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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:

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

2-1 entry to Flamingo Gardens coupon

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Flamingo Gardens

Display of model railroads in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

$12 Adult Skate Night

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

Friday, August 19, 2022

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

2-1 entry to Flamingo Gardens coupon

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Flamingo Gardens

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Display of model railroads in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Water Taxi Sunset cruise with live entertainment

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | $20.00 | Intracoastal Waterway

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free every Saturday

All Day | FREE | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

2-1 entry to Flamingo Gardens coupon

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Flamingo Gardens

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Park offers rides on model train

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $1.50-3.00 | Tradewinds Park

Display of model railroads in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Run Your Own Model Trains at Plantation Historical Museum

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Free admission to Norton Museum of Art for Palm Beach County residents

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Norton Museum of Art

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

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 | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Night sky viewing with telescopes

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

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

2-1 entry to Flamingo Gardens coupon

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Flamingo Gardens

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Park offers rides on model train

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $1.50-3.00 | Tradewinds Park

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

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

Free entry to Art and Culture Center of Hollywood

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood Art & Culture Center

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

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

$12 Adult Skate Night

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

Monday, August 22, 2022

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

2-1 entry to Flamingo Gardens coupon

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Flamingo Gardens

$15 Mondays at Zoo Miami

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

2-1 entry to Flamingo Gardens coupon

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Flamingo Gardens

Display of model railroads in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

2-1 entry to Flamingo Gardens coupon

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Flamingo Gardens

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

See all the free and cheap events this week.

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About Melina

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