During eight days each November hundreds of authors and thousands of readers converge on Downtown Miami for the nation's premier literary festival. And when that's over, we keep it going, month in, month out.
FUN ROOM: Royal Caribbean’s Ocean of Adventures
Explore the ocean blue with Royal Caribbean’s Art of Puppetry. Design and create your own octopus puppet, learn how to bring the eight-legged creatures to life, and show off your new skills at the Puppet Stage. If the sea or stage is calling your name, learn how to play a pirate extraordinaire in Pirates Ahoy! Dress up, make a signature eye patch, and learn to talk like a pirate. Immerse yourself in a world of color and art styles by creating personalized Fish Kites. Little ones can play,...
FUN ROOM: Tot Time Play & Learn
Join the Miami Children’s Museum for vibrant, interactive story readings and performances, bringing your child’s favorite picture storybooks to life. Story readings are followed by hands-on activities specifically designed for children up to five years old, which foster a love of reading and learning. Play instruments, create paper dolls, and jump like a monkey, or relax and play in our reading corner sponsored by the Early Learning Coalition. Featured books: From Head to Toe; Listen to...
FUN ROOM: One World, Many Stories
Bring your imaginary passports for a literary journey to the Caribbean! Explore the region’s different cultures through stories and folktales. Then, bring those stories to life: create a sea turtle, a Rastafarian bracelet, a frog puppet, a carnival headpiece and more! Featured books: Tap-Tap, Me Llamo Celia/My Name Is Celia: La Vida de Celia Cruz/The Life Of Celia Cruz, Island Counting 1 2 3, Rata-Pata-Scata-Fata: A Caribbean Story, One Love, Everywhere Coquis! / En dondequiera coquies, The...
FUN ROOM: Healthy Bodies, Happy Kids
Want to get healthy and stay that way? You’ve come to the right place! Learn how to get rid of germs, especially on your teeth! You’ll want to show those pearly whites after dental hygienists and their puppets teach you the right way to brush. Learn about good nutrition so you can grow healthy and strong! Activities all-weekend long in Healthy Bodies, Happy Kids are sponsored by and presented in partnership with Miami Dade College’s Medical Campus
FUN ROOM: The Paintbox
Create art inspired by contemporary artists from around the world! Immerse yourself in stories that excite your imagination. Design, paint, build, and draw your way into The Bass Museum Paint Box! Featured books: August and His Smile; Look! Body Language in Art; Press Here; I Took the Moon for a Walk; The Night at the Museum; Is it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue?; Harold and the Purple Crayon; How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow. Activities all-weekend long in The Paintbox are presented...
FUN ROOM: Tinker, Make, Innovate!
Build bridges out of Legos and other cool stuff. Explore digital worlds through virtual reality. Learn to build and battle robots! The Tinker, Make, Innovate! tent, co-created by Maker Faire® Miami, encourages youths to shape the worlds arounds them with cutting-edge tech tools and maker-centered learning activities. Featured books: Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty; and Computational Fairy Tales by Jeremy Kubica. Activities all-weekend long in Tinker,...
FUN ROOM: The Rhythm Factory
Sing-a-long, move, and groove! Learn about different musical instruments from around the world. Go on a musical journey that will take you from Brazil to Africa to Australia! Featured books: I Love My Baby Berimbau: An Introduction to the Berimbau in Capoeira; Dundun: The Talking Drum of the Yoruba People of South-West Nigeria; The Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona People of Zimbabwe; Fun with the Jaws Harp; Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo; and The Rainstick: A Fable....
Artemis came out of the womb ready for action. She helped deliver her twin brother Apollo—right after she was born! She protects women and young girls, is unrivaled in her hunting abilities, and will slay anyone who crosses her. Learn all about the original wonder woman in Artemis: Goddess of the Hunt. RSVP Here!
Jennifer George and Ed Steckley
There’s no such thing as “simple” when Rube Goldberg is around. In Rube Goldberg’s Simple Humdrum School Day, the simplest path to getting a task done is always a humorously complicated one! RSVP Here!
It’s summertime. And that means sun, friends and surfing—until a swim through an underwater cave leads to ghosts and pirates! Get to the bottom of a spooky mystery in Surfside Girls. RSVP Here!
David Barclay Moore
Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you’ve had an easy life. Sometimes you have to face hardships and choose to find your way out of the dark. In The Stars Beneath Our Feet, Lolly’s inventive spirit helps him find an escape and open the door to a brighter future. RSVP Here!
Priyanka has many questions: Why won’t her mother ever talk about India or what happened to her father? But when she discovers a magical Pashmina, she is transported to a world more colorful than any Bollywood film and into an adventure to find the family she never knew. RSVP Here!
A young Puritan girl is captured by Mohawk Indians and raised as their own. As she learns more about her captors’ customs, and history, she begins to question her Puritan past in Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl. RSVP Here!
Jose Ignacio Valenzuela
En Pepito y la calle más aburrida del mundo, Pepito ha decidido convertirse en un famoso detective. Con la ayuda de su perra Lulú, está listo para entrar en acción e investigar un misterioso robo… Con el apoyo de Fundación Cuatrogatos y el Departamento de Educación Bilingüe y Lenguas Extranjeras de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado Miami-Dade