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South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground Opens

Like your own kids, West Palm Beach’s South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is growing rapidly. A recent ribbon cutting ceremony opened the newest expansions. They include the South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center.

The Science Center worked with PNC and other funders to provide the opportunity for all South Florida children to access to a unique space for fun and learning. An uplifting opportunity, disadvantaged and at-risk youth will also be exposed to the South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center.

South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground
Courtesy South Florida Science Center
South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center Now Open

The Science Center has taken the Multipurpose Center, a gift from the City of West Palm Beach, and has converted the building into a classroom environment suitable for workshops and creative spaces. The center is equipped with 3D printers, robotics labs and computer programming spaces. The space is ideal for STEM and STEAM education and fun.

During the ribbon cutting ceremonies, educators were on hand with demonstrations in every classroom. This fostered excitement and displayed how all of the new equipment will be used. We can’t wait to go check everything out for ourselves. Congratulations to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium!

South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground
Courtesy South Florida Science Center

The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations.

For more information on these new offerings or SFSCA general information, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.   

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West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit Now Open for Summer 2017

A new summer West Palm Beach butterfly exhibit is coming to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium! It starts May 6th and wraps up September 29th! Fun for the whole family, “Amazing Butterflies” details the entire life cycle of the well-loved and beautiful insect.

Visitors will experience the challenges of being a caterpillar as it transforms into a beautiful butterfly. You’ll discover how caterpillars eat, move and live through a hands-on maze. It will be filled with activities the whole family will enjoy!

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit Summer 2017

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit- Summer 2017

Guests of all ages can learn what it’s like to fly like a butterfly, walk like a caterpillar and avoid getting stuck in a spider web. After learning about the life cycle of the butterfly, guests can explore butterfly gardens. They are located throughout the Science Center’s NEW Conservation Course, an 18-hole miniature golf course, to get an up-close look at the beautiful insects.

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit Summer 2017

Tickets to “Amazing Butterflies” are included in the South Florida Science Center’s general admission. It is $15 for adults, $11 for children 3-12 and free to members and children under 3. For more information, call 561-832-1988 or visit http://sfsciencecenter.org.

2016’s BEST Local Boca Halloween Events for Kiddos & Parents

I’m pretty sure Halloween is the best mommy blogger holiday EVER. We get to write about Boca Halloween events, decorating, cooking (PUMPKINS!), costumes and showcase adorable photos of our kids dressed up as all sorts of cute things.

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Pre-baby, #modernbocadad and I used to rock the “couples costumes” in NYC. Oh yes!

Our great friends throw an epic Halloween party each year, so I always felt like we really needed to work hard to come up with a great outfit! I’m pretty confident we succeeded.

Cruella DeVille & a Dalmatian in 2010
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Seneca Crane & Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games in 2012 (pregnant!)
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The “Big Apple” & Statue of Liberty in 2013
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Hunter & Peacock (plus a very cross Tinkerbell) in 2014

But now that we’re parents, our focus is on Boca Halloween events and #dailybocaavery:

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider in 2015
Rapunzel and (Daddy) Flynn Rider in 2015

I can’t wait to take her to all of the great, local Boca Halloween events coming up!

Here are just a few to get your October calendars going…

The BEST 2016 Local Boca Halloween Events for Kiddos and Adults

Boca Halloween Events

Check out the City of Boca Raton’s “Boca Boo Days” website

All of the City of Boca Halloween events are listed in great detail including some of our favorites at Sugar Sand Park AND Gumbo Limbo!


Chocolate Classes & More at Hoffman’s Chocolates

Saturday, October 15, Sunday October 16, Saturday, October 22, 1-3PM- CLASSES

Monday, October 31, All Day- TRICK OR TREATING

Fun-filled Children’s Chocolatier Classes will take place this October at its Greenacres store, located at 5190 Lake Worth Road. During the class, young chocolatiers will have the opportunity to get creative as they assemble and design their very own chocolate haunted houses using icing, festive candies and confections. The cost to participate in these classes is $30 per person. Space is limited. To register a child or group, please call 561-967-2213.

Then on Halloween, Monday, October 31st, parents can make their first trick-or-treat stop with their kids at Hoffman’s Chocolates where costumed trick-or-treaters will receive one free Halloween decorated Chocolate Covered Oreo while parents can taste a free sample of the Pumpkin Pie Truffle.

Trick-or-treaters will also be invited to have a photo taken by a Hoffman’s Chocolatier that parents can then post on any of their own social media channels. Once the customer has shown the chocolatier their posted photo, they will be given a Buy One, Get One Free Ice Cream Voucher to use during their next visit. No purchase is necessary for guests to submit their photo on social media.

Boca Halloween Events

A fun, safe, not-so-scary, Halloween experience for your kids at the Palm Beach Zoo! 

Special Evening Hours Fridays & Saturdays with trick-or-treating during these times…

  • 10/21 10am-4pm and 5pm-9pm
  • 10/22 10am-4pm and 5pm-9pm
  • 10/33 10am-4pm
  • 10/28 10am-4pm and 5pm-9pm
  • 10/29 10am-4pm and 5pm-9pm
  • 10/30 10am-4pm

The public is invited to have a howlin’ good time at “Boo at the Zoo!” Guests will enjoy trick-or-treating, costume contests, a “decorate-your-own” pumpkin patch, live music from a DJ in the Interactive Play Fountain area, giveaways, haystack hunt, face painting/airbrush tattoos, roving animal encounters, not-so-scary wildlife presentations and much more!


Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash

Saturday, October 22, 11AM-10PM; Sunday, October 23, 11AM-7PM

East Ocean Avenue, in Downtown Boynton Beach, will be transformed into a lively pirate village, and mermaid lagoon, packed with fun-filled activities and entertainment for all ages!

Enjoy live music, children’s activities, pirate re-enactments and stunt shows, an interactive pirate ship, magicians and fairies, Captain Jack, a spooktacular haunted house at the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center (admission fee). There will be live mermaids in a tank, children’s crafts, the Mermaid Splash Pageant, awarding prizes to Miss Mermaid and ‘Lil Miss Mermaid.

For more information and a vendor application, visit www.catchboynton.com or call 561-600-9093.


Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival

Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, (Times on Flier)

Gear up for the 5th Annual Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival at Regatta Park in Miami!

The festival will feature a variety of fun activities for the whole family, including a pumpkin patch with 5,000 pumpkins to pick from! Plus, NEW THIS YEAR is a full size carnival for ALL AGES! Included in the entrance fee are unlimited carnival rides, a hay & cornstalk maze, a dress-your-own scarecrow village, and ongoing shows & activities on our main stage! Attendees can also enjoy all the activities planned including the opportunity to decorate your pumpkins right on-site, as well as the Pumpkin Food Court offering savory & sweet pumpkin delights (and delicious fair food)!  Adults can enjoy a “cold one” at one of the Pumpkin Beer Bars!

Ticket Pricing:

  • $15 General Admission for Everyone 2 Years Old & Up
  • FREE for Babies Under 24 Months old

***For a limited time, WonderFALL Family 4-packs are on sale for 50% OFF on the event website, with the code: FALL2016***

For more information about this event, please check their Facebook page, or visit the event’s website at www.CoconutGrovePumpkinPatch.com.


Trick-or-Treat so Others Can Eat

Saturday, October 22, 10AM-2PM

Put on your favorite costume and bring the whole family to the Boca Raton Community Garden for a fun fall festival! Enjoy crafts, tasty treats, pumpkin patch, seed planting, face painting and much more!

*Your admission of non-perishable food items will be donated to help feed the hungry in our community.*

Boca Halloween Events

Halloween Trick or Treat Event at Delray Marketplace

Wednesday, October 26, 6-9PM

Free, open-to-the-public activities will include safe trick-or-treating from shop to shop, hay rides, a mini pumpkin patch, craft stations, face painting and more! Plus, attendees will have an opportunity to win giant candy courtesy of IT’SUGAR and Vista BMW.

Alaina Kurtz and Chris Oritz, Science Center Educators Modern Boca Mom

Spooky Science Night at the Museum

Friday, October 28, 6-9PM

Science is scary fun! Spooky science secrets, oozing pumpkins, smoking bubbles, creepy crawlers and much more await all “boils and ghouls” during Spooky Science Night at the Museum. There will be plenty of treats along with a few tricks during this fun-filled event for all ages.

On the last Friday night of each month from 6-9 PM, guests 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!

For more information, call (561) 832-1988 or visit sfsciencecenter.org.


Fall Harvest Party at JoBella Girl’s Boutique & Design Closet


Saturday, October 29, 1PM

Join JoBella Girl’s Boutique for games, candy, a princess meet and greet, costume contest, face painting and more! There will also be a fall photo setting where you can have a family photo taken by Lisa Glam Photography!

RSVP on Facebook HERE.


Costume Dance Party at Boca Raton Children’s Museum

Saturday, October 29, 4-7PM

Details in the flier above. 🙂


Halloween Bash at Pompano Citi Centre

Monday, October 31, 5-7PM

Details in the flier above. 🙂


“Not So Spooky” Halloween Family Fun at Gulfstream Park

Monday October 31, 5-8PM

Join Gulfstream Park for a night of free, festive Halloween fun! The Not So Spooky Halloween offers exciting activities for the entire family, including entertainment by DJ Koz, face painting, a laugh-out-loud magic show and more. Satisfy your sweet tooth by trick-or-treating at more than 20 different stores and restaurants in Gulfstream Park.

Don’t forget to come dressed in your best costume for Barker Animation Art Gallery’s 4th Annual Costume Contest with more than $5,000 in prizes in multiple categories including Best Family, Most Adorable, Most Original, Best Cartoon Character and more.

Visitors can tag their photos from the evening on Instagram with #SpookyGulfstream and @ShopGulfstream for a chance to win great prizes!

WHEN: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Trick-or-Treating throughout Gulfstream Park; 7:30 p.m. Magic Show; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Interactive DJ and Face Painting

WHERE: 901 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach


Spooktacular Spa Tours at Eau Spa

Monday October 31, 2-5PM

October is Spa Month, and to cap off all its fabulous specials, Eau Spa is hosting Spooktacular Spa Tours to celebrate Halloween! Guests are welcome to wear their costumes and “trick-or-treat” from treatment room to treatment room, sampling mini massages and other delights while filling their goodie bags with luxurious product samples!

Tours are $50 and include a day pass to Eau Spa, so all ghouls and goblins can relax the day away before heading out for evening Halloween festivities! And this Halloween weekend is also the perfect time to take advantage of the remaining Spa Month specials at Forbes Five-Star Eau Spa.

Discover Spa Month – October special

Sea Salt & Honey Pumpkin Polish and Mask – The decadent Sea Salt & Honey Pumpkin Polish and Mask begins with a sea salt exfoliation that will gently slough off rough and dry skin, leaving a smooth visage. Wrap it up with a pumpkin puree clay mask that incorporates bentonite and illite clay to draw out impurities, detoxify and increase blood circulation. Starting at $150 (regular price $295; add the amazing Dry Float Bed for $25)

Spooktacular Spa Specials

All specials come with a fabulous take-home treat bag!

  • The Monster Mash Massage – Haunted by aches and pains? Say boo to what’s troubling you! -50 Minutes Self-Centered Massage for $99
  • Wax Off Your Werewolf – Shed your coat! -20% off all Body Waxing
  • Jack-O-Lantern Facial – Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, get rid of my fine lines and wrinkles, Quick! This facial will set your face aglow! -50 Minute Essence Facial for $99
  • Mummies and Deadies Float Bed Treatment – Need to escape from your little monsters? Enjoy a body scrub so soothing that it’s scary. Eliminate unwanted toxins, cellulite, and water weight with a body treatment that is so cozy you will be screaming for more. Get wrapped up in a cocoon to moisturize and invigorate the skin. -60 Minutes for $165
  • Bride of Frankenstein Tan and Shine – Dry and dull complexion can make you look like a corpse. Come out of your coffin sporting a healthy glow with a San Tropez spray tan. $99
  • Madame Tussaud’s Hand Treatment & Manicure – Preserve yourself and enjoy silky soft and pain-free hands and feet after we dip you in our waxy paraffin potion. With a little massage, it’s guaranteed to temporarily spook arthritis away. $45
  • Trick or Treat, Fix my Feet – Don’t knock on doors with candy corn toes peeking out from your gladiator sandals. $65

To learn more, call 800-328-0170 or 561-533-6000 or visit Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.



Fright Night at The Addison Benefitting Slow Burn Theatre Company

Monday, October 31, 7:30PM

I am counting down the days until this adults only event! One of my absolute favorite event venues (and Boca Halloween events historical landmark) the Addison is opening its doors to the public on Halloween night for a unique event experience to benefit Slow Burn Theatre Company at the Broward Center.

The Addison’s first annual Halloween bash will feature foodie-approved fare, specialty cocktails, live music, and theatrical event productions. The Addison will be completely transformed for the Boca Halloween events, and each room will showcase music and décor following a different theme including: a haunted mansion, zombie banquet hall, 80’s horror movie homage, spooky graveyard, and a VIP room.

$50 General Admission / $100 VIP Admission
VIP includes access to Club Room, open bar, champagne service, and special treats. You can purchase your Boca Halloween events tickets by phone at 561-372-0568 or at http://addisonhalloween.com

Proceeds will benefit Slow Burn Theatre Company whose mission is to provide South Florida’s diverse population with opportunities to experience high quality, daring, contemporary and intelligent works of musical theatre through attendance, employment, and/or educational and community outreach programs. Slow Burn Theatre opens this season with Hunchback of Notre Dame on October 20, 2016 and will also produce Avenue Q, Titanic, Xanadu, Big River, and  Aida all playing at the Broward Center for Performing Arts. Past productions have included The Rocky Horror Show, Sweeney Todd, Bonnie & Clyde, and Heathers.

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.

South Florida Science Center Opens “Hall of Discovery”

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On February 2nd, the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium debuted the first phase of its “West Wing” improvements.  The “Hall of Discovery” contains new exhibits, along with old favorites, which have received a modern twist.  All exhibits are highly interactive and focus on hands-on, minds-on science. The opening offers 5,000 additional square feet of exhibition space, with more exciting improvements to come later this season!

A highlight of the opening included the Science Center’s first bilingual exhibit, which explores nano-scale science such as atoms and molecules. The first and only nano exhibit in the state of Florida, the exhibition presents the basics of nano-science and engineering, introducing real world applications while exploring societal and ethical implications.

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According to Lew Crampton, Science Center CEO, “Our community and our tourists deserve a world-class science center and we are happy to rise to the occasion.  In addition to this first phase, we have plans for an early childhood education room, improvements to our planetarium and observatory – the only public observatory in Palm Beach County – and a brand new 18-hole miniature golf course, all on track to open this year.”

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As an incentive for old and new friends to see the expansion, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is lowering its entrance fees to celebrate the “Hall of Discovery” opening.

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Admission to the Science Center is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12, and $14.95 for seniors over the age of 60. Science Center members are FREE.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, recently named the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches’ nonprofit of the year, features more than 50 hands-on educational exhibits, an 8,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall and an interactive Everglades exhibit. 

For more information, please call (561) 832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org.