{Playdate Announcement} Fun With Science :: Cranbrook Playdate


Are your kids inquisitive and love to learn about animals? Are they fascinated with dinosaurs? Do they like to dig in the sand for treasures? This playdate is made for your family!


Our playdate on Friday September 2 from 9 – 11:00 a.m. is a great way to try out Cranbrook for the day – tickets are $5 per child and moms are FREE. Moms and kids have special access to an exclusive paleontology program. Kids will hold real dinosaur bones and authentic specimens, learn how to use paleontologist tools and actually dig in the sand for bones! Plus, curator picks from the special collection will come out from behind the scenes. Afterwards, spend the afternoon at the museum – you have FREE admission for the day (Retail Adult $13 Kids 2 + up $9.50). Seriously, it’s an amazing deal!


What can I expect during the playdate?

You will be met at the door and guided to a floor not accessible to the public! Staff will bring out authentic dinosaur bones and fossils. Then everyone will move to a room filled with dig boxes. Kids will learn how to dig like a paleontologist with tools and spend time exploring and digging for specimens and a few prizes too!


Next explore the exciting world of the rainforest in a fun indoor maze. This limited summer exhibit lets visitors travel through all four layers of the rainforest and see live animals. Fun for all ages! We’ll wrap up having a conversation with staff on how to engage your little ones on future visits. 


Following this fun morning, purchase lunch in the cafe (or bring a packed lunch) because…SURPRISE…you have free admission to the museum for the remainder of the day! Explore on your own and see what CIS has to offer.

What age is the playdate geared toward?

The playdate is open to kiddos aged 3 – 7. If you’re a mom to multiples absolutely bring everyone! Be sure to purchase a ticket for every child. You’re FREE mama!

I grabbed my ticket, now what do I do?

Get excited and put the event on the calendar! Arrive 10 minutes early so the scientist can start on time. Pack a few extra bucks if you want to purchase lunch afterwards in the museum cafe. Or, pack a lunch for you and the kiddos. Note: Strollers are welcome. Food and drink can only be consumed in designated areas. There is a place to put non-valuable items during the event if you can’t carry everything, and don’t want to leave it in the car.

#DMBplaydate + #DMBdoesCranbrook are the hashtags!

If you know us, then you know we LOVE when you use social media as a fun way to spread the word, connect with new friends and build our community. We would love for you to help us spread the word about this fun playdate before, during and after the event.

Don’t forget to purchase ONE ticket per child.  Tickets are extremely limited and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis – so grab them quick!

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Erica Owens
Erica lives in Oak Park. She's married to Matt and they have an inquisitive and charismatic six-year-old son named Padraig. Erica has worked in the fiber arts industry for years and is currently a knitting instructor at her local yarn shop in Berkley. She has a thirst for knowledge and a passion for exploring new places. By 30 she had traveled to all seven continents. She still has that spontaneous, adventurous spirit and so does her little guy. Her family loves to do anything at the drop of a hat and enjoys exploring the local areas. You'll find them in and around Detroit at museums, unique restaurants, festivals and sporting events. Erica loves to share local finds on Instagram (@FrugalOnTheFly) so more families can join in the fun!


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