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I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your continuous support and for encouraging us to succeed and to continue to grow with every edition.


To our advertisers, contributors, educators, followers, moms, dads, grandparents, and most importantly, the children, I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done. Every email, note or call we receive makes such a big difference. Being in hands of a demanding audience is flattering. I am humbled and extremely grateful. With that, it’s time for another year of hard work and big accomplishments for Kiddos! For the upcoming year, our commitment is to keep informing and delivering the best for our community with relevant content from the best resources. Our mission is to bring together all the tools and information we have to make the best of our kiddos’ lives! Kiddos, it’s just about kids!

Thank you to those who joined us in our Kiddos Back-to-School and 2nd Anniversary event! I would also like to thank the sponsors and exhibitors who have made this event possible. Once again, thank you for helping us make these two years so successful, and for being a part of this big celebration. Happy Birthday Kiddos!

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etting a new school year off to a good start can influence children’s attitude, confidence, and performance, both socially and academically. The transition from August to September can be difficult for both children and parents. Even children who are eager to return to class must adjust to the greater levels of activity, structure, and, for some, pressures associated with school life. The degree of adjustment depends on the child, but parents can help their children (and the rest of the family) manage the increased pace of life by planning ahead, being realistic, and maintaining a positive attitude.


BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS The following suggestions can help ease the transition and promote a successful school experience: Be sure your children are in good physical and mental health. Schedule doctor and dental checkups early. Discuss with your pediatrician any concerns you have over your children’s emotional or psychological development. Your doctor can help determine if your concerns are normal, ageappropriate issues or require further assessment. Your children will benefit if you can identify and begin addressing potential problems before school starts. kiddos | August • September 2015

Review the material sent by the school as soon as it arrives. These packets include important information about your children’s teachers, assigned classrooms, school supply requirements, sign-ups for after-school sports and activities, school calendar dates, bus transportation, health and emergency forms, and volunteer opportunities. Mark your calendar. Make a note of significant dates, especially back-toschool nights. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations. Arrange for a baby-sitter well in advance of the

visit with your child’s teachers, as other parents will be seeking baby-sitting services for the same night. Make multiple copies of all your child’s health and emergency information for reference. Health forms are typically good for more than a year and can be used again for camps, extracurricular activities, and the following school year. Buy school supplies early. Organize supplies and backpacks a week or two before school starts. Older children can help do this, but make sure they use a checklist that you can review. Some teachers require

specific supplies, so save receipts for items that you may need to return later. Reestablish bedtime and mealtime routines (especially breakfast) at least 1 week before school starts. Prepare your children for this change by talking about the benefits of school routines in terms of not becoming overtired or overwhelmed by schoolwork and activities. Help them to understand the reasons for these schedule adjustments so they do not view the changes as a punishment. Include pre-bedtime reading and household chores if these were suspended during the summer.

flash cards, color, or read as early morning activities instead of watching television. This will help ease them into the learning process and school routine. If possible, maintain this practice throughout the school year. Television is distracting for many children, and they will arrive at school better prepared to learn each morning if they have engaged in less passive activities. Visit school with your children. If your children are young or in new schools, schedule a school visit before classes begin. Meeting teachers and locating classrooms, locker, lunchroom, and so

on will help ease anxieties and also allow your children to ask questions about the new environment. Call ahead to make sure the teachers will be available to introduce themselves. Minimize clothes shopping woes. Buy only the essentials. Summer clothes are usually fine during the early fall, but be sure each child has at least one pair of sturdy shoes. Check with your school to confirm dress code guidelines. Designate a study/work area for homework. Older children should have the option of studying in their room or a

Turn off the TV. Encourage your children to play quiet games, do puzzles, review

quiet area of the house. Younger children usually need an area set aside in the family room or kitchen to facilitate adult monitoring, supervision, and encourage-ment. Select a spot to keep backpacks and lunch boxes. Designate a place for your children to put their school belongings and a place to put important notices and information sent home for you to see. Explain that emptying their backpack each evening is their responsibility, even for young children. Freeze a few easy dinners. It will be much easier on you if you have dinner prepared so that meal preparation will not add to household tensions during the first week of school.

THE FIRST WEEK Some helpful suggestions for the first week of school include the following: Clear your own schedule. To the extent possible, postpone business trips, volunteer meetings, and extra projects. You want to be free to help your children acclimate to the school routine and overcome the confusion or anxiety that many children experience at the start of a new school year. Providing calming, reassuring messages to your children may help them keep the stress manageable. Make lunches the night before school. Older children should help or make their own. Give them the option to buy

lunch in school if they prefer and finances permit. Set alarm clocks. Have school-age children set their own alarm clocks. Praise them for paying attention to morning schedules and being ready for bus pickups. Leave plenty of extra time. Make sure your children have plenty of time to get up, eat breakfast, and get to school. For very young children taking the bus, pin to their shirt or backpack an index card with pertinent information, including their teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name and bus number, as well as your daytime contact information.

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School Starts Soon. Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated? WRITTEN BY: Care Resource

other and each other’s children by vaccinating our own family members.” It is important for children to be treated by pediatricians in an environment that is equipped to meet the needs of children. Your family’s pediatrician is an important partner in keeping your child happy and healthy, from birth through adolescence. With offices conveniently located throughout South Florida, where your family lives, works and plays, Care Resource’s pediatric services are right for you.


o matter what grade your child is about to enter, there’s the yearly back-to-school checklist of to-dos like shopping for school supplies, filling out permission forms and, of course, scheduling your child’s pediatric visit at Care Resource. The back-to-school season is a convenient time for putting the exam on your family’s schedule and make sure that your school-age children, from preschoolers to college students, receive their vaccines. During the month of July, new clients without Health Insurance can receive a free comprehensive check-up and their required vaccinations for school including, but not limited to, vaccinations for polio; chicken-pox; Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR); and DTap and Tdap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis). New clients can also receive a NEW back-to-school backpack. To redeem this promotion, one MUST first make an appointment.

To make an appointment, call 305-576-1234 EXT: 470 (English) and 471 (Spanish). According to Alicia FernandezGarcia, MD, pediatrician with Care Resource, “Make sure your children are up-to-date on vaccines before sending them back to school. Schoolage children, from preschoolers to middle schoolers and college students, need vaccines. Making sure that children of all ages receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do as a parent to ensure your children’s long-term health—as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community. If children aren’t vaccinated, they can spread disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems. This could result in long-term complications and even death for these vulnerable people. We all have a public health commitment to our communities to protect each

There are important advantages to pediatric care. At Care Resource, our locations are staffed with board certified pediatric staff. We strive to provide the highest standard of health care services for children in our region. We are dedicated to developing advances in pediatric/ adolescent care, promoting the well-being of children and families, and serving as advocates for children’s health related issues. Services include well child care; pediatric hearing, vision and dental care; immunizations; routine health screenings and adolescent care. k About Care Resource: Care Resource is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Care Resource provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including dental care, in-house pharmacy services and behavioral health/substance abuse services to all individuals in South Florida’s diverse communities.

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The Florida Department Of Transportation And Your Local Community Traffic Safety Teams Welcome You Back To School! Be Smart. Be Safe.


ALK SAFELY • Walking to school promotes health, saves gas, can save time, and reduces traffic congestion around the school.

• STOP at the curb/edge of pavement and LOOK LEFT-RIGHTLEFT before crossing a street.

• Always use designated crosswalks and pedestrian signals with a crossing guard when available.

• Do not cross in front of a vehicle unless you know for sure the driver clearly sees you and is stopping.

BIKE SAFELY • Get ready to ride by putting on a properly-fitted helmet and doing a pre-ride ABC Quick check (air, brakes, chain and quick release) of the bike to make sure it is safe to ride. Follow the rules of the road at all times! • When walking or bike riding wear bright colors during the day. During dawn, dusk, and night times, use lights and/or reflective clothing so you are more visible to drivers. Backpacks should have reflective materials on them. Carry a flashlight. DRIVE SAFELY • Obey all posted speed signs. • When stopping, standing, or parking your vehicle, please use the designated areas only. • Buckle Up and remember Don’t Text

and Drive, PUT IT DOWN! RIDE SAFELY • School Bus Safety Tips for children: When walking to a bus stop, use sidewalks if available. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left facing traffic. Never speak to strangers at the bus stop or get into a stranger’s car. Wait for the bus to arrive, watch for red flashing lights and the Stop arm to extend. When riding in a bus, always wear your seatbelt and obey the driver. School Bus Safety Tips for Drivers: Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm signal indicate the bus is stopped and that children are getting on or off. Cars must stop a safe distance away and not proceed until the red lights stop flashing. k

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Reed Alexander, American Kid Actor & Healthy Living Advocate WRITTEN BY: Juli McAndles

Reed is best known for his performance in Nickelodeon’s iCarly and Sam & Cat, where he played Nevel Papperman. He also appeared in Will & Grace, Ace Ventura, and Jr.: Pet Detective.


uring this year’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Kiddos Magazine had the opportunity to get to know Reed a little better at the Fun and Fit as a Family event. We found out what inspired him to jump into acting and how he got his start in show business. Our Kiddos Kid Reporter also found out about his healthy living advocacy, like working with Michelle Obama on her Let’s Move! Campaign, and how he comes up with those recipes on both his website and his book KewlBites. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Can you tell me a little bit more about your career as an actor? Reed Alexander: Yeah, well for 7 years, of course, I’ve been on Nickelodeon on two shows there— iCarly and Sam and Cat being the other, with Ariana Grande and some other great people. Now I’m on a new show, which is great. I started out in acting when I was 8 years old. I’m actually from Florida—I’m from Boca Raton; that’s where I was born and grew up. I went to a school called Pinecrest and I was in the drama club and around 7 or 8 years old I became interested in acting and doing school


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plays. I remember saying to my parents, “Oh my God, I really want to do this full time and get out to L.A. and there are all these great opportunities in California.” Eventually we figured it out and I went out to L.A. for like 8 days and I met an agent and a manager and got set-up with a team and we thought, “okay we’ll try it as an after-school activity.” Then it really started to consume my life and I started acting on some TV shows and on NBC a show called Will & Grace, and then films and some commercials, and then eventually ended up at Nickelodeon, and I’ve just been having the best time since then. So I love acting; very fun.

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: How did you get involved in eating healthy and doing exercise? Reed Alexander: How did I get involved in eating healthy is a good question. I was working on Nick and spending really long days on set on iCarly, living on California time in Los Angeles and I wasn’t happy with how I felt. I would look in the mirror a lot and think I didn’t like how I looked. I knew that growing up, I’ve always liked food and travel. That’s been very fun for me, exploring another culture or place through food—what do people like to eat here? What gets them excited? I never really cooked

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: You met the President and Michelle Obama. Can you tell me a little more about the Let’s Move! campaign?

at home but I liked watching cooking on TV. I was always very drawn like a magnet to anything edible. And I’m always hungry! But I figured that maybe there’s a way that I can reconnect with feeling good, that I can get healthier, that I can lose some of this weight, that I can start exercising, but really focus on the food side and fitness as well. I thought, well, if I get in the kitchen I’m just going to try some easy dishes and see what happens because there’s nothing out there from a kid’s point of view. It was all adult and diets and I didn’t really want to do that. So I just started out playing with pizza or apple pie and thinking these are some of my favorites. I love chocolate, dumplings, and Chinese food. Can I cook some of it and use healthier ingredients so I still get the great taste but it’s a little bit better for me? And I figured this out over a process of about 6 months and I lost some weight—about 15 pounds. I learned along the way, having read and written tips and ideas. I thought well if it worked for me, maybe I can share this with other kids and I created a website called KewlBites.

Reed Alexander: Yeah, Let’s Move! The Obamas are great! You know, the President is a really nice guy and Michelle gives everyone really big hugs and she’s been on Nickelodeon and she’s been on iCarly, which is amazing. So she’s a great first lady and she’s also a great actress! But she’s very passionate about this whole conversation on healthy eating. They do great work at the Whitehouse; they encourage kids to eat healthfully, and take health into their own hands, and exercise in their local communities, and it’s very impressive. She’s been at events and we’ve been able to work together on the Olympics and the Kids’ State Dinner, which is cool. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: What advice would you give to kids to grow strong and healthy? Reed Alexander: Good question! I would say take it one step at a time. I think people get overwhelmed and so intimidated by this idea of living healthy—how am I going to do it? What should I eat? What should I cook? Easy steps. Maybe one day you cut out all white flour and refined grains. Do some fun exercises with friends; go walk your dog; invite a friend to take a jog around the neighborhood, go to the beach. One really fun thing if you’re interested in cooking is to make a theme night every week with your parents. If you don’t have time five nights a week to

make dinner, maybe Sunday you make Chinese, or you have taco night, quesadillas or Italian meatballs and spaghetti, whatever it is. And go to the grocery store as a family—everybody picks something; everybody has a job in the kitchen and can cook together. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Can you describe Reed Alexander in three different words? Reed Alexander: Reed Alexander in three different words?! Fun, crazy… and…travel-obsessed! That’s me, I love getting on a plane and seeing where I end up, you know? Nice mixture there and probably all true! k

About The Kiddos Kid Reporter In our 2014 Back to School edition Kiddos Magazine introduced “The Kiddos Kid Reporter,” a new segment in which our 9 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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Quick and Healthy Back-To-School Breakfast Ideas For Kids


e get asked about healthy snacks often and back-to-school season is a great time to think about our Kiddos most important meal, breakfast!.

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• 1 cup nonfat yogurt • 1 cup nonfat milk • 1 cup (packed) pitted Medjool dates (about 9 ounces) • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 cups ice cubes


Preparation: Purée yogurt, milk, dates, and vanilla in blender until smooth. Add ice cubes; puree until mixture is thick and smooth. Divide between 2 glasses and serve.

• 1 cup whole-wheat flour • 1/2 cup rolled oats • 2 teaspoons baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 2 medium bananas • 1 cup nonfat or almond milk • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, crushed walnuts or crushed pecans • 1 egg • 1 teaspoon almond extract • 1 cup mixed frozen berries • Vegetable oil cooking spray

Preparation: In a bowl, combine first 5 ingredients. Mash 1 banana; in another bowl, mix mashed banana with milk, egg and almond extract. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients; stir until smooth. Slice remaining banana and stir into batter; add berries. Warm a skillet over medium heat; coat with cooking spray. Measure 1⁄4 cup batter; pour onto skillet. Cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Repeat until batter is gone. k


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a solitary young man, falls from the sky and lands in a lush, wonderous world called Varekai. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest — a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures — Icarus takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. At the edge of time, in a place of pure and undiluted possibility, begins an inspired incantation to a life rediscovered and to a newly found wonder in the mysteries of the world and the mind. The word Varekai (pronounced ver•ay•’kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. Directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai. k

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Learning skills take time and repetition. Encourage your children to be patient, attentive, and positive.

Prepare for after school. Review with your children what to do if they get home after school and you are not there. Be very specific, particularly with young children. Put a note card in their backpacks with the name(s) and number(s) of a neighbor who is home during the day as well as a number where you can be reached. If you have not already done so, have your children meet neighbor contacts to reaffirm the backup support in person. Review your children’s schoolbooks. Talk about what your children will be learning during the year. Share your enthusiasm for the subjects and your confidence in your children’s ability to master the content. Learning skills take time and repetition. Encourage your children to be patient, attentive, and positive. Send a brief note to your children’s teachers. Let the teachers know that you are interested in getting regular feedback on how and what your children are doing in school. Be sure to attend back-to-school night and introduce yourself to the teachers. Find out how they like to communicate with parents (e.g., through notes, e-mail, or phone calls). Convey a sincere desire to be a partner with your children’s teachers to enhance their learning experience. Familiarize yourself with the other school professionals. Learn their roles and how best to access their help if you need them. This can include the principal and front office personnel, school psychologist, counselor, and social worker, reading specialist, speech therapist, school nurse, and after-school activities coordinator. k

Ted Feinberg, EdD, NCSP, served upstate New York schools as a school psychologist for more than 30 years and was Assistant Executive Director of the National Association of School Psychologists for 8 years. Katherine C. Cowan is Director of Marketing and Communications for NASP. This material is adapted from their article posted previously on the NASP and Teachers First (NITV, Inc.) websites.

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Miami Youth Ballet

Instilling Discipline Of The Body And Mind WRITTEN BY: Yanis Pikieris


ounded and directed by international ballet stars Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris, Miami Youth Ballet’s mission is to create opportunities for local young artists, to be mentored, grow and present their work for the enjoyment and cultural enhancement of our community. Ms. Mencia and Mr. Pikieris’ philosophy and goals for each student include: to instill discipline of the body and mind, to

strive for perseverance, and to learn to love, respect and enjoy dance as an art form, whether or not a career is chosen. “The study of dance is extremely valuable not only for its physical benefits but also for emotional maturity, social awareness and cognitive development” says Ms. Mencia. Staffed by professional teachers with years of experience, Miami Youth Ballet is committed to

presenting various productions at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center. These include “The Nutcracker”, “The Carnival of the Animals”, “Dance Creative” a Choreographic Showcase with Master Classes and an annual Spring Concert. MYB’s programs are designed to provide a fun and educational experience for all. In “Dance Creative”, students participate in the creative process of new works developed

“The study of dance is extremely valuable not only for its physical benefits but also for emotional maturity, social awareness and cognitive development”


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specifically on them by invited contemporary choreographers.

about social issues of conservation and protection of our endangered species.

They learn the skills and behavior necessary to successfully be a contributing part of a new creation. In Mr. Pikieris’ words: “From the initial step to the final moment when it all comes together for the first time, there is something very unique about being part of an original creation; it is to be one in the conception of a work of art that did not exist before”. Another production, the “Carnival of the Animals” brings students into the world of dance, in a manner that appeals to their senses and their generation. It is an original story ballet with a dual mission; entertainment and education. It emphasizes the importance of caring for our planet’s fauna and flora and leads students into discussion

“The opportunity to perform for an audience on stage is an invaluable growing experience”, says Mr. Pikieris. “Present times in dance require artists to be extremely versatile. We emphasize classicism in its traditional form, while at the same time encourage our students to study different styles. It’s important to work towards a broader range of possibilities”. MYB offers an array of dance curriculums including Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Turns & Jumps, Stretch & Strengthening, Teen Ballet and Creative Movement. k

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October 23 & 24 6:00pm-9:00pm $10.00 all ages (additional fee for train rides) Under the age of 2 years old get in FREE!

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Miami-Dade Public Library System steps up literacy by reaching out to children at an early age with Jumpstart WRITTEN BY: Jack Varela

Jump Start’s primary goal is to bring the joy of reading to children

Jump Start is located at the

subjects which are sent all over the county.


he Miami-Dade Public Library System has been stepping up its efforts to reach out to children at an early age through its early literacy program. The program called Jump Start reaches out to preschools, kindergartens, and childcare centers via theme-related story time kits within the library’s taxing district. The program is a first-step toward including children with whom the library has little or no contact, while at the same time assisting the adults with whom the children do have contact, in providing access to the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s many resources. Thus, the children are given a “jump start” on their way to


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becoming literate adults because they will have an association with books and the library that is positive, pleasurable, and long-lasting. This year the USA Today released a study by Central Connecticut State University of the top-10 Most Literate Cities. The study ranks cities based on data for 6 key indicators of their citizens’ use of literacy: booksellers, educational attainment, Internet resources, library resources, newspaper circulation, and periodical publishing resources. Ten years ago, Miami ranked in the high 20’s. Public libraries can play a pivotal role in changing this outcome.

Jump Start’s main goal is to bring the joy of reading to children. It accomplishes this by creating multiple story programs for children. The kits serve two age groups; babies/ toddlers and preschoolers/ kindergarteners. Theme-related kit materials include 10 books, a puppet, a music CD, a flannel board story, a finger play sheet, and an educational toy. They are selected by literary standards, age, muscle development, and level of interest. They are then gathered into kits for easy-handling. Each kit contains enough variety of materials for either 15 or 30 minute daily story times.

Exposing babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners to the joys of reading is important to the childrens development. Jump Start is located at the North Dade Regional Library and houses over 80 subjects which are sent all over the county. Facilities may register for the program by contacting Jump Start at 305-375-4116. k

The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS), a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami-Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share, and create. The Library strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomics, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, art and culture, and programs so that they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 48 locations, bookmobiles, special services, website (, and MDPLS iLibrary app, the library proudly serves more than 7 million annual visitors. In the more than 40 years of serving the community, the MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.

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book reviews Suggestions for your kids to read this month

1. I Didn’t Do My Homework Because...

3. The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak

By Davide Cali Are you or your child ready to go back to school, but you didn’t do your homework? If you answered yes to that question, this is the book for you! Full of reasons why your homework wasn’t completed, this book has exactly what you need to get out of trouble. Just be sure the teacher hasn’t read it!

By Brian Katcher What happens when you cross a serious straight A student, a nerdy slacker, a missing brother, a quiz competition, an angry Viking, thousands of costumed geeks and nerds, and a crazy sci-fi/gaming/ comic convention? I’m not sure if it would be the events of Brian Katcher’s book, but it could be!

2. Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School

4. Darkmouth: 1 The Legend Begins

By Simon Puttock This is a cute and wonderful story about a mouse who wants to go to Moonlight School, but is too shy to join the rest of the class. Normally, I could understand a mouse being afraid of a cat and owl, but in this case, they just want to be friends. Really! So can the wonderful witch who teaches the class bring mouse out of hiding and convince her to join in?

By Shane Hegarty The town of Darkmouth has a population of “6,371... 6,168...” 5,962. Why? There are monsters of course! Aside from the beasties that kill the villagers, it’s actually a very nice place to live. That’s where Finn comes in. Finn is the next in a line of Legend Hunters, defenders of Darkmouth. Can Finn survive his occupation and save the town at the same time?

5. The Princess in Black

7. Circus Mirandus

By Shannon Hale From the author of the Ever After series, comes a fun and dynamic book! Princess Magnolia is a princess in pink during the day and a monster fighting machine at night! Read about her fun adventures in fighting big monsters!

By Cassie Beasley Do you believe in magic? Circus Mirandus takes us on a great adventure as we follow Micah, a young boy who is on a mission to help his ailing grandfather Ephraim obtain his miracle from the Lightbender, the great magician of Circus Mirandus. Join Micah and his friend Jenny as they discover the gift of imagination and believing in magic.

6. Finding Audrey By Sophie Kinsella The bestselling author of the Shopaholic series, Sophie Kinsella ventures to entertain younger readers in this new book, Finding Audrey. Audrey belongs to a quirky family. When she develops an anxiety disorder, her family supports her. Her brother who loves to play video games has a great friend named Linus, who helps her recover and come out of her shell. A great comedic read perfect for both adults and tweens alike!

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8. The Worst Class Trip Ever By Dave Barry What could possibly go wrong on a class trip to Washington, D.C.? Eighth grader Wyatt Palmer has a story for you. Dave Barry once again brings to life a hilarious tale of school crushes, quirky friends and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. k


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When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.


Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

his long-time rival returns home to avenge an old grudge. When the players from his foosball table are magically brought to life, he recruits them to help him enter into the biggest underdog match ever, save the town, and win back the love of his life.


At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to stop the evildoers in their tracks. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist, whom they must find soon to prevent a global catastrophe.













Frank Martin (played by newcomer Ed Skrein), a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less

This is the story of a reluctant hero whose town is threatened when

perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank’s father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving, and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge.



Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.











In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

A family get-together brings centuries-old ancient vampire Vlad (Mel Brooks) to town — along with some secrets and drama — to visit the estranged son he hasn’t seen in years. He turns everybody’s life upside down, from Drac (Adam Sandler), Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Jonathan to hotel regulars such as Frank (Kevin James), Wayne Werewolf (Steve Buscemi) and Murray the Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key). k

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GameTime More Fun For Our Kiddos!


ameTime is a Family Entertainment Center with many locations through out Florida. They offer fun indoor amusement with something for ALL ages and a great place to have your birthday party or celebration. Each location has an array of video arcade games, simulator rides, redemption machines and more! A New Experience!

Play, Eat & Party

With beautiful high-end modern materials and furnishings, GameTime Miami has now been transformed to reveal over $1 Million in upgrades throughout the entire center!

Play More and Pay Less with GameTime Miami’s daily / weekly promotions, deals and special events. Enjoy more fun, more games and more entertainment for less money.

This massive renovation includes a new restaurant that can accommodate larger parties, a new audio visual experience with 60 new TV’s up to 80”, updated party rooms, new Sports Bars, new restrooms, and more advanced systems throughout their mega-arcade that holds over 120 of the latest and greatest video games, simulators, and redemption machines.

Kiddos Birthday Parties GameTime hosts and caters the perfect Birthday Party for ALL ages. Customize your own birthday entertainment package with your choice of food/drink menu, decorations and time-play video game cards. Celebrate together in GameTime’s party room, and then take the celebration to their mega-arcade to play fun games that everyone will enjoy and win great prizes.

But wait, there’s more!

Special Events, Team-Building, Private Parties, and so Much More! If you are looking for a fun, full service venue to host your event GameTime offers the most fun and entertainment under one roof and they will make certain your event is most memorable! k

Visit GameTime Miami, located in The Shops at Sunset Place, and stay connected by joining their Fun Club at or call 305•667•4263


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Kiddos Magazine Back to School + 2nd Anniversary Event! From: 12:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m Come and celebrate with us our 2nd 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



Family Day at Coral Gables Museum From 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Can’t stand the summer heat? Come on in and enjoy Family Day with the Coral Gables Museum. Vote for your favorite photo in our 4th Annual Capture Coral Gables exhibit. Play a round of Mini-Golf for only $5! Family Day at the Coral Gables Museum is generously supported by the Coral Gables Community Foundation. Check with Family Day on Aragon partners Books & Books and the Coral Gables Art Cinema to find more family fun happening on Aragon today! Free event



Jungle island invites South Florida residents to 'neighbor days' Jungle Island's much-anticipated Neighbor Days promotion will make a grand return starting Labor Day weekend. Residents of Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties can interact with some of the world's most fascinating critters, enjoy three engaging animal shows, access the park's Parrot Cove beach, and much more every weekend in September 2015. Groups and schools are exempt from offer. Follow @JungleIsland on social media or visit Price: $10 per person


Nicklaus Children's Palmetto Bay Outpatient Center Back-to-School Bash 17615 SW 97th Avenue From 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital invites you to the Nicklaus Children's Palmetto Bay Outpatient Center Back-to-School Bash Co-sponsored by The Village of Palmetto Bay. This free event is designed for the entire family featuring music, entertainment, and giveaways, including school supplies and bicycle helmets; while supplies last. Join us as we say farewell to summer and prepare for a happy and healthy academic year. Children and families of all ages are welcome to attend this outdoor event. For more information, visit: Free event

Submit your event information for Oct.-Nov. calendar before Sept. 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.



Nicklaus Children's Broward Back-to-School Bash From Noon to 2:00 p.m. Nicklaus Children's Broward Outpatient Centers invite you to the FREE Back-to-School Bash at Miramar Square Featuring: • Music and entertainment • Health and safety demonstrations • Behind-the-scenes center tours • Free bicycle helmet fittings for children • Free school supplies • Games, prizes and much more! *Available while supplies last For more information visit Free event




Family Day at Coral Gables Museum From 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Don’t miss the last Family Day to enjoy Mini-Golf for only $5! School is back in session, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! From 2pm-4pm, enjoy some school themed activities and test your skills with a game of gallery “I Spy”! Join us at 3pm for a special performance... Free event




Miami Children’s Health Foundation 5k Run/Walk 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Event Begins: 7:30 a.m. Kids Race: 8:30 a.m. Join us for the 5th Annual MCHF 5K Run/Walk! As our largest annual community event, the MCHF5K is designed to increase awareness of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. This family friendly event features a Kids Race, Kids Fun Zone, Vendor Village and custom dry-fit t-shirts and medals for all 5K participants. Cost: $10-$30


2015 Miami Family Event Fair & Expo Center Coral Way & SW 112th Ave Miami, FL 33165 Saturday, From 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Miami Family Event is characterized by its unique focus and celebration of family, offering services such as health screenings, educational lectures on health and wellness, healthy lifestyle tips, nutritional information, food sampling stations and special musical performances by celebrity artists. Kid-friendly entertainment for all ages. Cost: Seniors 65+ & Children 12 & under – Free General admission $8.00 it’s just about kids |



Miami Youth Ballet School formerly MENCIA-PIKIERIS SCHOOL OF DANCE


REGISTRATION BEGINS August 10 - 14 3:30 - 6:30 pm FALL TERM BEGINS AUGUST 17 The Miami Youth Ballet offers an array of dance curriculums including Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Turns & Jumps, Adult Ballet, Stretch & Strengthening, Teen Ballet, and Creative Movement. Participate in our Spring Concert and annual productions of The Nutcracker, Carnival of the Animals and Dance Creative.

For more informat ion please call 305-256-3700 miamiyouthballe or visit

Artistic Directors, Marielena Mencia & Yanis Pikieris 9210 sw 158 Lane - Miami, Florida 33157 | (305)-256-3700


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Kiddos Magazine Vol. 3 Issue 1 - Back to School  

Kiddos Magazine is turning two, and we couldn’t have done it without you! I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your continu...

Kiddos Magazine Vol. 3 Issue 1 - Back to School  

Kiddos Magazine is turning two, and we couldn’t have done it without you! I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your continu...