When wet weather moves in, it’s essential to have a back up plan to the usual routine of splash pads, hiking, beach trips and other outdoor activities we love so much in South Florida.
And let’s admit it: There’s only so often you can put on “Frozen,” make popcorn and hope a nap hits before “Let It Go.”
I’ve rounded up seven of our favorite things to do, from free, to low-cost, to a bit pricier, and from home activities to out and about.
Comment to let me know your favorite rainy day activities in Palm Beach County!
Have a dance party
This one is simple enough, and it’s free: Take a few minutes to make a Spotify or YouTube playlist with some of your children’s favorite songs. Casey loves the Super Simple Songs channel on YouTube, and he LOVES both of the Bluey albums on Spotify. You can also find channels that just play Disney music.
You can do this with older kids and teens, too. The idea is to get them to move — however they want to do it. Taylor Swift. Charli XCX. My Chemical Romance. (Do kids still listen to them? I’m really showing my age here.)
Turn the lights down, turn the music up and jam out. This is especially fun if you have a bubble machine, some color-changing LED lights and glow sticks, all of which you can buy for just a few bucks at Dollar Tree, Walmart or Target. If you’re not afraid to get messy or extra noisy, get some noise makers and confetti. (Then, fun follow-up activity: Get out the vacuum and have them help clean up.) I keep these supplies in a bin in our family room so they’re handy when it’s time to party.
Cost: Free, unless you want to buy a few supplies to keep around for your dance party.
Explore the science museum
The Cox Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N, West Palm Beach, has plenty to see and do inside. While it might be too rainy to tackle the mini golf course or explore the Science Trail, you can check out one of the many indoor exhibits.
Through Sept. 24, the science center has the “Science Fiction, Science Future” exhibit. Here’s how the science center describes the exhibit on its website: “If you think teleportation, holograms, invisibility, and mind control are only in the movies—think again! Let your imagination run wild with the possibilities of the future as you move objects with your mind, become invisible, and play games with a robot. Discover tomorrow today in our newest exhibition!”
Younger kids will love the 10,000-gallon aquariums and Hidden World of the Everglades exhibit. There are daily shows at the Planetarium, and a fascinating Journey Through the Human Brain.
Cost: General admission is $20.95 for adults, $16.95 for ages 3-12, $18.95 for ages 60 and older and free for members. Click here for membership options and more details, including hours and directions.
Catch a movie
There are five movie theaters in and near Wellington, with a range of deals throughout each week, including matinee prices and discount days. Check each theater’s website for details.
Regal Royal Palm Beach: 1003 State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach. More info: Click here
CMX Cinemas Wellington: 10312 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, inside the Mall at Wellington Green. More info: Click here
Movies at Wellington: 13881 Wellington Trace, Wellington. More info: Click here
Movies of Lake Worth: 7380 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth. More info: Click here
Phoenix Lake Worth Cinemas 8: 5881 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres. More info: Click here
Cost: $5 and up.
There’s a reason why Urban Air Adventure Park, 10560 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, is packed every weekend: Kids love it.
The trampoline park has open play almost every day during the summer. In addition to single-day tickets, they offer a membership that gives children unlimited playtime.
In addition to trampolines, Urban Air has virtual reality experiences, a Sky Rider zip line, a ropes course, climbing walls and a tubes playground.
Cost: Children’s ticket prices range from $15.99 each for under age 5, up to $36.49 each for all-day access to every attraction. Click here for more details, hours and pricing.
Astro Skate of Palm Beach County
The former Atlantis Skateway recently reopened, with an all-new look and feel at 3100 Jog Road in Greenacres.
The new owners are super passionate about roller skating and very excited to bring this new center to Palm Beach County. There is a new cafe, wood-floor rink, stuff shop and brand new video games. Plus some pretty psychedelic, fun artwork on the walls.
Cost: Click here for full pricing
Get in touch with nature
There are three really great, free indoor nature centers at Palm Beach County parks: Okeeheelee Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach; Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach; Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Road, Boca Raton.
Each of these nature centers has free admission, plus year-round programming that is free or low cost to attend.
Cost: Free or low-cost. Click on each of the nature centers above to get more details on programming.
Head to the library
Our local library branches in and around Wellington are great resources for free summer activities. Not to mention, our branches in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, The Acreage and Greenacres have tremendous selections for children and young adults.
Remember, in addition to offering books, our libraries also offer movies and music.
Locations in our area include:
- The Wellington Branch, 1951 Royal Fern Dr.
- The Royal Palm Beach Branch, 500 Civic Center Way
- The Acreage Branch, 15801 Orange Blvd.
- The Greenacres Branch, 3750 Jog Road
To find an event, click here to explore the library system’s events database.
Cost: Free to low-cost.
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