Tuesday, October 18, 2016


The Michigan Science Center is encouraging families to stop by the evening of Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 7 to 11pm for a special fun-filled after-hours party. ILLUMINATE: A NIGHT AT THE MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER will provide an electrifying experience as it highlights its newest exhibit "Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence" and provides opportunities for attendees to be entertained by activities that revolve around the theme of "light." Guests can witness fire breathing and juggling performances by Sunshine Fire Entertainment, interact with touch tanks from Sea Life Aquarium, and more during this event.

The Creatures of Light exhibit allows people to discover the world of bioluminescence - the generation of light by living things. Travel through summer meadows, visit the deep sea, explore other-worldly environments, experience a custom soundscape, and encounter amazing organisms. This exhibit is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada, and The Field Museum, Chicago. The exhibit is divided into six sections --  Woods: Mushrooms; A Summer's Night: Fireflies; A Mysterious Cave: Glowworms; A Sparkling Sea: Dinoflagellates; Sea Shores: Corals, Jellies & Fishes; and Deep Ocean: Predators & Prey.  Creatures of Light includes interactive experiences, larger than life models, video presentations and even some live animals.

There will also be special hands-on activities taking place throughout the evening that include:

Painting with Light: Light up the night and write a message in the dark at our Light Painting station. Light painting is a photography technique using slow a shutter speed to draw in the air with light. With our supply of various sources of light, we are sure you will have some bright ideas!

Technology Hologram: Witness a larger-than-life hologram image and create your own mini version to take home, using your smart phone and a few simple supplies!

Bling Bar: Transform into one of our Creatures of Light by making an LED angler fish headband or a fire fly pin!

Diffraction Glasses & Spectrum Tubes: Design and create Diffraction Glasses, then chase rainbows as these sassy specs separate and diffract the light around us. Put them to the test in during the Planetarium show: Cosmic Colors!

Paint by Numbers Throwies: Learn about electricity by creating an LED circuit and then throw your creation to create a piece of bioluminescent art, which will be showcased in the Creatures of Light exhibit.

Thermal Mapping: Did you know your body can light up too? See where your skin is radiating the warmest heat waves with our infrared camera!

Perler Beads: Use beads to create unique glow-in-the-dark designs.

Glow Slime – Make oozy slime that glows in dark!

Live Demo (Luminol): Learn how energy produces visible light through chemical reactions. We think it’s pretty brilliant! ·

Fluorescing Bubbles: Make ordinary dry ice into vibrant bubbles that glow under ultra violet light!

Desserts will be provided and a cash bar will be available for guest 21+. Tickets can be purchased here. Tickets for ILLUMINATE are $40 per adult and  $15 for each child.  CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. 

The Michigan Science Center is located at 5020 John R Street in downtown Detroit, Michigan.  CLICK HERE for directions and parking information.

About the Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment. The Science Center features five theaters, including Michigan’s largest screen at the Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium; the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the Chrysler Science Stage; a 9,800 square-foot Traveling Science Hall for special exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; Kids Town just for pint-size scientists; along with, education and outreach programs. The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive any money from the city of Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website, www.Mi-Sci.org

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