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Attractions for Children in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

by Debbie Dragon, studioD

If you are planning a trip to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with kids, there is a lot for them to do in the northern Palm Beach County city -- you just need to know where to look. Whether you want to visit some of the kid-friendly attractions specific to the city, go indoors to beat the heat or experience some of Palm Beach Gardens’ recurring family-oriented activities, you don’t need to drive far or spend a lot of money.

Special Attractions

Florida’s pleasant weather and proximity to miles of oceanfront means that there are all sorts of outdoor activities to be enjoyed year-round. These “do not miss” destinations in Palm Beach Gardens and nearby Jupiter are fun for children of all ages. For an enjoyable afternoon for both parents and kids, the shopping area Downtown at the Gardens has something for everyone. Be sure to check out the carousel. The sports enthusiasts in your family will love watching the minor-league Jupiter Hammerheads or Palm Beach Cardinals play at Roger Dean Stadium, only a short drive away. The family-friendly atmosphere is enjoyable for everyone, and some nights conclude with a free movie in the outfield. Every Wednesday, enjoy Hatchling Tales, including a marine-inspired story, art project and nature activities right in the area at Loggerheads Marine Life.

Indoor Options

When the Florida heat moves activities indoors, Palm Beach Gardens has plenty of fantastic places for kids to run, create and relax in air-conditioned comfort. At the Playmobil Fun Park, enjoy a dozen different-themed rooms spread out over 13,000 square feet and filled with every type of Playmobil toy possible. The popular Cool Beans Play Cafe has space for the kids to run, jump, bounce and dress up at this indoor play area while Mom and Dad enjoy the coffee shop that lets them keep an eye on the action. On “Character Wednesdays,” kids can visit with their favorite superhero, princess or cartoon animal. Finally, Cobb Theater Downtown 16 hosts free kids’ movies on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings all summer long, so you can make it a weekly activity or just stop in for one or two.

Outdoor Recreation

Palm Beach Gardens offers plenty in the way of old-fashioned outdoor activity. Between the numerous park and play areas and the fantastic water facility, your kids may never want to come inside. The many parks in the area offer everything from hiking trails to playgrounds to batting cages. Launch a canoe from Gardens Park or ride your bike on the trails at PGA National Park before cooling off at the Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Complex, featuring lap pools, diving boards, slides, a rock-climbing wall and a huge specialty water play area.

Kid-Friendly Places to Eat

After all that activity, everyone in the family is sure to be hungry. Check out some family-friendly restaurants that are also easy on the pocketbook. For inexpensive kids' meals, try Hurricane Wings or Dune Dog, where kids eat for only 99 cents on Wednesdays. Both have tasty food and an entertaining atmosphere for everyone. At Cheeseburgers and More, you will not only get delicious food, there is a game arcade and a big indoor play area where the kids can run around while waiting for their food to arrive.

About the Author

Debbie Dragon has been writing since 2003. She graduated from the College of Saint Rose with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems and a minor in business administration. She is the co-owner of TrifectaLLC.com and ReliableWriters.com. Dragon's work has been published on hundreds of websites, including Entrepreneur.com and she has ghostwritten several books and ebooks.