Be There! Miami-Dade County Youth Fair
Step right up for a day full of family fun, including plenty of kiddie rides and thrilling ones for the brave (check out the new Screamer, Meltdown and Climb-N-Challenge), games of skill, live shows (including Christian musicians Brandon Heath and Danny Gokey at 7 p.m. Saturday) and delicious fair food such as the infamous giant turkey leg, caramel apples and elephant ears.
Details: Gates open at noon Thursday-Sunday, running through April 5, at Tamiami Park, Coral Way and Southwest 107th Avenue, Miami; www.fairexpo.com; $12, free for seniors, military personnel and kids 5 and under.
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Let’s Celebrate! Disney On Ice
The Mouse King’s latest show has just about everything your little Disney fan could ask for, including Mickey and Minnie celebrating a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Royal Valentine's Day Ball with the Disney princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains, and more.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, running through Sunday, at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; and 7 p.m. Wednesday, running through April 5, at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $16-$55.
One Smart Exhibit: Brain - The World Inside Your Head
Traveling exhibit that started at the Smithsonian makes its way to South Florida, bringing 5,000 square feet of innovative special effects, video games, optical illusions and interactive displays to show how the brain functions and how, like other parts of the body, it can sometimes malfunction. It’s a rare and invaluable hands-on and up-close look at the human body’s most essential and fascinating organ.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637 or www.mods.org; $14, $12 kids 2-12.
Zoo Miami: Dinosaurs Live!
Your kids love seeing majestic lions, tigers, elephants and giraffes, but just wait till they feast their eyes on 22 life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs, placed throughout the zoo grounds. They’ll marvel at the vicious Tyrannosaurus Rex (and its babies), the flying Quetzalcoatlus, the croc-like Sarcosuchus, the towering, 50-foot Brachiosaurus and many more. It’s a zoo-wide Jurassic adventure, one your kids will be talking about for a long time.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; free with daily admission ($17.95, $13.95 kids 3-12).
Ahoy, Mateys! Pirate Island
Avast, ye scallywags! The new exhibit Pirate Island has set sail for Miami Children’s Museum, featuring interactive games, stories, theater shows and even live pirates, plus a pirate ship children can explore and safely blast cannons, walk the plank and learn to tie knots, handle ropes and speak Pirate. And everyone gets a map that leads to pirate treasure. Aarrr!
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, running through Sept. 6, at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.
Feeling Artsy? Las Olas Art Fair Pt. 2
The 27th annual festival brings more than 300 artists from 30 states, displaying a vast array of original paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, ceramics, mixed media and much more, plus live music for the whole family.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on East Las Olas Boulevard between Sixth and 11th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale; www.artfestival.com; free.
Teacher’s Pets: Jungle Island
It’s the final weekend for Jungle Island to score big brownie points with Miami-Dade and Broward County public and private school teachers by offering them free admission to the park, plus a 50 percent discount for up to four guests. Also, all teachers will receive a “thank you” gift — and one lucky classroom will win a free field trip.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400-7000 or www.jungleisland.com; regular park admission is $34.95 adults, $26.95 kids 3-10.
D.I.Y. Starts Early: Made It Myself Fair
Family-friendly free monthly series presented by Atizan Ayiti and the Little Haiti Cultural Complex aims to promote the value of handmade and organic products crafted by local and international artisans.
Details: 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., Miami; www.eventbrite.com; free.
Cocowalk: Easter Egg’stravaganza
Kids can practice their Easter Egg hunting skills in preparation for the big day, plus enjoy the all-bunny petting zoo, face-painting, a bounce house and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Parents: There will also be an opportunity to adopt a furry friend from the Miami-Dade Animal Rescue Services from 2-6 p.m.
Details: 2-7 p.m. Saturday at CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove; www.cocowalk.net; free.
Hop To It! Kidgits Easter Celebration
Get an early start on Easter with fun coloring activities and crafts for kids of all ages.
Details: 3-5 p.m. Saturday at The Falls near The Gap, 8888 SW 136th St., Miami; www.simon.com; free for KIDGITS members ($5 per year membership).
The Pride Of Boca Raton: Ariana Grande
Nickelodeon star (“Victorious,” “Sam & Cat”) went on to parlay her incredible vocal range into a chart-topping pop career, with the hits “The Way,” “Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea),” “Break Free,” “Bang Bang (feat. Jessie J and Nicki Minaj),” “Love Me Harder (feat. The Weeknd)” and “One Last Time.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $26.50-$66.50.
Feast On Fun: Deering Seafood Festival
Kids will have a blast counting how many times they hear the joke “Sea Food, Eat It” at the 11th annual festival, featuring — you guessed it — the freshest seafood dishes in South Florida, plus celebrity chef demonstrations, live entertainment including a Bahamian Junkanoo parade and steel drummers, a Swiss Family Robinson-style adventure for kids, stilt-walkers, pontoon boat rides, the Lil’ Shrimp Kids’ Zone and much more.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave.; www.deeringestate.org; $15 in advance, $25 at the gate, $5 kids 4-14.
Family Day: IDEA@thebass
Through art projects and gallery games, children will explore the theme “text me: wordy art” (all art supplies are included), and admission to the museum will also be free all day.
Details: 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7530 or www.bassmuseum.org; free.
Voice Of An Angel: Jackie Evancho
Since stunning the judges on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10, this soprano prodigy has sung for President Obama and performed duets with Sarah Brightman, Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Now at 14, she’s touring in support of her fourth studio album, “Awakening,” which explores standards such as “Ave Maria,” plus contemporary rock (U2’s “With or Without You”) and her cover of “The Rains of Castamere” from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
Details: 7 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; $39.50-$119.50.
FREE FOR ALL
Family-Friendly Concert: Bluegrass Jam
Teach your children to love honey-kissed harmonies backed by banjo, fiddle, mandolin and upright bass at this monthly laid-back, family-friendly day.
Details: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday at Greynolds Park, 18500 NE 22nd Ave., North Miami Beach; 305-945-3425.