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Family-friendly things to do March 31-April 3

The Hollywood Beach Festival of the Arts takes place Saturday and Sunday on the Hollywood Broadwalk.
The Hollywood Beach Festival of the Arts takes place Saturday and Sunday on the Hollywood Broadwalk. Miami Herald File


Miami Children’s Museum: Voyage To Vietnam

Celebrate the Tet Festival and learn all about the Southeast Asian country with this new traveling exhibit, during which kids can explore instruments, create their own conical hats, add to the Ritual Tree of Thai, taste delicious spring rolls in a cooking session, and enjoy a Vietnamese puppet show by the MCM Players.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, running through May 8, at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami;; $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.

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

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; $14, $12 kids 2-12.

Be There! Miami-Dade County Youth Fair

youth fair slide
Visitors enjoy a slide at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair. It runs through April 10. Roberto Koltun

The ultimate day full of family fun offers almost 100 rides for both little ones and thrillseekers (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. And at 8 p.m. Saturday, put on your dancing shoes for a disco concert by the Village People (“Y.M.C.A.,” “Macho Man”) and Tavares (“More Than a Woman,” “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel”).

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.

Disney On Ice: Frozen


Finally! The most beloved Disney movie in recent years gets the icy treatment, as “Frozen” brings all your favorite characters including the sisters Elsa and Anna, Kristoff and his reindeer Sven and, of course, the lovable snowman Olaf, who loves warm hugs. Plus, sing along to all those great songs — “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” “Love is an Open Door,” “In Summer,” “Fixer Upper” and the Oscar- and Grammy-winning “Let It Go.”

Details: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $15-$145.


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 “Minions,” the 2015 spinoff of “Despicable Me” that has become the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film of all time. 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.

Free Concert Series: Noches Tropicales

Noches Tropicales
Giovana Encinas, Doris Snyder at 2007 concert. nuri vallbona Herald File, 2007

Bring blankets, lawn chairs and the whole family to enjoy Miami’s own Grammy-nominated band Conjunto Progreso, which will fill the air with nostalgic Cuban rhythms infused with modern Latin jazz grooves. The group will play an amazing repertoire that includes songs inspired by Latin music legends such as Ignacio Piñeiro, Miguelito Matamoros, Compay Segundo, Faustino Orasma and many others.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; 305-271-0812; free.


Florida Derby Day: Breakfast At Gulfstream

Final family-friendly Saturday morning tradition on the biggest race day of the year features an all-you-can-eat buffet and character appearances — this week, meet and greet Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

Details: 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Gulfstream Park (north side Tiki area), 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach;; $10, kids under 3 eat free.

Feeling Artsy? Hollywood Beach Festival of the Arts

Hollywood festival of the arts
Eileen Soler/for The Miami Heral

Family-friendly arts and crafts festival features artists representing 13 different categories, including oils, acrylic, sculpture, jewelry, glass and more.

Details: Noon-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday on the Hollywood Broadwalk from Harrison to Arizona Street; 786-558-5234; free.

Open-Air Gallery: Las Olas Art Fair Part 2

Las Olas Art Fair
Atsuko Okamoto, left, shows her geometric abstracts at the fair in 2012. MARSHA HALPER Miami Herald Staff

Beloved outdoor festival hits town for the second leg of its 28th year, bringing with it original art, eclectic displays and a wide array of styles and media from 250 artists from around the country.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, between A1A and South Federal Highway;; free.

A Taste Of The Bayou: Crawdebauchery

Weekend food and music festival celebrates the culture and cuisine of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, with 14 bands from Louisiana (including Galactic and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band), plus authentic Cajun bites such as beignets, jambalaya and po-boys.

Details: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach;; $25, $65 VIP; two-day pass $40, $100 VIP; kids under 10 free.

“Gumbo For Kids”: The Conch Fritters

Lively educational show entertains and enlightens children from kindergarten through 8th grade, while introducing young people to the musical styles and dominant instruments of the tropics with a description of the instruments. Come an hour earlier for free face-painting, storytelling and art activities.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Miramar Cultural Center / ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar;; $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;; $14, $10 kids under 12.


Wynwood BBQ Fest: Grillin & Chillin

Wynwood bbq fest

Great BBQ, live music, cold beer and a pop-up sports bar for Dad, cooking workshops and a Family Fun Zone featuring balloons, magicians, face-painting and the pirate-themed Treasure Island and Robo Surfer wave-simulation attractions. What else could you ask for?

Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at Swarm, 2308 NW 5th Ave., Miami;; $10, $15 family pack (includes two adults); kids under 12 are free.

Disney Classic: Beauty And The Beast Jr.

Hochberg Preparatory School’s Rousso Musical Theater Program presents its student production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” which tells the tale of a cruel, unfeeling prince who is turned into a hideous beast by an enchantress. To break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn her love in return (enter Belle) before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose.

Details: 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002 or; $10, free lap tickets for 12 months and under.

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