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A Palette of Possible Plants Make Your Food-Allergic Child a Happy Camper

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Great Easter Gifts Earth Day Books Spring-Time Gifts Shhh! Create Your Own Little Library Money Matters: Raising Money Savvy Kids Flagler Tourism

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Summer & School Year VPK is Just Around the Corner Flagler School News

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Camp Directory Inspired & Informed: Choosing the Perfect Camp for Each Child in the Family Seven Disney Springs™ Hotels Plan the Ultimate Family Vacation Tricks & Treats for St. Patrick’s Day Easter Events On The Cover

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March 2017 Calendar of Events April 2017 Calendar of Events Reel Life with Jane Movie Reviews Easter Fashion Flagler County Library Events

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The Camp Fair & Summer Vacation Expo showcases places that build life-long memories for children! Volusia & Flagler County parents will find it much easier and faster to choose a summer camp for their children at the only expo of its kind in the area. The 2017 Camp Fair & Summer Vacation Expo provides busy parents with a one-stop resource for information regarding available daily activities, cost, and much more, with a variety of summer conveniences assembled under one roof. The expo features demonstrations all day long by karate classes, the police department, the fire department, and much more. This year’s we will be holding two Camp Fair and Summer Vacation Expos in both Flagler and Volusia counties! The first Camp Fair and Summer Vacation Expo will be held at Veteran’s Park in Flagler Beach on April 21st from 5PM - 9PM. This event will be held at the same time as Surf 97.3’s Movie Nights by the Surf. The event will feature prizes & giveaways, music, food, and a Kids Zone. Come spend a beautiful evening by the beach and find your perfect summer camp or vacation getaway! The second Camp Fair and Summer Vacation Expo will be held at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Daytona Beach on April 30th from 10AM - 4PM. The best part is that while parents search for their child’s summer camp or plan their next vacation, kids can jump the day away! Each paid admission to Sky Zone will also receive FREE PASSES for the next visit. The event will feature prizes & giveaways, music, food, and a Kids Zone. Parents may also register to win a Family Weekend Disney Springs Resort stay! Exhibitors, reserve your spaces today by calling (386) 437-0300 or email events@bradymediainc.com. Parents please fell free to call with any questions.

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2 Invest In Perennial Flowers

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Once young gardeners understand the concept of annual bloomers, it's time to introduce them to flowers that come back year after year. Be sure to convey the savings in time and money, since perennials are planted only once and enjoyed many times. Check perennials each year to see if they need to be split and spread out. You might also want to relocate a few of your re-seeding perennials so you can enjoy them in other parts of your yard. Good choices for first-time planters include: gloriosa daisy, ageratum, coneflower, coreopsis, sedum, peony, bearded iris, daylily, lily, lamb's ear, hollyhocks, verbena, gazania, California poppy, and hosta. Pay attention to whether perennials enjoy shade or sun or both, and they will pay you back in beauty year after year.

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Vote For Veggies

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Favor Fruit Plants

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Let's Hear It For The Herbs

Few things are as satisfying as watching food grow from seed to table. Or purchase veggie starters at your local garden shops. In cool weather try: carrots, lettuce, radishes, peas, spinach, kale, swiss chard, and broccoli. In Warm weather try: beans, cucumbers, spring onions, cherry, or grape tomatoes, round zucchini, and patty pan squash. All of these foods are super-easy to grow.

A Palette of Possible Plants: 10 Types To Try To Grow Eager Gardeners

Children of all ages adore eating fruit fresh warmed by the sun. Whether you have a few plants scattered around the yard or a whole fruit garden, every berry swallowed is sure to fetch a smile. Try planting strawberries, thornless Blackberry, thornless raspberry, golden raspberry, and blueberries for years of enjoyment. Blackberries grow vigorously but can become invasive.

by Christina Katz

Parents can use the power of variety to entice children outdoors to experiment in the dirt. A garden offers a myriad of lessons in sowing, tending, reaping, and resting, all critical processes to creativity. For kids, the goal should never be a perfectly manicured result, but a colorful canvas exploding with organic self-expression. Let your child experience the joy of gardening first-hand by giving him a garden plot in which to experiment. Introduce him to all of the possibilities and then let him choose how to plant it. In life we learn from doing, and the lessons that stick with kids will come from personal experience, as well. A garden of your child's own is a great metaphor for many of life's experiences. Here is a list of possible things your child can grow in a window box, a four-foot by four-foot plot of soil, or a bed along the side of the house. Let her relish in the possibilities as she learns how to make choices most pleasing to her. Gardening can be an art, when you open up to the possibilities of personal expression.

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Plant Annual Flowers

By far the easiest to grow with the most immediate results are annual flowers. Start with annuals if your little gardener has never dug in the soil before. Hardy annuals for first-time planters include flower seeds that germinate quickly like sunflowers (various varieties and heights), cosmos, sweet alyssum, zinnia, pansies, snapdragons, gomphrena, strawflowers, tithonia, impatiens, petunia, and calendula. For even more immediate gratification, pick out a colorful variety of annuals at the store, plant them, and enjoy the results within an hour. 10 • March/April 2017

Herb gardens are great for tweens and teens, testing culinary skills in the kitchen, but herbs can also provide pleasure at any age. My daughter has been popping mint leaves into her mouth since she could walk. We enjoy a little mint or lemon balm in iced tea, thyme and chives in scrambled eggs, and oregano and basil in a fresh salad. Including herbs in your diet is easy. Try planting mint (many varieties but also invasive, so use containers), lemon balm, chives, catnip, oregano, basil, dill, parsley, rosemary, and thyme to get started.

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Want to add a whimsical touch to ice cubes, cupcakes, and salads? Then experiment with edible flowers. Try planting colorful nasturtiums (annual), culinary lavender (perennial), pansies (annual), violas (annuals), roses (perennial), calendula (annual), and geraniums (annual and perennial). Try tastetesting petals alone, in combination with each other, and mixed into foods like shortbread (lavender) or used for decoration when serving food.


Gardening Books by Sharon Lovejoy

“My garden is a work in process that grows more beautiful each year. My daughter enjoys participating in the ongoing story we create in our yard to delight ourselves with trial and error,” or as gardening with children author Sharon Lovejoy puts it, “with trowel and error.” Here is a list of her books that make gardening with children of all ages more fun.

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together With Children

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Make Way For Giants

Sunflower Houses:

Pumpkins and melons can become quite large and over-crowd a small garden plot. For this reason, stake out a spot for them where they will have room to sprawl over a sunny, mulched area. Corn is another plant that likely requires it's own space and can be grown in blocks of rows that get even sun all day long. Growing large plants is dramatic fun for young gardeners that is sure to make a lasting impression.

Inspiration From The Garden-A Book For Children And Their Grown-ups

8 Fancy Flowering Bushes

Create beds of sweet-smelling, flowering bushes if you want to attract lots of hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard. Butterflies like large, flat rocks in the sun and a sandy puddle for drinking safely. Choose a sunny, non-windy area. Try planting butterfly bush (non-invasive variety), bee balm, salvia, lilac, mock orange, glossy abelia, buttonbush, ninebark, spicebush, milkweed, and clethra.

9 Vie For Vines

Nothing makes me happier than seeing sweet-smelling honeysuckle twining up the iron grate that holds our mailbox. Look around your yard for things that can be climbed or invest in inexpensive trellises. Then plant coral honeysuckle, cardinal climber, cypress vine, climbing hempweed, morning glory, scarlet runner bean, sweet pea, everlasting pea, and trumpet vine. Beans will also climb and can run along a garden-stake wall or climb a tee-pee.

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Consider Fun Inedibles

Some of my favorite things to grow are just for decoration, not to eat. Inedibles also make great fall gifts. Try gourds combinations for a nice basket display, Indian corn for wreathes, and bottle gourds to turn into birdhouses. Chinese lantern stems make bright orange fall décor and wreathes, just remember the plants can be invasive.

Trowel & Error: Over 700 Organic Remedies, Shortcuts, And Tips For The Gardener

Camp Granny: 130 Green Projects

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Summer & School Year VPK is Just Around the Corner! If you’re the parent of a four-year-old, you’ve probably noticed that the little one you thought would never be out of diapers is now a talkative, busy, creative, preschooler. That means they’re ready for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)! VPK is available as a 2017 Summer program (child must be 5 on or before September 1, 2017) and as a 2017 – 2018 School year program (Child must be 4 on or before September 1, 2017). The 2017 Summer Program for four year olds who have not yet been enrolled in VPK offers 300 total hours of VPK instruction and the 2017 – 2018 School Year program offers 540 total hours of VPK instruction. Both are specifically designed to make sure children are prepared to learn when they enter kindergarten. In fact, the VPK curriculum used by your child’s VPK provider must address the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-YearOlds. These are organized in five categories: • Physical Development • Approaches to Learning • Social and Emotional Development

School Year programs are currently available. The process is quick and easy! Simply apply on-line at https://www.elcfv.org/families/vpk/ . You’ll need to upload proof of your child’s age. Documents that will meet this requirement include a birth certificate or Florida immunization record. You’ll also need proof of residence; a valid ID or utility bill that displays your current physical, not Post Office Box, address. You will not be able to get a certificate without these documents. Once you have your VPK eligibility certificate in hand, you may take it to the VPK program of your choice to enroll your child. Your child’s current child care provider may offer VPK. If not, a listing of current VPK programs is available on our website https://www.elcfv.org/families/vpk/prov ider-search-database/ or upon request by contacting our office.

• Language, Communication, and Emergent Literacy • Cognitive Development and General Knowledge These standards were created to offer a framework for VPK providers as they get your child ready for kindergarten. They help providers and families understand what children should know and be able to do when they complete a VPK program. While VPK providers must use a curriculum, there are many to choose from and families will see variations from one provider to another. Any curriculum used for VPK, though, should include learning through play since that’s the way your four-year-old learns best. In order to choose the VPK program that’s right for you and your child, it’s important to shop around. Options include Family Home Child Care, Faith Based and Private Centers and Public School settings. The best way to get to know a program is to stop by for a visit. While VPK programs have open door policies, making an appointment will help ensure that the director or teacher will have time to answer all your questions, take you on a tour and show you the wonderful opportunities your 4 year-old will have at their program. Always follow up with an unannounced visit. The program should welcome you back to confirm what you learned at your first meeting. To enroll your child in a VPK program you must first receive a certificate of eligibility from the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia (ELCFV). Certificates for Summer 2017 Fall 2017/2018 12 • March/April 2017

The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia (ELCFV) administers subsidized School Readiness early learning child care programs for children birth to age five and the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program for four-year olds. For information about ELCFV programs and services, call 386 3232400 or toll free 877 352-0065 or visit www.elcfv.org. Follow the ELCFV on Facebook: search ELCFV.


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Make Your Food-Allergic Child

A Happy Camper

Attending summer day camp is often a rite of passage for kids. But when you have a child with life-threatening food allergies, camp is more complicated than filling out forms and dropping your kid off each morning. But with planning, cooperation and communication, day camp can be a great experience for food-allergic children. Many camps are willing to accommodate food allergies. Of course, each child’s medical condition is different, so check with your allergist first. Once you have chosen a camp, research the camp’s policies on food allergies. If there is no written policy in place, pick up the phone and talk personally with the director. “Be proactive,” says Tom Madeyski, Executive Director/Vice President of a YMCA county camp. “Don’t be shy, ask a lot of questions.” If you find that the director is willing to accommodate your child, here are some questions to ask. A peanut allergy will be used as an example in these questions, but you can easily substitute wheat, dairy, etc. Do campers bring a sack lunch? If so, is there a safe place for your child to eat, such as a nut-free table away, from any foods they’re allergic to? Is there a policy in place for other kids to wash or wipe their hands and faces after eating foods that contain peanuts? If meals are prepared at the camp, ask if any of the foods contain peanuts. If not, is there any possibility of cross-contact with peanuts either in the kitchen or before the food arrives? If camp meals aren’t safe for your child, can you send in ‘safe’ food? 14 • March/April 2017

Will there be any craft projects using peanuts, such as bird feeders made with peanut butter? If so, can a substitution be made? Crafts using allergenic materials are often overlooked when thinking about food allergies. But even if it is not meant to be eaten, allergenic materials can get into the eyes, nose or mouth during crafting and cause an allergic reaction. Who handles medical care at the camp? Is there a nurse or first-aid person on-site? If so, are they trained to use an epinephrine autoinjector such as an EpiPen®? Who substitutes for the medical staff if they are away? Sitting down personally with the medical staff person and describing your child’s typical allergic signs and symptoms is best. If the staff has never used an epinephrine auto-injector, teach them how. You should have a clear, written allergy action plan with a picture of

your child attached. “Err on the side of too much information, especially on written medical forms,” says Madeyski. Even if there is medical staff on-site, train the adult who will spend the day with your child how to recognize an allergic reaction as well. He or she will be the person who will need to get your child help. Ideally, every adult who will be in contact with your child should be aware of the allergy and know what to do if a reaction occurs. For day campers, it’s always a good idea to go in each morning with your child. This way, you can see if the staff has changed or a new volunteer is present, and you can make sure that they are informed of your child’s needs. “Directly interact with those who will care for your child,” says Madeyski. Who will carry your child’s medicine? Make sure that person knows the correct temperature to store epinephrine. An EpiPen® shouldn’t be left out in the sun or in a hot car. Refer to the instructions in your own epinephrine auto-injector or talk to your pharmacist for storage requirements. How far away is the nearest hospital or clinic? What is the response time? Will there be field trips away from the main campsite? If so, are the driver and leader trained to handle your child’s allergy? Will they have cell phones or two-way radios to communicate should an emergency occur? This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a jumping-off point to get you started. Every child is different, and food allergies vary in severity. Always discuss your child’s individual needs with their medical provider in deciding if it is safe for your child to go to camp. And once your child is cleared for camp, prepare everyone so that your child can have a happy camping experience.


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VOLUSIA COUNTY SPRING CAMPS Academy of Martial Arts Come Join us for fun exciting Structured activities, Martial Arts Classes, and Bully Prevention training. Hours / Days: 8am-545pm/ Monday thru Friday Dates: March 10th thru 17th Grades/Ages: 5-14 years old Cost: As low as 79 dollars a week! Ormond Beach 615 S. Yonge St. Ormond Beach, Fl. 32174 South Daytona 1973 S. Ridgewood Ave. South Daytona, Fl. 32119 386-677-6811, ukdfl@aol.com www.amafl.com ACE Gymnastics Spring Break Camp Join us for the most AMAZING Spring Break camp in the Volusia county area! A great mix of fun, friends, arts & crafts with physical fitness and gymnastics !!! Grades: Preschool, Elementary, Middle School 4431 Eastport Parkway, Port Orange, FL, 32127 (386) 760-1445 www.acegymnastics-daytona.com All Saints Lutheran Church Spring Break Camp We provide a safe and loving setting in which all children are given the opportunity for personal growth and the development of selfesteem. Hours: 7:30 am - 5:45 pm Grades: Elementary K-5 Cost: $140wk or $35/day 751 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, FL, 32129 (386) 846-1150 director@afterschool-aslcpo.org www.afterschool-aslcpo.org Fit Club Spring Break Camp Fit Club camps gives students additional training on special days throughout the year. 196 N. Industrial Drive, Orange City, FL, 32763 386-774-4348 www.fitclubgymnastics.com Gnarly Charley’s Spring Break Surf Camp Hours: 10:00 am – 12: 00pm Mon-Fri Cost: $250 27th Avenue South, New Smyrna Beach 386.690.SURF www.gnarlycharleysurfseries.com gnarlycharley@hotmail.com Kurt Collis Tennis Spring Break Camp Our camps begin with a dynamic warm-up filled with fun activities lead by enthusiastic coaches. During the course of the camp they participate in level appropriate tennis drills, match play with strategy and skill building tips from the coaches! Victoria Park, 550 Brookfield Terrace, Delan Hours: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Power Volleyball Academy, 565 S Lakeview #120, Lake Helen Hours: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Days: Tuesday - Friday Ages: 4-99, all levels and ages Cost: $149 per camp per person (386) 801-7725 Info@KCTennisAcademy.com www.KCTennisAcademy.com

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Lyonia Environmental Center Spring Break Camp Rockin the Rainforest! Join us for a fun week as we learn about the amazing creatures that live in rainforests around the world and how we can help protect their unique habitat! Children ages 6 to 13. Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Grades: Elementary, Middle School Cost: $65 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona, FL (386) 789-7207 lyoniapreserve.org/lec.htm Marine Discovery Center Spring Break Camps Kayaking, Fishing, Animal Interpretation, Invertebrate Discoveries, Plankton Investigations, Birding, Shoreline and Trail walks, and more Hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Grades: 5-10 Cost: Call for Details 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32169 (386) 428-4828 erica@marinediscoverycenter.org www.marinediscoverycenter.org New Smyrna Beach Recreation & Special Events Department Spring Break Programs Day Camps are offered during spring break, winter break, and summer break for kids enrolled in kindergarten through ninth Grade. More specific information and registration forms will be available here as each program approaches. Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 1000 Live Oak St., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 386-424-2175 Odyssey Adventure Club Spring Break Adventure Camp Dates: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday only, March 21,22,23 Ages: 9 - 13 Cost: $225 per camper, $125 for siblings Fortunato Park, 2 John Anderson Drive, Ormond Beach 386-871-0469 steve.oac@gmail.com odysseyadventureclub.com South Daytona Christian Preschool If you are looking for a loving, consistent, structured place for your child to have a first school experience, we hope that we can be of service to you and your family. Ages 3 and 4 2121 Kenilworth Ave., South Daytona, Florida 32119 386-767-6949 southdaytonachristian.org South Daytona - James Park Spring Break Camp Hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Grades: K-6 Cost: $90.00 per child plus $4.00 Recreation Insurance Fee 1700 James St, South Daytona, FL, 32119 (386) 322-3070 www.southdaytona.org South Daytona Spring Baseball Camp Offering leagues from ages 4 - 15. Piggotte Community Center 504 Big Tree Road, South Daytona, FL 32119 Norm Yelverton 386-322-3076 www.southdaytona.org Volusia County Parks & Recreation Spring Camps Ages 5 - 22 Gemini Springs, DeBary (Spring House) 37 Dirksen Dr, DeBary, FL 32713 Contact Daniel Marsh at 386-736-5953, ext. 16767 or visit http://www.volusia.org/core/fileparse.php/5953/urlt/17_SpringBreak.pdf

Spring into Action Volusia Flagler Family YMCA Day Camp Our Camp Staff are ready to keep your kids active, smiling, and safe while school is out! Spring into Action Camp Activities: Arts & Crafts, Group Games, Physical Activity, STEM Activities, SPARK Games and so much more! Hours / Days: M-F 7-6pm Grades/Ages: 5-12 Cost: Members - $80 Community Participants $95 DeLand Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Call: 386.736.6000 Email: shigbee@vfymca.org Four Townes Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Call: 386.532.9622 Email: taverett-grimes@vfymca.org Port Orange Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Call: 386.760.9622 Email: kraines@vfymca.org Ormond Beach Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Call: 386.673.9622 Email: rshelton@vfymca.org Southeast Volusia Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Call: 386.409.9622 Email: lkammer@vfymca.org YMCA Camp Winona Spring Break Camp Tie-Dye Palooza Join us for a very colorful Spring Break Camp! We will be making YMCA Camp Winona Tie-dye shirts for every camper! We will also explore fun camp activities on water and on land! This will be a weekend full of memories, friendships and a good helping of summer camp all in one weekend! You won’t want to miss it! Hours / Days: Grades/Ages: 6-16 Cost: $95 898 Camp Winona Road, DeLeon Springs, FL 32130 386.985.4544 campwinona.org Whim Wham Art Studio Spring Break Camp Kids Day Camp We plan tons of creative and fun projects for our holiday day camps! Our campers at Whim Wham have the opportunity to play with clay, get on the pottery wheel, paint canvas, glaze pottery, tie dye, glass fusion and lots more! Days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Grades: 9-13 $40 per child / per day 378B W Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach, FL, 32174 386-676-2240 www.whimwhamartstudio.com/camps.html

FLAGLER COUNTY SPRING BREAK CAMPS Flagler Schools Community Education Spring Break Camp Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Mon – Fri Before & After Care Available at no add’l cost Grades: K-8 Cost: from $85wk $20 reg fee Includes Snack, Trips & Supplies Wadworth Elementary – Buddy Taylor Middle (386) 446-6717 http://fce.flaglerschools.com/fce Pak's Karate Spring Break Camp 2017 March 13- 17 Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm *earlier drop off/pick up times available upon request* Ages: Elementary, Middle, High School Cost: $90 weekly Address: 2323 N State Street Unit 6 386 868 6490 pakskarateacademy@gmail.com www.maofpc.com


CAMP DIRECTORY FLAGLER COUNTY SPRING BREAK CAMPS Roma Court Academy Spring Break Camp Our Spring Break Camp is a popular pick for area parents looking to make sure their child's break is well balanced with fun, discovery and learning. Ages: 5-12 Cost: $100Wk / $25 Day Hours: 6:30 am – 6:00pm 515 Palm Coast Parkway SW Suite 27, Palm Coast 386-445-0834, info@romacourtacademy.com www.romacourtacademy.com Sunshine Academy Spring Break Camp Sunshine Academy Spring Break Camp Teachers Develop Lesson Plans Based Upon Our Themes. 1230 Palm Coast Pkwy. Palm Coast 386-445-2822, academyofsunshine@yahoo.com 170 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach 386-439-9985, sunshineacademy@yahoo.com www.academyofsunshine.com Sunshine Academy of Flagler A Fun-filled week of hands-on learning activities. Hours / Days: Monday - Friday 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Up to 10 hours per day) Grades/Ages: Kindergarten - 4th Grade Cost: $35 / day drop in $30/ day scheduled $125 Full Week Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Included 170 Old Kings Rd. South Flagler Beach, FL 32136 386-439-9985 www.academyofsunshine.com

OUT OF AREA ... St. Augustine Alligator Farm & Zoological Park Spring Break Camp (Scutes, Scales & Slippery Skin) “Scute” on over to the Alligator Farm and discover what makes us world-famous! From crocodilians and turtles to lizards and snakes, we will investigate what makes reptiles so fascinating. A t-shirt and water bottle is included in each weeklong camp. Lunch and a snack will be provided daily. Dates: March 13 – 17, 2017 Hours: 9am – 4pm For students currently in Kindergarten through 5th grade Cost: $210/members or $230/non-members (price for the week) 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-824-3337 ext. 29 bmcdermott@alligatorfarm.com www.alligatorfarm.com Central Florida Zoo Spring Break Camp Passport to Adventures Discover some of history's mysteries at the Zoo as we set out on an exciting expedition into the past. Meet a bald eagle up close to learn the important role our nation's symbol has played in our history. Who was first in space, humans or animals? Which spotted cat has been used by Pharaohs, royalty and emperors as a symbol of nobility? It's a journey you won't forget! Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Ages: 6-12 Cost: $170 Annual Pass Holders, $190 Non-Pass Holders Before Care: 8:00am-9:00am - $5.00 per day After Care: 4:00pm-5:30pm - $5.00 per day 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, FL 407-323-4450 ext. 123 education@centralfloridazoo.org www.centralfloridazoo.org

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SUMMER CAMPS ACADEMIC CAMPS Odyssey Adventure Club STEM Camp Robotics and Coding - build, create, and compete with Lego Mindstorms, EV3, Dash and Dot, Ozobot robots; MakerSpace creating, tinkering, building, become a Young Engineer! Weeks of July 24 and 31 Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Ages: 9 - 12 Cost: $225wk Pine Trail Elementary 386-871-0469 steve.oac@gmail.com odysseyadventureclub.com Stetson University STEM Camps - Minecraft Ages: 9 - 18 Weeks Offered: June 12 – 16, June 19 – 23, June 26 – 30, July 17 - 21 Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Cost: $495 per person**Lunch and supplies included 386-822-7500 or ceo@stetson.edu Stetson University STEM Camps – Videography Ages: 9 - 18 Cost: $495 per person Weeks Offered: June 12 – 16, June 19 – 23, June 26 – 30, July 17 - 21 Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 386-822-7500 or ceo@stetson.edu Stetson University STEM Camps – Robotics Ages: 9 - 18 Cost: $495 per person Weeks Offered: June 12 – 16, June 19 – 23, June 26 – 30, July 17 - 21 Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 386-822-7500 or ceo@stetson.edu Integral Academy Summer Math/Reading/Science Camp Hours: 9:00 am - 12 pm or 3:00 - 6:00 pm Grades: Elementary, Middle & High School Cost: $60 per week, per program 2 Pine Lakes Parkway North, Suite 1, Palm Coast, Florida 32137 (386) 302-5710 website: www.integralmathacademy.com email: integralmathacademy@gmail.com Museum of Arts & Sciences 2017 Summer Learning Institute Focusing on art, science and history, with many integrated learning experiences for students. All classes are taught by education professionals with many years of teaching experience. Weeks Offered: June 12-June 16, June 19-June 23, June 26-June 30, July 10-July 14, July 17-July 21, July 24-July 28, July 31-August 4 Hours/Days: Monday through Friday 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm, or 9am-4pm (class time varies with age group) Grades/Ages: 4-13 years old Cost: Prices Vary from $80/$90 per class, to $160/$180 per class based on membership and class type 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 386-255-0285 www.moas.org

ART CAMPS Atlantic Center for the Arts Summer Art Camp Ages: 6-12 Weeks Offered: June 6 - August 4, 2017 Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9 AM - 2 PM Cost: $105 for ACA members; $130 nonmembers, Scholarships are available for each session 123 Douglas Street at the Yurick Studios, ACA Downtown 386-423-1753 rmorrison@atlanticcenterforthearts.org atlanticcenterforthearts.org/community/summer-art-camp

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DANCE CAMPS

Camp Create The Museum of Art - DeLand's Camp Create weekly sessions provide a great platform for kids to explore ideas, study art, learn art vocabulary, and make connections between art and literacy through a variety of art media taught by professional Volusia County teachers. Ages: 6-12 Hours: 9:00 am -4:00 pm, Monday-Friday Cost: $160 per Week for Members $185 for Non-Members Museum Of Florida Art, 600 North Woodland Blvd., Deland 386-734-4371 www.museumoffloridaart.org

Art Rageous DANCE Camp Port Orange Dance Hours: 9am-2pm, Monday-Friday Cost: $265 per session Port Orange Dance and Art Rageous are teaming up to bring you a summer full of dance classes, mixed media, fused glass, paint your own pottery, and canvas painting. No previous art or dance experience necessary. 4649 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. #601, Port Orange, Florida 386- 295-2610, portorangedance@gmail.com portorangedance.com

Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center Children’s Musical Theater Summer Camps 399 N. US1, Ormond Beach Dance Camp & Theatre Camp 386-295-4101, infoCMTW@yahoo.com www.cmtworkshop.org Stetson University Musical Theater Production Camp Ages: High School Juniors & Seniors, Incoming College Freshmen Dates: July 10 - August 13, 2017 Hours: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday Cost: $400 per person *Box dinner included Stetson University Musical Theater Production Camp Ages: High School Juniors & Seniors, Incoming College Freshmen Dates: June 12 - 16, 2017 Hours: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday Cost: $250 per person *Box dinner included Arts Transforming Our Tomorrow This summer camp will be a performing and visual arts camp from the hours of 7am-6pm. Students will be in a cast for an original musical depicting how the arts transforms lives in many areas of life. Students can choose to sing, dance, act, play an instrument, draw/paint and take photographs and videos. They will gain an appreciation in all areas, but choose one main study to perform in the musical. Hours: 8:00 am- 4:00 pm (before and after care available) Ages- K-6 Cost-$75/week ($300/month) 227 & 237 2nd Street, Holly Hill, FL 32117 386-227-7391

DANCE CAMPS European School of Performing Arts Each intensive offers approximately 18 - 20 hours of dance per week focusing on Classical Ballet Technique, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Musical Theater Dance. Summer Intensive Session 1: June 12 - 15 (Ages 8+) - $195.00 Summer Intensive Session 2: June 26 - 29 (Ages 8+) - $195.00 Summer Intensive Session 3: July 31 - August 3 (Ages 8+) - $195.00 *Times vary by level for Summer Intensive Sessions. Gotta Dance Day Camp (Half or Full Day): July 31 - August 4 (Ages 7+) Half Day (9 - 12 or 1 - 4) $165, Full Day (9 - 4) $285 Includes Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Lyrical with mini showcase on Friday Ballet Bootcamp: June 19 - 23 (2.5 hrs/day of ballet technique, including pointe, for Intermediate/Advanced Dancers) - $105 Fairytale Dance Camp: June 19 -23 (Ages 3 - 6) - $120 360 Tomoka Avenue, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 386-677-6316 espa@espadance.com www.espadance.com

ACE Gymnastics Summer Dance Camp Join us for the most AMAZING summer camp in the Volusia county area! A great mix of fun, friends, arts & crafts with physical fitness and gymnastics!!! Weeks Offered: May 29th – August 7th Hours: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Mon - Fri Grades: Preschool, Elementary, Middle School Cost: from $45 4431 Eastport Parkway, Port Orange, FL, 32127 (386) 760-1445 www.acegymnastics-daytona.com

FAITH BASED CAMP All Saints Lutheran Church We provide a safe and loving setting in which all children are given the opportunity for personal growth and the development of selfesteem. Weeks Offered: May 30- August 04, 2017. Hours: 7:30 am - 5:45 pm Grades: K-5 Cost: $50.00 reg fee, $900.00 Camp fee 751 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, FL, 32129 (386) 846-1150 www.afterschool-aslcpo.org United Methodist Christian School Summer Camp Can-Do Ages: Preschool to 5th grade 5200 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast Hours: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday 386-445-2344; umscpalmcoast@gmail.com; www.palmcoastpreschool.com Esformes Hebrew Academy Camp Gan Israel of Volusia County (Call or email for details) 1079 W. Granada Blvd. Ormond Beach 386.672.9300; chabaddaytona@aol.com www.cgidaytonabeach.com Warner Christian Academy Elementary Summer Day Camp 1730 South Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona Call for updated summer programs 386-767-5451; www.wcaeagles.org Central Baptist Church Vacation Bible School 142 Fairview Ave., Daytona Beach Call for updated summer programs 386-255-2588; centralbc.org Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School 105 Amsden Road, Ormond Beach Call for updated summer programs 386-441-0300; Ormondbeachpc.org


GENERAL SUMMER CAMPS Kid City USA Join Kid City USA for an interactive, fun-filled Summer Camp Program A place “Where Kids Can BEE Kids”. We will spend the summer exploring, learning and growing with hands-on activities at each of our beautiful Central Florida locations. We will travel on exciting field trips to the zoo, the movies, Orlando Science Center, Sea World, the Crayola Experience, bowling, and many more! Stop by and tour our facilities or visit us online at www.KidCityUSA.com Weeks Offered: May 29th – Aug 11th Ages: K-6th / 5 to 12 Years Old Hours: 6:00 am - 6:30 pm Cost: $130 a week Spaces are limited, reserve your spot today! Locations: Port Orange: 3911 S. Nova Road, (386) 763-2002 712 Reed Canal Rd. South Daytona FL 32119, (386)322-0103 Ormond Beach: 362 Hand Avenue, (386) 673-2339 50 Coolidge Ave. Ormond Beach FL 32174, (386)673-2339 Edgewater: 12311 S. Ridgewood Ave Edgewater FL 32141, (386) 410-2924 West Volusia: 404 N. Orange Ave DeLand FL 32720, (386)736-0000 1382 Howland Blvd Deltona FL 32738, (386)860-7979 1859 Providence Blvd. Deltona FL 3273, (386)8960-7628 Flagler County Youth Center Summer Camp Weeks Offered: June 5th - TBA Hours: Check website after March 1st Cost: $160 / $125 siblings 386-437-7540, ext. 5101 5510 East State Road 100, Palm Coast www.flagleryouthcenter.com Flagler Schools Community Education Summer Camp Summer Camp provides a safe and enriching environment for children from Kindergarten through 8th grade while their parents work. Weeks Offered: June 5th – July 28th Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Mon – Fri Before & After Care Available at no add’l cost Grades: K-8 Cost: from $85wk $20 reg fee Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Trips & Supplies Wadworth Elementary – Buddy Taylor Middle (386) 446-6717 http://fce.flaglerschools.com/fce/summer-camp Roma Court Academy Summer Camp Program Our Summer Camp is a popular pick for area parents looking to make sure their child's summer break is well balanced with fun, discovery and learning. Ages: 5-12 Hours: 6:30 am – 6:00pm Cost: $100Wk / $25 Day 515 Palm Coast Parkway SW Suite 27, Palm Coast 386-445-0834, info@romacourtacademy.com www.romacourtacademy.com Sunshine Academy Summer Camp Program Sunshine Academy Summer Camp Teachers Develop Lesson Plans Based Upon Our Themes. From These Themes, We Plan Our Weekly Field Trips to Ensure That Our Program Is Simultaneously Fun & Educational. 1230 Palm Coast Pkwy. Palm Coast 386-445-2822, academyofsunshine@yahoo.com 170 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach 386-439-9985, sunshineacademy@yahoo.com www.academyofsunshine.com

Sunshine Academy of Flagler A summer to remember with hands-on learning activities and field trips. Most Field Trips included in Price. Weeks Offered: May 30 - Last Friday before school starts Hours/ Days: Monday - Friday 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM (up to 10 hours per day) Grades/Ages: Kindergarten - 4th Grade Cost: $125 Full Time / $30 scheduled / $35 Drop In (Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Provided) 170 Old Kings Rd. South Flagler Beach, FL 32136 386-439-9985 Website: www.academyofsunshine.com Volusia Flagler Family YMCA Best Summer Ever – Day Camp Summer camp at the Y (for kids age 5 - 12) focuses on nurturing the potential of children and helping them grow in spirit, mind and body. We encourage fun and friendship and provide the opportunity for young people to build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting memories. Summer camp also provides kids with the things they need to succeed in school by providing engaging, hands-on education-based activities that help kids avoid summer learning loss. Arts & Crafts, Field Trips Games & Sports, Team Building , Making friends, Swimming, And so much more ... Weeks Offered: M-F Hours/ Days: 7am-6pm Grades/Ages: 5-12 Cost: Member $85, Community Participant $100 Locations: DeLand Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 386.736.6000 shigbee@vfymca.org Four Townes Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 386.532.9622 taverett-grimes@vfymca.org Port Orange Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 386.760.9622 kraines@vfymca.org Ormond Beach Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 386.673.9622 rshelton@vfymca.org Southeast Volusia Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 386.409.9622 lkammer@vfymca.org YMCA Camp Winona Summer Camp Live the Experience At Camp Winona children develop and grow throughout the summer as they learn and connect with friends and nature. We teach every camper Respect, Honesty, Responsibility, and Caring, the same values taught throughout the Y. While learning valuable social skills, campers also learn and engage in many adventurous outdoor skill programs that are sure to spark their interest. Come Experience the YMCA Camp Winona activities this summer! You can swim, jump the Blob, ride down the Wet Willie Slide, paddle in our canoes, paddle boards, or kayaks, enjoy the gaga pit, campfires, hiking, archery, and so much more! Weeks Offered: June 4th – July 14th Cost: $550 Ages: 6-15 YMCA Camp Winona Teen Camp Weeks Offered: June 4-9 Cost: $550 Ages: 13-16 YMCA Camp Winona Mini Camps- Boys Weeks Offered: June 11th -13th Cost: $195 Ages: 6-8 YMCA Camp Winona Mini Camps- Girls Weeks Offered: June 11th -13th Cost: $195 Ages: 6-8 898 Camp Winona Road, DeLeon Springs, FL 32130 Phone: 386.985.4544 Website: campwinona.org

CITY / COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION City of Ormond Beach Summer Program Camp T-Rec A camp for children with special needs ages 7-19 years old. Planned activities include sports, playground activities, arts/crafts, gym play, field trip to YMCA per week plus two fun field trips to area locations. A partnership with the City of Ormond Beach and City of Port Orange. Weeks Offered: 2 sessions available: Session 1 June 12-June 30, Session 2 July 3-July 21 (No camp July 4) Hours/ Days: Monday-Friday 8:30am-2:30pm Grades/Ages: 7-19 years old with special needs Cost: Resident $239.00 per 3wk session, Non-residents $358.00 per 3wk session 440 N Nova Road, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 (386) 676-3252 www.ormondbeach.org City of Ormond Beach Summer Program Enviro Camp Enviro camp uses games, crafts, and activities to teach kids about the environment, nature, history, science and more! Weeks Offered: June 5-August 4 (No camp scheduled July 3rdJuly 7th) Hours/ Days: Mon. thru Fri. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Grades/Ages: 7-10 Cost: $103.00 per week Environmental Discovery Center 601 Division Ave. Ormond Beach, FL 32174 386-676-3216 www.ormondbeach.org or www.thecasements.net City of Ormond Beach Summer Program Summer Connection Day Camp Planned activities include sports, splash pad, playground activities, arts/crafts, tutoring, gym play, computer lab, 1 local field trip per week. Weeks Offered: (2) 4wk sessions ~Session 1: 6/5/17 – 6/30/17, Session 2: 7/3/17 – 7/28/17 (closed July 4th) Hours/ Days: Mon. thru Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Grades/Ages: 6 thru 13 Age as of 9/1/17 Cost: City of Ormond Beach Residents $218 per 4-week Session, Non-city Residents $327 per 4-week Session City of Ormond Beach Residents $66 per week, Non-city Residents $ 99 per week, So. Ormond Neighborhood Center 176 Division Avenue, Ormond Beach 32174 676-3250 www.ormondbeach.org Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Fun in the Sun Summer Camp Frieda Zamba Pool Monday-Friday, June 5 – August 4th 7:30 am - 4:30 pm After care available Grades: K - 6 $80 week 386-986-2323 http://www.palmcoastgov.com/government/parks-recreation Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Fire Fighters Camp Campers will visit a fire station and use regulation fire equipment. They will learn firefighting techniques, the concept of CPR and first aid, home and fire safety and how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Bring a bathing suit and towel on Wednesday and prepare to get wet. Monday-Friday, June 19 - 23 8:30 - 11:30 am Grades: 3 – 5 $60 week 386-986-2323 http://www.palmcoastgov.com/government/parks-recreation

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Inspired & Informed: Choosing the Perfect Camp For Each Child in the Family

by Christina Katz

A mistake parents can make when choosing a camp is confusing their child's needs with their own needs. If you want your child to be happy at camp, focus on who he or she is rather than on who you were as a camper. Your goal is to create a harmonious relationship between each of your children and the camp experience, not for your child to follow in your well-worn hiking boots. Going to camp should be a choice for every child. Don't force camp on a child who is terrified by the idea. At the same time, feel free to plant the seed in your children's minds from an early age that camp is a fun, life-enhancing adventure for those willing to try it. If older siblings have gone to camp and liked it, then younger siblings may already be eager to go themselves. But if your child is not enthusiastic, don't push camp on them without learning more.

Camp Considerations Feel free to present your camp experiences and what you got out of them to your kids, and invite others in the family to do the same. At the same time, however, communicate clearly your understanding that your child is not you or anyone else, and that you like and respect the person your child is already. Sending a child to camp to correct or fix things about them is backwards. The person who needs to change their attitude in this scenario is the parent, not the child. If you have worries or concerns about your child, don't send your child to camp to address those feelings. Find someone you can talk to so you can learn to accept your 20 • March/April 2017

children for who they are and meet their range of individual needs. Kids who are secure and comfortable in their own skin thrive at camp, whereas kids who are insecure and anxious may flounder.

A Range Of Choices Sending kids to camp may have been your idea, but in order for kids to feel good about the adventure, they need to buy in to the idea, as well. The first question to ask yourself is, which types of camp are best suited to your child's physical, emotional, and mental needs? Would day camp or overnight camp be the better choice at this developmental stage? If choosing overnight

camp, would your child prefer to be close or far from home? Also consider the mission and style of the camp. Would your child prefer to rough it for a week in the White Mountains or stay in a cozy, family-style camp with modern amenities closer to home? Parents may need to let go of the idea that what was good for them as children is good for their kids. What was good for you as a child may traumatize a sensitive child or a child with special needs. Strive to meet your kids where they are. Parents may experience some grieving in letting go of preconceived notions of sharing childhood experiences with their children. But try to leave the past in the past, so you can make the healthiest choices for your family in the present. For example, if you were a rugged and athletic child, these traits may have been widely admired, as they usually are. If your family of origin had a bias against sensitive or artsy kids, you will want to be aware of a possible unconscious tendency in yourself. You may also need to steel your mind against what others think about who your child is. You are not taking a poll. This is not the 1950's or even the 1980's. Try to view the camp landscape through the eyes of each of your children instead of through the eyes of others or tradition. What if you are different from your child in even more profound ways than personality? What if the two of you have very little in common at all? Would you both crave the same types of camp experiences? Would you even be likely to choose the same camps?


Individuation Workbooks For Parents Do your kids a favor and see them for who they truly are. Love each of them to the best of your ability. If you struggle with any of this, admit it, and get some help. Often, parents are so busy taking care of everyone else that they neglect themselves. Individuation is an ongoing process that begins in childhood and continues for a lifetime. Parents can benefit by finding self-expression practices that help them keep up with their own needs. When parents take care of their own emotional needs, the need to project their needs onto their children diminishes and healthy boundaries can be restored. These workbooks are a good place to start for any parent who is feeling out of touch.

Be Respectful Children know intuitively when they are liked and accepted. They also know when parts of them are disliked and rejected. To look at a child and compare him or her to your childhood self or to siblings or peers is disrespectful and hurtful. To really see your child and accept him or her for who she is means loving and respecting your child as is. Each child is an individual with so much to offer the world, whether you can see and accept this or not. If you choose the best camp for your child, you can relax knowing the folks in charge will see the value in your child. When you can see the value in your child, others see it, too. Trying to force a child to be more like you, when the child is not you, may seem harmless and common in our society, but there is a cost. A child can feel when she is being criticized, so even if you are trying to bring the two of you closer together by putting your child through paces you were put through as a kid, your child may feel unseen and unknown. You can't send a child who is not like you to camp and get a version of yourself back. Not only does camp not work this way, life doesn't work this way. Take a good, long look at each of your children. Resist the urge to see them as a version of yourself. None of them are you. There will never be another you in all the world. Once you see, understand, and accept each of your children, then you can work together to choose the perfect camp.

Types Of Camps This list breaks types of camps down to the most basic types. Camps can become much more specialized as you explore within categories, so this list is just to help you get started considering all your options.

Day Overnight Sports Education Leadership Technology Arts Wilderness

Girls Boys Co-ed Family Religious Traditional Specialized School vacation

The Artist's Way Workbook by Julia Cameron

The Inner Child Workbook by Cathryn L. Taylor

The Secret Me by Shane Windham

The Creative Journal by Lucia Capacchione

Journal To The Self by Kathleen Adams

Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel

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CITY / COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION

MUSIC CAMPS

OUTDOOR-ADVENTURE CAMPS

City of South Daytona Summer Camp Weeks Offered: June 9-August 15 (no camp July 4) Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Ages: 1-5 Cost: $85.00 wk (includes trips), $60.00 wk (no trips) $5.00 more per week for non-city residents 1700 James St., South Daytona Registrations begin May 1 at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road (386) 322-3070 www.southdaytona.org

Camp Name: Stetson University Flute Workshop Short Description: Week-long residential or day camp for middle and high school flute players (at least 6 months of instrument experience required). Weeks Offered: July 10-15 Hours/ Days: Most campers choose to reside on campus for the duration of the camp, however campers who live in the area may choose to commute. Those campers will be involved in activities from approximately 8:30am to 9pm, although this schedule may vary. Grades/Ages: Rising 7th graders through rising 12th graders Cost: $550 for residential campers, $450 for commuters 421 N. Woodland Blvd, Deland, FL 32723 (386) 682-0711 kshipper@stetson.edu http://www.stetson.edu/music/community/music-workshops/ flute-workshop.php

Marine Discovery Center Loggerhead Camp Weeks Offered: June 5-9, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 24-28, Aug 7-11 Hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Ages 4-7 Cost: $215 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach 386-428-4828, erica@marinediscoverycenter.org wwww.marinediscoverycenter.org

MUSIC CAMPS Stetson University Clarinet Clinic Week-long residential or day camp for middle and high school clarinetists (at least 6 months of instrument experience required). Weeks Offered: June 11-17 Hours/ Days: Most campers choose to reside on campus for the duration of the camp, however campers who live in the area may choose to commute. Those campers will be involved in activities from approximately 8:30am to 9pm, although this schedule may vary. Grades/Ages: Rising 7th graders through rising 12th graders Cost: $595 for residential campers, $495 for commuters 421 N. Woodland Blvd, Deland, FL 32723 kshipper@stetson.edu (386) 682-0711 http://www.stetson.edu/music/community/music-workshops/clarinet-clinic.php Stetson University Double Reed Workshop Week-long residential or day camp for middle and high school oboists and bassoonists (at least 6 months of instrument experience required). Weeks Offered: June 11-17 Hours/ Days: Most campers choose to reside on campus for the duration of the camp, however campers who live in the area may choose to commute. Those campers will be involved in activities from approximately 8:30am to 9pm, although this schedule may vary. Grades/Ages: Rising 7th graders through rising 12th graders Cost: $595 for residential campers, $495 for commuters 421 N. Woodland Blvd, Deland, FL 32723 kshipper@stetson.edu (386) 682-0711 h t t p : / / w w w. s t e t s o n . e d u / m u s i c / c o m m u n i t y / m u s i c workshops/double-reed-workshop.php Stetson University Brass Camp 2017 Brass Camp is currently full. Waitlist spots may be available. Week-long residential or day camp for middle and high school brass players (trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, euphonium) (at least 6 months of instrument experience required). Weeks Offered: June 19-24 Hours/ Days: Most campers choose to reside on campus for the duration of the camp, however campers who live in the area may choose to commute. Those campers will be involved in activities from approximately 8:30am to 9pm, although this schedule may vary. Grades/Ages: Rising 7th graders through rising 12th graders Cost: $495 for residential campers, $395 for commuters 421 N. Woodland Blvd, Deland, FL 32723 kshipper@stetson.edu (386) 682-0711 http://www.stetson.edu/music/community/music-workshops/ brass-camp.php Stetson University Saxophone Workshop Week-long residential or day camp for middle and high school saxophone players (at least 6 months of instrument experience required). Weeks Offered: June 26 – July 1 Hours/ Days: Most campers choose to reside on campus for the duration of the camp, however campers who live in the area may choose to commute. Those campers will be involved in activities from approximately 8:30am to 9pm, although this schedule may vary. Grades/Ages: Rising 7th graders through rising 12th graders Cost: $550 for residential campers, $450 for commuters 421 N. Woodland Blvd, Deland, FL 32723 kshipper@stetson.edu (386) 682-0711 http://www.stetson.edu/music/community/music-workshops/ saxophone-workshop.php

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Stetson University Vocal Camp Week-long residential or day camp for high school singers Weeks Offered: July 17-21 Hours/ Days: Most campers choose to reside on campus for the duration of the camp, however campers who live in the area may choose to commute. Those campers will be involved in activities from approximately 8:30am to 9pm, although this schedule may vary. Grades/Ages: Rising 10th graders through rising college freshmen Cost: $495 for residential campers, $395 for commuters 421 N. Woodland Blvd, Deland, FL 32723 kshipper@stetson.edu (386) 682-0711 http://www.stetson.edu/music/community/music-workshops/ vocal-camp.php Freed Performing Arts Summer classes offered June July August Ballet, tap, gymnastics, hip hop, modern Tomoka Christian Church Cindy Lescarbeau cindy@freedperformingarts.com 386-589-6006

OUTDOOR-ADVENTURE CAMPS Gnarly Charley Surf Series Summer Overnight Surf Camps Weeks Offered: June 13th-17th / July 11th-15th Cost: $850 27th Avenue South, New Smyrna Beach 386-690-SURF; gnarlycharley@hotmail.com www.gnarlycharleysurfseries.com Gnarly Charley Surf Series Summer Day Surf Camps Weeks Offered: July 18th – 22nd 9am – 2pm Cost $400 27th Avenue South, New Smyrna Beach 386-690-SURF; gnarlycharley@hotmail.com www.gnarlycharleysurfseries.com Florida Agricultural Museum Summer Horse Camp Summer Camp is one of our most popular programs at the Florida Agricultural Museum. Your child will learn Horse safety and behavior, Grooming, Daily Riding, games and crafts...FUN! Enrollment is extremely limited to ensure a quality experience. We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. Ages: 8-16 Cost: $250 Hours: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday- Friday 7900 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, FL 32136 386-446-7630 or info@floridaagmuseum.org Marcody Ranch Summer Horse Camp During a typical camp day, the children will ride horses, participate in ground-work activities, do arts and crafts, swim in our pool and play games. The riding segments include instruction, mounted games and trail rides. Ground-work includes horse handling and training, grooming, bathing, and other aspects of horse-care and management. Weeks Offered: 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Mon - Fri Ages: 5 and Up Cost: $325wk 3804 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach 386-424-0123 hope@marcody.com www.marcody.com

Marine Discovery Center Leatherback Camp Weeks Offered: June 12-16, June 19-23, July 3-7*, July 17-21, July 31- Aug 4 (Closed July 4th) Hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Ages 7-10 Cost: $230/$184 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach 386-428-4828, erica@marinediscoverycenter.org wwww.marinediscoverycenter.org Marine Discovery Center Mangrove Maniacs Camp Weeks Offered: July 24-28, Aug 7-11 Hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Ages 8-12 Cost: $240 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach 386-428-4828, erica@marinediscoverycenter.org wwww.marinediscoverycenter.org Marine Discovery Center Archery Camp Weeks Offered: June 26-30, July 10-14 Hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Ages 8-12 Cost: $150 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach 386-428-4828, erica@marinediscoverycenter.org wwww.marinediscoverycenter.org Marine Discovery Center Aquatic Adventure Camp Weeks Offered: June 26-30, July 3-7, July 10-14, July 19-23, (Closed July 4th) Hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Ages 10-14 Cost: $315/$242 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach 386-428-4828, erica@marinediscoverycenter.org wwww.marinediscoverycenter.org Marine Discovery Center FWC Saltwater FIshing Weeks Offered: June 5-9, June 12-16 Hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Ages 10-14 Cost: $240 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach 386-428-4828, erica@marinediscoverycenter.org wwww.marinediscoverycenter.org Marine Discovery Center Lagoonys Camp Weeks Offered: July 17-21 Hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Ages 10-14 Cost: $315 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach 386-428-4828, erica@marinediscoverycenter.org wwww.marinediscoverycenter.org Marine Discovery Center Scuba Camp Weeks Offered: July 31- Aug 4 Hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Ages 10-16 Cost: $315 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach 386-428-4828, erica@marinediscoverycenter.org wwww.marinediscoverycenter.org Odyssey Adventure Club Adventure Camp Rock climb, kayak, paddle board, disc golf, swim, snorkel, team building Weeks of June 26, July 10, July 17 Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Ages: 9 - 13 Cost: $300wk Meet at Fortunato Park, depart daily 386-871-0469, steve.oac@gmail.com odysseyadventureclub.com


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Marineland Dolphin Adventure Seaside Eco-Adventures (S.E.A.) Camp I & II Join our S.E.A. Camp crew for a fun-filled week of science, activities, exploration, beachcombing and of course, dolphins! Campers will spend their days outside enjoying the beach and exploring the intracoastal hammock ecosystem. Science experiments, conservation projects and animal observations are all included in this one-of-kind day camp experience. Weeks Offered: June 5 – August 11 Ages: 7-9, S.E.A. Camp I, Ages 10 – 12, S.E.A. Camp II Cost: $550 Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.*Friday will be a half-day 9600 Oceanshore Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080 904-460-1330, education@marineland.net www.marineland.net

Academy of Martial Arts 1 Fun Place All Year Afterschool & Camp Programs Come Join us for fun exciting Structured activities, Martial Arts Classes, and Bully Prevention and Resolution training. Hours / Days: 8am-545pm / Monday thru Friday Dates: May 29 thru August 11th Grades/Ages: (Must be going into Kindergarden in Fall) 4 -14 years old Cost: As low as 79 dollars a week! Ormond Beach 615 S. Yonge St., Ormond Beach, Fl. 32174

Steve Ridder Basketball Camps Individual Camps Weeks Offered: June 12-16 Coed Camp Ages 6-14 Cost: $235wk – Lunch Provided Weeks Offered: July 10-14 Coed Camp Ages 8-16 Cost: $235wk – Lunch Provided Embry Riddle ICI Center 386-323-5007, kellerc@erau.edu

Marineland Dolphin Adventure Teaching Environment Education in Nature (T.E.E.N.) Camp Our T.E.E.N. Camp is an exciting opportunity for teenagers who are interested in the environmental field and our local wildlife. This unique experience provides campers with an in-depth look into our local ecosystems and its diverse array of resident species. Campers will be able to kayak the Intracoastal waterway, conduct lab experiments and perform mock field work for our Conservation Field Station. At the conclusion of the camp, participants will have the opportunity to participate in an in-water encounter with one of our bottlenose dolphins! Weeks Offered: June 5 – August 11 Ages: 13 - 17 Cost: $550 Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.*Friday will be a half-day 9600 Oceanshore Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080 904-460-1330, education@marineland.net www.marineland.net St. Augustine Alligator Farm & Zoological Park Summer Camp Kids will go wild over our exciting zoo camps! All camps include zoo tours, hands-on animal presentations, shows, crafts, games, and much more! Weeks Offered: June 5th – August 4th Hours: 9am – 4pm Grades: For students entering 1st – 6th grade Cost: $210/members or $230/non-members (price for the week) 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-824-3337 ext. 29, bmcdermott@alligatorfarm.com www.alligatorfarm.com Volusia County Junior Lifeguard Camps Weeks Offered: June 5th – Aug 11th Week 1 -Andy Romano Beachfront Park 839 S. Atlantic Ave, Ormond Beach Week 2 -Frank Rendon Park 2705 S. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores Week 3 -207 Buenos Aires Ave, New Smyrna Beach Week 4 -Andy Romano Beachfront Park 839 S. Atlantic Ave, Ormond Beach Hours: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm- Parent drop off is between 8-8:30am and parent pick up is between 1:30-2pm. Ages 9-15 Cost: $150 / Advanced: $200 Volusia County Headquarters 515 South Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach 386-547-0246; jrlifegaurd@volusia.org http://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/beachsafety/lifeguard-corps/junior-lifeguard-program.stml

South Daytona 1973 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona, Fl. 32119 386-677-6811, ukdfl@aol.com, www.amafl.com Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Baseball The Embry-Riddle Baseball Camps will provide instruction on the fundamentals of hitting, pitching and defense. The camp also includes swimming and games, lunch, a t-shirt, and awards ceremony and a certificate of participation. Weeks Offered: May 30 - June 2, June 19-22 Ages: 6-12 – Boys Only Cost: TBA Embry-Riddle's Sliwa Stadium Chuck Stegall stegallc@erau.edu or 386-323-5015 Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Dave Gregson Soccer Academy When: June 8-10, June 13-17 Hours 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ages: 6-14 Cost $100/ $175 Embry Riddle’s Soccer Stadium Dave Gregson at gregsond@erau.edu or 386-323-5028 Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Samantha Bohon Soccer School Co-Ed Camp This camp provides a fun learning environment for all ages and abilities. Skills covered during this week include dribbling, passing, shooting, ball control, heading, goalkeeping and general field positioning. When: May 30-June 2 Ages: Boys & Girls • Ages 5-14 Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium Cost: $175 Samantha Bohon at baggetts@erau.edu or 386-323-5012 Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Samantha Bohon Soccer School Girls Elite Camp This camp is geared toward girls with a serious desire for developing their game, whether you're hoping to play college soccer, preparing for high school/club or simply wanting to improve your skills. When: July 28-30 Ages: Grades 9-12 Cost: $199 Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium 386-323-5012, baggetts@erau.edu Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Softball Camp The Embry-Riddle Softball camps and clinics place an emphasis on fun, healthy competition and softball fundamentals. There are specialized sessions for girls from beginner to high school. When: June 12-14 ERAU Softball Stadium Cost $175 386-323-5022, dunnek@erau.edu Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Steve Ridder Basketball Camps Ormond Beach Camp Weeks Offered: June 5-9 Coed Camp Ages 6-14 Cost: $110per session Hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Ormond Rec Center 386-323-5007, kellerc@erau.edu

Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Steve Ridder Basketball Camps High School Boys Team Camp Weeks Offered: June 18-22 Ages: High School $310 Overnight Campers $210 for Commuters Embry Riddle ICI Center 386-323-5007, kellerc@erau.edu Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Steve Ridder Basketball Camps High School Shootout – Boys Weeks Offered: June 23-25 Ages: High School $600 team fee/8 players or $210 per player Embry Riddle ICI Center 386-323-5007, kellerc@erau.edu Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Tennis Camp The Embry-Riddle Tennis Camps are held at the Crotty Tennis Complex on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus and are for novice to advanced tournament players. Campers will by placed by skill and ability not age. When: July 10-14, July 17-21 Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ages 6-18 Cost: $200 session one, $240 session two Embry-Riddle's Crotty Tennis Complex david.paschal@erau.edu and 386-323-5009 Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Women’s Basketball Camps Elite Camp Our Elite Camp is structured to challenge athletes through advanced drills that will prepare them for the collegiate level. Our main focus is on player development and extensive skill work that will not only push them physically, but mentally as well. Join us for Elite Camp and see which players have what it takes! When: June 3 Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Ages: 7th – 12th Grade / Girls Only Cost: $100 per player 386-226-7536, murphs27@erau.edu Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Women’s Basketball Camps High School Team Camp Each team will play five (5) games with certified officials. Coaches will get to pick the level of competition for his/her team based on divisions. When: June 16-18 Ages: High School Cost: $400 per team 386-226-7536, murphs27@erau.edu Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Women’s Lacrosse Camps Our ID Camp is designed to give the Embry-Riddle Women's Lacrosse coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate prospect student-athletes. Additionally, players will get to experience the Embry-Riddle campus and receive instruction from our coaches. We strive to make players faster and smarter, while exposing them to the next level of play. Campers will receive an Embry-Riddle Women's Lacrosse T-Shirt When: June 21 Ages: Grades 8-12 Cost: $120 per player 386.226.6497, giannerm@erau.edu

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The Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels’ “Escape” rates for stays through April 16, 2017, are: • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Orlando Lake Buena Vista (pictured) -- rates from $139 per suite, per night • B Resort & Spa – rates from $104 per room, per night (which is 30% off) • Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – rates from $89 per room, per night. • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – rates from $116 per room, per night • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $116 per room, per night • Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney SpringsTM Area – rates from $129 per room, per night • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney SpringsTM Resort Area – rates from $77 per room, per night.

Seven Disney Springs Hotels TM

Offering Appealing “Escape” Rates Through April Looking for a fun nearby getaway? You should consider taking advantage of the special “Escape” rates that are being offered by the seven Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels in Central Florida. Available for stays through April 16, 2017, the special rates are a great way to experience the 2017 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival and the Garden RocksTM Concert Series at Epcot®. It also is a wonderful time to take in the many new offerings in the Walt Disney World® Resort, including the many exceptional new venues at the dramatically transformed Disney SpringsTM area, formerly known as the Downtown Disney® Area. The vibrant new waterfront Disney SpringsTM offers a high-quality diverse mix of more than 150 shops, dining choices and entertainment options across its four outdoor neighborhoods. In addition to the seven Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels having an ideal location with an easy walk to the significantly expanded Disney SpringsTM, these seven Official Walt Disney World® Hotels also provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, two water parks, and at night to the Disney SpringsTM area. Plus, as a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the “Disney SpringsTM Passport” booklet that features exclusive discounts and specials from Disney SpringsTM merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. 24 • March/April 2017

For more information on the special rates, or to make a reservation, visit DisneySpringsHotels.com, specifically http://bit.ly/Escape17 . The special rates are available for stays through April 16, 2017, based on availability. Some blackout dates may apply, and availability may be limited. The rates do not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes or gratuities. The offer is not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations, or for groups.

Visiting provides the opportunity to take in such special events as: • Atlanta Braves Springs Training – through March 29, 2017 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex • 2017 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival – March 1May 29, 2017 at Epcot® • Garden RocksTM Concert Series – Fridays-Mondays March 1-May 29, 2017 at Epcot® Note that Theme Park admission or a separate ticket may be required. Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels (DisneySpringsHotels.com) includes: • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Orlando Lake Buena Vista (pictured) -- the luxurious and recently renovated resort hotel features 229 spacious suites, and is the only all-suite resort hotel in the Disney SpringsTM Resort Area • B Resort & Spa -- the stylish resort opened in June 2014 with newly renovated guest rooms and the B Indulged® AVEDA Spa • Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – the 18-story resort overlooks scenic Lake Buena Vista and the Walt Disney World® Resort • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – situated on 27 lush acres just steps from the Disney SpringsTM Area • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – the closest hotel to Disney SpringsTM, the resort offers seven restaurants and lounges • Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney SpringsTM Area -- features modern Florida décor and complimentary Wi-Fi • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney SpringsTM Resort Area -- features six dining options, and the Oasis Aquatic Pool Playground. Located in the heart of the Disney SpringsTM area, the Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels feature an ideal location within walking distance of exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Visit DisneySpringsHotels.com.


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SPORTS CAMPS Embry Riddle University – Athletic Camps Volleyball All Skills Camp The All-Skills camp features the teaching of individual skills and competitive play. Campers will be taught individual skills, as well as team concepts. When: June 13-16, July 25-28 Hours: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Ages 8-18 Cost: $150 Embry Riddles ICI Center 386-323-5011, holcombj@erau.edu Halifax Youth Summer Sailing Camp Enjoy a summer of fun! Sailors can learn sailing and seamanship skills at Halifax Youth Sailing. The new sailors have an opportunity for non-stop fun in, on and around the water in a safe, clean, outdoor environment. No experience necessary. Over the duration of the course, students will progress through the ranks from Seaman to Skipper. Weeks Offered: June 12-Aug 4 Hours/ Days: Mon. – Fri. 9am – 4pm Grades/Ages: 8-17 Cost: $265.00 15 Fremont Court, Daytona Beach, FL 904-545-3123 www.HalifaxYouthSailing.org Pak's Karate Summer Camp We offer a safe alternative to your Summer Break; our weekly themed Summer Camp is led by qualified instructors whom are Leaders within the Community. We start off the Summer with our Premiere Surf Camp; Traditional Martial Arts; Fitness Training; Weekly Arts & Crafts; Museum Tours and end the Summer with an awesome Beach Party! Weeks Offered: June 5-9; 12-16; 19-23; 26-30. July 10-14; 17-21; 24-28; 31-Aug 4 Hours: 9:00 am -4:00 pm *earlier drop off/pick up times available upon request* Ages: Elementary, Middle, High School Cost: $90 weekly 2323 N State Street Unit 6 386 868 6490, pakskarateacademy@gmail.com www.maofpc.com Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Golf Camp Learn the game of golf during these four (4) fun filled days of short game, full swing, putting, golf etiquette, sportsmanship, and friendly competition. Open to all skill levels. Lunch, snacks, & drinks included. Family discounts available. Pre-registration required. Weeks Offered: June 5-9th, July 10th – 14th, July 31st - Aug 4th Hours: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Ages: 6-15 Cost: $125wk Palm Harbor Golf Course 386-986-2323 http://www.palmcoastgov.com/government/parks-recreation Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Tennis Camp Learn the game of tennis. Campers will focus on stroke fundamentals, hand–eye coordination, balance, footwork and match play. Open to all abilities. Campers will need to provide the following: water bottle, towel, hat, lunch, snacks, & drinks. Family discount is available. Pre-registration required. Weeks Offered: June 12th – 15th, July 17th-21st, July 31st- Aug 4th Hours: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Ages: 6-13 Cost: $149wk or $35 per day *Opt ½ Day for Juniors (6-8yrs) 9:00 am – 11:30 am, $89wk Palm Coast Tennis Center 386-986-2323 http://www.palmcoastgov.com/government/parks-recreation Halifax Rowing Association Youth Summer Rowing Rowing instruction on and off the water- no experience needed. Ages :12-18 Hours: 8:00 am – 10am, Monday-Friday 201 City Island Parkway (across from Ballpark) Daytona Beach. 386-248-0502; halifaxrowing.org

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Halifax Youth Sailing Learn to Sail! Halifax Youth Sailing is dedicated to teaching your kids to sail. Sailing is fun but also requires proper training since it involves water, speed, and moving structures. 4993 South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7301 FUN 238-SAIL or 386-238-7245 Stetson's Little Hatter’s Tennis Camp Half Day- DeLand Campus Weeks Offered: June 19th – 23rd Ages: Little Hatters - 6 to 8 years old Days/Time: Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Cost: $175 (lunch not provided) 421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8359. Deland, FL 32723 386-822-8145, cnoblet@stetson.edu www.stetsontenniscamps.com

Stetson's Little Hatter’s Tennis Camp Full Day- DeLand Campus Weeks Offered: June 19th – 23rd Ages: 9 to 18 years old Days/Time: Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Cost: $350 (lunch included) 421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8359. Deland, FL 32723 386-822-8145, cnoblet@stetson.edu www.stetsontenniscamps.com Surfari Surf Camps Hours: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (daily) Cost: $225 52 West Bovard Ave., Ormond Beach 386-299-3606; surfarisurfschool.com Due to print deadlines, some information may not be complete. Please call or visit your desired camp location for more details. Or, visit our expos to meet the camp directors in person!


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The Endless Vacation!

The AAA Four Diamond rated Reunion Resort encompasses 2,300 acres of lush landscape and nature preserves, providing a peaceful respite in the midst of the magic and mayhem of Orlando’s attractions. Leaving crowds and long lines far behind, the resort features 360 resort style accommodations ranging from luxury suites, and condos, to multi-room villas and private 4-12 bedroom vacation homes. Recognized by Golfweek, Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine as a top golf destination resort, Reunion is the only location in the world featuring three signature championship golf courses designed by golf’s greatest legends: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. Reunion also features seven casual and fine dining options including an award-winning rooftop steakhouse, elegant indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, six hydro-grid clay tennis courts, a full service boutique spa, 10 community pools and a 5-acre waterpark including slides, a water playground and a 1,000-ft. lazy river, which Travel Channel named among their top 10 “Over the Top” waterparks in the world. Condé Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure have also named Reunion as a Top Destination for families in the U.S. With its infinite supply of business and leisure features, Reunion Resort is truly a destination with endless vacation possibilities.

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Tricks and Treats

for St.Patrick’s Day 8 Fun Leprechaun Tricks to Play on Your Kids

From the time your sleepyheads wake until they leave for school or daycare, they will enjoy finding the tricks and treats a leprechaun left behind on the night before St. Patrick’s Day.

Begin St. Patrick’s Day by sneaking into your kids’ rooms and up colorful 6 Serve 1 putting shamrock stickers on their cheeks or feet! rainbow pancakes or

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Use a green eyeliner pencil or green dry erase marker to write a message on the bathroom mirror from a tricky leprechaun such as “Can’t Catch Me!”

green paint to place a tiny footprint on each side 3 ofUsethewashable toilet seat, then for extra giggles, add a few drops of green food coloring to the toilet water! To make leprechaun footprints, spread a thin layer of green washable paint onto a paper plate. Make a fist, and press the pinky side of your fist into the paint. (thumb side up) Then, press the side of your fist onto the surface you would like to print. This will make a little leprechaun footprint. Create the toes of the foot by dipping your pinky into the paint and using your pinky to make five dots above the footprint.

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Turn everything topsy turvy in the dining area! Flip chairs upside down, leave cabinet doors open and add more green footprints on the refrigerator door.

a few drops of green food color to the kids’ milk. If your 5 Add kiddos are juice drinkers, decorate the rims of their glasses with rainbow sugar. In a small plate, spread three different colors of decorating sugar, but don’t mix up the colors. Wet the rim of each glass with water, then dredge the rim in the sugar. 30 • March/April 2017

waffles. Divide the batter into three parts, and then tint with food color. Put each color of batter into a plastic sandwich bag. Close tightly, then push the batter into one of the bottom corners of the bag. Snip the corner off with scissors and squeeze out the batter as you would from a pastry bag. Squeeze one dollop of each color in the waffle maker for rainbow waffles. Create each pancake from all three colors as well. Serve with whipped cream and green sprinkles! gold coins or paper shamrocks around the house for kids 7 Hide to find. 8 Fill the kids’ shoes with gold chocolate coins for a special treat. The kids will be delighted to have a new, fun ritual to celebrate in spring, but be prepared for them to trick you later!


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Palm Coast United Methodist Church annual North Campus Easter Egg Hunt. PCUMC North Campus. Free. Donations welcome. www.palmcoastumc.org

7:30AM This festive, Easter-themed beach run was established in 1967 by the City of Daytona Beach. The race was first held on Easter Sunday to provide an activity for visiting college students and is now the longest consecutive footrace in the State of Florida. Participants enjoy a scenic run on the World’s Most Famous Beach while traveling out and back for the 4-mile race, 2-mile fun run or health walk. Kids are also welcome to participate in the 1/4-mile race, 100 and 50-yard dash. The Easter Beach Run is professionally chip-timed by the 5K Race Director. runsignup.com

Easter Celebration Egg Hunt

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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Come and join us for breakfast with Easter Bunny 10:45 AM. Breakfast catered by Bob Evans! Purchase your tickets online for only $10.00. Limited tickets will be sold. Breakfast, Arts & Crafts, Easter Bunny Meet & Greet, Free photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, special Appearance by Buddy the Eagle! Buddy Taylor Middle School Cafeteria 4500 Belle Terre PKWY, Palm Coast 386-446-6700 APRIL 15

Eggstravaganza One of Palm Coast's favorite holiday family events occurs every Easter holiday. The keys to the success of the program are the huge family crowds that support the event each year and the highly anticipated arrival of the holiday bunny on a fire truck. In 2016, 17,000 eggs will be hidden on the park grounds and so many youngsters are expected at the event, Parks & Recreation staff divided the main event hunt into smaller, more manageable age groups. Since 2014, the City has buried only bio-degradable eggs on the park grounds, aligning with Palm Coast's environmentally sensitive reputation as one of the top-rated green communities in the region. Central Park in Town Center 975 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, FL

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50th Annual Easter Beach Run

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ST. AUGUSTINE EASTER PARADE 3PM The parade heads south down Avenida Menendez. The annual parade featuring horsedrawn carriages, marching bands, floats, drill teams, the Easter Bunny, and St. Augustine’s Royal Family. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and secure a spot along the downtown streets. www.oldestcityeaster.org/easter-parade.html


Forget the candy – this year, fill their baskets with fun instead! We’ve found some smart alternatives to sugary snacks for this year’s Easter treats. Hot Wheels® PlayTape Track Kids can instantly build the racing world of their dreams for fast-action adventure anytime, anywhere. PlayTape sticks to any flat surface and is easy to tear by hand and reposition. It peels up without any residue and is recyclable, so cleaning up is a snap. Just Unroll, Stick, and Race! For ages 3 years+. MSRP: $4.99-$5.99. Currently available in stores at Toys “R” Us and Hobby Lobby nationwide

Playfoam Sparkle 4-Pack Let your creativity sparkle this Easter with the Playfoam Sparkle 4-Pack from Educational Insights. Playfoam can be squished and squashed again and again for hours of creative tactile play! Playfoam never dries out so the creativity never ends—and the secret no-stick formula means you can take it anywhere for creative fun on the go. For ages 3+. MSRP: $7.08. Available online at www.Amazon.com

Marcus & Marcus Silicone Bath Toys

Disney Baby SoapSox

are must have gifts for your tub-loving little ones! Each squirter is made of BPA free and phthalate free silicone. They are not just fun to play with but mold-free! Available in 5 animal character designs: Marcus the Lion, Pokey the Pig, Lola the Giraffe, Ollie the Elephant and Willo the Whale. They also come in Submarine and Rocketship. For 6 months+. MSRP: $7.99-$9.99. Available online at www.Amazon.com

If stuffed animals are a must-have for the basket, take it to the next level with the new line of Disney Baby SoapSox. These adorable, plush characters are made to go from playtime to bath time! All six beloved Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, come with built-in finger pockets that allow for secure scrubbing, while a clever opening for liquid or bar soap makes sudsing up feel like playtime. For ages Birth +. MSRP: $14.95. www.SoapSoxkids.com

HABA’s Shakin Eggs Shape Sorting Flower Puzzle from Playgro Encourage your baby to recognize various shapes and their sizes, this practices trial and error, mental prediction and problem solving. The cute flower acts as a central part of this 22 piece sorting puzzle, perfect for the inquisitive mind. For ages 12 months+. MSRP: $14.99. Available online at www.Amazon.com

Shake things up this Easter with HABA’s Shakin Eggs. Develop your child's musical abilities early with these brightly colored eggs that all make different noises. Most are shakin' but one of the five is twistin’. For ages 2 years+. MSRP: $19.99. Available online at www.HABAusa.com and www.Target.com

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10 Awesome Earth Day Books for Preschoolers

Show your preschooler why the Earth needs our love and protection, and that it’s important enough to have its own special day. Every day we teach our kids about caring for the environment when they see us putting cardboard into the recycling bin, using scrap paper for grocery lists, and re-using a water bottle instead of buying bottled water. Earth Day on its way, take a little extra time and share some of these great picture books with your preschoolers to help them learn why we should care for our planet and what Earth Day is all about!

Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard Trina is a concerned Earthling, worried about the way we treat our home planet. She organizes an Earth Day Club that focuses on everyday conservation habits. Trina plants trees with her classmates and outlines what can be done to make every day Earth Day.

I Can Save the Earth! by Alison Inches A new “green” series!: Little Green Books will educate children on what they can do to be more ecofriendly. The books in this line will be made from recycled materials, and the storylines will cover subjects such as improving the environment, learning about endangered animals, recycling, and much more.

It’s Earth Day! by Mercer Mayer After Little Critter learns about Earth Day in school, he does everything he can to help protect the environment and save the polar bears from global warming, but he gets discouraged when his Climate Control Machine fails to work.

Recycling Day by Edward Miller Bugs happily living in an empty lot are in trouble when a gang of rats moves in and takes over, but when a group of volunteers arrives to clean up, not only do the bugs get their lot back, they learn about recycling, composting, and garbage dumps. Includes facts about dumps, littering, and recycling.

The Earth Book by Todd Parr Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Featuring a circular die-cut Earth on the cover and printed entirely with recycled materials and nontoxic soy ink, this book includes lots of easy, smart ideas on how people can work together to make the Earth feel good.

Mrs. Fox’s Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli When Miss Fox shows up to school one day on her bicycle rather than in her car, her students are surprised. Is her car broken? No, she tells them, she is "going green." After her students show an interest, Miss Fox explains to them that going green means using less water, energy, and different kinds of stuff. Mrs. Fox makes going green fun!

Recycle Every Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace A busy family of rabbits demonstrates the three R's of recycling. Minna, a creative bunny, wants to win the Community Recycling Calendar Contest. She knows a lot about recycling but just can't come up with the perfect idea for her poster. Minna's family helps her find inspiration as they share their own recycling efforts.

Big Earth, Little Me by Thom Wiley I can help. I can recycle. I can turn off the water. I can turn off the lights. Printed with organic-soy-based ink, this simple picture book with flaps is made for young readers. From the adorable cut paper collage illustrations to the simple text, Big Earth, Little Me is a book that thinks globally, but focuses locally.

Earth Day - Hooray! by Stuart J. Murphy Earth Day, Birthday! by Maureen Wright When Monkey proclaims that it is his birthday, all the other jungle animals protest, claiming instead that it is Earth Day and telling Monkey what he should do to honor this special day.

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Ryan, Luke, and Carly have a plan for Earth Day. If they manage to collect and recycle 5,000 aluminum cans, they can make enough money to buy flowers for a nearby park. In addition to teaching about math, this story offers readers a light lesson in the importance of taking care of the planet. Credit: Scholastic, Alison McDonald Available at https://store.scholastic.com


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Shhhh!

Create Your Own Little Library

by Lara Krupicka

My family loves to read. And we love sharing great books with others and discovering new reads. So when I heard about the Little Free Library movement, I knew we had to get involved. These small book-filled structures situated along neighborhood sidewalks encourage passers-by to take home any book they fancy and invite them to participate by donating books if they wish. In our case though, we didn't only want to visit a Little Free Library - we wanted to host one. If you would like to do the same, then read on! Little libraries come in all shapes and sizes. You could put out a plastic container of books with a sign inviting people to take a book. Or, if you have basic construction skills or know someone who does, you could build a wooden library. Just follow these eleven steps: Decide on a design. What type of roof will your library have? Will the peak face the front or the side? Double door or single? One shelf or two? Do you want to make it in the shape of your favorite object? How much of an overhang will you leave on your roof? This may sound like a lot to consider for such a simple building. However, it all makes a difference when it comes down to construction. Once you have made those decisions, you will want to plot out measurements for each piece of your library - floor, sides, door, window, back, roof. A common finished size for Little Free Libraries is 20" wide x 18" to 28" tall x 12" to 15" deep.

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Gather materials. You will need: 5/8" plywood for the structure itself 4" x 4" post for mounting it on nails or screws wood glue caulk exterior-grade paint

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Cut and sand the wood. Measure and mark the dimensions of each piece. Then using a circular or table saw, cut the pieces to size. For the front of your library, you will also need to mark the opening for your door and cut it out. Then, in the piece you removed, you will want to cut the opening for your window. For the window itself, cut a piece of acrylic one inch larger than your opening (to overlap ½" on all sides). If you don't own a saw and can't borrow one, bring your measurements when you purchase the wood. Many lumber and big box stores will cut to order for free or a nominal fee. Once your wood is cut, sand it. Start with a rough grade of sandpaper and sand each piece, making passes with increasingly finer grits. Your patrons will appreciate not having their clothing catch on a rough door or splinters in their fingers as they pull a book out.

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Paint the library. Before you assemble your building, mark which side of each piece will face inside. Paint those first rather than awkwardly reaching inside a finished library. When the paint has dried, flip the pieces over and paint the outside, unless you are painting a special design on the exterior, in which case you should assemble your library before painting the rest.

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Assemble your library. Position the sides of your library at the edge of the floor piece, painted sides facing in. Drill pilot holes before nailing or screwing them together. Do this for both sides and back. Then place the front piece with cutout in position and fasten as you did the others. For added stability, you can run a line of wood glue along the edge of each board before fastening.

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Attach the window and door. Attach the acrylic sheet to the backside of the door: center the acrylic atop the door interior, insert short screws with washers snug against the edges of the window so that the heads overlap the acrylic to hold it in place. Fasten the hinges on the door, ensuring it hangs plumb as you do so. Then attach the handle and hook and eye.

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Caulk the interior. Run a bead of caulk along all the corners where the sides of your building meet. You may want to leave the edges where the walls meet the floor untouched. In the event that moisture enters your library, it will have a place to escape.

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Insert your library post. Dig a posthole approximately two feet deep. Drop in your post. Using a level to position the post upright in all directions, fill halfway with crushed stone followed by sand, tamping down between layers. To make it even sturdier, mix and pour concrete around the base.

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Host your grand opening! Fill library with books, leaving space for visitors to add their own contributions. Attach a Little Free Library charter sign (obtained through littlefreelibrary.org), if you have one. Then invite your friends and neighbors for an unveiling party!

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JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it. Two Reels – Coulda been a contender Three Reels – Something to talk about. Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick! Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Here’s a sneak peek at what's new in theaters and home entertainment this month. Note that release dates are subject to change.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images | In Theaters 3/17 | Ok for Kids 8+ | Disney Reel Preview: The beloved Disney tale gets a reboot on the big screen with a blend of live-action and CG magic. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star as Belle and the Beast, with Luke Evans playing the role of Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, scores the film, which includes new recordings of original songs, as well as several new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. Directed by Bill Condon, the film also stars Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor.

POWER RANGERS Not yet rated | In Theaters 3/24 | Ok for Kids 8+ | Lionsgate Reel Preview: Saban's "Power Rangers" follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But they'll have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it's too late. Directed by Dean Israelite, this movie stars Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader, Elizabeth Banks, and Dacre Montgomery.

THE BOSS BABY Rated PG for some mild rude humor | In Theaters 3/31 | Ok for Kids 6+ | DreamWorks Reel Preview: DreamWorks Animation and the director of "Madagascar" invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy "The Boss Baby." It's the hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. With a heartfelt message about the importance of family, this cute family film is fun for both kids and grownups. Directed by Tom McGrath, the voice cast also includes Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and Miles Bakshi.

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language | In Theaters 3/10 | Ok for kids 13+ | Warner Bros. Reel Preview: The producers of "Godzilla" reimagine one of the most powerful monster myths of all time. This compelling, original adventure tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong. Directed by Jordan VogtRoberts, this movie stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Brie Larson.

BEFORE I FALL Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving drinking, sexuality, bullying, some violent images, and language, all involving teens | Ok for Kids 13+ In Theaters 3/3 | Open Road Film Reel Preview: What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. But after one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really is. As she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her. Directed by Ry Russo-Young and based on the YA novel by Lauren Oliver, this movie stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller and Jennifer Beals.

NEW ON DVD MOANA Moana sets sail on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she meets the once mighty demigod Maui–together they cross the ocean on a fun-filled, action-packed voyage. Starring:Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House


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feature Helpful Resources in Books:

Money Matters:

Raising Money Savvy Kids

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous and Smart About Money by Ron Lieber

by Christa Melnyk Hines

Kids may not always listen to the life lessons we try to impart, but when it comes to money, they are an amazingly attentive audience. T. Rowe Price, a global investment management firm, found in a recent survey that 65 percent of kids approach their parents about money matters. Provide guidance about managing money now and you'll set your children on the course for a lifetime of financial responsibility and long-term security. Shape savvy spenders. For Megan Lynch, whose daughters are ages 5, 3, and 10 weeks, understanding money is an important life skill. "It took me a really long time to learn to budget and get my credit on track," Lynch says. "I want my girls to know that being responsible with their finances will reap better rewards than the instant gratification of just blowing it all."

Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze

First, distinguish between wants and needs. Your child will become a more prudent spender, who fulfills needs first and saves for wish-list items to purchase later. Lynch's girls use a piggy bank to watch their money grow. "We are trying to teach them that saving up for something special takes time and patience and in the end, they are always proud of how much money they were able to save," she says. Basic budgeting. For novice money managers, offer budgeting and planning tips. Trish Batten provides some guidance for her daughter Kendall, but overall she gives her the freedom to make her own decisions about how she spends money. "Recently she had a goal to save up for a pet, then got invited by a friend to the American Girl Doll Store," Batten says. "She chose to dip into her money for American Doll items. Her savings for a pet dwindled significantly for what a nine-year-old is able to save up and she is just now realizing it." Allowance is another tool for teaching kids as young as four basic budgeting skills. Make the connection between work and earnings by assigning chores that benefit the entire family, like feeding pets or washing the dishes. Wondering how much to pay? "Err on the side of frugality," English says. "Keep it low enough so the child learns some discipline and learns to save." Provide enough allowance each week to cover one of your child's needs, such as lunch money, and a little extra to go towards a want. "Whatever is left they can spend on discretionary items." Avoid bail-outs. If your child spends all of his allowance without considering his weekly expenses, natural consequences like brown-bagging lunch for the rest of the week will quickly teach him the value of planning and budgeting his money. If your child wants to earn more money, offer extra chores for additional allowance. Talk family finances. Early on, lead by example. "(Kendall) sees when we give to charity, save money, pay bills, use coupons and such," Batten says. "We talk about what we are doing and why we are doing it." Once your children enter middle school or high school, involve them in family budget discussions to help them understand weekly expenditures. Divide the week's expenses into envelopes. Even if you wish your finances looked different, "be transparent with kids about your family budget," English says. The lesson? When a child sees that money isn't in the budget for the designer jeans she wants, she can save some of her own earnings to purchase the jeans herself. Open a savings account. By the time your kids are seven or eight-years-old, encourage them to put birthday money or allowance left over at the end of the week into a savings account in their name. With a savings account, children learn about interest and how their money can grow. To get her started, consider matching your child's already accumulated savings. 44 • March/April 2017

The Everything Kids Money Book by Brette McWhorter Sember

Online resources: Financial Fitness for Life Parent Guide, http://fffl.councilforeconed.org/book -overview.php?gradeLevel=ParentGuides Interactive websites geared toward youth audiences include: http://www.genirevolution.org/ http://www.handsonbanking.com/en/ http://www.practicalmoneyskills. com/games/trainingcamp/


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“CHEEERS” To Healthy Families

Babies and young children thrive when their most consistent, or primary caregiver provide consistent and loving focus on their needs and development. The Healthy Start Coalition in Flagler and Volusia Counties is the lead entity for the Healthy Families Program. Healthy Families is a premier home visiting program that promotes positive parenting and helps families learn about and respond to their children’s needs to reach optimum development and wellbeing. One of the strategies that our home visitors use when we work with parents in the home is a series of activities based on an acronym known as CHEEERS. Even if your family is not receiving services from our Healthy Families program, you can benefit from some “insider” information about how we use CHEEERS to help parents be the best they can be.

The CHEEERS acronym is briefly summarized below:

C H E E E R S

is for Cues – infants and young children communicate without words. Parents can “tune in” and respond to what children are trying to say. is for Holding- babies love to be held. They need their parents gentle touch and closeness. is for Expression – parents can vocalize their thoughts, stories and feelings to support language development and promote positive responses. is for Empathy – babies and young children share their feelings in many ways. Parents need to prioritize their babies’ emotional needs and respond accordingly. is for Environment – young children feel loved when parents use the environment to spark their imagination and support their development. is for Rhythm- parents and their young children should have a “give and take” in their relationship. Parents can match interactions with their child’s unique temperament. is for Smiles – parents can share joy with their children through smiling, laughing and connecting through play

Parents are their children’s first teachers. They are also the first reflection their children see of how valuable and cherished they are. These are the building blocks to good mental health and positive self-esteem. Healthy families start with healthy parents. We encourage our parents to take good care of themselves while they learn to show nurturing and care for their children. For more information check us out at HealthStartfv.org or http://www.healthyfamiliesfla.org/ or healthyfamiliesamerica.org or feel free to call us at 386.252.4277.

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Flagler County Library March/April Children’s Activities

March 10 Special Children’s No School Movie All Ages 10:00 AM Rated: NR In this live-action film, the trouble-making offspring of villainous Disney characters get a chance at redemption when they are freed from the forbidden Isle of the Lost and allowed to attend a prep school for the first time alongside the teen descendants of the Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Mulan.

March 11 & April 15 Saturday Crafts 9:30 – 10:30 AM All ages Join us for a morning of fun with seasonal craft activities. All supplies provided.

March 1 Family Story Class 10:00 – 11:00 AM Ages 2- 6 years. Stories, songs, fingerplays and nursery rhymes – promotes early literacy skills. Adult participation required. Theme: Silly rhymes/Dr. Seuss March 1 PAWS to Read 4–6 PM Ages 3 and up Beginning readers can practice their new skills by reading to a real dog. Builds confidence and makes reading fun. First come, first served. Anyone who will be near the dogs, whether they are or are not reading, will need to have a signed permission form on file in the Children’s department (can be done the day of the event). March 4 & April 1 Game Day 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Ages 6+ Yu-Gi-Oh! and other card or board games. Bring your own Yu-Gi-Oh! deck. March 6 & April 3 Baby Class 10:00 AM Birth to 2 years old. Books, songs, rhymes and fun for our youngest patrons. Adult participation required. March 8 & April 5 Family Story Class 10:00 – 11:00 AM Ages 2-6 years. Stories, songs, fingerplays and nursery rhymes – promotes early literacy skills. Adult participation required. Theme: TBA March 8 & April 5 PAWS to Read 4–6 PM Ages 3 and up Beginning readers can practice their new skills by reading to a real dog. Builds confidence and makes reading fun. First come, first served. Anyone who will be near the dogs, whether they are or are not reading, will need to have a signed permission form on file in the Children’s department (can be done the day of the event). March 9 American Girl 4:30 – 5:30 PM Ages 6 and up. Stories, activities, crafts and refreshments based on books in the American Girl series. Featured Character – McKenna, she’s a fourth grader who loves gymnastics. She faces some struggles at school when she finds out she needs a tutor and something goes wrong at the gym.

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March 13 & April 10 Baby Class 10:00 AM Birth to 2 years old. Books, songs, rhymes and fun for our youngest patrons. Adult participation required. *Ages and Dates subject to change March 15 & April 12 Family Story Class 10:00 – 11:00 AM Ages 2-6 years. Stories, songs, fingerplays and nursery rhymes – promotes early literacy skills. Adult participation required. March 15 & April 12 PAWS to Read 4–6 PM Ages 3 and up Beginning readers can practice their new skills by reading to a real dog. Builds confidence and makes reading fun. First come, first served. Anyone who will be near the dogs, whether they are or are not reading, will need to have a signed permission form on file in the Children’s department (can be done the day of the event). March 17 & April 21 Kids in Motion 10:00 AM All Ages Build motor and listening skills. Music + movement + props =Fitness Fun! Adult participation is required. March 20 & April 17 Baby Class 10:00 AM Birth to 2 years old. Books, songs, rhymes and fun for our youngest patrons. Adult participation required. *Ages and Dates subject to change March 21 & April 18 Girls’ Book Club 4:30 – 5:30 Ages 8 - 11 Members read the same book and meet once a month for a lively discussion and book related snack and activity. Limited to 12 members. Club is currently FULL. Contact Children’s Dept. about wait list. March 22 & April 19 PAWS to Read 4–6 PM Ages 3–10 Beginning readers can practice their new skills by reading to a real dog. Builds confidence and makes reading fun. First come, first served. Anyone who will be near the dogs, whether they are or are not reading, will need to have a signed permission form on file in the Children’s department (can be done the day of the event).

March 25 & April 29 Lego @ the Library 9:30 – 12:00 AM All ages A monthly multigenerational program providing families with an opportunity to work creatively together. March 27 Family Movie Night 5:00 PM All Ages Rating:PG An eccentric 243 year-old owner of an enchanted and wondrous toy shop decides to bequeath his store to his awkward and insecure manager. Molly, however, is rather tired of the place and yearns for something different. When he tells her that it is time for him to leave, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once remarkable shop. March 28 & April 25 Boys’ Book Club Ages 8 - 11 4:30 – 5:30 Members read the same book and meet once a month for a lively discussion and book related snack and activity. Limited to 12 members. Club is currently FULL. Contact Children’s Dept. about wait list. March 29 & April 26 PAWS to Read 4–6 PM Ages 3 and up Beginning readers can practice their new skills by reading to a real dog. Builds confidence and makes reading fun. First come, first served. Anyone who will be near the dogs, whether they are or are not reading, will need to have a signed permission form on file in the Children’s department (can be done the day of the event). March 31 Kids in Motion 10:00 AM All Ages Build motor and listening skills. Music + movement + props =Fitness Fun! Adult participation is required. April 13 Special National Library Week Magic Show 6:00 PM All Ages Join us for a family friendly magic show in honor of National Library Week. Presented by Magician Mark Alan. April 19 Family Story Class 10:00 – 11:00 AM Ages 2-6 years. Stories, songs, fingerplays and nursery rhymes – promotes early literacy skills. Adult participation required. Theme: TBA April 20 Science Class 4:30-5:30 PM Ages 6 and up Learn all about science with hands on activities and demonstrations. April 24 Family Movie Night 5:00 PM All Ages Movie:TBA

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Flagler County Public Library April Events April 1 Flagler County Library Game 2500Day Palm Coast Pkwy., N.W., Palm Coast, FL 32137 10:00 AM – 12:00(386) PM 446-6763Ages 6+ Yu-Gi-Oh! and other card or board games. Bring your own Bunnell Yu-Gi-Oh! Branch deck. 103 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell, FL 32110

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FLAGLER SCHOOL NEWS

education

March/April 2017

Character Education Words of the Month – “HONESTY” & “FAIRNESS” March 8 8 a.m. MHS Blood Drive (proceeds for Senior Scholarships) MHS, Pirate Theater Lobby March 8 6 p.m. WES Science PRIDE Night WES 200 Bldg. & Media Center March 9 All Day RES Freezer Pop Social for Grades K-4 RES, Bldg. 4, Gym March 9 1 p.m. RES No Referral Dance for Grades 5 & 6 RES, Bldg. 7, Gym March 9 3:45 p.m. VSA Fl Art Class for Students with Disabilities GSB, Third Floor, Room 3B March 10 Hurricane Make-Up Day- School in Session March 13-March 17 Spring Break No School March 13- 16 9a.m.-2:30 p.m. Josh Crews Writing Club: Princess Place Preserve “History, Mystery and More!” March 14 5:45 p.m. Special Olympics Management Team Meeting GSB, Third Floor, Room 3B

March 23 6:30 p.m. RES Terrific Kids Program Rymfire Elementary School March 24 2 p.m. Wadsworth Elementary School Awards Ceremony WES, Dining Hall, Grade 2 March 24 5 p.m. BTES March Dance, Kona Ice BTES, Cafeteria/MultiPurpose Room March 27th – 29th 2:30 p.m. Brain Child Tutoring GSB, Third Floor, Room 3 March 28 5 p.m. Belle Terre Elementary Awards Ceremony BTES, Cafeteria March 29 7 p.m. FPCHS Baddest Bulldog Flagler Auditorium March 30 4:30 p.m. BTES No Referral Skate Party BTES Multi-Purpose Room March 30 5:30 p.m. Summer Activities Camp Showcase BTMS/WES Cafeterias April 3rd – 5th 2:30 p.m. Brain Child Tutoring GSB, Third Floor, Room 3 April 4 5 p.m. School Board Workshop GSB, Third Floor, Room 3

March 18 10 a.m. Fun Coast Down Syndrome’s Annual Buddy Walk Central Park, Town Center

April 5 5:30 p.m. Rymfire Elementary School PTO Meeting RES Media Center

March 20th – 22nd 2:30 p.m. Brain Child Tutoring GSB, Third Floor Room 3

April 6 7:30 a.m. Belle Terre Elementary PTO Meeting BTES Media Center

March 21 9:15 a.m. Wadsworth Elementary School Awards Ceremony WES, Dining Hall, Grade 1

April 6 3:45 p.m. VSA Fl Art Class for Students with Disabilities GSB, Third Floor, Room 3B

March 21 6 p.m. School Board Meeting GSB, Board Chambers

April 6 Classrooms to Careers Symposium Flagler Palm Coast High School

March 22 9:15 a.m. Wadsworth Elementary School Awards Ceremony WES, Dining Hall March 22 10 a.m. Wadsworth Elementary School Awards Ceremony WES, Dining Hall, Grade 4 March 23 8 a.m. Rymfire Elementary School SAC Meeting Rymfire Elementary School March 23 9:15 a.m. Wadsworth Elementary School Awards Ceremony WES, Dining Hall, Grade 5

April 7 5 p.m. WES Mother/Son Picnic WES Multipurpose Room April 8 8:30 a.m. Rymfire Elementary School Running Club 5K RES, Bus Loo April 10th – 12th 2:30 p.m. Brain Child Tutoring GSB, Third Floor Room 3 April 10 6 p.m. Bunnell Elementary School PTO Meeting BES, Media Center

March 23 10 a.m. Wadsworth Elementary School Awards Ceremony WES, Dining Hall, Grade 6

April 11 5 p.m. Belle Terre Elementary School Terrific Kids Assembly BTES, Cafeteria

March 23 6 p.m. BTES “Bobcats Got Talent” Show BTES, Cafeteria

April 11 5:45 p.m. Special Olympics Management Team Meeting GSB, Third Floor, Room 3B

April 11 6 p.m. Wadsworth Elementary School PTO/SAC Meeting WES, Media Center April 12 11 a.m. MHS Tool Shed Ribbon Cutting Matanzas High School April 12 6 p.m. BES BINGO for Books BES, Dining Hall April 13 3:45 p.m. VSA Fl Art Class for Students with Disabilities GSB, Third Floor, Room 3B April 13 6:30 p.m. Bunnell Elementary School Talent Show BES, New Dining Hall April 14 Hurricane Make-Up Day- School in Session April 15 9 a.m. “Out of the Darkness” Campus Walk FPCHS, Football Field April 17th – 19th 2:30 p.m. Brain Child Tutoring GSB, Third Floor Room 3 April 18 6 p.m. School Board Meeting GSB, Board Chambers April 18 7 p.m. FPCHS Spring Band Concert Flagler Auditorium April 19 6 p.m. Bunnell Elementary School STEAM Expo BES, New Café April 19 7 p.m. FPCHS Spring Chorus Concert Flagler Auditorium April 20 3:45 p.m. VSA Fl Art Class for Students with Disabilities GSB, Third Floor, Room 3B April 20 6 p.m. District Senior Scholarship Awards Flagler Auditorium April 21 Professional Development Day for TeachersNo School for Students April 21 6:30 p.m. Rymfire Elementary School Father/Daughter Dance RES, Cafeteria April 24th – 26th 2:30 p.m. Brain Child Tutoring GSB, Third Floor, Room 3 April 26 7 p.m. BTMS Spring Concert BTMS, Cafeteria April 27 3:45 p.m. VSA Fl Art Class for Students with Disabilities GSB, Third Floor, Room 3B

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Why Tourism is Important in Flagler County and the impact it has on your wallet

by Amy Lukasik, Director of Tourism Marketing for Flagler County

On any given day, go to the beach or any of the fantastic restaurants in town and you are more than likely sharing the same experience with someone visiting Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. It goes without saying that tourism in Florida is still the number one leading industry of tax revenue and jobs producer in the entire state. Last year, Florida welcomed 106.6 million visitors who spent $108.8 billion gen- Photo Courtesy of High Tides at Snack Jack erating $11.3 billion in state and local taxes (nearly 30% of total tax leaders and supportive elected officials receipts) and supporting 1.4 million Florida along the way. jobs. Those are staggering numbers but The most recent study shows that every what impact does that have on Flagler property owner in the County saves $433 County and its residents? Probably a lot off the top per year on their property tax more than you think! Whether you are a bill. The tourism industry pays over $16 milfamily of one, five or a retiree, visitors are lion dollars annually in Flagler County propimportant to our community and economy. erty taxes. Tourism brings new money, Tourism in the County has grown by leaps improves infrastructure and our quality of and bounds. In the last five years, we have life without straining our governmental seen a 39% increase in our annual tax collec- services. Today, we have more restaurants, tions. This is revenue that is generated by a retail shops and businesses due in part to tax that someone pays when staying in one the influx of visitors and the money they of our local accommodations which include spend in our community. So next time you hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, camp- are at the beach or one of the local restaugrounds, resorts, and vacation rental homes. rants and spot the typical “tourist”, be sure That success did not happen by accident. It is to thank them for visiting our little slice of the result of a knowledgeable tourism staff, paradise and remind yourself of the impact dedicated hospitality workers, community they make on your wallet! 52 • March/April 2017 / www.flaglerparent.com

Flagler County Tourism Fast Facts: • 24% of the county’s current employment • Visitor spending creates roughly 30% of all local and State tax collection (2014-15) • Direct visitor spending amounted to $192.1 million (2014-15) • For every $1 the tourism office spends, $8.75 in tax revenue is generated

Florida Tourism Fast Facts:

• Visitors spend an average of $300 million per day in Florida • Tourism employs 1.2 million Floridians • Every 76 visitors to the state supports one tourism job • For every $1 the state invests in VISIT FLORIDA, $3.20 in tax revenue is generated


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