Thursday, May 12
YOUNG AT ART MUSEUM
MAGIC & MAYHEM: THE ART OF ICONIC TOYS
Your toy-loving tots will flip over this 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.
NPR’S FROM THE TOP PRESENTS
SOUNDS AND STORIES
Unique musical event celebrates the arts in Miami’s schools with an inspiring free concert featuring 200 talented elementary through high school students in a rich tapestry of performances and stories, with the help of the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami; 786-573-5300 or www.smdcac.org; free.
Friday, May 13
REDLAND INTERNATIONAL ORCHID SHOW
You want the best selection of orchids in America? Introduce your little ones to the joys of these floral jewels at the largest annual orchid show in the United States, featuring more than 50 booths of exhibits and orchid vendors, plus lectures, raffles and yummy international food.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Redland Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead; 305-247- 5727 or www.fruitandspicepark.org; $10.
KIDS’ HAPPY HOUR
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 inspirational 2015 Disney sports drama McFarland USA, starring Kevin Costner as a high school cross-country coach who leads his upstart team to the state championship. 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.
FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS
Weekly series of free family fun in Champions Plaza features kid-friendly games, music by DJ Koz, free caricature drawings and a chance to meet Cookie Monster.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; www.gulfstreampark.com; free.
MARIONETAS DE LA ESQUINA
WHAT IS IT?
The entire family will be mesmerized by this “musical without words” — “¿Qué Es?” or “What is it?” — that explores the world of the unknown as a seemingly insignificant table cloth comes to life. Four friends, more curious than afraid, follow this unknown creature into his world in several short stories that allow the audience to explore the inner world of a young child full of adventure, where everything is new yet again.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $25.
Saturday, May 14
FAMILY FUN DAY
SOUNDS OF MIAMI
Kids can immerse themselves in the sounds of Miami through music interactives, crafts, storytelling and more for children of all abilities. Plus, take part in interactive tactile stations and join the inclusive gallery tour.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free.
TASTE OF HAITI 2016
Family-friendly event offers delicious Haitian food and Caribbean cuisine, lively music from DJ Nicky Mix, a performance by Haitian poet and host Mecca aka Grimmo, and the Taste of Haiti Madame Gougousse Chef’s Cook-Off, with celebrity judges.
Details: 2-10 p.m. Saturday at MOCA Plaza, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; www.tasteofhaitiusa.com; free.
PAGE TURNER ADVENTURES
MIXED UP FAIRY TALES
“World Famous Storyologist” Page Turner and her slapstick sidekick need your help to break a spell or Beauty will sleep for 100 years. Also during this musical adventure, the audience must convince Red Riding Hood to give up her cape, discover the secret under Grandma’s bed, climb the beanstalk, and get a golden spoon from a real 10-foot-tall giant.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., Hollywood; www.artandculturecenter.org; free.
MUSICAL THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
‘ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAYS’
Judith Viorst adapted her own award-winning children's book about Alexander — who knows it is going to be a very bad day when he wakes up with gum in his hair, and he is right, as things only get worse — into this marvelous musical that is wacky, wild, and wonderfully wise.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Actor’s Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $23.
A CELEBRATION OF DANCE AND ART
FAMILY DAY ON ARAGON
Eclectic afternoon includes an exciting art exhibit curated by The Museum Project, during which kids can create their own works of art. Plus, enjoy a 3 p.m. dance performance by Peter London Global Dance and learn dance moves from the pros, and celebrate National Chamber Music Month with a 4 p.m. performance by Miami Youth for Chamber Music.
Details: 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-603-8067 or www.coralgablesmuseum.org; free.
DISNEY ON STAGE
‘HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2’
The highest-rated Disney Channel Movie of all time (starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens) comes to the stage, bringing great tunes and great drama, as the school year ends with everyone at East High School looking forward to summer vacation, each with his or her own hopes, dreams and concerns.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through May 21, at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.
CIRQUE DU DANCE
Creative Dance Studio presents this spectacular end of the year event featuring dancers from as young as 2 to advanced adult performers bringing the acrobatic excitement and wonder of the circus to the stage.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday at Miramar Cultural Center / ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar; www.miramarculturalcenter.org; $30-$40; lap tickets available for children 2 and younger.
Sunday, May 15
ARTSCAPE CONCERT SERIES
CREOLE JAZZ PROJECT
In celebration of Haitian Flag Day, this family-friendly show features Haitian-born bandleader and guitarist Jean Chardavoine, plus Ed Calle’s Student Jazz Ensemble and a guest appearance by the Haitian Arts & Culture for Children Dance Troupe. A farmer's market will also be on-site, run by The Market Company.
Details: 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Collins Park, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.globalartsproject.org; free.
FAMILY FUN CONCERT SERIES
Orchestra Miami presents a very special performance of Brundibár, a children's opera by Hans Krasa that premiered during World War II and became both a symbol of hope and resistance and a Nazi propaganda tool. It was performed 55 times in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, and used as propaganda by the Nazis to show how well the prisoners were being treated in the camp. A classic story of good versus evil, this beautiful piece is a symbol of hope and the triumph of the human spirit.
Details: 4 p.m. Sunday at Pinecrest Gardens, Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $15, $10 kids 17 and under.
SECOND SATURDAYS AT PAMM
Create sculptures using colors and shapes in bold new ways, then explore the psychedelic side of contemporary art in our galleries with the abstract work by Matthew Ronay. Kids can also visit the bayside workshop to create their own surreal forms using colorful clay and the unlimited powers of the imagination. 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.
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