Swashbuckling Fun on the Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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AHOY MATEYS! 

Bluefoot Pirate AdventuresThere are many hidden treasures in South Florida and we recently discovered one. Last weekend my family and I went on a Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures children’s pirate cruise around the Intercoastal in Fort Lauderdale. When you first pull up to the dock the first thing you’ll notice is the big black and yellow ship flying a pirate flag. Upon arriving at the dock children can get their face painted and don pirate gear. The face painting is included in the price of the cruise and children can borrow a pirate themed vest to wear for the duration of the cruise. Want to get even more dressed for the part of pirate? For $7.50 you can purchase a Junior Pirate Pack which includes a plastic sword, eye patch, and pink or black bandana. They also have other goodies for sale.20160723_145508 My girls are almost 11 and 13 which, in my opinion is a little past the target age range for this adventure so they were too embarrassed to get their faces painted and dress up like pirates. TWEENS! I think the experience is perfect for pirates 10 and under. My girls might not have wanted to become pirates but that didn’t stop my husband form joining in the fun and getting his face painted.
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Once we got on the ship the 1st Mate taught the little pirates the parts of the ship and some pirate speak as well as an enchanting tale of stole treasure. Meanwhile the adults got comfortable in the back of the ship while enjoying the cool breezes and the tales told by the captain of the history of many of the gorgeous houses that are passed along the voyage. It was very cloudy when we sailed so I didn’t need to put sunscreen on my girls but the kids do sit in the front of the ship where it is uncovered so make sure to bring sunscreen with you. If you get thirsty they do have water available for sale so bring a little cash with you.

My girls felt that they were too old to participate in all the pirate adventure but they both enjoyed cruising down the Intercoastal and looking at the beautiful houses and other boats along the way. I wish I had taken them on this adventure when they were younger. I know they would have really enjoyed it as much as all the young kids who were on our cruise did.


The expressions on the little faces when the “villain” Barnacle Bill sailed past us were priceless. They all got into character and were so excited to shoot the water cannons at Barnacle Bill to defeat him and get the treasure. My younger daughter stopped being a “too old tween” for a moment and had fun shooting the water cannon, too. 😉
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The 1st Mate gives a thumbs up as Barnacle Bill surrenders to the little pirates.20160723_153619Once the special key is discovered, the treasure chest is opened to reveal the booty! Each child gets a baggie of booty (plastic coins and gems) to take home with them and a certificate to remember their adventure.
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Even with my girls thinking they were too old, in the end they both admitted to having fun and we all enjoyed the cruise. As an added bonus when you go on the Bluefoot Pirate Adventure you can park by the Bahia Mar hotel for just $5 for the whole day. We took advantage of this and brought our beach gear with us. When we got off the pirate ship we were able to walk across the street and enjoy Ft. Lauderdale beach!

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Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures also does birthday parties and they have a special coupon right now. Get $50 Off a Booked Birthday Party with Bluefoot Pirate Adventures Florida!

Make sure to grab this coupon, too- BOGO Deal for Tuesdays and Thursdays – Buy one get one 50% off!!!

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City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City Program

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4 740x300 MPA Summer in the City MPA Web BannerThe City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City series promises a line-up of great concerts, movies and events through Friday, August 19 at Downtown Boca’s Mizner Park Amphitheater at 590 Plaza Real.
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“We are celebrating Summer in the City with a line-up of favorite tribute bands to attract music lovers of every era,” said Amy DiNorscio, Amphitheater manager for the City of Boca Raton.  “Added to the series are two free family movie nights, exciting ticketed concerts by Cyndi Lauper, Shawn Mendes, and Flight of the Conchords, a ticketed 80s themed event night featuring the movie Sixteen Candles, and of course, performances by our own Florida Atlantic University Orchestra and Symphonia Boca Raton.”

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rewind logoJune 3              6:30 p.m.         Rewind:  80’s movie night featuring live music and Sixteen Candles (ticketed)

MPA web Summer in the City Logo NavyJune 10            7:30 p.m.         Summer Enchanted Evening with the Symphonia Boca Raton (free)

The Symphonia Strings and violin soloist Mei Mei Luo will delight with movements from Serenades by masters such as Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Dvorak and Mozart’s famous Eine Kleine Nacht Music.  In addition, works by Aaron Copeland, Leroy Anderson and Strauss & Radetzky will be in the mix. 

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June 17            7:30 p.m.         Turnstiles – Billy Joel tribute (free)

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compressedwebJune 21            5 p.m.              International Yoga Day Event (ticketed)

June 24            7:30 p.m.         Zoso – Led Zeppelin tribute (free)

July 8               8:00 p.m.         Minions Movie (free)

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July 22             7:30 p.m.         Stardust Memories – The David Bowie Tribute (free)

July 29             7:30 p.m.         Ruffhouse – Bob Marley tribute (free)

August 5         8:00 p.m.         Star Wars:  The Force Awakens (free)

August 12       7:30 p.m.         The Long Run – Eagles tribute (free)

August 19       7:30 p.m.         Symphonia Sizzles – Symphonia Boca Raton (free)

The Symphonia will dazzle with popular favorites that will delight those of all ages.  The eclectic program will feature a brilliant solo performance by conductor and trumpeter Jeff Kaye.

Tribute concert attendees ages 21 and over can sample a variety of craft beers, learn how to make brews and meet experts from Hollywood Brewery at the Beer Garden starting at 6:30 p.m.

For all free events, blankets and chairs are welcome, but for your convenience, chairs will also be available to rent for $5.00.

Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, car pool and use free parking at City Hall and the Boca Raton Library.  Food and beverages will be available to purchase inside the venue.   No outside food or beverages are allowed.  All shows are rain or shine.

For more information visit www.mizneramp.com For recorded information call (561) 544-8600.
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Family Fun at Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? Check out Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures children’s pirate cruise in Fort Lauderdale. It’s where children and adults alike, come to experience the magic of a pirate cruise sailing in South Florida in search of treasure. My girls and I are excited to be sailing with the pirates later this summer. 


Come on a Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures voyage as we take everyone into a world of treasure hunts and battles on the high seas!

Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures also does birthday parties and they have a special coupon right now. Get $50 Off a Booked Birthday Party with Bluefoot Pirate Adventures Florida!

Make sure to grab this coupon, too- BOGO Deal for Tuesdays and Thursdays – Buy one get one 50% off!!!

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10 Things I Learned From the Wilderness Explorers Program at Disney’s Animal Kingdom #MonkeyKingdomEvent

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20150416_091243 (1024x576)Wilderness Explorers is a FREE program at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Participants go around from station to station earning badges as they go.  We had the opportunity to learn about the program first hand on our press trip for the Monkey Kingdom movie that is now open in theaters.

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Learn the Wilderness Explorer’s Call

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  • The Wilderness Explorers Program has been around for 15 years but has grown in size from 6 stations to 31 badges to earn.
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  • The target audience for the Wilderness Explorers Program is families with kids from 7-10 years old but families with older or younger children will also enjoy it.  We participated in the program without children and had a blast collecting badges so even if you don’t have children with you, grab a Wilderness Explorer’s Handbook and earn some badges.
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  • The beauty of the Wilderness Explorers Program is that it DOES NOT involve technology.  It uses cast members who present information and engage participants as they explore the park going from station to station.
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  • Participants are given a Wilderness Explorer Handbook at one of 9 Troop Leader Stations.  They are located all over the park so you don’t have to be in the front of the park to get started.
  • Exploring is a life long adventure.  Most participants average about 12 badges a day and come back multiple times with their books to earn all the badges.
  • The Wilderness Explorers Program connects families to nature and each other.  It shows them parts of the park they might not have seen and gets parents involved in the learning, too.
  • There are 3 types of cast members who give out badges- Trooper Leaders (interns who are trained in education or science), Merchandise Cast Members (who share all about various authentic merchandise that is available in the park), and Cultural Cast Members (who share about their native countries).20150416_093425 (576x1024)
  • Troop Leaders and other representatives don’t just give out badges, they engage the participants, ask them questions about what they have learned, and teach them new things, too.
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  • Find cast members with orange satchels or look for signs with W/E on it to find badges to earn.
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  • When you earn all the badges you earn a special Senior Wilderness Explorer badge.

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20150416_101056 (576x1024)The Wilderness Explorers Program at Disney’s Animal Kingdom encourages families and children to experience the park in a whole new way! As Wilderness Explorers, Guests participate in a variety of activities, such as hiking the trails, digging for fossils, studying gorilla behaviors, listening to animal sounds, learning how veterinarians care for animals, and interacting with Cultural Cast Members representing different countries in Africa and Asia. Completing each activity allows you to earn a sticker badge in their very own Wilderness Explorers handbook, which can be picked up from any of the nine Troop Leader locations around the park. Explorers can earn up to 31 badges, but are encouraged to earn these badges in multiple visits, since exploring is a lifelong adventure! Completing all 31 badges gives guests the honorary title of Senior Wilderness Explorer. The program’s goal is to connect guests with animals, conservation and culture while spending time together as a family, during and even after their visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Don’t forget to take your family to see Monkey Kingdom!!!

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Disclosure- I was invited on an all expense paid trip to Orlando for the Monkey Kingdom Event.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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I’ve Been Selected as a South Florida Parenting Mom Approved Panelist!

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I am so excited to finally be able to share a big announcement with my readers.  I am so honored to have been selected to be one of 12 South Florida Parenting Mom Approved Panelist with the Sun Sentinel’s South Florida Parenting Magazine.  I will be attending South Florida Parenting Magazine events, reviewing products for the magazine, sharing about fun local places to go with families, and lots more.  When I share about upcoming South Florida Parenting Magazine events I’ll be sure to let you know if/when you’ll be able to come meet me at the official South Florida Parenting Mom Approved Panelist booth/table.  Each month I will also be posting on Cori’s Cozy Corner to go along with South Florida Parenting Magazine’s monthly theme so keep an eye out for that, too.

If you are looking for a summer camp for your children, make sure to check out the next South Florida Parenting Magazine event, Camp Fun Fest on March 16th.
Here are some of the major upcoming South Florida Parenting Magazine Events for 2014 so make them on your calendar now!
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Please check out the other awesome bloggers who will be serving on the
South Florida Parenting Mom Approved Panel with me.
Be sure to follow them, too, as we’ll be giving away tickets to local South Florida Parenting Magazine Events together.

Leanette

Ana

Carrie
Huppie Mama

Cool Mom Tips
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Heather

Janet

April
Grab My Button

Melissa Ann
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(I am still waiting on logos from several bloggers so check back soon!)

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Want more South Florida family fun?
Check out the South Florida Magazine Kid’s Fun Pass to save on local attractions throughout South Florida.

A special thank you to Jump A Roos of Tamarac for hosting our first meeting. The kids had a great time playing while the adults were able to discuss the Mom Approved Panel in one of the spacious party rooms. Jump-A-Roos also has a Miami location as well.

About South Florida Parenting Magazine:
Sun Sentinel’s South Florida Par­ent­ing, the pre­mier par­ent­ing mag­a­zine in Broward,  Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, has a distribution of 90,000 copies and has become an indispensable source for par­ents, teach­ers and caregivers. This monthly publication is available at more than 2,400 family-related  busi­nesses in the tri-county area, includ­ing day care cen­ters, pri­vate schools,  doc­tors’ offices, hos­pi­tals, libraries, book stores, muse­ums and children’s spe­cialty stores.South Florida Parenting’s con­tent includes comprehensive infor­ma­tion  about local South Florida events and activ­i­ties for fam­i­lies, fea­tures and  insight­ful columns on par­ent­ing issues. Every issue includes an exten­sive
day-by-day cal­en­dar of events, local par­ent sup­port infor­ma­tion, great ideas for  South Florida family­ out­ings, prod­uct reviews, advice columns sep­a­rated by stage, local news, resource guides, health and safety infor­ma­tion, and local, national and inter­na­tional fam­ily travel des­ti­na­tions and deals.

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Get The Best Rates on Florida Vacations- Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Cruises, and More!

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