Living in South Florida is practically perfect in so many ways but handling the heat in mid-July is not one of them. Of course, you can always hit the water (beach or pool) but sometimes that gets old and sometimes rain is in the forecast.

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That’s when parents start searching for indoor ways to entertain the kids. Visiting one of the many area play spaces in our area is a great option but can get expensive. Luckily we’ve got plenty of options here in Jupiter and North Palm Beach County that are inside and completely free or very cheap!

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Free (and Cheap) Indoor Summer Activities in Jupiter and North Palm Beach County


Bowlero bowling lanes in Jupiter offers a summer bowling pass for $35 that entitles kids 15 and under to 3 free games of bowling per day all summer (May 21 – September 3). Adults and kids ages 16+ can also purchase passes for $50. Shoes are included.

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Kids’ Workshops

Apple Camp

Kids ages 8 to 12 can expand their digital creativity through hands-on projects with experts at Apple. Campers choose one of three tracks, then spend 90 minutes a day for three days at a local Apple Store immersed in the subject of their choice.

View Details | (561) 273-2160

Kids’ Club

Michaels offers regular kids craft workshops aimed at children ages 3+ and most have a small fee ($2 for ages 3-5, $5 for ages 6+). Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop!

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Home Depot Kids’ Workshops

These monthly workshops are free and usually aimed at school age children 5+ although there are the occasional options for preschoolers.

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Artful Learning at Manatee Lagoon

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to come have fun with art and science on the weekends at Manatee Lagoon. Classes will be held each Saturday and Sunday from June 9 – August.  Registration for these classes open a week in advance at 3 p.m. on the Saturday of the weekend prior to each class – spots fill quickly so we recommend signing up as soon as you can.

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Free/Cheap Summer Movies

Always a favorite among parents and kids alike. Cobb Theatre has a free program that runs Tue/Wed/Thur and Cinépolis has a Magic Hour program that discounts their normal prices for shows that start between 3:30-5:30, Monday – Thursday.

Summer Reading Programs

Ready truly is FUNdamental and it’s especially crucial to keep children reading in the summer when they are susceptible to the “summer slide.” That’s why these FREE summer reading programs are so great!

PBCLS’ Summer Reading Program

This summer the Palm Beach County Library System encourages all ages to explore ways to “Build a Better World.” You can sign up to participate at any PBCLS location or bookmobile stop from Mon, Jun 05 – Fri, Jul 28 and immediately begin earning and tracking points. Completed logs can be turned in prizes and completed logs also qualify for entry into a grand-prize drawing!

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Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Barnes and Noble offers a free book to every child that participates in their summer reading program. Children in grades 1-6 must read eight books off the approved list and keep a journal (which can be downloaded via their website or can be picked up at store locations). Completed journals can be turned in between May 15 and September 3, 2018.

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Free Museums 

River Center

Located in Burt Reynolds park, the Loxahatchee River Center features all kinds of fun for children of any age. The live aquatic tanks, interactive exhibits, and a touch tank provide a fun, educational opportunity for school children, adults, visitors, and long-time residents to learn about Florida’s first National Wild and Scenic River.

View Details | (561) 743-7123 

Manatee Lagoon

Open Tuesday – Sunday from 9AM-4PM, Manatee Lagoon features hands-on exhibits for visitors to learn all about manatees as well as the natural wonders of the surrounding Lake Worth Lagoon. There are also several special events offered throughout the year (including summer) and all are free but many require pre-registration. 

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Norton Art Museum

As the museum undergoes a massive expansion project, admission is free. While some parts of the museum are closed off, many of its most famous works are still on display and educational programming, including the Saturday series, Family Studio, has increased. Open Tuesday through Sunday Noon – 5PM and late on Thursdays (until 9PM).

View Details | (561) 832-5196

The Four Arts Children’s Library

Located on the second floor of the  John E. Rovensky Administration Building the Children’s Library encourages children to borrow books, use computers and enjoy special event programs free of charge.  There is an art gallery featuring exhibits aimed to be of interest to young people. Though regular story times and special events normally only take place in season (Oct – April), the library is offering select story times in June and July and is open during the summer Monday- Friday from 10AM – 4:45PM.

View Details | (561) 655-2776

Historical Society of Palm Beach County

This museum opened to the public in March 2008 inside of the historic 1916 Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach. The Museum contains two permanent galleries — The People Gallery and The Place Gallery — and the rotating Special Exhibit Gallery that changes annually.

View Details | 561-832-4164

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