{Playdate Announcement} Fun with Science :: Cranbrook Playdate

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I walked into Cranbrook for the first time and saw my three-year-old’s world change. He was so excited. He found his place. Minerals, skeletons, interactive exhibits, special functions…we’ve done them all  the past few months and he’s loved every minute of it. I catch him in his room playing museum and educating his stuffed animal friends. Our conversations in the car or in the garden are so entertaining! He loves to tell me about his new discoveries. I am grateful this gem is in our backyard and my child is growing up with a love for science. I want you and your families to have that same experience.


Our playdate happening on August 3rd from 9am – 11am is a great way to try out Cranbrook for the day – tickets are $5 per child and moms (plus kids 1 and under) are FREE. The scientists will pull out items and displays only available to private school groups and tours. We have a private tour of the special summer exhibit before the museum opens to the public. Afterwards, enjoy a FREE day pass to the museum (Retail Adult $13.50 Kids 2 + up $9.50). Seriously, it’s an amazing deal.

Think it’s too early to turn your little ones on to science? Preschool through elementary is a great time to expose kids to physics and help them understand the world around them. Discover how the science of everyday life can ignite a passion for knowledge! Grab the kids, invite your neighbors and moms group friends, and discover the physics fun in forces and motion. And have a chance to hang out with local moms with similar interests! 



What can I expect during the playdate?

The museum is ours for two hours, since the playdate happens before the doors open to the public! When you first arrive at the main entrance, you will be met by Cranbrook Institute of Science staff and escorted to their intimate auditorium. A scientist will help kids understand how to make work easier by applying pushes and pulls on simple machines like levers, pulleys and inclined planes. In this interactive demo kids will be invited on stage to try everything out! 

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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 1 -10. If you’re a mom to multiples absolutely bring everyone and the younger ones too! Be sure to purchase a ticket for every child. You’re FREE mama, and so are kiddos aged 1 and under! 

I grabbed my ticket, now what do I need to 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 and #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

Please Note :: Tickets are non-refundable, and this event will happen rain or shine.  With advance notice, we will attempt to connect you with another mom who is interested in purchasing your ticket should the need arise.  Also, by purchasing this ticket you understand that your photo or that of your child may be taken and give permission for Detroit Moms Blog to use it on their site, in promotional materials, and/or on their social media platform.

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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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