MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM THOMAS AND FRIENDS
All aboard! The MCM welcomes the Thomas and Friends: Explore the Rails exhibit, a 1,500-sq.-ft. playground where kids can use their creativity by climbing into Thomas’ cab and exploring the engine’s inner workings, fixing Percy’s wobbly wheel by removing and replacing parts, suiting up as the conductor to exchange money and sell tickets to other visitors, and much more.
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Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, running through Jan. 8, at the Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $20, $15 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.
HOLIDAY MAGIC SANTA’S ENCHANTED FOREST
It’s back! The world’s largest Christmas theme park is a must-see for kids of all ages, with its millions upon millions of dazzling lights, more than 100 rides, festive music, great food, and South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree.
Details: 5 p.m.-midnight daily, running through Jan. 8, at Santa’s Enchanted Forest (Tropical Park), 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; www.santasenchantedforest.com; $31.40-$43.32.
MIAMI ACTING COMPANY PRESENTS PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Five-time Tony Award winning musical play based on the bestselling novel by Miami's own Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson is a grownup’s prequel to Peter Pan. A company of a dozen actors plays more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $30, $25 seniors, $20 students, $15 kids under 14.
FAIRCHILD TROPICAL GARDEN FALL GARDEN FESTIVAL
Experience all that fall in South Florida has to offer, with cooking classes, home gardening demonstrations, live steel drum and Brazilian music, plus the annual Ramble event, featuring art, antiques, rare books, garden vendors, a furniture design show, the largest plant sale in South Florida, and much more. There’s also a special KidWay area, including carnival games, crafts and face-painting.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org; free with regular garden admission: $25, $18 seniors, $12 kids 6-17, free 5 and under.
SOUTHLAND MALL FESTIVE FRIDAYS
Kick off the weekend with entertaining cultural performances and activities. This week, the talented thespians of Cutler Bay Community Theater get an early start on turkey time with some Thanksgiving-themed improv.
Details: 6-8 p.m. Friday at Southland Mall, 20505 S. Dixie Hwy., Cutler Bay; www.mysouthlandmall.com; free.
BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL SWAMPFEST
The South Florida Bluegrass Association presents this all-day event featuring the Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Special Consensus, plus local acts Dusty Road Rangers, Jacksonian Music Factory, Alligator Alley and Pine Island Express. Bring your own acoustic instrument to play in the Jam Tent.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $19.95, $12.95 age 3-11, free for 2 and under.
GET CRABBY REDLAND FISH FRY & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Two-day event features delectable local fried and grilled seafood including shrimp, grouper, hushpuppies, conch fritters and crab cakes, plus live Southern rock music and plenty of activities for kids.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead; www.fruitandspicepark.org; $8, kids under 11 free.
FAMILY FUN DAY CREATIVE CRAFTS
Enjoy a variety of arts and crafts including painting, drawing, beading, decoupage and more. Plus, kids can join The Wynwood Coloring book from noon-3 p.m. for a coloring session inspired by the wildly creative and world-renowned Wynwood murals.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free.
ONE HOT EVENT CHIPOTLE CULTIVATE FESTIVAL
Inaugural all-day blowout features great food, five live chef demonstrations, family-friendly activities, a Kids Zone, and if that weren’t enough, an incredible musical lineup with seven top acts, including Capital Cities (“Safe and Sound”), St. Lucia, Clean Bandit, Sam Feldt, Phases, Lunchmoney Lewis and DJ Christopher Golub.
Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; www.chipotlecultivate.com; free.
FAMILY DAY ON ARAGON CUBAN ARCHITECTURE
Inspired by the new exhibit “Cuban Architects at Home and in Exile: The Modernist Generation,” this fun-filled day teaches all about the architectural features of Cuban-style homes and buildings. Kids can build their own structures, participate in Island-inspired craft activities and enjoy a special musical performance.
Details: 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-603-8067 or www.coralgablesmuseum.org; free.
DISNEY CLASSIC “THE LION KING JR.”
Enjoy this adaptation of the 1994 Oscar-winning film with music by Elton John and Tim Rice featuring the young African Lion Prince Simba, who faces great danger in the African Pride Lands, learns about the “Circle of Life” and fulfills his destiny to follow his father, King Mustafa, as king.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through Dec. 3, at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.
BLUE STARLITE DRIVE-IN “THE PRINCESS BRIDE”
Pack the whole family in the car as the 1987 classic comedy romance-adventure “The Princess Bride,” starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal, returns to kick off Blue Starlite’s new season.
Details: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (movie starts at 6:30) at Blue Starlite Drive-In, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $5 per car and $10 per passenger.
FAMILY SERIES B – THE UNDERWATER BUBBLE SHOW
Using cutting-edge laser technology, snow cannons, soap-bubble tornadoes and optical illusions, this interactive performance starring Mr. B will thrill children and adults alike. Don’t miss all the dancing, puppetry, juggling, contortionism, sand art and a touch of magic.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami; 786-573-5300 or www.smdcac.org; $15-$25.
CARIBBEAN CELEBRATION GRACE JAMAICAN JERK FESTIVAL
Spicy food, hot music and cool vibes combine to make this all-day event one to remember, with delicious Caribbean cuisine (including the Jerk Cook-Off and culinary demonstrations); folk and traditional dancing; a Kids Zone featuring rides, slides, face-painting and yummy treats; and top-notch reggae rhythms by Shaggy, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Singing Melody, King Banton, the Code Red Band and more.
Details: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday at Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise; www.jerkfestival.com; $30, $140 VIP, kids 10 and under free.
THE RISE OF THE PHOENIX TOUR OLIVIA HOLT
At 19, this Disney TV star (“Kickin’ It,” “I Didn’t Do It,” “Girl vs. Monster”) is all grown up, and takes the stage in support of her self-titled debut album and its single “Phoenix.” With special guests Ryland, Forever In Your Mind and Isac Elliot. Tickets from the postponed July 31 show will be honored.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; www.cultureroom.net; $18; all ages.
Free For All
PLAYFUL COMPOSITIONS SECOND SATURDAYS AT PAMM
Kids - explore the compelling composition of PAMM exhibition artist Ulla von Brandenburg, then create your own playful composition using pattern, symmetry and unique art materials.
Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000 or www.pamm.org; free.
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