The Week Ahead for South Florida 1/15/15

The Girls Strawberry Farm Car

The Girls Strawberry Turtle

It is strawberry time here in Florida!  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 Check out one of 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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Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market, Strawberry U-Pick and Pumpkin Patch

Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market Fall Festival


We go to Bedner’s every year!  They stepped it up a notch last year, which means that it cost a bit more too, so expect to drop some cash.  They added some great games (free) for the kids and bunch of bounce houses (not free).  The best advice i can give you about this place is that you need to go the first weekend if expect to get good pumpkin patch photo’s.  The first weekend the vines on the hay bales are green and look great.  By the end of the season, you will have photo’s of pumpkins on brown hay bales.  The second bit of advice is to go early.  This place gets very busy!

Bedner’s Fall Festival Review

This is the best Pumpkin Patch that I have been able to find.  It is a bit of a drive from Fort Lauderdale, but seriously worth it!  Bedner’s have a great market filled with beautiful locally grown fruit and vegetables, some of which are grown on property.

Weekends in October are the best here due to the Fall Festival!  Guests take a ride through the fields on a tractor to the “pumpkin patch”.  We got to see an alligator on the way!

Pumpkins don’t grow terribly well in Florida, so it’s not a real pumpkin patch, There is an entire field filled with Pumpkins sitting on what looked like cucumber vines.  So you get the feel that you are really out picking pumpkins. It is a great photo opportunity!  I got several pie pumpkins while we were there and made some great pumpkin pie with it!

The grounds are all decorated for fall and Halloween, there is a huge Tiki Hut where you can sit in the shade and enjoy great barbecue and home made ice cream and the best fresh dipped caramel apples ever!

There are also some local craft venders with some really cute stuff for sale.  Be prepared to walk to get there, we had to park down the street, so bring a stroller to carry your pumpkin back to your car even if your kid won’t use the stroller.  If you get there at opening you can park right in the lot (I won’t go unless we get there early, it gives us a chance to get through all the activities with less lines.)  

During the summer they also run a strawberry  and tomato u-pick.

Bedner’s can be found at 10066 Lee Road Boynton Beach, Florida 33473 and the Fall Festival is open Beginning September 27th Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 10-5.

Alligator at Bedner's FarmLast word of caution:  There are alligators in the canals, and while we were at the pumpkin patch I did see a child fall into the canal.  He was fine, his mother was in like a flash right after him.  However, it is a good reminder of how fast a kid can trip and fall.  Please be right on top of your kids at all times near these canals.

Bedner’s Pumpkin Patch


Bedner’s Pumpkin Patch


Gator in the Canal


Bedner’s Alligator
Bedner’s Fall Festival
Bedner’s Pumpkin Patch
Bedner’s Farm Market
Bedner’s Home Made Ice Cream
Bedner’s Fall Festival
Tractor Ride
Tractor Ride

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum in Boynton Beach

Schoolhouse Children's Museum

Schoolhouse Museum LighthouseYou all know I love my gadgets!  My Little loves hers just as much, but there is always time to unplug and disconnect!  The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center in Boynton Beach is the perfect place to unplug!


Kids Kingdom Playground

I cannot believe I had never been there before!  The recent monsoonal downpours sent me looking for indoor places to spend some energy without breaking the bank.

On the way into the Museum, you must be prepared to spend sometime at the Kids Kingdom Playground.  It is an amazing magic kingdom  with slides, hidden climbing areas, and it is accessible for all children.  My advice is to take advantage and bring a picnic lunch before or after you visit the Museum.

Schoolhouse Museum The Schoolhouse Museum is housed in an actual preserved 1913 schoolhouse.  The exhibits are supposed to represent local history through traditional hands-on play.  The entire Museum is a touchable imagination factory, where kids can Schoolhouse Museum Bathroom Alphabetexplore what it must have been like to live and work in old Florida.

Everywhere you look there is something to discover.  Even the bathrooms in the lobby!  My Little went nuts when she noticed that the murals in the restrooms had the alphabet hidden in them.  Such a silly thing, but I thought I wasn’t going to be able to get her out of there!




Schoolhouse Museum TrainThe first floor of the Museum houses a train where the kids can ring a bell, pretend to shovel coal into the engine. The adventure continues with a visit to the Boynton Hotel where I was served pretend tea and cakes by the cutest little waitress in the world.

Dairy Days give the kids a chance to feed the life sized cow (ping pong balls) and see them come out into milk pails. (Yeah, I know, stop laughing, the ping balls really come out the utters!) The work carries on by placing the “milk” into the pasteurizer. Don’t forget to have fun picking picking peppers at the farmhouse and using leg power to make the conveyor belt move the peppers onto the washing station.

As you move onto the second floor, don’t bother with the elevator!  Take the stairs so you Schoolhouse Museumcan get a great view of the replica of the Jupiter Lighthouse created by Disney Animatronics and the ocean mural.  Don’t forget to knock on the lighthouse door!  Don’t ask, just do it okay?

The second floor moves you onto main street.  Kids can check out the Barefoot Mailman, and find out just what it took for mail to move from Lake Worth to  Miami. That is a heck of a walk with a sack of mail on your back.

Schoolhouse Museum Hypoluxo SteamerWe had fun stocking shelves and selling merchandise (although my daughter got upset with me when I tried to get her to make change, I suppose that was just a little too educational for her).

The Littles can check out Doc Weems Doctor’s Office and take care of newborn babies, visit the Post Office and weigh, stamp and deliver mail, or explore the Hypoluxo Steamer and explore the swampland.

This place makes for a fabulous day out!  You can’t beat the price, Children under 1 are free, Ages 1-17 $4.00 and Adults are $5.00.

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum
208 South Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, Fl 33435-4452
(561) 375-6387


Family Fun at Boynton Beach Mall

Trackless Train at Boynton Beach Mall

Play Area at Boynton Beach MallFamily fun is abundant at Boynton Beach Mall.  It is a great place to spend a little air conditioned play time with the little ones

The play area itself is large with a padded floor, the typical Simon Mall playground.  There is a plane, a cow, a baseball, a car and a mirror all padded for climbing and playing.

It is certainly worth grabbing a cup of coffee from the crepe place and hanging here during the heat of the day while the kids exhaust themselves.

Carousel at Boynton Beach Mall


My daughters favorite is the carrousel.  It is cute if on the small side, but the horses are full sized and kids love it and won’t complain.  Your wallet won’t complain either for $2.00 a ride.


Trackless Train at Boynton Beach Mall


The trackless train is big hit.  It takes a longish ride starting from the food court, around the carrousel and back to the food court.



The Tornado Bumper Cars looked pretty cool, but this one is probably for slightly olderBumper Cars at Boynton Beach Mall children.  These bumper cars do not move like normal ones, they can spin on a time and move in any direction.

They looked fun and I really wanted to try them, but I am not sure my Little could control them quite yet.  There is a height requirement for this $4.00 ride.

There are a few coin operated rides in the food court which are always good for a climb around.  My pictures are not great of these so I will leave it to your imagination.  There are about 4 of them and they range from $1 to $2 to ride.  If you haven’t already, don’t let your child know they move until they figure it our themselves.  You can get away without putting quarters in for a while at least!

The mall has loads of restaurants, everything from fast food to sit down so there should be options for everyone.  It tends to be pretty quiet on weekdays so even better for those with Little’s who just want to crawl.  All in all, a good way to wear out the Little’s without wearing you and your wallet out!

801 N Congress Ave,
Boynton Beach, FL 33426-3315