An often-unremarked marvel of The Redlands area, Fruit & Spice Park is a cornucopia of eco-friendly and educational entertainments ideal for any spare sunny day. Boasting more than 500 varieties of fruit, vegetables, herbs and nut-producing plants across its sprawling 37 acres, children of all ages can both scrutinize and savor the distinctive horticultural denizens of our delicious corner of the world. The best facet of this fantastical botanical wonderland? Admission for children between the ages of 6-12 is only $2; RedlandFruitAndSpice.com.
Imagine, if you will, a pastoral picturesque. Hear the cluck of the chickens, the soft treading of the watermill. Take a deep breath and smell the peculiarly pleasing scent of freshly threshed hay. Where are you? A modest Midwestern town? Nope. That’s right, nestled in the heart of Hialeah lies Bill Graham’s Farm Village, an interactive urban farm replete with rustic activities like cow milking, horseshoeing and a fully stocked fishing lake, all accessible completely free of charge; Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65th St., Hialeah.
Spurred on by the bold philosophical principle that today’s youth need continual exposure to the genius of yesteryear, the programming prodigies at the Adrienne Arsht Center are engaged in a continual campaign for the hearts, minds and ears of the post-millennial generation eager to absorb it all. From their landmark Youth Symphony to Pokemon-themed symphonic expositions, the Arsht carries a cavalcade of affordable and elevating interactive programs for both you and your brood to experience all year round; ArshtCenter.org.
Picture family outings and, more often than not, technicolor mirages of carousels and overly-copyrighted cartoon characters immediately leap to mind. Instead of stripping your savings account for a half-day of tearful exhaustion and inevitable stresses, why not spend your time at an institution truly deserving of your support? Unfortunately unbeknownst to a plethora of parents on The Key, our Local Libraries host not only a sizeable selection of the greatest works ever written, but a simply staggering slew of interactive activities, all at little to no cost; MDPLS.org.