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Kids fun for the weekend: Disney on Ice, birthday parties, cultural fests

Jennifer Jhon
Contact ReporterSouth Florida Parenting

Summer is still going strong in South Florida, and events and deals continue throughout September to celebrate (or give families a well-deserved break considering we’re still dealing with highs in the 90s).

Families can enjoy $7 Saturdays at Flamingo Gardens as well as the Kids Free weekend promotion throughout the month at Palm Beach Zoo. The final Sushi & Stroll of the year is also this weekend at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

Much to my kids’ delight, Disney on Ice returns to South Florida this weekend with "Mickey's Search Party," which runs Thursday through Sunday at the BB&T Center in Sunrise and Sept. 27-30 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

Plenty of cultural festivals are also planned, as well as birthday parties for the Pompano Citi Centre carousel, Miami Children’s Museum and Monkey Joe’s entertainment centers. And if you’re into saving money, the Lolliposh Children’s Consignment Sale in Plantation offers kids clothing and toys at nice, low prices.

Our picks for the top events for South Florida families this weekend include the following:

Disney on Ice presents "Mickey's Search Party," Thursday through Sunday. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse host as Tinker Bell takes audiences on a trip through Captain Hook's treasure map. See Miguel from Disney Pixar’s “Coco,” Elsa and the ice harvesters from “Frozen,” Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” life “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid,” and Moana, plus characters from "Aladdin" and "Toy Story." $16-$70. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. disneyonice.com/mickeys-search-party?h=1

Lolliposh Children’s Consignment Sale, Thursday through Sunday. Shop for baby, maternity and kids clothing, equipment and toys at low, low prices during the semi-annual consignment sale at the Levin Gymnasium at the Soref JCC, 6501 Sunrise Blvd., Plantation. lolliposh.com

Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks, Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Take a self-guided tour through the gardens at sunset and enjoy $3 performances by the taiko drumming group Fushu Daiko, plus Japanese drinks and food, games and museum store shopping. $5-$7. Morikami Museum & Japanese Garden, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. morikami.org/event/sushi-stroll/

Carousel Carnival, Friday, 6-8 p.m. Pompano Citi Centre’s carousel is turning 5. Celebrate at a free, family-friendly event with traditional carnival games, free rides on the carousel, face painting, School of Rock performances and a magic show, plus raffles and giveaways. Free. Pompano Citi Centre, 1955 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach. PompanoCitiCentre.com

Friday Night at the Museum, Friday, 6-9:30 p.m. Parents can enjoy a night out while kids ages 7-10 enjoy exclusive exhibit access, a movie and a fun hands-on science experiment. Pre-registration required. $20-$25. Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Science Explorium.org

Back to School Success Summit 2018, Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free event for middle and high school students and their parents teaches youth about vision and goal setting, organizational and study skills, and stress, peer pressure and self-esteem. Youth also get lunch and goody bags. Parent workshops cover how to communicate effectively, creating a study area, parental involvement, social media and bullying. Free. Lauderdale Lakes Educational & Cultural Center, 3580 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes. bit.ly/2x4K31W

Giving Beautiful Smiles free kids dental event, Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy fun activities for the children, appearances by retired NFL and NBA players, arts and crafts, food for the children, dental tips and free dental services for kids ages 5-13, including screenings and cleanings. No appointments needed; patients seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Free. Beautiful Smiles, 1368 N. University Drive, Plantation. facebook.com/BeautifulSmilesFL/

We Love Our Kids Health & Safety Expo, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn about children’s health, nutrition and safety as well as childhood cancer awareness from groups such as Girl Scouts, Be the Match, Davie Police and Fire Departments and other Broward County agencies. Free. Signature Grand, 6900 State Road, Davie. arielleanackercancerfoundation.org/eventscalendar.html

Michimu’s 15th Quincenera Fiesta, Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Join in birthday-themed games, arts and crafts, singing and dancing, a special performance by the MCM players, a playful piñata, balloon animals and face painting, a Mariachi Band and tasty treats. Everyone can sing Happy Birthday to the Miami Children’s Museum’s mascot and then enjoy cake as part of regular museum admission. $15-$20. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Hispanic Heritage Festival, Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Enjoy entertainment, bounce house, rock climbing, pony rides, food and domino tournament. Free. Country Village Park, 6550 NW 188th Terrace, Miami. wdna.org/hispanic+heritage+fest/

Haitian Heritage Celebration, Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Enjoy a catered reception, visual and performing arts, keynote speaker and community awards presentation. A children's section includes storytelling, arts and crafts, music, dance and drum parade. Free. Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach. ccpompano.org

Homestead Main Street's Fiesta USA, Saturday, 4-9 p.m. Enjoy a children's costume parade, music by the Mexican American Council Mariachi Academy, DJ Mauricio Parra, South Dade Music Project and a fabulous horse show by the dancing horses from Club Hipico Mexico Americano, plus vendors, international food trucks and more. Free. Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Ave, Homestead. homesteadmainst.org

Ice Cream Social at The Wynwood Yard, Saturday, 4-6 p.m. Meet Miami’s ice cream businesses, including Sweet Melody, Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream, Cream Parlor, Midtown Creamery and Mr. Q’s Hong Kong egg waffle ice creams and vote for your favorite ice cream. $10. The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami. bit.ly/icecreamsocialattheyard

Love Libraries Day at FAU Owls Game, Saturday, 6 p.m. Get $5 game tickets with your Palm Beach County library card, plus enjoy free games and family entertainment outside FAU Stadium before kickoff. $5. FAU Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. bocalibrary.org

Monkey Joe's Birthday, Sunday, 12:30-6 p.m. Monkey Joe’s, a children’s entertainment center filled with indoor jumps, slides and obstacle courses, is celebrating Monkey Joe’s Birthday at locations in Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise and Lake Worth. Guests receive $5 admission all day, plus a dance party and singing happy birthday. monkeyjoes.com

PNC Arts Alive: Free Arts! Family Day, Sunday, noon-4 p.m. The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood offers free admission to the gallery and interactive arts activities. Free. Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St, Hollywood. artandculturecenter.org

Sunday on the Waterfront, Sunday, 4-7 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, kick off your flip flops, grab a drink and sway to the tunes on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. Free. Meyer Ampitheater, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach. wpb.org

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