PREHISTORIC FUN LOST WORLD OF DINOSAURS
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New traveling exhibit by fossil collector and paleontology expert Guy Darrough features 27 life-size, authentic and technically correct dinosaur replicas that will take visitors back millions of years to prehistoric times when these reptilian giants ruled the earth. Kids can also unearth dinosaur bones in the Dino Dig and see a real fossilized dinosaur egg.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, running through Sept. 4, at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $19.95, $12.95 kids 3-11, free for 2 and under.
MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM DINO ISLAND
Ever wonder what life would be like if the dinosaurs never became extinct? Check out this new, hands-on, interactive exhibit that takes the dinosaur experience in a new direction, one that will amaze, entertain and spark curiosity as robotic creatures come to life. How would they have evolved? What would they be like today?
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, running through Jan. 7, at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $20, $15 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.
WINGS OF WONDER BIRDS OF PARADISE
Stunning new exhibit developed by National Geographic and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology captures all 39 known species of birds-of-paradise — it’s a science exhibition, art show and natural history display all rolled into one exhibit that encompasses sound bites, videos, photographs and artifacts from research expeditions.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, running through Sept. 5, at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637 or www.mods.org; $16, $13 kids 2-12.
SUMMER OPERA THE MERRY WIDOW
Introduce your kids to the joys of opera with this concert version of Franz Lehar’s delightful work, sung in English by members of Riuniti Opera, with conductor Daniel Andai and the Alhambra Orchestra.
Details: 10 a.m. Thursday at Ponce de Leon Middle School Auditorium, 5801 Augusto St., Coral Gables; and 4 p.m. Sunday at Temple Beth Auditorium, 5950 N. Kendall Dr., Pinecrest; 305-668-9260; free.
ART EXHIBIT WALTER WICK
Museum retrospective titled “Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic” features a selection of early photographs, installation models and large-format color photographs by the award-winning author and illustrator of “Can You See What I See?” and co-creator of the famed “I Spy” book series. Together these works provide a behind-the- scenes look at his creative process and a window into the puzzles and illusions for which he is so well known.
Details: Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, exhibit running through Sept. 24, at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables; www.lowemuseum.org; reception is free; regular admission $12.50, $8 for senior citizens and non-UM students, and free for Lowe members, UM students, faculty and staff, and children under 12.
MAGICAL MUSICAL FINDING NEVERLAND
Broadway’s biggest new hit, directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus (“Hair,” “Pippin”), tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. See why NPR dubbed it “far and away the best musical of the year.”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $26.25-$90.
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 and stick around for the heartwarming 2014 drama “Dolphin Tale 2,” starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. 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.
DIVE-IN MOVIES PETE’S DRAGON
Every last Friday of the month, enjoy a family feature film after a day of pool fun. At 7:30 p.m., the slides close down and everyone moves to the recreation pool (Captain’s Lagoon) to grab a float tube or lounge chair for movie time. This month’s selection is the 2016 fantasy adventure film “Pete’s Dragon,” starring Oakes Fegley and Bryce Dallas Howard, about an orphaned feral boy who befriends a dragon.
Details: Park opens for swimming at 5:30 p.m. Friday; movie begins at 8 p.m.; at Grapeland Water Park, 1550 NW 37th Ave., Coral Gables; 305-960-2950; $5, under 2 free.
FREE CONCERT SERIES STARLIGHT MUSICALS
Each week this summer through Aug. 4, the City of Fort Lauderdale presents a free, family-friendly concert under the stars. This week, it’s the Tim Charron Band, billed as “country rock with a twist of lime.”
Details: 7-10 p.m. Friday at Holiday Park, E. Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; www.fortlauderdale.gov/starlight; free.
ONE SWEET EVENT MANGO MANIA
Taste a large selection of rare mangos (last year more than 250 varieties were exhibited), learn how to grow and propagate this delicious tropical fruit, and how to address the problems of insects and manage diseases.
Details: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead; www.redlandfruitandspice.com; $40.
SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL “THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS”
Through Aug. 12, families can enjoy a free Saturday morning movie. This week, it’s the hilarious 2016 animated film featuring the vocal talents of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell and more, which became the highest-grossing original animated film not produced by Disney or Pixar.
Details: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Susan B. Katz Theater of Performing Arts at the River of Grass ArtsPark, 17189 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines; www.ppines.com; free.
FAMILY FUN MANGO HERITAGE FESTIVAL
All-day family-friendly event features a culinary contest, a chef showcase, a kids’ village and cultural performances, including a 90-minute set by Latin-funk fusion band Electric Piquete at 6:30 p.m.
Details: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday at Northwood Village, 516 Northwood Rd., West Palm Beach; www.northwoodmangofest.com; free.
SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING PRESENTS BABY AND TODDLER FAIR
Bring the whole family to check out educational seminars, diaper derbies, raffles, goodie bags, music, great food and drinks and more.
Details: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr.; www.southfloridaparenting.com; $10 online, $15 at the door, kids free.
SUNDAY FUNDAY MIAMI MARLINS
Cheer on the Fish against the world-champion Chicago Cubs and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic baseball film “A League of Their Own.” Actress Lori Petty will throw out the first pitch, and fans who purchase a special-event ticket at www.marlins.com/specialevents will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. Plus, as always, kids 12 and under can take part in the traditional Diamond Dash and run the bases after the contest.
Details: Game time is 1:10 p.m. Sunday; Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com; tickets start at $14.
Free For All
FREE SUMMER MOVIES “PARANORMAN”
Just show up – first-come, first-served – to catch this 2012 3D stop-motion, animated comedy-horror film starring the vocal talents of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann and John Goodman.
Details: 10 a.m. Thursday at the Paragon Theater, 9200 State Road 84, Davie; www.paragontheaters.com; free.
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