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The Completely Renovated AutoNation® IMAX Theater now OPEN!
New Digital Projector + New Surround Sound + New Luxury Seats + New Giant Screen = The Ultimate IMAX Experience!

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Wild Africa 3D

Hubble 3D
Space Station 3D

In the Heart of the Sea 3D
opens December 10, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
opens December 17, 2015


Permanent exhibits descriptions
can be found here

Special Events and Activities (on Weekends, Holidays, etc.)
can be found two sections below.

Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors
Now on Exhibit through January 3, 2016

The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, with funding from the National Science Foundation and NASA, has developed a national traveling exhibition program called Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors.

While Asteroids and comets are popular subjects for movies like Armageddon and Deep Impact, they are also playing their own starring roles in NASA research. In 2001, NASA’s NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft dramatically landed on the asteroid Eros. In 2005, NASA’s Deep Impact’s probe collided with Tempel 1, exploring beneath the comet’s surface. In 2007, NASA launched the Dawn spacecraft to the Main Asteroid Belt.

Great Balls of Fire explores the mysteries of these celestial objects. The threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture. If there was a dinosaur killer in Earth’s past, is there a human killer in our future? What are the chances and how do we assess the risks? For that matter, what are asteroids, comets, and meteorites, and where do they come from? These and many other questions are answered in Great Balls of Fire.

Visitors are encouraged to upgrade to a combo ticket to view "Hubble 3D" and "Space Station 3D" at AutoNation ® IMAX 3D Theater in conjunction with this exhibit. Click HERE for film show times.

This exhibit and the IMAX space films and related programs are supported by a grant from the John H. Rau Space Education Fund of Community Foundation of Broward for Beyond the Kármán Line: A Comprehensive Learning Initiative in Space Science.


To Fly – Aviation Renovation

The highlight of the exhibit space is a new state-of-the art 7D capsule theater that takes visitors on an exhilarating flight through the sky. This new exhibit experience uses a 3D aviation film, moving seats, and multi-sensory effects to create an unforgettable, educational, and exciting experience. The new Simulation Theater is made possible by a generous gift from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust.


Mindbender Mansion
January 29, 2016 through May 1, 2016

Enter the wonderfully puzzling world of an exhibition that engages visitors in playful problem solving, Mindbender Mansion. The exhibit is filled with brain teasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers.

Visitors to this fun and quirky mansion are invited to join the Mindbender Society by gathering hidden clues and secret passwords scattered throughout the various thematic rooms of the house. The clues and passwords are revealed by solving select brainteasers and group challenges. Visitors are encouraged to think outside the box and collaborate with their fellow mansion guests to meet individual and group challenges, which include manipulating a tilt table, forming patterns in rolling chairs, keeping up with a conveyer belt, maneuvering a flying machine, and disco hopscotch spelling.

Click HERE for More Information



January 31, 2014

Photography Contest is now closed.
Contest winner announced January 31, 2014.

Link to Everglades Forever Project page for More Information and Photography Contest Winners

Now through December 16, 2015

To kick off the holiday season, the Museum of Discovery and Science has teamed up with the U.S Marine Corps Reserve
Toys for Tots Program as a Toy Drop-Off site.


Through Wednesday, December 16, 2015, visitors of the Museum of Discovery and Science are encouraged to donate an unwrapped toy for children 12 and under. The Holiday Toy Drop-Off Box is positioned inside the Museum’s lobby, adjacent to the Information Desk. For donation gift ideas, guests may visit the Explore Store, located in the Museum’s Atrium.

Hunger Games Opening Weekend Activities
November 21 and 22, 2015 Noon to 4 p.m.

Botany - Learn how to tell the difference between poisonous and nonpoisonous plants.

Under the Sea Creations - Create fish, crabs and some other under-the-sea friends to take home.

Tricks of the Color - Learn all about camouflage and challenge yourself to find all of the hidden animals in this Intriguing presentation.

Fire Training - Like early man, discover the mystery behind starting your own fire if you are ever stranded and learn all the safety procedures for putting it out.

Archery - Take aim on our archery course and see if you could handle being on your own with a bow and arrow.

Bugs - Discover which bugs are food and which bugs are friends in case you need a snack in the wilderness.

We Want SPACE!
November 27 – 29, 2015
Noon to 4 p.m.

SkyLab Show - Immerse yourself in a starry night at the Museum. Learn all about stars and constellations in our Indoor planetarium.

Star Viewer - Become Galileo and create a telescope and starry constellations.

Stomp Rockets - 3…2…1… BLAST OFF! Build your own rocket and then watch it shoot off into space.

Heart of the Sea  3D Activities
December 12 & 13, 2015 Noon to 4 p.m.

Where’s Moby?
Explore the Museum and keep a look out for the elusive “Stuffed Moby Dick.” Find it and bring it to the Information Desk for a prize.

Baleen versus Toothed
Baleen Whales use bubble netting whereas Toothed Whales use echolocation for hunting. Learn why the largest animals in the ocean eat the smallest organisms.

Whale Highways
Find out how convection currents create a rich ocean oasis and how whales migrate from these feeding grounds to breeding grounds.

Laura Eldredge Marine Animal Rescue Society
Keller Science Theater 2:00 p.m. Both days

Local marine mammal expert Laura Eldredge talks to us about the myths and realities of whale behaviors.

Sailor Hats
Make and take your very own origami Sailor Hat!

Learn about the ancient Japanese “fish printing” technique and make an imprint to take home.

Sink or Float
How does a heavy whale float in the water? Discover what makes other items float or sink in the water.

Moby Dick for Kids (Story Time)
Join us in the Discovery Center as we read the children’s version of Moby Dick for our
smaller sailors.

Star Wars Activities
December 19 & 20, 2015 Noon to 4 p.m.

Star Wars Face Painters
Free Star Wars themed face painting!

Star Wars Photo Ops

Take your picture with Darth Vader and Stormtroopers from 501st Everglades Squadron.

Drones and Remote Control Cars

Play with various RC cars and learn to fly a drone with Maniacs Hobby.

NSU University School Sharks
Robotics (U.S.S.R)

Robot displays and demonstrations.

R2-D2 Circuitry
Learn how circuits play an essential role in all robots including the robots in your home or your mobile device.

Computer Construction
Noon – 3 p.m.

Learn how your computer works by taking one apart and then putting it back together.
Presented by Computer Butler.

May the Force Demos
Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Discover simple and fun hands-on activities that will keep the family in awe of the forces.

Bricks 4 Kidz
Many children dream of being an astronaut and traveling to space, so Bricks 4 Kidz created an entire unit around space! We’ll provide the bricks; all you need to bring for this adventure is your imagination!

January 16 & 17, 2016 Noon to 4 p.m.

Get ready South Florida! MUSEic Mentors are back with even more local musicians, dancers, performers and artists for our biggest event yet! Kids will enter a world of music fun and have an opportunity to be inspired by music as they bang on drums, play with keyboards, take dance
lessons, paint records, sing Karaoke and even build their own songs LIVE on a computer.

Mindbender Activities
January 30 & 31, 2016 Noon to 4 p.m.

Museum Puzzle Hunt

Compete to solve a series of puzzles located around the Museum to find a hidden brain. Find out if you have what it takes to crack codes and string together clues. A lucky winner will receive a four-pack of tickets to the Museum.

Brain Teasers
Test your brain power with hands-on riddles and brain bending puzzles. Will your brain be teased or will you pass the test?

Battle of Brains
Keller Science Theater

1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Pick your team and test your wits during our science trivia show.

The Giant Puzzle
Do you love puzzles? Help us put together life-size puzzles that may grow to become larger than you!

Chess Tournament
at the Museum
February 6, 2016
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m
Sponsored by the Broward Chess Club

Prizes will be awarded to the top winners in each division Museum admission is required.

If you have questions please email

Clyde Butcher to
Introduce National Parks Adventure 3D

February 13, 2016
AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater
12:10 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Shows

Clyde Butcher, a nationally recognized conservationist, will introduce the new giant screen film National Parks Adventure 3D. He will share some of his own breathtaking photography of national parks.

Guests will also have an opportunity to meet Clyde Butcher and learn about his beautiful and delicate world of photographing nature plus have their books/photos signed at 11:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. (Note: IMAX ticket purchase required).

Clyde Butcher and Andy Royston appearances funded in part by Visit Florida.

Andy Royston presents iPhonography
February 13, 2016 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Learn tips on capturing nature photos with your camera phone and how to share them with the world in a Cell Phone Photography 101 presentation by designer and photographer Andy Royston. Royston is known to his 50,000 social media fans as @FtLauderdaleSun.
Clyde Butcher and Andy Royston appearances funded in part by Visit Florida.

National Parks Activities
February 13 & 14, 2016 Noon to 4 p.m.

Climbing Wall
Jump, duck, dive and climb on our 26-foot inflatable climbing wall. Provided by Extremely Fun Bounce House and Waterslide Rentals.

Rock and Roll Plate Tectonics
Learn about the rock cycle and the different types of rocks and their role in the structure of Earth’s crust.

Going, Going, GONE!
Learn how asteroids and comets have lent their sheer power to help form our solar system and form our beautiful planet.

Extreme Animals
Create your own extreme animal that can withstand the extreme temperatures in some of our National Parks.

Minerals, Gems and Rocks
Learn the difference between these three items and where you can find them in our National Parks.

IKEA Presents Design Squad Nation
February 20 & 21, 2015 Noon to 4 p.m.

IKEA Challenge
12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Learn all about teamwork as a family unit while you build a piece of IKEA furniture. If you’re the faster family and build it first, you get to take it home for FREE!

Egg Drop
We have everything you need to design a device that will safely transport an egg from the upper level platform to the floor located three stories below.

Build a City
Build and create your own city. We’ll provide the materials…. You provide the ingenuity!

MaxFlight Simulator
Roller Coaster Ride

Take a seat on our virtual roller coaster! This simulated ride has been designed with 360 degrees of full motion, non-stop twists and turns.

Third Annual Bricktastic Buildoff
Hosted by Bricks 4 Kidz

Saturday, February 20, 2016
11:30 a.m. • 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m
Build your best futuristic plane in this hands-on competition for kids of all ages. Entries will be posted on Facebook and three winners will be crowned! Visit your local Bricks 4 Kidz for more information or their website at

3rd Annual Makers Square Faire
March 5 & 6, 2016 Noon to 4 p.m.

Join the Makers Square of Fort Lauderdale group who will be exhibiting various works. Plus enjoy makers demos by local organizations. You and your family can have some
fun building with K’Nex and creating superstructures that can withstand lots of weight.

Attention all Makers, Tinkers, and Engineers!
Enjoy building from everyday items? Have a robotics club that needs volunteer hours? Enjoy working on your 3D printer more than anyone? Please contact Michael Aguinaga at to reserve a free booth for this amazing event.

21st Annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits, and Culinary Celebration

Friday, April 8, 2016

This year’s event highlights include tastings from South Florida’s leading restaurants and a vast array of wines and spirits from around the world, courtesy of beverage sponsor Southern Wine and Spirits. There will also be an assortment of craft beers to taste, amazing prizes in the silent auction and a complimentary Riedel wine glass for every guest. 

The evening begins with an exclusive Platinum reception. Platinum guests will enjoy premium cuisine, complimentary valet, access to Platinum Lounge and early access to the Grand Tasting. Doors open for the Platinum experience at 5:30 p.m. and the Grand Tasting begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Grand Tasting will feature over 40 of South Florida’s top restaurants and a sampling of over 200 wine, spirits, and craft beers. This will be followed by the ultra-chic Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort After-Party Lounge where all guests can continue to enjoy additional culinary delights from the After-Party restaurant partners and dance under the stars. The After-Party will take place from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the MODS atrium.

Tickets are $250 for the Platinum experience (only 500 tickets available at this level) and $150 for the Grand Tasting. Parties of ten receive a reduced rate of $2,250 Platinum and $1,350 for Grand Tasting Host packages. For advance tickets please call 954-712-1159 or email Nicole Rodriguez at

STEM Home School Classes for Grades 3 to 5

Star Wars & Invisible Forces
November 30, 2015

Dive in for a Dissection
January 25, 2016

Motion of the Ocean
February 29, 2016

Energy to Electricity
March 28, 2016

Into the Jungle
April 25, 2016

Everything Everglades

May 23, 2016

Fee: $15 person (student or adult).

Click HERE for More information.


Test Your Chess Skills
Broward Chess Club
Every Saturday from December through February (except 11/14/15, 12/26/15, 1/2/16 and 1/23/16)
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Challenge a multitude of chess players from all different skill levels. Even if you do not know how to play, come down and learn from a Grand Master.

3D Printer Lab
Now through December 2015

Our Discovery Lab has been outfitted with 3 different 3D printers and staff will demonstrate their capabilities through the holiday season. Watch 3D printers produce some amazing pieces. Brought to you by local 3D company Becoming 3D in partnership with Airwolf, Lulzbot, and Robo 3D.

Child I.D. Program
New York Life
Every Saturday (except 12/19/15 and 12/26/15)

New York Life’s Child I.D. program is designed to teach children how to stay safe inthe home and at play. Receive a free children’s I.D. kit.


June 10 -21, 2016

Experience Luxury under Canvas on Safari to Tanzania, the Animal Kingdom’s Garden of Eden. Quintessential African landscapes with incredible wildlife spotting and cultural explorations. Visit the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, and Maasai.

For more details, please contact Kim Cavendish:



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 -320 degrees Farenheit 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!



Museum Camp Adventures are designed to give students entire days filled with exploration and hands-on learning.

The museum hosts 1-day and 5-day camps.

For more information and a listing of upcoming camps, visit CAMPS page.

Fridays: 3:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sundays: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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. For more information, visit BIRTHDAY PARTIES page.

Bring your group to the Museum for an exciting overnight adventure. You can select from great adventures or work with our program staff to create an evening of fun just for your special group.

For more information, visit CAMP INS page.

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