🌞 Art, Light-shows, and performances all around


Goooood morning... Fort Lauderdale 🌞

Lot's of entertainment options this week.

In today's Family Friendly FTL Newsletter:

  • TONIGHT (Wednesday) is a busy night so check the "Won't Want To Miss" section below.
  • Movie opening, dance troupe, or artwalks to pick from
  • And we've added a couple of new sections (+ a riddle for you)

Won't Want To Miss This Week:

*Stories are notated as (Free) to participate, or ($$) if they require paid access. We will always let you know if something is paid or sponsored.

>> TONIGHT starts the kickoff of Ignite, Broward County’s new family-friendly immersive art experience featuring exciting interactive video and light installations created by leading contemporary artists and designers. Festivities start at 6pm at Esplanade Park. Ignite runs from January 26-30th. (Free)

>> If the rain drives you inside, you could also visit The Bonnet House TONIGHT from 2pm-4pm for a VIP Upstairs and Downstairs Tour. Having celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2020, the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a fanciful blend of art, architecture, history, and ecology, providing a charming destination for vacationers or daytrip for visitors of all ages. ($$)

>> Also TONIGHT, Join Historic Stranahan House Museum Education and Curatorial Coordinator Jonathan Axler, as he discusses Fort Lauderdale's role in the Seminole Wars. This program will not only discuss the lives of both the soldiers and the Seminoles during that conflict, but also talk about the men and women who left their mark on the City of Fort Lauderdale. This event is virtual and begins at 6:30pm. (Free)

>> Opening Thursday, visit Savor Cinema for Belle - Japanese Anime, with shows at 5:45pm and 8pm.

>> Also at The Bonnet House, on Thursday the 27th from 6:30pm to 8pm you can see (and hear) The Concert Under The Stars. Featuring the University of Miami, Frost Opera Theater, experience live performances on the beautiful Bonnet House Estate with wine & cheese included. ($$)

>> Friday, January 28th it's Finally Friday on Sistrunk. Starting at 6pm, there will be food, music, and recreation sponsored by the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Rec. (Free)

>> Saturday from 6pm to 10pm, it's time for the MASS District Art Walk. Enjoy live music from local musicians, shop original works of art, unique garbs, and many other handmade crafts at the #VillageShops market. (Free)

>> Or you can mosey on over to FATVillage for their Artwalk and ArtWalk ArtAttack. Same day, same times (6pm to 10pm). Visit the open galleries, the new art exhibits, and local artists and artisans selling goods in the vendor markets. With a variety of food and entertainment, it's fun for the whole family. Well behaved, leashed pets are invited along for the ride. (Free)

>> Saturday Night is the ONLY chance to get your "Doo" on by going to the Broward County Center for the Performing Arts to see Scooby Doo And The Lost City of Gold. Show begins at 6pm. ($$)

>> If you can't make it Saturday night, on Sunday at 6pm at The Parker you can see Tango Fire. International Tango superstar German Cornejo’s dance troupe The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires is a true global phenomenon and the world’s leading Tango company, with multiple sell out performances across the globe.

>> Sunday, the January series of Bike and Ride continues at Esplanade Park, from 4pm to 6pm. Join for an afternoon of fun and learning as we cycle a 4-mile loop from/to Esplanade Park via Flagler Village and MASS District. Registration is required. (Free)

Featured Fort Lauderdale

There is SO much to learn and love about our fair city. We thought you would enjoy a weekly does of "did you know's" to whet your water-cooler conversations.


Have you been following the major debate between the City of Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and the Florida Dept of Transportation on how to accommodate more commuter rail trains, without disrupting the maritime traffic on the New River? Mayor Dean Trantalis outlines his bigger vision in his January update.

*Note: Special thanks to FFFTL reader Laura C who shared the Mayor's newsletter with us. We didn't even know our Mayor was into the newsletter game too! ðŸ˜Š

So... You Think You Know Fort Lauderdale?

There is SO much to learn and love about our fair city. We thought you would enjoy a weekly does of "did you know's" to whet your water-cooler conversations.

Because of the sharp eyes and aquatic skills of our Fort Lauderdale lifeguards, over 100 ocean rescues and lives are saved each year. (Source)


Got a message you would like to share with the community? Drop us a note and we will work you into our Announcements section.


Want to get your children on stage, in step, or singing out loud?

Broward Center for the Performing Arts offers classes for kids, teens and adults that include singing, dancing, acting and Improv. The winter/spring session begins January 24th


What do you wish for you child when they turn 17? It could look something like this (turning down Harvard and Oxford).

Maybe it is time to hit reset on how we think about what is school for...

Visit Acton Academy Fort Lauderdale to see what taking a non-traditional path might look like for your family.


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Flotsam & Jetsam

Each we come across tidbits, tips, and tools that are too good to not share, but they don't exactly fit in the "Fort Lauderdale" category. So inspired by the FTL's close connection to the sea... let's see if any of this floats your boat.

Deadliest animal on Earth? It's not what you are thinking... it's the mosquito. And these other deadly perils.

Riddle for you*:

First, I threw away the outside and cooked the inside. Then I ate the outside and threw away the inside. What did I eat?

You might find the answer... "a-maize-ing" ðŸ˜‰

*Hit reply if you want to check your answer.