PB Parenting - Oct. 2022

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Party Planning Directory Fall Fun! Family Events Calendar The King's Academy Theatre Company Presents The Little Mermaid
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Letter From the Publisher P. 4

PB Picks - Party Gift Ideas for Little Ones P. 6

10 Steps to Organizing a Party P.8

"Fall" Events and Things to Do P. 12

Party Planning Guide P.16

Discover Steampunk P. 20

5 Healthy Habits to Help Your Student Ace the Fall Semester P. 24

Spooky Snacks that Make Halloween Pop! P.26

Events and Things to Do P. 30


Check out the fun costumes on the cast of The Little Mermaid! This show brings your favorite characters and songs live to the stage! Disney's The Little Mermaid is currently running until Oct 8th at The King's Academy. Full details on page 30. Cast photos by Amber Loveland.

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Letter From

The Publisher


One of my favorite months is here, October! It's Fall! Ok, maybe, we can imagine it will be cooler if we close our eyes and drink our iced pumpkin spice latte. Another reason it is my favorite is all the fun activities and events that are happening all over Palm Beach County! From Pumpkin parties, farmer's markets, fall festivals. There are lots of Fall and Halloweenthemed activities to go and do this month! Check out all the fun on page 12. It is like one big party all month long!

Speaking of a party! Check out our 11th annual Party planning guide! We love to celebrate birthdays, and there are some great options to help plan your little one's next birthday including expert advice from local organizer, Amy Bergman. Our party planning directory is also on our website www.pbparenting. com year-round. So when you start the planning process, hop over for the latest tips, tricks, and fun spots to host a party in Palm Beach County.

Make sure to follow us online and sign up for our weekly newsletter at www.pbparenting.com, so you don't miss any fun in between our monthly issues.

A great way to connect with local parents is to join one of our Facebook groups! Palm Beach Moms, Palm Beach Parents (co-ed), and Palm Beach NICU Moms. Our groups are an excellent resource for local recommendations, advice, and fun events.

Have a Safe and Fun Halloween! Don't forget to post your cute or scary costume photos!

Happy Parenting,

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10 Steps to Organizing a Party!

Organized Party Planning (the other O.P.P.)

Whether planning your child's birthday, your sister's baby shower, your parents' surprise anniversary, or a simple farewell dinner for a co-worker, party planning does not have to be overwhelming. Below are 10 Steps to Organizing a Party that will help you look like the hostess (or host) with the "mostest"!

1. Decide on what kind of party you want to have. Take some time and think about who and what the party is for and also take a few minutes to try and visualize how it will look. This may help you determine the theme or color scheme for your party. If you’re hosting a party for someone then ensure that they’re also involved in all the decisions that they get the party that they want— unless of course it’s a surprise!

2. Decide on your budget. Some ways to save money are: ask others to bring food, hold the party in your home rather than paying for a

venue, borrow things from friends or find things online on free sites like Facebook Buy Nothing groups. For kids parties, think about sharing the cost of hiring someone by joining up with other children’s parents. That way your child will get a great party and all their friends will be there. This is specifically useful if they have friends with similar birthdates. Ask a friend (or a few) attending the party to be your photographer, tell them the critical pics you want them to capture and then request that they send you everything they have captured afterwards.

3. Select the venue or host it yourself. If you don't have a venue in mind, the internet is a great place to start. Ask friends for recommendations. Living in South Florida, remember to have an indoor “Plan B” if your party is planned for outdoors. The weather here, any time of year, can be unpredictable. Consider some of the following:

• How many people can the venue

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Does the venue suit the style of your event?

• What services are provided for the rental you're paying?

• Is there a great view?

• Does the venue allow outside vendors?

• Is there a minimum spend per person requirement? (NB! This could blow your budget!)

• Is there enough parking space?

4. Choose time and date. Timing is crucial for any party. For a kid’s party, take in to consideration the ages of the children invited to the party and possible nap times, school release times for and other after-school activities. It is also helpful to not only announce a start time, but an end time as well, so that guests know when to expect the party to be over. This will also help them make arrangements for travel time and babysitters.

5. Make a list of guests. For most parties you can invite 20% more people than you can fit in the space since typically only 70 to 80% of invitees actually attend. If you are planning a child’s party, you may also want to consider any policies that the child school may have regarding policies and inviting other students.

6. Send out invitations. This may be paper invitations in the snail mail, email invitations and even phone invites. Some good online resources are: Paperless Post and Evite.

7. Make and confirm other arrangements. Asking for help or hiring someone to help is okay. This may include entertainment, photographer, caterers, decorations etc.

8. Make a list of supplies and go shopping (see budget above). Plan a day and time when you are going to get your party shopping done. Put it on your calendar and/ or your to-do list. Don’t put it off or leave it for

“when I have a free moment”. Keep receipts in a separate envelope for post-party returns.

9. Start early on setting up. This will reduce your own stress on the day of the party. Ask for help. If hosting at home, you can always set up the day or night before. Check the restrooms at the venue or in your home before guests show up and make sure they are clean and fully stocked. Don’t forget to strategically place enough trash cans around your party space (less cleanup for you later).

10. Enjoy your own party. Try and relax and enjoy the fruits of your labors. If guests ask if they can help out, let them! Have a few chores or things in mind for when someone asks if they can pitch in. Don’t forget to schedule time for post-party clean up and tasks like thank you notes and returns. Block off time/day after the party on your calendar to give yourself time to clean up, put all the party supplies and gifts away and to then reflect and relax---you deserve it!

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With my Iced Pumpkin Spiced Latte in hand, I am on a mission to help you get those Fall vibes and feelings.

If you live in Palm Beach County you know that isn’t always the case and it still feels like beach weather here. Maybe you are a transplant from up north and miss apple picking and pumpkin patches. (There is no apple picking here… or fall leaves).

Don’t break out the sweaters and boots just yet! However, here are some fun events and things to do with the kids during “Fall” in Florida.

Thrills, Chills, & Fall Vibes at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium - Don’t go through any toil and trouble searching for fall and Halloween fun this October. Throughout the month, the Cox Science Center and Aquarium will be hosting highly-anticipated events for the season, including Fall Family Fun Fest and Spooky Laser Lights and Bites. The Family Fun Fest returns on Saturday, October 22nd in partnership with Dreher Park Neighborhood Association and Spooky Laser Lights and Bites will be held on Friday, October 28.

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., guests of all ages are invited to fall in love with science at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium Family Fun Fest, featuring a petting zoo, fall-themed crafts and science activities, music, raffles, games and outdoor entertainment. The new Dinosaur Explorer exhibit will be open as well. Come back the next weekend for the Spooky Laser Lights and Bites outdoor event from 6 to 9 p.m.! Become bewitched by this mesmerizing, Halloween-themed laser show and don’t miss out on spell-binding live science demonstrations. Treat giveaway stations and a smashing pumpkins demonstration.

Fall Family Fun Fest is included with paid admission to the Center; $20.95 for adults, $16.95 for children, and $18.95 for seniors. For Spooky Science, tickets will be discounted for the evening event at $18.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids 3-12, and $16.95 for seniors, $15.95 for adult members, $11.95 for children members. Children under 3 are free.

Swap sweater weather for science here in south Florida! For more information on fall events, please visit coxsciencecenter.org.

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Celebrate Fall with Kids Need More Art

11th Annual Pumpkin Painting Parties! Join them at their Juno Beach studio. $30 per artist includes painting a pumpkin, pizza and all supplies. Ages 5-12. Sunday, Oct. 16th from 1-3 PM is family day and artist 5 and under can attend but must be accompanied by an adult. To register and see a complete listing of dates and times go to www.kidsneedmoreart.com.

One of the cutest pumpkin patches around is at the Our Lady Queen of Apostles. PB Parenting thinks it is so cute it has been on our covers twice! It is the perfect place to pick up some pumpkins and have some cute fall "instagramable" moments! The Pumpkins patch opens on Oct. 15th. The pumpkin patch is located at 100 Crestwood Blvd. Royal Palm Beach 33411. For more information go towww.facebook.com/olqapumpkinpatch.

Fabulous Fun Friday Halloween Celebration at the Schoolhouse Museum and Learning Center - Come to our notso-scary Halloween celebration and share in some Slightly Spooky fun crafts and activities! Oct 28 at 11 AM. Learn more and RSVP at www.schoolhousemuseum.org

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Center for hands-on discovery and learn all things Halloween through crafts, artifacts, and experiential learning. The program will take place outdoors and will be limited to 10 kids per class. To reserve your spot, call 561-2747263. Oct. 6, 20. - Session 1: 2:30pm Session 2: 3:15pm Price: $8 non-member; $2 member. Fee includes all materials and admission to Sandoway Discovery Center for the day! Ages: 3-5 years. 142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach.

Fall Festival, Boynton Beach

This fall festival features games for families and kids of all ages including bounce houses, a rock wall, a petting zoo, sack races, and more. Other activities include a pumpkin decorating contest, face painting, and a live DJ. Kids in attendance will receive free popcorn and candy. Community Greening will be giving away 200 trees (2 per household). This is a free event. Oct. 15 from 3-6 pm. Centennial Park

& Amphitheater, 120 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach, FL 33435.

The Farmer Markets reopen! Nothing feels like fall like walking around the farmers market! Checking out all the fresh goods and produce. The following markets reopen in October.

• Downtown West Palm Beach MarketSaturdays starting Oct. 1 9 AM - 1 PM on Clematis Waterfront for more info go to ww.wpb.org/events.

• Swank Farmer's Market - This market is located on Swank Farms in Loxahatchee. Doesn't get any more authentic than this! Saturdays starting Oct. 8 from 10 AM to 1 PM. For more information go to www.swankspecialtyproduce. com/markets/.

• Wellington Lakeside Market - Friday Oct 7th 5- 9 PM. Lake Wellington Waterfront. www.wellingtonlakesidemarket.com

Dia De Los Muertos in Downtown Lake Worth Beach! All are invited to the celebration of life at Dia De Los Muertos Lake Worth Beach 2022 a FREE family-friendly event. This event features: live music, dancing and cultural performances, La Procesión - El Camino Day of the Dead Procession, “VIVA LA VIDA” Altar Exhibition, face painting, live art demonstrations, kids activities, food vendors, and arts and craft vendors.

Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico, parts of Central America, South America and now

American culture focuses on gatherings of family and friends to celebrate the spiritual journey of friends and family members who have passed.

Join us in Lake Worth Beach as we celebrate our deceased loved ones with good memories and festivities! Presented by LULA Lake Worth Arts, Lake Worth Beach CRA, R. Dot Arts & Creative Agency. Saturday, November 5th • 3pm to 9pm at HATCH 1121, 1121 Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460. For more information go to www.facebook.com/events/534369485093426.

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Adrenaline Entertainment Center

When planning your child's birthday party, we'll make sure everyone has a memorable day of fun!  Every party includes 2 hours of jump and party time, access to trampoline events, party host to serve you, bottled water for all party attendees, 1 free jump pass for a future visit, 1 free adrenaline T-shirt, a pair of jump socks for all party guests, plus party set up and clean up.  Can accommodate parties for 5-100 guests!  Located at 7645 Lake Worth Rd just east of the Turnpike.  For more information call 561-4401400 or visit jumpadrenaline.com/lake-worth/ birthday-parties. SPECIAL PB PARENTING OFFER! SAVE 20% WITH PROMO CODE: PBPARENT.


Celebrate your kid's birthday artNEST™ style!  Birthdays deserve to be special, not stressful. With us you have all the memories with none of the stress. We have different options of celebrations including our Splash parties, customized canvas painting, slime,

magic potions, tie dye and more!   Let’s talk – we can customize to whatever your heart desires!  Located in Delray Beach and Boca.  For more information visit artNESTstudios.com or call 561-562-8897.

Cox Science Center and Aquarium

Make your child’s next birthday a memorable one by hosting your party at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium! With more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon aquarium, full-dome planetarium, brand new outdoor science trail, mini golf course and much more, the Science Center provides a unique venue for your upcoming birthday party. We have a variety of birthday themes to choose from including: Diggin’ Dinosaurs, Kabam! Chemistry, Under the Sea and more. For more information, please call Kristian Zambrana, Manager of Visitor Services at 561-370-7703 or email kzambrana@ coxsciencecenter.org.

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Let us give you the full “Star Treatment” for your special day filled with fun and games! Choose a Gymnastics or Ninja party. Party times are available on Saturday and Sundays. Parties include: 1 hour in the gym: warmup, games, obstacle course/ circuit, bars, beams, vault, parachute. ½ hour in party area. Packages start at $275. For more information please email us at info@gokidschoice.com or call us at 561-998-4225.

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Sandoway Discovery Center

Sandoway’s shell room is available to rent for birthday parties and special events for up to 25 people. It is a great way to have fun and learn about the local environment at the same time!  Choose from many great educational talks including: Macaw Talk, Freshwater Turtle Encounter, Gopher Tortoise Encounter, Box Turtle Encounter, Stingray Touch Tank, Snake and Lizard Encounter, Shark Tooth Necklace Craft, Touch Tank, Shell Talk, or Alligator Meet and Greet!  For more information call 561-2747263 or visit www.Sandoway.org/birthdays. html.

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Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center Make your child's special day one to remember with a party at The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum! It's truly a unique destination for your next birthday or special occasion!  Our colorful, interactive galleries provide the perfect backdrop for celebrating your special day! We can help you to make your party a memorable and fun occasion for all your guests – parents and children alike! Party hosts have use of the party room for two hours.  All party attendees have free play in our award-winning museum during your party, accompanied by adults.  Parties also include e-invitations, birthday balloons, free return pass for each child & more! Visit www.schoolhousemuseum.org or call 561-742-6780 for details.

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The inaugural Steampunk Adventurers

Weekend is launching in West Palm Beach on November 12 & 13. Sounds fun,  but what is Steampunk?

Steampunk is a fun mixture of Victorian style, America's Wild West, and science fiction. Science fiction author K.W. Jeter created the term Steampunk in 1987 to describe a type of fantasy fiction inspired by the Victorian era and industrial technology powered by steam.

Steampunks are time travelers. They represent a subculture of adventurers celebrating an alternative reality filled with retro-futuristic inventions and styles.

Steampunk also refers to any art, culture, fashion, literature, or live entertainment that has developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction. Steampunk has made its way to mainstream culture too. You may recognize movies like Will Smith's Wild Wild West, Van Helsing starring Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey Jr. in Guy Richie's Sherlock Holmes, or Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow with Angelina Jolie. All these films feature elements of Steampunk.

Plus, Steampunk bands like Abney Park are selling out venues, and Steampunk authors often grace the NYT

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Step back in time with us at the first annual Steampunk Adventurers Weekend. All experienced and curious adventurers are welcome! Bring the entire family to experience the past like never before. FEATURING: ABNEY PARK JOHN SPROCKET TANK AND TILLY'S CLOCKWORK CABARET DJ VLAD "THE ORIGINAL STEAMPUNK DJ" ESCAPE THE CLOUDS RONDINI'S MAGIC & ILLUSION SHOW & BOMBASTIC BUBBLE SHOW TICKETS ON SALE NOW! WWW.SAWFLORIDA.COM OUR SPONSORS AS OF 9/29/22

Bestseller List. You have likely seen and experienced Steampunk many times, even if you didn't quite know what it was.

What can you expect at Steampunk Adventurers Weekend?  As you enter Yesteryear Village in West Palm Beach, you will feel like you traveled through time and landed in the early 1900s for the best gathering in town. This living museum park is based on life pre-1940s.

Time Travelers of all ages will explore activities and shows throughout the day. Young adventurers will enjoy Steampunk balloon art, face painting, Tinkerer's Depot crafts, rides, and games. Adult adventurers can attend lectures, shop our exhibitors in Makers Way, visit our Authors Collective, and enjoy games like tea and parasol dueling. We have fashion shows for kids and adults, Steampunk party music playing all day, and live concerts with bands like Abney Park and The Cog is Dead's John Sprocket. Plenty of food and beverages will fuel all guests for their exciting Steampunk experience.

What do you wear to Steampunk Adventurers Weekend?  You will want to include items like vests, corsets, and top hats. Then accessorize with industrial touches like buckles, goggles, leather gloves, chains, gears, and keys. Swing by your local Halloween store and shop in the Steampunk section. We are open to all cosplayers and travelers from any period. Steampunk attire is admired but not required.

What's next?  Let the adventure begin! The first step of your journey is to explore our digital dimension by visiting our website at SAWflorida.com. Next, secure your time traveler passport by purchasing your tickets. We are excited to show you a whole new world of wonder.  Full STEAMPUNK ahead.

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5 healthy habits to help your student ace the fall semester

Study habits, good notetaking and homework can all help your student do well in school. But did you know that physical health can help them succeed, too?

Being active and eating nutritious foods help people of all ages think, feel and sleep better. Here are some ways to help your student “ace”

their physical health so they can perform their best in school.

1. Get one hour of exercise a day! While children 3-to-5 years-old should also be physically active, kids ages six and up need at least 60 minutes a day of moderate physical activity. Some activity ideas include: playing an after-school sport, going for a family bike ride or brisk walk after dinner or playing in a pool.

2. Add more produce to meals and cut back on added sugar and salt. Include at least one fruit or vegetable in every meal and beware of sneaky snacks packed with salt and sugar! Try a few of these healthy snacks to mix it up: nuts and seeds, zucchini circles, whole grain toast with peanut butter, low-fat yogurt, fruit and veggies smoothies or homemade banana nut bread.

Students at Addison Mizner Elementary participate in the Kids Heart Challenge

3. Eat dinner together. Sharing a meal as a family has emotional, mental and physical benefits for everyone at the table. It’s also a great

Students at Sunrise Park Elementary participate in the Kids Heart Challenge
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way for kids to see you make healthy dinner choices, and for you to cheer them on as they try new foods. Studies have shown that kids who eat meals with their families are more motivated at school, have fewer emotional difficulties and get along better with others.

4. Set a bedtime alarm. It’s easy to watch one more episode of a show or scroll through Instagram for 10 more minutes. But kids need sleep to enhance learning, memory and wellbeing. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 10 to 13 hours for 3- to 5-year-olds, 9 to 11 hours for 6- to 13- year-olds, and 8 to 10 hours for teenagers. Set a consistent bedtime alarm somewhere the whole family can hear it for a cue to wind down, brush and floss and get

to bed.

5. Get the whole family involved. Try replacing TV time with a family walk or game and remember that kids mimic what they see adults do. If they see you choosing healthy snacks, moving more and getting to bed early, they might just take your lead.

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Through the Kids Heart Challenge, we work with kids to help them start lifelong habits of healthy eating and exercise. In Palm Beach County, 115 schools have already registered for the Kids Heart Challenge –contact me at Molly.Hietapelto@Heart.org to get your student’s school involved!

From watching scary movies to dressing up as ghouls and goblins, spooky season means it’s time to pop up your loved ones’ favorite snacks for a ghostly good time. Before heading out to trick-or-treat, gather your minions in the kitchen for some family-friendly fun crafting these haunting yet tasty treats.

Throughout October, you can honor National Popcorn Poppin’ Month with eerie, delicious eats like Spooky Popcorn Spider Web, Green Halloween Zombies and Witchy Popcorn Balls that add festive fun to the Halloween excitement.

As a perfect ingredient in treats of all types, popcorn is beloved for its seed-to-snack sim plicity as a non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, sugarfree snack that’s naturally low in fat and calories.

Add in its irresistible smell, taste and versatility, and it’s easy to see why it pairs so well with spooky celebrations. Find more Halloween treats at popcorn.org.

Spooky Popcorn Spider Web

Yield: 1 spider web

1/4 Cup butter

8 cups mini marshmallows, divided

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

9 cups popped popcorn, divided

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided black string licorice

candy eyes

Line round pizza pan with parchment paper; set aside. In large saucepan over low heat, melt butter; stir in 5 cups marshmallows, stirring constantly, 3-4 minutes, or until completely melted. Stir in vanilla. Remove from heat. Stir

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in 8 cups popcorn until coated. Spread onto prepared pizza pan in irregular round shape, about 1-inch thick, to resemble spider web. Refrigerate about 15 minutes, or until firm. In microwave, melt remaining marshmallows about 20 seconds, or until melted. Using spatula, string strands of melted marshmallow over popcorn spider web to create cobweb effect.

In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt 3/4 cup chocolate chips; cool slightly. In large bowl of remaining popcorn, pour chocolate over popcorn, folding gently to coat. Spread mixture on waxed paperlined baking sheet, separating into eight small clusters. Affix two candy eyes to each popcorn cluster. Refrigerate 10-15 minutes, or until set. Melt remaining chocolate chips. Cut licorice into 1-inch lengths. Using small spoon, dab circles of chocolate onto spider web. Affix chocolatecoated popcorn onto chocolate circles. Affix



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licorice lengths to chocolate popcorn clusters to resemble spider legs. Refrigerate 15 minutes, or until set. To serve, cut into smaller pieces.

Witchy Popcorn Balls

Yield: 8 popcorn balls

16 chocolate wafer cookies nonstick cooking spray

3 quarts popped popcorn

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter or margarine

3 cups miniature marshmallows

3 tablespoons (1/2 of 3-ounce box) lime gelatin dessert mix

green food color (optional)

3/4 cup chocolate chips

licorice strings

8 chocolate ice cream cones

jelly beans and candy corns

orange sugar sprinkles, placed in small dish

Spread sheet of waxed or parchment paper over work surface and place wafer cookies on it.

Spray large mixing bowl with nonstick cooking spray and place popcorn inside.

In medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Stir in marshmallows and gelatin powder until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Adjust color with 1-2 drops food color, if desired. Pour mixture over popcorn and mix until coated.

Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray and press firmly to form into eight balls. Place balls on eight wafer cookies. Press candy decorations into popcorn balls to form “eyes,” “nose” and “mouth.”

In small, microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips, covered, 10 seconds. Stir to aid melting. Repeat as needed until chocolate is melted and smooth. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon melted chocolate on top of each popcorn ball. Press licorice strings into chocolate to form “hair.”

Dip cone edges into melted chocolate then orange sugar sprinkles. Place on remaining wafer cookies to form “witches’ hats.” Place hats on popcorn balls. Allow chocolate to set about 45 minutes before serving.

Serve or seal individually in plastic wrap.

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Green Halloween Zombies

Yield: about 7 pieces

2 1/2 quarts popped popcorn

6 tablespoons butter or margarine

3 cups mini marshmallows

4 tablespoons lime gelatin powder red gum balls candy corn flat green candy strips or fruit leather green sugar sprinkles

Place popcorn in large bowl; set aside. In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir marshmallows into butter until melted. Stir in gelatin powder until evenly colored.

Pour melted mixture over popcorn and stir until evenly coated. With buttered hands, shape popcorn into seven ovals.

Flatten one oval slightly and squeeze one end

to form “skull” shape. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ovals. To decorate: Press two gumballs into each skull to form “eyes.” Press candy corn into skull to form “teeth.” Use scissors to trim candy strips and press into top for “hair.” Sprinkle with sugar sprinkles.

Allow “zombies” to set about 20 minutes before wrapping individually in plastic wrap or serve immediately.

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EVENTS & Things to Do

Halloween Activities at the Palm Beach County

Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. TKA Theatre Company brings you a talented cast and crew, beautiful lighting, and special effects as well as a live orchestra.

Performance Schedule:

Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 1pm & 7pm

Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 7pm

Friday, October 7, 2022 at 7pm

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- No tricks, just treats! Spooky season is coming, which calls for monster-rific Halloween activities! For more information on the activities they have going on for Halloween: http:// www.pbclibrary.org/halloween2022

Rock-N-Fall Festival at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park Oct. 8-9. Fun for the whole family. Entertainment includes : Fun Zone

1 PM - 9 PM,pumpkin carving, pet costume contest at 3 PM. Costume Contest at 4 PM. Bounce house, train rides, fun slide, corn maze, petting zoo, live entertainment, music, vendors and more. For more information go to www. royalpalmbeach.com.

The Art of Story at the Schoolhouse Museum and Learning Center. Weekly on Fridays from 3-3:45 PM. After reading the selection of the week, we will review the bookfocusing on the illustrations-and discuss what we see as well as the art process used to create the illustrations. Children will then have the

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chance to create their own art in that illustrator’s style! FREE WITH PAID ADMISSION. For ages 3-7 PM. Learn more and RSVP at www.schoolhousemuseum.org.

Artnest Delray and Boca Studios - Little Monster Mash! This month, all of our Little Monsters classes become Monster Theme!

Bring your kid to 45 minutes of fun. This month's activities: Spooky good time, Not scary sensory elements and Goolish giggles. Save your spot! www. artneststudios.com/.

Sensory Saturdays: Special Exploration Hours at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium. On the 1st Saturday of each month, all families affected by autism spectrum disorder are invited to explore CSCA during a special morning visit from 9-10 a.m. –before we open to the public. Experience our exhibits without heavy crowds when we have softened general lighting and decreased the noise level and visual stimulation on interactive exhibits wherever possible. Our facility is also ADA accessible and wheelchair friendly! Cost: Half off regular Science Center admission. Admission is purchased at the door. Upcoming 2022 Events: October 1st, November 5th and December 3rd. www.coxsciencecenter.org

SAVE THE DATE! Young Singers of the Palm Beaches WINTER TAPESTRY has become a local holiday tradition! Join the Young Singers for a musical celebration, weaving together holiday favorites and new surprises. Enjoy entertaining performances, join in the holiday sing-along, be amazed as you hear the powerful George W. Mergens Memorial Organ, and spend the evening filled with joy! Tickets on sale nowwww.kravis.org/events/winter-tapestry.

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