THURSDAY, APRIL 2
Be There! Miami-Dade County Youth Fair
Last-chance weekend 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 Venezuelan salsa king Oscar D’Leon at 7 p.m. Saturday, and Cuban reggaeton group Gente de Zona at 9 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, at Tamiami Park, Coral Way and Southwest 107th Avenue, Miami; www.fairexpo.com; $12, free for seniors, military personnel and kids 5 and under.
Let’s Celebrate! Disney On Ice
The Mouse King’s latest show has just about everything your little Disney fan could ask for, including Mickey and Minnie celebrating a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains, and more.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday; at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $16-$55.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3
Bunnypalooza 2015 at the Miami Seaquarium
Easter Weekend hops onto the scene at the Seaquarium with continuous Easter egg hunts, bounce houses, slides, rides, a rock-climbing wall, and a daily Easter Parade starting at 12:30 p.m., with floats, bands, strolling performers, costumed characters and, of course, the Easter Bunny.
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.
Jungle Island: Mega Egga Hunt
Get wild this Easter weekend in the Jungle with continuous egg hunts with goodie bags for every child, bunches of bounce houses, rides, arts & crafts, music and appearances by the Easter Bunny. And don’t forget to visit the recently hatched black swan named Chefi.
Details: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400-7000 or www.jungleisland.com; $34.95 adults, $26.95 kids 3-10 (bump it up to $50 and $37, respectively, to add brunch in the Treetop Ballroom).
Down-Home Style: Easter at the Farm
Join in on the Easter fun with one-of-a-kind egg hunts, paddle-boat rides, tractor farm tours and access to the petting zoo.
Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Pinto’s Farm, 14890 SW 216th St., Miami; www.pintofarm.com; $15 in advance for two admissions, $22 at the door.
SATURDAY, APRIL 4
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 do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, plus instill an early sense of pride and accomplishment.
Details: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at all Home Depot stores; free.
Zoo Miami: Dino Egg Safari
Super-size your Easter weekend celebration with continuous egg hunts, the Easter Bunny and big Dino surprises everywhere.
Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; included with daily admission ($17.95, $13.95 kids 3-12).
Young Voices In Harmony: Sing Miami Sing!
Interactive sing-along with the Miami Children’s Chorus will have families singing, dancing and clapping along to lifelong favorites, all the while making new friends.
Details: 1 p.m. Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Peacock Foundation Studio, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; free; visit website for First-Access passes.
Honky-Tonkin’: Palmetto Bay Food And Country Music Festival
Bring the kids to this family-friendly hoedown featuring the country-rock sounds of Jade Sanders, Cutler Stew, Rough Shot, Grayson Rogers and County Line Road, plus great grub including stone crabs, barbecue and other delectable delights from local restaurants.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday at Ludovici Park, 17641 Old Cutler Rd., Palmetto Bay; www.floridarockstars.com; $30.
Community Arts & Culture Presents: A Day At The Beach
Final installment of the family-friendly concert series serves up Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban funk band Palo; Tomas Diaz y Su Orquesta, featuring the lead singer and percussionist of Spam All-Stars gone solo; and psychedelic tropical band Elastic Bond.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Saturday at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.communityartsandculture.org; $10, $20 at the door.
Urban Moves: Live In Color Dance Collective
Under the direction of Zedric Bembry, this culturally diverse dance company based in North Miami has dazzled the nation with its unique blend of hip-hop moves called “urban funk.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $10, $5 students.
Blue Starlite Presents: Easter At The Drive-In
Bring the whole family for this double feature perfect for Easter: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” plus the “Peanuts” classic “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.”
Details: 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Blue Starlite Beach, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $5-$45.
SUNDAY, APRIL 5
Easter Fun: Spring Fling
Celebrate Easter the MCM way with a Peter Rabbit puppet show, springtime crafts including a collage garden, a healthy spring cooking session, adorable farm animals and, of course, an Egg Hunt from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.
FREE FOR ALL
All Kids Included: Arts For All
Inclusive and interactive painting and printmaking experience opens up a whole new world of art-making for children with disabilities, with specially designed attachments for wheelchairs and other adaptive tools created by artist and inventor Dwayne Szot.