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Renowned juggler Rhys Thomas will teach kids about physics and gravity with "Circus Science" show

Gazette staff June 17th, 2010

Circus ScienceScience Museum Oklahoma, 2100 N.E. 52ndVarious performances, Friday-Saturday$14.95/adults, $11.95/seniors and children 4-12, free/kids 3 and under (includes admission to the museum and d...

Circus Science
Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 N.E. 52nd
Various performances, Friday-Saturday
$14.95/adults, $11.95/seniors and children 4-12, free/kids 3 and under (includes admission to the museum and dome theater)
602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org

Anyone who took physics in college knows that it requires a great deal of mental juggling to maintain any hope of getting a decent grade.

But Rhys Thomas' "Circus Science" takes things to a whole other level.

Hosted by Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 N.E. 52nd, "Circus Science" is a traveling show that uses big top-styled performance and juggling to educate children on the basics of physics and the principles of gravity. Sherry Marshall, director of the Oklahoma Museum Network, said the show does a great job of blending fun and education.

"People really enjoy the circus, and jugglers," she said, "but this show makes it relevant to (the) real world, and you can see many real-world applications."

Marshall said it's important for children to have at least a basic understanding of what makes the world work, which is why "Circus Science" works.

"Science in everyday things is just amazing," she said. "(Thomas) helps us realize that."
Thomas is a well-respected performer who has appeared on numerous television programs, NBA half-time shows and opened for acts like "Weird Al" Yankovic and The Smothers Brothers.

Thomas is currently touring the country with his "Circus Science" show, including several recent stops in Oklahoma.

Various museum performances are slated throughout the day Friday and Saturday. Admission to the museum and dome theater is $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for seniors and children 4-12. Kids 3 and under are free.

For more information, call 602-6664 or visit www.sciencemuseumok.org. "Joshua Boydston
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