As kids continue to nurse the sugar headaches caused by eating all that Halloween candy, the weekend gets an early start with the Day of the Dead festival on Thursday. The party starts at 4 p.m. in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Huizenga Plaza (32 E. Las Olas Blvd.) with mask and puppet making, sugar skull face painting, traditional music and dancing. Mariachi musicians will lead the Skeleton Processional – featuring giant puppets and more than 1,000 skeletons – along the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk at 6:30 p.m., followed by a street festival in the 100 block of Southwest Third Avenue (dayofthedeadflorida.com).
If Thursday doesn’t work, Lake Worth has its Día de los Muertos on Saturday, with a procession, folkloric dances, traditional music and food, face painting and children's activities starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at Hatch 1121, 1121 Lucerne Ave. Admission and parking are free (lakewortharts.com).
Besides the Day of the Dead, Thursday is also the opening day of Miami’s Santa’s Enchanted Forest theme park.
Here are our top picks for families this weekend:
Boynton Beach Mall Carnival, through Sunday. Enjoy fair food, games and carnival rides through Sunday at the Boynton Beach Mall, 801 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach. Unlimited ride wristbands are $20. boyntonbeachmall.com
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, through Sunday. Bring the whole family to experience the world of luxury boating, with runabouts, sport fishers, cabin cruisers, catamarans, super yachts and exotic cars. The show runs through Sunday at 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets $29; ages 6-15, $12. Flibs.com
St. Jude Church Fall Festival, Thursday to Sunday. Carnival rides for all ages, bingo, music, food, beer and more from Thursday through Sunday at St. Jude Church, 21689 Toledo Road, Boca Raton. Full-day wristbands start at $35. stjudeboca.org
Santa's Enchanted Forest, Thursday through Jan. 7. The annual holiday theme park in Miami has rides, shows, games, displays and more from Thursday through Jan. 7 at 7900 SW 40th St., Miami. Admission $33.64; $24.30 for ages 3-9. Free child’s admission coupons are attached to the November issue of South Florida Parenting magazine, which is available now. Santasenchantedforest.com
“Tarzan the Stage Musical,” Thursday through Sunday. First produced on Broadway, the theater adaptation of the Disney film features music by Phil Collins at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $47; student discounts available. Browardcenter.org
“Dreamgirls,” Friday through Dec. 10. Love, singing and show business drive the story of three Motown stars at Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Margate. $48. Stagedoorfl.org/dreamgirls
Movies in the Park, Friday. Bring seating and snacks for a free, family-friendly movie under the stars in cities throughout South Florida, including “The Boss Baby” at 7:30 p.m. at Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach (catchboynton.com); “Pete’s Dragon” at 7 p.m. on the Great Lawn, Atlantic Boulevard and Pompano Beach Boulevard (pompanobeachfl.gov); “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 1100 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek (CoconutCreek.net/Events); and “The Lego Batman Movie” at 7 p.m. at Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach (sibfl.net).
Laser Fridays. Visit the Frost Science Museum and Planetarium for a fusion of music and old-school laser light visuals under the Planetarium’s 67-foot dome. Shows are every hour from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the museum at 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Adults, $10; children, $8. frostscience.org
Home Depot Kids Workshop, Saturday. Ages 5-12 can build a wooden military humvee to honor all those who have served our country. The free event is 9 a.m. to noon, or until supplies run out, at Home Depot stores throughout South Florida. homedepot.com
Lagoonfest, Saturday. Celebrate Lake Worth Lagoon with tours, wildlife presentations, kids’ activities, exhibits and water sports from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Palm Beach Waterfront, 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Free. LagoonFest.com
Youth Fishing Clinic, Saturday. Learn about ethical angling, fish habitat, baiting hooks, fishing regulations, where fish feed, rigging, circle of safety, knot tying and casting. Registration includes souvenir youth fishing pole, pizza and drink. Ages 4-15. $20 per team of junior angler and parent/guardian. $10 for each additional ticket. Corporate Pavilion at Central Park, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation. 954-452-2558
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Kids Love & Family Expo, Saturday. Check out products and services from more than 75 exhibitors, plus interactive shows, character meet-and-greets, art, animals, an astronaut and celebrity couple Erin and Ian Ziering at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. $16; ages 2-12, $13. Kidslovefamilyexpo.com
Free First Saturday. Enjoy trains, history, food and fun. First Saturday of every month. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. gcrm.org/free-first-saturday
Chambersouth South Miami Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday. Sunset Drive in South Miami hosts more than 100 artists from around the world, plus food vendors, at this free festival just south of the Shops at Sunset Place. Chambersouth.com
“Miss Nelson is Missing,” Saturday. In this adaptation of the children’s book, an unruly class tries to find their favorite teacher, Miss Nelson, while facing substitute Viola Swamp. Showtime is 2 p.m. at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $20. Actorsplayhouse.org
Fifth Annual Hawaii Festival, Saturday. Enjoy authentic hula performances, live island music, Polynesian vendors, Hawaiian barbecue, kids’ games and more free from 3 to 7 p.m. at Mickel Park, 2675 NW Seventh Ave., Wilton Manors. facebook.com/halauhulaonalikoaopuna
Moonlight Movie in the Park, Saturday. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the free film “Moana” at 7:30 p.m. Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston. westonfl.org
Punkin’ Chunkin’ at the Park, Sunday. Using Science Center slingshots and trebuchets, send your old jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins flying through the park from noon to 5 p.m. Guests can also enjoy pumpkin crafts, science demos and discounted admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. $3 per team. sfsciencecenter.org
Sunday Jazz Brunch. Enjoy concerts at stages along the Riverwalk in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome, as are chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. The free Jazz Brunch happens every first Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. goriverwalk.com
Concert for Kids: Star Wars Spectacular, Sunday. Come as your favorite character as the dark side is defeated on stage at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the New World Symphony, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Arrive early to meet the NWS Fellows at the Instrument Petting Zoo. $20. nws.edu
Founders Day: 22 Years Celebrating Excellence, Sunday. The city of Aventura celebrates its 22nd year with stilt walkers, jugglers, activities, a Green Market, games, art and science station, Toddler Town, food trucks and more from noon to 5 p.m. at 3105 NE 190th St., Aventura. Free. cityofaventura.com
Vintage Auto Show, Sunday. Classic cars, a children’s scavenger hunt, Pinewood Derby Car races, lawn games and tours of historic houses and natural areas from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 7nd Ave., Miami. Adults, $12; ages 4-14. $7. deeringestate.org