Spring Break at the Perot Museum

Perot Museum logoExtending to two weeks this year, Spring Break at the Perot Museum will come chock-full of fun and exciting science March 5-20, 2016.

From daily activities and “science on the spot” demos including pinwheels, egg dyeing, cloud making, marshmallows, rainbows, Slinkys and more, to Discovery Camps, a sleepover, 3D films and a fossil-themed Discovery Days, the Perot Museum will be springing forward with exploration around every corner.

Plus from March 5-19, the Museum will stay open until 7 p.m. giving guests extra hours to squeeze it all in.

Pinwheels, egg dyeing, cloud-making, marshmallows, rainbows, kites and other daily spring-themed science demos and activities, plus bookworm readings, trivia, crafts, fossil-fun Discovery Days, extended hours and more to satisfy stir-crazy kids and staycationers of all ages.

Spring Break Activities at the Perot

Saturday, March 5 – Sunday, March 20

Beginning  March 5, daily programming will include bookworm readings, science crafts, science trivia, live “science on the spot” demos and other spring-themed drop-in activities at select times through March 20. (See end of release for a detailed schedule.) On Saturday, March 12, Discovery Days: Fossils will feature a variety of paleontology-themed activities, from giant 3D dinosaur puzzles to fossil artwork and a fossil scavenger hunt, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

And a new revelation will have fossil enthusiasts intrigued. As it turns out, a 90-million-year-old fossil fish that has been on display in the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall is in fact, a new species from North Texas.

Saturday, March 12 (8:30-10 a.m. – members only; extended hours from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.)

Discovery Day: Fossils (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Enjoy a variety of paleontology-themed activities, from giant 3D dinosaur puzzles to fossil artwork and a fossil scavenger hunt.
Fossils and Footprints Activity. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Art Lab – Moody Family Children’s Museum on the Lower Level – children 5 and under with adult companion)
Bookworm Reading. 11 a.m. (T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall – Level 4)

Discovery Carts and other live science demos will occur throughout the Museum at various times each day.

3D Films in the Hogland Foundation Theater: A National Geographic Experience

Don some 3D glasses, sit back and travel to worlds where sea monsters, and tiny giants rule the big screen. To view trailers and film schedule, go to perotmuseum.org. Films are presented locally by Primrose Schools.

Journey to Space 3D:  In the past half-century, humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked on the moon and lived continuously in orbit. In the coming decades, unquenchable curiosity will take our species beyond the cradle of Earth to touch the face of another world. Journey to Space 3D will inspire a new generation of young people to dream of new horizons in space and engender a new appreciation for the accomplishments of the Space Shuttle program among an older generation who came to take it for granted.

Through extensive interviews, brilliant narration by actor Patrick Stewart and stunning 3D, discover the foundation behind the next giant leaps being taken into space. Presented by Giant Screen Films, this film runs approximately 40 minutes.

Tiny Giants 3D:  In an adventure of giant proportions, Tiny Giants 3D reveals the astonishing lives of the smallest animals. Using the incredibly immersive power of special 3D cameras, audiences are transported in a very intimate way into another world to experience the titanic battles these creatures face to survive. A chipmunk in a wild wood is forced to grow up fast when he is on his own for the first time.  Presented by Giant Screen Films, this film runs approximately 20 minutes.

Spring Break Discovery Day and Discovery Camp Jr.

Credit: Jason Janik, Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Credit: Jason Janik, Perot Museum of Nature and Science

At select times March 5-20, you and your family can enjoy daily spring science crafts, bookworm readings, science trivia, slinky spring science, live “science on the spot” demos and drop-in activities involving making clouds, rainbows, egg dyeing, pinwheels/wind energy, marshmallows, mammoth/dinosaur toothpaste and mini kite flying, to name a few.

Kids in grades K-6 can design their own STEAM-centered creations, explore their natural world, conduct scientific experiments and discover the wonders of space at Discovery Camp. Plus, little ones ages 3-4 can partake in Discovery Camp, Jr. (week-long, half-day) where they can engage in interactive experiences focused on investigation and exploration with hands-on science experiments and creative projects led by expert camp instructors. New for 2016!

The Museum will offer two weeks of Discovery Camp and Discovery Camp, Jr. from March 7-11 and March 14-18. Programming offered will be the same each week. Parents should check that the camp week selected matches the Spring Break dates for each child. Spring Break Discovery Camp and Discovery Camp, Jr. are presented by Texas Instruments.

Sleepover: On March 12, kids can grab a sleeping bag and have a spring break sleepover dozing with the dinosaurs at the Perot Museum! Those lucky enough to reserve a spot can enjoy behind-the-scenes after-hours access to the Museum’s 11 exhibit halls, exclusive demonstrations, hands-on discovery plus a late-night snack, 3D film and light breakfast to round out the experience. Designed especially for children ages 6-12, sleepovers are open to groups of all sizes – from a parent and child to entire organizations. Cost is $45 per child and $30 per adult chaperone.

Activities are free to members and included with general admission for non-members. Click Here for the Schedule 

About the Perot Museum

Hours: General hours of operation for the Perot Museum are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. On the first Thursday of the month, the Museum will stay open until 9 p.m. for its First Thursday Late Night public events.

Spring Break hours. During Spring Break (March 5-19), the Museum will stay open daily with extended hours until 7 p.m.

Member Mornings: From 8:30-10 a.m. every Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon every Sunday, members can enjoy exclusive access to the Perot Museum. Additionally, during Spring Break, there will be member-only hours from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday through Friday (March 7-11 and March 14-18).

Tickets:  Museum general admission ticket prices are $19 for adults (18-64), $12 for youth (2-17), $13 for seniors (65+), and free for children under 2. Museum 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.

Skip the ticket sales line! Visitors, including members, are strongly encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets directly from their smartphones or computers in advance.

The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For parking information, tickets and other details, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.

To learn more, please visit perotmuseum.org.