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Dear Readers,

oon kids will be out for summer, and we’re helping you prepare for a great summer with this issue.

Make your reservations today for Be My Neighbor Day, May 11th, from 10am to 2pm, at WJCT studios. Kids will learn how to be caring neighbors at this free, community event. They can meet Daniel Tiger and his friends and enjoy face painting, balloon art, and more. There will be inside and outside activities. Inside activities require pre-registration. To learn more and register, visit wjct. com/events and turn to page 2.

Alhambra Theatre & Dining presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, on stage June 20th through August 11th. Tickets are on sale now for this popular summer kids’ event. Reserve your seats online at alhambrajax.com or by calling the box office at 904-641-1212.

Is the color of your child’s bathing suit important? Yes, says Safe Kids of Northeast Florida! They’re sharing life-saving tips, including this one, in this month’s issue. Please turn to page 7 and learn how you can keep your kids safe in and around water.

If you have pets, you can save “What to do in a Pet Emergency” on page 20 and keep it for easy reference should you ever find yourself in an emergency situation with your pet.

Kids can meet Paw Patrol’s Chase, Marshall & Skye at Adventure Landing on June 15th! Moms and Dads swim free at Adventure Landing on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. First

Responders get free water park admission May 25th through 27th, and Kids Play Days are Wednesdays through Fridays, May 8th through 30th from 11am to 3pm for $15.99. Find money-saving coupons from Adventure Landing on page 15!

TripAdvisor has compiled the top 10 Best Florida State Parks. Turn to page 19 to find out which ones made the list and where they are. We’ve rounded up lots of activities for your kids to enjoy this summer, including many that are free and low-cost. You’ll find them on pages 13 through 18. Visit us online at Jax4Kids. com any time to find places to go and things to do with your kids.

Have a wonderful and safe summer!

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MAY/JUNE 2024 • Jax4Kids.com • Page 3 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Contents • May/June 2024 Community Profile: Go Baby Go – First Coast Cruisers 4 Mother’s Day Events 4 Father’s Day Events 5 LIVING WELL Free Summer Lunch Programs 6 Problem Eater or Just a Phase? 6 EATING WELL 10 Best Florida State Parks 19 Things to Do: Nature Events ................................................................................ 19 NATURE DEALS 13 MOVIES 14 HANDS-ON FUN 14-16 THEATRE & ARTS 16 SPORTING EVENTS 17-18 SUMMER READING 18 SUMMER GUIDE Instagram Announces New Tools to Protect Teens .................................................. 9 Things to Do: Teen Events 9 TEENS What to Do in a Pet Emergency 20 Things to Do: Pet Events 20 PETS May & June Events 21-22 THINGS TO DO Splash into Summer Safety ................................................................................... 7 Things to Do: Health & Safety Events 7 Social Media’s Impact on Children 8 Florida Healthy Kids Insurance 8 HEALTH & SAFETY
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Community Profile: Go Baby Go – First Coast Cruisers LIVING WELL

Go Baby Go is a worldwide, community-based research, design, and outreach program that provides modified ride-on toy cars to children with limited mobility free of cost. The movement was started at the University of Delaware by Cole Galloway to meet the growing need of providing power mobility to young children with disabilities.

The Go Baby Go movement has since spread all over the world with schools, organizations, and businesses starting chapters and giving away modified cars to promote this critical early mobility.

The Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency founded the Go Baby Go chapter at Brooks Rehabilitation in 2018. The modified cars were distributed to various outpatient and inpatient Brooks clinics specifically for patient use. In 2019, the Go Baby Go chapter in Northeast Florida adopted the name “First Coast Cruisers” and began awarding the modified toy cars to children with disabilities within our community.

The Brooks Pediatric Recreation Program hosts the annual First Coast Cruisers community build event in collaboration with volunteers from local universities and organizations every year. This year, volunteers gave the gift of playtime and mobility with the 15 customized cars they gifted to children with disabilities at this year’s event with the theme “Play Is a Human Right.” A human right that means so much.

Jessie Cristof, project manager for First Coast Cruisers, said seeing the look on the children’s faces when they get their first car is “just magical.”

“You’ll see tears across the room, you’ll see the light on the kids, they just light up,” Cristof said. “They have this huge smile.”

Cristof said this means a lot to the parents as well.

“As soon as that kid goes in the car, I look at the caregiver to see their reaction. A lot of them, it’s their first time seeing their kid move and do something independently. The kid gets to pick what direction they go, and they get to depend on how fast or how slow they want to go,” Cristof said.

What are the benefits of mobility for young children?

Power mobility has been shown to help young

children with physical disabilities improve spatial awareness, upper-limb coordination, visual-perceptual skills, spontaneous vocalizations, social initiation with peers, and overall motivation to explore.

Despite its benefits, power mobility in young children is often underutilized due to restrictions in funding, environmental barriers, and parental hesitancy. In recent years, modified ride-on cars have become a popular intervention tool for young children with mobility impairments, as they are shown to be a low-cost and feasible alternative or adjunct to powered mobility devices. Several case studies have also determined the feasibility of these cars as therapeutic training tools in young children with disabilities for improving self-directed mobility, socialization, and family’s perception of children’s capabilities.

How is Go Baby Go funded?

Power mobility technology is very expensive and not readily accessible to many children with mobility impairments. Go Baby Go’s mission is to provide modified ride-on toy cars to children who would benefit from a form of power mobility at absolutely no cost to families. Therefore, they must rely heavily on donations from their community partners to make this a reality. Donors have the option to sponsor different levels of a build: from parts of a car, a whole car, or the entire build. Sponsors also have the opportunity to advertise their business via a logo on the modified cars.

Nominate a Child for Go Baby Go

Do you know a child who would love a Go Baby Go/First Coast Cruiser modified car? If so, please review the following questions below to ensure they qualify:

1. Does your child have a mobility impairment?

2. Can your child hold his/her head up in sitting?

3. Can your child lift one or both arms up?

4. Can your child see approximately 3 ft in front of self?

5. Does your child weigh less than 65 lbs?

If you answered yes to these questions, nominate your child via the online application available at brooksrehab.org/gobabygo. For questions, reach out to GoBabyGo@brooksrehab.org. j

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Day Events

Mimosas with Mom

May 11, 11am to 1pm

Bring Mom to Color Me Mine to paint and enjoy nonalcoholic Mimosas. Cost is $10 per person and includes a studio fee and Mimosa or orange juice. Price for the pottery pieces range from $17 to $40. Reserve your table in advance.

Color Me Mine / 904-338-9333 / 10300 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / jacksonville. colormemine.com

Mommy & Me Tea at The Ritz-Carlton

May 11, 12noon

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island invites you to Mommy & Me Tea, an afternoon of elegance and tradition that brings generations together. The afternoon features a menu of house-made pastries and delicate sandwiches. Dressing for sophisticated snacking is encouraged. The cost is ages 10 and up – $89; ages 4-9 – $79; ages 3 and under – complimentary. Champagne and Bloody Mary package available as an add-on for $35.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Salt Restaurant / 904-277-1087 / 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, FL 32034 / www.ritzcarlton.com

Three Generations Mother's Day & Princess Tea Party • May 11, 11:30am to 12:30pm Families are invited for a Mother's Day and princess tea party at Sweet Pete's in their Sky Parlor. Indulge in an aromatic cup of tea and enjoy food and treats. This in-person event is the perfect way to gather and celebrate the women that have profoundly changed your life. Invite your mother, daughter, grandmother, granddaughter, godmother, aunt, or friend. Be sure to dress to impress. A professional photographer will be on hand to capture the event. Live music, mimosas for adults, and of course, a hands-on candy activity for the princesses will be provided. Tickets start at $28.99. If you have multiple children attending, use code 2CHILD at checkout for 25% off youth/princess tickets. Sweet Pete's Candy / 904-834-1415 / 400 North Hogan Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / threegenerationstea.com

Family Fun: Mother’s Day Treats May 11, 12, 1pm Sur La Table hosts a Mother’s Day Treats cooking class. The instructor will walk you through the steps for creating from-scratch shortcakes topped with fresh berries. You will learn how to properly whip egg whites that you will use to make adorable Meringue Roses. Plus, you’ll create chocolate cupcakes and pipe on buttercream frosting. Cost is $69 for ages 7 and up. Sur la Table / 904719-7597 / 4713 River City Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.surlatable.com

Mother's Day Brunch at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

May 12, 10am or 11:45am Celebrate Mom with a special brunch and enjoy the Zoo during the Art in the Garden Festival. Indulge in a delectable spread of classic brunch offerings before strolling the park. Art in the Garden features more than 40 different local artists and vendors, live music, intriguing performers,

a scavenger hunt, hands-on activities, and more. The brunch menu features a Ham Carving Station, Breakfast Pork Sausage Links, Scrambled Eggs Topped with Cheddar Cheese and Chives, Breakfast Potatoes with Red Peppers and Onions, Waffles with Maple Syrup and Fruit Toppings, House-Made Mac & Cheddar Cheese, Danishes, Muffins, and Spring Salad. Mimosas are available for purchase. Tickets include brunch and admission to the Zoo. Members' tickets are $54-$74, and non-members are $69$89. Children 2 and under are free but must have a ticket. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904-7574463 / 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / www.jacksonvillezoo.org

Moms Swim Free at Adventure Landing

May 12

In honor of Mother’s Day, Adventure Landing offers a special for moms. Buy one full-priced waterpark daily admission, get mom’s waterpark admission for free. Coupon required and must be printed to be valid.

Adventure Landing, Beaches / 904-246-4386 / 1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / jacksonville-beach.adventurelanding.com

Mother's Day Brunch at the Ritz Carlton May 12, 11am

The culinary team of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island treats guests to a special Mother’s Day brunch. Guests will feast on traditional brunch favorites and an elegant display of decadent desserts. Tickets are $155 for ages 10 and up and $79 for ages 4-10. Add $65 per person for a beverage package for adults 21+. Seating begins at 11am; choose your time when you purchase your tickets.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island / 904-277-1100 / 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, FL 32034 / www.ritzcarlton.com

Mother's Day Grand Buffet Brunch May 12, 11am to 3pm

Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort hosts a Mother's Day Grand Buffet Brunch. The culinary team has created a brunch buffet with classics such as a Chef Attended Omelet Station, Carving Stations, Chicken & Waffles, a showcase of Smoked Salmon and accouterments, an array of seasonal salads, as well as a Mimosa, Cordial Coffee Bar, and Viennese dessert display. The event will take place in the oceanfront ballroom and feature live music. Seating will be assigned based on your party size. Tickets are $80 for adults and $30 for ages 5 to 12. Event pricing includes Buffet & Food Stations, one complimentary Mimosa for Mom, Non-Alcoholic Beverages, and a service charge (gratuity). Any additional alcoholic beverages are available at an additional cost. Reservations are subject to tax and EventBrite fee. Valet Parking will be validated for up to two hours.

Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort / 904-461-9004 / 300 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / www.hilton.com

Visit Jax4Kids.com for a complete list of Mother's Day events.

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Father's Day Events

2nd Annual Father's Day Classic

June 15, 10am to 1pm Children will partner with their father/ guardian to take on other families in a family-friendly game of half-court basketball. The day will feature activities for dads and their families, food, vendors, and more. Registration is $80 per team. A team consists of one father and one child. Players must be registered with First Coast Streetball. Collier-Blocker-Puryear Park / 731-8828090 / 10 North Holmes Boulevard, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www.firstcoaststreetball.com

Jax Cooking Studio: Father’s Day Brunch

June 15, 10am to 12:30pm Families are invited to celebrate Father's Day at Jax Cooking Studio. The menu features Cheesy Bacon and Corn Fritters – Served with guest-made chipotle aioli; Chorizo Frittata – A hearty frittata made with spicy chorizo sausage, spinach, and peppers; Fresh Side Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, goat cheese, and champagne vinaigrette; Sweet Potato Hash with onions and fresh herbs; and Bread Pudding with vanilla bourbon sauce. Registration starts at $75. Jax Cooking Studio / 904-379-6220 / 14035 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / jaxcookingstudio.com

Rights of a Father Film Premiere

June 15, 8pm

In time for Father's Day, the film Rights of the Father premiers at the Ritz Theatre and Museum. Rights of a Father aims to explain the impact of individuals, their feelings, and thoughts, as well as those of the unborn child. The film presents a unique perspective on family versus career and paternity versus maternity. Tickets are $50 each. Ritz Theatre and Museum / 904-807-2010 / 829 N Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.ritzjacksonville.com

Morelli & The Groove at Wicked Barley for Father's Day

June 16, 11am to 2pm Morelli & The Groove will be celebrating Father’s Day with you at Wicked Barley Brewing Company. Bring Dad for a special day just for him. Wicked Barley features brewery grounds that include a 2200 square-foot full-service restaurant and tap room with multiple TVs, a covered patio, a pet-friendly waterfront beer garden, and a boat dock.

Wicked Barley Brewing Company / 904-3797077 / 4100 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217 / wickedbarley.com

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Father’s Day Picnic • June 16, 3:05pm

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Indianapolis Indians. Single-game tickets start at $7, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed. It's Dad's special day, and what better way to celebrate than to bring him to the ballpark? Enjoy some pregame catch on the field, run the bases with him after the game, and have a Father’s Day Picnic at the ballpark. The picnic must be purchased by 12noon on June 14.

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

Beef Wellington with Dad June 16, 6pm to 8:30pm

Come make Beef Wellington with Dad this Father’s Day. The Chef will guide you through each recipe as you create your very own Beef Wellington and all the sides to accompany your meal. Complimentary wine will be served during the cooking experience. The menu features Creamy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms on a Bed of Greens; Beef Wellington – Beef tenderloin wrapped in a layer of mushrooms and crispy puff pastry; Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes – Decadent goat cheese, chive, and buttery mashed potatoes; Seasonal Roasted Vegetables with garlic and fresh herbs; and Warm Chocolate Soufflé –Learn how to make the ultimate show-stopping dessert. Registration is $100 per person.

Jax Cooking Studio / 904-379-6220 / 14035 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / jaxcookingstudio.com

Sunrise Surf Fishing Painting Event for Father's Day

June 16, 4pm to 6pm

Painting with a Twist hosts a Sunrise Surf Fishing Painting Event for Father's Day. Participants will use a 16x20 canvas to create their artwork. Cost is $40.

Painting with a Twist, Bartram / 904-5184932 / 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, St. Johns, FL 32259 / www.paintingwithatwist.com

Visit Jax4Kids.com for a complete list of Father's Day events.

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Free Summer Lunch Programs Problem Eater or Just a Phase?

Free Summer Lunch at the Library for Kids and Teens

June 10 – August 2

To help ensure that kids don't go hungry while school is out of session, free and nutritious meals will be available for children and teens (18 and younger) at several Jacksonville Public Library locations starting June 10, 2024. No signup or application is necessary. Any child 18 or younger can simply show up at the library during mealtimes (Monday – Friday) to receive a free and healthy meal. Each meal includes protein, fruit or veggie, and a drink.

While children are at the library eating lunch, they can check out books and participate in other fun activities the library hosts throughout the summer such as storytimes, crafts, Live from the Library, and other great Summer Learning opportunities.

Monday – Friday, 11am to 12noon

Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd

Monday – Friday, 12noon to 1pm Dallas Graham Branch Library, 2304 Myrtle Ave N University Park Branch Library, 3435 University Blvd N Monday – Friday, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Bradham and Brooks Branch Library, 1755 Edgewood Ave W Regency Square Branch Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd. Monday – Friday, 1pm to 2pm Highlands Regional Library, 1826 Dunn Ave Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library, 6887 103rd St

Please note: No meals will be provided on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth and Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Check Summer BreakSpot for More Locations

For other (non-library) locations and updates, please visit www.summerbreakspot.org, and click on "Find a site," call 211, or text FOOD to 304-304. SFSP is funded by the USDA and coordinated through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida this year.

Summer BreakSpot, a federally funded program, provides nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 and under while school is out for the summer. j

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Alot of parents wonder, is my child’s appetite normal? Why is my child such a picky eater? Like a lot of adults, children’s appetites vary from day to day or even meal to meal. To begin, let’s consider your child’s appetite based on age and development.

In the first year of life, an infant grows faster than at any other time of their lives. Most infants will triple their birth weight and grow an average of 10 inches by their first birthday. Then, between ages 1 and 5 years, growth slows, and many children will only gain four to five pounds per year. Children in this age category can normally go three to four months without gaining any weight and then have a growth spurt. During this time of slowed growth, caloric intake drops, so their appetite slows as well. This is actually good news! The child is listening to their satiety and growth cues and eating only when they are hungry. How much children eat is determined by the appetite center in the brain, and healthy children usually eat as much as they need to support growth and energy.

Now let’s consider some other factors that can contribute to picky eating besides a child’s developmental stage.

• Some children may have sensory sensitivity to certain textures, tastes, or smells, leading them to avoid certain foods.

• There may be a genetic component to picky eating, as children may inherit taste preferences or sensory sensitivities from their parents.

• Environment can play a large role in a child’s eating habits. Family mealtime dynamics, food availability, and cultural influences can impact a child's eating habits.

• There may be negative associations with foods. Children may develop aversions to certain foods due to negative experiences like force-feeding or pressure to eat.

• Certain health conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or food allergies can contribute to picky eating behaviors.

So, what are my responsibilities as a parent?

• Keep meal and snack times as relaxed as possible. Maintain a positive environment by avoiding pressure or coercion to eat.

• Allow your child to listen to their internal hunger and satiety cues.

• Variety is key: Introduce a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains, to expose children to different flavors and textures.

• Be a role model: Set a good example by demonstrating healthy eating habits yourself and enjoying a wide range of foods.

• Get everyone involved. Allow children to help in meal preparation (supervise as needed) and grocery shopping to increase their interest in trying new foods.

• Be patient and persistent. It may take multiple exposures to a new food before a child feels comfortable trying it.

• Offer regular meal and snack times. Providing consistent meal and snack times can help regulate appetite and reduce grazing on less nutritious foods.

• Consult a professional. If picky eating is accompanied by concerns of inadequate nutrition or poor growth, consult your pediatrician or a registered dietitian for guidance.

In summary, try to make meal and snack times enjoyable and nutritious. Share at least one meal a day as a family. Allow your child to participate as much as possible in the choice and preparation of foods. Avoid making mealtimes stressful by force-feeding or making your child feel guilty for not trying a new food. And always consult a professional if you think your child’s poor eating habits are impacting his/her growth. j



Certified Pediatric Nutrition Specialist Wolfson Children’s Hospital

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Splash into Summer Safety

As summer approaches and school comes to an end, many families are making plans for vacation and fun! The weather is heating up, sending Floridians searching for ways to stay cool. This could be a trip to the ocean, lake, pool, or river to take a swim, or even enjoy a boat ride. These activities require a little preparation to make sure everyone stays safe.

There are simple steps families can take to ensure kids are safe when spending time around any body of water. It is important to make sure your child learns to swim. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swim lessons for children over the age of one. Even with swimming lessons, the most important thing is a watchful and attentive adult. This means really focusing attention on swimming children and not allowing any distractions like phones, books, or chatting with a friend. A common misconception is that someone who is drowning will make noise or splash around, and this is not the case. Drowning is a silent event, so active supervision is key.

Another protective factor is ensuring a U.S. Coast Guard-approved floatation device is worn. There are so many options for parents to purchase when it comes to swimming. Check your flotation device to ensure it states “USCG” approved. If this is not stated, the flotation device does not offer the safety needed and may give children a false sense of security. Parents should also consider the color bathing suits and swimwear that children and teens wear. Choose colors that are more visible and make it easier to find someone who has slipped under the water. If you are swimming in a pool that has a light

Sometimes these waters can be dark and not clear, making it more difficult to see and harder to see to the bottom. Choosing colors that would create the best visibility is important.

When thinking about water safety, keep in mind that teens and preteens are at risk of drowning as well, not just the little ones. It is common to see kids in these age ranges explore natural bodies of water like oceans, rivers, and lakes. These types of waters make up a large majority of drowning deaths. Teach kids to swim only in designated swimming areas and close to a lifeguard. Pay attention to conditions like rip tides, currents, and waves, as these conditions are challenging for even the strongest of swimmers.

Remember there is no one way to prevent drowning, so it is important to create multiple layers of protection. These layers include things such as adult supervision, isolation fencing around pools, working gates and latches, alarms, swim lessons, and learning CPR. Taking a CPR class that teaches the basic skills of how to start life-saving measures really can save a person’s life. Oftentimes, when accidents happen, we are not in the presence of doctors and nurses. Being able to start CPR immediately greatly increases a person’s chance of survival.

As summer approaches, keep these simple tips in mind to keep all adventures free from injury. To learn more, visit www.wolfsonchildrens.com/safekids. j

Jessica Winberry, Coordinator Safe Kids NEF, Injury Prevention Coordinator Wolfson

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Things to Do Health & Safety Events

is bleeding. Come learn how to Stop the Bleed®. This program is for adults ages 18 and up. Clay County Public Library, Keystone Heights Branch / 352-473-4286 / 175 Oriole Street, Keystone Heights, FL 32656 / www.claycountygov.com

DCPS Mental Health Panel

May 2, 6pm

One in five individuals have a mental health concern. Approximately 50% of all mental health disorders begin by age 14, and 75% by age 24. Join the DCPS Behavioral Health team and community mental health professionals for a live panel discussion about mental health. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a free family resource that promotes parental involvement, enhances student achievement, and supports a caregiver's need for personal and individual growth. Parent Academy courses are offered virtually through Microsoft Teams.

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

Clay County Young Life “Hula Hustle” 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run • May 4, 8am

Clay County Young Life “Hula Hustle” 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run celebrates its 12th year. The 5K starts at 8am, followed by the Fun Run at 9am. All registered 5K runners will receive a finisher’s medal and a t-shirt. Dress up in your best Hula costume for a chance at a prize. The proceeds from this race will benefit Clay County Young Life with their weekly gatherings for high school teens from Clay County. It will also support their WyldLife program (junior high program), YoungLives program (teen moms), and Capernaum program (kids with disabilities). Your support will also provide opportunities to send kids to summer camp. The fees for the 5K range from $25 to $30, and fees for the Fun Run are $10. There will also be a virtual 5K option as well.

Best Bet / 904-861-5328 / 455 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073 / 1stplacesports.com

Community Health Day

May 4, 10am to 2pm

Eartha's Farm & Market, an initiative of the Clara White Mission, is hosting a Community Health Day for families living in NW Jacksonville. They will be raising awareness about preventable diseases that could be remedied by a healthy diet. Several vendors will be partnering with the Farm & Market to provide health screenings for diabetes and heart disease and sharing resources about health care and health insurance options.

Eartha’s Farm & Market / 904-354-4162 / 4850 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, FL 32208 / www.clarawhitemission.org

Basic CPR Class

May 20, 5:30pm

Pediatric Associates hosts this free virtual CPR class. Learn the basic skills you’ll need to respond to an infant/child in an emergency. The class will cover how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies for victims, etc. Held online as a free virtual event; no certification is provided. Pediatric Associates / 954-966-8000 / pediatricassociates.com

Stop the Bleed®

May 24, 10am to 11am

Would you know what to do in case of a traumatic bleeding event? Fill the gap and learn how to stop traumatic bleeding. In less than an hour, you can be prepared to save someone’s life. With three quick actions, you can be trained to save a life. The number one cause of preventable death after injury

KidStrong Southside School's Out Camp

May 27, 9am to 2:30pm

When school is out, KidStrong Camp is in. Curriculum includes activities to enhance your child’s character and physical and brain development along age-specific milestones. Your child will learn with their peers and get lots of physical activity. The coaches will be reinforcing important skills like confidence, teamwork, physical fitness, social skills, good sportsmanship, and more. Cost is $55. KidStrong Southside / 904-265-8498 / 9726 Touchton Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.kidstrong.com

Memorial Day 5K

May 27, 8am

The 41st Annual Florida Striders Memorial Day 5K returns to Town Hall Park, where the race will start and finish. All participants will receive a finisher medal. Fees range from $20 to $50. A free 1 Mile Fun Run will start at 9:30am. Sign up on race morning only. There will be an award ceremony and refreshments after the race.

Town Hall Park / 2042 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073 / 1stplacesports.com

My Gym Story Time

May 29, 10:30am

My Gym comes to the Bartram Trail Branch Library. Activities will include circle times, games, gymnastics, and more. The My Gym program will improve physical, social, and cognitive development in a fun and positive way. Ages 0 to 5. Registration is required. Please RSVP for every child and adult in attendance. My Gym requires all caregivers to complete their offsite liability waiver before children can participate. A link to the liability waiver will be emailed to registrants in advance of the event.

St. Johns County Public Library, Bartram Trail Branch / 904-827-6960 / 60 Davis Pond Blvd, St. Johns, FL 32259 / sjcpls.org

3rd Annual Health and Safety Expo

June 1, 9am to 3pm

Families are invited for the 3rd Annual Health and Safety Expo. This one-day, free event includes health and safety resources and free sports physicals for Nassau County school-aged children. YMCA at Wildlight / 904-849-9622 / 251 Breezeway Street, Yulee, FL 32097 / fcymca.org

Run for the Pies 5K

June 8, 7pm

The annual Run for the Pies will be held at James Weldon Johnson Park. The open 5K begins at 7pm, with the championship 5K at 6:30pm. Custom-designed medals will be given to all finishers. There will also be a Mini Moon Pie eating contest. Funds go to support high school cross country and track programs in Duval County and the summer camp scholarship program. Registration ranges from $25 to $50.

James Weldon Johnson Park / 904-270-2221 / 135 West Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / 1stplacesports.com

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Social Media’s Impact on Children

When it comes to the potential risks or benefits of social media for children, we should not look at social media as a whole but instead focus on specific features and behaviors that are built into social platforms and to which children are particularly vulnerable, according to the chief science officer of the American Psychological Association (APA).

More research is needed to better understand how certain features and content inherent in social media, as well as user behavior, may be affecting our children for both good and bad, APA Chief Science Officer Mitch Prinstein, PhD, told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

And the age at which children begin to use social media is an area of great concern, he said.

“Developmental neuroscientists have revealed that there are two highly critical periods for adaptive neural development,” Prinstein said in written testimony. “One of these is the first year of life. The second begins at the outset of puberty and lasts until early adulthood (i.e., from approximately 10 to 25 years old). This latter period is highly relevant, as this is when a great number of youths are offered relatively unfettered access to devices and unrestricted or unsupervised use of social media and other online platforms.”

At puberty, he said, children begin to crave social rewards, such as visibility, attention, and positive feedback from peers. “In contrast, [brain] regions involved in our ability to inhibit our behavior, and resist temptations (i.e., the prefrontal cortex) do not fully develop until early adulthood (i.e., approximately 10–15 years later),” he said. “In other words, when it comes to youths’ cravings for social attention, they are ‘all gas pedal with no brakes.’”

Prinstein explained that an implication of these findings is that children may not have the ability to restrain themselves from using social media too much. Recent research shows over 50% of teens report at least one symptom of clinical dependency on social media.

He also outlined several additional areas of concern that have emerged from scientific research. Social media sites ostensibly exist to foster social connections, he said. But many youths use the sites to compare themselves to others, seeking “likes” and other metrics

rather than healthy, successful relationships.

Social media also heightens the risk for negative peer influence among adolescents, as well as for addictive social media use and stress, he added, citing research showing that many young people use social media more than they intend to and that they have difficulty stopping its use.

Prinstein also pointed to the risks associated with young people accessing social media sites that glamorize disordered eating, cutting, and other harmful behaviors.

Another area of concern is what young people are missing out on by spending so many hours on social media – especially sleep, which they need for healthy development.

But it is not all bad news. Some research demonstrates that social media use is linked with positive outcomes that can benefit youth mental health, according to Prinstein.

“Perhaps most notably, psychological research suggests that young people form and maintain friendships online. These relationships often afford opportunities to interact with a more diverse peer group than offline, and the relationships are close and meaningful and provide important support to youth in times of stress,” he said.

Prinstein made several recommendations for what Congress can do to address many of the risks social media may pose to youth. These include:

• Allocating at least $100 million to study social media and adolescent mental health;

• Mandating that data from algorithms be made public, along with other internal research conducted by social media companies;

• Requiring social media platforms to develop tools to mitigate the harm to youth, such as disabling particularly addictive features and enabling users to opt out of certain algorithms;

• Mandating protections for marginalized and LGBTQ+ kids, while retaining their ability to connect with others in such groups for social support;

• Passing the Kids Online Safety Act and previously proposed legislative fixes such as updates to the Children Online Privacy and Protection Act. j


Florida Healthy Kids Insurance

Florida Healthy Kids offers health and dental insurance for children ages 5 through 18. The Corporation is one of four Florida KidCare partners and is run by a Board of Directors that includes doctors, a dentist, hospital representatives, advocates, and state agency representatives.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between Florida Healthy Kids and Florida KidCare?

Florida Healthy Kids is one of four Florida KidCare partners. The Florida KidCare program is made up of Florida Healthy Kids, Medicaid, MediKids, and Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan (CMS Plan). Through these four partners, all of Florida’s children can be covered by Florida KidCare.

2. What is the CHIP program?

Together, Florida Healthy Kids, MediKids, and CMS Plan make up the federally authorized Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, in Florida. CHIP provides federal funding to states to subsidize health insurance for children from low-income families.

3. How do I sign up my child for Florida KidCare health care coverage?

Only one application needs to be filled out, and once you have applied, Florida KidCare will let you know which program fits your family the best. With year-round open enrollment, you can apply online or by calling 1-888-540-KIDS (5437). Phone operators are available to assist from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

4. How much does Florida Healthy Kids cost?

Florida Healthy Kids costs as little as $15 or $20 per month plus small co-pays. The program has a subsidized plan for children aged 5 through the end of 18 whose families exceed the income eligibility threshold for Medicaid. For those not eligible for subsidized coverage, Florida Healthy Kids offers full-pay options.

5. Does Florida Healthy Kids cover dental services?

Yes. Full-pay families can have dental coverage for an additional amount added to their monthly premium.

6. What medical services does Florida Healthy Kids cover?

Florida Healthy Kids’ comprehensive, child-centered health and dental coverage includes doctor visits, immunizations, dental care, emergency care, hospital stays, prescription drugs, free preventive screenings, and much more.

7. Will I ever need to renew my account?

Yes – your Florida Healthy Kids account requires renewal every 12 months. You can renew your account online or through the mail. As your renewal date approaches, you’ll be mailed a reminder to renew your account. If all the information Florida Healthy Kids provides to you is still correct, you will not need to take any action except to make a payment for the next month’s coverage.

8. I’ve been told that I make too much money for subsidized coverage, but I still need health insurance for my children. How can I get coverage?

Florida Healthy Kids offers affordable full-pay options for families with incomes higher than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

9. How long does it take to process my application?

Application processing typically takes four to six weeks. Coverage will begin on the first of the month only after your child’s eligibility has been determined and the first month’s premium has been paid.

10. Will I be able to choose my child’s doctor?

Once you’re enrolled in a Florida Healthy Kids health plan, you can select any doctor participating in the plan’s network.

11. How will the doctor’s office know my child is covered through a Florida KidCare partner?

Your health insurance plan will send you an identification card with all the information your doctor’s office needs. Remember to show this card at the doctor’s office and the pharmacy when filling prescriptions.

12. Once my child is enrolled, could they ever lose coverage?

Your child could lose coverage if:

• You do not make payments on time (but you can set up AutoPay at any time online so you won’t forget).

• You do not renew their account every year.

• Your child reaches 19 years of age.

• You move out of Florida.

• Your child receives another form of health insurance, like private or employersponsored.

13. I am moving to Florida next month. Can I sign my child up for Florida KidCare now? You can apply for coverage as soon as you have a Florida address. j


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Instagram Announces New Tools to Protect Teens

Instagram recently announced that it will be launching new tools to protect underage users (under 16 or 18, depending on their country) from sexual exploitation on the platform.

The news comes from a blog posted by the social media platform that said they are already testing out new tools to tackle the growing cases of “Sextortion” – a practice in which a person persuades another to send sexually explicit images and then threatens to leak them online if they don’t pay up or do whatever’s asked of them.

Feature #1 – Blurring Explicit Media

Talking about the tools, the blog said that one feature will automatically blur nudity in direct messages so that teens cannot get bombarded with unsolicited inappropriate pictures. It will be turned on by default for underage users, but adults will also be encouraged to use it.

Feature #2 – Pop-Ups

The platform has also decided to show pop-ups when a user tries to send a sensitive image.

For example, it might happen that a teen has been persuaded into sending nudes, and they willingly try to share it through DMs. In that case, a popup will come up reminding them of the risks of sending that photo.

Similarly, when a user receives an image containing nudity, they will get another pop-up reminding them that it’s okay to not respond if they don’t want to. This pop-up will be followed by an option to view the safety tips or to block the user.

These hurdles might make the user rethink their decision and step back.

Feature #3 – Helpline Number

Last but not the least, the company has decided to make it harder for scammers to find potential targets and will add child safety helplines to the app’s in-built reporting tool.

It’s important to note that Instagram uses on-device machine learning to check whether an image has nudity. Since the analysis is happening on the device itself, the picture will be protected by end-to-end encryption; Meta workers will not have access to that image unless someone reports it.

Instagram’s fight against sextortion doesn’t

end at just protecting the victims.

• Once a scammer has been identified, their account is immediately removed, and they are barred from creating a new account in the future.

• Depending on the severity of the crime, they might also be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and other regulatory authorities.

Why is Instagram suddenly focusing on teen safety and sextortion?

The company said that the protection of minors has always been one of its most important agendas.

“We’ve spent years working closely with experts, including those experienced in fighting these crimes, to understand the tactics scammers use to find and extort victims online, so we can develop effective ways to help stop them” the blog said.

Some child safety measures employed by Instagram:

• Instagram already imposes stricter rules on teen DMs so that users who aren’t connected to them can’t send them a text.

• It also displays safety notices to teens who are already in contact with a potential scammer.

• If anyone is threatening to leak their private images, Instagram provides a built-in reporting tool to report the DM and the scammer.

• Instagram is also one of the founding members of Lantern – a platform that helps tech companies share insights about accounts and certain behavior patterns that might violate their child safety policy.

• Furthermore, it helped the NCMEC develop a platform called Take It Down, which helps people prevent their personal images from ending up online.

It’s clear that Instagram is already doing a lot to prevent financial sextortion, but both Instagram and Facebook faced severe criticism for not doing enough to curb online crimes on their platform. During a senate hearing earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg had to apologize to the parents and families of the victims of such abuse. j


Things to Do Teen Events

High School 101: A Guide for Parents

May 8, 12noon

High school is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time for students and their families. Join this course to hear from a local parent as she shares her experience, what she has learned, and ways to advocate for your student(s) along the way. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a free family resource that promotes parental involvement, enhances student achievement, and supports a caregiver's need for personal and individual growth. Parent Academy courses are offered virtually through Microsoft Teams. Duval Parent Academy / 904-390-2960 / dcps.duvalschools.org

Babysitting Safety Certification Course

May 10, 6pm to 8pm

This course is Child & Babysitting Safety for youth ages 11-16. This course offers an official Babysitting Safety certification card from the American Safety & Health Institute. This is a blended learning course, meaning that online coursework must be completed prior to the class and is combined with the classroom portion to demonstrate skills learned. Upon registering and within 24 hours, the Babysitting Safety online course will be emailed out for the student to work on and complete prior to the class date. Students must complete the online course in order to come to the in-person skills class. Registration is $52 per person. Jacksonville Golf and Country Club / 904-4346032 / 3985 Hunt Club Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / safetyfirstjacksonville.com

Teen Art: Painting Swap Challenge

May 15, 4pm to 5:30pm

Join Kathryn at the Main Library and partake in this viral TikTok trend. Participants will switch paintings in a round table setting every 10 minutes until the end of the session. Teens will get to take home the canvas they originally started painting. Participants are likely to get a little messy, so be sure to wear clothes that you don't mind getting paint on. Aprons will be provided. RSVP is recommended; your spot is reserved until the start of class, at which point walk-in participants will be accepted. Free.

St. Johns County Public Library, Main Branch / 904-827-6940 / 1960 N Ponce De Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / sjcpls.org

Drop-In D&D

May 25, 4pm to 5:45pm

Adventure with library staff in Teen Rooms 126 and 127, where teens will play Dungeons & Dragons. No previous experience needed. Character sheets, dice, and minis will be provided. Table is limited to six players per Dungeon Master. Registration encouraged but not required. Open to ages 12-18. For questions about this event or how you can volunteer to be a dungeon master, please email Julie at jrekow@coj.net. Free. Jacksonville Public Library, Beaches Branch / 904-255-2665 / 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266 / jaxpubliclibrary.org

Teens 4-Day Summer Series: Advanced Baking May 28-31, 4pm

In the all-new Summer Series designed for ages 12 and older, your teen will learn to become more

creative and confident in the kitchen. Day one is French Pâtisserie and features Pate a Choux, Pastry Cream, Chocolate Ganache, and White Chocolate Ganache Drizzle. Day two is Tart Trio and includes Hot Chocolate Tart with Toasted Meringue Top, Cannoli Tart with Candied Orange and Piped Chocolate Decor, and Fruit Custard Tart. Days three and four are Chocolate Celebration Cake Part I and II and feature Chocolate Celebration Cake, Vanilla Buttercream, Marbled Chocolate-Covered Strawberries, and Strawberry Macarons with White Chocolate Ganache. The class is for ages 12-17. Cost is $250. Sur La Table / 904-719-7597 / 4713 River City Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.surlatable.com

Teen Girls Tea Talk

June 1, 9:30am to 3pm

Lashica Charley, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, hosts an event for teen girls. Come join her for a day of empowered breakout sessions as counselors share "tea" on the hot topics of social media, choices/decisions, dating/peer relationships, and more. This is an opportunity for teen girls to be open, share, and discuss with their peers and trusted adults the challenges of being a teen girl. This event is free. A continental breakfast will be served and lunch. Girls will get a participation gift for attending. Registration is also required so they know how many to expect. Attendees will not be allowed in the library until 10am; however, beginning at 9:30am on the sidewalk, the girls will be checking in and picking up t-shirts and folders. Then, when the doors open, they can grab their breakfast and be seated.

Jacksonville Public Library, South Mandarin Branch / 850-610-1785 / 12125 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223 / www.eventbrite.com

Safe Sitter® Class

June 12, 9:30am to 4pm

Safe Sitter® prepares students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Students learn life-saving skills, such as how to rescue someone who’s choking, and helpful information, like what to do if there’s severe weather. Students will get to use CPR manikins to practice CPR or choking rescue. Upon completion of the course, each student will receive a certificate indicating they completed all course requirements as a Safe Sitter. Cost is $55 per teen.

Y Healthy Living Center Nocatee / 904-202-2229 / 400 Colonnade, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 / www.baptistjax.com

Lego Robotics with Spike Prime

June 18, 4pm to 5pm

Kids ages 10-16 are invited for a Lego Robotics with Spike Prime class to learn how to build and program robots. Each month will feature a new project, and participants will practice coding using the Lego Education Spike Prime Set. Classes are free. Each class lasts one hour. Space is limited, so registration is required. Students will be grouped in sets of two for a collaborative building experience. Please only RSVP for each child attending. Do not RSVP for adults. Class size is limited. Free.

St. Johns County Public Library, Main Branch / 904-827-6940 / 1960 N Ponce De Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / sjcpls.org

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Why Should Babies Not Have Honey?

Clostridium botulinum bacteria is a toxin (poison) that lives in soil and dust and can get on surfaces like carpets and floors. But these aren’t the only places it’s found: Clostridium can also contaminate honey.

These bacteria are harmless to older kids and adults; their mature digestive systems can move the toxins through the body before they cause harm. Babies younger than 1 year old, however, are at risk of infant botulism caused by the Clostridium. Infant botulism is an illness that can happen when a baby ingests (takes in) toxins from Clostridium.

What are the signs of infant botulism?

Babies with infant botulism (BAH-chuh-liz-im) might have:

• constipation (often the first sign that parents notice)

• weak facial muscles that make their face look "flat"

• a weak cry

• weak muscles in the arms, legs, and neck, leading to floppiness

• breathing problems

• trouble swallowing with a lot of drooling.

They also might not feed well or move as much as usual.

How Is Infant Botulism Diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose infant botulism by asking about the baby's symptoms. They'll do an exam and might order tests to look for the toxin and to see how the baby's muscles are working.

How Is Infant Botulism Treated?

Babies with infant botulism need care in a

hospital, usually in the intensive care unit (ICU). The healthcare team will try to limit the problems the toxin causes in the baby's body.

Doctors treat infant botulism with an antitoxin called botulism immune globulin intravenous (BIGIV). They give this to babies as soon as possible if they suspect botulism. Babies with botulism who get BIGIV early recover sooner and spend less time in the hospital than babies who don't.

If the toxin affects the breathing muscles, a baby might need to use a breathing machine (ventilator) for a few weeks until they get stronger. It also can affect the swallowing muscles, so babies usually need intravenous (IV) fluids or feedings through a tube to get nourishment.

How Can I Protect My Baby from Infant Botulism?

Infant botulism usually affects babies who are younger than 6 months old. But all babies are at risk for it until their first birthday. Experts don't know why some infants get botulism while others don't.

This is why babies younger than 1 year old should never be given honey or any processed foods that contain honey (like honey graham crackers) until after their child's first birthday. Honey is a proven source of the bacteria. Light and dark corn syrups also might contain botulism-causing bacteria, but a link hasn't been proven. Check with your doctor before giving these syrups to a baby.

If you have questions about other products to avoid, ask your doctor. j


Medically reviewed by Larissa Hirsch, MD

Things to Do Infant

& Toddler


Little Learners at MOSH

May 4, 11, 18, 25, 9:30am

Little Learners programs provide guests with the opportunity to explore MOSH and participate in hands-on activities in a social environment. Geared towards students ages 3-5 and their caregivers, Little Learners sessions are offered monthly and provide children with circle time in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, STEM-based activity stations throughout the Museum, and passport stickers as proof of their visit. Each lesson is offered on Saturdays at 9:30am. Lessons are one hour long and build upon ideas learned in the previous class over the course of several weeks. The theme for May is Ocean in Motion: Make a splash with a MOSH Educator as you dive down into the deep blue sea to learn all about the ocean and the animals that call it home. Price per session is $25, which includes one child and one guardian. Each additional person (child or guardian) is $15. Museum of Science and History / 904-396-6674 / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / themosh.org

Pediatric Associates Breastfeeding Class

May 6, 6pm to 7pm

The class is designed for parents that are planning to breastfeed or need support. Hosted by Certified Lactation Counselor Tawanna Nottage, who is also a member of the Broward County Breastfeeding Coalition. The class will cover the following topics: How breastfeeding works, Getting the best start, Positions & latching on, How to tell if your baby is getting enough milk, Common challenges and how to overcome, and Breastfeeding support. The event is online and is free. Pediatric Associates / 954966-8000 / www.pediatricassociates.com

Virtual Breastfeeding Class

May 9, 6pm to 8pm; May 26, 3pm to 5pm; June 13, 6pm to 8pm; June 30, 3pm to 5pm

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

Childbirth and Newborn Care Education

May 10, 25, June 14, 29, 9am to 3:30pm

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

UF Health / 352-265-0317 / ufhealth.org

Be My Neighbor Day

May 11, 10am to 2pm

Families are invited for Be My Neighbor Day. Join Daniel Tiger, Katerina Kittycat, and their friends to celebrate WJCT’s annual 'Be My Neighbor Day.' In

honor of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and the new generation of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, WJCT is bringing the community together for a festival sharing with families how to be a caring neighbor. Activities include decorating placemats to share with residents at Almost Home DayBreak, meeting a community helper and learning how you can help too, making a bookmark for yourself and for someone learning to read at Literacy Alliance of Northeast Florida, and pledging to do something nice for a neighbor.

WJCT Studios / 904-358-6304 / 100 Festival Park Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / wjct.org

Theatre for Babies – Everything’s A Circle

May 11, June 15, 10am

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

Birthing 101 • May 28, 6pm

This free one-hour session will introduce expectant parents to basic childbirth education. This class will cover Purpose of Childbirth Education, Pregnancy Warning Signs, Discomforts of Pregnancy, How Your Body Prepares for Birth, Signs of Labor, Stages of Labor, How Partners can Support Moms, Medication in Labor and Birth, and Cesarean Birth. Free.

Pediatric Associates / 954-966-8000 / www.pediatricassociates.com

Pediatric Associates Virtual New Parent Class • June 7, 12:30pm

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 / www.pediatricassociates.com

Baby's Nutrition: Starting Solids & Picky Eaters May 15, 6pm to 7pm

This free class will help parents understand their baby's nutrition journey and learn development cues and when to start solid foods. Learn tips and strategies for addressing picky eating behaviors from infancy through the toddler years, as well as the when, what, and how to offer your baby healthy food choices. The class is taught by a registered dietitian nutritionist. Free.

Pediatric Associates / 954-966-8000 / www.pediatricassociates.com

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Disney Revamping Disability Access Policies at Theme Parks

Disney is overhauling its disability access policies after seeing an explosion in abuse of a program meant to accommodate visitors with autism and other developmental disabilities.

The company’s implementation of new procedures comes as Disney said that its Disability Access Service, or DAS, program has become the most widely requested service at its parks, with usage tripling in the past five years alone.

The Disability Access Service allows visitors with disabilities to request return times for one attraction at a time in order to avoid physically waiting in line. Disney says that the program, which was introduced in 2013 to curb misuse of its previous system, is intended for those who “due to a developmental disability like autism or similar, are unable to wait in a conventional queue for an extended period of time.”

However, the company now says that use of the Disability Access Service far exceeds the population for which it was intended, meaning that people who legitimately need accommodations are having to wait longer and officials are laying out new steps to rein things in.

Disney is adding cast members and investing in specialized training to help people with disabilities understand and identify accommodations based on their needs. In addition, the company is working with Inspire Health Alliance to provide certified health professionals trained in psychology or behavioral health to help Disney cast members determine if individuals qualify for the Disability Access Service program. Eligibility will be based on personalized conversations centered on questions about an individual’s needs.

Guests who do not qualify for the Disability Access Service program may be advised to use other accommodations, like the line-return option for those who need to visit the restroom frequently or wheelchair access and location return times for individuals using mobility devices, Disney said.

To seek approval for the Disability Access Service program under the updated approach, visitors are encouraged to use Disney’s virtual video chat system to speak with a member of the accessibility team about their needs prior to

arriving at the park. At Disney World, guests can do a virtual chat on-site.

Disney is extending the length of time that enrollment in the Disability Access Service program is valid for from 60 to 120 days. At the same time, the program will be limited to the immediate family of the person who qualifies for the Disability Access Service or up to four people.

“If it is determined that any of the statements a guest made in the process of obtaining DAS are not true, the guest will be permanently barred from entering the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort, and any previously purchased Annual Passes, Magic Key passes, tickets and other park products and services will be forfeited and not refunded,” Disney says on its website.

The new policies will take effect May 20 at Disney World and June 18 at Disneyland.

Disney is not the only theme park company to make changes to its disability access policies in recent times.

Last year, Universal Studios started requiring visitors seeking disability accommodations to apply for an Individual Accessibility Card prior to visiting its parks in Florida and California. To receive the card, which is issued by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, or IBCCES, people with disabilities must submit a photograph and documentation from a medical provider, government entity, or education professional detailing the type of accommodations requested.

Disney officials said they considered partnering with several third parties for its access card but decided against those options because many of them required visitors to plan in advance and provide records or documentation.

“Disney is dedicated to providing a great experience for all guests, including those with disabilities, which is why we are so committed to delivering a wide range of innovative support services aimed at helping our guests with disabilities have a wonderful time when visiting our theme parks,” a Disney spokesperson said. j


Things to Do Special Needs Events

Vincent's Clubhouse Support Group

May 2, June 6, 6:30pm

Vincent's Clubhouse, Inc. is a 501c3 organization that is dedicated to serving children with autism and their families by hosting inclusive social events, summer camps, support groups, and advocacy work. Join them in a welcoming environment for parents and caregivers of children and young adults with autism and other special needs to meet, share experiences, and give each other support. Free.

NextHome at The Beach Office / 386-585-0926 / 4101 East Moody Blvd, Bunnell, FL 32110 / www. vincentsclubhouse.org

Sensory Play Sunday

May 5, June 2, 10am to 12noon

Sensory Play Sunday is designed for children with special needs to enjoy Surge Adventure Park the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 12noon without loud music or flashing lights. The park will not be open to the public; this time is strictly for those participating in Sensory Sunday. The cost is $7.99 per person.

Surge Adventure Park / 904-312-7156 / 9292 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville, FL 32225 / surgefun.com

Autism Creates Family Workshop

May 11, June 8, 11am to 12noon

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

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

Sibs and Me Game Time

May 14, 28, June 11, 25, 5pm to 6pm

Sibs and Me Game Time is a group where constituents can interact with their siblings, practice social skills, impulse control, turn-taking, and gameplay. The group differentiates itself from others by adding the component of having siblings attend and be involved. The goal is for participants to have fun and foster positive bonding and interaction. The group is intended for middle school and high school students with autism, learning disabilities, language disorders, and/or other related diagnoses and their siblings. The group will meet in person at UF Health Neurodevelopmental Pediatric Center. Parents and caregivers must stay on site and wait in the lobby during the group session.

UF Health Neurodevelopmental Pediatric Center / 904-633-4293 / 6271 St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217 / pediatrics.med.jax.ufl.edu

Hot Topics in Special Education Law

May 15, 9am to 4pm

This presentation will focus on current hot topics in special education law, beginning with child find/ MTSS issues and moving to common IEP process and content issues, discipline, the use of restraint, and other hot topics addressed in current special education case law and federal agency guidance under IDEA and Section 504. The target audience is parents, teachers, related service providers, district and school administrators, and district ESE specialists.

The Schultz Center / 904-633-4338 / 4019 Boulevard Center, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / pediatrics. med.jax.ufl.edu

Building Leaders (For High School Boys) May 28, June 25, 5:30pm

Building Leaders is a social group for FDLRS/CARD constituents. This group helps build trust, respect, and peer connections with a focus on leadership skills. The purpose of this group is to encourage boys to make healthy choices that can lead to positive growth. The group will meet virtually once a month. Open to boys in 9th to 12th grade.

FDLRS/CARD / 904-244-3056 / pediatrics.med.jax.ufl.edu

Hope Haven – Disrupting the Norm Conference May 30, 8:30am to 4:30pm

A day of inspiration for bold thinkers who are ready to question, innovate, and break free from convention. Keynote speakers Chris and Nik Nikic will share their vision of massive change through the 1% better strategy. Additional speakers will include Dr. Ami Klin, who will share cutting-edge technology used to support the autism diagnosis process and inform intervention strategies in children as young as 16 months of age; Dr. Eric Tridas, who will present on assessment of dyslexia and will do a deep dive into the assessment process of children with reading problems and the subsequent interventions to address these challenges; and Luisa Reis and Melanie Hammer will engage participants in a hands-on arts integration approach to enhance service delivery. CEUs are available for psychologists, LMHCs, and LCSWs. Early registration is $20. Each participant must register separately and pay online. The event is hosted by Hope Haven and will be held at The Schultz Center. The Schultz Center / 904-346-5100 / 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / www.hope-haven.org

26th Annual Family Café

June 14-16

Since 1998, The Annual Family Café has brought Floridians with all types of disabilities together for three days of information, training, and networking. With a great range of individual breakout sessions, a packed Exhibit Hall with dozens of vendors, and a series of special events including Keynote speakers and The Governors’ Summit on Disabilities, The Annual Family Café offers attendees exposure to resources on a grand scale, unprecedented access to policy-making officials, and a chance to network with other individuals with disabilities and their families. The Annual Family Café remains a free event, with no registration cost for people with disabilities and their families. Only those attending in a professional capacity are asked to pay a $250 registration fee. Hyatt Regency Orlando / 402-5935048 / 9801 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 / familycafe.net

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Kids Bowl Free

Registered kids can bowl two free games every day all summer. Age limit and lane times vary by location. Shoe rental not included; standard shoe rental rates apply. Discounted family passes are also available.

Main Event Jacksonville – Thru October 31, Mondays thru Fridays, Open to 5pm Putnam Lanes – Thru November 29, Mondays thru Thursdays & Sundays, Open to Close; Fridays & Saturdays, Open to 8pm

Anastasia Bowling Lanes – Thru November 29, Mondays thru Thursdays & Sundays, Open to Close; Fridays & Saturdays, Open to 8pm Alley Gatorz – Thru November 29, Mondays thru Thursdays & Sundays, Open to Close; Fridays & Saturdays, Open to 8pm

King Pins Bowling Center – Thru September 7, Wednesdays thru Fridays, 1pm to 8pm; Saturdays, 12noon to 8pm

Batt Family Fun Center – Thru September 10, Mondays thru Fridays, 10am to 5pm; Saturdays, 10am to 6pm; Sundays, 11am to 4pm Palm Coast Lanes – May 19 thru August 10, Daily, Open to 5pm

Main Event Jacksonville / 904-260-7500 / 10370 Phillips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Putnam Lanes / 386-325-8795 / 3834 Reid St, Palatka, FL 32177

Anastasia Bowling Lanes / 904-471-3565 / 3245 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080 Alley Gatorz / 352-373-0708 / 2606 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville, FL, 32609

King Pins Bowling Center / 904-394-0895 / 5310 Lenox Ave #18, Jacksonville, FL 32205 Batt Family Fun Center / 904-389-2360 / 1838 Cassat Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32210 Palm Coast Lanes / 386-445-4004 / 11 Old Kings Rd North, Palm Coast, FL 32137

Cummer Museum Free Admission Specials

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers several admission specials. Free admission is good for museum entry and excludes any ticketed events. The Permanent Collection features more than 5,000 works and spans from 2100 B.C. through the 21st century and includes masterpieces created by Mildred Thompson, Peter Paul Rubens, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, Whitfield Lovell, Norman Rockwell, and Romare Bearden. It is also home to the Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain. Please note, not all works from the Permanent Collection are on display at any given time.

Second and third Tuesdays, 4pm to 9pm, Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union // June 11, 18, July 9, 16, August 13, 20, 4pm to 9pm

Fourth Friday of the month, 4pm to 9pm, Sponsored by Barbara English // June 28, July 26, August 23, 4pm to 9pm

First Saturday of each month, 10am to 4pm, Sponsored by Citi // June 1, July 6, August 3, 10am to 4pm

First full weekend of each month, for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders // June 1-2, July 6-7, August 3-4

Every Wednesday throughout 2024 for active-duty military, veterans, and families provided by additional funding from THE PLAYERS Championship.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens / 904-3566857 / 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / www.cummermuseum.org

Beaches Rock Gym Friday Kids Climb Fridays, 11am to 9pm

Beaches Rock Gym hosts Kids Climb on Fridays. All Friday long climbers 17 and under are only $15 for a Day Pass (rentals included) or $13 if you have your own shoes. Each climber will need a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Waivers can be signed in person or online.

Beaches Rock Gym / 904-222-0707 / 14 West 3rd Street, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 / www. beachesrockgym.com

Junior Jumpers Jam Weekdays, 10am to 1pm

Altitude Trampoline Park offers a special admission offer for junior jumpers. Weekdays from 10am-1pm, ages 6 and under can enjoy two hours of unlimited access to trampolines and attractions, including soft play and other experiences designed with the littles in mind. The cost is $7 per child. Altitude Safety Socks required. A parent pass may be required for jumpers 2 and under. Parent passes are available for $2.

Altitude Trampoline Park / 904-801-1859 / 1214 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / www.altitudetrampolinepark.com

National Park Fee-Free Days

June 19, August 4

Come experience the national parks during a fee-free day. All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone on these days.

June 19: Juneteenth National Independence Day

August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act

National Park Service / www.nps.gov

Adventure Landing Rainy Day Specials Summer storms are inevitable; Adventure

Landing has a variety of indoor activities for when the weather is less than ideal. Special #1 is $31.99 and includes a large pizza, four regular drinks, and 40 arcade tokens. Special #2 is 34.99 and includes a large pizza, four regular drinks, and 80 arcade tokens.

Adventure Landing / 904-246-4386 / 1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / jacksonville-beach.adventurelanding.com

Free Netflix Family Magazine

It’s an actual, physical magazine your kids can hold in their hands featuring the Netflix characters they know and love. Full of games, stories, and activities, Netflix Family Magazine has content for the whole family. Netflix worked closely with a childhood development expert to create something both entertaining and enriching for you and your littles to enjoy together.

Netflix / www.netflixfamily.com

Waves of Honor Military Discounts at SeaWorld

SeaWorld is honoring the men and women of the U.S. armed services through its Waves of Honor military salute program. The program provides admission to the SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® Parks and Sesame Place® for members of U.S. armed forces. The program includes one complimentary admission per year for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents for Active Duty members and a limited-time offer of a free SeaWorld® Orlando Single-Day Ticket for U.S. veterans and up to three guests.

SeaWorld Orlando / 407-545-5550 / 7007 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32821 / seaworld.com

Learning shouldn't end when school's out! At Camp Discovery our school-aged explorers spend the summer doing fun activities on campus and visiting exciting places all over the Jacksonville area. Expeditions include Jacksonville Zoo, St Augustine Aquarium, Jacksonville Arboretum & G ardens, and much more!

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Mid-Day Movies – Next Goal Wins

June 13, 2pm to 4pm

Teens and adults are invited for a Midday movie. Next Goal Wins is rated PG-13. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.

St. Johns County Public Library, Anastasia Island Branch / 904-209-3730 / 124 Seagrove Main Street, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 / sjcpls.org

New Movie Release: Inside Out 2

June 14

Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! This film is not yet rated.

Area Theaters / www.fandango.com

Friday Flicks: Ghostbusters

June 21, 11am to 1pm

The Ponte Vedra Beach Branch of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a free showing of Ghostbusters. Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ghostbusters. All ages are welcome. The movie will be shown on the 96-inch screen. Movie snacks will be provided. St. Johns County Public Library, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch / 904-827-6950 / 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / sjcpls.org

AMC Summer Movie Camp 2024

June 21 – August 15

AMC Theatres offers the Summer Movie Camp. Revisit some of your favorite Illumination films for just $3+tax every Monday and Wednesday. Sponsored by Despicable Me 4.

June 24 & 26 – Minions: The Rise of Gru

July 8 & 10 – Sing

July 15 & 17 – Sing 2

July 22 & 23 – The Secret Life of Pets

July 29 & 31 – Migration

August 5 & 7 – Despicable Me 2

August 12 & 14 – Despicable Me 3

AMC Theatres / www.amctheatres.com

AMC Classic Yulee 10 / 904-321-8615 / 96012 Lofton Square Ct, Yulee, FL 32097

AMC Fleming Island 12 / 904-639-6987 / 1820 Town Center Blvd, Fleming Island, FL 32003

AMC Orange Park 24 / 904-264-5071 / 1910 Wells Rd, Orange Park, FL 32073

AMC Regency 24 / 904-725-0885 / 9451 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225

Despicable Me 4 Release

July 3

In the first Despicable Me movie in seven years, Gru, the world’s favorite supervillain-turned-Anti-Villain League-agent, returns for an exciting, bold new era of Minions mayhem in Illumination’s Despicable Me 4. This movie is not yet rated. Area Theaters / www.fandango.com

Harold and the Purple Crayon Release

August 2

Inside of his book, adventurous Harold (Zachary Levi) can make anything come to life simply by drawing it. After he grows up and draws himself off the book’s pages and into the physical world, Harold finds he has a lot to learn about real life – and that his trusty purple crayon may set off more hilarious hijinks than he thought possible. When the power of unlimited imagination falls into the wrong hands, it will take all of Harold and his friends’ creativity to save both the real world and his own. Harold and the Purple Crayon is the first film adaptation of the beloved children’s classic that has captivated young readers for decades. Rated PG. Area Theaters / www.fandango.com

Janet Planet Release

June 28

In rural Western Massachusetts, 11-year-old Lacy spends the summer of 1991 at home, enthralled by her own imagination and the attention of her mother, Janet. As the months pass, three visitors enter their orbit, all captivated by Janet. Rated PG-13. www.fandango.com

Fly Me to the Moon Release

July 12

Marketing maven Kelly Jones wreaks havoc on launch director Cole Davis's already difficult task. When the White House deems the mission too important to fail, Jones is directed to stage a fake moon landing as backup. Not yet rated. www.fandango.com

Twisters Release

July 19

An update to the 1996 film Twister, which centered on a pair of storm chasers who risk their lives in an attempt to test an experimental weather alert system. Not yet rated. www.fandango.com


Home Depot Kids Workshop

June 1, July 6, 9am to 12noon

Offered the first Saturday of each month between 9am and 12 noon. All kids get to keep their craft. Kids can build their project and finish it with paint. Free for kids 5 to 12. Register in advance. Area Home Depot Stores / www.homedepot.com

Kids Summer Painting Classes – Painting with a Twist • June 10 – August 2

Ages 5 and up are invited for daily themed painting classes at Painting with a Twist, Fruit Cove. Classes are held from 10am to 1pm, and the cost is $50 per class. You can sign up for individual days or the entire week. Participants will learn some basic art techniques, play games, listen to music, and have a light snack, which will be provided.

Painting with a Twist, Fruit Cove / 904-518-4932 / 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, St. Johns, FL 32259 / www.paintingwithatwist.com

Science of Candy and Sugar

June 13-14, 9:30am to 2pm

Learn about the science behind how some of your favorite candies are made and how sugar chemically interacts with ingredients to change them and give you delicious treats. This class is part chemistry and part cooking for kids who are serious about learning. Learn where sugar comes

from, the different types of sugars, how sugar changes as it is heated, then make several types of candy. For ages 10-18. Cost is $148. St. Johns County Extension Office / 904-2090430 / 3111 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092 / sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu

Free Lowe's Kids Workshop

June 15, July 20, August 17, 10am to 1pm

Bring your mini-DIYer into Lowe’s for a kids’ workshop. Workshops, hosted by Red Vest experts, are held from 10am to 1pm, in-store only.

June 15 – Father's Day ATV July 20 – Kinetic Sandbox August 17 – Mini Treehouse Area Lowe’s Stores / www.lowes.com


June 17, 3:30pm

Get ready for take-off as participants journey through the wonderful world of aviation with a special guest. There will be stations and handson activities. This program is recommended for ages 5-11. Free.

Clay County Public Library, Keystone Heights Branch / 352-473-4286 / 175 Oriole Street, Keystone Heights, FL 32656 / www.claycountygov.com

Michael's Camp Creativity

This summer, Michael's Stores hosts Camp Creativity, where kids 6 and up can participate

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in weekly themed projects. Sign up in advance. Cost is $5 per child, and supplies are included. Held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. A different project will be featured each day. A parent or guardian must remain on site.

Week 1 - Sunny Days - June 17, 19, 21

Week 2 - Disco Party - June 24, 26, 28

Week 3 - Groovy Friends - July 1, 3, 5

Week 4 - Adventure Explorer - July 8, 10, 12

Pablo Creek Plaza East / 904-821-9753 / 13740 Beach Blvd, Ste 200, Jacksonville, FL 32224

Regency Commons / 904-724-7282 / 651-800 Commerce Center Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32225

Southside Square Shopping Center / 904-3633618 / 9041 Southside Blvd, Ste 140, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Mandarin / 904-260-6602 / 11111 San Jose Blvd, Ste 31, Jacksonville, FL 32223 River City Marketplace / 904-714-9817 / 13281 City Station Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32218

Argyle Village Square / 904-779-2084 / 6001

Argyle Forrest Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244

Island Walk / 904-269-7044 / 1993 East West Pkwy, Fleming Island, FL 32003

Cobblestone Village / 904-829-9664 / 310 CBL Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32086

3D Design

June 19, 2pm to 3pm

Join Kathryn at the Main Library for an opportunity to learn TinkerCAD – a 3D building software. In this class, you’ll get to put your imagination and engineering skills to the test to invent wild and crazy machines, buildings, environments, and more. Class is limited to 15 participants. If you don’t RSVP, you will need to bring either a tablet with TinkerCAD downloaded or a charged laptop. Unregistered participants will be let in first come, first served. For ages 8 to 18. Free. St. Johns County Public Library, Main Library / 904-827-6940 / 1960 N Ponce De Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / sjcpls.org

BT Builders

June 27, 3pm to 4:30pm

Come join library staff and build something amazing together. Design and construct with Legos, Duplos, Brain Flakes, Straw Constructors, Snowflakes, and more. No registration required. Free. St. Johns County Public Library, Bartram Trail Branch / 904-827-6960 / 60 Davis Pond Blvd, St. Johns, FL 32259 / sjcpls.org

Creation Lab: Self-Portraits

July 13, 2pm to 3pm Join staff at the library where your school-age child can flex their creative muscles through a variety of art concepts and media. This month, kids will be creating self-portraits. Creation Lab is designed for children ages 5-11 years old. Free. Clay County Public Library, Green Cove Springs Branch / 904-284-6315 / 403 Ferris Street, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 / www.claycountygov.com



Cinderella at Orange Park Community Theatre • May 31, June 1, 7-8, 14-15, 2122, 8pm; June 2, 9, 16, 23, 2pm

The Orange Park Community Theatre presents Cinderella. Based upon the classic fairy tale, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s adaptation brings new life to the story. General admission tickets are $25.

Orange Park Community Theater / 904-2762599 / 2900 Moody Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073 / www.opct.info

Jax Beach Country Fest

June 2, 12noon to 8pm

The Jax Beach Country Fest is a free, family-friendly music festival for all ages. Performers include Chayce Beckham, HunterGirl, Jordan Fletcher, Chase Fouraker, Emily Mikus, Jonathan Lee, Madden Metcalf, and Craig Smith. There will be vendors onsite with food and beverages available for purchase. Seawalk Pavilion / 75 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / jaxbeachcountryfest.net

Bluey's Big Play

June 19-20, 6pm

The #1 kids show on Disney Junior and Disney Channel comes to Jacksonville. Bluey’s Big Play is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s television series with an original story by Bluey creator Joe Brumm and new music by Bluey composer Joff Bush. Tickets start at $35. Everyone, including infants and toddlers, must have a theater ticket for admission. VIP tickets that include a Meet & Greet and photo opportunity are also available. Children attending the VIP Meet & Greet will receive a Souvenir Gift. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult, and each attendee must hold a VIP ticket. A group photo will be taken with friends and family attending the post-show event. Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts / 904-632-5000 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.fscjartistseries.org

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Alhambra

June 20 – August 11

Based on the Bible story, see the tale of Joseph and his journey from humble dreamer to Egypt’s favorite son. This colorful, eclectic show is perfect for the whole family. 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

Zak Morgan: The Wonder of it All

June 25, 11am; June 26, 1pm

Theatreworks Free Summer Theatre presents Zak Morgan: The Wonder of it All. With his unique humor and trademark wordplay, Zak points out the wonder of the natural world and shows how he uses technology to bring his ideas to life on stage. Children learn about pitch, frequency, magnetic fields, and electric amplification in this interactive celebration of science. K-3 and 4-6 versions.

Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.floridatheatre.com

Billy Jonas: Who’s Gonna Make Our Music?

July 2, 11am; July 3, 1pm

Theatreworks Free Summer Theatre presents Billy Jonas: Who’s Gonna Make Our Music?

Concerts include sing-alongs, bang-alongs, and an improvised song with audience suggestions. Instruments include voice, guitar, and recycled "re-percussion." This show proves to each and every participant that they are indeed a musician. Themes include ecological awareness, community connection, personal responsibility, and various curriculum-related songs. Grades K-5.

Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.floridatheatre.com

Alice Rocks Wonderland

July 9, 11am and 1pm

Theatreworks Free Summer Theatre presents

Alice Rocks Wonderland. Venture down the rabbit hole in this rock musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece emphasizing the joy of reading. Rock along with lively characters from the book, including Alice, The White Rabbit, The Caterpillar, The Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter, & The Prince of Hearts. Grades K-5.

Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.floridatheatre.com

Summer Musical Theatre Experience: Disney's Beauty and the Beast

July 19-28

The Florida State College at Jacksonville High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience is celebrating its 18th year providing theatre opportunities to 7th-12th graders in the First Coast area. This summer, more than 50 student performers and technicians will train with professional theatre artists in preparation for the production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The performance is appropriate for all audiences and groups. Tickets will be available for purchase online.

Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts / 904632-5000 / 11901 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.fscjartistseries.org

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Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Scranton/WB RailRiders • May 1-5

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Scranton/WB RailRiders. Single-game tickets start at $7, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed.

May 1, 7:05pm – VyStar Good Is Everywhere


May 2, 7:05pm – Waffle Hut Waitress Games

May 3, 1:05pm – Red Shirt Friday – Fans who wear red save $1 on a ticket at the box office

May 4, 1:05pm – Margaritaville Night // Bucket Hat Giveaway // Margaritaville Jersey Auction

May 5, 3:05pm – Princess Day // Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday – 20-minute pre-game catch on the field, and kids can feel like the pros after each Sunday game by running the bases; there will also be free face painting and balloon animals 121 Financial Ballpark / 904-358-2846 / 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jaxshrimp.com

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Nashville Sounds • May 14-19

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Nashville Sounds. Single-game tickets start at $7, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed.

May 14, 7:05pm – Canines and Crustaceans (Dog Day)

May 15, 12:05pm – VyStar Good Is Everywhere Wednesday

May 16, 7:05pm – C's Get Degrees – Join the Shrimp for a celebration of all things average May 17, 7:05pm – Red Shirt Friday – Fans who wear red save $1 on a ticket at the box office // Friday Night Fireworks

May 18, 6:35pm – Saturday Night Fireworks // Girl Scout Night // Mental Health Awareness Night // Jazz Chisolm Jr. Bobblehead Giveaway

May 19, 2:05pm – Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday– 20-minute pre-game catch on the field, and kids can feel like the pros after each Sunday game by running the bases; there will also be free face painting and balloon animals // Public Domain Jersey Auction. 121 Financial Ballpark / 904-3582846 / 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jaxshrimp.com

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Durham Bulls

May 28 – June 2

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Durham Bulls. Single-game tickets start at $7, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed.

May 28, 7:05pm – Purr In The Park III – Bring your cat to the game! All cats must be on leashes or in cat carriers.

May 29, 7:05pm – VyStar Good Is Everywhere Wednesday

May 30, 7:05pm – Military Appreciation Night

May 31, 7:05pm – Red Shirt Friday – Fans who wear red save $1 on a ticket at the box office // Friday Night Fireworks

June 1, 3:05pm – Saturday Night Fireworks // Celebrating 50 Years Of Hip Hop // Hip Hop Night Shirt Giveaway

June 2, 6:05pm – Baptist Health Sunday Family

FUNday-20 minute, pre-game, catch on the field and kids can feel like the pros after each Sunday game by running the bases; there will also be free face painting and balloon animals // Star Wars Night 121 Financial Ballpark / 904-358-2846 / 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jaxshrimp.com

Jacksonville Sharks vs. Arizona Rattlers

June 1, 7pm

Arena football team the Jacksonville Sharks take on opponents at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Single-game tickets start at $15. Family packs of tickets are also available, which include four tickets, four $10 vouchers, and a $25 Al's Pizza gift card. Additional tickets can be added if your family is larger. The theme is Halloween in June: The Sharks look to become the Arizona Rattlers’ worst nightmare on Halloween in June in the Shark Tank. Dress up in your scariest (or best) costumes to help send them back to Arizona with a ghostly loss. Prizes for best dressed. Enjoy monster movie moments and classic spooky scenes from the best Halloween movies, new and old. Venture into the scare zone and experience characters from the 13th Floor Haunted House, Jacksonville's legendary Halloween event. Join players on the field after the game for the post-game autograph session. Meet your favorite Sharks players and Attack Dance Team members. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena / 904-621-0700 / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxsharks.com

Jacksonville Sharks vs. Tulsa Oilers

June 8, 7pm

Arena football team the Jacksonville Sharks take on opponents at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Single-game tickets start at $15. Family packs of tickets are also available, which include four tickets, four $10 vouchers, and a $25 Al's Pizza gift card. Additional tickets can be added if your family is larger. The theme is Shark-a-ritaville Night: This tropical theme night will be on island time all night long, so kick back, enjoy some beach tunes, and catch a great game. This night will also feature Jr. Attack Dance Camp and the second annual "Dad Bod" dance performance.

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena / 904-6210700 / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxsharks.com

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Indianapolis Indians • June 11-16

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Indianapolis Indians. Single-game tickets start at $7, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed.

June 11, 7:05pm – Career Day

June 12, 7:05pm – Canines and Crustaceans (Dog Day) // VyStar Good Is Everywhere Wednesday

June 13, 7:05pm – Thursday Night Game

June 14, 7:05pm – Red Shirt Friday – Fans who wear red save $1 on a ticket at the box office // Friday Night Fireworks // Plant Based Night

June 15, 6:35pm – Red Caps Negro League Night w/ Sean Gibson // Saturday Night Fireworks // Red Caps Uniform // Red Caps Hat Giveaway

June 16, 3:05pm – Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday – 20-minute pre-game catch on the field, and kids can feel like the pros after each Sunday game by running the bases; there will also be free face painting and balloon animals // Father’s Day

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

Jacksonville Sharks vs. Massachusetts Pirates

June 25, 7pm

Arena football team the Jacksonville Sharks take on opponents at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Single-game tickets start at $15. Family packs of tickets are also available, which include four tickets, four $10 vouchers, and a $25 Al's Pizza gift card. Additional tickets can be added if your family is larger. The theme is Star Wars Night: This long-time fan favorite theme is back, and it will be an action-packed night with lightsabers, Jedis, and Stormtroopers. The first 1000 kids will get a free lightsaber courtesy of Baptist Health & JOI.

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena / 904-6210700 / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxsharks.com

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Nashville Sounds • June 25-30

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Nashville Sounds. Single-game tickets start at $7, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed.

June 25, 7:05pm – Random Headshot Night

June 26, 12:05pm – Big Splash Day / Camp Day –water features will be set up and spraying the seats early and often – sections 105 thru 110 will be dry

June 27, 7:05pm – Thursday Night Game

June 28, 7:05pm – Red Shirt Friday – Fans who

wear red save $1 on a ticket at the box office // Friday Night Fireworks

June 29, 6:35pm – Saturday Night Fireworks // Medium Roast Hat Giveaway

June 30, 2:05pm – Comic Hero Day // Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday – 20-minute pregame catch on the field, and kids can feel like the pros after each Sunday game by running the bases; there will also be free face painting and balloon animals // Southpaw's Birthday

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

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Charlotte Knights • July 1-3

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Charlotte Knights. Single-game tickets start at $7, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed.

July 1, 7:05pm – Tulsa Welding School Military Appreciation Night

July 2, 7:05pm – Tuesday Night Game

July 3, 6:05pm – Independence Day Celebration **FIREWORKS** // Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday – 20-minute pre-game catch on the field, and kids can feel like the pros after each Sunday game by running the bases; there will also be free face painting and balloon animals // Patriotic Hat Giveaway

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

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Jacksonville Sharks vs. Green Bay Blizzards

July 13, 7pm

Arena football team the Jacksonville Sharks take on opponents at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Single-game tickets start at $15. Family packs of tickets are also available, which include four tickets, four $10 vouchers, and a $25 Al's Pizza gift card. Additional tickets can be added if your family is larger. The theme is Christmas in July: Join the team for Christmas in July as they take on the Green Bay Blizzards. Whether you are on the naughty or nice list, help turn the Shark Tank into a Christmas Wonderland.

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena / 904-6210700 / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxsharks.com

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Durham Bulls

July 19-21

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Nashville Sounds. Single-game tickets start at $7, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed.

July 19, 7:05pm – Red Shirt Friday – Fans who wear red save $1 on a ticket at the box office // Friday Night Fireworks // 4th of July In July

July 20, 6:35pm – Mardi Gras Jersey auction // Mardi Gras Hawaiian Shirt Giveaway

July 21, 5:05pm – Wizards and Wands // Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday – 20-minute pregame catch on the field, and kids can feel like the pros after each Sunday game by running the bases; there will also be free face painting and balloon animals. 121 Financial Ballpark / 904-358-2846 / 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jaxshrimp.com

Jacksonville Sharks vs. Quad City Steamwheelers • July 20, 7pm Arena football team the Jacksonville Sharks take on opponents at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Single-game tickets start at $15. Family packs of tickets are also available, which include four tickets, four $10 vouchers, and a $25 Al's Pizza gift card. Additional tickets can be added if your family is larger. The theme is Military Appreciation Night: The team will salute all the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve in the nation's armed forces. Stand with the Sharks to honor hometown heroes from all branches of service. The first 1000 fans in attendance will get a free rally towel. All active duty and military veterans, as well as their families, are eligible to receive the special buy one get one free ticket offer.

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena / 904-6210700 / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxsharks.com

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs • July 30 – August 4

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Single-game tickets start at $7, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed.

July 30, 7:05pm – Canines and Crustaceans (Dog Day)

July 31, 7:05pm – Good Is Everywhere Wednesdays

August 1, 7:05pm – Ginger Reveal Night

August 2, 7:05pm – Red Shirt Friday – Fans who wear red save $1 on a ticket at the box office // Friday Night Fireworks

August 3, 6:35pm – Back To School: School Spirit Night

August 4, 5:05pm – Military Appreciation Night // Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday – 20-minute pre-game catch on the field, and kids can feel like the pros after each Sunday game by running the bases; there will also be free face painting and balloon animals

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


Nemours Reading BrightStart!

Nemours BrightStart!’s mission is to promote reading success and prevent reading failure for all chil dren, 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. They feature monthly articles, activities, and books, as well as a preschool reading screener to determine reading readiness. Nemours Reading BrightStart! / www.readingbrightstart.org

Camp Book It Summer Reading

June 1 – August 31

challenge, and personal support anytime during the program with one-on-one appointments or an exclusive helpline. The program starts at $329, plus $39 for materials and shipping. Institute of Reading Development / 800-470-2891 / readingprograms.org

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading 2024

July 1 – August 31

This summer, kids in grades 1-6 earn a free book through the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program. Read any eight books and record them in your Summer Reading Journal. Barnes and Noble / www.barnesandnoble.com

2024 Summer at the Library

June 3 – August 3

Camp Book It is open to all families with PreK-6th grade students (ages 4-12). Parents set goals, track reading, and reward their students, all in a digital dashboard. When your child meets their summer reading goal, move the slider to receive their certificate for a Personal Pan Pizza in your email. Use the serialized code on your child’s certificate to redeem at area Pizza Hut locations.

Pizza Hut Book It / www.bookitprogram.com

JaxKids Book Club

The JaxKids Book Club is a free club focused on promoting early literacy for children and their families. Each year, all Duval County Pre-Kindergarten students preparing to enter Kindergarten receive a free backpack of books to start their love of reading and build their home libraries. Registration is required for this event and must be completed two hours prior to the start time.

Beaches Branch – June 3, 10, 17, 24, 1:30pm

South Mandarin – June 3, 10, 17, 24, 1:30pm

Main Branch – June 4, 11, 18, 25, 11am

Willowbranch Branch – June 4, 18, 25, 1:30pm Pablo Creek Branch – June 5, 12, 26, 2pm

Southeast Regional Branch – June 6, 20, 27, 10:15am

West Branch – July 27, 3pm Jacksonville Public Library / 904-255-2665 / jaxpubliclibrary.org

2024 UNF Summer Reading Programs

The University of North Florida offers Summer Reading Programs for children of all ages and adults. The program is being offered online and in person. This program brings together time-tested reading and writing skills instruction, great books, and an experienced, inspiring teacher from the Institute of Reading Development, a leader in live online education for children. The six-week program includes weekly online classes led by an expert teacher, interactive skill lessons and games between classes, books at the appropriate level of

Follow along for a summer of reading and learning at your Jacksonville Public Library. From June 3 through August 3, residents of all ages will be able to participate at their favorite library location (and at home) with educational programs, weekly drop-in activities, reading, and other book-related challenges, scavenger hunts, and more. All of the programs are free and open to everyone. Summer Kick-Off Parties will be held at area branches from June 3-8. Attendees can get a free book to start building their own home library. Thanks to Tenikka's Books for Kids’ annual book drive and generous donations from the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library and others, there's everything from board books and picture books for the littlest readers to chapter books and graphic novels for teens available. Jacksonville Public Library / 904-255-2665 / jaxpubliclibrary.org

Mayor Deegan's River City Readers

Mayor Deegan’s River City Readers is a citywide literacy challenge for students of all ages that runs through 2024. Challenge participants are asked to read 20 minutes a day and to log their reading in Beanstack, a popular reading challenge app. Jacksonville Public Library recognizes the importance of literacy and lifelong learning and will actively support initiatives aligned with its mission, goals, and service priorities. Together, they've set a citywide reading goal of one million minutes read by the end of 2024.

River City Readers / 904-255-2665 / jaxpubliclibrary.org

The Good and the Beautiful Summer Reading Homeschool curriculum company The Good and the Beautiful is giving away 100,000 books this summer. Just pay $1.79 shipping per book. Their mission is to help draw children and families to learning and books that are clean, promote high character, and create strong and faithful minds and hearts. They also have summer reading logs and resources to download. Children of all ages can participate in the Summer Reading by using the free PDF downloads to track summer reading and set goals. The download includes free reading logs and printable bookmarks. The website also features reading lists, free audiobooks, free printable K-8 Language Arts lessons, free printable math for grades K-6, learning apps, and more.

The Good and the Beautiful / www.goodandbeautiful.com

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


10 Best Florida State Parks

1. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

This historic Fort has the largest collection of Civil War armaments in the world. Bonus: It's located along a beach that's popular for sunset views.

• Hours: 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. Fort closes at 5 p.m.

• Fees: $6 per vehicle

• Location: 601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040

• Contact Info: 305-292-6713

2. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Check out the living coral reefs around Molasses Reef at the country’s first undersea park. If you're a strong swimmer, join a snorkeling or scuba diving tour to get close to the corals and marine life. Otherwise, enjoy the underwater scenery from a glass-bottom boat.

• Hours: 8 a.m. until sunset, 365 days a year

• Fees: $8 per vehicle, plus 50 cents per person

• Location: Mile Marker 102.5 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037

• Contact Info: 305-676-3777

3. Blue Springs State Park

You can hike the park's multiple trails and set up a picnic amidst the beautiful surroundings. Go canoeing and scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters or take a leisurely boat tour around the reservation.

• Hours: 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year

• Fees: $6 per vehicle

• Location: 2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763

• Contact Info: 386-775-3663

4. St. Andrews State Park

With the Gulf of Mexico on one side and St. Andrews Bay on the other, visitors who crave swimming, snorkeling, or surfing will love this park.

• Hours: 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year

• Fees: $8 per vehicle

• Location: 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City, FL 32408

• Contact Info: 850-708-6100

5. Henderson Beach State Park

Enjoy a shoreline anchored by 30-foot, snowwhite sand dunes where basking in the Florida sun, wading into warm gulf waters, fishing, and hiking a nature trail all can be done.

• Hours: 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year

• Fees: $6 per vehicle

• Location: 17000 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, FL 32541

• Contact Info: 850-837-7550

6. Fort Clinch State Park

This state park preserves Florida's history.

Visitors can explore the Fort’s many rooms, galleries, and grounds and learn about the life of a Union soldier through living history programs. The park is also known for its gopher tortoises, painted buntings, and other species of wildlife.

• Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset, 365 days a year. Ranger station open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fort open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

• Fees: $6 per vehicle

• Location: 2601 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

• Contact Info: 904-277-7274

7. Fort De Soto Park

The complexity of the ecology is not immediately apparent, but Fort De Soto offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere with its wealth of bird life, sea life, wildlife, and plant life.

• Hours: 7 a.m. to Sunset, 365 days a year

• Fees: $5 parking fee

• Location: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715

• Contact Information: (727) 582-2100

8. Lovers Key State Park

Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, shelling, fishing, hiking, bicycling, wildlife watching, canoeing/ kayaking, geocaching, and more.

• Hours: 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year

• Fees: $8 per vehicle

• Location: 8700 Estero Blvd, Bonita Springs, FL 33931

• Contact Info: 239-707-6328

9. Honeymoon Island State Park

This barrier island state park offers numerous nature-based activities, including a new playground.

• Hours: 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year

• Fees: $8 per vehicle

• Location: #1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698

• Contact Info: 727-241-6106

10. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Rehabilitation center for injured animals with a broad selection of birds and reptiles, including the manatee.

• Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ticket counters close at 4:45 p.m.

• Fees: Adults (age 13+), $13; children ages 6-12, $5; children 5 and under admitted free.

• Location: 4150 S Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34446

• Contact Info: 352-423-5600 j

tripadvisor.com floridastateparks.org pinellas.gov

Things to Do Nature Events

Botanical Bash at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens • Thru May 12

Celebrate the gardens and watch them transform as the season changes. One of only a few zoos in the country also designated as a botanical garden, see what makes Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens so unique while you learn more about plant conservation, the importance of native plant gardens, and more. With something different happening each week, Botanical Bash kicks off with a plant sale held by the Zoo’s Horticulture team and concludes with a signature Art in the Garden Festival, celebrating the delicate balance between nature and creativity all month long. Included with general admission. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904757-4463 / 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / www.jacksonvillezoo.org

Marineland Dolphin Adventure Homeschool Days • May 2, 10am to 1:30pm

Professional educators are dedicated to inspiration through immersive education covering topics including natural history, behavior, adaptations, conservation, and research and are able to adapt each program to students learning at grade levels from K through 12th. All are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring their own eco-friendly lunches and reusable water bottles. This month's program features Marine Mammals. Cost is $14 per person. Marineland Dolphin Adventure / 407563-4701 / 9600 Oceanshore Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / marineland.net

Wild Wonders at Dutton Island May 4, 18, 11am

Wild Wonders presents "The Reptile Show," a 45-minute program about reptiles, both locally and exotic, that includes story, music, and humor. Children (and adults) will be asked to help throughout the show while learning about these colorful critters of the reptile world. They bring every class of reptile, both small and monstrous. No registration is necessary. Free to attend. Dutton Island Preserve / 904-247-5828 / 793 Dutton Island Preserve, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 / www.coab.us

St. Augustine Orchid Society Repotting Clinic May 4, 10am to 12noon

Want to learn about growing orchids? Need help repotting or have questions about your orchids? All ages are invited for a repotting clinic. Learn from local experts from the St. Augustine Orchid Society. The clinic will take place on the front entryway porch. Free. St. Johns County Public Library, Southeast Branch / 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / sjcpls.org

Urban Birds with Duval Audubon

May 5, 7:30am to 9am

Join Duval Audubon members on an exploration of the abundant bird life along the Trout River. Arrive early for the best chance at seeing the birds. Duval Audubon's Education and Youth Outreach Director will be onsite to provide her expertise. Binoculars are handy but not required. Riverview Park / 904256-7591 / 9620 E Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32208 / www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org

Let's Get Growing • May 11, 11am to 12noon

Let's Get Growing is a monthly plant program at the Hastings Branch Library on the second

Saturday of the month with Master Gardener Pam Hutcherson. This month will focus on: Why buy it when you can propagate your own? Participants should bring 6 to 8 inch cuttings from your plants/ shrubs/tree to share. Free. St. Johns County Public Library, Hastings Branch / 904-827-6970 / 6195 S Main Street, Hastings, FL 32145 / sjcpls.org

2024 RAP Garden Tour Day May 11, 10am to 4pm

Start your Riverside Avondale Preservation Garden Tour at the Garden Club with activities for adults and children, refreshments, a look at the Garden Club’s plans for a redesigned landscape, and tours with Go Tuk’n. Take a self-guided tour of #GardenClubJax to learn about the plants, trees, mulch, and other features of the 75-year-old campus, then chat with Campus Operations Manager Stu Velky to find out more about what’s in store for the future. Tour the buildings and find out how you can rent the campus for your event. Bring your children for a nature-based activity and lawn games. Activities at #GardenClubJax are free, but Riverside Avondale Preservation Garden Tour tickets must be purchased separately either from Riverside Avondale Preservation or Go Tuk’n. Garden Club of Jacksonville / 904-355-4224 / 1005 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / www.gardenclubjax.org

2024 Wild Amelia Nature Festival Eco-Expo May 18, 10am to 4pm

The Eco-Expo features something for everyone at this family event. There will be up to 90 booths of environmental organizations as well as local vendors. Enjoy wildlife exhibits and music by the Honey Badgers, Laid Back, and Liberty Blues Band. Enjoy food and refreshments from multiple food trucks and a water refill station to keep you hydrated. Attractions for children include the Kids’ Niche with hands-on nature projects, bounce houses, Touch-A-Truck, and a Nature Passport activity with gifts for completed passports. Atlantic Recreation Center / 904-261-0165 / 2500 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 / www.wildamelia.com

Family Seining at Guana •June 8, 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. $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

Wild Florida! The Buzz About Bees

June 20, 2pm

Wild Florida! is a program that invites Florida wildlife experts to share their knowledge in an educational environment. This week, meet a local beekeeper, check out a beehive, and learn all about the amazing world of bees. This program is for children ages 6 to 11 and their families. Free. Clay County Public Library, Fleming Island Branch / 904-278-3720 / 1895 Town Center Blvd, Fleming Island, FL 32003 / www.claycountygov.com

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Things to Do Pet Events What to Do in a Pet Emergency PETS

Emergencies with pets often happen at the most unexpected times and can be frightening for both you and your pet. Unfortunately, emergencies do sometimes occur. Learning how to respond to them can make a huge difference in the life of your pet.

What to do in a Pet Emergency

If you determine your pet is having an emergency, consider the following steps:

• Remain calm.

• Contact your family veterinarian or your nearest after-hours emergency facility.

• Your pet will be scared and may be in pain. Use caution in moving them to avoid getting bitten.

• Cats should be put in a carrier for safe transport.

• Dogs should be on a leash with a snug-fitting collar or harness.

• If your pet has ingested a toxin, try to gather all the information you can about the substance, the amount potentially ingested, and the time it was eaten. Bring the package if possible or take a photo of it.

• Do not induce vomiting unless instructed by your veterinarian.

• Bring a list or photo of any medications your pet takes on a regular basis.

When to Take Your Dog to an Emergency Vet

• Trauma, such as an attack by another animal or coming into contact with a moving vehicle

• Ingestion of a toxic food or substance

• Increase in breathing rate or effort

• Any vomiting or diarrhea in a puppy

• Vomiting repeatedly or having multiple episodes of diarrhea in an adult dog

• Retching repeatedly without producing any vomit

• Blood in urine or straining to produce urine

• Red, painful, or swollen eyes

• A swollen or distended abdomen (this could be GDV in dogs, which is a life-threatening emergency)

• Bites from snakes, wasps, or bees

• Refusing to eat for more than 24 hours

• Uncontrolled bleeding

• Pale gums

• Weakness

• If your pet seems to be in too much pain to move or rest comfortably

• Seizures

• Collapse or loss of consciousness

When to Take Your Cat to an Emergency Vet

• Trauma, such as an attack by another animal or coming into contact with a moving vehicle

• Ingestion of a toxic food or exposure to a toxic substance

• Increase in breathing rate or effort

• A sudden onset of coughing

• Red, painful, or swollen eyes

• Any vomiting or diarrhea in a kitten

• Vomiting repeatedly or having multiple episodes of diarrhea in an adult cat

• Blood in urine or straining to produce urine

• Uncontrolled bleeding

• Pale gums

• Weakness

• If your pet seems to be in too much pain to move or rest comfortably

• Seizures

• Collapse or loss of consciousness

Finding an Emergency Vet Near You An emergency with your pet can be scary, but one way to lower stress is to know ahead of time where emergency veterinary care is available near you. There are many emergency pet clinics in Northeast Florida, such as:


• First Coast Veterinary Emergency, 301 Jacksonville Dr Ste 2, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, (904) 853-6310

• Veterinary Emergency Group, 4507 Town Center Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32246, (904) 638-7730

• Furever Vets Central Emergency Urgent Care & Pet Resort, 11030 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256, (904) 375-3995 Clay

• Clay Humane Urgent Care, 2230 Filmore St, Orange Park, FL 32065, 904) 276-7729

• BluePearl Pet Hospital, 275 Corporate Way Ste 100, Orange Park, FL 32073, (904) 278-0287

• Clay County Animal Hospital, 332 Parkridge Ave, Orange Park, FL 32065, (904) 272-5111 St. Johns

• St. Johns UrgentVet Clinic, 855 County Rd 210 Suite A5 & A6, St. Johns, FL 32259, (904) 640-9300

• St. Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center, 1100-1 S Ponce De Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084, (904) 797-5770

• Animal Emergency Hospital of St. Johns, 2505 Old Moultrie Rd St. Augustine, FL 32086, (904) 794-5071

Keep the Pet Poison Helpline number available (855-764-7661) as a contact in your cellphone in case you need quick advice about a potential toxin. Chewy also has a 24/7 helpline, 1-800-672-4399, and a 24-hour live veterinary chat available at chewy.com. If you need to call the Pet Poison Helpline, Chewy often offers a referral discount, which can help offset the $85 Pet Poison Helpline incident fee. j

petmd.com veterinaryemergencygroup.com

Pups on the Patio Happy Hour May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 4pm to 7pm

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

Guy Harvey Resort St. Augustine Beach / 904471-2555 / 860 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / guyharveyresortstaugustinebeach.com

The Street Dog Coalition Clinic May 11, 9am to 12noon

The Jacksonville Team is hosting a clinic at The Sulzbacher Center. Services being offered to pets of people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness include physical exams, core vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, microchips, and more. All animals should be safely contained: dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. If you are in need of a leash or carrier, please let them know when you check-in. The Sulzbacher Center / 970-8298789 / 611 East Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.thestreetdogcoalition.org

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Canines and Crustaceans • May 14, June 12, 7:05pm

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Nashville Sounds. Single-game tickets start at $7, with multi-game and group packages available. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed. Tonight is Canines and Crustaceans (Dog Day) at the ball field. Canines get in free as long as their human companion buys a ticket. Please note that dogs are not allowed in section 119, the Wheelhouse Lounge ,and the Haskell Suite Level. Be sure to bring a water bowl for your four-legged friend. 121 Financial Ballpark / 904-358-2846 / 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jaxshrimp.com

Repticon Jacksonville May 18, 9am to 4pm, May 19, 10am to 4pm Repticon Jacksonville is one of Repticon’s fastest growing shows and will be packed with a large selection of reptiles and exotic pets, pet products, reptile-themed merchandise, and reptile-related fun. Adult tickets range from $10 to $15; ages 5 to 12 are $6, and ages 4 and under are free. Tickets are available online only; no tickets will be sold at the door. Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair & Expo Center / 863-268-4273 / 510 Fairgrounds Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / repticon.com

Paint Your Own Pet •May 19, 1pm to 4pm

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

Painting with a Twist, San Marco / 904-399-8399 / 1525 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / www.paintingwithatwist.com

Puppy Pals Comedic Stunt Dog Show May 24, 7pm

Puppy Pals is a family-friendly action-packed show where adopted and rescued dogs perform spectacular stunts and breathtaking feats. Watch as the performers lead the puppies and audience through challenging and comical tricks. This canine comedy appeals to children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $10, children under 12 are free. Call the box office for free tickets for children under 12. Up to four children’s tickets available per adult. *Use code “FHS2024“ at checkout for $2 off the ticket price. Every ticket sold with the code goes to the Flagler Humane Society. The Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center / 386-4377547 / 5500 East Hwy 100, Palm Coast, FL 32164 / flaglerhumanesociety.org

An Evening with Lee Asher – Benefitting JHS May 29, 8pm

Join JHS for an evening with animal rescue advocate, content creator, motivational speaker, and star of the Animal Planet series “My Pack Life,” Lee Asher. Across his platforms, The Asher House documents his rescue missions and daily life around The Asher House Sanctuary. After quitting his day job in 2017 to pursue his passion for rescuing animals and helping people, Lee and his dogs hit the road in a converted school bus, working with shelters across the nation to host meet & greets and adoption events. Along the way, Lee learned to harness the power of social media to inspire positivity, laughter, and happy tears. Tickets start at $36. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to JHS, helping to support shelter animals and people who love them in the community. The Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 E Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.floridatheatre.com

Meowmaste – Yoga with Cats May 31, 5:45pm to 7pm

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. Participants must bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Adult tickets are $20 and child tickets are $15. Jacksonville Humane Society / 904-725-8766 / 8464 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216 / jaxhumane.org

Cat Cafe at the Library • June 15, 10am to 1pm Come hang out, relax, and read with kittens. The Clay County Animal Services will be joining library staff, and they'll be bringing some adorable friends with them. You can adopt a kitten and bring home a new fur-ever friend at the end of the event. Free. Clay County Public Library, Orange Park Branch / 904-278-4750 / 2054 Plainfield Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073 / www.claycountygov.com

2024 Petco Love Statewide Mega Adoption Event • June 28-30

The 2024 Petco Love Statewide Mega Adoption Event is an event where all adoption fees are waived. *Exceptions may apply. All adoptions include vaccinations plus offers from Petco. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered. Participating shelters include Clay County Animal Services, Flagler Humane Society, Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services, Jacksonville Humane Society, and Nassau County Animal Services. Petco / megaadoptflorida.com

Like Jax4Pets.com’s Facebook page at facebook.com/jax4pets to find out about other events for pets.

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Ice Dinosaurs at MOSH

Thru September 6

The Lost World of the Alaskan Frontier displays newly discovered Arctic-dwelling dinosaurs never-before-seen in an exhibition. Built around groundbreaking discoveries that are expanding the traditional understanding of dinosaur physiology, provinciality, and migration, Ice Dinosaurs invites visitors to learn about the unique adaptations of polar dinosaurs while interacting with actual fossils and museum-grade casts. The exhibit is included with regular museum admission. Museum of Science & History / 904-396-6674 / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / themosh.org

Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience Thru June 16

Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience, produced by Paquin Entertainment Group, sheds new light on what the world thought it knew about Claude Monet, showcasing some of Monet’s most iconic works of impressionism, including the “Water Lilies” series, “Impression: Sunrise,” and “Poppies.” Through the use of cutting-edge projection technology and an original score, Beyond Monet breathes new life into over 400 of Claude Monet’s artworks. The visit will take around one hour, with final entry one hour before close. Children 4 years and younger enter the show for free and do not require a ticket when accompanying an adult with a ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the door, subject to availability. To secure a timeslot and best pricing available, please order your tickets in advance online. Tickets on Wednesdays and Thursdays are $33.99 for ages 16 and up and $21.99 for ages 5 to 15. Tickets on Friday through Sunday and holidays are $43.99 for 16 and up and $26.99 for ages 5 to 15. Tickets for seniors, military, students, and VIP are also available for purchase.

Mondays and Tuesdays: Closed, Wednesday thru Thursday: 11am - 7pm (last entry 6pm), Friday thru Saturday: 11am - 9pm (last entry 8pm), Sundays: 11am - 6pm (last entry at 5pm).

NoCo Center / 800-441-0819 / 712 N Hogan Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / beyondmonet.com

Disney's Frozen – The Broadway Musical Thru May 4

From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, Frozen, the Tony-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America. Frozen features the songs you know from the original Oscar-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters. The unique theatrical experience features special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and more. Extra Magic Packages available. The Extra Magic Package includes an excellent seat in the theater and show merchandise. Tickets start at $44.59. Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts / 904-632-5000 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.fscjartistseries.org

Memory Lab Open House • May 1, 6pm to 8pm

Visit the Memory Lab in Special Collections to learn more about the new services thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation. A Special Collections staff member will be at various stations to answer your questions and demonstrate the digitization process for older formats such as VHS, Betamax, photo slides, and more. Staff will also be available to accept donations of local yearbooks during the open house. Jacksonville Public Library, Main

Branch / 904-255-2665 / 303 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jaxpubliclibrary.org

Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

May 2, 6pm; May 3, 5:30pm to 10pm; May 4, 9am to 7pm; May 5, 10am to 5pm

The Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival returns to the historic downtown Centre Street business district in Fernandina Beach. Activities include Pirate Parade, Kids Fun Zone, Food, Live Musical Entertainment, Blessing of the Fleet, Invasion of the Pirates, Face Painting, fireworks, YMCA Shrimp Run, and more. Free admission. Downtown Fernandina Beach / 102 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 / www.shrimpfestival.com

MOSH Cosmic Concerts

May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26

Experience total sensory entertainment as laser lights, high-def images, and digital sound collide to create a Cosmic Concert in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium. Cosmic Concerts begin promptly on the hour. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of show times. Cost is $12 per person for non-members and $10 for MOSH Members. There will also be $1 laser glasses available for purchase.

May 4, 5pm – Rush // May 4, 6pm – Metallica // May 5, 5pm – Laser Magic

May 11, 5pm – Laser Vinyl // May 11, 6pm – Wish You Were Here // May 12, 5pm – Tribute

May 18, 5pm – Laser Country // May 18, 6pm –LaseRock // May 19, 5pm – The Beatles

May 25, 5pm – David Bowie // May 25, 6pm – Dark Side of the Moon // May 26, 5pm – Laser Spirit Matinee Museum of Science & History / 904396-6674 / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / themosh.org

VyStar Free Saturdays at MOCA

May 4, 11, 18, 25, 11am to 5pm

Through its generous support for this program, VyStar Credit Union is working to empower visitors to engage with museum content more easily by breaking down barriers to access related to admission cost. By supporting this free access program, MOCA is significantly increasing the opportunities for visitors to engage. Members of the community have greater access to contemporary art through free admission every Saturday from 11am to 5pm. Registration is not required. This program is free and open to all. MOCA Jacksonville / 904-3666911 / 333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / mocajacksonville.unf.edu

Acoustic Nights

May 5, 12, 19, 26, 6pm to 8pm

Local artists fill the air in Bull Park with original acoustic music and songs of choice. Be sure to bring chairs or blankets to sit back with friends and neighbors as Roy Peak hosts this weekly event every Sunday a couple of blocks from the ocean. Food trucks start serving at 5pm on 7th Street at East Coast Drive. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to Gulliford Hall in Adele Grage Cultural Center. Free to attend. Bull Memorial Park / 904-247-5828 / 716 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 / www.coab.us

Duval De Mayo • May 5, 12noon to 10pm

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festival will feature views of the St. John`s River, tacos, music, and craft cocktails from your favorite local eateries. Duval De Mayo guests can expect tacos and other authentic Mexican cuisine prepared by more than twenty restaurants, food trucks and culinary teams from across the city. In addition, all guests will have the opportunity to enjoy an artisan market, live muralists, food trucks, multiple beverage stations stocked with your favorite Duval De Mayo beverages, and a “backyard” area to enjoy the food and live music. General admission tickets start at $25. Northbank Riverwalk Artist Square / 715 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / www.duvaldemayo.com

Kids Play Days at Adventure Landing

May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31 11am to 3pm

Enjoy admission to the Wave Pool, Lil’ St. John’s River, and the Pirate Play Village. Discounted admission of $15.99; kids 3 and under are free. On May 28 and May 31, The Rage and The Green Slide will also be open. Admission for these days will be $20.99. Adventure Landing / 904-246-4386 / 1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / jacksonville-beach.adventurelanding.com

Community Revival Center Apostolic Church Family Day • May 11, 12noon to 4pm CRC Educational & Community Resources hosts a Family Day. Activities include a reading circle, financial literacy, local authors, health screenings, arts and crafts, airbrush face painting, a fire engine, box ball, kickball, hopscotch, double dutch, basketball, drumline, free food, games, prizes, and more. Westside Park / 904-353-5970 / 1061 Line Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209 / www.crceducationaljax.org

ArtSongs • May 12, 3pm to 4pm Two parts of the arts come together in an engaging musical and visual experience. Iconic artwork from the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ permanent collection will be projected on the big screen while the Symphony performs vivid and colorful symphonic selections, sparking inspiration and creativity in every listener. Pre-concert activities begin at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Jacoby Symphony Hall / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www. jaxsymphony.org

Internet Safety: Know the Dangers Children Face Online • May 14, 6:30pm The cyber world can be a vast and dangerous place, especially for children and adolescents. Join staff for a discussion about threats to youth on the Internet, the impact of online activity, and how to keep children safe. This course is being offered in a face-to-face setting at the Duval County Public School Board building and will be livestreamed via Microsoft Teams. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a free family resource that promotes parental involvement, enhances student achievement, and supports a caregiver's need for personal and individual growth. Parent Academy courses are offered virtually through Microsoft Teams. Jacksonville Beach Elementary / 904-3902960 / 315 S 10th Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / dcps.duvalschools.org

Touch A Truck Trailmark St. Johns County May 18, 11am to 2pm

Trailmark hosts a free touch-a-truck event. This free hands-on family event provides a unique opportunity for children and adults alike to explore vehicles of all types, including public service, emergency, utility, construction, farming, military, and more. There will also be music, face painting, a playground, and food trucks. Admission is free. Reserve your free ticket online. Trailmark Living / 805 TrailMark Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092 / trailmarkliving.com

Brick Fan Expo


May 18, 10am to 5pm and May 19, 10am to 4pm Come inside and join thousands of Lego® fans for two days filled with everything Lego®. There will be lots of Lego® creations to view, building zones, games, speakers, character meets, and more. See displays created by Lego® fans and professional builders from around the U.S., including a moon base, trains/monorail models, castles, Lego® cities, and more. Race on the all-new 125-foot Lego® RC off-road course. Build Lego® cars for racing down the ramps, create in the architect zone, build one-of-a-kind mosaics, or build part of the large mosaic displays. Challenge yourself and your family to build contests with Tim and Zach Croll from the Lego® Masters season 2 TV show. Meet the Lego® Masters Season 2 winners Mark and Steven Erickson and see some of their amazing displays. Join staff in creating a life-size Lego® minifigure in their 3x interactive zone. Contribute your piece to help build this incredible sculpture. Test your skills on the Strongest Bridge Lego® competitions with Master Builder Dan Steininger. Join Corey and Tacos from Lego® Masters for STEM fun in the Geared Up STEM Zone. Check out the new Jurassic zone that includes a Fossil dig, themed builds, and more. Explore the Kids Zone with thousands of Duplo bricks for the littlest Lego® builders. And, visit the vendor area for all the hard to find Lego® sets, minifigures, and more. Tickets are $5 each plus fees. Children 3 and up require a ticket for admission. Children 2 and younger are free. Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center / 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / www.BrickFanExpo.com

Palatka Blue Crab Festival

May 24, 6pm to 10pm; May 25, 11am to 10pm; May 26, 12noon to 9pm

Held each year on Memorial Day weekend, this year’s Blue Crab Festival will feature music at multiple venues, including a craft beer tent, as well as vendors, food trucks, games, activities, the Gatorland Waterski Deluxe show on the St. Johns River, a waterslide, and more. All performances are free. VIP tickets are available for purchase. Riverfront Park / 386-325-4406 / 100 Memorial Parkway, Palatka, FL 32177 / www.palatkabluecrabfestival.com

City of Jacksonville Memorial Day Observance

May 27, 8am

The City of Jacksonville will be hosting Memorial Day Observance on May 27. Pre-ceremony music by the Navy Band Southeast and the Voices of Jacksonville will begin at 8am, and the ceremony will commence at 8:30am. The Observance should conclude by 10am. During this ceremony, the community will remember and honor Jacksonville's fallen heroes. Patriotic attire is suggested. Parking is free.

Veterans Memorial Wall / 1145 East Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.coj.net

Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Ceremony

May 27, 9am

The community is invited for the annual Memorial Day ceremony in Atlantic Beach. The event will be held at Beaches Veterans Memorial Park and is free to attend. The Beaches Veterans Memorial Park has the unique distinction of honoring all Military Chaplains killed in all wars from The Revolutionary War to the most recent War on Terror. This year, the park will unveil over 40 Honor Bricks that have been added to the “Walk of Honor” within the Beaches Veterans Memorial Park. Beaches Veterans Memorial Park / 904-247-5828 / 1 W 1st Street, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 / www.coab.us

St. Augustine Memorial Day Ceremony

May 27, 10am

Honor veterans in a Massing of the Colors ceremony at the St. Augustine National Cemetery. Attendants can join in on a ceremony of music and the marching of massed flags. A reading of local veteran names and the ringing of the bell will also happen. Guests are encouraged to bring water and chairs to the event. Free and open to the community. St. Augustine National Cemetery / 904-2090655 / 104 Marine Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www.sjcfl.us

Memorial Day RiverFest Celebration

May 27, 10am to 9pm

The City of Green Cove Springs hosts the Annual Memorial Day RiverFest Celebration in Historic Spring Park. Activities include over 100 food and craft vendors, a kids’ zone that includes bounce slides, face painting, live entertainment throughout the day, and fireworks at night. Other activities include a watermelon eating contest and a rubber duck race. The highlight is the memorial and veterans recognition ceremony to kick off the day, which includes a flyover by Dreamland Squadron, and displays of military vehicles and memorabilia by MVPA. Historic Spring Park / 904-297-7054 / 321 Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 / www.greencovesprings.com

Summer Kick-Off Fest

May 31, 10am to 12noon

Kids, get ready for summer reading and summer activities with this kick-off party. Wear appropriate clothing for water play, making slime, oobleck, and giant bubbles. Event will be held in the library courtyard. Don’t forget to pick up your summer reading logs so you can read all summer and earn free books. Free.

St. Johns County Public Library, Hastings Branch / 904-827-6970 / 6195 S Main Street, Hastings, FL 32145 / sjcpls.org

Celtic Throne • June 4, 7:30pm

Celtic Throne explores the ancient origins of Irish step dance and celebrates the millennia-long journey of a music-and-dance-loving people as they migrate from the ancient Near East to Ireland, Scotland, England, and the United States. Embarking on their fifth U.S. tour in the spring of 2024, Armstrong Dance presents their original Irish dance production, Celtic Throne, with Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne's majestic musical score. Tickets range from $25 to $65. Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 E Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.floridatheatre.com

Drop-in Summer Kick-off Party

June 6, 2pm to 3:30pm

Drop in and kick off a summer of activities and learning at the library. Kids and teens in attendance will receive their first free summer prize book. There will be music, games, and cooperative activities, storytimes from special community members, and kids can read to Sofie, the therapy dog. Kids will also get a goodie bag when they leave. Free. Jacksonville Public Library, San Marco Branch / 904-858-2907 / 1513 LaSalle Street, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / www.jaxpubliclibrary.org

2024 Girls Inc. Community Festival

June 8, 10am to 2pm

Girls Inc celebrates Juneteenth with a special community festival. There will be a food giveaway, games, activities, special performances, presentations, workshops, community vendors, and more. Free and open to the community.

Parkwood Heights Elementary / 904-731-9933 / 1709 Landsdowne Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32211 / www.girlsincjax.org

Silhouette Artist at Swoozie's Jacksonville June 9, 1pm to 4pm

Edward Casey, an internationally recognized, award-winning silhouette artist and former top-selling portrait artist with Walt Disney World will be at Swoozie's Jacksonville. Using only scissors, fine-quality silhouette paper, and a keen eye for detail, Edward creates heirloom-quality keepsakes. Silhouettes are cut freehand in minutes without the use of mechanical devices or photographic equipment. The first silhouette is $35. Additional copies of the same subject are $15 each. Optional framing will be available. The $10 sitting fee (ticket price) is refundable if you cancel within seven days prior to the event. The sitting fee reserves your appointment and is deducted from your total at checkout. Swoozie's / 904-778-5308 / 4866 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.swoozies.com

Cliff Avril Family Foundation 11th Annual Family Day • June 23, 1pm to 5pm

NFL player Cliff Avril returns home to host the 11th Annual Cliff Avril Family Foundation Family Day. The day is entirely free to the community and consists of food, sports tournaments, face painting, bounce houses, music, and more. Cliff, along with other NFL players, will be present to take photos and sign autographs with fans. Free and open to the community. Paul C Armstrong Park / 866-958-9991 / 2445 CR 220, Orange Park, FL 32065 / cliffavrilfamilyfoundation.org

Bold Matsuri Cosplay Festival • June 22-23

Bold Matsuri is Jacksonville's annual Anime and Cosplay Festival. The convention will feature many events and activities during the weekend for attendees to take part in, such as meeting their favorite voice actors and creators, participating in guest panels, contests, a gaming area, and cosplay/ anime-focused after-hour events. Tickets are $25-$45. The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center / 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / www.boldmatsuri.com

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dates, times and locations are accurate at time of publication; events and activities listed in this guide are subject to change without notice. Visit Jax4Kids. com for updated information and more events!

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