This week is all about making a difference. First, we interviewed the founder of the Samaritans365 Foundation. Now, we want to talk about making a positive difference in not only our lives, but in the lives of others. Luckily in Boca, there are plenty of FUN yet effective ways to make a difference during our upcoming ‘season’. Boca Raton gala season 2017 to be specific!
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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.
The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is excited for Boca’s Toasts, Tastes and Trolleys event (it’s the 6th Annual!) taking place on a new date, Friday, October 6th! The evening promises to be an extraordinary event where guests will enjoy a unique downtown tour of venues in Boca Raton while sampling dinner-by-the-bite and specialty drinks at each location.
We attended last year and the event was a blast! Proceeds from the event will fund operations of the Boca Raton Historical Society.
6th Annual Toasts, Tastes and Trolleys Event
Beginning and ending at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, guests will enjoy their first cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the resort before boarding a trolley to experience signature food and cocktails at a variety of exciting downtown locations.
Trolleys will then return guests to the Boca Raton Resort & Club where the evening will conclude with dessert, dancing and a cash bar. Guests are in for a fabulous time!
Friday, October 6, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 East Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving the past to enrich the future. Now in its 44rd year, the Historical Society & Museum actively promotes historic preservation and education through its archival services, guided tours and educational programs. For more information or to become a member, go to www.bocahistory.org.
Applications are now open for the third annual Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank, one of Florida’s most innovative programs! Philanthropy Tank fosters and funds philanthropic, community betterment ideas presented by Palm Beach County students.
Since its inception, the program has funded 18 student-driven solutions to community issues and social problems in Palm Beach County, totaling an investment of $200k+ by the program’s ‘Philanthropist-Investors.’ Through November 12, 2017, Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank welcomes applications from changemakers considered to be “positively disruptive” by parents, teachers, friends and neighbors of all students in grades 7-12 in Palm Beach County. These include private, charter and home-schooled students.
Boca moms take note! If you have a little one, Disney on Ice in South Florida is coming our way. Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dreamwill be flying into town via pixie dust at the AAA in Miami and BB&T Center in Ft. Lauderdale from September 14-24 (2017)!
UPDATE: All performances of Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream scheduled for Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, September 17, at BB&T Center and Thursday, September 21 through Sunday, September 24, at AmericanAirlines Arena have been canceled due to Hurricane Irma.
Customers Who Purchased Through Ticketmaster: Online purchases will automatically be refunded. Phone purchases will automatically be refunded. Outlet purchases will need to be returned to the point of purchase in order to receive refunds.
Customers Who Purchased Through BB&T Center Box Office: Refunds for customers who purchased tickets at the BB&T Center Box Office can be obtained at the box office during normal business hours. Box office hours can be found at TheBBTCenter.com.
Customers who purchased Through Third Parties: Customers who purchased their tickets through a third party will need to contact their point of purchase for refunds. These cannot be refunded through the Box Office or Ticketmaster.
Buy 4 tickets for only $60 when you use code FAMILYFUN online with Ticketmaster or over the phone!
This fantasy-filled show will include beloved characters from Disney’s Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Frozen. Additionally, Moana is voyaging onto ice for the first time EVER. Here are some of the show highlights:
In her Disney On Ice in South Florida debut, see how far Moana will go when she embarks on an action-packed voyage with mighty demigod Maui in a quest to save her island, become a wayfinder, and find her own identity.
Anna’s devotion to her estranged sister Elsa sets her on a perilous journey to mend their bond, and stop an eternal winter.
Rapunzel breaks out of her tower and teams up with an unlikely companion, Flynn Rider, as she goes to great lengths to realize her dream.
Armed only with courage, Belle befriends the enchanted castle staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s rough exterior.
With help from her friends and a little magic, Cinderella is determined to make the wish in her heart come true.
Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, discover why no dream is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!
** Doors open one hour prior to showtime. Any child who has reached their 2nd birthday needs a ticket.
Buy 4 tickets for only $60 when you use code FAMILYFUN online with Ticketmaster or over the phone!
Good for Friday, Sept 15th 10:30am and 7pm; Saturday, Sept 16th 11am; Sunday Sept 17th 1pm; Thursday Sept 21st 7pm; Friday, Sept 22nd 7pm; Saturday Sept 23rd 11am; Sunday Sept 24th 1pm. Offer excludes premium and VIP seating. A minimum of 4 tickets is required; additional tickets can be purchased at $15 each. No double discounts. Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply. Tickets are subject to market supply and demand.
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Believe it or not mommas, autumn is on the way…and with that, fun fashion shows and fall celebrations! Below are my top two picks for September and October 2017 South Florida events. Mark your calendars!
Be still my heart. No one was more excited than me (and #dailybocaavery…and maybe my mom) to find out that Boca Raton’s own Wick Theatre(7901 N Federal Highway) is putting on one of my all time favorite Walt Disney Broadway productions this summer: Beauty and the Beast at The Wick!
Not to mention some FABULOUS companion events for the whole family. Can you say tea time with Mrs. Potts?
The tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, comes to The Wick Theatre this summer. The smash hit Broadway musical is based on the Academy Award-winning animated film and features music by Alan Menken with lyrics by Tim Rice and Howard Ashman.
The cast of Beauty and The Beast includes Loren Christopher as the Beast, Mallory Newbrough as Belle, Courter Simmons as Lefou, Jacob Thompson as Gaston and Jonathan Van Dyke as Lumiere. Dom Ruggiero is directing and the musical director is Eric Alsford.
To add to the enchantment of this summer production, Marilynn Wick has created special pre-performance events including Story Time with Belle, Tea Time with Mrs. Potts and Lumiere’s CandlelightDinner.
Here’s the scoop on Beauty and the Beast at The Wick:
Show Dates:June 8-July 9
Opening Night: June 10, 7:00PM (note 7:00pm NOT 7:30)
Special Events during Beauty and the Beast at The Wick include:
Story Time with Belle| 12-2:00PM| Wednesdays & Sundays | June 14-July 9| $40 pp
Sit with Belle in her library as she shares her favorite story. Enjoy a fanciful light lunch, participate in sing-a-longs, create arts and crafts and take home a “goodie” bag and a specially designed photo memory.
Tea Time with Mrs. Potts |12:00-2:00PM| Saturdays| June 14-July 9| $40pp
Enjoy a fantasy tea party hosted by the magical Mrs. Potts replete with tasty treats, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts projects, theatre etiquette, photo opportunity and take home “goodie” bag.
Lumiere and his enchanting staff invite you to a magical candlelight dinner featuring a delectable “family-style” French-inspired carte du jour for adult and child alike. Live music by the magical staff, along with delectable themed desserts and drinks, along with special photo opportunities.
Please call the Wick Theatre box office directly for these events at 561-995-2333.
And did I mention Modern Boca Mom is hosting a TICKET GIVEAWAY! We’re giving away 4 tickets (2 sets of 2) to Beauty and the Beast at The Wick for the date/time of your choice!
Special thanks to Marilyn Wick for her generosity for MBMom readers!
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The City of Boca Raton Summer in the City 2017 series promises a lineup of great concerts, movies and events this year! All will be held at Downtown Boca’s Mizner Park Amphitheater!
Even though the weather is quite warm this time of year in Boca Raton, there’s something special and seasonally appropriate about grabbing your beach chairs or a big blanket and catching some great entertainment under the stars. I would also recommend a few paper fans.
For all City of Boca Raton free events, blankets and chairs are welcome. However for your convenience, chairs will also be available to rent for $5.00.
City of Boca Raton Summer in the Series Schedule 2017
Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool and use free parking at City Hall and the Boca Raton Library. Food and beverages will be available to purchase inside the venue. No outside food or beverages are allowed. All shows are rain or shine.
For more information about the Summer in the City 2017 series, visit www.mizneramp.com.
May is for KIDS! Sugar Sand Park Community Center will be hosting two special engagements this month. The first? Sugar Sand Park EFK! The 3rd annual Especially for Kids Family Event, designed for kids with special needs and abilities and their families, will be held Saturday, May 20th! Save the date and time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Sugar Sand Park EFK – 3rd Annual Especially for Kids Event includes:
Exclusive “after hours” access to the Children’s Science Explorium exhibits
Carousel rides with accommodations for wheelchairs and sound modifications
Arts & crafts
Resource fair exhibitors
A dance room and an available quiet room
A food ticket for each registrant that includes pizza from Tomasso’s and a snow cone from Kona Ice and more!
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) will lead parent forums throughout the evening. They will discuss everyday issues surrounding kids with autism and related disorders. Local parents are encouraged to engage, ask questions and bring up topics of their choice.
Sugar Sand Park Exclusive Screening of SWIM TEAM
The second event Sugar Sand Park is hosting in May is a special pre-release film screening of the documentary, SWIM TEAM.
DATE/TIME: May 14th at 1:00 p.m.
Film summary:Winning awards and accolades around the country, documentarian Lara Stolman follows a trio of autistic athletes as they learn to compete and reach for independent adulthood, as they train with high expectations and zero pity.SWIM TEAM chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.
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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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