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K’NEX: Building Thrill Rides
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Date:
November 11, 2011 to May 6, 2012
Location:
Museum of Discovery & Science
Description:
What’s the angular velocity of the Blender Ride as it spins about the center post? This is just one of many questions that will be answered in K’NEX: Building Thrill Rides, a special exhibit that will captivate visitors and provide them the opportunity to explore the science, math and technology behind hair-raising amusement park thrill rides. Display models will range from a roller coaster measuring over 10 feet tall, a 6 foot Ferris wheel, a variety of swing rides from 3-10 feet and include the new Serpent’s Spiral, a roller coaster made from K’NEX regular and micro parts and that stands over 4 feet in height. The realistic actions of the models will bring scientific and engineering concepts to life for students, who will be able to conduct simple experiments to explore physical forces such as potential and kinetic energy, and linear and rotational motion. Happily, children won’t have to leave their on-site creations behind – instead, they can purchase their designs, with pricing based on a Weigh & Pay model. The Explore Store will also have K’NEX sets on sale for aspiring young engineers and architects.
Phone:
954-467-6637
Fabulous Forties on the Avenue
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Steve Vinik
Date:
December 9, 2011 to November 15, 2012
Description:
Fabulous Forties on the Avenue Exhibit is a tribute to the accomplishments and business achievements of the African-American community in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during the late 1940s. In celebration of the Fort Lauderdale Centennial and Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center’s upcoming 10th year anniversary, the library pays a historic tribute to Fort Lauderdale in our museum gallery with an iconic stretch of road that was the commerce hub of the community, namely Northwest 5th Avenue in the late 1940’s. This year-long exhibit will include the latest in mobile applications technology, allowing both young and old to access the historical materials through a series of interactive kiosks. These kiosks will allow visitors to create a fun video of their gallery experience and download the video to their email, Facebook or other social media outlets.
Phone:
954-357-5950
Cost:
FREE
Primordial: Paintings and Sculpture by Isabel De Obaldía, 1985 – 2011
Date:
April 1, 2012 to May 31, 2012
Address:
United States
Description:
Demons, beasts, gods and ghosts are the subjects of this mid-century career retrospective of the work of Panamanian-based artist Isabel De Obaldía. The exhibition’s nearly one hundred works include approximately twenty paintings and drawings by the artist along with about eighty of her sculptures in glass.
Fort Lauderdale’s FEC Passenger Station Exhibit
Date:
April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013
Location:
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Address:
United States
Description:
This new exhibition allows guests to take a quick look at Florida East Coast passenger service in Fort Lauderdale and investigates the importance of the passenger station to the growth of the town. For most of its inhabited history, the New River has been difficult to access. Tropical foliage and the Everglades made traveling south over land slow and tedious. When the first Florida East Coast train arrived at the north bank of the New River in 1896, Fort Lauderdale finally had a reliable, efficient connection to the rest of the country. For nearly 50 years, Fort Lauderdale’s FEC Passenger Station – once situated directly across from the New River Inn – welcomed tens of thousands of people to Fort Lauderdale.
King-Cromartie House
Date:
May 1, 2012 to July 31, 2012
Location:
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Address:
United States
Description:
Docent-led tours of the 1907 King-Cromartie House are available with paid admission to the History Center. The house is furnished as it might have looked in 1915 and provides a fascinating look at “pioneer life” in early Fort Lauderdale. An exhibit gallery on the first floor of the King-Cromartie House teaches visitors the history of the King family as well as the Junior League’s crucial role in saving this building from destruction in the early 1970s. The exhibit includes interactive question-and-answer components. It also displays photographs of the house as it was barged up the New River to its current location.
Guided Tours of the Historic Stranahan House Museum
Date:
May 1, 2012 1:00 pm to May 31, 2012 4:00 pm
Address:
United States
Description:
Learn about Fort Lauderdale's founding through a visit to this enchanting beautifully preserved home. Learn about the birth of this community through the lives of two extraordinary people and the homestead they created, which to this day serves as an enduring legacy for historic preservation. No reservations required. Three 1-hour tours per day beginning at 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM.
Suntrust Sunday Jazz Brunch
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Date:
May 6, 2012 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location:
Broward Center
Address:
United States
Description:
The first Sunday of the month, Riverwalk becomes a soulful hot spot, which thrives with the sound of jazz music. Downtown Fort Lauderdale patrons and visitors can dance or relax to live performances and enjoy the scenic views. The Sunday Jazz Brunch offers a free day of concerts, unique vendors and local delicacies along the stunning New River. Everyone is invited to celebrate the culture, including well-behaved, leashed pets. Guests can bring chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to enjoy a full day along the New River.
Phone:
954-462-0222
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Children, Food
Clifford the Big Red Dog
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Date:
May 6, 2012 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Location:
Parker Playhouse
Address:
United States
Description:
For almost 50 years, Clifford the Big Red Dog and friends have charmed, amazed and entertained children around the world. Now, the whole family will delight in this brand new show as Clifford and friends – Emily Elizabeth, Cleo and T-Bone – embark on even more adventures on Birdwell Island in this delightful family musical that celebrates the timeless values of Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Believe In Yourself, Be A Good Friend and Help Others. Enjoy new stories, songs and dance routines in this exciting musical that gives you even more reasons to love Clifford! The Family Fun experience begins pre-show with free arts and crafts activities provided by Young At Art Children's Museum and face painting by Curly Sue and friends. After the show, the entire family can enjoy complementary snacks from Whole Foods Market.
Phone:
954-462-0222
Historic Walk Tour
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Date:
May 6, 2012 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Location:
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Address:
United States
Description:
Hear stories about Old Fort Lauderdale and the early Pioneers, learn about Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railroad and visit some of the oldest buildings in the city.  Tours begin at 2:30 pm in the lobby area of the New River Inn, one of the first hotels built in Fort Lauderdale. Tours take place on the first Sunday of the month through May immediately following the Sunday Jazz Brunch. Tours are open to the public and free of charge, but donations to the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society are greatly appreciated. Historian Jim Sweeney will be leading the tours. For more information contact Ellen Ferrelli at 954.463.4431 (ext. 12) or education@fortlauderdalehistorycenter.org.
River Ghost Tours
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Date:
May 6, 2012 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location:
Stranahan House
Address:
United States
Description:
Historic Stranahan House Museum and Water Taxi offer an hour-long tour that includes a visit inside Stranahan House and a boat ride on the New River. You will be fascinated by the tales of spirits. Come along! Reservations needed. Tours every Sunday night at 7:30 pm. Cost is $25 per person and reservations are a must. Call 954-524-4736.
Phone:
954-524-4736
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Boats