The Week Ahead: My Summer Picks

Library Balloon Show at Boca Raton Library

My Summer Picks:

Library Programs for Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Library Balloon Show at Boca Raton LibraryYour local library is the best place to get out of the summer heat for an special activity.  We are so blessed here in South Florida with some really amazing libraries that offer kids shows, demonstrations, play areas, and incredible learning opportunities! Click Here for links to many of my favorite libraries from Broward and Palm Beach!

If you are trying to keep your kid reading this summer, then this is the one book for you.  You can borrow books from the library for free without ever leaving your house and the kids can simply touch a word they don’t understand and get the definition without disrupting their story time! Click Here to learn why you should get a Kindle (the black and white one like the PaperWhite, not the Kindle Fire)

Kids Bowl Free

Kids Bowl Free Logo

Take the kids Bowling for free! If you sign up for free, your kids get to bowl (2 games a day) for free all summer long!  This is available in Florida as well as a long list of other states.

$1 Movies at Regal Cinema’s Summer Movie Express

Free Movies at Regal Cinema

Imagine you get up on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning and just don’t know what to do! Here is your answer! Times vary by state and theater because they try to follow the local school summer holiday calendars  Click here for more information and movie times! 

Adventure PassThe South Florida Adventure Pass is one of the best deals around!

The Adventure Pass offers unlimited admission for the whole summer to Flamingo Gardens plus 4 other top attractions in South Florida! Visit  Flamingo Gardens, Jungle Island, Perez Art Museum Miami, Sawgrass Recreation Park, and Young at Art Museum as often as you like from May 15 through September 30, 2017.

South Florida Adventure Pass is just $45 for Adults (ages 13+) and $35 for Children (ages 3-12). Flamingo Gardens Members can purchase the pass for only $30.00 per adult and $20.00 per child! Passes may be purchased at the Flamingo Gardens Ticket Booth or at any of the 5 participating attractions. Save time and download this form to fill out in advance.

More details can be found at:http://www.southfloridaadventurepass.com/

The Summer Saving Pass! 

Summer Savings PassWe pick this Summer Saving Pass up every year. It is a great deal, you get unlimited admission to four different attractions.  The Museum of Discovery and Science, Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, and Miami Metro Zoo.  I particularly like that the Museum of Discovery is air conditioned!  Bonus!  You can pick this pass up at the gate of any of the participating facilities.

It’s all about the water!

Splash Pad A1A & Atlantic in Pompano Beach
Splash Pad A1a & Atlantic in Pompano Beach

 

 

Summer in Florida means water play! Click Here for a list of our favorite Water Parks and Splash Pads!

Learn something new, like piano.

There is an App for that!
pianomarvelI am a geek, I know! I have been obsessed with all things educational & technological! So what about Piano Lessons? Yup, There’s an app for that too! Piano Marvel is a completely online piano course that uses a midi interface with your piano to give you instant feedback on what you know! I have been using it to brush up on my extremely old skills and to supplement my child’s lessons! I am LOVING IT! I also negotiated a Coupon Code for you try it for free! If you buy a subscription you will get a discount too! You won’t believe what you get for about a quarter of the price of piano lessons!

Be a Circus Star!

Circus of the kids will be here in South Florida to help inspire kids.  Campers will spend the week learning circus skills and learning to trust their own ability to succeed.  Sign your kids up for this life changing program or just bring the family to the shows.

June 15- June 24
Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches
Ticket and Registration Information
Show Times:
Thursday, June 22 at 7 pm
Friday, June 23 at 10:30 am and 2 pm
Tickets can be purchased in the JCC gym starting on June 15

June 24 – June30
Michael-Ann Russel JCC
Ticket and Registration Information
Thurday, June 29 at 7 pm
Friday, June 30 at 10 am
Tickets can be purchased in the JCC gym starting on June 25

The calendar is filling up quickly! Please make sure that we don’t miss your next event and submit your event today!

Click Here for the full list of upcoming events!

Got a Summer Camp?

Let us know and we will place your Summer or Spring Break Camp information on our Find a Camp page!

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The Week Ahead: Summer Deals, Water Parks, Free Fun

Castaway Island at TY zero entry swimming pool.

We are on the countdown for summer and I cannot wait!  Keeping Up With Kids is your best resource for summer fun!  I have listed below some of our favorite summer deals and places!  This is the way to do summer on a budget!

Splash Pad Playground at Patch Reef Park in Boca RatonWater Fun!  One of our favorites is Coconut Cove Water Park in Boca.  Most all the water parks in Broward and Palm Beach County open every day for the summer starting June 5th or 6th.  You can find many more of our favorite Splash Pads and Water Parks under the menu tab Events and Review, scroll down to Water Play.

Schoolhouse Museum Train

Indoor Museums are the best bet for those days that you just can’t face the heat or the summer storms are making outdoor play tough.  Boca Children’s Museum is a great one for the little ones (Preschool) or Schoolhouse Museum in Boynton Beach is perfect for younger school age kids!  You can find more of our favorite museums under the menu tab Events and Review, scroll down to Museums.

 

There are some great deals out there this summer.

Adventure PassThe Florida Summer Adventure Pass is a new one this year!  It allows you to visit Everglades Alligator Farm, Flamingo Gardens, Jungle Island, Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Perez Art Museum Miami, Sawgrass Recreation Park, and Young at Art Museum as often as you like from May 15 through September 30, 2015.

$1 Summer Movies at Regal Cinema’s

Imagine you get up on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning and just don’t know what to do!  Here is your answer!  Click here for listing and movie times!

Kids Bowl Free Logo

Take the kids Bowling for free! If you sign up for free, your kids get to bowl (2 games a day) for free all summer long!

 

2014 Summer Savings Pass

 

The Summer Saving Pass!  We pick this Summer Saving Pass up every year. It is a great deal, you get unlimited admission to four different attractions.  The Museum of Discovery and Science, Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, and Miami Metro Zoo.

 

How you can help keep this site running.
If you have found this site helpful and want to keep me writing please use the Donate Button on the right side of this page.  This helps us pay for our domain, ip address and hosting, maybe even a cup of coffee as I sit at Panera searching for more free events.  Some sites require membership fees in order to pay for their site.  We really want this information to be free and available to all. Thanks for your support!

Click Here for the full list of upcoming mostly free events!

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The Week Ahead: Summer Passes, Free Bowling & Lion Country

Lion Country Safari
Lion Country Safari
Mini Golf at Lion Country Safari

There are more and more summer fun deals popping up all around.  I updated a couple of my favorites in our Summer Picks section.  Things like the Regal Cinemas $1 Movie Express and KidsBowlFree.com are great options for rainy  or hundred degree days when being outside is just not an option.  Better yet, these are Nationwide programs so even if you don’t live in South Florida you can participate!

 

The Summer Saving Pass for 2015 has been Lion Country Safaripublished, and this is my favorite one.  It gets you admission all summer long to Lion Country, Miami Seaquarium, Miami Metro Zoo and The Museum of Science and Discovery for $56 for Adults and $46 for kids.   This is an incredible deal if you plan to go to make a trip to any 2 of these facilities.  In addition the Museum of Discovery and Science is another thing to do when the summer rains or heat prevent anything else.  Click Here for a post about one of our trips to Lion Country Safari using the Summer Saving Pass.

Lion Country SafariHow you can help keep this site running.
If you have found this site helpful and want to keep me writing please use the Donate Button on the right side of this page.  This helps us pay for our domain, ip address and hosting, maybe even a cup of coffee as I sit at Panera searching for more free events.  Some sites require membership fees in order to pay for their site.  We really want this information to be free and available to all. Thanks for your support!

Click Here for the full list of upcoming events!

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The Week Ahead for South Florida: Homework, Playgrounds & Spring Break

Playground at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton

Playground at Patch Reef Park in Boca RatonWe are in full Spring Break mode around here.  That means playgrounds, park, pool, beach and homework!  Yes, I said homework over Spring Break!  It’s okay, we found a way around it.  One of my daughters dear friends came over and they did it together.  I couldn’t believe it worked!  They happily did their work and didn’t bulk at it (well too much anyway).

Other than that we have been

Captain Hooks Ship at Princess Diana Memorial Playground
Captain Hooks Ship at Princess Diana Memorial Playground

sleeping in, staying up late and hitting the pool and beach!  I know the afternoons have been almost summer hot , but the morning have been cool and are the best time to hit some of our favorite parks.  Check out the category Best Playgrounds or Water Play under the Review Tab, to see some of our favorite places to play both in the water and out in South Florida & the London area.

Kids Kingdom PlaygroundMany of you know we are active in our Community Garden.  The Gardeners donate a portion of their crops to Boca Helping Hands.  I am not that good of a gardener an most of my crop gets eaten in the car on the way home, so my daughter and I do a grocery run at the end of the growing season to donate, but hey we try!  For us this is an important  activity to teach my child not only where our food comes from, but how to give back to our community.

Please come out and support us at Kapow on march 25th.  There will be some door prizes (including a chance to win a logo placement on this site).   Tickets are now on sale for the Kapow! Boca Raton Community Garden fundraiser on March 25th 5:30-7:30pm click the Event Brite link to order online.

Click Here for the full list of upcoming events!

Boca Community Center PlaygroundHow you can help keep this site running.
If you have found this site helpful and want to keep me writing please use the Donate Button on the right side of this page.  This helps us pay for our domain, ip address and hosting.  Some sites require membership fees in order to pay for their site.  We really want this information to be free and available to all.Thanks for your support! 

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 5/24/14

Grovelands Park Winchmore Hill

Playground at Patch Reef Park in Boca RatonWe have been playing tag with all the rain this week, heading to the beach and our old stand by Patch Reef Park and splash pad whenever there is a break in the thunder.  I feel like I must forget each year how much rain our area gets in the summer.

Sandoway House in Delray Beach

I was just looking for more places to put on our calendar and realized that it has been a long time since we have been to Sandoway House in Delray Beach.  I am thinking it is time that I head back and see it again. If you need more ideas for rainy days with the kids check out the museums link under the menu events and reviews above.

Grovelands Park Winchmore HillI managed to get myself together enough to put another review up from our London Trip.  Check out the review of Grovelands Park in Winchmore Hill London.  We had a such a lovely day there, it is a fabulous park that reminded me of stomping around in the woods as kid in Ohio.

Click Here for the full list of upcoming events!

How you can help keep this site running.
If you have found this site helpful and want to keep me writing please use the Donate Button on the right side of this page.  This helps us pay for our domain, ip address and hosting.  Some sites require membership fees in order to pay for their site.  We really want this information to be free and available to all.

Thanks for your support!

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 4/16/14

Easter Bunny at Lauderdale by the Sea

Happy Easter and Passover to all who celebrate.  I hope that everyone is having a great weekend.  There is no school on Friday for us, so we are going to make cookies, dye eggs and hopefully going to the beach if the weather is cooperative.  I know there are still a few people who have spring break this week.  I am sooooo jealous!

Screen Shot of Kaplan Kids Program
Screen Shot of Kaplan Kids Program

I know some of you are in the throws of FCAT and probably don’t want to think about it now, but I wanted to share my experience with Kaplan Kids last summer.  We decided to do the online program over the summer to help keep up her skills.  She really liked it and I think we are going to do it again this summer.  Check out my full review here.

If you looking for something to do this weekend and you live near a National Park,  ApAlligator in the wildril 19th & 20th is one of the Free Entrance Days to the National Parks.  (Perfect for those of you on late Spring Break!)  So there is no better time to head out to see some of these national treasures!  Down here in Florida we are so lucky to have Biscayne, Big Cypress and Everglades so close by!  Click here for the link to a National Park near you.

Easter Bunny at Lauderdale by the SeaThere are a few Egg Hunts around, it seems that many of the local Cities did them earlier this month.  The Home Depot in Boca is doing an Egg Hunt on Saturday, and Lauderdale by the Sea is doing theirs on Saturday.

 

Click Here for the full list of upcoming events!

Date/Time Event
04/13/2014 – 04/20/2014
10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday Movies at Sugar Sand
Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton FL
04/16/2014
12:00 am
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
04/16/2014
12:00 am
Hatchling Tales at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
04/16/2014
3:30 pm
Jr Veterinary Learning Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
04/17/2014
12:00 am
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
04/17/2014
3:00 pm
Fish Feeding at Loggerhead Mainelife Center in Juno Beach
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
04/18/2014
12:00 am
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
04/18/2014
11:00 am
Playground Playdates at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton
Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton FL
04/18/2014
3:30 pm
Jr Veterinary Learning Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
04/18/2014
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Movie Night & Funtastic Friday in Hollywood at ArtsPark
ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater, Hollywood fl
04/19/2014
12:00 am
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
04/19/2014
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Home Depot Easter Egg Hunt in Boca Raton
Home Depot, Nationwide
04/19/2014
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturdays @Sanborn Downtown Boca
Sanborn Square in Downtown Boca, Boca Raton FL
04/19/2014
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Easter by the Sea in Lauderdale by the Sea
Jarvis Hall – Lauderdale by the Sea, Lauderdale by the Sea FL
04/19/2014 – 04/20/2014
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
04/19/2014
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Michaels Kid’s Crafts in Store Nationwide
Michaels Stores – Nationwide, Nationwide
04/19/2014 – 04/20/2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tradewinds Park & Atlantic Railroad
Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek FL
04/19/2014
10:15 am – 11:45 am
Spring Fling at Howard Park Community Center in West Palm Beach
Howard Park Community Center, West Palm Beach FL
04/19/2014
3:00 pm
Fish Feeding at Loggerhead Mainelife Center in Juno Beach
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
04/19/2014
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nature at Night Hike at Woodmont Natural Area
Woodmont Natural Area, Tamarac FL
04/20/2014
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Dr. Logger at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
04/20/2014
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Guided Nature Walks at Fern Forest in Margate
Fern Forest Nature Center, Coconut Creek FL
04/22/2014
10:00 am – 10:30 am
Spanish River Library Toddler Tales Storytime in Boca Raton
Spanish River Library, Boca Raton FL

Thanks to our sponsors, please be sure to check them out!
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The Week Ahead for 8/22/13

Norton Museum Lego Exhibit Playroom

A young child stretching as she wakes up.This was the first week of school for Little.  She started Kindergarten and I am so happy, sad, excited and little melancholy.  I am sure you all understand!  I hope that those of you who are back to school now are having a great week and settling into your routines.  Check out our Survey Results on morning routines for some great reader supplied advice on how to get your kids to school on time!  Please feel free to add your own advice and breakfast suggestions in the comments.  I am sure we could all use the support!Norton Museum Lego Exhibit

My Pick of the week is the Norton Museum and the Lego Exhibit.  It is free through August on Thursdays!  It was really a neat trip!

CLICK HERE for your Week Ahead Events List for 8/22/13

Aug 2013

Date/Time Event
08/22/2013
3:15 am – 3:30 am
Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
08/22/2013
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Norton Museum Lego Exhibit Free Thursdays in West Palm Beach
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach FL
08/22/2013
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Public Fish Feeding
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/23/2013
3:15 am – 3:30 am
Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
08/23/2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Vet Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/23/2013
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Children’s Research Station
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/23/2013
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Movie Night & Funtastic Frinday in Hollywood at ArtsPark
ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater, Hollywood fl
08/23/2013
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Safari Nights (Fridays) at the Palm Beach Zoo
The Palm Beach Zoo, West Palm Beach fl
08/24/2013
8:45 am – 11:30 am
Saturdays @ Sanborn Downtown Boca
Sanborn Square in Downtown Boca, Boca Raton FL
08/24/2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Vet Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/24/2013
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Public Fish Feeding
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/25/2013
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Guided Tour of Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/26/2013
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Money saver Mondays at Flamingo Gardens
Flamingo Gardens, Davie FL
08/27/2013
3:15 am – 3:30 am
Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
08/27/2013
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
2-4-1 Tuesdays at Flamingo Gardens
Flamingo Gardens, Davie FL
08/27/2013
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Public Fish Feeding
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/28/2013
12:00 am
Green Cay Nature Center Guided Tour
Green Cay Nature Center, Boynton Beach FL
08/28/2013
3:15 am – 3:30 am
Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
08/28/2013
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Story Time & Craft at Green Cay Nature Center
Green Cay Nature Center, Boynton Beach FL
08/28/2013
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Hatchling Tales Storytime
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/28/2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Vet Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/28/2013
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Children’s Research Station
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/29/2013
3:15 am – 3:30 am
Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
08/29/2013
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Norton Museum Lego Exhibit Free Thursdays in West Palm Beach
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach FL
08/29/2013
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Story Time & Craft at Green Cay Nature Center
Green Cay Nature Center, Boynton Beach FL
08/29/2013
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Public Fish Feeding
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL

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The Week Ahead for 7/25/13

Lowe's Build & Grow Toy Graphic

This is your list for The Week Ahead 7/25/13.

My summer pick for this week are the Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshops.  These are free workshops where the kids get to build wooden toys.  Advance registration is required and there are participating stores nationwide.

When you go to our Upcoming Events Page you can search by date, category, free sponsor event or county.  I hope you have a fabulous week!

In less than a month school will be starting, and experts say that kids forget an entire months worth of academics over the summer.  We tried Kaplan Kids to help bring us up to speed.  Check our review of Kaplan Kids here.

CLICK HERE for your Week Ahead Events List for 7/25/13

Event List for 7/18/13
Event List for 7/25/13

 

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Event List for The Week Ahead for 7/11/13

MS Clip Art Summer

This is your list for The Week Ahead 7/11/13.

Kids Bowl Free Logo
Kids Bowl Free Logo

 

My summer pick for this week is to take the family bowling for Free! The remnants of Chantal won’t bother you there.

I hope you are enjoying our new calendar. When you go to our Upcoming Events Page you can search by date, category, sponsor event or county.  I hope you have a fabulous week!

CLICK HERE for your Week Ahead Events List for 7/4/13

July Events List Preview
July Events List Preview

 

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The Week Ahead for The 4th of July

July MS Clip Art

This is your list for The Week Ahead 7/4/13.

MS Clip artHappy Fourth of July South Florida!  I thought I would send this out a day early since Thursday is the 4th of July.  I have added a few more Free Holiday Events to the 4th of July, so list planning should be easy!

As i was sitting here scouring the internet for a summer pick this week, a friend IM’d me (Thank You Lyn!) with a promotion from Ikea Monday – Thursdays, now through July 31, 2013 you can get $5 off admission to Barbi Dreamhouse at Sawgrass Mills Mall by using the code IKEA when you buy tickets through Ticketmaster.  I am not sure if the discount works at the door.  I hesitate to post this because I am not a huge Barbi (nor anything pink really) fan.  I know many of our friends will want to do this (my daughter too) so i may have to bite the bullet and endure the pink for an afternoon!  Apparently, if you are brave enough to go on July 4th weekend you will see Barbie’s fully equipped and accessorized, life size Pink Volkswagen Beetle Car.  Ugh Pink!

July Preview
July Preview

We have switched over to a new calendar so now when you go to our Upcoming Events Page you can search by date, category, sponsor event or county.  I hope you like it and have a fabulous Fourth of July!

CLICK HERE for your Week Ahead Events List for 7/4/13

 

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