The Week Ahead for South Florida – Camps and Summer Deals 6/26/15

I hope you are all having a great summer, I can’t believe that June is almost over already!  If you are looking for things to do in Sunny South Florida, you can come to the right place!  I can tell you, I am looking for more indoor activities right now. We got in the pool yesterday and it was like a hot bath!

Adventure PassThis is a list of all the best summer deals that I could find.  There are a couple of passes that offer entrance to indoor museums and reviews of some of our favorite air conditioned museums.  Great Summer Deal Lists.

 

Need a little break?  Check out the summer camp list.  Some of them even allow you to sign up for just a day here and there.

Library ProgramDon’t forget the Library!  Libraries today are not the ones that we grew up with!

In case you are looking for cheap, cool, fun, and educational opportunities for the kids this summer, don’t forget about your local library! Most libraries throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties have story times for young kids and even activities for tweens, teens and adults. Many of the Libraries offer shows by professional performers, these can include puppet show, magic shows, and storytellers among others.  Look up your local branch now and fill your calendar!  Even the smaller branches have shows and programs, so don’t miss out!

Think about it when you travel this summer too, we have been to free programs when we visit family out of town and never been disappointed.

Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University in Davie is one of my favorites.  Their PK and toddler programs are developed with pre-reading in mind.  They often have information available for parents to help you develop reading skills in your kids.  They also have a great kids section in the library with comfortable places to sit and do puzzles, color and draw, or read with your kids.  Computers are available with great software games as well.

Oakland Park Library is a great place to spend some time.  It is a small library, but they have professional puppeteers come in over the summer to do shows for the kids as well as other presentations.

Imperial Point Library does story time for the little ones weekly and reading programs for school age kids.  I love this library, they are always so friendly and it just has a great vibe.

Wilton Manors Library is a great one too.  They have special presentations for kids as well as summer reading programs.

Palm Beach County Libraries have massive and multiple programs going on around the county!

Next up is the Event Calendar!  I have hunted down many of the best free (or very low cost) summer activities around!  I have listed just a few below, but if you want to see them all go the Full Upcoming Event List.

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The Week Ahead: More Summer Deals and Free Programs

Pondhawk Nature Area

This week we have even more summer fun for you to check out!  Keeping Up With Kids is your best resource for summer fun!  I have listed below some more making  the list of our favorite summer deals and places even longer!  This is the way to do summer on a budget!

I realized I left off Libraries on last weeks list!

Boca Library Kids Programs
Boca Library Kids Programs

In case you are looking for cheap, cool, fun, and educational opportunities for the kids this summer, don’t forget about your local library! Most libraries throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties have story times for young kids and even activities for tweens, teens and adults. Many of the Libraries offer shows by professional performers, these can include puppet show, magic shows, and storytellers among others.  Look up your local branch now and fill your calendar!  Even the smaller branches have shows and programs, so don’t miss out!

Think about it when you travel this summer too, we have been to free programs when we visit family out of town and never been disappointed.

Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University in Davie is one of my favorites.  Their PK and toddler programs are developed with pre-reading in mind.  They often have information available for parents to help you develop reading skills in your kids.  They also have a great kids section in the library with comfortable places to sit and do puzzles, color and draw, or read with your kids.  Computers are available with great software games as well.

Oakland Park Library is a great place to spend some time.  It is a small library, but they have professional puppeteers come in over the summer to do shows for the kids as well as other presentations.

Imperial Point Library does story time for the little ones weekly and reading programs for school age kids.  I love this library, they are always so friendly and it just has a great vibe.

Wilton Manors Library is a great one too.  They have special presentations for kids as well as summer reading programs.

Palm Beach County Libraries have massive and multiple programs going on around the county!

Splash Pad Playground at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton

Water 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.

 

Castaway Island at TY toddler interactive pool
Castaway Island at TY Park is another favorite.  It is a bit cheaper and has a great fenced in kiddie splash pool, big kid slides, a rock waterfall and more!

 

 

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

Pompano Beach Splash Pad is another great day out!  Between the playground on the beach, the ocean and the splash pad, how can you go wrong?

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.

 

Movies!  Imagine you get up on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning and just don’t know what to do!  Here is your answer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The South Florida location for Paragon Theaters is in Davie, please check here for more locations.

$1 Summer Movies at Regal Cinema’s

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!

 

The Deals!
Need a good reason to visit a local (or not so local) museum this summer?  Here are several!

BOA Museums on US

Bank of America is offering it’s customers free admission to local museums all over the country.  It is usually the first full weekend of the month and you just have to present your bank card at the door.  We have been to Museum of Discovery and Science with the program.  Basically it means the adults are free (as long as you have a bank card for each person) and you just have to pay for the kids if they are over 2.

Click Here for the link to see other participating Museums in your area.

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.

 

 

Adventure Pass
The 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.

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The Week Ahead; Earth Day Events

Bird Ridge Alaska by Tari Stage-Harvey
Bird Ridge Alaska by Tari Stage-Harvey
Bird Ridge Alaska by Tari Stage-Harvey

Happy Earth Day!

I had to share this amazing photo taken by my childhood friend Tari Stage-Harvey near her home in Alaska. What a fantastic Earth Day photo! She has a blog called A Waste of Time where she has been sharing her insights on her life as a pastor, mom and a wife.  Her writing is exactly like her, witty, clever, entertaining, sarcastic, honest and borderline obnoxious.

I also thought I would share the Science Live Earth Day Facts & History with you this week! There are several events going on around town so no one should be bored this weekend!

We have had a hectic crazy week, so I apologize for the Week Ahead coming out a day late, but as I always say better late than never!

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The Week Ahead for South Florida; Sandoway House & Museums

Sandoway House

It has been a tough week getting back into the swing of things with school.  I am beginning to think that Spring Break might just be cruel.  It was so easy to fall into the lazy days of summer, and oh boy getting up at 5 this week was brutal!  I was back to substituting at my daughters school and I could tell my sweet little kindergartners felt the same way!

This week I suggest heading out to a museum you find some of our favorites on under Museums under the Review Tab, to see some of our favorite places to play and learn.  I wanted to mention also that Sandoway House in Delray Beach reopened a few weeks ago after being closed due to a car hitting the building, it is a sweet little place to visit, if you want a quick educational visit!  Click Here for Photo’s and a Review of Sandoway House.

Also, I would like to remind everyone to take a moment to read 5 Tips for Beach Safety.  It is still Spring Break for other states and so we will continue to entertain visiting families at the beach more and more as summer looms ahead of us.  Please be sure to impress upon anyone you care about the dangers of rip currents. There have been numerous rescues over the last few weeks on our beaches and even at least one death.  The beaches are a wonderful gift to spend time at, however rip currents are very real and very serious.

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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.

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 1/22/15

Electronic Snap Circuit Kit by Elenco

Electronic Snap Circuit Kit by ElencoI wanted to share one of the things that Santa brought for my girl this year.  I felt it was a really important thing and she loves it!  I am not big into “boys toys” & “girls toys” in fact I have expressly forbid this kind of language and sentiment in our household.  I think it is so important for kids to be allowed to play with whatever they like.  Yes, even boys.  What is more it is crazy important for girls to be given the same opportunities to learn about science, engineering and math.

This toy is one that I hope will have an impact on her education for a while.  Please check out The Electronic Snap Circuit review, this toy certainly proves that learning toys can be fun and don’t have to be pink!

My pick of the week is:

The Tri-Rail Fun Day Fort Lauderdale If you have a kid who likes trains then this looks like a good bet for the weekend!

This the week ahead or Click Here for the Full List

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 10/9/14

VaderPumpkins

Tiny Vader with Big PumpkinsHi everyone!
I have been adding events like a mad women this week!  I hope you are all having a great week!  Enjoy!

Here is your short list!

If you go to our Events Calendar and click on the advanced setting you can search by category.  Choose Holiday to see all the fall festival and holiday activities that are coming up starting in October.

The Let me know if you have any Holiday events that need to go on the list!

Click Here for the full list!  It is extremely long!

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 9/4/14

Brass Rubbing in St Martins Crypt

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!  I know we did.  We did just well…….nothing, and it was fabulous.

My pick of the week:
Fun Day on the Runway Event DetailsFun Day on the Runway.  I have never seen an event like this, but it the flyer says that you will be able to hang out on the new runway at Fort Lauderdale Airport with  tours of the elevated 8,000 foot runway, aviation exhibits, entertainment, and children’s activities.  If it’s not too hot out this should be a pretty unique event!

Mommy & Me Yoga at Fern Forest.
I sure wish they did this when my daughter was little!  We used to go to their Nature Tots Classes and loved them!

St. Martins in the Fields & Cafe in the CryptEarlier in the week I shared a video made by me rather talented hubby of us doing a brass rubbing in the crypt of a church in London.  We found it totally by accident and it was great little detour.

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Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martins in the Fields London

The Week Ahead for South Florida 4/10/14

Home Depot Build Project

Home Depot Build ProjectWe had a great weekend last weekend!  We hit the local Home Depot for the Kids Workshop.  It was really good!  We had a lovely morning outside creating a keepsake.

There is another one coming up for Mothers Day, so double check with your local Home Depot Store for hours. 

As always there are so many events coming our way, most of them free!

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The Week Ahead for 8/15/13

Dubois Park in Jupiter

Flamingo Gardens Back 2 School Bash LogoOur sponsored Event of the Week is the Back to School Bash at Flamingo Gardens The event will benefit the Children’s Home Society of Florida.  Enjoy the final Saturday of Summer Break at the botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuary with half price admission, with special animal encounters, a bounce house, music, and more! Food and merchandise vendor fees and sponsorships of the event go directly to buy books bags and school supplies for children of The Children’s Home Society of Florida. Half Price Admission Day!$9 ages 12+/ $5 ages 4-11/ free 3 and under.  .

DuBois Park in Jupiter, FL
DuBois Park in Jupiter, Florida

My Pick of the Week is Dubois Park in Jupiter.  I know, I already used this as my pick this summer, but seeing as I have as yet to get up there this summer it is on my mind heavily.  It is an amazing place to spend the day in the sun and sand with the family.  The inlet is always calm and perfect for a float.

CLICK HERE for your Week Ahead Events List for 8/08/13

Aug 2013

Date/Time Event
08/15/2013
12:00 am
Norton Museum Lego Exhibit Free Thursdays in West Palm Beach
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach FL
08/15/2013
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
08/15/2013
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Free Kids Movies at Muvico Theaters- Nationwide
Muvico Theaters – Nationwide, Nationwide
08/15/2013
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Public Fish Feeding
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/16/2013
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
08/16/2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Vet Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/16/2013
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Children’s Research Station
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/16/2013
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Movie Night & Funtastic Frinday in Hollywood at ArtsPark
ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater, Hollywood fl
08/16/2013
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Safari Nights (Fridays) at the Palm Beach Zoo
The Palm Beach Zoo, West Palm Beach fl
08/16/2013
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Free Movie Night at Wellington Amphitheater
Wellington Amphitheater, Wellington FL
08/17/2013
8:45 am – 11:30 am
Saturdays @ Sanborn Downtown Boca
Sanborn Square in Downtown Boca, Boca Raton FL
08/17/2013
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Back 2 School Bash at Flamingo Gardens
Flamingo Gardens, Davie FL
08/17/2013
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Pony Rides 3rd Staurday’s in Pompano Beach
Sand & Spurs Equestrian Park, Pompano Beach FL
08/17/2013 – 08/18/2013
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tradewinds Park & Atlantic Railroad
Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek FL
08/17/2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Vet Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/17/2013
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Public Fish Feeding
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/18/2013
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Guided Tour of Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/19/2013
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Money saver Mondays at Flamingo Gardens
Flamingo Gardens, Davie FL
08/20/2013
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
08/20/2013
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
2-4-1 Tuesdays at Flamingo Gardens
Flamingo Gardens, Davie FL
08/20/2013
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Public Fish Feeding
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/21/2013
12:00 am
Green Cay Nature Center Guided Tour
Green Cay Nature Center, Boynton Beach FL
08/21/2013
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
08/21/2013
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Hatchling Tales Storytime
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/21/2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Vet Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/21/2013
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Children’s Research Station
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
08/22/2013
12:00 am
Norton Museum Lego Exhibit Free Thursdays in West Palm Beach
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach FL
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
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Public Fish Feeding
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL

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