When vacationing with children, it pays to plan ahead for age appropriate destinations and to be flexible. Sometimes seemingly fun destinations turn out to be too crowded, expensive and draining. Kids end up upset and overstimulated and parents feel spent emotionally and financially. At the end of the day, all kids really want to have is simple, clean fun. And South Florida offers plenty of fun that will be memorable for all the right reasons, not the least of which is that you enjoyed it for free!
Free Kids Films at Cinema Paradiso
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival generously holds a family film series which runs the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Enjoy a full-length feature film and short films from around the globe. A related activity to the film will follow the film. Cinema Paradiso in located at 503 SE 6 Street in downtown Fort Lauderdale, one block east of Broward County Courthouse on south bank of New River. For more information call, 954-525-3456.
Miami Art Museum
With free admission every Sunday and second Saturday of the month to this lively, interactive museum will help your kids develop an understanding of modern and contemporary art while encouraging their self expression. The museum is located at 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130. For more information, call 305-375-3000 or visit www.miamiartmuseum.org/family.asp
Young Eagles Flight Training
This incredible service is provided for children from age 8 to 17 years of age with parents’ or guardians’ permission free of charge. Children learn about the fundamentals of flight on the ground and in the air. The time they spend in flight is about a half hour. The flights are safely conducted by volunteer aviators. Each Young Eagle is awarded a certificate. On-site registration is required. Flight ETDs: 9:15, 9:45 10:30, 11:00, 11:15, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30. For more information, call 305-470-1500 or visit www.YoungEagles.org. Takes place every Saturday Morning (good weather permitting) September through March. Registration opens at 9:00AM, ends at noon. Rainy day date TBA. Please call a day before to confirm event. Located at Kendall Tamiami Executive Airport, The Tikki Hut at 14300 SW 129th Street Miami, FL 33186.
Funtastic Fridays for Kids
Friday nights will never be the same. This FREE event in downtown Hollywood features a large bounce house, creative face painters & much more! Join the fun at Artspark at Young Circle at 5:00 p.m. Located at 1 Young Cir, Hollywood, Fl 33020.
Weintraub Observatory Star Show
Most kids cannot get enough of the Milky Way. Take them to the Miami Science Museum’s free star show, held on the first Friday of each month from 8 to 10 p.m. They will enjoy the wonder of gazing at far-off galaxies. Call ahead to confirm start time, as it sometimes varies with the season. The Miami Science Museum is located at 3280 South Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33129. For more information, call 305-646-4200 or visit www.miamisci.org.
Miami Beach Streets
There is a little known family-friendly stretch of beach at Miami Beach from 53rd to 63rd Street. You will find a great playground and piles of sand perfect for castle building, picnics, and searching for buried treasure. Located in Miami Beach.