Shows take center stage for families this weekend

Jennifer Jhon
Contact ReporterSouth Florida Parenting editor

Shows take center stage for families this weekend as the winter break wraps up, with performances and interactive events for South Floridians of all ages.  

1. "Out of This World," the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show, opens Friday and continues through Jan. 15 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Prices start at $16 for the performance, which includes acrobats, animals, clowns and, for the first time, ice skating. aaarena.com

2. This is a great weekend to catch Cirque du Soleil's "Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities" at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Prices start at $39. The show transports its audience into a fantasy world with cutting-edge visuals, puppetry, acrobatics and a cinematic score. cirquedusoleil.com/kurios

3. The Free Family Fest performance ArcAttack is sold out Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami but stand-by seats will be released 15 minutes before the show. Families must wait in the stand-by line beginning at 12:30 p.m. for the 1:30 p.m. show to get the open seats for ArcAttack, a show that is part rock concert, part science experiment, exploring concepts such as electricity, voltage and current, magnetism, robotics, and lightning. arshtcenter.org

4. Another great reason to visit the Arsht Center this weekend is Shen Yun, a classical classical Chinese dance and music company performing Friday through Sunday in Miami. Prices start at $70 for the performance, but children under 4 are not admitted. shenyun.com/Miami

5. Shakespeare Miami is bringing free Shakespeare to Boca Raton this weekend with "The Merchant of Venice" at Mizner Park Amphitheater. The play is appropriate for families and educational materials are included in the program and on the Shakespeare Miami website at shakespearemiami.com. Playgoers should bring a blanket or beach chairs, and no outside food or beverages are permitted for the performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. The play will also be staged Jan. 13-15 at Coconut Grove's Barnacle Historic State Park, Jan. 20-22 in Pinecrest Gardens and Jan. 27-28 at Hollywood's ArtsPark Amphitheater.

6. Cinderella is being staged by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia at the Miramar Cultural Center at 6 p.m. Sunday. Prices start at $40 for the two-act fairy tale ballet, which is set to Sergei Prokofiev's soaring score. Lap tickets are available for ages 2 and under. miramarculturalcenter.org

7. Try your hand at being on stage during the Broward Center for the Performing Arts' Winter Open House on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Families can observe or take a sample class, enjoy refreshments, face painting, Princess Reads A Lot and giveaways, tour the Education Center, meet the teaching artists, and register to win a winter class registration. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is at 201 SW 5th Ave. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. browardcenter.org/classes

8. Families can Meet the Orchestra at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Roberts Theatre at Saint Andrew's School, 3900 Jog Road in Boca Raton. The Boca Raton Symphonia invites kids to touch the instruments at the event, meet the musicians and ask questions. Families can also interact with the conductor and musicians and attend a live dress rehearsal. Adults are $5, children are free, and reservations are required. bocasymphonia.org

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