PLAYGROUND Apr/May 2020 Baby Issue + Camp Guide

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PLAYGROUND a lifestyle magazine for central florida's modern parents

APRIL / MAY 2020



Baby Issue

Prego Registry • Dyslexia Help • Breastfeeding Tips • Estate Planning Checklist • B.Y.O.Baby


When you choose Orlando Health Physician Associates, you’ll gain peace of mind knowing that your family is being cared for by a collaborative team of physicians and medical professionals that can meet all your family’s healthcare needs, from birth to maturity.

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The Baby Issue LIVE

• 10 Talk of the Playground • 12 The Prego Registry • 16 Player: Michelle Smith • 18 Navigating Through Dyslexia


• 20 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms • 24 Get Your Docs in a Row • 26 Fashion: Spring Look Book


• 32 B.Y.O.Baby: Places to Go with Baby in Tow

• 36 DIY: No-Bake Blueberry Pie • 38 See/Saw: Harriett's Orlando Ballet

Centre, Dr. Phillips Center Applause Awards, The Prego Expo



Your guide to the Orlando area's exciting camps! PAGE 44


Spring Look Book


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ADVENTURES All summer long.®

The Kiddie Academy CampVentures® program turns your child’s ordinary summer vacation into an unforgettable summer of fun and exploration. Our program inspires imagination through exciting activities, outdoor adventures, field trips and special visitors, while balancing the individual needs and interests of each child in our care. CampVentures awakens a world of fun, learning and friendships for your child.

NOW ENROLLING FOR SUMMER! Apopka Phone: 407-605-5410

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Pregnancy Across the Decades Amy Nielsen's husband often jokingly refers to her as the Gordy Howe of childbirth. Gordy was a hockey player who played across five decades. Amy gave birth across four, so Gordy's got one up on her! In this featured article, Amy reflects on how her pregnancy and childbirth experiences changed over four decades.

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Visit our website for ways to PLAY at home. We've done the research and gathered the info you need all in one place! Here are our favorite articles to entertain your crew at home: Make Your Own Candy Sushi

Create a Family Mission Statement

Healthy Snack: Apple Donuts

Recycling Quiz for Kids

Nice Cream Bowls

Managing Sibling Spar Wars

3 Steps to Your First Family Fishing Adventure

15 Things to Do in the Orlando Area While Avoiding Crowds

Homework Help: Ease Frustration & Boost Focus Great Hikes for Kids: The Florida Trail

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Stay and PLAY: Online and Local Resources to Entertain Kids While Social Distancing


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SEAWORLD CAMPS: PRESCHOOL - 12TH GRADES This summer get up close to the ocean’s most amazing animals at Seaworld Camp. Visit with real animal experts and learn about dolphins, sea lions, sharks, and more. Plus enjoy all the thrills of your favorite rides.

LIFELONG MEMORIES BEGIN HERE 407-545-5550 (option 5) Program components, pricing and availability subject to change.

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letter from the publisher



Heather Reneau Founder and Publisher Chrissy Allen Co-Founder Brant Muekeley Financial Manager

As I write this note, I am — like all of you — practicing social distancing during what was supposed to be "Spring Break" for my kids. As we are all collectively concerned about the effects of COVID-19, I am trying to go to extra lengths to manage my stress, keep my kids entertained, support our small business advertisers and edit this issue to seem relevant to you considering our current and rapidly changing circumstances. It's unbelievable to think of all of the changes that have happened with each passing day. Last Friday, our school district announced the public schools would be closed for an additional week (after Spring Break). The following Tuesday, they announced Florida schools will be closed until April 15. At this point, I can only hope we are able to start to get back to some sort of normalcy by May, but there's really no way of knowing that yet. So, patience is the virtue we should all be practicing. Take a deep breath with me and know that this too shall pass. This issue was planned months ago to focus on topics for new parents, spring family events and the wonderful local businesses that make the Orlando area a great place to raise a family. We've made some last-minute changes, such as taking out the family events calendar due to recommendations against group gatherings, but the majority of our content is timeless and should be a good distraction from global news. Many local businesses are pivoting quickly to provide virtual experiences, delivery services and other creative ways to help local parents in this time of need. Our team is hard at work bringing all this information to you as it progresses. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for updates; also, our weekly e-newsletter will shift to an AtHome PLAYguide providing ideas and insights for Central Florida families. Sign up on our website (if you haven't already). PLAYGROUND Magazine is all about local places to play, but it’s also about family, friends, and community — we’re all reminded of what's really and truly important during this uncertain time. I remain hopeful that the days ahead will bring the clarity, comfort and kindness we need to get through this together. Stay well.

- Heather Reneau LIVE | LOVE | PLAY

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Baby Issue

Prego Registry • Dyslexia Help • Brea stfeeding Tips


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ABOUT THE COVER ... We partnered with three amazing local businesses to produce the Spring Look Book fashion article on page 26. It all started with our Child Model Casting Call in February, where we found the models for this photo shoot. Bentley and Isla are our adorable cover models. Simply Shelby Photography ( took the photos, Tugboat & the Bird ( provided the wardrobe and Dahlias Flower Truck ( was the backdrop to bring the concept to life.

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Jessica Ventura Advertising Manager Cortney Thekan Editor Jessica Friend Graphic Design & Photography jessica.friend@ Alicia McKee Sales Assistant, E-newsletter Coordinator & Circulations Wendy Meyer Writer, Events Editor & Social Media Coordinator Contributing Writers: Amy Nielsen, Ashley Brooke Nicholas, Betsy Jewell, Erin Sullivan, Juliana Geisler, Malia Jacobson, Samantha Geisler, Contributing Photographers: Amanda Murphy, Daniel Kuykendall Jessica Friend Photo Design, Ashley Brooke Nicholas, Simply Shelby Photography PLAYGROUND Magazine is published bimonthly by Playground Media Group, LLC, 10151 University Blvd., Ste. 326, Orlando, FL 32817. Telephone 407-221-4932. PLAYGROUND Magazine does not assume liability for products or services advertised herein. The content of PLAYGROUND Magazine is copyrighted by Playground Media Group, LLC. Subscribe to PLAYGROUND Magazine at To update subscription information, email For more information, visit our website at

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The talk of the playground Local news, the inside scoop and what’s happening around town!

Words by Wendy Meyer @LittleRebelMom

The Rosen JCC Got a Makeover

BeMoved Adult Class; Photo: Carey Sheffield Photo

The Rosen JCC Health and Wellness Program's new equipment, new trainers and new look will have you closing those loops on your Apple Watch in style while making friends and becoming part of a community. From spinning to salsa dancing, this updated experience has something for everyone.

HARRIETT’S ORLANDO BALLET CENTRE Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre is a new world-class facility in Orlando featuring ample community event space (think: birthday parties, camps, special events and more), administrative offices and dance studios for Orlando Ballet School. PLAY Tip: the adult classes are designed to align with the children’s classes so that the whole family can keep moving! Parents, check out the BeMoved class that incorporates movement, breath work, strength and flexibility improvement.

O2BKids Now in Casselberry

O2B Kids has opened its third location in the greater Orlando area. Families in and around Casselberry now have this dynamic family complex in their own backyard! O2B Kids is a fun and engaging facility that offers many things inside one well-designed building: an indoor playground, childcare, birthday parties, story time, meet-up groups and loads of after-school enrichment classes, from art and tech to karate and leadership training. Check it out at 1072 SR 436, Casselberry, 407-772-6640,

Seacrest Studios Coming to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital Orlando Health and Ryan Seacrest are partnering up to offer a groovy vibe to patients and parents with their new Seacrest Studio inside Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, opening this summer. This program, which is offered in 11 hospitals nationwide, will make it possible for children and teens to get behind the camera and mic to develop and interact in original TV and radio programming during their hospital stay. This studio is equipped with all the bells and whistles of a professional recording setting. Programming will be limited only by the participants' imaginations and will include music shows, game shows, karaoke and more. Bravo to Ryan Seacrest and Orlando Health for bringing creative play to the healing process for patients.

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MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS The next Instagram-worthy obsession is coming to Orlando this summer. We can’t wait to check out the Museum of Illusions coming to ICON Park! The museum will be offering a ton of interactive, immersive and fun experiences for people of all ages. This museum aims to trick guests’ minds with amusing exhibits while teaching them about vision, perception, science and the human brain.

Doodle Bugs is coming to Oviedo! This awesome preschool and childcare center is bringing its own brand of fun and learning to Oviedo this spring. Check out their spacious classrooms, an indoor play gym, a beautiful swimming pool, full-service kitchen, large playground, secure web-viewing of classroom cameras through WatchMeGrow and much more! 857 W. Mitchell Hammock Rd., Oviedo, 407-698-3535,

New Pigtails & Crewcuts Location in Lake Nona Our friends at Pigtails & Crewcuts are opening a new location in Lake Nona. Check out this adorable children-only salon for cute hair cuts and styles, ear piercings, birthday parties and nontoxic hair products for sensitive scalps. Conveniently located in Winter Springs, Dr. Phillips, Clermont and now in Lake Nona! 11 PLAYGROUND Apr / May 2020

Sustainable secondhand shopping for children’s clothes has found its way to College Park! As a purveyor of slow fashion and specially curated goods, Yaya + Lou has already made its mark on children’s fashion in Orlando, and now they are accepting and selling secondhand clothing and goods for your little fashionistas at affordable prices.

Kindergarten Registration If your child turns 5 years old on or before September 1, you can sign them up for the 2020-2021 school year! • Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) Kindergarten Registration will be held on Tuesday, April 7, from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. at all SCPS elementary schools. You can also register any day after April 7 during regular school hours. For more info, contact: 407-320-0374 or • Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) has already begun accepting registrations at all OCPS elementary schools. Visit for more info. • Required documents: student vaccine records, current physical, birth certificate and evidence of residence.

THE PREGO REGISTRY The creators of The Prego Expo share their top picks for this year's must-have baby gear. Words by Samantha & Juliana Geisler

BabyTula Baby Blanket Sets You will soon come to understand the power of the blanket. Once you find the perfect one, you can never have too many. Welcome your baby with these luxurious, soft and breathable blankets. They are perfect for swaddling, playtime and cuddling. Retails at $49.99,



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Chicco Bravo Primo Trio Travel System A good stroller and bucket seat are registry must-haves, especially when you get them together as one travel system. We love this particular travel system by Chicco because it’s lightweight, and you can fold it using just one hand. Retails at $599.99,

DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib This versatile convertible crib can grow with baby into a toddler bed and then into a day bed. The classic style will be a perfect touch to your nursery, and it’s offered at a great price! Retails at $199.99,

Boppy Pillow Meet every new mom's best friend. This versatile pillow can fit all moms’ and dads’ waists for that special feeding time. Whether you are nursing or bottle-feeding, this pillow props babies at the perfect angle and height.

Nomi High Chair for Children of All Ages Nomi transforms easily from a raised bouncer to a high chair to a chair. This chair follows children all the way to adulthood, holding up to 330 lbs. Unlike traditional high chairs, Nomi allows you to bring your newborn up to the table so you can all enjoy dinner together. Starting at $379.99,

Retails at $29.99 (slipcovers sold separately),

TWELVElittle Companion Backpack Bring out the cool mom in you with greats prints by TWELVElittle. Not only are they beautiful and stylish, but they are also hand-crafted and practical. Away with the days of the plain diaper bag! Start at $139.99,

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THE PREGO REGISTRY Continued... Doona Infant Car Seat/ Stroller with Latch Base Want to combine two of your baby devices into one? Check out the Doona, featuring a versatile design that allows use as a fullfeatured car seat and a handy stroller in one. Retails at $499.99, EZPZ First Food Set Feeding babies their first foods is an exciting milestone, and our favorite accessory is the EZPZ first food set. These all-silicone plates suction to the table, and the weighted cup is perfect for those sweet, chubby hands. Let’s make feeding fun! Retails at $34.99, Ergobaby Embrace Baby Carrier As a new mom, all the feels come with that skin-to-skin contact. Ergobaby has you covered; you don’t want to leave this out of your diaper bag. Try this new infant carrier that allows for ample coverage and closeness. Retails at $79.99, Snoo Smart Sleeper This smart bassinet and sleeper is the newest obsession for expecting moms. The Snoo provides gentle rocking and white noise that is responsive to baby cries. It also has a builtin swaddle. The mesh sides are safe, and the modern design looks great in any room. Retails at $1,295, The Baby’s Brew Gone are the days of worrying about how you’re going to warm your baby’s bottle on the go. Welcome The Baby’s Brew, invented by a mom, of course! This is a battery-powered bottle warmer that also has a formula dispenser. Cheers to that! Retails at $65.00,

SAMANTHA AND JULIANA GEISLER are Orlando moms, sisters-in-law by fate and best friends by choice. They are also co-owners and creators of The Prego Expo (, the leading national maternity show that started right here in Central Florida. Now spanning across eight cities nationwide, The Prego Expo helps to empower new moms and guide them on their bumpy journey through parenthood.

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Summer Camps

Calling all artists from 6 to 19: Have serious fun this summer learning from the pros, then show those new skills in a final performance.

Musical Theater: On Broadway! | June 8–12

Musical Theater: Safari Adventure | July 6–10

Build vocal and dance technique, plus character development.

Sing, dance and act out stories from The Lion King, Madagascar and more.

Take It From the Top Broadway | June 15–19

Theater Arts | July 13–17

Sharpen triple threat talents and learn about casting, auditions and rehearsals from industry pros.

Improv Intensive | June 22–26 Jump into stand-up, monologue, improv and scene partner work.

Sign up by April 3 and save $30. | 407.455.5551

Explore drama, script and theater games to boost self-expression.

Les Misérables: Musical Theater Production July 20–August 1 Focus on character development, choreography and vocal rehearsals to put on a full-scale production.


Creator of the Birth Ease Method Orlando-based childbirth educator and doula Michelle Smith guides expectant mothers through a peaceful pregnancy and childbirth journey using the Birth Ease method. Words by Amy Nielsen


n expectant mother’s first visit with Birth Ease expert Michelle Smith is an experience in education as well as tranquility. Michelle’s melodic voice leads relaxation exercises while the expectant mother reclines peacefully, eyes closed, hands cradling her baby. With her soothing manner, Michelle guides her clients through the often conflicting and overwhelming information associated with pregnancy and childbirth and helps them find confidence and autonomy throughout their own personal journey.

In addition to offering one-on-one client services, Michelle’s newest service is her Birth Ease podcast. Michelle understands it’s often challenging for women to sift through all of the uninvited opinions and outdated information that comes their way when they decide to have a child. Michelle and her guests share valuable tips, tools and proven methods to help listeners sort through the noise, understand their options in maternity care and connect with their inner calm as they navigate the sacred journey that is pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

It was Michelle's traumatic first pregnancy and childbirth that inspired her to not only recover her own autonomy in her later pregnancies but to dedicate her life to helping other women reclaim theirs. Over the years, she sought training in a variety of pregnancy and childbirth programs. However, she began to feel frustrated with the limitations of these programs to meet the individual needs of her clients. As a result, her Birth Ease method was born.

So what's next for this amazing mom-preneur? Michelle’s Birth Ease classes are now available as a hybrid program. Her clients have the convenience of attending her one-on-one sessions and accessing the educational components in an online format. Michelle Smith’s Services: • Birth Ease Method Creator Michelle’s passion is helping • Hypnobirthing Practitioner women reclaim autonomy over • Doula their pregnancy and childbirth • Placenta Specialist experiences and providing tools • Clinical Hypnotherapist to help women reduce stress • NLP Master Practitioner and increase peace and self• Nondenominational Minister confidence throughout their • Midwife of Thanatology lives. She is a treasured resource

Michelle describes her Birth Ease method as relaxation and stress reduction techniques that last a lifetime. Whether her clients are planning to become pregnant or seeking a natural birth, a medicated birth, a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) or anything in between, both the mother and her baby will benefit from Michelle’s methods. Her comprehensive services include infertility support, childbirth classes, doula services, VBAC education and support, trusted resources and referrals to experts in the field and support for perinatal loss and traumatic birth experiences.

for Central Florida women seeking a guide to help them transition to motherhood.

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To reach Michelle, visit or call 407-791-7989.

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Navigating Through Dyslexia Stories and Resources to Help Central Florida Families Words by Betsy Jewell


hen her daughter Piper started preschool, Megan Dennis noticed that she was having trouble with rhyming words and difficulty while transitioning from task to task. Then in kindergarten, Piper was assigned a reading specialist because she wasn’t progressing along with the other children. Megan wasn’t overly concerned. She knew that children often learned to read at their own pace. But by the middle of first grade, Megan knew something wasn’t right as she watched Piper continue to struggle.

Homework time with Piper became synonymous with fidgeting and an abundance of tears. Despite empty reassurances from her daughter’s teachers, Megan’s instinct led her to seek additional help. She hired a tutor for Piper, and then during the summer before second grade, Piper was identified as dyslexic through a private evaluation by Marsha Seff, a licensed and nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP). Piper returned to school that fall but barely made it through second grade, where she was placed in the lowest reading group and continued to struggle. It became clear that Piper needed more frequent and consistent support that her current school wasn’t able to provide. At the end of Piper’s second grade school year, Megan decided to move her daughter to a school where she could get the attention she needed in an environment that employed an approach that would benefit Piper. And that move produced immediate results. Piper is a thriving, successful and happy third-grader at the Park School in Winter Park.

Unfortunately, Piper’s story is not an isolated case. According to the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, 20% of the population has dyslexia, which accounts for 80–90% of all those with learning disabilities. Another Central Florida family who requested anonymity is also on a journey to help their son, who was recently identified as dyslexic. During kindergarten, his teacher noticed that he was particularly fidgety in class and lacked focus. He had trouble copying from the board, was not able to read aloud and had illegible handwriting. His parents took him to Dr. Maria Cely, a developmental behavioral pediatrician located in Orlando, who gave them a preliminary diagnosis of dyslexia and provided a doctor’s note for the school. Without an official diagnosis, though, the private school he attended was not able to provide a formal education plan. So, the family took matters into their own hands and had their son tested by Dr. Alicia Braccia at the Center for Health, Learning & Achievement in Lake Mary, where he was officially confirmed as dyslexic. The visit to the testing center lasted about four hours and was not covered by insurance, so the family had to pay almost $1,000 out-of-pocket for the testing, report and a customized plan, but they believe it was well worth the cost. They now have a personalized plan for their son, which they have shared with his school. Additionally, they have hired a private tutor who works with him once a week using the Orton-Gillingham approach (more on this later). They have seen remarkable results in their son's academic performance as well as increased self-confidence.

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Of the 20% of people living with dyslexia, many have not been identified and therefore aren’t receiving much-needed support. Some unidentified students may be labeled as lazy, disruptive or unintelligent when, in fact, the opposite is true. Dyslexia is a learning difference with inherent advantages. Individuals with dyslexia tend to be highly intelligent and possess strengths and skills that will benefit them in many ways. While they may struggle with reading and writing, they excel at spatial reasoning, which is needed for architecture and engineering. They are visual thinkers, which leads to artistic endeavors. Interconnected reasoning is a strength that is exceptionally helpful for an attorney. They are wonderful storytellers, like Steven Spielberg, who has dyslexia as well. The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. Dyslexia will often overlap with dysgraphia, which is also a language-literacy disability pertaining to writing by hand. Dyslexia can’t be cured, but with the right support, dyslexic individuals can become highly successful students and adults. Finding the right support isn’t always easy, as Megan Dennis found out. In Central Florida, there are only two schools that have an accredited associate of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). They are The Christ School in Downtown Orlando and the Park School in Winter Park. Both of these schools employ the Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach, the gold standard for teaching reading and writing. The OG approach, as defined on the Orton Academy website, is a direct, explicit, multisensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing and spelling do not come easily to individuals, such as those with dyslexia. The Christ School is a private K–8 Christian school that will celebrate its 25th year in August 2020. The staff at The Christ School understands the importance of including all students in the OG approach, which benefits all learners, not just those with dyslexia. Alissa Plaisance, Director of Student Support at The Christ School, says, “What is crucial for children with dyslexia sets a firm foundation for all.” At The Christ School, they focus on the four C’s: creative problemsolving, communication, critical thinking and collaboration. These are strengths of many dyslexic learners and essential skills for all students. For students with dyslexia, the school provides smallgroup, specialized instruction to ensure their individual needs are met. All students are welcome to apply to The Christ School, and financial support is available for families in need.

Langston, who is also the Instructional Director at the Park School, is passionate about helping students feel successful where they haven’t felt successful before. She says the OG approach is highly effective because of the way it teaches reading and writing. It is all about the relationship that teachers build with their students as they guide them through the insanity of the English language. Langston says, “You are a constant in their life who sees them and understands the inherent advantages of the dyslexic mind.” To be considered for enrollment at the Park School, students need to be diagnosed as dyslexic. There are many opportunities for financial assistance, including scholarships from the REED (Reading Education Endowment for Dyslexia) Charitable Foundation. This foundation provides scholarships to help support both dyslexic students and educators who are committed to educating them. Langston encourages any parent who has questions or wants to learn more to reach out for additional information. Megan Dennis hopes that other parents will hear her story and know that there are resources available if they suspect their child has dyslexia. And her hope for Piper? That one day she will be able to stand up and advocate for herself.

Dyslexia Help Resources in Central Florida: Here's a list of vetted resources that can help your family navigate through diagnosis and provide educational support. • The Christ School 106 E. Church St., Orlando 407-849-1665 • Park School 1600 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 407-718-0410 • The REED Charitable Foundation • Engage the Brain 1778 N. Park Ave., Maitland 407-636-9281

• Marsha Seff 407-719-3216 • Dr. Alicia Braccia Center for Health, Learning & Achievement 407-718-4430 • Dr. Krista M. Marchman Educational Consulting Associates, Inc. 407-740-0208 • Milaura Spelman Spelman Reading & Language Center 407-792-9552

The Park School was founded in 2019 by Mary-Elizabeth Langston and Jennifer Disch after years of working with families at Engage the Brain, a locally owned and operated organization that offers tutoring, educational consulting and homeschooling options.

BETSY JEWELL is a Central Florida-based content creator and mother of two teenage boys. After a long career managing projects and producing digital content for a certain mouse, she has set off on a new adventure as a podcaster and blogger at

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Ashley Brooke Nicholas and her daughter Luna

Words by Ashley Brooke Nicholas The full version of this article was originally published on Ashley’s blog at and was sponsored by AdventHealth for Women.

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I always say that breastfeeding my daughters has been both the hardest and the most natural thing I’ve ever done. In all honesty, when I was pregnant with my first daughter, Summer, I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to breastfeed, but I decided to try for at least a few months. Unfortunately, we had a number of setbacks that caused our breastfeeding relationship to get off to a rocky start. We dealt with everything from weight loss to latching problems to low milk supply. These troubles brought me to a low place, but thanks to the kind words of fellow moms, my supportive family and the professional guidance of a few amazing medical professionals, I was able to breastfeed Summer until she was about 15 months old. I will never forget the kindness shown to me, so since then, I’ve made it my personal mission to try to help other moms struggling with breastfeeding. I don’t want any other new mom to feel the way I did, so I’ll be sharing everything I’ve learned about breastfeeding over the past two years, what I did differently with my second baby that helped me avoid the difficulties I had nursing my first and a few of my favorite resources to help moms struggling with breastfeeding. Before we get started, here’s a little disclaimer: I truly believe fed is best. Whether you’re planning on breastfeeding, formula feeding or a combination of both, do whatever is best for you, your baby and your family. A happy and healthy mama and baby are the #1 priority, so I absolutely don’t judge other moms’ choices about feeding. Do what works best for you and your family! I’m happy to report that my breastfeeding journey with my second child, Luna, has been so much easier than my first experience. The things I learned with Summer helped me prepare for Luna, and combined with a great delivery and support team at AdventHealth for Women Orlando, everything has been easy and beautiful. Breastfeeding your baby doesn’t have to painful or stressful. Here are the things I wish I’d known before trying to nurse my first baby. 1. Seek education and create a support system before your baby arrives. Don’t make the same mistakes I did. Seek education and a great medical team for support while you’re pregnant, and I guarantee that you’ll have an easier experience than I did. With my second baby, Luna, I prioritized finding a hospital that offered support for breastfeeding straight away. After touring AdventHealth for Women Orlando, I knew I’d have a great medical team and amazing resources available to me after delivery. I also recommend taking a breastfeeding course WITH your significant other because it will help both of you create a game plan and get on the same page. There are great parent education classes – including breastfeeding – offered at AdventHealth for Women’s The Baby Place Academy throughout the Central Florida area. I had a great experience with their classes and found the teachers to be kind, supportive and extremely well-informed.

Lastly, you’ll want to find a pediatrician who’s supportive of and wellversed in breastfeeding. Find a pediatrician who’s the perfect fit for your family by reading “How to Choose the Best Pediatrician for Your Family” on my blog ( 2. Getting baby to latch correctly is the #1 priority. For your milk to come in properly and prevent excessive damage to your nipples, you really need to prioritize getting your baby to latch properly. A correct latch will feel like baby is securely attached to your areola (NOT biting down on your nipple), and it should not be painful. Your nipple shouldn’t be distorted or squashed into a lipstick shape after breastfeeding. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t worry – it’s normal, but you’ll want to correct the issues as soon as possible. It’s extremely important for your baby to be properly latched and sucking to encourage your milk to come in. I highly encourage you to seek the help of a board-certified lactation consultant as soon as possible after your delivery to get things off to a good start. Once you understand what a proper latch is and how to achieve it (the lactation consultant can suggest the best positions and techniques), just latch, latch, latch! 3. Fit in as much skin-to-skin contact as you can. Skin-to-skin contact is so important for mom and baby. I loved that AdventHealth for Women prioritizes immediate skin-to-skin time after labor as long as there are no medical conditions that need to be addressed right away. In between feedings and naps, leave your baby in a diaper and snuggle as much as possible. 4. Ask questions and get the answers you need. As soon as you go into labor, let your medical team know you’d like help establishing a healthy breastfeeding relationship with your baby. The nurses will help you contact lactation services, but try to look for a hospital where the nursing staff is also trained to give breastfeeding guidance. Once baby arrives, don’t be afraid to ask questions and keep asking questions until you truly understand. Don’t be proud or embarrassed. In order to keep your baby healthy, you really need to understand how to feed them properly. Also, be sure to ask questions about how to know things are going well and when you should be concerned they aren’t going well. How many dirty and wet diapers should my baby have each day? When should their dirty diapers switch from black and tar-like to yellow and seedy? How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk? Let your significant other listen and ask questions too. You’ll both be overwhelmed and sleep-deprived, so it never hurts to have more than one person soaking in the information.

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BREASTFEEDING TIPS FOR NEW MOMS Continued... 5. Watch your baby, not the clock. Don’t worry about obsessively timing your feeds. Instead, focus on identifying your baby’s cues. Let them latch for as long as they want to and keep them on each side of your breast until they release their latch. If they don’t seem satisfied after feeding on both sides, simply switch sides again and start over. As a lactation consultant once told me, “Babies always get seconds, and they always get dessert if they want it.” Your baby should be eating every 2–3 hours or 8–12 times a day, so just follow their lead. They’ll let you know when they’re hungry and when they’re finished. 6. Take care of yourself. I KNOW that you’re going to take care of your baby, but here’s the thing — you need to take care of yourself too. If you’re tired, stressed, hungry or in pain, your milk isn’t going to come in properly. Make sure you stay hydrated and eat as soon as you’re cleared by your medical team. Fit in naps whenever you can and try to relax however you can. Snuggle with your baby, listen to music, pray, talk to family, watch mindless reality TV — whatever helps you relax. Use a breastfeeding pillow or ask the nurse for extra pillows to create a comfortable breastfeeding position. If you’ve had a c-section, stay on top of your pain medication. Helping yourself recover will make your breastfeeding journey go more smoothly. 7. Look out for signs that things aren’t working. It’s OK if things aren’t working properly. Both you AND your baby are learning a new skill, so a few speed bumps at the beginning are to be expected. You’ll want to stay in touch with your medical team to learn what to look for, but here are a few reasons to seek help from AdventHealth for Women. You’ll want to seek help if you have any trauma or abrasions to your nipples or if you have nipple soreness that extends past seven days. If you’re having trouble waking your baby for feedings, struggling with getting a good latch or you haven't heard or seen your baby swallow for 48–72 hours, you’ll definitely want to seek outside help. You’ll also want to make sure you feel a change in the fullness of your breasts after a feeding has ended and monitor your baby’s diaper count. If your baby has fewer than six wet diapers in 24 hours, there’s cause for concern. If you or your baby have any of these symptoms, please reach out to your medical team (board-certified lactation consultants and pediatricians are a good start) for guidance. But don’t worry, mama! It’s OK if things don’t go perfectly at the beginning, and it absolutely doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to breastfeed. Get the help that you need, and things can and will get better.

Breastfeeding Resources Whether you’re still pregnant or a few months into being a mom, it’s never too late to get help with breastfeeding. Here are a few of my favorite resources for breastfeeding moms in Central Florida. The Breastfeeding Center Hotline AdventHealth for Women’s breastfeeding center has board-certified lactation consultants available to speak to you over the phone. This phone line is such a valuable resource to help you answer quick questions or get information on where to get the help you need. The consultants are so kind and have a wealth of information. I even placed a call while I was still pregnant because I was anxious. I was able to get all of my questions answered and create a game plan over the phone, and it genuinely eased my anxiety. You can find out more here or call 407-303-7650 to speak with a lactation consultant. Breastfeeding or Mom Groups AdventHealth for Women offers a weekly gathering called The Baby Bunch for moms with babies from newborn to 12 months old. The group discusses everything from feeding and infant development to maternal health. You can get your questions answered by professionals and make a few new mom friends at the same time! There’s a small fee for the meetings, but it includes lunch. You can register online for The Baby Bunch at four different locations: Altamonte Springs, Celebration, Orlando and Winter Park. Breastfeeding support group sessions led by a board-certified lactation consultant are also available at AdventHealth. They’ll be able to answer questions, give consultations and give you more information on breast pump rentals and establishing a healthy breastfeeding relationship for your baby. You can register for group sessions at Consultations with a Board-Certified Lactation Consultant Many moms think that one-on-one breastfeeding consultations are only available directly after birth, but that isn’t the case! AdventHealth for Women offers one-on-one consultations with a board-certified lactation consultant by appointment. They’ll be able to dig deeper into your specific information and help you troubleshoot any issues you and your baby may be facing. You can schedule an appointment by calling 407-303-7650. The last thing I want to say is that it’s going to be tough at the beginning — like all new skills. You and your baby are learning an entirely new skill, and it will take time for both of you to figure things out. With the right help, I promise things will get so much easier. If you want to breastfeed your baby, you and your medical team can find a way to make it work. Whether you’re feeding at the breast, pumping and bottle-feeding, getting donor breastmilk, supplementing with formula or exclusively breastfeeding, a fed baby is the ultimate goal — and it’s OK if your plan changes along the way. You got this, mama!

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Saturday May 2, 2:30 pm 2:30 pm Warm up 3:00 pm Start time Three rounds Two divisions: K-2nd and 3rd- 5th grades



Register your little chess player to participate in this Kids’ Chess Tourney by Board One Chess Academy! Four winners will receive gift cards to Winter Park Village. All participants will receive certificates and freebies from Winter Park Village merchants. Participation is free but registration is required. Space is limited to 40 kids. Divisions are for rising Kindergarten-2nd graders and rising 3rd-5th graders. There will be three rounds lasting approximately 30 minutes each using the Swiss-system tournament executed by Board One Chess Academy. Scan this QR Code to register

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Get Your Docs in a Row! Your Post-Kid Checklist for Financial Health Words by Malia Jacobson If the idea of getting your estate documents in order sends you into an anxiety sinkhole, you’re not alone. Lots of new parents are too overwhelmed to make a plan, or worse, they postpone estate and financial planning because they feel strapped. The good news is that a little effort goes a long way. And the peace-of-mind payoff is priceless. Here’s an easy checklist with tips from local professionals to help you get all your docs in a row. ESTATE PLANNING After the arrival of a little bundle of bills, there are some important must-dos for new parents. First, parents need to establish their estate-planning documents (that includes a will, power of attorney and health care directives) or update the documents they have. These documents are usually drafted by an attorney. There are a few important reasons to go to attorney for this service rather than trying to download forms from the Internet. Jodie E. Murphy, Esq. of Murphy & Berglund, PLLC in Altamonte Springs says, “Every state law is different, and often online forms are not specific for the state you live in, or they may not be updated with the current statutory language, which changes every few years.” There may also be specific questions that you have or alternate planning strategies that you never considered, so talking to someone who specializes in estate planning may end up saving you a lot of time, money and hassles down the road. Murphy recommends that you meet with your attorney every 3 to 5 years or any time you have a major life event (birth, death, marriage, divorce, or move to another state). LIFE INSURANCE If you don’t already have life insurance, it’s time to start shopping. Life insurance pays cash to your surviving spouse and/ or children if you die during the policy’s term and comes in two basic varieties: term, a policy that ends after a pre-set term and pays nothing thereafter, and permanent, a policy that pays your survivors after you die, no matter how long you live. Term life insurance is a solid, straightforward and (yay!) cheap choice for new parents; in most cases, coverage worth up to

five times your annual income (at minimum, experts say) costs less than a meal out. Gathering quotes from an independent agent is a great place to start because they can shop all of the highest rated companies with the lowest cost per month, helping you secure the most affordable rate in the industry. Jessica Ventura, an independent life insurance agent in Orlando, says, “Some coverage is better than no coverage. Get a policy as soon as you start your family so you can lock yourself into a rate for your current age. You can always add more coverage down the road as your family grows.” To determine how much coverage you need, think of your individual family’s needs. Ventura explains, “The industry standard is 7 to 10 times your annual salary, and a term policy is the most popular because of its low monthly costs. A 20year term will cover the family through the adolescent years (through or up to college).” Families with a child who may need long-term care may want to consider a permanent policy, which costs more but may provide more long-term security. UPDATE YOUR BENEFICIARIES If you’ve already got life insurance, check the beneficiaries on the policies. Also, check the beneficiaries on retirement savings accounts while you’re at it. You may want all or a portion of the moolah to go into a trust that your child will inherit as an adult or to the person you’ve selected as your child’s legal guardian. These payouts are some of the biggest assets parents should consider, and the recipient is determined by the beneficiary designation—not, as many assume, by your will. You don’t need an attorney to make changes to your beneficiary designation; it’s usually just a phone call to the financial institution or insurance company where the account is held. However, an estate-planning attorney can help make sure you get this done. “Unfortunately, with estate planning, you never really know that your plan is not valid or complete until you need to use it, and often by that point, it is too late to fix anything!” says Murphy.

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And you can’t escape the B word — it’s time for a budget. Jessica Reuss, financial advisor for Cook Dusey & Reuss Wealth Management in Winter Park, says, “To build a strong foundation on which to manage your wealth, it is important to establish a clear picture of your monthly and annual spending.” Reuss says, “To get started, first identify your current income and your current expenses. To get a clear picture, keep track of everything you spend money on for one month, both large purchases and small. Use whatever method works for you; there are lots of apps out there that can help.” “ is the app we recommend to our clients. For online tools, has lots of great information and resources, as does On Merrill’s Personal Financial Journey website (, you can find budget worksheets, spending analysis tools, videos and other insightful information on setting and sticking to a budget,” says Reuss. If you cringe at the thought of tracking every penny, take heart. After a quick ramp-on period where you input your info and link your bank accounts, budgeting software streamlines month-to-month planning, giving you a quick, at-a-glance snapshot of your spending and highlighting opportunities to pocket extra savings (such as FEEL FINANCIALLY STABLE

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Estate Planning: What to Know Confused about estate planning? Join the club. Here’s what new parents need to know. WHAT: Your “estate planning package” is legal-speak for the documents dictating your health care directives and defining what happens to your children and assets if you die or become incapacitated due to illness or injury. Murphy says, “The basic estate planning package includes your Last Will & Testament (which can establish guardianship for minor children), Durable Power of Attorney for financial decisions, Health Care Surrogate for medical decisions, HIPAA release, and Living Will to address end of life wishes.”

WHERE: Consult an attorney. Beware of do-it-yourself online wills, they’re often cookie-cutter forms that don’t represent your state’s specific laws. For example, Murphy says, “Florida law specifies that the will must be signed in front of two witnesses and a notary. Also, the 'executor' must be either a close relative or a resident of Florida.” Skip this step or another one of your state’s legal requirements, and the court won’t uphold your will, no matter how comprehensive.

WHEN: Update your estate planning documents after any major life change (the arrival of a new baby, a death in the family, or divorce or remarriage) or every 5 years. If you’re creating a new estate plan with an attorney’s help, expect the process to take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, from initial call to the final signing.

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COST: Attorney’s fees for an estate planning package start at approximately $500. For example, Murphy & Berglund charges $550 for an individual basic estate planning package and $750 for a married couple. Trust-based packages can range from $2,000–$10,000 based on complexity and needs. A trust is designed to avoid probate and can be structured to minimize taxes and expedite distribution of assets. An estate planning attorney can help you decide if you need a trust or just a Last Will & Testament.


Spring Look Book Check out the adorable spring fashion for kids and tweens available at Tugboat & the Bird in Winter Park. Their spring arrivals focus on timeless classics that truly capture childhood. Tugboat & the Bird carries fashions for girls and boys from preemie to age 7, while their Pink Oranges collection is for tween girls sizes 7 to 16. In addition, they carry shoes, toys, accessories and baby must-haves! Photography by Simply Shelby Photography In Partnership with Dahlias Flower Truck Clothing available at Tugboat & the Bird and Pink Oranges

Bentley, 5 Mayoral sunflower stripe dress, $48; DL denim jacket, $66; yellow Scarlet Ribbons, $10.60; Hoy Shoe Company yellow sandals $34.50; Vespa ride-on car, $295. Isla, 5 Mayoral white ruffle top, $38; Mayoral flower embroidered jean, $42; Jane Marie necklace, $24.

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Evan, 3 Me & Henry light blue dot button down shirt, $40, and octopus tee, $28.

Brooke, 11 For All Seasons pink check top, $36; Tractr white destroyed jeans, $48. Jules, 9 For All Seasons dress, $36; Mayoral denim jacket, $58; Cash & Co baseball cap, $26; microphone, $54. Royal, 11 Tractr denim tie-dye jacket, $53; Erge pink tank top, $22; Tractr denim flair jeans, $44; American Jewel gummyscented backpack, $38. PLAYGROUNDApr Apr/ May / May2020 2020 2828 PLAYGROUND


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Adrija, 8 Holly Hastie pink confetti sparkle dress, $86. Rawley, 5 Mayoral light blue long sleeve shirt, $32; Mayoral navy linen shorts, $38; Snapperrock Fedora hat, $35; Nerf blaster scooter, $175.

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Richard, 11 months Mayoral flag overalls, $40, navy polo, $16.50, and embroidered cap, $15; Hoy Shoe Company navy sandals, $39; Crocodile Creek ball, $12.

Autumn, 3 Mayoral pink bicycle dress, $38; Sophie Allport bunny backpack, $39; yellow Scarlet Ribbons bow, $10.60; Hoy Shoe Company yellow sandals, $39.

Liana, 11 months Mayoral striped dress, $32, pink reversible windbreaker, $44; Hoy Shoe Company gold sandals, $42.

Logan, 3 Andy & Evan navy henley shirt, $40, navy seersucker shorts, $38, and varsity cardigan shark sweater, $46; Cash & Co cactus baseball cap, $26; Floss & Rock backpack, $42; Native navy shoes, $39.

Harper, 1 Florence Eiseman pink check petal bloomer set. $92; Scarlet Ribbons green bow, $7.60; Hoy Shoe Company white sandals, $34.50.

Christian, 1 Andy & Evan shark 3-piece set, $49; Native navy shoes, $39. Arielle, 2 Joules floral dress, $34; Meri Meri blue bird cape and mask, $60; Cienta hot pink shoes, $42.

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B.Y.O.Baby New to the playground? Welcome! Orlando has a fun and supportive parenting community for you to explore. Check out these places to go with baby in tow. Words by Wendy Meyer

Indoor Playgrounds Amaya Papaya, Casselberry

Millie Moo’s, Southwest Orlando

For families who want some variety, Amaya Papaya is an open play space for kids ages 5 and under that has scheduled enrichment programs each weekday. Check out the weekly Baby Buddies play group for infants 0–11-months-old and support for their parents.

Millie Moo’s is an awesome indoor playground that is made for beating those baby bubble blues. Order a coffee and a snack at their vegetarian cafe, meet some other parents and let your littles explore this clean and safe play place.

District Kids, Oviedo

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Arcadia Kids Museum is now District Kids! Little ones learn through fun and play at any of the eight exhibits, including water play, pet vet, grocery store, diner, gas station and more. We suggest waiting until your baby is walking to benefit from all of the interactive exhibits. Join their activity and storytime each Friday at noon.

This safe playground has all kinds of toys and play-sets for children ages 6 months–7. It’s also home to exciting events like holiday parties, character visits and birthday celebrations!

KidsTown at Orlando Science Center Splash, climb, tinker and explore your way through this family-favorite exhibit, designed especially for children ages 0–7, where the littlest scientists are encouraged to make exciting discoveries and author their own experience! Check out ToddlerTown for a separate area just for the babies. Little Monsters Learn and Play, Oviedo This interactive playground encourages little ones ages 0–6 to explore and use their imaginations through safe and unstructured play. They also offer an outdoor play area, a preschool prep co-op program and a Kids Night Out drop-off program.

O2B Kids, Oviedo, Altamonte Springs & Casselberry Besides being a crazy-cool play space for kids (and a hub for all kinds of extracurricular activities), O2B Kids also has a toddleronly play zone designated for children up to age 3. Plus, the mommy/baby Morning Magic meet-up followed by the Brighter Babies play groups are designed to keep your little ones active! Princesses & Princes, Ocoee From the castle to the train table to the play market, this place is an all-out fantasy playground. Daily programming for babies includes sing-a-longs, crafts and storytime.

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Move and Groove Kindermusik Foundations Grow & Sing Studios, multiple locations Let your child hear, touch, sing and play at the musical enrichment classes by Grow & Sing Studios. They offer some serious perks for new parents here; along with a free firsttime preview class, there are two free spots set aside in each class for infants 4 months old or younger. Little Music Makers AdventHealth for Women, Orlando Babies love music, and Little Music Makers is the perfect class for new parents to get out and shake things up. Dance, sing and play with instruments while making new friends. Together Time Shayna’s Village at the JCC, Maitland Families from all faiths, cultures and backgrounds can take creative classes with their infants, toddlers and preschool-aged kids at Shayna’s Village, nestled inside the JCC in Maitland. These programs are open to the community. Musical Storytime with Mr. Richard Multiple locations and times If you’re new to the local parenting scene, Mr. Richard’s live music guitar shows for kids are a must-see. Visit his website or get on his email list to learn the circuit. Some of his regular gigs are at Barnes & Noble (E. Colonial Dr. in Orlando), Infusion Tea (College Park), Chick-Fil-A (Winter Park and Winter Springs), Soda Fountain (College Park), Princesses & Princes (Ocoee) and more! Oh, and the shows are free.

Fit and Fabulous Baby Boot Camp Multiple locations This total body workout is all about you, mama — but kids under 4 years old are a part of this stroller fitness program! These classes also cater to pregnant mamas and those recovering from pregnancy. Smart Start Gym Program A Kids Gym, Oviedo Research focused in music and movement development has been implemented into this seasonal curriculum to create the most learning possible out of your parent/child gym experience. It’s not only great bonding time, it’s also a perfect opportunity to meet other parents! For kids ages 4 months–3 1/2 years.

Find Your Tribe: Baby Brunch AdventHealth for Women Orlando, Winter Park, Celebration and Altamonte Springs This is a laid-back luncheon for mothers and their babies up to 12 months old. It’s the perfect way to get vital information about your child’s development while meeting other moms. Mother-Baby TEA Class Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, Orlando Join other new moms for some TLC, Education and Answers. Nurses and educators will answer questions on topics like breastfeeding, comforting your baby and oh-soimportant self-care. Momlando Meet-ups Locations vary Momlando and her crew organize meet-ups for moms (and dads) and their little ones to create connections and explore Orlando together.

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Little Lit Lovers Infant Story Time Leu Gardens, Orlando First Mondays, 10 a.m. Families receive free admission to Leu Gardens during the monthly storytime program. Most families stay and enjoy the gardens after the indoor storytime presented by the Orange County Public Library. Infant Time (up to 18 months) 10–10:15 a.m.; Toddler Time (18 months–2 years) 10:20– 10:35 a.m.; Preschool Time (3–5 years) 10:40–11 a.m.

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Little Bundles: 6 weeks to 6 months My Gym Children’s Fitness Center, multiple locations The youngest My Gym students begin their first visual, audial and spatial exploration with their parents. Baby exercises, songs, dances, infant-safe rides, unique swings and many other Parent & Me adventures await the infant-parent team. This fun and movement class also includes a brief parent discussion element and informative handouts. Babies Gym & Music: 3 to 12 months Romp n’ Roll, Winter Garden Your baby’s first class at Romp n’ Roll provides opportunities for you and your baby to engage in activities that help them grow and learn physically and socially, naturally supporting the bond between baby and parent. Mini Swim Lessons: 4 to 16 months Goldfish Swim School, Winter Park Enjoy introducing your baby to water play, skills and safety lessons at this indoor facility with a heated pool built for families and excellent instructors. This parent/child program is 30 minutes and limited to 6 children per class.

Gymboree, multiple locations Gymboree’s Play & Learn program grows along with your child. At Level 1, infants get tummy time, first songs and sensory activities. The class includes parent discussion time so you can learn about your child’s development. Move with Me: Baby-Wearing Dance Class Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Downtown Orlando Perfect for baby-wearing parents, this parent/child class provides early exposure to music, movement and dance. This class devotes equal focus to the parent/guardian, the child and the bond between. education Baby & Me Yoga, newborn to crawling Full Circle Yoga Find your zen and have some fun meeting other parents while practicing yoga. This class specifically designed for new babies and you, too!

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Zero to Five Storytime Orange County Library System Multiple locations and times This is every parent’s first stop for storytime. You’ll look forward to this weekly outing together that incorporates rhythm that your baby will love. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together! Pottery Barn Kids: All Ages Mall at Millenia, Orlando Make a detour for storytime on your next shopping trip to Mall at Millenia. Pottery Barn hosts readings and activities for little ones on select Tuesdays at 11 a.m.


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NO-BAKE BLUEBERRY PIE Get a taste of what summer is like at the library with this great recipe from Cuisine Corner Jr. program! Words by Erin Sullivan of the Orange County Library System

This summer, the Orange County Library System (OCLS) invites you and your kids to imagine what it’s like to take part in a scene from your favorite books, fairy tales and stories. Their Summer Reading Program theme is Imagine Your Story, and there will be camps, classes and events for kids of all ages inspired by reading and storytelling. For example, take a bite of this comforting, no-bake fruit pie inspired by Mrs. Zuckerman’s delicious dessert featured in the book Charlotte’s Web. This easy dessert is one of the recipes featured in the OCLS’s Cuisine Corner Jr. program, which teaches kids to make simple recipes with the help of an adult. Visit to find a library branch near you or to find out what’s happening at your favorite library location.

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INGREDIENTS: • 2 graham crackers • ¼ cup fresh blueberries or blueberry pie filling • 1 tablespoon water (not needed if using blueberry pie filling) • 1 tablespoon brown sugar • 2 tablespoons heavy cream • 1 drop vanilla extract • 1 tablespoon softened butter

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Crush the graham crackers until finely crumbled. Add a tablespoon of soft butter and combine well with cracker crumbs. 2. Add crushed cracker crumbs and butter mixture to the bottom of a small coffee cup or plastic cup and pat down until there is a firm layer of graham cracker on the bottom of the cup. This will be your pie crust. Set aside a sprinkling of crumbs for decorating the top of your pie, if desired. 3. Combine 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and ¼ cup of blueberry filling, and spoon mixture on top of crumbs. Spread to make a nice layer. (If you are using fresh berries, crush the berries with a fork and add 1 tablespoon of water, then add the brown sugar.) 4. To make a whipped cream topping for your pie, take 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and 1 drop vanilla extract and pour into a shot-glass-sized cup with a lid. Plastic 2-ounce portion size cups work well for this. Shake the cup quickly until it begins to thicken. Once it’s thick, you can open your cup and add your whipped cream topping to your blueberry pie. 5. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbles on top for decoration. Enjoy! 36 PLAYGROUND Apr / May 2020

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Summer Camp Guide

The Orlando area offers an exciting variety of camp options for kids. From art and dance to sports and STEM, find the perfect summer camp here!

3D Motion Dance 3D Summer Dance Camps encourage your child to explore and expand their knowledge of different dance styles in a fun, high energy environment. All students age 5–10 are welcome, no dance experience needed. June 15–19 Ballet/Contemporary/ Lyrical, July 6–10 Jazz & Hip Hop and July 20–24 Acrobatics and Leaps & Turns. Also, check out our Summer Master Class series available for age 10+. 506 S. Hunt Club Blvd., Apopka 407-786-0269 •

A Kids Gym Camp Kids Academy has expanded its space to offer even more opportunities for children to explore, move, create and have fun with friends! We offer weekly themed camps for toddlers and preschoolers as well as an exciting camp for kids in grades K–8. Weekly tuition ranges from $105–$160 (daily rates available). Full-time campers attend field trips (included in tuition) with an optional big trip on Thursdays. Exciting daily activities include gymnastics, science, games, art and more! 1495 Evans St., Oviedo 407-365-6800 • 44 PLAYGROUND Apr / May 2020

A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION ACE Gymnastics offers a fabulous summer camp for ages 3–13. Campers are separated by age (preschool and school-age). The preschoolers have on-campus field trips, and the school-age kids have off-campus field trips to many fun places. Every day is filled with constant activities designed to keep everyone busy and having fun. All counselors are background checked and fingerprinted. ACE also offers Gymnastics Instruction, Birthday Parties, Day Camps, Preschool with VPK, Open Gym, Aerial Arts, Gymnastics Teams and more! Come to ACE and stay busy! 400 Gold Medal Ct., Longwood 407-831-2582 • All Kids Spanish Give your children a competitive edge! Join our summer 2020 Spanish Immersion Programs (toddlers to 5th grade). We offer fun, interactive, hands-on “Exploring the World”, “Cooking”, “What Is Your Superpower?”, half/full day, Mommy & Me classes. No Spanish knowledge required to join. Private classes are also available. 2902 N. Orange Ave., #206, Orlando 321-460-2844 •

Art & History Museums – Maitland Immersive morning art workshops in our historic artists’ colony! Elementary, middle and high schoolers will enjoy experimenting with a variety of art topics, all taught by our resident artists. 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland 407-539-2181 ext. 265 •

Building Blocks Academy Join Building Blocks Academy, located in the Waterford Lakes Town Center, for a summer filled with rewarding adventures! Our full day camp for children ages 5–12 will offer an array of activities that will include hands-on learning, field trips, t-shirts, lunch and much more! Call or visit our website today. 789 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando 407-273-9400 •

Camp Invention Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program: Elevate! Campers will team up to play hybrid hover ball games, tackle environmental challenges and become confident entrepreneurs designing the next great invention! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities, building collaboration and creative problem-solving skills. Use promo code LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 5/12). Stenstrom Elementary School, June 1–4; Holy Family Catholic School, June 15–19; Baldwin Park Elementary School, June 15–18 and July 6–9; Windermere Elementary School, June 15–18. 45 PLAYGROUND Apr / May 2020

A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Chance to Dance C2D Performing Arts Summer Camp will include theater, dance, music, voice and more. Camp will be directed by Andrea Piazza, C2D artistic director. Alicia Murphy, board-certified music therapist, will serve as the music director, and Savannah Pederson, internationally acclaimed playwright, will serve as the acting director. Our campers will perform in Shrek, High School Musical, Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz. 264 SR 436, Casselberry 407-588-9589 •

Cranium Academy offers the ultimate summer camp experience with unforgettable learning adventures and exciting themes all summer long! We offer full-day camps for children ages 2–10 in STEM, arts, humanities, sciences, cooking and more. This summer, you won’t have to choose between learning and fun! Call or visit us today at either of our two locations. Winter Garden: 407-294-6950 East Orlando (near Lake Nona): 407-255-2171

Crealdé Immersed in creativity and fun, kids ages 4–17 learn to express themselves, collaborate and enjoy accomplishments in varied media, including sculpture, ceramics, digital and print photography, painting, printmaking, drawing and cartooning. Taught by professional artists at Crealdé’s inspiring lakeside campus. ArtCamp and Young Adult Immersion offered June 1– August 9. Sibling discounts available. 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park 407-671-1886 •

Creative Core Art Classes Creative Core is dedicated to nurturing the individual child’s love for creating. It’s a safe place where children can explore basic to advanced art techniques and play with the process of making. Students learn with a professional artist; small class sizes offer personal attention. FAVO Arts Village, Studio 142, Park Lake Highland 321-297-1617 •

Creative Jane Art Join us for our inaugural camp season! Each week in June or July, we’ll be hosting half-day art camps with weekly themes such as Rainbow, Cats & Dogs, Ocean Life and Crafty Camp! Painting, collage, 3D art and classic summer camp crafts will be a part of the colorful and messy fun. Camp is offered Monday– Thursday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. for ages 5–10; $255 per week. 1781 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park 321-972-9100 •

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AA SPECIAL SPECIAL ADVERTISING ADVERTISING SECTION SECTION DEFY Orlando is focused on getting youth active, both on and off the trampolines, while also providing them with valuable character-building skills through FUN! Our camp team combines a variety of fun and informative activities to create the ultimate camp experience. Camps are Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and have limited space. 8010 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando 407-307-3700 •

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Artists from ages 6 to 19 can have some serious fun in acting, comedy and musical theater summer camps — including a full-scale production of Les Misérables. Whether they’re just getting started or sharpening skills, participants will love showing off new talents during a final showcase. So, sign up today for award-winning summer camps at the AdventHealth School of the Arts at the Dr. Phillips Center from June 8 through August 1. 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando 407-455-5551 • Emotions Dance Join us for an exciting adventure! No dance experience needed. Unicorn Camp: Ride across rainbow obstacle courses while learning structured movement, June 22–26, ages K–5th grade. Super Hero Camp: Dress up as your favorite superhero while exploring ways to move, July 13–17, ages K–5th grade. Marquee Mix-Up Musical Theatre Camp: Dance, act and sing with Disney and Broadway musical favorites, July 27–July 31, ages 7–15. Camps run Monday–Friday. 111 N. Longwood St., #201, Longwood 407-788-1659 •

Florida Film Academy is celebrating 10 years of serving Central Florida! Experience the backlot movie studio THIS summer for a stellar line-up of camps for kids and teens! Choose from Make a Movie, YouTube Studio, Animation, Acting, Make-Up FX, Prop Design and more! Recommended for ages 7–12 and 13–18. 1261 Winter Garden Vineland Rd., Winter Garden 407-654-8400 •

Full Sail Labs, designed by Full Sail University, offers STEAMbased summer camps for kids (ages 7–12) and teens (ages 13– 17) in creative topics they love, including entertainment, media, art and technology. Located on Full Sail University’s campus, Full Sail Labs campers get curriculum created by educators and the opportunity to use industry gear like the pros. 221 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park 407-673-6249 •

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A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Garden Theatre Take center stage! Our summer camps are for young theatre fans entering 1st through 12th grade. Camps focus on developing performance abilities and encouraging a curiosity for theatre in a fun and supportive environment. All camps are designed to build confidence, strengthen communication skills, develop imagination and create a sense of community through collaboration. June 1–August 7 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden 407-877-4736 •

Harry P. Leu Gardens offers a variety of summer camps, from plant life to art. Each day, campers explore the gardens for inspiration and learn about the mysteries and marvels of the world of plants and why plants are so important. There is something for everyone. Get inspired, create and have fun! 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando 407-246-2620 •

iBrick Academy Lego© Robotics Camps Our RoboCamps teach programming, building and troubleshooting using the LEGO© Mindstorm EV3 set. Our curriculum, LEGO© Education, is carefully planned by our founder, who has 20+ years in teaching and training using LEGO©. We use only certified teachers to lead our camps. Our camps are located across Central Florida. 16877 E. Colonial Dr., #326, Orlando 407-230-6100 •

iD Tech is the world leader in STEM education, with 450,000 alumni and over 20 years of experience. Summer programs for ages 7–19 are held at 150 prestigious campuses, including NYU, Caltech and Imperial College London. Students build in-demand skills for futures in coding, game development, robotics and creative arts. Visit Held at Rollins College 1-888-709-8324 •

Kiddie Academy The Kiddie Academy CampVentures program turns your child’s ordinary summer vacation into an unforgettable summer of fun and exploration. Our program inspires imagination through exciting activities, outdoor adventures, field trips and special visitors, while balancing the individual needs and interests of each child in our care. CampVentures awakens a world of fun, learning and friendships for your child. Multiple locations across Central Florida 48 PLAYGROUND Apr / May 2020


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Summer Camp at Park Maitland seeks to ignite campers’ imaginations! Summer is the time to jump into new experiences while exploring current interests. Our camp provides the opportunity for campers to explore through activities that combine art, science, technology, and outdoor adventures that are crafted to keep kids engaged, entertained, and excited! Join us for a summer like no other! Private Preschool through Sixth Grade 1450 S. Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL PM_PlaygroundMagazine-Camp-Apr20_7.875x5.indd 1

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A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Kids Fringe Are you ready for some creative fun? Your child will love this super-fun boutique summer camp experience inspired by the classic stories of Eric Carle. Days are filled with storytelling, dance parties, nature walks, theatrical movement and most of all ... play! Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando 407-648-0077 •

Kindermusik with Grow & Sing Studios We’re all natural music makers! In Kindermusik, we’ll become more comfortable with instruments and our ability to play them. In a Kindermusik summer adult-child class, we’l’l blow music bubbles, play parachute games and sing. All these activities—the music, stories, sounds, games and crafts—are designed to nurture your child’s natural curiosity. Celebrating 15 years! Various locations in Central Florida 407-970-2774 •

Lake Highland Preparatory School Have a Spectacular Summer at Lake Highland! Splash. Play. Discover. Invent. Choose from more than 60 summer programs thoughtfully designed to ignite curiosity in a fun and safe environment for children ages 4–17. Visit our website below to enroll in a variety of camps, including Fine Arts, Sports, STEM, Technology and more! 901 Highland Ave., Orlando 407-206-1900 x1176 •

Leadership 4 Girls Looking for a camp where your daughter will make meaningful connections and create quality friendships with others? L4G camp is proud to help girls positively influence others as well as learn ways to live a successful, balanced life. In camp, your daughter will learn about identifying personal strengths, stress management, working effectively in groups and healthy habits for wellness and self-care. Audubon Park School & Lake Whitney Elementary 321-946-1629 •

Loving Earth Preschool We focus on early childhood education (6 weeks–8 years) and offer full-time, part-time and before-school and after-school child care. Our teachers are experienced professionals who maintain up-to-date knowledge to ensure academic excellence. Our programs are offered in a loving, nurturing and challenging environment. Our summer camps will run from June to August for 5–10 years old. Contact us now to learn more! 813 N. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park 407-740-6118 • 50 PLAYGROUND Apr / May 2020



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A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Mad Science sparks imaginative learning throughout the summer! Campers will watch a rocket launch, make fun potions and concoctions, create their own inventions, build their own robots, engineer with LEGO bricks, concoct their own SLIME and more! Your child will be able to touch, see, hear, smell and taste what science is really all about through fun and hands-on experiments. We have FUN down to a science! 7 locations throughout Central Florida 386-898-4570 •

O2B Kids Children entering grades 1–8 who want to investigate the mysteries of science, sing karaoke, paint a picture, play games, learn a dance, tell stories and act out skits, take field trips, play sports, laugh, learn and have fun with their friends should attend our summer camp! Children are grouped by age and interest to help create lasting friendships. Altamonte Springs: 995 N. SR 434, #600 • 407-335-4422 Oviedo: 1175 Oviedo Mall Blvd., #1005 • 407–542–8899

Odyssey Dance Company Driven by a collective passion for the art of dance and love for children, Odyssey Dance Company encourages you to join our journey through movement as we aim to discover and inspire the artists within. This summer schedule will include movement arts classes for jazz, hip hop, musical theater, ballet, tap and more! We hope to dance with you soon! 264 SR 436, Casselberry 407-221-6923 •

Orlando REP offers the most dynamic camps in Central Florida, with offerings for students in Pre-K through high school building confidence, creating joy and exploring personal artistry through theatre. Now with five campus locations around Central Florida, your child’s summer of performance, design or creation is just around the corner! 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando 407-786-7365 •

Orlando Science Center Give your kids an engaging and fun way to spend their summer break with exciting STEM camps that promote hands-on learning while fostering 21st Century skills, such as teamwork and creative problem-solving! Daily experiences include guided activities and experiments, exploring exhibits, like Pompeii: The Immortal City, seeing a film or live show and more! Topics and fees vary by grade (pre-K–9). Satellite STEM camps are also available in the Dr. Phillips area. 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando 407-514-2112 | 52 PLAYGROUND Apr / May 2020


ON-CAMPUS FIELD TRIPS EVERY WEEK! Inflatables, Gatorland, Video Game Truck, Magician, Foam Pit, Water Slides, Mad Scientist, Carnival, dance, yoga, martial arts and many more!

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A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Orlando Shakes Performing Arts Summer Camps From the magic of Dr. Seuss to the riveting world of Shakespeare, the young performer in your life will take center stage and learn from Orlando Shakes' professional teaching artists. With options to fit every student age 4 through grade 12, we're looking forward to a summer filled with the joy of theater! Lowndes Shakespeare Center 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando 407-447-1700 ext. 254 •

Painted Oaks Academy Horseback riding day camp from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Learn to ride and take care of your horse. First-time riders welcome! Learn to walk, trot and canter. We have a large, air-conditioned bunkhouse and crafts room, pool, games and more. Horse care and education, feeding, grooming, etc. Plus, many farm animals to play with and care for, including lambs, mini goats, chickens, bunnies and more. Limited space available; register online today. 15100 Lake Pickett Rd., Orlando 407-929-0970 •

Park Maitland School Summer Camp at Park Maitland seeks to ignite campers’ imaginations and explore how fun learning can be! Our camp provides the opportunity for campers to explore through activities that combine art, science, technology and outdoor adventures that are crafted to keep kids of all ages engaged, entertained and excited! 1450 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland 407-647-3038 •

RDV Ice Den offers weekly Learn to Skate camp for beginner skaters ages 6–7 that includes group ice skating instruction, on-ice games, off-ice activities and FUN! On Fridays, skaters prepare a performance to showcase skills learned in camp for their family members. Also, we have summer public skating daily, and external summer camps, scouts and youth groups are welcome! 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando 407-916-2550 • Register today at

RDV Sportsplex Your one-stop-shop for active fun all summer long! Featuring Mini and Kid’s Sports Camps, 10&U Tennis Camp, Swing & Swim Camp, Jr. Development Camp (Tennis), Ultimate Baby Sitters Training Camp (with American Red Cross Certification), Jr. Lifeguarding Camp, Campers in Leadership Training and Athletes in Training Camp. Register online today. 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando 407-916-2442 •

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A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION School of Rock Multiple locations in Greater Orlando. Rock music performance camps for rockers 7 to 18 years old of all skill levels. Multiple dates this summer. Professional staff teaches guitar, bass guitar, vocals, keys and drums. Rehearse for a real rock show and then take to the stage to perform at the end of each Performance Camp. Rock 101 Camp for younger beginners, too. Spaces are limited, so enroll today! Windermere: 407-710-9100; Oviedo: 407-706-3900

SeaWorld Camps are the coolest way to have fun this summer! Campers have unparalleled opportunities to connect with the sea and make lifelong memories. Counselors provide specialized activities that make this camp a truly unique experience. Campers go behind-the-scenes and interact with inspiring animals! Leaving a lasting impression of wildlife and friendship is what SeaWorld Camp is all about. 407-545-5550

Sweetwater Summer Day Camp was established in 1983 as a summer camp program sponsored by the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection and open to the community. Our programs are designed for children ranging in age from PreK to entering 9th grade (7th, 8th and 9th graders go on daily field trips). Daily activities include art, music, science explorations, swimming, canoeing and P.E. Camp. Dates are June 1–July 24. 251 E. Lake Brantley Dr., Longwood 407-788-2267 •

The Geneva School is excited to offer a variety of summer camps on both the lower and upper school campuses. Enjoy our state-of-the-art athletic fields and gym for tennis, golf, soccer, basketball and volleyball. Or become an astronaut exploring space or a mini-master artist for a week! Geneva camps are open to anyone! We look forward to seeing you this summer! 2025 SR 436, Winter Park (lower school) 1775 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry (upper school) 407-332-6363 •

The Zen Life Center has been offering summer camp for over 20 years, providing fun and enriching field trips, quality martial arts training, fitness/sports training, crafts, lots of cool mini classes and character-building! Not only will children will be immersed in creativity and great sportsmanship all summer long, but they will also get to develop leadership/mentoring skills and self-confidence. 1425 Tuskawilla Rd., #181, Winter Springs 407-695-7555 •

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A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Trinity Preparatory School At Trinity Preparatory School, we realize that a child’s learning and growth does not stop during the summer months. Whether you’re looking for academics, athletics or fun, we are here to ensure your child has a rewarding summer. Trinity Prep hosts academic, enrichment and athletic courses for middle and upper school students. 5700 Trinity Prep Ln., Winter Park 321-282-2566 •

USTA Summer camp at the USTA National Campus kicks off June 1 and runs for 10 weeks, concluding on August 17. Campers will refine their games and their strokes and learn skills that will help them enjoy the sport for a lifetime. The program will feature professional coaching and training, combined with the perfect blend of camaraderie and fun! 10000 USTA Blvd., Lake Nona 844-USA-TNNS •

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