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Palm Beach County ROCKS!

There are so many things to love about Palm Beach County. From the beaches to the numerous parks and free or inexpensive family activities offered, there are countless blessings in life here. Recently I stumbled upon a wonderful activity that is going on in our community, and I wanted to tell you all about it. 

A few weeks ago, my daughters and I were at a local park and my three-year-old Gabby picked up a rock (as usual) and said, “Mommy! Look at my treasure!” At first I didn’t even glance over because she’s obsessed with nature objects in general and is constantly picking up sticks, flowers, pebbles, leaves and pinecones. This time, however, she brought it over to me and I was surprised to see a rock, a painted rock. It had some writing on it and I said “Wow, that’s cool!” My oldest daughter immediately knew what it was from talking with some other kids at another playground.

“Mom, that’s one of those painted rocks people are making and hiding for other people to find. Now she needs to hide it for someone else.”

My mom friends at the park saw it and told me there is a Facebook group for this fun community-wide hide-and-seek called “PBC Rocks (Palm Beach County Rocks)”.  I looked it up and found many of my friends were already part of this group. Come join the fun! Here’s how, from the Pinned Post in the group:

“Get some acrylic paint, sealant, brushes, rocks and…that’s all you need. Make sure your rocks are smooth, if you need to rub them down with a towel (but don’t worry about water because then they might absorb it). Paint your rock in halves – top and bottom; so you can dry each side individually. To help the group grow and add to the fun, write ‘PBC Rocks Facebook’ or something similar on the back of your rock. When you’re done painting and drying both sides, you’ll want to seal and dry each side. Then hide. Others will find your rock and smile. They can keep it or re-hide it.”

Now, I have to tell you. Miss Gabby has decided to keep her rock. She thinks it’s just about the best thing she ever found. So one of our first summer projects will be painting some of these rocks for others to find. It really did make us smile to find one. You can also post a pictures of the rocks you find on the Facebook group so that the original artists might be able to follow their rocks. 

I keep thinking about these rocks and the idea behind it. In our modern world that sometimes can seem so cold and media-focused, this is a tangible way to bring joy into someone’s life. This person is probably someone you don’t already know, and you might not ever know. This activity is a fun way for families to do some art together and then give it away to bless another family or individual. Now you can see why Palm Beach County Rocks ROCKS! 

Have you already hid some rocks? Have any tips for beginners? Let me know in the comment section!

 

Feature Photo by: Melanie Manning

14 Responses to Palm Beach County ROCKS!

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    Vanessa Roman July 23, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

    Find one at the petting zoo on 441 in Boynton Beach a ladybug beautiful

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    Carla July 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

    I found a red one at the inlet and it says PBC ROCKS F. It definetly was a unexcepted find. Really brighter my day😄.

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      Sherry R September 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

      @carla…. did it look kinda-sorta like a shell? That mighta been mine! I left one there at the end of April.

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    Trish July 27, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    Just found one outside of my Publix on a ledge – love it. Going to start painting today!

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    Pamela dewall July 28, 2017 at 9:39 am #

    Found a rock at mcdonalds in boca.on jog rd. Its blue and really pretty!

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    Darlene Heelan July 30, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

    We found one today 🙂 🙂 🙂
    My son was excited to find it we found it in the Royal Palm Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza under a bush thank you so much wanted to post a picture but don’t have anywhere to post it it was beautiful weary hit the rock and good luck to the next person that was

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    Lisa Pagan August 7, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    Hi all… Just found an adorable little blue bird one found outside of the Walmart Supermarket on S. Military & Boynton. I was having a really rough day and it truly lifted my spirits. I am going to keep this one as a memory to keep smiling since it brought me so much joy, but will be painting more and putting them all around PBC. Keep an eye out. Thanks for the smile.

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    Darlene August 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

    I just found my first one today at the palm beach Co library in royal palm beach. it said Tai Chi rocks and has a ying and yang painted on it, I think I `will hide it for someone else to find.

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    Tom August 15, 2017 at 9:08 am #

    FOUND S.A.S. rock at Government Building downtown West Palm Beach. Moving it nearby

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    Jennifer Marseille August 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    They really brighten my day too! Thanks for sharing your finds!

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    Kay zajicek August 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

    Found onetoday at walmart grocery store, [email protected]

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    Britt September 1, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

    I unexpectedly ran into my first rock at cvs on hypoluxo, it’s painted purple and says “Tea Time” with a tea pot and cup / on the back it’s #pbcrocks . I can’t lie I was looking at it for a few minutes before I even decided to pick it but as soon as I decided to I smiled… This has definitely encouraged me to make a few and plant them in hopes to brighten up someone’s day.

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    Britt September 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    I unexpectedly ran into my first rock at cvs on hypoluxo, it’s painted purple and says “Tea Time” with a tea pot and cup / on the back it’s #pbcrocks . I can’t lie I was looking at it for a few minutes before I even decided to pick it up but as soon as I did, I smiled… This has definitely encouraged me to make a few and plant them in hopes to brighten up someone’s day.

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    Go Solar Program September 28, 2017 at 2:02 am #

    We love West Palm Beach and South Florida is amazing. Thanks for sharing the post.