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The Science of the Circus – See How It All Works!

The “Ambassadors of Laughter” from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will make a special appearance at the Orlando Science Center to entertain, educate and engage the public. During the show, audience members will join actual Ringling Brothers clowns on stage to try their hands at some of these famous stunts, and you will have a chance to win family four-packs to see the circus.  That’s pretty cool!

Ever wonder how circus performers can perform antics including balancing on a high wire the way acrobats do?  The clowning team makes learning science fun and comical. See firsthand how concepts like balance, wind resistance, gyroscopic stability, and gravity impact tricks such as plate spinning, acrobatics and juggling.

 

The Ambassadors of Laughter will tickle your funny bone with lighthearted antics that offer a sneak preview of Fully Charged, the all-new 141st Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth® playing the Amway Center this January 13th-17th.  For tickets and more information, visit www.ringling.com

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Orlando Science Center: “When I Wish Upon a Star…”

I really, really do wish upon stars, and on occasion, a wish does come true. So, what better way to make an even bigger wish than to get up close and personal with the stars at the Orlando Science Center!

The silver-domed Crosby Observatory atop the Science Center houses Florida’s largest refractor telescopes available to the public. From November 20, 2010 to February 19, 2011, the Crosby Observatory will be open for seasonal night sky viewing on the first and third Saturday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

So, what will you wish for?

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A 16th Century iPod? Say what?!

Have you listened to your iPod lately?  If so, you can thank craftsmen from centuries ago for first coming up with the idea of mechanical, portable music.  Yes, I’m talking about a music box, the earliest of which date back to the 16th century. And, for those who love the charm of a music box, the Orlando Science Center has a special exhibition just for you.

The World of Mechanical Music is presented by the Southeast Chapter of the Musical Box Society International (who knew there was such a society!?) and guests will discover the fine art of mechanical music through displays of antique and ornate music boxes.

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The exhibit opens this Saturday, November 13, and lasts through January 9.

However, on opening day only, MBSI member Bill Hall will be showcasing his massive European street organ, entitled “De Drie Kransen.” This mechanical musical instrument is so large, it can only be displayed outside the Science Center! We’ve got to see this!

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4th Annual Neanderthal Ball… So Easy a Caveman Can Do It!

The 4th Annual Neanderthal Ball is this Saturday night at the Orlando Science Center. What better time to “dust off your club” and jump in the Fred Flintstone mobile and head on over for a fabulous time!

 

 

And what exactly do you do in “caveman couture” at the Science Center?

Dig for diamonds! (Really, there’s a half carat diamond hidden in the sand of the Dino Diggs!)  And then rock out to music and entertainment as well as enjoy sumptuous food. And, you can bid on some great items during the silent and live auction.

And all this pre-historic fun goes to support the Orlando Science Center…now that’s a great idea!

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Orlando Science Center: Monsterology!

So, are monsters real? Your little ones may be wondering whether they are or not!  So, take the mystery out of monsters with the Orlando Science Center this Halloween, October 31, from 12 p m – 4 pm.   The Seventh Annual Spooktacular Science Extravaganza will provide a whole day’s worth of activities and events where little phantoms can explore the science of Monsterology.

Little ones can dress up in their most ghoulish or most fun costume as they learn how to make “Ghost Goop,” watch demonstration snake and scorpion demonstrations, and witness a Gator creature feeding. They can also learn all about blood, scabs and bruising (Yuk!) and let out their inner spooky scientist as they watch experiments about dry ice and liquid nitrogen!

 

The youngest ghosts and goblins will be welcomed into KidsTown, where they will hear the truth behind “fairy tales” such as Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and Peter and the Wolf while also enjoying face painting and animal activities.

The event is included with general admission, which is $12.00 for kids (ages 3-11), $17.00 for adults and free for children 2 & under. Admission is also free to Science Center members.

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Cool Off Your Summer by Chillin’ at the Science Center!

Sweat up to your eyeballs? Feel like your body is melting into puddles around your ankles?  Considering the possibility that you might indeed crawl into the ice cabinet in your freezer?  Well, don’t let the Dog Days of Summer push you into doing something too crazy, when there is a perfectly easy way to get cooled off this summer…  

From ice and snow to instant-freeze hazards like liquid Nitrogen and Carbonic Acid, SUB-ZERO is chilling at the Orlando Science Center!

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This live experience has been extended for several weeks, so you can now see it every Saturday night at 7 p.m. in August, and, if you wait until after 4 p.m. to head to the Science Center, you save $4 on adult admission but still get to experience all the Center has to offer!

 

So, perhaps cool off your Dog Days of summer by chilling with the “King of Cool, the Emperor of Ice, the Master Blaster of Disaster,” Jimmy “J-Rex” Waldron as he explores the science of things that freeze AND go bang!

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Fair Warning: Valentine’s Day Ahead!

I am posting this well before Valentine’s Day arrives, just in case any Top 5 fans are like my husband. I dearly love my hubby; we were high school sweethearts and have now been married for almost 18 years. However, when it comes to romance, he is not always–how shall I say it?–a rival of Romeo’s. He tends to lean a little more toward Larry the Cable Guy than Casanova. So, if you find yourself a bit like my hubby, then this is your advance warning:

VALENTINE’S DAY IS IN 5 DAYS!
START PLANNING SOMETHING!

Truly, we girls are pretty easy to please. It is not generally the cost of an item, but rather the thought that goes into it. One of the best presents my husband ever gave (yeah, he could be romantic if he really wanted to be) was a scavenger hunt. I had to use clues to find my way through the house to the ultimate gift of chocolate-covered strawberries and a pair of sunglasses. It wouldn’t have mattered if it was just a paper airplane awaiting me, I was just thrilled that he had put some advance thought into the gift!

So, here’s some wonderful ideas for a thoughtful Valentine’s Day, just in case you are running short on ideas:

Have a “Green” Valentines Day: Students at Rollins College are putting a “green” spin on a traditional “red” holiday. Members of the Eco Rollins organization are encouraging the purchase of small garden plants and herbs, rather than a traditional cut bouquet of flowers. This way the plant can continue to grow as opposed to traditional flowers that are only good for a limited amount of time.
Your home-run phrase: “It will continue to grow as my love does for you…”

 Tickets to see Almost, Maine: The final performance of the legendary Orlando Theatre Project, Almost, Maine is for romantics. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the most unexpected ways.
Your home-run phrase:Almost, Maine because I’m ‘almost’ totally and completely in love with you…”

Dinner and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Imagine a 4-course dinner provided by the famed White Wolf Cafe before settling in to listen to the world-famous Detroit Symphony Orchestra as they take the stage with conductor Leonard Slatkin and young cellist Sol Gabetta.
Your home-run phrase:  “This just shows you the music that’s in my heart…”

Valentine’s Day Concert at Leu Gardens: Swinging jazz under the stars in a beautiful botanical setting? Bring along a candle light picnic dinner, and you’ve got the makings of true romance.
Your home-run phrase: “Being here with you and the candles, the music, the atmosphere, it;s all I could ever want…”

Bee Mine Valentine’s Day Holiday Workshop: Give your wife a break by taking your preschooler (3 – 5 years old) to a special workshop at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, February 13. Sometimes just a break from the kids is the most romantic gesture you can make!
Your home-run phrase: “Because you deserve some time for yourself…” 

Power Package at Pointe Orlando: If you haven’t been to Pointe Orlando (or at least not lately) you are in for a real night out!  Start with dinner at the Funky Monkey Wine Company (a four course sumptuous meal!) and then see Valentine’s Day, the new romantic comedy, and then end the evening with a night-cap and dance at B.B. King’s Blues Club.
Your home-run phrase: “No night out is too good for you…”

These are just a few suggestions to get you started thinking…remember IT IS THE THOUGHT that counts!

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