On the Third Day of HMNS…meet Prancer!

There’s always a lot happening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science – especially during the holiday season. We’ve put together 12 ideas for fabulous family fun for you, which we’re sharing here every day until Christmas Eve. You can also check them all out now at the spiffy new 12 Days of HMNS web site.

The Third Day of HMNS has passed – but you can still meet our reindeer friend Prancer in the video below, and learn about his species in the fabulous facts under the video - as well as help us count down the 357 days until next years’ Snow Flurry!

Santa’s Reindeer Facts:

The name “reindeer” comes from a word meaning “snow-shoveler,” referring to their habit of pawing through the snow for food.

Santa’s reindeer are all female – male reindeer lose their horns every year.

Reindeer love snow so much they prefer to eat it than drink water.

You could also call them “Santa’s Caribou” – reindeer and caribou are the same species.

The impressive antlers sported by reindeer can grow up to an inch per day – making them the fastest growing tissue in the animal kingdom.

Santa got the idea for sleigh-pulling reindeer from the nomadic Saami people of northern Scandinavia – they’ve been using reindeer to pull sleighs there for over 5,000 years. 

Santa’s Reindeer are well-suited for their life at the North Pole – their sense of smell is so good that they can detect food buried three feet under the snow, and their fur is so thick that they can withstand temperatures 80 degrees below zero.

Learn more about The First Day of HMNS - the debut of The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story, a new special exhibition and The Second Day of HMNS – a great place to buy fun holiday gifts. And, check back daily – we’ve got 9 more days coming up, with great ideas for family fun this holiday season. You can also check them all out now, at our spiffy new 12 Days of HMNS web site – or watch them roll out here until Christmas Eve.

The Flurry was upon us!

Thousands of Houston children came to HMNS last Saturday to enjoy one of our most popular events of the year: Snow Flurry! Cookie decorating, making snow angels and visiting Santa and his reindeer were the most popular activities of the day.

Mom and Dad had fun, too, signing up for the Ho Ho Harley Davidson Giveaway where they could register to win a Christmas present of their own. 362 days until the 6th annual Snow Flurry – so while you wait, take a look at some amazing photos of the event taken by one of our festive staff members!

Snow covered the HMNS grounds at Snow Flurry.
Holiday crafts were a hit.
Little ones got their photo with Santa!

The holidays are happening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science – check out our 12 Days of HMNS web site to see sneak-peek video of everything happening here this holiday season.

What’s white and weighs 80,000 lbs.?

What’s white and weights 80,000 lbs.? Snow. In Houston. And no, this isn’t some strange and obscure meteorilogical event!

Snow Flurry is an annual event held at the HMNS to celebrate the holiday spirit and give Houston kids the opportunity of a lifetime: to play in the snow without having to take that long car trip with Mom and Dad. We will have 80,000 lbs. of snow separated into two sections – one for kids ages 5 and under and another for kids ages 6 – 10.

This year, you don’t have to wait in line for the snow! Your ticket is timed so you can get to play in the snow without standing in line, just arrive 5 minutes before your time is called to wait for your turn. While you’re waiting for your turn in the snow, go see Santa and Prancer, the reindeer, who will be listening to kids’ Christmas wishes all day long. Or you can walk around the Museum and participate in all kinds of holiday crafts! Get a glimpse of Prancer the reindeer at our sneak-peak holiday website, The 12 Days of HMNS.

Snow Flurry is a ton of fun and with several thousand kids hopping into the snow every year, we are sure this event will be packed so buy your tickets early! $3 members, $5 non-members. I’m looking forward to seeing you from 10am – 4pm on December 6th!