By Josie Gulliksen and Yours Truly
Looking for new things to do this summer, especially when it rains? Look no further than the activities we have listed below. Try one, you’re in for a treat.
The much-anticipated Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park, is finally here, and after a multi-million-dollar renovation, it’s better than ever. Overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay, this museum spans 250,000 square feet in space, and is six stories high; with interactive exhibitions, a lunar terrace with a telescope, a solar terrace with an urban farm, a freestanding planetarium and a 500,000-gallon aquarium, among countless other exhibits. Or how about trying a new place for lunch? There is even an onsite café, Food@Science, which is open to the public daily during museum hours. This museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, all year long.
Learn to Cook
Located in Pinecrest, Two Chefs Restaurant serves up delicious American cuisine by none other than Chef Jan Jorgensen. In addition to its fabulous menu, it offers private and group culinary classes, called “Culinary Experience,” where fans of the chef can learn how to make some of his top dishes—like Cornmeal Crusted Calamari, Lump Crab Ravioli “Florentine” and Curry Rubbed Chicken Tenderloin, to name a few—themselves.
La Centrale in Brickell City Centre also offers cooking classes. And while you’re there, check out the new places that have opened since January including Aesop, Alpha Kids’ Salon and Spa, Fabiana Filippi, Giuseppe Zanotti, Iro, pasion del Cielo, Santoni, Sandro, Zara and WOLF.
Stay Active, But Stay Inside
From rock climbing at XTreme Rock Climbing, playing dodge ball on trampolines at Sky Zone, or taking a yoga class at one of Miami’s many yoga studios, there are plenty of ways to get your blood pumping and still stay indoors in Miami. One of the most popular indoor exercise classes is at SoulCycle, a spinning class that has gained fame across the nation for its dimly lit dance parties, high-energy beats, and the ability to burn 500 to 700 calories in just one class. For a fun activity that won’t make you break a sweat, go ice-skating or bowling at Basement at The EDITION, a one-of-a-kind lounge at the EDITION Miami Beach. Or, if you want to jump in the water, sign up for an aqua fitness class at Miami’s first WaterBiking Studio. Choose from WaterBiking, WaterCircuit, WaterBoxing or Water Zumba—rumor has it you can burn up to 800 calories in one class.
Go to High Tea
Priced at just $45.00 a person, afternoon tea is served Wednesday through Saturday in the Biltmore Hotel lobby. High tea includes tea, light pastries, live harp music and more—all with the glamour and luxury of an afternoon at this iconic Coral Gables hotel. Tea lovers can also experience traditional afternoon tea at La Gourmandise, in the St. Regis Bal Harbour, which has the largest tea selection in Miami—30 varieties of tea and unique custom blends created exclusively for the hotel. There’s the Champagne Bird Cage Signature High Tea ($65 per person) and Children’s Tea for $35. Each includes select pastries from famed Executive Pastry Chef Anibal Rodriguez, and is available from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. There’s also a pastry class for an hour and a half with the pastry chef which includes an apron and the afternoon tea ($130).For more information about High Tea in Miami, read here.
Go Shopping at Sawgrass Mall
From its expansive Oasis movie theater, bars and restaurants, to hundreds of haute outlets, top-of-the-line brands, special sale events and more, a day at Sawgrass Mall can entertain just about anyone. If you go on a weekend, be sure to get there when it opens; with its countless sections, it will take you a full day or two to wander through the entire mall. While you’re there, be sure to check out The Colonnade Outlets section, where shoppers can find discount outlet storefronts of some of the world’s top designers.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Summer 2
Based at the University of Miami, the Institute is an association of community members 50 years and older seeking educational enrichment through a variety of classes. The Summer 2 Session runs from June 18 to July 27. Choose from art classes in pencil, acrylic, watercolor and drawing along with history classes, Shakespeare play readings and discussions, Investments, French Culture through Film, Human Evolution, Humanities and Yoga.
Prices vary per class and classes are held on the University of Miami Campus, 1550 Brescia Ave. Call 305-284-6554 or visit http://continue.miami.edu/en/packagedetail.aspx?p=128 for more information.
Shark Tagging trips with Shark & Research Conservation at the University of Miami
The next planned Citizen Science Public Expedition led by the Shark Research & Conservation team at the University of Miami is July 22. The date was conveniently chosen to coincide with the beginning of the very popular Shark Week.
Imagine the excitement of participating in an official University of Miami shark research trip, assisting in collecting samples, tagging the shark, taking shark length measurements and performing reflex tests.
Shark species you may encounter include blacktip, lemon, bull, great or scalloped hammerhead, tiger, nurse and sandbar.
The trip departs from Key Biscayne and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Find requirements and a pre-trip checklist on the website. Trips cost $300 per person. Visit their website at http://sharkresearch.rsmas.miami.edu/participate/citizen-science-public-expeditions for more information.
Sharpen your computer skills at either Miami-Dade Apple store located at Aventura Mall, Lincoln Road, Dadeland Mall and The Falls Shopping Center.
Learn the basics of the Apple iPad, your Apple ID, Apple iCloud and the iPhone. Take more advanced courses including creating Spreadsheets on a MAC Computer and shooting the best photos with your iPhone.
Delve a little deeper into the world of Apple 90-minute sessions on creating and editing a music video with iMovie, sketching with Apple Pencil and preparing a presentation with Keynote for MAC.
Visit their website at https://www.apple.com/today/miami/ for a list of all scheduled classes.