Weekend

Attraction briefs: Jan. 22-28

ATTRACTION BRIEFS

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.

Special Birthday Offer at Lowry Park Zoo: Celebrate your birthday in a wild style at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and enjoy free daytime admission into the Zoo with 1,000 animal friends. Guest must present acceptable proof of birth date: driver's license, birth certificate, passport or military ID. Offer must be redeemed on the individual's actual birthday with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Offer is not available with other offers or discounts. Information: 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.org. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa.

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.

Second annual "A Celebration of Harry Potter": From Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 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 two 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.

Bindi Irwin at Busch Gardens: Guests can join globally recognized animal conservationist Bindi Irwin at Busch Gardens for exciting animal encounters and fun-filled shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Feb. 7-8 in the Stanleyville Theater. Irwin will host "Generation Nature LIVE" bringing the kid-centric website to life designed to inspire kids to become "Gama Changers for Nature," Families can play interactive games designed to uncover their "Nature IQ," enjoy special appearances by some of Busch Gardens' favorite animal ambassadors, and learn how to make a difference for wildlife. The event is included with any Annual Pass, Fun Card or daily admission. For detailed information, call 888-800-5447 or buschgardens.com. The park is at 10165 N. Malcolm McKinley Dr., Tampa.

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 Feb. 7-8. 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.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: Busch Gardens is introducing some flavor to its Food and Wine Festival as in addition to taking taste buds on a culinary adventure, guests can enjoy live concerts Saturdays and Sundays March 7-April 26. The concert schedule: March 7: Gavin DeGraw, March 8: Fifth Harmony, March 14: Kool and the Gang, March 15: Boys Like Girls, March 21: Kenny Rogers, March 22: Pentatonix, March 28: Steven Curtis Chapman, March 29: El Gran Combo. Listings for April will be published as they become available. The event is included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission. Food and beverages are not included with park admission and are available for an extra fee. For detailed information, call 888-800-5447 or buschgardens.com. The park is at 10165 N. Malcolm McKinley Dr., Tampa.

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort: Let the good times roll this spring at Universal Orlando Resort's 2015 Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 7-April 18, featuring 16 nights of thrilling concerts from some of the biggest names in music, coupled with the essence of the legendary Bayou bash. On select nights guests will experience a family-friendly version of the "Newlins"-inspired festival and can top off their day in the theme parks with delicious Cajun cuisine in the French Quarter Courtyard, performances by Bourbon Street bands. an awe-inspiring parade and a live concert. The concert schedule: Feb. 7: Olivia Newton John, Feb. 14: Jessie J, Feb. 15: Barenaked Ladies, Feb. 21: Kelly Clarkson, Feb. 28: Heart, March 7: Trace Adkins, March 13: TBD, March 14: Styx, March 15: American Authors, March 20: Becky G, March 21: Yandel, March 22: The B-52s, March 28: TBD, April 4: The All-American Rejects, April 11: The Band Perry, April 18: Trey Songz. For detailed information, hours and ticket prices, call 888-343-8991 or universalorlando.com/celebration. The park is located at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.

"Wild at Heart": Take your Valentine to South America, Africa or Australia, no passport required at Lowry Park Zoo's "Wild at Heart" event 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 13-14 featuring cocktails under the stars, delectable dinner, romantic settings, up-close animal encounters, and tales of love in the animal kingdom. The event is for adults 21 and up. Reservations are required. Tickets: $70 a person. Information: 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.org. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa.

"Oh Baby! Life Cycles of the Seas": People of all ages can learn how ocean life renews itself during the limited-time, marine science exhibit "Oh Baby! Life Cycles of the Seas," at Mote Marine 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Feb. 14-Sept. 27. The family-friendly event is an educational exhibit that will invite visitors to discover ocean animal "romance" and reproduction, babies of many species and the survival challenges facing new generations of marine life. The exhibit is included with regular admission. For details, hours and admission call 941-388-4441 or mote.org.

"ZOOZoom": Join Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo for the 10th annual ZOOZoom Feb. 28, a 5K run that winds through the Zoo and along the scenic Hillsborough River. Registration at 6:30 a.m., run and walk at 7:30 a.m., the fun run at 9 a.m. Registration: $30-$35, includes admission to the Zoo for the day of the entrant only, t-shirt and post-race refreshments. Information: 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.org. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa.

"Zoominations": Join Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo for "Zoominations," a Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights, the first of its kind in the Southeastern U.S., a dazzling display of custom-made Chinese lantern structures illuminating Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Colossal by day and radiant after dark, guests will discover 30 spectacular scenes representing traditional Chinese dragons and folklore along with larger-than-life replicas of Zoo animals. Zoominations will also feature performances by Chienses acrobats and an artisan market with unique handmade crafts. Information

Lowry Park Zoo School Summer Camp: Take advantage of an early bird sale on summer camp programs for students who have completed K-8th grades. Online only early bird registration opens at noon March 21 and closes at midnight March 27. Discounts and special offers will vary throughout the week. Camp sale does not include Extended Care and select specialty camps. Offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Information: 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.org. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa.

"Orangutan Egg Hunt": Watch the Zoo's Bornean orangutan family have some Easter fun with their own egg hunt 11 a.m. April 3. The event is an annual treat for the primates and zoo guests. Information: 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.org. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa.

"Wild Days" with "Jungle Jack" Hanna at Busch Gardens: The internationally known animal "Jungle Jack" Hanna will host two days of animal shows, autograph signing and special meet-and-greets and will share animal facts and his travel tales during his "Wild Days" shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Stanleyville Theater. The event is included with any Annual Pass, Fun Card or daily admission. For detailed information, call 888-800-5447 or buschgardens.com. The park is at 10165 N. Malcolm McKinley Dr., Tampa.

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.

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