MNS Calendar Listings - July & August '11

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As we blaze through the summer, MNS stays cool with exciting exhibits, IMAX films, family festivals and more! Don't miss traveling exhibit, Chinasaurs, before it becomes extinct.

As we blaze through the summer, MNS stays cool with exciting exhibits, IMAX films, family festivals and more! Don't miss traveling exhibit, Chinasaurs, before it becomes extinct.

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  • 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jennifer Whitus, Communications Manager 214-426-4629 jwhitus@natureandscience.org MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE CALENDAR LISTINGS July/August 2011 Hot Summer, Cool Discovery! Highlights Include: Summer-only exhibit – Chinasaurs, A New Dynasty of Dinosaurs – nearing extinction! 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 summer discovery of Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure final month Discover Construction, the August offering of our wildly popular Discovery Days series Dallas CityScape LEGO® exhibit cuts “Big D” down to size A Sneak-Peek at the new dino-adventure show, Terra Nova A sweet treat with Lemons to Aid Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, our mysterious, time- traveling IMAX® film Registration for MNS Summer Children’s Programs is still available Registration for fall offering of Little Explorers now open
  • 2. CHINASAURSNow Open Through September 5, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)You’ve heard of T.rex, but how about Tarbosaurus? Or Tsintaosaurus? New for summer arethe Chinasaurs - 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. You haven’t seen dinosaurs until you’ve seen Chinasaurs!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 our latest IMAX® experience. The story centers on a tour of amodern-day aquatic center. Soon the movie whisks you back through the Triassic, Jurassic andCretaceous 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. DOLPHINSNow playing through November 17, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Dolphins are some of the most playful and charming creatures in the oceans. And swimmingalong with them is a great way to cool off this summer! Dolphins, our latest IMAX® offering,follows schools of the delightful creatures through the waters of the Bahamas and Patagonia, asmarine biologists study their advanced communication methods and playful “friendships” withman.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)Meet Charlie! Charlie loves birds. Charlie loves dinosaurs. Charlie is about to discover asurprising link 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 even live budgie birds!Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure is FREE for members and included with the cost ofgeneral admission for non-members.DISCOVER CONSTRUCTIONAugust 13-14, 2011MNS Science Building and Nature Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. and 3535 Grand Ave. in Fair Park)Excitement is “building” over this weekend-long family festival!In honor of the new Perot Museum of Nature & Science, currently under construction in VictoryPark, our newest Discovery Days offering is all about building!
  • 4. Visitors will get to create bridges, skyscrapers and domes out of all kinds of different materials(even candy!), then learn about the various structures different animals call home. Outsideexhibitors for Discover Construction include the American Society of Civil Engineers, the DallasZoo and the Urban Honeybee Guild.MNS Discovery Days are weekend-long festivals of highly-specialized fun and learning! Eachweekend has a specific theme – the next is Discover Reptiles coming in November!All of the Discovery Days festivals are FREE to members and included with the cost of generaladmission for non-members.DALLAS CITYSCAPEJuly 30 – August 28, 2011MNS Nature Building (3535 Grand Ave. in Fair Park)A massive replica of the Dallas skyline and local landmarks– built entirely from LEGO® bricks!Dallas CityScape offers miniature, colorful versions of the skyscrapers of “Big D,” along withLEGO® versions of Cowboys Stadium, and the Museum of Nature & Science’s future home –the Perot Museum of Nature & Science – now under construction in Victory Park. Afterexploring our LEGO® home town, visitors can get hands-on learning about engineering andconstruction 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 16-17, 2011MNS Parking Lot (outside 1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Terra Nova is a dinosaur adventure like no other! This new television blockbuster blends futureand past like you’ve never seen before, and is executive produced by acclaimed film directorSteven Spielberg. The dino-drama premieres on the Fox network September 26, but MNS viewersget an exciting preview thanks to the Terra 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!Journey to Terra Nova Mobile Experience is FREE for all patrons!
  • 5. LEMONS TO AIDAugust 20, 2011; 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Science Building Lobby (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Start with some lemonade, add some fun, stir in a worthwhile cause and viola - it becomesLemons to Aid! This delightful, kid-run event provides several creative lemonade stands, eachraising money for charity. And, since August 20 is National Lemonade Day, the Lemons to Aidkids are pulling out all the stops. Celebrity lemonade judges, live music and lemonade-friendlysnacks will make for a truly refreshing afternoon! The Not-So-Perfect Parent radio hosts, PaigeMcCoy Smith and Jennifer Lanter, will emcee.Lemons to Aid is FREE for all patrons!MUMMIES: SECRETS OF THE PHARAOHSNow playing through September 22, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)No need to fear the mummies’ curse! From the safety of our IMAX® theater, learn about thesefascinating beings of the past who offer new hope for the future. Mummies: Secrets of thePharaohs is part historic journey, part forensic adventure and entirely fascinating. The filmfeatures incredible new discoveries made by researchers and explorers. Watch as scientists piecetogether archeological and 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!SUMMER CHILDREN’S PROGRAMSPrograms through Friday, August 19, 2011Registration Available Through Monday, August 15, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Summer’s in full swing, and so are our summer camps and programs! There’s still time toregister – camps run through August 19. Our programs offer fun and learning for children agessix months to sixth grade.Discovery Camp, Jr. is for toddlers ages three and four, while K-sixth graders will have fun withlearning at Discovery Camp. Before and after care are available for Discovery Camp.Discovery Camp, Jr. camps are week-long, half-day sessions (Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. - noon)for children ages three to four years. This summer’s Discover Camp, Jr. takes campers allacross the country – without ever leaving Dallas. The overall theme is Road Trip, USA, and
  • 6. allows campers to explore the animals, landscapes, history and fun offered in the differentregions of our vast nation.Each week-long, full-day (Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Discovery Camp sessionprovides a different focus and unique activities for campers kindergarten through sixth grade.Camp sessions are specifically designed for distinct age groups to maximize each child’sexperience. Children can travel back 65 million years, hit the high seas, experience real superpowers or dabble in magic potions! Before and after care are available, and begin at 8:30 a.m.and go until 5:00 p.m.Visit our web site to find out more about dates, themes, before and after care and costs.Registration is also available online, via telephone at 214-428-5555 x8 or through registrationforms to send through snail mail.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 www.natureandscience.org to download forms and mailing address.PLANETARIUM SHOWSPlanetarium Building (1620 First Ave. in Fair Park)Summer star-gazing – without all the heat and humidity! It’s the perfect time to reap the benefitsof galactic exploration and learn more about our amazing universe. The MNS Planetarium offersthe ideal way to learn all the beautiful names for those bright objects in the sky. Planetariumshows include: Universe, Wonders of the Universe, Texas Night Sky, Secrets of the Sun andCosmic Safari.
  • 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 www.natureandscience.org for details.MUSEM SLEEPOVERSLittle kids shouldn’t have ALL the fun! MNS has now enhanced its children ages 6-12 sleepoverofferings with the addition teen and young adult sleepovers. A whole new world of opportunitiesopens up when the Museum closes for the night. Sleepovers offer after-hours, “behind-the-scenes”access to intriguing exhibits, exclusive shows, and hands-on activities. Overnighters can exploreMNS in all 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 performanceor Fire and 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 new MNS offerings provide even more age-appropriatecustomized fun for different age groups – kids, teens and young adults! Packages also include alate-night pizza snack and breakfast in the morning.For more information about themes and how to register visit our web site.BIRTHDAY PARTIESMNS children’s birthday parties are “epoch!” The Museum has several themes from which tochoose – all are fun, feature hands-on crafts and exciting new ways to explore the Museum.Packages also include a private party room, museum admission for each guest, free parking, anda 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.
  • 8. 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.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 natureandscience.org. ###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 visitnatureandscience.org.