Retreating Indoors: Best Bets for Indoor Fun in Palm Beach

As America's only region with a tropical monsoon climate, South Florida is no stranger to a hot and humid summer. Temperatures in the summertime often breach the 90 F barrier, with the accompanying high humidity making it difficult for people, especially kids, to indulge in outdoor activities. To further compound the problem, this is also the time when monsoon is at its peak, ruling out the possibility of outdoor family activities. 

Thankfully, for residents of Palm Beach County, inclement weather is no reason to abandon fun activities for their kids, as the city is full of exciting indoor venues to delight the entire family. No matter what interests your family, whether an arts and science museum or simply a day at the mall or an amusement center, Palm Beach County has plenty of indoor fun activities lined up for you. Read on to know all about indoor activities you can indulge in on a sweltering or rainy day in Palm Beach County.
 

Malls 

A visit to the mall is a fun, relaxing, and hassle free way to spend a day out. Palm beach County is blessed with some first rate malls, housed in architecturally impressive buildings, and home to coveted fashion retailers including Nordstrom, JCPenny, Macy's and several other specialty stores. These malls are specially designed for families as you can relax in a comfortable air conditioned environment, while your kids enjoy themselves in the play area. 

Many of these malls feature a dedicated area for kids where they can enjoy features like trackless train rides and other fun activities. The malls also regularly organize family friendly events which you can check for on their websites, and plan accordingly. To top it all, you can also find some of the best dining options at these malls to cap a perfect day. 

Here is the list of malls you should consider visiting in Palm Beach County.
1) Wellington Green, located on Forest Hill Boulevard. 
2) Boca Town Center, located on Glades Road, Boca Raton.
3) Gardens Mall, located on PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens.
4) Downtown at the Gardens, located near Lake Victoria Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens.

Art Museums

An art museum, especially one that caters to the needs of its young patrons, is an ultimate destination for your day out with the family, with an ideal combination of entertainment and education. Once again, Palm Beach County excels on this count, as the county is home to some quality museums. Even better, many of these museums have a very strong youth focus not only in terms of their exhibitions, but also outreach and educational programs. A trip to these museums would not only ensure a culturally enriching experience, but also allow your kids to attend art classes, watch artists create their works of art from close quarters, and interact with them. 

Here are some top art museums in Palm Beach that are well worth a visit.

1) Boca Museum of Art in Mizner Park.
2) Norton Museum of Art, located at South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach. 
3) Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture, Delray Beach. 
 

NEXT PAGES: Indoor Sports, Children's Museums, Science Centers and more!

Science Centers

There is no better way to begin a love affair with science than watching it in action. Much more than books, a trip to a science museum can engage the creative side of kids, stimulate their curiosity, and rekindle the romance for science for adults! You can expect wholesome entertainment, plenty of learning, and not a single dull moment as you admire hands-on and interactive exhibits, and theme based galleries. Palm Beach County has some fine science museums that are truly excellent at recreational learning, and ensure that your kids develop a sense of wonder, a scientific approach, and a life long love for science. 

Here are some top notch options if you want a scientific flavor for your family's day out.
1) Sugar Sand Park Explorium, located at South Military trail, in Boca Raton
2) Scientastic Institute, located at Forest Hill Boulevard, Wellington. 
3) South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, located near Dreher Trail North, in West Palm Beach. 
4) The Lab For Kids in Lake Worth off 441.

Children's Museums

For families with young kids, who are looking for a wholesome, exciting and educational experience for their wards, dedicated children's museums can be the perfect venue. These museums entertain your kids as they dress up as pirates and other cartoon characters, enjoy interactive exhibits, and watch assorted cultural shows. These museums organize several hands-on learning activities, and cultural programs designed to stoke the creative impulse in your kids. You can have your kids participate in classes that teach exotic dances, music, sensory and creative arts etcetera. In addition, some of these museums also run programs that are designed for the whole family to participate together. 

Here are two of the very best that Palm Beach County has to offer when it comes to children's museums.
1) Children's Museum, located at Crawford Boulevard, in Boca Raton.
2) Schoolhouse Children's Museum, located at E Ocean Avenue, in Boynton Beach.
 

Indoor Sports

While museums and malls are perfect ideas for a hot day, sometimes you simply want to burn that excess energy. Do not despair if you are in Palm Beach County, as the area offers plenty of indoor opportunities for physical activities like ice skating, roller skating, gyms, and bowling. Below are some choice pics for getting the kids moving!

1) Frank's Cinebowl at the Delray Beach Marketplace.
2) Greenacres Bowl 
3) Palm Beach Skate Zone in Lake Worth
4) Palm Beach Ice Zone in West Palm Beach
 

Next Page: Great Libraries, Nature Centers & Indoor Children's Play Spaces!

Libraries

If your idea of relaxation and leisure on a hot muggy day is to sit in an air conditioned environment, surrounded by books, then you would probably want to spend time in one of Palm Beach County's many quality libraries. Many of these libraries are stocked with the latest multimedia equipment and content that will keep your kids engaged for hours. You can quietly get lost in your favorite books while your kids stay occupied with stimulating games, puzzles, and DVDs. Let us take a look at the top city libraries where you can stimulate yourself intellectually on a hot day. 

1) Royal Palm Beach Library, located at Civic Center Way in Royal Palm Beach. 
2) Mandel Public Library, located at Clematis Street, in West Palm Beach.
3) Society of the Four Arts Children's Library, located at Arts Plaza, in Palm Beach.
4) Hagen Ranch Branch Library in Delray Beach

Nature Centers

If you are keen to learn about the environment, especially South Florida's ecology, including the threatened marine and freshwater habitat, you should consider making a trip to one of the several nature centers in Palm Beach County. These venues will not only fascinate you with their various exhibits, but also make you aware about the specific threats that are faced by the local flora and fauna through their educational programs. Many of these nature and wildlife centers provide refuge to sick, abandoned, and threatened animals, and allow visitors to feed and pet them. For people who cannot have enough of nature even on days meant for staying indoors, here's what Palm Beach County has to offer. 

1) Okeeheelee Nature Center in West Palm Beach
2) Daggerwing Nature Center, located at park Access Road, in Boca Raton.
3) Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, located at Lee Road, in Boynton Beach.
4) River Center, located at Jupiter.
5) Loggerhead Marine Life Center, located US Highway 1, near Juno Beach.
6) Sandoway House, located close to Delray Beach. 
 

Child Amusement Centers

Arguably this is the most popular choice among kids when it comes to spending time indoors. These indoor amusement centers feature a host of novel and state-of-the-art facilities to keep your kids enthralled, while many of them also conducts various classes, such as ballet and tap dance, for a stimulating learning environment. The amusement centers are full of famil-friendly dining options, serving scrumptious meals for the whole family after a day of exciting activities. Several of these amusement centers also allow you to book the venue for a special theme based birthday party for your kids. Adults accompanying their kids at these amusement centers need not feel left out as the activities are designed to include them as well!  Here is a list of the very best you can find in Palm Beach County.

1) Chuck E. Cheese (Boca Raton and Boynton Beach)
2) Playmobil Fun Park, located at N Military trail, in Palm Beach Gardens.
3) Fun Depot, located at 10th Avenue North, in Lake Worth.
4) A Barrel o' Monkeys, located Northeast 5th Avenue, in Delray Beach.
5) Monkey Joes, located in Boca Raton.  There is another also in Lake Worth
6) Joey's Outback Adventures, located at Forest Hill Boulevard, in Wellington.
7) Cool Beans Cafe, located at Lake Victoria Gardens, in Palm Beach Garden.

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