Free Things To Do With The Kids

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Under the Sea at Miami Children's Museum

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SoundScape Park at New World Center

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Virginia Beach TIki Picnic Table

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South Pointe Park's amazing views

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By: Shayne Benowitz

From miles of pristine beaches to city parks, museums and even the symphony under the stars, there are more free things to do with kids in Miami than you might think. If you’re planning a budget-friendly trip to Miami with the whole family, take advantage of this handy guide for the best free things to do with kids.

A Day at the Beach

The beautiful thing about one of Miami’s biggest attractions is that it’s absolutely free. You don’t need much more than a beach blanket, a bathing suit and sunscreen to enjoy a day at the beach. Of course, you can always pack a cooler, chairs, an umbrella, a good book and beach toys to add to the fun. With miles of shoreline stretching from the tip of South Beach to Sunny Isles Beach and surrounding the islands of Key Biscayne, there are plenty of beaches to choose from.

Surfside is home to one of the best laidback, family-friendly stretches of Miami’s beaches. For a fun-filled afternoon with the kids playing under the sun, look no further! Surfside hosts a robust calendar of free community activities open to visitors, including beach picnics, wellness activities and standup paddleboard festivals.

Museums

Free Admission

Take your pick from a wide variety of Miami museums that offer free admission. The Design District’s ICA, Miami is one of the newest museums in the city and admission is always free. It showcases thought-provoking contemporary art exhibitions great for older kids highlighting under-recognized and emerging artists inside its museum and sculpture garden. Admission is always free at the Freedom Tower’s Miami-Dade College Museum of Art and Design in Downtown Miami where your family will learn about the Cuban diaspora and the story of their immigration to Miami. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum also provides free admission to its collection located in the Florida International University campus in South Dade.

Free For Kids

Part of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, HistoryMiami in Downtown Miami entertains and educates with more than 13,000 artifacts dating back to pre-Columbian times. With fascinating exhibits highlighting the region’s history, admission is always free for children under age six.

Free Hours & Days

Many of Miami’s top museums offer free days and extended hours, so plan your visit with their calendars in mind to save a buck. For the young—and young at heart—head to the Miami Children’s Museum filled with activities that emphasize art, culture, community, communication, imagination and creativity. Admission is free on the third Friday of the month from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Perez Art Museum Miami is free on the second Saturday of the month, as well as the first Thursday of the month when the museum is also open for extended hours until 9 p.m. and it’s always free to children under age six. The Wolfsonian-FIU is dedicated to design from the Industrial Revolution to present day and is free during extended hours every Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Discover Miami’s Parks

There’s more to Miami’s great outdoors than the beach. A stroll through the city’s many parks makes for a great free thing to do with kids. While Miami’s two national parks, Everglades and Biscayne, as well as many state parks require a nominal entrance fee, there are plenty of smaller parks that are absolutely free and perfect for a family outing.

Head to North Beach and cruise North Shore Open Space Park with the kids where you’ll find a lovely, shaded oceanfront park with jogging trails, picnic tables and a dog park. At the tip of South Beach, South Pointe Park is beautifully landscaped with views of the Atlantic Ocean that wrap around to the channel, PortMiami and the Downtown skyline. Take a stroll out on the pier, let your kids run around on the playground and take in public art along the paved path while cruise ships enter and exit the port. In Coconut Grove, Kennedy Park is another excellent bayfront park boasting jogging trails, beach volleyball, a dog park and wooden docks to enjoy the gentle bay breeze.

Free Movies & the Symphony

The New World Center designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry is home to SoundScape Park with a 7,000-square-foot wall that acts as a screen for simulcasts of symphony performances and movie screenings. Adjacent to Lincoln Road, it’s an enchanting way to spend an evening in South Beach with the family under the stars beneath the palm trees while listening to Bach or watching The Pirates of the Caribbean. Movies are typically screened on Wednesday nights starting at 8 p.m. and symphony “Wallcasts” vary throughout the season. It makes for a memorable evening out with the kids as only Miami can provide.

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