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Let It Snow: At The Museum of Discovery & Science's Winter Wonderland

December 7, 2023

Winter is almost here and the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) aims to spark imaginations with the coolest kids’ science and technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities in South Florida. During December, families can cozy up in style with Kids Adventures After Dark: Winter Wonder Night at the Museum, a North Pole Pajama Party, a four-day STEAMology Camp, Winter Wonderlabs and more. Then, on December 31, join MODS for a POMP, SNOW & CIRQUEumstance! special performance and meet and greet followed by a special Noon Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Party.

“Winter is one of our favorite creative programming times of the year,” said Joseph P. Cox, President and CEO of MODS. “We invite residents and visitors to embrace the seasonal spirit and let it snow by immersing themselves in our winter wonderland filled with imaginative STEM-based adventures for the whole family.”

Snow, sleet and ice take over MODS Winter Wonderlab Science Weekends in December on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Sundays, from 12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m. Experience the weather ingredients that make crazy winter storms. Explore how water changes states from gas to liquid to ice. Find out why the Florida climate is drastically different from many other places around the world. Practice your aim with Science Park “snowball” target shooting and experience a liquid nitrogen show. Meet the MODS animals that don’t have to hibernate like many others do to survive the cold winter temperatures. Explore careers in technology, environmental science and more! Young explorers (ages 0-6) will observe how snowstorms can appear in a jar, experience misty bubbles, create snowball paintings and winter magic watercolors. Watch an IMAX film on the GIANT Screen: Deep Sky, Arctic: Our Frozen Planet, Dinosaurs of Antarctica, Ireland and more!

The North Pole Pajama Party, South Florida’s favorite winter family tradition, returns to MODS on Saturdays, December 9th and December 16th, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.! Comfy patterned pajamas and elf costumes are encouraged for this festive event! Enjoy a holiday science show, test your aim at our tropical “snowball” throwing station, make-and-take your own snow globe and build your own snowman. Admission includes an invitation to see The Polar Express in the AutoNation® IMAX® Theater. The film will start at 10:00 a.m. Activity highlights include penning a letter to Santa, popping bubbles in our bubble zone, viewing a snowy liquid nitrogen show and enjoying marshmallows frozen in liquid nitrogen swimming in hot chocolate! Early Learners (ages 0-6) can hunker down for holiday story time! Admission is $30 per person (adult or child) for members; $40 per person (adult or child) for non-members. Price includes all activities, Museum exploration, the IMAX film and a commemorative bell. To register, visit: www.mods.org/polarpajamaparty

Wondering what else to do over winter break? School is out but Camp STEAMology is in! Children ages 5 – 10 can travel “Around the World in December” from December 26th – December 29th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. In this four-day program, campers will learn about the different continents of the world diving into the science of Zoology, Migration and Behavioral Patterns, weather models and more. They’ll even engineer a Coral Nursery that is resilient to weather fluctuations. Children will explore different cultures around the world and create an art piece with diverse cultural influences. Presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, STEAMology camp admission is $240 per child for MODS members and $280 per child for non-members. Aftercare tuition is $45 per child. Registration is required at: www.mods.org/camp

On December 31st, the Museum is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., experience an exciting and magical holiday time with POMP, SNOW & CIRQUEumstance! Adapted from the Award-Winning Book and Telly Award-Winning Holiday Film, POMP, SNOW & CIRQUEumstance! takes audiences on an exhilarating journey alongside three best friends who master music, magic and circus skills for the holiday season at a secret university before sharing their talents with the world. Then, dance in the New Year at our Noon Year’s Eve ball drop! Included with Museum admission and sponsored by Dunkin.’

“Sleigh” the Season with Cool Gifting!

Looking for the perfect year-round gift? MODS is offering a scientastic holiday membership sale. Family memberships are $20 off until December 25th with Code: modsfriday23. Membership levels with full benefits can be viewed at: www.mods.org/member

MODS will be open during normal operating hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Museum celebrates diversity and welcomes visitors from all walks of life. The Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. MODS is located downtown at 401 Southwest Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, please visit: www.mods.org - Or call: (954) 467-MODS: (954) 457-6637.

For more information about MODS’ December programs and special events, please visit: www.mods.org

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