THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Final Shows: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
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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.
Holiday Magic: Santa’s Enchanted Forest
It’s back! The world’s largest Christmas theme park is a must-see for kids of all ages, with its millions upon millions of dazzling lights, more than 100 rides, festive music, great food, and South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree.
Details: 5 p.m.-midnight daily, running through Jan. 3, at Santa’s Enchanted Forest (Tropical Park), 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; www.santasenchantedforest.com; $30.84, $21.49 for seniors and kids 3-9.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Kids’ Happy Hour: 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 the 1995 Disney classic “Pocahontas.” Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Big Night in Little Haiti: Boukan Ginen
Monthly cultural celebration features the sounds of popular Haitian rasin group Boukan Ginen, with Rasin Lakay opening and DJ Mack spinning party music in between. The family-friendly night also features delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela’s Restaurant and plenty of hands-on art activities for kids.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
The Spirit of Autumn: Miami Harvest Festival
Family weekend features fun activities including a petting zoo, hay rides, a model train village, classic cars, a cutest baby contest, bounce houses, rock climbing, pony rides, face painting and much more, plus a great opportunity to knock out a big chunk of your Christmas shopping, with dozens of vendors and exhibitors.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Miami Dade Fair Expo, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami; www.miamiharvest.com; $10, $3 kids 4-12, free 3 and under; $12 early-bird ($15 at the door, $5 kids 5 and up), includes admission from 8-10 a.m. Saturday and unlimited re-entry all weekend.
Days of Yore: Camelot Days Medieval Festival
Lords and ladies, this is thy last weekend to relive the magic of the Renaissance and Medieval eras, when knights, jesters, queens and kings ruled the land. Enjoy authentic music and food, jousting on horseback, artisan vendors, comedy operas, magic shows and the living chess game. To add to the fun, adults and kids alike are encouraged to dress up in period garb or even as pirates for daily costume contests.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Rd. (off I-95 and Sheridan), Hollywood; www.camelotdays.com; $15, $3 kids 6-12, under 6 free.
Miami Children’s Museum: The Wizard of Oz
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to this interactive day of fun, with Dorothy, Toto and her friends Tin Man, Scarecrow and The Cowardly Lion. Kids can explore Munchkinland, The Crossroads, The Witch’s Castle, The Emerald City and much more before heading back over the rainbow to Miami. Plus, grown-ups will be thrilled to see the original Ruby Slippers from the classic 1939 movie.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, running through Jan. 10, 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.
Miami City Ballet School Ensemble: Ballet for Young People
Interactive, behind-the-scenes look at the art of ballet shows, how ballet began, what it takes to become a professional ballet dancer and how a ballet is created. You’ll also see performance excerpts from the company’s repertoire, including the famed fairy-tale ballet “The Sleeping Beauty,” plus “Puss N’ Boots,” “Cinderella” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”
Family Fun Series: The Little Red Hen
Interactive musical version of the beloved children’s book combines colorful puppetry, fun games and catchy tunes. Come early for free pre-show face-painting and art activities, and stick around after the show for complimentary snacks.
Fort Lauderdale Children’s Ballet Theatre: “Coppelia”
In a show perfect for introducing your little one to the joys of ballet, a reclusive toymaker, a lifelike doll and a curious girl come together in this charming, light-hearted, comedic presentation.
Little Kids Do Big Things Tour: VeggieTales Live!
Join Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and all of their veggie friends in this fresh, funny and fun-filled musical revue that celebrates the power within children, complete with Veggie silly song faves including “I Love My Lips” and “The Hairbrush Song.”
Details: 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $17.50-$37.50.
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 22
Planting A Seed of Health: Sprout Kids Day
To help wrap up the second annual five-day Seed Food & Wine Fest, presented by Whole Foods Market, this family-friendly day offers interactive learning experiences including planting your own container gardens at the JugoFresh gardening lab, trying yoga with Magda Lopez, making veggie pizzas with Chef Charlie Chen and decorating organic, vegan, gluten-free cupcakes at Bunnie Cake’s cupcake lab.
Details: 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; www.seedfoodandwine.com; $20, $15 early-bird, $25 at the door, free for kids under 2.
A Joyful Noise: Soweto Gospel Choir
The sounds of South African gospel come to town with this Grammy-winning choir 20 voices strong, delivering a powerful message of hope and harmony.
Details: 6 p.m. Sunday at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $37.50-$47.50; plus Smart Stage Matinee at 10:30 a.m. Monday; $7.20.
FREE FOR ALL
Hey Jealousy: Gin Blossoms
To help celebrate the city of Hollywood’s 90th birthday, bring the family, a blanket and enjoy a free outdoor concert featuring the Gin Blossoms and its melodic, sing-along hits “Found Out About You,” “Follow You Down,” “Til I Hear It From You” and “Hey Jealousy.”
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