Mark your calendars folks! June 2nd is the last day of school in Palm Beach County, FL!
With the upcoming summer break, many parents are looking for family friendly activities. So, what is there to do in Palm Beach County that’s good for the whole family and won’t break the bank?
While the beach is always a wonderful option for fun and laughs, and a bit of R and R, it’s not an everyday (or every weekend) activity. For a change of pace, try visiting the Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach. Open from dawn to dusk, the entrance fee is $5 per vehicle ($1 if you are on foot). The Visitor Center is opened Wednesday through Sunday. Nature walks, wildlife observation, biking, fishing, boating and canoeing are just some of the activities available at the Refuge. For the bird lovers, be sure to print out the bird list and take it along with you. Be sure to dress appropriately and wear sun block. Be mindful that there is wildlife around you – safety first.
For a family night out to the movies, why not check out West Palm Beach’s “Screen on the Green” at the Waterfront? With the price of a regular movie ticket these day who can afford to take their whole family out to the movies. WPB “Screen on the Green” is a great way to have fun with your family. All it costs is the gas money or bus fare to get you there! Held one or two Fridays each month, the show starts at 8PM on the Waterfront Great Lawn (S. Flagler between Clematis and Datura). Show up early for the best spots and bring blankets and/or chairs. This theatre under the stars offers old classics as well as newer films all with the spectacular view of the water front. “Screen on the Green” will be held on the following dates during summer vacation: June 10th, July 29th, August 12th, August 26th. Please note that the movie titles (and dates) are subject to change. For the exact titles being shown, please call (561) 822-1515
Speaking of movies, this summer will be filled with huge blockbusters on the silver screen. For the Harry Potter fans, this summer equals the final installment of the Harry Potter films. And for preteens and teens, the Downtown Library in Boca Raton is the place to be! Tuesday and Thursday nights from June 21st through July 14th, the Downtown Library on 200 NW Boca Raton Blvd. will be hosting a Harry Potter Marathon. Starting at 5:30PM on June 21st, and each Tuesday and Thursday following, the Harry Potter movies will be shown at the library (StoryLand DT) in order. On July 14th, the Marathon ends with a party where you can dress as your favorite character! Snack and drinks will be provided on all dates and no registration is required. However, for the preteens (age 9-12) a parental consent form is required on nights that the movie is rated PG 13 (“Goblet of Fire”, “Order of the Phoenix”, and “Deathly Hallows Part 1”). Forms can be picked up at the YS desk at the library.
Just because school is out for the summer, doesn’t mean that the learning has to end. The West Palm Beach Library (411 Clematis) will be hosting a variety of free family activities this summer! “Family Storytime with Ms. Sarah” will be held at 10:30 AM in the auditorium on the third floor every Tuesday and Wednesday this summer. Registration is not required for this all ages event filled with stories, songs, and crafts. “Read To Me” (Sponsored by ALSC/BWI summer reading grant) will be held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00PM – 4:00PM from June 20th through July 29th. Children will sign up with a reading buddy for 30 minutes of reading aloud. For more information, call 561-868-7703. On Saturday July 16th, the library will get wild with McCarthy’s Wildlife Program. From 2:00PM-3:00PM, kids can come and meet live animals in the library’s auditorium. (No registration required). For a full list of all the wonderful activities the library is hosting this summer, stop by or visit them online.
What summer wouldn’t be complete without a bit of 4th of July fun? Boca Raton’s 4th Annual 4th of July celebration starts at 6:30PM with a concert by Soul Survivors followed by a fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks. This free event allows for lawn chairs and picnic baskets, but leave your four-legged family members and personal fireworks at home. (Sunset Cove Amphitheatre 12551 Glades Rd). The 4th on Flagler celebration will be jam packed with food, fun, fireworks and non-stop entertainment all set to the beautiful backdrop of West Palm Beach’s Waterfront. This free event runs from 5PM-10PM with the fireworks display starting at 9PM. Parking at all downtown meters will be free. Maps, directions, and parking information can be found on their website . The Palm Beach Zoo is hosting their Red, White & Zoo event July 1st-4th. There will be crafts, games for the kids, live music and a BBQ (for a small fee). They are also looking for volunteers for their event (age 16+).
With a wide range of activities this summer, there is plenty to do and see in Palm Beach County for the entire family. So, get out there and enjoy it!