Summer Fun Idea: Visit the Perot Museum #PerotMuseum ~ Trendy Mom Reviews
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Summer Fun Idea: Visit the Perot Museum #PerotMuseum



Throughout the month, we are sharing ideas of trendy attractions and restaurants to visit with your children while they are home for summer break. In today's post, I'll share my personal favorite - a trip to the trendy Perot Museum of Nature and Science. They have amazing opportunities for your family to enjoy this summer. Let me share some highlights of the Perot Museum Summer Program.

Let's start with the films:

  • New! DREAM BIG 3D: From the world’s tallest building to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big 3D – narrated by Jeff Bridges – celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world. A MacGillivray Freeman Film in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers, Dream Big 3D is presented by Bechtel Corporation and runs approximately 40 minutes. 
  • New! WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 3D (opens May 26): Take off on a prehistoric adventure with dinosaurs over 70 million years ago. Presented by BBC Earth and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, the film lets audiences see and feel what it was like when astonishing dinosaurs ruled the Earth. The 20-minute film features two dinosaurs discovered by Perot Museum paleontologists – Pachyrhinosaurus and Nanuqsaurus.
  • WILD AFRICA 3D (through Sept. 4): Ride across, over and through the magical realms of the most dramatic continent on Earth: Africa. Plunge into fantastic places, meet amazing creatures and discover the fascinating secrets of this enchanted kingdom. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and presented by BBC Earth, Wild Africa 3D runs approximately 20 minutes. 
  • 3D FILMS IN THE HOGLUND FOUNDATION THEATER, A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE: This summer includes colossally cool films featuring young, inspiring engineers, dinosaurs and today’s enchanted animal kingdom! To view trailers and film schedules, go to perotmuseum.org. Films are presented locally by Primrose Schools. 
Personally, every film that we have watched at the Perot Museum has been captivating. We recently saw the Dream Big 3D movie and it was fantastic. The film focuses on many engineering marvels in a way that is very engaging. I won't spoil the movie for you, but I will say that it helps you to view the world from different perspectives and our family enjoyed it. The movie inspired all of us and we couldn't stop chatting about it with each other. I was able to take a photo of a trendy snack that relates to the movie. Did you know that sticky rice was used to build part of the Great Wall? Pretty cool!



Special Exhibition: May: Hidden Worlds Revealed

  • MAYA: HIDDEN WORLDS REVEALED (through Sept. 4, 2017): History, mystery and culture collide in the largest traveling exhibition about the Maya ever to tour the U.S. Presented by Highland Capital Management, the exhibition brings together nearly 250 authentic artifacts and immersive environments to explore the astonishing accomplishments of one of the most powerful indigenous Mesoamerican civilizations, that still has millions of living descendants today. Through hands-on activity stations, guests of all ages can decipher hieroglyphs, learn cultural and architectural techniques, and explore an underworld cave, ancient burial site, mural room and more. The bilingual exhibition, presented in English and Spanish, requires a surcharge for members and non-members. Members always enjoy free general admission and get up to half-off on tickets to Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed. 
Personally, we visited this special exhibition and were blown away by the size and how they created an experience that engaged our family members of different ages. My husband and I are big fans of the artifacts. The collection was quite amazing. I won't spoil it for you, but I will share a few photos to pique your interest.

The first photo is a puzzle that my son enjoyed. This hands-on activity allowed him to pretend to be an archaeologist that reconstructs artifacts. At the same time, we began to learn about the intricate artwork in Mayan artifacts.



There were real artifacts in a case that look similar to the puzzle above.



Another fun activity involved creating our own Mayan names. My son is "Great Jaguar".



The next photo shows a wall with a lot of interesting information that takes you back in time.



There was an interactive Mayan calendar where you could explore different dates and process the changes! My son really liked this activity.



Of course, when you think of Mayan history, you think of jewelry. They have beautiful jewelry on display.



There is a lot more to this exhibit, but I won't give away too much because I know that you will enjoy checking it out on your own!

Now let's talk about some of the programs, including family-fun Discovery Days, adults-only Social Science, Discovery Camps, sleepovers and more equates to non-stop summer fun at the Perot Museum.

  • New! ARCHITECTURE TOUR. Did you know that 20 percent of the Perot Museum is made of recycled materials, or that you can see the visible result of a concrete truck being snarled in traffic (during construction) behind our Box Office? Learn these fun facts and more on the new Perot Museum Architecture Tour. See this award-winning museum – lauded for its bold artistry and sustainability and designed by 2005 Pritzker Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm, Morphosis – in a whole new light. Tours, which last 1-1.5 hours, are available for groups of 1-20 at a fee of $5 per person. The tour is only available with the purchase of Museum general admission tickets and must be purchased in advance. 
  • DISCOVERY DAYS. Foster a love for science on the second Saturday of the month! The family-fun Discovery Days will feature exciting experiments, activities and performances with scientists, educators and artists throughout the Museum. Free to members and included with general admission for non-members, Discovery Days take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (with exclusive member access from 9-10 a.m.) on May 13 (Meteorology), June 10 (Humanity), July 8 (Architecture) and Aug. 12 (Adventure). 
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE. Ever wanted to play at the Perot Museum without any kids? Exclusive to adults 21 and up, Social Science makes for an undeniably unique date night or evening out with friends, filled with fun experiments, craft beers and cocktails, performances, engaging discussions, exciting inventions and more. The centerpiece of this summer’s Friday night adventures is Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed! Upcoming dates include June 23 (Patterns) and Aug. 4 (Conundrum). Tickets, which go fast, are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Social Science is presented by Riveron Consulting and supported by Tequila Herradura and Jack Daniels. Please drink responsibly. 
  • FIRST THURSDAY LATE NIGHT. First Thursdays mean more time to nerd out! The Perot Museum stays open late until 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month with special programming from 7-9 p.m. Upcoming dates and themes include June 1 (Summer of Science: Physics), July 6 (Summer of Science: Chemistry) and August 3 (Summer of Science: Biology). A great opportunity for working parents and those who want to visit after hours, First Thursday Late Night is free to members and included with general admission for non-members. 
  • SLEEPOVERS. Snore and explore! Sleepovers at the Perot Museum feature behind-the-scenes 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. Summer dates are May 13 (all-girls sleepover), May 26, June 9 (superhero sleepover), July 21, Aug. 11 and Sept. 2. 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. 
  • DISCOVERY CAMPS. Kids pre-K through 6th grade can ignite a love for science this summer! Young minds will relish in week-long camp sessions focusing on animals, space, dinosaurs, chemistry, engineering, marine biology and even zombies at Discovery Camp. Hands-on experiments, 3D films and interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities will keep kids content and sharp during the summer months. Additional Discovery Camps are available at The Hockaday School, a state-of-the-art facility with a unique makerspace – and the only location offering this season’s new camp theme, Zombie Survival. Discovery Camps will take place June 12-Aug. 18. Before and after care available for K-6th grade. For more information and to register, visit perotmuseum.org/camps.
Personally, we have experienced Discovery Days and a Sleepover on previous visits. Our first visit to the Perot Museum was when our oldest son was just a toddler. It happened to be on a Discovery Day where they had many interactive activities for him. A highlight was a dino dig. This was one of our happiest memories from his toddler days because our son loves science and this was one of the first experiences where we began to see his love of science emerge. It's funny to look back at photos that show how engaged he was with the various exhibits. Now that we have a baby, we enjoy photographing him at the children's exhibits and look forward to taking photos of him on future visits so that we are able to watch him grow.

Here he is - crawling in the baby area today!



He doesn't know how to walk yet, but he is able to explore puzzles at the Perot Museum!



Our Sleepover experience was similarly wonderful. My husband and son had a special evening at the museum where they saw a movie, enjoyed late night snacks, toured the museum, and then slept under a pterodactyl. It's a precious childhood memory that they will both always remember. I recommend the Perot Museum Sleepovers to everyone because it's a unique and memorable experience!

Now, let's talk about summer discounts.

  • BIG SUMMER DISCOUNTS. 
  • This summer, the Perot Museum is pleased to offer complimentary general admission for active duty members and veterans of the United States military, law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics/EMTs and $3 off general admission for members of their immediate families (up to six family members) Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day (May 26-Sept. 4, 2017). 
  • To expand accessibility for families, the Perot Museum’s Community Partners Ticket Offer provides $1 general admission and $1 admission to Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed for individuals and families enrolled in qualified state and federally supported assistance programs. The offer is valid for up to seven immediate family members Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 26-Sept. 4, 2017). 
  • And the Perot Museum offers free general admission year-round to educators in Texas and its bordering states. Find details about all admission discounts at here
  • Gift Science! Looking for the perfect gift that fits all sizes? A gift certificate to the Perot Museum is the perfect present for moms, dads and grads this season. From one-day experiences to family memberships, the gift of science never goes out of style. Perot Museum gift certificates are good for general admission, films, memberships, parking, special event tickets and more. Find the link to purchase at perotmuseum.org/gift.
  • Snag a CityPASS! A Dallas CityPASS provides Perot Museum general admission along with a 3D film plus admission to three other popular attractions. A CityPASS adult ticket is $48 and a CityPASS child ticket is $32 – that’s a 40% savings! Find the link to purchase online at perotmuseum.org/tickets or go to the Museum Box Office.
Finally, let's talk about logistics. Here are the details for summer hours, tickets, and parking.
  • SUMMER HOURS. From May 26-Sept. 4, the Perot Museum will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday with new expanded Sunday hours from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Members enjoy exclusive access to the Perot Museum and Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed from 9-10 a.m. every Saturday and 10-11 a.m. every Sunday. The Museum will be closed for routine annual maintenance Sept. 5-7. Regular hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. will resume Friday, Sept. 8. 
  • TICKETS AND PARKING. The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. Museum general admission is free for members. For ticket information, parking maps and other details visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.
I hope that you enjoyed learning about the summer offerings. The Perot Museum is my favorite attraction in the DFW metro. Our family has many happy memories from our visits. We look forward to creating more memories this summer!

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