THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Whatever Floats Your Boat: Miami International Boat Show
Boat lovers, there’s no other place you’d rather be over President’s Day Weekend. Check out more than 1,200 boats on land and in the water with 400+ slips; plus exhibits offering marine accessories, electronics, engines, nautical gifts and apparel and services; on-the-water boating workshops, daily seminars, and fun ways to test the waters including paddle sports demos; and great food, with several restaurants on-site. Partial to sailboats? Head for Strictly Sail from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at Bayside’s Miamarina (401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami).
Details: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., on Virginia Key minutes from downtown Miami; www.miamiboatshow.com; $35 Thursday, $20 Friday-Monday, $35 two-day pass, $85 five-day pass, free for 15 and under
Brain Power! Mindbender Mansion
Kids will have a blast thinking outside the box at this eclectic exhibit full of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem-solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers. Adults and children alike will enjoy exercising their minds as they try to master each of the 40 individual brain teasers and the five group activities.
Miami Seaquarium: Free Annual Pass Offer
From Jan. 30 through March 6, Florida residents who buy a one-day regular admission to Miami Seaquarium will receive a free 2016 pass that allows guests to visit Miami Seaquarium as often as they wish through Dec. 31, including the extremely popular BunnyPalooza Easter Egg Hunts and Monster Splash Halloween Bash. As general manager Andrew Hertz says, “Why pay separate admissions each time you visit the park, when you can pay just one admission and come back as many times as you like throughout the year?”
“Feel The Wow”: Universoul Circus
Discover the kid in you at this spectacular show that brings a fresh, hip vibe to family entertainment. UniverSoul, now celebrating its 23rd year, is ranked in the Top 3 of touring circuses along with Ringling Bros and Cirque du Soleil, and brings everything from death-defying acrobatics to clowns to exotic animals, including zebras.
Details: 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday; and noon and 3:30 p.m. Monday; at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Pkwy. (one mile west of I-75); Miramar; Ticketmaster; $16, under 12 months free.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12
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 1955 Disney animated classic “Lady and the Tramp,” about a female cocker spaniel from an upscale family who falls for a male street mutt. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Feeling Medieval? Florida Renaissance Festival
Lords, ladies and wenches, grab your swords, button up your bodices and get ready for the latest Ren-Fest chapter, with seven themed weekends through March 27. The first weekend, “Swashbucklers & Sirens,” is pirate-themed, so practice exclaiming fun phrases like “Shiver me timbers!” “Thar she blows!” and, of course, the all-purpose “Aarrrr!” In between, enjoy more than 100 costumed performers, 10 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world.
Details: 10 a.m.-sunset Saturday and Sunday (plus Monday — President’s Day), running on weekends through March 27, at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; www.ren-fest.com; $21, $9 kids 6-11, free for 5 and under.
Family Fun Days: Happy Valentine’s Day
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with craft activities, storytelling and hands-on science-themed V-Day activities. Make paper flowers while identifying crucial plant parts needed for survival and change the color of white carnations through a process called “chromatography,” Plus, enjoy a performance by the students of Music in Miami and Kalos Music Academy starting at 2 p.m.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free.
Young At Arts Museum: YAA Love Fest
There’s plenty of activities for kids to celebrate Cupid’s Day, including exploring how famous artists have created art to share their love with the world, making their own Pop-Up Rainbow Valentine’s Cards, rocking out to Love Jams (kid-style, of course), taking pictures at the I Love You sculpture, and much more.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie; 954-424-0085 or www.youngatartmuseum.org; $14; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children over age 1; and $11 for military members and their immediate families.
Musical Theatre For Young Audiences: Jungle Book
Sing along to this music-filled spectacle based on Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored stories of young Mowgli, who was raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, and his magical adventures growing up in the animal kingdom. Join Mowgli as he learns about friendship and survival with the help of friends like Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the lovable bear, and foils his nemesis, Shere Khan the tiger.
Good Grief! Snoopy The Musical
Sequel to “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” features the antics of Charlie Brown, his semi-faithful dog Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang adapted for the stage and set to classic music by Vince Guaraldi.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through Feb. 27, at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.
Day At The Beach Concert Series: Descemer Bueno
Classically trained Cuban guitarist, best known for composing the hit “Bailando” (with Enrique Iglesias), headlines this all-ages show, also featuring a performance by the at-risk youth program Guitars Over Guns. Come back starting at noon Sunday for a free concert preview of the upcoming Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance, featuring Big Mean Sound Machine, Afrobeta, Jean P Jam, Oigo and Big Brooklyn Red.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.brownpapertickets.com; $25 presale, $35 at the door, free for 12 and under.
“tap Dance Without Shoes”: Step Afrika!
The first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of “stepping” returns to showcase the unique art form, which transforms the human body into an organic percussion instrument and a visual delight of rhythmic movement. Raves the Washington Post: “Electrifying talents! It is jazz, funk, rhythm and blues, and rap without instruments.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami; 786-573-5300 or www.smdcac.org; $25, $5 tickets for ages 13-22 at www.cultureshockmiami.com. Also, there is a free dance workshop for ages 10 and up with members of Step Afrika! from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday — register at www.smdcac.org.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Miami Children’s Museum: Valentine’s Day
Love is in the air, so make your own Valentine card, design a tissue-paper flower to give to a loved one, decorate delicious cookies and try out some sweet candy experiments.
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.
Go Fly A Kite! Kite Day Festival
Family-friendly event, now in its 24rd year, features spectacular high-flying kites of all colors, shapes, sizes and themes, plus free activities for all ages, including kite-building classes, kite-flying demonstrations and competitions. Marvel at the amazing “monster kites,” such as the 100-foot squid, the 30-foot dragon, the 30-foot scuba man, the 30-foot “Nemo” fish, the 150-foot flying rainbow, and more. There will also be food and refreshments for purchase and a live concert by Miami Country Day School’s “21 Hearts, 1 Beat” Rock Ensemble.
Details: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Haulover Beach Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.miamidade.gov/parks/haulover; free, $7 parking.
FREE FOR ALL
Click! Family Day On Aragon
Fun-filled afternoon includes the chance to be a photographer for the day — bring your own digital camera and join a 2 p.m. photography workshop from a pro. Then, take a kid-friendly tour of “The Natural World Along Tamiami Trail,” a solo exhibition by celebrated photographer Clyde Butcher. Later, enjoy crafts activities and performances by Trendz Dance Technique Center and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony.
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