Don't let the quiet libraries and serious classrooms fool you. There are plenty of programs and activities on campus to amuse and amaze young people.
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Animal Diversity Web
Kingdom Animalia comes to the Internet with the Animal Diversity Web, a collection of information about mammals, birds, amphibians and the like. Animals' physical characteristics, natural history, geographic range and classification are included.
Dino Mite Birthday Parties at the Museum of Natural History
Your child and his/her friends can enjoy a "prehistoric" experience at the Museum of Natural History. The 90 minute party includes a scavenger hunt with a short dinosaur exhibit tour, hands-on dinosaur fossil activities, all decorations, paper products, invitations, juice, a dinosaur gift for birthday child and prizes for guests. Recommended ages for the party are for 4 to 10-year-olds.
Phone: (734) 764-0478
Museum of Natural History of Natural History
The Museum features exhibits on prehistoric life, including the largest collection of dinosaurs in Michigan. Other exhibits showcase Michigan wildlife, Native Americans, anthropology, geology and astronomy. There are also seasonally changing planetarium shows, educational programs, guided tours, workshops, exhibit openings, lectures and special event
Phone: (734) 764-0478
Kids Go Blue Club
Committed to continuing support for the "Champions of the West," the Kids Go Blue Club is an all-sports fan club just for young people (children 13 and under), allowing them to enjoy the excitement of Michigan men's and women's athletic events. The membership includes a membership card, quarterly newsletters, free admission to regular season home events (excluding football, men's basketball and ice hockey), and opportunities for special birthday parties before these athletic events.
The Arb is the University's 123-acre environmental jewel. Situated on the banks of the Huron River, it is open to the public to showcase the human relationship with the environment. The Arb features trees, shrubs, prairies, an array of plants and its renowned Peony Garden. Admission is free and tours are available.
Phone: (734) 647-7600
The U-M Planetarium, housed in the Museum of Natural History of Natural History, is open on weekends, weekdays around major holidays, and weekday afternoons in July and August. Special group appointments also can be made during the week. Study topics include the moon, solar system, stars and night sky as well as other astronomical topics.
Phone: (734) 764-0480
Yost Ice Arena
The U-M Athletic Department's Yost Ice Arena provides yearround programs for young people, including learn-to-skate classes, youth hockey clinics, parent-and-tot skates and public skating seven days a week.