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The Heart Program Welcomes Gil Wernovsky, MD, FAAP, FACC and John F. Rhodes to the Medical Staff at Miami Childrens Hopital The Importance of Early Intervention In Treating Autism

Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day 12 Small Acts of Love

 SNACKS Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Lemon Shortbread Cookies

 ACTIVITIES Walk Bike to School Day

 PLACES FairChild Tropical Botanic Garden



Exploring Materials Through Experiences

 COOL STUFF February Essentials


Tips To Get Kids Excited About Tennis By â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arantraxâ&#x20AC;? Sanchez Vicario

Shop In Your Area

 BOOKS REVIEWS Suggestions For Your Kids To Read This Month


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Walk Like MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving

 MOVIES REVIEWS What Is New In Theaters

 PROGRAMS Kydoo A Dooing Place For Children and Parents

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33 FAMILY EVENTS Where To Go With Our Kiddos


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Veronica Lepere

February and March winds bring a variety of Miami’s local communities events for kids and families to enjoy! There’s just something about the sun that brings out everyone’s sense of togetherness, and the desire to help others. Love is in the air… Every story of love is beautiful and everyone has a special one, yours is unique. Valentine’s Day, a romantic festival, a time to show feelings of love, affection and friendship, expressed in many ways around the world. In this issue we provide you with useful ideas about fun little ways to tell your family “I Love You”. Add an extra touch of magic to your holiday with arts and crafts, recipes, treats and many surprises. Kiddo’s readers, I hope that you have a wonderful February and a peaceful March!



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“Compression For Life” WRITTEN BY: American Heart Association


eff Urgelles, Miami Marlins Bullpen Catcher, knows firsthand how CPR is the gift that keeps on giving. On August 20, 2012, while warming up for a game in Arizona, Jeff helped save the life of a woman who went into cardiac arrest by facilitating CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). Jeff is a certified fire fighter and paramedic and knew exactly what to do in case of an emergency. She was transported to the nearest hospital where doc-


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tors were able to regain a stable heartbeat. The young lady’s name is Jayne Powers, an Arizona Diamondbacks game day employee. If it wasn’t for the quick thinking of everyone that day, she wouldn’t be alive today to share her story. Shortly after this heroic act, the Marlins Foundation honored Jeff with a $5,000 contribution towards his very own program called “Compressions For Life,” to start a CPR class for the kids at the local Boys & Girls Club. With

the support of the Marlins Foundation, Jeff wanted to help spread awareness of the importance of CPR so more individuals can survive to share their story. The Marlins Foundation partnered with the local American Heart Association to start the Compression for Life Program, a program geared to teaching heart health and providing CPR and first aid training to the youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade.

Without immediate, effective CPR from a bystander, a person’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest decreases seven to ten percent per minute. Unfortunately, on average, less than one-third of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR, which can double or triple a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. Getting people to act quickly in a cardiac arrest emergency is critical to a victim’s survival because time is not on their side. In order to increase the number of laypersons trained in CPR, the American Heart Association advocates that CPR training using hands-on practice be a high school graduation requirement in the State of Florida. About Jeff Urgelles Jeff was born in Miami, Florida, where he attended and played baseball at Southwest Miami Senior High School. He went to Broward Community College on a baseball scholarship, later transferring to Savannah State University. After his junior year, Jeff was drafted in the 2003 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, later going to play for the Toronto Blue Jays. Jeff played in their Minor League System from 2003-2006. He later returned back to Miami to go to school to become a certified fire fighter and certified paramedic. Now entering his 5th season, he joined the Marlins as

the Bullpen Coordinator in 2009. About the Organizations American Heart Association: is committed to reducing disability and death due to heart disease and stroke through it’s mission, building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. For more information, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade: has been serving youth in the community since 1940. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to five locations serving 10,000 boys and girls year round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable young people and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. Boys & Girls Clubs is the official Charity Partner of Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins. For more information, please visit

Marlins Foundation: The Marlins Foundation supports the Charity Partners of the Miami Marlins through philanthropy and service. The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of our youth through education, the arts and baseball, with a special focus on children with special needs. The funds raised by the Foundation provide unique experiences for kids in our schools, parks and on the water. The Foundation community partnerships and outreach efforts demonstrate the Marlins’ leadership in corporate responsibility and civic engagement. For more information, please visit k


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The Heart Program Welcomes Gil Wernovsky, MD, FAAP and John F. Rhodes to the Medical Staff at Miami Children’s Hospital WRITTEN BY: Miami Children’s Hospital


r. John F. Rhodes has been appointed Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiology Service and Adult Congenital Heart at Miami Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rhodes served previously as Chief of the Duke Clinical Heart Program and Duke Children’s Heart Center in Durham, North Carolina. He was also Co-director of the Duke Adult Congenital Heart Program. Dr. Rhodes received his medical degree from The Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina and completed his fellowship in cardiology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He pursued additional training in interventional catheterization for children and adults at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland. Dr. Rhodes’ clinical interests involve diagnostic and interventional catheterization procedures for children and adults with complex congenital heart disease. He has helped pioneer several techniques, including transcatheter atrial septal closure, echocardiographic imaging to guide catheter interventions, cutting balloon angioplasty of stenotic branch pulmonary arteries, and pulmonary vein stent angioplasty for pulmonary vein stenosis following radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation.

served as the Director of Program Development at the Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Associate Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. He was also the Medical Director of the Neurocardiac Care Program, and the former Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Wernovsky received his medical training at Pennsylvania State University, and his pediatric training at New York Hospital. He completed additional training in pediatric cardiology and cardiac intensive care at Boston Children’s Hospital, and had a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School. In Philadelphia, he has been a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wernovsky’s clinical interests include the intensive care of newborns with critical congenital heart disease, mechanical support of the failing circulation, and outpatient follow-up of complex congenital heart disease. For over 25 years, he has focused on the long-term functional outcomes following surgery for complex heart disease, particularly transposition of the great arteries, and forms of single ventricle defects such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Dr. Gil Wernovsky has been appointed Medical Director of Patientand Family-Centered Care at Miami Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining Miami Children’s, Dr. Wernovsky

About Miami Children’s Hospital Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children’s Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650

attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine. In fact, it is the only hospital in Florida to be ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties assessed by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings for three consecutive years, 2011, 2012 and 2013-14. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. k For more information, visit


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12 Small Acts Of Love

Fun Little Ways to Tell Your Family “I Love You” WRITTEN BY: Sue Kirchner


oms, remember when Valentine’s Day was a ROMANTIC holiday? You know, before you had kids? You’d get flowers, you’d dress up to look super hot and enjoy a candlelit dinner. Now that we have kids, Valentine’s Day has become a Family Holiday. It’s more about which character to choose for the tiny little Valentine’s for everyone in the kids’ class, throwing love notes in your daughter’s school lunch box, watching the cats eat the flowers, and begging your son to leave some chocolate for the rest of the family are just a few examples. But, you know what? That’s fine. After all, your kids are the result of your hot romance and proof of love. So instead of getting a babysitter and going out to dinner, celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family and have fun doing little things for each other all week that say “I Love You.” I hope these ideas inspire you to demonstrate your love and show your family how much you care not only on Valentine’s, but throughout the rest of the year. Why should all the fun be just on Valentine’s Day, right? 1. Have a Heart. You can have so much fun with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. You can surprise your daughter by cutting out a heart into her peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich for her school lunch box. You can cut a small heart shape into one slice of the bread so you could see the red jelly. You can also make French toast and cut the bread into heart shapes. Then throw some cut strawberries on top for color! 2. Turn Dinner Upside Down. Let the kids eat dessert first on Valentine’s Day. Anything that breaks rou-

tine is big fun for kids. 3. A Night Out, at Home. Can’t find a babysitter for Valentine’s Day this year? No problem. You can still have a special night at home with the kids by cooking together dinner and having the kids serve you as waiters with a romantic, candle lit feast. Let the kiddos laugh and be a part of this special night! 4. A Sweet Treat. Be creative and try out a new dessert recipe every Valentine’s Day. There are so many

7. Let’s Do Lunch. Surprise them by showing up at school and taking them out for lunch on Valentine’s Day. (Call ahead to let the school and teacher know!) 8. The Honey-Done List. Knock something off the Honey To-Do List. Just because we celebrate as a family doesn’t mean you forget your husband. Surprise your honey spouse by taking that little annoying chore off of his mental to-do list and I guarantee you that he’ll really appreciate it. 9. Balloons in the Bedroom. This is a great idea! Tie 8 love notes to 8 helium balloons and put them over the bed to surprise your husband. How cute is that? (The kids would love it too.)

desserts you could make as a family this year such as Valentine’s Day Brownies, Chocolate Mousse or Chocolate Strawberry Pound Cake Hearts. Visit for more ideas. 5. Deliver The Love. Leave love notes for your kids (or spouse) around the house. For example, you can tape a candy to a small index card and hide them around the house for the kids to find. * Handy Tip: Write down where you hid them all so you don’t get ants in your family room a few weeks from now. 6. It’s A Date. Give your child a coupon for a date night. Do something special just with them and get it on the calendar now so they can look forward to their special time with you.

10. Seeing Red. Be silly with your Valentine’s Day dinner and serve only red or pink food. Spaghetti with red sauce, red peppers, and chocolate fondue with strawberries, raspberries, and red grapes is a fun red menu. 11. Game On. Have your kids favorite game set up and ready to play when they come home from school on Valentine’s Day. You know the one they always want you to play that you never get around to playing? Today’s the day! 12. How Do I Love Thee? For Valentine’s Day dinner, a good idea is to play a game where you go around the table and say three things you love most about each other. It’s a great ego boost and forces you to say the little things that sometimes get lost and are never said during the daily grind. k

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Valentine’s Day Lemon  Shortbread  Cookies There’s no better way to show your children how much you love them on Valentine’s Day then by baking homemade heart-shaped cookies. WRITTEN BY: Cristy and Michael Paez (Mr. & Mrs. P)


There’s no better way to show your children how much you love them on Valentine’s Day than by baking homemade heart-shaped cookies. Allow them to help you decorate the treats and you are guaranteed to earn the title of best mom or dad of the year!

1.- In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar with a hand or stand mixer over medium speed. 2.- Next, add the egg, egg yolk, salt, vanilla, white pepper and lemon zest to the bowl and mix until fully incorporated.

INGREDIENTS FOR COOKIES 3.- Slowly add flour one cup at a time until the dough is firm and turns into a big ball.

2 sticks of room temperature unsalted butter 1 large egg

4.- create two round disks out of the dough. Cover each disk in plastic wrap and chill for an hour to three hours in the refrigerator.

1 egg yolk 1 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon of ground white

5.- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a few baking sheets with parchment paper.

pepper Zest of one lemon 3 cups of flour INGREDIENTS FOR ROYAL ICING 3 ounces of egg whites 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups of confectioner’s sugar

6.- Roll out the chilled dough until it is about half an inch thick. Begin to cut out the cookies using the cookie cutters of your choice.

7.- Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the cookies. The cookies are done baking once the edges turn golden brown. DIRECTIONS FOR ROYAL ICING In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, vanilla and sugar until smooth. We dyed one half red. The other half of the icing remained white. We used the white icing as glue for the multi-colored sprinkles we added to some of the cookies and the red icing to write on the cookies using a piping bag and a thin tip. Feel free to let your kiddo’s imagination run wild. For more family-friendly recipes, visit their cooking blog at

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Exploring materials

through experiences WRITTEN BY: Yudith Moreno


he wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences. We must widen the range of topics and goals, the types of situations we offer and their degree of structure, the kinds and combinations of resources and materials, and the possible interactions with things, peers, and adults.” Loris Malaguzzi (1920-1994)

imagination and creativity. The focus is learning through experience, not by activities!

Since the beginning of the school’s establishment, KLA Schools have devoted efforts in presenting children with a vast variety of materials and possibilities. The educators truly believe, as a school founded in the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, that through these experiences, where the child is given the right “of freedom to venture beyond the known” (Loris Malaguzzi), the child is constantly being exposed to developmental milestones, such as: fine motor development, shapes and colors, social development, language development, cognitive development and every day connections/associations. Through experiences and explorations, this type of education encourages ideas,

Teachers at KLA Schools believe that children have the right and the ability to express their thinking, theories, ideas, learning and emotions in many ways. These languages can include drawing, paint, clay, wire, natural and recycled materials, light and shadow, dramatic play, music and dance. They can also include expression with words through metaphors, stories or poems of the children’s interpretations and reflections about their experiences. In fact, there is no separation between what is considered traditionally artistic expression and academic education. As a school, children are provided with a wide range of materials and media, and a diversity of experiences are welcomed so that

Experience: Knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what has observed, encountered, or undergone (to learn by experience)

Activity: A specific deed, action, function, or sphere of action (Active: being in a state of existence, progress, or motion)



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children encounter many avenues for thinking, revising, constructing, negotiating, developing and symbolically expressing their thoughts and feelings. The environment plays a very strong role. The environment is viewed as the third teacher with the power to provoke curiosity and learning and encourage interaction. This is why the school strongly values each childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transition; moreover, in order for there to be a high quality learning process, each child must feel safe and comfortable with his/her environment and surroundings. It is after the transition process, where the child feels comfortable, that the possibilities and the one hundred languages of the child are truly visible. k

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Celebrating Walking & Biking To school all year long


lorida Bike Month in March and National Bike Month in May are around the corner! Find out about fun community bike events in your community by visiting: As we near Florida Bike Month in March stay tuned to this website’s “Events” tab as the bike event calendar starts filling up. You can also use the Bike305 Map feature to zoom into your community and find bike events as well as bike friendly businesses. After Florida Bike Month of March winds down, don’t forget to gear up for National Bike Month of May and National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7th! Ride your bike to school on National Bike to School Day and encourage your school to participate. k For more information and tips visit and or contact the BikeSafe Program manager Valerie Neilson via telephone at: 305.243.0349 or via email at:


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The Importance of Early Intervention

in Treating Autism WRITTEN BY: Miami Children’s Hospital


pproximately one in every 88 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. As families learn of a child’s diagnosis, they can gain hope from the knowledge that early identification of affected children can help lessen the impact of this developmental disorder, thus significantly improving a child’s overall quality of life. “Autism spectrum disorders are a heterogeneous group of complex developmental disorders that appear within a child’s first three years of life,” explains Dr. Roberto Tuchman, Director of the Autism and Neurodevelopment Program at the Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center, which provides early diagnosis and interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders. “For parents, knowing the developmental milestones that take place


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during a baby’s first 18 months of life is crucial, as this can help with identifying signs of autism spectrum disorders or other developmental conditions,” said Dr. Tuchman. As a developmental disorder appearing in the first 3 years of life, autism affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. There are many different causes of autism spectrum disorders. As part of the neurological work-up, a neurologist may order genetic testing, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain or an electroencephalogram (EEG). The Early Signs Parents of autistic children are commonly the first ones to suspect something is “different” about their child. Frequently they have concerns by the time the baby is 2 years old. Treatment can be helpful at any age, however scientific studies have demonstrated that early intervention can ensure optimal outcomes for children with

developmental disorders. “There is no medical test to diagnose autism,” says Dr. Tuchman, “that’s why identifying early symptoms is so helpful in getting children the proper medical attention.” He noted, “Children with autism often miss major milestones or are delayed in some skills, such as the ability to follow and react to faces, responding to name, pointing, and sharing their excitement with others.” Additionally, children with autism often have difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication, social interactions and pretend play. Some children with autism may appear without symptoms before age 1 or 2 and then suddenly “regress” and lose language or social skills they had previously gained. The important point is to seek advice from your pediatrician early if there is any concern about a child’s development.

Seeking Treatment Studies show that interventions starting as early as 18 months can help improve a child’s ability to interact appropriately with his or her environment, and develop language and social skills. Parents are encouraged to identify a facility specializing in early recognition and intervention of autism spectrum disorders. An early comprehensive team approach to autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental conditions will have a positive impact on every child’s developmental trajectory.

The Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient was developed as a partnership between the Dan Marino Foundation and Miami Children’s Hospital to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children with special needs. Since this center’s inception in 1998, it has grown rapidly and is now providing neurological and developmental services to children throughout South Florida as well as South America and Europe. Located in Weston, the center is comprised of outpatient evaluation and treatment professionals

serving the healthcare needs of children, adolescents and young adults from birth through 21 years of age. Pediatric rehabilitation, diagnostics (xray), general pediatrics and subspecialty consultations are also available. k For more information on autism or to learn about the services offered at the MCH Dan Marino Outpatient Center, visit 954-385-6200 or Toll Free: 1-866-558-6510

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden features 83 acres of tropical beauty for families to explore


estled in Coral Gables along Old Cutler Road, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has been dedicated to exploring, explaining, and conserving the world of tropical plants since it opened to the public in 1938. It is the largest tropical botanic garden in the continental U.S. and offers plenty of activities for families to enjoy year-round. In its 83 acres, Fairchild features the Wings of the Tropics exotic butterfly exhibit, Palmetum, Rainforest, Arboretum, Edible Garden, Spiny Forest of Madagascar, and Amazon water lily pools, among other plant displays and collections. Large festivals are held every year, including the popular International Chocolate Festival in January and International Mango Festival in July. The Art at Fairchild program features new and unique art and design exhibitions displayed throughout the Garden every December to May.


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Many programs are offered to enrich environmental education for students in the community and beyond. The Explorer, Discovery, and Homeschool Programs bring students to Fairchild for hands-on field trips to learn about South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ecosystems. Kids can spend their summer outdoors conducting science experiments, creating garden crafts, and playing nature games at the Junior Naturalist Summer Camp. The Fairchild Challenge is a dynamic outreach program for elementary, middle, and high school students designed around challenges like fashion shows, poetry, artwork, gardening, and musical performances with botanical themes. With these unique programs, Fairchild aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so all children and families can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. k For more information, please visit or call 305 667 1651

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excited about tennis By: “Arantxa” Sanchez Vicario WRITTEN BY: Natalie Davis



hroughout a child’s development many factors play a role and shape these individuals into the adults they will eventually become. With that being said, consider things such as education, social, economic, and environmental influences, even extracurricular activities. As parents, do you let the child decide fully which activities; sports and interests he/she wants to pursue or do you “have a say?” Another interesting aspect that may affect which sport or hobby a child


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wants to try is geographical location. Looking at different areas on the map, you can find a stronger influence on certain types of activities being offered to children… and adults. Living here in sunny Florida allows for optimal time outdoors and sports such as tennis, cycling and boating. Miami is home to some of the most renowned tennis tournaments, cycling races, and boat shows throughout the States. And coming up in March, children and adult tennis enthusiasts have to opportunity to see

some of their favorite tennis stars in action. Kiddos Magazine caught up with world famous tennis pro “Arantxa” Sanchez Vicario for some feedback and advice for kids looking to hit it big on the courts. Arantxa recommends children who are just starting out with tennis to practice at least two times per week for approximately 30 minutes. Of course, this time may increase as the child grows and is able to determine if tennis is something he/she wants to do seriously or just for fun.

While children are catching on to things earlier and earlier nowadays – whether it’s education, electronics or physical abilities – Arantxa comments that age 7 is a good age to start with tennis. Arantxa tells Kiddos Magazine that both of her older brothers (Emilio and Javier) played tennis as children and went on to play professionally. So basically, it runs in the family, and Arantxa tells us that she very much wanted to follow in her brother’s footsteps. Playing tennis competitively began early on for Arantxa; she had already won the Spanish National Championship by age 13. To explain further, she tells us that in order to play ten-

Arantxa recommends children who are just starting out with tennis to practice at least two times per week for approximately 30 minutes.

nis professionally, one must participate in at least 3 pro tournaments and obtain ranking points. After that, professional tennis players can participate in any of the calendar tournaments and with every win, your ranking increases in the sport. Anraxta believes that children should be involved in tennis or any sport they enjoy because it promotes a healthy lifestyle. Tennis, especially, requires a lot of technique, strategy, and discipline which helps develop and mature the mind. Arantxa, originally from Barcelona, Spain, won four Grand Slam singles titles, six Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. k

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario is Director of Atlhelics at Metropolitan International School of Miami. For more information call 305.576.6070 or visit

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community Walk Like MADD

mothers against drunk driving WRITTEN BY: Walk Like Madd National Center

The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.


alk Like MADD is MADD’s signature event to celebrate a brighter future without drunk driving and underage drinking. This event helps us raise both awareness and funds to stop drunk driving and underage drinking, and provide support to victims and survivors. Last year, tens of thousands of people in over 60 cities across the nation participated, and together we raised almost 3 million dollars to provide our programs and services at no cost. With every step taken and each dollar raised, walkers are supporting MADD’s life-saving mission to keep our families and communities safe. About MADD Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. PowerTalk 21® is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven


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strategies of Power of Parents® to reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every eight minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Why We Fundraise When MADD was founded in 1980, more than 21,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes each year. Since then, we’ve been able to cut that deadly toll in half, but there is still more work to be done to eliminate drunk driving, prevent underage drinking and serve victims.

Did you know? • On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.

• Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.

• Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.

• Drunk driving costs this country $132 billion a year.

• Almost half of all 10th graders drink alcohol. Walk Like MADD is MADD’s signature event to celebrate a brighter

future without drunk driving and underage drinking. Every step taken will help raise funds and awareness for MADDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs and services that will serve to keep our children and communities safe. The Impact Funds raised through Walk Like MADD events allow MADD staff and volunteers to provide programs and services to victims and communities across the country: MADD provides FREE emotional support and assistance with medical and legal struggles that follow a drunk driving crash. MADD supports the heroes in law enforcement who work to keep our roads safe. MADD works with state and local legislators to adopt tougher laws, including requiring ignition interlocks for all DUI offenders, and closing the loopholes in many existing laws.

MADD supports the development of technology to determine automatically whether or not the driver is above the legal limit of .08 and failing to operate if the driver is drunk. MADD implements educational programs for parents, teens, schools and communities to help prevent underage drinking. These programs are free to the community. You Can Make a Difference Drunk driving is 100 percent preventable, but stopping it requires the involvement of every concerned citizen. You can help make your community a healthier and safer place by joining a growing number of people across the nation working to prevent drunk driving. Your support of MADD - your time, interest and energy - makes all of our efforts possible. Your help make an impact in your community, state and

the nation as a whole, and we greatly appreciate your support and continued partnership. Together, we will put an end to drunk driving. k

For more information about Walk Like Madd program call the Miami office: 305.273.3744 or 786.348.9147 or visit

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1. Music is a Rainbow By Stephan Earl Music and rainbows capture the joy and imagination of the human spirit. It’s no coincidence that there are seven notes of the musical scale and seven colors of the rainbow. With pitch-perfect rhymes and colorful illustrations, Music Is a Rainbow makes a whimsical connection between sound and color. “Indigo notes have darker tones, like owls at night making hoots and moans. Violet notes sound like butterfly wings, whisking through gardens near watery springs.” Parents can also associate each color within the story with notes from the solfège scale: DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, TI, DO. The sturdy 8” board book format is perfect for parents and toddlers to share. 2. Wild About Books By Judy Sierra In this rollicking rhymed story, Molly introduces birds and beasts to this new something called reading. She finds the perfect book for every animal—tall books for giraffes, tiny ones for crickets. “She even found


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waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter.” In no time at all, Molly has them “forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks,” going “wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.” Judy Sierra’s funny animal tale coupled with Marc Brown’s lush, fanciful paintings will have the same effect on young Homo sapiens. Altogether, it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys! For children 3 and up. 3. Turtles in Paradise By Jennifer L. Holm In Jennifer L. Holm’s New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor winning middle grade historical fiction novel, life isn’t like the movies. But then again, 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple. She’s smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it’s 1935 and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. So when Turtle’s mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn’t like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida to

live with relatives she’s never met. Florida’s like nothing Turtle’s ever seen before though. It’s hot and strange, full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets, scams, and even buried pirate treasure! Before she knows what’s happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she’s spent her life building, and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. For children 8 to 12 years old. 4. Olive and the Big Secret By Tor Freeman Olive learns the hard way that keeping secrets is tough, and telling them can make for a whole lot of trouble! When Molly shares a secret with Olive, the urge to tell is just too great! Olive tells Joe who tells Matt who tells Lola. But Lola is best friends with Molly. Uh-oh, the secret is out, and Olive is in for it! For children 4 to 8 years old. 5. Love, Splat (Splat the Cat) By Rob Scotton It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten,

and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream. But Kitten doesn’t seem to like him at all. And then there’s Splat’s rival, Spike, who also likes Kitten. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end? For children 4 to 8 years old. 6. Dragons Love Tacos By Adam Rubin Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble. For children 3-5 years old. 7. When You Reach Me By Rebecca Stead By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner. k



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A lowly Lego figure (voiced by Chris Pratt) joins a group intent on battling an evil force after a case of mistaken identity in this computer-generated comedy from the filmmakers behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and co-director Chris McKay (Robot Chicken). The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.


Robocop gets rebooted in this big-screen MGM production from director José Padilha. The picture will once again surround a slain police officer (played by The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman) who gets resurrected as a crime-fighting cyborg until memories of his previous life begin to make him doubt his corrupt corporate overlords.





Paul W.S. Anderson directs this period disaster film documenting a romance amidst the destruction of the Roman city of Pompeii during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Set in 79 A.D., this is the epic story of Milo, a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.


Bill Marks is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today’s flight will be no routine trip. shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes.


Colin Farrell headlines this romantic drama adapted from the novel by Mark Helprin, centering on the relationship between a thief and a dying woman. Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil.


Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell voices, the world’s smartest person who happens to be a dog. When his “pet” boy sherma, voiced by Max Charles, uses their time traveling WABAC machine without permission, events in history spiral out of control to disastrous and comical results



In The Wind Rises, Jiro (voice of Joseph GordonLevitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.


Takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters across European destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.


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an you think of a place where you and your kids get to learn and enjoy every day all at the same time? At Kydoo you’ll get to do this and much more. Kydoo is the first indoor playground in Brickell and the nurturing environment many moms in Miami were looking for. This safe, clean and fun activity center opens a world of sensory experiences for your child. Some of the daily activities that are offered include art classes, singing, cooking, etiquette, soccer, gymnastics and dance. The center counts with a central playground with fun games for toddlers and preschoolers as well as trained professionals who are dedicated to take care of your child when you’re not there. Kydoo’s dooing center offers a variety of classes with specialized and well-trained teachers starting at 3 months old! From Mommy & Me classes to ballet, soccer, karate, baseball and even classes just for moms! This makes a perfect opportunity for moms to stay fit, while

their child plays. Watch your child grow, learn, develop new interests and make new friends, while you enjoy a freshly brewed coffee, Kydoo’s signature flatbreads or even some wine with friends and family. Are you looking for a fun place to plan your child’s upcoming birthday? Kydoo is definitely the place to choose! It is Brickell’s best indoor party place. Their party professionals make the kids sing, dance and have lots of fun. But the best part of all is that you get to enjoy the party with your kids, while Kydoo takes care of all the clean up! In the summer you will have the chance to enroll in Kydoo Summer Camp. Mommy and Me Summer Camp is a 5-week camp that gives moms the opportunity to bond with their babies, while experiencing fun and multi-sensory activities. These include dancing, exploring instruments, singing games, story telling, arts and much more. An alternative option is the Toddler’s Summer Camp, where kids get to enjoy a unique and exciting theme

every week. This is a perfect first time drop-off camp experience for 2 to 3 year old kids in a safe and fun environment. Toddlers enjoy their summer days through activities like singing, games and cooking. Imagination is the key ingredient! Moms who become members of kydoo get to enjoy great benefits. Some of these include unlimited play, free registration for all classes, complimentary monthly activities and more. Mom and dad can relax, share precious moments with friends and family, while their children are engaged in one of Kydoo’s classes or just having fun at the indoor central playground. Join Kydoo today and watch your child develop the confidence and selfesteem to excel at learning and to succeed in life. k

For more information about Kydoo Kids Club + Café call 786.456.9147 or visit


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Free Storytelling at Mary Brickell Village Coconut Grove Art Festival. All for Art Hosted by Brickell International Academy First Wednesday of every month at 5:00 pm Great Music, Food, and Art. For more information visit Children from 1 to 5 years of age.



Walk Like Madd - Miami 5k Walk, Dash & Festival At 7:30 a.m. Tropical Park Miami For more information call 305.273.3744 or visit



Jack McKeon Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne Join 2003 World Series Champion Jack McKeon, Marlins Manager Mike Redmond, along with your favorite Marlins players, coaches, and broadcasters for a fun day on the links, all in the name of charity. For more information visit


14th Valentine’s Day Concert With Patti Austin At 7:00 p.m. Spend a romantic evening under the stars at Fairchild’s Valentine’s Day Concert featuring Grammy Awardwinning vocalist Patti Austin and pianist Shelly Berg. For more information call 305.667.1651, ext. 3391.



SOBEWFF – Fun a Fit as a Family From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join Robert Irvine and your favorite chef for two fun-filled days of food, Fitness and learning. Kids will have the chance to explore the food garden, play sports on the beach and get their hands messy in the kitchen. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trial Cost: $20



Workshop: Natural Healing for Kids through good Nutrition At 3:00 pm Discover One Mom's 3-Step, All-Natural Plan for Healing So Called Developmental Delays, Debilitating, Recurring Health Challenges and that Scary Dullness in the Eyes. Allegria Music Art Movement 1635 SW 27th Ave Miami Fl. 33145 For more information call 786-553-0932 Cost: $20.00



2014 American Heart Association’s Broward Heart Walk Nova Southeastern University at 8:00 am 3301 College Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Thousands of participants are expected to attend. For more information visit

14th Family Movie Night at Pinecrest Gardens Friday, March 14, 2014 Featured Film: Ice Age: Continental Drift Flashlight Tours: 7:00 p.m. Show Time: 8:00 p.m. $5 General Admission, Children Under 2 Free


17th-30th Sony Open Tennis Join us for Kids Day at the Sony Open Tuesday, March 18th From 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m Tennis Center at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne Reward your class or extra-curricular group with a fun day of games, music and tennis. To register call 305.442.3367 or For more information visit



Celebrate Florida Bike Month - Bike to School Day Event From 7:30 to 8:20 Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center For more information call 305-243-0349



Marlins Basebowl Jupiter Lanes - Jupiter, FL Fans can join their favorite Marlins players for great day of bowling, games, raffles and prizes. For more information visit

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Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden WRITTEN BY: Natalie Davis


iami’s local communities – Key Biscayne, Brickell, Coral Gables, South Miami, Pinecrest – are filled with weekend events for families to enjoy! There’s just something about the sun that’s brings out everyone’s sense of togetherness, and maybe, the taste of sweet chocolate. At this year’s 8th Annual International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, kids especially had to the opportunity to learn more about one of their main food groups – chocolate. From cooking demonstrations sponsored by Whole Foods Market where master chocolatiers and chefs demonstrated delicious chocolate recipes to chocolate tasting, chocolate poetry and more, this annual event has become a favorite for local Miamians. Also presented at the festival were lectures on the


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history of chocolate and the cacao plant, the production of cocoa, and how chocolate is part of economic culture in the USA, Puerto Rico, South Florida, and even Paris. Children had the opportunity to get hands-on with several cooking demonstrations as well, creating homemade hot chocolate, sugar cookies with white chocolate cream, and chocolate fondue. With today’s health-crazed consumers, be sure that healthy eating habits such as vegan recipes and yoga classes for adults and kids were included as part of the event. Mark your calendars for 2015 so your family doesn’t miss out. k





Kiddos Magazine Issue 4 - Winds of Love  

Kiddos Magazine, Winds of Love. February - March 2014 Valentine’s Day, a romantic festival, a time to show feelings of love, affection and...

Kiddos Magazine Issue 4 - Winds of Love  

Kiddos Magazine, Winds of Love. February - March 2014 Valentine’s Day, a romantic festival, a time to show feelings of love, affection and...