Greater Miami is packed with kid-friendly museums, arts, entertainment and attractions to keep children interested. Chief among them is Jungle Island, which introduces kids to wildlife; the delightful Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, with its waterfalls, grotto and underwater cave; and the interactive Miami Children’s Museum, a favorite destination for kids of all ages.
Fun Miami museums and attractions
It’s young, but south Florida does have a past and a lively one at that. Tracing the history of the region, from early Indians to rafting Cubans, HistoryMiami succeeds in educating while entertaining. The exhibits on the wreckers of Key West and Henry Flagler both merit an extended look, as does the section on photographer Ralph Middleton Munroe.Read more
Across the causeway from the Jungle Island, the Miami Children's museum turns as many heads as the parrots, with its futuristic design by the stellar architecture firm Arquitectonica. Inside, it's nothing like the familiar boring old museums at home, but rather a highly interactive kid's playground. The fun includes a colourful mosaic-tiled, two-storey sandcastle, a sea room designed specially for under-fives, the world's most cultural teddy-bear exhibit and a television studio. But what kids seem to like best are the exhibits celebrating the mundane: the bank with teller stations and fake cheques, the supermarket with checkout lanes, and the police motorcycle and fire truck.Read more
It may not be the most technologically advanced museum, but where else are you greeted by a giant concrete sloth? The permanent exhibits are of mixed quality, while the displays compiled in association with the Smithsonian Institution are educational and occasionally fascinating. The recently opened Energy Playground—which features a range of interactive exhibits, including the Human YoYo and the Giant Lever—are fun for the kids. The adjoining Planetarium is a bit old-school (it opened in 1966), but benefits from the free observatory viewings on the first Friday of each month (8.30–10pm), a favorite of south Florida teens for decades.Read more
Theater, arts and entertainment for kids
In 2001, this long-running attraction moved from its suburban South Miami location to Watson Island, giving families much easier access to the same popular parrot and wildlife shows and petting zoo. Bring loads of change to buy seeds so that the kids can feed the parrots—but remind them that these birds do indeed bite.Read more
A prime location on Miracle Mile makes this a great destination for theatergoers, who can enjoy a meal and shopping before the show. This non-profit theater presents a full season of staged productions for adults, a children’s theater series, educational programing, acting classes and a wide array of community services.Read more