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contents Vol. 5 issue 2

in every issue


The Power of Forgiveness & Gratitude

HALLOWEEN Trick-or-Treat for a New Kind of Thrill


Autumn and Food Allergy


A Dentistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advice for Halloween

Getting To Know Bunny

SNACKS Sweet Seasonal Treats for Fall




Do You Know How to Protect Your Child From Identity Theft?

Kiddo-Ween at Downtown Doral

COOL STUFF Fall Essentials


The Remarkable World of Tennis

BOOK REVIEWS Suggestions For Your Kids To Read This Month


Fun, Fun, Fun for Tots, Tweens & Teens Miami Book Fair, Nov 18 & 19, 2017

MOVIE REVIEWS Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New In Theaters

PETS Pet-Friendly Practices for Fall


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Kiddos Publisher’s Notes

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Camille Lucy The Allergy Group Dr. Elena M. Ubals, M.D. Marco Arano UNICEF Asure a Smile - Dr. Ted Herrmann Experian Books & Books

Wow! Summertime flew by! Autumn is here. My favorite season! I love everything about it, the colors, the scents, the air, the traditions, and everything that comes along with it. There are so many reasons to love fall, fall is the season of giving, new beginnings, and change.


To welcome this season Camille shares The Power of Forgiveness and Gratitude, an exclusive piece about the practice of giving thanks on page 8. Our city, nearest states, and several countries have been impacted by numerous natural disasters, difficult to understand, but it was really amazing to see people helping in moments of need and standing up for others. Halloween is around the corner, and too much candy can be a nightmare for your children’s dental health. Dr. Ted from Assure a Smile shares a Dentist’s Advice for Halloween to protect your Trick-or-Treaters on page 11. We had so much fun at our 4th anniversary and Back to School event, grateful for everyone who made this possible and to see families and their kids from previous years, and of course our Kiddos reporter was there! Take a look at his best fun flashes from The Falls! Page 18 The 34th Miami Book Fair opens its doors this November and brings so much fun for toddlers and teens! Meet your favorite authors and new books. Reading is fun and exciting! Cherish your autumn days! Thanks for reading.

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The Power of

Forgiveness & Gratitude


WRITTEN BY: Camille Lucy

n holidays like Thanksgiving, we are much more conscious of the practice of “giving thanks.” But, did you know that forgiveness is not only the gateway to living an attitude of gratitude, but a practice that brings you and your family closer to each other…and closer to true and lasting happiness? Forgiveness is like a key that opens the door to your heart, lets love and light shine in, and allows gratitude to replace bitterness, wellbeing to replace dis-ease. Many are unaware that forgiveness is an act of selflove and care, and rarely has to do with other people. We do not have to condone the actions or words that hurt us in order to forgive. Through forgiveness, we can learn to


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practice true, unconditional love and appreciation for ourselves, others, and the very life that supports us. What better way to “give thanks” than that? Forgiveness is one of the most powerful tools you can offer your children to ensure they lead a life of pure joy and full of blessings. Here are 5 practices or understandings

that will benefit you, as a parent, your children, and your family as a whole:

• Forgiveness is an inside job. Holding onto grudges or remaining angry or negativelycharged keeps us imprisoned in our own bodies and minds. Forgiveness is an inside job, and rarely has anything to do with the

people, places or things we don’t want to forgive or feel wronged by. True happiness, peace and freedom (let’s not forget health) come from letting go of the past and its power over you. This is a vital component of self-care and self-love that, when embodied, releases us from the bondage and blocks that keep us stuck. Teaching your children how to forgive, and why, sets them on a path with way less stress, anxiety and unhappiness into their adult lives.

• Love yourself enough to forgive. As mentioned, forgiveness is about loving ourselves enough to be well. Holding onto the pain of the past accumulates in our bodies and minds and eventually harms us and becomes illness. Love yourself enough to let go, forgive, and move on. Love yourself enough to know that you’re worth it. You deserve to show up today, to be happy and experience the beauty of life and your special family. Teach your children that they deserve true happiness; and that anger does not serve them or their well-being. Encourage them to love themselves enough to make the choice to let go of painful thoughts of the past. (Hint: holding on doesn’t prevent the pain, it keeps it active and close to home)

• Forgive easily, forgive often. Lead by example. Practice what you teach your children. Let upsets roll off your shoulders, and move on with peace and love as the driving force in your family. Offer forgiveness for mistakes made, or feelings hurt, and replace the habit of anger with that of understanding and compassion (and while you’re at it, offer apologies and acknowledgments when you may hurt others’ feelings, whether intentional or not, invoking an opportunity to receive forgiveness from them).

• Recognize the good. Being understanding and compassionate allows us to recognize that everyone is doing the best they can in any given moment. That includes your spouse and your children... and you! Be gentle with yourself and others. Wrongdoings are often a result of inner pain and turmoil. They’re really not personal. Be aware of this, and remember: every act is an act of love or a cry for love. Sometimes, when people, or our children, are suffering, they seek love but don’t know how to get it. Recognizing this and the good in others, and extending compassion, opens your heart and mind and allows you to forgive easily and often.

Teaching your children to recognize these lessons ensures that they will be resilient, caring and kind with others and themselves.

• Open your heart to Love and Gratitude. Compassion and understanding - opening your heart to see the good - are ways to practice “priming.” Priming is a conditioning that allows you to recognize, accept and receive the good life has to offer you (you’re being primed to notice and receive miracles!). Gratitude is an extension of priming. Letting go of all the baggage, and forgiving, allows us the space (think: declutter) to fill ourselves up with the good stuff. If we are focused on the negative, we may miss all the positive things right in front of us. But, instead, if we expect good feelings and good things to occur, we witness and allow the miracles to unfold before us. A grateful heart allows us to experience life in a new way; presently, gently and aware. Showing our children what gratitude is really about and how to practice it daily, (not just on Thanksgiving!) deepens the bond of family and brings everyone closer, more connected, in a purely loving way.

Teach your children that they deserve true happiness


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Autumn & Food Allergy WRITTEN BY: Dr. Elena M. Ubals, M.D.

Some of these reactions can be very dangerous or even fatal. The person affected should seek the help of an allergy specialist to confirm the allergy through a blood test or a skin test. In addition, the person should avoid the food in question and have an adrenaline auto-injector to be used in case of an allergic reaction caused by accidental ingestion of such food.


ince autumn is the season for harvesting crops, it comes as no surprise that autumn is also the season for great celebrations, carnivals, and fairs to welcome abundance and prosperity with a large display of delicacies and treats. Nature softens and dresses up in golden hues to offer us a welldeserved gift for the year’s hard work. Autumn is also the season when family and friends gather around the table to savor and enjoy grandma’s recipes that meet the approval of our most demanding guests. For most of us no longer involved with farming cycles, these celebrations start with Halloween followed quickly by Thanksgiving and culminate with Christmas and New Years. The festivities go by so quickly that it seems that as we give the candies to the children on our doorsteps, the year is gone. It is a dazzling succession of culinary festivities wrapped in the warm reunion of loved ones. It is, without doubt, a wonderful season. It is also a season of elaborate and complicated recipes; strong dishes with overwhelming sauces, desserts with nuts, sausages, fish, seafood,


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wine, and champagne; a huge gastronomic explosion! It is worth remembering, without lessening the festivities and for obvious reasons, that this season is associated with the vast majority of food reactions. Allergic reactions to food are relatively rare in adults but somewhat more frequent in children; the incidence in adults is estimated to be approximately 1% and in children, under three years of age, about 8%. For unknown reasons, the occurrence of allergic reactions to foods is on the rise. For instance, the frequency of peanut and tree nut allergy has risen in some countries such as the United States. Any food is capable of triggering an allergic reaction, but the foods commonly implicated in the majority of allergic reactions are cow’s milk, egg white, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish, and seafood. The allergic reaction is an immunologic reaction to the protein in the food and almost always occurs suddenly after the food is ingested, it is accompanied by urticaria or hives on the skin, edema or swelling, difficulty breathing and even low blood pressure with loss of consciousness.

There are other types of immunologic allergic reactions such as eczema or atopic dermatitis which are especially common in children and manifests with itching and recurrent skin rashes. Atopic dermatitis is sometimes related to the ingestion of certain foods. Allergic reactions should be differentiated from other reactions related to food ingestion that is not allergic such as food intolerance, toxic food poisoning, foodborne infection, and plain indigestion. For example, lactose intolerance is a very common condition that manifests with abdominal pain, flatulence, and diarrhea after ingesting milk. Toxic food poisoning such as Scombroid is caused by ingesting spoiled fish and could easily be mistaken at first sight with an allergic reaction. Fortunately, plain indigestion is the most common food-related ailment in general and in festive seasons in particular; in the majority of cases, indigestion does not have major consequences. Therefore, let us enjoy the festivities with moderation, keep an eye on guests with known food allergies, especially children, and Bon Appetit! k

For more information about allergies visit The Allergy group



A Dentist’s Advice for Halloween Assure A Smile Holistic Dentistry

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rick-or-treating during Halloween can be a lot of fun. However, if you are not careful, too much candy can be a nightmare for your children’s dental health. There are smarter ways to celebrate the holiday, and you need not ban trick-or-treating for your kids. Instead, we offer the following practical advice. Healthy Alternatives. It is best to avoid candy if possible. When you eat sweet treats, the bacteria in your mouth consume the sugar and then release acid which can lead to tooth decay. There are several great alternatives to candy. Instead choose healthy snacks, such as fresh fruit or nuts. Try veggies such as carrots or sugar snap peas. Avoid overly processed foods and chemicals. Consider making your own treats with your kids at Halloween. Look for healthy homemade snack recipes to bake and enjoy together. It is important to teach healthy meal and snack habits year round to your kids. Avoid “Bad” Candy. Halloween is just one day out of the year. So we understand if you choose to cheat a little. Just choose wisely. The worst candies are sticky and gummy varieties because they are harder to clean away from your teeth. Be careful with hard candies as they can actually break your teeth if you’re not careful. Also, hard candy and lollipops can be bad for teeth because they take longer to consume and stay in your mouth longer. Chocolate, and in particular dark chocolate, can be a safer choice. There are also a few nut and fruit bars on the market which are lower in sugar than most candy. Some of them offer added

benefits such as protein and fiber. Be sure to read the label beforehand to know what you are consuming. Have a Plan. If you do indulge in Halloween treats, have them as part of a meal or shortly afterward, rather than snacking on candy throughout the day. Limit your sweets stash, and have a plan or time limit for when you will get rid of excess candy. You might consider a candy “buy back” game with your kids. For example, pay your child $1 for every pound of candy they surrender to you after trick-or-treating. Brush and Floss. When it comes to sweets, the goal is to minimize damage to your teeth which can be caused by sugar. Brushing and flossing are healthy habits year-round. If your family indulges in candy at Halloween, be sure to keep up with your brushing and flossing routine to remove any buildup of food particles and sugar from the

teeth and gums. Our advice is to brush twice daily and floss once per day. This will go a long way in helping to avoid cavities and gum disease. A clean mouth is a healthy mouth. We hope this advice helps you to navigate this ghoulish holiday season. Be safe, and have a Happy Halloween!


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

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for a New Kind of Thrill SOURCE: UNICEF

For most kids, Halloween is all about costumes and candy, but it can also be a chance to demonstrate how helping others brings its own set of rewards.


his October, children, families, and schools across the country will join in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, a monthlong celebration of the power and impact of kids helping kids. Throughout the month, kids, parents, and teachers can add purpose to their Halloween activities by collecting donations in support of vulnerable children.

This year, HSNi Cares, as a national partner, will continue to raise funds and awareness to support UNICEF through all of its brands: Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, HSN, and Improvements. Throughout September, customers will be able to make a donation to the children’s humanitarian organization online or over the phone at all brands.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF encourages children to be “scary good” this Halloween and help their peers around the world. Equipped with iconic orange collection boxes, kids can raise funds that add up to lifesaving change: $8 can buy a kit to give one family clean water to drink; $15 can buy a box of five mosquito nets to protect kids from deadly malaria; and $55 can buy one box of therapeutic food treatment to save a child from severe acute malnutrition.

Key Club International will participate by raising funds for The Eliminate Project, which seeks to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, a deadly disease that claims the lives of thousands of babies and mothers each year. Key Club International, a studentled service leadership program of Kiwanis International, is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. For more information, visit or

Sharing the caring In addition, a series of partners and supporters are also making it easy to help.


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American Airlines will support the campaign through UNICEF’s Change for Good program, which converts customers’ donations of foreign and domestic currency into lifesaving

services for children. From Oct.1631, American Airlines flight attendant volunteers will make Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF-themed announcements and collect donations from customers on select international flights. Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, will team up with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its best-selling children’s book series “Goosebumps.” Popular character Slappy and his monstrous friends will be featured on the collection boxes as well as

Make it social Families are invited to share their Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF story on social media with the hashtag #ScaryGood. Parents and teachers who participated when they were children are also invited to share their experience with the hashtag #TBTOT4UNICEF. k

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bunny’s adventures

Getting to Know Bunny


WRITTEN BY: Marco Arano

ver since I got a dog I have been happier, her name is Bunny! she’s active, funny and smart, I think dogs would be an awesome gift for a kid. I remember always begging my mom for a dog, and I finally got one!. Well, now let me share a little bit about her and her personality; we always play catch with frisbees and bunny always catches it. She is so active and playful. She runs back and forth to where I throw the ball and back to our house, she is awesome.

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For today’s adventure I will talk about when I went to the beach with her, we played soccer, volleyball, and even frisbee. She ran to the water

and came back jumping to me like a slippery dolphin, in fact then we went to the dog park and she still had energy! Besides, that she is cute, adorable and most importantly she is friendly. I also remember, when I got her believe it or not it was the same day as New Year’s Eve that’s right New Year’s Eve, isn’t that cool. That will be the end of my first adventure with Bunny, I know you want to hear more but wait for the next edition, stay tuned and enjoy. In every issue, I will share with you another Bunny’s adventure! k



Is BPA a thing of Halloween nightmares?

ow that fall is underway and you’re already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it’s time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But before you do, have you considered what some of these products are made of? Chances are, some may be polycarbonate plastic made with a common chemical known as BPA. BPA is a building-block chemical used to make a certain kind of plastic known as polycarbonate, which has unique properties that make products like flashlights lightweight and durable. And its shatter-resistance makes it ideal for use in LED lights to illuminate your trick-or-treaters to your doorstep.

For more information about BPA visit safety-assessments. BPT.

Before heading to the store, take a look at some of the common ways BPA is used to keep trick-or-treaters spooky and safe on Halloween night.

* Halloween decorations Every neighborhood has one house that spares no expense when decorating for holidays throughout the year. But did you know many of those decorations would not be possible without polycarbonate? It makes those spooky plastic tombstones durable and shatter-resistant. Products made with polycarbonate help keep trickor-treaters safe on Halloween night, and using BPA to make the polycarbonate for these products is safe as well. BPA is one of the most widely studied chemicals in use today, and when it comes to BPA used in food contact materials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) answered the question, “Is BPA safe?” with a clear answer - “Yes.” With Halloween fast approaching, rest assured your trick-or-treater will have a safe and fun Halloween thanks to a polycarbonate made from BPA - which isn’t so spooky after all! k it’s just about kids |



Do You Know How to Protect Your Child from Identity Theft? WRITTEN BY: Ellen Sirull

You buckle them into car seats, make sure they wear a helmet when riding their bikes and keep a first-aid kit on hand at all times. As a parent, you do everything you can to guard your children’s physical safety, but do you know how to protect them from identity theft?


ow Common Is Child Identity Theft?

Over 15,000 of the identity theft complaints to the Federal Trade Commission in 2016 affected children and teens (anyone age 19 and under), which represents 4% of all identity theft complaints for the year. The Identity Theft Resource Center, which tracks identity theft and data breach statistics, also reports that 4.4% of the identity theft victim calls they received last year involved child identity theft. Experian® handles 25,00030,000 fraud cases each year and approximately 17% were targeted at children. According to Michael Bruemmer, Vice President of Consumer Protection for Experian, child identity fraud or theft will affect 25% of kids before turning 18. Why Do Identity Thieves Target Kids? Children can be seen as a treasure trove for identity thieves. Because they don’t pay bills, take out loans or

hold credit cards, children’s credit histories are clean slates that identity thieves can exploit. Identity thieves also know that parents and guardians often don’t think to monitor their children’s identities or credit files. Many parents don’t discover their children have been the victims of identity theft until the child has to use his or her Social Security number for the first time, such as on college financial aid applications, or when applying for a first summer job or credit card. How Thieves Use Children’s Identities Anything identity thieves can do with an adult’s personal identifying information, they can also do with a child’s information. For example, they may open credit cards, mortgages, auto loans or other lines of credit in the child’s name. They may use the child’s information to open utility accounts

or commit fraud on government, tax, health or employment forms. Criminals may use a child’s identity to conceal their own in order to avoid arrest or prosecution. Because child identity theft can go undetected for so long, it can be very difficult to clear up the problems it causes. Protection and Prevention Tips While identity thieves are creative and motivated, parents and guardians still can do a lot to reduce the risk of their child becoming a victim of identity theft.

• Protect your child’s Social Security number. Never share it with anyone who doesn’t have a very good reason for having it.Never carry your child’s Social Security card, just as you shouldn’t carry yours around. Memorize the number and keep the card stored in a secure place.

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activity involving your child’s email address, phone number, bank accounts or other personal information can be a signal that information has been compromised.

• Pay attention to privacy policies. Schools, clubs, dentists, doctor’s offices, sports teams, etc.— virtually everyone has a privacy policy that details how your child’s private information will be used, handled and protected.

• Use your own information whenever possible. Parents often share information about their kids without thinking about it. Protect your child’s personal information by using your own instead, whenever possible.

• Avoid over sharing on social media. Social media has become a great way to keep far-off friends and family up to date on what your child is doing. But identity thieves also know social media can be a source of useful information.

• Monitor your child’s social media and online activity. It’s also important to closely monitor your child’s social media use to ensure you know who he or she is talking to and what they’re sharing online.

• Keep your home safe. A break-in could net burglars more than just your physical valuables if important documents like birth certificates and Social Security cards are unsecured in your home.

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Child identity theft can be a scary crime for parents to face, but with some vigilance and preventive steps, it’s possible to reduce the risk your child will become a victim of identity thieves. For more information visit

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Kiddos Magazine’s 4th Anniversary Celebration and Back-to-School event

One more successful Back to School and anniversary event this past August at The Falls.


very year our Kiddos Kid Reporter visit The Falls to enjoy the two-days full of fun event! Families and friends gathered together for free activities including arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artist, science and art projects, safety talks, storytelling, sports, Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt, stage entertainment, bounce houses, characters, goodie bags, music, raffles, and much more!

Kiddos Magazine was also proud to celebrate a remarkable fourth year. The Back-to-School Bash celebrated the kick-off to an exciting new school year. Kiddos have been committed to inform our community since 2013, Kiddos mission is to bring together all the tools and resources to make a meaningful impact on children’s cultural enrichment and develop as they grow.


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“It so amazing sees how Kiddos has been growing!. Kiddos is designed to enjoy reading and engage family time, with fresh, fun and colorful content, we understand kid’s specific needs and provide families with essential information to make the best of their live’s” comments Veronica Lepere, Kiddos Magazine’s publisher.

Feldman, M-DSPD Chef Ian A. Moffett, for the Back to School welcoming and safety speech.

Special guests at the event included M-DCPS School Board Chair Dr. Lawrence

Florida Blue sponsored the Kid’s Clinic Station, where parents and kids enjoyed

This event could not have been possible without our generous sponsors, Florida Blue, GameTime and Tampico Beverages.

a fun and interactive game of operation. Florida Blue Centers are designed with you in mind. With health screenings, health fairs, guest speakers, fitness classes and more, you’ll find what you need in your pursuit of health. Let the experts at Florida Blue help you.

Tampico Beverages sponsored the funniest Face painting and balloon artist station. Since 1989, Tampico Beverages, Inc. has served as one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of high quality and value-added juice drink concentrate.

GameTime sponsored the “Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt” game. They have over 120 games at their locations and host a variety of events such as birthday parties and corporate events and

Kiddos Magazine recognizes the exhibitors, supporting sponsors and volunteers for making this weekend a great success! k

Credits: Photography: Fareed Al-Mashat Photography Location: The Falls

School Board Chair Dr. Lawrence Feldman Recognized Kiddos Magazine School Board Chair Dr. Larry Feldman attended the “Kiddos” Magazine fourth annual Back-to-School and Anniversary community event offering resources to help children of all ages prepare to go back to school.

for hosting this annual event offering the latest in products, entertainment, services and resources for students, parents and community members.

The Chair recognized Kiddos Magazine for its continued service to the students and families of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, as a positive resource that delivery high-quality journalism and an educational centered publication. Also,

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Crisp fall days call for flavorful desserts that warm you from the inside out. There’s no better way to capture the flavor of fall than with dishes that celebrate traditional seasonal favorites like cinnamon, spice and tart, juicy apples. These desserts are perfect for fall, and a secret ingredient makes them quick and easy so you have plenty of free time to work up an appetite and earn an extra bite (or two). Apple butter is more than just a spread for toast; it’s a versatile ingredient that can enhance your favorite recipes. With Musselman’s Apple Butter, made the old-fashioned way for perfect texture and a deep, rich flavor, you can make it simple to satisfy your craving for a taste of autumn at its best. Easy Apple Pie Bars Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Servings: 20

• Nonstick cooking spray • 7 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced

• 1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided • 1/2 cup brown sugar • 2 frozen pie crusts, defrosted • 1 egg white • 2 tablespoons sugar

Sweet Seasonal Treats for Fall

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1 cup powdered sugar • 2 tablespoons milk

With rolling pin, roll second crust to make it same size as pan. Place second crust on top of apple pie filling and tuck down edges to cover.

Heat oven to 350 F. Grease 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.

To make topping: In small bowl, whisk egg white until foamy and brush over crust. In another bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over crust.

Place diced apples in large mixing bowl. Add apple butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and brown sugar. Mix until apples are evenly coated. Place one pie crust in bottom of greased pan. Slowly stretch out crust to cover pan’s bottom. Cut some edges off, if necessary. Spread apple filling evenly over crust.

Bake 50-60 minutes until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly before cutting. To make glaze: In small bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk and remaining vanilla, and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over cooled bars and serve. k

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CONTINUATION FROM PAGE 9 While it may seem trivial or perhaps difficult to do, practicing forgiveness (of yourself, the past, others) will give your family the opportunity to open your hearts, expand your minds, increase compassion and understanding, and allow for an attitude of gratitude to replace negative feelings. These are all benefits that far exceed those of holding onto anger or upset (remember, in that case you get to be right, but you don’t get to be happy). Make the space in your hearts, in your home, and allow forgiveness to be the glue that holds you all together in love, acceptance and grace…this holiday, and always. k

• Grief…and Forgiveness.

Lead by example. Practice what you teach your children.

The holidays can be an especially painful time when there is someone missing from the dinner table. It’s not just an empty seat…it’s an empty feeling in the heart. Be sure to practice forgiveness as part of the grieving process. Forgive your loved ones for passing on, forgive yourself for the words you didn’t speak, forgive the situation for happening… no matter what pain it is you’re holding onto, forgive. And let the pain go. Honor your loved one, and the love you shared between you, by gently releasing any negative attachments or feelings, and try to replace them with love: set a picture of them nearby, say a prayer, invite them to be present with you in your heart during the holidays, or make time to share stories and memories about them. You can even begin a tradition to honor that special missing loved one during holidays. Perhaps you can bake their favorite pie or dish. And as you enjoy it, thank them for being such a beautiful part of your life.

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

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KiddoWeen at Downtown Doral a Kiddos Magazine Event

Family Friendly Block Party!


owntown Doral, Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier town center located in Doral, and Kiddos Magazine are joining forces for Kiddo-Ween at Downtown Doral, a Kiddos Magazine event. The free, family-friendly Halloween-inspired event will take place on Saturday, October 21st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Shops at Downtown Doral.


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The free block party welcome more than 2,000 guest and will feature a Kids Zone, Safe Trick or Treating, characters appearances by superheroes and princesses, a scary photo Boo-th, bounce house, KiddoWeen Scavenger Hunt, face painting, balloon artist, arts & crafts, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cones, music & entertainment, dancers, giveaways and much more!

health and more! Featuring over 30 exhibitors, Kiddo-Ween event will offer the latest in products and entertainment for kids, pre-teens, and caregivers.

Parents will have the opportunity to meet our exhibitors and find out more about daycare options, after-school activities, special needs programs, tutoring, sports, art academies,

For more information about Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities and how to participate at our event, call 786.260.8492 or email

Kiddo-Ween event is free and open to the public with free parking within the Downtown Doral community. No adults in masks and no scary costumes. k

SHOP, SUPPORT & SAVE September 29–October 31 Donate $10 to Susan G. Komen® and receive a at participating retailers.

Participating Retailers Include abercrombie American Girl Brooks Brothers Hanna Andersson

Origins Yankee Candle Company and so much more

Your contribution will help support Komen’s mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever.


® at participating Simon properties and receive a discount card, while supplies last. Simon, with the help of generous marketing partners and individuals like you, will guarantee a minimum of $1,000,000 to Komen in each of 2017 and 2018 in connection with its various fundraising initiatives.

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cool stuff

The Purple Cow

60 Seconds - What's Your Story? & To Go - Chess

An engaging and powerful game, empowering players to create and tell a story inspired by theme cards. The Game consists of 40 cards, instructions, 5 explanatory archetype cards. Age range: 12 years and up.

A compact and chic version of a classic Chess game, designed in a slim tin case, printed both sides with magnetic pieces. Fun and affordable, slim tin box, ideal for traveling. Age range: 6 years and up Available at

Welch's® Mixed Fruit

Halloween Fruit Snacks!

Feature a Halloween-themed box, pouch, and pieces in seasonal shapes, including a Bat, Witch, Ghost, Haunted Castle, and a Jack ‘o Lantern. These fruit snacks are perfect for trick or treating, lunchboxes or parties, and are made with REAL fruit. Available at


Essentials Posh Girly Girls

Spa product line dedicated to girls

Magic Sketch Boom Blast Stix

The Explosive High Stack Game!

Great for kids all ages!

Gift pack featuring a limited edition Monster Push Pop Foot Scrub The bucket includes: 4oz Spooky Push Pop Foot Scrub 5 Custom Pencils, Pink Glitter Cat Ears Headband, Wooden Coloring Skull and Reusable Tin Bucket Available at


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Boom Blast Stix from Moose Games is the only explosive high stakes stacking game featuring interlocking springs that when stacked together can go-off at any time, testing players’ and ultimately, their nerves. Available at

Magic Sketch uses a liquid-crystal-display screen that children can doodle, draw, sketch and trace on just like pen on paper. Small children can also use the board to learn their letters and numbers. Available at



Tips to Get Involved at Your Child’s School

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aking on an active role at your child’s school is a simple way to provide support and stay engaged.

Whether your schedule is relatively open or you’re juggling multiple demands, there are ways for virtually all families to participate in their children’s classrooms. Volunteer in the classroom. Today’s teachers are busier than ever, developing classroom lessons, teaching to rigorous curriculum standards, coaching and chairing extracurricular activities and tackling their own professional development goals. This can leave little down time to coordinate special activities or classroom celebrations, but that’s where parent volunteers can play an essential role. Develop relationships with teachers. Creating a connection with your child’s teacher can be based on more than checking in on performance and behavior. Sharing resources and ideas with teachers makes you an ally and an asset to the classroom. One example is the Tom’s of Maine “Green

Your School Fund,” which will give $1 million to classrooms nationwide this year so students can roll up their sleeves and tackle hands-on environmental projects to understand the impact they can have on the planet today and tomorrow. Join a formal organization. School organizations like the Parent Teacher Association are designed specifically to engage parents in the education system. Members have a direct connection to news about what’s happening in the school, an avenue to share concerns and means for inspiring change and bringing about school improvements. Take part in field trips. Many rich learning opportunities exist outside the classroom, but those activities are often limited by chaperone availability. Both schools and most field trip destinations require certain student-to-chaperone ratios for safety and optimal learning. Joining a classroom field trip not only allows you to share the experience side-by-side with your own child, but makes the outing possible for other children as well.

Share your talents. There are ways parents can get involved without straying too far from what they know best. Volunteering to speak at a career day in your child’s class is a simple way to share realworld experiences and help prepare the next generation of leaders. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little more hands-on, many schools welcome community support to help build props or sew costumes for the school play, host a lesson on a favorite artist, share cultural traditions or help run activities like science fairs or field days. If you’re unsure how to get started, contact your student’s teacher or the school’s main office and ask for guidance on where you can make the biggest impact. k

Learn more about the program and how you can help your child’s teacher submit a creative environmental classroom project at

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The Remarkable

World of Tennis SOURCE: David Ensignia Tennis Academy

“the academy has helped 1000s of juniors and adults to achieve their tennis goals and a healthy life style,”


ennis is one of the most popular individual sports in the world, perhaps the most complete. In the recent years, tennis has become an increasingly popular choice for parents with young children because it has many unique benefits that aren’t as prominent in team sports–like soccer, and the practice can start as young as age 3. The amazing developmental benefits that tennis can offer to anyone who decides to be part of this world are countless, just to mention some: develops hand-eye coordination,


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acceptance of responsibility, increase problem-solving skill, improve mental strength and social skills, dedication, strategy, honesty and overall promotes good health habits and lifestyle. It influences mental, physical and emotional areas. The adequate use of tennis equipment at early ages and during the following years, as required by the USTA 10 & Under Tennis (red/ orange ball), allows kids to have success and fun early on in their tennis career. No one just wants to do boring drills—especially kids.

Now kids can actually play real tennis points and have fun thanks to miniaturized 10 and under tennis racquets, courts, nets, and specialized tennis balls that bounce lower and move slower. Through a combination of learning and practice, dynamic, dedicated, and PTR certified professionals will help your child to reach the next stage in his/her tennis development. David Ensignia Tennis Academy is committed to improving the tennis involvement for kids helping them reach successful results in our

David Ensignia newest facility is located at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club, new to the area, committed to building a strong bond with parents and kids, projecting tournaments, events, and practices. Every child can learn and enjoy all of our activities and programs in a safe and secure environment, surrounded by the golf course. k Kids and adults are invited to try the wonderful world of tennis at any of David Ensignia locations, mention Code: KIDDOSTENNIS to have your 1st tennis lesson free of charge. community allowing many children to change their life, their health and even their future, with more than 100 kids reaching university scholarships. With over 10 years, at Coral Pine Park at Pinecrest, and two South West facilities the academy has helped 1000s of juniors and adults to achieve their tennis goals and a healthy life style, sharing good moments and fun activities for everyone, as private or group practices, events, summer camps and much more fun.

For more information about programs and activities please visit or call us at: Coral Pine Park 6955 SW 104th St. Pinecrest, FL 33156 305.490.8626/ 786.348.4304 Miccosukee Golf & Country Club 6401 Kendale Lake Dr. Miami, 33183 305.833.3896

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Fun, Fun, Fun for Tots, Tweens & Teens Miami Book Fair, Nov 18 & 19, 2017 Whether you’re the parent of a child just learning ABC’s or a teenager in love with the hottest fantasy series, the 34th Miami Book Fair has something for everyone.

or more than three decades, Miami Book Fair has been committed to fostering a love of reading in children of all ages. This includes the distribution of thousands of free children’s books around Miami-Dade county via its literacy initiative Read to Learn Books for Free, sponsored by The Children’s Trust. This includes hosting over 10,000 school kids – elementary, middle and high school students from all over Miami-Dade County – on Fri., Nov. 17 to listen to and meet their favorite authors – many of whom leave with free books. Miami Book Fair does all this… because … reading is fun and exciting, and because studies show that – good readers become good students, lifelong learners, and great citizens. At the 2017 Miami Book for Children, in Children’s Alley: • MR. WEMBLY WORDSMITH returns to his STORYTORIUM with his tall tale-spinners (authors!) with


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* Ruth Behar’s first book for young readers, Lucky Broken Girl, an unforgettable multicultural comingof-age narrative based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s, in which a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl adjusting to her new life in New York City is challenged when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Michael Buckley’s best-selling The Sisters Grimm series, featuring two orphaned sisters, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, celebrates ten years with the republication of several of its most popular titles. Faith Erin Hicks’s Eisner Award-winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl presents the re-released, expanded version, featuring two new stories, and new art. George O’Connor’s Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt is a graphic nove

l that portrays the myth behind the Greek goddess Artemis. Javaka Steptoe’s Caldecott Medalwinning children’s book Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat introduces young readers to the famous artist and gives them an appreciation for beauty that may not be neat or clean. Secret Coders: Secrets & Sequences is the third book in the graphic children’s novel Secret Coders series from Gene Luen Yang; in this installment, Principal Dean demands the secret coders turn over their most powerful robot. And many, many more! ONCE UPON A TIME STAGE Presentations for all ages! There is Music, Singing, and Dancing. Flipside Kings, Modern School of Music, Baby B Strings, Guitars Over Guns, Caribbean drumming techniques with

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Inez Barlatier and Americana folk music with Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers POP-UP FUN ROOMS: Jump like a monkey, Move to the beat of Caribbean drumming, Explore virtual reality and make a Carnival headpiece—it’s all happening here: Tot Time Play and Learn (Ages 0-5) Interactive story readings and performances specifically designed for birth to five-year-olds to foster a love of reading and learning through play. On-site children can play with instruments, create paper dolls and jump like a monkey or relax and play sponsored by the Early Learning Coalition. One World, Many Stories (Ages 4-12) Journey to the Caribbean! Children can explore different cultures through story time and arts & crafts. Activities include creating a sea turtle, a Rastafarian bracelet, and more!

Tinker, Make, Innovate! (Ages 4-12) Build bridges out of Legos and “found” materials, explore digital worlds through Virtual Reality, and learn to build and battle robots! The Tinker, Make, Innovate! The Rhythm Factory (Ages 4-12) Sing-a-long, move, and groove! Try out instruments from around the worldfrom Brazil to Africa and as far away as Australia - in the musical corner. The Paintbox (Ages 4-12) Design, paint, build, draw and create art inspired by contemporary artists from around the world. Healthy Bodies, Happy Kids (Ages 4-12) Let’s get healthy and stay that way. Learn how to get rid of germs, especially in your mouth, on your teeth! Tweens & Teens take over THE Lab at MDC, Building 1, 1rst floor for two full days to hang out, to listen to, to ask questions from and to get their books signed by red-hot authors in fantasy, action, horror, and graphic novels. k

Tickets: *12 & under: Free *13-18 and seniors: $5 • *Adults: $8 To find regular Miami Book Fair updates and more information visit

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book reviews Suggestions for your kids to read this month

1. Vampirina Ballerina (PB) By Anne Marie Pace & LeUyen Pham Oh, to be a ballerina! It’s a challenge for any little girl, but even more so if you happen to be a vampire like Vampirina. First of all, you have to find a class that meets at night. Then you have to figure out how to perfect your form when you can’t see yourself in the mirror? And worse of all... STAGE FRIGHT! This one is best enjoyed as a read aloud!

2. Wee Sister Strange (PB) By Holly Grant This lovely new book is a whimsical, cute bedtime story sure to entrance young listeners. Each evening, as the shadows grow long, Wee Sister Strange climbs from her window and runs into the woods. She talks to the owls and rides on a bear. What is it she seeks? Why, it’s a wee bedtime story to help her fall asleep!

3. Creepy Pair of Underwear (PB) 5. Isadora Moon Goes By Aaron Reynolds & Peter Brown to School (CB) From the celebrated team behind Creepy Carrots!, Aaron Reynolds and Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown, comes a hilarious (and just a little creepy) story of a brave rabbit and some weird underwear. This is not a sequel; it totally stands on its own.

4. The Haunted Library: The Underground Ghosts (CB) By Dori Hillestad Butler Edgar Award Winner Dori Hillestad Butler gives us the tenth— and final!—title in her not-too-scary chapter book mystery series, It’s almost Halloween, and Kaz and Claire are off to Seattle to visit Claire’s cousins. They take part in Halloween festivities at the local library and find a ghost living there! The ghost’s family has been missing, so Kaz and Claire decide to investigate.

By Harriet Muncaster Meet Isadora Moon! She’s half-fairy, half-vampire and totally unique! Isadora Moon loves sunshine — and nighttime. She loves her magic wand — and her black tutu. She loves spooky bats — and Pink Rabbit. Isadora is half-fairy, halfvampire, and she’s special because she is different! Now Isadora’s parents want her to start school, but she’s not sure where she belongs.

By Shel Silverstein The star of Shel Silverstein’s hugely bestselling poetry collection is back in Runny Babbit Returns! This collection of forty-one neverbefore-published poems and drawings features the playful Runny Babbit and many other favorite characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own.

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By Warbinger Don’t let your wonder woman fans miss this highly anticipated, entirely new coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Six of Crows duology, Leigh Bardugo. Wonder Woman will become one of the world’s greatest heroes! But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning...

8. An Enchantment of Ravens (YA) 6. Runny Babbit (MG)

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7. Wonder Woman (YA)

By Margaret Rogerson Perfect for fans of Laini Taylor or Holly Black’s young adult novels, Margaret Rogerson has crafted a lovely new fairytale for the ages. In it, Isobel, a skilled painter and the sole caretaker for her family must stand up to an ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she bonds with a boy who just so happens to be a faerie prince. k


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A new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges.


After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong: the system built to protect Earth is attacking it.


Madea and the gang are back for this hilarious sequel. Madea,

Bam and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed.


In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization— at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!


Father and stepfather, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with t he perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultraaffectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.


Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.


August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face.


A small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day, he finds the courage to break free, embarking on

the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove who has lofty aspirations. Along with three camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told.


Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette welcomes the original cast and characters back to the big screen, including Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff).


Despite his family’s generationsold ban on music, young Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. k

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by keeping pets away from your work area entirely while handling these substances.


s scorching temperatures fade and pest season passes, pet owners may breathe a sigh of relief. Although the seasonal risks of summer are gone, your four-legged friend may need some special attention this autumn, as well. Cold-weather pests. Though the dangers associated with ticks, mosquitos and other creepy, crawly critters lessen as the temperatures drop, those same colder days bring other creatures scurrying inside and that can present a whole new set of problems. Rats and mice tend to migrate indoors in search of warmth and the poisons used to eliminate them can be highly toxic to pets. Be sure pesticides are used in areas inaccessible to your animals. Stay alert. Ticks may be less prevalent in the fall, but that doesn’t mean they’re gone completely – especially if hospitable environments remain. Keep yard and garden debris to a minimum and continue administering repellents for any pets that spend time outdoors. On the move. Seasonal changes mean wildlife is on the move, making changes to settle into winter. Snakes


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Not so fun-gus. Damp conditions can bring about a surge of mushrooms. Although only a small percentage of mushrooms are toxic, they can be hard to distinguish from the non-toxic variety. A good rule of thumb: keep pets clear of areas where mushrooms may be found, or if that’s not possible, conduct regular checks and remove any temptation that pops up. changes to settle into winter. Snakes are often more mobile during autumn months and inexperienced pets may risk bites if they tangle with intruders. Shiny, new things. Kids aren’t the only ones attracted to a collection of new school supplies. Curious pets may dive into a pile of crayons, markers, rulers and other supplies, and although the items likely aren’t toxic, they can result in digestive blockages or damage from sharp, broken edges.

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Practices for Fall

Comfort foods. Most pet owners know chocolate is dangerous for pets, but many other foods that are common in the fall can also be problematic. Keep pets away from rich, savory foods that can upset their digestion and leave Fido at home during your annual jaunt to the apple orchard; apple stems, seeds and cores can create plenty of digestive havoc. If you want to indulge your pet with a little seasonal flavor, instead try offering fresh or canned pumpkin. k

Anticipate energy needs. Colder temperatures can mean your pet has to exert more energy to keep warm and that may warrant bumping up meal serving sizes. Consult with your veterinarian about the appropriate feeding amounts for your pet’s specific breed, health and lifestyle needs. Auto-related issues. Many car owners use the change of season as a milestone for car maintenance and winterizing, such as changing oil or antifreeze. Antifreeze in particular is highly toxic; a small quantity can kill pets and, unfortunately, the sweet smell makes it quite attractive to curious creatures. Clean spills thoroughly and take added precaution

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Autumn Events guide Where to go with our Kiddos



Kiddo-Ween at Downtown Doral From 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Family-Friendly Block Party!!! Downtown Doral, Miami’s premier town center located in Doral, and Kiddos Magazine are joining forces for Kiddo-Ween at Downtown Doral, a Kiddos Magazine event. The free block party welcome more than 2,000 guest and will feature a Kids Zone, Safe Trick or Treating, a scary photo Booth, Scavenger Hunt, music & entertainment, dancers, giveaways and much more! For more information about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities call 786.260.8492 or email Free Event









Spooky Adventures at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum 12450 S.W. 152nd Street Miami, Florida 33177 From 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. A family fun event! Haunted train rides for kids and adults, Trick or Treat stations, monster movies, food concession stands and much more! Tickets $10 & $12 (additional fee for train rides) children under 3 get in free! For more information visit

Mall-O-Ween Spooktacular at The Falls From: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Halloween is here and The Falls is inviting all little ghouls, goblins, and boo-tiful princesses to come have a frightfully good time at our Mall-O-Ween Spooktacular featuring Trick-or-Treating, a scavenger hunt, entertainment, and more. Fun for the whole family! Free event

Paws4You Seventh Annual Howl-O-Ween Festival Pinecrest Gardens 11000 Red Road Pinecrest, FL 33156 From: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Doggie fun zone, vendors, food, Trick-or-Treating, Arts & Craft, Howl-O-Ween Portraits,Costume contest & parade, live entertainment, Adoptable dogs and more! Proceeds benefit homeless pets. $5 admission / Free for kids under 2






21th Anniversary Miracle on 136th Street The Falls Holiday Parade The Falls Shopping Center From: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Join us for the 21st Anniversary of The Falls Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade. To kick off the parade will be our celebrity Grand Marshal along with marching bands, local celebrities, and a magical visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause. For more information, visit Free and open to the public

34th Miami Book Fair Downtown Miami From: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. This international book fair includes Street Fair Children’s Alley activities, including theater, arts-and-crafts, storytelling, and readings by children’s book authors. Comics and graphic novels are once again featured, with the school of comics on Friday. For more information visit:


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The Polar Express Train Ride at Gold Coast Railroad Museum 12450 S.W. 152nd Street Miami, Florida 33177 (next to Zoo Miami) The magical story comes to life when the train departs for a 50-minute round-trip journey to the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride! For more information visit


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Chinese Lantern Festival Central Broward Regional Park, Florida 3700 NW 11th Pl, Lauderhill, FL 33311 Thursday through Sundays, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. An unparalleled experience for the whole family, a modern take on the ancient art of lantern-making. This year’s theme of “The Wild” will feature amazing works of art in the form of different animals from lions to dinosaurs, and more. For more information visit:

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

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Baptist Health South Florida is coming

to Downtown Doral

“Baptist Health is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities we serve and expanding and service in South Florida. ”


Aerial of Downtown Doral. Photo credit: N25 Drone Media.

aptist Health South Florida is expanding its presence in Doral with a Baptist Health Express Care location and physician offices in Downtown Doral, Miami’s premiere town center located off of 87th Avenue and NW 53rd Street. “Downtown Doral’s community offering of residences, commerce, education and shopping/dinning will allow us to expand access to healthcare for the families, workforce and visitors in the area,” said Ana Lopez-Blazquez, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Baptist Health South Florida. “Baptist Health is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities we serve and expanding access to top-quality care and service in South Florida. We want to make it convenient for our patients and families to receive the care they need near where they work and live, and our new location will undoubtedly add to our effort.”


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The Baptist Health South Florida site will be located on the northeast corner of NW 53rd Street and NW 84th Avenue directly across the street from Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School and diagonal to Downtown Doral Park. Baptist Health Express Care is an appointmentfree healthcare option in which an ARNP- nurse practitioner- will provide speedy treatment for minor injuries and illnesses. The new offering will complement Baptist Health’s existing medical plaza located nearby, on NW 99th Avenue and 41 Street. The new 4,169 square foot location of Baptist Health South Florida will form part of phase II of The Shops at Downtown Doral, which like Phase I, will feature locally-owned storefronts, trendy eateries along with desirable service offerings. Phase II broke ground in June 2017. “Baptist Health is our homegrown, preeminent healthcare system and the ideal partner to complete the

perfect offering mix at Downtown Doral,” said Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, CEO of Codina Partners, developers of Downtown Doral. “Residents and visitors of Downtown Doral will soon have a healthcare facility within steps.” Downtown Doral is a vibrant community of culture and commerce, located at the heart of access to almost everywhere. Neighborhoods, offices, homes, an award-winning school, restaurants and shops that offer a new quality of life—totally walkable, connected, artfully designed, green and gracious. k

To learn more about Downtown Doral, sign up to be a Downtown Doral VIP by and visit @DowntownDoral on Facebook and Twitter and @DowntownDoralLife on Instagram to stay up to date on all the latest Downtown Doral news.

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Kiddos Vol. 5 Issue 2 - Fall and the little things  

Wow! Summertime flew by! Autumn is here. My favorite season! I love everything about it, the colors, the scents, the air, the traditions, an...

Kiddos Vol. 5 Issue 2 - Fall and the little things  

Wow! Summertime flew by! Autumn is here. My favorite season! I love everything about it, the colors, the scents, the air, the traditions, an...