The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) in downtown Fort Lauderdale will celebrate Pride month with a special Family Pride Day, including hands-on science and craft activities, musical performances and drag queen story time.
The event, taking place Saturday, June 22, is part of a year-long effort at the museum to create a welcoming experience for all, including LGBT families.
“Our mission statement has always been about ‘everyone’—all children and all adults,” explained Joe Cox, the museum’s president and CEO. “For me, when I look at the great programs, exhibits and experiences that the museum offers, it is key that we provide that experience to as many people as possible. We know that education and connectivity of families strengthens communities.”
With a grant from the Community Foundation of Broward, MODS has already offered inclusivity training for staff, created gender neutral facilities and modified museum signage. The Pride Family Day is just the latest initiative.
The special activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a screening of “Families Like Yours” in the IMAX theater. The powerful documentary explores the love, compassion, sacrifices and successes of LGBT families in America on the largest movie screen in South Florida.
The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida is scheduled to perform at 11:50 a.m. and at noon, Dean Trantalis, the city’s first openly gay mayor, will be honored. Colorful Kaboom! Shows will be presented at 1 and 4 p.m. and a panel of LGBT scientists will discuss career opportunities at 2 p.m. Drag queen story time will be held at 3 p.m.
There will also be food and beverages and a wide variety of vendors and organizations that serve the LGBT community.
“Family Pride Day is a unique opportunity to show our support for all of South Florida’s diverse families. We are creating a culture of hospitality where diversity is celebrated. We take pride in being a museum where everyone can learn and rediscover science through our programs as an individual or family,” Cox said.
Cox emphasized that the museum is not just for children and young families. MODS launched an extremely popular adult series, “Discovery After Dark,” last year with a program on the science of brewing beer. On July 18, MODS will open its comic book superheroes exhibit, including a replica of the original batmobile from the 1960s television series, “Batman.”
“Who said science was just for school children?” Cox asked. “The museum is a great place to go for dates and couples outings, particularly during the afternoons and during the school year when kids are back in school. Our IMAX theater is spectacular and we want to be that space, that special place for everyone to explore and discover.”
The Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 S.W. 2ndSt. in Fort Lauderdale, hosts its first LGBT Family Pride Day on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free for Fort Lauderdale residents and $5 for non-residents. For more information, go to MODS.org.