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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 Conquer TSA with Kids: Summer Travel

From contributor, Modern Boca Mom of Multiples

Conquering TSA with kids

So we had this great idea, my husband and I. We would take a vacation out west. We deserved it, didn’t we?

For the past two years, we stayed pretty close to home given all of our life changes: new job, new house, new babies. Let’s fly out to Colorado while the twins are still free we said…

It sounded so perfect…and then there were the logistics of flying with 3 kids under the age of 3. Our first hurdle to conquer (which still sends chills down my spine): Conquer TSA with kids.

When booking the trip, I recalled flying three times with my oldest before she was one and how nice and simple it had been. The TSA folks were so helpful with Piper and I didn’t recall any issues.
Conquering TSA with kids
But now we have 3 kids. Under the age of 3. Who was I kidding?

A typical trip to the grocery store is a World Cup-style victory! So, I did what I do best: plan. I researched TSA with kids restrictions online. Made lists for the carry-ons. Practiced packing the carry-ons. Unpacked and re-did the lists again and again.

Research showed that the following items were crucial to our traveling success/survival.

  • Kids under 12 keep their shoes on (whew!)
  • Carry your young kids through the metal detector. They MUST be removed from the stroller.
    • I was able to wear one of the twins in a carrier through the line (they must have taken pity on me and the grey hairs I was visibly sprouting). They did wipe my hands to test for explosives though.
  • Your stroller will go on the X-ray machine unless it’s a double, so make sure you don’t have any loose items in the cup holders, etc.
  • You MAY carry liquids such as milk, breast milk, juice, etc. past security, BUT it will require extra screening (see our meltdown picture below). You may also carry kids’ medications on with you, but you have to unpack it, along with the juice, and put them in their own bins.

Conquering TSA with kids

For more information and a video to show your older kids, go to TSA’s website specifically for kids and their parents!

So how did it go, you ask?

We conquered TSA with kids, but I was disappointed that there were no bars in Ft. Lauderdale International Airport at 6 a.m. We had seven or eight bins of shoes, laptop, juice/milk; three carry-ons, one double stroller and three kids who were NOT happy about mommy waking them up at 4:15 a.m.

Conquering TSA with kids

We had one LARGE meltdown while the liquids were being screened and mommy was holding all 3 kids (while Daddy dealt with reassembling my expertly packed carry-ons after they were completely dismantled by security), all while we waited for someone (anyone, please!!!) to check our double stroller.
Conquering TSA with kids
It’s probably a good thing the mimosas weren’t flowing yet, because we still had 5 hours on a plane with these little ones, but we’ll save THAT story for another day!
Conquering TSA with kids

Needless to say, we survived TSA with kids! But, now I need a vacation from my vacation. 😉

How about you? Do you have a TSA with kids survival story? Share it with us in the comments section below!

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

Learn more:

What’s your favorite South Florida Zoo? Comment below!

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A ‘Berry’ Fun Pick for the Family at Bedner’s in Boynton Beach

From contributor, Modern Boca Mom of Multiples…

Bedner's in Boynton Beach

Pack your diaper bags folks, because Bedner’s in Boynton Beach is at it again! Slightly cooler than it was during Halloween season’s Pumpkin Patch, my family and I ventured out to Bedner’s Strawberry U-Pick on Saturday and had a great time…

Bedner's in Boynton Beach

You have the option to pick strawberries (light), peppers (great), tomatoes (good), or grape tomatoes.

My family and I opted for the strawberries and tomatoes. You head out to the area near the pavilion and tell the folks in the extra large booth what produce you will be seeking that day and then they hand you your respective buckets. Easy. The staff answers any questions you may have and then you are on your way!

There is a substantial amount of ‘strawberry picking area’, but you can tell those little red berries are popular as you seek the ripest ones to add to your collection.

Bedner's Farm Fresh Market
Once picked, strawberries won’t do much more ripening, so you don’t want to pick them when they are too green. My 2 1/2 year-old had a ball!! She LOVES strawberries and was so excited to help pick them! The twins, on the other hand at 12 months old, weren’t too thrilled with this outing as they were anxious to shove every berry in their mouth.

When met with the subsequent “No,” well, I’ll let you imagine how that went…

Bedner's in Boynton Beach
  • Start further from the areas that are easiest to access, and get ready to get down and get those plants moving to find the best produce. I think I hit my squat quota for the day while wearing a kid.
  • Go early before the crowd and try a cooler day. They are open 7 days a week, and weekends are much busier as you can imagine.

We went on a cooler day so we weren’t in any big rush to leave. We captured our family moments, and quickly collected our tomatoes and headed to pay. Everything is paid for by the pound and they accept cash and credit card.

Bedner's in Boynton Beach

Bedner’s in Boynton Beach doesn’t have as many activities as they do during the Pumpkin Patch, but they still have a BBQ vendor, the petting zoo, and other farm-like activities that excite the kids while mommy heads into the farmers market store to pick up more local produce (and wine). Bedner’s Market has a large selection of local produce, including the items available out at the U-Pick, if you don’t want to hike around the fields.

Once again, another successful Bedner’s in Boynton Beach trip, worth sharing with all of you fellow MBMoms as we celebrate Strawberry Season! Have fun out there!

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Bedner's in Boynton Beach