Love Our Parks
There are so many reasons to love our parks. Residents and visitors alike can come to Broward County parks and experience the beauty of nature, improve their health and wellness, learn from educational programs, connect at community events, and spend time with family and friends. There are many budget-friendly amenities, activities, programs, and events to enjoy, and many of them are even free. Visit the Attractions, Things to Do, and Calendar of Events pages of our Website to learn more about what you can do at our parks. Save on admission, too, by purchasing an individual or family parks pass that will cover the weekend and holiday gate entrance fee for a year.
Most people don’t associate our parks with dancing, but we actually have several events and programs that will get participants moving to the rhythm of music.
The annual Senior Red & White Ball is an event where ages 50 and up can enjoy dinner, entertainment, dancing, and other social activities. Attendees are encouraged to dress in red and/or white. The ball will take place at the Urban League of Broward County on Friday, February 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is free but requires a ticket, which can be obtained by contacting Marcia Jenkins at 954-357-6867 or by visiting Boulevard Gardens Community Center.
Our Special Populations Section plans dances throughout the year. One of the events, called the Friday Night Social, is co-sponsored with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Broward County. This month’s social will be on February 10 at Tree Tops Park from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The dance is for adults living with mental illness, ages 18 and up, and includes deejay music, socializing, dancing, refreshments, and more. For more information, call the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or NAMI at 954-316-9907.
Our Special Populations Section also coordinates a variety of programs, including the Take the Stage! dance program. This free program, for youth ages 8 to 12 with developmental disabilities, is co-sponsored by the City of Plantation Parks and Recreation Department. With the help of student volunteers from St. Thomas Aquinas High School, participants explore a fusion of jazz, classical ballet, and hop-hop dancing while building coordination, rhythm, socialization, self-awareness, self-expression, and confidence. Participants also work on a routine that may be performed for family and friends at the end of the program. Classes will be held weekly at Central Park Multi-Purpose Center in Plantation on Saturdays from January 28 through March 4, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and preregistration as well as consistent attendance are required. Call Special Populations at 954-357-8170 or email SpecialPopulations@Broward.org for more information or to preregister.
Zumba classes merge dancing and fitness at T.Y. Park on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at West Lake Park. The cost is $10/class, $45/five classes, or $85/10 classes, and these sessions are for ages 16 and up. Classes at both parks are taught by instructor Mariela Rico, and you can email her at ZumbaMariela15@gmail.com or visit her Website at MarielaRico.Zumba.com for more information.
Dance to a wide variety of music, including pop, country, rock 'n' roll, R&B, Latin, and soul, at Lori’s Line Dancing classes at Secret Woods Nature Center. Classes are on Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. and cost $8/person or $6/senior (ages 55 and up). Call Lori at 954-551-1354 for more information or to register.
New Nature Program for Kids
Starting Tuesday, February 7, a new nature program will be available at Miramar Pineland on the first Tuesdays of each month through September. K-2 Nature Kids is a monthly program for children that has been modeled after the award-winning Nature Tots program for toddlers. K-2 Nature Kids will be for children in kindergarten through second grade, ages 5 to 7. Children, accompanied by an adult, will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and can enjoy story time, arts and crafts, and a snack. The cost is $5 per child, and preregistration and prepayment at the park are required. For more information, call Miramar Pineland at 954-357-8776. Visit our Calendar of Events to see the dates for other nature programs for children, including K-2 Nature Kids, Nature Tots, Knee-High Naturalist, and Polliwogs.
Make dinner something different this month. Go to a Food Truck Night at one of our parks to enjoy a tasty meal, picnic-style. Choose grub from your favorite food truck or purchase from multiple vendors for an array of flavors. Even groups with different tastes can find something to eat at the same place. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chairs. For more information about what food you’ll find at the next Food Truck Night, visit FoodTruckInvasion.com.
- Tuesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m., at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 33317, 954-357-5135
- Third Wednesday of the Month, 5-9:30 p.m., Brian Piccolo Sports Park & Velodrome, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City 33024, 954-357-5150
- Last Thursday of the Month, 5-9:30 p.m., Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073, 954-357-8870
Tradewinds is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #34, Coconut Creek North, and Coconut Creek South; and Plantation Heritage via Route #30.
Back to the Renaissance
The Florida Renaissance Festival brings a whimsical and historical celebration to Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach each year. Visitors may feel as though they’ve traveled in a time machine with all the Renaissance activities around. They’ll be able to eat turkey legs, watch sword-fight performances, and shop at an artisan marketplace. Some modern luxuries will be mixed in as well, such as festival rides.
The fun will return this year on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to sunset, from February 11 to March 26, plus School Day, Monday, February 13, and President's Day, Monday, February 20. Schools must preregister. The festival costs $21 for ages 13 and up and $9 for ages 6 to 12, plus tax. Group rates, season passes, and VIP parking are also available. Ages 5 and under are admitted free.
Music to Note
Play or listen to music in our parks by attending one of these events this February.
Sun., Feb. 12, 2-4 p.m. – Music at the Mangrove: Miami International Piano Festival Classical Piano Concert
at Anne Kolb Nature Center
– Enjoy a free concert sponsored by the Music Club of Hollywood. Donations benefit the Friends of Anne Kolb Nature Center volunteer group. Call the nature center at 954-357-5161 for more information.
Sun., Feb. 26, 1-4 p.m. – Jamming in the Park
at Secret Woods Nature Center
– Musicians can bring their favorite instruments and join the acoustic jam session in the park, and listeners can enjoy the music. Free event. Call the nature center at 954-357-8884 for more information.
Anne Kolb is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #4 and #12; Fern Forest via Routes #31 and #42; and Secret Woods via Route #6.
Broward County is a great place to live, work, and grow. Enjoy your community even more by taking advantage of the resources available, like visiting Broward County parks. You can interact with fellow members of the community and meet new people by volunteering, joining a club, or taking a class at one of our parks. Visit the Volunteer page of our Website to learn how you can make a positive impact, and visit the Calendar of Events page or contact the park of your choice to see what classes, clubs, and events are available.
Planning an Event?
There are many details to figure out when planning a wedding, birthday party, baby shower, family reunion, or other special event. Are you still looking for a venue? Reserve one of the budget-friendly venues at our parks, and host an event without breaking the bank. We have a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities to choose from, including event halls, meeting rooms, gazebos, picnic pavilions, and amphitheaters. Whether you want to be surrounded by the great outdoors or the comfort of air conditioning, learn more information about the facilities available to rent. You can contact the park of your choice for help with a reservation, or reserve online at WebTrac.Broward.org.
Parks Foundation of Broward County
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.