Best things to do with the kids this weekend: Star Wars, air show and more

We all know how the saying goes — “April showers bring May flowers.”

Whether it’s rain or shine this weekend, there are plenty of family-friendly events going on in South Florida.

Star Wars fans will be observing their “national holiday” across the globe on Saturday — Star Wars Day. And even though you won’t find it on a calendar (yet), there are local events going on for your little Rey or Luke Skywalker. And remember, “May the 4th Be with You!”

Star Wars Force Academy, Saturday, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Meet Me in Midtown presents Disney’s “Coco,” Friday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Meet in the breezeway (between Nordstrom Rack and West Elm) for a celebration of all things Mexican. There will be traditional Mexican music, snacks and decorations followed by a special screening of Disney Pixar’s “Coco.” Free. The Shops at Midtown Miami, 3401 N. Miami Ave., Miami. View event page

Fit Kids Day, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Event features field day activities, bounce houses, bubble balls, obstacle courses, kickball, arts activities and a resource fair that will showcase a variety of summer camps and after school programs. Free. Evelyn Greer Park, 8200 SW 124th St., Pinecrest. View event page

Spring Fest 2019, Sunday, Noon – 3 p.m.

Festival activities include a Teddy Bear Clinic, flower pot decorating, photo booth, face painting, pony rides and more. Free. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, 20900 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. For more information or to RSVP, visit or call 305-682-6677.

Fort Lauderdale Air Show, Saturday and Sunday

The schedule will be packed with two days of near-sonic booms and high-flying somersaults, aerial loops and barrel rolls, and paratroop demos and air-and-sea races. Headlining this weekend’s event will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, whose elite demonstration team of six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets will make their first Air Show flyover since 2006. Located on Fort Lauderdale Beach on State Road on A1A north of the Sunrise Blvd intersection. Tickets are available for additional viewing spots. For more information, tickets or to view the event map, visit

Fort Lauderdale Air Show Viewing Party, Saturday and Sunday

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is hosting a free (and open to the public) viewing party for the Fort Lauderdale Air Show. There will be a cash bar available. 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. View event page

Water Safety Day at the J, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Enjoy water slides, splash pad and pool time. You will also learn more about water safety for you and your family. Free. David Posnack JCC, 5850 S. Pine Island Road, Davie. View event page

The Big Cat 5K Race, Saturday, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Three cats – One race – Go wild! Racers receive Eco-friendly finisher medals and spectators receive free entry into the zoo. $25-$45. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach.

A Night at the Races, Saturday, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver will be the beneficiaries of a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser to support Experience Camps. The event will consist of an auction, music & dancing, dinner, speakers, watching the Derby and more! $125. EAST Hotel Miami, 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami. View event page

Alhambra Orchestra, Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Miami’s community orchestra, made up of talented local residents, will be closing out its season with a free performance of “Unleashed Energy” for the entire family. FIU Wertheim Auditorium, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami.

Rainforest Adventure, opens Saturday and runs through Sept. 4

The rainforest is filled with exciting mysteries waiting to be discovered. Abundant sights, sounds and plant/animal biodiversity come together to create an interactive experience about one of the world’s greatest treasures. Travel through a giant, indoor maze, enjoy themed crafts and activities and get upclose with bearded dragons and alligators. $13.95 – $17.95. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach.

“Emily Brown and the Thing,” Saturday, 10 a.m.

Touching on themes of fear, bravery and adventure (and bedtime excuses), this production from London’s Tall Stories theater company is suitable for ages 3 and up. $12. Helen K. Persson Hall, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.

Nature Detectives, Saturday, 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

“Why is the sky blue? Why are plants green? There is no end to a child’s questions! Become a nature detective with your novice naturalist as you investigate the mysteries of the world around us. Reservations recommended; walk-ins welcome based on availability. Ages 5-7 with an adult (no charge for adult). $5 member, $8 non-member. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton. Call 561-544-8605 for more information.

Bloom into Motherhood, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Event includes pampering opportunities, giveaways, photos with a professional photographer, a panel of medical experts and a Cravings Bar. Attendees will learn about local resources related to motherhood, receive swag bags and connect with other local moms. Mercy Hospital Bayside Pavilion, 3663 S. Miami Ave., Miami. RSVP now