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Boca Birthday Party Venues: Modern Boca Mom’s Comprehensive Guide Part II

Your Comprehensive Guide to Boca Birthday Party Locations Part II | Check Out Part I HERE

Now that my daughter is in school, the party invites are rolling in and this has given me a great opportunity to check out some more fantastic Boca birthday party locations!

Boca birthday party locations

Modern Boca Mom’s Guide to Boca Birthday Party Locations:

The Girl’s

Who knew Grandma’s House could be such a fun place to party?! The Girl’s Strawberry U-Pick in Delray Beach offers up their fun “Gramma’s House” party package and it’s sure to please.

They offer two party time choices (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.). The package for 30 kids includes 30 hot dogs and 5- 20 inch cheese or pepperoni pizzas, 30 cupcakes and a smash cake, as well as a table with balloons, plates and utensils. You also get UNLIMITED, yes that’s right, unlimited drinks, cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn!

Your party guests will have an awesome time enjoying free arcade games, train rides and they can sing their heart out on the old fashioned jukebox/ karaoke machine. Gramma’s House is sure to be rockin’. The package can also be customized to fit your needs! Call The Girl’s at (561) 496-0188 for more information.

Monster Mini Golf

Need a party idea for your little monster? Monster Mini Golf in Coral Springs is the perfect venue for a graveyard smash! It has a monster theme with 18 holes of glow in the dark mini golf! Need we say more?!

All party packages include a private party room, a full size refrigerator with freezer, paper plates & cups, bowls for chips, microwave, ice cream scoop, napkins and utensils, cake knife and cake server, ice for drinks and nicely decorated tables so you really do not need any decorations!

The private party room is reserved for 1 hour and 30 minutes, followed by 18 holes of Monster Mini Golf. There are many packages to choose from including a Sweet 16 package and an After Dark party package.

Be sure to check out their website at to learn more and check out their Facebook page!

Craft It Deerfield Beach

Get creative with a party at Craft It in Deerfield Beach. You can choose from Pottery Parties, Canvas Parties, Mosaic Parties, Glass Fusing Parties, Candle and Wax Hand Parties and Tie Dye Parties. Each package is 2 hours long and includes 2 slices of Papa John’s pizza and a bottle of water for each guest. Plus forks, paper plates and napkins are included. You bring the cake! This is a great way for your guests to create something to take home with them and remember the great time they had at your child’s party! View the many party packages available on their website and be sure to check out their Facebook page.

Wow Factory

Wow your guests at the Wow Factory in Coconut Creek! From rock walls to laser tag and the Ballocity Indoor Playground and Arcade…your party will be action packed! There’s a party package for 1-year-olds all the way up to 11+! Learn more about their party packages online. When you are ready to book, call their Party Planner at 954-380-8600 ext 200. Be sure to download the Wow Factory app and like their Facebook page for special offers.

Let the party planning begin with our guide to Boca Birthday Party locations!

This party venue guide listed some great locations as well, so be sure to check that out.

Where is your favorite place to party? Did we miss your favorite venue in our guide to Boca Birthday Party locations? Let us know in the comments below!

Boca Raton Birthday Party Venues: Our Comprehensive Guide

Boca is a great place for parties. If the weather is nice, then you can have an outside party! If the weather isn’t the best, then there are plenty of venues you can go to for your parties. The only question is how many Frozen-themed parties will we all attend? That’s like asking how many licks will it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop…

It is nice that we live in an area that has numerous venues, so that even though most of us are having the same theme…we can at least have them in different locations! I have a few favorite Boca birthday party venues and some that I can’t wait to try out… Continue reading Boca Raton Birthday Party Venues: Our Comprehensive Guide

How to REALLY Pack Your Child’s School Lunch with alternaVites KIDS

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Contributed by: Modern Boca Social Mom

With the anxiety of the first few weeks of school over with (OK, mostly anxiety on my part, my daughter did just fine!), a new stress has taken over.

It’s called: The School Lunch Box.

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I can really get myself worked up into panic mode just thinking about what to pack for my daughter’s lunch for the week! It has to be healthy and it has to be something she will eat and it has to be enough to fill her up! Packing the lunchbox can be just as stressful as making the food! My friend recommended me to visit and get some name labels printed for my kids lunchbox. I guess this will lessen the stress a bit!! The lunch also has to be the right temperature (we wouldn’t want that mayo to get hot, would we?).

Modern Boca Mom reached out to Ilyse Schapiro, MS, RD, CDN, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist (and mom!) for some schooling on lunches.

Ilyse Schapiro

Ilyse told MBMom, “Ideally a healthy packed lunch should include: Whole Grains, Fruits and Vegetables, Lean protein and Water.”

Whole grains –Always aim for whole grain or whole wheat breads, brown rice and whole wheat pasta, couscous or quinoa. Whole grains have more fiber and less sugar than their white counterparts, and will help keep your kids fuller for longer periods of time.

Fresh fruit and vegetables – This goes without saying. Fruits and veggies have a multitude of health benefits, including vitamins, minerals and fiber! Plus for most, they taste great. Having fruits and veggies in your child’s lunch also contributes to variety and color which keeps lunches appealing.

Lean protein – Helps to keep kids satisfied. Aim for lean sources such as chicken, turkey, tuna and wild salmon. If your child doesn’t eat meat, they can get it from low-fat cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu and beans – all which are packed with calcium too!

Water Nothing beats water to help keep your child hydrated at lunch and throughout the day. Also, filling up on water will help to prevent overeating later on and a necessity for everyone. If water doesn’t cut it, aim for low-fat milk over juice.

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And one thing that we both agree on? You need to pack foods that your child actually LIKES.

“The last thing you want is for your hard work in packing the lunch to get thrown away. Kids end up trading for things they do like or come home ravenous,” said Ilyse.

Luckily, just browsing through Target and Publix gave me some great ideas. I also found plenty of websites and Pinterest Pins to help me out. Some of my favorite ideas are snacks with hidden veggies or vitamins inside them.

Plum Organics makes organic fruit bars called Mighty 4 that have 11 essential vitamins and minerals and chia. Plum also has a line of smoothies, Fruit & Veggie Mashups, that are made from 100% real organic fruits and veggies “mixed and mashed into purees kids can squeeze and eat!”

For vitamins, Ilyse also recommends alternaVites KIDS.

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alternaVites KIDS are so versatile that they can fit into your child’s lunch a different way each day. At school, they can mix alternaVites KIDS in with their yogurt, stir it into a healthy fruit smoothie, even add it to their pudding or apple sauce. As a dietitian and a mother, I also like that you don’t have to worry about them adding too much since it comes in a single serve packet so it’s easy to trust your children with it if they buy lunch or want to take it as is by pouring it on their tongue,” said Ilyse.

Moving onto the beverage, I found Vita Coco Kids juice boxes at Publix. These juice boxes claim to have half the sugar and half the calories as “leading kids’ juices”. Capri Sun has also gotten in the game with Capri Sun Super V. This juice contains vitamins A, C and E and has one combined serving of fruits and vegetables. If they can’t see it, they won’t know what is or isn’t in there!

Other great sides are apple slices, grapes, graham crackers, hummus and pita chips.

“Children need an ample supply of vitamins and minerals to help support their growth and development. While it’s always important to get as many nutrients as you can through diet, sometimes it is not always possible. Especially during the back to school period, things can get hectic: between the new schedule of homework, after school activities, play dates and even birthday parties & sports, it’s often hard to stick to any routine – let alone one where our children eat the way we wish they would or could,” reminded Ilyse.

The main course is where I start to have issues. The ‘tried and true’ sandwich is great, but I want my daughter to have some variety. So, one quick search for school lunch ideas on Pinterest did not disappoint!

I found recipes for mini pizza buns, a variety of pasta salad recipes, rotisserie chicken ideas, a cute sandwich sushi roll tutorial and so many other great ideas.

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Check out this Pinterest Page for all the awesomeness including Halloween lunch ideas!

I also found some pretty cool ideas for packing these nutritious meals such as using cupcake liners to separate food, BPA free plastic containers with dividers and sandwich boxes with built in freezer packs (available at Target) to keep things cool.

alternaVites KIDS Packing School Lunch BoxalternaVites KIDS Packing School Lunch BoxThis cornucopia of info was making me feel pretty confident about what to pack…and then I saw FOOD ART!

Are other moms really doing this? I am having a hard enough time making a sandwich without crust and now I have to sculpt it?!

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So I tried…

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and failed.

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My daughter thought it was some type of unicorn. To my credit though, I had to alter the ingredients because I knew my daughter was not going to eat seaweed. So the eyes and the ear were made with Nutella.

She was not impressed.
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So, I will just stick to focusing on packing a healthy and satisfying lunch and not so much on the presentation. Another gold star towards my “MBMom of the Year” award! 🙂

Now, let’s hear from you! What are your favorite school lunch ideas? Have you ever tried food art or alternaVites KIDS?

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Ilyse Schapiro, MS, RD, CDN, is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist who holds a Master’s of Science in clinical nutrition and dietetics from New York University. Her professional experience includes clinical and private settings and counseling clients on a host of nutrition-related issues.

Before launching her own practice, she was a dietitian at Joy Bauer Nutrition, and served as a clinical dietitian at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree in nutrition, Ilyse served on the publishing team at Men’s Health magazine for several years. Working at the award-winning publication inspired her to pursue her life-long goal of working in health and wellness.

Ilyse has also been a contributor to Joy Bauer’s Food Cures and a guest lecturer on diet and nutrition at PepsiCo, The Marilyn Modeling agency in NYC, The American Ballet Theater, Equinox Fitness Clubs and the Hospital for Special Surgery, as well as local schools and doctors’ offices. She is also an active member of the American Dietetic Association.

Ilyse currently has a private practice in New York and Greenwich, CT.

Are Your Kids Playing it Safe on the Internet?


Internet safety tips for parents

From our contributor: Modern Boca Social Mom

The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can also be a very scary thing when it comes to the safety of our children. It’s important to have internet safety tips for parents.
I often struggle with how to teach my kids how to have fun with the online world and at the same time, be cautious. My daughter Ella loves to watch YouTube videos on her iPad. Mostly she watches other kids playing games she likes or cartoons.
One day she asked if she could watch My Little Pony videos. I set up the search for her and Voila! She was happily watching Rainbow Dash fly through the sky. The next video that played showed kids playing with My Little Pony dolls. But then the videos began to veer off topic…
One video showed real ponies happily prancing around. No harm there. Then the next video had nothing to do with ponies at all and well…it was totally inappropriate. Luckily, I was right there to intercept the iPad and Ella was clueless.

Internet safety tips for parents

Gone are the days where we can keep the family computer in the family room and watch over our children as they search online. Now there are portable devices that are portals to the World Wide Web.
My niece just turned 12 and is constantly on her iPod using Pic Collage and Video Star. She isn’t allowed to post anything online, but of course, her friends are all doing it (so she says) and she wants to do it too. Her mother warned her that even when she posts something anonymously, it is possible for someone to find out things about her.
Her response was a sarcastic, “Yeah…right” followed by an eye roll. After witnessing that, I was not so excited for the teen years with my own kids. We as parents definitely have to be ‘not so cool’ sometimes.

Internet safety tips for parents

So how do we give our children access to the internet AND still keep them safe?
Here are some tips:
  • With YouTube, it is best if you set up a separate account for your child and set the filter to strict. But beware; it is still very easy for things to seep through those filters. It is always a good idea to monitor your children while they are browsing YouTube.
  • Follow age restrictions on sites like Facebook. Right now the minimum age to sign up is 13. You might think it isn’t a big deal for your child to have an account, but there are ads that pop up that are not suitable for children. Plus, some private information could be given to advertisers. It is also a violation of Facebook’s terms to provide false information for a Facebook account.
  • Place time restrictions on your child’s internet use and discuss internet usage rules with them. This will make it easier for them to know what is expected and for you to watch what they are doing. You can set up your computer to block certain websites and block out the internet completely. Did you know that some internet providers automatically block inappropriate or adult content? Protecting children from harm online is a huge concern in today’s world and something that the best internet service providers such as the ones linked endeavor towards.
  • Communication is key. When your children are old enough to start using social media, educate them on the correct way to use it. Be sure they know what cyber bulling is and what to do if they feel like it is happening to them or someone they know.
  • If your child has been begging for their own email, a perfect solution is This site enables you to receive a copy of all incoming and outgoing email that is sent to or from your child. You can also set time restrictions, block specific people and it offers a GPS tracker on their mobile app. Parents love using Kids Email because it allows their children to use technology in a safe environment. Kids Email allows your child to e-mail their Grandparents and friends and you, as the parent, have the peace of mind that they won’t see anything inappropriate.
I dread the day when my daughter asks for an iPhone or wants to setup Facebook and Twitter accounts. My 8-month-old already knows how to turn on my iPhone. Just one swipe with her finger and she is connected and posting as me on Facebook.
Her status update one day was just “PK”. I am not sure what that stands for…maybe it stands for Pure Cuteness, but with a K because she doesn’t know how to really spell that well yet. 🙂

Internet safety tips for parents

So tell us: How are you monitoring your child’s exposure to the online world? It’s important to have internet safety tips for parents. is the #1 Kids Email Service Provider. Their mission is to protect children from predators and questionable email. Kids Email gives parents the tools to protect their children in a manner that is simple and effective.
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Internet safety tips for parents