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The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) is proud to present “Season of the Arts,” every Saturday during the month of December from 11AM – 3PM.  The “Season of the Arts” series will introduce children and their families to a different form of art each week. The Museum has partnered with local artists and organizations such as, Xavier Cortada, New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera and dancers from Miami City Ballet,in an effort to expose youth to the arts via this special programming during the holiday season.  The “Season of the Arts” is made possible through a special grant given to MCM by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Miami Children’s Museum is always looking for ways to create the new cultural generation,” says Deborah Spiegelman, CEO and Executive Director of MCM. “In most cases, we offer children their first introduction with many forms of artistic expression.”

The “Season of the Arts” schedule includes:

Saturday, December 3rd:

It’s Art Basel weekend, so we are kicking off our Season of the Arts with all things visual. Create with Miami artist Xavier Cortada a collaborative eco-art project inspired by Florida’s wildflowers. Channel your creative side to make Seminole art and patchwork clothing with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.

Saturday, December 10th:

Opera Special! Come and explore the world of opera with Florida Grand Opera through hands on activities, live performances, interactive experiences, and the thrill of live theater. Florida Grand Opera brings all the aspects of opera to life both in front of and behind the curtain. Our activities have something for everyone: stage make up, special effects, set design, and of course singing! To make the experience a memorable one, live performances and roaming acapella singers highlight the day, concluding with the hilarious family friendly opera “Toy Shop”. Watch as toys come to life in this exciting and colorful opera and be sure to receive your special gift at the end!

Saturday, December 17th:

Symphony Special! Expose your little ones to the magical of musical instruments. Join the New World Symphony for a series of special performances and a musical workshop. Create musical jewelry, enjoy a singalong story time, and have a chance to play a giant piano!

Saturday, December 24th:

Tropical Christmas Eve! ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and here at MCM, we had magical moments and fun ‘til the end! Join us for a tropical celebration. Create seashell ornaments and Christmas leis, and meet our sun-kissed Santa. Sing along with our Christmas carolers and catch our MCM Player’s original theater production: The Extraordinary Explorers and the Search for Santa! Please note: the Museum will be closing at 4:00 pm.

Saturday, December 31st:

Noon Year’s Eve Special! 3, 2, 1, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Well, not quite, but it’s never too early to kick off a fabulous New Year’s celebration. Ring in the New Year (a few hours early) with a countdown and an unforgettable balloon drop! (Make sure to arrive by 11:30 am for the balloon drop!) Then, meet some ballerinas, take a ballet class, and enjoy a special presentation from the dancers of Miami City Ballet! Please note: the Museum will be closing at 4:00 pm.

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.