Sure, you live in South Florida, but do you really know what makes your city run? The Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) has taken matters into its own hands with the City of Wonders exhibit. This traveling interactive event focuses on the interconnected components that make Florida cities tick. Visitors can wander this 2,500-square-foot exhibit and discover the hidden wonders of everyday services that are often taken for granted, such as clean water, emergency response, and disaster management. You can learn about water pollution, participate in a City Hall meeting, and visit a safe house simulator to learn what to do in case of a weather emergency. You can also take a virtual tour of various Florida cities, without even having to pack, and you can check out a smoke tornado. Not sure what the smoke tornado has to do with the function of Florida cities, but it's pretty cool to watch! The exhibit runs through September 14. Free with museum admission. Call 954-467-6637. -- Audra Schroeder
A Floridian fairy tale
How is the modern child supposed to understand the tale of Cinderella, what with its fairy godmothers, princes, and magic? The Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches (1200 S. Congress Ave., No. 36, West Palm Beach) updates the children's tale, though the center avoids bringing the tale completely into the present with its Cracker Cinderella. You know you've gone past the Deep South and into just plain Weirdness when people happily refer to themselves as crackers, but whatever. Back to the fairy tale: The folks at the puppetry center update the story and put the setting in Florida as Cinderella attempts to overcome her hated stepsisters and attend the ball. The puppet show, performed by Tampa's Make Believe Theatre, takes place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $4, and reservations are required. Call 561-967-3231. -- Dan Sweeney
Staff from the Museum of Discovery and Science head just a few miles south to Aventura Mall (19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura) to bring kids a colossal adventure. The Dino Dig, held Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., features several activities that would make any budding paleontologist rub his hands in anticipation and break out the shovel and pickax -- just make sure you have some parental supervision nearby. Kids ages 5 to 10 can assemble dino-sized jigsaw puzzles or hop into a fossil pit and dig for treasure. Cost is $15 per child, and participants should preregister at the mall's guest relations center. Call 800-275-1587. -- Dan Sweeney
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