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The Big Read going on now: How to participate

The Big Read 2022 is a yearly event by the National Endowment for the Arts aimed at broadening our understanding of the world, our communities and ourselves through books. 

In South Florida, the Miami Book Fair and the Miami-Dade Public Library system are among the participants that will be offering free activities and presentations to explore themes from a selected book.

This year’s Big Read programs are scheduled for March 12-31, 2022, in a hybrid format, with in-person and virtual activities.

So, what’s this year’s selection? Participants are invited to read “The Best We Could Do,” an illustrated memoir by Thi Bui.

This Saturday is the kickoff: A “Storybook Picnic (Picnic de Libros)” is a bilingual family program that includes storytelling, theater, music, arts and crafts, dance, and picnic baskets full of books. The event is presented by the Koubek Center and Fundación Cuatrogatos, with the support of Miami Book Fair.

For more information on this year’s Big Read, click here

Other museum deals, free days and special events:

Monday, February 6, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Garden tour

10:00 am | FREE | Society of the Four Arts

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

GOGO MOAD Art Making Workshop

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00 | IS Projects

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Friday, February 10, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Art After Dark at Norton in West Palm

4:00 pm to 9:30 pm | Discounted | Norton Museum of Art

Friday Films in Palm Beach

5:30 pm | $10.00 | Society of the Four Arts

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free every Saturday

All Day | FREE | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Sensory Friendly Saturday

9:00 am to 11:00 am | FREE | Miami Children’s Museum

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Free Family Fun Day

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | HistoryMiami

Florida Renaissance Festival on weekends

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | $0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

PAMM free day with family activities

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Family Day free admission

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Free GOGO MOAD Family Art Fun

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Surfside Town Hall

Night sky viewing with telescopes

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Fox Observatory

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Florida Renaissance Festival on weekends

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | $0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

Kids' Graffiti Drawing Class

10:00 am | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

See all the free and cheap events this week.

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