Shriek Week is Coming!

Shriek Week at Sugar Sand Park starts on October 16th. There are many exciting activities including a Haunted House, Haunted Walkthrough, indoor blacklight games, a Giant LED Robots and DJ Show, and train rides. Another special event this week is the 4th Annual Kids’ Scary Film Festival. The festival features films from young filmmakers ages 6-17.
If you want to go to The Haunted House, you must reserve tickets ahead of time. The Haunted House is Oct 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 6 to 11 p.m and is for ages 7-12. There is a lite nite for ages 5-12 on Oct 22nd from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person. Call 561-347-3948.
Back by popular demand, the Giant LED Robots & DJ Show is only on October 16th and 17th from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. The interactive show features GIANT stiltwalking LED lighted robots who dance and shoot CO2 air cannons.
The Amazing Mr. A Magic Show is Oct 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Oct 23 and 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mr. A is a comedian, magician and ventriloquist. The trick or treat trail is free and takes place every night. The Park provides a bag and the candy.
For more information, go to or call 561-347-3948. Sugar Sand Park is located at 300 S. Military Trail in Boca Raton.

Fall Season at Willow Theatre

The Willow Theatre is located in Sugar Sand Park at 300 S. Military Trail. The Theatre’s fall season features a few shows that are great for families and children.
Web Banner Nizer with WT logoMark Nizer 4D will be appearing on September 19th at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. His show combines comedy, juggling, music and movement. Everyone gets a pair of 3D glasses for the show. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
justhefunnyOn November 29th join Just The Funny for an improv show. Wear you favorite team jersey. Showtimes are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for children 12 & under. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 561-347-3948.
seasPuppets to Go presents The Spectacular Seas on December 30th. This original black light show reveals that oceans, along with the exotic creatures that inhabit them, must indeed be protected. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Show times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cookies and juice will be served in the lobby after every performance.The box office is open Tuesday-Saturday 12 -5 p.m. and 2 hours prior to all performances.

New Fitness Options Available in West Boca

jiu0jitsuTwo new places to get fit are opening in West Boca.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers a variety of classes for kids and adults. The programs focus on discipline, dedication and determination. Located at 8177 Glades Road at the corner of Boca Rio Road, there are programs for beginners and advanced students as well as private lessons. For more information, call 561-826-8185.

The Yoga Joint will open on September 1st at 19575 State Road 7 in Boca Raton. The Yoga Joint, a premier hot yoga studio, has two locations in Fort Lauderdale. One of the creators recently appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal Magazine. Their studios offer yoga classes, babysitting and kids yoga as well as workshops and more.

Ballers Actress in West Boca: Christine Allocca

One of our regular readers connected us with a budding star who happens to live in West Boca. Christine Allocca appears in tonight’s episode of HBO’s Ballers (10:30 pm) and next week’s episode (10 pm) as well.
She moved here from Los Angeles two years ago to be closer to her family, including a sister who lives in West Boca and her mom in Coconut Creek. Allocca is happy to be living here. Life in LA was hectic and not family friendly for her 3-year-old twin girls.
In and near West Boca she enjoys a variety of things that are close and good for her kids. The first place she mentioned was the We Rock The Spectrum gym for kids. She loves the area parks including Daggerwing, the playgrounds in South County Regional Park and in Sandalfoot Park as well, and Sugar Sands Park on Military Trail.
We were surprised to hear her say she likes our beaches better. The water on our beaches is much warmer and more pleasant. We were in LA in June and it was in the 60s on the beach, so that makes sense. Allocca specifically mentioned Bathtub Reef Beach in Stuart.
That conversation triggered us to mention the dog beach in Juno Beach Jupiter. She hadn’t heard of it and thinks one of her three rescue dogs might enjoy it.
We asked her a bit about her career, which she knew was her goal at age 5: “Grandma I want to be an actress.” At age 21 she was in New York State, working at a bank while in college and she decided it was time to take her shot, so she moved to Los Angeles. Before Ballers one of her biggest career highlights was an appearance on the TV show Modern Family.
She has found work here in South Florida, including television, commercial and print. Ballers shoots in Miami.
Cindy Schirmer of Stellar Talent in Miami is her agent and Lori Wyman Casting (also in Miami) helped her get on Ballers.
A few years ago she went a little outside her typical work as an actress and started making YouTube videos with a friend, Erika Schaefer. They’re pretty funny. The most popular one is below.

You can see all of those on the Christine Allocca Youtube channel.

Weekend Roundup: July 23-26

Weekend Roundup_3(1)Get an Introduction to Canoeing on July 23rd at Daggerwing Nature Center. For ages 8+, $10 per participant. An ACA certified instructor will teach the parts and terms associated with canoeing as well as the basic skills needed to successfully navigate a canoe. Call 561-629-8760 for reservations.
Go hear the Turnstiles, a Billy Joel Tribute Band on July 24th at Mizner Park Amphitheater. The free concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Blankets are chairs are welcome but no pets, umbrellas, or outside food and beverages.

Build with Lots o’LEGO Bricks on July 24th at 3 p.m. at the Glades Road Library. Ages 5 and up. Call 561-482-4554 to preregister.
Try something different on July 24th at The Center Stage Performing Arts. The Sick Puppies Improv Show starts at 9:30 p.m. Center Stage is located at 7200 West Camino Real, Suite 330 in Boca Raton. Tickets are $15.
SlightlyStoopidSkull_TicketingGet tickets for Slightly Stoopid with the Dirty Heads and Stick Figure on July 25th at Sunset Cove Amphitheater. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. No chairs, strollers, cameras, pets or outside food or beverages. Advance tickets are $34.50. Call ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
RoyalFamily-250Laugh out Loud at “The Royal Family” on July 25th at Studio One Theatre on the FAU Campus. This comedy was nominated for a TONY Award in 2010. Shows are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Call 800-564-9539 for tickets. Tickets are $20
Enjoy a night of music with Idina Menzel on July 26th at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets at Ticketmaster. Tickets start at $70 with fees.

Kids Eat Free! This Summer

Original Pancake House: Kids eat free with the purchase of one adult meal. Located at 8903 Glades Road near Lyons Road.
Sweet Dewey’s BBQ: Summer special kids eat free with purchase of one adult sandwich and beverage. Located at 9181 Glades Road in Boca Raton.
Lindburgers in Westwinds Plaza (Home Depot): kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree and beverage. Located at 9834 Glades Road.
Hurricane Grill & Wings in Mission Bay: Kids ages 10 and under eat free per adult entree purchase.
Duffy’s at 21212 St. Andrews Blvd: kids eat free with adult purchase.
Do you have a favorite restaurant that offers specials for kids? Please let us know!

Weekend Roundup: July 16-19

Weekend Roundup_3(1)Buy a ticket for The Last 5 Years on July 16th through August 2nd. Tickets are $25 and $10 for students. A moving musical portrait of love lost and found at the Sol Childrens Theatre. Presented by Evening Star Productions. Call 561-447-8829 for tickets.
Show off your building skills at LEGO Time on July 17th at 3:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-10 can use the library’s blocks and share your creations with the group at the West Boca Library. Call 470-1600 to preregister.
Enjoy a free performance by ZOSO, a Led Zeppelin tribute band,  on July 17th at 7:30 p.m. Located at the Mizner Amphitheater. Blankets and chairs are welcome and food and beverages are available for purchase.
jackandthebeanstalkTake your kids to see Jack and the Beanstalk on July 17th and 18th at The Wick Theatre. Showtimes are Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. Tickets are $15.
Sing a long to Frozen (PG) on July 18th starting at 8 p.m. This summer movie under the stars is presented by The City of Boca Raton at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Free. No pets, outside food or beverages.
Scooter-Jam-July-2015Drop In for Scooter Jam on July 18th from 5 to 8 p.m. Sign-ups start at 4 p.m. Located at the Drop In Action Sports Complex at Loggers’ Run Park, 11185 W. Palmetto Park Road.

Weekend Roundup: July 9-12

Weekend Roundup_3(1)Take the kids to see Despicable Me 2 (PG) on July 9th at 10 a.m. Frank Theatres in Delray Marketplace is offering free movies all summer on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
everyherohasastoryExplore Superheroes of the Animal World on July 9th at the Glades Road Library. Ages 5-9 can see a presentation by the Palm Beach County 4-H club. Preregister by calling 482-4554.

Enjoy a perfomance by The Dave Matthews Tribute Band on July 10th at 7:30 p.m. The free concert is at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Blankets and chairs are welcome. No pets, food or beverages.
jackandthebeanstalkGo see Jack and the Beanstalk on July 10th and 11th at The Wick. This is part of a new series for the summer, Theatre for Children. Additional showtimes are July 17 and 18. Shows start at 10 a.m. Tickets are $15.
Catch the Barenaked Ladies 2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour on July 10th at 7 p.m. at Sunset Cove Amphitheater. Special Guests Violent Femmes and Colin Hay. Advance Tickets are $40, Day of show tickets are $50. $10 parking fee.
Game-Of-SkateJulyGrab your board on July 10th at the Drop In Action Sport Complex. Game of S.K.A.T.E. is from 5 to 8 p.m. for intermediate and advanced skaters. For more information, call 954-295-9894.
Learn about a master artist on July 11th at the Boca Museum of Art. Children in grades 3 to 5 can learn about an artist on exhibit and create a masterpiece. $5 per child. For reservations, call 561-392-2500 x106.
Discover watercolors on July 11th at the West Boca Library. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to experiment with watercolor paints using different papers, salt and paint. Call 470-1600 to preregister.
101 DalmatiansBring your children to see the classic 101 Dalmations (G) on July 12th at Sugar Sand Park Community Center. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. $1 per person includes popcorn and a drink.

Chase Thompson Wins National Wrestling Tournament

Chase Thompson is a student at Loggers Run Middle School. From his family:
West Boca’s Chase Thompson wrestled in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin July 2-3 in the 2015 Asics Kids Greco Roman & Freestyle National Championship. Thompson won the 140++ Novice division (11-12 year old) National Championship in both styles.
Accompanying Chase was his coach 2x Olympian Shawn Sheldon. Chase has been in the wrestling room all summer training for this tournament and all his hard work paid off as he leaves as a double National Champion. Chase’s goal is to wrestle in the Olympics for the United States.
Here’s a video of Chase in action.

And one last picture:
From the USA Wrestling results page:

1st Place – Chase Thompson of Florida
2nd Place – Jimmy Liston of Illinois
Round 1 – Jimmy Liston (Illinois) won by decision over Chase Thompson (Florida) (Dec 8-4)
Round 2 – Chase Thompson (Florida) won by decision over Jimmy Liston (Illinois) (Dec 7-1)
Round 3 – Chase Thompson (Florida) won by fall over Jimmy Liston (Illinois) (Fall 1:17)

Weekend Roundup: July 2-5

Weekend Roundup_3(1)See Annie (PG) at the West Boca Library on July 2nd at 1 p.m. Free.
georgemGo see George M! at the Wick Theatre starting July 2nd. Enjoy a fully staged concert production of the Broadway version starring Miss America, Susan Powell. Showtimes are Wednesday through Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55.
She-Loves-MeBuy a ticket for She Loves Me at the University Theatre at FAU starting July 3rd through July 26th. Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance. Nominated for 5 Tony awards in 1964 and music and lyrics by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students. To order tickets, call 1-800-564-9539.
July4thFlyer2015RevWatch the July 4th Celebration at Sunset Cove on July 4th. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Free music, kids fun zone and fireworks display.
Get Fit in the Park on July 5th at Delray Marketplace. Free class conducted by a certified crossfit coach at the amphitheater.