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.

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IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach

Fishing Hall of Fame Museum in Dania Beach

Fishing Hall of Fame Shark Trophies in Fort LauderdaleWe headed out one morning last summer to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach.  It is right next to the Tri Rail Station, so if your kids like riding the train, this would be great way to spend the day.

The IGFA Museum participates (along with many other local museums) in Bank of America Free Museum Day, so we thought we would take advance of this great program to go somewhere we had not been before.

We are not a fishing family and I really wasn’t sure what to expect.  I just thought it would be an inexpensive morning in an air-conditioned place.  It was late July and the South Florida heat and humidity was just more than I wanted to deal with that day. Great Hall at Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach

I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised!  This is probably the most high tech, hands on, interactive Museum I have ever been too.  It really was way above and beyond!  It was super fun, air-conditioned, and it was extremely educational. We hit the trifecta!

As you enter Great’s Hall you will be greeted with an amazing site.  The ceiling is filled with fish and sharks from small to large (well actually behemoth!).  Who can help but be in impressed with over 160 species of fish hanging over your head.  Educational Director, Jeff Mackin say the great white is always a hit and explains that the fish are true to size mounts of All-Tackle and Line Class records from around the world.  The fiberglass and hand carved wooden replicas include panfish, basses, catfish, billfish, sharks, among others.

The World Records Exhibit is a huge sectiWorld Record Video Library at Fishing Hall of Fame Museumon with loads of video screens and displays that can be used to look up world records.  For me this was my least favorite section, but I know many of my fishing friends and their kids would love it! The information gathered and displayed here is massive in scope. It is laid out in beautiful designed exhibit displays.

Habitats Exhibit at Fishing Hall of Fame Museum

The Fish is of my favorite section and includes detailed exhibits about ecosystems and biology.  This is a great area to get a look at how the plants and animals all work together to keep the environment healthy. It would be an incredible supplement for any educational group or scout troupe. The unique ecosystems found here in Florida are so important and this exhibit helps to demonstrate how they work together in our own backyards.

Kids Area at Fishing Hall of Fame MuseumThere is a small kids Discovery Room area with a boat to climb in, the fun thing here is the fish print rubbing station.  There was at least 15 different fish for the kids (and adults like me) to rub prints with crayons. The Wii fishing game is a pretty big hit too.

 

Virtual Fishing Game Room at Fishing Hall of Fame Museum

                                                 The Tackle Exhibit includes table where you can practice tying knots.  Surprisingly, I couldn’t get my family away from that area!  Everywhere you look there is some sort of hands on activity.The museum is filled with interesting items, every kind of fishing gear that you can imagine.  Some much bigger than I ever dreamed.

Don’t forget to check out The Catch game room!  This room houses High tech virtual fishing games where you can actually feel how hard some of the big fish pull while watching the action on a big screen.

Outdoor Florida Habitat at Fishing Hall of Fame Museum

Last but certainly not least is the incredible Wetlands Habitat recreated outside.  This four acre wetlands area is complete with alligators and all kinds of birds.

As you walk along the boardwalk you will enjoy an education in Florida’s diverse species of plants and types of wetlands.  It is a retreat right in the middle of the city! Don’t forget to pick up a packet of fish food when you enter the museum so you can feed the fish in this areas.  What mom, uhem I mean kid doesn’t like to feed fish?

I want also to give a shout out to the youth volunteers who were working that day.  These young people are a credit to the museum and were extremely helpful!

IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum is definitely on my Summer Pick list.  Adults are $10 and Kids and Seniors at $5 which is very much a bargain! Call for Prices and Hours.

IGFA  Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum
300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum in Boynton Beach

Schoolhouse Children's Museum

Schoolhouse Museum LighthouseYou all know I love my gadgets!  My Little loves hers just as much, but there is always time to unplug and disconnect!  The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center in Boynton Beach is the perfect place to unplug!

 

Kids Kingdom Playground

I cannot believe I had never been there before!  The recent monsoonal downpours sent me looking for indoor places to spend some energy without breaking the bank.

On the way into the Museum, you must be prepared to spend sometime at the Kids Kingdom Playground.  It is an amazing magic kingdom  with slides, hidden climbing areas, and it is accessible for all children.  My advice is to take advantage and bring a picnic lunch before or after you visit the Museum.

Schoolhouse Museum The Schoolhouse Museum is housed in an actual preserved 1913 schoolhouse.  The exhibits are supposed to represent local history through traditional hands-on play.  The entire Museum is a touchable imagination factory, where kids can Schoolhouse Museum Bathroom Alphabetexplore what it must have been like to live and work in old Florida.

Everywhere you look there is something to discover.  Even the bathrooms in the lobby!  My Little went nuts when she noticed that the murals in the restrooms had the alphabet hidden in them.  Such a silly thing, but I thought I wasn’t going to be able to get her out of there!

 

 

 

Schoolhouse Museum TrainThe first floor of the Museum houses a train where the kids can ring a bell, pretend to shovel coal into the engine. The adventure continues with a visit to the Boynton Hotel where I was served pretend tea and cakes by the cutest little waitress in the world.

Dairy Days give the kids a chance to feed the life sized cow (ping pong balls) and see them come out into milk pails. (Yeah, I know, stop laughing, the ping balls really come out the utters!) The work carries on by placing the “milk” into the pasteurizer. Don’t forget to have fun picking picking peppers at the farmhouse and using leg power to make the conveyor belt move the peppers onto the washing station.

As you move onto the second floor, don’t bother with the elevator!  Take the stairs so you Schoolhouse Museumcan get a great view of the replica of the Jupiter Lighthouse created by Disney Animatronics and the ocean mural.  Don’t forget to knock on the lighthouse door!  Don’t ask, just do it okay?

The second floor moves you onto main street.  Kids can check out the Barefoot Mailman, and find out just what it took for mail to move from Lake Worth to  Miami. That is a heck of a walk with a sack of mail on your back.

Schoolhouse Museum Hypoluxo SteamerWe had fun stocking shelves and selling merchandise (although my daughter got upset with me when I tried to get her to make change, I suppose that was just a little too educational for her).

The Littles can check out Doc Weems Doctor’s Office and take care of newborn babies, visit the Post Office and weigh, stamp and deliver mail, or explore the Hypoluxo Steamer and explore the swampland.

This place makes for a fabulous day out!  You can’t beat the price, Children under 1 are free, Ages 1-17 $4.00 and Adults are $5.00.

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum
208 South Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, Fl 33435-4452
(561) 375-6387

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