FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Art Days Weekend: Giants in the City
As one of the participants in the fourth-annual Art Days weekend, Giants in the City is a family-friendly, monumental inflatable sculptural exhibition designed to embrace and stimulate creative artistic activities.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; www.giantsinthecity.com; free.
Blue Starlite by the Bay: “Grease” And “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”
The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is back after a short hiatus, with its grand opening at a new venue. The fun kicks off with the 1978 sing-along classic “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, followed by Tim Burton’s 1985 directorial debut, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” starring Paul Reubens.
Details: 7:45 and 10:15 p.m. Friday at Blue Starlite at Kennedy Park, 2476 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $5-$55.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
All-Day Celebration: ArtsLaunch2015
Help kick off the South Florida arts season with this day of fun, including the ArtsTalk 2025, during which leaders of the local arts community discuss what Miami’s culture will be like in 10 years; a farmer’s market; free food samples (and $20 unlimited mimosas for Mom and Dad); a Mini Comic Book Convention, complete with Cosplay Costume Contest; the Arsht Center Job Fair, for those wishing to get involved; plus workshops, crafts, coloring, face painting and more.
Details: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; free with access pass; call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
Weekend Of Wonder: Kids Love & Family Expo
More than 75 exhibitors offering free activities and giveaways are just a fraction of the fun at this expo: You can also enjoy the Teddy Bear Clinic, character photos and the Lil’ Monster Truck Jam & Ride; plus meet Lea Black from “The Real Housewives of Miami” and Disney Jr. star Genevieve Goings.
Craft Festival: Lauderdale By The Sea
The 18th-annual festival features more than 100 of the finest artists and skilled crafters in the country displaying folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket-weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax and glass.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at A1A and Commercial Boulevard, 4400 N. Ocean Dr., Lauderdale By The Sea; www.artfestival.com; free.
Join In The Fun: Children’s Trust Family Expo
More than 20,000 visitors are expected at this event at which parents can get important information on health, social services and educational opportunities while their kids have a blast with activities and attractions including clowns, magicians, face painting, rock-climbing walls, bounce houses, story time, music, dancing and much more.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Fair & Expo Center, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami; www.thechildrenstrust.org; free.
Jungle Island: Neighbor Days
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.
Family Fun Day: HistoryMiami
Think you know everything about Miami? In this “Architectural Adventure,” learn about the Magic City’s hidden architectural jewels with a tour of HistoryMiami’s galleries —plus enjoy crafts and the gallery’s interactive building-blocks corner designed for families to discover and learn together.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free.
Miami Children’s Museum: Michimu’s Birthday Fiesta
Celebrate another great year as the museum turns 12, with games, balloon twisting, face painting, special performances by MCM players, a playful piñata and birthday cake and pastelitos.
Details: 11 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.
The Art of Robots: Second Saturdays at PAMM
Everyone loves to pretend they’re robots. Now you can explore the engineering behind robots while creating your own artistic renditions with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) experience led by experts from Frost Science, Pérez Art Museum Miami and Starbot. Bring lunch or pick one up at Verde.
Literary Event: Authors in Conversation with Dave Barry
Adam Mansbach, beloved by exhausted parents all over the world for his hilarious book “Go the F* to Sleep,” and Alan Zweibel, longtime writer for “Saturday Night Live,” have teamed up to write their debut middle-grade book “Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My …!” (Hyperion, $12.99). In an afternoon of hilarious banter, they discuss books, writing for kids and anything else that might cross their gleefully off-kilter minds.
Get Your Hands Dirty: Family Day on Aragon
Relieve some stress from the back-to-school grind by creating your own clay masterpiece, inspired by the Ceramic League of Miami’s 65th Anniversary exhibit, plus enjoy mini-golf, a scavenger hunt and many more fun activities on Aragon Avenue hosted by neighbors the Coral Gables Art Cinema and Books & Books.
Brazilian Independence Day: Downtown Boca Brazilian Beat
Joyous, family-friendly celebration of Brazil’s freedom features live performances by Alma Tropicalia (fronted by singer Elin Melgarejo, who has performed with Thievery Corporation) and Batuke Samba Funk (above), plus street entertainment including a Zumba showcase, capoeira and carnival dancers, samba drummers, authentic Brazilian food and much more.
Details: 6 p.m. Saturday at Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton; www.downtownboca.org; free.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Sunday Funday: Miami Marlins
Young fans have an added incentive to cheer on the Fish against the Washington Nationals, as the first 10,000 will receive a Jose Fernandez figurine. Plus, 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.
FREE FOR ALL
Pop-Up Kids Program: Go Go Moad!
In this event titled “Sticky Kids,” children will explore the elements of design and composition through the creation of paper wall sculptures. Inspired by the museum’s upcoming exhibition “Mary Queen of the Universe,” featuring the work of Steven and William Ladd.
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