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Thanksgiving Is More Than Sharing A Meal, It Is An Expression Of Love


Pediatric Stroke Stroke In Infants And Children Presents Unique Challenges to Parents, Care givers and Researchers


Catch Your Kiddos Being Good!


Top Designer Antonio Cabrera Dreams Come True


The Positive Impact Of Youth Sports & Mentoring Advice For Parents


High School Students Rally Healthy Eating With Fit Kids Day

in every issue TRADITIONS 5 Costume Trends To Help Make This Year’s Halloween The Best One Yet

SAFETY Make Safety A Priority On Halloween

SNACKS Nature’s Own Turkey Pinwheel Bites

PLACES The Zoological Wildlife Foundation

COOL STUFF Fall Essentials

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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Fall and the gs! little thin My favorite time of the year! Costumes, pumpkins and more pumpkin and colors everywhere! When we think of Thanksgiving, many thoughts come to mind. What should Thanksgiving be? Thanksgiving should be a day to slow down for a few hours, join hands with our family and friends, a time for us to reflect on all the things we are blessed for. There are so many things to be thankful for, and thanksgiving should be always about family, values, traditions and gratitude. Every family has a special dish that brings the warmth and security of homemade comfort, “Thanksgiving is more than sharing a meal, it is an expression of love,” Janice de Armas brings useful ideas on how to engage our kiddos preparing that special meal. Kids can’t decide between the pirate and the swashbuckler? Party City’s Halloween experts brings a list of the five biggest costumes trends to make the decision a bit easier; and for the night our Kiddos are hitting the streets for Trick or Treat basic precautions for parents to ensure that their Kiddos have a fun and safe night.

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This fall The Kiddos Kid Reporter had the honor of interviewing Antonio Cabrera, one of the former official designers of the White House. In our Community section, two high schools students, Victoria Cruz and Sofia de la Pena rally healthy eating with Fit Kids Day. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s support this annual campaign and encourage others to do the same!

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is more than sharing a meal, it is an expression of love. Janice de Armas Preschool Director: ICS Coral Gables


very family has a special dish that brings the warmth and security of homemade comfort, like warm chicken soup, which feeds your soul as much as it feeds your belly. The aroma of the dish, often cooking for hours, can transport you to a time when life was consumed by skinned knees and hurt feelings, and all could be cured by simply eating your mother’s


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food and experiencing her love. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to take that home-made love in a bowl, and share it with your family. Growing up, Thanksgiving was more than just a meal, it was a week-long preparation that included meal planning, recipe tasting, and crafting. The week culminated in a cooking marathon

where my mother, sister, and I poured all of our love into the comfort foods that had become our Thanksgiving staples. Over the years we fine-tuned our favorite recipes and created traditions that are still a very special part of our family’s Thanksgiving celebration. Now that I am a mother of three, I want to share that same experience with my children and create

our own special holiday traditions. I look forward to spending time in the kitchen with my kids and expressing my love through food by including them in creating our family’s Thanksgiving Feast. Creating a meal as a family gives you the opportunity to bond with your children and create life-long traditions that can be shared with generations to come. Whether this is your first Thanksgiving or your fortieth, including your children in the process will surely become your favorite part of this yearly holiday. How to include your children in the experience:

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• Let children help while choosing

• Let your children help in the

the menu and try to include some of their favorite foods such as their favorite cookie for dessert or a familiar veggie as a side dish.

• Have children help set the table.

kitchen. Parents are often surprised how much children can help while cooking and children truly enjoy getting their hands dirty. Don’t worry— messes can be cleaned up later.

Kids can fold napkins, add ice to water glasses and help with place settings.

• Have children help create a grocery list and go on a scavenger hunt at the grocery store. Younger children can create lists using pictures.

“Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to take that home-made love in a bowl, and share it with your family.”

• Make cleaning fun for kids by making it a game. Kids can sweep up by “swabbing the deck” or playing “who can pick up the fastest”

• Set a “kid friendly” table that includes crafts made by your children. Crafts can be made in advance and can help build excitement about the upcoming holiday.

• Let children help serve the dishes that they created and watch as they beam in pride.

• Most importantly, keep the “thanks” in Thanksgiving: let older children write what they are thankful for; younger children can create drawings that can be displayed. k

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Pediatric Stroke

Stroke in infants and children presents unique challenges to parents, caregivers, and researchers WRITTEN BY: American Stroke Association


hat causes ischemic stroke in children?

Finding the cause of a stroke is vital to providing the right treatment and preventing more injury. Doctors can find a cause in about two-thirds of the cases. A common cause of ischemic strokes is that a blood clot forms in the heart and travels to the brain. This can be caused by congenital heart problems — such as abnormal valves — or infections. In these cases children may need surgery or antibiotics. Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that’s associated with ischemic stroke. In sickle cell disease, the blood cell can’t carry oxygen to the brain, and blood vessels leading to the brain may have narrowed or closed. About 10 percent of children with sickle cell disease suffer a stroke. There is a high risk of repeat strokes, but this can be reduced by blood transfusion. Finally, ischemic strokes can be caused by trauma that injures large arteries and causes a loss of blood flow. For instance, a large artery might be injured when a child has a neck injury. What causes hemorrhagic stroke in children? When a blood vessel on or in the brain ruptures, blood flows into brain areas where it’s not supposed


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to go. It may pool in brain tissues, resulting in a blood clot. Also, because the vessel is ruptured, blood isn’t transported where it should go. As a result, the brain is deprived of oxygen, and this may lead to permanent brain injury. Hemorrhagic strokes are most often caused by rupturing or weakened or malformed arteries known as AVMs (arteriovenous malformations). The risk of hemorrhage is higher with certain illnesses such as hemophilia. Will my child get better? Recovery from stroke is different with each child. Prompt medical treatment and rehabilitation therapy can maximize recovery. In general, most younger people will recover more abilities than older people. Children often recover the use of their arms and legs and their ability to speak after a stroke. What are the effects of stroke in children? The effects of stroke in a child are generally the same as in an adult. The most common effects are: • Hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body), or hemiplegia (paralysis on one side of the body). • One-sided neglect (unilateral neglect), which causes the stroke survivor to ignore or forget their weaker side and usually occurs when someone has a right brain stroke. • Aphasia (difficulty with speech and language), or dysphagia (trouble swallowing). • Decreased field of vision and

trouble with visual perception. • Loss of emotional control and changes in mood. • Cognitive changes or problems with memory, judgment, and problem-solving. • Behavior changes or personality changes, improper language or actions. k

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5 Costume Trends To Help Make This Year’s

Halloween The Best One Yet

Trying to decide on a costume for Halloween is a little like deciding which piece of candy to eat first. WRITTEN BY: Laurel Johnson


here’s nothing like Halloween to bring out the indecisive qualities in all of us. Kids can’t decide between the pirate or the swashbuckler (“They’re not the same thing!”) and it’s all too easy to throw your hands in the air and declare you are done with the ghouls and the creepycrawlies. Halloween is canceled until next year! We’ve all thought it. Not to fear. Here’s a list of the five biggest costume trends of this year compiled by Party City’s Halloween experts to make your decision making a bit easier.


Throwback Comebacks. With brandnew motion picture reboots of the classic 80’s franchises “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Transformers,” kids can now have the Optimus Prime costume of their parents’ wildest childhood dreams. This is also a great opportunity for the whole family to have matching costumes. Cowabunga!



Disney Princesses. Every little girl dreams of growing up and being a princess, and Halloween is the perfect time to experience that dream for real. Sisters Elsa and Anna from the smash hit “Frozen” and little ruler Sophia from “Sophia The First” are great choices for aspiring monarchs. With tons of “Frozen” outfit choices at Party City, it’s easy for her to showcase her own princess style.


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Mattel’s Monster High. This collection of monster-movie inspired dolls make great Halloween costumes for tweens that love bold neon colors, black accents, and a little bit of freaky, funky fun. The characters of Monster High are the fashionable descendants of well-known monsters – like Frankie Stein, the daughter of Frankenstein – so these trendy characters fit in perfectly with the spirit of Halloween. My Little Pony. Hasbro’s collection of magical ponies are a great option for kids who want something sparkly, fun, and maybe not too over-the-top. Bright, colorful tutus and leg warmers paired with rainbow hair extensions

and a pair of wings make it easy to transform into characters like Rainbow Dash or Pinkie Pie.


Marvel Superheroes. With powerhouse movie releases this year “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” it’s never been a better time to inspire kids to be their own heroes. SpiderMan, Iron Man, and Captain America costumes are perfect for a child who wants minimal frills and fuss. Accessories from Party City’s Marvel Shop like shields, capes, and masks, bring the characters to life. k

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Make Safety a Priority on Halloween WRITTEN BY: Cindy Magnole




ach Halloween, children look forward to dressing up as their favorite character or scary monster and hitting the streets to trick-or-treat. It is one of the most exciting holidays of the year – but it can also be the most dangerous. It is important for parents to take some basic precautions to ensure that their children have a fun and safe night out. The Miami-Dade County Injury Prevention Coalition at Jackson Health System has some suggestions to make sure your Halloween is full of memories, not regrets.

• Make sure your children understand the importance of walking on the sidewalk while trick-or-treating.

• Pick costumes that are bright or reflective, or carry a flashlight or lighted glow stick, which are visible to motorists. Never use candles, as they are fire hazards.

• To prevent falls, avoid wearing

• Never trick-or-treat alone. There is

costumes that drag and shoes with high heels.

safety in numbers.

• Look for costumes, masks, and

lit streets where other families will be trick-or-treating. Malls and organized street festivals are other safe places to go trick-or-treating.

wigs that are flame-resistant. Make sure masks allow for comfortable breathing and use non-toxic makeup.

• When accessorizing your costume with items such as swords, knives, or guns, only use those that are made of soft material, not hard plastic, which can cause injuries.

• All children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult while trickor-treating.

• For younger children, secure emergency contact information on their Halloween costumes. Include your name, home phone number, address, and your cell phone number.

• If your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, make sure they carry a cell phone in case they need to call home for any reason.

• Choose neighborhoods with well

• Remind your children to walk from house-to-house and look both ways when crossing the street.

• Make sure children know never to enter a stranger’s home or car to get their treats – no exceptions.

• Inspect all candy carefully. Any candy that is suspicious looking or has an open wrapper should be thrown in the garbage.

• Be careful with hard round candies and jawbreakers, which can be a choking hazard for younger children. Make sure your children know these very important ground rules before heading out for Halloween fun. k

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Catch your Kiddos Being Good! WRITTEN BY: Dr. Stacy Frazier and Maya Boustani


hether you are celebrating or lamenting the start of the school year, you may be looking for new ways to balance homework, meals, activities, and bedtimes. While the return to school can reintroduce helpful routines, it typically is accompanied by increasing demands that place considerable strain on families, who easily can slip into a pattern of conflict where harmony used to reign. The following strategies may help you Catch your Kiddos Being Good - a small step toward increasing compliance, strengthening self-esteem, and restoring family harmony. •Attend to Positive Behaviors: Kiddos love attention, especially from their parents. While it’s easy to catch them breaking rules or ignoring directions, look instead for opportunities to acknowledge your child for direction following, kindness, or helpful behavior.

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•Be Strategic: If you have several kiddos, try to catch each one doing something well. Drawing family attention to one child’s positive behaviors is likely to encourage their siblings to join in.

•Special Time: Try setting aside ten minutes each day for your kiddo to choose an activity for you to enjoy together. Minimize questions and directions, follow your child’s lead, and lavish them with attention.

•Shape New Behaviors: Focus on behaviors that may be difficult for your kiddo. When you observe even small steps in the right direction, let them know.

•Family Tootles: Create a family culture where everyone looks for examples of kind and helpful behavior. Encourage your kiddos to “tootle” rather than “tattle” by reporting when their sibling has done something nice. Hang post-it notes to record tootles and celebrate together when you’ve reached a goal.

•Find Your Style: Do you prefer high-fives or fist-bumps? Sing it loud or simple nod? Whatever your style, look for opportunities to shower your kiddos with spoken and silent praise. •Be Specific: While high-fives and smiles go a long way to help kiddos feel good, children don’t always know what exactly they did well, so be explicit. For example, “Great job staying seated and focused on your homework!”

•Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Although it can be difficult to ignore annoying behaviors, paying attention to (even punishing) kiddos for minor offenses (like whining or clumsiness) may unintentionally increase their frequency.


So this year, while helping with homework, driving to activities, and preparing meals, remind yourself each day to catch a break, catch your breath and Catch Your Kiddos Being Good!


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Stacy L. Frazier, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and mother of two (Alyssa, 12 and Sebastian, 10), and Maya M. Boustani, M.S., is a doctoral candidate and also a mother of two (Noor, 7 and Nayla, 5). Both work at the Center for Children and Families in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University. k

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Nature’s Own Turkey Pinwheel Bites Pinwheel Bites are a quick and delicious recipe that parents can make for their children and an easy way for kids to get involved in the kitchen.

their very own chef. Nature’s Own is America’s favorite soft variety bread and provides an array of delicious baked goods that cater to every taste and dietary need.They are made with nature’s best ingredients, free of any artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors. Servings: 32 Ready in: 25 minutes +30 minutes of chill time

Nature’s Own Turkey Pinwheel Bites are the perfect snack to make use of the all the leftover turkey that gets pushed to the back of the fridge every Thanksgiving. Pinwheel Bites are a quick and delicious recipe that parents can make for their children. They are an easy way for kids to get involved in the kitchen, be creative, and have some fun, all while learning how to become


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Ingredients: 8 slices Nature’s Own Whitewheat® Bread, crusts removed 1/4 cup cream cheese spread 1/2 cup packed baby spinach leaves 2 ounces deli-sliced smoked turkey 1/4 cup chopped seeded tomato 1/4 cup sliced green onions

Instructions 1. Flatten bread slices with rolling pin until very thin. 2. Spread each with 1 tablespoon cream cheese spread. 3. Layer evenly with spinach, green onions, tomato and turkey 4. Press gently on layers to compress slightly. 5. Starting at a long end, roll up bread slice to enclose filling; pinch edge closed. 6. Wrap each roll tightly in plastic wrap; chill 30 minutes. 7. To serve, cut each roll crosswise into 4 slices, forming pinwheels.




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Top Designer Antonio Cabrera Dreams Come True WRITTEN BY: Estefenia Arosema

This fall Kiddos Magazine had the honor to interview Antonio Cabrera, one of the former official designers of the White House.


ith a long international career, Antonio has become an inspiration for many to believe in the beauty of their dreams and always think with a creative mind. His professional portfolio went straight into the hands of the first lady, Michelle Obama, who trusted his masterful talents in all of her Christmas decorations for the most prominent home in America. Antonio’s fascinating repertoire includes interior design, floral design and over-the-top decorations. As a perfect ambassador of perseverance and hard work, Antonio wants to share his inspiration with our kiddos to always believe in everything they


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create. Whether you are working with new or re-used materials, making wonderful creations is always possible. It all came to him from a very young age and the key to his success is to always believe in yourself. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Who was your inspiration to start your professional career? Antonio Cabrera: I believe that my inspiration was my regular life next to my mother and my father… when you spend time with your family and friends, driving to school, going on vacations to the beach, or any other trip, you are able to see the beauty of the trees, the natural beauty of the

ocean, the beauty of the mountains, the mixed flowers and even how beautiful and large the sky is. I learned from the “Simple life” that my parents led, especially from my mother. She was always creating, working and very grateful for the beauty of flowers and plants: A simply blessed life. My inspiration was to create something beautiful with my hands that also looked natural. I was able to practice in my school and from there, I discovered my own natural talents that eventually developed into my professional career. Even now, through the time, I keep admiring the beauty of nature every day.

The Kiddos Kid reporter: What advice would you give to the kids that want to learn more about working with their creativity and hands?

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Antonio Cabrera: The best advice: Believe in Yourself! You always have to believe that whatever you create is going to be beautiful because it’s your creation.

The Kiddos Kid reporter: For two consecutive years, Michelle Obama invited you to decorate the White House’s largest space—Can you share with Kiddos Magazine this experience? Antonio Cabrera: For me it is a great honor to share my experience with all the children and Kiddos Magazine. The First Lady, Michelle Obama, is a very nice, professional and humble person, as is everyone inside The White House. Each person was very professional. For me this was a big honor because I was representing all the Latin-American community and the american dream as a professional. I met beautiful people from different states in the country. We had children, teenagers, grandfathers, single and married people. Everyone was very special to me and had a special mission to contribute to The White House. Each one had a great history related to the Unites States. There were people of all different ages. Together, we were able to create beautiful pieces for the Christmas Decorations and the Christmas tree. But I think the most special thing about my experience with The White House was that all the decorations were handmade - created and manufactured by us.

It is always good to experiment with different materials, colors, and textures. And you don’t always have to start with new materials. Recycle and re-use things for your creations. I remember when I was growing up, my parents had little money to buy things, but I was very happy to create and invent new things with recycled materials. The more you can recycle the more creative you will be. Don’t Rush It and Don’t Give Up! Spend the time that you need to finish each and every project.

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I believe that at some point, my creativity is what brought me to The White House. I was able to create beautiful new designs by recycling with materials that were already there. The Kiddos Kid reporter: Antonio will teach our Kiddos how to create in 3 steps a project to make at home and decorate this fall season. Antonio Cabrera: Project Name: DÉCOR CARD Seating cards for the Thanksgiving table that can also be a holiday card to give to someone special or to decorate your tree:

1. Use recycling materials from your house related with the school or your home (ex: coins, buttons, flowers, stickers, paper, crayons).

2. Cut the card in any size you want and paste and glue the décor materials creating your piece of art on the front of the card, then with crayons write down the name of the person that will be seating down in the table.

3. Add a ribbon to the card and


The Kiddos Kid reporter: Could you describe Antonio Cabrera in 3 words? Antonio Cabrera: “BELIEVER IN GOD”


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places Interact with baby animals you would have never thought possible THE ZOOLOGICAL WILDLIFE FOUNDATION WRITTEN BY: Estefania Arosemena


ave you ever dreamed of holding a “fury baby” in your arms and sharing interactive activities with the most exotic animals in South Florida? At the Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF) you can achieve this dream by seeing animals right in front of you and learning from a knowledgeable guide about what makes each creature so unique. The Zoological Association of America (ZAA) ranks the ZWF No. 21 of the top 25 Zoos in the United States. The Zoo houses dozens of exotic species from domestic animals and primates to large predatory, birds and mammals. Some of their private collection includes but is not limited to: Gibbons, Mandrills, Mangabeys, Squirrel Monkeys, Two Toed Sloths, Lemurs, Coatimundi, Owls, Snakes, Alligators, Crocodiles, Giant Anteaters, Tamanduas, Porcupines, Dromedary Camels, Foxes, Wolves, Tigers, Lions, Snow Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Cervals, and mischievous Capuchin monkeys - like those seen in many movies.


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You can schedule an intimate guided tour, private encounter, or photo session that will sure be a memorable one for you and your family. On the wildlife tours you will take a trolley around the 5-acre zoo, making several stops where your tour guide will educate you on the conservation status of the animals seen. Your kids will have the opportunity to share fun interactive activities that include: feeding the camels, full contact with reptiles, birds, primates and other small mammals just to name a few! You can finish the tour with a special private encounter, made by appointment only, to interact with some of the fury baby felines. But the ZWF is not only about interaction with the animals, it is also an educational foundation whose principal mission is to raise public awareness about wildlife, preserving and breeding endangered species, and rescuing others. Their diverse team of animal lovers helps save creatures that are disappearing on a

daily basis. This encourages visitors to get more involved and take care of these amazing creatures. The educational programs hosted by ZWF cover relevant topics such as animals’ native habitat, diet, endangered status, and more. As founders Mario and Maria Tabraue told Kiddos Magazine, “There is no better way to preserve wildlife than through education.” k

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The Positive Impact of Youth Sports & Mentoring Advice for Parents. WRITTEN BY: Michael Cooper


here’s a tendency in today’s youth athletics to focus on the physical. Children learn at a young age how to train their bodies to compete. What they’re often not prepared for is the mental game, which has proven invaluable not only in achieving athletic success but also in school and at home. Mental strength training creates standout young adults who are prepared for life. That philosophy is the foundation for Human Performance Mentors founder Michael Cooper. The company and its training program, The Missing Playbook TM , trains youth and professional athletes from the neck up. Human Performance Mentors has molded some of the world’s most elite junior tennis, baseball, football, golf, and soccer players over the last 10 years. In that time, Cooper has learned a thing or two:


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When is the right time to begin a youth mentoring program? Children are bombarded with beliefs and teachings early in life that can block potential. There is no magic age or number, but the sooner a child understands the mind, the sooner they can obtain the right habits.

improved classroom performance, and a balanced social life. Mental coaching provides youth athletes with the tools they need to handle many situations.

“It takes a mix of efforts between the parent and the child to know when it’s time to start,” Cooper says. “It’s up to the parent to determine that their child is mature enough to take on mental strength training, but the child needs to want to learn and realize the benefits.”

How is success measured? HPM is not one-size-fits-all, so goals will vary. The Missing Playbook utilizes six modules to help students understand the importance of character, attitude, relationships and emotions. The “unpacking” of these emotions, coupled with the mapping of purpose, vision, and goals, sets the stage for accomplishment. Parents will notice a more focused child who is improving on the field, at home, and in school.

What are the benefits of youth mentoring? Benefits extend beyond the field. Increased focus, understanding emotions and attitude, and learning the cause of those feelings leads to clarity in life – stronger relationships,

“Parents sometimes see drastic changes in as little as one session,” Cooper says.

What’s my role as a parent? A parent’s role is crucial; training is sometimes more for them than it is for the child because they have a direct impact on their child’s behavior and attitude. Parents need to be adept enough to know whether their child is ready for training and should remain supportive. They also need to know when to take a back seat and take guidance from their child’s mentor. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen helicopter parents directly affecting their child’s performance on the field or in school,” Cooper says. “Knowing when to give a little space can mean a world of difference.”

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WRITTEN BY: Julia McCandless


little imagination and a huge willingness to help their community was all it took for two ninth graders to start their own non-profit project to promote healthy eating. Victoria Cruz and Sofia de la Peña are best friends and Girl Scout Cadettes who are actively involved in their school and community. When they were recently tasked with completing their Girl Scout Silver Award, they decided to turn to one of the most relevant issues kids their age face: childhood obesity. To tackle the issue in a meaningful and effective way, the girls decided to expand Fit Kids Day, an event founded by Sofia three years ago to not only encourage physical fitness, but to educate kids about nutrition as well. They created the V&S Café Booth and offered information and healthy food samples to help educate children and families on the importance of healthy eating. The girls also demonstrated for children how to make easy, nutritious alternatives to junk food. The event was so successful that Fit Kids has permanently added a nutritional component and the students are working to spread their reach even further by bringing Fit Kids


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Day to cities throughout South Florida. While the girls hope to make an impact on children and children’s view of food, they also hope that it will ultimately have a trickle-down effect so that children will start to help their parents and families make healthier food choices. In recognition of their tremendous community service, Sofia and Victoria were recently selected to represent the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida at the 2014 Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) in Salt Lake City. The GSLI is a triennial conference held during the National Convention that offers girls, ages 14 and older, three days of leadership workshops and activities. This year’s GSLI theme is “Girls Change the World” and will to focus on seven major issues including teen violence, healthy relationships, basic needs, inclusion/diversity, self-image/body image, education, and the status of women. Participants will be challenged to develop a plan to take on one of these issues within their very own communities. If the development of Fit Kids Day is any indication, it seems that Sofia and Victoria will have much to offer at this

year’s GSLI event and to the South Florida community. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next! The Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) is a triennial conference that provides girls 14 and older with three days of leadership skill-building activities tied to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). GSLI 2014 will focus on big issues that girls around the world are passionate about. For more information visit

“They created the V&S Café Booth and offered information and healthy food samples to help educate children and families on the importance of healthy eating.”

Programs October 2014

Fit Kids Day is an event with outdoor activities and healthy food alternatives. It also involves parents, schools, coaches, elected officials, and community organizations collaborating to bring awareness to the current epidemic of childhood obesity. k

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December 2014

ConSerVations: Walk and Talk ConSerVations: Science Café with the CLEO Institute with Chief Horticulturist Extreme Weather Events Saturday, October 11, 2014 Viewing Vizcaya: The House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Inside Vizcaya: Enriched Environments Class Watercolors

November 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

ConSerVations: Walk and Talk with Historic Landscape Specialist

Holiday Evening at Vizcaya

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Contemporary Arts Program (CAP): An Evolution

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tea on the Terrace

Sundays, October 19, 2014 through May 10, 2015

Inside Vizcaya: Cooking Class with The Naked Bite

For more information on program costs and membership, call 305-250-9133 or visit Vizcaya members receive discounts on all programs.

Inside Vizcaya: Enriched Environments Class The Lost Art of Letter Writing

All public programs and offerings are subject to change or cancellation and certain areas of the museum and gardens may be closed for conservation or reinstallation without advanced notice.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens 3251 South Miami Avenue | Miami, FL 33129 | 305-250-9133 |

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book reviews

1. I am Albert Einstein By: Brad Meltzer Even when he was a kid, Albert Einstein did things his own way. He thought in pictures instead of words, and his special way of thinking helped him understand big ideas like the structure of music and why a compass always points north. Those ideas made him want to keep figuring out the secrets of the universe. Other people thought he was just a dreamer, but because of his curiosity, Einstein grew up to be one of the greatest scientists the world has ever known. For children 5 to 8 years old. 2. Room on the Broom Board Book By Julia Donaldson This rollicking, rhyming tale from master storyteller Julia Donaldson is the perfect Halloween readaloud for the youngest listeners. A friendly witch, a hungry dragon, and a muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending. For kids 3 to 5 years old.


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3. Nightmares! By Jason Segel, Kristen Miller Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse! Charlie Laird has several problems. 1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch. 2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark. 3. He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect... like even a nap. For kids 8 to 12 years old.

5. Thanksgiving for Emily Ann By Teresa Johnson Celebrate Thanksgiving in this sweet, rhyming story all about family and togetherness! Emily Ann doesn’t like Thanksgiving, not one bit. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday, she feels a little ignored...and just a little bit sad. But just as Emily Ann prepares to do her worst, her family comes together to show her what matters most about Thanksgiving: family. For kids 2 to 5 years old.

4. Thanks for Thanksgiving By Julie Marks Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family! At Thanksgiving time, children express their gratitude for the people and things in their lives. For kids 4 to 7 years old.

Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories By Dr. Seuss A new Dr. Seuss book! This followup to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories features familiar Seussian faces and places—including Horton the Elephant, Marco, Mulberry Street, and a Grinch. Seuss fans will learn more about Horton’s integrity, Marco’s amazing imagination, a narrowly avoided disaster on Mullbery Street, and a devious Grinch. For kids 4 to 8 years old.

7. Quest By Aaron Becker A king emerges from a hidden door in a city park, startling two children sheltering from the rain. No sooner does he push a map and some strange objects into their hands than he is captured by hostile forces that whisk him back through the enchanted door. Just like that, the children are caught up in a quest to rescue the king and his kingdom from darkness, while illuminating the farthest reaches of their imagination. For kids 4 to 8 years old. 8. Dinosaur vs. School By Bob Shea Dinosaur is starting preschool today. ROAR! There are new friends to meet, dress-up outfits to wear, glitter and googly eyes to paste, musical instruments to play, and snacks to eat. What’s not to like? But then, oh, no! It’s Dinosaur vs. Clean-up Time! Fortunately, when friends work together, EVERYONE WINS! For kids 3 to 5 years old. k


movie reviews


A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.


This is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears.


Follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his brother, sister, mom, and dad all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.


Weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler, depicting Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war. Explores the origin of Dracula.


The story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of the beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten,

but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on. This epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.


Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as lovable imbeciles Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne in this sequel to Dumb and Dumber from original directing duo Bobby and Peter Farrelly. 20 years after the dimwits set out on their first adventure, they head out in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.


robot named Baymax, Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.


Super spy teams aren’t born… they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private. These superelite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then… you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.




An action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fastpaced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion, a

Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. k

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Anniversary Celebration WRITTEN BY: Natalie Davis


iddos Magazine celebrated its first anniversary this past September, releasing its Back to School issue and launching several new projects for the magazine – The Kiddos Kid Reporter section and Kiddos Club. On Saturday, September 6th, families and friends joined together at Ta-Da! Kidz Fitness Boutique at The Falls area to celebrate one year of this magazine’s amazing accomplishments and ability to communicate, impress, and inform parents and their kiddos. Publisher and owner of Kiddos Magazine, Veronica Lepere, had a vision for this publication several years ago and has now brought families many stories about the Miami community as well as trends in education, art, health, and entertainment – all in this spirited, remarkable year. Kiddos Magazine, in collaboration with Ta-Da! Kidz Fitness Boutique and many amazing sponsors — including Sweet Treats by Marta, GMN Artistic, TLC for Kids, Munchkin Fun, LA Fitness, Cucina del Bambino, Nesquik, Super Soccer Stars, Evos, Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, Sporty Mommas, Manhattan Chicago Pizza, Crafty Party Creations, DJ Ralph Sosa, Art with Fun, A Party 4 Less, Face Art by Kelly, 5 Star Balloons, Yartu Face Painting, and 3 Men & a Lil’ Lady Sweet Treats, — hosted a Saturday filled with arts and crafts, a bounce house, face painting, obstacles courses, music, food, fun, and much more! Communities in Schools benefited from the anniversary party since families who attended the event donated school supplies to children in need to jump start “back to school” and the rest of the school year.


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With so many activities, emotions, parenting advice, and discovery of new and fun places around Miami encapsulated this year in Kiddos Magazine, readers can be sure that the next year to come will be just as exciting and great. Publisher Lepere is introducing The Kiddos Kid Reporter section of the magazine where readers will find interviews about celebrities and inspirational artists who have a strong impact in the Miami community. Marco, an 8 year old boy, has been selected as The Kiddos Kid Reporter and has the opportunity to ask interview questions such as: what has inspired these talented individuals and what advice he/ she may have for kids. Also new to the magazine will be Kiddos Club, which gives parents and children the opportunity to attend events and receive promotions and/or discounts by becoming members… look out for more about this soon! And welcome back to a new year! k *A special thank you to the FIU undergraduate students enrolled in the Psychology of Parenting Class who volunteered to help with our Kiddos Magazine event.


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HistoryMiami’s Family Fun Day: British Invasion From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. HistoryMiami invites you to enjoy free activities while learning all about The Beatles and the musical revolution known as “The British Invasion.” As the museum kicks-off its latest exhibition, “Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!” join HistoryMiami for an afternoon of celebration and rock music. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130 Free Event

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17th-19th The 2nd annual Miami International Children's Film Festival a partnership between the Coral Gables Art Cinema and the prestigious New York International Children's Film Festival, will be held at the Cinema. For schedule and tickets information visit



4th Annual Howl-O-Ween From noon – 5:00 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens $5 General Admission, Under 2 Free Fun for the whole family. Dogs welcome. There will be a doggie fun zone, vendors, food & drinks, trick-or-treating, arts & crafts, live entertainment. Adoptable dogs, and so much more. Proceeds benefit Paws 4 You Rescue.




Doggie Costume Contest on the Museum Plaza From 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. As part of Halloween on the Mile in Downtown Coral Gables, the Museum will host its third annual Doggie costume contest! It will be a howling good time! Dress your four-legged friend in a funny, outrageous, or just plain cute costume for a chance to win prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami. $5 for each dog registered. Free to the public.

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Track or Treat at Evelyn Greer Park From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 8200 Southwest 124 Street Come enjoy “track” or treating in the safe and friendly atmosphere. The Village of Pinecrest Parks and Recreation Department, along with local businesses, will be passing out treats for everyone. All ghosts, goblins, witches, and friends are invited. Children must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own bag for collecting candy. Free Event



Kidgits Spooktacular event at The Falls Mall From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Halloween is here and The Falls is inviting all little ghouls, goblins, and boo-tiful princesses to come have a frightfully good time at the Kidgits Spooktacular. The Trick-or-Treating Scavenger Hunt follow, until 8pm. Wear your cool costume and join us at this free event for Halloween themed arts and crafts, live entertainment, and much more. It's sure to be howlin' good time!


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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Arsh Center Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists For tickets information visit

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21th-23th 30 Miami Book Fair International Downtown Miami This international book fair includes Street Fair Children’s Alley activities, including theater, arts-and-crafts, storytelling and readings by children’s book authors. Comics and graphic novels are once again featured, with the school of comics on Friday and a new section just for kids and teens, as well as presentations over the weekend by renowned graphic novelists and illustrators.For more information visit:


22nd Pinecrest Elementary School Film Fest From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is an annual carnival with games, rides, food, a huge silent auction, a DJ, and live entertainment. This event is one of the largest fundraisers of the year, brings together students and their families, teachers, staff, and our entire local community for a day of fun. Sponsorships available contact Tickets are available at the event for .50


22nd 18th Annual Miracle on 136th Street Parade at The Falls 2014 Celebrity Grand Marshal is Peyton List of Disney's 'Jessie'! 4:00 p.m. Strike up the band! The official start of the Holiday season will get under- way when the 18th annual “Miracle on 136th Street” Holiday Parade marches in to The Falls. See local marching bands, bag pipers, stilt walkers, a junkanoo band, Brazilians dancers, local dignitaries, costumed characters, celebrities, and more, culminating with the arrival of Santa.

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Kiddos Magazine Issue 8 - Fall and the little things  

My favorite time of the year! Costumes, pumpkins and more pumpkin and colors everywhere! When we think of Thanksgiving, many thoughts come t...

Kiddos Magazine Issue 8 - Fall and the little things  

My favorite time of the year! Costumes, pumpkins and more pumpkin and colors everywhere! When we think of Thanksgiving, many thoughts come t...