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WAYS TO PREVENT

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Ah! Summer has come to an end once again. School supplies have been bought, teachers have been met and the children are hitting the books again. Just because school has started, doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! We bring you for the first time ever, our special edition of Celebrity Kids with four different covers, featuring five Celebrity Kids of the Month; this issue is sure to be one of our best to hit stands across the Rio Grande Valley. We bring you all new crafts, tips, ideas, awareness and all the top kids events going on in the Rio Grande Valley. We have a whole lot of new ideas and projects for future issues, so stay on the look out!

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INDEX

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COVER Isabella Vega

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Celebrity Kid of the month! Isabella Vega tells us a bit about herself. Photography By: Hugo Torreblanca

FEATURED Cool Cuts 4 Kids

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A fun an exciting way for your child to get their haircut. Cool Cuts 4 Kids is the place to be!

Very Important Princess Camp

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Children’s Museum of Brownsville hosted their week long Princess camp where girls got to dress up & play games.

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ARTICLES 5 Ways to Prevent Bullying

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Bullying is a serious matter, and we take a look at the best ways to prevent bullying.

A Blank Canvas

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The zoo gets a bit of an upgrade! Visitors will now have a chance to view the all new Russell Aquatic & Ecology Center

ALSO IN THE ISSUE Live Reptile Show 37 Viewers got to witness a python, snapping turtle and other amazing creatures.

Christmas Toy Drive 9 Help Celebrity Kids give a happy holiday to the children in need.

Popsicle Memory Game 17 Keep your child’s mind sharp with this fun and easy memory game.

Back to School Fashion Show 22 Models showcase the new styles for this years school season.


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FEATURING 5 KIDS OF THE MONTH AND 4 COVERS LOOK OUT FOR OUR ISSUES

Located at our many distribution points around the Rio Grande Valley. Celebrity Kids provides parents with ideas and inspiration to create unforgettable memories. Pick up our issues for local content, crafts, fun recipes, tips for parents, learning, holidays, vacations and many more inspiring ideas for your family!


Recycling has never been so fun. These recycled crafts are a greener way to show your creative side. 1. Whale Tissue Box This cute and colorful tissue box holder is the perfect craft to cheer up your little ones during sick days. But why stop at a whale? Encourage them to use their imagination and create animal shapes of their own!

2. Sumo Wrestler Bowling Pins Your kids are sure to get a kick out of setting the little wrestlers up, knocking them down, and watching them roll around again and again. Simple craft, big fun! Visit sugaranddots.com for the full instructions!

Visit pinkstripeysocks.com for the full instructions!

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3. Pom-Pom Sandals Add some whimsy to their wardrobe! You typically find pom-poms on hats, socks and dresses, even pillows, but why not funky up some summer sandals? Pair them with a neutral piece, like a black or white skirt. Visit handmadecharlotte.com for the full instructions!

4. Animal Masks Kids will have a blast designing their own masks. Let them go crazy with fun and colorful duct tape, electrical tape, paper, markers, paint, you name it! Visit mermag.blogspot.com for the full instructions!


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Every year hundreds of children are left longing for presents on the holidays, Celebrity Kids wants to change that! With your help we can put a smile on a child’s face and give them a Holiday to remember. It’s easy! Just buy a toy of your choice for any age 0-12 years and drop off your gift donation to the Celebrity Kids office located at: 2353 Old Port Isabel Rd, Brownsville, Texas. On Dec. 21st, the Celebrity Kids staff will hand out your gift donations to the less fortunate children around the Rio Grande Valley to give them a Happy Holiday!

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Summer Music Camp Brownsville Museum of Fine Art hosted their musical recital on June 21st where all the students had the opportunity to perform for family and friends what they learned during their classes. photographer | Sinthia Vera

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TICKETS ON SALE $50 each for open seating | Reserved tables on sale for $500

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 | 7:00 PM Tickets include dinner, drinks and participation in our silent and blackboard auctions. Funds Raised will help the Children’s Museum continue its mission of Introducing Children to a World of Learning.

Can’t make the event but would like to make a donation? Send your contribution to 501 E. Ringgold Street, #5 Dean Porter Park, Brownsville, Texas 78520.

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Education Research suggests that quality tutoring can benefit students in a number of ways, including: 1. Improving student work habits. By building on the learning that takes place during the school day, tutoring can help students improve planning, organizing and their approach to learning, projects and assignments. 2. Personalization. Since instruction is delivered individually or in small groups, tutoring allows for immediate feedback. 3. More time-on-task. Tutoring allows students to receive additional help and reinforcement for learning skills and provides additional opportunities to practice the application of information.

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he new school year is fast approaching. Children will need many things at the beginning of the year: uniforms, shoes, backpacks, school supplies and books. But will your child need tutoring as well? The dictionary defines tutoring as helping students improve their learning. The purpose of tutoring is to help students help themselves and assisting them in becoming independent learners. Tutoring aims to supplement what is done in the classroom and during an individual’s study time, not substitute for it. Is your child struggling in school? Does your child not know enough English to understand the concepts being taught? Was your child retained one or more grade levels? Is your child behind and not able to catch up? Does your child need help in reading or math? Does your child struggle with homework? Does he/she struggle to pass the weekly tests? Has he or she failed the STARR the state’s test? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then private tutoring can benefit your child.

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How does tutoring work? Private tutoring facilitates learning for individuals and small groups. The tutor possesses knowledge and skills and shares them with the students. The teacher is expected to assist students in learning the concepts covered in the classroom by utilizing strategies, such as reviewing class materials, discussing the text, working on sample problems, and predicting test questions.

“A quality tutoring program can support students in developing confidence that helps them in the classroom.” Private tutoring can help high achievers reach new levels. It can also help slow learners keep up with their peers.

4. Meeting specific student needs. Tutoring can offer students individual attention to help them learn in different and perhaps more effective ways in a smaller group environment. A tutor also provides an additional academic interaction focused on the individual student. 5. Improving social and behavioral skills. A quality tutoring program can support students in developing confidence that helps them in the classroom. They can become better communicators, make positive social and behavioral adjustments, form better relations with peers, and exercise more effective conflict-resolution strategies. 6. Increased ability to manage one’s own learning. As competency grows, confidence in academic performance increases. This is often seen in a positive shift in attitude toward the content area and school in general. If you think your child might benefit from private tutoring, A+ Tutoring That Works!! is here to help. We offer a small group setting, flexible schedule, teacher conferences, individualized instruction, and a friendly environment. Our programs include: vocabulary enrichment, phonics instruction, leveled reading, homework help, reading fluency practice, STARR preparation, Math and Science tutorials, and much more. We offer Saturday morning classes, an after school schedule, and affordable rates. Our goal is to help your child be a lifelong learner! Call us for more information and to schedule an appointment.


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Be The Match Beauty Queens On July 11th an spectacular event was held at Nail Lounge Wine & Gifts where makeovers were being done for only a 5 dollar entry fee. All proceeds were to benefit Be The Match South Texas Divine believers for Azucena partnering with Teal Magnolias Women of Teal fighting ovarian cancer. photographer | Magdalia Leal

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Popsicle

MEMORY GAME Scatter these at a summer ice-cream social, bbq or picnic for a bit of interactive fun for guests! Activity by eatdrinkchic.com

WHAT YOU WILL NEED Popsicle sticks (x12) Construction Paper Pattern Paper Ruler

Scissors Double-sided tape Color printer Pen

WHAT TO DO can either buy or print patterned paper for this project. Trace the shape of the popsicle with a 1penYou on one sheet of construction paper. the popsicle shape you drew as a stencil for the rest of the popsicles and cut out 12 of them. 2Use Step 2 to the patterened paper. Make sure you have 6 pairs of the patterened paper cut out. 3Repeat Place the popsicle sticks in the center of each cut out on the construction side and tape it down. 4 Then place the patterened paper right on top and press down for it to stick.

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Memory is a skill we all use everyday and the stronger the better. There’s nothing worse than drawing a blank on a name when you see a face you recognize, except possibly forgetting a speech you’ve prepared for a big presentation for your boss. Don’t let that happen, start improving your memory today with fun memory activites for kids. Issue 47 | www.celebritykidsmagazine.com | 17


YOUR KIDS

& SPORTS Encouraging your child to play sports. Scott Lancaster | family.go.com

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non-traditional approach. The most compelling evidence that change is needed can be found in the following facts:

The fact that more than 70 percent of all young children who begin participating in youth sports quit by the age of 12 is appalling. Unfortunately, there are signs that this percentage may continue to grow, resulting in an even more sedentary lifestyle than ever for an increasing number of kids.

TIME FOR A CHANGE

• Kids are seeing no significant improvement in their skills and on-field performance. • Practices are disorganized and boring. • Too many kids are sitting on the bench with little or no opportunity to play. • There is a 15 percent chance that violence will break out at youth games or practices. • There is a greater than 70 percent chance that your child will drop out of organized team sports by the age of 12.

Perhaps, like me, you are the parent of a young child and worry about how your child will fare when he or she is ready to participate in sports. With all the negative events that occur today on our children’s playing fields, the time has come for a new and proven structure that eliminates all of the off-putting aspects from youth sports and, instead, emphasizes the positive. It’s time for real solutions – not discussions – and the solutions lie in a

Youth sports have unfortunately become a monumental stage for adult entertainment and fulfillment. Whether it’s to relive their childhood experiences or erase past athletic disappointments, some parents expect their children to excel to compensate for their own inadequacies. In order to see any improvements in youth sports, we must stop forcing kids to play adult versions of games.

here is a gaping wound in youth sports that has created a much ignored crisis. I’m referring to society’s outrageous need to take our children and create champions, MVPs and select or travel team players.

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FORGET THE SCOREBOARD On October 25th, FAIR PLAY DAY, parents are being asked to forget the scoreboard and consider several non-traditional, yet tested and successful, new approaches to youth sports. Imagine for a moment a season of no games, yet plenty of healthy competition where every child plays and improves his or her skills. Discover an entirely new format for practicing that enhances every child’s ability and advances everyone to the next skill level. Take these suggested approaches and adapt them to your child’s league, discuss them with other parents or apply them to your own recreation time with your children.


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GET INVOLVED

Rather than stand on the sidelines watching, become engaged as a teacher of the game. Approach your child’s league with other parents and ask to be assigned different teaching responsibilities at each practice. Gather the correct tools to teach one or two skills within an organized structure for an entire season. You will become a useful resource for your kids and help create a better and more interactive learning environment for everyone.

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KIDS DECIDE

Individualism and creativity are missing from traditional organized sports – another reason kids get disenchanted and drop out. Letting them create their own games or work on the skill of their choice gives them an ownership stake in their own development. It makes for happy kids and happy parents.

goal of the sport

experience is to challenge oneself

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IMPROVE.

LEAGUE PRACTICE

Forget tradition. Rather than conducting single team practices, approach your child’s league about setting aside one day or evening each week in which the entire league gets together and conducts a skill-oriented practice session or clinic. As a parent volunteer, you can attend and participate with other parents and be given assigned responsibilities to teach specific fundamentals.

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LET KIDS COACH

The most important role of any parent or coach is to teach and prepare players for eventual competition. Empower kids and coach them to manage their own game experiences. You will be greatly rewarded in witnessing your child taking on this responsibility, and you will be teaching your team a valuable skill. As a coach, if you have taught the game properly, there is no need for you to hang close by at game time. Take an active role as an advisor during games (timeouts, halftimes, between innings, etc.) to teach with positive reinforcement.

PARENT REPRESENTATIVE

Most parents find themselves frustrated with their child’s sports experience, yet they struggle to find tactful ways to approach the coach to create a dialogue and make suggestions. Gather all team parents together and discuss your observations and concerns. Then assign one person to sit down with the coach to talk it over. This will provide valuable feedback to a coach and open a line of communication that will prevent future misunderstandings. By following these suggestions, parents can help return youth sports to what they are supposed to be: a chance to learn new skills, develop teamwork and self-esteem and just have fun.

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Celebrity Kid of the Month

Isabella Vega Q&A with the sweetheart

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What do you like the most about living in Port Isabel? I like visiting the Lighthouse and that I get to volunteer at the Sea Life Center. Also, I like that we live so close to the beach.

What’s the best part of being a Girl Scout? The best part about being a girl scout is the opportunity to earn badges. Also, I like that we participate in fun activities like hiking and camping.

My role model is Heather Patterson. She is my mentor at the Sea Life Center. She teaches me about different sea animals. She has taught me why it’s important to protect the marine animals and environment.

What part about being a kid do you think you will miss the most when you grow up? I think I’ll miss my parents buying me everything I want and cooking for me. When I grow up I’ll have to do everything for myself.

in school? I really enjoy Science because you get to do a lot of interesting experiments.

places with anyone in the world for just a day, who would you choose? If I could trade places with someone I would trade with Bella Thornton from Shake It Up because I would like to dance and dress like her.

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3. What’s your favorite subject 9. If you could swap 4. What are some of your

favorite hobbies? I like fishing with my Dad and playing with my friends.

5. What kind of after school

activities are you doing this year? This year I plan to join the cheer squad and continue practicing the piano.

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What do you see yourself doing in five years? In five years, I would like to be a cheerleader and continue helping at the Sea Life Center.

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If you could have a super power, what would you choose to have? What super-hero name would you choose? I would like to fly so I can go from place to place fast. My super-hero name would be Isabella the Great.

Photography by Hugo Torreblanca Location Port Isabel Lighthouse

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SCHOOL LUNCH

IDEAS Change up your kid’s everyday lunch with these fun, healthy bento lunch box ideas. There’s plenty of more inspiration at meetthedubiens.com! Bentos By: Jill Dubiens

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This bento box is a lock&lock 4 squarebox that can be bought off of Amazon. It was customized by removing 2 upper boxes where the half sandwich is placed. The “ABC 123” was made with alphabet cutters and fruit leather. The bottom boxes held pretzels with apple-shaped marble cheese, and sliced cucumbers with 2 baby tomatoes with leaf picks.

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The clear container can be bought off of easylunchboxes.com. The larger section of the lunch box held a turkey bologna sandwich that was made into a puzzle using white and brown bread with a puzzle-shaped lunch punch. The other sections held a gray silicone muffin cup with sliced baby carrots and a giraffe pick and some mini crackers with a mini baby bel cheese with the letter ‘C’ cut out of the wax using my mini metal alphabet cutters.

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This piggy bento box can be bought off of Ebay. For the piggy sandwich, a cutter from Cutezcute was used. On the other side of the divider there are flower cut cucumbers, sliced baby carrots and a piggy pick.

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This long rectangular bento box can be bought off of allthingsforsale.com. The car-shaped sandwiches were made with vehicle cutters. The other tier has 2 rectangle silicone containers, one with car-shaped cucumbers and the other with sliced baby carrots.

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Zoo Safari Camp Gladys Porter Zoo started their Summer and Starlight Sleepovers! Kids get to do all the kinds of fun activities in a classroom set and also outdoors with all the animals. photographer | Sinthia Vera

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Awareness communicate

Establish lines of communication and talk for at least 15 minutes a day. Bullying can be difficult for parents to talk about, but it is important that children know they can talk to you, before they are involved in bullying in any way.

practice safety

Make sure kids know safe ways to be more than a bystander. When kids witness bullying, it can affect them too. Helping kids learn what they can do to help when they see bullying can help to stop bullying. Click here for more suggestions on how bystanders can help.

ensure policies

Know your state’s anti-bullying law and your school’s anti-bullying policy. Fortynine states have laws requiring schools to have anti-bullying policies. Know what your school policy says and how to report an incident of bullying if you ever need to.

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Learn how to support kids involved in bullying. When you find out your child is involved in bullying, it is important to know how to respond. Whether your child is bullying others or is the one being bullied it is important to know what steps to take, and which to avoid, in order to resolve the situation.

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s children head back to the classroom, now is a great time for parents and guardians to talk with your kids about bullying. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both

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Deborah Temkin | www.ed.gov

kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. There are many roles that kids can play. Kids can bully others, they can be bullied, or they may witness bullying. Here are five tips to help your child prevent bullying and to help them deal with bullying.

take action

Take an active role in anti-bullying initiatives. The key to addressing bullying is to stop it before it starts. Work with your children, their school, and the community to raise awareness and take action against bullying. Toolkits like the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Community Action Training Modulescan help you start an initiative in your community. You can get your children involved, too, by using the Youth Leaders Toolkit to help them mentor younger children. Visit StopBullying.gov for more helpful tips on how to prevent bullying, and have a great school year!


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Animal Play Date Zoo keepers at Gladys Porter Zoo provided special enrichment items for the animals to “play with.� Earlier this month they provided bubbles to their animals. Gladys Porter Zoo provides these items in order to stimulate the animals physically and mentally. photographer | Sinthia Vera

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Animal Planet Camp All Junior Explorers had the opportunity to learn all about animals at The Animal Planet Camp at The Children’s Museum of Brownsville. Campers ages 5-8 learned about animals that live in different habitats such as the Jungle, the Rainforest, and the Oceans. They also discovered the difference between Reptiles and Amphibians and the world insects. photographer | Daniel Vasquez Jr.

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eedless to say, the creation of an entire new display is both exciting and challenging. From concept to final product, this type of task sets into motion a lot of hard work and planning by many dedicated individuals. Such is the case with the Russell Aquatic Ecology Center. More than thirty years ago Martha Russell, a great Zoo supporter, Board Member and patroness, made it possible for the Zoo to create a small aquatic exhibit adjacent to the Herpetarium. The original intent was to provide Zoo visitors a glimpse at, and a chance to learn about, the unique diversity of the marine and freshwater creatures that occur in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the adjacent waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The former Aquatic Wing did its job well. Continuing in Martha’s tradition of philanthropy, the present Russell family saw that a larger exhibit was much needed. On busy days, many visitors could not even get into the former exhibit because it was so crowded. Martha’s son, James, a former Valley Zoological Society (VZS) president and current Director on the VZS Board and

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the Valley Zoological Endowment Board, is turning the idea into bricks and mortar, pumps and filters, and sharks and rays! The new Russell Aquatic Ecology Center is more than five times larger than the original exhibit and will have a traffic flow pattern and air handling system conducive to efficiently serve larger crowds.

Local artist, C.J. Mire, designed and fabricated the metal figures and letters that adorn the front of the Russell Aquatic Ecology Center.

When I described to him what I envisioned for the front of the building, Mr. Jaross said, “I know just the artist that can do that, and I will underwrite it.” Mr. Jaross was right. A few days later, my wife, Carol (a wildlife artist), and I met in Port Isabel, Texas with Mr. C.J. Mire of Laguna Madre Coastal Art. Looking around his art studio, we were overwhelmed with the quality and creativity of his work. C.J. offered several concepts and we ended up with a fantastic design

Back in the 1980’s world-renowned wildlife sculptor and zoo exhibit designer, Tom Tischler, did an architectural rendering We are now working on the other figures, of the front elevation of which will continue onto the next wall what was to become our Australian building. and end up with an octopus emerging Adorning the front of from the waterfall on the center’s wall. the building is a mob for the front of the new center. C.J. cut of leaping kangaroos. At the time, I thought out the metal figures and letters, attached that this design was simple, tasteful, and hand-milled wall fasteners, and re-polished effective. So, as I stood looking at the and clear coated the artwork with automoimposing rectangular front entrance of the tive acrylic to prepare for an installation. new aquatic center, I thought, “Wow, a blank canvas!” Now the installation of the images for the main entrance have been completed and The next step was to find an artist who installed, and they look fantastic! We are could design and create a marine life dioranow working on the other figures, which ma out of metal in order to metamorphose will continue onto the next wall section and simple rectangular shapes into works of end up with an octopus emerging from the art. As luck would have it, I was touring the waterfall on the center’s west wall. With Zoo with another of our Zoo’s long-term every passing day we are getting this excitgenerous supporters, Mr. Richard Jaross, ing new display. of Esco Marine.


Live Reptile Show On Thursday June 6th, Quinta Mazatlan held a live reptile show in Mission where Danny Conner interacted with Recticulated Python, Spartacus The Snapping Turtle and so many more amazing creatures. photographer | Magdalia Leal

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Very Important Princess Camp Princesses ages 5-8 got the Royal Treatment at Children's Museum of Brownsville. For a week princesses got to dress up, play games, make crafts, practice Princess Etiquette, and more! photographer | Daniel Vasquez Jr.

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