Come Be a Kid Again with MCM and Soho Studios


At Soho Studios, we believe everyone gets the chance to be a kid. It’s time to enrich the lives of others, fostering a love for everything cultural while promoting community involvement. By meeting children across the multicultural community, Soho Studios and the Miami Children’s Museum offer extensive meet-ups with programs, exhibits and art displays.

The Community Connection

The Miami Children’s Museum is all about community. Here at Soho Studio’s, we’re all about networking. Florida residents can kick back, enjoy the festivities and engage community efforts at every level. At every turn, an exhibit waits to be found. The Miami Children’s Museum’s “Be a Kid Again” Gala presents the area’s leading cultural displays. While networking is a major event feature, entertainment, culinary delights and education, of course, are promoted.

Every child in the community is welcome, as are parents, to engage in the Museum’s teaching goals. The community connection is far-reaching, connecting event-goers with a variety of exhibits. Co-chaired by Christy and David Martin, alongside Daniela Swaebe and Michael Comras, the Be a Kid Again Gala excels in connecting Soho Studios with its wonderful surrounding community.

Fundraising at the Family Level

Soho Studios believes every fundraising opportunity thrives upon family involvement. To meet the community’s needs, Soho has connected with museum professionals. Programs, interactive exhibits and art-related learning materials are only the beginning.

Powerful fundraising excels when children of all ages are allowed to imagine, learn, play and create together. In the past, Soho Studios has assisted with similar community involvement initiatives. No great idea is created alone, and we believe fun begins with helping others. Miami Children’s Museum is one of the area’s premier institutions, serving entire families by inspiring them about their surrounding community’s needs. By prompting involvement via literacy programs, art workshops and childhood education, Miami Children’s Museum succeeds in raising awareness.

A Wonderful Outreach Location

Soho Studios is located in Wynwood, Miami’s Art District. Over the years, it’s evolved to encompass the city’s expression. Soho Studios is Miami’s epicenter of expression, creativity and opportunity. Every campaign, fundraising event and initiative is treated with sincerity. Soho Studios believes in Miami Children’s Museum, and we’re proud to create a platform of continuity for future efforts.

Visit our studios, and check out our extensive art, culture and education showcase. At Soho Studios, events are constantly changing. The community always comes first, as do its needs. With over 70,000 square feet available, we’re ready to host extravagant, yet intuitive, community support events. Come on over, and be a kid again at one of this year’s biggest gala’s. We’ll be waiting, and we’ll be ready to show you the enthusiasm of our community’s bright, intelligent minds.

Our New Neighbors in Wynwood

Wynwood is one of the hottest districts in the Miami area. There is always something new happening or opening up in this area, which makes it hot year round. There are a number of eateries and bars in the area that make it one of the most popular places to be. Here’s a list of the newest places you may want to check out:

  • Alter

Alter was a semifinalist for the James Beard Award Best New Restaurant in 2016. The first solo restaurant from one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs for 2016, you won’t go wrong at Brad Kilgore’s spot. Check it out at 223 NW 23rd Street. 305-573-5996.

  • Coyo

If you’re in the mood for tacos, Coyo is the place to go. Located in the heart of Wynwood, It’s more than a place to eat, but you can get your dance on all night. 2320 NW 2nd Avenue. 305-573-8228.

  • KYU

If Asian cuisine is your thing, you won’t be able to get enough of KYU. Imagine Asian barbeque at its best in a hip setting. You’ve found a winner. Find it at 251 NW 25th Street. 786-577-0150.

  • The Salty Donut

On the weekends, it’s almost a given to have a sweet tooth. You can curb your cravings at The Salty Donut from pastry veteran Max Santiago. Right now it’s a cute little weekend pop-up, but the brick-and-mortar is soon to follow. Located at 29 NW 24th street. 305-925-8126.

  • The Bar Next Door

If you’re looking for a late night munch-fest, you’ve found the right place in The Bar Next Door. A versatile menu promises something for everyone with a classy, yet casual ambience. Find it at 2519 NW 2nd Avenue. 305-748-2828.

  • El Patio

Wynwood is known for its diverse community and at El Patio, you’ll get a taste of Colombia. Brainchild of Nicolas Hoyo, patrons can enjoy great cocktails, weekend late night dance parties, and happy hour specials all week long. Located at 167 NW 23rd street. 786-409-2241.

  • The Wynwood Yard

Part of the culinary incubator, patrons can enjoy foods from four different restaurants that rotate. There’s Vibe 305, which features American food; Myumi, which is an omakase food truck; Arabian Knife, that will give you all the great cuisine of the Middle East; and Della Test Kitche, which is a plant-based healthy bowl concept. Find it at 56 NW 29th street.

These are just some of the hottest new places on the scene in Wynwood that will get your palate ready for fun and food.  After your event with us, make sure to check out one of these new spots.  There’s also Zak the Baker and a few other places you should check out too. If Miami’s known for one thing – it’s great food.


Soho Studios Recognizes Smiling Hugo and Creator Philip Schwartz

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At Soho Studios, we're all about community involvement and living your dreams as fully as you can every single day. We want everyone in our area to have the resources to be able to get the life they want. We're not just business owners. We're also parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and simply people who care deeply about the future of our society and our entire planet. We know that one of the most important keys to the future is the education of all of our children. This is why we want to help provide support for those who help children understand the world better and teach them to discover the beauty that surrounds us whenever we go.

Philip Schwartz

Philip Schwartz is a local area poet and a great friend to all of us at Soho Studios. Schwartz is a father and a grandparent, as well as a writer and a poet. In a recent interview on the Take Flight Show, he spoke to DJ Smiley about his writing work and his love of poetry for children. Like many other Miami residents, Schwartz wants to help his own children and other children discover the amazing world we live in and the places we can see. His own love of animals has been the inspiration for his poetry. In his work, he talks to kids about how animals help us learn about our world. His work is focused on the way that poems can help people of all ages feel happy and learn to use their own imagination.

Smiling Hugo

Smiling Hugo is a delightfully friendly character created by Philip Schwartz. This purple hippo helps children explore the world of nature with a buddy at their side who loves the world he sees as much as they do. Hugo's jaunty blue cap and relaxed air help children relate to him as he does all kinds of wonderful things each day. Children can follow along with Hugo as he watches butterflies flit across a beautiful field of flowers, takes a bicycle ride across town or just enjoys a fun ride on top of the back of his great friend the giant turtle. Hugo, just like many of his fans, loves to do all kinds of fun things that kids do like swinging on a swing in the park or learning to surf at his favorite local beach.


Poetry for Children

As a father and grandfather, Schwartz knows that children respond well to simple rhymes and language they can understand well. This is one of many reasons why Schwartz writes in language he knows his readers will understand and love. In his poems, nature is all around Smiling Hugo and all around all of us. Hugo and all of his friends see the world of nature wherever they go. A large building in front of him becomes a giant concrete forest full of excitement and mystery. Schwartz shows his young readers how to use their imagination and see the world in new and exciting ways. A young reader might hear his poem about being on a swing and see the world waiting at his feet as he swings back and forth with his own friends and parents.

Charming Illustrations

In addition to poetry, fans can also find Smiling Hugo in a series of delightful illustrations that instantly help us see his many daily fun activities. Hugo is at the heart of gentle illustrations that invite readers into a world of color, light and movement. The soft primary colors used by Schwartz to set off his poetry is soothing on the eye and conveys a world of happiness and wonderful beauty. Hugo sees a friendly sun greet him in the morning as he travels on his bicycle. Tall trees with detailed branches hold a perch where his friend Ozzy the Owl watches out for him. His friend Jonathan the giant turtle invites all of us to be with Hugo on his gaily painted green back. The blue swirly waves of Australia's Bondi Beach are great fun for Olie the Octopus as he sits on top three surf boards surrounded by his many friends.

Come join up with Philip Schwartz, Smiling Hugo, Sammy the Shark, Danny Dolphin and the entire adorable cast of characters as they travel the natural world. We hope you'll be right there with us as we await his next series of adventures!