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The Great Lakes Science Center has activities geared for the entire family

Along with all the outdoor activities there is still one you need to keep on your family to do list, and that is a visit to the Great Lakes Science Center.
Along with all the outdoor activities there is still one you need to keep on your family to do list, and that is a visit to the Great Lakes Science Center.
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Spring has sprung and summer is nearly here. Along with all the outdoor activities there is still one you need to keep on your family to do list, and that is a visit to the Great Lakes Science Center. With hundreds of hands on exhibits, great Omnimax® films to share as a family, building competitions, ecology cruises on the lake in a sailing ship and behind the scene tours of the William G. Mather there is an entire day of activities and then some. Check out below what is happening in the near future.

Omnimax® Films

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Now showing

With narration by Morgan Freeman, this fascinating film takes you to the remote and beautiful island of Madagascar where one scientist is on a mission to help the Lemurs survive in the modern world.

Hidden Universe
Now showing

View astounding images of distant planets and beyond as images taken by the Hubble telescope as well as the most powerful land based telescopes are shown. Travel to Mars and look deep into the clouds of nebula as celestial structures are revealed.

Journey To The South Pacific
Opens May 23

The islands of remote West Papua awaits with breathtaking views above and below the sea. Travel with Jawi, a young island boy as he shows us his home on the island and in the sea. Encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other fascinating creatures of the sea. This area is home to more than 2,000 species of sea life and features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. The film is narrated by Cate Blanchett.

Upcoming Events

Steamship William G. Mather
Open for the summer season!
May, September, October
Saturdays and Sundays only
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
June, July, August
Tuesday – Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Take a leisurely self guided tour of Great Lake history as you explore this 618 foot freighter from stem to stern. Walk through cargo holds, the beautiful oak and brass pilot house, elegant guest quarters and dining areas and the four-story engine room. Walk the decks and view the engineering firsts that made this flagship the envy of all boats on the lake.$8 adults, $6 youth, ages 5 – 12. (Free for members.)

Steamship William G. Mather
Hard-Hat Tours
Select Saturdays and Sundays
May – August
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Do you like adventure? Are you curious about the inner workings of things? This is your chance to go deep inside the Mather to see areas not usually open to the public. Space is limited and advance reservations required. $25 ($20 members). Includes admission to the Steamship Mather after the tour. Tour is open to guests ages 10 and older. Call 216-621-2400 to register.

Rain Barrel Exhibit
Now through Sunday, June 1

Learn how you can save water and make your neighborhood look good also. Check out the unusual and creative variations done with residential rain barrels at the Great Lakes Science Center. Local artist Linda Zolten Woo of the Collinwood Rain Barrel Project will be on hand.

Rock Your World with STEAM
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

STEAM stands for “science, technology, engineering, art and math) where over 2,000 students gather from 40 schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for a day long family festival of learning and sharing. The day will feature liver performances, visual arts show, science and arts showcases, robotics competition, the MC2 STEM High School Fabrication Laboratory and more. The event is free with Great Lakes Science Center admission.

Design and Build Competition
Saturday, May 31, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored teams are challenged to build self propelled vehicles out of common household materials such as rubber bands, Popsicle sticks and LEGO® bricks. Guests can then vote for their People’s Choice favorite. This event is free with paid Admission to the Science Center.

Great Lakes Adventure Week
June 23 – 29, 2014

This is a great way to get up close and personal with Lake Erie. Help determine water quality, take a look at macro-invertebrates and invasive species, learn about what makes boats float and more. Free with paid admission to the Science Center.

Lake Erie Sails
June 26 – 29, 2014

This is your chance to take a two hour sail on board the beautiful Appledore IV to learn about Lake Erie ecology as well as how the ship functions. Tickets for the sail are $53 ($43 members) and group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For reservations call (216) 621-2400.

Science After Dark
Home Brew
Thursday, June 26, 2014
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The Great Lakes Science Center is not always just for kids. This adult’s only gathering will explore the science of beer. Sample craft brews from Fat Head’s Brewery, Crafted Artisan Meadery, Jackie O’ Brewery and Great Lakes Brewing Company (included with ticket price, while supplies last)

• Witness Science Center staff test how various beers behave without air pressure
• Join Paul and Reed from Cleveland Brew Shop to learn about home brewing and “Yeast: The Workhorse of Beer”
• Listen to local math teacher and life-long LEGO® enthusiast, Arthur Gugick, present “Calculus and the Colosseum” on how he uses math to make architectural models, mosaics and geometric shapes from LEGO® bricks
• And so much more!

Reserve tickets by calling (216) 621-2400 or by going on line at Tickets are $18 in advance, $12 members, $21 at the door.

Rock and Boom
Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrate Independence Day from the decks of the Mather and watch Cleveland's fireworks. Food and drinks can be purchased on board. $15 ($12 members). Register by calling 216-621-2400.

Space Adventure Week
July 21 – 28, 2014

This entire week will be dedicated to the celebration of all things space related. There will be events, programs and workshops as well as guest speakers from the NASA Glenn Research Center. The event is free with paid admission to the Science Center.

Special Exhibitions

LEGO® Travel Adventure
May 24 – September 7, 2014

Where do you want to go? How do you plan to get there? What will you need once you arrive? These are just some of the challenging questions that participants in the LEGO Travel Adventure will be asked as they choose and amazing destination then build the perfect means of transportation. This is your chance to build your ultimate dream machine. This event is inspired by the LEGO collection of famous vehicles.

Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with LEGO Systems, Inc. LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2013 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

Camps and Classes

Summer Camps
June 9 – August 15, 2014

Great Lakes Science Center hosts week-long Summer Camps for kids! This summer, the Center is offering 74 camp themes among 10 different locations for kids of all ages - from preschool to high school. Get details:

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