South Florida can be a paradise for those of us lucky enough to live here. Find the top Activities for Kids with the 2020 South Florida Family Favorites Awards as your guide. Here you’ll find the places and programs that parents voted as best in Miami-Dade County.
Published: July 7, 2020
Activities for Kids
Favorite Indoor Playground For Little Ones
Planet Kids Indoor Playground and Café
Wynwood isn’t just for art lovers, it is also home to cool indoor fun for kids. Young ones can explore their very own planet in the form of a central playground with three levels,
a slide, ball pit, obstacles and much more. Planet Kids lets children engage their imagination with costumes for dress-up and LEGO play tables, plus there’s rock climbing for the more adventurous explorers and a separate play area for kids under 3. Need a break? A café serves coffee and kid-friendly foods. 2403 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-573-1379
Favorite Fitness Fun
Help your little one fall in love with fitness through kid fitness classes, Mommy and Me classes, gymnastics camps, kids’ birthday parties, and other fun programs for ages 6 weeks to 10 years. My Gym’s goal is to create an environment where children feel loved and supported, and they do that through exciting age-appropriate games, gymnastics and music designed to keep kids moving and engaged, whether they are in a drop-off class or playing with a parent at locations in Aventura, Miami Lakes, Doral and Kendall.
Favorite Party Place
IPIC North Miami Beach
Enjoy entertainment on the big screen with this unique party experience. In addition to a movie screening in iPIC’s famous recliners, birthday packages for kids include one entrée and dessert of choice, plus a box of candy and unlimited popcorn, for each guest. Adult packages are also available. Families can plan In-Theater Celebration Sweet Stations, such as a sundae bar, cookie bar and candy bar, to add to this magical movie experience. 3701 NE 163 St., North Miami Beach, 786-563-7067
Favorite Indoor Fun For Older Kids
Get your jump on and test your physical limits at Sky Zone, which offers plenty to keep kids entertained, no matter what the weather. People of all ages can enjoy jumping on the open trampolines, and those looking for bigger thrills can get extreme with Ultimate Dodgeball, a Foam Zone, SkySlam and a parkour obstacle course, plus Silks at the Cutler Bay location and a Ninja Warrior Course, Trapeze and Zip Line in Doral.
Favorite Arts Program
MOCA Mini Makers
Every first Saturday of every month, this hands-on art class for kids helps to bring the museum’s exhibits to life for young artists ages 6-12. Young makers are taught about the elements of art through painting, drawing and sculpting projects inspired by renowned artists. Past classes have included the creation of expressive and colorful mixed media, collages, collaborative weaving, tin foil masks and jewelry, wood burning, and more. 770 NE 125 St., North Miami, 305-893-6211
Favorite After-school Program
The YMCA’s Family Center and community-based aftercare programs for elementary and middle-school students are designed to empower youth and build their academic and creative abilities. The Y Experience includes project-based learning, YFit curriculum, social skills, literacy activities and homework help, as well as summer and non-school day programs that focus on both athletics and academics. The Y also offers inclusion programs for children with special needs.
Favorite Camp Program
Miami Beach JCC
Sign your children up for a summer filled with excitement and adventure. Camp Klurman offers a blend of traditional day camp activities, field trips and Jewish culture, with activities and specialty camps including gymnastics, aquatics, dance, arts and crafts, basketball, cooking, canoeing, tennis, robotics and more. Programs start at age 3 through middle school (entering grade 8). Dress-up days and camp-wide programs, such as a talent show and game show, help make the camp a fun-filled experience to remember. 4221 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach, 305-534-3206
Favorite Academic Enrichment/tutoring Program
This unique approach to helping kids master math and reading is a structured, self-learning program that teaches kids the critical thinking skills and study skills needed to learn new materials. More than just tutoring, Kumon offers programs for ages 3-5 to begin learning math and reading, for ages 6-12 to develop a firm foundation, and ages 13 and older to advance their skills. A free assessment can help families determine the Kumon plan best suited for their child.
Favorite Infant/Toddler Enrichment Program
Miami Children’s Museum Mini Mondays
Help your infants and toddlers grow and develop through play during this weekly program full of activities specifically designed for children from birth to age 5. Mondays are quieter at the museum, with no school group visits scheduled, so parents and kids can enjoy a safe and fun environment for small children to explore and enjoy the various exhibits at the museum, including the Health and Wellness Center, the Music Makers Studio, the Sketch Aquarium and much more. 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, 305-373-5437