South Florida can be a paradise for those of us lucky enough to live here. Find the top Retail Therapy with the 2020 South Florida Family Favorites Awards as your guide. Here you’ll find the places that parents voted as best in Miami-Dade County.
Published: July 7, 2020
Favorite Mall Or Shopping Center
Designer shops, dining and blockbuster hits fill the multiple levels inside Aventura Mall, which features an AMC Theater, an interactive playground and a multi-ethnic food court. Families can stop by for a meal, a movie and a mall-day in air-conditioned comfort, seven days a week, with kid-friendly LEGO and Disney stores, as well as an Apple iStore, Tesla, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, H&M, Peppermint Park and more, plus Emack & Bolios ice cream and It’s Sugar candy shop. Seasonal attractions include a weekend farmer’s market, Santa’s Workshop and model train display, and Easter Bunny photos. 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-1110
Favorite Store For Kids Decor
Pottery Barn Kids
Find kids and baby furniture, as well as bedding and toys, that are designed to delight and inspire young ones, and match their personalities. The store’s showroom allows families to see how furniture will fit in their homes, and the registry makes it easy to find (or request) the perfect present. The store’s GREENGUARD products are screened for more than 10,000 chemicals and VOCs, certifying that these products contribute to cleaner air in your home. Products are also tested for quality and safety before they hit the showroom floor.
Favorite Kids Activity At A Shopping Destination
Slide Tower at Aventura Mall
While enjoying our readers’ favorite mall in Miami-Dade County, families can boost their adrenaline levels and burn some energy at the Aventura Slide Tower on the east side of the mall. Designed by Carsten Höller, an artist known for large-scale artworks that draw upon amusement parks, playgrounds and zoos, the tower is open Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to close and Saturdays and Sundays starting at noon. Kids must be 50 inches or taller to ride the clear-plastic-enclosed slide. 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-1110
Favorite Store For Kids’ Stuff
Learning Express Toys
This neighborhood toy store provides a lively, interactive shopping experience to delight the young and young at heart. The store offers a friendly, hands-on atmosphere by demonstrating games and employing toy experts who are passionate about play. They provide toy suggestions for all ages and help you find the perfect toy for every occasion, with a mix of classic and new toys and games from around the world. They also have free gift wrapping and personalization, and offer a gift registry. The website features Favorite Toys, toys by age, and links to the Pinecrest and Aventura stores.