THURSDAY, MARCH 12
Be There: Miami-Dade County Youth Fair
Step right up for a day full of family fun, including thrilling rides (check out the new Screamer, Meltdown and Climb-N-Challenge), games of skill, live music and delicious fair food.
Details: Gates open at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon Saturday and Sunday, running through April 5, at Tamiami Park, Coral Way and Southwest 107th Avenue, Miami; www.fairexpo.com; $12, free for seniors, military personnel and kids 5 and under.
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Opening Night: Cinderella - The IMAX Experience
Don’t miss the latest update of the classic Disney fairy tale, starring Lily James as Ella, Cate Blanchett as her stepmother and Helena Bonham-Carter as the kindly beggar woman who — armed with a pumpkin and a few mice — changes Cinderella’s life forever.
Details: 7 and 9:15 p.m. Thursday, running through March 19, 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; $14, $11 kids 2-12.
FRIDAY, MARCH 13
Nature Film Nights: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2
In a town where food falls from the sky like rain, Flint and his friends must stop a machine from producing food-hybrid creations such as shrimpanzees and hungry tacodiles. Bring a flashlight for Flashlight Tours at 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. – movie begins at 8.
Details: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. at Pinecrest Gardens, Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $5.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14
Let’s Go Racing: Fia Formula E Championship
The Miami ePrix is the 5th leg of a 10-city tour in which electric race cars take over the streets of downtown Miami to prove that fast and furious can also come with clean energy and sustainability. Kids, check out the new FE School Series support race, featuring children from 10 local schools racing mini electric karts around a full-size race track.
Details: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster or www.fiaformulae.com; $20.
Miami Children’s Museum: Sensory Saturday
Special event for children with sensory processing disorders and their families offers yoga, art, music and more amid a comfortable environment in which lights and sound will be dimmed.
Details: 9-11 a.m. at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; pre-registration is required; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-373-KIDS (5437), ext. 126.
All Aboard!: Day Out With Thomas
For more than 65 years, kids have enjoyed the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, and now they have the chance to take a 25-minute ride with Thomas and to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway. Plus, every event has a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with activities including music, entertainers, stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts, and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area.
Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; $16-$20, under 2 free.
Creature Feature: Repticon
Does your little one light up at the sight of snakes, lizards, spiders and other creepy crawlies that freak the rest of us out? This event, back after a five-year absence, gathers thousands of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals in one convenient venue, along with top breeders and vendors, merchandise, cages, supplies – basically, everything junior needs to start a mini zoo at home, to Mom’s delight.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables; 305-284-8686 or www.bankunitedcenter.com; $10, $5 kids 5-12, free under 5.
Teacher’s Pets: Jungle Island
During the month of March, Jungle Island will score big brownie points with Miami-Dade and Broward County public and private school teachers, as every weekend they’ll receive free admission to the park, plus a 50% discount for up to four guests. Also, all teachers will receive a “thank you” gift – and one lucky classroom will win a free field trip.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400-7000 or www.jungleisland.com; regular park admission is $34.95 adults, $26.95 kids 3-10.
Final Weekend: Florida Renaissance Festival
Little lords and ladies, prepare thyself for the final fairy-tale chapter in this year’s Ren-Fest storybook. This weekend’s theme, “Kilts & Colleens,” helps celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a taste of the Scottish and the Celtic traditions of the North Seas. So wear green and feel the luck of the Irish! In between, enjoy more than 100 costumed performers, 10 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world.
Details: 10 a.m.-sunset Saturday and Sunday at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; www.ren-fest.com; $21, $9 kids 6-11, free for 5 and under.
The Greening Of The Gables: St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so celebrate with festive music and fancy dancing, plus a variety of delicious traditional treats such as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, authentic Irish Coffee and whiskey cake, and Irish whiskey and stout for the grown-ups. Especially for the wee ones: a giant slide, a rock-climbing wall, a merry-go-round and a bounce house.
Details: Noon-6 p.m. at the Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd.,Coral Gables; 305-949-8400; free.
Children’s Classic: Alice In Wonderland
Follow curious Alice down the magic rabbit hole and into the wonderful, fantastical world of the inventively surreal books by Lewis Carroll, featuring the enduring characters Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts and Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum.
Details: 2 p.m. at Actor’s Playhouse, Balcony Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $20.
An Enchanting Tale: Fairy Doll
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, under the direction of Vladimir Issaev, brings back its charming ballet about a young boy who falls in love with a beautiful doll in the window of a toy store, which brings all the toys in the shop to life at night.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St.; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $30, $5 lap tickets for infants 12 months and under.
SUNDAY, MARCH 15
Zoo Miami: Dr. Seuss Breakfast With The Animals
Oh, the creatures you’ll meet! Enjoy some delicious green eggs and ham (yes, really), meet some fantastic furry friends, get your face painted, partake in some Seussian arts and crafts, and relax with story time — then embark on your journey to the rest of the park.
Details: 8-9:30 a.m. at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; $50, includes park admission for the rest of the day.
Get Revved Up: Vintage Auto Show
In collaboration with the Antique Automotive Club of America — South Florida Region, the Deering Estate presents the 3rd-annual event, featuring a variety of vintage cars from 1954 and older. Plus, kids can participate in a scavenger hunt and Pinewood Derby Race Car races (BYOC).
Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami; www.deeringestate.org; $12, $7 kids 4-14.
FREE FOR ALL
Family Fun Day: Birds of Paradise
Get in touch with nature by exploring the avian world, plus enjoy games, stories and art activities.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami in the Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org.