Beat the back-to-school blues with these indoor kiddie options in Miami

Dominic Guillant 3, plays with an interactive exhibit as Danié Gomez-Ortigoza looks on during the long-awaited opening of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

The long days of summer are slowly coming to an end and parents are eagerly getting ready to ship their kids back to school. With camps shutting down this week and a remaining two weeks before the sound of the first bell, how are Mom and Dad supposed to keep the entertainment going? No need to fret. You can still make sure each of your children gets the most out of the last few days of summer break. Keep your sanity and beat the heat with these fun indoor activities for various interests.

For the Artist

Get really hands-on at Artsy Hive.

Let your little one’s creative spirit get reenergized at Artsy Hive, Miami Shore’s newest pottery painting oasis. Bring your kid and a few friends and let them select from an array of unique pieces like unicorns and superheroes, which they’ll get to hand paint and take home as a keepsake (all paint is non-toxic). The ‘hive’ is an open and inviting place where both kids and adults can unwind and let their inner-Picasso shine. Parties and get togethers are encouraged.


211 NE 95th St, Miami Shores

For the Foodie

Nurture your kid’s inner pastry chef at Bunnie Cakes Studio.

If your little one has big dreams of becoming a budding baker, then there’s no better way to spend the afternoon than at the Bunnie Cakes Studio. It’s Miami’s first ever cupcake and cake-decorating warehouse space. Decorated in the same aesthetic of its original vegan cupcake shop, Bunnie Cakes Studio gives customers the opportunity to create their own edible designs. The packages include fondant, buttercream, toppings, and use of any of the decorating tools available at the studio. You can also take advantage of classes and workshops with local chefs and bakers eager to share their baking tips.


2322 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

For the Curious

Dominic Guillant 3, plays with an interactive exhibit as Danié Gomez-Ortigoza looks on during the long-awaited opening of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Miami is one of few cities in the country that is home to a world-class science museum. The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science features innovative technology that allows patrons to uncover all facets of science and life, and trust us, your tiny scientists won’t be bored! A curious soul is sure to get lost underneath the Planetarium lights with its surround sound and captivating storytelling, or become enchanted by the marine life in the museum’s Aquarium. The Feathers to the Stars exhibition allows guests to experience the journey of flight from dinosaurs to modern aviation and there’s even an exhibit about the Everglades, environmental science and local biodiversity.


1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

For the Adventurer

The playscape at Pod 22, a new indoor playground on Biscayne Boulevard.

Here’s a solution for kids who’d rather be on an adventure than home on the couch: Pod 22, an urban break room featuring slides, climbing nets, and a modernized obstacle course for all ages. Moms love it too as it is home to nail salon that offers manicures, pedicures and blowout services. For an extra fee, parents can be worry free with Pod 22’s supervised play. The concept of Pod 22 was created by a mother who felt that the neighborhood was lacking in a guilt-free play area where kids could have fun while parents got pampered.


8101 Biscayne Blvd #102, Miami, FL 33138

For the Competitor

Get the ball rolling at City Place Doral.

City Place Doral, Doral’s mecca of entertainment, is calling all competitive types and avid bowlers to their new state-of-the-art bowling center. Not only are there 14 bowling lane, but Kings Bowl also has a variety of gaming options like Foosball, air hockey, shuffle board, and billiard tables. Enjoy music, a full kitchen with tasty goodies like loaded sweet potatoes waffle fries and buffalo chicken wontons in addition to a kid’s menu available all in the comfort of your own lane. You’re sure to score some points for planning this outing, Mom and Dad.


3450 Northwest 83rd Avenue, Doral, FL 33122

For the Well-Behaved

Signature cocktail or Cuban eggrolls before the show? No problem at CMX Brickell.

There’s nothing like watching the latest blockbuster in luxurious style; and, when you’re a kid, the movies are a special treat. CMX at Brickell City Centre delivers a high-end experience with its oversized reclining leather seats (you can even request a blanket), free popcorn with the purchase of your ticket, and a server call button strategically placed on the inside of your chair. In addition to comfort and cutting edge technology that’ll make you feel like you’re part of the movie, CMX also offers an impressive cocktail and wine list (for parents, obviously) and gourmet dining options that go beyond nachos and pretzel bites.


701 S Miami Ave A-401, Miami, FL 33130

Kathy Buccio is a freelance writer who covers everything from food to fashion. She contributes to such publications as,, People Magazine, Latina Magazine, She's also a freelance entertainment producer for Access Hollywood, Extra TV, and E! News. She's the blogger and creator of @freshlysqueezedfashionista and has appeared on several television outlets as an on-camera lifestyle expert. When she's not producing and writing, she's busy hanging with her family and being supermom to her little meatballs, Rocco and Maya. She'll also be drinking wine while being said supermom.