FREE SUMMER MOVIES “THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS”
Never miss a local story.
Just show up — first-come, first-served — to catch this 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. Thursday at the Paragon Theater, 9200 State Road 84, Davie; www.paragontheaters.com; free.
MIAMI SEAQUARIUM SPLASHTACULAR SUMMER
In addition to the awe-inspiring killer-whale and dolphin shows, kids can stay cool at the Splashtacular Summer Kids’ Water Play Area, featuring seven themed water slides.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, running through Aug. 20 at Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami; 305-361-5705 or www.miamiseaquarium.com; $44.99 adults, $34.99 kids 3-9 (save $8 per ticket by purchasing in advance online).
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.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL OVO
The 25th acrobatic spectacle of beauty and power from the legendary Cirque du Soleil immerses the audience in a fantasy world of colorful and fanciful bugs, from crickets to ladybugs to spiders to the cutest cockroach you’ll ever see. And of course, the strength and beauty of the more than 50 athletic daredevils from 12 different countries will leave you buzzing.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $25-$165; moves to the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami July 28-30.
GET BATTY BAT DAY
More than almost any other creature, bats get a bad rap. Find out why at this fun gathering featuring a costume contest, summer field day activities, Zoo Miami’s bat expert, the iconic 1966 Batmobile (take a selfie!) and much more.
Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $5, $3 seniors.
SOUTHLAND MALL FESTIVE FRIDAYS
Kick off the weekend with entertaining cultural performances and activities. This week, get your kicks as the TUFF Martial Arts Academy stops by to show off their skills.
Details: 6-8 p.m. Friday at Southland Mall, 20505 S. Dixie Hwy., Cutler Bay; www.mysouthlandmall.com; free.
MAGICAL MUSICAL “PETER PAN”
Join Wendy, Peter and the Darling boys in this whimsical adventure based on the play by Sir J.M. Barrie featuring Captain Hook and his band of pirates, Indian princesses, vibrant mermaids and a bit of Tinkerbell’s pixie dust.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill; www.flct.org; $25 advance, $30 at the door.
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, sing along to timeless tunes by Classic Rock Therapy.
Details: 7-10 p.m. Friday at Holiday Park, E. Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; www.fortlauderdale.gov/starlight; free.
PREHISTORIC FUN DINO WEEKEND
Special weekend during the run of the traveling exhibit “Lost World of Dinosaurs” (running through Sept. 4) 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 meet archaeologist and historian Robert Feeney from the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History, unearth dinosaur bones in the Dino Dig, see a real fossilized dinosaur egg, play in the dinosaur bounce house, and take a photo with Horacio the T-Rex.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $19.95, $12.95 kids 3-11, free for 2 and under.
THEY’RE ON A ROLL PAW PATROL LIVE!
Your kids love the Nickelodeon show — now see these plucky pooches in their very first live tour. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving.
Details: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 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; $18-$120.
MUSICAL THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES DOROTHY MEETS ALICE
Everyone loves “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Wizard of Oz” – now the two classics are combined in this fun-filled romp that imagines two of literature's most unforgettable young ladies getting mixed up together in a magical meeting that produces hilarious results.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday (11 a.m. sensory-friendly performance), running through July 29, at Actor’s Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $20.
MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM WHEN I GROW UP: CAREER DAY
Does your little one dream of becoming a firefighter, doctor or actress? At this event, children will meet professionals who work in popular fields such as medicine, animal care, entertainment, arts, public safety and more who will guide them through a day in the life of what could be their future.
Details: 1-3 p.m. Saturday 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.
BIKE IT UP FAMILY FUN RIDE
Big evening of fun kicks off with a bike ride with Fort Lauderdale police officers (helmets are required for riders under 16), followed by a family softball game with the FLPD officers (register in advance by calling 954-828-5824), then a free showing of the movie “Sing” in the park.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Saturday at Osswald Park, 2220 NW 21st Ave., Fort Lauderdale; www.fortlauderdale.gov; free.
VEGGING OUT KIDS’ FOOD PLAY
Fun, interactive event for children ages 3-12 playfully brings tasty, organic vegetables of all sizes and textures to their hands for them to arrange, build and create art masterpieces. Kids are encouraged to munch and parents can enjoy lunch and adult beverages while watching or helping the children create. Then, create a ”'Food Play Character” to take home.
Details: 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; www.eventbrite.com; $25.
Free For All
SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE
Through Aug. 12, families can enjoy a free Saturday morning movie. This week, it’s the hilarious 2016 animated film “The Angry Birds Movie,” featuring the vocal talents of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad (who voiced Olaf in “Frozen”), Maya Rudolph, Sean Penn, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader and many more.
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.
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