Category Archives: CLASSES & THINGS TO DO

Best PBC Parks Roundup: Where to Go When School’s OUT!

From Contributor, Essentially Erika…

In college, school breaks meant freedom, party time, bathing in the sun and bar hopping with friends. As parents, school breaks have an entirely different meaning. Now it’s more like traffic, confusion about what to do with the kids, baking in the the sun while loading and unloading children and park hopping.

My, how the mighty have fallen…

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change it for the world. (Okay, maybe the baking in the sun in OCTOBER part.)

It’s no secret that I’m an advocate for unstructured outdoor play. If you follow me on Instagram, you are likely to be subject to any number of photos of all the park hopping we do. Classes and play dates are fun and we do enjoy them from time to time, but there’s a certain freedom of exploration and magic in spending the day at the best PBC parks. Continue reading Best PBC Parks Roundup: Where to Go When School’s OUT!

Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park, A Bucketful of Fun!

Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park from Modern Boca Disney Mom…

Hunting for Rubies picture of Splash Adventure Quiet Waters Park

With temperatures reaching 100º degrees, we think it would be a much cooler idea to plan your upcoming summer play-dates around the water. Beaches, pools, and splash pads all accomplish the water part. However, they all have their downsides too.

Beaches can be a lot of work with small children and a mess to clean up after. The pool is a great option, but getting a bunch of toddlers and preschoolers plus siblings together can be hectic and hard to manage safely.  And, your typical splash pad at the playground isn’t going to cut it for us parents. We have to be out there enduring the heat too and need some relief!

Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach is a great option for “cool play-dates” the entire family can enjoy. It is a playground within a wading pool – with lifeguards! Safety, fun, and water– we like it.

The pool goes from 0 to 12 inches, much like a beach without the waves. Bring some pool toys and your little babies can splash in the water while watching the bigger kids zoom by. There are large umbrellas with lawn chairs to catch some shade and have a snack.

Hunting for Rubies picture of Splash Adventure Quiet Waters Park
Toddlers love the Splash Adventure! Photo by Sarah Freudenburger

There are 3 different kinds of slides for all levels of adventurers, a rope ladder, a octopus waterfall, and gears, levers, and wheels to turn and crank to make different water features go! When the bell rings, watch out as the kids move to get under the giant bucket as it empties.

TIP: Move your little ones out of the way after the giant bucket dumps. Older kids will be rushing back to go down the slides. So if your little one is just getting comfortable on the stairs, you may want to move them to a safer spot, just in case. 

Hunting for Rubies picture of Splash Adventure Quiet Waters Park
Young kids test their developing skills and confidence by challenging themselves on the rope ladder and slides at Splash Adventure. Toddlers love the Splash Adventure! Photo by Sarah Freudenburger

Our family gets the season pass, since we typically go 1-2 days a week in the heat of summer. The best part about the season pass is that you are not locked into going during the sessions that are mainly in effect from June-August.

TIP: We find that mornings are the best time to avoid afternoon thunderstorms and summer camps (as it can get crowded).

Quiet Waters Park Splash Adventure also offers concessions, bathroom facilities and birthday party packages.


What is your favorite Splash Pad besides Quiet Waters Park in the tri-county area? Let your follow #ModernBocaMoms know by leaving us a comment below! 

huntingforrubies-stamp-2xCasey has traveled to 47 out of the 50 States, and Disney World probably as many times. The mom of Irish Twins Hunter and Ruby, she runs a blog called Hunting for Rubies that focuses on Family, Travel, and Adventure here in South Florida and beyond. Interested in travel tips and fun adventures to be had, follow Hunting for Rubies on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Gardening as Science + 7 Intriguing Science Experiments for Kids

science experiments for kids

#modernbocadad always grew up having a garden. In fact, his family rarely had to buy produce because they grew it all right on their land in Southern Maine! You can only imagine how much money they saved.

So, we were inspired this winter to start a garden with #dailybocaavery in our own yard. It probably helped that we had some sad looking bushes in the area we were considering planting in that we wanted to replace.

Not bad right? #modernbocadad’s garden still has some growing to do (and we need to find a way to stop lizards from eating our zucchini plants– tips welcome!), but we’re pretty proud of the progress so far.

Continue reading Gardening as Science + 7 Intriguing Science Experiments for Kids

How to Survive a Day at Zoo Miami with 3 Kids

This Zoo Miami post is from Modern Boca Mom of Multiples…

Zoo Miami with kids


Having twins plus a daughter (all under the age of three) terrorizing our household makes me feel like I actually run a zoo these days. So why bother going to one? Just kidding of course…but that’s what led us to go on a field trip to…Zoo Miami!

Zoo Miami with kids

We loaded the little monkeys, I mean kiddos, into the car and hauled them the hour down to Miami. Our family spent the day at the zoo and what a fun trip it was!

Zoo Miami not only has an excellent collection of animals, reptiles and bugs large and small, but also plenty of areas whose sole purpose it to get all of that extra energy out of your wee ones before you get back into the car!

Zoo Miami with kids
Petting zoo, playground area, and a splash pad are the major attractions to wear the kids out, as well as a lot of walking!

Walking not your gig? You can either purchase a ticket to ride the monorail for a bird’s eye view of all the fun without navigating the crowds, or you can rent a Safari Cycle and ride around the park for a few hours. Zoo Miami has nice, wide walkways that make this surprisingly comfortable, even on a busy day.

Zoo Miami with kids

We chose to walk, pushing the kids in the stroller while wearing one in the Ergo and although tired at the end of the day, it was quite nice.

The kids enjoyed the animals, and mom and dad enjoyed a beer (or two) as we leisurely strolled on the cool day. Zoo Miami offered a good amount of food choices, as well as the aforementioned beer, but it would seem as though most people brought their food in that day, despite the signs advising you against it.

Zoo Miami with kids

We stayed at the zoo for 4+ hours and still didn’t manage to see everything! Our family did come upon a monkey feeding which left our 2 year old entranced for a few minutes, but skipped the giraffe, bird, and rhino feedings. For a nominal fee, you can perform them yourself.

Zoo Miami with kids

We received a zoo pass as a birthday present for the twins, so we will be going back again soon, before the summer heat oppresses us!

They have some great deals, packages, educational opportunities, camps and more.

Zoo Miami with kids
Now, back to my own zoo at home…


An easy day trip with family or friends, Zoo Miami is conveniently located off Florida Turnpike’s Exit 16, on the way to other great points of interest in south Florida, including the Everglades and the Florida Keys.

Zoo Miami
1 Zoo Boulevard 12400 SW 152 Street
Miami, FL 33177
Phone: 305-251-0400

Learn more: http://zoomiami.org/


What’s your favorite South Florida Zoo? Comment below!

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