Miami Kids Magazine Issue 708 August-September

Page 1

• Small changes in the kitchen can lead to big impact on your family’s health.

• Back to School: Snacks and power energy breakfast ideas

• College Funding

• Miami Kids Magazine Family Fest.

• American Heart Association: Go Red for Women luncheon.

• Miami Kids Magazine received significant recognition.

AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2023 NUMBER 708 11 13 35 40 17 PAG. PAG. PAG. PAG. PAG. Parenting Nutrition Family Social Traveling Feature Let’s go Back to School Prepared!
A Family Friendly Resort: Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort, Spa & Casinor
• Suicide Prevention Month. The Power of the word “I love You”.
Sabina Covo, making a difference in the City of Miami. 22
Roxanne Vargas visiting The HistoryMiami Museum.
Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids.
39 PAG. PAG. 24 After School Guide Sponsored by Schools Guide Sponsored by Miami Kids Magazine August - September 2023 6


Karla C. Richey



Karla C. Richey

Enrique Chavez Pincilotti



Enrique Chavez Pincilotti

Diane Landsberg


The American Heart Association

Coach Nick Bevilacqua

Diane Landsberg

We will have free vision tests and glasses when prescribed, thanks to the Heiken Vision program, free backpacks, and school supplies until supplies last and also fun entertainment and more. A special thanks to our sponsors South Florida PBS, Health Channel, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Centennial Bank, the Rotary Club of Miami, The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Bakerly, NBC and Telemundo.

New year, new goals, and on page 6 you will have a great article on how to teach your kids to set realistic goals as individuals and as a family!

We started this first issue of the year with a super interview and also on the cover page Ron Magill, the very well-known American wildlife expert and Communications Director at Zoo Miami. Don’t miss the interview on pages 20 and 21, and also the behind the scenes pictures and videos coming up on our social media pages.

On the cover page of the magazine, we have Roxanne Vargas with her family enjoying the new attraction at the History Miami Museum, Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids. To learn more about the exhibit, don’t miss to check pages 22 and 23.

As requested by many parents, our best and most complete guide for the summer, Summer Camp Guide number I sponsored by iSwim Academy on pages 22 and 23.

February is the month of love and we have a Valentines Gift Guide for the entire family. In March we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and we have some ideas of activities to do with the family.

We have excellent options for After School Programs on pages 24 and 25. Please don’t miss to check out the programs. If you are looking for a school, you can’t miss seeing the Schools Guide sponsored by SuperCuts.

We are proud that during the month of January, we were able to give away a toiletry basket that includes a hand sanitizer, face mask, hand soap, towel, and a toothbrush to one reader per day on our social media pages. We hope that while having the virus around, we maintain social distancing and keep washing our hands and taking the respective precautions.

Going back to school is a time of planning and organization; check out the article on page 11 with great tips on how to get ready!

I wish all the students a successful back to school! Remember to tell your kids how much you love them every day before going to school!

Cheers to all of us, we are here for you, stronger than ever and ready to provide you with great articles, keep planning great events, and continue with our mission to integrate exceptional kids into society!

The American Heart Association

Nelly Lusich

Angelica Olivas

Coach Nick Bevilacqua

Nelly Lusich

Ingrid Menendez



Nelly Lusich

Nelly Lusich



Karla C. Richey

Karla C. Richey



Claudia Del Castillo

Claudia Del Castillo



Lucia Galeano

Enrique Tubvio




Enrique Tubio

Jhonn Rivera



Noor Barakat

Kenneth & Valeria Richey


Jhonn Rivera



WWW.MIAMIKIDSMAGAZINE.COM © 2023 Miami Kids, LLC. All rights reserved. Issue 708. Miami Kids™ Magazine is published bimonthly in the USA. Reproduction in whole or in partial without written permission is prohibited. Publisher is not responsible for claims and content of advertisements.
Karla C. Richey
I hope you all enjoyed a nice time with the family this summer! Now is the time to get ready to go back to school!
I want to invite you to join us this August 5th at Shops at Sunset Place to celebrate Back to School.
Happy 2021! We are super excited for this new year with much hope and expectations for good things to happen for all of us! The vaccines are here! We are happy that our elderly and first responders are getting the vaccine and soon most of us are going to get it also.
WWW.MIAMIKIDSMAGAZINE.COM @MiamiKidsMagazine @MiamiKidsMagazine © 2021 Miami Kids, LLC. All rights reserved. Issue 502. Miami Kids™ Magazine is published bimonthly in the USA. Reproduction in whole or in partial without written permission is prohibited. Publisher is not responsible for claims and content of advertisements.
Karla C. Richey
Miami Kids Magazine August - September 2023 8


Check out these helpful hints to avoid a last-minute crunch and rush:

• Research the school website for calendar, holidays, after-school activities, and clubs.

• If possible, visit the school, to become familiar with driving directions and school layout.

• Request a class list if available, to possibly organize a carpool.

• Sign up to be a class volunteer and PTA membership.

• Purchase uniforms before the last-minute rush.

• Make appointments for Dentists and Doctors.

• Hair appointment (allow time to grow out if your kid hates the cut).

• Adjust bedtime to school hours.

• Complete summer reading assignments.

• Purchase school supplies and the special backpack.

I would sit down with your children to ask what they liked best about school last year. Discuss possible solutions to problems they experienced (too much homework doesn’t count!). Ask what they liked best (recess or lunch doesn’t count). It is important to have clear guidelines and rules about computer use and internet access. I caught my grandson doing homework with Alexa providing all the math answers!

Children are being given a cell phone at younger and younger ages. It is convenient to communicate with them.

Everyone needs to know the school rules about usage during the day to avoid it being confiscated. Upload the tracking app and notify them that you will be checking it. It is important to stress that you love them

very much and wish them to be safe. They are an expert at using cell phones, laptops, tablets & computers. (I frequently have to ask one of my grandchildren for assistance with all my devices), but they do not have the maturity to have total access to the world wide web. It is suggested to routinely do a search to see history, downloaded photos and videos, etc. Have firm consequences for disobeying the rules that you have put into place. Check out the Bark. com application for a good way to monitor your children’s devices.

Understand and remember that the first days of a new school year can be scary. Having a new teacher, new classmates, and new routines place much pressure on young children. Without doing an inquisition, gently ask how things are going. You might give an example, “Sometimes a bully picks on someone, and others laugh. Have you seen that?” Listen carefully to what they say and don’t say, stressing that you are always available to talk about anything. Tell them that a new school year is a new adventure, and you are confident they will do great.

11 August - September 2023 Miami Kids Magazine


but it is preventable,” said Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, a nutritionist and volunteer expert with the American Heart Association. “We want to empower families to make healthier choices and celebrate their cultural heritage through delicious and nutritious meals. The ‘Together at the Table/ Juntos En La Mesa’ campaign will provide the bilingual resources and support needed to make that possible.”

Eating healthy is not always easy. Together at the Table/ Juntos En La Mesa can help the Hispanic/ Latino community eat better without sacrificing flavor or culture.

“Food is an expression of culture and plays a crucial role in our physical and mental well-being,” said Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, a nutritionist and volunteer expert with the American Heart Association. “The ‘Together at the Table/ Juntos En La Mesa’ campaign will help families to make small changes in the kitchen that will lead to big impacts on their health.”

To learn more about the ‘Together at the Table/ Juntos En La Mesa’ campaign or to access educational resources and support, visit heart. org/nutricionytufamilia.

What people eat and drink affects heart and brain health and is essential for managing health conditions like blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Hispanic adults are at higher risk for Type 2 diabetes and have some of the highest prevalence of poorly controlled blood pressure, two major risk factors for heart disease. As a champion for health equity, today the American Heart Association, the leading global voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke for all, launched ‘Together at the Table/ Juntos En La Mesa.’

The campaign is designed to inspire Hispanic/Latino communities to cook and eat a heart-healthy diet that celebrates

their cultural flavors while improving their families’ health. Food contributes to a person’s physical and mental well-being while expressing cultural identity through preparation, sharing and consumption. Together at the Table/ Juntos En La Mesa will provide tips for healthier cooking, tools and free recipes geared for family meals.

The Hispanic/Latino community is disproportionately affected by heart disease and related health issues due to longstanding systemic barriers, such as a historic lack of access to health care and nutritious foods.

“Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the Hispanic/Latino community,

13 August - September 2023 Miami Kids Magazine

Back to School



• 4-6 tablespoons olive oil

• 2 cups vegetables (broccoli, mushrooms, peppers)

• 1/2 onion diced

• 1 clove garlic minced

• 6 eggs

• 1/2 cup cheese optional- cheese of your choice


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Meanwhile in a oven-safe pan, saute the onion and garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.

3. After about 3 minutes add the remaining oil and your choice of vegetables.

4. Saute the vegetables over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

5. Season the vegetables with salt and herbs (oregano & paprika). Whisk the eggs together then pour the eggs over the vegetables, making sure they spread evenly over the veggies.

7. Add the cheese if using any.

8. Now place the saute pan in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or you can continue to cook over the stove on medium low for 15-20 minutes.



• 3 cups rolled oats (or old-fashioned oats)

• 2 tbsp brown sugar (light)

• ½ tsp cinnamon

• ¼ tsp salt (we use Himalayan)

• 1 tsp baking soda

• 2 large eggs

• ¼ cup honey

• 2 bananas (mashed)

• 2 tsp vanilla extract

• 1 cup oat milk

• ¼ cup coconut oil (melted)

• ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Grease a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.

3. In a large bowl combine the oats, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.

4. In a medium bowl combine eggs, honey, mashed bananas, vanilla, oat milk, and coconut oil.

5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until combined, do not overmix.

6. Fold in the chocolate chips.

7. Scoop batter evenly into the prepared muffin tin.

8. Bake for 20 minutes or until set and the tops are slightly brown.

9. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove to cool completely.



• 1 cup fresh baby spinach organic

• 2 cups frozen pineapple diced

• 2 cups frozen kiwi diced

• 1 each fresh or frozen banana

• 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

• 1/2 cup water or ice

• 1 tbsp honey (optional)


1. Cut banana, kiwi, & pineapple and freeze overnight.

2. Add frozen fruit to blender. Add juice, water, then add the loosely packed Spinach and blend! Taste and add honey if needed.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
15 August - September 2023 Miami Kids Magazine

of SUICIDE Prevention Month. The Power THE WORD

Suicide Prevention Month is upon us. So, I have decided to take on the task and talk about some of those things we often don’t talk about. I think the most common thing talked about when you hear about someone you think you know committed suicide, is why didn’t they reach out, why didn’t they ask for help, it seemed like they had it all together…

I am going to pull the personal curtain back a little bit and expose myself and my own struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. I can’t remember the first time I thought about taking my own life. I cannot even tell you what triggered the thought. I would guess this world seems overwhelming and all-powerful sometimes and you feel like you have no way out or no change ahead, so you make the ultimate choice can’t tell you about the first time I told someone about it, or better yet, posed it as a question. The first time I had the courage to say something was to one of my best friends, and I asked him “Have you ever

thought about killing yourself?” He came back so fast with a no, it had the tone of what is wrong with you, that’s not even a thing. The second person I asked was my girlfriend and she had a similar response to my friend. I was left feeling like I was crazy. I am lucky though, because my thought that suicide is the ultimate cop-out, is the only reason I am still here. Seriously. Suicide happens to be a “must not do,” zero exceptions, in my mind. Thank God.

I am not suggesting we normalize suicide; however, I am suggesting we normalize those thoughts that aren’t sure about tomorrow. Those people who sometimes don’t think they can make it another day, month, year, or some circumstance. As in, “I cannot do that again.” We need to have compassion for those who cannot have compassion for themselves.

How can you help? This is the million-dollar question, isn’t it? I would suggest it’s easier than you think. You can tell them you love them, in many different ways. You can remind them the world is better with them in it.

How do you know who is feeling like this? I would encourage you to think everyone does; therefore, you will try to help and show love to anyone in your path. We have no idea where someone just came from or where they’re headed too, but when they cross our path, friend or stranger, we can show them, love. The catch is twofold, one, it must be real and unconditional, and two, you have to be ok with knowing you’ll never know whose life you saved because of that love. The world needs more compassion and love, so why not start with you, today? Start in your own home too, because you never really know what is going on in anyone’s head except your own.

It takes work. It takes a village. It takes faith. It takes consistent movement forward. It is hard. It is scary… AND,

17 August - September 2023 Miami Kids Magazine
You can do it. I believe in you. I love you.

Go Fund Me Go Fund Yourself


When life strikes with unexpected hardships, why rely on a Go Fund Me fundraiser or a well-to-do family member to help you pay for expenditures?

Life is full of twists and turns that can leave you and your family without cash or in debt if you are not prepared. For those moments when navigating life seems difficult, you can fund yourself with a type of insurance coverage that works for you when you must needed “Life Insurance you don’t have to die to use” in case of a Critical, Chronic or even a Terminal Illness you will be able to put a claim an advance up to 90% of the face amount of your policy. The living benefits in this financial instrument give you the freedom to use your money to pay whatever your needs, such as your mortgage, kids education, medical bills, experimental treatments, travel “no questions ask”. You can also contribute towards your Golden Years for retirement and enjoy the cash value with tax benefits to the insured...

The initiative of funding yourself has helped thousands of families navigate financial difficulties, allowing them to use their accrued money to avoid having to apply for bankruptcy. Funding yourself with life benefits should be the first option when you find yourself without a job, or with expenses that cannot be covered by your salary alone.

Next time you consider planning your insurance policy, make sure that it includes the cash value component, so you can fund yourself when you have an unexpected expenditure.

For more information, schedule a private appointment in the comfort of your home or in our offices, don’t hesitate to contact Las Madrinas de los Seguros 305-MADRINA 305-623-7462 Be Somebody’s Hero or Your Own Hero.

Miami Kids Magazine August - September 2023 22

A 17-foot-long dragon with a wingspan of over 19 feet guards the lobby of the HistoryMiami Museum in downtown. The dragon has flown in for the museum’s newest e xhibition Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids , now on view until March 31, 2024.

As you make your way around the exhibition, you can step next to the giant tentacles of a Kraken, a mythical sea monster that has 12-foot-long tentacles that appear to rise out of the floor as if surfacing from the sea or view a manatee model and learn the story of how sailors mistook them for mermaids. You will also come face to face with an over6-foot-tall, extinct primate called Gigantopithecus; and the largest bird ever to have lived the over-9foot-tall, extinct Aepyornis. A talon swooping above the heads of visitors with a wingspan of nearly 20 feet makes this a magical experience not to be missed.

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, & Mermaids also include paintings, textiles, and other cultural objects from around the world. The exhibit brings to light surprising similarities and differences in how people worldwide have been inspired by nature to envision and depict these strange and wonderful creatures.

For example, discover how the elongated spiral tooth of the narwhal, a small whale living in arctic waters, lent credence to Europeans’ centuries-old belief in the unicorn. Then, stand next to a life-sized unicorn standing over 10 feet tall.

The exhibit also offers many interactive stations where visitors can build their own virtual dragon, touch casts of the lower jaw of the Gigantopithecus, and feel a life-size reproduction of the talon of a Haast’s eagle.

In a special Mythic Miami section, learn about the Skunk Ape, an elusive creature believed to inhabit the mangroves and forests of South Florida, hear the story of a local man who came face to face with a siren in Haiti, and learn the legend of the Chupacabra.

The fantastical exhibition is located in the South Building of the HistoryMiami Museum in downtown Miami. There is onsite parking in the Cultural Center Parking garage located on Second Avenue. It is $5 with validation.

Admission to Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids is $15 for adults, $8 for children, $10 for seniors and students. It is free for Museum Members. Tickets include general admission to the museum. For tickets and more information, visit

News anchor
23 August - September 2023 Miami Kids Magazine
Roxanne Vargas and her children enjoyed the exhibit


We are a group of professionals with a deep love for children and great empathy for parents. We believe in supporting and accompanying parents in their adventure of raising children, and at the same time, kids can learn and have fun. We intend to have a place where parents RELAX, and kids GROW!


Come face-to-face with the largest touring collection of mummies ever assembled. Mummies of the World: The Exhibition at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami features the mummified remains of 40 real humans and animals, and 80 rare artifacts from across the globe. Mummies of The World: The Exhibition will be on view through Monday, September 4, 2023. The Museum has prepared a family guide with suggestions for visiting the exhibition with children, given the exhibition contains human remains. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit


Specializing in children’s art classes, camps and art themed birthday parties, Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids. At Kidcreate Studio, your child will create fridge-worthy masterpieces, learn art concepts, and experiment with many different art materials.


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:

Phone: 786-476-2105

Website: https://www.


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 305505-4919 or email


Bake It On Wheels is a unique and exciting baking experience on wheels! Simply choose your package, pick your date, pay your deposit, and get excited by all of the candy coated fun to follow. We look forward to hosting your bash in our bakery on wheels!

Phone: (877) 422-5348



At the Real Food Academy, our cooking classes in Miami for kids and adults are all about good times, good tastes, and good eating habits. We have an expanded catalog of cooking camps and classes at our Miami cooking school, including Saturday kids’ cooking classes, Mommy and Me classes, after school programs, and even professional culinary courses and classes for adults. We also offer private cooking classes in Miami for birthday parties, corporate events, or any other type of get-together, where one of our professional chefs will design a custom menu for the celebration.

Phone: (786) 713-2598


Kumon’s unique approach can help kids master math and reading, build study skills - such as confidence, locus and work ethic - and reduce homework stress along with test anxiety. Students advance through the program at their own pace. Our emphasis on individualized learning helps your child become focused, motivated and self-reliant.

Phone: (305) 665-3276



Shops at Merrick Park 256 Altara Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33146


Area Stage Company offers a world-class theater experience that encompasses the dynamic and diverse South Florida community through professional productions, a vibrant conservatory program and new outreach and engagement programming! Grow your performance skills, learn to sing, act or dance with us!

Phone: (305) 666-2078


Miami Kids Magazine August - September 2023 24


The spectacular Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center offers family-friendly entertainment, restaurants and breathtaking gardens under glass. Stay close to Walt Disney World® and other theme parks while immersing yourself in the sights of Kissimmee, Florida. Dive into a full day of thrilling aquatic fun at the Everglades-inspired Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park. Treat your taste buds to a fresh, authentic seasonal buffet and discover distinctive fine dining options.

Phone: (407) 586-0000


We’re a kid’s art studio based in Coral Gables, serving all of Miami. From drop in classes to memberships and from birthday parties to foreign language art classes, we’re on a mission to ignite creativity. - (929)372-8624


We strive from the belief that every child should learn water safety and survival skills. Our classes go from babies-adults, each offering unique swimming programs with their own set of goals. We have the option to teach safely in our indoor pool or in your own home all the year round! If you are just getting used to the water or want to advance your swimming skills, our learn to swim program is designed to help you succeed and have fun!

Phone: (844) 576-2796



Sail with pirates today!

Shoot real water cannons! during an epic battle. Sail away on a real pirate ship and enjoy the best family time on our one-hour interactive pirate adventure. Book now and secure your spot on the finest Pirate Ship in Fort Lauderdale.

All ages welcome!

Link to book: all-adventures/bluefoot-pirate-adventure/


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!

Phone: (407) 757-700


Address: 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32809

Website: orlando


Is an innovative tutoring center and homeschool co-op that offers personalized 1:1 and group tutoring. Our sessions are custom-tailored to each child’s specific needs, incorporating hands-on and project-based activities. We offer enrichment classes throughout the year, such as music, art, yoga and drama to foster well-rounded development. Learn more at www.starfishholisticlearning. com or call us at 786-542-5434.


They say it’s not about winning or losing. But those people obviously haven’t been to Dave & Buster’s. Because with hundreds of games to play, everyone leaves feeling like a champion. We offer arcade games, tabletop, air hockey, ping pong, billiards, and more! Whatever you can dream of, you can play at D&B!


WHY WALK WHEN YOU CAN DANCE! ADC is an institution focusing intensely on its mission of excellence in dance education. It is unique in keeping the tradition of Classical Ballet and offers a wide range variety of classes, including Flamenco, Ballroom, Hip-Hop, Aerial, Tumbling, Jazz, Contemporary, and Stretch.



Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Arts and Science District, MODS features 150,000 square feet of dynamic science exhibits, an outdoor science park, a live animal collection, a rotating schedule of science shows, learning labs, café, store and a grand atrium.


Experience the ultimate family-friendly park in Florida at By Brothers. Explore a world of wonder where animals and a welcoming atmosphere await. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. Encounter fascinating creatures and be amazed by their captivating talents. By Brothers is the perfect destination for an extraordinary adventure.


Calling all adventurers! Experience the ultimate aerial adventure at Treetop Trekking Miami, South Florida’s premier treetop park. Step into a world where nature meets thrills and embark on an unforgettable journey through the treetops. Swing, climb, and zip your way through suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, and epic ziplines. It’s an extraordinary adventure for the whole family! Younger adventurers will love our Discovery Courses, designed for kids aged 5 and up. Test your balance on wooden bridges, net walkways, and ziplines, all while having a blast! Boost confidence, improve balance, and create lifelong memories at Treetop Trekking Miami.


Join us at NYFA Miami! Located in the vibrant neighborhood of South Beach in Miami, NYFA offers a wide range of degrees, workshops, and youth programs. During their time studying here, students will work like professionals, immersing themselves in our creative community of aspiring visual artists and performers.


Are you ready for an enchanting adventure that will boost your little one’s self-esteem and teach them the true meaning of self-love? Look no further than Lollipops & Gumdrops, the ultimate destination for relaxation, pampering, and the celebration of inner beauty.

With a wide range of spa services designed exclusively for girls aged 3 to 17, we ensure that every young princess feels cherished and adored. But it’s not just about the treatments; it’s about fostering confidence and self-care through the power of pretend play and dress-up. Our friendly and interactive staff will guide your child on a journey of self-discovery, instilling in them a profound love for the skin they’re in and the importance of putting themselves first.


The Greater Miami Youth Symphony was established in 1958 and has been following our mission statement to Instill, Enrich and Inspire ever since. We are an inclusive, multi-tiered music training program with over 500 students ranging from ages 5-18 offering instrumental classes and weekly rehearsals taught by talented educators to build a strong musical foundation for our students. Our 64th Season is about to begin! Students with little-to-no experience are welcome to join our MYami program to start their musical journey. Likewise, our higher levels like our Symphony Orchestra perform at a challenging level and are perfect for seasoned young musicians with years of experience. No matter where you find yourself, GMYS has a place for you. All levels and abilities are welcome! Visit for more information.


Calling all young dancers in Miami! Discover the enchantment of ballet with Miami City Ballet’s incredible training program. Our experienced faculty, with professional performing backgrounds, provides personalized instruction to each student. Develop a strong technique, refinement, and musicality through our comprehensive syllabus. Enroll now and watch your child’s passion for dance blossom. Miami City Ballet offers a stage for dreams to come alive. Join us today and let the magic of ballet begin!


Join us this Fall for NFL FLAG football, the nation’s largest youth flag football program. Backed by the Indianapolis Colts, NFL FLAG is returning bigger and better than ever. Our flag program is a co-ed recreation league for ages 4 to 14 years old. Practices are held the same day as games, just a two-hour commitment. Coaches are screened and trained. Registration includes an NFL Flag team jersey & flag belt to keep. The Fall season kicks off Sunday, September 11th, and will run for seven weeks, concluding at the end of October. Games are played on Sunday afternoons with convenient practices held one hour prior to game time. Late Registration for the FALL is GOING ON NOW. SPRING Registration will OPEN on December 1st Register online at or call us at (954) 248-2090 for questions.


Hope for Miami’s Kidz2Success Afterschool and Summer Camp is a year-round program for students in grades Kinder to 5th grade. Our program strongly emphasizes on literacy, which we believe is the building block for all learning. Other services include; Fitness (SPARKS), Social-emotional learning, Arts/ crafts, Academic Support, Homework Help, S.T.E.M (Science Technology Engineering & Math), other Literacy/Reading enhancement services, and more! Space is limited please get in contact with us today for more information.

Link: afterschool-summercamp


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, piano/keyboards and/ or drums, students also jam with their peers in a weekly practice session. Visit us at the Sunset Place location or at the CocoWalk location.

Sunset location: (786) 843-9230

Website: coralgables

Cocowalk location: (786) 620-9019

Website: coconutgrove

25 August - September 2023 Miami Kids Magazine
Miami Kids Magazine August - September 2023 32

Sabina, tell our readers about your upbringing, family, and formal education.

I was born in Medellin, Colombia, and raised between Cartagena, Colombia, Barcelona, Spain, and Miami. I spent most of my summers here until moving full-time at 18 to go to Florida International University. My mom’s parents are immigrants from Syria and Lebanon, and my father’s family is originally from northern Spain. Miami has always been what I considered my true home.

I am a proud journalist and received my degree in the field from Florida International University. I am working towards completing my master’s in political science from the University of West Florida right now. I received my early education at a British international elementary, middle, and high school. So it has been quite a diverse journey! Such as the great melting pot that we call Miami. My father is a dermatologist, and my mother is a teacher and librarian who now works as the CFO of my communications agency.

I have been awarded a scholarship from Gabriel Garcia Foundation and am a published writer. I worked in TV for the past 22 years as a news reporter and anchor specializing in politics covering events at the local, state, and federal levels, including the past three presidential cycles.

How has your experience been as a Miami City Commissioner since you have been elected?

It’s been wonderful. It comes to me naturally. You need to be strong, have great communication skills, be able to negotiate, and put your constituents first. We have a wonderful District 2 team of professionals to serve everyone. We put

our residents first with weekly open office hours on Wednesdays and mobile offices in each neighborhood. We also have our Ecological, or Eco, Squad beautifying our community and reporting issues such as flooding. In my first three months as a commissioner, I am proud of several legislative accomplishments, such as

focuses on projects in Latin America. Meanwhile, my skincare line sells a series of all-natural oils and other products to promote health and wellness when it comes to our skin. The sky’s the limit if we find ways to balance family and our wishes and desires as a woman.

How does it feel being a woman of Colombian heritage and having this important role in our community?

What message would you like to share with all the mothers and parents in general reading this article?

Colombian American women are strong, determined, and resilient. Being the first Colombian American to have been elected to a City of Miami position is both a great responsibility and an honor at the same time. I wish I could inspire so many more to come and be part of our politics. My three children are engaged with what mom and dad do. That said, they always go first but also understand that their parents need to be happy and productive for them to be raised healthily.

urging the county to convert Matilda Street in front of Coconut Grove Elementary into a one-way street (something I hope to have finalized in the coming months), finding the money to expand our city’s flood response capability, passing the funding to renovate and improve Morningside Park in a revolutionary environmentally inclusive way and push for the increase in public safety. This is just the start, though—I expect to have many more accomplishments in the coming months and years that will improve the quality of life for our residents, our families, and most importantly, our future which is our children.

We know that besides your role as a commissioner, you also run two successful businesses. Please tell us about them.

I have owned a communications agency and a natural skincare line in partnership with my sister. It is a team effort. My communications agency primarily

Happy parents raise happy children. It is the power of being unstoppable and passionate about each of the details in life. Living in the moment and making the most of it. Perseverance always wins.

You are representing District 2, which is part of Miami and Coconut Grove. What plans do you have for this back-to-school season?

Pedro, 14, will be training soccer; he is a great goalkeeper and starting his high school career at Mast Academy this fall. I am so proud of him and know he will continue to make me proud like all my children. Paulo, 10, loves politics, sports, and movies and is entering his 5th-grade year at Coconut Grove Elementary. They were visiting grandparents in Colombia this summer and are back, excited to start the next chapter in their education. Carmen, 2, will start school for the first time. She is an active toddler! The city of Miami offers summer camps, and our office is collaborating to make sure they are in great shape. I am so pleased to be blessed with three wonderful children and appreciate the chance to share my story and family with our community as I strive to be the best public servant I can.

1 2 3
33 August - September 2023 Miami Kids Magazine
4 5

A Family Friendly

Resort: Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort, Spa & Casino

Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort, Spa & Casino is an all-inclusive, five-star resort situated along the award-winning Playa Bávaro in the Dominican Republic. A destination within itself, the 1,042-room resort offers familyfriendly amenities for children of all ages, from toddlers to teens, making it the ideal getaway for families.

The resort boasts a 16,146 square-foot water park with both a shallow side for young children and a large waterslide for older kids (and parents!) looking for thrills and spills. Guests can also explore the seven freshwater pools, including a 30,000 square-foot bi-level infinity pool, throughout the resort or splash in the dedicated baby and toddler pool if traveling with young children. The resort also offers highchairs and cribs in rooms upon request.

Housed within the resort is the Panchi Kids Club, complete with plenty of toys, a stage

for fun performances and daily programming where children can partake in activities such as arts and crafts and cookie decorating. The Vibe Teen Club features interactive video games, pool tables and an outdoor basketball court. The children and teen clubs are located along The Boulevard, the resort’s promenade of next-level shops, restaurants and activities. Families can spend time at the bowling alley, arcade and escape room

before stopping by the ice cream parlor and candy store for a sweet treat. For families looking for nighttime entertainment, the resort’s state-of-the-art theater offers live entertainment that can be enjoyed nightly. When deciding where to dine, the resort features 10 internationally inspired dining options and buffets, so parents can feel at ease knowing there’s something for everyone – including the pickiest of eaters! Room service is also available if everyone would rather enjoy a night in.

Guests can also spend time exploring the 27 beachfront acres of the property by taking a walk by the ocean, or relaxing in the hammocks, beach chairs and cabanas while taking in the sea breeze. Those who would like to fill their time with outdoor activities can partake in ongoing daily programming at the resort such as group yoga, snorkeling, kayaking and beachfront dining.

35 August - September 2023 Miami Kids Magazine

Are you concerned about your child’s vision?

Do you notice your child...

• Staring toward sources of light, light-up toys, or backlit devices such as a tablet device or phone?

• Paying unusual attention to shiny, reflective, or moving objects?

• Having a delay between the time you present a toy, and the time that they are able to visually “find” that toy?

• Having difficulty finding you in a noisy, busy room or crowd--at dismissal from school or in a supermarket or even difficulty finding his or her friends during recess?

• Having difficulty visually interpreting his or her homework when presented with a visually complex textbook?

These are just some of the ways that Cortical Visual Impairment or CVI, the number one cause of pediatric visual impairment, can manifest in your child’s daily routine.

At Miami Lighthouse’s CVI Collaborative Center we are focusing on early diagnosis and early intervention for families with children with CVI for one critical reason: neuroplasticity. CVI is a brain-based visual impairment, caused by damage to the brain’s visual processing pathways before or during birth; CVI can also be acquired later in childhood, caused by head trauma or neardrowning incidents. Over70% of children with cerebral palsy (CP) also have CVI.

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI, 2020) the most common causes of CVI include:

• Lack of oxygen or blood supply to the brain — often because of a stroke

• Hydrocephalus (when fluid builds up in the brain)

• Infections that reach the brain

• Head injury

• Certain genetic conditions

With appropriate assessment and CVIspecific adaptations to learning, functional vision in children with CVI is expected to improve. For more information regarding your

child’s CVI diagnosis or CVI suspicion, contact: Francesca Crozier-Fitzgerald, Director, CVI Collaborative Center:; 786-636-6498

By the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
Miami Kids Magazine August - September 2023 38



Sponsored by

Supercuts provides a wide range of salon services for the entire family all at a moment’s notice. We invite you to try out our Kids Corner at the South Miami location, check out our newly remodeled salon in Coconut Grove, or visit any of our other locations in Miami. And as a locally owned business, we care deeply about each of our customers and continue to prioritize your safety with best-in-class COVID procedures.

Phone: (305) 444-4343



Atlantis Academy provides students with various learning needs the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional support they need to reach their full potential! We use evidence-based practices in curriculum, instruction, and positive behavior supports to help students succeed. We conduct routine, ongoing assessments to monitor students’ progress and establish the best learning environment for them. Our teachers adjust instruction based on assessment and ongoing progress monitoring to meet the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of each student.

Address: 9600 SW 107th Ave. Miami, FL 33176

Phone: (305) 781 - 4676



Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired - in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Early Steps and the Early Learning Coalition - offers an inclusion environment for pre-kindergarten, and a kindergarten, first grade and second grade for blind and visually impaired students. As a certified Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Provider, the Miami Lighthouse Academy pre-kindergarten enrolls students with and without vision impairment promoting an inclusive program and resulting in a sense of belonging for all children and families. In support of our mission, children without vision impairments are selected to aid the learning environment for children with vision loss.


South Florida Autism Charter School provides education and therapeutic services to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) residing in Miami-Dade/ Broward Counties, targeting students with communication deficits and/or behavioral challenges, and who may require training in self-help skills. The methodologies of B.F. Skinner’s Theory of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behavior (VB) are applied in conjunction with State Standards for students on a modified curriculum in order to provide the most effective individualized educational programs possible.

Phone: (305) 823-2700



The Gordon School enrolls children 3 months- 5th grade and is dedicated to helping children reach their highest potential through our nurturing, child-centered environment and program of academic excellence. We teach our children to cherish the wisdom and faith of Judaism and embrace its rich heritage.


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.

Phone: 786-476-2105

Website: https://www.


Gymboree’s School Skills Preschool Steps Builds confidence and curiosity for kids. This drop-off class includes both independent and group learning activities that require cooperation and self-awareness while encouraging communication with peers for children ages 3-5. Preschool Prep for kids ages 2-3 is a one-hour drop off for children who are starting to become independent and participate on their own within a shorter time frame. Build important development skills that help prepare your child for school!



KLA Academy offers an innovative and dynamic education for Infants through 5th Grade. We prepare children for life, supporting them in finding their place in the wider world by fostering group collaboration and healthy relationships. Our curated curriculum is based on extensive research, and its solid academic foundation provokes inquiry, active learning, collaborative work, and problem-solving skills.


Tel: (305) 377-0391


Address: 375 SW 15th Rd., Miami, FL 33129


Mater Grove Academy has been serving the South Florida community since 2011. We pride ourselves in providing a high quality, tuition free Kinder through 8th grade educational program. Mater Grove Academy is located in a state of the facility located in a 10-acre campus. We are a Leader in Me and a Verizon Innovative Learning School.



BridgePrep Academy Charter Schools is a network of high-quality tuition-free charter schools that foster an environment where students thrive, grow, and learn. It has a robust curriculum, that incorporates Science, Technology, English, Spanish, Mathematics, Arts, and has received the distinction of Cognia Accreditation. Educating students for over 10 years!




La Prima Casa – preparing the child for life. We educate children, ages 6 months to fifth grade using the Montessori Philosophy to be lifelong learners empowered with the intellectual, emotional, and social skills needed to succeed. Call to schedule a private tour of one of our two beautiful campuses. For admissions information, please visit our website.

Address: Roads Campus - 2773 SW 3rd Avenue

Miami, Fl 33129

Phone Number: 305-854-8001

Address: Brickell Campus – 1770 Brickell Ave. Miami, Fl 33129

Phone Number: 305-854-2824

Website: summer-camp/











Kumon’s unique approach can help kids master math and reading, build study skills - such as confidence, focus and work ethic - and reduce homework stress along with test anxiety. Students advance through the program at their own pace. Our emphasis on individualized learning helps your child become focused, motivated and self-reliant. Call us at 305-665-3276 or email elissachamizo@ikumon. com

Shops at Merrick Park

256 Altara Avenue Coral Gables, FL 33146

Website: //


We are a group of professionals with a deep love for children and great empathy for parents. We believe in supporting and accompanying parents in their adventure of raising children, and at the same time, kids can learn and have fun.

We intend to have a place where parents RELAX, and kids GROW!


Is an innovative tutoring center and homeschool co-op that provides personalized education through experiential learning, play, art, and STEM activities. We prioritize holistic development, nurturing growth mindset, social skills, and academic improvement. Our students thrive in our dynamic learning environment, fostering a lifelong love for education.

Learn more at or call us at 786-542-5434.

39 August - September 2023 Miami Kids Magazine

MKM Family Fest

On June 3, Miami Kids Magazine celebrated our 6th anniversary at our annual Family Fest at Regatta Park in Coconut Grove. A special recognition to our partners and sponsors South Florida PBS, Health Channel, A1A Behavioral Health, and the City of Miami.

Card my Yard as always brought our beautiful MKM sign. The children enjoyed a train ride by BBKids Train Rentals, a fun photo booth by Up and FunPhoto services, and inflatables by Zone 305 Party Rentals.

Children took many pictures with City of Miami police officers and firefighters as well as the Miami Solid Waste mascot.

Our guest of honors were commissioners Sabina Covo, Manolo Reyes, Mr. William Porro representing Mayor of Miami-Dade Levine Cava, and City of Miami Mayor representative Mrs. Cynthia Cruz.

American Heart Association: Go Red for Women luncheon

More than 200 people decked out from head to toe in red gathered on Thursday May 25th at South Florida’s annual Go Red for Women Luncheon to raise awareness and help fund the fight against heart disease and stroke, which claim the lives of more women than all forms of cancer combined.

Miami Kids Magazine received significant recognition.

On May 25th Karla Richey, our magazine’s publisher, received a proclamation at Miami City Hall in recognition for an outstanding job with Miami Kids Magazine. City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and City Commissioner Sabina Covo signed the proclamation. Also, on May 24th, Karla received recognition with a plaque provided by The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind for supporting the Lighthouse in their annual Music Under the Stars fundraising event.

Carlos Castresana Trina Robinson, Alejandra Molina Kathy Salerno (2024 Co-Chair), Juliet Murphy Roulhac (2023 Campaign Chair), Ana VeigaMilton (2024 Co-Chair) Kathy Salerno, Debbie Danto, Rosemarie Debbie Danto, Heather Havericak Rita's table Karla Richey & Martha De La Fuente Sheri Brown Grosvenor, Dr. Sylvia Jones, Andrea Pelt-Thornton, Juliet Murphy Roulhac, Jeanne Charles Rita Case and friends Randi Gold, Jorge Carballo (Relentless Heart Savers Community Lifeline Award Winner)