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

Feb 20, 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: Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington

When: Feb. 23; 7 p.m. 

What: Purple Madness will perform the music of Prince at Wellington’s annual Tribute Music & Food Truck Festival. Remember to bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Read more HERE.

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. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) Photo: Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post

Where: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton

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

Mike Lascasas Gardens, a 23-year veteran of the festival, works on a B-17 Flying Fortress during the last year’s Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post

Where: Downtown Lake Worth on Lake and Lucerne Avenues

When: Feb. 24 & 25

What: This annual affair will be held Saturday and Sunday and will bring in over 600 artists. In addition to the beautiful artwork, the festival will also include live music, beer tents, a festival food court as well as Lake Worth’s usual downtown restaurants and shops. Read more HERE.

Where: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Lighthouse Park, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter

When: Feb. 24; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What: Celebrate the county’s unique coastal heritage at this family-friendly event. Children can meet lively characters from Jupiter’s past, including the Lighthouse Keeper and his wife. Other activities include live music, children friendly story-telling, and educational activities. Admission is free for children; $10 for adults. Read more HERE.

Where: Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach

When: Feb. 24; 10 a.m. - noon

What: The Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach will be holding an “Invasive Species Awareness Day Removal Event” to help raise awareness about invasive species in South Florida. The center’s staff will conduct a hands-on invasive plant removal project after a brief presentation on Invasive Species of south Florida. All necessary tools and supplies are provided; long-sleeves, pants and hat strongly suggested. RSVPs required to Read more HERE.

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

Volunteer Brittany Jackson of Boca Raton carries a tree that she will plant with Nancy Hamlin (R) and others Saturday morning, June 17, 2017 at Barwick Park in Delray Beach. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post Photo: Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post

Where: John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach

When: March 3; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (while supplies last)

What: As part of the Native Canopy Education Program, the county and the cooperative extension office will be giving away FREE trees during a “Naturescaping” event at John D. MacArthur State Park. Homeowners can get a voucher for two free native trees or shrubs in three-gallon containers (while supplies last). Read more HERE.

Where: Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

When: March 3; 9:30 a.m. -5 p.m.

What: Check out this free book and music festival in downtown West Palm Beach. Enjoy author readings, book signings and children’s musician Emily Arrow, when she opens the festival at 9:30 a.m. Call 561-868-7703 for more information.

Where: Royal Palm Beach Commons Park

When: March 9, 10, 11

What: Check out this family-friendly festival with a western-style atmosphere. The event will feature live country entertainment, western performers, gunslingers, lumberjacks and other fun displays and attractions. Carnival rides will be available for a fee. Read more HERE.

Visitors tour the Winding Waters Natural Area. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) Photo: Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post

Where: Winding Waters Natural Area, 6161 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach

When: March 10; 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

What: This free family event features wildlife presentations, a kid’s zone, food trucks and more. You can also register for guided hikes and kayak tours by visiting 

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Where: Canyon Town Center, corner of Lyons Road and Boynton Beach Boulevard

When: March 10; 7:30 p.m.

What: Watch “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” at this free event at Canyon Town Center’s outdoor amphitheater. 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.

Kristha Burney of West Palm Beach and her daughter Skylar (age 4) browse Joe's Herbs and Ornamantals at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket Saturday, October 22, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) Photo: Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post

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. 

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. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) Photo: Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post

Where: West Palm Beach

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

What: The winter and spring seasons are the perfect time of year 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.