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Got Kids? Go Perot!

Perot's brochure for Creatures of Light
Perot’s brochure for Creatures of Light

TRAVEL HERE: PEROT MUSEUM’S LATEST EXHIBITION LIGHTS UP THE DARK!

Can you say Bio-luminescence?  Do you have any idea what it is? Well, you and your kids can find out all about it at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.  I attended their media preview for Creatures of Light  and here’s what I found out.

Science – Not Just for Nerds Anymore

I’ve got to confess.  Science is not my strong suit.  And Nature?  I love it, but I have no burning desire to know much more about it than I already do.  I like to look at it, walk around in it and take pictures of it, but I’d rather learn about it’s depiction by a particular artist than learn the scientific facts behind any given natural phenomena – that’s just me.

Unlike me, today’s kids are crazy about science.  Take Thomas Surgent’s kids for instance.  Surgent is the Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel for Highland Capital Management, a major sponsor of the exhibition.  Knowing he’d be speaking at the media preview, he asked his girls about their favorite subject at school.  The answer?  Science.  Their second favorite?  Recess!

Their enthusiasm for the subject matched the eagerness I saw at a previous media event, when the museum opened up their new Tech Truck to a group of students.  The kids crawled all over it as if they’d been told Justin Beiber (or whoever has replaced him) were hiding in a cabinet aboard the vehicle.  This science thing is really gaining traction.

Creatures of Light – Science with Recess!  

Colleen Walker, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot, was thrilled with the results of Mr. Surgent’s casual poll.  It sums up her goals for the museum exactly.  She encouraged all us media types to drop our adult inhibitions and look at the exhibit through the eyes of our inner child.

Here’s another confession, I didn’t do a good job of dropping my adult inhibitions.  The first thing I did inside the exhibit, darkened to protect fragile sealife, was try to take a picture with my phone.  I thought the flash was off, but of course it wasn’t, so in a space where we’d been warned not to use our flash, I flashed.  My sense of wonder wandered off and I didn’t see the charm of it all.

Then the real kids came in.  Many were wearing their Halloween costumes and all of them were enchanted – oooohing and aaahing their way through huge glowing models of beings, which in real life are tiny, even microscopic.  Suddenly Ms. Walkers admonition to drop our adult inhibitions made more sense.

I made my way back through the darkened exhibit and practiced my innocent wonder.  Mrs. Walker had been right.  All the exhibit needed was a little youthful enthusiasm.  My second look was so much better than the first.  With the help of the exhibit I returned to the backyards of my childhood, catching lightening bugs in a jar.  I entered a cave with glow worms, danced with tiny living luminescence and marveled at odd creatures glowing in the depths of our oceans.

Bring Your Kids or Be a Kid

The magic of bio-luminescence and florescence waits for you at the Perot.  Suspend your disbelief.  The show starts on Halloween and will be at the Perot until February 21, 2016.  There’s a sleepover for the kids on November 6th and Social Science:Glow on January 21st would be  a great date night for the more mature kids.

General admission to the museum for us large kids is $19 and an additional $7 gets you into the world of bio-luminescence.  Prices vary for kids and seniors.  As with our other museums and gardens membership makes sense.  Annual family memberships cost $110, cover your general admission and provide discounts for traveling exhibitions like Creatures of Light, as well as providing other benefits.

Thankfully the museum provided some photos, since yours truly wasn’t able to figure out how to turn off her flash.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Autumn Activities in Dallas TX

The New Big Tex
The New Big Tex

AT HOME IN HEATH: DALLAS KEEPS LURING ME ACROSS THE LAKE

I may have moved across the lake from my hometown, but I’m still very much the Dallasite.  I recently got an email blast from Stephanie Faulk (sfaulk@dallascvb.com) Public Relations /Outreach Manager for the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The correspondence spelled out some of my favorite things to do around Dallas. Allow me to share a few.

The State Fair of Texas – Today – October 18

You had me at Fletcher’s Corny Dogs!  I have always loved the fair.  I go every year.  My husband is not as fascinated with it as I am, so it’s a good thing my bestie is.  We make a day of it.

First order of business is a corny dog – then I repeat whenever the opportunity presents itself.  That means I don’t eat much else.  The fair is famous for fried things, but I don’t want to waste my calories.  I know I’m not going to like anything as much as I do the corny dogs and I have to get enough of them to last me all year.

Part of my love for the fair is nostalgia.  I go through each building as if it were required by some divinely assigned task.  I look at the new cars, test drive recliners, listen to pitches for gadgets, gawk at handicrafts, admire photographs, smell livestock, listen to music, sample goodies, walk down the Midway and sometimes even ride something.

Fair day is one of my favorite days of the whole year.  Don’t miss your fair day!

DAB Autumn11292014Autumn at the Arboretum – Now until November 25

I may go to the fair one day every year, but I go to the Arboretum much more frequently.  Not as often as I’d like, but that’s life.  I’ve been during the best days of Autumn in the Arboretum and Blooms, but I’also been there on chilly days in February.  I don’t think there is a bad day to visit the arboretum.  Even if it is pouring rain there’s a tram to deliver you to the DeGolyer House for a tour.

Ms. Faulk reported that folks voted Autumn at the Arboretum one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” in  Fodor’s Travel 2014.  With more the 75000 pumpkins dressing the garden up for fall, who can blame them.  Kids of all ages love to see the spectacular fall display and gorgeous gardens.  Put it on your calendar.

Meadows Museum Hosts Treasures from the House of Alba – until January 3rd 

I’m ashamed to admit how infrequently I visit the Meadows Museum on the SMU campus.  With so many attractions and events to distract me it’s not hard to understand why the quiet little Spanish Museum gets forgotten.  However, the museum itself is a wonder of architecture with its grand staircase and the works of art it holds are gorgeous.

If like me you’ve been neglecting the Meadows, now is the time to rectify that.  One hundred and thirty works from three spectacular palaces will be on hand, including works by Van Gogh, Goya and Renoir – to name just a few.  This will be the first time this private collection will be leaving Spain.  What a marvelous opportunity to see these masterworks of decorative arts and painting.

Other Exciting Opportunities

These wonderful events barely scratch the surface of things to do this fall in Dallas.  A survey of Jackson Pollack‘s works will be at the Dallas Museum of Art beginning in November and staying through March.  And speaking of modern art, on October 16, downtown Dallas will be turned into a wonderland of light, video, sound, performance and projection by some of the world’s best contemporary interactive artists in an extravaganza called Aurora.  Following this man-made light show, the Perot Museum will be showing off some of Mother Natures most amazing creations in Creatures of Light: Natures Bioluminescence.

If Dallas is your hometown, please take advantage of these wonderful opportunities.  If you don’t live here, then it’s time for you to come visit.