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? 😉
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?
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I’m pretty sure Halloween is the best mommy blogger holiday EVER. We get to write about Boca Halloween events, decorating, cooking (PUMPKINS!), costumes and showcase adorable photos of our kids dressed up as all sorts of cute things.
Pre-baby, #modernbocadad and I used to rock the “couples costumes” in NYC. Oh yes! Our great friends throw an epic Halloween party each year, so I always felt like we really needed to work hard to come up with a great outfit! I’m pretty confident we succeeded.
But now that we’re parents, our focus is on Boca Halloween events and #dailybocaavery:
I can’t wait to take her to all of the great, local Boca Halloween events coming up!
Here are just a few to get your October calendars going…and we’ll continuously update this post as we find more!
The BEST 2017 Local Boca Halloween Events for Kiddos and Adults
FEATURED: The Boca Pumpkin Patch Festival at Mizner Park
We are so excited for this Boca Halloween event! The Boca Pumpkin Patch Festival is taking over Mizner Park with thousands of pumpkins, a pumpkin food court, and pumpkin beer bars! It’s a fall wonderland for the whole family!
Admission includes unlimited carnival rides, a kiddie cornstalk maze, scarecrow dress-up activity, beautiful photo ops, and live entertainment! www.bocapumpkinpatch.com
All of the City of Boca Halloween events are listed in great detail including some of our favorites at Sugar Sand Park AND Gumbo Limbo!
Sugar Sand Park Shriek Week!
Celebrating its 13th fear year, Shriek Week is two weekends of Halloween fun and entertainment for the whole family at Sugar Sand Park Community Center.
DATES: Fridays and Saturdays, October 20, 21, 27, and 28 from 6:00-11:00pm, and a separate LITE NITE on Thursday, October 26 from 5:00-9:00pm, featuring a modified haunted house.
This event features an indoor haunted house (paid reservations required), outdoor haunted walkthrough, shows, games, train rides and family entertainment.
Timed paid reservations are required for the indoor haunted house, which is appropriate for ages 7-12. The LITE NITE (Oct 26) haunted house is for ages 5-12, with brighter lighting, less intense scares and a modified soundtrack. Reservations are $6.00 starting September 15, and $9.00 starting October 6. Paid reservations can be booked in person, online, or by calling the Box Office at 561-347-3948. Reserve early…time slots do sell out.
Other family activities include:
haunted walk-through attraction “Granny Grim: Alien Lab” (closed on LITE NITE, Oct 26)
LED lighted stilt-walking “robots” & DJ show (1st weekend)
Animal Tales “Creature Feature” show (2nd weekend)
glow-in-the-dark carnival games
trackless train rides
make and take
trick or treating
food for purchase
Entertainment and attractions require activity tickets, which can be purchased onsite the day of event with cash or credit cards.
Two new attractions are scheduled – an inflatable Funhouse Maze and the “Creature Feature” show by Animal Tales, a hands-on experience introducing kids to some mysterious animals, such as a boa constrictor, a hedgehog, a chinchilla, and more.
A free indoor Trick or Treat Trail will be featured nightly. Local businesses interested in participating as a vendor in the Trick or Treat Trail may visit the website for details.
WHERE: 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton
Fall Festival & Family Fun Day!
Join for the 7th annual free scavenger hunt and fall festivities. Enjoy hayrack rides, character appearances, live performances, magic shows and more.
WHERE: 11411 Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton
A fun, safe, not-so-scary, Halloween experience for your kids at the Palm Beach Zoo!
Special Evening Hours Fridays & Saturdays with trick-or-treating during these times…
10/20 10am-4pm and 5pm-9pm
10/21 10am-4pm and 5pm-9pm
10/22 10am-4pm and 5pm-9pm
The public is invited to have a howlin’ good time at “Boo at the Zoo!”Guests will enjoy trick-or-treating, costume contests, live music from a DJ in the Interactive Play Fountain area, giveaways, haystack hunt, face painting/airbrush tattoos, roving animal encounters, not-so-scary wildlife presentations and much more!
WHERE: 1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach
Fall Family Fun Fest!
Saturday October 14th, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Guests of all ages will fall in love with science at the 7th Annual Fall Family Fun Fest! This event features many hands-on activities, including an interactive Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) traveling exhibit for children birth to five-years-old, courtesy of the PNC Foundation and Grow Up Great early childhood education initiative.
Guests are also welcome to enjoy our newest exhibit ASTRONAUT, along with themed crafts, face painting, a bounce house, live science demonstrations, carnival-style games and much more! Food is available for purchase from our WT Cafe.
Event is included with paid admission to the Science Center: $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 3-12, $14.95 for seniors and free for members and children under 3.
Join us at Esplanade Park as we say goodbye to the summer and welcome fall fun at the 3rd Annual Riverwalk Fall Festival. Spend the day with fall carnival themed games, competitions, face painting, train rides on the Catabella Express, music and plenty of fun for the whole family.
There will be plenty of vendors and food trucks to satisfy your hunger for eats & sweets or to do a little shopping. This FREE event is open to all ages and well-behaved pets too (on leash). Feel free to bring along your lawn chairs or blankets for an afternoon of fun!
WHERE: 400 Southwest 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
Flamingo Road Nursery Fall Events!
West Palm Beach FREE Halloween Nights!
Head toClematis by Fright on October 26th for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes in the annual costume contest, Trick-or-Treating at the Haunted Hallows, and Latin/funk live music by DJ Le Spam & Spam Allstars.
Screen on the Green on Friday the 13th, which is a double feature of two creepy classics–Goosebumps and The Addams Family.
WHERE: Downtown West Palm Beach; More information HERE.
Downtown Delray Halloween Parade, Trick-or-Treating and Kidfest
DATE: Saturday, October 29th
Not far from our Boca Halloween events, “Trick-or-Treat Along the Avenue” from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. All children are welcome to show off their Halloween costumes and Trick-or-Treat along the avenue and Pineapple Grove (between Swinton Avenue and the Intracoastal Waterway.) This event, which provides parents and children with a safe environment to trick or treat, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and the Delray Beach Rotary Club.
Halloween Parade 1:00 p.m.
At 1:00 p.m., children are invited to begin lining up to participate in the Halloween Parade at the southeast corner of Old School Square Park. The Halloween Parade route will go east on Atlantic Avenue through downtown Delray Beach to Veterans Park. Free ice cream for the parade participants will be handed out at Veterans Park. This event is sponsored by the Delray Beach Rotary Club.
Kidsfest 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Immediately following the Halloween Parade, all children are invited to join the City at Kidsfest! Kidsfest is a free family event in Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st Street, that features live entertainment, a bounce house, food vendors, a make-and-take craft area and much, much more. In addition, local children’s services/organizations that target health, safety and fun will be featured to provide additional information to parents. New this year is a Halloween Theme scavenger hunt. Pick up a list from the Parks and Recreation Booth at Kidsfest when you arrive. Find all the items on the list and return it to the Parks and Recreation Booth for a special prize.
WHERE: Downtown Delray Beach. More information HERE.
Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash
DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 21st, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 22nd, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
East Ocean Avenue, in Downtown Boynton Beach, will be transformed into a lively pirate village, and mermaid lagoon, packed with fun-filled activities and entertainment for all ages!
Enjoy live music, children’s activities, pirate re-enactments and stunt shows, an interactive pirate ship, magicians and fairies, Captain Jack, a spooktacular haunted house at the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center(admission fee). There will be live mermaids in a tank, children’s crafts, the Mermaid Splash Pageant, awarding prizes to Miss Mermaid and ‘Lil Miss Mermaid.
The festival will feature a variety of fun activities for the whole family, including a pumpkin patch with 5,000 pumpkins to pick from! A full size carnival for ALL AGES! Included in the entrance fee are unlimited carnival rides, a hay & cornstalk maze, a dress-your-own scarecrow village, and ongoing shows & activities on our main stage! Attendees can also enjoy all the activities planned including the opportunity to decorate your pumpkins right on-site, as well as the Pumpkin Food Court offering savory & sweet pumpkin delights (and delicious fair food)! Adults can enjoy a “cold one” at one of the Pumpkin Beer Bars!
$20 General Admission for Everyone 2 Years Old & Up
Get ready to rock! The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is bringing back their popular laser shows-Performances honoring Queen, U2, The Beatles, Metallica!
On the second Friday of each month, the Science Center will host a show in their full-dome planetarium at 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. starting with family-friendly performances and getting progressively more edgy as the night progresses.
“Not So Spooky” Halloween Family Fun at Gulfstream Park
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 31st5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Trick-or-Treating throughout Gulfstream Park; 7:30 p.m. Magic Show; 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Interactive DJ and Face Painting
A one-stop destination for the ultimate in trick-or-treating happens at Gulfstream Park. Get the kids in their costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the village at participating stops. Entertainment includes a DJ, face painter, photo booth, magic show and more. If the kids don’t have too much of a sugar rush, pop-in to any one of Gulfstream’s many dining options after you make your rounds.
WHERE: 901 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach
I am counting down the days until this adults only event! One of my absolute favorite event venues (and Boca Halloween events historical landmark)the Addison is opening its doors to the public on Halloween night for a unique event experience to benefit Slow Burn Theatre Company at the Broward Center.
The Addison’s annual Halloween bash will feature foodie-approved fare, specialty cocktails, live music, and theatrical event productions. The Addison will be completely transformed for the Boca Halloween events, and each room will showcase music and décor following a different theme including: a haunted mansion, zombie banquet hall, 80’s horror movie homage, spooky graveyard, and a VIP room.
COST: $125 General Admission (Early bird available until Oct. 14th $100) / $2,400 VIP Tables Admission
VIP tables for up to 10 guests (limited availability) – includes complimentary valet parking, access to indoor VIP area, table-side food & beverage service, and champagne bottle service – in addition to General Admission. You can purchase your Boca Halloween events tickets by phone at 561-372-0568 or at http://addisonhalloween.com
Proceeds will benefit Slow Burn Theatre Company whose mission is to provide South Florida’s diverse population with opportunities to experience high quality, daring, contemporary and intelligent works of musical theatre through attendance, employment, and/or educational and community outreach programs. Slow Burn Theatre opens this season with Hunchback of Notre Dame on October 20, 2016 and will also produce Avenue Q, Titanic, Xanadu, Big River, and Aida all playing at the Broward Center for Performing Arts. Past productions have included The Rocky Horror Show, Sweeney Todd, Bonnie & Clyde, and Heathers.
Why is it so hard to stick to a budget, mamas? There’s always some amazing clothing sale or impulse purchase that sucks me in. And monthly bills? Hardly any companies actually provide you with ways to SAVE money. Except for one. Here’s how I power up my savings each month with FPL:
How to Power Up Your Savings Each Month with FPL
1. Monitor your air conditioning
Have you seen those “Your Wife is Hot” (better get the A/C fixed) billboards on the side of I-95? They crack me up every time, but #TRUTH! I would pretty much pay anything to keep cool during South Florida’s scorching summer months.
Did you know the average A/C unit lasts about 15 years in Florida? According to FPL, over time your A/C will lose efficiency. However, yearly service and maintenance can help extend its life. If your current air conditioning system is more than 10 years old, has needed frequent repairs, or if you have noticed that it is running longer to keep your home comfortable, it may be time to consider buying a new one. Yikes.
Purchasing a new A/C is a big (and expensive) decision. But if you are thinking about replacing your A/C before it stops working, you may be eligible to take advantage of FPL’s $150 rebate toward the purchase of a new qualifying unit. A new energy efficient cooling system could save you $ on your energy bill! Time to power up that savings!
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3. Power down when you’re not home
The amount of money I save on energy while away may not be life-changing, but every little bit helps right? Here’s a tip: Before you head out on vacation, make sure you leave your A/C on, with the fan switch in the “auto” mode and set the thermostat to 82 degrees or higher. The A/C alone can account for over 50% of your energy usage.
If you have a pool, your pool pump can be the second biggest energy user. FPL suggests running your pool pump four hours per day in the winter, and six hours per day in the summer. If you have a multi-speed pump, be sure to talk to a certified or registered pool contractor on how to set it while you are away.
The third biggest energy user? A traditional, tank-style electric water heater keeps your water hot day and night so it’s available when you need it. If you’re not going to be home, you’ll save energy by turning it off. See how to look for your tank’s on/off switch. If you’re going to be away for an extended period and don’t have an on/off switch, you may want to turn off the circuit breaker to the hot water heater.
Lighting can be the fourth largest energy user for homeowners. Make sure to turn off your lights when you leave for vacation and consider using automatic timers.
Perhaps now you’ll get inspired to power up your savings each month with FPL! Hope you liked these tips, MBMoms. 🙂
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Earlier this summer, I was faced with a culinary conundrum. Modern Boca Dad was heading out of town for a wedding. So, I had to figure out how to feed myself and our daughter (on my own) for 5 days. Most moms might not see that as a big deal, but here’s the issue: I’m anawful cook. Sure, I can burn toast and pasta, but that’s about the extent of my expertise in the kitchen. Luckily, I found a Boca Raton prepared meal delivery service calledMy Pure Life. It not only offers healthy, prepared meals and snacks for adults, but for children as well. I figured it was the perfect time to give them a shot!
Boy, I’m glad I did. My Pure Life has an ever changing, customized menu designed specifically with your goals, lifestyles and preferences in mind.
This Boca Raton meal delivery company has done done all the research and grunt work. They stand behind delivering top notch, high quality, unprocessed, pure, gourmet food that nourishes and fuels your body. Plus the meals are YUMMY.
I am a sucker for two things: cute babies and a GREAT happy hour. And, Junior’s Boca Raton, located in Mizner Park, has at least one of those on the daily. 🙂 The family and I *finally* had a chance to dine at the establishment we had seen hundreds of times during our 9 years living in New York City. Go figure it was in Boca.
When my sister and I met up for coffee last month, we realized our mom had a big birthday coming up…and fast. It wasn’t just any ol’ birthday either– it was her 65th! A very special day. We knew our mom didn’t want a party and couldn’t get away for a trip (unfortunately), so we decided to officially dub June 3rd “Mormor Day” and whisk her away for a spa celebration at Eau Palm Beach Resort!
Who or what is a Mormor, you ask? Mormor is “mother’s mother” in Swedish and what my daughter calls her grandmother. The nickname has spread like wildfire throughout my family and now, no one calls her anything but that. 🙂
Deciding on wedding photography in Boca is often a stressful and trying job. However, it’s well worth it when you finally find the right photographer for you!
Even though #modernbocadad and I are 6 years post-wedding (plus one child later), hiring a solid wedding photographer AND videographer was the best decision we made…besides each other of course. 😉 If you are planning on having children, you want to make sure your wedding memories are properly documented. I tell every bride I know to never skimp in this area!
The Importance of Wedding Photography in Boca
And, I recommend Naomi from Sweet Memories Photography without hesitation here in South Florida. She’ll make your wedding photography in Boca decision EASY!
Here’s what she has to say about the process: I’ve personally had many of my family session clients ask, “where were you when we were getting married?” Then, they go on to share horror stories about their wedding photographer. They of course decided not to hire them for future milestone sessions.
It always breaks my heart to hear these stories because your wedding day is just the first of many amazing stepping stones into your future together! Being a lifestyle photographer and a past bride myself, I believe that couples should have their special day documented to its fullest. Your photographer should capture every sweet moment to be treasured and shared throughout the years.
I don’t know about you, but I still look at my parents’ wedding album to this day. The photographs froze the genuine smiles, hearty laughter and fun dances! It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to look at those images and feel like I was there…like your children inevitably will.
Hiring the perfect photographer for your wedding day ensures that a moment won’t be missed. You’ll be able to share that day with your kids, and they’ll be able to share it with theirs, and so on and so forth. Your wedding day, happiness, and love will never be forgotten.
For more tips on vetting your wedding photographer, courtesy of Sweet Memories Photography, click HERE.
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You’ve got a little less than two weeks to get your plans together #modernbocadads. Time to get cracking! Why don’t you spoil the mama in your life by taking her to Boca’s number one brunch buffet on her special day? Boca Raton Mother’s Day Brunch at The Addison!
The Addison is opening its doors for their signature Mother’s Day brunch, which includes live music, kid’s activities, and unlimited mimosas and Bellinis. After Easter, I am eagerly anticipating the decadence…this time with my own mom and sister (a new mommy!).
Boca Raton Mother’s Day Brunch at The Addison
Check out the menu, just released last week!
DATE/TIME: Sunday, May 14, 2017; Reservations start at 10:00 AM
COST: Brunch is $89.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and children under 12 are half price.
Call (561) 372-0568 to book a reservations. And hopefully I’ll see all you Modern Boca Moms there!
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