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Zsa Zsa ZOO! MBMom Visits the Palm Beach Zoo

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You know that feeling you get as a parent…walking into a place you know your children will absolutely adore? Anticipating their smiles, their laughter, their joy?

I call it the zsa zsa ZOO…at least when it comes to a visit to the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society! 

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MBMom & family was invited to an exclusive #PBZooBloggers tour to learn about the latest and greatest Palm Beach Zoo happenings and their mission to advocate on behalf of wildlife conservation and preserve species from extinction.

It’s obviously holiday time, so that’s the most time-sensitive news to report. In addition to a ton of special holiday events through January 1st, the Zoo is promoting eco-friendly and sustainable decorating ideas in cooperation with the students of G-Star School of the Arts. 

Exhibit A: a very uniquely decorated tree. I’ll bet you never thought of decorating like this before MBMoms!

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The Zoo has also built a special version of Dr. Seuss’ “Who-Ville” in one of its picnic areas that I thoroughly enjoyed. This is in addition to a ton of decorations around the attraction!

I even met Mr. Grinch in person and toasted him with my special certified organic, bird-friendly Palm Beach Zoo COFFEE (FYI- this guarantees that every bean is produced organically and under high-quality shade. Bird Friendly is a certification created by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, which is part of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Bird Friendly standards are the strictest of the third-party environmental standards).

It looked like he could use a caffeine pick-me-up too. It ain’t easy bein’ green… 😉

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The Zoo had us on a tight schedule during our morning visit since we had a lot of ground to cover!

Did you know they have over 800 animals?

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#dailybabyavery was fascinated by the flamingos and even got to feed a few!

They’ve had Malayan tigers at the Zoo since 1973 and we were honored to witness a historical moment during our visit. Berapi, the Palm Beach Zoo’s female Malayan tiger, “stepped paw” into her BRAND NEW tiger habitat for the first time!

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It’s beautiful. But Berapi isn’t the only impressive animal we met during our visit.

We encountered reptiles. BIG reptiles.

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The Aldabra Tortoise Experience was one for the books. Such a cool encounter to share with #dailybabyavery. 

We were invited to feed the tortoises as well, but we left that up to the older kids in our group.

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Petting was encouraged- I had no idea their shells would be so rough!

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All in all, a REALLY unique behind-the-scenes experience! MBMom recommends you add it to your admission during your next visit (if at all possible).

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Other fun parts of our visit included the Palm Beach Zoo’s Carousel and Safari Train…perfect for the littles.

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And don’t forget to make a stop at the souvenir shop on your way out to check out your commemorative family photos and other original and unique Zoo merchandise!

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MBMom regularly features Palm Beach Zoo Events on our Weekend Roundups, but you can get a full list of upcoming events, including the upcoming January 3rd “Save the Panther 5K” on their website here.

I also found out the scoop on Zoo Memberships. There are two main family options. You can purchase a $145 family membership which covers two adults and all kids over the age of 3 in your household. If your children are under 3, then the membership price drops to $85. Your membership is basically covered in two visits! Plus, you get a ton of other perks and discounts…

By the way- the Palm Beach Zoo is so close to us in Boca! Zip up on I-95 and get off at Forest Hills Blvd., two left turns and you’re there!

I think 2015 is a great time to go WILD at the Palm Beach Zoo! I can’t wait for our next visit!

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Sponsored/Ad: Modern Boca Mom was provided with a complimentary tour/visit to the Palm Beach Zoo in exchange for consideration for promotion on this website. 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 given a product or service free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinion.

Come Ride the Rails at the Boca Express Train Museum Experience

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We were recently invited to the Boca Train Museum and “Ride the Rails,” an interactive tour that takes you back in time to life in Boca Raton in the 1920’s.

Being the mother of two boys addicted to anything involving trains, I jumped on it!

We spent the morning shadowing a home school class tour. At first I was nervous that perhaps my toddler might be a bit too rambunctious for this crowd of much older children, but I crossed my fingers and headed out with high hopes!

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I call this an experience because that’s exactly what it was; the children were all given roles to play, they dressed and were encouraged to act their parts throughout the entire trip.

Our engineer for the day was excellent at educating us all on some pretty prominent former figures in the community, and asking all the right questions in order to prompt the students to recall what life was like in this era.

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We started the tour in front of the old steam engines hearing all about how they worked and what an event it was to ride one of these engines in the 1920’s. We moved on into the station where tickets were “bought” and construction of the structure was discussed. Here we were treated to the local current events.

“Roles” within the community were touched upon with quite a bit of “name dropping” on the key players in Boca Raton, e.g. Flagler, Mizner, just to name a few!

This portion of the tour was quite informative and interesting for the students as well as all of the adult attendees. We then started walking through the first diesel engine train where we discussed war, social economics, industry, trade and the effect it had on families in Boca Raton. Students were eager to share what they had learned and play their respective roles with such excitement.

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Continuing on, the engineer led us through a tour of the rest of this magnificent diesel engine leaving no stone unturned. We were able to see sleeping quarters, storage and even the galley!

From here, everyone was treated to an authentic dining experience, a menu consisting of Spam, crackers and jelly all washed down with a traditional southern favorite: Sarsaparilla (#modernbocacrunchymom skipped the Spam).

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All in all this experience was fantastic! It was a hit with all ages, there was plenty of visual stimulation for my toddler and the interactive classroom experience is the ideal “immersion learning” for all school age children.

I enjoyed the tour just as much as my little guy. Not being a native Floridian, it was really interesting to learn more about this town and its history. The interactive tour is available for any school that is interested and there are even tours catered specifically to adults (I will be attending that as well). 

Either way, this is an experience for EVERYONE to enjoy!

MBMom Tip: Ask your child’s school to book a tour ASAP.

I’m pretty sure this little guy walked away with a bunch to dream about…

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Essentially Yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


For more information or to make a reservation, call 561-395-6766 ext. 101 or email tours@bocahistory.org. You can also visit their website at http://www.bocahistory.org/tours-train-museum/

Grandview Prep Boca Raton “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” Program

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When I first started MBMom, I had no idea (truly) how many AMAZING people, businesses…and schools (like Grandview Prep Boca) there were in and around Boca Raton, Florida. Not to mention supportive readers like you! 🙂

Kids Reading at Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton
OK, these guys probably aren’t reading MBMom, but their parents are!

Honestly, this site was founded on selfish, convenient reasons. I was busy and just wanted local lifestyle and events information online in one organized, easy-to-find place.

A simple wish really.

I never thought that Modern Boca Mom would grow to warrant this exciting partnership:

#grandviewmoms at Grandview Prep Boca

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In 2014, MBMom launched a first of its kind “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” PROGRAM at Grandview Preparatory School!

Don’t know much about Grandview Prep Boca? They are an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1997 in east Boca Raton. Student enrollment is offered for Preschool 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.

A simple yet genius formula!

Each “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” class is held 3-5 times per month at Grandview Preparatory School and is specifically tailored to capture the attention and imaginations of babies as young as 6 weeks and children up to 3 years old.

Classes include a rotating schedule of activities including play time, rhythm & movement, yoga, dance and music– all offered by Grandview Prep Boca Early Childhood faculty. Our program offers moms the chance to relax and socialize while their children learn and explore in an educational setting.

How great is that?!

Teacher & Student Reading at Grandview Prep Boca

New class dates are posted often here on MBMom, but you can also make sure you never miss out by subscribing to our newsletter HERE.

Think of it as preschool practice!

Kids playing at Grandview Prep Boca


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 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.

Faking “Fall” in South Florida…How to Do It!

It’s fall y’all! Even though it doesn’t feel like it when I get into my car mid-afternoon and it reads 100 degrees. I don’t know about you, but I am sooooo over this lingering summer heat! So this New Yorker is going to fake it till we make it! We’re officially in “fall in South Florida mode” here in our home, and you could be too!

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