80,000 pounds of snow and Santa coming to town Annual Snow Flurry at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

WHAT: An opportunity for media to photograph or film Snow FlurryVIII --- that magical time of year when Santa and his helpers, Mrs. Claus and a live reindeer, will be on hand to welcome kids to Houston's largest winter wonderland, complete with 80,000 pounds of snow and fun arts and crafts. *Only children 10 and under can enter the snow areas. For tickets or more information, visit www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629.

WHO:Santa, Mrs. Claus and thousands of kids frolicking in the snow.

WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:HoustonMuseum ofNatural Science,5555 Hermann Park Drive, 77030.

HOW:Contact Melodie Wade at (713) 639-4743 or Sami Mesarwi at (713) 639-4722 or come to Museum Services for assistance.

WHY:It's the greatest flurry of fun in town for kids to run free, from playing in the snow to petting a live reindeer and meeting Santa. Snow Flurry is sure to be a grand way for children to usher in the holiday season.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science-one of the nation's most-heavily attended museums-is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham IMAX® Theatre,CockrellButterflyCenter, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, theHoustonMuseum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.

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