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Family-friendly things to do July 2-5

From Flamingo Gardens, to Coconut Grove, to Bayfront Park there are plenty of family-friendly July 4 celebrations to choose from.
From Flamingo Gardens, to Coconut Grove, to Bayfront Park there are plenty of family-friendly July 4 celebrations to choose from.


Zoo Miami: Red, White & Blue Days

'Dinosaurs Live!' at Zoo Miami RON MAGILL

Show your patriotism over Fourth of July weekend by wearing red, white and blue and enter the zoo for the discounted price of $10. Plus, it’s the final weekend to enjoy Dinosaurs Live, featuring 22 awesome, life-sized animatronic dinosaurs placed throughout the zoo grounds.

Details: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami;; $10.

Free Summer Movies: ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Just show up — first-come, first-served — to see this 2014 Oscar-nominated, 3D computer-animated sequel to the 2010 original action-fantasy featuring the vocal talents of Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, America Ferrera and Kristin Wiig.

Details: 10 a.m. Thursday at the Paragon Theater, 9200 State Road 84, Davie;

Classic Musical: ‘Peter Pan’

‘Peter Pan’

Take a journey with the Broward Center’s Young Professionals to the magical world of Neverland with the boy who won’t grow up, the evil Captain Hook, the crocodile and, of course, Tinkerbell, plus a generous sprinkling of fairy dust and beloved songs.

Details: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or; $10.

Blue Starlite Presents: ‘Back To The Future’

Hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Michael J. Fox climbed into that cool DeLorean and traveled back in time to save the future of his family. Your kids will love this 1985 sci-fi/comedy adventure flick directed by Steven Spielberg.

Details: Doors open at 7:30 p.m., movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Blue Starlite – Coconut Grove behind the Playhouse, 3500 Main Hwy., Miami;; $25 drive-in car space plus entry for two ($55 for dinner).


Sesame Street Presents: The Body

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The Sesame Street gang

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.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637 or; $14, $12 kids 2-12.

Operation Pedro Pan Exhibition: The Cuban Children’s Exodus

From 1960 to 1962, more than 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children left their homeland in what became the largest recorded child refugee exodus in the Western Hemisphere. This new exhibit displays testimonies, photographs, letters and other items from the children, now adults.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, at HistoryMiami in the Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami;; free with museum admission ($8 adults, $5 kids 6-12, under 6 free).

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;; free with admission to the museum — $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.

Kids’ Happy Hour: Funtastic Fridays

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Funtastic Fridays EILEEN SOLER Miami Herald File

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.

Details: 5-8 p.m. Friday at Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and US 1, Hollywood; 954-921-3500 or; free.

Laser Beams And Beats: Fabulous First Fridays

The fun kicks off with a free planetarium star show at 7 p.m. and a family laser show at 8, followed by hourly classic rock laser shows featuring the best of The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” culminating with Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” at midnight. Kids can also check out the Activity Room and the Space Gallery.

Details: 7 p.m. at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-646-4234 or; each laser show $8 adults, $4 child.

Beachfront Blast: Friday Fest

Kids will enjoy live music, playgrounds, picnic pavilions and an interactive fountain at this family-friendly gathering.

Details: 7:30-9 p.m. Friday at the Charnow Park Performance Pavilion, between Garfield and Connecticut streets on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk; 954-921-3404; free.


Flamingo Gardens: Old-Fashioned Fourth

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An old-fashioned July 4th celebration at Flamingo Gardens Beverly Bidney Miami Herald File

Show your kids a taste of what life was like in simpler times, before social media and video games dominated youngsters’ free time. Enjoy old-fashioned games and activities, watermelon- and pie-eating contests, July 4th crafts, and ’50s tunes from DJ Digital Anarchy. Plus, wear your best ’50s costume and win prizes.

Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie;; $9.95, $6.45 kids 3-11, free under 3.

Jungle Island: Wet, Wacky & Wild

Rainforest Riptide at Jungle Island JKASSEWITZ

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.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400-7000 or; $34.95 adults, $26.95 kids 3-10.

Fireworks In The Grove: Fourth Of July Blast

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Fourth of July Fireworks at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove DANIEL BOCK Miami Herald File

Party like it’s 1776 and celebrate Independence Day with the whole family. Bring a picnic and enjoy live music, games, kids activities and a scavenger hunt.

Details: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; 305-444-7270; free.

Musical Theater: ‘Hansel & Gretel’

Based on the classic story by the Brothers Grimm about a brother and sister’s journey into a mysterious forest and their encounter with a witch and her delicious gingerbread cottage, this enchanting production features music from the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or; $13-$20.


Food, Fireworks & Fun: America’s Birthday Bash

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Fourth of July festivities at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. CHRIS CUTRO Miami Herald File

Celebrate our country’s independence with this festive all-day blowout featuring patriotic and party music, great food and drink (thirsty grownups can visit the Sam Adams Beer Garden), a Kids Zone and the largest free fireworks show in South Florida.

Details: Noon-midnight Saturday at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami;


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