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CHILDREN’S MUSICAL SHREK JR.
Based on the beloved, Osacar-nominated film, this fun musical brings together all your favorite characters, including the ogre Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey, Dragon, the Three Little Pigs, and many more, plus new songs and upbeat dancing.
Details: 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, running through July 16, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462- 0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $10.
YOUNG AT ART MUSEUM CHILDREN OF HANGZHUO: CONNECTING WITH CHINA
New traveling exhibition created by Boston Children’s Museum explores and expands understanding and appreciation of China, one of the oldest civilizations in the world. It reveals the modern-day life of China’s young people, demystifies China’s mix of ancient tradition and modern lifestyle, and showcases internationally acclaimed contemporary Chinese artists Ji Zhou, Li Hongbo and Yi Zhou.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, running through Sept. 5, 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.
FREE SUMMER MOVIES BIG
Just show up — first-come, first-served — to see this classic 1988 comedy/fantasy film starring Tom Hanks as a 12-year-old boy who makes a wish at a carnival fortune-teller machine to be “big,” wakes up the next morning as a 30- year-old man, then eventually gets a job at the toy store FAO Schwarz.
Details: 10 a.m. Thursday at the Paragon Theater, 9200 State Road 84, Davie; www.paragontheaters.com.
FLORIDA PREMIERE CIRKOPOLIS
Montreal-based acrobatic troupe Cirque Eloize blends the worlds of circus, dance and theater into an eye-popping, family-friendly show with a metropolitan setting that The Stage, UK, described as, “Thrilling, dramatic, astonishing, mesmerizing, simply a dream!”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, running through July 31, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $49-$89, VIP $35 extra (includes meet-and- greet with the cast, photo opps and limited-edition merchandise).
SHE’S A BEAUTY THE BARBIE STORY EXHIBIT
She might look young, but Barbie has been around since 1959! See the iconic doll throughout the years from her origination to the present, as told by a collector.
Details: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, running Tuesdays through Saturdays through July 29, at the Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Rd., Davie; www.olddavieschool.org; $10, $7 seniors and kids 5 and up.
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, stick around and watch the 1985 comedy classic “ee-wee’s Big Adventure, which starred Paul Reubens as the beloved man-child, and was Tim Burton’s full-length film directing debut. 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 www.visithollywoodfl.org; free.
DISNEY CLASSIC THE LITTLE MERMAID
Go “under the sea” and enjoy the tale of the mermaid Ariel, who upsets her father, King Triton, by falling in love and pursuing the human Prince Eric in the world above. This hauntingly beautiful love story will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl; and Part of Your World.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, running through Aug. 7, at the Susan B. Katz Theater of Performing Arts at the River of Grass ArtsPark, 17189 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines; www.pptopa.com; $15-$30.
MANGO MANIA! INTERNATIONAL MANGO FESTIVAL
Love mangos? Annual celebration of the sweet, succulent taste treat returns with this year’s theme, “Mangos of Cuba,” which will explore the rich heritage of tropical fruit in the Caribbean’s largest island. Enjoy the Mangos of the World display, featuring hundreds of different mango cultivars; fresh mango tastings; mango tree sales; gardening and cooking demos; the KidWay education booth; food vendors at Mangoville; and the famed Mango Auction at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667- 1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org; free with regular garden admission: $25, $18 seniors, $12 kids 6- 17, free 5 and under.
SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL MULAN
Through Aug. 13, families can enjoy a free Saturday morning movie. This week, it’s the 1998 Disney animated classic Mulan, which takes a mystical, action-packed journey to ancient China while teaching about culture, honor and the fighting spirit.
Details: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Susan B. Katz Theater of Performing Arts at the River of Grass ArtsPark, 17189 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines; www.ppines.com; free.
INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT WILDLIFE RESCUE
This 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.
FREE FAMILY FEST MIAMI MUSIC PROJECT
Concert by the Miami Music Project’s Children Orchestra, featuring kids from first grade and up, will highlight each instrument group before bringing it all together for two thrilling performances of Dvorak’s intense New World Symphony and Gershwin’s classic An American in Paris.
Details: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949- 6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; free with First Access Passes.
MUSICAL THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES PIPPI LONGSTOCKING
Kids can let their imaginations run wild as the fantastical adventures of this spunky, playful 9-year-old girl with the iconic red pigtails created in the 1940s by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren comes to life onstage.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday, running through July 30, at Actor’s Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $20.
PARK IT! FAMILY DAY ON ARAGON
Celebrate our National Park Service turning 100 with all sorts of fun activities. Join Iron Tribe for an exciting kid-friendly workout at “the park”; check out the new exhibit “This Land Is Your Land” and discover artifacts from our four South Florida Parks; find out what it takes to become a Park Ranger; create park-inspired artwork; and enjoy a 3 p.m. performance by pianist Ana Nikolic.
Details: 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-603- 8067 or www.coralgablesmuseum.org; free.
SUNDAY FUNDAY MIAMI MARLINS
Cheer on the Fish against the Cincinnati Reds, and the first 5,000 kids will receive a Marlins Kids Wristband Set. Plus, children 12 and under can take part in the traditional Diamond Dash and run the bases after the contest, or partake in the postgame Yoga Day.
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.
Free For All
EXPLORE NATURE SECOND SATURDAYS AT PAMM
Immerse your family into nature and fantasy with art-making inspired by the work of artist Michele Oka Doner; create mixed-media artwork that explores the natural world using a variety of unique materials; then enjoy the whimsical strings of the quartet Baby B Strings and their musical rendering of Brothers’ Grimm fairy tales.
Details: 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375- 3000 or www.pamm.org; free.
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