THURSDAY, AUG. 6
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, now adults.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-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).
A True Wonderland: Lookingglass Alice
Take the plunge down the rabbit hole with this gravity-defying, modern retelling of Lewis Carroll’s literary classic “Alice in Wonderland,” featuring all the characters — the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and more — performing spectacular circus stunts.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, running through Aug. 16 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $55-$85.
FRIDAY, AUG. 7
Miami Seaquarium: Splashtacular Summer
In addition to the awe-inspiring killer-whale and dolphin shows, kids can stay cool at the Splashtacular Summer Kids’ Water Play Area, featuring seven water slides (including the awesome-sounding Shark Escape slide and Niagara Falls).
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Aug. 23 at Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami; 305-361-5705 or www.miamiseaquarium.com; $40.99 adults, $31.99 kids 3-9 (save $8 per ticket by purchasing in advance online).
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.
Rhythms Of The World: Afro Roots World Music Festival
Help celebrate the evolution of African culture with this two-day blowout featuring a global local showcase Friday (Conjunto Progreso, Palo!, Morikeba Kouyate, Nag Champayons and Los Herederos) and the main event concert Saturday featuring Hassan Hakmoun from Morocco, Colombia’s Locos Por Juana and Brazil’s Bateria Unidos de Miami, along with DJ Le Spam.
Details: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami; 5-10 p.m. Saturday at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.afrorootsfest.com; $15, $20 two-day pass, kids 12 and under free.
Flamingo Gardens: Late Night
Enjoy the beautiful gardens after hours along with 18 food trucks serving up a smorgasbord of delicious delights and musical entertainment by Digital Anarchy and the South Florida Bluegrass Association band Alligator Alley.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Friday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $5, free under 3.
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 classic “Sleeping Beauty,” which plays from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Start Your Engines: Monster Truck Jam
What better way to bond as a family than watching 12-foot-high, five-ton vehicles racing, jumping and creating all kinds of metallic mass destruction? The larger-than-life Monster Trucks are back, including favorites such as Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Madusa and the new Zombie.
Details: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday (pit party from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday), at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $20-$35, $10 kids.
Crazy For Lasers: Laser Fest Weekend
Fire the lasers! The fun kicks off with a free planetarium star show at 7 p.m. Friday and family laser shows at 8 each night, followed by hourly classic-rock laser shows (Pink Floyd, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley at midnight Friday). Saturday brings The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper,” Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd: “Dark Side of the Moon” at midnight. Kids can also check out the Activity Room and the Space Gallery.
Classic Musical: Mary Poppins
It’s the final weekend for everyone’s favorite magical nanny, who flies into town to help the dysfunctional Banks family reconnect with one another while singing the tunes “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” “Step in Time,” “Feed the Birds,” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, running through Aug. 9, at the Susan B Katz Theatre at the River of Grass ArtsPark, 17195 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines; 954-437-4884 or www.pptopa.com; $24, $18 students and seniors, $14 kids 6 and under.
SATURDAY, AUG. 8
Miami Children’s Museum: Sensory Saturdays
Special event for children with sensory processing disorders and their families offers yoga, art, music and more every second Saturday of the month 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 email@example.com or call 305-373-KIDS (5437) x 126.
Family Fun Day: HistoryMiami
Discover a forgotten photographic portrait of Jamaica at the new exhibition, “Awakening Jamaica: Photographs by Valentine & Sons, 1891,” 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.
Author Event: Easter Huggins Anderson
Join the author of “Seashells for Lilly” (Tate Publishing & Enterprises, $8.99) discussing the charming book about a young girl who discovers that the beach offers much more than just beautiful shells.
Smile! Family Day On Aragon
Join the 5th annual Capture Coral Gables photo contest and vote for your favorite, plus enjoy mini-golf and more fun activities on Aragon Avenue hosted by neighbors the Coral Gables Art Cinema and Books & Books.
FREE FOR ALL
Feeling Artsy? Second Saturdays At PAMM
This month’s theme is “Objects of Meaning and Mystery.” Look closely at the sculptures in the exhibition “Iman Issa: Heritage Studies” and create your own interesting sculpture loaded with multiple meanings. Bring lunch or pick one up at Verde.
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