THURSDAY, MARCH 19
Final Showing: Cinderella - The IMAX Experience
It’s the last day to catch this 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: 1:50, 4 and 6:10 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; $14, $11 kids 2-12.
Be There: Miami-Dade County Youth Fair
Step right up for a day full of family fun, including plenty of kiddie rides and thrilling ones for the brave (check out the new Screamer, Meltdown and Climb-N-Challenge), games of skill, live shows (including Kool & the Gang at 8 p.m. Saturday) and delicious fair food such as the infamous giant turkey leg, caramel apples and elephant ears.
Details: Gates open at 3 p.m. Thursday and noon Friday-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.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20
One Smart Exhibit: Brain - The World Inside Your Head
Traveling exhibit that started at the Smithsonian makes its way to South Florida, bringing 5,000 square feet of innovative special effects, video games, optical illusions and interactive displays to show how the brain functions and how, like other parts of the body, it can sometimes malfunction. It’s a rare and invaluable hands-on and up-close look at the human body’s most essential and fascinating organ.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637 or http://www.mods.org; $14, $12 kids 2-12.
One-Day Camp: Miami Children’s Museum
Send your kids (pre-K to 5th grade) to Belgium on this public-school off-day featuring all kinds of educational and tasty fun, from making chocolate-covered Belgian waffles to creating your own comic strips and learning to paint with oils.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $50, $45 members.
Zoo Miami: Dinosaurs Live!
Your kids love seeing majestic lions, tigers, elephants and giraffes, but just wait till they feast their eyes on 22 life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs, placed throughout the zoo grounds. They’ll marvel at the vicious Tyrannosaurus Rex (and its babies), the flying Quetzalcoatlus, the croc-like Sarcosuchus, the towering, 50-foot Brachiosaurus and many more. It’s a zoo-wide Jurassic adventure, one your kids will be talking about for a long time.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; free with daily admission ($17.95, $13.95 kids 3-12).
Season Finale: Noches Tropicales
It’s a lively, family-friendly night of sweet Latin sounds at this All Stars Reunion featuring Grammy winners Edwin Bonilla, Marlow Rosado, plus Andy Harlow, Daniel Berroa, Robert Heredia, Pete Francis, Luis Marquez, Rainier Guerra, Lucy Grau and many more under the direction of Kiki Sanchez.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; 305-271-0812; free.
SATURDAY, MARCH 21
Learn Where We Came From: Archaeology Day
Bring a picnic lunch for the whole family at this educational celebration of “Innovators of the Archaic,” who shaped prehistoric culture in Florida 7,000 years ago, featuring fun activities, lectures and walking tours of the Estate’s unique natural grounds.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami; www.deeringestate.org; $7, free for kids 3 and under.
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 percent 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.
Family Film Days: ‘the Lorax’
Miami Theater Center presents this delightful animated 2012 film based on the Dr. Seuss book, starring the vocal talents of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Betty White and Taylor Swift.
Details: 11 a.m. Saturday at O Cinema Miami Shores at MTC, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; www.mtcmiami.org; $8 adults, $5 kids.
Put On Your Thinking Cap: Brain Day
As part of Brain Awareness Week, Baptist Health South Florida presents a day that will truly stimulate your noggin, as you discover how the brain works, tantalize your senses while learning how they’re linked to your brain, learn about prevention of strokes and concussions, meet actual neuroscientists, and get a free bike helmet (while supplies last).
Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami; www.miami.sci.org; $14.95, kids 12 and under free with paying adult.
Hop Into Spring: Easter Eggstravaganza
Give your little ones an early start on Easter fun with this Kidgits event offering plenty of activities and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.
Details: Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Dadeland Mall (near Ann Taylor), 7535 N. Kendall Dr., Miami; www.simon.com/kidgits; free for members (membership: $5 per year).
A Taste Of The Big Easy: Crawdebauchery
New Orleans is famous for great food and lively music, and this festival’s got plenty of both. Groove to the authentic N’Awlins sounds of the traditional brass band The Soul Rebels, the zydeco tunes of Chubby Carrier, the Afro-American sacred-steel ensemble The Lee Boys, and much more. Fill your belly with a 5,000-lb., crawfish boil straight from Louisiana, plus treats from South Florida’s best New Orleans-style restaurants and cold beer form Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company. The young’uns can check out the KidZone, featuring games, crafts, crawfish races, jugglers, face-painters, stilt-walkers and much more.
Details: Noon Saturday at the Pompano Amphitheatre Park, 650 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach; www.crawdebauchery.com; $25 in advance, $35 day of show, free for kids 10 and under.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22
Two-Wheelin’: Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival
Sixth-annual event offers two routes to choose from: a fun, 11-mile loop to Biscayne National Park, or the far more challenging 42-mile ride to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks.
Details: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1 Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd., Homestead; 305-224-4570; free.
Easter Fun: Spring Festival And Egg-A-Palooza
Bring your Easter basket to collect eggs during the hunt — plus, hop in the bounce houses, visit the Easter Bunny, get your face painted, make a bunny-ear hat and participate in the scavenger hunt.
Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; www.myboca.us; $6, 18 months and under free.
FREE FOR ALL
Art Exhibit: Gogo Moad - Who Are You?
Kids can create a sculptural work of art that makes them uniquely them in this event based on the work of artist Susan Lee-Chun, whose current exhibition on view, “History of (In) Curiosity,” explores the curiosity of origin and meaning through the discovery of artifacts.
Details: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Miami Dade College, Museum of Art & Design, Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Second Floor, Miami; www.mdcmoad.org.