Spend the weekend with HMNS: Go Fish Friday and get colorful with chalk Saturday at Via Colori

Join us at HMNS at Sugar Land this Friday, Nov. 16 as we celebrate our brand new, 2,000-gallon aquarium. Bring the whole family and indulge your inner kid with a museum-wide game of Go Fish. Kids will learn all about fish habitats with interactive activities, crafts and snackage for the whole family. And if you make a donation to support the maintenance of our new tank, you can choose your very own fish to release in the tank or leave your mark on a decorative tile.

Friday Family Fun Night: Go Fish! is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for the public, $10 for members.

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Via Colori 2011

Then on Saturday, join HMNS downtown for Via Colori, a street painting festival that’ll make you question everything you thought you knew about sidewalk chalk. We’ll be set up at the Anadarko Family Zone at the Houston Public Library Plaza. Find us on the Family Stage from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for live chemistry demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and meet some of our creepiest, crawliest museum critters.

Send your girls careening toward a career in hard sciences with HMNS summer camps

Let your young lady soar with HMNS’ Careers in Science program, designed to encourage girls to explore, well, careers in science!

Girl Scouts - Careers In Science
The Careers in Science curriculum offers three classes: Paleontology, Biology and Chemistry.

Careers In Science: Paleontology

At the Paleontology class, participants meet off-site and dig into history to uncover 45 million-year-old fossils from locations on the banks of the Brazos River and at a park teeming with petrified wood. Each participant keeps the fossils she finds!

Girl Scouts - Careers In Science
In Biology class, participants go behind the scenes of the Cockrell Butterfly Center to learn where our butterflies are sourced, how the plants are grown and even how our waterfall works. They’ll also interact with live insects and learn just what makes our “containment room” so important.

Girl Scouts - Careers In Science
Finally, Chemistry class teaches participants about everyday chemical reactions through hands-on experiments, including creating chemical temperature changes and understanding the role chemical reactions play in cooking.

Siblings at least 10 years of age can also participate in class with the purchase of a ticket, and each class ticket allows one adult to accompany each child.

Email scouts@hmns.org or check out the website for more information. You can also sign up for our monthly Scouts newsletter and be the first to learn about upcoming classes!

Get your hands on science!

Terrence McGovern, a volunteer here at HMNS, does several chemistry shows a week to help teach the basics to our visitors. His show, geared towards both kids and adults, is a great way to see science in action.

Terrence explains the principles of density, acids and bases, and polymers in a way that makes it easy to understand no matter what your age is or your background in chemistry. A simple experiment with an egg, saltwater and freshwater helps to show how density affects whether or not items will float.

 Terrence McGovern demonstrates how density works
with the help of a member of the audience.

Terrence also shows how acid and bases can react with one another. Filling a bottle with vinegar (an acid) and placing a little baking soda (a base) in a balloon, he shows how the two react to form a gas that inflates the balloon.

 
 Chemical Reaction!

So come on down to HMNS and see one of Terrence’s many shows and learn all about chemistry.

This show is free for patrons with a ticket for our exhibition halls. For more information and show times, call the box office at 713-639-4629.

Love Bugs: Personal Interface

Sick of those match.com, chemistry.com, and eharmony.com commercials? You’re preaching to the choir. Another muzak version of “This will be (an everlasting love)” and I’m going to throw my TV out.

Dance like no one's watchin...
Creative Commons License photo credit: antkriz

Go green this Valentine’s by turning OFF your computer and come interface with some cuties without perusing any profiles.

This Friday night from 6 - 10 p.m. HMNS will work its magic to create a flirty, fun atmosphere where love can blossom. It’s Love Bugs!

Dance to the rhythms of Grupo Ka-Che, Houston’s hottest salsa band, who will be sure to pack the house with singles and couples alike. Grab some light bites, a drink from the cash bar, and make your move.  Grab that cutie and take them to the Cockrell Butterfly Center for a romantic stroll through the butterfly sanctuary.

Finding love online has its place, but on Valentine’s we’re going to do it the old fashioned way: in person. The band and the people are going to be smokin – come feel the heat this Friday at the Houston Museum of Natural Science!