The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center in Boynton Beach has two floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits and a host of other educational programs. Admission is $5 for children and adults. Kids under the age of 1 are free.
A rainy day is the perfect time to check out the South Florida Science Center’s new butterfly exhibit. It features a zip line that lets children move through the air like a butterfly and a spider web that kids can climb on.
Monkey Joe’s and Cool Beans
Let your kids bounce out some of their extra energy at an indoor play center like Cool Beans Cafe in Palm Beach Gardens or Monkey Joe’s, which has locations in suburban Lake Worth and Boca Raton.
Check out a book
Many local libraries have summer programs and activities for both toddlers and school-age children.
Palm Beach County’s library system has a summer reading program that features giveaways. You can read more here.
You can also search a list of events and activities by library location by clicking here.
Fun Depot at 2003 10th Avenue North in Lake Worth has an indoor arcade. There is also laser tag, batting cages and go-karts.
Palm Beach Zoo
If you don’t mind getting a little wet, grab a poncho and head over to the Palm Beach Zoo. The zoo is offering a rainy day discount today (June 7). Admission prices are 50 percent off when you show this Twitter post at the front gate.
Disney announced Thursday it would close its parks for just the fourth time in the resort’s history. The first three times also were for hurricanes: Sept. 15, 1999, for Floyd; Sept. 4-5, 2004, for Frances; and Sept. 26, 2004, Jeanne.
Here’s a wrapup of which parks are closing:
Disney’s theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, miniature golf courses and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will close by 5 p.m. today and will stay closed Friday. Disney also canceled Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for Thursday.
The Grand Celebration cruise ship, which sails out of the Port of Palm Beach, had to receive Coast Guard approval to drop off its load of passengers Wednesday morning after the Coast Guard set the Palm Beach port’s condition to Yankee at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Port of Palm Beach spokeswoman Tara Monks said there were about 500 passengers on board the ship.
“If (the ship) had happened to ask to stay, it would be up to the Coast Guard,” Monks said.
Cruise ships along Florida’s east coast are facing the same dilemma, AAA said, of whether to head out to calm seas or find a different port.
“Cruise line officials have already adjusted itineraries to avoid island-destinations impacted by the hurricane, but these port closures makes returning home very tricky,” AAA director of field travel support Vicky Evans said in a news release.
Cruise lines affected by Matthew include Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Disney, MSC, Norwegian and Princess, AAA said.
Three ships scheduled to return to port Thursday now will return Friday: the Empress of the Seas and Carnival Sensation, out of Port Miami; and the Carnival Victory out of Port Canaveral.
Evans advises travelers to reach out to their cruise lines to see if their trips will be affected by the storm.
As Floridians prepare for possible mandatory evacuation orders for Hurricane Matthew, one question may come to mind: Will you have to pay tolls on Florida’s Turnpike before, during and after the storm?
Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday that he has authorized the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend tolls in counties where there are evacuation orders issued.
“Protecting life and moving people to safety remains our top priority and today I directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend tolls as needed to keep traffic flowing,” Scott said in a news release. “If there is an evacuation order in a county, all tolls will be suspended in that county.”
The Florida Department of Transportation is keeping track of traffic counters in South and Central Florida as it prepares for the storm’s effects, Scott’s office said.
Here’s more from the governor’s office on the latest efforts to prepare roads for Hurricane Matthew:
• FDOT construction: All state projects on interstates, limited-access facilities, coastal and evacuation routes have been stopped. Contractors are securing equipment and removing all unnecessary barricades, signs and drums.
• Flooding: FDOT is monitoring flood-prone areas and will work with county emergency operations centers to coordinate any necessary response.
• Intracoastal bridges: In Palm Beach County, they will be locked down by 8 p.m. Wednesday. During lock-down, the bridge is closed, power turned off and the traffic arms may be removed.
Publix alone has about 70 stores with generators in Palm Beach County, according to a list maintained by the county.
Use the interactive map below to find a grocery or home improvement store near you with a generator. On a phone: Pinch to zoom, swipe to move and tap on an icon to get more information about the store. (Map not working for you? Scroll down for a list of stores.)
Here is the list of Palm Beach County Publix, Lowe’s and Home Depot stores that have generators.
Publix (List order: from north to south)
• Countyline Plaza, 500 North U.S. Highway 1, Tequesta, 33469
• Chasewood Plaza, 6330 W Indiantown Road, Jupiter, 33458
• Abacoa Plaza, 5500 Military Trail, Jupiter, 33458
• Bluff’s Square Shopping Center, 4060 South U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter, 33477
• Jupiter Square Shopping Center, 95 U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter, 33477
• Jupiter Farms Village, 10142 Indiantown Road, Jupiter, 33478
• Sea Plum Town Center, 123 Honeybell Way, Jupiter, 33458
• The Shoppes of Jonathan’s Landing, 17400 Alternate A1A, Jupiter, 33477
• Mirasol Walk, 6251 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 33418
• Oakbrook Square Shopping Center, 11566 North U.S. Highway 1, Palm Beach Gardens, 33408
• Garden Square, 10913 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, 33418
• Promenade Shopping Plaza, 9900 Alternate A1A, Palm Beach Gardens, 33410
• Gardens Town Square, 4200 Northlake Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, 33410
• Legacy Place Shopping Center, 11231 Legacy Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens, 33410
• Frenchman’s Crossing, Hood Road & Alternate A1A, Palm Beach Gardens, 33410
• Northlake Promenade Shoppes, 374 Northlake Boulevard, Lake Park, 33408
• Publix at Riviera Beach, Blue Heron Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive, Riviera Beach, 33404
• Publix on Palm Beach, 265 Sunset Avenue, Palm Beach, 33480
• Southdale Shopping Center, 828 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, 33405
• Village Commons Shopping Center, 831 Village Boulevard, West Palm Beach, 33409
• Crosstown Plaza, 2895 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, 33409
• Shoppes at Ibis, 10130 Northlake Boulevard, West Palm Beach, 33412
• Shoppes at Andros Isle, 8989 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, 33411
• Paradise Place, 4075 North Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, 33417
• Palm Beach Plaza, 6820 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, 33411
• Polo Grounds Mall, 890 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, 33415
• Crestwood Square, 11977 Southern Boulevard, Royal Palm Beach, 33411
• The Crossroads at Royal Palm Beach, 1180 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard, Royal Palm Beach, 33411
• Publix at the Acreage, 7050 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, Loxahatchee, 33470
• Courtyard Shops at Wellington, 13880 Wellington Trace, Wellington, 33414
• The Groves at Royal Palm, 127 South State Road 7, Wellington, 33414
• Town Square at Wellington, 11950 West Forest Hill Boulevard, Wellington, 33414
• Riverbridge Centre, 6790 Forest Hill Boulevard, Greenacres, 33413
• Publix Atlantis, 4849 South Military Trail, Greenacres, 33463
• Greenwood Shopping Center, 1700 South Congress Avenue, Palm Springs, 33461
• Nassau Square, 7745 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 33463
• Town Commons, 8899 Hypoluxo Road, Lake Worth, 33467
• Woods Walk Plaza, 9855 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 33467
• Lantana Plaza Shopping Center, 5970 South Jog Road, Lake Worth, 33467
• Publix at Lake Worth, Dixie Highway and North 2nd Avenue, Lake Worth, 33460
• Lantana Shopping Center, 1589 W Lantana Road, Lantana, 33462
• Fountains of Boynton, 6627 West Boynton Beach Boulevard, Boynton Beach, 33437
• Meadows Square, 4753 North Congress Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
• Boynton Plaza, 111 North Congress Avenue, Boynton Beach, 33436
• Sunshine Square Shopping Center, 501 SE 18th Avenue, Boynton Beach, 33435
• Aberdeen Square, 4966 Le Chalet Boulevard, Boynton Beach, 33436
• Aberdeen, 8340 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, 33437
• Canyon Town Center, Boynton Beach Boulevard and Lyons Road, Boynton Beach, 33437
• Valencia Square, Woolbright Road and Jog Road, Boynton Beach, 33437
• Whitworth Farms, 12425 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, 33437
• Village Square, 3775 Woolbright Road, Village of Golf, 33436
• The Plaza at Delray, 1538 South Federal Highway, Delray Beach, 33444
• Delray Square Shopping Center, 4771 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, 33445
• Shops of San Marco, 13860 South Jog Road, Delray Beach, 33446
• Village of Oriole Plaza, 7375 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, 33446
• Addison Centre, 16130 South Jog Road, Delray Beach, 33446
• North Delray Commons, 555 NE 5th Avenue, Delray Beach, 33483
• Westwinds of Boca, 9846 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 33434
• Mercado Real, 1001 South Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 33432
• The Reserve at Boca Raton, 9720 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton, 33496
• West Boca Plaza, 22973 South State Road 7, Boca Raton, 33428
• Polo Club Shoppes, 5050 Champion Boulevard, Boca Raton, 33496
• Boca Valley Plaza, 7431 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 33487
• Woodfield Plaza, 3003 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 33434
• Palmetto Park Square, 1339 West Palmetto Park, Boca Raton, 33486
• Lakeside Square at Logger’s Run, 11650 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 33428
• Boca Village Square, 21230 Saint Andrews Boulevard, Boca Raton, 33433
• Garden Shops at Boca, Powerline Road and Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 33433
• Publix at Spanish River, 4141 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 33431
• 401 North Congress Avenue, Lake Park, 33403
• 4701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, 33417
• 103 South State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach, 33411
• 1500 Corporate Drive, Boynton Beach, 33426
• 21870 State Road 7, Boca Raton, FL 33428
• 1694 West Indiantown Road, Jupiter, 33458
• 3860 Northlake Boulevard, Lake Park, 33403
• 1550 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach, 33401
• 6800 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, 33411
• 220 South State Road 7, West Palm Beach, FL 33414
• 4241 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 33461
• 5750 Jog Road, Lake Worth, 33463
• 1500 SW 8th Street, Boynton Beach, 33426
• 1400 Waterford Place, Delray Beach, 33444
• 15050 Jog Road, Delray Beach, 33445
• 9820 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 33434
Just days before the summer’s final holiday, hotel managers in Cedar Key in Levy County, which is located in the heart of the storm’s forecast track, said reservations remain strong.
Deana Lashley, the manager at the historic Island Hotel & Restaurant in Cedar Key, said rooms on Wednesday were filled with guests who want to watch the storm, which is expected make landfall late Thursday of early Friday morning.
The hotel and restaurant plan to remain open, regardless of the weather, Lashley said.
“I know everybody makes a big to do,” Lashley said. “We aren’t concerned honestly. We are going to get some wind and some water, but that is about it.”
Lashley said the hotel expects to be filled with Labor Day visitors on Saturday and Sunday.
At the nearby Harbour Master Suites, which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, manager Leslie Landress said she is also planning for a busy weekend.
“We are booked all weekend starting Friday,” Landress said. “All of those guests are still coming in on Friday.”
The majority of the hotel’s rooms were booked on Wednesday by members of the media who were in town to cover the storm. In a precautionary move, Landress said local officials plan to turn off the water in the area where the hotel is located. As a result, the hotel will close while the storm passes, she said.
“You can not stay opened if you don’t have water,” she said.
Meanwhile, it appeared the storm has not impacted tourism in Palm Beach County.
Nick Gold, the public relations and marketing manager for the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa in Manalapan, said the resort has seen an uptick in bookings leading up to the holiday weekend. The resort still has limited availability, he added.
“We are open and we are looking to have a very busy Labor Day weekend,” Gold said.