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

Jan 08, 2018

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: Downtown West Palm Beach

When: Jan. 12; 6 p.m.

What: Watch the movie Turbo on the great lawn next to the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach. There will also be an elaborate display of exotic and muscle cars. Read more HERE.

Where: Delray Beach

When: Jan. 12; 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

What: Enjoy a free Friday concert at the Old School Square Pavilion. This month, the event will feature hits from The Kinected. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs. Outside food and beverages are not permitted. They will be available for purchase at the venue. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. Read more HERE.

The Everglades still exists at Grassy Waters Preserve Wednesday, January 21, 2015. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) Photo: Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post

Where: Grassy Waters Preserve in West Palm Beach

When: Jan. 14, 2-3:30 p.m.; Check-in at 1:45 p.m.

What: Take a free family-friendly guided boardwalk hike to search for unique Everglades animals and plants. You’ll also decorate your own rock. This event is open to children over the age of 4 (with a participating adult). Reservations are required and space is limited. Call the nature center at (561) 804-4985 to reserve a spot. Read more HERE.

Here are some free events happening later this month. You know, busy parents can never plan too far ahead. 

Universal Orlando Resort\u2019s newest attraction will be based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment\u2019s blockbuster 3-D-CGI feature \u201CDespicable Me,\u201D bringing minions, mayhem and a whole new level of 3-D family fun to its guests. The Universal Creative team is working closely with producer Chris Meledandri, the founder of Illumination Entertainment, to create an all-new 3-D \u201CDespicable Me\u201D adventure that places guests right in the center of the action with their favorite characters from the film \u2013 Gru, daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes, and of course, Gru\u2019s not-so-bright pit crew, the minions. The attraction will open in 2012 at Universal Studios Florida. Photo: File photo

Where: Wellington 

When: Jan. 19; 7:30 p.m.

What: Watch the movie Despicable Me 3 at the Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Boulevard. Remember to bring chairs or a blanket. Read more HERE.

Volunteers pick up trash from the beach in Palm Beach as part of the International Coastal Cleanup Saturday, September 23, 2017. Over 70 people were expected, according to Diane Buhler of Friends of Palm Beach, a non-profit whose mission is to clean the beaches of Palm Beach regularly to remove incoming plastics, trash and unnatural debris and to educate the community on the effects on the environment and marine life. "I am a scuba diver, so I know the impact this has on animals," said Buhler. "I can sit and kvetch and be sad about it, or I can do something about it." Friends of Palm Beach hosts monthly volunteer events and sends a small crew out on weekdays. "We have students from Conniston, Wellington, Palm Beach Central, Suncoast, Palm Beach Public, and Palm Beach Atlantic here today, as well as employees of the Breakers," said Buhler. At right is Mireya Cano of Wellington and her 16-year-old daughter Natalia. "I never imagined there was so much of this stuff on the beach," Cano said. "There is so much plastic. It is so sad." (Bruce R. Bennett / Daily News) Photo: Bruce R. Bennett/Bruce R. Bennett / Daily News

Where: Juno Beach

When: Jan. 20; 8:30 a.m.

What: Join Blue Friends for the monthly beach cleanup at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Loggerhead Park. Bring garden gloves and a bucket to collect the trash. Complimentary coffee by Oceana Coffee will be served. A free Deep Blue Yoga session will follow the hour-long clean-up. To RSVP email: bluefriends@marinelife.org. Read more HERE.

011912 (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post) WEST PALM BEACH - Charlie Eaton of West Palm Beach (r) and Maryland Silk dance to the tunes of Neil Daimond performed by Rob Garrett during Sunday on the Waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach. The event is a free concert series which takes place the third Sunday of most month. Those who attend often bring blankets, chairs and refreshments, while some purchase food from vendors and nearby restaurants.

Where: Downtown West Palm Beach

When: Jan. 21, 4-7 p.m.

What: Catch Trezz Hombres, a ZZ TOP tribute band, at this free family-friendly concert at the Meyer Amphitheatre. Remember to bring blanket and chairs. Read more HERE.

Here are some FREE events happening year-round.

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. 

Manatees swim in the warm waters of the Manatee Lagoon, an FPL Eco Discover Center in West Palm Beach, January 31, 2017, after temperatures dropped overnight. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post) Photo: Greg Lovett/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.

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