Erupting watermelons, slime and sharks! As summer unofficially kicks off this Memorial Day weekend, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science has summer-themed science activities and a totally transformed Being Human Hall to fill your three-day weekend.
From May 25-28, guests can enjoy daily activities involving summertime sand slime, erupting watermelons, fireflies, shark dissections, ocean waves and more. Children 5 and under can get hands on with patriotic discovery bottles, hurricane exploration and art activities in the Moody Family Children’s Museum, plus all visitors can take advantage of extended hours through Sept. 3.
A don’t-miss highlight is the newly reimagined Being Human Hall, which underwent a major renovation and now features twice as many interactive displays and dozens of experiences all offered in English and Spanish. Visitors can witness one of the world’s only displays of a human brain with a still-intact spinal cord, try on a prosthetic running blade or send brain wave messages to fire off pulsing lights by merely thinking. A virtual reality experience transports guests into the South African cave system where internationally renowned paleoanthropologist Dr. Lee Berger discovered a new species of human relative. A dozen authentic stone tool artifacts (some more than a million years old!) are displayed by a full figure of “Lucy,” the famous Australopithecus afarensis.
After exploring what it means to be human, visitors can chill out with a 3D film including Flying Monsters 3D, Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland and Museum Alive 3D.
From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day (May 25-Sept. 3), veterans, active and retired U.S. military personnel, and first responders will receive complimentary general admission plus $3 off general admission for their immediate family members (up to six people). In addition, the Community Partners Ticket Program returns to provide greater access to lower-income families, offering $1 general admission for guests who qualify based on need.
To fit in all the fun, the Perot Museum will stay open until 6 p.m. beginning Friday (May 25).
For more info and to purchase tickets in advance, go to perotmuseum.org/summer.