Traverse City Kids: Get the children in your life excited about science, especially all the natural science that surrounds us in Northern Michigan. The Great Lakes Children's Museum, located on M-22 on the outskirts of Traverse City, is offering "Mad Science Mondays" as part of their summer programs. Every Monday beginning June 18, they will host fun science-related activities from 1-3 p.m. For older children, the activities tend to be more hands on, while younger scientists are encouraged to bring an adult lab assistant.


It’s Time for Slime, June 18

It wiggles! It jiggles! It’s gloppy and it’s sloppy! Drop in and create some sticky gloppy goo to take home. Kids will discover what polymers are all about.

Solar Science, June 25

Have some fun with the sun! Participate in some sunny hands-on experiments. Create some solar prints too!


This IS Rocket Science, July 2

Make three different kinds of rockets and shoot them off!

Nano-Mania, July 9

Enter the world of the extremely small! Drop in and enjoy the fun of participating in hands-on Nano Science investigations. You will be fascinated by things so small that you can’t even see them with your own eyes!

All the Colors of the Rainbow, July 16

Make your own color wheel to take home. Find out how colors mix.

Dancing with the Stars (and Planets), July 23

If you love to learn about astronomy, this is day is for you. Make a model of the solar system that will roll up and fit in your pocket!

Science Rocks! July 30

Hands-on geology is fun! Learn about old fossils. Mix up a batch of edible cookie rocks.


Robots Rule! August 6

Make your own robot out of bits and pieces of recycled stuff. Let your imagination run wild!

Water is Wacky! August 13

Investigate water and find out about all the weird things it can do.

Energy Bus, August 20

Here comes the bus! Find out what energy is all about. With hands on experiments we will explore electricity and magnetism. Live Energy Bus demonstration at 1:30 and 2:30.

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