Category Archives: CLASSES & THINGS TO DO

Boca Youth & Adult Sports Promote Healthy Living at the YMCA

With cooler weather coming (very, very soon I hope), that’s motivation enough for my family to get outside and PLAY at the YMCA! Did you know the Y Way to Play is a commitment for all to learn, grow and have fun through Boca youth and adult sports? Their Boca youth sports program helps participants build confidence while having fun and learning the fundamentals of sports.

Between youth lacrosse, indoor baseball for toddlers, basketball, soccer, swimming and cheerleading clinics, there are tons of options for every member of your family.

As for the grown ups, the Y offers recreational and league sports for men and women who want to have fun while getting an excellent workout. Not to mention an emphasis on teamwork and cooperation. Because we could all use a refresher course, yes? 😉

The complete Boca youth and adult sports guide for members and non-members is available on the YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s website. And, you can register directly online!

In addition to their physical activities, the South  Palm Beach County YMCA also works tirelessly to keep their facility HIPAA compliant. YMCA vending machines both in the café and after school areas are full of healthy snacks. They have a low sugar count, are all-natural and most offerings are organic. This is especially important to recognize because September is also Childhood Obesity Month. What better timing is there to enroll your child in a fall sport?

The complete Boca youth and adult sports guide for members and non-members is available on the YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s website. Register online today!

Boca youth and adult sports


Sponsored: This post is sponsored by the YMCA. All opinions expressed in this blog post 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 and 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.

There’s a City-Wide Scavenger Hunt in Boca Raton for Kids

Children ages 5-12 are invited to explore our fair city’s award-winning facilities in a month-long, scavenger hunt in Boca Raton! Through the STEAM through September initiative, a collaboration between the Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park, the Boca Raton Public Library and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center will provide engaging activities and exhibits at each of the locations focusing on (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, (A)rt and (M)ath.

What a fun thing to do with the kids this month in our area! And it’s free!

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Snap to it! Snapology Fort Lauderdale is the Next Big Thing to Do for Local Kids

So what the heck is Snapology? That’s what you’re probably wondering as you contemplate how it could be the next big thing to do for local kids. The number one thing this blogger gets asked time and time again is: what can I do indoors that’s fun and educational with my kids? You see, it gets hot in Boca and it rains often. Fun can’t always be had outdoors in those undesirable conditions. We are excited to announce that there will soon be a NEW option for kids to play and learn locally INDOORS at Snapology Fort Lauderdale!

Snapology Fort Lauderdale

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Why the Y is the Best Place to Learn to Swim in Boca

When you receive a $100,000 grant from Florida Blue for your program that helps children learn to swim in Boca, you know you must be doing something right! Yes, it happened. And now this funding will allow the South Palm Beach County YMCA to provide free swim lessons and mobile aquatics programs for more than 5,000 children and families through the Y’s Safety Around Water program.

Drowning Prevention programs like the Y’s help to combat incidents of drowning within our most vulnerable population: children. I can’t stand to hear another sad story of a child drowning in our area, can you?

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Mommy & Me at Grandview Prep Winter 2017 Registration

Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Preparatory School is one of the hottest baby and toddler programs in town! Join us for our next two upcoming sessions!

#grandviewmoms Fall/Winter 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 Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep for the first time, here’s a little background:

mommy and me at Grandview

Each “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” class is held 2-3 times per month (per age group) at Grandview Preparatory School. Classes are  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 dance, yoga, movement & music for toddlers and music & movement for babies. Classes are taught by top notch Grandview Preparatory School Early Childhood faculty. Our program offers moms and dads the chance to have their children learn and explore in a true educational setting.

How great is that?!

mommy and me at Grandview

Don’t know about Grandview Preparatory School? Now in their 20th year, 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.

mommy and me at Grandview


COST:

  1. Babies Class Pass FALL Session (Babies-Walkers, 8 classes/$15.00 per class) is $120.00 for August-October 2017 classes.
  2. Babies Class Pass WINTER Session (Babies-Walkers, 6 classes/$15.00 per class) is $90.00 for November-December 2017 classes.
  3. Toddlers Class Pass FALL (Strong Walkers-Age 3, 8 classes/$15.00 per class) is $120.00 for August-October 2017 classes.
  4. Toddlers Class Pass WINTER (Strong Walkers-Age 3, 6 classes/$15.00 per class) is $90.00 for November-December 2017 classes.

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


mommy and me at Grandview

SOLD OUT “Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep” Baby Class Dates:

FALL SESSION: 6 Weeks- Walking

AUGUST 2017 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

8/21  BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

8/28  BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

SEPTEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

9/11 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

9/18 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

9/25 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

OCTOBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

10/2 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

10/9 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

10/16 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah Halloween Edition (come dressed in costume!)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FALL 2017

mommy and me at Grandview

WINTER SESSION: 6 Weeks- Walking

NOVEMBER 2017 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

11/6 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

11/13 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

11/27 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

DECEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

12/4 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

12/11 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

12/18 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WINTER 2017


mommy and me at Grandview

“Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep” Toddler Class Dates:

FALL SESSION: Strong Walkers – Age 3

AUGUST (10:30AM-11:15AM):

8/24 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

8/31 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

SEPTEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

9/7 TODDLERS- Dance with Miss Espinosa

9/14 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

9/28 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

OCTOBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

10/5 TODDLERS- Dance with Miss Espinosa

10/12 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

10/19 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah Halloween Edition (come dressed in costume!)

PLEASE EMAIL MICHELLE@GRANDVIEWPREP.NET TO REGISTER FOR FALL 2017

mommy and me at Grandview

WINTER SESSION: Strong Walkers – Age 3

NOVEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

11/2 TODDLERS- Dance with Miss Espinosa

11/9 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

11/16 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

11/30 TODDLERS- Dance with Miss Espinosa

DECEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

12/7 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

12/14 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WINTER 2017

mommy and me at Grandview


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.*


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 at Grandview Prep” 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, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Forget Baywatch…Here’s 10 of The Palm Beaches in all their Beachy Glory

With the hotly anticipated Baywatch film starring Zac Efron, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra and Ilfenesh Hadera hitting theaters, the classic TV show reboot will no doubt inspire those in need of a beach-themed vacation in The Palm Beaches.

As a prime filming location for the Baywatch film, The Palm Beaches, Florida paves the way as the ultimate beach destination, with several scenes filmed at the luxurious Boca Raton Resort & Club and South County Inlet Park.

From the fabulous glistening waters of Lake Worth Pier to the infinite stretches of golden sand along Delray Beach, here are 10 of The Palm Beaches’ 47 miles of beaches, proving the destination as the ultimate beach getaway.

Keep your eyes peeled for lifeguards at the ready!

  1. South County Inlet Park – Boca Raton, Fla.

The Palm Beaches

Used as a key filming location, The South County Inlet Park, as seen in Baywatch’s opening scene, is certainly not to be missed. With a beautiful array of aquatic life and interesting underwater rock formations, this is a great snorkeling spot. The beach has a small and intimate feel, allowing guests to fish from the shoreline or the jetty. Water sport enthusiasts are also free to take a break from jumping the waves in inlet, by picking a good, soft spot of sand.

  1. Delray Beach, Fla.

Classed as Florida’s village by the Sea, Delray Beach is a place infused with style, cultural goings on and places to find serenity. Enjoy strolls along the inviting sidewalks, gourmet restaurants, friendly bistros, and outdoor cafes with boutiques, gift shops, and performing art centres for a vibrant streetscape.

  1. Lake Worth Pier – Lake Worth, Fla.

Here you can stand atop the Atlantic Ocean on one of the most breath-taking piers in The Palm Beaches to watch the sunrise. If you are an early riser, enjoy breakfast at Benny’s On the Beach and watch the surfers or beach-goers.

  1. Carlin Park – Jupiter, Fla.

In the northernmost region of The Palm Beaches, discover the wonderful beachfront park with volleyball, tennis, softball and even bocce ball in Jupiter’s Carlin Park. Run or walk the exercise course that features multiple unique training stations. After, grab a bite to eat at Duke’s Lazy Loggerhead Café, a quaint dinner nestled along the beach.

  1. Juno Beach Park – Juno Beach, Fla.

Say hello to the most beautiful sunrise spot in Juno Beach. Experience the beautiful orange glow dipping behind the waves as its sets over The Palm Beaches iconic pier. Juno Beach is also one of the most densely nested beaches in the world for sea turtles. If you’re looking to spot one, stop by the Loggerhead Marine life Center, which is dedicated to rehabilitating injured sea turtles.

  1. Riviera Municipal Beach – Riviera Beach, Fla.

Discover a beach with a splash of activity, such as hiking and bike paths. This is the perfect spot for those who enjoy a gentle jog in the warm breeze. Delight yourselves in the seven miles of sparkling golden sandy beach.

  1. Phil Foster Park – Riviera Beach, Fla.

Experience the world-famous waters in Phil Foster Park, most notably recognized for its abundance of marine life and the Underwater Snorkel Trail. This is a premier spot for scuba divers and beginner snorkelers alike. Giant starfish and brightly-colored tropical fish populate the waters, making a stunning underwater show.

  1. Palm Beach Municipal Beach- Palm Beach, Fla.

Big and beautiful with spectacular vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, Palm Beach Municipal Beach is a sight to behold. Sit by the promenade and enjoy the fantastic views, or enjoy a nice walk along the stretch of pristine sand.

  1. Coral Cove Park – Tequesta, Fla.

One of the more northern beaches in the county and one that cannot be missed. If you enjoy a quieter beach but still want the benefits of great snorkeling, shelling and paddle boarding, this is the place. Also, enjoy the limestone rock formations that make for great photos.

  1. Boynton Beach, Fla.

Boynton’s beachfront beauty is a must see. Known as America’s Gateway, dividing the heart of the Florida Everglades and the Gulf Stream, beach lovers can enjoy a warm, relaxing sea breeze infused with “Old Floridian” charm.


About Discover The Palm Beaches

Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 39 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts spanning more than 2,200 square miles and 47 miles of pristine beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta, commonly referred to as “The Palm Beaches.” 

Tourism is among Palm Beach County’s major industries, generating $4.6 billion in direct visitor spending and supporting more than 66,000 jobs with an economic impact of approximately $7 billion. Once recognized as a tropical escape for elite travelers in the late 1800s, America’s First Resort Destination® is making its resurgence as The Best Way To Experience Florida®, welcoming a record-breaking 7.35 million people in 2016. The Palm Beaches are home to nearly 17,000 hotel rooms, ranging from historic resorts to boutique inns. The destination features more than 100 family-friendly attractions, world-class luxury and antique shopping experiences, 125 miles of peaceful waterways for on- or in-the-water activities, more than 150 artificial reefs that line the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream current, 160 golf courses, award-winning restaurants, and a thriving entertainment scene boasting more than 200 art and culture organizations.

Situated along I-95, The Palm Beaches are also home to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), with more than 200 daily direct flights to 27 domestic and international destinations in the United States and Canada. For more information about The Palm Beaches, visit www.ThePalmBeaches.com and connect on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PalmBeachesFL, YouTube at Discover The Palm Beaches and the hashtag, #ThePalmBeaches.

South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground is F-U-N

Like your own kids, West Palm Beach’s South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is growing rapidly. A recent ribbon cutting ceremony opened the newest expansions. They include the South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center.

The Science Center worked with PNC and other funders to provide the opportunity for all South Florida children to access to a unique space for fun and learning. An uplifting opportunity, disadvantaged and at-risk youth will also be exposed to the South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center.

South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground
Courtesy South Florida Science Center
South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center Now Open

The Science Center has taken the Multipurpose Center, a gift from the City of West Palm Beach, and has converted the building into a classroom environment suitable for workshops and creative spaces. The center is equipped with 3D printers, robotics labs and computer programming spaces. The space is ideal for STEM and STEAM education and fun.

During the ribbon cutting ceremonies, educators were on hand with demonstrations in every classroom. This fostered excitement and displayed how all of the new equipment will be used. We can’t wait to go check everything out for ourselves. Congratulations to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium!

South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground
Courtesy South Florida Science Center

The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations.

For more information on these new offerings or SFSCA general information, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.   


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Top Attractions in Boca Raton *and Beyond*

Orphan Jaguar from Panama Debuts at the Palm Beach Zoo

Fiona, an orphan jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo, was rescued from Panama. She made her official debut this Memorial Day Weekend (2017)!

Fiona was just days old in October 2014, when she was found motherless and clinging to life following an attack by hunting dogs. The tragedy, at such an early age, means Fiona is unable to survive in the wild.

Fiona, the jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo, was raised by biologists at the APPC during her recovery. It has taken nearly two years and the dedication of an incredible team to transport Fiona to Palm Beach Zoo. She was formerly living at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort home of the APPC.

The effort was spearheaded by The Panamanian Ministry of the Environment, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Jaguar Species Survival Plan (SSP) and the conservation fund provided by Sea World/Busch Gardens Parks in the U.S., which provides financial support for conservation groups. The Grants Administrator of the conservation fund, Zoo Director Rob Yordi, helped transport Fiona from the Gamboa Rainforest Resort to Palm Beach Zoo.
Fiona, the jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo, is famous!

Fiona, the jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo, is the number one jaguar in the U.S. as far as genetics. The Zoo has already identified the perfect mate for Fiona, a jaguar from Quebec named Zooka. She’s also an international sensation whose genetic diversity makes her a fantastic ambassador for her species. The Emmy-nominated team from The Wildlife Docs filmed Fiona’s arrival at Palm Beach Zoo. Her story of survival is slated to appear in one of its upcoming programs.

jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo

Meantime, Palm Beach Zoo geared up for Fiona’s Memorial Day weekend public debut on Saturday, May 27. The winner of the Zoo’s ‘Flat Fiona’ contest was announced. The Zoo also gave its members a sneak peek on debut day, allowing them to arrive at 8:30 a.m. (30 minutes before normal hours) for a chance to see the jaguar at Palm Beach Zoo who captured Panama’s heart, first.

Top Attractions in Boca Raton *and Beyond*

Top Attractions in Boca Raton *and Beyond!*

Summer is almost here and as the kiddos finish school and the days get longer, you’ll want something to keep them busy! When you need to get out of the house, here are some of the top attractions in Boca Raton *and beyond*!

Top Attractions in Boca Raton

    1. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

      At the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, there is always something happening! And Summer is even more exciting and full of plenty of fun! From the Science Summer Camp to Nights at the Museum to the Amazing Butterfly exhibit, there is an endless array of things to do! For more information: https://www.sfsciencecenter.org/

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NEW Swim Program Introduced at South Palm Beach County YMCA

Summer is here mamas…despite the recent *bonus* cool front we received last weekend. That means swimming pools and splash pads galore to cool your kids off during the next 6-8 months of sizzling weather in South Florida! We are so excited to partner with the YMCA of South Palm Beach County (basically, the Boynton and Boca locations) to talk about swim safety AND the new YMCA swim program they just introduced.

NEW Progressive YMCA Swim Program

NEW Progressive YMCA Swim Program

The YMCA’s NEW Progressive Swim Program will help local parents make sure their kiddos learn essential water safety skills. This can open up a world of possibilities for children to satisfy their curiosity safely.

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury. It is a necessity, especially in Florida.

The YMCA swim program is arranged by progressive stages and children are placed in lessons according to their skill and age. Within the levels, swimmers will learn skills such as personal safety, breath control and other fundamental swimming skills they will be able to use throughout their lifetime. Here’s how the classes are divided:

NEW Progressive YMCA swim program

What about the instructors?

YMCA swim program instructors are nationally certified and their training includes:

  • CPR
  • AED
  • First Aid
  • Oxygen Administration

You’ll never have to worry that your child’s instructor isn’t anything less than top notch and professional.

NEW Progressive YMCA Swim Program


Visit here for swim lessons information in Boynton Beach. For more information, please contact our Aquatics Director, Cindy Dube: 561-536-1406 or cdube@ymcaspbc.org.

Visit here for swim lessons information in Boca Raton. Contact Aquatics Director, Bryan Hunt: 561-237-0951 or bhunt@ymcaspbc.org.

 

NEW Progressive YMCA Swim Program


Sponsored: This post is sponsored by the YMCA Swim Program. All opinions expressed in this blog post 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 and 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.