Destination Science: Summer at MNS


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The Museum of Nature & Science is your destination for summer fun this year. Choose from a wide range of exhibits, IMAX films, Planetarium shows and more for an adventure that is made for you.

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  1. 1. Media Contact:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Melinda Wenk, Communications Manager Direct: 214-426-4629 Main: 214-428-5555 x1387 Destination Science: Choose Your Own Summer Adventure at the Museum of Nature & Science in Fair Park Fly back to prehistoric skies with the pterosaurs, drive into the present on the Magic School Bus™, venture under the sea and journey through space with fun films, exhilarating exhibits, camps, live shows and Discovery Days family festivals(FAIR PARK, DALLAS – June 27, 2012) — Planning a summer vacation and picking a summer destination has neverbeen easier! Pack your suitcase and head over to the Museum of Nature & Science (MNS) in Fair Park to experience theultimate destination for science this summer. Destination Science: Choose Your Own Summer Adventure at MNSallows families, children and adults of all ages the freedom to map out a summer adventure unlike any other—all underone roof! With the support of 2012 Season Sponsor Time Warner Cable, there’s no doubt that the Museum is the No. 1destination for science this summer with adventures for all age groups and catering to various interests. Budding scientists to those passionate about nature and science are empowered to enjoy a uniquely fun,interactive journey at their own pace by exploring the permanent hands-on exhibits or the latest traveling exhibitsPlanet Shark: Predator or Prey and The Magic School Bus™ Kicks Up A Storm. When it’s time to kick back, visitorscan watch the Museum’s larger-than-life National Geographic IMAX® films Flying Monsters and Whales or see theTexas night sky in a Planetarium show, all offered daily during the summer. For those looking to map out a full weekendof family fun, the Museum offers select weekend-long family festivals with hands-on activities, demonstrations and guestexhibitors at Discovery Days. For caregivers who want their children to experience enriching, science education after theschool books and backpacks have been put away for the summer, MNS offers weeklong, half-day and full-day drop-off,educator-led programs and camps for children 6 months-6th grade. Even better, visitors get an extra hour of explorationwith the Museum’s extended hours during the summer, which are Monday-Saturday from10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundayfrom noon-6 p.m. Why stop there when the adventures continue into the night with the Museum’s Sleepovers, which offer a uniqueglimpse of MNS after the doors have closed to the public. Children ages 6-12 and their adult chaperone(s) can snore andexplore by experiencing what it’s like to sleep among fascinating exhibits and take part in a scavenger hunt, participate inworkshops and watch an IMAX® film all while learning team building. -More-
  2. 2. Destination Science: Choose You Own Summer Adventure/Page 2 Choose Your Own Summer Adventure – Underwater Traveler The ultimate destination for the “underwater traveler” is the Museum’s exhilarating Planet Shark exhibition where one becomes submerged in the wonders of the ocean and its marvelous creatures. Educational and appropriate for all ages, the 12,000 square-foot traveling exhibition consists of five galleries containing real fossilized shark’s teeth;fossilized, frozen sharks displayed in a glass tank; shark poo artifacts and memorabilia from the movie “Jaws,” includingminiature replicas of the shark cages used in the filming. The Planet Shark: Just for Kids area allows younger travelers to warm up to sharks with an imaginative, hands-on creativity area where they can contribute to daily art murals and assemble underwater-themed puzzles. Oceanaficionados of all ages can take their passion for “all things sharks” to the next level with exhibit enhancements including:Shark Dissections held Saturdays at 1 p.m. through September 15; weekly, live Shark Feedings held Wednesdays andFridays at 11 a.m. through September 14, and Sharky Sundays held two Sundays a month where visitors learn more aboutsharks and topics related to the underwater world, including ocean wildlife, engineering and conservation. All threeexhibit enhancements are free for MNS members and included with the cost of general exhibits admission for non-members. The Planet Shark Speaker Series, which features discussions by oceanography field experts, ends Thursday,July 19 with David Gallo, Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and featured inUnderwater Universe on “The History Channel.” The final Speaker Series event on July 19 is free and includes access toPlanet Shark before the lecture, from 6-7 p.m. A reservation is required for admission to the Speaker Series event.Admission to the Planet Shark exhibition requires a surcharge to general exhibits admission and includes access to allMNS buildings. The underwater journey wouldn’t be complete without a swim to see the IMAX® film Whales now showing in the79-foot-domed TI Founders IMAX® Theater. The film explores the habitats and lives of the humpback, right, blue andorca whales, and other entrancing sea creatures. With the Twin Fin ticket bundle deal, which includes admission toPlanet Shark and any IMAX® film, including Whales, visitors can save money all while experiencing the glory of theunderwater world. Choose Your Own Summer Adventure – Curious Meteorologist Those who prefer public transportation and don’t mind braving the elements can hop on board the Magic SchoolBus with Ms. Frizzle™ and her class to experience the phenomenal world of weather with The Magic School Bus™ ™Kicks Up A Storm. Locally supported by Lockheed Martin, and based on the best-selling Scholastic books and the ever-popular television series, this bilingual, hands-on traveling exhibit houses seven interactive computer stations and whisksvisitors to three interactive environments—Ms. Frizzle’s Classroom, the bus itself, which is transformed into a WeatherObservatory, and the Walkerville Weather Center. -More-
  3. 3. Destination Science: Choose You Own Summer Adventure/Page 3 Passengers with their “heads in the clouds”– curious to know what causes lighting and what it feels like toexperience a snowstorm and hurricane – will be in weather heaven with this science-based, educational exhibit, whichincludes book readings with the Dallas Public Library on select Saturdays through the run of the exhibit. The MagicSchool Bus™ exhibit and book readings are free to MNS members and included with the cost of general exhibitsadmission for non-members. Choose Your Own Summer Adventure – Traveling Nomad Turned Scientist For the young, traveling nomad who thirsts for adventure and discovery, and longs to know “why?”, theMuseum’s theme-based summer programs and camps will help nurture the need to be in the know. Sponsored byTexas Instruments, the Museum’s summer 2012 programs cater to children ages 6 months to 6th grade and include thefull-day, full-week Discovery Camp (kindergarten-6th grade) and the half-day, full week Discovery Camp, Jr. (ages 3-4years). “The Museum of Nature & Science is thrilled to be able to offer such a wide variety of programming this summerallowing children to discover the area of science that moves them most,” said Steve Hinkley, vice president of programs atMNS. “At the Museum, we understand how important it is to integrate educational instruction with hands-on, creativeexperiments and activities catered to each child’s developmental level, and these camps are the perfect way to motivateand engage children during their summer break.” Camps began June 11, 2012, and, depending upon the camp, extend through August 17, 2012. Thanks to thetremendous support of Texas Instruments, the Museum is able to offer enriching summer programs that allow children tobe creative and explore science in their everyday lives. “We’re glad to partner with the Museum of Nature & Science to make summer fun for camp-goers through alearning experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” said Andy Smith, Texas Instruments directorof corporate philanthropy. “The children who enjoy these summer programs may someday create the next technologybreakthroughs. But even those who don’t become the next generation of scientists or engineers will face jobs in the futurethat require advanced STEM skills. We want to help support their academic success and excitement about STEM.” Choose Your Own Summer Adventure – Sky-high Explorer Boarding pass in hand, suitcase in tow and no time for a snooze on this flight, the next destination at MNS is forthe science-seeker who’s ready to fly back in time 160 million years to the prehistoric world of pterosaurs. The IMAX®film Flying Monsters, with veteran filmmaker David Attenborough, is appropriate for all ages and uses cutting-edgetechnology to take passengers to an environment where one pterosaur’s wingspan was the size of a small jet plain. For those who prefer to soar through outer space, take a peek at the solar system or the sky at night in Texas, theMNS Planetarium offers a variety of daily shows throughout the summer. -More-
  4. 4. Destination Science: Choose You Own Summer Adventure/Page 4For a chance to witness hair flying high above one’s head as electrons travel over the body using a Van de Graaffgenerator, visitors can stop by the Museum’s Live Stage Shows including the “electrifying” and highly interactive showElectric Theater. Live Shows are held each Saturday at noon and 3 p.m. and often involve audience participation.Additional Live Shows include Fire & Ice and Superhero Science. Descriptions, show times and ticket prices for IMAX®,Planetarium and Live Shows are available online at and are subject to change. The Museum’s sleepovers are perfect for the “night owl” seeking adventure well into the evening and after theMuseum’s doors have closed to the public. Children ages 6-12, and an adult chaperone(s), will get a one-of-a-kindexperience at the Museum after hours. Each sleepover consists of a snack in the evening, scavenger hunt through thepermanent exhibits, hands-on workshops incorporating the sleepover theme, a live stage show, an IMAX® film and a lightbreakfast to send visitors soaring into the next day. The High Flyin’ Fun After Dark sleepover is offered July 21-22 andAugust 4-5, and the newest sleepover called Mystery in the Museum will be held September 15-16. At Mystery in theMuseum, children become crime-solvers by using optical illusions, fingerprinting and the science of chromatography tohelp locate a priceless Museum artifact that has gone missing due to the cleaning and packing for the January 2013transition (of the current Museum) to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, located in Victory Park. This particularsleepover offers the unique opportunity to view MNS collection items, brought out from the archives, which have notbeen on display for years. Registration for the sleepovers closes one week prior to the event, and sleepovers also areoffered in combination with Scouting Adventures featuring badge/pin workshops. Choose Your Own Summer Adventure – Gone In 60 Seconds The mode of transportation doesn’t matter for the next stop on your MNS Destination Science adventure.Families, children and adults will encounter a new discovery around each corner on select weekends with Discovery Daysfamily festivals. Back for the fourth year, Discovery Days are a series of weekend festivals that take place in November,February, June, July and August. The entire weekend is filled with hands-on activities, guest exhibitors, livedemonstrations and interactive exhibits highlighting a specific theme. Upcoming Discovery Days family festivals includeDiscover Underwater Worlds July 14-15 and Discover Going Green sponsored by Ernst &Young on August 11-12, 2012.Discovery Days are free for members and included in the cost of general admission for non-members. Museum/exhibition extended summer hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.,and the Museum will be open for Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (September 3) holidays. Save time and avoidlines by purchasing advance tickets online at, now with no more online service fee. MNS membersreceive access to special member-only events, free admission to the museum general exhibits and discounts on travelingexhibits, IMAX® films and Planetarium shows. Visit or call 972-201-0602 to join today! The MNScampus is located in Fair Park. The Science Building is at 1318 South Second Avenue, the Nature Building is at 3535Grand Avenue and the Planetarium is located is at 1620 First Avenue. -More-
  5. 5. Destination Science: Choose You Own Summer Adventure/Page 5About the Museum of Nature & ScienceThe Museum of Nature & Science – the result of a unique merger in 2006 between the Dallas Museum of Natural History, TheScience Place and the Dallas Childrens Museum – is an AAM-accredited non-profit educational organization located in Dallass FairPark. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovativevisitor experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers,families and life-long learners. The facility also includes the TI Founders IMAX® Theater and a cutting-edge digital planetarium. TheMuseum of Nature & Science is supported in part by funds from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commissionon the Arts and HP. To learn more about the Museum of Nature & Science, please visit Museum of Nature & Science also is building a new $185-million museum on a 4.7-acre site in Dallas’ Victory Park, at the cornerof Woodall Rodgers Highway and Field Street, to complement the Fair Park facilities. The Perot Museum has been named in honor ofMargot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50-million gift announced in May 2008 by their children – Katherine Reeves, Carolyn Rathjen,Suzanne McGee, Nancy Perot Mulford and Ross Perot, Jr. The architect is 2005 Pritzker Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firmMorphosis Architects. To learn more about the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, go to Texas InstrumentsTexas Instruments semiconductor innovations help 90,000 customers unlock the possibilities of the world as it could be – smarter,safer, greener, healthier and more fun. Our commitment to building a better future is ingrained in everything we do – from theresponsible manufacturing of our semiconductors, to caring for our employees, to giving back inside our communities. This is just thebeginning of our story. Learn more at Time Warner Cable North TexasTime Warner Cable is bringing the best in technology, innovation and entertainment to the North Texas community. Thanks in part toa recently completed improvement project, all North Texas residential and commercial customers passed by Time Warner Cable, nowhave access to the latest technology delivered over a robust fiber rich network. Customers can choose to bundle Digital Home Phone,Road Runner High Speed Internet service and digital video service from one local provider. Plus, Time Warner Cable delivers full-time, local customer service and technical support available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, or call 972-PICK TWC (972-742-5892).About Lockheed MartinHeadquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 123,000 peopleworldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advancedtechnology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion. ###