Cruising on the Disney Wonder with a Preschooler: Hit or Miss?

Is a Disney Cruise for preschoolers? That was the question I seriously asked myself as I accepted Disney’s wonderful invite to the 2017 Social Media Moms Celebration. I mean, CLEARLY Walt Disney World parks are perfect for preschoolers (as we took complete and utter advantage of our annual passes in 2016).

But a cruise? And without my mom for travel backup? I figured we’d take a chance and give it a shot anyways…

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Is a Disney Cruise for Preschoolers? Our Experience on the Disney Wonder

Like I explained in this post, Modern Boca Mom was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference where digital/social media influencers and bloggers are asked to come together, collaborate and learn about their company as well as other likeminded brands.

This year’s conference theme was Land and Sea. The sea part? Yep- a 3-night journey on the Disney Wonder out of Port Canaveral.

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney Wonder Staterooms

#dailybocaavery made herself at home pretty quickly as you can see. The balcony staterooms on the Disney Wonder are a really nice size with two separate bathroom spaces. You can fit 4 people to a room easily. How cool is this bed conversion?

I read a ton of blogs pre-cruise and found that passengers like to decorate their doors with magnets. I got ours on Etsy (Little Mermaid Mickey), but I know other bloggers who totally DIY’d!

People went all out as you can see below. Many families also participated in something called a Fish Extender gift exchange. I couldn’t get it together to participate this cruise, but here is a little more info on what that is from one of my fellow #DisneySMMC bloggers.

I’m also proud to report: no seasickness! I knew #modernbocadad and I would be okay as we had cruised several times before, but we didn’t know how she would react on the high seas.

MBMom Tip: I hear drinking wine is really good for seasickness. 😉 And Disney Cruise Line allows you to pack 2 bottles of wine per person. Huzzah!

I knew in advance that I’d be pretty busy on this cruise. As soon as my family embarked, us bloggers were whisked away for lunch at the Animator’s Palate while our families were invited to dine on their own by the pool (be sure to pack your swimsuits in your carry-on, so you can start swimming right away!).

Animator’s Palate

The food overall on the cruise was excellent, but this particular restaurant had something special…

Animation Magic (available on 7-night and longer sailings on the Disney Magic, but conference attendees were able to experience it on the Wonder)! Try your hand at drawing your very own character—and then watch in wonder as your creation becomes part of the show, dancing alongside some classic Disney characters!

This activity screams Disney Cruise for preschoolers! Check out this short video featuring my “character”:

Fine, I loved it too. 🙂 Coloring at lunch isn’t just for the little ones! After, we had a few conference activities that involved champagne (!!!). I learned that the ‘tale as old as time’ (a.k.a Beauty and the Beast) is going to be enchanting the stage for the very first time in a brand new musical production on the Disney Dream on November 6 (2017)!

Disney’s Oceaneer Club

While I was busy doing conference stuff, #modernbocadad took Avery on a tour of the Oceaneer Club aboard. Children 3 to 12 years old can interact with Disney characters—and each other—as they explore multi-themed magical lands like Toy Story, Frozen and Marvel!

MBMom Tip: Be sure to pack tons of costumes for your child!

I now know why parents love cruising with Disney: the complimentary child care!!! Disney’s Oceaneer Lab is about learning while having fun (for the older kids) and Disney’s Oceaneer Club is pure Disney fantasy for the little ones. Character-driven performances, special storytelling sessions, larger-than-life playgrounds (a HUGE hit with #dailybocaavery), dress-up opportunities and cool interactive activities make sure there’s never a dull moment for your little one.

Your child will be outfitted with a special magic band when you register them at the Oceaneer Club. They are always accounted for and can have a Disney cast member text you (of course there’s an awesome Disney Cruise Line app- they think of everything!) to come pick them up when they are done. It’s fantastic!

Night 1: The Golden Mickey’s and Tiana’s Place

Before I knew it, it was time to get ready for dinner at Tiana’s Place and The Golden Mickeys!

We had the later seating for dinner each night, so that meant showtime was always first. I say this without hesitation: the shows were my favorite part of this Disney Cruise for preschoolers. They were excellent– even better than the ones in the parks.

The Golden Mickeys invites you to a Hollywood-style awards show. You’ll find out which Disney movie character wins “Most Heroic” or “Most Romantic,” and enjoy familiar tunes from Disney films like:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Tarzan
  • Mulan
  • The Little Mermaid
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • Toy Story 2
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Tangled
  • The Lion King
  • Beauty and the Beast

Then it was off to dine at the brand-new Tiana’s Place, which was spectacular! You actually feel like you are IN the movie. How does Disney do that?!

Once seated at your table, Tiana herself stops by to welcome you. Then, the restaurant’s own band “The Crawfish Crooners” entertains you while you eat.

Feel free to get up and dance or even join the parade at the end of dinner! And don’t forget to order the beignets for dessert. So much fun!!!

All the kids menus are shaped like jazz instruments

Disney Princess and Frozen Meet & Greet

One complimentary activity on the Disney Wonder is the Princess and Frozen meet and greets. Be sure to register for this on the Disney Cruise Line website as soon as you book your cruise. Times fill up quickly to meet Ariel, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Belle, Elsa and Anna!

Night 2: Disney Dreams- An Enchanted Classic, Triton’s and Pirate Night

No, Disney Dreams isn’t about my daughter sleeping. It’s a musical about the power of dreams and family, starring a cavalcade of Disney characters! This live stage show features a dazzling procession of characters and songs from some all-time Disney classics like:

  • Peter Pan
  • Pinocchio
  • Cinderella
  • Aladdin

An award-winning musical, this show also includes stunning special effects—and a very special cameo appearance by Tinker Bell. All Disney productions are under 90 minutes, so they keep the attention of little ones.

MBMom Tip: You can bring a sippy cup of wine or order from the full bar at the theater. YES.

Dinner at Triton’s restaurant was delicious and it really felt like fine dining under the sea. Disney Cruise Line has guests on a rotational dining plan, so you eat dinner at a different restaurant each night, but with the SAME wait staff. It’s great!

This night also happened to be Pirate Night on the ship, a tradition on Disney Cruises. You will receive pirate bandanas to wear in your stateroom, but most passengers go all out with costumes and outfits. We certainly did on this Disney Cruise for preschoolers.

There is a pirate party on the deck after the second seating as well as fireworks over the ocean. Amazing!

Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island

Now for the piece de resistance! Castaway Cay (pronounced KEY) in the Bahamas, Disney’s own private island. Castaway Cay visitors will find an island completely outfitted for premium family leisure.

Amenities include sprawling beaches, sparkling lagoons teeming with curious sea life, splash-worthy water play areas, scenic walking trails, open-air BBQ dining locations serving complimentary meals, 2 shops featuring Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, free tram transportation around the island and more.

You can book excursions for an additional fee, but honestly, we were there the whole day and were completely entertained by all of the complimentary amenities. It was heavenly!

MBMom Tip: There’s also an Oceaneer Club on the island that serves lunch in case you’re craving a bit of adult time.

Buy this $26 swimsuit through my affiliate link HERE.

#modernbocadad and #dailybocaavery both went on this slide! I took a nap!

Night 3: Frozen, a Musical Spectacular and Animator’s Palate

These are the faces of three people who had a great day at Castaway Cay.

How could this cruise get any better? Well, it could be 4 days longer, but that’s for another time. The only negative thing I have to even say about this Disney Cruise for preschoolers is that I felt it was too short.

Typically, when I cruise, it’s for 7 days minimum. Since I was so busy with conference activities, it felt even shorter, but it made us want to go again. That’s the point right? 😉

On our last night, we saw the new Frozen, a musical spectacular. I don’t know how they are going to do better when it comes out on Broadway! Traditional theatrical techniques, state-of-the-art technology and classic Disney whimsy make this original stage show a flurry of fun. Avery was absolutely mesmerized.

Our last dining rotation sent us back to Animator’s Palate. It was the first time my whole family got to experience Disney black and white drawings come to life throughout our meal. At the end, Mickey even made an appearance in his Fantasia finest!

Our experience was a great one and jam-packed for 3 nights! There were so many things I didn’t even have time to experience like the spa, Royal Court Royal Tea, Bibbity Bobbity Boutique, the adult bars and clubs and movie theater on the ship. Whew! And of course, the conference topics require their own separate blog post. 🙂

Now I want to hear from you. Do you plan on taking a Disney Cruise? Comment below!

Hosted: This Disney Cruise for Preschoolers post was hosted by the Walt Disney Company. 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. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been given exclusive experiences and branded merchandise for promotional consideration, but that does not impact my views or opinions. This Disney Cruise for Preschoolers post also contains affiliate links.

Choosing a Boca Raton Newborn Photographer for Your Family

If you follow MBMom’s Instagram account or read this Publix Aprons Baby Shower post, then you probably saw that my sister had a baby! A healthy, happy little boy: Aden Thomas. I am a proud Modern Boca AUNTIE! So proud, I even had a welcome home message installed in their front yard…twice…and hired an amazing Boca Raton newborn photographer to shoot my nephew about 10 days after he was born.

Thank you so much to local (mom-owned) business, Event YardCard!

I’d so been looking forward to torturing…er, I mean shooting my adorable nephew, so I called upon my go-to Boca Raton newborn photographer, Sweet Memories Photography, for the occasion!

Owner Naomi Phelps will come to your house at your convenience to take memorable photos of your baby and family a few days after birth. That way, you have time to rest, recover and gather the necessary (read: adorable) props to include in the photo shoot.

Clearly, my brother-in-law’s mind was on March Madness! 🙂

Can you BELIEVE my nephew has the same red hair as my sister? It’s actually harder to tell in person, but these photos make them look like twinsies. Cuteness overload!

 

I love these shots by the pool. Mr. Aden is even wearing the lobster swim shorts his Auntie purchased for him. I see many summer Maine trips in his future!

And, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get these first photos of the cousins #adenandavery! Of course, they already have their own hashtag…

Scheduling your Boca Raton newborn photographer, Sweet Memories Photography, is easy!
  1. Contact her by clicking HERE.
  2. Request the $299.00 newborn photo shoot package and mention “modernbocamom” for an additional 15% off! Package includes: One-hour of photography time at one location AND a minimum of 75 downloadable images through your own private password-protected online gallery. There’s no obligation to purchase prints (even though I often do), which  I kind of love. One price = all the photos
  3. Download your photos and enjoy them as much as my family loves these!



Hosted: This Boca Raton newborn photographer post was hosted by Sweet Memories Photography. 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 and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

iFly With My Family | NEW Indoor Skydiving in Ft. Lauderdale

So…I took my 3 year-old SKYDIVING. Indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale that is, at the brand new iFLY!  

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

Judge me if you will (try not to though), but it was one of the most amazing family activities we’ve ever done together! Indoor skydiving was exhilarating, totally unique…and you pretty much look ridiculous doing it together. As a parent, I call  that #WINNING whether you have a toddler or a teenager!

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

Indoor Skydiving in Fort Lauderdale: iFLY

iFLY, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation, is now delivering the dream of flight to adventure seekers age 3 to 103 in South Florida. With iFLY, people of all ages and abilities can experience human flight in a safe, comfortable and fun environment without having to jump out of an airplane.

PTL because I ain’t doing THAT. Nor am I letting any close family members do THAT.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Sporting my LL Scene Swag. I am a smart blonde! 🙂

iFLY is a marvel of engineering that replicates the sensation of freefall, creating conditions that allow you to fly on a smooth cushion of air.

In layman’s terms: you hover over a giant fan in a big, glass tube.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Yep, that’s me!
How does it work?

To prepare for your flight experience, you’ll complete a short training class guided by one of iFLY’s flight and safety instructors. Then, you’ll suit up in your flight gear, including goggles, helmet and flight suit, and enter the flight chamber.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

MBMOM TIP: Mommas, put your/your child’s hair in a low bun or braid if you can. I can’t tell you how many intense tangles I had in my (short) hair post-flight! I also recommend going for the full face helmet as it helps restrict the airflow around your head. This momma drooled like crazy, LOL! Real cute.

With the help of iFLY certified flight instructors, you’ll actually learn to fly and control your body in the air. And it is tricky! Check out these videos:

We each flew 2x for one minute each time. The first flight…you’re pretty much getting your bearings. It’s shockingly a lot of core work and frankly just feels weird. The second time, you can add a “high flying upgrade” to your family flight package and really soar! I definitely recommend it as you’ll feel more comfortable the second time around AND have a lot more fun knowing what to expect.

MBMOM TIP: After donning all the flightgear, my daughter started to get a little nervous. I told her she only had to try it once and she totally did it…but only once. Make sure you get all of your photos/video on the first try in case your kiddo chickens out of round 2. iFLY also takes amazing professional photos and videos that you can purchase for a small fee at the checkout kiosks post-flight.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

All flight packages include training, flight gear, and flight time with an International Bodyflight Association (IBA*) certified instructor.

You can read all about the iFLY packages available to you HERE.
Birthday Parties at iFLY Fort Lauderdale

Did you know you can also host your next adult celebration or BIRTHDAY PARTY at iFLY?! Not to mention, send your child’s class on an awesome STEM field trip.

The party rooms are amazing and guests can watch all of the high flying action courtesy of flat screen TV’s in each room. CLICK HERE for more events info.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Conference Room/Adult Party Room
indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Party Room

11690 West State Road 84 in Davie

*The IBA established the gold standard for training and safety standards for indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale instructors. All iFLY instructors meet or exceed IBA standards. 


Hosted: This indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale post was hosted by iFLY. 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 was given complimentary flights and media for this review, but all opinions are mine.

Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 3.24-3.26

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & weekend family fun in South Florida for March 24 – March 26, 2017!


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, March 24th:

TAKE YOUR EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS AT TOWN CENTER

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: March 24- April 13

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: Reserve Your Appointment HERE for $10.00

Time for photos with the fluffy guy! He’ll be waiting for you near Nordstrom Courtyard.

Town Center of Boca Raton

Boca Raton


BOX LUNCH WITH THE SYMPHONIA

DATE: March 24

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

COST: $35 and reservations are required, make them here.

Get an “up close and personal” look behind the scenes.  Sit in on part of a rehearsal and enjoy a box lunch while listening to the conductor, soloist and musician’s perspective on the upcoming concert.

Unitarian Church

2601 St. Andrews Blvd. Boca Raton


Saturday, March 25th:

IT’S CIRCUS…..IT’S SCIENCE!

DATE: MARCH 25

TIME: 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

COST: Adults $10, Children 12 & under $8*

(Please note that tickets for the second show are limited.)

*Family Shows include juice & cookies with each child’s ticket after the show. Attendees of all ages must have a ticket.

This two person show will explore the “science of the circus” and help kids familiarize themselves with scientific concepts (laws and principles of physics such as balance, gravity, momentum, centrifugal force, motion, and more) that are brought to life by a talented staff of clowns. They will be using juggling, ball spinning, unicycling, human pyramid building, and a variety of other fun circus skills to illustrate what lies behind the “science” of circus movement. “It’s Circus… It’s Science” helps kids familiarize themselves with scientific concepts first-hand in a fun and funny environment.

Willow Theatre

Sugar Sand Park

Boca Raton


STORY TIME AT THE ZOO: A REAL PAGE TURNER

DATE: Saturdays this month

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

COST: Included with Zoo Admission

This popular event will take place at on Saturday’s at 10:30 a.m. at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


See Mulan at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton!

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503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Place

Boca Raton Weekend Family Fun in South Florida


TIME TO ENJOY BOCA BACCHANAL

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum’s biggest fundraising event, the 15th Annual Boca Bacchanal 2017 Wine & Food Festival, is back this month! It’s Boca Raton’s premier wine & food festival and the signature community event for the Historical Society. There’s more wine, more food and later hours for all the night owls to make it a truly unforgettable weekend.

Boca Bacchanal’s two-day event begins with the exclusive Vintner Dinners on Friday, March 24th, 2017 with a never-before-held Spirits Dinner followed by Bacchanalia on Saturday, March 25th!

More details HERE.

Mizner Park Amphitheater

Boca Raton


Sunday, March 26th:

MEET THE ORCHESTRA

DATE: March 26

TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

COST: $5 for Adults, FREE for Children/Non-profits. Reservations are required.  For reservations, call 1-866-687-1201 or email tickets@thesymphonia.org

The day before each Connoisseur Concert, families will be given the opportunity to interact with The Symphonia’s conductor and musicians and attend a live dress rehearsal at the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road in Boca Raton, Fla. Children can learn about and hold instruments.

Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School

3900 Jog Road

Boca Raton


PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL POLO SEASON IN FULL SWING

DATE: Through April 23

TIMES/COST: Palm Beach International Polo Season 

The “sport of kings” once again makes its annual visit to The Palm Beaches at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, bringing an entire season of exciting competition, highlighted by the US Polo Open.

This awesome weekly Sunday afternoon event will be the epicenter of social activity, as many of the world’s finest competitors come to compete!

Read about our experience last year by clicking HERE.

3667 120th Ave S.

Wellington


Our Body: The Universe Within AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA SCIENCE CENTER AND AQUARIUM

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DATE: Through April 23

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*

COST: Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during Our Body: The Universe Within is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.

Our Body: The Universe Within, the Science Center’s seasonal blockbuster exhibition is open to the public! Appropriate for all ages, Our Body literally goes “under the skin” to reveal the mysteries of human anatomy.  Visitors will tour three-dimensional human bodies, specimens and organs, which were preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation.

More details about this family fun in South Florida HERE.

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach


SEE THE LOST EGYPT EXHIBIT AT MODS

DATE: Open through April 30

COST: Museum of Discovery and Science

Unearth the secrets of an ancient Egyptian world in an interactive exhibition featuring the hidden stories and artifacts of a lost civilization.

See a real human mummy, several animal mummies, plus scans, forensic facial reconstructions, and for the first time ever, a life-size rapid prototype of a human mummy. Witness art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt. Connect to real scientists working on projects in Egypt through video interviews and photographs from the field. Interpret ancient Egyptian art, decipher hieroglyphics and examine material remains using the tools and technology of archaeologists to unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its history, culture, and people.

Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW 2nd St.

Fort Lauderdale


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It’s Circus, It’s Science, It was SATURDAY (3/25/17) at Sugar Sand Park!

The GRAND OPENING of the Science Playground isn’t the only exciting event happening at Sugar Sand Park this Saturday, March 25th! Local families are invited to the circus! “It’s Circus, It’s Science”, Rated G, debuts at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Willow Theater.

It's Circus, It's Science Sugar Sand Park 2017

This two person show will explore the “science of the circus” and help kids familiarize themselves with scientific concepts, the laws and principles of physics such as:

  • Balance
  • Gravity
  • Momentum
  • Centrifugal force
  • Motion and more!

It's Circus, It's Science Sugar Sand Park 2017

These will be brought to life by a talented staff of clowns! They will be using juggling, ball spinning, unicycling, human pyramid building, and a variety of other fun circus skills to illustrate what lies behind the “science” of circus movement.

“It’s Circus… It’s Science” helps kids familiarize themselves with scientific concepts first-hand in a fun and funny environment.

Sounds like a great Sugar Sand Saturday to me! Make a note MBMoms– we’ll be featuring this event again in this week’s Weekend Events Roundup post as well.

It's Circus, It's Science Sugar Sand Park 2017

It’s Circus, It’s Science Show Info

WHEN: Saturday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

COST: Adults $10; Children 12 & under $8*; Tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office, by calling 561.347.3948, or online at www.willowtheatre.org.

*Family Shows include juice & cookies with each child’s ticket after the show. Attendees of all ages must have a ticket.


Sponsored: This post is sponsored by Sugar Sand Park. All opinions expressed in this blog post about the It’s Circus, It’s Science show 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. 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.

Social Skills Group Options for Kids in Boca Raton

Jennifer Bishop’s speciality AND passion is working with children and their parents. Through her local counseling practice, she provides a safe and nurturing environment that allows for healing to occur inside of relationships. This allows children and families to soar above the troubles that face them, finding the happiness they long for. Jennifer Bishop Counseling also offers a Social Skills Group for kids in Boca Raton.

Bottom line? Her goal is for families to find healing and lasting happiness.

As a parent, it can be overwhelming to think about taking your child to therapy! I personally would be beyond anxious. You’d probably wonder what therapy would “look like” for your child and what to expect. Or honestly, does your child really even need therapy?

Social skills group for kids in Boca

Often, children show us how they are feeling through their behaviors. Whether a child is withdrawn, anxious, having tantrums or being aggressive, these behaviors are a form of communication. Even the most verbal children struggle with finding words and descriptions for their experiences.

For some children, social interactions are problematic. Social Skills training allows children to learn and practice these skills in a safe environment with others. The combination of impulsivity, immaturity and difficulty reading social cues can lead to poor peer relationships. Learning to get along with others is a challenge!

This Social Skills group for kids in Boca is designed for children to be engaged in social learning opportunities. The material taught is adapted to promote effective socialization and communication skills.

Social skills group for kids in Boca

The Social Skills Group for Kids in Boca is designed for children who have:
  • difficulty in social situations
  • anxiety around others
  • performance anxiety
  • worry frequently
  • difficulty reading social cues
  • require constant redirection
  • push limits and boundaries
  • focus and concentration issues
By attending this Social Skills group for kids in Boca, children will address and learn skill sets, such as:
  • Responsibility to bring work to school/class
  • Discipline to ignore distractions and to increase focus and attention
  • Delayed Gratification, ability to set a goal
  • Courage to join in with others
  • Outward focused thinking, compliment others
  • Vulnerability and asking others for a favor
  • Empathy – see how another person is feeling
  • Managing fear and worries
  • Tolerating feelings, to use self-control when angry, scared or upset
  • How to handle being teased or bullied, feelings of shame or embarrassment
  • Staying present, learning to relax and self-soothe
  • How to appropriately negotiate –vs-  manipulation
  • What are your feelings and how to express them
  • How to ask for permission / boundaries
  • Accepting consequences and learning limits

Group counseling can be a powerful and valuable venue for healing and growth. Many children naturally learn from their environment without any help. However, when children are struggling with emotional or behavioral concerns, they often need a structured environment where that have opportunities to learn those same skill sets.

Social skills group for kids in Boca

In the group format, participants slow down their reactions and responses so they can see the scene. Through the use of cueing, mirroring, modeling, prompting, role-playing and reinforcement, participants practice and sustain participating in everyday activities. This safe environment allows participants to try new behaviors and to receive positive responses, thus affording them the self-confidence to bring these new skills outside of group.

The process of group counseling, expressive therapies and working with a licensed therapist allows children to communicate what is sometimes difficult or impossible to put into words. This Social Skills group for kids in Boca Raton also helps children feel understood. They gain skills and a sense of achievement, providing ownership of their successes. The group also encourages children to build trust in a safe environment.

We only want the best for our kids, right?

Social Skills Group Details: Jennifer Bishop Counseling
  • Runs weekly and for 1 hour
  • Two groups available: one for boys ages 7-10 and one for girls ages 5-8
  • Each participant completes an intake to determine eligibility for group before beginning and to determine goals with the family

Visit the Jennifer Bishop Counseling WEBSITE for more details and how to register.


Sponsored: This Social Skills Group for kids in Boca Raton post was sponsored by Jennifer Bishop Counseling. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor and 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 and I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

What’s Hoppin in Boca for Easter? 2017 Easter Family Fun in South Florida

Happy spring Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & 2017 Easter family fun in South Florida for the month of April!

***MORE 2017 EASTER FAMILY FUN IN SOUTH FLORIDA EVENTS WILL BE ADDED AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE***


2017 Easter Family Fun in South Florida

*Featured Event* #hosted

Easter Brunch at the Addison

Hop to it! After my extravagant Valentine’s Day evening, I can’t wait to take my family to The Addison’s signature Easter brunch buffet, which includes live music, kid’s activities, and unlimited mimosas and bellinis.

Who can say no to that? Not this Modern Boca Mom…

DATE/TIME: Sunday, April 16; Reservations start at 10:00 AM

COST: Brunch is $89.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and children under 12 are half price.

Check out the brunch menu– just released. It sounds delectable!

Call (561) 372-0568 to book reservations because they will sell out!


Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill  team up to host an Easter-themed Celebration

DATE: April 1

TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • The fun-filled day of family-friendly activities will take place in front of Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill at The Fountains shopping center in Plantation.
  • Kids will have the opportunity to take photos with the Easter Bunny, and then the first 500 children will receive an Easter egg from the Easter Bunny.
  • The eggs, available on a first-come, first-serve basis, will be filled with goodies and a voucher to redeem a plush toy from Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME.
  • Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME will also be collecting prom dresses in support of Becca’s Closet, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes dresses to high school girls with financial need. Anyone who donates a new or gently-used prom dress will receive a voucher from LIME to redeem a free taco and a voucher from Hoffman’s Chocolates to redeem a free scoop of ice cream.
  • Hoffman’s Chocolates will be stocked with Easter favorites such as scrumptious Dipped & Decorated Chocolate-Covered Oreos, Chocolate Easter Bunnies (available in different sizes), Gourmet Caramel Apples, foiled chocolate Easter eggs and other holiday treats.
  • Before filling up on sweets, guests can stop at LIME to enjoy flavorful items like tacos, burritos, bowls and more!

The Fountains

(in front of Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill)

801 S University Drive

Plantation


Breakfast with the Bunny + Easter Egg Hunt at Hoffman’s Chocolates Greenacres

Hoffman’s Chocolates is excited to announce that it is inviting customers of all ages to hop into its Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour & Gardens in Greenacres for its Hoppy Easter Celebration on Saturday, April 8th. The celebration will include Easter egg hunts, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, food trucks, entertainment and other family-friendly activities!

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Chocolate Factory Tour and chocolate activity – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This festive, first-time event will include breakfast with the Easter Bunny featuring an all-you-can-eat, buffet-style breakfast with offerings such as eggs, bacon, sausage, cheesy hash browns, bagels, pastries, juices and coffee. The morning will also include photo opportunities with the bunny, a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, a special, create-your-own chocolate bar activity and an Easter egg hunt.

The egg hunt will feature approximately 5,000 eggs filled with goodies, redeemable vouchers and one extra-special egg will contain a voucher to claim a 3-foot Chocolate Bunny (valued at $299.95).  Guests can also take part in the other activities later that day. The cost for this event is $34.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 2-12, and children under 2 are free but will not be assigned a seat. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register today at www.Hoffmans.com/bunnybreakfast. Price of admission also gives all guests first access to the Easter egg hunt following the breakfast. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Hoppy Easter Celebration – 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hoffman’s Chocolates will celebrate Easter with a family-friendly afternoon including Easter egg hunts (for ages 2-12), photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, food trucks, magic shows, entertainment, crafts and other activities in Hoffman’s beautiful Gardens. The cost for entry is $5 per person (children under 2 are free). Ice cream, Easter treats, gourmet caramel apples and other chocolates and confections will be available for sale in both The Sweet Shack in the Gardens and in the Factory Store. Tickets can be purchased at Hoffman’s Chocolates the day of the event. Please don’t forget to bring your own Easter basket.

5190 Lake Worth Rd.

Greenacres


Spring Family Fun Fest at CITYPLACE

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: April 9

TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: HERE

  • Photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny
  • Bunny Hop Relay Races, Prizes and more
  • Easter Egg Coloring
  • Storybook Village by Guardian Ad Litem, featuring Readings, Crafts and more
  • Bounce Houses, Face Painting and Live Entertainment

CITYPLACE

West Palm Beach


South Florida Parenting Spring Festival and Egg-A-Palooza

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: April 9

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: $8 per person, babies under 18 months are free. Day of, cash only at the entrance

Under the large canopy of Mizner Park Amphitheater will be a scavenger hunt, a meet and greet with the Bunny, live entertainment, a bunny hospital, face painting, balloon artists, art and crafts for kids, and dozens of exhibitors with information, interactive games and giveaways. So much 2017 Easter family fun in South Florida!

Outside the amphitheater, kids can participate in an ongoing egg hunt that includes prizes and treats, they can play in a variety of bounces houses, climb rock walls and run an obstacle course. Spring Festival & Egg-A-Palooza will also feature local sports teams and family friendly food trucks.

Mizner Park Amphitheater

Boca Raton


Easter Bunny Photos at Town Center

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: March 24- April 13

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: Reserve Your Appointment HERE for $10.00

Time for photos with the fluffy guy! He’ll be waiting for you near Nordstrom Courtyard.

Town Center of Boca Raton

Boca Raton


Boynton Beach Mall Easter Bunny Experience

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: March 25 – April 15

TIME: Monday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.;  Friday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

COST: Reserve HERE

KidX Club Breakfast with the Bunny, Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., in the Food Court

Kids will enjoy a fun morning with the Easter Bunny with treats from Auntie Anne’s and more.

KidX Club Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 8, from noon – 12:30 p.m., in the Play Area 

An “egg-citing” time awaits with the Bunny as kids go on the hunt for approximately 1,500 candy filled eggs. Sponsored by Elaine’s Hallmark and Restore Coffee Shop, this free event is open to the public. Children must enter by noon to participate.

Boynton Beach Mall’s Easter Bunny Photo Experience will give families the opportunity to capture special springtime memories. Children can visit with the Easter Bunny and parents are welcome to purchase professional photos of the fun occasion. For a complete schedule of the Easter Bunny Photo Experience, please visit www.boyntonbeachmall.com/.

Please note that in observance of Easter, Boynton Beach Mall will be closed on Sunday, April 16.

Boynton Beach Mall

Boynton Beach


Spring Eggstravaganza at Gulfstream Park
DATE: April 14

TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

Gulfstream Park is hosting a Spring Extravaganza on Friday, April 14 featuring an evening of free, outdoor fun and “eggcitement” for the whole family. Complimentary activities will include:

  • Easter Bunny Meet & Greet
  • Interactive DJ
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Artists
  • Games, Dancing, Sing Alongs
  • Prizes and Giveaways
  • Plenty of free and convenient parking
  • And much more!

Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park

901 South Federal Highway

Hallandale Beach


Lynn University Egg Hunt

DATE: April 15

TIME: 11:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

Admission and parking are free! Hunt for more than 10,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes, including several golden eggs containing awesome gifts from our sponsors.

Egg hunt at Perper Intramural Field

12:30 p.m.

Registration starts at 11:00 a.m., followed by the egg hunt at 12:30 p.m. Children 10 and under will be divided by age group. Don’t forget to B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Basket). Guests must complete a waiver prior to participating.

Lacrosse game at Bobby Campbell Stadium

1:00 p.m.

After the hunt, sit back, relax and enjoy a lacrosse game at Bobby Campbell Stadium—just steps away. The Fighting Knights battle Saint Leo at 1:00 p.m.

3601 N. Military Trail
Boca Raton


Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: April 15

TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

Grab your baskets and hop on over to Colee Hammock Park for First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza! Get ready for an afternoon of crafts, raffles and games. Hot dog “Hoppy Meals” will be available and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will be hosting a bake sale, so come hungry! Don’t miss this pre-Easter celebration that the whole family will enjoy.

 Colee Hammock Park

1500 Brickell Drive

Fort Lauderdale


Easter Egg Hunt at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
Photo by Chris Salata/Capehart
Copyright 2017
DATE: April 15

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

COST: FREE

Hop on over to Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens  for a spectacular children’s Easter egg hunt.  Three different age groups will enjoy looking for brightly colored eggs hidden throughout the two-acre gardens: three and under, four to six-years-old and seven to ten-years-old.

Each level will have one distinct hidden egg with a special prize inside. Doors to ANSG will open at 10 a.m. and all groups will start the hunt at 10:15 a.m.

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

West Palm Beach


Egg Hunt at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach

Easter Brunch Fun at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort

DATE: April 16

TIME: 9:00 a.m. on

COST: Easter Brunch is $65 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 954-944-9515.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Easter Sunday, children of resort guests are invited to participate in Giant Easter Egg Cookie Decorating and a Dip Dye Easter Egg Station. Kids will also have the chance to visit the Easter Bunny who will be onsite throughout the day. Guests should confirm their participation in advance with the resort’s concierge. An Easter Brunch Buffet with live musical entertainment will be served in the Grand Bahama Ballroom with seating times at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort

Fort Lauderdale


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What Money Really Does to a Marriage | March Marriage Challenge

This post is part of the March Marriage Challenge series hosted by The Eyes of a Boy  #marchmarriagechallenge

Money. Some people love to talk about it. Other people think it’s taboo. In Boca Raton, money is everywhere. It’s in the big houses on the water, in the Bentleys valeting at Mizner Park.

Since I grew up down here, I learned early on that competing over ‘stuff’ wasn’t worth it. It doesn’t make you happy. And when I met my husband, I quickly learned he felt the same way.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom
Andy’s and my first photo together…there were cocktails involved 😉

We lived in New York City while we were dating, through our engagement and for the first few years of our marriage. It was a charmed life. I worked at a boutique public relations agency and slowly worked my way up to a Director title and six figures. My husband, even though he wasn’t quite up to my salary level, had an exciting job in documentary film that he really enjoyed. We made the most of city life and never  had to seriously worry about money.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom

Before I became pregnant with #dailybocaavery, we made the decision that we would relocate to South Florida near my family once we had a baby. NYC wasn’t really a viable option for us with no relatives or grandparents anywhere nearby. My husband would resign from his full time position and go freelance while he handled the bulk of the childcare. I would work remotely at my PR agency and commute to NYC as needed. We had a foolproof plan…or so I naively thought.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom

Then came baby…

Babies change everything. Duh.

Sleepless nights, hormones, distractions…uprooting ourselves and moving across the country (at least in our case). Needless to say, it caused a lot of stress. I started to hate my job. But, since I was the primary breadwinner, I felt a lot of pressure to keep it to support my family.

And then, that job wasn’t an option anymore. I was let go. Via voicemail to boot. Lovely, after 6+ years at a company…

So there we were in Boca Raton. With a 10 month-old baby. In a house only half renovated. Two parents with no full time job between the two of them. Very little savings. No insurance. I had never been more scared or devastated in my life.

Any Type A person can relate to this– when something big happens to you…and not exactly on your terms, it’s hard, really hard, to accept.

But, that time period in our lives showed me how much stronger our marriage was than money.

We buckled down and limited our spending to the absolute necessities. I started this blog and hit the pavement, rallying to secure sponsors and supporters for ModernBocaMom.com. I even surprised myself and discovered that I like having my own business. My husband worked his contacts and took any odd job he could find until we figured out our next move.

We truly tried to look at this difficult financial time as an opportunity to nail down what to do next as these two new people: mom and dad. 

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom

No, we were no longer the same couple who had lived it up in NYC a few years back. We had new goals, new priorities…and that team mindset really strengthened our bond as man and wife.

I’m not going to say there weren’t tears (there were A LOT) or fights. I think the worst part of that time in our lives was having a constant knot in my stomach, wondering how we were going to pay our bills each month. I also felt like a personal failure. It was HARD.

But now I know that money (or the lack of) will never break us. We are motivated, hardworking parents who are lucky enough to have the unconditional love and support of our families and friends. We would move mountains for our daughter and for each other.

And that is priceless.

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March Marriage Challenge 2017

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Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 3.17-3.19

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & weekend family fun in South Florida for March 17 – March 19, 2017! 


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, March 17th:

ART BOCA RATON: ART AFTER DARK

DATE: March 16-18

TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

COST: HERE

Boca Raton Museum of Art

501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton


Saturday, March 18th:

WPEC HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO

DATE: March 18

COST: FREE

TIME: 11:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.

Mizner Park Amphitheater

Downtown Boca Raton


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WEEKEND!!!!!!!

DATE: March 18-19

TIME: Saturday, March 18 12:30 and 4:15 p.m; Sunday, March 19 3:30 p.m.

COST: Reserve your spot here

Tell Time Like Cogsworth

Tick tock! Do you know how to tell time? Learn how to tell time like Cogsworth the Clock!

Maurice’s Invention Center

Belle’s father Maurice was an inventor. Invent the kookiest contraption just like Maurice!

Gaston’s Target Practice

Improve your skills with target practice just like Gaston.

Be the Beast!

Become the Beast without all the fur! Make your own mask and transform yourself into the Beast!

Museum of Discovery and Science

Downtown Ft. Lauderdale


ZOO CLUES: FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT THE PALM BEACH ZOO

DATE: March 18

TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.

COST: Reserve your spot here

Someone’s been causing mischief at the zoo – help solve the mystery! Highlights = up-close animal encounters, detective games, crafts, and a night tour. Pizza & continental breakfast are included. Children 6+ / one adult is required per family and you must pre-register! 

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


STORY TIME AT THE ZOO: A REAL PAGE TURNER

DATE: Saturdays this month

COST: Included with Zoo Admission

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

This popular event will take place at on Saturday’s at 10:30 a.m. at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


Chinese Lantern Festival at Sunset Cove Amphitheater

DATE: Open until April 9

TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays

COST: Adults are $25; children $15; and under 4 free. Parking is also free. Get discount tickets online at chineselanternfestival.com

See more than 800 paper lanterns crafted into 40 glowing sets, plus martial arts performances, folk art and a dinosaur empire for the kids. Some lanterns come complete with sound effects, but a festival favorite for children is likely to be the dinosaurs. They stand 6 feet to more than 20 feet tall, and many wear saddles encouraging people to hop on for a photo. Festival-goers can also take a ride on small, battery-powered dinosaurs that drive forward and backward with the flip of a switch and steer with handlebars like a bicycle.

12551 Glades Road

Boca Raton


See Mulan at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton!

Sponsored

503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Place

Boca Raton Weekend Family Fun in South Florida


Sunday, March 19th:

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL POLO SEASON IN FULL SWING

DATE: Through April 23

TIMES/COST: Palm Beach International Polo Season 

The “sport of kings” once again makes its annual visit to The Palm Beaches at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, bringing an entire season of exciting competition, highlighted by the US Polo Open.

This awesome weekly Sunday afternoon event will be the epicenter of social activity, as many of the world’s finest competitors come to compete!

Read about our experience last year by clicking HERE.

3667 120th Ave S.

Wellington


Our Body: The Universe Within AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA SCIENCE CENTER AND AQUARIUM

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DATE: Through April 23

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*

COST: Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during Our Body: The Universe Within is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.

Our Body: The Universe Within, the Science Center’s seasonal blockbuster exhibition is open to the public! Appropriate for all ages, Our Body literally goes “under the skin” to reveal the mysteries of human anatomy.  Visitors will tour three-dimensional human bodies, specimens and organs, which were preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation.

More details about this family fun in South Florida HERE.

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach


SEE THE LOST EGYPT EXHIBIT AT MODS

DATE: Open through April 30

COST: Museum of Discovery and Science

Unearth the secrets of an ancient Egyptian world in an interactive exhibition featuring the hidden stories and artifacts of a lost civilization.

See a real human mummy, several animal mummies, plus scans, forensic facial reconstructions, and for the first time ever, a life-size rapid prototype of a human mummy. Witness art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt. Connect to real scientists working on projects in Egypt through video interviews and photographs from the field. Interpret ancient Egyptian art, decipher hieroglyphics and examine material remains using the tools and technology of archaeologists to unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its history, culture, and people.

Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW 2nd St.

Fort Lauderdale


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Meet One of Our Nation’s Top Pediatricians & Find out WHY he’s Making Boca Home

Paul Gilbert, M.D. may look like a modern-day Doogie Howser (at least for us 80s kids who tuned in to see Neil Patrick Harris in his breakout role), but don’t be fooled. He’s ACTUALLY one of the top doctors in the nation, not just a guy who plays one on TV. Currently at Johns Hopkins, the top hospital in the nation, (!!!) Gilbert is bringing another level of expertise and experience with him as the newest South Florida pediatrician.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

That’s right, Modern Boca Mom has the EXCLUSIVE that Dr. Gilbert is making Boca Raton his new home. Keep reading to find out why…

Dr. Gilbert’s experience and expertise doesn’t end at Johns Hopkins, although those are some pretty fabulous bragging rights if you have him as your pediatrician.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

He’s also spent seven summers working as Camp Physician at one of the most exclusive sleepaway camps in the country, KenMont/KenWood. “Dr. Paul,” as he is lovingly referred to at camp, is described as a “legend” with the camp’s kids.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

We also found out that Dr. Gilbert is a novice waterskier, worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), has a Disney annual pass, and knows how to juggle! What more could you want from your pediatrician?!?

Well…it gets even better…Dr. Gilbert will be joining forces with Boca Raton’s own “Patch Adams,” Dr. Rudnick at Boca VIPediatrics, winner of “Best Pediatrician” in Boca 2016 by Sun-Sentinel!

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

For those who read this blog regularly, you know that Boca VIPediatrics is the new parent frenzy that recently opened their nearly year-long wait list.

Spots are extremely limited because they take a very small number of patients to provide 24/7 access via email/text/phone to your South Florida pediatrician, house calls, no waits/longer appointments at their pediatric smart office, and virtual visits so you don’t have to go to the office for every little thing.

They’ve received rave reviews and lots of love boasting their extremely personalized level of care from South Florida parents, including a slew of 5-star Facebook and Google reviews.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

Boca VIPediatrics has VIPs (Very Important Patients) who travel to see them in Boca from West Palm Beach, Wellington, Weston, Ft. Lauderdale and beyond for their 5-star level of pediatric care and maximum convenience for busy parents. Because parents are able to text/email/call their South Florida pediatrician 24/7, they’re able to diagnose virtually when possible.

So, why Boca VIPediatrics? Because there is truly nothing else like it for parents who value the MOST personalized care, time, and relationship with their pediatrician. Boca VIPediatrics VIPs have the following benefits:

  • 24/7 Access to Text/Email/Call Your Pediatrician Directly to Their Cell Phone (You can also send photos/videos of rashes, coughs, bumps, bruises, etc. for super fast diagnosis and treatment plan to save an office visit)
  • No Waits at their office located in Central Boca Raton, next to the Town Center Mall
  • House Calls for the first newborn exam and after-hours urgent care
  • Virtual Visits using their awesome telemedicine devices that clip into your iPhone (like the virtual stethoscope and otoscope, which sends the doctor video of the inner ear to screen for ear infections or heart/lung sounds to evaluate a cough)
  • Same day appointments and longer, unhurried visits with your pediatrician
  • Affordable, transparent pricing…you’ll likely pay more for your daily latte or cable bill than a membership to VIPediatrics.
It’s truly like having a South Florida pediatrician in your pocket.

Dr. Rudnick and Dr. Gilbert will be working together as a team, so Boca VIPediatrics families will have TWO top pediatricians who know their child’s health history like the back of their hands. After filling their practice within a year, Boca VIPediatrics scoured the country to find the best and brightest pediatrician to join their family.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

I’m told spots are already going very quickly, as Boca VIPediatrics caps the number of “VIPs” in each age category in order to provide the most personalized care.

So, how can you lock down a VIP spot for your child? That’s super easy, as long as you act quickly. You can schedule a complimentary “meet the doc” appointment with Dr. Gilbert now!

  1. Step One: Fill out the online contact form or call the Boca VIPediatrics office at 561-923-9635 and speak to a member of their family owned and operated team.
  2. Step Two: Set up a complimentary “backstage tour” and “meet the doc” visit with Dr. Gilbert/Dr. Rudnick.
  3. Step Three: Breathe a sigh of relief that your child’s care is now on another level because you now have “your pediatrician in your pocket!”

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

So parents, this is a win/win for all. When a top pediatrician decides to make our fair city their home, it means a healthier Boca Raton for everybody.

Please join Modern Boca Mom in giving a warm South Florida welcome to Dr. Gilbert! We look forward to many, many years of you keeping our children the happiest & healthiest with Boca VIPediatrics!

South Florida pediatrician

For more information on Boca VIPediatrics, visit: www.BocaVIPediatrics.com

Sponsored: This South Florida Pediatrician post announcing Dr. Gilbert was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. 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 was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.

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