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What to do with kids this weekend: Back-to-school fairs, Summer Splash, Wizard of Oz

Jennifer Jhon
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The back-to-school tax holiday is Aug. 3-5, bringing with it a ton of events and giveaways for students. Many malls have special deals and programs for the weekend, and there are county- and city-sponsored programs for kids.

There is also Safari Nights at the Palm Beach Zoo, a Breastfeeding Awareness Walk and family fun day at Tropical Park in Miami, workshops for kids at Home Depot stores throughout South Florida and “The Wizard of Oz” outdoor movie in Pembroke Pines.

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

Breastfeeding Awareness Walk, Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Come out for a free, fun, family-friendly day in the park to raise awareness on the importance of breastfeeding in our community. Free workshops, demonstrations, health screenings, music and raffles. Kid’s Zone has free face painting, water slides, glitter tattoo artist and other activities. Free. Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Road, Miami. 7thannualbfwalk.eventbrite.com

Home Depot Kids Workshop, Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages 5-12 are invited to build bookworm bookends, then customize it with paint and stickers. Kids receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Free. Home Depot stores. homedepot.com

Hard-Edge Painting, Saturday, 10-11 a.m. The family program features a studio workshop for artistic fun for all ages. Explore, create and enjoy hard-edge paintings in the workshop suitable for students in kindergarten and older. $5. Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. bocamuseum.org

Kids Fest, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free bowling, shoe rental and $5 arcade card for kids, plus $1 hot dogs, $1 soft drinks, $2 pizza slices and deals on bowling for adults. Free. Bowlero, 350 Maplewood Drive, Jupiter. bowlero.com/location/bowlero-jupiter

Summer Splash featuring Jake Miller, Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Join Y100 and Jungle Island for a foam pool party at Jungle Island’s pop-up water park, NeoSplash; an exhilarating acrobatics show at the Superflight; a fun foam dart tournament at the Battleground; and food and drinks at the Pink Flamingo food truck. $30-$40. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. jungleislandtickets.com

Kindergarten Kickoff, Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tips on how to improve your child's fine motor skills, numeric ordering, and sound and letter recognition. Kids can hop aboard a real school bus, learn about healthy lunch box snacks and practice circle-time with an interactive music session. There will also be raffles and resource tables. $15-$20. Miami Children's Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org

Orange Bowl Family Fun & Fit Day, Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy food trucks, vendors, music, games, raffle giveaways, bounce houses, caricaturists and face painting for children. Kids in attendance will receive free haircuts and free backpacks filled with school supplies. Free. Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens. community.orangebowl.org/familyfunandfitday/

Young At Art Museum's Back to School Bash, Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fun hands-on art activities inspired by Christopher Ian MacFarlane’s Saturday Morning Cartoons, such as creating My Creature Pencil Toppers, BFF Friendship Bracelets, and Back to School Bookmarks. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. youngatartmuseum.org/

Florida Technical College Back to School Community Expo, Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Get free school supplies and haircuts while enjoying free family activities, food and refreshments. All services and supplies offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Free. Florida Technical College, 12520 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Register at bit.ly/2LGQNNH.

Get a full list of education fairs and back-to-school programs here »

S.O.L. Fete Miami - Summer of Love Festival, Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Caribbean food, art, music and cultural activities for the entire family, including Caribbean-inspired mini-golf, paint classes, life-size games, children’s self-esteem boot camp, fitness activities, food trucks and arts and crafts vendors. Free. Bayfront Park Pavilion, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. bayfrontparkmiami.com

Tweens and Teens Calligraphy, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Learn how to write your name and some Japanese words with ink and brush, two traditional calligraphy writing implements. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. $25. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens., 4000 Morikami Park Rd., West Palm Beach. morikami.org

Back To School Olympics, Saturday, 12-2 p.m. Enjoy shopping discounts and tax savings, plus one guest will win a $1,000 shopping spree. Register from noon to 12:50 p.m., and three people will be randomly picked to participate in four challenges. The first to win two challenges wins. Free. Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach. palmbeachoutlets.com

Artful Learning - Children's Art Class, Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. Ages 6 to 12 can have fun with art and science. Registration required. Parents must stay on site during class. Free. Manatee Lagoon FPL Eco-Discovery Center, 6000 N Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. visitmanateelagoon.com

Kids Fest, Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Free bowling, shoe rental and $5 arcade card for kids, plus $1 hot dogs, $1 soft drinks, $2 pizza slices and deals on bowling for adults. Free. Bowlero, 8200 W. State Road 84, Davie. bowlero.com/location/bowlero-davie

It's Circus! It's Science!, Saturday, 2-3 p.m. Explore the science of the circus with professional clowns. Learn about scientific concepts (balance, gravity, momentum, centrifugal force and more) brought to life by Bucky & Gigi, a team of talented clowns using physical comedy, circus skills, improvisation and audience participation. Ages 6+ (siblings welcome with caregiver). Free. Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd, Davie. sherman.library.nova.edu

Be My Neighbor Day, Saturday, 4-8:30 p.m. Meet Daniel Tiger. Included with baseball game ticket. Gates open at 4 p.m. for family activities before the 5:30 p.m. game: Palm Beach Cardinals vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads. Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, 4751 Main St., Jupiter. rogerdeanchevroletstadium.com/

International Music & Food Festival, Saturday, 6 p.m. Live music includes reggae, soca, calypso, kompa, merengue, gospel and R&B sounds. There will be DJs, a kids' area with bounce houses and games, multicultural cuisine, arts and crafts, and merchandise vendors. $10; ages 12 and under free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens. miamigardens-fl.gov/

Jamaican Independence Day Celebration, Saturday, 6-10:30 p.m. Food, music, dancing and entertainment to celebrate the history, contributions and culture of Jamaica. Free. Shirley Branca Park, 6900 Miramar Parkway, Miramar. 2018jamaicanindependence.eventbrite.com

The Wizard of Oz Outdoor Movie Night, Saturday, 8-10 p.m. The Frank presents an outdoor screening of “The Wizard of Oz” on the plaza. Candy, snacks, water and sodas available for purchase. The plaza opens at 7:30 p.m. and the night will kick off with a performance by Ballet Florida Dance Company. The movie begins at sundown. Free. The Frank Art Gallery, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. thefrankgallery.org

Dream Car Classic Car Show, Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles. Free. Downtown Hollywood, 2000 Hollywood Blvd.,, Hollywood. CobraJoeProductions.com

South Beach Mango Festival, Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Farmer’s market featuring a wide variety of the luscious tropical fruit; mango tastings; kids cooking classes and play area; live music; chef demos; a mango-mixology competition and mango books. $20. Lummus Park, 1130 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. sobemangofest.com/

Sunday Jazz Brunch, Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Listen to music on three different stages, enjoy artist demonstrations, vendors and more. Bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. Well-behaved, leashed pets welcome. Free. Along the Riverwalk in downtown Fort Lauderdale. fortlauderdale.gov

Chicken Little, Sunday, 11 a.m. Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth presents an original musical based on the classic tale. $6-$8. Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. willowtheatre.org

Indie Craft Bazaar, Sunday, 12-5 p.m. This independent art and handmade festival features over 65 artists, crafters, designers, and makers, plus DIY activities, henna tattoos, food, drink specials and giveaways. Swag bags for first 100 customers. $5, kids 10 and under free. Revolution Live/Stache, 100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. indiecraftbazaar.com

Free Back-to-School & Health Fair, Sunday, 3-7 p.m. The event will provide each student with a backpack filled with school supplies, plus kids games with prizes, crafts, face painting, sno cones, popcorn, cotton candy, food, and entertainment. Free. Physician Family Pharmacy, 5869 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres City. physicianfamilypharmacy.com

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