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In Search of South Florida Pumpkin Patches this Fall?

Pumpkin Lattes. Spiced bread. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin beer.

T’is the season in South Florida for all things pumpkin and fall. Unfortunately the weather does not come close to even reflecting the change in season, so we South Floridians rely upon pumpkins to set the tone…and nothing says pumpkin more than a good ole South Florida PUMPKIN PATCH.

Today we shall focus on two can’t miss South Florida pumpkin patches for Fall; one in the west and one that is east. Continue reading In Search of South Florida Pumpkin Patches this Fall?

Dallying at Daggerwing Nature Center in West Boca Raton

From Modern Boca Mom…of Multiples

Dallying at Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton

It’s November, which means we are really into the fall season, which means it’s time for…’cooler’…weather…

Ok fine, so it still feels like August out there, with a little reprieve at night. Throughout the course of the summer months, I finally expended my supply of indoor and water boca kids activities…Science Museum, Children’s Museums, movies, pool/splash pad– we did them all!

I was in need of a new destination, and stumbled upon a local gem: The Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton. Located in South County Regional Park out in West Boca, it provides an opportunity to visit one of the staples of Florida life: the Everglades.

Admission to Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton is FREE and it offers air conditioned exhibits that have never been full during the weekday visits my kids and I tend to pay!

Dallying at Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton

Is your child obsessed with butterflies like mine are? My Boca kids absolutely LOVE the butterfly garden when you first walk into the Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton. We can spend a good 10 minutes watching them flit and float!

We then retreat into the a/c where we are greeted by a friendly volunteer, whose eyes nearly pop out of their head when they see my three little ones. There is a main exhibit area with videos playing about animals around the world and the bee video within the bee. It’s normally pretty slow when we are there and the kids can explore a little bit.

Dallying at Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton
Catching a video…
Dallying at Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton
The beloved bee!

Daggerwing offers live exhibits as well! My 3 year-old LOVES ambling up to the baby alligators, toddling with the toads, ogling the owl, and traipsing with the turtles. Her absolute favorite though is a skunk, who keeps her entranced for a least ten minutes (a lifetime in the life of a toddler).

Snakes more your thing? They have a few of those, big and small, available for viewing with public feedings on Thursdays. Do your kids like to read and color? They have a little area for that too! I plan on spending a few rainy days there as soon as my twins are old enough to figure out that crayons are not a food group.

Bearable weather outside? Or do you want to catch a glimpse of a wild alligator or two? These are both wonderful reasons to go explore the boardwalk that runs through the natural environment found in the Everglades. The kids love seeing the blue herons walking the water’s edge. Be careful after a rainstorm, though. The ants have a tendency to wander up to the dry boards to escape the damp. This is family fun in Boca Raton at its finest!

Want more information on Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton? Become their friends on Facebook or visit their website for more information, including the Wednesday and Saturday baby alligator feedings!

How to Survive a Day at Zoo Miami with 3 Kids

This Zoo Miami post is from Modern Boca Mom of Multiples…

Zoo Miami with kids

Having twins plus a daughter (all under the age of three) terrorizing our household makes me feel like I actually run a zoo these days. So why bother going to one? Just kidding of course…but that’s what led us to go on a field trip to…Zoo Miami!

Zoo Miami with kids

We loaded the little monkeys, I mean kiddos, into the car and hauled them the hour down to Miami. Our family spent the day at the zoo and what a fun trip it was!

Zoo Miami not only has an excellent collection of animals, reptiles and bugs large and small, but also plenty of areas whose sole purpose it to get all of that extra energy out of your wee ones before you get back into the car!

Zoo Miami with kids
Petting zoo, playground area, and a splash pad are the major attractions to wear the kids out, as well as a lot of walking!

Walking not your gig? You can either purchase a ticket to ride the monorail for a bird’s eye view of all the fun without navigating the crowds, or you can rent a Safari Cycle and ride around the park for a few hours. Zoo Miami has nice, wide walkways that make this surprisingly comfortable, even on a busy day.

Zoo Miami with kids

We chose to walk, pushing the kids in the stroller while wearing one in the Ergo and although tired at the end of the day, it was quite nice.

The kids enjoyed the animals, and mom and dad enjoyed a beer (or two) as we leisurely strolled on the cool day. Zoo Miami offered a good amount of food choices, as well as the aforementioned beer, but it would seem as though most people brought their food in that day, despite the signs advising you against it.

Zoo Miami with kids

We stayed at the zoo for 4+ hours and still didn’t manage to see everything! Our family did come upon a monkey feeding which left our 2 year old entranced for a few minutes, but skipped the giraffe, bird, and rhino feedings. For a nominal fee, you can perform them yourself.

Zoo Miami with kids

We received a zoo pass as a birthday present for the twins, so we will be going back again soon, before the summer heat oppresses us!

They have some great deals, packages, educational opportunities, camps and more.

Zoo Miami with kids
Now, back to my own zoo at home…

An easy day trip with family or friends, Zoo Miami is conveniently located off Florida Turnpike’s Exit 16, on the way to other great points of interest in south Florida, including the Everglades and the Florida Keys.

Zoo Miami
1 Zoo Boulevard 12400 SW 152 Street
Miami, FL 33177
Phone: 305-251-0400

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