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Keeping Summer Fun! Family Bonding Activities to Keep Children Learning All Summer Long



ACTIVITIES Get Your Kids Ready For Summertime Fun

8 Tips for Parents and Kids on How to Stay Healthy over the Summer

Here Comes The Sun!

TRADITIONS Celebrating Your Family Man!


An Outdoor Learning Activity for Kids to do this Summer

SNACKS Hydrate Your kids For a Healthy Summer


Olly, Role Model and Big Time Adventures for kids!


Kiddos 2016 Summer Camp Guide

PLACES Jungle Island Rainforest Riptide

COOL STUFF Summer Essentials


NFTE Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Suggestions For Your Kids To Read This Month

MOVIE REVIEWS What Is New In Theaters


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YOU BE YOU! Learn-to-Swim programs are taught by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors for children 2 years and older, as well as adults. For more information contact a Miami-Dade Parks pool near you.

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A sip of summer!



Roxane Timon Reading is Fundamental Sun Safety Alliance Camille Lucy FIU Center for Children and Families Bright Horizons Books & Books

This is one of the seasons that I really like the most! but certainly it is our children’s favorite! School is over (I can’t believe-time goes by so fast!) No more nerve-wrecking tests, pop quizzes, homework, or projects and this is why kids love summer. Welcoming hot days, brilliant sunsets, picnics and a lot of water. Days of flip-flops, boating, gardening, outdoor activities and continuing learning!


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There are so many easy, fun, and affordable summer activities ideas! Slow down, reconnect, and spend quality time with your kids.

Keeping Summer Fun! Summer is here and that means it’s time for baseball games, barbecues, camping trips, and vacations. We bring you useful tips about family bonding activities to keep your children learning all summer long. Gardening with your Kiddos? What a fun outdoor activity to do this summer! Thank you Bright Horizons for this valuable editorial. Our Kiddos Kid Reporter enjoyed Olly’s interview, a happy and outgoing bird, a great example for children who want to improve their community. Read on for more!

Go to a public park, lie on the grass under the trees counting clouds and birds, or just breath, is by no means a waste of time.

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Keeping Summer Fun! Family Bonding Activities to Keep Children Learning All Summer Long WRITTEN BY: Reading is Fundamental


ummer is here and that means it’s time for baseball games, barbecues, camping trips, and vacations. The summertime provides an opportunity for parents to slow down and spend quality time with their kids. There are many easy, fun, and affordable summer activity ideas for after work or on weekends that will create special family bonding moments. However, it’s also a time for continued learning, whether you’re staying at home or out on the go exploring your community and beyond. During the summer vacation, it is important that children continue to keep their minds and bodies active. Research shows that children who don’t read over the summer risk losing up to three months of important skills they obtained during the school year. Whether families are planning a staycation or a vacation to a far away destination, reading and sharing stories together is easier than ever. Always have a book, mobile phone or tablet handy and use these activities to help your children thrive during the summer months. With a little time and creativity, parents can play an


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important role in making sure that summer advances their children’s learning and health.

neighborhoods. From a hike in a state park to a day at the county fair, there are lots of places to go near you.

In your own backyard

• Visit a museum or art gallery. When

Staycations aren’t just for those on a limited budget; they provide an opportunity for the family to research and explore places in their

you get home, use sidewalk chalk to make your own mural or paint your own masterpiece.

• Have a “book-nic”. Grab a blanket, snacks and books to celebrate a beautiful summer day together.

• Plant and tend a flower, vegetable, or herb garden. Make a list together of the things that need to be done to help take care of the garden.

• Plan a backyard camping trip for friends. List all the things you will need to survive the night outside, including a flashlight to read scary stories.

• Plan a picnic lunch at the park. Children can help make summer salads, wash vegetables, measure and mix ingredients, and help pack.

• Visit the library and check out books about local birds or insects. Go on an adventure walk to see which ones you can find in your neighborhood.

• Walk around your neighborhood and look at the houses. Draw pictures of your favorites and make up stories about someone who might be in them.

• Plan a family day bike ride. • Organize a scavenger hunt that leads your kids around a local playground or park.

• Create musical instruments from materials found around the house.

• Create science collections together. Collect leaves, stones, or seashells and place them in a container.

• Try some children’s water activities such as pool games, water balloons, or bobbing for apples.

• Make a reading scrapbook. After reading a fantastic book, encourage your child to draw pictures about the story.

On the go Vacations and adventures are filled with easy ways to expand your child’s mind, vocabulary and creative side. Be sure to talk about what you see, where you’re going and what you loved most about your trip.

• Hit the library before you leave, or download e-books at RIF. org/50ebooks, to make sure everyone in the family has a book to enjoy during downtime.

• Play the alphabet game and find objects beginning with letters from A-Z while traveling.

• Browse online and look at maps together to identify where you will visit, how far you will travel and keep track of any must-see places or must-do activities along your route.

• Write letters to friends and family. Tell them all about your adventures away from home.

• Keep an explorer’s journal. Draw pictures of your favorite sites and keep notes about what you learned and how places differ from home.

• Involve your child in the packing and preparation process. Teach them how to make a packing list.

• Play car games such as I Spy or Twenty Questions to help your child become more observant of their surroundings.

• Act out certain things, such as people or places, and have the other members of the family try to guess what it is. k

For a full list of recommended books for children and downloadable summer-themed activities, visit

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8 Tips for Parents and Kids on How to Stay Healthy over the Summer WRITTEN BY: FIU Center for Children and Families


ore than one-third of children and adolescents in the U.S. are overweight or obese. According to a health screen conducted by the Center for Children and Families of nearly 400 children ages 4-8 in Miami—more than 40 percent of children are overweight or obese, with most parents not being aware of their child’s current health status. With summer vacation around the corner, Paulo Graziano, psychologist and director of the Healthy Lifestyle Intervention Program (HIP) at the Center for Children and Families, states that “summer is a particularly important time to intervene as children are more likely to gain weight during the school break.” Children who are overweight are more likely to be at risk for future health problems, peer difficulties and mental health issues that can lead to problem behaviors, which can also interfere with learning.

Adopting healthier eating habits and staying active early can help improve children’s academic achievement and lower the risk for obesity and related diseases. However, making healthy lifestyle choices can be challenging for parents, especially if a child is a picky eater. Dr. Graziano and Alexis Garcia, HIP program coordinator, offer some tips for parents and their children on how to stay healthy over the summer. 1. Reduce screen time. Parents should try to reduce the amount of hours spent in front of screens (iPads, TVs, computers, etc.). Although there are many educational programs, it is important to not exceed two hours per day on these devices. 2. Eat dinner as a family. Rather than preparing different dishes for every member in the family, caretakers are encouraged to create one healthy dish that everyone will eat. This can help model the positive eating behaviors you want your children to engage in. 3. Sweat is good for you! Make sure to engage in physical activity with your child that involves getting sweaty. The best physical activities will leave your child’s hairline wet and include both the child and parent in the activity. 4. Let your child pick which healthy food is on their plate. When caretakers are purchasing groceries, allow children to pick out the fruits and vegetables they are willing to try. Children are more likely to eat foods they pick out, rather than foods they are forced to eat. 5. Make it a family effort. If you want your child to pick up healthier habits, encourage your family to be supportive and start making healthier


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habits themselves. It can encourage the child to pick up these habits sooner if they realize everyone in their family is supportive and making the same choices. 6. Provide praise. It is incredibly important to tell children that their efforts are appreciated. Any and all attempts at trying new foods should be celebrated. Providing positive feedback about their willingness to try the food will increase the chances of them trying it again. 7. Helpful resources. Resources like USDA’s provide families with a variety of tips and suggestions on how to promote healthy habits at home. ChooseMyPlate also has guides for plates with the correct portions for children and adults. These plates can help parents monitor how much their children are eating and what is recommended according to their age. 8. Keep it natural. When choosing snacks, make sure to keep it simple. A bag of fruits and vegetables will be healthier and provide more natural energy than any other snack. Also, try to reduce the amount of juice and milk your children consume. Water is the most beneficial and healthiest drink you can offer your child. k Modeled after the center’s award-winning Summer Treatment Program, the HIP program encourages children to adopt healthier eating habits and enjoy being active while improving their ability to focus and follow classroom rules and routines. The program also teaches parents the skills they need to create a healthy environment for all members of their household. Enrollment for this summer’s program is underway for children ages 4-8.

For more information call 305-348-0477.



Get Your Kids Ready for Summertime Fun! Treat your child to fun and active recreation where they can get outside, make new friends, express their creative side, discover their passions and experience exciting adventures!


s another school year comes to an end, parents are faced with making choices about what’s best for their child during the summer break. One thing to keep in mind: summer doesn’t mean spending it at home.

The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department delivers the fun this summer with the “Live A Park Life Summer Camps.” The camps offer thrilling eco exploration, snorkeling, nature treks and outdoor-fitness challenges, designed to offer better health and wellness and to fuel the imagination.

Medical experts advise that inactivity is a leading cause in today’s childhood obesity epidemic. They suggest getting kids involved in outdoor physical activities to help them maintain a healthy weight so they can live a healthier and happier life.

Campers can choose from fishing, sports development and cheerleading to swimming lessons, creative arts discovery and girl empowerment. Field trips to Zoo Miami, Crandon Park Visitors & Nature Center and the Deering Estate, as well as the

“End-of-Summer Bash” at the Tropical Park Equestrian Center with waterslide fun, sports competitions and more are all part of the assortment of activities . Live A Park Life Summer Camps run Mondays - Fridays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., June 13 -August 12, 2016 (select sites open until August 19), with 7:30 a.m. early drop-off and 6 p.m. late pick-up options. Early registration starts online May 1st. Registration is available at any General or Specialized camp’s host park. Families in need of financial assistance must register and apply for assistance in person at their selected park. k

For more information, visit, or call 3 - 1 – 1.

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Here comes the sun! Skin Protection Ideas WRITTEN BY: Brian Dyak, Sun Safety Alliance


outh Florida, a mecca for “fun in the sun” outdoors yearround, is a great place to enjoy sunrise, sunset, baseball, glistening water, swimming, fishing, boating, the beach, and every outdoor activity possible under the sun. What could be better? Just maybe, being smarter when it comes to understanding that your children can be protected from becoming a skin cancer statistic while enjoying “fun in the sun”. Parenting to prevent skin cancer for your own sake and the sake of your children and loved ones is being a “change maker” from permitting damaged skin (think sunburns, blisters, pain, tears and peeling dead skin) to establishing healthy practices to be sun safe (think smiles, no unnecessary doctor bills). It’s your time to help prevent a highly preventable and deadly disease—skin cancer. UV radiation affects everyone, had I only known that all my unprotected “fun in the sun” would result in cuts and stitches, Mohs surgery, and chemical face peels; I would have lathered up with sunscreen regularly, hung out in the shade more, wore a hat, and compromised my vanity for healthier skin. My mother, a sun worshipper still apologizes to this day for not knowing any better as she distributed suntan oil with iodine (not screen) to boost tanning poolside and at the beach. Ok, so it was a generational faux pas… defined as a social blunder, and she is forgiven. Today’s moms and dads have no excuse to be diligent about keeping children sun safe, it’s part of a parenting skill set that must start early, sets a new norm to be proud of, and just plain smart to learn don’t burn.


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Skin Protection Ideas Do You... Have a lot of shadeless areas around your yard? Play area? Pool? Basketball or tennis court? Solution... Plant trees; use large summer umbrellas, awnings, or sun tents around your yard. Do You... Like to enjoy your children on a playground, the beach, at the pool? Solution... Remember: Concrete, sand, water, and snow reflect 85% to 90% of the UV rays. If shading play areas like these are impossible, at least practice being extra sun safe with sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and protective clothing! Do Your... Kids typically wear shorts and short sleeves outdoors—or go shirtless? Solution... Long-sleeved shirts and pants are ideal for protecting skin. Some companies also now offer “sun-safe” clothing that is light, durable, and ventilated. Do Your... Kids play outside between 10 am and 4 pm? Solution... Generally 10 am to 4 pm is when the sun’s rays are strongest. Be

especially sun safe or consider alternate indoor activity during bad UV days. Do You... Talk to your child about practicing “sun safety?” Solution... This is not a silly idea! Just as you remind your child to “buckle up” in the car, talk to your child often about sun protection. Do You... Always set a good sun-safety example for your children? Solution... Always set a good example by wearing a hat, “cover-up” clothing, sunglasses, and using 30 SPF sunscreen or above when outdoors. k

Make Sun Safety a top priority as the “change maker” and enjoy the fun in the sun that makes great memories and creates a healthier future for your children. For activities and tips: Visit

About the Author: Brian Dyak is a graduate of the University of South Florida, and is a nationally known strategist on communication models to present health and social issues through media channels. He is the Executive Producer of the PRISM Awards Showcase television special on FX Networks.

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Celebrating Your Family Man! WRITTEN BY: Camille Lucy


hen it comes to parenting, often times Mothers are the ones praised and given credit for raising their children. There are ample jokes to go around about how the men just cannot do what women do. Or that they don’t want to! There is a societal “norm” and gender roles. Dads can easily get overlooked. But, in today’s actual climate, there are more and more men that are stepping up to the plate to stay home with kids, nurture and love them up, and participate actively in their lives. No matter the label, or what society tells us, Fathers also deserve special attention and appreciation. Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let your family-man know how much he means to you.


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Catch the Gratitude Bug Make a list of things that everyone is grateful to him for. You can read him the list, hand it to him or make an art project from it to give as a gift. Here are some ideas of things you can jot down:

• What makes Dad special? • What do you love about Dad? • What can you always count on him for?

• What does he do best? • What positive things does he make you feel?



Role-Reversal Game Help Dad relax on Father’s Day by offering to “switch roles.” Let everyone do the tasks or chores Dad does! It’ll be fun (and funny) watching everyone try to fill his (big) shoes!

Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let your family man know how much he means to you.


Video Montage Create a video that consists of a compilation of photos, letters or notes, and videos. The notes can tell Dad how much you love him, and the videos can be songs or messages of love, inspiration and wishing him a great Father’s Day. Add some of his favorite music, and it’s sure to be a hit. This is a priceless gift he can look back on anytime he needs a boost.

Camille Lucy is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Reiki Practitioner, graphic and web designer, business consultant, and Vice President of a local non-profit that “rehabilitates people through animals.” She is also a writer, a Mother of 3 girls, an artist, a Life-and-Love Junkie, a Self-Expression and Development advocate, and - well, you get the point. She’s a lot of things, just like all of us.

Unique, personalized gifts or tokens of appreciation are a sure-fire way to let Dad know just how special and important he is to his family. He is priceless, really. So have fun and be creative letting him know how irreplaceable he is on Father’s Day (and everyday!). k

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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An Outdoor Learning Activity for Kids to do this Summer Source: Bright Horizons Family Solutions


ritish horticulturist and garden writer, Gertrude Jekyll, said, “A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” These are lofty character traits - ones we want our children to gain. Teaching kids to garden also encourages an attitude of conservation and respect for nature. Perhaps most importantly, though, gardening with children is downright fun. Children are natural explorers who find joy in the simple pleasures of planting seeds or searching for earthworms. Gardening doesn’t have to be expensive, complicated, or time-consuming. With just a few minutes per week, you can grow a simple garden project with your child. Below are a few ideas to get you started:


Tips for Teaching Kids How to Garden

Start small. You don’t need a large yard to teach your child about gardening. In fact, small and simple is generally better because children are more likely to maintain interest and less likely to become overwhelmed. Plant beans or sunflowers in cups placed in a sunny window. Grow a tomato plant in a pot on your patio. Grow a small window garden of flowers. Use a simple project like these to teach your child about gardening basics, such as healthy soil, sunlight, and water. As your child gains experience and interest, you can graduate to a small vegetable or flower garden.

• Choose high-interest plants. To encourage your child to learn about gardening, let your child help decide which plants to grow,

based on his or her interests. Cherry tomatoes make a tasty snack and generally produce fruit earlier than larger tomatoes. Leaf crops, such as lettuce and spinach, grow quickly and can be harvested more than once. Radishes, peas, and carrots can be planted in the spring for an early harvest. How about growing a giant pumpkin for carving or some gorgeous sugar pumpkins for pies? If your child has a yen for flowers, consider quick-blooming annuals, such as snapdragons, marigolds, or petunias.

• Use the right tools. Every gardener needs a set of high-quality tools and gardening gloves, and children are no exception. Give your budding green thumb a child-size shovel and hoe, along with a durable pair of gloves.


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• Cultivate good habits. Like many things in life, gardening success has as much to do with consistency as with luck or skill. Teach your child to store the tools away after use. Set aside 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a week to tend the garden. Show your child how to pull weeds and water the garden. These experiences offer bite-size lessons in responsibility and organization.

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• Eat the fruits of your labors. Children get firsthand experience of the food cycle when the plants they grew appear on your dinner table. Cook a tasty meal and let your child help prepare it. Make Margherita pizza with tomatoes and basil. Scrub carrots for a quick snack. Slice strawberries for your breakfast cereal. Better yet, invite friends to join the feast or give your surplus vegetables to a food bank.

As you plan gardening activities with children, consider the growing season and climate in your area. Choose plants known to grow well there. Think about your schedule, including vacations, and plan accordingly. It’s much better to grow a small garden successfully than plan an unrealistic larger project that ends with poor results. Visit reputable local nurseries or your state’s online university extension service to learn more about gardening in your area. k For more information about Bright Horizons visit UMiami-Canterburry at Gables managed by Bright Horizons is located at 1150 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146. Telf. 305.284.5437

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• Visit a farm or farmer’s market. Through gardening at home, children begin to understand where their food comes from. A visit to a farm or farmer’s market helps them connect the dots even further and fosters an understanding of and appreciation for the earth and the farmers who work hard to bring us food.

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Olly, Role Model and Big Time Adventures for Kids! WRITTEN BY: Roxane Timon

Olly is a happy and outgoing bird, a great example for children who want to improve their community! He goes on many educational fun adventures in Miami, his hometown, to send kids a positive message.


he City of Miami is known for its culture, art, tropical vegetation, and beautiful beaches, and Olly is on a mission to encourage kids and families to enjoy the vibrant city as much as he does!

Our Kiddos Kid Reporter enjoyed Olly’s bubbly personality in an interview with his creator Maria White and learned more about his mission. Olly is a unique role model who interacts with kids living in and visiting Miami. He teaches them about protecting the environment and opens them up to new educational opportunities in the neighborhood. He always shares useful tips that kids can connect with: keeping our beaches clean when having some fun in the sun, being kind to all animals, taking good care of your body and mind, and many others. The cheerful bird is eager to explore and learn about the city and invites everyone to join in. Our Kiddos Reporter has also found out about Olly’s latest actions that help our community. Let’s tag along with Olly and make a difference!


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The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Can you tell me who Olly is and how was this idea born?

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: What are some of Olly’s latest adventures?

Maria: Olly is a happy character that lives and plays in Miami. The idea was born because I didn’t like the characters that I saw for kids. I thought that some of them had dark, negative and inappropriate messages, so I decided to create something fun, nice, and positive for the kids.

Maria: On Olly’s latest adventure, we visited lifeguards in Miami Beach and learned about the difference between the warning flags on the beach and we also learned about rip currents. If you are swimming in the ocean, it’s important to always be near a lifeguard.

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: What are the most important values that Olly wants to share with parents and kids?

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: It’s almost summer. What are Olly’s plans for the summer?

Maria: For Olly, the most important values are family, honesty, loyalty, trust, and friendship.

Maria: Olly has big plans for summer. Olly and I are going to organize a cleanup on the beach and Olly will be teaching kids about how they can take good care of their minds and bodies, like staying active, eating more veggies and drinking a lot of water. Olly will also visit the water parks, go to the ocean, go kayaking, and visit the wonderful parks in Miami.

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: What is Olly’s role in our community? Maria: Olly believes that it’s possible to create a better world around us, and that everybody can make a difference. If we all collaborate and work together then we can create a wonderful world. Olly also visits schools and homeless shelters to talk about the environment and give encouraging messages for kids and adults, too.

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Can you describe Olly in three different words? Maria: Friendly, fun, and positive!

To schedule a visit from Olly to your school or event please contact 786.344.6640 or visit

About The Kiddos Kid Reporter Kiddos Magazine introduces for the first time in our 2014 Back to School edition “The Kiddos Reporter,” a new segment in which our 10 year old reporter, Marco, interviews celebrities, educators, and inspirational artists and personalities who have strong impacts in our community and in our Kiddos’ lives.


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n addition to normal body functions, higher temperatures draw more water through perspiration, so consciously replacing your fluid content becomes essential for overall health. Whether eaten out of hand, tossed into a salad or blended in a healthy beverage, there are dozens of delicious ways a healthy serving of watermelon can help hydrate.

Crave-worthy snacks. For kids, cut one-inch slices of the watermelon then use cookie cutters to make fun shapes for snacking.

Frozen treats. Puree watermelon, add chunks of fruit and pour into freezer molds for a sweet way to beat the heat.

Healthy juices. Make a simple watermelon juice for a great post-play date snack. Another option: add watermelon to your kids favorite fruit shakes or smoothies for a new flavor twist.

Hydrate your Kids for a Healthy Summer Watermelon Tips

Staying well-hydrated is especially important during the summer months. Watermelon Lemonade Servings: 5 cups • 1/2 cup lemon juice • 2 1/2 cups water • 2/3 cup agave syrup • 2 cups watermelon chunks Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve over ice.

Watermelon Juice Servings: Vary, depending on watermelon size 1 watermelon, washed and cut into chunks. Blend 2-3 cups watermelon at a time until smooth. Strain into serving pitcher, if desired. Note: If not strained, juice will need to be stirred until blended prior to serving.

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Salads and sandwiches. Easily add extra hydration into your regular family meals by tossing chunks of watermelon into a salad or layering strips of the fruit on a sandwich or wrap.

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Kicks 4 Kids featuring pediped® is NOW OPEN!


ward-winning children’s footwear brand pediped® is now available at a new children’s fashion footwear boutique Kicks 4 Kids at The Falls Shopping Mall. From pediped® Memory Foam Technology™ insoles to water-safe footwear and the pediped® Flex Fit System, pediped® features the latest children’s footwear technologies that ensure support and comfort for little feet. Whether a child is crawling, learning to walk, transitioning from early walking, or running around, pediped® is the perfect shoe that covers all milestones! pediped® also features soft, lightweight rubber soles that provide excellent flexibility for confident walkers. The pediped® Adventure Line sandals are built with water-safe and machine

washable technologies, making them a perfect selection for summer’s at the beach or at a splash pad. pediped® has been officially recognized as children footwear that supports healthy feet development by the American Podiatric Medical Association, and is well known for creating a product that is loved by children and parents. At Kicks 4 Kids, you will find stylish, comfortable, and exceptional quality footwear ideal for your child from 0-6 months to up to 10 years old. Come see our amazing pediped® Spring-Summer 2016 collection for babies, toddlers and children at Kicks 4 Kids. k Kicks 4 Kids is located at The Falls Shopping Center next to American Girl. 8888 SW 136th St. Store #402 Miami, FL 33186

For more information, call 786.713.5866 or e-mail:

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This Summer Jungle Island Makes Big Splash Rainforest Riptide is open!


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t’s baaack! Just in time for rising temperatures, Jungle Island invites families for a tidal wave of fun with the attraction’s exhilarating Rainforest Riptide, a floating water playground and obstacle course for ages 3 and up. (A parent or adult must accompany children between the ages of 3 and 6-years-old.) For an experience of a lifetime, Jungle Island encourages guests to strap on a life vest and wade into the waters of Biscayne Bay to play on its Rainforest Riptide. This massive water structure boasts a series of adrenalinepumping obstacles including balance beams, action tower, trampoline, bridge, cliff, high jump, catapult, slide and swing. An adjacent climbing wall gives even the most gifted climbers a test of strength and endurance. “After much-anticipation, we are thrilled to announce the return of Rainforest Riptide to Parrot Cove at


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Jungle Island,” says Christopher Gould, Jungle Island’s managing director. “It is an excellent addition to our attraction and perfect way for our guests to cool off. Whether you are young and single, have a family, or are visiting Miami, Jungle Island offers numerous adventure experiences for a memorable, action-packed day.” For those who wish to relax, Parrot Cove also features plenty of respite options including lounge chairs, beach cabana rentals, and chilled beverages

Rainforest Riptide is officially open. The hours of operation are daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., while the park closes at 5:00 p.m. For families, Jungle Island is excited to debut a new Jungle Splash, Burger Cash promotion, which includes a four-pack of one-day passes, all-day access to the Rainforest Riptide and four $10 burger vouchers to use at Island Burger, for only $109.96, plus tax. A 55% discount! Without the package, the cost to participate is park admission ($39.95 per adult and $32.95 per child) plus a fee to use the Rainforest Riptide, which is an additional $15 per person and $10 for annual pass holders. Corporate packages also are available. k

To learn more, call 305-400-7000, or visit Jungle Island is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail in Miami.




4th of July 2016 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. 5-9:30 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 2:00 p.m. Kids’ Zone 3:00 - 7:00 pm. Fireworks 9:00 p.m. Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132. 305-358-7550 Free event

Coconut Grove - Peacock Park

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 at this iconic hotel’s Fireworks music, mechanical rides for Peacock Park. Free ice-cream, balloon Spectacular. At 9 p.m. 1200 children, food, and of course animals, face painting, and activities Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. fireworks! 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. for kids. Fireworks 9:00 p.m. Just fireworks viewing on golf Fireworks 9:00 p.m. Homestead 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove. course is free; 855-666-1727. Miami Speedway, One Speedway 305-461-5506 Barnacle Old Fashioned Blvd, Homestead 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 9:00 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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NFTE Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship SOURCE: NFTE


Entrepreneurship Education Combats Florida’s Youth Unemployment: Student Overcomes Life’s Circumstances through Entrepreneurship

n the wake of the global economic downtown, dangerous trends have emerged that are threatening the future workforce. There are 75 million who are currently unemployed and more than 200 million youth who are earning less than $2US per day. In Florida, the statistics are even more devastating, with 18.2% of youth 20-24 unemployed, and a staggering 31.4% of youth 16-24 unemployed. Entrepreneurship education is a global phenomenon and a proven solution to reverse the youth unemployment epidemic. At NFTE, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, our staff empowers young people not only to start businesses and create jobs, but also to be opportunity-focused, flexible employees ready to fill existing jobs. It’s these types of real life skills and talents that employers have reported they are looking for when hiring and are key to developing an entrepreneurial mindset to create a successful future. Here in South Florida, NFTE teaches 3000 students a year how to think like entrepreneurs and trains them in the 21st century skills they will need to meet the demands of the future economy. In its 10 year history, NFTE has reached over 30,000 students with the power of recognizing opportunities and going after them


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One such successful enterprising teen entrepreneur is Kiera Wesby from COPE Center North. Kiera recently won NFTE’s 10th Annual Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, and will be recognized June 9 at Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Gala. Kiera will showcase her business ideas to community and industry leaders prior to the awards dinner. “When I found out I was pregnant at 15, everyone said that I wouldn’t go anywhere,” says Kiera “But where they see obstacles, I now see opportunity. I expect more from myself because I have a child to take care of and I know that

accomplishing my goals is not impossible.” Kiera is a 17-year-old teen mom. When she first realized that she was pregnant, her top priority was the health of her baby girl. If at times she didn’t feel her baby kicking, she became deeply worried. When she became involved in the NFTE program as part of a Business and Technology class at her school, the COPE Center for Girls, she was determined to take the worry out of pregnancy for other

concerned moms. That’s what led to her NFTE business plan for Baby Bliss, a portable fetal monitor used during the 40 weeks of pregnancy to ensure a baby’s heartbeat is in the healthy range. Kiera is passionate about her education and building a solid future in the face of overwhelming odds. She is proud to be the first in her family who will graduate from high school, and says that her entrepreneurial experience will help her create a different life for herself and her daughter.

For more information, or to get involved, visit

“Being a NFTE student has taught me that no matter what obstacles you encounter in life, no one can stop you from chasing your dreams. Being a teen mom also taught me that sometimes people will label you but your opinion of yourself is all that matters.” k

About the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Too many young people today drop out of school and struggle to break the cycle of poverty. Since 1987, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) has been inspiring young people to pursue educational opportunities, start their own businesses, and succeed in life. By providing entrepreneurship education programs relevant to the real world, NFTE empowers students to own their educations in and out of the classroom and to find their own path to success. Hundreds of thousands of students have discovered opportunity all around them through entrepreneurship via thousands of certified educators worldwide. NFTE supports active programs in 18 states and nine countries around the world. Entrepreneurs are a powerful driver of economic growth and NFTE sows the seeds of innovation in students worldwide.

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book reviews Suggestions for your kids to read this month

1. Shadow Magic (MG) By Joshua Khan Thorn is the son of an outlaw, but now he’s a slave. Lily was the last in line to a throne she never wanted, but a series of deaths have made her the ruler. As Lily tries to cope with her new office, a new slave arrives… Thorn, and he might have all the keys Lily needs to become the ruler her people need her to be, while still being herself.

2. The Serpent King (YA) By Jeff Zentner Life isn’t all sunshine and fun in rural Tennessee, especially for Dill. His father is the head of a church, and happens to believe highly in the practice of handling venomous snakes. His childhood friend and crush of many years, Lydia, is hoping to get out of town as soon as they graduate, but Dill sees graduation as the next step in being stuck in town forever.

3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II (YA) By J.K. Rowling It’s been 19 years since Harry Potter defeated the Dark Lord Voldemort. Now, Harry is an overworked worker for the Ministry of Magic, and his eldest son, Albus, must deal with the legacy of both his father, and his namesake. Unfortunately for both, darkness will always exist where there is light. This is the printed version of the script for the new play that opens in London this July.

4. The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey (MG) By Chris Colfer In the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man’s literary army is inside his own short stories! When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner’s imagination, finding

allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man’s reign of terror.

5. Roller Girl (MG) By Victoria Jamieson Astrid and Nicole are bff’s who do virtually everything together. So when Astrid gets enamored with the roller derby and signs up for a roller derby summer camp, she but Nicole goes to dance camp instead, Astrid’s summer becomes full of worry and confusion as her lifelong bff suddenly has new friends and different hobbies.

6. The Wild Robot (CB) By Peter Brown When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important,

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how will she survive in her harsh surroundings?

7. Granddad’s Island (PB) By Benji Davies A beautifully illustrated picture book where a young boy named Syd goes on an adventure to visit his grandfather’s island. With a lush and tropical background, no kid would want to go back to the real world. But when Syd is being called back home, he realizes that you can’t take everyone back with you.

8. Tell Me a Tattoo Story (PB) By Alison McGee An unconventional story about a young boy and his father. Dad has tattoos but each tattoo has a story behind them. This is a very sweet and loving story about family and a father and son bonding experience. Perfect for that cool dad on Father’s Day! k


movie reviews


Louisa “Lou” Clark becomes the caregiver and companion to Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. Embarking together on a series of adventures, Lou and Will find their lives – and hearts - changing in ways neither one could have imagined.


Turtle crime fighters Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael return to save the city and battle Shredder, Krang, and Bebop with the help of their human friends in this sequel to the 2014 hit.


The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize an

other. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.


The illusionists known as the Four Horsemen return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. In this sequel, the Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate.


“Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin and Nemo. When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, she embarks on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute and learns about the real meaning of family along the way.


which consists of hanging out, trading humiliating stories about their owners, and helping each other work up adorable looks that will lead to more snacks.






It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan left the jungles of Africa behind for a life in London with his wife, Jane. Now, he is forced to return back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge.


The BFG is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, a girl named Sophie is initially frightened of the mysterious giant but soon comes to realize that the BFG is kindhearted and charming.


Set in a Manhattan apartment building, after the two-legged residents head for work and school, their pets gather to start their day,


Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates are a pair of unheralded authors who wrote a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. When ghosts invade Manhattan, Gilbert reunites with Yates and other paranormal investigators to save the world from a powerful demon who can exercise control over human forces.


Scrat’s epic pursuit of the acorn brings him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure. k

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FILM MAKERS AND FOODIES UNITE The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches Exclusive Deals, Events and Food Themed Contests during Miami Film Month


he Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) announces the return of Miami Film Month, sponsored by Citibank® and Stella Artois, offering events and a


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food-themed film making contest this June. Official sponsors Citibank® and Stella Artois® will be adding free popcorn at select art cinemas to Citibank® card holders. Film-goers will have access to discounted movie tickets by downloading a Miami Film Month pass andredeeming it for an $8 ticket across Miami’s art cinemas. To download the Miami Film Month pass, see participating art cinemas and learn about film events in June, visit BEFORE THE CREDITS ROLL The month-long Miami Film Month celebration will conclude with an

exciting Miami Film Month Closing Event taking place Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Winners from the #MiamiFilm Month video contest will be announced and the winning videos will be shown. Light bites and drinks will be available. Miami Film Month is part of the GMCVB’s increasingly popular Miami Temptations Program, sponsored by Citibank®, which takes a thematic focus on the best that Miami has to offer throughout the year at attractive prices. Other programs include Miami Cruise Month (January), Miami Romance Month (February), Shop Miami Month (March), Miami Sports & Wellness Month (April), Miami Museum Month (May), Miami Spa Month (July-August), Miami Spice Restaurant Month (August-September), Miami Attractions Month (October), Miami Live Month (November) and Miami Heritage Month (December). k

For more information on the Miami Temptations programs please visit


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JUNE Tuesday



HOPE Express Pet Adoptions at Tropical Park 7900 SW 40th Street From: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Connect with, adopt, and fall in love with a shelter pet from Miami-Dade County Animal Services at Tropical Park Softball League adoption event. For more information, please call (305) 418-7164. Free event





Downtown Doral Art Walk

Father’s Day! at Miami Children's Museum

Downtown Doral Park 8395 NW 53rd Street, Doral, FL 33166 From: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Walk with us! Bring your family and meet your friends at the first annual Downtown Doral Art Walk, which will feature local and regional artists in an interactive and family-friendly art experience. Join us for a day filled with fun, entertainment, and most of all, wonderful art! Make sure to visit the Kids Art Zone! Free parking and admission

980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132. From: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Calling all Dads! Join us for a day full of fun and exciting activities that will bring you and your child together as a team. Play in our Daddy and Me Obstacle Course, and help your little one create a “SuperDad” mask! Participate in our Picnic Party and our special “Dad’s Only” Raffle!


Summer Butterfly Walk at Deering Estate Park Cutler 16701 SW 72nd Ave. Miami, FL 33157 From 11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Deering Estate is home to several rarely seen species of butterflies. Guests will explore various habitats in search of Dina Yellow, Dingy Purplewing, and Atala butterflies, as well as others of the nearly 40 species that are onsite. Cost: Free with Deering Estate admission ($12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-14)








Fourth at The Falls 8888 SW 136 St, Miami, FL From: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Celebrate Fourth at the Falls with a full-day of free 4th of July family fun starting at noon by Guest Services! Balloon artist, face painting, snow cones, airbrush tattoos, live music and more!

The Palms at Town & County 8888 SW 136 St, Miami, FL From: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Freebies for the first 200 guests and kids’ crafts, a balloon artist and stilt walkers. At 6:30 p.m., the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Street Band from FIU will perform Fourth of July favorites. At 8:30 p.m., there will be a fireworks display and music at the lake. Free event

Free First Saturday at Gold Coast Railroad 12450 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL From: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. On the second Saturday of every month, sensory friendly experiences await children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders. Explore the Museum in a sensory modified supportive setting with limited admission Pre-registration is required. To R.S.V.P, please visit sensorysaturday@miamichildrens

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Kiddos Magazine Back to School & 3rd Anniversary Event! The Falls Shopping Mall 8888 SW 136 St, Miami, FL Come and celebrate with us our 3rd 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

calendar submissions Submit your event information for August-September calendar before July 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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Pets and Social Media

Animals garner increased online attention SOURCE: Mars Petcare


rom dogs and cats filling up social media feeds – some even with their own profiles – to true pet celebrities who command the attention of millions, animals have become a major part of the digital landscape. With this in mind, Mars Petcare conducted a survey to learn more about people’s social media habits when it comes to animals. Here are some of the top findings. All Animals, All the Time About 65 percent of pet owners post about their furry friends on social media an average of two times per week. One in six said they’ve created


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a social media profile specifically for their pet – and half of those pet owners say their pets get more social attention than they do online. One third said they post about their pets as much, and as often, as they do about their human family and 13 percent admitted to posting about their pets even more than they do their human relatives. Pet Love Trumps Personal Vanity More than half of pet owners polled care more about getting “likes” and/ or comments for their pet-related posts than they do for most other topics, including changes to their own profile picture. Whichever way you throw the ball, pet posts matter most.

Call Them the “Paw-Purratzi” Thirty percent of pet owners follow famous animals on social media. The bottom line is people love pets, whether it’s their own or one with real rock star status, and love sharing their stories with the world. The survey underscores what was already known: Pets have become an integral part of people’s lives and pop culture. k Photography: Getty Images

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THE RULE OF 11 RULES! Multiplying by 11 is easy with the Rule of 11! The rst digit of the number you’re multiplying by 11 will always be the rst digit of your answer and the last digit will always be your last digit. To get the digits in between, simply add the digits in your number together. For example, 11x16 = 176 and 11x45 = 495.

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Kiddos Magazine Vol. 3 Issue 6 - Sip of Summer  

This is one of the seasons that I really like the most! but certainly it is our children’s favorite! School is over ( I can’t believe-time g...

Kiddos Magazine Vol. 3 Issue 6 - Sip of Summer  

This is one of the seasons that I really like the most! but certainly it is our children’s favorite! School is over ( I can’t believe-time g...