MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM DINO ISLAND
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Ever wonder what life would be like if the dinosaurs never became extinct? Check out this 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.
FINAL WEEKEND BIRDS OF PARADISE
Stunning 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 Monday, 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; $16, $13 kids 2-12.
JUNGLE ISLAND LABOR DAY WEEKEND JUNGLE FEST
Inaugural Labor Day event features a special $20 entry fee that grants full access to the park for the entire four days. Visitors can enjoy the unique animal exhibits, arts and crafts, chalk art by the Chalk Twins, face-painting, water sport activities such as paddle-boarding and kayaking, screenings of “The Jungle Book” and “Moana,” a pop-up beer garden by Concrete Beach Brewery, and much more.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Monday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400-7000 or www.jungleisland.com; $20.
LET’S PICNIC! FIRST FRIDAYS
Mediterranean-inspired, family-friendly beach picnic closes the season with live Middle Eastern music, belly dancers, an interactive drum circle, Dead Sea exfoliating mud scrubs and Mediterranean bites, plus a walking art tour of the InsideOut pop-up art exhibit presented by Perez Art Museum and loads of activities for kids.
Details: 4-7 p.m. Friday on the beach at 93rd Street in Surfside; www.facebook.com/FridayBeaching; free.
HOME IMPROVEMENT MIAMI HOME DESIGN AND REMODELING SHOW
The Labor Day Weekend tradition continues with this four-day, family-oriented show offering anything you need to repair, improve or enhance your home, with more than 800 vendor booths, cooking demonstrations (many kid-friendly) by favorite South Florida chefs, art showcases, seminars and speakers such as Sabrina Soto of HGTV.
Details: 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and noon-7:30 p.m. Monday, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; www.homeshows.net; $10, $1 kids 11 and under, kids 14 and under free on Sunday.
YOUNG AT ART SUMMER OF LOVE
Say goodbye to summer with Open Air Painting activities for the whole family, including a collaborative large canvas painting, seascapes with watercolors, and a beach footprint painting. Materials included.
Details: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at D.C. Alexander Park, 501 N. Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.youngatartmuseum.org; free.
FINAL WEEKEND LOST WORLD OF DINOSAURS
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. Kids can also meet archaeologist Robert Feeney or paleontologist Robert DePalma, 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-Monday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $19.95, $12.95 kids 3-11, free for 2 and under.
ZOO MIAMI SAVE THE TIGERS
Have a roaring good time for a great cause: The MAS STRIPEZ event (it stands for Malayan Amur Sumatran, and Support Tiger Research Impact Partner Educate @ Zoo) aims to benefit and raise awareness of endangered tigers all around the world, as there are fewer than 3,200 tigers left in the wild. There will be fun activities and face-painting in front of the Sumatran Tiger exhibit, and you can help by purchasing goodies at a bake sale/lemonade table. All money raised will support the Tiger Conservation Project.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Monday at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; free with daily admission ($21.95, $17.95 kids 3-12).
GOLD COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM ALL ABOARD!
Train lovers unite as Free First Saturdays offer a day of fun at the museum with no entrance fee and plenty of choo-choos to explore, plus a pizza food truck.
Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; free.
A DAY IN THE COUNTRY TEQUILA BAY COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Put on your boots and tip your hat to the folks at Tequila Bay for bringing the first major country music festival to Miami, with marquee names featuring Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Montgomery Gentry, Tyler Farr, RaeLynn, Brooke Eden and many more. Plus, great food and plenty of free-flowing tequila.
Details: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday at Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami; www.tequilabayfest.com; $55-$150, kids under 10 free.
POSITIVE VIBRATIONS REGGAE SUNDAYS
Kulcha Shok presents weekly live musical performances and DJs in a family-friendly setting – this week, enjoy live music by Jahfe, plus the Kulcha Kids Karaoke.
Details: 2 p.m.-midnight Sunday at Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-351-0366 or www.thewynwoodyard.com; free.
REVOLUTION RADIO TOUR GREEN DAY
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pop-punk band led by snarling front man Billie Joe Armstrong takes the stage in support of its 12th studio album and its hits “Bang Bang” and “Still Breathing.” The five-time Grammy winners will also tear through hits including “Longview,” “Basket Case,” “When I Come Around,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “American Idiot” and “21 Guns.”
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $22-$195.
UP PAST BEDTIME MOVIE “THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS”
Get cozy with a blanket and popcorn on the front lawn for an outdoor presentation of 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: 8 p.m. Sunday at Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-442-6866 or www.thebarnacle.org; $5, $3 kids 2-5, free for children under 2.
MIAMI MARLINS SALUTE & SERVE MONDAYS
Cheer on the surging Fish against the division-rival Washington Nationals, and the first 10,000 fans receive a Fortune Teller Baseball (ask it if the team will succeed in its late charge for the playoffs).
Details: Game time is 7:10 p.m. Monday; Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com; tickets start at $14.
Free For All
THE WOLFSONIAN-FIU FREE FAMILY DAY
In this “Discovering Design” program, kids can discover plants and animals from the air-conditioned comfort of The Wolf. Embark on a scavenger hunt to track flora and fauna in the galleries and make your own paper plant to live indoors at home.
Details: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday at The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; free for kids under 15 and accompanying adults: RSVP at www.wolfsonian.org.
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