THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1
Great Balls of Fire! Comets, Asteroids and Meteors
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Kids will have a blast at this interactive exhibit learning about these mysterious celestial bodies: Where do they come from, and what are the risks of an eventual impact with Earth? Plus, your little astronaut can climb into a “spaceship” and blast off to Jupiter on a mission to gather data. Add to your out-of-this-world adventure with IMAX 3D: “Hubble 3D,” which takes a close-up look at the famous Hubble Space Telescope; or “Space Station 3D,” about the construction of the International Space Station.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, running through Jan. 3, 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.
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).
Get Spooked: House of Horror Amusement Park
Why wait till Halloween for thrills and chills? South Florida’s largest haunted house brings more than 30 rooms of terror, two acres of new rides, live music, games and great food. Costumes welcome as long as it doesn’t cover your face.
Details: 6-11 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, and 5:30-11 p.m. Sunday, at Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave., Doral; 305-639-6000 or www.houseofhorrorpark.com; $30, $15 kids 6 and under – includes unlimited rides.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2
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 2014 Oscar-nominated, 3D animated fantasy “The Boxtrolls,” starring the vocal talents of Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette and based on Alan Snow’s novel “Here Be Monsters!” Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
Fall Into The Spirit: Harvest Fest and Scarecrow Competition
Welcome the autumn season with free hayrides, a pumpkin patch, bounce houses, vendor booths, fun music by DJ Digital Anarchy, games, contests and crafts and activities for the whole family. Plus, enter your own scarecrow, or vote for your favorite.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $9.95, $6.45 ages 3-11, free under 3.
Miami Children’s Museum: The Wizard of Oz
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to this interactive day of fun, with Dorothy, Toto and her friends Tin Man, Scarecrow and The Cowardly Lion. Kids can explore Munchkinland, The Crossroads, The Witch’s Castle, The Emerald City and much more before heading back over the rainbow to Miami. Plus, grown-ups will be thrilled to see the original Ruby Slippers from the classic 1939 movie.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, running through Jan. 10, 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.
Health & Wellness Expo: Miami Family Event
Weekend of fun for the whole family features a Scooby-Doo meet-and-greet, free health screenings, dance competitions, live music, animal encounters, arts and crafts, a fitness area, a relaxation center and a wellness pavilion.
Details: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Fair Expo Center, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami; www.miamifamilyevent.com; $10, free for seniors and kids 12 and under.
Beats and BBQ: Homestead Rock ‘N’ Ribfest
Gnaw on succulent ribs at this family-friendly event while grooving to the sounds of DJ LeRoy, Gypsy Road, Bad Attitude, Michael Trixx, Cynthia & Rodney, Jade Sanders and more.
Details: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Harris Field Pavilion, 1034 NE Eighth St., Homestead; 305-224-4570; free.
Fun in the Sun: 5K Park Fest
All-day event benefits your choice of cause, and features family-friendly activities including a Mini Run for the kids, a bounce house, a rock-climbing wall, volleyball, face-painting, carousel rides and a mini-train, Little Chefs cooking lessons, live music by Problem Kids, Zumba dancing, swimming at the beach, a yoga stretch, food trucks and beer and wine for the grown-ups.
Children’s Classic: Charlotte’s Web
Charming tale of Wilbur the pig who is saved from slaughter on the Zuckerman farm by a clever spider named Charlotte, whose messages about him written in her web turn him into an overnight sensation.
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. Runs each Saturday through Oct. 24.
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.
Blue Starlite by the Bay: The Princess Bride
The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is back after a short hiatus, opening at a new venue. Enjoy the 1987 classic comedy romance starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant.
Details: 7:45 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday at Blue Starlite at Kennedy Park, 2476 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $7-$45.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
Nice Ride! Dream Car Classic
Gearheads and other motor vehicle enthusiasts can show off their pride-and-joy rides, with classic and custom cars, trucks and hot rods on display at this family-friendly event.
Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Hollywood Boulevard between 19th and 20th avenues, Downtown Hollywood; www.cobrajoeproductions.com; $20 to register a vehicle; attendance is free.
Concerts For Kids: Adventures with the Orchestra
Open your little ones’ eyes to the glory of classical music with this symphonic adventure that brings to life favorite characters such as Luke Skywalker, Sleeping Beauty and Captain Jack Sparrow through the exciting music that made them famous. Conducted by Daniel Stewart, this concert also features big band jazz and Bernstein’s live-wire mambo. Come early for the musical instrument petting zoo.
Details: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; www.newworldcenter.com; $15.
FREE FOR ALL
Gold Coast Railroad Museum: All Aboard!
Train lovers unite as Free First Saturdays offer a day of fun at the museum with no entrance fee and plenty of choo-choos to explore, plus a pizza food truck.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org.
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