Water Parks Open
Our four water parks will open on Saturday, April 1 – no joke! Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park, Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park, and Castaway Island at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout April, plus Spring Break week, Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14. Visit our water parks page to see the season’s complete schedule. Make the most of your visit by renting a Funbrella for shade and purchasing a seasonal water park pass.
Events for the Earth
April is Earth Month, and April 22 is Earth Day. We have several events going on at our parks to help us appreciate and celebrate our planet.
• Sat., Apr. 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Third Annual Earth Day
at Tradewinds Park & Stables
– This family event will feature educational demonstrations, model steam train rides, hayrides, food trucks, children's games, bounce houses, interaction with farm animals, nature hikes, and a country street market with vendors. Tickets will be required for most activities. Special activity ticket prices: $20/25 tickets, $10/12 tickets, $5/6 tickets, $1/1 ticket, $1.50/person for a train ride. Call 954-357-8870 for more information.
• Sat., Apr. 22, 9 a.m.-noon – Earth Day Waterway Cleanup
at Deerfield Island Park
– Volunteers will help remove debris from the park’s shoreline and waterway. Preregistration is required. Free event. Call 954-357-5100 for more information.
• Sat., Apr. 22, 9 a.m.-noon – Global Youth Service Day
at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center
– Volunteers will participate in habitat restoration projects, including exotic plant removal and installation of native plants. Preregistration is required. Free event. Call 954-357-8797 for more information.
• Sat., Apr. 22, 10-11 a.m. – Earth Day Hike
at Anne Kolb Nature Center
– Commemorate the first Earth Day of 1970 and the environmental awareness it fostered with an Earth Day 2017 hike. $3/person. Call 954-357-5161 for more information.
• Sat., Apr. 22, 10-11 a.m. – Earth Day Program
at Fern Forest Nature Center
– This program will include a hands-on, family activity to celebrate the Earth. Free event. Call 954-357-5198 for more information.
• Sun., Apr. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Earth Day 2017
at Anne Kolb Nature Center
– Celebrate the Earth at this event sponsored by the Sierra Club’s Broward Group. Learn about conservation, climate change, coral reefs, Everglades restoration, recycling, and more. Free activities throughout the event include a boat ride through the mangrove habitat, a guided kayak experience, and guided nature strolls. Exhibit hall entry will also be free. Call 954-357-5161 for more information.
Check out our other newsletter, Nearby Nature
, for more nature-related updates.
Spring Break Camps
Keep your kids entertained this Spring Break by enrolling them in one of our fun and educational day camps.
• Mon.-Thurs., Apr. 10-13, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Spring Break Horse Camp at Tradewinds Park & Stables – Participants will get to ride horses, learn horse care and maintenance basics, and participate in horse-themed games and crafts. For ages 9 to 16. Fee: $75 per day.
• Mon.-Thurs., Apr. 10-13, Half-day sessions: 8:30 a.m.-noon or 12:30-4:30 p.m. – Junior Farmers' Camp at Tradewinds Park & Stables – Participants will learn about ponies and the barnyard animals located at the park’s farm complex, including cows, goats, pigs, chickens, and a miniature donkey. Pony rides are also part of the program. For ages 5 to 8. Fee: $40 per half-day session.
Preregistration is required for both camps. Call 954-357-8870 for more information; or register online.
Family Fun Day at Tradewinds Park & Stables, sponsored by the Parks Foundation of Broward County, will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The north side of the park will have a variety of activities and attractions, including crafts, farm animals, music, food, and more. The Parks Foundation of Broward County is a 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 2014 in support of the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division. The foundation welcomes individual memberships and corporate partnerships at all levels to help promote our parks and programs, preserve our natural areas, and provide more green space for our community. For more event information, call the park at 954-357-8870, visit BrowardParksFoundation.org/Events, or visit Facebook.com. Tradewinds is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #34, Coconut Creek North, and Coconut Creek South.
There will be another family-friendly event on the same day. Uniting Broward Community Showcase is a free event sponsored by the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) that will take place at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This outdoor festival and celebration will give residents and law enforcement the chance to communicate and connect. The family-friendly event will also have BSO recruitment opportunities and unique demonstrations from the Aviation Unit, K-9, SWAT Team, Fire Rescue, Bomb Squad, and Police Athletic League Boxing Program. For more information, contact the park at 954-357-5400. Central Broward Regional is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #18, #19, #36, #40, #81, and 441 Breeze.
It’s All the Buzz
Coinciding with Family Fun Day and appropriately held during Earth Month, the opening ceremony for the second managed honeybee hive in Broward County, the Tradewinds Micro-Apiary, will start at 10 a.m., followed by a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony with state, county, and local officials. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, the most important pollinator is the honeybee (Apis meliffera). The European (or western) honeybee was brought to the Americas by early European settlers and has been a part of the natural environment ever since. Unlike native species, the honeybee can be managed to benefit the pollination needs of certain crops. The public is invited to learn more about honeybees and the importance of managed hives, which provide a research platform as well as a source for local natural honey and honeybee products. For more information, call Tradewinds Park & Stables at 954-357-8870 or visit the park at 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek. Tradewinds is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #34, Coconut Creek North, and Coconut Creek South.
Art Exhibit at Anne Kolb Nature Center
For many years the exhibit hall at the Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood has hosted regular Gallery Exhibits featuring the art, often nature-related, of South Florida artists, in such media as painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, and fiber. For April and May, the park will feature "Hidden Nature: Photographs by Michael Mills."
The Wilton Manors-based Mills has worked in and around the arts in South Florida for three decades, first as a writer and an editor and, more recently, as a fine-arts photographer. Since 2009, he has shown his photos in more than 75 group exhibits at venues throughout Broward County. His solo shows include "The Object in Question" at the Coral Springs Museum of Art (2011-2012), "Looking Over the Overlooked" at Fort Lauderdale City Hall (2013), and "Bittersweet Distractions" at IberiaBank Wilton Manors (2015). He has won 10 awards for his work, including Best Photograph in "ArtExplosion 2011" and Best in Show at Broward Art Guild's 2016 "Small Works" show. The exhibit will be on display from Sunday, April 2 through Sunday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission to the exhibit hall is $2/person plus tax. There will also be a complimentary Reception for the show, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 15. For more information, call the park at 954-357-5161. Anne Kolb is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #4 and #12. Summer Recreation Program Registration Opens
We have another opening in early April. Registration for our Summer Recreation Program begins on Monday, April 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Boulevard Gardens Community Center, Franklin Park, Lafayette Hart Park, Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park, Roosevelt Gardens Park, and Sunview Park.
The program will be on Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Monday, June 19 through Friday, August 11. Early dropoff will be available from 8 to 9 a.m., and late pickup will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. Children and teenagers who participate in the program can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, games, exercise, field trips, special events, free lunches, and more. The program is for ages 6 to 10 at Boulevard Gardens, 13 to 17 at Sunview, and 6 to 17 at the remaining parks.
Preregister at the park of your choice. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. Space is limited.
Pet Protection Essentials
Animal Care and Adoption will bring low-cost necessities for your pets to Roosevelt Gardens Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. One-year rabies vaccinations and Broward County Rabies Registration tags will be available for $25 for spayed or neutered dogs and cats or $35 for pets that are not spayed or neutered. Microchips, permanent identification that helps reunite pets separated from their owners, will also be available for $15. Attendees must be Broward County residents, and only credit/debit card payment will be accepted. Customers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. All dogs should be on leashes and all cats should be in carriers. For more information, call the park at 954-357-8700.
National County Government Month Showcases Broward at Work
It’s National County Government Month, a great opportunity to showcase Broward at Work by highlighting many of the County’s programs and services that make living in Broward so desirable.
Broward County Parks and Recreation and Nova Southeastern University have collaborated to create the new Marine Environmental Education Center at the historic Carpenter House at Hollywood North Beach Park. This is just one example of a County program that enhances our quality of life and expands educational and creative opportunities. Visit Broward.org/CountiesMatter to learn more about this program and many others.roward County Parks and Recreation and Nova Southeastern University have collaborated to create the new Marine Environmental Education Center at the historic Carpenter House at Hollywood North Beach Park. This is just one example of a County program that enhances our quality of life and expands educational and creative opportunities. Visit Broward.org/CountiesMatter to learn more about this program and many others.