July 20th, 2014

Cinderella, robots, date night & 10 other things to do this week

Hope everyone had a great weekend - can’t believe summer is half over already! Lots of fun to keep you busy this last month…

ACTIVITY HOP
Head south for Cinderella: A fractured fairytale at Key Largo Library, book the kids four hours of fun & yourself a Friday night date via Parents Play Out at Play In, dive into a poolside movie at Grapeland Water Park, explore live theater with an all kids included performance of Pinocchio in the Gables or check out mother/daughter yoga in Aventura.

FIND FREEBIE FUN
Treat the kids to a free showing of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel at Paragon Grove, learn the ins and outs of infant massage at a free workshop, invite kids 6-11 to make a robot at Main Library, get creative at an art & juice workshop at Southland Mall, discover the fun of Montessori and score free coffee at toddler + me morning at Atarah Montessori in the Grove or get crafty at a Home Depot kids workshop at Mall of the Americas.

LEGGO MY EGGO BY GUEST CHEF JULIAN LICHTENFELD
Our 12-year-old guest is back with some food for thought about the family breakfast table. This month, he’s taking a closer look at waffles - specifically Leggo v Vans. Click here to check out his findings (hint: it’s not all good news).

EXPLORE A PRESCHOOL WORTH A DRIVE
Breaking news - Young at Art just released 17 spots for next year’s preschool class. Last year’s sold out & had a wait list - click here to make sure you don’t miss the boat this year. The school is incredible - kids 3-4 spend the day exploring the museum, the library and all the goodies that accompany both. Think special guests, hands-on activities, art exploration creative play and kindergarten prep. The day runs from 8:30am-3pm and VPK vouchers are accepted. Click here for info and registration or email Gina Gates to schedule a tour.

July 13th, 2014

Ice cream parties, kids carnivals, free movies & 10 other picks for the week

Hope everyone had a great weekend - lots of fun to dive into this summer week…

ACTIVITY HOP
Feast on an ice cream party at My Gym Aventura, bowl for rhinos at Zoo Miami, check out the science of ecology with Steve Trash at SMDCAC, play with the family at a kids carnival at the Falls, check out Pinocchio at Actors’ Playhouse or treat yourself to Parents Night Out at My Gym Coral Gables.

FIND FREEBIE FUN
Treat the kids to a free screening of Ice Age: Continental Drift at Paragon Grove, check out toddler Tuesdays at the Falls, entertain the little ones with a magic show at Mall of the Americas, play for free at Deering Estate, catch a moonlit screening of Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Midtown or rock out at the Overtown Rhythm & Arts Festival.  

PLAN LIBRARY FUN
Explore "How & Why" with storyteller Kaye Byrnes at Palmetto Bay or Coral Gables, get creative with green art & jewelry, explore science and the arts at Main Library or celebrate Books, Dreams and Magical Things with magician Brent Gregory in the Gables.   

PARTY SPOTLIGHT: COOKING WITH KIDS MIAMI
Welcome to our new weekly series highlighting birthday party options - venues, entertainers and characters heading your way once a week! Look for a new business every Sunday and click here to the master list anytime.

Cook up a birthday feast! Chef Maria and her team make planning, hosting & enjoying a birthday party seamless at Cooking with Kids Miami. Choose your menu then sit back as up to 20 chefs prep, chat, mingle and feast on their hard work. Packages start at $395 and the sparkling, adorable space can accommodate up to 20 kids. Call 786-395-0355 or email  to get info and/or book.

Want to add your business to the party list? Send us a note.

July 6th, 2014

Free movies, camp, crafts & 10 other picks for the post-holiday week

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th! Lots of good stuff on tap this week to ease the post-holiday transition…

ACTIVITY HOP
Treat kids 6 and up to a free art camp at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, explore all things mango at Fairchild, enjoy storytime & free family fun at Family Day on Aragon, build & grow at Lowe’s or celebrate Miami’s 118th birthday at Family Day at HistoryMiami.   

FIND FREEBIE FUN
Treat the kids to a free screening of Ice Age: Dawn of Dinosaurs at Paragon Grove, make a summer reading bookmark at American Girl, get crafty over eco art with Edwin Villasmil on the Beach or learn the ins and outs of animal survival with Jungle Island in Palmetto Bay.

PLAN MALL FUN
Air conditioned fun awaits! Check out character storytime in Aventura, celebrate Christmas in July at Dadeland or treat the whole family to a circus show at Mall of the Americas.  

PARTY SPOTLIGHT: BABY STARS
Got a munchkin who loves to play? Treat kids 1-6 to games, puppet shows, gym time, a bounce slide, parachute play, music and dancing at Baby Stars in Aventura. Amplify the fun with character visits, face painting, piñatas and arts & crafts - happy partying! Email contact@baby-stars.com to get more info or book. Want to add your business to the party list? Send us a note.

June 29th, 2014

Fireworks, festivals, 4th fun & much more

Happy holiday week! We love July 4 for the fireworks, festivals and family fun. We’re heading out for a mini vacation - be back with our next newsletter next Sunday, July 6. Have a wonderful week!

PLAN FOURTH FUN
Ring in July 4th in style with our 2014 guide to family fun. We’ve got crafts, crowns, country music, line dancing, BBQs, picnics, staycattions, parades and fireworks galore. Click here for all the details - don’t miss out!

FIND FREEBIE FUN
Treat the kids to a free screening of Walking with Dinosaurs at Paragon Grove, make a summer reading bookmark at American Girl, explore the ins and outs of sea turtles on Key Biscayne, check out a moonlit movie in Midtown or get a jumpstart on holliday fun with a July 4th arts & crafts session at Mall of the Americas.   

WEEKEND PLAN
Bring your favorite four-legged friend to the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens for a picnic with the pets featuring a pet-friendly picnic, a doggie fashion show & kids activities; get creative at a Discovering Design family workshop at the Wolfsonian; continue holiday fun with July 5-6 festivities at Bayside; or treat the kids to Pinocchio at Actors’ Playhouse

HELP SAVE THE LIBRARY
Love the library? Help save it from budget cuts. The Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library is urging you to call your commissioner and ask him/her to send money to your library. Every call makes a big impact. Click here to get the number and more information.

June 22nd, 2014

Basketball giveways, library fun, free movies & 10 other picks for the week

Hope everyone had a great not-too-wet weekend - those have been some crazy storms! Have you entered to play bball with the Harlem Globetrotters yet? Don’t miss out!

ACTIVITY HOP
Treat the kids to a free screening of Epic at Paragon Grove 13, check out superhero day at Mall of the Americas, dive into a poolside screening of Monsters Inc at Grapeland Water Park or celebrate ocean month at MCM.

PLAN LIBRARY FUN
Think way beyond books this week at the library. Check out a paperweaving and inspirational writing workshop in Kendall, get crafty with eco-art on the Beach, get curious at Main Library or celebrate Independence Day at Kendale Lakes.   

FIND FREEBIE FUN
Feast on food trucks & music in North Beach, treat kids 6 and up to free art camp at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, check out a moonlit movie in Midtown, join the Great American Backyard Campout or get creative in Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic.   

GET COOKING WITH OUR GUEST CHEF
Our guest chef 12-year-old Julian Lichtenfeld is back with another yummy treat for the whole fam. Pop by your local farmers market (or Publix) and pick up the ingredients for a munchkin-friendly grilled eggplant panini. Eight ingredients, nine steps and guaranteed deliciousness - click here for the complete recipe.

June 14th, 2014

Munchkin movies, bike safety, free camp and 10 other picks for the week

Hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day! Lots of summer fun to dive into this week…

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BIKE BETTER
Make sure your munchkin rides his bike safely this summer! Get fitted for a bike helmet, check out safety demos and brush up on biking basics Saturday from 10am-1pm. Miami Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares are co-hosting the free event - click here for details & don’t miss it.

ACTIVITY HOP
Check out a creepy, crawly bug show at the Miami Beach Library, sign kids 6 and up for a free art camp at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, make a summer bookmark at American Girl, rock out at a music jam in the Grove or treat the kids to the magic of live theater at The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and her dog) at the Arsht Center.     

FIND FREEBIE FUN
Treat yourself & your little one to coffee & toddler and me at Atarah Montessori, play for free at Miami Children’s Museum, check out a free family-friendly screening of The Croods in the Grove or bring the kids to Mall of the Americas for some indoor, air conditioned fun at the Summer Kids Club.

WEEKEND PLAN
Celebrate all things engineering at MCM, get musical at Arsht Center’s last Free Family Fest of the season, treat the kids to a free magic show in Doral or treat yourself to a night out via Parent’s Night Out at My Gym Coral Gables - $25 for four-hours of child-free bliss.  

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