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West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit to Premier Summer 2017

A new summer West Palm Beach butterfly exhibit is coming to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium! It starts May 6th and wraps up September 29th! Fun for the whole family, “Amazing Butterflies” details the entire life cycle of the well-loved and beautiful insect.

Visitors will experience the challenges of being a caterpillar as it transforms into a beautiful butterfly. You’ll discover how caterpillars eat, move and live through a hands-on maze. It will be filled with activities the whole family will enjoy!

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit Summer 2017

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit- Summer 2017

Guests of all ages can learn what it’s like to fly like a butterfly, walk like a caterpillar and avoid getting stuck in a spider web. After learning about the life cycle of the butterfly, guests can explore butterfly gardens. They are located throughout the Science Center’s NEW Conservation Course, an 18-hole miniature golf course, to get an up-close look at the beautiful insects.

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit Summer 2017

Tickets to “Amazing Butterflies” are included in the South Florida Science Center’s general admission. It is $15 for adults, $11 for children 3-12 and free to members and children under 3. For more information, call 561-832-1988 or visit http://sfsciencecenter.org.

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating in 2017

It’s a good thing Disney has an amazing coffee partner because this mama needs a constant dose of caffeine to keep up with everything the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year!

(HELLO- have you tried Joffrey’s Coffee yet?! It’s not all about Starbucks, people!)

As you may have read in our Disney Cruise post, Modern Boca Mom was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference where digital/social media influencers and bloggers are asked to come together, collaborate and learn. We were also filled in on many of the exciting developments (some even secret at the time) happening at Disney in 2017.

We already covered a few of them HERE and HERE if you want to check them out. 🙂

For the rest, we’ve narrowed down the major excitement to 5 top items. Some of which are happening now or REALLY, REALLY soon! Check them out:

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this Year

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year
Post-film Q&A with Producer Roy Conli
1- Disneynature Born in China- Released on April 21, 2017

We had the opportunity to screen this stunning film in its entirety and absolutely loved it! Influencers were even part of a behind-the-scenes discussion post-film with producer, Roy Conli. This is definitely something the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year!

Narrated by John Krasinski, “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth. You will witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film.


A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey, who feels displaced by his new baby sister, joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.

Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain. From the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest, on the wings of red-crowned cranes, this film seamlessly ties the extraordinary tales together. You have to see it!


5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year

2- MagicBand 2 + MagicKeepers Accessories

I personally think it’s been a long time coming, but Walt Disney World is finally allowing you to take your MagicBands…and conveniently wear them in style!

With the launch of the MagicBand 2, which we got to try for ourselves during the #DisneySMMC, we found out that you can now easily remove the center disc. That allows you to place it in a keychain, pendant– you name it– to wear it how you want! Disney has dubbed these accessories: MagicKeepers. These are only a few of the design options Disney showed us during the conference:

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year

How will you wear your Magic Band 2?


5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year

3- Disney Springs

Modern Boca Mom covered the NEW, improved Disney Springs at length in this blog post, but it’s important to note that us influencers did have a few hours of fun there during our trip!

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year
Lovingly gazing into Lilly Pulitzer…

Have you ever tried Disneybounding? I did for the first time during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and had a blast. It’s where you choose to dress in an outfit inspired by a particular Disney character.

Disney held a little social media contest for us and we were able to compete by either showing off our fashionable side, Disney fan side or our Disneybounding side! What do you think of my Maleficent?

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year
Dress x Lilly Pulitzer
You can purchase my Lilly Pulitzer dress through this LINK.

5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year

4- Pizzerizzo at Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney Hollywood studios needed a good pizza place after Pizza Planet shuttered last year. It now has that and more in quick service restaurant Pizzerizzo located in Muppet Square!

Stop on by for pizza, a meatball sub or antipasto salad at this friendly neighborhood joint run by Rizzo, the wise-cracking rat. The ambience is fun and casual…and you may even meet a few colorful characters…

5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year
#dailybocaavery and #minigolightly

It’s also quite delicious!


5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year

5- 2017 Walt Disney Studios Films

You can check out this post to see the complete Walt Disney Studios 2017 movie slate, but let’s just say we got a BIG sneak peek into a few of the films to come. Since the conference, a few new trailers have even been sent our way and we’re excited to share!

Cars 3

The best part about Cars 3 was that we were able to see the Pixar short film, Lou, that will screen prior to the movie! The director of the film was even on hand to walk us through his creative process. It was fascinating!

5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year

This short is about a ‘creature’, named Lou, who resides in a school’s lost and found bin. After seeing the school bully, J.J., push the other kids around, Lou decides to take action.

It’ll make you laugh. It will make you cry. It’ll definitely be a nice visual appetizer prior to Cars 3.

COCO

COCO

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.

Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Coco opens on November 22nd.

Thor Ragnarok

In this Marvel Studios’ film, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer. He finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! Chris Hemsworth stars as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. That is a major cast y’all! Can’t wait.

THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters everywhere November 3rd!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I’m absolutely giddy to be able to share with you the first official teaser trailer and teaser poster from STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, which debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando!

This is where I would normally insert a film synopsis, but you don’t get that with Star Wars…please. Instead, try to insinuate what you can from this awesome trailer.

It’s going to be epic. Probably the top item the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year. December 15th can’t come soon enough!


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Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 4.07-4.09

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & weekend family fun in South Florida for April 07– April 09, 2017! 

Also, be sure to check out our comprehensive Easter Events Roundup by clicking HERE!

Weekend Family Fun in South Florida 4.07-4.09

Friday, April 7th:

Take Your Easter Bunny Photos at Town Center

DATE: March 24th – April 13th

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: Reserve Your Appointment HERE for $10.00

Time for photos with the fluffy guy! He’ll be waiting for you near Nordstrom Court.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Boca Raton


Eyes to the Skies at Sugar Sand Park

DATE: Friday, April 7th

TIME: 8:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

Join as we explore the skies with our professional-grade 16-inch Meade LX Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This month we focus on the Moon.

Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park

300 S. Military Trail

Boca Raton


22nd Annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration at MODS

DATE: Friday, April 7th

TIME:  5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

COST: Purchase Tickets HERE, prices vary.

The Museum of Discovery and Science will host the 22nd Annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration on Friday, April 7, 2017. The Grand Tasting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and highlight over 40 South Florida premier restaurants, an array of wine and spirits, assortment of craft beers and a silent auction. The Platinum experience includes exclusive access to the Platinum Lounge and early access at 5:30 p.m. to the Grand Tasting. Platinum Tickets are $250. Grand Tasting Tickets are $150. All proceeds of the event benefit the Museum.

Museum of Discovery and Science

Ft. Lauderdale


Saturday, April 8th:

Drop it, Thrill it, Float it, Launch it, Clean it Engineering Competition

DATE: April 8th

TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

COST: Pre-register here (Participants must pre-register)

This is the 31st annual engineering design competition jointly presented to all students by the Florida Engineering Society & the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. $5,000 in cash and prizes awarded to winners in elementary, middle and high school categories! Special prize for the school with the most participants. Participants must pre-register.

 South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

West Palm Beach


Breakfast with the Bunny at the Palm Beach Zoo

DATE: April 8th, 9th, and 15th

TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

COST: Register Here – this event will sell out quickly!

Enjoy a hot Breakfast Buffet in the Lakeside Tropics Cafe, Up-Close Animal Encounters, Meet ‘n’ Greets and Photo Opportunities with the Easter Bunny, an EGG HUNT in their Picnic Grove and more!

Palm Beach Zoo

Palm Beach


Drop In Craft

DATE: April 8th

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

COST: FREE

Drop in for a fun, free craft!

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center

Boynton Beach


See Mulan at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton! Only 1 Show Left!

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All White Party for a Cause!

DATE: April 8th

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

COST: Purchase tickets HERE

Come out for great food, an open bar and an amazing show! There will be a live concert by Adrianna Foster, a dance show by Digital Vibez and tons of music, food and drinks!

Don’t forget with all the fun and great people, this is still a Fundraiser! Help Eat Better Live Better raise money to serve the community and fight childhood obesity! There will be 5K Registration Stations, raffles, auctions and prizes! 100% of the proceeds will be donated!

Plus…Win a prize for wearing the coolest kicks!

Trainerspace

Boca Raton


Sunday, April 9th:

Basics of Sushi Class at Morikami

DATE: April 9th

TIME:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

COST $70, advance registration required

Explore the rich history of this Japanese culinary tradition and make – and eat – your very own sushi!  Sushi chef Mitsutoshi Sekita leads this hands-on workshop. For a list of required materials or to register, visit morikami.org.

Morikami Museum

Boca Raton


Palm Beach International Polo Season- Only a Few Weekends Left!

DATE: Through April 23rd

TIMES/COST: Palm Beach International Polo Season 

The “sport of kings” once again makes its annual visit to The Palm Beaches at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, bringing an entire season of exciting competition, highlighted by the US Polo Open.

This awesome weekly Sunday afternoon event will be the epicenter of social activity, as many of the world’s finest competitors come to compete!

Read about our experience last year by clicking HERE.

3667 120th Ave S.

Wellington


Our Body: The Universe Within at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

DATE: Through April 23rd

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*

COST: Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during Our Body: The Universe Within is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.

Our Body: The Universe Within, the Science Center’s seasonal blockbuster exhibition is open to the public! Appropriate for all ages, Our Body literally goes “under the skin” to reveal the mysteries of human anatomy.  Visitors will tour three-dimensional human bodies, specimens and organs, which were preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation.

More details about this family fun in South Florida HERE.

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach


See the Lost Egypt Exhibit at MODS

DATE: Open through April 30th

COST: Museum of Discovery and Science

Unearth the secrets of an ancient Egyptian world in an interactive exhibition featuring the hidden stories and artifacts of a lost civilization.

See a real human mummy, several animal mummies, plus scans, forensic facial reconstructions, and for the first time ever, a life-size rapid prototype of a human mummy. Witness art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt. Connect to real scientists working on projects in Egypt through video interviews and photographs from the field. Interpret ancient Egyptian art, decipher hieroglyphics and examine material remains using the tools and technology of archaeologists to unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its history, culture, and people.

Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW 2nd St.

Fort Lauderdale


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$2 Printable Luvs Coupon Now Available!

This Printable Luvs coupon review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.


South Florida mom coupon alert! Besides wine and coffee, do you know what I love saving money on most?

The answer is…DIAPERS.

Printable Luvs Coupon #ShareTheLuv

#dailybocaavery may be potty trained during the day, but we are still shelling out diaper money for overnight use. And those diapers need to WORK! The official diaper of experienced parents, Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™ are softer and more absorbent than before*, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee.

printable Luvs coupon
*Vs. product replaced, sz. 2-5

Luvs provide features babies and parents need for less cost than premium brands.

I have some great news! Luvs is sharing the LOVE and offering opportunities to save on diapers for the rest of this month with a $2 print-at-home coupon offer.

  • This week, visit THIS LINK to access a Luvs coupon of $2 off any one diaper pack.
  • Print the coupon at home and use it at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold.
  • All Luvs Diapers are included in this particular offer, except trial/travel size diaper packs.

Luvs diapers are available in sizes newborn through 6, feature fun designs in every pack, and can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold. And don’t forget about their money-back guarantee! They feel so strongly about our diapers that we’ve guaranteed them! If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, we’ll refund your money.  See our website, www.luvsdiapers.com, for details.

Time to print and shop!


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Choosing a Boca Raton Newborn Photographer for Your Family

If you follow MBMom’s Instagram account or read this Publix Aprons Baby Shower post, then you probably saw that my sister had a baby! A healthy, happy little boy: Aden Thomas. I am a proud Modern Boca AUNTIE! So proud, I even had a welcome home message installed in their front yard…twice…and hired an amazing Boca Raton newborn photographer to shoot my nephew about 10 days after he was born.

Thank you so much to local (mom-owned) business, Event YardCard!

I’d so been looking forward to torturing…er, I mean shooting my adorable nephew, so I called upon my go-to Boca Raton newborn photographer, Sweet Memories Photography, for the occasion!

Owner Naomi Phelps will come to your house at your convenience to take memorable photos of your baby and family a few days after birth. That way, you have time to rest, recover and gather the necessary (read: adorable) props to include in the photo shoot.

Clearly, my brother-in-law’s mind was on March Madness! 🙂

Can you BELIEVE my nephew has the same red hair as my sister? It’s actually harder to tell in person, but these photos make them look like twinsies. Cuteness overload!

 

I love these shots by the pool. Mr. Aden is even wearing the lobster swim shorts his Auntie purchased for him. I see many summer Maine trips in his future!

And, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get these first photos of the cousins #adenandavery! Of course, they already have their own hashtag…

Scheduling your Boca Raton newborn photographer, Sweet Memories Photography, is easy!
  1. Contact her by clicking HERE.
  2. Request the $299.00 newborn photo shoot package and mention “modernbocamom” for an additional 15% off! Package includes: One-hour of photography time at one location AND a minimum of 75 downloadable images through your own private password-protected online gallery. There’s no obligation to purchase prints (even though I often do), which  I kind of love. One price = all the photos
  3. Download your photos and enjoy them as much as my family loves these!



Hosted: This Boca Raton newborn photographer post was hosted by Sweet Memories Photography. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

iFly With My Family | NEW Indoor Skydiving in Ft. Lauderdale

So…I took my 3 year-old SKYDIVING. Indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale that is, at the brand new iFLY!  

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

Judge me if you will (try not to though), but it was one of the most amazing family activities we’ve ever done together! Indoor skydiving was exhilarating, totally unique…and you pretty much look ridiculous doing it together. As a parent, I call  that #WINNING whether you have a toddler or a teenager!

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

Indoor Skydiving in Fort Lauderdale: iFLY

iFLY, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation, is now delivering the dream of flight to adventure seekers age 3 to 103 in South Florida. With iFLY, people of all ages and abilities can experience human flight in a safe, comfortable and fun environment without having to jump out of an airplane.

PTL because I ain’t doing THAT. Nor am I letting any close family members do THAT.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Sporting my LL Scene Swag. I am a smart blonde! 🙂

iFLY is a marvel of engineering that replicates the sensation of freefall, creating conditions that allow you to fly on a smooth cushion of air.

In layman’s terms: you hover over a giant fan in a big, glass tube.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Yep, that’s me!
How does it work?

To prepare for your flight experience, you’ll complete a short training class guided by one of iFLY’s flight and safety instructors. Then, you’ll suit up in your flight gear, including goggles, helmet and flight suit, and enter the flight chamber.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

MBMOM TIP: Mommas, put your/your child’s hair in a low bun or braid if you can. I can’t tell you how many intense tangles I had in my (short) hair post-flight! I also recommend going for the full face helmet as it helps restrict the airflow around your head. This momma drooled like crazy, LOL! Real cute.

With the help of iFLY certified flight instructors, you’ll actually learn to fly and control your body in the air. And it is tricky! Check out these videos:

We each flew 2x for one minute each time. The first flight…you’re pretty much getting your bearings. It’s shockingly a lot of core work and frankly just feels weird. The second time, you can add a “high flying upgrade” to your family flight package and really soar! I definitely recommend it as you’ll feel more comfortable the second time around AND have a lot more fun knowing what to expect.

MBMOM TIP: After donning all the flightgear, my daughter started to get a little nervous. I told her she only had to try it once and she totally did it…but only once. Make sure you get all of your photos/video on the first try in case your kiddo chickens out of round 2. iFLY also takes amazing professional photos and videos that you can purchase for a small fee at the checkout kiosks post-flight.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

All flight packages include training, flight gear, and flight time with an International Bodyflight Association (IBA*) certified instructor.

You can read all about the iFLY packages available to you HERE.
Birthday Parties at iFLY Fort Lauderdale

Did you know you can also host your next adult celebration or BIRTHDAY PARTY at iFLY?! Not to mention, send your child’s class on an awesome STEM field trip.

The party rooms are amazing and guests can watch all of the high flying action courtesy of flat screen TV’s in each room. CLICK HERE for more events info.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Conference Room/Adult Party Room
indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Party Room

11690 West State Road 84 in Davie

*The IBA established the gold standard for training and safety standards for indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale instructors. All iFLY instructors meet or exceed IBA standards. 


Hosted: This indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale post was hosted by iFLY. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was given complimentary flights and media for this review, but all opinions are mine.

Social Skills Group Options for Kids in Boca Raton

Jennifer Bishop’s speciality AND passion is working with children and their parents. Through her local counseling practice, she provides a safe and nurturing environment that allows for healing to occur inside of relationships. This allows children and families to soar above the troubles that face them, finding the happiness they long for. Jennifer Bishop Counseling also offers a Social Skills Group for kids in Boca Raton.

Bottom line? Her goal is for families to find healing and lasting happiness.

As a parent, it can be overwhelming to think about taking your child to therapy! I personally would be beyond anxious. You’d probably wonder what therapy would “look like” for your child and what to expect. Or honestly, does your child really even need therapy?

Social skills group for kids in Boca

Often, children show us how they are feeling through their behaviors. Whether a child is withdrawn, anxious, having tantrums or being aggressive, these behaviors are a form of communication. Even the most verbal children struggle with finding words and descriptions for their experiences.

For some children, social interactions are problematic. Social Skills training allows children to learn and practice these skills in a safe environment with others. The combination of impulsivity, immaturity and difficulty reading social cues can lead to poor peer relationships. Learning to get along with others is a challenge!

This Social Skills group for kids in Boca is designed for children to be engaged in social learning opportunities. The material taught is adapted to promote effective socialization and communication skills.

Social skills group for kids in Boca

The Social Skills Group for Kids in Boca is designed for children who have:
  • difficulty in social situations
  • anxiety around others
  • performance anxiety
  • worry frequently
  • difficulty reading social cues
  • require constant redirection
  • push limits and boundaries
  • focus and concentration issues
By attending this Social Skills group for kids in Boca, children will address and learn skill sets, such as:
  • Responsibility to bring work to school/class
  • Discipline to ignore distractions and to increase focus and attention
  • Delayed Gratification, ability to set a goal
  • Courage to join in with others
  • Outward focused thinking, compliment others
  • Vulnerability and asking others for a favor
  • Empathy – see how another person is feeling
  • Managing fear and worries
  • Tolerating feelings, to use self-control when angry, scared or upset
  • How to handle being teased or bullied, feelings of shame or embarrassment
  • Staying present, learning to relax and self-soothe
  • How to appropriately negotiate –vs-  manipulation
  • What are your feelings and how to express them
  • How to ask for permission / boundaries
  • Accepting consequences and learning limits

Group counseling can be a powerful and valuable venue for healing and growth. Many children naturally learn from their environment without any help. However, when children are struggling with emotional or behavioral concerns, they often need a structured environment where that have opportunities to learn those same skill sets.

Social skills group for kids in Boca

In the group format, participants slow down their reactions and responses so they can see the scene. Through the use of cueing, mirroring, modeling, prompting, role-playing and reinforcement, participants practice and sustain participating in everyday activities. This safe environment allows participants to try new behaviors and to receive positive responses, thus affording them the self-confidence to bring these new skills outside of group.

The process of group counseling, expressive therapies and working with a licensed therapist allows children to communicate what is sometimes difficult or impossible to put into words. This Social Skills group for kids in Boca Raton also helps children feel understood. They gain skills and a sense of achievement, providing ownership of their successes. The group also encourages children to build trust in a safe environment.

We only want the best for our kids, right?

Social Skills Group Details: Jennifer Bishop Counseling
  • Runs weekly and for 1 hour
  • Two groups available: one for boys ages 7-10 and one for girls ages 5-8
  • Each participant completes an intake to determine eligibility for group before beginning and to determine goals with the family

Visit the Jennifer Bishop Counseling WEBSITE for more details and how to register.


Sponsored: This Social Skills Group for kids in Boca Raton post was sponsored by Jennifer Bishop Counseling. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor and any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information and I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Summer 2017 Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program at Grandview Prep | REGISTRATION OPEN

The Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program at Grandview Preparatory School is one of the hottest summer class tickets in town! Join us for our next session!

#grandviewmoms Summer 2017 class registration and dates are below! PLEASE CALL 561-416-9737 ext. 1311 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR EMAIL MICHELLE@GRANDVIEWPREP.NET

If you’re hearing about this Boca Raton Mommy and Me program for the first time, here’s some background:

Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program

Each “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” class is held 2-3 times per month (per age group) at Grandview Preparatory School and is specifically tailored to capture the attention and imaginations of children in two age groups:

  • Babies- 6+ weeks to Walkers
  • Toddlers- Confident Walkers to Age 3

Classes will include a rotating schedule of activities including yoga, movement and music– all offered by top notch Grandview Preparatory School Early Childhood faculty. Our program offers moms the chance to have their children learn and explore in a professional educational setting.

How great is that?!

Don’t know much about Grandview Preparatory School? They are an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1997 in east Boca Raton. Student enrollment is offered for Preschool (age 3) through Grade 12.

Grandview redefines ‘Preparatory’ with innovative learning experiences and focus on character and values.  In class and beyond, Grandview students discover their talents, create their own path, engage in meaningful activities, and contribute to the community.


COST:

Babies Class Pass (Babies-Walkers, 6 classes/$15.00 per class) is $90.00 for June-July 2017 classes.
Toddlers Class Pass (Strong Walkers-Age 3, 6 classes/$15.00 per class) is $90.00 for June-July 2017 classes.

Please see details below on how to register for the “Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me” summer session!


 

2017 SUMMER SCHEDULE:

“Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program” Baby Class Dates (all at 10:30 a.m.):

6 Weeks- Walking

JUNE (10:30AM-11:15AM):

6/8  BABIES- Musikgarten with Miss Jules

6/14  BABIES- Musikgarten with Miss Jules

6/21 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

JULY (10:30AM-11:15AM):

7/14 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

7/21 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

7/28 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


“Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program” Toddler Class Dates (all at 10:30 a.m.):

Strong Walkers – Age 3

JUNE (10:30AM-11:15AM):

6/6 Water Play Party TODDLERS

6/13 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Lisa

6/20 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

JULY (10:30AM-11:15AM):

7/13 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

7/20 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Lisa

7/27 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Lisa

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Located at: Grandview Preparatory School

336 Spanish River Blvd. NW

Boca Raton, FL 33431


Space is limited to 15 families for babies and 20 families for toddlers (per class). Please note: the “Mommy & Me Yoga” and “Dance” classes are only for children who are walking confidently on their own.*

“Mommy & Me Yoga” Class Description: With yoga as the foundation, this class will be filled with music and movement, games, and relaxation. We’ll bark in downward dog, moo in cow, and flutter our wings in butterfly, while we take a yoga journey that your child will never forget!


Please note that Grandview Preparatory School is a peanut and tree nut-free campus. For the safety of their students, we ask that you refrain from bringing any item that may include peanuts and/or tree nuts (including those items that are processed in the same facility). Thank you for your adherence to this policy.


Sponsored: This “Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me Program” post was sponsored by Grandview Preparatory School. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

What’s Hoppin in Boca for Easter? 2017 Easter Family Fun in South Florida

Happy spring Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & 2017 Easter family fun in South Florida for the month of April!

***MORE 2017 EASTER FAMILY FUN IN SOUTH FLORIDA EVENTS WILL BE ADDED AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE***


2017 Easter Family Fun in South Florida

*Featured Event* #hosted

Easter Brunch at the Addison

Hop to it! After my extravagant Valentine’s Day evening, I can’t wait to take my family to The Addison’s signature Easter brunch buffet, which includes live music, kid’s activities, and unlimited mimosas and bellinis.

Who can say no to that? Not this Modern Boca Mom…

DATE/TIME: Sunday, April 16; Reservations start at 10:00 AM

COST: Brunch is $89.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and children under 12 are half price.

Check out the brunch menu– just released. It sounds delectable!

Call (561) 372-0568 to book reservations because they will sell out!


Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill  team up to host an Easter-themed Celebration

DATE: April 1

TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • The fun-filled day of family-friendly activities will take place in front of Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill at The Fountains shopping center in Plantation.
  • Kids will have the opportunity to take photos with the Easter Bunny, and then the first 500 children will receive an Easter egg from the Easter Bunny.
  • The eggs, available on a first-come, first-serve basis, will be filled with goodies and a voucher to redeem a plush toy from Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME.
  • Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME will also be collecting prom dresses in support of Becca’s Closet, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes dresses to high school girls with financial need. Anyone who donates a new or gently-used prom dress will receive a voucher from LIME to redeem a free taco and a voucher from Hoffman’s Chocolates to redeem a free scoop of ice cream.
  • Hoffman’s Chocolates will be stocked with Easter favorites such as scrumptious Dipped & Decorated Chocolate-Covered Oreos, Chocolate Easter Bunnies (available in different sizes), Gourmet Caramel Apples, foiled chocolate Easter eggs and other holiday treats.
  • Before filling up on sweets, guests can stop at LIME to enjoy flavorful items like tacos, burritos, bowls and more!

The Fountains

(in front of Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill)

801 S University Drive

Plantation


Breakfast with the Bunny + Easter Egg Hunt at Hoffman’s Chocolates Greenacres

Hoffman’s Chocolates is excited to announce that it is inviting customers of all ages to hop into its Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour & Gardens in Greenacres for its Hoppy Easter Celebration on Saturday, April 8th. The celebration will include Easter egg hunts, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, food trucks, entertainment and other family-friendly activities!

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Chocolate Factory Tour and chocolate activity – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This festive, first-time event will include breakfast with the Easter Bunny featuring an all-you-can-eat, buffet-style breakfast with offerings such as eggs, bacon, sausage, cheesy hash browns, bagels, pastries, juices and coffee. The morning will also include photo opportunities with the bunny, a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, a special, create-your-own chocolate bar activity and an Easter egg hunt.

The egg hunt will feature approximately 5,000 eggs filled with goodies, redeemable vouchers and one extra-special egg will contain a voucher to claim a 3-foot Chocolate Bunny (valued at $299.95).  Guests can also take part in the other activities later that day. The cost for this event is $34.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 2-12, and children under 2 are free but will not be assigned a seat. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register today at www.Hoffmans.com/bunnybreakfast. Price of admission also gives all guests first access to the Easter egg hunt following the breakfast. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Hoppy Easter Celebration – 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hoffman’s Chocolates will celebrate Easter with a family-friendly afternoon including Easter egg hunts (for ages 2-12), photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, food trucks, magic shows, entertainment, crafts and other activities in Hoffman’s beautiful Gardens. The cost for entry is $5 per person (children under 2 are free). Ice cream, Easter treats, gourmet caramel apples and other chocolates and confections will be available for sale in both The Sweet Shack in the Gardens and in the Factory Store. Tickets can be purchased at Hoffman’s Chocolates the day of the event. Please don’t forget to bring your own Easter basket.

5190 Lake Worth Rd.

Greenacres


Spring Family Fun Fest at CITYPLACE

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: April 9

TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: HERE

  • Photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny
  • Bunny Hop Relay Races, Prizes and more
  • Easter Egg Coloring
  • Storybook Village by Guardian Ad Litem, featuring Readings, Crafts and more
  • Bounce Houses, Face Painting and Live Entertainment

CITYPLACE

West Palm Beach


South Florida Parenting Spring Festival and Egg-A-Palooza

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: April 9

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: $8 per person, babies under 18 months are free. Day of, cash only at the entrance

Under the large canopy of Mizner Park Amphitheater will be a scavenger hunt, a meet and greet with the Bunny, live entertainment, a bunny hospital, face painting, balloon artists, art and crafts for kids, and dozens of exhibitors with information, interactive games and giveaways. So much 2017 Easter family fun in South Florida!

Outside the amphitheater, kids can participate in an ongoing egg hunt that includes prizes and treats, they can play in a variety of bounces houses, climb rock walls and run an obstacle course. Spring Festival & Egg-A-Palooza will also feature local sports teams and family friendly food trucks.

Mizner Park Amphitheater

Boca Raton


Easter Bunny Photos at Town Center

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: March 24- April 13

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: Reserve Your Appointment HERE for $10.00

Time for photos with the fluffy guy! He’ll be waiting for you near Nordstrom Courtyard.

Town Center of Boca Raton

Boca Raton


Boynton Beach Mall Easter Bunny Experience

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: March 25 – April 15

TIME: Monday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.;  Friday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

COST: Reserve HERE

KidX Club Breakfast with the Bunny, Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., in the Food Court

Kids will enjoy a fun morning with the Easter Bunny with treats from Auntie Anne’s and more.

KidX Club Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 8, from noon – 12:30 p.m., in the Play Area 

An “egg-citing” time awaits with the Bunny as kids go on the hunt for approximately 1,500 candy filled eggs. Sponsored by Elaine’s Hallmark and Restore Coffee Shop, this free event is open to the public. Children must enter by noon to participate.

Boynton Beach Mall’s Easter Bunny Photo Experience will give families the opportunity to capture special springtime memories. Children can visit with the Easter Bunny and parents are welcome to purchase professional photos of the fun occasion. For a complete schedule of the Easter Bunny Photo Experience, please visit www.boyntonbeachmall.com/.

Please note that in observance of Easter, Boynton Beach Mall will be closed on Sunday, April 16.

Boynton Beach Mall

Boynton Beach


Spring Eggstravaganza at Gulfstream Park
DATE: April 14

TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

Gulfstream Park is hosting a Spring Extravaganza on Friday, April 14 featuring an evening of free, outdoor fun and “eggcitement” for the whole family. Complimentary activities will include:

  • Easter Bunny Meet & Greet
  • Interactive DJ
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Artists
  • Games, Dancing, Sing Alongs
  • Prizes and Giveaways
  • Plenty of free and convenient parking
  • And much more!

Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park

901 South Federal Highway

Hallandale Beach


Lynn University Egg Hunt

DATE: April 15

TIME: 11:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

Admission and parking are free! Hunt for more than 10,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes, including several golden eggs containing awesome gifts from our sponsors.

Egg hunt at Perper Intramural Field

12:30 p.m.

Registration starts at 11:00 a.m., followed by the egg hunt at 12:30 p.m. Children 10 and under will be divided by age group. Don’t forget to B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Basket). Guests must complete a waiver prior to participating.

Lacrosse game at Bobby Campbell Stadium

1:00 p.m.

After the hunt, sit back, relax and enjoy a lacrosse game at Bobby Campbell Stadium—just steps away. The Fighting Knights battle Saint Leo at 1:00 p.m.

3601 N. Military Trail
Boca Raton


Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: April 15

TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

Grab your baskets and hop on over to Colee Hammock Park for First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza! Get ready for an afternoon of crafts, raffles and games. Hot dog “Hoppy Meals” will be available and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will be hosting a bake sale, so come hungry! Don’t miss this pre-Easter celebration that the whole family will enjoy.

 Colee Hammock Park

1500 Brickell Drive

Fort Lauderdale


Easter Egg Hunt at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
Photo by Chris Salata/Capehart
Copyright 2017
DATE: April 15

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

COST: FREE

Hop on over to Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens  for a spectacular children’s Easter egg hunt.  Three different age groups will enjoy looking for brightly colored eggs hidden throughout the two-acre gardens: three and under, four to six-years-old and seven to ten-years-old.

Each level will have one distinct hidden egg with a special prize inside. Doors to ANSG will open at 10 a.m. and all groups will start the hunt at 10:15 a.m.

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

West Palm Beach


Egg Hunt at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach

Easter Brunch Fun at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort

DATE: April 16

TIME: 9:00 a.m. on

COST: Easter Brunch is $65 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 954-944-9515.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Easter Sunday, children of resort guests are invited to participate in Giant Easter Egg Cookie Decorating and a Dip Dye Easter Egg Station. Kids will also have the chance to visit the Easter Bunny who will be onsite throughout the day. Guests should confirm their participation in advance with the resort’s concierge. An Easter Brunch Buffet with live musical entertainment will be served in the Grand Bahama Ballroom with seating times at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort

Fort Lauderdale


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Meet One of Our Nation’s Top Pediatricians & Find out WHY he’s Making Boca Home

Paul Gilbert, M.D. may look like a modern-day Doogie Howser (at least for us 80s kids who tuned in to see Neil Patrick Harris in his breakout role), but don’t be fooled. He’s ACTUALLY one of the top doctors in the nation, not just a guy who plays one on TV. Currently at Johns Hopkins, the top hospital in the nation, (!!!) Gilbert is bringing another level of expertise and experience with him as the newest South Florida pediatrician.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

That’s right, Modern Boca Mom has the EXCLUSIVE that Dr. Gilbert is making Boca Raton his new home. Keep reading to find out why…

Dr. Gilbert’s experience and expertise doesn’t end at Johns Hopkins, although those are some pretty fabulous bragging rights if you have him as your pediatrician.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

He’s also spent seven summers working as Camp Physician at one of the most exclusive sleepaway camps in the country, KenMont/KenWood. “Dr. Paul,” as he is lovingly referred to at camp, is described as a “legend” with the camp’s kids.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

We also found out that Dr. Gilbert is a novice waterskier, worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), has a Disney annual pass, and knows how to juggle! What more could you want from your pediatrician?!?

Well…it gets even better…Dr. Gilbert will be joining forces with Boca Raton’s own “Patch Adams,” Dr. Rudnick at Boca VIPediatrics, winner of “Best Pediatrician” in Boca 2016 by Sun-Sentinel!

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

For those who read this blog regularly, you know that Boca VIPediatrics is the new parent frenzy that recently opened their nearly year-long wait list.

Spots are extremely limited because they take a very small number of patients to provide 24/7 access via email/text/phone to your South Florida pediatrician, house calls, no waits/longer appointments at their pediatric smart office, and virtual visits so you don’t have to go to the office for every little thing.

They’ve received rave reviews and lots of love boasting their extremely personalized level of care from South Florida parents, including a slew of 5-star Facebook and Google reviews.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

Boca VIPediatrics has VIPs (Very Important Patients) who travel to see them in Boca from West Palm Beach, Wellington, Weston, Ft. Lauderdale and beyond for their 5-star level of pediatric care and maximum convenience for busy parents. Because parents are able to text/email/call their South Florida pediatrician 24/7, they’re able to diagnose virtually when possible.

So, why Boca VIPediatrics? Because there is truly nothing else like it for parents who value the MOST personalized care, time, and relationship with their pediatrician. Boca VIPediatrics VIPs have the following benefits:

  • 24/7 Access to Text/Email/Call Your Pediatrician Directly to Their Cell Phone (You can also send photos/videos of rashes, coughs, bumps, bruises, etc. for super fast diagnosis and treatment plan to save an office visit)
  • No Waits at their office located in Central Boca Raton, next to the Town Center Mall
  • House Calls for the first newborn exam and after-hours urgent care
  • Virtual Visits using their awesome telemedicine devices that clip into your iPhone (like the virtual stethoscope and otoscope, which sends the doctor video of the inner ear to screen for ear infections or heart/lung sounds to evaluate a cough)
  • Same day appointments and longer, unhurried visits with your pediatrician
  • Affordable, transparent pricing…you’ll likely pay more for your daily latte or cable bill than a membership to VIPediatrics.
It’s truly like having a South Florida pediatrician in your pocket.

Dr. Rudnick and Dr. Gilbert will be working together as a team, so Boca VIPediatrics families will have TWO top pediatricians who know their child’s health history like the back of their hands. After filling their practice within a year, Boca VIPediatrics scoured the country to find the best and brightest pediatrician to join their family.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

I’m told spots are already going very quickly, as Boca VIPediatrics caps the number of “VIPs” in each age category in order to provide the most personalized care.

So, how can you lock down a VIP spot for your child? That’s super easy, as long as you act quickly. You can schedule a complimentary “meet the doc” appointment with Dr. Gilbert now!

  1. Step One: Fill out the online contact form or call the Boca VIPediatrics office at 561-923-9635 and speak to a member of their family owned and operated team.
  2. Step Two: Set up a complimentary “backstage tour” and “meet the doc” visit with Dr. Gilbert/Dr. Rudnick.
  3. Step Three: Breathe a sigh of relief that your child’s care is now on another level because you now have “your pediatrician in your pocket!”

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

So parents, this is a win/win for all. When a top pediatrician decides to make our fair city their home, it means a healthier Boca Raton for everybody.

Please join Modern Boca Mom in giving a warm South Florida welcome to Dr. Gilbert! We look forward to many, many years of you keeping our children the happiest & healthiest with Boca VIPediatrics!

South Florida pediatrician

For more information on Boca VIPediatrics, visit: www.BocaVIPediatrics.com

Sponsored: This South Florida Pediatrician post announcing Dr. Gilbert was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.