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Free and inexpensive things to do with kids in Broward

Plenty of fun things to do with kids in Broward are free and inexpensive. These are some of our favorite free and affordable family-friendly activities in Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Weston & other municipalities in Broward.

Free family-friendly movies

Outdoor movies like “Frozen,” “Spy Kids” and “Rio 2” are offered free in parks in Deerfield Beach, Weston,  Hollywood, Pompano Beach and other towns. Some feature food vendors to purchase snacks. Supply your own portable seats or blankets.

Play with high tech gadgets

Creation Station at Broward Library in Fort Lauderdale offers free access to sophisticated computer, robotics and electronics equipment, including a 3D Printer.  Hours include  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. most Mondays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. most Fridays and Saturdays,  100  S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-356-7444

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Nature hikes, bike paths & playgrounds

  • Broward parks offer playgrounds, nature hikes, nature exhibits, bike paths, boat rentals, basketball courts and other amenities. Browse the website for events, activities and features that interest your family. Broward Parks and nature centers are typically free on week days, and some are also free on weekends. For those with fees, the weekend and holiday price is  $1.50 for guests ages 6 and older. Some activities are free, others, such as hayrides and s’mores may involve in a fee.

Free entertainment & activities

Hop aboard a train

Tradwinds Park in Coconut Creek and the Tradewinds and Atlantic Railroad Club  in Coconut Creek offer rides on model steam train typically the third weekend of the month.  The price is $1.50 for the train, and entry to the park on weekends is $1.50 per person for ages 6 and older. Tradewinds Park is at 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek  954-357-8870

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See all the free and cheap events this week:

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Discount Tuesdays at AMC Theatres

Discounted | AMC Theatres

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Veza Sur Carnaval “305 Day" celebration

12:00 pm | FREE | Veza Sur Brewing Co.

Market Tuesdays at CityPlace Doral

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | CityPlace Doral

Food truck gathering at Haulover Park

5:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Food Trucks Tuesdays

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Poetry Night

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00 | Arts Garage

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Veza Sur Carnaval “305 Day" celebration

12:00 pm | FREE | Veza Sur Brewing Co.

Food Trucks In Volunteer Park

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Volunteer Park Plantation

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

$8 roller skating in Davie

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

Live music @ Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Grand Opening of Painting in Excess Exhibition

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Free SoundScape Cinema movie

8:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Live Music Wednesdays

9:00 pm | FREE | Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

Thursday, May 19, 2022

WAYUP STAYUP live music

FREE | Freehold Miami

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Veza Sur Carnaval “305 Day" celebration

12:00 pm | FREE | Veza Sur Brewing Co.

Food trucks and free concerts

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Live entertainment & food vendors in Wellington

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Free Third Thursdays in Surfside

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | 95 St. and Collins Ave.

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Live music @ Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Culture Crawl

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live music at Doral Yard

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

$12 Adult Skate Night

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

Friday, May 20, 2022

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Veza Sur Carnaval “305 Day" celebration

12:00 pm | FREE | Veza Sur Brewing Co.

Friday Flicks event in Boynton

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | centennial Park

Artisan Farmer's Market

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Live music @ Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Friday Night Sound Waves in Fort Lauderdale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Free entertainment at Friday Night Sound Waves in Fort Lauderdale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Free event featuring Boynton Beach Gold Coast Band

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Boynton Beach Amphitheater

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Sounds of Little Haiti

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Discounted | Little Haiti Cultural Center

Free outdoor family-friendly films

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

Dinner and a Show at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Saturday, May 21, 2022

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Upper Eastside farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Brickell City Centre

Las Olas Oceanside Park Farmers, Antiques & Artisan Market

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

BSO Shred a Thon paper shredding & prescription disposal for Broward residents

10:00 am to 1:00 pm | FREE | BSO Cooper City District Office

Entry is free for Touch A Truck in Pompano

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Pompano Community Park

Touch A Truck in Pompano

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Pompano Community Park

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Vintage Fair @ Festival Marketplace

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Festival Marketplace

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Free Power Yoga class from YO BK

11:00 am | FREE | Oasis Wynwood

Veza Sur Carnaval “305 Day" celebration

12:00 pm | FREE | Veza Sur Brewing Co.

Deerfield Ocean Brews & Blues Fest

3:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Deerfield beach parking lot

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Live music @ Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk.

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live music in Delray

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Old School Square Pavilion

Live Music Saturdays at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, May 22, 2022

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Pinecrest drive-up Farmer's Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | Pinecrest Gardens

Palmetto Bay Farmer's Market

8:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Coral Reef Park

Vizcaya weekly farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Veterans Park

Yellow Green Farmers market reopening

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Yellow Green Farmers Market

Lincoln Road Mall market

9:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Lincoln Road

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | Merrick Park

Veza Sur Carnaval “305 Day" celebration

12:00 pm | FREE | Veza Sur Brewing Co.

Free acoustic music jam

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Secret Woods Nature Center

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm | The Betsy Hotel

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Live music @ Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

$12 Adult Skate Night

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

Miami Short Film Fest at Deering Estate

7:00 pm | $20.00 | Deering Estate

Monday, May 23, 2022

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Veza Sur Carnaval “305 Day" celebration

12:00 pm | FREE | Veza Sur Brewing Co.

Farmer's market at Arsht Center

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Brickell City Centre

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Free group bike ride in Fort Lauderdale

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Tarpon River Brewing

Jam Session

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00 | Arts Garage

See our full Calendar of Events

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