6 MOSAIC experiments to try

Each May, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council showcases area arts and culture organizations through a MOSAIC (“Month of shows, art, ideas and culture”). Attractions across the county offer special programming, offers and experiences for guests. This year, the Cultural Council asked Nick Mele––a local known nationally for its lifestyle, fashion and interior design photography––to step out from behind the camera and serve as curator of the 2022 MOSAIC experiences.

As curator of this year’s experiences, Mele shares her favorite organizations to visit with her family of four. Below, find his curated list of six MOSAIC experiences, along with his personal insights and recommendations and, of course, photos.

Molly Mele with Archer exploring the Monts Botanical Garden. Photo by Nick Mele Photography

Mounts Botanical Garden is a special lush oasis in West Palm Beach. There are not many places more beautiful than this to take a walk with the family and enjoy nature. This 14-acre living plant museum with 23 spectacular gardens includes a water garden, butterfly garden, rain garden and perfume garden. More than 2,000 species of native Florida plants, exotic and tropical fruit trees, herbs, palms and bromeliads await visitors of all ages. The kids loved feeding the fish and running around the kids maze. It’s one of those rare places that makes you feel like you’re not in a city anymore.

MOSAIC offer: Receive half-price general or child admission with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

The Mele family spend the day at the Norton Museum of Art.  Photo by Nick Mele Photography
The Mele family spend the day at the Norton Museum of Art. Photo by Nick Mele Photography

The Norton Museum of Art is a world-class organization located in the heart of West Palm Beach. The caliber of exhibits and artists on display is extraordinary. You could spend a whole day exploring this wonderful museum, including the beautiful garden and beer garden.

MOSAIC offer: Receive 10% off museum visits at 3 p.m., museum shop purchases, and restaurant purchases. Customers must present the QR code.

The Mele family at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum.  Photo by Nick Mele Photography
The Mele family at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Photo by Nick Mele Photography

Ready to take your family vacation to new heights? The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is a must-see for anyone traveling to The Palm Beaches, but especially for those who love the outdoors. The grounds surrounding the lighthouse are absolutely stunning, highlighted by a huge banyan tree and stunning views that are truly unparalleled. Climbing the circular staircase to the top of the lighthouse is an exhilarating experience and a great exercise to start. Bring the family with you during MOSAIC!

MOSAIC offer: Buy one, get kids free all through May.

Photo by Nick Mele Photography
Photo by Nick Mele Photography

Yesteryear Village at South Florida Fairgrounds is a history-driven hidden gem located on the western end of West Palm Beach. Although we have been to the fairground several times, we had no idea it was there! We could have stayed for hours exploring all the different homes and shops, all focused on showcasing life in Florida before 1940. You really feel like you’ve been transported to another era. Plus the volunteer staff are so knowledgeable and friendly it really adds to the experience. It’s a great way to explore history with kids in a hands-on way.

MOSAIC offer: Save $3 on tickets (maximum of four).

The Meles headed to the Cox Science Museum & Aquarium for a day of family fun.  Photo by Nick Mele Photography
The Meles headed to the Cox Science Museum & Aquarium for a day of family fun. Photo by Nick Mele Photography

Looking to add a little education into the mix? Look no further than the Cox Science Center & Aquarium in West Palm Beach’s Dreher Park. This is one of our favorite places to bring the boys, especially on a rainy day when you need a good indoor activity. Rotating exhibits mean there’s always something new to see and do. Everything is so interactive that it makes learning fun for kids and for parents like us.

MOSAIC offer: Free admission for one child with the purchase of an adult admission or $5 off admission for up to four people.

Molly Mele gets crafty with Johnny and Archer at Resource Depot.  Photo by Nick Mele Photography
Molly Mele gets crafty with Johnny and Archer at Resource Depot. Photo by Nick Mele Photography

Resource Depot is an amazing place to go when looking for arts and crafts for kids. There are new treasures around every corner and this is an opportunity to teach children about reuse and recycling. It also stimulates creativity – the boys immediately wanted to take all these little pieces and put things together.

MOSAIC offer: Turn trash into wonder with BOGO Bins at Resource Depot’s Materials Market, or 25% off purchases from the TreasuRE Shop.

Looking for even MORE to explore during MOSAIC? Click on here to see full offer details, hotel deals, and additional information about arts and culture in the Palm Beaches.


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