Calling all aspiring astronauts to the Perot Museum!
This Saturday’s all-about-space Discovery Days promises fun for the whole family. Discovery Days: Space will feature an “astronaut training camp” on the outdoor Plaza and scores of astronomical activities throughout the Museum. Explore the solar system with planetarium shows presented by the Frontiers of Flight Museum, enjoy celestial stories with the Dallas Children’s Theater and create a space mission badge with the Perot Museum TECH Truck. Get artsy with crafts, and join Oil and Cotton for a constellation station, planetary sketching and a toddler takeover table. Visitors are encouraged to wear astronaut costumes and other space garb.
Kids and adults can learn about NASA rovers on Mars and test their driving skills on a Mars-themed obstacle course. Other activities include robotic arm challenges, rocket launching, crater drops, ice orbs, star charts, orbiting objects, pocket solar systems, alien creations and more.
It’s all in celebration of the Perot Museum’s latest traveling exhibition – Journey to Space (presented in English and Spanish) – which explores the astonishing yet forbidding environment of space and lets visitors “climb aboard” the International Space Station (ISS) Destiny module. Presented by Highland Capital Management, Journey to Space will run through May 6, 2018. At the traveling collection’s launch, I had the pleasure of chatting with Astronaut General Stafford. After just a couple of seconds talking, I realized that he is awesome and full of information about the history of the Space Program, but that he also is a living treasure and has a heart for our youth. He urges parents to remind kids that we, as humans, can do absolutely anything and explore anywhere – but that math and science are key. He impressed on me that we have to remind our kids that we can do it.
Plus, the Perot Museum turns 5 years old this month! To celebrate, guests can enjoy a gourmet hot chocolate bar ($3/cup) in the Lobby from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Since opening in 2012, the Perot Museum has welcomed and inspired more than 5.5 million minds, engaged 90,000 North Texans through off-site community outreach, served 1.2 million students through field trips and school educational programs, awarded $2 million in financial aid, welcomed 32,000 through the Community Partners ticket offer, hosted 10 traveling exhibitions and has been the grateful recipient of more than 250,000 service hours from a dedicated team of volunteers. High five!
The Perot Museum is located at 2201 Field Street in Dallas. Included with the price of general admission, Discovery Days take place on the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Journey to Space requires a surcharge for members and non-members.