THURSDAY, JANUARY 7
IMAX 3D Theater: Wild Africa
Take a magical journey through the wildest place on Earth: the majestic continent of Africa and its jungles, deserts and rivers and their inhabitants, from eye-poppingly colorful pink flamingos to gentle gorillas to herds of swimming elephants.
Details: 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 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.
Plantation Historical Museum: Winter Wonderland
Last weekend to enjoy this holiday family event that features more than 40 festively adorned trees, Christmas scenes, snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, beloved characters, live music and visits with Santa.
Old-Fashioned Fun: Winterland At The Farm
Last weekend to enjoy the illuminated forest, petting zoo, paddleboat and hay rides, bounce houses, snow, hot chocolate and treats, pony rides and face-painting, plus meet Santa Claus and his magical friends as they stop by every two hours.
Details: 4-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Pinto’s Farm, 14890 SW 216th St., Miami; www.pintofarm.com; $14.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8
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 hilarious and heartwarming 2015 animated instant comedy classic “Home,” featuring the vocal talents of the unlikely but inspired duo of Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” and pop superstar Rihanna. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents: Circus Xtreme
The Greatest Show On Earth returns with a bang, featuring its usual array of death-defying stunts, amazing acrobats, exotic animals and crazy clowns, ramped up to an extreme level that will leave kids and adults breathless.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday; running through Jan. 18; at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $16-$75.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9
Open-Air Gallery: Las Olas Art Fair Part 1
Beloved outdoor festival hits town for the 28th year, bringing with it original art, eclectic displays and a wide array of styles and media from 250 artists from around the country, hand-selected from among hundreds of applicants. All artists will be on hand, and artworks ranging from $25 to $30,000 will be available for purchase.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, between Southeast 6th and 11th avenues; www.artfestival.com; free.
The Tradition Continues: Redland Heritage Festival
Since 1976, this annual festival has featured local arts and crafts, historical exhibits, a large selection of tropical plants and great food. Kids’ activities include a petting zoo, pony rides and a wild and wonderful Everglades animal show.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead; www.fruitandspicepark.org; $8, kids under 11 free.
Family Fun Days: African-American Traditions
Celebrate African-American culture with artist-in-residence The Lee Boys, who will perform two uplifting gospel sets of sacred steel, at 1 and 3 p.m., and learn from the band in the museum’s hands-on music corner. Plus, there will be crafts, delicious cuisine and plenty of other activities inspired by the heritage of our African-American community.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free.
Miami Children’s Museum: The Wizard Of Oz
Follow the yellow brick road one last time before this traveling exhibit heads to the Orlando Science Center. Meet your favorite characters from Oz, and participate in cool experiments that will teach you about tornadoes. Plus, you can build a badge of courage, join Glinda’s bubble party, and make wicked witch slime. Grown-ups will be thrilled to see the original Ruby Slippers from the classic 1939 movie.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 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.
Pinecrest Gardens: 2016 Fine Arts Festival
At one of Florida’s premier juried art shows, you’re sure to find the perfect piece of art for your home, whether it be painting, sculpture, mixed media and photography, or original handcrafted jewelry and wearable art. Plus, there’s a great selection of delicious food, live music and other activities for the entire family in the magical botanical garden setting.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; free.
Make History: Second Saturdays At PAMM
Kids can get inspired by Firelei Baez’s bold use of colors, layers and textures featured throughout her work in the exhibition “Bloodlines,” and reimagine history by combining their own drawn and painted images in the art-making workshop on the outside terrace. Bring lunch or pick one up at Verde.
Holiday Laughs: Elf The Musical
This stage adaptation of the 2003 Christmas comedy film starring Will Ferrell as the fish-out-of-water elf Buddy, who embarks on a journey to New York City to find the true meaning of Christmas, will delight children of all ages.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through Jan. 16, at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10
Morikami Museum And Japanese Gardens: Oshogatsu
Honor the Year of the Monkey with the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ 38th annual Oshogatsu celebration, Japan’s most important yearly observance, and a time of renewal. The day’s activities include Japan’s customary rice-pounding, making mochi rice cakes, the sado tea ceremony, omikuji fortune telling and the shishimai lion dance, to bring good luck for the New Year.
Performing Pooches: The Olate Dogs
The winning act of Season 7 of “America’s Got Talent” took dog tricks to a new level, with back flips, jumping rope, circus stunts and even dancing the conga. Now see the dogs perform live, guided by their father-and-son handlers Richard and Nicholas Olate.
Details: 1 p.m. Sunday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $27, $75 VIP includes meet-and-greet with post-show photo opp.
FREE FOR ALL
Block Party: Family Day On Aragon
Monthly event is taking it to the streets this time, with a bounce house, rock wall, outdoor activities, balloons, film workshops, short film screenings, children’s authors, exhibits, live animal demonstrations and much more.
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