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Contents Letter From the Publisher P. 4

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PB Picks - Holiday Gift Guide P. 6-12 Bye Bye Elf Hello Reindeer! P. 14 15 Ways to Be Thankful P. 16

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Holiday Toy Drive Speak Up for Kids P. 18 A “Clean-Twist ” on Thanksgiving Favorites P. 20 Are We Ready for Preschool P. 24 Record-Breaking “Thank You Letter” Makes Big Impression P. 26

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Road Trip Boredom Busters P. 30 Teaching Kids to Be Smart About Social Media P. 32 Family Events Calendar P. 34

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John, 7 years old, and Jaiden, 9 years old, siblings from Wellington enjoy a “Florida Fall” day at the Our Lady Queen of the Apostles pumpkin patch in Royal Palm Beach. Cover Photography by Lynn Hernandez of Lynn Studios, Inc. www. lynnstudios1.com. | PBParenting.com | November 2018

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Letter From The Publisher Greetings, Happy Holidays! With three kids, it is never too early for me to start shopping. Plus with all the adults on my list it starts to add up fast! We have expanded our PB Picks this year with some of our favorite suggestions for gift giving from babies to adults. So get a head start! Many of these items can be ordered online making your life even easier! While you are shopping don’t forget to order something for Speak Up for Kids Toy Drive (details on page 18). They are collecting toys for the 1400+ children in their foster care system. The holidays are super busy for me and one thing I don’t have time for is my elf on the shelf. I decided to ditch him this year as he is too much work. Check out my new tradition on page 14. But here I am skipping over Thanksgiving, let’s not forget our first holiday of the season! Thanksgiving meal prep always gives me anxiety as I have been gluten-free (celiac disease) for over 8 years. It’s a lot of work to make your favorite traditional recipes without flour and accommodating for all of your friends and family. Plus many of my friends have dietary restrictions too (dairy free or vegetarian). Simple Mills has put together some great “cleaneating” recipes (page 20) with many of your favorites such as pumpkin pie that are dietary restriction friendly. I can’t wait to try them out! The staff here at PB Parenting hopes you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! We are thankful for all our readers, advertisers and supporters as without you we would not be entering into our eighth year of publishing! Thank you again. Happy Parenting,

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PB Picks For Kids

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Aura Stealth Drone - Eliminate the frustration of traditional joystick controllers and start the fun right out of the box with an easier, more amazing way to fly! The Aura Stealth drone is a telekinetic, gesture-controlled toy drone. Wearing a special Gesturebotics™ controller, kids pilot the drone by simply moving their hands—just like a super hero! Kids can fly Aura Stealth up and down, forward and backward, left and right, and even perform cool tricks like a sideways flip! Auto Takeoff and Auto Landing features get kids airborne faster and ensure a safe landing. Aura Stealth includes a safety frame for added protection, offering fun and safe indoor play. Ages 6+. Rechargeable batteries included. MSRP $59.88. Available: Exclusively at Walmart.

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Rescue Runts need a home to call their own! The super soft plush puppies arrive in their crate packaging with matted fur full of fleas, dirty paws, bruises and bumps, tears in their eyes and downturned ears. Care for your Rescue Runt using the included grooming kit to complete the transformation from ragged runt to perfect pet! Choose a name and write it on the collar to make the adoption official. Just like any pet, Rescue Runts will need regular grooming, love and care so kids can engage in repeated animal rescue play. Their fur will become messy again over time, so brunch them each day to keep them well-groomed. MSRP $19.99, Ages 3+, available at Walmart.


Chickapig Board Game - a strategic board game where chicken-pig hybrids attempt to reach their goal while dodging opponents, hay bales, and an ever-menacing pooping cow. You are in charge of a flock of Chickapigs. Coordinate your Chickapigs, hay bales, and the cow so that you can be the first player to get all your Chickapigs through your goal. There’s a cow on the board, and when you move it, it poops! Whoever goes over a poop must take a poop card, which is always bad. In other words Chickapig is a highly social strategy game involving offense, defense, and avoiding poop. Ages 8+ and available on Amazon. PediPocket Kidz’ super soft fleece provides warmth they will cling to, whether they’re climbing into bed, on the couch or creating cool tents. Choose from fun designs like All Star, Fancy Feline, Lively Lilac, Cool Camo, Happy Hearts or Rockin’ Royal. These easy-to-clean, wrinkle-free blankets are great at home, at the office, to take to outdoor concerts or bonfires and on your next trip! For more information please visit www. pedipocketblanket.com.

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Babies & Toddlers

Mia’s Moccs are high-quality, affordable moccasins and boots for babies and toddlers, made with wide openings, so parents can slip them on with ease, while also keeping the shoes in place thanks to the elastic at the top. Crafted with durable, quality leather that is designed to last, they offer moccasins with leather or rubber bottoms strong for even the toughest terrain! For comfort and protection on your little one’s feet, they have an extra cushy insole. Mia’s Moccs offer a variety of colors and styles to fit the personality of your little babe! They also just launched their NEW Magic Collection inspired by their favorite theme park. With two cute styles, choose from their Mia Mouse Moccasins and Minnie Bow Leather Moccasins! For more information check out www.miasmoccs.com. Bring home Europe’s very best with HABA USA, the high-quality brand that parents have trusted for more than 75 years! HABA USA fuses time-tested play patterns with European design and modern manufacturing processes to create their award-winning line of wooden toys and fun family games. When Unicorn Rainbow Beauty flies or gallops around the children’s room, its beautiful mane flutters in the wind. Loyal, snuggle-some playmate for all unicorn lovers. Age range: 24 months + MSRP: $39.99. Check out www.habausa.com/unicorn-rainbowbeauty/. Tonka Mighty Builders 80-piece Tote Set Budding builders can build and play on the go with the new Tonka Mighty Builders 80-piece Tote Set from Amloid. The fun-filled tote bag looks just like a big rig truck on the outside and is packed with all the construction site accessories Tonka-tough kids need to explore their creativity. Build giant structures with sturdy and stackable Kids@Work building blocks in various colors and shapes. Once little ones have finished their creations, simply put all the pieces in the tote for easy storage and fun on-thego. The 80-piece play set features (1) construction block-fit figure, (1) three-piece truck, (11) block-fit construction accessories, (1) carry/storage tote, and (64) bright and durable Kids@ Works building blocks. Ages: 1+MSRP: $17.99. Available only at Target and Target.com.

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Bye-Bye Elf Hello The tradition of cuddling Santa’s sp Reindeer!

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doesn’t want on Christmas your kids;tradition he justnot wants A “Reindeer few years agoinweHere introduced Elf on the to narcnew onlytofortag hisalong Shelf to my kids. My daughter named him family, but for children and families all “Johnny Christmas”. I washas hoping he would overits theplace world.as Inthe doing so bonafide he vowed direct to “Reindeer in Here officially solidified only co be an incentive for my kids to be good, but take all the negatives of the elf, and turn really he is justthe a thorn in my side. them into a magical “Inviting Reindeer into your home means nopositives, stress forcreating parents” story, an adorable plush, and a holiday Raise your hand if you are lying in bed after brand that would bring a new meaning a long all of sudden realize, “Elfday onand theyou Shelf has a new rival“Oh – andtoyou’re going to love him… He is cuddly a family traditions at Christmastime for no! I forgot to move the elf!”This happens to years to come.” me all the time. My creativity is lacking as I tryReindeer to move our somewhere new so late. I So how Here Inelf Here is a simple concept. It is thedoes firstReindeer presentinof thework? holiday season have even totally forgotten to move Johnny! In early December the Reindeer In Here book the couch and read your child the storybook. The main character, to be named by This elf is making more work for me and I and plush “magically” arrive for your child, them for the whole month of December. Youngsters quickly discover how a “mis just don’t have time with my already busy setting the stage for a new yearly Christmas camemore up with thecharacters. genius idea come to their house pre-Christmas to discover w coverschedule. even unique Antoadorable snowman named Cane,gift with a candy tradition. It’s their FIRST of the holiday g and Zag, who’ve never walked straight. Peeky the polar Aftertwo all,cross-eyed we are allpenguins a little different andseason that should be celebrated. from Santa — and it came early! I feel bad the next day I go(Ce-Seal-Ya), on irs onThen his furry little head. Andwhen Cecelia adorable As thethe story unfolds,seal the with child the learns that socialwhat media, you see all the pictures no matter theand circumstance. Kids are encouraged to name their plush palhis and make for many years ago Santa asked reindeer of people’s perfectly elf amilyposted includes the furry friend executed on their December some help in learning about each child’s true andis I feel bad because oftree the little e, thepranks Reindeer placed under the so Santa Christmas wishes. Santa told his reindeer effort I was able tomonths put in tolater it. the reindeer e North Pole. Eleven that while he knew of children all over the hat hopes transpired over the” Iyear. So thisand yeardreams the elf is staying “up North. found a new easier friend “a reindeer!” eason boasts sweet illustrations by Izzy Bean. The Reindeer in Here was created by a dad, V producer, Adam Reed. Adam Reed. He was looking for something to start creating holiday traditions oducer would whip up a pretend storywith for his family and only came across one option — you know Reed, author of another children’s an elf. As the Reindeer In Here website, www. 15 debut book has gone on to be awarded three ReindeerInHere.com, describes wards, including Best New Author,the a scene, first “As he looked at it and dug into the story he d, and a finalist award in the Next Generation was taken aback by how creepy it looked, ently available on Amazon. how intimidating the story was to children, stressful the tradition came to be e Seaand andhow about a month before his daughter for parents. ” ened to be browsing in a store leading up to or something to start creating “With that, he struck out holiday to createtraditions a fresh e across one option — an elf. Adam Reed’s daughter and inspiration cuddles 14 November 2018 | PB Parenting | her Reindeer. ite, www.ReindeerInHere.com, describes the


world, only some wrote him letters — so he wanted a way to KNOW EACH CHILD BETTER! One special little reindeer who was born with one antler smaller than the other and big blue eyes quickly suggested a way. The little reindeer said Santa should send some of his reindeer EARLY in the month of December to stay with the children so Santa could learn as much as possible about each child – where they live, what they like, what they don’t like, what they do each day, where they go, who their family is, and where Santa should leave presents on Christmas Eve. Then every night while the child sleeps with the reindeer next to him or her, the reindeer writes notes to Santa detailing their daily adventures. From that moment on, the bond begins with the child and their reindeer as they uncover what they should do with it every day leading up to Christmas. After naming their own reindeer, the child is encouraged to show it around, taking it to a different place each day, both inside and out of the house so that when Santa comes on Christmas Eve, he knows as much as possible about the child, how good they’ve been and exactly where to deliver the presents. On Christmas Eve, the child should put their reindeer under the tree so it can greet Santa. After Santa finds the reindeer, it will go with him to guide his sleigh back to the North Pole until next year — when the child’s Christmas reindeer will return in early December to see his friend once more! This holiday tradition will unfold for many years to come as the child looks forward to that magical time of year when their very own special reindeer comes back to see them again! Reindeer In Here can be found at many specialty stores including Hallmark and Learning Express. To find a store nearby, simply click on their online Store Finder map at www. ReindeerInHere.com. There is also a limited supply available on Amazon.

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15 Ways to be Thankful • For Children (and Adults) of All Ages •

Thankful: adjective thank·ful : glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists, etc. : of, relating to, or expressing thanks Does it seem that children today don’t know the meaning of being thankful? We live in a consumer based, technology driven world and sometimes life flashes by so quick. We are in such a hurry that we often don’t have to stop and be polite and thankful for the world around us.

and deliver a homemade “thank you” to your local fire or police department, or your pediatrician’s or dentist’s office. 6. Help out without being asked. Make it a goal to do so once a day — and for any member of the family. 7. Thank a teacher or coach. Send a handwritten note to let him know how much his efforts make a difference.

8. Volunteer a Saturday. Think food pantry or animal shelter, and try to make it a regular Here are some tips on how to help your child commitment. show thankfulness and maybe a refresher 9. Perform a random act of kindness for adults too! Kindness is still very much appreciated in the world today so perform a random kindness 1. Just say thank you: Practice using for those you love or a total stranger without role-play using good manners and saying “thank you” using stuffed animals and action looking for praise such as buying a homeless person lunch. figures. 2. Start a tradition: Not just for Thanksgiving Day but every week. At dinner time ask everyone to share at least one thing they are grateful for.

10. Pay it forward in the drive-thru lane. Use your own money to pay for someone else’s meal or coffee.

11. Create a Thanksgiving scrapbook. Ask everyone to jot down their thoughts or 3. Be an example to younger children. You contribute a photo on Thanksgiving day. Be may not know it but they are watching you. sure to update it and add to it each year. Adults and older children can set a good example. 11. Encourage generosity. Together donate toys and clothes to the less fortunate. 4. Hug Someone! Tell them that you are thankful for them being in your life. 12. Thank your children when they do something kind or good. Show thankfulness 5. Say thank-you with cookies. Prepare

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to the ones closest to you (spouse, friends, relatives) so they know gratitude isn’t just for strangers. 13. Give out compliments. Make someone’s day by giving out compliments on little things like a great shirt, a nice smile, or on a job well done. 14. Journal your blessings. Take a few moments each night before bed to write down the things you appreciated throughout the day. It can be a wonderful way to reflect on how far you’ve come over the years. 15. Visit the sick and/or elderly. Spend time with those who may not have anyone else. A Saturday morning visit to the nursing home or the sick ward at the local hospital can brighten everyone’s day. Think about how you might appreciate that when you’re elderly yourself. What are you thankful for today?

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Palm Beach County by funding projects and needs that are not supported through other sources. This is why Speak Up For Kids exists. Speak Up For Kids is currently collecting toys for their Holiday Toy Drive. “We collect for 1400+ children - all children in care, we are the only agency that does that. We do have a gift guide when people are looking for suggestions, but anything is welcome!” Children range in age from newborns to 18 years old. 50% of the children Speak Up for Kids cares for are under 5. You can reach out to Coleen LaCosta directly at coleen@ speakupforkidspbc.org to find out how you can make a difference this holiday season. Speak Up For Kids Palm Beach County, Inc. is a non-profit located in West Palm Beach. You can find out more ways to help (volunteer, donations and more) at www. speakupforkidspbc.org.


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Nailing the perfect Thanksgiving is downright difficult. Between picky eaters, dietary restrictions and a new focus on serving better-for-you options, finding the right foods has never been more important. Clean eaters still focused on quenching their sweet tooth are in luck this holiday season. Simple Mills has created a slew of Thanksgiving recipes which range from a twist on old favorites, to right out of a millennial’s mind. Recipes include: · Simple Pumpkin Pie · Pumpkin Pizza/Flatbread · Harvest Spiral Veggie Tart · Garlic/Sage Biscuits Simple Pumpkin Pie This pie is Gluten-free; free of Grains, Soy, Corn, Dairy & Gums/Emulsifiers Pie Crust Ingredients: 1 box Simple Mills Artisan Bread Mix 1/2 cup grape seed, coconut oil, or ghee (or melted butter if no dairy allergies) 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup Pie Filling Ingredients: 1 15 oz can cooked pumpkin 1 cup full-fat coconut milk 3 cage free eggs

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1. Preheat oven to 350°F 2. Mix all ingredients until they come together to form a ball 3. Press by hand across the bottom and up the sides of a 9.5” or 10” pie plate 4. Press around top edge of crust with a fork 5. Bake crust at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes 6. While crust is baking, mix filling ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth using a stick or traditional blender, or hand mixer 7. Pour into baked crust, making sure not to cover the fork marks 8. Bake pie at 350°F for 30 – 35 minutes or until set in the middle. If crust starts to brown before filling is set, cover w/ foil for remainder of baking 9. Remove, cool and refrigerate for at least 6 hours 10. Cut into 6 or 8 slices and top with homemade whipped cream (heavy cream or coconut cream) 11. Garnish with ground cinnamon or a shake of pumpkin pie spice *If you have any extra filling, pour it into individual ramekins and bake until set in the middle.


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2 TBSP olive oil 1/2 tsp. each of dried thyme and sage 1/4 tsp. each sea salts and fresh ground pepper 1. Prepare the pizza crust per directions on box, pressed into a 9.5 or 10” pie or tart pan. 2. Use the tines of a fork to press the edges. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. 3. Then, PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees. Mix pumpkin or sweet potatoes with thyme, sage, sea salt and pepper. Spread mixture on bottom of crust. 4. Use a mandolin slicer (or vegetable peeler) to slice the carrots, squash and zucchini into thin strips about 1/8’ thick. 5. To fill the pie, roll strips of carrots together and press down into the center of the tart. 6. Layer strips of squash, zucchini and the remaining carrots around the center, until the crust is entirely filled. 7. Drizzle olive oil over the veggies


and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. 8. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour (tenting with foil after 20 minutes to prevent burning) or until veggies are tender. Serve warm. If dairy is tolerated, this savory pie would also be fantastic sprinkled with feta or goat cheese, or freshly-grated parmesan cheese after removing from oven, along with a dash of high-quality balsamic vinegar. Pumpkin Crust Pizza/Flatbread Something fun for the kids! Pizza on Thanksgiving??!? This recipe is gluten free and can be made dairy free by using a dairy-free cheese substitute. Instructions: For a filling crust filled with beta-carotene, mix Simple Mills Pizza Dough Mix with 2/3 can of pumpkin puree and ½ tsp salt. No need to add the oil, water or apple cider vinegar. Follow instructions for shaping and bake temperature/times, and add your favorite toppings! Toppings: organic marinara sauce, arugula, organic shredded mozzarella cheese or a dairy free cheese substitute. Simply Mills was launched in 2013 by Katlin Smith and specializes in natural baking mixes and crackers that combine whole food goodness with five-star taste and texture. All products are made with simple, clean, non-GMO, gluten-free ingredients with no artificial anything. Their products are certified gluten-free, paleo-friendly and free of grain, soy, artificial flavors or fillers. Ingredients like almond flour and coconut sugar lower the carbohydrate count and glycemic index to help support digestive health and minimize blood sugar impact. Recipes are also carefully crafted to keep sugar levels low, boost vitamin nad mineral content and produce a taste and texture worth of “wow”. For more recipes, information and where to buy go to www.simplemills.com.

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Are We Ready For Preschool? BY MARLENE LAVERNIA What a wonderful time when your child is ready to start preschool. But at the same time, mom and dad may not be fully prepared. Preschool offers so many valuable life lessons that all children will derive benefit from. From learning the academics to self-help skills, respecting ourselves and others, sharing and so much more that will prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. When looking for the right preschool, parents should visit and once they have made a decision, they should take their child back for a visit. This will ease concerns about this unfamiliar setting. Let the child spend some time exploring the classroom and choose whether to interact with the other children. Parents should ask how the teachers handle new children and what they do if the child is having a tear-filled day. Not only can this transition be difficult on your child, but also on you. Make sure that your feelings and anxieties are not expressed in front of your child. Express positive signs when talking about going to school and how proud you are of them. While acknowledging this important step your child is taking and providing support, too much

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emphasis on the new change could make any anxiety worse. Young children can pick up on your nonverbal cues and will sense your guilty. Being reassuring and calm will help your child feel more confident and happy to go to preschool. Lingering in the classroom is not recommended. Say your goodbyes and make sure that a teacher is ready to jump in and help with the transition. The longer you stay the harder it will be for your child to begin the bonding process. Keep a consistent routine with regards to drop off times. Allow your child to benefit from the morning arrival time which is a great time for your child to transition into their day. Show interest in what your child brings home, show them that you are proud of their accomplishments by hanging up their art work for all the family members to see, ask them questions about their day and most of all, give them lots of praise, hugs and kisses! You and they will be just fine‌.. Marlene Lavernia is the Owner and Director of Dino-Might Kids Preschool in Boca Raton.


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Record-Breaking “Thank You Letter” Makes Big Impression Elementary School Students Team Up with Award-Winning Author to Create the World’s Largest Handwritten Thank You Letter The creation of The World’s Largest Thank You Letter is part of celebrating the first “National Thank You Letter Day.” Taking place one week before Thanksgiving, National Thank You Letter Day aims to remind us of the simple and powerful act of sending a letter of thanks to someone we care about, love or that has affected our lives. Award-winning author Carew Papritz created the event to teach children— and remind adults—about the timeless importance of saying thank you through handwritten letters. Not only does he want to inspire in children that “Thank You” letters are still important in our culture, but that believing in kindness and manners, civility and gratitude, still matter in the world. “Letters are real. They are made of paper and the paper holds the time that you place into the words. And the paper can be held. It is human-sized and made for hands to hold and touch—and feel. It is not electronic or made of electrons. And because letters are real, they can be saved and cherished for a long time. And you can always feel the

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person in the way they write—even long after they are gone. And that is a profound legacy to leave someone.” says Papritz. The letter will be one large of sheet of paper comprised of rolls of butcher paper taped together. The handwritten letters will be painted in black paint. The thank you letter is addressed to the student’s mom, dad, and teachers and thanks them for everything that they do for the students. The letter is formatted as an actual letter with the date in the upper right-hand corner and begins with the salutation, “Dear Mom & Dad, and My Teachers.” The actual letter was written by students from the Continental Cursive Club. The letter ends with “Sincerely” and will be signed by more than 600+ students, teachers, and staff at Continental Elementary/Middle School World Record Event: This is the first-ever Largest Thank You Letter and thus makes it a world record! It is 85 ft long by 50 ft wide (Size of a Middle School Basketball Court).


To document the record, we will lay a 100-foot measuring tape next to the letter and videotape the length and width of the letter. We will also have signed affidavits from the superintendent and principal of the school attesting to the documented size of the letter. Carew likes to create “teachable moments” that will inspire kids for a lifetime. With this event, he is creating an opportunity for community togetherness that will teach kids about the importance of kindness, manners, and civility in their daily lives. Carew has been a long-time advocate of cursive writing, speaking and writing extensively about the importance of teaching cursive in schools. He has been a big supporter of the Cursive Club at Continental School. Carew wanted the “Big Letter” to be authentic in it’s sound and intent. He wanted kids to write the letter.

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With the help of the Cursive Club teacher, Kathy Reiman, Carew had the students handwritten write thank you letters to their parents and teachers. Carew then took their actual words and sentences to which helped created the actual letter itself. Civics club teacher, Wendy Fanning, had members of the Continental Civics club help construct the letter by rolling out the paper, taping it together, and painting the handwritten letters. Continental School will celebrate National Thank You Letter Day on November 14th with the roll out of The World’s Largest Thank You Letter. The day before the assembly, all 600+ children, teachers, and staff will sign the letter below the “Sincerely,” at the bottom of the letter. On November 14, the entire school will have an assembly to officially roll out the


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Road Trip Boredom Busters Do your holidays include a trip through the woods to grandmother’s house? The family road trip can be a time to bond and learn about each other’s interests and points of view — or an ordeal that makes you want to scream every time you hear “Are we there yet?” from your kids. A road trip can be a fun, educational, and sane experience with just a little planning, creativity, and preparation. Sure, electronic games, apps, and portable DVD players are great distractions. But don’t overlook these family-friendly games and activities that can keep everyone happy as the miles go by. Can-Do Cards Don’t underestimate the power of a deck of cards. It presents endless possibilities for all ages and can provide hours of entertainment and concentration. If your kids are sick of the standard Go Fish, Crazy Eights, and Rummy games, buy — or borrow from your local library — a kids’ card games book for new ideas. Or buy a deck of quiz or trivia cards to keep their brains busy. Contest Craze Hold an official family spelling bee or trivia contest using index cards to write down

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words or questions. Winners can earn trinkets, stickers, activity or coloring books, trading cards, food treats, money (the younger the child, the smaller the amount), or extra minutes of hotel pool time or stayup-late time. Good Ol’ Games Use the fallback road-trip games — 20 Questions, the License Plate Game, and I Spy. Try the Alphabet Game. Pick a topic (for instance, animals) and a letter (A), then have everyone name animals that begin with that letter, like aardvark, antelope, ape. The best thing about this game is that kids can pick a topic of interest — cars, TV characters, countries, cities, foods, names, etc. — and there are 26 possibilities (one for each letter) for every topic. Make the games into marathons, awarding special treats or trinkets to whoever wins each round. Then have lightning rounds or finals for extra-special awards. Journal Jotting Buy cheap but sturdy journals (or use plain notebooks or create your own from construction paper, hole puncher, and yarn)


and have kids write down and describe what they see along the way. Have them collect something small (a stone, a seashell, a flower, etc.) or buy a super-small trinket from rest stops (buttons, stickers, postcards, etc.) to glue into their journal, describing each stop and each location or landmark they pass. Bring along a stack of old magazines and have kids cut out and paste pictures into their journals to illustrate some of what they’ve seen (cows, fire trucks, palm trees, deer, cars, etc.). Give each kid a disposable camera to capture their own memories and keep the pictures in their personal road-trip journals. Make It Magnetic Stock up on a few super-cheap magnetic games (like tic-tac-toe, checkers, etc.) at the local dollar store or at gift shops along the way. Map Quest Bring a large map (or smaller map book that little hands can better handle) just for the kids. Have them use stickers and highlighters to mark each road you take on your journey. Silence Is Golden When all else fails, use the standby game “See Who Can Be the Quietest.” After hours of singing and crafting, your little ones just might appreciate the challenge of not saying a peep. Make prizes worth

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their while, with incentives such as money (quarters, a dollar), gift-shop trinkets or games, or staying up a few minutes longer that night. Team Storytelling Ask each family member to create a line for a story (e.g.,”There once was a boy name Hugh...”), then have everyone add a line until you’re all stumped (“who lived in the town’s biggest zoo” ... “he often had nothing to do” ... “so he decided to make an igloo” ... “with a big polar bear named Sue”...). Wordplay Have kids write down various words they see as you drive along (from billboards, bumper stickers, roadside attractions and stores, license plates, signs, the sides of trucks, etc.). Ask them to write a story, poem, or song grouping all of the words they see together. Have them read, perform, or sing their creation for everyone when they’re done. A little creativity and planning can cut down on the fighting and fussing and leave fond family memories of your time together — on the road and off. This information was provided by KidsHealth®, one of the largest resources online for medically reviewed health information written for parents, kids, and teens. For more articles like this, visit KidsHealth.org or TeensHealth. org. © 1995- 2018 . The Nemours Foundation/ KidsHealth®. All rights reserved.


Most teens use some form of social media and have a profile on a social networking site. Many visit these sites every day. There are plenty of good things about social media but also many risks and things kids and teens should avoid. They don’t always make good choices when they post something to a site, and this can lead to problems. So it’s important to talk with your kids about how to use social media wisely. What’s Good About Social Media Social media can help kids: • stay connected with friends and family • volunteer with a nonprofit, or charity • enhance their creativity by sharing ideas, music, and art • meet and interact with others who share similar interests • communicate with fellow students What’s Bad About Social Media The flipside is that social media can be a hub for things like cyberbullying and questionable activities. Without meaning to, kids can share more online than they should. Most teens: • post photos of themselves online or use their real names on their profiles • reveal their birthdates and interests • post their school name and the town This can make them easy targets for online predators and others who might mean them harm. In fact, many teens say they have: • been contacted online by someone they didn’t know in a way that made them feel scared or uncomfortable • received online advertising that was inappropriate for their age • lied about their age to get access to websites

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Concerns and Consequences Besides problems like cyberbullying and online predators, kids also can face the possibility of a physical encounter with the wrong person. Many newer apps automatically reveal the poster’s location when they’re used. This can tell anyone exactly where to find the person using the app. And photos, videos, and comments made online usually can’t be taken back once they’re posted. Even when a teen thinks something has been deleted, it can be impossible to completely erase it from the Internet. Posting an inappropriate photo can damage a reputation and cause problems years later — such as when a potential employer or college admissions officer does a background check. And sending a mean-spirited text, even as a joke, can be very hurtful to someone else and even taken as a threat. Spending too much time on social media can be a downer too. Seeing how many “friends” others have and the pictures of them having fun can make kids feel bad about themselves. What Can Parents Do? It’s important to be aware of what your kids do online. But snooping can alienate them and damage the trust you’ve built together. The key is to stay involved in a way that makes your kids understand that you respect their privacy but want to make sure they’re safe. Tell your kids that it’s important to: • Be nice. Mean behavior is not OK. Make it clear that you expect your kids to treat others with respect, and to never post hurtful or embarrassing messages. And ask them to always tell you about any harassing or


bullying messages that others post. • Think twice before hitting “enter.” Remind teens that what they post can be used against them. For example, letting the world know that you’re off on vacation or posting your home address gives would-be robbers a chance to strike. • Follow the “WWGS?” (What Would Grandma Say?) rule. Teach kids not to share anything that they wouldn’t want their teachers, college admissions officers, future bosses and yes, grandma to see. • Use privacy settings. Privacy settings are important. Go through them together to make sure your kids understand each one. Also, explain that passwords are there to protect them against things like identity theft. They should never share them with anyone, even a boyfriend, girlfriend, or best friend. • Don’t “friend” strangers. “If you don’t know them, don’t friend them.” Make a Contract Consider making a “social media agreement” with your kids — a real contract they can sign.

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Calendar Weekly Level 1 Classes at Genie’s Gymnastics A basic gymnastics class for girls 5 years old and up, with little or no experience for 60 minutes once a week. Groups are separated by 5 to 7 and 8 year olds and up. Girls will learn skills on the 4 Olympic gymnastic events: (vault, bars, beam and floor). In addition, students will develop trampoline skills as well as basic motor skills and flexibility. Multiple days and times offered. Call 561.868.0288 or visit www.geniesgymnastics.com for the schedule. 6752 Lantana Road, Lake Worth.

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Thursdays 10 AM at the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center: Art of the Story Featuring one author/ illustrator at each class, children will create their own art in the style of the featured book! FREE with paid admission. Go to www.schoolhousemuseum.org for Mondays and Tuesdays more info. at 11 AM Tiny Kids BIRTHDAY PARTIES Every Exhibits, party room & plenty of fun! Wednesday and Need More Art Kids Special Saturday & Sunday packages available. Friday at 3:30 PM and Need More Art in Jupiter invites toddlers Where learning is an adventure! Saturdays at 11 AM, 1 ages 2 - 4, and their moms (or dads!) to PM & 2 PM • Jr. Vet Kids join them at their bright, colorful, and fun Lab at Loggerhead studio space for some creative togetherMarinelife Center The time. Class is $15. Register at www. program features “Dr. Logger,” a trained kidsneedmoreart.com/jupiter/tiny-kids/. center volunteer acting as the center’s Tuesdays 9:30veterinarian. No pre-registration is 10:30 AM Open required. Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior Splash Play to the program, space is limited. Please at Small Fish Big Fish Swim School call 561.627.8280 or visit www.marinelife. Enjoy some quality time in our warm org for more information. Located at indoor pool - let your little fish swim or 14200 U.S. Highway One, Juno Beach. play on deck with our water tables. No Every Friday Registration Required. Members are free, Zumbini Classes at non-members are $5. For more info call 10 AM at The Mall at 561.818.7946. 346 Pike Road #3, WPB. Wellington Green Tuesdays Join us each Friday morning inside 10:30 AM the LIVE360 studio near Nordstrom. Sensational Designed for kids ages 0-4 and their Story: A Story ‘n More at Schoolhouse caregivers, Zumbini combines music, Children’s Museum & Learning Center dance and educational tools for bonding No need to sit still as a statue for this and fun. Contact Regina at 516).244.0282. story. Instructors brings children’s books 10300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. 34 November 2018 | PB Parenting | 129 E Ocean Avenue | Boynton Beach, FL 33435

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Sundays at 1 PM • Dr. Logger Show at Loggerhead Marinelife Center Dr. Logger is an educational ambassador for sea turtles. Through an interactive show, Dr. Logger educates the audience on the life of a sea turtle, by addressing various topics: threats, nesting, anatomy, lifestyle, etc. This 30 minute show is for guests of all ages, it’s interactive with the audience and fast-paced. No pre-registration is required. Located at 14200 U.S. Highway One, Juno Beach.

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Ongoing Kids Choice Sports, Dance, and Fitness Pediatric Dentistry Indoor Playground in Dentistry forAdolescents Infants, and Children, Adolescents Whether your child hasSpecializing inSpecializing Dentistry for Infants, Children, those with Special Health Care ne and those with Special Health Care needs just begun to walk or can cartwheel for days, Michael J. Roseff, DMD, “Kids Choice Sports” can cater to all of yourMichael J. Roseff, DMD, LLC LLC Pediatric Dentist Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry gymnastics needs. We offer “Mommy & Me” Delicious Town Center Flickr Twitter FL 33472 Retweet Canyon Boynton Beach, Boynton Beach, FL 33472 classes, beginner classes for all ages, and 8784 Boynton Beach Blvd, #103, 561-732-8333 ph# 561-732-8333 fax# 561-732-8375 roseffpediatricdentistry@comcast. beyond. Please call 561.998.4225 or visit www. www.roseffpediatricdentistry.com gokidschoice.com for schedule and pricing. Facebook MySpace StumbleUpon Digg Sw i d 6500 W Rogers Circle #1000 Boca Raton. R e m it a Lim Saturdays 3:30 - 5 PM Kids Art Express at Kids Need More Art Young artists are invited to stop by our Jupiter studio for a chance to work on skills and explore different techniques and media, all while creating a work of art from start to finish. Advance registration required. Ages 5 -9. Class is $18. Register at www. kidsneedmoreart.com. Saturdays • 10:30 - 11:30AM at the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum: Drop In Craft Open to all ages. Each week enjoy a different craft project. Free with paid admission. Members and children under age 1 are Free. $5 for Adults & Children over age 1 and $4.50 for Seniors. Go to www.schoolhousemuseum. org for more info. 129 East Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach. BIRTHDAY PARTIES 129 E Ocean Avenue | Boynton Beach, FL 33435

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Calendar Thurs., Nov. 1 • 5 - 7 PM Hack Shack Tech Club at South Florida Science Museum Center & Aquarium If you like to make, tinker, design, and engineer, then the Hack Shack Tech Club is for you! This week’s theme is “Smart Phone Projector.” Want to share your favorite pictures or videos from your phone but the screen is just too small? This simple DIY projector could be the answer! Using everyday items we’ll put together a simple projection device that can be adapted to almost any mobile device. Open to students in grades 5-8. $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Classes are held at the new Stiles-Nicholson STEM Education Center across the street from the Science Center. Visit www. sfsciencecenter. org for more information and for a schedule of monthly themes. 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. Fri., Nov. 2 - Sat., Nov. 3 • 8 PM - 8 AM Roar and Snore Family Sleepover at South Florida Science Museum Center & Aquarium Step back in time and join us for a night alongside creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago! Become a paleontologist as you make plaster fossil claw creations, explore the NEW indoor and outdoor Dinosaur Invasion exhibit, view our Dinosaurs Alive planetarium show and participate in a dino egg hunt. At the end of the night, test your courage and see if you are brave enough to snooze next to a dinosaur. Cost $35 for members, $40 for non-members. Registration is required. One adult chaperone must accompany every 5 children. Children must be 3 years or older. Cost includes hot pizza dinner, continental breakfast, and all activities. Participants 36 November 2018 | PB Parenting |

supply their own sleeping bag, twin-sized air mattress or foam underlay, pillow and personal hygiene materials. No cots please. Chaperones are responsible for and must supervise and stay with their group during the entire visit. 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. Visit www.sfsciencecenter. org for more information. Tues., Nov. 6 • 9 AM - 4:15 PM Free Admission with “I Voted” Sticker at Palm Beach Zoo Come to the zoo with your “I Voted” sticker and receive one free adult admission to the zoo. Valid only on Nov. 6. Poll workers with proper ID may use their free entry from Nov. 9 -11. For more information call 561.533.0887 or visit www.palmbeachzoo.org. 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Fri., Nov. 6 • 8 PM Screen on the Green at Waterfront Commons “Avengers Infinity War” (PG-13). Screen on the Green transforms the great lawn on the West Palm Beach Waterfront into a theater under the stars. Bring a blanket or a chair and purchase “movie time” popcorn, snacks and beverages from our concession stand. The event is free. 100 South Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. Wed., Nov. 7, 23 • 5 - 9 PM Food Truck Invasion at Sunset Cove Amphitheater Join us every 1st and 3rd Wednesday for a food truck Invasion! The event features live, family-friendly entertainment and a large collection of Food Trucks on site! Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Free Admission. Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park at 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton.


Thurs., Nov. 8 • 4:30 - 7:30 PM Lakeside Family Fun Night on Lake Wellington Featuring a “Glow in the Park ” theme, the event will be held in conjunction with Wellington’s weekly Thursday night Food Truck series. Events include an ‘80s music dance party, face painting, lawn games, inflatable skee ball, tropical slide, pumpkin painting and plaster time crafts (for a small fee) fishing (license required) and a holiday food drive. Paddle Board Yoga will be offered but space is limited. Enjoy a laser light show after sunset by Liquid Sky Laser Shows! Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more information. Located on Lake Wellington behind the Wellington Community Center. 12150 Forest Hill Boulevard, Wellington. Thurs., Nov. 8 • 9 AM - 12 PM Pine Crest School Admission Open House Offering prospective families a great opportunity to explore what makes a Pine Crest education extraordinary from Pre-K through 8th grade. Meet Pine Crest’s President, the Office of Admission, members of the faculty and other administrators who will be available to answer your questions and talk about our program. Tours will be led by our Pine Crest Parent and Student Ambassadors providing valuable insights into what it’s like to be a PC Panther! Please contact the Office of Admission for additional information at 954.492.4103 or admission@pinecrest.edu. 2700 St Andrews Boulevard, Boca Raton. Sat., Nov. 10 • 10 11:30 AM Animal Appetites at Palm Beach Zoo Join our Early Explorers for an interactive educational experience designed for preschool-aged children! These themed programs created for children ages 3-4

include: up-close animal encounters, stories, games, crafts, and visits to animal habitats throughout the Zoo or Nature Play! Snack is included. One adult is required to attend with each child. Pre-registration is required. Cost Per Participant (Members): $25 per session or $80 for series. Cost Per Participant (Non-Members): $50 per session or $165 for series. Non-member price includes all-day admission to the Zoo. For more information call 561.533.0887 or visit www. palmbeachzoo.org. 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Tues. & Wed., Nov. 13, 14 • 5 - 7 PM GEMS Club at STEM Studio in Downtown Abacoa Due to popular demand, a second night has been added! This week’s theme is “Astronomy Adventure” Girls have a bright future in Science and GEMS Club will continue to help them shine! GEMS Club offers the perfect opportunity for young girls to learn and grow as they discover the exciting world of math, science, engineering and technology. Pizza dinner and refreshments will be provided. This program is open to girls in grades 3 - 8 and a $10 registration fee is required per session. The event is limited so register early to save your spot! Walk-ins, please be aware that the session may already be sold out. Visit www.sfsciencecenter. org/stem-studiogems to register or for more information. Stem Studio is located at 1209 Main Street Unit 112, Jupiter. Sat., Nov. 17 • 10 10:45 AM Cub Club at Palm Beach Zoo Join our Cub Club for an interactive educational experience designed for preschool-aged children! These themed programs created for children age 2 include: up-close animal encounters, stories, games, crafts, and visits to animal habitats throughout the Zoo or


Calendar Nature Play! One adult is required to attend with each child. Pre-registration is required. Cost Per Participant (Members): $20 per session or $70 for series. Cost Per Participant (Non-Members): $40 per session or $150 for series. Non-member price includes all-day admission to the Zoo. For more information call 561.533.0887 or visit www. palmbeachzoo.org. 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Tues., Nov. 27 - Dec. 16 • Disney Beauty and The Beast at Maltz Jupiter Theatre This classic story of a tenacious beauty who meets a selfish prince-turned-beast is a tale as old as time. Showcasing spectacular costumes and effects, Disney Beauty and the Beast is a fairy tale filled with magic, romance, and a young woman’s determination to find her own way. We invite you to be our guest, as this beloved Disney classic comes to life on stage! Visit www.jupitertheatre.org for more information or to purchase tickets. Located at 1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Fri. - Sun., Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 • Ballet Palm Beach Presents the Nutcracker at the Kravis Center The Nutcracker is the coming-of-age story of Marie who receives a mysterious gift on Christmas Eve. Adventures ensue as Tchaikovsky’s score draws Marie into a terrifying battle with the Mouse King, past a mystical snowstorm, and to the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Nutcracker is suitable for all ages, delighting the young and the young-at-heart. Visit www.kravis.org or call 561.832.7469 for ticket info. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Additional performances are also scheduled for Kings academy from Dec. 13-16.

School’s Out in November at Kids Need More Art in Jupiter Join KNMA on one of the following dates in November when school is out: 6, 19, 20, and 21. Kids Need More Art is excited to give our communities a fun, Social Skills Group creative, safe place for children to engage Summer while parents are2018 working.Ages Ages 5-129-11 are welcome. Full day (9 am 4 pm; $50) and The focus of this group is to Sessions begin this extended days6 (8:30 am - 5 help pm;children $55) inare June transitional age improve self 6-7:30pm available. Visit www.kidsneedmoreart.com confidence, while navigating (No session on July 4) such as emotional for more information callissues, 561.746.4576. Lake Wellington Professional Centre awareness of self and others, 1155 Street, Jupiter. 12161Main Ken Adams Way Suite#116, 154 conflict resolution, anger Wellington, FL 33414

management, manners, rule Ongoing Sessions following, acceptance of others, maintaining Wednesdays 6 friendships, asking for help - 7:30 and PM adviceSocial giving.

Skills Group for Ages 9-12 Improve self confidence, To register and for more information, please contact: maintain friendships, anger management, Madeleine Grossmayer, LCSW conflict resolution, manners and more. For 561-602-1485 information call Madeleine Grossmayer, Stacey Longhini, LCSW 561-301-4260 LCSW at 561.602.1485 or Stacey Longhini, We gladly accept CIGNA and AVMED/Magellan insurance plans. LCSW at 561.301.4260. Classes are held at the Lake Wellington Professional Center.

Ongoing Thursdays in November at 4:30 PM - Kidding Around Yoga at The Mall at Wellington Green Kids ages 6-11 join us inside the LIVE360 Studio near Nordstrom. Every Kidding Around Yoga class offers a complete, age-appropriate Yoga practice including breathing instruction, relaxation techniques, stretching and strengthening poses, all using fun-filled music, games, and imagination. KAY’s secret is our playfulness, keeping your child motivated, excited, and moving. This is not your typical Yoga class. For more information including prices, contact Melissa at 561.656.9709. 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington.


Wildlife Feedings at The Sandoway Discovery Center We will transform and inspire our visitors thru experiential education and conservation. Shark feedings every Tues. through Sat. at 10:30 AM and Sun. at 1:30 PM, alligator feedings every Wed. and Sat. at 1 PM, and stingray feedings Tues. - Sat. at 2:45 PM. Admission is $5 for everyone 3 years and up. Palm Beach Zoo members are free. Call 561.274.7263 for more info. 142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. Ongoing Classes at My Gym Visit www.mygym. com for a list of classes and times. From “Little Bundles” which starts at 6 weeks old to Ninja Training Classes and so much more, there are lots of classes to fit your schedule. Don’t forget about our amazing birthday parties! Locations in Boynton Beach, Wellington and Jupiter. Visit www.mygym.com for more information. Two NEW Classes Starting in November at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum Join us on Thursdays at 3 PM for Tumble Tots with First Steps Dance and Tumbling. Tumble Tots is a fun, fast moving thirty minute class promoting flexibility and strength while introducing many new gymnastic skills! (Ages 2 - 5). Members $8 Non-members $10 with paidPARTIES admission. 6 week Series: BIRTHDAY Exhibits, party room & plenty of fun! Members $40 Non-members $52 with paid Special Saturday & Sunday packages available. Where learning(No is an class adventure! admission. November 22) Also join us on Fridays at 10:30 AM for Budding Buddies: Engineers in Training (Ages 3-5). Space is limited for both classes. Go to www. schoolhousemuseum.org for more info. 129 East Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach. 129 E Ocean Avenue | Boynton Beach, FL 33435

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SAVE THE DATE Sat., Dec. 8 • 11 AM Dan Zanes & Friends at Duncan Theatre Grammy® Award Winner Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music–where sea shanties, English Music hall, play party songs, the spirit of early rock-n-roll, soul, North American and West Indian folk music collide. For the past 15 years, he has toured the world with his band, Dan Zanes and Friends, sharing handmade 21st century social music with enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers. From thrift shop basements to Carnegie hall, from Brooklyn to Bahrain, Zanes has been introducing new songs and reconnecting people to the forgotten music of the past. Dan’s critically-acclaimed music has been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout. Over the course of 14 albums and 2 DVDs, he has collaborated with everyone from Philip Glass to Lou Reed to Angelique Kidjo to Natalie Merchant to The Blind Boys of Alabama. All seats are only $15. Call the ticket office at 561.868.3309 for more info. 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth. SAVE THE DATE Sun., Dec. 16 • 7 AM 7th Annual Wellington Jingle Bell Run 5K All runners will be given jingle bells prior to the race. Divisions: Male/ Female Age, Santa, Mrs.Claus, Elves, and Male/Female Stroller. Please bring an un-wrapped toy which will be donated to needy families in our community. For more information visit www.wellingtonholidayrun.com. The run will take place inside Village Park which is located at 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington.

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