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Camp Survival Guide 14 Summer by Sarah Cole, Glazer Children’s Museum

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8 Reader Photos of the Month 15 Summer Camp Directory Ideas for Spring Fever 9 Take Me Out to the Ballgame 18 6Family Fun by iMom.com 10 April Fun Facts to be a Joyful Mom 19 Heart Gallery 11 6byWays iMom.com Community Care: 20 Camelot Pro Dad: The Final Four Bringing Families Together 12 All Fundamentals Dads Need

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Parent to Parent

Now I don’t like hard-boiled eggs, and neither does my husband. So when our older kids were little, we just bought plastic eggs with which to hold egg hunts with our kids. With a piece of candy or some change inside each, that approach served us well for several years.

When I was a kid, my family would decorate Easter eggs by hard-boiling them, and then using one of those PAAS kits or a food coloring and vinegar mixture to add the color. We’d have a few eggs that were a single color, several that were two colors – one on each half, and then we might have two or three where we overlapped the two colors, creating a stripe down the middle. And that’s as fancy as it got.

Then a few years ago, my oldest son, David, announced that he was going to paint Easter eggs. With my background, I of course assumed that in addition to eggs, we would need food coloring or a kit, just like my family had done. And since three of my four kids do like hard-boiled eggs, I was fine with that. I bought the supplies and told him to have a good time. It turns out that I know nothing about the art of decorating Easter eggs! David waited until a Saturday when the rest of the family was doing something and he stayed behind. When we arrived home, there were no hard-boiled eggs, but there was a bowl of uncooked scrambled eggs in the fridge (actually, they may have been on the kitchen counter, but at least he didn’t throw them away) and paint supplies all over the counter.

had blown the eggs out of the shells and then painstakingly created some of the cutest egg shells I’ve ever seen. There was a Buzz Lightyear and Woody, R2D2, and even one inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night. I think it took a little longer than he had anticipated, because he did let his younger brother and sisters decorate some of the remaining eggs as well. So we got a few single-colored eggs out of the exercise, but the coloring was still done with paintbrushes, not cups and spoons. This year, my youngest, Haylee, is excited about decorating eggs, and thanks to her older brother’s influence, she also does not believe that decorating eggs involves food coloring or vinegar. She wants David to help her, and she is planning an entire lineup of Winnie the Pooh characters. It sounds too complicated for me, but I’m sure between the two of them, they can get it done, and it will be adorable. Until next time,

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Choose tickets for any 2017 regular season game, with NO blackout dates. The new Flex Packs offer savings up to 60% off the single game ticket price.

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Kids 14 and under can purchase tickets in select seating areas for just $2 with the purchase of a full price paid adult ticket.

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5 Earth Day Activities

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Peeps Marshmallow Chicks are made each day at the Peeps factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Peeps candies have been the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy in the United States for more than a decade – even more popular than jelly beans. Peeps are sometimes jokingly described as the “indestructible” candy; however, most kids  can devour them in seconds!

Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. Here are five simple ways to make this Earth Day a family affair. 1. Start a Compost Bin: Composting makes use of kitchen and garden scraps to create black gold, nutrients for the plants in your garden. 2. C  heck Your Footprint: The Earth Day Network site has a Footprint Calculator that will show you how your lifestyle affects the environment. 3. G  et Back in the Kitchen: By hitting the drive-through less often, you can reduce the amount of packaging material you contribute to landfills. 4. P  lant a Seed: Planting a garden is one of the best ways to share the Earth with your children. 5. Volunteer: When you lend a hand on Earth Day, you help your neighbors and teach your children that becoming involved is worth one of your most precious gifts—your time.

Easter is considered one of the oldest and most joyous days on the Christian calendar. Also known as Resurrection Sunday or Pascha, the festival of redemption, Easter is the day Christians celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Easter Sunday is also typically the most wellattended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.

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in over 5,000 communities in the U.S. will gather this April and May to take part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. If you and your family would like to be part of a Relay, visit www.relayforlife.org to find a location near you.

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Tuesday, 4/18 1861 was the first year the U.S. income tax was levied upon the American people. President Abraham Lincoln signed into law this revenue raising method to help the federal government pay for the expenses of the Civil War. Tax Day this year is April 18th, the last day on which tax returns can be mailed to avoid penalties. So mark your calendars and make sure to mail your return out on time to avoid some tax battles of your own.

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1. Stop saying how tired you are. If you’re always complaining about how tired you are, your kids will think you see your job as a mom as drudgery.

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3. Laugh! Find the humor in life. I noticed something as I was putting my children to bed last night. They were extra affectionate with me. I wasn’t surprised because I had made a conscious effort to be joyful throughout the evening. Instead of being the command-shouting, clock-watching, “you do this now,” mom, I chose to communicate with them in a less harsh manner. I made up my mind to leave a trail of joy. When you walk into the room do your kids smile or cringe? When you leave the room do they sigh or applaud? We’re kind of kidding here, but what kind of trail do you leave behind during the day? Even though every moment can’t be sunny and fun, do try to be a joyful mom as much as you can. Here’s some mom advice on how to start!

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If you tend to be fascinated by bad news or sad stories, don’t always share the grim and unfortunate things of life with your kids. Look for joy and laugh when you find it.

4. THC. As we rush, rush, rush through our day, we can forget the simple joys of THC –tickling, hugging and cuddling our kids.

5. Don’t snap at your kids. If you have something to say, say it in the nicest way you can and in a tone of voice that doesn’t come across as an impatient outburst.

6. Don’t rush your kids. Going through the day telling your kids to “Hurry! Let’s go! Do it now!” leaves a trail of tension, not joy.

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The Final Four Fundamentals Dads Need “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” – Tim Duncan Spring is when filling out a tournament bracket makes the to-do list. It’s when for a few weeks Thursday and Friday become personal leave days across offices all over America. Most people love the NCAA tournament and for good reason. Few sporting events offer such a large collection of diverse teams with a shot at making history. The storylines are compelling and the drama is nail-biting. It’s become a great American tradition. So in the same spirit, we as dads could use the month to work on our family/marriage game as hard as the athletes work on their basketball game. Let’s hone our skills and practice our moves to become championship ready men, parents, and husbands. To be always striving, learning, working, and yearning to be better until your better is best. That is the type of attitude that creates great things in all that we do. Let’s work on the final four fundamentals of fatherhood so we can lead our families to the victories of joy, strength, and enduring prosperity. Here’s a basketball related look at how we can achieve our goals.

The 3-Pointer

much emphasis on the risk and ignore fundamentals seldom win it all, but they can make a lot of noise. It’s prudent to have a 3-point shot in your dad arsenal, but don’t rely on big risk/big reward to guide the future of your family. For example, let’s say we have been offered a job promotion that is going to pay us a substantial amount more than we currently make. Yet, we are living comfortable at the moment and our family is happy. Do we take the risk with the chance that our entire family structure could crumble under different circumstances or do we fire the ball inside for a more reliable shot? Always measure personal success against its effect on the family, and use keen wisdom as to when to launch that bomb from the arc.

The Free Throw

How many times do we see great players missing this most simple of shots? These players that lack consistency and reliability in the fundamentals. That’s exactly what life does to a man that tries to cut corners and doesn’t put in the work necessary to be rock solid at the mundane and routine. At the free throw line is where a championship game is often won or lost. Can you be the man that when he is standing there with everything on the line for his family he hits nothing but net? Swish. It takes relentless repetition and a willing heart.

In basketball, the 3-point shot is a risk that comes with big reward if executed efficiently. Teams that put too

Zone Defense

Offense and beautiful shots are rarely what makes a great champion. It’s what he does when the glory is not his to be had that makes the difference. Does he work on both ends of the court? In dadness, zone defense is being the guy under control when life has gone crazy and being the stop gap between it and his family. When his wife is stressed out, his teen is going down a wrong path, and his adolescent is confused and asking hard questions, he doesn’t get overwhelmed and run over. He wisely spreads out a defensive net and gets his team the ball back.

The Slam Dunk

The slam dunk is basketball’s most spectacular moment. It’s what all players dream of. Soaring through the air with the ball firmly in hand and slamming it down with extreme authority through the goal. How did he arrive at that moment? All of the hard work and countless hours of practice. The dedication to his craft that he put before all else. A dad that goes about being a man, parent, and husband, in the same way, will also soar through the air with authority. Put in the work!

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Self-doubt is normal, especially when you experience new situations. The most confident people still have their moments, while with others, self-doubt can be so overwhelming it can paralyze the person. I was fortunate to have parents who instilled confidence in us that we could accomplish anything with God’s help. Even with that kind of foundation of love and encouragement, it can still be difficult when facing unknown challenges. This has been the case with my life. These are the 3 biggest times I was confronted with overcoming self-doubt.

When I Went To College

As a freshman in college, I thought I was a good athlete and student, but I questioned myself. I wondered how it was actually going to be. Will I be able to live up to the success of those who came before me or will I fall short?

When I Went Into The NFL

Then I went undrafted to the talented Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL. Self-doubt crept into my head again. The same thoughts I had in college came flooding back. Can I even make this team? Would I be good enough?

When I Became A Coach

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Fifteen years later I received an opportunity in a new position as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I had the thoughts: Is this going to work? Am I going to be able to do it? Do I have the right formula? Those thoughts only intensified after we lost our first five games.

Two things helped me overcome my self-doubt. Focusing On What Is In My Control

The first was advice my mom gave. She told me not to worry about the things I couldn’t control. Just focus on the things I could control, work on those, and do my best. She encouraged me that if I did those things I would be fine. In times of self-doubt, I have always remembered to focus on her advice.

Depending on God

The second is depending on the Lord. Anytime I face self-doubt I spend a lot of time in prayer and no matter what happens I place my trust in Him. Those two things have helped me overcome self-doubt.

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Summer Camp

Survival Guide by Sarah Cole, Glazer Children’s Museum

Ah spring, when the sun shines and a parent’s mind turns to thoughts of…summer break! If you are like many parents, you’re already planning summer activities for your youngsters, which might include summer camp. Here are some things to consider if you are planning summer camp experiences for kids.

OVERNIGHT CAMPS

When most people think of camp, they think of the sleepaway model, where campers bunk up with friends and tell stories around a bonfire. However, don’t be limited to the classic nature camp as Overnight Camps come in all shapes and sizes, from survival style camps, to overnight arts and computer camps. How do you know if your child is ready for an overnight camp? • In general, children around age 8 are ready for an overnight camp experience. • Is he comfortable staying the night away from home? Do a few test runs – such as a weekend at a friend’s house – just to be safe. • Is she self sufficient? Does she get ready for bed and get ready in the morning by herself? • Consider the location of the camp. A camp you have in mind but which is farther away may sound amazing, but for the first few times, a camp closer to home may be a safer option.

DAY CAMPS AND COMMUTER CAMPS

For those who want a great camp experience for their child but without the stress or parameters of the overnight, commuter camps and day camps are great options and are becoming the new standard of Summer Camp. These camps will range from a few hours to an entire day, but your child will be home for dinner! Commuter Camps generally take children to a camp location, where they spend the day in activities, whereas Day Camps are held at a variety of locations, from schools and

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churches to YMCAs and museums or cultural centers. Day Camps typically offer a range of themes and activities, appealing to a much broader range of interests and abilities. These are a particularly ideal choice for younger campers. If you are thinking about sending your preschooler to camp for the first time, consider the following: • Has he had experience in a formal classroom (church school, day care, etc)? • Has she spent an extended period of time away from you? • Is he toilet trained? (Many camps will not allow children in diapers to attend.) • Try a few days or a week to test things out. If you are unsure if your child will be okay on her own, it may be wise to only sign up for a short stint at first. Many Day Camps offer half days for younger campers. Camp experiences are a great part of childhood! They provide educational, social and active experiences that help kids grow and mature, connecting them to each other and the world around them. Check out local camps at area museums, parks and schools for great offerings around Tampa Bay (for a list of camps, check out our Summer camp directory in this issue). www.gulfcoastfamily.org


Summer Camp Directory Here is a listing of some fantastic summer camps for children here in the Tampa Bay area. Included in our summer camp directory are arts and drama camps, theme camps, sports camps, preschool camps and many more. All of these camps are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. So reserve your spot soon.

Adventure Club at Countryside CC 1850 North McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 727-799-1618 ext. 1012  adventureclub.cc

City of Largo Summer Camps 727-518-3016 – Highland Recreation largocamps.com

Anona Christian Center Summer Camp 13233 Indian Rocks Rd, Largo 727-595-2581 ext. 292  anona.com

City of Tampa Summer Camps 813-274-3345 tampagov.net/SummerCamp

Busch Gardens Summer Camp for Wild Things 877-BGT-CAMP buschgardens.org

Clearwater Community Sailing Center Youth Summer Camps 1001 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater 727-517-7776clearwatercommunitysailing.org

Calvary Chapel Kids Camp 8900 US-19, Pinellas Park 727-577-7705 www.calvarystp.org/kids

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Clearwater 727-441-1790 x252  seewinter.com

See our interactive map online at Camp Gilead gulfcoastfamily.org 1444 Camp Gilead Drive, Polk City

863-984-1353 campgilead.com

Dance Central Summer Camps 12527 Ulmerton Rd, Largo 727-386-0586 thedance-central.com

Camp Invention 800-968-4332 x6920  campinvention.org

Dunedin Parks and Recreation Day Camps Dunedin Community Center & MLK Jr. Rec. Center 727-738-2920 dunedinGov.com/camps

Camp Seal 19501 Holly Lane, Lutz 813-229-7946 www.sealswimschool.com

Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp 4200 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg 727-864-8288 eckerd.edu/waterfront/

Champion Tae Kwon Do Summer Camp 7590 Starkey Road, Seminole For our complete listing of over 100 summer camps here in the Tampa Bay (727) 399-2999  championtaekwondo.net Area, visit our interactive online directory at www.gulfcoastfamily.org. Circle F Dude Ranch Our summer camp directory contains detailed camp information, links to Lake Wales camp web sites and printable directions. 863-676-4113 circlefduderanchcamp.com “Mom, I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” If you’ve ever heard your child say that, then we have an adventure for you! “Bored” is never heard at a Soul Adventures summer camp. Imagine these experiences: • Kayaking • Rope courses • Paint balling • Paddle boarding • Sailing • Archery • Fishing • Beach olympics • Snorkeling • Mountain biking Combine these exploits with a powerful daily devotion time, and you have the recipe for an adventure that might just last a lifetime.

First Lutheran Summer Camp 1644 Nursery Rd, Clearwater 727-462-8000 www.flcclearwater.org Florida Aquarium AquaCamps 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa (813) 273-4015  www.flaquarium.org

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Camps offered by Soul Adventures: Jr. Adventure Camp (5-9 year olds) Adventure Camp (10-14 year olds) High School Adventure Trips Private Group Adventures (3-5 days avail.)

Reserve your adventure at www.souladventures.us Soul Adventures is located at 129 North Belcher Rd, Clearwater.

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Glazer Children’s Museum Camp Connect Tampa 813-443-FUN1 (3861)  glazermuseum.org

Ovations School for the Arts Camps 2100 4th St S, St. Petersburg 727-470-2787 ovationsarts.org

Great Explorations Children’s Museum Summer Camp 1925 4th St N, St. Petersburg 727-821-8992 greatex.org

Patel Conservatory Dance, Theater, and Music Summer Camps 813-222-1002 patelconservatory.org

Hillsborough Community College Kids College 39 Columbia Drive, Tampa tampatraining.com/kids-college Independent Day School Camp IDS 12015 Orange Grove Dr, Tampa 813-961-3087 idsyes.com IRCS Summer Sports Camp 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo (727) 596-7192  www.ircs.org JMAC Kids Summer Camp 2177 NE Coachman Rd, Clearwater 727-430-3902 jmackids.com Keswick Summer Sports Camp 10101 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg (727) 393-9100  www.keswickchristian.org Largo Cultural Center Summer Theatre Camps Largo Cultural Center 727-587-6751 largoarts.com

Pinellas Preparatory Academy Summer Camp 2300 S. Belcher Road, Largo 727-536-3600 pinellasprep.org Plato Academy Summer Camp 2045 Palmetto Street, Clearwater 727-301-1590 platoacademy.net PLAY Performing Arts 1920 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg 727-393-7625 playstpete.com/summer R’Club Summer Camps 727-578-5437 rclub.net Robotics Summer Camp Tampa • Brandon • Trinity 813-249-5522 funwithbots.com Saddle Up Riding Club 9301 62nd Street, Pinellas Park 727-520-3132 saddleupridingclub.org

LCC Day School Summer Camp 4400 Chancellor St NE, St. Petersburg 727-522-8331 lccdayschool.com

Saint Paul’s School Summer Camps 1600 St. Paul’s Dr, Clearwater 727-536-2756 st.pauls.edu

Liberty Bowling Summer Camp 11401 Starkey Rd, Largo 727-397-3947 libertylanesbowling.com

Science Center of Pinellas Camp 7701 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg (727) 384-0027  sciencecenterofpinellas.com

Lowry Park Zoo Summer Camps Tampa 813-935-8552 lowryparkzoo.com

Seminole Lanes Kids Camp 8668 Park Blvd, Seminole 727-392-2271 seminolelanes.com

Mathnasium Summer Camp 3451 4th Street North, St. Petersburg 727-823-6284mathnasium.com/stpetersburg

Shorecrest Summer Camps 5101 1st St N, St. Petersburg 727-522-2111 x173  shorecrest.org

Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy 15906 Mapledale Blvd, Tampa 813-969-0210 mjpaa.com

Soul Adventures Camps at Skycrest 129 North Belcher Rd, Clearwater 727-797-1186 souladventures.us

MOSI Summer Science Camps 4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa 813-987-6000 mosi.org

SPCA Tampa Bay Summer Camp 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo 727-586-3591 spcatampabay.org

Northside Christian School Paradise Summer Camp 7777 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg 727-647-0349 nck12.com

St. Jerome ECC Summer Camp 10895 Hamlin Blvd, Largo 727-596-9491stjeromeearlychildhoodcenter.org

Oakhurst Learning Center Summer Camp 13233 102 Ave N, Largo 727-596-3411 oakhurstlearningcenter.com 16 • April 2017

Pinellas County Summer Camps 333 Chestnut Street, Clearwater 727-464-4600 pinellascounty.org/ summercamps

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St. Petersburg Christian School Sonny Days Camp 2021 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg 727-522-3000 stpetechristian.com www.gulfcoastfamily.org


St. Petersburg Country Club Summer Camp 2000 Country Club Way, St. Petersburg 727-867-2111 stpetecountryclub.com St. Petersburg Sailing Center Summer Sailing Camp 11 Central Ave, St. Petersburg 727-822-3873 spyc.org/sailingcamp Starkey Road Baptist Church Sports Camp 8800 Starkey Rd, Seminole 727-397-1654 srbc.org

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Sylvan Robotics and Coding Camps 3951 Tyrone Blvd. St. Petersburg 727-347-6284 sylvanlearning.com/stpetersburg Tampa Bay History Center Adventure Camp 801 Old Water Street, Tampa 813-228-0097 tampabayhistorycenter.org The Florida Aquarium AquaCamps 813-273-4015 flaquarium.org Tutterow Dancers 452 5th Ave SE, Largo 727-585-1232 tutterowdancers.com USF College Soccer ID Camps 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa uscollegesocceridcamps.com Word of Life Florida Youth 877-412-8687 wolflorida.org Xtreme Fun Center Summer Sports Camp 13211 93rd St N, Largo 727-584-9876 xtremefuncenter.com YMCA Summer Camps ymcatampabay.org To have your camp listed in Gulf Coast Family’s printed summer camp guide, call 727-612-0783 or visit gulfcoastfamily.org.

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Camp Gilead offers children, families, churches, CAMP GILEAD is CELEBRATING 78 years of and groups a life-transforming adventure and “Changing Lives…One Heart at a Time!” a fun, safe, Christ-centered environment in which to LEARN, EXPLORE, and GROW.

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BE OUR GUEST Some of my favorite memories as a child are from springtime, that time of year when kids can run free and break off the constraints of being stuck in the house all winter. There really is something wonderful about looking around and seeing the first bloom of spring or the smiles on people’s faces as they bask in the glow of the spring sun. Spring is all about new life. In fact, all aspects of our lives could benefit from a little spring fever—that renewed energy and optimism that brings us out of the blahs of winter into the glories of spring.

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Here are 6 ideas for spring fever family fun.

1 Family Bubbles

Get everyone, and we mean everyone—Mom, Dad, teenagers, and little kids—armed with bubbles. Give everyone their own bottle of bubbles and head outdoors for a bubble war.

2 Balloon Battle

The preparation for this one is a riot on its own. As you’re filling up your water balloons, you’ll likely have many that will pop. It will just add to the fun. Once you have a basket full of filled balloons, let the battle begin. If it is too cold for water, fill the balloons with air and head to the basement to swat them around.

3 Outdoor Fun

If the weather is warm enough where you live, head outside. We have 15 backyard family games to keep you busy. Visit www.imom.com/15-backyard-game-instructions to print out the cards for the 15 Fun Backyard Games and place them in a hat. Let your children draw a card and head to the great outdoors to get the fun started.

4 Food Adventure

Mix in a little learning with a little snacking. Teach your child about different kinds of fruits and veggies that they normally don’t eat. First, see if you and your kids even recognize some of these! Then have them choose one new food to try.

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5 Game Time

If it’s rainy out, head indoors and have a game day. Let each child choose a game and set the timer for 20 minutes. When the timer goes off, the game is over and you move onto the next one. See which of these board games your family might enjoy. Here are some fun board games that will get your whole family laughing and learning together: Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Cootie, What’s Gnu?, Monopoly Junior, Tip It!, Trouble, Monopoly, Life, Imaginiff…, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Pictionary, Taboo, Scattergories, Cranium, Guesstures, and Mad Gab.

6 Pedal and Picnic

Ride your bikes to a picnic spot and enjoy your goodies under the spring sky. Pack a Frisbee® and a ball to play with while you’re there. Make a special treat like homemade whoopee pies for a fun picnic surprise.

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Do you have room in your heart and home for a waiting child?

Fatima Age 13

Outgoing and engaging, Fatima meets the world on her terms whether that means overcoming the biggest hurdles on the high jump or challenging herself to learn new and hard words. A fan of Becky G, Ariana Grande, and Chris Brown, Fatima Photo courtesy of Angela Clifton Photography enjoys listening to music. Fatima would like to be a singer, a rapper, or maybe a dancer or an actor. Who knows – she might just become the next star on her favorite show, Dancing with the Stars! If Fatima could change the world, she’d stop bullying and fighting. Her perfect day would include going to the beach or the park. Fatima is looking for a fun and outgoing family who likes ice cream!

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Creative and energetic, Jason loves exploring. This nature lover enjoys kayaking, swimming, hunting and fishing. He gets a kick out of trying new foods and new adventures. Jason can often be found playing video games allowing him to get into the action. Jason’s determination and his wry and quirky sense of humor make him a real character.

Second Friday of each month 9 a.m. – Noon Breakfast and Childcare Provided

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A couple of years ago, an adoptive mother voiced her struggle with post adoption services and pulled at the heartstrings of our agency. She exposed a need in our community that was underrepresented. There is a long standing belief that on the day of adoption, all of their children’s ‘issues’ would disappear. While most children find comfort in knowing they’re in their forever home, working towards healing from their past truly begins after adoption. As a result of this mother’s plea, Camelot Community Care obtained state funding in order to serve pre and post adoptive families; who have either adopted from Hillsborough County or are currently living in Hillsborough County. The main goals of the program are to connect adoptive families to one another for peer support, link families to community resources, provide adoption competent counseling, and support families from the beginning through the many years post adoption. Our support groups encourage 20 • April 2017

the whole family to attend; the parents meet in one room with an experienced adoptive family leader. The children meet with program staff who engage in fun activities focusing on social skills, self-esteem building, anxiety reduction, anger management and peer interactions. A mantra of the program is to connect with families, from the beginning of the adoption process, in order to give them the tools to overcome the ups and downs of parenting children from difficult pasts. Our team is made up of three very dedicated women who have extensive experience in the adoption and foster care realms. We are called to do this work so that families don’t have to struggle in isolation. So come see what we are about; join us at the support group closest to you, give us a call or shoot us an email! We would love to hear from you.

Krista, Carey, and Kim

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Adoption Support Program Adult and Child(ren) Support Groups For: Adopted/Foster-Adopt Children and Parents Specializing in: Psycho-Education, Intervention Strategies, Social Skills, Anger Management & more… CURRENT LOCATIONS

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Christ Cumberland Presbyterian Church

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19501 Holly Ln. Lutz, FL 33548 1st and 3rd Monday of the month From 6:00pm – 7:30p.m.

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* Refreshments are provided at each group

For more information contact our team at: Camelot Community Care Adoption Support Director: Krista Eckhoff Adoption Support Counselor: Kim Jackson-McCalla Adoption Support Specialist: Carey Greene

Office: 813-635-9765 Email: keckhoff@camelotcommunitycare.org www.gulfcoastfamily.org

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How Well Do You Know Your Tampa Bay Rays? Think you know Rays baseball? There is one way to find out. Go to bat and see if you can hit a home run with our Rays Home Team quiz. You can find the answers on page 23. Good luck, have fun and remember – no peeking at the answers. 1. In what year did the Tampa Bay 3. What is located at the back of the Rays ballpark? Rays first join Major League Baseball? a. The dugout a. 1988 b. 1992 c. 1996 d. 1998 b. The Bullpens c. A batting cage for the fans 2. How many times have the Tampa d. A tank full of manta rays Bay reached the postseason as a major league team? a. 1 b. 2 c. 3

d. 4

4. Who pitched for the Rays on opening day in 2016? a. Drew Smyly b. Erasmo Ramirez c. Chris Archer d. Alex Cobb

5. What is the name of the Rays mascot? a. Ace b. Raymond c. Bernie d. Rally

6. What is the name of the Rays AAA 9. What team did Tampa Bay beat minor league team? for the first ever win? a. Orlando Rays a. Toronto b. Charleston Riverdogs b. Boston c. Bakersfield Blaze c. Kansas City d. Durham Bulls d. Detroit 7. Which person made his Major League managerial debut for the Tampa Bay Rays at age 37? a. Kevin Cash b. Hal McRae c. Joe Maddon d. Lou Piniella 8. Who was the first manager in the Ray’s history? a. Hal McCrae b. Larry Rothschild c. Bobby Cox d. Billy Hatcher

10. What team did Tampa Bay beat to clinch the 2008 ALCS? a. New York b. Philadelphia c. Boston d. Minnesota 11. When the Rays entered the Major Leagues, what division were they placed in? a. AL West b. NL West c. AL East d. AL Central

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Tampa Bay Rays Quiz Answers. 1. D - The Rays were created in 1998, along with fellow expansion team, Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rays went 63-99 that year, 51 games back of the division winner. 2. A – The Rays never made it to the playoffs during their first 10 years of play. Since then, the Rays have made the playoffs four times – 2008 – World Series, 2010, 2011, and 2013. 3. D – There is a large tank filled with manta rays at the back of the stadium. It is a great place to take the kids and make some memories. 4. C – Chris Archer was the starting pitcher on Opening Day last year and scheduled to be the pitcher on Opening Day 2017.

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6. D – Durham Bulls are the Rays AAA team. The Orlando Rays are AA and both Bakersfield Blaze and Charleston Riverdogs are A. 7. A – Kevin Cash took over the reins for the iconic Joe Maddon in 2015 and became the youngest skipper at 37 in the Major Leagues. 8. B - Larry Rothschild managed the team their first three years with win totals of 63, 69 and 69 before being fired. 9. D – Tampa Bay beat Detroit 11-8 on April 1, 1998. 10. C – Tampa Bay defeated the Boston Red Sox’s 3-1 on October 20, 2008 to clinch the 2008 ALCS. 11. C – The Rays were placed in the American League East with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and Baltimore Orioles.

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Destination: Dinner with the

Hungry Family

Tom+Chee

Best. Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Ever. The Hungry Family voted, and Tom+Chee wins, hands down. When you’re a big family who loves good food, it’s often difficult to find a great restaurant with a setting that’s still family-friendly. Tom+Chee is a venue that makes it easy to enjoy a night out, even with the whole crew in tow. The restaurant was originally created in Cincinnati as a food truck, however the restaurant chain has grown exponen-

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tially after exposure on the show “Shark Tank” and many other food shows since. Walking into the restaurant, we were greeted by large, brightly-colored menus printed on the walls and a bright yellow and red color scheme. There were infographics printed on many of the walls, describing the story of Tom+Chee and welcoming us into the restaurant. Deciding what to order was a challenge at first, as Tom+Chee has a menu of almost two dozen gourmet grilled-cheese

sandwiches to choose from, including a BLT with cheddar; one with bacon, blue cheese and mozzarella; Italian and Hot and Spicy varieties; and four meatless sandwiches, plus an entire build-yourown section. Gluten-free bread and vegan cheeses are also available, along with several amazing fresh salads. A Lil’ Grillas Meal is available for kids, with a small grilled cheese, small soup and small drink. Ordering was done at the counter, with food delivered to tables. The food was

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quick to arrive and looked absolutely fantastic. The food was enticing and well above what we expected. However, appearances only matter so much, and the only real way to judge the food was to dig in. Dig in we did and boy was the food wonderful. Grilled to perfection and filled with flavor.

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The first sandwich we tried was the Crunchy Garlic Chicken, which is a whopping creation, whose contents were spilling out. Piled between perfectly grilled and buttered wheat bread were tender roasted chicken, pepper jack cheese, grilled onion, diced tomato, parmesan-garlic potato chips, garlic seasoning and a sweet-hot mustard that gave the sandwich its winning taste.

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The second grilled-cheese sandwich we tried was called the Flying Pig, whose abundant fillings were roast turkey, smoked gouda, bacon and zesty dill pickle slices on crisp white bread. It was the favorite of all the boys. We also tried the Grilled Mac+Chee, the Swiss+Shroom, and the Bacon+Blue— all which were plenty good as well.

After tasting their famous Grilled Donuts, we all had to agree with the sign on the menu that says, “This will change your life.”

As for the side, we opted to buck tradition and try the non-tomato soup of the day, Cream of Mushroom which was recommended enthusiastically by the friendly girl at the counter. We also tried the Mac & Chee. Both were amazing, however the Mac & Chee was a tremendous hit with everyone. We enjoyed it so much, we had to order second-helpings.

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Reading is an adventure that begins early inbya child’s life. Judy Adorno, Director, Sylvan St. Petersburg Parents play a key role in helping their child become a life-long reader by instilling the joy of reading at an early age. Educational experts recommend that parents spend at least one hour per week — or 10 to 15 minutes a day — reading with children long before school starts. Reading skills and habits develop young, so it’s important for parents to encourage their children’s love of reading. PRE-K READING: INTRODUCING THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF READING Pre-K children eagerly soak up information about the world around them. (Don’t you just love watching your child’s eyes light up when his or her curiosity is sparked?) Have you noticed that books, new words and “once upon-a-times” are capturing your child’s imagination?

This is the perfect time to bring words to life with pre-K reading activities. Use a multi-sensory approach to introduce your child to the wonderful world of stories, sounds and letters. Try a variety of reading activities so your child gets to see, hear, touch and move around — a truly engaging approach to learning to read. Read stories aloud and act them out. Or, pick a storybook character and pretend that character is coming to dinner. As you read a favorite book to your child point to the words as you say them — encouraging her to recognize that words have meaning. To motivate and inspire your soon-tobe-reader, give supportive feedback and lots of fun books to choose from.

KINDERGARTEN: CREATING A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR READING Reading aloud continues to be important with Kindergarten children, as it helps them to develop language skills. Encouraging discussion with a child also contributes to language development and can help with reading too. Nurture your kindergarteners reading behaviors by helping your child relate read-aloud stories to events in her life. Subscribe to a magazine for your child to learn about topics that interest him and have fun making cookies together — using the recipe to demonstrate the need for reading and math.

Don’t forget to read outside the home as well there are many opportunities to read to your child — and have him read back to you — as you’re running errands, attending events, or dining out. Parents can also take advantage of reading opportunities on the Internet. For example, Book Adventure is a free, interactive, reading motivation program created by Sylvan Learning and found online at www.BookAdventure.com. For additional tips on instilling the joy of reading and making learning a fun family endeavor, visit the “Parent Resources” area of www.SylvanLearning.com. For more info­rmation about your local Sylvan, call 727-347-6284 or visit www.SylvanLearning.com/SaintPetersburgFl.

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Manage Your Stress to Thrive! by Dr. Kelley Mulhern, Thrive! Chiroptactic & Wellness, LLC

Have you lost your job recently? Relocated? Argued with a loved one? Gotten married or divorced? Let’s face it… life is stressful. Even if you’ve been fortunate and haven’t had any of those issues, we’re headed into the Holiday Season, which is fraught with demands, expectations, and stress.

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YEARS LATER, ADOPTION HAS ADULT WONDERING ABOUT BIRTH MOTHER

Q: I was adopted as I child. I can’t help wondering—why did my mom give me up? Why would any mom put her child up for adoption? I’ve been aware of the situation since I was small, and on the whole I’m very happy with my life, but I can’t get away from nagging thoughts and doubts about my birth mother; like, didn’t she care enough about me to raise me herself? How can I process these feelings? Jim: It’s easy to understand why you’re continuing to struggle with these kinds of questions. Almost every adopted child goes through the same experience. You need to understand that under certain circumstances it can be very difficult—even impossible—for a woman to bring up a child. Perhaps your birth father was not living at the time. Maybe he had gone away and left your mother alone. In either case, she may not have had enough money to provide for you, or she might have been in ill health. There might have been any number of reasons why your birth mother chose adoption, and felt it best to be out of the picture. It’s especially difficult if there’s little or no way to find out anything about her background, heritage or circumstances. Obviously, we aren’t in a position to know the facts. But there is one thing I do know: Your birth mother must have loved you very much—enough to give you life and make sure you were raised in a loving home where you would be well cared for. She made

Jim: One writer called grandparenting the greatest job on earth, handed to you wrapped in a blanket. But staying in touch can take a lot more work these days. Families used to reside in the same community for generations, but not anymore—and of course, situations like the one you described have always been tough. Here are a few ideas:

a courageous choice. Maybe someday you’ll find the answers to your questions. But for now, hang on to that. If you’d like to discuss your feelings at greater length, our counselors would be happy to help. Call 1-800-232-6459 or visit FocusOnTheFamily.com.

First, if your grandkids are old enough to be involved in social media, join them. Send emails, exchange text messages and friend them on Facebook. These can be some of the best connection tools available. Second, embrace technology. It’s easy to video-call over the internet. This gives you and your grandkids a good way to bridge the miles and “see” each other. Ask questions about their friends, school and sports activities. You might even want to take notes, so you’ll know what to talk about the next time you call.

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Third, send the occasional surprise “love package.” It doesn’t have to be expensive. Try coloring books, or chewing gum, flower seeds, Easter candy, puzzles and so on. It’s a terrific way to say, “I miss you and love you.”

video or phone call, read articles together, etc. Younger kids may enjoy doing hands-on puzzles and activities “with” you as you chat. (See FocusOnTheFamily.com for various publications.)

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OUR INSECURITIES CAN HAVE GREAT POWER OVER US Q: I really struggle with insecurity. I feel stuck in destructive patterns and unhealthy relationships. I want to change, but can’t ever seem to gather the courage to break free. What can I do? Jim: Our insecurities are a weakness, but make no mistake: They have great power. In fact, they’re a key reason many people stay trapped in a cycle of dysfunction and misery. Most of our insecurities are simply a nuisance. We may question our attractiveness, drive a car we’re self-conscious about or struggle with public speaking. It’s the kind of stuff that makes us feel awkward at social gatherings, but otherwise, it doesn’t hold much influence over our life. But some people struggle with insecurities that tap into a deep well of fear. It drives their thinking and keeps them stuck in painful situations. It can feel especially overwhelming when the only solution a person knows is willpower. But “white-knuckling” it and simply trying harder is rarely effective. You need outside help.

Some anxieties can be eased with the support and encouragement of friends, who reassure you in times of weakness. But other fears are too deeply entrenched and can only be overcome with professional help. And let’s not ignore the spiritual component. I personally believe that we can never be fully secure until we have a relationship with the Creator who uniquely designed each of us as individuals. With the guiding hand of a qualified counselor, you can not only rebuild your self-image but learn how to replace fear with confidence. Take heart—there is hope for healing. To speak with one of our staff counselors, or to find a therapist in your area, call us at 1-800-232-6459, or visit FocusOnTheFamily.com for more information.

HOW TO GET YOUR TEENS TO OPEN UP Q: I know our two teenagers can be fairly vocal, but I have a hard time getting them to say anything when they get home each day. I’ll ask, “How was school today?” and the best I get is usually an anemic “Fine.” How can I get them to open up? Danny Huerta, Vice President, Parenting and Youth: If you’d like to open the door of conversation a little wider for your teen—or really, anyone—to walk through, remember these two simple ideas: Ask about something specific, and don’t ask “yes” or “no” questions.

Also, be prepared to engage them, no matter how they respond. If they say, “I hate math,” or, “School is stupid,” don’t dismiss that. Lean in and pursue the topic. Ask them to share what’s on their mind—then listen carefully and patiently. The best way to get others to open up is to connect at the point where life is most real for them. It’s worth noting that we adults often forget (sometimes deliberately) how stressful middle and high school can be. Teens are overloaded with changes happening inside as well as all around them. The school setting can be socially exhausting for some students. They want grace, understanding, a sense of worth and belonging—and unconditional love. Occasionally, your kids may feel like leaving their day in the rearview mirror as much as you might. So be sensitive and allow them space when they need it. The rest of the time, find out what’s important that day and connect with them over it. As you establish a climate of caring concern, you’ll find that they’re more apt to initiate meaningful conversation.

Say something like, “Tell me about that group project you’re doing,” or, “What drills did your coach make you run at practice today?” Questions like these narrow your child’s focus and present the opportunity to offer you actual information.

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Easter, the Great Love Story by Kenny McNatt I will be the first to admit that given the choice between curling up to watch a Hallmark movie, or watching ESPN, I will choose the latter 99% of the time. But there are those rare moments that I give in to the pressure and watch a romantic comedy with my lovely wife.

Kenny is a husband, a father, and a follower of Christ. He is a graduate of Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florid. He curently serves as the Lead Pastor at Seminole Assembly of God.

Jesus himself expressed it this way, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”. I am grateful for those who stand in harms way in order to preserve the rights, the benefits and the safety of others. The love of country and the commitment to fulfill their duty is the As we approach the Easter season, I am motivation that moves an individual to reminded of a love story that would rival show the ultimate expression of selflessany other in terms of the price paid. It ness. is a story that definitely transcends the short lived romantic interlude between a In the same way, It was God’s love for chocolate bunny and a jar of peanut but- us that motivated Jesus to take the risk ter. While it is not a romantic portrayal of placing his life in the hands of corof love, it is the ultimate portrayal of tak- rupt individuals filled with hate and the ing a risk, paying the ultimate price and desire to harm him. It is this love that pursuing a relationship. It is the story of would end in Jesus paying the ultimate a man who gave his life so others might price, his life. live. A man who was brutally beaten in order to bring peace for others.

Over time, I have come to realize that no matter how different the storylines might be, all great love stories have the same element, a love that is finally found because someone was willing to take the risk, to pay the price and pursue the person with whom they were destined to live life.

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There is always a price to pay in order to have something of great value. With that in mind, I think It is safe to say that you have great value to God. He paid the ultimate price for us to have the wonderful opportunity of experiencing something that is often so allusive…peace. This Easter, as you enjoy time with your family, an over abundance of candy and frolicking through the fields in search of eggs, I hope you remember that the greatest love story ever told is the story of God’s love for you.

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Angel of Hope

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After my husband and I lost our son, Michael Ryan Schaffer, we realized that for us, this moment changed our lives forever. As parents, we understand that the loss of a child whether before or after birth affects the entire family, and often a community. When our friend Melanie Kuklis approached me about bringing an Angel of Hope to Pinellas County I knew I wanted to be a part of this journey with her. This memorial is very near and dear to our hearts as it is dedicated to the memory of children who have passed away preceding their parents. The “Angel of Hope” (from the book The Christmas Box, by Richard Paul Evans) serves as a memorial for those healing from the

emotional and physical absence of a child. The original angel statue was commissioned by Evans, in response to reports that parents were seeking out the angel as a place to grieve and heal. This monument was dedicated on December 6, 1994. The Angel of Hope statue provides a peaceful place for grieving parents and relatives to mourn, heal, and remember their beloved child/children who have passed. It also gives parents, family, and friends an opportunity to connect with one another as they visit the memorial. “Angel of Hope” statues have been placed around the world where a vigil is held once a year on December 6th, the day the first monument was dedicated.

If you would like to donate to this campaign visit www.gofundme.com/angelofpinellas-yahoo-com or email angelofpinellas@yahoo.com. To see a video of 100 angel statues: www.vimeo.com/8059288

In order to bring this beautiful memorial to Pinellas County, we created a campaign to raise $14,500, the cost of the statue. Serenity Gardens Memorial Park located at 13401 Indian Rocks Rd, Largo, FL has graciously donated land to display the angel. The goal is to raise money for the angel by June 1, 2017. This would allow the three months it takes to get the angel cast, delivered from Christmas Box International and set up for display. We could

then participate on December 6, 2017 when vigils are held at all 150 angels. Preceding the first vigil, Serenity Gardens Memorial Park will be holding a dedication ceremony. Once the Angel is dedicated, we will send photographs of the finished monument and a detailed map to be included on the Richard Paul Evans website. This lets people from around the world to visit the Angel of Hope Pinellas or join the vigil. Vonnie Schaffer and Melanie Kuklis

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Q: Much of today’s entertainment is created by performers who embrace values and lifestyles with which I strongly disagree. I want to avoid supporting them with my money or exposing my children to their influence. What’s the right thing to do?

A: I think that every entertainment product should be evaluated for its message and not for the personal behavior of the performers and creators. If one eliminates all entertainment based upon the actions of those involved, how far down the list do you go? You might skip a movie over its starring actor, but do you refuse to watch if someone in a scene’s background has made

poor moral choices? What about the men and women behind the cameras? Or those in charge of lighting? The point is, it’s nearly impossible to avoid all entertainment created by anyone with questionable values. A better standard is to let every album, TV series, movie and video game stand or fall on its own moral merits (or lack thereof). Every form of entertainment has a message, intentional or unintentional. When the message is uplifting and inspiring, celebrate it—even if the messenger is flawed (as all of us are). – Bob Waliszewski, Author of Plugged-In Parenting

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2095 Belleair Rd, Clearwater

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129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater

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April 2017 Events April 1 - 30 DINOS ALIVE—TAMPA’S LOWRY PARK ZOO They’re baaack! Dinosaurs have taken over Tampa Bay and roam the Zoo during the daylight, every day! Grab the whole family and get ready to be surrounded by life size dinosaurs as you experience Dinos Alive! www.lowryparkzoo.org April 1 - 30 BUSCH GARDENS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL From family-friendly animal encounters and crafts to festival games and live entertainment, the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival is filled with exciting experiences around the park that pair perfectly with your culinary adventures. www.seaworldparks.com April 1 - 30 WILD AFRICA AT THE MOSI IMAX Go on a spectacular IMAX® ride across, over, and through the most dramatic continent on Earth: Africa. Discover the fascinating secrets of this enchanted continent. It’s a journey where you’ll truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction! www.mosi.org April 1 - 30 2017 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL Discover a springtime event that’s bursting with farm-to-table flavors, brilliant blooms,

The Big Wheel™, and even the fabulous Showcase. www.themahaffey.com

interactive playgrounds and rocking entertainment! www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

April 1 - 16 SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL AT SEAWORLD Set sail on a taste adventure this April at Sea World Orlando. Discover exciting new Asian, European, Polynesian and Middle Eastern Flavors. And the fun goes beyond the food with live performances from top country, rock and Latin music artist. www.seaworldparks.com April 3 - 4 THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE AT THE MAHAFFEY The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come On Down” to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show from Plinko™, to Cliffhangers™, to

April 4 CHILDREN’S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FREE TUESDAY The Glazer Children’s Museum proudly presents a Free Admission Tuesday program held on the first Tuesday of every month, between 12-7pm. Join us and great partners like WEDU PBS for free, family fun. www.glazermuseum.org April 5 THE DALI MUSEUM PRESENTS COFFEE WITH A CURATOR: FRIDA & MEXICO Coffee with a Curator is a focused, themeoriented presentation on a variety of Dalirelated topics. We invite you to join us for a talk by Annette Norwood, Dali Museum Project Researcher, who will present information on Frida Kahlo’s family background, the area of Mexico where she lived, Mexico itself and some of its history. www.thedali.org April 6 - 9, 20TH ANNUAL FESTA ITALIANA Festa Italiana Weekend started in the spring of 1997 and is an annual multi-day event that honors Italian culture and heritage by showcasing the finest cuisine from the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants and catering companies, exciting entertainment from world renowned performers, a variety of premier wines and spirits, and a diverse assortment of activities for guests of all ages. www.festaitalianatampa.com

April 8 SKYWATCH AT MOSI - FREE EVENT Join the MOSI space experts in the parking lot to enjoy an evening of space exploration. www.mosi.org April 8 SIDE BY SIDE CONCERT AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Enjoy a performance by the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra along side members of the Florida Orchestra! The concert is free with Museum admission and no registration is needed. www.glazermuseum.org April 8 TAMPA BAY ROWDIES VS. OTTAWA FURY FC Enjoy 90 minutes of non-stop action, family fun, including face painting, Rowdies autographs and more. Kids’ tickets are always $10! www.rowdiessoccer.com April 8 WALK FOR LIFE 2017 - ON THE BAY The Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center, a ministry of Catholic Charities, is hosting our 2nd Annual “Your Choice” Walk / Run

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of 1 mile, 2 miles, and 5K on the Courtney Campbell Trail at the Ben T. Davis Beach between Tampa and Clearwater on Saturday, April 8th. The walk is to raise awareness and support to help women and families experiencing the difficulties of pregnancy. www.ccdosp.org April 8 - 16 NATIONAL ROBOTICS WEEK AT MOSI Experience a fun-filled future through the technology of robots. Build, program, and experiment with a wide variety of robots in exciting missions and games. www.mosi.org

in at your local Pinellas or Hillsborough libraries and enjoy a good book! www.pplc.us April 14 - 23 PIER 60 SUGAR AND SAND FESTIVAL Eleven world-class sculptors will sculpt elaborate sand sculptures from Clearwater’s famous sugar sand. This year’s theme, Sugar Sand FantaSea, a Magical Adventure Above and Below the Sea, takes visitors on a magical journey through the sea. www.sugarsandfestival.com April 15 MFA MAKE & TAKE SATURDAYS

April 9 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. TORONTO BLUE JAYS Kids 14 will receive a Rays Baseball backpack - while supplies last. www.tampabay.rays.mlb.com April 9 - 15 NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. This April take some time out and stop

Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the collection and special exhibitions. Supplies are included. FREE with Museum admission. No registration necessary Recommended for ages five and older, but entire families are encouraged to participate www.mfastpete.org

April 15 CW 44’S KID ROK SCIENCE AT MOSI Explore MOSI and discover the careers in STEM at this event with leading STEM companies and groups from across the Tampa Bay area. Come be inspired by a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math exhibits inspired by local companies. Students will meet professionals, engage in hands-on activities and prepare for an exciting future in STEM. www.mosi.org April 15 GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM EGG HUNT Calling all little bunnies! Hunt for thousands of eggs in the exhibits, meet the Easter Bunny, and cuddle adorable animals at GCM’s Annual Egg Hunt! Don’t forget to bring your own basket, then turn in your eggs for prizes. www.glazermuseum.org April 15 SPRING BUNNY HOP AT THE HIGHLAND RECREATION COMPLEX Come meet the Easter Bunny at Highland’s Spring Event on Saturday, April 15 from 10am-1pm. Children under 12 years old will enjoy this twist on the traditional egg hunt and hop along the bunny trail to search for eggs. Kids will also enjoy

inflatables, music, food vendors, DJ, games and a picture with the Easter Bunny. Don’t forget your basket! www.largo.com April 16 CLEARWATER COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT Thousands of eggs will be strewn on the grounds for children to grab starting at 12:30 p.m. There will also be pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, bounce houses, a slide and live entertainment. Hosted by the Clearwater Community Volunteers, a Scientology volunteer group in the city of Clearwater. www.visitstpeteclearwater.com

April 16 EASTER BRUNCH AT MAESTRO’S AT THE STRAZ CENTER An Easter extravaganza beyond compare! Enjoy an assortment of delectable breakfast

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offerings including chef-attended omelette and carving stations, a bountiful salad bar, hot buffet and beautiful dessert display. Mimosas and champagne are included in the price. www.strazcenter.org April 16 HELICOPTER EASTER EGG DROP Everyone is invited to the Easter Helicopter Egg Drop at Brave Church in Trinity. It’s the most exciting version of the traditional Easter egg hunt that you’re going to find. It’s a sight to see- 10,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and toys falling from the sky onto a grass field. www.wearebrave.church April 21 KENNY G LIVE AT RUTH ECKERD HALL Ruth Eckerd Hall presents, GRAMMY Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G and his very special guest ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro at Coachman Park in Clearwater on Friday, April 21 at 8 pm. In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, GRAMMY Awardwinning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. www.rutheckerdhall.com

April 22 THE SANDI SYLVER PUPPET SHOW AT THE STRAZ Sandi Sylver’s delightful cadre of soft, fabric puppets entertain wee audiences and their adult companions with masterful storytelling and singing that enchants audiences of all ages. Sandi brings her puppet community to life with her unique ventriloquism that is so convincing some people forget they are watching puppets. This funny, fun show keeps children giggling while they learn through storytelling. www.strazcenter.org

April 22 EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS Great Explorations will have crafts and science activities which will celebrate our amazing Planet Earth! Children will make

their very own recycled puzzles out of cardboard boxes, learn about the science behind cleaning oil spills and make and take their own Earth Art! www.greatex.org April 22 TAMPA BAY ROWDIES VS. CHARLESTON BATTERY www.rowdiessoccer.com April 22 FLORIDA ORCHESTRA SPRING PROGRAM AT THE DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER Do you know how many strings are on a harp or how many different percussion instruments are used in the orchestra? Come explore the sounds and possibilities of the percussion and harp sections! Come early for art activities and the Instrument Petting Zoo, where kids can try out a variety of musical instruments. www.floridaorchestra.org April 23 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. HOUSTON ASTROS Kids 14 will receive a Rays Blade Sunglasses - while supplies last. www.tampabay.rays.mlb.com

April 23 PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN Performed by Patel Conservatory students in grades 5-12, Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip comes to life onstage in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. www.strazcenter.org April 29 BEST OF TAMPA BAY AT THE STRAZ

Join us at “Tampa’s Best Party!” This allyou-can-eat food and drink extravaganza boasts more than 50 participants including Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants and caterers. www.strazcenter.org April 29 TAMPA BAY ROWDIES VS. RICHMOND KICKERS www.rowdiessoccer.com

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April 29 TAMPA BAY INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACES Held each April, the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races feature various activities surrounding the titular races, which feature teams from around the world. The event is hosted by Pan Am, which is an organization that travels around the United States providing workshops and equipment for various dragon boat events. The celebration also welcomes guests and families who simply want to watch. www.panamdragonboat.com April 29 4TH ANNUAL TAMPA BAY WALK FOR WISHES The 4th Annual Tampa Bay Walk for Wishes is hosted in Downtown Tampa along the beautiful Riverwalk. This year, the Walk for Wishes takes place on World Wish Day, the day commemorating the first wish was granted in 1980. Powered by wish families, volunteers, donors and friends, Walk for Wishes is a nationwide Make-A-Wish® fundraiser that celebrates the thousands of wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. www.wish.org April 29 THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM HOSTS THE 5TH ANNUAL DAY OF DISCOVERY Join the Florida Aquarium for their 5th Annual Day of Discovery in partnership with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida and Autism Speaks Tampa Bay! This event is an opportunity for families with sensory disabilities, like Autism, to experience The Florida Aquarium in a way that is just for them. www.flaquarium.org April 29 - 30 ST. ANHONY’S TRIATHLON The 34th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon will take place the last weekend in April with approximately 3,000 athlete participants competing over the course. The St. Anthony’s Triathlon attracts professional and amateur competitors from around the world. Professionals will compete for a $56,000 prize purse. The event was recently named one of the top 10 Great Destination Triathlons in the United States. www.satriathlon.com

April 30 FAMILY FAVORITES FILM SERIES: THE PRINCESS BRIDE The next generation of young fans will get the chance to see some of their parents’ most beloved childhood films on the big screen at the Tampa Theatre. www.tampatheatre.org

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The Gulf Coast Family Weekender

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Watch the Tampa Bay Lightning as they chase their Second Stanley Cup.

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Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival www.buschgardens.com

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadians Amalie Arena lightning.nhl.com The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Montreal Canadians at Amalie Arena.

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Big Shot Volleyball Tournament SunWest Beach, Hudson www.eevb.net

Feed your appetite for adventure with wild flavors and concerts for every taste!

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Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival www.sugarsandfestival.com The front-end loaders are moving more than 1,000 tons of our world famous sugar sand as the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival returns to beautiful Clearwater Beach.

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EEVB has grown into the largest beach volleyball series in the country. The highest level in the tournaments, the Open Division, funnels players into the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.

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Fans can expect songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations.

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The Tampa Bay Rays host the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

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Tampa Home Show Tampa Convention Center www.tampahomeshow.com Tampa’s largest home show has everything for your home improvement, home repair and design. Contractors, Landscapers, Home Decor, Security, Solar Energy and More.

Christians celebrate the Easter holiday in many different ways. But without doubt, Easter is the single most important holy day of the Christian Church, for it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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GO RAYS!

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Charleston Battery Al Lang Stadium rowdiessoccer.com

Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races www.tampabaydragonboats.com

The Straz Center  www.strazcenter.org

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Opening Day – Rays vs. Yankees

16 Easter 2017

Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour The Straz Center www.strazcenter.org

SUNDAY

Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

Dinos Alive Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo www.lowryparkzoo.com

They’re baaack! Get up-close and personal with varying species of dinosaurs that move, roar and interact with you

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St. Anthony’s Triathlon St. Petersburg www.satriathlon.com

The St. Anthony’s Triathlon attracts a wide range of professional and amateur competitors including Olympic gold medalists, Ironman world champions and celebrity athletes. www.gulfcoastfamily.org


This summer it’s Robotics, Coding & Science! Let our STEM Camps keep your child’s mind growing over the summer. 

Robotics Camps. Working with a buddy, your child will enjoy fun, hands-on projects building and animating LEGO® robots. Each session encourages creativity and imagination. It’s a wonderful way to develop critical STEM and problem solving skills. Coding Camps. Your child will learn computer programming through engaging, hands-on projects like animating stories and creating video games. Science Camps. Kids use the latest LEGO® WeDo2.0 robotic technology to dive into the world of science with hands-on exploration of real-world environmental concepts.

Robotics – Coding - Science

Sylvan is your Best Educational Partner. Sylvan is different, and better, than other summer tutoring choices because: 

We make learning personal. Your child isn’t one dimensional and the way he or she learns shouldn’t be either! We make sure your child is learning in the way that works best for him or her. We deliver big-time results. Sylvan is the only tutoring company that measures academic achievement in a systematic manner. Sylvan students achieve up to two times more growth in their math and reading scores than their peers. Up to two times! We engage kids at a deeper level. First, we Assess, then we create a Unique Learning Plan for your child. We continuously Measure Learning and Reward Progress – keeping your child engaged every step of the way.

Math – Reading – Writing – Study Skills

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347-6264

director@sylvanstpete.com www.gulfcoastfamily.org

To advertise, call 727-612-0783

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