Sesame Street Presents: The Body – Exhibit Ribbon Cutting Friday, 5/22/15 at Museum of Discovery and Science

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Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?  It’s easy! Simply visit Sesame Street Presents: The Body – at Museum of Discovery and Science from May 22 through September 7, 2015.

 Sesame Street Presents: The Body is an interactive exhibition all about you! The concept is a result of Sesame Workshop’s initiative, Healthy Habits for Life, created in response to the current childhood obesity crisis in the United States.  Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Thinkwell Design & Production of Burbank, CA created this interactive experience that is locally sponsored by PNC Bank.  Sesame Street Presents: The Body teaches families about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially at an early age.

“PNC has a long-withstanding relationship with Sesame Street™ and we believe in the power of entertaining and engaging programs like this exhibit to develop the next generation of healthy and fit young people,” said PNC Bank Regional President Cressman Bronson, speaking on behalf of the PNC Foundation. “By investing in Sesame Street: The Body, we’re helping children cultivate their problem-solving skills while enhancing their physical endurance and learning how healthy choices impact their bodies. This exhibit not only reinforces the significant commitment we’re making in the future of children of this region, but we’re teaching them about the importance of staying active, while having fun.”

Sesame Workshop launched the Healthy Habits for Life initiative in May 2004, on Capitol Hill, to harness the power of Sesame Street to guide children and their caregivers through lessons related to healthy eating, the importance of physical activity, and other healthy habits such as hygiene and rest.  Featuring a coalition of partners and an advisory board of health, nutrition, fitness and education experts, the program was created to develop and distribute multiple-media, age-appropriate content.

Sesame Street Presents: The Body offers an engaging, free-flowing learning experience set in the fun, familiar and reassuring world of Sesame Street.  The loveable Sesame Street Muppets anchor an exciting collection of hands-on, interactive multimedia experiences that allow children to explore the human body and how to keep it healthy.  Each exhibit area has multiple activities to provide age-appropriate and exciting learning opportunities for children at a variety of developmental levels.  The exhibition emphasizes scientific investigation and developmental and curriculum-based learning goals for children ranging from two to eight years old.  These learning goals tie into the National Science Education Standards, the Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life Curriculum.

“Each component of Sesame Street Presents: The Body is geared toward children’s natural excitement about learning,” added Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Vice President, Education and Research, Sesame Workshop. “We believe that children learn best through active participation and self-discovery. The interactive exhibit features a wide range of opportunities for children to observe, investigate, experiment and talk about what they are learning with their parent or caregiver. Thinkwell has done a superb job of incorporating our content and characters with their design.”

Sesame Street Presents: The Body is an amazing educational attraction,” says Joe Zenas, Principal of Thinkwell Design and Production.  “It is a hands-on, interactive learning experience that uses Sesame Street and its incredible cast of characters to deliver real science and education in wildly kinetic, imaginative and unforgettable ways.”

This exhibit covers everything from fingers and toes to ishy, squishy insides!

Your Outsides — Identify parts of the body, learn what they do, and discover new ways to use them.

Get playful pointers in Your Wonderful Hands with puzzles, sign language games,
shadow puppets, and more

  • Learn what happens when a body starts moving in Your Legs and Feet
  • Join Bert and Ernie playing the Your Amazing Body interactive video game and try to correctly identify parts of the body

Your Insides — Uncover facts about the skeleton, muscles, and organs

  • Play the huge Count’s Organ Organ to learn about internal organs and what they do
  • Follow food on its journey through the body in Digestion with Oscar
  • Pull the lever on Oscar’s Sneeze Machine and unleash a giant sneeze

Staying Healthy — Learn good daily habits for staying well

  • Scan groceries in Mr. Hooper’s Store to learn about a variety of healthful foods
  • Get moving at Rosita’s Locomotion and discover how exercising puts the heart and other muscles to work
  • Toddlers can visit Baby Bear’s Mini Mart and stock up on colorful foods to enjoy any time
  • Have good clean fun playing the silly video game, Rub-A-Dub Tub, with Ernie and Bert

There is an online component that allows children and their adult caregivers to further explore and learn about the subject at hand. The Web site, www.sesamestreetpresents.org, is designed so that children and adult caregivers can explore the exhibit prior to their visit and caregivers can download guides and educational material.

Sesame Street Presents: The Body will be at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale for a limited time, May 22 through September 7, 2015. For information about tickets, group rates and specials visit www.mods.org

Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration is May 9 & May 10 at Museum of Discovery and Science

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May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month — a national celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

On May 9 and 10, 2015, the Museum of Discovery and Science is hosting its third annual Asian-Pacific American Heritage Celebration and is inviting visitors to come explore the culture, traditions and history of these countries and their people. Special presentations and demonstrations will take you on a journey to the Pacific islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa and Asian countries including Japan, Philippines, and China. There will also be special showings of the underwater IMAX® film: Humpback Whales 3D.

The event is free with museum exhibits admission.  For more information, visitors should call our reservations department at 954-713-0930954-713-0930.

POLYNESIA

Enjoy Polynesian dance shows and crafts and activities presented by Polynesian Proud Productions.  Activities include:

  • Polynesian dance performances
  • Samoan fire knife dance
  • Tahitian drum performance
  • Polynesian fashion show
  • Hula lessons
  • Tahitian drum and ukulele lessons
  • Drum carving demonstrations
  • Poi tasting
  • Hawaiian name translation
  • Hawaiian lei making
  • Surf lessons with Hawaiian surfing legend Kali “da Big Kahuna” Montero
  • Polynesian costume dress-up
  • Photo-op with dancers
  • New Zealand Moko (warrior face paint)
  • South Pacific ocean conservation efforts presented by Surfrider Foundation

ASIA

Learn about Asian cultural traditions from our South Florida Asian community partners!  Activities include:

  • Japanese Taiko drum performances by Ronin Taiko
  • Kimono” Hiro Asai: Fashion Show (Sunday May 10 only)
  • “Flower” Mieko Kubota “Ikebana” (Sunday May 10 only)
  • Bonsai Club with Vlad (Sunday May 10 only)

Special Community Partners Include:

  • Polynesian Proud Productions
  • “Association of Performing Arts of India
  • Maria Keefer Origami
  • Philippine American Cultural Foundation of Florida
  • Lanikila Iki Outrigger Club
  • Big Kahuna Surf School
  • Philippine American Federation
  • Florida Aikikai (tentative leave per Mike)

 

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.MODS954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at www.mods.org

4 Great Attractions -1 Low Price. Summer Savings Pass on sale May 18, 2015 at Museum of Discovery and Science

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Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, Museum of Discovery and Science and Zoo Miami will be offering a ‘Summer Savings Pass’ for the sixth year in a row.  The Summer Savings Pass will give pass holders unlimited admission to all four attractions throughout the summer!   4 attractions…4 months of fun…1 low price.

The Summer Savings Pass will be available for purchase at each of the participating parks beginning on May 18, 2015 and will be valid for admission to each of the attractions until September 30, 2015. Museum of Discovery and Science, Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, and Zoo Miami will also have the passes for sale online at their respective websites: http://www.mods.org www.LionCountrySafari.com, www.miamiseaquarium.com, http://www.mods.org and www.zoomiami.org. In addition, Museum of Discovery and Science will have the passes available by phone at (954) 713-0930(954) 713-0930.

At $56 plus tax, per adult and $46 plus tax, per child (ages 3-12), this pass grants unlimited admission through September 30, 2015 at Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, Museum of Discovery and Science and Zoo Miami. Annual Pass holders of these attractions will be eligible to purchase this pass for only $31 plus tax, per adult, and $21 plus tax, per child. For more information on the Summer Savings Pass visit www.summersavingspass.com

Lion Country Safari
Lion Country Safari, located in West Palm Beach, is a four-mile drive-through safari with over 900 animals roaming free within inches of your vehicle including giraffe, zebra, rhinos, lions, wildebeests and more.  Admission includes entry to Safari World Amusement Park with animal encounters (giraffe feeding, bird feeding and petting zoo) and demonstrations, free rides (Ferris wheel, kid’s train, carousel, paddle boats, water spray ground and more), games, shopping, food and thrills. We are located on Southern Boulevard (SR80) (just 15 miles west of I-95/10 miles west of the Turnpike). The park is open daily. For more information, call (561) 793-1084(561) 793-1084 or visit: www.LionCountrySafari.com

Miami Seaquarium
It’s a South Florida attraction like no other. A place where dolphins walk on water and a killer whale flies through the air; slithery moray eels lurk in coral reef caverns; giant sharks patrol their territory; sea lions delight children of all ages; endangered sea turtles and manatees find a safe haven; and gentle stingrays glide beneath your finger tips at the new Stingray Touch Pool. It’s a world-class marine-life entertainment park with eight different marine animal shows and presentations offered daily. Go on an underwater helmet diving adventure at the Seak Trek Reef Encounter! Miami Seaquarium is a place of inspiration, education – and fun! There’s no greater thrill than getting in the water with the friendly, intelligent and graceful dolphins at Dolphin Harbor. Two different dolphin interaction programs offer fun for everyone. Reservations are required.

Miami Seaquarium is located on the Rickenbacker Causeway, on the way to Key Biscayne.  The park is opened daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call (305) 361-5705(305) 361-5705 or visit www.miamiseaquarium.com

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. See exciting science demonstrations and special exhibit Sesame Street Presents the Body. 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. Whether you’re two or 82 years old, visit the Museum of Discovery and Science and enjoy a full day of family fun.

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. Add to your adventure with an IMAX® experience in the 300-seat AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater that features the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. The Museum of Discovery and Science is at 401 S.W. Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information call (954) 467-MODS (6637) or visit our web site at www.mods.org

Zoo Miami
Discover what makes Zoo Miami a unique experience for visitors of all ages.  Rated one of the top ten zoos in the U.S. by Tripadvisor.com, Zoo Miami houses more than 2,000 animals in natural habitats and provides visitors the feel of a safari. Enjoy animals like okapis, giant river otters, elephants and rhinos in large open air exhibits; a giraffe feeding station; camel rides; an Indian rhino encounter; Australian parrot feeding; meet and greets with new mascots, the Zoo Squad; tram tours; family cycles; water play areas; a monorail and large exhibits like Amazon & Beyond.

Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 street; Miami, FL 33177. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.  Parking is free. For more information, please visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400(305) 251-0400.

Museum of Discovery and Science to host GSK Science in the Summer

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GSK Science in the Summer™ program is coming to The City of Hallandale Beach’s Hepburn Center, hosted by Museum of Discovery and Science.

The GSK Science in the Summer™ program, which has been bringing free, hands-on science classes to elementary-aged students in a handful of select East Coast cities for nearly 30 years, has partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to expand the program nationally. The program is sponsored by GSK and administered by AAAS in conjunction with Association of Science-Technology Centers-member museums and science centers. The Museum of Discovery and Science is one of 12 new science centers/museums to host GSK Science in the Summer™ in 2015.

Each of the host science centers will use the GSK Science in the Summer™ chemistry curriculum. The course is targeted at students entering second through sixth grades and is led by science educators. The national GSK Science in the Summer™ program will teach students the basics of chemistry through hands-on experiments. Young scientists will learn what matter is and that it is not always the same. They will observe physical and chemical changes with fun, interactive experiments. Students also will decide if substances are acids, bases, or neutrals by using litmus and pH papers and a universal indicator.

For more information, visit http://www.scienceinthesummer.com.

AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science, technology, and engineering for the benefit of all people. For further information, please visit http://www.aaas.org/.

GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information, go to us.gsk.com, follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS, or visit our blog (www.morethanmedicine.us.gsk.com/blog/).

For more information on GSK’s global STEM education program, visit skscienceeducation.com.

For more information on Hepburn Center, visit: http://www.hallandalebeachfl.gov/index.aspx?NID=13

Summer Time Moonlight Sea Turtle Walks begin June 2 through July 9, 2015

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The Museum of Discovery and Science invites the entire family to participate in an evening of sea turtle discovery! The annual evening Turtle Walks will occur in June and July 2015.  Visitors will enjoy an entire evening of sea turtle exploration and identification while uncovering the natural history and myths of turtles. Nature permitting, participants will have a chance to watch a 300 pound Loggerhead sea turtle venture out of the ocean to lay her eggs. A female loggerhead sea turtle may travel thousands of miles to return to the beach where she hatched as a baby to lay her own eggs as an adult.

The loggerhead sea turtle is found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea and is a protected species. It spends most of its life in saltwater and estuarine habitats, with females briefly coming ashore to lay eggs. The loggerhead sea turtle has a low reproductive rate; females lay an average of four egg clutches and then become quiescent, producing no eggs for two to three years. The loggerhead has a lifespan of 30-60 years.

At 9:00 p.m., the adventure begins at the Museum of Discovery and Science with an informative hands-on session about turtles (land, fresh water and salt water) with an expanded focus on sea turtles. Guests will also meet the Museum’s Ambassador Loggerhead sea turtle who is almost one year old. Once it reaches an appropriate size it will be released in the ocean. Museum staff will provide answers to questions about nesting, threats and conservation before proceeding to the beach.

The adventure continues to Fort Lauderdale beach where Museum expert guides lead guests to the sea turtle’s nesting grounds to look for amazing sea turtles. We cannot guarantee a sea turtle will be spotted on every walk but when it does happen it is a natural wonder that no one will ever forget.

President/CEO Kim Cavendish stated, “Sea Turtle Nesting Season is upon us! To witness a sea turtle lay their hatchlings is one of nature’s great spectacles! Participants will be talking about this amazing experience for years to come.”

Guests should be prepared to walk approximately one to two miles, and provide their own transportation and snacks.  Participants must be 9 years of age or older. Advance reservations are required as space is limited.  Please call 954.713.0930954.713.0930 to make reservations.  Prices are $18 for members and $20 for non-members. To learn more about Turtle Science visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2r2HdM3yak

 2015 Turtle Walk Dates

June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 2015

July 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 2015

Hubble’s 25th Anniversary will be celebrated on April 25th & 26th at Museum of Discovery and Science and AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater

The Sharpest View Of Mars Ever Taken From Earth Was Obtained By The Recently Refurbished Nasa Hubble Space Telescope (Hst). This Stunning Portrait Was Taken With The Hst Wide Field Planetary Camera-2 (Wfpc2) On March 10, 1997, Just Before Mars Opposition, When The Red Planet Made One Of Its Closest Passes To The Earth (About 60 Million Miles Or 100 Million Km)  Source: Getty Images North America

The Sharpest View Of Mars Ever Taken From Earth Was Obtained By The Recently Refurbished Nasa Hubble Space Telescope (Hst). This Stunning Portrait Was Taken With The Hst Wide Field Planetary Camera-2 (Wfpc2) On March 10, 1997, Just Before Mars Opposition, When The Red Planet Made One Of Its Closest Passes To The Earth (About 60 Million Miles Or 100 Million Km) Source: Getty Images North America

To celebrate the prestigious 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, The Museum of Discovery and Science and AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater will be showing special presentations of Hubble 3D on the BIGGEST Screen in South Florida on the weekend of April 25 & 26, 2015. Saturday, April 25 show times: 1:55 p.m. & 4:05 p.m. Sunday, April 26 show time at 3:55 p.m.

Hubble has dazzled us with unprecedented views of the cosmos—from the splendor of our celestial neighborhood to galaxies billions of light years away. For the special anniversary weekend at the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater, located at the Museum of Discovery and Science, audiences will blast off alongside the Atlantis STS-125 crew, witness up-close some of the most challenging spacewalks ever performed, and experience virtual star travel via breath-taking, never-before-seen 3D flights through Hubble imagery. Recounting the amazing journey of the most important scientific instrument since Galileo’s original telescope, Hubble 3Dwill immerse moviegoers in the great wonders and astounding beauty of our universe.

Through the power of IMAX 3D, Hubble 3D will enable moviegoers to journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. The film will offer an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy and highlight its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves.

In addition, space aficionados are encouraged to purchase a combo ticket to participate in special Museum activities, such as the “Hubble Telescope Lab”. Guests will peer into space just like Hubble has done for 25 years as they make their  own telescopes to take home and stare off into the “Great Beyond” with.

Museum President/CEO Kim Cavendish states, “We are thrilled to observe the 25th anniversary celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope. For 25 years, this telescope has allowed viewers to roam through the galaxy. Hubble 3D provides moviegoers with a one-of-kind look at this great space marvel.”


Hubble 3D Ticket Prices
Combo Ticket (Exhibits & IMAX):
$19 Adults; $18 Seniors; $15 Children (2-12)
IMAX Only: $9 Adults; $8 Seniors; $7 Children (2-12)

Advance tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 954.713.0930954.713.0930.
Tickets may also be purchased in advance at the Museum box office.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 show times: 1:55 p.m. & 4:05 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 2015 show time: 3:55 p.m.

Museum of Discovery and Science’s Leonardo da Vinci Society presents Ocean Discovery on April 29, 2015

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The Museum of Discovery and Science’s Leonardo da Vinci Society presents: Ocean Discovery in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Museum of Discovery and Science.  Guests will enjoy cocktails, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

 The evening will begin with a welcome reception and Conservation Village at 6 p.m. followed by a presentation on Ocean Research and Ways to Conserve Our Oceans and The Species Therein at 7 p.m. by Antonio Fins, Executive Director of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The presentation will be followed by a screening of the MacGillivray Freeman film, Humpack Whales, in the Museum’s Keller Science Theater.

Antonio Fins stated, “The decisions we make, however seemingly small, can have a huge, positive impact on our blue planet”.  Conservation Village partners include Florida Fishing Academy, Shark One, Mahogany Youth – Youth, Ladies Let’s Go Fishing , Seakeepers International and  Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP).

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation provides marine science education materials and presentations to schools and community groups all around the world. Guy’s artwork and research expeditions provide the backdrop for entertaining and educational curriculum for any grade or age level. From ­fish identi­fication posters to sustainable seafood guides and from ­films documenting Guy’s research to interactive online presentations with shark researchers, the

GHOF brings the underwater world to students young and old to communities around the world.

About Antonio Fins

Antonio Fins is the executive director of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.  The foundation was created four years ago by famed marine scientist and artist Guy Harvey. The organization supports improved marine fisheries and ocean conservation. Antonio’s role is to lead advocacy, education and outreach efforts.

Prior to joining the Guy Harvey team, Antonio was the editorial page editor at the Sun Sentinel newspaper. He directed the newspaper’s editorial board and oversaw its newsprint and online editions. Antonio’s 15-year career at the Sun Sentinel began in 1997 as a senior business writer. He got his start in journalism as a correspondent for Business Week magazine. Antonio received his bachelor degree in journalism and political science from the University of Miami. He was awarded a PhD. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Photo: https://www.dropbox.com/s/c4fxfuiv9s6l2kl/antoniofins.jpg?dl=0

About Leonardo Da Vinci Society

The Leonardo da Vinci Society (LDVS) is an individual giving society established by the Museum of Discovery and Science in 1993.  It is the Museum’s prestigious group of individual donors whose involvement reflects a shared belief in the importance of science education.  The members of this special group of donors play a vital role in the life of the Museum by serving as unofficial ambassadors with the expanded knowledge gained through behind-the-scenes tours, special lectures and events. For more information contact Robyn Harper 954.713-0906 rharper@mods.net

About the Museum of Discovery and Science

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 450,000 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. Exhibit Admission prices are $14 for adults; $13 seniors; $12 children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. 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.MODS954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at www.mods.org