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15 fun things to do this Spring Break with the kids!
Looking for something fun to do with the kiddos this spring break? Look no further than this list of 15 local activities! And don't forget - you can always download our FREE EveryParent app on your mobile phone to see a list of fun, family friendly events and activities updated each week just for Palm Beach County families.
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COCONUT COVE WATERPARK, 20130 Regional Park Drive, Boca Raton
Enjoy a waterpark where your kids can have fun for three to four hours and you don’t have to spend more than $60 for a family of four. Coconut Cove Waterpark, run by Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation, opens on Saturday, March 18. With two four-story water slides, a 986-foot lazy river and an interactive water playground, children will have a blast.
Spring Break Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. for Monday-Saturday. Sunday,11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $16 plus tax, 12 years old or older; $12 plus tax for children 3-11, for Seniors (65+) & for Military (with ID); $7 plus tax for children ages 1-2, infants free. $2 discount after 3 p.m. for adults and children.
NORTON MUSEUM OF ART, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
Free museum admission during the Norton Museum’s “School’s Out, Spring Break” for the week of March 20-24, 2023, for children 18 and under, and for up to four of their accompanying adults. This includes creative drop-in art activities, kid-friendly tours, galleries full of amazing art and a semi-tropical garden with exhibitions and sculptures.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday
Cost: Free public admission for guests 18 and under with up to four accompanying adults from Tuesday - Thursday, March 20-24, 2023 only. Children ages 12 and younger are always free. On March 25 and after, student admission (with student) ID is $5. General admission for adults is $18. Seniors (60+) are $15.
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SUGAR SAND PARK, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton
Spend the day and play at Sugar Sand Park! Kids will enjoy the free Science Playground, an amazing tri-level structure with slides and interactive activities. After they run around, they can head inside to the Children’s Science Explorium, a free hands-on science center designed for children ages 5-12. They can also enjoy $1 carousel rides. Have fun while you learn when you talk a walk through the Sand Pine and Slash Pine Nature Trails. Don’t forget to bring a picnic lunch! Tables available. Free Parking.
Hours: Park hours are 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Monday – Saturday; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sundays during Daylight Saving Time. Playground is open 8 a.m. – Sunset.
Cost: The Explorium is free, but $5 donations per person are much appreciated.
CALYPSO BAY WATERPARK, 151 Lamstein Lane, Royal Palm Beach
Enjoy a waterpark where your kids can have fun for three to four hours and you don’t have to spend more than $60 for a family of four. Calypso Bay Waterpark, run by Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation has an 897-foot river ride Lily pad walk, two 30-foot water slides, a lazy river, an interactive water playground for young children and a full concession stand.
Spring Break Hours: (March 18-March 26) 10 a.m .- 5 p.m. with the exception of Sundays, March 21 and March 28. Hours for Sundays are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $16 plus tax for anyone 12 years old or older, $12. plus tax for children ages 3-11, for Seniors (65+) & for Military (with ID,) $7 plus tax for children ages 1-2, infants are free.
GUMBO LIMBO NATURE CENTER, 1801 North Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton
Delight in the butterfly garden and walk the boardwalk at this unique, 20-acre nature center. Before you go, visit the Gumbo Limbo website and download the scavenger hunt of plants and animals to see. Currently the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility is closed to the public until further notice.
Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesdays-Sundays; 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays.
Cost: Free, but donations are much appreciated.
LOGGERHEAD MARINELIFE CENTER, 14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach
Learn about ocean conservation at this state-of-the-art facility with an outdoor sea turtle hospital. There are programs for children such as the ArtSEA Kids Paint Class for preschoolers and the Junior Vet Lab, which educates children about turtle rescues.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Cost: Free, but donations are appreciated. Some programs for children require pre-registration and have a charge. Please check the calendar of events. Guided tours are $20-$150 for adults and children 8 years old and up. Check the website for time, cost and availability.
PALM BEACH COUNTY SPLASHPARKS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
The first Saturday of Spring Break marks the opening of the three splashparks run by Palm Beach County government. These brightly-colored, interactive splashparks are great for young children to run around. Each has their own hours:
Pioneer Park Aquatic Center , 866 State Road 715, Belle Glade.
Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily from the first Saturday of public school spring break.
John Prince Park, 2520 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth.
Open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.; open 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays.
Westgate Park and Recreation Center, 3691 Oswego Ave., West Palm Beach
Open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Sundays. The splashpark opens seasonally from the first Saturday of the public school spring break.
SANDOWAY DISCOVERY CENTER, 142 South Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach
Want to see sharks and stingrays get fed? This facility offers hands-on learning experiences, teaching children and adults about Florida’s fragile ecosystems and the creatures that live in them.
Hours: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturdays; 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays. Closed on Mondays. Check the website for shark and stingray feeding times.
Cost: Children under 3 years old are free and everyone else is $10 per person.
THE GIRLS STRAWBERRY U-PICK, 14466 S. Military Trail, Delray Beach
While there are currently no strawberries for picking, The Girls Strawberry U-Pick is a place families can explore with its remodeled bird exhibit, petting zoo and mining station where children can sift for gems and minerals. You also can enjoy treats at their old-fashioned country store and ice cream parlor and sit outside in the beautiful, tropical site.
Hours: The petting zoo’s hours are 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays and 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturdays-Sundays. Closed on Mondays.
Cost: Adults 13+ are $9.95; Children ages 3-12 are $6.95; Seniors 65+ are $7.95; Children 2 and under are free. The store is open Tuesday-Sunday until 8:30 pm.
SCHOOLHOUSE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & LEARNING CENTER, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach
The center offers two stories of interactive exhibits that provide a glimpse of life for Florida’s early settlers. Children can let their imaginations run wild with the chance to be farmers, doctors or train conductors.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Cost: $6.50 for adults and children over the age of 1. Children under 1 are free. Seniors (62+) are $5.50.
PALM BEACH ZOO & CONSERVATION SOCIETY, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
Come spend the day at the zoo visiting more than 550 animals who call it home, including tigers, koalas and flamingos. Kids can ride on the wildlife carousel or hop on the safari train. And if the weather is good, don’t forget to bring your kids’ bathing suits so they can run around the play fountain.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Cost: Free for children 0 to 2; $21.75 for children ages 3-12; $27.75 for 13 years old and up; $25.75 for people over the age of 60+. Lorikeet Feeding: Single cups of nectar are $2.00 and three cups are $5.00. Nectar can be -purchased at the Lorikeet Loft Aviary. Parking is always free.
LION COUNTRY SAFARI, 2003 Lion Country Road, Loxahatchee
Take the family to Florida’s largest drive-through safari and then spend the rest of the day at the walk-through amusement park. Lion Country Safari was America’s first drive-through wildlife preserve and now is home to more than 1,000 animals from six continents. The amusement park has boat rides, rides for little kids, water slides and a splash park for kids.
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily. Last car admitted into the preserve at 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $45 for ages 10-64; $34 for children ages 3-9; 2 and under are free. Parking is free. Coupons often can be found online.
COX SCIENCE CENTER AND AQUARIUM, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach
Your children can walk among dinosaurs, observe some of Florida’s most beautiful fish plus moray eels, stingrays, seahorses and many other aquatic species at the 10,000-gallon aquariums of the Atlantic House and journey through the human brain at this engaging science center for children of all ages. The “Dinosaur Explorer” exhibit travels back in time and discovers what modern paleontology knows by exploring a series of dynamic displays featuring animatronic dinosaurs! The “Journey through the Human Brain” exhibit contains 30 interactive exhibits. While at the center, you also can see a planetarium show. Children 6 years old and younger can play and discover in their very own space in The Discovery Center and Early Childhood Playground. The Center’s features include a giant 16 x 5-foot water table, a wall-sized Lite Brite play area, lounge area for parents, storytime area with bookshelves, a dress-up area with photo booth, a brand new outdoor playground and more!
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
Cost: Free for children under 3 years old. $16.95 for children ages 3-12; $20.95 for General admission; $18.95 for people over the age of 60. Planetarium shows are $5 extra per person.
WAKODAHATCHEE WETLANDS, 13270 Jog Road, Delray Beach
Just off a busy road is this extraordinary 50-acre property that is what South Florida must have felt like 150 years ago. Featuring a three-quarter mile boardwalk, more than 175 bird species have been identified there, along with turtles, rabbits, fish, frogs and raccoons. And don’t be surprised if you see a few alligators along the way.
Hours: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m., daily
MANATEE LAGOON, 6000 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach
If the temperature drops during Spring Break, you might be lucky enough to see manatees. If not, there are things to do for the kids with the center’s interactive, entertaining exhibits. On Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., there is a free “Manatee Tales & Puzzle Time” for children ages 2 and up where they will enjoy a free story time followed by putting together large marine life floor puzzles and coloring. Free parking.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily through Manatee Season, November 15 – March 31
BUSCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, 2500 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter
Dedicated to the protection and conservation of Florida’s wildlife and natural resources, the Sanctuary educates as well as rescues and rehabilitates wildlife. Enjoy walking on the nature trails while looking at the animals and the Sanctuary’s indoor Discovery Center.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Mondays-Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.
Cost: Free, but donations are encouraged.