THURSDAY, AUG. 13
Free Summer Movies: “The Croods”
Just show up — first-come, first-served — to see this charming 2013 adventure-comedy about a caveman in the Pliocene era attempting to balance evolution with keeping his family safe, featuring the vocal talents of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and more.
Details: 10 a.m. Thursday at the Paragon Theater, 9200 State Road 84, Davie; www.paragontheaters.com.
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. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and noon to 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).
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
The world’s most spectacular theatrical company returns with its latest production based on the adventures of Icarus, who falls from the sky into the lush, wondrous world of Varekai, which means “wherever” in the Romani language of the nomadic wanderers.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, running through Aug. 23, at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $40-$145.
A True Wonderland: Lookingglass Alice
Last weekend to 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, 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. 14
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. to 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.
Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637 or www.mods.org; $14, $12 kids 2-12.
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. to 6 p.m. daily at the Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; free with admission to the museum; $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.
Explore The River: Amazon Voyage - Vicious Fishes And Other Riches
Last weekend to 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.
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 1993 sequel “Beethoven’s 2nd,” about the Newton family and its adventures with a St. Bernard dog named after the famous composer. Film is from 8 to 10 p.m., weather permitting.
SATURDAY, AUG. 15
Flying High: Hollywood Skate Off
Come watch South Florida’s best amateur skateboarders showcasing their skills, or even join in the fun (if space is available; day-of registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis). Plus, there will be entertainment, great prizes and food for everyone.
Flamingo Gardens: Back 2 School Weekend
Combine the best of KidzFest and Wet & Wild Weekend for one truly spectacular final weekend of Summer Break. Enjoy the botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuary, and take advantage of free pony rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., trackless train rides, special animal encounters, waterslides, bounce houses, crafts, games, music and more.
Details: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $9.95, $6.45 ages 3-11, free under 3.Info .
Get Prepared: Back To School Fun Day
Have fun while you’re gearing up for the big day with this annual event hosted by District 3 Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, featuring free vaccines and health screenings, a book bag giveaway, a free Farm Share food distribution, as well as music, bounce houses, raffle prizes and yummy hot dogs. Quantities are limited, so don’t straggle in at the last minute.
Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Olinda Park, 2101 NW 51st St., Miami; 305-636-2331; free.
Jungle Island: Wet, Wacky & Wild
To help cool off in the sweltering South Florida heat, check out the new 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.
SUNDAY, AUG. 16
Hot Stuff: Gables Bike Tour
Every third Sunday, enjoy a bike tour with a different theme — this month’s is the Coral Gables Fire Stations (did you know the Coral Gables Museum was the Coral Gables Police and Fire Station years ago?).
Details: 10 a.m. Sunday at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; space is limited. RSVP to 305-603-8067; $10, $5 members and kids under 12.
FREE FOR ALL
Pop-Up Kids Program: Go Go Moad!
In this event titled “Lines, Shapes and Color,” celebrate the work of Cuban artist Emilio Sanchez by creating abstracted landscapes using only straight lines — and lots of painter’s tape.
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