Feelin' Kinda Blue?

The Bear helps out his buds

THU 7/17

Do you remember your first time? Well, the Disney Channel's favorite gentle blue giant wants to help you remember. The Broward Center's Au-Rene Theater (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) presents Bear in the Big Blue House Live in its production of A First Time for Everything. Join Bear and his woodland friends Pip and Pop, Tutter, Ojo, and Treelo as they prepare for their first day of school, learn to ride a bike, and accomplish other first-time feats. Bear and Co. also befriend the Mann family and help them find their way to their new home. But wait! There's also singing and dancing! Bear and friends dance the cha-cha and sing songs from the TV series such as "What's That Smell," "Goodbye Song," and "Bear Cha-Cha-Cha." They also interact with the audience via live cameras and an on-stage video screen. Join in the furry fun Thursday through Sunday. Tickets cost $9, $13, $18, and $25. Call 954-462-0222, or visit www. browardcenter.org. -- Audra Schroeder

WED 7/23

Get Your Read On

What's that you say? You'd like to be involved in an air-conditioned summertime activity that doesn't leave you all sweaty and dehydrated and involves a healthy dose of reading? Well, what a coincidence, because the Milagro Center (101 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach) presents its first "Read-With-Me Day." This event brings together community leaders and business owners with the children in the Milagro Center's STARS (Standing Together Achieving Recognition and Success) program. The STARS program allows children a one-on-one reading experience that they might not get in school, and this first Read-With-Me Day includes a reading of Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Are. This reading coincides with the upcoming Milagro exhibit Wild Things: A Child's Right to Read. A book discussion and lunch follow. The free event starts at noon. Call 561-279-2970. -- Audra Schroeder

FRI 7/18

Family Fun

At Castaway Island

Now that Johnny "Captain Jack" Depp has wowed kiddies and adults alike with his piratical pursuits in Pirates of the Caribbean, all the kids want to jump on the swashbucklin' bandwagon. The folks at Topeeka, er, Toepicka, um, T.Y. Park (3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood) get in on the action with "Family Fun Night at Castaway Island" from 6 to 8 p.m. While pillaging and looting are noticeably absent, the aquatically themed activities include slime time, water musical chairs, water balloon toss, sponge pail race, and snail pail fill. Wear a swimsuit, because you're sure to walk away slimy, muddy, and happy. Admission is $5. Call 954-985-1980. -- Dan Sweeney

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