July 11--The Museum of Natural History and Science is celebrating Family Summer Science Night with hot dogs, fossils and that 1,000-pound mastodon skull.
Starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the museum will invite little fingers to explore fossils and minerals, observe the night sky, visit the planetarium and see that famous 10 million-year-old stegomastodon skull recently discovered on the shores of Elephant Butte State Park. Everything costs $1 -- museum admission, planetarium shows and hot dogs.
Paleontologists are starting the meticulous work of cleaning the ancestor to the great woolly mammoth, a process that could take six months, said public information officer Randall Gann.
"It will be worked on right there in public view," he said.
The festivities will open with a performance by the acoustic band Jeez La Weez. Curators and docents will be available to answer questions about fossilized flora and fauna. Visitors can view both precious and semi-precious minerals. Mama's Minerals will be selling geodes for $1, Gann said. Lapidary Studios will polish and identify rocks.
Kids also can see the tools used to create the "Mundos de Mestizaje" mural at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and learn about the fresco through a full-dome planetarium show with artist Frederico Vigil at 6 and 8 p.m. The University of New Mexico'sDavid Beining will discuss the digitization process that brought it to the museum.
At 7 and 11 p.m., families can rock out to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd in "Laser Mania" with choreographed light. More than 1 million laser-generated hues and colors will express each track. The show incorporates 15 Beatles classics, including "A Hard Day's Night," "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Yesterday" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The Zeppelin tribute will include the "Immigrant Song," "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Heartbreaker," "Rock and Roll," "Dazed and Confused," "Whole Lotta Love" and "Stairway to Heaven." The Pink Floyd portion will cover the album "Dark Side of the Moon."
The museum is bringing three busloads of families from Espanola to the event to pair with numerous fossils discovered in Rio Arriba County, Gann said.
Family Summer Science Night
WHEN: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15
WHERE: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain NW
HOW MUCH: $1 each for museum admission, planetarium shows and hot dogs. Call 841-2800 or visit nmnaturalhistory.org
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