🌞 March forth into all the cool things to do this weekend!


Goooood morning... Fort Lauderdale 🌞

Ready to explore this week's breakdown?

  • The Renaissance Fair (including cosplay) is in full swing
  • Las Olas Art Fair and Jazz Brunch this weekend
  • From Pinkalicious, to bugs, to Pirates... lot's to do with the kids!

You Won't Want To Miss This Week:

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>> TODAY (noon to 1:30pm) is time for more tunes at Stranahan Park. RD Project (latin music) will be playing this week for this edition of Noon Tunes. Make sure you bring a chair or blanket. (Free)

>> Only a couple more weekends of the South Florida Renaissance Festival. If you haven't checked it out yet, you might want to try Saturday and Sunday for it special themed "Cosplay Carnival of Heroes and Villains". Fun for all ages. This one is located up in Deerfield Beach, but too good to not mention here. ($$)

>> If furry friends are your deal, come support the Humane Society of Broward County with its 32nd Annual Walk For Animals. Registration begins on Saturday at 8am at Huizenga Park. Walk begins at 10am. (Fundraiser)

>> Closer to home, you can explore this weekend at the Bug Bonanza at MODS. Families can buzz in and have fun with all things buggy discovering the amazing lives of insects, spiders and other creepy crawly creatures. A range of “insect-ivities” will be offered that allow visitors to touch, feel and taste insects. ($$)

>> For the little ones, Pinkalicious will be the show of the day at 1pm at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes and her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with a severe case of "pinkititus," which makes her pink from head to toe! Come along with Pinkalicious as she learns the power of self-control and the importance of moderation. ($$)

>> If art is more you thing... come browse the booths at the second installment of the Las Olas Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. (Free)

>> Sunday it time again for Jazz Brunch on the Riverwalk. This free, live outdoor concert series always brings a big crowd and features the area’s best local jazz artists. Listen to the music on three different stages on the first Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Free)

Featured Fort Lauderdale

There is SO much to learn and love about our fair city. We thought you would enjoy a weekly does of "did you know's" to whet your water-cooler conversations.

Have you visited the Secret Woods Nature Center?

Where Interstates 95 and 595 meet, you’d hardly believe there’s a place for green space.

Port Everglades looms to the east, and jets take off and land at the nearby Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

But Secret Woods is very special. It’s hidden under such a dense canopy of mangroves that most people buzzing past have no idea it exists.

So... You Think You Know Fort Lauderdale?

There is SO much to learn and love about our fair city. We thought you would enjoy a weekly does of "did you know's" to whet your water-cooler conversations.

Did you know that Fort Lauderdale is now home to the world's largest cruise ship? The Wonder of the Seas starts is inaugural trip this week, and the ship is SO big you can even zipline on it! For fun you can even use CruiseMapper to see where the ship is at - in port or at sea.


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$19 for a 1 day pass plus $10 for all the gear you need. Offering Kid-friendly classes.


Big Buns is finally open (under the Society Building, and facing the New River).

www.eatbigbuns.com or @damngoodburgers

This new restaurant is just over the railroad tracks and around the corner from our school. Matchbox (a second restaurant next door) will be opening soon too.


Bluefoot Pirate Adventures. This is a pirate simulation for children in the waterway. For 1 hours.

Round up your roughest and toughest gang of pirates and BYOB for a fun and memorable Fort Lauderdale sunset cruise aboard the Bluefoot, perfect for all you “big pirates.”

Starts at $29 per passenger.


Acton Academy Fort Lauderdale (yes - we produce this newsletter!)

You might be interested to follow the weekly recaps of our small band of adventurous learners. Below you will see a video from our friend Matt who shared what's different about Acton.


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 Flotsam & Jetsam

Each we come across tidbits, tips, and tools that are too good to not share, but they don't exactly fit in the "Fort Lauderdale" category. So inspired by the FTL's close connection to the sea... let's see if any of this floats your boat.

Here's a fun one. Beware... it is also a little bit of a time-suck because once you start looking, you may end up spending more time than you expected. It is called Same Energy Search. It is a visual search engine where you show it one image, and it goes out with machine-learning and finds hundreds of other images that are similar. Definitely one to explore.

Riddle for you*:

You roll a 5 sided pencil on the table. On one of its sides, it is written “HB Pencil”, the others are blank. What is the chance that the side with text on it ends up straight on top?

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