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Highlights: South Florida family festivals for March

Jennifer Jhon
Contact ReporterSouth Florida Parenting
A few of the top South Florida family festivals for March

March is still the height of festival season in South Florida, and there are a couple of events good for the entire family that run throughout the month.

The Chinese Lantern Festival is now open at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton. See more than 800 paper lanterns crafted into 40 glowing sets, plus martial arts performances, folk art and a dinosaur empire for the kids. Some lanterns come complete with sound effects, but a festival favorite for children is likely to be the dinosaurs. They stand 6 feet to more than 20 feet tall, and many wear saddles encouraging people to hop on for a photo. Festival-goers can also take a ride on small, battery-powered dinosaurs that drive forward and backward with the flip of a switch and steer with handlebars like a bicycle. The festival is open 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, starting Friday. Adults are $25; children $15; and under 4 free. Parking is also free. Get discount tickets online at chineselanternfestival.com.

In Broward County, the Florida Renaissance Festival opens every Saturday and Sunday through March 26 at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. The festival re-enacts Europe’s Renaissance period with food, crafts, demonstrations, games of chance and skill, rides, knight battles, a crafts village with more than 100 merchants and artisans, and hundreds of live performers, including sword fighters, minstrels and magicians. Families should be sure to check out the pirate station outside the jousting arena for swordfighting lessons from Caption Jack Sparrow. A mermaid also greets festivalgoers in the gaming glen. The event has a different theme each weekend. Adults, $21; children 6-11, $9. ren-fest.com

Other festivals of note this month include the following:

Southeast Florida Scottish Festival and Highland Games on March 4.

Seriously, where else will you see live sheepherding? Celebrate Scottish heritage with bagpipe music, country dancing, heavy athletics, fiddling and singing, children's games, Scottish food and, yes, sheepdog demonstrations. Adults, $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Children 6-14, $3; ages 5 and under, free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. sassf.org 

Festival Of The Arts on March 11.

Celebrate Broward County’s young talented artists as they showcase their artwork, compete for prizes, and sell their artwork at Young At Art Museum’s annual event. Children and teens ages 5 to 18, in grades K-12, will present their visual, performing, and/or literary arts outdoors under a big tent, joined by local groups performing at the I LOVE YOU stage. Visitors will get a chance to meet the young artists, purchase their artwork and create their own artwork inside the museum. Entry to the Young Artists’ Booths is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission is charged for the museum event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Young at Art Museum is at 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. youngatartmuseum.org

South Florida Parenting Camp Fun Fest on March 19.

Families can experience the event's new venue, Xtreme Action Park, and gather information for local and sleep-away camps at this annual event, which includes free face painting, crafts, games, contest giveaways, indoor s’mores, dance performances, karate demos and magic shows. Kids can also earn a $5 gift card to Xtreme's arcade by completing the camp scavenger hunt. The event runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Xtreme Action Park, 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale.
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Spring Children’s Fair on March 21.

Palm Beach County students on spring break can enjoy rides, games, food, free arts & crafts, entertainment, face painting and more during the Spring Children's Fair. Park entry is free, and food and drinks are available for purchase. Rides are $5 each, or pay $20 for an all-day bracelet. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Patch Reef Park, 2000 W. Yamato Road, Boca Raton. patchreefpark.org

The Youth Fair, starting March 23 through April 16.

Families can enjoy rides, exhibits, food, live concerts, entertainment and more daily at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition (aka The Youth Fair) at Tamiami Park, 10901 Coral Way, Miami. Tickets start at $10. thefair.me

 

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