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The meaning of “Mother’s” to children






Community Score with Amazing Parties



A Mother’s day with Laurie Jennings



The Diplomat Beach Resort is Hollywood, Florida’s most iconic property


Summer Camp Guide #2 sponsored by iSwim Academy

Living and Loving Eddie’s World


Coni Goudie, the face behind Gymboree Play & Music in Miami


Diet drinks may be associated with strokes in women



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Easter Activity Guide


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Miami Kids Magazine was a proud sponsor of The Coconut Grove Arts Festival For the Love of Learning Gala Red Cross Gala Golden Angels gala draws hundreds to celebrate Jackson Health System’s expansion

Welcome Spring, a beautiful time of the year. In this issue, we are celebrating with all of the mothers in this special Mother’s Day



The role of the mother in our lives is so important as they give us love, support, and values. I’m so lucky to have my mom close to me and my kids as she is an extraordinary grandmother. I’m also lucky to have my two grandmothers as they are an inspiration of unconditional love. I can’t ask for more in life but to be able to be a mother! My two kids are the reason for everything I do each day. When you read page 8 you are going to have a smile on your face with the answers to some of the questions our writer Diane Landsberg asked kids, including mine, about what they think about their moms and mother’s day. Ask this question to your kids and you will be surprised with the concepts they have about the meaning of “mother”. Talking about mothers, on page 18 you will find a great interview we did with the beautiful and talented Laurie Jennings, news anchor on Channel 10, and a mother of identical twins. As most of you know, one of the reasons I created the magazine is to support exceptional kids and their families. On April 2, we celebrate Autism Awareness Day and on page 15 we have a great article written by a mother who went through a roller-coaster of emotions after her son was diagnosed with autism. This story will allow most of us to appreciate how lucky we are as mothers and how special are the mommy’s with exceptional kids. We want to invite you on April 6 to join us at our Easter and Summer Camp Expo at Sunset Place in South Miami which is open to everyone and especially to our exceptional kids. We are going to have an egg hunt for kids in wheelchairs or other devices, so they can pick up their eggs by themselves! We can’t wait to celebrate with all of you and enjoy all of the fun surprises we have for all the families. As always, thank you to each of you who read and follow our magazine. We do this with love for you and our community.


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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Diane Landsberg Maria Campojo The American Heart Association Nelly Lusich Adriana Imbert Ana Marquez





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The meaning of


By Diane Landsberg


Soon it will be Mother’s Day on May 12, 2019. It is necessary to plan and organize a little to properly celebrate our special Mothers. I love this anonymous quote, “It is never easy being a Mother. If it were easy, Fathers would do it.” Please know there is no intention here to insult Fathers! There is also an old Jewish proverb that is both profound and so very true, “A mother understands what a child does not say.” In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day to be held on the second Sunday of May each year as a national holiday to honor Mothers. A smart move! Every family has their own way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Many take Mom to a favorite restaurant for her favorite meal and buy presents, all of which can be expensive. Here is a suggestion for something special that is much more personal. With some assistance from Dad, the kids can write something on a card they can make. They can then record


a video on Dad’s cell phone singing a song and telling Mom how much they love her. I guarantee that she will treasure it forever. I also asked several children a few questions for their thoughts about Mother’s Day: Can you tell me what Mother’s Day Is? “It is a holiday for Mothers.” Mia, age 9 “It is like every Mom has a birthday that day and gets presents.” Jonathan, age 10 What is the best thing you can say about your Mother? “My Mom is really pretty and really smart.” Kenneth, age 7 “Sometimes she’s drama and I love her.” Luca, age 8 “She’s beautiful!” Elle, age 9 What are you going to do for your Mom on Mother’s Day? “I will have to ask my Dad. He has the money.” Jace, age 7

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How do you show your Mother you love her? “I try to be nice to my little sister.” Linda, age 6 In closing, here is what three famous people have said about their Mothers: “All I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” President Abraham Lincoln “What greater aspiration and challenge are there for a mother than the hope of raising a great son or daughter?” Rose Kennedy (Mother of President Kennedy) Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.” Lady Gaga (Singer-songwriter) Let’s take these wise words and make this Sunday May 12th special for our Mothers. But remember, we can also make every day a “Mother’s Day” by always making a point to say “I love you Mom. Thank you for all you do.”

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Amazing Parties By Maria Campojo mazing Parties was created by an innovated and enthusiastic Physical Education teacher. Her passion to instill the love of sports and physical activity on her students was evident by watching the kids having fun with different games, music and activities. The kids were asking their parents if they could invite “coach” to their birthday parties. Every weekend “coach” was completely booked. After a while, an assistant was hired to help with the fun parties… It was not long when the idea of taking these parties to another level was born… In 2004 Amazing Parties was founded in Miami, Florida thanks to a “Coach” named Rebecca Paredes. After three years of continuous success, a second Amazing Parties was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For 8 years, Amazing Parties has been specializing in party services in both Miami and Puerto Rico. The services range from entertainment, decorum, party favors, invitations, and party rentals. Amazing Parties takes pride and pleasure in giving you precisely what it is you’re looking for, to make your gathering a truly unforgettable customized event. Their mission is to provide an exceptional environment for the host and their guests, with a one-of-a-kind production. This is a company with the best talents in entertainment and a dedicated staff. Rebeca, Founder and President of Amazing Parties, is happily married and has three children who are her most prized possessions. She’s mad-crazy about espresso coffee, loves the beach, adores God, and believes every child should have the right to enjoy life to their fullest.

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moms! Diet drinks may be associated with strokes in

n a m o W By: American Heart Association


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Study Highlight: In a large observational study, women who reported drinking more than one diet soda or other artificially sweetened drink a day had a higher risk of strokes caused by a blood clot. Among post-menopausal women, drinking multiple diet drinks daily was associated with an increase in the risk of having a stroke caused by a blocked artery, especially small arteries, according to research published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association. This is one of the first studies to look at the association between drinking artificially sweetened beverages and the risk of specific types of stroke in a large, racially diverse group of post-menopausal women. While this study identifies an association between diet drinks and stroke, it does not prove cause and effect because it was an observational study based on self-reported information about diet drink consumption. Compared with women who consumed diet drinks less than once a week or not at all, women who consumed two or more artificially sweetened beverages per day were 23 percent more likely to have a stroke. And 29 percent more likely to develop heart disease (fatal or non-fatal heart attack.) “Many well-meaning people, especially those who are overweight or obese,

drink low-calorie sweetened drinks to cut calories in their diet. Our research and other observational studies have shown that artificially sweetened beverages may not be harmless and high consumption is associated with a higher risk of stroke and heart disease,” said Yasmin MossavarRahmani, Ph.D., lead author of the study and associate professor of clinical epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. Researchers analyzed data on 81,714 postmenopausal women (age 50-79 years at the start) participating in the Women’s Health Initiative study that tracked health outcomes for an average of 11.9 years after they enrolled between 1993 and 1998. “Unfortunately, current research simply does not provide enough evidence to distinguish between the effects of different low-calorie sweeteners on heart and brain health. This study adds to the evidence that limiting use of diet beverages is the most prudent thing to do for your health,” said Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., R.D., professor of nutrition emeritus, University of Vermont and the chair of the writing group for the American Heart Association’s science advisory, Low-Calorie Sweetened Beverages and Cardiometabolic Health.

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Eddie’s World By Adriana Imbert


y youngest son Eddie James Alford IV has autism and this was all new to me. When Eddie was 18 months old, I noticed that he was not developing as an 18-month-old child. I told his primary doctor that I noticed a delay in Eddie’s behavior and he responded that Eddie is fine, but I was not convinced being that I had an older child. After doing some research, I discovered that Eddie’s behavior was very similar to something called Autism. At 18 months, he had no eye contact, flapping of the hands, the ahh sound, and he was speaking less saying practically no words. This caused Eddie to get very upset and have tantrums because he was unable to communicate his feelings. I then found out about Early Steps program. After his evaluation, they had confirmed it was too early to diagnose Autism but it seemed that Eddie did have a developmental delay. They advised me to take him to a Neurologist when he turned four for an accurate diagnosis and the Neurologist did confirm my Motherly instincts that Eddie did indeed have mild Autism. Early detection is key and getting the proper care and therapy services at an early age makes a tremendous difference to see better progression. After I was told that my son had Autism I cried, I was so down and depressed. I had missed experiencing those first-time baby & toddler memorable moments that a parent looks forward to. I would ask myself why God, why me. I don’t smoke, I hardly drink alcohol, I took care of myself during my pregnancy, and I am a good person. Why me? Why is this happening to me and one day someone gave me the perfect advice: GOD WON’T GIVE YOU MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE - An Autistic child is very special and only special parents are blessed and are chosen to raise these wonderful children. After that response my whole perspective of having an Autistic child changed. His older brother Daniel has been such a wonderful influence on Eddie. Eddie has long days of therapy and can become easily stressed. He requires a very strict schedule to continue his progress. Making sure Eddie gets all the services he needs has become very challenging as a parent when you must dedicate more time and patients to them. Every day is challenging being always concerned that people would not understand Eddie’s behavior. My biggest concern is will Eddie be able to take care of himself if I am not around, but every day he proves me wrong. Eddie is an amazing, smart, and kind boy. He is now 9 years old and always happy and smiling. With the love and dedication of his passionate teachers one in particular, Mrs. Jaime Trotz, Eddie makes the Honor Roll every grading period and received a Core Values of Citizenship Award this year. As a parent, you must be very involved, accept your child’s conditions and dedicate as much time as possible to make sure the child receives the attention they need. This is a major factor and it’s the greatest impact in their progress. I love being a part of Eddies World... I am a proud Mom of an Autistic Boy!!!!

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JENNINGS For this mother’s day issue we had the opportunity to interview Laurie Jennings a well-known reporter and co-anchor at Local 10 News, a wife , and a mother of identical tweens Luke and Jake.


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I wouldn't trade identical twin boys for anything

do you divide your time between 3. How being a mother and your job as a journalist?. The only way to make it all work is to sacrifice sleep! I anchor the 4, 5, 6 & 11pm newscasts every weeknight, so I can never pick them up after school or be there to start homework. The least I can do is get up early and take them to school, but that means only about 5 hours of sleep a night. I literally schedule “nap” on my I-phone calendar here and there — and once in a while, I get it!

challenges do you encounter in 4. What being a mother to twins?.


Laurie, tell us about your background and education.

I grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut — a suburb of New York City. After graduating from Greenwich High, I went on to Cornell University as a government major and then earned a masters in journalism at Northwestern University.

ow did you 2. Hanchorwoman?.

become a news

At Cornell, I tried my hand at radio newscasting because I loved to write, and that led to my first TV news internship. The newsroom was filled with cigarette smoke, pizza boxes, loud typewriters and police scanners – I loved it!! I was hooked on the adrenaline-filled atmosphere and the breaking news when you least expect it! So, I got my master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and moved my life to a town I had never heard of — Youngstown, Ohio — to start off in my first newsroom as a general assignment reporter.

I wouldn’t trade identical twin boys for anything -- it’s one adventure after the next. But with twins you always know you only get *one shot* at everything — there’s no figuring it out with the first child and then doing things better with the next ones! And you always want them to be their own person and have their own activities, but it’s SO much easier if they’re involved in the same things and you don’t have to run in two totally different directions every minute! For all the challenges of twins, the bonus is that they always have someone to play with, to fight with, and to laugh with -- there’s never a dull moment!!


Tell us about your mother and how she is involved in your and your children’s lives?.

My beautiful mom, Marilyn, just turned 80 and is finally beginning to spend her winters in Florida! She is a total Grandma in every sense of the word. She teaches her grandsons how to bake cookies and plays tennis and ping pong with them. And

in exchange, they teach her how to use her I-pad and I-phone! My mom was stuck in the hospital for months here in Florida two years ago and we almost lost her. It really taught my boys to cherish every minute with their grandparents.

know you are very busy but what 6. We do you like to do in your spare time?. When I get a free hour, it’s usually pilates or workout time. But I’ll take outdoor time as a family any day. My boys are 13 now, so we can really get a good game of doubles tennis going, or a long bike ride, or a few holes of golf -- they LOVE getting to drive the carts!

are involved in supporting various 7. You charitable organizations. Tell us about those activities?. If my voice or presence can help a local charity bring in more people or raise more dollars – it feels great to make a difference. So whether I’m the emcee, the host, the auctioneer or the keynote speaker – I try to help wherever I can. Especially United Way, Chapman Partnership, Holtz Children’s Hospital, Baptist Hospital and Voices for Children – they all know that I will be there for them – barring breaking news!

A final message or tips for other moms?. 8. Clean less, and play more! And don’t worry

if you do things differently from other families. Find what works for your family and stick with it. Consistency, traditions and quality family time will make the biggest impact in the long run. Credits:

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DEERING ESTATE SUMMER CAMP Campers will explore, learn, and become environmental stewards. During five-day sessions, campers will get the chance to hike, play, and discover how they can contribute to the protection of our natural environment. Activities are nature based and include hiking, kayaking (age 9-14), science experiments, arts and crafts, and more! Deering Estate 16701 SW 72 Avenue Miami, FL 33157 305-235-1668 ext. 233

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CONI GOUDIE, the face behind Gymboree Play & Music in Miami

By Nelly Lusich

Last year, Gymboree Play & Music in Miami celebrated its 40th anniversary being the premier childhood learning chain in the United States, and a global leader in early childhood learning. The company strives to bring fun, music and play to early childhood education. Today, nearly 2000 children are currently enrolled in program.

Ms. Coni Ensor Goudie is the face behind the Gymboree Play & Music franchise in Miami, Florida. As the CEO, she has led the company to surpass one million dollars in revenue. Through the years, she has multiplied her play center locations while personally investing time and leadership in community and childhood related philanthropic organizations. For more than three decades, Coni’s business accomplishments have defied the odds of most small businesses, while impacting thousands of families’ lives in the greater Miami community. Through the years, her company has expanded to include Gymboree Play & Music locations in Coral Gables (at the Village of Merrick Park), Kendall, and Palmetto Bay. The Palmetto Bay center introduced a host of new services which incorporated enhanced teaching curricula, and a new line of custom designed play equipment created to maximize physical and academic learning. As an internal role model, Coni’s work is consistently recognized at the annual Gymboree Play & Music Franchisee Seminar. As one of the top international franchisees in

the system, she has a collection of awards in every category including Highest Overall Enrollments, Largest Birthday Party Revenue, and Highest Retail Sales. In 2014, Coni was awarded by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Businesswoman of the Year. On a personal note, Coni was crowned Miss Florida as well as earned the prestigious title of Orange Bowl Queen. Coni has maintained a long-term commitment to the community and has passionately worked with non-profit and governmental organizations. For the past eight years, she has worked closely with the Children’s Trust and the Office of the Mayor of Miami. She has also served on many Charity Boards including, March of Dimes, JDRF and Jar of hearts. She has given many Gymboree scholarships at each of the three locations to families in need. Coni has made this an important part of the Gymboree Play & Music training as an example of giving back to the community. Coni is the mother of a daughter, Nicole and a son, Jeffrey and a new Grandson. These, in her opinion are her proudest accomplishments!

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The Diplomat

Beach Resort is Hollywood,

Florida’s most iconic property By Ana Marquez


resh off a $100 million transformation in April 2017 The Diplomat Beach Resort is Hollywood, Florida’s most iconic property. Perfectly situated between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, this family-friendly Hollywood resort boasts 1,000 guestrooms and suites, 8 different culinary destinations, two sun-drenched pools, 25 poolside cabanas, a glittering, ultramodern spa and fitness center, and 209,000 square feet of meetings and event space. Additionally, The Diplomat is the largest in hotel convention space in South Florida with the most expansive ballroom south of Orlando. The ideal location is 10 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, casino and nightlife at The Village at Gulfstream Park and 20 minutes away from dining on famed Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. All rooms feature unobstructed ocean or Intracoastal vantage points with most suites boasting 180-degree views of the tropical surroundings, including a variety of premier suites and the Governor’s and Presidential suites, each with an individual identity delivering on guests’ needs. The guestrooms depict two separate design schemes: Sunrise and Sunset. Sunrise rooms are modern, vibrant and refreshing with earthy tones that provide a soothing, calm atmosphere accented with blue ocean colors. Sunset rooms present a more subtle, modern and organic design scheme with views overlooking the famous South Florida west horizon, giving guests a front seat view to stunning sunsets. At the new Diplomat Kids’ Club, guests ages 4-12 can fill their days with aquatic adventures, new friends and the freedom to explore their fun-loving side while Mom and Dad enjoy a grown-up day in the spa, at the pool or on the beach. The Dip and Slide play area makes cooling off fun with two water slides, a dump bucket and water cannons. Surrounded by splishsplash fountains and comfortable seating for parents, Dip and Slide is the perfect setting for seaside family-fun. Older kids (and the young at heart) can partake in a variety of waterborne recreational activities, such as jet skiing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Each dining destination is rooted in strong culinary sensibilities and exudes brand individuality, creating distinct spaces and experiences, from famed Restaurateur and Chef Michael Schulson’s awardwinning Japanese-inspired Monkitail – voted Best New Restaurant by USA Today and Sun Sentinel, Best Hotel Restaurant by USA Today in 2017, and OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice Awards in February 2018 – to Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal – a Coastal American restaurant.


Miami Kids Magazine April-May 2019

Events MKM Easter Event/Summer Camp Expo Get excited for Miami Kids Magazine’s free Easter and Summer Camp Expo event on April 6 at Shops at Sunset Place. Enjoy an Easter egg hunt, photo opportunities with real bunnies, music, entertainment, prizes, giveaways, face painting, and much more! Pick the golden egg and win a big prize! Egg Safari April 20-21 Kids ages 12 and under can enjoy continuous egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny, music, games, prizes AND see our Zoo animals receive their special holiday treats, too!

Merrick Park Easter Event Come to Merrick Park for a fun day with photo opportunities with bunny and an Easter egg hunt. We are going to have cookie decorations, face painting, and much more! Egg Hunt will be divided by ages. The event will be on April 13th! MKM and PBK Parade Come join Miami Kids Magazine and Pottery Barn Kids for a fun day on April 20th visiting selected stores at the mall for a chance to win a Golden Egg! Each Golden Egg is going to have a special surprise. Call (305) 446-6511 to RSVP. Bunny Palooza @ Miami Sea Aquarium Don’t miss BunnyPalooza, a Hip-Hoping Weekend from April 19 - 21 with continuous egg hunts, unlimited rides, South Florida’s biggest Easter parade, a special visit from the Easter Bunny and so much more! Plus, you’ll want to cool off at the Kids Foam Zone. Event activities are included with park admission. Special offers available online at Easter Eggstravaganza @ Gaylord Palms Easter Eggstravaganza will return to Gaylord Palms Resort, just in time to celebrate Spring! The resort will blossom with enormous eggs, pool parties, a bunny scavenger hunt and meet-and-greets with the Easter Bunny himself, offering the ideal setting for families to enjoy the Season. Easter Eggstravaganza activities are available on select dates. For additional information or to book your getaway, visit Getaways. Gymboree Play and Music Hop on by to Gymboree Play and Music for an Easter Celebration! Enjoy egg coloring activities, egg hunts, bunny games, and plenty of pictures with the Easter Bunny! The event will be held at Gymboree Play and Music locations in Coral Gables at Merrick Park on April 7th, Kendall on April 15th, and Palmetto Bay on April 12th. Call 305-232-7550 for reservations. Mall of the Americas Easter Celebration Mall of the Americas is pleased to invite families to our memorable Easter Celebration on Saturday, April 20th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to meeting the Easter Bunny, visitors to the celebration will enjoy festive music, a bunny petting area, arts-n-crafts and giveaways! Visiting with the Easter Bunny in Center Court is free. Admission to these events is free, and adult supervision of all children is required April-May 2019

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Dan & Trish Bell, Emilio Estefan, Maria & Alberto Carvalho

Alberto Carvalho, Perla Hantman, & Maria Carvalho

Karla & Scott Richey

Maria Carvalho, Johnatan & Karen Fryd

Robin & Susan Shelley, Alberto Carvalho, Karla & Scott Richey, Trish & Dan Bell

Dan & Trish Bell, Susie Westfall, Jake & Alan Fein, Maria & Alberto Carvalho

For the Love of Learning Gala The fourth annual For the Love of Learning Gala raised funds to benefit the children of Miami-Dade County Public Schools through the Foundation for New Education Initiatives, Inc. Hosted by Maria & Alberto Carvalho and Trish & Dan Bell and emceed by Nicole Perez at the JW Marriott Marquis, the Feb. 23, 2019 gala was attended by Miami’s philanthropic and influential business and community leaders. Honored that evening were members of the M-DCPS Alumni Hall of Fame class of 2019: The 19-time Grammy Award winner, Music Producer, and Entrepreneur, Emilio Estefan, Shareholder with Stearns Weaver Miller, Alan Fein, and President of the JosÊ Milton Foundation, Ana Veiga Milton.

Nicole Perez

Perla Hantman, Alan Fein, Ana Milton, Emilio Estefan, & Alberto Carvalho

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Marile Lopez & Maria Carvalho

Ambassador Paul and Trudy Cejas, Golden Angels Carlos A. Migoya, CEO and President of Jackson Health System and Silver Seraphim, and Brenda More

Dr. Rudolph Moise, JHF Board Member and Platinum Angel, and Rudolph Moise, Jr_


Cecil and Ana VeigaMilton, Diamond Seraphims and Naming Benefactor of Jose Milton Memorial

Jackson Health Foundation hosted its annual Golden Angels Gala on January 26 at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami, celebrating the expansion of Jackson Health System and honoring the Golden Angels, the Foundation’s premier giving society whose members play a vital role in advancing the mission of Jackson Health System. More than 600 philanthropists and community leaders came together for a spectacular evening of giving. Over $2 million was raised during the event, which was again hosted by WPLG Channel 10 anchor Laurie Jennings. Karla Richey, Ana & Diana Milton

Alitza Weiss and Caroline Weiss, Platinum Seraphim, Dr. Camilo Ricordi, Jose Prado, Judith Prado, Victor

Wayne and Arlene Chaplin, New Golden Angels

Karla & Scott Richey

Mike and Constance Fernandez, Golden Seraphims

Jaime Saavedra Karla Saavedra,Brenda Migoya,Carlos Migoya

Roberta and Harvey Chaplin, Honorary Chairs

Silvia Rios Fortun, , Gala Co-Chair, JHF Board Member and Silver Seraphim, and Rigo Lesteiro, Gol

Art Box booth with art and crafs

Azalea Gray

Darien, Tristen, Andre, Bryan, Carlos, Angeline, Blake & Lexy students from White Tiger and Dragon Martial Arts

Miami Kids Magazine was a proud sponsor of The Coconut Grove Arts Festival On February 16- 18 in the beautiful city of Coconut Grove, the community came together as family to enjoy art, food, and many other activities. Miami Kids Magazine was very proud to support the CGAF in their mission to raise funds to provide scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs in local schools.

Cynthia & Elsie Gonzalez

Dallas Knight

Veronica Heiro with Miguel and Andres Nadal

Christine, Antonio and Ella Perez, Lauren, Liam and Andy Mendez

Our readers dancing with Sharky and Safari Sam

Ella Paige

Gianna, Ruth, Frank and Gabriella Garcia

Andrew, Dylan, Morgan & Sloane Laven

Martin Fajardo Mailyn, Abigail, Aira, Maria, Noah, Nancy & Austin Morales

Valentina Alvarez, Eric and Mason Rodriguez

Priscilla Gonzalez

Sharky leading the conga line

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SOUTH FLORIDA 37TH ANNUAL RED CROSS BALL The Greater Miami & The Keys Chapter of the American Red Cross celebrated its 37th Annual Red Cross Ball – “Surround Yourself In Red” – on Saturday, March 16 at the InterContinental Miami. The fabulous event was follow by the 2nd annual Party In Red, the official afterparty of the Red Cross Ball where the city’s brightest young professionals gathered and continued the celebration. The Red Cross Ball raised funds for the American Red Cross’ disaster preparedness, response and recovery programs and services, continuing its tradition and commitment to Greater Miami & The Keys.

Margarita Tonkinson & Robert Shelley

Cecil & Ana Milton

Scott & Karla Richey

Jorge Luis & Marile Lopez, Alberto & Maria Carvahlo

Amanda Altman, David & Julia Bianchi

Lisa McClaskey, Cheri Mascitelli, Lauren Masuzzo, Amy Brody Polikoff, Marcus Sirmans, & Niall O'Brien

Juan Toro, Maria Alonso, & Alex Montague

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Julia Bianchi, Paul DiMare, Raphael Bastian