From Florence, Italy... "The Divine Michelangelo and Da Vinci: Side by Side Exhibition": On loan from the Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci in Florence, Italy, the "Divine Michelangelo and Da Vinci Side by Side exhibition" is now open through April 30 at the Bradenton Auditorium and illustrates the startling genius of the two Renaissance masterminds. The exhibit displays Michelangelo's and Da Vinci's most important works and sculptures, which are original cast reproductions created directly from the masters' works by the National Academy of Cast Making in Florence. The intention of the exhibition is to provide visitors with an unparalleled experience by immersing the viewer into the lives of two of the world's greatest artists that ever lived. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $15.95 adults, $13.95 seniors and teachers, $11.95 children ages 4-12, children ages 3 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult. Information: 941-209-1236 or discoverdavinci.com. The auditorium is at 1005 First Ave. W., Bradenton.
The Cowfish opening: Universal CityWalk's newest restaurant, The Cowfish, is now officially open, bringing the nation's original "sushi burger bar" to the heart of Universal Orlando's entertainment complex. Guests dining at The Cowfish can savor signature creations from an exciting menu that offers something for everyone, including innovative sushi rolls, unique craft burgers, and "Burgushi" a cutting-edge fusion of burger and sushi that offers the best of both worlds. The Cowfish in located on the first floor of CityWalk next to Red Oven Pizza Bakery. Universal Orlando CityWalk is located at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. For detailed information, location, opening hours and ticket prices visit UniversalOrlando.com.
"'T is the Season" at Universal Orlando: Families can create lifelong memories during Universal Orlando's Holiday celebrations weekends through Jan. 3 featuring the Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios with larger-than-life balloons, holiday characters, and fantasy-filled floats. At Universal's Islands of Adventure, guests will smile during the heartwarming live show "Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular," and on select dates a special breakfast with the characters. All theme park holiday entertainment is included as part of park-to-park or multi-day admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. For detailed information, location, opening hours and ticket prices visit UniversalOrlando.com/holidays.
"ICE!" Christmas at Gaylord Palms: The magic of the Christmas season "ICE!" will be at Gaylord Palms Resort through Jan. 4 where guests can indulge in holiday merriment where the Dreams of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King will come to life in a full-on frozen wonderland and scenes from everyone's favorite ballet, The Nutcracker, will be reimagined in nearly two million pounds of hand-carved vibrant ice sculptures. The event will feature four slippery ice slides and live carving stations inside the Artisans in Action Frostbite Factory and Alpine Rush Snow Tubing on a giant snow hill created with 1.5 million pounds of real Florida snow. For ticket prices, opening hours and information visit christmasatgaylordpalms.com. The park is at 6000 W. Osceola Pkwy., Kissimmee.
Bank of America "Museums on Us": Bank of America's "Museums on Us" is offering cardholders free admission to some of the most exciting cultural venues in the United States Jan. 3-4. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can get free access to more than 150 participating museums in 94 cities and include the Florida Holocaust Museum and Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission. The offer is valid for cardholders only, guests are not eligible. The program excludes fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows the first full weekend of each month. Information: museums.bankofamerica.com.
Second annual "A Celebration of Harry Potter": Fans can enjoy three days of incredible experiences, including the "A Celebration of Harry Potter" Expo, Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and other special guests, experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits, visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogsmeade at Universal's Island of Adventure, Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, and ride the Hogwarts Express between the to lands with park-to-park ticket and much more. Tickets and special vacation packages are available now. For detailed information, hours and ticket prices, call 888-343-8991 or universalorlando.com/celebration. The park is located at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.
RealRail Train Displays: Come enjoy the operating train displays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, except on holiday weekends, at 6804 14th St. W., Bradenton. Admission is free. Tax free donations are accepted. Information: realrail.com.
MOSI "3D-Printing the Future" The Exhibition: "3D Printing the Future-The Exhibition" in display now at The Museum of Science and Industry, illustrating 3D printing's boundless and mind blowing potential to re-shape how we live, work and play. Visitors can try their hand at this transformative technology inside a hands-on workshop and will be offered an inspiring glimpse of the future through 3D-printed objects, live demonstrations, and an in-depth look at how 3D printing technology works, how it is used, and the amazing possibilities for the future. Visitors will see 3D printers in action as they take an immersive walk through all applications of 3D printing, including, 3D Medicine, 3D Science and Technology, 3D Archeology, 3D Everyday, 3D Workshop, and 3D Live Showcase. Admission: $22.95 adults, $20.95 seniors ages 60 and older, $18.95 children ages 2-12. Information: 813-987-600 or mosi.org. The museum is at 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa.
Bearadise Ranch: Bearadise Ranch is home to the famous Welde family bears, and established in 1926 to educate and generate public awareness for habitat preservation and conservation for all bear species. The public can learn about bears and gain an appreciation for them on tours 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with educational presentations as part of the tour offering plenty of photographic opportunities for the nature lover or bear enthusiast. Donations: $8 adults, $6 children ages 5-12, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Reservations are required. The ranch is at 6908 245th St. E., Myakka City, Information: 941-322-2462 or bearadiseranch.com.
Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery: Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery is a Certified Florida Farm Winery and is Florida's premier certified "Master Level" Green winery. Wines are 97 percent hand crafted from 100 percent whole fresh Manatee County grown grapes and are bottled in recycled/repurposed wine bottles. The winery offers seven varieties of the native Muscadine grapes and makes 11 different wines: red, white and rose, including red and white sparkling wines and whole fresh fruit wines. The winery is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week and offers complimentary wine tastings and tours. The winery is at 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette. Information: 941-776-0418 or bunkerhillvineyard.com.