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4 kiddos | December 2022 • January 2023 FEATURE 8 | HEALTH PARENTING 16 | WINTER CAMP 18 | DESTINATIONS 26 | CELEBRATION 28 | The Secret To Teaching Gratitude During The Holidays Pediatrician-Approved Tips To Conquer Holiday Travel With Little Ones 10 Ways To Get Your Kids To Stop Lying magazine’s just about kids Kiddo-Ween Party At CityPlace Doral Crayola Experience Presents "Colorful Christmas" on the cover MODELS: Miranda & Rosie from Vme Kids PHOTOGRAPHY: Tulips Photography LOCATION: The Enchanted Doll House in every issue 12 CAMP Turn Your Child's Summer Camp Experience Into A Swiss Adventure 14 NEWS Miami Children's Museum Winter Wonderland Exhibit 20 SNACKS Gingerbread Cookies 21 IDEAS Baby's First Christmas 22 PLACES NightGarden Returns To Miami This Holiday Season! 24 COOL STUFF Holiday Essentials 30 BOOK REVIEWS Suggestions For Kids And Families To Read This Month 31 EXTRAVAGANZA CityPlace Doral Annual "Light Up The Night" Extravaganza 33 FAMILY EVENTS Where To Go With Our Kiddos 34 PEDIATRICS Advancing And Developing Childhood Milestones contents DECEMBER 2022 • JANUARY 2023 Vol. 10 issue 3 2022/23 Special Edition Guide Presented by The Real Food Academy

I do love this time of year! Christmas and New Year’s are around the corner, its the time to bake, decorate, give and, reflect! I hope you fulfill this season with traditions, loved ones, and joy no matter what you are celebrating. We are living in very challenging times; how did we get here? Let's train the brain to focus on what is good and find gratitude in little happy moments and blessings around us.

Our holiday issue highlights The Secret to Teaching Gratitude During the Holidays, five strategies to teach children to moderate their wants, give to others, and be thankful for what they have. Page 8

If you are traveling with little ones this winter season, this article is for you! Pediatrician-Approved Tips to Conquer Holiday Travel whether traveling by bus, train, car or plane!

Cool gifts for kids they're sure to love! Our holiday essentials page features top picks and thoughtful toys for your favorite kiddo. Plus, book suggestions for this season and adorable stories to read as a family.

There are many magnificent ways to celebrate this season in town. Check out our calendar of activities for unlimited family fun! Events, performances, exhibits, light shows, and much more!

As the end of 2022 comes to a close, I would like to THANK our corporate partners and organizations committed to supporting our publication and sponsoring this year's events! On behalf of Kiddos Magazine, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support and participation. With your help, we can continue to fulfill our mission, and build a stronger, healthier, and safer community.

I wish you all a lovely and healthy holiday season, and before the new year begins, a great thing to do is pause and reflect. I look forward to enjoying this beautiful season with family and friends.

Thank you for another year of local journalism!

With gratitude,


Kiddos is a Florida based kids focused magazine, whose mission is to help strengthen the bonds between parents and their children by providing value-based content and quality journalism.


Veronica Lepere



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The Secret to Teaching Gratitude During the Holidays

Have you ever noticed that the more we get, the less we tend to appreciate? It’s true for children and adults alike. A child working through a pile of presents at his birthday party will often open one and fling it to the floor with hardly a glance in the rush to open yet another. Christmas offers a similar challenge. At family gatherings and on Christmas morning, there are countless gifts to be opened. We enjoy decadent meals and a constant parade of desserts. How can parents teach gratitude in the middle of holiday excess?

This is the season of hope, and we have some to offer! From your own gift-giving plan to the way you choose to share moments of giving and receiving with friends and family, try these 5 strategies for teaching gratitude during the holidays.

1Be intentional about changing the focus.

Trust us, this won’t happen on its own because there are billions of advertising dollars spent to ensure that the focus stays right where it traditionally is—in your retailer’s pocket. So be proactive

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about using different language to talk about Christmas this year. For example: When you mention a “Christmas list” to your kids, do they think about things they want to receive or things they want to give? Training your family to think first about the opportunity to give and to serve can change the feel of your whole holiday experience.

to remind them of the three gifts the wise men brought to baby Jesus.”

In one simple move, we rerouted the secular holiday back around toward the true meaning of Christmas and capped the tendency toward excess.


Slow down the gift exchange.

children to build Christmas memories that don't come wrapped in paper and tied with a bow.



I almost hesitate to write this because I personally lament the fact that we’re all moved to serve the less fortunate at Christmas time and seldom think of them during the rest of the year. (I’m pretty sure people are hungry and cold in March too.) But having said that, we can’t escape the fact that some charity and service is better than none at all.


Rein Santa Claus in a little.

I'm not anti-Santa. He was a big deal growing up. My dad would even take one of his mounted deer off the wall, stick a red ball on its nose, and have it peer into our windows late on Christmas Eve! It was terrifying magical! But when the jolly old elf is the first, most consistent element of the Christmas celebration your child comes to know, it’s a short hop from there to “what do I get?”

And listen up, moms. Just because Santa is making a stop at your house doesn’t mean he has to bring a stack of 50 things for each child. Less is more. Because we’re Christians, my husband and I decided when our children were small to allow Santa to bring each child three gifts. Our explanation was that “Santa brings three gifts to children

While some families enjoy the chaotic, paper-flying frenzy of every child opening gifts simultaneously, my sister-in-law brought a better, more civilized approach to our family celebrations. Gifts are distributed to the recipients, but we go around the room opening one at a time. This allows everyone to admire the gift and gives the recipient the time to truly appreciate the gift and to thank the giver. It gives gratitude and good manners a fighting chance, and it allows you the opportunity to savor the moment of generosity among your loved ones! If you want extra credit, you can even help your children write thank you notes to friends and relatives for the things they received.


Create more Christmas experiences outside of gift-giving.

Watch a few favorite Christmas movies, bake together, read a classic Christmas story, or take a drive to see the best holiday lights. There are lots of options. Help your children to build Christmas memories that don’t come wrapped in paper and tied with a bow. Help your

Help your family find ways to focus on making the holidays better for others: Serve dinner at a nonprofit event or shelter, buy gifts for a needy child or family through a nonprofit program such as Operation Christmas Child or Salvation Army, or visit a local nursing home to spend time with seniors who long for company. It’s simple math: The more time you spend thinking about others, the less time you have to think about yourself.

How do you work on teaching gratitude to your kids? k

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Help your children to build Christmas memories that don't come wrapped in paper and tied with a bow.



he holiday season is a time for joy and togetherness, but it can often bring stress for parents of young children with the amount of “newness” in each experience, particularly when it comes to seasonal travel.

To help make holiday travel with little ones more manageable – whether traveling by bus, train, car or plane – Dr. Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, pediatric medical consultant for Gerber, offers this guidance for families.

Travel Light

Especially if traveling by plane, pack as light as possible (or check most of your luggage) so you have less to maneuver through security gates and on the plane. However, for longer trips, packing small, developmentally appropriate toys and snacks can provide perfect entertainment for little ones.

Prepare for Ear Pressure

Babies often scream during takeoff and landing on flights because they can’t easily equalize the pressure in their eustachian tubes, the connection between their ears and the back of the throat. When you’re ascending and

descending, give your baby something safe to suck on, like a pacifier, to reduce the buildup of pressure in the ears. Taking small sips of water, breastmilk or formula and yawning are also ways to help babies and toddlers experiencing ear pressure during flights.

Plan for Time Adjustments

For long trips that include time zone changes, expect children to take several days to grow accustomed to their new schedules. Plan an extra day or two for that time adjustment, if possible, when mapping out your trip and make time for stops to stretch, snack and take bathroom breaks.

Pack Convenient Snacks

Having easy-to-access snacks that don’t make a large mess can make travel easier and less stressful. Find Gerber nutritious snacks for toddlers that come in resealable containers that are easy to pack for on-the-go families.

Bring Sanitizing Products

Having your own sanitizing wipes onhand makes it easier to freshen up oftentouched surfaces in public spaces like seatback trays, chairs and tables. While

safe on most hard surfaces, check the label before using the wipes then allow the area to dry completely before letting your child touch it. Warm, soapy water can also be used to clean toys and other personal products.

Maintain a Consistent Schedule

Keeping your child on his or her normal schedule during the holidays isn’t always feasible and a few imperfections are to be expected during the busy season. However, if your baby’s feeding or sleep schedule does get thrown off by holiday events, try to return to a consistent routine as soon as possible. Be patient with yourself and your little one as you both adjust.

Be Mindful of Anxiety

While attending holiday gatherings, your child may become overwhelmed when meeting new people, including family members. Babies start to develop separation anxiety and apprehension to strangers at about 6 months old as their brains start to understand the concept of object permanence (that something still exists when it is not present). Educating loved ones about this developmental stage can help you feel less anxious about big family gatherings with your little one. If your child is particularly sensitive, try introducing new people in smaller cohorts, as opposed to introducing him or her to the whole group at once.

Take Time for Yourself

While traveling with little ones can be a “bumpy road,” it’s important for parents to also try and enjoy the holidays as much as possible. Making some time for yourself – taking deep breaths, listening to a meditation app or playing a favorite song, for example – can help you recharge and relax ahead of a big event.

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Turn Your Child’s Summer Camp Experience into a Swiss Adventure

Your kids could spend next summer lounging around the house on their phones…or…they could jet off to Switzerland for an immersive camp experience like no other.

Swiss Learning, a Geneva-based company with 14 prestigious boarding schools and two hotel management schools, is once again offering a variety of culturally-enriching summer and winter camps for children ages 4 – 18 at safe city and mountain campuses with spectacular views.

Whether engaging in outdoor activities, such as tennis, hiking, horseback riding and sailing, or mastering French, among other languages, campers receive expert guidance and encouragement to grow and spread their wings. Other camp activities include visiting castles,

watchmaking museums, chocolate and cheese factories around Switzerland, theater, music, robotics, and much more!

Campers don’t just have fun; they also learn as they develop and enhance communication and critical thinking skills. Switzerland consistently ranks among the best education system in the world and Swiss Learning contributes to this high status with its inquiry-based and engaged learning as opposed to memorization.

Equally important, campers gain a global perspective and multicultural awareness by interacting with children from different nationalities and ethnicities. For many, the friendships and connections they make last a lifetime. And for high school seniors, the experience offers them leadership training and SAT prep, a big advantage as

they apply to top universities and become future leaders and changemakers.

Swiss Learning was founded in 2006 by a group of esteemed boarding school leaders with a long tradition of excellence in education and boarding facilities in Switzerland. Situated in the heart of Europe, Swiss Learning draws students from over 120 countries.


To connect with Swiss Learning and explore options for camp experiences or boarding schools in Switzerland, contact Carla Jakubovic, regional director of the Americas, at (305) 498-6404 or Visit

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Miami Children’s Museum Winter Wonderland Exhibit

This enchanting exhibit features Wonders of Winter and Exciting Sock Skating Rink . Miami Children’s Museum, the premier institu tion for learning through art, science, literacy and early childhood education, is unveiling a brand new and highly anticipated exhibit, Winter Wonderland featuring: Wonders of Winter & Sock Skating Rink!

Miami Children’s Museum's Winter Wonderland Exhibit is open to the public through January 8, 2023. This is the perfect opportunity for South Florida children to experience and learn about cooler

climates. The kiddos can't miss this enchanting exhibit!

Glide and twirl in your socks in the indoor sock skating rink while learning about the characteristics and qualities of snow! Read about all things

winter in the Reading Nook and create artwork inspired by different Holidays Around the World.

“We are thrilled to bring the magic of winter to the children of Miami,” said Debbie Spiegelman, CEO of Miami Children's Museum. “Our immersive exhibit gives children the chance to learn about snow in an exciting and hands-on way.”

Sock Skating Rink | Winter Wonderland Exhibit

Monday-Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm


For more details on the Winter Wonderland exhibit visit

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10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Stop Lying

Have you ever given your kids the fresh breath test? If you have a child who tends to lie, you probably have! It works like this: You ask: “Did you brush your teeth?” Your child answers, “Yes.” “Okay,” you say, “let me smell your breath.” It’s pretty obvious if your child hasn’t brushed his teeth. Once you’ve found out your child isn’t telling the truth, you can start taking the steps to stop the lying.

Honesty is the basis for any relationship because it develops trust and, upon that foundation, simple things like communication and responsibility rest. When a child lies, that trust is broken and relationships suffer. Parents often don’t know how to handle dishonesty and common discipline techniques don’t quite address the problem. A more comprehensive plan is usually necessary since dishonesty often has several components. Here are 10 ways to get your child to stop lying.


Talk about reality and truth

Talk about how reality and truth are

different from fantasy, wishes, possibility, pretend, and make believe. Require that children use cues to identify anything other than reality. Here are some ideas: “I think it happened this way.” “I think this is the answer.” “I’m not sure…” “Maybe…” (possibility) “I wish this were true.” “I’d like it if…” (wish) “I’d like to tell you a story…” “I can imagine what it would be like to…” (fantasy)

how to stop. This impulsivity component can lead to dishonesty because of a lack of self-control. It’s not always malicious lying, but it’s still not good and shouldn’t be excused because the problem often gets worse. Even though children may have poor impulse control, they must learn to tell the truth. The route, though, may contain more self-discipline training than some of the other suggestions.


When you sense a child is beginning to stray from the truth, stop them. “I want you to stop talking for a minute.” Sometimes children just get started and can’t stop. Parents can help teach them. “Think for a minute and then start again. I’d like to hear the things you know separated from the things you think.” “Start again and tell me how it really happened. Just the parts you are sure of.”


If a child has ADHD or is impulsive, use a plan for self-discipline. Sometimes children who are impulsive blurt out things without thinking. Other times they start talking and don’t know


A courtesy generally given in relationships is called the benefit of the doubt.

When a child has developed a pattern of lying, we don’t automatically give that courtesy. Believing someone requires trust and it’s a privilege which is earned. Privilege and responsibility go together and when a child is irresponsible then privileges are taken away. For a time, the things your child says are suspect. You may even question something that is found to be true later. A child may be hurt by this, but that hurt is the natural consequence of mistrust which in turn comes from lying. Being believed is a privilege earned when children are responsible in telling the truth on a regular basis. Not believing your child may seem mean, but your child must learn that people who don’t tell the truth can’t be trusted. Tell your child that you would like to believe him or her but you cannot until he or she earns that privilege.


Some situations won’t be clear and some children will deliberately lie to avoid punishment.

You find yourself in a predicament because proof seems impossible, yet you have a sense that this child is not telling the truth. When possible, don’t choose that battleground. It’s too sticky and you will usually have other clearer opportunities later. Children who have a problem with lying,

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demonstrate it often. Choose clearer battles and use those situations to discipline firmly. Use taking a break and the positive conclusion and maybe other consequences if necessary.


Confrontation should result in repentance. This may seem unrealistic at first but keep it in mind as your goal. Children who are confronted with the fact that they are telling a lie should immediately agree and apologize. A child who is defensive is relying on arguing and justifying as manipulative techniques in order to avoid taking responsibility. This is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. Use Taking a Break to motivate the child to repentance.


Be proactive in teaching about honesty. Tell stories from your life or read stories like:

You may withhold further discipline if a child responds properly to correction. You may, for an introductory period of time, in order to motivate repentance when confronted, withhold further discipline if a child responds properly to correction. “If you can admit it was a lie and that you were wrong when I confront you, I will not further discipline you for that lie.” This is a temporary approach to teach a proper response to correction. 8

• The Emperor’s New Clothes

• The Boy Who Cried Wolf

• Pinocchio

• Ananias and Sapphira from The Bible 9

Give an outlet for creative writing or storytelling.

In order to further emphasize the difference between fantasy and reality and the proper use of fantasy. 10

Memorizing proverbs dealing with honesty is a way to appeal to a child’s conscience. These suggestions will go a long way toward helping a child tell the truth. Don’t let this problem go. It only gets worse. Continual, persistent work will pay off in the end. k

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The Real Food Academy Cooking Winter Camps

Week 1: December 26-30

Week 2: January 2-6

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

In our Winter Cooking Camp, we teach your kids to eat healthy, develop or hone their cooking skills, experiment in the kitchen, improve math and reading skills... all in a fun way, while expanding their culinary palate. Some of the activities included in our exclusive and one of a kind winter camp: Cooking, Baking, Zumba, Arts & Crafts and so much more. The price for our cooking winter camp is only $575.00 per week. Ages 5 to 15.

The Real Food Academy Gingerbread House Decorating Kids Class

December, Friday 16th & Monday 19th 4:30 pm

Frost Science Winter Camp

Week 1: December 27-30

Week 2: January 3-6 Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m

Winter Break from school is the perfect time to chill out with the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami! Children ages 5-11 can explore the wonders of science and create friendships through two unique, four-day camps!

Tel. 305.434.9564 1101 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132

School of Rock

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Tel. 786.395.0355 570 NE 81st St. Miami, FL 33138

This class is an awesome hit each year! You don't want to miss out on watching your child decorate their very own Gingerbread House with all the ingredients laid out and handy. The class is $65 per person and each child will be taking their beautiful Gingerbread House home.

Register at

570 NE 81st St. Miami, FL 33138

Now registering for our new season. Music programs at School of Rock combine one-on-one private lessons with group band practices. From beginners to advanced, there’s a program for every kid to Rock at School of Rock, have lots fun doing it, and making great friends! From Rookies (ages 5 - 7), to Rock101 (ages 8 - 12), to Rock 201 (ages 13 - 17), to our famous Performance program (advanced level). Come join us for a free trial to experience what School of Rock is all about!

Three amazing locations: Coral Gables 786.843-9230 Coconut Grove 786-620-9019 Doral opening January 2023

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David Ensignia Tennis Academy Winter Camp

Week 1: December 26-30 Week 2: January 2-6

Hours: Half or Full day

Holiday Tennis camps are the perfect way to experience tennis for the first time or keep growing your game. All levels are welcome by our professional and certified tennis staff and a very nice and safe atmosphere, while enjoying the most perfect weather of the year in South Florida. Ages 4 to 17 years old.

Tel. 305.833.3896 tennis-camps

Our camps are available at 3 different locations:

Coral Pine Park 6955 SW 104th St. 33156

Continental Tennis Center 10001 SW 82nd Ave Miami, Fl 33156 Miccosukee Golf & Country Club 6401 Kendale Lakes Dr. 33183

Miami Children's Museum Winter Camp Holidays Around the World

Week 1: December 27-30

Pack your winter gear because we are headed for a multicultural adventure!

Week 2: January 2-6

Explore an assortment of celebrations that'll have you buzzing with holiday cheer.

sports art music

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m Tel.: 305.373.5437 ext.112 camps/winter-camp 980 MacArthur Causeway Miami, FL 33132

Ocaquatics Swim School

Dedicated to teaching families to be safer around the water! Our immedi ate goal is that every child can jump into a body of water (or fall in) and return to the wall unassisted. We then work on extended swimming with rollovers to get a breath. Once a child is ready we continue this progression into stroke development. And most importantly, we all have fun while completing each of these goals.

Tel.: 305.969.7946

Five indoor, warm-water locations: Kendall, Tropical, Northwest, Eureka and Gables.

Winter Camps at Miami-Dade Parks

Week 1: December 26-30 Week 2: January 2-6 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Register your kids for winter season at Miami-Dade Parks!. Kids can enjoy sports, nature, science, performing arts camps and more. You can choose from more than two dozen general camp locations or specialty camps based on your child's interest. Ages 6 -14 years old.

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Miami International Riding Club (MIRC) Riding lessons

We love teaching and our happy horses make every lesson fun and productive. Through our lesson program we aim to develop riders who are ready to embrace riding as a sport and who look forward to owning a horse! Book your lesson today! First time and beginner riders to 4’+ jumpers are welcome! Equitation and Dressage is also available.

Tel.: 305.775.9155 22620 SW 134th Ave. Miami, FL 33170

The Winter Camp programs featured in our guide will provide your Kiddos lifelong memories and skills. A place where boys and girls will learn about teamwork, values, and of course they will enjoy an unforgettable winter full of action, camp experience, fun, and new friends! Please feel free to reach out directly to the winter camp directors for more information and registrations.
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Gingerbread Cookies

his ultimate holiday classic is the perfect way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. This ginger bread cookies recipe has the perfect combination of ginger and molasses flavors, without being overpowering. These favorite gingerbread cookies are tasty and perfect canvases for decorating, making them irresistible to holiday guests. These homemade cookies are also a breeze to decorate with royal icing, sprinkles, and any other decorations of your choosing.

Amount: 2 dozen

Skill Level: Beginner


• 3 cups all-purpose flour

• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1 teaspoon ground ginger

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

• 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

• 1/2 cup granulated sugar

• 3/4 cup molasses

• 1 egg

• Royal icing (optional)

Royal Icing with Meringue Powder


• Rolling pin

• Cookie cutters

• Baking sheet

• Cooling rack


1 Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2 In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves).

3 In a large saucepan, melt the shortening and cool slightly. Stir in sugar, molasses and egg and mix well. Add 2 cups flour mixture and mix well.

4 Turn the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and knead in the remaining dry ingredients by hand. Add additional flour, if necessary, to make firm dough.

5 Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters of your choice and cut out cookies from the dough.

6 Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet until lightly browned on edges for about 10-15 minutes. Cool on a cookie sheet placed on a cooling grid for 3 minutes. Remove from the cookie sheet and cool completely on the wire rack.

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Baby's First Christmas

Find thoughtful gifts and latest products for all baby’s needs this Holiday season.

TruBliss Journey Bassinet

The Journey 3-in-1 Bassinet! This versatile design allows you to convert it from a bassinet to a portable bed and an in-the-bed sleeper with no tools needed. Available at

Oribel Cocoon Z High Chair

The newest version of their popular Cocoon High Chair. Designed to be easy to clean - no crevices, grow with your child and have a sleek look, this is the high chair that will solve all of your problems. Available at

Little Partners

3-in-1 BoosterLearningSeat

This seat brings your child to table-top height safely and securely for mealtime, arts and crafts, and other hands-on activities with the family. Available at

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NightGarden Returns to Miami this Holiday Season!

The mystical and illuminating playground will light up the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden with it's immersive and enhanced interactive elements

Following a hugely successful run in 2021, The NightGarden, an extraordinary night attrac tion presented by Kilburn Live in partnership with Fever, will be returning for its fourth iteration to Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The experience that features unbelievable surprises at every corner and an impressive roster of new and returning activations will be open to the public starting November 11, 2022. Tickets are now on sale.

The NightGarden is a multisensory experience that immerses its visitors in light and sound as they discover the wonders of the night, from secret sunken ponds and hidden fairies to wise talking trees and much more. Through lighting displays, advanced special

effects, motion-sensing technology, state-of- the-art outdoor holograms and shadow sculptures, the stunning Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will be transformed into an awe-inspiring multimedia universe.

Inside the experience, visitors can venture across the rainbow-colored pathway of the Orchid Bridge and find this nocturnal

wonderland brought to life with spectacular 360-degree illusions and innovative technology. Guests of all ages can partake in various activities such as interacting with ‘Archimedes,’ a wise and dazzling talking tree, marveling at our various sculptural features like the Giant Dandelions, frolicking in a magical snowfall experience, and finally, joining a Fairy Quest using the FairyScope app. In this augmented reality experience, guests will be guided in a quest to find the Fairy Queen’s lost subjects, hidden in various parts of the 23-acre gardens.

The NightGarden will be open four days a week until Sunday, January 8. For more information on The NightGarden and to purchase tickets, visit

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The North Pole Gnome

These plush toys were made to be hugged, and taken on the go. At the end of the night, they go to sleep in your child's Christmas stocking to report back to the North Pole. Available at

Gift Box Ornament Decorator

This may look familiar. . . Easily decorate a variety of ornament shapes from the traditional ball and teardrop to ornaments shaped like snowmen. Ages 4+ Available at

Fox in a Box Plush

The newest addition to our animated plush collection has two play modes: Song and Play. In Play mode, baby can tap anywhere and in Song mode, Fox gradually emerges and sings a fun song for baby. Age: 1+ Available at

Create & Play

Magnetic Monsters

A monstrously good time awaits! Children will love creating one-of-akind monsters as they mix & match magnetic heads, arms, torsos and more—in endless combinations. Ages 3-8.


P.Lushes Pets

This stylish squad of fabulous fashionistas serve up chic with a sprinkle of attitude and a whole lot of glam. Luxe, premium fabrics to enhance their fashion and music inspired looks. Age: 3+ Available at

Step2 RideScooterAlong

Play & Explore Rover

The 2 snap-in astronauts and robot can climb on and off using the flip-down ladder, steer from the two-seat cockpit, dig for discoveries with the swiveling drill rig and more. Ages 3-8.

Animal Friends Clubhouse

Join the cutest club in the forest! This adorable clubhouse is made for endless entertainment! With exciting play spaces built right in. Ages 3-8. Available at

This toddler-sized, foot-powered scooter features a sleek design and four wheels for extra stability. Lightweight and clean lines, rounded edges, faux chrome accents and easy grip handles. Available at

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Interactive Unicorn

Meet the beautiful interactive Hatchicorn. With over 60 sounds, light patterns, and reactions, Hatchicorn is packed with interactivity and is full of fun surprises. Age: 5+ Available at Walmart, Amazon, Target

Ornament Anchors

These heavy-duty ornament hangers secure on to the branch instead of ornament hooks that just hang on the tree and easily fall and break.

Available at Amazon + Lowe's

Wizarding World

Magical Minis Diagon Alley Playset™

This 3-in-1 Wizarding World playset is the ultimate setting for your adventures, with three Diagon Alley shops included. Diagon Alley is a must-have toy for Harry Potter fans. Age: 6+ Available at Target, Amazon


Treasure Hunt Game


My First Pac Pac Kai

Cake-N-Bake Challenge

Bring the excitement of cooking shows into the game room, a fastpaced, color-matching, cake-building game from Hey Buddy Hey Pal where the fastest baker wins! Ages 4+ Available at

Prepdeck Mini

Prepdeck Mini pack's chef-proven secrets into a compact, easy-to-use system, taking you instantly from disarray to delish! Just like the pros!

Available at

Avast me hearties! Follow the treasure map, unlock a treasure chest, and collect the booty of gold doubloons that spill out of the Chest! Takes both luck. . . and strategy. Ages 4+ Available at

The shark and unicorn shaped backpacks, let your child bring a friend with them on all their adventures, from school to vacations and so much more. Available at


Taupe Giving Heart

The most caring gift you can give is your heart. This weighted pillow from our Giving Collection® is a thoughtful way to provide comfort.

Here for You Comfort Box

Celestial Silk Head Bands

Our beautiful 100% pure mulberry silk twisted headband gently keeps hair back, while looking cute and stylish. Arrives in a cute, matching satin bag, making it a perfect gift (even for yourself). Available at

This a gift you can send when you want someone to know that you are there for them and you care. This assortment of special items was chosen for the comfort they provide to body and spirit.

Available at

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Crayola Experience presents “Colorful Christmas”

Holiday Fun through Jan. 3rd

Crayola Experience Colorful Christmas Crew is back with a challenge! Can you help Santa and his friends save the holiday? Plus enjoy some SNOWtastic adventures as you go! Meet animatronic Christmas characters and listen to them tell stories as you solve their riddles. Dive into a life-sized snowglobe, watch a light show starring Scarlet and her singing reindeer friends and more. All while crafting unique gifts from the heart! It's a holiday hullabaloo with SNOW much to do! All activities included with general admission.

Colorful Christmas Activities:

Edwin the Painting Snowman

This year, Edwin has a new furry friend with him! Come see Edwin as he paints a portrait of a polar bear cub and shares colorful stories about the North Pole!

Forest Green the Singing Christmas Tree Forest Green is back, but this year he’s taking over the town square! Come sing along with him and hear his new tales of the season.

Create Holiday Crafts!

Deck the halls with tons of COLOR and handmade gifts from the heart!

Countdown to Christmas by creating a custom advent calendar at Activity Studio Paint a reindeer treat bag at Paint Palette to prepare for a visit from some furry friends Craft a “gingerbread” ornament at Modeling Madness - no baking required!

Singing Light Show

Scarlet and the Sleigh-Bell Singers are rocking the stage in the Cafe all season

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long! Stop by and enjoy a 10-minute singing light show featuring your favorite holiday songs performed by Crayola characters!

Giant Snow Globe

Journey inside our magical giant Snow Globe this holiday season. Grab a holiday photo of yourself and your family in this Crayola, winter wonderland!

Jazzberry Jammin' New Year's Eve Families can ring in the New Year on Dec. 31 during the afternoon with Colorful family fun!

• DJ dance party from 12pm - 4pm

• Mid-day countdowns at 1pm & 3pm with a streamer launch to ring in the New Year

Character Appearances by Sunny the crayon

Special crafts & coloring pages available all day Dec. 31 & Jan. 1.

• Star in your own New Year’s coloring page at Be A Star

• Craft your own 2023 New Year’s crown at Activity Studio

• Create your 2023 reso lution list at Colossal caddy

Crayola Experience is where the magic of Crayola comes to life! With 70,000 square feet of attractions, Crayola Experience is Florida's most colorful

family destination for interac tive, creative play! Families typically spend 3-4 hours exploring 27 hands-on at tractions. Go on a wonderful, whimsical adventure with unique experiences!

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Kiddo-Ween Party at CityPlace Doral

Hundreds of families with children visited CityPlace Doral Fountain Plaza on Saturday, October 29th, to celebrate the fifth Annual Kiddo-Ween Party, an event organized by Kiddos Magazine in partnership with CityPlace Doral.

This event was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.

Presenting Sponsors: Nicklaus Children's Hospital featured the Pumpkin Patch station and Baptist Health the Event Inflatables Decor station. Entertainment Sponsor: Storm Tight Windows hosted the Hula Hoop contest during the day.

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The free, family-friendly Halloweeninspired event featured safe trick-ortreating, Mickey and Minnie appearances, balloon artists, and performances. As part of the celebration, kids also enjoyed a toddler zone presented by Todo Kids Party, a costume runway

show, a hula hoop contest, a magic show, live music by School of Rock, giveaways, and much more!

Thank you to all the wonderful sponsors and exhibitors committed to sponsoring this year's event! On behalf of Kiddos

Magazine, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for your participation. k

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Suggestions For Kids And Families To Read This Month

1. Little Mole’s Christmas Gift

A Christmas tale of generosity and kindness. It was going to be the best Christmas ever because Little Mole had found the perfect gift for Mama: the biggest, most beautiful mushroom he had ever seen. But on his way home, Little Mole encounters other woodland friends in need. Though it pains him to do so, Little Mole shares pieces of his mushroom with each friend he meets until there's not much left. He fears Christmas is ruined, but ultimately, Little Mole discovers that his gift was bigger than he ever imagined. Ages 3-8

2. Lift-the-Flap Christmas Stories for Young Children

Glory to God in the highest! Jesus has been born! With surprises to uncover and reveal on every page, this collection of Christmas stories features the angel Gabriel's visit to Mary, Mary's journey to her cousin Elizabeth, and the birth of Jesus. Full of colorful and bright scenes, Lift-the-Flap Christmas Stories for Young Children invites the youngest readers to celebrate the birth of God's Son. Ages 3-5

3. A Simple Christmas on the Farm

When a little girl finds out her family is planning a "simple" Christmas this year, she's not so sure about it. But soon she gets into the spirit of simplicity and generosity by making presents and Christmas decorations with her parents and grandparents on their family farm. She and her mama share Christmas cookies with friends they meet, inviting everyone to join them for Christmas in their little red barn. Ages 3-8

4. The Animals Speak

Long ago and even today, the story is told of how all the animals in the world, at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, speak. With their newfound power of speech, the animals rejoice at the birth of Jesus, born humbly in a manger and surrounded by ani mals. Singing in treetops, braying in stables, barking in yards--the animals all rejoice and proclaim, "The Child is come." Ages 5-8

5. Star Trek: Trek the Halls

A delightfully quirky twist on

“Deck the Halls” that will be a holiday must-have for Trek fans of all generations! This lighthearted holiday picture book features beloved Star Trek characters and locales from The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and Discovery. Ages 4-8.

6. The Shepherd on the Search

Discover the joy of finding Christ in Christmas! The Shepherd is a fun way to engage your children as you countdown to Christmas and search for baby Jesus. Make this timeless story come alive with your very own shepherd. His journey begins anew every Christmas season and ends on Christmas day as your shepherd finds his way to the manger.

7. The Christmas Poop Log: A Christmas Tradition

A fun and educational cultural experience that centers around a tradition celebrated in Northern Spain with roots in the 18th century. Making it a great gift for kids and families, white elephant, or Pollyanna exchanges, crafters,

and anyone who loves a laugh. Beautifully color illustrated. All ages.

8. Twelve Days of WinterA Wildlife Celebration

In this reimagined version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, winter wildlife is observed as the snow comes. What animals do you think you might see? Do you think bears will be included? Why or why not? The only way to find out is to read or sing along as animals watch their world get blanketed by gentle layers of snow. Ages 3-8 k

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CityPlace Doral Annual "Light Up The Night"

All is merry and bright at CityPlace Doral! Until Dec. 31, 2022, the community is invited to enjoy CityPlace Doral’s “Light Up The Night” winter wonderland extravaganza featuring

everyday favorites and holiday classics. A 10-minute light show will begin at the top of every hour from 7-11 p.m.

CityPlace Doral is partnering with Jackson Health Foundation this holiday season to donate new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages being treated at Holtz Children's Hospital. Until Dec. 16, participating CityPlace Doral retailers are placing collection boxes at their locations to encourage shoppers to donate new unwrapped gifts for children of all ages, from infants to teens.

Toys can be dropped off at the following participating CityPlace Doral retailers by Friday, Dec. 16: Marina Kids, Styles Boutique Miami, CMX Cinebistro, Suviche,

To celebrate the holiday season, visitors are encouraged to take a holiday photo or snap a selfie and tag @CityPlaceDoral for a chance to be featured on the center’s social media accounts.


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FRI 16th & MON 19th

The Real Food Academy Gingerbread House Decorating Kids Class

570 NE 81st St. Miami, FL 33138 4:30 pm.

This class is an awesome hit each year! You don't want to miss out on watching your child decorate their very own Gingerbread House with all the ingredients laid out and handy. The class is $65 per person and each child will be taking their beautiful Gingerbread House home.

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A Seraphic Fire Christmas

Dennis C. Moss Center Main Stage 10950 SW 211 St. Cutler Bay 33189 4 p.m.

In a candle-lit setting, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will fade away as the cel ebrated a cappella voices of Seraphic Fire fill the room with peace and joy. Subscription Series.

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Colorful Christmas -


From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy a 10-minute light show at the top of every hour from 7-11 p.m.

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Laser Evening at Frost Science

1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

7:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Join us as we combine legendary music with laser light visuals during Laser Evenings.

Enjoy the Holiday Magic show with your family, rock out with Pink Floyd, jam to Nirvana, and more, all under the Frost Planetarium’s 67-foot dome.

For more details visit



Our Colorful Christmas Crew is back with a NEW challenge! Can you help Santa and his friends save the holiday? Plus enjoy some SNOWtastic adventures as you go! All while crafting unique gifts from the heart! It's a holiday hullabaloo with SNOW much to do! All activities included with general admission. To buy tickets visit www.crayolaexperience. com/orlando

DEC 28th-JAN 1st

SHEN YUN 2023: China Before Communism Adrienne Arsht Center

Imagine a performance that displays 5,000 years of culture in one night. A seamless blend of: timeless stories, live East-West orchestration, innovative digital backdrops and a deeply expressive dance form. Shen Yun is somethingyou have to see to believe.

To buy tickets:


Winter Wonderland Sock Skating at Miami Children's Museum 980 MacArthur Causeway Miami, FL 33132

Glide and twirl in your socks on our indoor skating rink while learning about snow. Enjoy readind about all things winter in our Reading Nook and create artwork inspired by different Holidays Around the World. For more details visit

Dance Theater's production of “The Nutcracker.” Embark on an enchanting adventure with Clara and The Nutcracker Prince. The Sugarplum Fairy and Snow Queen can't wait to welcome you to this magical production of a favorite holiday classic! To buy tickets visit


Submit your event information for February-March 2023 calendar before January 10th to

Include event name, location, address, date, time, cost, a brief description, and contact. Events will be listed based on availability and it has to be family and kids related.

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Up The Night” at CityPlace Doral
Fountain Plaza 8300 NW 36 St. Doral, FL 33166
31. Dine, shop, and stroll every Saturday to enjoy live musical performances held on selected dates from 6pm-9pm. Free events For more details visit
Kiddos Magazine Winter Kiddos Land at CityPlace Doral 2:00 to 7:00 pm 8300 NW 36th St. Doral, Fl 33166 A magical full day of festive family fun! Enjoy first-class entertainment with arts & crafts, face painting, characters, toddler zone, Santa's elves workshop, story time, letters to Santa station, Christmas songs, gitfs, cookies, prizes and much more! There is something to captivate everyone! For more information about Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities and how to participate at our event, please contact 786.260.8492 or email Free event with Eventbrite registration. it’s just about kids | 33
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Advancing and Developing Childhood Milestones

The pediatric department at Care Resource’s midtown Miami Health Center located at 3510 Biscayne Boulevard officially opens on December 1.

Pediatric medical services include well-childcare, pediatric hearing, vision care, dental care, immunizations, routine health screenings, behavioral health, and

Regular doctor’s visits are especially important for children and teenagers. “It is important for children to be treated by pediatricians in an environment that is equipped to meet the needs of children. Your family’s pediatrician is an important partner in keeping your child happy and healthy, from birth through adolescence. With offices conveniently located throughout South Florida, where your family lives, works and plays, Care Resource’s pedi atric services are right for you.”-Douglas Steele, Director of Medical Care Services

There are important advantages to pediatric care. As children grow, they reach certain health stages and developmental milestones around specific times. Regular checkups are recommended from infancy to age 21. These periodic visits help ensure that

everything is on track with a child’s development. It also allows medical professionals to catch any potential issues — from asthma to scoliosis — early. In some cases, early treatment can make a big difference in your child’s outcome as they age.

Care Resource’s health centers are staffed with board-certified pediatric staff that are dedicated to developing advances in pediatric care, promoting the well-being of children and families, and serving as advocates for children’s health related issues.


For more information, please visit, or call 305.576.123

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