FRIDAY, APRIL 17
Miami Children’s Museum: Sketch Aquarium
This groundbreaking new interactive animation experience at MCM will seem like magic to kids, as they watch their sketches literally come to life, wriggling and swimming their digitalized way through the rich undersea life of the Sketch Aquarium. Imagine their faces lighting up with wonder as they draw a fish and it begins to move!
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at the Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; included with admission to the museum; $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.
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.
Classical Kids: Miami Music Project
The Miami Music Project’s Children’s Orchestra will perform side by side with the FIU Symphony Orchestra and FIU Concerto competition winners in a program featuring works by Grieg, Mozart, Delius, Offenbach, Mendelssohn and more.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday at FIU’s Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami; 305-348-0496; $5-$10.
Author Event: Ridley Pearson
The crime novelist parents love is also a popular writer for young readers. He’ll discuss his latest work in the teen adventure series “The Kingdom Keepers: The Return Book One Disney Lands” ($17.99, Disney-Hyperion).
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
Earth Day At The Zoo: Party For The Planet
Zoo Miami’s Earth Day celebration will feature fun “green” activities and entertainment for the whole family, plus the Tropical Flowering Tree Society will be hosting its annual plant show and sale. Entrance is free for guests who turn in a cellphone, as part of the zoo’s ECO-CELL phone-recycling program.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St.; www.zoomiami.org; free with daily admission ($17.95, $13.95 kids 3-12).
Gather The Community: West End Art Fair
Inaugural celebration of arts and culture features a weekend of fun activities, live entertainment and great food.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Southwest 88th Street (Kendall Drive) between Southwest 158th Avenue and Southwest 162nd Avenue; Kendall; www.kendall.macaronikid.com; free.
Raising Consciousness: Green Baby Fair
For new and expectant parents searching for ways to raise their children in healthier, more sustainable, ways, this fair offers information in a relaxed, fun atmosphere about the green resources and options available to them during their pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter., Miami; www.greenbabyfair.com; $15, kids 13 and under free.
Classic Fairy Tale: Cinderella
Musical combines the best of the original story and classic Disney film to bring to life the tale of the Fairy Godmother battling the evil Stepmother to assure that Cinderella and Prince Charming are reunited for the happiest of endings.
Japanese Culture: Hatsume Fair
Morikami’s largest annual event will feature multiple stages of entertainment for the whole family, including taiko drum performances by Fushu Daiko and Ronin Taiko, Cosplay costume contests, martial arts shows, a Japanese-inspired fashion show and sushi demonstrations. And for thirsty grown-ups, there’s a Sake Stage and the Kirin Beer Garden.
Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach; 561-495-0233 or www.morikami.org/hatsume; $12, $6 kids 4-10, free under 4.
Pop-Up Kids Program: Gogo Moad!
Russian abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky claimed that he could “see” music, and many of his paintings were what he perceived as depictions of music on canvas. This event allows kids of all ages to experiment with art and music, as the classroom will be filled with a variety of musical sounds to inspire the creation of art.
Step Into Spring: Lakeshore Spring Festival
Enjoy a full, family-friendly day of art, music, delicious food and great shopping at the Shops at Lakeshore Park.
Details: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday at the Bird Road Art District, 4652 SW 72nd Ave., Miami; free.
Blue Starlite Presents: Double Feature
Bring the whole family to an old-fashioned drive-in featuring the 20th-anniversary showings of the fantasy adventure film “Jumanji” and the Pixar classic “Toy Story.”
Details: 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Blue Starlite Beach, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $5-$45.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19
Celebrating Our Planet: Earth Day At Pinecrest Gardens
The Village of Pinecrest opens its doors for free for a day of educational fun for the entire family including workshops, planting activities, plant sales, an eco-fashion show, green vendors, wildlife shows, crafts for kids, a Whole Foods Cooking Demo and a performance by the Greater Miami Youth Symphony.
Details: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave.; www.pinecrestgardens.org; free.
Free Gospel Sundays: Tye Tribbett
Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, choir director and multi-instrumentalist known as the “Elvis of Gospel” performs an inspirational, family-friendly concert in support of his latest album, “Greater Than.”
FREE FOR ALL
Family Movie Night: The Lego Movie
Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy “The Lego Movie,” featuring the vocal talents of Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks and Will Ferrell, under the stars.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Lakes By the Bay Park, 8551 SW 216th St., Cutler Bay; 305-238-4166.