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Splish Splash

FRI 7/11

Looking to get wet? Quiet Waters Park (6601 N. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach) holds its monthly "Splash at the Moon" event at 7 p.m. Sure, cooling off during the day by hitting Splash Adventure, the park's interactive water playground, is fun, but why not check it out at night? It happens only once a month, and, what with the darkness, aquatic games of hide-and-seek or Marco Polo become all the more fun. After all, whenever you play Marco Polo during the day, there's always one cheater who insists on keeping one eye just slightly open. Marco Polo, water polo or monkey in the middle -- they're all fun in the dark. With the moon out, all things are equal, and that cheater has to just learn to play fair. While the kids are busy hitting the slides, parents can check out the lakeside beach or the biking/jogging trails. Admission is $6. Call 954-360-1315. -- Dan Sweeney

MON 7/14

Investigating Nature

Young nature lovers can learn all about the world around them at Fern Forest Nature Center (201 S. Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek). Beginning today, the center offers its "Nature Detectives" program for kids ages 8 to 11. Each day of the four-day session brings new and exciting lessons about the world around us, with various days focusing on the plants, the animals, and the ecosystem of the nature center. With five trails winding through Fern Forest and ten plant communities populating the place, the opportunities to learn more about planet Earth know few bounds. Each day counts as a separate session, and each session costs $9. Call 954-970-0150. -- Dan Sweeney

SAT 7/12


The Loxahatchee River Historical Museum (805 N. Federal Hwy., Jupiter) and the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary (2500 Jupiter Park Dr., Jupiter) combine their efforts to bring kids ages 13 and younger the "First Annual Great Florida Scavenger Hunt." Beginning at 10 a.m., scavenger hunters and their parents or guardians can pick up forms at either location that reveal everything kids must gather up to be a winner. The kids then spend the next six hours combing the area, slowly checking off each item on the form. Once everything has been identified, they are to make a mad dash for the museum and get the completed form in by 4 p.m. (Note: Only the museum accepts completed forms. If you show up at Busch Sanctuary at 4 p.m., you just lost the race.) If everything on the form is correct, it will be entered in a contest to win tickets to see Spy Kids III at Jupiter 18 Regal Cinemas or toys from, a Sunrise-based toy manufacturer, along with many other prizes supplied by nonprofit groups. Admission is free. Call 561-575-3399 (Busch sanctuary) or 561-747-6639 (Loxahatchee museum). -- Dan Sweeney


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