Editor's ChoiceMost Unique Gallery
1200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 104, Fort Lauderdale
954-828-1505, www.upperroomartgallery.com, www.missiongifts.net
You'll get more than just a lesson in beautiful art at the Upper Room Art Gallery, founded by former missionary to the Philippines and mother of two Robin Haines Merrill. An outing to South Florida's first fair trade art gallery and gift shop will teach your kids about real issues in a creative way. The artwork displayed here specializes in organic and recycled materials and is created by artists and designers from around the world who specialize in environmental design, global poverty alleviation and social justice. Mission Gifts, the on-site gift shop, houses items made by rescue and relief centers from around the world. Some of the unique items include mermaid bags made in Cambodia of recycled rice and feed sacks. (The gallery will be closed from June 17 to July 31).
Best Come-to-You Party Entertainment
Palm Beach County: 954-698-5835 or HappyKids@funbuses.com; Broward County: 954-969-5666 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Miami-Dade County: 305-385-9167 or email@example.com
The Fun Bus seamlessly combines fitness with fun for up to 15 children at a time. Each bus has been completely gutted and outfitted with games, toys and fitness equipment for children ages 2 to 7. Mats, slides, wedges, a balance beam, ladders, a trampoline, a basketball hoop, and a rock-climbing wall are all part of the fun. There are always two certified instructors onboard. The instructors guide the children, play age-appropriate music and keep it safe. At the end of the session, kids slide out the back door down the giant banana slide -- always a highlight.
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Multiple locations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties
The scales have tipped in favor of Yogurtland -- a new concept in frozen treats. Patrons can make their own creations, and price is determined by weight. So whether you just want a smidgen of sweetness or a full-fledged sundae, Yogurtland's selection of more than 40 flavors and variety of fruit and dry toppings are more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. Sugar-free and tart selections are also available.
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Waterway Shoppes, 7631 N. State Road 7, Parkland