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Family-friendly things to do: Holiday events throughout S. Florida

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. daily (museum closes at 3 p.m. Saturday and all day Sunday), running through May 21 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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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL KURIOS – CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

The latest acrobatic spectacle of beauty and power from Cirque du Soleil presents a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the 19th century, our perception of reality is utterly transformed. See why the Chicago Tribune calls Kurios a “fantastic show that reveals this extraordinary artistic company’s singular capacity for exploration and metamorphosis.”

Details: 4:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Monday, running through Jan. 29; next to the Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios; $39-$160.

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HOLIDAY MAGIC SANTA’S ENCHANTED FOREST

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.

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The 400-feet long dragon is one of the highlights of the Lantern Light Festival. The festival features authentic Chinese handmade lanterns at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center. RODOLFO ROMAN For the Miami Herald

THOSE LIGHTS! LANTERN LIGHT FESTIVAL

Celebration of Chinese culture features massive lanterns, inspiring performances and delicious cuisine. Kids young and old will marvel at these enormous, colorful lanterns, custom-built by Chinese artisans, that typically take four weeks to complete. The lanterns appear to be three-dimensional stained glass, and are handmade from hundreds of pieces of silky cloth. Some are more than 30 feet high, others up to 300 feet long, and all of them will take your breath away.

Details: 5-11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, running through Jan. 8, at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Center, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami; www.lanternlightfestival.com; $25 ($23 advance), $21 children 2-15 ($19 advance), under 2 free.

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MATIAS J. OCNER For the Miami Herald

LIVE LIKE BELLA NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

See the magical Pinecrest Gardens transformed into a holiday wonderland illuminated by thousands of sparkling holiday lights in this event presented by Live Like Bella, a foundation for childhood cancer. Enjoy pictures with Santa every night, plus Christmas music, story telling, mechanical rides, pony rides and much more, plus tasty treats available for purchase. Check website for performances happening each evening.

Details: 6-9 p.m. Thursday-Jan.1 at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $5, free for 2 and under.

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Allison Diaz For the Miami Herald

FINAL WEEKEND 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. Thursday and Friday, and 6 p.m. Saturday, 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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ZOO MIAMI ZOO LIGHTS

See the Zoo at night like you’ve never seen it before as half a million animal-shaped lights create a spectacular, festive atmosphere, enhanced by free 3D glasses, hot chocolate and cookies, photos with Santa, yuletide carolers and carousel rides.

Details: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, running through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24-25), at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; $9.95 per person ($7.95 members).

Friday

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CHRISTMAS MUSICAL RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

The beloved stop-motion TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage with all of your favorite characters - including Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snowman, Sam the Snowman and, of course, Santa - in an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can also be what makes you special.

Details: 2 and 7 p.m. Friday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $20-$80.

OLD-FASHIONED FUN WINTERLAND AT THE FARM

Enjoy the Illuminated Forest, petting zoo, paddleboat and hay rides, bounce houses, snow, hot chocolate and treats, pony rides and face-painting, plus meet Santa Claus and his magical friends as they stop by every two hours.

Details: 4-9 p.m. Friday and noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, running through Jan. 8, at Pinto’s Farm, 14890 SW 216th St., Miami; www.pintofarm.com; $19, $12 presale online.

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BLUE STARLITE DRIVE-IN “HOME ALONE”/“GREMLINS”

Pack the whole family in the car for an exciting double feature, with the hilarious 1990 Christmas comedy classic “Home Alone,” starring Macauley Culkin as a boy who is left behind by accident when the family goes on a trip to Paris, followed by the 1984 spooky comedy classic “Gremlins,” starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, who must deal with strange, destructive creatures called mogwais.

Details: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Friday (movie starts at 7:45) at Blue Starlite Drive-In, 7271 SW 168th St., Palmetto Bay; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $5 per car and $10 per passenger.

Saturday

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MATIAS J. OCNER For the Miami Herald

JUNGLE ISLAND WILD HOLIDAYS

Go wild during the two-week Christmas vacation from school with festive activities such as holiday parades with the park’s wild animal friends, arts & crafts, a Candy Cane Jungle, scavenger hunts and much more.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, running daily through Jan. 3, at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400-7000 or www.jungleisland.com; $39.95 adults, $32.95 kids 3-10.

MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM TROPICAL CHRISTMAS EVE

On the night before Christmas, create seashell ornaments and Christmas leis, meet a sun-kissed Santa, sing along with Christmas carolers and catch the MCM Players’ original theater production, “The Extraordinary Explorers and the Search for Santa.”

Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 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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MUSICAL THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES A CHRISTMAS CAROL. THE MUSICAL

The Charles Dickens classic takes a musical turn in this festive holiday favorite written especially for family audiences that will warm your heart as it reveals the true meaning of the holidays. Watch as Tiny Tim and the entire Cratchit family join three unearthly "Spirits" in trying to convince Ebenezer Scrooge to change his "Bah-Humbug" ways. Final performance.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Actor’s Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $13-$20.

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RAT-A-TAT-TAT FREE FRIDAY DRUM JAM

Special holiday drum jam closes out the season with a bang. Help make a joyful cacophony, as everyone is invited to express themselves, 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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