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HISTORY Miami Museum

It may be the back-to-school season, but there are still many great FREE things to do with your family before we all head back to school. History Miami Museum introduced the Summer Passport program for all children to have access to their museum!

About the Program

The program gives children in Miami-Dade access to the History Miami Museum until August 18, 2019. Not only are the children offered free admission, but up to 4 adults per child are also granted admission as well. I spoke with several people at the museum when we were there, and each of them gave rave reviews of the success of the program.

How to get your passport

Obtaining your passport is quick and easy. Just make your way to the museum, and passports are given at the ticket center. If you visit the museum at least 4 times you will receive a special prize.

If you’ve missed the passport promotion you can still access the museum for FREE once a month on their “Family Fun” days. Typically on the third Saturday of the month, but be sure to check the website for details.

About the Museum

The History Miami Museum is located just off of the Government Center stop from the Miami Metrorail. It was founded in 1940 but in 2011 it became accredited by the Smithsonian (read the full history here). There are two levels to this museum and each section is filled with amazing fossils and artifacts. There are engaging opportunities for children young and old throughout each exhibit. Young children will love to dress up and play, and the older ones will enjoy the scavenger hunt through the exhibits.

A museum in and of itself is an educational experience. However, the History Miami Museum has educational booklets available for children to use and bring the experience home as well. The books are available in three languages (English, Spanish & Creole). Inside each book, you will find a coloring page, scavenger hunt, and information on identifying the artifacts throughout the museum. (HOMESCHOOL MOM’S, where are you at? You know you love a great free workbook! )

Age-Appropriate for Young Children?

In my personal opinion, learning has no age and the earlier we start sharing museums and how to behave in them the better. You will need to use your discretion on what to read to your young ones, or perhaps move a little quicker through. However, I would always encourage you to let your children guide you and be open to conversations. You’d be amazed at the conversations you can have about history.

HOMESCHOOL MOMS, This is a great spot to take your 4th graders! It’s a unique experience as it focuses not only on Florida History but South Florida.

Stroller Friendly?

Yes. This museum is stroller friendly, but it’s not very large and with all the activities you might prefer to go stroller free.

Tips for Introducing Children to Museums.

I mentioned earlier that it’s important to introduce children how to behave at a museum from a young age. Here are a few things I remind my children when entering a museum.

LOOK FIRST. Sometimes museums will have hands-on experiences for children. However, not ALL exhibits are meant to be handled. We like to remind our girls to look first and if mommy says it’s okay – then you can touch it.

Hands behind your back. We have found that this helps relieve some of the temptation to lean on an exhibit and touch something you shouldn’t.

Walk

Whisper Voices

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5 Reasons to be a member of the Zoo!

When is the last time you went to the Zoo?

As a mom young children, I am always looking for educational and fun experiences for my family. While I was studying for my bachelors in Early Childhood Education, I specifically remember the remarkable rate in which the brain develops in the first three years of life.

85% of the brain development 

happens in the first 3 years! 

5 Reasons to purchase a pass to the zoo
 
As a mom of three children ages three and under, I feel it is crucial to their academic success to fill their days with meaningful experiences. Which is why I asked for an annual pass to the Zoo last Christmas, and it has been the most fun year with the girls yet!
Here are my five Reasons why I think you should consider an annual pass to the local zoo! 

1.  Meaningful Experiences

There are so many opportunities to learn at the zoo. Some of our favorites include; animal shows, talking with a zoo-keeper and feeding the animals. 
StorybookErin - 5 reasons to buy a Zoo Pass
StorybookErin - 5 reasons to buy a Zoo pass

2. Encourage Physical Activity

The Zoo is often quite large and filled with playgrounds and splash pads. These are great places to let your kid out of the stroller and burn some energy.   The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity a day for children. It’s easy to encourage an extended time of play at the zoo, and as an added bonus your kids will sleep better at night.
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3. Splash Pads!

Our local Zoo has five splash pad’s throughout the zoo and they are all free for visitors to the zoo! This is especially great during the summer months! Not all zoo’s offer free splash pads, for example, when we visited the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans there was an extra charge for the water area.  My experience in Florida is that there will be a free water area for kids!

4. Special Events! 

Are you are looking for an Easter Egg hunt or a place to take your family trick-or-treating? Check out your local Zoo! Each year we have taken our girls to these special events for FREE. Thanks to our membership!
StorybookErin - 5 reasons to purchase an annual pass to the zoo
StorybookErin - 5 reasons to purchase an annual pass to the zoo

5.  Increase Conversation and Communication 

When we go to the zoo just as a family, we will often pick a nice shady park bench and have a snack. We like to sit near a large animal such as an Elephant or Giraffe this. During snack time, our girls seem to really open up and ask questions about the animals. Our most recent trip resulted in a 20-minute conversation about Elephants, and how they use their trunks to eat.  Toddlers have growing minds and lots of questions, let’s give them opportunities to ask questions and explore their world!
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See you at the Zoo! 

Here are a few other zoo’s our family has explored!

Santa Fe Teaching Zoo, Gainesville FL

Jacksonville, Florida

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Evelyn Greer Park, Pinecrest FL

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the childhood obesity rate as more than doubled since the 1970’s and that 1 in 6 children from the ages of 6-19 is considered to be obese?

The CDC recommends at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity for school-aged children, living in a small condo this isn’t always the easiest for us to accomplish that at home, so we love to explore all the beautiful parks in our area. We typically spend about 45 minutes to an hour at the park, and that includes our picnic time.

One of the parks we recently visited a park located in Pinecrest, Florida and fell in love with all that it had to offer.

Evelyn Greer Park is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! As we approached the park, I couldn’t help but notice the beautifully manicured park, and the fence around the playground. As a mom with multiple children, the fence is a huge perk!

This park has several soccer fields, a batting cage as well as a fitness and walking trail that is a little longer than a quarter mile – great for the mom or dad who wants to get a little walk in before playing on the playgrounds with your family.

Prior to Hurricane Irma this park had a large canopy over the playground, hopefully, this will be back up soon because there wasn’t much shade on the playground itself – but the walking trail was quite shady.

Another thing I loved about this park was the large clean restrooms. When you have a potty trained and potty training toddler, clean restrooms are a must and this park provided!

I can’t say enough positive things about this park, we had such a lovely time. If you’d like to see more of what this park has to offer, please take a moment to watch our Youtube Video and give us a subscribe. 😉