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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Plant a free tree
Where: John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach
When: March 3; 10 a.m. - 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.
BAM! A Festival of Books and Music
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. Arrow will open the festival at 9:30 a.m. Call 561-868-7703 for more information.
Catch a free concert
Where: Veterans Plaza Amphitheater; 10500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens
When: March 4; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
What: The Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County will preform at the city’s Veterans Plaza Amphitheater. Limited seating is provided. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Read more HERE.
Here are some free events happening over the next few weeks. You know, busy parents can never plan too far ahead.
Screen on the Green
Where: Great Lawn, 100 Clematis Street, downtown West Palm Beach
When: March 9; 6 p.m.- 10 p.m.
What: Watch “Cars 3” on the Great Lawn in downtown West Palm Beach. Children’s activities provided by Rhythm & Hues begin at 6 p.m. The movie starts at 7 p.m. Remember to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Read more HERE.
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.
Natural Areas Festival
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 pbcerm.eventbrite.com.
Watch a free movie
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.
MovieDaze in Riviera Beach
Where: Bicentennial Park, 190 E. 13th Street, Riviera Beach
When: March 16; movie begins at 7 p.m.
What: Watch “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at Bicentiennial Park during the city’s monthly MovieDaze & Food Truck Frenzy. The movie starts at 7 p.m. Remember to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Read more HERE.
St. Patrick's Day Festivaland Parade
Where: Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach
When: March 17; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Parade starts at noon
What: This annual event began in 1968 and has grown each year. The parade features more than 30 community groups and nonprofit organizations and is one of South Florida’s largest St. Patrick’s Day events. Read more HERE.
Spring Break Concert
Where: Currie Park, 2400 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach.
When: March 18; 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
What: Caribbean Chillers, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, will preform a free concert at Currie Park. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, visit Wpb.org/events.
Where: Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens
When: March 24; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
What: This free event features an Easter egg hunt along with other family friendly activities, including a chalk artist, festive stilt walkers, DJ dance party, strolling juggler and more. Several businesses will also have Easter treats available for children. For more information, visit downtownatthegardens.com.
ALL SEASON LONG
Here are some FREE events happening year-round.
Concert in the Courtyard
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.
Visit the West Palm Beach GreenMarket
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.
Visit a history museum
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.
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.