THURSDAY, APRIL 7
Young At Art Museum: Magic & Mayhem: The Art Of Iconic Toys
Your toy-loving tots will flip over this new exhibit that explores and showcases the cultural impact of iconic toys and the passion for collecting them, including two of the most popular brands over the past decade, “Transformers” and “My Little Pony.”
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, running through May 29, at the 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.
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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.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, running through May 1, 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.
Final Weekend: Miami-Dade County Youth Fair
The ultimate day full of family fun offers almost 100 rides for both little ones and thrillseekers (check out the Screamer, Meltdown and Climb-N-Challenge), 50 games of skill, live shows and music, and delicious fair food such as the infamous giant turkey leg, caramel apples and elephant ears. And at 8 p.m. Saturday, shake your hips to the hot Latin concert “Celebrating Celia,” featuring Willy Chirino and the Celia Cruz All Stars, plus other guests.
Details: Gates open at noon Friday-Sunday at Tamiami Park, Coral Way and Southwest 107th Avenue, Miami; www.fairexpo.com; $14, free for seniors, military personnel and kids 5 and under.
FRIDAY, APRIL 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 1978 sing-along classic “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Family Movie Night: Inside Out
Gather the troops and enjoy this mesmerizing 2015 Disney/Pixar instant classic about five personified emotions (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear) trying to lead a young girl through life. Bring a flashlight for Flashlight Tours at various times – movie begins at 8.
Details: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Pinecrest Gardens, Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $5.
SATURDAY, APRIL 9
Miami Children’s Museum: Sensory Saturday
Special event for children with sensory processing disorders and their families offers yoga, art and music in a comfortable environment in which lights and sound will be dimmed.
Details: 9-11 a.m. at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; preregistration is required; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-373-KIDS (5437).
Slow Art Day: Second Saturdays At Pamm
Come enjoy contemporary art from a teen perspective as the PAMM Teen Arts Council presents unique art-making and gallery experiences for people of all ages that will encourage visitors to take their time looking and living in the moment. Bring lunch or pick one up at Verde.
Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000 or www.pamm.org; free.
Fete At Fairchild: Spring Garden Festival
Celebrate the spring and all its bountiful glory with two days of demonstrations and activities involving gardening, cooking, butterfly preservation and more (and thirsty parents can check out the Beer Garden).
Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org; free with regular garden admission: $25, $18 seniors, $12 kids 6-17, free 5 and under.
Family Fun Day: Cuban Rhythms
Celebrate Cuban music and culture with performances and demonstrations at 1 and 3 p.m. by tres guitar player and maker Leandro Rojas and accompanying musicians. Plus, enjoy cuisine, craft activities and an interactive music corner inspired by the island’s traditional art forms and customs.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free.
Celebrate Green Living: Earth Day Festival
Annual family-friendly fest kicks off with a tree-planting ceremony in observance of Arbor Day, followed by live music from reggae-funk band Bushwood, country rockers County Line Road and garage rockers SunGhosts. Children can chill out at the Kids' Korner, featuring bounce houses, face-painting, arts and crafts, food and more.
Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Sawgrass Sanctuary Park, 237 N. New River Cir., Sunrise; www.sunrisefl.gov; free.
Hunting For Fun: Family Day On Aragon
Eclectic afternoon includes a 2:30 p.m. performance by local five-piece indie-rock band Long Shore Drift, a scavenger hunt on Miracle Mile at 3 p.m., and a family-friendly, guided walking tour of Miracle Mile at 4 p.m. to learn about its architecture and urban design.
Details: 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-603-8067 or www.coralgablesmuseum.org; free.
Final Performance: Legally Blonde Jr.
Broadway hit adapted from the charming 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon as a spunky law student who faces endless prejudice as a blonde hits the local stage, bringing the self-empowering lesson to impressionable young minds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.
Feel The Beat: Hollywood Salsa Festival 3
The whole family can celebrate the music of the late, great mambo king Tito Puente with performances by his son Tito Puente Jr., plus Orquesta Calle Sol, Melina Almodovar, Sandy Silva, Ramses Araya, Nuevolution Dance Studios and more.
Details: 5-11 p.m. Saturday at Hollywood ArtsPark, 1 Young Cir., Hollywood; www.visithollywoodfl.org; free.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10
A Roaring Good Time: The Berenstain Bears Live!
Your kids love watching the antics of this gently amusing family of cartoon bears on the Sprout children’s television network – now see them live onstage.
Details: 3 p.m. Sunday at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill; www.lpacfl.com; $22.20-$38.10.
Barnacle Under Moonlight Concert: Deblois Milledge
Enjoy a magical evening of live music with this Miami-born folk and blues singer-songwriter who was influenced by Bonnie Raitt, the Indigo Girls, and Emmylou Harris.
Details: Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, show starts at 6:30, at the Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-442-6866; $10, $8 members, $3 kids 6-9, free 5 and under.
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