1700 N.W. 1st St.
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Boomers is an excellent place for kids and teens of all ages. The facilities feature a roller coaster, bumper cars, laser tag and other active rides as well as an entire warehouse-sized facility of video games. There are several food and beverage options on site as well as wonderful prizes that may be won with tickets received from activities. Boomers is conveniently located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami off of the I-95 Interstate Highway.
Miami Children’s Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway
Miami, FL 33132
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Miami Children’s Museum is open (though not on Thanksgiving Day) for an educational and interactive experience. The two-story museum is filled with stimulating exhibits such as a sandcastle with sand from around the world, a nutrition and exercise center, a teddy bear workshop and a pet education area. The museum’s schedule lists the cool daily activities for kids that include relay races, yoga and Frisbee-making classes. Until January, there’s a 2,500-square-foot prehistoric exhibit featuring lifelike, robotic dinosaurs.
ArtsPark At Young Circle
N. Young Circle
Hollywood, FL 33022
The kids can let off steam and burn those Thanksgiving calories on the Friday after the holiday at ArtsPark at Young Circle. The popular Hollywood, FL park features art installation playground equipment for children and a host of fun for the children every Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free and it’s a great place for kids to make new friends and for parents to meet other parents in the community. The entertainment includes arts and crafts projects, face painters, clowns, a bounce house and more.
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13700 S.W. 84th St.
Miami, FL 33183
Dandy Bear is an active and exciting indoor playground for young children with the on-going theme of a fun party for kids. Along with the large playground area and ball pit, Dandy Bear features a lovable panda bear mascot on the premises along with games and rides such as bumper cars and laser tag. The food is quite popular at the attraction and there are great packages even for large groups and families with such fare as pizza, chicken wings, croquettes and cake. Dandy Bear is open daily to the public while group events and parties may be booked as well.
Oleta River State Park
3400 N.E. 163rd St.
North Miami, FL 33181
Open every day of the year, Oleta River State Park is a great place to keep the kids active over the weekend of feasting and overindulging. The beautiful park features bike trails of varying difficulty levels, a beach, a river, nature trails and a mangrove forest. Activities abound at the park with guests coming for everything from sports to kayaking. Cabins are available for overnight stays and they may be booked in advance online.
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