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Snap to it! Snapology Fort Lauderdale is the Next Big Thing to Do for Local Kids + GIVEAWAY

So what the heck is Snapology? That’s what you’re probably wondering as you contemplate how it could be the next big thing to do for local kids. The number one thing this blogger gets asked time and time again is: what can I do indoors that’s fun and educational with my kids? You see, it gets hot in Boca and it rains often. Fun can’t always be had outdoors in those undesirable conditions. We are excited to announce that there will soon be a NEW option for kids to play and learn locally INDOORS at Snapology Fort Lauderdale!

Snapology Fort Lauderdale

But, what is it and why should I be interested as a parent?

Snapology Fort Lauderdale (coming soon) is an educational franchise that will offer hands-on activities for children ages 1-14 using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology. Their mission is to provide children an opportunity to engage in playful learning activities. These will spark their imagination, tap into their creativity and ideally lead to a love of learning. Kids have so much fun in Snapology classes and camp activities that they don’t even realize they’re learning through play!

What can kids do and learn at Snapology Fort Lauderdale?

Answer: A TON! With an emphasis on play, children achieve academic enrichment and social development objectives.

  • Camps and workshops
  • Field Trips and enrichment classes
  • Birthday Parties and custom events
  • Play Dates and scouting events
  • Parents Night Out and group events
  • Anti-Bullying Programs and assemblies
  • Corporate Team Building  and meeting facilitation

Snapology Fort Lauderdale

When will Snapology Fort Lauderdale open and begin their programming?

The grand opening date hasn’t been announced yet, but we do hear that they’re accepting applications to award ownership of a Snapology Fort Lauderdale franchise.

They pretty much embody my MOMpreneur and entrepreneurship message. Be your own boss, get involved in your community and inspire the next generation. Simply fill out the form HERE to learn and read more about how you can become part of the Snapology team!

We’re looking forward to a new place to play and learn in our area!

Enter to Win a Snapology Mascot LEGO Alligator Set (open to U.S. residents only)

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Sponsored: The post and information above was sponsored by Nakturnal. 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 have been compensated, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

How Boca Moms Really Save their Energy + ecobee3 Smart Thermostat GIVEAWAY

OK, truth time. It seems like all I heard from my South Florida moms this summer was how broke and exhausted everyone was. Sure, there were sunny vacation days and happy moments according to social media. But for many, sleepless nights with babies (and/or toddlers), work, camp, home improvement projects, family expenses, trips and activities made most weeks feel like a tiring race to the finish line.

Everyone seems to want two things as we head into the fall: MORE energy and to spend LESS money.

Aside from recommending a reputable housekeeper and babysitter…and perhaps a regular fitness class, I really can’t help you too much with your physical energy. However, I can help guide you with ways to spend less money on your home’s energy courtesy of my friends at FPL. 🙂 There’s also a really cool giveaway at the end of this post, so keep reading!

It all starts with an app, South Florida moms…How South Florida Moms Really Save their Energy + ecobee3 GIVEAWAY

See energy-saving tips + download the app on FPL.com

Join your fellow Floridians by turning into an energy expert and saving yearlong! FPL just released a fantastic mobile app that helps South Florida moms and beyond manage their home energy bills with a tap of a finger! Just in time to beat the heat this summer (and fall- hey we live in South Florida after all), customers can use the app:

  • For on-the-go, instant access to monitor energy usage
  • To see how weather impacts their bill
  • So they receive important alerts and reminders
  • To report an outage
See energy-saving tips + download the app on FPL.com

The real time stats are pretty impressive. Look at my home’s projected bill and daily average based around the highest daily temperature! The app also tracks energy trends over several months.

How South Florida moms are really saving their energy

How South Florida moms are really saving their energy

So how do you start saving bucks on your energy bill?

Ever thought about integrating a smart thermostat…like the ecobee3 we’re giving away below? A smart thermostat replaces a home’s existing thermostat, connects to Wi-Fi and can be controlled by a smartphone app.

According to Pat Agnew, FPL’s Program Manager for In-home Technology, smart thermostat benefits include:

  • Energy savings of about $50 a year. FPL tested both simple and sophisticated smart thermostats in South Florida single family homes and found the A/C savings for both to be the same. In South Florida, all the savings measured came from reduced cooling. Homes saved on average, 450 kWh per year or about $50. If you live in an area that uses heating, you might save more.
  • Peace of mind. The ability to remotely monitor your homes’ A/C means you can know what’s going on at home from anywhere, anytime. This can be a great benefit for parents, frequent travelers and those who own a seasonal home.

Essentially, you’re throwing away money if you don’t use a smart thermostat in your home. We definitely recommend looking into options…and entering our giveaway below! 🙂

I’ve already downloaded the new FPL app, but we want to keep the energy-saving push going this summer with a special GIVEAWAY of an ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat worth $169.00 (giveaway limited to readers who are FPL customers only). Enter today!

How South Florida moms are really saving their energy

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This post  contains an affiliate link. Please support Modern Boca Mom by purchasing the ecobeeb3 lite smarter wifi thermostat through this link.

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by FPL. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

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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Back to School: The Boca Preschool Parent’s Survival List

…and just like that, the Boca summer days melted away and it’s already time for all things back-to-school! While we won’t have a change of seasons until, I don’t know, that one week in January (fingers crossed!), Boca parents are certainly getting ready for fall by stocking up on lunch boxes, backpacks, and new shoes for their kiddos. But, if you’re sending your little one off to a Boca preschool, you’re probably realizing that you have a much different back-to-school supply list than your run of the mill notebook and folder requirement.

Luckily, I’ve enlisted the help of my friends at Boca VIPediatrics to help prepare parents for what to expect and ensure a happy and healthy year for the littlest students of Boca Raton.

Boca preschool Boca VIPediatrics

Boca preschool Boca VIPediatrics

Voted “Best of Boca – Best Pediatrician,” Dr. Chad Rudnick and Dr. Paul Gilbert with Boca VIPediatrics are no strangers to helping parents navigate the ins and outs of Boca preschool. Read on to find out the pediatrician-recommended must-haves that an help guarantee a successful and safe school year.

Boca Preschool Survival List:

Boca preschool Boca VIPediatrics

Hand washing

The single most important way to keep Boca preschool germs away is by practicing good hand hygiene. Make sure you practice hand washing with your preschooler to ensure they are well-versed in the art of the ‘good hand scrub’. (Try singing the ABC’s to make sure they’re washing for the perfect amount of time.) Make sure your child’s Boca preschool teachers are having all children wash their hands as many times a day as possible. But, mainly before eating and after using the bathroom.

Virtual Visits Via Text/Email With Your Pediatrician

Having a “Pediatrician In Your Pocket” is a life-saving resource for busy parents of preschoolers. Because they’ll be getting sick more frequently than any other time in their life, having your pediatrician a text message or email away is going to save your family time, money, and get your little one better, faster. More than ever, you’re going to need your pediatrician on speed dial.

Boca preschool Boca VIPediatrics

“Preschool age children are sick around 8-12 times per year. With each illness lasting up to 2 weeks for many common cold viruses, parents should be prepared when their child gets sick. Dr. Gilbert and I provide tips and tricks to try and limit the number of total illnesses and help to get kids feeling better, faster when they do get sick. This limits missed days of school and parents miss fewer days of work to care for their sick child,” explains Dr. Rudnick.

Sippy Cup

You’ll need a durable, non-leaky sippy cup to pack daily for your Boca preschooler. You’ll want to be sure that the mouthpiece is covered and that your child feels comfortable drinking out of it. Be sure to take the entire cup apart each night so you are washing each compartment and drying it completely. You certainly don’t want any mold growing in there!

Lunchbox/Lunch

Whether it’s a bento box or lunch bag, what’s most important about lunch are the contents inside. Pack foods you know your child will eat and save the adventurous new foods for times when you are with your child. Make sure foods that are choking hazards, such as grapes, are properly sliced lengthwise.

Boca preschool Boca VIPediatrics

The Oto Home iPhone Attachment

Ear infections are among the most common preschool-aged illness, and are responsible for 30 million visits to the doctor each year in the U.S.

This game-changing device clips onto your iPhone and sends secure video of your child’s inner ear right to Dr. Gilbert or Dr. Rudnick at Boca VIPediatrics. So, when you suspect an ear infection, you can send them a video clip and they’ll be able to diagnose on the spot, saving you a trip to the office. This device is only available to VIPs at Boca VIPediatrics, Boca’s pediatric smart office.

Sunscreen & Bug Spray

Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen and bug spray as part of your morning routine. Boca preschoolers spend good quality time outdoors. Even if that time is in a shaded area, it’s important to keep your preschooler protected from bug bites and harmful UV rays.

Boca preschool Boca VIPediatrics
Mom sprained her ankle, so here’s Dr. Rudnick doing a quick “curbside check-up” for a quick sick visit in the parking lot!

If your family is looking to start the school year one step ahead of all those yucky Boca preschool illnesses, you’ll definitely want to grab a VIP spot (while they last!) at Boca VIPediatrics so you can keep your pediatrician in your pocket.

With house calls, no waits at their Central Boca Raton office, virtual visits, 24/7 access to text/email/call your pediatrician, your preschooler is in the best possible hands in their care.

To learn more about becoming a VIP at Boca VIPediatrics, visit www.BocaVIPediatrics.com or call 561-923-9635.

You can also visit them on Facebook to read reviews of what other parents are saying (Spoiler alert: They have all 5 star rave reviews!) {www.facebook.com/bocavipediatrics/reviews}

How will Boca VIPediatrics save the day this back-to-school season for YOUR child?

Boca preschool Boca VIPediatrics


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

MOMpreneur Monday: 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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How fantastic are all of these clothing options? You have the chance to win your own back-to-school comfort with Hanes by entering our giveaway below!

back-to-school comfort with Hanes

Enter Our Back-to-School Comfort with Hanes Giveaway for a chance to WIN:
  • $50 Hanes Visa Gift Card
  • 3 Back-to-School styles from Hanes® (based on age/gender of winner)
  • Styles will include selections with Hanes® X-Temp® and FreshIQ™ technologies to keep kids cool and fresh all day

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comfort with Hanes

Can’t Miss September and October South Florida Events

Believe it or not mommas, autumn is on the way…and with that, fun fashion shows and fall celebrations! Below are my top two  picks for September and October 2017 South Florida events. Mark your calendars!

VII Annual SHUZZ | ART | FASHION Show – September 16

The Shuzz Fund, a non-profit organization that provides shoes to children in poverty-stricken areas, has announced a British Invasion; their VII Annual SHUZZ | ART | FASHION Show featuring Miami-born designer Gomez-Gracia and Jimmy Choo!

VII SHUZZ ART FASHION

We’ve gone to the event for the past three years and it supports such a worthy cause! The event will start at 6:00 p.m. at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. It will feature a 40-ft. red-carpet for all guests, cocktail party and VIP reception sponsored by Celebrity Cruises, Silent & Live Auctions, followed by the SHUZZ signature fashion show.

Details on the event can be found at: www.shuzz.org.
You can purchase your tickets HERE.

Halloween at The Addison 2017 – October 31

September and October 2017 South Florida events
Modern Boca Dad and I rocked Star Wars costumes last year. What will we be this year?

I am counting down the days until this amazing adults-only event! One of my absolute favorite Boca Raton venues, The Addison, is planning to rock Halloween night by hosting a unique event experience to benefit Slow Burn Theatre Company at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Out of all the October 2017 South Florida events, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get a sitter, whatever it takes! Because you’ll be tasting cocktails and eating Five Star Diamond Award-winning food like this:

September and October 2017 South Florida events

Following a very successful first year, the party will be themed “A Horror Story” and will feature extravagant event production (with a haunted walk-through and themed rooms), live music and entertainment, foodie-approved & themed fare, and specialty craft cocktails.

September and October 2017 South Florida events

September and October 2017 South Florida events

October 2017 South Florida Events Pricing for Halloween at The Addison:
  • $100 Early Bird (offer ends October 14, 2017)
  • $125 General Admission
  • $2,400 VIP tables for up to 10 guests (limited availability) – includes complimentary valet parking, access to indoor VIP area, table-side food & beverage service, and champagne bottle service – in addition to General Admission benefits

September and October 2017 South Florida events

Tickets can be purchased at http://addisonhalloween.com

Tickets include entry, food, open bar, and entertainment, and are non-refundable. Proof of age is required for alcohol consumption. This is a rain or shine event.


Hosted: This post was hosted by The Addison and Shuzz. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the host.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was provided with complimentary event tickets, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

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

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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

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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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Why the Y is the Best Place to Learn to Swim in Boca

When you receive a $100,000 grant from Florida Blue for your program that helps children learn to swim in Boca, you know you must be doing something right! Yes, it happened. And now this funding will allow the South Palm Beach County YMCA to provide free swim lessons and mobile aquatics programs for more than 5,000 children and families through the Y’s Safety Around Water program.

Drowning Prevention programs like the Y’s help to combat incidents of drowning within our most vulnerable population: children. I can’t stand to hear another sad story of a child drowning in our area, can you?

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Why the Y is the Best Place to Learn to Swim in Boca

A leader in water safety and swim instruction, the Y’s Safety Around Water program is not only designed to help children learn to swim in Boca, but how to:

  • Reach the water’s surface if submerged
  • Safely reach the edge of a pool
  • Exit any body of water
  • Respond to unexpected water situations

The program also has a mobile component. Swim instructors travel to local communities to educate parents and children about water safety. They also provide swim lessons in select neighborhoods.

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When it comes down to it, swim lessons were some of the most valuable classes I ever enrolled my daughter in. If your child can’t swim yet, get them involved in a program as soon as possible! The South Palm Beach County YMCA does a fantastic job with swim instruction. This grant is certainly proof of that. It’s so important to teach our kids how to be safe around the water and know what to do in case of an accident.

learn to swim in Boca

Did you know the Y not only offers swim lessons to the public, but as part of its preschool curriculum too?

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

Visit here for swim lessons information in Boca Raton. Contact Aquatics Director, Bryan Hunt: 561-237-0951 or bhunt@ymcaspbc.org.

If you would like to request water safety education at your child’s preschool or aftercare, please contact :

Liz Schmidt , Director of Community Water Safety at 561-237-0950 or LSchmidt@ymcaspbc.org.

For more information about the Safety Around Water program, visit www.ymcaspbc.org or www.ymcasouthflorida.org.


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. 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.

OMG, My Kid Broke his Tooth! What to Do Next?

When #dailybocaavery was 3, she thought it would be a great idea to climb atop her bathroom counter to get her toothbrush by herself. Of course, that little stunt didn’t go as planned and she slipped and hit her mouth right on the sink faucet. I inspected my child for damage and boom: chipped tooth. I was upset…but also relieved. There was no blood. Minimal tears. It could have been so much worse. At the time, I didn’t have Dr. Drew Popper, my handy Junior Smiles dentist in my life! Luckily, he’s now my go to resource in Boca Raton for pediatric dental emergencies. (And hint hint, he should be YOURS too!)

This month’s touchy topic? OMG, My Kid Broke his Tooth!

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Advice from Junior Smiles Dentist, Dr. Popper

  1. What is the first thing I should do if I see my child break his/her tooth?

If your child has a broken tooth, most importantly, STAY CALM.

  • First, make sure your child is okay and the trauma is only limited to their oral cavity. If they are dizzy or lose consciousness, it is best to bring them to the emergency room.
  • Once you have determined they are stable, do your best to retrieve the broken piece of tooth and bring it with you to your pediatric dentist so they can evaluate the area.
  1. How quickly should I get to my dentist’s office?

Small chips on baby teeth are extremely common. They may require small procedures like filing down any sharp areas or placing a white filling. If the tooth is not mobile, bleeding or sensitive however, it is not a true emergency and can wait until the dentist’s office opens.

If it’s a permanent tooth and a large piece has fractured off, it’s likely your child will be very sensitive to hots and colds.  This is when it will be important to contact your pediatric dentist.

If a permanent tooth is displaced or completely falls out due to trauma, call your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. This is a true emergency which needs to be addressed. Any broken pieces or whole teeth should be placed in milk immediately.

Junior Smiles dentist: OMG, My Kid Broke his tooth!

  1. Now I’m on my way to the dentist’s office. What can I expect?

The first thing your Junior Smiles dentist will do is examine the area.  They will look at the teeth themselves and any soft tissue (lips, gums) to determine the extent of the injury.

Second, they will likely take a radiograph to evaluate the root of the tooth and the surrounding bone. There could be no treatment rendered OR several other procedures may be necessary. It all depends on the injury.

Most important, keep calm and reassure your child they will be fine! Your pediatric dentist has had extensive training in this area and will know the proper protocol.

  1. This is also why a traumatic incident ideally shouldn’t be the FIRST time your child meets their dentist, yes?

The most common time for children to have trauma is when they are 2-3 years old and newly walking and running. They are prone to falling (and landing) flat on their faces.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children should be seen as early as age 1. One of the reasons for this is so that if a young child does experience trauma at a young age, they’ll already have built a rapport with their dentist and will be in a much more comfortable setting.

Great point, Dr. Popper!

If you have any other pediatric dental questions or concerns, feel free to follow up with an email to me at info@JuniorSmiles.com.


Don’t forget about these Back-to-School Specials from your Junior Smiles dentist!
  1. $89 new patient special
  2. Free Oral-B electric toothbrush with new patient visit- just mention this article!
Phone: 561-210-7788
9930 Clint Moore Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33496

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Sponsored: This Junior Smiles dentist blog post was sponsored. 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 and I have been compensated, but that does not impact my views or opinions.