March 15-17 & March 20-24 – So much happening at Emerald Coast Science Center!
Emerald Coast Science Center has Spring fun for the whole family with hands-on activities.
Schedule of Events for March 20 & 21: Creature Features & sciPad
- Join us for a Creature Feature from 11-11:30 a.m. and check out some of our awesome Animal Ambassadors! Seating for the Creature Feature is available on a first come, first served basis. No reservations accepted.
- Check out the sciPad and play interactive games on our room-sized iPad from 12 to 2 p.m. Make your family’s reservation when you check in at the front desk! sciPad is open for 20-minute slots for each family/group.
Schedule of Events for March 22: Baby Crazy Workshop
- Chicks? Piglets? Lambs? Bunnies? All the adorable animals are born in the spring, and we’re going baby crazy over it! Join us from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. where we’ll have hands-on activities the whole family can enjoy together. Play the Parent Swap matching game and learn how animal parents raise their young and then design your own adorable baby animal in a fun craft. Please note this is not a drop-off workshop.
Schedule of Events for March 23: Animal Adventure Day
- Take a walk on the wild side and discover the many fun, fascinating, and fabulous critters that call the Science Center home. Our educators will be roaming around the museum with animals from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for you to meet and learn about up close. We’ll also have various animal kits set up in our front classroom, so get your paws on those and see what you can discover from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please note this is not a drop-off workshop.
- Interactive Animal Tales shows will take place at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Learn more and register for 10:30 a.m. show or register for 11:45 a.m show. Registration is required and additional fees are included for this show.
Schedule of Events for March 24: Pollination Journey Workshop
- Bee-lieve it or not, we’ve got some fun new robots to play with! Using our Bee-Bot robots, families get to explore what makes pollination so important by taking Bee-Bot along its pollination journey. You’ll also get to pick up a seed bomb take home activity today, too! Can you dig it? Join us from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please note this is not a drop-off workshop.
March 23, 2023
Shows at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.
Be prepared to get up close and personal with unique animals like you’ve never seen! We’ll have a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Kinkajou, Giant African Bullfrog, Agile Wallaby, Fruit Bat, and a Kookaburra in attendance at interactive shows with Animal Tales. You’ll even get to touch some of the animals after each show. Talk about a Spring Break photo op to remember for years to come!
Guests will receive wristbands at check in. Space is limited; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Online ticket price includes one Animal Tales ticket plus general admission per person; active Science Center members will also need to purchase show tickets per person (general admission is free for our members). Simply present your tickets to our front desk associate when you arrive, and they will provide you with the wristbands needed for your group.
Global Soundscapes Planetarium Event
Marc 24, 2023
Shows at 5, 6, and 7 p.m.
Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth
Listen…can you hear that? It’s the sound of the Earth! Global Soundscapes takes you on a sound safari to explore the health of our planet…with your ears. Travel the globe with scientists to investigate the spectacular soundscapes of Costa Rica’s rainforests, Hawaii’s coral reefs, and Mongolia’s vast grasslands. Learn how animals use sounds to survive and communicate in lush, but threatened environments. Experience basic acoustics through interactive activities and incredible slow-motion footage of pulsating musical instruments, vibrating vocal cords, and slobbering “raspberries.” With Global Soundscapes’ unique format—combining full-dome imagery, surround sound, and live presentation—you’ll hear the Earth in a whole new way.
Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth takes viewers on an ear-opening journey into the science of sound and the emerging field of soundscape ecology. Audiences will become physically involved as they journey to faraway lands and investigate the properties of sound. They will learn all about soundscapes: what they are, how scientists record them, and why they are important in learning about the biodiversity of different ecosystems.
Our Planetarium is an inflatable dome. Guests sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show. Due to the nature of our planetarium, the rest of the museum’s exhibits will not be functional during this event so outside light and sound do not interfere inside the dome. Space is limited to 25 guests per show; reserving tickets in advance is required for this reason. On show night, please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled showing. Please call 850-664-1261, stop by the Science Center, or use our online ticketing option to reserve your tickets.
Shows begin at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. Our planetarium is sponsored by FPL. Nonmember $12 Adult • $10 Child • $10 Senior – Member $10 Adult • $8 Child • $8 Senior
Planetarium Special Feature: Sordid Secrets of the Stars
March 30, 2023
Shows at 6 & 7 p.m.
Discover the sizzling stories behind the constellations in this planetarium event for adults (21+). Explore the zodiac and take a trip through the cosmos during the ultimate planetarium adventure. Enter our planetarium for a deep dive into the 12 signs of the zodiac. In this show for adults (21+), we’ll talk about what your individual zodiac sign says about your personality, both in and out of the bedroom. We’ll also talk about which signs you’re most compatible with, which signs to avoid, and the bizarre (and sometimes sultry) Greek myths that inspired the zodiac symbols.
Our Planetarium is an inflatable dome. Guests sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show. Due to size, space is limited to 25 patrons at a time. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended for this reason. On show nights, please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled showing. In case of no-shows/late shows: reserved spots will be released at show time to make space for the next party.
Shows begin at 6 and 7 pm and last approximately 45 minutes. – Seating is limited and very popular. We encourage purchasing your tickets in advance, as this is a first come, first served event. Please call 850-664-1261, stop by the Science Center, or use our online ticketing option to purchase your tickets.
Nonmembers: $15 • Members: $13. Ticket price includes access to one showing plus a drink ticket for beer, wine, or soda Event for guests ages 21 and up. Our planetarium is sponsored by FPL
April 1 & April 8
Emerald Coast Theatre Company is proud to present You and Me Under the Sea Saturday, April 1 and April 8, 2023 at 9.30 a.m. This interactive live show is performed with the youngest of audience members in mind (6 months to 5 years old). Flap your flippers and swish your tail as you float along the waves and explore underwater worlds! You might meet a curious sea turtle or a mischievous dolphin as you sing and clap along to the rhythm of the clam shells keeping the beat. Let your imagination run free and your fins flap along as we take you under the sea! A new work created just for you by our Junior Company teen players. A collaboration written by Phillip Padgett and the Junior Company Players.
The performance of You and Me Under the Sea will be staged in ECTC’s main space located on the second floor of 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $10 – $15. Get more details and buy tickets at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org
Hop on over to see the tropically clad Easter Bunny and go on a fun, festive, free and fast Easter Egg Dash. Easter eggs and Egg-citing “golden eggs” with special prizes will be scattered around. The Easter Bunny will be visiting LuLu’s to help boys and girls hunt for eggs on the sandy beach overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay on Easter Sunday, April 9, and to visit with the kids. The Easter Egg Dash will start promptly at 2 p.m. Kids will be divided by age groups for safe fun for all, including photo op memories with the Easter Bunny from 1 to 3 p.m. LuLu’s is located in Destin at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge next to Legendary Marina.
Emerald Coast Science Center presents Trivia Night featuring General Science Trivia. The winning team will receive one $25 gift certificate to the center, good for admission, workshops, gift shop purchases, planetarium events, and more. Have a drink, come up with a ridiculous team name (E = MC Hammer, anyone?), and start the weekend off right with a fun trivia challenge!
April 21, 6pm-8pm. Event is for 21 & up. $12 for nonmembers, $10 members. Visit ecscience.org for more details.
April 21-23, 2023
The Musical Echoes Native American Flute Festival is on April 21-23, 2023 at the Ft. Walton Beach landing. This is a free event, showcasing Native American dancing, drumming, playing flute and singing. There will also be vendors and great food, especially Native American Fry Bread. Get more details at https://www.musicalechoes.org
April 28-30, 2023
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), one of the nation’s premiere fundraising organizations, is excited to announce the details of the 18th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction presented by the Jumonville Family scheduled for April 28-30, 2023. Currently ranked fifth on Wine Spectator’s list of “Top Charity Wine Auctions in the US,” all funds raised at the annual auction benefit children in need in Northwest Florida through the Foundation’s 16 partner children’s charities. In 2022, DCWAF donated a record-breaking $3.775 million to charity following its most successful auction to date.
Patrons attending the Destin Charity Wine Auction presented by the Jumonville Family can expect a weekend filled with exclusive wines and excellent food from a variety of celebrity chefs beginning Friday, April 28 with the patron dinner experience. Each year, patron dinners are hosted in the most exquisite homes and restaurants throughout South Walton and the Emerald Coast.
The Destin Charity Wine Auction is the main event of the weekend, beginning at 1pm on Saturday, April 29. The Reserve Tasting and Live Auction will be held under an air-conditioned tent at Grand Boulevard Sandestin Town Center. The Destin Charity Auction presented by the Jumonville Family is hosted each year in conjunction with the South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, which also takes place in Grand Boulevard Sandestin Town Center the same weekend. South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival will showcase hundreds of premium wines along with a diverse selection of spirits and culinary creations that deliver a world class experience to each guest throughout the weekend. Auction attendees also have access to South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting on Sunday, April 30 beginning at 1pm.
It’s Military Appreciation Day at the museum! All active duty members, veterans, and their families receive free admission to the museum today with valid military ID. Simply present your military ID at check in to receive museum access for your family.
- Check out the sciPad and play interactive games on our room-sized iPad from 12-3 p.m.
- Join us for a Creature Feature at 1:30 p.m. where you can get up close with some of the center’s Animal Ambassadors. Seating for the Creature Feature is available on a first come, first served basis. No reservations accepted.
- Museum indoor exhibit halls and outdoor exploration spaces are open 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
This event sponsored in part by the Air Force Research Laboratory on April 29th from 10am to 3pm. Get more details here.
April 29, 2023
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Presents Beethoven Vs Coldplay: A Merging of Musical Giants – 7:30pm – Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center
Description: Beethoven Vs. Coldplay transforms the Eroica into an oratorio, weaving the melodies and lyrics of Coldplay into the original Beethoven, pairing them together based on content and context. It is the alternate Eroica Beethoven may have created had he known the music of Coldplay at the time. Three vocalists join the full symphony, and conductor/composer Steve Hackman alternates between conducting the orchestra and playing the piano. Many of Coldplay’s most well-known songs are interpolated, including Yellow, Viva La Vida, Clocks, and The Scientist. Tickets are $20 to $55 per person. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its education and community engagement initiatives throughout Northwest Florida. Purchase tickets online at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or by calling the box office at (850) 460-8800.
May 5 – 14, 2023
“The Sound of Music”
Emerald Coast Theatre Company Mainstage Family Musical
560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Don’t miss the world’s most beloved musical based on the true story of the Von Trapp family. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number “The Sound of Music,” this is one inspiring musical that brings joy to audiences of all ages.
My Chemical Cocktail is May 13th from 6 to 9pm at Emerald Coast Science Center.
Take part in this cocktail mix off as you sample and vote for the most scientific cocktails in the area. Local bartenders and mixologists will be showcasing the chemistry, biology, and physics behind preparing these exciting cocktails…expand your vodka-bulary by sampling these scientific creations. The evening will also include light refreshments, live music, and chances to win prizes. All proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Science Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Get into the spirit at this amazing event for guests ages 21 and up.
Coast is $50 per guest. Get more information here.
Planetarium Special Feature: Arabian Nights: Join us for a family-friendly Planetarium Special Feature where you’ll explore the Arabian myths hidden in the night sky! Space is limited. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Shows begin at 6 and 7 p.m. All shows last approximately 45 minutes.
The Planetarium is an inflatable dome. Guests sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show. Space is limited, so purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended for this reason. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled showing. In case of no-shows/late shows: reserved spots will be released at show time to make space for the next party.
Seating is limited and very popular. We encourage purchasing your tickets in advance, as this is a first come, first served event. Please call 850-664-1261, stop by the Science Center, or use our online ticketing option to purchase your tickets. The planetarium is powered by FPL. More info here.