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Show your true colors: 10 things to do with the family this weekend

Between the smiling blue face of PBS TV star Thomas the Tank Engine, a herd of bright yellow rubber ducks on the New River and the crayons-in-a-woodchipper fashion of Sebastian Masuda at Young at Art Museum, this weekend is looking very bright, indeed. Here are 10 places to entertain the kids in the next few days:

As if derailing the Knicks last night weren’t enough, the Miami Heat’s No. 1, Chris Bosh, will take the first ride on Thomas the Tank Engine when PBS TV's No. 1 blue locomotive arrives for his annual visit to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum on Friday.

Accompanied by children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and Read2Succeed, a Miami-based literacy organization, Bosh will serve as honorary conductor and read stories on Friday during an invitation-only ribbon-cutting for “Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014,” which for the first time features a talking version of the locomotive TV star.

“Day Out with Thomas,” with 25-minute excursions on the museum's spur of standard-gauge railroad tracks, will be open to the public Saturday-Sunday and March 8-9, with rides taking place every 45 minutes beginning at 10:30 a.m. until the final ride each day at 4:30 p.m. (they recommend arriving an hour before your ride). The wonderful-but-under-loved Gold Coast Railroad Museum is at 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami, next to Zoo Miami. Tickets are $20 at 866-468-7630,  or

Influential art director Sebastian Masuda (of the trendy 6%DokiDoki boutique) is the star at “Love! Love! Japan!,” a daylong celebration of the teen-inspired Harajuku street fashion and art-making on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., at Young at Art Museum (751 SW 121st Ave., Davie). Highlights include a 2 p.m. lecture by Masuda (sponsored in part by Tate’s Comics, who will serve Japanese candy to go with delicacies from RA Sushi) and a 6-9 p.m. after-hours dance party fueled by the latest Japanese pop music (thanks to Radio-Active Records). Museum admission: $14; dance-only is $15 ($5 off if you dress Harajuku style).  Info: 954-424-0085,

Hard to resist the spectacle of several thousand yellow rubber ducks bobbing down Fort Lauderdale's New River for the eighth annual DuckFest Derby on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The fundraiser for Kids in Distress also features activities for youngsters at Esplanade Park (400 SW Second St.), including the oddball KID Olympics, carnival games, face-painting and more. Adopt a duck in the “race” for $5 to get a shot at the $10,000 grand prize. Info: 954-390-7620,

Highlighting its new gem-panning station, Gems Rock! is the theme of  the monthly ‘Nights at the Museum’ event 6-9 p.m. Friday at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach). The night will include crystal- and jewelry-making demonstrations, amber soap making, salt and rock-painting crafts, face painting, snow cones and a performance by School of Rock. Weather permitting, the observatory will remain open until 10 p.m., with guidance from representatives from the  Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. Museum admission: $13.50, children $10. Info: 561-832-1988,

Discovering Design: When Books Become Art” is the theme of Free Family Day at the Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave. Miami Beach) noon-4 p.m. Saturday. The afternoon includes a screening of “The Secret of Kells,” the critically lauded 2009 animated fantasy from the producers of “The Triplets of Belleville,” and hands-on creativity with Miami artist Mary Larsen. Info: 305-531-1001,

We may see the best basketball players in the world each time the Miami Heat take the floor, but the Harlem Globetrotters’ act never gets old, or less amazing. Maybe this time there will be water in that bucket. The Trotters play at the AmericanAirlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) at 4 p.m. Sunday; tickets: $25-$195.30. Info: 786-777-1000, They’ll also be Florida Atlantic University (777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton) at 7 p.m. Monday and March 8. Tickets: $19-$114. Info: 800-564-9539,

Josh Lucas  stars in “Glory Road,”  the true story of Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins, who defied the conventions of the 1960s with an all-black starting five at Texas Western University. The winner of a 2006 ESPY Award as the year’s best sports movie, "Glory Road" screens for free at 8 p.m. Friday at the ArtsPark in Hollywood’s Young Circle. Info: 954-921-3500,

Last year’s 23rd annual Walk for the Animals drew more than 5,000 people and 2,000 dogs, raising more than $500,000 for the Humane Society of Broward County.  The event, with an assortment of kid and pet activities, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Huizenga Plaza (32 E. Las Olas Blvd.). Participation is free, though you are encouraged to raise funds for the shelter.   Info: 954-266-6831,

The three-day Bluegrass and Bar-B-Que festival at the South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach) has bounce houses, a petting zoo, games, family-oriented jam sessions and a major chicken wing-eating contest, plus Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band, who have shown a special ability to connect with young listeners. Of course, going on at 9 p.m. Friday, Sabatella may find this part of his fan base fast asleep. (Psst: Ricky Skaggs goes on at 7:30 p.m. Friday.) Tickets: $15 Friday and Sunday, $25 Saturday. Ages 12 and younger free. Info: 561-793-0333,

The 31st annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Snyder Park (3299 SW Fourth Ave.), with food, drink and straight outta Glasgow music from the kilted. The kids should enjoy the various feat of strength, especially the throwing of the telephone poles called cabers. And who can resist the sheepdogs? Tickets: $20, 12 and younger free. Call 954-460-5000, or go to

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