Looking for things to do in Miami with kids- Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum makes for a great family fun day. Frost Science helps connect people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy the unique world of science and technology. Their vision is to create compelling STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) that inspires learning and innovation and enables people to explore real, rigorous science. We spent several hours here and could have easily spent more (especially if the kids were a little older). If you are in Miami and looking for something besides the beach and food scene, then museums are the place to go!
Here are the top things to do at the Frost Science Museum in Miami, Florida.
Go to the Roof of the Frost Science Museum
There is a birds of prey exhibit on the roof. Located in a shady canopy on the roof, with amazing views of the city, shore and marsh birds flock together in with other wild critters.It is home to mostly injured rescues undergoing rehab.
Plus the views from the museum roof are fantastic.
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Launch paper planes
Who doesn’t love a good competition with paper airplanes? Here is your turn — but on a grander scale. Part of the “Feathers to the Stars” exhibit, you learn the principles of aerodynamics by using a launcher to push the paper planes into the air. You will also get to see an assortment or dinosaurs – including a life-size replica of a yutyrannus and launch a rocket among other flying related concepts.
Take your time in the Frost Science Museum Aquarium
There are three levels of tanks with both indoor and outdoor exhibits that mimic a variety of Florida ecosystems. You get all sorts of views of sealife from above, beside and below.
My favorite part is the 31-foot-wide oculus that gives you the vantage point of peering up into the ocean-looking tank!
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Explore the Everglades through play
The River of Grass exhibit is perfect for the youngest visitors. A South Florida wilderness scene is projected onto a wall enabling kids to interact with the simulated animals- from panthers to alligators. Just outside of the exhibit, in the hallway of the museum, children can experiment with the physics of water. The goal is to teach young people about environmental science, the installation helps them understand hydrology and how important water tables are in keeping native species alive.
Get tickets to a show in the Planetarium
If you enjoy planetariums then you will be impressed with this one. The Frost Science Museum Planetarium is an upgrade compared to other planetariums I have enjoyed. It is one of only 13 like it in the world! The shows range from space trips to deep dives and feel so real.
- 250 seats
- Six 3D-capable projectors
- It uses a 16-million-color 8K visual system
- The dome is tilted forward at 23.5 degrees, allowing a 67-foot span to fill your field of vision, creating a nearly 360-degree view of the screen
Jump around the luminous dance floor
On the Frost Science Museum’s first level, a dance floor begs kids to run across (or do handstands and snowangels on) it. With every step on the interactive floor, orange and yellow concentric circles emanate from your feet (or hands), illuminating for guests how many steps it takes to burn off breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Surrounding this unique floor is the “MeLaß” exhibit where you learn how the bodies work and how our diets affect our health.
Things to know before you go to the Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum:
1. Tickets are $29 adults, $20 kids ages 3-11 and free for kids 2 and under
***Get your tickets online to avoid really long lines
the ticket line was easily an hour wait the day we went
** If you are a Miami-Dade County resident you get a discount
2.Parking is additional & expensive-remember, it’s Miami!
3. Museum hours are 9:30am- 5:30pm every day of the year
Have you been to the Frost Science Museum? If so, what was your favorite part?
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