Category Archives: KIDS

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.

Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 3.24-3.26

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & weekend family fun in South Florida for March 24 – March 26, 2017!


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, March 24th:

TAKE YOUR 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


BOX LUNCH WITH THE SYMPHONIA

DATE: March 24

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

COST: $35 and reservations are required, make them here.

Get an “up close and personal” look behind the scenes.  Sit in on part of a rehearsal and enjoy a box lunch while listening to the conductor, soloist and musician’s perspective on the upcoming concert.

Unitarian Church

2601 St. Andrews Blvd. Boca Raton


Saturday, March 25th:

IT’S CIRCUS…..IT’S SCIENCE!

DATE: MARCH 25

TIME: 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

COST: Adults $10, Children 12 & under $8*

(Please note that tickets for the second show are limited.)

*Family Shows include juice & cookies with each child’s ticket after the show. Attendees of all ages must have a ticket.

This two person show will explore the “science of the circus” and help kids familiarize themselves with scientific concepts (laws and principles of physics such as balance, gravity, momentum, centrifugal force, motion, and more) that are brought to life by a talented staff of clowns. They will be using juggling, ball spinning, unicycling, human pyramid building, and a variety of other fun circus skills to illustrate what lies behind the “science” of circus movement. “It’s Circus… It’s Science” helps kids familiarize themselves with scientific concepts first-hand in a fun and funny environment.

Willow Theatre

Sugar Sand Park

Boca Raton


STORY TIME AT THE ZOO: A REAL PAGE TURNER

DATE: Saturdays this month

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

COST: Included with Zoo Admission

This popular event will take place at on Saturday’s at 10:30 a.m. at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


See Mulan at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton!

Sponsored

503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Place

Boca Raton Weekend Family Fun in South Florida


TIME TO ENJOY BOCA BACCHANAL

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum’s biggest fundraising event, the 15th Annual Boca Bacchanal 2017 Wine & Food Festival, is back this month! It’s Boca Raton’s premier wine & food festival and the signature community event for the Historical Society. There’s more wine, more food and later hours for all the night owls to make it a truly unforgettable weekend.

Boca Bacchanal’s two-day event begins with the exclusive Vintner Dinners on Friday, March 24th, 2017 with a never-before-held Spirits Dinner followed by Bacchanalia on Saturday, March 25th!

More details HERE.

Mizner Park Amphitheater

Boca Raton


Sunday, March 26th:

MEET THE ORCHESTRA

DATE: March 26

TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

COST: $5 for Adults, FREE for Children/Non-profits. Reservations are required.  For reservations, call 1-866-687-1201 or email tickets@thesymphonia.org

The day before each Connoisseur Concert, families will be given the opportunity to interact with The Symphonia’s conductor and musicians and attend a live dress rehearsal at the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road in Boca Raton, Fla. Children can learn about and hold instruments.

Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School

3900 Jog Road

Boca Raton


PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL POLO SEASON IN FULL SWING

DATE: Through April 23

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

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DATE: Through April 23

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 30

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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It’s Circus, It’s Science, It’s SATURDAY at Sugar Sand Park!

The GRAND OPENING of the Science Playground isn’t the only exciting event happening at Sugar Sand Park this Saturday, March 25th! Local families are invited to the circus! “It’s Circus, It’s Science”, Rated G, debuts at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Willow Theater.

It's Circus, It's Science Sugar Sand Park 2017

This two person show will explore the “science of the circus” and help kids familiarize themselves with scientific concepts, the laws and principles of physics such as:

  • Balance
  • Gravity
  • Momentum
  • Centrifugal force
  • Motion and more!

It's Circus, It's Science Sugar Sand Park 2017

These will be brought to life by a talented staff of clowns! They will be using juggling, ball spinning, unicycling, human pyramid building, and a variety of other fun circus skills to illustrate what lies behind the “science” of circus movement.

“It’s Circus… It’s Science” helps kids familiarize themselves with scientific concepts first-hand in a fun and funny environment.

Sounds like a great Sugar Sand Saturday to me! Make a note MBMoms– we’ll be featuring this event again in this week’s Weekend Events Roundup post as well.

It's Circus, It's Science Sugar Sand Park 2017

It’s Circus, It’s Science Show Info

WHEN: Saturday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

COST: Adults $10; Children 12 & under $8*; Tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office, by calling 561.347.3948, or online at www.willowtheatre.org.

*Family Shows include juice & cookies with each child’s ticket after the show. Attendees of all ages must have a ticket.


Sponsored: This post is sponsored by Sugar Sand Park. All opinions expressed in this blog post about the It’s Circus, It’s Science show are my own. They are 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 for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

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):

6/7  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? 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


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


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


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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Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 3.17-3.19

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & weekend family fun in South Florida for March 17 – March 19, 2017! 


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, March 17th:

ART BOCA RATON: ART AFTER DARK

DATE: March 16-18

TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

COST: HERE

Boca Raton Museum of Art

501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton


Saturday, March 18th:

WPEC HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO

DATE: March 18

COST: FREE

TIME: 11:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.

Mizner Park Amphitheater

Downtown Boca Raton


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WEEKEND!!!!!!!

DATE: March 18-19

TIME: Saturday, March 18 12:30 and 4:15 p.m; Sunday, March 19 3:30 p.m.

COST: Reserve your spot here

Tell Time Like Cogsworth

Tick tock! Do you know how to tell time? Learn how to tell time like Cogsworth the Clock!

Maurice’s Invention Center

Belle’s father Maurice was an inventor. Invent the kookiest contraption just like Maurice!

Gaston’s Target Practice

Improve your skills with target practice just like Gaston.

Be the Beast!

Become the Beast without all the fur! Make your own mask and transform yourself into the Beast!

Museum of Discovery and Science

Downtown Ft. Lauderdale


ZOO CLUES: FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT THE PALM BEACH ZOO

DATE: March 18

TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.

COST: Reserve your spot here

Someone’s been causing mischief at the zoo – help solve the mystery! Highlights = up-close animal encounters, detective games, crafts, and a night tour. Pizza & continental breakfast are included. Children 6+ / one adult is required per family and you must pre-register! 

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


STORY TIME AT THE ZOO: A REAL PAGE TURNER

DATE: Saturdays this month

COST: Included with Zoo Admission

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

This popular event will take place at on Saturday’s at 10:30 a.m. at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


Chinese Lantern Festival at Sunset Cove Amphitheater

DATE: Open until April 9

TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays

COST: Adults are $25; children $15; and under 4 free. Parking is also free. Get discount tickets online at chineselanternfestival.com

See more than 800 paper lanterns crafted into 40 glowing sets, plus martial arts performances, folk art and a dinosaur empire for the kids. Some lanterns come complete with sound effects, but a festival favorite for children is likely to be the dinosaurs. They stand 6 feet to more than 20 feet tall, and many wear saddles encouraging people to hop on for a photo. Festival-goers can also take a ride on small, battery-powered dinosaurs that drive forward and backward with the flip of a switch and steer with handlebars like a bicycle.

12551 Glades Road

Boca Raton


See Mulan at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton!

Sponsored

503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Place

Boca Raton Weekend Family Fun in South Florida


Sunday, March 19th:

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL POLO SEASON IN FULL SWING

DATE: Through April 23

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

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DATE: Through April 23

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 30

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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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.

Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower

You probably know Publix Aprons from their awesome cooking classes in the Polo Shoppes in Boca Raton. I hear some people take them every single weekend! However, I was introduced to them for the first time because we decided to give my sister a Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower!

Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower

No this is not an advertisement, LOL. I just LOVED the experience so much I had to write about it! By the way, my sister had her baby on March 3rd (2017)! A bouncing baby boy: Aden Thomas. My family, especially #dailybocaavery, is so excited!

But back to the Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower…

One of the aspects I loved most when it came to planning my sister’s Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower is that they pretty much handle EVERYTHING.

All I did in terms of decor was create centerpieces. For this party, I chose to display china plates of Sydney’s Sweet Soaps, one of our recently featured MOMpreneurs located in the Town Center Mall. They looked so real, a guest even accidentally bit into one! These also served as the party favors.

I also asked my best friend Rose, an awesome local art teacher, to create the invitations and a matching banner to display. She did a beautiful job and everything was one of a kind!

Add a few chefs hats and rubber ducks from Oriental Trading Company and you have yourself a cooking themed baby shower at Publix Aprons Cooking School!

To welcome our guests, we had a “social hour” filled with appetizers and champagne/sparkling cider. This is an extra charge- FYI.

If you have 15 guests or less, you can put on a full scale cooking class at your party. If you have more than 15 (up to 44), then Publix Aprons will put on an entertaining yet educational cooking demo according to your theme. You pay per person and can choose to have wine pairings…or not. We chose YES. 🙂

Our theme was BABY, of course! That meant our menu looked something like this:

Pre-Course: Mixed Baby Greens with Toasted Almond Slivers, Blueberries, Goat Cheese Crumbles, and Lemon Poppy seed Vinaigrette

Entrée: Charred Baby Vegetable Ramen with Glazed Pork Belly (Baby Bok Choy, Baby Carrots, Baby Corn)

Dessert: Baby Cream Cheese and Nutella Phyllo Cups


YUM! And that wasn’t the only dessert! We put together the design of our “Bébé” dessert table, but all of the sweet treats came from the Publix attached to the Cooking School, which you pay for a la carte. They just give you a grocery bill at the end and they even bring it over to the party room from the store- amazing!

All in all, it was a shower to remember– a theme and venue many of our guests had never even thought of!

For more information about planning your own Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower:
Publix Aprons Event Planning Store #339
Rolene | Stephanie| Michelle
5050 Champion Blvd.
Boca Raton, Florida 33496

Direct: 561.994.4461


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 3.10-3.12

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & weekend family fun in South Florida for March 10 – March 12, 2017! 


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, March 10th:

Promise Garden Luncheon & Spring Fashion Show

 

DATE: March 10

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

COST: SOLD OUT!

The Promise Garden Luncheon is a unique opportunity for community and business leaders to network, mingle and support this important cause.

Alzheimer’s remains one of the least understood diseases, yet it is one of the leading causes of death in our country. The latest reports indicate that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 11 men will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over the age of 65 and that women are 2x more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s than breast cancer! Proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

*Our very own Modern Boca Mom will be emceeing this event!

Boca West Country Club

20583 Boca W Dr.

Boca Raton


Festival of the Arts Boca 2017

DATE: March 2-12

COST: Festival of the Arts BOCA

The Festival of the Arts BOCA is an extraordinary, multi-day cultural arts event that brings excitement and new experiences to illustrate why Boca Raton and The Palm Beaches are Florida’s Cultural Capital®. Audiences will delight in some of the world’s most sought-after jazz, opera and classical performers, as well as award-winning authors and speakers.

590 Plaza Real

Boca Raton


Saturday, March 11th:

Palm Beach Zoo Family Matters Program

DATE: March 11

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

COST: Reserve Your Spot

Not all families are the same. Explore the different ways that animals live and play! 3 & 4 year olds.

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets Modern Science

DATE: Open through April 30

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


Story Time at the Zoo: A Real Page Turner

DATE: Saturdays this month

COST: Included with Zoo Admission

This popular event will take place at on Saturday’s at 10:30 a.m. at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


Chinese Lantern Festival at Sunset Cove Amphitheater

DATE: Open until April 9

TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays

COST: Adults are $25; children $15; and under 4 free. Parking is also free. Get discount tickets online at chineselanternfestival.com

See more than 800 paper lanterns crafted into 40 glowing sets, plus martial arts performances, folk art and a dinosaur empire for the kids. Some lanterns come complete with sound effects, but a festival favorite for children is likely to be the dinosaurs. They stand 6 feet to more than 20 feet tall, and many wear saddles encouraging people to hop on for a photo. Festival-goers can also take a ride on small, battery-powered dinosaurs that drive forward and backward with the flip of a switch and steer with handlebars like a bicycle.

12551 Glades Road

Boca Raton


See Mulan at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton!

Sponsored

503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Place

Boca Raton

 Weekend Family Fun in South Florida


Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

Using State-Of-The-Art Technology, Game of Thrones® Composer Ramin Djawadi Will Take Fans Of The Acclaimed, Emmy® Award-Winning HBO® Show Through The Seven Kingdoms In A New, Immersive Experience.

COST: More information and tickets HERE.

We have tickets and CANNOT WAIT for this show! We hear it is epic (especially if you are a big fan of the show)

BB&T Center

1 Panther Pkwy.

Sunrise


Sunday, March 12th:

Palm Beach International Polo Season is in full swing!

DATE: Through April 23, 2017

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


Check Out the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium- Our Body: The Universe Within Exhibit

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DATE: Through April 23, 2017

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


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