Harry Potter Midnight Madness – ticket giveaway!

November 11, 2010

These tickets could be yours!!

So, the tickets went faster than we expected and we’re getting really excited about seeing all of you wizards and Muggles late Thursday night for the big Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows premiere here at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Wortham IMAX theater!

We’re very excited to announce that we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Midnight Madness showing of Harry Potter at HMNS – so we’re having a CONTEST for folks who truly love HMNS to have a chance to HP7 part 1 in IMAX with us!

We have two pairs of tickets so there are two ways to win – here’s the scoop: We want to know what you love about HMNS!

Win on the BeyondBones Blog:

Maximum of 3 chances to enter to win TWO TICKETS TO HP MIDNIGHT MADNESS!

1. Write a comment below about why you love HMNS for one (1) entry

2. Write a comment below and include a link to your blog where you’ve spread your love of HMNS for two (2) entries

We’ll accept comments as entries for this contest until 11:59pm on Tuesday, November 16th and then select the winner at random using Random.org. Maximum 3 entries per person, winner will be announced and notified via email (so be sure to include that information when you place your comment!) on Wednesday, November 17th.

Win on Twitter:

You must have a twitter account in order to enter to win this second pair of tickets for HP MIDNIGHT MADNESS at HMNS!

1. Use your twitter account to share why you love HMNS – tweets must include the hashtag #whyilovehmns and mention @hmns to qualify.  It’s ok to include a link to a photo, video, blog post, etc in your tweet – get creative!! (Note: adding the hashtag more than once will not increase your chances of winning)

2. There is no limit on how many tweets you post with the #whyilovehmns hashtag but we must limit your entries to a total of 3 entries per twitter handle.  We know it would not be fair to limit your outpouring of love for HMNS – so just keep on a’tweetin’!

The Twitter contest is open until 11:59pm on Tuesday, November 16th, winner will be announced on twitter by @hmns on Wednesday, November 17th! This winner will be selected at random using Random.org.

There are so many ways to express how much you love the Houston Museum of Natural Science – just to name a few; write a blog post full of photos from your last visit to the Museum, share a photo from your favorite childhood trip to HMNS, create an elaborate model made only from old HMNS ticket stubs, write a song and make a youtube video all about the Museum, write a haiku about your favorite Museum object – the possibilities are endless!

Eligibility rules: 1) HMNS reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate, spam, or just generally not family friendly. 2) Must be 18 years old to win, after all this is a Midnight showing!  3) HMNS employees or immediate family of HMNS employees are not eligible to win.

Good Luck!!

And don’t worry – even if you don’t win the contest there are still tickets available for our 2:45am showing on November 19th!

[Ed. Note: Hat tip to @Chookooloonks for the contest structure idea!]

Authored By Allison Kellogg

After volunteering at HMNS since 1993, Allison joined HMNS full time in 2003. Her current job responsibilities include curating the education collections and keeping the summer camp classrooms stocked with materials, facilitating Education special events, and coordinating the Museum's overnight program. In her "spare time" she volunteers with the Junior League of Houston and spends her time in artistic pursuits.

16 responses to “Harry Potter Midnight Madness – ticket giveaway!”

  1. D'Ann Bishop says:

    The HMNS has been somewhat of an enduring legacy in my family. When I was a child my family would pack a picnic, eat Hermann Park and then head to the museum. I remember being totally awestruck by the huge TRex in the center of the museum. Now that I have children of my own, I am carrying on the tradition! Our most recent favorite exhibit was the Secrets of Magic. My kids were captivated watching the magician twist a fork before their very eyes.

    HMNS is such a wonderful family tradition in our family and I look forward to that continuing for generations to come.

  2. Cynthia Fiser says:

    HMNS is place I’ve been going to since I was a kid. It holds many memories for me. It’s always been a place to escape to. I used to love the laser shows on Friday night! It was always a hang out then!

  3. Jessica Crutcher says:

    I love HMNS because it is our kids’ favorite place. Our 5-year-old loves the “dinosaur museum,” as he calls it, and never gets tired of visiting all the dinosaur fossils. Our 9-year-old loves the butterfly garden, and we’ve spent countless hours looking at the insect displays. And I love your selection of Alexis Bittar jewelry in the gift shop and all of the fantastic family activities you have throughout the year! So pretty please, we would really love two Harry Potter tickets. 🙂

  4. EdT. says:

    HMNS, why dost I love thee? Let me count the ways:

    1) Lots of neat stuff to see.
    2) Including a large, shiny object (ooh!) that constantly changes.
    3) Photographer-friendly!
    4) They put out wildly odoriferous flora to assault our olfactory sense organs, and people wait in line a long time to see and smell them!
    5) Where else can you attend a class with a mummy, and some stuffed animal heads?
    6) Did I mention the photographer-friendliness?

    Linkys: http://blog.etee2k.net/index.php/etee/2010/07/word-31jul10
    also, http://blog.etee2k.net/index.php?s=CorpseFlower&sentence=AND&submit=Search


  5. LJeffers says:

    I love HMNS because there’s always something new to discover. Whether it’s a Pink Floyd show in the planetarium, the latest IMAX, the wonderful interactive traveling exhibits, waiting for Lois to bloom, or watching a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis, HMNS has something for everyone. I didn’t realize science was this much fun when I was taking my high school and college classes!

  6. Julianne says:

    I Love HMNS because it allows me to be a nerdy kid again. I’ve been going since I was little with school groups and weekend trips with my parents. Going through the different exhibits makes me remember about all different times in my life I’ve been there. Elementary school during field trips running around the museum and testing out all the different experiments. Middle school – the butterfly exhibit and imax movies. High school – walking through the exhibits upstairs learning about the cultures of North and South America. College – I can never forget the Body Worlds exhibit. I still love coming and wandering around the whole place. I’ve seen Lois the Corpse Flower during the summer and I visited again during Museum District Day. Who says you’re too old to enjoy the museum? That’s why I love HMNS.

  7. Elizabeth Tran says:

    I love going to the museum whenever I get a chance to go. My son LOVES to see the dinosaurs and the animals on exhibit. Every time I take him he gets so excited that a few times i’ve lost track of him. We explore everything avalible in regular admission and he really enjoyed the dig pit at the Dinosaur CSI exhibit. We have spent hours at exhibits.

  8. Ty says:

    I love HMNS because despite us visiting nearly every week my kids never get enough of going there and I enjoy every visit too.

  9. Dane Goode says:

    I love going to the museum, it is one of my favorite places to go, though I do not get there as often as I would like. The special exhibits are great, I love that I live in an area that gets some of these great exhibits!

  10. Frank Huckins says:

    Others here have done a great job of listing the attractions of HMNS.

    For our family it’s simple, there’s something for everyone – all ages and interests – at HMNS! HMNS keeps it fresh too … bringing in new and exciting exhibitions. No way to get bored, even the jaded teenager who reluctantly visits gets caught up in the wonder that’s presented throughout the museum.

    The only complaint we’ve heard is “Awww, do we have to leave?” …

  11. Megan says:

    Although not a native Houstonian, I did start visiting Houston for cancer treatments while I was in middle school, leading my family to venture out in little spurts to do something while we were in the big city. HMNS loomed as a jewel amongst the Museum District, and I adored going to see the mummies, the dinosaur bones, the jewels and gems, and everything else the museum had to offer. Years later, while attending college in Houston, I earned employment at the museum and worked for almost four years at this wonderful place. Now, I regret not being to go as often as I like, because it IS such a wonderful place – a real home for scientists, knowledge-seekers, and those who just love to learn!

  12. Amanda says:

    HMNS is so romantic. I love stealing a kiss from my boyfriend in the Smith Gem Vault surrounded by the most beautiful gems and jewelry I have ever seen.

  13. Khryste says:

    What better place for geologist to teach her budding scientists about all the wonders our world has to offer! My son (age 5) could spend all day in the dinosaur exhibit and my daugher (age 20 months) loves to roar at the dinosaurs as if she’s talking to them! Our adventures in the butterfly center even inspired the kiddos to grow plants to attract butterlies. We spent several weeks caring for our own caterpillar family and released all the swallowtails out in the back yard. Thanks HMNS for inspiring my kids to explore the world around them!

  14. Kenneth Thomas says:

    HMNS has always been a fond memory of mine growing up. My Elementary School visited HMNS annually and everyone throughly enjoyed their visit. Once I became an adult, I visited HMNS 3 or 4 times a month . HMNS is a great family venue and priced affordable. The only for my family and I is agreeing on which exhibit to see first ;therefore, We spend the entire day at HMNS .

  15. kaylee williamson says:

    i love it it isi awesome and you guys rock

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