Weather exhibit featured at museum

This summer expect rain, snow, tornadoes, sunshine, wind, and clouds at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum in the Dallas area. Starting May 26, the museum will host “The Zula Patrol: Mission Weather” exhibit based on the popular children’s TV series.

Designed for family fun, the colorful characters of The Zula Patrol will teach children about key science concepts as they are presented with strange and wild weather phenomena on many planets, including Earth.

“It is crucial to get kids interested in science at an early age,” said Deborah M. Manchester, PhD and creator of The Zula Patrol. “The exhibit introduces weather concepts – wind, clouds and extreme temperatures – to kids and their parents in fun and engaging ways.”

To kick off the summer-long exhibit, the C.R. Smith Museum will host “Saturday at the Smith,” on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon featuring Zula-themed activities. Admission to the museum will be free all day.

The Zula Patrol: Mission Weather features interactive stations that use the colorful Zula cartoon characters to explain the components of weather –­ clouds, wind and temperature – then adds two more stations, The Weather Window and Multopedia. This last is a content-rich interactive media station that plays video clips of weather scenarios as varied as a snowflake melting to a year’s worth of weather sped up to take just a few seconds. An activity center has kid-size, hands-on devices: a wind machine, rain tubes and a thunder sheet, along with weather-themed books to read.

The Zula Patrol: Mission Weather begins May 26 and runs through Sept. 16. The C.R. Smith Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and beginning on June 3, it will be open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Zula Patrol: Mission Weather exhibit is free with regular museum admission: adults $5, military, seniors and children 2-18, $3. Museum members have free access to the museum and exhibit.

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