THU 7/3What constellation is that? What's up in the sky at night? The moon -- does it exist? If the kids are stumping you with their inquisitive natures, take them to the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) for an interactive look at the final frontier. Runways to Rockets: Our Place in Aerospaceunravels the mysteries of space in an interactive environment. Curious kids can learn how astronomers use radio waves and light to gather information about the universe and learn about Earth's volume in comparison to other objects within our solar system, like the Sun, Jupiter, and Mars. Visitors can also get weightless in an actual space vehicle and learn about gravity. Check out this ongoing exhibit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 954-467-6637 for admission prices.
FRI 7/4You know what to do today. Seriously. I mean, c'mon. It's the Fourth of July. Note the large story to the right that describes the various places to go see pretty explosions. Maybe you should take its advice. The writer certainly seems knowledgeable. But if, after you've done all your oohs and aahs, you still feel like getting out on the town, head over to Ray's Downtown (519 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) and take in the post-fireworks show, which begins at 10 p.m. -- just after the fireworks are over, natch. Way of the Groove, Meredosia, and Small Town Zeros provide the entertainment. Admission is $5. Call 561-835-1577.
SAT 7/5One could go to Dada (52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach) for the atmosphere alone. No place in Delray, and practically no place in Broward, is so self-consciously hip as DaDa -- we'd even go so far as to put the place toward the top of South Florida, were it not for Miami and the South Beach scene that takes "self-consciously hip" to mind-boggling heights. DaDa is a different sort of cool from South Beach. It's a cool cool. But drinks are a bit overpriced, and who wants to go to a bar purely for atmosphere? Happily, you've got another reason to hit DaDa by 10 p.m. The New Graduates, something of a South Florida approximation of Britpop, take the stage, with DJ Sloan cranking out new-wave tunes in the meantime. Shoegazers, unite! Admission is free, which is good -- you'll need that money to pay the bar tab. Call 561-330-3232.
SUN 7/6A few weeks back, New Times' music section featured a story on the Marauders. While the Marauders were a welcome addition to the local music scene, local fans of goth-surf (all five of them) lamented. The Marauders' bassist and keyboardist, after all, had been members of the Necrophiles, the only goth-surf band we can think of off the top of our heads. Heck, it was the only surf-rock band without a guitar we can think of off the top of our heads. But those who shook in their little booties fearing the end had come for the Necrophiles can wipe the sweat from their collective brow. The band performs at Tavern 213 (213 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) at 10 p.m. along with Shortstack and Steamroller. There's no cover, but the horrors of a Necrophiles show can be too much to bear for the little ones -- this show is age 18 and older only. Call 954-463-5213.
MON 7/7 Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, is an ancient Japanese rite that marks the moment when the major stars Vega and Altair are prominent in the constellations of Lyra and Aquila. In mythology, Tanabata celebrates the reunion of the two lovers associated with those stars. During this astrological phenomenon, it is believed that if you write a wish on a piece of paper, known as tanzaku, and tie it to a bamboo tree, your wish is delivered to the heavens. Morikami Museum (4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach) invites visitors to participate in this unique multicultural event, which goes on during regular museum hours through July 13. Get those wishes ready now. Call 561-495-0233, or visit www.morikami.org.
TUE 7/8Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! And more quilts! That's what you'll find at Fine Focus 2. This traveling exhibit of small-format art quilts consists of about 50 pieces from local and national artists. The exhibit displays a variety of technically and conceptually stunning, intricately stitched quilts in a variety of styles, including pictorial pieces, abstract art, and both serious and humorous themes. At first glance, you'll swear they're actually paintings. Quilting ain't just for Grandma anymore. The exhibit runs through September 13 at the Cornell Museum of Art and History (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach). Call 561-243-7922, or visit www.finefocus.net.
WED 7/9The Anne Kolb Nature Center (West Lake Park, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood) begins its Sea Turtles and Their Babies program today. Following an informative workshop on the trials and tribulations of sea turtles and their attempts at procreation, participants hit the beach at Hollywood North Beach Park (3501 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood). Once there, they will (hopefully) observe sea turtles in action. The little fellas often have a hard time surviving in the big cities of South Florida, where too much light, too many roads, and a plethora of pollution have nearly done them in. Hatcheries have been built up and down the coast where the turtles can hatch before heading back into the blue Atlantic. This is only the first of many such events to be conducted throughout the summer. The popular program is notorious for filling up well in advance, so any interested souls would do well to call and reserve their spot. Admission is $3. Call 954-926-2480.