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Creating A Family Love Culture Unique Traditions and Rituals

If Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Nutrition Month Sodium And Kids

Timbernook, Award-Winning Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Developmental Nature Program


Peyton List American Teen Actress And Model


New Florida Child Passenger Seat Law

Treasuring The Past Transforming The Future

14 TRADITIONS Share The Love





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Family Bicycling Benefits

20 SNACKS Valentines Day Snacks

22 PLACES Day Out With Thomas

24 COOL STUFF Spring Essentials

25 TOP 10 Shop In Your Area


Read To Learn Books For Free: Getting Books Into The Hands and Homes Of Young Readers

30 BOOK REVIEWS Suggestions For Your Kids To Read This Month

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Kiddos Publisher’s Notes

Winds of love!



Veronica Lepere EDITOR


It’s amazing how a moment can transform when you embrace its deeper meaning. The true power of showing respect, gratitude, appreciation, and expressing your positive emotions can make others feel good. Family is everything.

Estefania Arosemena Catherine Osborne Andrea Minsky Caroline Parker Michael Malone American Heart Association Florida Department of Transportation DESIGN

In our Feb./March edition Catherine Osborne shared with Kiddos an amazing family story; Creating a Family Love Culture, unique traditions and rituals. If it’s March… it’s National Nutrition Month. Are your kids getting to much sodium? Let’s find out! Our Kiddos Kid Reporter had the chance to welcome Peyton List to Miami and learn more about her footsteps as an actress and model. Read to Learn Books for Free is in need of families with abundant supply of books at home. Read more.


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Plenty of love, hugs and tons of kisses. Keep Valentine’s Day going throughout the year!

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CREATING A FAMILY LOVE CULTURE Unique traditions and rituals WRITTEN BY: Catherine Osborne


t’s February, the month we celebrate matters of the heart. Love is in the air but so is our obsession with hearts, cards and flowers. Our cultural expectations have become increasingly consumer drive and laced with chocolate. While all of that is fine, I want more when it comes to expressions of love within my family. Some substance perhaps… When my son and two friends burst through the door, cheerful and starving, they were grateful to accept an invitation to join our family for dinner. The ensuing banter was easy-going but raucous. One boy was a newcomer; the other was a regular, and well familiar with the daily rhythms of our family. The telltale vibration of an incoming text brought our conversation to an abrupt halt. Fishing his cell phone from his pocket, our new friend began to reply. To my delight, our regular friend hissed, “You better put that phone away or she’s gonna take it from you!” Even my son’s friends know that electronic devices are not welcome at our table. Slightly embarrassed, he tucked his pone away. Our loud and spirited conversation resumed without further electronic interruption. Or so I thought… Later, I heard him remarking how cool it is that we all sit down together for dinner. He added that it was even worth the four calls he missed during dinner! One evening with us, and our new friend had a pretty clear idea of our family identity. I couldn’t help but wonder, what


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exactly had he seen? Reflecting back to that evening, he would have noted that our interactions were boisterous, yet respectful. Our non-negotiable rules about electronic devices were obvious, yet plainly accepted by all. The “culture” of our family, which comprised all the rituals, norms and traditions that we practice, was blatantly obvious, even to our young friend. My children would simply shrug and say, “It’s just the way we do things around here.” This young friend of my son taught me a little something about love. Not just any love, but family love. A day fully immersed with our family caused him to remark, “Hey I like the way your family does things!” He had witnessed our unique culture of love. Loving, tightly knit families work hard to foster a positive culture. In addition to providing their children with an identity, a loving culture offers a sense of belonging and a wonderful source of support when difficult times arise. The beliefs that children hold about right and wrong generally reflect the values and beliefs of their own family culture. Despite the changing lifestyles that characterize modern society, the family remains the central feature of contemporary life. In recent times, the family structure has undergone significant change. There is no right or wrong when it comes to all the variations in family structure; as long as a family has a culture of love, it can thrive. Families that love and support each other can do so in virtually any type of family arrangement. Individual family cultures clearly define their own values. These may include

respect, support, generosity, fun, health or hard work. In a family that values health, all members know that chocolate for breakfast just isn’t going to fly. Everyone in the family knows the value of good nutrition, so healthy meals are just standard fare. That’s just the way they do things. A set of rules, which guide family interactions and behaviors is important. These can include guidelines on conflict resolution, bedtime rituals, chores or rules surrounding technology use. Each member is clear on the limits of what is permissible. Family culture usually includes unique traditions and rituals. Family meals together, rites of passage, pizza nights, holiday celebrations, all offer a sense of connectedness. So what exactly did our young friend teach me about love? He drove home for me the notion that a culture of love truly exists in our family. As with many things that we value, this loving culture requires attention, practice and constant reinforcement. The fact that our culture was so plainly visible to our young friend gives me great satisfaction. Now our young friend, who has since become a regular in our home, happily leaves his phone in his coat pocket, and has been known to chirp at any newcomers, “Hey watch out! No phones at the table. That’s just how they do things around here!”

Catherine Osborne Catherine Osborne is certified coach, speaker and writer who owns and operates UpShift Coaching. Catherine is an Adler trained, ICF Certified Professional Coach whose areas of expertise include Retirement, Leadership and Wellness Coaching. With a background in healthcare as an Occupational Therapist, Catherine is well suited to meet the wellness needs of her clients. As a mid-life woman, mother, business owner and part-time empty nester, Catherine brings a wealth of real-life experience to her clients and is well prepared to coach people from all walks of life. Catherine’s talent for developing strong and trusting relationships allows her to provide a safe, confidential environment for clients to explore unlimited possibilities. k For more information about Catherine visit or contact her via email

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health If it’s March... It’s National Nutrition Month!

Sodium And Kids WRITTEN BY: American Heart Association

ost kids get too much salt, but as parents, you can help set them on a healthier path. Especially in kids, taste preferences for salt are shaped by what is offered to them. Kids may not prefer so much salt if they’re given foods with less sodium from an early age. Too much sodium is linked to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and several other serious health problems.











How much sodium should my kids get? The American Heart Association recommends 1,500 mg of sodium a day for all Americans for ideal heart health. How much sodium are children and youth in the U.S. eating? On average, kids ages 2-19 eat more than 3,100 mg sodium per day, about double the amount the American Heart Association recommends. The older children get, the more calories and sodium they tend to eat.In the 2-19 year-old age group for boys and girls, boys ages 12-19 eat the most sodium — an average of 4,220 mg/day. Girls in the 12-19 year-old age group eat about 2,950 mg/day. Where do kids get their sodium? Children ages 6-18 get about 15 percent of their daily sodium at breakfast, 30 percent at lunch, 39 percent at dinner and 16 percent at snack time. Grocery store and restaurant foods make up 83 percent of the sodium these kids eat, which means it is already in their food before they buy it and they can’t take it out. According to national data about Americans’ eating habits, these foods are the leading contributors to the sodium 6-18 year-olds eat:


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How can too much sodium hurt my child’s health? Kids with high-sodium diets are almost 40 percent more likely to have elevated blood pressure than kids with lower-sodium diets. High blood pressure in childhood is linked to early development of heart disease and risk for premature death, and unfortunately, the number of American children with high blood pressure is on the rise, and about 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years already has raised blood pressure. Eating less sodium can help lower blood pressure in children and teens. How can I help reduce the sodium my kids get? Making sure your kids get less sodium today can help prevent heart disease tomorrow, especially for kids who are overweight and obese.



Here are more ideas for parents: • Model healthy eating. Use the American Heart Association’s diet and lifestyle recommendations as a guide. • Involve your kids when you’re pre paring healthy meals. Try some of our kid-friendly recipes. • Ask your grocery manager to offer your family’s favorite foods in versions with less sodium. • Before you go out to eat, look up nutrition information online to find the healthier choices. • Support changes that will lead to healthier meals in child care centers and schools. • Take the pledge to reduce the sodium you eat. Your healthy habits will likely influence your kids, too. k

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New Florida Child Passenger Seat Law


Effective January 1, 2015 n Florida, children through age 5 are required to be transported safely in motor vehicles in child restraints as of January 1, 2015.


The Florida Department of Transportation and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles are working to ensure everyone is properly secured and safe every trip, every time. Simply put, no trip is too short to not buckle up! What does it mean to properly provide protection using a child restraint? There is a plethora of information on the subject of using child restraints, some including age and weight figures. These are recommendations from professionals on the best, safest way to protect your child, but what will law enforcement use? To properly use a child restraint, read the labels and manual on your child’s restraint and use it according to the manufacturer’s requirements for that seat. Not using your child’s restraint as

required by the seat manufacturer will result in a receiving: •A moving violation •3 points on driver’s license •Minimum $60 fine plus court costs and fees All seats have slightly different usage requirements, which is why improper restraint usage is such a problem. Download the Florida CPS Law Update Tip Cards on how to choose the best car seat for your child, as well as installation tips, then visit a fitting station near you for assistance on installation. k

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Treasuring the past, Transforming the future WRITTEN BY: Narendra Kini, MD CEO Miami Children’s Health System


t gives me great pleasure to share some very big news that promises a transformational impact on Miami Children’s Health System. Recent discussions with the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation have led to a remarkable $60 million pledge to support our system in enhancing the care environment and advancing the clinical excellence of key programs.

ration with the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation to enhance pediatric care services in Palm Beach County. In 2010, we announced the creation of the Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Care Center in western Palm Beach County and in 2012, our two organizations celebrated the opening of the Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Outpatient Center in Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens. Today, all Palm Beach area services are consolidated at the Palm Beach Gardens location. As a result of this successful collaboration, golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara, who spearhead the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, sought new opportunities to make a difference.

enhancements, including supporting construction of the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion. It will also advance emergency and trauma preparedness, and fund globally recognized centers of excellence at the hospital. Please join me in extending heartfelt appreciation to Jack and Barbara and their Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. Through our shared passion for pediatric care excellence, we look ahead to creating an even brighter tomorrow for the children of the region and beyond. k

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In recognition of this transformational commitment, Miami Children’s Hospital and its network of outpatient centers will assume the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital name within the first quarter of the year. The renaming of these established entities will coincide with the 65th anniversary of Miami Children’s Hospital in March. An announcement to the community regarding the pledge and renaming plans is being made today via a press release. As you know, Miami Children’s has benefitted from a five-year collabo-

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Share The Love Long gone is the time when Valentine’s Day was an occasion only for those who are romantically involved. WRITTEN BY: Andrea Minsky


t seems like everywhere we go during valentines’ season we can find something that is relevant for every person in our lives; extended family members, friends, even coworkers and pets! The good thing about Valentines’ day in this era is that anyone can participate in a number of fun activities without having to be romantically involved with anyone. If you are fortunate enough to belong to a family, have children or are a part of a couple following are some fun ways to enjoy the Valentines’ Day. Color it Red Have family members wear something red. It doesn’t have to be a complete outfit. It could be something as simple as a red pair of socks, a tie, a bracelet or red earrings. Or how about extending some red to the day’s meals? You could have a red berry smoothie blended with some cranberry juice for example. Try some oatmeal with a touch of red food coloring. If you prefer a more natural approach try adding a small slice of a fresh beet to the mix, being careful to keep it whole and removing once the desired red color is achieved. Get Crafty Arts and crafts not only create lifelong bonding experiences between children and parents, it also improves dexterity and promotes social, cognitive and emotional development. Children enjoy the process of engaging in an activity that produces a tangible end result as well. Arts and crafts can be a way to make – instead of buy – gifts for extended family mem-

The Treasure Hunt No holiday celebration is complete without a treasure hunt. They are so much fun, for adults as well as children. The great thing about a treasure hunt is that it doesn’t have to break the bank. For toddlers, little hearts made out of construction paper can be dropped on the floor creating a trail to the treasure. For older children and adults, clues can be left around the house. The fun is in the hunt not so much in the find. So make the hunt the focus of the effort. Create Traditions Create your own family traditions. These can be practiced throughout the years, even as children grow up and have families of their own. One tradition might be to leave a note or even a heart shaped lollipop on every family members’ nightstand. Whatever it is make sure it is something special just for you and your family.

bers like grandparents who are often thrilled with the gifts they receive and keep them as memorabilia that they share when the kids become adults. If you are intimidated with the thought of doing crafts don’t be. Just pop into your local craft store, talk to an associate or pick up a couple of books with easy to do, inexpensive age appropriate craft projects. You will be glad you did!! Have a Fancy Night in Plan ahead and get dressed up for dinner. I mean really dressed. Make it super formal. Put on the fanciest dress in the closet. Select 2 or 3 outfits for the kiddies and have them choose which they would like to wear. If you have little girls who like being princesses, let them wear their princess gowns. If you have prince Charmings and they have no prince charming costumes let them wear pants and a shirt and tie. Dress up some jeans if they have no “real” pants. If you plan ahead you can always go to the local thrift store and pick up pants, ties or costumes relatively cheap. Pretend you are all at a fancy restaurant or, better still, at the palace and put on airs and graces just for fun. Call each other King/Queen….. or Prince/Princess….. You get my point. A Valentine Story At the dinner table create a valentine story. It can go something like this: “I remember one valentines’ day when……” Each member/guest at the table can add a sentence – or two – until the story is complete.

Love Notes If you pack your family’s lunch drop a post it love note inside the lunch bag. If they don’t do packed lunch, place a note in/on a book or folder you know your child uses every day. You can follow the same principle for your significant other maybe leaving a note in her purse or his pocket or on the laptop. Add a little spice to theirs. Maybe give them a coupon to be redeemed for a personal service from you! Remember this is Valentine’s Day! Focus on Love Don’t forget to focus on love. Have a family discussion on what it means to love and to be loved. Encourage your children to articulate their understanding of love however simple it may be. Extend the discussion to include people outside of the family circle. And finally let us not wait for a special day to express our love to each other. Let us do it every day of the year. k

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parenting Timbernook, Award-Winning Children’s Developmental Nature Program, Comes To South Florida WRITTEN BY: Elyse Bachrach

“TimberNook provides ample time for children to explore their surroundings, create, build, design, take risks, and dive into their imagination.”



imberNook Miami is proud to announce the launch of TimberNook camps in South Dade in February. TimberNook Miami is now a local provider of TimberNook LLC, which offers children’s nature programming with a special focus on engaging the senses and inspiring creativity in the great outdoors. Miami will be the first Florida TimberNook location.

be offered at this scenic location. “Many parents are looking to this program as an answer to children’s rapidly diminishing play time,” says Michelle Brown, Miami Director. “We need to offer our kids more opportunities to play in an unstructured environment.” “The average child spends nearly six hours a day with electronic media. Children are not spending as much time outdoors.”

TimberNook Miami will offer yearround camps for children ages 4-11 years starting on February 23rd at the Castellow Hammock Nature Preserve in South Dade. Holiday, vacation and summer camps as well as a weekly nature immersion will

Two individual camps will be offered each with its own distinctive curriculum, outdoor challenges and creative activities. The Storybook camp, for ages 4-6, will bring stories to life in the woods through hut building and cooking over an

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open fire. For children in all age groups, Creative Minds Camp provides opportunities for children to explore their imagination and use nature as their toolbox. A launch event will be held the afternoon of February 22nd at 4:00PM at Castellow Hammock Nature Preserve. Angela Hanscom, TimberNook Founder and CEO, will be the featured speaker and will present on the origins and philosophy of TimberNook and there will be an opportunity to view the campsite. Providing ample time for children to explore their surroundings, create, build, design, take risks, and dive



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into their imagination – all while fostering a love for the outdoors. Camp sessions are intimate with maximum 20 campers per session. “This is life-altering play,” adds Brown, “the kind of play that teaches cooperation, empathy and practical life skills.”

About TimberNook TimberNook LLC is an innovative naturebased developmental program for children that is designed to foster creativity, imagination, and independent play in the great outdoors. Founded by Angela Hanscom, pediatric occupational therapist, to educate families, teachers and the broader community about the critical links between play, nature and child development. The curriculum weaves together the therapeutic benefits of nature with activities that inspire children to think creatively, to accept challenges, and even to learn from failure. TimberNook is now bringing this innovative and developmentally appropriate nature programming to children in the United States and all over the world. Let me play the TimberNook way! k

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Peyton List American Teen Actress & Model WRITTEN BY: Estefania Arosemena

Peyton is best known for Disney Channel’s Jessie series where she plays Emma Ross and has also starred in famous films that include 27 Dresses, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Remember Me.


fter The Falls 18th Annual Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade, a memorable holiday tradition for many families in South Florida, Kiddos Magazine had the opportunity to get to know a little better American actress, Peyton List. She was this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshal singing joyous music and a special single from her upcoming album during a magical afternoon of snow globe performances, belly dancing, one million lights and more. Peyton is best known for Disney Channel’s Jessie series where she plays Emma Ross and has also starred in famous films that include 27 Dresses, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Remember Me. Our Kiddos Kid Reporter had the chance to welcome her in Miami and learn more about Peyton’s career footsteps. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Welcome Peyton, how does it feel to be in Miami? Peyton List: I am so happy to be here today, everybody is so welcoming, it has been awesome. My whole family is out here today and I was originally born in Florida so everybody out there seating on the coach is actually my entire dad side of the family.


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The Kiddos Kid Reporter: You play the role as Emma Ross on the show Jessie, who’s a fashionista teenager living in New York, can you tell us a little bit about what is new on Season #4? Peyton List: Good question, yeah well, we are in the middle of filming season 4 right now and you see a lot of the kids growing up like Emma who is sort of finding herself and

testing her boundaries with Jessie and Bertram. Her sister Zuri is going out too, having her first boy girl dance and is so amusing just get to see the kids and how they are going though their teenage years. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: How does it feel to interact with a 7-foot water monitor lizard? Peyton List: Oh my gosh! You know a lot about it. Indeed, Mrs. Kipling is a 7-foot water monitor lizard and its fun since there are always like 3 trainers around her at all times so I joke that she is like the “biggest diva” on set. She hasn’t been much in season 4, but we did have this episode where we have a girls day, I don’t know if you saw that episode, and it was really fun since we had to wear steel-toed boots and couldn’t stand really close together, but she is actually super cool. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: You have a twin brother (Spencer), are you both similar? Peyton List: My twin brother Spencer, him and I, I feel like we don’t look that much alike and no one actually thinks that we are related, plus he is much taller than me and has brown hair, while I’m still blonde. People usually think we are best friends. Right now he’s back in LA with my little brother Phoenix.

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: What is your favorite book? Peyton List: Well, I just went to the Hunger Games Premier: Mockingjay - Part 1 and those are one of my favorite books’ series, but I also love the Mortal Instruments series and one of my favorite books from this particular series is City of Bones. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Can you describe Peyton List in 3 different words? Peyton List: Ahhh! describe my self in 3 different words? Peyton laughed… Positive, crazy and fashionable. k Credits: The Kiddos Kid Reporter Clothing: Peek kids at Village of Miracle Park Photography: Kathleen Ballard Photography Video Production: Filmart Location: The Falls Mall

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Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day

Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dreamies & Fudge Conversation Hearts rs. Freshleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s semi-homemade Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day desserts are a sweet approach to celebrate the holiday with loved ones.These desserts are a fun way to make a homemade Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day treat that takes very little time, money or effort, but looks and tastes amazing. Even our Kiddos can whip up these tasty treats. :)

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Day Out With Thomas at Gold Coast Railroad Museum


All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engineâ&#x201E;˘ is chugging into the Gold Coast Railroad Museum March 7th and 8th, 14th and 15th, 2015 for Day Out With Thomasâ&#x201E;˘. Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day with their favorite No. 1 engine. For over 65 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends. Day Out With Thomasâ&#x201E;˘ will make stops in more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers this year.

families to take a 25 minute ride* with Thomas the Tank Engineâ&#x201E;˘ and to meet Sir Topham Hattâ&#x201E;˘, the Controller of the Railway. Every event has a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities including music, entertainers, stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts, and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area. The activities on site at Day Out With Thomasâ&#x201E;˘ are for you and your children to enjoy for several hours. k

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Family Bicycling Benefits WRITTEN BY: Caroline Parker

Cycling produces many physical and developmental benefits for children


he opportunities for children to safely ride their bicycles in Miami-Dade County are growing by the minute! And this spring, with the beautiful South Florida weather, there is no excuse for kids not to hit a local bike trail, tour, or event. Cycling produces many physical and developmental benefits for children. And the best part is that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be a star athlete in order to


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learn how to ride a bike and have fun doing it! Children who cycle regularly control their weight and blood pressure; maintain bone, muscle, and joint health; reduce their risk of diabetes; improve their psychological welfare; and even perform better academically. So, make riding bike part of your family routine by riding to school, afterschool or on the weekend, and help your family grow healthy and strong.

So, what are the best kid-friendly bike parks? Do you have a tiny kiddo who is ready to learn how to bike? Some great training grounds for bicycle fitness are Matheson Hammock Park, A.D. Barnes Park, and David T. Kennedy Park. Is your energetic adventurer eager to try something more exciting? Check out the novice mountain bike trails at Virginia Key Mountain Bike Park and Amelia Earhart Mountain Bike Trails. For more experienced youth, the

family routine by riding to school, afterschool or on the weekend, and help your family grow healthy and strong.”

most technical trails can be found at Oleta River State Park. Remember that Florida Law dictates that cyclists under the age of 16 must wear a helmet! Don’t miss these kid-friendly, upcoming bike events: Kidical Mass returns on Sunday, February 8th, 3pm - 5pm, offering a legal, safe and FUN bike ride for kids and their families starting from Sunset Place Mall, South Miami. The 4th Annual Gables Bike Day takes place on Sunday, March 1st, 11am-3pm, in front of Coral Gables City Hall. This free

family event, offering bike tours, kids rodeo, fitness classes, giveaways, and entertainment. Coral Gables Museum will offer a special Spring Break Camp: I Bike Coral Gables, March 23rd -27th, in which children ages 5-12 can bring, decorate and ride their bikes all week long on the Museum Plaza and nearby parks. Miami’s youth bicycling culture is growing. Join the fun! k

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Read to Learn Books for Free

Getting Books into the Hands and Homes of Young Readers WRITTEN BY: Michael Malone

grow up in poverty have few books at home. Too often there to imagine, but true.

any moms and dads will tell you that, no matter how busy their lives, a favorite part of their day is to curl up with their little one to read a book together. The book and its story provide a treasure trove of time together– the chance to adventure in a new land, spark curiosity, and explore hopes and dreams. Children are inspired, informed, entertained and reassured while they read together with Mami or Papi. But if there’s no book? Most children who grow up in poverty have few books at home. Too often there are none at all. Hard to imagine, but true. This lack of books has a colossal impact on a child’s development – emotional, social and, certainly, academically. Children who are not exposed to books at an early age struggle


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with reading as they grow older, in school and in life. So let’s get these children more books, you say. Great idea! Several years ago, The Children’s Trust launched Read to Learn, a countywide partnership with the schools, library system and other partners to help more children in Miami-Dade read well, especially by the time they reach the third grade, a crossroads for reading and learning. One program that grew out of it focuses specifically on getting books into the homes of children in lowincome neighborhoods. Read to Learn Books for Free places bookshelves stocked with new and gently used age-appropriate books in highly visited locations in targeted areas. Locations include government benefits offices, low-income housing

sites, and health clinics, among others. Children are urged to take and keep one book from the shelf to help build their home library. The initiative requires about 5,000 books a month to sustain. Families with an abundant supply of books at home – books your child has outgrown – are urged to donate to program collection bins located at the Coral Gables and Pinecrest Public Library branches, all Books & Books retail stores, Miami-Dade Police stations and other sites. See locations and contact numbers below along with an alternative option to purchase a book online for donation. The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami Dade College, the organizers of the Miami International Book Fair, among the most prestigious fairs in the country, administers this initiative for The Children’s Trust. So enjoy curling up with your little one to

read. And if you happen to notice a stack of books in the corner, ones that you haven’t read for a while, consider donating to the nearest Read to Learn Books for Free bin. Your generosity will open a new world to a child somewhere. k

Local businesses interested in sponsoring their own book drives should contact Lissette Mendez at (305) 237-3298 or email

Visit to Buy a Book for a Kid in Need or to view a list of public places (parks, police stations, youth centers, etc.) with collection bins.

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book reviews

1. All the Bright Places By Jennifer Niven The heart-wrenching and tear-filled love story of Violet and Finch could be the can’t miss YA book of the year. Niven takes an in-depth look at the effects depression can have on a teenage mind, as Violet tries to get over the death of her sister, and Finch deals with issues at home and a possible undiagnosed disease.

2. Zodiac By Romina Russell This local author’s debut is an ambitious one, as Russel brings space opera to YA. Each constellation of

the Zodiac contains a unique race, living in a shaky time of peace. A legend states that there was once a 13th house whose goal was to destroy all others. Only one girl has proof the legend is true, but will she be able to convince the other houses before it’s too late?

3. My Teacher is a Monster By Peter Brown Bobby thinks like many children do – his teacher is a monster. She is loud, and mean, and he’s never allowed to go to recess. One day, Bobby meets his teacher in a park, and learns that there might be more to his monstrous teacher than he thought.

4. The Book with No Pictures By B.J. Novak As the title states, this book has no pictures (though some children say that the words themselves are pictures). This is a book that must be

read out loud, and is sure to cause parents and their children to laugh as they listen to the reader, or read it themselves.

second explores the different ways a child can turn everyday activities into something amazing with the creativity of the mind.

5. The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes

7. Dinosaur Kisses

By Soman Chainani The second book by this local author continues the story of Agatha and Sophie, as their decision at the end of book one has thrown the world of fairy tales into chaos, with the former schools for good and evil becoming the schools for princesses and princes.

6. Dream Animals / Day Dreamers By Emily Winfield Martin These two books go through some of the wonders of imagination. The first shows the many things a child might dream at night, both consciously and while sleeping. The

By David Ezra Stein This cute and whimsical tale of a dinosaur trying to figure out for to kiss. Eventually, she does accomplish her first kiss. It is an amusing joy to read.

8. Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You By Nancy Tillman The illustrations and along with the text forge a beautiful message of love that is will bring tears. It is simple, yet deeply profound in its simplicity. Great gift for Valentine’s Day. k

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movie reviews


The second feature film featuring SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series’ main cast members, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, and Carolyn Lawrence, are set to reprise their roles















After her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella (Lily James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, who reduce her to scullery maid. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. An invitation to a palace ball gives Ella hope that she might reunite with the dashing stranger (Richard Madden) she met in the woods, but her stepmother prevents her from going. Help arrives in the form of a kindly beggar woman who has a magic touch for ordinary things.



Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale— shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high-stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop… and the consummate con man off his game.


When Lou (Rob Corddry) finds himself in trouble, Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. (Adam Scott). Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past... which is really the present, in the sequel from the same team that brought you the original cult hit.


After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.



When Earth is taken over by the overlyconfident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip (Rihanna), manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.











Now on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) search for allies and answers in the ruins of Chicago. They must find out what Tris’ family sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudites will do anything to stop them. Side by side, Tris and Four face one seemingly

Track coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) is a newcomer to a predominantly Latino high-school in California’s Central Valley. Coach White and his new students find that they have much to learn about one another, but things begin to change when White realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability. More than just physical prowess drives the teens to succeed; their strong family ties, incredible work ethic and commitment to their team all play a factor in forging these novice runners into champions. k

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Gymboree Play & Music Global Leader in Classes for Kids Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children newborn to 5 years for over 30 years. Today there are over 550 centers in 30 countries, making them the leader in early childhood development programs.


esigned by experts, age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Our programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement—which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development. At Gymboree Play & Music, you and your child will build creativity, confidence and lifelong friendships. Gymboree programs are specially designed to help young children learn and develop as they play. The classes also help you learn about your child -- how to participate in and encourage his or her development -while enjoying the simple pleasure of playing together.

Classes Gymboree Play & Learn Classes Our most popular class! Encourage development through play and learning with our seven-level program designed to support your child’s growth at his or her own individual pace. From sensory stimulation to problem-solving games and storytelling, our classes use playbased activities to stretch the body and mind. Music Classes Enhance your child’s development and

love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments. With an array of styles, our music classes help children explore the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat while nurturing key physical, social and intellectual skills. Art Classes Inspire your child’s imagination and selfexpression with a world of hands-on art activities. Through painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, dramatic play and more, our art classes encourage confidence and support artistic potential. Sports Classes Encourage healthy habits and a positive attitude toward physical exercise through fun and physical sports play. Activities are designed to get toddlers and preschoolers engaged in non-competitive interactive games and sports which emphasize flexibility, confidence and emotional well-being to build strong bodies and minds. Family Classes Bring all your children to the same class and enjoy fun learning activities created for groups of siblings and friends. With fun classes devoted to supporting multiaged learning, children 6 months to 5 years are encouraged to socially interact and learn from each other. Activities provide fun new challenges for every developmental stage.

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8530 SW 124 Ave. Miami, FL 33183 305.270.0021

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School Skills Preschool Program Build the key social, emotional and intellectual skills needed for school and life with specially designed school skills classes for preschool children ages 3-5. It is a drop off program done without parents. Activities help develop confidence, curiosity, communication, perseverance and cooperation, giving your child a solid foundation for future learning environments.

Coni Ensor Goudie, local franchise owner founded the first Gymboree Play & Music franchise location in Miami, Florida in 1983. As the CEO, she has surpassed the million dollar revenue and is regarded as one of the top franchisees in the system. Through the years, she has multiplied her play center locations while personally investing time and leadership in community and childhood related philanthropic organizations. Coni is an innovative business woman and a passionate community member. She contributes to the success of other franchise owners by speaking at franchise seminars. She is also passionate about her local community participating continuously with non-profit organizations. k


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Miami International Boat Show Dora The Explorer Saturday 14 From Noon to 3:00 p.m. at Miami Beach Convention Center Sailing Lessons On The Simulator will be ongoing throughout each show day at Strictly Sail Bayside 400 Biscayne Blvd.



Family Day At Coral Gables Museum From 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day with CGM! You can craft a Valentine’s Day card and ask the Balloon artist to twist a heart-shaped for someone special! This will be the last Family Day to explore the challenges and opportunities created by changing environmental conditions and rising sea levels in South Florida in our current exhibit, Miami 2100. Free event


27th Fashion in the Gardens at Pinecrest Gardens From 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. This fundraising event is a benefit luncheon and fashion show to be held at the beautiful Pinecrest Gardens. This major social/benefit will support five, local public schools. For more information visit



Sunni Dai’s Kids Fashion Week Miami AT 3:00 p.m. Kovens Center 3000 NE 151 St. Beautiful things come in small packages, Bi-Annual Runway Experience Showcasing Fashions from Toddlers to Teens Tickets :$15 - Kids free Semi casual event For more information visit



Fun and Fit as a Family at Jungle Island From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This family-friendly event at the Festival allows parents and kids to learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle with Food Network personalities and renowned chefs. Kids will have the chance to explore the food garden, play sports on the beach and get their hands messy in the interactive kitchen while visiting with the animals of Jungle Island. Tickets $20 per person, per day For more information visit


BikeSafe At Coral Gables Bike Day From: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Merrick Park, 405 Biltmore Way Coral Gables. Bike Walk Coral Gables invite all cyclists, skaters, parents and children to this event for a day in promoting health, physical activity and bike safety in the community including guided bike tours throughout Coral Gables, healthy food and drink vendors, farmer’s market, live music, antique bike show, scavenger hunt, family activities, giveaways, fitness classes and more.



BikeSafe at 6th Annual Pinecrest Community Bike Day From 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pinecrest Community Center 5855 Killian Dr. Pinecrest, Florida 33156



Transplant Foundation, Inc. 2015 Miracle 5k Walk/Run From 7:00 a.m. tp 11:00 a.m. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W Sample Road Coconut Creek, FL 33066 Get a team together and help make miracles happen. We help the community by providing assistance to transplant patients, educating the public, and funding research. For more information visit


23th-27th Spring Camp: I Bike Coral Gables at Coral Gables Museum From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children ages 5-12 will love this spring break in which they can bring, decorate and ride their bikes (or scooters) all week long at the Museum. Activities include bike safety lessons, exhibit tours of “ARTcycle” and “The Underline”, artist talks, bike relay races on the Museum Plaza and a field trip to Montgomery Botanical Center where they can spring into action on their self-propelled vehicles. Registration required. Call (305) 603-8067 or email $225; $200 for Museum Family Members

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Pinecrest Elementary

Joins the Hour of Code Event


t Pinecrest Elementary, we are always exploring technology and expanding options and opportunities for our digital learners. Pinecrest Elementary recently participated in the Hour of Code, an international program designed to give students a hands-on experience in computer programming. The event is organized by and supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft and over 100 additional partners during Computer Science Education Week from December 8-14. Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction designed to demystify computer science and show that anybody can learn the basics. Pinecrest Elementary students joined students across the country and were exposed to learning code through different modalities dur-


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ing this week. Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers demonstrated the activity to their whole class on their Interactive Boards. First through fifth grade teachers took their students to the computer labs where they worked individually or in pairs to complete the Hour of Code. The activities had students create cards, games, online drawings and other activities. The Hour of Code is designed to make computer programming fun and approachable. In traditional programming text is used, but the Hour of Code activities used a tool called “Blockly”, which uses visual blocks that you can drag and drop to write programs. This is how even university students learn the programming basics. Overall the stu-

dents had a great time expanding their technology skills and parents have reported that they continued their “code” work at home. In true Pinecrest fashion, Pinecrest parents always support and seek enrichment opportunities for their children. Some parents extended this learning even more by taking their children to the Apple Store where a free Basic Programming class was being hosted. k

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Kiddos Magazine Vol.2 Issue 4 - Winds of Love  

It’s amazing how a moment can transform when you embrace its deeper meaning. The true power of showing respect, gratitude, appreciation, and...

Kiddos Magazine Vol.2 Issue 4 - Winds of Love  

It’s amazing how a moment can transform when you embrace its deeper meaning. The true power of showing respect, gratitude, appreciation, and...