‘Rain Research’ and Free Admission on tap April 12 at the Michigan Historical Museum

A fun family program that explores the science of rain will be the highlight of a free admission day on Saturday, April 12, at the Michigan Historical Museum. Admission that day is courtesy of the museum’s Docent Guild.

The Second Saturday program, “Rain Research,” will highlight the day. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. families can drop by the museum to learn all about rain. Activities include making a rain gauge, creating a thunderstorm in a can and learning about the water cycle. The first 200 children who attend will also receive a free weather backpack courtesy of the Michigan Historical Center.

While at the museum, visitors can also take in the special exhibit “Lake Effects,” which explores the history and science of weather in Michigan, and the museum’s permanent galleries.

“Our museum docents help thousands of visitors each year learn more about Michigan’s history and heritage,” said Michigan Historical Center Director Sandra Clark. “By sponsoring this free admission day, they continue their great volunteer work on behalf of the museum and the Lansing community.”

Rain Research is part of the museum’s Second Saturday program featuring families and children creating make-it, take-it crafts and participating in hands-on activities that relate to the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Michigan businesses interested in sponsoring a day at the museum to provide free admission in exchange for promotional considerations should contact Carol Payne at 517-373-2565 or PayneC@michigan.gov.

The museum and visitor parking are on the north side of Kalamazoo Street, one block east of M. L. King Jr. Boulevard. Weekend parking is free.

The Michigan Historical Center is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its museum and archival programs help people discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage. It includes the Michigan Historical Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve and the Archives of Michigan. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/michiganhistory.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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