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Ready, Set, Camp! Finding the Right Camp for Your Child



11 ACTIVITIES English Horseback Riding

Serve Your Flock Safe Eggs

What You Should Know About Lead Poisoning

14 MOMS Celebrate The Little Things


How Green Is Your House? An Eco-Friendly Approach To Home Care


Blast From The Past! Top Quotes and Snapshots

20 SNACKS Wonderful Ways to Celebrate Mom

22 PLACES Pintoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm

23 TRADITIONS Teacher Appreciation Week


Kiddos 2016 Summer Camp Guide

Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Essentials




The Sink or Swim Project Together, Kids Can Make a Difference!

Suggestions For Your Kids To Read This Month

31 MOVIE REVIEWS What Is New In Theaters


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33 FAMILY EVENTS Where To Go With Our Kiddos

34 PETS Ways To Welcome A Shelter Dog


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Kiddos Publisher’s Notes

New beginnings!



Ready, Set, Camp!

Roxana Timon American Camp Association Pediatric Associates Propane Education & Research Council CSES Bright Horizons Purina One Books & Books

This summer more than ten million American kids will go to camp. Parents and children are making decisions and planning for the future. The right Summer Camp will provide your child lifelong memories and skills, whether it is a partial-day or full-day camp, or a sleep away variety, camp offers many benefits to children of all ages.


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Don’t miss Blast from the Past! The Kiddos Kid Reporter “Top Quotes and Snapshots”

With a little help from the camp professionals at the American Camp Association, Kiddos brings some advice to help parents sort the choices and benefits that camp delivers. Also find the most amazing and coolest camps in our special edition guide! Let’s celebrate the Little Things on Mother’s Day, the things that make parenting so special and worth celebrating. Every family is unique, so be sure to make a list or find inspiration on how to best spend time with your children. Throughout the previous issues of Kiddos Magazine, our Kiddos Kid Reporter was thrilled to meet and interview exciting and inspiring personalities that engaged in many interesting conversations.


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Ready, Set, Camp!

Finding the Right Camp for Your Child WRITTEN BY: American Camp Association

ou are considering a summer camp, but how to choose? There’s a camp that is ideally suited for every child, providing a summer of growth and fun whether your child attends a day or overnight camp, a specialized or traditional camp. With a little help from the camp professionals at the American Camp Association, here’s some sound advice that helps parents sort through the choices and benefits that camp delivers. As spring approaches, parents and children can look forward to planning for the future—a future that includes the opportunities for exploration and discovery that arrives with summer camp. How to Decide When Your Child is Ready for Camp Children are ready for new experiences at different stages. Parents know their children best and these questions can help gauge whether this is the summer your child will start camp. What is your child’s age, and what is your perception of his or her readiness level? Children under 7 who have not had overnight experiences may do better with a day camp as their first camp experience. If you think your child might not be ready for an


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overnight camp experience, consider the day camp experience to prepare him or her for future overnight camp. How did your child become interested in camp? Does your child talk about camp on a sustained basis? How much persuasion is necessary from you? Has your child had positive overnight experiences away from home? Visiting relatives or friends? Were these separations easy or difficult? What does your child expect to do at camp? Learning about the camp experience ahead of time allows you to create positive expectations.

Are you able to share consistent and positive messages about camp? Your confidence in a positive experience will be contagious. A Camp for Every Child—The Perfect Fit Camp can last for just a few days or stretch to all summer long. It’s well worth the trouble to investigate the variety of choices offered by camps before your child packs a backpack. These questions help you consider the options.

Near or Far? Where do you want your child to go to camp? Locally or far away? While each camp experience has something unique to offer your child, this is an opportunity for families to assess what they value for their campers. Benefits of Camp Nearby

• Easier to evaluate and visit. • Friends and family are likely familiar with camp.

• Minimal travel costs. • Likely contact with classmates or children from same region. Benefits of Camp Far Away • More choices. • Different experiences, different geography, e.g., mountains or oceans—even different languages. • Promotes independence, particularly for early and late adolescent campers. • Diversity of campers. • Chance for family to visit and vacation at close of camp.

Boys Only, Girls Only, or Co-ed? Now may be the opportunity to explore the choices and benefits of all boys, all girls, or co-ed camps. Benefits of Single Sex Camps

• Breaking gender stereotypes—girls

Session Length Offers Another Choice Camps offer widely varying options to help parents and children reach their goals for summer fun and exploration. Talking with your child about the goals you both share helps determine which choice is right for you.

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interact with women in position of authority and boys interact with men who act as nurturers. More opportunities to “be yourself” without impressing or competing with the opposite sex. Camp philosophy may be tuned into gender strengths and weaknesses. Brother or sister camps may share activities.

Benefits of Short Sessions (one-three weeks)

Benefits of Co-ed Camps

• First-time or younger campers have a

• Breaking gender stereotypes—girls

chance to learn new skills. • Bonds develop with other campers and staff. • Great exposure to camp experience with less expense. • Minimizes homesickness

Benefits of Longer Sessions (four-twelve weeks)

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• Strong sense of belonging to camp community.

• Chance to learn new skills. • Development of specialized skills. • Multiple opportunities for learning. • •

and enrichment. Lifelong friendships Opportunities to contribute to camp culture.

interact with women in positions of authority and boys interact with men who act as nurturers. Mirrors and prepares campers for everyday living in a co-ed world. Allows families with a boy and a girl to attend the same camp. Offers diverse points of view. Breaks through rigid divisions set up in school when campers participate in equal footing.

A Camp for Every Child—Traditional, Specialty, and Special Needs Choices abound when it comes to camp programs. One may highlight a wide variety of activities geared to

campers of all ages and skill levels, others, because of their setting and expertise, may concentrate on one or two activities while providing traditional activities as well. Parents of children with special needs are pleased to learn about the range of camp activities that help kids be kids first. Benefits of Traditional Camps

• Wide variety of activities. • Chance for campers to try new activities. • Exposure to more campers and staff at varying activities. Benefits of Specialty Camps

• One or two specialized activities (often combined with traditional offerings.)

• Expectation for increased proficiency during camping session.

• Deepens knowledge and skill in particular area of interest or ability. Benefits of Special Needs Camps Activities geared to campers’ abilities Knowledgeable staff with expertise to understand campers’ strengths and challenges Supportive and fun atmosphere to share with others. k For more information about child development and the camp experience, visit or call our toll-free number, 1-800-428-CAMP (2267). Originally printed in CAMP Magazine, reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association © 2015 American Camping Association, Inc. it’s just about kids |



What You Should Know About Lead Poisoning WRITTEN BY: Andrew Sinder, MD, FAAP - Pediatric Associates


id you know that for every point above a measurement of 5 on your child’s blood lead test, he or she will have a decrease in the IQ of about 2-4 points? Lead poisoning has direct effects on your child’s kidneys, blood, bones and brain. Because a child’s brain is still developing, the effects are especially serious and potentially permanent. Lead can also affect the unborn fetus in exposed pregnant mothers. Lead poisoning has been linked to developmental delays, speech problems, behavior problems, and aggression. Most lead poisoning is due to chronic, repeated exposure to this toxin. The lead sources in the United States are largely due to lead in paint and gasoline, as well as lead in imported products used by our children. The addition of lead to household paint was not banned until 1970 and fully removed until 1978. The lead in gasoline was not regulated and reduced until 1973. And in 1991, the CDC finally created a plan to detect and fight the problem. Risk factors in the U.S. include:

• Children who live in or regularly visit homes built before 1978

• Children who live with someone who

has a job or a hobby that may involve lead, such as building renovation or repair, plumbing, or working with automobile batteries or radiators. Children living in a designated high-risk area (mostly urban)

How does the lead get into our system? Old water pipes may have lead, mainly from lead soldering, that gets into drinking water. For older homes with leaded paint, the lead can be in the dust that settles in your house and in the dirt that surrounds your house.


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Lead poisoning has been linked to developmental delays.

Remodeling can actually increase the exposure for a period of time. Not only do children get this dirt and dust on their hands and then in their mouths, but also their bodies absorb it much easier than adults. Other sources include some vinyl mini blinds, some imported toys, food stored in glazed ceramics, and some folk remedies, such as greta and azarcon, which are used by some to treat an upset stomach.

How is lead poisoning treated, and how do I prevent it?

How can you tell if your child has been exposed?

• Teach your children not to put their

Since most lead poisoning is chronic exposure, there are no obvious symptoms. For this reason, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening with a questionnaire from age 6 months to 6 years and testing those found to have risk factors. Most doctors will test all children at age 12 months and 24 months, although some do not test if there are no risk factors. Acute lead poisoning, which is rare, may present with pain and weakness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, anemia, abdominal pain, and weight loss. Even with early treatment, chronic lead poisoning effects are likely.

Severe acute lead poisoning is treated in the hospital with chelation, a treatment that removes it from the body. But this treatment is uncommonly needed. The mainstay of treatment is identification of those at risk of chronic poisoning and reducing exposure:

• Make sure your child practices good handwashing.

• Children should eat plenty of calcium and iron.

hands in their mouths. With continued surveillance, routine testing, and reduction in environmental exposures, we can continue to eliminate this threat to our children. k

If you are concerned about lead in your water, commercial testing kits are available at home improvement stores for about $10.

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English Horseback Riding Camp


Forrestel Riding Camp has been providing campers with a premier riding and sports experience for more than 35 years. Forrestel is located near the Buffalo-Niagara frontier, just 40 miles Northeast of Niagara Falls, New York. We boast about having the finest weather from May until September in all of the United States. The camp is situated on an 800 acre historic family farm and includes miles of trails, wellgroomed outdoor rings, full jumping courses and a newly constructed indoor arena. For campers who desire to immerse themselves in riding, Forrestel offers an Advanced Riding Clinic and two levels of Horsemanship. Each opportunity varies in the amount of time riding and caring for the horses. The high quality of horses and instruction are the hallmarks of Forrestel’s outstanding

riding program. Each child is assigned her own horse that is carefully matched according to size, age, ability and experience. Structured lessons include hunt seat equitation, dressage, cross-country, show jumping and trail riding. Forrestel is unique in that it offers both an excellent riding program and a host of other exciting adult-led specialty programs that help round out a child’s total camp experience. Our goal is to introduce activities that could become life-long hobbies. Whether learning woodworking with a master craftsman, pottery with a professional artist, or tennis with a seasoned coach, campers learn new skills and develop self confidence. Other specialties include canoeing, small animal care, team sports and games, archery, baking, sewing and more. k

Forrestel offers various 1, 2, and 4 week sessions from June 19th – August 17th for ages 7 to 17.

For more information call 585.798.2222 or visit

new york’s MOST AMAZING riding camp / (585) 798 2222 A private equestrian summer camp located near Niagara Falls, familyowned and operated since 1980. If your child likes to ride horses, she’ll love Forrestel.

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Serve Your Flock Safe Eggs


SOURCE: Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply

urchasing a dozen eggs offers nearly unlimited preparation possibilities. Enjoying any egg dish, however, starts with these four tips for purchasing safe eggs: 1. Always purchase eggs from a refrigerated case. 2. Open the carton and make sure there are no visible cracks or leaking eggs. 3. Check the short end of the carton for the date the eggs were packed as well as an expiration or sell by date to make sure the eggs are fresh. 4. Look for the United States Department of Agriculture grade shield or mark. Safety Tips to Protect Your Flock Once purchased, it’s also important to follow these safe food handling practices to ensure egg safety and quality.

• Keep eggs in the coldest part of the refrigerator, not the door. Storing them in the refrigerator

door could result in temperature fluctuations that can lead to bacteria growth.

• Eggs may be refrigerated three to five weeks at home. The sell-by date will usually expire during that time, but the eggs are safe to use for four to five weeks beyond the expiration date as long are they are kept in a refrigerator set at 40 F.

• Wash hands and utensils after coming into contact with eggs to avoid cross-contamination.

• Cook eggs thoroughly. For

scrambled eggs and similar dishes, cook until no visible liquid remains. Fried eggs should be cooked until the whites are completely set and the yolk is thickened but not hard. Serve eggs and dishes containing eggs promptly after cooking.

Does Hen Housing Affect Food Safety? The study compared flocks of egg-laying hens in three different types of housing systems:

Check out for more information about sustainable egg production, videos, interactive infographics and the CSES research results.


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conventional cage, enriched colony and cage-free systems. As consumers are becoming more interested in the type of environment in which animals are raised, the coalition elected to conduct research in order to develop science-based information to use in supporting informed decision-making. The research found that with proper management, eggs produced in any of the three different housing systems are safe and of comparable quality, but also accompany a variety of positive and negative aspects across other elements of sustainability. k

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Celebrate the Little Things WRITTEN BY: Bright Horizons Family Solutions


here are very few experiences as universal and yet unique as being a parent. In today’s world, it’s difficult not to think about how we measure up to other parents whether they be our own, our friends and colleagues, or even the seemingly “perfect” parents we see in the media or down the street. We tend to put pressure on ourselves to be “the very best” parents all the time, when what we really need to keep in mind is that it’s the simple connections our children will remember and cherish. Mother’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate the little things we do with our children - the special moments and the magical experiences that often happen unexpectedly. Celebrate the Little Things on Mother’s Day Some of us are the kind of parents who bake birthday cakes in the shape of dinosaurs and turn the house into Jurassic Park for a party. Others are less inclined to the spectacular and want to plan birthday parties without the stress. Whichever kind of parent we are, a


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happy childhood is made up of many small moments of caring, connecting, and spending time together. Mother’s Day is a perfect time to remind us of those important everyday moments and celebrate them. Usually when we think of celebrating Mother’s Day, we often jump to gift ideas for mom or children’s activities for Mother’s Day. But this year, celebrate all the wonderful things you already do with your children and appreciate the little things like spending quality time together. Children likely won’t remember the hours we spent preparing a special activity or the

expensive toys that we purchased. They will remember the bedtime stories that we read, the walks that we took, and the skills that they gleaned from working on an activity side-by-side together, such as: cooking with children, washing a car, or working in the garden. There are many lists of parenting books and websites with ideas to facilitate these parenting magic moments. Put aside those resources and celebrate all the wonderful things you already do. Here’s a list of a few little but important things parents do with children that should be celebrated on Mother’s Day.

Every family is unique, so be sure to add to this list or find inspiration on how to best spend time with your children.

• Creating weekly special times when you are totally focused on your child.

• Doing things that make your child feel special.

• Sharing activities that you both enjoy and keeping them up.

• Demonstrating or talking about your love, respect, and appreciation.

• Spending quality time together without electronic devices.

• Proudly hanging your child’s artwork and writing on walls or scanning it into the computer to share with friends and relatives.

• Asking your child to help you with a task.

• Having meaningful, spontaneous discussions.

• Offering hugs and kisses in the morning at bedtime and in-between. These are the little things that make parenting so special and worth celebrating on Mother’s Day. On Sunday, May 8th cherish the people in your life who make it so wonderful and interesting - your children and your own moms. From all of us we wish you a very happy Mother’s Day! k

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How Green Is Your House? An eco-friendly approach to home care Source: Propane Education & Research Council


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iving an eco-friendly lifestyle starts at home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, residential use accounts for more than one-fifth of the nation’s total energy consumption. Adopting an earth-first, energy saving mindset will let you make adjustments around your home so that you can feel good about your family’s contributions to protect the environment. Green energy Improving your home’s energy efficiency is not only good for the planet, it’s good for your wallet. After all, wasted energy is money lost in monthly utility bills. Numerous factors influence a home’s energy efficiency, or lack thereof. Air leaks, outdated appliances or inefficient heating and cooling systems can all negatively impact your home’s energy usage. Structural improvements Correcting any structural issues can go a long way toward


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making your home more efficient. Give your home a thorough inspection to identify and repair leaks and cracks around windows, doors and duct work. Remember that poorly sealed attics and basements are also common culprits of energy loss. Appliances and major systems Upgrading your appliances and temperature control systems also helps drive more efficient energy use throughout the house. Look for ENERGY STAR-certified products, which are designed to save energy without sacrificing on performance. Where possible, make purchases that will perform double duty, such as high-efficiency washing machines that can save on both energy and water usage. Fuel sources Choosing the right energy source can also help lessen your impact on the environment. For example, using propane-powered appliances in your home can significantly

reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to a recent study sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council, propane-powered furnaces emit 73 percent fewer greenhouse gases than electricity. Similarly, propane-powered storage water heaters emit approximately 39 percent less greenhouse gas than electric storage models. Green upgrades Shopping smart to incorporate high-efficiency appliances and electronics into your home is just a first step. There are many other ways you can make such products even more sustainable:

• Rely on LED light bulbs, which use a fraction of the energy and last significantly longer than traditional bulbs.

• Use light timers to turn off lights when they aren’t needed.

• Make a habit of powering off lights and other electronics when you leave the room.


• Set a programmable thermostat to adjust temperatures when you’re away from home.

• Wash only full loads of laundry, and use cold


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water when possible.

• Air-dry dishes, rather than using the heated drying cycle of the dishwasher.

Recycle Like a Pro Living green isn’t just about saving energy. Sustainable living also means putting earth-friendly practices in place throughout your home, such as recycling. With these tips you can make recycling easier for the whole family.

• Establish collection bins to make it easy to gather all your recycling in one place. The number of bins you need depends on your city’s guidelines for sorting. If no sorting is required, a single bin will do. Otherwise, use different colored bins to make it simple to sort paper, aluminum, glass, etc.

• Most families find the kitchen is a primary source of recyclable goods. If space is at a premium, keep a smaller collection bin in the kitchen that can be easily transported to a sorting station in a larger area, such as the garage.

• Don’t forget to recycle in other rooms, too.

• Remember that recycling can also come in other forms, like donating unwanted clothing to charity or using leftover water to quench thirsty plants or freshen the dog’s bowl.

• Be sure to rinse away any food or liquid residue from containers to manage odors and keep your recycling area tidy and odor free.

• Maximize your bin space by compressing cans and bottles. k For more information about using propane and propane-powered appliances in your home, visit

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

Many common bathroom items, such as shampoo and soap bottles, and even cardboard toilet paper tubes, can be recycled.

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the kiddos kid reporter

Blast from the Past! Top Quotes and Snapshots WRITTEN BY: Roxane Timon


hroughout the previous issues of Kiddos Magazine, our Kiddos Kid Reporter was thrilled to meet and interview exciting and inspiring personalities that engaged in many interesting conversations. From Superintendent Alberto Carvalho to Chef Robert Irvine and actress Peyton List, these one-on-one interviews gave us an inside look at their jobs and careers as well as touching life stories they were glad to share with our reporter, and of course their best guidance on education, health, passions, safety, and more!

Here’s a look at the top snapshots and quotes from our past interviews with the Kiddos Kid Reporter: Chino & Nacho,

Antonio Cabrera,

Venezuelan Pop Duo

Designer for the White House

“Children who’ll like to be musicians must be dedicated and very persistent in accomplishing all of their dreams. The sky is the limit.”

“I remember when I was growing up, my parents had little money to buy things, but I was very happy to create and invent new things with recycled materials. The more you can recycle the more creative you will be.”

Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools

“Some of the most important initiatives that I am proud of as a Superintendent, teacher, and parent have to do with elements that have improved the school system. For example: creating new magnet programs and the investment in technology, ensuring that all teachers and students have access to laptops and computers.”


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Peyton List, Actress and Model

“I went to The Hunger Games Premiere: Mockingjay - Part 1 and those are one of my favorite book series, but I also love The Mortal Instruments series.”

Tomás Regalado,

Robert Irvine,

Mayor of the City of Miami

Chef and Food Network Star

“One of the projects that is very dear to me consists of improving the public parks of the city.”

“If you eat healthy and you workout, your body and your mind stay fresh. You feel good and you don’t get so tired. So that’s why I stay in shape.”

Reed Alexander,

Luigi Boria,

Actor and Healthy Living Advocate

Mayor of the City of Doral

“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.”

“Making City of Doral a friendly and workable city has been a challenge because we have many things going on at the same time.”

Carlos Sarmiento, FDOT Safety Campaign Manager

The Reporter About The Kiddos Kid Reporter

“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.”

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

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Wonderful Ways to Celebrate MOM Mothers are incredible!!! This year, make sure you properly thank her for all she has done for you by celebrating her with a day she’ll cherish forever. Mom will enjoy watermelon benefits!

Breakfast Six Layer Trifle

Chunky Watermelon Lemonade

Ingredients: (Serve 8 to 12 )

Ingredients: (Serve 2 to 3)

• 3 cups organic fat free vanilla yogurt • 2 cups low fat natural granola • 4 cups watermelon, minced • 3 cups organic fat free peach yogurt • 2 cups organic crisp rice cereal • 2 cups shredded coconut Directions: Spread the vanilla yogurt over bottom of deep glass casserole or trifle dish. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed above in even layers over vanilla yogurt.

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• 2 cups water • 1/3 cup raw sugar (or to taste) • 2 cups seedless watermelon puree • 1 fresh lemon, sliced thinly • 1/4 cup lemon juice • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon flesh

Directions: In half-gallon pitcher with lid, mix 1 cup of water with sugar until completely dissolved. Stir in rest of water, watermelon puree, sliced lemon, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Stir to mix well and chill thoroughly. Stir in 2 cups of chopped watermelon before serving.


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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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Pinto’s Farm Fun activities for the entire Family


into’s Farm, located in Miami’s historic and luscious countryside-the Redland, is more than a family owned and operated farm. It is the fruit of a family’s love for animals and nature combined with a desire to provide others an oasis from the busyness of city life. The Pinto’s began a labor of love and soon turned the farm into what is now one of the most beautiful venues in South Floridathe perfect place to host memorable events. The Pinto’s continue their hard work and the many fun activities at the farm are now open to the public during the day. Don’t miss Pinto’s family events such as, Easter at the Farm, Winterland, Pumpkin Patch and Amazonic Festival.


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It is no doubt that Pinto’s Farm is becoming one of the most desirable places in South Florida to celebrate that special day. Dedicated employees are ready to assist you whether you want to plan a large event or take a simple break with your family. k



Expressing Gratitude during National Teacher Appreciation Week


ational Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2 – 6, is the perfect occasion to personally thank teachers for their support and involvement in your child’s education throughout the year. Teachers play an indispensable role in a child’s development and success. As a matter of fact, teacher responsibilities go beyond the students’ academic achievements as they often encourage children to use their skills both inside and outside the classroom. They help children gain self-confidence and help strengthen their learning abilities through the use of creative methods.

How can you show gratitude to your child’s teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week?

Have your child give thank you messages to their teachers with cards, artwork, poems, posters, or videos.

Contribute classroom materials, such as paper, folders, bookmarks, stickers, and dry erase markers.

Fill a gift basket with the teacher’s favorite items.

Bring flowers or baked goods to the teachers’ lounge.

Donate new or lightly used books to the classroom.

Encourage your child to say some positive words to their teachers.

Kiddos Magazine would like to thank all of the hard-working educators for inspiring, guiding, and supporting our children every day. k





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The Sink or Swim Project Together, Kids Can Make a Difference! WRITTEN BY: Roxane Timon

Is your child passionate about the environment or simply wants to be involved in the community? The Sink or Swim Project is a community educational program that educates, informs, and engages young generations on global warming, rising sea levels, and its impact on our coastal communities in South Florida and the Keys.


elaney Reynolds is the founder of The Sink or Swim Project and currently attends High School in Miami. Her frequent family trips to the ocean inspired Ms. Reynolds to create this project at a young age with the goal of educating the public on climate change and its threats to our future. She is actively speaking out about climate change through her web site blog, talks at schools, and media interviews. Earlier this year, Delaney was a presenter at the TEDxYouth@Miami event where she spoke about The Sink or Swim Project. TedxYouth are worldwide events where live speakers share their passions and ideas with kids. These events are designed

to empower and inspire the youth. Ms. Reynolds is also a published author and illustrator of three children’s books on ecological topics related to the wonders of No Name Key. The most recent is an adventure comic book, entitled “Where Did All The Polar Bears Go?” She earned a Certificate in Marine Biology from the University of Miami’s Summer Scholar’s Program, and is a graduate of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Training. The Sink or Swim Project focuses on the risks of global warming and sea level rise in South Florida as well as the solutions that Delaney’s generation must now undertake to prevent devastative results.

Whether you are in Elementary, Middle School, High School, or College, The Sink or Swim Project encourages everyone to unite and help solve the problems our planet and community encounter due to global warming and sea rise. The program offers classroom presentations where kids and teens have the chance to learn more about our planet and the threats it is facing. Through the use of various educational resources (videos, PowerPoint presentations, and hands on tools), the lectures provide everything kids need in order to learn about sea rise in an interactive and creative way. Delaney always encourages participants to discuss possible solutions to protect

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our communities. The Sink or Swim Project has been so effective that National Geographic recently recorded one of Delaney’s presentations. The Sink or Swim Project recently went global as Delaney made a classroom presentation via Skype to a girls’ school in India. The students, while half a world apart, had the same concern and passions as Delaney. After the presentation, they were inspired to become involved in their community to seek solutions for the future. The Sink or Swim Project’s goals are to raise awareness on climate change and the sea level rise in South Florida, teach kids about sea rise using fun and innovative tools, and encourage people of all ages to find their voice and help protect our planet. Get involved! Together we can make a difference, but only if you get involved. The Sink or Swim Project is a great opportunity for

kids to be a part of the community. Delaney’s website,, provides a “Kids Korner” section meant for kids who want to learn more and get involved. This includes a PowerPoint presentation for young children that overview sea level rise, crossword puzzles, coloring pages, and an interactive comic book. Participants can also make donations and sign up for The Sink or Swim Project blog on the website.

The Sink or Swim Project is already making an incredible difference and Delaney Reynolds hopes to share her passion for protecting our planet with many more kids and teens! Did You Know?

• 2015 was the warmest year on record in 136 years of scientific data

• By 2060, sea levels will rise at least two feet • By 2100, our children will live in a world where seas are at least 3 feet higher than today k

For more information about The Sink or Swim Project visit

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1. Lady Midnight (YA)

3. The Demon Dentist (MG)

By Cassandra Clare Clare’s Shadowhunter series, though at times controversial, have sold millions of copies worldwide. The newest installment takes place five years after City of Heavenly Fire, and features a new cast combined with some old favorites. Unlike her first series, the lead knows of the Shadowhunter world, and now that said world has been turned upside down, must figure out what to do with her life now.

By David Walliams The dentist can be scary for many children and adults, but no dentist you know compares to Miss Root. She is the newest dentist in the town, and since her arrival, some strange things have been happening. The old dentist died under mysterious circumstances, and now whenever children put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, they wake up the next morning to find bugs and other creepy crawlies underneath their pillow.

2. The Great Hunt (YA) By Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner A strange and horrible beast is terrorizing the kingdom of Lochlanach. In the face of possible rebellion, the King announces that if someone can kill the beast, they will win his daughter’s hand in marriage, and be next in line for the throne.

4. Worst Night Ever (MG) By Dave Barry A year ago, Wyatt was part of the Worst Class Trip Ever. Now, Wyatt is just hoping to have a normal freshman year of high school! His friends didn’t get the memo, and soon the kidnapping of a ferret causes a nighttime raid of a senior party.

Can Wyatt survive with his limited popularity in tact?

5. A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals (PB) By Lucy Ruth Cummins A fun and quirky book about a hungry lion and all his animal friends that keep… disappearing. Is there something sinister going on, or are the animals just walking off somewhere? Is… is that cake? And a T-Rex? What’s going on!!!!!!

6. Llama Llama Sand & Sun (CB) By Matt de la Pena A simple touch and feel board book that shows Llama at the beach. It has a squishy ball, a rough sand castle, and some reflective sun glasses among the five different surfaces. It’s a perfect fit for a baby heading to the beach.

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7. Last Stop on Market Street (PB) By Laurenne Sala The winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, and a Caldecott Honor Book, this was one of the best picture books last year. CJ always rides the bus with his grandma after church Sunday, but today he’s curious as to why his family does things a certain, and possibly lesser, way when compared to others. His Grandma provides him with a host of answers, all encouraging CJ to notice the good and fun in the world before the bad.

8. You Made Me a Mother (CB) By Laurenne Sala A heartwarming story of a mother told from her perspective. It illustrates how a mother sometimes feels about her child from a very positive perspective. k


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In this supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-yearold boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps.


An all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, an orphan boy who’s been raised by a family of wolves. Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera and the free-spirited bear Baloo.


It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most

noticeably, our once maledominated sanctuary is now co-ed. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.


The fantastical world of Snow White and the Huntsman expands to reveal how the fates of The Huntsman Eric and Queen Ravenna are deeply and dangerously intertwined. Freya the Ice Queen brings her sister, Ravenna, back to life. The wicked sisters threaten the enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Only the Huntsman and his forbidden lover, Sara, can stop them.


Two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Along the way, they will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.


When the government sets up a leader to oversee the Avengers, the team splinters into two camps: one is led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s decision to support government oversight.


In this paradise, Red, Chuck,and Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green pigs, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.


Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends and enemies at diferent points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Mad Hatter before time runs out.



A TV personality’s insider trading tips have made him the money guru of Wall Street. When a viewer, who lost all of his family’s money on a bad tip from Lee, decides to hold Lee hostage on air, ratings soar as the entire country tunes in to this media frenzy to find out just how much a man’s life is worth.



Upon awakening after thousands of years, the ancient mutant Apocalypse is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants to cleanse mankind and create a new world order. Raven, with the help of Professor X, must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. k

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TEDxYouth@Miami Moves Miami Into Action


e moved to action…or just be entertained, but do one thing, keep an eye out for TEDx Youth@Miami, one of the most inspiring programs produced in Miami. TEDxYouth@Miami gives oratory a new flair that is intriguing and humbling. The program features everyday local students aged 6 to 25 who talk about overcoming, learning, teaching others, personal experiences with success and failure, and leave audiences grateful they made the trip to the Arsht Center! The young speakers, from both private and public schools, share experiences and insight that spur reflective discussions about how to impact the world.


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“We started small five years ago when we kicked of this program and had no idea it would morph into something enveloping such passion. The success of the program has allowed us greater access to all aspects of our community, which in turn made this year’s event, perhaps, our best to date.” said Arvi Balseiro, Cushman’s Head of School. The Cushman School has supported and coordinated this local TEDx event since 2010. While the team of curators is still tying up loose ends from this year’s February program at the Arsht Center, it won’t be long before they will be looking for submissions for the 2017 event. If your child is aged 6 – 25 and you think they may be interested in doing a TEDxYouth@

Miami talk, then get started now – it’s never too early to prepare. Curators will want to see or read an excerpt of the idea or experience your child wants to share. If chosen, the team at The Cushman School will work weekly with the students to help them hone and memorize their speech so it is performance-ready. k

If you would like to be informed when the next call for submissions goes out, email can see this year’s TEDxYouth@Miami event at


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APRIL Free Friday Drum Jam South Florida Center for Percussive Arts 12600 SW 130 St, Miami, FL 33186 From 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to try out the instruments, learn from one another, and just jam out! A mixture of structured and non-structured activities is offered for all ages and levels: learn the names of instruments, their different sounds, their history, and more! Free event





Day of the Young Child

Deering Estate Festival of the Arts

MDC Homestead Campus, Central Lawn, 500 College Terrace, Homestead, FL 33030 From: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m Day of the Young Child is a community event which promotes early childhood education, and parenting resources. The event will feature exciting activities for kids including face painting, storytelling, live performances, and much more! For more information, please call 305-237-5134. Free event

16701 SW 72nd Ave. Miami, FL 33157 From: 3:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m The Deering Estate presents the Festival of the Arts Intersections Exhibition. Event includes a special performance by National Water Dance, an indoor and outdoor exhibit, a Curator’s and Artists’ Tour, a Literary Lounge, and interactive activities for all ages. Free with Estate admission

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Earth Day Festival at Pinecrest Gardens 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, FL 33156 From 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Village of Pinecrest invites you to celebrate our fascinating planet! Join us for a day of activities for the entire family including food demos, planting activities, an eco-fashion show, local school performances, crafts for kids, lady bug releases, and so much more. Free event






Moonlight Concert at The Barnacle The Barnacle State Park at 3485 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL From: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Join us for a concert, and you’ll see children playing next to the bay, friends and family out on the lawn with picnic baskets, local musicians honoring the craft of songwriting, and neighbors just enjoying each others’ company. Cost: $10 adult non-members, $8 adult members, $3 kids 6-9, free kids under 6.

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South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center 10950 SW 211 St. Cutler Bay, FL 33189 From: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. A full day of Interactive arts experiences for children with and without disabilities! Entertainment, Fun activities, Creative arts for all, Art exhibition, awards and resources! For more information visit Free event


PAMM Art Storytime Pérez Art Museum Miami 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132 From 1:00 p.m. This is an early childhood program for children ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers. Children build on foundations of literacy with an in-gallery story reading followed by related interactive art activities. Space is limited. To register, please visit


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

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Animal shelters are full of lovable dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages deserving of a good home and ready to become your next four-legged family member.

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n fact, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, nearly 2 million dogs are adopted into new families each year. However, choosing the right dog is just the beginning. The first weeks after bringing home an adopted pet are critical. It’s a time to get to know one another and build a lifelong connection. Here are some steps to help ease the transition: Create a pet-friendly environment. Keep items that are unsafe, such as chemicals and certain house plants out of reach. Cords and objects that invite chewing also should be tucked away. If certain areas will be off limits, use baby gates to block them.

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Expect accidents. While house training a puppy is to be expected, you may find that an older dog needs help in this area as well. The stress of transitioning into a new household can lead to accidents, so keep this in mind and be sure to provide your new pet with lots of potty breaks, patience and instruction. Start with smart nutrition. Providing your new dog with a high-quality diet from the beginning can contribute to

Introduce a schedule. Providing dogs with a consistent routine right off the bat can help ease their stress during the transition. Set a schedule for walks, feeding time and training so he can settle into a routine that feels a bit more familiar. Approach training with patience. Without knowing how your pet was trained, it can be difficult to predict how he will respond in his new environment. For example, he may be used to receiving treats for good behavior, while you prefer to reward with praise. Plan to be flexible, and soon you’ll come to a shared understanding. k

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Kiddos Vol. 3 Issue 5 - New Beginnings  

Ready, Set, Camp! This summer more than ten million American kids will go to camp. Parents and children are making decisions and planning fo...

Kiddos Vol. 3 Issue 5 - New Beginnings  

Ready, Set, Camp! This summer more than ten million American kids will go to camp. Parents and children are making decisions and planning fo...