Report cards are in and (sing it with us): School’s… out… for… summer... And you know what that means: Your kids will need serious entertainment for the next three months. Here are five options to get you started.
Miami Children’s Museum
Put those Jurassic Park DVDs away. The Miami Children’s Museum brings reptilian life to life in Dino Land, an annual summer interactive exhibit featuring a prehistoric adventure (we’re talking 230 million years back) with robotic dinosaurs. COST $16 for adults and children; $12 for Florida residents; free for children under 1. DETAILS 980 Macarthur Causeway, Miami, 305.373.5437, miamichildrensmuseum.org
Need an all-day activity? Look no further than Zoo Miami. With more than 700 animals in cage-less environments, the zoo offers acres of wild encounters, including the Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station, where visitors can feed the tall, majestic creatures themselves. Don’t miss the new exhibits Art Made by Animals and Crittercam: Video Cameras Worn by Animals to Gather Data. COST $16 for adults over 13; $12 for children 3 to 12 years old; children under 2 are free. DETAILS 12400 SW 152 St., Miami, 305.251.0400, miamimetrozoo.com
It’s hot, we’re well aware. The Venetian Pool’s 820,000-gallon lagoon has been refreshing kids and adults alike since 1923. With two waterfalls, cave-like grottos and two large historic lookout towers, this is the type of summer activity we can get behind. Warning: The waters of the pool are notoriously frigid. COST $12 for visitors 13 years old and over; $7 for children 3 to 12 years old. DETAILS 2701 de Soto Blvd., Coral Gables, 305.460.5306, coralgables.com
Dolphins, sea lions, killer whales, oh my! Since opening its doors in 1955, Miami Seaquarium has been the premier location for marine life entertainment in Miami. From Lolita the Killer Whale’s daily performance to its Being a Trainer for the Day program, this place has summer days covered. COST General admission $40; children 3 to 9, $30. DETAILS 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, 305.361.5705, miamiseaquarium.com
Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience
All right, we admit it, this one is skewed toward the girls, but if you’re a fan of America’s Sweetheart doll, how can you resist? Newly opened at Sawgrass Mills, this experience brings Barbie’s Dream House to life with a 10,000-square-foot installation that’s ripe for discovery and character interactions. That’s right! Ken and Skipper make an appearance. COST $18 for visitors 14 and over; $16 for children 3 to 13 years old; $15 for adults ages 55 and older. Prices go up a couple of dollars during the weekend. DETAILS 2606 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sawgrass, 954.845.2343, barbiedreamhouse.com