MLK Weekend at the Perot Museum: Gem Exhibit, Forensic Fun, Daily Activities + More

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 4:30 PM
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Fill your three-day holiday weekend with winter wonder-ful adventures at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend (Jan. 14-16). Bring the kids for engaging activities and programming, extended hours, 3D films and more! It’s also the final weekend to “ooh and ah” at nearly 30 magnificent and massive gems in Giant Gems of the Smithsonian, which closes Jan. 17

Also delivering some serious sparkle is the public debut of the Perot Museum’s newest gem acquisition, a nearly 600-pound, heart-shaped amethyst from Brazil, on display in the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall at select times through Jan. 17.

Tap into your inner sleuth at Discovery Days: Forensics on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Gather evidence, use deductive reasoning, practice problem solving skills and learn about forensic science while examining spy technology and chromatography.

Then catch a 3D film (or three!) – Earthflight 3D, Extreme Weather 3D or the new Electropolis 3D – at The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience.

Throughout the weekend, enjoy amaze-your-brain activities, live “science on the spot” demos, bookworm readings, science trivia and drop-in activities such as boo bubbles and robotics at select times on SaturdaySunday and Monday. Plus, little ones ages 5 and under can enjoy “science through a magnifying glass” crafts in the Moody Family Children’s Museum daily until 3 p.m. (See below for a detailed schedule.) All activities are free to Perot Museum members and included with general admission for non-members.

Take advantage of extended hours Saturday and Sunday when the Museum stays open until 6 p.m.!

For more info and to purchase your tickets** in advance, go to perotmuseum.org.

**   General exhibit hall admission prices are $19 for adults (18-64), $13 for seniors (65+), $12 for youth (2-17), and free for children under 2. General admission is always free for members. Admission to the theater is $6 for a short film (20 minutes) and $8 for a long film (40 minutes) for adults, seniors and youth. For members, admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film). All children under 2 are free.


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

 

Saturday, Jan. 14 (9-10 a.m. – members only; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. – general public)
9 a.m.-3 p.m.  “Science Through A Magnifying Glass” Crafts (Art Lab – Moody Family Children’s Museum on Lower Level – children 5 and under)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Discovery Days: Forensics
11 a.m. – Bookworm Reading (T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now – Level 4)
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – “Science on the Spot” Demos (T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now – Level 4)
3:30 p.m. – “Science on the Spot” Demos (The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall – Level 3)

Sunday, Jan. 15 (11 a.m.-noon – members only; noon-6 p.m. – general public)
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
 – “Science Through A Magnifying Glass” Crafts (Art Lab – Moody Family Children’s Museum on Lower Level – children 5 and under)
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Drop-in Science Activities (Level 2 Activity Station)
11:30 a.m. – Bookworm Reading (T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now – Level 4)
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – “Science on the Spot” Demos (T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now – Level 4)
3:30 p.m. – Science on the Spot (The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall – Level 3)
2 p.m. – Science Trivia (Level 2 Activity Station)
3-6 p.m. – Drop-in Science Activities (Level 2 Activity Station)

Monday, Jan. 16 (9-10 a.m. – members only; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – general public)
9 a.m.-3 p.m. – 
“Science Through A Magnifying Glass” Crafts (Art Lab – Moody Family Children’s Museum on Lower Level – children 5 and under)
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Drop-in Science Activities (Level 2 Activity Station)
11 a.m. – Bookworm Reading (T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now – Level 4)
11:30 a.m. – “Science on the Spot” Demos (T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now – Level 4)
1:30 and 3:30 p.m. – Science on the Spot (The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall – Level 3)
2 p.m. – Science Trivia (Level 2 Activity Station)
3-5 p.m. – Drop-in Science Activities (Level 2 Activity Station)

 

 

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