Category Archives: KIDS

This Kids Gym REALLY ROCKS! Check Out We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton

It’s raining, it’s pouring, it’s…SUMMER in South Florida! I think I conveniently forgot about “rainy season” when moving back from NYC…oops.  A friend of mine just equated this weather to “Boca’s version of a dreary winter.”  So true.  I think I may need that plastic stroller cover after all… So, what is there to do with your child when the sunny summer weather isn’t so sunny? Mom of 3, Gail Nobile Field, certainly found one awesome solution by opening up kids gym, We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton! The indoor kids gym in Boca Raton.

Indoor kids gym in Boca Raton

Even though this isn’t a MOMpreneur Monday feature, I feel like it kind of should be. You see, after Gail’s son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months, she wanted to find a place in South Florida to take him to play and let some of that “natural toddler energy” out. She wanted to find somewhere that wasn’t your typical “sensory overload kids place,” a place where she wouldn’t have to say ‘I am sorry’ every five minutes because her son was a little different or not up to par with the other kids, somewhere where they felt welcome.

She scoured the internet and couldn’t find anything in our area to accommodate her child or any other children with a disorder like autism.  Gail’s research did not stop, however, and she went a little further and found out about We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym for all Kids in California and thought, what an amazing place!   Their actual motto is: FINALLY A PLACE WHERE YOU NEVER HAVE TO SAY SORRY!  

Gail knew this looked like a place she and her family could call home and after reading further saw they had franchising opportunities…and after a lot of hard work and planning, We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton was launched! It’s a great indoor kids gym in Boca Raton.

We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton provides children (toddler – 11 years old) with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions and self-care skills. Their unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development. In making sure We Rock sticks to their core mission of inclusion, they’ve also added a low-lit calming room for kids who might need a sensory break.

I took #dailybabyavery and her (boy)friend Channing there earlier this month (both kiddos just turned 1) and it was an eye-opening experience.  I am clearly new to the “kiddie gym” scene and wasn’t sure how Avery would do.  

Well, I’m happy to say that even one-year-olds love this place (and the staff was so nice!).  I mean…this was #dailbabyavery’s reaction when we finally left:

Indoor kids gym in Boca Raton

Sad face.  Don’t worry, she fell asleep in the car all of 5 minutes later.

We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton Includes:
  • Suspended equipment with swings for balance and vestibular treatment
  • Crash mats and crash pillows for fun, motor planning, and strength
  • Tunnels
  • Zip line
  • Trampoline for building leg and core strength
  • Indoor play structure for climbing and increasing playground skills
  • Sensory-based toys
  • Motor play toys and equipment
  • Fine motor
  • Arts and crafts Area
  • Free Wireless Access

I really mean it when I saw the staff was so nice.  They were very invested in not only playing with the kids and facilitating all of the equipment, but also in the kids’ safety.  Super important at a kids gym, I think!

We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton has open-play times ($14 per child, siblings discounted to $12 each) as well as classes and they can even host your next birthday party or private playdate!  Find out more information HERE.

Congratulations to Gail on the new opening of We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton!  Be sure to LIKE them on Facebook HERE for all of the latest information and promotions.  

Rock on!  

The Boca Hamptons Plaza
9060 Kimberly Blvd, Suite 36-39
Boca Raton, Florida 3343

1st Birthday Party: #dailybocaavery Celebration Recap

It’s my baby girl’s first birthday celebration! Once upon a time (on May 1st, 2013), there was a beautiful baby girl who was born on the island of Manhattan.  On the day of her birth, she was showered with love, flowers and adoration and given a special social media moniker:

#dailybabyavery (now #dailybocaavery)

Modern Boca Mom very much wanted to come up with a 1st Birthday Party theme for her that was cute, original and featured her very popular social media #hashtag.  She scoured the internet and came across Kara’s Party Ideas’ Instagram-themed birthday blog post and used it for her 1st baby girl’s first birthday celebration!

MBMom does not claim to be as crafty as other fantastic bloggers out there, but she did her best to be creative and cost-conscious and designed #dailybabyavery’s birthday party around the theme: “A Year of Firsts.”  

Disclaimer: Much chalkboard paint was used in the design of this party.  Enjoy!

My baby girl’s first birthday celebration: A Year of Firsts

Party Setup:

DECORATIONS: a combination of Party City (tablecloths, napkins, cups, streamers, party hats, balloons). Michael’s (crafting tape, wooden stars, ribbon for banner). Office Depot (camera sign, printed goods) and creative sourcing through friends (wooden “party” sign and giraffes, #dailybabyavery banner and polka dot bathing suit and ‘1’ crown).

FOOD: “Make Your Own Panini Bar!”  We set out a variety of breads, cold cuts, cheeses, sauces and garnishes (with #hashtag explanations) and let guests press their own sandwich concoctions on two panini presses.  We also had a strawberry and spinach salad, appetizers and a fruit platter for sides.

DRINKS: my sister and I broke out our large beverage dispensers and made fresh lemonade, water with lemon slices and a signature #dailybabyavery cocktail, Sparkling Peach Sangria.  The drink recipe can be found HERE.

CAKE: I can’t say enough good things about The Yellow Rose Cakery. They designed a cake IN THE SHAPE OF A HASHTAG, decoupaged with sugar photos of Avery throughout her first year.  It was beautiful and tasty (strawberry cake- yum!) and was the centerpiece of the party table.  They also provided a complimentary smash cake.

ENTERTAINMENT: Well, it rained the day of the party, so swimming in the pool was limited unfortunately.  My best friend did some face painting on the older kids, which was a big hit.  And, we screened a little Birthday Slideshow from 12welve 05ive Productions that was unbelievably cute and touching.  Tears were definitely shed by this MBMom!

In the end, MBMom, her family and friends survived her birthday celebration, savored the precious memories of #dailybabyavery’s initial year of life and lived happily ever after!


A BIG THANK YOU to #dailybabyavery’s MorMor & Grandpa Norm, Auntie Lo & Uncle Stephen, her NYC Aunties & Uncle Jonny, Auntie Rose, Uncle Steven , Aunt Monica and #modernbocadad for all of your help!  The party would not have happened without you.  Until next year!  xo

Happy 1st Birthday #dailybabyavery! Boca Raton Cake Smash Photo Shoot

My dearest Avery,

Happy 1st Birthday my sweet girl!  I cannot believe it has already been a year since you came into our lives. I’ll never forget FINALLY having contractions after 12 extra days of waiting past your due date, getting my hair blown out, receiving all of our extended Boston & Maine family (who were so excited to meet you!) at our Hell’s Kitchen apartment and finally trekking uptown to the hospital on foot.

Yes, that happened.  Dada was not amused.

Boca Raton cake smash

7 lbs, 13 oz and 21.5 inches long, born on May 1, 2013…it was love at first sight.

Boca Raton cake smash

You were a sassy city girl from birth, happiest when we were out and about on one of our adventures in the Baby Bjorn, yet you hated your car seat. You’re easygoing and adaptable–comfortable in a coat while visiting Grandma and Grandpa in Maine or in a swimsuit at the beach, thriving in the South Florida sunshine!

You had a vibrant personality from early on. You have tons of honorary Aunts & Uncles and a big family (MorMor & Grandpa and your Godparents too!) who adores you.  And, you even have your own hashtag! #dailybabyavery 

You’re beautiful and smart and I am so lucky to be your Mommy.  I love you bubba.

Cheers to many more special birthdays like this one!

xoxo,

Your loving Mommy


Boca Raton Cake Smash Photo Shoot

In honor of #dailybabyavery’s 1st Birthday, we had a very special Boca Raton cake smash photo shoot last weekend with South Florida’s Dawn Renee Photography.

Dawn was fantastic with Avery! She got down on her hands and knees in the dirt and sand and brought fantastic props. It is not easy photographing a squirmy child! Especially one who is hot and covered in frosting from her Boca Raton cake smash photo shoot…

Avery didn’t quite “smash” the gorgeous cake from The Yellow Rose Cakery (NOW CLOSED) as she did tentatively touch the butter-cream icing and then get upset when her hands got sticky. Such a little lady.

Oh well– you can’t predict how these things will go! Regardless, it was a lot of fun and I’m so happy to have these memories.

Here are her BEAUTIFUL Boca Raton cake smash photos from that special day!


Disclaimer: This Boca Raton cake smash photo session and cake mentioned in this post were sponsored in part.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Walk in the Park: Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton

Let’s talk about Patch Reef Park in Boca…but first: I really miss throwing all of my baby gear into the basket under the stroller, walking out of my apartment and powering along the paths of Hudson River Park in NYC (in the spring/summer, obvi) with beautiful city views and #dailybabyavery smiling in the sunshine!

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It sounds so idyllic…

The reality was that I had to squeeze our big stroller through our tiny apartment door, carry it down a bunch of stairs and then bump it and #dailybabyavery along over multiple broken sidewalks to even get to the park in the first place. It’s easy to mentally block out that stuff.

Yesterday, I took my baby to Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton. I had heard through the grapevine that there was a paved, fitness trail at the park, so I threw my jogging stroller easily in my trunk, grabbed a couple waters and a snack and drove the short distance to check it out. No squeezing through doors and broken sidewalks for suburban MBMom!

Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton, FL

Patch Reef Park in Boca has 55 acres of passive and active recreation facilities. Park facilities include a community center, softball and baseball fields, soccer/football fields, basketball courts, a fitness trail, a children’s playground, picnic pavilions and tennis courts.

I parked at the tennis center (which was beautiful and had a restroom- score!) and hit the trail…

Patch Reef Park in Boca

It was a smooth trail and the majority of it was shaded, so it doesn’t get too hot.  I also packed a blanket, so we could stop and play (and MBM could check her emails).

Patch Reef Park in Boca

I would love to come back another day with #modernbocadad or a friend to take advantage of the fitness stations.  They look challenging (enough), but aren’t intimidating. And, it’s a free way to exercise!

Patch Reef Park in Boca

 

 

Patch Reef Park in Boca

Last but not least, there is a killer playground called Pirate’s Cove with water features. It was built on a bouncy, cushioned, poured-in-place surface. I know that Avery will love it when she gets older!

Patch Reef Park in Boca

For my tennis aficionados, I checked out the programs that Patch Reef’s Tennis Center offers for kids. These are the two classes that really stood out to me. Cardio Tennis for Kids and they even have a Mommy and Me program for children 2-5 years old.  How cute would that be?  Where do you even buy a tiny tennis racket?

It was a great day in the park!


Now it’s time to hear from Modern Boca Moms: What’s your favorite park?  Post in the comments below!