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Family-friendly things to do February 18-21

There’s much fun to be had at the Marlins Fanfest on Saturday at Marlins Park West Plaza, including carnival rides, a video game challenge against Marlins players, live music and entertainment and the new Marlins Alumni Home Run Derby Invitational. Fans can also acquire autographs throughout the day, and kids 12 and under can run the bases in a special Diamond Dash from 1:30-2:15 p.m.
There’s much fun to be had at the Marlins Fanfest on Saturday at Marlins Park West Plaza, including carnival rides, a video game challenge against Marlins players, live music and entertainment and the new Marlins Alumni Home Run Derby Invitational. Fans can also acquire autographs throughout the day, and kids 12 and under can run the bases in a special Diamond Dash from 1:30-2:15 p.m. El Nuevo Herald File

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Brain Power! Mindbender Mansion

mindbender mansion
mindbender mansion

Kids will have a blast thinking outside the box at this eclectic exhibit full of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem-solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers. Adults and children alike will enjoy exercising their minds as they try to master each of the 40 individual brain teasers and the five group activities.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, running through May 1, 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.

Miami Seaquarium: Free Annual Pass Offer

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Seaquarium Miami

Through March 6, Florida residents who buy a one-day regular admission to Miami Seaquarium will receive a free 2016 pass that allows guests to visit Miami Seaquarium as often as they wish through Dec. 31, including the extremely popular BunnyPalooza Easter Egg Hunts and Monster Splash Halloween Bash. As general manager Andrew Hertz says, “Why pay separate admissions each time you visit the park, when you can pay just one admission and come back as many times as you like throughout the year?”

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami; 305-361-5705 or www.miamiseaquarium.com; $43.99 adults, $34.99 kids 3-9.

Virginia Key: Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance

Grassroots Festival
PATRICK FARRELL MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Family-friendly four-day event, now in its fifth year, brings more than 40 dynamic and diverse bands, including The Family Stone (of Sly and the Family Stone fame) performing dance-soul classics including “Everyday People,” “Dance to the Music” and “I Want to Take You Higher.” Other headliners include The Wood Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires and Danay Suarez. Attendees can also enjoy on-site beachfront camping, dance and music workshops, yoga and the healing arts, a craft fair, plenty of fun activities for kids, and an eclectic assortment of world foods provided by the GrassRoots World Café.

Details: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne; www.virginiakeygrassroots.com; $30-$40 daily, $20 kids 13-15, kids 12 and under free with paying adult; four-day pass $120 adults, $50 13-15; see website for camping info.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19

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 remake of the musical “Annie,” featuring Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhane Wallis as the title character, a child living in a foster home searching for her parents. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.

Details: 5-8 p.m. Friday at Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1, Hollywood; 954-921-3500 or www.visithollywoodfl.org; free.

Big Night In Little Haiti: Chardavoine

Chardavoine

Monthly cultural celebration features the sounds of Haitian-born bandleader and guitarist Jean Chardavoine accompanied by the Creole Jazz Project, plus young jazz guitarist and composer Bemol Telfort. In the gallery, celebrate Black History Month with the exhibition “Symbols of Freedom: The Power of Revolution,” featuring the work of Haitian artist Florestal Evens. 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; $5 suggested donation, kids under 12 free.

Disney Classic: Cinderella Kids

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This musical adaptation of Disney’s timeless, “rags to riches” fairy tale will remind children from 2 to 102 that dreams really can come true. Delight in the story of poor Cinderella, who is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and is denied a chance to go to the royal ball. But with a touch of magic, and a little help from her mice friends, her Fairy Godmother sends Cinderella to the ball to meet the Prince and fall in love.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 12:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, running through Feb. 28, at Area Stage at the Riviera Theatre, 1560 S. Dixie Hwy., 103, Coral Gables; 305-666-2078 or www.areastagecompany.com; $20-$25, $10 students 2-22, free under 2.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20

And They’re Off! Breakfast At Gulfstream

Family-friendly Saturday morning tradition features an all-you-can-eat buffet, free tram tours (kids will love meeting Smooch, the stable pony) and character appearances — this week’s is the beloved Patrick the Starfish, from “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Details: 7-10 a.m. Saturday at Stretch’s BBQ & Tiki Bar at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; www.gulfstreampark.com; $10, kids under 3 eat free.

Miami Children’s Museum: Health And Wellness Exhibit

MCM’s latest dynamic, immersive and educational interactive experience for children explores the importance of health and wellness, in partnership with Baptist Children’s Hospital. Among the fun new exhibits are: Flex Your Muscles stations, which work different muscle groups; the Food Is Fuel interactive learning station; Standing Long Jump and Vertical High Jump stations; an Obstacle Course that tests agility, coordination and balance; the Gear Up interactive station, which introduces children to the different types of equipment used by South Florida professional sports teams; and much more.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 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.

Get Inventive: Miami Mini Maker Faire

Miami Maker Faire

Billed as “The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” this family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness is a place where makers ranging from tech enthusiasts to crafters to scientists to garage tinkerers share what they are making and learning, and show off their crazy contraptions. The event is supported by Make: magazine, the first magazine devoted entirely to DIY technology projects.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the National YoungArts Foundation Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; www.makerfairemiami.com; $12, $18 two-day pass, free for 5 and under.

Feeling Medieval? Florida Renaissance Festival

Renaissance Festival
Florida Renaissance Festival ANDRIANA MEREUTA FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Get ready for the latest Ren-Fest chapter, with the second of seven themed weekends through March 27. This time around it’s “Vikings and Valkyries,” during which visitors can enter the mythical world of Valhalla, where powerful war goddesses stand toe-to-toe with the huge, bearded barbarians in animal fur tunics and horned helmets that we call Vikings. In between, enjoy more than 100 costumed performers, 10 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world.

Details: 10 a.m.-sunset Saturday and Sunday, running on weekends through March 27, at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; www.ren-fest.com; $21, $9 kids 6-11, free for 5 and under.

Play Ball! Marlins Fanfest

Marlins Fanfest
Roberto Koltun El Nuevo Herald

The Fish’s annual FanFest marks the first chance fans will have to purchase single-game tickets for the 2016 season (starting at 10 a.m. Saturday). But of course, there’s much more fun to be had, including carnival rides, a video game challenge against Marlins players, live music and entertainment, live broadcasts from the Marlins’ flagship radio stations, and the new Marlins Alumni Home Run Derby Invitational, featuring past fan favorites such as Charles Johnson, Cliff Floyd, Preston Wilson and Livan Hernandez. Fans can also acquire autographs throughout the day, and kids 12 and under can run the bases in a special Diamond Dash from 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Details: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com; free.

Musical Theatre For Young Audiences: Jungle Book

Sing along to this music-filled spectacle based on Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored stories of young Mowgli, who was raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, and his magical adventures growing up in the animal kingdom. Join Mowgli as he learns about friendship and survival with the help of friends like Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the lovable bear, and foils his nemesis, Shere Khan the tiger.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday, running through March 18, at Actor’s Playhouse, Balcony Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $23.

Good Grief! Snoopy The Musical

Snoopy
SNOOPY THE MUSICAL

Sequel to “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” features the antics of Charlie Brown, his semi-faithful dog Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang adapted for the stage and set to classic music by Vince Guaraldi.

Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through Feb. 27, at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21

South Florida Youth Pride Band: Wind Ensemble Concert

Youth Pride Band
EILEEN SOLER FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

The Youth Pride Band, open to all South Florida high-school band members, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a concert featuring the music of Dutch composer and conductor Johan de Meij, best known for his “Lord of the Rings” symphony.

Details: 7 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; $30, student tickets available.

FREE FOR ALL

Free Family Concert: Florida Youth Orchestra

Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy this afternoon performance of the “Classics in the Park” Family Concert by the Florida Youth Orchestra, featuring the Principal Orchestra and the Flute Choir.

Details: 4 p.m. Sunday at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; www.myboca.us; free.

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