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Things to do with kids this summer (free, low-cost & deals)

When kids are out of school for the summer, parents in South Florida appreciate ideas for fun things to do. Especially, if those activities are free. Inexpensive. Or offered with an enticing discount.

Lots of indoor & outdoor fun and entertainment — including free fun and entertainment — is offered in Broward, Miami-Dade and greater Palm Beach.

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Fun in Broward

 

Splash Adventure Photo/Broward Parks & Recreation

Wet fun

Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield & some other Pools, Water Playgrounds & Water parks in South Florida offer reduced fees in the afternoons.

 

Story Trail in Waters Edge Park in Tamarac. Photo/city of Tamarac

Story Trail & Splash Playground

Enhance a walk in the park with a story. Tamarac Story Trail at Waters Edge Park features pages of a storybook displayed along a path.  The park includes a splash playground and other amenities. Entry is free.

Night Sky

Use telescopes for free at Fox Observatory in Sunrise.  Observatory in Markham Park is open Saturdays, weather permitting. Entry to the park is $1.50 for ages 6 and older until about dusk. If you enter in the evening, entry is free.

Nature fun

Photo/Patti Roth

Sea Turtles

Rescued sea turtles swim and eat in a saltwalter pool at at an environmental educational facility in Hollywood. Entry is free with donations encouraged. Where to see rescued sea turtles (for free)

Free & inexpensive kid-friendly films & events

 

Photo/Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad

Ride a teeny train

A little steam train runs on tracks around Tradewinds Park, usually 10 a.m. –  4 p.m. third full weekends, weather permitting. Fees are $1.50 for rides and $1.50 weekend park entry fee for ages 6 and older.

Model railroad display

Entry is free for Plantation Historical Museum, featuring a display of running model trains.

Free entry days

Las Olas Oceanside Park in Fort Lauderdale

Free Live entertainment

Deals & Other Fun in Broward

Things to Do With Kids In Summer in Miami

Photo/Frost Art Museum

Free Passport for HistoryMiami

HistoryMiami museum offers Miami-Dade residents opportunities for free entry. Pick up a “Passport” which allows kids and their families to peruse the exhibits for free during summer. Information is online.

BubbleFest at Dolphin Mall

Dolphin Mall offers ‘Bubble Fest’ afternoons in July, with bubbles, dancing lights and music.

Free Art for Kids

Miami Beach Botanical Garden offers free art classes for kids. The program is 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesdays, register online.

 

Other free fun in Miami-Dade

Deals & discounts in Miami-Dade

Free and Cheap Things To Do With Kids This Summer in Palm Beach County

Photo/Manatee Lagoon an FPL eco-discovery center

Manatee Lagoon

Manatee Lagoon in West Palm Beach offers waterfront deck & interactive exhibits & it’s free  Other amenities include picnic area, shop and an augmented reality 3D animated solar tree exhibit.

Other fun in Palm Beach county

Fitness & recreation

Photo/Tri-Rail

Robotics, AR & Electronic devices

For kids, teens & adults, exciting & educational electronic devices are free — on loan — from participating local libraries.  Broward libraries loan electronic & robotic devices, fitness equipment & other gear

Fern Forest Photo/Broward Parks & Recreation

Dining Deals

Outdoors

Lush parks with shady trees and nature paths.  Lovely waterfront promenades. Refreshing pools and waterslides. South Florida offers a wealth of delightful outdoor spaces for family-friendly excursions. Examples include

Parks

More free and cheap things to do with kids this summer in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach

Friday, September 30, 2022

Free Palm Beach Zoo Admission for Kids in September

9:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Palm Beach Zoo

Free outdoor family-friendly films

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

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

All Day | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Ticket deal for 'Red Riding Hood' at FAU in Boca Raton

$25.00 | Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton

Free Palm Beach Zoo Admission for Kids in September

9:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Palm Beach Zoo

Artisan Show

10:00 am | FREE | Dolphin Mall

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

Hispanic Heritage at the Norton

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Norton Museum of Art

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Ticket deal for 'Red Riding Hood' at FAU in Boca Raton

$25.00 | Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton

Free Palm Beach Zoo Admission for Kids in September

9:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Palm Beach Zoo

Artisan Show

10:00 am | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Free live music at Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

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

$12 Adult Skate Night

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

Monday, October 3, 2022

Free Palm Beach Zoo Admission for Kids in September

9:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Palm Beach Zoo

Artisan Show

10:00 am | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

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

Advance theater screening of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

6:00 pm | FREE | AMC Sunset Place

Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins

6:40 pm | Discounted | Marlins Park

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Free Palm Beach Zoo Admission for Kids in September

9:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Palm Beach Zoo

Artisan Show

10:00 am | FREE | Dolphin Mall

National Night Out

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

Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins

6:40 pm | Discounted | Marlins Park

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Free Palm Beach Zoo Admission for Kids in September

9:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Palm Beach Zoo

Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins

4:10 pm | Discounted | Marlins Park

$8 roller skating in Davie

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

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Free Palm Beach Zoo Admission for Kids in September

9:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Palm Beach Zoo

Food trucks and music

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Village Park

The Moth - Miami StorySLAM

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00 | Sandrell Rivers Theater

$12 Adult Skate Night

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

 

Patti Roth

About Patti Roth

Patti Roth, the editor of Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap, scouts out state and national deals, discounts and coupons for our readers, finding the real deals and presenting them in an easy-to-read format. A veteran newspaper and magazine writer and a longtime South Florida resident, she has written for The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Travel and Life, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and Earth911.com. Send your cheap tips to her at info@fortlauderdaleonthecheap.com.

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