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Saturday, February 20, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00p.m.

WHAT: The event dinosaur fans have been waiting for finally returns to Orlando Science Center’s Annual Fossil Fest Four! This Scienterrific Saturday is a celebration of dinosaurs, fossils, paleontology and all things prehistoric.

In the shadows of dinosaur skeletons in the DinoDigs exhibit, join the Florida Fossil Hunters as they share specimens unearthed on Florida expeditions. Marvel at special DinoDigs activities and experiences, and meet some of the world’s last living dinosaurs with the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. And look out for a special appearance by DEXTER the Dinosaur from T-REX at Downtown Disney!

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Saturday, February 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

What: Come join us at the Orlando Science Center as we celebrate Valentine's Day, the next holiday featured in our special Holiday Workshop series. An interactive workshop will engage your preschooler (3-5yo) and you in Valentine’s Day activities while still learning through science.

Who: Each participant will take home a certificate, handmade holiday craft, and memories of a day of fun and discovery. The workshop will also include a snack and a story. After the workshop, parents and child are free to explore the hands-on fun waiting in the rest of the Science Center.

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Take a Journey Along the World's Mightiest River

AMAZON premieres on February 20 during a South American-Themed Cocktails & Cosmos event

ORLANDO, FL - (February 2, 2010) - Take a journey along the world’s mightiest river when Amazon comes to the giant screen at the Orlando Science Center. Witness a breathtaking world of beauty and mystique along a body of water that is considered the lifeblood for whole civilizations. The film will premiere during a Cocktails & Cosmos social event on Saturday, February 20, 2010. After its premiere, Amazon will screen daily in the Dr. Phillips CineDome through Summer 2010.

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Frogs exhibit features 80 live amphibians on display, representing 20 species

Opening Day is Saturday, February 6, 2010

Orlando, FL - January 27, 2010 - Some are as big as dinner plates. Others as tiny as a dime. From multi-colored to well camouflaged, frogs and toads have occupied our fairy tales, mythology, and even advertising. And now, frogs are the topic of a major touring exhibit, arriving at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, February 6. Developed by the Audubon Nature Institute, Frogs features over 80 live frogs and toads representing 20 species from around the world. The exhibit will be on display through September 6, 2010.

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Needless to say, there's been a lot of news coverage regarding the earthquake in Haiti and your kids might be wondering what happened. We found this description on a web site called weatherwizkids.com.  It's run by a meterologist at an Indianapolis TV station, Crystal Wicker. It's designed for kids and is a great way to explain earthquakes to your little ones.

"There are about 20 plates along the surface of the earth that move continuously and slowly past each other. When the plates squeeze or stretch, huge rocks form at their edges and the rocks shift with great force, causing an earthquake. Think of it this way: Imagine holding a pencil horizontally. If you were to apply a force to both ends of the pencil by pushing down on them, you would see the pencil bend. After enough force was applied, the pencil would break in the middle, releasing the stress you have put on it. The Earth's crust acts in the same way. As the plates move they put forces on themselves and each other. When the force is large enough, the crust is forced to break. When the break occurs, the stress is released as energy which moves through the Earth in the form of waves, which we feel and call an earthquake."

For more on this, visit the website at weatherwizkids.com.



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Science Center Getting Full Replacement of A/C System By Spring 2010

Get ready to chill out because the Orlando Science Center is in the process of fully replacing our air conditioning system. As you may know, we have had our share of challenges over the years with the old system. We are grateful to the support of many friends and partners who have helped make this replacement possible, especially the City of Orlando, Orange County, the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Council and Irvine Mechanical.

This new system will be completed and installed by Spring 2010 - just in time for summer. It will be more energy efficient and is the first step in our journey to becoming a "green" building. Other initiatives will include retrofitting the interior lighting, implementing a recycling program and installing solar panels on our roof (thanks to Orlando Utilities Commission, the Darden Restaurants Foundation/Darden Environmental Trust and Azur Solar).

These modifications will make the Science Center a working example of "green" technology in our community. Our operations will become a living exhibit that will help educate visitors about the real world applications and benefits of renewable energy and energy conservation. We'll be updating you frequently on this website as we make progress with the "Green Building Project" so please visit often for news. In the meantime, please know that the Science Center is working hard to be the "coolest" place in town...in more ways than one.

 


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It is no secret around here (at least with the staff) that I am a big fan of turtles. I do not have the nickname of  “Turtle Tim” for nothing! For this reason I am excited about the event that took place on Tuesday, December 29, 2009. Filmmakers from the non-profit Equinox Documentaries, Inc. were in the NatureWorks “Cypress swamp” to shoot underwater footage of our native Florida turtles as part of a short documentary about a “turtle tagging” program on the Wekiva River system.

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