MUSIC BY THE WATER SUNFEST
Annual family-friendly event features dozens of top acts on three stages highlighted by Blink-182, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Widespread Panic, Flo Rida, Ziggy Marley, Steve Winwood, Tori Kelly, Dirty Heads, 3 Doors Down, Loverboy, Night Ranger and many more.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday; along the Intracoastal Waterway on Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Drive in West Palm Beach; www.sunfest.com; one-day pass $41 ($20 kids 6-12), two-day pass $61 ($25 kids); free for kids 5 and under; $25 seniors (at gate only).
TONY AWARD-WINNER MATILDA THE MUSICAL
Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, “Matilda” tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Raved the New York Times: “REJOICE. It is even more glorious than promised.”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; tickets start at $33.
LET’S PICNIC! FIRST FRIDAYS
Kick off this season’s monthly communal picnic by gathering on the Surfside beach for a laid-back afternoon featuring Moroccan-themed music and entertainment, a tepee village and interactive drum circle for kids, belly dancers, fashion shows and much more.
Details: 4-7 p.m. Friday on the beach at 93rd Street in Surfside; RSVP at www.facebook.com/FridayBeaching; 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. Bring a blanket and stick around for the 1994 Oscar-winning film “The Lion King,” featuring music by Elton John and Tim Rice about 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. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
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.
GULFSTREAM PARK FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at this weekly series of free family fun in Champions Plaza with Dora the Explorer’s cousin, Diego, from the Nickelodeon show “Go, Diego, Go!” Plus, enjoy kid-friendly games, music by a DJ and a magic show.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; www.gulfstreampark.com; free.
FLYING HIGH FORT LAUDERDALE AIR SHOW
Love to watch spectacular planes perform breathtaking moves in the sky? Join thousands of jet-happy people at the 2017 Air Show, which will feature aircraft from all four military branches, headlined by the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds. The event will also feature full capabilities demonstrations by the U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet and U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper, plus a Sea Harrier.
Details: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on State Road A1A north of the Sunrise Boulevard exit, Fort Lauderdale; 877-377-8499 or www.fordlauderdaleairshow.com; $29.50 Drop Zone ($13 kids 6-12), $187.50 VIP.
ALL KIDS INCLUDED FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL
Multidisciplinary community arts festival for children and families with and without disabilities is jam-packed with interactive arts activities, live performances (including Miami Children’s Theater’s “Beauty and the Beast”), giveaways (including Misty Copeland’s book “Firebird”), face-painting, a rock wall, fun food and community resources for parents.
Details: 10 a.m. Saturday at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami; 786-573- 5300 or www.smdcac.org; free.
FIGHT CHILDHOOD OBESITY FIT KIDS DAY
Event aims to introduce children to sports to encourage them to spend more time outside being active. There will be a Color Run, an obstacle course and a one-mile family bike ride, plus the Miracle League baseball game. Nutritionists will also educate families about healthy eating and offer food demonstrations.
Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Evelyn Greer Park, 8200 SW 124th St., Pinecrest; register online at www.pinecrest-fl.gov/parks; free.
FAMILY FUN SERIES LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE
Based on the timeless picture books by Bernard Waber, this crowd-pleasing musical takes audiences on a magical adventure with young Josh Primm, for whom bath time will never be the same after Lyle the lovable crocodile turns up in his bathtub.
Details: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $16-$18.
THE WOLFSONIAN-FIU FREE FAMILY DAY
In this “Discovering Design” program, kids can plant the seed of curiosity through Lois Ehlert’s “Waiting for Wings (2001),” and start their very own garden by crafting favorite plants, bugs or birds out of wet felt. Co-sponsored by and held at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.
Details: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; free for kids under 15 and accompanying adults: RSVP at www.wolfsonian.org.
FUN ART CLASSES CREATIVE ARTS 4 KIDS
Monthly series for kids 6-12 offers different themes to teach about the elements of art through painting, drawing and sculpting activities in the style of renowned artists. This month’s theme is “Splashes and Drips,” inspired by the legendary abstract expressionist artist Jackson Pollock, with the children’s activity large-scale floor painting.
Details: 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; www.mocanomi.org; $18 per class, $60 four-class series; $12 per class, $40 four-class series for MOCA members, NOMI residents and City employees; $2 discount for each additional child in the household.
MUSICAL THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES MISS NELSON IS MISSING
Kids will love this witty and lively musical adapted by Joan Cushing and based on the popular children’s book by Harry Allard and James Marshall. When Miss Nelson’s unruly class misbehaves again, they confront their worst nightmare, substitute teacher Viola Swamp, and discover some valuable lessons on their search for their favorite teacher.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday, running through May 20, at Actor’s Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $20.
FANTASY THEATER COMPANY CINDERELLA: A FRACTURED FAIRY TALE
Get ready for the wackiest version of “Cinderella yet. Take the classic story, mix in elements of comedy, slapstick, songs, acrobatics and magic, and you've got a new version that will thrill kids and adults alike.
Details: 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Pinecrest Gardens, Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $15, $10 kids.
BANG YOUR HEAD SCHOOL OF ROCK
Loved the inimitable Jack Black as a slacker substitute teacher who leads his fourth-grade students to an awesome, fist-pumping performance in the classic 2003 film “School of Rock”? This musical, featuring a live kids rock band, is for you.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through May 20, at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $15.
Free For All
GOLD COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM ALL ABOARD!
Train lovers unite as Free First Saturdays offer a day of fun at the museum with no entrance fee and plenty of choo-choos to explore, plus a pizza food truck.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; free.
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