Weekend in Miami: Moon-Gaze, Raid Pirate Island, & Party at Downton


If you’re suddenly feeling hungry like the wolf, and have no idea that it’s a Duran Duran classic, it’s OK. On Friday night at 7 p.m., The Preston B. Bird & Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., is celebrating the fact that February is the month of the Wolf Moon and hosting a night of Winter Star Gazing, along with the experts and luna-tics at the Southern Cross Astronomical Society, who will answer any questions you may have – as long as it has nothing to do with Duran Duran. The free event will also feature refreshments and a flash mob singing “Kumbaya” around a campfire. Just kidding. They’ll tell you some cool stories around the fire, and then you can sing if the moon-spirit moves you.

Shiver Ye Timbers

Go from howling at the moon to arrrrghing with your kids on Pirate Island, at the Miami Children’s Museum‘s kid-friendly homage to swashbuckling from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday, February 7 at 980 MacArthur Causeway. An erstwhile Pirate Academy will teach kids how to tie a proper pirate knot, how to walk the plank without falling and, of course, the art of treasure hunting. There will be games, stories, shows, and more. Admission is $18 for adults and kids, $14 for Florida residents.

They Say It’s Your Birthday

And while pirates are ageless, if not so evergreen, Miami Beach is about to celebrate its 100th year and doesn’t look a day over a well-maintained 40-something. In celebration of this, Orchestra Miami is performing a free concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 8 at Collins Park (1200 Collins Ave). The show will be an aural journey through Miami Beach’s history, so don’t be surprised if you hear a symphony playing the theme to Miami Vice. The orchestra will definitely be playing music from the Art Deco Era, the Big Band Era, and more. Bring your own food, drink, and blankets – and wear pastels and go sockless, if you wish.

Pinkies Up, Eyebrows Down

Although Valentine’s Day is a week away, Madi’s Tea Garden, 4009 SW 152nd Ave., is getting a jump on the festivities (or lack thereof, depending on whom you talk to) with a Downton Abbey-inspired Valentine’s Tea at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 8. For $35, you can don your modern-day, suffocating corset (known as Spanx) and pig out on a feast of very proper (ca. 1900s-1920s-era nobility, that is) menu including “Soup, Savouries & Sweets; Roast Game Prepared by Mrs. Patmore; and Teas selected by the Dowager Countess” and prizes for best dressed, as well as Downton Abbey trivia. Bring your own countess-inspired, period-appropriate snark.

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The Preston B. Bird & Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park

24801 Southwest 187th Avenue Homestead FL 33031

(305) 247-5727

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