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Night of the Living Toys

If you were a slightly disturbed kid with a hyperactive imagination, then you’ve had that nightmare about a toy chest full of suddenly evil playthings that rise at midnight under a full moon on Friday the 13th to play with, meaning murder, their owner, meaning you.

Now, you’re an adult and you think those bad dreams were just a cleansing of childhood anxieties. Well, you’re wrong -- because the toys come alive at the Miami Science Museum (3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami) when Cabaret Mechanical Theatre winds up its cavalcade of terror.

Running now through September 6, the museum claims this cabaret’s all about “a collection of over 40 mechanical sculptures, called automata… brought to life by tiny cranks, pulleys, and gears.” Sure, sounds cute, but our nightmares tell a drastically different story. Admission costs $14.95 for adults and $10.95 for seniors, students, and children. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 305-646-4200, or visit
Feb. 15-Sept. 6, 10 a.m., 2010

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