The Perot Museum Is a Cool DFW Summer Retreat!

Despite a few cold blips in the recent weather, it looks like Dallas weather is heating up, and if you’re a DFW parent, you’re looking for places to escape the hellish heat that will soon be upon us and keep the kids entertained. If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you know that one of my favorite places to beat the heat is the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.  

There is so much going on at the Perot this summer: The Art of the Brick traveling exhibition, late nights, adults-only fun (yay), sleepovers, Discovery Camps, a festival celebrating all things dinosaur AND (my favorite escape) new films! Plus, the Museum will open an hour earlier each day from May 24-Sept. 2 for extended summer fun.

Here’s just a snippet of what’s in store this summer:

The Art of the Brick

Have you had a chance to experience their featured exhibit, The Art of the Brick?   This really cool exhibit features the world’s largest display of LEGO art in what CNN has named a top 10 global must-see exhibition! My favorite is Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. (You may have spied Yellow on album covers and in Lady Gaga’s music video “G.U.Y.”)  And what will delight Lego fanatics of all ages is the hands-on LEGO brick gallery – dubbed The Science of the Brick – featuring open creative spaces and building challenges. 

This exhibit runs through the summer until August 18, 2019.

ASTEROID DAY

The Museum will celebrate Asteroid Day (June 20, 2019, from 10 am – 2 pm), to raise awareness about asteroids and explore solutions to minimize the threats they pose to the plane.  Examine real specimens, speak with experts, and find out about the possible dangers and potential benefits associated with these celestial objects. 


Fun Fact: Asteroid Day is celebrated globally on June 30 because on that day in 1908, the most recent large-impact asteroid impact occurred in Siberia.

MOON DAY

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and explore life in space, launch rockets, create lunar settlements and more to commemorate this historic day. And of course, the film Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is a must see in The Hoglund Foundation Theater.

A DAY IN THE LIFE: ARCHITECT

Do you have a kiddo interested in a career in architecture? If so, make plans to attend A Day in the Life: Architect on Saturday, July 13, at 8:30 a.m. Meet local architects and learn all about their careers, then construct a building that could fit within the Dallas skyline. A panel of architects will judge the structures and award prizes to the top three buildings. After a friendly competition, enjoy refreshments and an exclusive look at TheArt of the Brick exhibition guided by a Perot Museum Brainiac. 

Tickets – which include general admission – are $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

DINO FEST 

Rounding out the summer special events is the second-annual Dino Fest, the ultimate dinosaur celebration! Dino Fest is set for Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Activities will spread across all five levels of the Museum, with everything from fossil hunts and dissections, to dino dig pits, T. rex sports challenges, paleo demos, live music, art activities and more. 

Image from Dino Fest 2018

Plus: the Usual Fun

And of course, all the usual summer activities will be going on as well – including Discovery Camps, after-hours adult events and sleepovers!

DISCOVERY CAMPS  for STEM enthusiasts ages Pre-K through 6th grade will take place June 3-August 16 with locations at the Perot Museum AND at The Hockaday School. Themes will include super heroes, wacky weather, dinosaurs, ocean animals, and LEGOs. English and Spanish camps will be available at the Perot. For more info, check out perotmuseum.org/camps.

SOCIAL SCIENCESummer dates for this 21-and-up social event are June 21 (Science of Art) and August 9 (Gastronomy). Highlights include interactive exploration, exciting experiments, discussions, signature cocktails, and food by Wolfgang Puck. Kids not allowed!  

SLEEPOVERS are a fun opportunity for children ages 6-14 (and their adult chaperones) to spend the night in the museum and get behind-the-scenes access to the exhibit halls. Activities include exclusive demonstrations, hands-on discovery, a late-night snack, 3D film and light breakfast to round out the experience. Sleepovers are set for May 24 (Video Game Science), June 29 (Super Science) and July 19 (STEM Cub Scout Nova) from 6:30 p.m.-8 a.m. (Tip: tickets for these go FAST.)

The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information on tickets, parking, and other details, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.

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