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Family-friendly things to do March 3-6

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, “Matilda the Musical” is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. See it Thursday through Sunday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.
Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, “Matilda the Musical” is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. See it Thursday through Sunday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

THURSDAY, MARCH 3

Young At Art Museum: Magic & Mayhem: The Art Of Iconic Toys

Your toy-loving tots will flip over this new exhibit that explores and showcases the cultural impact of iconic toys and the passion for collecting them, including two of the most popular brands over the past decade, “Transformers” and “My Little Pony.”

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, running through May 29, 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.

Brain Power! Mindbender Mansion

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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 Sunday, 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. Thursday-Sunday at Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami; 305-361-5705 or www.miamiseaquarium.com; $43.99 adults, $34.99 kids 3-9.

Cirque Du Soleil: Toruk – The First Flight

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Toruk

The latest acrobatic spectacle of beauty and power from Cirque du Soleil applies its unique, breathtaking style to James Cameron’s imaginary world from his movie “Avatar,” with a mythical tale set thousands of years before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $55-$140.

Tony Award-Winner: Matilda the Musical

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Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, “Matilda” is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $28-$70.

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

Disney Classic: Mulan Jr.

Your little ones will delight as the tale of Mulan comes to life onstage. Follow this mystical, action-packed journey to ancient China based on Disney’s animated film about culture, honor and the fighting spirit.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, running through March 20, at the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, Galleria Mall, 2542B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-763-6882 or www.flct.org; $24.50 advance, $28 at the door.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016: Day Out With Thomas

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ALLISON DIAZ FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine is chugging into the station to give lucky fans 25-minute rides and the chance to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway. In between, there’s a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities including live music, entertainers, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, and a storytelling and video viewing area. Rides leave every 45 minutes starting at 10:30 a.m.

Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; $20.

Feeling Medieval? Florida Renaissance Festival

Get ready for the latest Ren-Fest chapter, with the third of seven themed weekends through March 27. This time around it’s “Voyage to the Orient,” which takes us to the Far East during Marco Polo’s time and the sights and sounds of Shogun, Samurai and the unbroken Ming dynasty that ruled China for almost 300 years. 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.

Miami Children’s Museum: Health And Wellness Exhibit

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Baptist Health South inaugurated The Miami Children's New Gallery that will help teach young visitors and their parents the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle, In the image, Bella Brunette with her mother Jillian Brunette at the inauguration, on Saturday, Febuary 20, 2016. Baptist Health South inaugurated The Miami Children's New Gallery that will help teach young visitors and their parents the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle, In the image from left to right in the back, Randy Lee, Baptist Hospital, Jeff Berkowitz, Chairman Museum, and Debbie Spiegelman Exec Director Miami Children Museum at the inauguration on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Photos by Roberto Koltun rkoltun@elnuevoherald.com

The museum’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.

Country Festival: 103.1 WIRK’s Rib Round-Up

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Hunter Hayes Frazer Harrison Getty Images for Verizon

Groove to great beats and delicious eats at this music fest featuring four-time Grammy-nominated country crooner Hunter Hayes, who plays more instruments (30) than the number of years he’s been alive (24) — he’ll perform hits including “Wanted,” “Invisible,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and “I Want Crazy.” Also on the bill: Frankie Ballard, who skyrocketed to fame after winning Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star competition, and Nashville quartet Parmalee, which blends bluegrass, traditional country, pop, southern rock and blues.

Details: Noon Saturday at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $25-$50.

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.

Kids Culture Series: Alice In Wonderland

The Momentum Dance Company brings children’s literature to life with movement, music, costumes and scenery telling the story of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar; www.miramarculturalcenter.org; $15.

Family Musical: Legally Blonde Jr.

Broadway hit adapted from the charming 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon as a spunky law student who faces endless prejudice as a blonde hits the local stage, bringing the self-empowering lesson to impressionable young minds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive.

Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through April 9, at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.

Dance, Dance, Dance: Savion Glover & Jack Dejohnette

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Savion Glover

Tour de force of percussion and rhythm features two greats — tap-dancer Glover and drummer DeJohnette — taking the audience on a once-in-a-lifetime journey of melodies and beautiful music living within two masterful souls. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami; 786-573-5300 or www.smdcac.org; $20-$40.

FREE FOR ALL

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 charming 2014 computer-animated Disney superhero comedy “Big Hero 6,” featuring the lovable healthcare companion robot Baymax. 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.

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