Family fun for May 17-19: Color Run, superheroes and moreSun Sentinel — Jennifer Boehm Sun Sentinel
May 15--VolunTeen Orientation, Saturday, Noon -- 12:45 p.m.
Teens, do you need service hours this summer? Students ages 14 -- 18 can volunteer at the library for their summer programs and assist library staff with setting up and running activities/events, shelving materials and more. Attendance at the orientation session is mandatory to become a VolunTeen. Free. Registration is required. Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis St. For more information, visit WPCCityLibrary.org or call 561-868-7705.
Kodomo No Hi! Japanese Children's Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Noon -- 4 p.m.
Celebrate Kodomo No Hi, which is "Children's Day" in Japan. Write your name in Japanese calligraphy and construct simple origami. Create sumi-e paintings or festive carp banners throughout the day. There will be Kamishibai Story Telling, Taiko drumming performances, a martial arts workshop and flower arranging in an ikebana inspired art workshop. $15-$20. (included in admission price.) Miami Children's Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. 305-373-5437, MiamiChildrensMuseum.org.
Family Fun Day at TooJay's Deli, Saturday, 8 a.m.
The fun begins at 8 a.m. with the first 25 guests in line receiving $25 gift cards and branded tumblers. Spin the prize wheel and enjoy lots of other activities throughout the day. Children ages 12 and younger can enter the art contest and create a crayon drawing of the TooJay's jaybird mascots to be entered to win free kid's meals for a year. The fun continues from 2 -- 4 p.m. with a face painting and balloon art station. Free. 801 S. University Drive, Plantation. For more information, call 954-423-1875.
The Color Run, Saturday, 7:30 a.m.
This 5K, untimed event douses runners from head to toe in different colored powders. Participants wear white at the starting line and finish the race plastered in color. Once the race is over, the fun continues at the Finish Festival with music, dancing, photo ops, activity booths, vendors, and more massive color throws. $29.99-$34.99. Huizenga Park, 32 E. Las Olas, For Lauderdale. TheColorRun.com
Fast Lane Friday, Friday, 6 p.m. -- midnight
Feeling the need for speed? This legal drag racing event is open to all car enthusiasts (Drivers must be 18 and older with a valid driver's license and proof of registration/insurance.) $20-$25 for participants; $10-$15 spectators. Kids 12 years old and younger are free. Homestead Miami Speedway, One Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd., Homestead. 866-409-7223, HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com
Rebuilding Together Broward County, Saturday, 7:30 a.m.
Rebuilding Together is partnering with Broward County as a part of its National Rebuilding Month. Together with hundreds of volunteers, four homes in the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD) will be painted and landscaped. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old and no construction experience is needed. Regisration tent is located ar 22nd Street and 44th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale (across from Meadowbrook Elementary School.) To sign up, visit RebuildingTogetherBroward.com
Paddletopia, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.
The 96th Street waterfront park turns into a weekend-long festival featuring non-motorized sports, fitness classes for adults and children, healthy food samples, giveaways and more. Complimentary paddleboards and kayaks will be available to use at a pop-up dock on the waterway, bordering the park. Free. 9580 Bay Drive, Surfside. For more infomation or to reserve a paddleboard or kayak, visit VisitSurfSideFL.com
Young At Art 30th Birthday Bash and Festival of The Arts, Saturday, 10 a.m. -- 6 p.m.
Enjoy special art stations, join in a birthday dance party, sing Happy Birthday and enjoy birthday cake. Take part in cheering on young talented artists as they showcase their artwork, compete for prizes, and sell their artwork during the Festival of the Arts. The Teen Film Festival will also premiere. Teens, ages 13-18, are invited to submit short films, stop motion, animation, and more to be judged by a panel of accomplished local filmmakers. $5. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085, YoungAtArtMuseum.org
"Hall of Heroes," Opens Saturday and runs through Sept. 2
Saturday kicks off the opening weekend of Museum of Discovery and Science's exhibit, "Hall of Heroes." It brings guests into the world of superheroes, gadgets and spies through an immersive experience. Enjoy movie prop-quality photo opportunities, including an authentic 1966 Batmobile. Challenging, highly engaging interactives, intriguing, informative displays with props, costumes and more. $14-$17. (exhibit included in admission price.) 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-6637, Mods.org
National Kids to Park Day, Saturday, 9 -- 11 a.m.
This event encourages parents to take their kids to a neighborhood, state, or national park. Enjoy a nature walk, arts & crafts, tree planting, and other activities to help children learn about their park habitat. This event is geared towards elementary-ages kids (kindergarten -- 5th grade.) Registration is required. Free. Community Center, 1100 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. 954-545-6698, CoconutCreek.net
An American Celebration: Patriotic Concert, Sunday, 3 p.m.
The concert feattures The Fort Lauderdale Symphonic Winds, with more than 50 musicians directed by Jim Mullen and featuring tenor James Perkowski. Free. First Baptist, 301 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. HonorFlightSouthFlorida.org
Mini-Me Science: Spinning Spirals, Sunday, 10:30 -- 11 a.m.
This program is designed for children ages four and younger. Whirling, twirling, spinning spiral patterns will be explored as children examine the science behind the shape of a hurricane. They'll learn why hurricanes spin, what direction they spin and why they have an "eye" at the center before creating their own mini vortex in a bottle to take home. $10 member/$12 non-member, Museum admission must be purchased separately to participate. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. To register, visit FrostScience.org/minime
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