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JUNGLE ISLAND FREE JUNGLE PASS UPGRADE
From now through July 4, visitors to Jungle Island who pay regular admission will be automatically upgraded to a 2016 Jungle Pass, which is valid through Dec. 31 and includes unlimited park admission, free private beach access, and a one-day pass on the Rainforest Riptide, plus entertaining animal shows including Winged Wonders, Wild Encounters and Wild Adventures.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400- 7000 or www.jungleisland.com; $39.95 adults, $32.95 kids 3-10.
YOUNG AT ART MUSEUM CHILDREN OF HANGZHUO: CONNECTING WITH CHINA
New traveling exhibition created by Boston Children’s Museum explores and expands understanding and appreciation of China, one of the oldest civilizations in the world. It reveals the modern-day life of China’s young people, demystifies China’s mix of ancient tradition and modern lifestyle, and showcases internationally acclaimed contemporary Chinese artists Ji Zhou, Li Hongbo and Yi Zhou.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, running through Sept. 5, 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.
MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM SUMMER GAMES EXHIBIT
Race over, join in the fun and get fit with a fun-filled day of obstacle courses, dance parties and straw javelin throwing. Kids can also learn all about gymnastics, swimming, cycling, running, the high jump, badminton, basketball, table tennis and golf.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, running through Sept. 4, at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $20, $15 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.
IMAX 3D THEATER FINDING DORY
Last day to catch the sequel we’ve all been waiting for since Finding Nemo captured kids’ and adults’ hearts and imaginations way back in 200. This time around, the lovably forgetful blue tang Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) remembers that she might have a family somewhere out in the ocean looking for her.
Details: 2:55 and 5:05 p.m. Thursday 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; $15, $12 kids 2-12.
INSPIRATIONAL SHOW THE GIFT
Take a magical journey of self-discovery through music, theater and dance, as this extravaganza will transport you to the beginning of time as the performers reveal the power of discovering “the gift.” Enjoy live music, live singers, dancers and actors ranging from ages 4-16, and be ready to laugh, cry and leave with a new and empowering perspective on life.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday at Miramar Cultural Center / ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar; www.miramarculturalcenter.org; $25-$35.
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 Frankenweenie, Tim Burton’s deliciously weird 2012 stop-motion homage to the 1931 classic Frankenstein, only this time starring a boy and his dog.
Details: 5-8 p.m. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting. Friday at Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and US 1, Hollywood; 954-921- 3500 or www.visithollywoodfl.org; free.
MOVIE NIGHT IN THE PARK HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2
Bring chairs and picnic blankets and grab dinner from the Food Truck Invasion while you enjoy a showing of the 2015 computer-animated comedy-fantasy vampire film Hotel Transylvania 2, starring the all-star vocal talents of Adam Sandler (co-writer along with Robert Smigel), Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Fran Drescher, David Spade, Mel Brooks and Megan Mullally.
Details: 6 p.m. Friday at Goodlet Park, 4200 W. 8th Ave., Hialeah; www.hialeahfl.gov; free.
GULFSTREAM PARK FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS
Weekly series of free family fun in Champions Plaza features kid-friendly games, music by DJ Koz, free caricaturist drawings and a chance to meet Ariel, better known to your little ones as the Little Mermaid.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; www.gulfstreampark.com; free.
INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT WILDLIFE RESCUE
This new, 6,000-square-foot traveling exhibition will help teach your children about different endangered animal species around the world and their countless compelling stories of animal rescue, the dedicated people who are taking action, and the science that supports their efforts. Kids can enjoy mechanical and computer interactives, multimedia exhibits, a video theater, large full-scale graphic panels, specimens and replicas, and scientific tools used by rescuers.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, running through Sept. 5, 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.
BUBBLE TROUBLE! THE GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW
The whole family will be amazed by this interactive bubble world complete with spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. It will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again.
Details: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8 th St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $34.50-$59.50.
SUNDAY FUNDAY MIAMI MARLINS
Cheer on the Fish against the mighty Chicago Cubs, and the first 5,000 kids will receive a pair of Marlins Kids Baseball Socks. Plus, children 12 and under can take part in the traditional Diamond Dash and run the bases afterthe game.
Details: Game time is 1:10 p.m. Sunday; Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com/entertainment; tickets start at $16.
CELEBRATING CULTURE CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL
Soak up the spirit of the Caribbean with this fun-for-the-whole-family event featuring live music from a steel band, reggae and soca artists, DJs, a delicious Island Food Pavilion, dance contests, hula-hooping; arts & crafts, plenty of exhibitors and vendors, and a Kids Zone.
Details: 3-9 p.m. Sunday at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill; www.lpacfl.com; free.
DANCE SHOWCASE EVOLUTION’S ‘INSPIRE’
Experience the power of creative joy as dancers of all ages inspire the audience – and themselves.
Details: 4 p.m. Sunday at Miramar Cultural Center / ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar; www.miramarculturalcenter.org; $25.
Free For All
ALL THAT JAZZ DILLARD JAZZ ENSEMBLE
The Dillard High School’s magnet program (Dillard Center for the Arts) in Fort Lauderdale has evolved into one of the finest in the country over the years – now see the fruits of its labors in this special concert highlighting its jazz program.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and US 1, Hollywood; 954-921- 3500 or www.visithollywoodfl.org; free.
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