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Free events and back-to-school supplies for eligible Palm Beach students

I know if feels as if summer has just started but it's also time to start thinking about sending the kids back to school. Some free school supplies are offered at lots of events in Palm Beach County for students returning to school for the 2023 fall session.

Events sometimes include free physicals, food vouchers, or even free haircuts. Back To School events occasionally include fun activities and entertainment, plus many provide free backpacks stuffed with school supplies for pre-registered students.

Eligibility requirements vary at different events and often the events require students to show proof of residency in that town to qualify for free items. You can also find back-to-school events with supply giveaways in Broward and back-to-school events with giveaways in Miami-Dade.

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Some of the events listed below may allow limited walk-in traffic or are open to the public without pre-registration. We are providing this information to you as a community service, so that hopefully you can find something that will help make sending the kids back to school a little easier. The information is subject to change without notice, so please check the resources and verify details before heading out.

To learn how you can help by donating school supplies, click here to find out what is needed and where to drop them off for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.

Remember: Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is from July 25 to Aug. 7. No sales tax is collected on purchases of uniforms, clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item. Certain school supplies selling for the price of $50 or less. Check this website for details.

Palm Beach County Back To School for 2023

Back to School Event, Belle Glade
Friday, July 28, 10 a.m.-noon

1140 NE 18th St., Belle Glade, FL 33430
561-983-8496; pre-registration required.
Free haircuts, new and gently used uniforms, immunizations, school and sports physicals, and food. DJ Sandy will be providing music.

Back to School Event, Lake Worth Beach
Friday, July 28, 5-6:30 p.m.

YMCA of the Palm Beaches, Edwin W. Brown Branch, 2728 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461
561-968-9622
Must register at the front desk by 7/25/23.  Free school supplies. A parent or guardian must be present with the child to receive the supplies. Ages 5-12 only.

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Back 2 School Extravaganza, Lake Park
Saturday, July 29 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Town Hall, 535 Park Avenue, Lake Park, FL 33403
561-840-0160, to pre-register.
Free Backpacks, School Supplies & Resources For Students Grades K-12. Parents & Student must be present. While supplies last.

Back to School Bash, Lake Worth Beach
Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Norman J. Wimbley Gym 1515 Wingfield St., Lake Worth Beach
561-255-7711, to pre-register.
Free backpacks with supplies, free food, and there will be music! While supplies last. Kids must be present to receive backpacks or school supplies. Grades K-12.

Back to School Bash, Riviera Beach
Saturday, July 29, noon-5 p.m.
The Riviera Beach Marina
190 East 13th Street, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
561-385-4469
Register HERE
Free haircuts and manicures, splash pad, music, free food, mental health & suicide prevention pamphlets. While supplies last. No unregistered admission without a wristband.

National Night Out, West Palm Beach
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 6-10 p.m.

Hosted by West Palm Beach Police Department
Tamarind Avenue between 7th and 10th Streets, West Palm Beach.
The National Night Out is an event where law enforcement engage their local community. There will be snacks, DJ music, bounce house, backpacks and school supplies, plus other free family activities to enjoy, including “Dunk a Chief” fun. Watch a video from last year's event below:

Back to School Health Fair, Palm Springs
Saturday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Foundcare, 22330 S. Congress Ave, Palm Springs, FL 33406
561-432-5849
Registration required; spaces and supplies limited: go to foundcare.org/back2school.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child. Free backpacks with school supplies, hearing & vision screenings, school physicals, and vaccines. While supplies last.

Credit: foundcare.org

Back to School Supplies, Boynton Beach
Saturday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

St John Missionary Baptist Church
900 N. Seacrest, Boynton Beach, FL 33435
561-732-2377, to pre-register.
Free backpack with school supplies, vendors & activities. While supplies last.

Delray Beach Parks & Recreation Unity Festival, Delray Beach
Saturday, Aug. 5 , 2-9 p.m.
Pompey Park 1101 NW 2nd St.
Delray Beach, FL 33444
561-243-7356, to pre-register.
Free backpacks with school supplies. While supplies last.

Angel Books Back 2 School Bash, West Palm Beach
(
Registration started June 30); open till slots are full.
Saturday, Aug. 5, 2 p.m.
Mothers Against Murders Association
Must be registered to get in the door. Register online at Mamawpb.org., calling 561-324-3701, or emailing mothersagain@gmail.com
Upon approval, you will receive a confirmation email with the location.

The Paul Colson Foundation, Boynton Beach
Saturday, Aug. 5, 3-5 p.m.

209 NW 9th Ct., Boynton Beach; 561-900-4271.
One backpack per child and the child must be present. Food, giveaways, refreshments, and more. While supplies last.

Note: Next year's county registration will tentatively open around Feb. 1, 2024. If you have any other questions, please email ocrnews@pbcgov.org or go to this website to check for updates.

Also read: Our story about the Florida Tax Free Holiday for back-to-school shopping.

Here is a day-by-day calendar of back-to-school events and giveaways in Palm Beach County:

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Free & cheap things to do with kids this week

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Kids play free mini-golf deal in Pembroke Pines

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Discounted | AllGolf

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

$9 deal for roller skating in Davie

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Discounted | Galaxy Skateway Davie

$12 Adult Skate Night in Fort Lauderdale

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Early Birding with Al @ Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton

8:30 am | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Play all you want mini-golf deal in Pembroke Pines

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $11.00 | AllGolf

Sunset Movie Night features 'Soul,' at The Square, WPB

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | The Square, West Palm Beach

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Friday, February 23, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Night market at Dania Pointe

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Orange Blossom Festival in Davie featuring Big Rock Band

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free Screening of "Princess & The Frog"

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Canopy Park

Free Screening of "Trolls"

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Picnic Park West

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood ArtsPark

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Orange Blossom Festival in Davie

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Regal Cinemas Saturday Morning Kids Flicks for $2

10:00 am | Discounted | Regal Cinemas

Tri-Rail Fun Day in Dania

10:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Tri-Rail Station in Dania

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Free family event, Fantasy Theatre Factory, Miami Beach

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | North Shore Park

Train rides, petting zoo, hayrides in Davie

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-15.00 | Marando Farms

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Science Stories for age 5+, Boca Raton

11:30 am | FREE | Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

1:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Free Family Fun Day at the Underline

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | The Underline Urban Gym & Sound Stage, Miami-Dade

Butterfly Festival Coconut Creek

2:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Sabal Pines Park

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Cultural Saturdays at Dania Ponite

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Night sky viewing with telescopes in west Broward

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Fox Observatory

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Orange Blossom Festival in Davie

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Orange Blossom car show

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | Old Davie School Historical Museum

Train rides, petting zoo, hayrides in Davie

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-15.00 | Marando Farms

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

African Drumming with Abasi, for kids, West Palm Beach

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

Free Family Day at Bass Museum of Art

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bass Museum of Art

Family Sundays at Dania Pointe with entertainment & games

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade, Miami Beach

Tropical Sundays Live Music

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

$12 Adult Skate Night in Fort Lauderdale

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Monday, February 26, 2024

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

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About Mary Lou Cruz

I worked at the South Florida Sun Sentinel for 21 years, as an Advertising Special Sections Writer; Editorial Systems Editor in Technology; and Editorial Assistant in the Newsroom. Before my newspaper career, I worked in the airline and travel industry and I have lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico and vacationed in more than 25 countries. Originally, I'm from Maryland. I moved to Florida in 1984 and raised my daughter in Miami. Email: events@SouthFloridaOnTheCheap.com.

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