Summer may be just around the corner, but we’re already thinking ahead to Halloween and the 7th Annual Kids’ Spooky Film Festival! Sugar Sand Park Community Center is searching for the best and brightest amateur filmmakers to create family-friendly films for Boca’s Spooky Film Festival. It will coincide with the 14th year of Shriek Week, running October 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27, (2018).
My daughter already has her costume in mind. So, I honestly think this announcement for Boca’s Spooky Film Festival is right on time!
Calling All Amateur Filmmakers for Boca’s Spooky Film Festival 2018!
In case you don’t have editing experience or software on hand, the Boca Raton Public Library is offering participants the use of the Downtown Library Discovery Studio’s editing software on selected Saturdays in August and September. You do not need a library card and an experienced staff member will be on hand to help.
Prizes will be awarded for the best youth (ages 12-17), family, and adult-created film. Film formats may include:
Digital comic books.
The films will be judged by a panel of industry professionals (which are pretty impressive- see them here!).
All films are due in person to the Sugar Sand Park Community Center or postmarked by September 30, 2018. Prizes will be announced this summer.
Fans can watch and vote for their favorite films online October 1-31 for the People’s Choice Award. Selected films will be shown in the Willow Theatre during Shriek Week. They are so smart and screen them while patrons are waiting in the queue for the Haunted House. I love that they do this!
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Well, I’m almost a month late in writing this post, but my excuse is: #itsgonnabemay. It’s truly the craziest month of the year. Yikes. But my baby girl turned 5 years old on the first of this month! I can’t believe it. It feels just yesterday that I was writing about planning #dailybocaavery’s1st birthday party on this brand spankin new blog and stressing about themes and food and all that jazz. This year, we took it easy on ourselves (I think?) and decided to plan a trip to NYC in lieu of a birthday party. We had a great time in the city seeing Broadway shows and the sites. However, I wanted to do something local to commemorate the big 0-5! So, I enlisted the help of Naomi Phelps from Sweet Memories Photography and scheduled a little photoshoot in Mizner Park on the eve of Avery’s 5th birthday.
After a pit stop at Publix for some pink balloons (and some gusty winds), the magic really started happening with our photographer, Naomi. Check out some of my favorite shots from Sweet Memories Photography!
5th Birthday Photoshoot in Mizner Park
Scheduling your own photoshoot in Mizner Park (or elsewhere) with Sweet Memories Photography is easy and so, so worth it!
Request the $299.00 Boca Mom package and mention “modernbocamom” for an additional 15% off! Package includes: One-hour of photography time at one location PLUS a minimum of 75 downloadable images through your own private password-protected online gallery. There’s no obligation to purchase prints (even though I often do), which I kind of love. One price = all the photos
Download your photos and enjoy them as much as we love ours!
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After visiting the Walt Disney World Swan in late 2016 and learning about the multi-phase, multi-year, $140 million redesign project that planned to transform every guest room in the 758-room Swan Hotel and the 1,509-room Dolphin Hotel, I wanted to go back to check out the progress on our first trip to #visitpandora.
Disclosure: The Dolphin provided us with a media rate to stay on property. This allowed us to check out all of the new guest room features as well as their gorgeous new lobby.
The renovated rooms now include upgraded furniture as well as all of the latest technology including large HD TVs. Additional power outlets provide family travelers (and bloggers) more options for use of multiple personal electronics. And of course, we love a good balcony room with a view!
The new room design was inspired by the resort’s water-themed architecture. The goal was to create a serene and sophisticated atmosphere. I think they succeeded!
MBMom Tip: The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin offers 17 restaurants and lounges. Take advantage!
We especially loved the all-new look of Phins in the Dolphin lobby. Phins is a contemporary lounge where guests can enjoy sipping on custom-crafted cocktails, a glass of vintage wine, or even a frosty mug of special Phins and Feathers beer. You can then enjoy your drinks under the sophisticated ambiance of a spectacular custom-made crystal chandelier. It’s gorgeous, trust me.
Our family also took advantage of the grab and go restaurant, fuel, in the Dolphin lobby. If you’re looking to stock up with snacks for the theme parks, this place will come in handy. We filled up on coffee and ready-made breakfast sandwiches before heading to Animal Kingdom to check out the World of Avatar highlights.
MBMom Tip:Complimentary bus transportation is available to all of the parks from the Swan and Dolphin. Or, you can take a short water taxi to Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios™. The Walt Disney World Dolphin is also ridiculously close to Disney’s Boardwalk, which is a really cool area! We grabbed pizza over there on our last night.
As for Pandora… Walt Disney’s World of Avatar Highlights
We might be one of the last ones to the party, but we FINALLY had the time (and Disney Annual Passes) to visit Pandora: The World of Avatar this February. Granted we were daytime visitors, but I feel like we got a healthy dose of this new attraction, especially when it came to the cuisine. But, we do look forward to returning again to see it in all its glory at night!
When you enter the World of Avatar, you essentially become an eco-tourist. You’ll encounter floating mountains, a glowing, bioluminescent rainforest and other wonders of an alien world. The premise of the land is that the Valley of Mo’ara on Pandora is undergoing a rebirth long after a destructive mining operation ceased operation. Eco-tourists (aka us!) for the first time, can travel to this exoplanet located in the Alpha Centauri star system 4.4 light years from Earth. Pretty cool, huh?
My 4 year-old daughter didn’t really know anything about the movie prior to entering the land, but she was game for it all (albeit not tall enough to ride Flight of Passage yet, so we missed that one this time). Instead she settled for face painting this trip.
World of Avatar Flora
The Walt Disney Imagineering landscape architecture team worked side by side with the land’s design and engineering teams to ensure that thousands of Pandoran plants fit into the overall landscape plan. You truly couldn’t tell the real plants from the fake apart. It was impressive!
More than 250 varieties of live trees, shrubs and epiphytes mingle with the Pandoran. The Disney horticulture team planted more than 500 trees and nearly 10,000 shrubs across the Pandoran landscape.
Na’vi River Journey
At the center of Pandora is a riparian area, where waterfalls cascade from the mountaintops into gentle pools and streams. One stream follows a peaceful path along the entry to Pandora. The other flows into the Na’vi River Journey, where guests board reed boats for an excursion to see the revered Shaman of Songs.
We loved hopping on the reed boat for Na’vi River Journey. Seeing all of the glowing flora and fauna were some of the top World of Avatar highlights for me! The best part was that it’s a very family-friendly water adventure…aka slow. 😉
All of this adventure had us working up an appetite! We headed to the brand new Satu’li Canteen(formerly the RDA mess hall) to indulge in the international-inspired cuisine, vegetarian options and specialty libations crafted from Pandora’s natural abundance. We weren’t disappointed and there is virtually no wait if you visit on the earlier side of your day. Here’s what we sampled:
I also sneaked over to the Pongu Pongu Lounge for a quick cocktail while #dailybocaavery was getting her face painted. The “bioluminescent” frozen cocktail Night Blossom hit the spot for this thirsty traveler! The drink is a mix of limeade combined with apple and desert pear flavors finished off with passion fruit boba balls…and rum if you’d like it. It’s very tasty and unique!
At night, you’ll see that many of the walkways and paths, like the alien plant life that surrounds them, are bioluminescent. A treatment added to some of the Pandoran walkways gives them a glowing quality. Talk about World of Avatar highlights! Charged by sunlight and reinforced by black light, the glowing pathways literally come to life in the evening.
We can’t wait to travel there again! Have you been to #visitpandorayet?
Special thanks to Mazda USA for providing our ride to/from Orlando in the 2018 Mazda CX-9!
When I was a fresh-faced 14 year old, a newly minted freshman at Boca High, I had scraggly (but virgin!) eyebrows. I struggle to remember them clearly, but they were just begging to be shaped. My new friend at the time, an expert in all things makeup, offered to tweeze them in true late nineties fashion: THIN. They were on trend for awhile, but now I think most of us late 90’s/early 2000’s teenagers regret our eyebrow grooming decisions back then. Luckily there are rehab centers…brow services in Boca that can help get our eyebrows back up to snuff through professional shaping or microblading. And I want to introduce you to the best! Wafa’s Brow Art & Skincare.
Have you met Wafa?
I first heard about Wafa Alsaid through my friends at Boca Raton magazine. There was a big write-up about her brow services in Boca in a recent print issue. The article talked about how Wafa would spend a meticulous 30 minutes making sure every hair in your brow(s) was tamed and trimmed until perfect. I had to give her a try.
When I booked my session (they work by appointment only), I was one of the first lucky few customers to visit their new location at 7400 N Federal Hwy. in Boca Raton. It’s a big open space and there is art everywhere.
You see, Wafa began as an oil painting artist, but her love for eyebrows sprouted when she was only 16 years old. Her two passions, art and eyebrows, took over when she decided to combine her artistic eye with the science of permanent makeup. She believes every woman should be able to wake up confident. I believe in that too…even though my confidence is also boosted by coffee and under eye concealer. 😉
I prefer to get my eyebrows threaded, so I booked that service plus tinting. It’s amazing how many invisible blonde hairs make an appearance after tinting! My brows were already more full after only one brow services in Boca appointment.
Now, a few months have passed and I’m pretty happy with the brow progress we’ve made. But, I’ve made an appointment for microblading with Wafa’s daughter, Luna. Yep, Wafa’s Brow Art & Skincare is a family business! I have a few areas that I’d like to have filled out, so make sure you’re following Modern Boca Mom on Facebook and Instagram to see the video coming up soon!
For a full list of brow services in Boca at Wafa’s Brow Art, click here. Or call to book your appointment! 561-501-1068
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Summer is almost here and as the kiddos finish school and the days get longer, you’ll want something to keep them busy! When you need to get out of the house, here are some of the top attractions in Boca Raton *and beyond*!
At the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, there is always something happening! And Summer is even more exciting and full of plenty of fun! From the Science Summer Camp to Nights at the Museum to the Amazing Butterfly exhibit, there is an endless array of things to do! For more information: https://www.sfsciencecenter.org/
This summer, the Palm Beach Zoo will not only feature animal experiences, educational programs and nights out, but they are also exhibiting some amazing seasonal event! For more information: http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/
From the finest in adult exhibits to the fun and interactive sights for kiddos of all ages, the Boca Raton Museum of Art has some of the most interesting fun and activities you can find. For more information on what is going on: https://www.bocamuseum.org/
La–La Land Kids Indoor Playground is a 15,000 square foot indoor playground designed specifically to keep your children happy for hours. They have a three level indoor play structure (covering over 5,600 square feet) that has a variety of activities for your kids to enjoy such as: a giant 4 person wave slide, foam ball fountain, two foam ball dumping baskets, rainbow bridges, pyramid obstacles, web net bridges, two automatic foam ball loading machines, donut slides, ninja course, rope course, rock climbing wall. And if that wasn’t enough they have soft play rides like a spinning coconut tree.
Is a Disney Cruise for preschoolers? That was the question I seriously asked myself as I accepted Disney’s wonderful invite to the 2017 Social Media Moms Celebration. I mean, CLEARLY Walt Disney World parks are perfect for preschoolers(as we took complete and utter advantage of our annual passes in 2016).
But a cruise? And without my mom for travel backup? I figured we’d take a chance and give it a shot anyways…
What if I told you there was a hidden gem in Boca where your family could focus on health, wellness and fun for the day…or EVERY day? Well, I’ve uncovered it and FYI–it happens to be a gorgeous Boca Raton athletic club: Life Time Boca Raton.
Whether you grab a day pass or become a member, I have some major intel to share on this recreational mecca in north central Boca just in time for the heat of summer!
Not familiar with Life Time Boca Raton?
I wasn’t either– I didn’t even know where it was! So, I was thrilled to be invited to experience their facilities earlier this month. Life Time was built to be a home away from home for your Boca family. You can work out and play in spaces that were designed to move and inspire you. Then, you’re invited to take advantage of Life Time’s FREE childcare so you can relax in lounges and social areas. Or, you can play with your kids in the pool! Win/win!
Did you know that Life Time Boca Raton has a spa?
I didn’t. But the LifeSpa (and salon) is kind of the best concept ever. I can see it now– “Honey, I’m headed to the gym!” But instead, you really hit up the spa. LOL!
I actually did both during my visit. I took a BarreFusion class and then followed that bad boy up with a massage. It was mom heaven. Oleg stretched and manipulated my jacked up muscles in ways I couldn’t even comprehend. And I swear that helped me to be less sore from class the next day. I need Oleg to move into my house ASAP BTW.
There’s also a BONUS. Non-members are welcome to book services at the spa, tooand can use the club on the day of as long as your treatment is $50 or more. And yes, that includes the free childcare. Time to treat yo-self mamas!
This Boca Raton athletic club offers a family day pass!
Picture this- your family is bored…or you just need a freaking BREAK. Come and purchase a day pass to Life Time Boca Raton for only $35 and use the club facilities and childcare for the day! The pool alone is worth it. Trust me!
Plus they have a delicious LifeCafe that serves breakfast and lunch (I even spotted a couple of beers on tap- what what!). They serve healthy food options, smoothies and even have a pretty good-sized kids menu. Non-members can stop by to eat anytime.
There is so much more that I could talk about, but I’m hoping Life Time Boca Raton wants to keep working with me- ha! So, sufficed to say…stay tuned for more on this amazing Boca Raton athletic club!
Hosted: This post was hosted by the lovely ladies at the Gab Group and Life Time Boca Raton. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the host. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was given a complimentary day pass, lunch and a spa treatment in exchange for a blog review, but that does not impact my views or opinions.
It’s been 14 years since the INCREDIBLES swooped into movie theaters (2004, OMG…I graduated from college that year). Now, I actually have a kid to take to see the sequel coming out on June 15th! To celebrate the 2018 Disney movie opening, we have some awesome movie coloring sheets and activities available for download! They will probably come in handy with all of these rainy days and bored kiddos, so check them out below. Here’s what you can expect from INCREDIBLES 2!
ABOUT THE MOVIE
In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
INCREDIBLES 2 Movie Coloring Sheets and Activities
Happy summer Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended kids activities & 2018 4th of July events in South Florida! Take a look at what’s coming up…
***MORE 2018 4TH OF JULY EVENTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA WILL BE ADDED AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE***
2018 4th of July Events in South Florida
Fabulous Fourth in Boca Raton
DATE: Wednesday, July 4th
TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate the 4th of July with live music and performances, carnival rides, games and crafts, food and drinks, and of course, fabulous fireworks to end the night!
Free parking will be plentiful with several nearby public parking lots including Boca Corporate Center with complimentary shuttle service will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run continuously until 10:15 p.m. Blankets & lawn chairs permitted. Personal fireworks, sparklers, alcohol, and family pets are absolutely prohibited.
Admission is FREE.
For more information, please call 561.393.7807
de Hoernie Park
1000 NW Spanish River Blvd
West Boca 4th of July Celebration
DATE: Wednesday, July 4th
TIME: 5:30 p.m. Fireworks @ 9:00 p.m.
The 11th Annual 4th of July Celebration at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, west of Boca Raton. This FREE family fun event will have a kids fun zone, concessions on site, a welcome booth and interactive prize wheel, live music by The Fabulous
Fleetwoods and fireworks! Gates open at 5:30 pm. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Kids Fun Zone is from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Fabulous Fleetwoods play at 7:00 p.m. The fireworks start at 9:00 p.m.
20405 Amphitheater Circle.
Freedom Fest at Gulfstream Park
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 4th
901 S. Federal Highway
4TH on Flagler 30th Anniversary in West Palm Beach
DATE: Wednesday, July 4th
TIME: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
With flags and fireworks at the center of the show, West Palm Beach’s 4th on Flagler is one of South Florida’s largest free outdoor Independence Day events. In addition to the annual Military Honor Ceremony, a performance by the Air National Guard Band of the South, larger-than-life games, live music and impressive 18-minute firework display the event has become known for, this year’s celebration is sure to have extra special elements in honor of its 30th anniversary. For three decades, and with fun at the center of the celebration, 4th on Flagler has delighted generations. Be sure not to miss this year’s festivities, which just might pay tribute to the years before.
401 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach
Delray Beach’s July 4th Celebration
DATE: Wednesday, July 4th
TIME: 4:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. Fireworks @ 9:00 p.m.
Live music, Splash Zone, Kid’s Corner, craft activities, custard eating contest for kids and a burger eating contest for adults, and more. 4-8 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. A1A & E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. julyfourthdelraybeach.com
The City of Deerfield Beach’s 4th of July Celebration will feature music and vendors providing a variety of arts & crafts, local foods and ice cold beverages.
Main Beach Parking Lot
149 SE 21st Avenue
Pompano Beach 4th of July Extravaganza
DATE: Wednesday, July 4th
TIME: 5:00 p.m. Fireworks @ 9:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
The City of Pompano Beach will be celebrating July 4th this year with a Fireworks Extravaganza at Pompano Beach at the beach, near the Fishing Pier. At 5:00 p.m., they will start the night off with live music, featuring the “Nostaljah,” a reggae band, followed by the main act “L Tribe”, an R&B band.
At 9:00 p.m. direct your attention to the night sky as we set off an array of fireworks that is sure to impress. Fireworks will be launched from a floating barge in the ocean off of the end of the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome; however personal fireworks, glass containers, alcohol, and pets are prohibited. In case of inclement weather, there will be a rain date for the fireworks show of Thursday, July 5th.
Available parking is at Atlantic Boulevard and A1A. Street Parking will also be available as well as the new Pier Garage, located right across from the Pier.
Pompano Beach Pier
Atlantic & A1A
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 4th of July Celebration
DATE: Wednesday, July 4th
TIME: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Join the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea on our nation’s birthday for a fun-filled extravaganza the whole family will enjoy! At 10 a.m., the parade will launch on El Mar Drive, full of BSO vehicles, fire trucks, and of course, Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam! Make sure to bring bags to catch candy along the route. Family Fun Day happens from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at El Prado Park complete with a DJ, face painting, a giant water slide, and more!
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