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Back To School An Emotional And Physical Preperation

HEALTH 10 |

Back To School Nutrition Tips To Boost Focus and Performance

PARENTING 16 |

Back To School and Cyberbullying Safety Tips To Protect Your Children

THE KIDDOS KID REPORTER 20 |

Chino & Nacho: A Blockbuster Success Musical Inspiration

 SCHOOL CALENDAR Miami-Dade County 2014-2015 Public School Calendar

 SAFETY Poison Control Alert: Nicotine Is A Hazard For Kids

 PLACES The Miami Auto Museum: A Must See This Fall

 COOL STUFF Back To School Essentials

 TOP 10 Shop In Your Area

ART EDUCATION 26 |

From Ballet Class To Medical School: The Importance Of An Arts Education In Your Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life

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Communities In School (CIS) Changing The Picture Of Education In Miami

MODELS: Noor and Marco WARDROBE STYLIST: Casey Garcia

BACKPACKS: Luggage & More, The Falls

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PHOTOGRAPHY/CREATIVE DIRECTION: Ginelle Lago

CLOTHING: Brooks Brothers, The Falls

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Suggestions For Your Kids To Read This Month

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y First Anniversar Issue! What a year it has been! Over a year ago, taking baby steps, I started working on this amazing project. With the help of two great friends, Estefania Arosemena and Fernando Corrales who believed in and supported me through the development, Kiddos Magazine is celebrating its 1st Anniversary! It is truly humbling and I find myself quite emotional about where God has brought us after one year. Communicating with and informing the Miami community as well as meeting many amazing people who work every day for our kids’ and families’ benefit has been such a precious gift. I am doing what I love. I would like to give a big a heartfelt THANK YOU to all our followers, readers, clients, contributing writers, non-profit organizations, and everyone involved for their efforts. I also thank my son Marco for being my main inspiration.

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Summer is over and our Kiddos are heading Back to School again. A million great new experiences are on the way. I know as a parent— I can’t believe my son is starting 3rd grade—how many questions you might have. In order to help make the transition back to school easier for children and parents in our feature article, Principal Rodriguez Malone offers some great tips for An Emotional and Physical Preparation.

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In a effort to keep all parents well-informed about Cyberbullying, Miami Children’s Hospital brings Safety Tips to Protect your Children during the back to school season. And for a Healthy start, Dr. Cates offers Nutrition Tips to Boost Focus and Performance in School. I hope you enjoy every article and that the information helps you to start and be prepared for the school year. Don’t miss our Kiddos 1st Anniversary Party. You and your Kiddos are invited!!!

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Back to School

An Emotional and Physical Preparation Joan Rodriguez Malone Preschool Director: Village Montessori

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t’s almost that time of the year. Summer memories have been created and it’s time to prepare for a new school year full of new exciting possibilities. The children will go back to school where they will reconnect with old friends and meet new friends. Having a positive disposition as a family plays an important part in this transition. Back to school means many different things to many parents. During this process the parents must prepare as well as the children. Start-

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ing school entails an emotional and physical preparation for the family. The emotional transition is different for every child. For some children this will be the first time they start school. The experience of starting school today may help children in the future when it’s time to apply for a new job or going to a college interview. It is a healthy stress to practice. In order to meet the emotional needs of a child we must provide

an opportunity to meet his/her needs for order, exploration, & orientation. Order can be maintained by following a bedtime routine and a morning routine before the first day of school. Laying out uniforms or picking clothing for the next day is not just a good idea but also gives the children external order that helps them build internal order. Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important elements in children’s success in school. Children across all devel-


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opmental spectrums react very well to visual aids; creating cards with pictures of the routine helps all children better understand what is expected of them. Children feel safe when they can predict what comes next. Empowering children during their morning routine to get dressed independently, make their beds, and have breakfast is conducive to independence. In Montessori schools, we have a designated area as part of the curriculum

where we support the independence of the children through exercises of care of the self, care of the environment, & grace and courtesy. These exercises with real life activities help ground the children in the reality of life. Visiting the school with your children meets the need for exploration and orientation. The visit can be a few times for about thirty minutes before the first official first day of school. This helps the children orient themselves in the

new environment. Visiting helps create a concrete picture of what school looks like and gets the conversation started. If you are not able to coordinate a visit with the school you can create a booklet with pictures of the school, the teacher, and the children. Back to school can be an exciting time of the year. It is a family process of adaptation and it’s important that the needs of the entire family are met. When you prepare yourself and your child emotionally and physically, you have a better chance of a peaceful beginning. k

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Back to School Nutrition Tips to Boost Focus and Performance in School WRITTEN BY: Dr. Trevor Cates

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hat are you feeding your kids to nourish their brains and help them grow and flourish through the school year? On school days, you might find it even more challenging to encourage your children to eat nutritious foods. So, here are some tips to help ensure your children are nourishing their bodies and their brains. 1. Start your child’s day off strong with a healthy breakfast. During childhood, the body and mind need the consistent provision of good nutrition in order to function optimally. A smoothie with fruit, protein (nuts/ seeds or pea/rice protein powder), coconut milk and even some greens is an easy and effective way to pack in power foods. 2. Pack your child’s lunch with nutrient rich foods. Include foods like fresh veggies and fruit, legumes (hummus, beans, peas), nuts and seeds, organic nitrate-free sandwich meats, and whole grains. Instead a sugary soft drink, select fruit juice with no added sugar or water. 3. Discuss healthy eating with your child and create a game plan together. Allowing them to help with shopping, growing a garden, and preparing their snacks and lunches will support them in making good choices. 4. Have regular family meals. Spending time together at least one meal each day (or as often as possible) sends a great message to your child that nutrition is important. This is

your opportunity to be a super role model for your child and show them how much you enjoy eating nutritious foods too! 5. Enjoy a variety of foods. In my practice, I see many children with food allergies and intolerances. Eating a variety of foods may help reduce the chance of developing food reactions. In addition, eating a variety of foods exposes a child to more possible nutrients and allows her or him to acquire a taste for more foods. 6. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water. While other drinks might be tasty, water provides the best way to keep the body hydrated. Send filtered water to school in reusable BPA-free containers such as stainless steel water bottles. 7. Choose fresh and whole over processed food. While kids are often drawn to processed foods, they contain artificial colors, preservatives, flavor enhancers, and partially hydrogenated oils. Research shows that food additives can create hyperactivity in some children. In addition, certain artificial food colors have been linked to cancer in animal studies. Hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated, and other processed oils contain toxic byproducts and harm cellular membrane function. 8. Limit sugar intake. Sugar and other sweeteners create a peak in blood sugar followed by a crash. This can lead to hyperactivity and/ or fatigue and subsequently affects children’s performance in school.

Excess sugar can also interfere with immune function making it more likely for your child to get sick. Artificial sweeteners are not a better alternative as they have been linked to various health concerns and increase sweet cravings. A nutrient-rich balanced diet supports a child’s ability to focus, have energy and succeed in school. It can also be delicious and enjoyable with the right ingredients and attitude. The results can be as rewarding as A’s on a report card, and with better nutrition, you may see more of those too! k To learn more about Dr. Cates and sign up for her free programs and offers, visit DrTrevorCates.com.

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outh Florida’s poison control center has a warning for families: e-cigarettes pose a risk to kids. Recent news articles have noted the increased popularity of “vaping”, i.e. the use of e-cigarettes, products marketed as a safer alternative to smoking. These electronic devices vaporize concentrated nicotine (and other ingredients) that users inhale through small devices that can resemble cigarettes, a pack of cards, or an ink pen.

and can contain many cigarettes’ worth of nicotine in a bottle that may not be child-resistant. Nicotine overdose can be fatal and several Florida children have visited hospitals with severe vomiting and seizures as a result of sipping the concentrated syrup. The nicotine in cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco has always been hazardous to children - as little as one cigarette can require a trip to the local emergency department.

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These days there are many products containing nicotine available in pharmacies, online, and through retail outlets. These, include patches, lozenges, gum,

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Back to School and Cyberbullying Safety Tips to Protect Your Children WRITTEN BY: Miami Children’s Hospital

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ullying has been a problem in schools for many years, and with the new integration of technology at home and in the classrooms it has taken on a new form: Cyberbullying. What is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying occurs when children use technology such as cell phones and the Internet, to send hurtful – and sometimes anonymous - messages to other children. Unfortunately, cyberbullies don’t stop there. They can go as far as impersonating your child on a social site such as Facebook or Twitter, and send incriminating messages. i-SAFE America states how 58 percent of children admitted to having experienced some form of cyberbullying. Dr. Sara Rivero-Conil, a psychologist at Miami’s Children’s Hospital’s Division of Psychology states how cyberbullying is a serious concern, “[Bullying] isn’t limited to school anymore. It can essentially happen 24 hours a day, which can make those who are being severely cyberbullied feel like there is no escape.” According to Dr. Rivero-Conil the constant abuse can result in your child suffering from anxiety and/ or depression. In extreme circumstances, children have taken their lives due to cyberbullying. This was

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the case for 15-year-old child from Cape Coral, Florida who took his life after being cyberbullied by classmates for two years. Because of his story, new laws were adopted in Florida that would penalize schools

that don’t comply with anti-bullying policies. Although this is an improvement, many children still fall victim to bullying. How can you tell if your child is being cyberbullied? As Dr. Rivero-Conil suggests, keeping the lines of communication open with your child is very important. Make sure to keep an eye on eat-

ing and sleeping habits, as well as grades in school. She says, “If your child arrives from school looking disheveled or missing items that they had taken to school, be sure to check in with him/her. It’s also important to remind your child that the bullying is not his or her fault.” How can you protect your child from cyberbullies? If you see any signs your child may be a victim of cyberbullying, it’s important to talk to him/her. Make sure he or she is not sharing personal information, especially passwords with anyone, even friends. Dr. RiveroConil explains, “It’s also important that they realize the Internet is a very public space, e-mail messages, IM conversations and photos can all be copied, printed and forwarded, so they should be mindful of how they portray themselves online. Keeping the computer in a public place and limiting the time your children spend on non-school-related activities online may also help you be aware of what’s going on in your child’s online world.” Most importantly, added Dr. Rivero-Conil, “If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Encourage your children not to open messages from bullies, and they definitely should not hesitate to block someone’s online profile if they are feeling harassed.”


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But what happens if your child is the bully? The thought of your child being the bully can be very upsetting. Sadly, this may be possible. In a study conducted by iSafe America, 54 percent of children admitted to being mean to someone over the Internet. Although this can definitely be very upsetting, it’s important to teach your children the correct behavior on the Internet, as well as making them understand the power of words, and how damaging they can be.

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The most common causes of treatment failure are lack of compliance and continued contact with others infested and untreated, although resistance of head lice to topical treatments is becoming a problem in some areas.

furniture and carpeting on which the infested person sat or lay down has also been suggested. Spraying the home with a pediculicide is not recommended. k

Many school districts have rules that forbid the return to school of even adequately treated children with nits in place. Household members should be examined and treated if infested; bedmates should be treated prophylactically. Louse survival off the scalp beyond 48 hours is unlikely. It is reasonable to recommend washing clothing and linen used by the infested person during the two days prior to therapy in hot water and/or drying the items on a high-heat dryer cycle [28]. Temperatures should reach at least 130ºF. Items that cannot be washed may be dry cleaned or stored in a sealed plastic bag for two weeks. Vacuuming of

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Chino & Nacho: A Blockbuster Success Musical Inspiration and Advice

Kiddos Magazine introduces for the very first time The Kiddos Kid Reporter segment in which you will find great interviews from famous celebrities and inspirational artists.

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o celebrate Venezuelan Heritage Day, Kiddos Magazine accompanied Latin Grammy Awardwinning duo Chino & Nacho at the Marlins Park while they performed their chart-topping smash hits. Showcasing a wide-ranging reggaeton style that is both romantic and tropical, their albums, including hits like “Mi Niña Bonita” and “Tu Angelito,” have been blockbuster successes. Before the start of this spectacular concert that took place on Saturday June 28th, our Kiddos Kid Reporter Marco caught the

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duo’s attention at the press conference to give us a sneak peak of musical advice. Check out what we found out: The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Who was your favorite music artist when you were kids and how did he or she inspire you? Nacho: As a kid I got influenced by many musical genres. One time I wanted to be a rock star and wore only black clothes. When I turned 16 years old I loved reggae music and

let my hair grow. I’ve never had one favorite musician in particular, but several ones through the years.

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The Kiddos Kid Reporter: What do you think is the ideal age to start a musical hobby?

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: What advice would you give to the kids who want to become professional singers when they grow up?

Chino: Well, actually there is no perfect age to start, but it is very important that as kids we begin to play musical instruments to learn a little bit more about the notes, chords and how to read music. If you like it as a boy and have the musical talent, you can later in life easily develop into a great singer.

“When I turned 16 years old I loved reggae music and let my hair grow. I’ve never had one favorite musician in particular, but several ones through the years.” -Nacho

Nacho: As the question says, a musical hobby can start at any age because it is a “hobby,” but when you want to be a professional musician it is better that you start preparing as a child. Yet, I advise all children to finish their school and attend college first to make sure they receive a good education before thinking on devoting all their time and energy to music.

Nacho: I personally advise kids who have that deep desire in their hearts to study a lot and be the best at what they do. As the one who chooses to be a sweeper wants to be the best sweeper in town, those who’ll like to be musicians must be dedicated and very persistent in accomplishing all of their dreams. “The sky is the limit.” The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Could you describe Chino & Nacho in 3 words? Chino: Original, warriors… Nacho: Persistent! k

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he Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection is the largest and most eclectic, privately owned transportation museum in the world! A great way to break the back-toschool blues is touring the 1,200+ vehicles spread over eight galleries that cover everything from original movie star cars to educational military vehicles. The Miami Auto Museum has something for everyone – whether a family on vacation, local Miamian or the most seasoned auto enthusiast. While the kids are being entertained with Scooby Doo, the Flintstones and Batman, adults can see their favorites from James Bond and The Fast & the Furious series. From Bedrock and Batman to Bond, they have it all! HOLLYWOOD CARS OF THE STARS Get up-close to some of the icons of your favorite movies and TV shows. The museum houses original, tribute, and legendary vehicles from Ghostbusters, Miami Vice,

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Inspector Gadget, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and much more. Many of these cars are oneof-a-kind, and the only place to find them is right here in Miami. JAMES BOND EXHIBIT Agent 007 would have never become a silver screen legend without the cars, guns, and gadgets seen in all of his films. This collection includes an array of automobiles, motorcycles, submarines, airplanes, boats, and snowmobiles all from the five decades of movies. Plus, the official memorabilia room makes this the largest collection of everything James Bond in the world. AMERICAN & EUROPEAN CLASSICS, BICYCLES, MOTORCYCLES & SCOOTERS, MILITARY, and KID SIZED MICRO CARS The Miami Auto Museum is much more than a museum. It is home to some of Miami’s most unique event venues, including the 50’s Dinner, a

Wine Emporium, an Indoor Theater & Presentation room, a giant Arcade, and padded kiddie play space – the ideal place to host a corporate fundraiser, adult event, or a children’s birthday, Quinces, or Sweet Sixteen party. k For more information about Miami Auto Museum, visit www.dezercollection.com or call 305-354-7680


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From Ballet Class to Medical School: The Importance of an Arts Education in Your Child’s Life. WRITTEN BY: Kelly Robotham

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ow important is an arts education in a child’s life? Ruth Wiesen, director of the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, states that “the study of an art form, like Ballet, can be a vehicle that transports children through doors that maximize their options in life.” The study of dance, she says, “teaches crucial life skills of discipline, focus, attention to detail, confidence, creativity,

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teamwork, and the ability to delay gratification. It’s no coincidence that a disproportionate number of our graduates go to medical school. They have learned from an early age that it can take 10 years of study to begin mastery of a skill or subject.” Although some may regard it as a luxury, studies show that there is a correlation between the study of

an art discipline and achievement, both short and long term. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem, than children who do not participate.


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More information about arts programs can be found through: The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet 305-667-5543 or visit Thomasarmouryouthballet.org; The Miami Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs 305- 375-4634 or visit Miamidadearts.org; The Children’s Trust - Call 211 or visit thechildrenstrust.org; Miami Dade County Public Schools Magnet programs 305-995-1126 or visit Dadeschools.net Maximize your child’s potential. See what an education in the arts can do for your child. Enroll your child today! k



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Communities in Schools (CIS) Changing the Picture of Education in Miami WRITTEN BY: Communities In Schools of Miami, Inc.

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bout Our Programs Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to helping students achieve in school. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life. Founded in 1977, CIS works to unify the existing resources of communities around children, families, and schools. The CIS network operates in 27 states and the District of Columbia, and serves nearly 1.2 million students annually through a federation of 195 independent 501(c)(3) affiliates. Incorporated locally in 1989, CIS of Miami serves approximately 25,000 students a year. What makes CIS of Miami innovative and effective is our evidence-based Integrated Support Services Model that employs both whole school and targeted strategies to impact school

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and individual student outcomes. After a rigorous third party research conducted by ICF International, it was determined that the CIS Model is the only nationally proven program to decrease drop-out rates, increase on-time graduation rates, and improve math and reading performance in 4th grade students. The CIS model places a site coordinator to work directly in the school to coordinate and deliver services. Typical services include mentoring, tutoring, counseling, case management, life skills development, job and career readiness, and other needed services provided from partnering social service agencies, businesses, volunteer groups, and CIS of Miami staff. This broad safety net of support forms the basis of our three current programs. These Communities In Schools programs depend on the joint work of staff, partners, and volunteers. This

past year 437 volunteers provided 57,184 hours of service. Thousands of students benefit from its services each year with 95% of elementary students reading at grade level, 98% of elementary and middle school being promoted to the next grade level, and 98% of all CIS students staying in school. The CIS Philosophy: Every Child Needs and Deserves the Five Basics: •One-on-one relationships with caring adults, •Safe places to learn and grow, •A healthy start and healthy future, •Marketable skills to use upon graduation, and •Chances to give back to peers and community. Since its inception in 1989, CIS has provided resources for nearly 100,000 students through a community of support, empowering them to stay in school through its com-

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every dollar invested in Communities In Schools creates $11.60 of economic benefit for the community. “Having come from a similar background as many of our students and being a first generation college graduate, I know first-hand how important education is to break the cycle of poverty that plagues too many of our youth. Education saved my life, and I know it will save the lives of many more students. That is why I am so passionate about our mission.” k –Elizabeth Mejia CEO/President, Communities In Schools of Miami

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3. My Best Friend Is As Sharp As a Pencil: And Other Funny Classroom Portraits By Hanoch Piven This picture book encourages children to be creative and make their own object portraits. It’s a fun activity for home or for the classroom. Learn how to create a funny librarian, a colorful art teacher, or your best friend by seeing how one girl does it in this simple, playful picture book that’s comprised of portraits made of objects. For kids 4 to 8 years old

2. Kindergarten Here I Come! By D.J. Steinberg Get ready for school with these fun poems! This adorable picture book celebrates all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every single kindergartener. Whether it’s the first-day-of-school jitters or the hundredth-day-of-school party, every aspect of the kindergarten experience is introduced with a light and funny poem -not to mention charming illustrations. For kids 3 to 5 years old.

4. Follow The Line to School By Laura Ljungkvist Follow the line from the science corner to the library, from recess to show-and-tell. This new Follow the Line book-illustrated in Laura Ljungkvist’s signature line styletakes children on a colorful, comforting, and altogether fun romp through the school day. With its unique modern design and engaging interactive text, Follow the Line to School is sure to appeal to both new and returning students. For kids 4 to 8 years old.

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5. Three Bears in a Boat By David Soman Three bear siblings break their mother’s favorite blue seashell, and rather than tell her, they decide to set out in their sailboat to find her a new one. When a treacherous storm suddenly blows in, the three bears find themselves tossed about in their little boat, far from Mama. What will become of their search, and what will it take to bring them safely home? For kids 3 to 5 years old.

7. Back to School, Picky Little Witch! By Elizabeth Brokamp Join Mama Witch and the Picky Little Witch as they travel to Witches R’ Us for “Back to Ghoul” supplies. The choosy daughter and practical mother find it difficult to agree on capes, shoes, brooms, and more. Charming wordplay, bewitching rhymes, and spirited illustrations make this humorous story about compromise fun for all. For 5 to 8 years old

6. The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de SaintExupéry By Peter Sis Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in France in 1900, when airplanes were just being invented. Antoine dreamed of flying and grew up to be a pilot—and that was when his adventures began. From his plane, Antoine looked down on the earth and was inspired to write about his life and his pilot-hero friends in memoirs and in fiction. For 5 to 8 years old

8. The Little Bear Book By Anthony Browne As a bear strolls through the forest, he meets a lonely gorilla, a noisy crocodile, a lion, and even an elephant. They all look as if they are missing something, so the bear steps in to save the day, using his magic pencil to draw just what they are looking for. For 3 to 7 years old k


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This film expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty - hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits: Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES PG ACTION/ADVENTURE/FANTASY/ SCI-FI IN THEATERS 08/08 NATIONWIDE DIRECTOR: JONATHAN LIEBESMAN

Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her cameraman Vernon Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

INTO THE STORM PG 13 ACTION/THRILLER IN THEATERS 08/08 NATIONWIDE DIRECTOR: STEVEN QUALE

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY PG DRAMA/COMEDY IN THEATERS 08/08 NATIONWIDE DIRECTOR: LASSE HALLSTROM

Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa, move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French eatery.

WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL PG DOCUMENTARY/DRAMA/SPORT IN THEATERS 08/22 NATIONWIDE DIRECTOR: THOMAS CARTER

Inspired by a true story, this movie brings to life the incredible winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team: 151 straight

victories over 12 years. All along the way, as Coach Bob Ladouceur builds his seemingly invincible national powerhouse, he has emphasized purpose and significance rather than streaks and titles. But when real-life adversity leaves the team reeling, the Spartans must decide if the sacrifice, commitment, and teamwork they have always trusted in can rebuild what is now disintegrating around them.

september DOLPHIN TALE PG FAMILY/DRAMA IN THEATERS 09/12 NATIONWIDE DIRECTOR: CHARLES MARTIN SMITH

It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett, rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. The team must find a companion for her before Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.

THE BOXTROLLS PG FAMILY/ANIMATION/STOP MOTION IN THEATERS 09/26 NATIONWIDE DIRECTOR: ANTHONY STACCHI, GRAHAM ANNABLE

The new 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs, since infancy as one of their dumpsterdiving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher, who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change - and cheese. k

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costumed characters, bands, celebrities, and more. We were proud to have a large group of families with their kids wearing our Kiddos t-shirts, our Super Hero Captain America, and the spectacular James Bond Car accompanying us through Fernwood Road in Key Biscayne! A day filled with laughter, patriotism, and fireworks. Thumbs-up to all of our sponsors and Kiddos lovers who joined us during this memorable event.

A BIG THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: Evoobottega, Kore Boutique Key Biscayne, Sporty Mommas, Ta-Da!, Viva el Espanol, Step by Step, Bellak Color, Merenguitos, Rudy’s Candies, Miami Children’s Hospital Outpatient Centers, Miami Auto Museum, Epilepsy Foundation, Creative Characteres.


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Frozen Back to School celebration by the bay at Mercy Hospital From 10:30 am - 2:00 pm 3663 S. Miami Ave. Miami Summer vacation is quickly coming to an end. Before you “Let It Go,” don’t miss the most popular event of the season! Sing-A-Long with the Frozen Characters, join in a Snowball Toss, and even Build a Snowman. Complimentary Parking, Entertainment, Activities & Frozen Treats! Healthy, kid friendly foods available for purchase by local vendors. Free Event

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Family Day at Coral Gables Museum From 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Family Day at Coral Gables Museum offers a 2pm Soccer Workshop with João Moraes. Have your little soccer fan (ages 4-13) learn skills from a professional player! Join the 3pm Interactive Drum Circle presented by the South Florida Center for Percussive Arts' (SFCPA)! Open to all ages. Free Event

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Family Fun Day: Latin Beats Extravaganza at History Miami Museum From 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130. Celebrate the launch of our latest exhibition with dance lessons by the Salsa Kings. Try your hand at craft activities and test your music skills in our instrument “petting zoo.” For more information visit historymiami.org Free and open to the public.

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Allegria Music Art Movement Open House From 10:00 am – 12:30 pm 1635 SW 27th Ave. Miami, Fl 33145 Join us for Face Painting, Balloon Art & Zumba®Kids For more information call 786.553.0932 Free Event

Miami Family Event – Wellness & Lifestyle Expo From 1O:00 pm – 5:00 pm At the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Center, Coral Way and 112th Ave. Celebrate the little things in life, a weekend full of entertainment and fun for the entire family! This Health and Wellness Expo will be filled with exciting events and activities including free health screenings, cooking demonstrations for all ages, live performances, and kid-friendly entertainment. Children of all ages, parents and grandparents, don't miss out on this exclusive family event!

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Kiddos Magazine & Ta-Da! First Anniversary Event From 10:00 Am – 1:00 pm At Ta-Da! Kidz Fitness Boutique 8830 sw 129th Terr. (The Falls Warehouse Distric) Miami, Fl. 33176 Kiddo's and Ta-Da! are celebrating their first anniversary! Join us for this fun and exciting day. Enjoy Arts and Crafts, Bounce House, Face Painting, Obstacle Courses, Music, Food and much much more! For more information visit kiddosmagazine.com Don't miss this great event. Free Event

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Hyundai Hope on Wheels 4th Annual Miami Children’s Hospital 5K Run/Walk Coral Gables City Hall 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Join Miami Children’s Hospital for our 5K Run/Walk for healthier, happier children. Our largest annual community event, the Hyundai Hope On Wheels showcasing their brands to thousands of run/walk participants. Register at MCH5K.com

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Sporty Momma's 2nd Annual Bowling Bash From 6:00 am – 9:00 pm At Splitsville Lanes Join us for an evening of bowling, networking, raffles, and much more. Net proceeds benefiting "The Sporty Mommas Charitable Fund" and Beautiful Gate cancer support group. Tickets and sponsorship information available at sportymommas.com

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