Thursday, May 19
YOUNG AT ART MUSEUM
MAGIC & MAYHEM: THE ART OF ICONIC TOYS
Your toy-loving tots will flip over this 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.
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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.
ONE GRRR-IFIC SHOW
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE!
The gentle legacy of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood lives on in this live theatrical production as Daniel and his friends hop aboard the trolley for an interactive musical adventure in their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe filled with singing, dancing and laughter.
Details: 6 p.m. Thursday at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr.; 954-344-5990 or www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com; $26.50-$53.
Friday, May 20
KIDS’ HAPPY HOUR
Enjoy a DJ, face-painting, games and bounce houses and see why WPLG Local 10 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 DreamWorks 2011 Oscar-nominated computer-animated fantasy comedy Puss In Boots, starring the vocal talents of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Billy Bob Thornton and many more. 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.
ASTRID AUDET ACADEMY OF BALLET
‘MARY POPPINS’ AND MORE
Two-act performance kicks off with a beautiful rendition of the beloved Mary Poppins told through classical ballet; Act 2 keeps things jumping with the nonstop blast from the past featuring Billy Joel, Madonna, The Jacksons, The Beatles and Broadway’s Cats. The show will close with Alvin Alley’s classic contemporary piece Revelations.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $27.
FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS
Weekly series of free family fun in Champions Plaza features kid-friendly games, music by DJ Koz, free caricaturist drawings and a chance to meet SpongeBob SquarePants.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; www.gulfstreampark.com; free.
Saturday, May 21
MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Fourth-annual event offers plenty of valuable tips to prepare your children over the summer for their first year of school. Kids can hop on a real school bus, sign up for a library card, cook and learn about healthy snacks, enjoy Music Time with Music Teaching Artist Ms. Alina Celeste, practice Circle Time, and sing along with the MCM Players and learn numbers in the Counting Corner.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 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.
This new, 6,000-square-foot traveling exhibition will help teach your children about different endangered animal species around the world and their countless compelling stories of animal rescue, the dedicated people who are taking action, and the science that supports their efforts. Kids can enjoy mechanical and computer interactives, multimedia exhibits, a video theater, large full-scale graphic panels, specimens and replicas, and scientific tools used by rescuers.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, running through Sept. 5, 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.
MUSICAL THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
‘ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY’
Judith Viorst adapted her own award-winning children's book about Alexander — who knows it is going to be a very bad day when he wakes up with gum in his hair, and he is right, as things only get worse — into this marvelous musical that is wacky, wild, and wonderfully wise. Final performance.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Actor’s Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $23.
DISNEY ON STAGE
‘HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2’
Last chance to catch this stage adaptation of the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie of all time (starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens), which brings great tunes and great drama. The East High School year ends with everyone looking forward to summer vacation, each with his or her own hopes, dreams and concerns.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.
BLUE STARLITE DRIVE-IN
‘THE PRINCESS BRIDE’
Pack the whole family in the car and enjoy the 1987 classic comedy romance-adventure The Princess Bride, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal.
Details: Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Blue Starlite Drive-In, 7271 SW 168th St., Palmetto Bay; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $6-$45.
Sunday, May 22
DANCE THROUGH THE AGES
Let students take you on a fun-filled ride through the most popular movies of our time. Enjoy dance from every style and era, ranging from ballet and tap to hip-hop and modern.
Details: 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill; www.lpacfl.com; $25.38.
Talk about a win-win: Kids can cheer on the Fish against its NL East rival the Washington Nationals while enjoying Japanese Heritage Day. Plus, the first 12,000 fans get an Ichiro Suzuki Hit-Counter Bobblehead, and kids 12 and under can take part in the traditional Diamond Dash and run the bases after the game.
Details: Game time is 1:10 p.m. Sunday; Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com/entertainment; tickets start at $16.
INSIDE OUT THEATRE COMPANY
‘JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR.’
Delightful musical based on Roald Dahl’s quirky tale is a brand new take on a “masterpeach,” with a wickedly tuneful score and a witty lesson about courage and self-discovery.
Details: 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise; www.sunrisefl.gov; $15.
UNIVERSAL DANCE STUDIOS
WELCOME TO WONDERLAND
Original version of the classic story of Alice in Wonderland is fun for the whole family, featuring acrobatic, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip-hop performances, plus music from the original Disney version and even some psychedelic rock from the ‘60s.
Details: 6 p.m. Sunday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $25-$30; free lap tickets available for 24 months and under.
POP-UP KIDS PROGRAM
It’s an exciting and educational afternoon as friends from the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science are welcomed back, and they’re armed with new artifacts from their mysterious “Curious Vault.”
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 www.mdcmoad.org.
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