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South Florida's best kids' party spots and destinations | 2018 Kids Crown Awards

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South Florida Parenting readers voted these the best birthday party spots, museums, farmers markets and hotels for families in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

Broward: Best Party Place Destination

Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale; mods.org, 954-467-6637

Make your child’s next birthday party one for the science books. The museum offers parties for children ages 3-12 and includes age-appropriate science activities, museum exhibits exploration, free birthday cake, pizza and beverages, party favors and more. Some of the party themes to choose from include a steam punk theme, prehistoric adventure, animal mania, super scientist and science below zero, where guests can shatter balloons and freeze pickles. To book a birthday party, call 954-713-0930.

Miami Dade: Best Party Place Destination

The Art Shack Miami

9831 NW 58th St., Suite 145, Doral; theartshackmiami.com, 786-664-8893

At The Art Shack, kids are introduced to art through sculpture, painting and mixed media. Aspiring cartoonists can sharpen their skills in the Comic and Cartoon class, and future photographers can learn technique and composition rules in the Photography class. Summer, spring and teacher planning day camps also available.

Palm Beach: Best Party Place Destination

Boomers! Boca Raton

3100 Airport Road, Boca Raton; boomersparks.com/boca, 561-347-1888

If you’re planning a party, Boomers handles it all for you, from set-up to clean-up. You can pick from three different party packages to find the one that best suits your needs. All packages include table time with a party host, balloon centerpieces, a personalized sign, games, paper products, invitations, pizza and drinks, and 50 Points on a Play Card. There are plenty of party extras to choose from, from more Play Card points to four hours unlimited video games.

Multiple Counties: Best Party Place Destination

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

1834 SW Second St., Pompano Beach, 954-417-3999; 5450 NW 82nd Ave., Doral, 305- 640-5424; Skyzone.com

Sky Zone boasts that it not only wants you to have the best birthday party you’ve ever had, but also the easiest. While they offer standard packages, every party is also completely customizable. Standard packages include pizza and drinks, paper products, Open Jump time, a private party room and more. Guests can enjoy wall-to-wall trampoline courts, where they can jump, fly and flip in a fun and safe environment.

Best Party Provider

All-In-One Kids Entertainment

8628 NW 44th St., Sunrise; Allinonekidsentertainment.com, 954-302-9149

The right entertainment can take your children’s birthday party to the next level. Based in Sunrise, All-In-One Kids Entertainment serves Broward, Miami-Dade and south Palm Beach counties. They do everything from birthday parties to weddings and corporate events. Owned by husband and wife team Nicholas and Amanda Safille, their company offers face painting, balloon twisting, magic shows and mascot entertainment, which includes appearances by some of children’s most beloved cartoon characters.

Princess Parties & Special Events

princesspartiesandspecialevents.com, 561-236-6731

Specializing in children's birthday parties and special occasions, Princess Parties & Special Events brings any party theme to life from fairtytale royalty characters to magical mermaids, fearless superheroes, swashbuckling pirates, cartoon and comic books characters and more. Have tea with a real life “Elsa” or cut your cake with a ninja turtle. The company can also line up pony rides, food trucks, acrobats, face-painters and pretty much whatever your party theme requires.

Broward: Best-Friendly Hotel/Resort

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood; Margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com, 954-874-4444

Kick back with a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” while you soak up the sun in a family-friendly, beachside recreation and entertainment scene that is the perfect location to make lasting memories. The Parakeets Kid’s Club offers games, crafts and activities daily at the Kid’s Club. There are also two pools, a waterslide, a FlowRider surfing simulator and various water sports. Nearby Hollywood Beach offers the family-friendly Broadwalk, land and sea tours, shopping eco-adventures and more.

Miami-Dade: Best-Friendly Hotel/Resort

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Fontainebleau.com, 305-538-2000

The Fontainebleau offers families the opportunity for a luxurious getaway with plenty of activities for children. Daily activities are hosted by Fontainebleau’s Adventure Guides, who lead kids in games, scavenger hunts, sport skills, art, drama, music and movement, and more. Every Friday and Saturday are Fontainebleau’s Kids' Night Outs, where kids watch age-appropriate movies and play games. Full or half-day Kid’s Camp programs include meals and activities, and daytime babysitting services are available.

Palm Beach: Best-Friendly Hotel/Resort

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa

3800 N. Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach; marriott.com, 561-340-1700

A third-time winner, the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa continues to offer a variety of adventures that will leave your family feeling refreshed. The Kids Club welcomes guests ages 4-12 to enjoy arts and crafts, video games and more. Families can also enjoy the infinity pool, lagoon pools with shallow water for kids, lagoon water slide, waterfall and grotto. The Kids' Club also offers parents a break on select nights by providing dinner and a movie for children.

Broward: Best Museum

Museum of Discovery And Science

401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; Mods.org, 954-467-6637

The Museum of Discovery and Science has been crowned as Broward’s best museum once more. Spend the day exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits and featured traveling exhibits and the new Outdoor Science Park. Families can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, see sharks and a living Atlantic coral reef, view otters at play, take a simulated trip to the Moon or Mars and more. Don’t miss a movie at the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater, the biggest screen in South Florida. Camps and birthday parties are also hosted at the museum.

Miami-Dade: Best Museum

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami; Frostscience.org, 305-434-9600

The year-old Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science has something for families of all ages, including a 250-seat planetarium with 16-million-color, 8K projection and two different shows daily; a three-level aquarium with fish, sting rays and a number of different sharks, plus smaller aquariums; a Feathers to the Stars exhibit dedicated to flight, where guests can launch their paper airplane designs on a test track and swirl marbles around a solar system to see the effects of gravity; a Design Lab for young builders; and a MeLab with interactive zones connected to how the body and mind functions. The Frost also has traveling exhibits, including the “Power of Poison” exhibit and a “Da Vinci — Inventions” exhibit that opened in June.

Miami-Dade: Best Museum

Miami Children’s Museum

980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami; Miamichildrensmuseum.org, 305-373-5437

The Miami Children's Museum sets out to take the formal learning of the classroom and make the experience real and lasting. Visitors of all ages can play, learn, imagine and create together in interactive exhibits. Exhibits are bilingual and spread throughout two floors of the 56,500-square-foot facility, giving children ample space to explore. Kids can play on a cruise ship, learn about money in the piggy bank exhibit, make music on the musical staircase and more. The museum also hosts birthday parties and educational classes for children.

Palm Beach: Best Museum

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

4801 Dreher Trail N, West Palm Beach; Sfsciencecenter.org, 561-832-1988

Home to the first and only public planetarium in Palm Beach County, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has plenty of cool things to see and do, including a 10,000-gallon aquarium, an 18-hole conservation-themed miniature golf course, a newly-renovated Observatory, an interactive Everglades exhibit and more. There are also ongoing educational workshops and events.

Broward: Best Nature Center

Butterfly World

3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek; Butterflyworld.com, 954-977-4434

Butterfly World, which opened in 1988, is the largest butterfly park in the world and home to more than 20,000 live butterflies. What started as a hobby for Butterfly World creator Ronald Boender has grown into a 3-acre butterfly exhibition and conservation center that is enjoyed by thousands annually.

Miami-Dade: Best Nature Center

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables; Fairchildgarden.org, 305-667-1651

Something beautiful, exotic and new is always blossoming at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. There are more than 3,400 species of plants in the 83-acre oasis. Art exhibits are also in the mix. Check the website for ongoing upcoming events such as concerts, flower and fruit festivals, plant sales and other events.

Palm Beach: Best Nature Center

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach; Marinelife.org, 561-627-8280

This nonprofit dedicated to sea turtle conservation offers guided tours, fish feedings, turtle walks, organized beach clean-ups and more. Dr. Logger hosts a free interactive kids show Sundays at 2 p.m. to teach about sea turtle threats, nesting, anatomy and lifestyle. There is also a junior research lab for kids and craft programs such as mommy and me ceramic sea turtle painting that are designed to introduce kids to sea turtle conservation.

Broward: Best Farmers Market

Yellow Green Farmers Market

1940 N 30th Road, Hollywood; ygfarmersmarket.com, 954-513-3990

Open year-round Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m-4 p.m. , the Yellow Green Farmers Market is home to locally grown, organic, fresh produce, micro greens, fresh herbs, fresh caught fish, free range chicken, turkeys, flowers, dairy and eggs, ice cream, raw nuts, pastas, fresh cheeses, coffees, jellies, honeys, olive oils and more. There are also freshly prepared food options such as arepas, sushi, paninis, meatless deli foods and global cuisines. There are vegan soap booths as well as handmade clothing and artisan jewelry booths. For kids, they have toys, balloon art, ceramic painting and other activities.

Marando Farms & Ranch

Fort Lauderdale and Davie; Marandoranch.com, 954-294-2331

Offering raw dairy and locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, fresh eggs, and preserves and sauces, Marando Farms & Ranch farmers markets also features fresh breads and croissants and is home to some rescued farm animal friends. Open weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the ranch offers pony rides and a petting zoo, plus special events such as farm to table meals and family festivals.

Miami-Dade: Best Farmers Market

Pinecrest Farmers' Market

11000 Red Road, Pinecrest; Greenmarketco-op.org, 786-367-8274

Open every Sunday year-round, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Pinecrest Farmers Market serves up a healthy variety of vendors from produce, meats, poultry, cheeses and seafood to plants and flowers, health and beauty items, pet food vendors and prepared food vendors. There are also baked goods and artisan vendors for gourmet finds. The market’s website also offers a calendar of Florida produce and what’s in season locally each month. Free parking is an added bonus, and pets on a leash are welcome.

Palm Beach: Best Farmers Market

Bedners Farm Fresh Market

10066 Lee Road, Boynton Beach; Bedners.com, 561-733-5490

Minimizing use of toxins, Bedners grows sustainable fruits and vegetables on 80 acres of land where the market is located. Farming in South Florida since 1950, the Bedner family is dedicated to providing the community with fresh produce that is nutrient-rich and grown through erosion-prevention methods.

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