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What to Do with Kids in Palm Beach County

Brainy Bunny is a mother of two. Together they read, craft, and play games for fun.

Are you coming to Palm Beach County to visit your parents, and freaking out because you don't know what to do with your little kids? Maybe you live here, and you don't know what to do with your kids when they have a few days off from school. Either way, here are some suggestions of fun stuff to do with kids in the Palm Beaches.

Spend an hour or two at the Playmobil FunPark for some playtime that's light on your wallet but heavy on imaginative fun.

Spend an hour or two at the Playmobil FunPark for some playtime that's light on your wallet but heavy on imaginative fun.

A Day in the Gardens

Palm Beach Gardens, that is! Palm Beach Gardens is an affluent area in northern Palm Beach County, popular with young families. Consequently, there are lots of things to do with your kids. Start your day at the Burns Road Rec Center Playground, which is a large playground with several types of climbing equipment suitable for kids from 2 to 12.

After your kids have gotten some of their high spirits out, head over to Downtown at the Gardens. In the center of the complex is an area devoted to kids, with a beautiful carousel that depicts Florida's native species. There is also a pottery store where you and your kids can paint pottery; an indoor gym where your kids can bounce off even more energy, especially on a hot day; and a frozen yogurt store convenient for midday snacks. Of course, there is a large multiplex in the same complex, if you need to take a long, air-conditioned break.

If your kids still want more, wind down with an hour or two at the Playmobil Funpark, where young kids can play with tons of Playmobil toy sets while you sit and relax nearby. Of course there is a Playmobil store attached to the Funpark, but they regularly hold sales, so you can afford to buy your kids a souvenir if they deserve one!

Palm Beach Gardens

West Palm Beach Activities for Kids

West Palm Beach is the largest city in Palm Beach County, and as such, it has some great places to take kids. Two top attractions that people rave about are the Palm Beach Zoo and the South Florida Science Museum. The Palm Beach Zoo holds more than 1400 animals on 23 acres of beautifully landscaped trails. There is also an interactive fountain for the kids to splash in, so be sure to bring your bathing suits! The South Florida Science Museum offers permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits, a planetarium, and a small aquarium, all located in cool, air-conditioned comfort. There is also an outdoor interactive science trail for those of you who haven't gotten enough sun at the beach.

Fun Depot is technically in Lake Worth, but it's just a few minutes away from the zoo and science museum by highway, so it could make a fun ending to a busy day. Fun Depot is an indoor/outdoor arcade with arcade games, video games, laser tag, go-karts, and a batting cage. The décor is somewhat shabby, but kids don't seem to mind; just hand your tween or teen a loaded token card and watch him take off!

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Rapids Water Park is located a little north of the other attractions in the West Palm Area, but it is well worth the trip for a family of adventure-loving kids. The water park, open from mid-March through the end of September, contains 35 wild water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and a wading pool for toddlers. You can spend the entire day here, because there are snack bars and lockers for rent, too. Call ahead on the day you plan to go to make sure the park is open; it closes for inclement weather. Rapids can be pricey, but they offer late-afternoon admission specials.

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Boca Raton

A fantastic way to spend the afternoon in Boca Raton is to check out the Science Playground and Children's Explorium in Sugar Sand Park. The Children's Explorium is a small indoor science museum that has an impressive selection of interactive exhibits, and also hosts traveling exhibits three times a year. It's free of charge, although there is a five-dollar suggested donation. Just outside the Explorium is a beautiful carousel with 30 horses that costs just a dollar to ride. Adjacent to that is the Science Playground: a gigantic wooden playground where kids can climb, run, jump, and do the things kids love to do, while exploring various scientific principles. There's a dinosaur dig area, fun mirrors, musical instruments, a huge climbing fort, a splash play area, and more. It is just not possible for kids to get tired of this playground; you will find yourselves returning on subsequent trips to the area!

Watch out for large mammals at Lion Country Safari!

Watch out for large mammals at Lion Country Safari!

If You're West . . .

Spending time in the Wellington or Royal Palm area? Then you're close to Florida's only drive-through safari park, Lion Country Safari. This huge park contains more than 900 animals split between drive-through and walk-through areas. There are also a few amusement park rides for young kids: a carousel, a small ferris wheel, and several others. If you bring your bathing suits, you can enjoy the large water play area, too. Lion Country Safari can easily occupy preschoolers for an entire day; elementary-school kids will enjoy it, too, but not for more than three or four hours. Admission can be pricey, but there are often coupons in the local newspapers, coupon mailers, and online.

If you're looking to do some shopping, or you just want to let the kids play somewhere air conditioned on a hot day, hit the Mall at Wellington Green. The mall has a play area for kids up to 42" tall, so you can watch your preschooler have fun while you take a load off after shopping. There is not a lot of equipment, but the whole play area was redone in autumn of 2011, and they keep it nice and clean.

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