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issue 5 FEATURE 8


My Mom Is A Super Mom!

in every issue  TRADITIONS Easter Symbols And Traditions


Have Fun And Together Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All Be Tooth Defenders


KidVision VPK VirtualField Trips


Fit4Kids Care Free Interactive Smartphone App

 SNACKS Happiness On A Plate

 ACTIVITIES Officer Snook Needs Your Help

 TIPS Cooking Tips From One Mom To Another

 COOL STUFF Spring Essentials


Happy Swimmers! Is My Kid In The Appropriate Swimming Program?


Christ Fellowship Backpack Program

 TOP 10 Shop In Your Area

 BOOK REVIEWS Suggestions For Your Kids To Read This Month

 MOVIE REVIEWS What Is New In Theaters

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 PROGRAMS Creative Worshop For Kids Art Box

33 FAMILY EVENTS Where To Go With Our Kiddos


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credits New beginnings!’s just about kids



Spring time is officially here and so is the Easter Bunny! And Kiddos Magazine April/May edition brings so much fun! This edition is dedicated to all of the amazing, encouraging, enthusiastic, supportive, devoted and loving moms out there who have not only committed their lives to their own children, but also to building and finding the balance between their families, careers, professional lives, passions and their own communities. For every one of you my sincere admiration and respect! Kiddos! Still wondering what to get for your mom this year for Mother’s Day? I would recommend a simple letter written from the heart telling why your mom deserves to be honored as 2014 Kiddos Mom of the Year! Oh yes! Kiddos Magazine is organizing an amazing contest, hurry! Nominate your mom and send an original and creative letter with personal stories, community services and accomplishments telling us why she is the best mom. The winning mom will receive great prizes from our sponsors. Kiddos, have a great Easter hunt and for all the super moms enjoy that special day.

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My Mom Is A Super Mom! WRITTEN BY: Estefania Arosemena


oday there are plenty of moms who want to be super moms, without giving up on their daily regime. To keep your super mom powers going strong it is important to keep learning and embrace new useful things. Our kiddos grow and parents are forced to respond intelligently to changing circumstances. After all, what is less predictable than a week in the life of a mom with one or two kids enrolled in school? There are always new challenges, friendships and academic demands in our kids’ lives where a mother’s support plays a vital role. Luckily, there are some ways to make the life of a working mother more manageable and create free


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extra hours a day! Today working moms can develop a balanced life without leaving their kids behind through flextime in the workforce, using technology to their advantage, smart housekeeping and staying fit.

Flextime in the workforce: Flextime was invented by, for and because of women. Co-parenting is still a goal but not a reality in the majority of families, so working from home one or two days a week allows moms to stay in the workforce and have more time for motherhood. Taking time off for a parent teacher conference, a school play or an appointment at the orthodontist are just a few examples. For this reason, it is im-

portant for mothers to find a job where flex requests don’t interfere with their careers and allow them to attain a balanced work-life integration.

Smart housekeeping: Usually women who have acquired some free time in handling house chores have the help of their hubby and kids. It is important to start the kids on chores while young for them to learn the importance of being organized and clean. This can also be a good predictor of success and teaches them to be helpful individuals on their own. Whether washing the dishes, making the bed or mopping, smart moms should encourage everybody in the house to

enlist in one or more chores per week. Your hubby and kids will have more time to spend with mom to enjoy more free time with you on the weekends, taking lessons, having dinner at a nice restaurant or even doing homework together. Moms will also get to have more time to enjoy themselves!

Using technology to your advantage: Another effective tool for wise moms is technology. In today’s world, smartphone applications can pay our bills, buy our clothes, manage our family’s schedules, write emails on the go and help us be more organized. Since responsible mothers can never text and drive, there are apps to check off tasks on the to-do-list and dictate emails that convert into text, while you are stuck in traffic! Who has time to shop? Today smartphones can keep track of what is in a mom’s closet and find the pieces she needs to pull an outfit together. There are apps today that allow mothers to catalog what they already own and shop for the items they need. There is also no need to commit anything to memory. Moms can now stay organized and remember the big and small things through saving notes, receipts, audio clips and anything else they need. It is as simple as buying a smartphone and downloading the

specific apps you need to make life easier and more enjoyable. Technology helps our super moms save time and do it all successfully.

Staying fit & healthy: But balancing work with personal and at-home considerations is not easy and thus, working moms can develop a lot of stress through all aspects of their lives. This is why it is so important for moms to have a healthy fitness routine that will help them release their daily stress and stay fit. Moms need to feel good about themselves and manage to workout despite their full-time jobs and their kids’ busy schedules. These smart moms get to feel 20% better mentally and have an overall more positive outlook in life. You only need to set aside 30-60 minutes during the day to stay fit and make your workout a constant in your life. Whether is running, spinning, weight training or a 30-minute walk every day, there are no excuses! Nobody said being a super mom is an easy task, but with a healthy regime and the right tools in hand it can be possible. k


“Technology helps our super moms save time and do it all successfully.”

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Tooth Defenders WRITTEN BY: Colgate Professional


elcome to Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures! You are now part of a 21-year legacy that brings positive oral health messages to children across the world. Bright Smiles, Bright Futures gives teachers, children and families around the world the tools they need to make good oral health a permanent part of their lives. With the focus on prevention, the program builds self-esteem and teaches good oral health practices to create lifelong habits. And most importantly, BSBF inspires kids to take control of their own oral health. Its messages of empowerment enable children to not only understand “what” to do to take care of their teeth and gums, but also the “why” behind the messages. In this way, BSBF equips them to become lifelong Tooth Defenders. Dental Emergency! Different situations call for different actions.

floss. Guide the floss carefully to prevent cutting gums. • If an object can’t be removed at home, see a dentist. • Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed implement.

• For a permanent tooth, gently insert it in its socket. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a container of milk or cool water. • Immediately go to your dentist. • Don’t forget to take the tooth.

BITTEN LIP OR TONGUE • Give your child some pain relief. • If there is bleeding, apply direct pressure to the area. • Use ice every 10 – 15 minutes to relieve the swelling. • If the bleeding continues, call your dentist or visit a emergency medical practice.

BROKEN TOOTH • Remove the broken tooth or part of the tooth if this can be done easily. • Apply direct pressure to the area with a clean cloth. • To minimize swelling, apply cold pressure on the face in the area of the injured tooth. • Gently clean dirt or debris from the injured area with warm water. • If the tooth is still fixed, cover any sharp edges with a protective device like soft wax, or even chewing gum. • Immediately go to your dentist.

KNOCKED-OUT TOOTH • Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area for about 20 – 30 mins. • If the bleeding still doesn’t stop, call your dentist or visit an emergency medical practice. • If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it under running water. Do not scrub it. • Do not try to insert a baby tooth back in the socket.

Prevention is Key, why is that? Simply because prevention is always more effective than treatment.

TOOTHACHE • Rinse out mouth vigorously with warm water. • Use dental floss to remove any food trapped between teeth. If there’s swelling, apply cold pressure on the outside on the cheek. Do not use heat or place aspirin on aching teeth or gums. • See a dentist as soon as possible. OBJECT WEDGED BETWEEN TEETH • Try to remove objects with dental


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Easter Symbols And Traditions

A brief history of the spring holiday’s celebrations WRITTEN BY: Estefania Arosemena

The Easter Bunny: The Easter bunny has become a prominent symbol of Christianity’s most important holiday, the resurrection of Jesus Christ! This is because rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. Some consider the rabbit a distant cousin of Santa Claus since both deliver toys


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and candy to children. It is believed the Easter Bunny arrived in America with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Osterhase visited children and left brightly color eggs in nests the children built for him. Easter Eggs: Eggs are also a symbol of fertility and have been linked back to ancient Pagan celebrations, welcoming the arrival of spring. Easter eggs are also said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and his resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century. Eggs back then were a forbidden food during Lent, so they would be decorated and saved until Easter Sunday, when they could be eaten. Easter Parade: The Easter parade tradition, celebrated in New York City, dates back to the mid 1800s when the upper

classes of society would attend Easter services and then walk outside, showing off their new spring outfits and hats. This became a tradition when the average citizens started showing up along Fifth Avenue to check out the action. Easter Parade tradition lives on in Manhattan, on Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street, and today other cities across America also have their own parades. Easter Special Dish: Aside from eggs, the most common Easter food would have to be hot cross buns! These date back to the pre-Christian era when small cakes were offered to Easter, the goddess of spring. It is thought they were marked with a cross to signify the four quarters of the moon. But later the cross came to symbolize the crucifixion of Jesus. Traditionally, hot cross buns baked on Good Friday were said to have magic powers! k

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aster is the perfect time to come together as a family and bury your differences. This festivity, which is celebrated across the globe, has many cherished traditions that add meaning and excitement to the celebration of this early springtime holiday. Visiting the Easter bunny, decorating the Easter eggs, attending a parade or preparing a special dish are some of the most common Easter customs we like to enjoy as a family. But how many of us know the real symbolism behind these traditions? Not only make yourself a part of this special tradition, but also learn the true value following these fun customs.



Beach Season Quick Tips For Busy moms


he best tip we can offer busy moms to prep for beach season is to skip the razor and get waxed. If you shave, you will stimulate the hair’s growth and will need to keep shaving. Waxing removes the hair below the skin level, which lasts from 3-6 weeks. To extend the life of your wax – become a regular. Once your hair growth gets in a routine, you will have to come back less frequently. What happens if I get an ingrown? If you wax regularly you will have a very slim chance of getting an ingrown hair. However, tight clothes, like leggings, stockings and jeans can cause an ingrown hair problem

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because the clothes compress your hair against your body. Exfoliate the area gently and visit a waxing center to extract it. About how long is the waxing process at Uni K? That, of course, depends on the service, but it can range from about 10 minutes to 45 minutes. The Uni K waxers are professionally trained in the specific use the all-natural elastic wax to make the service as quick and efficient as possible. The wax is applied all at once to moisturize the skin and allow the pores time to open up. Because of this, hair removal is quick and the results are smooth.

working possibilities for moms. Whether it’s to expand your community, get support or grow your business, Sporty Mommas Connect allows members to network and attend various seminars and events in your area of interest. With the annual membership, Sporty Mommas Connect members receive their name and business in the website directory, a signature tee, reusable tote bag, access to “Connect Only” events, and 10% off all Sporty Mommas apparel.

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Happiness on  a  Plate How to Make a Festival Fruit Platter for Mother’s Day with your Kids WRITTEN BY: Mr. & Mrs. P

Ask any mom what she appreciates most on Mother’s Day and she’ll probably say it’s a homemade gift from her child. Another popular answer is spending quality time with her family. What if she could have both? Spending time with children in the kitchen is not only fun, but also helps them try different foods and make healthier choices in the future. We have a fun and creative idea that is sure to have them forgo the packaged sweets and choose fresh fruits instead. Moms will also benefit from all the nutrients packed into these fabulous treats. With just a few cookie cutters, some healthy ingredients and a bit of creativity, you and your family can also create a beautiful fruit platter together on Mother’s Day. Whether entertaining at home or visiting family, mothers everywhere will embrace this figure-friendly dessert! We wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day!

INGREDIENTS 1 Pineapple 1 Melon A few Grapes 1 pint of Raspberries 1 pint Strawberries 2 Kiwis 1 cup of Non-fat Greek yogurt 4-5 teaspoons of Honey 1 teaspoon of Vanilla A few Mint leaves A few Chives DIRECTIONS Step 1: Rinse and dry the grapes, raspberries and strawberries. Cut the tops off of the strawberries and slice vertically into thin strips. Slice the grapes and raspberries in half. Step 2: Carefully peel the pineapple. Cut the melon in half and seed it. Slice both fruits horizontally into inch round disks. Place the slices on a paper towel to collect moisture.

Step 3: Here’s where kids can take charge! Using various cookie cutter shapes and sizes, have them cut out flowers, petals and butterflies. Arrange on a clean platter. Combine colors, shapes and sizes to create a unique design like we did. Step 4: Add mint leaves and chives to create leaves and flower stems. This will give the platter a nice finishing touch. Step 5: To make a low-fat dipping sauce for the fruit, combine the yogurt, honey and vanilla in a bowl. Mix well and transfer to a small serving bowl. Enjoy!

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KidVision VPK Virtual Field Trips WRITTEN BY: Penny Bernath, KidVision VPK

(Virtual Pre-Kindergarten) is a production of WPBT2, South Florida’s premier PBS station.


idVision VPK virtual field trips allow children to experience the world and cue parents what to teach their child during daily chores and outings around the South Florida community. For example, the KidVision VPK field trip to the “Grocery Store” features Penny and the KidVision VPK kids with a shopping list looking for foods that are on the new USDA My Food Plate. The field trip teaches children and parents how to shop for a balanced meal by choosing a variety of foods from each food group. Another example is going to the bank. On the KidVision VPK field trip titled “Bank,” children learn about the value of coins and dollars, depositing and


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withdrawing funds. It is an easy lesson for parents to reinforce during their own trips to the bank with their child. Water safety is another important lesson for children. Penny and the KidVision VPK kids go to the Ft. Lauderdale Aquatic Complex to learn about water safety and water sports. Want to learn how to fly a kite? Watch our “Kites” field trip. Penny and the KidVision VPK kids visit Skyward Kites at Haulover Park. Going to the dentist? First take your children on our virtual field trip to the “Dentist” to start the conversation about what to expect when they get there. KidVision VPK has 50 field trips to bolster parent involvement in their

child’s education. Each field trip is approximately 8 minutes long. Along with teaching children about the world around them, each field trip focuses on skills that children need to know to be successful when they start elementary school. KidVision VPK (Virtual Pre-Kindergarten) allows the parent to be the teacher using the videos as a guide. KidVision VPK is FREE! It is available on You-Tube, Pinterest, and Apple Apps. Search “KidVision VPK.” There are also DVDs available. The DVDs include the field trip videos; lesson plans that facilitate activities that foster skill development in children; assessments that keep track of the skills a child is learning; and take home pages that



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children can color. The 4-DVD set contains 40 field trips, 160 lesson plans, 160 assessments, and 80 take home pages. The set is $20.00 plus shipping and can be ordered through the KidVision VPK website for teachers, Following the tradition of PBS KIDS KidVision VPK uses media and technology to prepare young children for school. It engages children in interesting educational content that promotes reading, writing, math, science, physical development, health, the arts, social skills and social studies with guidance from the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first teachers: their parents and family members. k

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Needs Your Help!


he Officer Snook Water Pollution Program was created in 1993 by Jennifer Sevin while she was a high school senior in Miami. In 1994, the U.S. Coast Guard adopted the Officer Snook Program as a national education and outreach initiative. Since its inception, the Program has educated over 7 million people across the country. Officer Snook, a cartoon fish, is a symbol of protecting our water environments worldwide. The purpose of the Officer Snook program is to educate children and adults about the causes, effects of and solutions to water pollution. “People need to realize that water pollution is not only unsightly, but it affects the health and safety of many organisms, including people,” says Jennifer Sevin. “In South Florida, much of our economy is directly tied to the health of our local environment,


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making it also financially important to prevent pollution.” Officer Snook Program presentations are given in schools and at community events throughout the country. The program also provides opportunities for volunteers to take an active role in supporting the environment through participation in clean ups, invasive species removals, storm drain stenciling programs, and other interactive activities. “There are many ways people can help each and every day,” says Jennifer. “Simple acts can go a long way.” What you can do to HELP OFFICER SNOOK STOP WATER POLLUTION: 1. Clean up a beach, park or schoolyard. 2. Plant native trees; reduce use of pesticides and fertilizers. 3. Recycle products such as used motor oil, plastics and aluminum.

4. Buy products that use recycled material and that have little packaging. 5. Reuse materials as much as possible, such as water bottles. 6. Clean up pet waste and dispose of properly. 7. Find local collection facilities for medicines and chemicals instead of dumping down drain or flushing down toilets. 8. Keep boats and vehicles in good condition to reduce leaks and emissions and improve gas mileage. 9. Conserve water and energy. 10. Support environmentally-friendly businesses and organizations. k For more information, contact the Officer Snook Program at

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Fit4KidsCare Free Interactive Smartphone App WRITTEN BY: Miami Children’s Hospital


iami Children’s Hospital (MCH) is the first hospital in the country to launch a smartphone app for Apple iOS devices that uses Wi-Fi triangulation technology to offer patients the convenience of an on campus indoor GPS-like way-finding system, along with other service enhancements. Through the Fit4KidsCare app, families can now connect to MCH’s interactive way-finding campus maps, purchase items from the MCH gift shop, order room service and much more. The app was originally launched


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in 2010, initially providing families with ER and Urgent Care wait times, directions to the main hospital and its eight outpatient center locations as well as physician directories. In 2013, the hospital updated its app using mobile-software company Meridian’s software development kits for navigation and indoor positioning. Additionally, the hospital also used Cisco’s 802.11n Wi-Fi network and the Mobility Services Engine for computing location information in real time from hundreds of Wi-Fi access points, exposing them centrally to third party software platforms like Meridian.

“Miami Children’s Hospital is committed to optimizing the patient and family experience. The new app is one of many tools for supporting families in navigating the campus. It supplements a colorful, child-friendly interior way-finding system that uses colors and animal images as visual cues as well as staff commitment to proactive way-finding support,” said Ed Martinez, Chief Information Officer. “In our increasingly technically connected world, the new app adds a new dimension to the process.” Once downloaded, the app’s new, indoor, way-finding feature

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provides smartphone users with an internal view of the main hospital’s layout. Using indoor positioning, it locates the users on the smart phone and provides step-by-step directions to any desired location within the hospital, similar to a GPS guidance system. The technology is an enhancement to MCH’s dedication to excellence in customer service.

hospital cafeteria and order gift shop items straight from a mobile device. Families and friends can also send gifts or cards to patients admitted to the hospital by downloading the app. To download the app, please visit the iTunes app store from your mobile device and search for Fit4KidsCare. k

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Cooking Tips From One Mom To Another


f your family is anything like mine, cooking for your husband, cooking for your kids and cooking for your baby can be three different tasks! I have several tips/ recipes from one mom to another to try in the kitchen!

1.- Does your family eat tofu? It super tasty, super healthy and super fast to prepare! And it will save in the fridge! I recommend buying extra firm tofu because, for me, it cooks up better! I sauté tofu in a skillet with olive oil and my favorite seasonings. Cook about 10-15 min for baby but a bit longer for the kids and family. It’s easier for the baby to eat if the tofu is softer, but for more sophisticated palettes, a firmer texture is preferred.

2.- Making pasta for dinner? I do! It’s quick, easy, and cheap! Buy whole wheat pasta; it’s healthier. I used to use regular pasta sauce for the family but no more. I started

buying canned/ stewed or diced tomatoes (no salt added) with basil, garlic, and oregano for the baby. After blending the tomatoes and pasta and sneaking a few bites for myself I thought, “This is really good!” It’s much healthier too! None of the sugar and chemicals you find in canned pasta sauces. You can add ground turkey or pork for a heartier sauce.

3.- Want to avoid hyper, fussy kiddos? It’s all about maintaining normal levels of healthy sugars in their bodies. My family and I eat lowsugar everything. From oatmeal, to fruits for snacks, to condiments, juices and desserts. Eating reducedsugar foods will become a norm and your kids will not suffer from peaks and drops in their sugar intake. Also important, drinking plenty of water with sugary snacks, and even fruit, helps the body digest and filter better. k

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Happy Swimmers! Is my kid in the appropriate swimming program? WRITTEN BY: Liz Kershaw


iving in South Florida, being in and around water is a way of life for most families. Learning water safety and how to swim are essential skills for our kiddos as well as parents. There are programs in and around Miami that offer swim lessons and other water programs. As a parent you should research which style and format will best fit your swimmer. Liz Kershaw, Head Coach with Hurricane Aquatics, has a few suggestions when looking for the appropriate swim program. Below are four questions to ask or situations to consider when seeking a program that will best fit your needs. 1. Are the instructors background checked and trained? Teaching swimming is a “hands on” activity at the most basic level. The instructor will be in the water holding and moving your child through various drills and skills. Knowing that thorough training and background screening has been done will give you peace of mind that the person


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working with your swimmer is a professional. 2. At what age do the different programs start? a. If you are looking for infant lessons, there is a wide range of options from mommy and me classes, which are bonding experiences and provide the opportunity for mom and baby to get comfortable in the water) to ISR (Infant Survival Recourse), which is an intensive survival based program taught in a one-to-one environment with the instructor. b. Between ages 3-6 your swimmer may be ready for a more conventional swim lesson. These are typically between 30-45 minutes in length and are offered anywhere from daily to once per week. The right time to start and what to expect from this type of lesson for your kiddo will depend a lot on gross motor development, attention span and your child’s ability to relax in the water and try new skills.

c. Once your kiddo knows how to swim fairly proficiently, there are other swim class options including stroke schools and recreational teams. In these programs swimmers learn all four competitive strokes, as well as turns and dives. These programs typically start with swimmers 6+ and vary greatly in length and expectations. d. Competitive swim teams will allow swimmers to start somewhere between age 5 and high school; it all depends on the program. 3. Is there a curriculum the instructors follow from lesson to lesson and onto the next level? You want to be able to measure progress and see that your swimmer is improving. The steps may be very small but seeing a drill/skill sheet is always helpful in measuring progress. It also keeps your swimmer motivated and wanting to come back to the pool for more. The drills/skills will often be disguised as games to make it more fun!

4. Does the program offer group, private or semi-private lessons? Depending on your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learning style, he/she will benefit more from either a group or individual setting. Some pros and cons to consider include: a. Private lessons - The information is tailored specifically to the needs and progress speed of your swimmer; typically they are the most expensive. b. Semi-private lessons - Some swimmers are encouraged watching their friends do new things and may be more willing to try more in groups. Having swimmers of different skill levels in the same group can distrupt the flow of the lessons. c. Group lessons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A well-run group lesson is fun and swimmers want be with their friends. These are also the least expensive of all the lesson types. Cons include limited individual attention as a set lesson plan needs to be followed daily. Being consistent in any swim program will lead to quicker skill mastery, in-

creased stamina and a safe swimmer. Learning how to swim at any age can be beneficial because it builds selfconfidence and assists in developing a strong work ethic; it takes time to learn, refine and master the various skills. Swimming is also a refreshing exercise during the summer heat and can be a launch pad into all kinds of additional experiences including diving, snorkeling, water polo, and surfing, just to name a few. k For more information about Hurricane Aquatics visit or contact 305.248.4713.

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Christ Fellowship Backpack Program Committed to combat childhood hunger WRITTEN BY: Christ Fellowship Miami


s many churches around the nation are busy preparing for Easter, one local church is trying to do more than just encourage local residents to join them for a traditional Easter service and an egg hunt. “Christ Fellowship is an extremely outward-focused church,” said Senior Pastor Rick Blackwood. “We put a large emphasis on serving the hurting and under resourced in our community.” Recent statistics show that 70% of Miami-Dade students receive the

free public school lunch program. A public school in South Dade told Christ Fellowship church that “students can sometimes be found crying in the hallway because they are hungry or tired.” In the spring of 2013, Christ Fellowship (CF) raised money and started delivering backpacks full of food to feed 450 hungry children every weekend during the school year. More than 300 volunteers from CF participate to make sure that students receive a backpack full of food. As a result of additional donations, the church now deliv-

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ers 600 backpacks every weekend. This Easter, CF is looking to raise more funds to support the Backpack Program and feed 1,000 hungry students for the 2014-15 school year. “We are committed to helping these students,” said Missions Pastor Jorge Molina. “We have a heart for Miami, and especially for children.” That love for children has propelled CF to invest resources so that their children’s ministries are top notch! The CF Kids ministry helps young children learn to become more like Jesus in an age-appropriate and engaging manner by using creative elements like live music, puppet shows, skits and more. Middle and

high school students also have an environment tailored just for them called CF Students that provides the opportunity to interact with other teens, features live music by teens, as well as time for small group discussions. Families are invited to celebrate Easter at CF April 16-21 at multiple locations across Miami-Dade. There will be live music, egg hunts, family portraits and a powerful Easter message. For times and locations, visit k

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book reviews

Suggestions for your kids to read this month

1. Betty Bunny Wants A Goal By Michael Kaplan, Stephane Jorisch Soccer is the first sport most kids play, and Betty Bunny is taking the field. She proudly announces that she will score ten goals in her first game. But like most preschoolers, Betty Bunny’s ideas are not exactly in line with reality. When she fails to score a single goal, she decides that “soccer is yucky” and stuffs her uniform in the trash. Now it’s up to her family to help Betty Bunny see the value of not giving up when things get hard. In a story about hard work and achieving your goals, Betty Bunny learns that with practice, she can do anything. For children 3 to 6 years old.

a treat for Cat, what will Cat do? His surprise solution will be stylish, smart, and even--yes--kind. For children 3 to 6 years old.

2. Here Comes the Easter Cat By Deborah Underwood Why should the Easter Bunny get all the love? That’s what Cat would like to know. So he decides to take over: He dons his sparkly suit, jumps on his Harley, and roars off into the night. But it turns out delivering Easter eggs is hard work. And it doesn’t leave much time for naps (of which Cat has taken five-no, seven). So when a pooped-out Easter Bunny shows up, and with

4. Have You Seen My Dragon? By Steve Light Enter a fascinating, ornately drawn cityscape and help a boy find his dragon while counting objects from hot dogs to traffic lights. In the heart of the city, among the taxis and towers, a small boy travels uptown and down, searching for his friend. Readers will certainly spot the glorious beast, plus an array of big-city icons they can count. Is the dragon taking the crosstown bus,


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3. Pinkalicious: Eggstraordinary Easter By Victoria Kann When Pinkalicious wakes up on Easter morning, she finds a note from Edgar Easter Bunny that sends the Pinkerton family on an eggsciting Easter scavenger hunt! #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Kann is back with a treat of a story that will become an Easter favorite for kids and parents. This adorable 8x8 storybook includes stickers for kids to enjoy. For children 4 to 8 years old.

or breathing his fiery breath below a busy street? Maybe he took a taxi to the zoo or is playing with the dogs in the park. For children 4 to 8 years old. 5. Minecraft: Essential Handbook: An Official Mojang Book By Inc. Scholastic, Stephanie Milton The long-awaited, first OFFICIAL guide to the online gaming sensation, Minecraft. You’re alone in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do?This official handbook might just save your life. With tips from Minecraft experts, including developer Jeb and creator Notch himself, this is the definitive guide to surviving your first few days in Minecraft. For children 9 to 12 years old. 6. The Secret Box By Whitaker Ringwald “Take one 12-year-old girl with insatiable curiosity and a talent for getting into trouble, give her a mysterious box from an estranged aunt that will only open in one location, throw in a couple of mismatched boy cousins and stir. Ringwald’s

The Secret Box gives the middle school set their own smart and snazzy intellectual mystery series. With spot-on characters who are very much of this world — and are at times downright funny —and a story that threatens to transcend accepted reality. For children 9 to 12 years old. 7. The Riverman By Aaron Starmer Alistair Cleary is the kid who everyone trusts. Fiona Loomis is not the typical girl next door. Alistair hasn’t really thought of her since they were little kids until she shows up at his doorstep with a proposition: she wants him to write her biography. What begins as an odd vanity project gradually turns into a frightening glimpse into the mind of a potentially troubled girl. Fiona says that in her basement, there’s a portal that leads to a magical world where a creature called the Riverman is stealing the souls of children. And Fiona’s soul could be next. If Fiona really believes what she’s saying, Alistair fears she may be crazy. But if it’s true, her life could be at risk. For children 9 to 12 years old. k


movie reviews


After the cataclysmic events in New York with his fellow Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Capt. America (Chris Evans), lives in the nation’s capital as he tries to adjust to modern times. An attack on a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague throws Rogers into a web of intrigue that places the whole world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a new ally, the Falcon, Rogers struggles to expose an ever-widening conspiracy, but he and his team soon come up against an unexpected enemy.


It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-tobeak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all - his father-in-law.


Heaven Is For Real brings to the screen the true story of a smalltown father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-chang-

ing experience with the world. Todd and Sonja Burpo are a real-life couple whose son Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.


In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting - but risky - as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bear families must work together to find food - ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run - while staying safe from predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses - where mothers definitely know best and their cubs’ survival hinges on family togetherness.


We’ve always known that SpiderMan’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. It’s great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend Harry Osborn returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.


Back in Kansas, Dorothy Gale decides to return to Oz in order to help her friends. The plot begins as Dorothy returns to Kansas to find it devastated by the tornado that sent

her to Oz. Before she can react to the destruction of her home, she is transported back to Oz where her three friends (Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man) have disappeared. She meets a charming man made of marshmallows who can’t quite think for himself, a tiny china doll princess whose bossiness is a cover for her fragility and a tugboat with as many personalities as he has pieces. Dorothy must help this group band together against the Jester, a wicked new villain who believes that all of Oz should be under his control.


The untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman with stunning black wings, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom until one day when an invading army of humans threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the king of the humans and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and to Maleficent’s true happiness as well. k

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he newest addition arriving to the Mayfair in Coconut Grove is an after-school program that should be on every parent´s agenda. Art Box is a collaborative project led by Maria Calvo and Sofia del Rivero, two college graduates who share one passion: introducing kids to a world of art. The inspiration behind this program stems from today´s younger generation and their undeniable attachment to technology. Art Box is meant to be a home for the revival of creativity in kids-a place where they can develop that same enthusiasm

and appreciation but for artistic, hands-on activities.This summer, from June 9th to August 15th, Art Box will be operating as a summer camp full of fun activities, games, movies, and creative workshops for burgeoning little artists. The diverse workshops range from recreating Dali´s melting clocks to decorating Chinese lanterns to designing personalized book and CD covers. Art Box encourages kids to not limit their definition of art, but to realize that it can take form as many different mediums and expressions and be found in every day life. k

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SUMMER CAMP Story Time every Friday at 4:00 pm The Bookstore in the Grove 3390 Mary Street, Coconut Grove, 33133 Tel: 305.443.2855

Summer Arts Camp Allegria Music Art Movement Registration opens April 1st June 9th - August 15th 2014 To register visit or call 786-553-0932



Sensory Saturdays From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Miami Children's Museum MCM is transformed into a completely sensory friendly environment with modified lighting, sound adjustments and "cool down" rooms for children to relax in.Special programming includes yoga, art, music therapy, and more. Space is limited and admission is offered at a reduced rate. Pre-registration for these events are required. Please email sensorysaturday@miamichildrensmuseu to register.



Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures at the Spring Egg Hunt. Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park From: 10:00am – 12:00pm 1725 NE 135 Street (West Shelter) $1.00 Admission per person FREE Dental Screening and Dental Kit for Children ages 12 and under. Prizes, Refreshments, Games, Face Painting. Don’t forget to bring your own bag or basket! For more information about this event visit Or contact Silvana Tchorbadjian 305.753.7007 or Cristiane Rocha 786.426.6902


20th Conrad Hotel Easter Brunch at Atrio Restaurant From 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring your kids for fun and creativity to Celebrate Easter Sunday with a festive brunch buffet in the company of the Easter bunny and his bubble machine. “Art with Fun” is a creative way to learn and play! To make your reservation call 305.503.6529



MCM Target Free 3rd Fridays From 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Miami Children's Museum MCM and Target invite you to celebrate every month with fun interactive activities and crafts, storytelling and much more! You can also explore hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits which are related to arts, culture, community and communication for FREE!

14th Annual International Art of Storytelling Family From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At Main Library Miami-Dade Public Library System Free event for the entire family. Experience the magic of storytelling from a variety of cultures. Children 0-12, are invited to wear their favorite costume and join in a storybook parade. Puppets, dancers, Taiko drummers, magic show, arts & crafts, giveaways and more!





Conrad Hotel Mother’s Day Brunch at Atrio Restaurant From 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Treat Mom to a delightful gourmet meal amidst Miami’s most spectacular views. Bring the whole family as children will enjoy “Art with Fun” in our arts & craft kids’ zone. To make your reservation call 305.503.6529



Wordcamp Miami – Kids Workshop From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For the first time, WordCamp Miami is holding a WordPress beginner’s workshop for kids. This class is geared towards 8-12 year olds. Parents must be present for children under 13 and all attendees must bring a laptop.For more information email


16th MCM Target Free 3rd Fridays From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Miami Children's Museum MCM and Target invite you to celebrate every month with fun interactive activities and crafts, storytelling and much more! You can also explore hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits which are related to arts, culture, community and communication for FREE!

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Addison Kids Grand Opening

Addison House, one of Miami and Aventura’s premier sources for fine furniture in the luxury market, recently opened its front door to kids and Kiddos Magazine!


ddison Kids – the company’s newest division – located in Aventura, brings top brands in design for children and teenagers. Their opening event took place on Saturday, February 22nd at the new Addison Kids store, and Kiddos Magazine was there to cover the grand opening. Also, Miami Heat’s Chris Andersen aka “Birdman” was the special guest who signed basketballs and took photographs with attendees. “We are excited to bring to South Florida the latest in children’s furniture from trusted European brands,” said Alberto Camhi, vice-president

of Addison House. “Our customers are often looking for children’s bed room sets. Addison Kids will provide a wide array of furniture sets and pieces that are sure to please parents and children looking for a modern yet fun style.” “There is no other company in South Florida that offers this kind of high end concept for children and teens,” said Max Alcalay, president of Addison House. “We saw an opportunity to fill the hole in the furniture market, and now we are excited to bring our customers exclusive, quality pieces for their children’s rooms.” k

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