Inside the Surprising Innovations of Sustainable Garden Design

Palm Beach Property by Nievea Williams

Palm Beach Property by Nievea Williams

By Meaghan O'Neill at

As in real estate, so in sustainable landscape architecture: Location is everything. A successful coastal Florida garden is going to require some very different elements than one in California's Napa Valley. “Everything really depends on the site,” says Lauren Stimson, principal at Stephen Stimson Landscape Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which is known for its agrarian approach and sensitive use of local materials.

Highly considered landscapes are all unique. However, several common denominators connect sustainable gardens everywhere. Water usage, native plantings, efficient irrigation, managing storm-water runoff, and reducing lawns are key elements to success, regardless of climate or clientele.

“Whether it's in Santa Fe or Annapolis,” says Ron Radziner, design principal at Marmol Radziner, a full-service architectural design-build firm in California known for forging connections between indoor and outdoor spaces, “our goal is to use plantings with the most appropriate use of water. Being drought-tolerant doesn't preclude a beautiful garden,” says Radziner.

From a homeowner's perspective, saving water simply makes economic sense, especially in drought-prone regions like California, where some towns and cities have begun restricting usage and fining for overages. But even in places like coastal Florida, the constant sun means high-maintenance landscapes can be expensive to keep up.

For a project in Palm Beach, Florida, landscape architect Keith Williams' client asked him to keep her water bill almost impossibly low at $500 or less per month. Nevertheless, Williams delivered a lush, romantic design that met the parameters by limiting the use of turf to just the entry and pool surround, and locating water-loving plantings in the shade. An advanced irrigation system also monitors weather and humidity, and uses drip irrigation, rather than a mist, which can quickly evaporate. Williams, partner and vice president of Nievera Williams in Palm Beach, explains that designing for water efficiency is part of the standard service he provides.

Lower-maintenance plants also require less water, so native plants and cultivars, naturally, are part of sustainable garden design. For a project in Maine, SSA used native ground covers harvested from nearby sites. Keeping existing soil on site is also a priority for the firm, which works with scientists to amend its makeup instead of digging it out. “Ultimately, we try to promote areas of plants that form a community, not just plants and trees,” says Stimson. “There's a whole dynamic going on that supports nature and wildlife.”

Exotic plant materials, however, aren't entirely taboo. Williams installed green island ficus around the foundation of a modern minimalist property, also in Palm Beach. “It's one of the most sustainable plants I can think of,” he says. “It's non-native, but it takes drought, salt, and wind well, and, of course, it's non-invasive.”

Reducing grassy areas is also paramount. SSA minimized the amount of lawn on a Massachusetts property by restoring a 20-acre meadow. Likewise, in the Marin Hills of California, Scott Lewis, of San Francisco–based Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture, replaced one property's lawn entirely with native grasses that need no watering at all. The property was completely regraded and replanted; now, the flowering hillside “looks like it was always there,” he says.

A certain amount of lawn may be aesthetically unavoidable in some projects; Williams used it in the minimal Palm Beach project to break up sight lines, for example. “But the days of grassy lawns in California are pretty much done,” says Lewis.

Selecting the appropriate greenery alone doesn't make a garden sustainable. Hardscaping matters, too, especially where it comes to managing water retention and runoff. Stone pavers and gravel, for example—rather than slabs of concrete or pavement—create permeable surfaces that allow storm water to seep back into the ground.

For a project in Napa, Lewis used pavers atop a gravel bed to create pathways. These low-heat index stones reflect heat, keeping the space cooler, and allow any water to return immediately into the ground. Where the previous garden contained fussy privets and turf, drought-tolerant ornamental grasses and rosemary now soften the serene space.

In Palm Beach, Williams used a 12-inch band of loose pebble around the building's foundation to keep the house clean in heavy rains and help the garden absorb water. For Marmol Radziner, the solution lies in breaking up slabs with gravel or planting strips, as it did for a project in Beverly Hills. “As modernists, we tend to use a lot of concrete walls and concrete pads,” says Radziner. “We have to allow for water to get back into the earth.”

Few municipalities require homeowners to collect storm water—yet—though it's an important factor in any considered landscape. At SSA's project in Massachusetts, a storm-water garden even became the organizing principle of the site's design. Now, wetland iris fill a reclaimed granite–framed garden, where the clients' children now play and catch frogs. Whether or not a client asks for it, SSA typically builds storm-water collection or bioswales (drainage courses designed to remove silt and pollution from runoff water) into its designs. “That's driven by our desire to be respectful of a site,” says Stimson.

Whether driven by economics or aesthetics, trends in sustainable gardens are catching on. Top designers are proving they don't have to swap luxury and beauty for environmental responsibility. Of course, any successful garden has to work with the physical world, not against it. But where it comes to sustainable landscapes, as Radziner says succinctly, “we're creating an enhanced version of nature.”

St Pete Beach

Travel Blogger Stephanie Be shares her favorite finds from St Pete on Travel Break.

1. Prime Real Estate – Great Weather, No Crowds

If you can’t stand the madness of South Beach or coldness of a remote cabin in the mountains, consider a warm winter destination such as St Pete Beach. It’s postcard perfect all year long!

2. Chic Luxe Boutique Accommodation

A smart luxury destination, St Pete provides the intimacy and charm of a boutique hotel, so why not stay in one?

Staying right on the water at the boutique Hotel Zamora, St Pete Beach, Saint Petersburg.

3. Farm-to-Table Dining

St Pete offers trendy farm-to-table dining . I suggest the following culinary experiences:

4. Surf, Paddle Boards, Kayaks, and Dolphins

We literally had dolphins swim up to us as we took the boat out in the canals. I also suggest the paddle board, kayak and surfing experiences.

5. Adult Play Time

For a little grown-up meets childhood fun, do a bike pub crawl with Pedal Pub or check out the Make Your Own Bloody Mary Brunch at Castile at Hotel Zamora.

New Study Reveals Moms Need a Full Year for Recovery After Giving Birth

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from Red Tricycle

Growing a baby a beautiful experience, but it’s also demanding on your body. New mothers may be told by books and doctors that they’ll be back to ‘normal’ within six weeks of giving birth, but a new study has found that most women take much longer to recover.

Dr. Julie Wray, a researcher at Salford University in England, interviewed women at different stages of post-partum life. She found that the standard six-week recovery period is a “complete fantasy,” and it can take a full year to recover from childbirth.

It’s not just physical recovery that’s needed, but mental as well. Many feel the pressure to get back on their feet soon after childbirth and feel it may be necessary to head back to work as early as six weeks.

Wray found that recovery should start in the hospital. Back in the day, women spent more time in the maternity ward learning how to take care of their infant and getting breastfeeding advice. Now, some women are discharged as early as six hours after giving birth and expected to just go with it, according to Wray’s research.

“The research shows that more realistic and woman-friendly postnatal services are needed,” Wray concluded. “Women feel that it takes much longer than six weeks to recover and they should be supported beyond the current six to eight weeks after birth.”

Recovery after childbirth is different for everyone, but the general consensus is that a full year to heal the body and mind is much better than a month and a half.

Find expert help for your growing family with British American Newborn Care.


From Only to Oldest

By Jessi at The Coffee Mom

When my husband and I found out I was pregnant with our second, we were over the moon! We had wanted a second baby for a while and finally decided that the timing was right to add another bundle of joy into our family.  Our older daughter, Willow, was just about to turn three when we found out I was pregnant. While she did not seem to fully grasp the concept, she seemed to understand that we would be bringing home a new baby and that she would be a big sister. Her excitement was limited at first, in part because of her age and probably in part because I was not showing yet and we did not know a gender yet.

Flash forward a few months and it was finally time to find out if we would be adding a baby brother or baby sister to our house! My mother was the only person who knew the gender at the time of our reveal. My husband and I were taken into our yard, blindfolded, and given squeeze jars of paint which contained either pink or blue paint which we were to attack each other with. The paint was cold and neither one of us could see anything, we could only hear the cheers of our friends and family as they watched us throw paint at each other, even Willow got in the mix and started to quirt us with paint. After what felt like forever, out blindfolds were removed and we realized we were all covered in BLUE paint! It was a boy!

Willow’s excitement began to grow as she knew now that she would have a brother. The larger my belly got the more her excitement grew. I had to explain to her that I did not eat her brother though, that was an awkward conversation with a three year old. She talked about her little brother constantly, to anyone who would listen! Her daycare told me she told them all about him on a daily basis. Because of her excitement I started to think that the transition would be easy. With as excited as she was, I thought there was NO WAY she would have any difficulty adjusting to her baby brother coming home and that life would be simple and smooth (Oh boy was I WRONG)

After returning home from the hospital with our new son, everything seemed to fall into place easily at first. The first week or so was a blur, the lack of sleep from a newborn and still trying to give my daughter equal attention, it was draining to say the least. I knew Willow was not getting the attention she needed or deserved, and she started acting out because of it. Of course I began to scour Pinterest for any advice on the transition from one to two that I could, but nothing seemed to really work for us.  Willow’s behavior got so bad that she was actually asked not to return to her daycare! That was my breaking point. I felt like a failure as a mother because I could not get my child’s attitude in check, I was failing a juggling a new baby and older child, I was stressed to the max and did not see how I was going to handle this one.

Everything I read online, I tried, and none of it seemed to really work. I was giving her extra time and special attention. I was trying my best to include her in the care of her brother (diapering, bathing, and dressing him), which she enjoyed. I would have my husband watch the baby while I tried to spend some one on one time with her doing crafts or playing in her room. We explained how Luca is just a baby and needs extra attention from mommy right now but that he won’t be a baby forever.  While all of the aforementioned tactics seemed to work for periods of time, she would still revert back to crying, throwing, whining, etc. when she did not get her way.

It finally clicked with me one day, no matter how hard my husband and I try; her life will never be the same as it was before. She would never be the center of attention again, never be the only child again, this was her new normal and she was adjusting. Part of the “issue” has honestly been her age. At three (almost four now), her tiny little self has all of these big emotions and isn’t truly sure how to express them yet. This s true of ANY 3 year old, not only one who has recently added a new dibbling to the mix. They test their boundaries and push your buttons, but it is part of their learning process. As my son has gotten a little older, we have been able to devote even more time to doing special things with just Willow, and things seem to be evening out in our house (FINALLY).

The best advice I can give to any parent who is adding a new baby to the family, is simply to be patient! The older child (or children) are going to have an adjustment period, which may be rocky, and that is perfectly normal. I do recommend letting someone else hold the baby while you spend at least a little time one-on-one with your older child. While Willow STILL has her little attitude problem, I have to realize she is almost four and her whole world changed about three and a half months ago so it is going to take time for her to fully adjust to this new family normal. Children crave your time and company, and they have a very hard time dealing with big emotions at a young age, so it is up to us as parents to ensure our children are given the proper emotional tools. Sometimes a child just needs to cry and then be spoken to about why they were, see if we can help them navigate these new feelings they are surely experiencing. Going from one child to two has been an emotional roller coaster, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!

Things To Do In Florida

Rainbow Springs State Park

Rainbow Springs State Park

By Skye from Real Moms Review

Florida is a state many, many people vacation to. Typical families pay visits to Disney World or Universal, but when the Florida Bucket List below is a complete list of things that my family has researched and added to our ‘must see’ list! If you love food, make sure you check out the Foodie Bucket List for Florida. Enjoy.

1. Three Sisters Springs: This unique and critical natural warm-water refuge for the endangered Florida Manatee has crystal clear water. Plus, if you go during the winter months you get to swim with Manatees. 

2. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park: If seeing mermaids has always been something you wanted to do, Weeki Wachee is a must see. For almost 60 years, the fun, family oriented park has lured in visitors with beautiful mermaids who swim in the cool, clear spring waters with manatees, turtles and bubbles.

3. Florida Caverns State Park: Most of Florida’s caves are underwater, so this one is very special. Dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies fill the entire cave. There are guided tours of that last about 45 minutes.

4. Duval Street: Yeah, yeah, yeah I know it’s a cliche, but Key West honestly has something for everyone. It’s scenic, historic, fun and charming all rolled into one. There are even plenty of things for young kids to do if you look hard enough.

5. Spook Hill: Some believe it’s the haunted site of an epic battle.. Most believe its an optical illusion. No matter what team you are on you have to agree that Spook Hill is a weird spot. Put your car in neutral at the bottom of the hill and it will appear to roll uphill.

6. Rainbow Springs State ParkFlorida’s fourth largest spring is popular for swimming, tubing, canoeing, and kayaking because of its crystal blue waters. It’s nearly impossible to find natural waterfalls in Florida, but the man-made ones at this park are a lovely.

7. Devil’s Den With crystal clear water, year round 72 degree water temperatures, ancient rock formations with stalactites, fossil beds dating back 33 million years, and much more diving or snorkeling in Devil’s Den is something that can’t be replicated. 

8. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park: Most famous for its formal gardens, and gorgeous live oaks, the park holds one of the largest outcroppings of coquina rock on the Atlantic Ocean, creating a picturesque boulder-strewn beach perfect for beach walking.

9.Coral Castle: Built single-handedly in the early 1900’s using reverse magnetism or supernatural abilities to move and carve numerous stones weighing many tons the Coral Castle is a sight unlike any other. It’s monolithic structure made to look like a castle, complete with huge furniture and sculptures.

10. Dry Tortuga: The remote Dry Tortugas National Park is about 70 miles away from Key West and only accessible by boat. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands.  The park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life,  and the vast assortment of bird life that frequent the area.

11. Kennedy Space Center“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind..” Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is where rockets launch and inspiration begins. Located one small step from Orlando, arrive early for a full-day experience at the greatest space adventure on Earth!

5 Things Nursery School Taught Me


By Lexi Mainland from A Cup of Jo

My two-year-old started school this fall and he’s full of surprising new knowledge. “Snails only have one foot, Mommy,” he pointed out when I tried (clumsily) to draw a portrait of the classroom pet. But, true to parenting form, I think I’ve gained as much wisdom as he has. His teachers, who use the Montessori method, have decades of experience with little ones and I’ve picked up so many tips. Here are five that were especially thought-provoking…

On please and thank you. Parents often encourage toddlers to use pleasantries like please and thank you, but the head teacher says that’s less important than teaching them to ask nicely — without shouting, demanding or whining — and directly, with eye contact. In her view, most two-year-olds can’t yet understand the meaning of please or thank you (they’re just words), but they can understand the difference between saying “more crackers” nicely and not.

On self-care. One of Montessori’s tenets is teaching children how do practical things themselves. There are many dimensions to this, but my favorite is the water pitcher. A covered pitcher is always available next to a stack of durable glasses and a small towel. The kids learn to help themselves whenever they need a drink. And if they spill a little, no big deal — a towel is right there so they can clean up. (Jasper loves pouring water for himself and everyone else.)

On referring to classmates. All the kids at school are taught to call their classmates “friends,” which is so sweet. For young children who are still getting their sea legs socially (and might find memorizing a bunch of new names challenging), being able to say, “I played with a friend!” at the end of the day is empowering. Jasper tells me, “I have eight different friends in my class!”

On praising toddlers. There are a ton of different philosophies about how to praise kids, but when Jasper does something great, we tend to overreact. “Great job!” I’ll say. Or “Wow, that’s amazing!” His teachers at school have a more matter-of-fact way of praising that Jasper really responds to. They’ll acknowledge his work (“You made a picture!”) and offer praise that’s specific rather than general. “I like how you drew the tree so tall,” they’ll say. The idea is that this encourages kids to think and talk about their about their own work, and to appreciate its merits on their own, rather than always looking to others for approval.

On diaper duty. Our school leaves potty training (and its timeline) up to parents and kids, but they help support the process and have a specific point of view: Always change toddlers’ diapers in the bathroom, standing up. Anything solid in the diaper gets flushed down the toilet and kids wash their hands after being changed. When we learned this on parents’ night, all of us collectively slapped our foreheads. What a sensible way to start showing little kids what the bathroom is all about. It instantly sets them on the path to potty training.

What has your kids’ school taught you about parenting? Do you do any of these things? I’d love to hear.



from The Rebel Chick

Having a newborn baby is an exhilarating experience that will make you feel like getting the best of everything for your child. One thing you will surely want to get for your baby, is a handy swing that you can use to calm your baby down or to keep your baby preoccupied.

If you have no clue about buying a baby swing, don’t fret. Everything you need to know about choosing the best baby swing for newborns is in here. Simply read on to find out more.

Why You Need To Get A Baby Swing

If you are a new parent, I’m sure you must have felt the frustration of keeping a fussy baby down. A baby who has been crying non-stop for hours can be really stressful to handle, especially when you have not gotten any decent amount of rest yet. This is where the baby swing comes in.

Having a nice baby swing can save you hours of trying to calm down your baby. A swing can also provide your child a safe space to say in whenever your hands are full. Baby swings are very useful during the baby’s first few months. Babies currently on their first trimesters can be calmed down by rocking motions similar to the ones they feel inside the womb.

However, a swing is no alternative for human contact. Swings are merely instruments that can help you soothe your baby. It is not something where you want to leave your baby for a long period of time.

How To Choose A Baby Swing For Newborns

When it comes to choosing the best baby swing for your child, there are a couple of steps you can rely on to make sure you are going towards the right choice. Here are the simple steps you need to take to make sure you are getting the right product for your child:


Step 1: Know Your Swing

There are different types of baby swings available in the market today. Each swing comes with different specifications that can fit your baby’s needs. Here are the different types of swings you can choose from:

Full-size Baby Swings
A full-size baby swing can offer you and your child a number of useful features. However, if space is an issue in your home, a full-size swing may not be the best choice since these types usually offer more motions.

Portable Baby Swings
Portable baby swings are lightweight and are quite easy to carry around. These types of swings are perfect for newborns and 1-year old from 2.5kg up to 12kg.

Combination Baby Swings
A combination baby swing contains plenty of features such as a bouncer, rocker, glider, or cradle. These types if swings are very convenient because you wouldn’t need to get several products to keep your baby calm and happy.

Glider Swings
These types of swings are perfect for soothing an infant because of its soft and gentle motions. Glider swings are also very easy to move around, making them perfect to move from one part of the house to another.

Hanging Swings
A hanging swing is a great choice for homes with porches since it can be used both indoors and outdoors. All you will need to do is set up some overhead support and you’re good to go.


Step 2: Know What Features You Like

As I have mentioned before, baby swings come with different features. If you want to make sure you get the bang for your buck, make sure to look out for these handy features when you start looking for a baby swing to purchase.

Battery Powered
Some baby swings come with battery options or plugin chords. If you are constantly multitasking, finding a handy swing that can rock itself can be a total lifesaver.

Safety Harness
Of course you would want your baby to be secured safely inside the swing. Make sure the swing you are getting comes with a secure safety harness that can be adjusted to the comfort of your baby. Look for a swing with a 5-point harness for more flexible adjustments.

When buying a baby swing, make sure that you are getting one made with a heavy duty frame. After all, you wouldn’t want to find your baby in a swing that looks like it’s about to fall into pieces.

Easy to Clean and Maintain
Babies can make lots of mess. There’s drool, spit-up, urine, and even poop. To make things easier for you, try and get a swing with removable interiors that can be washed in the washing machine.


Step 3: Follow Safety Precautions

To ensure your child’s overall safety, you will also need to make sure your swing is completely stable once assembled. If you have the time, try and assemble the swing while you’re still at the store to see for yourself how stable it actually is.

Another thing you should not forget is to check that all harnesses, buckles, and toys connected to the swing are firmly in place. Make sure that there aren’t any loose parts that your baby can get in his or her mouth.

The last thing you may want to do is ask the store for a certification seal from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) to ensure that the baby swing you are getting conforms to all product safety standards.


Final Thought

Getting a baby swing can be really frustrating when you haven’t bought one on your own before. To make sure that you are getting the best product for your child, simply go over the simple steps I taught you: Know which type of swing you prefer, Know what features you would like, and practice the safety precautions to ensure the overall safety of your child.


By Modern Boca Mom

It’s already March and I can’t believe families like mine are already in the market for a SUMMER CAMP! But shoot, here we are. I have done my 2017 South Florida Summer Camps digging and found out there is a great option for every child whether you’re in Boca Raton or beyond in South Florida.

If your son/daughter is into theater, dance, sports, gymnastics, surfing– you name it–we have a 2017 South Florida Summer Camps recommendation below for you!

Camp Twisters

At Camp Twisters, we realize you have many choices when it comes to finding the best Summer camp for your child.  If your child LOVES climbing, jumping, running and flipping, then they will have a BLAST at Twisters.  Whether your child spends a session, a day, a week or the whole summer at Twisters, their time here will be filled with loads of fun!

We are excited to offer 10 weeks of fun in our clean, state-of-the-art facility with our professional, safety-certified staff! Registration includes the camp sessions of your choice, gymnastics instruction, healthy snack & juice each day, arts & crafts, movie time, fun & games! Lunch is available daily for $7.  In addition to summer camp, Twisters offers many day camps throughout the school year during holiday breaks and teacher work days! Click to see a typical day at Camp Twisters:

3100 NW Boca Raton Blvd #308
Boca Raton, FL


6805 Lyons Technology Circle
Coconut Creek, FL


CONTACT: Boca Raton -561-750-6001 or Coconut Creek -954-725-9199



Be Cool this Summer! Curated Camp Experiences by Space of Mind

Summer Discovery! Space of Mind summer campers in middle and high school will explore their passions and discover new ones through the arts, music, movement, cooking, fitness, filmmaking, songwriting, yoga, maker labs and even environmental studies. Our experienced team of coaches have curated fun, personalized and exciting learning experiences including Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Adventure, Farm-to-Table Culinary Creations and Everything Water!

Campers can also hone their academic skills, whether for course credit or just remediation and enrichment. High school students looking to complete their online course requirement (through FLVS or another platform), make up credits or get ahead can do so in a fun and inspiring environment where academic coaches are on-hand to offer support, guidance, organizational and study skills. In addition, the Save our City Sustainable Summer Program allows campers to become a civil engineer for the summer and design a city that can sustain itself as our future redefines the environment and our way of life.  Have your child learn and grow socially, emotionally, creatively and intellectually this summer – all while having an aweSOMe time!

Parent Camp! When moms and dads tour our whimsical and inspiring space, they always ask for a parent program! On Thursday evenings this summer get artsy, learn to cook healthy family meals, do yoga, enjoy wine and food pairings, learn to raise a tech-savvy and safe child, and more! Most of all, meet other parents just like you and have FUN!

Babysitting Drop-In!  Plan a date night and we will entertain your kids with fun activities, snacks and drinks.

Programs for kids run Mondays-Thursdays, June 12th-August 3rd from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and half day is available from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Parent Camp is held from June 15th-August 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Babysitting drop in is available from June 17th – August 5th on Saturdays from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

102 N. Swinton Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444


CONTACT: 877-407-1122;


Waves Surf Academy

Waves Surf Academy and The City of Delray Beach Surf Camp runs on select weekends, spring & summer dates. The spring break camp program is March 20th – March 24th. The summer camp program is from June – August. The surf camp is Monday though Friday from 9:00 a.m -2:30 p.m. We offer both daily and weekly camp rates. The camp offers a surf program to meet everyone’s needs. Whether you have never surfed before and always dreamed of learning or if you just want to improve your existing skills, we have the coaching that will enable you to reach your goals.

Anchor Park
340 South Ocean Boulevard
Delray Beach, FL 33444


CONTACT: Eric Dernick at 561-843-0481


Organic Movements Dance School Summer Dance Intensives

Organic Movements Dance School in East Boca Raton offers both a ½ Day Summer Dance Intensive for students ages 3+ (students must be 3 by January 1, 2017) as well as their traditional Full-Day Dance Intensive for students ages 7 – 18. Both programs are taught in their state of the art, professionally appointed 5,200 sq ft facilities, which feature an in-house performance space, sprung floor, full-length mirrors, sound systems, kitchen and dressing rooms. Each 3 week Session culminates in a performance review on the last Friday of the session at 4:00pm (12:00pm for the 1/2 Day Intensive students).

The ½ Day Dance Intensive runs M – F from 8:30am – 12:00pm. Students are introduced to foundational technique in an array of genres of dance, creative movement and performance arts, including: Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Creative Movement, Acro/Tumbling, Prop-Making, and music.

Students enrolled in the Full-Day Dance Intensive are placed according to technique level. Each morning is devoted to technical training, and afternoons are comprised of choreography as well as strength & conditioning training. The programs strongest focus is on classical ballet, yet each session will also focus on introducing, exposing and educating students in different dance disciplines to help create well-rounded dancers. Intermediate and Advanced level students’ training is reinforced through pointe/pre-pointe and classical variations. Additional genres of training vary by session, but include: Modern, Jazz, Broadway Dance, Contemporary and Lyrical.

2400 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Suite 12
Boca Raton, FL 33431


CONTACT: 561-395-6111;


Summer was Made for Adventure at the South Florida Science Center

Summer is made for adventure! Perfect for young scientists ages 4-14, each exciting week of camp offers hands-on exploration on a variety of topics in science, engineering and technology. The days are packed with interactive lessons, daring laboratories, themed crafts, and outdoor activities led by our expert Science Educators. Themes include Seaside Science, Underwater Robotics, MinecraftEDU: Xtreme and many more!

Additional information: Camps run from June 5th to August 11thMon.-Fri. from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with before & aftercare available from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. These camps are also offered at our Jupiter satellite location, STEM Studio.

4801 Dreher Trail N.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405


CONTACT: 561-832-2026;


Super Stars Summer Camp

At Super Stars, your child will learn the fundamental skills of sports through a variety of games. Children will engage in recreation and fitness activities, which will enhance their strength and motor skills. Activities include swimming, soccer, basketball, water slides, kickball, relay races, color war, obstacle courses, bounce houses, team challenges and much more!

Sports, fun and activities in Boca Raton at Loggers’ Run Middle School. Super Stars is entering their 14th year of providing fun for children grades k-6. This unique camp concept offers sports and activities in an environment that promotes FUN, fitness, health and sportsmanship. This non-travel camp for ages 4 to 12 keeps your child safe and active throughout the day.

Loggers’ Run Middle School
11584 W Palmetto Park Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33428



CONTACT: 954-444-8548;


iD Tech Camps

iD Tech Camps is a summer technology program for students ages 7-17 with 180 locations across the US including 6 in Florida. We offer courses in programming, video game design, robotics, cryptography, 3D modeling/printing, filmmaking, photography, and more. These weeklong day and overnight summer camps include hands-on, personalized technology instruction and a variety of fun summer camp activities. iD Tech courses are led by tech-savvy staff in a dynamic, pressure-free learning environment. Our goal is to help our kids gain a love of learning through building critical 21st-century STEM skills, and have fun while doing it.

South Florida Locations Include: Florida Atlantic University, Pine Crest- Fort Lauderdale, & University of Miami

WEBSITE: Learn More Information and Register

CONTACT: 408-871-3748


Showtime Performing Arts Theatre Summer Camp 2017

Audition, Act, Sing, Dance and Perform! Offering 10 exciting weeks, June 5th – August 11th. Attend all sessions or just parts of the summer. Learn and fine-tune your performance skills from the very best Theatre Professionals South Florida has to offer! Now in our 11th year in the beautiful Royal Palm Plaza, Downtown Boca Raton, we have been voted Best Academic/Arts Program in Palm Beach County and Best Children’s Theatre in South Florida! Open year-round, we produce and perform over 20 family musicals per year in our intimate theater and teaching studios.

General camp hours are 9am-3pm with early and after care options from 8am-6pm featuring sessions for ages 3 through teens. Tuition begins at $300 + call for discounts. Dance, acting and voice classes after camp only $10 per class (normally $20)!  Voted “Best Summer Camp” and sold out 10 years in a row! Don’t be left out!

503 SE Mizner Blvd
Boca Raton

WEBSITE: For details, discounts and registration, visit our website 

CONTACT: 561-394-2626