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Fun & Fit, Orange Blossom Fest, street painting take top spots for family fun

Jennifer Jhon
Contact ReporterSouth Florida Parenting

South Florida’s biggest family foodie event, Fun and Fit as a Family, has a new home this year at the Frost Museum of Science in Miami. Formerly staged at Jungle Island as part of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the event Saturday and Sunday features interactive demonstrations in the Goya Foods Kidz Kitchen, healthy food sampling, fitness activities, celebrity chefs and full access to the exhibits at Frost Science. Special event tickets are $24 ($15 for Frost Science members) and include free parking at 700 NE Second Ave., Miami.

Also planned this weekend are the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, the Sea Turtle Day Festival in Boca Raton, the annual Butterfly Festival in Coconut Creek, the Orange Blossom Festival and Parade in Davie and the Polynesian Culture Festival in Fort Lauderdale.

Our top picks for the weekend fun for families also include the following:

Taste of Pines, 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Sample some of the best food Pembroke Pines and surrounding areas have to offer in a fun atmosphere at the Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way. $25-$20; ages 12 and under, $15.

Kids Night Out, 6-11 p.m. Friday. Kids ages 5-12 can have a blast playing games, creating arts and crafts projects, and eating pizza at Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St. in Pompano Beach, while their parents have a night out. Space is limited so register early. $10-$20.

Hayride & Campfire Series, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday. Hayride and a bag of fixings for s’mores for $3.50 (ages 3 and older) at Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Preregistration and prepayment required at 954-357-8870.

Campfire & Night Hike at Arch Creek Park, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday. Venture into the beautiful Tropical Hardwood Hammock with a naturalist guide and discover the nocturnal life of the park at dusk. Then gather around the campfire for marshmallow roasting. $6. Arch Creek Museum & Nature Center, 1855 NE 135 St., North Miami. Reservations required at 305-944-6111.

Movies at the Park, 7:30-10 p.m. Friday. Watch “Trolls” at Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 NW 82nd Ave., Miami Lakes.

Evening on the Avenue, 6-10 p.m. Friday. Free live music, food and specialty item vendors as you enjoy music under the stars. Free. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave.

Orange Blossom Festival, Friday through Sunday. Free kickoff concert on Friday, parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, and two days of free arts and crafts, entertainment, Wild West re-enactments, Native American displays, a petting farm and a Kids Corner at the Davie Town Hall, 6591 Orange Drive, Davie. Rodeo events ($8-$20) are planned at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds on Saturday evening and Sunday.

Coral Gables Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Fresh Florida produce, prepared foods, cooking demos, children’s activities, free Tai Chi classes every Saturday through March 24 at Merrick Park on the corner of Miracle Mile and LeJeune Road.

Women in Distress 5K, 9 a.m. Saturday. More than 800 walkers and runners are expected participate to raise awareness about domestic violence. 7:30 a.m. registration. $25 adult, $35 adult with dog (on leash), $15 ages 6-17. Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave., Davie.

Sistrunk Parade & Street Festival, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Parade at 9 a.m. includes marching bands, steppers, drill teams and floats, entertainment, food and presentations. Parade route begins at Lincoln Park on Northwest 19th Avenue and ends on Northwest Ninth Avenue. Festival will be on Sistrunk between Northwest Ninth and Northwest 12th avenues.

Sea Turtle Day Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Includes a critter corner with animal interaction, short educational programs about the coastal habitats and the animal that reside in them, outdoor aquarium feedings and appearances by the center’s sea turtle Luna. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center,1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Free.

Sea Fest For Kids, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Jupiter's biggest family festival has sea-inspired education and activities, Seminole crafts, beach safety, clay-building activities, painting, musical kids programming, storytellers, underwater dance party and DJ, costume contest for kids, team-building pirate ship exercises, kids yoga and child-friendly food trucks and ice cream treats. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain Armours Way, Jupiter.

Jungle Island at Wynwood Yard, noon-3 p.m. Saturday. The park’s most well-known animals will make an appearance, along with surprise activations and experiential arts and crafts for kids. The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami.

Polynesian Culture Festival, Saturday and Sunday. Celebrate the unique culture and diversity of Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand (Maori) with authentic food, Tiki bar, music, dance, arts and crafts, culture, family-friendly activities, Hula contest. Noon-7 p.m. $10. Jacos Pastorius Park, 400 N. Dixie Highway, Fort Lauderdale.

Florida Renaissance Festival, Saturday and Sunday. It’s Viking weekend at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. .

Annual Butterfly Festival, 1-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Celebrate the city of Coconut Creek’s anniversary with a full day of music, children’s rides and games, K-9 demonstrations, vendors and a fireworks display 8 p.m. Sabal Pines Park, 5005 NW 39th Ave., Coconut Creek. Free. Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, plays at 6:30 p.m. Free shuttle service from Monarch High School, 5050 Wiles Road, and from the Recreation Complex at 4455 Sol Press Blvd.

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, Saturday and Sunday. See more than 600 artists on the pavement, music on the mainstage, restaurants, shops, and a food court and bistro. Activities include a children’s meadow. Downtown Lake Worth. Free.

Free Magic Show, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday. Magician Gary Midnight puts on a show with coins, cards, ropes, scarves and rings at the Weston Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Road. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Music in the Plaza, 6-11 p.m. Saturday. Celebrate Black History Month with a concert of Black music that transcends genre and generational lines with performers Dru Hill, Chubb Rock, Evelyn “Champagne” King and Karyn White. Along with the concert, the inaugural Art of Comfort Food Truck Expo will offer concertgoers tastes of the soulful flavors from South Florida’s best food trucks. MOCA Plaza, 770 NE 125 St., North Miami.

Movies in the Park, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a free outdoor movie. Margate Sports Complex, 1695 Banks Road. Free.

TATE’S Comics Community Park & Swap, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. A swap meet-style event where customers set up in the store’s parking lot and sell their goods in the parking lot in front of TATE’S Comics, 4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill.

Crandon Family Bike Adventure, 10 a.m.-noon Sunday. See the natural tropical beauty, rich history and abundant wildlife of Key Biscayne in a 4-mile leisurely, naturalist-guided bike trip through Crandon Park with stops at the Crandon Gardens, Crandon Park Beach, Bear Cut Reserve, Fossil Reef Overlook, and the Crandon Park Visitor & Nature Center. The trip meets at the Crandon Gardens located by Crandon Park South Beach. Must bring your own bike and bike helmet (mandatory). Crandon Park South Beach Tollbooth, 6747 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne.

Chili Cook-Off, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy food, drinks, kids entertainment and live music. Bring your inner chef and compete, or come out for the fun and food. Free. Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables.

Beach Entertainment Series, 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Free concert at South City Beach Park, 1870 S. Ocean Drive, Hallandale Beach. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Meet the Music Concert, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The concert focuses on teaching children about the Florida Intergenerational Orchestra and participating in the program. 3 p.m. concert, 2:30 p.m. pre-concert talk. Visitors of all ages are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animals along. O’Shea Hall, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 22094 Lyons Road, Boca Raton. Free.

Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts, 4-6 p.m. Sunday. The Palm Beach Symphony will perform in a free event at the Meyer Amphitheatre on the waterfront with renowned Maestro Ramón Tebar and special guest Avery Sommers. Bring a blanket and picnic basket to enjoy the show at 105 Evernia St. in West Palm Beach.,, 954-574-5316 or Twitter @sfparenting


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