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programs for families

Please note that many of our wonderful classes and programs require pre-registration. We encourage you to call ahead to confirm availability: 440-871-2900.

Planetarium Public Shows

Telescope Night Summer
Date: June 24, July 22, August 19 Time/Duration: 8:30 p.m.
  Adults and families with children ages 6 and up Fee: $5/person

Telescope Night

For adults and children ages 6+

Join our resident telescope expert, Bill Reed, a former docent at Mt. Wilson and leader of classes on telescope building, for evenings under the stars.  We will begin in the planetarium for an update on the sky tonight then head out to see the view.  In case of inclement weather, viewing will be done inside on the planetarium dome.

Planetarium portion of the program lasts approximately 45 minutes in the dark.

Saturdays, June 24, July 22, August 19

8:30 p.m.

Fee: $5/person

Advance registration is available but not required for this program.

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Live at the Hive
Date: Monday, July 31 Time/Duration: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  For all ages Fee: $5/person

Get sticky with beekeeper Christine Cain as we open up our beehives to extract honey! Learn about the life cycle of the bees, their contribution to our environment and how they create honey. Opening of the hives is weather dependent but an extraction demonstration and honey tasting will still take place as a part of the program.

Instructor: Christine Cain

Registration is required for this event.

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Feed & Follow
Date: Mondays Time/Duration: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  For all ages Fee: $5/person

Meet a Wildlife Specialist to learn about how we care for our resident animals. Join them on a guided tour to watch them in action as they feed some of our special educational animals and share their knowledge.

Instructor: Wildlife Staff

Critter Encounters
Date: Saturdays Time/Duration: 10:30 am. and 11:00 am.
  For all ages Fee: $3/person

We welcome you each weekend morning to spend a half hour with some of the Center's favorite animals. Get a chance to see them in person and learn about what makes them special.

Instructor: Education Staff

Advance registration is not required for this program.

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Registration Hints and Tips!

For your best shopping experience here are some tips:

1.    Use the Back and Forward Arrows of your web browser to fill your Center "cart" with all of your program selections so that you only have to check out once! You can both arrow back and forth between our website and your Center "cart" and between programs in the drop-down menu and your cart. Only the most recent cart will be saved!

2.    Sign in as a User if you want your automatic discount-and be sure you use the parent's name under Personal Information so that your membership account can be accessed. If you are registering as a "User" (different than registering for a Program) for the very first time, please create your account first and log back in for your member information to be accessed properly.

Wildlife Insider
Date: To schedule please contact wildlife@lensc.org or 440-471-8358 Time/Duration: One hour program
  For all ages Fee: $15/person

Do you have a favorite animal or special interests that you wish to learn more about from our expert staff? Do you ever wonder what it takes to care for all of our resident and rehabilitation animals? Are you interested in how we provide medical treatments, training and enrichment to our animals?

This behind-the scenes program is tailor made by our wildlife staff to provide your family with a one of a kind experience full of "wild" memories.

Please contact Director of Wildlife for scheduling at wildlife@lensc.org or 440.471.8358.

$15 per person minimum of 4 participants (max 10)

Family Picnic Night
Date: Friday, August 11 Time/Duration: 6:o0 - 8:00 p.m.
  For all ages Fee: $7/person
(Dinner included)

Join us for a fun-filled family picnic in the park! We’ll provide a picnic dinner, you bring a blanket big enough to fit your whole family. After the picnic we’ll meet some animals, play some games and enjoy a campfire. In case of inclement weather, all activities will take place inside the Center.

Registration is required for this popular program.

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Wild Things - Summer
Date: Fridays:
June 23, July 14, August 18
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


June 24, July 15, August 19
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
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  For children ages 1 - 5 years with one adult
Fee: Fee per program: $20/program/child;
Members receive 10% discount

Explore the wild things of your backyard and beyond! Each time you will meet an animal, make a craft and get wild with nature. Choose one day each month. Fridays and following Saturdays are the same class.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

Advance registration is required for this program.

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