Hong Kong – Don’t miss the chance to join Hong Kong Science Museum’s “A Night with Dinosaurs” sleepover programme (with photos)

Don’t miss the chance to join Hong Kong Science Museum’s “A Night with Dinosaurs” sleepover programme (with photos)


     To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Hong Kong Science Museum specially presented a large-scale dinosaur exhibition “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation” and launched “A Night with Dinosaurs” sleepover programme, offering participants with unique experiences of spending the night at a dinosaur-packed museum. Applications for August sessions received an overwhelming response and the ballot results had been announced earlier on the Hong Kong Science Museum’s website. Applications for the September sessions will now be open until 11pm, August 12 (Friday). To allow more members of the public of different ages to join the programme, the museum has adjusted the age range of the target participants for the September sessions.

     There will be four sessions of “A Night with Dinosaurs” sleepover programme in September. Each session of the sleepover programme will start from 7.30pm on Friday and conclude at 8.30am in the morning of the consecutive day. The first three are family sessions, open for applicants aged from 6 to 12 to be accompanied by a parent, will be held on September 2 to 3, September 16 to 17 and September 23 to 24 respectively. For programme and application details, please visit hk.science.museum/en_US/web/scm/event/bigeight/dinonight.html. The last session is specially arranged for adults. It will be held on September 30 to October 1 and will be open for applicants aged 18 or above in the group of two persons. For details, please visit hk.science.museum/en_US/web/scm/event/bigeight/dinonightadult.html. The quota for each session is 30 groups of participants. Fee for each group of the family session is $312 while that of the adult session is $624. If the number of applications exceeds the quota, places will be allocated by computer ballot. Don’t miss the chance to join this unique and exciting museum sleepover programme.

     The first session of “A Night with Dinosaurs” sleepover programme was completed smoothly. Thirty groups of families participated last night (August 5) in an array of fun and educational activities including treasure hunt in the dinosaur exhibition hall, science demonstration and the appreciation of the starry sky in the portable planetarium, enabling the participants to learn more about prehistoric creatures and the mysteries of dinosaurs extinction. Before the conclusion of the programme, children did early exercise in dinosaur costumes this morning (August 6).

     In addition to the sleepover programme, the Hong Kong Science Museum will also launch more extension and educational activities for all ages, including dinosaur-themed yoga classes, lectures by palaeontologist, film shows, maker workshops, children’s experiment classes and accessibility guided tours-cum-workshops. The Space Theatre of the Hong Kong Space Museum is screening the 3D dome show “Dinosaurs of Antarctica 3D”, while Hong Kong Central Library will launch dinosaur-themed parent-child storytelling workshops, science workshops, treasure book bags and book displays. For more details of activities, please visit hk.science.museum/en_US/web/scm/event/bigeight.html.

     “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation” runs until November 16 at the Hong Kong Science Museum located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon. With free admission, the public can visit eight of the world’s most iconic creatures from the age of dinosaurs, rare fossil bones and some of the most complete original dinosaur skeletons. All visitors to the exhibition, including Museum Pass holders and children under the age of four, are required to make an advance booking through the e-booking system (hk-science-museum.partner.klook.com/zh-HK/activity/73613-hongkong-science-museum-special-exhibition). The e-booking system will be updated at 10am every Monday, and bookings can be made for the upcoming week (excluding the regular closing day on Thursday) upon the system’s update. The updates will be made on a weekly basis. Visitors who make a booking should arrive within the admission time and present the QR code on the confirmation email for free admission to “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation” and other permanent exhibitions of the museum. Members of the public are advised to plan their visits beforehand.

     The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the First Initiative Foundation (FIF), and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and the FIF. The exhibition is exclusively sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), and supported by the MTR Corporation. For more details of the exhibition and activities, please visit big8dinosaurs.hk or call 2732 3232 for enquiries.

     The exhibition is one of the many initiatives supported by the HKJC’s approved donation of $630 million to the Government of the HKSAR to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, demonstrating that the HKJC is resolute in pursuing its purpose of acting continuously for the betterment of society, all in support of creating a stronger community together.

     The exhibition production team is a respected group of internationally acclaimed professionals, comprising members from Hong Kong, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, etc. The exhibition is supported by the FIF, and the foundation’s move demonstrates its dedication to contributing to the community and bridging the gap between Hong Kong and the world.

     In order to comply with the requirements stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, visitors are required to scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” venue QR code with their mobile phones/other mobile devices before being allowed to enter the museum for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. In accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap. 599L) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, all persons entering indoor venues under the management of the LCSD must comply with the relevant requirement of the Vaccine Pass.

A chance encounter with foxes at home inspires Merna Victor to publish a children’s book “The Fox Family”

The story revolves around a fox couple moving to their new home to raise a family.

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Get a signed copy of the children’s book “The Fox Family” by Merna Victor at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition.

The illustrated children’s book “The Fox Family” (Fulton Books; 2020) by Merna Victor was inspired by the author’s chance encounter with a red fox in her backyard. The fox then returned six weeks later with four kits and a second adult fox.

“The story is about a fox family that began when a fox crossed my backyard,” the author said, “then kept circling my house (and) looking into windows. I noticed it did this several times over a few days. Then (it) disappeared. I kept looking for it.

“A few weeks later, I saw two adult foxes pass through my yard with four baby foxes (kits) between them.”

“The Fox Family” tells the story of Sidney and Lavinia Fox, soon-to-be parents searching for a new home. The Foxes had moved many hundreds of miles from their previous rural home to an urban setting. They find a new home in a fallen tree hollow formerly occupied by the Badger Family.

Meanwhile, Sidney observes the behavior of their human neighbors. He wants to understand the cultural differences between his family and the human families because he wants his family to settle well in their new home.

What insights could Sidney Fox get from observing the humans? Read all about it in “The Fox Family” by Merna Victor. Order a copy today on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Merna Victor will be signing copies of her book “The Fox Family” on June 26, 2022, 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM Eastern Time at booth 1147 hosted by self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet for the 2022 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition.

“The Fox Family”

Author | Merna Victor

Published date | September 15, 2020

Publisher | Fulton Books

Book retail price | $13.95

Author Bio

Merna Victor has lived in Massachusetts most of her life except when her husband was in the Navy, they lived in Washington, DC for two years; then, when he did training in Baltimore, Maryland for three years. They chose to return home to the Boston area to be near family and friends. She has two wonderful, imaginative daughters. She is active in politics, especially where civil rights are concerned.

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Second Chance Boutique Brings More New Life to Tekamah Main Street

Mike and Ryann Pagels, the owners of M&R’s Nightly Rentals, announced they have revitalized yet another piece of the century old building found on 1216 J Street by converting a portion of the space into a boutique. Second Chance Boutique is an upscale second-hand store offering gently used top-tier clothing.

“I have wanted to open a boutique in Tekamah for quite some time. Growing up in this community, I know there is a need for additional retail options, but I wanted to go about it in a particular way. Second Chance Boutique not only offers a retail option for our community members, but also provides a convenient resell option for their clothing as well,” says Ryann Pagels. “I’m also looking forward to being able to give back to the community with a free-will donation rack.” Any items that are not sold will be put on the rack, and the money will be given to that month’s selected local charity.

Mike and Ryann Pagels acquired the historic property located at 1216 J Street in Tekamah in July of 2017. In June of 2018, Pagels’ opened M&R’s Nightly Rentals, which transformed three existing apartments within the brick building into extended stay condo style accommodations. Now, they have revitalized the front area of the building, making it into Second Chance Boutique.

“Continuing to revitalize this building, and being able to convert it into something that we hope the community can use and enjoy has been an adventure. I was blown away at the history of this place,” said Mike Pagels.

Built in 1916, the structure began as the Lyric Theatre. It has since been the home to Stouts, law offices, medical clinic, and most recently M&R’s Nightly Rentals and Second Chance Boutique.

Second Chance Boutique’s first day of operations was February 13, 2021, with standard business hours being Tuesday’s and Thursday’s for consignment only, and open for shopping Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays. A grand opening will be celebrated over Memorial Day weekend, where visitors can expect to see prize drawings, sales and more.

About Second Chance Boutique
Second Chance Boutique was founded by Ryann Pagels of Tekamah, Nebraska. Her mission was to create an upscale second-hand boutique for the Tekamah community, and surrounding rural areas to enjoy as well. Second Chance Boutique offers a place for individuals to buy and sell quality clothing, and can be found at 375 S. 13th Street, Tekamah, Nebraska.