Whether you're a local or someone just passing through - if you're near Miami, chances are good that when you have a free day you're looking for something fun to do in the area. And when you have kids along with you, that can make finding an activity even harder (and costlier!).
Last month I was invited to attend a day for mommy-bloggers at the Dolphin Mall in Miami. I can say honestly, it was the best time I've had at any mall, anywhere. I was not only impressed by the huge variety of outlet stores they had to shop at, but also by the impressive amount of activities that are wonderfully family-friendly. I was compensated for my time at the mall (I think I have the best job ever, amirite?) but same as always, my opinions are my own.
One of the first things I noticed upon entering the mall was that it smelled good. There was fresh coffee brewing in the air, the area was clean, and an amazing variety of restaurants and outdoor cantina-type bars lined the entrance. I got the valet parking and tucked my kids into a double stroller (gotta love those doubles!) and headed for my group.
Our first stop was Bloomingdale's. We were given free-time to shop while our children played near a special set-up in the front of the store. I found a great sale on shoes, some sunglasses that made me feel like a teenager, and a sweater that is perfect for a cozy-chic look I'm putting together! (And that sweater, by Luv 4 Anouka, came out to just over $22 because of the great outlet deals and discounts they had going!)
Next I headed over to the Designer Fragrances & Cosmetic Co., which is an outlet store for a huge selection of Lancome products. I even got a makeover while I was there!
The store manager informed me that they have a special email service that you can sign up for while shopping that tells you when they are having their huge sales. My latest email let me know that fragrance sets there are 25% & 50% off. Not a bad deal, especially when you consider that during some sales (like that one) they give complimentary gifts anytime you make a purchase over a certain dollar amount. You can find out more about them and see what deals they have to offer on their Facebook page.
I strolled around the mall in my free time and found a variety of great stores & activities. Not only does the mall provide free Wi-Fi, but they have some great prices at their indoor movie theater and bowling alley. And I discovered that they have their own casting for modeling through the Miami Fashion Board at Dolphin Mall.
Next, our group headed over to Cool de Sac, where mommy got a much-needed and relaxing lunch while the kids played and ate as they pleased. It was pretty amazing, and you can check out my in-depth review of Cool de Sac HERE.
After lunch we toured Cinebistro, an upscale movie theater that allows you to enjoy all the comforts of home with all the luxury of fine dining while you watch the latest feature flicks. You can see my in-depth review of Cinebistro HERE.
Our last stop was Dave & Buster's. I'd never been to one before, although I'd heard great things. I was impressed by the variety of games there were to play and the prices were a lot lower than I thought they would be. You can check out my in-depth review of them HERE.
Overall:This was an incredible mall. There were activities that everyone in my family could enjoy, prices that we could afford, and a fantastic variety of stores to choose from. I also found out that if you live more than 50 miles away from the mall, you can get a passport full of really great discounts any time you visit. (And I mean the discounts in here ranged from 50% off coupons to $10 off discounts!! It made me wish I lived about 15 miles farther away.)
Connect:You can check out Dolphin Mall on their website at www.shopdolphinmall.com. Or find them on Facebook to stay up-to-date with their latest deals and promos!
Have you been to the Dolphin Mall in Miami?
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(The $250 Dolphin Mall Gift Card Giveaway that was associated with this post has expired; please check out our giveaways tab for a list of available contests! Please take a look at our Winners List or contact the good people over at Dolphin Mall if you have questions about the results of this giveaway.)