THURSDAY, MAY 21
Aventura City Of Excellence School: Aces Talent Showcase 2015
Let these young stars dazzle you as they strut their stuff by singing, dancing and playing a variety of musical instruments.
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Blue Starlite Presents: ‘Toy Story’
Bring the whole family to this “drive-in movie theater for the modern age,” featuring the 20th-anniversary showings of the Pixar classic “Toy Story” and a Pixar Short pre-show retrospective.
Details: 8:15 p.m. Thursday at Blue Starlite – Coconut Grove at the Playhouse, 3500 Main Hwy., Miami; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $30 drive-in car space plus entry for two ($6 extra per person).
FRIDAY, MAY 22
Sesame Street Presents: The Body
Kids will have a blast learning about the head and shoulders, knees and toes, and everything in between, at this new interactive exhibit featuring all the fave “Sesame Street” friends teaching them about “Your Outsides,” “Your Insides” and “Staying Healthy,” which promotes hygiene, exercise and nutrition. The little ones will be having so much fun, they won’t even realize how much they’re learning.
Miami Children’s Museum: Sketch Aquarium
This groundbreaking new interactive animation experience at MCM will seem like magic to kids as they watch their sketches literally come to life, wriggling and swimming their digitalized way through the rich undersea life of the Sketch Aquarium. Imagine their faces lighting up with wonder as they draw a fish and it begins to move!
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at the Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; free with admission to the museum: $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.
Zoo Miami: Dinosaurs Live!
The dinosaurs aren’t extinct after all! After the exhibit of 22 life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs, placed throughout the zoo grounds, was supposed to end May 10, popular demand dictated otherwise. Your kids will now have the chance to 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, running through July 5, 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 Disney crime caper “Muppets Most Wanted,” starring Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey, from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre: The Wiz
You’ll want to dance down the Yellow Brick road as this Tony award-winning musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to a high-energy mix of gospel, rock and soul music.
SATURDAY, MAY 23
Jungle Island: Wet, Wacky & Wild
Now that the weather’s nice and hot, 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.
Need To Read? PAMM Art Storytime
Every fourth Saturday, 3-5 year-olds (and their caregivers) build on foundations of literacy with an in-gallery story reading, followed by a related art activity at PAMM's Knight Education Center.
Details: 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org; $10 per child, plus museum admission ($16, $12 seniors, students and children 7-18).
Feed Your Mind: Haitian Caribbean Book Fair
On Saturday night, enjoy presentations by prominent authors Edwidge Danticat, Bernard Diederich and Gérard Férère, as well as cultural and local artist performances; Sunday brings a block party atmosphere, with author readings and workshops, a children’s corner with magicians, dancing and storytelling, and traditional Haitian music, food with vendors set up along NE 2nd Avenue and NE 59th Terrace.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami; 305-960-2969; free.
SUNDAY, MAY 24
Sunday Funday: Miami Marlins
Young fans have an added incentive to cheer on the Fish against the Baltimore Orioles: The first 5,000 kids will receive a Marlins Kids Batting Practice Jacket. Plus there will be music by DJ Petey on the West Plaza, face-painting, interactive games, character appearances from favorite movies and TV shows, and 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.
Caribbean Rhythms: Best Of The Best
Family-friendly reggae, dancehall and soca festival celebrates its ninth year with festive beats from Capleton, Beenie Man, Shabba Ranks, Lady Saw, Wayne Wonder, Morgan Heritage and many more acts, plus games and bounce houses for the kids.
Details: 2 p.m. Sunday at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; www.bestofthebestconcert.com; $57, $147 VIP, kids 12 and under free with paying adult.
Kids Can Shred, Too! School Of Rock
Young musicians can see what it’s like to tap into their inner Jack Black as School of Rock Coral Springs presents Black Keys vs. White Stripes at 2 p.m. and Killer Queen at 4:45 p.m., while School of Rock West Broward presents Guitar Gods at 7:30 p.m.
Details: 2, 4:45 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; www.cultureroom.net; $10 per show.
MONDAY, MAY 25
Memorial Day Fun: Kidz Fest
Celebrate the holiday with games and activities, arts & crafts, bounce houses, butterfly encounters, animal presentations, a scavenger hunt, martial arts demonstrations and even free pony rides.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $18, $5 age 3-11, free for 2 and under.
FREE FOR ALL
Little Drummer Boys (and Girls): Spring Showcase
Concert features students from the SFCPA performing pieces they’ve been working hard to perfect, plus the staff performs solo and group works.
Details: 4 p.m. Sunday at the South Florida Center for Percussive Arts, 12600 SW 130th St. #9-10, Miami; www.thesfcpa.org; free.
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