The Week Ahead for South Florida (It’s Strawberry Time)

The Girls Strawberry Farm Car

My Pick of the Week: Strawberries

It is strawberry picking time here in Florida! (Get it? Pick of the Week?) Benders Farm (Click Here to read a Review) is The Girls Strawberry Farm now doing U-Pick Strawberries.  We also love to go to The Girls U-Pick (Click Here for a Review) it is a lovely way to spend an afternoon!

Grab the chance to take the kids a little hike!  Need some tips for hiking with the Family?  Check out 5 Tips for Hiking with Kids or 5 Tips for Birding with Kids!  We love Boca’s best secret hiking trail (Yamato Scrub Natural Area)!  I also love Pondhawk Nature Center, it has stroller friendly paths and is near the playground.   Daggerwing Nature Center is really nice too, loads of playground, a nice small interactive education center, and of course playgrounds!

 

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Diary of a Rogue House CatDiary of a Rogue House Cat

Have you ever had a pet that just seemed to cause havoc at every turn? Has your cat ever knocked over glasses, hidden your keys or generally created chaos for no apparent reason? Have you ever wondered what on earth your pet could be thinking? Baby Girl the Rogue House Cat explains all her crazy and funny actions in her new diary. Her journey to become a good house cat will help explain why cats do some of the things they do. I hope you enjoy her antics as much as I do.

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The Week Ahead

02/25/2016 – 02/26/2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Green Cay’s Nightstalkers
Green Cay Nature Center, Boynton Beach FL
02/26/2016
12:00 am
Kids Night Out in Pompano Beach
EMMA LOU OLSON CIVIC CENTER, Pompano Beach FL
02/26/2016
10:30 am
Aquarium Feedings
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
02/26/2016
10:30 am
Shark Feedings at Sandoway House
Sandoway House, Delray Beach FL
02/26/2016
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
02/26/2016
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Movie Night & Funtastic Friday in Hollywood at ArtsPark
ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater, Hollywood fl
02/26/2016
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lake Worth Beach Bonfires
Lake Worth Beach, Lake Worth FL
02/26/2016
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Night Hike at Daggerwing Nature Center
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
02/26/2016
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hayride & Campfire at Tradewinds Park
Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek FL
02/27/2016
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Yoga, Zumba & Capoeira Saturdays @Sanborn Downtown Boca
Sanborn Square in Downtown Boca, Boca Raton FL
02/27/2016 – 02/28/2016
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Story & Craft Time at Green Cay Nature Center
Green Cay Nature Center, Boynton Beach FL
02/27/2016
10:30 am
Aquarium Feedings
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
02/27/2016
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kids Programs at Daggerwing Nature Center
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
02/27/2016
10:30 am
Shark Feedings at Sandoway House
Sandoway House, Delray Beach FL
02/27/2016
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
02/29/2016
10:30 am
Aquarium Feedings
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
03/01/2016
10:30 am
Aquarium Feedings
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
03/01/2016
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Mother Nature and Me at Daggerwing Nature Center
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
03/01/2016
10:30 am
Shark Feedings at Sandoway House
Sandoway House, Delray Beach FL
03/01/2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Walk on Ashley Trail at Gumbo Limbo
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
03/02/2016
10:30 am
Aquarium Feedings
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
03/02/2016
10:30 am
Shark Feedings at Sandoway House
Sandoway House, Delray Beach FL
03/02/2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Walk on Ashley Trail at Gumbo Limbo
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
03/02/2016
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
03/03/2016
10:30 am
Aquarium Feedings
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
03/03/2016
10:30 am
Shark Feedings at Sandoway House
Sandoway House, Delray Beach FL
03/03/2016
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
03/04/2016
10:30 am
Aquarium Feedings
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL

 

 

IKEA Play Place and Fun for the Family

Ikea Lips Pillow

We as moms often hit the mall on a rainy day, just to get a cup of coffee and let the kids play in the play area.  It is easy to forget that IKEA is the perfect place for a wander with your Littles!  Our Fort Lauderdale store even has special close parking for families with Littles and strollers.

Ikea Dining Room Kids Area

When I go to IKEA, I always start with breakfast.  They offer specials throughout the week and you will never spend more than a few dollars on a plate of food.  The is food is okay, it is not stellar, but the dining room is always clean and has wide windows all along the wall to make it a bright happy space.  There is a kids space in the dining room where the Littles can eat together in front of a flat screen TV, allowing the adults a chance to brush up on conversation that involves words with more than 2 syllables.

According to Charles Wing Local Marketing Specialist IKEA’s founder wanted the store to reflect his belief that the should store be “a day out for the whole family”. This influence is certainly felt throughout the store and.IKEA seems to work hard to make their store a family friendly place by offering strollers for Ikea Dining Room Bottle Warming Stationthe kids and family bathrooms. The dining room has a bottle warming station, with a toaster, microwave, bottle warmer and bibs.

The family bathroom has a chair in case you need to find a quiet place with baby for moment.  The bathrooms are generally pretty clean, but on the weekends when the store gets crazy busy and they can get a little bad.  They do seem to make a huge effort to keep them clean and I have always seen them spotless first thing in the morning.

Ikea Kids BedroomAt our IKEA you start out on the top floor, this has all the furniture for adults and kids.  My daughter likes to walk around this floor with me and check out all the rooms.  We love to see the way storage and whimsy works in the kids areas and dream about the kitchen we would someday like to have.

The bottom floor is full of the housewares, which is less interesting to my daughter. This floor has everything from silverware to picture frames and glassware, so not really an area where I want to worry about what my Little might try to pick up when my head is turned.  Ikea Lips PillowSo we head on over to the Smalland Play Area, where there is a supervised play area for kids. The Play Area is open daily from 10 am to 7:30 pm.  Usually, the kids can stay for about 50 minutes, they give you a beeper and tell you when you are due back to pick up your child.  Kids must be at least 37 inches tall, no more than 54 inches, and must be completely potty trained.  My daughter had a great time didn’t want to leave when her time was up.  The staff in the play area were courteous and seemed to be very capable. My daughter didn’t want to leave, so that is always a good sign.

Smalland Store Promo Photo
Smalland IKEA Store Provided Promo Photo

On your next rainy day call up your friends and meet at IKEA for a morning of shopping, food and fun. It is a great alternative to the mall when the weather rules out the outdoors.