‘Zula Patrol’ Invading TAMIU for Spring Break Fun

Zula Patrol Invades
TAMIU, Delighting Children

Is Laredo a spring break destination?

It is for the Zula Patrol’s green leader Captain Bula and the absent-minded Multo the Scientist, on their way from the orange planet Zula and looking for their weather-collecting pet Gorga, who ran away. The two will be here for the Texas A&M International University Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium premiere of “Zula Patrol: Under the Weather” and encore shows.

“Zula Patrol: Under the Weather” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18 at 3:15 p.m. with two encore shows scheduled for Wednesday, March 19 at 3:15 and 4:30 p.m.

A Spanish version of the feature, “La Patrulla de Zula” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m.

Captain Bula and Multo the Scientist will greet visitors at the TAMIU LBV Planetarium on both days between the first and second showings of each day.

Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to take pictures of their children with Bula and Multo.

General admission tickets are $5 and $4 for children. Season passes for one year are also available starting at only $35.

The Zula Patrol are a group of animated aliens that travel the galaxies to learn new and exciting things about science and space exploration. “Zula Patrol: Under the Weather” finds our visitors and the rest of the Zula Patrol collecting samples of weather on Zula using their loyal pet Gorga’s ability to collect and bottle all kinds of weather.

When they inadvertently hurt Gorga’s feelings, Gorga decides to leave Zula. Interplanetary villain Dark Truder tricks Gorga into stealing weather from other planets—part of his latest plan to rule the Universe along with his sidekick, the talking hairpiece Traxie. The Zula Patrol find out and chase him all the way to earth—in the process they learn all about the weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary.

The show is based on the Public Television animated children’s series, “The Zula Patrol.” The series, targeted to pre-kindergarteners though third-graders, delivers astronomy-based science education—orbits, eclipses, moon phases, asteroids, comets, gravity—as well as character building lessons. It provides a dynamic, focused and fun learning experience for children, while encouraging them to think innovatively and approach problems evenhandedly.

Even adults learn about science.

Other shows on the schedule during spring break are: “Extreme Planets” on Tuesday, March 18 at 2 p.m. and “The Future is Wild” on Wednesday, March 19 at 2 p.m.

For more information and show times, visit tamiu.edu/coas/planetarium, call 326.2444 or e-mail planetarium@tamiu.edu

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