Parents with young children may already be familiar with Hispanic heroine Dora, whose animated Nick Jr. show, Dora the Explorer, has proven to be an educational hit. In the show, the 7-year-old protagonist and her sidekick, Boots, tackle puzzles aimed at preschoolers, teaching kids problem-solving techniques and infusing a word or two of Spanish into their little heads along the way. Naturally, one could expect the live show to follow a similar format. Dora the Explorer Live -- Search for the City of Lost Toys comes to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) at 7 p.m. Friday, with additional performances at 10:30 a.m. and 2 and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Kids play along as Dora, Boots, and the rest of the Dora the Explorer cast come to life and search for the long-lost city hinted at in the subtitle of the play. Tickets cost $10 to $25. Call 954-462-0222. -- Dan Sweeney
Get Your Rockets Off
Hey, kids! Your dreams of escaping the nagging parental units via a high-powered rocket ship might just be attainable now. As part of its "Summer Science Camp" series, the South Florida Science Museum (4801 Dreher Trl. N., West Palm Beach) presents "All Systems Go!" The weeklong event includes planetarium visits for kids ages 6 to 11 in which children learn the basics of rocket propulsion and flight. The little rocketeers can even build and launch their own rockets or gliders. "All Systems Go!" runs until June 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 561-832-2026, or visit www.sfsm.org -- Audra Schroeder
Toying Me with Science
If you think science is just a boring mish-mash of big words and prosaic theories, then you've never seen Garry Krinsky in action. And if you take your kids to see his "Toying with Science" show this week at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale), they'd agree that science is fun.
For the past 25 years, he has entertained audiences with an act that is two parts science experiment and two parts side show. Often described as a "living cartoon," Krinsky is the missing link between physical science and physical comedy (as well as song and dance).
With an assortment of ladders and juggling balls as well as his trusty trumpet, Krinsky's demonstration is so entertaining, you'll forget you're actually learning science. So close those boring textbooks, and see this real-life science experiment. Tickets cost $7. Call 954-462-0222, or visit www.browardcenter.org. -- Jason Budjinski