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Know Before You Go: Cranbrook Institute of Science


Littles love to ask questions (sometimes too many questions), but in science, that’s what it’s all about! So bring them to Cranbrook Institute of Science for a day of exploring and learning about astronomy, geology, physics, anthropology and more!


The bell curve of dinosaur knowledge peaks in childhood and parenthood. Consequently, when you enter Cranbrook Institute of Science and are welcomed by a full-sized Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, you know it’s going to be a successful visit. In addition to the show stopping dino, the main floor exhibit has life-like models of birds and animals that quickly captured the attention of my toddler.


The Institute of Science has a balanced combination of things you can look at and things you can touch, making it a fun experience for both kids and parents.


You can also sit back, relax and look up at the stars during the planetarium programs. Special shows include Dinosaurs at Dusk and Big Bird’s Adventure.


What You Need To Know:

Start Making Plans

  • Ages: All ages! You’re never too young to appreciate science – especially dinosaurs
  • Cost: General admission – Adults ($13); Youth ages 2-12 ($9.50) and children 2 and under free. Half off admission Friday and Saturday evening between 5-10pm. Additional costs for exploreLAB, Acheson Planetarium and changing exhibits.
  • Parking: Free parking garage
  • Time: Plan to be there for at least an hour


Free First Friday

Visit Cranbrook Friday after 5pm and get free admission to the museum!


Robot Revolution

Special Exhibit: Now – July 3, 2020
Explore Space, Planetary, Movie, Industrial & Service Robotics! A Current and Futuristic, Interactive, Scientific, Hands-On experience. Participate in activities encompassing the fantastic reality of robotic technology as it applies to Space Exploration, Ocean Exploration, Planetary Exploration, Industrial Applications, Service to Humanity, the Disabled and the Movie Industry. An exhibition that is as visually stunning as it is educationally relevant. The exhibits are real technological devices and fully usable by the public and interactive. Some of the interactive elements are unique to an extent never done before in a traveling exhibition. The activities are adaptable to all ages and skills. The exhibit is a challenging experience that is both colorful and at times mystifying.



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About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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