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Get a free book every month for your kids

In a continued effort to promote literacy, The Children’s Trust has expanded its Book Club!

Get free monthly books by mail for your child – from birth until their fifth birthday. (The program originally targeted just 3-year-olds.)

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As a member, receive a new book every month in English or Spanish, plus a guide for parents with activities, information and suggestions about how to share the book with their children. Book offerings include classics, award-winners and picture books.

Books in Haitian Creole are expected to become available in 2021.

“All books are selected specifically to help children develop their early reading skills for school readiness and, of course, for maximum enjoyment with their families!” according to the official website

Requirements: Children must be living in Miami-Dade County and can be registered up until they are 4-and-a-half years old.

Want more information? Click here! To register your child for free books, click here. 

For answers to “Frequently Asked Questions,” click here. Have additional questions, you can send them through email to bookclub@thechildrenstrust.org.

The Book Club is funded and administered by The Children’s Trust and Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership.

More free & cheap things to do with kids:

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Sunday kids' art class for under 13

10:00 am to 12:00 pm | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Brightline Holiday Marketplace

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Free live music at Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

Snow & Crystals Festival

11:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

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

Santa's Circus

12:30 pm to 7:30 pm | $15.99 | Jungle Island

$5 holiday movies

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | $5.00 | Regal Cinemas

A Christmas Carol

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Actors’ Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre

The Art of Transformation

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

School caroling competition

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm | 550 Biltmore Building

Joy to the World Caroling Crawl and Tree Lighting in Coconut Grove

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Commodore Plaza

Carols on the Lawn

4:30 pm | FREE | Society of the Four Arts

FAU Tuba Christmas in Boca

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Mizner Park in Boca

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

$12 Adult Skate Night

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

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Monday, December 5, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

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

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

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

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

School caroling competition awards show

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | 550 Biltmore Building

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Garden tour

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

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

$8 roller skating in Davie

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Discounted | Galaxy Skateway Davie

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

City of North Miami Tree Lighting

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Holiday Street Parade in Boca Raton

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Federal Highway

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

F9: The Fast Saga

8:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

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

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Santa's Circus

12:30 pm to 7:30 pm | $15.99 | Jungle Island

Food trucks and music

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Village Park

"Elf" film & other holiday fun at Las Olas Oceanside Park in Fort Lauderdale

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

"Elf"film & holiday fun at Last Olas Oceanside Park

6:45 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

$12 Adult Skate Night

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

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Friday, December 9, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

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

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Brightline Holiday Marketplace

11:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Santa's Circus

12:30 pm to 7:30 pm | $15.99 | Jungle Island

Art After Dark at Norton in West Palm

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

Dania Pointe holiday night market

5:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Friday Films

5:30 pm | $10.00

Holiday films in West Palm Beach

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE

Rudolph's Winter Wonderland in Tamarac

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Tamarac Park

Rudolphs Winter Wonderland

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Tamarac Park

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Holiday Celebration at the Park

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Winterfest in Wellington

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Village Park

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Fast Lane Friday

6:00 pm to 11:59 pm | $0-25.00 | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free movie in West Palm Beach

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Waterfront Commons

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

8:30 pm to 8:50 pm | Dania Pointe

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Sensory Friendly Saturday

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

Breakfast With Santa in Boynton

9:00 am to 11:30 am | $15.00-18.00 | Intracoastal Park in Boynton

Children's Holiday at North:

10:00 am to 12:00 pm | FREE | Miami Dade College North Campus

Winter Wonderland & Arts Festival in Sunrise

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Welleby Park

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

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

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Brightline Holiday Marketplace

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

PAMM free day with family activities

11:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

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

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Santa's Circus

12:30 pm to 7:30 pm | $15.99 | Jungle Island

$5 holiday movies

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | $5.00 | Regal Cinemas

A Christmas Carol

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Actors’ Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre

Family Day free admission

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

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

4:00 pm | $20.00-25.00 | Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park

Santa's Snowblast in Hialeah

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $5.00-15.00 | Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment

City of North Miami Beach Snow Fest & Holiday Parade

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | North Miami Beach City Hall

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Free symphony Wallcast at SoundScape

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Night sky viewing with telescopes

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

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

8:30 pm to 8:50 pm | Dania Pointe

See our full Calendar of Events

 

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Melina I. De Rose is a veteran editor and communications specialist with a special love for all things Miami. The longtime resident spent 22 years at the South Florida Sun Sentinel in roles such as section editor, department head, social media specialist and web producer. Melina has much experience in the freebies-and-bargains arena, having edited the popular Sun Sentinel feature, “Doreen’s Deals,” for many years. She also is editor of ArtburstMiami.com, a media hub for local music, theater, dance, visual arts and independent arts coverage. Contact her at editor@miamionthecheap.com.

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