Broward County is located in sunny South Florida -- and offers plenty of fun-filled attractions and activities for kids and parents to enjoy on a Friday night. Whether you're looking for an evening of laid-back relaxation or want to revel in an exciting adventure, you're sure to find something to do in the area.
There are several interesting movie options in Broward County. During the cooler months, try a movie in the park. You can bring a cooler full of snacks and drinks, along with some lawn chairs or just a blanket, and settle down in front of a large movie screen at the Young Circle Amphitheater in Hollywood for Arts Park Movie Night. For an exciting indoor movie experience, you and the kids may like the AutoNation IMAX Theater located in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The five-story-high screen often features movies in 3D -- and the 42 speakers positioned throughout the theater deliver a spectacular movie experience. The theater is open 365 days a year and offers advanced ticket sales if you want to reserve your seats.
Cultural and Educational Activities
If you'd like a more cultural experience with the kids, consider the Parker Playhouse managed by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. In the summer, the playhouse sometimes feature kids' shows performed by young actors enrolled in their summer camp programs. They also have a variety of performances, activities and educational programs throughout the year for kids and adults alike. During the summer, you might also want to take advantage of free Friday nights at the Discovery Museums in Fort Lauderdale. There are actually two museums -- the Children's Discovery Museum and the Science Discovery Museum -- which are right next to each other. At the Children's Discovery Museum, toddlers and young children learn while they play, while at the Science Discovery Museum, visitors of all ages become scientists, getting involved in interactive exhibits that encourage children to design experiments and make discoveries. Since the museums are located on 4 acres, bring some food and a blanket and picnic with your kids under the stars.
If you're up for a more active Friday night, try Boomers in Dania Beach, which offers numerous attractions including a go-kart track, a family ride park, miniature golf, bumper boats, laser tag, batting cages, a rock wall and an arcade. It's open on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Another option for a lively Friday night is to take the kids bowling. Brunswick Lanes in Margate is open late and offers cosmic bowling -- which involves bowling in the dark with a backdrop of music and flashing strobe lights. There are also arcade games and a snack bar available.
Of course, Broward County also has the Atlantic Ocean to offer residents and visitors. You might want to take the kids for a cruise on the Jungle Queen, which departs from Fort Lauderdale. Every night, including Friday nights, there's a dinner cruise from 6 to 10 p.m. -- and all ages are welcome. The large, three-level ship cruises down the Intracoastal Waterway where passengers can see the sites of the city. It also docks at a small island where passengers are served a barbecue meal followed by live entertainment -- and there's even a small zoo to explore. Alternatively, you and the kids might enjoy nighttime fishing or just walking on the pier in Deerfield Beach on a Friday night. The pier extends 976 feet into the ocean and has everything you need to enjoy a night of fishing, including rods, bait and tackle. It also has a concession stand onsite if anyone wants a quick snack while enjoying ocean view.