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Free or cheap things to do with kids in Miami-Dade this summer

School is out and the dog days of summer are almost here. So, what fun things can you do with kids in Miami and South Florida this summer?

Summer in South Florida brings many options for free and cheap things to do in Miami during the summer.

The Summer Savings Pass discount, for example, is available offering discount admission to Zoo Miami, Lion Country Safari and Cox Science Center & Aquarium. The South Florida Adventure Pass offers discount admission to four attractions: Sawgrass Recreation Park in west Weston, Flamingo Gardens in Davie, the Museum of Science & Discovery in Fort Lauderdale and Butterfly World in Coconut Creek.

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Plus, we have places like the beach, which are always free, and regular free days at museums. Plus, many theater chains offer special inexpensive summer movies for children or options to see classic films at a discount. Cities offer “dive-in” movie nights, free outdoor movies and free outdoor concerts.

Miami-Dade also has lots of water parks, pools and splash pads, some of which are cheap to use.

Please note: The status of places may change, so we always advise checking with a venue (when possible) for official confirmation. Also, while you’re checking that, it’s a good idea to read up on new established safety protocols and guidelines for each spot.

Free and cheap movies for kids 

Many theater chains offer special inexpensive summer movies for children or options to see classic films at a discount. Cities offer “dive-in” movie nights, free outdoor movies and free outdoor concerts. Here are free and cheap movies for kids this summer.

Free and cheap meals for kids 

Public parks, schools and libraries in South Florida are among the places  featured in a federal program that offers free food for kids and teens during summer. The free meals are for kids 18 and younger. The Summer BreakSpot program is presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Florida Department of Agriculture and other partners. Click here for more info.

More to do in Miami-Dade

  • Explore Miami by bicycle on a free or cheap bike trail. Miami-Dade is filled with great trails that allow you to be active with your bicycles on a budget. Remember to always take sunscreen, a water bottle, bug repellent, snacks, and a camera to take pictures of your adventure.
  • Take your dog to one of Miami-Dade's dog-friendly parks.
  • Splish and splash at one of the many public pools and water parks where kids can cool off from the sun.

Free and cheap things to do with kids in Miami-Dade this summer

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Always free places to visit in South Florida

Do you know of another good free or cheap things for kids to do in Miami-Dade this summer? Email us the details at news@miamionthecheap.com

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Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami and contributes to Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She has contributed to Miami.com, Biscayne Times and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL at josiegulliksen.com

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