The Fort Lauderdale Air Show, SunFest and Free Comic Book Day highlight this weekend’s fun for families in South Florida.
Sesame Street’s “F Is for Friends” pop-up tour, a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the YMCA of the Palm Beaches, May the Fourth events at libraries, and first-Friday food trucks and movies are also planned.
South Florida Parenting’s top picks for family-friendly events this weekend include the following:
SunFest, Thursday through Sunday. Enjoy more than 50 bands on three stages over four days, plus food, a chillzone, and kids’ activities along the waterfront by Clematis Street in West Palm Beach.
See our guide to the event’s music, food and parking. sunfest.com
Broward County Library May the Fourth events, Friday. Enjoy “Star Wars” movie marathons, trivia challenges, robot races, crafts and a display of “Star Wars’ memorabilia at libraries throughout Broward County on Friday. Check the library website for times and locations. ems.browardlibrary.org/mastercalendar/MasterCalendar.aspx
Palm Beach County May the Fourth events, Friday. Several PBC libraries have “Star Wars” events planned (http://www.pbclibrary.org/happenings/2018/Happenings201805.pdf), and the Boca Raton Public Library has a Star Wars Costume Party planned with crafts for all ages, Jedi training exercises, and a Star Wars photo booth. https://www.myboca.us/1005/Children
May the Fourth Be With You at West Dade Regional Library, Friday, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy craft stations to make Yoda and BB-8 puppets, a droid and Rebel Alliance photo booth, and costume and trivia contests. Enjoy free popcorn while watching screenings of “The Last Jedi” and “Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles.” Free. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. mdpls.org
Funtastic Friday, 5-8 p.m. This weekly event at the ArtsPark at Young Circle in Downtown Hollywood features a DJ, inflatable bounce houses, games, arts and crafts and artistic face painting. Free. ArtsPark at Young Circle, US-1 and Hollywood Boulevard. Please note: The ArtsPark Friday Night Movie will return on Friday, May 11. Hollywoodfl.org
Food Trucks Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Food trucks, music, kids’ activities, bounce houses. Blankets and chairs are welcome. Tamiami park, 11201 SW 24th St., Miami. miamifoodtrucksevents.com/
Free First Friday Night Food Trucks, 5:30-10 p.m. Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay. Free. foodtruckinvasion.com
Friday Night Sound Waves, Friday, 6-9 p.m. Turnstiles – The Ultimate Tribute to the Music of Billy Joel kicks off Fort Lauderdale’s Air Show weekend on Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas and A1A. fridaynightsoundwaves.com
Laser Fridays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Get ready to rock under the Frost Planetarium’s 67-foot dome on the first and third Friday. Retro throwback to the classic laser-light spectacles you know. $8-$10. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science,1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. frostscience.org
Movies on the Lawn, Friday, 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics and come enjoy a featured presentation under the stars at the great lawn on the first Friday of every month at the Great Lawn, corner of Atlantic and Pompano Beach Blvd. at the beach. Free. pompanobeachfl.gov
Family Fun Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Every Friday features an interactive DJ, dancing, games and characters. This week, see the“Coco” show. Free. Gulfstream Park & Casino Champions Plaza, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. gulfstreampark.com
March for Babies, Saturday, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Music, food, fun and family activities will follow a 3-mile walk next to the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale. http://marchforbabies.org/event/broward
The Inflatable Run, Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fun family event features a kid-friendly 1-mile or 5K inflatable obstacle course, family activities, live entertainment, inflatable attractions and food trucks. $10-$65. Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens. theinflatablerun.com
All Kids Included Family Arts Festival, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For children and families of all abilities, the free festival includes a sensory-friendly stage production of The Gruffalo; performances by America’s Got Talent’s Mandy Harvey; ASL storytelling; Zot Artz – Arts for All adaptive painting and print making; and more at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay. Also enjoy a free book giveaway, fun food, rock climbing wall and face painters. Free. AllKidsIncludedMiami.org
Mommy and Me Mother’s Day Brunch, Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Join R.O.Y.A.L.T.Y. Mentoring Program for a day with your daughter, mother, aunt, grandmother or special mother figure. Come dressed alike, play games and win prizes. $15 includes food, tax and tip. Blue Moon Diner, 10076 Griffin Road, Cooper City. https://bit.ly/2FzYmy3
Princess & Super Hero Day, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Face painting, music, games, activities, princesses, superheroes and local heroes: police officers and firefighters. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. $10. https://www.schoolhousemuseum.org/
The Rainbow Fish, Saturday and Sunday. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia tells this story about the joy of sharing with enchanting puppetry. 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. ($12, kravis.org) Also 11 a.m. Sunday at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St. Tickets (including pre-show activities and post-show sweet treats), $14-$18, aventuracenter.org.
Happy YAAnniversary, Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Celebrate Young at Art Museum’s sixth anniversary with art projects all day, a performance by Chisseko from Kenya 1-3 p.m., mini-party projects and face painting, and a $10 gift voucher for a YAA party. 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. youngatartmuseum.org
Sesame Street: “F Is for Friends” Pop-up Tour, Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. See 15-minute shows throughout the day starring costumed Elmo and Abby Cadabby characters, stories and songs about celebrating similarities and differences between friends. Also enjoy character meet and greets, digital activity stations, photo opportunities with Cookie Monster’s new food truck, and more. Free. Pembroke Lakes Mall, 11401 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. sesamestreet.org
Free Comic Book Day, Saturday. Get five free comics and fun activities for guests at participating comics shops, including Past Present Future Comics and Games, Korka Comics, Multiverse Corps. Comics and more. Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill and Boynton Beach is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. At Lauderdale Comics, 1929 S. Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale, the festivities run 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with free comics, photos with local cosplayers, art, food from Super Heroes of Florida, a costume contest and more. Learn more at freecomicbookday.com.
Cinco de Mayo and Healthy Kids Day, Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lace up and enjoy free family-friendly fun, including a Zumba dance party, face painting, tae kwon do lessons, healthy food and drinks, live music, exciting games and prizes. Free. YMCA of the Palm Beaches, 2085 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach. ymcapalmbeaches.org
Fort Lauderdale Air Show, Saturday and Sunday. See a C-17 GlobeMaster III, F-18 Super Hornet and other aircraft. There will also be a Coast Guard demo, parachute teams, aerobatic acts and formation flight teams above Fort Lauderdale beach. Admission is free to the festival on the beach from Northeast 16th Court to Northeast 19th Street. Festivalgoers must pay for admission to premium viewing areas from just north of Sunrise Blvd. to Northeast 16th Court. fortlauderdaleairshow.com
Waterworks Bash, Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy a day of everything water at Mitchell Moore Park and Houston/Sworn Pool, 901 NW 10th St., Pompano Beach. It will be the coolest place to be with eight inflatable water slides, an enchanted coral reef photo station with live mermaids, a world of bubbles, gigantic water balloon launcher and more. Enjoy some good eats, yummy treats and raffle giveaways. Free. pompanobeachfl.gov/events/display/2018/05#Waterworks
Palm Beach Symphony in the Square, Saturday, 1-2 p.m. Have you ever imagined standing at the conductor’s podium and leading a group of professional musicians? Step up and try your hand at conducting a Palm Beach Symphony ensemble by the fountains in CityPlace Square, 700 S Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. cityplace.com
Miami Music Project, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a family-friendly concert featuring Miami’s children’s orchestra in a musical tour of Mexico. Free. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. http://miamimusicproject.org
Bubble Guppies Live! Ready To Rock, Saturday, 2 p.m. The Bubble Guppies are getting ready to rock n’ roll with some totally fin-tastic tunes, but when a special band member goes missing, the show can’t go on. Includes a wave of playful characters, energetic song and dance and theatrical magic. $10-$99.50. Broward Center for the Performing Arts Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave, Fort Lauderdale. browardcenter.org
Cinco de Mayo Block Party, Saturday, 4-10 p.m. The street fiesta kicks off with activities for both adults and children. Face-painting, glitter tattoos, mini golf, a piñata and other games will be at the east end of the street until 6 p.m. DJ Flash will spin his tunes in the middle of the street, and a cornhole tournament will play 4-10 p.m. Free. Downtown Abacoa, 1200 Town Center Drive, Jupiter. http://bit.ly/CincoDeMayoBlockParty
Oriental Impressions, Saturday, 8-10 p.m. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in Hollywood with several local Asian and Pacific Islander dance groups and artists presenting a dazzling display of traditional dance at the ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater in downtown Hollywood, U.S. 1 and Hollywood Boulevard. Free. Hollywoodfl.org
Love-in Concert in the Park, Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy a day of live music featuring Havoc 305, The Long Run and Southern Rock favorite 38 Special. Also enjoy a variety of arts and crafts vendors, a classic car show, vintage clothing costume contest, and food trucks. Greynolds Park, 18501 NE 22nd Ave., North Miami Beach. miamidade.gov/parks/greynolds-lovein.asp
Family Sunday Fun Day, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy will read “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” at 11:30 a.m. followed by family painting fun with artist Sandi Levy. At 12:30 p.m., join the Rockin’ Librarians for brunch followed by family story hour. A Suzuki musical performance and free Kona Ices at 2 p.m. is followed by family Zumba at 3 p.m. The day ends with a 3:30 p.m. showing of the animated film “Coco.” Free. Stirling Road Branch Library, 3151 Stirling Road, Hollywood. Hollywoodfl.org
Darci Lynne And Friends Live, Sunday, 7 p.m. The youngest contestant ever to win "America’s Got Talent," 13-year-old Darci Lynne dazzles as a singing ventriloquist. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave, Fort Lauderdale. $29-$49. browardcenter.org
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