Regal Offers $1 Summer Movies! Summer Movie Express

Regal Summer Movie Express

2016 Summer Movie Express

Summer-Movie-Express-1-Dollar-Movies

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Most look like they are Tuesday & Wednesdays at 10am starting June 14th, but check your local theater for starting dates as they are different by State and Theater!  Find a Theater near you

  • Week 1
    The Lego Movie
    Max
  • Week 2
    Goosebumps
    The Iron Giant: Signature Edition
  • Week 3
    Pan
    The Smurfs 2
  • Week 4
    Despicable Me 2
    Home
  • Week 5
    Minions
    The Peanuts Movie
  • Week 6
    Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
    Curious George
  • Week 7
    The Book of Life
    Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Week 8
    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
    Shaun The Sheep
  • Week 9
    The Croods
    Dr. Suess’ The Lorax

 

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

 

 

The Week Ahead for South Florida – Happy New Year

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a fabulous first week of 2016! 

Happy New Year 2016

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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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Kids Bowl Free for the Summer – Nationwide

Kids Bowl Free Logo

A friend pointed me towards this website, if you sign up for free, your kids get to bowl (2 games a day) for free all summer long!

I looked at some of the areas available and there are many.  South Florida unfortunately is a bit lacking and the nearest one is in West Palm Beach.

There is a page on the website that can suggest a bowling center near you and they say they will attempt to get them to participate and then let you know when they succeed.

Here is the link to the participating alleys.

Florida : http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/state.php?state=FL

Nationwide: http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/

 

 

 

Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Review

Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney Review

Christmas in Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World Christmas in Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World One of my favorite things to do is to go camping at Fort Wilderness at Disney World.  I have always loved to camp, however my dear husband has been dubious at best about it.

We have found the perfect happy place to make it work for all of us!  We can camp here and there are so many things to do, no one is ever bored!

Being there while the campgrounds were all decorated for Christmas was extra special.  It is so much fun just walk around the campsites and see how the campers decorate their sites.  This last visit we stayed in the 2000 loop.  At first I felt like it was too far from the pool, however we Christmas in Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney Worlddiscovered that people had build little bridges across the canal and we could walk to the pool and the camp store in less than 5 min.  We had so much fun “trekking through the wild” to the store (where I could get coffee) and of course to the pool.

Make sure that you look over your schedule when you get there so you don’t miss any of the fun!

 

 

Pools
Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Pool at Disney World
There are two pools, one for adults (which truthfully, I have never been to) and one for everyone!  The pools are heated and there is almost always some sort of entertainment going on there.  There are crafts for the kids in the morning, and dance games, bingo and quiz games throughout the day.  Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Pool at Disney World Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Pool Craft at Disney WorldThe snack bar is pretty good and handy too. Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Pool at Disney World Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Pool at Disney WorldThis last trip was so cold, that we did not swim (well my hubby and daughter lasted about 10 minutes in the water).  However we spent a good bit of time hanging out by the pool, playing games and making crafts.

There is a fabulous kiddie pool as well as a splash slide for the little ones.  I love that the kiddie pool is shallow enough that the little ones can handle it without us parents getting too wet!

Of course there is the giant slide too!  We were lucky enough to arrive first in the morning on one of our trips.  The lifeguard asked my daughter if she would like to open the slide and gave her a train engineers hat and whistle.  She was so proud of herself, she got to announce loudly that the slide was open, blow her whistle and take the first slide down.  She still talks about it.  This is the magic of Disney, where something rather ordinary becomes something special that is never forgotten!

Don’t worry there is a hot tube too!

One of the things that I love the most about all the Disney Resorts and Fort Wilderness are the lifeguards.  As a former lifeguard myself, it is clear that they are all well trained and super alert.  They are professional and always have an ice pack at hand for the occasional bump or boo boo.  I know this because my daughter is adept at needing a ice pack!

WildlIfe
Wild Turkeys Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldIn our wanderings around the campgrounds we have seen loads of deer grazing, bunnies, all kinds of birds, a hawk, an oriole, and some turkeys.  Once a duck flew into the pool too, which the kids thought was hilarious.

 

 

Hidden Mickey in the bathroom Fort Wilderness Campgrounds  at Disney World
Hidden Mickey in the bathroom Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World

Facilities
Each camping loop has a couple of “Comfort Stations”.  The bathroom, the loo, the toilet, the privy, the throne…..you get the picture.  The bathrooms are always clean.  Seriously, I have camped here when the grounds were completely full and the bathrooms have never been gross!  Mind you I still wear my flip flops in the shower, but really they are pretty darn good.  All the showers have a disabled shower in them too, this is particularly handy for those of us with little girls, being able to pick up the shower head to rinse out little ones hair (especially long hair) makes things a lot less ratty (pun intended).

Smores Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World Our Camp Site Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World

Our Campsite Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldMost sites have water and electric, there are tent sites and also big rig sites. So it seems that they can accommodate just about any type of camper that comes their way.  I should not forget to mention that they have cabins for rent too.  We have never gone that route, but if a tent is a bit too much for you it is always an option.

Most of the sites are pretty secluded so there is some privacy.  Although, as a parent of an only child, I don’t mind that we can see all the kids playing in the center field of the loop.

Playgrounds
Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Playground at Disney World Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Playground at Disney WorldDisney did not forget that kids love playgrounds!  There are playgrounds tucked in here and there and everywhere and there always seems to be kids who want to play.  Which in our case is a very good thing! The playgrounds gave loads of shade and are almost always surrounded by picnic tables and benches.

 

 

 

 

 

Cinderella’s Horses
Tri Circle Farms Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldTri Circle Farms is housed on site near the beach and the Trails End Restaurant.  This is seriously cool!  The kids (as long as they are under 48 inches) can ride on one of Cinderella’s horses.  Yes, they are the very same horses that pull Cinderella’s Carriage.  This time my daughter got to ride Bandit.  As I was leading Bandit, I thought to myself How cool is this, I am leading one of Tri Circle Farms Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldCinderella’s horses. At that moment I looked back at my daughter and she was grinning ear to ear and she said “I am riding Cinderella’s horse!”  For $8.00, this is a memory that will be special for a long time!

Even if you are too big to ride, you can walk through the yard and visit with the horses.  Don’t forget to check out the barn and see the working Calliope, see the Clydesdale and learn a little about Walt’s love for horses!

Tri Circle Farms Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldYou can also take the family on a trail ride at Fort Wilderness, the horseback riding barn is at the front of the campgrounds near the reception.  I don’t know what the fees are, but I can’t wait to take my girl on ride soon.

Tri Circle Farms Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World

 

 

 

 

 

Campfire Sing Along, Bonfire and Movie
The campground hosts a Chip and Dale Sing Along and Bonfire that is included in your camping fees.  You can buy marshmallows and a stick (or just bring your own).  I prefer to do our smores at the campgrounds as it gets a bit much with tons of kids running around with sharp sticks and fiery marshmallows.

The Beach Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldFireworks and Electrical Water Pagent
Ask when you come into the campgrounds what time the fireworks and the Electric Boat Parade are.  You sit on the beach in the evening and watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. The kids love it and while maybe not quite as impressive at it is in the parks, it is still a great view and a great time!

Monorail and FerriesThe Beach Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World
Not going into the parks this trip?  No problem, you can still take a boat across to Magic Kingdom or the Wilderness Lodge.  From Magic Kingdom you can take the family on monorail ride.  The little ones love this and think it’s the best ever!

 

Christmas in Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldTrails End Restaurant
They do a sit down breakfast and dinner.  We prefere the breakfast, however it is a little expensive.  We don’t do it every time, but I love it.  The food is really good and of course they have my favorite, Mickey Waffles!

Trails End Breakfast Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World
Trails End Breakfast Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World

Did you forget the hamburgers or did it rain on your hotdogs?  Both of these have happened to us, the Trails End Restaurant is available to walk up order pizza or breakfast items, and i thought the prices were pretty reasonable.  They also have a bar with a walk up window which makes waiting on the beach for the fireworks a bit more fun for adults!

Camp store Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldThe Trading Post store (there are two on the campgrounds) should have most things you might need.  Everything from snacks to food, souvenirs and of course coffee!  I always come prepared to make coffee at my campsite, however you can never have enough coffee in my opinion.

Disney has not forgotten the extras.  Right outside the restaurant they keep a plastic horseshoe game and loads of hula hoops.  It was so much fun to sit on the patio there and watch all the kids playing in front of the Christmas Tree.

Bikes at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World  Canoeing at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World Canoeing at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldCanoeing, Fishing, Archery, Wagon Rides, Boat Rentals, Fishing, Bike Rentals, Jogging Trails, Arcade, Walking Tours, Segway Tours, Bike Rentals, and Golf Cart Tours.
This last trip we took a canoe rental around the canals.  It was fun, and rather comical.  The young man who helped us get out the canoe indicated that we could not get lost, however that did not turn out to be the case.  Anyhow we made it back to the Bike Barn (where we started) and we had fun.  They have rental bikes for all sizes and even helmets too, so if you can’t get your bike to the campgrounds you are covered.  All of these things do have extra fees.  The Canoeing at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney Worldcanoeing was pretty reasonable, at around $6.50 for a half hour for all three of us including life jackets.

 

The Week Ahead for South Florida 12/3/14

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Disney World
Cinderella's Castle Frozen over by Elsa
Cinderella’s Castle Frozen over by Elsa

I wanted to get the list out early this week since the Boca Raton Holiday Parade and the Christmas Tree Lighting at Downtown Delray Beach  are tonight.   I hope you are all enjoying the Holidays and getting into the mood.

We have some big news, we took a camping trip to Disney World!  We camped at Fort Wilderness and went to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  We had a great time!  I am halfway through writing the review now, so you can expect to see pictures and read about it very shortly!

My pick of the week (going with the Disney theme) is Downtown Disney.

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 8/7/14

Jaxson's Ice Cream
Click Here for Jaxsons Ice Cream Virtual Tour
Click Here for Jaxsons Ice Cream Virtual Tour

We drove down to Jaxson’s yesterday for our end of the summer blow out!  If you have never been there, it is a South Florida institution.  My friends who grew up down here all have memories of going there as kids.  The ice creams are huge (and expensive) the place is kitschy and fun to poke around and look at all the antiques.  We had a lovely afternoon and there is nothing more fun than 10 kids all with ice creams as big as their heads.

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City of Boca Raton Summer Music Series

 

My Pick of the Week
The City of Boca Raton has been running a summer music series at Mizner Amphitheater.  This week is there will be a Billy Joel Tribute Band (Don’t judge, I think it sounds fun! Okay, so I may be showing my age here.)  If Billy Joel is not your thing, Click Here for this weeks list of upcoming events!

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Castaway Island Water Park at TY Park in Hollywood

Castaway Island at TY Park interactive pool.

I wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts on Castaway Island Water Park at Topeekeegee Yugnee (TY) Park in Hollywood Florida!

I will start by saying that I can’t believe I have lived in South Florida for so many years and never been here before!  What was I thinking!  The park itself is huge and the Water Park is huge too!  There are 3 different sections a climbing slide area for everyone, a toddler pool with a slide and activities, and a huge pool.

I liked that it did not have the 2 hour time limit of some of Broward County parks, so you can pay the entry fee and spend the day there!  The pools were clean and well maintained.  It was not a super busy day when we were there, but then again it certainly was not empty either and the bathrooms were pretty decent for a water park.  I didn’t try the snack bar, but I saw people with all the usual pool snack bar items, the pizza smelled good and I am not really sure how we got out of the place without buying ice cream, but we managed.

It was pretty quiet for us in the morning, however about the time that we left (2:00 pm) a camp group came in and there were long lines at the slides.  This happens at all the water parks I have been to in the summer, The kids were good and there were no problems, however it was pretty packed then.  Not sure if you can call ahead and find out what time the groups are coming on the day you visit or not.  It is worth a try though, and worth the effort at any water park you decide to head out to.

Castaway Island at TY Park interactive pool.
Castaway Island at TY Park interactive pool.

The first interactive water playground area has all the required water park attractions, it has a dumping buckets lots of slides, and splash cannon areas on a climbing structure.  It is big enough to entertain most kids (maybe not teens, but then again……..I thought it was pretty fun!).

Castaway Island at TY toddler interactive pool
Castaway Island at TY toddler interactive pool

The part I really like is the toddler area.  There is a toddler interactive pool playground with slides and water cannons.  What is nice about this area is that it is completely fenced off from the rest of the water park.

 

Castaway Island water fall in the zero entry swimming pool.
Castaway Island water fall in the zero entry swimming pool.

The third area is the pool, and wow, it is truly beautiful!  This huge pool is zero entry on one end and the other is a beautiful rock waterfall.  Again, the place was immaculate!

All in all, this park is certainly worth spending the afternoon.  It cost us $8 each to enter and I think we had a great day!  You have to love all the amazing parks here in South Florida!

Castaway Island’s normal summer operating hours are 9:30 am to 5:20 pm, and is located at 3300 N. Park Rd, Hollywood, FL 33021.   Please check with the park for current prices and hours before you head over as they do change seasonally.

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton

Turtles at Gumbo Limbo

Turtles at Gumbo LimboWe headed over to Gumbo Limbo a few weeks ago, and yes I only just got the photo’s edited!

If you have not been in awhile, you really should go!  They have done an immense amount of work to update and build new tanks.

Gumbo Limbo is a Nature Center in Boca Raton, and it is both a city park and a part of the FAU Research Programs.  Sea turtles are studied, rehabbed and released through this facility.  Gumbo Limbo was created in 1984 and focuses on environmental education.

The nature center is a preserve for all kinds of native wildlife and includes trails and Lake Wyman at Gumbo Limboboardwalks, tanks of native fish, butterfly gardens and a fire tower that is 40 feet high overlooking the mangroves, Lake Wyman, and even the Atlantic Ocean.

Gumbo Limbo offers educational programs, fish feedings, and school programs all year long.  The facility is free to enter however there is a suggested donation of $5 per person.  This is a great place to spend a few hours with the family, get in touch with nature and learn about the amazing environment we are so lucky to have in our back yard!