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 atwww.twitter.com/BiscayneNPS.

Image courtesy National Park Service

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