THE CANDY MAN CAN
The Miami Children's Theater brings Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir to life. The performance of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" will revive all of the classic tale's beloved characters and songs. 8 p.m. March 6, 7, 13 and 14. 3 p.m. March 7 and 14. Coral Gables Youth Center Theater, 405 University Drive, Coral Gables. Details: www.miamichildrenstheater.com.
Miami Children's Theater new session of classes and programs begins. Classes include beginning to advanced acting, tap, jazz, voice lessons and classes for preschoolers. Ends March 6. Youth Center Theater, 405 University Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 274-3595 or www.miamichildrenstheater.com.
COMING TO LIFE
The Playground Theatre puts on a production of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Steadfast Tin Solider." The show gives a peek into the playroom after the children go to sleep when a brave toy soldier risks everything for the love of a beautiful ballerina. Ends March 7. The PlayGround Theatre, 9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores. $15. Ends March 8. Details: (305) 751-9550 ext. 223 or www.theplaygroundtheatre.com.
Bill Sadowski Park and Nature Center hosts a mime class for children aged nine to 14. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Bill Sadowski Park and Nature Center, 17555 SW 79th Ave., Cutler. $36. Details: (305) 255-4767 or www.miamidade.gov/parks.
STEAMING INTO TOWN
Thomas the Tank Engine is set to roll into the Gold Coast Railroad Museum for the "Day Out with Thomas 2009." Fans will have a chance to take a 25-minute ride with the iconic train engine, meet Railway Controller Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy storytelling and live music. 10:30 a.m. Ends March 8. Gold Coast Railroad Museums, 12450 SW 152nd St., Howard. Details: (305) 253-0063 or www.gcrm.org.
A TASTE OF PINECREST
The seventh annual "Taste of Pinecrest" will include a full day of food, fun, children's rides and entertainment with all proceeds benefiting Pinecrest's public schools. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest. Details: (305) 662-8024 or (305) 491-4452.