Exposing children to artistic endeavors has been shown to help their brains grow and leads them toward a cultured and well-rounded adulthood. Art and crafts are also just plain fun and a great way for your kids to socialize. Miami is the perfect place to get them out, get them messy and let their brilliance shine.

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Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-7530

Price: free
Hours: Wed to Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.Click here for a calendar of events.

Once a month, the Bass Museum has an afternoon filled with arts and crafts activities just for families. Art supplies and prizes are even included. Classes vary, but are often based on a current museum exhibit. Previous activities have included creating masks and designing beautiful Greek vases. Classes run the last Sunday of the month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Beaux Arts
University of Miami Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Dr.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 284-3535
Price: $250 for classes once a week for 12 weeks
Hours: closed university holidays and Mon; Tues to Sat – 10 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events.

Beaux offers art classes including drawing, painting and ceramics for children ages 5 to 12 years old. Classes are geared toward introducing students to the concepts and do not require current art skills. Camps include snack and lunch breaks as well as supervised drop-off and pick-ups to keep kids safe.Related: Best Children’s Swimming Lessons in South Florida.

Miami Children’s Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 373-5437
Price: $180 winter for members/$90 spring for members
Hours: daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hours: Click here for more information on these events.

Miami Children’s Museum boasts classes for parents and their children between the ages of 8 months and 3.5 years old. Prices are divided into 11-week spring and winter sessions. Hour-long classes are offered Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art
770 N.E. 125th St.
North Miami, FL 33161
(305) 893-6211
Price: varies by course
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 6p.m.
Click here for more information

MOCA offers opportunities for preschoolers to work on art projects with their parents and for kids ages 6 to 12 to take art classes on the first Saturday of every month from September to June. MOCA’s summer program for 6 to 12 year olds brings out the mini Picasso in every kid. Professional educators teach children the value of art, fundamental concepts and how to create basic pieces.

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Artcenter/South Florida
924 Lincoln Rd. Ste. 205
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-8278

Price: $385 full-day, two-week sessions/$200 half-day, two-week sessions
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 13 to Aug. 5
Click here for more information

Art Camp is geared toward 6 to 14 year olds with no expectation that your child have prior art skills, making it a great introduction to the world of art, painting and drawing. Classes at Artcenter provide students opportunities to create jewelry, mosaics, take basic drawing classes and learn their way around an art studio.

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Victoria Burns graduated with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami, where she currently teaches. She also writes educational articles and blogs on various psychological and women’s issues. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

  1. barry says:

    That’s true. Children taking a liking to an art, craft or sport increases their likelihood of staying on track and becoming functioning adults that contribute to society. Thank you for writing this article. It’s very helpful.