October 8, 2021
by Meg Daly
Fun kid-friendly events and activities that inspire children to build connections and be creative
Miami, FL- The Underline kicks off Family Day at The Underline an all-day fun-filled, kid-friendly series of events that take place every third Saturday of the month. Beginning October 16th, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Family Day at The Underline will present Art of Nature, multi-disciplinary art classes for children inspired by the flora and fauna on The Underline. Then from 2 – 4 p.m., take your little ones to Family Day at The Underline, Building Blocks, a pop-up life sized LEGO-esque playground in the Brickell Backyard Urban Gym.
“The Underline is designed for, open for, and programmed for children to learn, grow and be more connected to their community. From the native plantings including pollinators supporting three butterfly species, to places to walk, bike, scoot and play, we hope The Underline is loved by and protected and nurtured by the children of Miami-Dade County,” says Meg Daly, Founder of Friends of The Underline.
With the support of The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation and Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, The Underline is partnering with the local non-profit Arts for Learning to teach children the critical importance of South Florida’s history and fragile ecosystem. Through a curated curriculum of multi-disciplinary art classes, children will explore Miami’s rich cultures, ecosystems, nature, science, and sustainability. Each Saturday morning, two concurrent classes will be taught by professional artists in the Brickell Backyard Promenade.
Then, in the afternoon from 2-4 p.m. get your kids moving while they build their own kingdom with Family Day at The Underline, Building Blocks. Sponsored by MIAMI Association of Realtors, children can play with giant Lego-like Ever Blocks to help improve fine motor skills, spatial awareness, and eye-hand coordination.
Due to limited space, families must register to attend. A parent or guardian are required to sign a waiver for kids to participate in the classes and Building Blocks. Register for Art of Nature programming here. To participate in Building Blocks, register here. CDC guidelines will be followed with mandatory mask use and social distancing.
About The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation
The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, Inc. was created in 1997 by the late Frederick DeLuca, co-founder of the global SUBWAY® restaurant chain, to provide youth and adults the tools to achieve independence and self-sufficiency. Since its inception, the Foundation has focused on providing educational scholarship opportunities and grants to community-based organizations in the state of Connecticut. Today, the Foundation supports health awareness, workforce development, and artistic experiences through educational programs that enhance the lives of children and families throughout South Florida and beyond.
About Arts for Learning/Miami, Inc.
Arts for Learning (A4L) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts. As a leading source of arts programs in Miami, A4L provides traditional and arts-integrated instruction, student studio programs, afterschool and summer programs, high school internships, and teacher and artist professional development. A4L’s programs augment cognitive, social, and emotional development in children and youth. The programs also develop creativity, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving skills, as well as promote positive peer relations and cultivate self-efficacy. A4L partners with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and Young Audiences – A4L’s national affiliate. A4L also serves as the South Florida Wolf Trap, a regional program of Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning. A4L’s services are delivered to more than 5,000 children and youth in approximately 50 schools, preschools, after-school programs, and summer camps throughout Miami-Dade and Broward.
About Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation
The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation was founded in 2007 due to the generosity of Mrs. Cornelia Tarrant Bailey and is dedicated to the memory of both Mr. and Mrs. Bailey. Glenn and Cornelia enjoyed supporting philanthropic organizations centered on education, veteran outreach, medical research and most significantly the arts in all forms. We are proud to continue their legacy.
About MIAMI Association of Realtors
The MIAMI Association of Realtors was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 101 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward-MIAMI Association of Realtors, the Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS-MIAMI) Council, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Council and the award-winning International Council, it represents 52,000 total real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S. and has official partnerships with 223 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is www.MiamiRealtors.com
About The Underline
The Underline is a planned 10-mile urban trail, linear neighborhood park and public art destination that will span from the Miami River, north of Brickell Metrorail station, to Dadeland South. The Underline project will feature dedicated bike and pedestrian paths, amenities, art, programming, lighting, native vegetation as well as safety features and improvements at road crossings. The Underline will be built in three phases. The first phase, Brickell Backyard from the Miami River to Coral Way, opened February 2021. For more information, visit www.theunderline.org and/or follow on social media @theunderlinemia.