Mourning the Dearly Departed

August 24 is the last day to see our Geopalooza exhibit. This exhibit features a great many geological treasures: meterorites, trilobites, agates and of course geodes.

To commemorate the departure of this exhibit, and to see if our readers are as adventurous as I hope you are, I am posting these two related images. One is a small handfull of cut and cabochoned gemstones (left), and the other (below) is the GPS coordinate of where this cache can be found. That’s right – I have hidden a small amount of gemstones – and if you can find them, you can have them.

The gems are not buried. They are currently residing on public property. Finding them will not require dismantling fixtures or machinery. By my reckoning, they are a very short walk from the GPS coordinates listed. All that is needed to make these gems yours is a GPS unit.

I will even give you a hint and say that after you have found your gems, you will be close enough to the Museum that you can come compare your stones to the crystals in Geopalooza or the Mineral Hall. The number of paces needed to complete the “short walk” is indicated in the title of the blog, both in number and very close to heading (direction) you should walk. If you find the gems, leave us a comment below to let us know – and perhaps we can hide another set for someone else to find. 

Take a step back in time with The Chromatics

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I am a child of the Eighties. We are the children who played with Lego Building Blocks when they were just square building blocks and gave Malibu Barbie crew cuts with safety scissors that never really cut. We collected Garbage Pail Kids, Cabbage Patch Kids, My Little Ponies, Hot Wheels, He-Man action figures and thought She-Ra looked just a bit like I would when I got older. Big Wheels and bicycles with streamers were the way to go and sidewalk chalk was all you needed to build a city.

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With your pink portable tape player, Debbie Gibson sang backup to you and everyone wanted a skirt like the Material Girl and a glove just like Michael Jackson’s. Today, we are the ones who sing along with Bruce Springsteen and The Bangles perfectly. We recite lines with the Ghostbusters and still look to the Goonies for a great adventure. We flip through TV stations and stop at the A Team, Knight Rider and Fame. We laugh with the Cosby show, Family Ties, Punky Brewster, and Different Strokes (“What you talkin’ bout Willis?“) We are the ones who read Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, the Bobbsey Twins, Beverly Cleary, Richard Scary and the Electric Company.

Frienship bracelets were ties you couldn’t break and friendship pins went on shoes – preferably hightop Velcro Reebox – and pegged jeans were in, as were Units belts, layered socks, jean jackets, charm necklaces, side ponytails and just tails. Rave was a girl’s best friend; braces with rubber bands made you cool. The backdoor was always open and Mom only served red Kool-Aid to the neighborhood kids.

Entertainment was cheap and lasted for hours…

Come and relive the Eighties this Friday night from 6 – 10pm for just $15/ticket as we get radical with The Chromatics, cool out in the IMAX, explore the rocks and geodes of Geopalooza, and be the boss on the dance floor. Don’t miss out on the best dance party in Houston with a ticket price straight out of another decade.  Mixers, Elixirs, & IMAX is the Jam!

FREE at the HMNS!

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Feeling a little red, white, and blue? Join the Houston Museum of Natural Science in that patriotic spirit by coming to see an original copy of the Declaration of Independence

What is so special about this copy, you ask? And I’m so glad you did.

Donald Scheer of Atlanta, Georgia just happened to find a lovely countryside painting at a flea market in Pennsylvania. It wasn’t the painted scene he was after, though, the frame was what caught his eye. Upon attempting to separate the two the frame fell apart in his hands and out popped a yellowed document from between the two. Upon his realization to what he found he took the document to be appraised. Sotheby’s, the infamous auction house, declared this document to be one of the three finest copies of the Declaration of Independence to be preserved. 

From 10am to 6pm on Saturday, July 12th, you can view this copy of the Declaration, register to vote, enjoy the Independence Cinema, and join in crafts and activities at the Declare Yourself! exhibition!

Also, don’t miss your opportunity to join in the fun with Rockfest on Saturday, July 19th, from 11am until 2pm to view the biggest Guitar Hero 2 contest in Houston, meet rock experts, crack geodes, pan for gold, and much more!

Guitar Hero 3 Tournament @ Apple Store SF
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Salsa Sharks

Mixers, Elixirs & IMAX

If you’ve stepped outside in the past couple of days you must have noticed that it’s officially summer in Houston. Take off that blanket of humidity and show off those cute new capris and tiny tanks, grab a pair of heels and get out the door to HMNS! Mixers, Elixirs & IMAX begins THIS FRIDAY. That’s right! Three months of parties every Friday night with the most entertainment for the best value in Houston.

What do you get with your Mixers ticket? Free hors d’oeuvres, free IMAX, free DJ, free live band, and a cash bar. $15 for non-members, $13 for members.  How many places can you go in Houston and spend less than $20 on a Friday night?!? HMNS has it all starting this Friday.

Our VIPs get an even better deal, believe it or not; access to our exclusive VIP room, private hors d’oeuvres, Houston’s own DJ Sun spinning original beats, top shelf cash bar, seating areas, wait staff, and access to the Geopalooza! A Hard Rock Anthology exhibit. All of this for $30.

And, since this is Mixers 5th anniversary, we’re celebrating! Turn in your first four Mixers ticket stubs and get into your fifth for free!  OR you can text “MEI” to 777111 and get special offers and band updates about each individual party. 

Mango Punch will be here this Friday for you salsa sharks; with white sangria to quench your thirst and sliders to stop that growl in your tummy. You’ll need your energy for this dance floor!

See you at 6 pm, this Friday!