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Family-friendly things to do: Save the tigers, ride the trains

Thursday

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FINAL WEEKEND 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. daily and noon-6 p.m. Sunday 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.

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MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM SUMMER GAMES EXHIBIT

Last chance to join in the fun and get fit with an exciting day of obstacle courses, dance parties and straw javelin throwing. Kids can also learn all about gymnastics, swimming, cycling, running, the high jump, badminton, basketball, table tennis and golf.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $20, $15 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.

YOUNG AT ART MUSEUM CHILDREN OF HANGZHOU: CONNECTING WITH CHINA

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. Final weekend.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday 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.

Friday

LET’S PICNIC! FIRST FRIDAYS

On the first Friday of every summer month, gather on the Surfside beach for a communal picnic featuring music and entertainment, a tepee village, an interactive drum circle for kids, a beach clean-up contest and much more.

Details: 4-7 p.m. Friday on the beach at 93rd Street in Surfside; www.visitsurfsidefl.com; free.

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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 inspirational 2015 Disney/Pixar adventure-buddy film “The Good Dinosaur,” about Arlo, a young dinosaur, who receives help from an unlikely source in Spot, a feral caveboy, in reuniting with his family after becoming lost in unfriendly terrain. 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.

HOME IMPROVEMENT MIAMI HOME DESIGN AND REMODELING SHOW

The Labor Day Weekend tradition continues with this five-day, family-oriented show offering anything you need to repair, improve or enhance your home, with vendors, cooking demonstrations (many kid-friendly) by favorite South Florida chefs, seminars and speakers such as Matt Muenster of HGTV and DIY’s “Bath Crashers,” plus the Miami Marlins “Play Ball” sports area.

Details: 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon-7:30 p.m. Monday, and 6-10:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; www.homeshows.net; $10, $1 kids 10 and under, kids 14 and under free on Sunday.

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Richard Termine AP

GULFSTREAM PARK FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS

Weekly series of free family fun in Champions Plaza features kid-friendly games, music by a DJ and a lively Dance Party with “Sesame Street” favorite Elmo.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; www.gulfstreampark.com; free.

Saturday

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PETER ANDREW BOSCH MIAMI HERALD STAFF

GOLD COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM ALL ABOARD!

Train lovers unite as Free First Saturdays offer a day of fun at the museum with no entrance fee and plenty of choo-choos to explore, plus a pizza food truck.

Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; free.

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PATRICK FARRELL MIAMI HERALD STAFF

JUNGLE ISLAND NEIGHBOR DAYS

Over Labor Day Weekend, South Florida residents can wander through lush tropical trails, see wild animal exhibits, or cool down at the Parrot Cove private beach, for only 15 bucks, less than half the regular admission price. Plus, celebrate the end of summer with the Neighborhood Block Party, featuring bounce houses, a DJ, arts & crafts, sidewalk chalk and face-painting.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400-7000 or www.jungleisland.com; $15.

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ZOO MIAMI SAVE THE TIGERS

The MAS STRIPEZ event (it stands for Malayan Amur Sumatran, and Support Tiger Research Impact Partner Educate @ Zoo) aims to benefit and raise awareness of endangered tigers all around the world, as there are fewer than 3,200 tigers left in the wild. There will be fun activities and face-painting in front of Dr. Wilde’s World and you can help by purchasing goodies at a bake sale/lemonade table next to the Sumatran tiger exhibit. All money raised will support the Tiger Conservation Project.

Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Monday at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; free with daily admission ($19.95, $15.95 kids 3-12).

THE WOLFSONIAN-FIU FREE FAMILY DAY

In this “Discovering Design: Building Blocks” program, kids can find out what it’s like to build their own cities. Team up with artist Alex Zastera and explore the depths of urban planning by building a room-sized city with recycled materials.

Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; free for kids under 15 and accompanying adults: RSVP at www.wolfsonian.org.

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Dubin, Jonathan - Miami

FEEL THE BEAT AFRO-ROOTS WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

All-ages local-music event returns for an 18th year with the Chicago Afrobeat Project, Real World recording artist and Honduras native Aurelio Martinez, Miami world-music collective Uma Galera, and festival mainstay DJ Moses.

Details: 5 p.m. Saturday at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.communityartsandculture.org/afro-roots-festival; $15 advance, $25 at the door.

Sunday

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CARL JUSTE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

NICE RIDE! DREAM CAR CLASSIC

Gearheads and other motor vehicle enthusiasts can show off their pride-and- joy rides, with classic and custom cars, trucks and hot rods on display at this family-friendly event.

Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Hollywood Boulevard between 19th and 20th avenues, Downtown Hollywood; www.cobrajoeproductions.com; attendance is free; $20 to register a vehicle.

Monday

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FLAMINGO GARDENS NATIVE BIRD FESTIVAL

Flamingo Gardens is definitely for the birds this Labor Day, where you can learn about the birds that make Florida their home, while paying only half-price admission. Enjoy live bird exhibits, birding classes, aviary tours and special Birds of Prey presentations.

Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $9.95, $6.45 age 3-11, free for 2 and under.

Free For All

RAT-A-TAT-TAT FREE FRIDAY DRUM JAM

Help make a joyful cacophony and express yourself as everyone is invited to try out all the percussion instruments, learn from each other, and jam!

Details: 7-9 p.m. Friday at the South Florida Center for Percussive Arts, 12600 SW 130th St. #9-10, Miami; www.thesfcpa.org; all ages.

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