The Week Ahead for South Florida: Pumpkins and Fall Festivals

Bedner's Pumpkin Patch

The Calendar for October is getting fuller by the moment!  There is no excuse to miss any of your favorite October events anymore!  Thanks to all of you who helped out by Submitting your Community Event to our Calendar. As always, Free Community events can be submitted at no charge!  City Recreations departments with minimal charges are also free!  I am pumping up the list as we speak on the search for the best Fall Festivals, Halloween and Pumpkin Patches around!  If you know of one, let me know!  I really think that we have the biggest list ever!

Big News:  It’s Publishing Week at my daughters school so I joined in the fun and finally published my first book!  Have you ever had an animal that you were sure was actively trying to be nice, but just ended up causing havoc? Read about my cat Baby Girl and why she did all the crazy things she did.  My daughter liked hearing the stories about this crazy cat, so I put them down in a little book.

 

My Pick of the Week!

Halloween in the Hammock at Gumbo Limbo

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 8/7/14

Jaxson's Ice Cream
Click Here for Jaxsons Ice Cream Virtual Tour
Click Here for Jaxsons Ice Cream Virtual Tour

We drove down to Jaxson’s yesterday for our end of the summer blow out!  If you have never been there, it is a South Florida institution.  My friends who grew up down here all have memories of going there as kids.  The ice creams are huge (and expensive) the place is kitschy and fun to poke around and look at all the antiques.  We had a lovely afternoon and there is nothing more fun than 10 kids all with ice creams as big as their heads.

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City of Boca Raton Summer Music Series

 

My Pick of the Week
The City of Boca Raton has been running a summer music series at Mizner Amphitheater.  This week is there will be a Billy Joel Tribute Band (Don’t judge, I think it sounds fun! Okay, so I may be showing my age here.)  If Billy Joel is not your thing, Click Here for this weeks list of upcoming events!

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Castaway Island Water Park at TY Park in Hollywood

Castaway Island at TY Park interactive pool.

I wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts on Castaway Island Water Park at Topeekeegee Yugnee (TY) Park in Hollywood Florida!

I will start by saying that I can’t believe I have lived in South Florida for so many years and never been here before!  What was I thinking!  The park itself is huge and the Water Park is huge too!  There are 3 different sections a climbing slide area for everyone, a toddler pool with a slide and activities, and a huge pool.

I liked that it did not have the 2 hour time limit of some of Broward County parks, so you can pay the entry fee and spend the day there!  The pools were clean and well maintained.  It was not a super busy day when we were there, but then again it certainly was not empty either and the bathrooms were pretty decent for a water park.  I didn’t try the snack bar, but I saw people with all the usual pool snack bar items, the pizza smelled good and I am not really sure how we got out of the place without buying ice cream, but we managed.

It was pretty quiet for us in the morning, however about the time that we left (2:00 pm) a camp group came in and there were long lines at the slides.  This happens at all the water parks I have been to in the summer, The kids were good and there were no problems, however it was pretty packed then.  Not sure if you can call ahead and find out what time the groups are coming on the day you visit or not.  It is worth a try though, and worth the effort at any water park you decide to head out to.

Castaway Island at TY Park interactive pool.
Castaway Island at TY Park interactive pool.

The first interactive water playground area has all the required water park attractions, it has a dumping buckets lots of slides, and splash cannon areas on a climbing structure.  It is big enough to entertain most kids (maybe not teens, but then again……..I thought it was pretty fun!).

Castaway Island at TY toddler interactive pool
Castaway Island at TY toddler interactive pool

The part I really like is the toddler area.  There is a toddler interactive pool playground with slides and water cannons.  What is nice about this area is that it is completely fenced off from the rest of the water park.

 

Castaway Island water fall in the zero entry swimming pool.
Castaway Island water fall in the zero entry swimming pool.

The third area is the pool, and wow, it is truly beautiful!  This huge pool is zero entry on one end and the other is a beautiful rock waterfall.  Again, the place was immaculate!

All in all, this park is certainly worth spending the afternoon.  It cost us $8 each to enter and I think we had a great day!  You have to love all the amazing parks here in South Florida!

Castaway Island’s normal summer operating hours are 9:30 am to 5:20 pm, and is located at 3300 N. Park Rd, Hollywood, FL 33021.   Please check with the park for current prices and hours before you head over as they do change seasonally.

The Weekend Ahead!

Dubois Park in Jupiter, FL
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DuBois Park in Jupiter Florida

Are you ready to plan your weekend?

I found so very many things for the weekend ahead!  There is no reason to be bored this weekend with so many great places to go!

 

If you are looking for more places to visit, check out the Events & Review Section.

My Pick for the Weekend!

DuBois Park in Jupiter

Since the weather is supposed to be at its South Florida Best, my Pick for the weekend is DuBois Park in Jupiter, it really is the best place to float in South Florida.  So Pack a cooler and spend the day on a raft!

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