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Family-friendly things to do August 20-23

Bree Anna Obst battles for treasure with 4-year-old Bronwen Williams, and her sister Bruna Williams at the Miami Children's Museum on Watson Island on Feb. 7, 2015 as part of the opening day of the pirates display. The display continues Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
Bree Anna Obst battles for treasure with 4-year-old Bronwen Williams, and her sister Bruna Williams at the Miami Children's Museum on Watson Island on Feb. 7, 2015 as part of the opening day of the pirates display. The display continues Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Miami Herald Staff

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20

Free Summer Movies: ‘Epic’

Epic
‘Epic’ Blue Sky Studios

Just show up — first-come, first-served — to see this 2013 3D computer-animated action-adventure fantasy film based on the children’s book “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs,” featuring the vocal talents of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Beyonce, Steven Tyler, Pitbull and Jason Sudeikis.

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

Operation Pedro Pan Exhibition: The Cuban Children’s Exodus

From 1960-62, 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. Thursday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free with museum admission ($8 adults, $5 kids 6-12, under 6 free).

Cirque Du Soleil: Varekai

Varekai
Cirque du Soleil’s latest production is based on the adventures of Icarus, who falls from the sky into the lush, wondrous world of Varekai, which means “wherever” in the Romani language of the nomadic wanderers. It’s running through Sunday at the BB&T Center.

The world’s most spectacular theatrical company returns with its latest production based on the adventures of Icarus, who falls from the sky into the lush, wondrous world of Varekai, which means “wherever” in the Romani language of the nomadic wanderers.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $40-$145.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21

Ahoy, Mateys! Pirate Island

Pirate Island
Bree Anna Obst battles for treasure with 4-year-old Bronwen Williams, and her sister Bruna Williams at the Miami Children's Museum on Watson Island on Feb. 7, 2015 as part of the opening day of the pirates display. The display continues Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Peter Andrew Bosch Miami Herald Staff

Avast, ye scallywags! Enjoy interactive games, stories, theater shows and even 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.

Miami Seaquarium: Splashtacular Summer

Miami Seaquarium Splashtacular Summer
Miami Seaquarium Splashtacular Summer

Last chance weekend for kids to stay cool at the Splashtacular Summer Kids’ Water Play Area, featuring seven water slides (including the awesome-sounding Shark Escape slide and Niagara Falls).

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami; 305-361-5705 or www.miamiseaquarium.com; $40.99 adults, $31.99 kids 3-9 (save $8 per ticket by purchasing in advance online).

Sesame Street Presents: The Body

The Sesame Street gang
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 www.mods.org; $14, $12 kids 2-12.

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 1988 film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” which mixed live action with animation. 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 www.visithollywoodfl.org; free.

Big Night In Little Haiti: Pnp Plezi’n Nap Pran

One of today’s most popular konpa bands takes the stage for a night of dancing, plus an opening set by the innovative young Haitian band Rara Rock. There’s also delicious kreyol cuisine, art exhibits and plenty of hands-on art activities for kids.

Details: 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami; 305-960-2969 or www.rhythmfoundation.com; free.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

Gold Coast Railroad Museum: Doggie Breakfast

Treat your canine companion to a happy, healthy morning — pastries and beverages for you, and a goodie bag for the pups.

Details: 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; $5.

Miami Children’s Museum: Back To School Bash

Get ready to head back to school with fun crafts and activities, such as decorating a bookmark and a pencil case or participating in a backpack relay race.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 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.

Jungle Island: Wet, Wacky & Wild

Rainforest Riptide at Jungle Island
Rainforest Riptide at Jungle Island JKASSEWITZ

To help cool off in the sweltering South Florida heat, check out the new 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 www.jungleisland.com; $34.95 adults, $26.95 kids 3-10.

Read! Give! Grow! Milk & Bookies

Kids can spread the love of reading to those who can’t afford books of their own by choosing, inscribing and donating books to their local peers in need.

Details: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com; free .

Pamper Your Pooch: Cocowalk Dog Fest

Festival features loads of fun for you and your furry friends, including a dog and owner lookalike contest, a doggie talent show, a costume contest, plus treats, games and entertainment.

Details: 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Cocowalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove; www.cocowalk.net; free.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23

Sunday Funday: Miami Marlins

Young fans have an added incentive to cheer on the Fish against the Philadelphia Phillies, as the first 10,000 will receive a Dontrelle Willis and Juan Pierre T-shirt. Plus, there will be face-painting, interactive games, character appearances from favorite movies and TV shows, kids’ access to the Clevelander pool, 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.

FREE FOR ALL

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.

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