THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26
IMAX 3D Theater: Wild Africa
Take a magical journey through the wildest place on Earth: the majestic continent of Africa and its jungles, deserts and rivers and their inhabitants, from eye-poppingly pink flamingos to gentle gorillas to herds of swimming elephants.
Details: 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Thursday, running daily 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.
Great Balls Of Fire! Comets, Asteroids And Meteors
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).
Holiday Magic: Santa’s Enchanted Forest
It’s back! The world’s largest Christmas theme park is a must-see for kids of all ages, with its millions upon millions of dazzling lights, more than 100 rides, festive music, great food, and South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree.
Details: 5 p.m.-midnight daily, running through Jan. 3, at Santa’s Enchanted Forest (Tropical Park), 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; www.santasenchantedforest.com; $30.84, $21.49 for seniors and kids 3-9.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Miami Children’s Museum: Native American Heritage Day
On the day after Thanksgiving, learn about the first inhabitants of America, including the Seminole tribe from the At-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, plus design your own Indian vests, create a dream catcher, discover sand painting, and hear tales from Native American folklore.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday at the 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’ 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.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum: The Polar Express
A magical holiday tradition is resurrected as this 60-minute train ride based on the classic children’s story departs the Gold Coast Railroad depot and ventures through the quiet wilderness for a special visit to the North Pole and a meeting with Santa Claus. Guests on board, who are encouraged to wear their PJs, will enjoy warm cocoa and other treats while listening to and reading along with the enchanting story.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; $35-$69; tables also available.
Cultural Fridays: Viernes Culturales
Monthly arts and culture street festival and gallery stroll in Little Havana’s cultural district offers a free walking tour of Little Havana with legendary local historian Paul George; an artist fair with local painters, sculptors and artisans along Calle Ocho (Southwest Eighth Street) between 15th and 14th avenues; and a children’s art clinic.
Details: 7-11 p.m. Friday at Domino Park, 804 SW 15th Ave., Miami; 305-643-5500; free.
Revolutionary modern dance company presents a breathtaking show that transports audiences to a fantasy world that reveals nature’s ever-changing imagery. The endlessly renewable athletic energy and choreography of the troupe, plus costumes, puppetry, projections and props, will have the crowd mesmerized.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $39.50-$49.50; Momix Masterclass at 10 a.m. Sunday in the JM Family Studio Theater, open to participants 14 and older; $30 to participate, $15 to observe.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
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.
Musical Theatre For Young Audiences: ‘Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe’
Based on the beloved story by C.S. Lewis, this adventurous musical adaptation features popular songs and unforgettable characters, including the White Witch; the great and majestic lion Aslan, King of Narnia; and four children transported into their world.
Family-Friendly Musical: ‘Hairspray’
This adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway classic about one girl’s unstoppable dream to dance is piled bouffant-high with romance, great ’50s-style moves and infectious songs.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through Dec. 5, at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.
Spirit Of The Season: Festival Of Lights
Annual tree lighting ceremony has been a family tradition for more than 30 years, featuring the lighting of Main Street, a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus, performances by local schools, games, prizes and a live DJ. Hosted by My 93.9 FM.
Details: 6 p.m. Saturday at Main Street, 6700-6855 Main St., Miami Lakes; www.miamilakes.com; free.
FREE FOR ALL
Bayfront Park: Holiday Tree Lighting
You know Christmas is on the way when this spectacular, 50-foot artificial Rocky Mountain Pine Tree is officially lit up at the annual ceremony open to the public. To add to the festivities, the Holiday Market of La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel will feature a variety of booths vending holiday gifts and trinkets, such as art, fashion, jewelry, toys, plants and flowers, hot chocolate, warm cashews and nuts, local produce, coffee and artisan baked goods.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; free.
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