Spring break in Boca: Kid-friendly activities in and around town

BOCA RATON — It’s spring break for local school children, and there are plenty of ways parents can keep the kids busy this week.

There are several events and activities for children planned this week in and near Boca Raton.

Check them out:

Free Carousel rides at Sugar Sand Park

Sugar Sand Park Carousel (Contributed)

Sugar Sand Park, the complex at 300 S. Military Trail, is offering children free twirls on the carousel through Sunday, March 26. The carousel typically costs $1. It runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Carnival rides and games at Red Reef Park

Patch Reef Park’s Winter Fair (Contributed)

On Tuesday, March 21, Patch Reef Park, at 2000 Yamato Road, will have carnival rides, entertainment, arts and crafts and more for children who attend their annual Children’s Spring Fair. Each ride costs $5, or $20 for an all-day pass. For more details, visit Patch Reef Park’s website.

See the stars at the Children’s Science Explorium

Children’s Science Explorium will offer a peak at the galaxy from their inflatable starlab on Friday, March 24. (Contributed)

On Friday, March 24, the Children’s Science Explorium, at the Sugar Sand Park complex, is offering a peak at the galaxy. Children can explore the stars in an inflatable planetarium, while organizers describe the many constellations. It costs $10 to participate and you must register in advance. More details can be found here.

Grand opening of Sugar Sand Park’s Sceince Playground

Sugar Sand Park’s science playground, which has been closed during a nearly two-year renovation, will reopen to the public Saturday, March 18, 2016. This photo was taken March 5, 2016. (Contributed by Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District)

Saturday, March 25 is the long-awaited grand re-opening of Boca Raton’s popular Science Playground. The playground underwent a two-year renovation to make it safer and accessible to people with disabilities. The free grand opening will coincide with a food truck event and begin at 10 a.m. Read more about it here.

See the lights at the first Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lanterns that will be on display at the first Chinese Lantern Festival at Sunset Cove Amphitheater west of Boca Raton. (Contributed)

West of Boca Raton, more than 800 illuminated lanterns are on display at Sunset Cove Amphitheater’s first Chinese Lantern Festival. The amphitheater, at  20405 Amphitheater Circle, is holding the festival each Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door or $22 online for adults, $15 at the door or $12.50 online for children ages 4-12 and free for children ages 3 and younger.

Find out more about the festival here.