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Contents • June/July 2022

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear Readers,

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n June 11th, Jacksonville will celebrate its Bicentennial! A full day of activities is planned. Turn to page 4 for a lineup of the day’s activities and join the celebration!

LIVING WELL

Community Profile: City of Jacksonville Bicentennial ����������������������������������������������������4 Father’s Day Events ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������4 10 Ways to Succeed with Zero Talent �������������������������������������������������������������������������4 Fourth of July Events �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������5

Our nation is also celebrating its 246th birthday. For a list of Fourth of July events, turn to page 5. If you have a dog who is frightened by the sound of fireworks, turn to page 22 to learn what you can do to help them. Governor DeSantis recently signed into law a few tax holidays that we want to make sure you are aware of. There will be a sales tax exemption period on diapers and baby and toddler clothing, apparel, and shoes from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. See page 9 for more information. The 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs from now through June 10th. During the sales tax holiday period, tax is not due on the retail sale of eligible items related to disaster preparedness.

NATURE

Wildlife Rescue Coalition of Northeast Florida ��������������������������������������������������������������6 Things to Do: Nature Events ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������6 kids with learning disabilities, it applies to all children.

We have so many events to enjoy this summer! The Wizard of Oz is playing at The Alhambra Theatre & Dining. The show opens on June 16th, but don’t wait to get your tickets as this is a favorite summer tradition for families. Jax4Kids is proud to sponsor MOSH’s traveling exhibit, Dinosaur Explorer! Read more about this exciting exhibit on page 19. Jumbo Shrimp tickets start at $5, and every Friday and SaturThere is also a tax exemption on books for kids day families can enjoy fireworks; on Sundays, kids can run the bases after the games, plus ages 12 and under now through August 14th. there will be face painting and balloon animals. Turn to page 19 for more information. On that note, you can find books to help your kids travel Turn to page 18 for more game day information. You’ll find places to go and things to do the world on page 20 and Board Books on Wellness for ages 0 to 2 on page 11, as well as all summer long at Jax4Kids.com – your What, Where and When for Kids! more suggested titles online via Brightly.com, Enjoy your summer! CommonSenseMedia.com, Bookopolis.com, AMightyGirl.com, Goodreads.com, Amazon. com, and your local bookseller. Longtime educator Opal Lee has written a book called June- Alison Peters-Carlson teenth: A Children’s Story. Ms. Lee’s mission is Editor to see a celebration of freedom that lasts from Juneteenth through Independence Day. While we’re talking about reading, I found the concept of creating a summer listening, rather than reading, list for kids on page 12 compelling. While the article may be geared toward

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EATING WELL

Rethink Your Drink �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������7 Things to Do: Eating Well Events ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������7

HEALTH & SAFETY

NRPA Family Health & Fitness Day �����������������������������������������������������������������������������8 Things to Do: Health & Safety Events ��������������������������������������������������������������������������8

INFANT & TODDLER

What to Feed My Baby? ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������9 Tax Exemption on Products for Babies and Toddlers ����������������������������������������������������9 Board Books on Wellness for Ages 0-2 ���������������������������������������������������������������������11 Things to Do: Infant & Toddler Events �����������������������������������������������������������������������11

SPECIAL NEEDS

The Importance of Learning to Listen �����������������������������������������������������������������������12 Things to Do: Special Needs Events ��������������������������������������������������������������������������12

SUMMER GUIDE

Explore Dinosaurs at MOSH’s Summer Exhibit ����������������������������������������������������������13 Deals ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������14 Theatre & Arts ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������15 City of Jacksonville Community Pools �����������������������������������������������������������������������16 Hands-On Fun ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������16-17 Movies �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������17 Sporting Events ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������17-18 Discover Your Summer of More at Gaylord Palms Resort ��������������������������������������������18 Summer Reading Programs �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������19 Not All Sunscreens Are Safe and Effective �����������������������������������������������������������������19

TRAVEL

Travel Safe With Small Children ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������20 Travel the World With These Picture Books ����������������������������������������������������������������20

TEENS

When the Lazy Days of Summer Are Too Lazy �����������������������������������������������������������21 Things to Do: Teen Events ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������21

PETS

My Dog Is Scared of Fireworks: What Can I Do? ��������������������������������������������������������22 Things to Do: Pet Events ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������22

THINGS TO DO

June & July Events ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������23

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Father's Day Events

LIVING WELL

City of Jacksonville Bicentennial

Community Profile:

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he founding of Jacksonville was a rather informal moment – which makes it all the more important that citizens commemorate and celebrate the bicentennial of the founding. Jacksonville’s name appeared first on a petition dated June 15, 1822, addressed to then U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams asking him to designate “Jacksonville,” in the U.S. Territory of Florida, as a port of entry. Sixty-one residents of the St. Johns River signed the request. Adams denied their petition, but after that, the name “Jacksonville” began to supplant previous references to “the cow-ford,” or “cowford.”

Noon-3 p.m. Painting the Scenes: Artists painting street scenes live at eight locations on Laura Street (Jacksonville Art Community). The Imposters, character actor re-enactors, Laura Street Noon-4 p.m. Art Exhibition “My Jacksonville” at the Jacksonville Public Library, 303 N. Laura Street and at The New Jacksonville Art Center, 331 Ashley Street Noon-4 p.m. VyStar Kidz Art Exhibition “My Jacksonville,” the largest children’s art installation, in front of the Jacksonville Public Library and the Museum of Contemporary Art

It would be nearly ten years, in February 1832, before the territorial legislature granted a local government charter to Jacksonville. But the development of Jacksonville, by people using that name, began in June of 1822, so that is the date and evidence that historians cite as its founding.

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. Historic Downtown Tours with Isaiah Hart

Alan J. Bliss, Ph.D. CEO, Jacksonville Historical Society

2 p.m. Wheelchair Art Creation: An incredible show of art skills by wheelchair, 303 N. Laura Street near the library

Saturday, June 11 Event Schedule Street festival beginning at James Weldon Johnson Park in downtown Jacksonville and ending at Riverfront Park (former site of The Landing). Please register on EventBrite to attend the free event. Noon-3 p.m. Performances and other family-friendly programming in James Weldon Johnson Park, exhibits, booths, vendors, food trucks and more along Laura Street. Performers include: Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, John Lumpkin Band; LPT Afro-Cubano Salsa Band; historic re-enactors; historic tours and more

1 p.m. “Empower People with Disabilities” live mural painting in front of the Jacksonville Public Library and the Museum of Contemporary Art

3 p.m. Opening Ceremony: Reading of original petition to name the city; reading of Mayoral Proclamation and more 4:15 p.m. Parade from James Weldon Johnson Park down Laura Street to Riverfront Plaza 5 p.m. Live Music, Multiple Bands: Let’s Ride Brass Band; The Honey Hounds; Love and Theft; Headliner: Flipturn at 9:04 p.m. 10:15 p.m. Fireworks Display jax200.org jaxhistory.org/bicentennial

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Big and Little Chef: Father’s Day Edition June 4, 19, 10am Big Chef, Little Chef series classes are designed specifically for a guardian/parent, older sibling (18 or older), etc. paired with a young chef. Each pair will work together (along with the rest of the students) to create delicious recipes that are appropriate for adults and kids alike. Big Chef must be 18 or older, and the Little Chef age range should be 5 to 12 years old. This class celebrates Father's Day with a special menu. The menu features Southern-Style Broccoli Salad, Big Daddy Double Bacon Cheeseburgers, Grilled Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs with Tiger Sauce, and Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie Cream Soda Shakes. Cost is $80 for each parent/child combo. Publix Aprons Cooking School / 904-262-4187 / 10500 San Jose Blvd Ste 36, Jacksonville, FL 32257 / www.publix.com Jekyll Island Donuts with Dad June 18, 9:30am to 11:30am The Jekyll Island Club Resort invites families for a special event celebrating fathers. The whole family is encouraged to come. There will be breakfast sandwiches, fruit, yogurt parfaits, coffee, juice, and a plenty of donuts. There will also be giant yard games, including Corn Hole, Jenga, Connect Four, Tic-Tac-Toe, and more. Event is casual. In case of inclement weather, the event will move inside to Club Ballroom. Cost is $35 for adults; $25 for children 12 and under. Jekyll Island Club Resort Riverfront Lawn / 912319-4349 / 371 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 / www.jekyllclub.com Jax Cooking Studio: Father’s Day Weekend Treats • June 18, 2pm to 4:30pm Enjoy time in the cooking studio making some treats to enjoy this Father’s Day weekend. The pastry chef will share professional tips for creating treats that are as delicious to look at as they are to eat. Each guest will take home treats to enjoy or share. The menu features Hole in One Cupcakes – Golf themed cupcakes for the #1 dad; Brownie Grill Bites – they look like mini grills for the dad that loves to spend time grilling; Truffle Bobbers – for the fishing dad, these white chocolate truffles look like fishing lures; and Vanilla Shortbread with Mixed Berry Beer Jam. Cost is $65 for ages 13 and up; children 12 and

under with a registered adult are $50 (Max of two child tickets per registered adult, please). For pastry classes, adults registered with a child will make one recipe together. For non-pastry classes, adults and children will work together to make their meal. Jax Cooking Studio / 904-379-6220 / 14035 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / jaxcookingstudio.com Daddy Daughter Tea & Paint Party June 19, 12noon to 3pm Dads and their daughters are invited for the second annual Daddy Daugther Tea & Paint Party. There will be live music, painting, hors d’oeuvres, assorted petite desserts, mimosas, and tea. This experience is designed to celebrate and uplift fathers in the community by changing the narrative and promoting bonding through art. Price includes a complimentary digital photo, hors d’oeuvres, mimosas, a 12x16 hand sketched canvas, painting supplies, kids mocktails, tea, and memories. Dress as fancy or casual as you like. Tickets start at $160. Brick & Beam / 904-321-7669 / 1101 North Main Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206 / brickandbeamjax.com Jax Cooking Studio: Father’s Day Brunch June 19, 2pm to 4:30pm Families are invited to celebrate Father's Day at Jax Cooking Studio. The menu features Watermelon Salad with Arugula and Feta, Country Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Eggs Your Style, Million Dollar Bacon, House-Made Roasted Herbed Red Potatoes, and Gooey Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting. Complimentary orange juice, coffee, and beermosas will be served during the cooking experience. Cost is $65 for ages 13 and older; children 12 and younger with a registered adult are $50 (Max of two child tickets per registered adult, please). Jax Cooking Studio / 904379-6220 / 14035 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / jaxcookingstudio.com All Pro Dad Experience June 25, 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 you can take home and put into practice. Cost is $25. Daily's Place Flex Field / 813-222-8300 / 1 Daily's Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.allprodad.com

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LIVING WELL

Fourth of July Events Fourth of July at SeaWorld July 1-4 Enjoy four nights of fireworks this Fourth of July weekend at SeaWorld Orlando. Held nightly from July 1-4, weather permitting. All nights will feature the fireworks spectacular "Ignite 360," followed by a patriotic fireworks finale. The fireworks performances can be viewed from all around SeaWorld's large central lake, including the Orca Encounter Pathway, The Waterfront, or Bayside Stadium. SeaWorld Orlando/ 1-407-545-5550 / 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821 / seaworld.com

Light Up Amelia together with the City of Fernandina Beach and Florida Public Utilities Hometown 4th of July Fireworks. This year will feature a DJ with amplified music, food trucks, and commercial vendors. Fireworks will launch at 9pm. This is a family-friendly event, free to the public, and will be held in Marina Parking Lot B. Marina Parking Lot B / Front Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 / www.fbfl.us

Fireworks Over the Matanzas July 4, 6pm The All-Star Orchestra returns to the Plaza de la Constitución’s Gazebo to kick off the eveIndependence Day Craft Special ning’s activities with a two-hour concert startJuly 2, 2pm to 4pm ing at 6pm. The concert is free, and those atCelebrate Independence Day at the Mandarin tending should bring lounge chairs for seating. Library. Make an American Eagle puppet, try a Fireworks Over the Matanzas, the highlight of trivia quiz, and celebrate all things American. St. Augustine’s traditional July 4th activities, Free. will begin at 9:30pm. The 20-minute fireworks Jacksonville Public Library, Mandarin Branch / show is choreographed to patriotic music over 904-255-2665 / 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, an extensive sound system that carries over FL 32257 / jaxpubliclibrary.org the entire bayfront area. Visitors are welcome to line the streets and sit anywhere along the St. Marys’ Independence Day Festival Bridge of Lions and South Castillo Drive to July 4, 9am to 9:30pm view the fireworks from downtown. Be sure to The Kiwanis Annual Independence Day Festival bring blankets or chairs for seating. celebration offers hometown charm plus a Downtown St. Augustine / 904-825-1004 / 1 S parade and fireworks over the St. Marys River. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / Other activities include a 5K/10K Run, arts & www.oldcity.com crafts vendors, and entertainment throughout the day. Organized and planned by the Kiwanis Jacksonville’s 4th of July Fireworks CeleClub of St. Marys. The Kids Fun Run is at 8am, bration • July 4, 5pm to 10:15pm vendors open at 9am, and the parade begins Jacksonville’s Fourth of July Fireworks Celeat 10am. The fireworks show will start at bration will return this year at multiple locaapproximately 9:15pm. tions to celebrate the nation’s independence. St. Marys Waterfront Park / 912-882-4000 / At each location, the City of Jacksonville is 400 Osborne Street, St. Marys, GA 31558 / offering a spectacular fireworks display that visitstmarys.com will begin at 9:45pm. Riverfront Plaza / 2 W. Independent Drive, 4th of July Hometown Celebration Jacksonville, FL 32202 / events.coj.net July 4, 4pm to 10pm

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NATURE

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hat do you do when you find an injured or displaced wild animal that needs help? Due to funding and volunteer issues, there have been few options for the past few years. Thanks to volunteers, there is help at the Wildlife Rescue Coalition of Northeast Florida. I am a Montessori teacher here in Jacksonville, and much of the Montessori philosophy centers around being a good global citizen. It is vital to teach our children to appreciate the myriad of wild creatures in our world. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for young children to observe and respect our native wildlife. As a foster for the WRC, I have been given the unique opportunity to educate numerous curious children about the animals we share our living space with. It is a beautiful thing to behold a child’s face when they discover that we share our planet with so many fascinating creatures. My experience as a parent has been no different. My son grew up watching me foster squirrels and learned a deep appreciation for animals by watching me model the care and attention we must afford these creatures. Squirrel breeding season is upon us, and I am hoping that mild weather will keep the babies up high where they belong. Unfortunately, inclement weather and accidents often displace babies that still need their mothers. During breeding season, you may come across a baby squirrel that has fallen out of its nest. Often finders will take babies inside to protect them; however, there is a better way to care for the baby. Mama squirrel will come and retrieve her baby and carry it back to the protection of her nest. It is vital that we keep the wildlife “wild.” If you find a baby squirrel (or other native species), please call the Wildlife Rescue Coalition of Northeast Florida at (904) 779-5569. The most important thing to know is that babies need to be kept warm and safe from predators. A warm, comfortable baby is a baby that can be reunited.

ing at the Wildlife Rescue Coalition of Northeast Florida. The WRC provides complete training for fosters and will walk you through the feeding/ rehabilitation process. The center is well organized and can provide foster training and support for you to learn to care for these displaced animals as well as release them when the baby is ready to go back to its natural habitat. From day one, when a displaced animal is transported to the center, there is no guesswork involved. Of course, children are not permitted to handle or feed the animals, but it has been my experience that the memories of watching you foster will make a lasting impact on how they develop their perceptions of the life that surrounds us. The facility is in operation seven days a week, with a variety of opportunities to choose from. With so many diverse opportunities, you can find the right job for you! You must be at least 17 years old to volunteer at WRC; therefore, high school students can even earn volunteer credits through the WRC while helping raccoons, opossums, turtles, squirrels, and other species recover from injuries, illnesses, or trauma. Keep in mind that they are a 100% volunteer organization, so please be patient when waiting for a call back to assist you. As a volunteer organization, the WRC counts on dependable volunteers like you to keep the organization running. There are amazing opportunities beyond fostering that you can take advantage of. Please scan the code below and look at the difference you can make! j

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The WRC cares for a wide range of wild animals (raccoons, opossums, turtles, squirrels, and other species), but I favor fostering squirrels. I have enjoyed giving presentations to my students (carefully supervised − no touching allowed). This has given my young students a rare opportunity to observe feedings and animal behavior up close. They are always delighted to see animals “up close and personal.” You, too, can help your child become an ambassador for wildlife by volunteer-

Things to Do Nature Events

Colossal Creatures Thru August 31, 9am to 5pm The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens presents Colossal Creatures. The exhibit features 10,000 square feet of towering animal replicas, photo opportunities, education-play concepts, themed games and activities, and special food and drink offerings. The iconic animal displays stand up to 16 feet tall and have realistic animal sounds. The exhibit is included with Total Experience tickets. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904-7574463 / 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / www.jacksonvillezoo.org Junior Beekeepers Club June 4, 12noon to 3pm One Saturday a month. Kids will learn all about bees, how to be a successful beekeeper, and will get to make various products from the harvests such as salves, chapstick, beeswax wraps, pollinator seed bombs, candles, soap, and more. Cost is $35 per class ($25 per additional sibling). The farm is located near the Beach Blvd and St. John's Bluff intersection; however, the exact address is only given after registration in one of the events. Children, with permission from parents and required safety gear, will be able to get a little closer to the hives and be present during inspections and when it's time to harvest the honey. However, participation in these "hive days" is not mandatory and will be considered extra days, so if you opt out of this portion your child will not be missing out on the regularly scheduled class days. Any child wanting this interactive experience with the hive will be required to purchase a bee suit, gloves, and boots. Little Peeps Farm / 904-314-7896 / littlepeepsfarm.com In Person: Parks & Rec Presents – Turtles June 8, 3pm to 4pm Florida is home to many types of turtles, including some endangered and protected types. All ages are welcome to join St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Naturalist Kelly Ussia to learn more about one favorite land

and sea animal: turtles. Seating is limited. Please register online. St. Johns County Public Library Bartram Trail Branch / 904-827-6960 / 60 Davis Pond Blvd., St. Johns, FL 32259 / sjcpls.org The St. Augustine Alligator Farm: Zoo on the Move June 8, 3pm to 4pm and 4pm to 5pm The Alligator Farm is bringing a variety of animals from their exhibits. Education experts will present an educational program with live animals. Capacity is limited to 30 participants, so registration is required. Recommended for ages 7 and up, but all ages are welcome. Free. Program is located at the St. Augustine Waterworks next to the Main Library. St. Augustine Waterworks / 904-827-6940 / 184 San Marco Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32084 / sjcpls.org Family Seining at Guana June 11, 9am to 11am July 9, 9am to 11am Join GTM Research Reserve on the second Saturday of each month for a guided family seining activity. Pull a seine net through Guana Lake, collecting species of fish, crabs, and other habitats. Learn about the animals and their roles. All necessary gear, including waders and boots, will be provided. There is no age limit, but your child must be at least three feet tall to hold the seine net. There is a $3 per vehicle fee for parking paid on arrival. Only cash is accepted for parking. GTM Research Reserve / 904-823-4500 / 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / www.gtmnerr.org Wetlands Nature Hike at Camp Chowenwaw Park • July 16, 9:30am to 10:30am Learn about Clay County's wetlands ecosystem on a guided tour from one of the Camp Chowenwaw Park naturalists. Participants will meet at the picnic area to the left of Big Cabin. Bug spray and closed-toed shoes are recommended. Registration is required and free. Space is limited to 20 people. Camp Chowenwaw Park / 904-529-8058 / 1517 Ball Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 / www.claycountygov.com Visit Jax4Kids.com for a complete list of Nature events.

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Things to Do

EATING WELL

Eating Well Events

Rethink Your Drink

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he next time you go grocery shopping, read the nutrition labels on the items in your cart to see which ones have the most added sugars. You may be surprised to see the amount of added sugars in some drinks. Sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet. These sweetened liquids include regular soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened waters. The flavored coffees we grab on the way to work and sweet drinks we order when eating out also count as sugary drinks. Adding sugar and flavored creamer to coffee and tea at home counts, too. Why Should I Be Concerned About Sugary Drinks? People who often drink sugary drinks are more likely to face health problems, such as weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cavities, and gout, a type of arthritis. The latest guidelines recommend that people 2 years and older keep their intake of added sugars to less than 10% of their total daily calories. For example, in a 2,000-calorie diet, no more than 200 calories should come from added sugars. Two hundred calories is about 12 teaspoons of added sugar in food and beverages combined. Tricks to Rethink Your Drink • Choose water (tap or unsweetened, bottled, or sparkling) over sugary drinks. • Need more flavor? Add berries or slices of lime, lemon, or cucumber to water. • Missing fizzy drinks? Add a splash of 100% juice to plain sparkling water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink. • Need help breaking the habit? Don’t stock up on sugary drinks. Instead, keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge. • Water just won’t do? Reach for drinks that contain important nutrients such as low-fat or fat-free milk; unsweetened, fortified milk alternatives; or 100% fruit or vegetable juice first. (NOTE: Before infants are 12 months old, do not give fruit or vegetable juice. Juice after 12 months old is not necessary, but 4 ounces or less a day of 100% juice can be provided.) • At the coffee shop? Skip the flavored syrups or whipped cream. Ask for a drink with low-fat or fat-free milk, an unsweetened milk alternative such as soy or almond, or get back to basics with black coffee. • At the store? Read the Nutrition Facts label to choose drinks that are low in calories, added sugars, and saturated fat.

• On the go? Carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day. • Still thirsty? Learn how to drink more water. A Note About Energy Drinks Energy drinks are often marketed as products that increase energy. In addition to added sugar, these products may also contain large amounts of caffeine and other legal stimulants. Concerns have been raised about the potential health risks of these products, especially for young people. If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up, alternatives to energy drinks include: • Plain or unsweetened flavored water. Dehydration is often a reason for low energy. • Unsweetened tea. A number of tea flavors are available in naturally caffeinated varieties that can be enjoyed hot or cold. • Hot or iced coffee. • 100% fruit or vegetable juice. There are many types of juices and juice combinations. Find one that you enjoy! • Whole fruit. Sometimes a snack can give you as much of a boost as a drink. Other Names for Added Sugar According to the Food and Drug Administration, added sugars include sugars that are added during the processing of foods (such as sucrose or dextrose), foods packaged as sweeteners (such as table sugar), sugars from syrups and honey, and sugars from concentrated fruit or vegetable juices. Added sugars do not include naturally occurring sugars that are found in milk, fruits, and vegetables. If these appear in the ingredients list of your favorite beverage, you are drinking a sugar-sweetened beverage. • • • • •

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Big and Little Chef: Veggies are the Main Event June 5, 10am Big Chef, Little Chef series classes are designed specifically for a guardian/parent, older sibling (18 or older), etc. paired with a young chef. Each pair will work together (along with the rest of the students) to create recipes that are appropriate for adults and kids alike. Big Chef must be 18 or older, and the Little Chef age range should be 5 to 12 years old. This class will focus on meals that only need to be made on one baking sheet pan or baking dish. The menu features Kicked-Up Cauliflower Carbonara with Pancetta and Parmesan, Sheet Pan Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes with Sweet Soy Glaze, Super Greens Pesto Pasta Salad, and Vegged-Out Mini Pizzas. Cost is $80 for each parent/child combo. Publix Aprons Cooking School / 904-262-4187 / 10500 San Jose Blvd Ste 36, Jacksonville, FL 32257 / www.publix.com Free Summer Lunch at The Library June 6, August 5, 12noon to 1pm The Free Summer Lunch Program at the Jacksonville Public Library will officially kick off on June 6th. To help ensure that kids don't go hungry while school is out of session, free and nutritious meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many library locations. From June 6th through August 5th, all kids up to 18 years old can get a free meal at nine Jacksonville Public Library locations. At these library locations, no sign-up or application is necessary, and any child 18 or younger can simply come during mealtimes to receive a free and healthy meal. While children are at the library eating lunch, they can check out books and participate in other activities the library puts on throughout the summer, such as story times, crafts, and the Summer Learning program. The meal includes protein, fruit or veggie, and a drink. Jacksonville Public Library / jaxpubliclibrary.org Argyle Branch Library, 7933 Old Middleburg Road Bradham and Brooks Branch Library, 1755 Edgewood Ave. W. Dallas Graham Branch Library, 2304 Myrtle Ave. N. Highlands Regional Library, 1826 Dunn Ave. Bill Brinton Murray Hill Branch Library, 918 Edgewood Ave. S. Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd. Regency Square Branch Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd. University Park Branch Library, 3435 University Blvd. N. Charlies Webb Wesconnett Regional Library, 6887 103rd St. Recipe Swap – Breakfast/Brunch June 9, 3pm to 4pm Learn new recipes, share one of your own, and make new friends at the library's Recipe Swap. Each month has a theme, and the theme for June is breakfast/brunch. Bring a copy of your recipe to share and return home with a copy of each recipe. Optional: Bring a sample of your recipe to share with the group. St. Johns County Public Library, Southeast Branch

/ 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / sjcpls.org Summer Cooking for Older Kids: Southern Goodness • June 20, 6:30pm to 9pm Learn to cook a menu filled with the deliciousness found in traditional southern restaurants. The chef will guide you through each recipe as you create your own feast, and you’ll leave with the culinary skills to recreate this meal in your own home. This class is appropriate for children 12 or older coming alone or adults coming with a child 10 or older. The menu features Guest-Made Pimento Cheese with Crostini and Veggies, Buttermilk Brined Fried Chicken Thigh, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Green Beans, and Strawberry Shortcake. Cost is $65. Jax Cooking Studio / 904-379-6220 / 14035 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / jaxcookingstudio.com Moana’s Island Escape at Jax Cooking Studio June 26, 2pm to 4:30pm Come find Maui at Jax Cooking Studio and spend an afternoon cooking a Moana inspired feast. Starting with BBQ Pineapple Meatballs, Easy Cheesy Polynesian Sliders, Tropical Mango Coleslaw, and Heart of Te Fiti Sugar Cookies. Dress as your favorite character, if you wish, for some added fun. Cost is $65 per person for ages 13 and up; children 12 and under with a registered adult for $50 (Max of two child tickets per registered adult, please). Adults registered with a child will make one recipe together. If you and your child would like to each make your own recipe, please register for two adult tickets. Jax Cooking Studio / 904-379-6220 / 14035 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / jaxcookingstudio.com Publix Aprons Camps – Kids & Juniors June 27-29, 10am and 2pm Publix Aprons hosts three days of chef camps for kids ages 8 and up. Register online in advance, as classes fill up quickly. Cost is $135 for the three days. Kids’ Camp is for ages 8 to 10 and will be held at 10am. Day one is International Handhelds, featuring Grilled Chicken al Carbon Tacos, Cuban-Style Frita Sliders, Japanese-Style Katsu Sandwich, and Mango Hand Pies. Day two is Fun Finger Foods, with Root Beer Chicken Wings, Beefy Cottage Hand Pies, Chicken and Waffle Sliders, and Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Pops. Day three, American-Style Handhelds, includes Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, New York-Style Bagels, Pastrami Sliders, and “Green River” Floats. Junior Camp is for ages 11 to 12 and will be held at 2pm. Camp features different regions of the United States. Day one is The South, featuring Cast Iron Fish with Tartar Sauce, Smoked Pork Po’boy with Peach Hot Sauce, Charred Pimento Cheese, and Banana Pudding. Day two is the West Coast, featuring Shellfish Cioppino, Seattle-Style Hot Dogs, Baja Fish Taco, and Sopapillas with Cinnamon-Sugar and Honey. Day three is East Coast, featuring Cheesy Philly-Style Beef Sandwiches, South Carolina Frogmore Stew, Grilled New York Strip Steak with Bacon Milled Potatoes, Philadelphia-Style Ice Cream. Publix Aprons Cooking School / 904-262-4187 / 10500 San Jose Blvd Ste 36, Jacksonville, FL 32257 / www.publix.com

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HEALTH & SAFETY Ft. Caroline National Memorial, 12713 Ft. Caroline Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225. Park features include a hiking trail, boat dock and opportunity to learn about Jacksonville’s history with France.

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he National Recreation and Park Association’s Family Health & Fitness Day — celebrated the second Saturday in June each year — promotes the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities healthy. This year it lands on June 11, 2022. There is a growing body of evidence that shows how parks and recreation support health and wellness. As little as 20 minutes a day spent outdoors helps reduce stress. Research has shown nature play is an important component of the development of resilience in early childhood.

Ft. George Island State Cultural State Park, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226. Park features include a hiking trail and birding trail, beautiful views of the water and picnic shelters.

Parks provide a connection to nature, and the positive effects of nature exposure for children include improved cognitive functioning (including increased concentration, greater attention capacities and higher academic performance), better motor coordination, reduced stress levels, increased social interaction with adults and other children, and improved social skills. It is our great fortune that Jacksonville has the largest park system in America! JaxParks maintains over 400 parks and recreational spaces offering your family a wide range of experiences and opportunities to enjoy time in nature. In addition to traditional neighborhood and regional parks, Jacksonville’s park spaces include 22 Community Centers located throughout the city, 15 Environmental Parks, Fitness Centers and Gymnasiums, and more than 30 Swimming Pools (see page 16 for the community pool’s opening schedule). JaxParks is also home to seven Specialty Parks, each boasting its own unique attractions, including hiking and biking trails, a dedicated skateboarding facility, camping areas, waterfront amenities, and even a museum. Make plans to visit a park with your family this June 11th. You can use the Park Search and Parkfinder features on JaxPark’s website at www.jaxparks.com. j

Northbank Riverwalk & Corkscrew Park, 201 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Park features include a hiking trail, scenic overlook, boat dock, bike racks, nonmotorized launch, picnic shelters and more.

Things to Do Health & Safety Events Integrative Health and Wellbeing June 2, 16, 10am to 11:30am Come learn how to improve your health and wellbeing and gain support in achieving your personal goals related to optimal health. Each session will include a 30-minute yoga practice, mindfulness activity, and educational session. Please wear light comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and water. Registration required. The June 2 class will focus on Mental Wellbeing, while the June 16 will discuss Emotional Wellbeing. Orange Park Public Library / 904-278-4750 / 2054 Plainfield Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073 / www.claycountygov.com Yoga at Florida Blue St. John’s Town Center Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 5:45pm to 6:45pm Get centered with a free yoga class every Thursday at the Florida Blue St. John's Town Center with Body Paradox. Practice breathing, stretches, and gentle yoga poses. Please bring your own yoga mat. Florida Blue Center – Jacksonville / 904-3635870 / 4855 Town Center Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.floridablue.com Mobile Mammography Screening June 3, 10am to 2pm July 1, 10am to 2pm Mobile Mammography coming to your local Florida Blue Center. Call for eligibility requirements. Ages 40 and up and one year since last mammogram, no prescription is needed. For ages under 40, a prescription is required. Routine annual exams only. Appointment recommended. Florida Blue Center – Jacksonville / 904-3635870 / 4855 Town Center Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.floridablue.com

Youth Martial Arts • Wednesdays, June 22 to July 13, 2pm to 3pm Has your child wanted to try out martial arts? Kids are invited to sign up for this free four-week series designed for ages 5 to 15, offered in partnership with ALL American Martial Arts. Registration is required. St. Johns County Public Library, Southeast Branch / 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / sjcpls.org Run for the Pies 5K June 25, 7pm The annual Run for the Pies will be held at James Weldon Johnson Park. The open 5K begins at 7:30pm, with the championship 5K at 7pm. The 5K Open course will start and finish on Monroe Street at Hemming Park. Custom-designed medals will be given to all finishers. There will also be a Mini Moon Pie eating contest. Registration ranges from $20 to $50. James Weldon Johnson Park / 904-270-2221 / 135 West Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / 1stplacesports.com Annual Bridge of Lions 5K July 9, 7:30am Runners and walkers are welcome for the annual Bridge of Lions 5K. The event will start at the historic Castillo de San Marcos (The Fort) in downtown St. Augustine, run over the Bridge of Lions and through Davis Shores. The race finishes at Oglethorpe Park on Anastasia Island. Parking is available at the fort or at Oglethorpe Park. At the finish line, there will be custom-designed finisher medals, snacks, refreshments, and more. Entry fees range from $40 to $50. A virtual run option is also available. Castillo de San Marcos / 1 South Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / runsignup.com Visit Jax4Kids.com for a complete list of Health & Safety events.

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INFANT & TODDLER

What to Feed My Baby?

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he American Academy of Pediatrics is an expert group of physicians that provides sound advice for your child. Here is a summary of their recommendations for starting solid foods, keeping in mind that each child is different and develops at his/her own pace. If you have any questions, you should always ask your pediatrician. Should I Make My Own Baby Formula? • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has strict regulations to ensure baby formula meets specific nutritional and safety requirements. It’s extremely difficult for parents to duplicate these specific nutrient levels through home-made formula. The wrong balance of nutrients and electrolytes could lead to dehydration, malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies and even seizures. • Home-made formulas run the risk of bacterial contamination if not stored and/or handled properly. • It is not recommended to purchase breast milk online because it’s difficult to know if the milk has been safely stored at a proper temperature, especially if being shipped. • If you're having difficulty finding your baby’s formula, ask your pediatrician what the comparable formula would be; usually there is another brand that has a similar composition and may be more readily available where you live. Starting Solid Foods • Is she big enough? As a general rule, when infants double their birthweight (usually around 4 months of age) or weigh about 13 pounds or more, they may be ready for solid foods.

for several tries and then gradually thicken the consistency. Or, wait a week or two and then try again. Remember that if your baby cries or turns away when you try to feed them, do not force them to eat. Eating should be a positive experience. If your baby is refusing the spoon, resume breast milk or formula feeds exclusively for another week before trying again. Starting solid foods is a gradual process and readiness to start solid foods will vary from child to child. Solid Foods to Start With First You may decide to make your own baby food or use one of the many packaged options available. Whichever you prefer, here are some things to keep in mind. • Foods should be soft or pureed to prevent choking. • Introduce one “single-ingredient” new food at a time to monitor for any potential allergies or reactions to that food. For example, start with plain pureed sweet potatoes versus a sweet potato-and-turkey combination dinner. Provide this new food for three to five days before introducing another food. • Potentially allergenic foods include cow’s milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy and sesame. Drinking cow’s milk or soy milk is not recommended until your child is around 12 months of age, but other dairy products, such as yogurt, can be introduced before 12 months. If your child has severe eczema and or/egg allergy, talk with your pediatrician about when and how to safely introduce foods with peanuts.

• Can she hold her head up? Your baby should At first, it’s easier for your child to eat foods that are mashed, pureed or strained unbe able to sit in a high chair or infant seat til smooth. It will take time for your child with good head control. to become adjusted to new textures and • Does she open her mouth when food comes consistencies. As your baby’s motor skills her way? Babies may be ready if they watch develop, thicker and lumpier textures can be you eat, reach for foods, and seem eager to introduced. be fed. For more information, go to the American • Can she move food from a spoon into her Academy of Pediatrics website www.aap.org throat? Babies have never had anything thicker than breast milk or formula before j starting solid foods, so the first few times you offer a spoonful of cereal, it may come Aurea Thompson, MSH, RD, CSP, LD/N right back out onto his/her chin. This will Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition take time and practice. It’s a good idea to Wolfson Children’s Hospital thin the cereal with breast milk or formula

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Florida’s first sales tax exemption period on children’s diapers and baby and toddler clothing, apparel, and shoes begins Friday, July 1, 2022, and ends Friday, June 30, 2023. During this sales tax exemption period, tax is not due on the retail sale of children’s diapers or on baby and toddler clothing, apparel, and shoes primarily intended for children age 5 or younger. “Clothing” and “apparel” means any article of clothing or wearing apparel intended to be worn on or about the human body. “Children’s diapers” include single-use and reusable diapers, including those used for toilet training, and diaper inserts. The sales tax exemption does not apply to: • Alterations to any eligible items • Clothing, apparel, or shoes primarily intended for children over the age of 5 years • Rentals of any eligible items • Watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, or handkerchiefs Examples of Exempt Clothing and Accessories: Athletic clothes and shoes such as gym suits and uniforms, leotards, martial arts attire, and baseball cleats, bibs and receiving blankets, bathing suits, raincoats, bicycle helmets for youth (always tax exempt), and costumes. For a complete list of exempt items and more details about the tax holiday, visit floridarevenue.com or call Taxpayer Services at 850488-6800, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). j floridarevenue.com

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INFANT & TODDLER

Board Books on Wellness for Ages 0-2 Potty Patrol

Meddy Teddy: Mindful Poses for Little Yogis By: Meddy Teddy

Duck & Goose, How are you Feeling? By: Tad Hills

*Also read Duck & Goose, Goods Needs a Hug

Feelings with Blue (Blues Clues & You) By: Random House, illustrated by Dave Aikins

By: Random House, illustrated by Nate Lovett

Bunny Breaths

By: Kira Willey, Illustrated by Anni Betts

Potty

By: Leslie Patricelli

Good Night Yoga

You are a Lion!

By: Taeeun Yoo

Listen like an Elephant

By: Kira Willey, Illustrated by Anni Betts

By: Diane Kovanda and Adam Gamble, illustrated by Katerine Blackmore

Grumpy Monkey’s Little Book of Grumpiness

By: Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang

Things to Do Infant & Toddler Events Little Movers and Shakers Tuesdays and Fridays, June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 9am to 9:30am In this music- and movement-themed event, library staff will read rhythmic stories while adding songs and movements. This music-based program is for children from birth to pre-K and their families. Through books, songs, and movement activities, they will build pre-literacy skills. Free. Registration is required for this event and must be completed two hours prior to the start time. A library card is required for registration. Attendance is limited to 40 participants. Event is held online via Zoom. Jacksonville Public Library / 904-255-2665 / jaxpubliclibrary.org

meeting room with songs, finger plays, action rhymes, puppets and more. Registration is required. Food is not allowed in the meeting room. Please consume snacks before or after the program. Baby storytime programs this season will run from June 6 through July 25. St. Johns County Public Library, Southeast Branch / 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / sjcpls.org Pediatric Associates Virtual New Parent Class • June 8, 15, 22, 6pm Designed specifically for expectant parents, the free virtual one-hour course covers numerous topics on preparing for your new arrival, such as your child's development, immunizations, breast vs bottle feeding, and more. Pediatric Associates / 954-966-8000 / pediatricassociates.com

Virtual Breastfeeding Class June 11, 12:30pm to 1:30pm; July 23 Mandarin Lutheran Church Baby Pantry 12:30pm to 1:30pm June 5 and 19, 10am to 12noon; July 3 The class is designed for parents that are and 17, 10am to 12noon planning to breastfeed or need support. The goal of the MLC Baby Pantry is to supply Hosted by Certified Lactation Counselor local families in need with baby care items, Tawanna Nottage, who is also a member of including diapers, wipes, bath needs, rash the Broward County Breastfeeding Coalition. cream, ointments, and gently used clothing The class will cover the following topics: How at no cost to parents in the Jacksonville area. breastfeeding works, Getting the best start, The baby pantry is open on the first and third Positions & latching on, How to tell if your Sunday of each month from 10am to 12noon. baby is getting enough milk, Common chalAvailability of items is on a first-come, firstlenges and how to overcome, and Breastserved basis. Bring proof of residency (drivfeeding support. The event is online and is er’s license, rental agreement, or mortgage free. Pediatric Associates / 954-966-8000 / statement), as well as proof that the child you www.pediatricassociates.com are receiving supplies for is your child (birth certificate) or in your care. Need is on the Daddy Can Too honor system. They are not asking for proof June 28, 6pm to 7pm of income but do ask only that you help them Free online course for dads only. Learn how be able to help as many people as possible. to support your partner with the care of your Mandarin Lutheran Church / 904-268-4591 / baby, what to expect in the first few days 11900 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223 and weeks of your baby’s life, techniques for / mandarinlutheran.org holding, comforting, and caring for your new baby, etc. The course is free and held online. In Person: Baby Storytime Pediatric Associates / 954-966-8000 / www. Mondays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 pediatricassociates.com 10am to 10:30am Baby storytime is a gentle lap sit program Visit Jax4Kids.com for a complete list for babies ages 0 to 18 months in the large Infant & Toddler Events.

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.”

– Aristotle

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ummer reading is as much a seasonal pastime as baseball and fireworks. Many parents put together a selection of books that are meaningful, educational, and engaging — books to nourish and stimulate young minds during these few freewheeling months.

Parents should consider assembling a summer listening list, too. When we think of literacy, we tend to think first of reading and writing. That’s because for centuries, printed text has been the dominant means of recording and sharing information. Yet for most children, listening is really the first entry point into language — the cornerstone of learning and of cognitive development. In an age when kids are regular users of personal multimedia technologies, the importance of learning to listen and listening to learn is as great as ever.

reading-listening program. Listening while reading helps children learn the patterns of language, the obvious ‘code’ of letters and words on the page, as well as less obvious codes, such as tone, nuance, and implied meaning. Brain imaging technologies show that when we listen, different parts of the brain are engaged than when we read — or even when we merely hear something. Listening can provide whole levels of information that are essential to determining the value and validity of a source. Teaching children to listen to tone of voice not only helps them develop reading skills but can help in the development of their social and conversational skills, too.

In addition to skill-building, children with learning disabilities may also find it easier to listen to books—more understanding is conveyed through voice than through words on Listening is an engaging way to learn, a primary the page. For example, in an article for LD Online, Ben Buchanan, a child with dyslexia, approach to developing or strengthening describes why he likes audiobooks so much: reading strategies, and, in some cases, a “When I listen to a book on tape, it is easier to necessary means to access information and understand jokes or puns, and other forms of knowledge. Listening media, such as audiohumor in the book because I am not distracted books and text-to-speech, can be especially by other words or things on the page (like a helpful to children with learning disabilities, picture or other writing or a food stain). It is such as those with dyslexia and attention easier to understand more parts of the book deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who when it is a book on tape because of the way struggle with print-based learning, and central the person says the words — they provide auditory processing disorder (CAPD), who may clues to the mood of the characters.” struggle to listen. For such students, well-chosen listening experiences can open up new vistas of learning, providing access to information and ideas previously ‘hidden’ in books and supporting the reading process itself. Such opportunities provide a powerful supplement or alternative to a reading program focused around printed text. Research has shown that combining reading and listening through the use of audiobooks or text-to-speech programs improves the literacy skills of struggling readers, including those with learning disabilities. Reading comprehension, listening comprehension, phonological awareness and blending, and naming skills have shown to be improved with a combined

For children with Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), structured listening experiences can support efforts to improve listening skills, especially when flexible media such as digital text or recorded text are used. CAPD interferes with a hearing child’s ability to make sense of information taken in through the ears. Children with CAPD may struggle to listen in noisy places, make sense of what they hear, sustain their attention on long spoken passages, and process nonverbal auditory stimuli, such as music. Children with CAPD may benefit from multi-sensory approaches, including listening while information is presented visually. j

Things to Do Special Needs Events CARD Adult Resource and Support Group June 1, 5pm to 6pm CARD-Jacksonville runs a resource and support group for constituents who are ages 18 and older where participants can learn, share, and understand one another through common, comparable experiences and receive helpful guidance. All conversations facilitated via Zoom. UF Health Jacksonville CARD / 904-244-3131 / bernardo.cuadra@ jax.ufl.edu / med.jax.ufl.edu

social interaction with peers via social-emotional activities and games. Skill areas include sharing the conversation, waiting, turn-taking, giving compliments, being empathetic, building community, accepting feedback, oversharing of information, and making friends. Jacksonville Center for Autism and Related Disabilities / 904-633-0760 / pediatrics.med.jax.ufl.edu

Painting with Emotion June 13, 4:30pm to 5:30pm Painting with Emotion is a monthly group for children between the ages of 12 to 16 years who are registered with CARD or FDLRSMDC. The focus of the group is to develop self-awareness skills related to personal emotions and ways to effectively express those emotions through painting. Held online via Zoom. Center for Autism and Related Disabilities / 904-633-0760 / pediatrics.med.jax.ufl.edu

CARD Parent Support Group/Craft Group June 22, 5pm A Parent Support Group for parents of CARD constituents. Conversation-based and activity-based craft group for parents led by CARD clinicians. Parents will be able to pick up craft kits (includes supplies for craft of the evening) from the front office by the Tuesday before the scheduled date. Meeting will be held online via Zoom. Center for Autism & Related Disabilities / 904-633-0760 / www.hscj.ufl.edu

Dadvocate Support Group June 21, 5:30pm to 6:30pm Retro Diner Hour A Male Caregiver Support Group co-hosted by June 8, 5pm to 6pm the UF Health Jacksonville CARD and FLDRSAdults with autism spectrum disorder will MDC with the goal of helping strengthen the have the opportunity to engage in facilitated relationship between child and parent while social conversations via Zoom. This event will learning about resources and supports from temporarily take the place of the Breakfast professionals and other parents. Held online Club Meetings during the COVID-19 pandem- via Zoom. UF Health Jacksonville CARD / ic. Center for Autism and Related Disabilities 904-633-0760 / brett.walden@jax.ufl.edu / / 904-633-0760 / pediatrics.med.jax.ufl pediatrics.med.jax.ufl.edu

Kiddin’ Around – Social Skills June 13, 5pm A program that focuses on opportunities for Visit Jax4Kids.com for a complete list of Special Needs events.

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“The measure of your real success is one you cannot spend – it’s the way your child describes you when talking to a friend.”

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SUMMER GUIDE

Explore Dinosaurs at MOSH’s Summer Exhibit

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rek back in time this summer to the age of prehistoric reptiles in MOSH’s newest traveling exhibition, Dinosaur Explorer. The exhibition, created by Imagine Exhibitions, presents an interactive adventure that utilizes real fossils, authentic casts, and lively animatronics that will transport you back to prehistoric times. Ancient history isn’t so far away with this immersive experience suitable for all ages.

together paleontological and biological clues. Highly interactive hands-on activities engage visitors with the science used to build our understanding of dinosaur adaptations. These same scientific tools might be used to help us

Don’t let these unusual dinosaurs catch you by surprise. Explore the wildest, wackiest, and most wonderous prehistoric reptiles of all sizes during the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. Learn how these dominating creatures adapted to their ever-changing environment to survive and thrive on our planet. understand the quirks and behaviors that we Although these dinosaurs lived millions of years find in our own human lives. before us, paleontologists believe these clever Dinosaur Explorer provides visitors with a sense of what Earth was like 165 million years ago and how vast time really is. The mysterious creatures, though extinct, continue to captivate humans after all this time. See the world through the eyes of Earth’s oldest known beasts, and then step into the shoes of modern paleontologists to immerse in a fascinating blend of dinosaurs and science. Journey with the silliest and strangest dinosaurs and discover what you have in common with the creatures that once dominated the world. creatures share many things in common with Celebrate the joy of lifelong learning at MOSH! humans. Dinosaur Explorer examines how For more information, to purchase tickets, or to environmental, biological, and behavioral become a MOSH Member, visit TheMOSH.org circumstances influenced dinosaurs’ daily routines, just as how these external factors can today. Admissions are $17.95 for adults and $13.95 for Youth, Seniors, Students and affect the routines humans developed in modern life. This exhibit encourages visitors to Military; children under 3 are free. MOSH is open Thursdays through Mondays and is closed view dinosaurs in a new light; the science behind dinosaur adaptations can bring new Tuesdays and Wednesdays. j insight to our own behaviors. Visitors will venture through vibrant dynamic displays and experience lifelike animatronic dinosaurs. The realistic movements and sounds are driven by advanced animatronic technology that provide a distinctive educational experience. The experiential-learning environment empowers visitors to hypothesize about prehistoric life by piecing

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Theatre & Arts Music by the Sea Concert Series Wednesdays, thru June 29 Music by the Sea is back with more live music. This free family-friendly concert series features a different band each week. The series offers a wide variety of music including jazz, blues, classic rock, pop, reggae, disco, and country. In addition to the music, each week one of the community's local eateries or food trucks will be featured. Guests are welcome to bring coolers and picnic baskets. Chairs and bug spray are encouraged. St Johns County Pier Park / 350 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / www.sabca.org Freaky Friday: The Musical at Orange Park Community Theatre June 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 8pm; June 5, 11, 12, 19, 2pm The Orange Park Community Theatre presents Freaky Friday: The Musical. The play is based on the novel by Mary Rodgers and on the Disney films. General admission tickets are $25. Orange Park Community Theater / 904-2762599 / 2900 Moody Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073 / www.opct.info Jacksonville Beach Jazz Festival June 5, 5pm to 9pm All ages are invited for the annual jazz festival at the beach. There will also be merchandise for the artists for sale as well as food truck vendors. Latham Plaza & Seawalk Pavilion / 904247-6100 / 11 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / www.jacksonvillebeach.org Beachella Music and Arts Fair June 11, 12:30pm to 9pm Be a part of history as a VIP at the very first Beachella Music and Arts Fair. There will be displays, demos, food, and activities all geared toward the entire family. VIP wristbands give you the enhanced festival experience, which includes armchairs, front-of-stage seating, private port-a-lets, beverage servers, side

stage food and beverage (where the musicians are available), and more. Latham Plaza & Seawalk Pavilion / 904247-6100 / 11 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / www.jacksonvillebeach.org The Wizard of Oz at the Alhambra June 16 - July 31 Based on the books by L. Frank Baum, this musical returns to the Alhambra stage. Showtimes vary, with matinees and evening performances available. There are no shows on Mondays. Tickets range from $45 to $78 each. Tickets include dinner and a show. The menu features three courses, including dessert. There is also a kids’ menu available. Alhambra Theater and Dining / 904-641-1212 / 12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.alhambrajax.com Toying With Science: Free Summer Theatre June 21, 11am and 1pm Commissioned and developed with the Museum of Science in Boston, this performance explores, among other things, the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines. Combining circus skills, mime, original music, and audience involvement, Garry and his audience investigate basic scientific information and delve into the imaginations of scientists who explore the world. Free to attend, but RSVP is required. Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / floridatheatre.com

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he City of Jacksonville Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) is opening community pools in phases this year. Below is a list of pools that opened May 28 and pools that will open on Thursday, July 2.

Outdoor pools are open 1pm to 7pm Monday through Friday; 11am to 6pm Saturdays; and 2pm to 6pm on Sundays. The following pools opened May 28 • Terry Parker High School – 7301 Parker School Rd. • Fort Caroline – 131 Ferber Rd. Rd. • Robert Kennedy Park – 1139 Ionia St. • Woodland Acres/ Warrington Park – 8200 Kona Ave. • Sandalwood High School – 2750 John Prom Blvd. • Samuel Wolfson High School – 7000 Powers Ave. • Pine Forest – 2335 Gattis Ln. • Mandarin High School – 4831 Greenland Rd.

• Andrew Jackson High School – 128 W. 30th St. • Harts Rd/ Eartha Napolean Park – 11597 Harts • Oceanway Park – 12215 Sago Ave. W. • Julius Guinyard Park – 1358 Jefferson St. • Ribault High School – 5820 Van Gundy St. • Grand/ Johnnie Walker Park – 2740 Division St. • Charles Clark Pool – 8793 Sibbald Rd. • Raines High School – 3663 Raines Ave. • Cecil Aquatic Center – 13611 Normandy Blvd. • Westside High School – 5530 Firestone Rd. • Baldwin Middle/High School – 345 Chestnut St. N. • Thomas Jefferson Park – 390 N. Jackson Ave. • Fletcher High School – 700 Seagate Ave. • Lakeshore Middle School – 2519 Bayview Rd. The following pools will open July 2 • San Souci/Adolph Wurn Park – 2115 Dean Rd. • Golfair/Clanzel T Brown Park – 4415 Moncrief Rd. • Emmett Reed Park – 1093 W. 6th St. • Mallison Park – 3133 Lenox Ave. • Eugene Butler/ YMWLA – 900 Acorn St. • Riverside High School – 1200 S. McDuff Ave. j JaxParks.com

Hands-On Fun Home Depot Kids Workshop June 4, July 2, 9am to 12noon Offered the first Saturday of each month between 9am and 12noon. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Kids can build their project and finish it with paint. Free for kids 5 to 12. June 4, Fish Tank July 2, Constellation Viewer Area Home Depot Stores / www.homedepot.com

Participants will work with ceramic projects and clay. Different techniques will be incorporated into each class. Classes are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am to 3pm. Bring your own lunch; a snack will be provided. Cost starts at $198/week. June 6, 8, 10 – Squeeze the Day June 13, 15, 17 – Adopt a Penguin June 20, 22, 24 – Myths & Legend July 11, 13, 15 – Candy Shop July 18, 20, 22 – Animal Lovers July 25, 27, 29 – Rainforest Color Me Mine Jacksonville / 904-338-9333 / 10300 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / jacksonville.colormemine.com

Color Me Mine Kids Summer Workshops June 6 – July 29, 11am to 3pm Color Me Mine hosts Kids Summer workshops/ Kids Create Art & Entrepreneur Fair classes. The events are recommended for Fridays, June 10, 17, 24, 4pm to 5pm ages 6 to 12 years. Each week has a theme. Join staff inside the Anastasia Library for a

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SUMMER GUIDE month-long event. Kids can come into the library each Friday to create their own unique art using materials supplied by the Friends of the Library for the first three classes. On July 1, kids can bring back their creations to sell during a Kids Entrepreneur Fair. This event is free and open to anyone. No registration needed. Note: Only art/crafts created at the library are eligible to be sold in the Kids Entrepreneur Fair on July 1. St. Johns County Public Library Anastasia Island Branch / 904-209-3730 / 124 Seagrove Main Street, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / sjcpls.org

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Regal Summer Movie Express 2022 Thru August Admission to the Summer Movie Express is $2. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office, and all movies start at 10am. Featured movies include Madagascar, The Lego Ninjago Movie, Penguins of Madagascar, The Lego Movie, The Lorax, Abominable, Despicable Me, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Space Jam, Sing, Puss in Boots, Tom & Jerry, Trolls, The Boss Baby: Family Business, The Secret Lowe's Kids Workshop June 18, 9am to 12noon Life of Pets, Scoob, and more. Bring your mini-DIYer into Lowe’s at one of the Regal Movies / www.regmovies.com select time slots. Workshops hosted by Red Regal River City Marketplace Stadium 14 Vest experts are held from 9am to 12noon, / 12884 City Center Blvd, Jacksonville, FL in-store only. If you are unable to attend during 32218 your selected timeslot, your kit may be given Regal Avenues Stadium 20 & RPX / 9525 away to walk-ins starting at 12noon the day of Phillips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32256 the workshop. Lowe's / www.lowes.com Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Family Movie Night • June 4, 6pm Michael's Camp Creativity Families are invited for a free showing of "Paw June 20 – July 15, 10am to 12noon Patrol the Movie." There will be face painting This summer, Michael's Stores host Camp and balloon twisting, kids’ zone activities, and Creativity, where kids 6 and up can particiconcessions. Kids are encouraged to come pate in weekly themed projects. Sign up in dressed as their favorite Paw Patrol characadvance. Purchase supplies in advance and ter for a pre-movie costume parade. Those participate for free. Held Mondays, Wedneswishing to participate in the costume parade days, and Fridays from 10am to 12noon. A should plan to be at the ballpark by 5:30pm different project will be featured each day. A with the parade beginning at 5:45pm. Parking parent or guardian must remain on site. Class- is free in Lot P, and entry is $1 per person es are held in store, live online, on demand, or at the gate. Attendees can sit in seats in the self-guided. stadium seating bowl or bring a blanket to sit Week 1: Forest Friends – June 20, 22, 24 in the outfield. Gates open at 5pm. An unlimWeek 2: Ocean Animals – June 27, 29, July 1 ited wristband for kids’ zone inflatables costs Week 3: Outer Space Adventures – July 4, 6, 8 $5. The ballpark's concession stands and the Week 4: Fantasy Fun – July 11, 13, 15 VyStar Souvenir Store will also be open. The Michaels / www.michaels.com movie screening will begin at 6pm. To RSVP Pablo Creek Plaza East / 904-821-9753 / to the event, please visit the Jumbo Shrimp's 13740 Beach Blvd, Ste 200, Family Movie Night Facebook event. Those Jacksonville, FL 32224 who RSVP will be automatically entered to win Regency Commons / 904-724-7282 / 651raffle prizes that will be given away prior to 800 Commerce Center Dr, the start of the movie. Jacksonville, FL 32225 121 Financial Ballpark / 904-358-2846 / 301 Southside Square Shopping Center / 904A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 363-3618 / 9041 Southside Blvd, Ste 140, / www.milb.com Jacksonville, FL 32256 Mandarin / 904-260-6602 / 11111 San Jose In Person: Tuesday Movie Night – Dog Blvd, Ste 31, Jacksonville, FL 32223 June 7, 5:30pm to 7pm River City Marketplace / 904-714-9817 / The Southeast Branch of the St. Johns County 13281 City Station Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32218 Public Library hosts a free showing of the Argyle Village Square / 904-779-2084 / movie “Dog.” Snacks and drinks provided. 6001 Argyle Forrest Blvd, St. Johns County Public Library, Southeast Jacksonville, FL 32244 Branch / 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Island Walk / 904-269-7044 / 1993 East Augustine, FL 32086 / sjcpls.org West Pkwy, Fleming Island, FL 32003 Cobblestone Village / 904-829-9664 / 310 Movies in the Park – Palm Coast CBL Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32086 June 10, July 8, August 12 The City of Palm Coast's Parks and Recreation Department hosts Movies in the Park on the second Friday of the month March through October. Be sure to bring your blanket, lawn

chairs, bug spray, and picnic baskets. Registration is not required. June 10, Mary Poppins Returns July 8, Cool Runnings Central Park / 386-986-2360 / 975 Central Ave, Palm Coast, FL 32164 / palmcoast.gov Family Movie Matinee: Turning Red June 11, 10:15am to 12:15pm Families are invited on the second Saturday of the month for a family-friendly movie matinee. This month will feature “Turning Red.” Snacks and drinks will be provided. Free. St. Johns County Public Library, Southeast Branch / 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / sjcpls.org

Memorial Arena. Single game tickets start at $12. Family packs of tickets are also available, which include four tickets and four hot dogs, chips, and drinks. Tonight is Pirates & Princess Night. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena / 904-621-0700 / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxsharks.com

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Gwinnett Stripers • June 7-12 The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Gwinnett Stripers. Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed. June 7, 7:05pm – Community First Credit Union Two for Tuesday // Canines and Crustaceans (Dog Day June 8, 7:05pm – VyStar BOGO Tickets June 9, 7:05pm – Live music on the Tiki Terrace Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse June 10, 7:05pm – Red Shirt Friday // Friday June 15 – August 3, 10am Night Fireworks // The London Game The Summer Movie Clubhouse is an eightJune 11, 6:35pm – Saturday Night Fireworks week program of recently released G and PG // Family Faith Night – Gates & Giveaway at films for kids. The cost is $1.50 per person per 5pm: performance by Christian Hip-Hop artist movie at the door the morning of the program, Flame plus taxes and fees. Save even more with $1 June 12, 3:05pm – Baptist Health Sunday off deals on kids’ snack packs or any size Family FUNday – Kids can feel like the pros popcorn and drink combo during Summer after each Sunday game by running the bases. Movie Clubhouse showtimes. Plus, each Sunday will feature free face paintJune 15 – The Boss Baby: Family Business ing and balloon animals // The Shrimp'Rock June 22 – Angry Birds Shake // Pure Barre Pop-Up Class On The Field June 29 – Scoob! 121 Financial Ballpark / 904-358-2846 / 301 July 6 – Sing 2 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 July 13 – Paw Patrol / jaxshrimp.com July 20 – Tom & Jerry July 27 – Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Jacksonville Shark vs Orlando Predators Cinemark Theatres / www.cinemark.com June 11, 7pm Cinemark Tinseltown / 904-998-2122 / 4535 Arena football team, the Jacksonville Sharks, Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216 takes on opponents at 7pm at the Veterans Cinemark Atlantic North / 904-915-2091 Memorial Arena. Single game tickets start at / 11567 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville FL $12. Family packs of tickets are also available, 32225 which include four tickets and four hot dogs, Cinemark Durbin Park / 904-230-4622 / 435 chips, and drinks. Tonight is Christmas in June. Durbin Pavilion Drive, St. Johns, FL 32259 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena / 904-621-0700 / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Moonlight Movies at Jacksonville Beach Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxsharks.com June 24, 9pm Arrive early for the best seats in the house for Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 vs. Tallahasa free family movie. Bring your lawn chair or see SC • June 15, 7pm blanket. There will be several food vendors Jacksonville’s official North American Soccer selling snacks and food. The featured movie is League club, Jacksonville Armada, takes on Spider-Man: No Way Home. Tallahassee SC. Free admission, but you Latham Plaza & Seawalk Pavilion / 904must have a ticket to attend. Tickets must 247-6100 / 11 1st Street North, Jacksonville be reserved online through Eventbrite. You Beach, FL 32250 / www.jacksonvillebeach.org will not be allowed into the stadium without a ticket. Tickets will be scanned when entering the stadium. Parking only permitted before the stadium gates. Overflow parking is located in the pecan grove. Jangro Stadium (Episcopal School of JackJacksonville Sharks vs San Antonio Gunsonville) / 844-2-ARMADA / 4455 Atlantic slingers • June 3, 7pm Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Arena football team, the Jacksonville Sharks, www.jacksonvillearmada.com takes on opponents at 7pm at the Veterans

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SUMMER GUIDE Sporting Events, cont. Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 vs Florida Roots FC • June 18, 7pm Jacksonville’s official North American Soccer League club, Jacksonville Armada, takes on Florida Roots FC. Free admission, but you must have a ticket to attend. Tickets must be reserved online through Eventbrite. You will not be allowed into the stadium without a ticket. Tickets will be scanned when entering the stadium. Parking only permitted before the stadium gates. Overflow parking is located in the pecan grove. Jangro Stadium (Episcopal School of Jacksonville) / 844-2-ARMADA / 4455 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / www.jacksonvillearmada.com Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs Durham Bulls • June 21-26 The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Durham Bulls. Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed. June 21, 7:05pm – Community First Two For Tuesday Night // Purr In The Park: National Take Your Cat To Work Day June 22, 12:05pm – Business Person Special // VyStar BOGO Tickets // Summer Camp Day June 23, 7:05pm – Halloween In June: Candy Corn Eating Contest June 24, 7:05pm – Red Shirt Friday // Friday Night Fireworks // Cathartic Scream Night // Ginger Appreciation Night June 25, 6:35pm – Miami Nights Beach Towel Giveaway // Saturday Night Fireworks // Miami Nights Jersey June 26, 3:05pm – Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday – Kids can feel like the pros after each Sunday game by running the bases. Plus, each Sunday will feature free face painting and balloon animals // Patriotic Jerseys // Military Appreciation Night 121 Financial Ballpark / 904-358-2846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jaxshrimp.com Jacksonville Sharks vs Orlando Predators June 24, 7pm Arena football team, the Jacksonville Sharks, takes on opponents at 7pm at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Single game tickets start at $12. Family packs of tickets are also available, which include four tickets and four hot dogs, chips, and drinks. Tonight is Superhero Night / Education Appreciation Night. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena / 904-621-0700 / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxsharks.com

Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 vs New Orleans Jesters • June 29, 7pm Jacksonville’s official North American Soccer League club, Jacksonville Armada, takes on New Orleans Jesters. Free admission, but you must have a ticket to attend. Tickets must be reserved online through Eventbrite. You will not be allowed into the stadium without a ticket. Tickets will be scanned when entering the stadium. Parking only permitted before the stadium gates. Overflow parking is located in the pecan grove. Jangro Stadium (Episcopal School of Jacksonville) / 844-2-ARMADA / 4455 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / www. jacksonvillearmada.com Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 vs AFC Mobile • July 2, 7pm Jacksonville’s official North American Soccer League club, Jacksonville Armada, takes on AFC Mobile. Free admission, but you must have a ticket to attend. Tickets must be reserved online through Eventbrite. You will not be allowed into the stadium without a ticket. Tickets will be scanned when entering the stadium. Parking only permitted before the stadium gates. Overflow parking is located in the pecan grove. Jangro Stadium (Episcopal School of Jacksonville) / 844-2-ARMADA / 4455 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / www.jacksonvillearmada.com

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ave you made plans yet for an unforgettable vacation? At Gaylord Palms, the possibilities are endless! They believe summer is a time for fun and adventure and, most of all, spending time together. This summer the whole family can join a whimsical pirate crew, conquer thrilling waterslides, explore truly unique spaces, and experience the best of Kissimmee, Florida – all without ever leaving the resort. Read on to discover what excitement awaits you this summer.

or just a drink for yourself, without leaving the pool deck at SandBar. • Unwind from all the action at the serene South Beach Pool lined with stunning palm trees. • Upgrade your day at Cypress Springs with a poolside cabana, the perfect home base for the family during breaks from the water. Discover a one-of-a-kind resort.

Embark on an epic adventure with fantastiBeyond seasonal activities and Cypress cal friends! Springs Water Park, Gaylord Palms offers an unparalleled resort experience so you can The pirates and princesses have arrived and they’re ready to spend the summer with you at curate the perfect summer vacation for your Gaylord Palms. What kind of fun do they have family. No matter what your family is looking for, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. in store? The kind that leads to new adventures, pushing the bounds of imagination, and • Stop by the award-winning Relâche Spa more! In this unique series of activities, you for an invigorating, deep-tissue massage, will: a brightening facial, or a mani-pedi to keep your nails in tip-top shape. The little ones • Attend the Pirates and Princesses Acadecan join in too with the Royal Kids Spa my, a live and interactive show where you Treatments like pedicures or hair up-dos will meet these whimsical characters and worthy of a tiara. even join their ranks by taking a special, secret oath! • Discover world-class culinary options during your stay. Try seared-to-perfection Jacksonville Sharks vs Carolina Cobras • Put your problem-solving skills to the test beef at Old Hickory Steakhouse, catch the July 9, 7pm in your mission to break out of an escape Arena football team, the Jacksonville Sharks, game on Wreckers Sports Bar’s two-story room or hunt down all the princess’s misstakes on opponents at 7pm at the Veterans TV, sample seafood on a 60-foot-long, ing jewels in a resort-wide scavenger hunt. Memorial Arena. Single game tickets start at indoor sailboat, or any of their other dining • Drop an anchor at the Captain’s Quarters $12. Family packs of tickets are also availexperiences. Bar for delicious cocktails and mocktails. able, which include four tickets and four hot • Stroll through 4.5 acres of stunning garden dogs, chips, and drinks. Tonight is Star Wars Slide into summer fun at Cypress Springs! atriums enclosed in glass. Find seasonal Night. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena / décor, a light show choreographed to a Summer is much more fun when spent in the 904-621-0700 / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, beautiful musical score, and even Florida Jacksonville, FL 32202 / sun – and there’s no better place to do that wildlife. www.jaxsharks.com than at Cypress Springs. This three-acre water park has all the elements needed to create a Regardless of what your family is looking Jacksonville Sharks vs Carolina Cobras modern oasis the whole family will love. for, be it joining in pirate adventures, making July 23, 7pm a splash, or indulging in delicious food, you Arena football team, the Jacksonville Sharks, • Zip through the all-new Crystal River Rap- can do it all at Gaylord Palms Resort. After takes on opponents at 7pm at the Veterans ids action river, complete with waterfalls, all, while summer is a time of adventure and Memorial Arena. Single game tickets start at hidden alcoves, and palm leaves with excitement, it’s also a time to bond and grow $12. Family packs of tickets are also available, hidden sprinklers. together. Make the most of your summer which include four tickets and four hot dogs, of more and book your trip today at www. chips, and drinks. Tonight is Military Apprecia• Take on any (or all!) of the seven waterstion Night. gaylordpalms.com. j lides, including the ultra-thrilling 35-foot Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena / drop slide through a trapdoor. 904-621-0700 / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, • Grab a bite to eat with the whole family, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxsharks.com

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SUMMER GUIDE

Summer Reading Programs The Good and the Beautiful Summer Reading Program The Good and the Beautiful is giving away 75,000 free books as part of its Summer Reading Program. Parents can sign up to receive a grade-appropriate Summer Reading Pack, which includes one free book, a createyour-own jungle scene reading chart with stickers, and two bookmarks. There is a $1.49 Media Mail shipping fee for each set. When the supplies run out, families can still download the free The Good and the Beautiful Book List online. Additionally, parents can join The Good and the Beautiful Book Challenge. There is a beautiful world of books out there — old and new — that teach respect, kindness, and honesty through wonderfully written, engaging, and inspiring stories. When you immerse your children in this kind of literature, over time you will see your children become more kind, more respectful, and more positive. Parents can create a Family Standards Plan and commit to having your family read only books that meet your standards for one year. The Good and the Beautiful Storytime is another feature of the website. There are over 40 free narrated audiobooks found online. The Good and the Beautiful Storytime immerse children in not only wonderful literature but also engaging illustrations and tales of adventure. Grow your child’s reading skills along with boosting their comprehension, attention span, and more. The Good and the Beautiful / www.goodandbeautiful.com

award-winning authors and illustrators. You will also receive a Pete the Cat Giant Sticker Book, featuring more than 600 fun-filled stickers. Receive a welcome shipment with two free books for only $1 shipping and handling. Get monthly auto-delivery of five paperback I Can Read! books to your door. Each book box is $19.95 ($3.99 per book) plus $4.99 shipping and handling. There is no obligation to purchase additional books, and you may cancel at any time. I Can Read! / 888-965-8737 / icanread@ harpercollinsbookclubs.com / www.harpercollinsbookclubs.com Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Chuck E. Cheese rewards kids who read every day for two weeks. Print out the Reading Rewards Calendar and mark off the days that your child reads. Then, bring in the completed calendar to any participating Chuck E. Cheese location to receive ten free play points. Child(ren) must be present to redeem. Food purchase is required. Chuck E. Cheese / www.chuckecheese.com

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Nemours Reading BrightStart! Nemours BrightStart!’s mission is to promote reading success and prevent reading failure for all children, focusing on birth to age 8. Through innovative programs, research, advocacy, and partnerships, they design and implement unique and highly effective tools and training that consistently yield life-changing results. Nemours BrightStart! features I Can Read! Book Club monthly articles, activities, and books, as well Widely recognized as the premier line of books as a preschool reading screener to determine for beginning readers, and with hundreds of reading readiness. titles conveniently organized into color-coded Nemours Reading BrightStart! / levels, I Can Read! books contain some of www.readingbrightstart.org the most beloved characters in the history of children’s literature, many created by

Not All Sunscreens Are Safe and Effective The Environmental Working Group’s 2022 Guide to Sunscreens includes more than 1,850 sunscreens, and only about one in four products, or 500, meets their standards for adequate sun protection and avoids ingredients linked to known health harms. Products marketed for babies and kids do slightly better, on average, with one in three meeting their standards.

Spray sunscreens are not recommended because of difficulty with proper application, potential ingredient toxicity and inhalation concerns. You can find a list of the Best Baby & Kid’s Sunscreens, the Best Everyday Use Sunscreens, the Best Recreational Sunscreens and more online at ewg.org/sunscreen.

It's important to note that most sunscreens sold in the U.S. provide inadequate UVA protection from the sun’s harmful rays, compared to what the listed SPF suggests. This gives sunscreen users a false sense of safety.

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TRAVEL

Travel Safe With Small Children S

taying somewhere new? Check for these common hazards when you arrive, ask your host the right questions, and bring essentials to make the space safe. General • Make sure there is at least one working smoke detector on each level of the home you’re staying in.

• If there are firearms in the home, they should be stored in a locked area separate from ammunition. • Put away small items that your child could choke on, like button batteries from remotes. If it can fit through a toilet paper roll, it’s too small. • Does your host have pets? Talk to your child about not touching pets without an adult present, and ask for help to ensure someone is always watching so no bites or scratches occur. Living Room • Living room stairs are a falling hazard. Bring baby gates for the top and bottom of the staircase, if possible. • Block off fireplaces and supervise children closely around them to prevent burns. • TVs and furniture can tip over and cause injuries. Ask in advance if heavy items are secured to the wall or how to close off rooms with dangerous items inside. Kitchen • Bring a cabinet lock to secure any household cleaners and chemicals, or temporarily relocate them somewhere your child can’t access.

Bedroom

• Know where your child will sleep before you arrive and bring their safe sleep environment, like a portable pack and play, if necessary. If you are borrowing one when you arrive, make sure it aligns with today’s safety standards.

If you’ve ever dreamed of strolling through the winding streets of Europe, experiencing the vastness of Asia, or learning about the history of Africa, dive into these wonderful picture books. They’ll transport you to different times, expose you to new ideas and traditions, and make you feel like you’ve traveled the globe without ever leaving your couch. Paris by Phone, by Pamela Druckerman, illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

• If you’re staying with family, small children and babies should not share beds with older kids. • Bring window locks for any second story windows that may not have them. Bathroom • If you travel with medications, ensure they are stored up high out of your child’s reach, and ask that your hosts do the same while you’re there. • Water heater settings vary between homes, so make sure the water temperature is safe before letting your child get into the bathtub. • Always fully drain bath water, close toilet lids, and shut bathroom doors. Children can drown in even small amounts of water.

Carson Crosses Canada, by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Kass Reich

The Water Princess, by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy, by Tara Dairman, illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan The Soccer Fence, by Phil Bildner, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson

Babushka Baba Yaga, by Patricia Polacco

Lon Po Po, by Ed Young

Outside • Children are drawn to pools, ponds, hot tubs, and other bodies of water that present drowning risks. Ask if there is a fence around the water, and consider bringing a door alarm to alert adults if your child tries to go outside. Tape signs to doors asking that they remain locked at all times.

• Add a baby gate or block off any stairs off a back porch or deck to prevent falls. j • Turn pot and pan handles toward the back of the stovetop so your child can’t reach up For more information on child safety and injury and pull them down. prevention, visit wolfsonchildrens.com/ • Have eyes on your child the entire time he safekids. or she is in the kitchen.

Big Anthony: His Story, by Tomie dePaola

The Ocean Calls, by Tina Cho, illustrated by Jess X. Snow

Maps, by Aleksandra Mizielinska, and Daniel Mizielinski

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TEENS

Things to Do

When the Lazy Days of Summer Are Too Lazy T he fact is that summers should be relaxing and fun, but “relaxing and fun” doesn’t have to mean staying on the couch playing video games, watching movies, and turning into “vampires” (staying up all night/ sleeping all day).

It’s part of our job as parents to set limits, but when you get creative and include your teens in the discussion, the limits won’t feel so limiting and everyone wins. Here’s how you can keep your teen occupied and unplugged from screens and devices this summer. Put a list of ideas of things to do in a box or a big jar and at bedtime, have your teen draw one out for the next day so that your teen has something to look forward to after chores are done. Below are idea starters. You can add more ideas or have your teen come up with things they would like to do this summer. 1.

Go for a day hike.

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Be a tourist in your own town: Visit the zoo or a museum or go see another “famous” site.

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Make your own crafts, soaps, or other homemade products and sell them on Etsy or at your local farmer’s market.

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Start a lawn-mowing business.

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Draw on the sidewalk with chalk; then “clean” it up with squirt guns.

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Play in the water/sprinklers like you did when you were a kid.

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Bake a summer treat for a neighbor who doesn’t get many visitors.

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Make dinner for the family.

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Have a picnic lunch with a friend.

10. Hold a car wash to raise money for a local charity. 11. Have a garage sale and make a few bucks cleaning out your stuff. 12. Volunteer at your local animal shelter. 13. Volunteer at a nursing home. Offer to read books or paint their nails. 14. Go on a long bike ride. 15. Go to the local library (many of them offer free summer activities for kids). 16. Learn to play an instrument. 17. Create and bury a time capsule to that you will open when you’re 25. 18. Buy a metal detector and go treasure hunting! 19. Write some ghost stories to tell later around a campfire. 20. Plant a garden. 21. Start a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. 22. Read a book. 23. Rearrange/redecorate your room. 24. Make a tie-dyed shirt. 25. Build a model airplane or car. 26. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger. 27. Write a play and act it out with homemade puppets. 28. Create/build an invention

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Teen Events

Big Chef-Teen Chef: Grilled Cheese and Soup • June 1, 13, 6pm Big Chef-Teen Chef series classes are designed specifically for a guardian/parent, older sibling (18 or older), etc. paired with a young chef. Each pair will work together (along with the rest of the students) to create delicious recipes that are appropriate for adults and teens alike. Big Chef must be 18 or older, and the Teen Chef age range should be 13 to 17 years old. You know the basics, but let the chefs show you what can be done with basic grilled cheese and soup. The menu includes The Classic (Tomato Soup and Grilled 3-Cheese Dippers), The Twist (Creamy Artichoke Bisque and Roasted Red Pepper Goat Cheese Panini), and The Sweeter Side with Caramel Hot Chocolate. Cost is $85 for each parent/teen combo; add one seat to your cart. Publix Aprons Cooking School / 904-2624187 / 10500 San Jose Blvd Ste 36, Jacksonville, FL 32257 / www.publix.com Drop-In! Teen Take & Make Craft June 7, 14, 21, 28, 1pm to 7pm Stop by the Teen Room at the West Branch Public Library to pick up your teen craft to either make at home or make in the library. Crafts change weekly – stop by while supplies last. Free. No registration required. Ages 12 to 18. Jacksonville Public Library, West Branch / 904-255-2665 / 1425 Chaffee Road South, Jacksonville, FL 32221 / jaxpubliclibrary.org

by emailing njebbia@sjcfl.us to sign up for the book club or sign up online. St. Johns County Public Library Anastasia Island Branch / 904-209-3730 / 124 Seagrove Main St, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / sjcpls.org Teen Cooking: Seaside Bistro June 14, 6pm to 7:30pm The Teen Cooking program is back with a summery seaside bento, inspired by anime and manga, One Piece. Registration is required for this free cooking class designed for ages 12 to 18. Space is limited. All supplies provided. St. Johns County Public Library, Southeast Branch / 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / www.sjcpls.org Application Deadlines and Colleges’ Decisions – What Do They All Mean? June 23, 8pm The college application process is filled with special terms, forms, deadlines, requirements, and more. Get the inside scoop from a former college admissions officer on college decision making. Plus, learn terms that can ease your college journey. Free. Revolution Prep / 877-738-7737 / www.revolutionprep.com

Publix Aprons Camps – Teens June 27-29, 6pm Publix Aprons hosts three days of chef camps for kids ages 13 to 17. Register online in advance, as classes fill up quickly. Cost is $135 for the three days. This camp takes a culinary tour of Europe. Day one will visit Germany, with German Potato Salad, Bavarian-Style Roast Pork, Bread Dumplings, and Stollen Doughnuts. Day two explores Italy, with Potato, Onion, and Anastasia Library Teen Book Club Thursdays, June 9 & 16, July 7 & 14, 5pm Cheese Focaccia, Hearty Minestrone, Quattro Fromagio (4-Cheese Rigatoni), and ChocoTeens in grades 7 and up are invited to join late-Dipped Cannolis. On day three, students Ms. Nicole for a teen book club inside the will make dishes from France, including Anastasia Library. You can choose how to participate, either through Zoom or in person. Croque Monsieur, Steak Frites with Bearnaise Butter, Salad Lyonnaise, and Crème Brulee a Make new friends, have good discussions, L’Orange. and more. Books for the book clubs are Publix Aprons Cooking School / 904-262chosen by the teens. The June book is The 4187 / 10500 San Jose Blvd Ste 36, JackHitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas sonville, FL 32257 / www.publix.com Adams. The July book is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Books are provided by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Library to the Visit Jax4Kids.com for a complete list first six students who sign up. Please register of Teen events.

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Things to Do

PETS

My Dog Is Scared of Fireworks: What Can I Do?

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ireworks are scary for dogs because of the loudness of the bang—along with other sensory stimulants such as bright lights and the smell of burning explosives—is unfamiliar and unsettling. Because the explosions are so loud, dogs are usually unable to pinpoint where the sound is coming from. This inability to locate the explosions creates a sense of fear since dogs are unable to identify, monitor, or respond to the new sound stimulus in their environment.

It’s important to remember that each dog’s reaction to fireworks can be different. While some dogs start to tremble and hide when fireworks start, others may not be overwhelmed by the loud noises. Others may appear calm even if they’re experiencing fear and anxiety. It’s important to monitor your dog closely to see whether fireworks are causing any changes in behavior—which can be a sign that they’re afraid. A dog’s hearing is far more powerful than humans. The ability to detect much quieter sounds means their ears are much more sensitive to noise. It’s widely accepted that fireworks and other loud noises do register as painful for many dogs. While loud noises may not cause hearing damage for your dog—unless they’re in close proximity to loud fireworks explosions—the sensation of pain can increase your dog's fear and anxiety around fireworks, turning these festivities into an even more unpleasant sensory experience. As a dog owner, there are several things you can do to improve the comfort of your pet and minimize the ill-effects they suffer from fireworks. Here are some suggestions on how to calm dogs from fireworks: • Get your dog some exercise prior to the start of fireworks. Exercise will help your dog burn off nervous energy that can increase stress and anxiety. Go for a long walk or run earlier in the day.

comforts they’re accustomed to, such as a favorite napping spot, favorite blankets, or other items. Make sure they have food and water, and securely close all doors and windows to stop the dog from trying to run away—which some dogs will attempt out of fear. • Play ambient noise to reduce the sound of fireworks. Noise machines can help drown out the sound of fireworks, or at least make them less distinct and stressful for your dog. You might also try playing music to calm dogs during fireworks—or even leave the TV on in the room where they’re staying. • Snuggle and comfort your dog while in distress. When you notice a dog scared of fireworks that is shaking or having other strong reactions, consider sticking close to them, petting them and offering other physical comfort to put their fears at ease. • Provide distractions to keep your dog busy. Favorite toys, new dog treats and other activities can pull your dog’s attention away from fireworks, easing their stress. • Consider bypassing fireworks and getting away from the action. If your dog’s reaction is severe, you might plan on staying away from fireworks festivities or even taking a trip out of town to spare your dog the stress of Fourth of July weekend. • Ask your veterinarian about possible medications to administer during fireworks. Your vet may be able to provide you medications that partially alleviate stress and anxiety from loud fireworks. While there are over-the-counter supplements designed to reduce anxiety in dogs, your vet may also decide that a prescription medication is the best course of treatment. This will depend on several different factors, including your dog’s health, existing medication use, and severity of the dog’s reaction to fireworks, among other factors. For your dog’s safety, it’s recommended that you consult with a local vet before giving your dog any supplements or medications. j

• Put your dog in a safe, secure space. A bedroom, basement, or other secure room is forevervets.com often the best place to put your dog. Ideally, this space will be familiar to them and offer

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Pet Events

Meowmaste – Yoga with Cats June 3, 5:45pm to 6:30pm Families with children ages 5 and up are invited to participate in this 45-minute session with RY 500 certified instructor Beth Jordan in the company of kittens looking for homes. All skill levels welcome. Participants must bring a mat and wear comfortable clothes. Must be 18 or older to participate alone – children ages 5 and up are welcome with a guardian. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Jacksonville Humane Society, Multipurpose Room / 904-725-8766 / 8464 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216 / jaxhumane.org Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Canines & Crustaceans Dog Day • June 7, 7:05pm The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Gwinnett Stripers. Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed. Canines and Crustaceans (Dog Day) – The Jumbo Shrimp and Forever Vets Animal Hospital welcome you and your canine companion to 121 Financial Ballpark. Canines get in free as long as their human companion buys a ticket. Dog-free seating is located in section 119 and the Wheelhouse Lounge and the Haskell Suite Level. 121 Financial Ballpark / 904-358-2846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jaxshrimp.com Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Purr in the Park: National Take Your Cat to Work Day June 21, 7:05pm After years of Bark in the Park days, cat families get a cat day. Jaxson de Ville will be in the house also, as no cat day is complete without the greatest cat of all time. All cats must be on leashes or in cat carriers. However, this is a real cat day. Cats are allowed at the game. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will play the Durham Bulls. Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed. 121 Financial Ballpark / 904-358-2846 /

301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jaxshrimp.com Jacksonville Humane Society Public Tour June 28, 11am to 12:30pm July 26, 11am to 12:30pm Join staff for a free, behind-the-scenes tour of the Jacksonville Humane Society, followed by a private Q & A with JHS management. This walking tour will be about 90 minutes and will take you around the 50,000 square foot facility located on 12 acres of land at the Beach Blvd. location. You will see and hear about programs and services from multiple staff members during the tour, as well as meet a few of the pets along the way. There are parts of the tour that will be outside on uneven terrain. With that said, these tours will go on rain or shine and start precisely at 11am. Children under the age of 18 are allowed but must be accompanied by an adult and must be included in the RSVP. There are a limited number of child spots available. Please note: Due to the areas you will be touring, strollers are not permitted, and some parts of the tour are not recommended for young children. Jacksonville Humane Society / 904-7258766 / 8464 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216 / jaxhumane.org Antiques Ruffshow July 10, 1pm to 4pm Join staff along with Certified Appraiser Selma Paul from HGTV and President of the Midsouth Chapter of ISA as she takes a look at your antiques and tells if they are trash or treasure. You can bring almost anything – art, jewelry, porcelain, rugs, furniture, and collectibles. Please keep any weapons or sports memorabilia at home, though. A $20 donation gets one item evaluated and two general admission tickets. For another $15, get another item looked at and another two tickets, up to three items and six seats. All proceeds will benefit the Flagler Humane Society. The Flagler Playhouse / 386-445-1814 / 301 East Moody Blvd, Bunnell, FL 32110 / flaglerhumanesociety.org Like Jax4Pets.com’s Facebook page at facebook.com/jax4pets to find out about other events for pets.

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” – Martin Buber, German Philosopher


THINGS TO DO Dinosaur Explorer at MOSH Thru September 5 Dinosaur Explorer is an all-new traveling exhibition that explores the wildest, wackiest, and most wondrous dinosaurs and examines human physiology through the lens of these magnificent creatures. Through a series of dynamic displays that feature advanced animatronic dinosaurs, authentic casts and actual fossils, and highly interactive hands-on activities, visitors will learn the science behind dinosaur adaptations and understand the connections humans share with our prehistoric predecessors. As they move through a series of vibrant vignettes, visitors will discover what modern paleontology knows about the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods — as well as what remains uncertain. Tickets are available for advance reservation. Tickets are only valid for the date and time specified. A digital confirmation and timed tickets will be emailed. Guests, please bring your printed or digital ticket at your selected time. Museum of Science and History / 904-396-6674 / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / themosh.org

and up. Cost is $8 for MOSH members; $10 for non-members. MOSH / 904-396-6674 / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / themosh.org Mark Alan Magic Show June 24, 10:30am to 11:30am Comedy Magician Mark Alan has been providing libraries with fun interactive magical entertainment for over two decades. Watch Mark Alan as he presents his Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program. No registration required. Open to all ages. Switzerland Community Church / 904-827-6963 / 2179 State Road 13, Switzerland, FL 32259 / sjcpls.org

Clay County Watermelon Fest June 25-26, 10am to 5pm The 6th Annual Watermelon Fest features ice cold watermelon, a free waterslide, art & crafts, vendors, free bounce houses, live entertainment, wacky watermelon games, food for sale, a watermelon eating contest, pony rides, free watermelon samples, treats, free corn hole, a cutest baby contest, a free petting farm, a watermelon seed spitting contest, face painting, free rock painting, watermelon fudge, karaoke, IKEA Family Member Day train rides, a free coloring contest, a free inside June 5, 10am to 5pm toddler play area, free sack races, photo op, July 3, 10am to 5pm MOSH has partnered with IKEA Jacksonville for whole watermelons, and more. Admission is $6; kids 2 and under are free. Visit their webIKEA Family Day at the Museum. IKEA Family Members will receive discounted adult admissite for a $1 off coupon or bring a canned good sion tickets and early access to the Museum at for a discount. Donations benefit local food bank. Clay County Fairgrounds / 2497 State 10am on the first Sunday of each month. MOSH / 904-396-MOSH / 1025 Museum Circle, Road 16 West, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 / www.claycountyfest.com Jacksonville, FL 32207 / themosh.org Shavuot on the Grill & Community Celebration • June 5, 10:45am Chabad at the Beaches hosts a Shavuot on the Grill & Community Celebration for all ages. There will be a Torah Service at 10:45am, followed by lunch from Gili's Kitchen Upscale Outdoor BBQ. There will be tented seated, a kids ice cream party & program, and hear the 10 Commandments. Cost is $18 per person. Chabad at the Beaches / 904-770-0502 / 521 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / www.chabadbeaches.com Planetarium Night Live presents “Thirteen Point Eight” • June 17, 7pm to 8:30pm MOSH and the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium present Planetarium Night Live!, a program that allows you to expand your mind and go on an exploration of cosmic phenomena during immersive, live discussions and demonstrations. The age of the Universe is 13.8 billion years old. Seems like an amazing claim. Then again, humans are capable of amazing insight. How can we know its age so precisely? What’s the evidence leading us to this number? Is it as solid a result as it’s made out to be? Join staff in the Planetarium to investigate one of the most astounding assertions humans have ever made about anything. Suggested for ages 13

Freedom Festival 2022 June 25, 4pm to 9pm The annual Freedom Festival returns to the Orange Park Mall to honor the military and first responders. This year's event will feature a variety of local food and brews, veteran-owned businesses and crafters, as well as an opening performance by the Navy Band Southeast’s Popular Music Group, “Pride,” followed by up-and-coming musician Emily Earle, local favorites Cumberland Band, and country music artist Drew Baldridge. Admission to the festival is free. Other activities include a kids’ zone, a silent auction benefiting St. Michael's Soldiers, a Veterans Lounge, food trucks, beer and wine, and a fireworks finale to end the evening. Gates will open at 4pm, and showtime begins at 4:30pm. Outside food and drink will not be permitted in the event area, and parking policies will remain consistent with daily mall operations. Orange Park Mall / 904-269-2422 / 1910 Wells Rd, Orange Park, FL 32073 / orangeparkmall.com Canada Day Craft Special July 1, 2pm to 4pm Celebrate Canada Day at the Mandarin Branch Library. Make a beaver puppet, try the Canada

Day quiz, and learn a little more about our neighbor to the north. Free. Jacksonville Public Library, Mandarin Branch / 904-255-2665 / 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 / jaxpubliclibrary.org Glassblowing Demonstration by Burnt Glassworks • July 5, 4pm to 7pm Join library staff for an evening of watching artists from Burn Glassworks create beautiful glass pieces. There will be three demos – 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm. Please feel free to bring a lawn chair to sit on. Free. Clay County Public Library, Fleming Island Branch / 904-278-3720 / 1895 Town Center Blvd, Fleming Island, FL 32003 / www.claycountygov.com Meet the Weatherman: Garrett Bedenbaugh July 6, 2pm to 3pm Action News JAX First Alert Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh will read his first children’s short story and get children ready for the start of hurricane season. Plus, hear all about being a local meteorologist on TV. This a family event for kids of all ages. This program will take place at The Waterworks, which shares a parking lot with the Main Library. The Waterworks / 904-827-6940 / 184 San Marco Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / sjcpls.org Bartram Branch Library Book Sale July 9, 10am to 1pm Book sale at the Bartram Branch Library. There will be kids’ books, videos, games, cookbooks, fiction/non-fiction, and more. Become a Friend of the Library to earn early entry to the sale at 9:30am. All proceeds benefit the Bartram Trail Branch Library. St. Johns County Public Library, Bartram Trial Branch / 904-827-6960 / 60 Davis Pond Blvd., St. Johns, FL 32259 / www.sjcpls.org

2022 Annual H.E.R.I. BookBuster July 16, 9am to 12noon Local homeschool group, H.E.R.I., hosts its 2022 BookBuster event. There will be tables with pre-owned homeschool books, curriculum for preschool through 12th grade, fiction/ non-fiction books, games, puzzles, computer games, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, workbooks, themed unit studies, adult books, manipulatives, and more for sale. Non-HERI members can enter at 9am; members enter at 8:30am. Entry fee is $2 per adult for HERI members and $3 for non-members. Cash only will be accepted at the door for the entry fee. Due to the number of people that attend this event, for safety reasons, wheeled carts and/or strollers will not be permitted on the sales floor. Open to the public, not just homeschool families. Cash, debit, and credit are acceptable forms of payment for items purchased. Hillcrest Baptist Church / 7673 Collins Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32244 / herijax.com St Johns County Safety Town July 18-22, 8:30am to 11:30am Partnered with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Safety Town teaches incoming kindergartners life-long safety skills (bike, pedestrian, fire, stranger danger, poison, and more) in a child-sized mock town while meeting police, firemen, and other safety professionals along the way. Your child will get to see the trucks and equipment and take a short bus ride so your Safety Citizen will be ready to start school. The cost is $150 for the week. Cost includes a t-shirt. Crosswater Community Church / 211 Davis Park Rd, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 / www.stjohnscountysafetytown.org

Summer Musical Theatre Experience: Cinderella • July 22-31 The Florida State College at Jacksonville High Jurassic Quest 2022 School Summer Musical Theatre Experience July 15, 9am to 8pm; July 16, 9am to 8pm; is celebrating its 16th year providing theatre July 17, 9am to 5pm opportunities to 7th through 12th graders in the Jurassic Quest is Americas Largest and most First Coast area. This summer, more than 50 realistic Dinosaur Event. Guests will walk student performers and technicians will train through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Pe- with professional theatre artists in preparation riod, and The Triassic period and experience for for their production of Rodger’s + Hammerthemselves what it was like to be among living, stein’s Cinderella. Rodgers + Hammerstein's breathing dinosaurs. Jurassic Quest is the Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of only Dinosaur event that has true-to-life-size the classic musical. This contemporary take on dinosaurs. From the very small, to the gigantic, the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerskyscraping dinosaurs that can only be seen at stein's most beloved songs. Appropriate for all Jurassic Quest events. Jurassic Quest has over audiences and groups. Tickets range from $20 80 true-to-life-size dinosaurs. In collaboration to $25. with leading paleontologists, each one was Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts / 904painstakingly replicated in every detail. Be sure 632-5000 / 11901 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL to bring socks for the kids; they will need them 32246 / www.fscjartistseries.org to play in the inflatables. All guests ages 2 and up must have a ticket. Admission starts at $22. Prime F. Osborn Convention Center / 833-486EDITOR’S NOTE: Dates, times and locations are accurate 3466 / 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL at time of publication; events and activities listed in this 32204 / www.jurassicquest.com guide are subject to change without notice. Visit Jax4Kids. com for updated information and more events!

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