Bring The Kids.
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
Satisfy your curiosity at the Museum of Science – a family-friendly hub of science and technology. Exhibits and shows span the ancient history of dinosaurs to NASA’s latest discoveries about distant planets. Learn about environmental conservation at the Wildlife Center, where kids can encounter alligators, snakes, lizards and Florida birds of prey. Explore the human body and battle viruses with interactive games in Immersion Theatre, or push and pull your way to understanding the laws of physics in the Newton’s Notions exhibit. The surround-sound planetarium offers music-filled laser light shows (as well as programs for the hearing and visually impaired), and if the skies are clear, visitors can get a closer look at the real stars and planets through the observatory telescope. The organization owns more than 60,000 artifacts and, as a science affiliate of the Smithsonian, presents major traveling exhibitions. Past highlights include “Amazon Voyage,” “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” and “The Dinosaurs of China.”
Sea turtles, manatees, killer whales, dolphins and many more marine creatures make for fun with the family at this aquarium and conservation center. Watch colorful tropical fish swim through coral reefs in the aquariums and view Discovery Bay’s endangered mangrove habitat — home to white-tailed deer, wild birds, rays, and alligators. Trainers in the Tropical Wings exhibit handle exotic animals from the tropical rainforest, including toucans and poisonous arrow frogs. Make sure to check out the feeding frenzy in Crocodile Flats, a pond-filled home to 26 Nile crocodiles, and Shark Channel, where special trainers satiate 200-pound sharks. For an additional fee, you can make your visit even more memorable by swimming with the dolphins in a two-hour program led by marine training staff.
Miami Children’s Museum
Recognized as one of the ten largest children’s museums in the country and the only children’s museum in Miami-Dade county, the Miami Children’s Museum is a 56,500 square foot facility on Watson Island, near downtown Miami. The building, designed exclusively for children, represents the four elements: earth, wind, water, and fire. Entertaining area youths since its initial establishment in 1983, the Miami Youth Museum now features fourteen galleries, a pre-school, a charter school, the KidSmart educational gift shop, a 200-seat auditorium, and a restaurant.
Get an upclose look at tropical birds in detailed replicas of their natural habitats! Jungle Island is a popular nature attraction and is home to large number of animals including parrots, penguins, flamingos, macaws, cranes, condors, ligers, llamas, skunks, kangaroos, reptiles, orangutans, monkeys, and baboons.