THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
Great Balls of Fire! Comets, Asteroids and Meteors
Kids will have a blast at this interactive exhibit learning about these mysterious celestial bodies: Where do they come from, and what are the risks of an eventual impact with Earth? Plus, your little astronaut can climb into a “spaceship” and blast off to Jupiter on a mission to gather data. Add to your out-of-this-world adventure with IMAX 3D: “Hubble 3D,” which takes a close-up look at the famous Hubble Space Telescope; or “Space Station 3D,” about the construction of the International Space Station.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, running through Jan. 3 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.
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).
Down the Rabbit Hole: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the classic book by Lewis Carroll, this performance directed by Stephanie Ansin brings Alice’s colorful and surreal journey to life, amid iconic characters including the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat.
Details: 10:30 a.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday running through Nov. 20 at Miami Theater Center, 9816 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; www.mtcmiami.org; $35.
Tricks, Treats and Beats: House of Horror Amusement Park
South Florida’s largest haunted house brings more than 30 rooms of terror, two acres of new rides, live music — including Grammy-winning Scottish DJ/producer Calvin Harris (“We Found Love,””Blame,” “Outside”) on Friday night — games and great food. Costumes welcome as long as it doesn’t cover your face.
Details: 6-11 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, and 5:30-11 p.m. Sunday, at Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave., Doral; 305-639-6000 or www.houseofhorrorpark.com; $30, $15 kids 6 and under — includes unlimited rides.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
May The Force Be With You: Funtastic Fridays
Enjoy a DJ, face painting, games and bounce houses and see why Local 10 (WPLG) viewers 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 George Lucas’ 1977 sci-fi phenomenon “Star Wars,” which introduced the universe to iconic characters including Luke Skywalker, C3PO, Princess Leia and, of course, Darth Vader. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Blue Starlite by the Bay: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In continues its countdown to Halloween with the first chapter in the “Harry Potter” series, which follows Harry discovering that he’s a wizard and his subsequent adventures at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; plus, a special Charlie Brown Halloween pre-show.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Blue Starlite at Kennedy Park, 2476 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $5-$55.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31
Sesame Street Live! Make a New Friend
Join all your favorite characters — including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Grover, The Count, Cookie Monster, Zoe and more — as they welcome Chamki, Grover’s new friend from India, to Sesame Street and have fun celebrating cultural differences and teaching that everyone is special.
Details: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday; and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eight St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $16-$36.
Orchestra Miami: Peter and the Werewolf
This year’s Family Fun Concert Series kicks off with Orchestra Miami, conducted by Elaine Rinaldi, performing Prokofiev’s classic tale of Peter, told with a unique Halloween twist at three different venues. Special guest narrator, “The Necromancer” (aka Neil Tobin), illustrates the story with magic and special effects.
Details: 1 p.m. Saturday at the Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, 1410 NE 215th St., Aventura; 4 p.m. Saturday at Divine Savior Academy, 10311 NW 58th St., Doral; and 4 p.m. Sunday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; 305-274-2103 or www.orchestramiami.org; $15, $10 under 18.
Rock Opera: Jesus Christ Superstar
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic musical about the last week of Jesus’ life is set to a dramatic and emotional rock score. With mature themes and scenes of stage violence, the show might be disturbing for young children.
Details: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, running through Nov. 7 at the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, Galleria Mall, 2542B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-763-6882 or www.flct.org; $24.50 advance, $28 at the door.
Children’s Classic: Charlotte’s Web
Last weekend to catch this charming tale of Wilbur the pig who is saved from slaughter on the Zuckerman farm by a clever spider named Charlotte, whose messages about him written in her web turns him into an overnight sensation.
Family-Friendly Musical: Hairspray
This adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway classic about one girl’s unstoppable dream to dance is piled bouffant-high with romance, great ‘50s-style moves and infectious songs.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through Dec. 5 at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1
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.
Miami Children’s Chorus: Sing Miami!
Join guest conductor Doreen Rao in this interactive sing-along, where families, seniors and kids of all ages can make a joyful noise together and make new friends through music.
Details: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Peacock Foundation Studio, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; free. Check online for first-access pass information.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2
A Very Spirited Celebration: Day of the Dead Festival
Billed as a “Memory for the Dead/Party for the Living,” this sixth-annual event — expected to draw more than 10,000 people — honors Mexican and Latin American traditions with a modern interpretation. The party begins at 4 p.m. with the iconic skulls of Calaveras in the Plaza, followed by the Skeleton Processional at 6:30 p.m. and culminating with the Muertos Street Festival until 10 p.m..
Details: 4-10 p.m. Monday at Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; moving to 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale, for the street festival; www.dayofthedeadflorida.com; free.
FREE FOR ALL
Seeing Stars: Fall Stargazing Party
Bring a blanket and explore the night sky and the full “Hunters Moon” with the Southern Cross Astros, plus enjoy music and storytelling around the campfire.
Details: 7-10 p.m. Friday at Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead; www.fruitandspicepark.org; free.
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