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Passport to Discovery March 7 plus Spring Break hours at Kingman Museum!

Next Passport to Discovery film March 7!

Kingman Museum and Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek together present the 76th Annual Passport to Discovery Film Series! For the third presentation in this year’s compilation, we are excited to present the travel documentary “Spain & Portugal.”

Bring the whole family and join us at the Kool Family Community Center on Saturday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m. Single tickets $9 at the door. Children 12 and under free if accompanied by adult. Raffle prizes and light refreshments available.

Join filmmaker Marlin Darrah for an inspired journey through dynamic cities in Spain and Portugal. From lovely Lisbon and Fatima to the heart of Seville and Barcelona, he will offer valuable insight beyond the social media and evening news.

Marlin Darrah is probably the world’s most traveled filmmaker. He is the award-winning executive director and cinematographer of the renowned Portland, Oregon-based production company, International Film & Video. His 34 years of production experience have taken him to more than 140 countries worldwide, yielding more than 70 documentary and travel-adventure programs to date. PBS, the History Channel, & Discovery Channel have aired Darrah’s international footage or programs.

Recently, a two-hour documentary he shot and directed in Egypt was screened at the Cairo Opera House to an audience of 3,000 guests. His productions have been screened and won awards at more than 15 national and international film festivals in Rome, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, British Columbia and many others. We are excited to welcome Marlin Darrah to Battle Creek!

Kingman Museum open April 6 – 10 for Spring Break!

If you’re looking for things to do during Spring Break, Kingman Museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 10! Admission will be free like on weekends, and planetarium shows will be shown every 15 minutes after the hour with the first show at 11:15 a.m. and the last one at 3:15 p.m.!

Statewide Astronomy Night April 17!

Kingman Museum is once again partnering with Michigan State University and other organizations across the Mitten to celebrate Statewide Astronomy Night April 17 from 5 to 8 p.m.! Join us for FREE as we visualize the invisible with new activities, hands-on Earth & Space demonstrations sponsored by National Informal Science Education (NISE) Network, and themed refreshments. Enjoy a planetarium show and seasonal star talk while learning more about our place within the Milky Way. Participants are also encouraged to set up telescopes in neighboring Leila Arboretum.

Planetarium shows shown will be an April night sky Star Talk at 5:15 p.m., “Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope” at 6:15 p.m., and “Stars of the Pharaohs” at 7:15 p.m. Kingman Museum’s website has full descriptions of the shows.

This is an official event of the MSU Science Festival, a multi-day series of events that highlight science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Visit their website for more information and other events in this series.

Solar Week is coming up!
If you’re interested in space science, there is an entire week on the topic coming up at the end of March!

March 23 to 27 is Solar Week, sponsored by NASA and the University of California, Berkeley, features online activities and games for students each day focusing on different aspects of the Earth-Sun relationship, as well as a live webinar where you can ask scientists about the sun, solar energy and NASA solar missions.