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contents Vol. 4 issue 6 FEATURE 8 |

Slide Into Summer Safety Tips for a Fun, Safe Summer!

in every issue DENTISTRY Assure A Smile Holistic Dentistry


This Summer Just Move! How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

CAMP Miami-Dade, Parks Summer Camps


Mindful Fun: 5 Ways to Teach Kids Midfulness that your Whole Family will Enjoy


Kiddos 2017 Summer Camp Guide


MKB Watersports Summer Camp a Summer of Adventure and Fun for Kids 8 to 14!

TRADITIONS Dad’s Day, Dad’s Way Gift Ideas SNACKS Cool Down With Patriotic Frozen Pops PLACES Create Your Ultimate Boat Rental Experience COOL STUFF Summer Essentials


Susan G. Komen® Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale Celebrating 22 Years of Racing this October

BOOK REVIEWS Suggestions For Your Kids To Read This Month MOVIE REVIEWS What Is New In Theaters

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33 FAMILY EVENTS Where To Go With Our Kiddos NEWS The Children’s Trust Mobile app


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Kiddos Publisher’s Notes

A sip of summer!




Shriners Hospitals for Children Assure a Smile - Dr. Ted Herrmann Camille Lucy Cary Sochin - clubX Miami-Dade Parks The Children’s Trust Books & Books Susan G. Komen® Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale

With this issue we welcome the summer season and with it long and beautiful days in South Florida. New camp experiences, vacations, picnics, camping trips, outdoor activities and more! Summertime allows us to slow down and spend quality time with our kids; there is plenty of fun and affordable activities to do in our city to create a unique family bonding moment.


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In this edition Kiddos Magazine highlights the importance of summer safety; injuries can happen at any time during summer months, Shriners Hospitals for Children shared useful tips that can help families to enjoy a fun, injury-free summer. Let’s celebrate Dad; here are some little tips on practical gift ideas to make him smile! Dad’s Day, Dad’s Way! Add a simply “thank you” and a big hug and he’s sure to feel the love this Father’s Day. Summer is also a season for continued learning and new experiences, “Mindful Fun”, featured in our Parenting topic describes ways to teach Mindfulness and how this practice is growing in our society improving mental, emotional, physical and social health in our kids.

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Slide Into Summer Safety Tips for a fun, safe summer! SOURCE: Shriners Hospitals for Children


ummer is a time for playground fun, camping, boating, swimming, biking and other outdoor activities. Longer days mean more time outside and more physical activity, which translate to increased potential for injuries. Playground falls, lawnmower accidents, campfire and fire pit burns are some common childhood injuries that can happen during summer months. “Sustaining a serious injury can be a life-altering event for a child,” said Chris Smith, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. “We see patients every day with injuries caused by accidents and we are committed to raising awareness about how to stay safe.” These tips from Shriners Hospitals for Children can help your family enjoy a fun, injury-free summer. Go Outside and Play Outdoor play provides physical and mental health benefits, including opportunities for exercise, creative expression, stress reduction and access to a free and natural source of vitamin D – sunlight. Before sending kids out to play, make sure


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they are wearing shoes to protect their feet from cuts, scrapes and splinters, and wearing sunscreen to protect against sunburns and harmful ultraviolet rays. Playground 101 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger every year for playground-

related injuries. Before your kids head to the playground, keep these precautions in mind:

Choose parks and playgrounds that are appropriate for their age and offer shock-absorbing surfaces.

Teach children that pushing and shoving on the playground can result in accidents and injuries.

Remind kids to go down the slide one at a time and to wait until the slide is completely clear before taking their turn. Teach them to always sit facing forward with their legs straight in front of them and to never slide down headfirst.

Remind children to swing sitting down. Encourage them to wait until the swing stops before getting off and to be careful when walking in front of moving swings.

Fun on the Water Boating, tubing and other water sports can be great fun but can also be dangerous. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, nearly 71 percent of all boating fatalities are drownings, 85 percent of which are a result of not wearing a life jacket. Here is what you can do to enjoy the water safely:

Make a Safe Splash While playing poolside may be a blast, Safe Kids Worldwide reports that drowning is the leading cause of injuryrelated deaths for children ages 1-4 and the third-leading cause of injuryrelated deaths among those under 19. Additionally, the University of Michigan Health Systems estimate that about 6,000 kids under the age of 14 are hospitalized because of diving injuries each year, with 1 in 5 sustaining a spinal cord injury.

Fire Safety Simplified According to the CDC, more than 300 children ages 19 and under are treated in emergency rooms for fire- and burnrelated injuries each day. Use these tips to help keep children safe around fires, fireworks, grills and other heat sources:

Always have children wear a Coast Guard-approved, properly fitted life jacket while on a boat, around an open body of water or when participating in water sports.

Teach kids to never play with matches, gasoline, lighter fluid or lighters. Make a habit of placing these items out of the reach of young children.

Educate yourself. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 86 percent of boating accident deaths involve boaters who have not completed a safety course.

Do not leave children unattended near grills, campfires, fire pits or bonfires. Always have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby whenever there is an open flame.

Take your child to a doctor or hospital immediately if he or she is injured in a fire or by fireworks.

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Always check water conditions and forecasts before going out on the water.

Prevent accidents and injuries with these tips to ensure your family’s safety around water:

Instruct children to never swim alone or go near water without an adult present.

Give children your undivided attention when they are swimming or near any body of water.

Always jump in feet first to check the depth before diving into any body of water.

Never dive in the shallow end of the pool or into above-ground pools.

To see more tips, find activity pages and learn how to become a “Superhero of Summer Safety,” visit it’s just about kids |



This Summer Just Move! How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle WRITTEN BY: Cary Sochin

We’ve all heard it before…that phrase ‘healthy lifestyle’ has been bandied about for years, but what exactly does it mean and how do we achieve it? fried foods, or maybe just simply say no to seconds!

• Enhances self-esteem • Improves memory in aging

There are numerous things you and your family can do to create a healthier lifestyle, but rule #1 is always JUST MOVE! And truthfully, that doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym, exercise is movement.

• Reduces stress


Here’s why you need to move more:


veryone knows the obvious traits displayed by someone who takes care of themselves and is considered “healthy”. He or she doesn’t smoke, they maintain a stable weight, they eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and fiber and, of course, they exercise on a regular basis. Alas, there are also additional variables involved. A healthy person tends to manage their stress better, seemingly always gets a good night’s sleep, doesn’t overindulge or doesn’t drink too much, they’re active…basically, a healthy person adheres to the old adage… everything in moderation. It seems like a heavy burden having to juggle and maintain all those variables in our hustle bustle world; but the good news is, you don’t have to make drastic changes. In fact, drastic changes almost always lead to failure. The real secret is to implement small changes – take the stairs, add fruit to your cereal, have an extra glass of water, skip dessert, avoid


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Whether it’s a family bike ride or running a 10k, activity is considered exercise and when you move more than normal, it counts. It’s terrific if you can spend time in the gym - meaning you’re in there sweating, you’re in the “zone” reaching your target heart rate, and/or doing something that strengthens your body. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. Moderate physical activities such as gardening, washing the car, walking the dog, or even just playing outside with the kids can make a real difference.

So isn’t it time you and your family got off that couch, you pushed yourself away from your desk, grabbed the remote and shut off the TV, or logged off Facebook or Instagram? Truthfully, even if you opt for small incremental changes and focus on being healthy to start, you will experience some pretty significant health benefits. k

The benefits of moving more The great thing about moving is that just a few minutes a day can have lasting benefits, many of which you may not even be aware of. Just some of the benefits include:

• Reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes

• Improves joint stability • Increases and improves range of motion • Helps maintain flexibility as you age • Maintains bone mass • Prevents osteoporosis and fractures • Improves mood and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression

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Six Questions Kids Ask About Teeth Assure A Smile Holistic Dentistry


ow often should I see the dentist for regular checkups and cleaning? At Assure A Smile, we recommend children begin seeing a dentist as early as age three, or as soon as they are comfortable chatting with a dentist. We also believe that an annual checkup and teeth cleaning two times per year are good ideas, even for kids. What size toothbrush should I use? There are several sizes of toothbrushes on the market, including brushes for infants, toddlers and older children. Choose a brush size that is comfortable to use, and which allows you to reach all of your teeth. Parents should help younger children brush their teeth until they are old enough to brush on their own. Make sure your toothbrush has soft bristles. It is not important how “hard” your brush, but rather how long you brush – for at last two minutes, twice per day. How often should I brush my teeth? Brushing two times per day is a best. This will help clean away extra food particles and bacteria, which can lead to plaque, tooth decay and cavities. If you cannot brush your teeth on your own, ask your parents to help you. Is fluoride safe? At Assure A Smile, we promote clean living and clean eating. This includes avoiding unnecessary chemicals which may be unhealthy or unsafe. We believe that fluoride contains toxins which may cause problems in children and adults, and we do not recommend its use. Instead, we promote healthy living, exercise, healthy eating including whole foods, fruits and vegetables, holistic life

choices, regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings. For brushing, we recommend a natural, fluoride-free toothpaste. You can even make your own. Just combine 2–3 tablespoons of baking soda with cup of coconut oil. (Optionally, you can add a little peppermint oil or stevia.)

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As a holistic dentistry, Assure A Smile is dedicated to nutritional education for better oral health and total body wellness.

Is chewing gum a good idea? Sadly, it is not. Sugary chewing gum can be bad for your dental health because the sugar can lead to tooth decay. Sugar-free gum lacks the sugar, but it usually contains other chemicals (or even plastic). Some of these chemicals may be bad for you. At Assure A Smile, we recommend avoiding overly processed foods and chemicals when possible. What should you do if you just can’t stay away from chewing gum? Consider a natural alternative. There are some newer brands of chewing gum on the market which contain natural ingredients and fewer chemicals. Or simply choose nuts, carrots, parsley, licorice root or ginger to chew on. What foods keep my mouth clean and safe? The best foods are healthy foods. We recommend a balanced, nutritious diet – including fresh fruits and vegetables. Stay away from candy or cookies, except as an occasional treat. Added sugar in your diet increases your chances for cavities. Avoid chemicals or processed foods. Drink water or other non-sugary drinks. Healthy snacks include whole foods, fruits and vegetables, like apples, carrots, nuts, bananas, oranges, grapes, celery, tomato and cucumber slices. Have you ever tried kale chips? Yummy! k

For over 28 years, Assure A Smile has been the leading dental care provider to all of South Florida. Our holistic dentistry is led by Dr. Ted Herrmann and based in Miami, Florida. Assure A Smile’s mission is to ensure healthy teeth and gums for life! Assure A Smile is located at 9220 SW 72nd Street, Suite 205 Miami, FL 33173. For more information call 305.274.0047 or visit it’s just about kids |




Miami-Dade Parks Summer Camps: “We Have a Camp for That!” offers fun, adventurous and creative camp options. Register today!


chool is almost over, which can be a sign of stress for parents on what to do to keep their child engaged, entertained and safe during the three months off from school. Whether your child is a budding artist or loves to learn about nature and science, or has their sights on playing basketball, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will put a smile on their face with fun and exciting summer camp options. Located at 42 parks throughout the County, Miami-Dade Parks Summer Camps run from June 12 through August 11, 2017 (select sites open through August 19). The camps will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and offer 7:30 a.m. early drop-off and 6 p.m. late pick-up options.


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Parents can mix-and-match their camp options, so their children can experience a new adventure each week. There are camps for those who enjoy outdoor sports challenges, like golf and fishing, as well as nature-based camps with eco excursions, art camps, the list goes on and on! Summer Camps are also inclusive and managed by Miami-Dade Parks’ Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists. Learn more about accessibility at Miami-Dade Parks. “Miami-Dade Parks Summer Camps provide kids with active recreation experiences that are designed to enrich their lives. Utilizing our world-renowned parks and attractions, these camp provide a place to build friendships, discover and explore their interests and learn more about themselves,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director George Navarrete.

Registration is available at any General or Specialized camp’s host park, or online. Families in need of financial assistance must register and apply for assistance in person at their selected park. k

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Dad’s Day, Dad’s Way Gift ideas sure to bring a smile


inding the perfect gift for dear ol’ dad may be easier than you think. Show that you’ve paid attention all these years and know what it takes to make him smile. From gifts that make practical tasks easier to accessories for his favorite pleasure pursuits, these ideas take the stress out of showing your dad how much he means. Add a simple “thank you” and a big hug, and he’s sure to feel the love this Father’s Day. Celebrate his sports obsession No matter his favorite sport or team, you can find countless ways to please an avid sports fan. Obvious options like T-shirts and baseball caps are always winners, but you can find plenty of creative and useful ways to celebrate dad’s favorite team, too. Practical ideas to help trick out his car include new floor mats, headrest covers and even valve stem covers. You could also go more whimsical with stainless steel knives or salt and pepper shakers bearing the team logo. Visit the team store or search online for the perfect gift. Boost his golf game Help dad improve his score and complete rounds faster with the advanced technology of a rangefinder. An option such as one of Leupold’s GX-1i3, GX-2i3 and GX5i3 rangefinders provide fast, easy and accurate ranging to give golfers an edge on the course. With the customization features of the GX2i3 and GX-5i3, you’ll practically be gifting dad a personal caddie. Learn more at


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Feed his cravings For the at-home chef, functional gift ideas are nearly endless. Try narrowing down the options by choosing his favorite cuisine. If Mexican cuisine is his thing, look for less common but highly useful items like taco holders or condiment dishes to hold a serving of freshly made salsa. Or go a more experimental route with a custom kit that lets dad make his own beer, cheese or jerky at home. An online search will reveal a stockpile of ideas, so your biggest challenge will be narrowing down the menu. Add a tool to his belt If your dad is a handy man, you may think he’s got every tool and gadget imaginable. The truth is, most handymen will agree you can never have too many tools. Think about the projects he tackles most often; those are the items that may be

worn and in need of replacing. If there’s a task he struggles to complete, consult with an expert at your local hardware store to determine whether there are devices that could help make it easier. Expand his artistic interests When the arts are more up dad’s alley, you can make it easier for him to appreciate the genre he loves best. A reading lamp or monogrammed bookmark is perfect for the book worm, while a visit to a gallery showing or performance may be just the ticket for a dad who enjoys exploring artistic talent or experiencing the arts live. Father’s Day is a time to show dad your gratitude and love, and he’s sure to appreciate knowing that you care enough to give a gift he truly can use and enjoy. k

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MINDFUL FUN: 5 Ways to Teach Kids Mindfulness that your Whole Family will Enjoy WRITTEN BY: Camille Lucy


indfulness practices are growing in society, organizations and schools and there is just no wonder why: research is stacking up that the benefits are profound and there are no “adverse side effects.” Mindfulness has been shown to improve the mental, emotional, physical and social health and wellbeing of the children that practice it. Some more specific benefits include: improved ability to focus, improve memory, reduction in stress, anxiety and reactivity, better behavior and emotional management, increased self esteem, quicker to calm down and relax when upset, and increased empathy. In schools, bullying was seen taking a decline after mindfulness was introduced. While many are still unaware of what mindfulness is and how to include it in their daily lives, there are some really fun and simple ways to both explain what it is and introduce this into your home life, that can strengthen your bond and the quality time your family spends together. What comes to mind…? To explain what mindfulness is to your children, play a game! Name some words and have your children rattle off what comes to their mind first after hearing the word. For example, start with something silly or simple. Next, ask them what comes to mind when they hear the word Mindfulness. After they respond, explain to them that mindfulness is noticing what is happening right now. It is paying attention to how your body feels,


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what you see, smell, taste, feel and touch. And it is noticing what the mind is doing. It’s sort of like being a Detective! Hand out some magnifying glasses as props if you feel it’ll add some fun to the game(s)! The magic bell. Ring a bell and ask your kids to silently listen to the sound. Can they hear the vibration of the bell after it is rung? Ring it, again, and ask them to follow the noise and vibration until the end and raise their hand when they no longer hear any noises. This exercise will help your kids to pay close attention to the present moment and utilize their sensitivities and perception in a new way. Visiting aliens. Ask your kids to dress up or act like an Alien for this next exercise and watch how much fun you can all have together! Bring out something otherwise-normal like a piece of orange or a raisin, and tell your kids they have come to Planet Earth and must investigate what this “thing” is. Tell them to pretend they have never seen this before, and ask them to use all of their senses to figure out what it is. Have them look, touch, listen to, smell and taste the food and find words to describe the experience. What do they notice about the sensations of eating this? This practice can lead to healthier eating habits, an awareness of our body’s messages and signals of being full, and an overall appreciation of the food we consume daily.

“Mindfulness has been shown to improve mental, emotional, physical and social health”


Balancing buddy. Take out your child’s favorite stuffed animal or toy, and have them lie down and place it on their belly. Ask them to remain silent, close their eyes and breathe slowly, paying attention to how their buddy is bouncing up and down with their belly and breath. If they


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get distracted, have them think of their thoughts as clouds that pass by in the sky, and to bring their attention back to their buddy. This is a powerful practice to help children become aware of their body, their thoughts and how to redirect their focus back into the present moment when perhaps they are having troubling or upsetting thoughts nagging them. Touch-and-tell. Blindfold your children or have them close their eyes. Hand them an assortment of objects, one by one, and ask them to describe what they feel and try to guess what it is. You can use cotton balls, feathers, a rubber ball, a rock, play-doh or clay… the list is endless! This fun and simple exercise teaches children to isolate their senses and tune into their momentary experiences. There are so many ways to practice mindfulness in a fun way together; these are just 5 examples that your family can begin with. Practice these exercises with your children to help them build tremendous strength of mind, body and spirit, and set them up to become a Mindful, happy, aware - and fun - adult. k

Camille Lucy is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Reiki & Raindrop Technique Practitioner, Ordained Holistic Minister, and a Mother of 3 girls. Camille is also author of, “The (Real) Love Experiment: Explore Love, Relationships & The Self.” Learn more about her and her adventure(s) at

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JFTA Summer Tennis Camp Zoo Miami Summer Camp Zoo Miami’s Summer Camp nourishes our children’s innate connection with nature while reinforcing life science concepts. Our education professionals immerse children ages 4-12 in the world of wildlife using the zoo’s living classroom. Zoo Miami’s multi-disciplinary approach provides children with an invaluable educational experience while having a stampede of fun! 305.255.5551 Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St. Miami, FL 33177

Frost Science Summer Camp

The JFTA's Summer Tennis Camp offers 10 one-week sessions of action-packed fun for boys & girls, ages 3–16. The morning includes games, drills, and exercises for players of all levels. Kids are grouped by age and ability and coached by certified tennis professionals. 305.775.4727 Dave and Mary Alper JCC 11155 SW 112th Ave. Miami, FL 33176

Wise Choice Summer Camp Directed by Florida certified teachers, Wise Choice Summer Camps were created to build camper’s self-confidence and give them a fun, summer learning experience.

Summer Camp at Frost Science in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park provides an unforgettable experience for rising 2nd - 5th graders looking to dive deeper into the science showcased at the museum including engineering, astronomy, marine biology and the human body.

Daniel F. Yanes 305.630.3600 10481 N. Kendall Dr. Suite D-200. Miami, FL 33176

305.434.9564 1101 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132

City Trekker Camp Programs at Coral Gables Museum

Summer Theatre Academy at the University of Miami The Summer Theatre Academy at the University of Miami’s Department of Theatre Arts promises six weeks of fun and learning! Whether in grade school, middle school or high school, your child will gain valuable skills, confidence, self-esteem, and a love of creativity through theatre games and acting exercises led by our well-trained, caring staff. 305.284.4474 1231 Dickinson Dr, Coral Gables. Miami, FL 33124

Children ages 5-12 explore Coral Gables through a variety of disciplines and take advantage of the cultural destinations and activities offered by The City Beautiful and the Museum. Learn about art, architecture, history and more! 305.603.8067 285 Aragon Ave. Coral Gables. Miami, FL 33134

Broadway Summer Camp Miami's Best Bilingual Summer Camp, with locations in Downtown Miami and Doral, our very own #BroadwaySummerCamp. This year we will be performing Dreamwork's Madagascar and the super musical; Hairspray - With 10 years of experience and a perfect safety record, we guarantee you the best summer camp for your child. 786.339.4577 Downtown Miami - 1490 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132 Doral - 2200 NW 87th Ave. Miami, FL 33172


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Camp Broadway - Arsht Center Camp Broadway enables kids, ages 10-17, to learn from Broadway’s best singers and dancers, regardless of previous experience. This year the campers will perform Shrek the Musical Jr. at the final performance!

Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp Mini Canes Camp offers educational recreational experiences in a high quality, fun and safe learning environment to children aged 6-12 years old. The goal of Mini Canes Camp is to teach campers the importance of developing lifelong sports and recreation skills, all while having fun.

Box Office at 305.949.6722 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132

305.284.8510 University of Miami, Herbert Wellness Center

Lights, Camera, FFI Summer Film Camp The Florida Film Institute presents CINEMA, a 6-week intense filmmaking workshop. Sessions will be held M-TH from 10am - 1pm @ CGAC, June 12th through July 21st, 2017. Limited Availability. Deadline is June 1st, 2017!

The Factory of Fun Bilingual Camp This Bilingual program has the best combination of activities guided by a loving and experienced team of professional teachers that get to know each and every one of the child's needs, styles and interest to be able to provoke and inspire them to learn and have fun every single moment they are with us.

305.891.3456 Coral Gables Art Cinema 260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. Miami, FL 33134

954.642.2332 Brickell, Hallandale,Pembroke Pines, Tamarac, Weston

Coconut Grove Sailing Club Instructional Center (Spring & Summer Camp)

Explorers Summer Camp at Miami Children’s Museum

CGSCIC is pleased to offer Summer Youth Sailing Instruction and Camp for both sailing members and non-members. Student sailors will be classified as either beginner, intermediate, advanced or racing level. A US Sailing certified instructor and several junior instructors supervise the classes. Campers must be between the ages of 6 to 17 years old. Sailing Camp runs weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and is held rain or shine.

Join us this summer as we travel around the globe! Discover different countries, cultures, art, music and science! Before and after care available. 305.373.5437 ext. 112 980 Macarthur Causeway. Miami, FL 33132

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Looking for a great Summer Camp program for your kiddos? The right Summer Camp will provide your Kiddos lifelong memories and skills. A place where boys and girls will learn to be independent, about teamwork values and of course they will make new summer friends! Kiddos Magazine offers you a list of the most amazing and coolest 2017 Summer Camp programs in Miami. it’s just about kids |




Cool Down with Patriotic Frozen Pops The perfect treat to celebrate and escape the heat this summer

With backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic celebrations in full swing leading up to the Fourth of July, kids are constantly on the go with summertime activities. For long summer days in the sun, a cool treat is the perfect way to help keep kids energized for all of their summertime activities.

Red, White and Blueberry Frozen Pops Servings: 10

• 1/2 cup granola • 2 teaspoons brown rice syrup • 3/4 cup reduced fat milk • 6 ounces fat free vanilla Greek yogurt • 1 cup whole strawberries, tops removed

• Water • 1 1/4 cup blueberries, divided


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In small bowl, stir granola and brown rice syrup until combined. Using end of wooden spoon, press approximately 3/4 tablespoon granola into each frozen pop mold. Granola should be packed tightly into bottom of molds.

Layer 1 tablespoon strawberry puree on top of frozen yogurt layer in each mold. Cover top of molds with foil, insert sticks and freeze again until solid. Remove foil, add another layer of yogurt and freeze again.

In another small bowl, stir together milk and yogurt; set aside.

For final layer, add 1 tablespoon blueberry puree and 3 blueberries to each mold. Freeze until solid. Keep frozen pops in molds until ready to eat. Run each mold under lukewarm water for approximately 10 seconds to loosen and remove frozen pops. Pops can be made 1 day in advance. k

Using small food processor or highpowered blender, puree strawberries until smooth. Stir water into each puree so they are pourable, about 2 tablespoons each, more if necessary. Set aside 30 blueberries and puree remainder. Add water, as needed, to make pourable. To layer pops, start by pouring, piping or syringing 1 tablespoon milk and yogurt mixture into each mold, covering granola layer. Put each mold in freezer until firm, at least 1 hour.

Tip: For clean lines between frozen yogurt layers, use small syringe.

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oatsetter is a peer-to-peer boating company connecting renters with boaters, so anyone can feel the boating excitement! No boating knowledge is needed, if you are in need of a captain, we will provide one too. There are infinite adventures you can take your kiddos in. Spending the day docked at a sandbar and enjoying the natural pools is a very popular activity among our Boatsetter families. More active families enjoy going out and spending the day doing watersports

like wakeboarding, tubing or waterski. Fishing or snorkeling, anything is possible on a Boatsetter boat rental. Exploring the city from the ocean’s perspective is another top activity. Boatsetter gives you the freedom to rent a boat for half a day (4 hours), a full day (8 hours), or even multiple days. We want everyone to have a unique trip and build their adventures depending on their interests. Whether it is a staycation, or a weekend trip to Bahamas, we will have you covered.

just the boat. Many of our events are perfect to enjoy a family day with your kids. Learn the sailing 101’s on “Sail Like a Pro”. You can also have a different brunching adventure on the water on the “Brunch n’ Boat” tour! If fishing is something you’re into, the “Catch of the Day” excursion is a full-on fishing trip kids will love. k No matter what you choose, Boatsetter has something for you to enjoy as a family!

Our site is super user-friendly, you can search through thousands of boats and locations. Our search tools and filters will lead to the perfect boat for you. If you have any questions or need more help, our top class customer service team will gladly help you. A boating day out is something kiddos will love as well. These are catered experiences that include more than

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With nine ‘brains’, it’s no surprise that octopuses are the most intelligent invertebrates.

Find out why at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Opening May 8, 2017.

1101 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132 |

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is supported by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners of MiamiDade County. This project is supported by the Building Better Communities Bond Program and the City of Miami. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Frost Science is an accessible facility. All contents ©Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. All rights reserved.

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4th of July 2017 family events and celebrations! Black Point Park and Marina

Palmetto Bay

Bayfront Park

Spend the day at Black Point Park and enjoy the biking and jogging trails, fishing, and boating. Dine in at Black Point Ocean Grill or enjoy a picnic. Fireworks 9 p.m. Park opens at sunrise. 24775 SW 87 Ave., Cutler Bay. 305-258-4092 Free event

There will be fun for the whole family with a Zumbathon, live music, fun zone, beer garden, hot dog eating contest, vendors, and a fireworks display. 6- 9 p.m., Franjo Triangle just east of Village Hall, along Franjo Road. Palmetto Bay; 305-259-1234 Free event

America’s Birthday Bash includes a kids’ zone, live music, k games, food and drinks, and spectacular fireworks. Park opens at 10:00 a.m. Live music 2 p.m. Kids’ Zone 3 - 7 p.m. Fireworks 9 p.m. Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132. 305-358-7550 Free event

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Biltmore Hotel

Homestead “Race to the 4th”

Enjoy the celebrations at the Barnacle Celebrate the Fourth of July in style A family event featuring live Old Fashioned Picnic and fireworks at this iconic hotel’s Fireworks music, mechanical rides for at Peacock Park. Free ice-cream, Spectacular at 9 p.m. 1200 children, food, and of course balloon animals, face painting, and Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. fireworks! 6 - 10 p.m. Fireworks activities for kids. Fireworks 9 p.m. Just fireworks viewing on golf 9 p.m. Homestead Miami Speed2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove. course is free; 855-666-1727. way, One Speedway Blvd, Home305-461-5506 Barnacle Old Fashioned stead FL. 305-224-4570 Picnic: Adults $5, children 6-11 $3, Free event under 6 free Key Biscayne Fourth of July Parade Free event Enjoy marching bands and golf carts, floats, jets flying over, and tons of entertainment! Picnic takes place on the Village Green after the parade. Fireworks 9 p.m. Parade 11:00 a.m. and takes place along Crandon Boulevard, from Harbor Drive to West Enid. Free event it’s just about kids | 23


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The soft Beach Poncho by Lassig is the perfect companion for a day at the beach or at the pool! With a sun protection factor of UPF 50+, the two-layered ponchos protect children’s skin from dangerous UV rays.


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Sun hats cover and protect baby’s and toddler’s sensitive scalp. Our Bucket Hats have the added protection of UPF 50+ and therefore are ideal for safe play out in the sun. Our colorful hats are also reversible, offering two adorable options for color coordinating! Available at

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It’ll be snowing in Miami this summer! Slava’s Snowshow at the Arsht Center


he Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of MiamiDade County is proud to announce the return of Slava’s Snowshow, a critically-acclaimed and timeless theatrical spectacle often described as a cross between Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group, as its marquee presentation for summer 2017. After two record-breaking runs in 2008 and 2013, creator and renowned international artist, Slava Polunin, and his talented cast of clowns return to Miami to wow fans with their magical show starting July 12 in the Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House. Slava’s Snowshow will play Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m., with additional matinee shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30, $55 and $75.

This spectacle is the creation of Russian-born Slava Polunin. Inspired by the most famous mime artists of all time, including Charlie Chaplin, Marcel Marceau and Engibaro, Slava has dedicated his life since the age of 17 to re-claiming and re-establishing the art and craft of the true clown. After founding his own theater company “Litsedei” in 1979, Slava has taken clowning out of the circus and into the streets, and from there to major Created by Slava,FOR the original Cirque RELEASE IMMEDIATE theaters around the world. clown genius, the show has “stage effects that are dazzling” (Daily MEDIA CONTACTS: Slava’s Snowshow is not Mail) and a “finaleSuzette that blows you Fuentes Espinosa Gino R. Camp recommended for children 8 years (786) 468-222 away!” (Mail on Sunday). Winner (786) 468-2221 and younger. k of London’s Olivier Award for Best gcampodonico Entertainment and 2005 Drama Desk Award recipient for Unique Theatrical For ticket prices, dates and Arts The Adrienne Arsht Center foravailability, the Performing Experience, Slava’s Snowshow has times visit announces its summer 2017 spec been hailed by The Independent as “an unmistakably unique, unmissable comedy masterpiece.” Slava’s Snowshow is an awe-inducing theatrical experience and a profoundly moving spectacle full of wondrous images, delightful comedy, haunting music, and snow—lots and lots of snow. “This show is poetic in its story telling and brings you back to your childhood,” says Liz Wallace, vice president of programming at the Arsht Center.

Slava’s Snowshow is an awe-inducing theatrical experience

More than 70,000 theatergoers have enjoyed Slava’s Snows now the show (and snow) that audiences and critics can Tickets on sale April 3!

Previews: July 12 & 13 Opening Night: July 14 Through August 6 Tickets: $30, $55 & $75* Ziff Ballet Opera House – Adrienne Arsh

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MKB Watersports Summer Camp A Summer of Adventure and Fun for Kids 8 to 14! SOURCE: Miami Kite Boarding


ince 2010, Miami Kite Boarding has been offering the most exhilarating Watersports summer camp, outdoor education, team building, and leadership development for kids from 8-14 years old. MKB is a dynamic outdoor recreational camp, Its a great opportunity to disconnect the kids from their phone, Xbox, Ipad and computers at home…and rather, develop direct social interaction and bounding experience within a group of kids the same age.

Essentially the kids are introduced to water sports that might never experience before: Paddle boarding, kayaking, kite boarding, wakeboarding, and waterskiing. Thus the children develop motor skills and self-confidence, while having the time of their lives in a safe, secure and beautiful setting. Taking the opportunity of a full watersports experience, MKB’s educational mission is to teach the children about the environment, the Park’s fragile eco-system and ocean conservation issues that danger our shorelines.

Through teamwork, fun challenges with peers and group rules, campers will build important aspect of their personality such as self-awareness, achievement, assurance and social skills.

A learning experience The kids will visit the sea grass beds in Crandon Park preserve area, where fish and birds are nesting all year long, they participate in beach cleanups essentially aiming

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at picking plastic debris which endanger many species, they watch short educative and interactive video projections about the major issues our ocean face, and work as a team on games questionnaire. This is a whole ocean experience, beyond just the watersport activities themselves. And to keep memory of this experience, the kids are given a certificate of Watersport & Guardian of the Sea, at the end of each session. Lunch and clothing Campers should bring their own lunch, drinks, snacks, swimsuit, sunscreen, hats, towel, and water shoes. Kids are given a water shirt and a beach bag to keep their belongings. Don’t forget a change of clothes and $5 per child for Pizza Party every Friday!

MKB camp family All MKB instructors and staff are current in First Aid and CPR certifications, the camp maintain a ratio of 1 counselor for 5 to 6 children maximum to ensure every kid safety. Instructors also undergo an extensive training process to ensure a high degree of proficiency in all activities and must be signed off by a senior staff member prior to leading any activity. A multi language camp! Our instructors speak English, Spanish and French. k How to register Registration and payment can be completed online at summercamp. Paypal accepts all major credit cards.

Camp Hours: 10am to 4pm - Monday to Friday Earlier drop off: 9:00 am and late pickup: 6:00pm Location: Crandon Park, North Beach, Miami Kiteboarding Concession. 6767 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149 (500 feet south of the nature center) 2017 Summer Camp 2 Weeks session

â&#x20AC;˘ Session 1 June 12 - 23 â&#x20AC;˘ Session 1 June 26 - July 7 â&#x20AC;˘ Session 3 July 10 - 21 â&#x20AC;˘ Session 4 July 24 - August 4 â&#x20AC;˘ Optional (TBA): August 7 - 11 One session: $525 for 1 child - $500 per child for 2 siblings or more One-week-only option: $330 per week for 1 child - $295 per child for 2 siblings or more Early drop off & after care add $40 per week

Contact: Christophe Ribot: General Manager 786.897.8769 Alexandra DeLara: Camp Director 305.905.5435 Oandy Naranjo: Co-Director 786.320.2613 For more information and to register visit summercamp/




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Susan G. Komen® Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Celebrating 22 Years of racing this October SOURCE: Susan G. Komen® Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

More than 10,000 participants expected to participate in the annual breast cancer run/walk.

On your mark, get set, go! The Susan G. Komen®


he Race raises much needed funding for local breast health education, treatment and services, as well as for breast cancer research for the Komen National Research Program. The event is expected to draw more than 10,000 participants and will take place at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. This year, TeamFootWorks, a locally renounced running management company, will be producing the Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure®. “We look forward to working with TeamFootWorks,” says Sherri Martens-Curtis, Operations Manager of Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.

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“They have an outstanding reputation in our community for producing events and we feel our renewed collaboration will benefit all who support this year’s Race.” Understanding breast cancer Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. Breast cancer knows no boundaries – be it age, gender, socioeconomic status or geographic location. But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection, improved treatment methods and increased

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access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before. Making sense of the ever-changing world of breast cancer can be very overwhelming though. The About Breast Cancer section of is your one-stop resource for the latest information on:

• Facts & Statistics • Risk Factors • Screening & Detection • Diagnosis • Treatment • Quality of Life • The Breast Cancer Journey

Support for you Breast cancer can be scary and confusing, both for those diagnosed and for their friends and family. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to have a strong support network to help with the physical and emotional demands of the disease. Remember, you are not alone. There are many support services available to assist you on this journey. Visit for a comprehensive list of local breast cancer resources for Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Kids for the cure t-shirt design contest Kids for the Cure was developed in response to the many children that

are affected by breast cancer. They may have mothers, grandmothers, aunts, teachers and many other that are battling or have overcome this disease. This contest is a way for the kids not only support the cause in their own way but also have fun doing so! The winning design will be printed on approximately 1,000 Youth shirts and distributed at the packet pick-up. For more information on how to participate in this contest please contact Rebecca Torriani at 954.909.0454 or via email at k

Race for the Cure Registration officially opened online in the beginning of May. For more information on how to get involved, please visit or call 954.909.0454.

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book reviews Suggestions for your kids to read this month

1. Darth Vader and Son (PB) By Jeffrey Brown What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if “Luke, I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic re-imagining Darth Vader is a dad like any other.

2. Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me (PB) By Eric Carle Mitchell’s favorite! In this unique and delightful picture book, the story literally unfolds as pages open dramatically, extending both outward and upward. Monica wants the moon to play with, so her Papa sets out to get it for her.

3. Lucía the Luchadora (PB) By Cynthia Leonor Garza Lucia zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when they tell her -girls can’t be

superheroes, - suddenly she doesn’t feel so mighty. That’s when her beloved abuela reveals a dazzling secret: Lucia comes from a family of luchadoras, the bold and valiant women of the Mexican lucha libre tradition. A story about courage and cultural legacy.

4. Ice Cream Summer (MG) By Megan Atwood Every summer the Garrison Family Apple Orchard opens its ice cream stand and lets two kids run the show. Now it’s best friends Lizzie and Sarah’s turn. Then new kids Olive and Peter join their ice cream team. Sarah had big plans and she’s not too happy about sharing the stand or her best friend. But a disaster at the grand opening has these four kids having to become good friends—and expert detectives—before this Ice Cream Summer turns into the Worst Summer Ever!

5. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (MG) By Pablo Cartaya For Arturo, summer time in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a cute poetry enthusiast who moves into Arturo’s apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer. He almost doesn’t notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it.

6. Danny the Champion of the World (MG) By Roald Dahl Danny has a life any boy would love—his home is a gypsy caravan, he’s the youngest master car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. But one night Danny discovers a shocking

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secret that his father has kept hidden for years.

7. The Outdoor Adventure Cookbook By Coleman There’s nothing quite like dinner by the campfire with your family. The Official Cookbook from America’s Camping Authority Coleman® offers 100 delicious campsite recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, dessert and more.

8. Lucky to Live in Florida By Kate B. Jerome The Lucky to Live in Florida book is the perfect tool to jump-start meaningful conversations between generations. Read-aloud rhymes set up interesting topics. Then write-in prompts invite children to record their own views to create a personal Sunshine State keepsake, personalized experience. k


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Raised on the mythical island of Themyscira and trained by Amazonian warriors, a young woman named Diana fulfills a destiny long ago bestowed on her by the Gods when her home and the world at large is threatened, she must leave and travel to the outside world for the first time. In doing so she will take the first steps to becoming the hero that is Wonder Woman…


Tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.


Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the

help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage.


The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).


Gru (Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) must stop former ‘80s child star Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) from achieving world domination.






Miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 27- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in Word War II.


Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.


In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face-to-face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the planet.


In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe. k

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10 Steps to Prep Your Pet for Travel This Summer Prepare your pet. Once you’ve made sure your pet is ready to hit the road, start out with short drives to make sure he or she is comfortable in the car. Take a trip around the neighborhood or about town to check his or her reaction and attitude. Plan accordingly. Since not all hotels and accommodations are pet-friendly, be sure to double-check that your reservations allow furry guests. Additionally, make sure that all of your planned activities and adventures can safely involve your pet.


hen summer comes around, a common favorite tradition is jumping in the car and hitting the open road for a vacation, whether it’s a weekend getaway or a longer excursion. For pet parents, that exhilarating idea isn’t always so simple. Instead of being forced to leave your furry friend behind, follow these tips and suggestions to bring your fourlegged companion along for the ride. Get checked out. Before loading up the car, consider a check-up with a veterinarian to ensure that your pet is physically capable of handling a road trip. Long hours in the car can be taxing on older pets that may not be used to the stress of travel.

Pack necessary supplies. While you’ll likely be concerned with packing the right clothes, shoes and accessories, your four-legged companion has needs as well. Make sure to bring along proper food, water and respective bowls; toys for down time; treats for good behavior and any other necessities to help your pet feel at home. Travel safely. Even pets that have spent ample time traveling in the past can feel more comfortable in the car while inside a cozy carrier. It can be a good idea to bring along a breathable carrier with plenty of space to help serve as a calming presence in case travel time starts to take its toll.

your pet will need some time to stretch his or her legs, too. Prior to taking off, look for parks or other pet-friendly areas on your route to incorporate some playtime. Stay inside the vehicle. The iconic image of a pet-friendly road trip is a dog with his head out the window and the wind in his face – however, it’s not a safe way to travel. Make sure your pet is safely inside the vehicle at all times. Make frequent stops. Even if you can “hold it” for lengthy periods, your pet will likely require more frequent bathroom breaks while on the road. Mapping out pet-accessible stops can help you keep your pet comfortable while still making good time. Don’t leave your pet. It’s never smart to leave pets or children in locked cars, and it’s an even bigger no-no if you’re in an unfamiliar place. Your pet is likely to be on high alert anyway due to the stress of traveling, so keeping him or her by your side throughout the trip. With these steps, you can hit the road for some summer fun without having to leave your pet behind. k

Take proper ID. It’s important to always have your pet’s ID on its collar, but it can be even more important while out of town when your pet is in an unfamiliar area. Plan for play. You’re sure to have plenty of activities planned during vacation, but keep in mind that

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Summer Event’s Guide Where to go with our Kiddos

JUNE 10th


Family Day on Aragon Coral Gables Museum 285 Aragon Ave. Coral Gables, Fl. 33134 From: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Celebrate Father’s Day at CGM! Kids decorate a shirt for the special mentor in their lives (while supplies last). Make a special card for dad. Join a 2:30pm family-friendly tour of our permanent exhibit, Creating the Dream, and learn all about the special bond that City founder George Merrick had with his father. Free event






Dino Island Exhibit Opening at MCM 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132 From: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Join us for a roarin’ good time as we open our new exhibit. Dig for dinosaur eggs, and sort through bones. Be an archaeologist in our scavenger hunt, and create your own salt dough fossils. Enjoy original performances by our MCM Players, and ask a question to our oldest dino. For more information visit

Art of Music: Father's Day Concert Downtown Doral Park 8395 NW 53rd Street From: 7:00 p.m. Celebrate Father’s Day with live musical performances from Miami-based classic rock cover bands Four Play and South 58. Hits from the 60s to now, will transmit raw energy to those in audience and South 58 will bring a touch of rock that will make you relive the successes of classical and modern rock. Food trucks, open lawn. Free event


The Falls Summer Safety & Kids Expo From: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Falls will host the Summer Safety and Kids Expo to celebrate kids and help families take action to make every kid a safe kid this summer. The expo will also present parents with a wealth of information from exhibitors, all with a focus on children’s products, services, and more. Free event



Free First Saturday at Gold Coast Railroad 12450 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL From: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Treat your munchkin to a day on the tracks! The Gold Coast Railroad Museum offers free admission the first Saturday of every month. It’s great for any train enthusiast, or young kids! For more information visit Free event (does not include train ride tickets)

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Laser Light Shows on First Fridays at Frost Science 1101 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132 From: 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Frost Science is bringing back tits muchanticipated laser light shows. Visitors will be dazzled by hourly laser shows. Laser Show: Adults $10; Children $8 Laser Show + Museum Admission: Adult $27.25; Children $19.25 For more information visit:

Target Free Third Friday


Kiddos Magazine Back to School & 4th Anniversary Event! The Falls Shopping Mall 8888 SW 136 St, Miami, FL Come and celebrate with us our 4th Anniversary and Back to School Event all in one awesome party! Two days filled with arts & crafts, face painting, balloon artist, science and arts projects, safety, Back to School exhibitors, sports demonstrations, dance, characters, food, music, raffles and much more! Free admission

From: 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 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. Free event

calendar submissions Submit your event information for August-September calendar before September 10th to Include event name, location, address, date, time, cost, a brief description and contact. Events will be listed based on availability and it has to be family and kids related.

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The Children’s Trust Welcomes Summer with Updated Camp Listings and Mobile App Enhancements


An Even Smoother User-Friendly Experience!

ust in time to help parents find the perfect place for their kids to spend the summer, The Children’s Trust has updated its free, trilingual mobile app with more than 300 fresh new summer camp and youth enrichment program listings, serving children and youth ages 6-18. Upgrades to the app itself – which have fine-tuned its geographic search capabilities – mean it’s even easier for parents to pinpoint exactly what they’re looking for, be it a camp within walking distance of work or home, or one with a focus on sports, STEM or the arts. The largest funder of summer, after-school and youth enrichment programs in Miami-Dade County


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serving some 25,000 children at hundreds of sites each year, The Children’s Trust is dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make informed decisions as to where their children will spend their time on break, as well as offer a host of options to consider. Indeed, 35 percent of The Trust’s entire current annual budget goes toward programs for school-age children and youth. “This app has become the go-to resource for busy Miami-Dade County families searching for safe, affordable and engaging programs that support continued academic development,” says Trust President and CEO James R. Haj. “Without them, kids can lose up to two months’ of their math and reading

skills over the summer break. We’re committed to making sure that doesn’t happen to any child in our community. k Users may choose to read them in English, Spanish or Haitian Creole.

For more information visit or by calling the 211 helpline.

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Kiddos Magazine Vol. 4 Issue 6 - A Sip of Summer  

With this issue we welcome the summer season and with it long and beautiful days in South Florida. New camp experiences, vacations, picnics,...

Kiddos Magazine Vol. 4 Issue 6 - A Sip of Summer  

With this issue we welcome the summer season and with it long and beautiful days in South Florida. New camp experiences, vacations, picnics,...