July 26th, 2014

Art, Marvel comics, kids club & 10 other adventures to get on your calendar this week

Hope everyone had a great weekend - welcome to August! Time is racing by…

ACTIVITY HOP
Celebrate 75 years of Marvel comics in the Gables, check out an Otter John and wildlife friends show at the Miami Beach library, treat the kids to a free screening of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked at Paragon Grove 13, meet American Girl author Valerie Tripp or prep for back to school at the Falls’ Back to School Splash.

FIND FREEBIE FUN
Treat kids 6 and up to a day of free art camp at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, have a beach party at the Mall of the Americas kids club, check out a "Fantasy Stew" show at Miami Lakes library, build & learn with Home Depot or get creative at a Discovering Design family workshop at the Wolfsonian.  

SCORE A SUMMER DEAL
Beat summer boredom with a suite of deals for you & your little one - all air-conditioned, great rain or shine & wallet-friendly. We’re thinking a $13 mommy & me morning at Cool de Sac Gulfstream or Dolphin Mall, a $50 month at My Gym Kendall or My Gym Doral, a $25 week at My Gym Coral Gables or a $12 morning at Play In.
PARTY SPOTLIGHT: DEVOS ACADEMY OF MUSIC & ARTS
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.

Choose your theme and activity, and let Devos Academy do the rest ! All parties include personalized face painting for all children, an Art Painting project with all materials ready to go and access to our Music Fun Room, a recreation area with instruments for kids. Parties also include games, decorations, invitations and more. Call 305-763-8114 or email Devos to get party details & secure your date.

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

July 23rd, 2014

10 tips to make the most of your last 4 weeks of summer

The clock is officially ticking on summer 2014. Make the most of our waning time with camps, open plays and activities below…

MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM CAMP
Treat your munchkin to an international adventure. MCM’s interactive camp invites kids in preK through 5th grade to play, learn, imagine and create through music, dance, storytelling, art and unique cuisine. The fun runs daily from 9am-3pm, register at 305-373-5437 or email yanet@miamichildrensmuseum.org.

ALEXANDER MONTESSORI CAMP
Don’t miss the boat on Alexander Camp - fun runs through August 15 and includes  a variety of indoor & outdoor activities. Toddlers through 12-year-olds spend 5+ hours a day jumping, running, playing & exploring. Click here to register or get additional information.

MALL OF THE AMERICAS
Pop by the Mall of the Americas even Thursday from 11am-1pm for a new munchkin - and mom - friendly activity. Think magic shows, animal encounters, crafts & interactive workshop. They’re fun, creative, air conditioned & a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon! Click here for a calendar of events

SAVE BIG ON OPEN PLAY
Open play is a South Florida mom’s best friend - air conditioning, entertainment and a few hours of guaranteed fun. Treat yourself to a $13 cool mommy & me morning at Cool de Sac Gulfstream or Dolphin Mall, treat yourself to a month of entertainment with a $50 four-week pass to My Gym Kendall or My Gym Doral, spend a week at My Gym Coral Gables for $25 or spend a morning bouncing, zipping & crafting at Play In for $12.

MAKE MOVIE MAGIC
Summer is prime time to hit the big screen. Paragon Grove 13 screens a completely free family movie every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10am. Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel are on tap this week, followed soon by Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Rio 2 - all free, family-family and guaranteed to entertain the kids for a couple of hours.

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.

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