Hey everyone! Lisa here...If you're a planner like me then you'll be glad to know that MOSI has released their upcoming summer events!

Be Inspired by Van Gogh
Join MOSI on May 8 at 6 p.m. for Starry Night, an evening of appreciation of Van Gogh’s works and the night sky that inspired them. Enjoy samples of Van Gogh Vodka, Hors d'oeuvres, the IMAX® Dome Theatre film Van Gogh: Brush with Genius, private Saunders Planetarium shows and the ambiance perfect for a date night. $30 per adult, $50 for couples. Special member pricing: $25 per adult, $40 for couples. Call (813) 987-6000 to make your reservations.
Childcare available: Let MOSI’s certified education staff engage your child with science activities, games and pizza while you enjoy an evening with Van Gogh! $25 for the first child (12 and under), and $15 dollars for each additional child.

Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day Tea
May 9 & 10, 2009, Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
MOSI’s Mother’s Day Tea includes a high tea service, a symbolic adoption of a Cassius Blue Butterfly through the Adopt-A-Butterfly program, admission to MOSI exhibit galleries and one standard IMAX® Dome Theatre film including a unique opportunity to sip tea surrounded by free-flying butterflies in the BioWorks Butterfly Garden! Advance reservations required, please call (813) 987-6000.  $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for children 12 and under. Special member pricing: $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 12 and under. Call (813) 987-6000 to make your reservation.

Does your Mom make your heart flutter? MOSI’s Adopt-A-Butterfly program offers symbolic butterfly adoptions for mom or that special someone starting at just $25! Honorees receive an official adoption notice, a personalized butterfly certificate and butterfly photo. Visit www.mosigiving.org or call (813) 987-6077 for details.

Watchmen: The IMAX® Experience
IMAX Dome Theatre
Showing March 28 thru May 2009
The eagerly-awaited movie adaptation of the most celebrated graphic novel of our time opens in the IMAX Dome Theatre at MOSI.  From the director of the wildly successful 300, Watchmen has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® and is shown on the five-story, dome-shaped screen of the IMAX Dome Theatre. Visit www.mosi.org for show times.

Calling all Klingons and Vulcans!
June 20, 2009, 3 p.m.
Gather up your crew for the summer movie event for all generations- Star Trek: The IMAX® Experience.  Join MOSI on Stardate -314466.24 (June 20 at 3 p.m.) as we learn of Captain Kirk’s youth and celebrate everything Star Trek. Event will include entertainment and sci-fi characters. Call (813) 987-6000 to reserve your tickets.

BODY WORLDS & The Story of the Heart
Now open for a limited engagement, ends June 28, 2009
For the first time in Florida, MOSI proudly debuts Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Story of the Heart. Dr. Gunther von Hagens is the world's leading public anatomist and originator of contemporary anatomical exhibitions. BODY WORLDS & The Story of the Heart offers insights on the human body and disease, and looks closely at the heart—revealing through the lens of anatomy, cardiology, psychology and culture how this four-chambered muscle nourishes, regulates and sustains life. Advance ticket purchase strongly encouraged. Visit www.mosi.org. Pricing: Adults $25.95, Seniors (60+) $22.45, Children (2-12) $19.95. Special group rates available. Special member pricing: $16.00 Adults, $12.00 Child (2-12), and $13.50 Seniors (60+)

ANIMATION, an all-new summer exhibition
Opens July 10 – Sept. 7, 2009
Join MOSI on a quest to understand how animation really works! Enter the exciting and visually rich world of ANIMATION, a highly interactive traveling exhibition that brings together art, math, science, and technology. Visitors will explore the process of animation surrounded by colorful larger-than-life graphics of popular cartoon and animation characters from Cartoon Network. Pricing: Adults $23.95, Seniors (60+) $22.95, Children (2-12) $19.95. MOSI members are FREE! Special group rates available.
 
Kids In Charge! 4th-Year Birthday Bash!
July 11, 2009, inside Kids In Charge! The Children’s Science Center
Join MOSI for the Kids In Charge! Children’s Science Center 4th-year Birthday Bash! On this special day, junior guests can enjoy birthday cake, party hat making station, face painting and explore visual world of cartoon animation inside ANIMATION, the exhibition!  This event is FREE with paid admission. MOSI members are FREE!
 
Back to School Health & Safety Expo
August 8, 2009, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Jump start your child's school year during MOSI’s Back to School Health & Safety Expo! Learn wellness and child safety tips from community partners and get information on local children's resources, afterschool programs, tutors, children's retailers and more!  This event is FREE with paid admission. MOSI members are FREE! 

For a listing of more fun summer events visit www.visittampabay.com/calendar

~Cheers!