MNS Calendar Listings June/July 2011


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Summer at the Museum of Nature & Science is a great time to explore! This family-friendly destination is the perfect place to beat the heat, have fun and learn a few things in the process!

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MNS Calendar Listings June/July 2011

  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jennifer Whitus, Communications Manager 214-426-4629 MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE CALENDAR LISTINGS June/July 2011 Hot Summer, Cool Discovery! Highlights Include: • New for summer - Chinasaurs, A New Dynasty of Dinosaurs • Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World, the IMAX® film that goes under water and back in time • Dive into Dolphins, the new Academy-Award Nominated IMAX® film • The summer discovery of Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure • Holiday Stage Shows provide unforgettable “fireworks” for July 4th weekend • Discover Dinosaurs, the July offering of our wildly popular Discovery Days series • Dallas CityScape will cut Dallas down to size • Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, our mysterious, time-travelling IMAX® film • Registration for MNS Summer Children’s Programs is still availableCHINASAURS
  2. 2. Now 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.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 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 guest passes to the IMAX® andPlanetarium shows and big savings on traveling exhibits… take advantage of these offers* andreceive free dinosaur visors, discounted admission to Chinasaurs, and exclusive availability fordinosaur-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!DOLPHINS
  3. 3. Now playing through November 17, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Dolphins are the most playful and charming creatures in the oceans. And taking a swim with themis a great way to cool off this summer! Dolphins, our latest IMAX® offering, follows schools ofthe delightful creatures through the waters of the Bahamas and Patagonia, as marine biologistsstudy 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)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.JULY 4th WEEKENDJuly 2-4, 2011MNS Science Building and Nature Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. and 3535 Grand Ave. in Fair Park)It’s hot outside – so check out some indoor “fireworks!” For the holiday weekend, we’representing our amazing stage shows. Electric Theater and Fire & Ice, our most popularpresentations, are usually only for reserve groups and field trips. But July 2-4, we’re offering themto the public.Electric Theater is a fireworks show like no other! The interactive performance reveals howbatteries work, the power of electro-magnetism, the static electricity that exists all around us andends with a spectacular light show! Electric Theater shows are at 1pm on July 2-4.
  4. 4. 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 July 2-4.These special Independence Day presentations are FREE to members and included with the costof general admission for non-members.DISCOVER DINOSAURSJuly 9-10, 2011MNS Science Building and Nature Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. and 3535 Grand Ave. in Fair Park)If you “dig” dinos – you won’t want to miss this weekend-long family festival!In addition to the popular dinosaurs and fossils in our permanent collection, and the stunningtraveling exhibit Chinasaurs, we’re bringing in all kinds of activities and exhibitors to make it thebiggest dinosaur weekend yet! Discover Dinosaurs will let kids cast their own fossils, crack openmud dino eggs and take on the T.rexcavator machine. Visitors will dig up dinosaurs and bones,and see modern-day raptors take flight.MNS Discovery Days are weekend-long festivals of highly-specialized fun and learning! Eachweekend has a specific theme – Discover Construction is coming in August!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 – built entirely from LEGO® bricks! Dallas CityScapeoffers miniature, colorful versions of the skyscrapers of “Big D,” along with LEGO® versions ofCowboys Stadium, and the Museum’s future home – the Perot Museum of Nature & Sciencenow under construction in Victory Park. After exploring their LEGO® home town, they’ll gethands-on learning about engineering and construction as they build their own LEGO® structures!Dallas CityScape is an annual exhibit that serves as a fundraiser for East Dallas CommunitySchools, a nonprofit organization operating early childhood learning centers to meet the needs ofchildren nine and under.Dallas CityScape is FREE for members and included with the cost of general admission for non-members.
  5. 5. 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 ROGRAMSRegistration Underway 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 plenty oftime to register. Our programs offer fun and learning for children ages six 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, andallows 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, availability, before and after care andcosts. Registration is also available online, via telephone at 214-428-5555 or throughregistration forms to send through snail mail.PLANETARIUM SHOWSPlanetarium Building (1620 First Ave. in Fair Park)
  6. 6. Summer star-gazing – without the heat and humidity of the outdoors! It’s the perfect time to reapthe benefits 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– in air conditioned, indoor comfort! Planetarium shows include: Universe, Wonders of theUniverse, Texas Night Sky, Secrets of the Sun and Cosmic Safari.Complete descriptions of each show, showtimes and advance tickets for the Planetarium areavailable online. And, just for summer, MNS offers public Planetarium shows daily! Pleasecheck 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 epic AND epoch! 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.
  7. 7. 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 $1. 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 ###
  8. 8. 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