Surprise! Palm Beach County public schools won’t be starting until the end of August…and virtually at that. This means we parents now have an extra three weeks to fill up with fun (and pandemic-safe!) summer activities for our kids. And this Boca mom already feels like she’s running on empty.
My patience and energy may be dwindling, but I know I must keep going. Staying home 100% of the time is out of the question for my family (and my sanity). So, I’ve come up with some (hopefully new and unique) ways for you to enjoy the last few weeks of the weirdest summer ever both in and out of the house!
Sugar Sand Park Virtual Recreation Programs
Sugar Sand Park is offering four fun virtual recreation programs beginning in August. Your kids (ages 5-12) can choose from topics such as Create Engineering Marvels, Fun Fit Kids, 3 Fun Mediums or ArKIDtecture 2-Super Structures. Each session is held weekly and costs under $85 for Boca residents.
At-Home QuaranTEA Party
If your family doesn’t feel comfortable heading to a theme park this summer to visit your favorite fairytale characters, why not bring one (in a mask) to your own home? Ask your mom friends to make various tea sandwiches, buy some lemonade, tea cakes and cookies and hire your favorite princess from FairyTale Productions or Wish Upon a Star Princess Company to stop by and entertain the kids for an hour. They even offer virtual sessions if you prefer!
Virtual Art Workshops
Want to encourage your children’s artistic talents from the comfort of your home? Every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. through August 18th, join Westfield Broward for their new Virtual Kid Times Series. Westfield Broward has partnered with Young At Art Museum to host a free weekly art workshop with different art projects and themes each week. Designed for children ages 3-7, supplies needed for the workshop’s activities are common household items or things that can be easily purchased. Supply needs will be communicated to participants in advance once you RSVP.
Upcoming themes include:
- August 4 – Paper Bag Mushroom DIY
- August 11 – Plastic Bag Flowers
- August 18 – TP Binoculars
StoryWalk at Pondhawk Natural Area
In celebration of National Park and Recreation Month, the first StoryWalk in Boca Raton has opened at the Pondhawk Natural Area next to the Spanish River branch of the Boca Raton Public Library. StoryWalk is a fun, educational activity that places a children’s storybook along a popular walking route in the community.
August’s book is called The Swamp Where Gator Hides, by Marianne Berkes. Through beautiful art and poetic verse, young readers will learn about the swamp ecosystem and see that wild Florida can be found as close as our nearest park! Different books will be displayed throughout the year to keep the StoryWalk experience fresh too!
Schoolhouse Children’s Museum in Boynton Beach
Boca Raton’s children’s museum may be closed, but Boynton Beach’s is a wonderful alternative and it’s currently open for families! The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center is welcoming visitors Monday-Saturday at a limited capacity (and reduced hours), but the timed online ticket entry makes it totally worth it. We got there right at the beginning of our designated time slot and had the place to ourselves for at least 40 minutes. The A/C alone makes this summer “field trip” worth it!