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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceNovember 2015
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Give Thanks to Nature
'Tis the Season
Give the Gift of Membership
Science Celebrates the Holidays
Go Local After Dark
Support the Institute
Superheroes of the Night
Did You Know
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2013 Colton Graub

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Give Thanks to Nature

The Institute of Science invites guests to a three day festival of events during Give Thanks to Nature, November 25, 27 and 28 from 1-4pm each day. We'll demonstrate the traditional method of making a birch bark canoe, travel 14,000 years back in time to learn about the mastodons of Michigan, create art using live maggots, and play with robots. Outdoor walks and make a bird call are also part of the program. Give Thanks to Nature events are free with admission.

'Tis the Season in the Planetarium

Mystery of the Xmas Star

The Acheson Planetarium presents special seasonal programs and show times during school breaks. Journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem as we utilize recorded sightings of significant astronomical occurrences during related historical events to discover the possible scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed in The Mystery of the Christmas Star. For the ultimate seasonal musical experience, try Let it Snow. Festive classics from Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry, Burl Ives and others, is a fun and entertaining experience for all ages. Preview trailers online.
Give the Gift of Membership
Now through December 31, 2015, friends of the Institute are eligible to receive 20% off the purchase of a Gift Membership. Your Gift Membership to Cranbrook Institute of Science will be the gift that keeps on giving. In addition to enjoying science year-round, members will also receive exclusive invitations to Members' Only events, access to nearly 300 science & technology museums worldwide, discounts on Planetarium and Changing Hall Exhibit tickets, and more!

Science Celebrates the Holidays at Cranbrook House

The Institute travels across campus to join in the holiday festivities at Cranbrook House with a Science-themed tree as part of the Holiday Splendor: Tinsel & Trees event starting November 28. This brand new, highly anticipated annual fundraiser will feature wonderfully decorated trees in the enchanted setting of Cranbrook House during three festive weekends through December 13. Pre-sale tickets at $15 per person are available online until November 30. Thereafter, tickets are $20 at the door for non-members, and $15 for CHGA members. Guests may also join a holiday tea, a cocktail party, or a Santa Sighting.

Go Local After Dark

CIS After Dark celebrates the holiday season with all things Michigan during "Local" at 7pm on Thursday, December 3. This evening out for Adults 21+ offers the opportunity to investigate Michigan fossils with Geologist John Zawiskie, examine our winter sky in the Observatory, and taste the flavors of our state. Preregistered tickets are $10 for Members and $15 for non-Members. Day of admission is $20 at the door. Local vendors, makers, and craftspeople will be on hand to give guests the opportunity to do some holiday shopping

Support the Institute by Visiting the Science Shop

The Science Shop offers a wide range of toys, books, games, activity kits and unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Shop Michigan style and buy Petoskey stones, copper, or books about our home state. For the Science lover, a Crystal Growing kit or solar powered car or boat is sure to dazzle. For the stocking, no one will forget receiving astronaut Ice Cream, or Crickettes Edible Crickets in Sour Cream & Onion, Bacon & Cheese, or salt and vinegar flavor! Visiting the shop benefits the museum and its mission. MEMBER EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Bring in a copy of this newsletter or show it to us on your cell phone and get an extra 10% off your 10% Member discount through December 23, 2015. Offer does not apply to consignment and clearance merchandise. You do not need to pay admission to visit the Shop.

Discover the Superheroes of the Night

Cranbrook Institute of Science invites visitors to enter the realm of the most mysterious and misunderstood animals on our planet in BATS: Superheroes of the Night. Featuring live bats and created especially for the Institute of Science by the Organization for Bat Conservation, 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 important 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 Standard Members, and $3 for Seniors 65+ and children 2-12 plus museum admission. Children under 2 and Enhanced Members are free.

Did You Know ... YOU Can Be a Superhero for Science!

2016 Annual Fund Campaign
Leap into action and support science by making a gift today!
Your superhero effort will help us:
  • Provide unique, hands-on activities,
  • Offer comprehensive educational programming,
  • Present state-of-the-art exhibits, and
  • Maintain one of the most extensive natural history collections in the country!
Thanks in advance for rising to the occasion!