Event Calendar for June, July and August 2012
To the Arctic – Now playing
To the Arctic is an extraordinary journey to a place of extremes that few ever dare to go. Narrated by Meryl Streep, venture across floating ice with a mother polar bear and her two cubs as they struggle to survive in the face of natural predators and a rapidly changing climate.
Flying Monsters – Now playing
220 million years ago, dinosaurs were beginning their domination of Earth. But another group of reptiles were taking control of the skies. Join David Attenborough, the world’s leading naturalist, as he sets out to uncover the truth about these mysterious creatures, whose wingspans were equal to that of a modern day jet plane!
All Access – Wednesdays and Saturdays in July at 5 pm
The raucous tribute to Rock and Roll will get you dancing in the aisles. See your favorite performers on our giant OMNIMAX screen. Suggested for mature audiences.
Space Saturday: Baseball Aerodynamics
Saturday, June 16
11 am – 3 pm
What makes a curveball curve? How does weather change the flight of a baseball? Find out at our baseball edition of Space Saturday! Tom Benson, aerospace engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center, shares how NASA’s work in aeronautics can help solve more down-to-earth problems as well. Program is free with paid admission to the Science Center.
Steamship William G. Mather
Now open: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Climb abroad this floating museum and discover a piece of Great Lakes history. Take a self-guided tour and explore this restored 618-foot freighter from stem to stern. See its huge cargo holds, brass and oak pilot house, elegant guest quarters and four-story engine room. Walk the decks and marvel at the “engineering firsts” that transformed Northeast Ohio into a great industrial center.
New in 2012! The Great Lakes Story: Discover more than a dozen interactive exhibits that tell the story of how the Great Lakes were formed, what environmental threats they face, and how we’re using science and technology to help restore the health of these great bodies of water.
Upcoming events on the Mather:
Lake Erie Sails
June 28 – July 1
Take a two-hour sail aboard the schooner, Appledore IV. $52 ($39 members). Presented as part of Great Lakes Adventure Week. Call 216-621-2400 to reserve tickets.
Rock and Boom
July 4 at 7 pm
Celebrate Independence Day from the decks of the Mather and watch Cleveland’s fireworks. Food and drinks can be purchased onboard. $15 ($12 members). Call 216-621-2400 to reserve tickets. New family workshops also available.
Great Lakes Adventure Week
June 25 – July 1
Dive into a week of Great Lakes fun! Enjoy lake-themed activities, special programs, microscopic investigations and more.
Saturdays & Sundaes
Saturday, July 7 and Saturday, July 21
Bring the family for a science scavenger hunt and stay for an ice cream social afterward! $7 per person. Reservations at 216-621-2400.
Space Adventure Week
July 23 – 29
It’s a week of space-themed fun! Hear guest speakers from NASA Glenn Research Center, visit the STARLAB planetarium, enjoy hands-on activities and see the OMNIMAX movie, Destiny in Space.
Friday, July 27
Launch stomp rockets, design and test your own space capsule, explore NASA Glenn Visitor Center exhibits, see the OMNIMAX movie, Hubble, and check out the exhibition, Frogs! A Chorus of Colors. Don’t forget your sleeping bag! $39. Reservations at 216-621-2400.
Frogs! A Chorus of Colors
Opens Saturday, May 26
Immerse yourself in the colorful and world frogs! Discover more than 70 live frogs from around the world showcased in detailed habitats complete with rock ledges, live plants and waterfalls. Encounter visually stunning creatures with names like Chinese Gliding Frog, Amazon Milk Frog, Fire-bellied Toad and Smokey Jungle Frog. Learn about their biology and natural history, their role in human cultures, their importance to ecosystems and the peril they face in a changing environment. Interactive components let you test your frog IQ, create a chorus with recorded frog calls, perform a virtual frog dissection and more. For details, visit http://www.greatscience.com/frogs/index.php
Camps & Classes
Great Summer Science Day Camps
June 11 – August 17
Discover the scientist in you with week-long camps for students in preschool through high school. Choose from more than 40 different camp themes! Register at GreatScience.com or at 216-621-2400.
About Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Its mission is to engage visitors through fun, interactive experiences to stimulate curiosity about and encourage understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibits, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater and the Steamship William G. Mather. The Science Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discounted parking is available for guests in the attached 500-car garage. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. For more information, contact the Science Center at 216-694-2000 or visit www.GreatScience.com.