Saturday, October 1, 2022

The Coolest Spots for Kids to Play to Beat the Heat

This time of year in Boca is always a little bewildering. While the rest of the country is cooling off, we South Florida residents have to make peace with the fact that we’re likely to have an extended summer for at least two more months. 

It’s fall y’all? Not here! Maybe we’ll get lucky in November with cooler weather.

While my default family activity is going in our swimming pool, you might be ready to shake things up…and get your kids out of the house for a bit after school or on the weekends. So, we rounded up a bunch of fun, local, indoor activity options for when it’s just too dang hot to play outside…  

Cox Science Center and Aquarium

There’s never been a better time to visit the Cox Science Center and Aquarium! Not only do they have an amazing 2,500 square foot interactive exhibit, Journey Through the Human Brain, but they’re about to welcome a brand-new dinosaur exhibit this fall. Starting September 15th, Dinosaur Explorer journeys through the wildest, wackiest, and most wondrous dinosaurs and examines human physiology through the lens of these magnificent creatures. 

Through a series of dynamic displays that feature advanced animatronic dinosaurs, authentic casts and actual fossils, and highly interactive hands-on activities, visitors will learn the science behind dinosaur adaptations and understand the connections humans share with our prehistoric predecessors. 

Schoolhouse Museum (Boynton Beach)

Boca Raton’s children’s museum may be closed (what’s the latest on that, by the way?), but Boynton Beach has a wonderful alternative for families! The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center mission is: to inspire and engage children to explore, play, learn and discover through creative, interactive learning opportunities that integrate the arts, humanities and sciences in cultural and historical settings. I personally love the Florida East Coast Railway Train Depot replica that teaches all about the history of travel in our state. 

Little Town Play (Delray Beach)

One of my go-to’s when my daughter was little, Little Town Play is exactly what it sounds like: A small town that your kids play in (in air conditioning, however). Kids can explore this town which includes dress-up costumes, a fresh market to grocery shop, gas pump, firehouse, diner, hair salon and more! There’s even a Tot-Spot designed for crawlers, and early walkers.

PLAY (Town Center at Boca Raton)

Having been at the grand opening for PLAY at Town Center at Boca Raton in 2019, my heart broke for our local kids who couldn’t use this amazing (and free) play area for so many months during the pandemic. Luckily, it is back open and fun for kids of all ages. PLAY offers 1,600 square-feet of imaginative fun, inviting children to skip, climb and share in an enchanting, water-inspired play space.

Even more local options to check out: 

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

Michelle Olson-Rogers
Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features family events, activities, classes, fitness, dining, travel, home improvement and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.

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