Kennedy Space Center Spring Break Events: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering an out-of-this world Spring Break experience for guests, including the following during the spring holiday:
1. Play Angry Birds Space - Angry Birds Space Encounter, is the first comprehensive, interactive Angry Birds attraction in the United States. Guests will see the Angry Bird encounter the Space Pigs through a vortex of images and sounds and will engage and immerse in a new dimension of Angry Birds Space. The event is included in admission to Kennedy Space Center.
2. Go Behind The Scenes, a series of close-up tours allowing visitors to share mankind's greatest achievements and future of the space program with the entire family and receive rare behind-the-scenes access to areas of the Space Center usually off-limits to the public, including the launch pads. The Vehicle Assembly Building tours are through 2013, the Launch Control Center and Launch Pad tours are through June 30. All tours are $25 per adult, $19 per child, ages 3-11, and are in addition to Space Center admission.
3. Launch like an Astronaut, is an incredible 5-minute journey of vertically launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle. Guest, "crew members" strap in for this all-too-real simulation featuring sights, sounds and feelings of a space shuttle launch, culminating with a breath-taking view of Earth from space.
4. Meet and Astronaut, provides guests with the rare opportunity to meet veteran space shuttle astronaut from NASA, Jerry Ross, through March 31. Kennedy Space Center is at SR 405, Kennedy Space Center. For hours, admission prices, and detailed information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
20th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: Whimsical Disney topiary spectacles and sweeping garden landscapes set the colorful scene this year for the new festival additions of the 20th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, now through May 19. Throughout this event, guests will discover festival surprises around every corner including new topiary triumphs, a butterfly bounty, whimsical children's play areas, HGTV celebrity designers, daily hands-on gardening seminars and a Festival Center packed with events that offer innovative ideas, gardening know-how and design tips. On weekends, top Flower Power rockers of the 1960-70s will perform, including Nelson, March 29-31, The Turtles, featuring Flo and Eddie, April 5-7, Paul Revere and The Raiders, April 12-14, The Village People, April 19-21, The Orchestra, featuring former members of ELO and ELO II, Tommy Roe, May 3-5, Herman's Hermits, starring Peter Noone, May 10-12, and Starship, starring Mickey Thomas, May 17-19. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission. The park is at 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista. Information: 407-934-7639 or visit www.EpcotinSpring.com.
Universal Orlando Resort's 2013 Mardi Gras: Residents can experience all the spirit and excitement of The Big Easy at Universal Orlando Resort's Mardi Gras 2013, a family friendly version of the famous New Orleans street party that features an authentic celebration throughout Universal Studios Florida. On Saturdays and select nights the event will offer unparalleled theme park entertainment coupled with an elaborate Mardi Gras parade, a sea of colorfully costumed performers, authentic New Orleans musicians, delicious Cajun cuisine and live concerts on the Music Plaza Stage by the following chart-topping artists: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo March 30, Kool and The Gang April 6, Pitbull April 13, and The All American Rejects April 20. Mardi Gras is included in the annual pass or Universal Studios admission. The park is at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. Information: 407-363-8000 or visit www.universalorlando.com.
Busch Gardens "Viva La Música": Viva la Música will begin at noon Sundays April 14-May 5 and brings together live Latin music, salsa and merengue performances from award-winning Latin artists, authentic arts and crafts and regional Latin cuisine. Concerts are at 3 p.m. on Gwazi Field and include Ednita Nazario April 14, Oscar D'Leon April 21, Milly Quesada April 28, and El Gran Combo May 5. Viva la Música is included with any daily admission, Fun Card or Annual Pass to Busch Gardens. The park is at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa. For park hours and tickets, call 888-800-5447 or visit http://seaworldparks.com.
Busch Gardens Adventure Island Waterpark: Adventure Island is now open through summer. The 40-acre water park features thrilling slides and tube rides, including Riptide, Wahoo Run, Key West Rapids, Runaway Rapids, Everglides, Calypso Coaster, Aruba Tuba, Caribbean Corkscrew, Water Moccasin and Gulf Scream. Island nights, a sunset celebration, will be Thursdays-Saturdays, June 13-Aug. 10, featuring music and games on the beach, entertainment and tropical-inspired cuisine 5-9 p.m. Admission: $46 adults, $42 children ages 3 and older, free to children ages 2 and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adventure Island is at 3605 E. Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. For opening hours and detailed schedules of upcoming events, call 813-987-5401 or visit www.buschgardens.com.
Mote Marine: "Sea Lions, On the Water's Edge," is a limited-time exhibit featuring Patagonian and California sea lions through April 28 in the Aquarium. The exhibit will star Patagonian sea lions Stella, 8, Rose, 7, and Kitty, 7, and over time will feature other individual sea lions, each with a distinct personality. The exhibit will include special narrated demonstrations at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. each day. Visiting the exhibit will be included with regular Mote admission. Admission: $17 adults, $16 seniors ages 65 and older, $12 children ages 4-12, free for members and for children ages 3 and younger. Mote Marine is at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441 or visit www.mote.org.
Hermanns Royal Lipizzan Stallions: 32755 Singletary Road, Myakka City
Hermanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions, unquestionably the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world will perform in their 2012-2013 Winter Training and Practice Rehearsal Shows 3 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays through May 4. Donation: $5. Bring lawn chairs. Reservations and information: 941-322-1501 or visit www.hlipizzans.com
DinoQuest2 at Lowry Park Zoo: Rediscover a limited engagement outdoor exhibit of lifelike and life-size dinosaurs at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo which features 22 animatronic creatures ranging from the treacherous T-Rex to the gargantuan Giganotosaurus and other prehistoric pals during regular park hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 28. Visit the park and take a Zoo School program featuring primitive predators or have a dynamite time after dark at Dino Nites for a unique experience. Dino Nites are 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays March 29-May 25, except for April 12-13 and May 17-18, and are $9.95 per person and includes the DinoQuest exhibit. DinoQuest2 daytime admission: $4. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa. Information: www.LowryParkZoo.com.
Museum of Science and Industry "Sea Monsters Revealed": "Sea Monsters Revealed," an exhibition of 18 of the world's largest plastinated sea creatures is now on display at the Museum of Science and Industry, for an up-close and personal look at the most mysterious creatures the deep sea has to offer. Visitors will not only see the outside, but also the inside of the most elusive aquatic life ever discovered, including a 6-foot-wide manta ray, a 15-foot long mako shark, a giant squid, and an 18-foot-long, 3,000 pound whale shark. All specimens in the exhibitions are authentic and have been carefully recovered in accordance with the highest animal protection standards. The exhibit also includes more than 150 individual organs and smaller specimens that define the life of the sea. The exhibition's theatrical and scenic elements take visitors back in time to an 18th century oceanographer's study and will descend in a specially-built submersible to the depths to explore the sea floor and meet renowned ocean explorers such as Fabian Cousteau and Sylvia Earle and walk on the ocean floor among the giants of the deep. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 2 Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Reservations are highly recommended. The museum is at 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. For ticket prices and detailed information, call 813-987-6000 or visit www.mosi.org.
Dakin Dairy Farms season: Dakin Dairy Farms "Farm Fun" season features guided farm tours, hayrides and "old-fashioned country picnics" under the 5-acre oak hammock. Bring your own blanket or use their picnic tables. Picnic includes slow-roasted pulled pork, an "It's All About The Cheese" menu, chili, Angus hot dogs, marshmallows roasted over a campfire, ice cream and more. Enjoy free the 5-acre Farm Fun Play Area with purchase of picnic. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, through April. Farm tours cost $10 are are at noon Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Saturdays. The farm is at 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City. Information: www.DakinDairyFarms.com or Call (941) 322-2802.