Tennessee: Memphis, Celebrate the Holiday Season with Your Kids.
Enjoy a Christmas classic on a giant screen. Santa vs. the Snowman is the ideal way to share the holidays with family. Enjoy this heartwarming IMAX film at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum.
Discover the wonder of Santa’s village through the magic of IMAX and learn about friendship and giving, and the wonderful world of Santa! Santa vs. the Snowman is great fun for big kids, little kids, old kids, young kids, good kids, and even every other kind of kid. Sponsored by Bluff City Jaguar¬Land Rover.
Then, Santa arrives in person by helicopter to open the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees! Santa Claus lands on the front lawn of the Pink Palace, Saturday, November 21, at 9 am.
The Enchanted Forest tradition has been entertaining Memphians for 60 years, with charming, animated teddy bears, elves, penguins, Gingerbread houses and more. Beautifully¬decorated trees sponsored and decorated by area businesses, churches and volunteers will dazzle you along the way. The Enchanted Forest is a collaboration of efforts by TWIGS (Together We Initiate Growth and Sharing) of Le Bonheur. Proceeds from the Enchanted Forest support Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center.
Santa vs. the Snowman will be featured IMAX Theater in the Pink Palace Museum (November 14, through December 31, 2009. Tickets cost $8 adults, $7.25 seniors, $6.25 children.
Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees (November 21, through December 31, 2009) You will find the festivities in Bodine Exhibit Hall at the Pink Palace Museum. Tickets will cost $5 adults, $4 seniors & children (ages 3¬12). Pretty [interesting stuff] in Pink.
The Pink Palace was originally intended as the home of the Piggly Wiggly store founder, Clarence Saunders. Now the Pink Palace mansion serves as the headquarters for the Pink Palace museum. The Pink Palace Museum houses lots of fossils (some 70 million years old), a giant stuffed polar bear, an extensive collection of mineral (including a giant quartz and a giant amethyst) and Civil War artifacts. There is also an exact replica of the original Piggly Wiggly the first self-service grocery store. Bonus points:
The staff at the Pink Palace has created a Scavenger Hunt for kids visiting the museum. It is available online. (Pink Palace 3050 Central Avenue, Memphis, 38111. (901) 320-6320 or www.memphismuseums.org
) Take an amazing journey.
Also worth a look, the Sharpe Planetarium, visitors can witness how in ancient times Hawaiian and Polynesian peoples used the sky to travel thousands of miles on the open ocean in search of new unexplored lands. Then they can navigate a route using celestial navigating techniques used by the Polynesians and other early explorers. On Friday nights visitors to the museum can join the Sharpe Planetarium staff, the SLO astronomy group and the Memphis Astronomical Society in observing the moon, planets, and deep sky objects with a variety telescopes during the weekly Observing-on-the-Lawn Program. Spunk added:
Rock fans will enjoy the LaserRock show featuring Pink Floyd playing great tines from the past. The show coordinates the “delicate, thunderous sounds” of Pink Floyd with choreographed laser lights, slides and lighting effects all under the Planetarium’s domed starfield. ( Sharpe Planetarium 3050 Central Avenue, Memphis, 38111. (901) 320-6320 or www.memphismuseums.org/planet.htm
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Museum hours are Monday – Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm. The Museum and IMAX will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Please call for IMAX show times. Enjoy a day of holiday fun with the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees and Santa vs. the Snowman. Combination tickets and group rates are available. Pictures with Santa are $10. For more information, call (901) 320-6362 or www.memphismuseums.org