November 24, 2009
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Maryland Science Center Aflurry with Festive
Holiday Activities, Extended Hours
Cold-nosed, out-of-school, inquisitive children can kiss their winter blues goodbye. The Maryland Science Center has a flurry of things to do this holiday season, from blockbuster entertainment on the IMAX screen and hands-on holiday activities, to special discount programs and extended hours to make it even easier to visit during winter break.
Extended Hours: With extended holiday hours, there’s more time to romp, explore,
and play and to keep kids’ minds and bodies active over winter break. From Thursday, December 24, 2009 through Friday, January 1, 2010, the Maryland Science Center will be open for extended holiday hours:
Thursday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday, December 25: Closed
Saturday, December 26: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday – Thursday, December 27 – 31: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday. January 1: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
A Christmas Carol in IMAX: No one will be crying “ba-humbug!” after seeing Disney’s retelling of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol. Jim Carrey portrays seven characters including old curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge and the three well-intentioned ghosts who show him the errors of his ways. Visitors will be immersed in the Disney 3D thrill ride by the five story screen and crystal clear audio of the St. John Properties IMAX Theater. Tickets may be purchased as an IMAX-only ticket or may be purchased along with admission to the Maryland Science Center.
Midnight Noon: Resolve to attend the New Year’s Eve celebration the whole family can stay up for! Families can welcome 2010 together at the annual Midnight Noon daytime New Year’s bash on Thursday, December 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National recording artists Milkshake will jam with kids rock ‘n’ roll, pausing for the dramatic ball drop at noon. Blue Sky Puppet Theatre adds to the celebration with the hilarious The 3 (Not So Little) Pigs, starring Bernard the vegetarian wolf.
Holiday Week Explorations in the Kids Room: Monday, December 28 through Friday, January 1 at 2 p.m. the Learning Lab offers festive family activities to learn the science behind the holidays! Explore the properties of ice and snow through art and science activities in Brr, It’s Cold Out There! on December 28; mix classic holiday colors to make a colorful kaleidoscope during Red, Orange, Green and Blue on December 29; discover how evergreen trees stay green year-round in Green Science on December 30; countdown to 2010 with a lesson about gravity and the New Years ball with Five, Four, Three, Two, One… on December 31; and create musical instruments and explore holiday sounds during Jingle, Jingle, Jingle on January 1.
Da Vinci – The Genius: The full scope of Leonardo Da Vinci’s
remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and
architect is on display in this 10,000 square foot exhibition. Encounter more than 65 of
Da Vinci’s inventions, including visions for the glider, parachute, and precursors to
modern helicopters, automobiles, and submarines. A highlight of the exhibition is
“Secrets of The Mona Lisa,” which uncovers how the Mona Lisa looked as she was
originally painted, including layers of over-painting, restoration and attempts at preservation - even identifying the individual pigments that Da Vinci used.
Fridays After Five: To usher in 2010, the Maryland Science Center will be open the first day of the New Year, with the added bonus of a Fridays After Five discount. For $8, visitors can see the exhibit halls, planetarium, Observatory and IMAX Theater beginning at 5 p.m. Admission to DaVinci–The Genius can be added for just $4 more.
Holiday Gifts: The Maryland Science Center Store offers thousands of cool, creative and cognitive gifts for family fun and lively learning. This holiday season, the store is stocked with all the latest gizmos and gadgets that will keeps kids curious and learning well beyond this winter break. A membership to the museum is a gift the whole family can enjoy –and enjoy often—with benefits including free admission for a year, and discounts on IMAX tickets and birthday parties.
The Maryland Science Center is located at 601 Light Street at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For information and tickets, visit www.marylandsciencecenter.org or call the 24-Hour Information Line at 410-685-5225.
About the Maryland Science Center:
The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore is visited by more than 500,000 people each year. Popular exhibits include: Dinosaur Mysteries with full-size dinosaurs and interactive paleontology activities; a day in the life of the human body in Your Body: The Inside Story; and dozens of interactive experiments in Newton’s Alley. On October 3, the Maryland Science Center will debut “Da Vinci – The Genius,” the most comprehensive traveling exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci ever assembled. Other attractions include the Kids Room, the five-story St. John Properties IMAX Theater, and the world-famous Davis Planetarium.