Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 1/11-1/17

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Richard.

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Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our brand-new Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty.

Lecture – Visualizing Guadalupe: From Black Madonna to Queen of the Americas by Jeanette Peterson
Tuesday, Jan. 12
6:30 p.m.
The Virgin of Guadalupe is famously migratory, traversing continents and crossing and recrossing oceans. The Virgin’s earliest cult originated in medieval Europe, where the Black Madonna of Spain played a significant role in the Reconquista and garnered royal backing. The Spanish Guadalupe accompanied the conquistadors as part of the spiritual arsenal used to Christianize the Americas, where new images of the Virgin acted as catalysts to implant her devotion within multiethnic constituencies. Dr. Jeanette Peterson will trace the symbolic and racial implications of the shift from the Spanish black Madonna to the brown-skinned Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Americas.

Lecture – The U-2 Incident: Facts and Fictions by Francis Gary Powers, Jr.
Wednesday, Jan. 13
6:30 p.m.
U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers and Soviet spy Rudolph Abel walked across the “Bridge of Spies” to their respective freedom on May 1, 1960 in Potsdam. Abel was welcomed home as a hero to the Soviet Union. But Powers returned home labeled a traitor in the media. Using FOIA requests, declassified files and his father’s memoirs, Francis Gary Powers, Jr., the Cold War pilot’s son, will reveal the full story of what actually happened in this most sensational espionage case in Cold War history. The truth allowed his father to justly emerge as a Cold War hero, eventually decorated with a Silver Star posthumously.

This insider account of the Cold War spy exchange is now the subject of the major motion picture Bridge of Spies by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks. Francis Gary Powers, Jr. is founder and chairman emeritus of The Cold War Museum in Vint Hill, Virginia 40 miles from Washington, DC. Books Strangers on a Bridge by James Donovan and Operation Overflight Francis Gary Powers will be available following the lecture.

Class – Get a New Telescope?
George Observatory 
Saturday, Jan.16
1:00 p.m.
Did you get a new Refracting or Reflecting telescope for Christmas? (non-electronic or computerized telescopes) Come let an expert astronomer teach you how to set it up your scope so that it will work. It’s not as easy as the box would lead you to believe! After you have helpit will be easy to use. The astronomer will help you set up and learn some stars so that you will be successful. Bring all the parts and the instructions that came with the new telescope. If you want to stay later, you can allow the public to come look through your new scope and see how much fun it is to volunteer at the George Observatory.

Class – Get a New Go-To & Computerized Telescope?
George Observatory 
Saturday, Jan. 16
3:00 p.m.
Did you get a new Go-To & Computerized telescope for Christmas? Come let an expert astronomer teach you how to set it up and polar align your scope so that it will work. It’s not as easy as the box would lead you to believe! After you have help…it will be easy to use. The astronomer will help you set up and learn stars to line up with so that you will be successful. Bring all the parts and the instructions that came with the new telescope. If you want to stay later, you can allow the public to come look through your new scope and see how much fun it is to volunteer at the George Observatory.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 1/4-1/10

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

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Behind the Scenes Tour – La Virgen de Guadalupe
Tuesday, Jan. 5
6:00 p.m.
Going back to the 8th century in a struggle between Muslim and Spanish naval forces and on to the appearance in the Aztec capital in the 15th century, Virgin of Guadalupe was adopted as a symbol in Europe and the New World during times of friction. Through the artwork and artifacts on display, your guide will trace the increasing role the Virgin of Guadalupe played in society.

Behind the Scenes Tour – Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs
Tuesday, Jan. 5
6:00 p.m.
Enemies within U.S. borders have been a threat since the birth of our nation. On this tour of “Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America” you will learn of various acts of terrorism throughout US history and the government and public responded, as well as, examines the challenge of securing the nation without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded.

Family Space Day
Saturday, Jan. 9
George Observatory 
Blast into outer space on a simulated space flight to the Moon! The Expedition Learning Center at the George Observatory will be open for individual children and adults to sign up for missions. No danger is involved! Astronauts are assigned jobs aboard the Space Station Observer and work together as they solve problems and have fun. Volunteers who work at NASA will run the missions and visit with the participants. Don’t miss this special opportunity to participate in real astronaut training!

 

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 12/28-1/3

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Shannon.

block party 5

Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our brand-new Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty.

Holiday Hours: 
HMNS Hermann Park: 
Dec. 19 – Jan. 4 – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

HMNS at Sugar Land: 
Dec. 21 – Jan. 4: Closes at 5:00 p.m. daily

The George Observatory will be open normal hours. 

Amazing Cakes: Top picks of Party Smarty 2015

by Karen Whitley

Every year we see hundreds of birthday cakes, and we are blown away (candle pun intended) by some of the creations parents bring in! From the cakes that defy gravity to the ones we have to use careful geometry to cut, we are always excited to see what a party brings in. Here’s a look at some of our favorite cakes so far.

Here’s a gorgeous cake to celebrate our butterfly theme. The bees and ladybugs add the perfect touch!

BFC cake

If you have a boy (or girl) more interested in bugs than botany, check out this cake crawling with garden pals.

Insect Cake

For all of you mad scientists out there, here’s a chemistry cake for you.

Chemistry cake

In celebration of our brand new Wildlife theme. You can’t see it, but there are alligators lurking along the edges of this Texas cake!

Texas Cake 2

This stellar Jupiter cake is out of this world!

Jupiter 2

While it’s not one of our themes, Elsa and Anna from Frozen made numerous appearances this year.

Frozen

A fabulous Ancient Egypt cake, complete with flaming torches! Walking like a hieroglyph yet?

Egypt cake

And to round off our Amazing Cakes, here’s a look at some of our favorite dinosaur delicacies!

Dino cake with painted dinos

Jurassic World CakeDino Cake by Gina

Jurassic World Fragile Cakedinosaur cake

And finally our personal favorite here at Party Smarty.

Logo Cake

Is it just me, or is there a resemblance?

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If you need help finding cakes as awesome as these for your HMNS birthday party, give us a call! We keep a list of the best places to find cool creations.

Editor’s Note: Karen is the Birthday Party Manager for HMNS Marketing.