Jax4Kids April 2024

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Dear Readers,

This is a great time of year for getting out and enjoying springtime events!

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp season opens this month. Every Sunday during the season, kids can play catch on the field for 20 minutes before the game and run the bases after the game. There will also be free face painting and balloon animals. Fans who wear red on Friday save $1 on a ticket at the box office. You can enjoy fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed. Single-game tickets start at $7. For a list of home games this month, turn to page 22 or visit our online events calendar at Jax4Kids.com.

The Clay County Agricultural Fair is open April 4-14. Fair entertainment for families includes Rosaire's Royal Racers Pig Racing, Disc-Connected K9's World Famous Frisbee Dogs, a Mobile Glass Studio, Tim's Trains, Stilt Fun, Agracadabra, Robocars, Florida AG Experience, and more. Visit www.claycountyfair. org for the complete fair schedule, concert schedule, and to buy tickets.

MOSH is hosting the world premiere of the Ice Dinosaurs exhibit. Kids will learn about the unique adaptations of polar dinosaurs while interacting with actual fossils and museum-grade casts. The exhibit is included with regular museum admission now through September 6th. See page 23 to learn more about the Ice Dinosaurs exhibit.

Orange Park Kids Fest 2024 will be held April 20-21 from 10am to 4pm at Town Hall Park in Orange Park. Admission and parking are free! There will be games and activities like train rides, a playground, mini golf, touch-a-truck, Junior Firefighter Academy, sensory play, food, live music, and more. Visit opkidsfest. com for complete event details. Follow us...

A few other events you may want to put on your calendar are Dinosaur World Live, April 4 at 7pm at the Thrasher-Horne Center, the All Pro Dad Experience on April 13 from 9am to 12noon with Jacksonville Jaguars Head Football Coach Doug Pederson at Flex Field, MOCA Spring Family Day on April 20 from 11am to 5pm, and the Harlem Globetrotters on April 26 at 7pm at UNF.

Clip the Adventure Landing coupons on page 22 to save money on waterpark admission, Go-Kart rides and mini-golf games now through May 31st.

With summer just around the corner, we have assembled a wide variety of summer camp options for your children, including animal encounter summer camps on page 21 and special needs summer camps on page 11. For more summer camp options, you can find the summer camps section on pages 12 through 15, and you’ll find an up-to-date list of summer camps online at Jax4Kids.com.

Turn to pages 22 and 23 for more events, and visit us online at Jax4Kids.com for an always-updated list of events!

Until next month,

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APRIL 2024 • Jax4Kids.com • Page 3 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Contents • April 2024 Community Profile: Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida ...................................... 4 Mom’s Night Out Events 5 LIVING WELL Earth Day 2024: Planet vs. Plastics 6 Things to Do: Nature Events 6 NATURE Summer Camps 12-15 SUMMER CAMPS New Book Releases for Teens ............................................................................. 20 Things to Do: Teen Events 20 TEENS Animal Encounter Summer Camps 21 Things to Do: Pet Events ..................................................................................... 21 PETS April Events ..................................................................................................22-23 ICE DINOSAURS: The Last World of the Alaskan Artic Makes Its World Premiere at MOSH 23 THINGS TO DO Allergy Relief for Your Child 7 CDC Officially Shortens Recommended COVID Isolation Period 7 Hearing Tests Prevent Problems with Speech, Language, Learning and Social Skills 8 Things to Do: Health & Safety Events ..................................................................... 8 HEALTH & SAFETY
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Community Profile: Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida

For over 60 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida have equipped Northeast Florida youth with the skills and tools they need to reach their full potential.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is to enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

Whether kids dream of becoming a ballerina, an astronaut, or an all-star athlete, your local Boys & Girls Club can help them become their dream by providing a safe, fun experience through which young people can reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is a proud affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nation’s most effective youth development organization in the United States. Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida has been building pillars in the Jacksonville community and across Northeast Florida for over 50 years. The organization was chartered on July 23, 1962, as the Boys’ Club of Jacksonville, and in April 1966, they opened

the doors to their first Club, the Laurence F. Lee Club in Springfield.

On March 21, 1988, as more girls began to join the Clubs, the Boys’ Club of Greater Jacksonville changed its legal name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida. Today, they provide daily youth development and educational programming to more than 5,200 young people through 56 Clubs in Alachua, Clay, Duval, and St. Johns counties after school and during the summer.

The Club provides national, evidence-based, diversified activities that meet the interests of all young people. Core programs encourage activities with adults, peers, and family members that enable kids to enhance self-esteem and fulfill their potential. Based on the physical, emotional, cultural, and social needs and interests of boys and girls and recognizing developmental principles, the Club offers diversified program activities in five areas: Character & Leadership, Education & Workforce Readiness, The Arts, Health & Wellness, and Sports & Recreation.

Additional programs include the Summer

Feeding Program (please see the map and list of sites on bgcnf.org), McKenzie’s Camp Deep Pond, the Citi Teen Center, and the 21st Century Program.

McKenzie’s Camp Deep Pond is Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida’s Summer Camp located in Hilliard, Florida. At McKenzie’s Camp Deep Pond, they provide outdoor adventure and activities that promote confidence, character development, and teamwork in the lives of thousands of young people during Spring Break, Summer, and throughout the school year.

Located in the heart of Springfield, the Citi Teen Center is Boys & Girls Clubs’ first stand-alone teen center specifically designed to serve youth ages 13 to 18. It’s a 20,000-square-foot facility that has been specifically developed as a safe place for local teenagers to hang out with friends after school and during the summer.

The 21st Century Programs provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children after school. All 21st CCLC students receive free academic and personal enrich-

ment learning and free supper and snack.

These programs are provided free to families – there are currently no costs associated with Club memberships or transportation. Club dues are covered by generous donors, community partners, and grants.

In order to be eligible for membership, your child must be in the age bracket of 6 to 18 years of age and enrolled in school. To register your child or teen for an after-school or summer program, you can apply online, or an application can be picked up from your Club location.

Please note that there are certain open registration periods for each session. Find a list and map of Club locations at bgcnf.org to find the Club closest to you.

For questions about Club membership registration, please contact the Unit Director for your Boys & Girls Club location. If you are not able to connect with the Unit Director, you may email members@bgcnf.org. Or, call 904-396-4435 to learn more. j bgcnf.org

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Ladies Night Out at Color Me Mine

Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 , 11am to 7pm

Thursday is Ladies Night Out at Color Me Mine. Ladies will receive $5 studio fees all day. Color Me Mine / 904-338-9333 / 10300 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / jacksonville.colormemine.com


April 5, 6pm to 10pm

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is celebrating 110 years as a beloved community institution, and they are paying homage to the city during ExZOOberation this year. Step into the vibrant spirit of Jacksonville through local cuisine, unique entertainment, exclusive auctions, open bars, and one-of-a-kind animal experiences. This premier fundraiser ensures that they continue to nurture curiosity, conservation and a shared love for nature. Tickets are $165 for members and $185 for non-members. VIP tickets are also available. This event is for ages 21 and up only.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904-757-4463 / 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / www.jacksonvillezoo.org

Writer's Lab: Exploring Culture & Genres

April 6, 10:15am to 11:15am

Get the author's story behind the story. Authors participate in educational forums, workshops, classes, and events. All genres are welcome to share in the uplift and development of personal growth as an author. This session will focus on Exploring Culture & Genres. Through Q and A style lecture attendees will discuss infusing personal culture into your writing, how to invite your reader in, and discover place-based writing as a generative exercise. Registration is required for this event, and must be completed two hours prior to the start time. Free and open to adults. Jacksonville Public Library, Main Branch / 904-255-2665 / 303 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jaxpubliclibrary.org

3rd Annual First Tee Women's Classic

April 8, 9:30am to 3pm

The First Tee of North Florida invites women for a day of golf, games, and prizes, all while supporting a cause that directly provides pathways to positive character building and educational opportunities for our youth. The First Tee Women's Classic is more than just a golf tournament; it's a celebration of impact and transformation. It is an opportunity to enrich lives and open doors for girls who want to play for fun, compete at the highest level, or advance their future careers. All proceeds from this event directly support the impactful programs of First Tee - North Florida. Registration starts at 8am with a shotgun start at 9:30am. The tournament format will be a women's 18 hole scramble; every other hole is a par 3. Each foursome will be playing with a First Tee participant. Tickets start at $150.

Marsh Landing Country Club / 904-810-2231

/ 25655 Marsh Landing Pkwy, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl 32082 / firstteenorthflorida.org

Life Lit: How Money Works

April 9, 6pm to 7pm

Adults are invited for a free financial workshop. This program will teach you and your family to be financially stable. Luke Wittig will be on hand to teach a few simple principles. The mission of the program is to help families improve their financial futures, by providing financial education on how to become properly protected, debt free and financially independent. Register to save your seat. Registration must be completed two hours prior to the start time. Jacksonville Public Library - Argyle Branch / 904-573-3164

/ 7973 Old Middleburg Road S, Jacksonville, FL 32222 / www.jaxpubliclibrary.org

Women's Wellness Fest

April 20, 10am to 4pm

Women of all ages are invited for a special wellness fest, supporting women's physical, mental, & spiritual health through community, connection, education, & various healing modalities. This will be a safe space for women to come together for a full day of wellness activities to nourish and expand their inner power. There will also be a vendor village with over 50 of the top local product and service vendors. Tickets to attend the day-long event are $77.

Seawalk Pavilion / 75 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / www.womenswellnessfest.com

Wood Burning Art • April 23, 6pm to 7pm

Wood burning is the art of decorating wood by burning designs into it with a heated burning tool. Come join library staff in burning unique art designs into wood. All supplies will be provided however, space is limited so please register to reserve your seat. Please be advised that participants of this program will be using a wood burning pen that can reach high heat levels. For this reason, this class is for ages 18 and up. Free.

Clay County Public Library, Orange Park Branch / 904-278-4750 / 2054 Plainfield Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073 / www.claycountygov.com

Mom Comm

April 26, 3:30pm to April 27, 3:30pm

Mom Comm is a two day event for every mom. AMI's Mom Comm and Mom Prom, "Hope Ignited", will feature guest speakers, memorable worship, a mom expo, breakout sessions, merchandise for purchase, and a "prom" party. General admission tickets for the Mom Comm start at $34 and $49 for a combination Mom Comm & Mom Prom ticket. VIP tickets and addons are available as well.

The Springs Church / 900 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073 / www.ablemoms.org

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Earth Day 2024: Planet vs. Plastics

Every April 22nd, individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life unite in a global effort to advance sustainability and climate action, marking the annual observation of Earth Day.

This year, Earth Day’s theme is Planet vs. Plastics. Planet vs. Plastics unites students, parents, businesses, governments, churches, unions, individuals, and NGOs in an unwavering commitment to call for the end of plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of plastics by 2040 and an ultimate goal of building a plastic-free future for generations to come.

To achieve a 60% reduction by 2040, EARTHDAY.ORG’s goals are:

1. Promoting widespread public awareness of the damage done by plastic to human, animal, and all biodiversity’s health and demanding more research be conducted on its health implications.

2. Proposing to rapidly phase out all single-use plastics by 2030 and achieving this phase-out commitment in the United Nations Treaty on Plastic Pollution in 2024.

3. Advocating for policies aimed at combating the environmental impact of fast fashion, which relies on the use of synthetic materials made of plastics such as polyester and nylon.

4. Calling for investment in innovative technologies and materials aimed at finding sustainable alternatives to plastics because plastics are made from oil and toxic chemicals.

Plastics extend beyond an imminent environmental issue; they present a grave threat to human health as alarming as climate change. As plastics break down into microplastics, they release toxic chemicals into our food and water sources and circulate through the air we breathe. Plastic production now has grown to more than 380 million tons per year. More plastic has been produced in the last ten years than in the entire 20th century, and the industry plans to grow explosively for the indefinite future.

More than 500 billion plastic bags – one million bags per minute – were produced worldwide last year. Many plastic bags have a working life of a few minutes, followed by an afterlife of centuries. Even after plastics disintegrate, they remain as microplastics, minute particles permeating every niche of life on the planet.

100 billion plastic beverage containers were sold last year in the United States. That’s more than 300 bottles per inhabitant. A few of them will be converted into park benches; none of them will be made into new plastic bottles, and 95% of all plastics in the U.S. won’t be recycled at all. Even the 5% of plastics being recycled are “downcycling” to inferior products or shipped to poorer countries for “recycling,” leaving the demand for new plastic undiminished.

People seldom think of water when they think of plastics. But making a plastic water bottle requires six times as much water as the bottle itself contains.

The fast fashion industry annually produces over 100 billion garments. Overproduction and overconsumption have transformed the industry, leading to the disposability of fashion. People now buy 60% more clothing than 15 years ago, but each item is kept for only half as long.

Approximately 85% of garments end up in landfills or incinerators, with only 1% being recycled. Nearly 70% of clothing is made from crude oil, resulting in the release of dangerous microfibers when washed and continued contribution to long-term pollution in landfills.

Social injustice and fashion are directly intertwined, with exploitative working conditions, low wages, and widespread child labor. For far too long, the industry has relied on a fractured supply chain and an almost total lack of governmental regulation.

Luckily, there are ways you can help.

• Sign the EDO Global Plastics Treaty petition.

• Reject fast fashion. Build a sustainable, affordable, and fashionable closet.

• Take the #PlasticsDetoxChallenge. Shift your perspective towards plastics, understand the detrimental impacts to human and planetary health, and find sustainable alternatives to foster positive change.

Remember, your influence matters. You, as an individual, have the power to drive change. When your actions sync with millions globally, it creates an inclusive and impactful movement impossible to ignore. j


Things to Do Nature Events

Springing the Blooms

April 6, 9am to 12:30pm

The Beaches Museum hosts the annual Springing the Blooms festival. Taking place throughout the Museum’s Pablo Historical Park, Springing the Blooms will feature horticultural exhibits, family friendly activities, educational lectures and live children’s music on the historic Foreman’s House front porch. The Beaches Train Club will be running the Florida East Coast model train during this event. Springing the Blooms will feature a lecture “On Monarchs” by Terri Delvalle at 10:30am and a lecture on Datil Peppers with Troy and Scott Main at 11:30am. This event is free with a $5 suggested donation to support Beaches Museum. Please pre-register in advance. Beaches Museum / 904241-5657 / 381 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / www.beachesmuseum.org

2024 Blooms Galore & More

April 6, 9am to 3pm

The Garden Club of Jacksonville hosts a day of activities throughout the Garden Club campus. Events include a Sprout Sale: Plants you can’t find anywhere else because the members propagate them in their backyards; Green Market: Dozens of vendors sell plant- and environment-related items; Budding Gardeners: A kids zone includes nature-themed crafts, lawn games, and more; Garden Club Academy: Take a break in the Club Room and enjoy a looping series of Garden Club virtual programs; and Plant Pick-up: Convenient system allows guests to retrieve purchases in their vehicles. and Food Trucks will be on site with food for purchase. Garden Club of Jacksonville / 904-355-4224 / 1005 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / www.gardenclubjax.org

Botanical Bash at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens • April 13-May 12

Celebrate the gardens and watch them transform as the season changes. One of only a few zoos in the country also designated as a botanical garden, see what makes Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens so unique while you learn more about plant conservation, the importance of native plant gardens and more. With something different happening each week, Botanical Bash kicks off with a plant sale held by our Horticulture team and concludes with a signature Art in the Garden Festival, celebrating the delicate balance between nature and creativity all month long. Included with general admission. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904-757-4463 / 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / www.jacksonvillezoo.org

Life Lit: Bats, Bees, Birds, and Butterflies

April 16, 6:30pm to 7:45pm

UF/IFAS Extension hosts a Life Lit class on Bats, Bees, Birds, and Butterflies. These pollinators play an important role in supporting food production. Join staff to learn about different categories of pollinators and how to help them. Life Lit are free workshops offered by trained professionals and volunteers that focus on improving your day to day life.

University Park Branch / 904-255-2665 / 3435

University Boulevard North, Jacksonville, FL 32277 / jaxpubliclibrary.org

Earth Day Artventure: Mural Magic

April 20, 11am to 2pm

Young artists aged 4-12 are invited for a journey of creativity and conservation. Through interactive activities and collaborative mural painting, children will discover the importance of Earth Day and preserving the planet for generations to come. Renowned Florida mural artist, Andrew Moschburg, will lead the creation of the mural and will be present to guide children in adding color to his masterpiece. Witness the mural’s display in the food court until December 2024, showcasing the talent and dedication of the young artists. Orange Park Mall / 904-2692422 / 1910 Wells Rd, Orange Park, FL 32073 / orangeparkmall.com

Wild Wonders at Dutton Island

April 20, 27, 1pm

Wild Wonders presents "The Reptile Show", a 45-minute program about reptiles, both locally and exotic, that includes story, music, and humor. Children (and adults) will be asked to help throughout the show, while learning about these colorful critters of the reptile world. They bring every class of reptile, both small and monstrous. No registration is necessary. Free to attend.

Dutton Island Preserve / 904-247-5828 / 793 Dutton Island Preserve, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 / www.coab.us

Spring Sunflower Festival

April 20-21, 10am to 5pm

The Bryer Patch hosts a Spring Sunflower Festival. Admission is $12 per person. 2 & under are free. Military discount is available. Admission includes access to large sunflower field, access to u-pick flower patches (sunflowers, zinnias and wildflowers), hayride, barrel train ride, farm animal petting and feeding (feed available for purchase),access to play paddock which includes, sand pit, bball hoops, climbing tires, swing sets, corn bin and more, photo ops, corn hole, live music from 1pm to 4pm, and access to food and non-food vendors. Flowers picked (sunflowers, wildflowers and zinnias) must be purchased separately. Friendly reminder that this is a farm so please be prepared for dirt, bugs, sun, uneven terrain, etc. Closed toe shoes are highly recommended.

The Bryer Patch / 352-472-2616 / 5700 SW 250th Street, Newberry, FL 32669 / www. thebryerpatchfarm.com

Butterfly Release with the Garden Club of Fleming Island • April 27, 10am to 12noon Families are invited to the Fleming Island Library to explore the world of butterflies with the Garden Club of Fleming Island. There will be a variety of free activities. While supplies last, you can release a Painted Lady butterfly. Butterfly friendly plants will be available to purchase. Free. Clay County Public Library, Fleming Island Branch / 904-278-3614 / 1895 Town Center Blvd, Fleming Island, FL 32003 / claycountygov.libcal.com

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Allergy Relief for Your Child

When a child’s sniffles and sneezing won’t go away for weeks, the cause might be allergies.

Long-lasting sneezing, with a stuffy or runny nose, could signal the presence of allergic rhinitis — the collection of symptoms that affect the nose when you have an allergic reaction to something you breathe in, and it lands on the lining inside the nose.

Allergies can be seasonal or year-round (perennial). In most parts of the U.S., plant pollens are often the cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly called hay fever. Indoor substances — such as mold, dust mites and pet dander — can cause the perennial kind.

Up to 40% of children suffer from allergic rhinitis. And children are more likely to develop allergies if one or both parents have allergies.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates nonprescription (over-the-counter, or OTC) and prescription medicines that offer allergy relief, as well as allergen extracts used to diagnose and treat allergies. Take care to read and follow the directions provided when giving any medicine to children, including these products.

Allergy: The Body’s Reaction to Allergens

An allergy is the body’s reaction to a usually harmless substance, or allergen. Our immune system responds to the invading allergen by releasing histamine and other chemicals that typically trigger symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, eyes or skin.

In some children, allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma, a disease that causes wheezing or difficulty breathing. If a child has allergies and asthma, not controlling the allergies can make asthma worse.

Avoid Pollen, Mold and Other Allergy Triggers

If your child has seasonal allergies, pay attention to pollen counts and try to keep your child inside when the levels are high.

Keep in mind:

● In late summer and early fall, during ragweed pollen season, pollen levels are highest in the morning.

● In spring and summer, during the grass pollen season, pollen levels are highest in the evening.

● Some molds, another allergy trigger, may also be seasonal. For example, leaf mold is more common in fall.

● Sunny, windy days can be especially

troublesome for pollen allergy sufferers.

It may help to keep windows closed in your house and car and run the air conditioner.

Allergy Medicines for Children

For most children, symptoms may be controlled by avoiding the allergen, if known, and using nonprescription medicines. But if a child’s symptoms are persistent and not relieved by nonprescription medicines, see a health care professional.

Always read the product label to make sure a medication is right for your child’s age. Some OTC allergy medicines are approved for children as young as 6 months — but not all. Just because a product’s box says it’s intended for children, doesn’t mean it is intended for children of all ages.

If your child is taking more than one medication, read the label to be sure that the active ingredients aren’t the same. Different products marketed to treat different symptoms might still have the same active ingredient. The result: Your child might be taking too much of one type of medicine.

Children are more sensitive than adults to many drugs. For example, some antihistamines can have harmful side effects at lower doses in young patients, causing excitability or excessive drowsiness.

If you have questions about any medication,

contact the FDA’s Division of Drug Information at 1-855-543-3784 and 1-301-796-3400, or druginfo@fda.hhs.gov. Their pharmacists are experts at interpreting information for the public.

Allergy Shots and Children

Children who don’t respond to other nonprescription or prescription medications, or who suffer from frequent complications of allergic rhinitis, may be candidates for allergen immunotherapy, commonly known as allergy shots.

After allergy testing, typically by skin testing to detect what allergens your child may react to, a health care professional injects the child with “extracts,” small amounts of the allergens that trigger a reaction. The doses are gradually increased so that the body builds up immunity to these allergens. Allergen extracts are manufactured from natural substances, such as pollens, insect venoms, and animal hair. More than 1,200 extracts are licensed by the FDA.

In the last 20 years, there has been a remarkable transformation in allergy treatments. Children used to be miserable for months out of the year, and drugs made them incredibly sleepy. Today’s products offer proven approaches for relief of seasonal allergy symptoms. j


CDC Officially Shortens Recommended COVID Isolation Period

The CDC has updated its guidance for how long people should isolate when they are sickened by COVID-19. The new stay-at-home instructions now match those for people sickened with other viruses like the flu or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Previously, the CDC had urged people with COVID to stay home for at least five days. But the new instructions suggest staying home until at least 24 hours after a fever and symptoms have subsided.

“Today’s announcement reflects the progress we have made in protecting against severe illness from COVID-19,” CDC Director Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, said in a statement.

“However, we still must use the commonsense solutions we know work to protect ourselves and others from serious illness from respiratory viruses—this includes vaccination, treatment, and staying home when we get sick.”

Leading up to the announcement, which has been rumored for days, experts expressed concern that the shortened isolation would prompt people to take COVID less seriously and put immunocompromised people at greater risk, and that the change isn’t based on any new scientific understanding of virus transmission.

The new guidelines state that people who catch a virus should stay home and away from others until 24 hours after being fever-free and once symptoms are improving. The 24-hour fever-free period counts only once someone stops taking fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol.

“This advice is similar to what has been recommended for flu for decades and will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses during the most contagious period after infection,” the CDC advisory stated. “Not all respiratory virus infections

result in a fever, so paying attention to other symptoms (cough, muscle aches, etc.) is important as you determine when you are well enough to leave home. If your symptoms are getting better, and stay better for 24 hours, you are less likely to pass your infection to others and you can start getting back to your daily routine.”

In its new guidance, the CDC acknowledged that some people may remain contagious after the end of isolation. So for the first five days of resuming normal activities, people should wear a mask, increase hygiene like hand-washing, keep a distance from others, and take “more steps for cleaner air.” Special precautions should be taken to stay away from people with poor immune systems and those age 65 and older, who are at increased risk of severe cases of COVID, the CDC advised.

Most people in the U.S. have some antibodies against COVID, but staying up-to-date on

vaccinations is the agency’s continued No. 1 precaution to take. People who get COVID should also consider antiviral medication options. This past season, 95% of hospitalizations for COVID occurred among people who were not up-to-date on vaccines and did not take antivirals, the CDC’s advisory stated.

“The updated guidance change will not significantly increase COVID-19 community spread and severe disease,” the CDC predicted in its announcement of the change.

“Real-world experience in states like Oregon and California and countries like the UK, Australia, Denmark, France, Norway, and Canada found no significant change in spread or severe disease after implementing similar guidance updates.” j


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Hearing Tests Prevent Problems with Speech, Language, Learning and Social Skills

When Should Hearing Be Checked?

It’s best to catch hearing problems early, because treatment is more successful if it starts before a child is 6 months old. That’s why every newborn has a hearing screening test before leaving the hospital.

If your baby doesn't have a screening before going home, or was born at home or a birthing center, get their hearing checked within the first 3 weeks of life. Not passing a hearing screening doesn’t mean a baby has hearing loss, but it does mean that the baby should have a full hearing evaluation within 3 months. If hearing loss is found then, treatment should begin right away.

Kids should continue to have their hearing checked at their regular checkups. Hearing screening tests usually are done at:

• ages 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10 years

• the preteen years

• the teen years

The doctor will also check hearing any other time there's a concern. Tell your child’s doctor if you are concerned about a hearing problem.

How Is Hearing Tested?

Hearing is checked by a hearing specialist called an audiologist. The type of test they do depends on a child's age, development, and health.

Many kids get behavioral hearing tests. These tests check to see a child’s response to sounds like calibrated speech (speech that is played with a particular volume) and pure tones. A pure tone is a sound with a specific pitch (frequency), like a note on a keyboard.

During a test, audiologists watch for a behavioral response after a child hears a sound. Babies or toddlers may make eye movements or turn their head. Older kids may move a game piece in response to a sound, and a grade-schooler may raise their hand. Children also can respond to speech with activities like pointing to a picture or toy, or repeating words softly.

Other tests can be done to check hearing if a child is too young or not able to cooperate with behavioral testing. These tests look at how well the ear, nerves, and brain are working.

Other Tests to Check Ears and Hearing Tympanometry

Tympanometry (tim-peh-NOM-eh-tree) shows

how well the eardrum moves and can help find middle ear problems, such as fluid behind the eardrum or a perforated eardrum (a hole in the eardrum).

Middle Ear Muscle Reflex (MEMR) Test

A tiny muscle inside the ear tightens when we hear a loud noise. This is called the middle ear muscle reflex (MEMR). This reflex helps protect the ear against loud sounds, which can harm hearing. Doctors can tell a lot about a child’s hearing based on how well this reflex works.

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Test

The ear gathers sound from the environment and turns them into messages the brain can understand. But sometimes these messages won’t go through or are jumbled. When this happens, doctors check to see if the cochlea (the organ of hearing, which creates the messages) is working properly. They use an OAE test.

Hospitals use OAE for newborn hearing screening. A baby that fails this screening will need a full hearing evaluation.

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test

An auditory brainstem response (or ABR) test can tell how well the auditory nerve works. This is the hearing nerve that leads from the ear to the brain.

Hospitals use a screening ABR for newborn hearing screening. A baby that fails this screening will need a full ABR or hearing evaluation, depending on their age.

Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) Test

Audiologists sometimes do the ASSR test with (not instead of) ABR to better understand the level of hearing loss. An infant usually is sleeping or gets medicine to help them sleep for this test.

During the test, sound passes into the ear canals, and a computer picks up the brain's response to the sound.

Central Auditory Evoked Potential (CAEP) Test

The CAEP test lets the audiologist see if the hearing pathways from the lowest part of the (the brainstem) to the hearing part of the brain (auditory cortex) are working as they should.

Things to Do Health & Safety Events

Free Vision Screenings

April 2, 12noon to 2pm

Join Baptist Health for a day dedicated to promoting eye health and ensuring clear vision for all members of the community. Vision is Priceless offers free vision screenings and resources to help individuals maintain optimal eye health. Whether you're experiencing vision problems or simply want to ensure your eyesight is in top condition, this event is for you. This event is free and walks-ins are welcome. Screening will be held in the Healthy Living Center conference room.

Y Healthy Living Center Riverside / 904-2025339 / 221 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.baptistjax.com

Yoga at Florida Blue St. John's Town Center • Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 5:45pm to 6:45pm

Get centered with a free yoga class. Practice breathing, stretches and gentle yoga poses. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your own yoga mat.

Florida Blue Center - Jacksonville / 904-3635870 / 4855 Town Center Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.floridablue.com

Wellness Fest • April 6, 10am to 2pm

Families are invited for Firsthand's First Annual Wellness Fest, featuring a day relaxation at Riverside Park. Meet various community service organizations and providers, win door prizes, and enjoy family friendly activities like magicians and clowns. Participating organizations include Yoga 4 Change, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department - Emergency Preparedness Division, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville, Brooks Rehabilitation, UF Extension Duval county, Walmart Health, and more. Riverside Park / 844-378-4263 / 753 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / www.firsthandcares.com

Anxiety in Children: Signs, Symptoms, & Strategies • April 17, 12noon

In this course, participants will learn strategies to recognize and identify the signs and symptoms of different anxiety disorders as well as coping strategies for you and your child(ren). The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a family resource designed for parents, caregivers, and community members. All Parent Academy courses are free of charge. Parent Academy courses are offered virtually through Microsoft Teams.

Duval Parent Academy / 904-390-2960 / dcps.duvalschools.org

Girls of Virtue 5K and 1 Mile Run at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.The 5K starts at 8am. Tickets are $25 for the Adult Run and $15 for the Child Run. Proceeds go to help empower young women through mentoring and education with classes on personal growth, financial, health, fitness, and nutrition education. Hyatt Regency Downtown / 904-977-5701 / 225 E Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / girlsofvirtue.org

Run to the Sun 5K & Fun Run April 20, 8am

The Children's free 1 mile Fun Run starts at 9:30am. There is no pre-registration. Register onsite at the Children's Fun Run table at the race. There is also a 5K, which starts at 8am. Awards will be given to the overall winners, Masters, Grand Masters, and 3 deep in each age group. Entry fees range from $20 to $50.

bestbet Orange Park Kennel Club / 455 Park Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073 / www.floridastriders.com

2024 Just Tri It Kids Triathlon April 28, 8am

This is a non-competitive event giving everyone the chance to participate in a Triathlon. Every child that completes the race will get a medal for their accomplishment. Participants aged 5-14 will conquer age-appropriate distances in a chip-timed event. Ages 5 to 8 will complete a 50 meter swim, 1-mile bike and 0.5 mile run; Ages 9 to 11 will tackle a 100 meter swim, 1-mile bike, and a 1 mile run; and ages 12 to 14 will do a 150 meter swim, followed by a 1-mile bike, and a 1.5 mile run. Participants must bring their personal bikes and wear helmets—no training wheels allowed. Registration ranges from $40 to $60. The race fee includes participation, race bib, Triathlon Shirt, Finishers medal, and event photo. Solomon Calhoun Center / 904-209-0655 / 1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www.sjcfl.us

Race to the Taste 5K

April 28, 10:30am

The Race to the Taste 5K is a scenic run/walk that cuts through the historic Anastasia State Park and surrounding neighborhoods. The race is rock and roll themed and dressing up is encouraged. The 5K will start at 10:30am at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Runners will enjoy free admission for two at The Taste of St. Augustine. Registration starts at $15. All proceeds benefit EPIC Behavioral Healthcare, allowing them to continue helping people on their recovery journey and those dealing with the disease of addiction. St. Augustine Amphitheatre / 904-829-2273 / 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / www.racetothetaste.org


2nd Annual Girls of Virtue 5K and 1 Mile Run • April 20, 8am

Girls of Virtue is having their 2nd annual

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Measles: What Parents Need to Know Things to Do

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by the measles virus. The infection can lead to serious and sometimes fatal complications. Fortunately, measles is a vaccine-preventable illness.

Measles was under control in the United States, but we are seeing outbreaks again in areas where vaccination rates have fallen.

Because measles is so contagious, outbreaks happen quickly. Most of the time, children who get measles are not up to date on recommended vaccines or are not old enough to get the measles vaccine.

The childhood and adolescent immunization program in the United States led to a more than 99% decrease in measles cases since 1963. However, travelers visiting or returning to the United States from other countries can spread measles to people who are at risk and cause an outbreak.

After the first measles infection is reported in a community, it is considered an outbreak because of how quickly measles spreads. Local health experts must work quickly to identify others who were exposed so they can stop measles from spreading to others.

How contagious is measles?

Measles is one of the most contagious diseases in the world. In fact, 9 out of 10 people exposed to measles will catch it, too, if they are unvaccinated, have not had the disease before, or have a problem with their immune system. Even very brief exposure to an infected person in a shared space poses a high risk for unimmunized people.

How long is someone with measles contagious?

People with measles are contagious before they know they are sick. An infected person can spread measles easily to others four days before the rash appears, and they are still contagious four days after the rash appears.

How does measles spread?

Measles spreads from person to person and through the air from respiratory droplets from a child's cough or sneeze. The virus can live for two hours on surfaces or suspended in the air. Someone who enters a room where someone with measles had been earlier can catch the disease. The virus can also travel along air currents and infect people in another room.

What are the symptoms of measles?

Common signs of measles infection include a

high fever and rash. The rash usually appears three to five days after the first symptoms. It starts on the head and spreads down to the rest of the body.

In addition to a fever and rash, other measles symptoms may include:

• Cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes

• Small spots in the cheek area inside the mouth called Koplik spots

• Diarrhea

• Ear infection

Measles can also lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), deafness, intellectual disability, and even death.

How long does it take to get measles after being exposed to it?

Measles symptoms typically begin about eight to 12 days after your child is exposed to the virus. If your child was exposed to someone with measles, call your pediatrician right away.

How long should a child with measles stay home from school?

Children with measles should stay home from school or childcare until at least four full days after the beginning of the rash, when they are no longer contagious.

Children who have not received a measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV vaccine) should be excluded from school during a measles outbreak.

How do you prevent the spread of measles?

Measles is a vaccine-preventable infection. About 95 of every 100 people will be protected after getting one dose of the MMR vaccine. Two doses of MMR vaccine protect 97-99 of every 100 people.

To avoid the disease, immunize according to the recommended schedule — when a child is 12 to 15 months of age and with a second dose at their checkup when they are 4 to 6 years of age. Some children at higher risk may need three doses if there is a disease outbreak.

Infants ages 6-12 months old can get a measles vaccine during an outbreak or before international travel to a location with an active measles outbreak. j

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Infant & Toddler Events

Little Readers

Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

11am to 11:30am

Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27

10:15am to 10:45am and 11am to 11:30am

This early education event will start with a story that your child will love, followed by music to get everyone up and moving. Each week features a different theme and will have two related books. Themes include art, dinosaurs, construction, fish-under the sea, and bears. Register your child in advance as seating is limited.

Jacksonville Public Library, Main Branch / 904255-2665 / 303 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jaxpubliclibrary.org

Preschool Prep • Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 11:15am - 11:45am

Join staff for stories, music and movement as they help to prepare children for preschool. This session will target children ages 3-5 years of age. They will focus on learning the alphabet in creative ways. Storytime will be led by Ms. Robyn and Ms. Jane. All family members are welcome. Storytime is first come, first served basis until they reach capacity. RSVP is not required.

St. Johns County Public Library, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch / 904-827-6950 / 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / sjcpls.org

Theatre for Babies - Everything’s A Circle

April 6, 10am

Everything's A Circle is the first original play in Theatre Jacksonville’s Theatre for Babies program. It is a theatrical performance designed specifically for parents and caregivers with babies between the ages of 3 and 12 months. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to take off their shoes, sit on the floor, relax and observe as the littlest play-goers experience everyday household objects transform into theatrical wonders. Everything's A Circle is a theatrical performance for babies, but it is also a demonstration for parents and caregivers of ways in which everyday household objects can become tools to help engage, stimulate and connect with babies while in their earliest stages of development. Cost is $15/adult. Held in the South Parking Lot, behind Gym, Building E, Room 12. Hendricks Avenue Baptist / 904-396-4425 / 4001 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / www.theatrejax.com

Early Learning Community Fair

April 6, 10am to 1pm

Florida State College at Jacksonville Downtown Campus is hosting an Early Learning Community Fair. This event is being sponsored by the Childcare Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) grant. Various resources, supports, and local childcare centers available to both students and the community will be highlighted. Stop by and discover resources, supports, and local childcare centers available to both the students and the community. There will also be face painting, games, food trucks, and community resources. The event is free and open to the community. It will be held in the Bldg. A Courtyard & Lobby. FSCJ Downtown Campus / 904-632-5019 /

101 West State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.fscj.edu

Virtual Breastfeeding Class

April 11, 6pm to 8pm; April 28, 3pm to 5pm

The Breastfeeding Class is intended to provide important information about the basics of breastfeeding. Topics covered include Benefits of breastfeeding, Positioning and latch, Newborn feeding behaviors, How to tell if your baby is getting enough, Establishing a healthy milk supply, Common breastfeeding holds, and more. Virtual breastfeeding classes are held via Zoom. Please schedule your childbirth classes so that they end three to four weeks prior to your due date. Free. UF Health / 352-265-0317 / ufhealth.org

Up, Up, and Away! Transitioning to Kindergarten • April 11, 6pm

Do you have a little one that is heading to kindergarten next school year? If so, join this informative class to learn strategies on how to best prepare your child(ren), select your school, and navigate the DCPS registration process. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a free family resource that promotes parental involvement, enhances student achievement, and supports a caregiver's need for personal and individual growth. Parent Academy courses are offered virtually through Microsoft Teams. Duval Parent Academy / 904-390-2960 / dcps. duvalschools.org

Childbirth and Newborn Care Education

April 12, 27, 9am - 3:30pm

The Childbirth and Newborn Education Class is intended to prepare expectant parents for labor, birth, the post-partum period, and caring for the newborn. Topics covered include the birthing process and stages of labor, pain management relaxation techniques & options, cesarean section preparation and postpartum recovery, general newborn care: bathing, burping, & diapering, soothing techniques & signs of illness, safety, and more. Classes are held virtually via Zoom. UF Health / 352-265-0317 / ufhealth.org

Little Learners at MOSH

April 13, 20, 27, 9:30am

Little Learners programs provide guests with the opportunity to explore MOSH and participate in hands-on activities in a social environment. Geared towards students ages 3-5 and their caregivers, Little Learners sessions are offered monthly and provide children with circle time in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, STEM-based activity stations throughout the Museum, and passport stickers as proof of their visit. Each lesson is offered on Saturdays at 9:30am.

Lessons are one hour long and build upon ideas learned in the previous class over the course of several weeks. The theme for April is -- Happenin’ Habitats: Rawr, Howl, and Hoot your way into the world of animals and their habitats. Explore this planet’s many forms of life and what all living things have in common. Price per session is $25, which includes one child and one guardian. Each additional person (child or guardian) is $15. Museum of Science and History / 904-396-6674 / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / themosh.org

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Florida Theatre and Duval County Public Schools to Host Three Free Private Sensory-Friendly Theatreworks Shows

In honor of Autism Awareness Month in April, the Florida Theatre and Duval County Public Schools are partnering to present three free private sensory-friendly Theatreworks shows for Team Duval students on the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) spectrum in April 2024 at the historic Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville.

Many thanks to The Magnolia Foundation and CSX; and encore sponsors Hope Haven, Dr. Gasper & Irene Lazzara, and Cecil Powell & Associates for making these events possible.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 36 children in the United States today.

What makes these shows sensory-friendly?

Typically, the lights are lower, and the sound is down so as not to trigger any sensory issues. In addition, calming spaces are provided if sensory breaks are needed.

“Shows like these are a great way for children with ASD to get out into the community and experience/practice/generalize their skills by riding the bus and seeing a performance. These opportunities are really beneficial to them. We are so grateful to the Florida Theatre and the sponsors who made this all possible,” said Dana Allen with Duval County Public Schools.

The “Super Me Anti-Bullying” show is near and dear to Tour Manager Sean Driscoll’s heart.

“For most of my formative years, I fell prey to bullies and witnessed bullying. This was a time when literally nothing was done to prevent it or help victims who suffered from it. Creating and performing this show gives me a means to help others become empowered, giving them the skills to fight against bullying. By helping others, I find comfort and a sense of well-being.” Sean is the Artist/Performer in all three ASD shows.

Diggery Diggers Dino Show – sponsored by CSX

• At the Florida Theatre

• Date & Time – April 22, 2024, 10:30 a.m.

• This is a private sensory-friendly show for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in grades PK-2. While Paleontologist Diggery Diggers is showing his dinosaur fossils to a live audience, he discovers a “top secret” box the museum accidentally packed. Curious, Diggery opens the box and unleashes the DinoSauroScope 3000, or DINA, taking the audience back in time to interact with dinosaurs. All is well until they use DINA on a large dinosaur egg. The egg hatches and a terrible thing happens. The dinosaurs in museums around the world start to come alive!

Aliens Alive – sponsored by The Magnolia Foundation

• At the Florida Theatre

• Date & Time – April 23, 2024, 10:30 a.m.

• This is (the second of three) private sensory-friendly shows for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in grades 3-5. While reporting live, The Story Ship’s science reporter, Sarah, is kidnapped by aliens and trapped on a spaceship bound for the outer regions of our solar system! Audience volunteers must quickly form a Rescue Team and use magic, dance, and music to get her back. The audience helps to unravel a celestial musical message. This show is highly interactive, with audience participation every minute to two minutes, with kids helping with magic tricks, singing, dancing, and navigating the rescue rocket through an interactive game.

Super Me Anti-Bullying Show – sponsored by The Magnolia Foundation

• At the Florida Theatre

• Date & Time – April 30, 2024, 11:00 a.m.

• This is (the third of three) private sensory-friendly shows for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in grades 5-8. This is the only show at 11:00. “Super Me” is a fastpaced theatrical adventure that combines high-energy, hip-hop dance, intense video gaming, astounding magic, interactive animation, and a live actor. Audience members are taken on a virtual journey into a comic book world to help a young boy escape from bullies. The audience must help the animated boy overcome obstacles and solve puzzles using superpowers onstage. Kids not only see real-life examples of bullying but are given clear, step-by-step actions to help stop bullying. j


Things to Do Special Needs Events

Go Baby Go – Modified Ride-on Toy Car Application

• Applications Due April 13

Do you know a child who would love a Go Baby Go car? Brooks Rehabilitation is currently accepting applications for the following children: Has a mobility impairment? Weighs less than 65 lbs? Can hold head up in a sitting position? Can see approximately 3ft ahead? Can lift one or both arms up? Can attend the car build on April 13.

Brooks Rehab / 904-345-7600 / brooksrehab.org

Limitless 5k and Family Fun Run

April 6, 8:30am

Ability Tree First Coast is hosting its 3rd annual Limitless 5K & Family Fun Run on April 6th in support of its mission to come alongside families impacted by disability and provide R.E.S.T. It will be hosted at the Beachwalk Club and end at their Lagoon. The 5k starts at 8:30am followed by the fun run at 9:25am. Fun run prices are $10, and 5k prices are $25 to $40. All proceeds from this FUNdraising event will benefit the CampAbility summer camps, Stop, Drop, & Play and SociAbility respite programs, family community events, and the Mobile SensAbility Center.

Beachwalk Clubhouse / 904-494-8583 / 100 Beachwalk Club Dr, St. Johns, FL 32259 / limitless5k.itsyourrace.com

Berry Good Farms Weekend Festival

April 6, 11am to 3pm;

April 7, 4:30pm to 7:30pm

The signature weekend festival includes food, live music, entertainment, and a celebration of the North Florida School of Special Education community. Saturday's Concert on the Farm will feature live music from The Chris Thomas Project, local food trucks, and craft cocktails. General admission is $10 per person and $20 per family. VIP tickets are also available. On Sunday, there will be a Dinner on the Farm with farm to table dining. Individual tickets to the Dinner on the Farm event are $200 each. Berry Good Farms / 904-724-8323 / 223 Mill Creek Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211 / www.northfloridaschool.org

Sensory Play Sunday

April 7, 10am to 12noon

Sensory Play Sunday is designed for children with special needs to enjoy Surge Adventure Park the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 12noon without loud music or flashing lights. The park will not be open to the public; this time is strictly for those participating in Sensory Sunday. The cost is $7.99 per person. Surge Adventure Park / 904-312-7156 / 9292 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville, FL 32225 / surgefun.com

Autism Creates Family Workshop

April 13, 10am to 11am

While children with ASD struggle with verbal communication, social relations, and sensory

development, creative art-making activities enable them to foster new means of self-expression and communication. Utilizing two educational components—hands-on art workshops and the museum galleries —the Autism Creates program harnesses art and art-making activities as means of promoting expression and social interaction among children with ASD and their teachers, caregivers, and peers. Monthly workshops are hosted on-site at MOCA Jacksonville for up to 10 children with ASD and their families. Families will explore the galleries, create art, and participate in sensory activities. Held the second Saturday of each month from 10am to 11am. There is no cost to attend but space is limited and registration is required.

MOCA Jacksonville / 904-366-6911 / 333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / mocajacksonville.unf.edu


April 17, 5:30pm

Sibshop is a gathering of siblings across the ages to create community, build support and share in the stories that make us unique as the siblings of individuals with developmental, intellectual, social-emotional, and medical disabilities. Siblings will be able to join virtually. Ages 8-12. For specific questions or if the sibling is under age or older, please contact Chanél Baldwin-Stinson.

UF Health Center for Autism and Related Disabilities / 904-633-0760 / pediatrics.med.jax.ufl.edu

Teaching Language to Children w/ Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities

April 25-26, 9am to 3:30pm

The Jericho School for Children with Autism hosts an event focused on teaching language to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Discover strategies and techniques to help children with autism and other developmental disabilities develop their language skills. Learn from Angelo Martinez, the Executive Director of the Jericho School for Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities, and connect with other parents who share similar experiences. Free.

Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park / 904-7445110 / ,4812 West Deer Lake Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.thejerichoschool.org

3rd Annual Autism Carnival

April 27, 11am to 7pm

The Orange Park Mall hosts an event catered to individuals across the autism spectrum. All ages are welcome. Enjoy a variety of activities including a foam pit (non-toxic) with towels available for purchase, bounce houses, water slide, jumbo Connect 4, dunk tank, jumbo Jenga, 360 booth, and more. Food trucks and vendors will be onsite for your convenience. Held in the JCPenney Parking Lot. Orange Park Mall / 904-269-2422 / 1910 Wells Road, Orange Park, FL 32073 / orangeparkmall.com

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New Animated Children’s Show Features Cast of Characters with Disabilities

Afirst-of-its-kind animated children’s show featuring a cast of characters who all have some type of disability is coming to television.

The half-hour show “Hop” follows an eclectic group of best friends whose comedic adventures are intended to teach preschoolers to embrace differences in themselves and others.

The streaming service Max will air the show, which comes from the creator of the venerable children’s series “Arthur,” starting on April 4.

“Led by Hop, an enthusiastic, empathetic frog with one leg shorter than the other, he and his quirky friends address kid-relatable challenges with a healthy dose of laughter, silliness, and adventure,” according to Max. Hop’s friends in the community of Fair Village include the “fiercely intelligent squirrel” Filipa

Special Needs Summer Camps

All Together Wellness Summer Camps

June 10 – July 22, 9am to12pm

Ages 2-6. Designed to create confident little campers who are ready for whatever comes next— school programs, home school, or community play. Each session has an inviting theme to make learning fun and incorporate sensory play, music, art, and social games to target our youngest learner’s needs. Parents can feel confident these expert-led groups will foster language & motor skills, socialization, and problem-solving. Cost: $289/week. www.alltogetherwellness.net / 904-450-5061/ 1157 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32250

Angelwood Summer Camp

Week One (Mini Camp): June 5 – 7

Week Two: June 10 – 14

Week Three: June 17 – 21 9am to 3pm

Ages 5-22. Camp is located conveniently in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville. Any school-aged students living with an intellectual or developmental difference may enroll in Angelwood’s Summer Day Camp. They are equipped to accept children who need assistance with feeding, toileting, ambulation, and more. They are also pleased to announce that Angelwood is accepting siblings (completion of pre-k through 5th grade) to enroll for an integrated camp experience. Activities will be based on age and interest while encouraging inclusion. Older siblings are welcome to attend as a volunteer with prior approval. Cost: Week 1: $150 per camper, per week. Week 2&3: $250 per camper, per week. angelwoodjax.org / 904-288-7259/ 2501 Loretto Road, Jacksonville, 32223

Camp Possible • July 1 – July 26, 9am to 3pm

Ages 6-22. From a giant water slide to a petting zoo, a bubble truck to hot air balloon rides, Camp Possible is the premier summer day camp in Northeast Florida for those with special needs. Camp

Possible serves special needs youth ages (6-21) through multi-sensory and therapeutic activities to bolster friendships, increase self-esteem, social interaction skills, and emotional regulation through super fun recreational activities in a secure and exciting environment. The 4-week session at Camp Possible offers a specially designed curriculum for special needs campers who have language-based learning disabilities, including dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD, central auditory processing disorder, down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, mood disorders and social problems. Starting at $325/wk. www.hendersonhaven.org / 904-264-2522 / 772 Foxridge Center Dr, Orange Park, 32065

CampAbility Special Day Camp

June 10 – 28 and July 8 – 26, 8am to 3pm K-5th grade (this includes siblings). The mission of CampAbility Special Day Camp is to provide educational and therapeutic summer services to elementary aged children with special needs in a fun and safe environment. They are now offering summer camp sessions to the siblings! By doing this, they hope to help alleviate the burden on parents by keeping their children in one location, provide comfort to the camper with special needs by having someone familiar nearby, and include the sibling(s) by offering them companionship with other siblings who walk in their shoes. 8 multiple sessions (session= Monday – Friday) throughout the summer with fun-filled themes each week.

Cost: MVP Rate: $175/session* or $50/day for part time. Super Sib Rate: $160/session or $50/day for part time.

abilitytreefc.org / 855-288-6735 ext. 5/ 215 St George St, St. Augustine, 32084

Florida School for the Deaf and Blind Summer Quest • June 16 – 21 (ages 8-12)

June 23 – 28 (ages 13-17) • 8am to 5pm

Ready for an adventure in the oldest city with

who’s described as neurodivergent and Benny, an alligator who’s afraid of everything from spiders and small spaces to mayonnaise.

“I believe we’ve created a safe, inviting show that will challenge our viewers to understand and

new friends! Summer Quest is an overnight camp offering Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) activities during the day and various recreational and social experiences in the evening. Blind/Visually Impaired students will learn about assistive technology, orientation and mobility, and daily living skills development, while deaf/hard of hearing campers will focus on leadership, self-advocacy, team-building skills, and life skills. Recreational activities include kayaking in Hospital Creek, swimming in our indoor pool, letting your imagination inspire works of art, playing team sports in our gym, and dancing your heart out on stage! If you are between the ages of 8 and 17, are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind, and live in Florida, you can experience a summer you'll never forget. Application Deadline is April 15, 2024.

www.fsdbk12.org / 800-344-3732 / 207 N. San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, 32084

Hope Haven’s Camp Hope

June 3 – August 2, 7:30am to 6pm

Ages 3-21. Each week is a journey through the decades! Immerse your child in an engaging experience that embraces the nostalgia of the past. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at registration. Cost: $595 per full week (financial assistance may be available). $355 per mini-week (financial assistance may be available).

www.hope-haven.org / 904-346-5100 / 4600 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, 32207

Jericho School for Children with Autism

July 8 – August 2, 9am to 3:30pm

This is not a Summer Camp where your child learns new arts and crafts. This will be four weeks of intensive Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior services for children with developmental disabilities. Each child will receive a comprehensive and Individualized Program with identified goals and objectives for acquisition of targeted skills. You can choose Part Day or Full Day Program. You can select two weeks, or take advantage of all four weeks of the Individualized Summer Program. 1:1 Full-Day Individualized Instruction - Full Day Individ-

appreciate people who are not like them, and to encourage children to act with tolerance and kindness,” said Marc Brown, the show’s creator. “This show is a labor of love, and I hope it brings joy and inspiration to children and families everywhere.”

The team behind “Hop” worked with the disability nonprofit RespectAbility on the show. The character of Hop is voiced by David Connolly, a Broadway actor who is a double below-knee amputee, and Filipa is voiced by Charlotte Walker who has autism.

“Hop” will premiere with six episodes on Max, the streaming service previously known as HBO Max. In total, 26 episodes are expected to air this year. j


ualized Instruction - $800/week. 1:1 Part-Time Individualized Instruction - $400/week.

www.thejerichoschool.org / 904-744-5110 / 1351 Sprinkle Drive, Jacksonville, 32211

NFSSE Summer Enrichment Programs

June 10 – July 26 9am to 3pm or 9am to 12pm or 12pm to 4pm

Ages 6-22. Get ready for exciting activities, including karate, yoga, culinary arts, sports & recreation, and so much more! Cost: NFSSE Students (enrolled and incoming): $300. NFSSE Siblings: $250. Community Adventurer: $350.

www.northfloridaschool.org / 904-724-8323 / 223 Mill Creek Rd, Jacksonville, 32211

Therapeutic Learning Center Summer Camp • June 3 – July 26, 8am to 4pm

Ages 3-6. TLC is a non-profit charter school that serves preschool students with special needs. They're excited to host summer camp this year for their enrolled students and for students from within the community. Activities may include: Sensory integration, Water play, Arts and crafts, art therapy, music therapy, and sports. Cost: $300/week.

www.arcsj.org/tlc/ / 904- 824-7249 / 2109 Arc Drive, St Augustine, 32084

Wellness Warriors Summer Camp

June 6 - July 18, 10am to 2pm

K-5. Join Wellness Warriors Summer Camp for K-5 kids to learn about healthy eating, meal prep, yoga and gratitude practice, creating a memorable summer experience. Cost: $275/session.

jaxbloom.com / 904-647-1849 / 997 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

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Aquatics Camp • June 17 – July 26

Ages 6-14. Owned and operated by the North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, the property is located at the St. Johns River Base at Echockotee sitting on Doctors Inlet in Orange Park. Aquatics Camp serves both boys and girls. A camper’s day is filled with activities that bring them from the shores of Doctors Lake to the heights of the climbing wall and from the woods of the archery range to catching some air off the back of one of the wakeboard boats. Extended care available. Discounts for multiple weeks, siblings, and early registration by May 2, 2024. www.aquaticscamp.org / 904-269-2091 / 2513 Doctors Lake Dr, Orange Park, 32073

B3 – Bricks Bots & Beakers Summer Camps

June 10 – July 15, 9am to 4pm

Ages 5-14. The camp focuses not only on STEAM but also teaches soft skills such as public speaking, teamwork, communication, creativity, and problem-solving. At B3, all the fun themes are focused on hands-on minds-on learning and are based on Science, Engineering/Technology, Art, and Personal Exploration. Their wide variety of programs means you can find the perfect fit for the interests and needs of your child. Half-day options available. tinyurl.com/jaxb3 / 908-247-6806 / Multiple River City Science Academy locations

Bolles School Summer Camps

May 28 – August 9

While traditional day camp by the St. Johns River is a family favorite, the Bolles school also offer a wide variety of specialty full- and half-day camps on all four Bolles campuses that are sure to pique your child’s interest. From robotics and marine biology to sports and even the magical world of wizards, there is a seemingly endless list of activities to peruse! www.bolles.org / 904-256-5071 / Multiple Bolles Campus locations

Camp Cummer • June 3-28, 9am to 3:30pm

Grades 1-6. Does your child love to paint, sculpt, draw, print, and more? Cultivate their creative abilities at the Cummer Museum’s summer camp. Young artists will observe and explore artwork in the galleries and gardens, experiment with different art media in the studio, and create and show off their artwork in an open house each week. Cost: $295 for Members and $350 for Non-Members per week. Scholarships are available.

www.cummermuseum.org / 904-355-0630 / 829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Camp Discovery

June, July & August, 6:30am to 6:30pm

At Camp Discovery, school-aged explorers spend the summer doing fun activities on campus and visiting exciting places all over the Jacksonville area. Expeditions include the Jacksonville Zoo, St. Augustine Aquarium, Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, and much more! Weekly tuition includes breakfast, lunch, field trips, and snacks. Cost: $228/ week – San Pablo Road location; $201/week –Middleburg location.


904-619-8797 / 3232 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / Lic# C04DU0350

904-779-1770 / 7629 Old Middleburg Road, Jacksonville, FL 32222 / Lic# C04DU0391

Camp Intercoastal

June 3 – August 9, 6:30am to 6:30pm

Ages 4-12. Camp Intercoastal allows campers

to experience the fun, exciting, and educational attractions North Florida has to offer. Campers will travel two to three times per week on Field trips. Some of our featured trips include Adventure Landing, Skate Station, AMC Movies, Amelia Island, Jacksonville Beach, and much more! Every week of Camp features a different theme reflected in the programming, including trips, camp-wide activities, and meals. Early Registration: (Before April 25) $125. General Registration: (Before May 2) $135. Late Registration: (After May 16) $150. Field Trip Fee: $275 (includes 27 field trips). Weekly Tuition: Register on or by May 2nd - $230- 240 (Based on date registered).

www.jaxsummercamp.com / 904-220-3993 / 13109 Professional Dr, Jacksonville, 32225

Camp Weed • June 9 – July 26, Overnight Grades 2-12. Camp Weed is an Episcopal camp operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Florida for youth. Campers of all denominations are welcome to attend Camp Weed to experience wholesome Christian fun in the great outdoors. Camp Weed is an overnight camp that lasts from Sunday to Friday. A typical day at Camp Weed begins with morning devotions, breakfast, and cabin clean-up. Aquatics, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor living, sports, movie making, and high ropes are some examples of majors, or cabin activities done in the morning. There are minors, or optionals, such as leather works, tie-dye, messy games, free swim, low ropes, kickball, and so many more activities to choose from for the afternoon. Evenings begin with a message from the Deans and a variety of all camp activities and programs. The traditional Weed Wide Olympics is always a hit and creates wonderful cabin camaraderie. Cost: $600.

www.campweed.org / 904-356-1328 / 11057

Camp Weed Place, Live Oak, FL 32060

Chappell Schools Summer Fun Under the Sun June 3 – August 2, 6:30am to 6pm

Ages 5-12. Summer camp at Chappell is always a blast! Chappell ensures their summer campers continue to learn over their summer vacation. They provide fun and engaging field trips and activities based on weekly themes that allow exploration, discovery, and continued learning with extra emphasis on making friends. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks, along with all field trips and materials, are included in summer camp tuition.

www.chappellschools.com / 904-739-1279

8400 Baycenter Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 1301 Riverplace Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Checkmate! The Knight School Chess Summer Camp • May 28 – August 9

Ages 6-12. Kids of all skill levels are invited to join in this introduction into the world of rooks, pawns, kings, and queens. Chess campers will celebrate a new chess tactic each day with silly videos, music-driven puzzlers for prizes, colorful wristbands, chess movies, and clock-slapping tourneys. Students exercise complex critical thinking skills in a friendly, supportive, and fun camp environment. Half-day mornings, half-day afternoons, and fullday camps available. Cost: Half Days start at $225 and All-Day Sessions from $375. Camp locations are: Bolles, JCDS, JCA, The Discovery School, and San Juan del Rio. tksjacksonville.jumbula.com/#/ summer-camps / 904-514-0569

Children’s Art Classes Summer Workshops

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Students may participate in a variety of weekly art workshops. Each workshop will meet each day, Monday through Friday, for each selected week. Students may participate in as many as four different five-day workshops at the Baymeadows location for a four-week period over the summer. Cost: Each five-day workshop is $119 and includes all supplies. Each workshop will require payment in full at the time of registration.

www.childrensartclasses.com / 904-612-7557

Baymeadows / 9802 Baymeadows Rd, Suite 14, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Beaches / 880 US Highway A1A North Suite Six, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Orange Park / 1406 Kingsley Ave Suite E, Orange Park, FL 32073

Code Ninjas Amelia Island • June 3 – August 9

8:30am to 12pm or 12pm to 3:30pm

June 3-7: Intro to Roblox (6-14yo) / Dojo Design and 3D Printing (8-14yo)

June 10-14: Ninja Robotics with LEGO® (5-14yo) / Next Level Roblox Development (8-14yo)

June 17-21: Creative Design Studio (8-14yo) / Future Minds Al Academy (9-14yo)

June 24-28: Stop Motion Animation (5-14yo) / JR Adventures in Game Design (5-14yo)

July 8-12: Become a YouTuber (6-14yo) / Roblox® World Creators (7-14yo)

July 15-19: Future Minds Al Academy (69-14yo) / Adventures in Game Design (5-14yo)

July 22-26: Intro to Roblox (6-14yo) / Code Your Own Robot in Minecraft® (7-14yo)

July 29-Aug 2: Ninja Robotics with LEGO® (514yo) / Next Level Roblox Development (8-14yo)

Aug 5-9: LEGO Python Engineers (10-14yo) / Minecraft® Mastery: Redstone Realm (9-14yo)

Cost: $250

my.codennj.com / 904-567-7427 / 1722 8th St, Suite 40, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

COASTAL KICKS Annual Beaches Soccer Camp

June 3-7, 9am to 11am

Ages 5-12. A morning camp with field sessions all run by professional club coaches. Boys and girls learn and improve technical skills in a fun camp environment. All field equipment provided. Cost: $155. Location: Jack Russell Park. www.coastalkicks.com / 904-319-4070 / 800 Seminole Rd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

COASTAL KICKS Annual Beaches Minnows Soccer Camp • June 3-7, 9am to 9:45am

Ages 3-4. A morning camp with daily sessions all run by professional club coaches. Boys and girls learn soccer skills and improve motor skills in a fun camp environment. All field equipment provided. Cost: $80. Location: Jack Russell Park www.coastalkicks.com / 904-319-4070 / 800 Seminole Rd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

COASTAL KICKS Wynnfield Lakes Summer Soccer Camp with Pool & Water Park

July 29 – August 2, 9am to 12pm

Ages 5-12. A morning camp with field sessions all run by professional club coaches and pool and water park fun from 11am to 12pm. Boys and girls learn and improve technical skills in a fun camp environment and beat the heat with a cool down in the pool and water park to complete camp each day. All field equipment provided. Cost: $195. Location: Wynnfield Lakes.

www.coastalkicks.com / 904-319-4070 / 12319

Wynnfield Lakes Drive Jacksonville, FL 32246

COASTAL KICKS Wynnfield Lakes Minnows Summer Soccer Camp

July 29 – August 2, 9am to 9:45am

Ages 3-4. A morning camp with daily sessions all run by professional club coaches. Boys and girls learn soccer skills and improve motor skills in a fun camp environment. All field equipment provided. Cost: $80. Location: Wynnfield Lakes.

www.coastalkicks.com / 904-319-4070 / 12319

Wynnfield Lakes Drive Jacksonville, FL 32246

Community First Igloo Summer Camps

June 3 – August 2, 8am to 3pm

Ages 5-13. What's Included: Learn to Skate instruction provided by PSA Excellence On Ice rated coaches, daily snack, on-ice group skating classes, crafts, physical conditioning, and more. Add-Ons: Private Lesson $30/20-minute lesson. Pick-Up Policy: Pick-up is 3:00pm for a regular day of camp. Cost: $399 (per week).

communityfirstigloo.com / 904-399-3223 / 3605 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Cornerstone Christian – Camp Discovery

June 10 – July 26, 6:30am to 6pm

Grades K-11. Cornerstone has partnered with the Kids Hope Alliance to offer Summer Camp Scholarships to eligible students in kindergarten through 11th grade for six weeks, beginning Monday, June 10, and ending Friday, July 19. Cost: The fee for eligible students is $90 for the six-week period (plus the cost of field trips). This $90 fee must be paid for at the time of registration. Parents must also provide a copy of their student's eligibility documentation to the camp upon registration. A limited number of scholarships are available and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

www.csjax.org/summer / 904-730-5500 / 9039 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Dansations Summer Spectacular

Through July, 8:30am to 12:30pm

Ages 3-8 and ages 9+. Dance camps for ages 3-8 with themed dance, arts and crafts, and adventure! Dance camps for ages 8 and up with themes like choreography, TikTok, and Taylor Swift. Cost: $250/ week. Discounts available. Extended Day available.

www.dansationsjax.com / 904-880-0403 / 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32258

Dick Allsopp Summer Sailing Camp

June 10 – July 19, 8am to 4:30pm

Ages 8-15. The young sailors learn sailing and social skills as well as sportsmanship and competitive sailing. All camp instructors are US Sailing certified sailing instructors or certified sailing assistants. Junior instructors and youth camp counselors are provided formal training in the performance of their duties. The camp teaches in the US Sailing format and strives to provide top-quality instruction since the first experiences of a new sailor form memories that last a lifetime. Cost: $300 per child for one week of camp, and discounts are available for multiple weeks and multiple children.

www.rudderclub.com / 904 264-4094 / 8533

Malaga Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32244

Episcopal School of Jacksonville Summer Programs

June 3-28 and July 15 – August 2

9am to 12pm or 9am to 3pm

Come play and learn at Episcopal this summer! Summer programs include sports, arts, and activi

June, July & August

6:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Weekly tuition includes breakfast, lunch, field trips & snacks.

At Camp Discovery our school-aged explorers spend the summer doing fun activities on campus and visiting exciting places all over the Jacksonville area Expeditions include Jacksonville Zoo, St. Augustine Aquarium, Jacksonville Arboretum & G ardens, and much more!

Learning shouldn't end when school's out!

San Pablo • $228/week


3232 San Pablo Road Lic# C04DU0350

Oakleaf • $201/week


7629 Old Middleburg Road

Lic# C04DU0391

thediscoverytreeacademy com

COME SEE WHAT WE ARE DISCOVERING THIS SUMMER ! summer school available 9-12 graders *Families with SNAP, income based gov't benefits, or STEP UP Scholarships pay only $30 per week, field trips and lunch included. SPACES ARE LIMITED! summer camp Presented by: TFA Studio school www.jacksonvillesciencefestival.org 3675 San Pablo Rd S - Jacksonville, FL 32224 - 904.493.7300 June 17-July 26 * 8am-5pm * ages 5-15 * $175 Per week


ties. From fishing to volleyball, Eagle campers will have a blast.

www.esj.org/summer / 904-396-5751 / 4455 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Good Lad Soccer Camps

June 10 – July 19, 9am to 12pm or 9am to 3pm

Ages 8-12. Good Lad Soccer is proud to provide the only indoor soccer camps in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra at Jax Skyline Sports. Good Lad Soccer camps are open to players regardless of club affiliation. Camp is designed for players with recreational and travel team soccer experience who are looking to improve their skills and up their game this summer. Cost: Full Day $395; Half Day $325. www.goodladsoccer.com / 904-240-2572 / 7022 AC Skinner Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Happy Acres Ranch Summer Camp

June 3 – August 9, 8:30am to 4pm

Kindergarten-13 years old. The Summer Camp program is divided into 11 different themed weeks. Each week has daily special events and new activities. School-age campers swim two times per day and Preschool campers swim every morning. All groups also have special activities multiple times per week. The special activities are Art, Archery, Outdoor Ed, and Nature, and the groups will rotate through these activities every week.

www.happyacresranch.com / 904-725-1410 / 7117 Crane Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Iron Diamond All Sports Camp

June 3 – August 9, 9am to 3pm

Ages 6-13. Campers will participate in team sports and age-appropriate activities including speed & agility obstacle courses, soccer, flag football, kickball, whiffle ball, dodgeball, tag games, scavenger hunts, ultimate frisbee, fungo golf, water activities, and much more. Fun, exciting, high-energy coaches and instructors (male and female instructors). Campers will receive a t-shirt. Cost: $175 per week. Registration for the entire week is open until the morning of the first day of camp or until the camp reaches capacity prior to that point. Location: Wingate Park www.irondiamondsports.com / 904-219-8417 / 361 Penman Rd S, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Jacksonville Country Day School Summer Camps • June 3 – July 26, 9am to 3pm

Grades PreK4-6. Each week campers can choose either the Summer Sharks recreational program or an exciting Specialty camp. Summer Sharks campers will spend time in the pool, gym, game room, art room, outdoors, and more. They even take the bus on a weekly field trip to a fun local destination! Campers in specialty camps still get to enjoy the daily pool and recreation time but take a deeper dive into a topic of their choosing. Specialty camps are led by JCDS teachers, local educators, or coaches and bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in their respective area. Topics range from art to dance, music to coding, and volleyball to archery.

www.jcdssummercamp.com / 904-641-4166 / 10063 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville FL 32256

Jacksonville Science Festival Exploration Camp

June 17 – July 26, 8am to 5pm

Ages 5-15. Summer EXPLORATION activities include gardening, hands-on STEM activities, field trips, project-based learning, literacy/math, experiments,

dance, visual and theatre arts, and more. Lunch and snack provided.

www.jacksonvillesciencefestival.com / 904-4937300 / 3675 San Pablo Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32224

Jax Surf Camp

June 3 – August 8, 9am to 3pm

Ages 6-16. Jax Surf Camp is a fun and safe way to advance a child’s surfing skills, ocean knowledge, and comfort in the water. Camp will break into groups depending on age and skill. Intermediate level surfers are welcome as well as beginners. After completing their five-day surf camp, your child will have learned these fundamental skills: water safety, paddling, the surf zone, and, of course, how to stand up on a board! Cost: Full Day $450/week; Half Days $250/week.

jacksonvillesurfandpaddle.com / 904-435-7873 / 7th St and Ocean Ave, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

JCA Summer Camps

June 10 – August 2

Ages 2-16. JCA Summer Camps provide a wide range of engaging activities to enrich your child’s summer experience. There are multiple camps throughout the summer to choose from including Camp Gan Yeladim, KinderCamp, Camp Sabra, Camp Habonim, Camp Yalla, Theatre Camp, Camp Kaytana, and Adventure Days. From arts and music to unique Israeli programs, carnivals, concerts, science, and sports, JCA Summer Camp offers more than just a place to spend summer days. It is a place for your child to learn and grow! Cost: $280+.

www.jcajax.org/camp / 904-730-2100 / 8505 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32217

Karate America

June, July, & August

Convenient times and weekly camps all summer long. Constructive fun and traditional martial arts benefits. Safe, structured environment with knowledgeable supervision. This fun summer camp teaches kids powerful life skills like focus, discipline, and respect while learning cool martial arts moves. Diverse activities with physical games, movies, and fun! Kids will accelerate their training, enhance their skills, and have lots of fun. Space is limited. Call the location near you today to enroll early and save.


Little Lambs ELC Summer Camp Preschool Summer Camp

June 3 – August 7, 9am to 12pm or 9am to 3pm

Ages 2½-5. A fun and learning summer program specially designed for preschoolers ages 2 ½ to 5 years old. Activities include early literacy, early language, early math, science, arts, outside fun, problem-solving, social skills, faith, and technology. Cost: Half Day $150/week half day; Full Day $250/ week full day.

www.littlelambsearlylearningcenter.com / 904-6413393 / 7860 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Little Lambs ELC Kindergarten Readiness Camp

June 11 – July 25, 9am to 2pm

Incoming Kindergarteners. Held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week. Build skills needed for the first day of kindergarten and beyond!

Incoming Kindergarteners will be prepared for success by becoming accustomed to a full day of academics, improving literacy and math readiness

skills, growing social and communication skills, learning independence in class routines, building problem-solving skills, and using technology as a learning tool. Two sessions are available. Cost: $300 for each Kindergarten Readiness session. You can attend both sessions/recommended.

www.littlelambsearlylearningcenter.com / 904-6413393 / 7860 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Mathnasium Summer Camp

June and July, 12pm to 3pm

K–8. Looking for engaging and educational summer camps that your kids will love? Mathnasium has you covered. They are hosting STEAM & Robotics day camps throughout June and July. Each camp will run Monday through Thursday. The camps will include a variety of fun activities, including but not limited to building catapults, marshmallow spaghetti towers, roller coaster design challenges, building and coding a robot your child will be able to take home once complete, competitions, customized math learning, and board games.

www.mathnasium.com / 904-619-1048

13770 Beach Blvd, Unit 2, Jacksonville, FL 32224 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Unit 102, St. Johns, FL 32259

Matt Clark Basketball Camps

June 3 – July 25, 9am to 12noon or 9am to 3pm

Ages 5-14. Youth Basketball Camp available for boys and girls featuring drills, skills, games, & FUN! All the gymnasiums are indoor. Cost: Morning Session – 9am to 12noon $105; All Day Session 9am to 3pm $170. Camps held at Beachside High

School (St John’s), San Juan del Rio (Fruit Cove), and Pacetti Bay MS St. Augustine (WGV).

www.hammerbball.com / 904-377-6891

MOCA’s Art Camp

June 10 – August 2, 9am to 4pm

Ages 6-14. Join MOCA Jacksonville for a summer camp for kids full of creativity. Children make new friends and learn art techniques in a variety of media through hands-on learning in a fun and engaging environment. Time is spent exploring exhibitions in the galleries, creating in the studios, and learning through practice. With the guidance of skilled museum educators, learners are empowered to problem-solve through critical thinking, observation, and creative self-expression.

mocajacksonville.unf.edu / 904-366-6911 / 333 North Laura St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Museum of Science & History (MOSH)

June 10 – August 2, 9am to 3pm

Grades K-8. Campers will spend their time in the classroom, in the museum, and outside in some instances for their camp. They will fill their day learning about the topic at hand through hands-on demonstrations, experiments, and crafts. Children will have free time to explore the museum exhibits and will be able to attend at least one science show, animal show, or planetarium show. Cost: $280/week.

www.themosh.org / 904-396-MOSH (6674) / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207

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Next Step Broadway

June 10-14, 9am to 5pm


Ages 10-17. NEXT STOP BROADWAY® is a weeklong musical theatre program consisting of classes, workshops, and rehearsals focused on the "Golden Age of Broadway." The staff of Broadway professionals teaches songs and choreography from classic Broadway productions and replicates the process of putting on an authentic Broadway show. It is a five-day intensive that focuses on being in the ensemble of a classic Broadway show. Cost: Camp tuition is $595 for the five-day intensive and includes lunch, snacks, professional headshots, and two t-shirts.

www.fscjartistseries.org / 904-632-5000 / 11901 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246

O2B Kids Summer Camp

May 27 – August 9, 9am to 6pm

Rising 1st graders+. O2B Kids Summer Camp offers fun first to every child every day. They keep the fun rolling with field trips included in tuition plus lunch and snacks. Add in neighborhood time, team-building fun, and weekly themed events, and this will be a summer your child will remember forever! Summer Camp is for entering 1st graders & up. Cost: $189/week. Six locations.

www.o2bkids.com / 904-264-4202

Orange Park Best Summer Camp

June 3 – August 9, 7:30am to 6pm

Ages 5-12. Parents and kids love this fun, safe, and exciting summer camp. Your child is going to have a blast doing martial arts, dance, tumbling, outdoor sports, educational lessons, and much more! Cost: $30 registration to save your child's spot.

www.orangeparkbestsummercamp.com / 904644-7571 / 1540 Wells Rd, Ste 1, Orange Park, FL 32073

Ozzie’s Playful Computing Summer Camp at UNF

June 10-28, 9am to 3pm

Grades 1-5. Summer Coding Camp with two cohorts: Code Critters (1st-2nd grades) and Code Creators (3rd-5th grades). This unique, research-backed coding camp was created specifically for early learners (1st through 5th graders) to learn the fundamentals and principles of computer coding using MIT’s Scratch program. Nutritious snacks and drinks provided; campers to bring their own lunch. Daily multimedia mailers showcasing student engagement and growth. Cost: Full Camp Experience – three-week camp – $1,050; Summer Swoop-In Sessions – one week – $400 per week. www.unf.edu/coehs/nefstem/coding-camp.html / 1 UNF Drive – Tom and Betty Petway Hall - STEM Lab, Jacksonville, FL 32224

Peak Level Performance Youth Fitness Summer Camp • June 10 – July 26, 9am to 3pm

Ages 6-12. At Peak Level Performance, they love teaching kids that fitness is fun and are driven to help kids build a passion for staying active. Their mission is to inspire the younger generation to live healthy, active lifestyles as they mature. Fitness designed to improve hand-eye coordination, stability and control, and functional strength. Cost: $275/ week.

www.peaklevelperformance.com / 904-675-1516 / 1111 Durbin Creek Blvd, Fruit Cove, FL 32259

Planet Swim & Tennis Summer Camp June 3-27, 9am to 12pm

Ages 6-12. Join for a season of fun, skill-building, and friendship on the courts. This camp offers a fantastic opportunity for kids to stay active, learn new skills, and develop a love and interest for tennis in a supportive and engaging environment. With experienced coaches and a focus on fun, your child will thrive both on and off the court! Camps run Monday through Thursday. Fridays will be used as a rain make-up day if needed. Cost: $245/week for members; $325/week for non-members.

planetswimtennisclub.org / 904- 285-7545 / 300 Davis Park Rd, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

Shining Bright’s Summer Camp of the Arts

June 3 – August 9, 9am to 3pm

Ages 5-10. Step into a world of faith and endless creativity at Shining Bright's Summer Camp of the Arts! Residing in a faith-based environment, children are empowered to unleash their full potential in music, artistry, and Spanish fluency. Dive into diverse artistic mediums, master the piano and ukulele, and harmonize in their worship ensemble. With a focus on growth and discovery, this camp fosters every child's unique talents. Cost: $175 per week/child.

www.shiningbrightpreschool.com / 904-743-1375 / 55 University Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32211

SING! Jax Summer Camp

June 3-7 and July 22-26, 9am to 4pm

Rising 4-8th graders. The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is excited to announce the 4th annual choral festival and summer day camp, SING! Jax Summer Camp. Enjoy a fun-filled week of music, choral singing, and dance workshops. On the final day, all singers will perform in a concert showcasing what they have learned and experienced at SING! Jax Summer Camp. Camp designed for treble voices (soprano and altos) ONLY. Cost: Early Bird Registration through April 30, 2024, 11:59pm EST – $250. Registration will increase to $350 on May 1, 2024. www.jaxchildrenschorus.org / 904-353-1636 / 62 Main St N, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Surf Into Summer Surf Camp

May 27 – August 9, 8:45am to 11:45am

Ages 6 and up. All sessions begin with introductory instruction on general water, ocean safety, and surfing etiquette. Most of the time is spent in the water learning to surf with instructors. All necessary equipment is provided, both hardboards and softboards, leashes, wax, etc. Surfers of all experience levels encouraged to attend. Please bring a bathing suit, towel, rash guard, and sunblock. Snacks/ drinks provided. Pizza party on Friday. Cost: $250 per camp. Jacksonville Beach: located at Seagate Avenue, right across the street from Fletcher Middle School. Ponte Vedra: located right at Mickler’s Landing. surfintosummer.com / 904-962-7873

Theatre Jacksonville Summer Camp

Session A: June 10-28

Session B: July 15 – August 2 9am to 2pm

Ages 7-14. There are two sessions, each three weeks long. Every day students will rotate through three theatrical arts areas (acting, dance, and musical theatre), all in preparation for an original show that they produce at the end of the camp session. They hope to be able to offer in-person audience opportunities in the very near future, but for now, the show will be recorded during the camp session,

and an opportunity for all to view the recorded, finished product (including the performers) will be provided upon the conclusion of the session. Cost: $660 per camper, per session.

www.theatrejax.com / 904-396-4425 X16 / 1936 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Tommy Hulihan’s Summer Sports Camp

June 3 – August 2, 8am to 3pm

K-6th grade. Campers will participate in Team Sports and age-appropriate activities including basketball, soccer, flag football, kickball, tag games, and more. Campers will be divided into groups based on their age. All family and friends will be allowed to be grouped together, regardless of age. Campers must bring a lunch Monday – Thursday. On Fridays, campers will have a pizza lunch. Cost: $160/week; Daily rates are $40 Monday – Thursday and $45 for Friday (includes Pizza Party on Fridays). Extended Care available from 3pm to 5pm.

www.TommyHulihanBasketball.com / 904-3492611 / St. Paul's Gym - 212 5th St N, Jax Beach, FL 32250

TNT Gymnastics Summer Camp

June 3 – August 9, 9am to 3pm

Ages 5-12 (age 5 attending Kindergarten this fall). This is a sport development camp where every child will participate in gymnastics rotations focusing on new skill and position development. They will get to interact on all apparatus in the facility from vault, bars, beam, rings, trampoline, pit, and more! When it's time to slow down and catch a breath, kids will have snacks, crafts, and lunch each day. Cost:

$220/week. Register for any camp week or multiple days. Multiple weeks discounts available. Extended day hours: 8am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm.

www.tntgymfit.com / 904-998-8681 / 2683 St Johns Bluff Road S. Unit #107, Jacksonville, FL 32246

Urban Youth Park Summer Camps

May 27 – August 9

9am to 12pm or 12pm to 3pm

Ages 5-14. Kids will learn social, mental, and physical skills that will help them be ready for school and life in general. Safety and fun are their top priorities. Daily activities include a mix of parkour, trampoline and tumbling skills, and Ninja warrior obstacles (warped wall, quintuple step, etc.). Campers will join in games such as Nerf battles and dodgeball, create custom tie-dye t-shirts, and receive camper of the day awards. Games and arts and crafts will be running during early and late drop-off hours.

www.urbanyouthpark.com/nocatee / 904-8204888 / 200 Sterling Plaza Dr, #207, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

A: June 10-28

B: July 15-Aug. 2

HOURS: Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm*

COST: $660 per


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Total Solar Eclipse to Occur April 8

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

What is a total solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth that either fully or partially blocks the sun’s light in some areas. This only happens occasionally because the moon does not orbit in the exact same plane as the sun and Earth do, according to NASA.

People located in the center of the Moon’s shadow when it hits Earth will experience a total eclipse. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people in the path of a total solar eclipse can see the sun’s corona, the outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the sun.

When will the eclipse occur?

Depending on what part of Florida you’re in, residents should start to see the eclipse beginning about 1:35 p.m. EDT on April 8, 2024, with the midpoint at 2:55 p.m. During this time, the sun will be partially obscured by the moon.

Totality is the most special stage of the eclipse and is the only period of time when you can observe the total eclipse without eclipse glasses. This stage will occur at roughly 3 p.m. It will start in the southwestern part of the state and will be over within just a few minutes; the exact duration depends on the location.

Phases of a Total Solar Eclipse

1. First Contact: The edge of the moon starts to overlap the edge of the sun. The eclipse begins.

2. Second Contact: The moon covers the majority of the sun. Total eclipse begins.

3. Totality: Max phase of a total solar eclipse. The sun is completely covered.

4. Third Contact: The moon starts moving away. Parts of the sun’s disk reappear.

5. Fourth Contact: The moon stops covering the sun. The eclipse ends.


Except during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the Moon completely

blocks the Sun’s bright face, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury.

When watching the partial phases of the solar eclipse directly with your eyes, which happens before and after totality, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times. You can also use an indirect viewing method, such as a pinhole projector.

Where to watch the solar eclipse

If you feel like taking a road trip for a special viewing of the eclipse, here are a few ideas:

• Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at the Orlando Science Center – 777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

• Partial Eclipse and Earth Day Celebration at Kennedy Space Center – Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island, FL 32953

• There Goes the Sun: Solar Eclipse Viewing at Palm Beach Gardens – Mirasol Park, 12385 Jog Road

Additional Facts

• Total solar eclipses are a rare phenomenon. After 2024’s eclipse, the next one visible to North America will be August 23, 2044.

• Temperatures may drop as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Clear skies are best to view the eclipse. However, a noticeable darkness will still occur with cloud cover.

• While the sun is actually about 400 times larger in diameter than the moon, the moon is also about 400 times closer than the sun. Therefore, the sun and the moon appear to be about the same size in our sky.

• When a solar eclipse reaches totality, nocturnal wildlife sometimes wakes up, thinking that it’s nighttime, and non-nocturnal wildlife might think it’s time to head to sleep. j

eclipse2024.in.gov science.nasa.gov floridatoday.com

Things to Do Education Events

Bite-Size Science Virtual Program

Thru May 31, 2024

A 15-episode series of curriculum-related 10-15 minute videos covering life science topics such as cheetah adaptations, ocean food chains, wetlands, monarch butterflies, pollination, and much more. Each video features one of Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist's, songs and an entertaining science lesson. The series includes over three hours of content, curriculum connections including Florida Standards, animations, nature footage, quizzes and a study guide with activities and additional resources. The series is geared for students in K-5 (ages 5 and 11). Pricing is $6 per child. A viewing link will be emailed with instructions on how to access the virtual program. The link can be shared within your group to view with ease in a classroom, home, or on a mobile device. FSCJ Artist Series / 904-632-5050 / www.fscjartistseries.org

Homeschool Science

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 11am to 12noon Students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math are invited to the library for homeschool science. Read or talk through a STEM book with library staff and then complete a STEM-based activity together. This STEM-based program for ages 5-12 features a book and science activities that encourage deep thinking and inquiry. Each week participants will use a variety of materials to explore a scientific concept.

Jacksonville Public Library Webb Wesconnett Branch / 904-255-2665 / 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210 / jaxpubliclibrary.org

Preparing for the New End-of-Year Math Assessment in Grades 3-5 April 2, 6pm to 7pm

Students will soon take their final FAST Math assessment of the school year. District experts will share sample questions, the assessment format, and what students can expect on this end-of-year assessment. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a free family resource that promotes parental involvement, enhances student achievement, and supports a caregiver's need for personal and individual growth. Parent Academy courses are offered virtually through Microsoft Teams. Duval Parent Academy / 904-390-2960 / dcps.duvalschools.org

Theatreworks: The Jungle Book April 2, 10am and 12noon

Theatreworks presents The Jungle Book. This musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic will be performed in two schooltime shows for grades K-5. Tickets are $8.50 each. The Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.floridatheatre.com

Preparing for the 5th Grade Science Assessment • April 10, 6pm to 7pm

This course will review the basic components of the state's science assessment. It will explain the different types of questions, length of the test, and test-taking strategies to help students do their best. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a free family resource that promotes parental involvement, enhances student achievement, and supports a caregiver's need for personal and individual growth. Parent Academy courses are offered virtually through Microsoft Teams. Duval Parent Academy / 904-390-2960 / dcps.duvalschools.org

Jacksonville Science Festival

April 11-13

All students, teachers, experts, organizations, local businesses and community partners are invited to come together to celebrate education with all of the Jacksonville community and surrounding regions. Activities include STEAM interactive booths, hands on art, science activities, hands on interactive research data, community art projects, activities, and more. Admission is free and open to the community. On April 11-12, the event will be held at the FSCJ South Campus. And on April 13, the festival moves to Henry J. Klutho Park. Jacksonville Science Festival / 904-493-3535 / www.jacksonvillesciencefestival.org

FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246

Henry J. Klutho Park, 204 W 3rd St, Jacksonville, FL 32206

Steve Trash Science Live!

April 11, 10am and 12noon; April 12, 11am

Live show based on the PBS kid’s TV show, Steve Trash Science. Steve uses real science, kid comedy, music, and magic tricks to explain STEM – Science, technology, Engineering, Math related topics. The school performance is intended for school field trips and homeschool groups. Recommended for grades K-8. Tickets are $8.50 each. Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts / 904632-5000 / 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.fscjartistseries.org

Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends

April 15, 10am and 12noon

Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends will be performed in two live shows at the Florida Theatre. Admission is $8.50 per person, and the show is best suited for children in grades K-4. School groups, homeschool families, and individuals are welcome to attend. The musical is based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty which spotlights the STEM curriculum. The Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.floridatheatre.com

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Englewood Elementary students enriched

with financial knowledge through “JA in a Day”

More than 200 Englewood Elementary students can now bank on great financial futures thanks to the money-saving tips they learned in the “JA in a Day” financial literacy program.

With the help of former Jacksonville Jaguars player Aaron Beasley, Jaxson de Ville, and dozens of volunteers, students learned not only about how to save and invest money but also about entrepreneurship and workforce readiness skills.

“I think they’re helping us a lot and doing a good job teaching us about money and how we should save our money so our parents don’t have to buy everything for us, and we can buy our own things,” said fifth-grader Shamariah Brock.

The event is a partnership between Junior Achievement of North Florida and Everbank. It is funded through the “Touchdowns for Tomorrow” program in which the Jacksonville Jaguars donate $500 for every touchdown scored this past season (which was 41).

Principal Hope Teper says these are valuable lessons that many of the students do not get a chance to learn at home.

“A lot of the families that we have, financial freedom is something that they don’t have, and they struggle financially,” said Teper. “So having Junior Achievement come in and teach them how to manage money really sets students up to start thinking about that now so that it can affect their future.”

So far, JA says more than 600 students have been served and more than 60 volunteers have dedicated their time to teaching students during the program.

“We get to serve more, we get to go inside and pour into kids, and it’s an opportunity to purchase more materials and bring these volunteers in to see the money at work,” said Tiffany Guthrie, JA Vice President of Programs and Partnerships. “That’s the cool part. You’re giving us volunteers to see the work in action of getting these students ready for life.”

Englewood is the third school this year to host the program. The fourth and final visit will be May 29 at Long Branch Elementary.

Dancing robots and STEM skills on display at annual Robotics and Computer Science Festival

Doing dance-offs with limber, fourlegged robots was just one of the many STEM-related joys students enjoyed at the district’s annual Robotics and Computer Science Festival held in March.

More than 500 Team Duval students got a chance to showcase their work from their computer science courses and afterschool Robotics teams, as well as interact with technology brought to the event by community partners.

Keelan Burke, a ninth grader at Raines High School, said this was an eye-opening experience.

“It’s been fun here with a lot of cool technology,” said Burke. “I learned that technology can do a lot of crazy stuff, and it’s really fascinating how humans are able to control all of this and create more stuff in the future.”

The eye-popping exhibits, like the robot dogs and 3D printing, were thanks to the district’s partnerships in the community.

“We’ve just been really fortunate to have such great business partners,” said Dr. Yvonne Spinner, Duval County Public Schools Director of Science. “When you walk around, you’ll see CSX, JEA, Haskell, hand2mind, Stem-

2Hub, and all of these partners that come out here. We’re just fortunate that those organizations have volunteered their time and funding to come out here to support our Duval County students.”

Students said they learned a lot by visiting the interactive exhibits.

“I’m learning how to make household things,” said Ishika Patel, a fourth grader at R.V. Daniels Elementary School. “It’s really exciting because this could help me in the future, like if I don’t have something, I can just take some supplies and make a flashlight if the lights go out.”

Dr. Spinner said this event, along with the computer science courses and Robotics clubs, helps stimulate a love of STEM in students early, which is the district’s goal.

“If you don’t touch students in elementary school with STEM education, by the time they get to middle and high school – either they don’t like science, they don’t like technology, or they don’t have enough skills to engage in those programs,” said Dr. Spinner. “Then we don’t get kids in our important fields.”

District to discuss possible merger of R.V. Daniels with R.L. Brown

R.L. Brown and R.V. Daniels elementary schools are at the front of merger conversations as Duval County Public Schools continues to seek ways to “right size” campuses to improve learning environments for students.

The schools, which are both dedicated magnets that house gifted and academically talented elementary

students, have been faced with challenges to use their spaces to their full capacities. As a result, it has been proposed to merge both into one building, maximizing resources and providing a more robust academic environment for these gifted students.

However, at this time, no final decision has been made. While conversations

are in the works, the final plan will not be voted on by the School Board until a board meeting later this spring.

Regarding R.V. Daniels and R.L. Brown, the two schools are approximately 4 miles apart and share similar programming but have populations of less than 200 students.

The district and School Board will continue to have discussions to determine appropriate actions to eliminate unnecessary administrative costs.

To learn more about Master Facility Plan projects and their statuses, visit DCPS’ Master Facility Plan Implementation website.

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Recognition Recap

Clay County School News

At the March Regular School Board Meeting, the District recognized some outstanding students and educators who truly embody what it means to be One Team. One Goal. One Clay.

The 2023-2024 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year! The youth winner is Tyler D. from Orange Park High School, the volunteer winner is Jaime Russell from Middleburg High, and the senior volunteer winner is David Everington from Doctors Inlet Elementary School.

The 2023-2024 School-Related Employee of the Year, Mr. Philip Turturro from Doctors Inlet Elementary School, and Teacher of the Year, Ms. Robin Campbell, from Wilkinson Junior High School.

Clay Education Foundation recognition of School Board Member Mary Bolla for her involvement with the foundation.

UNF and Clay County schools partner to build educator pathways

The University of North Florida and Clay County District Schools (CCDS) are working together to renew the teacher pipeline and improve student achievement.

UNF’s College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS), and Clay County schools were awarded in 2022 a $7 million grant for Project PREP (Partnering to Renew the Educator Pipeline) to help address the critical teacher shortage and create equitable teaching outcomes for every student. The group authored an article about their partnership, recently published in the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) Journal.

The article outlines the project’s four goals, which include preparing diverse teachers to graduate and obtain high-need certifications; retaining teachers in high-need schools; preparing school leaders to develop teachers and build a positive school environment; and developing a systemic approach to foster equitable teaching outcomes.

Project PREP integrates five components to support diverse educators with a focus on high school student interest in education, initial teacher learning, early career professional learning, teacher leadership, as well as school and district leadership professional learning.

Within the article, the authors share insight into PREP’s components and highlight two featured activities during the first year of partnering, Project PREP Summer Bridge and PREP Teacher Leadership Certificate Cohort.

Through Project PREP’s Summer Bridge program, a week-long, overnight stay experience on campus, CCDS high school juniors and seniors engaged in a range of activities to develop their skills in community engagement, reflection, and working with diverse groups. Support staff included current COEHS teacher candidates, graduates of the COEHS teacher preparation program, and a CCDS elementary school teacher.

UNF and CCDS faculty also partnered to design the inaugural PREP Teacher Leadership Certificate Cohort, a graduate experience that builds teacher leadership and education.

The authors for this article include 13 faculty members from the UNF COEHS, with Dr. Rachelle Curcio serving as the principal investigator for Project PREP and Drs. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, Megan Lynch, and Lunetta Williams as co-principal investigators. Other contributing authors include four CCDS partners and

While their first publication describes some of PREP’s initial activities, the project continues to move ahead with ventures like a collaboration between the COEHS Elementary Education program faculty and CCDS to reimagine a yearlong internship for undergraduates majoring in Elementary Education.

This internship experience will further delve into the CCDS literacy needs during the 202425 academic year. The first cohort of early career teachers in CCDS will begin this summer during a two-day Summer Institute.

Project PREP is funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Teacher Quality Partnership, through 2027.


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April Calendar

April 4, 6pm – 9pm Regular School Board Meeting, Teacher Training Center, Fleming Island High School

April 12 Fair Day – Student/Teacher Holiday

April 26 Interim Reports to Parents

April 26, 11am – 8pm All County Art Show, Thrasher-Horne Center

April 27, 8:30am – 1pm Elementary Math Field Day, Fleming Island High School

April 27, 10am – 7pm All County Art Show, Thrasher-Horne Center

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Kutztown University of Pennsylvania's dean of Education Rebecca W. Burns.

Johns County School District

SJCSD In Person Job Fair – April 27, 2024 @ Nease High School

St. Johns County District Schools is looking for great teachers to join the ranks. Mark your calendars and please share with potential new hires who you may know.

Patriot Oaks Academy Partners with Kids Against Hunger

In March, middle school students at Patriot Oaks Academy partnered with "Kids Against Hunger" to package over 21,000 meals! This effort will support families affected by the ongoing War in Ukraine.

During their PE classes, students came

together to make this humble yet impactful contribution to our global community. None of this would have been possible without the generous support from THE PLAYERS Championship, Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation, Borland Groover, and numerous other incredible sponsors.

Tee Up Your Future, Hosted by The Players

The Players hosted "Tee up your Future" for 50 junior and senior students from St. Augustine, Pedro Menendez, and St. Johns Technical High Schools! This event exposed students to sports and careers associated with sports organizations. They heard from panelists and participated in networking and breakout sessions. What an incredible opportunity for these students to explore new possibilities!

April CHARACTER COUNTS! Pillar: All Pillars


• Be honest

• Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal

• Be reliable – do what you say you’ll do

• Have the courage to do the right thing

• Build a good reputation

• Be loyal – stand by your family, friends, and country


• Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule

• Be tolerant and accepting of differences

• Use good manners, not bad language

• Be considerate of the feelings of others

• Don’t threaten, hit, or hurt anyone

• Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements


• Do what you are supposed to do

• Plan ahead

• Persevere: keep on trying!

• Always do your best

• Use self-control

• Be self-disciplined

• Think before you act — consider the consequences

• Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes

• Set a good example for others

April Calendar


• Play by the rules

• Take turns and share

• Be open-minded; listen to others

• Don’t take advantage of others

• Don’t blame others carelessly

• Treat all people fairly Caring

• Be kind

• Be compassionate and show you care

• Express gratitude

• Forgive others

• Help people in need

• Be charitable and altruistic Citizenship

• Do your share to make your school and community better

• Cooperate

• Get involved in community affairs

• Stay informed; vote

• Be a good neighbor

• Obey laws and rules

• Respect authority

• Protect the environment

• Volunteer

April 1, 2pm – 3pm District Media Advisory Committee Meeting

April 1, 3pm – 4pm District Media Advisory Committee Meeting

April 2, 9am – 10am School Board Workshop, SJCSD Administrative Building

April 2-4 State Science Fair

April 9, 2pm – 3pm District Media Advisory Committee Meeting

April 9, 3pm – 4pm District Media Advisory Committee Meeting

April 9, 4pm – 5pm School Board Meeting, SJCSD Administrative Building

April 19 Student/Teacher Holiday

April 23 Interims Issued

April 23, 9am – 10am School Board Workshop, SJCSD Administrative Building

April – May B.E.S.T. Testing (Reading, Math & Science)

All Schools participate in a weekly early release on Wednesday: Elementary @ 1:45, Middle @ 12:50, High @ 2:50

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Visit St. Johns County Schools online at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/schools for more information. Follow Us on Social Media Get connected for the latest news & updates! Follow SJCSD on Facebook, X, Instagram, and LinkedIn and stay in the know! on Facebook @SJCSD on X @SJCSD on Instagram @sjcsd2021 on LinkedIn @St.Johns County School District

New Book Releases for Teens


and Joungmin Lee


Most Ardently:

A Pride & Prejudice Remix

Gabe Cole Novoa Age 13+

Where the Dark Stands Still

Age 14+

Heartless Hunter: The Crimson Moth, Book 1

Age 15+

Crown of Midnight:

Throne of Glass, Book 2

Sarah J. Maas

Age 14+

A Tempest of Tea: Blood and Tea, Book 1

Age 14+

Things to Do Teen Events

Preparing For the End-of-the-Year Math Assessment in Grades 6-12

The Colliding Worlds of Mina Lee

Age 12+

These Deadly Prophecies

Age 14+

Wander in the Dark

Age 12+

The Breakup Lists

Adib Khorram Age 14+ j

commonsensemedia. org readbrightly.com

April 4, 12noon

Students will soon take their final FAST Math assessment of the school year. District experts will share sample questions, the assessment format, and what students can expect on this end-of-year assessment. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a family resource designed for parents, caregivers, and community members. All Parent Academy courses are free of charge. Duval County Parent Academy / 904-390-2960 / dcps.duvalschools.org

Dual2Degree Day • April 4, 5pm to 7pm

All Dual Enrollment students and high school seniors are invited for an application assistance event. Dual2Degree Day is an opportunity for all Dual Enrollment students and graduating seniors to apply to FSCJ. Attendees will also be allowed to learn about FSCJ and the enrollment steps, such as residency, transcript submission, assessment guidelines, scholarship applications, and more. Held in the Library & Learning Commons, Building A Room 2102D. Florida State College at Jacksonville, Downtown Campus / 904-646-2300 / 101 West State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.fscj.edu

Homeschool Prom 2024

April 6, 7pm to 10pm

Chick-fil-A Oakleaf & Middleburg are hosting their annual Homeschool Prom. The prom is for all homeschool students grades 9-12. Formal attire is required; dress code will be strictly enforced. The evening will feature dancing, food, and prizes. Tickets are $80 plus fees. Thrasher-Horne Center / 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065 / chickfila.ticketleap.com

Teen Homeschool Hangout Special Event-

Total Solar Eclipse • April 8, 1pm to 2pm

Homeschoolers are invited for a special program that provides teens with an opportunity to socialize and enjoy all of the library's great resources. This month participants will be getting ready for the Total Solar Eclipse and learning how to view it safely. The eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, and Canada on April 8, 2024. This program is recommended for teens ages 12-18. Clay County Public Library, Fleming Island Branch / 904-278-3720 / 1895 Town Center Blvd, Fleming Island, FL 32003 / claycountygov.libcal.com

Supporting Success in Biology

April 9, 12noon

All students pursuing a standard high school diploma must successfully pass Biology. Join this class to hear from the district''s science team as they share valuable information about the biology curriculum, sample test questions, and test-taking strategies. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a free family resource that promotes parental involvement, enhances student achievement, and supports a caregiver's need for personal and individual growth. Parent Academy courses are offered virtually through Microsoft Teams. Duval County Parent Academy / 904390-2960 / dcps.duvalschools.org

Understanding the Civics End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment • April 16, 6pm to 7pm

Civics is a middle school course that all students must pass to enter high school. Participants will learn about the content, test structure, and how to help students succeed on the Civics EOC assessment. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a free family resource that promotes parental involvement, enhances student achievement, and supports a caregiver's need for personal and individual growth. Parent Academy courses are offered virtually through Microsoft Teams. Duval County Parent Academy / 904390-2960 / dcps.duvalschools.org

Understanding the U.S. History End-ofCourse Assessment • April 18, 12noon

Successful completion of U.S. History is a graduation requirement. Join this course to learn valuable information about the various topics that students study throughout the year, test structure, and ways to help your student prepare for the assessment. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a free family resource that promotes parental involvement, enhances student achievement, and supports a caregiver's need for personal and individual growth. Duval County Parent Academy / 904-390-2960 / dcps.duvalschools.org

4th Annual CTF Teen Talk Workshop April 20, 12noon to 4pm

The Chasity Taylor Foundation hosts the 4th Annual CTF Teen Talk Workshop. Ages 12-16 are invited for engaging discussions, interactive activities, and valuable insights on topics that matter to you. Participants will improve communication skills, build confidence, and more. The event is free, but please reserve your spot in advance.

First United Methodist Church / 904-3335076 / 225 East Duval Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / chasitytaylorfoundation.org

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Animal Encounter Summer Camps PETS

Diamond D Ranch Summer Camps

June 5 – July 21, Day Camp: 8:30am to 5pm

Ages 8-17. Opportunity to learn about horses and horsemanship. Camp is for both the beginner and those who already have some knowledge of horses. Day Camp Cost: $950 + tax per week. Lunch and snacks are provided.

Overnight Camp: Begins Monday morning at 8:30am until Friday at 5pm.

Overnight campers are provided with breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper and dessert. Your child will sleep in an air-conditioned bunkhouse, complete with restrooms and shower facilities. Overnight Camp Cost: $1250 + tax per week. www.diamonddranchinc.com / 904-2899331 / 5903-1 Solomon Rd, Jacksonville, 32234

GTM – Adventures in the Estuary

June 3 – July 19, 9am to 3pm

Ages 6-14. Designed for young explorers, this immersive camp offers a unique opportunity to delve into the diverse ecosystems of our coastal reserve. Through engaging activities, hands-on experiences, and expert-led adventures, campers will forge a deeper connection with the estuarine environment. From discovering marine life to exploring coastal trails, Adventures in the Estuary fosters a love for nature while imparting valuable knowledge about estuarine ecology and conservation. Join for a summer filled with discovery, friendship, and a sense of wonder as campers embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of our coastal ecosystems. Cost: $350/week.

gtmnerr.org/summer-camp/ 904-823-4500 / 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082

Jacksonville Humane Society Summer Camp

June 10 – August 2, 9am to 4pm

Rising grades 1-8. JHS is proud to offer a selection of educational camps for children of all ages. JHS camps provide children with the unique and invaluable opportunity to learn about animal welfare and sheltering, animal behavior, helping pets in our community, and the importance of kindness, compassion, and generosity. Cost: $300/week. www.jaxhumane.org / 904-725-8766 ext. 4573/ 8464 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, 32216

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Summer Camp

June 17 – August 2, 9am to 4pm

Ages 5-13. Campers will spend the mornings exploring the Zoo following one of our education staff through a different area each day. After lunch, campers will spend the afternoon meeting ambassador animals, playing camp games, creating arts and crafts and participating in a variety of fun educational-themed activities. All Zoo Camps include exclusive behind-the-scenes encounters* and up-close experiences with some of our amazing animals (*subject to change)! Camp (Member) $265; Camp (Non-Member) $295; Extended Care $50/5 day camp; Lunches $50/5 day camp.

www.jacksonvillezoo.org / 904-757-4463, ext 122 / 370 Zoo Pkwy, Jacksonville, 32218

Marineland’s Seaside Eco-Adventure Camps June 3 – August 2, 8am to 3pm

S.E.A. Camp I: Ages 7-9. S.E.A. Camp II: Ages 10-12. Join the S.E.A. Camp crew for a fun-filled week of science, activities, exploration, beachcombing and of course, dolphins! Campers will spend their days outside enjoying the beach and exploring the intracoastal hammock ecosystem. Science experiments, conservation projects and animal observations are all included in this one-of-kind day camp experience. S.E.A. camps will conclude with an exciting in-water dolphin encounter and a formal graduation ceremony.

Price: $390 plus tax.

www.marineland.net / 407-563-4701 / 9600 Oceanshore Blvd, St. Augustine, 32080

Marineland’s T.E.E.N. Camp

June 3 – August 2, 8am to 3pm

Ages 13-17. The T.E.E.N. Camp is an exciting opportunity for teenagers who are interested in the environmental field and our local wildlife. This unique experience provides campers with an in-depth look into our local ecosystems and its diverse array of resident species. Campers will be able to kayak the Intracoastal waterway, conduct lab experiments and perform mock field work for their Conservation Field Station. At the conclusion of the camp, participants will have the opportunity to participate in an in-water encounter with one of their bottlenose dolphins! Price: $390 plus tax.

www.marineland.net / 407-563-4701 / 9600

Oceanshore Blvd, St. Augustine, 32080

SeaWorld Summer Camps

June 3 – August 9

9am to 12pm; Ages 3-4

9am to 3pm; 1st - 8th Grade

Day Camps offer fun, quality educational experiences along with superior safety standards and low counselor-to-camper ratios. All the Day Camps promise a ton of fun for campers of all ages. Caring, well-trained counselors help ensure an action-packed week of laughing and learning for all. seaworldcamps.com/orlando / 407-351-3600 / 7007 Sea Harbor Dr, Orlando, 32821

St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoo Camp

June 3 – August 2, 9am to 4pm

Grades 1-6. Week-long Zoo Camps are open for students ages 6-10. Lunch and snacks are provided, or campers may bring their own. One camp shirt is provided for the week, and additional shirts are available for purchase. Weekly Cost: $300 members, $330 non-members

www.alligatorfarm.com / 904-824-3337 / 999

Anastasia Blvd, St Augustine, 32080

St. Augustine Aquarium Summer Camp

June 3 – July 26, 9am to 4pm

Learn about Sharks, Stingrays, Tropical Reef Fish, Starfish, Florida birds and more. Touch & feed animals, games, crafts, water fun. Sibling & multiple week discounts available. Camp t shirt, lunch and 2 snacks provided. Cost: $220/week. $50 Deposit. www.saaquarium.com / 904-429-9777 / 2045

State Road 16, St. Augustine, 32084

Things to Do Pet Events

Pups on the Patio Happy Hou

Mondays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 4pm to 7pm

The Guy Harvey Resort hosts Pups on the Patio Happy Hour. Join staff every Monday at Santiago’s Florida Kitchen’s outdoor patio in the main lobby building for $1 off all drinks when you bring your. Please keep all pets on a leash for their safety.

Guy Harvey Resort St. Augustine Beach / 904-471-2555 / 860 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / guyharveyresortstaugustinebeach.com

A Night Under the Stars

April 11, 6:30pm to 9pm

First Coast No More Homeless Pets invites the community for A Night Under the Stars. The event will be held on the grounds of Bowing Oaks, where hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, entertaining music, dinner, and a live auction will be a part of this dynamic evening. Tickets are $100. Bowing Oaks / 904-425-0005 / 7743 Alphons Street, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / fcnmhp.org


April 13, 11am to 11pm

Woofstock is a day of peace, music and dogs. Free to attend, there will be activities for all ages at Woofstock, including several of the area's best vendors, food trucks, and some of the best artists / bands in the region. The festival is dog friendly, so be sure to bring your fur baby. General admission is free, and VIP tickets are $150.

Kanine Social / 904-712-6363 / 580 College Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / www.kaninesocial.com

Tides and Tails

April 26, 4:30pm to 6:30pm

The Jacksonville Humane Society hosts a beachside happy hour for humans and their furry friends. There will be a treat bar for pets and humans, chance auction, pet photo booth, and more. Tickets start at $50 for human and pet tickets. Each human ticket includes valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and more. Pet tickets include a wag bag,

treat bar, and more. Tickets are limited due to space capacity; only 1 pet per person. Pets are not required to come to this event.

One Ocean Hotel & Resort / 904-725-8766 / 1 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 / jaxhumane.org

Hogs for Dogs Ride

April 27, 9:30am

Clay Humane - along with co-host Adamec Harley Davidson, will hold its annual "Hogs for Dogs" charity motorcycle ride. On-site registration begins at 9:30am at Adamec Harley Davidson in Orange Park, FL and ends at Whitey's Fish Camp in Fleming Island, FL. Be sure to arrive by 3:45pm to enjoy dinner. Registration starts at $30.

Adamec Harley-Davidson, Orange Park / 904276-7729 / 1520 Wells Road, Orange Park, FL 32073 / www.clayhumane.org

"Forever Home" Pet Adoptathon

April 27, 10am to 4pm

Petsense by Tractor Supply hosts their next "Forever Home" Pet Adoptathon. The Petsense locations will partner with Suncoast Basset Rescue to educate the public on the incredible work being done to save Florida's Bassets and find them loving homes.

Petsense / 904-329-2041 / 6765 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32219 / www.petsense.com

Paint Your Own Pet

April 28, 1:30pm to 4:30pm

This is a personalized painting session where staff will teach you how to paint your own pet. Please send a high resolution headshot image of your pet to studio086@paintingwithatwist. com in advance for them to pre-sketch your fur baby before the class. Paint Your own Pet is offered on your choice of a 16x20 canvas for $60 or a 12x12 canvas for $60. Only one pet per sign-up.

Painting With a Twist, San Marco / 904-3998399 / 1525 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / www.paintingwithatwist.com

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Ice Dinosaurs at MOSH

Thru September 6

The Lost World of the Alaskan Frontier displays newly discovered Arctic-dwelling dinosaurs never-before-seen in an exhibition. Built around groundbreaking discoveries that are expanding the traditional understanding of dinosaur physiology, provinciality, and migration, Ice Dinosaurs invites visitors to learn about the unique adaptations of polar dinosaurs while interacting with actual fossils and museum-grade casts. The exhibit is included with regular museum admission.

Museum of Science & History / 904-396-6674 / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / themosh.org

FSCJ Artist Series: SIX The Musical

April 2-7

Six is a modern retelling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII, presented in the form of a pop concert. The show has won 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including the Tony Award® for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Tickets start at $48.50. There is no intermission during SIX. SIX includes flashing lights, strobe effects, theatrical haze and loud music throughout.

Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts, Moran Theater / 904-633-6110 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.fscjartistseries.org

Seawalk Sessions • April 3, 4pm to 7pm

The Seawalk Sessions will be held the first Wednesday of every month at the Seawalk Lawn. This will

be an intimate concert series featuring local artists. One local food truck will also be highlighted each month. Free and open to the community.

Latham Plaza & Seawalk Pavilion / 904-247-6157 / 11 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / www.jacksonvillebeach.org

Clay County Agricultural Fair

April 4-14

The Clay County Agricultural Fair returns to Green Cove Springs April 4-14. There will be Rosaire's Royal Racers Pig Racing, Disc-Connected K9's World Famous Frisbee Dogs, Mobile Glass Studio, Tim's Trains, Stilt Fun, Agracadabra, Robocars, Florida AG Experience, and more. Concert tickets include gate admission. Concerts include Vanilla Ice, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride, Bret Michaels, and more. Concert gates open at 6pm, with the opener performing at 7pm and the headliner at 8pm.

Clay County Fairgrounds / 904-284-1615 / 2493 State Road 16 West, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 / www.claycountyfair.org

Dinosaur World Live • April 4, 7pm

The Thrasher-Horne Center presents Dinosaur World Live, an interactive new family show. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus. A special meet and greet after the show offers all our brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend. Tickets start at $19. Thrasher-Horne Center / 904-276-6815 / 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065 / thcenter.org

World Ballet Series: Swan Lake

April 4, 7pm

Swan Lake, the ballet of all ballets, will be performed one night only as a part of the World Ballet Series. See the iconic Dance of the Little Swans, count the 32 fouettés performed by Odile, and immerse yourself in magical Tchaikovsky's music. The production will feature richly detailed, hand-painted sets as well as over 150 radiant costumes that bring fresh representation to this timeless classic. World Ballet Series is a unique project that attracts many international artists and is composed of renowned professional dancers representing over ten countries who are united by a passion for entertaining audiences and enriching classical ballet traditions through brilliant, critically acclaimed new productions of timeless ballet classics. Tickets range from $45 to $89. Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.floridatheatre.com

Car-B-Que: Classic Car Show & Barbeque

April 6, 11am to 2pm

One Church Jacksonville Beach hosts a Classic Car Show and Barbeque. There will be several vintage and classic cars on display. There will also be BBQ available and the suggested donation will be $10 per plate for food. All the proceeds will benefit the Children's Ministry.

One Church Jacksonville Beach / 904-249-2314 / 324 5th Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / onechurchjaxbeach.com

St. Augustine Lion's Club Seafood Festival

April 6, 10am to 9pm; April 7, 11am to 6pm

The St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival celebrates their 41st year. The festival features lots of food, entertainment and arts & crafts. There will be a Kid Zone, meet and greet with Princesses and characters, magic show, Fire Fighters and Fire Truck on Saturday 12noon to 2pm, arts & crafts show, inflatables, and more. Some activities have a fee. Pets and coolers are not allowed. General Admission is $10. Children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. All net profits from the Festival go to support charitable causes and individuals in need: local, state, national, and international, in that order.

Francis Field / 25 West Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / lionsfestival.com

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Single game tickets start at $7, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed. On Sunday, kids can play catch on the field for 20 minutes before the game and run the bases after the game. There will also be free face painting and balloon animals. Fans who wear red on Friday save $1 on a ticket at the box office. Friday and Saturday are Fireworks nights.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Charlotte Knights

April 9, 7:05pm

April 10, 12:05pm

April 11, 7:05pm

April 12, 7pm

April 13 and 14, 6:35pm

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Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Norfolk Tides

April 16, 11:05am

April 17, 18 and 19, 7:05pm

April 20, 6:35pm

April 21, 3:05pm

121 Financial Ballpark / 904-358-2846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jaxshrimp.com

The Little Mermaid: 2024 Spring Musical April 11-12, 7pm

Students from the Providence School will perform Disney's The Little Mermaid. Doors open at 6:30pm for first come first served seating. VIP Seating doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $10 Student/Teacher; $20 General Admission; $15 Alumni Tickets w/code. Providence School / 904-223-5270 / 2701 Hodges Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / www.prov.org

Jacksonville Icemen vs Savannah Ghost Pirates April 12, 7pm

Jacksonville Icemen vs. Atlanta Gladiator

April 13, 7pm; April 14, 3pm

Tickets start at $22 each. The Jacksonville Icemen are a proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester American. VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena / 904-602-7825 / 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jacksonvilleicemen.com

Steve Trash Science Live! • April 13, 2pm

Live show based on the PBS kid’s TV show, Steve Trash Science. Steve uses real science, kid comedy, music, and magic tricks to explain STEM – Science, technology, Engineering, Math related topics. Tickets for the family show ranges from $11 to $21. Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts / 904-632-5000 / 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.fscjartistseries.org

All Pro Dad Experience

April 13, 9am to 12noon

Dads and their kids are invited at Flex Field for the Jacksonville All Pro Dad Experience. You'll spend the morning connecting with your kids – with activities and interactive family moments plus some practical fatherhood tips from Jacksonville Jaguars Head Football Coach Doug Pederson that you can take home and put into practice. Cost is $35. Daily's Place Flex Field / 813-222-8300 / 1 Daily's Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.allprodad.com

Friends of the Beaches Branch Library Book

Sale • April 17-20, 10am to 5pm

The Friends of the Beaches Branch Library hosts a book sale. The sale will feature bargain priced books, cds, dvds, and more. There will be children's books, fiction, non-fiction, reference books, travel books, cooking, and recipe books, and more. Free to attend, and items are priced by type of book. Jacksonville Public Library Beaches Branch / 904-270-1520 / 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266 / www.jaxpubliclibrary.org

Drop-In Chalk Fest • April 20, 3pm to 4pm

All young artists are invited to participate in the first chalk festival. Meet at the Brown Eastside Branch front sidewalk. This activity is purely for fun; no art skills required. Youth of all ages are welcome. Jacksonville Public Library, Brown Eastside Branch / 904-255-2665 / 1390 Harrison Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206 / jaxpubliclibrary.org

MOCA Spring Family Day

April 20, 11am to 5pm

Families are invited to celebrate with MOCA Jacksonville and community partners for a day of free family fun. Enjoy access to all of the exhibitions, a line-up of kid-friendly activities from community partners, art making, musical performances, food specials, and membership discounts. Street parking is free all day Saturday and Sunday.

MOCA Jacksonville / 904-366-6911 / 333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / mocajacksonville.unf.edu

Orange Park Kids Fest 2024

April 20-21, 10am to 4pm

The Town of Orange Park hosts Kids Fest 2024. The event features games and activities, displays, interactive shows, live music, food, and shopping. This event is designed with children 12 and younger in mind. Many activities are free, including train rides, playground, mini golf, touch-a-truck zone, Junior Firefighter Academy, finger painting & sensory play, and an obstacle course. Other activities are premium activities and will require a wristband or ticket. Admission and parking are free. Parking will be at Moosehaven with a free shuttle.

Town Hall Park / 904-278-3043 / 2042 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073 / opkidsfest.com

Harlem Globetrotters • April 26, 7pm

The Harlem Globetrotters bring their show to Jacksonville for one show only. They take on the Washington Generals in a game of extreme basketball innovation. Tickets to see the Globetrotters start at $25. Premium Experiences are available as add-ons. Options include Magic Pass and Celebrity Court Pass. These are optional, and an admission ticket is also required.

University of North Florida / 678-497-1900 / 11852 University of North Florida Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / www.harlemglobetrotters.com

Disney's Frozen - The Broadway Musical April 27 - May 4

From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, Frozen, the Tony-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America. Frozen features the songs you know from the original Oscar-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters. The unique theatrical experience features special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and more. Extra Magic Packages available. The Extra Magic Package includes an excellent seat in the theater and show merchandise. Tickets start at $44.59.

Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts / 904-632-5000 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.fscjartistseries.org

45th Annual Jax Beach Sandcastle Contest April 27, 2:30pm to 5:30pm

The Sandcastle Contest is back at Jacksonville Beach. Families and individuals are invited to participate Categories are 8 and under (limit of 3 builders); Ages 9 - 12 (limit of 3 builders); Ages 13 - 16 (limit of 3 builders); Family Category (limit of 5 builders); and Group Category (limit of 5 builders). Contest will take place on the beach, just north of the Jax Beach Pier. Jacksonville Beach Pier / 904247-6157 / 503 1st St North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / www.jacksonvillebeach.org

Opening of the Beaches Parade

April 28, 2pm to 3pm

Celebrate the Opening of the Beaches with the

Annual Opening of the Beaches Parade. The parade will take place in the heart of Jacksonville Beach. It will start at 5th Ave N and 2nd Street. Once started, the parade will travel north to 11th Avenue North and 2nd Street, then turn East towards the ocean. Once the parade reaches 1st Street, it will turn south and travel all the way to Beach Blvd, where it will reach its conclusion. Address is for reference


DINOSAURS: The Last World of the Alaskan Artic Makes Its World Premiere at MOSH

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is the world-premiere venue for the new traveling exhibition, ICE DINOSAURS: The Lost World of the Alaskan Arctic. The exhibition will offer visitors the opportunity to be the first to explore the stunning recent discoveries of dinosaurs from the Alaskan Arctic, all new additions to the scientific record of these extraordinary creatures.

Alaska is known to be paleontology’s final frontier, and this exhibit teaches visitors facts that might come to be a surprise. It dives deep into the history of Arctic dinosaurs, such as a feathered tyrannosaur, a giant species of raptor, and tiny hatchlings of herbivorous horned and duck-billed dinosaurs. Similar to previous dino exhibits, this one is an immersive, interactive, and educational experience featuring groundbreaking discoveries, animatronic displays, real fossils (some that are touchable), and much more.

Built around groundbreaking discoveries that challenge the traditional understanding of paleontology, ICE DINOSAURS invites visitors to learn about the unique adaptations of polar dinosaurs, who spent their entire lives above the Arctic Circle, somehow enduring cold, dark, and snowy winter conditions. The scientific evidence supporting them being non-migratory, unexpectedly nesting in the Arctic, and being warm-blooded is presented as the exhibition courses through a year in the life of these animals more than 73 million years ago. Visitors get to walk through four seasons, starting with spring and ending in the icy winter.

The exhibition combines more than 20 animatronic and static dinosaurs, two full skeletons, two skulls, and numerous mammals and fish. Interactive games and experiences invite guests of all ages to master science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) concepts while learning about new and exciting dinosaur species still being discovered today in the high Arctic. These include tunnels for children to crawl through and stations for curious minds of all ages to ask questions to a satellite uplink.

ICE DINOSAURS is based on the research of Florida’s own Dr. Gregory Erickson of Florida State University and Dr. Patrick Druckenmiller of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, co-directors of the Arctic Paleo-Research Consortium (ARPC), a multinational group of professional and citizen scientists who seek to unravel the mysteries of dinosaurian polar occupation.

Imagine Exhibitions, the creator and producer of the exhibition, will donate a portion of proceeds from this exhibition to the APRC to continue this groundbreaking research.

The exhibition is available now through September 6, 2024. Admission to the traveling exhibition is included in the price of general admission. Admission is free for children two and under and MOSH members. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit themosh.org. j



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