Things to Do & Know
A recurring feature in our monthly newsletter...
Each month we'll be bringing you a curated list of the Top Things to Do & Know in Boca Raton. The City is offering a lot of fun and educational programs and resources in May. Star Wars fans can attend Library Services' May the 4th Celebration, parents can sign their child(ren) up in one of the many summer camps offered, and we honor and remember the Police and Armed Forces that have lost their lives with Memorial Day ceremonies and events.
1. Food Truck Fridays, May 3
The next Food Truck Friday is May 3 at Countess DeHoernle Park (1000 NW Spanish River Blvd). Bring your appetite as the City features popular food trucks and live music on the first Friday of every month in Spring!
On each date, a different local park will be showcased and food trucks will bring sweet and savory dishes to make for the perfect lunchtime outing! May 3 features eats by Taco Inn, Empanada Top, Churrasco Grill, Las Mexicanas, Tacos Veracruz, Reggae Beets Vegan and Tikiz Ice Cream.
For more information, visit Food Truck Fridays.
2. Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You Celebration, May 4
Calling all Star Wars fans: Get to the Boca Raton Downtown Library in less than 12 parsecs on May 4 for the Star Wars "May the 4th Be With You" Celebration. This event is fun for Star Wars fans of all ages. No registration is required and costumes are encouraged! Activities include:
- 10am-10:30am: Star Wars Storytime (ages 5 and under)
- 11am-12:30pm: Jedi Academy with 51st Legion Stormtroopers (ages 5-11)
- 1pm-2pm: Costume Contest (all ages)
- 3pm-5pm: Movie- The Last Jedi (PG-13, 152 minutes, all ages)
May the Force be with you!
3. National Small Business Week, May 5-11
Discover valuable resources and services through a series of free classes to help you grow your business at the Boca Raton Public Libraries during Small Business Week. Topics include networking, business licenses, tax issues, grant writing and much more!
Find classes and register through the calendar at bocalibary.org.
4. Practically Perfect: The Music of Julie Andrew, May 11 & 12
Presented by Matthews Entertainment, enjoy a multimedia theatrical event that relives the life and music of the incomparable star and recreates your favorite moments from stage and screen. Combine a generous helping of Julie Andrews, add an overflowing spoonful of her two favorite leading men, Robert Goulet and Dick Van Dyke, and sprinkle in more than a few surprises. This show runs on May 11 and 12. Learn more at the Willow Theatre.
5. Prepare, Respond and Recover from Disasters and Emergencies Workshop, May 15
If a disaster or other emergency strikes our community, you may only have seconds or minutes to react. Learn how the City of Boca Raton prepares for potential threats at the Boca Raton Downtown Library on May 15 from 6pm to 8pm.
Learn what steps and preparations you can take in advance to protect yourself, your family, home, property and business. Guest speakers will be available to answer your questions after the presentation.
6. Especially for Kids, May 18
Celebrating its fifth year, Especially for Kids is a free event at Sugar Sand Park Community Center on Saturday, May 18 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm for kids with special needs and abilities and their families. Enjoy exclusive access to the park "after hours," including carousel rides and the Children's Science Explorium, art activities, glitter tattoos, dancing, resource fair exhibitors, food and more. Sound modifications, limited registrations and a quiet room will be available. This event is free. However, pre-registration is required for all family members at Sugarsandpark.org/special-needs-programs.
7. Memorial Day Ceremonies, Concert & Events, May 10, 27, 29 & 31
Honor our fallen heroes at Memorial Day City events. Join the Boca Raton Police Services Department on Friday, May 10 at 11am for the Annual Police Memorial (learn more on Facebook).
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 from 9am to 10am at the Boca Raton Cemetery, join us for a Memorial Day ceremony followed by a FREE concert from 7pm to 9pm at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Learn more about these events at Boca Raton Special Events.
Programs for veterans continue on May 29 with the free Military Intel program at the Downtown Library (12pm to 2pm) that provides veterans and their families information on benefits. Visit Bocalibrary.org for more information. End the week on May 31 with Yoga for Vets at the Boca Raton Community Center from 6pm to 7pm.
8. Give Your Children a Summer to Remember with Camp Boca
The Elementary Camp runs from June 4 to August 9, 7:30am to 5:30pm at the Boca Raton Community Center, Patch Reef Park and Boca Elementary. Tween Camp is located at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School. It runs June 10 to August 2 from 7:30am to 5:30pm.
For more information, register online at Webtrac.
9. Tennis Camps, June 4-August 9
Boca Raton and Tennis -- two things that just go together. The City is offering three Summer Tennis Camps for Pee Wee, Junior, and Junior Tournament Training. The camps run from June 4 to August 9 for ages 3 to 16. Camp offerings are daily or weekly. You have the option of half day (9am to 12pm), full day (9am to 3:30pm) and extended camp (3:30pm to 6pm). Lunch is included for full-day students. Sign up now by calling 561-367-7090. Space is limited!
10. Fishing Academy, June 1-7, June 24-28
Registration is now open for the Fishing Academy at Patch Reef Park. Participants will enjoy a great week of fishing and will learn how to tie different knots, bait a hook, how to identify different fish and learn water safety. All fishing equipment will be provided. All participants will receive a t-shirt, daily prizes, rod/reel to keep, daily snack, and a medal during the end of the week awards ceremony following a fishing tournament. The cost is $140 for residents and $175 for non-residents. The Fishing Academy is for ages 6 to 13 and runs from 9am to 12pm. Sign up online for June 3-7 or June 24-28.
11. Fun and Games in Mizner Park
Visitors to downtown can now enjoy some outdoor fun and games in Mizner Park. Downtown Boca has debuted a giant chess set and large Adirondack chair -- providing public engagement, entertainment and great photo ops.
The interactive attractions are located at the south end of Mizner Park and are free and open to all. They join Putt N' on the Plaza -- a mini-golf putting green installed on the grass near Max's Grille.
Grab some friends, the kids or a date and check them out -- and make sure you tag your photos #DowntownBoca.
12. Register for a Sea Turtle Walk with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Join Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for a fun, educational program about sea turtles! The adventure begins in Gumbo Limbo Nature Center's classroom learning about the sea turtles we find nesting in Florida. Then we will venture out for a walk along the beach and the chance to see a nesting loggerhead turtle! Check-in for this evening program begins at 8:30pm, and the program starts at 8:45pm. The program ends after one loggerhead turtle is observed, or at midnight (12am), whichever occurs first. Turtle Walks are for ages 8 and up; minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Program participants provide their own transportation to the beach. Reservations are required; space is limited. Visit Gumbo Limbo to learn more and make reservations.
13. Learn more about Premier Gymnastics
Premier Gymnastics, who trains at the Sugar Sand Park Field House, is happy to announce the accomplishments of some tremendous local gymnasts at the Florida State Championships held March 23-24 in North Miami Beach! Congratulations to Sophia Sargsyan who won first place for the floor, ribbon and all-around routines for level six. Alina Dekhkanov won rope, finished third on ball and finished second on floor and all-around in level four. Lisa Savankova won second on ropes and club and finished third all-around in level five. The team has numerous athletes that consistently give their best and continue to make us proud. Great job Premier Gymnastics!
Rhythmic gymnastics is a fascinating combination of ballet, acrobatics and theatrical prop handling. It is oriented toward developing grace, smoothness and connection with musical accompaniment. Two kinds of techniques are involved in this program: body movement and apparatus handling. For additional information, please contact the Sugar Sand Park Field House at (561)347-3950.
21 and up? Try Boca's local brews with the Ale Trail
21 and up and looking for some fun weekend plans? Say a cheers to craft beer, South Florida style, with Disover the Palm Beaches' "Ale Trail of the Palm Beaches."
Stop at breweries and attractions throughout Palm Beach County, including Boca Raton locations Crazy Uncle Mike's, Barrel of Monks Brewing, Prosperity Brewers, and Robot Brewing Company & Quixotic Lounge. View the Ale Trail map for locations.