Science Playground

***Sugar Sand Park Community Center is open Monday-Friday from 9am-8pm, and Saturday & Sunday from 9am-4pm for walk-in permit sales and customer service questions.  2020-2021 Beach, Boat, & Dog Permits are available for purchase at City Community Centers. Facial coverings are required inside all City facilities. City beach, boat, and dog park/beach permit-holders are still encouraged to renew permits online.

The Science Playground, Splash Pad, walking paths, athletic fields, & outdoor basketball courts at Sugar Sand Park are open for public use and are to be used at your own risk.

Be advised that the Children's Science Explorium, Willow Theatre, Carousel, and Field House are currently closed.

Our park pavilions are open on a first come, first serve basis. We ask all park patrons to adhere to the directives and Emergency Orders put forth by Palm Beach County:

Park visitors must practice social distancing—remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

Per Palm Beach County Emergency Order 12, facial coverings are required in public spaces, including any outdoor areas that are open and regularly accessible, where social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines is not possible or not being practiced. Individuals are not required to wear facial coverings when actively engaging in exercise and maintaining social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We continue to encourage everyone to follow CDC Guidelines so that they can best protect themselves, as well as others during this time.***

The Science Playground is a tri–level hands–on experience that features many interactive components demonstrating a variety of scientific principles for all ages.  Built to American Society for Testing & Materials standards, the playground is strong and safe, with a soft, impact-attenuating ground surface.  This surface has a wayfinding feature, allowing parents and children to pinpoint their exact location within the playground through identifying markings.  

The inclusive playground features wheelchair accessible swings, slides, sensory walls, and an expanded climbing structure that allows for access to people of all ages and abilities, and greater visibility for parents and children alike. The updated splash pad showcases a variety of sea creatures, and there is a new train station-themed toddler play area. 


Added inclusive equipment includes:  Oodle® Swing, OmniSpin® Spinner, Stand-Up Spinner, Roller Table, Quiet Nook, Sign Language Alphabet Board. The playground is located outdoors adjacent to Sugar Sand Park Community Center/Children's Science Explorium.


Monday–Sunday:  8 am – sunset

Note: water is not available when the temperature is below 72°. 

Playground will close at first sign of inclement weather.

The CHICKEE HUT inside the playground is shared space for all playground users. It is NOT for parties or organized gatherings. All playground users may use the Chickee Hut.

Advance reservations are necessary for group visits; in addition, reservations are available only to groups that meet residency requirements. Reservations must be obtained from Children's Science Explorium staff and are dependent upon availability.  Please review the information on the Explorium website to determine your eligibility and how to make a group reservation.

Groups without a reservation and the proper paperwork will be turned away!

Check out special needs family programs here.