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Mom on the Go: What to do with the kids this weekend


This weather should be brilliant this weekend with highs in the mid-80s and a burst of showers on Sunday.

momongo.jpgSo lather on the sunblock and pack an umbrella. Here are some things to do with the kids this weekend -- from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach counties:

BROWARD COUNTY
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.
Exercise for the Brain. Kids age 4 to 10 will have fun doing indoor activities that benefit all systems of the body and increase focus and attention span. Please call ahead to reserve a spot. 10 - 11:30 a.m., Broadway Kids Studio, 9042 West State Road 84, Davie. $15 per class. 954-475-2627.
ArtWORKSHOPS. Explore a variety of art forms through hands-on experiences for the whole family. Today’s theme is “Happy Birthday to You, Sensory Cake ‘Baking’.” 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Young at Art Children’s Museum, 11584 W. State Road 84, Davie. Free with paid admission. 954-424-0085.
Disney On Ice. Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. Audiences will enter the wondrous world of Pixie Hollow to meet Tinker Bell and her fairy friends, speed through Radiator Springs with Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew, and relive classic Disney favorites “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.” From wheels to waves, Pride Lands to pixie dust, Worlds of Fantasy offers excitement for everyone. March 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.; March 28 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; March 29 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. BankAtlantic Center, 2555 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. $16-$48. 954-835-7000.
Reach for the Stars. Story time for children with disabilities. Ages 3 to 10. Call for details. Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs. Free. 954-341-3900.
Eggstravaganza 2009. Hop into spring with the arrival of Peter Cottontail. More than 12,000 eggs will line the field for an egg hunt. After the egg hunt, take a picture with Peter Cottontail. Please bring your own egg basket and camera. Ages 12 and under. 9:30 a.m., Forzano Field, 2001 Douglas Road, Miramar. Free. 954-704-1631.
Family Trail Hike. This is a leisurely, guided stroll on the Lake Observation Trail. Get an up-close look at some of the unique elements of the Mangrove Swamp. 10 - 11 a.m., Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., West Lake Park, Hollywood. $3 per person. 954-926-2480.
Potty Training the Easy Way. Potty train the easy way by using the Baby Signs program. For parents and their children ages 1 to 3 years. Register at the Youth Services desk, 954-341-3900, then press 4. 10 - 10:30 a.m., Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs. Free. 954-797-7777.


Read on for events in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

Saturday, March 28
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.
Arch Creek’s Trail Tours. Join in on this naturalist-guided tour through a tropical hardwood hammock where you will find an assortment of interesting plants and animals native to South Florida and come learn about Arch Creek’s role in the early history of North Miami. 10 - 11 a.m., Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135th St., N. Miami. $3. 305-944-6111.
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.
Cooking with Kids. Developed by chef Maria Cummins to teach children how to cook and learn about nutrition while boosting their self-esteem. This program includes kitchen safety, food preparation, cooking and baking, and food sampling. Ages 4 and up. 10 a.m. - noon, Juices and Bites Restaurant, 1014 71st St., Miami Beach. $30, includes ingredients, beverage and a take-home gift. 786-395-0355.
Oleta River Canoe Tour. Relive the river’s historic past with park naturalists as you explore this natural haven for wading birds, osprey, fish and the endangered West Indian Manatee. It is recommended that you bring at least two quarts of water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Ages 7 and up. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Highway,
North Miami Beach. $28 per person. 305-945-3425.
Giraffe-Feeding Station. Have the giraffes eating out of your hands at the zoo’s giraffe-feeding station. Open daily. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Miami Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. $2. 305-251-0400.
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.
Family Fishing Workshop. Enjoy learning the basics of fishing along the serene Oleta River. Encounter our local fish while learning how to bait, cast and hook in our catch-and-release program. Hear fish lore and how to engage in stewardship practices. Ages 9 and up. Registration is required. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach. 305-945-3425. $15 per person.

PALM BEACH COUNTY
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.
Creative Writing and Book Illustrating. Through writing exercises, family member and child will learn techniques such as metaphor and simile, and extend the student’s writing vocabulary to encourage creative expression. Class runs March 28 to April 18 and meets on Saturdays. To register, visit www.mdc.edu/ce/kendall. 10 a.m. - noon, Miami-Dade Community College, Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th St., Miami. $95. 305-237-0636.
Saturday Morning Story Times. Hop to it with stories about rabbits and spring. 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.
Show-n-Tell Story Time. Bring your favorite toy for show-and-tell. Enjoy stories, a craft and a film. Register. 10:30 a.m., West Boca Branch, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton. Free. 561-233-2600.
Feeding at the Sea Tanks. Witness a feeding frenzy as one of our naturalists feeds our sharks, sea turtles and fish. 11:30 a.m., Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Free. 561-338-1473.

Sunday, March 29
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
Deering Seafood Festival. Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of great South Florida seafood. The day promises to be the biggest backyard seafood festival on the bay. See South Florida Parenting at this event! 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Deering Estate at Culter, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. Adults, $15; children 4 to 14, $5; children under 4, free. Call 305-235-1668.
Crandon Park’s Fossil Reef Snorkel Adventure. Join naturalists as they transport you to a place known to the earliest inhabitants of South Florida. Take a tram ride from land to sea where you’ll end up in an underwater adventure through a rare geologic formation located in Bear Cut Preserve. Ages 9 and up. 1:30 - 4 p.m., Crandon Park Visitors and Biscayne Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. $40. 305-361-5421.
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. 9 - 10 a.m., Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach. $3 per person. 305-945-3425.

BROWARD COUNTY
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.
Chess Club. All ages and levels can practice their skills or learn new tactics in this classic game. 1:30 - 3 p.m., Weston Branch Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston. Free. 954-389-2098.
Disney On Ice. Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. Audiences will enter the wondrous world of Pixie Hollow to meet Tinker Bell and her fairy friends, speed through Radiator Springs with Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew, and relive classic Disney favorites “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.” From wheels to waves, Pride Lands to pixie dust, Worlds of Fantasy offers excitement for everyone. March 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.; March 28 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; March 29 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. BankAtlantic Center, 2555 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. $16-$48. 954-835-7000.
“The Jungle Book”. You are invited to come along on an extraordinary musical adventure with Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his friends – the bear Baloo, the panther Bagheera and the python Kaa – Mowgli is learning to survive as they teach him about “Jungle Law.” This wonderful adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling story will delight and amuse audiences of all ages. Show times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $14. 954-462-0222.

PALM BEACH COUNTY
Playball Classes. Playball is a unique and original sports and life-skills development program for boys and girls. Playball teaches a wide variety of specific sports skills, and actively incorporates the development of life skills. Registration is on a first-come basis only. Classes run through May 24. Age 3: 10 - 10:30 a.m.; ages 4 to 5: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. James A. Rutherford Community Center at Patch Reef Park, 2000 W. Yamato Road, Boca Raton. $110 for eight-week session. Call 561-367-7035 to register.

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