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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceSeptember 2015
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BATS: Superheroes of the Night
Celebrate the Lunar Eclipse
Halloween Science
Fright After Dark
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BATS: Superheroes of the Night Soar into Cranbrook Institute of Science

Cranbrook Institute of Science reveals the mysterious realm of the most misunderstood animals on our planet when BATS: Superheroes of the Night opens on September 26. BATS: Superheroes of the Night was created especially for the Institute of Science by the Organization for Bat Conservation and features the bats from the Bat Zone. The exhibition uses a comic superhero theme to playfully demonstrate why bats are important, what is threatening them, and how kids and adults can help save these pollinators, insect eaters, and forest regenerators. Visitors will be introduced to three superhero bats and their corresponding villains, and leave armed with the knowledge they need to be superheroes to bats. This is an all age's experience. BATS: Superheroes of the Night continues through June 2016. Admission is $5 for the general public, $4 for members, and $3 for seniors and children 2-12 plus museum admission. Children under 2 are free. On Saturday, September 26 from 10am until 5pm the Institute will offer admission to the museum, BATS: Superheroes of the Night, and the Organization for Bat Conservation's 14th Annual Great Lakes Bat Festival for just $15 per person. Ages 2 and under are free.

Celebrate the Lunar Eclipse

Join scientists, astronomers, educators and star gazing zealots as we celebrate the lunar eclipse during a spectacular astronomy-themed party atCranbrook on Sunday, September 27. Visit the planetarium, stop at the hands-on activity tables, visit the observatory, and check out our nocturnal friends - all in one night! If the weather is clear enough, we'll use telescopes to zoom in on this blood moon that will be in total eclipse for more than an hour! The part starts and 6:30pm and continues until 11:30. Preregistered tickets are $12 for Members and $18 for non-members. Walk-ins are an additional $5 at the door. Register online. Please note the Institute will be closed until 6:30pm the day of the event.
Halloween Science Celebrates the Science of the Scary
It's time for the creepiest, coolest, scariest, science fun of the year when the Institute of Science presents Halloween Science. Vampire Bats, screaming ghosts, hands-on activities, Trebuchet launches, cockroach races, and a haunted roller coaster ride in the planetarium are part of the Institute's 2015 Halloween Science event. Join zany Dr. Kelp as he presents Cranbrook Ground Zero and see if his theory that an asteroid will strike Cranbrook during Halloween Science is true! Costumes are encouraged. New this year, a Friday evening event on October 16 at 6:30pm, and two sessions on Saturday, October 17 at 11am and 3:30pm, makes planning easy and flexible. Join us for the ultimate in scientific seasonal fun! Register now.

Celebrate Halloween During Fright After Dark

Celebrate Halloween During Fright After Dark CIS After Dark returns for the 2015-2016 season to investigate the science of scary with Fright, an evening of Halloween fun for adults 21+ on Thursday, October 15 from 7-11pm. Spooky science experiments, creepy conversations, Fright-themed cocktails and food, and the chance to make glow-in-the-dark slime will make for a frightfully good time. Dr. Christine Rabinak (Assistant Professor, WSU Department of Pharmacy Practice) joins us to discuss the human response to scary stimuli. University of Detroit Mercy Chem Club will bring startling chemistry demonstrations. Spirit Hunter Sandy Lyons, and Skeptic Robert Elmouchi take the stage as they debate the presence of paranormal activity. Enjoy the new Bats: Superheroes of the Night exhibit and learn why we shouldn't fear these furry nighttime fliers. Costumes are encouraged - scary, spooky, or funny! Preregistered tickets are $10 for Member and $15 for non-Members. Day of admission is $20 at the door.