Fun and free things to do with kids in Palm Beach County this weekend

11:58 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 Local

There are so many amazing and COMPLETELY FREE things to do with your kids in Palm Beach County this weekend. Here are our picks for the best events. We’ve also included a few for next weekend so you can get a head start on planning.

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Where: West Palm Beach or Palm Springs 

When: Feb. 9; 6 p.m. 

What: Both West Palm Beach and Palm Springs will have free screenings of the movie Despicable Me 3. 

In West Palm Beach, you can catch the movie on the Great Lawn, 100 Clematis Street. Children’s activities begin at 6 p.m. The movie starts at 7 p.m. Remember to bring chairs or a blanket. Read more HERE.

In Palm Springs, the police department is hosting a family movie night at the village’s ball fields (behind the police department), 226 Cypress Lane, Palm Springs. Children can enjoy a bounce house and other fun activities. The movie will begin at sunset. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Read more HERE.

Where: Boca Raton -- Children’s Science Explorium in Sugar Sands Park

When: Feb. 9; 6:30 p.m.

What: This informal telescope night will be held (weather permitting) in the held in the Camino parking lot behind the explorium, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. It will feature the center’s Inflatable Starlab Planetarium. The event is recommended for children ages 8 andRead more HERE. 

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Where: Lantana

When: Feb.9; 7 p.m.

What: Watch the movie Beauty and the Beast at Lantana’s municipal beach, 100 N. Ocean Ave. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Read more HERE.

FORT PIERCE, 3/17/04...Three year old Liam Felix, of Fort Pierce, gets a close look at the inside of a St. Lucie County Fire District fire truck from firefighter Colin Dewar(R) at Maravilla Park in Fort Pierce. Photo by Paul J. Milette/The Palm Beach Post

Where: Palm Springs --  Village Hall parking lot

When: Feb. 10; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

What: Children will have the opportunity to explore several service trucks and emergency vehicles including a Palm Springs dump truck, bucket truck, front end loader and police vehicles. This free event will be held in the Village Hall parking lot (226 Cypress Lane, Palm Springs). It will also feature live demonstrations, music, food, and children's activities. Read more HERE.

Where: Lake Worth

When: Feb. 10; 10 – 11:30 a.m.

What: Join the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in partnership with The Natural Movers Foundation for this free program. Learn to dance to the rhythmic vibrations of the drum. This session will include both an Umfundalai dance class and a rhythmic drumming class. All ages are welcome. Registration is strongly encouraged. The class will be held at the cultural council’s headquarters, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Read more HERE.

Where: Wellington 

When: Feb. 10; 7:30 p.m.

What: The Screaming Orphans perform during this free concert at the Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Boulevard. Remember to bring chairs or a blanket. Read more HERE.

Here are some free events happening over the next few weeks. You know, busy parents can never plan too far ahead. 

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Where: Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens 

When: Feb. 17; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What: Enjoy live music by professional and student musicians during the Grace Notes Music Foundation’s 7th Annual Carousel Concert-thon. All proceeds from the Downtown Carousel and Concert-thon will provide music scholarships and music education programming to local children. For more information, visit downtownatthegardens.com.

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Two-year-old Angelina Martin and her father Jimmy of West Palm Beach say hello to Luna, the Green Sea Turtle Ambassador of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, at LagoonFest in West Palm Beach Saturday, November 14, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Where: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton

When: Feb. 24; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

What: This family festival features presentations, face painting, aquarium feedings, children’s theater, guided boardwalk tours, kid’s crafts, and booths. Entrance to the festival is free, but donations are appreciated. Children's crafts, games, and face painting are a single fee of $3 per child. Read more HERE.

Where: Royal Palm Beach Commons Park

When: March 9, 10, 11

What: This family-friendly festival features a western-style atmosphere. Activities include live country entertainment, western performers, gunslingers, lumberjacks and other fun displays and attractions. Carnival rides will be available for a fee. Read more HERE.

Here are some FREE events happening year-round.

Where: Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens

When: 6-9 p.m.; Fridays

What: This free weekly concert series features local and regional bands. It is held in the courtyard at Downtown at the Gardens. Read more HERE.

Where: Downtown West Palm Beach

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturdays through April 21, with the exception of March 24.

What: Visitors can shop more than 90 vendors featuring local produce, plants, exotic flowers, herbs, baked goods, gourmet foods, teas, coffee, specialty pet products and much more. The GreenMarket also features live music, unlimited mimosas for $10, free activities for kids.

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Where: West Palm Beach

When: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What: The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, located at 300 North Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, is FREE to all visitors. On Saturday, there is free parking across the street in the lot between 3rd and 4th street. Exhibitions include: Shipwreck: Discovering Lost Treasures. Read more HERE. 

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On cold winter days, Florida Power & Light Company’s observation deck at Manatee Lagoon is the ideal spot to view manatee herds basking in the warm-water outflows from the power plant in Riviera Beach. Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center, is a free Palm Beach County educational attraction with a dedicated area for viewing manatees up close. Over two hundred manatees were counted on Thursday when temperatures dipped to the lower 40's overnight. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Where: West Palm Beach

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays- Sundays. Closed Mondays.

What: Now that the temperature has cooled, it’s the perfect time to try to catch a glimpse of a manatee at FPL’s eco-discovery center in West Palm Beach. Manatee Lagoon, located at 6000 N. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, offers a large viewing area and interactive exhibits. Read more HERE.