VIRGINIAThe Wizard of Oz meets Mr. Wizard...


July 25, 1999|By Randi Kest


The Wizard of Oz meets Mr. Wizard as Virginia's Air & Space Center sponsors the traveling exhibit "The Science of Oz" through Sept. 12.

Visitors begin by walking along the Yellow Brick Road where activated light sensors trigger different songs from the movie. Next, experience what it's like to see a tornado from afar and step inside to experience high-speed cyclonic winds.

"Oh! That Scared Me!" shows why a cowardly lion experiences physiological changes when startled and "Race the Tin Man's Heart" explains the volume of blood a heart pumps every minute and discusses the circulatory system. "Hot Air Balloon" explores the effects of pressure changes and air density at different temperatures.

The Center is located in Hampton at 600 Settlers Landing Road. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and until 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $6 adults, $4 children 3 to 11, $5 military, NASA and seniors. Call 757-727-0900 or 800-296-0800.

The final (wedding) frontier

Good old Scotty can now beam couples up to marital bliss at "Star Trek: The Experience," a futuristic Trekkie attraction complete with theme restaurants and shops at the Las Vegas Hilton. Since Valentine's Day, intergalactic sweethearts have been able to marry on the bridge of the USS Enterprise complete with Klingons, Ferengi or Starfleet officers in attendance.

These 24th-century wedding packages start at $2,000 for 30 guests and include complete arrangements, rehearsal, ceremony and tickets to the "Voyage Through Space" and "History of the Future" exhibit for the wedding party. Bride and groom receive flowers and his and her Trekkie watches, not to mention a commemorative certificate.

A reception can be arranged at Quark's Bar & Restaurant, adjacent to "Star Trek: The Experience," starting at $650.

Call 702-697-8751, or e-mail kelli.mallory

More Van Gogh

The newly renovated Van Gogh Museum opened in Amsterdam last month after 10 months of work. The original area received the most attention and now houses the museum's permanent collections, which comprises more than 1,000 of Van Gogh's paintings, drawings, letters and Japanese prints as well as some pieces by Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Millet.

A new wing was added for exhibits such as the opening show, "Theo Van Gogh: Art Dealer, Collector and Brother of Vincent" (through Sept. 5).

The Van Gogh Museum is located at 7 Paulus Potterstraat. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission: $6.25 adults, $2.50 children 13 to 15, and children 12 and under free. Call (31-20) 570-5252, or visit

Favorite spots for families

Looking for a place to take the kids? According to a poll by the readers of FamilyFun magazine, the highest scoring family-friendly spots in the United States are:

* Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Neb. ... 92

* San Juan Island (beach), Wash. ... 91

* Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla. ... 90

* Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif. ... 90

* Children's Museum, Indianapolis ... 90

* Old Faithful, Yellowstone, Wyo. ... 90

* San Diego Zoo, San Diego ... 90

* Sea World, San Diego ... 89

* Pacific Science Center, Seattle ... 89

* Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, N.Y. ... 89

North to Alaska -- and the flu

For the second year in a row, hundreds of visitors to Alaska and the Yukon have contracted the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers warn that flu may become a common summer occurrence because of the large number of tourists converging there from around the world. The elderly or those with chronic illness should consult a doctor before visiting.

Pub Date: 07/25/99

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