Miami-Dade County Visual Arts

3rd Annual Miami Underwater Festival

3rd Annual Miami Underwater FestivalJune 7 & 8 – Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (formerly Miami Science Museum) is inviting the public to “dive into” its 3rd Annual Miami Underwater Festival on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, 2014. The festival is being held in celebration of the global World Oceans Day, which honors the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents.

Saturday, June 7, 10am-6pm – Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami
All events on this day are free with paid museum admission. The day’s activities will include:
A variety of beautiful underwater films and photography showcasing marine conservation and sustainability, featuring BLUE on Tour and photos by acclaimed worldwide photographer Zach Ransom.
Aquariums of all shapes and sizes. Guests can learn to create their own aquarium.
Helping to build a cardboard coral reef (and all of its animals) that will decorate the new museum plaza.
Local diving stars Billy Catoggio and Mitch Herne of the popular TV show “Scuba Nation.” Guests can meet the stars, and watch an episode of the show.
Opportunities to try knot tying and learn about boating in South Florida with Shake-A-Leg Miami, an international adaptive sailing program.
A workshop series featuring corals, underwater photography and diving certification 101 by local scientists and dive shops, including coral expert Dr. Diego Lirman of University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) and Grove Scuba.
New ocean-themed curious vault tables, where guests can see where science and art meet.

Sunday, June 8, 12pm–4pm – Knight Plaza, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
This will be the first time guests will be able to access Knight Plaza, and have many opportunities to see/takes photos of the progress of the new museum. On this day, all events are free (parking fees may apply.) Activities will include:
· Fun scavenger hunts around the plaza, during which guests can challenge their marine skills.
· Guests can continue the coral reef community art project by creating and adding their own fish to the fence.
· Surprise pop-up live science with special marine-theme performances.
· Nautical knot training with Shake-A-Leg Miami.
· Learning about water safety on boats and in the ocean.
· Fun interactive demos and “life-size” games related to Miami marine themes.
· Sign-up for special coastal restoration efforts and plant sea oats with Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE).

“The Miami Underwater Festival presents a wonderful opportunity for anyone to learn more about the fascinating ocean, ocean life and much more that we in South Florida are so lucky to be near,” said Gillian Thomas, president and CEO of Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.