New School New Year’s Options in the Southend

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Want to ring in the New Year without staying up until midnight for festivities? Two Southend spots have got the hot tickets for family-friendly 2016 swan song shindigs before the sun goes down.

This year, join the fun at the South Florida Science Center or the Palm Beach Zoo to celebrate Noon Year’s Eve.

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Celebrate with your furry, feathered, and scaly friends!The Noisy Neighbors DJ Dance Party starts at 11am in the Fountain Plaza and includes free face-painting and crafts. At noon, all the revelers will ring in the New Year with an apple juice toast and the Zoo’s unique alligator drop. This year, the paper-mache alligator is painted white to honor Mardi and his new home in the Florida Wetlands section of the Zoo.

Make it a resolution not to miss these events!

Tee It Up at the South Florida Science Center’s Conservation Cup

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Hit the links for a good cause. Revenue raised from this annual golf tournament supports the Center’s Conservation Course, an 18-hole miniature golf course designed courtesy of Jim Fazio and Gary Nicklaus. Each hole is named and associated with a plant or animal species indigenous to the State of Florida, especially our nearby Everglades habitat.

Here are the details:

Conservation Cup Better Ball Tournament
Monday, October 24th, 2016
Mayacoo Lakes Country Club

Player information:
$500 Per Two Person Team
$1000 Per Foursome

Event Schedule:
10:30am Registration and Welcome Lunch
11:30am Putting Contest
11:45am Rules Review
12:00pm Shotgun Start
5:30pm Cocktail Party & Awards Presentation

Click here to register as a 2-some
Click here to register as a 4-some

Go Green This Saturday

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Looking for a family-friendly (and eco-friendly) activity this weekend? Check out the e4 Life Green Health & Wellness Expo at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium this Saturday, July 23 from 10A-4P.

It’s an opportunity for the community to learn more about healthy living, sustainable initiatives and environmental conservation.

In partnership with the West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Expo features fun and educational activities for the entire family – all promoting a healthy lifestyle though vendor exhibits, demonstrations, give-a-ways, tastings and much more.

Activities include healthy food preparation demonstrations, gardening workshops, information about carbon footprint reduction, energy efficiency, transportation, environmentally preferable purchasing and other sustainable/conservation subjects. Representatives from the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society will be there to discuss their on-site conservation programs.

RGF Environmental will also be on-site at the e4 Life Expo with the “LamborGreenie”. Don’t miss your chance to take a picture with this extremely rare, eco-friendly electric car that’s based on the famous Lamborghini Diablo.

FREE Planetarium Shows during the event
“Life of Trees” @ 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm
“The Earth and Me” @ 12pm, 2pm & 4pm

Ticket price is included with general paid admission to the Science Center and free for Science Center members.

For more information, call (561) 832-1988.

 

Run and Fun In the Southend This Saturday

It’s a Saturday filled with activity and adventure in the Southend this weekend.

Pound your protein smoothie and throw on your running shoes for the Stacey Konwiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5K  at the Palm Beach Zoo. This year’s race is all the more special as it pays tribute to the life of the Zoo’s beloved Lead Keeper and her love of all cats…especially tigers.

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In honor of Stacey, Team AC-27, named after her radio call sign and comprised of several zookeepers and other staff, will also be running and walking in the race. Team AC-27’s ‘virtual team’ is now comprised of 120 people across 17 states! There will also be a ‘Remembrance Table’ in the fountain area where attendees can leave notes of encouragement for Stacey and her loved ones.

You’ll run or walk through the beautiful paths of Dreher Park and finish the race inside the Palm Beach Zoo passing the Tiger River habitat where 2 of the Zoo’s 4 Malayan tigers reside. You’ll also run past wallabies, Fennec foxes, New Guinea singing dogs, ocelots, and siamang gibbons on your way to the finish line at the fountain plaza.

Your registration includes admission to the Zoo for the day and discount coupons for friends and family to see you finish and explore the Zoo for the day. And, for the first time ever, every runner/walker registered will receive a shirt. (Note: The first 650 registered will be able to pick up their shirt at a packet pickup location or at race day check-in. Everyone from #651 on will get their shirt after race day.)

The Malayan tiger is the most endangered of the 5 remaining species of tigers. It’s estimated that there are fewer than 250 in the wild. The Palm Beach Zoo works closely with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), supporting species and habitat research and protection at Endau-Rompin National Park in Malaysia. A portion of each participant’s race registration fee helps fund the Zoo’s involvement with WCS.

Awards will be given in the following categories:
Top 3 Overall Male & Female
Top 3 Masters Male & Female
Top 3 Male ages 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
Top 3 Female ages 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80

Ready to find your stride? It’s not too late. Registration info and prices can be found here.

Cool down and tech up by walking over to the nearby South Florida Center and Aquarium for their Palm Beach Mini Maker Fairehosted in partnership with Hacklab North Boynton.

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This Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

Bring the whole family and experience DIY robotics, Soldering Workshops, 3D Printing, Drones, Live Science Demos, Glass Blowing, Local Artists and so much more.

To find out more and RSVP, click here.

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Palm Beach Zoo
1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3035
(561) 547-9453

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South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 832-1988

 

Check Out What’s Cooking In SoSo

Looking for something to spark your child’s culinary creativity? The Junior League of the Palm Beaches is hosting their annual Kids In the Kitchen, Healthy Eating & Exercise Fair Saturday, April 23 from 10-1 at the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium. Kids will participate in  hands-on cooking demonstrations, a variety of exercise programs and interactive learning experiences at fun booths related to health, fitness and nutrition. Admission is free for ages 4-12 and their families, but reservations are required. Sign up by this Wednesday, April 13 to reserve your spot.

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Sweet Dreams at the South Florida Science Center

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Valentine’s Day may be over, but let the chocolate fountain continue to flow. Join the South Florida Science Center for their 11th Annual Science of Chocolate, this Saturday, February 20 from 11AM-5PM.

During this 6-hour event, visitors will learn the science behind how chocolate is made, the chemical properties of chocolate, as well as its potential health benefits. Activities include liquid nitrogen chocolate ice cream, frozen chocolate molds, chocolate samples, a never-ending chocolate fountain from Hoffman’s Chocolates, and chocolate-related crafts and activities.

It’s a delicious opportunity for chocolate-lovers of all ages.

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The Southend Dinosaur Invasion

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Dinosaurs have invaded the Southend! Starting November 1 and running through April 15, visitors to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium will come face to face with giant prehistoric creatures at Dinosaurs Around The World: The Exhibition.

During this one-of-a-kind adventure, guests will become globe-trotting explorers alongside 13 life-sized roaring, breathing dinosaurs. Visitors will discover the amazing diversity that existed during the Age of the Dinosaurs as they travel from the fierce plains of Africa to the once tropical beaches of Antarctica.
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Join the SF Science Center on this global adventure from the inland seas of North America to the arid deserts of Brazil, to the polar darkness of Australia. Get up to date on the latest paleontological research, discover and name your own dinosaur, determine what colors dinosaurs actually were and find modern day dinosaurs right in your own backyard.

“This is not your grandmother’s dinosaur exhibit where you just go and you imagine what the dinosaur looked like,” said Kate Arrizza, Chief Operating Officer of the science center. “There’s no imagining. These dinosaurs in this exhibit, this is what they looked like.”

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Lego Lovers Unite At The South Florida Science Center

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Calling all blockheads. If you know a Lego enthusiast between the ages of 9 and 14, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has the perfect opportunity for building on their passion. The Center is currently forming the FIRST LEGO League.

This popular program introduces students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

The Team will meet once per week from 6pm-8pm, with a complete schedule posted soon.

Space is limited and the deadline to sign up is tomorrow, August 1. Don’t miss out!

Click here to apply.

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4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 832-1988