The birds are chirping a little louder, the sun is a little brighter, and the rains are coming on a more regular basis. Of course, most of those things happen every day here in the Palm Beaches, but for more of the country, that signals the coming of Spring, and with it, Spring Break.
Now, we may not be the destination that places such as Cabo, Pensacola, or even Fort Lauderdale are, but we do get our fair share of spring breakers in our own backyard. For local elementary, middle, and high school students, it is also a time to hang out, and experience new adventures.
The City of Boynton Beach Recreation and Parks Department is offering a variety of Spring Break Camps for your child and teen ages 5-15 from March 20-24. Day Camp, Basketball, Cheerleading…choose the activity that is right for your child!
Spring Break Day Camp offers a week full of activities including daily field trips, crafts, and tons of fun for ages 5-12. Both locations run from Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The camp fee is $130 for Boynton Beach residents and $163 for non-residents.
Art Center, 125 SE 2nd Avenue, (561)742-6221
Carolyn Sims Center, 225 NW 12th Avenue, (561) 742-6640
Spring Break Basketball Camp, ages 6-15, is led by experienced high school coaches from the Boynton Beach Heat, who teach young players the fundamentals of the sport. Kids will participate in drills and learn to play offense and defense. Basketball Camp runs Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with fees of $90 for residents and $113 for non-residents. Extended recreation hours are available from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for an additional charge of $25. Camp is held at the Ezell Hester Center, 1901 North Seacrest Blvd. Please call (561) 742-6550 for more information.
Spring Break Cheer Camp offers spirited kids cheers, chants, jumps and the concept of team cheerleading. Come and cheer with us at the Carolyn Sims Center from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cheer camp is for kids ages 6-12. Program fees are $130 for residents and $163 for non-residents. Please call (561) 742-6640 for more details.
Parents who are enrolling their children for the first time in any of the department’s activities must provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate and proof of residency during registration. On-line registration is available at www.boynton-beach.org/recreation. In person registration is located at Intracoastal Park Clubhouse, 2240 N. Federal Highway, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For information, please call 561-742-6221 or follow them on Facebook (boyntonbeachrecandparks) and Twitter (@boyntonbeachrec).
West Palm Beach
The City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation offers great activities over Spring Break to fit in with every family schedule.
Spring Break Camp will be held March 20 – 24 at Gaines and South Olive community centers for grades K – 5 and even for pre-teens and teens (grades 6 – 8). Both age groups will enjoy age-appropriate fun. Fees are $81 for residents and $137 for non-residents.
Journey Quest Camp will be held at Howard Park Community Center. Grades K – 5 will take daily field trips to exciting places like Planet Air, a local nature center and other fun spots in our area. Fees are $125 for residents and $175 for non-residents.
Spring Break World Tour Camp will be held at Coleman Park Community Center. Grades K – 5 will love experiencing different cultures through food, crafts, and field trips. Fees are $81 for residents ($137 for non-residents).
All camps will be held from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Limited daily registration is also available and fees for residents are $18 daily or $28 on field trip days (non-residents pay $30 daily or $40 on field trip days). Register your child online at www.westpalmparks.org or in person at the community center of your choice. Proof of residency is required at the time of registration. Space is limited so register early.
For more information about these and other school-age programs, please call the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation at 561-804-4900 for follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (Facebook.com/WPBparks, Twitter.com/WPBparks, and Instagram.com/WPBparks).
The road trip becomes a reward this Spring Break – thanks to LEGOLAND Florida Resort – who is launching a first-of-its-kind GPS adventure game built for kids that turns the road to LEGOLAND into a LEGO-themed ride as you drive. Featuring your favorite LEGOLAND characters and real-time Google Maps data, the journey becomes as fun as a day at the resort.
Download the free ‘Quest to LEGOLAND’ app from Google Play or the App Store to your smartphone or tablet. Designed for children ages 6-12, kids can choose a pirate, adventure, kingdom or beach theme and follow a LEGO Minifigure to the resort. Leveraging the Google Maps API, each route is mapped in real-time and transformed into a LEGOLAND adventure.
Instead of traditional step-by-step navigation, kids unlock themed missions, play car games, answer trivia questions, and learn about the world around them as landmarks they pass pop up on screen before their eyes. With 40 total games, thousands of landmarks, and contextual trivia, what you see in the app depends on the route you take so each trip is unique. Kids explore the journey as it happens, share new discoveries with parents and solve trivia questions together.
Seven different kinds of landmarks are pulled into the experience, including National Parks, National Historic Places, National Natural Landmarks, water bodies, caves, mountains, and cities, so kids learn as they play. It’s an educational adventure for the entire family– immersing them in the journey and the fun of LEGOLAND Florida Resort the moment they get in the car. “Are we there yet?” soon turns into “Can we go again?”
‘Quest to LEGOLAND’ is the result of a collaboration between LEGOLAND Florida Resort, global marketing agency VML as the lead creative agency, MediaMonks as the production company and The ZOO, Google’s internal creative think tank for brands and agencies.
Every LEGOLAND adventure starts when kids lead the way…even in the car.
With Spring Break in full swing, there’s more to explore at SeaWorld Orlando than ever before. The popular Seven Seas Food Festival expands to daily operation, Jack Hanna returns, and an all-new dolphin show debuts at the park.
Seven Seas Food Festival Featured Flavor Days: March 17 – April 16
The savory success of the Seven Seas Food Festival is expanding to entice guests throughout Spring Break. Featured flavors from the event will be offered daily starting March 17. Guests will continue to set sail on a taste adventure as they sip and sample their way through international street food traditions including Caribbean, Mediterranean, Brazilian and Polynesian flavors. Complete with a wide array of craft beer, wine and specialty cocktails, the Seven Seas Food Festival is the perfect culinary complement to a full day of fun at SeaWorld.
While the flavors of Seven Seas Food Festival tempt guests’ taste buds daily, the fun goes beyond the food with live performances every Saturday from top country, rock and Latin music artists. Guests can purchase reserved seating in advance by visiting SeaWorldOrlando.com/SevenSeas.
- ZZ Top (March 18)
- Phillip Phillips (March 25)
- Jack Hanna (April 1)*
*Takes place at Nautilus Theater
- Village People (April 8)
- Commodores (April 15)
- Oscar D’León (April 22)
- Olga Tanon (April 29)
- Grupo Mania (May 6)
- Coming Soon (May 13)
Jack Hanna Weekend: April 1 and 2
World-renowned animal expert “Jungle Jack” Hanna is back for another weekend of excitement and storytelling at SeaWorld Orlando. The popular conservationist, author, television personality and lifelong adventurer will share animal facts and his travel tales during captivating and interactive presentations inside the Nautilus Theater.
Throughout the weekend, the park will have several opportunities for guests to personally interact with Jack Hanna, including meet-and-greets, autograph signings, and exclusive dining packages.
Dolphin Days: Premieres April 1
This spring Dolphin Days will debut at the park and offer guests an immersive, playful and educational glimpse into the world of the ocean’s most playful ambassadors, the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Throughout the show, the audience will learn more about the individual personalities of each animal while witnessing the special bond they share with their trainers. A soaring rainbow of macaws and other tropical birds will also delight guests, uniting the mysteries of the deep oceans with the wonder and beauty of the skies above.
As guests are wowed by the agility, grace and aerial bows of the dolphins, they will learn how they can help protect dolphins in the wild.
Best Way to Play:
The best way for guests to experience all that SeaWorld has to offer is with an Annual Pass. For a limited time, guests who purchase a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass also receive Aquatica Orlando included for free. SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass Members enjoy unlimited admission and free general parking for 12 months with no blockout dates for as low as $14 /month.
For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit www.SeaWorldOrlando.com. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest Seven Seas Food Festival details and information.
If you know of any other Spring Break events going on in our little slice of paradise, please let us know!