Monday, June 4, 2012
Best summertime activities for kids in Dallas-Fort Worth
School's out for summer, but fun educational opportunities abound.
With the end of school usually comes one of two reactions:
Kids: "Whee! No school for almost three months! Let's have some fun!"
Parents: "Oh boy, what am I going to do to keep these kids busy for three months?!"
At Pegasus News, we're here to help both sides of that emotional spectrum, hopefully with equally pleasing results. While there will always be the one-off events that crop up every week, the following are the evergreen activities that will be available to you day in, day out, rain or shine. Just think of this list as your cheat sheet toward having a good time.
For shark lovers
The Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas presents Planet Shark: Predator or Prey, now through September 16. This exhibit is a rare opportunity for us land-locked Texans to learn about the ways of a species that, rightly or wrongly, is one of the most feared on earth. It includes hands-on activities, live shark feedings, and multiple educational stations.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has two exhibits aimed at young people who aren't afraid to step outside of their comfort zones. Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body and Risk, both going on now through September 3, take different tacks toward that goal. Grossology lets visitors explore the inner workings of the nose, kidney, and intestinal tract via interactive games such as the pinball-themed "Gas Attack." Risk, meanwhile, uses science to try to show you that not all supposedly risky things are as dangerous as they might seem. With either exhibit, you just might find yourself doing something you never thought you'd do.
For those who love the number 8
The relatively new Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium has been showing off their Octopus Garden for a while now, but since it's here through December 31, there's still plenty of time to take a gander at our fine mollusk friends. Five different tanks feature not only a couple of different octopi, but also such creatures as a Pharaoh Cuttlefish and Chambered Nautilus. You'll wish you had eight hands to participate in all the different activities giving more information about the cephalopods.
For those who can't wait for a rainy day
Whether or not the weather gods give us some much-needed rain this summer, you can head back to the Museum of Nature & Science for Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm. Going on now through September 9, kids will be able to learn just what an important role weather, and especially water, has on our lives with the help from the characters of The Magic School Bus. You'll never look at a downpour the same way again.
For roller coaster enthusiasts
While there will be plenty of people heading out to Six Flags over Texas this summer, the Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco can teach you how exactly those roller coaster cars stay on the tracks with their exhibit, Amusement Park Science. The next time you're pulling four G's while hanging upside down on Mr. Freeze, you'll be able to scream to the person next to you what makes the ride tick.
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