Toytopia & A T.rex Named Sue Open at Michigan Science Center

Michigan Science Center has two special exhibits debuting this weekend – Toytopia and A T. rex Named Sue. My daughter is very excited for both exhibits and excited to visit the museum in general. The last time we visited was when they were the Detroit Science Center and had the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit. I will be attending a Media Event previewing both exhibits this morning and will be sharing more about the exhibits this week. Michigan Science Center will also be hosting my family for a detailed review in the near future.



Toytopia and A T. rex Named Sue debut, Mysteries of the Unseen World and 
Dinosaurs Alive! open in October



Detroit, Oct. 6, 2015 – Jurassic World fans, game lovers and science enthusiasts of all ages are sure to enjoy three brand-new limited engagement additions at the Michigan Science Center (MiSci). A T. rex Named Sue opens in the ITC Gallery in early October. Visiting Detroit for the first time, Sue is the largest, most complete, best-preserved T. rex ever. Opening on Oct. 17, Toytopiahighlights the science of play and the importance of invention. In the IMAX® theatre, Mysteries of the Unseen World shows audiences things that are beyond their normal vision, yet are literally right in front of their eyes and Dinosaurs Alive! is a global adventure of science and discovery – featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous.

“At the Michigan Science Center, we are always looking for new ways to stimulate children’s curiosity and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education,” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “These new interactive exhibits show kids and adults, in a fun way, that STEM and the opportunity to invent and discover is always all around them. We are excited to host playful and inspiring exhibits and films that allow curious minds of all ages to engage in the science of play.”



Toytopia is a new, interactive exhibit that focuses on learning through playing, inventing and discovering that STEM is in everything, including games! At 9,700 square feet, the exhibit features life-sized toys, vintage games and more. With fun and educational content, Toytopiahelps curious minds of all ages learn and grow through elements of wonder, curiosity, discovery and surprise.

Toytopia at Michigan Science Center

The exhibit will showcase more than 20 interactive areas. Highlights include:

  • LEGO® wall – A giant LEGO building wall stands waiting for guests to build, create and decorate using everyone’s favorite plastic building bricks.
  • Giant Jack In The Box – Features a “gear wall” on one side, where visitors can create complex and convoluted mechanisms to test out, as well as a “ball wall” on the other side, allowing guests to create a path using pipes and valleys for the balls to traverse.  
  • Retro Arcade – A collection of vintage 80s arcade games for visitors to play, including Donkey Kong Jr™, Asteroids™, Ms. Pac Man™, Dig Dug®, Pole Position™, Defender™ and Space Invaders®.
  • The “Big” Piano – Guests of all ages can test their musical talent and reenact that famous scene from the movie “Big” on Toytopia’s custom-made giant piano.
  • Life-Sized Doll House, Brain Teasers Play-Station, World’s Largest Etch a Sketch and more.

Visit for more information on Toytopia ticket packages.


A T. rex Named Sue

At 42-feet long and 12-feet high at the hips, Sue is the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. A dramatic, life-sized skeleton cast is the centerpiece of the exhibit, allowing visitors to get an eye-to-eye look at a separate cast of Sue’s 5-foot long skull that roars and growls. Additionally, interactive activities will surround the exhibit, including touchable casts of Sue’s teeth and bones, the ability to look through the eyes of a T. rex and a Triceratops, a 3D puzzle of Sue’s skeleton and programming highlighting the dramatic discovery of Sue.

A T. rex named Sue at Michigan Science Center

This exhibition was created by The Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald’s Corporation and presented by PVS Chemicals, Inc.


Entrance to A T. rex Named Sue is included with MiSci admission.


Mysteries of the Unseen World

MiSci’s newest IMAX® film transports audiences to places on the planet they’ve never been, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front of their eyes. Using high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and nanotechnology, the film shows things too slow, too fast, or too small to see with the naked eye. Additionally, audience members will discover that what we actually see is only a fraction of what there is on Earth.


Dinosaurs Alive!

Dinosaurs Alive! is a global adventure of science and discovery – featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous “reincarnated” life-sized for the giant IMAX® screen. Audiences will journey with some of the world’s preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us.


Visit for more information on IMAX® ticket packages.


About the Michigan Science Center
The Michigan Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment. The Science Center features five theaters, including Michigan’s largest screen at the Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium; the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the Chrysler Science Stage; a 9,800 square-foot Traveling Science Hall for special exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; Kids Town just for pint-size scientists; along with, education and outreach programs. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website,


Admission to the Michigan Science Center ranges from $14/11 (basic admission – adult/child or senior) to $24/21 (includes 2 shows – adult/child or senior).

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Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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