Science is Abundant in South Florida This Fall!

Whether your family heads north or south on I-95 this season, science will be awaiting you!

Both the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (SFSCA) in West Palm Beach and Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) in Fort Lauderdale are boasting some amazing new traveling exhibits. We are lucky to be sandwiched right in between these educational meccas in Boca Raton. And, there’s truly an exhibit for everyone this fall—whether your kids are into superheroes, turtles or Florida’s very own bloodsucker, the mosquito.

Hall of Heroes at SFSCA

Iron Man at “Hall of Heroes”

First up, some SUPER science! Superheroes are strengthening young minds at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium with their Blockbuster exhibit, “Hall of Heroes.” Running through April 19, 2020, this exhibit will celebrate and explore the history and science behind America’s fascination with favorite characters as well as their impact on popular culture throughout the 20th century and beyond.

In fact, most of Palm Beach is feeling heroic. The original Batmobile from the 1969 TV show—the first one to fly—will be welcoming travelers at the Palm Beach International Airport while stars like Iron Man and Wonder Woman will greet Science Center visitors.

Guests will discover their own superpowers through tests of grip strength, agility, coordination and the powers of the mind. You and your family will be sorted into one of the four disciplines that are the basis for all superpowers. Powers of the Body analyzes strength, sight, flight and speed. Powers of Mastery explores tactical analysis. The Gadgets section will show how modern scientists and inventors are developing specialized tools. The Elements deals with the manipulation of water, electricity, earth and fire. Be right back…I’m grabbing our family superhero costumes!

4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach; 561/832-1988; sfsciencecenter.org

Turtle Travels and Attack of the Blood Suckers at MODS

At MODS, two new traveling exhibits, “Turtle Travels” and “Attack of the Blood Suckers!” just opened featuring some of our favorite endangered sea creatures and those pesky parasites that bug us here in South Florida year round.

Turtle Travels is a hands-on exhibit that allows visitors of all ages to discover fascinating facts about what it’s like to be a turtle — how turtle bodies adapt themselves to many different habitats, why turtles need shells, the kinds of hazards they encounter in the wild and why turtles have been important to many different cultures.

Attack of the Bloodsuckers! is a kid-friendly exhibit that explores the science of the what, why, when and how of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites. This interactive experience (kind of perfect with Halloween coming up) is an opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of blood-feeding parasites, learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem and how to keep them out of your system.

Open through Sunday, January 5, 2020, my family and I are itching to check both of these exhibits out!

401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954/467-6637; mods.org