Prepare to gas up your royal carriage, rent a magic carpet, or borrow some pixie dust because you and your Boca family won’t want to miss out on the last few weeks of West Palm’s very own fairytale on the waterfront!
The “Fairy Tale Playhouses,” part of the city of West Palm Beach’s 2018 “Summer in Paradise” campaign, is a community art installation featuring 15 unique, outdoor, child-size playhouses. Painted by local artists, they illustrate timeless fairytales with stories hailing from across the globe.
However you decide to transport your little prince or princess the few miles north to West Palm, here are five reasons why you won’t want miss this magical exhibit (ending July 26):
1. Lots of Play
The enchanting stories that “once upon a time” taught generation after generation that anything is possible have literally come to life on the West Palm Beach waterfront. The global village of child-size houses including “Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox,” from North America, “The Boy and the Dragon,” from Canada, and “Rapunzel,” from Germany is open daily for imaginative play from Noon to 9 p.m.
2. Community at the Heart
At the final, fun-filled chapter of Summer in Paradise on Thursday, July 26, the “Fairy Tale Playhouses” will have their own happily ever after! The mini-homes will be auctioned off in support of 15 local non-profits, including Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, Autism Speaks, The Lord’s Place, Inc. and Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County. Be sure to visit and pick your favorite to bid on beforehand and bring some magic home to your own Boca backyard!
3. Meaningful Message
In addition to being a source of summer fun for young children, the “Fairy Tale Playhouses” aim to educate local residents about the need for affordable housing through a philanthropic partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County.
4. Selfie Opps
Photo opps and selfie spots are a priority in this year’s Summer in Paradise lineup! Be sure to snap a shot in front of the “Big Storybook,” which highlights all involved in this community activation and describes how each artist, fairytale and nonprofit is paired. And check out the “Mad Hatter Teacups,” former car tires that have been upcycled into cup-and-saucer sets spread out across the Great Lawn. This installation was inspired by the famous tea party in “Alice in Wonderland,” of course!
5. Free and Fun Games
Guests can enjoy more free activities in addition to the “Fairy Tale Playhouses” including “FlaminGO Croquet,” complete with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme and flamingo mallets and “StoryVille,” where children can create their own life-size fairytale using giant cut-outs of traditional storybook characters.
I’m looking forward to creating my family’s own “happily ever after” this summer on the West Palm Beach waterfront. Be sure to visit before “The End” on July 26!