Regular (or even casual) readers of this site will know that when it comes to priorities, mine are easily summarized. #1 – Finding fun things to do with my family. #2 – Try not to spend all my money doing said things.

That’s why I love finding free and cheap activities and events around Jupiter, but it’s also how you know that if and when I spend my money, it is going to be for something awesome. This list is full of events and activities that meet that criteria.

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1. Enjoying a luxury movie experience

Jupiter’s only movie theatre, Cinépolis, is running a promotion all summer on first run movies. Monday – Thursday, tickets for movies with start times between 3:30-5:30PM are only $7/$10 depending on which side of the theatre they are located. During this Magic Hour there will also be food and drink specials.

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2. Visiting animals at the Palm Beach Zoo

With the just announced Summer Safari Savings promotion, the Palm Beach Zoo has made it even easier to visit and enjoy all that they offer all summer long. While evening events like Safari nights are off the table with this pass, it does provide you with summer-long access to animal exhibits, their amazing splash pad, and the newly opened Nature Play Pavilion. The pass is good from now until September 30. The zoo is open 9AM-5PM daily.

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3. Riding the rails with Brightline

We’re planning a repeat of our spring break trip down to the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) which includes taking Brightline. It’s a great change of pace from the South Florida Science Center, which we visit all the time, and my kids really had a blast last time. PRO tip – don’t bother upgrading to Select because Smart is plenty roomy enough. Lucky us, it’s going to be even cheaper than the tickets we got this spring because we’re using the SUMMPASS discount code (50% off all prices) which will make our round-trip visit for 1 adult and 2 kids (WPB-FTL) just $20!! With that kind of pricing, I might be tempted to pony up the money for the Summer Savings Pass which includes admission all summer to Lion Country Safari, Zoo Miami, and Miami Seaquarium in addition to MODS. The SUMMPASS discount code is good through September.

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Go Brightline for less with discounted rates

4. Hanging at Lighthouse Cove on Tuesday nights

Lighthouse Cove and its restaurant The Burger Shack are a real Jupiter treasure. Not only are the two mini-golf courses fun for the whole family, but the food is good and the playground right next to the open-air dining makes taking the kids easy and stress-free. What could be better? Well…Kids Night! Every Tuesday evening kids eat for just $2 off the kids menu, plus there is balloon entertainment from Bobby the Balloon Guy! See you there!

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5. Knocking down pins at Bowlero

This recently renovated bowling alley is already a good option for indoor fun this summer, but the Summer Games Pass makes it highly affordable. At a cost of $35 per kid and $50 per adult, the summer pass coves 3 games per day (shoes included) you can basically break even after just a couple of visits. If you absolutely must have FREE, Stuart will be your closest option but then you’ll need to pay for shoe rental.

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Bowling is a great option for indoor summer fun.

6. Making a splash at local pools

Not lucky enough to have regular access to a pool? No need to suffer a swimless or beach-only summer. Palm Beach Garden residents should definitely consider a summer pass for the very enviable pool and splash zone on Burns Road. The cost is $250 for a family of four ($500 for a non-resident) and daily admission is $3.55/$11.15. In Jupiter, the North County Aquatic Complex on Toney Penna is a good option. The cost is $3.25/$2.75 (adult/child) daily and passes for 20 visits are available and save you 25%. Another close-by option is the pool located at the North Palm Beach Country Club on US HWY 1. Currently closed but scheduled to re-open in late July, this pool is open to the public year-round and only $3 for residents and $5 for non-residents (children are $3). With three kiddie pools, tiki huts you can rent for parties, and weekly Friday night pool parties that include a DJ, games, and such ($1 attendance fee) this is definitely an option to consider later this summer.

7. Cruising with Princesses and Pirates

Last winter we bought a Groupon for a cruise via VisitPalmBeach.com and we had a nice time although I quickly learned that Friday evening cruises in WPB are not exactly a Mecca for families with young children. While we had fun, and it was far from a booze cruise, we were the only family with kids in attendance. That’s why when I saw this upcoming event I jumped at the chance to book again. With taxes and fees, cost for a family of four will be just over $75 for this cruise which is not cheap but I’m guessing it will be worth the money. Costumes are encouraged and there will be games, character visits, cookies and tea on the one-hour cruise.

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