April/May Calendar Listings


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Final days of our popular traveling exhibits, Dinosaurs Unearthed and Math Midway. IMAX film Sea Monsers will be closing, and introducing Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World, coming in May. Check out the other fun and exciting events in April and May at MNS.

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  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jennifer Whitus, Communications Manager 214-426-4629 jwhitus@natureandscience.org MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE CALENDAR LISTINGS April - May 2011 Spring into Fun at MNS! Highlights Include: • Dinosaurs Unearthed Animatronic Exhibit – FINAL DAYS! • FINAL DAYS for Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, an award-winning IMAX® film from National Geographic • Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure, a giant IMAX® movie • Math Midway Traveling Exhibit – FINAL WEEKS • Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, the latest IMAX® film • The Children’s Museum’s “Cinco de Mayo” fun • Sid the Science Kid parties with MNS Members • Registration Now Open for MNS Summer Children’s Programs • Hand-in-Hand’s Story Time Series celebrates Children’s Book Month • Say “Ni Hao!” (“Hello”) to Chinasaurs, the new summer exhibit
  2. 2. • Premiere of the new IMAX® film, Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric WorldDINOSAURS UNEARTHEDOn display through May 1, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Dinosaurs Unearthed is facing extinction! MNS’ blockbuster, traveling exhibit of life-size,animatronic dinosaurs, is now in its final days. May 1 is the closing date for this immenselypopular display.The Dinosaurs Unearthed almost roar to life – they growl, move their arms, bend their necks,blink their eyes and recreate the Mesozoic Era as never before. The replicas of DinosaursUnearthed also represent the very latest dino-discoveries… get a first-hand look at the feathers,names, and fossils that have changed conventional wisdom about the fearsome animals!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, or by pairing the exhibit with the IMAX®film, Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure. The movie features the dinosaurs’ ocean-dwellingcounterparts.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 membershipSEA MONSTERS: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURENow Showing through May 1, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)The sea monsters of the Mesozoic are endangered! Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure is anaward-winning, National Geographic IMAX® film that brings prehistoric oceans to life. The LateCretaceous is recreated as never before through modern-day paleontological digs and eye-poppinganimation. It’s like diving right into the waters that covered North America 65 million years ago.
  3. 3. 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 seas 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)Tiny critters make for big fun! This remarkable IMAX® film multiplies the bug world 250,000times to provide a never-before seen view of their incredible environment. It’s a never-before-seenview of how the now-giant bugs are born, eat, and fight for survival.The film features two bugs - a praying mantis and a butterfly - hatched in the rainforest of Borneo.Their lives intersect as they mature and deftly survive the treacherous jungle. 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!MATH MIDWAYNow showing through May 10, 2011MNS’ Nature Building (3535 E. Grand Ave. in Fair Park)Math Midway = infinite fun!But…time is running out to step right up and play games, test your skills, add in some fun and(shhhhh!) learn a thing or two about math. You won’t believe your eyes - a tricycle with squarewheels! Funhouse mirrors that you 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, abstract logic and probabilities!Set up as a vivid carnival, the Math Midway consists of several colorful tents – each onedesigned to engage and educate. Whether it’s the monkey biking across a tightrope of numbersystems or the puzzle plaza, the Math Midway turns “math” to “mirth!”Step right up and watch fun… and learning… multiply – carnival style!
  4. 4. Math Midway is FREE to members and included with the cost of general admission for non-members.MUMMIES: SECRETS OF THE PHARAOHSNow playing through September 22, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Unwrap all the exotic secrets of the past and learn about new hope for the future! Mummies:Secrets of the Pharaohs is part historic journey, part forensic adventure and entirely fascinating.The film features incredible new discoveries made by researchers and explorers. Watch asscientists piece together archeological and genetic clues to unlock the mysteries of ancientEgyptian 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!MY HOUSE CULTURAL EVENTS - CINCO DE MAYOFriday May 13, 201111:00 a.m. – NoonMNS Children’s Museum (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Feliz Cinco de Mayo a todos! (That’s “Happy May 5th to everyone!” in Spanish.) The MNSChildren’s Museum’s popular My House Cultural Events series continues with Celebrate Cincode Mayo! This flamboyant 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 ofextreme Mexican pride and unity.During Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Children’s Museum, kids under six will learn about theexciting holiday and enjoy a lively performance by the Ballet Folklorico Dancers!My House Cultural Events are FREE for members and included in the cost of generaladmission.SID THE SCIENCE KID MEMBER-ONLY PARTYSunday, May 15, 20119:00 a.m. – NoonMNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Sid the Science Kid is a TV star like no other, and he’s ready for his MNS close-up! The PBScharacter will meet exclusively with Museum members on one day only.
  5. 5. On every episode of the hit PBS show, Sid ponders a new question ("Why are my shoesshrinking?" "Why do bananas get mushy?") before investigating the answer with his adorablefriends. Sid the Science Kid also uses music and humor to engage childrens natural curiosityabout 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! The party also includes a showing of MNS’ popular Fire & Iceprogram, a viewing of some of “Sid’s” greatest hits on video and arts and crafts.Join MNS today and join the all the “Sid” fun on May 15!SUMMER CHILDREN’S ROGRAMSMonday, June 13 – Friday, August 19, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Summer is right around the corner – and it’s never too early to get a jump on the school break!MNS offers summer programs for children ages six months to sixth grade!Little Explorers programs are for children six months to four years and their adult companions.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.The Little Explorers programs offer little ones ages six months to four years a chance to play,craft and learn along with their adult care-givers. Interactive themes and age-appropriateactivities nurture children’s natural curiosity and foster an early love of learning. LittleExplorers are divided into two groups – Scribbles and Dribbles and Little Leonardos.Scribbles and Dribbles are for children six months to 35 months and their adult companions. Itstheme for summer 2011 is Mini Masters. Each week will focus on a nature painting by a famousartist. The tiny artists will create their own versions of the masterpieces, hear a coordinatingstory, then join in for music and motion! Scribbles & Dribbles’ 45 minute classes are offeredonce a week in an eight week session. Class choices are available for Monday through Thursdayat either 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.Little Leonardos is the Museum’s program for three and four-year-olds. The theme for summer2011 is Inventors’ Workshop. Each hour long class is offered on eight consecutive Fridays, June17 through August 12 at either 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. The program combines science and art inunique, fun ways.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 all
  6. 6. across the country – without ever leaving Dallas. The overall theme is Road Trip, USA, andallows campers to explore the animals, landscapes, history and fun offered in the differentregions of our vast nation. The “road trip” is arranged in theEach 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 or through registration formsto send through snail mail.PLANETARIUM SHOWSPlanetarium Building (1620 First Ave. in Fair Park)In April we celebrate fifty years of manned space missions. It’s the perfect time to reap thebenefits of galactic exploration and learn more about our amazing universe. The MNSPlanetarium offers the ideal way to learn all the beautiful names for those bright objects 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.
  7. 7. 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- 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 yearMNS Children’s Museum (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)It’s so much more than just story time! Hand-in-Hand is a chance for preschoolers and adultcaregivers to play, dance, make arts and crafts and experience a new world of books every week.This literacy-based drop-in program encourages each child’s imagination and curiosity. Eachweek hear a new story, get jiggly with music, create coordinating crafts and enjoy fun activities!Craft-making session follows 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 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 20, The Napping House by Audrey Wood • April 27, Here in Space by David Milgrim • May 9, Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carl • May 18, Flower Garden by Eve Bunting • May 25, The Hello Goodbye Window by Norton JusterHand-in-Hand is FREE to members and included with the cost of general admission for non-members.The 2010-2011 Hand-in-Hand season will complete on May 25 but will resume in fall 2011.CHINASAURSOpens May 26, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)
  8. 8. Travel to the Far East and back 65 Million years to the Mesozoic Era… and meet theChinasaurs - 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.Chinasaurs features more than 20 full-scale dinosaur skeletons – up to 42 feet long – andfossilized dinosaur nests and eggs. Five animatronic Chinasaurs recreate from the Triassic,Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods to life. Interactive dig pits, hands-on “touchable” fossils andcraft 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 new 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 passes to the IMAX® and Planetariumshows and big savings on traveling exhibits… take advantage of these offers* and receive freedinosaur visors, free passes to Chinasaurs, and exclusive offers for dinosaur-themed birthdayparties!*offers vary based on level of membershipSEA REX: JOURNEY TO A PREHISTORIC WORLDOpens May 26, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Dive into the dangerous seas that covered the Earth 200 million years ago! Sea Rex: Journey toa Prehistoric World centers on a tour of a modern-day aquatic center. Soon the movie whisksyou back through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to discover creatures like thepowerful Liopleurodon, the long-necked Elasmosaurus, the “eye-lizard” Ophthalmosaurus, theferocious Prognathodon and the massive Shonisaurus.Meet the larger-than-life creatures who swam the oceans 20 million years before dinosaursroamed the planet – the Sea Rexes - and be glad you can see them but they can’t see you!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!MUSEM SLEEPOVERS
  9. 9. Little 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 sure to go down in history! The Museum has several themesfrom which 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 Dinosaurs 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.
  10. 10. 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 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 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 visitnatureandscience.org.