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MAY 2011
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Born to be Wild
BORN TO BE WILD Opening May 13
Born to be WildGet ready to swing with orangutans and stomp with elephants! Travel around the world to meet orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue, care for them and reintroduce them to their natural wild habitats. It's an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals that you don't want to miss! More>>

Astronomy Day

Astronomy DayVisit the Fleet for our annual day of family fun all about astronomy. At noon, you can follow the Fleet's astronomer on a guided ½ mile "Walk through the Solar System" to learn about our planetary cousins. Hands-on activities in the exhibit galleries will examine the differences between rockets and balloons. Free with admission. More>>

Saturday, May 7

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Last Chance to See GALAPAGOS 

Galapagos images GALAPAGOS closes May 12. This is your last chance to see one of the world's most intriguing natural environments through the brilliant clarity of IMAX. Meet the volcanic archipelago's famous tortoises, sea lions, lizards and birds, and dive beneath the ocean to find fantastic sea creatures, some of which were previously unidentified. More>>

Sign Up for Summer Camps!

Summer Camps 2011Summer camps start June 27 and run through August 26, 2011. Camps are for kids in grades 1 - 2 and 3 - 4, with additional camps for pre-kindergarten and grades 5 - 8 on selected weeks. Among the many fun hands-on activities, campers will design amusement park rides, grow crystals, make their own musical instruments and create chemical reactions! Don't miss out. Check out all of the camps and register now. More>>

BORN TO BE WILD Sneak Preview Benefiting OFI 

Born to be Wild The Fleet will host a benefit screening of BORN TO BE WILD, with 100% of the proceeds supporting Orangutan Foundation International (OFI), on Mother's Day. Meet Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas from the film and rock legend John Kay from Steppenwolf. Dr. Gladikas will answer questions following the special screening of the film. To buy tickets visit the Orangutan Foundation's website.
Sunday, May 8
Check-in begins at 12:00 p.m. Film plays at 1:00 p.m.

"Magic for Muggles" Every Saturday in May 

Muggles Every Saturday in May, kids of all ages can fly by the Fleet's Discovery Lab to use science to conjure up tricks and illusions. Can you trust your eyes? Make apparently impossible things seem to happen. Special activities are just $2 with admission. More>>

Saturdays in May from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

"Cellular Journey" Lecture Series  

Cellular Journey logo Take part in the second interactive lecture based on the new "Cellular Journey" exhibition. Dr. Larry Goldstein from UCSD presents, "Using human cells to understand and treat diseases." $5 includes access to the "Cellular Journey" exhibition and the interactive lecture. More>>

Monday, May 16
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Lecture begins at 5:30 p.m.

Climate Conversations: "Climate Change & Public Health in San Diego"
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The relationship between climate change and changes in public health are sometimes difficult to discern and predict. Many global warming experts predict that changes in climate will be an additional force in shaping the public health of San Diego County, the United States and the world. Paula Murray, County of San Diego Division of Public Health Services, will examine where we are now, what may be ahead and how we can best prepare for the future.  More>>

Tuesday, May 24
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Members Always Benefit When New Films Open!  

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Don't forget that Fleet membership saves you time and money when new films open!

1. Call ahead for a members-only IMAX reservation (619) 238-1233 and select menu option 3. Reservations must be claimed at least 20 minutes before show time; always allow extra time for parking.

2. IMAX vouchers save you money over regular tickets*. Plus, when you run out of vouchers, you can purchase additional tickets at discount.

IMAX film savings are just one two more reasons that Fleet membership is a great value all year long! Not a member yet? Join right now online.

*Reminder: always exchange your member IMAX vouchers at the Ticket Counter before you line up at the theater.

Coming Soon: Two New Exhibitions Openings
Identity and Geometry Playground
Save-the-date! The Fleet is opening two new exciting exhibitions this summer. On June 11, get ready to experience geometry like never before! Investigate the most visible branch of math through sight, movement and fitting things together at the new "Geometry Playground" exhibition. On June 25, re-examine what you think you know about yourself! "Identity: An Exhibition of You" will challenge you to consider how multidimensional you are and how both your physical and personal traits are shaped. More>>


This Month's Experiment: Salt Volcano

Watch the May edition of This Month's Experiment to see the Fleet make a salt volcano! Using supplies from your kitchen, your little ones will be amazed as liquids swirl in this homemade lava lamp. DO try this at home!


Share Your Opinion About Environmental Issues
Now that Earth: The Operators' Manual has aired, the producers want to know what viewers and non-viewers think about current environmental issues. You can take this survey even if you did not watch the program. If you did watch the program, we would like to know what you thought about it. We are especially interested in hearing back from those who took the pre-survey before viewing the program. Survey respondents will be entered into a drawing for several prizes, including $100 and $25 gift cards. You will have approximately a 1 in 50 chance of winning. If you are interested in participating, please click on the link to take the survey. If you have any questions about the survey or the evaluation, please contact Camellia Sanford by phone at (812) 333-8883 or e-mail Thank you for your feedback.

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May Events
Senior Monday: "Algae Products"
3Free Tuesday
4The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show
4Exploring Ethics Lecture
7Astronomy Day
7Magic for Muggles
Saturday Science for Girls "Return to the Moon"
14Magic for Muggles
15IMAX en Español: UNDER THE SEA
16"Cellular Journey" Lecture Series
Magic for Muggles
24Climate Conversations
28Rubik's Cube Competition
28Magic for Muggles
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Fridays at the Fleet
See "classic" and current IMAX films at 6, 7 & 8 p.m. every Friday night! Only $8.50 for one film and $5 for each additional film.
Enter to Win
Enter to win a family 4-pack of passes to visit the Fleet and enjoy the new IMAX film BORN TO BE WILD opening Friday, May 13th.


To enter, please complete this form by May 15, 2011.
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