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Super Sunday is Planned, but What About Saturday?

The week of the Super Bowl can often leave small children feeling a bit forgotten. Too young for football parties, and most definitely not ready for the all-day hype, youngsters around Orlando have plenty of alternatives. The problem is, not many parents want to miss the Big Game. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Do something just for the kids on Saturday (or a few days leading up to Sunday) in exchange for your football day.

Orlando Science Center

If you have preschoolers, Dora the Explorer exhibit opened last Saturday at the Orlando Science Center and continues through May 25. This exhibit is on level 2 of the OSC and offers young children a chance to explore with their favorite television characters – Dora and Diego. While parents may have a party on their mind, your child can help Dora with a fiesta. Your child will learn problem-solving skills, develop math and language abilities, and gain a greater appreciation and awareness of Latin American culture. In order to be ready for the fiesta, your child will get to drive Tico’s car, build the walls of Rainbow Bridge, play drums and pretend to cook.

Orlando Science Center

“Dora & Diego — Let’s Explore” is included with regular admission. Attraction tickets to the Orlando Science Center are $19 ($13 for ages 3-11). They include access to all of the museum’s exhibits, giant-screen and 3-D educational films, one Hollywood feature-length film, and other programming. For more information, call 407-514-2000 or go to OSC.org.

A Celebration of Harry Potter

If your children are a little older, plan to attend A Celebration of Harry Potter, which takes place this weekend, Jan. 30 through Feb. 1. There will be all kinds of muggles at Universal Orlando Resort. The Wizarding event includes dueling demonstrations, behind-the-scenes discussions, question/answer sessions and autograph sessions with special guests. Characters that will be in attendace include Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Remember that Florida residents can get discounts on theme park tickets, as well as hotels on the property and nearby if they only ask and have the appropriate identification. Unfortunately the Exclusive Event Package is already sold out.

Still Need to Burn Some Energy?

Many other special events are going on this weekend. On Saturday at Mead Gardens, the Lady Track Shack 5k will be held at 7:30 a.m. This is a great event for the females in your family. A great benefit too with proceeds going to Florida Hospital.

If you enjoy fundraising events, just up the road from Mead Gardens & the OSC in Maitland is the Maitland Women’s Club. Here you can enjoy an Antiques & Collectible Show on Saturday from 8am to 3pm. Parking and admission is free.

While 171 million people are watching the Super Bowl on TV on Sunday, hopefully your children will be content to sit and watch with you after exhausting themselves with these other fun things to do in Orlando. Even if your team doesn’t win, you’ll still look like a winner to your family. Do something fun this weekend – other than enjoying the big game.

Great time to visit Orlando Science Center

lionThe Orlando Science Center is a great place to make learning fun.  For over fifty years, they have been inspiring curiosity and exploration, and it’s a great place to visit to beat the heat or afternoon thunderstorms.  They always have new events, and there are some new things to check out this weekend:

This Saturday, May 14th, OSC will be hosting “The Science of Wine”.  This event features over 130 wines from around the world, along with foods from local restaurants.  Tickets are $65 per person, and proceeds will benefit their youth educational programs.  There will be interactive workshops such as “The Super Palette, Simple Sensory Evaluation of Wine”.  This fundraising event will take place from 7-10pm, an interesting event for a good cause.

Also debuting on the 14th will be the new big-screen movie, “Animalopolis”.  And, when I say ‘big screen’, this is not your typical movie theater.  The movie will be shown in the Dr. Phillips CineDome, a 310-seat theatre with a giant, 8,000 square foot screen.  The CineDome projects films through a fisheye lens that extends the viewing experience beyond your peripheral vision for a truly unique movie experience.

The new movie, Animalopolis is an all-ages voyage into the magical world of animals.  According to their website, Animalopolis is broken up into 12 humorous segments, each featuring a different animal.  It takes a lighthearted and imaginary look at a variety of animals including cheetahs that race like a Ferrari, bears that run their own fishing school, an operatic lion, sea lions turning somersaults, and much more. For more info, visit the filmmaker’s website at: www.animalopolisfilm.com.

The film “Ultimate Wave Tahiti” will also be returning to OSC this weekend.   This movie is set on the beautiful beaches of Tahiti, and follows world surfing champion Kelly Slater as he searches for the perfect wave.  Using an expert combination of live action and animation, the film explores the hidden forces at work shaping the waves, the sources of a wave’s energy; as well as the atmospheric conditions that shape a wave’s long journey across thousands of miles of open Pacific.  The movie also features ocean wildlife, such as fish, turtles, and sharks.

There is much more to see and do while you are there, with exhibits such as ‘Your Healer Within’, ‘DinoDigs’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘KidsTown’, and more – A fun way to learn for the whole family!

New Health exhibit at the Orlando Science Center

Among the many great and educational exhibits at the Orlando Science Center is the new “Your Healer Within”. This travelling exhibit explores concepts such as the power to heal ourselves. It features 34 interactive components that focus on how we can take care of our bodies to prevent detrimental environmental factors from affecting our health. Guests are invited to take a virtual reality tour through the immune system, watch how moods impact the human body and affect the nervous system, experience firsthand the body’s remarkable self-repair system at work. Among its features are a skateboard that shows how outside factors can alter balance, and a skin display of issues associated with piercing and tattooing. There’s also a ‘virtual pond’ that creates the spiritual healing of nature by plashing water and chasing fish by hand, without getting wet. “Healer” is here for a limited time only, through May 15th, and is included with general admission.

The Orlando Science Center has spent over 50 years creating fun, interactive, educational activities the whole family can enjoy. The Science Center features four floors of exciting exhibits, along with giant screen movies and live programming. The exhibits include Science On a Sphere, Kids Town, Dr. Dare’s Lab, Nature Works, the new Frogs exhibit, and many more!

Next year, they will showcase a new exhibit “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination”. This will be a 10,000 square-foot collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. It will study the fantasy technologies of the “Star Wars” films and the actual science behind them, along with costumes and props from all six movies. Visitors will be able to enjoy Engineering Design Labs where they can build their own robots and speeders. Coming to Orlando in late 2012. Check our website for updates.

Spotlight: Orlando Science Center

Looking for the perfect indoor activity to beat the heat or to stay dry on a rainy day?  Look no further!  The Orlando Science Center has spent over 50 years creating fun, interactive, educational activities the whole family can enjoy.  The Science Center features four floors of exciting exhibits, along with giant screen movies and live programming. The exhibits include Science On a Sphere, Kids Town, Dr. Dare’s Lab, Nature Works, the new Frogs exhibit, and many more!

Premiering June 19th on the giant screen will be the new “Ultimate Wave: Tahiti” – a documentary film featuring nine-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater.  Viewers will get to see first-hand how waves are formed, as well as the cultural aspects of waves and wave making, plus the history of surfers in Tahiti.  Currently playing are films “Sharks” and “Amazon.”  These educational films are awesome to see on the 8,000 square foot giant screen!

Brought back by popular demand are the full-color Rock ‘n Roll laser light shows. They will run every Saturday night through August 21st.  There are kid-friendly shows, as well as a new 1980s show, which includes music by Michael Jackson, Guns N’ Roses and U2.  Don’t miss the Classic Rock a GoGo which includes classic rock music from Bob Seger and The Doors.  At 9pm, the feature is The Beatles, and at 10pm, Pink Floyd.  (June 19th there will only be the 10pm show due to the premiere of “Ultimate Wave: Tahiti.”)  You will not want to miss this sensory experience of bright lights, intense graphics, and great music!

This indoor attraction combines fun and knowledge under one roof and is approximately 12 miles from the Orlando tourist area.  Check the Orlando Science Center website for show times and pricing.  Even if you’re not trying to beat the heat or find an indoor activity, you will not want to miss these waves and laser lights!