Summer Group Programs

Plan a summer outing for your group at Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium! These programs are intended for daycares, day camps, and other groups of 20 or more children. View the Summer Group Programs 2017 Brochure:

Interactive Flipbook
Downloadable PDF

Group Rate Admission
Prices are $4 per student ($4.50 for Ice Cream Program) and $4.50 per adult. Book more than one activity for a discounted price of $3.50 per student, per activity.

Reservations
Reservations are required for all activities. Call 810.237.3409, weekdays 8:30 am–4:30 pm to book your activities.

Museum and Planetarium Stores
We invite all groups to shop at the end of their visit. We offer many affordable items that bring home the learning experience.

Longway Planetarium Summer Group Programs

Galactic Goo


Ages: 4 – 12
Chemistry at its finest and most fun! Investigate matter, molecules, and polymers while you make and take a bag of your very own goo.


Overhead and Underfoot


Ages: 4 – 12
What’s over your head? Watch how the sun changes the colors on the bracelet you make. See how the moon changes its shape and build a kite that’s easy to fly. What’s under your feet? Make a colorful bug and paint with rocks.

Ice Cream


Ages: 4 – 12
A sweet way to investigate solids, liquids, and gases! Working in groups, students will practice their measuring skills using a variety of tools to mix up an ice cream base. Program staff will add liquid nitrogen changing their liquid into solid ice cream. Each student gets some ice cream to taste.

Art in the Lab


Art in the Lab
Ages: 4 – 12
Space Art (1 hour) Use science to make works of art to take home! Blend watercolors to create a beautiful background for a star while reading the story, How to Catch a Star. Use chromatography to make colorful planets.
Bubbles (1 hour) Blow bubbles on a tray using a variety of bubble tools and make observations about shape and color. Then use chalk and pastels to create your own bubble portrait to take with you.
Honey Bees, Butterflies, and Caterpillars (1 hour) These bugs are always welcome in our garden! See how these useful animals help our garden grow while creating beautiful pieces of art to take home.

Sloan Museum Summer Groups Programs

Float Your Boat


Ages: 4-12
Make predictions and find out which types of objects will sink or float. Put your engineering skills to the test, and build a boat that will float while carrying a heavy load of cargo.

History Mysteries


Ages: 4-12
Be a history detective and investigate mysterious artifacts from the past! Can you figure out what the mystery objects are and where they came from?

Marker Robots


Ages: 8-12
Using markers, a battery, a motor, and a hot glue stick, students will build a simple robot that draws. Will it draw a circle? Dotted lines? You won’t know until you turn it on and let it go! Students will explore electrical circuits and the forces necessary to make their robots move.

Scavenger Hunt


Ages: 8-12
Go on an exciting adventure hunt through the galleries of Sloan Museum. What kind of treasures will you find?

Planetarium Summer Shows - Beginning June 19

Additional morning shows are available upon request for groups of 20 or more. Call 810-237-3409 for reservations.

Perfect Little Planet


Monday-Friday at 11:30am
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
(50 min)

We Are Stars


Monday-Friday at 12:30pm
What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life. Narrated by Andy Serkis. Great for ages 10+.
(50 min)

Eclipse: The Sun Revealed


Daily at 2:30pm
Are you ready for the total solar eclipse of 2017? This show uses beautiful visuals to explore the historical and cultural view of solar and lunar eclipses, and explains the geometry that creates the awe-inspiring sight. Learn how to safely watch an eclipse, and about scientific discoveries that have been supported by total solar eclipses. Solar glasses, maps, and books about the eclipse available in the planetarium store.

Skies Over Michigan


Daily at 3:30pm
In this live program, students will explore the night sky. Topics include: rotation of Earth for day and night, finding the North Star and finding your way around the night sky, what a constellation is and which are visible in the current night sky. Also discussed will be Moon phases, daily and monthly motion of the Moon through the sky; visible planets and their movement among the stars.
(60 min)

Book a program at your location

Let us bring hands-on science and history to you with our Take-Out Menu of classes and programs. These activities have been formatted to be brought directly to your group. No need to stick to just one grade or subject, we can bring a variety of classes right to you!

  • Classes last 1 hour.
  • $150 per class, $550 for 4 classes on the same day for locations in Genesee County. For locations outside Genesee County, travel expenses will be charged in accordance with the current IRS standard mileage rate.
  • Serves individual classes of 35 participants or less.
  • A minimum of one teacher from your location will be required to assist the Sloan*Longway educator with the activities.
  • Galactic Goo


    Ages 4-12
    Chemistry at its finest and most fun! Matter, molecules and polymers will be investigated while you make and take a bag of your very own goo.

    Overhead and Underfoot


    Ages 4-12
    What’s over your head? Watch how the sun changes the colors on the bracelet you make. See how the moon changes it shape and build a kite that’s easy to fly. What’s under your feet? Make a colorful bug and make friends with your new pet rock.

    Space Art


    Ages: 4 – 12
    Use science to make works of art to take home! Blend watercolors to create a beautiful background for a star while reading the story, How to Catch a Star. Use chromatography to make colorful planets.

    Bubbles


    Ages: 4 – 12
    Blow bubbles on a tray using a variety of bubble tools and make observations about shape and color. Then use chalk and pastels to create your own bubble portrait to take with you.

    Honey Bees, Butterflies, and Caterpillars


    Ages: 4 – 12
    These bugs are always welcome in our garden! See how these useful animals help our garden grow while creating beautiful pieces of art to take home.

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