Free and cheap things to do in Miami – July 24-26


Dance your way to fitness with hundreds of others this weekend at Tropical Park during ZumbaPalooza Miami. Or, bike around historic Coconut Grove while learning about its history and how it became incorporated in 1919.

On Friday, go straight from work to Grapeland Water Park for some splash time with the kids and a cool animated flick. For a soothing, relaxing evening, take in some folk tunes at MOCA in North Miami.

You can also catch a free play by Actors Arena at MDC North Campus, take the kids to free workshops at local libraries or go grab a couple of free trees on Saturday at Goodlet Park in Hialeah to spruce up the yard.

Zumba’s gonna make you sweat
Zumba classes are always billed as a great method for dancing your way to fitness and the moves do make you sweat. For a fun-filled day of salsa and hip-shaking exercise with hundreds of other Zumba enthusiasts, go to Tropical Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for the free ZumbaPalooza Miami. Zumba instructors will get you moving in the park’s Equestrian Center to the music of several DJs.

Dive in to ‘Big Hero 6’
Summer in Miami brings the Dive-in Movies one Friday a month at Grapeland Water Park, and it’s also a great time to visit since admission is $5, down from $12 for ages 14 and over and $7 for kids. This month they’re screening the fast-paced, funny and touching animated film Big Hero 6, about a young boy’s relationship with an oversized inflatable robot, Baymax, created by his brother. The pool opens at 5:30 p.m. but arrive early as lines get long. Pool time is until 7:30, then everyone moves to Captain’s Lagoon where the movie starts at 8 p.m.

Mellow folksy tunes at MOCA
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami is more than just a place to view contemporary art. It’s also become a hot spot for music and it’s not just about jazz anymore. Saturday night, from 7-10 p.m. bring your lawn chair or blanket and settle in for performances by folk artists Grant Livingston, Valerie C. Wisecracker and Uproot Hootenany. The evening is hosted by Michael Stock, host of WLRN’s Folk & Acoustic Music Show. Storyteller Jim Gregory entertains the kids. Admission is free.

Learn how the Grove came to be on bike tour
The historic Coconut Grove neighborhood is tailor-made for a bike tour. On Saturday, naturalist Frank Schena leads the tour and talks about how the area came to be incorporated in 1919 and then was taken over by the City of Miami six years later. The tour is from 9:30 a.m. to noon and starts at City Hall. Admission is free. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and your bike, of course.

Where the music is…Fort Lauderdale beach
With the sweltering heat of summer easing a bit in the evenings, catching a concert on the beach is the ideal way to take advantage of the ocean breeze. The Sound Waves series, off Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, is a weekly Friday night concert by artists of all genres from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Performing this week is Bossas, Boleros & Blues, playing samba and Latin jazz. The concert is free.

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