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Family-friendly things to do July 9-12

Lindsey Noel Whiting goes topsy-turvy as Alice in ‘Lookingglass Alice,’ at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Lindsey Noel Whiting goes topsy-turvy as Alice in ‘Lookingglass Alice,’ at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Liz Lauren


A True Wonderland: ‘Lookingglass Alice’

Take the plunge down the rabbit hole with this gravity-defying, modern retelling of Lewis Carroll’s literary classic “Alice in Wonderland,” featuring all the characters — the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and more — performing spectacular circus stunts.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, running through Aug. 16, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or; $55-$85.


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.

Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes And Other Riches

Learn while you have fun as this spectacular exhibition about the most biologically diverse river in the world returns to Miami for the first time in nine years, after visiting 19 cities in three countries.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-646-4200 or; $14.95, $10.95 seniors, students and kids 3-12; free under 3.

Opera For Kids: ‘The Tales Of Hoffmann’

In collaboration with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony camp, a 50-minute just-for-kids performance by the Riuniti Opera and Alhambra Orchestra, with conductor Timothy Shade, features scenes and selections from “The Tales of Hoffmann,” a cleverly entertaining opera by Jacques Offenbach with plenty of vocal acrobatics.

Details: 10 a.m. Friday at the West Miami Middle School auditorium, 7525 Coral Way, Miami; 305-668-9260; free.

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 “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” the 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. 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; free.


Miami Children’s Museum: Sensory Saturdays

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Sensory Saturday at the Miami Children's Museum

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 or call 305-373-KIDS (5437) x 126.

Mango Mania: International Mango Festival

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The International Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden DANIEL BOCK FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Celebrate the most alluring and luscious tropical fruit of them all with cooking demos, tastings, lectures, vendors, auctions and trees for sale, plus a MangoKids area with face-painting, crafts, poetry and more.

Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651 or; free with regular garden admission: $25, $18 seniors, $12 kids 6-17, free 5 and under.

Family Fun Day: HistoryMiami

Celebrate families by bringing your pictures and preserve your memories for generations to come at an interactive scrapbooking station, plus enjoy a family-friendly day of activities, storytelling, music and more.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami in the Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami;; free.

City Of West Park: 10th Anniversary Celebration

Enjoy a festive family day of fun with a free summer concert featuring Mr. Baritone, VIVA, Sons of Mystro, Electric Piquete and XL, plus a kids zone, food vendors and a spectacular fireworks show.

Details: 1 p.m. Saturday at McTyre Park, 3501 SW 56th Ave., Pembroke Park; 954-989-2688 or; free.

Smile! Family Day on Aragon

Family Day on Aragon
Family Day on Aragon in Coral Gables AL DIAZ MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Join the 5th Annual Capture Coral Gables photo contest and vote for your favorite, plus have fun with your family and friends at the photo booth (you can take the pictures to the craft table and make your own frame, too). Also, there’s mini-golf, a Family Fit Day hosted by “Iron Tribe,” and lots more fun activities on Aragon Avenue hosted by neighbors the Coral Gables Art Cinema and Books & Books.

Details: 2-5 p.m. at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-603-8067 or; free.

Fairy Tale 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.


Bark In The Park: Doggie Luau

Show off your precious pooch at this fun-filled day featuring luau costume contests, best trick contests, live music, a doggie pool, a splash pad, a photo booth and more.

Details: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at Washington Avenue Dog Park, 201 Second St., Miami Beach;; free.

Sunday Funday: Miami Marlins

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Billy the Marlin

Young fans have an added incentive to cheer on the Fish against the Cincinnati Reds, as the first 10,000 attendees will receive a Henderson Alvarez Bobblehead. Plus, there will be 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;; tickets start at $16.

Free Family Film: ‘The Princess and the Frog’

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‘The Princess and the Frog’ AP/Disney

Enjoy this highly tuneful 2009 Disney film that delves into the enticing charm of New Orleans, plus free snacks courtesy of BrownBag Popcorn Co., then discover artwork inspired by the creatures and plants of swampy marshes.

Details: 2 p.m. Sunday at The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; free for kids under 12 and accompanying adults: RSVP at


Feeling Artsy? Second Saturdays at PAMM

This month’s theme is “Take-Offs and Landings.” Let your imagination take flight and build a custom model rocket in the hands-on workshop. Bring lunch or pick one up at Verde.

Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000 or

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