THURSDAY, JUNE 18
Time 2 Play: Shorts 4 Kids
City Theatre celebrates 20 years with this children’s version of Summer Shorts that takes kids on an exciting journey into a video-game console, where live apps and the S4K Avatars will introduce little ones to the magic of live theater.
Details: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $20.
Blue Starlite Presents: Jurassic Park
In preparation for the new “Jurassic World” summer blockbuster, take the kids to the drive-in to see the original. This 1993 sci-fi adventure flick directed by Steven Spielberg stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and hundreds of killer dinosaurs roaming around scaring the stuffing out of everyone. Don’t miss the pre-show comedy routine by Just the Funny.
Details: Doors open at 7:30 p.m., movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Blue Starlite – Coconut Grove behind the Playhouse, 3500 Main Hwy., Miami; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $25 drive-in car space plus entry for two ($55 for dinner).
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
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 2014 comedy “Moms’ Night Out,” starring Sarah Drew as Allyson, a mother who only wants a grown-up night out of dinner and fun with her friends. The catch? They need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours — what could go wrong? Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Big Night In Little Haiti: Akoustik
One of Haiti’s most innovative young bands mixes old-school kreyol jazz, blues and roots rhythms into a fresh new sound. The night also features an opening set by Tradisyon Lakou Lakay; delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela’s Restaurant; Maison Gingerbread, Haiti’s living architecture exhibition; and plenty of hands-on art activities for kids.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
Flamingo Gardens: Featured Creatures
This Father’s Day Weekend, get up close to strange and exotic creatures such as kinkajous, lemurs, scorpions, Burmese pythons and more through live presentations and exhibits. Plus, kids can make “creature” crafts or challenge Dad to eat a bug at the Edible Bug station. Best of all, it’s a half-price weekend.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $10, $6.50 age 3-11, free for 2 and under; dads get in free on Father’s Day with another paid admission.
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.
Coral Gables Museum: 90 Cent Admission Day
In celebration of the city of Coral Gables’ 90th anniversary, the museum is offering admission for only 90 cents per person. Add that to a round of indoor mini golf for $4.10, and you’ve got a full day of fun for five bucks.
Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure
British children’s show about a group of friendly animated locomotive trainees comes to life with this tale of courage, speed, loyalty and determination that will delight kids of all ages.
Free Family Fest: Colors Of The Caribbean
Celebrate Caribbean culture with live music from reggae band Inner Circle, whose hit “Bad Boys” is the theme song for the Fox TV show “Cops”; Trinidadian soca prince Rikki Jai; young Antiguan star Ricardo Dru; and the diplomat of Caribbean music, Kevin Lyttle (“Turn Me On”). Plus there’s a Caribbean Food Village, the YMCA Kids Zone, arts and crafts, folk dancing and much more.
SUNDAY, JUNE 21
Family Fun Day: “Dads Rock”
Show Dad a great time at a variety of Frost Museum exhibits including “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches,” a planetarium, the Batchelor Wildlife Center, an interactive Sea Lab, and “Under the Sea,” an exhibit of 13 images from the 2015 University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Underwater Photography Contest. And for him, it’s free — just say the phrase “Dads Rock.”
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-646-4200 or www.miamisci.org; $14.95, $10.95 seniors, students and kids 3-12; free under 3.
Father’s Day At MCM: Calling All Dads
Celebrate Father’s Day the kid-friendly way at Miami Children’s Museum by navigating the Daddy and Me Obstacle Course, building together with the Imagination Playground, creating a “SuperDad” mask, participating in the Picnic Party and entering the special “Dads Only” raffle.
Details: 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.
Summer Series 2015: The FAU Concert Band
Treat Dad to an “old-time concert in the park” as the FAU Concert Band performs classical big-band music. Blankets and chairs are welcome.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; www.myboca.us; free.
FREE FOR ALL
Pop-Up Kids Program: Go Go Moad!
Inspired by Florencio Gelabert’s sculpture-turned-performance-art piece titled “Islands For a Friend” as part of the 11th Havana Biennial in 2012, “Islands For My Family” invites kids to craft islands of their own to take home, using all kinds of mixed-media materials. Bring in a family photo to add to the piece.
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