HOLIDAY MAGIC SANTA’S ENCHANTED FOREST
It’s back! The world’s largest Christmas theme park, a must-see for kids of all ages, celebrates its 35th year with its millions upon millions of dazzling lights, more than 100 rides (love that Crazy Mouse), festive music, great food, and South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree.
Details: 5 p.m.-midnight daily, running through Jan. 7, at Santa’s Enchanted Forest (Tropical Park), 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; www.santasenchantedforest.com; $33.78-$44.79.
GET SPOOKED HOUSE OF HORROR AMUSEMENT PARK
Halloween is over, but there are still plenty of thrills and chills to be had at South Florida’s largest haunted house, which brings more than 30 rooms of terror (including Gates of Phobia and Freak Emporium), two acres of new rides, live music, games and great carnival food such as elephant ears and fried Oreos.
Details: 6-11 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, at Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave., Doral; www.houseofhorrorcarnival.com; $29, $15 kids 2-6 – includes unlimited rides.
FINAL WEEKEND TARZAN THE STAGE MUSICAL
This high-flying adventure based on Disney’s epic animated movie about a boy raised by gorillas and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang features heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins (“You’ll Be In My Heart”). It’s an unforgettable theatrical experience for the whole family.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $47-$60.
SHAKE IT UP SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
The top 10 finalists of the 14th season of the Emmy-winning Fox TV series gather together to shake what their mamas gave them, captivating the audience with moves made famous on the reality dance competition.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $34.50-$139.50.
AND … ACTION! MIAMI INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
Help instill in your kids an early love for the art of film with this festival now in its fifth year, featuring screenings from around the world, plus a free Family Fun Fest on the outdoor plaza from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with face-painting, balloons and a dance party.
Details: 10 a.m. Friday-3 p.m. Sunday at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; www.gablescinema.com; all films free for members, $5 for everyone else; check website for film schedule.
FLORIDA CHILDREN’S THEATRE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Last weekend to catch this production of the charmingly tongue-in-cheek Off-Broadway musical comedy about a potty-mouthed, rock ‘n’ roll-singing, carnivorous plant named Audrey.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, Galleria Mall, 2542B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-763-6882 or www.flct.org; $25 advance, $30 at the door.
MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE KIDS LOVE & FAMILY EXPO
Sixth-annual event presented by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital features the latest in products and local services from more than 50 exhibitors and sponsors. Plus, kids will love the interactive shows, storybook character meet & greets, face-painting, free teddy bears and much more.
Details: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; www.kidslovefamilyexpo.com; $16, $15 grandparents, $13 kids 2-12.
BEATS AND BBQ HOMESTEAD ROCK ‘N’ RIBFEST
Pig out on succulent ribs at this family-friendly event with live rock bands and dance music by DJ LeRoy, plus a kids’ play area and more entertainment.
Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Harris Field Pavilion, 1034 NE 8th St., Homestead; 305-224-4570; $10, kids 10 and under free.
THE WOLFSONIAN-FIU FREE FAMILY DAY
In this “Discovering Design” program titled Colors, Lines, Graphic Design, kids can create their own posters and get lost in Ann and Paul Rand’s playful illustrations for “Sparkle and Spin: A Book About Words” (2006) and “I Know a Lot of Things” (2009).
Details: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday at The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; www.wolfsonian.org; free.
REMINISCING ROCKFEST ‘80S
Family-friendly weekend music festival brings a Saturday lineup featuring Joan Jett and The Blackhearts (“I Love Rock ‘n Roll”), Cheap Trick (“Surrender”) and Quiet Riot (“Cum On Feel the Noize”), plus ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, Dokken and Steelheart. Sunday offers Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Free Bird”), Little River Band (“Reminiscing”) and Foghat (“Slow Ride”), plus The Outlaws, Lita Ford and Jack Russell’s Great White.
Details: Noon Saturday and Sunday at C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines; Ticketmaster or www.rockfest80s.com; $79, $129 weekend pass, $239 VIP, $429 VIP weekend pass.
A CALL TO ACTION LOVE THE EVERGLADES
Help raise funds and awareness of local environmental issues at this 10th-annual concert featuring Army Gideon, The Baboons, Here II Here, Aaron Lebos Reality, Above the Skyline, Venus Rising Women’s Drum & Dance Ensemble, The Osceola Brothers, Cleaveland Jones, School of Rock and more, plus speakers, spoken-word artists, dance and live art performances.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; www.gramps.com; $10, kids under 12 free.
MUSICAL THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES MISS NELSON IS MISSING!
The popular children’s book by Harry Allard and James Marshall hits the big stage, with the story following Miss Nelson’s unruly class as they confront their worst nightmare: substitute teacher Viola Swamp! Join these rambunctious students as they discover some valuable lessons during their search for their favorite teacher.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday, running through Nov. 8, at Actor’s Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $20.
NEW WORLD SYMPHONY CONCERT FOR KIDS
May the force be with you: In celebration of the 40th anniversary of George Lucas’ “Star Wars,” the NWS Fellows will transport families to a galaxy far, far away, with conductor Dean Whiteside leading famous themes for Yoda, Princess Leia and Darth Vader. Come as your favorite character, and arrive early to meet the NWS Fellows at the Instrument Petting Zoo.
Details: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; www.newworldcenter.com; $20.
POSITIVE VIBRATIONS REGGAE SUNDAYS
Kulcha Shok presents weekly live musical performances and DJs in a family-friendly setting – this week, enjoy live music by Kulcha Kids, Brothers United, the Kulcha Shok Crew and DJ Lance-O.
Details: Noon-midnight Sunday at Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-351-0366 or www.thewynwoodyard.com; free.
Free For All
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: 11 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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