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Why wait till Halloween for thrills and chills? South Florida’s largest haunted house brings more than 30 rooms of terror (including Gates of Phobia and FreakEmporium), two acres of new rides, live music (including “Despacito” singer Luis Fonsi and DJs Afrojack, Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus), games and great carnival food such as elephant ears and fried Oreos.
Details: 6-11 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, and 5:30-11 p.m. Sunday, running through Nov. 4, at Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave., Doral; www.houseofhorrorcarnival.com; $29, $15 kids 2-6 – includes unlimited rides.
SHOP IT UP! SHOPKINS LIVE
Your little ones are already obsessed with these miniature grocery-store themed toys — now make their dreams come true as the Shoppies make their theatrical debut in a new, original live show featuring musical performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish and more.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $15-$80.
CELEBRATING THE ESTEFANS ON YOUR FEET!
The incredible story of Miami’s beloved musical icons Gloria and Emilio Estefan, who came from Cuba to create a Latin-pop crossover sensation in the 1980s, comes to life onstage in this Broadway musical.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $29-$145.
RAISE A TOAST OKTOBERFEST MIAMI
The original and longest-running Oktoberfest in Florida celebrates its 60th year with German beers, live music, German food and German folk dancing, plus bounce houses for the kids, magicians, rides and games.
Details: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday, and noon-10 p.m. Sunday, running through Oct. 22, at the German-American Social Club of Greater Miami, 11919 SW 56th St., Miami; www.gascmiami.org; $10, children 6-20 $5, under 6 free; $30 VIP pass.
FLAMINGO GARDENS HARVEST FESTIVAL
Weekend festival throughout October will feature free hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a pumpkin decorating station, bounce houses, DJ Digital Anarchy spinning lively songs, games, contests and autumn crafts and activities for the whole family. This weekend’s theme is Pirates & Princesses — talk like a pirate and sing like a princess.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, running through Oct. 30, at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $19.95, $12.95 age 3-11, free for 2 and under.
FAMILY FUN DAY VIVA MEXICO!
Celebrate all of Mexico’s vibrant traditions with the amazing music and dance ensemble Ameyal Mexican Cultural Organization, with live, interactive performances at 1 and 3 p.m., plus the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) display, delicious traditional cuisine, costumes, craft activities, storytelling, and an interactive music corner, all inspired by Mexican culture.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free.
FREE SECOND SATURDAYS EXTRAORDINARY TEXTURE
As part of Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month at PAMM, use all your senses to explore the “Within Genres” exhibition. Take a touch tour or build your own multi-layer artwork using unconventional materials.
Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000 or www.pamm.org; free with museum admission ($16 adults, $12 kids 7-18, free 6 and under).
CORAL GABLES MUSEUM FAMILY DAY ON ARAGON
Come dressed in your costume and enjoy free admission to the Museum, plus children’s Halloween activities including a runway show with prizes, not-so-scary games, arts & crafts, pumpkin carving, scavenger hunts and more.
Details: 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-603-8067 or www.coralgablesmuseum.org; free.
MUSICAL THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES “MISS NELSON IS MISSING!”
The popular children's book by Harry Allard and James Marshall hits the big stage, with the story following Miss Nelson's unruly class as they confront their worst nightmare: substitute teacher Viola Swamp! Join these rambunctious students as they discover some valuable lessons during their search for their favorite teacher.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday, running through Nov. 8, at Actor’s Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $20.
SEASON OPENER “INTO THE WOODS JR.”
Mesmerizing Tony Award-winning musical that combines the brilliance of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim with the fairytale world of the Brothers Grimm is reworked for the little ones.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through Oct. 21, at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids.
HURRICANE BENEFIT CONCERT SOMOS LIVE!
Some massive superstars are coming together to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, South Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico, namely, Marc Anthony, Nicky Jam, DJ Khaled, Camila, Gente de Zona, Prince Royce, Alejandro Sanz, Daddy Yankee and more. Plus, there will be special appearances broadcast live from Los Angeles from stars including Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Ricky Martin, Demi Lovato, Adam Levine, Jamie Foxx and many more. Be there!
Details: Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com/SOMOS; tickets start at $15.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ZOMBIE WALK
Seventh-annual family-friendly event features zombie games, prizes, face painters and a fun “zombie procession” around the blocks between 2nd and 3rd avenues downtown.
Details: 8-11 p.m. Saturday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.jointherevolution.net; free.
FALL FOR AUTUMN DEERING HARVESTER DAY
Celebrate the fall harvest with activities such as bocce ball and croquet, create corn-husk dolls, and take family photos next to the vintage International Harvester Truck decorated for fall.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami; www.deeringestate.org; $7, free for kids under 4.
FAMILY FUN SERIES CLICK CLACK MOO!
Kids and underdogs everywhere will cheer for Farmer Brown's clever cows, who find a typewriter and type out a demand letter for electric blankets, leading to a comical negotiation to end a milk strike. Enjoy complimentary pre-show art activities provided by Young At Art, plus post-show sweet treats from Hoffman’s Chocolates.
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; $14-$18.
MIAMI CHILDRENS MUSEUM NOT SO SCARY FAMILY HALLOWEEN BASH
Little goblins can dress up and trick-or-treat in a safe, fun environment around the Museum’s galleries, brave the Haunted House, test their knowledge in the Mad Scientist Lab, create crazed crafts. plus many other activities.
Details: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $45.
Free For All
FREE FAMILY FILMS MOVIES ON THE MILE
Monthly series features free family flicks – this time it’s the 1939 MGM classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” Watch Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion on the big screen as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to the magical Land of Oz and take on the Wicked Witch and her Flying Monkeys. Rescheduled from Oct. 5.
Details: Grounds open at 6 p.m.; movie starts at 7 p.m. Thursday; at The Plaza at 150 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; www.coralgables.com/index; free.
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