Attraction briefs: March 12-18


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.

"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. now thrugh May 31. 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 Chinese acrobats and an artisan market with unique handmade crafts. Zoominations is part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. For ticket prices and detailed information: 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.org. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa.

Wizard of Oz Traveling Exhibit: Join the Glazer Children Museum as they host their first traveling exhibit based on the film "Wizard of Oz" 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Sept. 30. The exhibit includes interactive areas such as Gale Farm, Munchkinland, Crossroads, Witches Castle, and Emerald City. The exhibit is included with general admission to the Museum. General admission: $15 adults, $9.50 children. Information: 813-443-3809 or glazermuseum.org. The Museum is located at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

Spring Break Family Fun: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will host a Spring Break Family Fun 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. now through March 15 and March 20-Arpil 5. The event will featuring puppet shows, live music, arts and crafts, rainforest story time, a special opportunity to paint Borucan masks with the talented artists of Costa Rica, an outdoor elevated rainforest with thatched roof, a 12 feet waterfall, a suspended rope bridge, caves for exploring, adventure trail, and a research station. Delicious rainforest themed food is available for purchase. All activities are free with regular admission to the Gardens. Admission: $19 adults, $6 children ages 6-11, children ages 3 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-366-5731 or selby.org. The Gardens are at 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort: Let the good times roll this spring at Universal Orlando Resort's 2015 Mardi Gras celebration through April 18, featuring 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: MKTO, March 13; Styx, March 14; American Authors, March 15; Becky G, March 20; Yandel, March 21; The B-52s, March 22; Phillip Phillips, March 28; The All-American Rejects, April 4; The Band Perry, April 11; and Trey Songz, April 18. For detailed information, hours and ticket prices, call 888-343-8991 or universalorlando.com/celebration. The park is located at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.

Bands, Brew and BBQ: Showing support and honoring America's heroes SeaWorld will be hosting "Bands, Brew and BBQ" weekends in March featuring Rodney Atkins on March 14 and Kool and The Gang on March 15. Additional artists will be announced soon. Events are included with SeaWorld admission. The 2015 Fun Card will allow guests to enjoy all of Bands, Brew and BBQ and the rest of SeaWorld's event lineup through Dec. 31, 2015. For detailed information, park hours and tickets: 888-800-5447 or seaworldparks.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 through April 26. The star-studded line-up, live concerts through April will include: Kool and The Gang, March 14; Boys Like Girls, March 15; Kenny Rogers, March 21; Pentatonix, March 22; Steven Curtis Chapman, March 28; El Gran Combo, March 29; Collective Soul, April 4; Echosmith, April 5; KC and the Sunshine Band, April 11; Josh Turner, April 12; Austin Mahone, April 18; Daddy Yankee, April 19; Daughtry, April 25; and Aloe Blacc, April 26. Headlining concerts begin at 6 p.m. and additional local bands and live DJs will perform when the Festival opens at noon each event day. 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 additional information, park hours and ticket prices: 813-987-5090 or buschgardens.com. The park is at 10165 N. Malcolm McKinley Dr., Tampa.

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.

Sesame Street Safari of Fun: Busch Gardens invites guests to bring the kids and come celebrate the fifth birthday of Sesame Street Safari of Fun. Join Elmo, Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters for a sidewalk parade while dancing along to a kind-friendly DJ 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 27 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28-29. Guests can meet their favorite animal ambassadors, enjoy a cake cutting and have fun with other special surprises including the hit show "A is for Africa," along with Big Bird's 123-Smile with Me portrait studio appearances scheduled throughout the day. For additional information, park hours and ticket prices: 813-987-5090 or bushcgardens.com. The park is at 10165 N. Malcolm McKinley Dr., 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.

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 April 4-5. 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.

"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.

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.

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.