At the Miami Children's Museum, kids can play with money at the miniature Bank of America, shop at the local Publix Super Market, or take a Carnival cruise. One of the more impressive exhibits is the Music Makers Studio, where budding rock stars can lay down a few tracks and play instruments. There are also hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits, as well as programs, classes, and learning materials.
The museum is one of the included attractions on the Go Miami Card, allowing you to visit anytime during your stay in Miami.
Things to know before you go
- Families typically spend 3-4 hours at the museum.
- Bring your own lunch to eat at the outdoor picnic area.
- This activity is a good option for rainy days.
How to get there
The Children's Museum is located across the MacArthur Causeway from Jungle Island, east of downtown Miami. From South Beach, it’s about a 15-minute drive; there is a paid parking lot adjacent to the east side of the museum. You can also reach it by bus via routes C, K, M, and S.
When to get there
Expect to encounter the biggest crowds on the weekends and when family-friendly cruise ships are docked. Since there are no school group visits on Mondays, the museum hosts “Mini Mondays” featuring a program of activities specifically designed for infants and toddlers. On the second Saturday morning of every month, the museum offers sensory-friendly experiences for children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorders, and global developmental delays.
Located across from the museum, Jungle Island is another popular kid-friendly attraction. Here, you and the family can see a wide range of birds including parrots, macaws, flamingos, and cockatoos, as well as other wildlife such as snakes, crocodiles, orangutans, and more. Plus, there are other activities including a rock-climbing wall and a wind tunnel.