1-25-15 Midland Daily News
When it comes to the Great Lakes Bay Region, there are a plethora of kid-friendly and relatively inexpensive things to do, including visits to the following attractions:
• Dow Gardens, 1809 Eastman Ave., and Whiting Forest, 2303 Eastman Ave.: Dow Gardens was begun in 1899 by Herbert H. Dow, founder of The Dow Chemical Co. It has grown from the original eight acres to 110 acres according to a simple philosophy that is followed to this day: “Never reveal the gardens’ whole beauty at first glance.” There are events throughout the year, including a winter walking club, Friday story time, Butterflies in Bloom and tours. The Whiting Forest features two miles of walking trails and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for students and children ages 6 to 17, and free for children 5 and under. Annual passes are available for $10 each. Admission to Dow Gardens also works at Whiting Forest. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Dow Gardens, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Whiting Forest. For more information: www.dowgardens.org
• Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center, 100 Center Ave., Bay City: The planetarium opened in 1997, and is one of three regional Delta College centers outside the main campus. The $8.75 million facility, funded by NASA, houses a state of the art theater, seven classrooms, a large multipurpose two story room, a computer lab and rooftop observation deck, gift shop and more. The entire building is designed as a metaphor of space and space exploration. There are public shows scheduled at various times, as well as special events. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, and $5 for seniors, currently enrolled Delta students and children ages 3 to 18. Go to www.delta.edu/planet.aspx for more information.
• Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W. St. Andrews Road: A place where art, science, history, music, theatre, dance, films, camps, classes and professional world-class entertainers all combine under one roof. People of all ages are invited to the landmark facility to create as well as appreciate and explore these many areas of interest. There are two performance venues, two museums, art studios, lecture halls, a historical campus and more. For a current event schedule and ticket prices, go to www.mcfta.org.
• Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum, 5093 E. Remus Road, Mount Pleasant: The mission of the museum is to spark creativity, nourish learning, and inspire curiosity of children between the ages of 0 to 12 through self-directed discovery in an engaging, hands-on environment. The 12,000-square-foot eco-friendly and accessible children’s museum engages varying ages and developmental levels through exhibits covering subjects ranging from math and sciences, world cultures, literacy, regional history and the arts. Admission is $7 per person. Events include the creation station, music time, story time and Science Sunday. For a calendar of hours and events, go to www.mpdiscoverymuseum.org.
• Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum of Saginaw, 315 W. Genesee Ave., Saginaw: A bright and friendly building with more than 16,000 square feet of gallery space with a hands-on museum where children under 12 can use their curiosity and creativity to learn about their world. Regular business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The facility is closed Tuesdays. Admission is $7.50, $6.50 for seniors, and free to children under 2 years old as well as members. For special events and more, go to www.michildrensmuseum.com.