Free Things To Do With Kids

By Lori Vajda & Susie Lamigueiro | Dec 12, 2017
Mom & son at Lummus park
Playground at Lummus Park in South Beach

Kid-Friendly Miami Attractions to Experience for Free

Miami’s family-oriented city is packed with must-see attractions and activities. Our world-renowned museums, parks, beaches, and cultural centers all have something sure to please the kid in everyone and so many of these amazing experiences are just waiting to be had for free!

Free Indoor Fun

If you are on a budget, there are great free places to visit and things to do both indoors and outdoors in Miami. Our near perfect weather makes Miami the ideal place to create great childhood memories during every season of the year.

The Miami Children’s Museum offers a dynamic, hands-on experience for kids. Visitors of all ages will love the interactive bilingual activities and crafts throughout the museum. Climb the Castle of Dreams, a two-story sandcastle made of colored glass and shimmering sand. Walk into a Cruise Ship with a 32 foot I-Wall that allows its young sailors to get an in-depth look at various areas of the a cruise ship and learn fun facts about the sea. Climb Mt. Michimu, flex your muscles at the Health and Wellness Center or explore the kid-size Veterinary Clinic, where your child can explore owning and caring for a pet. Every third Friday of each month from 4pm to 8pm admission is FREE and the museum is always free for infants under one year of age.

Celebrating Miami’s unique history, HistoryMiami Museum is a cultural Smithsonian institute. Dig up Miami’s history FREE on the second Saturday of each month from 10am to 5pm, with activities starting at 12noon until 4pm. Children and adults have the opportunity to learn about Miami’s communities and the past through exhibitions, art, and even city tours offered by the museum. You can also take part in a community mural activity, enjoy music, or listen to storytelling about Miami’s vibrant history and culture. Children under the age of six are always FREE.

Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. This whimsical art museum is absolutely FREE on the first Saturdays of every month from 2pm-4pm for kids under 12, city employees and residents of North Miami Beach. Kids ages 6-12 are invited to tour the MOCA exhibitions and learn about the elements of art by painting, drawing and sculpting. Families are also welcome to come by on the last Friday of the month at 8pm for a FREE outdoor jazz concert during which the galleries are open on a donation basis.

Free Outdoor Fun

For a little indoor time while at the park, the Dante Fascell Visitor Center has great exhibits including a "touch table" to help kids learn about the park's watery world. Special events throughout the year offer families a great opportunity to learn about the park together. Make sure to come celebrate the National Park Service birthday on the last Sunday in August.

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is another perfect place to visit, whether you’re a kid-size or adult-size train enthusiast. Take a self-walking tour exploring rare collections of locomotives or take a ride on the variety of model trains available. Standard Gauge cab rides, using diesel-electric locomotives are available on most weekends. This unique experience allows guests along with the engineer, in an actual operating cab of a train to experience the feel and operation of a diesel-electric locomotive.

During the ride, crewmembers will detail the history and operation of the train they are on, as well as describe the importance of the train in Florida's history. Younger children can even delight themselves in playing at the many Thomas the Tank Engine tables. Entrance is FREE from 11am-4pm the first Saturday of each month (excluding the months of March and December).

Do not miss hiking through America’s first national preserve, Big Cypress National Preserve - a natural wonder that is also FREE. There are many outdoor things to do here that will get everyone in the family excited about nature like canoeing, kayaking, bike riding down the everglades’ crafted scenic paths or coming close to manatees, eagles, and other wildlife throughout our mangroves and swamplands. This magical preserve is a vast place to explore that offers a fascinating time for the whole family.

As far as our beaches go, you have full reign in choosing among the family-friendly sandy beaches. Surrounded by perfect playing areas for the kids, you'll find a fun little park and plenty of places for refreshments for the entire family at South Pointe Park Beach. You will likely catch sight of the enormous ships that cruise close by coming out of our famous Port of Miami, so make sure you wave at the cruisers as they sail by.

As you head south on I-95, you’ll come to Key Biscayne where you’ll find Crandon Park Beach. Crandon Park Beach, as well as our other beaches north and south along the coast of Miami, offer plenty of water sports to experience, such as paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, kite boarding, and parasailing. Water activities are a lot of fun for kids and parents alike and just down the way from Crandon Park Beach, on the side of Key Biscayne’s bay is Hobie/Windsurfer Beach, which is a quick stop off the causeway and a great place where you can enjoy the surf and the bay’s perfect breeze while watching the windsurfers coasting along the surf.

The Perez Art Museum of Miami hosts FREE family days on the second Saturday of the month, emphasizing families creating art together. This is a wonderful time to connect with your child through art; releasing creativity and thoughts through hands-on activities. The program is geared towards Miami’s diverse populations with teaching staff who are multi-lingual. Visitors are also welcome to explore the museum, take guided tours, and possibly catch guest artists and performers that may well inspire your budding Picasso.

Four Free Family Passes to Thirteen Miami Museums and Parks

The Miami-Dade Public Library offers free passes* to some of the kid-friendliest art, culture, and entertainment attractions in Miami. The passes, which are available to anyone with a Miami-Dade Public Library card, on a first-come, first-served basis, allow up to a family of four, FREE admission to the following Museums:


*The pass is good for one visit for family of up to four, not renewable or available for reserve, valid for seven days from the time of check out and will remain on the customer’s record for the duration of the seven-day checkout. The pass is also available on a first-come, first-serve basis; check availability. The pass will not be replaced if lost or stolen, and only one pass may be checked out at a time. Restrictions may apply including blackout dates or separate admission to special events and exhibits.

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