Coronavirus Information

UPDATE: REOPENING: PHASE 1

The South Florida Science Center will partially reopen on Friday, May 22nd to members only until Sunday, May 24th. We will reopen to the general public on Monday, May 25th for a discounted rate which can be viewed below. All existing members will receive a 3-month extension for the time lost and then some. The safety of our staff and guests is our #1 priority, so we have strict safety guidelines in place which are listed below.

We are constantly monitoring the situation and all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State and other government organizations to keep our guests, staff and facility safe and prevent the spread of COVID‐19.

SAFETY GUIDELINES:

  • All guests and staff are required to wear a face-covering inside the building. No mask, no entry. Outside of building face masks are encouraged but not required. Click here for face-covering guidelines.

  • Guests under 10 years old are exempt from face coverings.

  • You must maintain social distance by staying 6ft apart at all times

  • There is a limited number of people allowed at SFSCA which will be strictly monitored 

  • Use the hand sanitizing stations and wash hands frequently

  • Refrain from touching all surfaces

  • Protective shields have been installed at teller locations

  • Safe distancing decals and safety signs have been installed

  • Stay within the exhibits that are open (see below).

EXHIBITS INCLUDED IN OUR PARTIAL REOPENING:

  • Fisher Family Science Trail

  • Conservation Course Mini Golf

  • NEW Daily Amphitheater Shows on our Science Trail - See schedule below

  • Aquarium

  • Science on a Sphere

  • Admissions Desk and Bathrooms

  • Quantum Exhibit Hall – Hall of Heroes (Partial opening)

  • Planetarium

  • Journey Through the Human Brain exhibit

  • Hall of Discovery (West Wing)

  • Dekelboum Theater

  • All hands‐on / high‐touch components are excluded from the exhibits listed above

A map can be viewed here. Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets/chairs to enjoy our new outdoor amphitheater shows on our science trail. Also note: Our Cafe will NOT be in open in Phase 1, so guests are also allowed to bring their own food and beverages.

Science Center Admission Prices (Partial Reopen Phase 1):

 

Adult

(Ages 3-12) Kids (Ages 60+) Seniors Members

General Admission

 $11.95   $7.95 $9.95 FREE

Planetarium Shows - Not open in Phase 1

Planetarium rates are in addition to general admission

 $5.00

 $4.00 $5.00 FREE

Conservation Course Mini Golf

Mini Golf rates are included with general admission during Phase 1 Reopening. 

 $6

 $5 $6

$5 member adult

$4 member child

 

Cox Amphitheater Schedule:

WEEKENDS

TIME                                    SHOW
11:00am                               Live Science Demo
12:00pm                               Live Science Demo
1:00pm                                 Interactive Experiment
2:00pm                                 Alternate Science (Presentation, Entertainment or Trivia)
3:00pm                                 Live Science Demo
4:00pm                                 Live Science Demo
5:00pm                                 Grand Finale Demo

MONDAY - FRIDAY
TIME                                    SHOW
10:00am                               Live Science Demo
11:00am                               Live Science Demo
12:00pm                               Interactive Experiment
1:00pm                                 Alternate Science (Presentation, Entertainment or Trivia)
2:00pm                                 Live Science Demo
3:00pm                                 Live Science Demo
4:00pm                                 Grand Finale Demo

 

Our Center was closed but our work never stopped.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our COVID-19 relief fund here. Thank you for your continued support and for helping us achieve our mission to "Open Every Mind to Science." We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely, 

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium Team

 

Science behind COVID-19 

What is COVID-19?

A virus is an infectious agent that requires a host cell to replicate. When we are infected with a virus, the viral genetic material hijacks the cells within our bodies, forcing them to replicate and produce more viruses. The body will experience different symptoms depending on the type of host cell impacted by the virus. As defined by the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Who can get COVID-19?

According to the World Health Organization people of all ages can be infected by COVID-19. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease), appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus due to a weaker immune system. However, WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus by following good hand and respiratory hygiene processes. 

How Do I Protect Myself?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is primarily transmitted person-to-person, through people in close contact with each other and respiratory droplets. When a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales, small droplets from the nose or mouth are expelled from the body and land on objects and surfaces. Other people can catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also become infected with COVID-19 if they breathe in respiratory droplets from a person with COVID-19. Coronaviruses are a type of virus that can be destroyed with the alcohol that’s in hand sanitizers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says handwashing with soap and water is the best way to clean your hands and decrease the spread of germs, but when that's not an option, the agency recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  

 

What You Can Do

SFSCA encourages everyone to educate themselves about COVID-19: Learning more about COVID-19 is the best way to equip yourself with the science and facts related to this disease and rapidly evolving situation. We trust the following sources: