Spring break is fast approaching, and many parents in North Texas are probably wondering what they will do to keep their children entertained.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is capitalizing on the opportunity to provide fun but educational activities. From extended hours to special promotions and camps, the museum is making moves to turn itself into a spring break destination for families in the metroplex.
Starting March 11, the Perot Museum will open its doors at 9 a.m. and remain open until 5 p.m. every day, including March 14, which is usually closed. This means more time for families to explore the museum, visit the café and museum shop, and participate in various activities.
For children in grades K-4, the five-day Pirate Camp – The Science of the High Seas is an excellent way to pique their interest in STEM. This interactive camp explores the science behind pirate myths and legends (like the iconic eye patch!). It also teaches students how STEM concepts have shaped our understanding of the high seas. It’s a perfect mix of learning and adventure that will keep children engaged and excited.
Jumping forward in time, the Science Behind Pixar is an interactive exhibition that presents the artistry, science, and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and characters. The exhibit showcases how STEM concepts help bring Pixar characters to life. With eight sections and over 50 interactive elements, visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of artists and computer scientists through engaging activities and firsthand accounts.
The Perot Museum also offers daily hands-on engineering challenges and workshops in the ChallENGe Lab. The activities are free and suitable for children aged 6 and up. Whether you feel like designing a robot or learning about self-driving cars, all activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
On March 14, the Perot Museum celebrates Pi Day with a special pizza promo. Visitors can enjoy a second slice of pizza for only $3.14.
The Perot Museum’s theater offers a unique opportunity to witness the wonders of 3D films.
Dinosaurs of Antarctica 3D takes viewers on a prehistoric adventure, with plenty of dinosaurs and amphibians to spot along the way. Oceans: Our Blue Planet unravels the tales of the ocean’s most extraordinary creatures, shedding light on their little-known secrets. Tiny Giants captures the incredible adventures of Earth’s smallest heroes in a larger-than-life experience.
These 3D films not only entertain but also educate viewers on nature and science, making them an excellent activity for the whole family. Trailers can be viewed here.
No matter which activity you decide to do, make sure to bring your appetite. The museum’s spring break programming for families includes a special food offering, with tacos, BBQ, popcorn, and pretzels offered from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the museum’s Plaza.