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Free & cheap things to do with kids this summer in Palm Beach County

School is out, and that means it's time to make sure your kids are entertained. Luckily, South Florida, and especially Palm Beach County, has plenty of free and cheap things for kids to do this summer, both inside and outside.

There are, of course beaches, most of them free to visit. Some beaches even have free parking. There also are parks, pools and splash pads, many of them inexpensive or even free to visit.

(Photo/Lion Country Safari)

Attraction discounts and free museum days

The Summer Savings Pass offers discount admission to Zoo Miami, Lion Country Safari and Cox Science Center & Aquarium in West Palm Beach. The South Florida Adventure Pass offers discount admission to four Broward attractions: Sawgrass Recreation Park in west Weston, Flamingo Gardens in Davie, the Museum of Science & Discovery in Fort Lauderdale and Butterfly World in Coconut Creek.

Free museum days in South Florida continue through the summer.

Photo: Manatee Lagoon, an FPL eco-discovery center

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

If you're on a quest to discover a place where you can take the kids and enjoy the day for next to nothing, then the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is definitely a place for the whole family to enjoy an authentic outdoor Florida adventure. And best of all, admission is free.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, LMC welcomes more than 350,000 guests each year and offers free admission and parking. The Center features an on-site hospital, a research laboratory, educational exhibits, and aquariums.

Manatee Lagoon, Riviera Beach

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.

Palm Beach and Broward counties have a number of interesting parks and discovery centers that are always free.

Photo/Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

Free and cheap movies for kids 

Many theater chains offer special inexpensive summer movies for children or options to see classic films at a discount. Cities offer “dive-in” movie nights, free outdoor movies and free outdoor concerts. Here are free and cheap movies for kids this summer.

Free meals for students, plus food distribution in South Florida

Free meals are for kids 18 and younger through the Summer BreakSpot program, presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Florida Department of Agriculture and other partners. 

If you’re not familiar with Summer BreakSpot, here is the link to some frequently asked questions and answers. If you have additional questions, contact the office via email at InfoFNW@FDACS.gov or call 800-504-6609.

You can also find more information with additional resources and sites at: Free food distributions & resources.

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Credit: Wellington on the Green

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Mary Lou Cruz

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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