Second Saturdays for Families
Location: First Floor Time Lab, Michigan History Museum, Lansing
Time: Drop-in, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ages: 5 - Adult
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and History may be taught separately in schools, but they are really not so different after all. Science meets our human past in this series of Second Saturdays for Families programs. Each month, explore an exciting historical topic from our exhibits paired with a hands-on experiment or project. All supplies are provided and you get to take your project home.
Adults and kids will love these creative hands-on activities:
- March 9 - Build A Bridge
Have you ever driven across the Mackinac Bridge and wondered how it was built? It was an amazing feat of engineering. Join us in testing several bridge designs before exploring the history of the Mackinac Bridge in our Upper Peninsula Gallery.
- April 13 - How Sound Travels
Cruising down a Michigan road with the radio on is fantastic, but did you know radio used to be the main form of entertainment for Michiganders? Explore our 1930s bungalow exhibit to discover the importance of radio. Then, dive into the science behind it with your own sound wave experiments.
- May 11 - Say Yes! To Michigan Day
- June 8 - Mid-Century Toys
Get groovy as you explore density and states of matter by creating your own lava lamp. Afterward, check out other mid-century toys and gadgets in our 1950s Gallery.
- July 13 - Barbara J. Brown Family History Day
- August 10 - Movies and Optical Illusions
Explore our 1920s exhibit to see examples of cinematic history that impressed Michiganders of the past. Find out about the technology behind early films and create your own zoetrope to see how optical illusions can trick your brain.
Each Second Saturdays for Families program is included with museum admission. You can get free museum admission on Second Saturdays - and receive lots of other benefits - when you become a Michigan History Center member.
The Michigan History Museum—flagship of the Michigan History Museum System—is located in the east wing of the Michigan Library and Historical Center. Sunday admission and weekend parking are free. Read more Michigan History Museum visitor information.
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