit demonstrates similarities and differences with bird eggs and also features a collection of baby Protoceratops fossils.

Through Sept. 7. 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. Exhibit free with regular admission.