Thursday, December 18, 2003
More Bang for Your Buck: Family Activities
Entertaining children can be an expensive challenge. That's why every December, parents try to figure out what to do with their kids while they're out of school. In tonight's More Bang For Your Buck, we're going to show some cheap and fun family activities.
(WSVN) -- Every year, the Appel family has spent the last days of December playing in the Maryland snow.
But this year will be different.
Mother Vicki Appel says, "This year we wanted to be home for a change. We wanted to be in our own house."
Staying in town with two girls means mom and dad have to be two times more creative.
FatherJared Appel says, "We are going have to find ways to entertain them and still survive the month to pay our mortgage."
A mission easily accomplished because South Florida is ripe with possibilities.
Starting with Key Biscayne's Crandon Park.
"There is such a wide range of activities you can enjoy just for the price of parking," says Ernie Lynk of Crandon Park.
Like several of the park's nature trails and beaches.
And if that's not enough, for an extra 20 dollars, you can explore reefs and mangroves on an eco tour.
"It's gives you the chance to go out in a very protected area, very shallow water."
Or you can enter the so-called mangrove at the Miami Arena, the home of South Florida's new minor league hockey team, the Miami Manatees.
Shawn Thorimbert, General Manager of the Miami Manatees, says, "We want you to come here and say, 'WOW! that was fun!'"
And forget about the pro prices, this stop is a steal.
"We are promoting a family four pack," says Shawn. "It is four tickets, four hotdogs and four drinks for $25."
How about if you want to reward your kids for a successful semester?Boomers in Dania is offering free tokens for good grades.
If your student misses school, try the Grave's Museum of Archaeology and Natural History.
"There is an amazing wealth of fun activities," says Brian Rill of the Grave's Museum.
They're even hosting a New Year's Eve sleep-over for 25 dollars a child.
Or your kid can practice becoming the next "American Idol"at the Miami Children's Museum.
"We have a music gallery where kids can make and record their own CD."
For the Appels, that's music to their ears.
Time together could just be the perfect present.
"This gives us the chance to do fun activities that they wouldn't normally do."
If you need a place for the kids to go while you're working, many of the places we mentioned offer winter break camps during the day.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Miami Children's Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway
305 373-KIDS (5437)
4000 Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
305 361-7385 or 305 361-5421
Grave's Museum of Archaeology and Natural History
481 South Federal Highway
Dania Beach, FL
1801 NW 1st
Dania Beach, FL 33004
$10 - Tuesday/Thursday
The Miami Arena
701 Arena Blvd.