Kiddos Magazine Vol. 10 Issue 2- Fall and the little things

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Fall and the little things

october/november 2022 • Vol. 10 issue 2


Save Time and Money: Avoid the Emergency Room

Carve Out More Family Time This Halloween education, art & entertainment


Should Moms Keep Kids’ Secrets From Dads?


10 Ways Americans Make Memories and Give Thanks

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Vol. 10 issue 2 FEATURE 8 |

Carve Out More Family Time This Halloween


Save Time And Money: Avoid The Emergency Room


Should Moms Keep Kids' Secrets From Dads?


Thanksgiving Traditions: 10 Ways Americans Make Memories And Give Thanks


Miami-Dade Animal Services 24-Hour Mega Match-A-Thon


Kiddos Magazine's Back-to-School Event

in every issue 12 AWARENESS October Is National Bullying Prevention Month

14 NEWS Biscayne Coffee

20 SNACKS Gross Guy Halloween Donuts

21 IDEAS The Fun Of Halloween

22 PLACES The Berry Farm 3rd Annual Harvest Festival

23 PROGRAMS Meet The Miami International Riding Club (MIRC)

24 COOL STUFF Fall Essentials

25 KIDDOS EN ESPAÑOL Vme Kids, Programación en Español

30 BOOK REVIEWS Suggestions For Kids And Families To Read This Month

31 DESTINATIONS Fall Camping At Jellystone Park

33 FAMILY EVENTS Where To Go With Our Kiddos

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Sandra Bianco Photography @sandrabiancophoto


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Cool breeze, fall feeling that brings a sense of new beginnings. Fall harvest is the season of abundance, delicious food, festivals, farms, pumpkins, hayrides, spices, and spooky decor all around! I love the energy of fall! This Halloween carve out more family time! – In this article, you will find ideas for family-friendly activities that can help you create special memories with your kiddos, friends and loved ones. Page 8. Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays in the United States. Families and friends gather together and celebrate in a variety of ways to give thanks. What are your Thanksgiving traditions? In this issue we highlight some traditions that are followed and carried on each year to celebrate this day of many blessings. Page 18.

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Should moms keep kids’ secrets from dads? Parenting is not an easy task, but you are parenting as a team, right? In this feature, you can learn from 4 scenarios whether it’s right to stay quiet or time to share the truth.

In our well-liked topics check out our gross guy snack recipe, fall essentials and cool stuff to choose from, a collection of seasonal book reviews, and a calendar full of family fun!

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Carve Out More Family Time This Halloween SOURCE Pumpkin Masters

By the time Halloween rolls around, many families are deep into the hustle and bustle of the school year. The holiday provides a great opportunity to focus on family and spend some quality time together.


hared experiences bring loved ones closer, and Halloween is a perfect time for doing something with the people in your life who matter most, whether it’s your immediate family, college family, friends, siblings or extended family. These family-friendly activities can help you create some special spooky memories this Halloween with your friends and loved ones:


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Visit local attractions. Our community offer seasonal events or destinations where you can find all kinds of family fun while enjoying a refreshing autumn afternoon. Some popular examples include events like Kiddo-Ween and Spooky Science Monster Mash, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and haunted houses. You might also find other attractions such as hayrides and petting zoos.

Bake the seeds. Whether you eat them yourself or share them with local wildlife, roasted pumpkin seeds provide a tasty treat. They’re delicious with a light coating of olive oil and salt, or you can get creative with seasonings and spices. Make slime. The stringy, gooey insides of a pumpkin make for a ghoulish bowl of goopy guts, perfect for Halloween pranks. You can use the pulp in its natural form or search for recipes that add ingredients like glue, water and baking soda for even more texture.

Decorate pumpkins. Designing the perfect jack-o’-lantern or pumpkin creation can be fun for the whole family. Toddlers and younger children can express their creativity through painting, stickers and accessory kits while older children and young adults may find carving kits to be more their style. Consider the options from Pumpkin Masters, which creates new products every year so you can always find something fresh each Halloween. For example, Premium Sticker Patterns make it easy to peel, stick and carve with pattern transfer sheets while options like Mummy Carving and Decorating Kit or Unicorn Decorating let little creatures in on the fun.

moments, including reminders about safety around strangers and when crossing the street, practicing manners like please and thank you or taking turns ringing doorbells with friends or siblings.

Go trick-or-treating together. Participating in this age-old tradition as a family can make for a fun evening of joy and laughter. You can also incorporate numerous teachable

Recycle Your Pumpkin Once the holiday fun is done, you may wonder what to do with your leftover pumpkin (and the insides, too). Consider these ideas:

Compost it. Pumpkins generate organic waste, so adding them to a compost bin (or burying them) can be quite beneficial for the soil. Either option returns organic matter to the Earth, rather than heaping it into a landfill

Watch scary movies. Whether you relive your own youth by introducing your kids to the classics or explore more contemporary flicks, gathering the group around the screen for a frighteningly fun movie night can appeal to the whole family. With so many options available, you can easily find something age-appropriate for your little ones – just be sure to add some seasonal snacks to make the night complete. where it’s just adding to accumulating food waste. Create a planter. If you save the pieces carved from your jack-o’-lanterns, you can use a toothpick to secure them in place. Then you’ll be left with a vessel that’s perfect for using as a seasonal planter. Add some mums or other autumn blooms and enjoy them throughout the fall. Donate to a nearby farm. Pumpkins can be a tasty treat for wildlife and livestock. If you don’t have animals like bunnies and squirrels to share your pumpkin with in your own backyard, check with area farms to see if they’d like your leftover pumpkins to use as food for the animals. k Find more ideas to inspire quality time with family this Halloween at

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Save Time and Money: Avoid the Emergency Room Source: FIU’s Center Children and Families Source: Carefor Resource


hen you or a loved one is sick, in pain, or otherwise in need of immediate medical care, your first impulse is most likely to visit an emergency room (ER). Emergency rooms have become the first stop for care even if the symptoms don’t warrant such extreme measures. When emergency rooms are used improperly, they take away resources from patients who need emergency care, contribute to the rise of health insurance costs and could pose as a more costly option for our patients. According to the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI), approximately 124 million people visit the ER each year and about 30 percent, or nearly $38 billion, of those visits are considered wasteful. A large national survey, of emergency department


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patients, conducted by NEHI also found that 56 percent of all visits were avoidable. Below are some common reasons to visit Care Resource, instead of the emergency room:

• Mild to moderate abdominal pains • Toothaches • Upper respiratory infections • Contusions and cuts • Back pain • Skin infections • Headaches • Minor allergies • Eyes, ears, nose and throat infections • Bug bites • Nausea • MPX (AKA. Monkeypox) symptoms • COVID-19 symptoms • Sexually transmitted infections • Diarrhea • Low grade fevers

Our general medical services include routine adult and pediatric health maintenance visits, neurology and podiatry, physical examinations, immunizations, wellness screenings, nutrition consultations, chronic disease management, and patient education. In addition, we are doing our part in helping patients seeking non-urgent care by providing:

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Consultations after-hours via telephone to offer support, advice and referrals.

A designated late night on Wednesdays when we remain open until 7 PM.


Limited same day appointments for emergency visits.


Expanded capacity to connect our patients to providers via telehealth. “Care Resource Community Health Center is able to help you with most of your urgent health care needs, usually with quick, same day appointments. Please consider contacting us immediately if you have a non-life-threatening health concern. We can help save you time and the cost of an emergency room visit.” – Steven Santiago, M.D., Chief Medical Officer.Help yourself, family and friends avoid the personal cost and wait time of emergency room visits. Together we can stop the waste of resources and encourage you to seek care and support from a Care Resource health center near you. k

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month


ational Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign established by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC) in 2006, kicks off on October 1. The month-long, nationwide campaign has a goal of preventing childhood bullying, and promoting kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

community, and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers age-appropriate resources to help students, parents, educators, and community members learn about and take action to prevent bullying.” Facts about bullying

“National Bullying Prevention Month is an important time to elevate the conversation of addressing and preventing bullying by calling attention to the issue, encouraging local action, offering information and education, and providing a platform to host school and community events. News media plays a critical role in sharing bullying prevention information,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “Community involvement is central to National Bullying Prevention month,” Hertzog said. “Bullying affects the whole


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Bullying is widespread. One in five students report they have been bullied. Chances are a young person you care about has been or is being bullied. Bullying has long-term effects. When a young person is bullied, it impacts their health, education, and safety when it occurs and well into the future. The negative effects of bullying can last a lifetime. Bullying affects others. Those who witness bullying feel less safe, helpless to stop the behavior, and intimidated.

Bullying happens everywhere. Bullying can happen wherever youth come together: at school, online, in youth groups, athletic and academic competitions, and neighborhoods. “Everyone has a role to play in bullying prevention,” Hertzog said. “National Bullying Prevention Month puts a spotlight on bullying behavior and what we can all do to end it.” k

In addition to resources for National Bullying Prevention Month, PACER’s NBPC offers three interactive websites with information, resources and activities for children, teens, and adults. For more information visit

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Biscayne Coffee, An Eco-Friendly Coffee Brand Dedicated to Preserving Biscayne Bay.


ospitality industry expert Steve Turk, founder of Turk Hospitality Ventures and creator of The Hospitality Mentor Podcast, is excited to announce the launch of Biscayne Coffee. This newly developed eco-friendly coffee brand was founded with a giving spirit and a big idea: to enjoy delicious coffee roasted in Miami while helping save Biscayne Bay and the wildlife that inhabit it for future generations to enjoy. 10% of all Biscayne Coffee sales will be donated to the Biscayne Bay Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in South Florida, whose mission is to increase awareness of the health, safety, and sustainability of waterways on Biscayne Bay. Biscayne Coffee features a variety of delicious hand-crafted, locally roasted, gourmet coffee, as well as coffee mugs, tumblers, and branded merch. Turk hopes the brand will help play an instrumental

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The medium roast blend originates from farmers in the remote region of South of Huila. This fully washed and sun-dried blend is carefully selected with tasting notes that feature orange, caramel, and milk chocolate flavor.

• Biscayne Blend Light Roast: A lightly roasted coffee blend with a citrusy, sweet, and complex aroma that offers flavors of Grapefruit, Apple, Caramel, and Roasted Hazelnuts. k

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Should Moms Keep Kids’ Secrets From Dads? Written by: Abby Watts


id Mrs. Reynolds call?” It’s the first thing my friend’s daughter Hailey asked when she got in the car after school. She’d gotten in trouble in science class and was checking to see if her teacher had followed through with her promise to phone her parents. My friend replied, “Yup.” Hailey immediately started crying and asked, “Are you going to tell Dad?” My friend said, “Yup.” It can be tempting to keep your child’s secret from your husband to build trust or have a special understanding just between the two of you, but you’re parenting as a team, right? You’d want to know if your kids confided in your husband. Is this a one-sizefits-all situation, or should you keep your child’s secret from your spouse sometimes? Here are 4 scenarios and whether it’s right to stay quiet or time to share the truth.


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A Bad Grade or a Call From the Teacher – Tell If your son or daughter brings home a bad test score or you receive a phone call from a teacher, your husband deserves to know. In many homes, Mom is the one who monitors what’s happening at school, but fathers shouldn’t be kept in the dark.

I wouldn’t call it a crush. It’s Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter movies. I’m not sure why, but he asked me not to tell his stepdad about his fondness for the redheaded wizard in training. I told him I wouldn’t say anything because it was so innocent and there are no risks. I wanted him to know he could talk to me about crushes or other personal things without it making its way to my husband.

In my friend’s situation, she knew her husband cared more about their daughter’s conduct than academics, so withholding the fact that she was acting out in science class felt like she was undermining him. As much pressure as there is on kids in school today, you and your husband need to be a united front, and keeping secrets isn’t going to achieve that.

Some girls beg their moms not to blab when they start their periods. It’s such an awkward time! For personal stuff like body issues and crushes, should you keep your child’s secret from your spouse? I think you tell your daughter you’ll keep it quiet, but hint to your husband privately and ask him to pretend like he doesn’t know. No need to tell brothers!



A Personal Issue – Stay quiet, but… A few months ago, I learned that my 8-year-old thinks a girl is pretty.

A Relationship – Tell In high school, a friend of mine was dating a boy behind her father’s back.



Match the pairs: find the exact mirror copy for every row. When the kid’s car broke down one night and she had to call her father from a payphone at a gas station, not only did her father lose trust in her, it hurt his relationship with his wife, who’d been keeping the information from him. He felt disrespected. If your child asks you not to tell your husband he or she is dating, it should be a red flag. Either this is the wrong person to date, or it’s time to have a conversation about your family’s rules for dating.


Caught Doing Bad – Tell, but… The creator of iMOM, Susan Merrill, would say, “Tell, but be careful with your timing.” One Friday night when her older son was in high school, she started mysteriously receiving all of his texts on her phone. All his conversations with friends were right there in front of her. She learned about some behaviors that warranted punishment, but she knew her husband wouldn’t be able to keep quiet about the texts and she wanted to gather more intel before confronting her son. If your child gets into trouble, your husband needs and deserves to know. Often kids want to keep it a secret because Dad has a temper. If that’s the case, tell him privately and give him time to process alone before having him speak to your child. But why are they asking to keep it a secret? If your kids are asking you to keep secrets from your spouse, ask yourself and them why. Is it because she doesn’t want Dad to be disappointed in her? When her dad sees her mistakes and offers forgiveness, she’ll receive the security that comes from knowing the unconditional love of a father. Does your child think Dad is unfair or unreasonable? Then take the time to sit down with your husband and tell him the kids are putting up walls and things need to change.

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Thanksgiving Traditions: 10 Ways Americans Make Memories and Give Thanks


ach year, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. Many families still follow traditions that stem from the very first Thanksgiving, but others have created their own! Here are some traditions that are followed and carried on each year to celebrate this day of Thanks:


The Feast. One of the first things that comes to mind when we think about Thanksgiving is the food! Traditional foods play a big role in holiday celebration including turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce, cornbread and pie. And part of the fun is including the entire family in meal prep!


Travel. Family takes center stage when celebrations abound. For some, one of their favorite aspects of Thanksgiving is spending time with loved ones. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, as many drive or fly to be with those close to them.


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Parades. The New York City Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade features giant inflatable balloons that float between the skyscrapers, marching bands and performances. The first parade marched down Broadway in 1924, and has since grown to an event with more than 3.5 million spectators.


Football. In addition to watching the parade, many families enjoy watching football on Thanksgiving. And some even play their own game outside! Football is one of most popular sports to watch in the USA and games being played on Thanksgiving dates back to as early as 1876, shortly after the game was invented! This year, as usual, the Cowboys and Lions are playing, as well as the Bills, Giants, Patriots and Vikings!


Wishbone. Breaking the wishbone is a tradition many families uphold. families include breaking the turkey's wishbone as part of their celebration. Two people each grab a side and break the bone apart

while making a wish. Whoever breaks off the larger part of the wishbone will have their wish granted.


Paying it Forward. Part of giving thanks is appreciation for all we have, but it also includes helping others that may not be as fortunate. Some families volunteer to serve food at homeless shelters, some donate to shelters and others participate in food drives.


Homeland Helpings. Pilgrims were immigrants when they celebrated their first Thanksgiving, leaving everything behind to reinvent themselves in a new country. Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated for many immigrants, regardless of their ancestral land. New American families often transform the Thanksgiving table with flavors from their homelands.


time relaxing together or playing games, inside or outside. Some may even choose to take a nap (thanks to tryptophan)!

Friendsgiving. Friends + Thanksgiving = Friendsgiving! Friendsgiving combines the best aspects of this holiday with a great guest list! Usually celebrated in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, it’s a tradition to spend some QT with your closest pals.


Sharing Gratitude. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on the year, surrounded by the love and support of family and friends. Some choose to go around the room and share something that they are grateful for. It’s heart-warming to hear everyone talk about their favorite moments, experiences, people and places.


Quality Time. After the food is eaten, the table cleaned, and dishes washed, many families spend

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate, remember our blessings, and to spend time with loved ones. There are so many ways to honor this holiday, and each family makes it their own and special to them. Despite all the differences, and the many traditions that may be adopted or followed, there is one thing that remains the same: there is always a reason to give thanks, including the priceless gift of life, laughter and love. k

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Gross Guy Halloween Donuts T his gruesome guy will add a fun touch to your Halloween bash! Bake him using the using Wilton Donut Pan and create the horrifying look with our candy eyeballs and strawberry filling. Each doughnut serves 1. Ingredients: • Baked Cake Donuts • Large Candy Eyeballs, 1 oz. • black licorice strings • Favorite Strawberry filling • strawberries • White Candy Melts® Candy, 12 oz. Tools • Doughnut Pan, 6-Cavity • 10 x 16 Non-Stick Cooling Rack • Plastic ruler • 12 in. Disposable Decorating Bags • food-safe scissors • Non-Stick Cooling Grid 14.5 x 20-Inch - Cooling Rack • 12-Inch Disposable Cake Decorating and Pastry Bags, 100-Count

Instructions Bake doughnuts. Prepare batter following recipe directions. Bake and cool doughnuts following recipe directions. Decorate doughnuts. Use scissors to cut licorice pieces to 3/4 in. long for eyebrows and 1 1/2 in. for hair. Melt white Candy Melts candy according to package directions. Use melted candy in cut decorating bag to attach eyes and eyebrows to doughnut. Insert hair in top.

Use a little melted candy in cut decorating bag to attach doughnut to plate. For goo, dice strawberries and mix with strawberry filling. Spoon into doughnut hole and on plate. k

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The Berry Farm 3rd Annual Harvest Festival


he Berry Farm reopens its barn doors for the 2022-2023 season with the 3rd Annual Harvest Festival. Their golden sea of sunflowers will be camera-ready for families looking for a unique photo backdrop or a takehome souvenir to commemorate a day on the farm until November 13th.

Admission to The Berry Farm allows visitors to enjoy hayrides, a 24-piece ropes course, a fully-shaded wooden playground area and kangaroo bounce floor, a 15K square foot turf field, outdoor games, live music, seasonal events, and so much more! From photo ops, and other additions to enhance your time at the farm, to a variety of food options for children and adults, from burgers and fries to smoked BBQ and tacos. Pair your meal with a beverage of your choice. Desserts, of course! You can choose from their famous milkshake, available in nine different flavors, to soft-serve cones, Belgian waffles, sundaes, and more. Come experience Miami’s countryside for yourself!

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About The Berry Farm: The Berry Farm is a third-generation family-owned and operated farm, offering visitors 30 acres of family fun in the Redland, a historic community and agricultural area in Miami, Florida. k

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Meet The Miami International Riding Club (MIRC) Mother and daughter duo, Celia and Daniela Bunge, own and operate the largest barn in the Miami area.

wash racks, ample turn out paddocks, security cameras, and beautiful lush trees. MIRC has found its niche in the youth and family components of its programs. It focuses on teaching different ways to get involved in the horse world. Horses


he Miami International Riding Club (MIRC) has over 50 horses on-site and a robust lesson program. They focus on expanding the sport of showjumping within the community while also bringing new riders into the sport. Their hard work and dedication has been rewarded with several amazing awards. The facility was awarded the 2018 American Youth Horse Council “Youth Equine Industry Connections Award” for their dedication to connecting kids and horses. Miami residents, Celia and Daniela Bunge, have also been recognized for their work in the equine welfare community by The Right Horse Initiative. As recipients of the Good People for Good Horses Awards, they were selected based on their contributions and commitment to helping at-risk horses. In 2019 Celia Bunge was awarded the CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Instructor of the Year Award, while her daughter, and business partner, Daniela Bunge was recognized as the

are known to help with Self Esteem Issues, Depression, ADHD, Mild Autism, Food Disorders, PTSD … From horses we also learn about camaraderie and group integration.

2016 International Junior Coach of the year by the International Society of Rider Biomechanics. There is always a lot going on at MIRC! From their large and extremely busy lesson program to boarding, showing, leasing, sales and training. They have a fun summer camp, and host a variety of youth horsemanship events. They are the largest English riding facility in Miami with an impressive show team.

The best thing MIRC has is that they have learned how to instill a feeling of belonging. MIRC embraces you as a family member. Being part of MIRC means something. You will excel as a horse rider and become a team player that cares for horses and for the welfare of others. k

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Vme Kids, Programación en Español, segura, entretenida y educativa para los pequeños de la casa.


me Kids, es el primer canal de televisión en español para una audiencia preescolar lanzado en los Estados Unidos y enfocado en transmitir contenido para los pequeños de la casa las 24 horas del día, los siete días de la semana. El canal ofrece programación segura, entretenida y educativa para los más pequeños de la casa. Aunque la transmisión es dentro de los Estados Unidos, Vme Kids ofrece todos sus programas en español, para que los niños oigan y practiquen el idioma, mientras se mantienen en contacto con la cultura hispana. Es una excelente alternativa para la familia hispana o para aquellas familias que buscan que sus hijos aprendan o practiquen el idioma. El contenido está diseñado con un enfoque tanto educativo como entretenido. Sabiendo lo importante que es para los pequeños pasar un rato agradable y de recreación junto a sus personajes favoritos. El canal ofrece una manera de hacerlo realidad, sin dejar de lado el factor educacional. Por esta razón, el objetivo está en equipar a los pequeños con las herramientas necesarias para su crecimiento, evolución y aprendizaje, demostrando que la diversión y la educación van de la mano de sus personajes favoritos de la televisión. Vme Kids es programación variada, segura y de calidad, ofreciendo contenido con un propósito educacional, y un enfoque cultural. Cada uno de los

programas transmite una lección o enseñanza, comunicada con el uso de metáforas, símiles, o desenlaces de las tramas. Por su parte, se busca desarrollar la resolución de problemas que despiertan la creatividad y al mismo tiempo inculcan importantes valores como el compañerismo, la responsabilidad, la constancia, la tolerancia, la gratitud y la honestidad, entre muchos otros. Además, los programas buscan despertar la curiosidad y el sentido de la resolución de problemas desde temprana edad. Desde el pequeño Pingüinito Pororo, que está por descubrir el mundo que lo

rodea, las Aventuras de Lupin, el valiente lobo que viaja por las mejores historias de caballeros y dragones, Horacio, el Inuit, el esquimal que vive emocionantes aventuras que te teletransportarán a las tierras del norte, Ping y Pong, los amigos que te enseñarán los idiomas y las melodías de distintas partes del mundo, hasta Babar y las Aventuras de Badou, la continuación del clásico de la televisión y de finales de los ochenta, que ahora podrán disfrutar en nuestro canal. Vme Kids es la mejor alternativa para la familia hispana dentro de los Estados Unidos. Actualmente Vme Kids está disponible en un millón y medio de hogares a través de proveedores de televisión por cable y satélite, incluyendo Xfinity, At&t U-verse, y Dish Streaming. k

Para más información no dudes en visitar nuestra página web y mantente en contacto mediante las redes sociales a través de Instagram, Facebook y Twitter @vmekids it’s just about kids |



Miami-Dade Animal Services 24-hour mega match-a-thon SOURCE: Miami-Dade Animal Services


doption petstravaganza helps pet lovers connect, fall in love with and adopt one or more of over 500 shelter dogs and cats. Adopters will have a 24-hour window of opportunity to meet, fall in love with and adopt one or more of hundreds of adorable cats, kittens, dogs and puppies at Animal Services, who are waiting for their forever loving families Adoption fees to take home your perfect pet match are waived for dogs


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perfect furry and cats over 4 months of and Trick-or-treating match during the stations within the age, adopters will only be 24-hour pet responsible for the $30 Tag shelter. (While adoption event at supplies last) fee. For puppies younger the Pet Adoption than 4 months the adoption and Protection fee is $85 and $35 for kittens Pet lovers are Center. younger than 4 months. All pets encouraged to follow adopted are spayed or neutered, our efforts before and have age-appropriate vaccines, during the event by visiting dewormed, microchipped and ready and to be loved. following our social media channels @AdoptMiamiPets for event updates. The festival will include a variety of different vendors and activities for Friday night, October 28th at 11:59 kids and adults on Friday evening and PM and all day Saturday, October 29th Saturday as food trucks, free kids zone until 11:59 p.m. at The Pet Adoption with games and pumpkins, free giveand Protection Center located at aways for adopters while supplies last 3599 NW 79 Ave, Doral, FL 33122 k

Adoption fees are waived for dogs and cats over 4 months of age. Adopters will only be responsible for the $30 Tag fee.

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About Miami-Dade County Animal Services Every year Miami-Dade Animal Services provides care and refuge for 28,000 to 30,000 unwanted dogs and cats. Every day Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoptions at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 100 rescue organizations and partners that have helped us meet our goal of a 90 percent save rate.

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Kiddos Magazine Annual Back to School Event at CityPlace Doral Celebrating 9 Years Informing Parents in our Community.

presented by PatPat, music, food, raffles, and many exhibitors participating provided useful community resources.


iddos Magazine kick-off the new school year and celebrated its ninth year of publishing, with a full day of fun at CityPlace Doral. Families and friends gathered together and enjoyed free activities including arts and crafts, face painting, games, storytelling, toddler zone, characters, a fashion show

This event could not have been possible without the generous support of our Presenting Sponsor Dade County Federal Credit Union, for 5 years in a row, showcasing "Savings is Fun" Arts & Craft Station. Associate Sponsors Nicklaus Children's Hospital presented the "Face Painting Station" and Entertainment Sponsor Storm Tight Windows hosted the funniest Hula Hoop contest. Thank You for their support and for delivering fun activities for our kiddos!

Jessica Vazquez Dade County Federal Credit Union Back to School Presenting Sponsor "Featuring Arts & Crafts Station"

We are so excited to continue our mission, to grow and expand our reach and impact, and are so grateful to all of you that share on our collective journey. Here’s to our 9 year anniversary, with many more to come! And here’s to you… creating a positive ripple effect in the world by beginning in the lives of our children and families. k

Associate Sponsor Nicklaus Children's Hospital presented the Face Painting station


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Entertainment sponsor Storm Tight Windows presented the Hula Hoop contest.


Back to School Fashion Show presented by PatPat and GoNeat


For more information about upcoming events visit or follow @kiddosmagazine on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. it’s just about kids |



book reviews Suggestions For Kids And Families To Read This Month 1








1. Silence By Nívola Uyá This book is about a little girl on a silent journey through nature and different landscapes where anything is possible. The story has endless narratives and joyful adventures, and the beauty of this book is that children can use their imagination to make up their own unique storylines to these illustrations. This book can be used as a great tool and resource for kids in the deaf community. The book is available in both English and Spanish. Ages 4-10

2. Gross FACTopia! By What on Earth Books In this disgustingly marvelous world, you will discover facts about smelly sports, weird world records, rank rodents, vile Victorians, horrible medicine, gory gastronomy, and more—all of which are connected in unexpected and hilarious ways! Ages 8+

3. Where in the World Are You? By What on Earth Books Where are you in the world? Can you imagine what your home would look like if you saw it from above and zoomed out further,


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and further, and further…? Join the mischievous pet cat on a journey of discovery that encourages young readers to think about their place in the world. Ages preschool.

lesson about how being brave doesn't mean you aren't scared. Ages 4-8

their true DinoDogz selves. Ages 3-10.

6. A Beginner's Guide to Being Human

4. The Jewish Kids Journal

By Matt Forrest Esenwine Being a human is a lot of work! Thankfully, humans experience many of the same feelings, situations, and challenges, so we don't have to figure it all out on our own--we can help each other navigate the ups and downs. Full of humor and heart, this engaging guide inspires kids to be humans who are kind, empathetic, and thoughtful. No matter what our day brings, we can choose to practice self-control, compassion, and forgiveness. Ages 5-8.

By Roger Mello As João tucks under a lovingly woven quilt, he asks himself: So it’s just me now? He curls up, getting cozy in bed, and soon the world of his dreams unspools on the page. The blanket in his bed unravels into deep rivers, lakes, valleys, reservoirs, mountain ranges, fishing nets full of tadpoles and gaping holes, until what’s left is just one long thread. A book to take into bed at the edge of sleep, just before you start to dream. Ages 5-8. k

By Between Carpools The Jewish Kids Journal allows children to realize that there are so many things that are special and interesting about themselves. Designed to be able to be filled out twice, also provides parents the opportunity to discuss the questions with their kids and get to know them even better, establishing enduring bonds. Ages 7-13.

5. Brave Like Mom By Monica Acker As one girl watches her mom battle illness, she sees Mom being strong, brave, and fierce on both good days and bad ones. Mom is fierce as she catches and wrestles a fish and brave as she endures needles from the doctor. Brave Like Mom teaches children courage, empathy, compassion, and about female strength and endurance. It is a poignant and sensitive story about a loved one living with a chronic illness, and an important

7. DinoDogz By Mike McHale The DinoDogz (half Dogz/half Dinosaurs) are on a Mission to rescue five StegoPup eggs that have been stolen by the evil Dr. D. Stroy (their creator) before the doctor uses them to create an army of DinoDogz to take over the world! Along the way, the Dogz must face off against enemies controlled by the doctor to collect their DinoDNA to transform into

8. João by a Thread



Fall Camping at Jellystone Park


Last-minute bookings for Halloween fun are still available

f this summer’s high travel prices took a toll on your family’s vacation plans, this is the perfect time to book a last-minute camping, glamping or RV trip to a Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park location. There are more than 75 Jellystone Park locations nationwide that are known for their fall and Halloween activities and events. You can enjoy trick-or-treating, magic pumpkin patches, costume and site decorating contests, arts and crafts, haunted hayrides and, of course, interactions with Yogi Bear, Boo Boo and Cindy Bear. This year, many families are finding that camping, glamping and RVing are the cure to “vacation inflation,” as they are a great value compared to other types of trips. Most Jellystone Park locations are located within a two-hour drive of major cities, making access easy and affordable.

of the best times of the year for families to camp. “Temperatures are cooler, there are fewer bugs and campgrounds are less crowded,” he said. “And all the activities are so much fun. Campers really know how to get into the spirit and celebrate Halloween!”

Jellystone Park cabin compares favorably to a hotel room. With most activities included in the price of a cabin or RV site rental, there is no need to leave the campground to visit other attractions, saving you time and money. According to family camping expert and outdoor TV host Jack Steward, fall is one

Steward noted that in addition to the Jellystone Park activities included in the cost of a cabin or RV site, you can avoid the high cost of eating out by cooking at your campsite or in your cabin or RV. Fall also brings lower rates, especially on weekdays, which are ideal for parents who are working from home and homeschooling families. k

Most families choose to stay in glamping cabins which feature all the comforts of home, including kitchens, heat and air conditioning, bathrooms, flat panel TVs and Wi-Fi. The cost of a

About Camp Jellystone With more than 75 locations across the United States and Canada, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts feature fun attractions such as pools and water slides, non-stop family activities, up-close fun with Yogi Bear characters, and glamping-style accommodations. For more information about Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, please visit it’s just about kids |


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A magical full day of festive family fun. Enjoy first-class entertainment arts & crafts, character appearances, toddler zone, balloon artist, storytime, Santa's elves workshop, letters to Santa station, Christmas songs, cookies, Photos with Santa*, prizes, and much, much more. There is something to captivate everyone!

Saturday, December 3rd • 2 pm to 8 pm Free

8300 NW 36th Street, Doral, FL 33166 Presented by:

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Fall Activities & Events Guide Presented by CityPlace Doral


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Ultimate Dinosaurs: Meet a New Breed of Beast Frost Science 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132 Get Ready to Roar! Step into the shoes of a paleontologist and uncover some of the most significant dinosaur discoveries from the Southern Hemisphere over the last two decades in this special exhibition at Frost Science. Visitors will encounter 13 dinosaur casts, in addition to authentic dinosaur fossils, and touchable fossilized dinosaur specimens. For more information visit www.frostscience. org/ultimatedinos





12th Annual Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash Miami Children's Museum's 980 MacArthur Causeway Miami, FL 33132 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Put on your best costume and get ready to trick or treat! This family-friendly Halloween extravaganza returns for activities like mini pumpkin decorating, spooky arts and crafts, lunch, character meet & greets, and much much more! For those who dare, our renowned Haunted House is back and better than ever! Get your tickets on


Kiddo-Ween Party at CityPlace Doral - Fountain Plaza 8300 NW 36th St, Doral, FL 33166 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.



6th Spooky Science Monster Mash at Frost Science 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Presented by Kiddos Magazine

Kiddos Magazine is bringing spooky family-fun and entertainment to CityPlace Doral and your family can’t miss this awesome event! Kiddo-Ween will feature safe trick-or-treating, character appearances, scary faces Photo Boo-th, and amazing Pumpkin Patch station. As part of the celebration, kiddos will also be able to enjoy a reading corner, arts and craft, toddler zone, magic show, hula hoop contest, balloon artists, giveaways and much more!

Double, double, toil and trouble. Color, smoke, and giant bubbles… Join Frost Science for a spine-tingling science adventure. From colorful chemistry concoctions to eye-catching and eerie experiments, you’ll spend the day doing hands-on science that’s so fun, it’s almost scary.

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Family Fest at the Park: Thee Phantom & The Illharmonic Orchestra Gwen Cherry Park, 7090 NW 22 Ave., 33147 1:30 p.m. For the first time, Family Fest is going on the road! Through a partnership with Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, the Arsht Center introduces Family Fest in the Parks. Add a party-rocking DJ, a soul-stirring female vocalist and a fire-breathing MC. Free event. Get your tickets at





10th Vintage Auto Show at Deering Estate 16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33157 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy a relaxing day outdoors as they stroll down memory lane. Car enthusiasts of all ages can see a variety of vintage cars, from 1965 and older, displayed on the historic grounds of the Deering Estate. For more information visit / event/ vintage-auto-show


Light Up The Night Tree Lighting Ceremony CityPlace Doral Fountain Plaza 8300 NW 36 St. Doral, FL 33166 From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The community is invited to the ‘Light Up The Night’ kick-off event on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6-9 p.m. Guests will enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, a fountain light show, magical snowfall and special appearances by Rudolph, Frosty and Santa. Light Up The Night Festival: Friday, Nov. 19-Friday, Dec. 31, A 10-minute light show will begin at the top of every hour from 7-11 p.m. Free event. For more details visit


Pandora Presents Disney Princess The Concert Knight Concert Hall 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132 7:00 p.m. For generations, the music of Disney’s princesses has been the soundtrack to our lives. Now, for the first time in forever, these beloved songs come to life on stage in Disney Princess - The Concert! An unforgettable evening, alongside their magical music director and enchanting prince. Get your tickets at

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3 Theme Parks Over 50 Attractions One AWESOME Resort!

The Theme Park Built for Kids Just Got Merrier Ring in the season with Holidays at LEGOLAND®, select dates in Nov & Dec. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configurations,the Minifigure and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2022 The LEGO Group.

Best Kids’ Cooking Birthday Party in Miami The Real Food Academy is dedicated to making your child’s cooking party an unforgettable one! What's Included?

• Our Beautiful and Spacious Venue • All Food and Drinks for the Kids • Professional Staff

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