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Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 3.31-4.02

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 31– April 02, 2017! 

Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, March 31st:

Take Your Easter Bunny Photos at Town Center

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

DATE: March 24th – April 13th

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 Court.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Boca Raton

Nights at the Museum “Sports Science”

DATE: March 31st

TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

COST: $13.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors, $9.95 for children (3-12), FREE for children under 3, $6 for adult members and free for child members.

Nights at the Museum – “Sports Science!” On the last Friday of each month, guests of all ages can enjoy extended hours of exploration at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Each Night at the Museum is a different theme, which includes various interactive science crafts, activities, entertainment, exhibits, planetarium shows, and a chance to view the night sky in Palm Beach County’s only public observatory!

Food and beverage from Wholesome Tummies Cafe will be available for purchase throughout the evening. This month’s event includes a hockey-physics lab, interactive sports demonstrations, exploration of the blockbuster traveling exhibit “Our Body: The Universe Within”, Girl Scout Badges and more!

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

West Palm Beach

The Easter Bunny at the Gardens Mall

DATE: March 31st

TIME5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


The free holiday event gives kids of all ages a chance to mix, mingle, and mug for the camera as they get their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and his fabulous friends, including butterfly stilt walkers, jugglers, magicians, a DJ, and more.

Kids will receive Easter baskets to fill up with candy, while adults and parents will enjoy the ultimate “hoppy hour” with Easter-themed cocktails!

The Gardens Mall

Bloomingdales Court

Saturday, April 1st:

Get a Great Deal at the Spring Cleaning Flea Market at Grandview Preparatory School

336 Spanish River Blvd. NW

Boca Raton

Hero Walk for the Boca Raton Children’s Museum

DATE: April 1st

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

COST: Registration Fee $25.00, Register Here

Help be a hero and raise funds for the Boca Raton Children’s Museum!

Boca Raton Children’s Museum

Boca Raton

Stop by The House at Pooh Corner

DATE: April 1

TIME: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

COST: See tickets

Whether young and wide-eyed or wise to the ways of the world, it’s a real treat return to the House at Pooh Corner to spend some tender time with faithful friends. Piglet, Tigger, Christopher Robin and that lovable bear called Winnie-the-Pooh lift our spirits and warm our hearts in this charming production, faithfully based on the A. A. Milne classic of the same name.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Fort Lauderdale

Head to the Hatsume Fair at Morikami

DATE: April 1st – 2nd

TIME:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

COSTFind more information here

Shop anime, craft, and plant vendors, enjoy games and live entertainment, take part our annual costume contest and fashion show, and indulge in Japanese street fair food and drink, and more.

Morikami Museum

Boca Raton

Story Time at the Palm Beach 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! Only 2 Shows Left!


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Sunday, April 2nd:

Hop, Skip & Jump-a-Thon at Sunflower Creative Arts

Hop to it, Sunflower friends! It’s that time of year again. Join Sunday, April 2, 9:30 am, for a crazy playful walkathon at John Prince Park.

This event is open to families of all ages and abilities, as well as strollers. The walkathon path will include hopscotch, music making, walking like your favorite animal, and much more!

Family registration is only $50 for a family of up to 2 adults and 4 kids! Money raised will benefit Sunflower Creative Arts’ Play + Nature + Arts programs. More information HERE.

2700 Sixth Avenue South

Lake Worth

Make and Take at Sugar Sand Park

DATE: April 2nd

TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

COST: $5 per craft

Kids will explore how the world of renewable resources and build something to take home.  Supplies are limited so arrive early.

Sugar Sand Park Community Center

Boca Raton

Palm Beach International Polo Season- Only a Few Weekends Left!

DATE: Through April 23rd

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.


Our Body: The Universe Within at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium


DATE: Through April 23rd

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 30th

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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Soccer Shots South Palm Beach Program for Kids

Whether you have a mini (2-3yo), a classic (3-5yo) or a premiere (5-8yo) player in your home, Soccer Shots South Palm Beach is ready to make a positive impact on your child’s life through the game of soccer.

What is Soccer Shots South Palm Beach exactly?

It’s an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development on and off the field. Soccer Shots coaches are the best-trained in the business and their expert-approved curriculum is age-appropriate and aligns with childhood education standards.

Soccer Shots South Palm Beach
Did you know their program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, MLS and USL professional soccer players, and experienced and licensed soccer coaches?

Soccer Shots South Palm Beach also provides an exceptional customer experience and ongoing communication with parents. You gotta love that.

Just when you were out of ideas for activities for your 2-year-old, something like this crosses your inbox. Modern Boca Mom is so excited to partner with this wonderful local program and help our readers feel completely confident that their kids will learn from amazing coaches and a curriculum that is built for their age group. It’s so important!

Available Programs:

Soccer Shots South Palm Beach

View Locations & Register HERE!

Once you find and sign up for a program and location that fits with your family, you will receive:

  • A weekly summary of what your child learned at Soccer Shots.
  • Pro-active communication regarding any cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
  • Timely, responsive communication from coaches or staff. You can expect to receive a response to any questions within 24 hours.

Soccer Shots South Palm Beach

Let your Boca kid take their best shot…with Soccer Shots South Palm Beach!

Soccer Shots South Palm Beach

Daniel Villegas is the Owner/Director of Soccer Shots Palm Beach County. He comes from a very strong soccer background that includes coaching and developing young children’s soccer skills. As an adolescent, he grew up playing the game in Miami, FL, and his fiery passion for the game earned him a professional contract out of high school. Once signed, he went on to play the game in different parts of the world from Brazil, Mexico, Spain, USA, to his own native country of Colombia. Daniel currently dedicates his time to giving back to the game by coaching at a local youth club.

Daniel believes that giving back to young kids is the most important task on his agenda, which is why he specifically works with children to promote healthy and active lifestyles at a young age. He knows first-handedly that soccer doesn’t just create good fitness habits, social and teamwork skills, but it also creates a good character for young kids that will last a lifetime!

dvillegas@soccershots.org or 305-484-9143

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Soccer Shots South Palm Beach. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

MOMpreneur Monday: JLM Communications

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.


Today’s featured entrepreneur is…Jennifer Martinez, president and owner of JLM Communications, a full service public relations, event planning and marketing firm.


Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you started JLM Communications…

I love being an independent public relations professional. It gives me the time I need to enjoy my family (and all the activities my children have! Whew!). I am a naturally “busy” person so having lots of projects and activities works for me.

What challenges did you face when starting your business?

I had just had my second daughter and was working a full time job. I wanted to have more flexible hours so I could spend more time with my family…and to make sure I didn’t have to miss any of my children’s activities.

I decided to freelance a bit and test the waters. It turned out to be a great move. Now, as I celebrate the 4th anniversary of JLM Communications, I realize it was the best decision!

I have wonderful clients, many of who have grown to be friends, and am able to work around my family’s schedule.

What is unique about your agency?

No two days are the same. I can be running from a gala to a photo shoot (in dead sea salt) to walking a construction site. You never know what to expect next!

It’s exciting and fun though. It helps me stay creative and each project inspires me. That is what I love about my job. I am able to be creative, create partnerships, and help to find those “fun” stories and angles that help to create memorable events for clients as well as getting them media coverage.

Why should MBMom readers become your clients/customers?

I would LOVE MBMom readers to follow me on social media! I’m always posting about great client events and I’d love for them to take advantage.

I’d also like to learn more about your readers. There may be some great partnerships we can create together!

JM Making Strides Team 2014

What exciting things are coming up for you and your business?

I am excited to be assisting with the communications for the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (Oct 17th at the Meyer Amphitheater at 9:00 a.m.) and equally excited to be named a 2016 Warrior in Pink for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

I am proud to be a breast cancer survivor and want to work to help others in their fight.
What do you LOVE about living in South Florida?

What’s not to love? We’ve got amazing weather year-round and there is always something to do.

It is a wonderful place to raise my children and we are lucky enough to have many friends and family here to enjoy life with!

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Visit their website: http://jlmcommunications.net/

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Waterstone Boca Raton, Your Vacation Zone

Sponsored by the Waterstone Boca Raton

Last week was one for the books. Between all of #dailybocaavery’s fall activities starting, work deadlines and the “will it/won’t it hit South Florida” Tropical Storm Erika, I felt like I was in constant G-O mode. I may be an MBMom, but I’m also human and by Thursday, I was completely exhausted.

Every once in awhile, us bloggers get invited to experience a hotel or vacation destination for consideration in an upcoming blog feature. I’m not going to lie– it’s totally fun, but coordinating these things along with childcare and work schedules can be complicated. Like any regular vacation or staycation.

Waterstone Boca Raton

Waterstone Boca

Boca Raton’s Waterstone Resort & Marina – A DoubleTree by Hilton invited our family for a little overnight and let’s just say I was pretty much sprinting to the car with my overnight bag by 5PM. We had Avery with us for a little at the Waterstone Boca while and then asked my mom to pick her up, so we could enjoy our dining experience at Boca Landing in peace.

Boca Landing Dining Room Waterstone Boca Raton

Keep in mind I personally think the Waterstone Boca, even though it’s marketed with more of a cool “South Beach vibe,” is child-friendly.

We stayed at the hotel (on our own dime) over Memorial Day Weekend and had a blast eating (and drinking) by the pool and even ordered food to-go and ate on the balcony of our room when it was Avery’s bedtime. There are even water sport options for older kids. So either way you slice it, I dig the Waterstone. I see it as my little Boca vacation zone!

Waterstone Boca Raton

Clearly, #modernbocadad agrees.

When we arrived at the Waterstone Boca, our Boca Mom car was valeted and we were greeted with champagne and cold drink options. Fancy!

And how beautiful is this Waterstone Boca lobby? Even if you’re not staying at the hotel and are just visiting for drinks or dinner, this artsy gorgeousness is what you get to walk through every visit.

Waterstone Boca Raton

Waterstone Boca Raton

From the lobby, we were shown to our beautiful room with a full view of the intracoastal AND ocean on the 9th floor. The last time we were at the Waterstone Boca, we stayed on the Lake Boca side of the hotel, which was just as beautiful.

We particularly enjoyed sitting on the balcony (#dailybocaavery too). It almost felt like we were on a cruise ship!

Waterstone Boca Raton

Waterstone Boca Raton

Once grandma picked up Avery for the night, it was time for cocktails and dinner at Boca Landing!

Waterstone Boca Raton

Using locally-sourced ingredients to produce a variety of dishes and cocktails, Boca Landing provides guests with a distinctive food style conveying “just off the boat” elements.

Waterstone Boca Raton

Executive Chef Matt Mixon (who met with us personally) brings a balance of superior cuisine, innate knowledge and a deep passion to the restaurant and culinary offerings of the hotel. With unprecedented, 180 degree views of Lake Boca, Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, Boca Landing restaurant provides guests with upscale dining in an art-inspired, water-centric atmosphere.

Waterstone Boca Raton

Boca Landing features seafood caught off of Florida’s coast along with influences from Mixon’s French and Italian heritage. The menu showcases creative small plates, a selection of simply prepared fish and meats and delectable side options made to order and easy to share.

And you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to dine at this delicious restaurant- FYI. 3 hours later, this is what we sampled…

Our top picks? The Tuna Tartar, Sea Scallops and the Double Cut Pork Chop. Holy Moly. Chef Matt told us that the menu will be changing soon (for the season), but those items will stay on because they have been such hits. Thank you for having us Chef Matt!

After dinner, perhaps you might feel like having another drink al fresco at the Waterstone Bar & Grill or taking a dip in the hotel pool? We had big ambitions for the evening, but ended up heading back to our room and going right to sleep. I know. So boring. Our stay at the Waterstone went way too fast.

Waterstone Boca Raton

Waterstone Boca Raton

And how cool is this? You can borrow bikes to ride along A1A. I haven’t seen a bike sharing program in Boca yet! Great idea Waterstone!

Waterstone Boca Raton

Our little weekday escape did the trick. It recharged my mom batteries and reminded me why I love “staycation-ing” in Boca so much.

Why leave the zone if you don’t have to?

Sponsored: 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 a complimentary one-night stay at the Waterstone and dine at Boca Landing, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Boca Landing is open 5 – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Waterstone Bar & Grill’s all-day menu is offered 12:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and until 11 p.m. on Sunday. Breakfast is served 6 – 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7 – 11: 00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In-room dining is available 6 – 11:00 a.m. for breakfast and 11:00 a.m. – 11 p.m. for all day dining. 

Located on Lake Boca at the Atlantic Ocean inlet and one block from the beach, Waterstone Resort & Marina – A DoubleTree by Hilton will unveil a new pool area and waterfront promenade that is adjacent to both indoor and outdoor seafront dining and marina, offering boaters dining service to their vessels. With nearly 200 feet of linear dockage, Waterstone Resort & Marina welcomes vessels up to 80 feet in length With on-site watersports, boating and sailing opportunities along with bicycle rentals and a private beach trolley, the resort also showcases modern meeting and event space that is uniquely water-oriented in location and views. All of the resort’s 139 guest rooms, including 11 suites offer private balconies with panoramic water views.

To experience the various dining options at Waterstone Resort & Marina – A DoubleTree by Hilton, call 561.368.9500 or for more information visit www.waterstoneboca.com and www.bocalanding.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

For reservations at Boca Landing, please visit Open Table at http://www.opentable.com/boca-landing-waterstone-resort-and-marina-a-doubletree-by-hilton.

A Typical Week in the Life of Modern Boca Mom

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked by readers lately:

  • What do you do all week with #dailybocaavery?
  • How do you get stuff for the blog done with a toddler?
  • Are you going to have a second Boca kid?

Well, I’m not willing to answer that third question, quite yet ;), but I thought I’d showcase a typical ‘week in the life’ of this Boca mom, especially now that we have more of a “school year” routine set (FINALLY!) in our household. Enjoy!

Modern Boca Mom & #dailybocaavery in Lilly


9:30-10:00 a.m. Baby Ballet at Organic Movements Dance Studio (2.5-3 yo). We love the teacher, Miss Courtney, and this MBMom loves being able to watch the class from the comfort of the studio lobby. There are monitors broadcasting a live feed of the class for parents while the ballet students get their independent dance time.

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11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Playtime at We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton. We like to head over to “We Rock” for some playtime (especially during the hotter, rainier months) and to see Miss Gayle. She’s usually planning another Disney or Sesame Street character party, so we always make sure to sign up! $10 per session.

ALTERNATE PLAN: Session at The Salt Suite. We both had runny noses the following week and this helped SO MUCH!

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4:00/4:35 p.m. Musikgarten for Toddlers or Preschoolers at Organic Movements Dance Studio. Yep, it’s back to OM for us! There are several Musikgarten by the Beach class options depending on the age of your child. #dailybocaavery borders on the Toddler/Preschooler line, so we opted for the older class this fall. We miss our friends in Toddlers!

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6:30-7:15 p.m. This is MBMom’s personal time to ROCK OUT and work out at POUND at Organic Movements Dance Studio. 3 trips in one day? No big deal! $15 per class/First class FREE.

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8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MBMom WORKS! #dailybabyavery attends “Tot Time” at a local school 2 mornings per week.


5:00-5:45 p.m. Swim Lesson. Check out more info on swim HERE.

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6:30-7:15 p.m. FXP Hoop Fitness at Organic Movements Dance Studio. This is MBMom’s personal time to hoop it up at our other favorite workout! So fun! $15 per class/First class FREE.

FXP Hoop Fitness


10:00-11:00 a.m. Mommy & Me Dance at Organic Movements Dance Studio (6 weeks- 2 yo). Even though #dailybocaavery is in ballet, I still like to dance with her once a week! $15 per class/First class FREE.



9:45-10:20 a.m. Gymnastics class at Kids Choice Sports, Dance, and Fitness. We are going to take a trial class shortly. Stay tuned for a review!

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Playtime at Boca Raton Children’s Museum. They recently changed their hours, so this is our chance to use our membership!

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Afternoon PARK TIME! Check out one of these great local options that we love: PBC Parks Roundup or Boca’s Poshest Playgrounds.

7:00-9:00 p.m. Time to paint something at Uptown Art Boca RatonI like to grab my sister or best girlfriends and let my inner artist shine…with some BYO wine. 🙂

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8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MBMom WORKS! #dailybabyavery goes to “Tot Time” at a local school 2 mornings per week.

10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. It’s time for “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” class at Grandview Preparatory School a.k.a. #grandviewmoms! We occasionally host this class on Tuesdays as well.

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5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Because we are members of the Boca Museum of Art, we think it’s important to expose #dailybocaavery to culture as much as we can. We like to grab a bite to eat at Mizner Park and then stroll through the Museum and Sculpture Garden for a bit afterwards. It’s stroller-friendly and FREE until the end of August!

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10:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Indoor playground time at Kids Choice Sports, Dance, and Fitness. Your kids (Walking- 4 yo) can swing on the bars, balance on the beams, roll on the mats, and bounce on the trampoline & in the bounce house. Open year round. Pay as you go! $12.00 for non-registered guests; $10.00 for registered students.


12:30-1:15 p.m. OR 3:00-3:45 p.m. Sensory Art for Tots at the Boca Raton Children’s Museum. For younger artists (1- 4 yo), art is all about the process, not the product. Children learn, play, explore and fill their senses with fun and kid-safe art experiences at this class. Dress for a mess! $10 per family; $5 for members.

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6:30-7:15 p.m. End your week with a workout (under party lights) at CLUB POUND at Organic Movements Dance Studio. $15 per class/First class FREE.

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And that’s our week!

Throw in the occasional professional networking or social event and things get a little hairy, but we love our life here in Boca Raton and supporting many of the same businesses week after week.

What are some of your favorite activities to do with your kids during the weekdays? Comment below!

Alligator Alley Open at the Palm Beach Zoo

At the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s Alligator Alley, guests are invited to get up close and personal with Fred and Wilma, the Zoo’s American alligators at their newly renovated viewing area.

Wilma Palm Beach Zoo 1

The first in a series of redesigned and reimagined habitats for the current Florida Region exhibit, the new, up close, viewing platform, provides a panoramic view of the lush habitat the alligators call home.

Alligator Alley at PB Zoo

The Zoo’s just completed renovations include the all new Keeper Talk & Presentation Platform, 360 degree viewing of the Alligator Habitat and an off-exhibit Alligator Holding Area. This project has been made possible by long time donors, Michele & Howard Kessler. Their generous support has helped continue to provide quality care for Fred, the Zoo’s 12.5-foot long male and his mate, 8-foot long Wilma, both born in 1988.

Native to Florida, the American alligator is an example of a species that has recovered thanks to careful management and conservation efforts. By the middle of the 20th century, American alligator populations were severely depleted and in 1967, were listed under the Endangered Species Preservation Act.  The Palm Beach Zoo is proud to be a part of this effort and continue to educate and inform people about these magnificent creatures.

Lantern Fest Returning to Morikami this October 2015

Exciting news! Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ popular fall celebration, Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon, will return Saturday, Oct. 17 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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The iconic local festival is inspired by Japan’s traditional three-day Obon holiday honoring ancestors and will include a breathtaking lantern floating ceremony, taiko drum performances, fireworks display, Japanese folk-dancing and more.

Take it from me– it is AMAZING. We had a wonderful time last year and even managed to make #dailybocaavery wear a baby kimono. My heart…

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Expected to be a sold out event, tickets are available for purchase by Morikami Members now and will open to the general public Sept. 1. Tickets will not be sold at the gate.

In addition to nonstop entertainment throughout the evening, Morikami’s lively street celebration, the ennichi street fair, will feature games and crafts for people of all ages, traditional Japanese street festival foods and shopping. Visitors can also enjoy the Kirin Beer Garden and Sake Station. I certainly did.

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In keeping with the traditional Obon celebration, guests will have the opportunity to purchase paper lanterns to personalize with special messages to honor and remember their loved ones. When night falls, visitors will pay homage to those who have passed on as the lanterns are lit with candles and set afloat across Morikami Lake. As part of a traditional Japanese ceremony known as tōrō nagashi, the lanterns will create a myriad of lights that signify the guidance of departing souls after their brief visit to the living.

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This photo does not even do this event justice. It’s so beautiful.

Tickets are limited and expected to quickly sell out. For current pricing information, please visit www.morikami.org/lanternfest.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, and explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, world-class bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store.

Palm Beach Marriott SI Resort & Spa: Our Review

Sponsored by Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa

If you read this blog even semi-regularly, then you know I love me a stay-cation. Whether it’s HERE or HERE, I’m totally down to avoid an expensive plane trip or lengthy car ride and take advantage of the many vacation options in Boca Raton’s own backyard.

I was thrilled to be invited by the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, the AAA Four Diamond all-suite resort and Trip Advisor’s number-one pick, to experience their property for the day.

Palm Beach County’s only all-suite beachfront hotel, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa boasts a prime location on its own private beach on Singer Island, a barrier island on Florida’s famed Gold Coast.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
Resort Lobby

My friend April, from AprilGolightly.com, and I brought our daughters to Palm Beach for the day and had a blast checking out the resort and hanging out (and eating our faces off) by their lagoon pool.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa Pool

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa Pool

I even brought my 5-year-old Goddaughter along to experience the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa‘s Kids Club. She had a blast!

The Club (located on the beach side of the property) caters to kids ages 4 to 12 with daily activities customized to each child’s age and interests. On the “menu” are crafts, sports, and seasonal adventures from sand art and hair braiding to water balloon games, treasure digs and sea shell expeditions. Sessions are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Children must be potty trained to play.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa Kids Club

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa Kids Club inside
How cool is the necklace she made?

While your kids are in “da club,” I highly recommend checking out the resort’s award-winning SiSpa, which offers sea-inspired pampering and wellness therapies.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort Si Spa

Named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas, Palm Beach Marriott SiSpa features:

  • Eight treatment rooms with heated marble beds
  • Private outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Men’s and women’s locker rooms and steam/shower areas with 12-head signature showers
  • Men’s and women’s relaxation areas stocked with a hot tea bar, antioxidant water and fruit selection
  • Separate manicure and pedicure area
  • Spa patio with private co-ed Jacuzzi
  • Fitness center with cardio equipment, free weights, medicine balls, and stability balls

Si Spa’s comprehensive spa menu caters to women, men and couples with a full array of body therapies, massages, facials, waxes and nail treatments.

Getting hungry yet?

Excellent dining is a hallmark of any Singer Island stay and options range from an exclusive five-seat Kitchen Table experience to sophisticated American regional cuisine at 3800 Ocean to casual bites and hand-crafted cocktails by the pool or on the beach.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa Dining

Among the Palm Beach Marriott dining options:

  • 3800 Ocean: Ocean views share the spotlight with South Florida’s abundant harvest at the resort’s signature restaurant. The 3800 Ocean menu reflects a “collective kitchen” inspired by the cultural backgrounds of each of its chefs – from New England and Long Island to Mexico and Jamaica – who bring their own personal influences to a rich bounty of local seafood and produce. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Kitchen Table: This one-of-a-kind experience, for groups of no more than five, takes diners with adventurous palates into the 3800 Ocean kitchen for a five-course menu created on the spot by Executive Chef Larry LaValley and his team. The dinner typically spans three hours and is priced at $69 per person, with cocktail and wine pairings on request. Available Thursday through Saturday evenings; reservations required a minimum 24 hours in advance.
  • 3800 Ocean Lounge: An inviting gathering spot for guests and locals, the lounge serves a casual lunch menu daily, exotic cocktails and bar fare every evening, and happy hour Monday through Friday.
  • Reef Tiki Bar: A casual menu of Pacific Rim cuisine is offered on the beach, complemented by cocktails handmade with fresh juices. The resort’s signature Coconut Island Breeze is served here in a fresh cracked coconut and is a popular choice at the bar’s Bubbles on the Beach happy hour. Open for lunch and happy hour daily.
  • Lagoon Cantina: Fresh-made margaritas, Mexican specialties and grilled fare are the draw at this poolside, Caribbean-style cantina. Open for lunch to resort guests and spa members/guests only.
  • Ocean Breeze Café: Starbucks drinks, pastries, salads and wraps are served to guests seeking a quick bite on the go.

Last, but not least, the rooms! I mean suites.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa Suite Tub

The resort’s 193 one- and two-bedroom guest suites provide ample space for families of all sizes and are furnished for living, dining and sleeping in stylish comfort.  Windows are generously sized for breathtaking views, while sliding glass doors lead to private balconies overlooking the ocean or resort.

All suites offer:
  • Fully equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and European cabinetry
  • Beds with luxurious down comforters and duvets and cotton-rich linens
  • Marble bathrooms with a deep soaking tub and separate shower
  • In-suite washer and dryer (!!!)
  • High-speed wired and wireless internet access
  • Flat-screen television with DVD player and premium movie channels
  • Bose stereo and CD player, iPod dock
  • Coffee/tea service

So MBMoms, when are you headed to Singer Island? Book your next stay-cation HERE.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa suite lobby with #dailybocaavery

Sponsored: All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions. I was invited by this property to visit for the day and was provided with complimentary food and drinks.

8 Ways to Keep Your Child’s Summer Education on Track


Looking for some tips to keep your kids engaged in learning until then? We reached out to Aileen Palmer, Director of Professional Development at Grandview Preparatory School, for some ideas on how to survive these final summer days…

Summer education

As a full time teacher and mother of three (ages 13, 9 and 7), I have found that summer is not only a great time to play, but also teach and learn with my own children. You do not have to be an educator in order make summertime learning a reality and there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars or invest a ton of time planning.

Summer should be stress free. 

Here are a few everyday summer education activities you can turn into learning opportunities:

1. Take a walk around your neighborhood

Your walk (preferably once the hot sun goes down) can now become a safari expedition! See how many animals you can spot. Talk about what they eat and their habitats. This can lead to a talk about the food chain, predator-prey interactions, habitats and ecosystems.

Be the one to ask questions! For example:

  • What animals do you think live in a tree?
  • Why do you think this is a good habitat for the animals?
  • What do you think the animals eat?
  • If we were to remove a certain animal how would it change the food chain and ecosystem?

By the time you finish your 15 minute safari expedition around the neighborhood, you have completed a science lesson, sparked interest, made a healthy choice and enjoyed a conversation with your child that did not include the words, “I’m bored!” or “Can I play with the iPad?”.

2. Transform a trip to the beach into Art and Math 101

Summer education

Collect shells and sort them by size, color and texture. Build a sand castle. Challenge your child to build one as tall as they can. Create an artistic masterpiece in the sand. Become a beach-side Picasso for the afternoon.  Ask your child to make a drawing in the sand using as many shapes as possible. For younger children, ask them to use basic shapes such as circles, squares and triangles. With older children, ask them to use more complex shapes such as rhombi,  trapezoids, ovals, pentagons, equilateral, scalene and isosceles triangles.

Take your beach outing to the next level and turn it into a science lesson. Discuss waves, gravitational pull, food chains, and saline saturations. Don’t be scared to ask questions that you do not know the answers to. With the aid of our handheld information retrievers (smartphones!), you can become a quasi-expert in just about any area of summer education.

3. Here’s a crazy suggestion: Play video games with your child!

Summer education

The Kinect or Wii would be best because they require movement. Talk about what muscles you are using. Measure your heart rate before, during and after the game. Calculate how many calories you burned using an online calorie calculator. Challenge each other to see who can burn the most calories.

And don’t forget to laugh and enjoy yourself– you’ll burn even more calories!

4. Turn routine mealtime preps into meaningful learning opportunities

Summer education

Summer education opportunities can include math skills like measurement, estimation and conversions. Now think science skills. These include mixtures, solutions, and the five senses.

What about reading and writing skills? Have your child read the step by step directions aloud. This helps with fluency and vocabulary development. Have them write a recipe using step by step directions and a grocery list that includes the required ingredients. You can also make gelatin and talk about the stages of matter: liquid, solids and gasses.

5. Next time you order take-out or delivery, take an imaginary trip around the world…

Summer education

Discuss where the food originated, the culture of the country, and have your child find the country on a map. With food, the possibilities are endless!

When you come back from your summer education “trip,” have your child develop a survey to determine which food(s) your family liked the best. You can include questions such as: What was everyone’s favorite food? Ingredient? Country? They can either hand write it or get fancy and use a free service like Survey MonkeyYou can use the survey results to determine your next family meal.

6. Don’t forget physical activities!

Visit the local park or your own back yard. Play a game of chase, catch or hide and seek. Believe it or not, you will also be working on hand eye coordination which is extremely important for reading!

7. Turn your summer education road trip into a classroom on wheels.

Summer education

Again, all you have to do is ask questions. Go ‘old school summer education’ and print out a map. Have your kids figure out things like:

  • What is the number of miles are left?
  • How long it will take to get there?
  • How much gas is needed and how much is it going to cost?

While on the road (we all remember this one!), challenge your child to find all 50 state license plates. As they identify different state license plates, ask them to name the capital of that state.

8. Embrace a foreign language.

Tired of hearing that summer anthem for the 50th time on the radio? Turn it into a foreign language learning opportunity. You can translate just about any song using the website Lyrics Translate. Memorize the lyrics together and have a sing off. If you want to make it more challenging, learn the meaning of the words and write down the lyrics. Add your own twist and it make the song your own!

The bottom line? Summer does not have to be bereft of learning. By incorporating summer education experiences into real world everyday activities you can make the mundane meaningful. Enjoy your safari expedition, beach canvas, kitchen science lab and Friday night take-out trip around the world . . .

Aileen Palmer Grandview Prep Summer education

Aileen Palmer currently serves as the Director of Professional Development at Grandview Preparatory School. When she isn’t helping teachers become even better at what they do, Mrs. Palmer also teaches middle and upper school math and serves as an adviser. In her 16 years in education, Mrs. Palmer has taught secondary math, reading and special education, ESOL adult education and GED adult education. Mrs. Palmer holds a bachelor of arts in Economics and Elementary Education, a masters in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education and a masters in Reading & Learning Disabilities from University of Miami.

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Grandview Preparatory School. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Dual Discovery Pass Offered at Zoo & Science Center

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium have teamed up to offer the best of land and sea with a combo ticket to the two popular attractions: the Dual Discovery Pass.

This ticket includes a one-time visit to both cultural attractions at a discount of up to 30%!

The two locations are so close, I had been wondering when they would team up…

Dual Discovery Pass

Dual Discovery Pass

Guests can purchase the Dual Discovery Pass on-site at either location. The pass is non-transferable, but the buyer can use the pass for one full day of general admission at one attraction, and then use the same pass at the other attraction that day or even weeks later for another day of general admission at the second location.

Pricing is as follows:
Palm Beach County Residents Non-Palm Beach County Residents
Adults $22.00 $25.15
Seniors (60+) $19.90 $22.75
Children (3-12) $15.70 $17.95

About the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium provides curious minds of all ages with an entertaining and educational journey through science and technology. The Science Center features more than 50 hands-on exhibits, an 8,000-gallon fresh and salt water aquarium, a digital planetarium, Everglades Exhibit, Conservation Station and Science on a Sphere as well as natural history exhibitions. Each year the Center welcomes more than 150,000 visitors and reaches more than 50,000 students through workshops and outreach programs to local schools. For more information on the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, please call (561) 832-1988.

About the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches (d.b.a. the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society) exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animals on twenty-three shaded tropical acres, including endangered Malayan tigers, Mexican spider monkeys, jaguars and more. The Zoo is committed to sustainability on-site and in the community as a conservation leader for Palm Beach County.

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.