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Summer Survival Guide '12

So most of the big kids are headed back to school. That means the beaches, parks, playgrounds and museums belong to the baby and toddler set for the next few months.

We've got several good weeks of summertime weather left. So grab the stroller and head out.


Water Parks and Cool Pools

Here are some of the South Florida water parks that are open to the public. There are many more run by various cities.


Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park

900 N. Flamingo Rd. Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 Call 954-357-5170.

Water park. Open 9:30 a.m.- 5:20 p.m. Admission is $9.50/person. After 3 p.m. $6.50/person. In addition, there is a gate admission fee of $1.50 a person (children 5 and under free) on weekends and holidays.

Castaway Island at T.Y. Park

3300 N. Park Rd. Hollywood. Call 954-357-8811.

Open 9:30 a.m.- 5:20 p.m. Admission is $8; $5 after 3 p.m. In addition, there is a gate admission fee of $1.50 a person (children 5 and under free) on weekends and holidays.

Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442. Call 954-357-5100.

Open 9:30 a.m.-5:20 p.m. daily. From June 9-Sept. 3, admission is by sessions of one hour and 50 minutes. $5 a session ; free for kids 1 year and younger. In addition, there is a gate admission fee of $1.50 a person (children 5 and under free) on weekends and holidays.

Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park

3700 NW 11th Pl., Lauderhill, FL 33311. Call 954-357-5400.

Open 9:30 a.m.- 5:20 p.m., split into two sessions: 9:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:20 p.m. Admission is $5 a session. In addition, there is a gate admission fee of $1.50 a person (children 5 and under free) on weekends and holidays.


Grapeland Water Park

1550 NW 37th Ave. in Miami.

Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $6 for kids age 2-13; free for kids 1 and younger; $10 for Miami-Dade County residents 14 and older; $12 for non-residents. Call 305-960-2950.

McDonald Aquatic Center

7505 W. 12th Ave., Hialeah. Call 305-818-9164.

Open 12:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Admission for Hialeah residents is $5 for adults; $3 for kids 4-17. For non-residents, it's $10 for adults; $3 for kids 4-17. Kids 3 and younger get in free.

Venetian Pool

2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. Call 305-460-5306.

Open 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Admission is $11 for adults, $6.30 for kids 3-12; for Coral Gables residents, it's $5 for adults, $3.95 for kids 3-12. Children under 3 not admitted.



South Florida's Best Beaches

Biscayne National Park

South Florida Eco Adventures

Deering Estate at Cutler

16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. Call 305-235-1668.

Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler is an environmental, archeological and historical preserve -- and a Miami-Dade County park. Its many activities include canoe rides, butterfly hikes and guided nature tours. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last ticket sold at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children 4 to 14 years old.

Everglades National Park

Call 305-242-7700.

Everglades National Park.For a quick trip, head west on U.S. 41 to Shark Valley. It has a 15-mile bike path and a 65-foot observation tower. Or take Florida's Turnpike to Florida City, then follow the signs to the Everglades Royal Palm Visitor Center for ranger-led tours and a look at alligators, birds and reptiles. The Shark Valley entrance is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Main park (Florida City) entrance is open 24 hours. Fees vary: $10 car (good for seven consecutive days), $5 pedestrian/bicycle (good for seven consecutive days), $25 annual pass.

Crandon Park Visitors and Biscayne Nature Center

Crandon Park, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Call 305-361-6767.

The center has nature exhibits, saltwater aquariums and a spot for snorkeling and kayaking.

Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Guided tours with a naturalist vary from $3 to $12 a person. Nature center admission is free, but there is a $5 parking fee during the week and $6 on weekends.


Visit one you've never been to:



Miami-Dade wildlife attractions 

(Zoo Miami, Miami Seaquarium, Jungle Island, Monkey Jungle, Everglades Alligator Farm)

Lion Country Safari

2003 Lion Country Safari Rd., Loxahatchee. (Southern Boulevard 18 miles west of Interstate 95). Call 561-793-1084.

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends.

Admission: $27.50 (ages 10-64); $24.50 (seniors 65+); $20.50 (children 3-9); Free for toddlers (0-2). Parking is $6 per vehicle. Check the website for available coupons.

Children's museums

Young at Art

Young at Art.

751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. Call 954-424-0085.

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission $12 for ages 1-18; $13 for 18 and up; free for kids under 1. Family membership $135.

Museum of Discovery & Science

401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-467-6637.

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission (not including IMAX) $13 for adults; $12 for seniors; $11 for kids 2-12; free for kids 1 and younger. Memberships start at $85.

IMAX Theater

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for movies and showtimes.

Tickets are $7-$9; or $14-$17 for ticket to both the exhibits and IMAX.

Miami Science Museum and Planetarium

3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Call 305-646-4200.

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. (Box office closes at 5:30 p.m.)

Miami-Dade County residents admission: $12.70 for adults, $9.30 for seniors (62+) and students with ID, $9.30 children (3-12), free for children under 3. Regular admission $14.95 for adults; $10.95 for seniors (62+) and students; $10.95 for kids 3-12; free for kids under 3. Memberships start at $40.

Miami Children's Museum

980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Call 305-373-KIDS (5437).

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Admission $15; $12 for Florida residents, $6 city of Miami residents, children under 12 months are free. Admission is free 3 to 9 p.m. on the third Friday of the month. Parking is $1 an hour.

Movie Times

Get schedules and reviews at

Dollar summer movies at area Regal cinemas

  Ice rinks

Glacier Ice and Snow Arena

4601 N. Federal Hwy., Lighthouse Point. Call 954-943-1437.

Open for public skating 9:40 to 11:50 a.m. and 1:40 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7:30-10 p.m. Friday; 1:40 to 3:50 and 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday; 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 1:40-3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $8; $9 Friday-Sunday; $3 skate rental. Iceplex

(formerly Incredible Ice)

3299 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs. Call 954-341-9956.

Summer public skating schedule starts June 11: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday; 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $9; skate rental $3. (On Wednesday nights, it's $7, including skate rental)

Pines Ice Arena

12425 Taft St., Pembroke Pines. Call 954-704-8700.

Open for public skating 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($9) or 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ($7) or 12:30 to 3 p.m. ($7) Monday-Friday; 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($9); 10 a.m. to noon ($7), 1 to 5 p.m. ($9),or 3 to 5 p.m. ($7) Saturday and Sunday. Skate rental $4, premium skate rental $5.

Kendall Ice Arena

10355 Hammocks Blvd., Miami. Call 305-386-8288.

Open for public skating 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday ($10 admission, includes skate rental); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday ($7 admission, $3 skate rentals); 8:30 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday ($12); 10 a.m. to noon Saturday ($6 admission, $3 skate rentals). 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday ($7 admission, $3 skates); 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 and 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday ($7 admission, $3 skates).

Scott Rakow Youth Center Ice Skating Rink

2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-673-7767.

Open for public skating 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 8 to 10 p.m. Friday (teens only) and Saturday. Admission is $6 for kids, $9 for adults; $3 for Miami Beach residents. Skate rental is $4, $2 for Miami Beach residents.


Roller rinks

SuperWheels Skating Center

12265 SW 112th St. Miami. Call 305-270-9386.

Sessions are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, $10 plus $2 skate rental for regular skates; $3 for inline skates. Sessions and specials nights and weekends for families, adults only, ladies night, etc.

Galaxy Skateway

3737 N. Davie Road Ext., Davie and 7500 Southgate Blvd., North Lauderdale. Call 954-721-0580.

Admission is $8-10, plus skate rental. Specials for various groups, adults, tiny tots, etc. on various nights and weekends.

Arcades and playrooms

Peek-a-Boo Café

Peek-a-boo Cafe.18821 NE 29th Ave., Aventura. Call 305-974-0189.

It provides an indoor playground for children and imported European food and wine for parents. Open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free for babies under 6 months old; $8 for toddlers 6-18 months; $10 for kids 18 months and up.

Cafe Bambini

3073 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach. 305-944-1566

Upscale coffeehouse with colorful play area for young children. $5 admission to play area. Open 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Two locations: Shops at Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Dr., Miami. Call 305-446-1686. And Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12th St., Doral. Call 305- 4 77-5505.

An entertainment center for parents and kids, with dining, arts, blocks, games and more.

Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $13.50 for kids 3 to 12; $6.50 for kids under 3; free for parents and teens.


1700 NW First St., Dania Beach. Call 954-921-1411.

Arcade, open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Price varies according to amusement ride package, from $24 to $40.

Happy Playz

8735 SW 136th St., Miami (across from The Falls mall). 305-233-4008.

Indoor playground - all you need is socks. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is $8 for ages 3 and under; $10 for kids 2-6. One adult free with each child; $5 for additional adults.

Kabooms Amusement and Party Center

9130 State Road 84, Davie. Call 954-452-2800.

Roller rink open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Attractions also include bounce houses, paint ball, laser tag and an arcade. Price varies according to amusement package, from $3 to $19. Unlimited skate is $9.

Chuck E. Cheese's

Kiddie pizza parlor and arcade with locations all over South Florida.

Dave & Buster's

3000 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood. Call 954-923-5505.

11481 NW 12th St., Miami. Call 305-468-1555.

Open 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday.

A Latte Fun

5855 Wiles Road, Coral Springs. Call 954-755-2000.

Indoor playground and gourmet cafe. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is $10.95 for kids age 2-6, $8.95 for ages 6 months-2 years; $5.95 for siblings. Discounts available for package of 10 visits and yearly memberships are available.


1455 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-1816 or email

Indoor playground includes a toddler zone, a laser maze, sky ropes challenge, interactive game floor, rock-climbing wall and more. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9.95 for babies up to age 3 (no charge if baby is accompanied by older sibling); $14.95 for kids age 3-5; $19.95 for ages 5 and older. Multi-day passes and monthly memberships offer discounts.

Bowling alleys

Bowlmor Lanes

(formerly Strike Miami)

Second floor, Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12th St. Miami. 305-594-0200.

Open 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday–Thursday; noon-3 a.m. Friday; 11-3 a.m. Saturday; 11-1 a.m. Sunday. Must be 18 or older on Thursday nights.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge

Shops at Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Dr. Suite 202, South Miami. 305-665-LANE (5263).

Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday–Thursday; 11 a.m. - 4 a.m. Friday & Saturday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday.

Bird Bowl

9275 SW 40th St. Miami. 305-221-1221.

Open 8:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday–Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Prices vary with daily specials for certain hours. Shoe rentals $3.75.

Lucky Strike Lanes

1691 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach. 305-532-0307.

Open 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday–Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday. Must be 21 or older after 9 p.m.

Manor Lanes Bowling Center

1517 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. 954-566-7457.

Open 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday; until 3 a.m. Saturday; until midnight Sunday. Prices: After 6 p.m., $5; before 6 p.m., $3.50; $3.25 for kids 18 and under. Shoe rentals $3.25. Call ahead during weekdays to be sure it's not full of campers.


1940 N. University Dr., Pembroke Pines. 954-432-5500; 8200 W. State Road 84, Davie. 954-473-8822.

Open 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Summer Unplugged will allow children to bowl two games a day for free all summer.


5325 S. University Dr. Davie. 954-434-9663; 8034 W. Sample Road, Margate.

Open 9 a.m. - 1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Davie: Pizza Bowl family special 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, $59.95 plus tax. Up to six people in a lane, shoes, pizza, soda.


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