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story time with miss lori

Miss Lori, the star of PBS Kids, will be at the Mayborn on Saturday, February 23 for a theatrical story time that encourages kids to use their imaginations and become part of the story.  On her popular PBS show, she engages in learning-filled adventures with a diverse mix of real-life kids in a bright and colorful schoolhouse.  They dance and sing, solve problems, do activities, all the while encouraging the viewing audience to join in on the fun.  Miss Lori will meet and greet visitors at noon, followed by story time in the SBC Theater.  Call 254-710-1110 for more information.


Join us for the Day of Dance for Health on Saturday, February 23 from 1 – 5 pm.  Enjoy dance demonstrations from area performers including ballet, jazz, ballroom, swing and more.   Audience participation is encouraged! Complimentary health screenings such as blood glucose, pulmonary function, height/weight/body fat, blood pressure and others will be available.  No reservations are required.  Wear red shoes to be entered in a raffle for “red hot” prizes including private lessons from In The Mood Ballroom.  Call 254-710-1110 for more information.

Saturday, February 23 will be free-of-charge.


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Our featured book for February is Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals.  In 1954, the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, overturned earlier rulings that established separate public schools for white and black students.  Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas was the first to integrate its students, a crucial event that helped shape the civil rights movement.  Beals was in the first group of integrated students, known as the Little Rock Nine, who began attending Central in 1957.  Drawn from her personal diaries, Warriors Don’t Cry is a riveting true account of her experiences during this turbulent time.   Bring your lunch and join our discussion Thursday, February 21 at  from 12 - 1 pm in the upstairs cafe.  Dr. Kim Kellison from Baylor's History Department will be joining in the discussion.  

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NEW! The Heart Gallery Exhibit is a project of the Adoption Coalition of Texas and CASA organizations across Central Texas. The Heart Gallery of Central Texas is both an art exhibit and community education effort. The Heart Gallery features professional portraits by renowned documentary and portrait photographers of children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. The Heart Gallery has traveled all across Texas, and the Mayborn Museum Complex is proud to bring this exhibition to Waco. See the Heart Gallery from February 1 to March 10. Click here to learn more.

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Bones: An Exhibit Inside You...last weeks!

Bones: An Exhibit Inside You creates an awareness of our bones through a variety of engaging hands-on activities.  The exhibit is intended to help both children and adults understand the need for healthy bones and teaches ways to accomplish that goal.  Created by the legendary Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Bones will be on display through February 17, 2008 in the Anding Traveling Exhibit Gallery.  Click here to learn more.  


Skeletons in the Closet: Selections from the Strecker Collection

We’ve dusted off some of our favorite skeletons from the Strecker Collection to complement our traveling exhibit Bones: An Exhibit Inside You.  Survey unusual skeletons from the collection, including a juvenile elephant skeleton and walrus skull, while learning about animal bones and teeth in this fascinating new exhibition.  Skeletons in the Closet will be on display in the exhibit area next to the SBC Theater through March 3.


Wings Across America presents: Fly Girls of WWII

Fly Girls of WWII honors a brave group of young women who flew military aircraft during World War II.  They were known as the WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots) and they played an essential, but largely forgotten, role in American history.  See some of their priceless uniforms, pictures, awards, a stirring video, and learn about their invaluable contributions. On exhibition through April 1. Click here to learn more.

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“the great race” PUPPET SHOWs

Join Rick Strot, Allen Reeves Ware and the Mayborn Puppeteers as they present “The Great Race” in the SBC Theater.  This production is a twist on the classic Aesop fable of the Tortoise and the Hare using hand and shadow puppets.  Catch performances on February 16 at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.

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The museum store is getting patriotic for Presidents Day!  We have presidential posters, books about presidents and our flags, and wooden pens in the shape of Washington, Lincoln, and an eagle.  Show your spirit with these American-themed items.  As always, museum members receive a 10% discount.



school groups

Teachers, call to book your classes for spring field trips.  We still have some available spots. Contact Lanna Palmer at 254-710-7526 to make your reservations. Click here to see the exciting educational programs we offer.


birthday parties

Celebrate your child's birthday with a party that is as wonderful as they are at the Mayborn Museum Complex! Contact Carol Nowlin at 254-710-1128. Click here to read more about our one-of-a-kind birthday parties.


A Mayborn Membership is your passport to a year jam-packed with ever-changing fun-filled discoveries and knowledge!  Contact Misty Holly at 254-710-1180 or visit our website to make this valuable purchase online. 

Members at the Contributing level and above received complimentary tickets to the Boneanza party, as well as our summer exhibit party; so this year you double that benefit! What a deal! JOIN TODAY!


The winner of the monthly feedback drawing in January is Robin Dufour.  Robin was part of a guided tour from Temple and really enjoyed the museum. Robin’s feedback card was drawn from all of the visitor feedback cards we received during the month of January.

Your feedback helps us deliver an extraordinary experience each time you visit. We appreciate all of your comments and the time you took to fill out our 30-second survey. Good luck to each of you next month!


Interested in bringing a group to the museum? Click here to see the various ways your group can visit.


coming next month

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

Mar. 1: Exciting, Explosive Chemistry Magic Show

Mar. 1: Meet a Critter

Mar. 6: Fun Feature Artifact

Mar. 10-14: Spring Break Activities

Mar. 17-20: Spring Break Activities

Mar. 13: Fun Feature Artifact

Mar. 15: Meet a Critter

Mar. 20: Mayborn Book Club

Mar. 20: Fun Feature Artifact

Mar. 27: Fun Feature Artifact