I cast my vote for throwing an impromptu Kentucky Derby party for your kids and a few of their friends. The race is 6:04 p.m. Saturday.
You could have the kids make derby hats, the more outlandish the better, and parade around the backyard. Have them race to a finish line to burn off energy.
For things to do beyond your yard, there's the SunTrust Jazz Brunch on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale along the riverwalk from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., and the staging of Sleeping Beauty by Boca Ballet this weekend at FAU.
For more things to do this weekend, keep reading.
Friday, May 1
Fabulous First Friday. Visit today for an array of activities and demonstrations with a live planetarium show, music with laser-light dynamics and telescope viewing from the rooftop observatory. 7-11 p.m. Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. 305-646-4200. Adults, $18; Students and Seniors, $16; Children (3-12), $13; Children under 3, free.
Second Annual Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic. Hosted by Jim "Mad Dog" Mandich. The entire family will enjoy a weekend filled with fun, great food, parties, weigh-ins, a huge silent auction and, of course, fishing. Fish for dolphin, tuna and kingfish. Win prize money for the heaviest fish in each category or try to win $15,000 top boat. Continues through May 2. Miami Beach Marina, Miami Beach. 305-667-0399.
Funtastic Fridays for Kids. Music, magic and more are in store for youngsters and their families. Every Friday 5-9 p.m. Anniversary Park, 20th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood. 954-921-3016. Free.
Tinsel Town Cabaret. Local top rated talent of all ages is spotlighted in this competition. This is a fun and entertaining evening that the whole family will enjoy. 7:30 p.m. Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation. 954-452-2558.
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Books and Babies. Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books and music. Ages 12-24 months. Register. 10:30-11:30 a.m. West Palm Beach Public Library, 411 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. 561-868-7700.
Family Night. Kids age 2 and older can discover Florida's pioneer past by milking the cow, riding the train, delivering the mail, exploring the mangroves, and so much more -- all from the historic 1913 schoolhouse. 5-8 p.m. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 561-742-6780. Free.
Lei Day! Celebrate Hawaii with tropical music and awesome crafts. Make your very own lei. Ages 8-11. Register. 3:15 p.m. Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. 561-233-2600.
Phantom of the Opera. May 1-17. A musical based upon Gaston Leroux’s classic story of a brilliant young singer and her “Opera Ghost.” The Sol Children adaptation weaves a musical tapestry of love, mystery and intrigue while bringing to life the famously heart-wrenching story. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m. Sol Children Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. 561-447-8829 or visit www.solchildrentheatre.com.
Sunset/Stargazing Tour. Enjoy a leisurely paddle in the tranquil waters of the Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve. This tour is great for beginners, families and nature lovers looking for outdoor fun under the twinkling stars. Wear clothes you don't mind getting wet. Every Friday and Saturday. 7-9 p.m. Jupiter Outdoor Center, 1000 Coastal A1A, Jupiter. 561-747-0063. $40 per person.
The Sleeping Beauty. May 1-3. The Boca Ballet presents this classical ballets traditional version of this timeless fairytale. May 1 at 7 p.m. May 2 at 8 p.m. May 3 at 2 p.m. at FAU University Theater, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Call 561-995-0709 or visit www.bocaballet.org.
Saturday, May 2
3 on 3 Youth Basketball Challenge. Children ages 9-12 will demonstrate their skills on the court while participating in a basketball challenge. Prizes and trophies will be awarded. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Scott Rakow Youth Center, 2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach. 305-673-7730. $20 per team (up to four players on each team).
Arch Creek’s Trail Tour. 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. Also, learn about Arch Creek’s role in early history of North Miami. Registration is required. Every Saturday from 10-11 a.m. Arch Creek Museum and Nature Center, 1855 NE 135th Street, North Miami. 305-944-6111. $3.
Bank of America Banking On Success Financial Literacy Fair. Saving, spending, budgeting…OH MY! With the help of Bank of America, the Miami Children’s Museum will host a financial literacy fair for children and their families. Join in for a life-size money management game and other educational activities. Free with admission the museum. 12-4 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. 305-373-5437, ext. 104. Adults and children, $15; Florida residents, $12; 12 months and younger, free.
Cinco de Mimo Street Festival. Step back to the 1950s to celebrate Historic Biscayne Boulevard. Included in the festival are antique and collectable market, live music, street theater, children’s activities, karaoke and a fresh market. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Biscayne Blvd. from 67th to 73rd Street, Miami. Call 305-609-4288.
Family Fest. Featuring interactive activities for children to share with their friends and families, including puppet-making, face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling, movement and theater classes and outdoor performances. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 305-949-6722. Free.
4 Kids of South Florida Fitness Class. Event is set to include a 5k Run/Walk, cardio class with DJ and fitness instructors, boot camp workout with former Dolphin Trent Gamble, Kid Fit Class for ages 6 and up and a yoga class. Also included are local sports celebrities, face painting, post workout mini massages, food and much more. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-968-3880. Park entrance, $1.50. Cardio classes, $10-$35.
Aquarium: Behind the Scenes. Learn about the inhabitants of the aquarium in the exhibit hall and observe them feeding. Every Saturday and Sunday. 2-3 p.m. Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park, 751 Sheridan Street, Hollywood. 954-926-2480. $1 per person.
Family Day. Enjoy half price admission during Family Day at the museum and gardens. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, 900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale. 954-563-5393. Adults, 1/2 price admission; Children 12 and under, free.
Family Picnic to Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Event is in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the Town of Davie New inclusive ADA Accessible playground. Enjoy a fun filled day with food and drinks, clown and face painting, petting zoo, bounce houses and more. Great raffle and silent auction items to win such as tickets to Disney World and more. 9:30 a.m. Davie Pine Island Park, 3801 S. Pine Island Road, Davie. E-mail email@example.com. Adults, $15 donation, Children 5-12, $5 donation; Children under 5, free.
Seaside Craft Fair. May 2-3. Whether you are a craft enthusiast or looking for that unique one-of-a-kind gift item, there is something for everyone. From folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry and paintings, to personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products, a full spectrum of craft art mediums will be on display and for sale with prices ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000. www.artfestival.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hollywood Beach, 3601 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. 954-926-2480.
Surfers for Autism. Bring your child to the beach and register him/her as a surfer. They will get paired with a qualified and trained surf instructor along with one to two volunteers. Then enjoy a beach party/fundraiser with lots of activities for the kids, live music and raffles from sponsor donations through out the day. Lunch is provided to all of registered families. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. North side of the Deerfield Beach Pier. www.surfersforautism.com.
The Great Alphabet Adventure. Filled with audience participation, colorful and surprising characters, and all the suspense of a treasure hunt, The Great Alphabet Adventure engages audiences of all ages as it explores the value of friendship and the joy of reading. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Miramar Culture Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar. 945-602-4500. $14.
Worldfest. The festival will cover an array of multi-cultural entertainment, cuisine and culture that salutes the diverse population in the Coral Springs area. Delicious cultural foods, live music, arts and crafts, educational activities, and amusements for children will be featured. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sportsplex at Coral Springs, 2575 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. Admission is free. Parking, $3.
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Cinco De Mayo Festival. Come on out for food, entertainment, kid’s activities, dancing, and the 3rd Annual Chihuahua Race presented by Hispano-Latino Cultural Alliance. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Old School Square Parking Lot, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. 561-279-0907.
Disney on Broadway. May 2-30, every Saturday. Disney's current and past Broadway hits in one musical collection. Musical review with songs from: Disney's Lion King, Tarzan, Aida, Beauty and the Beast, and Mary Poppins. Children will love singing along to their favorite Disney tunes accompanied by live singing, dancing, and professional costumes. 2 p.m. at Showtime Dance and Performing Arts Theater, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Suite 73, Boca Raton. Call 561-394-2626. Adults (12 and up), $14; Children, $10.
Kinder Turtles. Spend some one-on-one time with your little one learning about sea turtles. Decorate a paper plate sea turtle to take home. Ages 5-6. Reservations required. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-338-1582. Members, $2 per child, Non-members, $3 per child.
Meet a Master, Create a Masterpiece. Children will learn about a master artist on exhibit at the Museum and have the opportunity to create a masterpiece in the style of the selected artist. This month’s artist is Cleve Gray with abstract painting. Grades 3-5. Reservations required. 1-2:30 p.m. Boca Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 561-392-2500, ext. 106. Members, free; Non-members, $5.
Saturday Morning Drop-In Story Times. Celebrate the renewal of spring with stories of things that bloom, flutter and weave. Ages 2 and up. 10:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. Wellington Branch Library, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington. 561-790-6070.
The Big Bad Musical. The Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by the fairytale characters who want to get even: Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and the Boy Who Cried Wolf. The two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest—the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother—clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after. The jury – the audience - must decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in fairy tale history. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Cuillo Centre For The Arts, 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. 561-835-9226. Cost is Adults, $17.50; Children, $10.
Tiny Turtles. Spend some one-on-one time with your little one learning about sea turtles. Decorate a paper plate sea turtle to take home. Ages 3-4. Reservations required. 9:30-10:15 a.m. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-338-1582. Members, $2 per child, Non-members, $3 per child.
Youth Studio: Sculptures of Felt: Joseph Beuys’ Art. Students, ages 10-13, will take tours followed by studio time for to create their own art. Space is limited to 20 participants. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. 561-832-5196. $5.
Sunday, May 3
Dance Now! Ensemble Dance in the Park. Dance Now! joins the Arts in the Park series to celebrate the arts in North Beach. A wonderful afternoon of dance is slated, including a new site-specific work created for this outdoor venue, and an interactive improvisational work. 3 p.m. North Shore Open Space Park, 7929 Atlantic Way, Miami Beach. 305-858-7002. Free.
River Ghost Tour. This tour includes a brief visit inside the Stranahan House and a boat ride on the New River while listening to authentic history and stories of some of the old colorful characters that once lived here and now occasionally come back to visit. Ages 9 and up. Call for reservations. 7:30 p.m. Stranahan House, 335 SE Sixth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-524-4736. $20 per person.
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ARTful Adventure. This family program features art workshops that weave inspirations from the Museum’s Permanent Collection into a studio class led by seasoned art educators. May’s theme is paper sculptures. 2 p.m. Boca Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 561-392-2500, ext. 106. Free admission for workshop only.
Special Needs Family Fun Day. Enjoy an afternoon of aquatic fun, including water slides hosted by the Hochman JCC. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Calypso Bay Waterpark, 151 Lamstein Lane, Royal Palm Beach. 561-790-6160. $12 per child and $15 per adult for JCC members; $15 per child and $20 per adult for non-members. Price includes admission and snacks.
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