Live Shows & Demonstrations

Experience how our demonstrations, shows and programs bring science to life! Teachers: get GLCEs related to shows and demonstrations here.

Centennial and Cell Labs

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Centennial Lab

Meet our educators and docents and do hands-on interactive activities in our Centennial and Cell Labs. All ages can discover a variety of science topics with themed activities in chemistry, physics, engineering, life science and technology. Activity times vary depending on topic. Demonstration times vary depending on activity. Reservations not required.

DTE Energy Sparks Theater

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Hair RaisingEnter our amazing Faraday cage and witness the incredible “hair-raising” Sparks Electricity Show! “Spark-tacular” performers demonstrate how electricity affects the world in all forms through electromagnets and static electricity, creating plasma and exploring different states of matter. Behold our shocking Tesla coil and the incredible exploding wire! Demonstrations last approximately 30 minutes. Free with paid admission.

Chrysler Science Stage

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Live, interactive shows make science fun! Join our stage performers as they conduct exciting educational programs and presentations! Show themes change on a regular basis and last approximately 30 minutes. Free with paid admission.

PrintOur current show, Put it to the Test, demonstrates what the awesome forces of our atmosphere can do. From firing a Ping-Pong ball at over 100 miles per hour, to vacuum packing a volunteer, to launching a rocket, we do it all with just the air we breathe!  Come see these DIY science experiments that you can try at home.

If you enjoyed the show and want to bring the science home, here are some great links on how to do-it-yourself. Be sure to get a parent’s permission.


Toyota Engineering 4D Theater

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Enter the exciting world of engineering with a theater experience like no other. This immersive, multi-media theater will take you on an interactive journey into the world of real-life engineers. Our current show, Adrenaline, features fast-paced, heart-pumping action that will literally take you for a ride. Meet an Olympic kayaker who designed and built the world’s largest man-made whitewater rafting park; a NASA Jet Propulsion Lab engineer working on a six-legged robotic rover for the next moon mission; and a Toyota engineer who will take you off-road and on the race track as she designs an air delivery system for the Tundra full-size pickup truck. Audiences will be rocked in their seats, as wind blows and water spritzes throughout this one-of-a-kind show. Free with paid admission.