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School Is Out & Fun Is In: At The Museum Of Discovery And Science This Summer

July 11, 2024

Enjoy the New Survival of the Slowest Traveling Exhibit, Get Busy with Camp STEAMology, Learn about a Two-Toed Sloth and more! Families this summer can soar to new heights with To Fly: Aviation Weekends, meet-and-greet with the two-toed sloth of the Survival of the Slowest exhibit and get busy with a variety of fascinating and educational Camp STEAMology programs and more!

Prepare for take-off! From gliders and airships to drones and spacecrafts, humans have developed many ways to experience the power of flight. Where can we go from here? Come to MODS to discover flight technology and test your engineering skills during To Fly: Aviation Weekends on Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Sundays, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Kids can tinker with avionics and test piloting skills, use drones to accomplish various missions and learn about animals that take flight, such as insects and birds, to discover how these creatures adapt to different environments. Careers in aviation such as aerospace engineering, navigation and mechanics will be explored. Young navigators (ages 0-6) can experience the magic of flight by creating a biplane, rocket or parachute and learn how different objects glide through the air. Themed IMAX® films on the Certified Giant Screen® include Wings Over Water, Flight of the Butterflies, Cities of the Future and more. To Fly: Aviation Weekends are sponsored by Banyan Air, JetBlue and the JetBlue Grants Foundation.

“MODS is a great place to beat the summer heat while keeping minds active and engaged,” said Joseph P. Cox, President and CEO of MODS. “Whether it is learning about how slow attributes can give some animals an evolutionary edge, the intricacies of flight or immersive, curated STEM-based camp programs, we offer exciting experiences for the whole family.”

Sometimes being slow, small or weak can have its advantages in Survival of the Slowest, MODS’ newest summer traveling exhibit presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Guests meet the often-overlooked species that evolved to slow down as part of their survival strategy in a world where large, strong and fast animals are often at the top of the food chain. The exhibit features 14 habitats with live animals (17 species) and plants. Guests get an up-close look at wildlife with daily presentations featuring a sloth, a tarantula, tortoises, a hedgehog, a blue-tongued skink and more! Educational talks are offered for guests Wednesdays through Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. The exhibit is produced by Little Ray’s Nature Exhibitions in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature and runs through September 5th, 2024.

Attention all sloth lovers! Join us for a VIP experience at the Sloth Meet-and-Greet on July 27th, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. This event gives guests exclusive early-morning access to the Museum and includes a meet-and-greet with JJ, the two-toed sloth, Museum admission, breakfast, an IMAX® documentary film and insight into the vital importance of rainforest conservation. The cost is $65 for members, $75 for non-members and pre-registration is required. (NOTE: The sloth will be held exclusively by the Life Sciences staff.) To register, visit:

When school is out, MODS’ Camp STEAMology is in! Children ages 5 – 10 will have a blast exploring a variety of one, three and five-day camps.

July 8th – July 12th; Campers will prepare to become a Jedi Knight by learning the ways of the force on Earth. Electrify a lightsaber, create a TIE fighter and more during Camp STEAMology: Padawan Academy!

July 15th – July 19th; Experience water-based STEM activities, create floating LEGO® cities, observe changing water densities and analyze soil compositions during Camp STEAMology: STEM: Waterplay!

July 22nd – July 26th; Take a bite out of summer during Camp STEAMology: Shark Mania! Campers will investigate the biodiversity and chemistry of our oceans and learn about sharks from their prehistoric origins through today.

July 29th – August 2nd; Explore an outdoor, living classroom and gain hands-on experience in regenerative gardening in MODS’ Food Forest, featuring more than 50 species of tropical fruit trees and medicinal plants. Guests will also discover how to grow their own backyard edible landscape during Camp STEAMology: Food Forest!

For more information about Camp STEAMology pricing and multi-child discounts, visit:

For more information about MODS’ July programs and special events, visit:

The Museum of Discovery and Science
Founded in 1976 as the Discovery Center, today the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) is at the forefront of science education, innovation and exploration. MODS connects people to inspiring science, providing STEM education and cultural experiences for 450,000+ visitors annually in the 150,000 sq. ft. facility. MODS is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) for three decades (only 3% of science museums are accredited for excellence and leadership in the field). In the past year, MODS has added to that distinction by being named Broward’s Hub for Resilience Education by the Board of the Community Foundation of Broward, selected by the LEGO Foundation as one of only 15 museums nationwide to join the Playful Learning Museum Network and awarded the prestigious 2023 IMLS National Medal for Museum Service.

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: - Or call: (954) 467-MODS. (954) 467-6637.

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