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Family-friendly things to do: Plays and Art Fairs

Thursday

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SMART STAGE MATINEE SERIES THE CAT IN THE HAT

The funniest, most mischievous cat in the world, created by the incomparable Dr. Seuss, comes to life onstage in this delightful show that turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure for Sally and her brother. But what will Mom find when she gets home?

Details: 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $10.

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MIAMI SEAQUARIUM FREE ANNUAL PASS OFFER

Buy one day, get one year — not a bad deal! Through March 11, Florida residents who buy a one-day regular admission to Miami Seaquarium will receive a free 2018 pass that allows guests to visit as often as they wish through Dec. 31, including the extremely popular BunnyPalooza Easter Egg Hunts and Monster Splash Halloween Bash.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami; 305-361-5705 or www.miamiseaquarium.com; $45.99 adults, $35.99 kids 3-9.

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MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE NEW EXHIBITS

Kids can enjoy two amazing new exhibits based on classic TV shows: Clifford the Big Red Dog, which offers numerous immersive “paws-on” adventures that reinforce “Clifford’s Big Ideas” — 10 simple life lessons designed to help young children navigate their world; and Curious George — Let’s Get Curious, which inspires young children’s natural curiosity as they explore early science, math and engineering through hands-on interactive play.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, running through May 6, 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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FINAL WEEKEND SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR

Endless family entertainment includes carnival rides, games, great food (and a beer garden for mom and dad), alligator shows, racing pigs, petting zoos, pony rides, and a different Magical Parade every day. Plus, enjoy a concert for $10 extra at 8:30 p.m. Thursday by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (“Mr. Bojangles”).

Details: Noon-10 p.m.Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach; www.southfloridafair.com; $10, $7 seniors, $5 kids 6-11, free 5 and under.

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL VOLTA

The latest acrobatic spectacle of beauty and power from Cirque du Soleil presents a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail, inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, 4:30 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1;30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, running through Feb. 4, next to the Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; www.cirquedusoleil.com; $30-$130.

Friday

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JAPANESE MOVIE NIGHT THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY

January is Japanese Movie Month featuring films by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. This week, it’s the 2010 animated fantasy film “The Secret World of Arrietty,” based on the children’s book “The Borrowers,” by Mary Norton, about a family of tiny people who live secretly in the walls and floors of a typical household. Miyazaki wrote the screenplay and helped supervise first-time director Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

Details: 6 p.m. Friday at Village Design Art Gallery, 600 Breakers Ave., Fort Lauderdale; www.eventbrite.com; free.

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NATURE FILM NIGHT IMAX’S “UNDER THE SEA”

Stunning documentary takes you on an underwater adventure full of exotic and isolated undersea locations and mysterious sea creatures. Prior to the screening, gather in the Hibiscus room for fun activities related to the movie.

Details: Gates open at 6:30, film at 8 p.m. Friday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $5.

Saturday

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NEW MCM EXHIBIT THE LION GUARD

One-of-a-kind exhibit, developed by Miami Children’s Museum in collaboration with Disney Junior, will bring “The Lion Guard” story to life for kids, taking them on an adventure through the Pride Lands where they'll be inspired to protect the Circle of Life. Along the way, important learning areas such as social and self-development, problem solving, creative thinking, and arts & culture will be spotlighted.

Details: Opening from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, running through Sept. 9, at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $20, $15 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.

FEELING ARTSY? CORAL GABLES FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

Thousands of art and fun lovers are expected to fill the streets at this festival that features more than 200 artists, plus live music, great food, a fine wine and spirits area, and a Kidz Zone offering bounce houses, slides, rides, face-painting and more.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday between Ponce De Leon and LeJeune Road (SW 42nd Ave.) on Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables; www.coralgablesartfestival.com; free.

FEELING ARTSY? (PT. 2) DEERFIELD BEACH FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

More than 125 artists from across the country display their work at the 38th-annual festival, which also features live pop, rock and soul bands, a kids’ zone, a student exhibition and plenty of great food.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday south of the International Fishing Pier at 200 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach; www.deerfield-beach.com; free.

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THE WYNWOOD YARD JUNGLE ISLAND

Feathery friends from Jungle Island including its famous parrots will make an exclusive appearance at The Wynwood Yard for a fun-filled day featuring hands-on animal interactions, interactive art, animal-inspired yoga by Green Monkey, face painting and much more.

Details: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-351-0366 or www.thewynwoodyard.com; free.

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IT’S EASY BEING GREEN SHREK THE MUSICAL JR.

Full production based on the beloved, Oscar-nominated film brings together all your favorite characters, including the ogre Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey, Dragon, the Three Little Pigs, and many more. It’s part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and fun for everyone.

Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through Feb. 24, at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $15.

Sunday

CANINE CABARET MUTTS GONE NUTS

Talented pack of pooches — all adopted from animal shelters and rescues — performs astonishing canine capers such as walking on tight-wires, jumping through hoops, catching Frisbees, balancing on barrels, dancing, acting mischievous and even talking. This family-friendly show will have you and your little ones howling for more.

Details: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $30, $75 VIP meet-and- greet after the show.

NICE DAY FOR A PICNIC MISO IN THE PARK

Bring a blanket and picnic basket and enjoy this free concert in Collins Park featuring the Miami Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Eduardo Marturet performing kid-friendly works. Plus, admission to the museum is free all day, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Details: 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.thebass.org; free.

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DISNEY CLASSIC ALADDIN JR.

Disney’s musical based on its iconic film will take young audiences on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. Performed by youth for youth, ages 8-13.

Details: 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise; www.insideouttheatre.org; $15.

Free For All

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REV IT UP DANIA BEACH VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE SHOW

Are you born to be wild, or feeling like an easy rider? Check out this family-friendly event featuring more than 400 vintage motorcycles (this year’s theme is Competition Bikes), plus cycle field games, antique bicycle displays, an old parts swap meet, live music by The Whipping Post, roller derby girls, great food and drink and a kiddie play area.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Frost Park, 300 NE 2nd St., Dania Beach; www.daniabeachvintagebikeshow.com; free.

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