Coronavirus Information

UPDATE: REOPENING: PHASE 1

The South Florida Science Center has officially reopened! 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 as mandated by Palm Beach County. Children age 2 and under and individuals with respiratory conditions that preclude the use of a mask are not required to wear a mask.  Outside of building face masks are encouraged but not required. Click here for face-covering guidelines.

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

  • There is a limited number of people allowed at SFSCA which is monitored. 

  • Use the hand sanitizing stations and wash hands frequently.

  • All surfaces are thoroughly disinfected every hour.

  • Protective shields have been installed at teller locations.

  • Safe distancing decals and safety signs have been installed throughout the building.

 

INCLUDED IN OUR REOPENING:

  • Everything is now open, except for the PNC Discovery Playground and the Brain Teasers exhibit wall. 

  • We have 3D-printed personal "button-pushers" available for rent or purchase at the admissions desk so guests can safely interact with some of our hands-on-exhibits without touching them.

  • Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets/chairs/umbrellas to enjoy new outdoor amphitheater shows on our Science Trail.

  • JB's Cafe is open under limited capacity. Hours are Saturday & Sunday from 12 - 2:30pm. 

ADMISSION PRICES (Phase 1):

 

Adult

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

General Admission

 $14.95   $10.95 $12.95 FREE

Planetarium Shows 

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
11:30am                              Interactive Experiment
12:00pm - 2:00pm              Dance to music while you explore the Science Trail!
2:30pm                                Alternate Science (Presentation, Animal Encounter, or Trivia)
3:30pm                                Live Science Demo
 
MONDAY - FRIDAY
TIME                                    SHOW
11:30am                               Interactive Experiment 
12:00pm                               Live Science Demo
1:30pm                                 Alternate Science (Presentation, Entertainment or Trivia). 
                                               SPECIAL: Each Friday through the month of August we will do the Wheel of Science at 1:30pm!

 

CAN THE SCIENCE CENTER GUARANTEE I WILL NOT GET COVID-19 FROM MY VISIT? 

The best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to eliminate non-essential interaction with the public. Visiting any attraction with the general public carries an inherent risk. Guests voluntarily assume all risks associated with a visit. Safety is our top priority, and the Science Center put in place precautionary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, as listed above.

 

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: