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Weekend with the kids

In the B.K. years (Before Kids) weekend plans were concocted a couple of hours before said event after chatting with friends about what we could get into THAT night.

Now, those last-minute outings have been replaced by play dates with the children of other moms and dads that must be made weeks in advance.

However, if you're the kind of parent who still relishes making last-minute plans, read on for a look at the best of what's going on for kids this weekend as compiled by South Florida Parenting:

Sunday, Jan. 11
Skyward Kites. 10 a.m., Haulover Park Beach, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Kite purchase, $5. 305-893-0906.

Heritage Tram Tours. Enjoy a tram ride through Crandon Park and the Bear Cut Preserve. Learn about the island of Key Biscayne and its fascinating history, from the Tequesta Indians to the pirates and pioneers. Reservations are required. 10 - 11 a.m., 3 - 4 p.m., Crandon Park, 4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Adults, $2; children, $1. 305-361-6767.

Birds & Butterflies. Join a naturalist and explore the shoreline and trails of the Bear Cut Preserve to learn the basics of bird-watching, and butterfly and moth identification. Be sure to bring binoculars. Reservations are required. 8 a.m., Crandon Park, 4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. $3. 305-361-6767.

Jungle Fever. See nature displays, Bengal tigers, Malaysian bearcats, Arctic wolves, Komodo dragons, alligator snapping turtles and a 20-foot, 2,000-pound crocodile. Meet the twin orangutans, and, of course, see the exotic birds and world-famous bird shows. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami. Adults, $27.95; children, $22.95. 305-400-7000.

Working on the Railroad. Take a ride in a real locomotive. Train lovers can ride in the cab with the engineer. Miniature steam and coach rides also available. Incredible model-train exhibit with Thomas the Tank play area. Train rides on weekends only. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Gold Coast Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. Adults, $5; children, $3. Train ride costs vary. 305-253-0063.

Sundays ‘Til Sundown. Come relax, listen to live music, and learn something new. All ages. 4 p.m., Crandon Park Visitors and Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. 305-361-6767.

Aquarium: Behind the Scenes. 2 - 3 p.m., Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., West Lake Park, Hollywood. $1 per person. 954-926-2480.

Hit the Trail. Saddle up for horseback trail rides. Ages 9 and older. Pony and trail rides also available at Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Ave., Davie. $23 hourly. 954-370-3750. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. $23 hourly. 954-968-3875.

Hands-on Museum Fun. Explore Jewish culture and universal values at this interactive children’s museum that incorporates creativity, play and learning for visitors from varied backgrounds. 1 - 4 p.m., My Jewish Discovery Place Children’s Museum, 6501 W. Sunrise Blvd., Soref Jewish Community Center, Plantation. Admission, $4; ages 2 to 6, $3; 1 and younger, free. 954-792-6700.

Jammin’. A free unplugged jam session for musicians and listeners interested in folk, mountain, and bluegrass music. Bring an instrument if you like (no amplifiers, please). 2 - 4 p.m., Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road S., Coconut Creek. 954-970-0150.

Up in the Sky. Noon, South Florida Science Museum and Planetarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N. Dreher Park, West Palm Beach. $2, plus museum admission. Adults, $7; children, $5. 561-832-1988.

Palm Beach Now & Then. Take a narrated tour down the Intracoastal on a water taxi, see the sights, and learn about the history and culture of Palm Beach. Tour runs 90 minutes. Weather permitting. 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., Phil Foster Park, Blue Heron Blvd., Riviera Beach. Adults, $17; children $9. 561-683-8294.

Peanut Pirates. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., Phil Foster Park, Blue Heron Blvd., Riviera Beach. $5. 561-683-8294.

Fourth Annual Children and Parents Days Winter Wonderland. Noon - 4 p.m., 1925 Historic Boynton Woman’s Club, 1010 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. 561-369-2300.

Sunday Fundays. Family tours, readings in the galleries and hands-on workshops introduce children and their parents to the world of art. Every program features a hands-on art project.
Drop-in visitors are welcome. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. 561-832-5196.

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About the authors
Gretchen Day-Bryant has a son in high school and a daughter in middle school. She’s lived to tell about the struggles of juggling little kids and work.
Joy Oglesby has a preschooler...
Cindy Kent Fort Lauderdale mother of three. Her kids span in ages from teenager to 20s.
Rafael Olmeda and his wife welcomed their first son in Feb. 2009, and he's helping raise two teenage stepdaughters.
Lois Solomonlives with her husband and three daughters.
Georgia East is the parent of a five-year-old girl, who came into the world weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces.
Brittany Wallman is the mother of Creed, 15, and Lily, 7, and is married to a journalist, Bob Norman. She covers Broward County government, which is filled with almost as much drama as the Norman household. Almost.
Chris Tiedje is the Social Media Coordinator and the father of a 7-year-old girl, and two boys ages 4 and 3.
Kyara Lomer Camarena has a 2-year-old son, Copelan, and a brand new baby.

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