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Family-friendly things to do March 17-20

The Bahamas Junkanoo Revue Miami paraded through the grounds of the Deering Estate at Cutler during last year’s Deering Seafood Festival, a family-friendly island celebration complete with towering stilt walkers, Bahamian Junkanoo musical parade, main stage on-going live entertainment, cooking demos, an Artists' Lane and activities for kids of all ages. Catch it this Sunday at the Deering Estate at Cutler.
The Bahamas Junkanoo Revue Miami paraded through the grounds of the Deering Estate at Cutler during last year’s Deering Seafood Festival, a family-friendly island celebration complete with towering stilt walkers, Bahamian Junkanoo musical parade, main stage on-going live entertainment, cooking demos, an Artists' Lane and activities for kids of all ages. Catch it this Sunday at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Miami Herald File


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; $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; $14, $12 kids 2-12.

Be There! Miami-Dade County Youth Fair

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Emily Michot Miami Herald Staff

The ultimate day full of family fun offers almost 100 rides for both little ones and thrill seekers (check out the Screamer, Meltdown and Climb-N-Challenge), 50 games of skill, live shows and music, and delicious fair food such as the infamous giant turkey leg, caramel apples and elephant ears.

Details: Gates open at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon Saturday and Sunday, running through April 10, at Tamiami Park, Coral Way and Southwest 107th Avenue, Miami;; $6 opening day, $10 online afterward, $14 at the gate, free for seniors, military personnel and kids 5 and under.


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 classic 1986 Navy fighter pilot action film “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. 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; free.

Big Night In Little Haiti: Aroze Troubadou

Monthly cultural celebration features the sounds of this Haitian folk band led by former Bel Jazz singer and guitarist Jean Levelt Vital. Before the music, enjoy The Big Read, during which Haitian-American authors, including M.J. Fievre and Fabienne Josephat, will read from their works. 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; $5 suggested donation, kids under 12 free.


Feeling Medieval? Florida Renaissance Festival

Get ready for the latest Ren-Fest chapter, with the sixth of seven themed weekends through March 27. This time it’s “Time Travelers’ Weekend,” which is dedicated to adventurers across the millennia, with Steampunk Saturday and pioneers, aliens, Browncoats, Federations and Empires on Sunday. 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;; $21, $9 kids 6-11, free for 5 and under.



Discover the art of telling stories through pictures inspired by the exhibition “75 Years of EFE Images: Wars, Triumphs, Disasters, People and Politics.” They’ll provide the pictures from the Spanish international news agency — you provide the stories!

Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Miami Dade College Museum of Art & Design, Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Second Floor, Miami; 305-237-7700 or

Pinto’s Farm: Easter Celebration

Get an early start on the Easter fun with one-of-a-kind egg hunts, paddleboat rides, hay rides, a race track, tractor farm tours and access to the petting zoo.

Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pinto’s Farm, 14890 SW 216th St., Miami;; $19 ($11.50 online special), kids under 2 free.

Disney Classic: Mulan Jr.

Mulan Jr.

Final weekend for your little ones to enjoy the tale of Mulan come 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: 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, Galleria Mall, 2542B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-763-6882 or; $24.50 advance, $28 at the door.

Final Weekend: 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 at Actor’s Playhouse, Balcony Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or; $23.

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;; $14, $10 kids under 12.

Bring The Noise: Stomp


Electrifying, eight-member percussion troupe uses everything but conventional instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps — to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. This explosive, inventive, provocative, witty and utterly unique show is an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill;; $38.10-$64.60.


Get Crabby – In A Good Way: Deering Seafood Festival

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The Bahamas Junkanoo Revue Miami performs at last year’s Deering Seafood Festival. CARL JUSTE Miami Herald File

Think you might hear the joke “Sea Food, Eat It” a few times at this 12th-annual festival, featuring — you guessed it — the freshest seafood dishes in South Florida? In between stuffing your face, enjoy celebrity chef demonstrations, live entertainment including a Bahamian Junkanoo parade and steel drummers, plenty of adventures for kids, stilt-walkers, pontoon boat rides and much more.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami;; $15 in advance, $25 at the gate, $5 kids 4-14.

14th Annual Event: Florida Turkish Festival

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Enjoy performances by a folk dance group from Istanbul, live music by singer Aylin Tasci and her orchestra from Turkey, musician Ilhan Ozulu from California, and a belly-dancing show, plus succulent Turkish foods such as doner kebab and baklava; Turkish coffee will be available for purchase. Children’s activities will include face-painting, balloon-sculpting and a bounce house.

Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and US 1, Hollywood;; free.

South Florida Parenting Presents: Spring Fest

Bring a basket to collect Easter eggs during the Egg-A-Palooza egg hunts, plus take photos with the Bunny and enjoy food trucks, a Bunny Scavenger Hunt, crafts and plenty of stage entertainment.

Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton;; $7 per person, kids 18 months and under free; with a South Florida Parenting Kids Fun Pass, up to three children will be admitted free with a paid adult.


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