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April 13, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Old Main | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni

Bring your kids and grandkids to the first College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Alumni Family Day. Wayne State Alumni can bring their families to enjoy the exciting attractions and activities offered inside and near Wayne State’s most iconic building, Old Main. Come and go at any time, just be sure to pick up your passport and map at the Check In station in the basement of Old Main. Completed passports earn families a small prize. 

What’s Happening and Where:

Old Main Level 0 (Underground):

Check In Station- All guests please check in to receive passport/map for the day. 

Geology Mineral MuseumDetroit's first geology mineral museum is home to over 350 artifacts on display spanning a collection of nearly 50 agates from across the globe. The museum also features a private collection once owned by Thomas Edison and a display of antique miners' lamps dating as far back as the 1800s.

Planetarium - The Wayne State Planetarium is home to a Spitz High Definition Digital Projection System which enables us to present amazing fulldome films.  The following three shows will take place during this event:  

10:00 a.m.  Polaris: the Space Submarine and the mystery of the polar nights:

A traveling penguin from the South Pole and a funny polar bear from the North pole meet on arctic sea ice. They become friends observing the night sky together and wondering why night is so long at the poles of the Earth. This mystery leads them on a scientific adventure by building an improvised spaceship to travel around the Earth to learn about seasons, visit Mars and Saturn to learn about ice in the solar system and how planets have similarities and differences which make them unique.

12:30 p.m. Dynamic Earth:

Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Ride along on the swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes. 24 minutes running time

2:00 p.m.  Dawn of the Space Age:

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing (July 20, 1969) the Wayne State Planetarium is thrilled to offer our guests the film Dawn of the Space Age in a limited edition viewing throughout 2019. From the launch of Sputnik to private space flight, this film explores the first 40 years of space exploration.  Join us as we reflect on the amazing innovation, exploration, success and failure  humans have accomplished as we have explored space. 40 minutes running time.

Make Slime with the Department of Chemistry!

Be a Roman! Mosaic Making and "Chariot races" with Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Experience activities with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders including:Sound wave machine, Homemade string instruments, and Tuning fork and sound waves. 

Audiology table where you can receive a hearing test or witness ripples caused by a tuning fork in a bowl of water. SLP will display anatomical models of the brain as well as the speech and hearing mechanisms. 

Old Main Level 1 (above ground):

Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of AnthropologyThe Secret Life of Things: Sixty Years of Museum Anthropology  at Wayne State University is currently open at the Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of Anthroplogy in Old Main. In celebration of the Museum's 60th Anniversary, this exhibit features 60 notable objects from the Museum's vaults that reflect the breadth and depth of this institution's global collections, local history, and associated personalities. As an assemblage, these 60 objects showcase the diversity of cultures, technologies, and histories represented in the Museum's extensive ethnographic, archaeological, and archival collections.

  • Come explore the secrets of our exhibit through our scavenger hunt! We have different scavenger hunts for anthropolgists of all ages!  Can you solve all the puzzles?
  • Check out our touch and feel table! We'll have different objects for you to pick up and study the way an anthropologist does.

Excavating chocolate chips out of cookies with Wayne State Archeology! 

Instant Poetry and Fiction with the Department of English! 

"Understanding why Michigan got rid of Gerrymandering" and "The Pros and Cons of Straight Ticket Voting" with Wayne State Political Science.

Learn about our new Neuroscience program in our human brain exhibit.

Psychology in Action! Learn about psychological concepts and experience psychological phenomena while engaging in fun activities.Try the Stroop Effect boards, the Perception Goggle Challenge, the Tower of Hanoi, and create your own Rorschach Inkblot. 

Biological Sciences Building

5047 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI 48202: Explore the Natural History Museum presented by Department of Biological Sciences 

Parking Recommendations

ParkDetroit offers metered parking near Old Main for $1.00/hour on Cass Avenue, Warren Avenue, and W. Hancock St. You can pay at a nearby kiosk using cash or credit card. Instructions on how to use this simple metered street parking option are available online.            

Parking Structure #6 (Welcome Center Garage) located at 61 Putnam St. between Woodward and Cass is $2.00 for the first 20 minutes or fraction of, $1.00 each additional 20 minutes or fraction of, $12.00 max. Credit card and cash are both payment options.

Parking Structure 8 located at 91 W. Forest between Woodward and Cass, adjacent to Studio One apartments and University Towers accepts credit card and cash as payment options. $2.00 for the first 20 minutes or fraction of, $1.00 each additional 20 minutes or fraction of, $12.00 max.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

A couple of FAQs have arisen. 

Q: Can you give me the appropriate ages of children that would most benefit from the various  activities?   

A: Children age 5 - 14.  

Q: Do I have to arrive at the start time? 

A: No, as long as you RSVP, you can check in at any time of the day and leave whenever you please. 


For more information about this event, please contact Steve Zoski at 313-577-1171 or