THURSDAY, AUG. 27
Operation Pedro Pan Exhibition: The Cuban Children’s Exodus
Never miss a local story.
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, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free with museum admission ($8 adults, $5 kids 6-12, under 6 free).
FRIDAY, AUG, 28
Ahoy, Mateys! Pirate Island
Avast, ye scallywags! Enjoy interactive games, stories, theater shows and even live pirates, plus a pirate ship children can explore and safely blast cannons, walk the plank, learn to tie knots, handle ropes and speak Pirate. And everyone gets a map that leads to pirate treasure. Aarrr!
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, running through Sept. 6 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.
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 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.
Coral Reef Park: School’s In Session Carnival
Celebrate the new school year with a fun carnival featuring free rides and activities for the whole family.
Details: 2-5 p.m. Friday at Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152nd St., Palmetto Bay; 305-259-1234; free.
Kids’ Happy Hour: Funtastic Fridays
Enjoy a DJ, face-painting, games, 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 2006 Disney sports film, “Invincible,” starring Mark Wahlberg as an unlikely football star for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1970s. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Dive-In Movies: The Lego Movie
Every last Friday of the month, 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, the 2014 Warner Bros. computer-animated hit “The Lego Movie,” will have your kids singing along to its Oscar-nominated original song, “Everything Is Awesome.”
Details: Park opens for swimming at 5:30 p.m. Friday; movie begins at 8 p.m.; Grapeland Water Park, 1550 NW 37th Ave., Coral Gables; 305-960-2950; $5, under 2 free.
Zoo Miami: Bowling For Rhinos
Roll a strike and spare a rhino: Have a great time for a great cause at Bird Bowl, with 100 percent of all funds raised going directly toward rhino conservation in Asia and Africa.
Details: 6:30-10 p.m. Friday at Bird Bowl Bowling Center, 9275 SW 40th St., Miami; www.zoomiami.com; $25 registration fee, $15 kids under 12, includes shoes, pizza and soda.
Night On The Town: Viernes Culturales
Monthly arts and culture street festival features plenty of family friendly fun, including walking tours of Little Havana, an artist fair with local painters and sculptors, galleries, restaurants and a children’s art clinic.
Details: 7-11 p.m. Friday at Domino Park, 804 SW 15th Ave., Miami; 305-643-5500; free.
Encore Showing: Jurassic World 3-D
Catch the second-highest-grossing film in IMAX’s history (only “Avatar” tops it) in all its thrilling 3-D splendor, featuring dinosaurs running amok after the world’s most incredible theme park breaks down.
Details: 7:15 p.m. Friday, 7:05 p.m. Saturday and 5:25 p.m. Sunday at the Museum of Discovery and Science and AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637 or www.mods.org; $14, $11 kids 2-12.
SATURDAY, AUG. 29
Grand Opening: Hollywoof Dog Park
Bring your four-legged friends to help celebrate this new 20,000-plus square-foot dog park, featuring secured fenced areas for both small and large dogs, dog-play and training equipment; fresh water troughs for drinking and more. Party features a Junkanoo band, a wading pool, dog vendors and grand-opening souvenirs.
Closing Weekend: Frost Museum Of Science
Take a stroll down memory lane and visit the Coconut Grove location for a final farewell before the museum moves to downtown Miami’s Museum Park in summer 2016, with two days of engaging, educational experiences including a robot arena, a lionfish dissection, live science demonstrations including liquid nitrogen, Planetarium shows, interactive technology demos, animal encounters and more.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday at the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Coconut Grove; 305-646-4200 or www.miamisci.org; $14.95, kids 12 and under free with adult paid admission.
Jungle Island: Wet, Wacky & Wild
Last weekend to check out the 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.
A Day At The Beach: Big Float For Clean Water
Outdoor afternoon of family fun for a good cause features paddleboarding, kayaking, volleyball, nature walks and more.
Details: 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the Biscayne Nature Center at Crandon Park, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne; www.biscaynenaturecetner.org; $15 includes dinner, kayak/paddleboard rental, reusable cup and two drink tickets; kids free.
SUNDAY, AUG. 30
Miami Beach Botanical Gardens: Art In The Park With Marie
Swedish pre-school teacher Marie Kolbert, who came to the U.S. on a soccer scholarship, helps kick-start your little ones’ creativity with this free program out on the lawn under the shade of the banyan tree. Art supplies included.
Author Event: Jessica Asis
Ella Stern, an 8-year-old girl from Miami Beach, has written her first book under the pseudonym Jessica Asis, the adventurous tale “The New Year’s Dilemma” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $5.99) about a teenage girl named Kate who plans to spend New Year’s Eve with her aunt and uncle, but things don’t turn out as planned.
Details: Noon Sunday at Books & Books, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; www.booksandbooks.com; free.
FREE FOR ALL
Cocowalk: Family Fun Day
Enjoy face painting, live music, exotic animals and other exciting kids’ entertainment every last Saturday of the month.
Details: 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Cocowalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove; www.cocowalk.net; free.
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