A Party in the Sky Celebrates Natural Aviators with IMAX Film, Crafts, Games and Animal Encounters

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From Atlas Beetles’ ponderous lift off to Starlings’ gracefully synchronized aerial maneuvering, Conquest of the Skies 3D covers the full gamut of natural flight.

On January 27, the newest film to fill the IMAX 3D Theater’s six-story screen gets even more incredible thanks to A Party in the Sky. This one-time event will feature pre- and post-screening activities that offer deeper insights into the eons-old story of how animals took to the heavens.

Before takeoff, kids will meet “Velcro,” the Aquarium’s Flying Squirrel and complete a crafting activity in the theater lobby.

For mid-flight entertainment, the Party continues with a screening of Conquest of the Skies. For 45 minutes, guests will be dazzled by slow-motion footage of hummingbirds jousting, awed by the soaring leaps of Harlequin Flying Frogs and taken back in time (courtesy of computer-generated animation) to watch winged reptiles make the nature’s forays into the Paleozoic skies.

After touchdown, the fun continues in a nearby classroom with bird- and flying insect-related games and activities that build on the film’s lessons.

Education staff overseeing the activities will ensure no kid leaves with questions unanswered or curiosity unsatisfied, says Aquarium Group Program Manager Carrie Shaw.

“I think kids will take away from the film that there are lots of different animals that have adapted to fly for lots of different reasons and in lots of different ways,” Shaw says. “Afterward, they can ask educators about what they saw. Normally, there’s not a lot of inquiry involved with seeing an IMAX film, so this is a good opportunity to connect with us and deepen their understanding.”

Even after the party ends, the learning doesn’t have to. By purchasing a separate admission to the Aquarium, guests can get up close and personal with a wide variety of natural aviators, from a Snowy Egret and native songbirds in the Mississippi Delta Country to dozens of Longwing Butterfly species flitting through the Butterfly Garden.

The Party in the Sky is scheduled for 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Jan. 27. Registration is $8 for Aquarium members (all ages) and $12 for non-members. Price includes a ticket to the 2 p.m. screening of Conquest of the Skies 3D. Optional admission to the Aquarium is $29.95 for adults, $18.95 for ages 3-12.

For more information about A Party in the Sky or to register in advance, visit community.tnaqua.org/events/member-programs/winter/2017/conquest-of-the-skies.

 

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