Great schools are just one reason to raise your family in Weston, Florida, but there are also plenty of kid-friendly resources that will keep your little ones amused. From museums to outdoor adventures, the Weston area offers recreation for kids of all ages and interests.
Kids can have fun while they learn at Weston’s numerous nearby museums. They can enjoy an interactive experience at the Young at Art Museum in Davie, which offers a subway ride, cave digging and sculpture building, or become familiar with the earliest settlers to the Everglades at the Old David School Historical Museum. Astronomy lovers will love stargazing at the Buehler Planetarium and Observatory. The Plantation Historical Museum is a treasure trove of artifacts from the Seminole and Tequesta tribes while the Museum of Discovery and Science features two floors of exhibits on the Everglades. Future scientists aged 5 to 12 can get a head start at the Children’s Science Explorium, which offers hands-on exhibits to stimulate their imaginations.
Wonderful weather all year makes Florida a prized destination for nature lovers so it’s no surprise that there are many places to explore in the Weston area. Located right in Weston is the pristine Emerald Isles Park with picnic areas, shaded playgrounds, fitness stations, walking trails and tennis and basketball courts.
In nearby Sunrise in the Everglades conservation area is the 666-acre Markham Park, which features a shooting range, model airplane field and the Fox Observatory. Family-friendly Shenandoah Park is located on 17 acres in Plantation and offers numerous recreational amenities like sports fields, picnic areas and a volleyball court. Get up close with baby alligators when you take a guided airboat tour at Everglades Holiday Park in Ft. Lauderdale. Vista View Park in Davie covers 272 acres of rolling hills with playgrounds, basketball courts, fishing docks and picnic shelters.
Kids can learn about the life cycle of butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion at Flamingo Road Nursery. Experts can educate the whole family on these fascinating creatures and instruct gardeners on how to draw them to your home garden. Flamingo Gardens in Davie is a 60-acre tropical paradise that houses more than 3,000 species of flora and fauna native to the state of Florida including alligators, panthers and eagles. Another spot to check out the local wildlife is Sawgrass Recreational Park in Ft. Lauderdale, which can accommodate school trips and other large groups with advance notice.
One of the best things about living in Florida is that you’re never far from a beach or other body of water. That means that there are plenty of great places for the whole family to cool down on a hot day. Leeward Paddle Tours in Pembroke Pines offers paddleboard lessons and tours while Take a Break Tours in Plantation has boat cruises for fishing, water skiing or sightseeing. For rental gear and lessons in paddle boating or kayaking, check out Walk on Water Fitness in Hollywood. Make a family day of fishing on the Atlantic Ocean with No Vacansea Private Fishing Charters where all equipment is included.
You don’t have to leave Weston to throw a fun-filled birthday bash at Little Java’s Family Fun Center where the kids can spend hours playing arcade games or exploring the indoor playground. The whole family can have a great day of swimming and snorkeling with humpback whales at Aquatic Adventures in Davie. Rocket Kids is an indoor playground and laser tag center in Pembroke Pines with an intergalactic theme sure to please junior space travelers. Fans of the Barbie Doll will never want to leave Barbie’s Dream House Experience in Sunrise, an interactive installation that brings the toy and her playthings to life. The entire family will enjoy an evening at AJ’s Bowling Alley & Pro Shop in Pembroke Pines or Sparez Bowling in Davie. Monster Mini Golf in Miramar is an indoor miniature golf facility that features glow-in-the-dark animatronic monsters to make the game more interesting. Kids 12 and under will have a blast at Monkey Joe’s in Sunrise, a game and entertainment center with obstacle courses and inflatable slides.
Whether you’re taking the whole family out for a movie night or letting the kids catch the latest Disney blockbuster, you’re sure to find a film you want to see in one of the many theaters in the Weston area. The Cinemark Paradise 24 in Davie shows first-run films using 3D and digital projection in the XD auditorium. This theater also offers arcade games and a party room. The Regal Cinemas Westfork Plaza 13 in Pembroke Pines has 13 auditoriums playing first-run films with a game room, private party facilities and concession area. The Broward Regal in Plantation is a multiplex with 12 auditoriums, all with digital video and sound.
This area of the state has a rich history as well as breathtaking natural wonders. Your family can learn about both from these educational and entertaining sites. Visitors can see Florida panthers as well as other wildlife and see a traditional Indian village at the Seminole Okalee Indian Village in Hollywood or take in art galleries on the Las Olas Riverfront in Ft. Lauderdale.
Whether your kids are jocks or aspiring scientists, they will never run out of places to explore in the Weston area!