What’s Hoppin in Boca for Easter? Easter Family Fun in South Florida

Happy spring Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & 2017 Easter family fun in South Florida for the month of April!

***MORE 2017 EASTER FAMILY FUN IN SOUTH FLORIDA EVENTS WILL BE ADDED AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE***


2017 Easter Family Fun in South Florida

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Easter Brunch at the Addison

Hop to it! After my extravagant Valentine’s Day evening, I can’t wait to take my family to The Addison’s signature Easter brunch buffet, which includes live music, kid’s activities, and unlimited mimosas and bellinis.

Who can say no to that? Not this Modern Boca Mom…

DATE/TIME: Sunday, April 16; Reservations start at 10:00 AM

COST: Brunch is $89.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and children under 12 are half price.

Check out the brunch menu– just released. It sounds delectable!

Call (561) 372-0568 to book reservations because they will sell out!


Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill  team up to host an Easter-themed Celebration

DATE: April 1

TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • The fun-filled day of family-friendly activities will take place in front of Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill at The Fountains shopping center in Plantation.
  • Kids will have the opportunity to take photos with the Easter Bunny, and then the first 500 children will receive an Easter egg from the Easter Bunny.
  • The eggs, available on a first-come, first-serve basis, will be filled with goodies and a voucher to redeem a plush toy from Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME.
  • Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME will also be collecting prom dresses in support of Becca’s Closet, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes dresses to high school girls with financial need. Anyone who donates a new or gently-used prom dress will receive a voucher from LIME to redeem a free taco and a voucher from Hoffman’s Chocolates to redeem a free scoop of ice cream.
  • Hoffman’s Chocolates will be stocked with Easter favorites such as scrumptious Dipped & Decorated Chocolate-Covered Oreos, Chocolate Easter Bunnies (available in different sizes), Gourmet Caramel Apples, foiled chocolate Easter eggs and other holiday treats.
  • Before filling up on sweets, guests can stop at LIME to enjoy flavorful items like tacos, burritos, bowls and more!

The Fountains

(in front of Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill)

801 S University Drive

Plantation


Spring Family Fun Fest at CITYPLACE

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: April 9

TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: HERE

  • Photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny
  • Bunny Hop Relay Races, Prizes and more
  • Easter Egg Coloring
  • Storybook Village by Guardian Ad Litem, featuring Readings, Crafts and more
  • Bounce Houses, Face Painting and Live Entertainment

CITYPLACE

West Palm Beach


South Florida Parenting Spring Festival and Egg-A-Palooza

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: April 9

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: $8 per person, babies under 18 months are free. Day of, cash only at the entrance

Under the large canopy of Mizner Park Amphitheater will be a scavenger hunt, a meet and greet with the Bunny, live entertainment, a bunny hospital, face painting, balloon artists, art and crafts for kids, and dozens of exhibitors with information, interactive games and giveaways. So much 2017 Easter family fun in South Florida!

Outside the amphitheater, kids can participate in an ongoing egg hunt that includes prizes and treats, they can play in a variety of bounces houses, climb rock walls and run an obstacle course. Spring Festival & Egg-A-Palooza will also feature local sports teams and family friendly food trucks.

Mizner Park Amphitheater

Boca Raton


Easter Bunny Photos at Town Center

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: March 24- April 13

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: Reserve Your Appointment HERE for $10.00

Time for photos with the fluffy guy! He’ll be waiting for you near Nordstrom Courtyard.

Town Center of Boca Raton

Boca Raton


Boynton Beach Mall Easter Bunny Experience

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: March 25 – April 15

TIME: Monday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.;  Friday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

COST: Reserve HERE

KidX Club Breakfast with the Bunny, Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., in the Food Court

Kids will enjoy a fun morning with the Easter Bunny with treats from Auntie Anne’s and more.

KidX Club Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 8, from noon – 12:30 p.m., in the Play Area 

An “egg-citing” time awaits with the Bunny as kids go on the hunt for approximately 1,500 candy filled eggs. Sponsored by Elaine’s Hallmark and Restore Coffee Shop, this free event is open to the public. Children must enter by noon to participate.

Boynton Beach Mall’s Easter Bunny Photo Experience will give families the opportunity to capture special springtime memories. Children can visit with the Easter Bunny and parents are welcome to purchase professional photos of the fun occasion. For a complete schedule of the Easter Bunny Photo Experience, please visit www.boyntonbeachmall.com/.

Please note that in observance of Easter, Boynton Beach Mall will be closed on Sunday, April 16.

Boynton Beach Mall

Boynton Beach


Spring Eggstravaganza at Gulfstream Park
DATE: April 14

TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

Gulfstream Park is hosting a Spring Extravaganza on Friday, April 14 featuring an evening of free, outdoor fun and “eggcitement” for the whole family. Complimentary activities will include:

  • Easter Bunny Meet & Greet
  • Interactive DJ
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Artists
  • Games, Dancing, Sing Alongs
  • Prizes and Giveaways
  • Plenty of free and convenient parking
  • And much more!

Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park

901 South Federal Highway

Hallandale Beach


Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: April 15

TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

Grab your baskets and hop on over to Colee Hammock Park for First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza! Get ready for an afternoon of crafts, raffles and games. Hot dog “Hoppy Meals” will be available and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will be hosting a bake sale, so come hungry! Don’t miss this pre-Easter celebration that the whole family will enjoy.

 Colee Hammock Park

1500 Brickell Drive

Fort Lauderdale


Easter Egg Hunt at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
Photo by Chris Salata/Capehart
Copyright 2017
DATE: April 15

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

COST: FREE

Hop on over to Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens  for a spectacular children’s Easter egg hunt.  Three different age groups will enjoy looking for brightly colored eggs hidden throughout the two-acre gardens: three and under, four to six-years-old and seven to ten-years-old.

Each level will have one distinct hidden egg with a special prize inside. Doors to ANSG will open at 10 a.m. and all groups will start the hunt at 10:15 a.m.

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

West Palm Beach


Easter Brunch Fun at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort

DATE: April 16

TIME: 9:00 a.m. on

COST: Easter Brunch is $65 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 954-944-9515.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Easter Sunday, children of resort guests are invited to participate in Giant Easter Egg Cookie Decorating and a Dip Dye Easter Egg Station. Kids will also have the chance to visit the Easter Bunny who will be onsite throughout the day. Guests should confirm their participation in advance with the resort’s concierge. An Easter Brunch Buffet with live musical entertainment will be served in the Grand Bahama Ballroom with seating times at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort

Fort Lauderdale


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Spring Fashion for Toddlers to Tweens from JoBella Girls Boutique

Yes, it’s true. In Boca, kids fashion is a THING. Boca moms bring their babies and toddlers to “Mommy & Me” classes in head-to-toe designer duds. Trust me, I’ve seen it firsthand. Boca moms blow up their Instagram accounts with #fashionfriday snaps of their pre-schoolers and tweens (IF they can get their kids to smile and pose- I know I’m guilty myself!). Now, spring fashion for kids is arriving hot off the runways in stores citywide. And Boca moms are taking notice.

Spring Fashion for Kids at JoBella Girls Boutique

#dailybocaavery and I visited JoBella Girls Boutique in West Boca to scout out all of the new Spring 2017 trends for girls from babies to toddlers to tweens. Remember? They’re the ones I recently posted about who have the amazing Mini Melissa Beauty and the Beast shoes??

Well, they had plenty of spring fashion for kids to share with us too. I even convinced (read: bribed) Avery to model a few looks for us. 🙂

Spring Fashion for Kids 2017 at JoBella Girls Boutique

Trend: Under the Sea
Spring Fashion for Kids at JoBella Girls Boutique
HavenGirl Mermaid Tunic $40/Blue Wave Leggings $29.00 at JoBella Girls Boutique

Let the sea set you free! Ariel just happens to be the hottest fashion model for kids right now. Mermaid, nautical and beach-oriented fashions are very on-trend for spring. And let’s be honest, this look is trendy year-round in South Florida!

For Baby: Lemon Loves Layette Seashell Treasure Bubble Multi $64.00 at JoBella Girls Boutique
Shade Critters Mermazing Rash Guard Set $56.00 at JoBella Girls Boutique

Trend: Girly Girl
Tutu Dumonde California Dreaming Tutu Dress in California Orchid $168.00 at JoBella Girls Boutique

Does this trend ever go out of style with girls? I know it doesn’t with mine! Anything pink, sparkly and frilly is always a winner with my (almost) 4 year-old. This trend also looks super adorable on babies. These would make fantastic Easter or Passover dresses!

Baby Biscotti Pink Dress $78.00 at JoBella Girls Boutique

Trend: Denim Dreams

Mayoral Chic Denim Combo Dress Light Blue $57.00 at JoBella Girls Boutique

Jeans, denim, whatever you want to call them– they are hot for spring 2017! However you style it, denim is a versatile fabric that can be dressed up or down. Since jeans aren’t always practical in the Boca Raton heat, a vest or dress can be a great alternative for spring fashion for kids.

PPLA Zella Vest Denim $65.00/Brookanne Dress Teal $55.00 at JoBella Girls Boutique

Trend: Pop Color
Egg by Susan Lazar Romper $47.00 at JoBella Girls Boutique
PPLA Macaroon Tank in Ivory $45.00 at JoBella Girls Boutique

Or a “pop of neon” as I like to call it. From babies to tweens, pops of color are standing out this spring. With white as the base, kiddos can get away with wearing every color of the rainbow in their spring wardrobes.

What’s your favorite trend for spring 2017? Comment below!
JoBella Girls Boutique
9858 Clint Moore Rd C129

Boca Raton, FL


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Florida Renaissance Festival 2017 is in Full Swing

Hosted by Florida Renaissance Festival

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Between Myth, Magic and Mayhem (in the best way possible) the Florida Renaissance Festival 2017, more commonly referred to as Ren-Fest by enthusiasts (which I am, now), is at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach every weekend through March 26th (2017). Check out our story below!

South Florida Ren-fest
One of many colorful characters at the Florida Ren-fest

This was our first Ren-Fest and while it has been on my bucket list for a while, I wasn’t sure how my young kids would fair. Well, they fared awesome of course, because IT IS awesome!

This is an event for the entire family, no matter how spirited you are when it comes to dressing up or playing make-believe.

Costume South Florida Ren-Fest
Stunning and elaborate costuming from the Florida Ren-Fest

Every little one has a big imagination and what better way to encourage it than by surrounding them with people in elaborate costumes who are talented actors, musicians and dancers in a hands-on and immersive world of make-believe?

Princesses, Fairies, Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies, Knights, Irishmen and the Swashbuckling kind are just a few of the characters you will find in this grand land of fascination.

The Renaissance Festival is about theatre. The talent that takes the stage and the streets creates a world that possibly once was, but they create a world that is now. You can’t help but be transported from a typical street fair, to The Faire.

Folkteller extraordinaire, guiding the Pub Crawl.
Folk-teller extraordinaire, guiding the Pub Crawl.

There is a tremendous amount to do that will interest the adult set and one event that I would participate in, if I was going without kids, would be the  Pub Crawl.

For an additional $25, you have your own character, guided tour and 5 stops along the Festival route to see the sites and cut the queue for an adult beverage.

We ran into the Pub Crawl at one of our last stops of the day, the joust. Our friends happened to be with them and in full costume. They raved about the day. Now, it could have been the alcohol talking, but based on my own experience, I think not.

For us, it was all about the kids:

Kids' Kingdom Florida Ren-fest
Kids’ Kingdom

Upon entrance, you arrive at the Kids’ Kingdom which consists of several bounce houses. They offer an all day pass, or for a few dollars you can have a go at it.

I somehow managed to sneak in for a quick photo, but kept my group moving for fear that we would not ever make it past bouncing. If you are content spending your day here, by all means. Or, bypass it on first round and plan to stop back on the way out. It does look fun though.

Kids' Kingdom at Florida Ren-fest
Bounce House Village in The Kids’ Kingdom

What impressed me the most were the Human-Powered rides. The Hurlinator is a medieval tilt-a-whirl/tea cups of sorts, where you pump a bar to spin yourself and 3 others around and around.

The Carousel, which were woven seats with leg-rests and two men turning a giant gear to make the apparatus spin. And not to mention the Dragon Joust, a roller-coaster type ride where you get into a wooden horse car atop a tower and ride the zip line down to the bottom, trying to slay a dragon. These rides are short and sweet and each cost about $3, so bring some cash, the little ones love them.

Giant Rocking Horse at Florida Ren-Fest
Giant Rocking Horse at Florida Ren-Fest

The Once Upon A Stage for children performances is worth checking out. See a crowd-participated play of Tales of Robin Hood, get Knighted, go to the Princess Academy or even a Flea Circus.

While my daughter did not get picked to be Maid Marion, I was shocked she raised her hand at 3.5 years old and “tried out”.

Could acting be in her blood?

Once Upon A Stage at Florida Ren-fest
Knighting Ceremony at the Once Upon a Stage

Across the way are free board games with bocce ball, giant blocks, and baccarat. We spent quite a bit of time here under the shade trees, building blocks and looking for treasure.

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My stories do not not even begin to touch the magic of the Florida Renaissance Festival. There are many more stages with talented performances of comedy to storytelling, to dance and music.

Around every corner is a delicious treat or interested vendors, a booth of items from times of yore.

Blacksmith at the Ren-fest
Blacksmith at the Ren-fest

We danced, we sang, we were merry.

I encourage you to dress up, or at least have a little spirit. There are costumes and headpieces, jewelry and swords to buy (and sometimes rent). The internet is probably a good resource to find costumes if you plan in advance, but of course there are souvenirs of beauty for everyone to treasure.

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There are more themed weekends at the Florida Renaissance Festival, open from 10am – Sunset, Saturday and Sunday until March 26, 2017.

Tickets are $21 a person, $9 for children ages 6-11, and children 5 and under are free.

The 2015 Florida Renaissance Festival Mappe
The 2015 Florida Renaissance Festival Map
Have you been to the Florida Renaissance Festival before? What are your favorite attractions? Comment below!

Casey has traveled to 47 out of the 50 States, and Disney World probably as many times. She runs a blog called Hunting for Rubies that focuses on Family, Travel, and Adventure here in South Florida and beyond. Interested in travel tips and fun adventures to be had, follow Hunting for Rubies on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

What Money Really Does to a Marriage | March Marriage Challenge

This post is part of the March Marriage Challenge series hosted by The Eyes of a Boy  #marchmarriagechallenge

Money. Some people love to talk about it. Other people think it’s taboo. In Boca Raton, money is everywhere. It’s in the big houses on the water, in the Bentleys valeting at Mizner Park. 

Since I grew up down here, I learned early on that competing over ‘stuff’ wasn’t worth it. It doesn’t make you happy. And when I met my husband, I quickly learned he felt the same way.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom
Andy’s and my first photo together…there were cocktails involved 😉

We lived in New York City while we were dating, through our engagement and for the first few years of our marriage. It was a charmed life. I worked at a boutique public relations agency and slowly worked my way up to a Director title and six figures. My husband, even though he wasn’t quite up to my salary level, had an exciting job in documentary film that he really enjoyed. We made the most of city life and never  had to seriously worry about money.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom

Before I became pregnant with #dailybocaavery, we made the decision that we would relocate to South Florida near my family once we had a baby. NYC wasn’t really a viable option for us with no relatives or grandparents anywhere nearby. My husband would resign from his full time position and go freelance while he handled the bulk of the childcare. I would work remotely at my PR agency and commute to NYC as needed. We had a foolproof plan…or so I naively thought.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom

Then came baby…

Babies change everything. Duh.

Sleepless nights, hormones, distractions…uprooting ourselves and moving across the country (at least in our case). Needless to say, it caused a lot of stress. I started to hate my job. But, since I was the primary breadwinner, I felt a lot of pressure to keep it to support my family.

And then, that job wasn’t an option anymore. I was let go. Via voicemail to boot. Lovely, after 6+ years at a company…

So there we were in Boca Raton. With a 10 month-old baby. In a house only half renovated. Two parents with no full time job between the two of them. Very little savings. No insurance. I had never been more scared or devastated in my life. 

Any Type A person can relate to this– when something big happens to you…and not exactly on your terms, it’s hard, really hard, to accept.

But, that time period in our lives showed me how much stronger our marriage was than money.

We buckled down and limited our spending to the absolute necessities. I started this blog and hit the pavement, rallying to secure sponsors and supporters for ModernBocaMom.com. I even surprised myself and discovered that I like having my own business. My husband worked his contacts and took any odd job he could find until we figured out our next move.

We truly tried to look at this difficult financial time as an opportunity to nail down what to do next as these two new people: mom and dad. 

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No, we were no longer the same couple who had lived it up in NYC a few years back. We had new goals, new priorities…and that team mindset really strengthened our bond as man and wife. 

I’m not going to say there weren’t tears (there were A LOT) or fights. I think the worst part of that time in our lives was having a constant knot in my stomach, wondering how we were going to pay our bills each month. I also felt like a personal failure. It was HARD.

But now I know that money (or the lack of) will never break us. We are motivated, hardworking parents who are lucky enough to have the unconditional love and support of our families and friends. We would move mountains for our daughter and for each other.

And that is priceless.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom
March Marriage Challenge 2017

This post is part of the March Marriage Challenge series hosted by The Eyes of a Boy #marchmarriagechallenge


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Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 3.17-3.19

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & weekend family fun in South Florida for March 17 – March 19, 2017! 


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, March 17th:

ART BOCA RATON: ART AFTER DARK

DATE: March 16-18

TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

COST: HERE

Boca Raton Museum of Art

501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton


Saturday, March 18th:

WPEC HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO

DATE: March 18

COST: FREE

TIME: 11:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.

Mizner Park Amphitheater

Downtown Boca Raton


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WEEKEND!!!!!!!

DATE: March 18-19

TIME: Saturday, March 18 12:30 and 4:15 p.m; Sunday, March 19 3:30 p.m.

COST: Reserve your spot here

Tell Time Like Cogsworth

Tick tock! Do you know how to tell time? Learn how to tell time like Cogsworth the Clock!

Maurice’s Invention Center

Belle’s father Maurice was an inventor. Invent the kookiest contraption just like Maurice!

Gaston’s Target Practice

Improve your skills with target practice just like Gaston.

Be the Beast!

Become the Beast without all the fur! Make your own mask and transform yourself into the Beast!

Museum of Discovery and Science

Downtown Ft. Lauderdale


ZOO CLUES: FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT THE PALM BEACH ZOO

DATE: March 18

TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.

COST: Reserve your spot here

Someone’s been causing mischief at the zoo – help solve the mystery! Highlights = up-close animal encounters, detective games, crafts, and a night tour. Pizza & continental breakfast are included. Children 6+ / one adult is required per family and you must pre-register! 

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


STORY TIME AT THE ZOO: A REAL PAGE TURNER

DATE: Saturdays this month

COST: Included with Zoo Admission

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

This popular event will take place at on Saturday’s at 10:30 a.m. at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


Chinese Lantern Festival at Sunset Cove Amphitheater

DATE: Open until April 9

TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays

COST: Adults are $25; children $15; and under 4 free. Parking is also free. Get discount tickets online at chineselanternfestival.com

See more than 800 paper lanterns crafted into 40 glowing sets, plus martial arts performances, folk art and a dinosaur empire for the kids. Some lanterns come complete with sound effects, but a festival favorite for children is likely to be the dinosaurs. They stand 6 feet to more than 20 feet tall, and many wear saddles encouraging people to hop on for a photo. Festival-goers can also take a ride on small, battery-powered dinosaurs that drive forward and backward with the flip of a switch and steer with handlebars like a bicycle.

12551 Glades Road

Boca Raton


See Mulan at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton!

Sponsored

503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Place

Boca Raton Weekend Family Fun in South Florida


Sunday, March 19th:

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL POLO SEASON IN FULL SWING

DATE: Through April 23

TIMES/COST: Palm Beach International Polo Season 

The “sport of kings” once again makes its annual visit to The Palm Beaches at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, bringing an entire season of exciting competition, highlighted by the US Polo Open.

This awesome weekly Sunday afternoon event will be the epicenter of social activity, as many of the world’s finest competitors come to compete!

Read about our experience last year by clicking HERE.

3667 120th Ave S.

Wellington


Our Body: The Universe Within AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA SCIENCE CENTER AND AQUARIUM

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DATE: Through April 23

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*

COST: Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during Our Body: The Universe Within is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.

Our Body: The Universe Within, the Science Center’s seasonal blockbuster exhibition is open to the public! Appropriate for all ages, Our Body literally goes “under the skin” to reveal the mysteries of human anatomy.  Visitors will tour three-dimensional human bodies, specimens and organs, which were preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation.

More details about this family fun in South Florida HERE.

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach


SEE THE LOST EGYPT EXHIBIT AT MODS

DATE: Open through April 30

COST: Museum of Discovery and Science

Unearth the secrets of an ancient Egyptian world in an interactive exhibition featuring the hidden stories and artifacts of a lost civilization.

See a real human mummy, several animal mummies, plus scans, forensic facial reconstructions, and for the first time ever, a life-size rapid prototype of a human mummy. Witness art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt. Connect to real scientists working on projects in Egypt through video interviews and photographs from the field. Interpret ancient Egyptian art, decipher hieroglyphics and examine material remains using the tools and technology of archaeologists to unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its history, culture, and people.

Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW 2nd St.

Fort Lauderdale


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Meet One of Our Nation’s Top Pediatricians & Find out WHY he’s Making Boca Home

Paul Gilbert, M.D. may look like a modern-day Doogie Howser (at least for us 80s kids who tuned in to see Neil Patrick Harris in his breakout role), but don’t be fooled. He’s ACTUALLY one of the top doctors in the nation, not just a guy who plays one on TV. Currently at Johns Hopkins, the top hospital in the nation, (!!!) Gilbert is bringing another level of expertise and experience with him as the newest South Florida pediatrician.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

That’s right, Modern Boca Mom has the EXCLUSIVE that Dr. Gilbert is making Boca Raton his new home. Keep reading to find out why…

Dr. Gilbert’s experience and expertise doesn’t end at Johns Hopkins, although those are some pretty fabulous bragging rights if you have him as your pediatrician.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

He’s also spent seven summers working as Camp Physician at one of the most exclusive sleepaway camps in the country, KenMont/KenWood. “Dr. Paul,” as he is lovingly referred to at camp, is described as a “legend” with the camp’s kids.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

We also found out that Dr. Gilbert is a novice waterskier, worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), has a Disney annual pass, and knows how to juggle! What more could you want from your pediatrician?!?

Well…it gets even better…Dr. Gilbert will be joining forces with Boca Raton’s own “Patch Adams,” Dr. Rudnick at Boca VIPediatrics, winner of “Best Pediatrician” in Boca 2016 by Sun-Sentinel!

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

For those who read this blog regularly, you know that Boca VIPediatrics is the new parent frenzy that recently opened their nearly year-long wait list.

Spots are extremely limited because they take a very small number of patients to provide 24/7 access via email/text/phone to your South Florida pediatrician, house calls, no waits/longer appointments at their pediatric smart office, and virtual visits so you don’t have to go to the office for every little thing.

They’ve received rave reviews and lots of love boasting their extremely personalized level of care from South Florida parents, including a slew of 5-star Facebook and Google reviews.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

Boca VIPediatrics has VIPs (Very Important Patients) who travel to see them in Boca from West Palm Beach, Wellington, Weston, Ft. Lauderdale and beyond for their 5-star level of pediatric care and maximum convenience for busy parents. Because parents are able to text/email/call their South Florida pediatrician 24/7, they’re able to diagnose virtually when possible.

So, why Boca VIPediatrics? Because there is truly nothing else like it for parents who value the MOST personalized care, time, and relationship with their pediatrician. Boca VIPediatrics VIPs have the following benefits:

  • 24/7 Access to Text/Email/Call Your Pediatrician Directly to Their Cell Phone (You can also send photos/videos of rashes, coughs, bumps, bruises, etc. for super fast diagnosis and treatment plan to save an office visit)
  • No Waits at their office located in Central Boca Raton, next to the Town Center Mall
  • House Calls for the first newborn exam and after-hours urgent care
  • Virtual Visits using their awesome telemedicine devices that clip into your iPhone (like the virtual stethoscope and otoscope, which sends the doctor video of the inner ear to screen for ear infections or heart/lung sounds to evaluate a cough)
  • Same day appointments and longer, unhurried visits with your pediatrician
  • Affordable, transparent pricing…you’ll likely pay more for your daily latte or cable bill than a membership to VIPediatrics.
It’s truly like having a South Florida pediatrician in your pocket.

Dr. Rudnick and Dr. Gilbert will be working together as a team, so Boca VIPediatrics families will have TWO top pediatricians who know their child’s health history like the back of their hands. After filling their practice within a year, Boca VIPediatrics scoured the country to find the best and brightest pediatrician to join their family.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

I’m told spots are already going very quickly, as Boca VIPediatrics caps the number of “VIPs” in each age category in order to provide the most personalized care.

So, how can you lock down a VIP spot for your child? That’s super easy, as long as you act quickly. You can schedule a complimentary “meet the doc” appointment with Dr. Gilbert now!

  1. Step One: Fill out the online contact form or call the Boca VIPediatrics office at 561-923-9635 and speak to a member of their family owned and operated team.
  2. Step Two: Set up a complimentary “backstage tour” and “meet the doc” visit with Dr. Gilbert/Dr. Rudnick.
  3. Step Three: Breathe a sigh of relief that your child’s care is now on another level because you now have “your pediatrician in your pocket!”

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

So parents, this is a win/win for all. When a top pediatrician decides to make our fair city their home, it means a healthier Boca Raton for everybody.

Please join Modern Boca Mom in giving a warm South Florida welcome to Dr. Gilbert! We look forward to many, many years of you keeping our children the happiest & healthiest with Boca VIPediatrics!

South Florida pediatrician

For more information on Boca VIPediatrics, visit: www.BocaVIPediatrics.com

Sponsored: This South Florida Pediatrician post announcing Dr. Gilbert was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.

MOMpreneur Monday: Meet the Author of Restless in L.A.

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Welcome to our latest installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

Cobbe Law Firm in Boca Raton on Modern Boca Mom


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...Robin Finn,  Creativity Coach,  Advocate and Writer of the book Restless in L.A.!

 Restless in L.A.


Tell us a little bit about your background and how your journey started…

My author journey started when I began writing personal essays about parenting a child with ADHD and special challenges. To my surprise, when these essays appeared in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and other outlets, my inbox was flooded with emails from parents having a similar experience. So I kept writing.

What inspired you to write your book, and how has being a mom shaped your writing?

My first novel, Amazon-bestseller RESTLESS IN L.A. felt like a natural evolution. Advocating for a child with special challenges, writing essays about that experience, and then writing a novel about a mom of three struggling with these same issues were all different paths of exploring a similar theme.

Raising a child with significant challenge creates a parenting experience unlike everyone else’s. It’s unlike anything you may have ever imagined. Because the book is fiction, I set this experience in the larger context of Alex’s 40th birthday. Then, I added the steamy complications of re-connecting on Facebook with her old love from college. Think of RESTLESS IN L.A. as: Trader Joe’s meet Fifty Shades with an ADHD child, a life coach, and an online flirtation with ‘the one that got away.’

Restless in L.A.

How did you get started with your writing?

For me, it’s true that we ‘write what we know.’ I laughed and got teary as the main character, mother-of-three Alexandra Hoffman, struggled. She struggled with her kids, her son with ADHD, her husband, the school, other parents, and herself. Certainly, Alex’s battles at school were inspired by situations I had faced in my own life.

One of the hardest parts of raising a child who is different is the JUDGMENT. I spent two years studying at a Los Angeles spirituality school learning to cultivate a “spiritual perspective” on my life. This ultimately meant learning to not take anything personally. After all, what’s more personal than your kids? This perspective comes through in the novel.

What should MBMom readers know about you?

As a mom-writer, I understand the difficulties of balancing work and momlife. Writing Restless in L.A. not only gave me an outlet for my bottled-up frustrations, hopes, upsets, and imagination. It also forced me to reclaim myself as a writer. In order to get the book done, I had to commit to mercilessly carving out time to write. Of course, this was in the middle of soccer practice, carpools, field trip chaperoning, and all the other tasks that come with being a mom of 3.

There is a popular misconception that being a good parent means devoting every waking moment to your children. I found that not to be true. It simply made me an exhausted parent. Being an effective mom turned out to be inextricably linked to taking care of myself first. It’s like the old adage, “put on your own oxygen mask first.”

Writers write. Writing fills my tank. Whether I am working on a novel or an essay, I am definitely a happier, calmer and more patient mom when I balance my time between my family and my work. This is regardless of how complicated and crazy that can sometimes be…

What new and exciting things are coming up for you as an author?

Restless in L.A. and I were just featured in The Los Angeles Times. We had an amazing book launch at the iconic Book Soup in West Hollywood, CA. Now, I am traveling around the country visiting friends in places like Orange County, Philadelphia, and New York, and doing book clubs. I grew up in South Florida and would love to visit book clubs in Boca Raton as well!

Restless in L.A.

What do you love about living and working in South Florida?

I had the best childhood! I grew up in Coral Springs. When “Restless in L.A.” launched, I started a Facebook page called “Restless in Coral Springs,” for all of my childhood friends. They’ve all been ordering the book, posting pictures of themselves holding it, and leaving fantastic reviews. I feel so lucky to have grown up with such supportive and amazing friends, Decades later, we are still there celebrating and supporting each other!


Connect with Robin:

You can buy her book HERE.

www.robinfinn.com

Find her on socials:  @RobinFinnAuthor


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Revel in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with The Fresh Market

It’s that time of year again, to don the green attire and celebrate the luck of the Irish with a wee bit of tasty fun! To help its guests get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, The Fresh Market will offer samplings of Irish soda bread, Kerrygold Cheese, pretzels and more through March 17th!

For those looking to create a hearty Irish meal at home, The Fresh Market suggests its Irish Cottage Pie recipe. Traditionally topped with a thick layer of creamy mashed potatoes, the specialty grocer’s delicious recipe saves a few steps by topping the comforting casserole with thinly sliced potatoes and shredded cheese.

Fresh Market Irish Cottage Pie

Fresh Market Irish Cottage Pie

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:
1.5 lb. ground sirloin
3 tbsp. Kerrygold Unsalted Butter
1 tbsp. The Fresh Market Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 c. sweet onion, chopped (about ½ large onion)
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 c. carrots, peeled and diced (about 2 large carrots)
2 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. tomato paste
5 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 ½ c. The Fresh Market Beef Stock
1 c. Guinness
1 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1 c. The Fresh Market Frozen Green Peas
1 ½ lbs. red potatoes
1 c. Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese, shredded

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Heat a Dutch oven or a large, wide skillet over medium high heat. Add beef and cook until crumbled and no longer pink. Drain beef of any excess grease and transfer to plate.

Add olive oil and butter to the same pan.  Once the butter melts, add onion, celery, carrots, salt and pepper and sauté until vegetables begin to soften and brown, about 7-10 minutes. Add garlic and tomato paste and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium and add flour, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Vegetable mixture will become very thick. Whisk in beef stock, beer, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves.  Use a wooden spoon to scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan.

Stir in beef and peas. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook 7-10 minutes. While mixture simmers and thickens, thinly slice red potatoes (the thinner the better).

Spoon mixture into a 10 x 13” or 10 inch round baking dish, both at least 2 inches deep. Top with sliced potatoes, heavily overlapping each. Sprinkle cheese evenly over potatoes. Cover dish loosely with aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, remove foil and return to oven for additional 30 minutes or until pie is bubbling and potatoes are nicely browned.

Remove from oven and allow to rest a minimum of 20 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower

You probably know Publix Aprons from their awesome cooking classes in the Polo Shoppes in Boca Raton. I hear some people take them every single weekend! However, I was introduced to them for the first time because we decided to give my sister a Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower!

Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower

No this is not an advertisement, LOL. I just LOVED the experience so much I had to write about it! By the way, my sister had her baby on March 3rd (2017)! A bouncing baby boy: Aden Thomas. My family, especially #dailybocaavery, is so excited!

But back to the Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower…

One of the aspects I loved most when it came to planning my sister’s Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower is that they pretty much handle EVERYTHING.

All I did in terms of decor was create centerpieces. For this party, I chose to display china plates of Sydney’s Sweet Soaps, one of our recently featured MOMpreneurs located in the Town Center Mall. They looked so real, a guest even accidentally bit into one! These also served as the party favors.

I also asked my best friend Rose, an awesome local art teacher, to create the invitations and a matching banner to display. She did a beautiful job and everything was one of a kind!

Add a few chefs hats and rubber ducks from Oriental Trading Company and you have yourself a cooking themed baby shower at Publix Aprons Cooking School!

To welcome our guests, we had a “social hour” filled with appetizers and champagne/sparkling cider. This is an extra charge- FYI.

If you have 15 guests or less, you can put on a full scale cooking class at your party. If you have more than 15 (up to 44), then Publix Aprons will put on an entertaining yet educational cooking demo according to your theme. You pay per person and can choose to have wine pairings…or not. We chose YES. 🙂

Our theme was BABY, of course! That meant our menu looked something like this:

Pre-Course: Mixed Baby Greens with Toasted Almond Slivers, Blueberries, Goat Cheese Crumbles, and Lemon Poppy seed Vinaigrette

Entrée: Charred Baby Vegetable Ramen with Glazed Pork Belly (Baby Bok Choy, Baby Carrots, Baby Corn)

Dessert: Baby Cream Cheese and Nutella Phyllo Cups


YUM! And that wasn’t the only dessert! We put together the design of our “Bébé” dessert table, but all of the sweet treats came from the Publix attached to the Cooking School, which you pay for a la carte. They just give you a grocery bill at the end and they even bring it over to the party room from the store- amazing!

All in all, it was a shower to remember– a theme and venue many of our guests had never even thought of!

For more information about planning your own Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower:
Publix Aprons Event Planning Store #339
Rolene | Stephanie| Michelle
5050 Champion Blvd.
Boca Raton, Florida 33496

Direct: 561.994.4461


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 3.10-3.12

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & weekend family fun in South Florida for March 10 – March 12, 2017! 


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, March 10th:

Promise Garden Luncheon & Spring Fashion Show

 

DATE: March 10

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

COST: SOLD OUT!

The Promise Garden Luncheon is a unique opportunity for community and business leaders to network, mingle and support this important cause.

Alzheimer’s remains one of the least understood diseases, yet it is one of the leading causes of death in our country. The latest reports indicate that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 11 men will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over the age of 65 and that women are 2x more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s than breast cancer! Proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

*Our very own Modern Boca Mom will be emceeing this event!

Boca West Country Club

20583 Boca W Dr.

Boca Raton


Festival of the Arts Boca 2017

DATE: March 2-12

COST: Festival of the Arts BOCA

The Festival of the Arts BOCA is an extraordinary, multi-day cultural arts event that brings excitement and new experiences to illustrate why Boca Raton and The Palm Beaches are Florida’s Cultural Capital®. Audiences will delight in some of the world’s most sought-after jazz, opera and classical performers, as well as award-winning authors and speakers.

590 Plaza Real

Boca Raton


Saturday, March 11th:

Palm Beach Zoo Family Matters Program

DATE: March 11

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

COST: Reserve Your Spot

Not all families are the same. Explore the different ways that animals live and play! 3 & 4 year olds.

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets Modern Science

DATE: Open through April 30

COST: Museum of Discovery and Science

Unearth the secrets of an ancient Egyptian world in an interactive exhibition featuring the hidden stories and artifacts of a lost civilization.

See a real human mummy, several animal mummies, plus scans, forensic facial reconstructions, and for the first time ever, a life-size rapid prototype of a human mummy. Witness art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt. Connect to real scientists working on projects in Egypt through video interviews and photographs from the field. Interpret ancient Egyptian art, decipher hieroglyphics and examine material remains using the tools and technology of archaeologists to unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its history, culture, and people.

Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW 2nd St.

Fort Lauderdale


Story Time at the Zoo: A Real Page Turner

DATE: Saturdays this month

COST: Included with Zoo Admission

This popular event will take place at on Saturday’s at 10:30 a.m. at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


Chinese Lantern Festival at Sunset Cove Amphitheater

DATE: Open until April 9

TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays

COST: Adults are $25; children $15; and under 4 free. Parking is also free. Get discount tickets online at chineselanternfestival.com

See more than 800 paper lanterns crafted into 40 glowing sets, plus martial arts performances, folk art and a dinosaur empire for the kids. Some lanterns come complete with sound effects, but a festival favorite for children is likely to be the dinosaurs. They stand 6 feet to more than 20 feet tall, and many wear saddles encouraging people to hop on for a photo. Festival-goers can also take a ride on small, battery-powered dinosaurs that drive forward and backward with the flip of a switch and steer with handlebars like a bicycle.

12551 Glades Road

Boca Raton


See Mulan at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton!

Sponsored

503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Place

Boca Raton

 Weekend Family Fun in South Florida


Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

Using State-Of-The-Art Technology, Game of Thrones® Composer Ramin Djawadi Will Take Fans Of The Acclaimed, Emmy® Award-Winning HBO® Show Through The Seven Kingdoms In A New, Immersive Experience.

COST: More information and tickets HERE.

We have tickets and CANNOT WAIT for this show! We hear it is epic (especially if you are a big fan of the show)

BB&T Center

1 Panther Pkwy.

Sunrise


Sunday, March 12th:

Palm Beach International Polo Season is in full swing!

DATE: Through April 23, 2017

TIMES/COST: Palm Beach International Polo Season 

The “sport of kings” once again makes its annual visit to The Palm Beaches at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, bringing an entire season of exciting competition, highlighted by the US Polo Open.

This awesome weekly Sunday afternoon event will be the epicenter of social activity, as many of the world’s finest competitors come to compete!

Read about our experience last year by clicking HERE.

3667 120th Ave S.

Wellington


Check Out the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium- Our Body: The Universe Within Exhibit

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DATE: Through April 23, 2017

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*

COST: Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during Our Body: The Universe Within is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.

Our Body: The Universe Within, the Science Center’s seasonal blockbuster exhibition is open to the public! Appropriate for all ages, Our Body literally goes “under the skin” to reveal the mysteries of human anatomy.  Visitors will tour three-dimensional human bodies, specimens and organs, which were preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation.

More details about this family fun in South Florida HERE.

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach


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Heading to the Disney SMMC in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

Being a blogger is filled with many ups and downs. For example, applying for a sponsored campaign with a big company and getting it: that’s an up! Thinking a brand or business would be an ideal client to work with…and then they don’t return your emails or calls: that’s a down. Getting invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and driving to Orlando in a brand new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE: that’s a BIG UP! It’s probably the biggest up for the Modern Boca Mom blog to date, honestly.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
Thanks to American Tourister and the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, C3PO traveled with us in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
What is the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration?

It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference put on by Disney where digital/social media influencers and bloggers like myself are asked to come together, collaborate and learn about their company as well as other likeminded brands. You have no idea you’re going to be invited until you receive “pixie dust” in your email box. It’s pretty exciting, especially if you love Disney like I do!

And this year, it was a “Land and Sea” conference, which meant 2 days at the Walt Disney World parks and 3 days on Disney Cruise ship, The Disney Wonder. I HAVE BEEN DYING TO GO ON A DISNEY CRUISE! So, this was pretty much the most amazing news ever…

How did we get there? By driving the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

My family (up to 3 additional people this year) was invited to join in on the #DisneySMMC fun, so we packed for Orlando using our awesome C3PO suitcase from American Tourister (as well as other bags- lots of them, ha ha) and hit the road!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE is a fantastic SUV.  We reviewed the 2015 Sport model last year and really loved that it offered dynamic styling and excellent value in the 5-passenger compact crossover segment.

However, the 2017 SE model that we test drove starts at $24,495 and offers seven passenger seating with its standard third row. It even has heated seats which can come in handy this time of year!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE features sophisticated upgrades like available heated front seats and steering wheel, front dual-zone automatic climate control and premium Rockford Fosgate® surround sound.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

Per usual, I also loved the Multi-View Camera System that allows you to see a 360 degree bird’s eye view of your vehicle as you back out of your driveway or a parking spot. I need as many eyes as possible!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

We also loved the sunroof as our current family vehicle doesn’t have one. Car jealousy. Thanks DriveShop USA.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
Nice view, eh?

You can learn all about the Mitsubishi Outlander SE on the Mitsubishi website. Also, be sure to connect with Mitsubishi on your favorite social media sites! Like them on Facebook and Follow Mitsubishi on Twitter to stay updated on all of their latest car trends and special offers!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: The Land Portion

Once we arrived at the conference, I literally hit the ground running. We checked into Port Orleans Riverside, which was gorgeous, and I sent #modernbocadad and #dailybocaavery off to the parks while I unpacked and sorted through the itinerary!

Then, conference attendees were invited to shop with the Hanes brand at a special suite at the hotel. I ended up LOVING their products! Who needs Victoria’s Secret when you can have a super soft bra from Hanes? I literally wear the t-shirt I won at the conference every night now. #happyinhanes

Later, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom…

That evening, conference attendees were shuttled to Animal Kingdom to a special cocktail party held at Festival of the Lion King. I love that show, so I couldn’t believe were having drinks in the middle of the auditorium. Surreal!

We were there because Disney had just announced the opening date of Pandora: The World of Avatar. We even got to peek at the model.

Pandora will transport guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and soaring Banshees. Disney is bringing to life the fantasy world of Pandora, inspired by James Cameron’s epic film AVATAR. Pandora opens May 27, 2017!

#dailybocaavery and #minigolightly posing by the Pandora signage at dinner sponsored by GoGo squeeZ

I wrote about Pandora and the launch of what we saw next on BocaMag.com recently (did you know I contribute a column to the magazine 2x per month. It’s called “Boca Mom Talk”- check it out!).

Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There’s a new show after dark at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, and we got to see a sneak preview! Now open, Rivers of Light is an elaborate theatrical production that takes guests on a breathtaking emotional journey—a visual mix of water, fire, nature and light all choreographed to an original music score.

It was so impressive! The new 15-minute show is the latest addition to the lineup of nighttime experiences at Animal Kingdom.

Celebrating the majesty of nature and the connection between animals and humans in the world, the performance combines live performers, beautiful floating lanterns, glistening fountains, special effects and authentic animal imagery projected on giant water screens. We even found out that all of the scenes projected are from past Disney Nature films! Rivers of Light will be performed on select nights. It’s a must-see, MBMoms.

The night wouldn’t be complete without viewing the light show at the Tree of Life! So beautiful!

And that was only #DisneySMMC DAY 1!!!

I started to cover a little of Day 2 in this post, but barely scratched the surface. I’ll be back with all of the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration details along with why I’ll never take a 3-Night Disney Cruise ever again later this month!


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Hosted: This Heading to the Disney SMMC in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander post was hosted by DriveShop USA, the Walt Disney Company, American Tourister and Hanes. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. They are not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been given exclusive experiences and branded merchandise for promotional consideration, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

When is the Sugar Sand Park Science Playground Opening?

The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District just announced that the Sugar Sand Park Science Playground opening to the public will be…

UPDATE: March 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The initial public opening scheduled for March 18 has been canceled due to colder temperatures, which have caused the curing time for the soft safety surface to be extended. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you will join us on March 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to see the newly renovated, accessible playground!

The reopening will come after a week of circus and science-themed activities. These will be during the “Big Top, Big Universe” Spring Break event running March 17- 25. How excited are you?!

The NEW inclusive playground will feature new swings, slides, and an expanded climbing structure. It will allow for greater access to people of all ages and abilities. And, it will offer greater visibility for parents and children alike.

Sugar Sand Park Science Playground Opening

In order to preserve the history of the original playground, built in 1995 by both professionals and volunteers, the iconic “smiling face” still stands. They have also kept all of the names of volunteers on the pickets surrounding the structure. The updated interactive water feature will showcase various sea creatures. A new train station-themed toddler play area has also been been added. We can’t wait for the Sugar Sand Park Science Playground opening!

Sugar Sand Park Science Playground Opening March 25th

Built to American Society for Testing & Materials standards by Nujak Development, the playground will be stronger and safer. It will have a soft, impact-attenuating ground surface. This surface is also the key to the wayfinding feature. This allows parents and children to pinpoint their exact location within the playground through identifying markings.

Sugar Sand Park Science Playground Opening

I know so many Boca parents will be taking advantage of this playground year-round!

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