FRIDAY, MAY 1
Final Weekend: Brain - The World Inside Your Head
Traveling exhibit that started at the Smithsonian brings 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.
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Ahoy, Mateys: Pirate Island
Avast, ye scallywags! The exhibit Pirate Island features interactive games, stories, theater shows and live pirates, plus a pirate ship children can explore and safely blast cannons, walk the plank and learn to tie knots, handle ropes and speak Pirate. And everyone gets a map that leads to pirate treasure. Aarrr!
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, running through Sept. 6, 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.
Zoo Miami: Dinosaurs Live!
Your kids love seeing majestic lions, tigers, elephants and giraffes, but just wait till they feast their eyes on 22 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs placed throughout the zoo grounds. They’ll marvel at the vicious Tyrannosaurus Rex (and its babies), the flying Quetzalcoatlus, the croc-like Sarcosuchus, the towering, 50-foot Brachiosaurus and many more. It’s a zoo-wide Jurassic adventure, one your kids will be talking about for a long time.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; free with daily admission ($17.95, $13.95 kids 3-12).
A Croaking Good Time: A Year With Frog & Toad
Popular musical based on the children’s stories written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel brings to life the charming adventures of these two amphibious acquaintances.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $10, $5 for special 3 p.m. Saturday Sensory-Friendly Performance.
Stars And Lasers: Fabulous First Fridays
The fun kicks off with a free planetarium star show at 7 p.m. Friday and a family laser show at 8, followed by hourly classic rock laser shows featuring Queen, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” culminating with Queen again at midnight.
SATURDAY, MAY 2
Jungle Island: Wet, Wacky & Wild
As the weather warms up, check out the newly opened beach oasis and Rainforest Riptide, a fun, floating obstacle course and water park at Parrot Cove, then visit three animal shows including Winged Wonders, Wild Encounters and Wild Adventures.
All Kids Included: Family Arts Festival - Seeds Of Kindness
Children and families of all abilities will enjoy this all-day event featuring Sensory-Friendly performances of “Peter Pan” by Miami Children’s Theater, plus Brazilian Voices, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Magic Morgan and Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band. Also featured are inclusive art projects from Arts for Learning and “Zot Artz — Arts for All” adaptive painting and printmaking, plus book and bike helmet giveaways, a rock wall, strolling entertainers, face-painting and much more.
Specs Appeal: Great Glasses Play Day
Fun-filled day of games and activities hosted by Optiwow.com caters to — and celebrates — children who need glasses, contacts or patching for vision correction.
Details: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami; free, reservations required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Family Day: Discovering Design - Pose
Indulge in a day crawling with creativity, and discover the power of pose by creating figural sculptures with local artist Pablo Cano. Strike a pose even further through family yoga sessions led by Marlene Arzola of Trio Yoga (feel free to bring your own mat).
Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; www.wolfsonian.org; free for children under 12 and accompanying adults.
Sing It Proud: Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir
Annual spring concert celebrates 40 years of the Boychoir, with classic music from film, TV and theater.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $24-$30.
SUNDAY, MAY 3
Calling All Flower Children: Greynolds Park Love-In
Annual blowout celebrating the culture and music of the ’60s and ’70s features a family-friendly outdoor festival atmosphere plus all-day performances headlined by The Family Stone (“Dance to the Music,” “Everyday People,” “I Want to Take You Higher”) and The Guess Who (“American Woman,” “No Time,” “These Eyes”).
Details: 11 a.m. Sunday at Greynolds Park, 18500 NE 22nd Ave., North Miami Beach; www.miamipartyinthepark.com; $15 advance, $20 at the door, kids 12 and under free.
Sunday Funday: Miami Marlins
Young fans have an added incentive to cheer on the Fish against division rival the Philadelphia Phillies, as the first 5,000 kids will receive a Bob the Shark Sea Creatures Plush Doll. Plus, there will be music by DJ Petey on the West Plaza, face-painting, interactive games, character appearances from favorite movies and TV shows, kids’ access to the Clevelander pool, plus a Diamond Dash where children 12 and under can run the bases after the game.
Details: Game time is 1:10 p.m. Sunday; Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com/entertainment; tickets start at $16.
The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony Of The Goddesses - Master Quest
Gaming fans and classical music lovers unite as this event celebrates more than 25 years of virtual adventures with live orchestral renditions of Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music. The concert’s four-movement symphony features a 90-piece orchestra, choir and giant screen showing scenes from the video game.
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; Ticketmaster; $45-$120.
FREE FOR ALL
Author Event: Cynthia Zak
Creator of YogaMusic, an international system used to help children deal with the unique stresses of daily life, discusses her book “El Maestro Eres Tu” and gives kids tips on how to access the strength and confidence that lies within them.
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