June 7, 2018 – July 26, 2018 | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront
Visitors and residents are encouraged to have a S.I.P by the Waterfront in West Palm Beach this summer! The City’s annual Summer in Paradise campaign is returning and packed with fun – and free! – things to do for the whole family. Guests will experience dynamic interactive art, exciting community events, waterfront activities, and unique, eclectic shopping and dining opportunities.
This year’s Summer in Paradise will also feature fifteen child-size playhouses, collectively referred to as the “Fairy Tale Playhouses.” In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, the mini-homes will provide entertainment and shade to the smallest of waterfront visitors, all while raising awareness of affordable housing. Each playhouse will represent a fairy tale, signifying the global outreach of Habitat for Humanity. Local artists will interpret the tales and on the final night of Summer in Paradise the playhouses will be auctioned off in support of fifteen local nonprofits.
In addition, fans of the installation can also see one more playhouse in the Magic Garden. Created by Related Companies, the Magic Garden is a community green space on the corner of Rosemary Avenue and Evernia Street. Designed by internationally acclaimed artist Frankie Cihi, the playhouse will depict Thumbelina and will be placed in the children’s section of the outdoor space. At the end of the summer, it will be donated to Quantum House. For more information, please visit: magicgardenwpb.com
Visitors wishing to try their luck on winning a playhouse can register to win one while shopping at the Palm Beach Outlets. The playhouse is painted by Go Coastal Studio. For more information on how to register to win, please visit: palmbeachoutlets.com
Want to see them all in one day? Take the trolley, which makes regular stops at each location. And save the date to bid on your favorite playhouse – Thursday, July 26, 2018 during Clematis by Night!
SIP participating local artists include: Steve Brouse, Marcos Conde, Sylvain Copon, Jason Fleurant, Freddy Hennevelt, William Joyner, Jr., Batia Lowenberg, Grace McGann, Craig McInnis, Erick Marquez, Mayling Marquez, Melissa Mastrangelo, Frank Navarrete, Missy Pierce, and Renata Rodrigues.
SIP participating nonprofits include:
In addition to Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, participating nonprofits include Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc., Autism Speaks, Children Seen and Heard, Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Habilitation Center, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Police Athletic League of West Palm Beach, Take Heed Theater Company, Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County, The Arc of Palm Beach County, The Lord’s Place, Inc., United Way of Palm Beach County, Urban Youth Impact, and Vita Nova, Inc.
SIP Fairy Tales include: Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, North America; The Boy and the Dragon, Canada; The Frog Princess, Poland; Rapunzel, Germany; Cinderella, Germany; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Germany; Ugly Duckling, Netherlands; Jack and the Beanstalk, UK; The Three Little Pigs, UK; Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Asia; The Adventures of the Little Peachling (or Momotaro), Japan; Anasi, and the Turtle: Jamaican Folk Tales, Jamaica; The Little Mermaid, Denmark; Beauty and the Beast, France; and Pinocchio, Italy.
To see how they are paired, visit: www.wpb.org/Departments/Waterfront/Community-Events/Summer-in-Paradise
On-going, daily Summer in Paradise activities on the Waterfront include (Thursday, June 7 – Thursday, July 26):
- Fairy Tale Playhouses, presented by the City of West Palm Beach in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County | Noon – 9 p.m.* | FREE
Summer in Paradise event organizers say, “home is where the heart is” and this year’s community art installation is 15 unique, outdoor playhouses, collectively referred to as the Fairy Tale Playhouses. Painted by local artists, the village of child-size houses is open daily for imaginative play. Each home represents a different fairy tale, with stories hailing from Canada, Jamaica, Germany, and other countries. On the last day of Summer in Paradise, the playhouses will be auctioned off in support of 15 different local charities. Be sure to come back on July 26 for your chance to bid on your favorite playhouse!
- FlaminGO Croquet | 5 – 9 p.m.* | FREE
This isn’t Alice in Wonderland’s croquet! It’s Summer-in-Paradise style, so enjoy a game with FlaminGO mallets, giant card holes, sustainable tea cups and royal décor.
- StoryVille | 5 – 9 p.m.* | FREE
Guests are invited to set their own stage by creating their own life-size fairy tale. The returning favorite is enjoyed by kids of all ages. When you’re done, put yourself in the story for a selfie!
*and during all City-produced events
In addition, guests can enjoy viewing – and taking selfies – with creative and story-themed pieces, including:
- Mad Hatter Teacups
From car tire to teacup, the cup and saucer collection adorning the Great Lawn was inspired by Alice in Wonderland’s famous tea. The unique collection was created by the City of West Palm Beach.
- Big Storybook, with an updated chapter
A stopping spot for several consecutive SIP and HIP promotions, the beloved “Big Storybook,” which made its debut last summer, will return to the Waterfront – complete with a newly crafted chapter.
- Aesop’s Tables
Seven of last summer’s Aesop’s Tables art installation will be on the Waterfront. The tables were purchased at the 2017 S.I.P finale by a Go Fund Me account headed up by “A Guy on Clematis,” Aaron Wormus, who is bringing them back to the waterfront for the summer. Providing a place for a picnic, a #tbt selfie, or simply a place to sit, the added art and activation is a natural fit for the story and fairy tale theme.
City of West Palm Beach events website/social media/contact info: www.wpb.org/events or follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB, on Twitter @westpalmbch or on Instagram @westpalmbch or call 561-822-1515.