Thursday, June 9, 2005
More Bang for Your Buck: Family Activities
Lets face it, for parents, summer can be a struggle. Keeping kids occupied all day long is no easy task. But in tonight's more bang for the buck, we found some activities that are entertaining and inexpensive.
WSVN -- No books, no bells, no buses.
For kids summertime means free time but for parents, it's an expensive time unless you know where to go.
For something educational and environmental, try Key Biscayne's Crandon Park.
Ernie Lynk from Crandon Park: "There is such a wide range of activities you can enjoy just for the price of parking."
Including several of the park's trails and beaches, and if that's not enough, for an extra $20 dollars, you can explore reefs and mangroves on an Eco tour.
Ernie: "It's gives you the chance to go out in a very protected area, very shallow water."
But if it gets very hot, movies are always a safe sanctuary.
This summer, Muvico Theaters are offerings some silver screen savings.
With a $10 dollar pass, you and your child can see eight family films rated g or pg every Wednesday morning.
Angela Goodey from Muvico Theaters: "Because they are family movies. You can go as young as 3 can enjoy the film and as old as the students up to age 12. The family movies become priceless you watch them over and over again anyway."
How about if you want to reward your kids for a successful semester?Boomers in Dania is offering free tokens for good grades.
Or how about if your student misses school? They'll never be bored at the Children's Science Explorium at the Sugar Sand Park in Boca.
Becky Self from Sugar Sand Park: "We try to lite a fire to encourage children to be excited about science and the possibilities."
With around 15 creative, hands-on exhibits, kids can learn all about sound and the science of sports. And the best part is - admission is free.
Becky: "It challenges you individually so the kids like to do that. They like to see how fast they can throw."
And finally, if you're kid dreams of becoming the next American Idol, they can practice performing at the Miami Children's Museum for only $10 dollars.
Deborah Spiegelman: "We have a music gallery where kids can make and record their own CD."
And for families looking for a bargain, that's music to their ears.
If you need a place for the kids to go while you're working, many of the places we mentioned offer summer camps during the day.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
15601 Sheridan Street
Sugar Sand Park
300 South Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL
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
1801 NW 1st
Dania Beach, FL 33004
$10 - Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday