These South Florida Science Center Events Are Sure To Keep Your Kids Learning All Summer Long
A science-filled summer is in store for Palm Beach County families and kids of all ages, thanks to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.
With a number of planned events at the West Palm Beach and Jupiter campuses, the Science Center is determined to keep kids learning, even during their break from school. These summer events will teach kids about healthy living, environmental conservation, gardening, animal anatomy, minerals, marine life and more.
Some of the activities we're most excited about are GEM Club (Girls Excelling in Math and Science)—geared toward young girls who are interested in the world of math, science, engineering and technology—and a Ladies Night Out for Palm Beach County moms, who will be treated to cocktails, demonstrations about the science behind high heels, and more.
Here's a schedule of all the events going on this summer:
STEM Studio Parents Night Out In Downtown Abacoa
We know parents work hard to keep their kids entertained during the summer break. Luckily, the South Florida Science Center has planned a fun-filled night for the kids, giving mom and dad the chance to relax and have a night on the town. Parents can drop off their kids for a night of hands-on science experiments, a tour of the center, a planetarium show and pizza. The event takes place the same night as the Downtown Abacoa Food Truck Invasion, so parents can enjoy themselves while the kids learn and play.
July 8, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; STEM Studio, Jupiter; $30 (children ages 5-12)
E4 Life: Green, Health & Wellness Expo
Teach your children the healthy way to live at this event for the whole family. Guests will learn about living a healthy lifestyle through vendor exhibits, demonstrations and tastings. Activities for the whole family will include gardening, information on carbon footprint reduction and energy efficiency, and healthy food preparation demonstrations.
July 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach; $15 (adults), $11 (children ages 3-12), $13 (seniors ages 60 and up)
GEMS Club: "Mysteries of the Night"
Girls who are interested in excelling in areas of math, science and engineering are invited to participate in GEMS Club. July’s theme is “Mysteries of the Night,” and the girls will learn about bat biology and conservation. They’ll also get hands-on experience with one of these misunderstood animals. Dinner and refreshments will be provided.
July 26, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach; $5 (girls grades 3-8)
Nights at the Museum: “Superhero Science”
Kids and their families can enjoy the museum's “Superhero Science” theme night, with interactive science crafts, exhibits, and a viewing of the night sky in Palm Beach County’s only public observatory. Activities will include a bird dissection lab, demons on invisible ink and exciting electrons, DNA structure activities and more.
July 29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach; $12 (adults), $10 (seniors), $8 (children ages 3-12), free (children under 3)
STEM Studio Parents Night Out in Downtown Abacoa
Enjoy a night on the town—and leave the kids in good hands. Children ages 5-12 will be treated to a pizza dinner, a full dome planetarium show, an interactive minerals lab, and chocolate chip cookie excavations. (Psst, if you're looking for something to do, the Downtown Abacoa Food Truck invasion takes place that night.)
Aug. 12, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; STEM Studio. Jupiter; $30 (children ages 5-12)
Ladies Night Out
Who says kids are the only ones that get to have a fun-filled summer? We know how hard moms work to keep the family entertained during the summer break, and now the Science Center has created an event specifically for them. Moms can kick back and enjoy an evening of cocktail concoctions, UV nail polish labs, high heel science demonstrations, food and wine samples, giveaways and more.
Aug. 19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach; $7 (in advance), $10 (at the door)
A special day is in store for the little ones (5 and under) and their parents. With age-appropriate science crafts, storytelling, fire truck exploration and more, your toddler will be entertained for hours on end. Food will also be available for purchase from the Wholesome Tummies Cafe.
Aug. 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach; $7 (adults); free (children and Science Center members)
Nights at the Museum: “Gems Rock!”
Bring the entire family to enjoy August’s installment of “Nights at the Museum.” The theme “Gems Rock!” will include activities like a rock candy lab, mining for treasures and the “Cosmic Collisions” planetarium show.
Aug. 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach; $12 (adults), $10 (seniors), $8 (children ages 3-12), free (children under 3)
GEMS Club: "Marvelous Minerals"
Girls with a bright future in math, science, or engineering will love to attend the August installment of GEMS Club. The theme will be “Marvelous Minerals,” and girls in grades 3 through 8 can expect to hear a special presentation from a female in the industry and participate in precious stone jewelry-making. Dinner and refreshments will be provided.
Aug. 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach; $5 (girls grades 3-8)
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