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Family-friendly things to do: See living creatures, dinosaurs

Thursday

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PREHISTORIC FUN LOST WORLD OF DINOSAURS

New traveling exhibit by fossil collector and paleontology expert Guy Darrough features 27 life-size, authentic and technically correct dinosaur replicas that will take visitors back millions of years to prehistoric times when these reptilian giants ruled the earth. Kids can also unearth dinosaur bones in the Dino Dig and see a real fossilized dinosaur egg.

Details: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, running through Sept. 4, at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $19.95, $12.95 kids 3-11, free for 2 and under.

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WINGS OF WONDER BIRDS OF PARADISE

Stunning new exhibit developed by National Geographic and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology captures all 39 known species of birds-of-paradise — it’s a science exhibition, art show and natural history display all rolled into one exhibit that encompasses sound bites, videos, photographs and artifacts from research expeditions.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, running through Sept. 5, at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637 or www.mods.org; $16, $13 kids 2-12.

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Fernando Salazar The Wichita Eagle

HONORING THE BRAVE ZOO MIAMI

Memorial Day special extended: In honor and appreciation of our brave men and women, veterans, military, fire, police and EMT personnel will receive free admission to Zoo Miami through Friday. In addition, accompanying family members (up to six people) will receive 50% off general admission.

Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; regular admission is $21.95, $17.95 kids 3-12.

Friday

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TERRY RENNA ASSOCIATED PRESS

AN AWFUL HOWL HURRICANE ANDREW: 25 YEARS LATER

Major, 5,000-sq- ft. new exhibition chronicles the story of The Big One that devastated South Florida on Aug. 24, 1992, from its formation to its legacy. You’ll see eyewitness storytelling, historical footage, documentary photography, artifacts and Hurricane Andrew-inspired artwork. Guest curator is meteorologist Bryan Norcross, who was instrumental in helping guide victims through this tragic event.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, running through Jan. 15, 2018, at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free with museum admission ($10 adults, $5 kids 6-12, under 6 free).

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PATRICK FARRELL pfarrell@miamiherald.com

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 Caribbean-themed music and entertainment, a tepee village and interactive drum circle for kids, a Bahamian Junkanoo marching band and a fashion showcase from Miami-based boutique BASK and designer Sonia Trussardi Sepe. Plus, feast on fresh ceviche washed down with delicious coconut water courtesy of Harmless Harvest.

Details: 4-7 p.m. Friday on the beach at 93rd Street in Surfside; RSVP at www.facebook.com/FridayBeaching; free.

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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 “How to Train Your Dragon 2” the 2014 Oscar-nominated, 3D computer-animated sequel to the 2010 original action-fantasy featuring the vocal talents of Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, America Ferrera and Kristin Wiig. 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.

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GULFSTREAM PARK FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS

Weekly series of free family fun in Champions Plaza features kid-friendly games, music by a DJ and appearances by characters from the 2016 3D computer-animated musical comedy film “Sing.”

Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; www.gulfstreampark.com; free.

Saturday

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BUILD, LEARN, CREATE HOME DEPOT WORKSHOPS

Kids – wanna learn to be handy around the house just like Mom and Dad (and the professional workers they inevitably end up calling to finish the job)? These workshops teach children age 5-12 do-it- yourself skills and tool safety, plus instill an early sense of pride and accomplishment. During this session, kids will build a wooden tic-tac-toe game to take home, plus receive a free Kids Workshop apron and commemorative pin.

Details: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Home Depot stores in South Florida; www.homeimproverclub.com/kidsworkshops; free.

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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: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; free.

CALLING ALL SUPERHEROES MEET EVERYDAY HEROES

Annual community event makes learning about health-care professionals fun, with plenty of children’s activities, including pony rides, face-painting, a bounce house, fire-truck tours, free food and even a Teddy Bear Clinic, where kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal to have a check-up. Children are encouraged to come wearing their favorite superhero character outfit.

Details: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Kendall Regional Medical Center, 11750 SW 40th St., Miami; register at www.kendallmed.com or call 305-222- 2200; free.

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PATRICK FARRELL pfarrell@miamiherald.com

MIAMI MARLINS BARK AT THE PARK

Cheer on the Fish alongside your precious pooches against the Arizona Diamondbacks at this annual canine celebration day – plus, the first 7,500 fans will receive a Giancarlo Stanton 2016 Home Run Derby Bobblehead.

Details: Game time is 1:10 p.m. Saturday; Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com/entertainment; tickets start at $16.

Sunday

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DANIEL BOCK FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

HOT WHEELS DREAM CAR CLASSIC

Gearheads and other motor vehicle enthusiasts can show off their pride-and- joy rides, with classic and custom cars, trucks and hot rods on display at this family-friendly event.

Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Hollywood Boulevard between 19th and 20th avenues, Downtown Hollywood; www.cobrajoeproductions.com; attendance is free; $20 to register a vehicle.

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VEGGING OUT KIDS’ FOOD PLAY

Fun, interactive event for children ages 3-12 playfully brings tasty, organic vegetables of all sizes and textures to their hands for them to arrange, build and create art masterpieces. Kids are encouraged to munch and parents can enjoy lunch and adult beverages while watching or helping the children create. Then, create a ”'Food Play Character” to take home.

Details: 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; www.eventbrite.com; $25.

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DANIEL BOCK FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

GREYNOLDS PARK BLUEGRASS JAM

Family-friendly outdoor festival satisfies your monthly bluegrass fix with honey-kissed harmonies backed by banjo, fiddle, mandolin and upright bass. Presented by the South Florida Bluegrass Association.

Details: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Greynolds Park, 18500 NE 22nd Ave., North Miami Beach; 305-945-3425 or www.southfloridabluegrass.org; free, $7 park admission.

Free For All

THE WOLFSONIAN-FIU FREE FAMILY DAY

In this “Discovering Design” program, kids can discover the mysterious animals of the ocean floor by creating their own sea creatures from a treasure chest of materials, and find inspiration from Giles Andreae’s sea-themed poems, “Commotion in the Ocean” (1998).

Details: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday at The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; free for kids under 15 and accompanying adults: RSVP at www.wolfsonian.org.

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