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What to do with the kids this week


You can re-enact the joys of winter: roasting marshmallows, sipping cocoa; or you could escape the cold at one of these weekend events as compiled by South Florida Parenting:

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Friday, Jan. 16
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Farm Village. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65th St., Hialeah. Pony rides cost $2. 305-685-8389.

The Flying Trapeze School. Come take a swing on the flying trapeze in a fun and safe environment with professional instructors. Classes for all levels are offered, as well as birthday parties and group outings. For ages 5 and older. Take a test fly with the Try n’ Fly program. 6 - 8 p.m., Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 305-358-7550.

Keeper Tours. Meet face-to-face with exotic animals in this behind-the-scenes tour and learn fascinating animal facts from the zoo’s zookeepers. Ages 8 and older. Two-person minimum, six-person maximum. Reservations required. Tours accommodate up to five people. Children must be a least 8 years old. At least seven days advance notice required. For reservations, call the Group Sales Department at 305-251-0400. Available daily. 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., Miami Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. Two people, $65.95; $22.95 each additional person. 305-251-0400.

Ecology Theater . 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Miami Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. Free with admission. Adults, $11.50; children, $6.75. 305-251-0400.
Hungry Raptors. Learn about birds from eagles to owls during feedings of the raptors in the Bird of Prey center. Offered daily. Noon, Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Free with admission. Adults, $20; students, $18; ages 3 to 12, $13; members, $8; members 12 and younger, $6; 2 and younger, free. 305-646-4200.

Flamenco for Kids. A fun, energetic class in which students learn the basic techniques of foot and arm work, work with palmas as an accompaniment to songs and dances and learn a popular dance from Sevilla. Ages 7 to 12. Register. Other times and days available. 3:30 p.m.,
Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet, 849 NE 125th St., North Miami. Four classes, $48. 305-893-3234.

Bicycle Racing. All ages and proficiencies welcome. Registration at 6:30 p.m.; racing at 8. Call to confirm. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Miami South BMX, 13050 SW 216th St., Miami. $7 per rider ; spectators free. 305-258-9442.

Target Free Third Fridays. Join Miami Children’s Museum and Target for fun and exciting activities every month for free. You can also explore hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits related to arts, culture, community and communication. 3 - 9 p.m., Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. 305-373-5437.

Free Museum Evening. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. 305-373-5437.

Nature Fridays. 6:30 - 8 p.m., Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, 4000 Crandon Blvd., Crandon Park, Key Biscayne. Adults, $5; children, $2; members and their families, free. 305-361-6767.

Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays. Free music and arts festival featuring a history walking tour of Little Havana, karaoke and more. 6:30 - 11 p.m., Calle Ocho, 8th Street, Miami. 786-314-5922.

BROWARD COUNTY

Cardio Kids . 3:30 p.m., Memorial West Fitness Center, 703 Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines. Fees vary. 954-433-7125.

African Dance. African Kukuwa dance workout for children and adults. 7 p.m., Sadkin Center, 1176 NW 42nd Way, Lauderhill. 954-588-7385.

Legacy 1.5 Magic: The Gathering Tournament. A new tournament every Friday night. At the end of the tournament, winners receive a ranking, and the top winners receive gift certificates that can be used to purchase anything in the store. 7:30 p.m., Florida Sportscards, 4681 N. University Drive, Coral Springs. $10 entrance fee. 954-345-4407.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Children enrolled in the park’s after-school program can see a video and participate in an open discussion of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ages 6 to 17. 2 - 4:30 p.m., Lafayette Hart Park, 2851 N.W. Eighth Road, Fort Lauderdale. 954-791-1041.

Family Hayride and Campfire. Enjoy an evening with family and friends and take a hayride around the park. You can also roast marshmallows and hot dogs on the campfire and drink hot chocolate. Groups of 15 or more should call the park for reservations. Hayride: $3 per person ages 3 and up per ride, includes marshmallows, chocolate, hot chocolate and graham crackers. 6 - 9 p.m., Topeekeegee-Yugnee Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood. 954-985-1980.

Family Shabbat Experience. Families with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are invited to share a Shabbat Dinner with a youth service to follow. 6 p.m., Temple Sholom of Pompano Beach, 132 SE 11th Ave., Pompano Beach. 954-962-6410.

PALM BEACH COUNTY

Nature Walk. 10 - 11 a.m., John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive,

North Palm Beach. Free with park admission of $4 per carload. 561-624-6950.

Family Laser Show. 3 p.m., Aldrin Planetarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. $4. 561-832-1988.

Science Club: Snowflakes. No two snowflakes are alike. See if this is true while we look at snow crystal morphology. Ages 8 and up. Registration is required. 3:30 - 4:15 p.m., Tequesta Branch Library, 461 Old Dixie Highway, Tequesta. 561-746-5970.

Evening on the Avenues. Experience music, arts and crafts vendors, classic cars, food and family fun as you take a stroll through the streets of downtown Lake Worth. Weather permitting. All ages. 6 - 10 p.m., downtown Lake Worth, Lake and Lucerne Avenues, Lake Worth. Free. 561-582-4401.

BMX Track Racing. Racing for members of the National Bicycle League, $7 per race. Practices from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Spectators free. 8 p.m., Okeeheelee Park Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach. Free. 561-791-2610.

Make and Take: Positively Penguins. Learn more about everyone’s favorite tuxedo-ed bird by making hand-puppet penguins and viewing a documentary. Ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m.,

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. $2.50 per child in addition to admission. 561-742-6780.

Saturday, Jan. 17
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Torah Tots. Share the joy and peace of Shabbat in this weekly, kid-centered environment through a family service of prayer and song designed just for little ones. Older siblings welcome, too. 9 a.m., Temple Israel, 137 NE 19th St. The Ballroom, Miami. Free. 305-573-5900.

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.

Oleta River Canoe Tour. Relive the beauty and historic past of the Oleta River with park naturalists. Explore the natural haven for wading birds, osprey, fish and the endangered West Indian Manatee. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach. 305-945-3425.

Weekend Science Showcase. Exciting science demonstrations such as how to make slime, reptile encounters, raptor feedings and more. Check with the museum for a schedule. 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Adults, $20; students, $18; ages 3-12, $13; members, $8; members 12 and younger, $6; 2 and younger, free. 305-646-4200.

Saturday Story Time. 11:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 152 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. 305-446-8627.

Tram Tours in Spanish. Guests will marvel at Fairchild’s tropical rain forest, butterfly garden and the monumental sculptures by Roy Lichtenstein and Fernando Botero, as well as glass art by
Dale Chihuly in the Windows to the Tropics conservatory. Also at 12:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m.,
Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami. 305-667-1651.

“AVery Old Man With Enormous Wings”. This play takes place in a remote Caribbean town where a mysterious creature resembling an old man with wings falls from the sky. Fear turns to understanding when two children, and eventually the villagers, realize this strange “angel” not only means them no harm, but is a symbol of the healing and love he can bring to their world. 3 p.m., PlayGround Theatre, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. $15. 305-751-9550.

FestivArt. A street celebration with musicians, sculptors, artists and photographers exhibiting their work. 7 p.m. - 1 a.m., Espanola Way, between Washington and Drexel Avenues, Miami Beach. Free. 305-531-0038.

Saturday Star-Viewing. Enjoy the night skies with the help of the Southern Cross Astronomical Society. Bring your own telescope, or use one of theirs. 8 - 10 p.m., Bill Sadowski Park and Nature Center, 17555 SW 79th Ave., Miami. Free. 305-661-1375.

BROWARD COUNTY
Cosmic Questions. Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise. Free. 954-583-4699.

Free Math Trial Class - Coconut Creek. This fun, hour-long class for ages 6 to 11 offers parents a unique opportunity to observe their children in a real classroom setting. Parents will see firsthand how their children perform, think, and respond to new ideas in one of Broward County’s leading mathematics enrichment programs. IMACS Coconut Creek, 7600 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. 954-791-2333.

Free Math Trial Class - Weston. This fun, hour-long class for ages 6 to 11 offers parents a unique opportunity to observe their children in a real classroom setting. Parents will see firsthand how their children perform, think, and respond to new ideas in one of Broward County’s leading mathematics enrichment programs. IMACS Weston, 2585 Glades Circle. 954-791-2333.

Boot Camp for New Dads. Learn the ropes of fatherhood from veteran dads who serve as drool sergeants. Covers all, from burping to balancing the demands of career. 9 a.m. - noon, Esther L. Grossman Women’s Health & Resource Center, 4320 Sheridan St., Hollywood. $10. 954-987-2000, ext. 4484.

Kayak for Beginners. Kayak skills from basic stroke to how to paddle long distances as well as sea-kayaking and safety skills. Advance registration required. 9 - 11 a.m., Holland Park, 801 Johnson St., Hollywood. 954-921-3404.

Family Canoe Instruction. Learn basic canoe paddling strokes and take a short tour along the park’s mangrove trail. Ages 13 and older with an adult. Meet at the park’s marina. Registration and prepayment required. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., West Lake Park, Hollywood. $8, includes canoe, paddles and life vest. 954-926-2480.

Model Steam Train Rides. The Tradewinds and Atlantic Railroad offers model steam train rides on a half-mile track around a lake. Pregnant women are not allowed to ride the train. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. $1 per ride; children 3 and under, free. 954-968-3880.

Puppet Play. 10 a.m. - noon, First United Methodist Church of Hollywood, 1804 Van Buren, Hollywood. 954-457-3337.

Yoga Kids. 10 - 11 a.m., Coral Springs Community Education Center, 3100 Coral Hills Drive, Coral Springs. $65 for 10 classes. 954-344-3344.

Weekend Farm Tours. See numerous farm animals, including a cow, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. $2 per person. 954-968-3880.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament. Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments are a good way to improve children’s math skills. A licensed Upper Deck judge conducts the tournaments, has mini-seminars and teaches the children how to play the game. 11 a.m., Florida Sportscards, 4681 N. University Drive, Coral Springs. $6 entrance fee, includes one booster pack. 954-345-4407.

Wild Things . 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. Adults $15, children $8. 954-473-2955.

Conversations in the Hut. 1 - 3 p.m., Young at Art Children’s Museum, 11584 W. State Road 84, Davie. Free with museum admission of $8. 954-424-0085.

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.

Grand Re-Opening of The Little Gym. The Little Gym of Coral Springs is under new ownership. Come and see the remodeled facility. There will be fun games and activities for the whole family. Prizes will be raffled off. Special promotion for those signing up for classes. 2 - 5 p.m., The Little Gym of Coral Springs, 10359 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs. 954-344-9267.

Naruto Challenge. The latest addition to the world of TCG games, Naruto helps kids with their math skills and captures their imaginations in a ninja card game. A judge conducts the tournaments and teaches children how to play the game. 2 p.m., Florida Sportscards, 4681 N. University Drive, Coral Springs. $8 entrance fee, includes one booster pack. 954-345-4407.

Free Chinese Lessons. For anyone interested in learning. No prior knowledge necessary. www.cnlesson.com. 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs. 954-478-6403.

PALM BEACH COUNTY
Water Safety Classes. Participants will develop American Red Cross water safety skills by learning to recognize and avoid dangerous situations and assist themselves and others should an aquatic emergency occur. Every Saturday. 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St., Delray Beach. 561-243-7356.

Dinomite Dinosaurs. Hear stories about dinosaurs doing many amazing things and do a “dinomite” craft. Ages 3 to 8. Registration is required. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., West Boynton Branch Library, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton. 561-734-5556.

First Saturday Family Studio. Children and parents explore works in the galleries with educators and create their own artworks in the Reynolds Art Education Room. The program is limited to 20 children, ages 5to 9, and their parents. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. 561-832-5196.

Guided Tours with Shark Feedings. 10:30 a.m., Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. Ages 5 and up, $4; under 4, free. 561-274-7263.

Story Time for Children With Special Needs. Enjoy stories, songs, crafts and movement activities specially designed for children with developmental disabilities. All ages. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Southwest County Library, 20701 95th Ave., Boca Raton. 561-482-4554.

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.

Walk-In Story Time. Drop in for music, films, puppets and a craft. Ages 3 and up. 2 - 2:45 p.m., Belle Glade Branch Library, 530 South Main St., Belle Glade, Palm Beach. 561-996-3453.

Stargazing Kayak Adventure. Enjoy the night sky as your guide leads the way around Pelican and Adventure islands, then toast marshmallows by the campfire. Register. 7 - 9 p.m., Jupiter
Outdoor Center, 18095 Coastal A1A, Jupiter. Adults, $27; children, $22. 561-747-9666.

Saturday Science Series: Blow, Wind, Blow. Explore the power of wind and make a colorful pinwheel. Ages 5 to 8. Registration is required. 2:30 - 3:45 p.m., Tequesta Branch Library, 461 Old Dixie Highway, Tequesta. 561-746-5970.

Sunday, Jan. 18
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
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.

Greynolds Park Guided Nature Walks. Join a naturalist-guided walk around Miami-Dade County’s second-oldest park to discover the wonder of our local history, flora and fauna. 10 - 11 a.m., Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach. 305-945-3425.

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.

Family Day. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Scott Rakow Youth Center, 2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach. $20. 305-673-7730.

Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast. An animated planetarium show that teaches kids about the solar system, rocket physics and more. 11 a.m., Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Free with museum admission. Adults, $20; students, $18; ages 3 to 12, $13; members, $8; members 12 and younger, $6; 2 and younger, free. 305-646-4200.

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.

BROWARD COUNTY
Model Steam Train Rides. The Tradewinds and Atlantic Railroad offer model steam train rides on a half-mile track around a lake. Pregnant women are not allowed to ride the train. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. $1 per ride; children 3 and under, free. 954-968-3880.

Weekend Farm Tours. See numerous farm animals, including a cow, sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. $2 per person. 954-968-3880.

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.

PALM BEACH COUNTY
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.

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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