THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
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).
IMAX 3D Theater: Humpback Whales
Experience an incredible journey into the hidden world of these awe-inspiring, 50-foot marine mammals, captured for the first time with IMAX 3D cameras,.You’ll hear them sing, marvel at their intelligence, and learn what makes them the most acrobatric of all whales.
Details: 10 a.m., 12:45, 2:55 and 5:05 p.m. Thursday, running through Feb. 11, at the Museum of Discovery and Science and AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637 or www.mods.org; $14, $11 kids 2-12.
Author Event: Simon And Schuster Middle Grade Tour
The publishing company presents four of its top middle grade authors: Margaret Peterson Haddix (“The Missing” series), Lisa McMann (“The Unwanteds” series), Kevin Sylvester (“MINRS”) and Kevin Sands (“The Blackthorn Key”).
Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove
Spectacular show has it all, as each of Disney’s first 50 features, beginning with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” and ending with “Tangled,” is commemorated. Safe to say your little ones’ favorite characters will be represented.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday; at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $16-$55.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Kids’ Happy Hour: Funtastic Fridays
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. Bring a blanket and stick around for the 2013 computer-animated sci-fi comedy “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” starring the vocal talents of Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Anna Faris and Neil Patrick Harris. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Big Night In Little Haiti: Magnum Band
One of the most enthralling and diverse musical ensembles Haiti has ever produced, Magnum Band has been developing the classic konpa sound for almost 40 years, with blazing guitars, jazzy horns and socially conscious lyrics. The family-friendly night also features a contemporary photography exhibition, delicious kreyol cuisine and plenty of hands-on art activities for kids.
Blue Starlite By The Bay: “The Goonies” And “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”
The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is back after a short hiatus, opening at a new venue. Enjoy the 1985 cult classic “The Goonies,” an adventure-comedy about a group of boys searching for hidden pirate treasure starring Sean Astin and Corey Feldman, followed by Tim Burton’s 1985 directorial debut, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” starring Paul Reubens.
Details: 7:45 and 10:15 p.m. Friday at Blue Starlite at Kennedy Park, 2476 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $5-$55.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Miami Children’s Museum: Nickelodeon’s World Wide Day Of Play
Get your kids away from the TV and video games for an old-fashioned day of fun, including balloon volleyball, obstacle courses and hopscotch, plus much more.
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.
Hispanic Heritage Month: YAA Fiesta!
Cuban-born Miami artist Pablo Cano joins in the fun with a special puppet show, “Musical Marionettes,” from 11 a.m.-noon (meet him afterward!), while flamenco dancers from the Angeles Gitanos Flamenco Studio will perform at 2 p.m. In between, guests can explore colorful and exciting aspects of different Hispanic cultures from around the world, plus create artwork inspired by Hispanic artists and traditions.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie; 954-424-0085 or www.youngatartmuseum.org; $14; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children over age 1; and $11 for military members and their immediate families.
Jungle Island: Neighbor Days
Through Sept. 27, South Florida residents can wander through lush tropical trails, see wild animal exhibits, or cool down at the Parrot Cove private beach, for only 15 bucks, less than half the regular admission price.
25-Year Celebration: South Florida Parenting
The beloved magazine celebrates its quarter-century mark with a big bash at Flamingo Gardens, where guests can marvel at peacocks, flamingos, birds of prey and Everglades animals such as panthers, bobcats and alligators. Plus you can take a ride through wetlands and tropical jungle growth, join a scavenger hunt or enjoy nature crafts, games, face-painting, inflatables and Miami Marlins’ activities.
Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $7, free under 3.
New Musical: The Wizard Of Oz
Join Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to the magical Land of Oz as the 1939 movie classic is adapted to the stage.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.
Love The EVG: Everglades Benefit Concert
Help protect the endangered Everglades and have a great time doing it at this all-day, all-ages event featuring great live music from Suenalo, The Spam All-Stars, Army Gideon, The Baboons, Iko Iko, The Oski Foundation, Purple?, SunGhosts, Above The Skyline, The School of Rock, Venus Rising, Sweetbone and many more, plus spoken word, dance performances, live art and face-painting.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Too Cool For School: Gables Bike Tour
Here’s a chance to use your smarts while getting fit: On this “bike to school” ride, bikers will be given clues to find a special place or item at tour stops: The Merrick Education Center, Coral Gables K-8 Center, Gables High and Henry S. West Laboratory School. Special prizes will be awarded.
FREE FOR ALL
Family Film & Snacks: Song Of The Sea
Dive into the deep sea of art, design, and animation with this Oscar-nominated, 2014 Irish animated fantasy film, enjoy treats provided by BrownBag Popcorn Co., and after the movie, discover other animals in the exhibition “Art and Design in the Modern Age” with the Creative Creatures family gallery guide.
Details: Noon Saturday at the The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; RSVP at www.wolfsonian.org.
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