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June 19, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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South Florida Science Center and Aquarium Announces Free Event for Military, First Responders, and Their Families


(West Palm Beach, Fla.) – The South Florida Science Center is honoring military service members, veterans, first responders, and their families by hosting Hometown Hero Appreciation Day. Happening Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., those with valid military service ID or first responder employee badge and up to four guests will be treated to a special day full of military vehicle demos, a BBQ, meet-and-greet with local armed forces members, mini golf tournament, live science shows, exhibit exploration, and much, much more!


“As a United States Naval Academy graduate, I am passionate about the armed forces and I wanted to give my fellow military service members a day to remember,” said Kate Arrizza, President and CEO of the Science Center. “We welcome everyone to join us but want to provide a special free day for armed forces members and our local first responders.”


While the event is free for those who qualify, pre-registration is required and applicable ID will be required to redeem tickets. The BBQ is free to heroes and their guests but is available for the public to purchase for $5 each. Heroes should register their group in advanced at www.sfsciencecenter.org/heroes.


A Mini Golf Tournament will also take place on the Center’s award winning 18-hole Conservation Course and is open to all ages. A separate registration link can be found on the main event webpage.


Paid tickets will be offered to the public and proceeds will benefit Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and Wounded Veterans Relief Fund. Forgotten Soldiers Outreach supports America’s deployed military service members with “We Care” packages to ensure they are not forgotten. Wounded Veterans Relief Fund provides emergency financial support to qualified disabled veterans living in Florida, helping them transition into civilian life and keeping their families together.


Project 425 will be providing several military vehicles for guests to see and explore. Their mission is to collect and display retired military vehicles to keep alive the memory of aircrews’ services in Vietnam.


Sponsors for Hometown Heroes include Big Heart Brigade, Document Storage Systems, Inc, EDS Air Conditioning, FingerTech Robotics, Holyfield & Thomas, LLC, Humana, Lesley and Rick Stone, PBKC, PNC Bank, Rooney’s Golf Foundation, and Witch Doctor Junior.


The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000-gallon fresh and saltwater aquarium, digital planetarium, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” 18-hole conservation-themed Mini Golf Course and quarter mile long outdoor science trail. The newest addition includes a $2.5 million permanent exhibit, “Journey Through the Human Brain” and features the most advanced neuroscience research and technology in the world.


The Science Center was one of the first local venues to obtain a Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the Center now implements the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention throughout the facility.


Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is $17.95 for adults, $13.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $15.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.


For more information on Science Center programming, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.



June 19, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Cox Science Center and Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL 33405 United States
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