MIAMI SEAQUARIUM SALUTE TO HEROES
In recognition of their service to our country, “Salute to Heroes” Week offers all veterans, active duty military, police, fire, law enforcement, EMT personnel and electric company workers free admission to Miami Seaquarium through Sunday — plus, up to four guests will receive 50 percent off regular admission.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami; 305-365-2501 or www.miamiseaquarium.com; regular admission $45.99 adults, $35.99 kids 3-9.
MAZE EXHIBIT AMAZING BUTTERFLIES
Stunning new exhibit takes visitors on a fantastic but challenging journey in which they face both friends and foes of the most beautiful insects in the world. You’ll see first-hand the unusual relationship between caterpillars, butterflies and their natural surroundings in this interactive experience for the whole family.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (Monday-Saturday) and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, running through Jan. 8, 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.
HOLIDAY MAGIC SANTA’S ENCHANTED FOREST
It’s back! The world’s largest Christmas theme park, a must-see for kids of all ages, celebrates its 35th year with its millions upon millions of dazzling lights, more than 100 rides (love that Crazy Mouse), festive music, great food, and South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree.
Details: 5 p.m.-midnight daily, running through Jan. 7, at Santa’s Enchanted Forest (Tropical Park), 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; www.santasenchantedforest.com; $33.78-$44.79.
THEATER FOR KIDS “PETER AND THE STARCATCHER”
Five-time Tony Award-winning musical play based on the bestselling novel by Miami’s own Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson is a grownup’s prequel to Peter Pan that asks the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, running through Nov. 26, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Abdo New River Room, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $45.
MIAMI ACTING COMPANY “ANNIE”
The whole family will enjoy this adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical featuring the adventures of everyone’s favorite little redhead Little Orphan Annie and the timeless songs “Tomorrow,” “Easy Street” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $15-$30.
FAIRCHILD TROPICAL GARDEN FALL GARDEN FESTIVAL
Experience all that fall in South Florida has to offer, with cooking classes, home gardening demonstrations, live steel drum and Brazilian music, plus the 77th-annual Ramble event, featuring art, antiques, rare books, garden vendors, a furniture design show, the largest plant sale in South Florida, and much more. There’s also a special KidWay area, including carnival games, crafts and face-painting.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org; free with regular garden admission: $25, $18 seniors, $12 kids 6- 17, free 5 and under.
GULFSTREAM PARK FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS
Weekly series of free family fun in Champions Plaza features kid-friendly games, music by a DJ and an appearance by Nemo and Dory, characters from the beloved Disney/Pixar movies “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory.”
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; www.gulfstreampark.com; free.
MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM SENSORY SATURDAY
Special event for children with sensory processing disorders and their families offers yoga, art, music and activities amid a comfortable environment in which lights and sound will be dimmed.
Details: 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; pre-registration is required; RSVP to email@example.com or call 305-373-KIDS (5437) x 126.
BLUEGRASS BLOWOUT SWAMPFEST
The South Florida Bluegrass Association presents this all-day event featuring the “America's Got Talent” 2015 semifinalist group Summer Brooke & the Mountain Faith Band along with family band Lonesome Meadow. Local acts Jacksonian Music Factory, Alligator Alley and Pine Island Express round out the lineup. Got talent? Bring your own acoustic instrument and show your stuff in the Jam Tent.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $19.95, $12.95 age 3-11, free for 2 and under.
FREE SECOND SATURDAYS MUSICAL IDENTITY
Discover the healing power of music with activities inspired by local artist Dara Friedman's work, “Mother Drum,” plus enjoy an instrument-making workshop, pop-up Mesoamerican performances, and a public talk by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.
Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000 or www.pamm.org; free with museum admission ($16 adults, $12 kids 7-18, free 6 and under).
FAMILY DAY ON ARAGON HARRY POTTER MANIA
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s wondrous boy wizard, the museum will be magically transformed into its own version of Hogwarts. Muggles can stroll down “Diagon Alley” for a spooky scavenger hunt, buy Bertie Botts’ Every Flavor Beans at the “Leaky Cauldron,” and make their own wands.
Details: 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-603-8067 or www.coralgablesmuseum.org; free.
CARIBBEAN CELEBRATION GRACE JAMAICAN JERK FESTIVAL
Spicy food, hot music and cool vibes combine to make this all-day event one to remember, with delicious Caribbean cuisine (including the Jerk Cook-Off and culinary demonstrations); folk and traditional dancing; a Kids Zone featuring rides, slides, face-painting and yummy treats; and top-notch reggae rhythms by Morgan Heritage, King Yellowman, Tarrus Riley, Leon Coldero, Ken Boothe, the Code Red Band and more.
Details: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday at Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise; www.jerkfestival.com; $30, $140 VIP, kids 10 and under free.
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.
LITTLE KIDS, BIG TALENT YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE
The Aventura Marketing Council presents its eighth-annual showcase of sensational young singers performing the best of Broadway, with proceeds benefiting the AMC Education Foundation.
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $25-$50, includes post-show VIP reception.
Free For All
FAMILY FUN DAY WILD ABOUT WEATHER
Learn how weather works: sunshine, rain, storms and wind, and check out the exhibition “Hurricane Andrew: 25 Years Later” to learn how weather has affected people in South Florida. Try your hand at crafts activities and enjoy story time with the Dr. Seuss-style book “Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today?”
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free.
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