Staying Local For Spring Break? Here Are 5 Things To Do With The Kids

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By: Heather McMechan Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

The Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual hometown tradition. On March 17, the parade kicks off at noon. Grab your wagon and some friends and find your spot on the Avenue. The parade highlights our local nonprofits; businesses, schools, civic organizations, veterans; Emergency Service personnel including police officers, firefighters, and EMS from all across the United States, and as far away as Belgium, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Switzerland and France.

See the sharks

The Sandoway House in Delray Beach is a fun place to take the family. Visitors of all ages can get an up-close view of some of Florida’s native and invasive reptile species, meet sharks and other fish at the coral reef pool, explore Southeast Florida’s largest private shell collection. You can go to www.sandoway.org to get the latest feeding schedules for the sharks, alligators and stingrays. Mondays they are closed and it’s $5 for ages 3 and up.

Ride a carousel

Did you know Downtown in the Gardens had a carousel? Take a trip and ride a great blue heron, Florida panther, roseate spoonbill and other state-specific rides. Pompano Citi Centre in Pompano Beach, which includes five Florida-inspired creatures has a carousel of fun. The carousel at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton has 30 horses and two chariots and is open daily. The Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach also has a carousel, but you must have zoo tickets to ride.

Pick berries

Strawberries are in season, and families can pick their own at Bedner’s Farm in Boynton Beach and The Girls Strawberry U-Pick in Delray Beach.

Get some surf and sand

Grab your boogie boards, beach pails and sunscreen and hit the beach. All up and down A1A, you’ll find spots to enjoy. Some may have places to host a cookout or play on a playground. Just be prepared to pay and get a parking spot early.