Fun Events for All Ages at Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) will inspire curious minds of all ages with new programming and events this winter and spring. For more information on any of these activities, visit

After Dark – Reinvent your idea of entertainment with After Dark at the Michigan Science Center. Deemed the “thinking person’s happy hour,” the After Dark series takes place quarterly and features a night full of science and entertainment for adults (ages 21+). Explore a different theme at each event, play with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, enjoy good music, and engage in lively discussions for a one-of-a-kind experience.

  • Mardi Gras (March 1, 6-9 p.m.): MiSci is bringing “N’awlins” to life with fire dancers, stilt walkers and hula hoop artists! You can’t have a proper Mardi Gras party without live music, a signature cocktail and of course, gumbo! Dress in theme before you arrive or get in theme while you’re here with our Mardi Gras face paint artist and mask-making team. Partners for this event include Detroit CircusGrey Ghost DetroitSandy’s Land Entertainment, and Fancy Flash Photo Booth.

Cost: Tickets are $15 ($10 for members) and include one drink ticket; a cash bar is also available. Tickets can be purchased at



Women’s History Month – Throughout the month of March, MiSci will celebrate the extraordinary contributions of women in STEM, including free general admission on Sunday, March 17 in honor of International Women’s Day. The free day is supported by Ford Motor Company Fund. Registration will be available approximately two weeks prior to the event at


Earth and Space Science Month – Throughout the month of April, MiSci will celebrate earth and space science with special activities and programs, including free general admission on Sunday, April 20 in honor of Earth Day. Registration will be available approximately two weeks prior to the event at

Yuri’s Night – World Space Party (April 12, 6-10 p.m.) – Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present and future in space. It commemorates Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, and encourages us to celebrate where we’ve been and dream about where we’re going in space exploration. Join us at MiSci for an evening of hands-on space activities, exploration of our Sun, Earth, Universe exhibit, sky tours and stargazing via telescope viewing (weather permitting). This program will run, rain or shine.

Appropriate for all ages and general admission is free. Registration will be available approximately one week prior to the event at

IoT Tech Connect (April 29, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.) – MiSci will host the region’s largest Internet of Things (IoT) event this April. The 2nd IoT Tech Connect Conference is a one-day event bringing together companies, experts, associations and institutions to discuss the future of IoT in Michigan. Conference attendees will learn about IoT’s impact on the state as well as opportunities and threats posed by new technology and connectivity.Autonomous Vehicle expert Lawrence D. Burns, formerly General Motors Corporate Vice President of Research and Development, will be the morning keynote speaker at IoT TechConnect. Burns, who just published his latest book, Autonomy: The Quest to Build The Driverless Car – And How It Will Reshape Our World, will discuss how electric-powered driverless vehicles used in transportation services will radically transform the industries that have sprung up to support the automobile over the past century.

For more information about the event, or to register to attend, visit

DAPCEP STEM Day (May 7) – Students from Detroit-area high schools will converge at MiSci for a day-long event featuring interactive science, technology, engineering and math workshops hosted by corporations and educational institutions. The event is designed to capture the interest of students and expose them to educational pursuits that will help them pursue a career in STEM.

AutoSens (May 14-16) – MiSci will once again host AutoSens 2019 – a conference that provides insights, generates discussion and poses solutions for challenges in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and semi-autonomous vehicle technology. The event agenda is focused on the hardware and software engineering challenges faced by automakers and suppliers.

For more information about the event, or to register, visit Please note that MiSci will be closed to patrons during this conference.


 Apollo Celebration (July 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) – We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with a full day of space activities! From planetarium shows and solar viewing to special guest speakers and a crater drop, this is a party you won’t want to miss. Build your own ‘Egg-pollo 11’ lander to safely drop an egg to the ground and hop around in the moon bounce!

We will have engaging hands-on activities for all to enjoy, including:

  • Build straw rockets
  • Visit the planetarium and Sun, Earth, Universe exhibit
  • Special performances on the FCA Science Stage
  • Egg Drop Challenge ‘Egg-pollo 11’ in Spark!Lab
  • Solar viewing and other telescopes outside
  • Hands-on space activities at the Explainer Station
  • View interviews and real footage of Apollo Missions in Earth Room

Dress up in your best space-themed costume for reduced admission.


 About the Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center inspires nearly 300,000 curious minds of all ages every year through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discovery, innovation and interactive education in Detroit and across the state of Michigan. As the STEM hub of the state, we focus on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits, and initiatives that enable us to empower and enrich all children and all communities with STEM. Through our Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, we are expanding beyond our Detroit-based facility, with a goal of reaching all 83 counties of Michigan. With Toyota’s 4D Engineering Theater, live stage shows, a Planetarium, lab activities, 250+ hands-on exhibits, and more, there are dozens of ways to customize your MiSci visit. The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive support from the city of Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website,

Julie McKeeman

Julie is first and foremost a mom of two amazing kiddos, Elliott and Bennett. She is married to her beautiful wife, Betsy, and is an elementary school librarian.

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