THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
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.
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 (including Jamaican singer Omi, whose No. 1 hit “Cheerleader” was one of the biggest songs of the summer, at 10 p.m. Saturday), 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.
Jaw-Dropping Show: Cirque Eloize iD
Billed as “a mind-blowing fusion of new theatrical circus and urban dance,” this dazzling, high-energy show offers something for everyone, featuring acrobats, break dancers and contortionists, plus a grand finale with a one-of-a-kind “trampowall” act.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday; at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $40-$89.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
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 2006 adventure comedy “Night at the Museum,” starring Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Ricky Gervais, Owen Wilson and the late, great Robin Williams. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10
Go Green! Green Baby Fair
Family event offers new parents and parents-to-be eco-friendly options and opportunities to explore green ways to bring up baby. Vendors and sponsors include wellness services, pediatricians, massage therapists, chiropractors, baby sitters, photographers and toy manufacturers. Plus there’s a fun kids’ corner where your little ones can enjoy art activities, drumming, story time and more.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami; www.greenbabyfair.com; $20, $15 online; 13 and under free.
Miami Seaquarium: Totally Teachers Weekend
It’s always good to be a teacher, but even more so this weekend, as all Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County teachers and school employees with proper ID will enjoy free admission to the park, plus a discount for up to four guests at 50 percent off regular admission.
Family Fun Day: HistoryMiami
Join artist-in-residence Nancy Billings for a day of “Textile Arts,” in which kids can explore textile traditions from around the world and create their own fabric art pieces using a variety of techniques such as weaving and knotting. There will also be textile-themed children’s book readings and the opportunity to make a community quilt.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free.
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.
Kids Culture Series: Bella & Harry: Let’s Visit London
Follow the adventures of your favorite Chihuahua duo as they embark on an educational and fun-filled journey to London in this interactive musical based on the educational book series “The Adventures of Bella & Harry.” Come an hour early for art activities, face-painting and a reading by author Lisa Manzione.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Miramar Cultural Center / ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar; www.miramarculturalcenter.org; $15.
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.
Everglades Enlightenment: Family Day on Aragon
This month’s event is chock full of activities, with an Everglades-themed wild-animal presentation, a fossil presentation by the Frost Museum of Science, the new exhibit “Trailblazers: The Perilous Story of the Tamiami Trail” and a musical performance by Miami Youth for Chamber Music. Plus, enjoy many more fun activities on Aragon Avenue hosted by neighbors the Coral Gables Art Cinema and Books & Books.
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.
Ronin Taiko Japanese Drums: Icharibe Chode: We Are Friends For Life
In a show to benefit the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Ronin Taiko’s powerful sounds and energetic theatrical movement bring this passionate Japanese tradition to life onstage.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
Family Fun Series: Spot
Based on the popular book series by Eric Hill, this colorful, interactive musical romp set on a farm features charming characters, plush puppets and upbeat songs that will captivate your little ones. Come early for face-painting and arts activities from Young At Art Museum.
Details: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $16 advance, $18 day of show, $3 lap seats 12 months and younger.
FREE FOR ALL
Hot Topics – Poetic Tropics: Second Saturdays at PAMM
Explore the exhibition “Poetics of Relation,” then head to the terrace for art-making that uses words and images to tell stories of people migrating from one place to another. Bring lunch or pick one up at Verde.
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