Yesterday, my family had the best time visiting and enjoying a few of the fun activities The Palm Beaches have to offer. Before we made the trip, we decided to email the Cultural Concierge to see if they had any recommendations on things to do! They sent me back an email with so much information, it allowed us to plan our trip accordingly.
They told us how we could enjoy a child-friendly performance of contemporary dance with DKDC/DIY Project in West Palm Beach. Details are here: http://www.dkdcdiyprojects.org/donate
It’s a coming of age story about a girl named Laurel—and this will be an abbreviated performance intended to engage, educate and inspire children about storytelling through contemporary dance.
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is an awesome place to take the family for a fun day. There are beautiful indoor aquaria, along with a planetarium, loads of interactive exhibits (including a hurricane wind chamber!) and lots to learn about the nearby Florida Everglades. Outdoors is an amazing new Conservation Golf Course.
If you like the South Florida Science Center idea, you might also like the Palm Beach Zoo, which is right next door and fun for the whole family. You can check out the daily show schedules here: http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/daily-schedule
There are even some very specialized animal experiences that take you behind the scenes at the zoo!
An alternative to the Zoo is this wildlife sanctuary in Jupiter called Busch’s Wildlife Sanctuary.
Benzaiten Center for the Creative Arts is a fascinating place that would amaze parents and children alike, but it is important for young ones to be safely under their parent’s control—this is a professional glass blowing foundry in an old railroad depot building—open air—directly beside the FEC railroad tracks—trains actually go whizzing past sometimes! I would recommend this venue for a visit IF your children are 7 and up, willing to follow safety instructions and curious about art—it’s an amazing environment worth visiting.
You might try to schedule a “Sandcasting for Kids” lesson!
Your family might also love visiting the Loggerhead Marine life Center in Juno Beach, where there are sea turtle rehab facilities, touch tanks and even hatchlings to see up close—super kid friendly, even for the littlest one! And there’s a playground behind the center (many don’t know about that), as well as a nice path to a beautiful public beach (nearby).
The Cultural Concierge said one of her favorite places is the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens—and that the staff is extremely kind and child centered. It’s a special place, the home of a sculptor, plus her art studio and her amazing sculpture gardens—the place is amazing! It’s open Wednesdays-Sundays.
So we were off, let’s explore, shall we?
Our day started off at the Palm Beach Zoo, where we were amazed at the beautiful setting both for the animals and for the humans. We could not get over the beautiful landscaping by the macaws and jaguars. The zoo offers animal talks which was interesting to both my seven year old and us, and we loved learning about the Tiger. We also had fun feeding the birds in different areas of the zoo.
The interactive fun fountain was a hit as it was a sunny warm Florida day and we also took a carousel ride in the kids area along with a train ride.
Three miles from the Zoo is the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and our next stop for the day.
The Science Center has Planetarium Shows throughout the day all themed differently, we went to the Astronaut Show which was awesome. From Rockets blasting off to a showcase of space.
The Aquariums of the Atlantic had beautiful fish and touch tank demonstration that made the experience more entertaining. There is a huge section of the museum for touch and learn for children and adults that makes science fun and very interactive in addition to Mr. Why’s Science Experiment class where a scientist teaches kids in a fun way. For younger kids there is an area for them to explore without older kids getting in the way of their fun.
One of our favorite things at the Science Museum was the Science on a Sphere exhibit, the six foot diameter sphere lights up and tells you about that planet, we sat and watched in awe and learned about planets, climate, and more
The Conservation Course or Mini Golf outside of the Museum is the most beautiful Golf Course and there were so many butterflies in the garden.
We had the best time visiting. You can check out the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County website to plan your trip. Or check out their cultural event calendar to see what’s coming up! I would highly recommend that you and your family visit The Palm Beaches!