Like your own kids, West Palm Beach’s South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is growing rapidly. A recent ribbon cutting ceremony opened the newest expansions. They include the South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center.
The Science Center worked with PNC and other funders to provide the opportunity for all South Florida children to access to a unique space for fun and learning. An uplifting opportunity, disadvantaged and at-risk youth will also be exposed to the South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center.
South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center Now Open
The Science Center has taken the Multipurpose Center, a gift from the City of West Palm Beach, and has converted the building into a classroom environment suitable for workshops and creative spaces. The center is equipped with 3D printers, robotics labs and computer programming spaces. The space is ideal for STEM and STEAM education and fun.
During the ribbon cutting ceremonies, educators were on hand with demonstrations in every classroom. This fostered excitement and displayed how all of the new equipment will be used. We can’t wait to go check everything out for ourselves. Congratulations to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium!
The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations.
For more information on these new offerings or SFSCA general information, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.
Fiona, an orphan jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo, was rescued from Panama. She will make her official debut this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend (2017)!
Fiona was just days old in October 2014, when she was found motherless and clinging to life following an attack by hunting dogs. The tragedy, at such an early age, means Fiona is unable to survive in the wild.
Fiona, the jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo, was raised by biologists at the APPC during her recovery. It has taken nearly two years and the dedication of an incredible team to transport Fiona to Palm Beach Zoo. She was formerly living at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort home of the APPC.
Fiona, the jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo, is famous!
Fiona, the jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo, is the number one jaguar in the U.S. as far as genetics. The Zoo has already identified the perfect mate for Fiona, a jaguar from Quebec named Zooka. She’s also an international sensation whose genetic diversity makes her a fantastic ambassador for her species. The Emmy-nominated team from The Wildlife Docs filmed Fiona’s arrival at Palm Beach Zoo. Her story of survival is slated to appear in one of its upcoming programs.
Meantime, Palm Beach Zoo is gearing up for Fiona’s Memorial Day weekend public debut on Saturday, May 27. The winner of the Zoo’s ‘Flat Fiona’ contest will be announced. The Zoo is also giving its members a sneak peek on debut day, allowing them to arrive at 8:30 a.m. (30 minutes before normal hours) for a chance to see the jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo who captured Panama’s heart, first.
Snooze-a-pa-ZOO-za Family Overnight at the Palm Beach Zoo
DATE: May 26th
TIME: 7:00 p.m.-8:30 a.m.
WHOOO wants to spend the night at the zoo Memorial Day weekend? Enjoy an evening of themed activities including up-close animal encounters, detective games, crafts, and a night time tour. Pizza and continental breakfast are included. Activities are geared for children 6 and up and a minimum of one adult is required per family. Pre-registration is required.
1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach
Saturday, May 27th:
Whole Foods Market® hosting fundraisers for U.S. troops
Memorial Day Weekend event to benefit Forgotten Soldiers Outreach
DATE: Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th
All Whole Foods Market stores in Broward and Palm Beach counties will host a Memorial Day Weekend fundraiser to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the U.S. Military. In partnership with the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, all nine stores will host a Support Our Troops Cookout. Call your local store for more details.
During the cookout, customers can enjoy a choice of entree from the grill, side and a drink for a donation of $5. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Forgotten Soldiers. Customers are invited to write letters of encouragement to our troops or donate toiletries or other items to be included in care packages, which will then be sent to U.S. soldiers serving overseas.
Teddy Bear Affair and Food Truck Safari at the Palm Beach Zoo
Teddy Bear Affair:
DATE: May 27th
TIME: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
COST: Zoo admission
Children can bring their beary favorite stuffed toys to the “doctor” at the Zoo for the beary best care and TLC possible from Zoo veterinary staff and staff from MedExpress Urgent Care. Be sure to visit the “Bear Den” for our regularly scheduled Bear Keeper Talk at 1:30 p.m. and enjoy bear-themed coloring pages!
Food Truck Safari:
DATE/TIME: May 27th, 4:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m.
Explore the Zoo in search of your favorite wildlife and Palm Beach County’s best gourmet food trucks. Trucks (windows open at 5:00 p.m.) are spread throughout the Zoo with two live music locations and two cash bars. The Fountain Plaza Tiki Bar (also opens at 5:00 p.m.) features a local craft brewery tap-takeover. Check www.palmbeachzoo.org/food-truck-safari-2017 for updated truck and brewery lists.
1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach
Birds of Paradise Weekend at Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS)
DATE: May 27th-29th
TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
COST: Cost of Admission
Recyclable Bird Feeder
Attract birds to your yard by making a recyclable bird feeder filled with a variety of yummy seeds.
Birds of Color
Birds of Paradise are known for the vivid colors of their feathers. Make your own colorful Bird of Paradise sun catcher..
Bird beaks have adapted to help them eat their unique diets. Test the beaks and see which ones are best to eat grubs, beetles or snails.
The Great Migration Challenge
Keller Science Theater 1:30 p.m.
For many birds during the winter it’s time for them to fly south, but they must watch out for the many obstacles. Will your bird successfully complete their migration? Play this fun game and learn about the challenges migrating birds face.
Bird Call Competition
Keller Science Theater 3:30 p.m.
Cacaw, cacaw! Listen to the special calls that birds of paradise make. Join the fun and see if your bird call can ruffle some feathers.
Magical evening of dance and theater by the Boca Ballet Theater, hosted by the City of Boca Raton. All are welcome for this great free family event. Chairs will be for rent on site for $5 cash. You are welcome to bring your own blanket or chair. Pets are not permitted inside the venue Concessions will be available for purchase inside, no outside food or beverages. DOORS OPEN at 6:30pm
Mizner Park Amphitheater
590 Plaza Real
Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony & Concert!
DATE: May 29th
TIME: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
COST: FREE Featuring Veteran Groups, City Officials, music by Ft. Lauderdale Highlanders, Boca Raton Community High School Band, drills by Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC and the Boca Raton Police & Fire Honor Guard.
Boca Raton Cemetery
449 SW 4th Ave
Memorial Day Concert
DATE: May 28th
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
New Gardens Band, Inc presents Indian River Pops Orchestra, featuring the Robert Sharon Chorale. Full concert band will play patriotic music under the direction of Dwight Robert Roadman
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Full time education + plenty of training time = a win for local parents! I hear transportation is even included in the fees…
***Grandview will continue to offer excellent academics and flexible scheduling opportunities to all mission specific students.***
Grandview has a flexible schedule allowing for early release for your golf or tennis star in Boca Raton. Plus, its engaging campus community and emphasis on personalized education allows the school to accommodate a well-rounded academic experience. This is all while providing student-athletes the time needed to develop into top tier golf and tennis players.
Are you raising a mini golf pro or tennis star in Boca Raton?
Beginning in fall 2017, students will work directly with Grandview advisers to tailor their core-curriculum schedule around their training schedule. Tennis academy founder Rick Macci has the distinction of having trained and worked with five players that have reached #1 in the tennis world on the Men’s and Women’s Tours.
These include: Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Jennifer Capriati. Macci’s hands-on approach and overall unique ability to analyze and correct technical, strategic, and mental deficiencies has resulted in over 124 USTA National Championships since 1985, and all four Junior Grand Slams.
Also starting in the fall, Grandview will offer Don Law athletes a custom academic schedule between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Students will have the option to supplement with an online course if needed.
Want to learn more about these innovative programs? Contact Grandview’s Director of Admission, Stephanie Wood: email@example.com for more information.
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Summer is almost here and as the kiddos finish school and the days get longer, you’ll want something to keep them busy! When you need to get out of the house, here are some of the top attractions in Boca Raton *and beyond*!
At the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, there is always something happening! And Summer is even more exciting and full of plenty of fun! From the Science Summer Camp to Nights at the Museum to the Amazing Butterfly exhibit, there is an endless array of things to do! For more information: https://www.sfsciencecenter.org/
This summer, the Palm Beach Zoo will not only feature animal experiences, educational programs and nights out, but they are also exhibiting some amazing seasonal event! For more information: http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/
From the finest in adult exhibits to the fun and interactive sights for kiddos of all ages, the Boca Raton Museum of Art has some of the most interesting fun and activities you can find. For more information on what is going on: https://www.bocamuseum.org/
Be still my heart. No one was more excited than me (and #dailybocaavery…and maybe my mom) to find out that Boca Raton’s own Wick Theatre(7901 N Federal Highway) is putting on one of my all time favorite Walt Disney Broadway productions this summer: Beauty and the Beast at The Wick!
Not to mention some FABULOUS companion events for the whole family. Can you say tea time with Mrs. Potts?
The tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, comes to The Wick Theatre this summer. The smash hit Broadway musical is based on the Academy Award-winning animated film and features music by Alan Menken with lyrics by Tim Rice and Howard Ashman.
The cast of Beauty and The Beast includes Loren Christopher as the Beast, Mallory Newbrough as Belle, Courter Simmons as Lefou, Jacob Thompson as Gaston and Jonathan Van Dyke as Lumiere. Dom Ruggiero is directing and the musical director is Eric Alsford.
To add to the enchantment of this summer production, Marilynn Wick has created special pre-performance events including Story Time with Belle, Tea Time with Mrs. Potts and Lumiere’s CandlelightDinner.
Here’s the scoop on Beauty and the Beast at The Wick:
Show Dates:June 8-July 9
Opening Night: June 10, 7:00PM (note 7:00pm NOT 7:30)
Special Events during Beauty and the Beast at The Wick include:
Story Time with Belle| 12-2:00PM| Wednesdays & Sundays | June 14-July 9| $40 pp
Sit with Belle in her library as she shares her favorite story. Enjoy a fanciful light lunch, participate in sing-a-longs, create arts and crafts and take home a “goodie” bag and a specially designed photo memory.
Tea Time with Mrs. Potts |12:00-2:00PM| Saturdays| June 14-July 9| $40pp
Enjoy a fantasy tea party hosted by the magical Mrs. Potts replete with tasty treats, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts projects, theatre etiquette, photo opportunity and take home “goodie” bag.
Lumiere and his enchanting staff invite you to a magical candlelight dinner featuring a delectable “family-style” French-inspired carte du jour for adult and child alike. Live music by the magical staff, along with delectable themed desserts and drinks, along with special photo opportunities.
Please call the Wick Theatre box office directly for these events at 561-995-2333.
And did I mention Modern Boca Mom is hosting a TICKET GIVEAWAY! We’re giving away 4 tickets (2 sets of 2) to Beauty and the Beast at The Wick for the date/time of your choice!
Special thanks to Marilyn Wick for her generosity for MBMom readers!
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#dailybocaavery turned 4 y’all. Cue the tears. I have resisted throwing her birthday parties up until this point because…a. they’re a lot of work, b. they typically suck for the adults, c. she hasn’t cared, etc. etc. A trip to Disney or a small family party has done the celebratory trick til now! But this year, Avery really wanted to have her own get together. I allowed her to invite five of her friends over (and their parents because, well…the kids are only 3-5 years old) for a pool party at our home. For food, we kept it simple and ordered Chick-fil-A platters and a cupcake cake from Publix. These Boca birthday vendors, however, went above and beyond to make our party great. Here’s why you need to hire them…
MBMom’s Top Boca Birthday Vendors
Sweet Memories Photography: Because I was so busy I forgot to take a single photo
I’m so relieved that I asked Naomi from Sweet Memories Photography to come take pictures at Avery’s My Little Pony/Trolls 4th Birthday Party. Avery couldn’t decide on one theme, so we went with a hybrid. Whatever. Naomi took care of capturing all of the great memories from the day…including a ton I missed. How beautiful are these photos?
You can buy our giant birthday balloons through this affiliate link. They made such a statement and we were even able to re-use them!
All of the “My Little Pony” plates/cups/napkins/cutlery are available through this affiliate link.
2. Premier Bounce N Slide: Because you need the kids to work off all the sugar before you take them home
We rented a bounce house for Avery’s birthday party from Premier Bounce N Slide! Everyone loved it. Not only do they have traditional bounce houses for rent, but they also offer water slides, dry slides, obstacle courses, tents, tables, chairs and face painting! It’s a one-stop shop for parties.
3. Trusted Party Rentals: Because there’s nothing like seeing your child’s face light up when their favorite character shows up at home
We wrote all about the founder of Trusted Party Rentals HERE. I chose them as our costumed character vendor because they had PRINCESS POPPY! She’s from Trolls in case you didn’t know. Poppy had her own handler and arrived right on time.
MBMom Tip: Schedule your character to arrive 15 minutes before you cut the cake. You’ll have some super cute photo opps!
4. Event Yard Card: Because it’s the easiest (and cutest) way to dress up your front yard
Avery’s birthday certainly made a statement in our neighborhood with this display! You may remember me decking out my sister’s front yard when my nephew was born. 🙂 We love using Event Yard Card to celebrate special occasions.
MBMom Tip: The display is actually a rental that stays in your yard for 24 hours. You can choose any combination of colors, patterns and accessories right on their website! They currently service Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
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They say you have to see it to believe it. Especially when it comes to the best pediatrician in Boca who keeps South Florida parents raving since the office’s inception nearly 3 years ago! With one of the most exclusive waiting lists in town (that’s just beginning to opening up), it’s no wonder Boca VIPediatrics remains at the top of any parent’s list when choosing a pediatrician.
A concept designed BY busy parents, FOR busy parents, this pediatric smart office is way more than your average doctor’s office…it’s an experience! One that you have to just see to believe. Indeed there is a better way to take your children to the doctor.
I got a sneak peek behind-the-scenes tour of Boca VIPediatrics with none other than Boca’s best pediatrician (now pediatricians, plural!), Dr. Chad Rudnick, MD and Dr. Paul Gilbert, MD. Join me as we walk the VIPediatrics red carpet, go behind the velvet rope and find out just how these doctors make magic happen for Boca kids every day through a concept that is blowing the minds of busy parents.
Upon entering the office, you’ll find a beautiful empty waiting room. (Wait, what?) That’s because Boca VIPediatrics only schedules one family at a time for well visits to the office. Your child gets a completely private office visit, with no annoying wait times, and no sick kids anywhere in sight.
Suppose you don’t know whether you need to come to the office or not. We’ve all had those parenting moments of, “Should I take my kid to the doctor?” You don’t have to guess with these docs. Why? Because you can email, text, or call their cell phone directly 24/7.
That can’t be true, right? Oh, but it is. Within seconds of texting or emailing your question such as, “What should I do about this rash?” or “We have a fever of 102,” or “Can I send you a video of his inner ear so you can check for an ear infection?”, you get a response from the best pediatrician in Boca. And yes, their office has the tools and smart office capabilities that can turn your smart phone into an otoscope or stethoscope to screen for ear infections or listen to coughs from anywhere you might be!
If you do arrive at their office location in central Boca, you’ll be taken into one of the 3 exam rooms: The Rock Star Room, The Movie Star Room, or The Sport Star Room. VIPs may also find little surprises along the way like their favorite movie playing on the TV, a favorite snack, a virtual reality headset to help ease their anxiety, or even an impromptu bubble party.
Once it’s time for the exam to begin, you’ll find that Dr. Rudnick/Dr. Gilbert have no opening act and no understudies. Meaning quite simply, there are no other staff members poking or prodding your child. You get the best pediatrician in Boca running your entire visit, whether they’re administering vaccines or personally escorting your child to the lab, every single time.
Sometimes, the exam comes directly to you. That means the best pediatrician in Boca comes to your house for a house call visit(black bag and everything!). So rather than taking your newborn out and about to a doctor’s office, or your sick older child when it’s after hours and you’re trying to find an urgent care that’s still open…you’ve got a doctor on call for you and in your pocket 24/7.
When it comes down to it, your family ends up having a real relationship with your pediatrician, so you have someone who knows your child when it comes to what’s most important…their health. And, these Boca kids aren’t complaining about receiving the VIP service (nor are their parents).
Best Pediatrician in Boca
The cornerstone of any “best pediatrician” title is the reviews. With a slew of 5 star Facebook reviews from parents of kids of all ages, it’s no wonder families come from Ft. Lauderdale, Wellington, Palm Beach, and even Orlando (!!!) for their child’s care with Boca VIPediatrics. And with the convenience, access, and personalized level of VIP care, the reviews are not just ‘5 star’, they are glowing.
But don’t take my word for it! Check out their overwhelmingly rave reviews HERE.
I’m being told spots are going very quickly! To find out more about your child becoming a VIP with Boca VIPediatrics, fill out their online contact form here (www.bocavipediatrics.com/contact) or call (561) 923-9635.
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Summer is here mamas…despite the recent *bonus* cool front we received last weekend. That means swimming pools and splash pads galore to cool your kids off during the next 6-8 months of sizzling weather in South Florida! We are so excited to partner with the YMCA of South Palm Beach County(basically, the Boynton and Boca locations) to talk about swim safety AND the new YMCA swim program they just introduced.
NEW Progressive YMCA Swim Program
The YMCA’s NEW Progressive Swim Program will help local parents make sure their kiddos learn essential water safety skills. This can open up a world of possibilities for children to satisfy their curiosity safely.
Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury. It is a necessity, especially in Florida.
The YMCA swim program is arranged by progressive stages and children are placed in lessons according to their skill and age. Within the levels, swimmers will learn skills such as personal safety, breath control and other fundamental swimming skills they will be able to use throughout their lifetime. Here’s how the classes are divided:
What about the instructors?
YMCA swim program instructors are nationally certified and their training includes:
You’ll never have to worry that your child’s instructor isn’t anything less than top notch and professional.
Visit herefor swim lessons information in Boynton Beach. For more information, please contact our Aquatics Director, Cindy Dube: 561-536-1406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit here for swim lessons information in Boca Raton. For more information, please contact our Aquatics Director, Clairissa Myatt: 561-237-0951 email@example.com.
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Mamas, there’s a new Boca Raton pediatric dentist in town! I’m especially excited about this because #dailybocaavery’s last appointment with our pediatric dentist was less than stellar.
Long story short: my husband took our 3-year-old daughter to her appointment (for a standard cleaning) and she freaks out. So the dental hygienist’s proposed solution to him is…”maybe mommy should bring her in next time.” My husband was so insulted! I don’t blame him either. He was just doing his best. Geez!
It was meant to be when I connected with Dr. Drew Popper, who just opened up a NEW Boca Raton pediatric dentist office, Junior Smiles.
A former camp counselor, Dr. Popper knew at a very young age he wanted to work with children. He’s also very focused on the preventative side of dentistry. Dr. Popper does everything he can to teach children and their parents about proper oral hygiene to avoid getting any cavities. That is key…especially if you have a kid prone to freaking out at the dentist like I do!
Here’s what I learned about Boca’s up and coming pediatric dental expert…
Boca Raton Pediatric Dentist: Dr. Drew Popper of Junior Smiles
Tell us a little bit about your background…and yourself!
I’m originally from Madison, CT and went to college at Boston University. Upon graduation, I earned my master’s degree in Oral Health Science at Boston University and also attended dental school there. I’m proud to say I was #1 in my class after the first year and graduated in the top 5 (out of over 100 students in the class overall).
Like you mentioned, I have always had a passion for working with children. I was a lifeguard/swim instructor and counselor at a sleep-a-way camp from 15-18 years old. My two-year residency program was with NYU Lutheran Medical Center based out of Brooklyn where I earned my pediatric specialty certificate. I am also trained in general anesthesia cases through Tampa General Hospital.
Why open a pediatric dental office in Boca Raton?
My grandmother lived in Boca for as long as I can remember and I have been visiting since I was a young child. Twelve years ago, my parents moved here full time and Boca feels like home to me now! It’s a wonderful community with amazing families. I am excited to be able to treat them and offer them a genuine and overall wonderful experience, like so many people in the area have given me.
What makes you and your office different?
In addition to my focus on the preventative side of dentistry, I try to create a really fun environment for my young patients! I want them to have a positive experience, so they will actually look forward to coming back.
Believe it or not, I allow parents back in my treatment rooms and I also have a lot of experience with special needs patients.
Junior Smiles allots an ample amount of time for each appointment, so I can personally sit down with each family and go over everything with them.
We accept most insurance too and are offering a free cleaning to new patients*!
*with purchase of exam, fluoride treatment, and X-rays
Boca parents tend to be a special breed. How will your office cater to them?
As a Boca Raton pediatric dentist, I am happy to cater to local parents! Each and every one of my patients is always treated as an individual and we can customize care to each family’s needs.
We are also located in the Reserve Shopping Plaza, which is an ideal Boca location for many families with young children.
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