Venetian Pool The Miami Mami

The Venetian Pool is a very unique experience in the heart of Coral Gables in Miami.

Venetian Pool The Miami Mami

I have been wanting to come here for a while with my son; however, they are really strict with their no-kids-under-3 policy. Once my son turned 3, I finally got to go – yay! And when I say, they’re strict about it – they really are. The second we entered before we even got to the cashier, they asked me how old he is, he had to stand against a wall proving that he is 38″ tall, and I had to show proof of ID. Once we got through that,  the fun began! I was a little bit skeptical coming here because I normally avoid places with a lot of people because … people! But I was pleasantly surprised by how big the pool is. This means, it did not seem crowded at all and there was tons of space inside the pool. The pool is made out of a coral rock quarry and has been a landmark of the Gables since 1923. Every day they fill and drain 820,000 gallons of fresh spring water from an underground aquifer. The amount of chlorine they put inside the pool is less than in our drinking water. Hence, you always have very fresh water in that pool. As a consequence, the water is on the chillier side. I found it very refreshing tho on a hot Miami summer day and not uncomfortable at all!

 

Venetian Pool The Miami Mami

Now back to the beauty of the pool: you feel like you’re going back in time to some old-school Caribbean pool. There are waterfalls, different types of gorgeous palm trees, cave-like grottos, loggias, and more. There is also a shallower area for kids. The facility has a beach-like area but the chairs sell out quickly. There is also a fast-food café that sells burgers, chicken tenders, and more. Parking is free but there is limited availability. The admission fee is $20 for adults and $15 for kids; however, Coral Gables residents get a discount and only pay $6.25 per adult and $5.25 per kid. The hours change depending on the season so check their website before going.

Venetian Pool The Miami Mami

For more information, go to the City of Coral Gables’ website.

Earth Day Ft Lauderdale The Miami Mami

Join us for the 7th Annual Heal The Planet Day!!

Heal The Planet Day will take place on Sunday, April 24th, 2022 in Esplanade Park, Ft. Lauderdale from 10 am to 4 pm. Join us as we celebrate Earth Day by bringing together the South Florida community for a day of family-friendly activities. Heal The Planet Day is a great event with an amazing array of activities for all ages, food vendors, and live entertainment.

Please wear comfortable clothing. 

We will have the following Wellness and Fun Activities For All Ages:

KIDS ZONE

Worldwide Web, Transformational Art Project, Yoga for Kids, Face Painting, Singing Bowls, and Much Much More!

GROW YOUR OWN ZONE

Learn About Easy and Efficient Ways to Grow Your Own Food, Gardening, Sustainability, and other Farming Techniques.

ENTERTAINMENT

Live music, Healing Modalities, Breathing Exercises, and Wellness Speakers.

CONSCIOUS VENDOR VILLAGE

Crafts, Clothing, Healthy Food Choices, and Beverages. Food Trucks, and More!

The event is free of charge; however, we rely on donations and fundraising events in order to continue providing free programs to the community.

Earth Love Festival The Miami Mami

Celebrate the Best Earth Day with us!

Experience gardening and composting education, yoga, dance empowerment, eco-friendly shopping, university environmental program projects, educational panels, a kids area, delicious plant-based food vendors and other initiatives created to empower you to change your life and inspire those around you to do the same.

Earth Love Fest will be raising money for Aguacate Sanctuary of Love Farm and Animal Rescues. We are collaborating with County Commissioners and local groups to encourage businesses to promote reusable food ware and increase plant-based food options.

Speaker Stage Schedule

12:00: DJ Sunny, event host

12:15: Opening Ceremony to the 7th Directions, Steph and Jeanne

12:30: Opening Prayer Emilia Garth

12:30 Francisco Torres, Compostable

1:00 music from Marquise Fair

1:30 Tony Jones of Lumio, speaking on solar panels, clean energy.

2:00 music from Amaru Mora

2:30 Nicole Gazo speaking on Climate Change

3:00 music from Free Bison

3:30 Ocean Conservationist, Adam Roberti

4:00 Yoga, Breath, Meditation with Nikki

4:45 music from Emilia Garth

5:15 Kirtan by Kishor Rico

6:00 music from Kaylan Arnold

6:45 Activated Dance by Natalia

7:00 Drums with Fire Dance Performance by Ecstatic Flow

7:30 Afrobeta

 

Wellness Schedule by Womb Temple

12pm Opening Ceremony to the 7 directions w/ StephJourney & Jeanne (main stage)

1:11pm Goddess Gather

1:30pm Oils & Grounding into Earth Womb Meditation

2pm Sacred Skincare – Ancient Gua Sha Detox Ritual w/ Karina $22

3pm Feminine Blueprints: Following the Vital Forces with Jeanne & StephJourney $11

4pm Waves of the Womb: Yoni Steam StephJourney $11

5pm Clearing Innerspace: Energy Healing with Stephanie

6pm-6:40 Medicine + Song Circle & 528 DNA Repair Guided by Niki and StephJourney $11

Zoo Miami Earth Day The Miami Mami
CALLING ALL SUPER KIDDOS, HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO BE A PLANET HERO!

Join us for Party for the Planet* at Zoo Miami this April 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a mobile in-park scavenger hunt to save our planet from environmental threats. Visitors who complete the scavenger hunt can redeem their special Zoo Miami-themed prize. Make sure to visit our sponsor booths to learn about the different ways you can help the environment.

Guests can come in FREE of charge when they turn in a cellphone** as part of our ECO-CELL phone recycling program. These donated cell phones will help gorillas by hopefully reducing the need for coltan – a mineral extracted in the deep forests of Congo in Central Africa, home to the world’s endangered lowland gorillas. Fueled by the worldwide cell phone boom, Congo’s out-of-control coltan mining business has in recent years led to a dramatic reduction of animal habitat and the rampant slaughter of great apes for the illegal bush-meat trade.

* Included with Zoo admission.
** *Limited to one free admission per cellphone and one cellphone per person. Admission ticket must be used on the date the discount is given. Not valid for groups or with any other discounts.

Plantation Earth Day The Miami Mami

Come celebrate Mother Earth at the City of Plantation’s Inaugural Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Volunteer Park, located at 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, FL 33323.

 

The celebration will be a fun yet educational day where attendees will be exposed to the environmental work taking place in their local area! There will be vendors present as well as a tree giveaway sponsored by DHL.

 

The fun doesn’t stop there – this family-friendly event will also feature a DJ, live shows, a Kids’ Activity Area with hands-on activities, vendors, inflatables, a rock-climbing wall and our weekly Farmer’s Market.

 

The event is FREE and all members of the community are invited to attend.

Earth Day The Miami Mami

Join the City of Doral for an evening to celebrate Earth Day with nature-focused activities, art & crafts, a petting zoo, a ladybug release, and a screening of A Bug’s Life on our giant outdoor inflatable screen. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy this classic, family movie.

 

Event is free and open to the public. Fodd & refreshments will be available for purchase.

Hollywood Florida Earth Day The Miami Mami

Hollywood’s Sustainability Advisory Committee will celebrate Earth and Arbor Days on Friday, April 22nd at ArtsPark at Young Circle in downtown Hollywood from 5:00 p.m. to – 7:00 p.m. before the weekly Friday Night Movie at 8:00 p.m. The theme of the celebration this year is sea turtles. Bring the family for fun educational activities and giveaways that will help you help these endangered marine animals. 

  • Exhibitors with activities
  • Giveaways
  • The Lorax (PG) is the Friday Night Special Feature at 8:00 p.m.
  • The event is free and open to the public

As a reminder, City parks are plastic and foam free. Single-use items, like plastic water bottles and utensils, are prohibited at the park. For more event information, please call Elaine at 954.967.4526.

Earth Day Miami 2022

Earth Day 2022 is officially here. Here are a few things to do in Miami and the surrounding areas.

Celebrate Earth Day in Doral

Join the City of Doral for an evening to celebrate Earth Day with nature-focused activities, art & crafts, a petting zoo, a ladybug release, and a screening of A Bug’s Life on our giant outdoor inflatable screen. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy this classic, family movie.

Event is free and open to the public. Fodd & refreshments will be available for purchase.

 

Earth Day The Miami Mami

 

Earth Day Celebration in Dania Beach

The City of Dania Beach will host a beach clean-up day. Help us keep our beach pristine! #DaniaBeachPristine

This free family-friendly event will feature contests and prizes, an art contest for kids, and a surprise mural unveiling!

Light bites and water will be provided to all volunteers.

Take home a free T-shirt.

Free Parking.

Earth Day Dania Beach The Miami Mami

 

Party for the Planet at Zoo Miami

CALLING ALL SUPER KIDDOS, HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO BE A PLANET HERO!

Join us for Party for the Planet* at Zoo Miami this April 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a mobile in-park scavenger hunt to save our planet from environmental threats. Visitors who complete the scavenger hunt can redeem their special Zoo Miami-themed prize. Make sure to visit our sponsor booths to learn about the different ways you can help the environment.

Guests can come in FREE of charge when they turn in a cellphone** as part of our ECO-CELL phone recycling program. These donated cell phones will help gorillas by hopefully reducing the need for coltan – a mineral extracted in the deep forests of Congo in Central Africa, home to the world’s endangered lowland gorillas. Fueled by the worldwide cell phone boom, Congo’s out-of-control coltan mining business has in recent years led to a dramatic reduction of animal habitat and the rampant slaughter of great apes for the illegal bush-meat trade.

* Included with Zoo admission.
** *Limited to one free admission per cellphone and one cellphone per person. Admission ticket must be used on the date the discount is given. Not valid for groups or with any other discounts.

Zoo Miami Earth Day The Miami Mami

 

Come celebrate Mother Earth at the City of Plantation’s Inaugural Earth Day Celebration Celebration on Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Volunteer Park, located at 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, FL 33323.

The celebration will be a fun yet educational day where attendees will be exposed to the environmental work taking place in their local area! There will be vendors present as well as a tree giveaway sponsored by DHL.

The fun doesn’t stop there – this family-friendly event will also feature a DJ, live shows, a Kids’ Activity Area with hands-on activities, vendors, inflatables, a rock-climbing wall and our weekly Farmer’s Market.

The event is FREE and all members of the community are invited to attend.

Plantation Earth Day The Miami Mami

 

Earth and Arbor Day in Hollywood

Hollywood’s Sustainability Advisory Committee will celebrate Earth and Arbor Day on Friday, April 22nd at ArtsPark at Young Circle in downtown Hollywood from 5:00 p.m. to – 7:00 p.m. before the weekly Friday Night Movie at 8:00 p.m. The theme of the celebration this year is sea turtles. Bring the family for fun educational activities and giveaways that will help you help these endangered marine animals. 

  • Exhibitors with activities
  • Giveaways
  • The Lorax (PG) is the Friday Night Special Feature at 8:00 p.m.
  • The event is free and open to the public

As a reminder, City parks are plastic and foam-free. Single-use items, like plastic water bottles and utensils, are prohibited at the park. For more event information, please call Elaine at 954.967.4526.

 

Celebrate the Best Earth Day with us!

Experience gardening and composting education, yoga, dance empowerment, eco-friendly shopping, university environmental program projects, educational panels, a kids area, delicious plant-based food vendors and other initiatives created to empower you to change your life and inspire those around you to do the same.

Earth Love Fest will be raising money for Aguacate Sanctuary of Love Farm and Animal Rescues. We are collaborating with County Commissioners and local groups to encourage businesses to promote reusable food ware and increase plant-based food options.

Speaker Stage Schedule

12:00: DJ Sunny, event host

12:15: Opening Ceremony to the 7th Directions, Steph and Jeanne

12:30: Opening Prayer Emilia Garth

12:30 Francisco Torres, Compostable

1:00 music from Marquise Fair

1:30 Tony Jones of Lumio, speaking on solar panels, clean energy.

2:00 music from Amaru Mora

2:30 Nicole Gazo speaking on Climate Change

3:00 music from Free Bison

3:30 Ocean Conservationist, Adam Roberti

4:00 Yoga, Breath, Meditation with Nikki

4:45 music from Emilia Garth

5:15 Kirtan by Kishor Rico

6:00 music from Kaylan Arnold

6:45 Activated Dance by Natalia

7:00 Drums with Fire Dance Performance by Ecstatic Flow

7:30 Afrobeta

 

Wellness Schedule by Womb Temple

12pm Opening Ceremony to the 7 directions w/ StephJourney & Jeanne (main stage)

1:11pm Goddess Gather

1:30pm Oils & Grounding into Earth Womb Meditation

2pm Sacred Skincare – Ancient Gua Sha Detox Ritual w/ Karina $22

3pm Feminine Blueprints: Following the Vital Forces with Jeanne & StephJourney $11

4pm Waves of the Womb: Yoni Steam StephJourney $11

5pm Clearing Innerspace: Energy Healing with Stephanie

6pm-6:40 Medicine + Song Circle & 528 DNA Repair Guided by Niki and StephJourney $11

Earth Love Festival The Miami Mami

 

Heal the Planet Day in Fort Lauderdale

Join us for the 7th Annual Heal The Planet Day!!

Heal The Planet Day will take place on Sunday, April 24th, 2022 in Esplanade Park, Ft. Lauderdale from 10 am to 4 pm. Join us as we celebrate Earth Day by bringing together the South Florida community for a day of family-friendly activities. Heal The Planet Day is a great event with an amazing array of activities for all ages, food vendors, and live entertainment.

Please wear comfortable clothing. 

We will have the following Wellness and Fun Activities For All Ages:

KIDS ZONE

Worldwide Web, Transformational Art Project, Yoga for Kids, Face Painting, Singing Bowls, and Much Much More!

GROW YOUR OWN ZONE

Learn About Easy and Efficient Ways to Grow Your Own Food, Gardening, Sustainability, and other Farming Techniques.

ENTERTAINMENT

Live music, Healing Modalities, Breathing Exercises, and Wellness Speakers.

CONSCIOUS VENDOR VILLAGE

Crafts, Clothing, Healthy Food Choices, and Beverages. Food Trucks, and More!

The event is free of charge; however, we rely on donations and fundraising events in order to continue providing free programs to the community.

 

If you are interested in more information on how to save the ocean in Miami, read this article.

Legoland Florida The Miami Mamii

Legoland Florida is super fun for small kids and toddlers. Like their slogan “Built for Kids”, there’s stuff to do for the little ones at every corner and plenty of rides. Normally, we are more of a Disney family but we definitely wanted to check Legoland Florida out with our 3-year old before he grows out of it. Here is my recap.

Entrance Legoland Florida

Where to Stay

A day at a theme park can be extremely exhausting. And the last thing you want to do after a day full of riding roller coasters is drive a long distance. Luckily, Legoland has three resorts that you can stay at. The original Legoland Hotel and its newer extension, the Pirate Hotel, are located right at the entrance of the theme park. If you stay at one of these properties, you’ll have 24/7 access to kid-friendly activities such as scavenger hunts and pajama parties. Moreover, you get to choose a themed room. The lego-filled lobby is so high energy that you feel like you are in a nightclub for kids.

For that reason, we decided to stay at the much calmer Beach Retreat across the street. It is also a Legoland hotel but you get to stay in your own Lego-style cottage with a cute front porch. You can eat at Sandy’s Castle, swim in the pool full of huge legos, and have s’mores by the fire at night. There’s a shuttle that takes you over to the park or you can take your own car.

Beach Retreat Cottage

Good news for the parents: all rooms have separate sleeping areas for the kids and include lego toys. As a Miami mom, I totally appreciate that the coffee maker had Bustelo cafe. Cool extra perk: there were also organic juices and hot chocolate for the coffee maker so the little ones don’t feel left out.

Legoland Florida Hotel

Separate Sleeping Area for Children

Staying at a Legoland hotel for a minimum of 2 nights includes 2-day tickets to the park and you can add extra ones for only $25 a day.

Legoland Florida Theme Park

The Parks

The main Legoland park is very big with lots of different sections, rides roller coasters, shows, and activities. If your kids have Lego figures, they can trade them at the park’s coffee shop. Tucked in the back of Legoland, you will find the waterpark. Since you have to go all the way through Legoland, it is not possible to buy a ticket for the waterpark only. Right next to Legoland is the newly opened Peppa Pig park which is even better suited for very small kids. My son is obsessed with the TV show and had a blast. The park itself is very small with about 4-5 rides; however, it has a huge splash pad and other fun opportunities to play. There’s not a lot of shade so I recommend wearing a hat and bringing water. FYI you are allowed to bring a cooler to the park. The park is very inclusive and sensory-friendly. Also, if you have a special needs child, you can obtain a HERO pass at Guest Services allowing you to skip the line similar to the Fast Track pass.

Peppa Pig Theme Park

Peppa Pig Theme Park

What to Eat

The Legoland hotels all have breakfast included. The breakfast is buffet-style; however, they bring you a platter to the table with the option to order more. Legoland has several options to eat: pizza, pasta, sandwiches, funnel cakes, and a lot more. A total must-try is Granny’s Apple Fries. So delicious! They come with whipped cream and you can ad soft serve for $2. The Peppa Pig park, on the other hand, has very limited options with huge lines. As mentioned above, you can bring a cooler with your own food and drinks which I definitely would. Continue reading

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