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Younger visitors will likely enjoy a visit to the
Impression 5 Science Center
, located on 200 Museum Dr. (517-485-8116). Founded in 1972 by Marilynne Eichinger, the center moved to its downtown location in 1982, and today is considered one of the most important cultural and education resources in the area. The name refers to the five senses, all of which are engaged in the experience while visiting I-5.
The Impression 5 Science Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 5pm, and is open Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The center is closed on Mondays. The Potter Park Zoo of Lansing was founded in 1915 as Potter Park with 58 acres of land. It expanded and by 1920 more than 27 additional acres were added to the park. The first animals, including elk from nearby Moore’s Park were transferred to Potter Park. The first buildings, including the Lion House were constructed in 1930.The zoo grew in size through the 1970s and 1980s, when a zoo railroad that offered rides for 25 cents was added in 1974. A new educational center and animal clinic were recently added to the zoo, and this latest improvement even allows animals to be treated on the grounds rather than having to be taken to MSU’s veterinary facilities. The zoo is home to over 600 animals, many of them critically endangered. Seasonally offering camel and pony rides, a gift shop, concession stands and multiple interactive exhibits.
Admission to the zoo is $4.00 for adults (Lansing residents), and $10.00 for non-residents. Children ages three to 6 years old are $2.00, ages 2 and under are free.