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Family Fun Fest Salutes Hollywood!

A park volunteer assists a youngster in operating a robot.
At last month's Sea Star Wars Family Fun Fest, volulunteer Bob Kramer helps a youngster operate a robot.
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News Release Date: February 4, 2013
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x007

It's Awards Season in Hollywood, and no better time to take the 13th season of Biscayne National Park's Family Fun Fest on a look back of some of the biggest motion pictures in Oscars history. On Sunday, February 10 from 1-4 p.m. at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center, A Salute to Hollywood will remake Hollywood blockbusters with a Biscayne twist.The event is free and open to the public, and visitors are encouraged to dress to the nines! The Visitor Center is located at 9700 SW 328 Street, 9 miles east of Homestead

A Salute to Hollywood will feature five hands-on and engaging activity stations located around the visitor center. Stations include:

  • My Fair Lady - A giant board game engages families in reading Charlotte's Story, the true tale of a woman who left the good life for a life of adventure on the park's Elliott Key in 1934.
  • Out of Africa - From dust and tree names, to pirates and hurricanes, Biscayne's African connections may surprise you.
  • On the Waterfront - Groundwater may be out of sight, but it should never be out of mind!
  • Crash - Who ran aground and destroyed precious resources in Biscayne National Park?
  • The Red Carpet - Join You-Know-Who's salty sister Joan Oceans on the red carpet as she welcomes guests to the prestigious "Parkies" awards ceremony!

Participants receive a passport to get stamped at each activity station, and those who complete all five activities will earn a specially-designed button to remember the day. Earning all five buttons in a season earns a Family Fun Fest Fanatic award in April.

Future Family Fun Fests this season also fall under the "Starpower" theme. They are:

  • 500 Years in the Sunshine State - March 10, 2013 - Celebrate five centuries of Florida history as represented in the resources of Biscayne National Park.
  • It's SUN-day! - April 14, 2012 - Wondering what our nearest star has done for us lately? LOTS!

Family Fun Fest's Season 13: Starpower! is made possible through generous donations from park visitors and the Bobby Duryea Fund at the South Florida National Parks Trust, with additional support from the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves and a host of dedicated volunteers.

The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is located at 9700 SW 328 Street, nine miles east of Homestead, Florida. Call 305-230-7275, extension 0 or visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/bisc for more information. For regular updates from the park, "like" us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BiscayneNPS and "follow" us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BiscayneNPS.

Did You Know?

manatees

Manatees are aquatic relatives of elephants. They have thick gray skin, coarse hairs, big toenails on their flippers, and lips that can rip and tear plants. Ask a Biscayne National Park ranger for suggestions on good places to look for these gentle giants.