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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Kids can have short attention spans, but there’s a long list of fun things for parents and children alike to enjoy in Miami Beach. Whether you’re looking for an inspiring museum with kids’ programming and activities, a tropical oasis that nurtures quality family time, or just a beach where your family can frolic in the calm ocean and play in the soft sand, you’ll find endless things for kids to do in Miami Beach.

Gather the kids and check out these family-friendly spots.

Flamingo Park

Flamingo Park is a sports-lover’s dream and a popular spot for South Beach kids. With basketball and tennis courts, a football field and soccer field, a running track and exercise machines, this park has it all for every age and activity level. Kids can burn off energy on the playground, then cool off at the Aquatic Center, where there’s a big swimming pool and a water playground for the little ones. Families can relax on lounge chairs under umbrellas. The Aquatic Center can also be rented for parties and offers special camps throughout the year.

Lincoln Road
Enjoy a day exploring Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road Shopping District

Food, shopping and plenty of room to run free: that’s what families will find at the Lincoln Road outdoor pedestrian mall in South Beach. Blocked off to traffic, the lively promenade is a great place for families to roam the long street, pop into shops, share an al fresco meal and play in designated green spaces. Families can hunt for the week’s meals together at the long-running Sunday Farmer’s Market. On Wednesday evenings from October through May, you can catch a free outdoor flick at the New World Center’s nearby Soundscape Park.

Lummus Kid Swing
Find activities for every age at Lummus Park

Lummus Park

A favorite place for kids in South Beach, Lummus Park encompasses more than 26 acres on famous Ocean Drive. The beachfront park has two different playgrounds: one for tots ages 2 to 5, and another for kids from 5 to 12 years old. Families can work on their fitness at the outdoor gyms, play volleyball in the sand, or walk, bike and even roller skate on the paved paths that wind along the beachfront. Concerts, festivals and other events happen here throughout the year.

Miami Beach Botanical Bridge
Spend a day in the Japanese Garden at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Family fun is always in bloom at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, a tropical oasis in the heart of Miami Beach. Wander along paths that slice through three acres of gardens and enjoy the natural beauty while learning about the diverse plants and trees. Kids will love the Japanese Garden, with its bright red bridge and ponds and an edible garden filled with tropical fruits. During the summer, the garden pairs up with the Sunflower Society to offer free art classes for kids, using objects from nature. Families can buy plants to cultivate in their own gardens back home.

Museum of Illusions treasure
Snap unique photos at the Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

Let your child’s imagination run wild at the Museum of Illusions. This Instagram-worthy museum on Lincoln Road is filled with interactive 3D illusions where you can take endless photos. Snap pictures of the entire family flying on a magic carpet, walking on the edge of a towering skyscraper or running across a bridge above flowing hot lava. Bring your own camera or purchase VIP passes that include a photographer who will do all the work for you. Most people usually spend about an hour at the museum, but your photos and memories will last a lifetime.

Bandshell night
Enjoy a perforance under the stars at Miami Beach Bandshell

Miami Beach Bandshell

There is always something exciting happening for families at the Miami Beach Bandshell. Think of this historic landmark as your ballroom under the open sky. Situated on North Beach where a cool breeze flows, waves crash and palm trees sway, this open-air amphitheater hosts a variety of programs for families. Thanks to a robust monthly schedule, guests are treated to live music and concerts as well as cultural events.

North Beach Oceanside Park
Spend a relaxing day at North Beach Oceanside Park

North Beach Oceanside Park

At North Beach Oceanside Park, located between 78th Street and 87th Street, you’ll discover a serene sanctuary for families. Unfurl a towel on the beach for a day of building sandcastles, frolicking in the water, or tuck under the shade of sea grape trees to quietly read a book. Gather around picnic tables for a day of food and bonding with your best chef manning the grill; or host a party under one of the rentable pavilions. Walk or bike the winding paths to further explore North Beach or the surrounding Miami Beach neighborhoods. There’s also a play area for kids to burn off energy.

The Wolfsonian
Take a guided tour of The Wolfsonian

The Wolfsonian–FIU

Cultural fun and exploration are always on the agenda at The Wolfsonian–FIU, which hosts culturally enriching activities for families in Miami Beach. Use a guide to explore the galleries together and engage in art and design conversations with the knowledgeable staff. Free Family Days are held on select Saturdays, with a different theme each time. Children can make art, listen to story time, play games or watch a movie.

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