FRIDAY, JUNE 12
Sesame Street Presents: The Body
Kids will have a blast learning about the head and shoulders, knees and toes, and everything in between, at this new interactive exhibit featuring all the fave “Sesame Street” friends teaching them about “Your Outsides,” “Your Insides” and “Staying Healthy,” which promotes hygiene, exercise and nutrition. The little ones will be having so much fun they won’t even realize how much they’re learning.
Zoo Miami: Dinosaurs Live!
The dinosaurs aren’t extinct after all! After the exhibit of 22 life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs, placed throughout the zoo grounds, was supposed to end May 10, popular demand dictated otherwise. Your kids will now have the chance to 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, running through July 5, at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; free with daily admission ($17.95, $13.95 kids 3-12).
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. Bring a blanket and stick around for the 1996 classic comedy-fantasy “Matilda,” starring Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman and Mara Wilson as a 6-year-old girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Beachfront Blast: Friday Fest
Kids will enjoy live music, playgrounds, picnic pavilions and an interactive fountain at this family-friendly gathering.
Details: 7:30-9 p.m. Friday at the Charnow Park Performance Pavilion, between Garfield and Connecticut streets on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk; 954-921-3404; free.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13
Miami Children’s Museum: Sensory Saturdays
Special event for children with sensory processing disorders and their families offers yoga, art, music and more amid a comfortable environment in which lights and sound will be dimmed.
Details: 9-11 a.m. at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; pre-registration is required; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-373-KIDS (5437) x 126.
Sweet Treats: Redland Summer Fruit Festival
Revel in South Florida’s luscious local produce at this family-friendly annual event featuring the most succulent tropical fruits and plants on display, plus vendors selling homemade tropical fruit smoothies and ice cream, wine for Mom and Dad, and all kinds of yummy gourmet cuisine. A children’s area offers the Little Farm Petting Zoo, pony rides, a watermelon-eating contest and more fun stuff.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead; www.fruitandspicepark.org; $8, kids under 11 free.
Family Fun Day: HistoryMiami
Celebrate National Flag Day at this “Stars and Stripes” event by wearing your red, white and blue while you create your own flag, plus enjoy a family-friendly day of activities, storytelling, music and more.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami in the Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free with museum admission ($8 adults, $5 kids 6-12, under 6 free).
Jungle Island: Wet, Wacky & Wild
Now that the weather’s nice and hot, check out the newly opened beach oasis and Rainforest Riptide, a fun, floating obstacle course and water park at Parrot Cove, then visit three marvelous animal shows including Winged Wonders, Wild Encounters and Wild Adventures.
Author Event: David Fitzsimmons
Foster your little ones’ love of nature as this renowned wildlife photographer, environmental educator and creator of the “Curious Critters” book series presents a program complete with puppets and take-home activities. The events is in support of his latest book, “Curious Critters Marine,” which explores the many fascinating animals found along Florida’s coasts.
Details: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com; free.
Get Wet! Miami Underwater Festival
In celebration of the global World Oceans Day, which honors the bodies of water that link us all, dive into the science of the sea with this year’s theme, “Coasts, Reefs and Open Oceans.” Marvel at beautiful underwater films and photography, learn how to build an aquarium, explore and even touch some sea creatures, learn how to stay safe in the water and much more.
Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-646-4200 or www.miamisci.org/underwaterfest; $14.95, $10.95 seniors, students and kids 3-12; free under 3.
Pumped-Up Kicks: Solexchange Sneaker Show
Nothing makes you feel fresher than a sweet new pair of sneaks, and this event, billed as the “world’s most exciting sneaker show,” will deliver, with auctions and vendors hawking all the top brands including Adidas, Nike, Puma and Converse, plus rare, limited edition, autographed and custom-made shoes and their designers. There’s also a meet-and-greet from 3-4 p.m. with Miami Heat guard Shabazz Napier.
Tee It Up: Family Day On Aragon
Fore! Introduce your kids to the wonderful world of miniature golf, with several courses designed by architects and golf lovers. Plus, take free golf lessons from home-grown pro Tracy Kerdyk, participate in the gallery scavenger hunt, and watch the Miami Royal Ballet perform and meet a real ballerina. There will also be lots more fun activities on Aragon Avenue hosted by neighbors the Coral Gables Art Cinema and Books & Books.
Marlins Saturday Spectacular: Gente De Zona
After the floundering Fish take on the Colorado Rockies, stick around for a concert by the Latin Grammy-winning Cuban reggaeton group that reached superstar status after recording “Descemer Bueno” and “Bailando” with Enrique Iglesias. Saturday is also the annual Bark at the Park event, so feel free to bring a canine companion.
Details: Game time is 4:10 p.m.; Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com/entertainment; tickets start at $15.
SUNDAY, JUNE 14
Inaugural Festival: Caribbean Village
Help celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month with this family-friendly music, arts, food and wellness festival. Event features performances by artists from Jamaica, Haiti, the Bahamas and Trinidad, including Code Red, Julien, Shifta, Blade Martin, Snypah and Lavie. Plus it will have an appearance by Miss Universe Jamaica 2014, Kaci Fennell, a welcome parade, a celebrity cook-off, a Kids Zone, a health and wellness pavilion and much more.
Details: Noon-9 p.m. Sunday at Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th Pl. (corner of 441 and Sunrise Boulevard), Lauderhill; 954-306-8668 or www.eventbrite.com; adults $17.50 advance (kids free), $26.50 at the gate (kids $5.50), VIP $60 advance, $80 at the gate.
FREE FOR ALL
Feeling Artsy? Second Saturdays At PAMM
This month’s theme is “Natural Designs”: After observing the living patterns in the hanging gardens surrounding PAMM, kids can create their own cylindrical floral design on a fabric wind-sock to hang and admire at home. Bring lunch or pick one up at Verde.
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