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Impression 5: Lansing Science Center Visitor’s Guide

Last month we had the opportunity to stop by Impression 5 in Lansing.  Impression 5 is located right off the expressway in downtown Lansing, just blocks away from the Capital Building and is just over an hour away from the Detroit Zoo via I696/96. 

Impression 5 guests can participate in more than 150 hands-on learning activities in the 25,000 square foot space.  The activities are designed to span a wide range of science concepts and encourage children to learn through exploration, play, trial, and fun.  

The science center hosts 14 major themes including Throwing Things, Chew on This!, Spectrum, Nano, Build Zone, MI Nature,  First Impression Room, POP! A Bubble Experience, Electricity & Magnetism, Make Your Own Music, Simple Machines, Giant Eye, Spin, and the Water Room.
We spent four hours exploring the science center with three children ages seven, four, and 17 months.  All three children were entertained for the full length of our stay and didn’t want to leave.  We didn’t get to explore each exhibit and we look forward to going back again so the kids can explore even more.  
Naomi (17 months) and Carlyn (age 4) really enjoyed playing in the First Impressions area.  This space, designed for young scientists ages birth to four years, features opportunities for children to climb, build, play in water, discover and learn.  

Carlyn and Rosaleigh (age 7) also enjoyed playing in the Build Zone.  They both spent a lot of time stacking blocks and building various items.

Overall, I think this is a fantastic place for families to play and learn about science.  It provides many hands-on, fun things to do that will keep everyone busy for hours.

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