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7 things to do with the kids this weekend

Next weekend is about independence. This weekend is still about the lack there of. When the kids start whining about “nothing to do,” here are some ways to go forth.

Happy Twenty-Ninth of June! It’s an annual thing for Hallandale Beach to celebrate Independence Day a little early, and on Saturday the city’s Celebrate America festivities will bring music, games, inflatables and food concessions (but no fireworks) to South City Beach Park (A1A, south of Hallandale Beach Boulevard).

City spokesman Peter Dobens says local residents seem to appreciate the opportunity to get patriotic in advance. Last year’s Celebrate America event drew 600-800 people, he says.

“There are so many other events planned [next weekend] and so many people go away,” Dobens says. “The city does this so that people don’t have to choose.”

Celebrate America is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Info: 954-457-1452.

“The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful”: “Girl-detective-noir meets science-geek-chic” sings the press blurb for this space journey aimed at ages 6 and older. Catch it at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Miami’s Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). Tickets: $20. Info: 305-949-6722,

Pop-up drive-in: Macy’s at Coral Square Mall (9129 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs) celebates 80 years of the family drive-in tradition with a pop-up drive-in screening of “The Smurfs” in the mall parking lot on Saturday. The festivities run from 6 to 11 p.m. and include carnival activities, music and drive-in style snacks. The free film screening begins at dusk. Info: 954-755-5550.

“The Lorax”: The eye-popping Dr. Seuss adventure has plenty of color-saturated action for young eyes and, for their brains, a thoughtful message about protecting the environment. It screens for free at 10 a.m. Saturday at River of Grass ArtsPark (17189 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines). Info: 954-322-2597.

FAT Village Art Walk: Get there early (it starts at 7 p.m. Saturday) and you’ll find food trucks, a sunny, relaxed vibe and a little extra elbow room for  your small companions to explore the hands-on creating that goes on at this monthly event. The action is centered at Northwest First Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Info:

Bark at the Park: You’ll find a bunch of dogs at Marlins Park on Sunday (OK, very funny) as the home nine takes on the San Diego Padres in a 1:10 p.m. game that benefits the Humane Society of Broward County. These canine-friendly games, defnitely a source of torment for basball purists,  are always extra fun for kids.  Tickets are $15, $10 per dog, with dog-ticket proceeds benefitting the Humane Society. For information and the required release form, go to

Find Your Beach: Indomitable Miami tavern Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.) is pushing a family-friendly vibe for its 3-8 p.m., Corona-sponsored “Find Your Beach” event on Saturday, mostly because the action will take place out on the patio, covered by 40 tons of sand, the setting for reggae music and a massive water-balloon fight. Are we having fun yet? Info: 305-374-1198,

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