Warm, cold. Polar Vortex, January thaw. The weather is not trustworthy right now, but getting away isn’t doable for everyone. Fortunately, you can escape in a number off different ways by taking in the annual Science Museum of Minnesota’s Omnifest at St. Paul’s Science Museum of Minnesota. The festival runs through Feb. 28. Plan ahead and pre-order tickets, especially for weekends—this is a popular event.
As always, the Science Museum has a diverse and highly regarded collection of films to enjoy while wallowing in the expansive Omnitheater. Really, this is one of the best ways to ignore the weather and avoid cabin fever.
What better way to escape winter than to leave the planet altogether? “Blue Planet” is a collection of footage from five space shuttle missions. Volcanoes, earthquakes, typhoons—they’re all here.
“Great White Shark” is new to the Science Museum. Think you know everything there is to know about this giant of the sea? Maybe—but maybe not. Test your knowledge while enjoying beautiful ocean scenery.
It’s hard to envision here in Minnesota, but volcanoes are prominent—and active—throughout the Pacific. “Ring of Fire” shows eruptions of Mt. St. Helens and Sakurajima, as well the birth of a new volcano in Chile, and interviews with people who live in these volatile settings.
“Stomp’s World Beat” takes you behind the scenes of the world tour of the immensely popular stage show Stomp, where performers use all sorts of unlikely “instruments” as an exhilarating foundation for dance.
“To the Limit” is a complete change of pace. Rather than exploring the greater world, this one is more internal—as in, inside a human body. You’ll get to see how elite athletes’ and dancers’ bodies hold up against their physically demanding careers.
What else is happening in our state? Be sure to check out the 10 p.m. Sunday night WCCO newscasts, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.