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MNS Calendar Listings - February/March 2011


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The Museum of Nature & Science is buzzing with activity in February and March. View the calendar listings to make sure you don't miss out on any educational fun.

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MNS Calendar Listings - February/March 2011

  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jennifer Whitus, Communications Manager 214-426-4629 MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE CALENDAR LISTINGS – February/March 2011 “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant…” -Anne Bradstreet Highlights Include: • Discovery Days: Discover Technology weekend • Engineers Week • Dinosaurs Unearthed Animatronic Exhibit – now with more Texas flair! • Beer and Bones adults-only, after-hours event • Spring Break Discovery Camp • The premiere of the IMAX® film Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs • Girl Scout Cookie Creations Exhibit and Design Contest • 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 • Special shows for President’s Day!DISCOVERY DAYS: DISCOVER TECHNOLOGY
  2. 2. February 19-20, 2011Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas’ Fair ParkTechnology advances at dizzying speeds – here’s your chance to catch up! Some of the industryleaders who keep those advancements moving forward will be on hand to demonstrate their newest“toys” and show off their skills.This weekend of wizardry will give kids of all ages the chance to play with the latest high-techgadgets and meet the people who make them work. You also won’t want to miss the liveperformances by scientists and engineers who really know how to electrify a crowd! It’s a uniquechance to get hands on with robots, rockets and other engineering marvels. MNS will also presentits popular Electric Theater stage show on both days.Discover Technology is the February entry in the popular Discovery Days series. Discovery Daysare weekend-long festivals of highly-specialized fun and learning! Each weekend has a specificthemes – upcoming weekends include “Discover Super Powers,” “Discover Dinosaurs” and“Discover Construction.”Discover Technology and all of the Discovery Days festivals are FREE to members and includedwith the cost of general admission for non-members.ENGINEERS WEEKFebruary 21-25, 2011Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas’ Fair ParkThe high-tech hijinks continue with Engineers Week! It’s MNS’ exciting local celebration ofNational Engineers Week. E-Week builds on all the fun and learning of Discover Technologyby adding the elements of mentoring and career guidance for school-age children.The wizards that keep companies like IBM and Texas Instruments on top of the technologicalworld will be on hand to inspire students’ minds and career ambitions – and show off their latesttechnie toys! The Museum will do its part to electrify visitors by presenting the popular ElectricTheater stage show each day at 11 a.m.E-Week is FREE for members and included with the cost of general admission for non-members.SPRING BREAK DISCOVERY CAMPMarch 14-18, 2011Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas’ Fair ParkWhile the kids are out of school for spring break, they can jump into an exciting week filled withfun and learning. The Museum of Nature & Science is presenting Discovery Camp each day forthe week of March 14 – 18. This year’s themes include dinosaurs, wizards and mummies!
  3. 3. Discovery Camp sessions are organized by grade level – kindergarten through sixth grade – inorder to customize activities to the abilities of each age group. Campers will get to explore anew topic every day, make coordinating, hands-on crafts and participate in fun, thematicactivities.Pricing for Discovery Camp at the Museum of Nature & Science is $185 per student formembers, $210 for non-members. Before and after care are available but must be purchased forthe entire week. Before care is $25 a week per camper, after care is $35.Get more information and register at or by phone at 214-455-5555extension 8. The MNS web site can also be used to download registration forms. Completedforms can be faxed to 214-428-4310 or mailed to: MNS Discovery Camp Spring Break 2011 P.O. Box 151469 Dallas, TX 75315-1469DINOSAURS UNEARTHEDOn display through May 1, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)A global exhibit now features fossils from your own back yard! The immensely popularDinosaurs Unearthed traveling exhibit not only features life-size, animatronic dinosarus – we’veadded fossils and artifacts that were discovered in or are representative of the Lone Star State.Dinosaurs Unearthed features a gallery full of life-size, animatronic dinosaurs that seeminglycome to life – they roar, move their arms, crane their necks, blink their eyes and recreate theJurassic Period as never before. The replicas of Dinosaurs Unearthed also represent the verylatest fossil findings – and could completely reverse “conventional wisdom” about dinosaurs!This exhibit also showcases: • The worlds largest and most advanced animatronic dinosaurs – some of which visitors can control • 10 life-size, adult dinosaur robots, five juvenile-sized replicas, 20 huge fossils and several full-scale articulated skeletons and skeletal parts • First exhibit in the world to feature life-sized, feather-covered dinosaur models • A dinosaur dig that lets visitors become amateur paleontologists and unearth the fossils that remained long after the dinosaurs disappeared • Video games and activities on touch-screen kiosksDinosaurs 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.
  4. 4. 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 masks, 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 membershipBEER & BONESMarch 24, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Dinosaurs aren’t just for kids! Adults 18 and up are invited to a special grown-up, after-hours lookat the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit. A DJ will be on hand to pump up the party, and light snackswill be provided along with the cash bar. Staff paleontologists will be on hand to lead special toursand answer all your dino-questions. Special artifacts will be brought out of the lab and put ondisplay for the first time. And you can get crafty by making your own artifact, digging for sharksteeth and creating a unique dino disguise!Tickets for Beer and Bones are $8 for members and $12 for non-members and include access toDinosaurs Unearthed exhibit. Advance tickets are available online.MUMMIES: SECRETS OF THE PHARAOHSOpens March 11, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)It’s kind of like CSI: Cairo! Part historic journey, part forensic adventure, Mummies: Secrets ofthe Pharaohs features new landmark discoveries made by researchers and explorers. Watchscientists 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!GIRL SCOUT COOKIE CREATIONSFebruary 28-March 20, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)
  5. 5. Dinosaurs have never looked so delicious! The Girl Scouts are getting creative with boxes of theirworld-famous cookies and building giant dinosaurs of their own. And, since the cookie creationswill be showcased in the MNS Lobby, you’ll get to see how they stack up with the life-sizeddinosaurs of the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit!The cookie creations will be assembled on February 27, 2011 and be on display through March 20,2011. In the mean time you’ll be able to check out all the projects and vote for your favorites.They’re sure to make your mouth water… but don’t worry – we do sell chocolate chip cookies inour Museum Café!Girl Scout Cookie Creations is FREE for members and included with the cost of generaladmission for non-members.MATH MIDWAYNow showing through May 10, 2011MNS’ Nature Building (3535 E. Grand Ave. in Fair Park)Fun + Learning = Math Midway!Step right up and play games, test your skills, have infinite 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 May1, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)The Late Cretaceous seas come to life in this award-winning, National Geographic IMAX® film!Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure blends a modern-day paleontological digs around with aeye-popping animation to recreate the seas that covered North America 65 million years ago.
  6. 6. 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)You might never call them “pests” again! This remarkable IMAX® film multiplies the bug world250,000 times to provide a never-before seen view of their incredible home. Kids will delight asthe 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.Showtimes and online ticketing are available by clicking here!PLANETARIUM SHOWSPlanetarium Building (1620 First Ave. in Fair Park)The seasons are changing, so it’s a perfect time to learn all the beautiful names for those brightconstellations in the sky. And MNS will offer shows for the President’s Day holiday on Monday,February 21. 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.
  7. 7. 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- 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 10-11:30am throughout the school yearThe Children’s Museum (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Hand-in-Hand is a literacy-based drop-in program for adults and their preschoolers to imagine,explore, and discover together. Each week hear a story, get your wiggles out to music, createtheme-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 activitiesThe last two Wednesdays in February will feature the stories Giraffes Can’t Dance, by GilesAndrea and Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. The theme for March is CreepyCritters.Hand-in-Hand is FREE to members and included with the cost of general admission for non-members.MY HOUSE CULTURAL EVENTSFriday, February 25, 2011The Children’s Museum (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)
  8. 8. The Museum of Nature & Science celebrates Black History Month with a special My HouseCultural Event at the Children’s Museum. Children under six can experience an inspiring storywith carefully orchestrated rhythms, chants and dances featuring professional storyteller TonySimmons.My House Cultural Events are FREE with general admission.MUSEM SLEEPOVERSLock the doors and have the run of the place! It’s an amazing opportunity to see what happensafter the Museum closes. Sleepover parties offer after-hours, “behind-the-scenes” access tointriguing exhibits, exclusive demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Overnighters can sharpentheir skills for discovery with secretive scavenger hunts along darkened galleries. Kids can makecoordinating crafts to take home. Charge the senses with a nighttime Electric Theater performanceor Fire and Ice show before bed time —and wake up with an eye-opening IMAX® film.Experience the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit in a whole new way with a dino-themed sleepover.You can even dream up your own theme and we’ll come up with a custom program of sundown-to-sunup activities!MNS sleepovers are ideal for schools, churches, scout troops, sports teams, and other groupsages 6-12. Sleepovers focus on learning, team building, and most importantly fun! Packagesalso include a late-night pizza snack and breakfast in the morning. More information availableon our web site.BIRTHDAY PARTIESBirthdays come just once a year – so make it a truly historic occasion! Birthday Parties at theMuseum feature several themes from which to choose – all are fun, feature hands-on crafts andunique ways to explore MNS. Packages also include a private party room, museum admissionfor each guest, free parking, and a party host.And… for a limited time… you can make your party “dino-mite” by including our DinosaursUnearthed exhibit into the fun! Dinosaurs Unearthed birthday parties are especially formembers – so it’s another great reason to join today!Click here to learn about pricing, options and availability.HOLIDAY HOURSPresident’s Day, February 21: MNS will be OPEN 10am-5pmThis year’s President’s Day school holiday falls during E-Week at the Museum! Not only willMNS be open, but we’ll have special engineering-related exhibits and guests, and an 11 a.m.presentation of our Electric Theater stage show! The MNS Planetarium will also presentspecial showings.
  9. 9. MNS hours are subject to change based on special exhibitions, holiday considerations or otherevents. Please check our website for current hours and showtimes.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.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 Cultural
  10. 10. Affairs, 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