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Family-friendly things to do: Winterfest Boat Parade; ride the Polar Express

Thursday

YOUNG AT ART MUSEUM HI-TECH/LO-TECH

New exhibition created by YAA explores how technology and art have become intertwined more than ever before over the past few decades by featuring interactive technological artwork produced by contemporary South Florida artists. Visitors will learn about a broad range of technological developments and their effects on art both before and after the turn of the 21st century.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, running through May 21, 2017, 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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MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM THOMAS AND FRIENDS

All aboard! The MCM welcomes the Thomas and Friends: Explore the Rails exhibit, a 1,500-sq.-ft. playground where kids can use their creativity by climbing into Thomas’ cab and exploring the engine’s inner workings, fixing Percy’s wobbly wheel by removing and replacing parts, suiting up as the conductor to exchange money and sell tickets to other visitors, and much more.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, running through Jan. 8, at the Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $20, $15 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.

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HOLIDAY MAGIC SANTA’S ENCHANTED FOREST

It’s back! The world’s largest Christmas theme park is a must-see for kids of all ages, with its millions upon millions of dazzling lights, more than 100 rides, festive music, great food, and South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree.

Details: 5 p.m.-midnight daily, running through Jan. 8, at Santa’s Enchanted Forest (Tropical Park), 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; www.santasenchantedforest.com; $31.40-$43.32.

Friday

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MELLOW OUT LUMPY SUE ACOUSTIC MUSICFEST

Annual Black Friday event provides a relaxing, family-friendly and groovy alternative to the frenzied holiday commercialism, with folk, bluegrass, jam band and country musical acts including Matt Sabatella and the Rambling String Band, RoMo, Elsten Torres, Daphna Rose, Summerbeard, Jam I Am, Rat and more. There’s also a raffle supporting Habitat for Humanity.

Details: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at Greynolds Park, 18500 NE 22 nd Ave., North Miami Beach; www.lumpysue.org; free.

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.

Details: 5-8 p.m. Friday at Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and US 1, Hollywood; 954-921-3500 or www.visithollywoodfl.org; free.

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GOLD COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM THE POLAR EXPRESS

A magical holiday tradition is resurrected as this 45-minute train ride based on the classic children’s story ventures through the quiet wilderness for a special visit to the North Pole and a meeting with Santa Claus. Guests on board, who are encouraged to wear their PJs, will enjoy warm cocoa and other treats while listening to and reading along with the enchanting story. Plus, each child will receive a silver sleigh bell for the first gift of Christmas.

Details: 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday; 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; running through Dec. 24; at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; $35; VIP tables also available; children under 2 free (must sit on adult’s lap).

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BAYFRONT PARK HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING

You know Christmas is on the way when this spectacular, 50-foot artificial Rocky Mountain Pine Tree is officially lit up with more than 14,000 lights at the annual ceremony open to the public. To add to the festivities, the Holiday Market of La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel will feature a variety of booths vending holiday gifts and trinkets, such as art, fashion, jewelry, toys, plants and flowers, hot chocolate, warm cashews and nuts, local produce, coffee and artisan baked goods.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; free.

Saturday

SOUTHLAND MALL KIDS’ CLUB HOLIDAY EVENT

Festive afternoon features the chance to take pictures with Santa, plus the Hip-Hop Holiday dance fest (the first 100 kids who enter will compete onstage for an opportunity to win a scholarship for classes with the nationally recognized Hip-Hop Kidz), arts & crafts, face-painting and more.

Details: 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Southland Mall, 20505 S. Dixie Hwy., Cutler Bay; www.mysouthlandmall.com; free.

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DISNEY CLASSIC “THE LION KING JR.”

Enjoy this adaptation of the 1994 Oscar-winning film with music by Elton John and Tim Rice featuring the young African Lion Prince Simba, who faces great danger in the African Pride Lands, learns about the “Circle of Life” and fulfills his destiny to follow his father, King Mustafa, as king.

Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through Dec. 3, at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.

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SPIRIT OF THE SEASON FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Annual tree-lighting ceremony has been a family tradition for more than 30 years, transforming Main Street into a holiday wonderland complete with meet-and-greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday shopping with the Main Street Merchants, beloved children’s characters, performances by local schools, games, prizes and a live DJ. Hosted by 93.9 FM and Y100.

Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Main Street, 6700-6855 Main St., Miami Lakes; www.miamilakes.com; free.

COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE PRESENTS A DAY AT THE BEACH

Family-friendly concert series celebrates its fifth anniversary with live sets by beloved troubadour Nil Lara and psychedelic tropical band Elastic Bond, plus Birdman’s Clambake and Aaron Lebos Reality. In between, sounds by DJ Ephniko Dialecto will keep things lively, along with live painting by local visual artist Amos, arts & crafts, and great food and drink.

Details: 5-10 p.m. Saturday at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.communityartsandculture.org; $5.

Sunday

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WINTERFEST BOAT PARADE FAMILY FUN DAY

You and your family won’t have time to do everything at this fun-packed event hosted by Y100’s Chris Cruz. Check out live performances from Performances from Ploomie Lewis, Liz Elias, South Florida Cloggers, Hip-Hop Kidz and Julia Dale; the Xtreme Action Park and Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park; photo opps with Santa, Storm Troopers, Supercon Heroes, Billy the Marlin, Stanley the Panther and more; a real ice rink to skate on (for a fee); and much more.

Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.winterfestparade.com; free.

FAMILY CONCERT FLORIDA YOUTH ORCHESTRA

To kick off its 29th season, the FYO presents “Musical Cheers,” featuring its Principal Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Flute Choir.

Details: 3 p.m. Sunday at Bailey Hall, 3501 Davie Rd., Bldg. 4, Fort Lauderdale; www.floridayouthorchestra.org; $15, under 5 free.

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BARNACLE UNDER MOONLIGHT OLD-TIME DANCE

Swing your partner, do-si-do, and promenade down to The Barnacle for a fun and friendly outdoor dance under a covered pavilion by Biscayne Bay, complete with a caller and a live acoustic band.

Details: Pre-dance instruction begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and dancing starts at 7, at the Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-442-6866 or www.thebarnacle.org; $10, free for 9 and under.

Free For All

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RAT-A-TAT-TAT FREE FRIDAY DRUM JAM

Help make a joyful cacophony and express yourself, as everyone is invited to try out all the percussion instruments, learn from each other, and jam!

Details: 7-9 p.m. Friday at the South Florida Center for Percussive Arts, 12600 SW 130th St. #9-10, Miami; www.thesfcpa.org; all ages.

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