Parents all over Palm Beach County are facing the same question this week: With children out of school until Monday because of Hurricane Irma, what activities are available to keep kids busy, get out of the house -- and maybe get into some air conditioning?
Here are five free things to do this week:
Free pool time
Wellington’s Aquatics Center reopens Wednesday at 10 a.m., with free admission for everyone, whether Wellington residents or not. Regular fees are in place for scheduled classes. The pool is back to its usual hours, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Children can go in the pool, or splash around on the sprayground.
Address: 12072 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington
Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach has tons of free activities for families, even as the park’s Sporting Center remains closed: sand volleyball courts, frisbee golf, a biking trail, a dog park and two playscapes. Commons Park is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Address: 11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach
Mall at Wellington Green
In addition to many of its stores and restaurants being open -- not to mention its air-conditioned play area -- the Mall at Wellington Green has free activities in its Grand Court from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and a MallStars Kids Club event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. In addition to face painting, glitter tattoos and board games, the mall has scheduled classes and games each day.
Here are the details:
Wednesday: Pound Class at 11 a.m., Kids’ Bop Party at noon
Thursday: Silver Sneakers for all age groups at 11 a.m., kids’ speed and agility and yoga class at noon
Friday: Kids’ speed and agility class from 11 to 11:30 a.m., Kids’ Bop class at 11:45 a.m., yoga for kids from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Saturday: MallStars Kids Club Star Struck Party, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Children dress as their favorite movie star, athlete, superhero, musician or celebrity, and get to go home with a free gift. Attendees must sign up for the mall’s free MallStars Kids Club.
In addition, the mall will host free activities in its Live 360 Studio.
Address: 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington
Thursday: “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” rated PG, begins at 7:30 p.m.
Friday: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” rated PG, begins at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” rated PG-13, begins at 7:15 p.m.
Address: 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington
The Barnes & Noble in Wellington offers free storytime at 11 a.m. every Saturday. This week’s book is “Princesses Wear Pants,” by “Today” show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. Barnes & Noble employees read the book to the children, then lead them through fun activities. A manager said employees usually pick two or three more books to read.
Address: 10500 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington
Know of a free event for families happening this week in the western communities? Email email@example.com or tweet to @kristinawebb.