THURSDAY, SEPT. 3
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, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free with museum admission ($8 adults, $5 kids 6-12, under 6 free).
IMAX 3D Theater: Humpback Whales
Experience an incredible journey into the hidden world of these awe-inspiring, 50-foot marine mammals, captured for the first time with IMAX 3D cameras. You’ll hear them sing, marvel at their intelligence and learn what makes them the most acrobatic of all whales.
Details: 10 a.m., 12:45 and 2:55 p.m. Thursday, running through Feb. 11, 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.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 4
Ahoy, Mateys! Pirate Island
Avast, ye scallywags! Last chance to enjoy interactive games, stories, theater shows and even live pirates, plus a pirate ship children can explore and safely blast cannons, walk the plank and 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 at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 1.
Sesame Street Presents: The Body
Final weekend for kids to learn 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.
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.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Friday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, 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 1996 Disney live-action remake of the classic “101 Dalmatians,” starring Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil and Jeff Daniels as Roger Dearly. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Home Improvement: Miami Home Design And Remodeling Show
You can find anything you need to repair, improve or enhance your home with vendors offering superior products, plus cooking demonstrations by favorite South Florida chefs, seminars and speakers such as interior design and TV personality Nina Magon, and the At Home with Art showcase, featuring works by more than 20 local artists, including Latin folk-art painter and street artist Nicole Salgar.
Details: 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon-7:30 p.m. Monday, and 6-10:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach; www.homeshows.net; $10, $1 kids 10 and under.
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.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 5
Jungle Island: Neighbor Days
From Labor Day weekend through Sept. 27, South Florida residents can wander through lush tropical trails, see wild animal exhibits, or cool down at the Parrot Cove private beach for only 15 bucks, less than half the regular admission price.
Free Film Series: Jurassic Park
Check out Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster about a theme park full of cloned dinosaurs that offers guests the thrill of a lifetime — until (spoiler alert!) something goes horribly wrong.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 6
Nice Ride! Dream Car Classic
Gearheads and other motor vehicle enthusiasts can show off their pride-and-joy rides, with classic and custom cars, trucks and hot rods on display at this family-friendly event.
Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Hollywood Boulevard between 19th and 20th avenues, Downtown Hollywood; www.cobrajoeproductions.com; $20 to register a vehicle; attendance is free.
Greynolds Park: Bluegrass Jam
Teach your children to love honey-kissed harmonies backed by banjo, fiddle, mandolin and upright bass at this monthly laid-back, family friendly day.
Details: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday at Greynolds Park, 18500 NE 22nd Ave., North Miami Beach; 305-945-3425; free.
Sunday Funday: Miami Marlins
Young fans have an added incentive to cheer on the Fish against the New York Mets, as the first 10,000 will receive a Marcell Ozuna Bobblehead. Plus, it’s Jewish Heritage Day, and there will be face painting, interactive games, character appearances from favorite movies and TV shows, kids’ access to the Clevelander pool and a Diamond Dash, where children 12 and under can run the bases after the game.
Details: Game time is 1:10 p.m. Sunday; Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com/entertainment; tickets start at $16.
MONDAY, SEPT. 7
Labor Day: Native Bird Festival
Flamingo Gardens is definitely for the birds this Labor Day as kids can learn about the feathered friends that make Florida their home with live bird exhibits, birding classes, aviary tours and special Birds of Prey presentations. Also, the Sierra Club, Audubon Society and other wildlife organization booths will be on hand to teach more about Florida’s wild inhabitants and habitats.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; half-price admission (normally $19.95, $12.95 age 3-11); free under 3.
FREE FOR ALL
Gold Coast Railroad Museum: Splash Day!
Bring bathing suits and towels and enjoy a day of fun, including admission to the museum, water bounce houses, train rides and a pizza food truck.
Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org.
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