The Discovery Spot is Now Open. Free, Timed Tickets for Young Scientists (Ages 0-6) and Their Families are Available Onsite at the Museum’s Box Office.
The Discovery Spot is Now Open. Free, Timed Tickets for Young Scientists (Ages 0-6) and Their Families are Available Onsite at the Museum’s Box Office.

STEM Learning Series

Get Involved in Learning Programs & Special Events.

Programs Focused on the Environment

The Building Blocks of Resilience Education

From first steps into science to Turtle Walks and Sensory-Friendly Sundays, discover ongoing STEM learning at MODS.

Learn More About STEM Programs

Starting Tuesday, August 8, MODS will open the Discovery Spot one hour early at 9 a.m. for MODS Members.

Pre-registration is required. First-come, first-served. Members will check in at the Information Desk. Admission is included. 

Join us in the Sprouting STEM Early Childhood Learning Lab, powered by PNC Grow Up Great, where little learners will make BIG discoveries in a space designed especially for the early ages. Upon entering the space, guests are transported to a rich nature-filled South Florida backyard landscape complete with native plants and wildlife they will experience from the perspective of a small insect. Hosted programming in the Lab will include learning through play, hands-on STEM activities, music, story time and more!


Join us for learning through play experiences, socialization time, STEM activities and more!

Offered on: Monday through Friday
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Members: Free
Non-members: Free with Museum admission


Join us for sounds, shows and friendly engagement!

Music Time Mondays: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Sing-alongs, instruments, bubbles, puppets and more!

Pop-up Science Wednesdays: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Interactive STEM demonstrations.

Wiggle Time Fridays: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Movement, stretching exercises, obstacle courses and more!

Members: Free
Non-members: Free with Museum admission

Join us for this “Caregiver and Me” style program in which your little ones can participate in tummy
time and take their first steps in science.

Offered on: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Members: Free
Free with Museum admission

Space is limited. First-come, first-served.

Join us for this “Caregiver and Me” style program with socialization time, circle time and hands-on STEM activities!

Offered on: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Members: Free
Free with Museum admission

Space is limited. First-come, first-served.

*Guests must arrive within the first 15 minutes before the class starts to attend.

NOTE: Sprouting STEM program schedules are subject to change. Please check this page frequently for scheduling updates. Please email with questions. 

The FREE 2023 Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by the Save Our Seas Foundation, features scientists, conservationists, researchers and educators who will share their passion for our oceans in programs designed for Museum guests of all ages.

April 20
6 p.m. EDT
Documenting Shark Communities Using Observation and Remote TechnologySandra Bessudo, director of the Malpelo and Other Marine Ecosystems Foundation
May 4
6 p.m. EDT
Gill Guardians: An Elasmobranch Conservation and Education HubJasmin Graham, administrator of Gill Guardians
June 1
6 p.m. EDT
Activities at the Shark Lab in Bimini, BahamasMatthew Smukall, president and CEO of Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation
June 8
6 p.m. EDT
(World Oceans Day)
Community-Supported Conservation Goals for Scalloped HammerheadKelly Kingon, assistant professor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago
July 13
6 p.m. EDT
Project Lemon Aid: Science, Sharks and Students = SuccessJillian Morris, founder and president of Sharks4Kids
August 3
6 p.m. EDT
Turning the Tide for Threatened Sharks and RaysLee Crockett, executive director at the Shark Research Fund 
August 30
6 p.m. EDT
(International Whale Shark Day)
Secrets of the Whale Sharks of the Galapagos Marine Reserve – International Whale Shark DaySofía Green, Researcher for the Galapagos Whale Shark Project and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Jonathan Green, Founder and Director of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project
September 7
6 p.m. EDT
Silky Shark Conservation and TaggingBrendan Talwar, PhD candidate at Florida International University in Miami
October 5
6 p.m. EDT
Kelp! Important Ocean Forests for SharksEmiliano García-Rodríguez, visiting researcher at the Mexican National Department of Biological Oceanography
November 2
6 p.m. EDT
Sevengill Sharks in San Francisco BayMeghan Holst, PhD student in conservation ecology at the University of California, Davis
December 14
6 p.m. EDT
British Columbia WhalesJanie Wray, CEO and lead researcher for BC Whales

PLEASE NOTE: A unique Zoom link will be sent to registrants before the event.

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2023 Dates: October 7 December 2
2024 Dates: February 3 April 20 June 8 August 17 October 5 December 7
Time: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Join MODS and The Extra Catch for our beach cleanups at the Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (6503 N Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004 – park entrance fees will be waived for cleanup participants). The cleanup is appropriate for all ages but recommended for children 8 years old and older. All children 16 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

  • WHERE: Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (6503 N Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004)

All volunteers should bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, closed-toe shoes, and appropriate clothing for beach and weather.

Water, Gatorade and cleaning supplies will be provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own equipment.

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MODS is open an hour early for sensory-friendly Museum exploration and activities followed by an IMAX film* at 12:30 p.m.

To provide a more sensory-sensitive environment for individuals on the autism spectrum, the theater lights will be turned up and the sound will be lowered. All films will be presented in 2D.

No trailers will be shown before the movie. Audience members are welcome to get up, sing, walk, dance and shout without worrying about someone complaining. Families also are able to bring snacks from home, as well as blankets and other small items to be comfortable.

Guests also can participate in a variety of sensory-based activities throughout the Museum. Children will engage in social interactions and improve the processing, modulation and regulation of sensory input to increase participation in a natural environment.

Cost: FREE

Preregistration required.

October 22

November 26

December 24

January 28

February 25

March 24

April 7 (Autism Awareness Day)

April 28

May 26

June 23

July 28

August 25

September 22

October 27

November 24

December 22

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2024 Dates: May 28 • May 30 • June 4 • June 8• June 11 • June 13 • June 15 • June 18 • June 22 • June 25 • June 27 • July 2 • July 6 • July 9 • July 11 • July 13 • July 16 • July 20 • July 23 • July 25 • July 27 • July 30*
Time: 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. 

Your adventure begins at the Museum with a presentation about turtles and then continues at Fort Lauderdale Beach where a Museum expert guides you to sea turtle nesting grounds. We can’t guarantee a nesting sea turtle will be spotted on every walk, but when it happens, it’s a natural wonder that you will never forget!

Museum members: $30 (adult or child, age 9+)
Non-members: $40 (adult or child, age 9+)

*Dates are subject to change.

Parking is available in the Museum bus loop on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be at least 9 years old.

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