201 10th St. W | Bradenton FL 34205 | Map It!

(941) 746-4131

Photos from Family Night!

Family Night at the Museum

Share |


The first Saturday of most months presents a whole new way to explore the Museum. Each Family Night offers something new to see and do. It could be a family-friendly film or maybe a live performance. Then there might be a scavenger hunt through the Museum or  hands-on activities to engage the entire family. One thing is for sure - it'll be fun and educational!

Family Night Details:

  • The Museum is open until 8:00 p.m. and admission is half price after 3:00 p.m!
  • Most Family Nights include a Live Star Talk and/or a Space Show in the Bishop Planetarium, check individual dates for more information.
  • The Rock Hall of Fame Planetarium show runs from 8:15 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Museum Friends Members are always free for Family Night and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Each Family Night is different, please check below for specific show schedules and Museum programs. 



Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Upcoming Family Night Events

Family Night - Family Reading Festival

Saturday, September 05, 2015 3:00 PM

National Fossil Day!

Saturday, October 03, 2015 3:00 PM

The South Florida Museum is proud to partner with local and state agencies, organizations and clubs to promte the exploration, education and protection of our ancient past. Guests will meet real paleontologists and geologists who work everyday to uncover the secrets fossils reveal about our Earth and the live that once dwelled on our rocky planet. 

  • Event Features: 
  • Junior Paleontologist Badge Program presented by the Desoto National Memorial Park Rangers
  • Outdoors Fossil dig for kids! Sponsored by Mosaic 
  • Fossil Exhibitions from the Florida Museum of Natural History, Florida Paleontological Society, Florida Fossil Hunters, the Southwest Florida Fossil Society and many others
  • Speakers + Workshops 
  • Special Screening of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure at 4:15 pm in the Bishop Planetarium 

Family Night - Night at the Museum!

Saturday, December 05, 2015 3:00 PM

On one special night in December something happens at the museum… history comes alive! Come watch as the exhibits come to life and then meet the many people across time who we have helped shaped our state's amazing history. Meet the ancient Paleoindians who arrived in Florida some 12,000 years ago, Tocobaga and Timucuan fishermen who greeted the Spanish Conquistadors in 1539 and the early American pioneers who settled here in the 19th century. Learn from actors portraying the life of collectors Montague Tallant and William Clendenin about the discovery and care of precious artifacts and specimens.  With costumed actors and interactive games history has never felt more alive! 


  • 4:00- 7:00pm The Exhibits Come To Life...
  • 3:15 Perfect Little Planet 
  • 4:30 Passport to the Universe 
  • 5:00 Character Parade
  • 6:00 Manatee Presentation
  • 7:00 Live Star Talk 
  • 7:30 Space Park 360


Please note: Family Night at the Museum programs may vary due to other special events and Museum programs. When planning your next visit, please be sure to check this web page to view the upcoming scheduled events and Family Night themes.

Current Hours

Tues. - Sat.: 10 am to 5 pm 
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm

Closed on Mondays and on the 1st Saturday
in November, Thanksgiving, Christmas
& New Year’s Day.

Full Schedule
| Plan Your Visit
201 10th St. W | Bradenton FL 34205
Get driving directions »
Call for more info (941) 746-4131