FRIDAY, APRIL 24
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).
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.
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.
Kids’ Happy Hour: Funtastic Fridays
Enjoy a DJ, face-painting, games and bounce houses and see why Local 10 (WPLG) viewers recently ranked this event No. 8 on their “Top 10 Places to Take the Kids in South Florida” list. Stick around for the hilarious animated film “Over the Hedge” from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Family Movie Nights: Big Hero 6
The Disney team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph” has churned out another winner, with this charming and action-packed tale of the unusual bond that develops between a plus-sized inflatable robot and a boy genius grieving over the loss of his big brother. Bring a flashlight for Flashlight Tours at 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. The movie begins at 8.
Details: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Pinecrest Gardens, Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $5.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
‘Y’ Is For Youth: Healthy Kids Day
Celebrate this national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids with family games and activities, healthy snacks, info on healthy eating and physical fitness, drowning prevention and much more.
Details: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at all South Florida YMCA locations; visit www.ymcaofsouthflorida.org; free.
Family Fun Series: Curious George
Kids will love seeing their favorite inquisitive little monkey come to life in this tale of George and Chef Pisghetti’s meatballs, which takes them all the way to Rome. Come early for face-painting and stay afterward for free snacks from Whole Foods.
A Purr-Fect Play: Cats
It’s the final weekend for your kids to enjoy this rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running Broadway musical smash, based on the poems of T.S. Eliot, that tells the tale through song and dance of the annual gathering of the Jellicle cats.
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
Get Fresh!: Spring Harvest Festival
Everyone from families to fitness enthusiasts will enjoy this event, featuring fresh local produce and yummy treats, a free yoga class and a performance from the Live! Modern School of Music. For the kids, there’s a free book raffle, a chance to decorate and plant a pot, and storytelling.
Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday in the A+E District on 14th Street and North Miami Avenue, Miami; free, but must RSVP at AEDistrictMiami.Eventbrite.com to reserve.
Family Film Days: ‘E.T.’
Kids will want to “phone home” after seeing Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic starring a very young Drew Barrymore and a charming alien who has crash-landed in the neighborhood.
Details: 11 a.m. at O Cinema Miami Shores at MTC, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; www.mtcmiami.org; $8 adults, $5 kids.
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.
Details: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St.; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $16 in advance, $18 day of show, $3 lap seats 12 months and under.
Sunday Funday: Miami Marlins
Young fans have an added incentive to cheer on the Fish against division rival the Washington Nationals, as the first 10,000 attendees will receive a Christian Yelich Replica Gold Glove Trophy. Plus, there will be music by DJ Petey on the West Plaza, face-painting, interactive games, character appearances from favorite movies and TV shows, kids’ access to the Clevelander pool, plus a Diamond Dash where children 12 and under can run the bases after the game.
Details: Game time is 1:10 p.m. Sunday; Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com/entertainment; tickets start at $16.
Feeling Creative?: IDEA@thebass
It’s the final IDEA@thebass Family Day of the season, with this month’s design challenge theme of “architecture,” and featuring special art activities and musical performances for children and their caregivers. Admission to the museum will also be free all day.
FREE FOR ALL
DIY 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.
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