August 17th, 2014

Stories, school fun & 10 top picks for the week

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!!! Hope everyone has a WONDERFUL first week. Please post pics on our FB page - we can’t wait to see your munchkins in their back to school cuteness!

CELEBRATE BACK TO SCHOOL
Make 2014-15 your best school year yet! Prep for lots of good things to come with our 2014-15 Back to School Guide. Click here for school & after-school fun, transition tips and lunchbox ideas.

JOIN CPR DAY MIAMI SAT, SEPT 6
Book a free CPR class Saturday, Sept 6! Dade County Public Schools, Jackson Health System, University of Miami, American Heart Association, Red Cross and the Miami Herald joined together offer free CPR classes from 8am-5pm. The day is inspired by the story of a woman who saved her nephew’s life by giving him CPR in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the 836. You just might be your family’s next hero - get prepared. Click here to view locations & make your free reservation.

ACTIVITY HOP
Play for free at Deering Estate, celebrate summer reading & meet Dave Barry at the Book Shop at Aventura Mall, prep for back to school with free dental screenings and school supplies at Main Street Backpacks at Homestead YMCA or explore nature with an interactive Stayin’ Alive with Nature’s Natives at International Mall branch library.

FIND FREEBIE FUN
Ride the rails for free at Gold Coast Railroad Museum (donation suggested), celebrate National Honeybee Day at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, pick up some homegrown lunchbox treats at the Pinecrest farmers market, check out with Motion Commotion with Wacky Wild at North Dade Regional library or explore My Pet Book storytime in South Miami.

August 10th, 2014

Olaf parties, freebie fun & 10 other picks for the week

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Just a few more weekdays till schools starts - make the most of them…

ACTIVITY HOP
Party with everyone’s favorite snowman as Olaf heads to My Gym Aventura, jump for less at Jumparoo’s Terrific Tuesdays, feast on food trucks and community fun at Arts Park or celebrate National Honeybee Day at Fairchild.

FIND FREEBIE FUN
Play for free at Deering Estate, treat the kids to a free screening of Rio 2 at Paragon Grove 13, spend the afternoon at Miami Children’s Museum for free, make a robot at North Dade Regional Library, shop books for all ages at Aventura Mall or celebrate back to school with face painting, music & games at the Mall of the America’s Summer Kids Club grand finale.

PARTY SPOTLIGHT: GYM KIDZ
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.

Get your birthday girl - and all her friends - on the mat for a tumble-tastic party at Gym Kidz. Children will enjoy learning floow, vault, bars and blanace beam skills and playing on trampolines and in bounce houses. It’s an action-packed two or three hours. Call 305-944-4277 or email Gym Kidz
for details & reservations.

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

August 3rd, 2014

Free movies, summer reading, Frozen adventures & 10 other picks for this week

Welcome to the end-of-summer countdown! School is around the corner & this week is packed with family fun…

ACTIVITY HOP
Treat the kids to a free screening of Mr. Peabody and Sherman in the Grove, make a summer reading bookmark craft at American Girl, explore the fun and adventure of Montessori at a free toddler & me event at Atarah Montessori in the Grove or prep for kindergarten with teachers & activities at Miami Children’s Museum.

FIND FREEBIE FUN
Celebrate summer reading with Fizz, Boom, Read at Kendale Lakes, treat kids 8-12 to a mind & strategy gaming session at Main Library, check out this week’s Mall of the America’s kids club for some indoor family fun or celebrate back to school with Mercy Hospital, Anna, Elsa and Olaf at a Frozen Back to School community event

PARTY SPOTLIGHT: FAIRYTALE FAVORITES
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.

Nothing makes a party more special than a visit from your munchkin’s favorite character. Watch as your little one lights up when her favorite princess, fairy, pirate or entertainer walks in the door. It also makes for extra great photo-ops. Call 305-281-7517 or email fairytalefavorites@yahoo.com for info & reservations.

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

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.

Munchkin Fun is a single place to find, enroll in and pay for kids classes & camps. We stand behind every program we sell with a 100% money-back guarantee. Call us anytime at 888-982-8618.