The arrival of summer often has families planning vacations and looking for ways to keep children entertained. Whether planning for a vacation or living in the area, parents will find dozens of things to do in Boca Raton for kids. In fact, the bigger question may be how to allocated time and meet the budget in a way that meets budgetary and time constraints.
Of course southern Florida is famous for its many sandy beaches. There are opportunities for fishing, swimming, snorkeling and having fun in the sand. Many local beaches have lifeguards on duty, to increase the safety for children and adults. Youth younger than age 16 can fish without a saltwater license.
While there are many museums in the greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, there are three of note that will appeal to children without leaving town. The Museum of Art is located at the north end of Mizner Park and hosts both permanent and traveling displays of art and sculpture. The Science Explorium is located in the Sugar Sands community building and offers many activities, including day camps and after school programs. The Children's Museum on Crawford Boulevard offers opportunities for dress up and creative play in themed rooms.
When looking for ways to enjoy the fresh air, both visitors and locals will find plenty that can keep children occupied. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is a works to rehabilitate the habitat and has many activities available. Daggerwing Nature Center is a place to observe many forms of wildlife, such as the Daggerwing butterfly in its native habitat. Climb to the top of the observation tower for spectacular views.
When it starts to rain or the sun has been too much on one's skin, move inside to enjoy more fun. Those between the ages of six months and six years can enjoy time at Play Station. Boomers, located by the airport offers both indoor and outdoor activities, such as bumper cars, games and rock climbing. Monkey Joe's has a large variety of inflatable play structures providing children's entertainment.
There is a wildlife hospital located in the Sawgrass Nature Center that attempts to rehabilitate injured animals for release. The area allows visitors to observe many native plants and animals in their native habitat. Animals that are unable to be released are kept as a part of the center's permanent exhibits that provides a natural setting for them.
There are many branch libraries located throughout the city. These often offer programs tailored to local children. The activities are supervised and designed to be age level appropriate. However, out of town guests may want to check the offerings to see if there are options that could appeal to their children.
While it is unlikely one will run out of things to do in Boca Raton for kids, Miami and Fort Lauderdale offer even more options just a few miles away. There are plenty of options to keep children busy. Most are also great learning experiences that can help when it is time to go back to school.