Closed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium will remain closed to the public through Monday, April 13, in compliance with Governor Whitmer’s executive order for temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation. During this time period, all public shows, exhibits, events, and programs are cancelled. If you registered for an event that has been cancelled, you will have the opportunity to turn your purchase into a donation or receive a full refund. To submit a donation or refund request, please email reservations@sloanlongway.org, and we will process your request as soon as possible. We will continue to closely monitor the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, and will provide updates on our closure status.

While we're closed, check out our Daily Dose of Science and Astronomy videos! We’ll show you fun science activities you can do with common household items, and stargazing tips using the night sky renderings you’d normally see in the planetarium.

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Boy Scouts Badge Workshops & Overnights

Registration Information

Register now for 2019-2020 Cub Scout, Webelos, and Boy Scout workshops and overnights at Longway Planetarium!
View the 19-20 PDF booklet.

• Deadline for registration fees is 2 weeks prior to the event date. A $2 late fee will be added per person if registration deadline has passed. Fees are non-refundable. The Leader will be responsible for payment and registration of participants.
• Space is limited and some dates fill up quickly. Early registration is strongly recommended.
• A $2 processing fee will be charged for all online registrations.
• Registration is first-come, first-served. All scouts and adults must be registered and paid for prior to event. Due to material preparation costs, no refunds will be given for absent participants.

General Information
• With the exception of our Family Fun Night events, we request that no siblings or infants accompany the participant.
• A small snack will be provided during the workshops. Evening snack and light breakfast are provided during all overnights.
• All workshop and overnight participants receive a certificate of participation. Leaders are responsible for obtaining the actual award from their local council office.
• More information regarding overnights will be emailed with your confirmation.
• If you have any questions, please call 810-237-3409.

All Scout Family Fun Nights

Tiger Cub Scouts

Sky is the Limit Overnight

Date: Friday, May 8– Saturday, May 9, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm–9:00 am (Arrival 5:30–6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $28 per scout and $12 per adult
Max registration: 100 scouts

Explore the wonders of the night sky, and learn about the tools astronomers use to see the planets and stars. Design, create, and name your own constellation. Meet our Planetarium Specialist, and learn about different jobs related to astronomy. Watch an exciting show in our planetarium theater! Includes a planetarium theater show.
Meets requirements: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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WEBELOS Scouts

Earth Rocks Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Time: 1:00–4:00 pm (Arrival 12:30–1:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12 per person
Max registration: 45 people

Explore the science of geology while digging into the world of rocks and minerals! Become a rock hound while hunting for rocks around the planetarium. Using a magnifying glass, take a closer look at your collection and identify the rocks you found. Make your own mineral test kit to test the hardness of your rocks based on the Mohs scale. Use maps to find geological features in your area, and identify different geological materials used in the building of your home and community. Conduct a crystal garden earth science demonstration. Does not include a Planetarium Theater show.
Meets requirements: 1A, 1B, 1C, 2, 3S, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5, 6A, 6B, 6C, 8
Novas: Science Everywhere and Down and Dirty

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Sold Out and Past Programs

Air of the Wolf Workshop - Cancelled

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Time: 1:00–4:00 pm (Arrival 12:30–1:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12 per person
Max Registration: 45 people

This amazing adventure is all about air! Conduct science investigations about the weight of air and air temperature, and build their own paper airplane. Explore moving air and sound, and create a musical wind instrument. Build a kite using simple materials, and learn how to fly a kite safely. Does not include a planetarium theater show.
Meets requirements: 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 4

Adventures in Science Overnight - Cancelled

Date: Friday, April 17– Saturday, April 18, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm –9:00 am (Arrival 5:30–6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $28 per scout and $12 per adult
Max registration: 100 scouts

Discover how scientists ask and answer questions while you design and perform experiments pertaining to astronomy, physics, and chemistry. Learn about the scientific process, and how variables work. Includes a planetarium theater show.
Meets requirements: 2, 3C, 3D, 3F, 3G
Novas: Down and Dirty, Out of this World, Swing

Digging the Past Overnight - Cancelled

Date: Friday, March 20– Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm–9:00 am (Arrival 5:30–6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $28 per scout and $12 per adult
Max registration: 100 scouts

Explore the world of dinosaurs in this exciting adventure into the past! Play dinosaur games, create an imaginary dinosaur, make a fossil cast, and go on a dinosaur dig! Includes a planetarium theater show.
Meets requirements: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Novas: Science is Everywhere, Down and Dirty, Nova Wild

Michigan STEM - Cancelled

Date: Friday, March 13, 2020
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm (arrive 5:30 – 6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12 per person
Max registration: 100 People

Join us in a fun filled evening exploring Michigan-themed hands-on activities. See a planetarium show, enjoy a pizza dinner, then jump into activities related to our Great Lakes! Learn about Michigan astronauts and launch an in-room rocket. Bring out your inner Thomas Edison and explore electricity. Do you know what our State Fossil is? Hint: It’s not the Petoskey stone; that is our state stone. Come find out the answer and make a fossil model!

Good Knights Workshop - Registration Closed

Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Arrival 12:30-1:00 p.m.)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12 per person
Max Registration: 45 people

Travel back in time to learn all about knights who lived many years ago, and find out what knights and Scouts have in common. Tiger Cubs will create a code of chivalry, make their own shields, build a small castle out of recycled materials, and participate in an obstacle course adventure! Does not include a planetarium theater show.
Meets requirements: 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4

Motor Away Workshop - Registration Closed

Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
Time: 1:00–4:00 pm (Arrival 12:30–1:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12 per person
Max registration: 45 people

You have the power to make things move! Explore different ways to make and propel vehicles, such as airplanes, boats, and cars. Create and fly paper airplanes while learning about Bernoulli’s Principle, and make a paper airplane catapult. Build and sail two different types of boats, and create a car that moves under its own power and momentum. Does not include a planetarium theater show.
Meets requirements: 1A, 1B, 2, 3
Novas: Out of this World, Tech Talk, Swing

Webelos Engineer Overnight

Date: Friday, January 24– Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm –9:00 am (Arrival 5:30–6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $28 per scout and $12 per adult
Max registration: 100 scouts

Explore the world of engineering, and learn how engineers have helped shape our past, present, and future! Examine and use blueprints to help design and construct a project. Learn and practice civil engineering principles by building a bridge to take home. Build a launcher, and explore aerodynamics through stomp rockets. Includes a planetarium theater show.
Meets requirements: 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3, 4
Novas: Out of this World, Swing

Forensics Overnight

Date: Friday, November 15– Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm–9:00 am (Arrival 5:30–6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $28 per scout and $12 per adult
Max registration: 100 scouts

Learn and practice the skills of a forensic scientist while analyzing fingerprints and footprints. Discover chromatography while studying the contents of ink during a simple experiment, and investigate some mysterious powder. Includes a planetarium theater show.
Meets requirements: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Nova: Tech Talk

Michigan STEM

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm (arrive 5:30 – 6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12 per person
Max registration: 100 People

Join us in a fun filled evening exploring Michigan themed hands on activities. Explore activities related to our Great Lakes. Learn about Michigan Astronauts and launch an in room rocket. Bring out your inner Thomas Edison and explore electricity. Do you know what our State Fossil is? (hint: it’s not the Petoskey stone, that is our state stone). Come find out the answer and make a fossil model. All this and more. See a planetarium show, enjoy a pizza dinner and then jump into activities.

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