Summer vacation mode is on at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. Starting this month, guests of all ages can escape to indoor and outdoor summer entertainment that keeps the family learning and engaged.
Starting May 14, peer into the future with the “Science Fiction, Science Future” exhibit, where guests will develop a deeper understanding of how science fiction ideas and concepts might become the science reality of tomorrow. Try hands-on and full-body experiences with robots, invisibility, mind control, holograms, and augmented reality, which bring the exhibit’s innovations and inventions to life. The exhibit will be open until September 24.
On May 20, the Cox Science Center and Aquarium will once again host the eighth annual Palm Beach Mini Maker Faire, dubbed the “greatest show-and-tell on Earth. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., engineers, artists, scientists, and crafters will come together for a day celebrating invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Stroll around to find vendors that make handcrafted soap, robotic controlled cars, or 3D printed pottery with nearby food trucks including Gimme Grillin, Cool and Creamy Ice Cream, and Tacos Veracruz.
Dive into the world of corals during the center’s colorful Coral Carnaval conservation event June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted in partnership with The Reef Institute, guests will view presentations from coral experts, get hands-on with coral-themed crafts, and enjoy various vendors, food trucks, and live music. A schedule of shows will also be offered in the planetarium, including Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef, Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, and Dynamic Earth.
Show some local love on Hometown Hero Appreciation Day June 17. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., veterans, active-duty military, first responders, and Gold Star Families, with up to four guests, will receive free admission at the center an hour before doors open to the general public. The day will feature special activities such as military vehicle demonstrations, meet-and-greets with local armed forces, live science demonstrations, and military ceremonies. To redeem tickets, register online and kindly bring your military or employee ID.
Member admission for children ages three to 12 is free and $13.95 for adults. General admission for adults is $16.95-$20.95. For more information, click here.