Labor Day Weekend at MNS
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Another three day weekend is upon us, and we're ending summer with a bang at the Museum of Nature & Science. Monday, 9/5/11 marks the last day of two traveling exhibits and our extended summer hours.

Another three day weekend is upon us, and we're ending summer with a bang at the Museum of Nature & Science. Monday, 9/5/11 marks the last day of two traveling exhibits and our extended summer hours.

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  • 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jennifer Whitus, Communications Manager 214-426-4629 jwhitus@natureandscience.org Summer Ends with a Bang at MNS Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5, Final Chances for Traveling Exhibits and Summer Hours, Plus Free Stage Shows DALLAS (August 30, 2011) – Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, andthe Museum of Nature & Science is ending it with a bang! And a few zaps! And acouple of bittersweet farewells. During the Labor Day holiday weekend, on Sept. 3-5,the Museum is offering last chances to see two summer exhibits, free performances of itspopular stage shows, and the final days for extended summer hours. Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 5 – will see the extinction of the remarkable Chinasaursexhibit. Chinasaurs visitors are greeted by twenty life-sized dinosaur skeletons and fivelife-like, moving animatronics – all representing rare, lesser-known animals discovered inChina. Chinasaurs creatures range in size from 42 feet long, to the mini-dinos who arethe size of a small dog. Fossils, egg casts, touchable skin impression kiosks and an eye-popping video from Asia enhance the exotic Chinasaurs experience. Another traveling exhibit, Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure, also closeson Labor Day. “Charlie and Kiwi” centers on a young boy, Charlie, his bird friend, Kiwiand his great-great grandfather Charlie as they travel through time to investigate thedisappearance of the dinosaurs. Charlie and Kiwi is geared towards children ages three cont.
  • 2. Labor Day Weekend at MNS, page 2years and up, and caters to both English and Spanish speakers. Visitors get hands-onlessons on animals’ abilities to adapt and survive over time. After viewing a charming, animated story, children can mill through the colorfulkiosks and play games and engage in activities relating to Charlie’s discoveries. Livebudgie birds are part of the exciting display. “Charlie and Kiwi” is free for members andincluded with regular admission for non-members. Labor Day weekend will also see several performances of MNS’ incredibly popularstage shows, Fire & Ice and Electric Theater. These shows will be performed at varioustimes during all three days of the holiday weekend, are free for members and includedwith regular admission for non-members. Electric Theater is a light show like no other – the interactive performancedemonstrates how batteries work, the power of electro-magnetism, the static electricitythat exists all around us and ends with a spectacular light show! Audiences willexperience such mechanical marvels as the Tesla coil, plasma ball and Van de Graafgenerator. Electric Theater shows are at 1 p.m. Sept. 3-5. Fire & Ice exemplifies the power of temperature. Liquid Nitrogen, heating elements(including the human body) and mysterious gases are the focus of several interactiveexperiments. Audience volunteers will help freeze, burn and even (safely) blow upvarious items to demonstrate how states of matter are affected by temperature. Fire &Ice shows are at 3 p.m. Sept. 3-5. Labor Day weekend also marks the final days of extended summer hours. Weekendhours are Saturday and Monday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday noon – 6 p.m. BeginningTuesday, Sept. 6 hours return to the “regular” Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. andSunday noon – 5 p.m. schedule. MNS general exhibit admission is $10 for adults 18-61; $9 for seniors 62+ andstudents 12-17; $7 for children 2-11; children under 2 are free; MNS members of all agesare admitted for free. Chinasaurs admission requires a surcharge in addition to the cont.
  • 3. Labor Day Weekend at MNS, page 3purchase of MNS general exhibit admission; Non-members are $5, MNS members are$3. Children under 2 are free. Museum visitors can get more bang for their buck with the purchase of the DoubleDino Deal which pairs Chinasaurs with the IMAX® film, Sea Rex: Journey to aPrehistoric World. Sea Rex takes place during a tour of a modern-day aquatic center. Soon the moviewhisks audiences back through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to discovercreatures like the powerful Liopleurodon, the long-necked Elasmosaurus, the “eye-lizard” Ophthalmosaurus, the ferocious Prognathodon and the massive Shonisaurus. Sea Rex and all other IMAX® films require separate ticket purchases. Tickets for theTI Founders’ IMAX® Theater are $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, and childrenages 2-11; children under 2 are free; Museum members receive a $1 discount on allIMAX® tickets. By pairing both the exhibit and film together, Museum-goers can save money as theyexperience the full reach of MNS’ prehistoric adventures. The non-member cost for theDouble Dino Deal is $21 for adults 18-61, $17 for children 2-11 and $19 for bothstudents (12-17) and seniors (62+). Members have access to even greater savings on theDouble Dino Deal, paying only $9 for adults and $8 for children, students and seniors. While it lasts, MNS is also offering a Chinasaurs membership special. Join, upgradeor renew a Family or Family Plus membership during Chinasaurs, and receive freedinosaur visors (while supplies last), free passes to Chinasaurs, and exclusive offers fordinosaur-themed birthday parties. Offers vary based on level of membership. But, likeall members, those who join during Chinasaurs will enjoy free admission to the museumgeneral exhibits, guest passes to the IMAX® and Planetarium shows, access to specialmember-only events and discounts on traveling exhibits. Museum-goers can save time and avoid lines by buying advance tickets online at cont.
  • 4. Labor Day Weekend at MNS, page 4natureandscience.org. Further information is available by calling 214-428-5555 orvisiting the Museum online at www.natureandscience.org. ###About the Museum of Nature & ScienceThe Museum of Nature & Science – the result of a unique merger in 2006 between theDallas Museum of Natural History, The Science 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 museumdelivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor 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. The Museum of Nature & Science issupported in part by funds from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the TexasCommission on the Arts and HP. The Museum of Nature & Science also is building anew $185-million museum on a 4.7-acre site in Victory Park to complement the Fair Parkfacilities. To learn more about the Museum of Nature & Science, please visitnatureandscience.org.