NEW Swim Program Introduced at South Palm Beach County YMCA

Summer is here mamas…despite the recent *bonus* cool front we received last weekend. That means swimming pools and splash pads galore to cool your kids off during the next 6-8 months of sizzling weather in South Florida! We are so excited to partner with the YMCA of South Palm Beach County (basically, the Boynton and Boca locations) to talk about swim safety AND the new YMCA swim program they just introduced.

NEW Progressive YMCA Swim Program

NEW Progressive YMCA Swim Program

The YMCA’s NEW Progressive Swim Program will help local parents make sure their kiddos learn essential water safety skills. This can open up a world of possibilities for children to satisfy their curiosity safely.

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury. It is a necessity, especially in Florida.

The YMCA swim program is arranged by progressive stages and children are placed in lessons according to their skill and age. Within the levels, swimmers will learn skills such as personal safety, breath control and other fundamental swimming skills they will be able to use throughout their lifetime. Here’s how the classes are divided:

NEW Progressive YMCA swim program

What about the instructors?

YMCA swim program instructors are nationally certified and their training includes:

  • CPR
  • AED
  • First Aid
  • Oxygen Administration

You’ll never have to worry that your child’s instructor isn’t anything less than top notch and professional.

NEW Progressive YMCA Swim Program


Visit here for swim lessons information in Boynton Beach. For more information, please contact our Aquatics Director, Cindy Dube: 561-536-1406 or cdube@ymcaspbc.org.

Visit here for swim lessons information in Boca Raton. For more information, please contact our Aquatics Director, Clairissa Myatt: 561-237-0951 or cmyatt@ymcaspbc.org.

NEW Progressive YMCA Swim Program


Sponsored: This post is sponsored by the YMCA Swim Program. 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 and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Cruising on the Disney Wonder with a Preschooler: Hit or Miss?

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…

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Is a Disney Cruise for Preschoolers? Our Experience on the Disney Wonder

Like I explained in this post, Modern Boca Mom was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference where digital/social media influencers and bloggers are asked to come together, collaborate and learn about their company as well as other likeminded brands.

This year’s conference theme was Land and Sea. The sea part? Yep- a 3-night journey on the Disney Wonder out of Port Canaveral.

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney Wonder Staterooms

#dailybocaavery made herself at home pretty quickly as you can see. The balcony staterooms on the Disney Wonder are a really nice size with two separate bathroom spaces. You can fit 4 people to a room easily. How cool is this bed conversion?

I read a ton of blogs pre-cruise and found that passengers like to decorate their doors with magnets. I got ours on Etsy (Little Mermaid Mickey), but I know other bloggers who totally DIY’d!

People went all out as you can see below. Many families also participated in something called a Fish Extender gift exchange. I couldn’t get it together to participate this cruise, but here is a little more info on what that is from one of my fellow #DisneySMMC bloggers.

I’m also proud to report: no seasickness! I knew #modernbocadad and I would be okay as we had cruised several times before, but we didn’t know how she would react on the high seas.

MBMom Tip: I hear drinking wine is really good for seasickness. 😉 And Disney Cruise Line allows you to pack 2 bottles of wine per person. Huzzah!

I knew in advance that I’d be pretty busy on this cruise. As soon as my family embarked, us bloggers were whisked away for lunch at the Animator’s Palate while our families were invited to dine on their own by the pool (be sure to pack your swimsuits in your carry-on, so you can start swimming right away!).

Animator’s Palate

The food overall on the cruise was excellent, but this particular restaurant had something special…

Animation Magic (available on 7-night and longer sailings on the Disney Magic, but conference attendees were able to experience it on the Wonder)! Try your hand at drawing your very own character—and then watch in wonder as your creation becomes part of the show, dancing alongside some classic Disney characters!

This activity screams Disney Cruise for preschoolers! Check out this short video featuring my “character”:

Fine, I loved it too. 🙂 Coloring at lunch isn’t just for the little ones! After, we had a few conference activities that involved champagne (!!!). I learned that the ‘tale as old as time’ (a.k.a Beauty and the Beast) is going to be enchanting the stage for the very first time in a brand new musical production on the Disney Dream on November 6 (2017)!

Disney’s Oceaneer Club

While I was busy doing conference stuff, #modernbocadad took Avery on a tour of the Oceaneer Club aboard. Children 3 to 12 years old can interact with Disney characters—and each other—as they explore multi-themed magical lands like Toy Story, Frozen and Marvel!

MBMom Tip: Be sure to pack tons of costumes for your child!

I now know why parents love cruising with Disney: the complimentary child care!!! Disney’s Oceaneer Lab is about learning while having fun (for the older kids) and Disney’s Oceaneer Club is pure Disney fantasy for the little ones. Character-driven performances, special storytelling sessions, larger-than-life playgrounds (a HUGE hit with #dailybocaavery), dress-up opportunities and cool interactive activities make sure there’s never a dull moment for your little one.

Your child will be outfitted with a special magic band when you register them at the Oceaneer Club. They are always accounted for and can have a Disney cast member text you (of course there’s an awesome Disney Cruise Line app- they think of everything!) to come pick them up when they are done. It’s fantastic!

Night 1: The Golden Mickey’s and Tiana’s Place

Before I knew it, it was time to get ready for dinner at Tiana’s Place and The Golden Mickeys!

We had the later seating for dinner each night, so that meant showtime was always first. I say this without hesitation: the shows were my favorite part of this Disney Cruise for preschoolers. They were excellent– even better than the ones in the parks.

The Golden Mickeys invites you to a Hollywood-style awards show. You’ll find out which Disney movie character wins “Most Heroic” or “Most Romantic,” and enjoy familiar tunes from Disney films like:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Tarzan
  • Mulan
  • The Little Mermaid
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • Toy Story 2
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Tangled
  • The Lion King
  • Beauty and the Beast

Then it was off to dine at the brand-new Tiana’s Place, which was spectacular! You actually feel like you are IN the movie. How does Disney do that?!

Once seated at your table, Tiana herself stops by to welcome you. Then, the restaurant’s own band “The Crawfish Crooners” entertains you while you eat.

Feel free to get up and dance or even join the parade at the end of dinner! And don’t forget to order the beignets for dessert. So much fun!!!

All the kids menus are shaped like jazz instruments

Disney Princess and Frozen Meet & Greet

One complimentary activity on the Disney Wonder is the Princess and Frozen meet and greets. Be sure to register for this on the Disney Cruise Line website as soon as you book your cruise. Times fill up quickly to meet Ariel, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Belle, Elsa and Anna!

Night 2: Disney Dreams- An Enchanted Classic, Triton’s and Pirate Night

No, Disney Dreams isn’t about my daughter sleeping. It’s a musical about the power of dreams and family, starring a cavalcade of Disney characters! This live stage show features a dazzling procession of characters and songs from some all-time Disney classics like:

  • Peter Pan
  • Pinocchio
  • Cinderella
  • Aladdin

An award-winning musical, this show also includes stunning special effects—and a very special cameo appearance by Tinker Bell. All Disney productions are under 90 minutes, so they keep the attention of little ones.

MBMom Tip: You can bring a sippy cup of wine or order from the full bar at the theater. YES.

Dinner at Triton’s restaurant was delicious and it really felt like fine dining under the sea. Disney Cruise Line has guests on a rotational dining plan, so you eat dinner at a different restaurant each night, but with the SAME wait staff. It’s great!

This night also happened to be Pirate Night on the ship, a tradition on Disney Cruises. You will receive pirate bandanas to wear in your stateroom, but most passengers go all out with costumes and outfits. We certainly did on this Disney Cruise for preschoolers.

There is a pirate party on the deck after the second seating as well as fireworks over the ocean. Amazing!

Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island

Now for the piece de resistance! Castaway Cay (pronounced KEY) in the Bahamas, Disney’s own private island. Castaway Cay visitors will find an island completely outfitted for premium family leisure.

Amenities include sprawling beaches, sparkling lagoons teeming with curious sea life, splash-worthy water play areas, scenic walking trails, open-air BBQ dining locations serving complimentary meals, 2 shops featuring Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, free tram transportation around the island and more.

You can book excursions for an additional fee, but honestly, we were there the whole day and were completely entertained by all of the complimentary amenities. It was heavenly!

MBMom Tip: There’s also an Oceaneer Club on the island that serves lunch in case you’re craving a bit of adult time.

Buy this $26 swimsuit through my affiliate link HERE.

#modernbocadad and #dailybocaavery both went on this slide! I took a nap!

Night 3: Frozen, a Musical Spectacular and Animator’s Palate

These are the faces of three people who had a great day at Castaway Cay.

How could this cruise get any better? Well, it could be 4 days longer, but that’s for another time. The only negative thing I have to even say about this Disney Cruise for preschoolers is that I felt it was too short.

Typically, when I cruise, it’s for 7 days minimum. Since I was so busy with conference activities, it felt even shorter, but it made us want to go again. That’s the point right? 😉

On our last night, we saw the new Frozen, a musical spectacular. I don’t know how they are going to do better when it comes out on Broadway! Traditional theatrical techniques, state-of-the-art technology and classic Disney whimsy make this original stage show a flurry of fun. Avery was absolutely mesmerized.

Our last dining rotation sent us back to Animator’s Palate. It was the first time my whole family got to experience Disney black and white drawings come to life throughout our meal. At the end, Mickey even made an appearance in his Fantasia finest!

Our experience was a great one and jam-packed for 3 nights! There were so many things I didn’t even have time to experience like the spa, Royal Court Royal Tea, Bibbity Bobbity Boutique, the adult bars and clubs and movie theater on the ship. Whew! And of course, the conference topics require their own separate blog post. 🙂

Now I want to hear from you. Do you plan on taking a Disney Cruise? Comment below!

Hosted: This Disney Cruise for Preschoolers post was hosted by the Walt Disney Company. 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. This Disney Cruise for Preschoolers post also contains affiliate links.

Summer 2017 Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program at Grandview Prep

The Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program at Grandview Preparatory School is one of the hottest summer class tickets in town! Join us for our next session!

#grandviewmoms Summer 2017 class registration and dates are below! PLEASE CALL 561-416-9737 ext. 1311 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR EMAIL MICHELLE@GRANDVIEWPREP.NET

If you’re hearing about this Boca Raton Mommy and Me program for the first time, here’s some background:

Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program

Each “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” class is held 2-3 times per month (per age group) at Grandview Preparatory School and is specifically tailored to capture the attention and imaginations of children in two age groups:

  • Babies- 6+ weeks to Walkers
  • Toddlers- Confident Walkers to Age 3

Classes will include a rotating schedule of activities including yoga, movement and music– all offered by top notch Grandview Preparatory School Early Childhood faculty. Our program offers moms the chance to have their children learn and explore in a professional educational setting.

How great is that?!

Don’t know much about Grandview Preparatory School? They are an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1997 in east Boca Raton. Student enrollment is offered for Preschool (age 3) through Grade 12.

Grandview redefines ‘Preparatory’ with innovative learning experiences and focus on character and values.  In class and beyond, Grandview students discover their talents, create their own path, engage in meaningful activities, and contribute to the community.


COST:

SOLD OUT- Babies Class Pass (Babies-Walkers, 6 classes/$15.00 per class) is $90.00 for June-July 2017 classes.
Toddlers Class Pass (Strong Walkers-Age 3, 6 classes/$15.00 per class) is $90.00 for June-July 2017 classes.

Please see details below on how to register for the “Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me” summer session!


 

2017 SUMMER SCHEDULE:

SOLD OUT “Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program” Baby Class Dates (all at 10:30 a.m.):

6 Weeks- Walking

JUNE (10:30AM-11:15AM):

6/8  BABIES- Musikgarten with Miss Jules

6/14  BABIES- Musikgarten with Miss Jules

6/21 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

JULY (10:30AM-11:15AM):

7/14 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

7/21 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

7/28 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


“Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program” Toddler Class Dates (all at 10:30 a.m.):

Strong Walkers – Age 3

JUNE (10:30AM-11:15AM):

6/6 Water Play Party TODDLERS

6/13 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Lisa

6/20 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

JULY (10:30AM-11:15AM):

7/13 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

7/20 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Lisa

7/27 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Lisa

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Located at: Grandview Preparatory School

336 Spanish River Blvd. NW

Boca Raton, FL 33431


Space is limited to 15 families for babies and 20 families for toddlers (per class). Please note: the “Mommy & Me Yoga” and “Dance” classes are only for children who are walking confidently on their own.*

“Mommy & Me Yoga” Class Description: With yoga as the foundation, this class will be filled with music and movement, games, and relaxation. We’ll bark in downward dog, moo in cow, and flutter our wings in butterfly, while we take a yoga journey that your child will never forget!


Please note that Grandview Preparatory School is a peanut and tree nut-free campus. For the safety of their students, we ask that you refrain from bringing any item that may include peanuts and/or tree nuts (including those items that are processed in the same facility). Thank you for your adherence to this policy.


Sponsored: This “Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program” post was sponsored by Grandview Preparatory School. 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 have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

2017 Summer in the City of Boca Raton Coming Soon

The City of Boca Raton Summer in the City 2017 series promises a lineup of great concerts, movies and events this year! All will be held at Downtown Boca’s Mizner Park Amphitheater!

Even though the weather is quite warm this time of year in Boca Raton, there’s something special and seasonally appropriate about grabbing your beach chairs or a big blanket and catching some great entertainment under the stars. I would also recommend a few paper fans.

For all City of Boca Raton free events, blankets and chairs are welcome. However for your convenience, chairs will also be available to rent for $5.00.

City of Boca Raton Summer in the Series Schedule 2017

Summer in the City of Boca Raton 2017


Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool and use free parking at City Hall and the Boca Raton Library. Food and beverages will be available to purchase inside the venue. No outside food or beverages are allowed. All shows are rain or shine.

For more information about the Summer in the City 2017 series, visit www.mizneramp.com.


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2017 South Florida Summer Camp Roundup

South Florida ‘Summer Savings Pass’ is Back for 2017

Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, Museum of Discovery and Science and Zoo Miami will be offering a Summer Savings Pass for the seventh year in a row.

The Summer Savings Pass will give pass holders unlimited admission to all four attractions throughout the summer! 4 attractions…4 months of fun…1 low price. 

Summer Savings Pass 2016 Miami SeaquariumMODS Summer Savings Pass 2016 Summer Savings Pass 2016 Lion Country Safari Summer Savings Pass 2016 Zoo Miami

‘Summer Savings Pass’ is Coming Back for 2017

The Summer Savings Pass will be available for purchase at each of the participating parks beginning on May 13, 2017 and will be valid for admission to each of the attractions until September 30, 2017. Museum of Discovery and Science, Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium and Zoo Miami will also have the passes for sale online at their respective websites:

At $58 plus tax, per adult and $48 plus tax, per child (ages 3-12), this pass grants unlimited admission through September 30, 2016 at all 4 attractions. Annual Pass holders of these attractions will be eligible to purchase this pass for only $33 plus tax, per adult, and $23 plus tax, per child.

For more information on the Summer Savings Pass visit www.summersavingspass.com


Lion Country Safari

Lion Country Safari, located in West Palm Beach, is a four-mile drive-through safari with over 900 animals roaming free within inches of your vehicle including giraffe, zebra, rhinos, lions, wildebeests and more.  Admission includes entry to Safari World Amusement Park with animal encounters (giraffe feeding, bird feeding and petting zoo) and demonstrations, free rides (Ferris wheel, kid’s train, carousel, paddle boats, water spray ground and more), games, shopping, food and thrills. We are located on Southern Boulevard (SR80) (just 15 miles west of I-95/10 miles west of the Turnpike). The park is open daily. For more information, call (561) 793-1084 or visit: www.LionCountrySafari.com

Miami Seaquarium

Discover South Florida’s favorite visitor attraction. Enjoy amazing marine mammal shows with Lolita the orca whale, dolphins and sea lions that delight children of all ages.  Make a feathered friend at the new Penguin Isle exhibit. See world-class sea life exhibits with manatees, sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.  Learn about wildlife rescue and marine animal care at the Conservation Outpost.  Plus, there is no greater thrill than getting in the water with the friendly, intelligent and graceful dolphins at Dolphin Harbor. Connect up close and personal…and become friends for life!

Miami Seaquarium is minutes from downtown Miami, on the Rickenbacker Causeway, on the way to Key Biscayne.  The park is opened daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information or to book a dolphin interaction experience, call (305) 361-5705 or visit www.miamiseaquarium.com

Museum of Discovery and Science

Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the new EcoDiscovery Center. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, and enjoy the playful antics of North American river otters. See exciting science demonstrations and special exhibit Wildlife Rescue. Hang out with bats, turtles and sharks. Meet an alligator and be charmed by a 6-foot-long snake. Take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. Whether you’re two or 82 years old, visit the Museum of Discovery and Science and enjoy a full day of family fun.

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Add to your adventure with an IMAX® experience in the 300-seat AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater that features the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. The Museum of Discovery and Science is at 401 S.W. Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information call (954) 467-MODS (6637) or visit our web site at www.mods.org

Zoo Miami

Discover what makes Zoo Miami a unique experience for visitors of all ages.  Rated one of the top ten zoos in the U.S. by Tripadvisor.com, Zoo Miami houses more than 2,000 animals in natural habitats and provides visitors the feel of a safari. Enjoy animals like okapis, giant river otters, elephants and rhinos in large open air exhibits; a giraffe feeding station; camel rides; an Indian rhino encounter; Australian parrot feeding; meet and greets with new mascots, the Zoo Squad; tram tours; family cycles; water play areas; a monorail and large exhibits like Amazon & Beyond. 

Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 street; Miami, FL 33177. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.  Parking is free. For more information, please visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400.

NEW South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground Opens

Like your own kids, West Palm Beach’s South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is growing rapidly. A recent ribbon cutting ceremony opened the newest expansions. They include the South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center.

The Science Center worked with PNC and other funders to provide the opportunity for all South Florida children to access to a unique space for fun and learning. An uplifting opportunity, disadvantaged and at-risk youth will also be exposed to the South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center.

South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground
Courtesy South Florida Science Center
South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center Now Open

The Science Center has taken the Multipurpose Center, a gift from the City of West Palm Beach, and has converted the building into a classroom environment suitable for workshops and creative spaces. The center is equipped with 3D printers, robotics labs and computer programming spaces. The space is ideal for STEM and STEAM education and fun.

During the ribbon cutting ceremonies, educators were on hand with demonstrations in every classroom. This fostered excitement and displayed how all of the new equipment will be used. We can’t wait to go check everything out for ourselves. Congratulations to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium!

South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground
Courtesy South Florida Science Center

The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations.

For more information on these new offerings or SFSCA general information, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.   


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Orphan Jaguar from Panama Debuting at the Palm Beach Zoo

Fiona, an orphan jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo, was rescued from Panama. She will make her official debut this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend (2017)!

Fiona was just days old in October 2014, when she was found motherless and clinging to life following an attack by hunting dogs. The tragedy, at such an early age, means Fiona is unable to survive in the wild.

Fiona, the jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo, was raised by biologists at the APPC during her recovery. It has taken nearly two years and the dedication of an incredible team to transport Fiona to Palm Beach Zoo. She was formerly living at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort home of the APPC.

The effort was spearheaded by The Panamanian Ministry of the Environment, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Jaguar Species Survival Plan (SSP) and the conservation fund provided by Sea World/Busch Gardens Parks in the U.S., which provides financial support for conservation groups. The Grants Administrator of the conservation fund, Zoo Director Rob Yordi, helped transport Fiona from the Gamboa Rainforest Resort to Palm Beach Zoo.
Fiona, the jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo, is famous!

Fiona, the jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo, is the number one jaguar in the U.S. as far as genetics. The Zoo has already identified the perfect mate for Fiona, a jaguar from Quebec named Zooka. She’s also an international sensation whose genetic diversity makes her a fantastic ambassador for her species. The Emmy-nominated team from The Wildlife Docs filmed Fiona’s arrival at Palm Beach Zoo. Her story of survival is slated to appear in one of its upcoming programs.

jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo

Meantime, Palm Beach Zoo is gearing up for Fiona’s Memorial Day weekend public debut on Saturday, May 27. The winner of the Zoo’s ‘Flat Fiona’ contest will be announced. The Zoo is also giving its members a sneak peek on debut day, allowing them to arrive at 8:30 a.m. (30 minutes before normal hours) for a chance to see the jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo who captured Panama’s heart, first.

Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 5.19-5.21

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & weekend family fun in South Florida for May 19- May 21, 2017! 


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, May 19th:

Last Chance to Register for Summer 2017 “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” for TODDLERS! Starts June 6th!

Summer 2017 Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program at Grandview Prep

Eyes to the Skies at Sugar Sand Park!

DATE: May 19th

TIME: 8:30 p.m.

COST:  FREE 

Join us as we explore the skies with our professional-grade 16-inch Meade LX Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This month we focus on Jupiter.

300 S. Military Trail

Boca Raton


Aprés at the Beach Cocktail Festival in Delray Beach

DATE: May 19th-21st

TIME: Details below

COST: Tickets range from $99 – $299

Events include craft cocktail tastings, mixology and wine seminars, pop-up experiences throughout the weekend.
The creators of one of the Top 5 cocktail festivals in the United States, Aprés Ski Cocktail Classic in Aspen, are launching a Summer resort edition of the event, “Aprés at the Beach,” in Delray Beach. Aprés at the Beach (AATB) partnered locally with Breakthru Beverage and lead sponsors including William Grant & Sons, Stoli Group USA and Brown-Forman to provide event features that include events with craft cocktail tastings, mixology seminars, pop-up experiences.  Special food and beverage options  are brought to guests from some of Delray’s favorite restaurants and bars.
The weekend will wrap up with a Beach Pub Crawl, on Sunday, where guests can taste cocktails from 8 select locations vying for the title of the Best Après Cocktail.

For tickets and event information visit www.ApresAtTheBeach.com.

DETAILS:  
Friday, May 19th
Delray Beach Marriott, 10 N Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33483
7-10pm: “Aspen in Delray: Craft Under the Stars” featuring DJ Vinny Vinsane.
7–10pm  Private Reserve Room / Delray Beach Marriott (VIP Ticket Holders and Media Only)
Featuring Master Mixologist Anthony Bohlinger mixing up signature delectables, elit by Stolichnaya Brand Ambassador Brent Lamberti hosting his caviar bar, and enough high marque samplings of incredible spirits like Balvenie 12 Yr, Balvenie 14 Yr, Glenfiddich 12 Yr,  Glenfiddich 14 Yr, Glenfiddich IPA, Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza, Compass Box Hedonism, High West, Michters 10 Yr, and a collection from CAMUS, just to name a few.
Saturday, May 20th
Delray Beach Marriott, 10 N Ocean Blvd. Delray Beach
8–10am:  Beach Yoga / Delray Beach Marriott (complimentary)
Sponsored by VOSS Water.  Bring your towel or mat!
10am-4pm: “Apres All Day” pool party and beach activities
Featuring Reyka Brand Ambassador Trevor Schneider educating ticket holders on the different types of ice to use with cocktails; Bayou Rum Brand Ambassador Ava Kopieczek on the beauties of Rum; and Coopers’ Craft Cindy Sepulveda taking you through a fun how-to-make-at-home session with all things Bourbon goodness.
7-10pm: Tiki-Hula Dance Party with DJ Troubles
7–10pm  Private Reserve Room
Featuring Master Mixologist Anthony Bohlinger mixing up signature delectables, the elit by Stolichnaya caviar bar, and enough high marque samplings of incredible spirits like Balvenie 12 Yr, Balvenie 14 Yr, Glenfiddich 12 Yr,  Glenfiddich 14 Yr, Glenfiddich IPA, Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza, Compass Box Hedonism, High West, Michters 10 Yr, and a collection from CAMUS, just to name a few.
Saturday, May 20th
Death or Glory, 116 NE 6th Ave, Delray Beach
4–6pm  Après Presents…
A tasting and how-to session featuring:  Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador Sebastien Derbomez brings “Play With Your Whisky,” elit by Stolichnaya Brand Ambassador Fernanda Neves brings “Vodka Master Class,” and Brown Forman Brand Ambassadors Cindy Sepulveda & LaJuane Mack bring it with Jack Daniels Single Barrel PLUS a Woodford Reserve & Cheese session.  Master mixologist Anthony Bohlinger (aka “Tony Snowmass”) MCs the proceedings.
Sunday, May 21st
Downtown Delray, Atlantic Avenue
2-6pm Apres at the Beach Pup Crawl & Cocktail Competition
Pub Crawl includes restaurants: 32 East, Buddha Sky Bar, Death or Glory, Deck 84, ROK:BRGR, SandBar, and The Old Arcade at Caffé Martier
For tickets and event information visit www.ApresAtTheBeach.com.

Saturday, May 20th:

Especially for Kids event at Sugar Sand Park!

DATE: May 20th

TIME: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

COST: Free

Celebrating its third year, this is a free event for kids with special needs and abilities and their families. Enjoy exclusive access to the park “after hours”, including carousel rides and the Children’s Science Explorium, art activities, glitter tattoos, resource fair exhibitors, and more.   In addition, The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) will lead an open forum designed to help parents manage everyday issues surrounding kids with autism and related disorders. Sound modifications, limited registrations and a quiet room will be available.

This event is free, however pre-registration is required for all family members.


Pajama Jams Story Time with Miss Mij at Sugar Sand Park

DATE: May 20th

TIME: 10-10:45 a.m. (18 mos – 2 yrs) & 11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. (3-4 yrs)

COST: $5/child, drop in (Includes carousel token)

 Ages 18 mos-4 yrs

(Supervision required.)  Enjoy a rockin’ good time with stories, music & pretend play…all in your PJs! Each month has a different theme.

300 S. Military Trail

Boca Raton


Stacey Konwiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5K at the Palm Beach Zoo

DATE: May 20th

TIME: 7:30 a.m.

COST:

 Age Range  Starting Price thru 4/2/17  Price Increase on 4/3/2017  Price Increase on 5/1/2017 Race Day Price
 Adult
18 and Older
$25
$30
$35
$40
 Student
 17 and younger
$20
$20
$20
$25

It’s estimated that there are fewer than 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild. Proceeds from this RUN/WALK help support our partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society at Endau Rompin National Park in Malaysia to protect tigers and their habitat. The course for this run takes you directly past our Tiger River habitat! Every runner gets a tech-style, short-sleeve, polyester, running shirt available in men’s and women’s sizes

1301 Summit Boulevard

West Palm Beach


Eye of the Storm at the Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS)

DATE: May 20th

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

COST:  Cost of Admission

Get Ready for Hurricane Season!
 
Interactive Demonstrations
• Tropical Weather Briefings
• Hurricane Hunters
Pet Preparedness Tips
 
Explore the Museum’s Storm Center
• Meet our local meteorologists and do a hurricane broadcast together.
Live Theater Shows for all ages
• Professor Tinkermeister
• Owlie Skywarn
• How the Weather Works

401 SW 2nd Street

Fort Lauderdale


See School of ROCK at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton! 

Sponsored



Sunday, May 21st:

I Escaped the Mystery of Sherlock Room at Adventure Vault Boca Raton

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit Now Open for Summer 2017


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Boca Birthday Vendors: Top Picks for Your Next Party

#dailybocaavery turned 4 y’all. Cue the tears. I have resisted throwing her birthday parties up until this point because…a. they’re a lot of work, b. they typically suck for the adults, c. she hasn’t cared, etc. etc. A trip to Disney or a small family party has done the celebratory trick til now! But this year, Avery really wanted to have her own get together. I allowed her to invite five of her friends over (and their parents because, well…the kids are only 3-5 years old) for a pool party at our home. For food, we kept it simple and ordered Chick-fil-A platters and a cupcake cake from Publix. These Boca birthday vendors, however, went above and beyond to make our party great. Here’s why you need to hire them…

Boca Birthday vendors
#dailybocaavery age 4
MBMom’s Top Boca Birthday Vendors
  1. Sweet Memories Photography: Because I was so busy I forgot to take a single photo

I’m so relieved that I asked Naomi from Sweet Memories Photography to come take pictures at Avery’s My Little Pony/Trolls 4th Birthday Party. Avery couldn’t decide on one theme, so we went with a hybrid. Whatever. Naomi took care of capturing all of the great memories from the day…including a ton I missed. How beautiful are these photos?

Boca birthday vendors
Cake by Publix

  • You can buy our giant birthday balloons through this affiliate link. They made such a statement and we were even able to re-use them!
  • The “My Little Pony Happy Birthday” sign can be purchased through this link.
  • All of the “My Little Pony” plates/cups/napkins/cutlery are available through this affiliate link.

2. Premier Bounce N Slide: Because you need the kids to work off all the sugar before you take them home

We rented a bounce house for Avery’s birthday party from Premier Bounce N Slide! Everyone loved it. Not only do they have traditional bounce houses for rent, but they also offer water slides, dry slides, obstacle courses, tents, tables, chairs and face painting! It’s a one-stop shop for parties.

3. Trusted Party Rentals: Because there’s nothing like seeing your child’s face light up when their favorite character shows up at home

We wrote all about the founder of Trusted Party Rentals HERE. I chose them as our costumed character vendor because they had PRINCESS POPPY! She’s from Trolls in case you didn’t know. Poppy had her own handler and arrived right on time.

MBMom Tip: Schedule your character to arrive 15 minutes before you cut the cake. You’ll have some super cute photo opps!

4. Event Yard Card: Because it’s the easiest (and cutest) way to dress up your front yard

Avery’s birthday certainly made a statement in our neighborhood with this display! You may remember me decking out my sister’s front yard when my nephew was born. 🙂 We love using Event Yard Card to celebrate special occasions.

MBMom Tip: The display is actually a rental that stays in your yard for 24 hours. You can choose any combination of colors, patterns and accessories right on their website! They currently service Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

Happy 4th birthday #dailybocaavery!


Read more about Boca birthday parties:

Boca Raton Birthday Party Venues: MBMom’s Comprehensive Guide

Boca Birthday Party Venues: MBMom’s Comprehensive Guide Part II

Boca Raton Tennis Birthday Party Theme


Hosted: This Boca birthday vendors post was hosted by the companies listed above. 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 and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I received complimentary services for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Affiliate: This post also contains affiliate links. If you purchase any of the items above through these links, Modern Boca Mom may earn a percentage of your purchase. Thank you for supporting our website! 

MOMpreneur Monday: The Dreamland Company

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.


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Lynn Sasso, local mom and founder of the Dreamland Company.

Tell us a little about your background…

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Miami at the age of 11. After graduating from Emory University, I attended The University of Miami School of Law where I also met my husband, Richard.

While working at a Miami law firm, I focused on plaintiff product liability litigation making big bucks traveling the world (oftentimes via private jet). I got married in 2005 and a couple years later decided to start a family. Unfortunately, we struggled with devastating fertility issues. 

Eventually I left my job and we moved north to Lighthouse Point. We now have two healthy and beautiful children – Tyler, 7 and Stella, 5. I learned so much from surviving our fertility issues. Life is precious and short. The most precious things in life cannot be bought and finding work that you love is priceless.

Dreamland Company

What inspired you to create the Dreamland shirt?

Even though I knew I could always go back to law, I wanted to create something for women like me. Women who had real bodies – of all shapes and sizes– whose bodies may have changed after bringing children into the world, from aging or sickness or being stuck with needles during struggles with infertility.

I always loved fashion, but my nights attending red carpet events and fancy charity galas were far outnumbered by the nights taking care of my babies. After number two, I was beyond exhausted caring for a newborn daughter and a wild two-year-old son. I would sleep in whatever was around. Nothing was flattering. Nothing felt special.

Dreamland Company

Determined to find something with a bit more style, I happened upon a super cute sleep shirt at a discount retailer. There was literally one…and all of my scouring and online searching fell flat.

It was a bummer because whenever I wore it, I didn’t feel frumpy, so it became my go-to. The shirt was flattering without being tight (which was great as I worked to drop my baby weight). It was the perfect sleep shirt for a new mom, offering both comfort and style. My husband loved it. My girlfriends wanted it. That’s when the light bulb went off!

What is truly unique about your product?

I knew I could create something that would make all women, especially moms, feel special, comfortable and pretty. So the dreamshirt was born! I designed the dreamshirt (the perfect mix of a sleep shirt and a nightgown) with ruching in the front and back so it hugs the body without being tight. Made of the most luxurious cotton jersey fabric, the ¾ length sleeves and length just above the knee are flattering on all shapes and sizes. 

Dreamland Company

Most sleepwear is mass-produced overseas. It isn’t designed to fit real women’s bodies. It isn’t special or particularly well made. The Dreamland Company knows that moms run the world! It’s a little reminder that we deserve to take care of ourselves. We deserve things that make us feel strong and valued and beautiful.   

The dreamshirt comes in solid colors and prints (our first collection has 6 solids and 3 prints). The prints are unique in that they are designed by us specifically for our customers. Our signature print, Daydreamer, features clouds and hearts.

Dreamland Company

After your business get started, what challenges did you face? How did you solve them?

After deciding to launch the dreamshirt, I called upon my friend Melissa Wexler to help. I had gotten absolutely stuck searching for the perfect fabric and manufacturer. Melissa owned her own clothing line that was sold in hundreds of stores along the West coast (BJOY) and had a ton of relevant retail experience. We discussed the lack of stylish and flattering sleepwear for women like us. Just like me, Melissa also faced her own health struggles.

When her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Melissa had herself tested for the BRCA gene and it came back positive. This prompted her to have an elective, preventative double mastectomy. When in the hospital, she wished she could ditch that dreary hospital gown and have something that would serve a functional purpose and be easy to get on and off. She also craved something that would make her feel both feminine and comfortable. When I mentioned my idea of bringing something to market that fit the bill, Melissa was thrilled and has been an invaluable asset to The Dreamland Company.

Why should Modern Boca Moms become your customers?

The Dreamland Company was created by two tired moms looking for a little bedtime style. We are your readers. We live for our children, but still value looking good and feeling good. All moms can sleep well in their dreamshirts knowing each one was sewn and packaged with love right here in Florida. They can sleep well knowing that by shopping with us, they are supporting a female-owned, local small business.

Our dreamshirts start at just $50 and are packaged in a reusable drawstring bag with an inspirational note inside. They are the perfect gift for moms, teachers, co-workers, friends and family.

Dreamland Company

What exciting things are coming up for your business?

Our website launched just a couple weeks ago! We were blown away by the feedback we have received so far. We have some pop-up shops planned in the coming weeks and are in the process of designing new prints and new styles.

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

Having grown up here, South Florida is home. One of the best parts of becoming a mom was meeting my South Florida mom friends.  The support, advice, laughter and adventure they bring to my life is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The Dreamland Company was inspired by the women in my life and I hope our products make all women feel valued, beautiful and loved.


Dreamland Company


Connect with The Dreamland Company:

 www.shopdreamland.com

 https://facebook.com/thedreamlandcompany

 www.instagram.com/thedreamlandcompany

$5 off Dreamland Company Coupon Code – MODERNBOCAMOM


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Mother’s Day Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 5.12-5.14

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & Mother’s Day weekend family fun in South Florida for May 12- May 14, 2017! 


Mother’s Day Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, May 12th:

Pink Lemonade Tea Mother’s Day Celebration at the Schoolhouse Museum

DATE: May 12th

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

COST: Members $3; Non-members: $4 plus admission

129 E. Ocean Avenue

Boynton Beach


Friday NIGHT at the museum at Sugar Sand Park!

DATE: May 12th

TIME: 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

COST: Resident $20; Non-resident $25: $7 discount for each additional household child

 Ages 7-12: Hang out “after hours” with the Explorium staff, enjoy pizza, watch a movie, and conduct a science experiment.

300 S. Military Trail

Boca Raton


Sushi and Stroll is BACK at the Morikami!

DATE: Starting May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, & September 8

TIME: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

COST$8/adult (ages 11+); $6/child (ages 4-10); FREE for museum members and children ages 3 and under

  • Tickets can be purchased online in advance at morikami.org, or at the door
  • There is an additional $3 fee for taiko drumming performances (6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., & 8:00 p.m.), sold first-come first-served during the event
  • Sushi & Stroll is a rain or shine event, and tickets are non-refundable

Summer nights in South Florida are something special, especially when they are augmented with a cultural backdrop that can’t be beat! Morikami’s popular Sushi & Stroll series is back and better than ever, with a new picnicking area featuring local food trucks and popular Japanese snacks! Offering guests a tranquil, twilight stroll through the 16-acre gardens with memorable sunset views, this event has delighted visitors for 14 years, with the opportunity to enjoy the gardens during the slightly cooler evenings of the summer months and exhilarating taiko drumming performances by Fushu Daiko. The Cornell Café will be open, with a Pan-Asian menu to excite your palate, as well as premium Japanese sake and ice cold beer to refresh your taste buds. Guests can also indulge in shopping at the Museum Store, which features a wide variety of authentic Japanese items.

*Please note the museum galleries are closed during Sushi & Stroll. Food and drink are sold separately and are not included in the admission price. 

4000 Morikami Park Road

Delray Beach


Mother’s Day Gift – Free Golf & One-of-a-Kind Glow in the Dark Handprint Event

DATE: May 12th-14th

TIME: 12th & 13th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and the 14th from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Fun, Free Craft for all Kids this Mother’s Day Weekend May 12-14th

Monster Mini Golf is giving moms a one-of-a-kind gift – a glow in the dark handprint of their child/children. This Mother’s Day weekend Monster Mini Golf will host a Free Kids Craft starting on Friday, at both the Coral Springs and Miramar locations. Kids get to dip their hands in the secret glow-in-the-dark Monster Slime formula and give mom a unique and wonderful keepsake for Mother’s Day. In addition, each mom will also receive a Free Mini Golf pass for use on Mother’s Day!

Inside Monster Mini Golf, hundreds of glow in the dark handprints decorate the walls with dates and names, all prints are from birthday parties, which is the only time the secret Monster Slime is used. For the first time outside of a party, kids get to experience the gooey, slimly glow of the Monster Slime to make mom a special gift.

Monster Mini Golf in Coral Springs, 9533 Westview Drive and Monster Mini Golf in Miramar, 14435 Miramar Parkway


Saturday, May 13th:

Free May Faire Hosted by SeaStar

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DATE: May 13th

TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

COST: FREE

251 SW 4th Avenue

Boca Raton


Palm Beach Mini Maker Faire at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

DATE: May 13th

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: This event is included in regular admission to the Science Center. $15.00 for adults, $13.00 for seniors, $11.00 for children (3-12), FREE for children under 3, and FREE for members.

Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. The whole family experience DIY robotics, Maker Workshops, 3D Printing, Drones, Live Science Demos, Local Artists and so much more. It’s the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth! For more information and to apply to be a maker, visit www.palmbeach.makerfaire.com

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach


Roar & Pour at the Palm Beach Zoo

DATE: May 13th & 14th

TIME: 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

COST:

Non-Member Adult (13+) $10
Non-Member Child (3-12) $7
Member Adult $9
Member Child $6
Toddlers (0-2) Free

The first Roar & Pour of 2017 kicks off presenting the amazing Heart tribute band… LifeLine! The whole Zoo is open to explore along with up close animal encounters – at 5:00 p.m. the Summer Grill opens with Seattle inspired menu items in honor of Heart’s hometown, the Tiki Bar also opens with beer, wine and a Due South Brewing tap-takeover!  LifeLine takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. with a 90 minute set of Heart’s biggest hits!  

1301 Summit Boulevard

West Palm Beach


Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration at the Museum of Discovery & Science

DATE: May 13th & 14th

TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: The event is free with museum exhibits admission. 

Dancers! Music! Drummers! May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Join us for Music and Dancing, Food and Flowers, Arts and Crafts, Surfing Lessons and more! It’s an exciting way for the whole family to experience the cultures of Asia and the South Pacific Islands. Enjoy Polynesian dance shows and crafts and activities presented by Polynesian Proud Productions plus activities and performances by various community partners.
Cultural Demonstrations
• Live Music: Hawaii/Tahiti/Samoa
• Featured Performances by Polynesian Proud
• Palm Weaving and Lei Making
• Live Polynesian drumming
• Samoan Fireknife Dance
• Poi Tasting
 
Special Appearances
• Bird Lovers Club
• Natya Marga Indian Dance
• Ronin Taiko Japanese Drums
• Joe Keit Kung Fu/Lion Dance
• Marie and Keefer (Japanese Calligraphy)
• Origami Expert

401 SW 2nd Street

Fort Lauderdale


See School of ROCK at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton! 

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Sunday, May 14th:

Happy Mother’s Day to all our Modern Boca Moms!

Treat Mom this Mother’s Day!

Enjoy brunch favorites from the seasonally changing menu featuring peak-season ingredients to make every bite a memorable one. Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s are also available for only $13.95.

Brunch will be served 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 14 – extend the celebration past 3:00 p.m. with signature dinner menu items and Harvest’s delicious farm-to-table cocktails! Make your reservation today and be entered for a chance to win gift cards from local businesses including fitness studios, spas and salons. The grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card for Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar.

Harvest Seasonal Grill is a green concept offering a mostly-under 500 calorie, seasonally changing, local farm-to-table-menu. Harvest offers 50+ wines by the glass, seasonal cocktails and local beer, along with eco-friendly décor, a patio, bar dining and private dining rooms.

For more information or to make a reservation, call (561) 266-3239 or visit www.harvestseasonalgrill.com.

1841 S. Federal Highway

Delray Beach


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Nikita Hair Boca Raton Opened with FREE Cuts for All!

What does Scandinavia have in common with South Florida? GREAT HAIR! Nikita Hair Boca Raton, one of Europe’s leading hairdresser chains, will be the first stateside outpost of the popular salon.

And to celebrate,  Nikita Hair USA will offer FREE Haircuts for everyone in our fair city on May 17th! No appointments needed.

Nikita Hair Boca Raton

Nikita Hair Boca Raton Grand Opening

DATE: May 17, 2017

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointments necessary!

LOCATION: Nikita Hair Boca Raton at 193 E Palmetto Park Rd.

RSVP: YES, I WILL BE THERE

Nikita Hair Boca Raton

A little background on Nikita Hair…

Nikita Hair started in Scandinavia in 1984. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, they have stood the test of time with their stylists trained to the very highest standards and with true hair passion to give clients and guests a great feeling.

The salon presents a new concept focusing on wellness and treatments

Founder Inger Ellen Nicolaisen and her daughter Christinah Nicolaisen have enjoyed the success of not only growing such a monumental hair chain across Europe, but they will also reveal their new and bestselling product line, Eleni & Chris at their Nikita Hair Boca Raton grand opening. Exciting stuff!

Nikita Hair Boca Raton

Our hair can’t wait to see what it’s all about! Welcome to Boca Raton, FL…and the U.S. Nikita Hair!

Don’t forget to RSVP MBMoms. Just clickYES, I WILL BE THERE

Sponsored: This blog post is sponsored by Nikita Hair Boca Raton. 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 and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

MOMpreneur Monday: Koala-T time Education Boxes

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.


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Eli Guevara, creator of Koala-T time! It’s a collection of fun and educational boxes aimed at giving parents a tool to connect with their kids.

Koala-T time

Tell us a little about your background…

I’m a mother of two wonderful boys ages 12 and 8. I earned an MBA in Finance and enjoyed a very successful career working for two global companies. During that time, I traveled internationally and managed large budgets and financial reporting for senior management. Although I truly enjoyed my career, I began to realize my days were too short.

As a full-time working mother of two, I found it very challenging to spend quality time with my wonderful boys. So, I began using our nighttime tuck-ins as a way to have fun conversations and stay connected with them. At first, the conversations were the usual questions about their day, but then I became more intentional about using those 15-20 minutes to share more about life’s journey. I’d share ordinary life happenings of course, but was always included a life lesson as key takeaway. They loved it and wanted to know more and more every night!

I began including toys and activities to help our conversations along and that was the start of something wonderful! More than just “time” together, our Koala-T time became a way to proactively build up their character and talk about family and relationships in a fun and enjoyable way. I was encouraged by my sisters and friends to share these life lessons with other parents. So, I teamed up with a group of friends and creative moms to make that a reality. 

What inspired you to create Koala-T time and what is truly unique about your product?

My boys are the inspiration for Koala-T time, a collection of fun and educational boxes aimed at giving parents a tool to connect with their kids through games and activities while teaching them valuable life lessons.

Our focus is on simplicity and life lessons. There is no cutting, no gluing, which is perfect for busy moms. Boxes include a variety of games (puzzles, mini board games, and novelties) that are easy to do, yet allow us to bring up important topics in a very proactive way.

Koala-T time

Every box includes four topics that build up character, strengthen relationships, promote work ethic, and inspire a good outlook in life. Children learn best when they’re playing. Therefore, we have designed easy and engaging activities that both kids and parents enjoy. The box also includes a fully planned out “family date” based on the monthly theme.

Koala-T time

Why should Modern Boca Moms become your customers?

With all parents, each day seems to go by faster and faster! There never seems to be time to research and find fun activities that are easy to execute and have little prep or clean up!

Our activities are designed with busy moms in mind: Everything is easily labeled. The activities are simple, yet memorable and they take less than 15 minutes to complete. Everything needed is included in the box. We realize time is precious!

Koala-T time

What exciting things are coming up for your business?

We just launched the Summer Collection! This is a set of three boxes themed: Playground, Ice Cream and Flight. The games are super fun and include life lessons on honesty, respect, and teamwork. We are super excited to make these boxes available for busy families, so they can have something fun to do together every week this summer like making ice cream, parent vs kid competitions, and kite flying.

Koala-T time
What do you love about living and working in South Florida?

I love living in South Florida and consider it my hometown. My parents moved here from Venezuela when I was 12. One of the things I enjoy most is going to the beach or pool anytime during the year. Plus, this is a vacation state! Most people must plan a cruise vacation months in advance, but we get to go on “last minute getaways” anytime we want! I don’t think I would consider moving anywhere else.

Koala-T time


Connect with Koala-T Time:

 www.TimeWithTheKids.com

https://www.facebook.com/koalaTTbox/

https://twitter.com/@KoalaTTbox

https://www.instagram.com/koalaTTbox/


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Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 5.05-5.07


Friday, May 5th:

See Shrek the Musical at the Crest Theatre! Friday & Saturday Performances


Saturday, May 6th:

Story Time at the Zoo: A Real Page Turner

 DATE: Saturday, May 6th

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

COST: Included with Zoo Admission 

This popular event will take place 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.

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Blvd

West Palm Beach


Saturday Morning Art (smART) at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

 DATE: Saturday, May 6th

TIME: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

COST: Members: Free, Non-Members: $5 per family

Making art is cool, so join the Museum for a creative treat once a month! This family program features studio workshops for families/inter-generational groups that focus on artistic family fun for all ages to learn, create, and enjoy the visual arts. This month we’ll explore the wonders of watercolor!

501 Plaza Real

Boca Raton


Calling all Mom’s! Join us for a Mom’s Night Out at Belly Love Spa

DATE: May 6th

TIME: 6:00 p.m. –10:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

Put it on your calendar! Call your Friends!  This is a night you do not want to miss!

Belly Love’s 2nd Annual Mom’s Night Out!

Mingle with your local Mom Businesses! Raffles,  giveaways
and more in an evening to unwind and have a little fun.

Admission is FREE, but to plan for the event please register on our Facebook Event Page  or email us at info@bellylovespa.com subject: RSVP ME!

3420 NW 62nd Ave

Coral Springs


See School of ROCK at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton! 

Sponsored



Sunday, May 7th:

Make & Take at Sugar Sand Park

DATE: May 7th

TIME: 11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

COST: $5 per craft (drop-in)

 Ages 5 and up

This Month:  Birdy Marionettes

Kids will learn about the diverse world of birds and build something to take home.  Supplies are limited, so arrive early.

 300 South Military Trail

Boca Raton


One Big Celebration – 2 Anniversaries & Resource Fair at We Rock the Spectrum

DATE: May 7th

TIME: 10:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.

COST:  $12.00 per child – memberships can not be used – parents are always free!

Come celebrate with us…….Tons of food, vendors, entertainment and open play along with many surprises!!!

 19635 State Road 7

Boca Raton


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