Field Trips

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

Planetarium at the Detroit Science Center presents "Black Holes." This three-dimensional journey explains what black holes are, shows how they are formed and explores whether or not Earth could be swallowed by one. Viewers will discover that nothing — not even light — can escape the mysterious pull of black holes.

For show times, visit or call 313-577-8400. Detroit Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit, Mich., 48202. Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed on Monday. Adults: $13.95; children (2-12) and seniors (60+): $11.95.

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THE ALDEN B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in Midland is featuring "Waterworks: Soak Up the Science!" Visitors can make a rainbow, play water pinball, pilot a model submarine, and learn about water cycles and transformations through the adventures of "Walter the Water Molecule." Interactive exhibits show how to harness the power of water and describe the importance of water's role in everyday life. 

Runs through April 25, 2010. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, 1801 W. Saint Andrews Rd., Midland, Mich., 48640. Museum is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (through April 25); Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Adults: $8; children (4-14): $5. Call 989-631-8250 or 800-523-7649. 

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IMPRESSION 5 IN Lansing is hosting "Your Spitting Image," a traveling exhibit devoted to oral health. The exhibit not only promotes proper oral hygiene, it also explores the fascinating world of forensic dentistry and the wonders of saliva. Visitors discover how forensic scientists make identifications using dental records and DNA samples collected from toothbrushes. Hands-on displays reveal the remarkable properties of saliva. Visitors learn how much saliva humans produce each day, peer through a magnifying glass at saliva molecules and discover how saliva can be used as a diagnostic tool.

Runs through August 2010. Impression 5 Science Center, 200 Museum Dr., Lansing, Mich., 48933. Center is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Adults and children (5 and up): $5; children under 5: pay your age; seniors: $4.50. AAA members receive 10 percent discount. Call 517-485-8116, ext. 32.

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of Science and Cranbrook Art Museum present "Cape Farewell: Art and Climate Change." In 2002, artists and scientists traveled on a schooner to the Arctic. Cape Farewell features the results of this mission with photography, video, installations and prints. 

Runs through June 13, 2010. Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 48303. Institute is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Adults: $9.50; children (2-12) and seniors (65+): $7.50. Call 248-645-3200.

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