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The Boobies (Were) OUT in Boca for World Breastfeeding Week

From contributor: Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

It’s World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton and Palm Beach County is participating in the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project in a big way! Each year photographers from across the world provide FREE photo sessions to breastfeeding moms everywhere. They spread these images online and on social media (#PBAP2015), in the hopes of bringing awareness to and normalizing breastfeeding in public.

This project was founded in 2013 by birth and breastfeeding photographer, Leilani Rogers of Austin, TX. Since then, it has gone viral on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Local newborn and maternity photographer, Connie Granja is representing Boca Raton for the second year in a row. One of her images of a “Modern Boca Mom” was featured on The Huffington Post, BabyCenter.com, Redbook.com, and The Stir/Cafe Mom, among others.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

In true Boca fashion, the theme for Granja’s project is “Breastfeeding is Glamorous!” Let’s face it, breastfeeding moms do not always feel glamorous or even tolerated in today’s society.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life, and then along with foods for the first year. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding the first two years because of decreased risk for obesity, diabetes and more. However, despite the well known health benefits, the 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card by the CDC shows that in Florida only 29% of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding at three months of age. By six months it decreases to only 10%.

In Lansinoh’s 2012 breastfeeding study, 40% of mothers listed breastfeeding in public as their top worry about breastfeeding. The goal of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton is to support breastfeeding mothers to change that.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

If you follow my personal blog Essentially Erika, then you know that breastfeeding is near and dear to my heart. I often credit breastfeeding for introducing me to a whole new way of thinking / parenting. My youngest was able to “self-wean” at the age of 2 1/2 years old, despite meeting constant opposition from well meaning family, friends, and even healthcare professionals. I was even lucky enough to participate in “The Big Latch On!” I couldn’t have done it without the help of incredible organizations like La Leche League who provide support for women in all stages of breastfeeding.

These stylish and fashionable breastfeeding moms in flowing dresses and heels are a wonderful example of a true Modern Boca Mom! Let’s face it, we all struggle with trying to “have it all.” Moms often feel torn between returning to work that is important to them and the strong urge to nurse their children as long as possible. The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton hopes to encourage supporting women with these powerful images.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

So the next time you’re out and about in Boca and you see a mom breastfeeding in public, show your support. We’re all in this motherhood gang together and she’s making a choice to put her child first and take a stand against breastfeeding discrimination. Give her a wink and a smile!

Unless you’re a Modern Boca Dad... then that may just be creepy…

Essentially yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton


In honor of World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton, where are some of the public places you have had to breastfeed? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

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

From Contributor, Modern Boca Crunchy Mom…

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

My, how the mighty have fallen…

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

It’s no secret that #ModernBocaCrunchyMom is an advocate for unstructured outdoor play. If you follow me on Instagram, you are likely to be subject to any number of photos of all the park hopping we do. Classes and play dates are fun and we do enjoy them from time to time, but there’s a certain freedom of exploration and magic in spending the day at the park.

Some of my fondest memories growing up took place in our local parks while I enjoyed interacting with different people independent from my parents. I enjoy watching my sons’ eyes light up as they make new friends, and invent new games to play from one moment to the next. There is no shortage of learning going on, from spontaneous social interaction to working on their large movement / motor skills (this is KEY with boys especially). I get to meet new moms and catch up with some old friends, it’s a win/win!

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So if you’re wondering what to do with your kids this upcoming (extended) school break, I’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a list of some awesome PBC parks with natural playscapes that are fun for the entire family to enjoy.

Now, there are plenty of popular parks in the area with large themed playgrounds and intricate water features and splash pads. Don’t get me wrong, these are great (especially on hot days), but the kids most enjoy finding hidden gems that are sort of “off the beaten path”, with lots of natural opportunities for play and learning.


James A. Rutherford Park (East of Federal Highway in Boca Raton)

This is an awesome place for families to go enjoy a picnic with all the lush trees providing shade. There are pavilions with multiple BBQ grills, a wonderful playground area for the kids and no shortage of space to run freely.

The highlight of this park (which is attached to Lake Wyman Park) is the picturesque walk among the mangrove trees on their guided boardwalk path. Some lead to lookout points with a great view of the intracoastal waterway. We’ve taken the boys there plenty of times at sunset with dinner to-go and counted the boats as they floated by. This is a great place to just enjoy the breeze and unwind after a long day with the family. Not to mention answer what seems like 300 hundred questions about mangroves and boats. #BocaMomLife

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George Snow Park (Directly across the street from the FAU entrance)

This is an enclosed park which makes it ideal for #BocaMoms with multiple kids. There are two play structures that cater to either toddlers, or slightly older children (there’s even a cool rock wall).

Just outside the gates is an awesome path great for nature walks or bike rides. We usually like to take this walk in the cooler months and see what treasures we can find along the way! This is an ideal park for the spring / summer months as well, with bountiful trees and plenty of shade.

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This park is great if only for its proximity to the University Commons plaza just down the block! It’s great if you want to cool down with some fro-yo at 16 Handles, pick up some groceries on the way home at Whole Foods Market, or stop and shop at Nordstrom Rack. Either way, everyone’s happy!


University Woodlands Park (Heading out west a bit on St. Andrews Blvd in Boca Raton)

This park is a wide open space with one main pavilion providing shade. Attached to a ball field, this park is spacious and packed full of opportunity. It’s recently undergone a bit of a “face lift” with a new playground!

Offering options for older and younger babes to explore and test their limits. Woodlands offers lots of different options for all ages, there is plenty for kids to learn from each other at all different stages in life. Research and early childhood studies have discovered that mixed-aged spontaneous play is highly beneficial for children and fosters kindness, patience and compassion.

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We’ve enjoyed plenty of Meetups here over summer and winter breaks. The pathway surrounding the playground is great for riding bikes, the sand box is perfect for younger toddlers and the rock wall is fun for older kids.


That wraps up this PBC Parks roundup in Boca Raton, join us next time when we tackle parks in Boynton Beach and Delray!

Essentially Yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


What parks do you frequent? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys Evan & Nate. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

FREE Yoga-ahh Classes in Boca-ahh Raton

If you’ve read Modern Boca Mom’s most recent post on Boca  Mom stereotypes, then you know that I probably fall into the “Free Mom” category. If I didn’t before, then I certainly do now! 😉

As a result, I’ve decided to put together a list of all of the incredible free Boca Raton yoga classes that Boca & Delray Beach have to offer!

Yoga has long been known to provide endless benefits for both the mind and body. I always feel best when I include it in my daily life. This can get pretty pricey, so I try to take advantage of the free Boca Raton yoga classes to fill in some of the gaps and keep me on the mat!

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The Fair Trade Boutique:

This awesome gem of a boutique not only provides the latest and greatest in sustainable apparel and accessories, they also provide two (you heard me) FREE Yoga classes each week.

Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm you can participate in an awesome Restorative Yoga session. Saturday mornings at 10:30am you can catch their FREE Vinyasa class.

Bonus – Saturday afternoon they host “Sunshine Yoga” a toddler yoga class ($12 charge).

free Boca Raton yoga classes

Sunset Yoga on the Beach:

Atlantic Dunes Beach is one of our favorite beaches in Delray. Every Wednesday at 5:30pm, Jessica Om treats local residents to a free yoga class at sunset. A great way to start your week roundup and settle in for a relaxing weekend.

Sanborn Square:

Every Saturday morning at 9am, the ever popular Leslie Glickman teaches a yoga class for all levels to a packed house. This is THE place to be for early morning yoga on Saturdays. Leslie is the very life of Yoga Journey, the studio located on the 5th floor of the Wyndham Boca Raton.

Essentially Yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


Do you have a favorite among the free Boca Raton yoga classes in the area? Share details in the comments section below!

Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys Evan & Nate. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

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

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

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Here’s how:

The best way I know how to get started with all my fall activities is to kick it off at the Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market!

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TOMORROW marks the beginning of the Fall Festival at Bedner’s which means a Pumpkin Patch that would make Charlie Brown jealous, hay-rides, a corn maze and all the homemade ice cream you can handle!

Early bird definitely gets the worm in this case. Lots of families come to take their official “Fall Family Photos” and nab all the great pumpkins. Not to mention the closer to Halloween and Thanksgiving you get the crazier the crowds. We take our boys every year and thoroughly enjoy the seasonal decor, even if it is all a facade as we sweat in our button up shirts and boots. We’ll take it!

For more details on their Fall Festival scheduling and activities click HERE.


Turkey Time

This is is also the time of year we place our order for their famous farm fresh turkeys. If you haven’t tried one of these it’s a must-have! They have some of the juiciest, most delectable turkey you’ve ever tasted! That frozen stuff is for the birds (pun totally intended).

Fun Tip: Early in the season, you can score great big bouquets of mums, and in late November / early December, they have the tallest potted poinsettias for an unbeatable price.

Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market is one of the few family owned and operated farms in South Florida and they pride themselves on it. They’ve  provided quality produce year round since the early 1950’s and sell some of the most delicious homemade pies around.

If you get a chance, try one of their custom veggie or fruit platters. They perhaps are best known for their ridiculously sweet strawberries and juicy tomatoes fresh picked from their “You-Pick” patch. It’s a bit of a drive from East Boca, but well worth it. Bedner’s is sure to please the whole family.

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Fall DIY

If you are of the “crafty” persuasion, then simply perusing the Fall/Autumn boards on Pinterest is bound to get you in the seasonal mood. I don’t know about you but I can’t get through five minutes of browsing before I have a mile long shopping list for Home Depot AND the grocery store so I can make the best Pumpkin cheesecake EVER, and place it on the new farmhouse table I’ve built.

All alone. With my bare hands. From Driftwood.

All of the ideas for different fall in South Florida crafts you can do with your kids together are worth stalking the boards in bed at 1AM, but that’s just my craft lovin’ opinion. Ladies…. Start your Pin-gines!

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Another way to enjoy the fall in South Florida season is by consuming as much pumpkin as humanly possible!

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin beer, pumpkin pancakes, you get the idea…

Perhaps the most popular of these is the coveted Pumpkin Spice coffees and creamers hitting the shelves at an alarming rate comes September 1st. People just can’t get enough, and neither could I!

With all the controversy surrounding the presence of any “real pumpkin” in any of these coffees and creamers, #ModernBocaCrunchyMom took to the internet (don’t judge me) to find an awesome homemade version of this seasonal favorite.

That’s right, I now enjoy pure homemade pumpkin spice latte’s containing actual pumpkin puree` right here at home for a fraction of the cost. It’s really simple and you can make extra to keep stocked in your fridge for easy access.

You can find the recipe here on Essentially Erika and enjoy it for yourself while you cozy up near the fireplace central A/C.

Oh Florida.. Sigh…

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Essentially Yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


What fall in South Florida activities get you into the festive spirit? Let us know in the comments section below!

Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market is located just north of Atlantic Avenue on State Road 441 in Boynton Beach. Their hours of operation are Monday-Saturday: 9AM-6PM and Sunday: 10AM-5PM.

Play On At PLAYMOBIL FunPark Palm Beach Gardens

I had heard about PLAYMOBIL FunPark Palm Beach Gardens a few times, so we finally decided to go check it out! Whoa… Consider my kids’ minds blown!

The PLAYMOBIL FunPark is a bit out of our way (25 mins or so) from East Boca where we live. Driving there on I-95 N, I remember thinking “Blue Heron Blvd, all the way out there?!?!” But oh so worth the drive!

As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, I knew we were in for some fun! These little guys were just fine standing outside checking out the castle and shaking hands with the giant knights.

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Talk about a grand entrance!

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Just when I thought I couldn’t be happier, they only charge a whopping $1 per person to get in!!! #ThriftyMomScore!

This place was THE COOLEST!

It was covered wall to wall in play tables and each had a really cool theme.

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The princess table was really sweet, it was the longest table completely decked out in everything a princess could imagine!

PLAYMOBIL FunPark Palm Beach

PLAYMOBIL FunPark Palm Beach

There were tons of other tables to choose from– pirate tables, construction tables, aviator tables, western themed tables, tropical tables, you name it!

We made our way through each section, the boys were so busy! There are plenty of figurines for all of the children to play with so sharing struggles aren’t really a problem.

All of the tables have such intricate little cities and themes and none of them are battery operated (be still my crunchy heart!). So this place is just busting with endless imagination.

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Sidenote: They do require that you leave all figurines on the table that you originally found them. Surprisingly, this system works! I would think it would be chaos, but the staff is wonderful and well versed in helping your little ones “adjust” and move on.

It was great to see all of the kids just combining their creative pretend-play. They would approach a table, hear what was going on and just add to the story! If anyone got tired of the theme, they just moved on to another table and joined in on their fun.

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The PLAYMOBIL FunPark Palm Beach Gardens space is indoor and air conditioned so it’s great for those rainy South Florida afternoons or just plain HOT summer days (you’re welcome). There’s enough action going on in here to keep your kiddos busy for hours on end!

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There is no eating in the main play area. Ahem.

But they do have a small cafeteria– this is the only place there is a television. I’m usually against it in “play places” (I just feel kid zones should be off-limits, after all they could just “plug-in” at home), but it actually helped keep some of the kids focused on their snacks.

Double Warning: On the way to the cafeteria you are forced guided to walk through their merchandise section with every possible plastic Playmobil set imaginable!  Proceed with caution.

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The PLAYMOBIL FunPark Palm Beach Gardens cafeteria is what I would refer to as the “vending machine graveyard”, packed with all the corn syrup and GMO’s your heart can handle. This is very trying for some parents (especially with older kiddies); luckily we always pack a hearty laptop lunchbox with plenty of fruits and veggies. Crisis averted!

Overall, the PLAYMOBIL FunPark Palm Beach Gardens was a wonderful success! We will definitely be adding it to our roster of fun places to visit this summer here at #CampMBCrunchyMom.

What fun places have you visited in this area? I look forward to hearing about it in the comments section below!

Essentially Yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


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Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys Evan & Nate. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

Fun at the Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum & Learning Center

My two boys and I recently visited The Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum & Learning CenterMy sons just LOVE this museum because their Train Exhibit is second to none. Any #trainobsessed youngin’ is bound to be impressed!

I’m getting ahead of myself here…

Let’s start up front. This is where you are graciously greeted by the lighthouse manager, Hannibal Pierce. Some of the little ones may be a bit intimidated. It took a few visits for my boys to warm up to him.

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He is a wealth of knowledge on all things concerning Boynton Beach, including where its name originated.

We hit the Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum first floor exhibits to learn all about farm life. The boys were able to milk the cows and drive the tractor. This is while they are learning all about fresh farm produce and its benefits. (My hippie heart skips a beat!)

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Lo and behold, we always spend a large bulk of our time at the awesome Train Exhibit.

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Equipped with all the “bells and whistles” (pun intended), there is a station where you may purchase your tickets and climb aboard! Needless to say, this is where the action happens.

The kiddies are able to shovel coal, greet passengers and even ring the bell! The train table is where the fun is. All the kids scramble to take their place at the table. And, all the “helicopter” parents claim their spot to keep a watchful eye on their tots.

I say this with love, I too was once a “hovercraft” myself, but I’ve now since been reformed.

Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum

Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum
This is what happens when you let them figure out how to share on their own. No hovering necessary!

Fun fact: The term “Helicopter Parent” was actually coined by the (in)famous Dr. Haim Ginott, child psychologist. He is also the author of “Between Parent & Child,” a book that reads like a parents’ love letter to children. It encourages Mom and Dad to communicate with their kids on a platform of mutual respect and dignity. He’s sort of the “Godfather” of the “gentle”, “conscious” or “human” style of parenting that is growing in the natural community today. You can find more on that topic HERE.

The Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum fun isn’t over yet though. There’s more to be had upstairs!

Upstairs is filled with more enjoyment for kids and parents alike. There is a tube maze for the little ones to run and play and learn all about amphibians. There are comfy seats for parents too. There’s also plenty of sailing fun at the boat exhibit and even a puzzle/sensory area for the really tiny tots.

Across the way on the second floor is a grocery store, gas station, post office and doctor’s office ready for imaginative play.

Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum

Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum

Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum

This is usually a big hit, but on this day, the boys were ready for lunch!

There is no eating or drinking in the Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum, so we headed to the “Stage” area outside. My kids were happy to pause and have a snack. There are plenty of cool spaces, benches or picnic tables in the surrounding parks around the museum. But, who can eat while looking at this????

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We usually end our museum visit with a good time at the Kids Kingdom Playground with lots more imaginative and playful fun.

Growing up in today’s “tech age”, there are plenty of kid zones and play places that have battery operated toys, TV’s and even video games. Not to take away from the fun at any of these locations, but with the current over-saturation of “device-led play” and the addiction to said devices (said the mommy blogger…), it’s refreshing to find “plug free” zones where the possibilities are endless and imagination can run wild.

My goal at #CampMom this past summer has been to find as many of these natural playscapes as possible. It can be a bit tricky as it gets unbearably hot in the South Florida sun! But, places like The Schoolhouse Museum and their affordable Family Member Package make that possible. A membership purchased at the Schoolhouse Museum will also get you into a list of “sister” museums nearby such as:

• Boca Children’s Museum, Boca Raton
• Explorations V Children’s Museum, Lakeland
• My Jewish Discovery Place Children’s Museum, Plantation

Hopefully we will see you there next time!

Essentially Yours,

Erika

The Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


Have you been to the Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum & Learning Center?  Comment below about your experience!

Getting into Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton…

Being the true New Yorker that I am, I’m always secretly plotting my escape back to my “sacred city”. Although I constantly complain about South Florida’s humidity, or lack of exposure to culture and the arts. Or consistently compare all of Florida’s food to dining experiences in The Big Apple (let’s face it, have you ever had better pizza or pastrami anywhere else?), perhaps I’ve overlooked some of the pros the Sunshine State has to offer like Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton.

Since becoming a mom, I’ve started to really learn to see things in a different light. I mean the kind of light that’s broadens your awareness to all of the simple treasures each city brings to the table. In South Florida it is most certainly the Marine and Wildlife Preservation. More specifically in east Boca Raton, it’s The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

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Over the past year we’ve frequented the Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton space learning all about Marine wildlife and falling in love with the baby sea turtles!

We always start out front just passed the parking lot with the stationary sea turtles, the boys just love getting to “ride” them.

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We usually make our way from there straight to the tanks outside (remember to bring sunscreen!), there we can see the two large tanks with plenty of sea turtles, and starfish!

If you’re lucky you can catch the sea turtle feedings and learn plenty about all the different kinds of turtles there are. The staff is mostly volunteer based and all very knowledgeable.

Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton

Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton

Next to the tanks is the shipwreck with lots of fun! There are plenty of eel, stingray and hammerhead shark to watch, and again there are plenty of volunteers around to answer any questions you or your little ones may have.

Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton

On our most recent visit to Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton, we discovered the “Elevation Tower”.

One of the volunteers mentioned the long walk up the 39′ tower and how it would ensure a lengthy nap. Off we went (I may have sprinted)! Now THIS was cool!

There are different trails that you can walk (or run if you’re  one of my boys) that are completely covered in nature and all the creepy crawlers it has to offer, they were obsessed with all the different spiders and webs.

Once we hit the stairs we were climbing to the top! About halfway I heard a few complaints about needing a snack, but it was fairly easy to maneuver with two toddlers.

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The view alone was well worth the wait! Couldn’t help but get someone to snap a pic of us three musketeers, I so rarely make an appearance I’m so busy snapping away!

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Everyone was happy and enjoying the breeze, a lovely reward after trekking in the hot Florida sun.

Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton

After snack and water, (totally not allowed up there) and a few too many scary “whoa I’m falling” games with a nervous mommy, we were ready to take the trip back down to solid ground. But not after taking in the moment and remembering to “just be”. All too soon they will be grown up and busy with their own lives, I try to embrace all of these simple special moments and collect them. Finding local treasures like this has allowed us to do that.

As promised, when we hit the bottom level the boys were exhausted. I decided to head towards the exit/parking lot, but not before we hit up some more creepy crawler exhibits and activities.

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We didn’t quite get the nap at home as hoped, but they did fall asleep in the car. At least it was long enough for this busy mom to eat a snack in the car before we were off on our next adventure.

Each time we go to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center we discover something new. Can’t wait to see what we find next time!


Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys, Evan & Nate. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play, she created a blog called Essentially Erika that follows her journey getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.