According to USA Today, South Florida remains the number one Spring Break destination. Spring Break in South Florida can be a great time for your child to decompress and spend time playing on the beach. However, if you would like your child to have more of an educational and challenging spring break, you can check out some of the fun and touristy, yet educational activities that South Florida has to offer.
If animals are your child’s passion, consider these South Florida offerings:
Miami Sea Aquarium in Key Biscayne (305 361-5705),
Everglades Alligator Farm in Homestead, FL (305 247-2628),
The Bonnet House in Ft. Lauderdale (an old Florida estate, preserved ocean front with black swans, monkeys in the trees and great art in the estate) (954 563-5393),
Butterfly World (the largest in the world!) in Coconut Creek, FL (954-977-4400),
Zoo Miami, (2,000 animals and the only tropical zoo in the US) (305 251-0400),
Billie Swamp Safari at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in Clewiston, FL (863-983-6101). Take a swamp buggy tour and if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can stay the night in a tiki hut and really immerse yourself in the culture. Also, while in the area be sure to visit the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki-Museum for a unique perspective of the Seminoles in Clewiston, FL (877 902-1113).
Or charter a boat for deep sea fishing.
If your child is a budding scientist, here are a few of the excellent science museums in South Florida:
Museum of Discovery and Science in Ft. Lauderdale, highly rated (954-467-6637),
Children’s Science Explorium (Programs for kids) in Boca Raton (561-347-3912),
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach (561-832-1988),
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami (305-646-4200). Even though they are still in the current Miami Science Museum facility that we have all known and loved for decades, their new, state-of-the-art museum is under construction downtown and due to open in 2015.
If art excites your child, consider these ideas:
The Boca Museum of Art (561-392-2500) Your child may find the upcoming exhibit of Pop Culture of interest.
Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art (954-525-5500)
Art Classes: Imagine That in Boca Raton, FL (561 206-6181). These classes are for ages 5 and up. Cost is $15.00 a session which includes working with clay or learning to paint with acrylics. And check with museums in your area, many offer quality art classes for children.
Or keep it simple and walk Las Olas in Ft. Lauderdale and visit the art galleries and cafes.
These are just a few of the educational and fun activities South Florida has to offer.
Let the learning begin!