South Florida Grandparents

KID FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS –   PALM BEACH

Boca Children’s Museum – Located in downtown Memorial Park, the museum is an interactive educational institution, housed in “Singing Pines”. Every exhibit and program is developed to engage children in an interactive, free-play, imagination-centered way.

Children’s Science Emporium (Boca) – Geared for children ages 5-12, this hands-on science center offers fascinating and interactive exhibits, classes, programs and camps that bring the physical sciences to life. From rockets to molecules, the museum engages and teaches children about the fantastic world of science.

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center (Boca) – has a butterfly garden, Chiki huts and an observation tower located on a winding boardwalk. Kids can look at several saltwater tanks filled with sea turtles, fish, sharks and rays. A sea turtle garden is home to seven giant turtles. On-going interactive children’s and family programs throughout the year.

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center (Boynton Beach) – Built in 1913 as the original Boynton Beach Elementary School and added to the National Registry of Historic Places, the Schoolhouse is a history-based learning experience for children and families, featuring interactive exhibits, group tours and signature education programs that highlight South Florida Culture. Discount Grandparent membership available.

The Girls Strawberry U-Pick Farm (Delray Beach) – Relax in the serene “Grandma’s Garden” and enjoy the swans, a giant tortoise, parrots, miniature donkeys, and a variety of trees and foliage. There is NO bending, kneeling or getting dirty since this is a hydroponic farm, featuring a state-of-the-art system for delivering nutrients to the plants.

A Latte Fun (Wellington, PB Gardens)  Indoor playground where kids can burn off some energy while grown-ups can either join in the fun, or sit back and enjoy a great cup of coffee, some adult conversation, catch up on a little reading, surf the internet, or just simply relax.

Lion Country Safari  (Loxahatchee) – Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park. Spend the day on safari with over 900 animals as they roam freely past your car.  Afterward, put on your walking shoes and explore Safari World, which includes amusement park-type rides, paddle boats, a sprayground, petting zoo and mini golf.

Palm Beach Zoo  (West Palm Beach) – The Zoo houses over 1,400 animals within 23 acres of lush tropical habitat. In addition to exciting animals from all over the world living in natural habitats, the zoo features daily performances of the “Wings Over Water” bird show and “Wild Things” show, a colorful carousel, an interactive water play fountain, and a full service restaurant.

Downtown West Palm Beach – Offers free, family-friendly, historic trolley and walking tours as well as a “History of Mystery” walking tour. The trolley can also be used for transportation between CityPlace and Clematis Street. Kids of all ages love to cool off in the artful Centennial Fountain or check out Leapin Lizards (an indoor playground located on Clematis St.), and relax while your grandchildren bounce, jump, play, pretend and dress up in one of 4 themed play rooms.

Dream Dolls Gallery  (West Palm Beach) – Any doll lover will be enamored with this 8,000 sq. ft. store and museum displaying the only life size Barbie Corvette, complete collection of vintage Barbie from 1959-present, one-of-a kind toys, bears and dolls, including designer original dolls, Shirley Temple, Raggedy Ann and antique Madame Alexander.

PLAYMOBIL® Fun Park (Palm Beach Gardens) – For $1 admission per person, kids are welcome to touch everything and play actively with Playmobil toys for as long as they want. Nearly 20,000 sq. ft. guarantee pure fun, where children’s dreams of knights, pirates, farms, police, fire rescues, doll houses trains and more can be realized.

Downtown at The Gardens – Bring the kids and come ride the 32-foot wide carousel, featuring 27 handmade wooden animals or take them on a scenic choo choo train ride throughout the entire Gardens plaza. If you want to cool off inside, head to Go Van Gogh, A Latte Fun, The Cobb Movie Theater, or spoil the grandchildren with a delicious treat from Frotopia, Sloan’s, or Sugar Factory.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center (Juno Beach) –  An education and ocean conservation facility with live sea turtles and wildlife. Exhibits at the center include a giant leatherback sea turtle, salt water aquarium and displays of local wildlife. Educational children’s programs such as Jr. Veterinary Learning Lab, Hatchling Tales and Bird Brains are offered throughout the year.

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary (Jupiter) – This unique refuge combines a nature center with a wildlife hospital, creating more than just a place to see animals, it’s a real wildlife adventure. Kids will love the weekly activities at the sanctuary including storytime for Toddlers, Junior Naturalist Program and Wildlife Encounters Learning Program.

Loxahatchee River Center  (Jupiter) –  The River Center provides an opportunity for children to learn along with their grandparents about Florida’s first federally designated Wild and Scenic River through a combination of displays, interactive exhibits and live tanks which trace the river system from a freshwater cypress swamp to seagrass-dominated estuary to marine ecosystems.

PLAYGROUNDS

Still a favorite place for children to run, swing, climb and slide…

Science Playground at Sugar Sand Park  (Boca) – Within this 132-acre park lies a huge, three-level hands on experience that features many interactive components demonstrating a variety of scientific principles for all ages. Kids can take a simulated rocket trip or see what the inside of a human eye looks like. It also features a limited water area where no one gets utterly soaked (unless they really want to).

Veterans Park (Delray Beach) – Just north of Atlantic Avenue, this beautiful park overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. An extensive playground facility that was designed by the children of Delray and built by volunteers is located in the park which features waterfront picnic facilities, a gazebo suitable for weddings and a recreation center with children’s art and music classes.

West Boynton Park and Recreation Center – There is plenty of room to run around in the gated playground; one playground for young children ages 2-5, and another one for 5-12 year olds. Inside the recreation center there is a gymnasium, meeting room and teen room, all surrounded by a lovely park featuring lighted basketball courts, baseball fields, softball fields, hockey rink, skate park, sand volleyball court, and tennis courts.

Scott’s Place Playground (Wellington) – A sprawling play structure and play system make up the unique play area called Scott’s Play. The playground welcomes children and families of all abilities. An extensive ramping system brings children using mobility devices to the center of the action where they’ll encounter lots of play panels, crawl tunnels, slides and more.

Tiger Shark Cove (Wellington) – This park features a large wooden play structure that was built by hundreds of volunteers. It has swings for both toddlers and older kids, as well as interactive chimes, water spray misters to cool off, and a shark for kids to climb on. There are also softball fields, batting cages and pavilions to grab a snack in the shade.

Okeeheelee Park  (West Palm Beach) – Covering 900 acres, this enormous park includes four playgrounds, two lakes with access for boating, fishing, water skiing, and radio controlled boating. Amenities for sports include a 27 hole golf course, baseball fields, tennis courts, a fitness trail and bike trail, and a BMX biking area.

Burns Road Recreation Center (Palm Beach Gardens) – This very large playground accommodates toddlers through tweens with two different playground structures, a spider web climbing area, swings, a sandbox play area, and shaded picnic tables. Next to the playground is a full aquatic complex with a 25 yard lap pool, 1 diving board, 3 water slides, a rock climbing wall, a splash playground and a splash pad to accommodate all ages.

Eco-Island Playground  (Jupiter) – This eco-friendly area was created with recycled materials and features rock climbing, tube slides, eight swings, and spider netting to climb on, a zip line, things to spin on, and interactive materials for the younger children to play with. Kids enjoy feeding the ducks that are always wandering around the pond. NO RESTROOMS.

Constitution Park  (Tequesta) – Covers 4 acres and includes a playground and tree house for ages 5-12, and a separate playground designated for 2-5 year olds. There are also nearby basketball courts, a rock climbing area and a walking trail.

LIBRARIES

Engaging children’s storytimes and children’s interactive programs are offered on an on-going basis.
http://www.pbclibrary.org/children.htm

KID FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS – TREASURE COAST

Chuck E. Cheese’s (Stuart)– Experience great food and fun for all ages! This family friendly venue serves pizza and fresh salad, complemented by arcade games, rides, prizes, animatronic displays and a mouse mascot as a focus of entertainment for the entire family.

Environmental Learning Center (Vero Beach)– Experience native Florida in a peaceful lagoon setting with beautiful vistas and close-up encounters with wildlife and native plants in a setting that inspires wellness. Take a canoe or pontoon boat ride, experience the 145 gallon touch tank, hands-on exhibits or trek the extensive boardwalks of this 64-acre Natural Lagoon Island Preserve.

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center (Stuart)– This 57-acre marine life nature center houses a 750,000-gallon game fish lagoon, network of nature trails, sea star touch-tank and stingray pavilion, as well as a children’s activity pavilion. Children and adults alike will enjoy the variety of  events offered throughout the day including the stingray, sea turtle and lagoon fish feeding programs.

Joey’s Outback Adventures – This premier indoor playground in Jensen Beach is the perfect place for kids 10 months to 12 years to play, learn and party. This “Aussie” inspired experience features inflatable bounce houses with slides, mazes, tunnels and obstacle courses along with arcade games, kiddy rides, toys and more.

Jumping Time – The newest indoor play center for kids 12 and younger in Port St. Lucie, Jumping Time offers a fun and safe environment for children with massive inflatables, bounce houses, slides, obstacles courses, arcade games and more. Hours of operation are Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Locked In (Stuart) – An interactive and physical adventure where you and your family, or friends, will have 60 minutes in a room to track down all the clues, puzzles, mysteries, enigmas, and more to try and escape before your time runs out. Each room holds a maximum of eight people and children under the age of 8 will not be admitted unless approved by a Locked In’ employee prior to registration.

LaPorte Farms (Sebastian)– Go fish at the farm every Wednesday and Sunday! Take your fishing poles, pack a lunch and plan on catching some Tilapia and Catfish. While at the farm you can visit the zebra, donkey, monkeys, goats, llama, tortoises, ducks, geese, pot belly pig and get a pony ride too.

Manatee Observation and Education Center – This waterfront environmental education and wildlife viewing center located in downtown Ft. Pierce, offers visitors the rare chance to catch a glimpse of Florida’s “Gentle Giants” in person.  A variety of fun and educationally stimulating hands-on exhibits and informational displays are available inside to help better acquaint you with these magnificent creatures.

Navy SEAL Museum Children’s Obstacle Course (Ft. Pierce) – This “O” course is modeled after the BUD/S Course, which is sure to test the athletic and mental ability of children of all ages. Each set of obstacles found throughout the course offers its own unique challenges including the Wall Traverse, Hooyah Logs and Belly Crawl.

Sailfish Splash Waterpark –  Conveniently located in Stuart, the Sailfish Splash is an affordable option for families looking to have a great time without breaking the bank. Cool off in the 1,000 ft. lazy river, slide down a four-story tall water slide or 253 ft. closed flume, monkey around on the 7,326 water playground or take a walk across the Wiggly Waters Lagoon.

Stuart Ceramics Studio –  This open ceramics painting studio dishes up fun for all ages! Choose from a large selection of precast ceramics to paint, or hand-build your own.  They’ll glaze, fire it up and send it home when it is ready. Drop-ins welcome; no studio fees! A great place to unwind and spend some special time together!

The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast – Located at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach, The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast offers children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on and interactive activities. Featuring exhibits that reflect Florida’s unique character, visitors can let their imaginations run wild in the Our Town Marketplace, Spanish Galleon, Florida Cracker House, Town Wellness Center, Car Care Center and Vet Clinic.

PLAYGROUNDS

Still a favorite place for children to run, swing, climb and slide…

Indian Riverside Park–  Sitting along the Indian River Lagoon, is this 63 acre park featuring a interactive play fountain, beach, 780 foot fishing pier, 3/4 mile walking path and mangrove boardwalk, picnic pavilions and beautifully landscaped gardens and open grass fields. Home to the Treasure Coast Children’s Museum and U.S. sailing center, Indian Riverside Park is considered the premier family destination park in Martin County.

Jensen Beach Community Playground –  This community constructed playground is located on Jensen Beach School property and is open to the public after school and on weekends for children ages 5 and older. Featuring a grass turf, slides, bridges, a tire swing and even a ship that rocks back and forth, this spacious park has something for all ages including a 2-5 year old playset for the little ones.

Humiston Park –  Just south of the Driftwood Resort on Ocean Drive in Vero Beach sits Humiston Park, one of the best beaches in town. This family-friendly beach park is beautifully manicured, has recently updated playground equipment, and plenty of parking with shops and restaurants within walking distance.

Whispering Pines Park – Fun for young and old alike, this 3-story playground in Port St. Lucie includes large slides, a rock climbing wall, zip line and toddler play area, as well as baseball fields, tennis courts and football fields for free and structured play opportunities.

LIBRARIES

Engaging children’s storytimes and children’s interactive programs are offered on an on-going basis.
http://martin.evanced.info/signup?ag=3