WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is bringing back everyone’s favorite monthly nighttime event starting on June 25. Kicking off with an Ocean Commotion-themed Nights at the Museum, guests of all ages will have extended hours and access to fun ocean-themed science demos, crafts, planetarium shows and dark sky stargazing opportunities in Palm Beach County’s only public observatory.
“On the last Friday night of each month from 6 to 9 p.m., the Science Center is the place to be for families, couples, seniors and science lovers of all ages,” said Kate Arrizza, president and CEO. “Each Nights at the Museum features a different theme, which includes various interactive science crafts, activities, entertainment, exhibits, planetarium shows and a chance to view the night sky in our recently upgraded observatory. As we continue our mission to open every mind to science, monthly Nights at the Museum events provide a fun and discounted opportunity to experience our many offerings.”
June’s Ocean Commotion event will feature a shark tooth necklace craft, a coral STEM kit giveaway, a DIY shark hat, touch tank shows and alligator petting, ocean virtual reality and more! Nights at the Museum runs through September and upcoming themes include: Space Explorers on Friday, July 30; Jaws, Paws and Claws on Friday, Aug. 27; and Wacky Weather on Friday, Sept. 24.
Partners for Nights at the Museum include Collins Aerospace, Comcast, Discover The Palm Beaches, First Robotics, Cultural Council for Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach Post.
Guests also have access to the Science Center’s current Dinosaur Revolution exhibit where visitors can explore a giant maze with reptilian role-play activities, undertake three Mesozoic missions spanning 150 years and mimic dinosaur behavior. Junior paleontologists will navigate the maze and learn why dinosaurs are one of the most successful survivors in earth’s history. Dino hunters young and old can debunk myths and learn about new discoveries, dig for fossils through the time periods and even make tracks by slipping on life-size dinosaur feet.
The South Florida Science Center’s indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000-gallon fresh and saltwater aquarium, digital planetarium, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” 18-hole conservation-themed Mini Golf Course and quarter mile long outdoor science trail. The newest addition includes a $2.5 million permanent exhibit, “Journey Through the Human Brain” and features the most advanced neuroscience research and technology in the world.
The Science Center was one of the first local venues to obtain a Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the Center now implements the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention throughout the facility.
General admission to Nights at the Museum is $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors, $11.95 for children (3-12), FREE for children under 3, and $11.95 for adult members (child members are FREE). There are additional fees for planetarium shows, discounted gem panning and face painting. For more information, call 561-832-1988.