Submitted by Melinda Wenk, Museum of Nature & Science
Seatbelts everyone! Buckle up and get ready for a wild weather ride! Join the popular Ms. Frizzle™ and her class as The Magic School Bus™ Kicks Up A Storm blasts in to the Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas’ Fair Park on April 28. To celebrate the opening of this popular traveling exhibit, MNS members get a special sneak preview Friday, April 27 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the MNS Science Building.
Based on the best-selling Scholastic books and the ever-popular television series, this bilingual, hands-on traveling exhibit will transport visitors into the wacky world of weather. The fun begins as children learn how to create snowflake crystals, make a hot air balloon soar, experience a hurricane and snowstorm, and become a meteorologist for the day! The 2,500-square-foot exhibit houses seven interactive computer stations that operate in English and Spanish.
Underscoring the Museum’s mission to inspire minds through nature and science, The Magic School Bus™ allows children and their families to learn meteorology and the science of weather—together. Locally supported by Lockheed Martin, the exhibit will teach visitors about the different types of weather and their characteristics, including how to read natural world indicators to predict the weather, use scientific measurement tools, such as thermometers and anemometers, and get the behind-the-scenes scoop on how to read maps and graphs like a real meteorologist!
“Lockheed Martin is committed to supporting local programs and non-profit organizations, such as the Museum of Nature & Science, that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education,” said Hannah Stone, community relations manager at Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business. “This captivating exhibit will allow people to see and understand science in their everyday life while learning practical skills to predict what causes different weather phenomena.”
The Magic School Bus™ takes visitors to three interactive environments—Ms. Frizzle’s Classroom, the bus itself, which is transformed into a Weather Observatory, and the Walkerville Weather Center. A key highlight of the Walkerville Weather Center allows children to gather and report the weather just like their favorite meteorologist “live” from the Frizzle News Network (FNN-TV) studio or Frizzle News Network Radio—all while learning the inside scoop on weather terms and vocabulary. Through these interactive environments, visitors can explore the water cycle and learn how influences from air, heat, water and land combine to create weather. Educator Resources comprised of books and poetry, and take-home activities, which include science activities and crafts tied to a mini-science lesson, are available online to supplement the exhibit.
“The Museum of Nature & Science is proud to bring such a multi-faceted exhibit about weather—one of the environment’s most fascinating scientific occurrences—to our community,” said Steve Hinkley, vice president of programs at MNS. “MNS educators, and programs and exhibit staff, are always looking for innovative ways to bring science to children, families, parents and teachers so that they will continue to seek science education long after they’ve left the Museum.”
In the spirit of The Magic School Bus™ book series, MNS will collaborate with the Dallas Public Library to host book readings on select Saturday’s through the run of the exhibit from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Science Building, Viewspace Theater. Beginning April 28—opening day of the exhibit—librarians will engage children during story time through books about weather and with excerpts from “The Magic School Bus™,” with a special appearance from Ms. Frizzle herself on opening day. Readings will be offered April 28, May 26 (Memorial Day weekend), June 23 (Ms. Frizzle appearance), July 28, September 1 and September 8.
“The Dallas Public Library is excited to collaborate with the Museum of Nature & Science in conjunction with The Magic School Bus™ exhibit,” said Jo Giudice, interim assistant director of programs and communication for the Dallas Public Library. “We hope that families, students, and all those who enjoy reading and find science intriguing will attend the book readings to learn more about weather and, afterwards, get the chance to experience it firsthand by visiting the engaging, interactive exhibit nearby.”
MNS members are invited to a sneak peek of the exhibit before it opens to the public at the member preview event April 27 from 5-7:30 p.m., which includes balloon artists, face painters and snacks inspired by weather, including “twister” curly fries. Those who become a member on or before April 27 receive access to this and additional special member-only events, free admission to the museum general exhibits and discounts on traveling exhibits and IMAX® films.
Time Warner Cable is the 2012 Season Sponsor of the Museum of Nature & Science. The Magic School Bus™ is free to MNS members and included with the cost of general exhibits admission for non-members. Regular 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. Save time and avoid lines by purchasing advance tickets online at natureandscience.org, now with no more online service fee. The MNS campus is located in Fair Park. The Science Building is at 1318 South Second Avenue, and the Nature Building is at 3535 Grand Avenue.
Museum/exhibition regular hours of operation are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and
Sunday, Noon-5 p.m. Special Memorial Day weekend holiday hours are Saturday (May 26), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday (May 27), Noon-7 p.m. Open Memorial Day (May 28) from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Extended summer hours continue after Memorial Day weekend and are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon-6 p.m. MNS members get great benefits. Visit natureandscience.org or call
214-428-5555 x1461 to join today!