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Sound, lights, dinosaurs are focus of new South Florida museum exhibits

Jennifer Jhon
Contact ReporterSouth Florida Parenting

Several children’s exhibits have left South Florida recently — including “Power of Poison” at the Frost Science Museum and “Rescue!” at the Museum of Discovery and Science.

Fortunately for South Florida residents and visitors, new exhibits are moving in to fill the gap for families, and the “Travel Adventure” exhibit, featuring Lego bricks, continues at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium through Sept. 23.

The new exhibitions in the tri-county area include the following:

Eureka! The Science of Archimedes

Opening Sept. 22. The Science of Archimedes, a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, highlights both science and history through the inventions and scientific discoveries of Archimedes, a scientist who lived more than 2,000 years ago. Visitors will learn about machines, shapes and mathematics and solve puzzles in four areas: Machines of the Ancient World; Energy Machines; The Power of Shapes; and Archimedes' Legacy – the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $13-$16. 954-467-6637, mods.org

Noise!

Opening Sept. 28. Noise!, a traveling exhibit from ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum in Ashland, Ore., features exhibits on sound, music and hearing. Try the “can you hear me now” Scream Chamber and the good vibrations of the Dancing Sand Plates, which take a playful look at the physics of sound waves and explore how music and sound affects our mood. The exhibit opens with a sneak peek Friday, Sept. 28, from 7-9 p.m. Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person. 561-347-3912, ScienceExplorium.org

Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence

Opening Oct. 6. Ever wonder why some organisms flash, blink or glow? Explore the science behind living things that generate light in an exhibit through April 21 at the Frost Science Museum in the Hsiao Family Special Exhibition Gallery. Learn about the biology behind flickering fireflies, bioluminescent mushrooms and the fantastic creatures that illuminate the dark ocean depths. Discover the variety of ways light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Admission is $17-$29. 305-434-9600, frostscience.org

Dinosaur Invasion

Opening Oct. 13. The blockbuster exhibit “Dinosaur Invasion” will roar to life through advanced animatronics, fossils and authentic casts at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium through April 21. More than a dozen dinosaurs will move in, including life-size recreations of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptors, in an immersive indoor and outdoor exhibit. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. Admission is $12.95-$16.95. 561-832-1988, sfsciencecenter.org

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