Kids, Parents Discover Winter Holiday Adventures at Museum of Nature & Science in Fair Park

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The Science of Spying, Children’s Museum, Dinosaurs in December, IMAX® Films and Much More Give Families Fun Times Together This Holiday Season

Secret spy adventures! Towering dinosaurs! Giant noses that sneeze on you! Enormous spider webs! Families wanting something fun to do with their kids during the winter holidays need travel no further than the Museum of Nature & Science (MNS) in Fair Park to discover and explore the world around them.

“Our museum is close to home, affordable, and loads of fun for kids and grown-ups, and especially this year during the holidays,” said Nicole Small, CEO of MNS. “This year we’ve got the internationally acclaimed "The Science of Spying" traveling exhibition and adventure which continues until January 4, 2010. In addition, a new dinosaur experience has been created with a special Dino Trail Guide and a new IMAX® film about dinosaurs. All this is in addition to our fun permanent exhibits, our Children’s Museum galleries and the out-of-this-world shows at the Planetarium.

This winter holiday season is the last chance for all junior espionage agents to defeat the evil forces of OSTEK by using their wits and spy skills at "The Science of Spying," which closes on Jan. 4, 2010. Senior Agent “K” trains “recruits” with real spy skills and technologies, and then sends them on a mission to thwart OSTEK. Do you have what it takes?

In the next hall, hear the echoes of T-rex and his massive fossilized contemporaries call to you from the past. On Dec. 19, MNS will introduce a free “Dino Trail Guide,” featuring MNS curator and paleontologist Dr. Anthony R. Fiorillo. Using this fold-out guide, young paleontologists-to-be can follow various “treks” to all the places in the Museum that dinosaurs call home. Galleries like "Texas Dinosaurs" or "Ice Age Dallas." At those spots, the Dino Trail Guide will navigate visitors through information about the specific dinosaurs including how they might have looked, what they ate and where they lived. Your budding fossil hunter can also learn hands-on what it’s like to hunt for fossils and bones in the "Fossil Dig" gallery with its giant sand pit and bone collecting tools. In the neighboring gallery, "Science at Work," they will discover the daily lives and careers of real paleontologists and perhaps dream of becoming real fossil hunters when they grow up.

After their dinosaur treks, visitors can thrill in the 79-foot domed IMAX® Theater, where "Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia" with its accurate and exciting portrayal of dinosaurs is playing throughout the holidays.

The adventure doesn’t end there. The "Explore Your World" galleries in the Children’s Museum let youngsters ages infant to 6 years inspect a fire truck, climb a rock wall, act like an ant, escape a giant spider web and even milk a cow. For the older set the "Your Incredible Body" gallery explains how and why people sneeze, fight off diseases, eat, and maintain temperature balance in the body. There’s even a giant nose that sneezes on people. The "Putting DNA to Work" gallery shows how this biological tool helps solve crimes, fight diseases, and much more.

Those searching for a unique gift of family togetherness that offers year-round return will find no better value than a membership to the Museum. Membership grants free general admission along with discounts to IMAX® Theater, Planetarium shows, and programs like camps and lectures.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day; and open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year's Eve (Dec. 31). General admission to the museum and The Science of Spying is free for members. General admission for non-members: adults $9.50; children 3 to 11 $6.00; youths 12 to 18, students over 18, and seniors 62 and older with ID, $8.00. Military members and their families also receive ticket discounts. There is an extra charge for non-members to "The Science of Spying." For more information about ticket prices, exhibits, activities and show times or to purchase tickets on-line visit natureandscience.org.

About the Museum of Nature & Science:
The Museum of Nature & Science, formerly the Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Children’s Museum, is a non-profit educational organization located in Dallas’ Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, MNS delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor experiences through its education, exhibition and research and collections programming for students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The MNS campus includes the TI Founders IMAX® Theater and a cutting-edge digital planetarium. The museum is supported in part by funds from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts and Hewlett-Packard. To learn more visit http://www.natureandscience.org.

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