(April 19, 2013)

Third Saturday Pony Rides. Treat your child to an affordable pony ride. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sand & Spurs Equestrian Park, 1600 NE Fifth Ave., Pompano Beach. 954-295-9047. $3 per ride.

Weekend Farm Tours. Come and see a variety of animals including a cow, sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens through guided tours of the park's farm complex.100 a.m.-2 p.m. Tradewinds Park and Stables, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-357-8870. $3. There will be a gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person with the exception of children 5 and under.

Earth Day. This event will show people how they can become more eco-friendly. Learn how bio-foam peanuts can change the future of waste, test your knowledge by grouping animals based on the ecosystem and see how pollution can affect the food people eat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-467-6637. Cost is $14, $13 for seniors, $12 for ages 2 to 12, free for members and children 1 and younger.

Reptile and Exotic Animal Expo. If dogs and cats aren’t the type of pet for you, then head over to this event and find a Rex or a Sparky that has cold blood and scales. Adoptable animals include snakes, lizards, turtles and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at War Memorial, 800 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-828-5380. Cost is $10, $5 for ages 5 to 12.

MVP Basketball Program. Mentoring Valuable Proteges will provide children ages 5-17 with basketball training and tips. 2-7 p.m. Saturdays at Sunset Lakes Community Center, 2801 SW 186th Ave., Miramar. Call 954-317-7529 or visit Ci.miramar.fl.us. Free.

ArtWalk. Downtown Hollywood will become an artists’ haven as painters take up residence along the sidewalks. Check out their work and consider yourself culturally in tune. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, starting at Comfort Zone Studio, 2028 Harrison St. Call 954-924-2980. Free.

Art Walk for Autism. This benefit for adult and child autism foundations will include artists creating works of art, musicians, food trucks, family activities and more. All proceeds will benefit autism foundations. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane. Call 954-357-5135. Park gate fee is $1.50.

Wonderful Reptiles. Get an up-close look at some native reptiles that call South Florida home. 10 a.m. Saturday at Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach. Call 954-357-8884. Free.

Ars Flores Young Artists Competition Winners' Concert. Five winning musicians from the Concerto Competition Finals will perform their solos accompanied by the orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Davie. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Miniacipac.com. Free.

Bilingual Wags 'n Tales. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Broward County, this event helps children 5 to 12 gain confidence by reading to a pet therapy dog. 3-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Davie/Cooper City Branch Library, 4600 SW 82nd Ave., Davie. Call 954-680-0050. Free

Earth Day Festival at Flamingo Gardens. Celebrate a fun Earth Day with recycling and conservation projects, learn about the environment, visit recycled art vendors, enjoy a butterfly release and much more. Kids get a free plant to take home. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. Call 954-473-2955 or visit Flamingogardens.org. Admission is $18, $10 for ages 4-11, free for members and children 3 and younger.

Earth Day Festival at Sawgrass Sanctuary Park. Celebrate green living with live music, rides, a farmers’ market, ethnic and traditional foods, eco-conscious organizations and more. Giveaways include BPA-free water bottles refillable throughout the day at the city's complimentary water station. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Sawgrass Sanctuary Park, 237 N. New River Circle, Sunrise. Call 954-747-4662 or visit Sunrisefl.gov. Free.

Farmers Market. About 25 vendors offer organic and non-organic produce, breads, pastries, pasta sauces, empanadas, homemade soaps, spices, honey and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays at Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise. Call 954-452-2558. Free.



Birds and Breakfast. Enjoy refreshments and an hour long guided tour of the birds at the center. 9 a.m. Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. 561-966-7000 or greencay@pbcgov.org. $3.

Great Amazing Race Adventure & Family Activity. Modeled after “The Amazing Race,” teams will embark on an adventure through a one mile course filled with challenges. Participants can choose the recreation pace or the faster competitive pace. This race is open to adults and children in grades 1-12. Teams must consist of two participants. The top 25 teams in the city have a chance to qualify for the Championship Race and a $2,000 prize. 1-3 p.m. Micanopy Trail at Okeeheelee Park, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach. 561-233-1400 or greatamazingrace.com $39.95 per team.

Junior Naturalists. Bring children 7 to 11 to explore fun and interesting facts about different habitats and animals. Registration is required. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. 561-544-8615. Nonmembers, $10; Members, $7.

Northern County Area Green Markets. It’s green market season, and now is the time to get your fill of fresh produce, flowers, honey, natural products and the like from a variety of area vendors. Cities now holding green markets include: Boynton Beach (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) at the northeast corner of Ocean Avenue and Northeast Fourth Street, 561- 714-2745; Delray Beach (9 a.m.- 2 p.m.) at Old School Square Park, just north of Atlantic Avenue on Northeast Second Avenue, 561-276-7511; Lake Worth, (8 a.m.-1 p.m.) on the northwest corner of A1A and Lake Avenue; and West Palm Beach (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) on the eastern end of Clematis Street, Wpb.org/greenmarket.

Boca Raton Green Market. Browse through freshly picked fruits and vegetables, plants, fresh herbs, cheeses, gourmet foods, baked goods and more while listening to live music. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of South Federal Highway and South Mizner Boulevard, Boca Raton. Call 561-299-8684.