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Choosing A Great Summer Camp Program: Advice For Parents


Controlling â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pink Eyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; In Children

Read To Learn Books For Free Initiative Reaches One Year Milestone


4th Of July Tradition Fun Ways Families Celebrate Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birthday


5 Gift Ideas For Honoring Dad On Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day

 SNACKS Kid-Friendly Summer Snack Ideas




Is Your Child Too Busy?

2014 Kiddos Mom Of The Year

 TIPS Cooking Tips From One Mom To Another

 COOL STUFF Summer Essentials

 TOP 10 Shop In Your Area


Epilepsy Foundation and Camp Boggy Creek

 BOOK REVIEWS Suggestions For Your Kids To Read This Month

 MOVIE REVIEWS What Is New In Theaters


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It finally feels like summer is coming. It’s our Kiddos most favorite time of the year and memories are just waiting to happen. No school. Sleepovers. Summer Camp. Beaches. Play dates. Water fights. Movie days. Ice cream. Traveling. Mom time. Dad time. Swimming gear. Sand castles. Flip flops. Barbecues. Family time. Playing games. Boat rides. Shorts. Sunshine. Sleeping late.

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In this summer issue we included articles on parental advice, education, holidays and sports. To accompany this summer’s pool festivities, we’ve featured Kid-Friendly Summer Snack Ideas for our picky eaters and Cooking Tips From One Mom to Another, with suggestions on how to keep the smallest members of the family happy and healthy during the dog days of summer. It’s time to wear Red, White and Blue… America is turning 238 years old! In our Traditions section we talk about Fun Ways Families Celebrate America’s Birthday. In our Community section there is an interesting article about giving children with serious illnesses a week of fun, adventure and independence. Balance is the key between work, family and having fun with our loved ones, but don’t forget the SPF and be sure to get a Sip of Summer!

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Choosing A Great Summer Camp Program: Advice For Parents WRITTEN BY: Estefania Arosemena


he right summer camp will provide your kids lifelong memories and skills. But with so many options these days, make sure to pick the camp that best suits your child’s personality. Be ready to ask lots of questions about topics like art and sports and a variety of other available activities. Summertime is here and there is no better place for your kids to develop new skills and make friendship bracelets while you are at work or watching over the household. Whether you choose a day camp or sleepover, here is how to pick a winner this summer.


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Look beyond location, facilities & activities When starting your research, make sure to ask how the program will influence your children now and in the future. Perform an honest assessment of what type of specialized camp you’d like for your child. Sports, art, language, music, theater and computers are only some of the specific programs summer camps offer today to improve a child’s individual skills. Look beyond brochures or videos by contacting the camp directors who will help answer any concerns before making a final decision.

Talk to parents & campers from previous years It is always a good idea to ask previous participants about their experiences. Speaking to the parents of previous camp attendees will help give you a clearer idea of how well the camp is run. Ask the camp directors if there are parents willing to communicate with prospective applicants. This demonstrates that the camp has a faculty of experienced professionals who are confident about the level of the programs they offer. This is also a great way to learn more about how the kids enjoyed the summer program or any possible drawbacks.

Visit the summer camp while it’s running To get a clear image of the environment where your child will be spending most of the time, it is important to visit the camp. By seeing the program with your own eyes, you will know if the activities fit your child’s personality and if the staff is trustworthy. You will also have the opportunity to determine whether the group sizes suit your child’s individual needs and if the location of the camp is the most convenient. Don’t forget

to check the meals to ensure the kids will be eating nutritiously. Some camps save costs by giving out junk food to their campers. Be cautious! This could really affect your child’s eating habits. Decide on a day or sleepover camp If this is your child’s first time, day camps are a good starting point. Kids learn more about teamwork and handling temporary separation from their parents. Additionally, day camps are a great way to

keep your kids active all summer long while staying local. You’ll have more insight into what’s happening every day and communicate regularly with your child. Once your child has attended day camps for a few years, you might consider a sleepover for a new adventure! Your kiddos will learn to be more independent, follow directions and develop the skills that will enable them to live on their own as adults. k



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Controlling ‘Pink Eye’ in Children WRITTEN BY: Miami Children’s Hospital


ink eye” is one of the most common eye diseases affecting children. Some are highly contagious and can lead to serious vision problems. Therefore, it’s important for parents to understand how to prevent this condition and when to seek treatment. Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection on the inner surface of the eyelid, which covers the white part of the eye. It can also be the result of an allergic reaction to cosmetics, smoke, chlorine in swimming pools or other substances.

using over-the-counter eye drops such as “artificial tears.” Lubricating eye drops, such as those used by contact lens wearers, may be helpful with allergic conjunctivitis, since they may wash away the substances causing the allergy. If your child is in severe discomfort, see your doctor right away. Otherwise, you may want to wait a couple of days to see if compresses and “flooding” the eye seem to help. But if conjunctivitis persists for a couple of days and does not seem to be getting better, make an appointment with your pediatrician to help determine the cause and the proper course of treatment. Tips to control pink eye

Typically, children with conjunctivitis experience an itchy, burning or “gritty” feeling in one or both eyes. Other symptoms include excessive tearing, a discharge from the eyes, swollen eyelids or a pink discoloration to the white of the eye – the reason conjunctivitis is nicknamed pink eye. One of the best ways to ease these uncomfortable symptoms is to apply a warm, wet compress to the eye. Just soak a clean cloth in warm water, wring it out and put it over your child’s eye. Sometimes a cool compress does a better job of reducing the discomfort. If only one eye is affected, be sure that the compress doesn’t come into contact with the other eye – otherwise, you might spread the infection. You may want to try flushing your child’s eye with a saline solution or


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While pink eye usually responds well to treatment, it is important to prevent it from affecting other members of the family. Here are several tips to follow once an infection has been diagnosed: • Don’t touch your eyes with your hands • Wash your hands several times a day, and make sure to be thorough • Don’t share towels or washcloths with other family members • Wash your towels and washcloths daily • Get rid of the teen’s eye cosmetics, particularly mascara • Don’t share personal eye-care items like bottles of saline solution • Don’t wear contact lenses until the infection is over • Throw away any old contact lenses, cleaning solution or lens cases that may have been contaminated

These preventive steps, along with your doctor’s recommendations, should help keep pink eye in check and avoid a recurrence. Be sure to complete the entire course of treatment and wait for your doctor to give the “all clear” before resuming your normal routine. Since conjunctivitis has the potential to cause serious vision problems, parents need to take this condition seriously. If home remedies are not working, call your pediatrician right away for diagnosis and treatment.

For a referral to a pediatric ophthalmologist, please call the hospital’s Physician Referral Line at 305-MCH-4KIDs or 888-556-4KIDs (4543) or visit for more information about eye problems in children.

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ather’s Day is a day we need to set apart to celebrate fatherhood and recognize the importance of dads in our lives. Today fathers are doing much more than we think: changing diapers, getting up at night, helping with homework, taking the kids to the doctor and cooking dinner for the family, just to name a few things. Here are some gift ideas so that you can start thinking ahead to surprise dad and foster paternal bonds. This is the perfect opportunity to honor dad and say, “I love you.” Send a love message Words are very important. Whether you write him a thank you letter or forward him a song, dad will know you have been thinking about him. Dads want to feel appreciated and loved. Expressing this affection is essential to build a good relationship

with daddy and remind him that all of his support and love throughout the year has been worth it! Fathers will love this connection. Make a time capsule All fathers have a history. Collecting personal items and old photos in one single box will definitely brighten his day. Your dad will be reminded of some of his individual likes and the special memories you have shared together. Items like agendas, pocket watches, letters and old family photos could work. Cook for dad They don’t say, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” for nothing. Cooking a nice dinner for dad will make him really happy and proud. From an easy homemade pizza to a more elaborated dish, what matters here is the intention. Find a recipe that you know he’ll like and make sure to do the grocery

shopping ahead of time. Plan a date with dad Set some time apart to go out on a date with dad. This is the perfect time to get to know each other better and really communicate. Some date ideas include: watching your favorite sports game live, having some yummy burgers at a local restaurant, going to the movies or playing table games together. There is no doubt you will have a memorable date. Make a homemade gift Parents love homemade gifts done by the little ones! One good idea is to buy a solid color tie or t-shirt from a department store and make handprints all over it with paint. This is a unique gift for your dad and the kids will surely have a great time making it. k


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adies, Let’s Go Fishing” hosts Universities in South Florida, Treasure Coast, Ft. Myers/Matlacha and the Florida Keys for all women interested in learning how to fish. Activities include conservation-minded presentations, a networking social, various fishing instructions in a classroom setting, a “Dress for Fishing Success” fashion show, hands-on skill practice and an optional charter fishing trip.

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VOOBOTTEGA is the first extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and balsamic vinegar tasting-store in Miami. With more than 300 stores like this all over the country and over 20 in Florida, it’s about time someone recognized that Miami residents are looking for healthier and tastier olive oil alternatives. Because EVOOBOTTEGA is a tasting store, you only take home what fits your personal taste, whether it’s a mild, medium or robust EVOO or a rich and sweet balsamic vinegar. Not surprisingly, kids love it too! Gourmet Kid Happy Hour, EVOOBOTTEGA’s newest

event for kids, makes eating veggies, olive oil and balsamic vinegar a fun activity. Kids get to taste veggies dipped in different flavors of olive oils and balsamic vinegars and play at the Gourmet Kid craft table while they learn about the olive oil making process. Gourmet Kid Happy Hours are held twice per month at the Coral Gables store. Be ready to have fun and learn about olive oil while getting crafty! Visit EVOOBOTTEGA to learn more about their environmentally friendly bottle-reuse discount.

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Kid-­Friendly Summer  Snack  Ideas Cumcumber Sandwiches WRITTEN BY: Mr. & Mrs. P

If it seems like the only thing you hear your kids say during the summer is, “I’m hungry,” then you are going to need a quick and healthy snack recipe to keep them satisfied and full of energy. These easy-to-make finger sandwiches require no cooking at all and make great little bites that your kiddos will love. Best of all, you don’t have to break a sweat in order to make them! The cream cheese spread provides a familiar taste and the cucumber provides a cool and refreshing crunch. Your kids won’t even know they are eating their vegetables! Don’t let this recipe scare you; even picky eaters crave these miniature bites!

Ingredients: 12 ounces of light cream cheese 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley 1 tablespoon of chopped thyme 1 teaspoon of salt 1/2 teaspoon of pepper 1 cucumber Sliced sandwich bread Directions:

4. To assemble the sandwiches, get two pieces of bread and spread about a tablespoon of the cheese mixture to each side of the bread. Add a layer of sliced cucumber and stack the bread. 5. Cut the crusts off the bread, to give it a nice clean look. Finally cut into four small triangles and place on a serving platter. Enjoy!

1. Allow the cream cheese to soften by leaving it out on the counter until it is room temperature. This will make mixing and spreading a lot easier. 2. Chop the fresh thyme and parsley and set aside. Slice the cucumber thinly with either a knife or a mandolin. 3. Add the cream cheese, herbs, salt and pepper to a mixing bowl and mix by hand or with a stand mixer.

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Read to Learn Books for Free Initiative Reaches One Year Milestone WRITTEN BY: Written by: The Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade

The Children’s Trust and The Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade College embark on a second year of distributing books to needy children


ith the goal of having all Miami-Dade County children reading at or above grade level by third grade, the Read to Learn Books for Free Initiative – a program developed by The Children’s Trust and The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College – has arrived at its one year milestone this month. Thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors and the general public, more than 120,000 books have been collected and given to children in underserved communities


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since April 2013. Fewer than 48% of children are read to daily, and among lowincome families, only 36%. Read to Learn Books for Free hopes to encourage families to read together by giving away the books in locations where families often visit together, such as public health clinics, low-income housing, and at the Children’s Courthouse and Juvenile Justice Center, for a total of 25 distribution locations. “Reading is a fundamental tool for a child’s future growth, imagination,

creativity, and self-empowerment,” says Delia Lopez, Director of Operations at The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College. “Since launching the Read to Learn Books for Free Initiative a year ago, we have been overwhelmed by the community’s generosity and support for Miami-Dade’s underserved youth.” k To support Read to Learn Books for Free, call or e-mail us for information about how you can help: or 305.237.3298. For more information on The Children’s Trust, please visit For more information about The Center, please visit




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Luz Mejia is Kiddos 2014 Mom of the Year WRITTEN BY: Estefania Arosemena


his year Kiddos Magazine was proud to announce Luz Mejia as 2014 Kiddos Mom of the Year. With a full time job and two beautiful girls, Luz is an inspiring mom who dedicates her life and soul to her family. She has enrolled her girls in all types of nurturing activities including dancing, violin, French and Mandarin lessons. Like any other mom, Luz doesn’t want to miss any important moments with the girls. Every day she takes them to all of their extra curricular activities and enjoys every bit. She is always there to tell them what is right, wrong and what they need to improve on. “Being a mother is to learn each day from your children because nobody teaches us to be parents; each day there is a valuable new experience to learn from,” says Luz. Her youngest daughter, Andrea Mejia, wrote Kiddos’ winning letter telling us

how devoted and amazing her mom is. Her letter was chosen based on its clarity of writing, content and creativity. Andrea is a first-grader who loves to play the violin, draw and study French. According to Andrea, her mom enjoys taking her to fun places, helping with homework and reading together. But the best thing about her mom is that no matter the circumstances they are going through, her mother always has a smile on her face. Aside from being a great mom, Luz is a Zumba enthusiast, jogger and community service volunteer when time permits. The rest of the time she is working and doing her best to be her girls’ biggest motivator, friend and mentor. Congratulations once again to Luz for all the good things she does and for being a role model to many other moms out there. k



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Fourth Of July Traditions: Fun Ways Families Celebrate America’s Birthday


olidays are a special time, especially for kids. Parents have the opportunity to create memories for their children that will last a lifetime. These traditions are an important part of childhood and help bind families together and create a sense of belonging within the family. The shared experiences produced by these traditions help to instill values that will be carried on to future generations. Here are some fun ways families celebrate America’s birthday Parades If anything can spark Americans to get into the spirit of Independence Day, it’s a parade. Americans love parades! In good weather, small


towns and large cities across America line the streets to see floats, horses, cheerleaders, military units, and marching bands pass by, and often wave flags as participants hand out candy. Outdoor Parties Who doesn’t love burgers, brats, hot dogs, and steak (or veggie burgers)? Whether rain or shine, it is safe to bet there will be a grill burning in almost every neighborhood in America on Independence Day. The Fourth of July is the perfect time to gather friends and family for an outdoor celebration. Birthday celebrations are a blast and this year America turns 238 years old. It is the perfect occasion for a barbecue, picnic, pool party, or beach gathering. With beautiful summer

weather, the Fourth of July is the perfect excuse to break the confines of indoors and get outside. Fireworks Show The biggest Fourth of July tradition for millions of Americans is loading up the family and heading out to a local fireworks display. Don’t worry, there are plenty of fireworks shows across the country and these fireworks shows won’t disappoint. While many cities hold their fireworks shows on the Fourth, some hold theirs on the weekend or the day before. Ice Cream A delicious ice cream treat probably tastes best when enjoyed on the Fourth of July. That’s because it‘s considered an all-American favor-

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ite. In the United States in the early 20th century, the ice cream soda was a popular treat at the soda shop, the soda fountain, and the ice cream parlor. Today, no Fourth of July cookout or party is complete without ice cream. Patriotic displays On the Fourth of July, Americans customarily adorn their houses with flags, buntings and steamers in red, white and blue, the colors of the American flag. In addition, people deck themselves out with red, white and blue to show their American pride. Wave it proudly. Wear it proudly.

Baseball In cities across America, teams play on the Fourth of July and often follow the game with a fireworks display. Writing in 1919, philosopher Morris Raphael Cohen described baseball as America’s national religion. In fact, baseball has inspired many works of art and entertainment. The sport has played an important role in American culture throughout the years. Catching a Major League baseball game is an excellent way to celebrate the America’s birthday. So, whether you are lighting off fireworks, firing up the grill or spending time with family and friends, we at Kiddos Magazine would like to wish you a happy and safe 4th of July! k

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Cooking Tips From One Mom To Another WRITTEN BY: Andrea Minski


MG! Where did 2014 go? I can’t believe it’s almost summer!

Yes, summertime is fast approaching and while we love the idea of summer camp, lazy days at the beach and barbecues with family and friends, ensuring the kiddies are well nourished and hydrated can be challenging even for the most experienced of caregivers. The heat can sometimes interfere with those tiny appetites and while some children’s desire to eat may decrease, others may want to eat more because of the additional energy burned due to outside activity. Here are just a few tips and suggestions to keep the smallest members of the family happy and healthy during the dog days of summer. 1. Hydrate Place a frozen juice pack in your child’s lunch box. In addition to keeping the lunch box cool it will be perfect for consumption by the time lunch rolls around.


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2. Leftovers Use leftover chicken salad for bitesize sandwiches. Make sure to mash it thoroughly and cut sandwiches into triangles and squares to make it more manageable and appealing for little ones. 3. Snack suggestion Cut an apple into wedges and fill a small container with peanut butter, yogurt or cream cheese for dipping. (This can be done with carrots, broccoli or celery). Kids will usually try anything they can dip! 4. Picky eater? For those children who are picky eaters or who have small appetites, blend a shake. Add a few berries or a piece of a banana and some ice. Pour into a fancy cup and add a funky straw and the fast food chains cannot compete! Summer is a time for fun with lots of play dates, family gatherings and vacations. We want to stay healthy and have fun while doing it. Allow your children to let loose a little. If

they want something sweet or a hot dog let them go for it (remember to cut hot dogs into tiny pieces for younger children). Just make sure they are burning it off. Finally, remember to keep them hydrated with lots of water and cooling edibles like watermelon and popsicles. Have fun with your children this summer and don’t forget the sun block! k Andrea Minski best known as Mujer Balance. For more tips and ideas visit

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Is your child too busy? WRITTEN BY: Lydia Correa-Gonzalez


ids today are really never given the opportunity to get bored. They are always on the go. Parents are being led to believe that the more activities their child is involved in, the better it will be for their future development. So much for the idea of childhood being a time of carefree, child centered fun! Clearly kids have too much to do and not enough time to do it. As


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parents we must focus on whether this is what our children truly want or if we are pushing them too hard to keep up with their peers. The key question is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why are kids so busy?â&#x20AC;? For some families kids may be engaging in too many activities in order not to feel left out. In others, parents might feel it is more productive to keep their children occupied rather than leaving

them free time to learn and explore on their own. Most parents want what is best for their kids and, although their intentions might be in the right place, their children can easily become over scheduled. This pressure to participate can be very stressful for both parents and kids alike. The key is to find a balance that will ensure that neither parents nor children are overwhelmed.


There are various signs that might indicate that kids are too busy. They may feel tired, anxious, or depressed. They might complain of headaches and stomachaches, which are caused by stress, missed meals or lack of sleep. They might fall behind on schoolwork causing a drop in their grades. Family life can also suffer as a result of overscheduling, this leads to less family time to share and connect.

Alvin Rosenfeld, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and author of The Over-Scheduled Child explains that all not extracurricular activities are bad. “Enrichment activities are perfect,” he said. “They add a lot to kids’ lives. The problem is, we’ve lost the ability to balance them with down time, boring time.” Children and their parents who find themselves in this predicament can

take action to remedy the situation. Scheduling in moderation, setting time limits on activities and only choosing activities that a child is truly interested in can have a huge impact. Allowing downtime for parents and children to bond and relax can make a world of difference. k Read more about this topic in The Over-Scheduled Child By Alvin Rosenfeld

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community Epilepsy Foundation and Camp Boggy Creek Giving children with serious illnesses a week of fun, adventure and independence WRITTEN BY: Epilepsy Foundation


hat is epilepsy? Can my friends catch it? Why do I have seizures? As parents, we should know the answers to these questions. Epilepsy is more common in children than in adults so it is important for our little ones to know the answers to these questions too. About 5% of children younger than 5 years old have epilepsy. That is about one in every 20 children. The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) has programs designed for children, youth and parents including medical services, support groups and youth camp every summer. The Foundation has been in existence for close to 45 years. Services include medical care and medication assistance, psychological evaluations and counseling, social services, assistance with appropriate educational placement and support groups. One of the most critical components of our services is the provision of sup-


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port and education to the families of those living with epilepsy. About Camp Boggy Creek Each year in July the Epilepsy Foundation sends children with epilepsy to Camp Boggy Creek. Camp Boggy Creek is specifically designed for children with illnesses and allows them to safely enjoy the activities of a “traditional” camp. Between early morning swims and evening campfires, children whose lives have been a series of medical procedures and hospital stays are transformed into just “kids.” They have a chance to be with others coping with the same illness or condition and realize that they are not alone. Summer Camp During each of our summer sessions, up to 150 children with like illnesses arrive for a week of fun, adventure and independence. The prescription for the day is fun, fun, fun! Laughter,

giggles, friendships and excitement abound on the 232 acres of tall pines, majestic oaks and nature trails. Campers are empowered to do things they never dreamed they could do. They are infused with a spirit of accomplishment at every turn and allowed to forget that “they

have what they have.” For many of them it is the first time they’ve felt “normal” since their diagnosis. Multiple sessions of overnight camp offer our campers the chance to come to camp and catch a fish, make a woodshop project or climb our high tower while making some wonderful new friends. Each session of camp hosts a different illness group. Mission Our mission is to foster a spirit of joy by creating a free, safe and medically-sound camp environment that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families. Camp Boggy Creek is a proud member of SeriousFun Children’s Network. Founded by Paul Newman in 1996, SeriousFun Children’s Network is a growing global community of independently managed and financed camps and programs creating opportunities for children with serious

illnesses and their families to reach beyond illness and discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibilities - always free of charge. For further information, visit the camp registration site directly: The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome challenges created by epilepsy. EFOF was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). EFOF is the principal agency for epilepsy programs and services sponsored by the State of Florida, servicing the estimated 375,000 Floridians who suffer from the condition. It is the sole licensee in the state of the National Epilepsy Foundation®, which has led the fight against epilepsy since 1968. EFOF serves as the lead advocate

for the rights and needs of people with epilepsy and seizure disorders at the local, county and state level. EFOF provides many valuable services to individuals and their families, regardless of their financial situation. k

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1. The Over-Scheduled Child By Alvin Rosenfeld, MD, Nicole Wise Do you find yourself asking, “Whose life is it anyway?” Parenting today has come to resemble a relentless to-do list. Even parents with the best intentions strive to micro-manage every detail of their kids’ lives and live in constant fear that their child will under-perform in any area academic, social, athletic. Lists and schedules, meetings and appointments invade our every moment and the need to be the best dominates and undermines our own sense of self as well as our children’s. For kids and parents 2. Doll Bones By Holly Black Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. Zach, Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and,


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as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches? For kids 8 to 12 years old 3. Tame your Manners By Loretta Neff For caregivers and parents with demanding schedules finding time to teach or mentor children is increasingly difficult. While teaching professionals are relied upon to teach academic skills like reading, writing and arithmetic, the importance of social skills is often overlooked. Learning social skills early, especially during childhood, can shape a child’s character and greatly impact his or her life. Tame Your Manners makes manners fun, meaningful and, most importantly, memorable. Any adult or child who reads this book will delight in the clever illustrations and correlations of animal characteristics to the manners advice. For kids 9 to 12 years old, adults

4. The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella, Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes. For kids 7 to 9 years old 5. The Shark Whisperer By Ellen Prager After his most klutzy move ever, falling into a pool of sharks, things for Tristan Hunt begin to look up. Tristan is invited to an oceanthemed summer camp in the Florida Keys where he discovers that he and the other young teens there have very special and rare talents when it comes to the ocean. After the camp receives a distress call from ocean animals, Tristan and his new friends get pulled into a daring rescue in the Bahamas. With the help of sharks, dolphins, a quick-escape artist octopus, and some seabird bombers, the camp-

ers must use their young talents in an attempt to outwit an evil sharkfinning, reef-blasting billionaire. For kids 9 to 12 years old 6. A is for Awesome By Dallas Clayton Alliterative and rhyming words of wisdom surrounded by all new art fill this energetic alphabet book by Dallas Clayton. Bursting with color and life, each spread offers a rhythmic phrase and an abundance of artwork illustrating the featured letter. The message of dreaming big and living life to its fullest permeates every page, inviting readers to “learn some new letters that you can use to make magical words and share big ideas.” For kids 3 to 7 years old 7. Where’s Waldo? The Totally Essential Travel Collection By Martin Handford The travel companion that Waldo fans can’t get enough of-now with all the classic adventures! Martin Handford is the creator of the hugely popular Where’s Waldo? series. Beginning in 1987, the books went on to become a multi-millionselling global success. For kindergarten to 12 years old k




A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way.


Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.


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years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.


The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climacticbattle across the world.


devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.


Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being - stranded on Earth and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever


A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the


Planes: Fire & Rescue features a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of wildfire air attack. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous air attack team, including spirited super scooper Lil’ Dipper, heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. k

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+WUU]VQ\QM[1V;KPWWT[7N5QIUQKMTMJZI\ML 25th Anniversary With Charity Gala To Benefit Youth


very nine seconds of each school day, a young person drops out of high school in the U.S. and nearly one-third fail to graduate on time. For the past 25 years, Communities In Schools of Miami (CIS of Miami) has formed a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to provide free programs and tools to keep students in class and on track toward graduation. On Saturday, April 26th, CIS of Miami hosted an affair to remember commemorating its silver anniversary and 25 years of service. The theme of the fundraising gala was “an evening among the stars”, which

paid tribute to the CIS of Miami students (stars) who have successfully graduated high school since the organization’s inception. More than 200 guests attended the black-tie event including Russell Benford, Deputy Mayor; Al Golden, head coach of the University of Miami’s football team; Richard Hersch, Miami Dade Circuit Court Judge; Midgna SanchezLlorens, Miami Dade County Circuit Court Judge; Spencer Multack, Miami-Dade County Clerk Judge and Dr. Pablo Ortiz, Associate Superintendent of Miami- Dade County Public Schools.

FIU’s Development, Context, and Communication Lab Invites children to participate in our paid research studies on children’s memory/behavior.

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All children will receive a small prize for participating & families will receive a gift card

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This year’s silver anniversary gala raised more than $100,000 to fund dropout prevention programs including tutoring, mentoring and wrap around services for students. k


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TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ Exhibit Opening Miami Children’s Museum From 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Join MCM for the grand opening of our new exhibit, TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination,™ introduce your little one to the construction and function of simple machines through the use of this iconic children’s play set. Try to build the tallest tower, construct your own roller coaster and drum along with Drumming for Wellness. With the additive of the young imagination, the possibilities for creativity and innovation are endless. What will you create?


15th Father’s Day Celebration at Miami Children’s Museum From 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Calling all Dads! Join us for a day full of fun and exciting activities that will bring you and your child together as a team. Play in our Daddy and Me Obstacle Course and create cool crafts and that Dad will love.


18th-2nd The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and her dog!) Wednesday, June 18 - Wednesday, July 2 Carnival Studio Theater There are no puzzles in space, right? Wrong! Space is one giant puzzle waiting to be put together by physicists, astronomers and a brainy girl who goes by the name Dr. Wonderful. Fly through the solar system with Dr. Wonderful and her amazing adventure team of Newton (the dog) and Ben (the human) in this all-new musical! Ages 6+ Tickets available at

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Family Fest at the Adrienne Arsht Center Saturday, June 21 – Knight Concert Hall Admission to all Family Fest events are Free. However, First-Access Passes are required by calling box office 305.949.6722 The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to continue its sixth consecutive season of free Family Fest with a spectacular new format: a series of free indoor, family-friendly performances ranging from award-winning musicians to South Florida’s most renowned performing artists. Family event.


18th Target Free Third Friday at Miami Children’s Museum From 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm Thanks to the generosity of Target Corporation, visitors can roam the Museum free of charge every third Friday of each month from 3 pm to 9 pm. Due to the number of visitors on Target Free Third Fridays, we suggest leaving strollers at home or in the car. Thank you.


20th Gables Bike Tour: Gables Grand Vistas at Coral Gables Museum Sunday, July 20th, 11am Bring your camera! Inspired by the Museum's 3rd annual "Capture Coral Gables Photography Contest and Exhibit", this bike tour will seek out photo ops in the Gables. Bike rentals and helmets (required for children under 16) are available at No Boundaries, conveniently located across the street from the Museum. $10; $5 for Museum members and children under 12. Space is limited. Please RSVP to 305.603.8067.



Key Biscayne Key Biscayne's Fourth of July bash includes a traditional parade with professional and homemade floats (the most creative gets a $1000 prize), music and fireworks. The parade runs along Crandon Boulevard starting at 11 a.m. It is followed by a picnic at Village Green and fireworks shooting off around 9 p.m. See fireworks at Galen Drive and Crandon Boulevard; Free event. For more information visit Coral Gables The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables hosts its annual Fireworks Spectacular starting at 4 p.m. with family fun activities then continuing with a performance by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave.; Free event, VIP tickets Coconut Grove The show will go on at Peacock Park as planned, thanks to some help from the City of Miami, with the fireworks blazing up at 9 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the spectacle. Free event. Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove. Palmetto Bay Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a patriotic 20 minute fireworks display at 9 p.m. at Black Point Park and Marina. 24775 SW 87th Ave. Free event. For more information visit

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