Parents know how hard it is to come up with ideas to do with their children. Especially after a long day at work, all you want to do is binge watch Netflix and not have to deal with the obnoxiously long lines at the movie theaters for the latest Dinsey film.
But we all know when kids get bored, they won't stop talking your ear off until they get what they want. Finding an adult + child activity that both can love can be a challenge. And if your kid is all about video games and not into the outdoors, then you have to find more than one option.
Florida is the perfect state to entertain your kids and keep them busy for hours. These places will exhaust your kid's energy and they will be asking for home at the end of the day. You'll be making memories for a lifetime and your kids we'll call you: the greatest Mom/Dad in the world!
Slide wild at Rapids Water Park
Where: 6566 N Military Trl
This place is for the entire family - grandparents included. Rapids Water Park has one of the best water slides and is a short trip from Miami. The park includes 35 water slides, a wave pool, a quarter mile lazy river, and dual seven-story speed slides. If you're looking to keep your kids busy for an entire day, this park will do. The thrilling rides will keep you and your kids entertained all day. Also, you might challenge your kids to a race down the water slide.
Decorate cupcakes at My Cupcake World
Where: 262 Andalusia Ave
If your kids have a sweet tooth or you have a daughter that loves pink, bring her to My Cupcake World. The decor and ambiance are out of a fairy tale. This is not any bakery, this place specializes in gourmet cupcakes and it has a splendid lunch menu. The shop is always hosting a decorating class, and your kid can learn how to decorate cookies or cupcakes. You can also make it into a private birthday party and reserve an entire table. Don't forget to order their grilled cheese and tomato soup. You'll be making trips here often for that and probably for few cupcakes.
Befriend a chimpanzee at Zoological Wildlife Foundation
Where: 16225 SW 172nd Ave
Ever dreamed of petting a tiger or chimpanzee? If your kids are into animals, this place will put a big smile on their face. Book a tour and meet the exotic animals. If an African safari becomes too expensive, this place will put you up close with wildlife. You'll get to have a personal encounter with chimpanzees, baby tigers, and owls. This is a great opportunity to be Tarzan without putting yourself in danger in the jungle.
Scream loud at Bush Gardens
Where: 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL
Some kids require a more exhilarating experience. This animal-themed park will have your kids screaming all day long. But, in a good way. The rollercoasters are the main attraction at this park and it has one of the best thrill rides in the state. Wear something comfortable because you'll be getting wet.
Wish for a star at Kennedy Space Center
Where: Florida 32899
If heading to the moon is a little bit of a mission, take your kids to the Kennedy Space Center. You can see the next launch viewing on October 17th and take part in the journey. It's always great to be part of history and see the rockets launch. Kids can also meet the astronauts and live their childhood dream.
Build legos at Legoland Florida
Where: 1204 Helena Rd
If you can't stand to see one more lego on the floor, take your kid to Legoland. Maybe this place will calm his addiction to legos. Legoland has amazing attractions and rides, including a water park that will keep any kid entertained.
Relax at Fury Water Adventures
Where: 631 Greene St
If swimming is not enough, take your kids to this oceanic adventure. A short trip to Key West and you can do snorkeling, banana boating, and even parasailing. This place compiles the best water activities that will keep you entertained all day long.
Jump high at Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Where: 5450 NW 82nd Ave, Doral
Jump high and get a fun workout with your kids at this trampoline indoor park. Sky Zone features freestyle bouncing, dodgeball, and other fitness activities. It's the best way to get the adrenaline going. If your kids are hyper, you'll be glad you took them here.
Explore nature at Key West Butterfly
Where: 1316 Duval St, Key West
Play with flamingoes for a day at this nature conservatory. This park houses over 60 different species of live butterflies from around the world. The magical place will take your stress away after having a close encounter with colorful butterflies and tall flamingoes. It's a breathtaking journey to take with the entire family, and one your kids will cherish.
Enjoy a day of pampering at Le Petite Youth Spa
Where: 37 Merrick Way, Coral Gables
Have a daughter and mommy time at this youth spa. Girls are never too young to be treated like a princess. The spa offers kids luxury treatments such as facial, massage, mani, pedi, hair, and makeup. Your kid will get a yummy pink lemonade served in champagne glasses. It's the perfect place to teach them early about beauty. Your little princess will feel like the luckiest one.
Spin around Kendall Ice Arena
Where: 10355 Hammocks Blvd, Miami
A day at the ice rink is always a great idea. When is too hot outside, come with your kids for an ice skating session. The place plays the best music and has great food if your little ones get hungry. You can also host a private birthday party at one of their rooms.
Play games at Dave & Buster's
Where: 11481 NW 12th St E622, Miami
If you can't get your kid to stop playing video games, take him to the arcade. At least your kid will enjoy different games and be able to make new friends. The arcade also has a bowling alley and virtual reality games that you'll love.
Zipline at Gatorland
Where: 14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando
Soar through the air from 65 feet high. Your kids will love this place after learning about Cuban and Nile crocodiles. Let them live their Indiana Jones adventure through the different activities. Here you'll have an encounter with alligators, tortoises, birds, snakes, wild cats, and crocodiles.
Go strawberry picking at Knaus Berry Farm
Where: 15980 SW 248th St, Homestead
Wake up your kids early and go on a strawberry hunting. The strawberry field at Knaus Berry Farm is one of the best and they have one of the best cinnamon rolls you've ever tried. End the day activity with milkshakes and a box of cinnamon. You'll be glad you have some leftovers for Sunday's breakfast.
Paint a ceramic at Color Me Mine
Where: 5701 FL-986, South Miami
Let your kids discover their creative side at this paint-your-own ceramic workshop. This place is perfect for adults and children who are into crafts. Host your own private party or join a date night. The great thing you'll be taking home a creation of your onw. You can paint mugs, plates, and even vases.
Cheer your team at Miami Marlins
Where: 501 Marlins Way, Miami
If your kid is into sports, take them to a ball game. This is always a great family activity when you're running out of plans. There's nothing better than popcorn, hot dogs, and an afternoon cheering for your team.
Get behind the wheel at K1 Speed
Where: 8600 NW South River Dr, Medley, FL
Let's see who gets first place at this indoor kart racing. Kids and adults are welcome at this facility. You can host a corporate event or birthday party with a speed challenge. Challenge your kids and whoever gets first place, does the chores.
Get on your lane at Splitsville
Where: 5701 Sunset Dr #202, Miami
Family night bowling is always a great way to connect with your kids. The place also has a sushi restaurant in case you all get hungry after the game. Take over the lanes and show your kids how to do bowling.
Parasail around South Beach
Where: 1601 Collins Ave.
Take a ride in the sky with parasailing, and watch the wonderful views of the Atlantic. You will love this activity with your kids and the views from atop are priceless. This is the most relaxing activity to do when both have had a stressful week with work and school.
Visit The Dali Museum
Where: 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg
This art museum houses the biggest collection of Salvador Dali. Stay away from the heat and hit up the museum with your kids. It's a great activity if they are into arts and this museum is different from any other. Let your kids discover the work of Dali through their arts and craft activities.
Check out the IMAG History & Science Center
Where: 2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers
Let your kids have an imagination of their own at this science and aquarium museum. Learn them have a 3D virtual experience or feed a stingray. This is the place to explore exotic fish and learn more about Florida native.