Monster Splash returns to the Miami Seaquarium

Little ghosts and goblins get set for big fun at Miami’s biggest kid-friendly Halloween Extravaganza – Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash returning for its 20th year on October 24 – 26 and 31, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. With more ghoulish treats and ghostly fun than ever before, this year’s event features trick-or-treating at Sharky’s Sweet Tooth Station; kiddie rides and bounce houses at the Little Monsters Play Area; the Monsters in the Mangrove Haunted Walk; Flipper’s Dance Party and the only place in Miami to enjoy Halloween themed marine animal shows. Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash is a safe Halloween alternative for kids and their families.

“We love Halloween at Miami Seaquarium,” commented Andrew Hertz,  General Manager at Miami Seaquarium. “We are happy to provide local families with a safe event to celebrate Halloween in South Florida for two decades.”

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Halloween themed marine animal shows to give guests a fright during Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash includes a daytime Superheroes Killer Whale Show, Flipper’s Thrills and Chills, Finding Nemo sea
lion show along with the splashy fun of the Swashbuckling Pirate Top Deck dolphin Show.

Admission for the Daytime Splash is regular park admission which is $41.95 and $31.95 for children (ages 3-9).
Special admission price for the Nighttime Bash is only $24.95 plus tax after 5:00 p.m. for adults, and $19.95 plus tax for children (ages 3 to 12 years) after 5:00 p.m.

Beginning October 1st, for a limited time, discounted advance tickets will be available at

Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marine-life exhibits. For more information on Miami Seaquarium, please call 305-361-5705 or visit

Miami Seaquarium is an accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, an international organization committed to the care and conservation of marine mammals. Accreditation by the Alliance means this
facility meets or exceeds all the standards of excellence for marine mammal care, husbandry, conservation and education.


X-Scream Halloween at the G Star School of the Arts ramps up the scares for 2014

For nearly a decade, the talented student performers, set designers,and make-up artists at the G Star School of the Arts in suburban West Palm Beach have put on a frightfully good haunt that rivals some of the professional fear factories that seemingly rise from the grave every fall.

“Now, with our NINTH YEAR beginning, we have further honed our skills and have improved the event even more, making us the most unique haunted house in America! Additionally, we’re again staging our primary attraction in the air-conditioned G-Star Sound Stage,” stated director George Colavecchio. “We also would like to announce the re-introduction of our own dance squad – the G-Star Scream Team or, as we refer to them, the G-Star Cadavers!!! G-Star students are a breed apart and X-Scream Halloween 2014 is just one more way they’ll continue to prove it!”

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In 2014, the haunt runs for four weekends in October, and gives terrified visitors a glimpse into the centuries long conflict between vampires and werewolves.

“Vampires and Lycans sharing a planet? It cannot be. For centuries these creatures have sought to exterminate each other. It is for this reason that the Vampire Covens look to each Tetrad with eager anticipation. Historically there were no tetrads between 1600 A.D. and 1900 A.D. 300 years of growth for the Lycan population and almost total Annihilation of the Vampire Covens. But now it is the covens turn! Let “The Hunt” begin…”

In addition to the vampire and werewolf themed haunts, this year’s event features an all new haunted amusement park, compete with “Ghoulie Golf,” bounce houses, thrill rides, and concessions of all kinds. It also includes a special behind the scenes theatrical presentation that is included with your paid admission.

The scariness takes place on October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with the last ticket being sold at 11 p.m. Online ticket sales begin on 9/29/14.

Remember that Halloween is a time for fun and frivolity. It is a time to come out of your shell, and to acknowledge the mischievous spirit that resides within all of us. Be sure to keep following this column for news on other spooky events and more. If you know of another local event that needs additional undead light shone upon it, please tell me about it!

Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market offers up heaps of Fall Fun in their Fall Festival

From now until November 2nd, Palm Beach County’s favorite farmers market is offering up a cornucopia of harvest season fun for everyone to enjoy.

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Not since Linus searched for the Great Pumpkin has such an amazing Traditional Pumpkin Patch been found anywhere on Earth! The farm will also be offering Hayrides around our beautiful 80 acres of working farm and a Bigger and Better Corn Maze for only $4 per person.

For those of you who might want to get up close an personal with the livestock, they also offer a Petting Zoo as well as Pony Rides. The fun doesn’t end their, as they also with have a Bounce House, Slides, Rides and Games. Face painting and balloon artists are also on site.

And who can forget the amazing food! Home Made Ice Cream and Roasted Fresh Corn on the cob, Award Winning BBQ, Cider Doughnuts, Pizza, French Fries, Kettle Corn, Carnival Foods, Hot Dog Cart, and Fresh Lemonade are just some of the delectable delights that can be enjoyed.

Local Handmade Craft Vendors will also be thee selling their wares, and Air Cannons will be there to the delight of everyone at the farm.

On Sunday, October 26th, they will be having a costume contest at 2:00pm.

They also have all their normal produce and market items available, including Local Granola, Fresh Salads, Fresh Florida O.J., Local Honey, Boiled Peanuts, Eclectic Selection of Wines, as well as a selection of local and natural groceries.

Bedners is located at 10066 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473, and are open Monday-Saturday 9:00-6:00, Sunday 10:00-5:00. Check them out on line at, and follow them on Facebook for all the latest details.

Celebrate Halloween with the animals at Boo at the Zoo at the Palm Beach Zoo

The public is invited to have a howlin’ good time at Palm Beach County’s most-loved Halloween event: “Boo at the Zoo!” Guests can enjoy trick-or-treating, costume contests, the decorate-your-own pumpkin patch, live music from a DJ in the Interactive Play Fountain area, giveaways, haystack hunt, face painting or airbrush tattoos, roving animal encounters, not-so-scary wildlife presentations and much more. The popular tradition continues this October at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation.


The 17th annual “Boo at the Zoo” will take place on the following dates and times:

  • October 17 – 19, October 24 – 26 and October 31st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday evenings on October 17th, 24th and 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

One way the Zoo is following its mission of environmental conservation is by only offering candy from companies that are a part of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

In addition to the stations presented by the Zoo, local businesses and organizations will be set up so children can trick-or-treat at the specific locations. Games, arts and crafts, a haystack hunt ($1 fee) and a child-friendly haunted house in the Florida Pioneer House will entertain young visitors. Children can also purchase a pumpkin to decorate on-site at a pumpkin patch. All funds raised will go toward the care and feeding of the Zoo’s animals.

The Zoo is inviting local businesses and organizations to participate in “Boo at the Zoo.” For more information, vendors can email

It’s Pumpkin Season at The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island

 The annual search for the perfect pumpkin is on, so don’t be late! 
Come early for the biggest and best selection.
Free Daily Hayrides to the pumpkin fields start this weekend!
Saturday, September 27th & Sunday, September 28th ~ 10:00am – 5:45pm.
Beginning In October
Monday – Friday ~ 12:00 – 5:45pm.
Saturday and Sunday ~ 10:00am – 5:45pm.
Free Hay Pyramid, Hay Maze, and Animal Barn
Open daily from 9:00am – 6:00pm.
The Cow Train will be ‘moo-ving out’ daily in October, weather permitting.
Only $2 per ride!
Monday – Friday 12:00 – 5:45pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 5:45pm.
Phone: 503-621-3874  Email:

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When is the best time to come to the farm?
Come Monday thru Friday and enjoy a laid-back country atmosphere! You can park closer to the barns and activities;
plus, enjoy shorter ride and market lines!
Our FREE hayrides are 12-5:45pm Monday – Friday.
Or, enjoy the less-crowded first and last weekends in October!
The farm will be full of lots of folks enjoying the beautiful countryside and fun outdoor activities! 
Our busiest weekends will be October 11 & 12 and 18 & 19!
Please be prepared for road congestion and longer lines.

The MAiZE…

 Keeping Portland LOST since 1999!

Open daily in October ~ 10:00am – 6:00pm.
Fridays & Saturdays in October open until 10:00pm.
5 yrs & under ~ Free.
6 – 12 yrs ~ $5.00.
13 – 59 yrs ~ $7.00.
60+ ~ $5.00.
The Haunted MAiZE…
Keeping Portland scared!
The Haunted Maize may not be suitable for ages 6 & under.
Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult. 
All ages – $12.00.
Friday/Saturdays – October 10 & 11, 17 & 18,
24 & 25, 31st & Nov.1st ~ 7:00pm-10:00pm.
Sunday, October 26th ~ 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Wednesday, October 29th ~ 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Thursday, October 30th ~ 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
HALLOWEEN NIGHT!! Friday, October 31st ~ 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Last ticket sold @ 10:00pm!!
Phone: 503.621.7110  –  Email:

Come hungry and leave happy! 
Stop over at the Patio Cafe’ for some
delicious fall treats and meals!
 Open daily in October 10:00am – 6:00pm.
Friday and Saturday nights until 10:00pm.
Weekends include: caramel apples, elephant ears, pulled pork sandwiches, and fresh kettle corn.
Daily fare: burgers, hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, hot cider, pumpkin pie, drinks and more!
The Produce Market
Open Daily
Sunday thru Thursday ~ 9:00am – 6:00pm.
Friday & Saturday when Haunted Maize is open  ~ 9:00am – 10:00pm.
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Shop in the Produce Market while the Haunted Maize is open too!
Stop in The Pumpkin Patch Produce Market and load up on farm fresh produce before the season comes to an end! You will find plenty of:
Winter squash, apples, supersweet corn, pears, potatoes, cabbage, peppers, beets, cider, and fall decor…including: cornstalks, gourds, mini-pumpkins, straw bales, Indian corn, and carving kits.


In need of new Halloween Decorations?

Find them at The Pumpkin Cottage Gift Shop!
Home of great Fall & Halloween decor, pumpkin treats and gifts!
Open Daily ~ 10am – 6pm.


The Pumpkin Patch
Located on Sauvie Island

16511 NW Gillihan Rd
Portland, Oregon 97231
503-621-3874. The Pumpkin Patch.
503-621-7110. The Maize.

USF alumnus and NASA Engineer to kick off World Space Week at MOSI

Richard Johanboeke, NASA Engineer, will visit MOSI on Oct. 3 as the museum launches the 2014 World Space Week festivities. More than 600 Bay area students will get the opportunity to ask questions, as well as learn about NASA projects such as robotic off-world mining, telescopes and the future of NASA. Following the speaker, join MOSI in Curiosity Park from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to gaze safely at the sun with solar scopes.

To celebrate World Astronomy day on Oct. 4, MOSI will partner with WEDU/PBS to present Space Racers, the newest animated series for preschoolers children. Go on a journey with MOSI and Eagle as we tap into children’s curiosity in S.T.E.A.M. learning. Later in the evening, take part in Skywatch; see the stars, gaze at galaxies and try to find the man in the moon. Ask our astronomy experts your space questions and take advantage of our high-powered telescopes.

 Join MOSI throughout the week for space related events and activities. Enjoy daily planetarium shows in The Sanders Planetarium and Hidden Universe in the Florida Hospital IMAX DOME Theatre. Travel to the moon on a space transport to help operate a lunar colony in Mission: Moonbase and participate in emergency simulations to feel like a real astronaut. Get hands-on learning in Idea Zone, where guests can engineer rockets and learn more about off-world robotics. Finally, enjoy MOSI’s S.T.E.A.M.punks as they blast off into space-themed shows. All of these events are free with MOSI general admission and always free for MOSI members.


A University of South Florida graduate, Johanboeke began his career with the Department of Defense supporting the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force in the continental United States and overseas. He transferred from the Air Force to join NASA at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in the Human Spaceflight Office for the Space Shuttle Ground Operation Division and now is in the Construction and Environmental Support Office. He has directly supported the launch effort of Space Shuttle Flights STS – 114 through STS – 135, the Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” and the Juno mission to Jupiter.

 MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology, and is home to the only IMAX® DOME Theatre in the state of Florida. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States.  Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation; The Amazing You—a 13,000 square-foot exhibition on health and wellness; orDisasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, which combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters.  Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course, featuring 35 elements on a 12 – 36 foot high, multilevel structure, or soar 700 feet on the Sky Trail Zip Line. Budding inventors can Dream It – Make It – Do it in MOSI’s new technology playground & inventor’s studio, Idea Zone, and preschoolers can experiment with friction and collision physics in Slippery Science, a PNC Passport to Science – Grow Up Great Initiative. Additionally, MOSI recently unveiled its newest exhibition Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA, where guests can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit

Camp Discovery Fall & Winter Camps Offered at Museum of Discovery and Science

This fall and winter curious campers, ages 6 to 12, can test their super senses, learn the science plants and animals, plus engineer and build their own inventions at the Museum of Discovery and Science’s Discovery Camp.

Camps are designed to give students entire days filled with exploration and hands-on learning. 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. Students should bring two snacks, lunch and a drink. 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. 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.

Fall & Winter School’s Out Day-Camps

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. Camp includes an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure.

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. Camp includes an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure.

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. Camp includes an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure.

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. Camp includes an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure.

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. Camp includes an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure.

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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. Camp includes an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure.


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? Camp includes an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure.

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. Camp includes an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure.

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! Camp includes an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure.


5-Day Camp
Mad Scientists                                                                                                  December 29 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!!! Camp includes an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure.

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. with extended IMAX® hours on most evenings. 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 their web site at