Three kid-friendly things to do this weekend in Palm Beach Gardens

Colin Lennon, (3L with hat) of Boynton Beach, displaying signs of support along with fellow Special Olympians before Dream Riders depart for a seven day ride to Farmington, Connecticut Saturday Aug. 15, 2015 at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens. Twenty eight motorcycles, with thirty five riders, will make stops along the way to raise funds for Special Olympics Palm Beach. Riders and Special Olympians will reunite in Farmington for a three day event that will involve 25,000 motorcycle riders from across the nation. This is the third annual ride by the Dream Riders representing Palm Beach County. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)

Colin Lennon, (3L with hat) of Boynton Beach, displaying signs of support along with fellow Special Olympians before Dream Riders depart for a seven day ride to Farmington, Connecticut Saturday Aug. 15, 2015 at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)

It’s almost the weekend, and you know what that means: two work-free days to have fun and family time. A few suggestions:

*The FL2CT Dream Ride sendoff: You’ll have to get up early on a Saturday for this one, but the fanfare at this 7:30 to 9 a.m. sendoff for motorcyclists and rare car drivers traveling 2,000 miles from PGA National to Farmington, Conn., should make it worth it. Expect music from DJ Korey’s Krew, a blessing of the bikes by Rev. Michael Cairnes and the John I. Leonard High School marching band and cheerleaders at the event at . The Special Olympics athletes who are the beneficiaries of the ride are the focus of the festivities.

*Get to know the reef: At 10 a.m. every Saturday in August, MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, hosts an educational reef program so people can learn about the fish and other inhabitants of the reef near the shore. After the program, they’ll be instructed on where to snorkel. People should bring their own snorkeling equipment, although a required diver down flag can be rented at the gift shop. The program is free with the $5 cost of park admission.

*Let the kids test their engineering talents: The Barnes and Noble at Legacy Place, 11380 Legacy Ave., is hosting a LEGO build event 4 p.m. Saturday for kids ages six and older. Participants will explore use their creativity and learn to work as a team, according to the store’s website.

 

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