MNS Calendar Listings (March-May)


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The Museum of Nature & Science is full of fun and exciting events this Spring. Don't miss out on thrilling IMAX films, interactive traveling exhibits, special member-only events like Sid the Science Kid and more!

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MNS Calendar Listings (March-May)

  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jennifer Whitus, Communications Manager 214-426-4629 MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE CALENDAR LISTINGS – March into May 2011 Spring Into Fun at MNS! Highlights Include: • Dinosaurs Unearthed Animatronic Exhibit – FINAL WEEKS! • MNS Science School Carnival • Sid the Science Kid Parties with MNS Members • Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, the intriguing new IMAX® film • Math Midway Traveling Exhibit • Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, an award- winning IMAX® film from National Geographic • Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure, a critically- acclaimed IMAX® movie • Hand-in-Hand’s Story Time Series celebrates Children’s Book Month • The Children’s Museum celebrates “Cinco de Mayo”
  2. 2. DINOSAURS UNEARTHEDOn display through May 1, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Dinosaurs Unearthed is facing extinction! It’s the final weeks for MNS’ blockbuster, travelingexhibit of life-size, animatronic dinosaurs.The Dinosaurs Unearthed replicas seemingly come to life – they roar, move their arms, cranetheir necks, blink their eyes and recreate the Jurassic Period as never before. The replicas ofDinosaurs Unearthed also represent the very latest fossil findings – and could completelyreverse “conventional wisdom” about dinosaurs!Dinosaurs Unearthed admission requires a surcharge along with the purchase of MNS generalexhibits and admission. Members enjoy free general exhibits admission and reduced admission toDinosaurs Unearthed. All members can enhance their dinosaur experience by visiting theMuseum’s permanent collections and active paleo lab.Check out this site for pictures, online ticketing and PR support elements! There are alsoDinosaurs Unearthed videos on our YouTube channel!Dinosaurs Unearthed membership special!Join, upgrade or renew a Family or Family Plus membership now, and score some dynamic dinodeals! Along with free admission to the museum, free passes to the IMAX® and Planetariumshows and big savings on traveling exhibits… take advantage of these offers* and receive freedinosaur visors, free passes to Dinosaurs Unearthed, and exclusive offers for dinosaur-themedbirthday parties! Click here to unearth all of the savings and perks of joining during DinosaursUnearthed!*offers vary based on level of membershipMNS SCIENCE SCHOOL CARNIVALSaturday April 2, 20111:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.MNS’ Science Building Lobby (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)The Ninth Annual MNS Science School Carnival is shaping up to be the best yet!This year’s carnival features a bounce house, face painting, snacks, a pie throw and all kinds ofgames! Plus a silent auction that includes gift certificates, retail items, restaurants and movietickets.A $15 donation per family includes five drink tickets and all games. All proceeds go for a greatcause – outfitting new classrooms, providing teacher education and purchasing supplies for theScience School! It’s Dallas’ premiere program for engaging pre-schoolers in science… andsparking that interest is more important now than ever.
  3. 3. Donations accepted upon arrival at the carnival, or in advance by calling 214-428-5555 ext.1381.SID THE SCIENCE KID MEMBER-ONLY PARTYSunday, May 15, 20119:00 a.m. – NoonMNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Come meet Sid the Science Kid, the inquisitive and funny preschooler from the hit PBS KIDStelevision series!Every day, the energetic and curious Sid asks a new question ("Why are my shoes shrinking?""Why do bananas get mushy?") before embarking on a fun-filled mission to find the answerswith help from family and friends. Sid the Science Kid uses music and humor to celebratechildrens natural curiosity about science in everyday life.This party is for MNS members only, and includes a meet and greet and photo opportunities withSid (so bring your cameras!), a showing of MNS’ popular Fire & Ice program, a viewing ofsome of “Sid’s” greatest hits on video and arts and crafts.Join MNS today and join the all the “Sid” fun on May 15!MUMMIES: SECRETS OF THE PHARAOHSNow playing through Sept. 22, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)This new film unwraps the secrets of the past while offering hope for the future! Part historicjourney, part forensic adventure, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs features new landmarkdiscoveries made by researchers and explorers. Watch scientists piece together archeological andgenetic 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!MATH MIDWAY
  4. 4. Now showing through May 10, 2011MNS’ Nature Building (3535 E. Grand Ave. in Fair Park)Math Midway = infinite fun!Step right up and play games, test your skills, add in some fun and (shhhhh!) learn a thing or twoabout math. You won’t believe your eyes - a tricycle with square wheels! Funhouse mirrors thatyou control! Amazing Rings of Lasers!Every game and activity is so exciting, so engaging… kids may not even realize they’re learningbasic math principles like geometry, number systems and probabilities!Set up as a vivid carnival, the Math Midway consists of several colorful tents – each onedesigned to delight and educate. Whether it’s the monkey biking across a tightrope of numbersystems or the musical organ “function” grinder, the Math Midway turns “math” to “mirth!”Step right up and watch fun… and learning… multiply – carnival style!Math Midway is FREE to members and included with the cost of general admission for non-members.SEA MONSTERS: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURENow Showing through May 1, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)It’s an epic ocean adventure! This award-winning, National Geographic IMAX® film bringsancient waters to life – experience the danger and thrill of late Cretaceous life from the comfortand safety of our theater! Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure blends modern-daypaleontological digs with eye-popping animation to recreate the seas that covered North America65 million years ago.A perfect companion to Dinosaurs Unearthed, (and they are available together as a prehistoricpackage) this film follows the adventures of “Dolly” - a curious Dolichorhynchops - as she travelsthrough the most dangerous oceans in history.Trailers, pictures and educational support are available on National Geographic’s home page.Read the review by New York Times’ Matt Zoller Seitz. Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventureadmission requires a ticket.Showtimes and online ticketing are available by clicking here!BUGS! A RAINFOREST ADVENTURENow Showing through June 9, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)
  5. 5. These bugs don’t bug – they charm and delight! This remarkable IMAX® film multiplies the bugworld 250,000 times to provide a never-before seen view of their incredible home. Kids willwatch in awe as the now-ginormous bugs are born, eat, and fight each other and the elements.The film features two bugs - a praying mantis and a butterfly - hatched in the rainforest in Borneo.Their lives continue intersect as they mature and have incredible adventures. Bugs! A RainforestAdventure provides a truly unique view of the insect world and its vital place in our ecosystem.Details, photos and trailers for the film are available on the Official Bugs! site. The New YorkTimes review is available here. Click here for showtimes and to buy advance tickets online!PLANETARIUM SHOWSPlanetarium Building (1620 First Ave. in Fair Park)Spring is the perfect time for star-gazing, and the Planetarium offers the ideal way to learn all thebeautiful names for those bright constellations in the sky. Planetarium shows include: Universe gives an historical look at how we have envisioned the universe though the ages. We visit some of the ancient sites where our ancestors erected great structures with special astronomical significance. Finally we look at the Universe through the eyes of todays science and space explorers to build up a spectacular overview of the heavens. Wonders of the Universe peers deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travels back billions of years in time to witness the birth of the universe. On this breathtaking excursion youll witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered. As your travels continue, youll fly deep into our own Milky Way galaxy and return home to Earth on a spectacular tour through the solar system. Texas Night Sky is an informal, narrated introduction to the wonders of the sky featuring a view as it may appear tonight in your own backyard. Learn which planets, stars, and constellations are currently visible, the unique stories behind their names, and tips on how to locate them in the night sky. As night-time views change as the calendar changes, so do our shows! Secrets of the Sun allows audiences to experience an intimate look at the role the sun plays in the life of our Solar System. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the sun to the mass ejections of solar material into the surrounding space, we will experience the power of the sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. We will trace the life cycle of the sun itself, going back to its beginnings and moving forward in time to its eventual death. Cosmic Safari The search for life in the universe begins as we travel to yet undiscovered planets in the far reaches of space. In differing environmental conditions, youll discover what living creatures might look like on worlds very different from our own. From the giant insect- like life forms on low-gravity planets, to the highly muscular star-shaped creatures on high-
  6. 6. gravity worlds, Cosmic Safari transforms scientific theory into exotic worlds filled with fantastic creatures never before imagined.Showtimes and advance tickets for the Planetarium are available online.HAND-IN-HANDWednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. throughout the school yearThe Children’s Museum (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Playtime, story time, dance time and arts and crafts combine every week during Hand-in-Hand.This literacy-based drop-in program for adults and their preschoolers lets them imagine, explore,and discover together. Each week hear a story, get your wiggles out to music, create theme-related crafts and enjoy fun activities! Craft making session will follow story time. 10 – 10:30am - Gathering time 10:30am - Prompt: Opening music/motion, finger play and story time 10:45 - 11:30am – Crafts and activitiesThemes for March, April and May include Creepy Critters, Outer Space and Spring Celebration.Plus, Hand-in-Hand celebrates International Children’s Book Day during the entire month ofApril! Great stories and special guests include: • April 6, Dallas-based children’s book author/illustrator Dan Gremminger will read from his book Deep River Dark. • April 13, Amazing Attractions’ “Wild About Books” presentation will feature “Safari Cinde” and her safari of animal puppets and music. • April 20, Story time features The Napping House by Audrey Wood. • April 27, Here in Space by David Milgrim is the story of the day.Hand-in-Hand is FREE to members and included with the cost of general admission for non-members.MY HOUSE CULTURAL EVENTS - CINCO DE MAYOFriday May 13, 201111:00 a.m. – NoonThe Children’s Museum (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)The Children’s Museum’s popular My House Cultural Events series continues with CelebrateCinco de Mayo! The Mexican holiday honors the victory of the historical battle of 1862between Mexico and France. It is considered Mexico’s Independence Day and is a symbol ofMexican pride and unity.During Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at The Children’s Museum, kids under six will learn about therevered holiday and enjoy a lively performance by the Ballet Folklorico Dancers!
  7. 7. My House Cultural Events are FREE for members and included in the cost of generaladmission.MUSEM SLEEPOVERSWhy should little kids have all the fun? MNS is now offering sleepovers to teens and young adultsas well as young children ages 6-12. It’s an amazing opportunity to see what happens after theMuseum closes. Sleepover parties offer after-hours, “behind-the-scenes” access to intriguingexhibits, exclusive demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Overnighters can sharpen their skillsfor discovery with secretive scavenger hunts along darkened galleries and make coordinating craftsto take home. Charge the senses with a nighttime Electric Theater performance or Fire and Iceshow before bed time —and wake up with an eye-opening IMAX® film.MNS sleepovers are ideal 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! Packages also include a late-night pizza snack and breakfast in themorning. More information is available on our web site.BIRTHDAY PARTIESNo one plans historic events like MNS! Birthday Parties at the Museum feature several themesfrom which to choose – all are fun, feature hands-on crafts and unique 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 including ourDinosaurs Unearthed 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.Dinosaurs Unearthed admission requires a surcharge in addition to the purchase of MNSgeneral exhibit admission; Non-members are $5, MNS members are $3. Children under 2 arefree.
  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.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 Museum ofNature & 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