Solar Power and Kids – How A Trip To The Park Can Mean More…

I don’t think I ever learned about solar power in school. I feel like as I’ve gotten older it has become something more real. More attainable and something both of my boys will learn about as a legitamate source of energy.

I’ve seen a few houses here and there with solar panels but it’s never started a conversation like the ones that have been popping up in Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast. I think it is genius that Florida Power and Light has started placing Solar Energy Centers not only around town, but in locations that families are able to get close to them, and see how they can easily be a part of our everyday life.

Before your children go back to school, give them some “info-tainment” with educational and fun things to do here at home, by taking them to see solar energy up close.

I didn’t know but Florida is in the midst of the largest solar expansion in its history. Florida Power & Light Company’s “30-by-30” plan to is to install 30 million solar panels by 2030. At some locations there are even signs to help explain in easy terms how the solar panels help. I love that you can touch these little pieces and see exactly how light weight they are.

Solar fields are typically in remote locations, that honestly most families will never go. With this new initiative, there will be more and more popping up.

They are in places where families can go see solar panels for themselves, right in their own hometowns. FP&L’s goal is to inspire children to learn about the importance of clean energy, while being exposed to solar at popular tourism destinations.

Did you know Florida leads the country in new solar jobs – which means the children of today who go see these solar trees and canopies, could one day be working in the industry themselves. I love getting them excited about things that they one day could be in charge of.

Of course as you visit the solar panels, enjoy the family fun around them. One of our “bucket list” activities this fall is to visit every park and location that has solar panels. Something fun and different to do. I also love the idea of my boys showing these photos to their grandkids one day. Who knows how we will use solar energy in the future, and I want them to remember the beginning of its growth.

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Solar trees are aesthetic structures that look like actual trees, that feed clean energy to the community. Some of them can even charge your cell phone or laptop.

Solar canopies provide shaded parking, which is helpful for keeping visitors’ cars cool during hot days. Have you parked under one yet and wondered what they were? Yeah, solar power panels.

How many locations have you found solar trees and canopies?

Palm Beach County:

  • Manatee Lagoon, anFPL Eco-Discovery Center in Riviera Beach
  • Howard Park in West Palm Beach
  • South Florida Science Center & Aquarium in West Palm Beach
  • Brightline station in West Palm Beach
  • Barracuda Bay Aquatic Complex in Riviera Beach
  • Palm Beach Gardens Aquatics Complex
  • Barrier Free Park in Boynton Beach
  • Oceanfront Park in Boynton Beach
  • Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society in West Palm Beach
  • Joseph Russo Athletic Complex in Palm Beach Gardens

Martin County:

  • Kiwanis Youth Park in Stuart

St. Lucie County:

  • Jessica Clinton Park in Port St. Lucie

For more information, visit http://SolarNow.FPL.com.

Easy Last Minute Summer Bucket List – Do these now…

I honesty can’t believe in less than one month kids in South Florida will be starting school again. The summer is FLYING by. While the summer days are exciting, I want to make sure we are using our days to their full advantage. There are still tons of things I want to make sure I do with my kids before we get back into the school routine. Continue reading “Easy Last Minute Summer Bucket List – Do these now…”

Some People Are Worth Melting For – Disney on Ice – Frozen

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen.  The heartwarming Academy Award®-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintry world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go.” Continue reading “Some People Are Worth Melting For – Disney on Ice – Frozen”

Screen Free Car Activities for your Kids

Keeping your kids occupied and happy in the car is hard. The older they get, I’m hoping it may get easier… but honestly, right now it feels like a job.

Screen-free that is. I know that there are tons of apps that would probably save my sanity, as well as the DVD players that go around the headrests. But I want my kids to look out the window. To be bored. To listen to the radio. To ask questions. To see something they have never seen before. Continue reading “Screen Free Car Activities for your Kids”

Spring Turkey Run – Daytona

 

The 30th Spring Daytona Turkey Run presented by White Diamond welcomes thousands of beautiful classic and custom cars, a massive swap meet, arts and crafts on Artisan Alley, music, great food and drink and DOGS! The family event kicks off at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 22nd at the Daytona International Speedway, and runs through Sunday, March 24th. There truly is something for everyone! A great way to end your spring break too!

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What You Want To Know About The Disney Junior Dance Party – Hollywood Studios

Most weekends when we head out to Walt Disney World, you’ll find us at Magic Kingdom. I feel like that park has more to offer for younger kids… but I’m loving that Hollywood Studios has been adding Disney Junior selections.

We thought this would be the perfect getaway for a toddler birthday celebration.  Since we only have birthday parties every other year (I’ll post about that later), this was a great party alternative. Continue reading “What You Want To Know About The Disney Junior Dance Party – Hollywood Studios”

Spring Break Camp – The Palm Beach Zoo

One of the things I honestly never thought about before becoming a parent was where my kids were going to go on non-school days. It’s not on any parenting list, they just show up. I loved those random days as a kid… something fun and different, but now as a parent I’m like … OK… another day that I need to plan.

It can be a bit stressful. Where are they going to go? How are they going to get there? How will it change our schedule? AND… how do I keep them away from screens (which is a problem I’m encountering more and more).

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Winter Zoo Camp – Palm Beach Zoo

The first week of vacation was great right? Tons to do around the house, Christmas gifts to play with… family in town. But now your kids are marching around the house blowing on a $.25 whistle their grandmother gave them and screaming about how the other one is looking at them. No? Only me? Yeah, I didn’t think so…

This mama is tired and needs something for my kids to do to keep them busy and my house less of a hazard zone. You too? Continue reading “Winter Zoo Camp – Palm Beach Zoo”