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As Americans begin to emerge from stay-at-home orders and start the process of resuming their daily lives, the cultural partners of Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District are slowly starting to safely reopen their venues. The partners are doing this while also continuing to deliver an array of virtual experiences accessible to all members of the family.

This month, you can explore the stunning gardens and lush grounds of the beautiful Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in person; and take your own walking tour using History Fort Lauderdale’s “Walk Fort Lauderdale” app. If you need to keep the kids busy, you may want to register them for one of Broward Center’s virtual summer theater camp programs. There is also great art you can virtually explore at the NSU Art Museum, and a delicious historic cookie recipe that you and your family will want to make. There is much to do, see and experience this June at #DotheDistrict!
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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens reopens the House with a newly created, never-before-offered, self-guided house tour app, beginning June 2. The cost is $10 to tour the grounds and $20 to tour the house and grounds. Tours are available Tuesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information on the tours available, the health and safety standards being implemented for your safety, and to purchase tickets, click the link below.
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Each weekday morning at 11 a.m., as part of Historic Stranahan House’s “Live from Fort Lauderdale” series, your children will be treated to a fun, interactive virtual program ranging from live storytelling to creating arts and crafts, and much more. The Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, credited as Fort Lauderdale’s founding father; and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area’s first schoolteacher. Considered the birthplace of Fort Lauderdale, it is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and has served as a trading post, post office, town hall, and home to the Stranahans.
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The Broward Center for the Performing Arts will offer two distinct virtual camp experiences for children:

• The first experience, the Virtual Broadway Intensive, is a weeklong program designed for the ultimate Broadway fan. For five consecutive days, there will be new discoveries, active learning, and artistic creation, all while exploring the multi-faceted world of Broadway! The program will be led by Broward Center Artist-In-Residence Tammy Holder, Education Programs Manager Tim Maynes, and guest dance instructor Michael Stanek. This camp is taking place June 15–19.

• The second experience, a four-week online Summer Theater Camp curriculum, is offered by Broward Center and The Performance Project School of the Arts, which have pulled together to pique campers’ interests, keep them engaged and get them moving. Additionally, each age group will rehearse for a revue-style show to be livestreamed from Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This camp is taking place June 22–July 10, and show week is July 13–17.
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While NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale works to reopen, you can visit it any time from the comfort of home with virtual tours, or be inspired to create your own masterpieces with a new virtual exhibition. You can also explore the permanent collection of over 7,500 artworks with the museum’s newest online search tool.
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History Fort Lauderdale invites you to “Walk Fort Lauderdale” with a special app, offered as a free download via the Florida Stories app through the App Store and Google Play! This 1.5-mile historic tour features 12 significant locations with accompanying audio descriptions of 5 minutes or less per stop, plus historic renderings. Stops include the banks of the New River and Bryan homes on the History Fort Lauderdale campus, the Bryan/Abreu building (201 SW 2nd St.), the bus station, Pace Furniture and Bivans Hotel (200 SW Brickell Ave.), the main library (100 S. Andrews) and more. The Fort Lauderdale tour is complemented by a 4”x 9” printed full-color rack card with tour stop icons and a map. The “Walk Fort Lauderdale” app is available year-round.
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Historically Delicious
Cookie Recipe:

Originally published on March 14, 1924, this delicious cookie recipe shared by the Historic Stranahan House still holds up as a classic favorite. Make it with and for your family today.
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The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. For additional cultural events happening throughout Broward County please visit ArtsCalendar.com.

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