Miss the belly-dancing and dervish-whirling at World Trekkers: Egypt? Join us Aug. 9 for World Trekkers: France!

If you didn’t make World Trekkers: Egypt last Friday, we hate to break it to you, but you missed out.

World Trekkers: Egypt at HMNSThere were belly dancers, a whirling dervish and TWO congenial camels, named Gunther (above) and Teddy (not pictured). Even our own Director of Social Media and Assistant Director of Public Relations & Marketing tapped into their Arab roots and delighted our younger guests as Cleopatra and King Tut.

 

World Trekkers: Egypt

Gunther was quite the hit with the kiddies.

 

World Trekkers: Egypt

Face painters kept it festive.

 

World Trekkers: Egypt

Belly dancers got hips swiveling.

 

World Trekkers: Egypt at HMNS

Damien and Ernesto from Cat Eyes Makeup Artistry made everyone look like Egyptian royalty.

 

World Trekkers: Egypt

And our brilliant volunteers designed crafts to take home AND teach you something.

 

World Trekkers: Egypt

World Trekkers: Egypt

World Trekkers: Egypt at HMNS

So if you’re feeling a twinge of regret, file that away for now. Just don’t miss our next World Trekkers event Aug. 9, when we indulge our inner Francophile in France!

Spirits & Skeletons & Steve

Trick Or Treat Smell My Feet
(Magic) trick or treat at
Spirits & Skeletons at HMNS!
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Steve Wallach has been performing magic since he was 10 years old. He’s not your average cheesy magician you see at a neighborhood children’s birthday party, either. Steve has made a career out of traveling around the globe and performing illusions for CEO’s, charities, country clubs, and luxury resorts.

I met Steve when I was invited, impromptu, for a meeting about a potential event we were considering for Body Worlds 2. Steve looks like he’s easy-going and from the moment you meet him you can see he’s incredibly observational and is absorbing every detail about you he can take in. As we all sat down to the table, Steve offered to give the four of us a demonstration of his skills. He picked out my co-worker Jason, who was also invited to the meeting impromptu,  and requested that he think of an address from a house he had growing up. Jason recorded the information on a piece of paper while Steve was facing the opposite direction. Steve then asked Jason to think very hard about the address numbers and then proceeded to write something down on his own piece of paper. When both of the papers were lined up next to one another, they read the same numbers on each sheet.

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Magician Steve Wallach
(not pictured) 
will amaze you!
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As Steve’s show continued, he told me about an accident I had when I was 8 years old and was learning to ride a bike. I had careened into a cement block that busted my knee wide open. Then we opened up a travel book off of a shelf and Steve started spouting off names of the islands that were listed on the page from across the room.

I’m sure I sound crazy right about now, but cross my heart, I saw it all! Working at a Science Museum, sometimes it’s tough to believe that some things don’t have a rational explanation. Or sometimes they do, but Steve Wallach isn’t about to give away his secrets!

See Steve Wallach in all of his glory during Spirits & Skeletons this Friday night from 8pm – 12am and let him boggle your mind. Don’t miss out on the IMAX, Etoile Arabesque Belly Dancers, Fatima and her palm readers, cash bar, or lite bites either. It’s a night full of mystery, illusion, and fun at the best Halloween party in town! Buy your tickets now ($15 non-members, $13 members) this party is sure to be packed!

Spirits & Skeletons 2008

Trick Or Treat Smell My Feet
I know you can get more
creative than this!
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Although Mixers, Elixirs, & IMAX is coming to a close for 2008 it doesn’t mean we’ll stop partying! Seriously, it’s only September. I know it’s kind of crazy to be talking about Halloween, but I know the “What costume am I going to wear for Halloween this year?” conversation is already happening in the back of your head. And it should be!

Join HMNS on All Hallows Eve for the only party in Houston happening in a dinosaur graveyard. We’re going to give you so much more than atmosphere, though. We’ll have The Chromatics pumping out 80s hits all night, world-renowned illusionist Steven Wallach, Fatima and her team of psychics, Bug Chef David Temple, Etoile Arabesque Belly Dance Troupe, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and IMAX films. As tradition would have it, we’re going to be having a costume contest as well – so dream up your best outfit for your chance to win our huge grand prize! Don’t miss Spirits & Skeletons, on October 31 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at HMNS!

And, don’t forget that Mixers goes out with a bang tomorrow night, with Grupo Ka-Che – it’s always our biggest party (1,700 last year!) and we’d love to see you there. We’d also love to see your feedback – let us know what you think – and how we can make Mixers even better next year.