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7 things to do with the kids in South Florida this weekend

Parents poking around for things to do with their kids are a diverse lot.  So smores and mimosas and Legos and mooncakes and soccer and golf  and Tinker Bell and Olivia Newton-John in leather …  It’s all good.

The funky and nostalgic Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in has its soft opening this weekend with three family-friendly films screening in a Wynwood parking lot (70 NW 29th St., Miami) set up with vintage trailers selling concessions and drive-in speakers that hang from your car window. The films are “The Princess Bride” (8:30 p.m. Friday), “Grease” (8:30 p.m. Saturday) and “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” (8 p.m. Sunday). Admission is $8 per person, and a car space is $15. There are a variety of concession options that can be added on in advance, including The Family Plan: Popcorn for four, smores for four, four sodas and two boxes of candy for $30. The smores, which can be ordered separately, include all the necessary ingredients and a small fire to cook the marshmallows. Car spaces are limited, but there is also table seating (with speakers) that can be reserved.  Info: 512-850-6127,

Each year, the World Championships of Junior Golf in Pinehurst, N.C., draw the world’s best young athletes eager to become the sport’s next phenom. For his documentary “The Short Game,” filmmaker Josh Greenbaum chose to focus on the youngest and smallest, eight gifted 7-year-olds. Of course, this funny and strangely engrossing Samuel Goldwyn Films release, which won an Audience Award at the 2013 SXSW Film festival,  includes two golfers from South Florida:  Allan Kournikova, of Palm Beach, and Alexa Pano, of Lake Worth.  The two 7-year-olds will meet with fans after the 7 p.m. Friday screening of “The Short Game” at Muvico Parisian 20 (545 Hibiscus St., West Palm Beach; 855 268-8426).  Pano also will attend the 4:30 p.m. Sunday screening at the same theater.  Info:  

The soul-fertilizing effect of a garden, especially in a hostile urban environment, is an idea to be nutured in the young, and Sunday brings the perfect opportunity. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. organizers, neighbors and fans of the Flagler Community Garden will celebrate its ground breaking with a party on its FAT Village grounds at  425 NE Third Ave. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Live music and treats from green market vendors and food trucks (Did someone say  apple pie mimosas?) are part of the ceremonies. Info:,

The eighth annual Chinese Moon Festival at the Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) includes a variety of activities for kids and adults. The Imperial Building Workshop is for those ages 7-12, who will use Lego blocks to re-create the main audience hall from the Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanmingyuan). Three 30-minute sessons (12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m.) will be led by certified Lego professional  Dan Parker (don’t try this at home, kids). Seating is limited to 30 children per session, with free tickets available beginning at noon in the Atrium. Cilla Jacobson of the Palm Beach County Library System will read “Legend of the Jade Rabbit” and other Chinese stories from 2 to 2:30 p.m. in the Harris Pavilion under Dale Chihuly’s “Persian Sea-Life” ceiling. You’ll also find live music, museum tours and a tea and mooncake reception. The festival is free with museum admission: $12, $5 students and younger than 12, free for members and every Saturday for Palm Beach County residents. Info: 561-832-5196,

The Owen Wilson-Jennifer Anniston comedy “Marley & Me,” from the shaggy-dog book by former Sun Sentinel columnist John Grogan (and filmed in a variety of spots around South Florida), is the free 8 p.m. Friday movie at the ArtsPark in Hollywood’s Young Circle Park. Chairs, blankets and picnic baskets welcome. “Marley & Me” is rated PG. Info: 954-921-3500,

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have long had a reputation for the nice laidback vibe of the pregame tailgating behind Lockhart Stadium, the enthusiastic fans during the game, and the friendly accessibility of the players afterward. But Saturday’s 7:30 p.m.  game brings extra energy with a match against reconstituted rivals the New York Cosmos (the team’s first game in South Florida in 30 years) with first place on the line. Best ticket deal is the Family Pack: Four general admission tickets, four hotdogs, four popcorns and four sodas for $54. Lockhart Stadium is at 350 NW 55 St., Fort Lauderdale, near the intersection of Powerline and Commercial Boulevard.   Info:

You may need a scorecard for “Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes,” but rest assured that all her favorites are here: Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip, Belle and the Beast, Little Mermaid Ariel and Prince Eric, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Tiana and Naveen ("The Princess and the Frog"),  Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder ("Tangled") and, of course, Tinker Bell.  But there’s also a 30-foot-long dragon and a waterfall that will leave you wondering “How did they …?”  Shows are at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the BB&T Center (2555 Panther Parkway, Sunrise). Tickets:  $8-$60.50. Info:, 954-835-7000 or

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