CHILDREN’S ALLEY

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Past Events

November 2021

Sunday, November 21 @ 5:15 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! Conga Time!

Join Michael Gil and the Luyano band for a taste of their unique fusion sound as they start a conga line celebration that will close out Children’s Alley!…

Sunday, November 21 @ 4:30 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Learn! The Chill Zone

Explore physical reactions by freezing everyday objects with liquid nitrogen! Watch as balloons, flowers, and other objects undergo a physical change when exposed to extremely cold temperatures (-321°F to be exact). Make sure to stay for our grand finale as we create a simulated cloud, thunder and all! Presented in partnership with …

Sunday, November 21 @ 4:30 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! Pete the Cat – Theatrical Performance

Pete the Cat, the coolest and calmest cat in town, is ready to teach your little ones not to worry. Eric Litwin’s groovy stories Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, I love My White Shoes, and My Four Groovy Buttons leap off the page through song and dance!…

Sunday, November 21 @ 4:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Tai Chi & Paper Collage With Francisca Oyhanarte & Martina Menendez

Need to relax and unwind at the end of a long and action-packed Book Fair day? Join local artist Francisca Oyhanarte – this year’s MBF poster artist! – and tai chi instructor Martina Menendez in this meditative workshop to find out how. We’ll start with a mindfulness tai chi exercise with gentle movements to inspire the senses, then follow it up by creating colorful rainforest animals using a construction paper collage technique.   Ages 5+ This event is a CREATE! Featured Workshop.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 3:30 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Learn! All About Croco Gators

Want something to gnaw on? Young biologists will learn about reptilian adaptations and explore the place held by alligators and crocodiles in South Florida’s ecosystem with an engaging book reading. Stick around and you’ll get an up-close view into these toothsome creatures’ unique features as Frost Science shares alligator and crocodile skulls to dive deeper into some of the oldest animals on Earth! Presented in partnership with …

Sunday, November 21 @ 3:30 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! The Dangerfun Show

Starring the Incredible Ian, The Dangerfun Show features magic, comedy, juggling, and more!  Learn the story of a young computer technician who quit his “boring” day job to pursue a full-time career in showbiz – because “if you truly believe in magic, anything is possible!” With big dreams and small means, this highly interactive, vaudeville-style performance explores the lost art of magic and variety entertainment. Fun for all ages, the show will leave you questioning your senses!…

Sunday, November 21 @ 3:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Paper Pirate Flag With HistoryMiami Museum

Back in the days of swashbuckling, pirate flags – generally black with a skull and crossbones symbol in red and/or white – were called “Jolly Rogers,” and they were used to identify marauding ships. In this workshop, you’ll learn about all the different pirate flags that were used on the high seas, then make your very own! Presented in partnership with All Ages This event is a CREATE! Featured Workshop. All featured workshops require a FREE ticket to attend due to limited seating.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 3:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Rainforest Nightscape

Build a rainforest nightscape! Using silhouettes against an iridescent backdrop to create the look of light cast by the moon, we’ll create a magical work of art.   Presented in partnership with…

Sunday, November 21 @ 2:45 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! Blue Circus – Theatrical Performance

Two mimes are left alone in charge of a circus, and the show must go on! To make it work they will perform various big-top numbers: the tamer and the lion, the jugglers, the magician, and the bearded woman. Two mimes in charge of wild animals – what could possibly go wrong? …

Sunday, November 21 @ 2:30 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Learn! B is for BattleBots Read by Team Witch Doctor

Team Witch Doctor from the Discovery Channel Competition Show BattleBots reads B Is for BattleBots – a children’s book written by Team Witch Doctor Captain Andrea Gellatly, with illustrations by Caleb Kempson.   Presented in partnership with …

Sunday, November 21 @ 2:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Crafting Stories Through Puppet Making With Pangea

Join local artist Pangea for a puppet-making workshop that empowers kids to create characters and craft narratives for their own stories, while exploring the possibilities of using found materials! Using a mix of traditional art supplies along with “waste” materials – like bottle caps and cardboard rolls – kids will create their very own working marionnette while learning about sustainable practices and upcycling.  Ages 5+ This event is a CREATE! Featured Workshop. All featured workshops require a FREE ticket to attend due to limited seating.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 1:45 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! Drumming & Storytelling From Ayiti With Lucrece

Join professional storyteller, librarian, and dancer Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis for a luminous performance of her traditional stories from Haiti.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 1:30 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Learn! Show & Tell: Pirate Stories

Did you know that piracy began more than 2,000 years ago, when seagoing robbers started flocking around trading routes? Join us to learn about pirates as we read How to Be a Pirate, written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Nikki Dyson, and share with you the nautical tools of the pirate trade from our education collection.   Presented in partnership with…

Sunday, November 21 @ 1:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Introduction to Origami With Kuniko Yamamoto

If you’re new to the art of origami, this hands-on workshop led by artist and storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto is the perfect introduction! In Japanese, “ori” means to fold and “gami” means paper, and those joining in will enjoy a fun and fascinating paper-folding adventure as they immerse themselves in Japanese arts and culture.  Ages 5+ This event is a CREATE! Featured Workshop. All featured workshops require a FREE ticket to attend due to limited seating. Tickets can be picked up at the Information Booth in Children’s Alley.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 1:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! Simama Nami (Stand with Me) – Theatrical Performance

A salute to African storytelling, Simama Nami follows the journey of a rhino, chimp, and dung beetle seeking refuge in a cave. Something outside is upsetting the three creatures, and they must band together with their unique attributes to face their fears and solve their problems. At its heart, Simama Nami is a call to action, and we ask our audiences to stand with us and look after each other, each living creature, and the world we all live in.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 1:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Make a 3D Paper Chain Snake

Assemble your very own slithering three-dimensional paper chain snake! Choose from three different snakes native to the rainforest: the emerald tree boa, the king cobra, and the tropical rattlesnake. Presented in partnership with…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:30 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Learn! Rhythm & Drums With Yanui

Flow through the soulful sounds of drums, prose, and rhythmic footsteps!…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Theater Mask & Story Creation Workshop With Catalina

Props and masks are often used on stage to help tell a story – have you ever thought about the kinds of characters you’d create? In this workshop, kids will decorate their own theatrical masks to create the face of a brand-new character. Then, Catalina will lead a short theater exercise to inspire kids to bring those characters to life!  All Ages This event is a CREATE! Featured Workshop. All featured workshops require a FREE ticket to attend due to limited seating.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! Origami Tales With Kuniko Yamamoto

Welcome to the infinite world of origami! In Japanese, “ori” means to fold and “gami” means paper. Using origami, music, and audience participation, Kuniko Yamamoto provides a magical introduction to Japanese culture and the art of simplicity. In Origami Tales, mythological character masks and puppets, amazing flowers, and a dragon – all made from origami – set the stage, while Kuniko shares heartfelt stories from ancient Japan.    Recommended for ages 4-12.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 11:30 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Learn! Percussion Around the World With Michael Gil

Find the beat and move your feet! Learn about different musical instruments from around the world. Grab your imaginary passport – we’ll be taking off on a musical journey that will take you from Brazil to Africa, and as far away as Australia!…

Sunday, November 21 @ 11:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Quilts & Parrots

Make a parrot-themed mini quilt using fabric, colorful stickers, and paper! Presented in partnership with…

Sunday, November 21 @ 11:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Tie-Dye Butterfly With Angela Bolaños

Butterflies are not only beautiful, they’re incredibly important to our ecosystem. Join artist Angela Bolaños and create your very own unique and beautiful butterfly in a surrounding flower garden, while learning an easy-to-use tie-dye effect technique! Ages 5+ This event is a CREATE! Featured Workshop. All featured workshops require a FREE ticket to attend due to limited seating. Tickets can be picked up at the Information Booth in Children’s Alley. A standby line will be available at each workshop in the event a ticketed attendee does not show up. …

Sunday, November 21 @ 11:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! Musical Storytelling With Rita Rosa

Multi-award-winning children’s artist Rita Rosa Ruesga shares Hispanic songs everyone can enjoy. Be aware: Some puppet friends may appear during this performance … if you’re lucky!…

Saturday, November 20 @ 5:15 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! Conga Time!

Join Michael Gil and the Luyano band for a taste of their unique fusion sound as they start a conga line celebration that will close out Children’s Alley!…

Saturday, November 20 @ 5:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Learn! Ask the Archaeologist

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s really like to be an archaeologist? Do you wonder how we study things that happened thousands of years ago? We’ll start by reading the story Archaeologists Dig for Clues by Kate Duke, and then you can ask a real-life archaeologist all the questions you can come up with! Presented in partnership with…

Saturday, November 20 @ 4:15 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! The Dangerfun Show

Starring the Incredible Ian, The Dangerfun Show features magic, comedy, juggling, and more!  Learn the story of a young computer technician who quit his “boring” day job to pursue a full-time career in showbiz – because “if you truly believe in magic, anything is possible!” With big dreams and small means, this highly interactive, vaudeville-style performance explores the lost art of magic and variety entertainment. Fun for all ages, the show will leave you questioning your senses!…

Saturday, November 20 @ 4:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Tai Chi & Paper Collage With Francisca Oyhanarte & Martina Menendez

Need to relax and unwind at the end of a long and action-packed Book Fair day? Join local artist Francisca Oyhanarte – this year’s MBF poster artist! – and tai chi instructor Martina Menendez in this meditative workshop to find out how. We’ll start with a mindfulness tai chi exercise with gentle movements to inspire the senses, then follow it up by creating colorful rainforest animals using a construction paper collage technique.   Ages 5+ This event is a CREATE! Featured Workshop.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 4:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Learn! Origami Tales With Kuniko Yamamoto

Welcome to the infinite world of origami! In Japanese, “ori” means to fold and “gami” means paper. Using origami, music, and audience participation, Kuniko Yamamoto provides a magical introduction to Japanese culture and the art of simplicity. In Origami Tales, mythological character masks and puppets, amazing flowers, and a dragon – all made from origami – set the stage, while Kuniko shares heartfelt stories from ancient Japan. …

Saturday, November 20 @ 3:15 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! Musical Storytelling With Rita Rosa

Multi-award-winning children’s artist Rita Rosa Ruesga shares Hispanic songs everyone can enjoy. Be aware: Some puppet friends may appear during this performance … if you’re lucky!…

Saturday, November 20 @ 3:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Accordion Book Making With Susie Jaramillo

Fold, fold, streeeeeeetch! Draw, draw, draw! Read, read, read! Accordion books are made from folded paper – open them up and you can read them page by page, or you can stretch them out like a soaring set of wings for a story that goes on and on and on. In this workshop led by Susie Jaramillo, you’ll not only make your very own accordion book and book covers, you’ll start working on your very own story, one you can turn into a picture book or graphic novel!…

Saturday, November 20 @ 3:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Rainforest Nightscape

Build a rainforest nightscape! Using silhouettes against an iridescent backdrop to create the look of light cast by the moon, we’ll create a magical work of art. Presented in partnership with…

Saturday, November 20 @ 3:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Learn! Show & Tell: All About Fossils

What is a fossil? Sometimes it’s the imprint of an ancient leaf in a rock, or it could be the skeleton of an animal that has turned to stone. Learn all about fossils as we read Fossils Tell of Long Ago by Aliki, and share real fossils and fossil replicas from our education collection with you! Presented in partnership with…

Saturday, November 20 @ 2:15 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! Simama Nami (Stand with Me) – Theatrical Performance

A salute to African storytelling, Simama Nami follows the journey of a rhino, chimp, and dung beetle seeking refuge in a cave. Something outside is upsetting the three creatures, and they must band together with their unique attributes to face their fears and solve their problems. At its heart, Simama Nami is a call to action, and we ask our audiences to stand with us and look after each other, each living creature, and the world we all live in.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 2:00 pm
Livestreamed

Create! Needle Felting Workshop With Kerry Phillips

Needle felting – a fun and easy artistic practice that uses barbed needles and repetitive poking to interlock wool into specific shapes – requires no advanced knowledge of the craft and is remarkably easy to pick up, even for a 5-year-old! Artist Kerry Phillips will teach you how to needle felt pictures onto fabric and how the same process can be used to create small sculptures. Ages 5+ This event is a CREATE! Featured Workshop. All featured workshops require a FREE ticket to attend due to limited seating.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 2:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Learn! All About the Drums With Inez Barlatier

Learn Caribbean drumming with Miami’s own songstress, Inez Barlatier. Children and families can join in on drum rhythms and songs as Inez teaches you where the songs and rhythms originate and how to play them!…

Saturday, November 20 @ 1:15 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Saturday, November 20 @ 1:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Introduction to Origami With Kuniko Yamamoto

If you’re new to the art of origami, this hands-on workshop led by artist and storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto is the perfect introduction! In Japanese, “ori” means to fold and “gami” means paper, and those joining in will enjoy a fun and fascinating paper-folding adventure as they immerse themselves in Japanese arts and culture.  Ages 5+ This event is a CREATE! Featured Workshop. All featured workshops require a FREE ticket to attend due to limited seating. Tickets can be picked up at the Information Booth in Children’s Alley.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 1:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Make a 3D Paper Chain Snake

Assemble your very own slithering three-dimensional paper chain snake! Choose from three different snakes native to the rainforest: the emerald tree boa, the king cobra, and the tropical rattlesnake. Presented in partnership with…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:30 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! A Clown Adventure – Theatrical Performance

Sassy and Orly, the Red Nose Spies, meet as usual to fulfill a top-secret mission. This incredible adventure has twists and turns, false doors, mysterious suitcases, and a series of clues that will lead them to a great discovery – a treasure!   Recommended for ages 3-8…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Crafting Stories Through Puppet Making With Pangea

Join local artist Pangea for a puppet-making workshop that empowers kids to create characters and craft narratives for their own stories, while exploring the possibilities of using found materials! Using a mix of traditional art supplies along with “waste” materials – like bottle caps and cardboard rolls – kids will create their very own working marionnette while learning about sustainable practices and upcycling.  Ages 5+ This event is a CREATE! Featured Workshop. All featured workshops require a FREE ticket to attend due to limited seating.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Learn! All Around the World With Tiny Travelers

Sing along to our award-winning, bilingual songs featuring beloved nursery rhymes from all over the Spanish-speaking world. Two languages makes the world twice as big – and twice as fun! And because kids connect so naturally with nursery rhymes, they are the perfect tools for teaching early literacy, math concepts, and – just as important – culture. Incorporating small teachings through song and dance builds social skills and creates cross-generational bonds through the preservation of these commonly known songs. Canticos combines the power of nursery rhymes with the benefits of bilingualism to provide your child with an innovative learning experience.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 11:30 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! Musical Storytelling With Inez Barlatier

Miami native Inez Barlatier is a multifaceted performer of Ayisyen (Haitian) descent. She celebrates Hatian art and culture through energetic drumming and singing, sharing songs and phrases in Haitian Creole that explore themes of community and gratitude.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 11:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Quilts & Parrots

Make a parrot-themed mini quilt using fabric, colorful stickers, and paper! Presented in partnership with…

Saturday, November 20 @ 11:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Create! Theater Mask & Story Creation Workshop With Catalina

Props and masks are often used on stage to help tell a story – have you ever thought about the kinds of characters you’d create? In this workshop, kids will decorate their own theatrical masks to create the face of a brand-new character. Then, Catalina will lead a short theater exercise to inspire kids to bring those characters to life! All Ages This event is a CREATE! Featured Workshop. All featured workshops require a FREE ticket to attend due to limited seating.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 11:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Learn! All About Croco Gators

Want something to gnaw on? Young biologists will learn about reptilian adaptations and explore the place held by alligators and crocodiles in South Florida’s ecosystem with an engaging book reading. Stick around and you’ll get an up-close view into these toothsome creatures’ unique features as Frost Science shares alligator and crocodile skulls to dive deeper into some of the oldest animals on Earth! Presented in partnership with …

Saturday, November 20 @ 10:30 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Participate! Piggie & Gerald – Theatrical Performance

Your favorite Mo Willems duo, Piggie and Gerald, are brought to life in this theatrical medley of stories, including favorites like Watch Me Throw A Ball, Listen to My Trumpet, We Are In A Play, and more!   Presented in partnership with …

Sunday, November 14 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora

In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora, bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. These 15 original pieces delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes, to memories in the kitchen and travels around the world, to addiction and grief, to identity and anti-Blackness, to finding love and speaking your truth. Full of both sorrow and joy, this collection is an essential celebration of this rich and diverse community.…

Saturday, November 6 @ 2:00 pm
Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School
8390 NW 53rd St, Doral, FL 33166 United States

Storybook Picnic in Doral

Miami Book Fair and Fundacion Cuatrogatos invite families to a picnic of activities that encourage reading, learning, and imagination. Enjoy picnic baskets full of books (free to keep) and performances by storytellers, musicians, and theater troupes, as well as creative writing, art-making, and other family-friendly diversions. Join RITA ROSA RUESGA and her band for a special musical performance! Four-time Latin Grammy Award-winner and children’s book author Ruesga will be taking the stage with acclaimed multi-instrumentalist PEPO HERRERA. Don’t miss LEONARDO VAN SCHERMBEEK’s master puppetry production!…

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