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Family-friendly things to do October 15-18

“Elvis” Federico Ortiz, 2, enjoys himself at the Miami Children’s Museum’s Not So Scary Halloween Bash in 2014. On Sunday, little goblins can dress up and trick-or-treat in a safe, fun environment around the museum’s galleries. Kids can brave the Haunted House, test their knowledge in the Mad Scientist Lab, create crazed crafts and test their rhythmic skills in the Monster Mash/Dance Contest, plus many other activities.
“Elvis” Federico Ortiz, 2, enjoys himself at the Miami Children’s Museum’s Not So Scary Halloween Bash in 2014. On Sunday, little goblins can dress up and trick-or-treat in a safe, fun environment around the museum’s galleries. Kids can brave the Haunted House, test their knowledge in the Mad Scientist Lab, create crazed crafts and test their rhythmic skills in the Monster Mash/Dance Contest, plus many other activities. MIAMI HERALD FILE

THURDAY, OCTOBER 15

Get Spooked: House of Horror Amusement Park

House of Horrors
PATRICK FARRELL

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 16

Live on Stage! Alvin and the Chipmunks

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Interactive live show features the Chipmunks and Chipettes performing hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, Elvis Presley and more in a story involving the Chipmunks being tricked to perform at a concert to save a dairy farm in upstate New York that was once the site of the legendary Woodstock music festival.

Details: 3 and 7 p.m. Friday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $29-$87.88.

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 1989 supernatural adventure comedy “Ghostbusters II,” starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver. 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: Disip

Groove to the sounds of popular Haitian konpa group Disip, with Vogge opening and DJ Mack spinning party music in between. The family-friendly night also features delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela’s Restaurant 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.bignightlittlehaiti.com; free.

Blue Starlite by the Bay: ‘Hocus Pocus’ and ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’

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The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In kicks off its countdown to Halloween with two spooky classics: the 1993 comedy fantasy film “Hocus Pocus,” starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches; and Wes Craven’s hugely influential 1984 slasher film “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” featuring the iconic, razor-gloved boogeyman Freddy Krueger, who stalks teens in their dreams.

Details: 6:45 and 9:15 p.m. Friday at Blue Starlite at Kennedy Park, 2476 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $5-$55.

Miami Childrens Theater: ‘Dear Edwina’

Heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up centers on our heroine, Edwina, a 13-year-old problem solver who dishes out advice like a pint-sized Dear Abby.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, 3 (sensory-friendly performance) and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $10 ($5 sensory-friendly), under 2 free.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

Plant The Seed: Redland Growfest

Two-day event celebrates “all things edible, green and growing,” and connects the dots between the farm and the family dinner table. Activities include local food samples, live music, art, tours, giveaways and plenty of fun for kids.

Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead; www.fruitandspicepark.org; $10, $8 in advance, kids under 12 free.

Art for a Cause: Las Olas Art Fair

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MARSHA HALPER Miami Herald Staff

The 28th annual event will transform the boulevard into a giant street art fair, featuring more than 150 top national artists displaying their works (proceeds from the sale of breast cancer awareness artwork will be donated to The Shula Fund at the Moffitt Cancer Center), plus live music, great food and an art giveaway.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Las Olas Boulevard between Southeast Sixth Avenue and 11th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale; www.artfestival.com; free.

Live in Concert: Barbie — Rock ‘N Royals

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In celebration of the new movie “Rock ‘N Royals,” kids are invited to see a live concert performance of songs from the movie including “Raise Our Voices,” “What If I Shine” and “Unlock your Dreams,” plus meet stars Princess Courtney and Rockstar Erika and take part in a Barbie photo-opp.

Details: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave., Doral; www.besuper.com; free.

Children’s Classic: ‘Charlotte’s Web’

Charlotte's Web
‘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.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $23.

New Musical: ‘The Wizard of Oz’

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DANIEL BOCK FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

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.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18

Under The Sea: Coconut Grove Seafood Festival

Just in time for the start of stone-crab season comes this beloved extravaganza featuring the best in regional cuisine from the Caribbean, Latin America, New Orleans and more, plus live calypso music, cooking workshops and a Family Fun Zone with rides, balloons, face-painting, magicians and more.

Details: 11 a.m.-sunset Sunday at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; www.coconutgroveseafoodfestival.com; $20 advance, $25 at the door, kids under 12 free; $150 VIP features all kinds of great perks (see website for details).

Go Fly a Kite!: Kitetoberfest

Kitetoberfest
CARL JUSTE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Family-friendly event, now in its 23rd year, features spectacular high-flying kites of all colors, shapes, sizes and themes, plus free kiting activities for all ages, including kite-building classes, kite-flying demonstrations and competitions. Marvel at the amazing “monster kites,” such as the 100-foot squid, the 30-foot dragon, the 30-foot scuba man, the 30-foot “Nemo” fish, the 150-foot flying rainbow, and more. There will also be food and refreshments for purchase and a live concert by Miami Country Day School’s “21 Hearts, 1 Beat” Rock Ensemble.

Details: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Haulover Beach Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.miamidade.gov/parks/haulover; free, $7 parking.

Miami Childrens Museum: Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash

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“Elvis” Federico Ortiz, 2, enjoys himself at the Miami Children’s Museum’s Not So Scary Halloween Bash in 2014. On Sunday, little goblins can dress up and trick-or-treat in a safe, fun environment around the museum’s galleries. Kids can brave the Haunted House, test their knowledge in the Mad Scientist Lab, create crazed crafts and test their rhythmic skills in the Monster Mash/Dance Contest, plus many other activities. PATRICK FARRELL MIAMI HERALD FILE

Little goblins can dress up and trick-or-treat in a safe, fun environment around the museum’s galleries with special treats supplied by Coldstone Creamery, GoGo Squeez , KIND Bars, Atelier Monnier, Dairy Farmers of FL and Yelp Miami. Kids can also brave the Haunted House, test their knowledge in the Mad Scientist Lab, create crazed crafts and test their rhythmic skills in the Monster Mash/Dance Contest, plus many other activities.

Details: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $40, $30 members.

FREE FOR ALL

Pop-Up Kids Program: Gogo Moad!

Special edition of GOGO MOAD! invites friends from the Frost Museum of Science for an afternoon of art and science in which kids can discover the mysteries behind the “Curious Vault,” plus create take-home museum exhibits.

Details: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Miami Dade College Museum of Art & Design, Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Second Floor, Miami; 305-237-7700 or www.mdcmoad.org.

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