Marvel he­roes to fight evil at BB&T Cen­ter

Kid-friendly events in­clude lantern fest, free car­toon class

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - CALENDAR - By Jen­nifer Boehm

The new year is in full swing and lo­cal event pro­gram­ming is promised to be even big­ger and bet­ter.

Some of the hottest ex­hibits are still on dis­play, so make sure to take ad­van­tage be­fore they’re gone.

Di­nosaurs are roam­ing wild at the South Florida Sci­ence Cen­ter at Di­nosaur In­va­sion; things are light­ing up at Frost Sci­ence’s Crea­tures of Light: Na­ture’s Bi­o­lu­mi­nes­cence; and find your way through a col­or­ful, translu­cent maze at Young at Art’s LightS­capes ex­hibit.

Here is our top 10 picks for fun this week­end:

1. Camp­fire & Night Walk at Arch Creek Park, Fri­day, 7-9 p.m.

Take a night­time stroll along­side a nat­u­ral­ist guide to dis­cover noc­tur­nal life of the park at dusk. This pro­gram meets at the park EcoCen­ter. Bring com­fort­able closed-toe shoes, in­sect re­pel­lent and a flash­light. $6. 1855 NE135th St., North Mi­ami. mi­amidade.gov/ parks/arch-creek

2. Free Car­toon Class, Saturday, 4-5 p.m.

Bring your chil­dren (ages 5 and older) to this be­gin­ners in­tro­duc­tion to car­toon­ing. All ma­te­ri­als are pro­vided free of charge. Barker An­i­ma­tion Art Gallery, 901 S. Fed­eral High­way, Hallandale Beach. gulf­strem­park.com

3. Fam­ily Fun Fest at Pine Trails Park, Fri­day (6-10 p.m.), Saturday (noon-10 p.m.), Sun­day (noon-6 p.m.)

En­joy rides, games, mu­sic and food. Admission and park­ing is free. $25 wrist­band for un­lim­ited rides or in­di­vid­ual ride tick­ets are avail­able. 10555 Trails End, Park­land. city­of­park­land.org

4. Sci­ence of Sports, Saturday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

From dance to foot­ball, all sports take de­ter­mi­na­tion, prac­tice and sci­ence. Ex­plore forces at play when throw­ing a ball, the 3D ge­om­e­try present in soc­cer and com­plete a fit­ness trail chal­lenge. Free with paid mu­seum admission. Phillip and Pa­tri­cia Frost Mu­seum of Sci­ence, 1101 Bis­cayne Blvd., Mi­ami. frostscience.org

5. Marvel Uni­verse Live, Thursday- Sun­day, 7 p.m.

Marvel fans as­sem­ble for this live, ac­tion-packed bat­tle to de­fend the uni­verse from evil. Spi­der-Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Gal­axy join forces with Doc­tor Strange in a race against time. The show unites some of Marvel’s great­est su­per he­roes, in­clud­ing Iron Man, Cap­tain Amer­ica, Thor, Black Pan­ther, Hulk and Black Widow against some of the most threat­en­ing vil­lains. $18.75 - $125. BB&T Cen­ter, 1 Pan­ther Park­way, Sun­rise. thebbt­cen­ter.com

6. Rad­i­cal Rep­tiles, Saturday, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Join a nat­u­ral­ist for a fam­ily friendly pro­gram fo­cus­ing on the amaz­ing world of rep­tiles. Learn about these di­verse scaly cre- atures and meet some res­i­dent rep­tiles up close and per­sonal. Ages 5+, $3/par­tic­i­pant. Reser­va­tions re­quired. Dag­ger­wing Na­ture Cen­ter, 11435 Park Ac­cess Road, Boca Ra­ton. View event page 7. Tot Walk, Fri­day, 10-11 a.m. Na­ture lov­ing tots and their par­ents will ex­plore the na­ture cen­ter. Pre­reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. $5. Se­cret Woods Na­ture Cen­ter, 2701 W. State Road 84, Da­nia Beach. 954-357-8884. broward.org

8. Oshogatsu: A New Years Cel­e­bra­tion, Sun­day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

En­joy New Year’s tra­di­tions and games, in­clud­ing mochi pound­ing demon­stra­tions, Ja­panese cui­sine, crafts, tra­di­tional tea cer­e­mony and taiko per­for­mances. Ad­vance pur­chase: $7 chil­dren (age 4-10) and $12 adults. Day of gate price: $10 chil­dren, $15 adults. Morikami Mu­seum and Ja­panese Gar­dens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Del­ray Beach. morikami.org

9. Lantern Light Fes­ti­val, Thursday-Sun­day, 5-11 p.m.

The fes­ti­val is a cel­e­bra­tion of Chi­nese cul­ture fea­tur­ing mas­sive lanterns, per­for­mances and cui­sine. The lanterns ap­pear to be three-di­men­sional stained glass, and are hand­made from hun­dreds of pieces of silky cloth. $18-$23. Mi­ami-Dade County Fair, 10901 SW 24th St., Mi­ami. lantern­light­fes­ti­val.com

10. Michaels Kids Club, Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon

Let your kids ex­plore their cre­ativ­ity with DIY crafts at Michaels stores. Kids (ages 3 and older) can en­joy cre­at­ing a snow­man can­vas. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2, all sup­plies in­cluded. Check web­site for lo­ca­tions. michaels.com

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MARVEL UNI­VERSE LIVE ROD HAGWOOD/ SUN SEN­TINEL

Marvel Uni­verse Live takes over the BB&T Cen­ter this week­end in a ac­tion-packed show. The Lantern Light Fes­ti­val is open Thurs­days through Sun­days un­til Jan. 20 at the Mi­ami-Dade County Fair and Expo.

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