Amazon and Beyond Exhibit
Humpys Camel Rides
Riders can experience the traditional form of transportation used by the desert people of Africa and Asia for thousands of years. Camel rides cost $5. Daily from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Miami Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. 305-251-0400. Adults, $15.95; Children, $11.95; Children 2 and younger, free.
The American Bankers Family Aviary
Miami Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. 305-251-0400. Adults, $15.95; Children, $11.95; Children 2 and younger, free. Wings of Asia: You will encounter rare and exotic Asian birds up close. You may also witness them building their nests and caring for their young. Open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bird Feedings: Follow the bird keepers for fun and information while they go throughout the aviary feeding the birds. Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Indoor Activities: Observe ducks swimming above and below the water with fish and turtles through the viewing glass of the indoor Observation Center. Daily from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Encounter Dinosaurs: View a film showing the link between dinosaurs and birds at the Field Research Center, and then search for the skeleton of a 40-foot-long carnivorous dinosaur in a mock fossil excavation dig pit. Daily from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Conversations from the Hut
Join resident artist Chisseko Kondowe, of Kenya, as he expresses the beauty, laughter and simplicity of life in Africa trough music and art. Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30-3 p.m. Young at Art Childrens Museum, 11584 W. State Road 84, Davie. 954-424-0085. General admission, $8; Seniors 62 and older, $7.50; Children younger than 2, free.
Fort Lauderdale History Center
School children on field trips are conducted through the Fort Lauderdale History Center with walks along the New River, New River Inn and King-Cromartie House and the 1899 Replica School House built in 1976. Children learn what life was like in the days when Fort Lauderdale was a pioneer town. Anyday.10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Fort Lauderdale History Center, 231 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-463-4431, ext. 12. $7.
Preschool Open Gym
Children of walking age up to 5 years old can enjoy open play time with caregiver. Wednesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. Nova Gymnastics, 2280 SW 71st Terrace, Davie. 954-476-3154. $7 per child.
Toddler Music Classes
Children along with a parent or caregiver can enjoy singing, moving, creating and imagining. Early literacy skills are emphasized through music play utilizing a curriculum developed by leaders in the field of early childhood music education. Fridays from 9:30-15:15 a.m. Kay Gaither Community Center, 6291 Funston St., Hollywood. RSVP to Lisa at email@example.com or call 954-967-4234. $42 for four weeks or $80 for eight weeks.
PALM BEACH COUNTY
Come down to the nature center and watch a baby loggerhead sea turtle, many species of fish and a Florida king snake eat their breakfast. Weekends at 11 a.m. At 3 p.m. on Sundays, come see a live rat snake and Florida king snake in person, and listen to a staff naturalist give a snake talk. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 State Road 703, North Palm Beach. 561-624-6952.
Geared to the youngest performers, this is a fun, playful and creative class for ages 3-5. The program introduces the magic of theater through storytelling, puppetry, arts and crafts and theater games. Join anytime. Saturdays from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Showtime Dance and Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Suite 73, Boca Raton. 561-394-2626 or www.showtimeboca.com.
Daily Tank Feedings
Ever wonder what a 10-pound lobster eats? Whatever he wants! Come see the resident crustaceans as well as the turtles, sharks and other fish during their feeding frenzy. Watch and listen as the nature centers naturalists explain a little about each of the salt water tanks while the feed the animals. Sunday-Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-338-1473. Free.
Dreams for Special Needs
A mommy and me class for developmentally challenged children ages 4-7 and their parents. This class provides interactive movement and music and an opportunity to network and connect with others in a child friendly atmosphere. Parents will receive support, observational feedback and suggestions about their childs social, emotional and cognitive functioning. Reservations required. Fridays from 9-11 a.m. Sunflower Creative Arts, 2601 Saint Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton. 561 482-3412. $980 per year.
Kidz On Stage Acting I
Students will engage in a variety of performance based on projects that develop creativity and strengthen fundamental acting skills. Activities include improvisation, play production, storytelling, pantomime and more. Ages 5-7. Saturdays from 10:15-11 a.m. Showtime Dance and Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Suite 73, Boca Raton. 561-394-2626 or www.showtimeboca.com.