MNS Calendar Listings - Aug-Sept '11


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The summer heat blazes on, but soon, school will be in and summer will be out. Don't miss some of our traveling summer exhibitions and look forward to our events and programs in the months of August and September.

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MNS Calendar Listings - Aug-Sept '11

  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jennifer Whitus, Communications Manager 214-426-4629 MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE CALENDAR LISTINGS August/September 2011 Beat the Heat with Cool Discoveries! Highlights Include: Summer-only exhibit – Chinasaurs, A New Dynasty of Dinosaurs – closes September 5 Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World, the IMAX® film takes you under water and back in time Dive into Dolphins, the Academy-Award nominated IMAX® film The final days of Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure – closes September 5 Dallas CityScape LEGO® exhibit cuts “Big D” down to size A Sneak-Peek at the new dino-adventure show, Terra Nova Special stage show performances for Labor Day Weekend Beer & Bones serves up some MAD Science Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, our mysterious, time- bending IMAX® film Registration for fall Little Explorers toddlers now open Bob the Builder debuts September 24
  2. 2. CHINASAURSNow Open Through September 5, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)You haven’t seen dinosaurs until you’ve seen Chinasaurs! T.rex, and Triceratops have nothingon the likes of Tarbosaurus, Tsintaosaurus or Psittacasaurus! Time is running out to seeChinasaurs - foreign creatures with exotic names that represent the very latest dinosaurdiscoveries. Immerse yourself in the prehistoric past and learn why China is the current pinnacleof paleontology. This exhibit is only open for a short time – the last day is September 5!Chinasaurs features more than 20 full-scale dinosaur skeletons – up to 42 feet long – andfossilized dinosaur nests and eggs. Five animatronic Chinasaurs that move around in life-likeways bring the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods to life. Interactive dig pits, hands-on“touchable” fossils and craft stations will further immerse you in the Chinasaurs experience!Extend your journey to the past by enhancing your Chinasaurs visit with an IMAX® film! Themoney-saving Double Dino package combines prehistoric China with ancient oceans by pairingthe Chinasaurs exhibit with the IMAX® film, Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World.Chinasaurs membership special!Join, upgrade or renew a Family or Family Plus membership during Chinasaurs, and get fiercedino-deals! Along with free admission to the museum, free guest passes to the IMAX® andPlanetarium shows and big savings on traveling exhibits… take advantage of these offers* andreceive free dinosaur visors, free passes to Chinasaurs, and exclusive availability for dinosaur-themed birthday parties!*offers vary based on level of membershipSEA REX: JOURNEY TO A PREHISTORIC WORLDNow Through September 5, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Twenty million years before dinosaurs roamed the Earth, “Sea Rexes” ruled the seas! Sea Rex:Journey to a Prehistoric World is the ultimate IMAX® experience. The story centers on a tourof a modern-day aquatic center. Soon the movie whisks you back through the Triassic, Jurassicand Cretaceous periods to discover creatures like the powerful Liopleurodon, the long-neckedElasmosaurus, the “eye-lizard” Ophthalmosaurus, the ferocious Prognathodon and the massiveShonisaurus.A perfect companion to Chinasaurs, the money-saving Double Dino package combines Sea Rexwith Chinasaurs - the dinosaur exhibit that celebrates prehistoric China.Details, photos and trailers for the film are available on the Official Sea Rex site.Showtimes and online ticketing are available by clicking here!
  3. 3. DOLPHINSNow playing through November 17, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Swimming with the dolphins – what better way could there be to cool off and find delight duringthe summer heat wave? Dolphins, our latest IMAX® offering, follows schools of the delightfulcreatures through the waters of the Bahamas and Patagonia. Get an inside look at how marinebiologists study their advanced communication methods and playful “friendships” with man.Dolphins is an Academy Award® nominated documentary narrated by acclaimed actor PierceBrosnan and featuring original music by Sting.Marine blogs, photos and behind-the-scenes information on the film are available on the Dolphinshome page. Critics say Dolphins “…finds and maintains the perfect balance of spectacular imagesand solid science.”Click here for showtimes and advance tickets!CHARLIE AND KIWI’S EVOLUTIONARY ADVENTURENow Open Through September 5, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Charlie’s two favorite animals are birds and dinosaurs! Now, thanks to a time-travelingadventure with his beloved great-grandfather, Charlie is going to learn about the surprisingrelationships between birds and dinosaurs!Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure kicks off with a delightful cartoon adventure, whereCharlie and his friend, the Kiwi, travel back in time to visit the dinosaurs. Along with great-grandpa Charlie, they’ll make an amazing discovery about the kiwi!The fun continues with interactive discovery boxes, games, puzzles and enchanting live budgiebirds!Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure is FREE for members and included with the cost ofgeneral admission for non-members.DALLAS CITYSCAPEJuly 30 – August 28, 2011MNS Nature Building (3535 Grand Ave. in Fair Park)“Big D” is now “Little D” – thanks to more than a million LEGO® bricks! Dallas CityScapeoffers miniature, colorful versions of the most famous landmarks of downtown Dallas, alongwith LEGO® versions of the American Airlines Center and the Museum of Nature & Science’sfuture home – the Perot Museum of Nature & Science – now under construction in Victory Park.
  4. 4. After exploring our LEGO® home town, visitors can get hands-on learning about engineeringand construction as they build their own LEGO® structures!Dallas CityScape is FREE for members and included with the cost of general admission for non-members.JOURNEY TO TERRA NOVA MOBILE EXPERIENCEAugust 16, 2011MNS Parking Lot (outside 1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Blend dinosaurs, time-travel, sci-fi and action and you get the new hit show, Terra Nova! ThisFox television blockbuster is executive produced by acclaimed film director Steven Spielberg. Thedino-drama premieres on September 26, but MNS viewers get an exciting preview thanks to theTerra Nova Mobile Experience!The bus houses a fully interactive video green screen where fans can insert themselves into theworld of Terra Nova and upload the videos to social media. The interior mirrors the landscapesof Terra Nova. See exciting sneak previews of the show and sample a unique Oxygen Bar.Visitors can collect Terra Nova prizes as well as enter to win a trip to Australia!Extend your dinosaur experience with MNS’ “Double Dino Deal!” The money-saving DoubleDino package combines the exciting Chinasaurs exhibit with IMAX® film, Sea Rex: Journey toa Prehistoric World. It’s like a land and sea cruise through the Mesozoic! And, on August 16,Terra Nova giveaways will be handed out to Chinasaurs visitors! (While supplies last)Journey to Terra Nova Mobile Experience is available 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and FREE for allpatrons!LABOR DAY WEEKENDSeptember 3-5, 2011Museum of Nature & Science (1318 S. 2nd Ave. and 3535 Grand Ave. in Fair Park)Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer – and we’re ending it with a bang! And a zap!And a few other explosive sounds… thanks to free holiday performances of our popular live stageshows! Electric Theater and Fire & Ice are usually just for private, reserved groups – but for LaborDay weekend everyone can experience the sparks and flames!Electric Theater is a light show like no other! The interactive performance reveals how batterieswork, the power of electro-magnetism, the static electricity that exists all around us and endswith a spectacular light show! Electric Theater shows are at 1pm on September 3-5.Fire & Ice exemplifies the power of temperature. Liquid Nitrogen, heating elements (includingthe human body) and mysterious gases are the focus of several interactive experiments.Volunteers will help freeze, burn and even (safely) blow up various items to demonstrate howstates of matter are affected by temperature. Fire & Ice shows are at 3pm on September 3-5.
  5. 5. Labor Day weekend also means the end of the Museum’s summer hours, which are9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – SaturdayNoon – 6:00 p.m. SundaysOn Tuesday, September 6, MNS reverts to its normal hours of operation10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – SaturdayNoon – 5:00 p.m. SundaysThe special Labor Day presentations are FREE to members and included with the cost of generaladmission for non-members.BEER & BONESSeptember 15, 2011; 7:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Play “mad scientist” after hours at the Museum of Nature & Science! In a special evening,adults-only Beer & Bones event, we’ll celebrate the FUN of science by playing with liquidnitrogen, test the chair of nails, create circuits out of PLAY-DOH and see the amazing things thathappen when you mix and match soap with dry ice!Along with the grown-up science experiments guests can enjoy a DJ to pump up the party, a cashbar, and light snacks, and special performances of our Electric Theater and Fire & Ice shows.Advance tickets are available online - $12 for non-members and $8 for members. Walk-uptickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members.Not a member? Join today!MUMMIES: SECRETS OF THE PHARAOHSNow playing through September 22, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Mummies of the past could improve our future! Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs is parthistoric journey, part forensic adventure and totally fascinating. The film features incredible newdiscoveries made by researchers and explorers. Watch as scientists piece together archeologicaland genetic clues to unlock the mysteries of ancient Egyptian mummies.Details, photos and trailers for the film are available on the official Mummies site. Film reviewsdeclare it “the best mummy movie yet” and “breathtaking.”Showtimes and online ticketing are available by clicking here!
  6. 6. BOB THE BUILDER: PROJECT BUILD IT!September 24, 2011 – January 8, 2012MNS’ Nature Building (3535 Grand Ave. in Fair Park)Fun and learning are “under construction” in this exciting, interactive exhibit based on the hittelevision show! Bob the Builder: Project Build It! fosters creativity and coordination throughopen-ended, discovery-based games and activities. An immersive environment surroundsstudents with an array of objects, tools, materials, media, sounds and colors. This exhibit willreally “build” curiosity, socialization and motor skills for preschoolers and young children!Bob the Builder is FREE for members and included with the cost of general admission for non-members.LITTLE EXPLORERSFall Registration is OPEN! Sessions begin September 12MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Little Explorer sessions are an interactive way for adults and little ones to have fun together,while encouraging your baby or young child’s insatiable curiosity! These popular Children’sMuseum programs are offered in eight-week sessions three times a year (fall, spring andsummer). Registration is now open for the fall sessions.Each session begins with circle time to introduce that day’s activity stations. Play time ends withmusic and movement fun. Get ready to wriggle, giggle and be sure to dress for a mess! Scribbles and Dribbles, ages 6-35 months and their adult companions Every Monday-Thursday at 11am Little Leonardos, ages 3-4 years and their adult companions Fridays at 11amLittle Explorers program pricing for non-members is $120 for each child, $60 for the secondchild per eight-week session. Member cost is $100 for the first child, $50 for the second childper each eight-week session. Registration is available online, by phone at 214-428-5555 x8, orvisit to download forms and mailing address.PLANETARIUM SHOWSPlanetarium Building (1620 First Ave. in Fair Park)No need to venture out into the heat! Experience the wonders of star-gazing in air-conditioned,indoor comfort. The MNS Planetarium offers the ideal way to learn all the beautiful names forthose bright objects in the sky. Planetarium shows include: Universe, Wonders of the Universe,Texas Night Sky, Secrets of the Sun and Cosmic Safari.
  7. 7. Complete descriptions of each show, showtimes and advance tickets for the Planetarium areavailable online. And, just for summer, MNS offers extra public Planetarium shows! Pleasecheck for details.MUSEM SLEEPOVERSBig kids like sleepovers too! MNS has enhanced its children ages 6-12 sleepover offerings withthe addition teen and young adult sleepovers. A whole new world of opportunities opens up whenthe Museum closes for the night. Sleepovers offer after-hours, “behind-the-scenes” access tointriguing exhibits, exclusive shows, and hands-on activities. Overnighters can explore MNS inall sorts of new ways through secretive scavenger hunts in darkened galleries, make “crafty”souvenirs to take home, charge their senses with a nighttime Electric Theater performance or Fireand Ice show - and wake up with an eye-opening IMAX® film.MNS sleepovers are great for schools, churches, scout troops, sports teams, and sororities – anygroup that wants to bond and have fun. Sleepovers focus on learning, team building, and mostimportantly, entertainment! And the MNS sleepover offerings provide even more age-appropriate customized fun for different age groups – kids, teens and young adults! Packagesalso include a late-night pizza snack and breakfast in the morning.For more information about themes and how to register visit our web site.BIRTHDAY PARTIESPast meets “presents” at MNS children’s birthday parties! The Museum has several themes fromwhich to choose – all are fun, feature hands-on crafts and exciting new ways to explore theMuseum. Packages also include a private party room, museum admission for each guest, freeparking, and a party host.And… for a limited time… MNS members can make your party “dino-mite” by incorporatingour Chinasaurs exhibit into the fun! Another great reason to join MNS today!Click here to learn about birthday party pricing, options and availability.GENERAL MUSEUM INFORMATIONRegular general exhibit admission is $10 for adults 18-61; $9 for seniors 62+ and students 12-17;$7 for children 2-11; children under 2 are free; MNS members of all ages are admitted for free.Military personnel and their families receive a $2 discount off MNS exhibit admission whentickets are purchased at the box office with Military ID.Chinasaurs admission requires a surcharge in addition to the purchase of MNS general exhibitadmission; Non-members are $5, MNS members are $3. Children under 2 are free.
  8. 8. IMAX® shows require additional tickets: $7 for adults 18-61 (member adults $6); $6 for seniors62+, and students 12-17 (member seniors and students $5); $6 for children 2-11 (memberchildren $5). Children under 2 are free.Planetarium tickets are $3.50 for non-member adults, students, seniors and children 2-11; $2.50for member adults, students, seniors and children ages 2-11. Children under 2 are free.Tickets for the Museum, IMAX® and Planetarium shows, and all special exhibits are availableonline.Regular hours of operation:10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – SaturdayNoon – 5:00 p.m. Sundays**Special summer hours May 28 - September 59:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – SaturdayNoon – 6:00 p.m. SundaysMNS hours are subject to change based on special exhibitions, holiday considerations or otherevents. Please check website for current hours.The Museum of Nature & Science campus is located in Fair Park. The Science Building is at 1318S. 2nd Ave., the Nature Building is at 3535 Grand Ave., and the Planetarium is at 1620 First Ave.,Dallas, TX, 75210.Access MNS from Interstate 30 near downtown Dallas. Parking is inside Fair Park via Gate 5 orGate 6 and is always free, except during State Fair. MNS can also be accessed via the newDART Green Line with stops at MLK, Jr. and Fair Park stations.Public Contact Information: 214-428-5555 or ###About the Museum of Nature & ScienceThe Museum of Nature & Science – the result of a unique merger in 2006 between the DallasMuseum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Childrens Museum – is an AAM-accredited non-profit educational organization located in Dallass Fair Park. In support of itsmission to inspire minds through nature and science, the museum delivers exciting, engaging andinnovative visitor experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collectionsprogramming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The facility alsoincludes the TI Founders IMAX® Theater and a cutting-edge digital planetarium. The Museumof Nature & Science is supported in part by funds from the City of Dallas Office of CulturalAffairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts and HP. The Museum of Nature & Science also isbuilding a new $185-million museum on a 4.7-acre site in Victory Park to complement the FairPark facilities. To learn more about the Museum of Nature & Science, please