Programs and Events
Facing Mars Overnight Camp-ins
January - April
Do you have what it takes to go to the red planet? Find out at this overnight adventure! Spend a night at the Science Center and explore the exhibition Facing Mars. Feel what it’s like to walk on Mars, stir up a mini Martian dust storm and try your hand at space surgery. Discover more than 50 space-themed exhibits in the NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Watch an OMNIMAX® movie, enjoy a late-night snack and then sleep among the exhibits – don’t forget your pajamas! Breakfast and all-day admission to the Science Center is included the next day.
Our overnight camp-ins are great for scout groups, youth groups, school groups and families. Cost is $39 per person.
2011 Camp-In Dates
All camp-ins begin at 6:30 pm. All camp-ins are overnights unless otherwise noted.
Families, youth groups and school groups:
- Friday, January 28
- Friday, February 11
- Friday, March 11 (late night event - up to 12 midnight only)
- Friday, May 13
Girl Scout nights:
- Friday, March 4
- Saturday, March 19
- Friday, April 15
Boy Scout nights:
- Friday, March 25
- Saturday, April 2
- Friday, April 8
Register for your overnight camp-in today! Call 216-621-2400
(Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm)
Mars Rover Up Close and Personal
January 29 – September 5
We’ve teamed up with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to bring you a full-scale model
of a Mars Exploration Rover. Now you can get a good look at this amazing super performer that has outlived all of NASA’s predictions. Don't miss this exciting "opportunity" to get into the "spirit" of Mars exploration!
Teacher Open House - FREE
Thursday, February 3
5 – 7 pm
Come to a special teacher preview and see Facing Mars for free. Experience the physical, psychological and scientific challenges of traveling to and living on Mars. Explore interactive exhibits about rocket and spacecraft design, surviving in space and finding life on Mars. The evening also includes a free screening of an OMNIMAX film and complimentary refreshments. Meet our education staff and get a head start on planning your next field trip.
Register before February 2 at 216-621-2400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Present-Day Mars: From Moonscape to Desert to Tundra
Tuesday, February 22
Presented by Dr. Maria Zuber, E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and head of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT.
World renowned planetary geophysicist Maria Zuber will review the history of spacecraft exploration of Mars and explain how the increasing sophistication and diversity of observations has caused a dramatic change in our view of the present state and climate history of the Red Planet. Includes free admission to Facing Mars.
For reservations call 216-621-2400.
Space Adventure Week
July 25 – 31
It’s all space, all the time, and mostly Mars! Blast off for a week of space-themed events, programs and special NASA guests. Check back soon for more information.
Big Science Show – Survivor: Mars!
Do you have what it takes to make it on the Red Planet? Or even just to get off Earth? Find out at
our Facing Mars edition of the Big Science Show, a large-scale spectacle of science presented by our wild and wonderful staff educators. Brought to you by Time Warner Cable. Check daily schedule for show times.
Tomorrow’s Traveler Sweepstakes
January 29 – September 5
Visit Great Lakes Science Center and enter to win four domestic round-trip tickets to the destination of your choice. Valid for flights operated by Continental Airlines only. Ages 18 and over. Restrictions apply. Get sweepstakes rules here.
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