School’s been out less than a week, and already it’s started:
“I’m so BOOOOOORRRRED!”
Fear not, Mom and Dad.
Summer is the time when aspiring hip-hop artists can master how to be the next Macklemore, budding scientists can learn how to design a skyscraper with straws and animal lovers can get personal with an 18-foot great white shark.
Such are the fun-filled activities open to kids and their families all summer in South Florida. Many are free or cost a nominal fee. Some are aimed at Spanish speakers. Many incorporate science, sports, arts, crafts, cooking, languages and entertainment.
Here, then, is your scorecard for summertime fun:
Science with a twist
The Tony Hawk travelling exhibit, running through Sept. 2 at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science, offers a virtual skateboard park — and participants may just learn a little physics along the way.
“It is undoubtedly one of the best travelling exhibits we’ve ever had,” said Marlene Janetos, a museum spokeswoman.
It is one of six exhibits at the hands-on museum, which helps kids learn the principles of science while having fun doing it. The museum’s IMAX theater lets families get an up-close and personal view at summer blockbusters and science films in 3D.
The Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Exhibits tickets without IMAX admission are $12 to $14. Kids 1 and younger enter free. Exhibit tickets with IMAX admission are $15 to $20.
Dive beneath the Antarctic ice with penguins. Travel with seals and sea lions. Ride a leatherback turtle as she searches for mates.
“The National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes’’ is a traveling exhibition at Zoo Miami that details the life and times of sea and land animals.
National Geographic scientist Greg Marshall invented Crittercam, a safe video- and data-gathering tool worn by animals in the wild. Visitors can see a model of an 18-foot great white shark, study the feeding habits of humpback whales, watch as an Alaskan bear cub takes a nap, and go hunting with a lioness.
Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St. Exhibit runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 28. Cost: Free with general zoo admission: $15. 95 for adults, $11.95 for children.
Be a hip-hop artist
Students who want to be the next hip-hop star can get their start at the PATH Hip Hop Summer Academy at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in the Design District. The program will include DJing, emceeing, B-boying/girling, writing and urban art.
The academy encourages teamwork, critical thinking, leadership and the application of hip-hop as a whole.
High school students between 13 and 19; GED students and youths older than 16 who do not attend school may apply.
Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., PATH Hip Hop Academy, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, July 9-Aug. 2. Registration is due June 17 at www.pathtohiphop.org. $15 per week; scholarships available.
Young at Art
For generations, kids were mesmerized by the magic words and images of “Where the Wild Things Are.” Those illustrations will inspire children’s imaginations again at the Young at Art Children’s Museum in Davie.
The main exhibit, one dedicated to the work of “Where the Wild Things Are” author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, will run through Sept. 15 and will feature hands-on interactive areas based on the characters from the book as well as Sendak’s other books, “In the Night Kitchen” and “Really Rosie.”