With the school year coming to a close, the heat is already on for families to plan fun and educational activities for their kids and themselves. So, whether you want to plan a day out for the entire family or something a little more appropriate for you and your friends, the following summer fun guide will offer a variety of new and exciting things to do, along with traditional Florida attractions that still bring enjoyment to many.
Miami Children’s Museum
980 Macarthur Causeway
Miami, FL 33132
Want to treat the kids to a day of fun and hands-on educational experiences? Visit the Miami Children’s Museum and experience 14 permanent exhibits that invite the whole family to create, explore and play together! Climb through a giant sand castle, explore the mysteries of the deep, learn about the Everglades and even experience a world of music in a real recording studio. The “Clifford the Big Red Dog” traveling exhibit will also be at the museum from June 27–Oct. 11. Explore Clifford’s home on Birdwell Island with him and his friends. For more information, visit MiamiChildrensMuseum.org or call 305-373-KIDS.
Young at Art Children’s Museum
11584 W State Road 84
Davie, FL 33325
Do you have a budding artist in the family? Children 13 years old and younger can express their creativity at this educational, hands-on museum. Along with numerous art workshops, they also offer a summer camp and Fun Day One Day activities. Don’t miss this summer’s special exhibit Alice’s Wonderland, “a most curious adventure” where kids can create and take home a piece of artwork. For more information, visit YoungAtArtMuseum.org or call 954-424-0085.
Museum of Discovery & Science and the IMAX
401 SW Second St.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
Plan a day of exploring and discovery in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale. With more than 200 interactive exhibits, including a 11,000-square-foot nature trail, a brand new space exhibit and a variety of wildlife, there is something for everyone! Top off your day of fun with a 3D IMAX movie shown on a screen five stories high. For more information, call 954-467-6637 or visit www.Mods.org.
Quiet Waters Park
401 S Powerline Road
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Don’t let the name fool you, because Quiet Waters Park is anything but quiet! A real treat for adults and children, this park has everything from biking and boating to mini-golf and camping. And, best of all, Quiet Waters features Splash Adventure, an interactive children’s water playground. (Pool depth ranges from zero to 18 inches at its deepest point.) For more information, call 954-360-1315 or visit www.Broward.org/Parks.
3600 W Sample Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Imagine spending the day walking through lush botanical gardens and watching thousands of butterflies in flight. A mesmerizing treat for kids and a romantic excursion for adults, Butterfly World is sure to delight all who visit. For more information on the first and largest butterfly house in the United States, call 954-977-4400 or visit www.ButterflyWorld.com.
Vizcaya Gardens & Museum
3251 S Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33129
Spend a day with that special someone enjoying Vizcaya’s lush gardens and subtropical forest. You can also explore the main house which is filled with art, antiques and treasures from around the world. Take a guided tour or just explore on your own. Top the day off with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and a stop at Vizcaya’s cafe and gift shop. For days and hours of operation, call 305-250-9133 or visit www.VizcayaMuseum.org.
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL 33446
Explore more than 5,000 pieces of Japanese art and artifacts, visit the museum’s authentic tea house or take a stroll in magnificent gardens, nature trails and wildlife refuges that encompass 200 acres around the museum’s main buildings. Whatever you choose, the Morikami is a delightful place to learn more about Japanese culture and traditions. For special exhibit information and hours, please call 561-495-0233 or visit www.Morikami.org.
Camp Live Oak
Held at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Ft. Lauderdale and Oleta River State Park in Miami, FL
This environmental, hands-on day camp is perfect for any child who loves the outdoors. With exciting canoe trips, science programs and non-competitive sports, Camp Live Oak is sure to please your youngster. Located on 180 acres on Ft. Lauderdale Beach and more than 1,000 acres in North Miami Beach, Live Oak offers day camps in Summer, Spring and Winter. For more information on either location, visit CampLiveOakFL.com.
Palm Beach Atlantic University Athletic Summer Camps
901 S Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Athletic camps for students from elementary to high school. Sport choices include baseball, basketball, soccer and volleyball. Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private university dedicated to integrating Christian principles with learning, leadership and service. Programs are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on these programs, call 561-803-2000 or visit www.PBA.edu.
Ramp 48+ Skate Park
6290 NW 27 Way
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Spend the day at Ft. Lauderdale’s hottest skate park, Ramp 48+. A Life of Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale, Ramp 48+ offers a newly remodeled skate park, skating lessons, camps, demos and Bible studies. For more information, call 954-782-RAMP or visit www.Ramp48.com
Creation Studies Institute
2701 W Cypress Creek Road
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Stop by the Creation Studies Institute and explore the Discovery Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of our origin from a creationist’s perspective. The Creation Studies Institute also offers after-school programs, summer camps and science programs for homeschoolers. For more information, visit www.CreationStudies.org or call 954-771-1652.
3750 S Flamingo Road
Davie, FL 33330
Spend a wonderful summer afternoon at Flamingo Gardens, a wildlife sanctuary and botanical garden spanning more than 60 acres in South Florida. Tour citrus groves, a free-flight aviary or the Everglades wildlife sanctuary during your visit. Special events are planned throughout the summer. For more information, visit www.FlamingoGardens.org or call 954-473-2955.