Stay Local For Summer Fun

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By: Heather McMechan Contributing Writer

If you’re staying local this June, then you may be wondering what fun and inexpensive things to do with your kids. You can focus on summer reading by visiting your local library. Focus on art and working on your child’s gross motor skills or learning more about animals at the local zoo.

Here is the scoop on a few places and events happening this June.

Boca Raton Library Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

June 8

10 a.m.-noon

Spanish River Library

The Boca Raton Public Library, along with public libraries in South Florida and around the country, is launching its annual Summer Reading program, “A Universe of Stories.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, this year’s space-themed activities and classes will inspire all ages to become reading stars. The festivities blast-off with a free Kick-Off Party on June 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Spanish River Library, 1501 NW Spanish River Blvd. The whole family is invited to play games, enjoy food, listen to a live DJ, enjoy a Galaxy Bubble Party, and much more.

Delray Beach Summer Reading Kick-Off

June 1

Delray Beach Public Library

South Florida Science Center presents Fun with Science and STEM: come learn and interact at ten hands on stations including microscopes, magnets, the solar system and more. This is the day to sign up for BEANSTACK, a new summer online reading tracker.  Registration required. The Delray Beach Public Library is located at 100 W. Atlantic Avenue.

Palm Beach Zoo

June 7

4:15 p.m.

Enjoy extended Zoo hours during Summer Safari Nights: First Fridays. They will stay open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays from June-August. Splash around in the interactive play fountain. Check out the new Nature Play Pavilion, and enjoy access to the entire zoo. Here’s the full summer 2019 theme schedule: come dressed up for a chance to win wild prizes! June 7 – Superheroes, July 5 – Princesses & Pirates, Aug. 2 – Luau.

artNEST

June 10-14,  June 17-21

Let’s Make Art!! artNEST Delray has camps that help your child explore different mediums, artists and styles as they tap into their naturally creative minds and let loose in the studio. Ages 3+ and no experience necessary. 9 a.m.-noon each week day on designated weeks. Check out the website for dates, details and registration artnestdelray.com. artNEST is located at 2275 S Federal Highway unit 340 in Delray Beach.

Boca Center Summertime Festival

June 8

11 a.m.

Shop, brunch and browse the second Saturday during the summer at Boca Center. Enjoy this summertime festival with entertainment for the whole family including awesome crafters, artisans and local vendors. For June: Spider-Man, Captain America, live Elmo show, face painter and balloon artist on-site. Boca Center is located at 5150 Town Center Circle.