Top 10 Things to do at Universal Orlando Resort

Top Ten Things to Do at Universal Studios Florida

Top Ten Things to Do at Universal Studios Florida

  1. Diagon Alley

Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, this addition to Universal Studios is THE PLACE for you to visit. You feel like you have walked into your very own Harry Potter movie! The world of Harry Potter is brought to life in an exhilarating way with all your favorite shops, treats, and characters.

Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios

Make sure to stop by the London shopping district, with lots of featured shops from the franchise, as well as the Hogwarts Express and some exciting rides.

Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios

When you are done having fun, grab your own wand at Ollivander’s Wand Shop, and curb your hunger with a chocolate frog.

2. Drink a Butterbeer

*this one gets its own number because it is such an experience.*

Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios

You have to drink a Butterbeer to really experience the whimsical Harry Potter world. It is delicious, and kind of impossible to describe! It is a must try in Universal Studios, if only for the experience and Instagram photo. This is one of my favorite of the Top Ten Things to Do at Universal Studios Florida!

Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios

3. The Incredible Hulk Coaster

I am totally scared of wild rides, yet love them at the same time. The only thing that is a real deal breaker for me is when a ride is super bumpy and rocky!

That is not the case with the Hulk coaster!

This crazy fun ride includes reaches an intense speed of 67 mph, after a speed increase from 0 to 40 mph in just 2 seconds! It is so scary yet crazy exhilarating and will have you wanting to ride again and again.

4. Visit Volcano Bay

This BRAND NEW water theme park features a TapuTapu™ wearable so there’s “no standing in long lines, carrying rafts around the park, nothing between you and a full day of fun.”

Click the link to read more about Universal Studios Volcano Bay.

I haven’t been yet because it is so new, but I can’t wait to rocket down that Volcano water slide! It looks amazing.

5. Meet the Characters

While these characters differ a little from the princesses and mice that are found in the neighboring Walt Disney World, the superheroes and interactive characters you can find in Universal Studios make it an experience of its own.

*Especially if you have young boys and girls. There are so many more options to keep both happy!

6. Explore Knockturn Alley

For a great break from the sun head over to this eerie and enchanted area of Diagon Alley. You get to experience the darker side of magic and explore a different side of this magical world.

7. Hit the Water Rides

While water rides are often not a first choice because you will be wet for the rest of the day, it is an excellent option when visiting Universal in the summer! Not only is it a way to keep the kids entertained, but you can also stay cool when the temperature is exceptionally hot!

*Pack an extra set of clothes, but if you don’t want to bring extra clothes, you can pay for the air dryers. 

8. Hollywood Rip Rock RideIt Coaster

When you get into this ride, you choose from a wide selection of songs from all genres that play while you ride at speeds of 67 mph, with a terrifying 167 foot vertical drop and a non inverted loop.

9. Head over to Universal’s CityWalk for a delicious dinner after a long day at the parks!

Don’t fall prey to the ever-so-easy chain restaurants or insanely overpriced tourist traps. Head to CityWalk for a delicious meal that is convenient and fun!

*Try the Vivo Italian restaurant for a delightful ambiance and exquisite cuisine.*

10. Visit some of the more classic rides

While these older rides may be a tad more dated, more classic rides like Men in Black Alien Attack or ET can take you back to a nostalgic time. When you are done with the newer and more exhilarating rides, taking a slower ride back through some of your favorite memories can be a great way to relax and show your kids the classics.


Have you been to Universal Studios Florida? What is your absolute favorite thing to do out of the Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios?
To see more of what Universal has to offer: http://www.universalstudios.com/

Top Ten Things to Do at Universal Studios Florida

Mommy & Me at Grandview Prep Winter 2017 Registration

Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Preparatory School is one of the hottest baby and toddler programs in town! Join us for our next two upcoming sessions!

#grandviewmoms Fall/Winter 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 Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep for the first time, here’s a little background:

mommy and me at Grandview

Each “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” class is held 2-3 times per month (per age group) at Grandview Preparatory School. Classes are  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 dance, yoga, movement & music for toddlers and music & movement for babies. Classes are taught by top notch Grandview Preparatory School Early Childhood faculty. Our program offers moms and dads the chance to have their children learn and explore in a true educational setting.

How great is that?!

mommy and me at Grandview

Don’t know about Grandview Preparatory School? Now in their 20th year, 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.

mommy and me at Grandview


COST:

  1. Babies Class Pass FALL Session (Babies-Walkers, 8 classes/$15.00 per class) is $120.00 for August-October 2017 classes.
  2. Babies Class Pass WINTER Session (Babies-Walkers, 6 classes/$15.00 per class) is $90.00 for November-December 2017 classes.
  3. Toddlers Class Pass FALL (Strong Walkers-Age 3, 8 classes/$15.00 per class) is $120.00 for August-October 2017 classes.
  4. Toddlers Class Pass WINTER (Strong Walkers-Age 3, 6 classes/$15.00 per class) is $90.00 for November-December 2017 classes.

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


mommy and me at Grandview

SOLD OUT “Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep” Baby Class Dates:

FALL SESSION: 6 Weeks- Walking

AUGUST 2017 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

8/21  BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

8/28  BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

SEPTEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

9/11 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

9/18 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

9/25 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

OCTOBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

10/2 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

10/9 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

10/16 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah Halloween Edition (come dressed in costume!)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FALL 2017

mommy and me at Grandview

WINTER SESSION: 6 Weeks- Walking

NOVEMBER 2017 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

11/6 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

11/13 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

11/27 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

DECEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

12/4 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

12/11 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

12/18 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WINTER 2017


mommy and me at Grandview

“Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep” Toddler Class Dates:

FALL SESSION: Strong Walkers – Age 3

AUGUST (10:30AM-11:15AM):

8/24 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

8/31 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

SEPTEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

9/7 TODDLERS- Dance with Miss Espinosa

9/14 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

9/28 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

OCTOBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

10/5 TODDLERS- Dance with Miss Espinosa

10/12 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

10/19 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah Halloween Edition (come dressed in costume!)

PLEASE EMAIL MICHELLE@GRANDVIEWPREP.NET TO REGISTER FOR FALL 2017

mommy and me at Grandview

WINTER SESSION: Strong Walkers – Age 3

NOVEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

11/2 TODDLERS- Dance with Miss Espinosa

11/9 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

11/16 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

11/30 TODDLERS- Dance with Miss Espinosa

DECEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

12/7 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

12/14 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WINTER 2017

mommy and me at Grandview


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.*


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.


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Meet the Boca Raton Prepared Meal Delivery Service that Finally Got It Right

Earlier this summer, I was faced with a culinary conundrum. Modern Boca Dad was heading out of town for a wedding. So, I had to figure out how to feed myself and our daughter (on my own) for 5 days. Most moms might not see that as a big deal, but here’s the issue: I’m an awful cook. Sure, I can burn toast and pasta, but that’s about the extent of my expertise in the kitchen. Luckily, I found a Boca Raton prepared meal delivery service called My Pure Life. It not only offers healthy, prepared meals and snacks for adults, but for children as well. I figured it was the perfect time to give them a shot!

Boca Raton meal delivery service called My Pure Life

Boy, I’m glad I did. My Pure Life has an ever changing, customized menu designed specifically with your goals, lifestyles and preferences in mind.

This Boca Raton meal delivery company has done done all the research and grunt work. They stand behind delivering top notch, high quality, unprocessed, pure, gourmet food that nourishes and fuels your body. Plus the meals are YUMMY.

Boca Raton meal delivery service called My Pure Life

Take a look at these dinners! All I had to do was place them in the microwave for 2 minutes and they were ready to eat. The plastic containers are reusable and recyclable (your choice). And after placing your food order online, you simply set the cooler bag that My Pure Life provides outside your home on delivery day (offered 2x per week) for them to switch out.

Boca Raton meal delivery service called My Pure Life
The Kids meal options I chose for the week- Spaghetti & Meatballs and Chicken Nuggets

Boca Raton meal delivery service called My Pure Life

Boca Raton meal delivery service called My Pure Life
Nutrition Information is included on each dish
Bottom line? This Boca Raton meal delivery company provides a solution for local families when you can’t or don’t have time to cook. I’m a huge fan.


To place your first order, head to My Pure Life’s website and use the code “MBMOM” to get $25 of your order of $99 or more! You can also call 844-311-2393

Boca Raton meal delivery service called My Pure Life



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Top Attractions in Boca Raton *and Beyond*

Top Attractions in Boca Raton *and Beyond!*

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*!

Top Attractions in Boca Raton

  1. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

    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/

  2. Palm Beach Zoo

    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/

  3. Lion Country Safari

    Between the drive-thru safari and awesome entertainment park (hello giraffe encounter!), Lion Country Safari is a great way to get out of the house and have some WILD fun! Don’t forget about the 2017 Summer Savings Pass! For more information: http://www.lioncountrysafari.com/

  4. PLAYMOBIL Fun Park

    Top Attractions in Boca Raton

  5. I-FLY in Ft. Lauderdale

    A super fun time for parents and kids alike; check out my full review HERE.

  6. Sugar Sand Park

    Featuring the NEW Science Playground, Explorium & Willow Theater, Sugar Sand Park is one of the best hidden gems in Boca Raton! (And one of the top attractions in Boca Raton *and beyond!*). For more information: http://www.sugarsandpark.org/

  7. Daggerwing Nature Center

    Top Attractions in Boca Raton

  8. Boca Raton Museum of Art

    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/

  9. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
  10. Boca Raton Children’s Museum

    The pinnacle of kids fun in Boca Raton, all you have to do is bring your imagination and flair for fun and games!

  11. CHALK Cafe in Delray Beach
  12. Monkey Joe’s

    A place for fun, families and Monkey-ing around, Monkey Joe’s is a ton of fun for your whole group!

  13. Bedner’s in Boynton Beach

    A farm fresh market where you can not only enjoy the outdoors, but you can also pick your own fruit and veggies when in season! For a list of what you can pick and when, look here: http://www.bedners.com/upick.html

  14. Butterfly World in Deerfield Beach

    Top Attractions in Boca Raton

  15. Green Cay Nature Center in Boynton Beach
  16. We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym

    A kids gym that is a safe, nurturing and sensory friendly environment. For more on fun events: https://www.werockthespectrumkidsgym.com/

  17. Patch Reef Park

Which of these top attractions in Boca Raton and Beyond is your favorite? Which ones are you dying to try?! Comment below!

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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.

Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 8.18-8.21

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms and Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities and weekend family fun in South Florida for August 18- August 21, 2017! 


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, August 18th:

Celebrate Ladies Night Out at the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium

 DATE: August 18th

TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

COST: Admission is $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Tickets are available for purchase at the door or on the website.

Cocktail concoctions, cosmetic science demos, food and wine samples and even Kahlua karaoke are coming to Ladies’ Night Out at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. 

Science-savvy ladies 21+ are invited to enjoy the DJ, silent auction, giveaways, exhibit and aquarium exploration, and liquid nitrogen Rumchata Fireball ice cream at this unique event.

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach


Head to the 3rd Annual Summer in Paradise on the West Palm Beach Waterfront

DATE: June 1st through August 31st

COST: FREE

This free, summer-long promotion will transport residents and visitors into a colorful collection of classic tales and treasured life-lessons along the waterfront.

FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

NEW Create your own story in StoryVille- Children can create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs and models of traditional storybook characters. This free activity is open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the waterfront.

The community is invited to participate in some friendly competition in larger than life versions of their favorite games like human foosball and life-sized Jenga.Game balls, Jenga pieces and a selection of table-top board games are available to be checked out for free. Guests can also play Glow FORE it Mini Golf, 9 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf along the Intracoastal Waterway, for $2.50 per person per round. All games are open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Game balls, golf clubs and board games are located at the Waterfront Activity Station near the course.

 Downtown West Palm Beach


7th Annual “Chefs Up Front” Fundraising Dinner

DATE: August 18th

TIME: Reception starts at 6:00 p.m.

COST: Tickets are available with a discount of $50 Off until July 14 (use discount code CUF50DR). Ticket prices increase to $250 a person on July 15, 2017. To purchase event tickets, visit www.chefsupfront.org, choose the event location you would like to attend and scroll down to choose seats.

Non-profit organization FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) will host its 7th annual “Chefs Up Front” fundraising dinners this August at The Biltmore in Coral Gables. The epicurean event will present decadent five-course dinners prepared by 10 of South Florida’s most acclaimed chefs. One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ Program, which connects families with healthy food by teaching them how to prepare nutritious, tasty meals on a limited budget.

The evening, hosted by radio personalities Kimmy B. of Hits 97.3, Julie Guy and Evelyn Curry of 101.5 LITE FM; long-time FLIPANY supporters, will begin with a special reception and silent auction, while hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails are served. Following the reception, each chef will prepare signature courses in an intimate dinner setting. An after party will follow, when guests can mingle with each other and the chefs.

Renowned chefs who will be at The Biltmore in Coral Gables are:

  • Aaron Dreilinger with Chef David Catering and Event Design
  • David Hackett with The Biltmore
  • Alan Hughes with Chef Alan Hughes
  • Brad Kilgore with Brava/Alter
  • Cristian Cuevas with 50 Eggs Inc.
  • Brian Nasajon with Beaker & Gray
  • Dustin Ward with BLT Prime
  • Adrianne Calvo with Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • Pedro Lopez with Soyka
  • Ryan Martin with 180 Degrees at DRB
  • Pablo Zitsman with No Name Chinese
  • Sean Brasel with Meat Market
1200 Anastasia Avenue

Coral Gables


Saturday, August 19th:

Take a Class at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton

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Marinelife Day at the Gardens Mall

DATE: August 19th

TIME:  11:00 a.m.

COST: FREE

Testudines-loving tots of all ages and their families will join top scientists and environmentalists from the Loggerhead Marinelife Center at Marinelife Day at The Gardens Mall.

Exciting highlights include a Junior Vet Lab, which takes participants from sea turtle rescue to release; ocean-inspired stories during Hatchling Tales; and meet Fletch, Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s lovable mascot!

3101 PGA Boulevard

Palm Beach Gardens


Tot Time at Sugar Sand Park

DATE: August 19th

TIME:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

COST: $5 per child (payable at the door)

A great way to keep your child active and social. Toys, costumes, bubbles, crafts, and snacks in an indoor playroom. Drop-ins welcome at any time during the program.

3000 South Military Trail

Boca Raton


Sunday, August 20th:

Sunday Family Movie at Sugar Sand Park

DATE: August 20th

TIME:  11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

COST: $1 (Includes Movie, Popcorn and Drink)

Enjoy a Sunday family movie in the Maple room. Please see this website (www.sugarsandpark.org) for movie titles.  The 2:00 p.m. show is sensory friendly for individuals with sensory processing disorders.

3000 S. Military Trail

Boca Raton


Monday, August 21st

Solar Eclipse Party at the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium

DATE: August 21st

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

COST: Cost of Admission

  • Safe, family-friendly viewing environment
  • EXCELLENT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES
  • Solar eclipse corona art contest from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. First prize is a travel scope sun observing telescope!
  • Big sun vs. small moon hands-on activity
  • Special eclipse program at the Science on the Sphere exhibit at 2 p.m. to be immediately followed by the eclipse viewing at 2:45 p.m.

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach

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MOMpreneur Monday: Pazos Law Group Boca Raton

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 Emerald Williams, local mom and attorney at Pazos Law Group Boca Raton!

Pazos Law Group Boca Raton

Tell us a little about your background and what inspired you to become an attorney…

My southern roots have kept me grounded since I was born and raised in Atlanta. I graduated from the University of Georgia and knew from a young age that I wanted to become an attorney to make a difference in the lives of others. Choosing a law school was tough, but I ultimately ended up at the University of Miami School of Law.

As fate would have it, I met my husband during orientation, so I knew sunny Florida was where I was meant to be. Throughout law school, I found my passion and calling in helping children and families. I spent my first few years practicing as an attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program in Miami, where I had the ability to provide a voice for children who had been abused, abandoned, and neglected. From there, I went onto the Attorney General’s office serving as a civil prosecutor for the Department of Children and Families. I still felt as if something was missing for me, and it wasn’t until I joined Pazos Law Group Boca Raton that I found my place in the legal community. Today, I love being a family law attorney and am inspired by my clients and colleagues every day.

We have two children and family is everything to me. I love being a devoted “boy mom” to Aiden (3) and Connor (8 months).

Pazos Law Group Boca Raton
What is truly unique about Pazos Law Group Boca Raton and your practice?

Pazos Law Group really is “people helping people”. The founding partner, Nadia Pazos, Esq. is truly an amazing person and mentor. She is not only a mother, but leads the firm with the utmost integrity. When Nadia started the firm, it was just her and she has built up the practice to 7 attorneys. We are truly unique because of the level of service we provide our clients and are constantly evolving and trying to be better than the day before.

Why should Modern Boca Mom readers become your clients?

My clients are often going through the roughest times in their lives, and I am by their side every step of the way. While the majority of my practice is divorce and paternity cases, I truly have a passion for helping people who are struggling to grow their families. Oftentimes, they must turn to adoption, IVF, and the surrogacy process.

What exciting things are coming up for your business?

We are very excited that Pazos Law Group Boca Raton just opened a brick and mortar office in Boca Raton! We are located at 2500 N Military Trail, Suite 120. Please set up an appointment to come see me!

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

Boca Raton is the best place to live and raise a family. There is always something fun to do with the kids and if not we can just head to the beach. The citizens of Boca Raton are extremely warm and friendly and have accepted my family into the community. I love living and working in Boca!


Connect with Emerald Williams at Pazos Law Firm Boca Raton:

EMAIL: emerald@pazoslawgroup.com

WEBSITE: www.PazosLawGroup.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/PazosLawGroup/


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The ABC’s of Back-to-School Comfort with Hanes + GIVEAWAY

Heading back to school can often be anything but comfortable for our kiddos. It’s typically a new environment with new people…and you can’t forget your child’s new teacher! If you really think back mommas, school was probably quite intimidating when you started. My daughter is starting Pre-K this year and luckily, quite comfortable save for the fact that Ms. Fashionista Extraordinaire has to wear *gasp* uniforms. This Modern Boca Mom loves it. Bubs hates it. But, at least I know I can send her back to school in comfort with Hanes this year courtesy of their amazing undergarments and accessories.

back-to-school comfort with Hanes

Underpants, socks, tights– I’ve been stocking up to keep #dailybocaavery cool and fresh for the school year ahead! (And you can’t forget about their leggings for mom- YOU can also head back to school in comfort with Hanes!) Because, let’s be honest. I always follow the ABC’s of back-to-school comfort.

A:  Always

B:  Be

C:  Comfortable

It’s that simple. 🙂

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Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 8.11-8.13

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms and Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities and weekend family fun in South Florida for August 11- August 13, 2017! 


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, August 11th:

See Glee at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton

Sponsored


Last Weekend of Summer in the City Events at Mizner Park Amphitheater

TIME: The City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City Series promises a line-up of FREE tribute concerts, live music, and movies under the moonlight through August 18th.

More details on Summer in the City of Boca Raton HERE.

COST: FREE

FRIDAY- Ruffhouse: Bob Marley Tribute

SATURDAY- The Symphonia Boca Raton: A Space Odyssey

590 Plaza Real

Boca Raton


Head to the 3rd Annual Summer in Paradise on the West Palm Beach Waterfront

DATE: June 1st through August 31st

COST: FREE

This free, summer-long promotion will transport residents and visitors into a colorful collection of classic tales and treasured life-lessons along the waterfront.

FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

NEW Create your own story in StoryVille- Children can create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs and models of traditional storybook characters. This free activity is open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the waterfront.

The community is invited to participate in some friendly competition in larger than life versions of their favorite games like human foosball and life-sized Jenga.Game balls, Jenga pieces and a selection of table-top board games are available to be checked out for free. Guests can also play Glow FORE it Mini Golf, 9 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf along the Intracoastal Waterway, for $2.50 per person per round. All games are open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Game balls, golf clubs and board games are located at the Waterfront Activity Station near the course.

 Downtown West Palm Beach


Sushi & Stroll at the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens

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


Saturday, August 12th:

Take a Class at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton

Sponsored


Celebrate JoBella Girls Boutique’s 1st Anniversary!

Read all about last year’s Grand Opening event at JoBella Girls Boutique here!

9858 Clint Moore Rd. C129

Boca Raton


Back to School Splash! At Sugar Sand Park

DATE: August 12th

TIME:  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

The 6th annual Back to School Splash event at Sugar Sand Park Community Center is the perfect way to wave goodbye to summer and slide into the new school year. On Saturday families can enjoy water slides, a field of bubbles, make & takes, giveaways, music and more!

Kids get unlimited access to three different large water slides, ranging from 20 to 30 feet high, and up to 60 feet long.  Make and takes include spray bottle painting and a marble tile craft. In addition, there will be an area for kids ages 5 and under with a separate water slide and additional activities such as tabletop water toys and a toddler fishing game. Concessions will be available for purchase from Bobby G’s Drivin’ Diner, Joji’s Frozen Yogurt and Tiki’s Shaved Ice food trucks.

Back to School Splash is recommended for kids ages 3 and up, and is weather permitting. Guests should remember sunscreen, bug spray, bottled water, towels, hats, and a change of dry clothes if planning to visit the indoor Children’s Science Explorium or spend time inside the Community Center.

3000 S. Military Trail

Boca Raton


Roar & Pour at the Palm Beach Zoo

DATE: August 12th

TIME:  4:30 p.m.

The Summer Grill opens at 5:00pm with burgers and hotdogs. The Tiki Bar also opens at 5:00pm with beer, wine and a Copperpoint Brewing Company tap-takeover! Then, Forever Styx/Chain Reaction takes the stage at 7:00pm with a 45-minute set of Styx hits and 45 minutes of Journey smashes! Palm Beach Zoo welcomes Club Braman members to this Roar & Pour!

COST:

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

1301 Summit Boulevard

West Palm Beach


Sunday, August 13th:

Come Celebrate “Billy the Marlin’s” Birthday & See Salt-N-Pepa

DATE: August 13th

TIME: 1:10 p.m.

COST: Admission Game Tickets

The Miami Marlins are playing the Colorado Rockie’s AND it’s Billy’s birthday, so you’re invited! Nobody loves a birthday party more than Billy. Join the Sea Creatures in celebrating a very special day for your favorite mascot. Purchase a special event ticket and you’ll receive an exclusive Billy The Marlin birthday bobblehead. Plus, you’ll get a photo with Billy & the Sea Creatures!

There will also be a post-game concert by legendary Hip Hop / Rap artists “SALT-N-PEPA”!

Get your special event tickets here: marlins.com/specialevents

501 Marlins Way

Miami

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Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 8.04-8.06

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms and Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities and weekend family fun in South Florida for August 4- August 6, 2017! 


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, August 4th:

See Cats at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton

Sponsored


Summer in the City Event at Mizner Park Amphitheater

TIME: The City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City Series promises a line-up of FREE tribute concerts, live music, and movies under the moonlight through August 18th.

More details on Summer in the City of Boca Raton HERE.

COST: FREE

 Crystal Visions: Fleetwood Mac Tribute

590 Plaza Real

Boca Raton


Head to the 3rd Annual Summer in Paradise on the West Palm Beach Waterfront

DATE: June 1st through August 31st

COST: FREE

This free, summer-long promotion will transport residents and visitors into a colorful collection of classic tales and treasured life-lessons along the waterfront.

FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

NEW Create your own story in StoryVille- Children can create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs and models of traditional storybook characters. This free activity is open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the waterfront.

The community is invited to participate in some friendly competition in larger than life versions of their favorite games like human foosball and life-sized Jenga. Game balls, Jenga pieces and a selection of table-top board games are available to be checked out for free. Guests can also play Glow FORE it Mini Golf, 9 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf along the Intracoastal Waterway, for $2.50 per person per round. All games are open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Game balls, golf clubs and board games are located at the Waterfront Activity Station near the course.

 Downtown West Palm Beach


Saturday, August 5th:

Take a Class at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton

Sponsored


Head to FoundCare’s Health Center Back to School Health Fair

DATE: August 5th

TIME:  8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and participants must register no later than noon)

COST:  While the health fair is free to all, the focus is on offering healthcare and education to under-served, uninsured and at-risk community members.

This free event is designed to provide health services and health education to meet the growing needs of the community. Guest speakers, immunizations, screenings, physicals, dental checkups and much more will be provided for the whole family. Services offered to children include the back-to-school physicals and immunizations* for two-month-old infants up to 18-year-olds. Demonstrations of proper installation and usage of children’s car seats will also take place on site.

2330 S. Congress Avenue

West Palm Beach


Making Magic at Hoffman’s Chocolates

DATE: August 5th (Greenacres Store) August 6th (Palm Beach Gardens)

TIME:  Magic Shows: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (45 minutes each); Face painting: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST:  The event is free and open to the public and will be held indoors at both stores.

Hoffman’s Chocolates will celebrate family fun by featuring magic shows and face painting at its stores in Greenacres and Palm Beach Gardens. Guests can also have their faces painted with creative designs and glitter by the face painters that will be onsite throughout the event.

5190 Lake Worth Road

Greenacres


Sunday, August 6th:

Gary Goodman’s Family Comedy Magic Show at Sugar Sand Park’s Willow Theatre

DATE: August 6th

TIME:   Shows at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Rated G

COST:  Each child’s ticket includes one free carousel ride token and cookies & juice served in the lobby after each performance.  Tickets for all of these performances are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 & under.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  They can be purchased at the Willow Theatre Box Office at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, by calling 561-347-3948, or online at: www.willowtheatre.org.

Famed entertainer Gary Goodman brings his famous magic show to the Willow Theatre, featuring amazing illusions such as ‘The Chair Suspension’, ‘Snow Illusion’, and ‘The Talking Picture’.  Through hilarious audience interaction, and fun, upbeat music, this show is ‘jaw-dropping ‘til the very end!

300 S. Military Trail

Boca Raton

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Why Your Child Should Get their Back-to-School “Do” at Cartoon Cuts

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Cartoon Cuts Coral Springs. As always, all thoughts and opinions are this busy Boca mom’s! #ad

It’s time for back-to-school! Whether you (or your kiddos) are excited (or not), it’s coming…along with the dreaded checklist of parental “To Do’s”.

For our family, this typically means shopping for school supplies, uniforms and getting a haircut. All of which, I have to get done in the two-week crunch between vacation in Maine and orientation. No pressure! Just add it to my never-ending mommy list…

So, when you find out about an awesome salon just for kids that can fit your child and her best friend in on a Friday afternoon AND you happen to be free? You jump at the chance!

Back-to-School Haircuts at Cartoon Cuts Coral Springs
Cartoon Cuts Coral Springs
Haircut #twinning! The “Before” Photo

#dailybocaavery and I were so excited to try out Cartoon Cuts Coral Springs for the first time (approximately 25 minutes southwest of Boca). We had heard that the hair washing portion of the salon appointment included being “sprayed with an elephant’s trunk”, so Avery and her best friend Emma were stoked!

Cartoon Cuts Coral Springs
The elephant sprays your hair with its trunk!

Yep, in addition to being welcomed into Cartoon Cuts Coral Springs by their skilled and friendly staff, your child can get his/her hair washed by the elephant above. It’s pretty adorable…

Look, I am the first one to admit that some kids LOVE getting their hair cut; others…don’t. The staff at Cartoon Cuts Coral Springs has probably seen it all. 😉 And, they prepare accordingly.

There are televisions located at every station, so your child has something to focus on during the haircut process. They also have interactive toys for the portions of the cut and styling when they might need to look down. The waiting area is tricked out with toys and a big screen TV, so little ones are never bored while waiting their turn. At the end of your service, they even offer you a fun 3-D Ellie the Elephant tattoo!

How did it go?

Both of our cuts went really smoothly. The girls were thrilled! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate back-to-school than with the Cartoon Cuts treatment!

Ladies even get a braid and barrette (that they pick out) to finish off their “do” at the end.

Head to their website to find all of the Cartoon Cuts specials and pricing! There are also a few that are perfect for back-to-school like these:

  • Package of Six Promotion- Get 6 haircuts for the price of 5! This is a great deal year round—but we’re sweetening the deal this back-to-school season! If you purchase a package of 6 before Labor Day, you get 20% off any full-priced retail item you purchase that day!
  • Buy One, Get One 50% off Liters- Time to stock up on products for back-to-school! Get Cartoon Cuts’ customer-favorite Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Shampoo & Conditioner liters– buy one, get one 50% off until Labor Day!
  • Product of the Month- The August product of the month is a back-to-school must-have! The Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Conditioning Spray helps repel lice while conditioning and detangling hair.

Buckle up for another busy and fun school year ahead! Let’s do this!

The “After” photo! These Boca gals are ready for preschool and Pre-K!

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Cartoon Cuts. 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 was compensated for this post and received two complimentary haircuts, but all opinions are mine.

MOMpreneur Monday: The Max Challenge Fitness Boca

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 Anamika Sharma, a local mom and business owner of Max Challenge Fitness Boca Raton!

Max Challenge Fitness Boca

Tell us a little about your background and what inspired you to open your own Max Challenge Boca location…

After being born and raised in India, I moved to the U.S. during my college years. I studied Advertising Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and found that working in corporate America was a challenge with two small kids. After fifteen years, and as my daughter was getting ready to leave for college, I made the decision to stay home and spend more time with my children.

While working out for a few months at another popular fitness program, my husband joined The Max Challenge of Freehold, NJ. He instantly liked the concept and witnessed some amazing results. We believed that the Boca area could benefit from The Max Challenge. My family has a vacation home in South Florida, so we decided to bring the first Max Challenge Fitness Boca Raton to reality. Currently, we are getting ready to open our second location in Pompano Beach.

We both believe that staying healthy and fit, especially as you get older, is very important and we want to share that with South Florida!

Max Challenge Fitness Boca Raton

What is truly unique about your business?

The Max Challenge combines the BEST in fitness classes, nutritional counseling and motivation to help members make FAST and LASTING changes to their health, appearance and fitness levels in only 10 weeks.

Our Boca members have finished their first challenge and have seen miraculous transformations so far! People have gone down several pant sizes, come off diabetic medications, and have had more energy and self-confidence throughout the process. This program is one of a kind. Your trainers AND peers support and motivate each other. And after the 10-week challenge, members can continue with a legacy membership.

Max Challenge Fitness Boca Raton

Why should Modern Boca Moms join The Max Challenge?

We have seen this program work for a large variety of people. Although losing weight is usually the first reason that people join a fitness studio, it is not the ONLY reason. If you are looking to become healthier and have more energy during your day, we can help you!

No one ever complains about getting in better shape as a side benefit. 😉

What exciting things are coming up for your business?

Uur Boca Raton location has been open for a couple of months now! We have a great group of people who have gone through a challenge and have had wonderful feedback! We are about to open our Pompano Beach location in the next month or so, and are very excited to continue to grow. The Boca Raton location has been offering trial classes so that everyone can give The Max Challenge a chance!

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

Coming from New Jersey to Florida, we love having great weather year around. We no longer have to deal with the somber moods that come with winter and snowstorms! Living in South Florida feels like it is spring and summer all year with the beautiful sunshine!


Connect with The Max Challenge Fitness Boca Raton:

Max Challenge Fitness Boca Raton

The Max Challenge Fitness Boca Raton
349 E Yamato Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561-948-0897

EMAIL: asharma@themaxchallenge.com

WEBSITE: www.themaxchallenge.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/maxbocaraton/


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Max Challenge Fitness Boca Raton

Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 7.28-7.30

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms and Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities and weekend family fun in South Florida for July 28- July 30, 2017! 


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, July 28th:

See Disney’s Camp Rock at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton

Sponsored


Summer in the City Event at Mizner Park Amphitheater

TIME: The City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City Series promises a line-up of FREE tribute concerts, live music, and movies under the moonlight through August 18th.

More details on Summer in the City of Boca Raton HERE.

COST: FREE

Movie: Moana and LIVE Polynesian Stage Show

590 Plaza Real

Boca Raton


Head to the 3rd Annual Summer in Paradise on the West Palm Beach Waterfront

DATE: June 1st through August 31st

COST: FREE

This free, summer-long promotion will transport residents and visitors into a colorful collection of classic tales and treasured life-lessons along the waterfront.

FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

NEW Create your own story in StoryVille- Children can create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs and models of traditional storybook characters. This free activity is open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the waterfront.

The community is invited to participate in some friendly competition in larger than life versions of their favorite games like human foosball and life-sized Jenga. Game balls, Jenga pieces and a selection of table-top board games are available to be checked out for free. Guests can also play Glow FORE it Mini Golf, 9 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf along the Intracoastal Waterway, for $2.50 per person per round. All games are open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Game balls, golf clubs and board games are located at the Waterfront Activity Station near the course.

 Downtown West Palm Beach


Saturday, July 29th:

Take a Class at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton

Sponsored


Sunday, July 30th:

Top Attractions in Boca Raton *and Beyond*

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit Now Open for Summer 2017


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