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.
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.
THE STORYTELLER TOUR CARRIE UNDERWOOD
The whole family will enjoy this concert by country’s reigning queen, whose 2005 debut album “Some Hearts” became the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history. Underwood will belt out monster hits including “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Before He Cheats,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “Good Girl” and “Blown Away,” plus tracks from her fifth studio album, “Storyteller.” Opening acts: Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $45.25-$75.25.
SPIRIT DRUMMERS FUSHU DAIKO
Heart-pounding and uplifting show combines traditional drums and the rhythms of Japan with musical styles from around the world such as jazz and rhythm and blues, crossing cultural boundaries and connecting viewers.
Details: Smart Stage matinee series at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Friday ($3-$10); standard show at 8 p.m.Friday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $30-$35.
KIDS’ HAPPY HOUR FUNTASTIC FRIDAYS
Enjoy a DJ, face-painting, games and bounce houses and see why Local 10 (WPLG) viewers ranked this event No. 8 on their “Top 10 Places to Take the Kids in South Florida” list. Bring a blanket, stick around and rediscover the magic of the instant Disney classic “Frozen” - featuring the saga of sisters Elsa and Anna and their sidekicks Olaf, Sven and Kristoff — and sing along to its songs including “For the First Time in Forever,” “In Summer,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” “Fixer Upper,” “Love Is an Open Door” and, of course, “Let It Go.” Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Details: 5-8 p.m. Friday at Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and US 1, Hollywood; 954-921-3500 or www.visithollywoodfl.org; free.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT KUNG FU PANDA 3
One of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with the comic adventures of the Dragon Warrior, Po (voiced by Jack Black), whose long-lost panda father suddenly reappears. Also starring the vocal talents of Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Kate Hudson, Jackie Chan and many more. Bring a flashlight for Flashlight Tours at various times — movie begins at 8.
Details: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Pinecrest Gardens, Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $5.
“TECH RESTYLED!” TEEN RECYCLED FASHION SHOW
Young at Art Museum presents this 11th-annual event to benefit its Teen Volunteer Program and its Girls ‘N Power initiative serving at-risk teens attending Pace Center for Girls in Broward County. Each year, the show challenges participants to design an original garment, from concept to design, into original wearable art made from recycled and repurposed materials.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at the Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie; 954-424-0085 or www.youngatartmuseum.org; $35-$40, $25 students.
THE SPIRIT OF AUTUMN HARVEST FESTIVAL
Family weekend features fun activities including a petting zoo, a model train village, classic cars, a cutest baby contest, bounce houses, rock climbing, pony rides, face-painting, visits with Santa and much more, plus a great opportunity to knock out a big chunk of your Christmas shopping, with dozens of vendors and exhibitors.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Miami Dade Fair Expo, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami; www.miamiharvest.com; $10, $5 kids 3-12, free 2 and under; $12 early-bird ($15 at the door), includes admission from 8-10 a.m. Saturday.
DAYS OF YORE CAMELOT DAYS MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL
Lords and ladies, relive the magic of the Renaissance and Medieval eras, when knights, jesters, queens and kings ruled the land. Enjoy authentic music and food, jousting on horseback, artisan vendors, comedy operas, magic shows and the living chess game. To add to the fun, adults and kids alike are encouraged to dress up in period garb or even as pirates for daily costume contests.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Rd. (off I-95 and Sheridan), Hollywood; www.camelotdays.com; $15, $3 kids 6-12, under 6 free.
TIMELESS FAIRY TALE “SLEEPING BEAUTY”
The Fort Lauderdale Children’s Ballet Theatre presents the classic story by the Brothers Grimm of Princess Aurora’s christening, birthday celebration and awakening upon receiving true love’s first kiss, complete with exquisite costumes and elegant scenery.
Details: 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $25.
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.
MIAMI CITY BALLET SCHOOL ENSEMBLE BALLET FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Outdoor performance designed to expose kids to the world of ballet features the delightful “Carnival of the Animals: The Swansong,” featuring the playful music of Camille Saint-Saëns and a colorful cast of dancing animals.
Details: 6 p.m. Saturday at Downtown Doral Park, 8395 NW 53rd St., Doral; www.miamicityballet.org; free.
A MAGICAL ADVENTURE “THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE”
C.S. Lewis’ classic book comes to fantastical life in this musical adaption that tells the unforgettable tale of four curious children, a magical wardrobe, a witch and a lion king that stresses the importance of courage, loyalty and love.
Details: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $16.
GET TOGETHER THE MIAMI FLEA
The Arts + Entertainment District presents the greatest flea market in South Florida, a family-friendly gathering that brings together groups of artisans, local coffee and beverage shops, restaurants, entrepreneurs and every creative soul in the city. Enjoy dozens of vendors, live music, great food and drink at the Grub Garden and make sure to stop by the kid’s corner by Little Creative Souls for some cool crafts and face-painting.
Details: 2-6 p.m. Sunday at 1440 N. Miami Ave., Miami; RSVP at www.aedistrictmiami.eventbrite.com; free.
Free For All
SOUTHLAND MALL FESTIVE FRIDAYS
Kick off the weekend with entertaining cultural performances and activities. This week, the students from Alexander Montessori School show off their talented voices to celebrate the season.
Details: 6-8 p.m. Friday at Southland Mall, 20505 S. Dixie Hwy., Cutler Bay; www.mysouthlandmall.com; free.
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