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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
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

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. Inclement weather, we’ll do our viewing on the planetarium dome!

Advance registration available but not required. Tickets also available 15 minutes prior to show.



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



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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.



Birds of Lake Erie Day
Date: Saturday April 29 Time/Duration: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  For adults and youth ages 10+ Fee: $5/person

For the beginning birder to the expert conservationist! Join us for the 2nd annual Birds of Lake Erie Day. The day will be filled with programs and activities for all ages, including wildlife presentations on rehabilitating avian species, a planetarium program discussing the effects of light pollution, a bird hike though Huntington Reservation led by wildlife staff member Tim Jasinski and live animal encounters provided by the Center's Project Wildlife students. Get ready to learn all about our local feathered friends, Lake Erie birding and much more!

Advance registration is available but not required.

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You & Me Naturally
Date: Tuesday through Thursday July 25 - 27 Time/Duration: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. OR 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 with one adult Fee: $50/child; members receive 10% discount

Experience together what camp is all about! Enjoy nature on our daily outdoor exploration – maybe we’ll find a salamander under a rock or a woodpecker in the trees. If you love Wild things or Frogs & Polliwogs, this camp is for you! A great precursor to Nature Nuts, You & Me Naturally will get those little feet moving while building the foundation for a lifelong love of the outdoors.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

Advance registration is required for this camp.



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)



Daddy & Me Day
Date: Saturday, June 10 Time/Duration: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  For fathers and their children ages 0 - 7 Fee: $5/person (children 1 and under free);
FREE to members (advance registration required)

Celebrate Father's Day nature’s way with a special morning of fun for daddy and the kids. See the stars with Dad in our planetarium, meet some creepy crawlers, go on a bug hunt and make a special critter craft to take home.



Eggstravaganza!
Date: See description Time/Duration: See description
  for children ages 1 - 8 years with an adult: see times for age groups Fee: $7/child

Hop on over for our popular Spring seasonal program! Learn about eggs, bunnies and things about Spring. This educational program includes a small, kid-friendly egg hunt with allergy-conscious take-homes. The eggs stay here to be reused each year!

Friday April 7 and Sunday April 9 

Ages 1 - 5 at 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. 

Ages 5 - 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday April 8 or 15; Friday April 14

Ages 1 - 5 at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.

Ages 5 - 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Advance registration is required for this popular program.

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Weekend Wild Things! Spring 2017
Date: March 18
April 8
May 6
Time/Duration: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 with one adult Fee: $20/child per program; members receive 10% discount

Explore the wild things in your backyard and beyond! Each week you will meet a different animal, make a craft and get wild with nature. Choose one or more dates.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

These programs require advance registration.

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Wild Things! - Spring 2017
Date: Session I: March 10, 17 &24
Session II: April 7, 14 & 28
Session III: May 5, 12 & 19
Time/Duration: 9:30-10:30 a.m. OR
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 years with one adult Fee: $50/child per session; Members receive 10% discount

Explore the wild things of your backyard and beyond! Each week you will meet an animal, make a craft and get wild with nature. Choose one or more sessions.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

These session programs require advance registration.

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Family Astronomy: Rocket Night
Date: Friday, July 7 Time/Duration: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  For individuals or groups of all ages Fee: $40/family; each additional rocket $35

For individuals or groups of all ages (one adult must be present for each child 8 years and younger) Your whole family can end summer with a bang on this fun night together. You’ll learn about aerodynamics with some cool demos. Work together to build and then launch your own rocket!

Instructors: Planetarium Staff

Advance registration is required for this evening.



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.



Family Campout Night
Date: Friday night - Saturday morning, June 16 - 17 Time/Duration: 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  For all ages Fee: $60/family
(Dinner included)

Want to try camping with your little ones, but don’t know where to start? Already a casual camping family looking for a reason to break out the old tent? Join us for our annual campout including dinner, a live animal visit, evening forest hike, fireside snacks and breakfast the next morning. You’ll also enjoy “Planetarium in your PJs”!

Please bring your tent and sleeping gear. A detailed letter of activities and items to bring will be sent upon registration.

In case of thunderstorms, all activities (including sleeping) will take place inside the Center.



Family Fishing Day
Date: Saturday, May 6 Time/Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  For families with children ages 5 and up Fee: $7/person

Here's your chance to introduce the family to fishing! Learn about the basics at the Center: equipment, how to cast, where to fish and what kind of fish you'll catch. Then head to Lake Erie to throw your line in the water. 

All equipment will be provided.

Adults and teens (ages 16 & up) who wish to fish must possess a valid fishing license.

One adult must accompany every 2 children registered for this program.

Instructor: Sarah Orlando, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator

Pre-registration required

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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.

or

Saturdays
June 24, July 15, August 19
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Time/Duration: .

  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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