THURSDAY, JUNE 25
Fantasy Theatre Factory: Gordon Gumshoe
Fun family show encourages literacy through audience participation — Gordon Gumshoe needs his junior detectives to help him find clues to which important items are missing from beloved fairy tales.
Details: 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org; $7, one adult free per 10 children (price includes admission to the Garden).
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: Back To The Future
Hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Michael J. Fox climbed into that cool DeLorean and traveled back in time to save the future of his family. Your kids will love this 1985 sci-fi/comedy adventure flick directed by Steven Spielberg.
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 26
Operation Pedro Pan Exhibition: The Cuban Children’s Exodus
From 1960-62, more than 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children left their homeland in what became the largest recorded child refugee exodus in the Western Hemisphere. This new exhibit displays testimonies, photographs, letters and other items from the children, who are now adults.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 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).
Explore The River: Amazon Voyage - Vicious Fishes And Other Riches
Learn while you have fun as this spectacular exhibition about the most biologically diverse river in the world returns to Miami for the first time in nine years, after visiting 19 cities in three countries.
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 Disney/Pixar 2001 classic “Monsters Inc.,” starring the vocal talents of Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Dive-In Movies: Maleficent
Every last Friday of the summer, enjoy a family feature film after a day of pool fun. At 7:30 p.m., the slides close down and everyone moves to the recreation pool (Captain’s Lagoon) to grab a float tube or lounge chair for movie time. This month’s selection is the magical, slightly dark, Disney fantasy “Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie in a reimagining of “Sleeping Beauty” told from the perspective of the villainess.
Details: Park opens for swimming at 5:30 p.m. Friday; movie begins at 8 p.m.; at Grapeland Water Park, 1550 NW 37th Ave., Coral Gables; 305-960-2950; $5, under 2 free.
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 27
Miami Children’s Museum: Beach Bonanza
June is Oceans Month, and here’s a great way to celebrate our beaches, coasts and underwater ecosystems, with some great safety tips from lifeguards and a chance to meet members of the U.S. Coast Guard. Plus, design and test your own sailboats and sunglasses.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 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.
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.
Musical Theater: Hansel & Gretel
Based on the classic story by the Brothers Grimm about a brother and sister’s journey into a mysterious forest and their encounter with a witch and her delicious gingerbread cottage, this enchanting production features music from the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck.
Marlins Saturday Spectacular: Never Stop Believin’
After the Fish take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, stick around for a concert by The Ultimate Journey Tribute Show, which captures the look, music and excitement of the Steve Perry years with hits including “Wheel in the Sky,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Stone in Love,” “Lights,” “Who’s Cryin’ Now” and, of course, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
Details: Game time is 4:10 p.m. Saturday at Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com/entertainment; tickets start at $15.
FREE FOR ALL
Free Summer Movies: “Rio 2”
Just show up — first-come, first-served — to see this computer-animated, 2014 Blue Sky Studios sequel to the 2011 original that follows the adventures of two blue macaws, Blu and Jewel, and their family.
Details: 10 a.m. Thursday at the Paragon Theater, 9200 State Road 84, Davie; www.paragontheaters.com.
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