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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceSeptember 2013
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Institute Closure
PNC Bank's Mobile Learning Adventure
Diamonds at Twilight, Stars at Night
Great Lakes Bat Festival
Halloween Science
Dinosaurs-The Lost World
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Institute Closure-School Year Hours Resume

No MACSO Free First Friday in September


Please note that the Institute of Science will be closed for its annual cleaning and maintenance starting Labor Day and will reopen to public on Tuesday, September 2. We will remain closed to the public on Mondays during the school year except during holiday breaks.  Due to the closure there will be no MASCO Free First Friday event in September.  

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As part of an educational community, life at Cranbrook Institute of Science feels very academic at times. Despite what people often think, and ask, we are not off all summer although most of us manage vacations at some point. But there's definitely always a "gearing up for back-to-school" as August sets in and Explorer Camp winds down. And this year, end of summer and September, usually a quieter month, is very busy.


We start with a pre-Labor Day event courtesy of PNC Bank when the PNC "Mobile Learning Adventure" rolls into Cranbrook. This free event encourages adult-child interaction and offers care givers ideas to make every day a learning experience.


We close to the public the first week in September for our annual maintenance. This year's major project is replacement of some of the original 1932 windows on the second floor!  Mid-month, we join our colleagues at the House and Gardens to give our visitors one of those Cranbrook-unique experiences when we offer an opportunity to explore both the gardens at Cranbrook House and the Institute of Science after hours on a fall evening.  


Later in the month, the Bat Festival offers the perfect tease for the Institute's most popular annual event, Halloween Science. Due to the requests we have received, we have already begun registration for this event.


We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events or during a visit to our current exhibition Dinosaurs-The Lost World.


Go Science!

FREE "Learning is All Around Me!" Program on August 30 and 31 


PNC Bank's Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) rolls into Cranbrook institute of Science on August 30 and 31 from 10am-4pm offering FREE family fun each day. "Learning is All Around Me!"is a traveling exhibit that provides parents and caregivers the chance to engage in fun activities with their children. The MLA includes interactive kiosks and the "When I Grow Up" station, where kids dress up as different professionals and have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background.In addition, parents take home activity books and learning kits that demonstrate how to make everyday moments into learning opportunities. A part of PNC Grow Up Great - a $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. "Learning is All Around Me!" is a FREE event. Special institute activities are included in this event. Museum admission is extra. For more information visit

Experience a Fall Evening at Cranbrook during "Diamonds at Twilight, Stars at Night"   


Discover the beauty of Cranbrook Gardens, and the wonder of Cranbrook Institute of Science all in one evening on Thursday, September 12 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm during "Diamonds at Twilight, Stars at Night."  Light Hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to learn about the diamond pattern created in the sunken garden using 10,000 begonia plants, is followed by dessert, a visit to the Observatory, and an after-hours tour at the Institute of Science. Special displays in the greenhouse and a chance to see artifacts from the Institute's collections not normally on view are also part of the evening. Tickets for this rare event are $50 each for Cranbrook Institute of Science or House and Gardens Members, and $55 each for the general public. Advance registration by September 4 is required. Cash bar. To reserve your place, please call 249 645.3149 or click here

FREE Annual Great Lakes Bat Festival Explores the World of the Creatures of the Night  


Discover the World of Bats at the 2013 Great Lakes Bat Festival at the Southfield Pavilion on Saturday, September 28 from 10am to 7 p.m.  This annual event explores the unique role of bats as an insect eater in the Great Lakes Ecosystem, and dispels myths that generate needless fears about bats. Activities include the chance to build a bat house, observe live birds of prey, explore a "bat cave" and more. Experts and guest lectures will take participants into the world of these important and often misunderstood animals. Southfield Pavilion is located at 26000 Evergreen Road in Southfield, MI. For more information visit here. 

Spooktacular Science at Cranbrook!


Halloween Science

Bats, owls, screaming ghosts, blazing pumpkins, cockroach races-it's Halloween Science 2013 on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 2-4pm or 6-8pm!

This popular annual event is the creepiest and just-scary-enough educational experience the Institute offers. Halloween Science features Dr. Kelp with the results of his latest expedition in South America, science demo stations (dry ice, pyro pumpkins, hair raising Van de Graaff generator and a roaming ninja), make and take activities, and much more!  Throughout the event the Institute's three-ton trebuchet will hurl objects into the air! Costumes are encouraged! Tickets for pre-registered attendees are $13 per child and $2 per adult for Members, and $16 per child and $5 per adult for the general public Pre-registration closes at 5pm Thursday, October 17.

Only pre-registered guests are guaranteed a goodie bag. Walk-up tickets are an additional $3 each at the start of the event and availability is not guaranteed.


The Institute will be closed from 5pm Thursday, October 17 until 2pm on Saturday, October, 19.  Register by calling 248.645.3210 or online

Dinosaurs-The Lost World Brings the Cretaceous to Cranbrook!


The roar of the dinosaurs at Cranbrook continues! Taking the visitor back to the Cretaceous Period, The Lost World reveals the incredible diversity of dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and marine reptiles of western North America and includes many specimens never before exhibited in Michigan. Assembled from one of the world's most significant private fossil collections, The Hankla Collection, The Lost World features more than 60 complete skeletal mounts of research quality casts and several real skeletons, five types of fossil eggs, skin impressions, plants, and invertebrates displayed in three galleries covering over 6,000 square feet. Traveling through time guests will marvel at a 36 foot long molded track way of four dinosaurs and traces of other contemporary animals, discover a four- by eight-foot slab of sandstone loaded with real fossil bones preserved in coastal lagoon storm deposits, including numerous Edmontosaurus and T. rex bones and teeth, venture into the children's area where excavation activities focus on the work of paleontologists and geologists, and much more!  


Dinosaurs-The Lost World is free with admission and is presented by TruVista Wealth Advisors, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial, and supported by ITC, Denso and Meadowbrook Insurance Group.