Proceeds support hands-on learning activities at the museum, which welcomed its 250,000th visitor in 2010. The museum offers year-round, school break and summer programs in about 5,000 square feet of gallery and program space.
Popular programs include Toddler Time, featuring developmental free-play activities led by a museum educator; NanoDays, part of a nationwide celebration of nanoscale science; and Make it Mondays, featuring crafts — from solar prints to concrete creations — to make and take home.
“The overall goal is to encourage creativity and critical thinking and the sorts of skills that might not be so commonly taught in schools,” said museum executive director John Noonan. “We’re trying to help children and families get creative and better informed.”
Gala tickets are $50 at the museum or online at greatlakeskids.org. For more information, call 932-4526.