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Natural sciences museum features the animals of Harry Potter Thursday

Posted October 30, 2013

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will feature the animals of Harry Potter during its special Thursday evening hours ... which just happens to be Halloween.

The museum is open until 9 p.m. every Thursday with special activities and deals. This week, they'll have bat specimens, live owls from the Piedmont Wildlife Center and spiders. 

A talk at 7 p.m. at the Nature Research Center's Daily Planet Cafe will focus on bats - why we need them and why they are facing unprecedented threats. It will be led by Lisa Gatens, the museum’s research curator of mammals since 2004. These talks can cater to all ages, depending on who is in the crowd. They are very popular, I'm told, with families. 

Also Thursday ... the museum will offer buy one, get one free adult tickets from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to the new Birds of Paradise exhibit, which I took my kids to on Wednesday. This a fascinating exhibit on these beautiful birds. There are lots of hands-on pieces for kids, including a dance-like-a-bird contest that my kids loved. To get the BOGO deal, you must buy the tickets in person from the museum box office. 

Another reason to go: The museum will offer a 10 percent discount at its two gift shops until 7 p.m.

I told the museum that they needed to do the animals of Harry Potter again as my eight-year-old had was very sad she'd miss it for trick-or-treating!

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  • poppets Nov 1, 2013

    What a terrible time to offer such an intriguing program!