Spring Break for Miami-Dade public school students runs March 21-28, and some private schools run March 28-April 1. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a family staycation and enjoy for free what tourists pay hundreds of dollars to come here to enjoy.
Here are 23-plus free and cheap things to do with kids for Spring Break in Miami-Dade:
- Tour one of Miami-Dade County’s oldest homes. The Barnacle, which belonged to Miami pioneer Ralph Munroe. The Barnacle State Historic Park is at 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. Tours are at 10 a.m, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission is $2, and tours are $3 for adults, $1 for kids 6 to 12. Everything is free for kids 5 and under.
- Go behind the scenes at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The Adrienne Arsht Center offers a free tour every Monday and Saturday at noon. The tour lasts about an hour. No reservations are required. Occasionally the tour is cancelled because of a special event or holiday, so it’s smart to call the box office at 305-949-6722 to make tour is going on a particular day.
- Learn about South Florida plants. Learn about the plants and flowers all around us during a visit to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive. Admission is always free, and the garden also has a self-guided tour. The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Monday. The farmers market is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in season.
- Take a self-guided tour of the Holocaust Memorial. Next door to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is the Holocaust Memorial, which took four years to build. The memorial is free to visit and a brochure, available for a $2 suggested donation, leads you on the self-guided tour. Many schoolchildren learn about World War II and the Holocaust in school, and this is a good way to supplement the lessons.
- Go back to the farm. Take a trip back to Miami-Dade’s past at Bill Graham’s Farm village at Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65th St., Hialeah. The pioneer farm has horses, ponies, cows, pigs, sheep, geese, chicken and even a donkey or two, plus a sugar cane press, an old general store, horseshoeing, cow milking, a fishing lake, bike trails and a dog park. You can visit free during the week; parking is $6 on Saturdays and Sundays. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Parking fee: $7 on weekends.
- Go to the beach. People come from all over the world to visit South Florida’s beaches, but those of us who live here sometimes forget how much fun sun and surf can be. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau has information on beaches. While it’s free to visit the beach, you usually have to pay for parking. Check out the Florida Rambler’s stories on the state’s best beaches. You may want to do a day trip.
- Check out a free pass to a local attraction. The Miami-Dade Public Library System offers a chance to visit some of our best local museums and attractions free. Visit your nearest branch library and get a museum pass with your library card. The Museum Pass offers visitors free admission for a family of four to the Coral Gables Museum, Deering Estate at Cutler, Fruit & Spice Park, HistoryMiami, Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, Lowe Art Museum-UM, Miami Children’s Museum, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and The Wolfsonian-FIU. You can check online to see which passes are available at which branches.
- See museum art for free. Admission is always free to the FIU Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17 St. Miami, FL. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 pm Sunday. Closed Monday. Now through April 2016, the museum is exhibiting the popular The Art of Video Games, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Other exhibits also are shown.
- See shows for $5 and museums for $2.50. If your family includes a student age 13 to 22, one of the best deals around is through called Culture Shock Miami. Students can get discount tickets to performances in Miami for only $5 each and entrance to museums and attractions for just $2.50. Read more about how it works here. Best of all, each student can buy two tickets, and anyone of any age can use the second ticket. Tickets must be purchased at last one day in advance.
- See a free or cheap outdoor movie. ‘Tis the season for free and cheap outdoor moves. See this week’s offerings here.
- Hear a free outdoor concert, including noontime jazz performances in Coral Gables. See all this week’s free and cheap music events here.
- Go to the Miami-Dade Youth Fair for less. See all the coupons and discounts here.
- Go to the Home Remodeling and Design Show for less.
- Participate in free kids’ activities at the Mall of the Americas.
- Free theater experiences and tours at the historic Olympia Theater: In the Lobby Lounge and Free Words.
- Miami Beach Food Truck & Music Fest
- Free movies at SoundScape
- Free Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays
- Free family storytelling festival at Miami-Dade libraries
- IDEA@thebass: Free family day Sunday
- Free bike tours in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables
- Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free every Saturday
- Take your dog to one of Miami-Dade’s dog-friendly parks
- Go biking on one of Miami-Dade’s free and cheap bike trails
- Take a day trip to Broward County for free and cheap Broward activities
You might also want to do some of the activities aimed at tourists. Daily deal companies offer many activities at a discount.
- Find Miami Tour Deals
- Find Miami Day Cruise and Water Sports Deals
- Find discounted activities and events from Groupon here.
- Find discounted activities and events from Travelzoo here.
- Find discounted activities and events from Living Social here.
If you’re looking for activities to do at home, Heidi from Living on the Cheap has 21 fun things kids can do for spring break, including crafts, games and cooking projects.
More ideas for free and cheap fun during spring break:
- Things to Do in Miami With Kids
- 10 Best Free Things To Do in Miami
- Free and Cheap Things To Do in Miami This Week
- Free and Cheap Things To Do in Miami This Weekend