How to Keep Your Boca Kids Busy this September

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Happy September everyone! Summer may be (technically) over, but living in South Florida, outdoor community events are only getting started. We’re not into pumpkin and Halloween season quite yet, but there is still plenty of fun to be had this month, even if you’ll get a little sweaty doing it. 

Here are three unique ways to enjoy September locally with your Boca kids!

FREE Admission at the Palm Beach Zoo | Extended Through September 30

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September is the new August at the Palm Beach Zoo! Last month’s popular free kids’ admission promo was extended, which means this month is a great time to discover all of Zoo’s amazing animals. The carousel and Lorikeet Loft feeding aviary are open each day starting at 10:00 a.m. (Lorikeets love nectar–it’s available for purchase for a hands-on experience with these colorful Australian parrots.) Nature Play is another interactive spot at the Zoo to climb and explore for children of all ages. 

No visit to the Palm Beach Zoo is complete without cooling down at the refreshing Fountain Plaza splash pad (remember to bring a towel!) and a slushy from the Tropics Cafe or Dippin’ Dots. Simply purchase an adult ticket online or at the gate and up to two children will be admitted with each adult. 

1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach / www.palmbeachzoo.org 

Strike a Pose…and Watch a Free Film with Your Family | September 23, 6 p.m. (Yoga) & September 25, 7:30 p.m. (Outdoor Movie)

Where there’s a rooftop and a free yoga class, you’ll find this Boca mom! Celebrate National Yoga Month (yes, it’s September!) with an outdoor yoga class on Thursday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. taught by master yoga teacher Jennifer Martin, and live music by DJ Rey at Legacy Place. It’s open to beginners and yogis of all levels and ages. Advance registration is recommended. Don’t forget to bring your mat!

Then head back to that same rooftop for a movie under the moon: “Raya & the Lost Dragon!

Bring your blankets and chairs for a free outdoor movie (Saturday, September 25 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – doors open at 6:30 p.m.) on the rooftop of the garage. The animated film is set in a realm known as Kumandra, a reimagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, where a warrior named Raya is on a quest to find the last dragon.

Enjoy picnic-style fun before the movie with tables for dining and outdoor games including Connect 4, Jenga and corn hole. You can also order take-out in advance from Sal’s, Five Guys, Moe’s or The Great Greek and have it delivered to the top level of the garage prior to or during the film. Pretty cool, eh?

Advance registration is also recommended for this event.

11290 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens

Catch Screen on the Green in West Palm Beach | September 10, 6:30pm

Another outdoor movie experience will be taking over downtown West Palm Beach the second Friday of each month. Coming up next at the City’s popular Screen on the Green event is “The Croods: A New Age.” 

Searching for a safer habitat, the prehistoric Crood family discovers an idyllic, walled-in paradise that meets all of its needs. Unfortunately, they must also learn to live with the Bettermans–a family that’s a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. As tensions between the new neighbors start to rise, a new threat soon propels both clans on an epic adventure that forces them to embrace their differences, draw strength from one another, and survive together.

Get there a little early at 6:30 p.m., prior to the start of the movie, for family-friendly trivia. The winner will receive a special Screen on the Green VIP prize package!

100 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach


Michelle Olson-Rogers is a mom of one and the founder of Modern Boca Mom, an award-winning lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. She can also be found on Instagram at @modernbocamom.