This month, you can visit Florida's oldest children's museum and more than a dozen other South Florida cultural attractions for free. Broward Attraction and Museums Month (BAMM) kicks off Saturday, offering free entry to 16 museums and attractions when you buy an annual membership to one of the venues.
The program runs through June 30, and individual memberships cost $25 to $75.
The Boca Raton Children's Museum, housed inside Singing Pines, a 100-year-old home in Boca Raton, offers hands-on fun and exploration for kids and families.
"The museum is in a pioneer house, and that sets the theme here," says Jayne Morrison, the museum's operations and program coordinator. "In our house, we say, 'Please touch.' All the exhibits are hands-on."
Morrison says the interactive exhibits for kids 10 or younger includes a miniature grocery store, a bank, pioneer dress-up, toy trains, games and even a pirate ship. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Annual memberships start at $60. Call 561-368-6875 or go to CMBoca.org.
"We are participating in BAMM because we want to invite people to come visit our precious little gem," Morrison says. "We are the oldest children's museum in Florida, but people are always surprised to discover us."
Other participating venues include the Old Davie School Historical Museum; the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum in Delray Beach; the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood; the Old Dillard School Historical Museum, the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum, these last three in Fort Lauderdale.
"BAMM has two purposes," says Mary Birch-Hanson, the founder and coordinator of the annual program. "It's to let people to know about the cultural opportunities right here in their community. The second is for the organizations to reach out and collaborate and partner together."
For instance, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation and the Historic Stranahan House are presenting a four-part lecture series on Seminole history and culture, she says.
The next lecture is on June 19 at the Fort Lauderdale History Center at the New River Inn, says April Kirk, executive director of the nonprofit Stranahan House.
For more information on BAMM and to see the list of participating venues, hours and prices, go to BAMMinfo.org.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun