It's going to be another beauty this weekend. Start making plans with this weekend guide plucked from South Florida Parenting:
Saturday, March 14
Pony Rides. Enjoy the outdoors with a guided pony ride. Ages 1 to 6. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person, children 5 and under, free, will be in effect. Every Saturday and Sunday. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Ave., Davie. $1.50 per round or $5 for four rounds. 954-475-8650.
Coversations in the Hut. Resident artist Chisseko of Kenya offers families the wisdom of village Africa through conversations in the hut, workshops, a drum circle, exchanges in Swahili, mankala contests and more. 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.
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 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.
Surfside Bicycle Ride. An 11-mile family-paced ride through county, city and state parks. The ride ends with music and a bounce house. Participants are encouraged to wear creative costumes. Helmets are required, and participants must bring their own bicycles. Rain date is March 15. 8 a.m., Hollywood North Beach Park, 3601 North Ocean Drive , Hollywood. $20 per family, $10 per individual, $5 per individual on a team of five or more participants. 954-926-2480.
City of Sunrise: Bicycle Rodeo. Participants will be divided in three divisions: tricycles, training wheels and two-wheelers as they are challenged in a bicycle obstacle course. Participants will compete for the most creatively decorated bicycle, too. Ages 2 and up. 9 - 10:30 a.m., Sunrise Athletic Complex, 11501 NW 44th St., Sunrise. Free. 954-747-4642.
Family Bicycle Rally. This event will include a family bicycle route and an enthusiast’s bicycle route. Both routes will take their riders through police-controlled intersections, and tree-lined streets in Miramar. Both routes begin and end at the Miramar Town Center, where there will be bicycle safety inspections and a children’s bicycle rodeo. Refreshments will be available for purchase. 9 a.m., Miramar Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Free. 954-704-1631.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Bicycle Ride. The whole family can participate in a St. Patrick’s Day Parade by riding and showcasing decorated bikes. 9 - 11 a.m., Sunview Park, 1500 SW 42nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Free. 954-791-1040.
Story Time Theatre. Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre presents Story Time at Whole Foods Lifestyle Center in Fort Lauderdale. Join in for storybook reading, imagination games, crafts and snacks. Ages 3 to 10. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Whole Foods Market, 2000 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. $5. 954-565-5655.
IMACS Hi-Tech Camp Open House: Weston. Get a glimpse of the IMACS Hi-Tech Summer Camp at free open houses. The Open House offers talented children a unique opportunity to explore and expand their intellectual world. Students are immersed in fun-filled academic pursuits such as computer programming and virtual robotics, electronics, and logic puzzles. Full-day and partial-day camp programs are available for children entering first through 12th grades. RSVP online for the open house at www.imacs.org/summercamp. 3 - 4:30 p.m., Institute for Mathematics & Computer Science, 2585 Glades Circle, Weston. Free. 954-791-2333.
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“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Roald Dahl’s story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir for his chocolate factory. Features the songs from the classic family film “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.” All of your favorite characters and songs (including “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination”) are featured in this show that overflows with music, comedy and heart. March 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and March 7 and 14 at 3 p.m. Coral Gables Youth Center, 405 University Drive, Coral Gables. $14. 305-460-5617.
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.
Day Out with Thomas. Take a 25-minute ride with a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy storytelling, live music, build with Lego bricks and much more. See South Florida Parenting at this event. March 7 - 8 and March 14 - 15. For tickets, visit www.ticketweb.com/dowt. 10:30 a.m., Gold Coast Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. $18. 305-253-0063.
Climb Mt. Michimu. Climb the new 30-foot-tall permanent rock-climbing wall where kids can make the volcano erupt, ring a bell and raise a flag as they venture up one of the three courses. Climbers must be age 4 and older. Closed-toe shoes required. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. All-day climbing pass, $8; one climb, $3; plus museum admission, $10. 305-373-5437.
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.
Fairy Doll Ballet. The story derives its inspiration from the Viennese ballet of 1888 by Josef Bayer titled “Die Puppenfee” (“The Fairy Doll”) about the after-hours amusement among all the toys in the store that occurs when the store is closed. The story is set in a toy shop. The owner shows dolls to different customers. After the shop closes, the dolls come to life and dance both alone and with each other, all led by the Fairy Doll.
6 p.m., 3 p.m., Julius Littman North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater, 17011 NE 19th Ave., North Miami. $25. 305-935-3232.
PALM BEACH COUNTY
Fishing Club. Learn how to catch the big ones. In this club, we teach basic fishing skills, fish biology and ways to preserve our natural resources. Ages 9 to 16. 8 a.m. - noon, Boat Club Park, 2010 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. Boynton Beach residents, $75; Nonresidents, $94. 561-742-6230.
Family Make and Take. Become more knowledgeable about the environment while making a take-home “treasure.” 11 a.m. - noon, Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. $5 per family. 561-686-6600.
Audubon Society of the Everglades: Bird Walk. Take a walk early in the morning when the birds can be seen. Meet by the nature center. 8 a.m., Okeeheelee Park, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. Micanopy Pavilion, West Palm Beach. Free. 561-233-1400.
Animal Physics: Ages 5-6. Why can frogs jump so far? Which animal is stronger: an ant or an elephant? Discover the answers to these questions and more as we explore how different types of bodies affect the work we do. 9 - 10 a.m., Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Residents, $15; nonresidents, $18. 561-347-3900.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party. Celebrate the luck of the Irish with food, drinks and live Irish music. 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Free admission. 561-243-7922.
Saturday Morning Time. Cuddle up as we read stories about quilts. Ages 2 and up. Also at 11:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m., Wellington Branch Library,
1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington. Free. 561-790-6070.
Leapin’ Leprechauns! Celebrate shamrocks, leprechauns and all things lucky with stories, a film and a craft. All ages. Register. 10:30 a.m., West Boca Branch, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton. Free. 561-233-2600.
Family Fun Program - Chigiri-e - Paper Collage. Family Fun Programs are for those who want to explore and learn about Japanese culture through hands-on arts and crafts projects designed for the whole family. Families can create projects in an open workshop. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Free with paid admission. 561-495-0233.
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