Thursday, April 14
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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The Play’s The Thing: ‘High School Musical’
The Pembroke Pines Charter High School Drama Department presents the one-act production of Disney's High School Musical, a modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet featuring zippy pop music and dancing.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Susan B. Katz Theater of Performing Arts at the River of Grass ArtsPark, 17189 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines; www.artscalendar.com; $5.
Imax 3d Experience: Disney’s ‘the Jungle Book’
All-new live-action epic adventure based on tales by Rudyard Kipling centers on Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves, and his thrilling and perilous adventures in the jungle.
Details: 7:15 and 9:25 p.m. Thursday, running through April 28, at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637 or www.mods.org; $15, $12 kids 2-12.
Friday April 15
Rock The Ocean: Tortuga Music Festival
Country music’s biggest beach party features headliners Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton, plus dozens more acts including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thomas Rhett, Elle King, Billy Currington, Kelsea Ballerini and Michael Franti & Spearhead. But it’s not just about music: The three-day, family-friendly fest also aims to raise awareness of endangered sea turtles and ocean conservation.
Details: 1-11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.tortugamusicfestival.com; $100 Friday; $115 Saturday and Sunday; $199 three-day pass, $899 three-day VIP pass; kids 10 and under free.
Kids’ Happy Hour: Funtastic Fridays
Enjoy a DJ, face-painting, games and bounce houses and see why WPLG Local 10 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 2011 inspirational drama Soul Surfer” based on the real-life story of a teenage girl who continues to surf after losing her arm in a shark attack. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Details: 5-8 p.m. Friday at Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1, Hollywood; 954-921-3500 or www.visithollywoodfl.org; free.
Gulfstream Park: Family Fun Fridays
Weekly series of free family fun in Champions Plaza features kid-friendly games, music by DJ Koz, a live Minions and Scarlet show, and free caricature drawings.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; www.gulfstreampark.com; free.
A Joyful Noise: African Children’s Choir
Charming smiles and delightful African tunes, accompanied by ethnic instrumentation, will lift the spirits of the audience. Program features well-loved children’s songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at the Miramar Cultural Center / ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar; www.miramarculturalcenter.org; $35-$40.
Saturday April 16
Earth Day At The Zoo: Party For The Planet
Zoo Miami’s Earth Day celebration will feature fun “green” activities and entertainment for the whole family, plus a performance by the Florida Youth Orchestra and the Tropical Flowering Tree Society’s annual plant show and sale. Entrance is free for guests who turn in a cellphone, as part of the zoo’s ECO-CELL phone-recycling program.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; free with daily admission ($18.95 online, $14.95 kids 3-12).
Japanese Culture: Hatsume Fair
Morikami’s largest annual event will feature multiple stages of entertainment for the whole family, including taiko drum performances, a Samurai swordfighting performance, anime costume contests, martial arts shows, a Japanese-inspired fashion show and sushi demonstrations. And for thirsty grown-ups, there’s a Sake Stage and the Kirin Beer Garden.
Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach; 561-495-0233 or www.morikami.org/hatsume; $12, $6 kids 4-10, free under 4; $17 weekend pass ($11 kids).
Disney Channel Live: Choo-Choo Soul With Genevieve!
Get on board the learning train with soulful singer Genevieve. Assisted by her beat-boxing and break-dancing engineer “DC,” she’ll sing contemporary kid-friendly songs about ABCs, 1-2-3s, being polite and more.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $23-$73.
Fun Concert Series: A Day At The Beach
Legendary reggae band Third World (Now That We’ve Found Love, Sense of Purpose) headlines this family-friendly festival also featuring Bob Marley’s grandsons Jo Mersa and Yohan Marley, plus Miami global fusion band The Baboons performing in support of its new CD, Spanglish.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.brownpapertickets.com; $20 presale, $30 at the door, free for 12 and under.
Blue Starlite By The Bay: ‘the Wizard Of Oz’
Enjoy an old-fashioned drive-in and watch Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to the magical Land of Oz and take on the Wicked Witch in this 1939 movie classic. Adventurous souls can also choose to watch it synched up with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
Details: Gates open at 9 p.m. Saturday at Blue Starlite Drive-In, 7271 SW 168th St., Palmetto Bay; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $6-$45.
Sunday April 17
All Dogs Allowed: Doggy Fest Miami
Calling all animal lovers: Second-annual festival offers a fun-filled day dedicated to your canine companions. Activities include live music, pet adoptions, dog food trucks, dog/owner look-alike contests, cutest/ugliest contests, obstacle courses and even a doggy fashion show.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Miami City Hall, 3349 Pan American Dr., Coconut Grove; www.doggyfestmiami.com; $10, kids 11 and under $6.
Celebrating Our Planet: Earth Day At Pinecrest Gardens
The village of Pinecrest opens its doors for free for a day of educational fun for the entire family including workshops, planting activities, plant sales, an eco-fashion show, green vendors, wildlife shows, crafts for kids, local school performances and ladybug releases.
Details: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; free.
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Pop-Up Kids Program: Gogo Moad!
Nothing is more important or enriching for kids than the joy of reading, so with the help of the MDC Museum Studies Program, children can learn how to create books through hands-on activities and live demonstrations.
Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Miami Dade College Museum of Art & Design, Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Second Floor, Miami; 305-237-7700 or www.mdcmoad.org.
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