FRIDAY, MAY 8
Final Weekend: Dinosaurs Live!
Your kids love seeing majestic lions, tigers, elephants and giraffes, but just wait till they feast their eyes on 22 life-sized, 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).
Kids’ Happy Hour: Funtastic Fridays
Enjoy a DJ, face-painting, games and bounce houses and see why Local 10 (WPLG) viewers recently 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 the modern Disney classic “Lilo & Stitch” from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
The Electricity Tour: Doktor Kaboom’s Live Wire!
Spark your little one’s interest in science with this interactive comedy show that explores the fundamentals of electrical energy and humanity’s adventures with it through over history. Oh, and stuff blows up, too (don’t worry, Mom — it’s very safe).
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $15.
It’s Easy Being Green: Shrek The Musical
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film series, this Tony Award-winning stage adaptation stars everyone’s favorite ogre and his sidekick, the wisecracking Donkey, plus the feisty Princess Fiona and the rest of the gang in a hilariously irreverent fairy-tale adventure.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Dave & Mary Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112th Ave., Miami; www.tickets.miamichildrenstheater.com; $20-$25.
Season Finale: Bravo! The Musiclab
The New World Symphony’s yearlong MusicLab program, which involves New World Symphony Fellows mentoring students throughout Miami-Dade County, culminates with this performance featuring 10 Fellows and their “mentoree” students from Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Miami Beach Senior High School, Ruth K Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center and Feinberg Fisher K-8 Center.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; www.newworldcenter.com; free.
SATURDAY, MAY 9
BLAM! POW! KABOOM!: Comics Fest
Inaugural event dedicated to the art of cartooning/anime and the genre’s most beloved characters features guest artists from DC, Marvel and Archie Comics, plus workshops, gaming tournaments, drawing lessons, exhibitions, vendors and more. And to add to the festive atmosphere, families are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, 3855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs; www.coralspringsmuseum.org; $10, kids 2 and under free.
Miami Children’s Museum: Sensory Saturdays
Special event for children with sensory processing disorders and their families offers yoga, art, music and more amid a comfortable environment in which lights and sound will be dimmed.
Details: 9-11 a.m. at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; pre-registration is required; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-373-KIDS (5437) ext. 126.
Miami Seaquarium: Moms Get In Free
To celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend, the Seaquarium is offering free admission to all mothers who bring a card for the park’s marine animal moms — plus, up to four guests will receive 50% off regular admission.
Dinosaur Train Live: ‘Buddy’s Big Adventure’
From the late “Muppets” creator Jim Henson comes this live adaptation of the hit PBS children’s series, an interactive and immersive journey back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth ... and rode in trains!
Family Fun Day: HistoryMiami
Help celebrate the museum’s 75th anniversary with a family-friendly day of activities, storytelling, music and more, plus a Downtown Architecture Walk.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free with museum admission ($8 adults, $5 kids 6-12, under 6 free).
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 marvelous animal shows, including Winged Wonders, Wild Encounters and Wild Adventures.
A Cornucopia Of Culture: Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration
Experience the cultures of Asia and the South Pacific Islands with music, dancing, a performance by the powerful Japanese Ronin Taiko drummers, bonsai artist demonstrations, Indian classical dance performances, and even surfing lessons from the Big Kahuna Surf School.
Blast Of Culture: Taste Of Haiti
Celebrate the rich flavors of Haitian cuisine with this family-friendly event featuring delectable treats; a chef cook-off; great music by DJ Nicky Mix and a special performance by X-Tassy, Guy Michel and Madafi Pierre; arts & crafts; and a kids’ zone.
Details: 3-9 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; www.tasteofhaiti.com; free.
SUNDAY, MAY 10
Mother’s Day Concert: Alhambra Orchestra
Celebrate Mom with this “Tout de Musique” concert featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Bach, Holst and Miami composer Javier Albornez.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ransom-Everglades School Auditorium, 3575 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-668-9260; free.
FREE FOR ALL
Feeling Artsy?: Second Saturdays At PAMM
The interactive exhibit “More and More: Accumulation” invites you to look for familiar, everyday objects that reflect our lives and the afterlives of objects in Diego Bianchi’s lobby installation, plus assemble your own mini-environment on the terrace outside incorporating a mix of materials. Bring lunch or pick one up at Verde.
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