Cranbrook Institute of Science opens new exhibit called Rainforest Adventure

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 18:15:26-04

Looking for something to do with your children that's fun and educational?

The Cranbrook Institute of Science opened a new exhibit called Rainforest Adventure. Spokesperson Michele Arquette-Palermo said, "We want them to understand how important rainforests are to our everyday lives."

It's an interactive maze that takes you through a jungle of information, including live animals like lizards, spiders and snakes. "Helps people get a visual of what they could expect to see in the rainforest."

You make your way through the maze and face questions. If you answer correctly, you move forward.

If you are wrong, you will go down a path that is a dead end, but there will be a fun fact to read. "And then they turn around and they go back the other way." The maze has monkey bars, a spider web you can climb and a short zip line. "Not only are they interacting and having fun but they are also learning facts about our rainforest." 

There is even a spot where you can smell every day items we have in our home like coffee and fruits that come from the rainforest.

And did you know there are rainforests in the U.S.?

"For instance we have them in the Pacific Northwest, along the coast of Oregon and Washington and up into southeast Alaska," Arquette-Palermo added.

The exhibit will be open to the public until September 4th.

Cranbrook Institute of Science, is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day: Mondays - Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sundays noon-4 p.m. 

Regular admission is $13 for adults and $9.50 for children 2-12 and senior citizens (65+); children under 2 and members are admitted free.

Admission is free after 5 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.

Other Fridays and all Saturdays after 5 p.m.admission is reduced to $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 2-12 and senior citizens.

Children under 2 and members are admitted free.

For information about becoming a member of Cranbrook Institute of Science, call (248) 645-3200 or visit