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Loud Moms Stay calm and listen, really listen, to your child
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A man in the making ment will be my top priority. The year 2017 is dawning with much My son likes to play a game with me. more uncertainty than previous years, but “Who is more important?” he will ask. our mission as parents has not changed. “Me or the car?” (Or “Me or We want to raise our kids the Kindle,” or the house, or to be confident, compassionwhatever he is thinking of at ate, resourceful and kind. We the moment.) encourage them to be curious This is an easy one, right? about the world around them Always him! But the other day, and to do their best in every he asked me, “Who is more situation. We remind them of important? Me or my happithe benefits of perseverance, JENNIFER JHON ness?” honesty, hard work and selfThis was also easy to decide, control. We praise them and love them, because what is best for him doesn’t and we urge them to appreciate and always make him happy. But explaining love others. it to him wasn’t as simple. This part of parenting never changes. Lately, I’ve resorted to complete honEven when my kids grow to be my age, esty, telling him how much I love him I will want the best for them and the and want good things for his future. best from them. “If you learn to make good decisions This will happen no matter who is in now,” I tell him, “you will grow into a the White House, where we live or how man who makes good decisions.” much money we make. Even if our cirSurprisingly, this often improves the cumstances change, my kids’ develop-
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TOP FOR 2017: BEST NEW ATTRACTIONS COMING TO FLORIDA THEME PARKS BY BRADY MACDONALD The year 2017 is shaping up as a good year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans. Big parks have announced major projects, including five anticipated arrivals in Florida.
Studios in Orlando is expected to debut in 2017. Themed to the “Toy Story” movies, the land will feature the Slinky Dog Dash family roller coaster and Alien Swirling Saucers ride, on which riders will try to escape the Claw as their alien-themed vehicles spin to a “space jazz” soundtrack.
1) PANDORA: THE WORLD OF AVATAR LAND AT DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM The new Avatar Land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2017 will be populated by blue-skinned Na’vi people, bioluminescent trees and flying banshees from the 2009 “Avatar” movie. The alien land’s marquee attraction will be a banshee flight simulator similar to Soarin’ at Epcot and Disney California Adventure, and an indoor boat ride similar to Pirates of the Caribbean will take riders on a river journey through the illuminated forest of Pandora.
3) VOLCANO BAY WATER PARK AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA The 53-acre Volcano Bay water park is set to open in June. The 200-foot-tall Krakatau volcano at the center of the Polynesian-themed water park will feature waterfalls by day and lava flows at night. A 125-foot-tall trap door-launch speed slide will travel through the man-made volcano before splashing into a pool. The new park will include rafts, rapids, racing and body slides as well as a wave pool, water play fortress and lazy river.
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Safety Tips for Strollers and Car Seats BY MALVINA DUNCAN, NICKLAUS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
If you have young children, a car seat and a stroller are among the many necessities of life. You want to be sure your child is safe and comfortable when traveling in a car or going out for a walk. But every hour, two children age 5 or younger are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to strollers or car carriers, according to a recent study published in the journal “Academic Pediatrics.” Researchers found that nearly 361,000 young children were treated in hospitals from 1990 to 2010 — mostly for head and facial injuries, including concussions. Fortunately, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission now requires all strollers made after September 2015 to meet new safety standards. Be sure to check the date of manufacture before purchasing a stroller, and follow the instructions to be sure you have assembled it correctly.
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Top Triggers of Winter Allergies Pets: patients are allergic to a protein found in the pet dander, saliva and urine. Mold and mildew: Mold thrives in damp, humid areas in your home, such as the bathroom; decaying leaves and other yard waste give mold and mildew an ideal breeding ground. Dust and dust mites: House dust deposits on fabrics, rugs, carpet and on top and under furniture. Almost invisible dust mites can flourish in mattresses and bedding. When dust and dust mite remain and droppings become airborne, they can cause allergy symptoms.
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chew them up and spit them out again. In 23 years as a mother with six children, this was not my only visit to an emergency department. Yet the scenario never gets old. No parent, whether on the first visit or the 10th, is emotionally prepared for a trip to the emergency department with a child. However, there are some things you can do before anything happens that will make the experience less stressful. BEFORE ANYTHING HAPPENS Make a list of everything your family members take on a daily basis. That includes prescription drugs, vitamins, food supplements and herbal remedies. Have a list of your doctors and their phone numbers. A short list of known allergies, past surgeries and any pertinent medical interventions would also be appropriate. I’m not recommending you keep a copy of your medical file with you at all times — just a few notes. Keep a copy of these lists and your insurance card in your wallet. Have in mind where to go. If your area has more than one hospital, knowing where you want to go before an emergency will give peace of mind in the moment. MAKING A DECISION Your teenage daughter has had a fever and swollen glands for a few days. She
wakes up from an afternoon nap with her eyes swollen shut. Should you take her to the emergency room? Your son tries jumping from the top bunk and lands funny on his arm. He’s nauseous and feels like he’s going to pass out. Do you take him? Unless the symptoms are obvious (no breathing, unconsciousness, bleeding that cannot be stopped with pressure), this is a question every parent will ask. Dr. William Brady, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Virginia Medical Center, says: “If it’s a life and limb situation, just get there.” “Sometimes a fever is an emergent situation,” he says, “sometimes it is not.” So if you are in doubt, a few extra steps can help you come to the right conclusion. Call your pediatrician or family doctor—even in the middle of the night. Running a child’s symptoms by the pediatrician could save you an unnecessary emergency room visit. And beyond the hospital, many doctors have late, weekend and holiday hours. If the doctor can see the child, calling in advance can save you an ER visit. Don't call the hospital. Dr. Brady says that in today’s liability environment, most emergency departments will not advise over the phone; it is better just to go. HOW TO GET THERE If you find yourself wondering whether
you should call 9-1-1, ask yourself, “Is there something an ambulance can do for my child that I cannot do?” Obviously, you cannot attend to your child while driving a car. If you do not have help, it is better to call an ambulance than to get distracted by your child while driving. Transport time is another consideration. If you live in a rural area serviced by volunteer squads, you may be able to transport your child before the first responders could arrive to your home. But in the city, “EMS usually arrives within 5 minutes,” shared Peggy, a mother of six with about eight ER visits under her belt. “Hospitals are 20 minutes with traffic.” IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT Do understand the emergency department does not operate on a first come, first served basis. Upon arriving, you will be assessed by a triage nurse who will rate your symptoms according to severity and prioritize your care on a scale that ranges from “lifethreatening” to “can wait a couple hours.” Your visit to the ER will be a much more pleasant experience if you understand this protocol and are not aggravated by it. “Parents of multiple children should be prepared to spend several hours in the ER,” said Heather, a mother of six boys who has made “umpteen” emergency visits. “Bring a bag with some special toys,
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much easier to answer questions and clear up concerns (when you are there) than to have you call back in.” It is in your child’s best interest for you to know why they run certain tests or what the follow-up care entails. “If you have questions,” said Heather, “it’s OK to ask the doctor in two or three different ways, to be sure you understand what they are saying. … Ultimately, even though we are seeking help from professionals, we the parents are responsible for our children’s health care, and we should be proactive in knowing as much as possible to make the best decisions we can.” Do take notes. Because you may follow up with your pediatrician or a specialist during normal office hours, you will want to remember what you were told in the hospital, any medications that were given and any tests that need to be scheduled. If you cannot spell the medical terms or the names of the medications, ask the nurse. He or she will be happy to help you. Johnny’s accident has a happy ending. He did require surgery and follow-up care, but today you’d never know anything ever happened. As for the future? Let’s just say the lists are in my wallet and I definitely know how things work around an emergency department.
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Keep your kids in shape without organized sports BY GARY CURRERI When it comes to fitness and competitive sports, Randy Colman has seen both ends of the spectrum. “I believe there is a lot that can be done at home as a family that doesn’t require a lot of money,” the high school basketball coach said. “I believe that families that play together, stay together.” Colman serves as executive director at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton, which offers programs for youth fitness, swimming, and conditioning – without the stress of intense competition. He said parents don’t have to experience the stress of three to five nights of practices a week plus games on weekends for their children in competitive sports. “Even with the youth leagues that we offer,” Colman said, “they don’t require practices during the week that have the pressure of participating on a school team or a travel program.” Colman believes in the philosophy that the family as a whole should incorporate fitness into its lifestyle. He said if people, especially children, want to be healthy and fit, keeping it casual can be important. “Let the kids be kids and let them experience multiple sports,” said Colman, who holds a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Florida. “When they get to middle school and high school, they can dive into a sport they are passionate about. Sometimes parents are a little overzealous and think their child may be better than really are. Less than 1 percent is going to get a college scholarship. Let them play and let them have fun.” As they mature, children should work on their strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. Once they reach 13, they can begin weight and strength training. Before then, they can work against their own body weight. For the past 11 years, the Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit FLIPANY has provided physical fitness activities as well as nutrition and cooking education throughout the tri-county area. FLIPANY CEO Lynne Kunins said there are many fitness opportunities in South Florida, including local parks with walk-
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Andreassen said Saintsâ€™ programs have 15 to 20 participants in each of four groups that rotate among activities. The sessions are three-hour blocks, and families can sign up for six hours per day. Most attend once a week at parks or churches. The families may also participate in community and scholastic sports leagues. Wellingtonâ€™s Rich Wygand coaches kids and adults in completing triathlons through rwtraining.net. â€œFor kids, the most important thing is it has to be fun,â€? he said. In 2004, Wygand said, he was unhealthy and 100 pounds overweight. He changed his diet and lifestyle and has since competed in 18 Ironman distance races, including 15 as a professional. He has been coaching for about a decade. â€œI tell my own kids that exercising is like brushing your teeth â€” you need to do it every day,â€? he said. Wygand said family-oriented exercise is an effective and convenient way to make sure kids get exercise. â€œIn most of the [team] sports today, coaches tend to train those kids like little professionals,â€? Wygand said. â€œNot only is it tough on the parentsâ€™ schedule, but it is busy for the kids as well. I think it should be about the family. If the dad is going to go for a run, put the kid on a bike.â€? Delrayâ€™s Jeff Pustilnik and his wife, Carrie, an accomplished half-marathoner, are owners of The GYMM Zone in Boca Raton and have been helping child athletes, special-needs children and other kids through their training program for many years. â€œWe believe not all children are into organized sports, and we work one-on-one or small groups to challenge [them] in a fun way to strengthen their bones and muscles,â€? he said. â€œThe benefits to exercise are too numerous to mention them all, but it makes people happier, healthier, smarter, flexible and reduces stress.â€? Pustilnik said putting kids on a fitness schedule helps develop life skills for the future, including discipline, confidence and healthy habits. The tri-county area provides plenty of events. â€œThere are programs outside of organized sports like running clubs, oneon-one training, small-group exercise training, weekend 5Ks and walks and many other things in South Florida,â€? he said.
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ROLLERSKATING At the roller rink near my house, adults pay no general admission. That means if I own my own skates, I can skate all I want for free. The next-closest rink charges $2 during the week and $5 or $6 on the weekend, depending on which night you want to go. Even if you pay for the kids, it is an evening of exercise and family fun all in one.
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Hope and Healing for Grieving Children BY CHRISSIE FERGUSON When a loved one dies, it is natural to experience feelings of sorrow, shock, denial, anger and confusion. And while it’s important that we take care of ourselves and rely on the support of others as we journey through the grief process, we must not forget, as parents and caregivers, to pay attention to the roller coaster of emotions that our children may be experiencing as well. “Children of different ages cope with death in different ways,” says Abby Mosher, the founder and executive director of Tomorrow’s Rainbow Inc. The organization allows children who have experienced the death of a loved one to interact with miniature horses on a private ranch in Coconut Creek, participate in therapeutic play and receive peer support. “A small child’s grief is going to be different than a teenager’s,” Mosher says. “Little ones will not be able to grasp the finality of death and that their loved one isn’t coming back until they are about 7.”
Tomorrow’s Rainbow, which was developed 11 years ago so no child would have to grieve alone, offers free peer support sessions twice a month for ages 3 to 18. Because the grieving process changes as a child matures, the organization has an open-door policy, allowing children to come back to the ranch whenever they need to. With research showing that one in seven children will have a parent or a sibling die by the time they reach 20, it’s important that grieving children are provided with a support system. “When we support children’s grief, we reduce the possibility of at-risk behaviors in their future,” Mosher says. Tomorrow’s Rainbow also offers family retreats and camps. One partner in that mission is Camp Kangaroo, a national bereavement camp offered free of charge to ages 5 to 18. The Camp Kangaroo program, led by
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while learning healthy coping strategies for their grief journey. At Camp Erin, “We provide activities to help [children] deal with whatever they are feeling in a healthy way,” says Alejandra Navas, community relations specialist for Catholic Hospice. “We teach them that it’s OK to experience those emotions, but it’s what you do about it that makes a difference.”
BEREAVEMENT CAMP DATES AND SUPPORT CENTERS: Camp Kangaroo: January 14–15, located at Shake-A-Leg Miami seasonsfoundation.org/camp-kangaroo Camp Erin: March 24–26, located at Camp Owaissa Bauer in Miami. Email CampErin@catholichospice.org. Tomorrow’s Rainbow Ranch Visit Tomorrowsrainbow.org or call 954978-2390 to schedule an orientation. Children’s Bereavement Center (four locations in Miami-Dade and Broward) Provides free peer support groups for children, young adults and adult caregivers after the death of a loved one. childbereavement.org
HOW TO HELP CHILDREN AGES 2 TO 12 GRIEVE: Be aware that children grieve differently than adults do. Use language your child can understand. Allow your child to attend the funeral if she or he wants to. Share your faith and beliefs in ways your child can understand. Hug your child often. Ease your child’s fears. Include your children in plans to cope with special days. Take care of yourself. Ask for help. Get extra support. Contact CancerCare to learn about free individual and group counseling services for children and adults. SOURCE: CANCERCARE.ORG
Chrissie Ferguson is a freelance writer and the mother of three boys. She is also a middle school language arts teacher at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach. Follow her on Twitter @gatorchriz1
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The Variables of life BY PATRICK HEMPFING “Daddy, do you want to help me study for my math test?” my 12-year-old daughter, Jessie, recently asked after 8 p.m. on a school night. “Study” meant we’d be sitting down in front of the computer, pulling up word problems and racing to see who could correctly solve the problem first. “I’m tired, Jessie. You can study by yourself.” Solving math problems wouldn’t make the Top 10 list of activities I enjoy, especially after a full day. By 8 p.m., I’m ready for my end-of-the-day ice cream, not math. However, Jessie tends to make requests until she gets the answer she’s looking for, and on occasion, her twinkling eyes persuade me. Instead of holding an ice cream scoop, I found myself with pencil, pad and calculator in hand, competing against Jessie for math supremacy. I am competitive, even if it’s trying to beat a sixth-grader in math. As a former banker and accountant, I’m pretty good with numbers, though debits and credits are a whole lot different than pulling data from a reading problem,
placing it into an algebraic equation and solving it. Thanks in large part to my brother-in-law, Gary, who tutored me, I made a hard-earned “C” in college algebra – many years ago. As a result, Jessie won our math competition, 8 to 3. Last year, when Jessie was a fifth-grader, she requested help with two math problems near bedtime. I read both questions. Each involved multiple equations with multiple unknown variables, but I knew the correct answer. “Let’s call Uncle Gary.” Jessie ran for the phone before I had completed my sentence. Jessie’s uncle, an engineer, tackled the first problem with her, but she was tired and didn’t seem to grasp the math lesson from the other side of the country. While she got ready for bed, I asked Gary to explain it to me so I could work with her in the morning. I tucked Jessie in way past her bedtime, and she hadn’t even started the second problem. When I shared my frustration about the late hour on a school night, Jessie
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TEM toys (science, technology, engineering and math) have been hot for the past few years. With the anticipation of raising innovators for a rapidly changing future, parents buy STEM toys to encourage open-ended play and problem-solving for today’s children. According to a “Forbes” magazine article on the North American International Toy Fair, the hottest toys of the holiday season included “connected play, unplugged, STEAM, soft skills, and even creativity. None of these terms surprise anyone.” But trends can be tricky guides in the early childhood years. Cloud-connected, Wi-Fi connected, speech-recognitionenabled toys are exciting advances in how kids interact with their stuff. While that’s great news for a new tech-savvy generation of kids, it requires a skill base that also goes hand in hand with unplugged play experiences. Technology is the tool, not the skill. The skills are collaboration, innovation and problem-solving, as well as reasoning, communication, estimation, sequencing and coding. Young children need lots of real-life experiences to build these skills. (Every parent knows that logic and patience are not innate in young children.) The new “Media and Young Minds” recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatrics emphasize duration and quality of content. Techconnected time needs to be balanced with unplugged time. Most importantly, we must educate ourselves on “brain development in the early years and the importance of hands-on, unstructured and
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While lying in a hammock recently, I looked up into the canopy of a lush green maple tree, its branches spread above me. I felt a surprising sensation, as if the tree were hugging me. It felt good. A sense of calm replaced the agitation with which I had been wrestling. Shortly thereafter, I came across a Japanese prescription for preventive health. It is a prescription the Japanese have recommended for the past 30 years called “shinrin-yoku.” The translation turns out to be “forest bathing,” or soaking up the forest atmosphere. In other words, a walk in the woods actually can deliver a unique and measurable list of health benefits. As I continued to research more about forest bathing, I realized that tweens in particular need the nurturing that trees offer.
The Dark Side of Tween Spirit If you are the parent of a 10- to 15-year-old, you have probably noticed that your son or daughter is a walking contradiction: full of energy one minute, lying comatose on the couch the next. Tweens feel excited, curious or optimistic some of the time and panicked, insecure, and despondent at other times. You can get whiplashed trying to keep up with their moods, anxieties and attention span. In writing “The Roller-Coaster Years: Raising Your through the Maddening Yet Magical Middle School Years,” my co-author Charlene Giannetti and I discovered a disturbing reality for tweens: The things that generally make people happy are not things most tweens experience. Let me explain. Happy people like themselves and feel a sense of personal control over their lives. They are optimists, and most are extroverts. These characteristics clash with the lives of many young adolescents. First off, tweens look in the mirror and don’t like what they see: too tall, too short, too curvy, not muscular enough, pimples, braces — to name a few negative self-image messages. Basically, tweens are selfconscious and self-critical. Next, they often feel powerless because adults control their lives. Young adolescent boys and girls are held to tight schedules includ-
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tive impacts offer protection against cancer, heart disease, anxiety, depression and attention disorders. A small 2015 study in Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural setting, either a forest or a nature park, were less likely to “ruminate” — worry. They had lower activity in the part of the brain linked to depression. So when your tween comes home deflated, defeated or broken-hearted, don’t get out the chocolate chip cookie recipe or that half-gallon of ice cream. Instead, take a hike. Most tweens are easily distracted — ask any middle school teacher how antsy their students are. Several studies showed kids diagnosed with ADHD improved with exposure to nature. A University of Michigan study found short-term memory improved 20 percent after a nature walk, compared with no change after a walk through city streets. Recess outside quelled ADHD symptoms in kids, according to their parents. Kids who played outside had milder symptoms than those who played indoors. So, if diagnosed kids benefit, just think how all tweens could ease their distracted natures with a little time in natural surroundings.
Adventure in a Nutshell “Forest bathing” is not just for curing what ails a young person. It can also deliver a commodity that tweens want and have trouble getting for themselves: adventure. In surveys for “The RollerCoaster Years,” tweens shared their fantasies. Driving a car and making love were two recurring thrills many looked forward to. A small though interesting study done at the University of North Florida advocated climbing a tree, not simply sitting underneath one, to improve cognitive skills. Study coauthors Ross and Tracy Packiam Allloway say tree-climbing makes the brain adapt rapidly. It increases working memory by 50 percent because you must be tuned in to your body to move among the branches. Hiking a trail with ever-changing terrain does this, too. Such an experience makes you feel more alive. So hit the trails and the trees with your tween for adventure, fun and healing.
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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY Dan Marino Foundation Walkabout Autism & Expo. Raise awareness and funds to support the Dan Marino Foundation, local schools and organizations that serve the Autism community. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens. Register at dmfwalkaboutautism.org
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Saturday, January 28 BROWARD COUNTY FREE Rail Fun Day. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, interactive games and the final competition for Tri-Rail South Florida’s Kids Got Talent. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tri-Rail Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station, 500 Gulfstream Way, Dania Beach. tri-rail.com/rail-fun-day
6 FRIDAY FREE Friday Night Food Trucks. 5:30-10 p.m. First Friday of each month. Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay. Free. foodtruckinvasion.com Healthy Kids Day. Games, activities and entertainment to get kids moving. Stage performances and crafts in the Art Studio. 3-6 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org FREE Family Movie Night. “The Spongebob Movie.” Bring blankets and chairs. Kid-themed activity at 7 p.m.; movie 7:30-9 p.m. Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. 305-792-1706
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12 THURSDAY FREE Walk and Talk: Caterpillars and Butterflies. Learn about native butterflies from naturalists. 12-12:30 p.m. A.D. Barnes Park North, 3401 SW 72 Ave., Miami. 305-666-5883
13 FRIDAY Family Fun Movie. Popcorn, soft drinks, hot dogs and other snacks while watching The Peanuts Movie. $5 per person. Gates open 6:30 p.m, movie at 8 p.m. Pine Crest Gardens Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57 Ave., Pinecrest. pinecrest-fl.gov/index.aspx?page=442 Black String. Pre-show panel discussion and Q&A on cultural topics with artists and community leaders begins at 6:30 p.m. Performance at 8 p.m. $30. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188 St., Aventura.
FREE Family Day at the Coral Gables Museum. Free admission to museum and exhibitions. Craft project included. 2-5 p.m. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Miami. coralgablesmuseum.org/events Family Day on Aragon. Featured Film: “A Town Called Panic: Double Fun.” Admission includes popcorn and soda. Second Saturday and Sunday of the month. 11 a.m. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $5. 786-385-9689 or gablescinema.com FREE PAMM Free Second Saturdays. Hands-on activities and guided tours. 1-4 p.m. Pérez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Adults, $16; ages 7-18, $12. 786-345-5643 or pamm.org FREE HistoryMiami Family Fun Days. Educational, hands-on activities and kid-themed projects. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Second Saturday of the month. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. historymiami.org Sensory Saturday. Yoga, art and other sensory experiences for children with sensory processing disorders and their families. Speech pathologist Laura Donovan will be available to answer questions. 9-11 a.m. Second Saturday of the month. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. $15. RSVP. 305-373-5437 ext. 100 or email@example.com Oleta River Canoe Tour. Ages 7 and up. 10 a.m.12:30 p.m. Second Sunday and fourth Saturday of each month. Meet at East Greynolds Park, 16700 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach. $28. RSVP at 305-944-6111
15 SUNDAY Family Day on Aragon. Featured Film: “A Town Called Panic: Double Fun.” Admissioin includes popcorn and a soda. Second Saturday and Sunday of the month. 11 a.m. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $5. 786-385-9689 or gablescinema.com
18 WEDNESDAY Mommy and Me: Fish Tales and Shark Scales. Toddlers will learn about sharks and fish, and meet a dolphin. Ages 2-5. $10 per parent, $5 for each child or additional parent. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. Register at seaquariumpay.com
20 FRIDAY FREE Third Friday at Miami Children’s Museum. 3-9 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 McArthur Causeway, Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org
FREE Camping Under the Stars. Overnight camping includes activities, food and refreshments for sale and a screening of DreamWorks’ “Trolls.” Bring old and torn American flags for an flag retirement ceremony. Doral Central Park, 3000 NW 87th Ave. 305-593-6611
21 SATURDAY Jack in the Beanstalk. A familiar story comes to life in a musical. $20. 2-4 p.m. Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Actorsplayhouse.org/childrens.htm
Dan Marino Foundation Walkabout Autism & Expo. Raise awareness and funds to support the Dan Marino Foundation, local schools and organizations that serve the autism community. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens. Register at dmfwalkaboutautism.org FREE Tradiciónes: Perú!. Live performances, storytime, workshops, games, food and crafts to explore Peruvian culture. 12-4 p.m. Koubek Center, 2705 SW Third St., Miami. 305-237-7750 FREE South Motors Fine Arts Festival. Juried art show in a lush setting with sculpture, painting, mixed media, photography, wearable art, food, music and activi-
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» theater, shows, & concerts WINTER SONG & DANCE INTENSIVE WORKSHOP Jan. 3-5. Children ages 8 to 14 develop performance skills in musical theater. The workshop ends with a student showcase. $185. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. browardcenter.org/education THE PEACOCK’S GIFT Jan. 5. Katie Adams’ Make Believe Theatre tells Chinese folktale of a peacock who helps others. Adults, $8; kids 12 and under, $6. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Willow Theatre, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. willowtheatre.org RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY PRESENTS OUT OF THIS WORLD Jan. 6-15. The circus goes on a cosmic voyage. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. ringling.com SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK Bring a blanket or chair for a free Shakespeare Miami production of The Merchant of Venice. shakespearemiami.com/the-merchant-of-venice Jan. 6-8. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. No outside food or drinks permitted. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. Sunday show is at 6 p.m. Jan. 13-15. Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Miami. Picnics welcome. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. Sunday show is at 6 p.m.
Jan. 20-22. Pinecrest Gardens Shakespeare Stage, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. 8 p.m. No outside food or drinks permitted. Jan. 27-28. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 N. Young Circle, Hollywood. Park opens at 6 p.m. for picnics. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Jan. 7, 14. Beloved Peanuts character Charlie Brown looks for the real meaning of Christmas. Adults, $14.50; children under 12, $10.50. 4 p.m. Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. showtimeboca.com THE PRODUCERS January 10-29. Mel Brooks’ hit musical about two men who aim to make a hefty profit by producing the worst play ever written. Sallie & Berton E. Korman Hall, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. For ticket prices and show times visit jupitertheatre.org GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS Jan. 18. The actors, athletes and artists hail from Cangzhou, Hebei province in China. $31.27– $52.47. 7:30 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. coralspringscenterforthearts.com SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Jan. 19-Feb. 12. Stephen Sondheim musical inspired by painting, “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Carnival Studio The-
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ater, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. arshtcenter.org GULLIVER’S TRAVELS Jan. 21. Missoula Children’s Theatre, and 50-60 local stars, in a musical adaptation. Dolly Hand Cultural Center for the Arts, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. dollyhand.org ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Jan. 26, 27. A musical adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure. $3–$7.20. Lap tickets for children 12 months and under. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. browardcenter.org BISCUIT THE LITTLE YELLOW PUPPY Jan. 28. Biscuit, the puppy from a series of books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, goes on adventures and learns the value of having family and friends. $16. Lap tickets available for children 12 months and under. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura. aventuracenter. org HOLLYWOOD HEALING HAITI Jan. 28. Free concert benefits Project Papillon orphanage, school and community youth center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Bring blanket or lawn chair. 1–5 p.m. ArtsPark amphitheater at Young Circle, 1 N. Young Circle, Hollywood. hollywoodcares.net
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ties. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 S. Red Road, Pinecrest. pinecrest-fl.gov
22 SUNDAY Old Time Dance. Get your do-si-do on with a caller and a live band. Gates open at 6 p.m. 6:30-10 p.m. Adults, $10; Children 9 and under, free. Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Miami. 305-442-6866 FREE South Motors Fine Arts Festival. Juried art show in a lush setting with sculpture, painting, mixed media, photography, wearable art, food, music and activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 S. Red Road, Pinecrest. pinecrest-fl.gov Lincoln, The Civil War and Reconstruction. A history lesson with a keynote speaker and a panel discussion. $10 per person. 2-4 p.m. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. 305-375-1492 or historymiami.org
25 WEDNESDAY FREE Miami Beach Food Truck & Music Fest. Food trucks and area restaurants. 5-10 p.m. Fourth Wednesday of the month. North Shore Park Bandshell, Collins Avenue and 73rd Street. mbculture.com
27 FRIDAY Nature Film Night. A discussion, archeological dig and dinosaur activities will take place in the Hibiscus Room before participants move to the Banyan Bowl to see Giants of Patagonia in IMAX. $5 per person. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Activities, 7 p.m. Movie screening, 8 p.m. Pine Crest Gardens Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57 Ave., Pinecrest. pinecrest-fl.gov/index.aspx?page=608 FREE Cultural Fridays. Enjoy music and discover works by local artists and artisans. 7-11 p.m. Last Friday of the month. Domino Park, SW 15th Avenue and 8th Street, Miami. 305-643-5500 or viernesculturales.org
28 SATURDAY Jack in the Beanstalk. A familiar story comes to life in a musical. $20. 2-4 p.m. Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Actorsplayhouse.org/childrens.htm Artrageous: Art & Music Gone Wild. A troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers create a multisensory experience. $35-55. 8:30 p.m. Seminole Theatre, 18 N. Krome Ave., Homestead. Seminoletheatre.org/ event/272-artrageous-art-music-gone-wild Oleta River Canoe Tour. Ages 7 and up. 10 a.m.12:30 p.m. Second Sunday and fourth Saturday of each month. Meet at East Greynolds Park, 16700 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach. $28 per person. RSVP required two days before. 305-944-6111
29 SUNDAY FREE Art in the Park with Marie. Ages toddlers-8. Create something new each month out on the lawn under the shade of the Banyan tree. Supplies included. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. last Sunday of every month. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 305-673-7256 or mbgarden.org FREE Jose Marti Commemorative walk. Honor the great Cuban poet. 10 a.m. Along West 29th Avenue, Hialeah. 305-889-5701
BROWARD COUNTY 1 SUNDAY FREE Dream Car Classic Car Show. Dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles. First Sunday of the month.10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hollywood Boulevard between 19th and 20th Avenue. 954-825-1027
4 WEDNESDAY Special Guest Artist Mindy Shrago. Meet the executive director of Young at Art Museum, a ceramic artist. Visitors will make their own piece to take home. 2 p.m. Included with paid admission. 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. youngatartmuseum.org
6 FRIDAY Used Book Sale. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954797-2140 First Friday Food Trucks. A gathering of eats on wheels. Live music by Digital Anarchy. First Friday of the
month. 5-9 p.m. Parking lot of Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. 954-473-2955 Hoop Speed Training. Boys age 12 and up can improve their basketball skills. $45 for Coconut Creek residents, $55 for nonresidents. 6-7:30 p.m. Recreation Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd., Coconut Creek. coconutcreek.net/webtrack FREE Movies in the Park. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch “Finding Dory.” Movie concessions and glow merchandise will be sold. 7-9 p.m. Villages of Hillsboro Park, 4111 NW Sixth St., Deerfield Beach. FREE Drive-In Movie at Markham Park. Watch “The Secret Life of Pets” (PG) from your car or bring a lawn chair. Audio will be broadcast via radio frequency. Plus food vendors and children’s fun zone. Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise. 954-747-4600
7 SATURDAY FLIPANY Fun Run and Paddle. All ages can participate in a 5K or 10K run on the Hollywood Boardwalk or paddleboarding on Hollywood Beach. 7-11 a.m. North Beach Park, Corner of Sheridan and A1A, Hollywood. Adults, $25. Children under 18, $15. Running clubs, $20. Race day, $30. 954-636-2388 Princess Tea Time. Storytime with a princess theme and light refreshments. $15 Coconut Creek residents, $20 nonresidents. 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Community Center, 1100 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. coconutcreek. net/webtrack FREE Tropical Postcard Show. More than a million postcards from dealers from across the country. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano. tropicalpcc.com FREE Silent Peace Walk. Coral Springs Multicultural Advisory Committee and One Planet United host a 20-minute silent walk to reflect on peace. Coral Springs Center for the Arts International Peace Garden, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. silentpeacewalk.org
8 SUNDAY FREE Retooled Workshop. Holiday ornaments can still have a purpose in January. Kids make a “re-tooled” ornament to take home. First 25 participants receive an IKEA gift. 4-6 p.m. IKEA Sunrise, 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. ikea.com/us/en/store/sunrise Butterfly Release and Picnic. Bright Steps Forward event for children with special needs and their families includes food, drinks, petting zoo and face painting. $5 per person. 12-4 p.m. CB Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines. brightstepsforward.org FREE Sunday Jazz Brunch. Listen to local jazz artists, shop vendors and enjoy food in nearby restaurants. Bring chairs, blankets and picnic blankets. Well-behaved and leashed pets welcome. 1 a.m.-2 p.m. Riverwalk Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-828-5363 FREE Coral Springs Farmers’ Market. Vendors sell fresh and organic produce, herbs, flowers, baked goods and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ArtWalk, 9405 NW 31st Court, Coral Springs.
FREE Music under the Stars. Concert features pop band Havoc 305. Bring chairs and blankets. Second Friday of every month. 7-9 p.m. Great Lawn, Atlantic Blvd., Pompano. pompanobeachfl.gov
14 SATURDAY 4th Annual Human Race. 5K run/walk on Hollywood Boardwalk supports humanitarian programs. 7:30 a.m. Charnow Park, 300 Garfield St., Hollywood. Register at handsonbroward.org/thehumanrace
FREE Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Face painters, games, bounce houses, concert. 4-8 p.m. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 N. Young Circle, Hollywood. Family Fun Day. Interactive art session and museum exploration for ages 3 and up. $4 presale. $5 at door. 3 p.m. Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. coralspringsmuseum.org/category/events Sensory Friendly Screening. “Monster Trucks.” The lights are up and the sound is down. Children are free to move around during show. 10 a.m. Ridge Cinema, 9200 State Road 84, Davie. Adults, $11; ages 2-12, $7.50. paragontheaters.com FREE Chess Club. Ages 5-18 can practice and play. Participants can participate in a raffle to win a prize. 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324. 954-765-1585 FREE Afternoon at the Movies. Movie and popcorn. Ages 6-11. 2-4 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324. 954-765-1585 FREE Broward Shell Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano. Browardshellclub.org
15 SUNDAY Gold Coast Gunslingers. Ages 10 and up can watch a cowboy action match. $15 per person. Gate fee of $1.50 person. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise. goldcoastgunslingers.com Team/Family Shutterbug Photo Hunt. Nature Photography class followed by a photo hunt. Participants will take home a frame they decorate. RSVP required. $10 per team. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road S., Coconut Creek. 954-357-5198 FREE Broward Shell Show. See thousands of shells from around the world. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano. Browardshellclub.org
18 WEDNESDAY Food Truck Invasion. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for a picnic. 5-9:30 p.m. Brian Piccolo Park, 9501 Sheridan St., Hollywood. foodtruckinvasion.com
19 THURSDAY Food Truck Invasion. A variety of cuisine and treats. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 5-9 p.m. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield. foodtruckinvasion.com
20 FRIDAY Kids Night at the Museum. Parents can have a
12 THURSDAY FREE Concerts in the Park. Food trucks, bounce house and live music. 6-9 p.m. Old Davie Bandshell, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. 954-797-1166 FREE Full Moon Drum Circle. All skill levels invited to bring a drum or percussion instrument to this guided community jam session. 7-9 p.m. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 N. Young Circle, Hollywood.
13 FRIDAY Coconut Creek Fun Day. City provides a place for boys and girls ages 5-13 to enjoy crafts, organized play, games and more on day off school. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $25 Coconut Creek residents, $35 nonresidents. Community Center, 1100 Lyons Road or Recreation Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd., Coconut Creek. coconutcreek.net/webtrack Family Hayride and Campfire. Preregistration and prepayment required. $3.50 per person. Children 2 and under free. 7-9:30 p.m. Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park. 954-357-5190 FREE Flagler Food in Motion. Green market features produce, food trucks, locally produced edibles, bath and body care and more. Second Friday of every month. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Peter Feldman Park, 310 NE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. facebook.com/FlaglerFoodInMotion
night out while kids enjoy games, art, pizza, popcorn and a “The Lion King.” Bring a blanket, pillow and PJs. Ages 5-12. 6-11 p.m. $35 for members, $40 for non-members. 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. youngatartmuseum.org FREE Tunes & Trucks Concert Series. Bring lawnchairs and blankets to enjoy food trucks and music by the Soul Circus Cowboys. 6 p.m. Music at 7 p.m. Sunrise Civic Amphitheater, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. sunrisefl.gov/tunes FREE 2017 Weston Winter Safety Expo. Police, fire and rescue vehicles, music, entertainment and dancing, kids games and activities, a winter wonderland photo area and snow. 6-8:30 p.m. Cypress Bay High School, 18600 Vista Park Blvd., Weston. 954-389-4321 Family Hayride and Campfire. Preregistration and prepayment required. $3.50 per person. Children 2 and under free. 7-9:30 p.m. T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood. 954-357-8811. 6-9 p.m. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield. 954-357-5100
21 SATURDAY The Big Read. Bankura Horse sculpture activity 11 a.m.- noon. Bengali Elephant textile activity 1-2 p.m. Bro-
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» exhibits for families ZOO IN YOU Through Jan. 3. Explore the world of our inner microorganisms through interactive and bilingual exhibits and discover who our constant microbial companions are, where they live, how diverse they are, and how important they are to our personal health. Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Suggested donation $5. 561-347-3900 or scienceexplorium.org PALM BEACH WATERCOLOR SOCIETY Through Jan. 4. Latest art in public spaces juried exhibition showcases 34 pieces by 19 artists. City Library, 208 S. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. 561-7426026
tury, with a particular focus on South Florida’s national parks: Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas national parks and Big Cypress National Preserve. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. 305-603-8067 or coralgablesmuseum.org BEYOND THE GAME: SPORTS AND THE EVOLUTION OF SOUTH FLORIDA Through Jan. 15. Take a look at the history of South Florida through the lens of its sporting traditions. $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, free for children under 6. Free admission to members.
MAGICAL THINKING Through Jan. 19. Master of Fine Arts students’ work on display includes sculpture, painting, photography and other mediums. University of Miami Art Gallery at the Wynwood Building, 2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 4, Miami. 305-284-3161
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FIFTEEN MINUTES AND A LIFE IN PORTRAITS Through Jan. 15. “Fifteen Minutes” features work interpreting the idea of fame and works by artists who have become celebrities themselves. “A Life In Portraits” brings together world-renowned contemporary American artists spanning five decades who have created portraits of art patron and collector Joan Quinn. Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. $5 suggested donation. 561243-7922 or OldSchoolSquare.org DRUGS: COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES: OPENING EYES TO THE DAMAGE DRUGS CAUSE Through Jan. 16. Exhibit is designed to open eyes to the science behind drug addiction and the countless costs of drugs to individuals, American society and the world. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. $15; ages 2-12, $13. 954-463-4629 or mods.org
YOLAH! (YOUTH OF LA HABANA) Through Jan. 5. Photographers LeRoy Hazzard and Saddi Khali take spectators around the globe to see the many facets of the African diaspora. African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 616 NW 22nd Ave., Miami. ahcacmiami.org
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THE OTHER DIMENSION Through Jan. 22. New artwork by Cubanborn Miami sculptor Antuan Rodriguez explores human communication in five narratives and seven rooms. $5; free for members. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. mocanomi.org ABOVE THE FOLD: NEW EXPRESSIONS IN ORIGAMI Through Jan. 29. Paper is transformed into dramatic sculptures, large-scale installations and conceptual works that express contemporary social, political, aesthetic and cultural dialogues. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Adults $15; ages 6-17, $9. 561-495-0233 or morikami.org OUR BODY: UNIVERSE WITHIN Through April 23. Artful and educational exhibit consisting of actual human bodies and organs. The bodies, specimens and organs have been preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. $16.95; ages 3-12, $12.95. 561-832-1988 or sfsciencecenter.org HI-TECH/LO-TECH Through May 21. Exhibit features an array of interactive technological artworks produced by contemporary South Florida artists. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie. $14; Broward residents, $12. 954-424-0085 or YoungAtArtMuseum.org
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22 SUNDAY FREE Bacon Bash. Sizzlin’ afternoon of entertainment and eats raises funds for Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and Covenant House Florida. Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 1-5 p.m. goriverwalk.com/ greater-fort-lauderdale-events/bacon-bash
FREE The Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam. Bluegrass, folk and mountain music. Bring an instrument if you’d like, but please leave amps at home. 5-7 p.m. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road S., Coconut Creek. 954-357-5295 FREE Coral Springs Farmers’ Market. Vendors sell fresh and organic produce, herbs, flowers, baked goods and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ArtWalk, 9405 NW 31st Court, Coral Springs.
25 WEDNESDAY Step Afrika!. The African American dance company brings its step performance to the stage as part of the JM Family Enterprises Smart Stage Matinee Series. Lap tickets available for children under 12 months. $3-$7.20. 10 a.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale. parkerplayhouse.com
27 FRIDAY Family Hayride and Campfire. Preregistration and prepayment required. $3.50 per person. Children 2 and under free. 6-9 p.m. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-357-8870. Father-Son Adventure. Cooper City residents only. Must RSVP. $25 for dad and son; $10 each extra son.
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28 SATURDAY FREE Rail Fun Day. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, interactive games and the final competition for Tri-Rail South Florida’s Kids Got Talent. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tri-Rail Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station, 500 Gulfstream Way, Dania Beach. tri-rail.com/rail-fun-day FREE Movies in the Park. Outdoor screening of “The Secret Life of Pets.” Bring lawn chairs and blankets. 7:30 p.m. Margate Sports Complex, 1695 Banks Road, Margate. 954-972-6458 Color Fun Fest. A 1.8-mile run through colors and a festival area benefits the Just Care More Foundation, which brings extreme sports to inner-city youth. Park entrance $1.50 per person. Gates open 12:30 p.m. Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. colorfunfest5k.come/Fort-Lauderdale Survivor Island. Bring a tribe or join one to live the experience you’ve seen on TV. Closed-toe shoes required. $8 per tribe member. Free boat transportation to Deerfield Island departs from dock at 9 a.m. sharp at Pioneer Park, 217 NE 5th Ave., Deerfield Beach. 954-357-5100 FREE Chess Club. Ages 5-18 can practice and play. Participants can participate in a raffle to win a prize. 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324. 954-765-1585
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29 SUNDAY FREE Manatees, Oh My!. Presentation, crafts and hunt while walking down the New River Trail. 10-11 a.m. Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach. 954-357-8884 FREE Celebrate the Arts Day. Interactive Graffiti Wall, musical “petting zoo,” performances from local schools and the Music Dance Academy, free face painting and more. 12-5 p.m. Weston Town Center, 1675 Market St, Weston. 954-389-4321 FREE Jamming in the Park. Bring your favorite instrument and join in an acoustic music jam. 1-4 p.m.
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ward County Library Young at Art Museum Branch, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. youngatart.com. Mangrove Adventure Hike. Encounter wildlife and learn about the mangrove ecosystem. $3 per person. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. 954-357-5161 FREE Food Truck Invasion. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy food trucks at the Bridge Church Family Fun Fest. 5-10 p.m. The Bridge Church, 9300 Pembroke Road, Miramar. foodtruckinvasion.com
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30 MONDAY The Wizard of Oz: Radio Play. Classic radio drama meets live theatrical performance as part of the JM Family Enterprises Smart Stage Matinee Series. Lap tickets available for children under 12 months. $3-$7.20. 10 a.m. Amaturo Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. browardcenter.org The Nile Project. Interact with live music that celebrates the cultures of 11 countries along the Nile River as part of the JM Family Enterprises Smart Stage Matinee Series. Lap tickets available for children under 12 months. $3-$7.20. 10:30 a.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Ft. Lauderdale. parkerplayhouse.com
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5 THURSDAY Hack Shack Tech Club. Club for 5th-8th-graders who like to make, tinker, design and engineer. Explore science and technology, experiment with computer programming and design your own video game. $15 members; $20 non-members. 5-7 p.m. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. 561-832-2026
6 FRIDAY FREE Eyes to the Skies. Explore the night sky with a giant telescope and learn about the Moon, Mars, & Venus. Ages 8 and up (with parent). 6 p.m. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-347-3900 FREE Movies in the Park. Bring a beach chair or blanket and catch a movie on a large inflatable screen.
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6 p.m. Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 561-737-3256 Fashion, Sewing and Design. Ages 8-16 can learn how to design their own fashions. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. $60 residents; $75 non-residents. 561-347-3900 FREE Wetlands & Wildlife. Guided ¾-mile boardwalk tour of Florida’s wetland birds and ecosystems. Ages 7-adult. 8:30 a.m. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach. 561-544-8615 Fabulous Fun Friday. Special-themed activities include Chinese New Year, Popcorn Day, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Lucky Leprechaun’s Day and more. First and third Friday of the month. Museum members, $3. Non-members, $4. 10:30 a.m. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 561-742-6780
7 SATURDAY Save the Panther 5K. Run or walk to protect the Florida panther. Race registration includes T-shirt and zoo admission. $20- $95. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. palmbeachzoo.org/save-thepanther-5k-2017 FREE Pokemon Safari. Learn about Pokémon origins in real animals, as well as Japanese myths. Then find the Pokémon (on and off screen) hiding outside. Enrollment required. 11 a.m. Spanish River Library, 1501 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-393-7852 FREE Family Story Time Event. Families are invited to author Robert L. Forbes’s birthday party. This story time for ages 8 and younger will feature birthday stories, refreshments and party games. 10:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. fourarts.org/event-calendar/
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9 MONDAY FREE Youth Knitting Club. Learn the basics of knitting. Materials provided. No experience is necessary. Enrollment required. 6 p.m. at the Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton. 561-393-7852 FREE School-Age Programs: Floral Design. Students enrolled in Kindergarten and above will learn the basics of floral design, proper use of tools, the art of flower placement and additional skills needed for any budding horticulturist. 3-4 p.m. Parent must be present. RSVP required at 561-655-2776. Four Arts Children’s Library, The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. fourarts.org/event-calendar/
12 THURSDAY FREE Tween Book Jam. Discuss “Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures” by Maggie Stiefvater. Receive a free book at enrollment. 6:30 p.m. Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton. 561-393-7852
13 FRIDAY Friday Night at the Museum. After-hours museum access, pizza, movies and “potion” class for ages 7-12. 6-9:30 p.m. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Residents $20; non-residents $25. 561-347-3900 FREE Food Truck Invasion. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. 5-9:30 p.m. Abacoa Town Center, 1200 Town Center Drive, Jupiter. foodtruckinvasion.com FREE Movie at the Beach. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Movie begins at 7 p.m. 100 N. Ocean Blvd., Lantana. 561-540-5034 FREE Beach Bonfire. Bring ingredients for s’mores to enjoy by the fire. Music by Ben Carter Band. 7-9 p.m. Lake Worth Beach, 10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth. lakeworth.org/events
FREE Screen on the Green. “The Secret Life of Pets” (PG). Waterfront Commons, 101 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. wpb.org/screen-on-the-green
14 SATURDAY Father-Son Fishing Derby. For ages 6-17 and the men in their lives. All fishing equipment provided. Medals for winners, snacks and drinks for all. Wear sunscreen, bug spray. RSVP required. 10 a.m. Spanish River Library, 1501 Spanish River Blvd., Boca. Free. 561-393-7852. FREE Family Movie Night. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for outdoor movie “The Secret Life of Pets.” Movie at dusk. Abacoa Community Park, 1501 Frederick Small Road, Jupiter. jupiter.fl.us/649/Family-Movie-Night FREE Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Concert. Live music from the Valerie Tyson Band, T-D.O.G.G and the ReaXtion Band. 7-10 p.m. at Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. 561-393-7807 Seining the Lagoon. Catch and release fish, shrimp, crabs and more in the Intracoastal Waterway behind Gumbo Limbo. Ages 10-adult. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-544-8615
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rice cake creating, a sado tea ceremony, hands-on calligraphy, New Year’s card-making, fortune-telling, taiko drumming, dancing, koto performances, exhibits and more. $12 in advance, $15 at gate; ages 4-10, $6 in advance, $10 at gate. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. morikami.org
15 SUNDAY FREE Sunday on the Waterfront. Live music on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. 4-7 p.m. West Palm Beach Waterfront, 100 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. FREE SuperCar Super Show. The Grand Finale of SuperCar Week. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. West Palm Beach Waterfront, 100 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. supercarweek. com/event-info Sunshine Music Festival. Live music from 8 bands and artists. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., music starts at noon. Adult, $45-$229.95; 5 and under free. Sunshinemusicfestival.com/boca-raton
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Martin Luther King Jr Celebration. Community breakfast at Ebenezer Baptist Church Hall (200 NE 12th St., Boca), followed by a ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument and a march to Sanborn Square at 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. 561-393-7807
20 FRIDAY FREE Wetlands & Wildlife. Guided ¾-mile boardwalk tour of Florida’s wetland birds and ecosystems. Ages 7-adult. 3 p.m. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach. 561-544-8615 FREE Fun Chefs Program. Grades K-12. Classes with Stacey Stolman will inspire your child in the culinary arts. 2:30-3:15 p.m. or 3:30-4:15 p.m. The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Space limited; register at 561-655-2776. fourarts.org/event-calendar/ Fabulous Fun Friday. Special-themed activities include Chinese New Year, Popcorn Day, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Lucky Leprechaun’s Day and more. First and third Friday of the month. Museum members, $3. Non-members, $4. 10:30 a.m. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 561-742-6780
21 SATURDAY Pajama Jams Storytime. A rockin’ good time with stories, music and pretend play...all in your PJs! $5, includes token for carousel ride. 10 a.m. for ages 18 mos-2 years; 11 a.m. for 3-4 years. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-347-3900 FREE Youth Gardening Club. All gardening materials provided. Enrollment required. Children attend wihtout parents. 11 a.m. Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton. 561-393-7852
FREE MLK Parade and Celebration of Unity. The parade will travel north on Seacrest Blvd. from Ocean Ave. to MLK Blvd. 2-4 p.m. The Unity Day Celebration follows the parade at Sara Sims Park, 209 NW 9th Court, Boynton Beach. 561-737-3256
FREE Family Story Time Event: Frozen Pond Day. After story time, kids ages 8 and younger will have a chance to skate on “frozen ponds” in the library. Bring a pair of socks.10:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. fourarts.org/event-calendar/
22 SUNDAY Sunday Family Movie. Bring the whole family for a screening of Secret Life of Pets. Rated PG. $1, includes popcorn and drink. 11 a.m. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-347-3900
23 MONDAY Early Afternoon Explorers. “Abracadabra.” $10 residents; $12.50 non-residents. 1 p.m. (ages 6-9), 2 p.m. (ages 10-12). Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. sugarsandpark.org
27 FRIDAY FREE Beach Bonfire. Bring ingredients for s’mores.
Music by Uproot Hootenanny. 7-9 p.m. Lake Worth Beach, 10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth. lakeworth.org/events FREE Concert in the Park. Live music and food trucks. Leashed pets may attend. Concert is rain or shine. 7-9:30 p.m. Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. 561-790-5149 Nights at the Museum. Amazing Anatomy! Crafts, activities, entertainment, exhibits, planetarium shows. Adults, $13.95; seniors, $11.95; ages 3-12 $9.95. 6-9 p.m. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach. sfsciencecenter.org
28 SATURDAY Seining the Lagoon. Catch and release fish, shrimp, crabs and more in the Intracoastal Waterway behind Gumbo Limbo. Ages 10-adult. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-544-8615
31 TUESDAY Gems Club. Young girls learn and grow as they discover the worlds of math, science, engineering and technology. Pizza dinner and refreshments will be provided. For grades 3-8. $5 in advance; $7 at door. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. 561-832-2026
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