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contents Vol. 3 issue 4 FEATURE 8 |

School Safety Starts On The Bus


March is National Nutrition Month 10 Tips For Dealing With A Picky Eater

in every issue ACTIVITIES Summer Theatre Academy

TRADITIONS Sweet Surprises

SAFETY FDOT “Drive Safe”


Naturally Clean for Spring A Surprising Way To Make Spring Cleaning Simple


Carlos Sarmiento, FDOT Safety Campaign Manager

CAMPS The Long-Lasting Benefits of Camp

SNACKS Perfect Pops

PLACES Avatar Toruk


Sports, Kids & Concussion


Is Your Child Doing The Right Thing?

TIPS Kid’s Messy Moments

COOL STUFF Spring Essentials

BOOK REVIEWS Suggestions For Your Kids To Read This Month

on the cover

MOVIE REVIEWS What Is New In Theaters

Credits MODELS: Addison and Sofia PHOTOGRAPHY: Sandra Bianco Photography

FAMILY EVENTS Where To Go With Our Kiddos



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Kiddos Publisher’s Notes

Winds of love!




American Heart Association Camille Lucy Roxane Timon Propane Education & Research Counsil FDOT American Camp Association Four Monks UM Health System Do The Right Thing Miami Books & Books

Easter and Spring are almost here! That said, there are a bunch of activities, camps, family vacations and more to come! It is time for sweet surprises for the whole family! Keep all those traditions alive, and discover new ideas to show your family how much love there is between you all.


Ahhh! Don’t miss the chance to stop at The Falls for an Easter bunny photo experience and Hop into Spring with your family! Moms! Do you have a picky eater? I am happy to share 10 amazing tips to help you to implement healthy habits that will bring long-term benefits for your kiddos! And if you want to be naturally clean this Spring, jump to a surprising way to make cleaning simple: Vinegar! During a one-on-one interview with our Kiddos Kid Reporter, Carlos Sarmiento, FDOT Safety Campaign Manager shared the latest news about “Drive Safe” and Aggressive Driving Campaign for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Did you catch your child “doing the right thing”? Learn more about this non-profit that rewards young people in our community for positive behavior.


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School Safety Starts On The Bus SOURCE: Propane Education & Research Council


lthough a great deal of attention focuses on safety at school, for millions of kids the school day starts on the bus. More than half of America’s school children ride the bus, according to the National Association of Pupil Transportation, and school buses are the safest form of transportation to and from school.

Getting Ready for School

Walking to the Bus Stop

• Have your children put everything

• Walk young children to the bus stop

they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won’t drop things along the way. • Encourage them to wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers.

or encourage children to walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.

Still, there are steps you can take as a parent to make the experience even safer. NAPT offers these tips to help teach your child to be safe at the bus stop and as they get on and off the bus.

• Make sure children leave home on time so they can arrive at the bus stop before it is due, ideally at least five minutes early. Running after or in front of a bus is dangerous.

• Practice good pedestrian behavior: walk on the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk stay out of the street. If you must walk in the street, walk single-file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can.

• Stop and look left, right and then left again anytime you must cross a street. Do


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child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited to see you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.

Cell phones and other electronic devices are often permitted on the school bus as long as: the same thing at driveways and alleys. Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right and left.

At the Bus Stop • Have children wait in a location where

• They are in backpacks or other holders, keeping hands free to use handrails while boarding and departing the bus.

• Sound is muted or headphones, ear buds or similar devices are used.

the driver can see them while driving down the street. Never wait in a house or car.

• Content does not violate the law or

• Do not let children play in the street.

the driver.

Playing with balls or other toys that could roll into the street is also dangerous.

A Safe Alternative

Getting On and Off the Bus • Warn children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.

• Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.

• If you meet your child at the bus stop

school district policy and procedures.

behavior, and many districts have reported fewer disciplinary issues as a result. Using propane also helps reduce children’s exposure to potentially harmful particulate matter found in diesel exhaust, which some studies show may escalate breathing-related issues and aggravate asthma. Many students, including those in wheelchairs who enter from the back of the bus, wait at stops near where their bus’ tailpipe will be. With propane, students no longer have to wait in the “cloud of black smoke” from diesel exhaust. What’s more, propane-powered school buses cost less to operate than diesel buses. This allows school districts to

• Use does not create a distraction for

Teaching kids school bus safety is one way to protect them on the ride to and from school. However, school districts can take additional steps to make the bus safe: by switching from diesel buses to an alternative fuel like propane. School buses powered by the alternative fuel offer numerous safety advantages. Propane school buses are quieter than diesel buses, making it easier for drivers to hear inside and outside the bus. This can have a direct impact on student

invest the money they save on transportation back into the classroom, supporting teachers and a better learning environment.

Want to talk with your school district about switching from diesel buses to cleaner alternatives? Download resources including fact sheets, videos and more at k

after school, wait on the side where the

“Using propane also helps reduce children’s exposure to potentially harmful particulate matter found in diesel exhaust.”

The Propane Education & Research Council estimates that more than 500,000 students will ride a bus powered by the clean alternative fuel propane this school year.

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March is National Nutrition Month 10 Tips for Dealing with a Picky Eater WRITTEN BY: American Heart Association

let them stop. Overeating is one of the major reasons we get too many calories.

7. Encourage kids to “eat their colors.” This game works well with younger kids. Food that’s bland in color often lacks nutrients. Eating a variety of brightly colored foods provides more nutrients in greater variety.

8. Don’t cut out treats altogether.


hen you get home from a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is start a war over broccoli at the dinner table. This is why it is so easy to fall into the trap of making mac-n-cheese or ordering a pizza. It keeps you out of an “eat your vegetables” fight. The good news is, getting a picky eater to eat a nutritious meal doesn’t have to be a battle. In fact, implementing healthy habits early in life, will bring long-term health benefits. Studies show that children who eat healthy foods and get daily physical activity have: fewer school absences, higher academic achievement, higher self-esteem, and fewer behavioral problems. Here are some tips for dealing with a picky eater:

1. Introduce healthier elements in foods they already like. For example, offer blueberry pancakes, carrot muffins, fruit slices over a favorite cereal, chunks of bell pepper in a potato salad, or shredded veggies over rice.

2. Include them in the food prep. By getting them involved in grocery shopping and food preparation, they


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feel some ownership over the meal, and may be more likely to eat it.

3. Don’t buy unhealthy foods. Out of sight, out of mind. If the chips and cookies are not around, your kids can’t eat them. They may resist at first, but when they get hungry, they’ll start munching on the carrot sticks. Keep healthy foods on hand — offer them 100% juice instead of sodas or other sugary drinks, and a bag of sliced apples instead of chips.

Think moderation. A scoop of ice cream or a serving of Oreo cookies is all right occasionally. If you cut out all the goodies, your kids will be more likely to overeat when they do get them. Make sure to moderate the treat consumption.

9. Eat at the dinner table. Eating in front of the TV is distracting, and kids may not notice that they’re full because they’re wrapped up in the show. Eating as a family is a great time to catch up on each other’s day.

10. Be a good role model. The best way to influence kids is by example. Don’t expect them to eat spinach if you won’t touch it. k

4. Schedule snack time. Most kids like routine. If your kids know they will only get food at certain times, they’ll eat what they get when they get it. Try to have snacks that incorporate two food groups. For example, offer cheese and wholegrain crackers or apple slices with low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese.

5. Have healthy finger foods available. Kids like to pick up foods, so give them foods they can handle. Fruit and veggie chunks (raw or cooked) are great finger-food options.

6. Retract the “clean your plate” rule. Kids know when they’re full, so

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Summer Theatre Academy At UM


he Summer Theatre Academy at the University of Miami promises six weeks of fun and learning! Whether in grade school, middle school or high school, our Academy provides students with a

safe and supportive place to learn and grow their talents.

cover both the performing and technical aspects of theater.

STA classes teach valuable skills in the performing arts, focused on building confidence, self-esteem, and a love of creativity through theatrical exercises led by our well-trained and caring staff.

Students may register for both sessions, or for a single session – but be sure to take advantage of early registration prices available until April 24th, 2016! k

Students receive specialized training for their age group, and enrollment for each group is kept small to provide individualized attention to each child. For students entering 8th through 10th grades, we offer an Advanced Academy. Advanced students, in addition to their daily STA curriculum, receive specialized intensive workshops that

June 13th - July 22nd, 2016 (Monday-Friday, 8:45 am - 3:45 pm) First Session – June 13th – July 1st Second Session – July 5th – July 22nd

For more information about UM Summer Theater Academy visit call 305.284.4474, or email

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Sweet Surprises


ith the holidays quickly approaching, now is a great time to revisit, reconsider, revamp and sweeten the pot on the traditions we hold near and dear to us. Nothing says “I love you” and “you’re important to me” more than a thoughtful and unexpected surprise... in their drawers, on their egg hunt, or in a jar! Love Notes Abound Shower your family with love and adoration by slipping sweet love notes around the house! You can use them to show your gratitude, express your feelings, or share positive affirmations with your loved ones. Love notes are such a special surprise and are so much fun to receive. In today’s modern family, everyone is always on the go, go, go! Love notes are a creative way to let everyone know they’re thought of and loved unconditionally, always. They’re a nice way to bring everyone into the present moment and forget about the hustle bustle for just a moment. It’s a win-win for both the giver and receiver: everyone gets to feel good. The New Hide-and-Seek Not only is this a great surprise to receive, it’s super fun to create and hide the notes! Sprinkle a few love notes in your hubby’s sock drawer or your kids’ backpacks. The sky is the limit on this game! Tape pictures and notes inside cabinets. Stick an “I love you” heart in the fridge for someone to find. You can be really creative with this new tradition. Few notes left behind without being found? Great! They’ll make someone’s day in the future. Egg Surprise Instead of the same old chocolate candies, coins and jelly beans, slip some love notes into some of the


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for the Whole Family WRITTEN BY: Camille Lucy

eggs. Your kids will never expect to receive one! This is a creative way to let your kids know you love them and how special they are to you. Tell them how proud you are to be theirs. How smart, funny, cute and lovable you find them to be! Family Coupon Book

Have everyone fill the jar with not about what makes each of you special, how much you love one another, and all the things you’re grateful for. Open the jar each year on Easter and drop in a few more notes! It’s always nice to be reminded of how special you are to your family.

There are many versions of the Coupon Book out there. For the family, create a book where everyone gets to pick out something special to them. Give away some free hugs, date nights (either mom and dad alone, or a date night with parent and child), stay up late nights and maybe even a toy surprise! Massages for mom or dad, movie nights for the whole family and crafts for the kids. Utilize those things you know are personal, important or special to your family.

These are just a few ways to show your family how much love there is between you all. The possibilities of different ideas and ways to play with love notes are endless. Have some fun! And make it a new tradition in your family. You can take turns hiding notes, writing notes and finding notes! Just remember...the whole point is to feel good and share love! There are no rules, no restrictions and no limit to your creativity. k

Gratitude Jar Sometimes families make Gratitude Jars and open them up for the New Year, or pop one out to read randomly as they need a lift-me-up. With Easter and spring symbolizing rebirth and renewal of life, it’s the perfect time to create your gratitude jar and begin a ritual with your family.

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.Learn more about her and her adventure(s) at

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Florida Department of Transportation Launches “Drive Safe” Aggressive Driving Awareness Campaign Local Organizations Partner to Promote Safety Message in Miami-Dade, Monroe Counties


he Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is announcing the launch of the “Drive Safe” campaign. The campaign serves to inform drivers in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties of the risks of aggressive driving.

“Aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all traffic fatalities,” said FDOT District Six Secretary Gus Pego. “It is a serious problem that affects all motorists in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. We want to make the public aware of ways to prevent or avoid these dangerous activities.”

The campaign, which targets all drivers, will run from February through April and includes extensive community educational outreach and law enforcement operations throughout the region. FDOT has joined forces with numerous law enforcement agencies, educational institutions and other partner organizations to promote the “Drive Safe” message.

In Florida, aggressive driving is exhibited by the combination of two or more of the following actions: Failure to yield right-of-way; improper lane change; improper passing; following too closely; disregarding traffic control; and speeding. k

For more information, please visit or contact the FDOT District Six Community Traffic Safety Coordinator, Carlos Sarmiento, at 305.470.5437 or via email at

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The Long-Lasting Benefits of Camp WRITTEN BY: American Camp Association

themselves, report significant growth in several areas, including leadership, independence, social comfort, and values and decisions. • Camp encourages a respect and love of nature. Children are able to learn about the natural world. Camp also gives them a chance to “unplug.” More and more experts are advocating the value of time spent in nature for children — and camp is a perfect place to do that.

• Camp provides the opportunity to amp has become a part of the fabric of America — conjuring special memories of hiking, swimming, friendships, and adventure for generations. When children go to camp, they’ll likely come home gushing about the lifelong friends they’ve made, and the exciting adventures they had. What they probably won’t tell you about are the life lessons camp has given them — those skills that, if nurtured at home after camp, translate into a lasting self-confidence, an awareness of the importance of kindness, and a greater comfort in voicing their opinions.

For more than 150 years, camp has been changing lives — allowing all children to feel successful, especially those who may struggle with traditional educational settings. Camp is full of fun and excitement, but it is so much more — developing children who are better equipped to lead in the twenty-first century with skills such as independence, empathy, the ability to work as part of a team, and a broader world view.

• Camp is a safe and nurturing environment that enhances social skills. Camp is for everyone, so children and youth have the opportunity to meet and interact with peers from outside their school environment.

• Camp supplements traditional education. Camps use intentional programming to create a balance of experiential learning opportunities that are physical, emotional, and social.

• Camp provides experiences that promote self-confidence and future academic growth. American Camp Association® (ACA) independent research shows that parents and camp staff, as well as the campers

stay physically active. Camp is the ultimate outdoor experience with programs that offer physical activities and sports that enhance health and teach self-confidence. Camp is a natural extension of the classroom. Research indicates that by participating in strategically planned, structured summer experiences, children reduce summer learning loss. Camp challenges children, keeps them engaged, develops creativity and their talents, and expands their horizons. k About ACA The American Camp Association® (ACA) is a national organization; 9,000 members strong, it is actively working with over 2,700 camps. ACA is committed to collaborating with those who believe in quality camp and outdoor experiences for children, youth, and adults. ACA provides advocacy and evidence-based education and professional development, and is the only national accrediting body for the organized camp experience.

For more information, visit

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Naturally Clean for Spring A surprising way to make spring cleaning simple Source: Four Monks


10-15 minutes before wiping with a sponge.

iping away the grime of winter doesn’t have to mean launching an attack with dangerous chemicals. As you tackle this year’s spring cleaning chores, take a note from Mother Nature and rely on the cleaning power of a surprisingly effective natural product: vinegar. During the last century, vinegar has become increasingly recognized as a low cost and eco-friendly household product. From cooking and canning, to cleaning items i ndoors and out, homeowners are discovering that this eco-friendly, acetic liquid is as versatile as it is useful. “Cleaning with vinegar has always been an effective way to banish dirt and grime in kitchens, bathrooms, the garage and the outdoors,” said Mike Smith, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Mizkan Americas, the makers of Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar.

In the Kitchen Clean off the blades of a well-worn can opener with an old toothbrush soaked with vinegar to help remove dirt and grease.

• Deodorize the garbage disposal by pouring in half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar. Let sit for five minutes then run hot water down the disposal.

• Avoid using toxic chemicals where you store food; wipe up spills in the fridge with vinegar. In the Bathroom The fizzing combo of vinegar and baking soda can unclog and remove odor from a tub drain. Pour half a cup of baking soda in the drain, then follow with two cups of hot vinegar. Immediately plug the drain with a rag to keep the bubbles contained for 10 minutes. Rinse by pouring a kettle of boiling hot water down the drain.

• Clean your ice/water dispenser by running vinegar through the system. Flush the vinegar out by running water through the system for 30-60 seconds.

• Rid your dishwasher of mineral buildup by pouring half a cup of vinegar into the reservoir and running an empty cycle. You can also use vinegar in the dishwasher instead of another glass cleaner to keep your glassware sparkling.

• Renew sponges and dishrags by placing them in just enough water to cover them. Then add one-fourth cup of vinegar and let them soak overnight.

• Remove dark stains on an aluminum pot by boiling two cups of vinegar. For stained and smelly plastic food containers and lunchboxes, wipe them with a cloth dampened with vinegar.

• To clean a grease-splattered oven door window, saturate it with vinegar. Keep the door open for

• Spray shower doors with vinegar after you’ve squeegeed the glass – or before you turn on the water – to help release hard water deposits.

• Clean shower door tracks by filling them with vinegar and letting it sit for a few hours. Pour hot water into the tracks and scrub away any remaining film with a toothbrush.

• To make the toilet bowl sparkle, pour in a cup or more of vinegar and let it sit for several hours or overnight. Scrub well with the toilet brush and flush.

• Remove old bathtub decals with vinegar heated in the microwave.


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In the Laundry Room Remove coffee and tea stains by flushing the area with vinegar, rinsing and repeating. For wine stains, saturate the spot with vinegar and allow it to stand for several minutes. Then, wash as normal.

• Restore yellowed clothing by soaking garments overnight in a solution of 12 parts warm water and one part vinegar. Wash them the following morning.

• Soak new garments in a few cups of vinegar for 10-15 minutes before washing to stop dyes from running in the wash.

• If frequent ironing has left your iron plate dirty, make a paste from one part vinegar and one part salt to scrub it clean.

• Remove scorch marks from an iron by rubbing it with a warm solution of equal parts vinegar and salt. If that doesn’t work, use a cloth dampened with vinegar.

• Forgot that you left wet laundry in the machine and it now smells moldy? Pour a few cups of vinegar in the machine and wash the clothes in hot water. Then run a normal cycle with detergent to rinse the clothes.

• Prevent lint from clinging to clothes by adding What Is Vinegar? Vinegar is the acetic liquid that results when a product containing sugar is allowed to ferment. Vinegar can be created from nearly any product containing sugar; fruit and grains, such as barley and corn, are common sources of vinegar. k

Learn how vinegar can make it easier to tackle common tasks around the house with these hacks and discover more uses for cleaning vinegar at

Solution: 2, 8, 12 (1=9, 3=4=10,5=11, 6=7).

half a cup of vinegar to the wash cycle.

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the kiddos kid reporter

Carlos Sarmiento, FDOT District 6 Community Traffic Safety Program Coordinator & Safety Campaign Manager WRITTEN BY: Roxane Timon

Carlos Sarmiento is an award-winning safety expert that specializes in communications, public relations and marketing initiatives for the Florida Department of Transportation - District Six. uring a one-on-one interview with our Kiddos Kid Reporter, Carlos Sarmiento provided us with information on traffic safety. Mr. Sarmiento is an award-winning safety expert who specializes in communications, public relations, and marketing initiatives for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six. Sarmiento’s traffic safety programs and campaigns have reached tens of millions of people and have been prominently featured in local, state, and national media. His extensive experience and involvement in traffic safety provides us with many solutions for a safer community. FDOT is launching the “Drive Safe” Aggressive Driving Awareness Campaign for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. This campaign informs drivers the risks of aggressive driving and provides important resources and safety tips for crash prevention. Carlos Sarmiento shared more details with Kiddos Magazine on safety programs


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he has launched over the years and on the upcoming “Drive Safe” Campaign, which will run from February through June. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Carlos, what are the most important initiatives you have done for FDOT District Six and what were the results?

Carlos Sarmiento: The FDOT takes traffic safety very seriously. We’ve done a number of campaigns and initiatives over the years that reached millions of people in the State of Florida. For instance, we’ve done “Buckle Up Florida” for safety belts, “Alert Today Alive Tomorrow” for bike and pedestrian safety, “Put It Down”

“Texting and driving is very dangerous - you are already taking your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel when you’re reading or sending a text.”

for distracted driving, and soon we will be launching “Drive Safe” for aggressive driving. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: What are the consequences if you Text and Drive? Carlos Sarmiento: Good question. Texting and driving is very dangerous - you are already taking your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel when you’re reading or sending a text. We’re encouraging everybody not to do that so that you as a driver or as a passenger could be safe. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: FDOT is launching the new campaign “Drive Safe”. Can you tell me more about it? Carlos Sarmiento: As you know in South Florida, aggressive driving is a prevalent issue so we’re trying to raise awareness by working with different agencies including law enforcement agencies to address the dangers of aggressive driving.

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: How can drivers avoid accidents? Carlos Sarmiento: You want to be a kind driver and you want to yield to other merging traffic. You definitely want to use your signals when you’re turning, lower your speed, and be aware of your surroundings.

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: What advice will you give to our community? Carlos Sarmiento: To pay attention to the road, to your behavior, and to lead by example. Again, keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel, and be safe. 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.

Credits: Video Production: Filmart TV Photography: Renata Volfe Haircut & Style: Lil’ Jungle Location: FDOT

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: What are the most aggressive driving actions in Florida? Carlos Sarmiento: Improper lane changes, speeding, not yielding to another vehicle or not sharing the road with pedestrians or bicyclists. Those are some of the aggressive driving behaviors we are seeing in South Florida.

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Perfect Pops For Valentine’s Day and Easter

Whether hosting a get-together for the children’s and tuning into the game or having a night in with the girls, freshly popped popcorn, which is naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO and gluten free, can help you please every palate. Sweet, spicy, salty or served in more non-traditional ways, the possibilities are endless, and perfect for everything from a family movie night or even a sleepover or kids’ party.

Cookies ’N Cream Popcorn

Popcorn Party Pizza

Ingredients: (Serve 12 cups )

Ingredients: (Serve 8 slices )

• 12 cups popped popcorn • 1 (11 ounces) white chocolate chips • 2 teaspoons coconut oil • 15 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped

Directions: 1. Place popcorn in large bowl; set aside. 2. In medium saucepan on low heat, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil; stir until blended. 3. Pour melted chocolate over popcorn, stirring until wellcoated. Stir in chopped Oreos. 4. Spread mixture on baking sheet and chill until chocolate has set. Break into pieces to serve.

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• 3 tablespoons butter • 1 (10.5 ounces) mini marshmallows • 2 quarts popped popcorn • 1 tube (.68 ounces) red piping gel • 1 package red raspberry fruit roll-ups green jelly beans, coconut, candy-coated chocolate pieces

Directions: 1. In large saucepan over medium heat, heat butter. 2. Stir in marshmallows until melted. 3. Stir in popcorn until well coated. 4. Spread mixture evenly onto prepared pizza pan. 5. Drizzle red piping gel over “pizza” to make “sauce.” 6. Cut small circles (about 1 1/4 inches in diameter) from 7. fruit roll-up and place on pizza for “pepperoni” slices. 8. Allow to cool completely before cutting into wedges to serve.





of traffic fatalities are due to aggressive driving

Eight Tips that can save a life 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Avoid the Blind Spots Pass with Caution Merge with Care Don’t Speed Don’t Cut Vehicles Off Signal Sooner Pay Attention Share the Road

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AVATAR TORUK - The First Flight The new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s


he show TORUK – The First Flight is a live immersive multimedia spectacle that brings to the stage the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s AVATAR like you have never seen it before. Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination. This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.


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Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

TORUK – The First Flight will be presented at the BB&T CenterSunrise Florida on March 3-6 and at Miami’s American Airlines Arena on March 10-13, 2016. k

When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

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s all parents with multiple children know and first-time parents will soon learn, children under 5 grow quickly – and so do opportunities for messy moments. Whether you have an infant, toddler or preschooler at home, it’s important to understand cleaning priorities and practices as kids crawl, toddle and run. Check out and share American Cleaning Institute’s infographic on messes, priority surfaces and tips with the parents and grandparents. k

Visit for more information and tips on keeping messes to a minimum

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Sports, Kids & Concussion WRITTEN BY: University of Miami Health System

oncussion is one of the hottest health topics being discussed by parents. Many moms and dads are even wondering if they should take their children out of sports to protect them from concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive, degenerative brain disease suffered by those who’ve had a significant number of concussions, detailed in the movie “Concussion.” Not so fast, say experts at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System. According to the research and clinical care being performed by doctors and researchers at UHealth, and other academic and scientific

institutions, evidence indicates that the benefits of sports, including contact sports like football, far outweigh any risk of concussion or CTE. Because CTE has only been shown after a significant number of repeated head trauma, the risk for CTE is likely limited to some professional athletes and military personnel, not the average student athlete or weekend warrior. The theory that youth sports can lead to CTE is far from proven, and the good that comes from athletics far outweighs the risk of a possible concussion or the much less likely CTE. Youth sports have a number of

looking at new techniques to diagnose and treat concussion more promptly and effectively.

benefits, including physical fitness, discipline, time management and teamwork skills that have a positive impact long after the season ends. And while sports are among the most common causes of concussions, doctors at UHealth are taking steps on the field and in the clinic to keep children and young adults playing organized sports. UHealth researchers are looking at new techniques to diagnose and treat concussion more promptly and effectively. This includes a pair of goggles that can potentially diagnose concussions from the sidelines of a game and getting athletic trainers on site for every


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Miami-Dade County public high school athletic function. And UHealth’s multi-disciplinary concussion clinic, with state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments and trained neurologic experts, stands ready in case your child does suffer a concussion. Keeping your child on the field does not mean you should ignore concussions. Instead, you can protect your child by:

• Making sure the coach or someone on his or her staff has knowledge and experience about concussions in contact sports.

• Educating yourself and your child about the signs and symptoms of head injury.

• Seeking medical care from a concussion expert if your child suffers a head injury or shows signs of a

head injury – even after a minor head impact.

• Working with concussion experts, your child and the coach to determine when your child should return to play. Concern is appropriate, but don’t let fear keep your child on the sidelines. The value and enjoyment of sports are an important part of growing up. k

Michael Hoffer, M.D., is a concussion expert and otolaryngologist at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, which is nationally and internationally acclaimed for education, research, patient care and biomedical innovation. For more information, visit

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Is Your Child Doing The Right Thing? SOURCE: Do The Right Thing Miami

A not-for-profit dedicated to recognizing and rewarding young people in our community for positive behavior, accomplishments, and good deeds in conjunction with local law enforcement


he Do The Right Thing Program was born in 1990 during a Miami Police Department awards ceremony when a teenager was recognized by the chief of police for turning in a loaded gun found at his school. Community volunteers, who witnessed the impact the positive recognition had on this teenager, decided to join forces with the Miami Police Department and develop an on-going recognition program for students. The purpose of Do The Right Thing of Miami, Inc. (DTRT) is to recognize and reward Miami youths for their exemplary behavior, accomplishments, and good deeds through a unique partnership with the City of Miami Police Department, the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department, and other participating law enforcement agencies in Miami-Dade. The DTRT Awards Program distinguishes exceptional school-age children who choose to be drug and crime free, exhibit non-violent behavior, do well in school, make a difference in their communities, and demonstrate turnaround behavior. Each month of the school year, parents, police officers, teachers, and other adults nominate up to 1,000 children for “doing the right thing.” A selection committee reviews the nominations and selects ten finalists for the month who are honored at a ceremony at police headquarters in downtown Miami.


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DTRT Goals

• To reinforce socially desirable behavior among young people

• To demonstrate that “good kids” are newsworthy

• To foster positive relations between the police department and youths • To develop a network of Do The Right Thing chapters which will benefit our youth nationwide. Currently, Do The Right Thing has 59 chapters in the United States and four abroad in England and Germany. All chapters are patterned after the Miami-Dade County initiative which serves school-age youths through an online nomination process in conjunction with the local public

Each month of the school year, parents, police officers, teachers, and other adults

Photography: Rene P.

children for “doing the right thing.”

For more information about the “Do The Right Thing” Program, nominate a student, or find out how to become a Booster Club Partner, visit or contact Jodi Atkison, Executive Director at 305.579.3344 or via email

school system as well as private schools. Students who are nominated for “doing the right thing” are awarded DTRT t-shirts, bumper stickers, free pizzas from Papa John’s, certificates of recognition, and letters of congratulations signed by the chief of police. Ten top winners are honored monthly at police headquarters by the chief of police and awarded with prizes ranging from mini-tablets and plaques to trips to Washington, D.C. Nominations run the gamut from turning in a dollar found on the playground to turning in a loaded gun found on school grounds. Do The Right Thing’s national headquarters are located at the City of Miami Police Department in downtown

Miami. The program charges a small, one-time start up fee of $500 to any police agency interested in forming a chapter which covers the rights to the trademarked name and logo as well training materials and staff consultation to set up the program in other communities nationwide. “Do The Right Thing hopes to expand its network of chapters exponentially as police departments nationwide are seeking ways to mend community relations starting with our youths,” says Executive Director Jodi Atkison. Parents are also encouraged to nominate their children online if they are caught “doing the right thing!” k

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Suggestions for your kids to read this month

1. Illuminae (YA) By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff This is the book for Sci-fi fans who don’t want to read a normal chapter by chapter book. Instead, it is filled with blueprints, transcripts, memos, and other documents that when put together tell a comprehensive story full of action, drama, romance, and comedy. It’s an impressive and enjoyable read to be sure.

2. Their Fractured Light (YA) By Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner The final book of The Starbound Trilogy adds another element to the series. These Broken Stars told the story of shipwreck survivors on an isolated world.Now, welcome to one of the most populated worlds in the galaxy, as a hacker and con-artist try to pull off the perfect crime, fall in love, and save the Galaxy from Roderick LaRoux once and for all.

3. A Curious Tale of the In-Between (MG) By Lauren DeStefano Not all tales of friendship and romance are happy. Pram sees dead people, and despite their ghostly state, much prefers their company to that of the living. Then, Pram meets Clarence, and the two come to the home of the mysterious Lady Savant, who may be able to see ghosts too. But, is the Lady the friendly face she appears, or does she have something much more nefarious in mind? And even if she does, can Pram or Clarence do anything to stop her?

4. Pete the Cat : Big Easter Adventure (CB) By Kimberly Dean; James Dean Pete the Cat has been on so many adventures! Join Pete the Cat and the Easter Bunny as he helps the Easter Bunny and has a groovy

Easter adventure. This book is complete with poster, punch-out cards, and stickers.

5. I Love You Already! (PB) By Jory John & Benji Davies Bear and Duck like to do different things. Bear enjoys relaxing and taking long naps. Duck never wants to stop moving. Together, they have an adventure that illustrates that just because family can annoy one another, doesn’t mean they don’t still love each other.

6. Mother Bruce (PB) By Ryan T. Higgins Bruce is a bear, and he likes eggs. One day, before he can cook them, some of his eggs hatch into baby geese. What’s a bear to do with four growing goslings that call him mommy! Higgins book is a comedic and fun filled story about a bear that just can’t get rid of the geese.

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7. Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt (PB) By Inc. Scholastic Anticipate Easter with our favorite character Peppa Pig! Use some of the tips from Peppa Pig’s Easter egg hunt. It’s springtime, and Grandpa Pig has set up an Easter egg hunt for Peppa Pig and her friends! Join Peppa, Rebecca Rabbit, and Freddy Fox as they search for delicious chocolate eggs.

8. Here Comes Valentine Cat (CB) By Deborah Underwood Cat has tried to be Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. Now, he is back, and this time his goal is to ruin Valentine’s Day for his new neighbor, Dog. But is Dog as bad as Cat seems to think he is, or is there more to Dog than meets the eye? Cat doesn’t care either way, but what Cat gets is never what Cat expects. k


movie reviews


The single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. Tells the comedic tale of Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. The story finds him at work when a star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming.


Set 10 years later and mostly set in Europe, Derek and Hansel’s lives have changed and they’re not relevant anymore in the fashion world. An opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.


Risen is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection and the weeks that followed, as seen through the eyes of an unbelieving Clavius, a

high-ranking Roman Military Tribune. Clavius and his aide Lucius are instructed by Pontius Pilate to ensure Jesus’ radical followers don’t steal his body and claim resurrection. When the body goes missing within days, Clavius sets out on a mission to locate the missing body in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.


The survival of mankind hangs in the balance when Set, the merciless god of darkness, usurps Egypt’s throne and plunges the prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Hoping to save the world and rescue his true love, a defiant mortal named Bek forms an unlikely alliance with the powerful god Horus. Their battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens for an epic confrontation.


From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive.

When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde, a wily fox who makes her job even harder.


When Christy discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired. Based on a true story.


After the earth-shattering revelations of The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution.



Mankind faces a new threat as Batman embarks on a personal vendetta against Superman. A Warner Bros./DC Entertainment co-production penned by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio, and


directed by Zack Snyder.


The story centers on a pilot who crash-lands in the Sahara desert and comes across a little boy who says he is a prince fallen to Earth from his home on an asteroid. As the pilot repairs his plane, the little prince regales him with stories about his home and the foolish inhabitants of nearby asteroids.


The film reveals a Portokalos family secret that will bring the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.


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75th Annual Miami International Boat Show From 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Progressive® Miami International Boat Show®, recognized as one of the world’s largest boat shows and THE winter destination to find the best in boating at the iconic Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. The kids corner is perfect for all ages, featuring an interactive froyo and make your own pizza station, and more! For more information and tickets, visit Tickets starting at $20



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Fun and Fit as a Family at Jungle Island Jungle Island 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail Miami From: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m This family-friendly event at the Festival allows parents and kids to learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle with Food Network personalities and renowned chefs. Kids will have the chance to explore the food garden, and get their hands messy in the interactive kitchen. For more information visit Tickets $20 per person, per day


Gables Bike Day 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables From: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m This year Bike Walk Coral Gables will be hosting our FIFTH Annual Gables Bike Day in Merrick Park across from the historic Coral Gables City Hall.We invite all cyclists, skaters, parents and children to this event for a day in promoting health, physical activity and bike safety. For more inforamtion visit Tickets $20 per person, per day


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Day Out With Thomas at Gold Coast Railroad Museum 12450 S.W. 152nd Street Miami, FL 33177 Day Out With Thomas™ offers an opportunity for children and their families to take a 25 minute ride* with Thomas the Tank Engine.™ Every event has a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities. Includes music, entertainers, stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts, and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area. For tickets and information visit



7th Annual Community Bike Day at Pinecrest Community Center 5855 Killian Drive From: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Miami-Dade County School Board Member, Dr. Lawrence Feldman, along with the Village of Pinecrest, is sponsoring the 7th Annual Community Bike Day Event at Pinecrest Community Center. Save the Date! Free event




Miami Brain Fair Bank United Center Fieldhouse, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 From: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Miami Brain Fair is a free educational event to teach kids how the brain works. Kids can touch and dissect a real brain, build a neuron from clay, play with visual illusions, and find out if they are a super taster. Call 305-243-4698 or email Free event



2016 Miami Youth Fair Gates open at: 3:00 p.m. March 17, 18, 30, 31, April 1, 6 & 7 The Youth Fair, now in its 65th year, is ranked the largest fair in Florida and one of the top 27 largest fairs throughout North America. It attracts well over 600,000 guests of all ages every year. This is a family experience packed with adrenaline-pumping rides, fun games, mouthwatering food stands, live outdoor concerts, and sensational shows. For more information, visit


Easter Bunny Eggstravaganza & Egg Hunt At The Falls From: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Families are invited to hop on down to The Falls as the mall ‘springs’ into full gear with a fun, festive day featuring the arrival of the beloved Easter Bunny during The Falls Kidgits Bunny Snack & Egg Hunt. Children will have the opportunity to munch on goodies provided, meet the bunny enjoy festive activities, and interactive games. Guests can also enjoy an 'egg hunt' throughout participating stores at The Falls. Free event

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EASTER BUNNY PHOTO EXPERIENCE AT THE FALLS Families can also visit the Caring Bunny - a unique event in a subdued environment tailored to special needs children


imon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), a global leader in retail real estate, is hosting its annual Easter celebration festivities at The Falls, offering families the chance to participate in both traditional and unique seasonal events. The Bunny Photo Experience begins Saturday, March 5 and runs through Saturday, March 26 at The Bunny House in Center Court. Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion. “We love to hold family-friendly events at The Falls and we always look forward to watching children interact with the Bunny at Easter,” said Lourdes Menendez, Director of

Marketing and Business Development at The Falls. The Falls’s Caring Bunny™ event will offer families which have children with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Caring Bunny has been developed by SPG and is guided by AutismSpeaks. Over 80 Simon® properties will host the Caring Bunny this season. On Sunday, March 6 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):

For more details on Easter Bunny photos at The Falls and to make an appointment for Caring Bunny, please visit


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Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event. • Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called. • Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit. k

Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic and illusion comes alive in George Balanchine’s glorious work - now, newly reimagined by Miami City Ballet.

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aster and Spring is almost here! That been said, there are a bunch of activities, camps, family vacations and more to come! It is time for s...

Kiddos Magazine Vol.3 Issue 4 - Winds of Love  

aster and Spring is almost here! That been said, there are a bunch of activities, camps, family vacations and more to come! It is time for s...