THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31
Miami Children’s Museum: Noon Year’s Eve
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Proving that it’s never too early to kick off a great New Year’s Eve party, Miami Children’s Museum will ring in the New Year (a few hours early) with a countdown to noon. The museum’s main hall will be transformed into a Times Square-like atmosphere with an apple juice toast and MiChiMu ball drop with balloons and confetti cannons shooting off all over.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday 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.
Young At Art Museum: Rock’N Noon Year’s Eve Party
Not one, but two ball drops (one with beach balls for kids 5 and older, one with balloons for those younger than 5) will mark the official start of the “noon” year. Plus, kids can create their own fireworks jewelry and wishing wands, and learn Chinese calligraphy to celebrate The Year of the Monkey.
Details: 10 a.m.-noon Thursday 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.
Celebrate The Tradition: Miccosukee Indian Arts & Crafts Festival
Four more days left to learn about Native American entertainment and culture at this 41st-annual gathering that features ceremonial and competitive dancing by multiple tribes, Hoop-Dancer Jasmine Bell, Buffalo Dancers, Snake Dancers, fashion shows, live art painting demonstrations, alligator wrestling, handmade Native American crafts and textiles for sale, and delicious food.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at the Miccosukee Indian Village, Mile Marker 35 (headed west from Miami) on U.S. Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail); www.miccosukee.com/events; $10, $6 seniors and kids 7-12; 6 and under free.
Jungle Island: Wild Holidays
Last chance to go wild during the two-week Christmas vacation from school with festive activities such as holiday parades with the park’s wild animal friends, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts through the jungle and much more.
Great Balls Of Fire! Comets, Asteroids And Meteors
Final weekend for this interactive exhibit that teaches 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.
Beyond Disney: Miami International Children’s Film Festival
Last day of this event features Miami premieres of captivating new feature films from around the world: “Moomins on the Riviera” at 10 a.m., Belle & Sebastian” at noon, and “The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow” at 2 p.m.
Details: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Thursday at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; www.gablescinema.com; $7 per showing, $5 kids.
Those Lights! Santa’s Enchanted Forest
As another holiday season winds down, there’s still time to catch one more weekend of the world’s largest Christmas theme park, which is truly 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 Thursday-Sunday 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.
Live Like Bella: Nights Of Lights
See the magical Pinecrest Gardens transformed into a holiday wonderland illuminated by thousands of sparkling holiday lights in this event presented by Live Like Bella, a foundation for childhood cancer. Enjoy Christmas music, story telling, mechanical rides, pony rides and much more, plus tasty treats available for purchase.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $5, free for 2 and under.
The Hills Are Alive: ‘The Sound Of Music’
Indulge yourself and your family in thisnew production of the spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family and its Tony-, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 7 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; $29-$145.
Mr. 305: Pitbull’s New Year’s Eve Revolution
You’ve seen it on FOX — now see it in person. Miami’s favorite party rapper does his best to turn Bayfront Park into the Magic City’s tropical version of Times Square, inviting more than 10,000 of his closest friends to a star-studded celebration featuring a performance by Pitbull himself (“I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho],” “Timber,” “Give Me Everything”), plus special guests Diddy; Earth, Wind & Fire; Prince Royce; Shawn Mendes; Austin Mahone; R. City; Timbaland; and many more.
Biltmore Buddies: Neverland Bash
While their parents and older siblings enjoy the swanky Gala Dinner Dance, kids 4-12 have their own party: the “Neverland Bash” in the Danielson gallery with festive decor, interactive activities and a kids’ buffet. The party will conclude at 11:30 p.m., just in time for the kids to enjoy the fireworks on the terrace with their families.
Details: 8:30-11:30 p.m. Thursday at The Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-913-3246; $75.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 2
Old-Fashioned Fun: Winterland At The Farm
Enjoy the illuminated forest, petting zoo, paddleboat and hay rides, bounce houses, snow, hot chocolate and treats, pony rides and face-painting, plus meet Santa Claus and his magical friends as they stop by every two hours.
Details: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, running through Jan. 11, at Pinto’s Farm, 14890 SW 216th St., Miami; www.pintofarm.com; $14.
Holiday Laughs: ‘Elf The Musical’
This stage adaptation of the 2003 Christmas comedy film starring Will Ferrell as the fish-out-of-water elf Buddy who embarks on a journey to New York City to find the true meaning of Christmas will delight children of all ages.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through Jan. 16, at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 3
Bring The Family: Deshi Winter Festival 2016
Enjoy this all-day festival full of Bangladeshi Indian dance, music and shows, plus delicious Indian and Middle Eastern food and beverages. Presented by the Dhaka Club of Florida.
Details: Noon-11 p.m. Sunday at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; www.myboca.us; $10.
FREE FOR ALL
Fort Lauderdale Fiesta: Downtown Countdown
The whole family can party like it’s 2016 with live music featuring country sensation Amber Leigh, a DJ, a Kids Zone and the Orange Bowl game showing on big-screen TVs to keep Dad sane. For the tiny set, there’s an early countdown at 7 p.m. in addition to the usual midnight one. And of course, plenty of fireworks will light up the sky.
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