North Palm Beach County Kids-Homeschool Events Calendar

Northern Palm Beach County has lots of activities for kids, most are free, and many provide workshops and classes for homeschoolers.

See below the calendar for additionally ongoing programs and links.

Most events are all ages however for story times I only included for preschool and lower elementary ages, check with the library for more story times and events.

Palm Beach Gardens

Downtown at the Gardens: an outdoor shopping area that has a carousel and train, rides are $2, wednesdays from 11-1 it’s free.  Many family and kid friendly events.

Cool Beans Indoor Playground, Palm Beach Gardens: check website for times and admission price: ages 6 months to 6 years – After 3pm older siblings on certain days, happy hour $5 admission from 3-5 pm on certain days, open play, classes and more.

Playmobil Funpark, Palm Beach Gardens:  $1 admission per person, has tables of Playmobil toys for the kids to play with, a video game center, and at certain times they have a show and activities.  The park also sells Playmobil toys.  This is the only US funpark.

Whole Foods Market, Palm Beach Gardens:  Gives free store tours, many kid and family friendly events and classes.  Kids can get a free healthy treat from the Kids Club at the customer service desk

Gardens Library Branch:Story Time, events, free computers, tablets toys to use, and a summer reading program with prizes.

Pottery Barn Kids, weekly story time, special events.

JCC of Palm Beach Gardens: Jewish community center, classes, pool, fitness center, events and more.


Abacoa Town Center, events, ampitheature, food truck nights. Resturants, dance studio, martial arts, stem studio, art studio and many more childrens activites in this gem of an area.

Abacoa Community Garden: Community shared garden with the option of private plots facebook

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary: A local favorite.  Story times, animal interactions, feeding times and Jr. Naturalist Program.

El Sol, Jupiter Resource and Labor Center: Community Garden

Harborside of Jupiter: outdoor shopping area and amphitheater has free events, like movies, yoga, splash pad and live music.

Kids Need More Art: Abacoa, kids art studio with classes and open studio times

STEM Studio: Abacoa, a variety of programs offered by Bricks 4 Kidz, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and other community partners.

Lego Bricks for Kids: Abacoa

Loxahatchee River Center, Public Aquarium, weekly story time, movies and crafts.

Jupiter Branch, Palm Beach Library System: Story Time, events, free computers, tablets toys to use, and a summer reading program with prizes.

Tequesta Branch, Palm Beach Library System: Story Time, events, free computers, tablets toys to use, and a summer reading program with prizes.

Jupiter Community Center: classes and rec center.

Dubious Park and Beach: two main swimming areas, kid park, pavilions, bathroom, outdoor shower. The swimming area closest to the Lighthouse is great for snorkeling. Both areas are kid friendly.
NOTE: be sure to swim here only during high tide as the bacteria count is very high during low tide.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum: Monthly story time and craft, tours, group hikes, clean-up projects.

Blowing Rocks Park, barrier island sanctuary is a well known model for large-scale, native coastal habitat restoration.

Home depot has monthly kids workshops.

Riverbend Park: nature trails, water sports, canoe, kayak and bicycle rentals.  Has programs and special events.

Juno Beach

Loggerhead Marine Life Center, Juno Beach: Turtle Hospital Open to the Public, has Jr. Vet Kids Lab, Public Guided Tours, turtle release, monthly beach clean-up, camp, nesting tours, Story Times and Crafts, admission by donation, check the website calendar for times and activity fees, many have been added to my calendar above.  Homeschool workshops started in 2016, click here for info, also listed in the calendar above.

Loggerhead Park & Beach: A great outdoor kids park, pavilions, small nature trail, outdoor shower and bathroom.  In the same area as the Marine Life Center.  Entrance to the beach is directly across the street from the park.

Juno Beach Park & Pier: family friendly, water sports and activities, a monthly clean-up, plenty of parking, a park on Markinski with a volley ball court and picnic pavilions.

North Palm Beach

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park: Most events are free with park admission, fish tank interpretation, educational reef program, live music, snake talk, nature walk and more. Homeschoolers get free admission, contact the Park for info.

North Palm Beach Library:  story times, events, clubs, summer reading program with prizes. Open to all, not part of the county library system.

Lake Park

Home depot, monthly kids workshops.

West Palm Beach

Centennial Square and Fountain Park, Clematis Street, West Palm Beach: Free Public Fountain Park

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. West Palm Beach: a fun science center, aquarium and planetarium for all ages.  Child, family and homeschool activities can be found at this link.
Bank of America card holders get in free the first full weekend of every month (one free admission per car holder).

Palm Beach Zoo: weekly story times and special events.
Educators get free admission, homeschoolers do not, however group rates are available.

Yesteryear Village: A living history park where interpreters share their stories about life prior to 1940. Children can volunteer. Check website for current hours, usually limited. Annual events such as, Spookyville, Ghost Tours, Sweet Corn Fiesta, Spring Music Jam and more.
In the summer they take part in the LAMP pass program, which is free admission passes distributed by the Palm Beach County Library System.

Palm Beach Ice Works, West Palm Beach: Has open skate times.  Homeschool ice skating class currently is Mondays 10:30-11:30, 8 weeks $125, starting Sept 5, 2016. link to schedule

Okeeheelee Nature Center 2.5 miles of trails winding through 90 acres of pine flatwoods and wetlands. Highlights of the center include hands-on exhibits, animal encounters and a nature related gift shop. Marvel at our birds of prey, touch a live snake or prowl for owls during one of our many programs scheduled throughout the year for families, youth and adults.  Weekly story time, reptile feedings, nature walks and more.

Palm Beach Library Main Branch

Okeechobee Blvd. Branch, Palm Beach Library

Mounts Botanical Garden, education, workshops, special events and a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the garden.

Palm Beach (Island)

Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach Island: Children’s Library beautiful gardens across the street.  Has events listed on website.  The Children’s Library offers free story time programs. Preschool story time is for children 4 years of age and younger, and takes place at 10:30 a.m. on most Mondays and Thursdays, October through April. Family story time is for children 8 years of age and younger, and takes place at 10:30 a.m. select Saturdays, November through April.  Afterward, enjoy fun activities and arts and crafts that bring the story to life.


Event websites

Macaroni Kids: Local events listing

Hula Frog:  Local events listing

Summer only

Kids Bowl Free – 2 free games per child per day, charge for shoes is separate.  Each bowling alley has a different price and rules.  Optional:  You can purchase a family pass so adults can play as well.  I have seen an online coupon for $10 off the family pass on most coupon sites.

Cobb Theater, Palm Beach Gardens: free Summer Kids movie schedule, Shows start at 10am every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 2 new movies to see every week, doors open at 9:30am

Burns Road Aquatics Center, Palm Beach Gardens:  See website for times and fees, Great for kids of all ages, has a water park, large pool, slides and lap pool.  On the same grounds as the Burns Road Rec Center and Park.

CityPlace, West Palm Beach:  Bubblefest, Join the free fun and flurries of bubbles now and through August 2nd with 10 minute shows at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Harborside of Jupiter: Summertime Splash – at the Amphitheater Fountain-park – Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday,  9:00 am – 1:00 pm, also have special events – summer playdate, yoga and more

The Academy of Riding:  Horseback riding Lessons and Camp (daily or weekly) in Jupiter Farms, Daily 60$ Weekly 185$ Camp hours 9-3 extended hours available,  561-427-4502

List updated Sep 2016


Restaurant review: Saki Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery, Clearwater FL

Eating out eating when committed to a whole foods plant based lifestyle can be challenging.  I have decided to start sharing my experiences of places I have eaten at.

Saki is an all your can eat sushi and hibachi restaurant in Clearwater Florida.  

We ordered to go during lunchtime which I now realize it would have been cheaper to eat at the restaurant during the lunch (more expensive for dinner), which is $11.99 per adult and $4.99 per child.  For 2 adults and 4 children we ordered 6 cucumber rolls and 6 avocado rolls for a total of $36.  The rolls are much smaller than what you get in a supermarket.  They say 6-8 pieces, we got exactly 6 pieces, and the actual size of the roll is very small.  So compared to what I would normally get, say in whole foods, one $3 roll at Saki is about half a $7 roll in whole foods. Still a better price but two rolls was not nearly enough for one person.  

The sushi itself was good.  The soy sauce and pickled ginger are not whole foods plant based, they have modified corn starch and food coloring.  Perhaps some people consider that to be ok, but I do not.

I would eat here again but next time eat in the restaurant for the lunch special, to ensure we get enough to eat.  

Menu items that are whole food plant based compliant:

  • Avocado sushi
  • Cucumber sushi
  • Asparagus sushi
  • Side of rice (note they only have white rice)

Possible compliant menu items (inquire further with the restaurant)

  • Avocado salad

Saki Sushi
Clearwater Mall, 2643 Gulf to Bay Blvd #1560, Clearwater, FL 33759

Hotel restaurant review: Residence Inn, Oldsmar, FL

Whole food plant based lifestyle review of where to eat and stay.

Residence Inn is one of my favorite places to stay.  They are usually the same price as regular hotels, BUT the rooms have kitchens!  

The studio and 1 bedrooms do not have a oven, the 2 bedroom does.  All rooms have a full size fridge, stove top, microwave, sink, dishes and dishwasher.

All you can eat breakfast is provided every day.

Menu items:

  • Oatmeal
  • Fruit, bananas, apples, melons
  • Spinach
  • Orange juice 
  • Apple juice 
  • Slivered almonds
  • Green tea

There are some cereals that may be compliant to a whole food plant based lifestyle, however it’s not something myself or my children eat so I didn’t look into them.

Residence Inn Tampa Oldsmar
4012 Tampa Rd, Oldsmar, FL 34677

Vegan Challah, oil free

Vegan Challah, oil free

Low fat Jewish vegans no longer have to compromise with challah, thanks to amazing aquafaba I have made a delicious challah we can enjoy. Bye bye matzoh!  

I’ve searched all over the Internet for a McDougall compliant challah, meaning low fat, no oil, vegan and made from whole wheat.  I spent hours going through posts and comments to figure out what might work, but was left with nothing.  So I went to the basic non-vegan challah recipe to try and veganize it.  As I got my ingredients together I remembered the treasure cookbook I’ve had since I met the authors in Hawaii and Gentle World.

Many years ago Chris and I “moved” to Hawaii for a few weeks.  We had big dreams of starting a permaculture homestead community with 2 other couples.  My sister and mom joined us for the first week, and we had a fun vacation together. We enjoyed Maui and then went to the big island where we met some of the community members at Gentle World. They fed us an amazing vegan meal and set my husband and I up with a place to stay nearby until we got settled.  I think Dr. Michael Klaper was there, he looks so familiar to me.  He wrote the book Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple. For the next 2 weeks we stayed at a beautiful permaculture farm, trading care taking for a place to stay.  Then we went to check out the land we saved our money up to buy.  It was a wasteland, nothing like we thought from the listing. We quickly realized this wasn’t the place for us and left Hawaii.  It was a beautiful place, and I’m sure we could have found a way to start our community, but we just didn’t feel right there.  Funny enough today both of those couples live in Hawaii, and here we are in Florida, in a townhouse.  Life is interesting.

Ok enough of that, back to the challah.  Gentle world published a vegan cookbook called Incredibly Delicious.  The recipes surely are. 

And there it was eggless challah bread, page 31 in the book. I made some changes and used it as my inspiration.

Whole wheat vegan challah: makes 2 small loaves

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons organic or vegan sugar
2 cups Aquafaba-cold, liquid from cooked chickpeas (liquid in canned chickpeas can be used)
4 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping: 1/4 cup aquafaba or maple syrup

Mix yeast, warm water and sugar together until sugar dissolves. Allow to stand for 10-15 minutes or until it get foamy and doubles in size. If this doesn’t happen in 15 minutes the yeast is not good, throw it out and try another batch.

While waiting for the yeast take 1 cup of aquafaba and whisk it until it’s all foam, I found I could do this in my vitamix on medium low speed.  If it has some liquid on the bottom it’s ok, you want it at least mostly foam.

In a large bowl mix 2 cups of flour, with remaining dry ingredients.  Pour in only the whisked aquafaba (which was 1 cup before you whisked it) and yeast. Mix.  Add in the remaining flour one cup at a time.  Add the remaining aquafaba and flour as needed to get a doughy consistency and kneed for 10-15 minutes.  Dough should not be sticky.  It should be smooth and have a slight elasticity to it.

With the dough in a bowl, cover it with a towel.  Place it in a warm place in the kitchen and let it rise for about 2 hours.  

Punch it down and divide into 6 equal pieces. I divided it in 10 pieces and made some rolls on a floured surface.  Roll each piece into a rope, making them equal length.  Take 3 ropes, join at one end, tucking it under, and braid to the end, tuck it under.  Repeat to make the second loaf.  To make a challah roll make a u shape with 1 rope piece, cross one side over the other, then tuck each end into the middle.  There are many sources online on how to braid challah if you need more info.

If you have children the braiding part is lots of fun for them.  Mine made the rolls and braided one of the loaves.

Cover and let sit for an hour or longer. The longer it sits the more it will rise.  Same goes for the first rising.  I was too impatient to wait.

Once it has risen preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make sure the ends are tucked under, place on a silicon baking mat over a baking sheet.  Parchment paper works just as well as the silicon mat.

Brush with aquafaba, coat it well.  You can add any topping you like.  My family likes cinnamon and a dash of sugar.  Maple syrup can be used for a sweeter challah.  It also makes the crust a little more crunchy. 

Bake for 25 minutes or until it starts to get golden brown.  Check with a toothpick if your unsure if it’s ready, by inserting it into the bread and if it comes out clean it is ready.

Let it cool before serving


It can be refrigerated or frozen however it can get dry.  I prefer to make this on Friday morning or as close to Shabbos as I can, leaving one loaf for Saturday wrapped in a flour sack towel then placed in a ziplock bag.  

Frozen challah can be thawed on the counter and reheated on a hot plate or in the oven at 300 degrees F for 5-10 minutes.  You can add more aquafaba before reheating if needed.

Toppings stick very well when aquafaba or maple syrup is added.

Raisins can be added.  

Sometimes for a treat I will mix maple syrup, ground dates or sugar with cinnamon and aquafaba.  When rolling out the dough make a slit in one rope and drizzle the mixture in, then braid.

Instead of chocolate chips, which always have some type of oil in them, I make my own.  Side note oil in the ingredients list doesn’t always say oil, but cocoa butter and lecithin are 2 common ingredients in vegan chocolate chips that are oil.  I make my chocolate by mixing unsweetened carob or cocoa powder with dates.  If the dates are no soft place them in hot water for a few minutes.  I mash the dates and powder or mic in a food processor if I’m making a lot.  It will form a ball, break it apart and mix into the dough before rolling it out, or make it tiny crumble pieces and sprinkle on top before baking.

Sesame seeds will stick if aquafaba is brushed on first.  

I consider this a special occasion food and will only serve it every few weeks on shabbat.  The rest of the time we eat matzoh.  This challah is so good we can’t help but eat it all so we keep it to a minimum. This would be my advice to anyone on the McDougall maximum weight loss plan. Those who are at ideal health and weight can enjoy this every shabbat.

Tuna fish, tuNO fish, low fat vegan

Oh the childhood memories of tuna fish sandwiches.  Summer family BBQs, days at the beach and quick snacks always available in my house growing up.  

The memories stay with me but the desire for those foods is long gone.  I threw together this recipe yesterday as I was preparing a quick lunch for myself.  My son took one bite and insisted on having a a matzoh sandwich.  

Vegan Tuna Fish or TuNO fish 

Garbanzo beans (aka chick peas) cooked and mashed with a fork


Diced celery

Diced tomatoes

Optional: Bragg sea kelp delight seasoning (for extra fishy flavor)

Optional: mashed avocado (not for McDougall Max weight loss program)

I ate mine warm in a bowl with a dash of salt without avaocado
My son ate his chilled on whole wheat matzoh

I’m working on a vegan no oil, low fat mayo, once perfected I will be adding it to this recipe. 

Potatoes and Gravy: Leftovers Lunch

This meal was inspired by whatever I had in my fridge.  It was simple to put it together and heat up in a few minutes.


Chopped boiled potatoes

Fried okra (directions in my last post)

Aquafaba (liquid leftover from cooking chickpeas, or in canned chickpeas)

ketchup (really it’s what was on a half eaten potato that I threw in)

Bragg Organic Seasoning, 24 herbs and spices no salt

Mix all in a pan and heat.  

Serve hot with fresh tomatoes.

This would have been great with salad greens, I just wasn’t up for washing them.  I do know what’s for dinner tonight though!  

I was shocked that my son insisted on trying it.  He didn’t have any okra in his bowl, but he ate a whole bowl full!  He’s been surprising me lately with his more adventurous palate. We’ve seen such changes in his this past few months with our new McDougall way of eating!

Some recipes I’m working on, challah, tu-NO fish salad, French macarons, marangue.  All whole food plant based, no oil and of course, vegan!

Popcorn chicken bites, vegan oil free, low fat

Popcorn chicken bites, vegan oil free, low fat

I still can’t believe this amazing recipe is so healthy! McDougall lovers prepare for a game changer!

After learning about aquafaba I have become a little obsessed, researching all I can find about this magic ingredient. I made my first batch of beans this morning and the bean water was ready for an adventurous dinner.  

I made no-oil fried cauliflower (chicken), portobello, okra and potatoes.  All came out amazing. I learned a few things in the process on how to properly use aquafaba for breading.  Since there is no frying or oil involved the only crunch factor has to come from the breading, which gets baked. The basic lineup is flour first, then aquafaba then ground up corn flakes.  This exact order works perfectly.  But beware when the corn flakes get soft from the aquafaba or trying to change this order not only will it result in a big mess, the end product will be soft too.

Popcorn chicken bites:

Cauliflower, broken into bit sized pieces Note: any vegetables can be used in this recipe, cauliflower has the closest consistency to chicken or calamari. 

Flour of choice, whole wheat, oat, almond or brown rice work very well. Put into a bowl or deep dish. I used white whole wheat flour.  

Aquafaba: water left over after cooking beans, or in canned beans, garbanzo beans seem to work best in this type of recipe but any bean water can be used.  Place in a bowl or deep dish.  Option: Can be mixed with lemon if you want a lemon flavor.

Corn flake cereal, I use the organic trader joes brand, use a blender to crush into fine pieces.  Place in a bowl or deep dish. Option: can be mixed with seasonings of your choice. It’s best to leave the salt out and only salt this at the table.


Use about one cup of the flour and corn flakes at a time. Refill as needed, this will help keep it from getting too moist, which will result in the final product being too soft and gummy.

Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit 

Towel dry the vegetables if needed

Dip into flour and completely cover

Dip into aquafaba and completely cover

Coat with corn flakes

Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

Use spoons in each seperate ingredient if needed.

Once the baking sheet is full bake for 20-30 min.  The underside will start to lightly brown.

Serve with lemon juice to dip in.  

Serve with sauces and condiments of your choice. 

Lemon, salt and black pepper make a mock chicken or calamari

Cocktail or marinara sauce for calamari

Cover with sweet and sour or sesame ginger for a mock Asian chicken dish.

Possibilities are endless.

Some pics of the other veggie:

Breaded fries

Cauliflower and okra

Portabello, some I did just flour twice and found that didn’t work at all.  

Okra and Portabello 

Eat this to relieve constipation naturally

Constipation can lead to all sorts of health issues. This natural food will help get you regular when eaten daily.

What is this magic food?  Well it’s not magic, it’s…

Sweet potato

You read that right.  Eating a sweet potato a day can relieve constipation and get you going to the bathroom regularly.  Which ideally should be 1-3 times a day.

One thing to remember is to eat the sweet potato plain. No butter, milk, oil, avocado or any other type of fat.  It can be boiled baked or grilled.  My favorite way is to wash it, cut the end off is needed, cook with the skin on, in the oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or silicone baking mat.  Cook until liquid starts coming out of it.  It’s the sweetest this way.

To ensure regularity for life consider adopting a primarily, or complete, whole foods plant based diet.  For more information check out Dr. John Mcdougall’s website or one of his great books, like the starch solution.

Potato chips, vegan, oil free

Don’t have a microwave potato chip maker?  You don’t need one with this method.

I have been seeing lots of posts on the Facebook McDougall group about a microwave potato chip maker.  It looks so cool but I honestly haven’t used a microwave in over 15 years and while the thought of having McDougall compliant potato chips was temping, I new I could figure out a way. Thanks to my cuisinart griddler I did. This method is not fast and my family ate up the chips as quickly as I could make them.  For me it was worth the effort. This is a treat for my family, I don’t want my young children getting used to eating healthy versions of junk food on a regular basis.  Ok enough of my rambling, here is how you make it.

Take a raw potato

Slice it paper thin, or as thin as you can with what tools you have.  I use this mandoline but even a slicer on the side of a box grater, or a slicing disc in a food processor will do. They are thicker slices usually so it will take a little longer to cook.

Put the sliced potato in cold water to keep them from browning.  A light sprinkle of salt will help as well and will make the flavor more enhanced, however if you follow Dr. John McDougall’s advice you may want to keep the salt for after you cook the potatoes.

Heat a cuisinart griddler at high using the flat plates. Using silicon tongs flip the potato when the bottom starts to dry.  Flip again when the side facing down starts to crisp.  Keep flipping every few minutes or as needed to get the potato chip crisp on each side.  

 If you don’t have a griddler you can use any non stick flat surface or bake them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, however keep a close eye on them, they can burn easily in the oven.   If cooking in the oven keep the light on while its cooking to keep a very close eye on it.  If needed you use a pizza screen when the chip stars to dry and not stick. 

If you didn’t put salt in the water or if the chip needs it.  Powder salt by blending it in a blender until it becomes powder. This allows for the salt to stick to dry surfaces better, great idea for air popped popcorn.

This method works for sweet potatoes as well.

Lentil stew, wfpb

Lentil stew is one meal that my whole family loves.  It’s a party pleaser too.  If your looking for a one pot healthy meal you found it.

Lentil stew recipe


Dried Red Split Lentils

Tomato paste





Vidalia Onion

Dill weed



Relaxing tea mix (my secret weapon)

Yukon gold potatoes




I do not cook with salt, instead to keep the sodium down I only add salt before I eat my food.

I love eating this over a salad, no dressing needed with a delicious stew.  I also like to put frozen spinach in before serving, and frozen peas.  It cools it down for my children and adds more veggies.

For a thick stew cook chopped potatoes in it, for a soup consistency cook the potatoes separately.

Some recipes I will give exact amounts and directions, others just ingredients. Many of my recipes will be in my cookbook, however I like to keep some up to you and your taste.  I like to feel what to put in my food, it always comes out better this way.  Not giving you the exact recipe gives you the opportunity to do the same.