Miami Kids Magazine issue 308

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Are you ready for Back to School?




Vaccinations: You Are Not Immune




Let’s go back to School with Suki Lopez who is Nina on Sesame Street




Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Alumni Hall of Fame



Building a Culture of Inclusion in STEAM


Schools Guide sponsored by Supercuts


Let’s Solve the Lunchbox Dilemma


Family Stand Up for Sitting Down to Dinner

After School Guide sponsored by Zaniac



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• 4th of July Celebration at Regatta Park • MKM Family Fest • A Celebration of Independence at The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Time to go back to school, Time to go back to the routine. It is important to prepare before school starts and put the kids to bed early so they can adjust for the first day of school.


CREATIVE DIRECTOR Enrique Chavez Pincilotti


In this issue, we are very happy to share with all of you the story of Suki Lopez, who plays the role of Nina on the Sesame Street program. Who didn’t watch that show as a kid? So many great memories of Elmo teaching us how to brush our teeth, Big Bird always cute and helping his friends, Cookie Monster eating all the cookies that we wanted to eat… Thinking of Sesame Street also reminded me of when my son only wanted to eat if he could listen to “Elmo’s Song” or my daughter in love with Abbi and her magic tricks. Suki is Nina, the Latina character in the show, who is proud to be a Cuban-American. All the neighborhood admires her for her bi-lingual ability and because she also helps everyone when something is broke because she owns a bike shop. Don’t miss the interview with this wonderful lady on page 20! Now that it is time to go back to the classrooms, schools require that you bring to them your kids vaccinations form in order to attend classes. We think that it is extremely important to get vaccinated to protect your child from contagious diseases. Please read the full article about the importance of vaccinations on page 15. Thinking about what your kids are going to do after school is out? Don’t’ worry, we have an After-School Activity Guide sponsored by Zaniac on page 22. Also, if you are thinking about when you should start touring schools and learning about the admission process, don’t miss the Schools Guide sponsored by Supercuts on page 30. We hope to see you all at our Back to School event August 10th at Sunset Place Mall! We can’t wait to celebrate together going back to school!

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Diane Landsberg The Health Channel Informed Families Julie Jeffries Ann De Las Pozas Neydy Gomez






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By Diane Landsberg

Use this helpful guide to assist you to be best prepared for the coming new school year. Miami Dade Public Schools begin on August 19th and Broward Public Schools start on August 14th. The entire year calendar is available online. You can print a hard copy for a quick reference and also upload to your phone. Six Weeks Before • Brain drain takes place over the summer. Insure your child is reading on a regular basis. • M a k e a l l n e c e s s a r y m e d i c a l appointments with your Dentist, Physician, Eye Doctor, etc. early, as closer to school starting, they are booked full by the many parents that have put it off until the last minute. • Purchase all of the needed uniforms. Depending on your budget, having a full week of uniforms avoids having to do laundry during the week. Four Weeks Before • Organize alternative transportation when you aren’t able to arrive at pickup on time. Create a schedule if you are fortunate to have a car pool. • Shop early for school supplies, backpacks, shoes, sports equipment. The free sales tax week is great, but the stores are jammed with the bargain hunters. • Organize all clothing for each week. I suggest a plastic bin marked for each day of the week that to have everything on hand, speeding up the morning rush to get ready.

Two Weeks Before • Visit the school to be familiar with the layout, drop off & pick up areas. • Ask (and write down so you don’t forget) the names of the front office staff. Many times they are the ones that call you when there is a problem, illness or accident and also the ones that keep an eye on your child until you arrive. • If there is a school nurse, set up a brief meeting if your child has allergies or takes medication. (make note of their name also). • Find out if the school has an after-school program that has homework assistance or sports. There might be limited space, so sign up early. • Make an appointment for a haircut (it will allow time to grow out a little if needed). • Get back on an earlier sleeping schedule. • Set up a homework station with needed supplies. One Week Before • Take your child to shop for groceries that will be packed in their lunch box. • Have a discussion on eating healthy, drinking enough water, and single-use plastic you are eliminating. • If your child is to be alone after school, make sure you have a clear understanding about house rules such as visitors, cooking, locking doors, etc.

One Day Before • Remind them how special they are and how proud you are of them. • If you are off to work after you drop them off, organize your own clothes, have your to-go coffee cup ready to be filled. First Day • Take a picture. They may groan, but it records the important day. • Give the teacher a note with your child’s name, your name, your cell phone number and email. Ask how they prefer to communicate. • Schedule to attend the “Back to School Night”. • Support the teacher by offering to volunteer if possible. Get involved and join the PTA! Children in schools with good parental involvement always do better! Mark the dates for Teacher Appreciation Week on May 7 -11. Your child’s teacher plays a critical role in their lives. If you acknowledge the teachers, coaches, office staff, custodians, they will be happy that you recognize their positive impact they have on your child.

With a little thought and preparation, you all can have a wonderful school year!

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Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Alumni Hall of Fame This year at the annual For The Love of Learning gala that benefited the Foundation for New Education Initiatives, tributes were made to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2018-2019. Honorees included Emilio Estefan, Music Producer and Entrepreneur, Alan Fein, Lawyer and Philanthropist, and Ana VeigaMilton, Lawyer and Philanthropist. They are great role models for our children that studying in public schools can lead to a successful future. Miami Senior High School alumnus Emilio Estefan has achieved international acclaim. The 19-time Grammy Award winner has produced some of the biggest and brightest stars in the music industry, including his wife Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Carlos Vives, Jennifer López, and many others. He is also a filmmaker, an author, a restaurateur, hotel owner and a share-holder in the Miami Dolphins. Emilio’s main objective is to shatter stereotypes that have been with the Latin community for decades in entertainment. Through the Gloria Estefan Foundation, the Estefan’s have also given back philanthropically to Miami by supporting numerous causes in the areas of health, education, and Latino-focused organizations.

Emilio Estefan Of all of Ana VeigaMilton’s impressive accomplishments, she says taking care of her family and carrying on the Milton family legacy of philanthropy are at the top. Ana VeigaMilton presides over the José Milton Foundation and guides Social Responsibility for the Milton family business. She is a powerhouse in the philanthropic community, providing millions of dollars in donations to hospitals, mentoring organizations. Ana is a proud graduate of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). She attended Banyan Elementary, Rockway Junior High, and Southwest Miami High School. She served as Student Council President, VP of Key Club Service Organization, and graduated Valedictorian, earning a full merit Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholarship to The University of Miami. She has given back to public schools, including the creation of a state-of-the-art recording studio at Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer. As an attorney and engineer, Ana has a strong passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education and supports its initiatives for M-DCPS students.

Ana VeigaMilton

The four-decades of work led by Alan Fein has made an immeasurable mark on South Florida, in the areas of sports, arts and culture, education, and civic engagement. Alan grew up in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He attended Coral Park Elementary, Rockway Junior High, and graduated from Miami Coral Park Senior High in 1972. Alan’s education at Coral Park prepared him to attend the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania and law school at Georgetown University. Alan returned to South Florida in the 1980s where he started a law practice and has since lived his passion for transforming Miami into a world-class city. He served on the committee that landed the first NBA franchise in South Florida, the Miami Heat; he was instrumental in the creation of the City Theater, the Colony Theater, and the Adrienne Arsht Center; and he assisted in the establishment of the Village of Key Biscayne.

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don’t know any parent that does not suffer from severe anxiety when it comes to packing their kid’s lunch. Not only do we suffer stress over what kids will actually eat, but we are severely restricted in many schools on what we can send with them thanks to allergies. And, perhaps worst of all, are the looks that we feel we are getting from other parents … you know the “oh, I cannot BELIEVE they let their child eat THAT” look?

Well, let’s break it down, folks. First off, we all want our kids to be as healthy as possible. In order to be healthy, though, kids have to eat. And, we all know that what kids eagerly want to eat in the morning could well end up on the “barf bag” list by 10 AM lunchtime because their tastes change that fast! So, let’s consider some basics: • Young kids’ stomachs are small, so sending enormous amounts of food may overwhelm them. • Variety is the spice of life and this goes for your child’s lunch box, too. Sending a selection of small tastes of different foods is a great way to give them a little control over what they have for lunch. • Packaged foods may be convenient, but even “healthy” packaged foods are still likely to contain huge amounts of added sugars, chemicals and preservatives, and artificial colors. A child (under 18) can only safely metabolize about 20 grams of added sugar in one day – and adults only a few grams more. Most kids will have more added sugar than this in one drink! It doesn’t matter if that sugar is “natural”, “organic”, “minimally processed” or any of the other marketing buzz words – our bodies were not meant to process sweeteners added to food. It’s best to stick with fresh, natural foods whenever possible. • Unfortunately, schools have not figured out that for maximum health and good behavior, kids need to eat throughout their day, not just a mid-morning lunch followed by a long day of classes and no breaks. If your child is young, ask your teacher or school if they can permit snacks such as fruits or small veggies as a quick snack in between a subject or two. Sending cut apples, a peeled orange, carrot shreds, or cooked sweet potato wedges sprinkled with cinnamon can help a child replenish their energy without added sugars and without a big mess or disturbance for the teacher. If you have teens that switch classes, provide similar type snacks in an outside

Let’s Solve the

LUNCHB X dilemma


pocket of their backpack where they can access this between classes. Eat a rainbow is always the best way to ensure that loved ones are getting all the vitamins and minerals necessary to be healthy. Protein is found in almost every vegetable and 100% whole grain out there, as well as in many fruits. People often misunderstand that complex carbohydrates are what provide us with energy throughout our day, though. Protein is important in the human diet, but it is complex carbohydrates and their associated fiber that help us to regulate blood sugar, keep us feeling

So, what can you pack in a lunc Drink


Water frozen with fruit


Water frozen with mint


Plain herbal tea frozen and thawed by lunch


Water frozen with lavender


Plain herbal tea frozen and thawed by lunch

full, and energize us throughout our busy schedules. Frozen water bottles are a great way to keep food cold and then to have plenty of cold water to drink as it melts. Try adding a few blueberries, mint leaves or lavender to water before freezing it for a fun treat at lunch! Food prep early in the week is the best way to keep everyone on track with eating healthy and avoiding packaged products. If you can get your kids to help to wash, clean, cut and package veggies and fruits for snacks throughout the week, even better!

hbox? Here are some ideas: Lunch Item 3 (Pack in a thermal container)

Lunch Item 4



Carrots (use shredded carrots for small kids) and hummus

Roasted garbanzo beans (roast with cinnamon)

Mashed butternut squash

Apple wedges

Frozen grape halves

Red pepper slices with bean dip

Brown rice with sautéed vegetables

Cinnamon baked pear slices with oatmeal and date crumble

Roasted sweet potato wedges with cinnamon


Celery with avocado pesto dip

Fresh tomato sauce over 100% whole wheat pasta

Roasted carrots with dill

Orange slices (peeled)

Lunch Item 1

Lunch Item 2

Fresh 4-5 Potato pineapple slices roasted wedges with with your grated ginger herbs or mint leaves favorite Organic corn cut off the cob

Guacamole or avocado cubes with lime

Broccoli sautéed with garlic and balsamic vinegar

Baked apple infused with cinnamon and nutmeg

Organic corn popped in EVOO with a spritz of citrus infused vinegar

Black rice with white beans

Corn tortilla cut in wedges and baked with lime

Roasted Cacao nibs or sunflower seeds

Vaccinations: You Are

Not Immune fter being eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, Measles is making a comeback. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,044 cases of measles this year, all mostly young children. Officials blame low vaccination rates.

lot of people don’t remember about people dying of tetanus or pertussis, but they do remember a relative having high cholesterol.” You can protect your child against measles with a combination vaccine that provides protection against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).

If you’re wondering how to detect measles, Measles is a highly contagious disease and be aware that 7-14 days after a measles can spread rapidly in communities where infection symptoms such as sensitivity people are not vaccinated. It can be serious, to light, high fever, and red watery eyes and life-threatening for young children. (conjunctivitis) among other flu-like According to the CDC, symptoms will begin to show if one person is infected if one person is infected up. Small white spots known with measles, up to 90% with measles, up to 90% as Koplik Spots usually of the people around him of the people around develop inside the mouth or her will also become a day or so later. Three him or her will also infected if they are not become infected if they to four days after the first protected. symptoms, a rash outbreak are not protected. will gradually begin Vaccinations are a game changer when it to spread throughout the entire comes to preventative health but there are body consisting of small a lot of misconceptions when it comes to raised bumps. vaccines, and these misconceptions have led to the outbreak of diseases that were once Family Medicine all but eradicated here in the U.S. Physician for Baptist Dr. Mario Zambrano, Pediatric Emergency P r i m a r y Medicine Physician with Homestead Hospital Care Dr. suggests why there is a lack of information. “Unfortunately, there’s more advertisement on cholesterol than there is on vaccines. A

Deepa Sharma stresses that a reason to get vaccinated is “Peace of mind that comes with protecting your health.” Vaccines can be expensive but calling 211 or visiting can help you in locating a medical center near you that offers free vaccines. 211 is a multilingual service that provides communities with free resources about health care, crisis, food and much more. For more information about the importance of vaccinations visit, and search for vaccines. You will find videos featuring interviews with experts regarding everything one should know about vaccines.

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STAND UP for SITTING DOWN to DINNER Did you know if you eat dinner together as a family four times a week that your kids are 50% less likely to use drugs and engage in other risky behaviors?

By Informed Families

Many people think they don’t have time to eat dinner with their children – well just imagine how much time you will spend sorting out your child’s problem behaviors? And guess what, some behaviors become chronic and don’t get sorted out so you will be living with them for a life time. Eating dinner together provides an opportunity for family members to come together, strengthen ties and build better relationships. Family Day – A Day To Eat Dinner With Your Children® is a national campaign, developed by the Center for Addiction & Substance Abuse at Columbia University, to promote frequent family dinners to prevent risky behavior in kids. However, the campaign also recognizes the value of spending any quality time with your children. On September 23rd, join millions of families across the U.S. to Stand Up for Sitting down to dinner. Enjoy a meal together with your family and talk to each other, electronics-free. “Eating dinner together sounds so simple and yet, it is not today’s norm. Why? The answer has something to do with hectic schedules, after school activities and other outside influences that interfere with dinnertime, said Peggy B. Sapp, President of Informed Families/Florida Family Partnership. “This reality is most unfortunate because research has shown that the more children eat dinner

with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use illegal drugs. They are also less likely to try drugs in the future.” Visit www.flfamilyday. com to get great ideas for fun activities and easy recipes to make your Family Day celebration the start of a great new family tradition. Plan to eat dinner as a family on Family Day. If you already have family dinners together, great! Keep up the good work. If not, you can start now and Stand Up for Sitting Down to Dinner! National Family Day is on the fourth Monday of September. It’s a great opportunity for families to eat dinner together. Parental engagement is the single most potent weapon in preventing substance abuse among youth. Family Day emphasizes regular family activities to encourage parentchild communication.

Contest Call Out: Want to win a $100 Publix Gift Card? Take a photo of your family eating dinner together and share it on social media. Post it on the Informed Families or Miami Kids Magazine’s Facebook page or send it in a message. You can also post it on Instagram using thehashtag #FLFamilyDay. Three winners will be randomly selected to receive a $100 Publix Gift Card.

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Let’s go back to SCHOOL with



NINA on Sesame Street

By Karla Richey


ith a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder, Sesame Street has brought the life-changing benefits of early learning to children across the globe for 50 years. The show is played in 150 countries and 70 languages and this year they are celebrating their landmark anniversary. Miami Kids Magazine wanted to share with all of our readers this great interview with Suki Lopez, a smart, sweet, and beautiful Cuban-American women who plays the role of “Nina”, the Latina character in the show.


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I made it home to celebrate with my sister. AS A FAMILY MAGAZINE, WE BELIEVE IN INCLUSION AND A UNITED COMMUNITY. HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL TO WORK WITH SUCH A GREAT ORGANIZATION AS SESAME WORKSHOP THAT IS ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT AN INTEGRATED COMMUNITY? My heart feels like it could burst. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude knowing that I get to be a part of teaching, what I believe is, some of the most important lessons in life: kindness, empathy, respect, inclusivity, creativity, and curiosity. All of this coming from a cast of diverse characters representing different races, cultures, and abilities in a way that makes everyone feel seen and heard. Its art and entertainment with a powerful purpose.

SUKI, TELL US ABOUT YOUR UPBRINGING AND FORMATIVE YEARS. I grew up in Miami and was blessed with an amazing family who always supported and fueled my love for dance, music, and art. I trained as a dancer with my Mom at MVSA since I was three. I fell in LOVE with musicals when my grandmother introduced me to ‘The Sound of Music’ and my Dad always made it a point to take us to Broadway shows whenever we visited New York. I remember watching Hairspray and desperately wanting to jump up on stage. It got me thinking, “wait a second, I can do that.” I continued dancing, started taking voice lessons and participating in school musicals. My college application process was a total shot in the dark though. I didn’t know where to turn for guidance. What schools had the best programs? What should I prepare for my auditions? What should I look like in my headshot? These are the questions that have fueled my new mission: College Prep for the Performing Arts. I’ve started Miami Arts Prep at MVSA, to nuture creativity, cultivate confidence and prepare students for a future in the Creative World. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN TV AND ON SESAME STREET? I had no idea I’d end up on TV. I was trained as a stage performer. After finishing out a National tour with West Side Story I went back to New York to finish up my degree and worked a bunch of odd jobs before I got to audition. The final callback was the day of my sister’s rehearsal dinner in Miami, perfect timing right? I had decided not to audition but my Mom convinced me I could make it. I changed my flight and showed up to the audition with a carry-on. It ended up being a total blast. I sang and improvised with my new muppet friend feeling like a 7 year old Suki AND

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AS A LATINA ON THE SHOW. I play Nina, a Cuban-American, bilingual millennial who owns the Bike Shop on Sesame Street. She’s working towards her Masters in Engineering so it’s fitting that she’s sort of become the Ms. fix it of the neighborhood. The best thing about Nina is that she’s given me so many opportunities to share my culture through music, food and dance. I’m incredibly proud to be able to represent my Latin culture on the show. THIS YEAR IS A VERY IMPORTANT YEAR FOR SESAME STREET, REACHING A 50-YEAR MILESTONE OF BRINGING HAPPINESS TO MANY KIDS. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED DURING YOUR YEARS ON THE SHOW? Sesame Street does massive amounts of research before each season to choose curriculum for the show. It was thrilling to be able to sit in on presentations by educational scientists and learn about the biggest obstacles for kids each year. For example, most recently, the research has shown that kids are increasingly hesitant to try new things because they’re afraid to fail, but how will they learn and grow if they’re afraid to make mistakes? In Season 50 Sesame Street will focus on the power of possibilities and encourage kids to take safe risks and learn from their mistakes. WHICH CHARACTER DO YOU IDENTIFY THE MOST WITH? I’m probably most like Abby - full of energy, kind of quirky and warm-hearted. Although, If it’s been a rough day, I’m a total Oscar and if I’m Hungry, I can scarf down a meal faster than Cookie Monster takes down a chocolate chippy. PLEASE, LEAVE US A MESSAGE FOR OUR LITTLE ONES THAT ARE READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. Every year is an adventure full of new friends and discoveries! I hope you’re excited for what this year has in store for you. If someone hasn’t told you yet, don’t forget to play. It’s important business. Explore your backyard, build a fort, experiment with your slime and above all don’t be afraid to try. Sometimes we think we can’t. But what if we TRY and find we CAN?

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ZANIAC Zaniac offers fun year-round Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM) programs that feels like play for K-8th grade kids. Kids build & program robots, learn coding, 3D Printing, learn science and math in Minecraft, aerospace engineering, compose music & more! Zaniac where curiosity, technology, exploration and fun meet! Zaniac South Miami Address: 8322 S. Dixie Hwy (Dadeland Station) Phone: 305.668.0605 Email: Website: southmiami


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CHINESE LEARNING CENTER OF MIAMI At Chinese learning Center of Miami, you will easily learn a second language by being immersed in the language and culture through the hands-on learning indoor and outdoor classroom experience. We offer Saturday 3 hours Chinese immersion program, After school Program, Adult Chinese class and adult business class. Contact us for more information: TEL: (786) 476-2105 or https:// Phone: 786-476-2105 Website: https://www.

FROST SCIENCE OVERNIGHT ADVENTURES Science never sleeps—especially at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science! Join us for Overnight Adventures where you’ll have the opportunity to experience the exhibitions after dark along with special programming and a private planetarium show. Website: overnights/ Email:

WHITE TIGER AND DRAGON MARTIAL ARTS White Tiger & Dragon Martial Art’s Scholar/ Warrior program is the perfect blend of excelling in academics & in the Martial Arts. We offer homework assistance, light healthy snacks & Martial Arts training. We also have private tutoring & instruction available. Only the first 40 students are accepted into the program. Free transportation is available for certain schools. To reserve your spot call 305-505-4919 or email Phone: 305-505-4919 Email:

CORAL GABLES MUSEUM The Coral Gables Museum offers a monthly Family Day on Aragon program in partnership with the Coral Gables Art Cinema and Books and Books. The programs at the museum are free to the public from 2:00-5:00pm on the second Saturday of the month. Activities include performances, art making stations, tours of the museum and a self-guided scavenger hunt. In addition to these monthly programs the museum offers year round field trip programs and when school is out, camp is in! Camp programs are available on teacher planning days, winter, spring and summer break camps are also offered. Phone Number: 305-603-8076 Address: 285 Aragon Ave. Coral Gables, FL 33134

CORAL GABLES PRE-SCHOOL Coral Gables Pre-School provides safe, secure, clean and enjoyable learning environment in our aftercare program designed for school age children (from Preschool to Grades K-4). Our highly qualified, experienced teachers assist students with completion of their homework and learning. Age appropriate toys, arts and crafts, learning games, and reading material are available at the facility for students. Computers, physical and extracurricular activities, science and discovery are part of our aftercare program. We also offer care on full school holidays and extended breaks. For more information call: 786-3323610 / 7863323650. Phone: 786-332-3610 or 786-332-3650 Website:

SPLITSVILLE Come and join us at Splitsville for an afternoon full of fun! Our After School Bowl Bash starts Tuesday, August 20th through Thursday, December 19th. This promotion is available Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4pm 7pm (Weekends and Holidays excluded). It includes 1 hour on 1 lane, shoe rental for up to 6 bowlers, 1 tower of fries, 1 order of chicken tenders, 1 1-topping pizza, and sodas for 6 people all for only $39.99! Call (305) 665-5263 #RollInRockOut Phone: 305-665-5263

CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE ORLANDO “This is where the magic of Crayola comes to life! With 70,000 square feet and 27 hands-on attractions, Crayola Experience is Florida’s most colorful family destination for interactive, creative play! Name your very own Crayola crayon, learn how crayons are made in a live manufacturing show and more!” Address: 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32809 Website: orlando Phone: 407.757.1700 Email: MINI CANES The Frost Preparatory Program offers music instruction for all ages. Our comprehensive programs will provide an experiential learning path for your child or self! Whether you want to bond with your toddler in Little Canes music class, or further enhance your musical skill sets the Frost Preparatory Program has you covered. Contact Dr. Megan Walsh Phone Number: 786-853-4041 Website: Email:

INDOOR SOCCER PRO Largest Air Conditioned Indoor Futsal/Soccer Facility in South Florida Address: 1128 Northwest 159th Drive Miami Gardens, FL 33169 Phone: 305-454-0900 Email: Website:

A-Z EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING A-Z Educational Consulting is a firm owned by Dr. Eyleen Ortiz, who has 20 years of experience in the field of education. A-Z provides tutoring (Pre-K-College), Test Prep (SAT/ACT/ISEE/ SSAT), parent education, private/boarding and college placement services to students and parents in the US and Internationally. Phone: (305) 423-7575 YOUNG AT ART MUSEUM The Young At Art Institute holds classes for ceramics, digital art & film, darkroom photography, drawing, painting & printmaking, and mixed media. We believe engagement with the arts, exploring a variety of art mediums, and sharing artwork at Museum Showcases, builds self-esteem while providing freedom to explore the creative process.

Email: Phone: 954-424-5031 Address: 751 S.W. 121st Avenue Davie, Florida 33325 COCONUT GROVE BALLET Dance is fun for everyone! Learn how to dance like a professional in a fun, energetic and nurturing environment! Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Contemporary… ages 3 to adults Website: Phone: 305.448.0336 Email: SCHOOL OF ROCK School of Rock is an ingenious concept that gets kids rocking out and performing on stage. In addition to individual private music instruction on guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and/or drums, students also jam with their peers in a weekly practice session. Visit us at The Shops at Sunset Place Phone Number: (786) 843-9230 Website:

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ART BOX Art Box is an art studio that offers exciting lessons and creative workshops for people of all ages and levels! Our after-school program allows kids to explore different mediums such as Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, and more as they learn about various artists, art movements, and general culture impacting today’s art world. Sofia del Rivero Phone: 305-778-1270 Email: Website: MIAMI CHILDREN’S CHORUS The Miami Children’s Chorus offers children, ages 8-18, the opportunity to take part in a choral music education and performance program of the highest caliber. In the program, students collaborate with world-class artists and professional musicians and perform in Miami’s premier performance venues. To join visit www. or call 305.662.7494

Viviana Liviero Email: Phone: 305.662.7494 Website:

FUNDIMENSION Join us for an unforgettable experience at FunDimension in Wynwood, where families can enjoy Laser tag, Bumper Cars, Indoor Playground, XD Theater, VR, Bungee Jumping and arcade games! Our restaurant features delicious dishes from around the world, and a variety of drinks from specialty coffee to craft beer and wine.

JUST 4 FUN Celebrate the start of the school year with some much-needed fun! After class, take your child to their dream playground. Equipped with trampolines, colorful ball pits, and much more, Just 4 Fun is your child’s go-to place for a good time! Phone Number: (305) 763-8249 Website:

Phone Number: (786) 360-1766 Website: I KNOW SCIENCE CALLING ALL SCIENTISTS TO JOIN THE LAB AFTER SCHOOL! The Lab is the ultimate spot for kids to explore, hands-on, all fields in science. Scientists experience a brand-new field in science weekly through fun and interactive experiments from the award winning IKS curriculum. The lab is broken down into two main components each week; interactive experiments + engineering/ architecture & robotics + programming. Website: Email: Phone 786-633-6978 4251 Salzedo Street, Suite 1330 Coral Gables at The Shops at Merrick Park(Ground Level)

CODE NINJAS Do your kids love playing video games? Now they can learn how to build them! Code Ninjas offers game-based coding education for kids ages 7-14. Build video games, learn to code and have a blast! They make real progress learning coding, math, logic, and problem solving. Two hours a week, after school. Call for more info: 305-800-2633 Phone Number: (305) 800-2633

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CHERRY BLOSSOM SCHOOL Cherry Blossom Learning Center located in the Roads is a year-round program; NAYEC Accredited; provides children with a nurturing environment, while incorporating a well-rounded curriculum of language development, science, computer usage, physical education, and ample extracurricular activities such as music, drama, yoga, and much more. Phone: 305-860-3300

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Toddler through 5th Grade (ages 1½ - 12) Red Road Campus (Ages 3-6) 6050 SW 57th Avenue Miami, FL 33143 Old Cutler Road Campus (Ages 2-6) 14400 Old Cutler Road Miami, FL 33158 Palmetto Bay Campus (Ages 1½ - 6) 17800 Old Cutler Road Miami, FL 33157 Ludlam Road Campus (Ages 6-12, Grades 1-5) 14850 SW 67th Avenue Miami, FL 33158

LA PRIMA CASA La Prima Casa Montessori School is an early childhood and Elementary education center based on the Montessori Philosophy. La Prima Casa Montessori fosters a peaceful and nurturing environment, full of infinite experiences that will encourage the child to construct his own independence, self-confidence, appreciation for diversity and a love of learning. Address: Brickell Campus - 1770 Brickell Ave Miami, Fl 33129 Phone Number: 305-854-2824 CENTNER ACADEMY Centner Academy is a progressive independent school that offers foreign language immersion and a values-based education for children ages two-and-a-half to six years old, with grades 1-12 coming soon. Through a unique blend of diverse academic paradigms, the Centner education engages students from the very beginning in an innovative environment supported by five Key Pillars: language mastery, leadership, valuesbased character development, mindfulness, and life skills. For more information please visit www. or call us at 786481-4647. CORAL GABLES PRESCHOOL Coral Gables Preschool is focused on educating children in a loving environment. Our Creative Curriculum emphasizes the cognitive and physical development of the children by exploring hands-on activities. Accepting ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Free VPK and School Readiness After School care, homework assistance, and enrichment activities for elementary school children Tours are open from 10:00 am to 6:30 PM by appointment. Address: 320 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables, Fl. 33134 Phone Number: 786-33236107863323650 E-Mail: Website: BELEN JESUIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL Belen Jesuit is an all-boys Catholic, Jesuit preparatory school located in Miami, FL for grades 6-12. For more information on admissions visit, email or call (786) 621-4032.

MATER PREPARATORY ACADEMY Mater Preparator y Academy offers an outstanding academic program and a diverse learning community. The faculty and staff at Mater Preparatory Academy are dedicated to providing students with authentic learning experiences that encourage students to think critically and develop problem-solving techniques through an integrated learning approach. The school community has a firm belief in school-family collaboration.

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GLOBAL CONNECTION INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Global Connection International School focuses on “active learning”, or learning through play, to obtain the child’s joy of learning. Here at Global Connection, your child will easily learn a second language by being immersed in the language and culture in a safe and nurturing environment. Website: https://www. Phone: 786-476-2105

CRYSTAL ACADEMY Crystal Academy Premium Therapy Center provides Behavior, Speech & Language and Occupational Therapy interventions, tutoring and academic support. The School side offers individualized attention within a group setting promoting communication, education, socialization, inclusion opportunities within the City of Coral Gables and Community Based Instruction in the Greater Miami Area. 107 Antilla Avenue, Coral Gables, Ph. 305-567-5881 www.crystalacademycg. com SCHECK HILLEL COMMUNITY SCHOOL Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by Design/STEM, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics, and service. It is one of the world’s largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Arrange your visit via Phone: (305) 931-2831

SOMERSET ACADEMY PALMS Somerset Academy Palms is a new, tuitionfree public charter school serving students in Pre-K through 8th grade. We are located in the heart of Horse Country in West Kendall, Miami. We have certified, highly qualified teachers as well as a research-based, diverse and rigorous curriculum. We offer technology-rich classrooms, character development, and parent volunteer opportunities.

PINEVIEW PRESCHOOLS Pineview Preschools was founded in 2002 and welcomes children ages eight weeks to fiveyears old, engaging children in active learning while providing a safe and nurturing environment. With their STEAM and literacy-based curriculum, children are well prepared in all areas of development including Kindergarten readiness. Pineview Families are quick to compliment the school’s excellent communication, parent involvement opportunities as well as the loving and affectionate teachers and staff. Address: 2965 S. Douglas Road Miami, FL 33133 License # C11MD0096 305-567-5855 BRITO MIAMI PRIVATE SCHOOL ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL SCHOOL PALMER TRINITY SCHOOL MIAMI LEARNING EXPERIENCE SCHOOL RANSOM EVERGLADES SCHOOL THE BILTMORE SCHOOL ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL

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Building a Culture of Inclusion in STEAM By Neydy Gomez

oday, most Americans are aware of the importance of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) education. It’s widely accepted that for our economy to remain competitive we must solve the shortage of qualified workers in STEAM fields. As technological integration into economies accelerates at a breakneck pace, the education resources available to young learners has remained frustratingly stagnant. Few students are equipped with the experience, and most importantly, the confidence to complete a college major in a STEAM field. Academic success, and eventual professional success, is built on an early educational foundation. For technical skillsets related to computer science and math, a child’s confidence is made or broken by middle school. Life-long opinions on their ability to excel in technical fields are fundamentally linked to experiences and perceptions formed during elementary school. Creating an inclusive environment where kids, regardless of gender or race, can be inspired to pursue a STEAM career is vital to reversing the

trend of STEAM-phobia in American students. Intimidating drills, memorization, repetition and outdated classroom techniques weren’t designed for future job needs. Conceptual problem solving, active learning, leadership and social influence, technology design, ideation, and critical thinking and analytical skills will be as important as reading and writing in tomorrow’s workforce, and are better taught through a hands-on, peer-based approach that integrates fun as an essential ingredient to learning.

technology as a tool that students can create with prepares them for their future careers. These young engineers, empowered, knowledgeable, and excited about technology, science and math, are not a hypothetical. They exist today at Zaniac. With the tide of the STEAM needs not going away, these kids will lead the way.

The sooner we embrace teaching students not just how to use technology as a tool for learning math and reading, but also to create technology itself, the sooner they’ll be on a path to success. Zaniac, a K-8 STEAM enrichment program in South Miami, is leading the charge for a forward-thinking approach that allows students to grasp math and logic concepts, fundamental to computer programming, in a way that feels like play. Game-based learning utilizing Minecraft™ has completely rewritten the established paradigm of learning as work, and a modern pedagogy capitalizes on the love kids have for the game to teach science, math and engineering. Modular robotics bridge the gap between theory and practice in engineering. The introduction of

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Miami Kids Magazine staff with former Mayor Xavier Suarez

Andrea Perez & Sofia Ojeda

4th of July Celebration at Regatta Park

Karla Richey and Carol White from White Tiger and Dragon Martial Arts

Miami Kids Magazine was a proud sponsor of the annual family-friendly Independence Day celebration at Regatta Park organized by the Coconut Grove BID. This year’s event featured live music and an enhanced family fun zone. The kids enjoyed contests, games, face painting, cookie decorations, and more fun for the entire family!

Soler Family with Sharky

Comissioner Ken Rusell & Karla Richey

Rachel Murkel, Louis Bordello & Karla Rima

Leonardo, Sophia, Ann, Nolan, & Joglys Ramos

Audrina, Jordan & Jaxon Ramos

Hernan, Olivia, Felipe, Annie Cristalati

Kenneth, Karla, Scott & Valeria Richey

Brodie Craig & Valeria Richey

Mabel De Soignie & Mylena Pina

Melissa & Tami Torris

Mayor Francis Suarez and his family.

Miami Kids Magazine Family Fest On June 1st we celebrated our 2nd anniversary with a big party full of exciting activities, music, games and giveaways at Sunset Place Mall. The event was sponsored by Snip Its, South Florida PBS/WPBT2, the Rotary Club of Miami, Amazing Parties, Splitsville, Buffalo Wild Wings, the Health Channel, GameTime, and Yumbrella! Safari Sam sang Happy Birthday with Sharky our mascot, and also sang the Miami Kids Magazine theme song along with other songs from his music collection. Goodie bags were given to the first 50 families that attended the event.

Karla, Scott, Valeria and Kenneth Richey wearing “Best Balloons Miami” hats.

White Tiger karate presentation

Javier Joana, Bruna Del Campo & Gemma Moncunik

Oriana, Fabiana, Leidy, Abraham Vieira

Facepainting by “Happy Facepainting”

Vonte Brooks, Johari Askew and Macario Davis from USVI Mocko Jumbie

Safari Sam & Karla Richey

Sid The science kid

Kenneth Richey, FERNANDA Elias & Ignacio Lapadula

Heaven, Zion, Cinnamon, Sky Vega

Pedro the pollo with kids

Rock Climbing A Celebration of Independence at The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind On July 3rd, The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind presented “A Celebration of Independence,” sponsored by Pollo Tropical®. Hundreds of blind and visually impaired children and adults enjoyed fantastic fun, food, and entertainment. Attendants enjoyed surfing at the Robosurfer simulator, a rock-climbing wall, bounce houses, face painting, karaoke, and carnival games. Seniors enjoyed Braille bingo, tactile memory games, live music and more.

Scott Richey at Robo Surfer

Pedro the Pollo and kid