Ft. Lauderdale Current Events and Activities

Butterfly World

April 4-5, 2020: Stroll with wonder through a world where twenty thousand LIVE, exotic butterflies fly around you in a lush rainforest paradise. Anniversary weekend special: $10 admission for all! Butterfly World, 3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek. 9am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Opera - Stories Told Through Singing

May 9, 2020: This is an interactive sing-a-long storytelling experience! Story time is followed by an art activity for all. FREE and open to all ages. Please arrive early. Space is limited & based on time of arrival. To save your space, please register in advance with the provided link. Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Ave, Lake Worth. 10-11:30am. Visit their website for more information.

Artful Saturday - Summer Solstice

June 13, 2020: Design & create your very own Summer Solstice inspired project! A great way for children & a parent/guardian to explore the museum & spend a fun afternoon together. Please arrive by 2:45pm; it will begin promptly at 3pm. $5/person. The pre-sale rate is $4/person. Register by June 12 to get the pre-sale rate. Payment is required for all attendees of Artful Saturday, both adults and children ages 3+. Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Dr, Coral Springs. Visit their website for more information.


Seasonal and "Any Time" Happenings Around Ft. Lauderdale

Night at the Museum

February 1, 2019: Families can enjoy extended hours of museum exploration, shows, entertainment, exhibits and more, the last Friday of every month. December’s theme is DINOtopia. January’s theme is STEAMtastic. $14.95/adult, $10.95/child. South FLorida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. 6-9pm. Visit their website for more information.

Buehler Planetarium

Wednesday nights: Visit the Buehler Planetarium every Wednesday night from 7-10pm. Stop by during that time and enjoy what we can see in the sky. You are encouraged to arrange field trips; please call in advance. All observations are free and open to the public. Broward College, 111 East Las Olas Blvd, Ft Lauderdale. Visit their website for more information.

Free Family Day at Perez Art Museum Miami

Second Saturday of the Month: Activities for families from 1-4pm, including family-friendly tours & chances for children to create art. Also, the museum is free the first Thursday of every month. There will be talks, performances & movie screenings on Thursday nights, when the museum is open until 9pm. 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. 10am-6pm. Visit their website for more information.

Free Third Fridays at Miami Children's Museum

Third Friday of the Month: Visitors can roam the Museum free of charge! There Due to the number of visitors on Free Third Fridays, we suggest leaving strollers at home or in the car. 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. 4-8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Fridays Gallery & Movie Night

Fridays: As the sun sets around the village, lay down your blankets & stay for a free, fun, family-friendly film! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, a few friends, or the entire family & be sure to arrive early for a good seat on the lawn. In case of rain, the movie will be moved to our indoors gallery area. 600 Breakers Ave, Ft Lauderdale. Movies begin @ 6pm.

Ft Lauderdale Beach Sweep

Second Saturday of the Month: Join the City of Ft Lauderdale, Kids Ecology Corp & Beach Sweep America! Beach lovers & those who enjoy volunteering for a good cause are invited to participate in this monthly cleanup event. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Students receive community service hours credit! Wear appropriate attire: closed-toe shoes & hat. Bring water & sunscreen. Parking will be available for volunteers at the Las Olas Intracoastal Lot (south of the east ramp of the Las Olas Bridge). 300 S. Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Ft Lauderdale. 7-11am. Visit their website for more information.

MASS Fort Lauderdale Art Walk

Last Saturday of the Month: The streets of MASS District come alive with a collaboration of art, music, food trucks, vendors, and local businesses. Explore the diversity of local art galleries, restaurants and shops. 844 NE 4th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. 6-11pm. Visit their website for more information.

Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital

Year round: Learn to appreciate the beauty of nature in South Florida! People of all ages can come to observe birds, mammals, reptiles & native plants. It's where injured and orphaned native wildlife is rehabilitated. 3000 Sportsplex Dr, Coral Springs. Kids under 4, free; ages 5-17, $3 & 18+ $5. Tues-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat & Sun, 10am-3pm.

Sunday Jazz Brunch

Sundays: An ideal way to relax & enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s scenic Riverwalk! This free, live, outdoor concert series brings the area’s best local jazz artists. Listen to the music on three different stages on the first Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 400 SW 2nd St, Ft Lauderdale. Visit their website for more information.


Archive of Some Past Events

Let's Roam Fort Lauderdale

March 2, 2020: See the best of Fort Lauderdale and delight your friends with some epic scavenger hunt ideas for adults. $11. 1500 Brickell Dr, Fort Lauderdale. 11:30am. Visit their website for more information.

Campfire & Night Walk at Arch Creek Park

February 21, 2020: This night-time stroll takes you into some of the various natural ecosystems of South Florida alongside a naturalist guide. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, insect repellent, and a flashlight. Feel free to bring your own marshmallows to roast on our campfire following the walk. $6. Park EcoCenter, 1855 NE 135th St, North Miami. 7-9pm. Visit their website for more information.

June 19-21, 2020

January 10, 2020: Family fun night of glow in the dark Bingo! Enjoy pizza, salad, dessert, Shabbat prayers, family, fun prizes and more! Perfect for ages 4 & up. Don't forget to wear glow in the dark attire. $15. Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches, 8500 Jog Rd, Boynton Beach. 5:30-7pm. Visit their website for more information.

Ugly Sweater 5K Fun Run & Holiday Family Fest

December 7, 2019: This family fun day includes a 5K fun run for all ages, face painting, fun kids activities, a full bar (for the adults, of course), food vendors, photos with princesses, super heroes & Santa may even make an appearance! $10-45. Okeeheelee Park, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach. 8am-2pm. Visit their website for more information.

Camelot Days Medieval Festival

November 2, 3, 9, 16, 2019: Knights jousting, live combat, music, magic, comedy, family-friendly fun, amazing foods, craft beers, and more at TY Park, 3300 N Park Rd, Hollywood. $15 adults, $4 kids (6-12), under 6 free. Saturdays and Sundays, November 2-17th. 10am-5:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Fall Festival

October 19, 2019: Bring the family! There will be food, live entertainment and kids activities! Intercoastal Park, 2240 North Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. 3pm. Visit https://www.boynton-beach.org/fall-festival for more information.

Flamingo Gardens $7 Weekends

September 7, 2019: The Botanical Gardens is a showcase for more than 3000 species of rare & exotic, tropical, subtropical & native plants. On Saturdays & Sundays in September, after Labor Day, admission will be slashed to just $7 for both adults & children ages 3 & up. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S Flamingo Rd, Davie. 9:30am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Old Town Untapped

August 2, 2019: The streets of Old Town will be lined with food trucks, artists, crafters and interactive art. Pompano Beach CRA, 100 W Atlantic Ave, Pompano Beach. 6-9pm. Visit their website for more information.

Sunday Funday at Marlins Park

July 14, 2019: Sunday home game will feature family-oriented activities pre- and postgame because nothing beats a memorable day out with the family. Free with game admission; $25. Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way , Miami. 12-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Life, Animated/92 min

June 14, 2019: Inspirational documentary about Owen Suskind, a child diagnosed with autism, who was unable to communicate & interact with others. His family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of animated Disney films. Free with museum admission: ages 18 & older $12. Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 2-3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Mother's Day Storytime

May 14, 2019: Parents and caregivers are invited to bring children aged 3-5 to this special story time celebrating moms. Featuring stories, fingerplays and songs. African-American Research Library, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Ft Lauderdale. 10:30am. Visit their website for more information.

PajamaRama Storytime

May 1, 2019: Celebrate Día del Niño (Day of the Child) with stories, activities, & a craft before bedtime. All ages. Southwest Regional 16835 Sheridan St, Pembroke Pines. 7pm. Visit their website for more information.

Eggstravaganza

April 20, 2019: Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt for kids 12 years and under at OB Johnson Park. Don't be late, the hunt starts promptly at 10am! OB Johnson Park, 1000 NW 8th Ave, Hallandale Beach. 10am-12noon. Visit their website for more information.

Spring Fest Spanish River Park

April 6, 2019: Help us celebrate the start of the Spring season with the first annual Spring Fest! Free activities including an egg hunt, face painting, balloon twisting, arts & crafts, and photos with the Easter Bunny will be available for everyone in the family to enjoy. The festival will feature a market with fresh produce, flowers, and locally made products. 3001 N. State Road A1A , Boca Raton. 10am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.

Manatee Lagoon Tour

March 20, 2019: Join us on a walking tour of our visitor center and learn about manatee anatomy, physiology and the importance of GPS tracking devices, as well as the Lake Worth Lagoon. Meet at the manatee skeleton display at the entrance of the building. Free. Manatee Lagoon, 6000 N Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach. 2-3pm. Visit their website for more information.

Guided Nature Walk South Florida

March 7, 2019: Join us for a FREE guided walk along the Ashley Trail, a quarter-mile nature trail that winds through the Butterfly Garden, Coastal Hammock, and Mangroves, to a sandy beach by the Intracoastal. Observe local flora and fauna as your naturalist guides you on this island exploration. No reservations required. Meet on the front porch of the Nature Center. Ages: All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 North Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. 11am-12 noon. Visit their website for more information.

Family Yoga

February 26, 2019: Join us for Family Yoga with Wellness Specialist, Cathy Whitt of Holy Cross Hospital. Please call to reserve your spot. Bring your own mat if you have one. Carver Ranches Library, 4735 SW 18th St, West Park. 1:30-2:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Get In the Swing!

February 16, 2019: Commemorate Black History Month with a taste of jazz, swing and the blues at Young At Art Library. Piano performance, swing dance demo, and story time for the whole family. All throughout the month, visit our large all day display of books, music, videos on jazz, ragtime, swing, musicians. Broward Library, 100 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale. 10:30-11:30am. Visit their website for more information.

Rosie Revere, Engineer and Friends

January 19, 2019: A fun new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect & Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty. It spotlights the STEM curriculum and celebrates ingenuity. Tickets include complimentary pre-show activities & other surprises! $16/person. Lap Tickets are available for purchase for children 12 months & under at the AutoNation Box Office. Everyone entering the theater must have a ticket. Broward Center For the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. 11am & 1pm. Visit for more information.

Groove & Green Marketplace

January 7, 2019: The events include flea-market with residents selling home goods, furniture & other items. Food trucks & other food vendors are on site for those who want to enjoy a picnic. Occasionally, workshops, auto shows, DIY projects or other activities are featured. Near Margate City Hall, State Road 7 and Margate Blvd, Margate. 9am-2pm. Visit their website for more information.

Viernes Culturales, An Arts & Culture Festival

December 28, 2018: Little Havana's popular art & culture festival is a great event for the whole family! Enjoy music and discover works by local artists & artisans in and around our iconic Domino Plaza. Dance, eat, shop & enjoy an evening in Little Havana! SW 8th Street and SW 15th Ave, Miami. 7-11pm. Visit their website for more information.

Model Train Rides

December 16, 2018: The north side of the park is home to a one-eighth life-size train system that offers rides on a half-mile track along a scenic lake. Trains depart the station every few minutes from 10am to 4pm, except in case of rain or lightning. $1.50/ride plus $1.50 park admission. An adult must accompany riders under 10 years of age. Sorry, pregnant women cannot ride for their own safety. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek. Visit their website for more information.

Junior Orange Bowl 70th Annual Parade

December 2, 2018: Thousands of children & young people take to the streets of Downtown Coral Gables in this celebration of active youth & community! The Parade is a 70-year tradition in South Florida created especially for the kids & perfect for families. Featuring a vivid arrangement of marching bands, colorful floats, community groups & creative parade units, it is a dazzling spectacle! 220 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. 11am-12 noon. Visit their website for more information.

34th Annual Main Street Festival of Lights

November 24, 2018: Enjoy the Lighting of Main Street with special guest Santa, a live DJ, photo stations, performances by students from local schools, characters & lots of complimentary activities for children to experience! 6709 Main St, Miami Lakes. 5-9pm. Visit their website for more information.

Veteran's Day BBQ

November 11, 2018: Now in its seventh year, the barbecue serves as a chance for residents to give back to local Veterans, active military personnel & their families by volunteering during an afternoon of fun, entertainment & delicious food. Military identification will be requested for free Park entrance and admittance to the barbecue. Topeekeegee Yugnee Park, 3300 N Park Rd, Hollywood. 12 noon. Visit their website for more information.

Make & Takes

November 4, 2018: Come in to build something remarkable! You'll learn about science concepts by making a fun craft to take home. $5/activity. Children's Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. 11:30am-12:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Lightscapes

November 2, 2018-April 28, 2019: Activate the imagination & explore the wonder of light! This multi-sensory exhibit explores color, refraction, reflection and light-based optical illusions. Included with paid admission of $12/Broward resident. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121 Ave, Davie. Visit their website for more information.

Texas Roadhouse Trunk or Treat Halloween Bash

October 30, 2018: Visit the Texas Roadhouse in Miramar for their first annual trunk or treat! There'll be a cotton candy machine, face painting, a balloon artist & a costume contest at 7pm. The first 100 kids will receive a trick or treat goodie bag along with a free kids meal for their next visit! 3241 SW 160th Ave, Miramar. 5-9pm. Visit their website for more information.

Big Toy & Truck Extravaganza

October 20, 2018: Get hands on! Children, teens & adults will have an opportunity to view, climb & operate a fire engine, fire-rescue & ladder trucks, a front loader, SWAT and bomb squad vehicles, bucket trucks, a school bus, marine patrol boat, electric cart & more! 1300 E Sunrise Blvd, Ft Lauderdale. 10am-2pm. Visit their website for more information.

Oktoberfest 2018

October 6, 2018: Birch State Park open space will be transformed into villages with biergartens, festive décor & a tented dining area. A German-American menu will be offered featuring bratwurst, pretzels, grilled chicken sandwiches & burgers, to name a few! Steins will be flowing with locally brewed beer. $10/person. Parking is $6/car. Birch State Park, 3109 E Sunrise Blvd, Ft Lauderdale. 2-7pm. Visit their website for more information.

Riverwalk Fall Festival

September 22, 2018: Enjoy this fall-themed family festival with food, fun & activities for all ages. Free admission. Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St, Ft Lauderdale. 12 noon-4:00pm. Visit their website for more information.

Be Kind To Animals-All Critters Matter

August 5, 2018: Meet a resident SNC animal up close & personal, and learn a little about the work that we accomplish here at the center & hospital. Guests are introduced to a featured animal. This is a free presentation with the purchase of regular admission prices. Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Dr, Coral Springs. $5/adults, $3/children. Visit their website for more information.

Free Family Day at Perez Art Museum Miami

July 14, 2018: Enjoy activities for families from 1-4pm, including family-friendly tours & chances for children to create art! The museum also is free to visitors the first Thursday of every month, and there will be talks, performances & movie screenings on Thursday nights, when the museum is open until 9pm. 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. 10am-6pm. Visit their website for more information.

Lauderdale-By-the-Sea Annual Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, 2018: Join the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea on our nation's birthday for a fun-filled extravaganza the whole family will enjoy! At 10am, the parade will launch on El Mar Dr, full of BSO vehicles, fire trucks, Lady Liberty & Uncle Sam! Make sure to bring bags to catch candy along the route. Family Fun Day happens from 11am-3pm at El Prado Park complete with a DJ, face painting, a giant water slide & more! El Mar Drive and El Prado Dr, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Visit their website for more information.

10th Annual Anancy Festival

June 30, 2018: This cultural festival for children & families provides a unique way to learn about Caribbean heritage and will feature steel band performance; traditional games & songs, arts & craft, storytelling, face painting. South Regional/BC Library, 7300 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. 1-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Flutes of the Andes

June 16, 2016: Come take an imaginary journey to South America & the Amazon Rainforest! This live interactive performance will be delightful & informative. For all ages & their families. Broward County Library, Weston Branch, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd, Weston. 11am-noon. Visit their website for more information.

Animal Keeper For a Day

May 25, 2018: Animal keepers have the coolest job! Work behind the scenes with animal care staff & volunteers to feed diets, clean exhibits, and provide enrichments to the animals at the nature center. Learn what it takes to care for these special animal ambassadors. $10. Daggerwing Nature Center @ Burt Aaronson South County Region Park, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. 10:30am. Visit their website for more information.

Family Storytime @ the Deerfield Beach Library

May 1, 2018: Family storytime for ages 4 and up! Deerfield Beach Library, Percy White Meeting Room, 837 E Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach. 6:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

All About the Bonnet House

April 14, 2018: Author Larry Singer presents his book “The Bonnet House,”! Learn first-hand how the book inspires readers to create their own nature photo safaris. Each chapter features examples of the fine art nature photography produced on the grounds of the Bonnet House Museum & Garden in Ft Lauderdale. Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave, Ft Lauderdale. 2-3pm. Visit their website for more information.

FLB Beach Sweep

August 12, 2017: Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide clean beaches for our environmental, recreational & economic well-being. Volunteers should be at least eight years old & adults must accompany minors. Please wear appropriate attire: t-shirts and shorts, a hat, sunscreen and water, and closed toe shoes - no flip flops. Ft Lauderdale Beach Hub at Las Olas & A1A - 300 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Free parking Las Olas Intracoastal Lot at 2600 Las Olas Cir. 7-11am. Every second Saturday of the month. Visit their website for more information.

Sunday Jazz Brunch

August 6, 2017: Free, live, outdoor concert series featuring the areas best local jazz artists. Listen to music on three different stages: Esplanade Pavilion, Connie Hoffman Gazebo, Peck Courtyard. 11-2pm. 1st Sunday of the month til September. Ft. Lauderdale River Walk. Visit their website for more information.

Florida Supercon

July 27, 2017: Florida Supercon welcomes Harry Potter stars, comic book legends, superstar voice actors, artists, animators, writers, film talent, musicians, vendors and more! Programming includes celebrity Q & A and costume contests. Ft Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. 12pm Visit their website for more information.

Friday's Gallery & Movie Night

July 7, 2017: As the sun sets around the village, lay down your blankets & stay for a free, fun family-friendly film! Concessions start at 7:30pm and movies will begin at sundown(around 8pm). Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, friends and family. In case of rain, the movie will be moved to the indoor gallery area. Village Design Art Gallery 600 Breakers Ave, Ft Lauderdale Beach. Free parking around Terramar St & Breakers Ave. 7:30pm Visit for more information.