Science can be a frightening word, particularly when it's listed under cause of death and followed by three exclamation points. Overcome your fear of knowledge with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $19 for two tickets to 12-21-12 Save the Last Date: Can You Handle The Truth? (up to a $40 value)
- $39 for four tickets to 12-21-12 Save the Last Date: Can You Handle The Truth? (up to an $80 value)
LaB 5555 throws a party for the fearless on Friday, December 21, from 8 p.m. to midnight in honor of the ancient Mayan prediction of the world's end. With drinks and food purchased from cash bars and local food trucks, attendees can explore the Maya 2012: Prophecy Becomes History exhibit that unpacks the anthropological truth behind the doomsday claim. Created with help from the Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología of Guatemala, the exhibit lets visitors explore Mayan modes of timekeeping, astronomy, construction, and artistry. The Burke Baker Planetarium screens special presentations of 2012: Mayan Prophecies, Danza Chikawa performs a traditional Maya dance at 9 p.m., live performance from the band Grupo Ka-Che!, and participants are encouraged to participate in the countdown to midnight.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Seven days a week, the Houston Museum of Natural Science cultivates knowledge with interactive exhibits that shuttle minds into such far-flung realms as tropical rainforests and outer space. Permanent exhibit halls house everything from the skeletons of brachiosauruses in the recently expanded Morian Hall of Paleontology to artifacts from ancient Egypt and the Americas.
Housed inside three stories of glass, the museum's Cockrell Butterfly Center habitat teems with more than 1,500 winged wonders from around the globe, which frolic around a 50-foot waterfall, and flutter through exotic plants. Visitors can also gaze skyward in the Burke Baker Planetarium, which casts more than 10 daily shows with curve-mirror projection technology. Eyes marvel at the planetarium's 30'x18' full-dome digital theater, capable of transporting families to the aurora borealis in the Arctic Circle or to the nougat-flavored center of a black hole.