These outstanding South Florida museums are oriented toward your children. Go there or be square, so say the judges!



Miami Children's Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: $10; under 12 months, free. Rock-climbing wall, additional.
305-373-KIDS (5437),

Play, learn, imagine and create -- that's what kids get to do here.
From bilingual interactive exhibits to classes and camps, this museum provides a fun learning environment. Permanent exhibits include a 6-foot piggy bank, a supermarket, a two-story "sand" castle, a cruise ship, a television studio, a replica of the Port of Miami, a safety zone and the new "You and Me and Teddy Bears, Too" exhibit, which teaches the importance of respect and appreciation. Mount MiChiMu, a 30-foot indoor rock climbing wall, is open to kids 4 and older. Special events and programs throughout the year include an annual celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday and a Halloween haunted house. Watch for details soon on the new "Robot Rodeo" traveling exhibit. Also, coming in February 2007, Let's Play Railway, and in May 2007, "Oh Seuss! Off to Great Places."
New themed birthday celebrations include "A Beary Special Birthday," "Princess Tea," "Pirate Pals" and "Kid Jams Music" parties. The Museum Institute also offers a daily drop-off program for 2-to-4-year-olds.


Miami Museum of Science
3280 S. Miami Ave, Miami
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ticket booth closes at 5 p.m.
Admission: adults, $19.95; seniors, 62 and over and students with ID, $17.95; children 3-12, $12.95; members, $7.95; member children, $6.


Lisa Ann Watson Children's Discovery Museum at Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center