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Places To Spend The Afternoon With The Kids Without Breaking The Bank

February 20, 2011 7:50 AM

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When the kids are out of school or on the weekends, finding fun things for the family to do on  a budget can be a challenge.  Video game arcades and attractions can get expensive when you factor in admission, snack, lunch and all the other extras.   But there are some cheap and free places you can go and spend the entire afternoon for the price of a movie at the theater.  Here are our top picks.

Miami Science Museum

3280 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
305-646-4200
www.miamisci.org
What kid doesn’t like to get a little hands on while checking out really cool stuff. The Miami Science museum has lots of interactive displays and really nice wildlife center and planetarium.  Ticket price includes entrance to all museum galleries, planetarium shows, and the wildlife center.  Miami-Dade residents get a discount.  For the price of taking the kids to a movie, you can spend the entire day looking at neat stuff.

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(Source: Robin Neisen)

South Florida Beaches

Miami-Dade & Broward Counties
Miami-Dade Beaches
Broward Beaches
One of the perks of living in South Florida is that we have great weather year round.  Tourists spend millions of dollars a year to come here and lay out, or play, on South Florida’s beaches.  For the price of parking, bottles of water and some snacks, you can spend hours at the beach playing in the water, collecting shells, building sand castles, playing catch – well you get the idea.

Cape Florida Lighthouse

Bill Baggs State Park
1200 S. Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
(305) 361-5811
www.floridastateparks.org/capeflorida/
Families can then check out the Cape Florida Lighthouse and enjoy a picnic by the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. There are guided tours of the lighthouse beginning at 10am by a ranger. The tours, which are first come, first served, include a visit to the reproduction of the Keeper’s Cottage, and then the chance to step into the lighthouse itself. Weather permitting, it may be possible to walk up to the top of the lighthouse where the family can take in stunning views.

Young at Art Children’s Museum

751 SW 121st Ave.
Davie, FL 33325
(954) 424 0085
www.youngatartmuseum.org
This is a place to spend hours in because there is so much to see and do.  For example, Sandscapes draws inspiration from legendary Earthwork Artists, letting you build sculptures from natural materials. Artist Pablo Cano brings his marionettes made from recycled materials to life in Pablo’s Magical Workshop & Theater.  In CultureScapes celebrates and brings new understanding of our culturally diverse world through the eyes and art of contemporary artists from Haiti, Latin America, Cuba, Africa, Native America and Asia. You and your child will discover how an artist interprets his or her culture and traditions.   Admission is $13 for adults, $12 for kids.

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