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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: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 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.
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.
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.
CALLING ALL MUGGLES HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” book series with this magical evening during which kids can experience the Sorting Hat, a butterbeer mixology introduction, a scavenger hunt for fantastic beasts, Severus Snape’s potion creation class, and even a Quidditch match.
Details: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the New River Inn at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, 231 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale; www.fortlauderdalehistoricalsociety.org; $10-$25, $100 VIP, kids under 6 free.
FREE FAMILY FILMS MOVIES ON THE MILE
Monthly series features free family flicks — this time it’s the charming, 1987 comedy romance-adventure “The Princess Bride,” starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal.
Details: Grounds open at 6 p.m.; movie starts at 7 p.m. Thursday; at The Plaza at 150 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; www.coralgables.com/index; free.
FINAL WEEKEND 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, next to the Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; www.cirquedusoleil.com; $30-$130.
SMART STAGE MATINEE SERIES CIRQUE ZUMA ZUMA
Vibrant circus by African Acrobats International Inc. brings the mysticism, magic and excitement of the rich continent of Africa to American students, featuring talented performers presenting captivating music, vibrant dance and amazing acrobatic feats.
Details: 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $10.
GET IN TUNE FRACTAL BEACH 2018
Three-day outdoor art, music and culture festival features great music — rock, funk, soul, electronic and jam bands — by dozens of acts including Papadosio, Suenalo, Toubab Krewe, Thriftworks, Stylust Beats, Heavy Dead, Telekinetic Walrus and many more. Plus there’s live art, beachfront yoga, plenty of food vendors (including vegan options) and a family camping area with a playground.
Details: Noon-2 a.m. Friday-Sunday (gates open at 9 a.m. daily for campers – see website for more info) at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne; www.fractalbeach.org; $60-$287, kids under 8 free with parent or guardian.
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, appropriately enough, the 1993 fantasy-comedy film “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray as a TV weatherman who gets caught in a time loop, doomed to repeat the same day over and over. 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.
PLAYTIME FOR POOCHES WOOFSTOCK
Annual celebration of dogs and dog lovers features entertainment, food, adoption opportunities and fun events such as the Air K9z Frisbee Show, Grooviest Threads and Best Look-Alike contests, Wiener Dog races and a police K9 demonstration. Plus, the first 500 canines through the gates will receive a doggie bag of treats.
Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Sawgrass Sanctuary Park, 237 N. New River Cir., Sunrise; 954-747-4600 or www.sunrisefl.gov; free.
THE WOLFSONIAN-FIU FREE FAMILY DAY
In this “Discovering Design” program titled Kinetic Color, kids can learn about shapes and color in space by creating their own mobiles. With paper, wood, wire and string, you’ll make a sculpture that moves. Then, at story time, enjoy Lucy Micklethwait’s “I Spy Colors in Art” and “I Spy Shapes in Art.”
Details: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday at The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; www.wolfsonian.org; free.
FUN ART CLASSES CREATIVE ARTS 4 KIDS
Monthly series for kids 6-12 offers different themes to teach about the elements of art through painting, drawing and sculpting activities in the style of renowned artists. This month’s theme is “Curvy Clay Creations,” inspired by the works of Barbara Hepworth, with the children’s activity clay and plasticine sculptures.
Details: 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; 305-893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org; $18 per class, $60 four-class series; $12 per class, $40 four-class series for MOCA members, NOMI residents and City employees; $2 discount for each additional child in the household.
MUSICAL THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated Disney classic tale of transformation and tolerance brings a few twists, such as a mysterious dog named Worm, who replaces the book Bella is reading with a magical one that allows the book’s characters to communicate with her.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday, running through March 22, at Actor’s Playhouse, Balcony Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $20
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.
FAMILY FUN SERIES GO DOG GO!
The adventures from P.D. Eastman’s classic book come to life in this hilarious musical dog party with cars, hats, audience participation and even a wild game of ball. And naturally, the show also sneaks in a few important lessons about life.
Details: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $14-$18.
POSITIVE VIBRATIONS REGGAE SUNDAYS
Kulcha Shok presents weekly live musical performances and DJs in a family-friendly setting — this week, enjoy live music by Kulcha Kids, Jahfe, the Kulcha Shok Crew and DJ Lance-O. Plus, enjoy a special Bob Marley and Dennis Brown Earthstrong Celebration.
Details: Noon-midnight Sunday at Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-351-0366 or www.thewynwoodyard.com; free.
Free For All
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.
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