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October 15, 2014

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Museum of Discovery and Science and AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater

401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312

954-467-6637 or 954-463-IMAX (4629)
There is always something new happening at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the new EcoDiscovery Center. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, and enjoy the playful antics of North American river otters in their two-story indoor/outdoor habitat. See exciting science demonstrations, and presentations by community experts. Discover the amazing Everglades in the Florida EcoScapes exhibit. Hang out with bats, turtles and sharks. Meet an alligator and be charmed by a 6-foot-long snake. Take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. And immerse yourself in a five-story-high film adventure at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, home of the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. Whether you’re two or 82 visit the Museum of Discovery and Science and enjoy a full day of family fun.

New Digital Projector + New Surround Sound + New Luxury Seats + New Giant Screen

= The Ultimate IMAX Experience!
The AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater is underwent a complete renovation and reopened on October 9, 2014 with a new 60’ x 80’ giant screen, new luxury seats, new powerful sound system and the addition of a digital projector to complement our 15/70 film projector. The installation of the new IMAX digital projection system allows us to bring moviegoers more Hollywood blockbusters in IMAX than ever before. Having a dual IMAX projection system will allow us to present a more consistent flow of new Hollywood films in addition to our classic documentaries. We will bring you exclusive presentations of films in 15/70 large format such as Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, opening three days early in our theater November 4, 2014. Christopher Nolan filmed over one hour of Interstellar using IMAX cameras and only at the AutoNation IMAX Theater will you be able to see the full size of these special IMAX scenes on our giant IMAX screen.

October 9, 2014 through October 23, 2014

Dracula Untold explores the origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler, depicting Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war. The horror tale is set to take place in Romania during the Turkish invasion as Vlad goes to the greatest of lengths to fight for his homeland and loved ones —

even if it means selling his soul and becoming forever doomed as a creature of the night.

Luke Evans, as Vlad, is known for his dashing roles in Fast and Furious and The Hobbit.




October 13, 2014 through February 12, 2015

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Journey to the South Pacific will take moviegoers on a breathtaking IMAX® 3D adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes us on a journey of discovery to this magical place where we encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.

An IMAX Entertainment and MacGillivray Freeman Films presentation, Journey to the South Pacific is directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest) and Stephen Judson (Everest, The Alps) and produced by Shaun MacGillivray (To The Arctic, Grand Canyon Adventure) and Mark Krenzien (Adventures in Wild California, Arabia). Filmed with IMAX® 3D 15perf / 65mm film cameras, Journey to the South Pacific is written by Stephen Judson (Everest, To The Arctic) with a musical score by Steve Wood.


October 13, 2014 through February 12, 2015
Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman narrates Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D, the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs. Captured with IMAX® 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. Join trailblazing scientist Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world. Directed by David Douglas and written and produced by Drew Fellman, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Entertainment.



October 14, 2014 through December 15, 2014

In this ground breaking film, extraordinary, large format 3D images bring us face-to-face with this amazing universe, where raindrops fall like hand grenades, a leaf weighs more than a car, and a blade of grass soars high into the clouds. Insects are colorful and diverse. They range from the beautiful to the bizarre. Bugs! 3D invites us to explore a truly hidden world. Using cutting-edge macroscopic technology and a lively soundtrack, we introduce a cast of insect characters who will fascinate and amuse the entire family.




October 24, 2014 through November 3, 2014

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the 'assassin grenre'.



Opening 3 Days Early!!!

November 4, 2014 through December 16, 2014

Interstellar is the highly anticipated film by Christopher Nolan, the director of The Dark Knight

Trilogy and Inception. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine as space travelers who travel through a wormhole to save an Earth crippled by climate change. McConaughey, Hathaway and Caine are Oscar® winners and Nolan has written and directed some of the biggest and best blockbusters of all time. Much of this movie was filmed with IMAX® cameras.


December 17, 2014 through August 31, 2015
Come on an extraordinary adventure into magical worlds beneath our feet that most of us never see – one where life is lived at an extraordinary intensive pace, where everything we know seems turned on its head. Experience the hidden kingdoms of the Enchanted Forest and the unforgiving desert of the Wild West. 

From BBC Earth, this is the story of a day in the life of two little heroes: a scorpion mouse and a chipmunk. For each of them this will be a day they never forget. It’s a story of drama, danger and courage, of insight and revelation, a journey to discover and understand a new and fascinating natural history. 

Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences will be transported in a very intimate way into another world. Visual effects will enhance the audience’s perception of scale as multi-layered backgrounds exaggerate the sense of miniaturization. Viewers will never see our planet the same way again.



December 17, 2014 – January 15, 2015

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.



February 13, 2015 through January 31, 2016
The ocean’s Humpback whales have inspired a 3D giant screen film that will premiere in international theatres. Humpback Whales will take audiences to the underwater world, to the faraway places where Humpbacks live and thrive.  From the clear turquoise waters of the South Pacific to Africa, Hawaii and Alaska, this 40-minute ocean adventure will reveal what we know about this giant mammal and what mysteries scientists are determined to solve.

The fifty-foot whales will appear life-size on the giant screen.  Audiences will swim alongside them, and be entertained by their high-spirited, full body acrobatics as the whales leap, twirl, lunge and splash their way onto the giant screen.  Using the magic of computer graphics, viewers will become like the fabled Jonah – and be swallowed by a whale in a fun, water-churning roller-coaster ride into the giant’s maw.  We’ll see mothers caring for their young and listen to males sing a song that fills the theatre.  Because international laws now ban whaling, more than 100,000 Humpbacks live and travel off our shores.  They play, they need a good meal, they care for their young and breathe the air we breathe.  And Humpback Whales will sing their song for audiences everywhere.


Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists

Opens September 20, 2014 through January 4, 2015
Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists pulls visitors in to the modern search for real black holes—the most mysterious and powerful objects in the universe. Through a combination of hands-on physical models, computer-based investigations, immersive experiences, and a technology-assisted learning environment, visitors can make sense of the weird ideas behind black holes, and examine the evidence to weigh for themselves whether black holes have moved from the realm of science fiction to the status of reality. Throughout the exhibition, visitors will be assisted by the video guidance of both professional and teen-aged “Black Hole Explorers.”



To Fly – Aviation Renovation

Opens December 19, 2014
The highlight of the exhibit space will be a new state-of-the art 7D capsule theater that will take visitors on an exhilarating flight through the sky. This new exhibit experience will use a 3D aviation film, moving seats, and multi-sensory effects to create an unforgettable, educational, and exciting experience. The new look will take shape gradually between August and November and the hall will remain open during this time. The new Simulation Theater will be installed in early December and ready for take off on December 19, 2014. Made possible by a generous gift from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust.
Brain: The World Inside Your Head

Opens January 24, 2015 through May 3, 2015
The Museum will host the traveling exhibit Brain: The World Inside Your Head. Made possible by Pfizer Inc. and produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, Brain: The World Inside Your Head began its run at the Smithsonian and has been touring to select cities in North America.

Using innovative special effects, hands-on learning activities, video games, optical illusions and interactive displays, BRAIN shows how the brain functions and how, like other parts of the body, it can sometimes malfunction. This fascinating limited-engagement exhibit for all ages provides a handson and upclose look at the human body’s most essential and fascinating organ by exploring its development, geography and function. In the process, the exhibition makes brain-related disorders easier to understand. Sponsored locally by Leo Goodwin Foundation.


Sesame Street Presents the Human Body

Opens May 23, 2015 through September 8, 2015

Sesame Street Presents: The Body is an engaging, free-flowing learning experience where loveable Sesame Street Muppets anchor an exciting collection of hands-on, interactive, multimedia experiences that allow children to explore the human body. Sponsored locally by PNC Bank.

EcoDiscovery Center

Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon, get up close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, learn about protecting and conserving the Everglades and Florida’s natural resources, and follow the natural path water takes through Florida. Visitors can learn about Florida mammals while enjoying the playful antics of North American river otters in their two-story indoor/outdoor habitat. The second floor also features the Mangurian Foundation Lifelong Learning Center with four labs and the 100-seat Keller Science Theater with comfortable seating and technical features to support lectures, exciting science demonstrations, and presentations by community experts.

POWERFUL YOU! Presented by Broward Health

Powerful You! showcases the amazing miracle of your body and the tools used by health professionals to keep you healthy. Powerful You! is comprised of four zones: Powerful Team, Powerful Pulse, Powerful You and The Cutting Edge. Visitors use a robot to conduct surgery, operate a simulated Cyberknife, drive a DUI simulator and learn all about the importance of the “Golden Hour.”

GO GREEN! Sponsored by, Republic Services, Inc.

Ever wonder where your waste goes after the garbage truck takes it away? Harry the Heap, the recycling robot, knows and is excited to show you the importance of recycling, safe waste disposal, and the science behind landfills. Come explore with Harry as he guides visitors in learning what “Going Green” really means. In Go Green! guests will discover how to recognize the right materials for recycling, ways to reduce household waste and to be familiar with new sources of clean energy.

MaxFlight Full Motion Simulator

Aviation Station also adds the state-of-the-art MaxFlight full motion simulator. With 360 – degree pitch, roll and spin technology, visitors will be able to experience adrenaline-filled aerial races and stunt flying! Note: You must be at least 48” tall to ride the MaxFlight motion simulator.

MINERALS ROCK! Building Blocks of the Universe

Learn more about minerals in this beautiful and colorful exhibit that displays over 60 different types of minerals and rocks. Did you know minerals are the building blocks of the entire universe? The iron in hematite, in spinach and in our blood’s hemoglobin is all the same --- just like the calcium in sea shells, in milk and in our bones are all the same. Did you know some rocks glow in the dark? See pyrite or fool’s gold, opal, copper, malachite, halite, quartz, azurite, and sulfur, just to name a few! You will even be able to touch real lava and make a “volcano” erupt to see how new rocks and land masses are formed! The specimens in this display were provided by the Carol Jacobs Mineral and Ammonite Collection from the Broward College Graves Museum Collection.

Celebrate Fire Prevention Day

October 25, 2014 Noon to 4 p.m.

YMCA Fire Prevention

Cool down with the YMCA inside the Museum with a number of hands-on interactives for everyone in the family to learn the best in fire prevention practices.

Side-by-Side House Burn

Let’s end the summer on a super HOT note by celebrating Fire Prevention Week with the Florida Fire Sprinkler Association and the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department. Watch what happens to a house in our backyard as we set it on fire with no fire protection and then try again on a house with proper protection. Take photos with the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department Fire Trucks and EMS Vehicles used by some of Fort Lauderdale’s finest firefighters.

American Red Cross in association with Steve Sellars

Meet the people who are always there for you when disaster strikes. They will also showcase their Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) for the kids to tour.

South Florida American Chemical Society.

Meet real chemists and try your hand at awesome experiments that give off HEAT!

KaBoom! Show 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Get blown away by this explosive show!


Trick or Treating at MODS

Friday Night, October 31, 2014 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Activities included with paid exhibit admission
Halloween Costume Contest

Come dressed up as your favorite children’s movie character or bring the whole family down dressed as the cast from your favorite movie. Prizes will be awarded to best costumes throughout the night.

Pumpkin Bowling

Pick your own pumpkin and try to bowl a strike.

EcoScapes in the Dark

Venture through our EcoScapes exhibit and see what our animals like to do at night in the Museum.

South Florida Pirates

Ahoy mateys! Join us for an Argggg-mazing night as the South Florida Pirates take the Museum

by storm.
Mad Scientist Electricity Show

Look out for our local mad scientist who will give you a shockingly good time with his many electricity experiments.

Joey the Otter
Take pictures with Joey the Otter as he parades around in his favorite Halloween costume.
Special Halloween Activities also include:

• Touch Snakes, Gators, and Bugs

• Jelly Bean Taste Testing

• Taste Edible Bugs! YEEUUCK!

Mercedes Benz 21st Century MODS Gala
November 8, 2014 6 p.m.

The Museum of Discovery and Science will host the Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale 21st Century MODS Gala on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The Museum will honor Mr. Terry Stiles for his more than 30 year involvement on the Museum’s Board of Trustees as well as his contributions to the greater Fort Lauderdale community.

This year’s gala is co-Chaired by Rick J. Burgess, Esq. of Gunster; Jim Ellis, president of Ellis Diversified; Tony Giordano, Market 5 President Mercedes-Benz; and Kenneth Stiles, VP of Stiles Corporation.

Guests will experience a world class event complete with a high-energy Cocktail Reception sponsored by Wells Fargo and an impressive Silent Auction. They will be delighted by the Hollywood glamour theme and escorted down the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ to enjoy a decadent dinner & wine pairing designed by A Thierry’s Catering and complimented by Penfolds and Matua wines. Later in the evening, the MODS crowd will dance the night away and compete for some luxurious Live Auction items. The emcee for the evening’s festivities is Steve Shapiro, Sports Director, on WSVN Channel-7.

All proceeds will benefit operations and programs at the Museum of Discovery and Science. For more information, reservations or sponsorship inquiries, please contact Robyn Harper at 954.713.0906 or


Interstellar Special Events

November 9, 15 and 16, 2014 Noon to 4 p.m. Daily
Celebrate the highly anticipated film by Christopher Nolan, Interstellar, by participating in special Museum activities!

Learn what the night sky looks like each night during the fall and “winter” months throughout the year.

Light” Year

Understand how far light travels in one year.

Stomp Rockets

Blast off to space by shooting rockets that use air pressure to launch.

Diapers in Space!

Learn how NASA gave us the science of diapers and how it is used in today’s world.

Turtle Race Weekend

November 28 – 30, 2014 Noon to 4 p.m. Daily
Start Your Turtles

Think your pet turtle has what it takes to step in the ring and compete against other turtles including the Museum’s champion turtles? If so, come on down with your own or borrow one of ours and race them against each other until there is only one CHAMPION.

Turtle Art

Make your own stained glass sea turtle to take home.

Broward Chess Club

November 1 & 2 • November 28-30, 2014
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Each date

Join the Broward Chess club and jump at the chance to learn and improve your game during their fun-filled mentoring sessions.

Steve Sellars with New York Life

November 1 & 2 • November 28-30, 2014
12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Each date

New York Life’s Child I.D. program is designed to teach children how to stay safe in the home and at play. Take part in their interactive presentations.

One Blood

November 28 & 29, 2014
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Each date

Donate blood at the OneBlood Truck and receive various coupons.

Juice+ Representatives will be onsite discussing sustainable agriculture & healthy eating

November 29, 2014
Keller Science Theater Daily Shows

Visitors can enjoy exciting science shows and presentations in the Keller Science Theater by our enthusiastic staff and/or community partners.

The Nitro Show

Ever wonder what -320oF will do to everyday items? Discover how cold things can get with liquid nitrogen and how their physical changes can create explosive results.

KaBoom! Show

Witness the power of chemical changes with fiery explosions! Come have a blast!

Science Showdown

Do you have what it takes to beat the best in the ultimate science feud? Test your knowledge against the experts in this high energy game show!


STEM Home School Classes for Grades 3 to 5

Otter Math • November 3, 2014

Microbes Mini-Zoo December 1, 2014

FEES per person:

Student or Adult One Class $15/All Three Classes $45
Information and Registration: 954.713.0930

Camp Discovery

Camp Discovery is designed to give children ages 6-12 entire days filled with exploration and hands-on learning. One-day and five-day camps are offered. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (before and after care is available). Camp fee includes all workshop materials and chaperoned exhibit exploration. Children should bring two snacks, lunch and a drink. The Subway Café is available as a lunch option. Call 954.713.0930 to register.

One-day camps are $50 for museum members and $55 for non-members.

Two-day camps are $80 for museum members and $90 for non- members.

Three-day camps are $120 for museum members and $140 for non-members.

Five-day camps are $200 for museum members and $225 for non-members.

All camps include an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure.
School Holiday Camp Adventures
Amazing Animals

October 24, 2014

Take a close and personal look at the amazing animals that call the Museum home. Meet Poseidon, our Loggerhead sea turtle ambassador, take part in turtle races and visit the Keller Science Theater for a creepy crawly critter show. Meet our otter keepers and watch as

they conduct training sessions. Learn how our life science staff prepare animal diets and keep our animals well fed and happy.
Science Magic

November 4, 2014

Did you think making a square bubble is impossible? We’ll show you how to do it using science!

Amaze your friends by bending water on command and making paper clips float. We’ll also teach you how to get an egg in and out of a bottle and how to make colors appear and disappear using common household ingredients.
Can You Believe Your Eyes?

November 11, 2014

You may think you can believe everything you see but you can’t! Learn about optical illusions and how your eyes trick you into seeing still pictures move. Dissect a cow eyeball to discover how your own eyes work. Make a kaleidoscope and test out how sunscreen works to

protect you from invisible UV rays.

All About Air

November 26, 2014

You may not be able to see it, but the air around us packs a powerful punch. Use it to launch rockets, crush cans and make bottles burp. We’ll take a look at convection currents and see how the movement of air in our atmosphere can create some of the most destructive forces on earth.

Greenhouse Gurus

November 28, 2014

Plants give us so much, from the oxygen we breathe to shade on hot days to delicious fruit and tasty herbs. Spruce up your plant IQ by making a growing plant pal, performing a seed dissection, creating a super seed ball and magically changing the colors of flowers.

Science of Sleuthing

December 19, 2014

Everyone loves a good mystery! Discover the science behind crime solving. Use the scientific method to discover what is going on in the mystery boxes. Learn how blood drop analysis can tell you exactly what happens in a crime scene, extract DNA from fruit and send secret messages using Frixion pens.

Fact or Fiction

December 26, 2014

Can a person really have the superhuman strength to move a car with their bare hands? Is our blood ever green? Can you walk on eggs without breaking them? How long can a person hold their breath? Is it possible to explode a watermelon using only rubber bands?

Super Senses

January 19, 2015

Think you have some super senses? They may not be as super “sense”ative as you think! We’ll

teach you how to trick your taste buds and you’ll discover what your nose knows in our taste and smell labs. See how good a painter you are when you can only use your feet and experience a movie like never before, using all of your senses in our brand new 7-D theater.
2014 Winter Break Camps

3-Day Camp

Incredible Inventions
December 22 – December 24, 2014
Bring your thinking cap for this camp because you’re going to need it! This engineering camp will have you building some simple machines and cool contraptions that will shoot, throw, balance and even knit! You’ll make a chain reaction using craft sticks, work with circuit boards and even make your own motion picture!!

5-Day Camp

Mad Scientists
December 29, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Camp Discovery is going mad this week: mixing, measuring and making a mess!! We’ll be growing and shrinking eggs, making a soap soufflé, floating fireworks in a glass and creating electric cornstarch. You’ll discover how to make your soda invisible and how to make your milk explode with color. We’re mad… I tell you…. MAD!!!
OVERNIGHT CAMP-INS: Friday and Saturday evenings, year-round

Reserve a date to bring your group to the Museum for an exciting overnight educational adventure! Choose from these camp-in themes: Amazing Aviators, Awesome Animals, Cosmic Kids, Chemical Concoctions, Glamour Girls, GUTS!, Jr. Geologists, Kitchen Chemistry, Mission Space, Roller Coasters, Wildlife Wonders, World of Water. Supervised, age-appropriate science activities, workshops, exhibit explorations, pizza dinner and live-animal encounters round out a fun-filled evening before “lights-out” in the exhibit sleeping area. Group camp-ins are open to scout groups, schools, church groups, recreation center groups and other youth organizations looking for a night of fun and unique activities.

Each camp lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. IMAX® films will be an additional charge per person (child or chaperone). Group programs require a 40 participant minimum. Both programs include pizza dinner, all activities, and exploration of the Museum
Overnight Camp-Ins

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Fees: $36.00/child


Discovery Workshops

Friday and Saturday evenings

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Fees: $24.00/child

IMAX® Add-on Prices

Classic IMAX® Film (45 min.)

$8.00 per child or chaperone

Full Length IMAX® Feature Film

$11.00 per child or chaperone

For more information or reservations call 954.713.0927 or email

Mission: MODS – Cosmic Night Out: An Overnight Camp-In Adventure

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Launch Time 6:30 p.m. Saturday; returning to Earth 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning

  • To spend the night at the Museum and investigate the new traveling exhibit - Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists.

  • To play space-related games and participate in activities of an intergalactic kind listed below.

Step into our Planetarium and learn about constellations then grab a friend and create your own human constellation.
Make your own Roaring Rocket then test it with our stomp launchers or launch them from a spinning planet.
Pick your own Glow in the Dark activity, whether is making slime, a space craft or design your own ID bracelet.

It’s going to be a BLAST!
Mission Fee is $40 per participant and includes the following:

• Spending the night at the Museum and exhibits exploration

• All Space activities listed above

• Pizza Dinner

Add the IMAX film Interstellar to your overnight adventure. Additional fee per participant is $11.
Confirm your attendance by contacting our

Planning a birthday party at the Museum of Discovery and Science is a piece of cake! Just say the word, and we’ll put the wheels in motion for a birthday party that your birthday child will always remember. Choose from an exciting selection of themes: Space Crusaders, Animal Mania, Abracadabra Chemistry, Science Magic, Super Scientist, Living Dinosaurs and Discovery Diva.

Party Options and Prices:

  • Pizza Party: Pizza, soda and cake for a maximum of 20 guests including birthday child and family members. $375 for members. $425 for non-members. $15 per additional person. Add-on options available.

  • Subway Party: Sub platter, chips and juice boxes for a maximum of 20 guests including birthday child and family members. $455 for museum members. $505 for non-members. $15 per additional person. Add-on options available.

  • All parties include:

One large Carvel® Ice Cream Cake (serves 20)

      • 90 minutes in party room with themed activities

      • All day admission to the Museum’s exhibits

      • One parking pass for the birthday party family

      • 40 birthday invitations

      • Forks, plates, napkins, cups, table covers and candles

All birthday parties available on Saturday or Sunday and must be booked at least two weeks in advance. If you have a party of more than 40 people, please feel free to ask about our larger party package. Add an IMAX film for an additional fee. To book a birthday party, call 954.713.0930.

Birthday Party Themes:

  • Animal Mania (Ages 3-12): Snakes and alligators and lizards, oh my! Learn about the Museum’s reptiles and even meet them face-to-face! It’s perfect for your “party animal.”

  • Dino-Mite (Ages 5 & up):
    Are you ready to be a junior paleontologist for a day and have a Dino-Mite time? Go on a dinosaur dig and make “fossil dough” to take home!

  • Discovery Diva (Ages 5 & up): OMG! Is there more to makeup than sweet smells and sparkles? Of course, it’s SCIENCE! You and your BFFs will create your very own sparkly potions and scented lotions to take home.

  • Happy Burp-Day (Ages 5 & up):

Celebrate your birthday in a gross way! Conduct stomach turning experiments and take homemade “SNOT” home. This party is sure to be a gas!

  • Super Scientist (Age 5 & up): Put on your lab coat and be a scientist for a day! Conduct crazy experiments and make wild concoctions. Your birthday is sure to be an explosively good time!

MaxFlight BIRTHDAY PARTIES (Ages 5 & up)

Special times and pricing applies. Times are as follows: Fridays from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pricing: $750 for Museum members and $800 for non-members.

  • Rockin’ Roller Coaster

Imagine designing your own roller coaster and then riding it with your friends inside our MaxFlight Simulator. It’ll be a rockin’ and rollin’ party to remember.

  • Awesome Aeronautics

Take off in this thrilling birthday ride of a lifetime. You and your friends can turn incredible aerial stunts or engage an aerial dog fight in our MaxFlight Simulator. Also enjoy time in the Aviation Station exhibit.

The AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, owned and operated by the Museum of Discovery and Science, opened in 1992. The 300-seat theater is a showcase of state-of-the-art motion picture technology. In September 2014, the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater underwent an extensive renovation including a new giant screen (60 ft. x 80 ft.), new luxury seats, new powerful sound system and the addition of a digital projection system to complement our 15/70 film projector. Our new dual IMAX projection system  allows us to show both digital and 15/70 IMAX films and offer a more consistent flow of new Hollywood films in addition to our classic documentaries. The IMAX Experience® is an unparalleled fusion of sight and sound. Audiences will enjoy five-story high images of unsurpassed brilliance and clarity as they’re immersed in 32,000 watts of digital surround sound broadcast through 56 speakers. And the special geometry of our theater makes you feel as though you're immersed in the action. You're just not seeing the movie --- you're part of it. Both 2D and 3D films are shown in the theater and 3D films are viewed using special IMAX® 3D glasses. The AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater is home to the BIGGEST screen in South Florida and is one of only three Certified Giant Screen® theaters in Florida as certified by the Giant Screen Cinema Association. For show times, call 954.463.IMAX (4629) or visit


The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: Broward Health, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun Sentinel and Wells Fargo.  

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. General Admission prices are $19 for adults; $18 seniors; $15 children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. A General Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits and one classic 45-minute IMAX movie. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at
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Cameron Moore 954.713.0904

Marlene Janetos 954.713.0915

Theresa Waldron 954.713.0901


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