MNS Calendar Listings - May/June 2011


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Summer's hot, MNS is cool! The Museum of Nature & Science is always full of fun and adventure. And we're getting ready for even more fun for the summer. New exhibits, new IMAX films, summer programs, and much more. Check it out!

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MNS Calendar Listings - May/June 2011

  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jennifer Whitus, Communications Manager 214-426-4629 MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE CALENDAR LISTINGS May/June 2011 Summer’s Hot, MNS is Cool! Highlights Include: • Say “Ni Hao!” (“Hello”) to Chinasaurs, the new summer exhibit • Premiere of the new IMAX® film, Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World • Time is running out to see the IMAX® hit, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure • Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, our mysterious, time-travelling IMAX® film • Registration for MNS Summer Children’s Programs is still available • Racing Round Up benefits new Children’s Museum • Discover Super Powers offers a full weekend of super-discovery • Beer & Bones offers an adults-only, evening celebration of Chinasaurs
  2. 2. CHINASAURSOpens May 26, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)T.Rex and Triceratops are SO last season! New for summer are the Chinasaurs - foreigncreatures with exotic names that represent the very latest dinosaur discoveries. Immerse yourselfin the prehistoric past and learn why China is the current pinnacle of 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, free passes to Chinasaurs, and exclusive availability for dinosaur-themed birthday parties!*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)20 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. 3. BUGS! A RAINFOREST ADVENTURENow Showing through June 9, 2011TI Founders IMAX® Theater, MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Time is running out to see these tiny critters on the big screen! This remarkable IMAX® filmmultiplies the bug world 250,000 times to provide a never-before seen view of their incredibleenvironment. It’s a never-before-seen view of how the now-giant bugs are born, eat, and fight forsurvival.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!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 ROGRAMSMonday, June 13 – Friday, August 19, 2011MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)It’s not too late to get in on the popular summer programs MNS has to offer! Our programs offerfun and learning 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.
  4. 4. 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 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, 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.RACING ROUND UPJune 9, 20116:00 p.m. Limited Access VIP Reception; 7:00 p.m. GalaGilley’s Dallas (1135 South Lamar St. Dallas)Some of racing’s biggest stars are gearing up to benefit the new Children’s Museum in the PerotMuseum of Nature & Science. The Michael Andretti Foundation along with the Dr PepperSnapple Group will host the special gala. Some of the proceeds will also go to the Texas MotorSpeedway Children’s Charities.Three generations of the iconic Andretti racing family – Mario, Marco and Michael –will attend,along with super star drivers Danica Patrick, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mike Conway.Live and silent auctions will feature once-in-a-lifetime IndyCar experiences, fabulous trips, andunique racing memorabilia. Live entertainment will be provided by The Chris Rivers Band. JoeDePinto, president and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc. will serve as the honorary chairman for the event.
  5. 5. Funds raised will support the design, development and educational programming for the newChildrens Museum at the Perot.The charitable donation for this one-time event is $250 per person for a standard ticket, or $350per person for VIP access.Those unable to attend can make a one-time donation to benefit the Museum of Nature &Science by mailing donations to The Michael Andretti Foundation at 7615 Zionsville Road,Indianapolis, IN 46268.For more details on the event and to purchase tickets, click here.DISCOVER SUPER POWERSJune 11-12, 2011MNS Science Building and Nature Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. and 3535 Grand Ave. in Fair Park)It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s science and nature!Having trouble finding fun activities for the whole family? Never fear – MNS is here! We’ll savethe day – actually two full weekend days – by pulling back the capes to reveal how scientists viewhuman flight, attempts to harness the power of spider webs for industrial use and look at thescience of invisibility and mind control!MNS Discovery Days are weekend-long festivals of highly-specialized fun and learning! Eachweekend has a specific theme – upcoming summer weekends include “Discover Dinosaurs” and“Discover Construction.”All of the Discovery Days festivals are FREE to members and included with the cost of generaladmission for non-members.BEER & BONESJune 16, 20117:00 – 10:00 p.m.MNS’ Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)Dinosaurs aren’t just for kids! In a special after-hours, adults-only Beer & Bones event, we’llcelebrate Chinasaurs by taking a look at the science behind fireworks, the process of makingsilk, and the exotic beauty of Chinese calligraphy (or “hanzi”).A DJ will pump up the party, we’ll offer a cash bar and light snacks and have special adultactivities. Along with the nighttime look at Chinasaurs, Museum paleontologists will displayand discuss special artifacts from MNS the collections and lab.
  6. 6. Advance tickets are available online - $12 for non-members and $8 for members. Walk-uptickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members.Not a member? Join today!PLANETARIUM SHOWSPlanetarium Building (1620 First Ave. in Fair Park)Summer star-gazing – without the heat and humidity! It’s the perfect time to reap the benefits ofgalactic exploration and learn more about our amazing universe. The MNS Planetarium offers theideal way to learn all the beautiful names for those bright objects in the sky. Planetarium showsinclude: Universe, Wonders of the Universe, Texas Night Sky, Secrets of the Sun and CosmicSafari.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 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 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 the
  7. 7. Museum. 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.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 $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.
  8. 8. 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