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Ariana

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Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital | Pediatric Heart Transplant Program

Celebrating Seven Years of Second Chances Ariana was 2 years old when she was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy – a rare heart condition. During her teen years she started to experience symptoms of heart failure. “We determined she would need a mechanical heart device to get her strong enough for a transplant,” says Maryanne Chrisant, MD, Medical Director of Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy and Transplant.

Ariana is one of 40 children who have received successful heart transplants since our Pediatric Heart Transplant Program was launched seven years ago.

In the summer of 2017, Ariana became the first child at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to be implanted with a ventricular assist device, called the HeartWare. Two months later Ariana’s family got the call at 3am. “They said they had a heart,” her mom Adriana recalled.

Watch Ariana’s heart transplant journey at JDCH.com/Transplant

After a successful heart transplant, Ariana is ready to start the next chapter of her life. “Words have not been invented to describe how I feel,” says Adriana. “Ariana’s going to have two birthdays now.”


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FEBRUARY CONTENTS

DEPARTMENTS 6 EDITOR’S NOTE

20 Tooth tales

Preparing your child for a visit to the dentist.

8 MIAMI-DADE NEWS “Lion Guard” exhibit now open in Miami. 10 BROWARD NEWS Florida Ren Fest takes families back in time. 12 PALM BEACH NEWS Art festival to take over Mizner Park.

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14 HEALTH

Making your child feel special without the birthday party.

15 TRAVEL

No party needed

Genetics can help guide pregnancy decisions.

A Charlotte Motor Speedway vacation. 17 STUFF WE LOVE

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The Party Guide Planners, venues, caterers, entertainers, rentals and more.

Cake kits, hand-knit dolls and DIY painting parties. 18 GIVEAWAYS Win a Bubblebum car seat or Disney/Pixar’s “Coco.” 44 CRAFTS Art projects for the Chinese New Year.

ON THE COVER WHO Sofie Cardona Alba, 4, of Miami, a 2018 Cover Kids finalist WHERE Let’s Have Tea, 6923 Stirling Road, Davie, letshavetearoom.com PHOTO BY Taimy Alvarez

Advertising directories 52 Camps 54-56 Classes 57 Attractions

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36 Cover Kids finalists

Meet the top 100 participants in the 2018 Cover Kids contest.

45 STAGES: CHILD Teaching children to mind their manners. 44 STAGES: PRETEEN What parents should know about social media.

EVENTS 50 FEBRUARY CALENDAR Our day-by-day calendar, plus Theater, Shows & Concerts, Fairs & Festivals and Exhibits for Families.


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EDITOR’S NOTE

A celebration of love

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t is February, the month of love. one morning before school, and she told The days leading up to Feb. 14 can me that my son was only one of three be a lot of fun, especially when boyfriends. It would have broken my younger children are inheart, but my son didn't seem volved. bothered, and she was so sincere My daughter loves pink, so in her appreciation for him that I she delights in visiting store had to laugh. aisles festooned with red and My daughter is younger than white and pink. And her love my son, and more marriageof everything chocolate asminded, in her own way. She tounds even me. wants to marry a different person Valentine’s Day is a celebraor thing every week: her best tion of relationships, and I friend, her cat, her candy bar. JENNIFER relish the opportunity to We’ve talked about what love is JHON teach my kids about love in all and what love is not, but her deof its many forms. We love our family, sire to marry inanimate objects has not our friends, our pets (and our chocodiminished. late), and each should be cherished. I’m OK with that. I’m proud that my It's a lot of fun to do class Valentines kids are so loving. They aren't always with my children and hear stories loving toward each other, or even about their favorite people. toward me, but they are loving toward Last year at this time, my third-grade the people around them, and they still son had a girlfriend in fourth grade. I have that childlike enthusiasm for got to meet the charming young lady anything that delights them.

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY NEWS FREE PASS PROMOTION RETURNS TO MIAMI SEAQUARIUM Florida residents who buy a oneday regular admission to Miami Seaquarium through March 11 will receive a free 2018 pass that will allow them to visit Miami Seaquarium as often as they wish through 2018, including special events like the BunnyPalooza Easter Egg Hunts and Monster Splash Halloween Bash. The 2018 pass also provides discounts on Miami Seaquarium education and camp programs, Dolphin Harbor’s dolphin interaction programs, seal swim, penguin encounter, Sea Trek Reef Encounter and park merchandise. The pass also gives a 20percent discount on admission to other selected South Florida attractions. Learn more about the program at miamiseaquarium.com.

ABOVE AND ‘BEE’YOND TEACHER ESSAY CONTEST Applebee’s has launched its Above and "BEE"yond Teacher Essay Contest for 2018, which awards one deserving teacher from each school district with a $500 sponsorship check and end-of-year class party. To nominate a teacher, students must submit an essay explaining why their teacher deserves to be Teacher of the Year at a participating Applebee’s restaurant in Florida. Each entrant will receive a free ice cream certificate from Applebee’s. The contest ends March 31, and winners will be announced in April. Visit applebees.com to find a location near you. 8

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Miami Children’s Museum debuts ‘Lion Guard’ exhibit An exhibit based on Disney Junior’s hit series, “The Lion Guard,” opened at Miami Children’s Museum on Jan. 27. The Lion Guard continues the story of “The Lion King” with Kion, the secondborn cub of Simba and Nala, and his adventures protecting the Pride Lands. The exhibit, developed by Miami Children’s Museum in collaboration with Disney Junior, will be on display through early September, according to a news release. It will then travel to other children’s museums nationwide. Designed to teach social and selfdevelopment, problem solving, creative

thinking and culture, the exhibit will take guests on an adventure through the Pride Lands. Children will have the opportunity to train in the Lion Guard’s secret lair, go on special missions, and discover and learn about the African savanna and the animals that live there. The Little Lion Guard area will give younger visitors activities in exploration, creativity and skill building. The Miami Children’s Museum is at 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami. Museum admission which is $15 for Florida residents. miamichildrensmuseum.org


BROWARD COUNTY NEWS ABOVE AND ‘BEE’YOND TEACHER ESSAY CONTEST Applebee’s has launched its Above and "BEE"yond Teacher Essay Contest for 2018, which awards one deserving teacher from each school district with a $500 sponsorship check and end-of-year class party. To nominate a teacher, students must submit an essay explaining why their teacher deserves to be "Teacher of the Year" at a participating Applebee’s restaurant in Florida. Each entrant will receive a free ice cream certificate from Applebee’s. The contest ends March 31, and winners will be announced in April. Visit applebees.com to find a location near you.

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Florida Renaissance Festival to celebrate 26th year FAMILY DESIGNS The Museum of Discovery and Science is hosting IKEA Design Nation and FAU Self Driven Team weekend Feb. 17-19. Museum visitors can test their skills with hands-on, friendly competitions and interactive activities from noon to 4 p.m. Families will be invited to compete to build a table that can hold the most weight and construct a rollercoaster and keep the passengers strapped in so they cannot fall out. Visitors can also learn about the newest technology in trains and cutting-edge games. All activities are included with museum admission. Learn more at mods.org.

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Give the kids a living history lesson with the Florida Renaissance Festival, which opens at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach on Feb. 10 and runs every Saturday and Sunday (plus President’s Day) through March 25. The festival reenacts Europe’s Renaissance period with food, crafts, demonstrations, games of chance and skill,

rides, knight battles, a crafts village with more than 100 merchants and artisans, and hundreds of live performers, including sword fighters, minstrels and magicians at the park at 401 S. Powerline Road in Deerfield Beach. Each weekend has a theme, and on the President’s Day holiday, kids under 12, seniors 65 and older, active military and teachers with I.D. get in free until noon. Regular ticket prices are $21, or $9 for ages 6-11. The Renaissance Festival also has a school day program for class field trips and an official Scout patch program – a 4-5 hour program that gives scouts a detailed look at life in the past with hands-on demonstrations, crafts, shows and other activities. Learn more at ren-fest.com.


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PALM BEACH COUNTY NEWS TOYS INVITED TO FREE "MEET THE MUSIC" CONCERT The Florida Intergenerational Orchestra invites families and their stuffed animals to a free concert, "Meet the Music," on Feb. 25 at O’Shea Hall at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 22094 Lyons Road in Boca Raton. The concert will focus on teaching children about the orchestra and participating in the program, according to a news release. The event begins with a pre-concert talk at 2:30 p.m. with the concert at 3 p.m., and all guests are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animals with them. All will be admitted free. The Florida Intergenerational Orchestra has musicians ages 9 to 99 and will play excerpts from "Carnival of the Animals," "Sing a Rainbow," "Frozen," "Beauty and the Beast" "Over the Rainbow" and more. Ventriloquist Dan Christopher and his puppet friends will make a guest appearance. Learn more at flioa.org.

CENTER PLANS SEA TURTLES DAY FEST Animal interactions, feedings and educational programs will highlight the 12th annual Sea Turtle Day Festival, "Sea Turtles Dig the Dunes," on Feb. 24 at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Other activities at the free event include a children’s game and craft area with face painting, crafts, games ($3 per child) and food trucks. Pop-up mini kayaking and paddleboard classes for ages 12 and older ($5 per person) are scheduled every 60 minutes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking and bus transportation from Spanish River Park at 3001 N. State Road A1A to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is free. For more information, visit www.gumbolimbo.org.

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Festival to fill Mizner Park with art Art from across the country will fill Mizner Park during the 32nd annual Museum Art Festival on Feb. 3-4. Admission and parking in the garages at Mizner Park are free. Families are invited to attend the festival to see hand-made art across a variety of mediums, including painting, sculptures, jewelry, fiber art, photography, ceramics, pottery, wood art, mixed media, graphic design, crafts and art

glass. During the event, participants’ work is again judged by two local, nationallyacclaimed artists, who will award nine Merit awards and one Best-In-Show award, according to a news release. In addition, admission to the Boca Raton Museum of Art is free during the festival. For more information, visit bocamuseum.org/artfestival.


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Genetic screening can help guide pregnancy decisions BY SAIMA AFTAB, MD

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f you are considering a pregnancy, pre-conception genetic counseling can help guide your decision. Today, you and your spouse can be tested for more than 50 genetic conditions that could have a potential health impact on your child. Cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disorder of the lungs and other organs, is one of the genetic-related diseases that could affect your child if either you or your spouse is a carrier. Many other conditions occur most frequently in people with certain ethnic backgrounds. For instance, African-Americans have a higher risk of sickle cell anemia, a genetic disease that changes the shape of red blood cells, than other ethnic groups. Since genes come in pairs — one from the mother and one from the father — it’s important for you and your spouse to be screened for possible issues. While both of you may be healthy with no signs of a disease, you could both be a carrier of a gene mutation that you could pass on to a child. If both parents have the same abnormal or mutated gene, your child could be born with a condition like Tay-Sachs disease, which is found most frequently among European Jewish families (Ashkenazi), Irish and French Canadians. Fortunately, an ongoing pre-conception screening initiative in the nation’s Jewish community has greatly reduced the incidence of Tay-Sachs disease. A decade ago, doctors could only offer pre-pregnancy screening for nine conditions. That number has grown steadily since 2007, so you should by tested at a facility that offers a full panel of screening tests, as well as genetic counseling to help you understand the results. If you have already been tested in the past, you need to make sure your panel is up to date.

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baby was not at risk for certain genetic diseases? • Learning about your own heritage. Pre-conception screening can provide insights about your own genetic background. Because recessive genes can be passed along for many generations without being noticed, you might be surprised at the findings. • Family medical history. Many serious medical problems have a genetic component. Therefore, you and your spouse should review your parents’ and grandparents’ medical histories whenever possible. Be sure to share this information with your doctor before or during pregnancy. • Past pregnancies. If you have had two or more miscarriages or a stillbirth, you should talk with a genetic counselor before trying again. It’s possible that an inherited condition could be the cause of the problem. • Medical conditions. If a would-be mother has diabetes, heart disease or other chronic health problems, you should discuss them with your doctor and genetic counselor. There may be steps you can take to reduce the risks of pregnancy.

• Mother’s age. Mothers in their late 30s and 40s have a higher risk of having a baby with certain genetic conditions than younger women. Pre-conception screening, along with prenatal testing during pregnancy, can help you identify and address those risks. If you are planning a pregnancy, there are many other health and lifestyle issues to keep in mind. Eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise and stopping smoking are steps that would be good for you and your baby. If you are taking medications or nutritional supplements, talk with your doctor to be sure they are necessary. Finally, consider pre-conception genetic screening to identify inherited conditions that could pose a risk, so you can increase your chances of a normal pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Saima Aftab, MD, is director of the Fetal Care Center at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and oversees the Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases.


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Charlotte for all speeds in all seasons BY JANET GROENE

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rick question: Where is the Charlotte Motor Speedway? (Hint: it’s not in Charlotte.) Answer: It’s in Concord, North Carolina, where an exciting family vacation waits for everyone, not just NASCAR fans. The speedway itself is abuzz with activities all year, and the surrounding area, Cabarrus County, is a fast track of things to do. If you’re in North Carolina for a family ski vacation, it’s only about three hours from the slopes. A visit here begins with checking in. The Speedway has a year-round campground with hookups for RVs. The Embassy Suites Golf Resort and Spa is a full-service atrium hotel near the Speedway, Rocky River Golf Course and the famous Concord Mills Mall. Suites sleep up to six in two rooms and have a kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave. The nationwide Great Wolf Lodge

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Older children and parents can also resort chain offers a laidback North get out on the famous track in a race car. Woods-themed vacation in Concord. The For a ride-along, the passenger must be all weather, city-sized resort has luxury at least 5 feet tall and 110 pounds. rooms with whirlpool tubs and The Richard Petty Driving bunkhouses for kids. It’s a Experience is open to teens complete destination with with a driver’s license. restaurants, a spa, games, DID YOU KNOW? Prices for in-car racing activities for all ages and If you’re in North experiences range from an indoor water park. Carolina for a family ski $100 to $3,600.. Get tickets The Speedway itself is vacation, the or reservations for all a year-round entertainspeedway is only about events well in advance. ment complex. Take the three hours from the The Speedway is just one Feel the Thrill Speedway slopes. of the area’s must-see attracTour in a van. It’s open to all ages. You’ll see the Montions for families who love the ster Energy NASCAR garage, fast lane. Concord Mills is not just ride two infield race tracks and Pit a knockout shopping mall. It has an outdoor Speedpark with go-kart racing, Road, tour the dragway and dirt track, slides and mini-golf. In winter there’s an and take a picture in the Winner’s Circle. ice rink. Learn about centrifugal force. It will K1Speed is a challenging indoor gokeep you from tipping over when roundkart track. See racing roar to life in a ing the steeply banked oval. film at the High Octane Theater at the On another tour called Over the Wall, see Pit Row and the VIP suites in the Speedway Club. Continued on PAGE 16 FEBRUARY 2018 | southfloridaparenting.com 15


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NASCAR Hall of Fame. Next to the Speedway, the Motorcar Hall of Fame Museum has more than 50 classic muscle cars on display. If you’re not into speed, take kids to the Charlotte-Concord SEA-LIFE Aquarium to see a world of aquatic creatures from fresh water turtles to ocean sharks and stingrays. With reservations, take the Behind the Scenes tour to view the private life of the aquarium and its caregivers. A science museum, Discovery Place, has hands-on activities, IMAX movies and live shows. The historic Concord downtown has been revived with boutiques, trendy restaurants and specialty shops. Don’t miss The Bead Lady, a destination for bead hobbyists from all over the world. It’s a complex of many rooms, all filled with beads, gems, beading accessories and related needs for making jewelry and decorator items. Then choose from 40 homemade ice cream flavors at the family-operated Cabarrus Creamery nearby.

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the Speedway and Concord Mills and it overlooks the top-rated Rocky River Golf Course. embassysuites.com Great Wolf Lodge, greatwolf.com Speedway Campground, charlottemotorspeedway.com /camping


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STUFF WE LOVE DIGI-NAIL STUDIO L

CAKEST CAKE DECORATING KIT I Try your hand at cake decorating, and bake the perfect cake for your little one, with a kit from Cakest. The DIY cake kit is easy enough even for beginners, complete with step-by-step instructions for baking, decorating and presenting a masterpiece cake. The kit includes ingredients (gluten-free cake mix, fondant) and baking tools (cake pan, cake board, offset spatula, rolling pin and decorating tools) to make one of a variety of cakes, including a panda bear, train, mermaid, princess, fire truck, rocket, soccer ball, rainbow, cat, monster and more. Although the kit looks intimidating, the steps are easy to follow and include a day-by-day guide so you can plan your baking weeks, days or hours in advance. The finish product is beautiful, and the cake got an enthusiastic thumbs-up from family and friends in our in-home test. $55, cakest.co/our-cake-kits

CUDDLE + KIND DOLLS K Cuddle + Kind dolls are super-soft, super-cute, hand-knit dolls that not only provide comfort and fun for your kids, but also help feed children throughout the world. The fair-trade dolls are made of natural, high-quality cotton by women artisans in Peru, and for each sold, Cuddle + Kind donates 10 meals to kids through World Food

Program USA, Children’s Hunger Fund and Breakfast Club of Canada, among others. Cuddle + Kind offers three different mermaids, plus a unicorn, polar bears, penguins, foxes, bunnies, cats, dogs and more in small and large sizes. $48-$75, CuddleandKind.com

CLEARINSE I Help your babies breathe easier with the CLEARinse by pNeo. This handheld, rechargeable pump takes the guesswork out of, cleaning your kids nose, and can help clear little noses without the fuss. The kit comes with 10 3cc saline ampoules, so parents can use the CLEARinse to pour saline into their babe’s nose, then vacuum the saline and loosened mucus back out. Infants will likely be bothered more by the noise of the pump and the saline in their noses than the suction. My daughter giggled at the feeling and asked for another session after our test run. Her 8-year-old brother, however, needed to blow his nose into a tissue to get all of the saline out. The device includes one handle, 2 wash heads, 1 power charger and saline. For ages 1 month and older. $49.99, cvs.com

Let your kids go crazy with nail art with the Digi-Nail Studio, a DIY digital fingernail art tool for kids. The DigiNail Studio app allows users to customize fingernail art with photos, patterns, colors and text. Users then print onto special nail wrap sheets on any home inkjet printer and apply them to nails. The app is fun to use, and designs can be printed one row (a set of 10) at a time, so the kits will last. Digi-Nail printing sheets come in blank, ready-to-print nail wraps of 500 to 2000 to a package, which include a nail file and clear gloss. $11.99-$39.99, diginailstudio.com

PAINTING PARTY IN A BOX L Bring the "BYOB painting party" concept home with Drink Laugh Paint: How to Host a Painting Party. This great kit works for kids parties and family nights as well as Girls Nights and other adult gatherings. It comes with invitations and directions on how to plan, shop for and set up a painting party. An easel-shaped book provides basic instruction in painting and a step-by-step guide to creating eight different paintings, ranging from beginner’s level to advanced. A cute, colorful owl is recommended for a kids party, while an Eiffel Tower image works great for a Girls Night. Created by the owners of Boston’s The Paint Bar, the kit recreates a painting party experience with instructions that are clear enough to allow painters of all ages to join in on the fun. $29.99, quartoknows.com FEBRUARY 2018 | southfloridaparenting.com 17


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STUFF WE LOVE TO GIVE AWAY BUBBLEBUM INFLATABLE CAR BOOSTER SEAT BubbleBum’s kidapproved, super cool inflatable booster seat for ages 4-11 is designed for daily carpooling, road trips, fly-ins with car rentals, and taxi/Uber/Lyft rides. The inflatable seat helps prevent seat belt abdominal injury in the event of a crash. The air-filled design provides extra comfort and utilizes memory foam technology to help create stability and structural integrity in the seat with side positioners to correctly position the lap belt. The BubbleBum weighs less than a pound, inflates/deflates in seconds and easily fits in a large purse or backpack. It meets and exceeds all Europe and U.S. safety regulations, even in the deflated state. Available in pink, black or patterned. $29.99, bubblebum.co/us/

LINGUACIOUS VOCABULARY FLASHCARDS Linguacious focuses on teaching basic vocabulary in foreign languages to children ages 2-10 through the use of fun flashcard games. The awardwinning game include actual pronunciation of the words by native speakers, instead of phonetic spelling, through the use of QR codes on each flashcard. Children can play over eight different games of different levels of difficulty and cognitive challenge. The cards and games were developed by a team of language learning experts with experience in materials design, language learning and language assessment. Spanish, French, Russian, Hebrew, Brazilian Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese lessons teach animals and objects around the home. $21.99, linguacious.net

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WIN US! Enter to win at southfloridaparenting.com DISNEY/PIXAR’S COCO Disney•Pixar's “Coco” — the awardwinning animated film about a 12-year-old aspiring musician's extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors — arrives home digitally on Feb. 13 and on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 27. Through bonus material, fans can soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico, explore the music in “Coco,” discover the inspiration behind the film’s creative costuming and Dante the loyal Xolo dog, see deleted scenes, hear insightful commentary and more. Enter for your chance to win a digital copy of the film. 2017 DISNEY/PIXAR


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Preparing your child for a dental visit BY DENISE MORRISON YEARIAN

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ane and Drew Tamassia love going to the dentist. They think it is fun. Perhaps it’s words like “tickle toothbrush” and “sugar bug remover” that make these preschoolers giggle. Maybe it’s the mini-movie theater or Disney decorations that draw them in. “I think they like going because I started them early and chose someone who knows how to work with children,” said Suzanne Tamassia, whose own childhood dental fears drove her to find a dentist who works with specifically with children. “Getting children in at an early age is key,” said Pediatric Dentist Lawrence Louie. “I like to see them when the first tooth erupts. It gives me a chance to get a good look at the child’s mouth and lets me share oral health care and nutrition information with the parents.” Jennifer Luzader, a pediatric dental hygienist, agreed. “We recommend children have their first dental exam by their first birthday, and their first dental cleaning by age 2.” Even before that first appointment, there are things parents can do to prepare their child for their visit “Use books, videos and role play at home,” Luzader said. “Talk with your child using good, positive terms, and remind him how important it is to take care of his teeth and eat the right kinds of foods.” That is what Susan Magasiny did. “Before Jake’s first appointment, we talked about how the dentist was a doctor for his teeth and that to keep them healthy, he needed to have check ups,” said the mother of two. “I told him the dentist was going to look at his teeth, count them and maybe take a picture. It was no big deal.” “I remember sitting at home roleplaying with Jane,” Tamassia said. “I would say, ‘Open your mouth and let me see your teeth,’ then I would pretend to be the dentist. She liked that.” Role-playing prepared Jane for that first visit because when she went she knew just what to expect. “When a child comes in, we try to

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TIPS TO PREPARE FOR THE FIRST VISIT 1. Start early to get your child acclimated to visiting the dentist and prevent future dental problems.

make it a fun experience,” Luzader said. “They get to pick out things like fluoride flavor, sunglasses for eye protection, and a new toothbrush and floss. Then we go through each step of what we are going to do, first on their fingers then in their mouths. We count their teeth, scale those that are covered with plaque and tartar, and then polish. We finish with a fluoride treatment and have the dentist come in for an exam.” Louie talks children through the procedures, too. “We call it, ‘Tell. Show. Do.’ First we tell them what we are going to do, show them on our hands, then do it. That way there are no surprises.” Even without so-called “surprises,” sometimes anxiety sets in. “Crying through the first two years is very expected, even at 3,” Luzader said. “One way to ward off tears is with distraction. We have puppets we use and will talk with children on their level to gain their confidence. We also try to make it fun: ‘What kind of animal is down your throat today?’ Even when children come in crying, 95 percent of them leave with a smile.” “What is really important is that parents not relay any fears they have about going to the dentist,” Louie said. “Every once in a while, I see where parents have elaborated on what happened to them, and it comes through to the children.” On occasion, dental emergencies arise which cannot be avoided. “One week after Jake’s first appointment, he fell into a picnic table and had a severe dental injury. His gum was pushed

2. Consider a “get acquainted” visit to introduce your child to the dental office before the first appointment. 3. Choose a pediatric dental practice. 4. Select an appointment time when your child is alert and rested. 5. Explain before the visit that the dentist is a friend and will help your child keep his teeth healthy. 6. Answer all your child’s questions positively. 7. Avoid using scary words. Check-ups and 90 percent of first visits do not have anything to do with “hurt,” so do not even use the word. 8. Read your child a story about a character that had a good dental visit. 9. Write out questions in advance about your child’s dental health. 10. Make sure your child has regularly scheduled dental visits twice a year to maintain good dental health. -Information supplied by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry


up to the top of his mouth, and his whole front tooth was exposed,” Magasiny said. “I called the dentist, and they took us in right away.” But it was a wait-and-see injury. In the months to follow Jake had to return several times so the dentist could evaluate the situation. “I started to prep him about losing his tooth early, which he did about six months later,” she said. “But through it all, Jake built trust and confidence in the dentist.” So much so, if you asked him today he would tell you he looks forward to his dental visits. His mother does, too. “What I appreciate most about our dental practice is that they have given me tools to teach my children preventa-

tive dentistry,” Magasiny said. Tamassia agreed. “I like how our dentist takes a sincere interest in children,” she said. “Everything is catered to them. There’s an indoor climbing playhouse, video room and lots of books. They even get to takehome a goodie bag and report card.” “The goal is to have the child enjoy his first, second, third, whatever visit it is,” Luzader said. “Because if he does, he’ll want to return again and again.”

Denise Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and four grandchildren.

QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE CHOOSING A DENTIST I Do you have special training or interest in treating children? I Are you a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) or the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)? I Is the dental office set up for children? Does it offer toys, books, games and child-sized furniture? I How does your office deal with dental emergencies? I Is the office conveniently located to your home or your child’s school? I Does the practice accept dental benefit plans?

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Have a happy birthday (without the party) Budget-friendly ideas to make your child feel special BY SARAH LYONS

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he day your child was born is a day to celebrate and make them feel special. Birthday parties are fun, but they can be a lot of work and the costs can quickly add up. If you decide to skip the birthday party, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate big. Here are some ideas to make sure your child’s birthday is special.

CREATE ANTICIPATION As the birthday approaches, build anticipation by talking about it and planning what the day will hold. You can create a special countdown by making a paper chain and tearing off one chain per day or even just counting down the 22

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number of days on a chalkboard in your home. Explain that although there will not be a big birthday party this year, there will still be a lot of fun things planned.

MAKE THE CAKE A great way to save money on a birthday celebration is to make the cake yourself. Choose flavors and colors or themes your child loves and get siblings involved in the preparation. Kids typically don’t care about

whether the cake is perfectly decorated, they are happy with a cake that is made just for them.

BALLOON AVALANCHE When your child goes to sleep the night before their birthday, decorate the house with balloons or birthday decor. Try taping a disposable tablecloth to the outside of the child’s bedroom door and fill it with balloons. When your child opens the door, he


will be greeted with an avalanche of balloon fun.

KID’S CHOICE

as a baby, or how you prepared for their arrival. Spend part of the day telling favorite stories about your child,;they are sure to love it.

When you are planning the day, conHAVE OTHERS REACH OUT sider your child’s favorites. Plan the Ask friends and family to wish day’s meals around your your child a happy birthday child’s favorite foods. TRY THIS: with calls, texts, messages or Choose things that you cards. Consider talking to typically do not serve to If you will go on an family members via Skype. make the day more speouting or if you will This will help your child cial. If you will go on an be dining out, let know that others are celeouting or if you will be your birthday child brating them, even if you dining out, let the child choose the aren’t hosting a big birthday choose the location. location. party this year. DOCUMENT THE DAY As parents, we often feel like Create a list of questions to we have to spend a lot to make our ask your child on their birthday such child’s birthday special when this is as "Who is your best friend?" or list TV truly not the case. With planning, your shows, songs, foods, etc. Record the anchild’s day can be just as special as any swers in a safe place and repeat each expensive party. year. It’s fun to look back and see how your child has changed and matured over the years.

TELL THEIR STORY Kids love to hear stories about the day they were born, the cute things they did

Sarah Lyons is a stay-at-home mom to six children. Some years her kids celebrate their birthday with party, and other years they choose to celebrate in other ways.

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The party experience Give your kids the gift of adventure BY REBECCA MCBANE

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t happens every year. Your child is another year older, and it’s time to throw them a birthday party. You want to make every year a memorable event, and the best way to do that is to think outside the box, to make it an adventure. From tea and trivia to rescue missions a Jedi would be proud of, today’s kids’ birthdays are not the paper hats and pin-the-tail games we remember. Today, it’s about experiences.

THRILL SEEKING Got a night owl? “We don’t actually want the kids to sleep. We want them to stay up all the night and party,” said Rodney Garces, manager of Laser Quest in Sunrise. Laser Quest offers birthday packages that allow parents and kids to go on rescue missions, team up against one another, or engage in an every-manfor-himself shootout. But they also invite families to do “overnighters,” where there really is no sleeping. birthday party here, and he came in his “We have a few different packages full Darth Vader costume,” said Garces. depending on what sort of event they He said Laser Quest is something the want to host. Midnight to 7 a.m. is the whole family can enjoy, “for 6 to overnighter, and the late-nighter from 60-year-olds.” midnight to 4 a.m. — sometimes a little MAKE-BELIEVE later, sometimes a little earlier.” Maybe the entire family battling for The nighttime packages are not supremacy in an epic laser battle is too strictly for birthday parties, so you need much adventure for your crew. That’s to arrange for food and cake yourself, OK. The options for an adventurous but Laser Quest is partnered with birthday are almost unlimited. Papa John’s and Coccadots How does a tea party strike Cake Shop for customer you? discounts. He also recomGROWING MINDS: For almost 20 years, David mends children be at Williams has run the least 10, since children One of the best British Market in Davie, younger than that won’t lessons we can selling imported British be able to stay up all teach our children goods to a largely British night. is to value clientele who come in lookAnd unlike typical experiences over ing for the pleasures of home parties, there’s no strugthings. they can’t find at their local gling to find a theme here. It Publix. finds itself, the most common In the back of the market, however, is being Star Wars, Mine Craft and something special, something that Transformers. Garces has hosted scoutdraws a much wider, local audience: the ing groups and even professionals looktea room. ing to blow off some steam while doing “It’s a nice, eclectic English tea some team-bonding. room,” Williams said. “And we call it “I’ve had a grandpa celebrate his 24

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Let’s Have Tea. We can hold up to 30 people, and it’s very English. We’ve even got a fireplace.” Let’s Have Tea uses bone china and features different menus such as a Jubilee, a Royal Tea and a Sweetheart Tea. Seatings are by reservation only. This might not sound like a grand adventure, but for your 7-and-under sweeties who love arranging their stuffed animals around a table and serving them tea and crumpets, the Princess Charlotte/Prince George High Tea is a dream come true. “We serve Nutella or PBJ sandwiches in little heart shapes. While at the same time the adults are having their tea, we serve pink lemonade to the young ladies. We even put a little bell on the table sometimes, so they can ring for service,” said Williams. He said children get more out of tea time than just refreshment. “We don’t teach etiquette; etiquette is learned by what we see. So that’s the style that we try to put over, because it is an experience. It’s isn’t just a high tea; it’s an experience.” While guests are welcome to dress in


their finest tea party ensembles, Let’s Have Tea also has boas and hats available for dress-up. All the food is prepared fresh locally, delivered the morning of the party. “We have a lady that makes our scones, and after the experience of many years we know what bread fits. We buy local and try to use the best of everything.” Is your tween or teen a Harry Potter fan? Then a tea party with a side of trivia is just what any muggle would love. “We create a menu based on the characters and the story,” said Williams, who has hosted everything from Dr. Who to Downton Abbey to Alice in Wonderland, “and then we have someone come dressed in character and host a trivia party.” While a tea party could be as intimate as one parent and one child, Williams recommends a larger group for the themed trivia parties to make it more fun. And if you’re not interested in trivia, you can still theme it up. “Recently, we had a group of ladies reserve the room, and they all showed up dressed as Little Bo Peeps.” Tea time, you see, is whatever you imagine it to be.

DOWN ON THE FARM Some adventures are so great, they need the great outdoors, and Bedner’s Farm offers just that. Since 1960, the Bedner’s family farm has sat on a rural stretch of U.S. Hwy. 441 in Boynton Beach. In addition to the farmer’s market inside the big red barn, Bedner’s allows visitors to pick their own strawberries, red and green peppers, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes and even sunflowers, depend-

ing on the season. Your birthday boy or girl and partygoers will learn all about farming and how to properly pick produce. In the fall there’s a pumpkin patch and hay rides. All year round, you’ll find gem mining, homemade ice cream and tram rides pulled through the fields by a real farm tractor. While Bedner’s doesn’t have any animals, it does have a partnership with Pets & Parties, which offers pony rides, a full barnyard of petting zoo animals and even bounce houses. Porky & Beth is always onsite for barbecue lovers, or you can order from Rudino’s Pizza Grinders. And the farm’s Tiki hut can shelter more than 40 guests from rain or sun. One of the best lessons we can teach our children is to value experiences over things, and plenty of places in South Florida offer adventures that fit the bill. So this year, skip the stuff and give your children and their friends a gift that will last a lifetime.

Rebecca McBane is a freelance writer and editor in South Florida.

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ACTION & SPORTS

5300 N. Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale xtremeactionpark.com, 954-491-6265

Wild Florida Productions

Action Town Family Fun Center 7802 NW 103rd St., Hialeah actiontownfl.com, 305-647-3343

Brazilian Soccer Training Center 20300 NE 24th Ave., Aventura bstcsoccer.com, 786-522-7577

Danny Berry’s Baseball Birthday Parties 11155 SW 112th Ave., Miami dannyberry.com, 305-281-0961

El Loro Pirate Adventure 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami miamiaquatours.com, 305-358-7600

Florida Panthers Hockey Club 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise panthers.nhl.com, 954-835-7000

X-Treme Rock Climbing 13972 SW 139th Court, Miami x-tremerock.com, 305-233-6623

ANIMALS, PETTING FARMS & RANCHES Acts 2 Acres Equestrian Center 4000 NW 43rd St., Coconut Creek acts2acres.com, 954-326-2528 Pony parties with petting zoo. Can accommodate up to 30 children.

Animal Tales

Serving the tri-county area and Monroe county. otterman.net, 786-493-4201

ARTS & CRAFTS Art Thyme 8841 SW 132nd St., Miami artthyme.com, 305-992-8222

Artists At The Falls 12974 SW 89th Ave., Miami artistsatthefalls.com, 305-278-2690

Ceramics On Wheels Serving the tri-county area - We come to you! ceramicsonwheels.net, 954-298-3838

Craft Gallery 5911 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach thecraftgallery.net, 561-585-7744

k1speed.com 2950 Stirling Road, Hollywood, 954-416-0044 8600 NW S. River Drive, Medley, 786-838-0612

Serving the tri-county area. animaltalesonline.net, 954-804-5055 Wildlife shows for parties! It's fun, exciting and interactive. Let Animal Tales introduce your guests to a variety of small exotic animals. We entertain as we educate and provide an unforgettable party experience. 30 or 60 min shows.

Kidokinetics

Cock-A-Doodle-Doo Petting Zoo

kidokinetics.com, 954-385-8511

adoodle.com, 561-676-4786

Paints N' Cocktails

Miami Pirate Duck Tours

Fairytale Pony Rental

1680 Washington Ave., Miami Beach miamipirateducktours.com, 305-623-2637

fairytaleponyrental.com Miami: 305-231-1234 Broward: 954-359-5000 Palm Beach: 772-285-8989 West Palm Beach: 561-419-9379

paintsncocktails.com 10029 Cleary Blvd., Plantation, 954-514-7383 6370 N. State Road 7, Suite 112, Coconut Creek, 954-571-9270

iFLY Indoor Skydiving 11690 W. State Road 84, Davie iflyworld.com/fort-lauderdale, 954-280-4359

K1 Speed

Mini Indy Cart Racing miamipartyrentals.biz, 305-234-4555

Monster Mini Golf

The Little Farm

monsterminigolf.com 14435 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, 954-589-1878 9533 Westview Drive, Coral Springs, 954-526-5115

13401 SW 224th St., Goulds thelittlefarm.us, 305-258-3186

Revo Soccer

5075 SW 70th Ave., Davie spungoldequestriancenter.com, 954-410-3690

10395 NW 41st St., Suite 101, Doral revosoccer.com, 305-717-0020

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Craft Haus 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens, Suite 4102, Palm Beach Gardens crafthauspalmbeach.com, 561-630-3450

Joe Picasso’s 1495 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale joepicassos.com, 954-462-2551

Plaster Castle Serving the tri-county area plastercastle.com, 954-742-5969

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ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation 34725 W. Boundary Road, Clewiston ahtahthiki.com, 877-902-1113

Billie Swamp Safari 30000 Gator Tail Trail, Clewiston billieswamp.com, 800-GO-SAFARI

Boca Raton Children’s Museum 498 Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton cmboca.org, 561-368-6875

Deering Estate At Cutler 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami deeringestate.org, 305-235-1668

Dezer Auto Museum dezercollection.com, 305-354-7680 2000 NE 146th St., North Miami 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale

Everglades Alligator Farm 40351 SW 192nd Ave., Homestead everglades.com, 305-247-2628

Flamingo Gardens 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie flamingogardens.org, 954-473-2955

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami frostscience.org, 305-434-9564 Host your next party at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, where we have

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birthdays down to a science! We offer a variety of different themes, experiences and special encounters that will guarantee the celebration of a lifetime.

2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach mbgarden.org, 305-673-7256

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center

Miami Children’s Museum

129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach schoolhousemuseum.org, 561-742-6780

24050 SW 8th St., Miami gatorpark.com, 305-559-2255

980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami miamichildrensmuseum.org, 305-373-KIDS (5437)

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Miami Seaquarium

Gator Park

12450 SW 152nd St., Miami gcrm.org, 305-253-0063

Golisano Children's Museum of Naples 15080 Livingston Road, Naples cmon.org, 239-514-0084

Jungle Island 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami jungleisland.com, 305-400-7000

Lion Country Safari 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, West Palm Beach lioncountrysafari.com, 561-793-1084 Come celebrate your child's birthday with over 900 wild animals at Lion Country Safari! Our basic party package includes all day admission into our drive-thru safari and amusement park, a one-hour pizza party and much more.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center 14200 US Highway One, Juno Beach marinelife.org, 561-627-8280 Come SHELL-E-BRATE your child's birthday under the sea with Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach! Visit with real sea turtles up close, have fun with friends and more. Various packages are available. Visit marinelife.org for more information.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Seminole Tribe of Florida

4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami miamiseaquarium.com, 305-365-2501 Give your child a birthday party they'll remember for a lifetime! Let our party host take care of it all. You'll receive a private picnic area, a kid-friendly lunch, a personalized cake, a costume character visit plus park admission on that day.

Monkey Jungle

6300 Stirling Road, Hollywood semtribe.com, 800-683-7800 Host a party with us! Please call and get info on how we can make your special event a great one.

South Florida Science Center And Aquarium 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach sfsciencecenter.org, 561-832-1988

Sugar Sand Park 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton sugarsandpark.org, 561-347-3900

14805 SW 216th St., Miami monkeyjungle.com, 305-235-1611

The Girls Strawberry U-Pick

Museum Of Discovery And Science

14466 S. Military Trail, Delray Beach thegirlsstrawberryupick.com, 561-496-0188

401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale mods.org, 954-467-6637

NSU Art Museum

Young At Art

One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale nsuartmuseum.org, 954-525-5500

751 SW 121st Ave., Davie youngatartmuseum.org/birthdays, 954-424-5029 Throw an ARTrageous celebration at YAA! Choose from four unique, interactive exhibits that will stimulate and inspire your family and friends, each complete with a party room to accommodate events for kids, teens and special events for adults.

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach palmbeachzoo.org, 561-547-WILD (9453) Palm Beach Zoo is a roaring good place for a party for kids of all ages! For birthdays or any special occasion. Includes admission, add animal encounters and more. Visit the private events section at palmbeachzoo.org or call 561-533-0887, x-217.

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BOWLING AMF Boynton Beach Lanes 1190 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach amf.com/boyntonbeachlanes, 561-734-1500

AMF Davie Lanes 8200 W. State Road 84, Davie amf.com/davielanes, 954-473-8822

Bird Bowl Bowling Center 9275 SW 40th St., Miami birdbowl.com, 305-221-1221

Bowlero Miami Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12th St., Miami bowlmor.com, 305-594-0200

Diamond Strike Lanes 2200 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach diamondstrikelanes.com, 954-941-0968

Revolutions 477 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach revolutionsbowl.com, 561-203-6188

Sawgrass Lanes 8501 N. University Drive, Tamarac sawgrasslanes.com, 954-722-2700

Sparez Bowling Center 5325 S. University Drive, Davie sparezbowling.com, 954-434-9663

Splitsville Bowling 5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 202, South Miami splitsvillelanes.com, 305-665-LANE (5263)

Strikers Family Sports Center 8500 NW 44th St., Sunrise strikersfs.com, 954-749-1400

Strikes @ Boca 21046 Commercial Trail, Boca Raton strikesbocaraton.com, 561-368-2177

COOKING/FOOD DECORATING Celebration Cake Design 23442 SW 57th Ave., Boca Raton, 561-477-6301

Little Chef’s Kitchen 4990 SW 72nd Ave., Suite 103, Miami littlechefskitchen.com, 786-458-2922

DANCE/FITNESS Belly Motions 8235 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables bellymotions.com, 305-663-1553

Hip Hop Kidz Classes available in the tri-county area hiphopkidz.co, 305-233-3555, 954-499-7729

Smarty Fit Party smartyfitparty.com, 954-708-4900

Universal Dance Studios 18401 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach universaldancestudiosmiami.com, 305-937-2513

Zumba For Kids Parties Serving Miami-Dade and Broward Counties Email: terryaerobics@hotmail.com 305-519-0195, 786-973-7789

GAMES & ARCADES

6950 SW 117th Ave., Miami tbmiami.com, 305-596-2337

Tumbleland Gymnastics Mobile gymnastics program serving Broward County. 954-963-5539

Twins Gymnastics

3100 NW Boca Raton Blvd., #308, Boca Raton twistergymnastics.com, 561-750-6001

12045 SW 117th Ave., Miami arcadeodyssey.com, 305-253-2722

West Broward Gymnastics Academy

Boomers! 3100 Airport Road, Boca Raton boomersparks.com/boca, 561-347-1888

Dave & Busters daveandbustersevents.com 3000 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood, 954-923-5505 11481 NW 12th St., Miami, 305-468-1555

Gameroom 2608 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise gameroomsawgrass.com, 954-845-8740

Game Ryderz Mobile video game theater. gameryderz.com, 954-471-9456

GameTime 5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 330, Miami gametimeplayers.com, 305-667-4263

Game Xite

409 SW 136th Ave., Davie wbgymnastics.com, 954-382-1767

INDOOR PLAY & PARTY FACILITIES Adolph & Rose Levis JCC Parties 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton levisjcc.org, 561-852-3200

All-In-One Kids Entertainment 8628 NW 44th St., Sunrise allinonekidsentertainment.com, 954-302-9149

AquaNuts At EAU Palm Beach Resort & Spa 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan aquanutskids.com, 561-540-4833

Baby Stars

thegamexite.com, 877-274-6484

3565 NE 207th St., Suite A9, Aventura baby-stars.com, 305-466-1886

Monster Mini Golf

Ball Mania Indoor Party Place

monsterminigolf.com 14435 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, 954-589-1878 9533 Westview Drive, Coral Springs, 954-526-5115

6805 Lyons Technology Circle, Coconut Creek twistergymnastics.com, 954-725-9199

Gym Kidz gymkidzgymnastics.com 2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7767 2038 NE 155th St., North Miami Beach, 305-944-4277 405 University Drive, Coral Gables, 305-460-5600

Kids In Motion 11246 Wiles Road, Coral Springs kidsinmotion.net, 954-344-1661

The Diva-Licious Cake House - Bakery

my-gym.com 17881 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-933-0496 6651 Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach, 561-961-8005 6504 N. State Road 7, Coconut Creek,

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Arcade Odyssey

14740 SW 26th St., Suite 207, Miami tastebudskitchen.com/miamiwest, 786-999-8629

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Serving the tri-county area; thelittlegym.com

Twister Gymnastics

American Twisters Gymnastics

7030 Charleston Shores Blvd., Lake Worth 601 Heritage Drive, Suite 430, Jupiter thediva-liciouscakehouse.com, 561-460-6306

The Little Gym

6585 S. Military Trail, Lake Worth 561-968-1111

GYMNASTICS

Taste Buds Kitchen

2280 SW 71st Terrace, Davie novagymnastics.com, 954-476-3154

Adventure Miniature Golf

Mia Cake House

Sweet Life Cake and Candy Supply

Nova Gymnastics

1297 N. University Drive, Coral Springs twinsgymnastics2.com, 954-741-9382

1739 N. University Drive, Plantation miacakehouse.com, 954-319-0939 Celebrate a party full of sweet creativity. Baking and decorating parties for children 4-99 years old. Guest decorate and take home their delicious art as a party favor. Cupcakes for the guests are included, No need for cake. 12394 SW 127th Ave., Miami sweetlifecakesupply.com, 305-382-1089

954-596-9010 2878 NW 79th Ave., Doral, 305-500-9688 11735 SW 147th Ave., Kendall, 305-270-0230 9775 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 954-382-0222 13920 Wellington Trace, Suite 100, Wellington, 561-713-2768

My Gym

2600 NW 87th Ave., Suite 5, Doral ballmaniaparty.com, 305-615-2806

Bounce Play World 13550 SW 120th St., Suite 504, Miami bounceplayworld.com, 305-340-0336

Cool Beans Indoor Playground & Cafe 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., #3115, Palm Beach Gardens coolbeansplaycafe.com, 561-627-1782

Cool Corner Bistro Gulfstream Park, 500 Seabiscuit Trail, #1050, Hallandale Beach coolcornerbistro.com, 954-399-9953

Cool-de-Sac Play Cafe 11401 NW 12th St., #E610, Doral cooldesacmiami.com, 305-477-5505

Flippo’s 3868 N. University Drive, Sunrise flippos.net, 844-354-7767

Fun Bus

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BIRTHDAY PARTIES

We’ve got birthday parties down to a science! Spark your young explorer’s imagination with a science-themed birthday party at Frost Science.

For details, visit frostscience.org/birthdays. Call 305-434-9564 or email birthdays@frostscience.org.

1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132, Miami, FL 33132 | frostscience.org

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Continued from Page 30 Serving Broward and Palm Beach Counties funbuses.com, 954-698-5835

Funderdome 1455 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale funderdome.net, 954-525-1816

gulfstreampark.com/kids, 954-454-7000 From lanes and games at Strike10 Bowling & Arcade to singing Disney favorites at PlugIn Karaoke to themed parties at Cool Corner Family Bistro to painting fun at Color Me Mine Gulfstream Park will make your little one's birthday wishes come true!

Joey’s Outback Adventures

Funtasmic Indoor Party Place 13017 SW 112th St., Miami funtasmicparty.com, 786-502-9307

Goin' Bananas 15750 SW 56th St., Miami goinbananasmiami.com, 305-456-1485

Gulfstream Park 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach

joeysoutback.com 10670 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, 561-204-4554 3491 NW Federal Highway, Jensen Beach, 772-444-3728

Jump A Roos 20505 S. Dixie Highway, Cutler Bay jumparoos.com, 305-238-5867

Jumpin’ Jamboree

Terry’s FacePainting,Inc. Glitter & Airbrush Tattoos Games & Balloon Twisting DESIGNYOUR AIRBRUSHT-SHIRT

terrysfacepainting.com•terryfacepaints@comcast.net

SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park skyzone.com 5450 NW 82nd Ave., Doral, 305-640-5424 10200 SW 186th St., Cutler Bay, 305-640-5424 1834 SW 2nd St., Pompano Beach, 954-417-3999

The Wow Factory 5891 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek wowfactoryfun.com, 954-380-8600

MUSIC Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir 1229 NE 37th St., Oakland Park singingsons.org, 954-563-2697

jumpinjamboree.com 6000 NW 97th Ave., Suite 1 or 2, Doral, 305-599-3288 4057 SW 152nd Ave., Kendall, 786-420-2420 Miami's largest indoor inflatable playground & party place. Inflatables, slides, obstacle courses, game room & prizes, toddler soft play area. Two locations - Doral and Kendall. Voted Miami's Best Indoor Attraction & Party Place by SFP readers.

Party Studio

Jump!Zone Party Play Center

Miami-Dade Parks

10064 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise jumpzoneparty.com, 954-703-1330 #arcade #games #jumpzone #sunrise #bouncehouse #kidsparty #partytime #spectacular #pizza #fun #funday

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open jump arenas, play trampoline dodgeball, do flips and somersaults. Available for birthday parties and family gatherings with quality food and private party rooms.

Just 4 Fun 5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 355, Miami just4funparks.com, 305-763-8249

5991 NW 102nd Ave., Doral partystudiomiami.com, 305-468-1781

Rockstar Recording Studio 548 NE 42nd St., Fort Lauderdale recordingstudioparties.com, 954-776-2276

PARKS 275 NW 2nd St., Miami miamidade.gov/parks, 305-755-7800 Miami-Dade Parks loves families! With a Parks Passport membership, you can enjoy discounts on programs, attractions and even receive one free shelter rental - the perfect spot to host a birthday party or celebration. Start making memories today.

Little Divas Spa Party Place 8763 SW 132nd St., Miami littledivaspartyplace.com, 305-235-5519 Ask for David or Jack

We have the LARGEST WE UP! WATER SLIDES in Florida. SHOW Now Serving Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties Candy Land

Wipeoutt Wipeo Football Challenge

Little Java's Family Fun Center 2750 Glades Circle, Suite 100, Weston littlejavas.com, 954-888-6488

Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches jcconline.com 8500 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, 561-740-9000 5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-712-5200

Monkey Joe’s monkeyjoes.com 10301B Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs, 954-796-6500 6250 Lantana Road, Bay 18, Lake Worth, 561-968-0009 9980 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-442-8777 3445 N. Hiatus Road, Sunrise, 954-748-4123

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Beakers & Bugs Serving Broward County. beakersandbugs.com, 954-563-0259

Engineering For Kids engineeringforkids.com Miami: 305-570-1243 Broward: 954-678-1516 South Palm Beach: 561-558-4959 North Palm Beach: 561-818-8750

High Touch High Tech Serving the tri-county area. sciencemadefunSFL.net, 800-639-7923

Mad Science Of Palm Beach & Martin Counties palmbeachbroward.madscience.org 561-747-3033, 954-838-9090

My Clubhouse Indoor Party Place

Museum Of Discovery And Science

9851 NW 58th St., Suite 124, Doral myclubhouse.net, 786-475-3942

401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale mods.org, 954-467-6637

Off The Wall

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

4939 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek offthewallfl.com, 954-973-3031

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Planet Air Sports planetairsports.com 1401 Green Road, Deerfield Beach, 954-428-3386 1950 NW 92nd Ave., Doral, 305-800-4386

Rockin’ Jump 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale ftlauderdale.rockinjump.com, 954-656-1241 Rockin’ Jump is a place where you can soar in

1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami frostscience.org, 305-434-9564 Host your next party at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, where we have birthdays down to a science! We offer a variety of different themes, experiences and special encounters that will guarantee the celebration of a lifetime.

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All Star Events allstareventsmiami.com, 305-623-0058

South Florida Science Center And Aquarium

Awesome Parties USA awesomepartiesusa.com, 954-240-1930

4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach sfsciencecenter.org, 561-832-1988

Bounce House Broward

The Science Academy

Busy Bees Bounce-N-Party

Boca Raton/Delray Beach thescienceacademyinc.com, 561-285-7552

busybeesbounce.com, 954-275-2777

bouncehousebroward.com, 954-907-5089

Choice Party Rentals of Miami choicepartyrentalsofmiami.com, 305-417-1873

SKATING Atlantis Skateway 3100 Jog Road, Greenacres atlantisskateway.com, 561-964-4300

BellaICE Skating Events Portable ice rinks bellaice.com, 954-445-3749

Event Depot theeventdepot.com, 305-234-4555

Extremely Fun extremelyfun.com, 561-213-2721

Fun Factory Bounce-N-Party funfactorybounce.com 954-788-6899, 561-684-2220

Florida Panthers IceDen

Funtime Bouncers & More

3299 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs panthersiceden.com, 954-341-9956

funtimebouncers.com, 954-434-9797

Jumping 4 Fun Party Rental

Galaxy Skateway

jumping4funcorp.com, 786-210-5680

galaxyskateway.net 7500 Southgate Blvd., North Lauderdale, 954-721-0580 3737 N. Davie Road Ext., Davie, 954-435-3300

Glacier Ice And Snow 4601 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach glaciericeandsnow.com, 954-943-1437

Kendall Ice Arena 10355 Hammocks Blvd., Kendall kendallicearena.com, 305-386-8288

Palm Beach Ice Works 1590 N. Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach pbiw.org, 561-656-4046

Palm Beach Skate Zone 8125 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth pbskatezone.com, 561-963-5900

Pines Ice Arena 12425 Taft St., Pembroke Pines pinesice.com, 954-704-8700 Scott Rakow Youth Center Ice Rink 2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach miamibeachparks.com, 305-673-7767

Mega Party Events megapartyevents.com, 305-971-8494

Off The Wall Events OTWE.com, 954-986-6906

South Florida Bounce & Slide Serving the tri-county area. southfloridabounce.com, 561-245-7100, 954-420-2942 Call Jack or David for all your party fun! Bounce houses, obstacles courses, water slides, combo units, dunk tanks, rock walls, sports, interactive games and much, much more!

Ultimate Inflatable ultimateinflatable.com 786-303-5597, 954-937-5200, 561-330-8530

CHARACTERS A Fairytale Come True afairytalecometrue.com, 561-396-3644

A Superhero Production 305-409-6084

Super Wheels Skating Center

Awesome Parties USA

12265 SW 112th St., Miami superwheelsmiami.com, 305-270-9386

awesomepartiesusa.com, 954-240-1930

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Kids Fiesta kidsfiesta.com, 954-438-4FUN(4386)

WATER FUN

msparties.webs.com, 786-587-8557

Multiple locations in the tri-county area. britishswimschool.com, 954-747-7251

Miami Princess Party Company miamiprincesspartycompany.com, 305-600-1635

Swim With Mr. Blue

Party Princess Productions

7205 Royal Palm Blvd., Margate 8200 Peters Road, Plantation swimwithmrblue.com, 954-956-9955

partyprincessproductions.com Fort Lauderdale: 954-237-4111 Miami: 305-677-9848

The Swim Academy

Princess R Us

1570 Sagemont Way, Weston 14900 NW 20th St., Pembroke Pines theswimacademy.com, 954-384-4500

ENTERTAINMENT

BOUNCE HOUSES, INFLATABLES & RIDES

• Face Painting • Hair & Make-Up Tutorials • Glitter Wands • Tiaras • And Gowns

M & S Parties

British Swim School

Serving Broward and Palm Beach counties princessrus.com, 754-465-3668 Princess R Us has all Disney princess characters. Mobile Spa Trailer, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Dress Up, Pony Rides, Cotton Candy, Pop Corn, Karaoke, Choreography & lots more. Super Hero’s & Mascots also available upon request.

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PARTY PLANNING

CLOWNS/FACE PAINTING

EVENT & PARTY PLANNERS/ PARTY SERVICES

Anna Banana aclownwithapeel.com, 954-610-0165

Entertainment By “Hearts” 954-344-1415

Gypsy Dreams Entertainment gypsydreamsentertainment.com, 786-873-5613

Miami Party Entertainment miamipartyentertainment.com, 786-704-4910

Ooopsy The Clown And Company ooopsytheclown.com, 954-438-9977

Strawberry The Clown & Company strawberrytheclown.com, 954-609-9809

Terry’s Face Painting & Princess Parties Serving the tri-county area. terrysfacepainting.com, 305-519-0195

DJ & ENTERTAINERS All About Entertainment

All About Entertainment

7094 SW 117th Ave., Miami alissweettreats.com, 305-279-7944

Candy's Cake Pops 129 NW 13th St., Suite D-19, Boca Raton cakepops.com, 954-667-YUMM (9866)

Caramelo Caramelo

allaboutentertainment.com, 954-433-7348

1560 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 104, Coral Gables melosweets.com, 786-502-8344

All-In-One Kids Entertainment

Carvel Ice Cream

8628 NW 44th St., Sunrise allinonekidsentertainment.com, 954-302-9149

9360 W. Commercial Blvd., Sunrise carvel.com, 754-206-3550

Choice Party Rentals of Miami

Cold Stone Creamery Catering

choicepartyrentalsofmiami.com, 305-417-1873

coldstonesouthflorida.com, 954-592-8147

Event Dept

Creams & Dreams

theeventdepot.com, 305-234-4555

5810 S. University Drive, Suite 104, Davie creamsdreams.com, 954-440-3213

Magical Moments Party And Events magicalmomentspartyandevents.com, 754-244-0263

Smarty Fit Party smartyfitparty.com, 954-708-4900

THEMED PARTIES: FASHION, MAKEOVER & SPA

Horseback Riding Lessons • BeginnerAdvanced Riding Lessons • Winter Break Camp and Summer Camp

allaboutentertainment.com, 954-433-7348

Giggles Kids Salon

Aloha Islander Dancers alohaislanderdancers.com, 786-390-9736

11395-A W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton giggleskidssalon.com, 561-451-1202

Spring Break Camp

Aloha Islanders Hawaiian Entertainment

Little Divas Spa Party Place

March 19-23 and March 26-30

wehula.com, 954-873-0200

Amazing Parties Events amazingpartiesmiami.com, 305-595-0007

Magin Music LLC 12668 NW 6th Court, Coral Springs maginmusic.com, 954-803-8400

Mr. Mike Raffone mr-mike-raffone.com, 561-509-5304

My Magical Party mymagicalparty.com, 786-457-4410

Puppets To Go puppetstogo.com, 954-234-5643

Trina The Mermaid Email: WeWantTrina@aol.com, 561-779-7705

MAGICIANS

Little Princess Spa littleprincesspa.com 3350 NW 2nd Ave., #B26, Boca Raton, 561-544-0000 13873 Wellington Trace, Wellington, 561-557-5957

Pink Lemonade Girl's Spa 18673 W. Dixie Highway, Aventura pinklemonadegirlspa.com, 305-466-6444

Prissy Missy Spa 129 Weston Road, Weston prissymissyspa.com, 954-385-3030

Big Red Truck Events

magicdomico.com, 866-386-3046

bigredtruckevents.com, 786-248-1801

Magician Mitchell J. Davie

Fantastic Fire Department

merlina.com, 305-258-3414

Roger Firestone 954-523-0923 or 954-822-7454

Sugar and Spice Sugarandspicefun.com, 305-235-1774

The Amazing Tomaso theamazingtomaso.com, 561-523-2928

The Magic Of Rober robermagic.com, 888-762-3704

fantasticfiredept.com, 561-914-8777

THEMED PARTIES: TEA PARTIES Let's Have Tea 6923 Stirling Road, Davie letshavetearoom.com, 954-584-8888

The Enchanted Dollhouse 7212 SW 57th Ave., South Miami theenchanteddollhouse.com, 305-662-2966

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Cesar Domico

Merlina Magician and Storyteller

4000 NW 43rd Street Coconut Creek , FL 33073

Mini Divas Mobile Spa

amagicbirthday.com, 954-720-1739

hiremitch.com, 954-914-4530

Parties

8763 SW 132nd St., Miami littledivaspartyplace.com, 305-235-5519

THEMED PARTIES: FIRE TRUCKS

A Magic Birthday

• Birthday

Let Us Be a Part of Your World Loving Hands Therapy Services is an ABA Therapy Ctr., helping individuals with special needs & their families. Our services support and help people with Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome and Developmental Delay, to have a better quality of life. Services • One-on-One ABA therapy • Parent Training • Center, School and Home-based services • Behavior Management • Social Skills Training • School Observation and Shadowing Services • Free Transportation 10261 SW 72 ST Suite 104 Miami FL 33173 786-773-3654 Fax:786-773-3603 lovinghands00@gmail.com www.lovinghandstherapyservices.com


Dairy Queen

Party Cakes by Shawn

Elite Catering

2361 N. University Drive, Coral Springs facebook.com/DQCoralSprings, 954-755-0488

partycakesbyshawn.net, 561-249-9094

elite-catering.com, 786-462-8038

The Cookie Bandit

JC BBQ For Kids

Gilbert’s Bakery

thecookiebandit.com, 305-450-5692

bbqforkids.com, 786-556-1920

gilbertsbakery.com 3340 SW 22nd St., Miami, 305-442-2427 5777 SW 40th St., Miami, 305-668-0366

The Cupcake Girl Miami

Mama Jennie’s

thecupcakegirlmiami.com, 786-487-6481

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant

Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream

11720 NE 2nd Ave., Miami mamajennies.com, 305-757-3627

tikiz.com, 855-845-4928

Mr and Mrs Hibachi Catering

Two Fat Cookies

mrandmrshibachi.com, 305-790-0298

245 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach twofatcookies.com, 561-265-5350

Original Pancake House

CATERING/CATERING COMPANIES

Paella And Party Creations

AmeriCaters

10872 SW 181st Terrace, Palmetto Bay floridapartymix.com, 561-939-9409

128 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach jaxsonsicecream.com, 954-923-4445

Mia Cake House 1739A N. University Drive, Plantation miacakehouse.com, 954-319-0939 Celebrate a party full of sweet creativity. Baking and decorating parties for children 4-99 years old. Guest decorate and take home their delicious art as a party favor. Cupcakes for the guests are included, No need for cake.

americaters.com, 305-251-1210, 561-410-5563

Multiple South Florida locations. originalpancakehouse.com paellaparty.com, 305-252-6669

PartyMix

Blue Sky Food By The Pound

Pasta Party Miami

5751 Bird Road, Miami foodcateringmiamiflorida.com, 305-661-1462

14350 SW 140th St., Suite 106, Miami pastapartymiami.com, 305-226-1214

Bill Hansen Catering

Pollo Tropical

billhansencatering.com, 305-858-6660

pollotropical.com, 866-769-7696

Boca Joe's International Catering

South Florida Caterer

3731 FAU Blvd., Suite 10, Boca Raton bocajoescatering.com, 954-830-5265

southfloridacaterer.com, 305-651-0083

Misha Cupcakes

Catering CC

temptfl.com, 954-715-4452

mishascupcakes.com Coral Gables: 786-200-6153 London Square: 786-573-9700 Miami Lakes: 305-819-1889 Aventura: 305-792-5030 Pembroke Pines: 754-400-8380 Davie: 954-530-8086

cateringcc.com, 561-704-5217

Woody’s Burgers Catering and Events

Chez Gourmet Catering

woodysburgersfl.com, 561-531-3734

Publix Multiple South Florida locations; publix.com Every fun party needs an equally fun cake. And our talented, experienced cake designers handcraft cakes for every occasion you can imagine. They'll work with you to help you realize the perfect cake for your occasion.

Temptations Catering and Events

chezgourmet.com, 561-740-9690

DD BBQ and Party Catering companypicnic.com, 954-587-3663

Dominion Catering caribbeancaterer.com, 954-437-8630

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DON’T BE ALLERGIC TO VALENTINE’S DAY February, the most romantic month of the year, is here again. We want to sail the wave of spreading the love by giving you tips on how to avoid its lurking dangers if you suffer from allergies or asthma. Let’s celebrate the month of affection by being an “allergic hero” for your sweetheart, significant other and friends.

ALLERGIC TO KISSING

While for someone the question may be “will he or she kiss me?” for an allergic patient the troubling dilemma is “what did he or she eat?” in other words, it’s the case of when a kiss is not just a kiss. For people allergic to food, cross contamination is one ever lurking danger. Allergens, especially the protein of the food that triggers the reaction, can linger in hands as well as in saliva, even in the event one is smitten at the idea that behind that frog lays the Prince. Precautions and open communication can save you, at least, the use of epinephrine or even more, a trip to the ER. The same recommendation needs to be used for restaurant personnel when making reservations, since that day can become busy and staffers forgetful.

PET EXPO SATURDAY FEB. 10 • 12PM - 3PM

ALLERGIC TO POLLEN, DUST AND FLOWERS

One gesture as simple and old fashioned as sending flowers to a friend can be the catalyst for either happiness or worry, depending on the status of your environmental allergies. The scents of some flowers, typically Lilies of the valley and roses, can irritate the nose as well as cause constriction of the respiratory ducts. As per that cute bear holding a heart shaped pillow that says “I Love You” it often comes with prepackaged last minute gifts such as troubling dust or irritant particles.

ALLERGIC TO CHOCOLATES AND CANDIES

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in school has become a common practice, but, with it came rising numbers of allergic reactions in school. Like at Halloween, candy and chocolate are the easiest choice for gift exchanges, because they are found in every drugstore and supermarket. However, when it comes to food allergies, being thoughtful for friends who can’t have milk or nuts should prevail. There are many other substitutes to be found at drugstores to still make the festivities memorable, without making people’s lives miserable. And, in the event that chocolate can’t be resisted, at least make sure to buy from facilities where nuts or milk are not used, read the ingredients and avoid products that say “MAY CONTAIN’. Don’t sweat the sweet stuff. Largest allergy & asthma practice in South Florida established in 1974.

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BY DENISE MORRISON YEARIAN our family’s New Year celebration may be over, but the Chinese New Year party is just getting

started. The Chinese New Year is a 15-day festival with traditional games, gifts, parades and feasts. It begins on the first full moon after Jan. 21, so this year it starts Feb. 16. You can attend one of the festivals in South Florida to celebrate, or enjoy the festivities at home with these crafts and activities:

LION MASK The Lion Dance is a popular New Year tradition meant to drive out evil and usher in good luck. Items needed: Large, sturdy paper plate; white cardstock; pencil; scissors; three small paper plates; brown, orange and yellow tempera paint; sponge, cut into three pieces; black and red markers; craft stick; stapler. On the inside of the paper plate, draw two 1-inch circles for eye holes; cut these out. On the cardstock, draw two triangle ears, each with a 1.5-inch base; cut these out and set aside. Place a small amount of brown, orange and yellow paint on each of the three smaller plates. Slightly dampen sponges, then dip each one into a different colored paint and dab onto the backside of the paper plate mask to create a textured look for the lion’s face. Also paint the cardstock triangles. When the mask is dry, draw an inverted triangle with red marker to represent the nose and make whiskers and a mouth with black marker. Create spiral curly cues around the outer edges of the mask to represent the lion’s mane. Staple triangle ears to the lion’s mask and a craft stick handle to the bottom of the mask.

CHINESE NEW YEAR READS Check out these related books:

I "Bring in the New Year" by Grace Lin I "Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year" by Joan Holub I "Long-Long’s New Year: A Story about the Chinese Spring Festival" by Catherine Gower I "My First Chinese New Year" by Karen Katz I "Sam and the Lucky Money" by Karen Chinn I "This Next New Year" by Janet S. Wong

ruler; pencil; scissors; glue; glitter. Measure and cut the construction paper to be 6- by 8-inches. Place paper on the table with the long side parallel to your body. Fold the long end closest to you up 1-inch and glue the two outside edges in place. Fold the right side of the paper toward the middle and glue the long and short edges in place. Fold the left side of the paper over it to create a tri-fold pocket (will resemble a reading glass case) and glue those edges in place. Let dry. Write "Hung Bao" (which means "Lucky Money Envelope") across the front. Trace over the letters with glue, sprinkle with glitter, shake off excess and let dry. Then fill with the treasure of your choice.

throngs of people join in, lighting the way with their lanterns. Since red is considered a lucky color among the Chinese, our paper lantern will be red. Items needed: Construction paper, two red, one yellow; scissors; stapler; ruler; pencil; marker. Measure and cut off one-inch from the short end of the yellow paper and discard. Roll the remaining yellow paper into a cylinder shape and secure with staples. This will be the lantern light. Fold the red paper in half lengthwise. Starting at one end, draw a series of lines across the paper that measure 1-inch apart. Lines should start at the fold and end approximately 1-inch from the opposite end. Cut through these lines. Open the red paper, wrap it around the yellow cylinder, making sure the top and bottom edges line up; staple it in place. Measure and cut a one-inch strip from a different piece of red paper. Write "Gung Hay Fat Choy" (which means "Happy New Year") on the strip then staple it across the upper end of the lantern to become the handle.

FRIED RICE No New Year’s celebration would be complete without a little local flavor. Authenticate your dining experience by sitting on the floor, sipping hot tea and eating with chopsticks. Items needed: 3 Tablespoons oil; 2 eggs (slightly beaten); 3 cups cooked rice; chopped green onions; 1 cup peas; 1 can sliced water chestnuts (drained); soy sauce; knife; pan; spoon. Heat oil in pan over a stove. Add eggs and begin to stir. As the eggs begin to cook, mix in rice, onions, peas and water chestnuts. Add a dash of soy sauce and continue stirring until thoroughly heated.

LUCKY MONEY Sometime during the celebration, children receive a red envelope that contains money, and on occasion, small treats. You can make and decorate your own envelope and then fill it. Items needed: Red construction paper; 44

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RED LANTERN At the conclusion of the Chinese New Year, a Lantern Festival is held and along with it, a parade that features a mammoth, float-like dragon made of silk and bamboo. As he dances down the street,

-Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and four grandchildren.


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Mind your manners How to teach social skills to children

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eaching children manners provides them with the social skills needed to be successful in life. Although the refinement of these skills may take years to master, if parents are deliberate and consistent, their efforts will pay off. “Between the ages of 2 and 5, children are most receptive to learning codes of conduct because they have a strong desire to please their parents, and they’re soaking up everything in their environment,” said Parent Educator Chris Buker. “Start with simple courtesies and expand your expectations as they grow.” That’s what Sherry Brown has done. When her boys began pointing and asking for things around age 2, she introduced phrases such as “Please” and “Thank you.” She tackled table manners, too. “I started teaching them they had to wait until everyone got to the table to eat,” Brown said of Zachary, now age 6, and Hunter, two-and-a-half. “They also have to ask to be excused, and they must clear their dishes. Chewing with their mouths open and talking while eating has been addressed, too. Zachary is doing pretty good at this; with Hunter it’s a constant conversation.” What’s important is to be specific about your expectations. “Instead of saying, ‘Mind your manners,’ tell them, ‘When we go out for dinner, I want you to ...’ and state exactly what you want to see,” said Carl Chenkin, a child psychologist. “This removes any ambiguity in your child’s mind and gives him opportunities to succeed.” Role playing may also help. “It’s a fun way to introduce a variety of social skills,” Buker said. “Use play phones to teach telephone etiquette. Let kids practice greeting and shaking hands with their stuffed animals and dolls. Before going out for a nice dinner, make a special meal with good dishes at home. Encourage your child to get dressed up; then play out the scenario so she knows what to expect.” Brown’s boys have found this to be beneficial. “If there’s a situation they are unfamil-

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iar with, we coach them ahead of time on what to expect,” she said. “Just recently, we celebrated my grandfather’s 97th birthday, and there were a lot of relatives the kids hadn’t met. Before leaving home, we reminded them to shake people’s hands when they were introduced, not interrupt conversations and say their ‘Please’s and ‘Thank you’s.” Children’s books that focus on manners can reinforce refinement skills, as can television and movies. This has been Amy Riddell’s experience. While watching TV one day, her four-and-a-half yearold son Nicholas pointed out a scene where a group of kids was having a food fight. “He said, ‘Mommy, they aren’t supposed to throw food; that’s bad manners!’ And it started up a great conversation,” Riddell said. “He’s pointed out situations in public, too. Just recently we were in a restaurant, and another child was having a bad moment. Nicholas said, ‘Mommy, that boy is standing in his seat and yelling and throwing food; he’s hurting my ears!’ I said, ‘You’re right. That’s bad manners.’ ” “When you see others displaying either good or bad manners, it can be used as a teaching tool,” Chenkin said. “Just make sure you don’t contrast another child’s good manners with your child’s

bad behavior: ‘Look at how polite that child is. Why can’t you be like that?’ This is belittling and can be counterproductive.” Even after he has been grounded in social graces, your child may need a few gentle reminders. When he forgets to use eating utensils, offer a one-word cue such as “fork.” If he’s picking his nose say, “Would you like a tissue?” If this doesn’t bring the desired response, wait and discuss it in private so as not to shame or embarrass him. “You want your child to feel good about these new skills, so rather than lecturing him about what he isn’t doing, offer positive reinforcement when he does display good manners. Verbal praise, a hug or a pat on the back goes a long way,” Buker said. Riddell does this. When she joined her son for a recent classroom party, another mother privately pointed out Nicholas’ well-mannered behavior. “He was sitting there with his hands folded, quietly encouraging the other kids to settle down,” Riddell said. “When the students got up to get their food, I told him, ‘You were being good and doing what the teacher told you to do. I’m very proud of you.’ And his face lit up.” Continued on PAGE 46 FEBRUARY 2018 | southfloridaparenting.com

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Above all be consistent with rules and expectations. And remember mind your own Ps and Qs. “I think it’s important to live by example because our kids are always watching us,� Brown said. “Lately when Zachary gets out of the car, he’ll run to open the car door for me, just like his dad does. Then he’ll say, ‘Wasn’t I a gentleman for you?’ And I’ll say, ‘Yes, you were. Thank you!’ �

Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and four grandchildren.


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STAGES | PRETEEN

What kids wish their parents knew about social media BY ANA HOMAYOUN, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON POST

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hen teens were asked, recently, if they believe their parents know “a little” or “nothing” about what they do or say online, or even what social-media apps and sites they use, more than a quarter of them said “a little.” After visiting schools around the country, it seems to me they’re likely giving their parents too much credit. When I ask audiences at parent education nights how many have ever used Snapchat, Musical.ly or Tbh, few if any hands go up. I’ve interviewed middle school and high school students about secrets they wish parents knew about their online use, but don’t necessarily want to tell them. These are three of the secrets students shared: “When you take away one device at night, you might not realize how many devices we still have with us.” Access to smartphones has shifted communication for tweens and teens, and self-regulation can be difficult. The fear of missing out (FOMO) can create an overwhelming desire to be connected — in fact, according to 2015 Pew Research, 94 percent of teens go online daily, which isn’t surprising, and 24 percent of teens feel as though they are online constantly. Encouraging kids to find effective ways to self-regulate is sometimes about getting their buy-in — that is, encouraging them to reflect on the impact their daily online habits are having on their personal, academic and extracurricular goals. “Many of us have a fake Instagram account.” A parent recently told me she had full control over her ninth-grade son’s online interactions. She explained that he didn’t even know the password for his Instagram account, and that if he wanted to post something, he had to go through her. I quietly surmised that her son might be hiding some of his online activities from her. If kids are online, parents are usually more effective acting as mentors than as micromanagers. Having open-ended conversations rather 48

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than wielding authoritative control enables kids to build the critical thinking skills needed to make smarter decisions online and in real life. For some kids, a finsta (”fake” Instagram) or a rinsta (”real” Instagram) might be where they feel they can share their raw, authentic feelings, even though they don’t always realize that anything shared online has the potential for a greater audience, amplified consequences or longer shelf-life. It’s up to parents to find a way in, not through coercion, but through conversation. “If we are passionate or angry about something, we take it to social media.” Young people want their opinions to be heard. Many tweens and teens find their online communities are engaging, interactive and responsive. A message or Snapchat sent to a friend can result in an instant reply, and something posted to a group chat or online profile can create the opportunity for communitylevel conversation and engagement. Responses from friends and followers make kids feel heard and listened to (this isn’t, of course, much different for adults). At the same time, we know that teens’ and tweens’ brains are still developing and that kids often lack impulse control and the ability to understand the long-term consequences of decisions made in moments of anger and frustration. Parents who empathize with the challenges their children face can help them devise smarter, healthier ways to self-filter before posting. And here are several things they’d like their parents to do: “Talk with us about the apps we like to use and why. Most of you have no idea about our world.” One of my students recently told me how a group of nine of her friends from school were using family tracking apps to monitor one another. When she and a few of her friends wanted to hang out or were all in the same place, there would be a continual stream of social pressure, guilt and shame from others who weren’t invited. (”Why aren’t you hanging

out without us? Guess you think you’re too cool for us?”) Her parents had no idea that some of their teen daughter’s friends were essentially stalking her. Ask your kids which apps they spend the most time on (or check their phone’s data usage). Download those apps and spend time learning the ins and outs. “Help us keep an eye on who is following us.” In a world where likes, loves, comments and follower counts have become a barometer for popularity, teens and tweens might find it difficult to turn away potential followers, even when they should. Parents and educators should encourage teens and tweens to curate access to their accounts. “Accept that there are lots of good things on social media — it is not all bad stuff.” Social media isn’t good or bad; it is a new form of communication and language that adults need to learn, because pretending it doesn’t exist generally isn’t a wise approach. When adults express genuine curiosity and compassion about the positive experiences associated with online interactions, kids are more likely to confide in them about the intertwining nature of their online and in-real-life experiences. “Talk with us about sexting and healthy relationships in a way that isn’t awkward.” Tweens and teens face challenges unheard of in previous generations. Some might mistakenly confuse the sending of explicit photos and messages with a level of intimacy that might not exist, and others might not fully understand the long-term social, emotional and legal consequences of sending, sharing and storing explicit photos. (Parents, check your local laws.)

Homayoun is an author of three books, most recently “Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World.” Learn more about her at anahomayoun.com or follow her on Twitter at @anahomayoun.


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February

CALENDAR 50 Miami-Dade County highlights 56 Broward County highlights 62 Palm Beach County highlights

51 Fairs & Festivals 64 Theater, Shows & Concerts 66 Exhibits for Families

EDITOR’S PICKS Broward County FEBRUARY 8-11. FORT LAUDERDALE GREEK FESTIVAL Authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, Greek music, traditional Greek dancing by ‘Palazakia’ and ‘Kamaria’ dancers, an indoor marketplace, carnival rides and games, and other children’s activities. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 815 NE 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. stdemetrios.org

Miami-Dade County FEBRUARY 24-25 FUN AND FIT AS A FAMILY Parents and kids have the opportunity to learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle from celebrity chefs and culinary personalities at Badia Spices’ Fun and Fit as a Family, featuring food samples, fitness, educational booths and interactive demos in the Goya Foods Kidz Kitchen. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $24. frostscience.org

Palm Beach County FEBRUARY 18 ARTS SPARK KIDS FEST An interactive, creative, performing and visual arts event with performances, workshops, demonstrations, comedy, magic, ventriloquism, balloon art. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 Military Trail, Boca Raton. $10. sugarsandpark.org

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS ALL COUNTIES 3 Saturday HOME DEPOT KIDS WORKSHOP. Ages 5-12. First come/first served. 9 a.m.-noon. First Saturday of the month. All counties. Home Depot. Free. Find participating stores at homedepot.com

MIAMI-DADE 1 Thursday MOVIES ON THE MILE, 7 P.M. Watch “The Princess Bride.” First Thursday of the month. Free. Grounds open 6 p.m. The Plaza, 150 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. coralgables.com

2 Friday MOVIES AT THE PARK, 7:30-10 P.M. “Wonder Woman.” Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 NW 82nd Ave., Miami Lakes. miamilakes-fl.gov LASER FRIDAYS, 7 P.M.-1 A.M. Get ready to rock under the Frost Planetarium’s 67-foot dome

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on the first and third Friday. Retro throwback to the classic laser light spectacles you know and love. From Pink Floyd to Daft Punk. $10 adult; $8 child. Admission includes laser glasses. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. frostscience.org FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, 7-9 P.M. Watch “Moana.” Bring your own blanket or chair and join your neighbors. Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. Free activities for children at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 7:30 p.m. sibfl.net/ calendar

3 Saturday PORTFOLIO KIDS, 10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Young artists 7-12 develop a portfolio of artwork while building technical skills through weekly group instruction led by teaching artists who explore different mediums, techniques and tools for art making. $10-$15. The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 305-673-7530, thebass.org

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CORAL GABLES FARMERS MARKET, 8 A.M.-2 P.M. Fresh Florida produce, prepared foods, cooking demos, children’s activities, free Tai Chi classes every Saturday through March 24 at Merrick Park on the corner of Miracle Mile and LeJeune Road. coralgables.com FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, 7 P.M. Watch “Moana.” Bring your own blanket or chair and join your neighbors. Town Center Park, 17200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. 7-9 p.m. Free activities for children at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 7:30 p.m. sibfl.net/calendar FASHION ART AND MUSIC NIGHT. Live music, art and entertainment will fill the shopping, dining and business district the first Saturday of every month. 6-9 p.m. Coconut Grove


FAIRS & FESTIVALS BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART FESTIVAL Feb. 3-4. One-of-a-kind art available for purchase including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, fiber art, photography, ceramics, pottery, wood art, mixed media, graphic design, crafts and art glass. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mizner Park & Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Free. bocamuseum.org FPL MANATEEFEST 2018 Feb. 3-4. Celebrate Manatee Lagoon’s second anniversary with complimentary face painting, photos with Mia the Manatee, a marine life-themed coloring station, an interactive H2O bus exhibit, facility tours and book signing with Robert Scott Thayer, author of the “Kobee Manatee” series of children’s publications.10 a.m.-3 p.m at Manatee Lagoon FPL Eco Discovery Center, 6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Free. visitmanateelagoon.com ST. ANDREW CATHOLIC CHURCH CARNIVAL Feb. 8-11. Rides, carnival games, food, raffle, live bands and entertainment. 9950 NW 29th St., Coral Springs. $25-$50. standrewparish.org FORT LAUDERDALE GREEK FESTIVAL Feb. 8-11. Authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, Greek music, traditional Greek dancing by ‘Palazakia’ and ‘Kamaria’ dancers, an indoor marketplace, carnival rides and games, and other children’s activities. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 815 NE 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. stdemetrios.org SOUTH FLORIDA GARLIC FEST Feb. 9-11. Garlic foods and treats, cooking demonstrations, midway games, rides, entertainment, Garlic University children’s education area, Garlic Chef competition, vendors. John Prince Park, 4759 South Congress Ave., Lake Worth. dbgarlicfest.com SEMINOLE TRIBAL FAIR AND POW WOW Feb. 9-11. In addition to the usual lineup of Native arts, crafts, foods, and music, the fair will host a Pow Wow dance competition open to all Native people across the Americas. The Pow Wow will feature a drum competition of northern and southern drums; a dance competition in northern traditional, southern straight, fancy, grass and chicken for the men; and northern traditional, southern buckskin, fancy, jingle and northern/southern cloth combined for the women. Alligator wrestling, wildlife shows and exhibition dancing will also be performed throughout the weekend, and a concert is planned Sunday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood. semtribefairandpowwow.com

BOCA RATON SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL Feb. 10-11. Seafood dishes prepared by local restaurants using seafood resources from Florida. Live music, arts and crafts exhibits. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mizner Park & Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. $5. myboca.us MIAMI YACHT SHOW Feb. 15-19. The in-water-only display of new and pre-owned vessels covers more than 1.2 million square feet of space off Collins Avenue from 41st Street to 54th Street with yachts and superyachts from custom boat builders. $25 and up; kids 15 and younger free. 4601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. miamiyachtshow.com MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW Feb. 15-19. See thousands of boats displayed in and out of the water, including powerboats, sailboats, personal watercraft and accessories, exhibits, contests, sweepstakes, boating classes and seminars. $25 and up; ages 12 and under free. Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami. miamiboatshow.com COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL Feb. 17–19. Musical performances and culinary demonstrations by local chefs. More than 360 artists from around the world. Kidfriendly and educational Family Zone with activities for the family. South Bayshore Drive, McFarlane Road and Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove. $10-$20. CGAF.com ARTS SPARK KIDS FEST Feb. 18. An interactive, creative, performing and visual arts event with performances, workshops, demonstrations, comedy, magic, ventriloquism, balloon art. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 Military Trail, Boca Raton. $10. sugarsandpark.org CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL Feb. 18. Celebration of Chinese culture and arts. 3:30-9:30 p.m. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Free. myboca.us/826/Mizner-Park-Amphitheater SEA TURTLE DAY FESTIVAL Feb. 24. Includes a critter corner with animal interaction, short educational programs about the coastal habitats and the animal that reside in them, outdoor aquarium feedings and appearances by the center’s sea turtle Luna. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center,1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Free. gumbolimbo.org ANNUAL BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL Feb. 24. Celebrate the city of Coconut Creek’s anniversary with a full day of music, children’s rides and games, K-9 demonstrations, vendors and a fireworks display 8

p.m. 1-8:30 p.m., Sabal Pines Park, 5005 NW 39th Ave., Coconut Creek. Free. Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, plays at 6:30 p.m. Free shuttle service from Monarch High School, 5050 Wiles Road, and from the Recreation Complex at 4455 Sol Press Blvd. coconutcreek.net SISTRUNK PARADE & STREET FESTIVAL Feb. 24. Parade includes Broward School’s marching band, steppers, drill teams and floats, entertainment, food and presentations. Parade route begins at Lincoln Park on Northwest 19th Avenue and ends on Northwest Ninth Avenue. Parade, 9 a.m. Festival, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Festival between Northwest Ninth and Northwest 12th avenues on Sistrunk Boulevard. sistrunkfestival.org POLYNESIAN CULTURE FESTIVAL Feb. 24-25. Celebrate the unique culture and diversity of Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand (Maori) with authentic food, Tiki bar, music, dance, arts and crafts, culture, family-friendly activities, Hula contest. Noon-7 p.m. $10. Jacos Pastorius Park, 400 N. Dixie Highway, Fort Lauderdale. polynesiancultureassociation.com/polynesiancultural-festival LAKE WORTH STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL Feb. 24-25. See more than 600 artists on the pavement, music on the mainstage, restaurants, shops, and a food court and bistro. Activities include a children’s meadow. Downtown Lake Worth. Free. streetpaintingfestivalinc.org FUN AND FIT AS A FAMILY Feb. 24-25. Parents and kids have the opportunity to learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle from celebrity chefs and culinary personalities at Badia Spices’ Fun and Fit as a Family, featuring food samples, fitness, educational booths and interactive demos in the Goya Foods Kidz Kitchen. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $24. frostscience.org SOUTH MIAMI ROTARY ART FESTIVAL Feb. 24-25. A two-day outdoor festival that features 153 exhibitors, a food court and local musicians. Sunset Drive, from Red Road to US 1. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. southmiamiartfest.org BEACH VOLLEYBALL MAJOR SERIES Feb. 27-March 4. The best volleyball players gather to compete for the first Major Series title of the season from 8:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m. daily on Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. Spectator admission is free, but space fills up fast. us.beachmajorseries.com

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10 Saturday SENSORY SATURDAYS, 9-11 A.M. Children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorders and global developmental delay explore the Miami Children’s Museum in a sensory modified supportive setting with limited admission and sound and lighting adjustments. RSVP to sensorysaturday@miamichildrensmuseum.org. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org FREE FAMILY FUN DAY, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. Join HistoryMiami Museum and the Florida Public Archaeology Network for family fun exploring Florida’s history through hands-on activities and demonstrations from noon to 4 p.m.. Interact with real fossils and meet an archaeologist at 1 and 3 p.m. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St., Miami.historymiami.org STORYTIME AND CRAFT, 10 A.M. AND 11 A.M. Children of all ages are invited with their parents to read a book, browse the shelves and have some literary fun with the crew every Saturday. 10 a.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Also 11 a.m. Books & Books, 11297 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest. booksandbooks.com

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11 Sunday FAMILY SERIES SHOW, “MOON MOUSE,” 11 A.M. Marvin the mouse, bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. South MiamiDade Cultural Arts Center Main Stage, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. $15-$20. Ages 5-10 smdcac.org/events/moon-mouse

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16 Friday LASER FRIDAYS, 7 P.M.-1 A.M. On the third Friday of each month, the Frost Planetarium holds a retro throwback to classic laser light spectacles. Refusing music from artists of our time with old-school laser light visuals under the Planetarium’s 67-foot dome. Show admission includes laser glasses. Check schedule for various shows. $10 adult. $8 child. Frost Planetarium, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. frostscience.org FREE FRIDAY AT MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 4-8 P.M. Every Third Friday. Events include interactive activities, crafts and storytelling. Children also explore hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits related to arts, culture, community and communication. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org

17 Saturday CORAL GABLES FARMERS MARKET, 8 A.M.-2 P.M. Fresh Florida produce, prepared foods, cooking demos, children’s activities, free Tai Chi classes every Saturday through March 24 at Merrick Park on the corner of Miracle Mile and LeJeune Road. coralgables.com HOMESTEAD NATIONAL PARKS TROLLEY, 9 A.M. Residents, neighbors and visitors explore Everglades and Biscayne National Parks and

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Homestead Bayfront Park with a free guided trolley ride from Historic Downtown Homestead every weekend through April 29. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Ave., Homestead. cityofhomestead.com/gateway STORYTIME AND CRAFT, 10 A.M. AND 11 A.M. Children of all ages are invited with their parents to read a book, browse the shelves and have some literary fun with the crew every Saturday. 10 a.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Also 11 a.m. Books & Books, 11297 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest. booksandbooks.com

18 Sunday GABLES BIKE TOUR, 10 A.M. A two-hour educational and leisurely bike ride tours down treelined boulevards, past the public parks, plazas and fountains, beautiful homes and gardens. Every third Sunday. 285 Aragon Ave., Miami. $5-$10. RSVP at 305-603-8067. coralgablesmuseum.org

19 Monday AROUND THE WORLD, ONE-DAY CAMP, 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. Discover what life is like for kids around the world. Camp should inspire creativity, love understanding of the world and its cultures. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway. Ages 4-10. $45-$50. $5

before care. $12 after care. $10 walk-in fee. miamichildrensmuseum.org/camps/one-daycamp

23 Friday MOVIES AT THE PARK. “Trolls.” Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 NW 82nd Ave., Miami Lakes. 7:30-10 p.m. miamilakes-fl.gov CAMPFIRE & NIGHT HIKE AT ARCH CREEK PARK, 6:30-8 P.M. Venture into the beautiful Tropical Hardwood Hammock with a naturalist guide and discover the marvelous nocturnal life of the park at dusk. Experience the sights and sounds of eastern screech owls, raccoons, night time spiders and much more. Following the night hike, join our naturalists around the campfire for marshmallow roasting. $6. Meet at the Arch Creek Museum & Nature Center, 1855 NE 135 St., North Miami. Reservations are required at 305-944-6111. rms.miamidade.gov

24 Saturday CORAL GABLES FARMERS MARKET, 8 A.M.-2 P.M. Fresh Florida produce, prepared foods, cooking demos, children’s activities, free Tai Chi classes every Saturday through March 24 at Merrick Park on the corner of Miracle Mile and LeJeune Road. coralgables.com STORYTIME AND CRAFT, 10 A.M. AND 11 A.M. Children of all ages are invited with their

parents to read a book, browse the shelves and have some literary fun with the crew every Saturday. 10 a.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Also 11 a.m. Books & Books, 11297 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest. booksandbooks.com

25 Sunday CHILI COOK-OFF: CHILI CHILLIN’, 1-5 P.M. Enjoy food, drinks, kids entertainment and live music. Bring your inner chef and compete, or come out for the fun and food. Free. Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. chilichillin.com CRANDON FAMILY BIKE ADVENTURE, 10 A.M.-NOON. See the natural tropical beauty, rich history and abundant wildlife of Key Biscayne in a 4-mile leisurely, naturalist-guided bike trip through Crandon Park with stops at the Crandon Gardens, Crandon Park Beach, Bear Cut Reserve, Fossil Reef Overlook, and the Crandon Park Visitor & Nature Center. The trip meets at the Crandon Gardens located by Crandon Park South Beach. Must bring your own bike and bike helmet (mandatory). Crandon Park South Beach Tollbooth, 6747 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. rms.miamidade.gov

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BROWARD 1 Thursday HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT: FANTASTIC BEASTS, 5:30-8:30 P.M. Celebrate the paperback edition release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” by J.K. Rowling. Guests will sign in and visit the Sorting Hat to discover their Hogwarts house: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. They will also enjoy snacks including a butterbeer mixology introduction, a scavenger hunt for fantastic beasts and a demonstration of Severus Snape’s potion creation class. A Quidditch match will also take place on the lawn. History Museum of Fort Lauderdale, 231 SW Second Ave. Kids ages 6 and up $10; adults $20-$25; VIP $100, includes book voucher. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com/e/harrypotter-20th-anniversary-and-booknight-tickets-41537887941

2 Friday 14TH ANNUAL GROUNDHOG DAY ON HOLLYWOOD BEACH, 6:30-8 A.M. All ages are welcome to celebrate Groundhog Day with a swim in the ocean at Ocean Alley Restaurant and Beach Bar, 900 N. Broadwalk (at A1A & Indiana Street). The legendary Groundhog Swim will be at 7:30 a.m. A $12 donation

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includes breakfast and a free souvenir T-shirt for swimmers. Shirts available for non-swimmers for $12 as supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the Hollywood Beach Lifeguard Competition Team. facebook.com/events/369336216861900/ FIRST FRIDAY FOOD TRUCKS, 5-9 P.M. Food trucks and a DJ spins the tunes in the parking lot from 5-9 p.m. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. Parking and entry to the food trucks is free. flamingogardens.org. OLD TOWN UNTAPPED, 6-9 P.M. South Florida’s premiere Craft Brew and Arts Festival. A night filled with free craft beer samples from Pompano’s own breweries, live music, food trucks and art. 6-9 p.m. First Friday of each month. Bailey Contemporary Arts. 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach. pompanobeachfl.gov FREE FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS, 7-9 P.M. Free entertainment with the Cookie Monster, and a different line-up of activities and entertainers every week. The Village at Gulfstream Park, Champions Plaza, 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. thevillageatgulfstreampark.com OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES, “SING.” 7:30 P.M. See the story of a koala who manages a oncegrand theater that has fallen on hard times. He decides to produce the world’s greatest singing competition. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Sunrise Athletic Complex, 11501 NW 44th St. sunrisefl.gov HAYRIDE & CAMPFIRE SERIES, 7-9:30 P.M. Includes one hayride and one bag of fixings for s’mores. Preregistration and prepayment are required by calling or visiting the park of your choice. 7-9:30 p.m. Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park. $3.50 plus sales tax per person ages 3 and older. Call 954-357-5190. broward.org/Parks

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SOUNDS AT SUNDOWN, 5-10 P.M. Free concert series. Bring your blankets and chairs. Concert, 6-9 p.m. Northwest corner of Margate Boulevard and 441, Margate. margatefl.com FAMILY FUN DAY AND CAR SHOW, 10 A.M. A day filled with music, food trucks, vendors, bounce houses and entertainment. Coral Springs Sportsplex, 2575 Sportsplex Drive. coralsprings.org WOOFSTOCK, 10 A.M.-2 P.M. Annual celebration of dogs and dog lovers. Giveaways, races, demonstrations, contests and vendors. Sawgrass Sanctuary, 237 N. New River Circle, Sunrise. Sunrisefl.gov JUNIOR CHEF CLASSES: AMERICAN GIRL MINI FONDUE PARTY, NOON. Learn how to make chocolate fondue. $30 per child, includes a mini fondue set. Williams Sonoma at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach. gulfstreampark.com/classes. WESTON NIGHTS OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES WITH THE BIG ROCK BAND, 7-10 P.M. Enjoy classic rocks hits at Weston Regional Park,

20200 Saddle Club Road. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets and come early for best seating. Admission is free, and a food truck will be on site. The event stage is close to the park’s largest playground, which is a plus for those with smaller children. Coolers are welcome, but alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the park. Westonfl.org/Events

4 Sunday DREAM CAR CLASSIC, 10 A.M.-3 P.M. Featuring dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles, Special appearance by International Face Art artistic face painting and glitter tattoos. Free. Vehicle registration $20. 1900 Block of Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. hollywoodfl.org

5 Monday FOOD TRUCKS AT ARTSPARK. Stop by the ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Bring the family. Enjoy the fresh air and have a picnic. Pick and choose from 20-plus different trucks. Visit http://burgerbeast.com/arts-park/ for list of trucks.

6 Tuesday BUILD IT! MAKE IT! PLAY IT! Hands-on fun and activities for children in grades 1-5. Siblings welcome with caregiver. Activities may include board games, building with the library’s LEGO blocks, or simple crafts. 4-5 p.m. Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, Program Room 1017, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. sherman.library.nova.edu FAMILY NIGHTS WITH FOOD TRUCKS, 5:30-9:30 P.M. Browse food trucks every Tuesday at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-357-5135

7 Wednesday FAMILY NIGHT HIKES, 5:30 P.M. Hikers explore the park through a series of one-hour evening hikes. Park staff will share their knowledge of the site’s flora and fauna and its history. $5 per hike. Ages 6 and up. Preregistration. Miramar Pineland, 3600 S. University Drive, Miramar. 954-357-8776. Broward.org/Parks

9 Friday MOVIES ON THE LAWN. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics and enjoy the movie, “Sings,” under the stars at the Great Lawn, corner of Atlantic and Pompano Beach Blvds. Presented by the City of Pompano Beach Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Free. Family-friendly event. 7 p.m. Call 954-786-4111, http://pompanobeachfl.gov TUNES ‘N’ TRUCKS CONCERT SERIES, 6 P.M. Nibble on items from food trucks and savorentertainment as Brothers United perform at this free outdoor event. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Sunrise Amphitheater, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd. 954-747-4600


sunrisefl.gov HAYRIDE & CAMPFIRE SERIES, 7-9:30 P.M. Includes one hayride and one bag of fixings for s’mores. Preregistration and prepayment are required by calling or visiting the park of your choice. Tradewinds Park and Stables, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. $3.50 plus sales tax per person ages 3 and older. Call 954-357-8870. broward.org/Parks ARTSPARK FUNTASTIC FRIDAY AND MOVIE NIGHT, 5-10 P.M. Enjoy family fun with a DJ, face painter, games, bounce houses and more. A free family-friendly movie, “Groundhog Day,” starts at 8 p.m. Lawn seating. Bring a blanket or beach chair. ArtsPark @ Young Circle, Hollywood. hollywoodfl.org FREE FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS, 7-9 P.M. Free entertainment with a Beauty and the Beast Show, and a different line-up of activities every week. The Village at Gulfstream Park, Champions Plaza, 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. thevillageatgulfstreampark.com

10 Saturday JUNIOR CHEF CLASSES: VALENTINE’S DAY BAKING, NOON. Learn how to make Valentine’s Day desserts and enjoy heart-shaped creations. Ages 5-13. Williams Sonoma at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach. 954-454-9261, gulfstreampark.com/classes. PET EXPO 2018, NOON-3 P.M. Pet adoptions, a Pet Costume Contest, a Puppy Kissing Booth, music and $1 Carousel rides. Free. Leashed pets are welcome. Pompano Citi Centre, 1955 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. pompanociticentre.com FORT LAUDI GRAS BLOCK PARTY, 4 TO 10 P.M. Enjoy Cajun and creole food, drinks and music for the entire family. Beads and face painting station for the kids Featuring the King of Fort Laudi Gras, Doc Reno of BIG 105.9FM. Block Party on Third Avenue and inside the venues America’s Backyard and Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Free. FortLaudiGras.com “BE MINE” DOG SHOW SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. Dogs compete in categories such as Best Trick, Best Look-ALike, Most Obedient. Raffle prizes, vendors and a silent auction. The Stan Goldman “Hollywoof” Dog Park, 800 Knights Road, Hollywood. $5 entry fee. hollywoodfloridausa.org/ dogshow.html MOONLIGHT MOVIE IN THE PARK, 7:30 P.M. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and relax. Bring your own food and beverages; however alcohol is not permitted in the park. Free. The fulllength feature film, “LEGO Ninjago Movie,” is projected onto a giant inflatable screen. Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road. westonfl.org PINES LIGHT UP THE NIGHT 5K RUN, 6:30 P.M. Proceeds from the 5K run will benefit the City

of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools. Preregistration is available online at www.splitsecondtiming.com/city-of-pembroke-pineslight-up-the-night. Runners will receive a RUN/LED Light changing bracelet, free T-shirt or razor tank. After the run, enjoy a DJ, food trucks, free dessert samples, and more. Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-435-6759. ppines.com

11 Sunday 6TH ANNUAL PLANTS AND PEOPLE DAY, 10 A.M.-3 P.M. Vendors, speakers, food, raffle prizes and you can also get your home certified as a Wildlife Habitat at the event at Centennial Park, Sample McDougald House, 450 NE 10th St, Pompano Beach. pompanobeachfl.gov BE KIND TO ANIMALS – ALL CRITTERS MATTER, 11 A.M. Each week guests are introduced to a featured animal. Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs. Call 954-752-WILD or sawgrassnaturecenter.org JAZZ PICNIC IN THE PARK, 11 A.M.-2:30 P.M. Bring your blankets and chairs. Featured performer, Nightlife. Illene Lieberman Botanical Gardens, 3801 Inverrary Blvd., Lauderhill. Free parking at the Inverrary Vacation Resort. Free. lauderhilljazz.com

12 Monday FOOD TRUCKS AT ARTSPARK. 5:30-9:30 P.M. Stop by the ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood and choose from 20-plus different trucks. Visit burgerbeast.com/arts-park/ for list of trucks.

13 Tuesday KIDS MARDI GRAS PARTY, 7-8 P.M. Snacks, stories, prizes, crafts and more at the Margate Catharine Young Branch Library, Margate. browardlibrary.org FAMILY NIGHTS WITH FOOD TRUCKS, 5:30-9:30 P.M. Browse food trucks every Tuesday at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-357-5135

14 Wednesday RAISE A READER AT SHARKEY’S STORYTIME, 10:30 - 11:15 A.M. What makes a friend? Stories of friendship and acceptance help us understand the true meaning of friends. Enjoy books, songs and activities that enhance early literacy skills. Recommended for children ages 3-5 years with their caregivers. Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, Program Room 1017, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. sherman.library.nova.edu JACKPOT RODEO, 7-10 P.M. A family night out for kids and adults. Activities include calf roping, barrel racing and team roping. Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, Florida & Entertain-

ment Center, 4271 Davie Road, Davie. $4. Tickets available at gate. Call 954-475-9787, davie-fl.gov VALENTINE'S DAY PARENTS NIGHT OUT, 6-9:30 P.M. Children ages 5-14 will have an evening of games, crafts, music and dancing, pizza and a entertainment while parents are enjoy an evening out. Pajamas welcome, shoes required. Blankets and pillows allowed. $10-$15. Coconut Creek Recreation Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd or Community Center, 1100 Lyons Road. Space limited to 30 children. Call 954-956-1580. CoconutCreek.net

15 Thursday RAISE A READER AT LITTLE MINNOWS STORYTIME. Enjoy books, songs and activities that enhance early literacy skills. Every Thursday this month. Recommended for children ages 18-36 months with their caregivers. 10:30-11 a.m. Stories and songs; 11-11:15 a.m. Raise a Reader and free play Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, Program Room 1017, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. sherman.library.nova.edu

16 Friday ARTSPARK MOVIE NIGHT. See the free familyfriendly movie. Lawn seating. Bring a blanket or beach chair. 8-10 p.m. ArtsPark @ Young Circle, Hollywood. hollywoodfl.org POMPANO PIER FOOD TRUCK ROUND UP, 6-10 P.M. An evening of food trucks, music and fun. Participants are encourage to bring their blankets and folding chairs since seating is limited. Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach. Entertainment, full bar and fun. pompanobeachfl.gov HAYRIDE AND CAMPFIRE SERIES, 6-9 P.M. Ages 3 and older. $3.50 plus sales tax per person includes one hayride and one bag of fixings for s’mores. 6-9 p.m. T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood. 954-357-8811, broward.org/Parks FRIDAY NIGHT CERAMICS WITH GAIL, 6:30-8:30 P.M. Enjoy painting a ceramic masterpiece with your child and creating your own work of art. Pre-registration and payment required by the Wednesday prior to the class (limited seating). Pool & Tennis Center, 11600 Stonebridge Parkway, Cooper City. $10-$12 per family; plus $10 material fee per child. Families are invited to an optional pizza dinner prior to class at 6 p.m. for $6. RSVP at 954-434-4300, ext. 233. coopercityfl.org FREE FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS, 7-9 P.M. Free entertainment with Dora and a different line-up of activities every week. The Village at Gulfstream Park, Champions Plaza, 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. thevillageatgulfstreampark.com FREE MOVIE IN THE PARK, “FANATIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM." Sabal Pines Park, 5005 NW 39th Ave, Coconut Creek.

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17 Saturday BREAKFAST AT GULFSTREAM, 8-10:30 A.M. SATURDAYS THROUGH MARCH. All-youcan-eat breakfast buffet for $10. Plus, watch horses work out, see weekly character appearances, enjoy giveaways, prizes and guest speakers. Children under 3 eat free. Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. gulfstreampark.com CLASSIC CAR SHOW, 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Classic cars, music, food trucks and more. Cast a ballot and vote for your favorite car. Nob Hill Soccer Club Park, 10200 Sunset Strip, Sunrise. Free. sunrisefl.gov MODEL TRAIN RIDES, 10 A.M.- 4 P.M. Trains depart the station every few minutes every third weekend of the month. $1.50 per person. An adult must accompany riders under 10. Pregnant women may ride for their own safety. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Saample Road, Coconut Creek. livesteamers.org

18 Sunday WINTERFEST - THE ULTIMATE CAR ENTHUSIAST EXPERIENCE, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. Cars, music, food, and plenty of vendors, from top wheel manufacturers, performance shops and oil manufacturers to car dealerships. All cars

welcome. Free. Gulfstream Park - Pegasus Lot (horse statue), 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. gulfstreampark.com MODEL TRAIN RIDES, 10 A.M.- 4 P.M. Trains depart the station every few minutes every third weekend of the month. $1.50 per person. An adult must accompany riders under 10. Pregnant women may ride for their own safety. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Saample Road, Coconut Creek. livesteamers.org PNC ARTS ALIVE: FREE ARTS! FAMILY DAYS. Free admission to the gallery and interactive arts activities. Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. artandculturecenter.org

19 Monday FOOD TRUCKS AT ARTSPARK, 5:30-9:30 P.M. Stop by the ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood and choose from 20-plus different trucks. burgerbeast.com/arts-park/

22 Thursday TASTE OF PINES, 6-9 P.M. Sample some of the best food Pembroke Pines and surrounding areas have to offer in a fun atmosphere at the Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way. $25-$20; ages 12 and under, $15. ppines.com

23 Friday HAYRIDE & CAMPFIRE SERIES, 7-9:30 P.M. $3.50 plus tax includes one hayride and one bag of fixings for s’mores. Ages 3 and older. Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Preregistration and prepayment required. Call 954-357-8870, broward.org/Parks KIDS NIGHT OUT, 6-11 P.M. Parents can enjoy a night out and leave the entertaining to us. Kids ages 5-12 will have a blast playing games, making new friends, creating unique arts and crafts projects, and eating pizza while under the care of our dedicated recreation professionals at Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach. Space is limited so register early. $10-$20. pompanobeachfl.gov

24 Saturday LEGO BUILDING, 2:30-4 P.M. Various events planned for children using the blocks. Ages 7 and up. Preregister. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane. Plantation.org MOVIES IN THE PARK. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a free outdoor movie. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Margate Sports Complex, 1695 Banks Road. Free. margatefl.com WOMEN IN DISTRESS OF BROWARD COUNTY SAFEWALK-RUN 5K, 9 A.M. More than 800 walkers and runners are expected participate to raise awareness about domestic violence. 7:30 a.m. registration. $25 adult, $35 adult with dog (on leash), $15 ages 6-17. Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave., Davie. womenindistress.org/events FREE MAGIC SHOW, 1:30 AND 3 P.M. Magician Gary Midnight puts on a show with coins, cards, ropes, scarves and rings. The magic happens right before your eyes at the Weston Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Road. Children of all ages welcome; must be accompanied by an adult. westonfl.org

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TATE’S COMICS COMMUNITY PARK & SWAP, 9 A.M.-3 P.M. A swap meet-style event where customers set up in the store’s parking lot and sell their goods in the parking lot in front of TATE’S Comics, 4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill. tatescomics.com JAZZ IN THE PINES CONCERT. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of jazz. Features 9 Jazz Concerts on Sunday afternoons once a month. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and chairs. Free. 3-5 p.m. William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 NW 160th Ave., Don’t forget to bring your blankets and chairs. ppines.com BEACH ENTERTAINMENT SERIES. Features a new band the fourth Sunday of every month through April. Free. Bring your lawn chair. 2-5 p.m. South City Beach Park, 1870 S. Ocean Drive, Hallandale Beach. 954-457-1452, hallandalebeachfl.gov


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Saturday, March 24 Traditional egg scavenger hunt with prizes, fun activities, music, face painting, and so much more for the family to enjoy.

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PALM BEACH COUNTY 2 Friday EVENING ON THE AVENUE, 6-10 P.M. Free live music, food and specialty item vendors as you enjoy music under the stars. Free. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. palmbeachculture.com

3 Saturday WEST PALM BEACH GREENMARKET, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. Saturdays through April 21. Listen to live music and shop more than 90 vendors featuring local produce, plants, exotic flowers, herbs, baked goods, gourmet foods, teas, coffee and specialty pet products. The GreenMarket also features live music, unlimited mimosas for $10, free activities for kids, plus plentiful green space and seating for a morning of fun and relaxation. Downtown West Palm Beach, Waterfront Commons. wpb.org/greenmarket EXPLORIUM SCIENCE GARDEN GRAND OPENING, 10 A.M.-NOON. The all-new 3,500-square-foot Explorium Science Garden will host a free Grand Opening celebration when guests can view dozens of butterfly host and nectar plant species, pose with the human-size butterfly wings, take a walk on the

Discovery Trail, and enjoy make & takes, nature talks, and more. Children's Science Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. scienceexplorium.org BOCA RATON FIRST RESPONDER EXPO, 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M. Come meet your Police, Firefighters and Paramedics. Live action firefighting, K-9 and motorcycle demonstrations, activities, free food, raffles, photo ops for children with police and firefighter, hands only CPR training, free blood pressure and cholesterol checks. Town Center Mall parking lot, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton. facebook.com/events/193992861339328/ JUPITER JUBILEE, 11 A.M.-4 P.M. Free family friendly event at the Jupiter Community Center, 210 Military Trail, with live music, entertainment (The Silent Shout, Krazy Train), food trucks, kids fun zone with bounce houses, face painting, balloon artists, games & activities, a local business fair, Jupiter Police & K9 demonstrations, and a cornhole tournament. Free parking and trolley service at Jupiter High School. jupiter.fl.us/149/Jupiter-Jubilee

4 Sunday DOWNTOWN AT THE GARDENS JAZZ SUNDAYS, 1-3 P.M. The Rich Switzer Trio plays blends of both classic and contemporary jazz songs. First Sunday of each month. Free. First Sunday of every month. 11701 Lake Victoria

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5 Monday KIDS CAN CODE, 3:30-5 P.M. Nurture problemsolving skills, logic and creativity in this handson interactive class designed to introduce kids to computer science. Grades K-5. Free. Mandel Public Library, Kidspace, third floor, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. wpbcitylibrary.org

6 Tuesday STEP BY STEP, KINDERGARTEN PREP, 10:30 A.M. Using of music and movement, songs, rhymes, art and books, children will develop the essential skills needed for kindergarten readiness. Every Tuesday for preschoolers ages 3-4. Free. Mandel Public Library, Kidspace, third floor, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. wpbcitylibrary.org

7 Wednesday STEP BY STEP, KINDERGARTEN PREP, 10:30 A.M. Using of music and movement, songs, rhymes, art and books, children will develop the essential skills needed for kindergarten readiness. Every Wednesday for toddlers ages 2-3. Free. Mandel Public Library, Kidspace, third floor, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. wpbcitylibrary.org

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THEATER, SHOWS & CONCERTS CIRQUE ZUMA ZUMA Feb. 1. Described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil, part Harlem Globetrotters with acrobatics. 7:30 p.m. Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 SW College Drive, Belle Glade. $25 adult. $15 children. dollyhand.org CHILDSPLAY THEATER GO, DOG. GO Feb 3. The one-hour musical includes crazy cars, goofy hats, audience participation and a little vaudeville. 10 a.m. $12. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. kravis.org/events/ godoggo SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN Feb. 10. A non-verbal tale featuring magic, music, and puppetry based on the Chris Haughton book of the same name at 1 and 5 p.m. Follow the delightful and surprising journey of three madcap characters, each of whom has a plan to capture a beautiful bird perched high in a tree. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. www.arshtcenter.org NUGGET & FANG: FAMILY FUN SERIES Feb. 10. A story of Nugget, a minnow and Fang, a shark who get along until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks. 11 a.m and 1 p.m. Amaturo Theater at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $14–$18. browardcenter.org PARAMOUNT’S LASER SPECTACULAR FEATURING THE MUSIC OF PINK FLOYD Feb. 10. Surrounded by walls of concert-quality sound, listeners are swept away on a mindexpanding journey driven by cutting-edge lasers, high-definition, large-screen video projection and stunning lighting effects, all choreographed to the music of Pick Floyd. This year’s show celebrates Pink Floyd’s massive chart-topper “Dark Side of the

1,2 AT THE ZOO, 10-11 A.M. Join our Early Explorers for an interactive educational experience at the Palm Beach Zoo designed for toddlers and preschool-aged children. This special themed program, created for children ages 2-4, includes up-close animal encounters, stories, games, crafts, and visits to animal exhibits. $20-$40 includes zoo admission for one child and one adult. Pre-registration is required. 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. palmbeachzoo.org PARTY ON THE PATIO!, 4:30-6:30 P.M. A free family event with food trucks, music, games and more at the Peter Blum Family YMCA, 6631 Palmetto Circle S., Boca Raton. ymcaspbc.org 64

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Moon” as well as timeless classics from “The Wall.” 8 p.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale. parkerplayhouse.com THE TEMPTATIONS & THE FOUR TOPS Feb. 10. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artists and Motown Sound pioneers hit the stage. $61 and up. 8 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. TheCenterCS.com THE BEACH BOYS Feb. 11. Beach Boys show features classic hits such as “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo.” $63 and up. 7 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. TheCenterCS.com MOON MOUSE: FAMILY SERIES SHOW Feb. 11. Marvin the mouse, bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. 11 a.m. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Main Stage, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. $15-$20. Ages 5-10. smdcac.org/events/moon-mouse WICKED Feb. 14-March 4. Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at the untold true story of the Witches of Oz. $44.25 and up. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. browardcenter.org SHADOWLAND BY PILOBOLUS Feb. 18. Shadowland combines modern dance with fast-paced multimedia, merging frontof-screen choreography with projected images and moving screens to create a narrative with the fluid logic of a dream powered by the grace of an acrobatic dance. 6 p.m. $32.50-$65; $5, ages 13-22. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Main Stage, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. www.cultureshockmiami.com SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Through Feb. 18. Watch Betty Comden and

8 Thursday CLEMATIS BY NIGHT, 6-9 P.M. Listen to live music, eat and enjoy the local area. Concert Series features the band CoverUp. Free. West Palm Beach Waterfront, West Palm Beach Waterfront, 101 S. Flagler.

9 Friday STEP BY STEP, KINDERGARTEN PREP, 10:30 A.M. Using of music and movement, songs, rhymes, art and books, children will develop the essential skills needed for kindergarten readiness. Every Friday for babies ages 12-24 months. Free. Mandel Public Library, Kidspace,

Adolph Green’s stage adaptation of their classic movie musical. Tickets from $84. The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. thewick.org ARRIVAL FROM SWEEDEN: THE MUSIC OF ABBA Feb. 18. ABBA tribute show includes “Dancing Queen,” “Fernando,” Mamma Mia,” “Take a Chance on Me” and more. $35 and up. 7 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. TheCenterCS.com FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA Feb. 23-March 3. The Festival attracts over 15,000 attendees each year who live primarily in southern Palm Beach and northern Broward counties. Features classical music, jazz, art, film and literature. Mizner Park Boca Raton. $15 - $75. festivaloftheartsboca.org COMEDY Feb. 23. Night of laughter with comedian, musician and ventriloquist Taylor Mason. Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 SW College Drive, Belle Glade. 7:30 p.m. $20 adults. $10 children and Palm Beach State College students/staff. dollyhand.org WILD KRATTS LIVE! Feb. 24. Theatrical stage show based on the hit animated television series. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated series, will engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story. $26 and up. 1 and 4:30 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. TheCenterCS.com CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Feb. 24. Celebrate the Year of the Dog with Dragon and Lion dances, Kung Fu, Chinese folk dances, songs, Diabolo, Taiko Drum and dinner. Seating 3 p.m. Show 4 p.m. Dinner 6 p.m. $15-$25. Olympic Height High School Theater, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton. facebook.com/mycscca/

third floor, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. wpbcitylibrary.org EVENING ON THE AVENUE, 6-10 P.M. Free live music, food and specialty item vendors as you enjoy music under the stars. Free. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. palmbeachculture.com TATER TOT ART: ART FOR TODDLERS, 11 A.M. Little babies show they care by making Valentine’s Day cards for those they love. Ages 18-36 months. Preregister. Greenacres Branch Library, 3750 Jog Road. pbclibrary.org PETER RABBIT MOVIE RELEASE PARTY, 3:30 P.M. Celebrate the new, live-action movie with a reading of the original story, along with


games and a craft. Ages 4 and up. Preregister. Hagen Ranch Road Branch, 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach. pbclibrary.org SCREEN ON THE GREEN, 6-10 P.M. Parents can bring their kids to an open-air theater before the movie to make crafts. 6 p.m. kids activities. 7 p.m. movie, "Despicable Me 3." Free. West Palm Beach Waterfront, 101 S. Flagler. wpb.org/ events MOVIE AT THE BEACH, 7 P.M. “Beauty and the Beast.” Lantana Municipal Beach, 100 North Ocean Blvd. Bring chairs and blankets. lantana.org/enjoy-lantana-events

10 Saturday WEST PALM BEACH GREENMARKET STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. Features freshly made strawberry shortcakes by Chef Carlino for $5. Listen to live music and shop more than 90 vendors featuring local produce, plants, exotic flowers, herbs, baked goods, gourmet foods, teas, coffee and specialty pet products. The GreenMarket also features unlimited mimosas for $10, free activities for kids, plus plentiful green space and seating for a morning of fun and relaxation. Downtown West Palm Beach, Waterfront Commons. wpb.org/greenmarket 1,2 AT THE ZOO, 10-11:30 A.M. Join our Early Explorers for an interactive educational experience at the Palm Beach Zoo designed for toddlers and preschool-aged children. This special themed program, created for children ages 3-4, includes up-close animal encounters, stories, games, crafts, and visits to animal exhibits. $20-$40 includes zoo admission for one child and one adult. Pre-registration is required. 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. palmbeachzoo.org LADYBUG RELEASE PARTY, 11 A.M.-2 P.M. Bring the family for a day full of ladybug fun at the Palm Beach Zoo. Kids will enjoy ladybug crafts, face painting, a DJ and ladybug releases. Kids should wear red and pink and come dressed as a ladybug for the Ladybug Costume Contest. Two winners will receive a behind-the-scenes flamingo experience and a flamingo plush. Regular admission applies. 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. palmbeachzoo.org EVERGLADES DAY OUTDOOR FESTIVAL, 9 A.M.-4 P.M. Guided nature walks, canoeing, archery, animal Olympics, face painting, crafts, fishing clinic and games for children. Free. Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach. auduboneverglades.org CREATE CLAY SCULPTURES, 12-2 P.M. Sculptor Susan Stromberg teaches a hands-on sculpture workshop for ages 6-12. Mandel Public Library, Kidspace, third floor, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. wpbcitylibrary.org FIREFIGHTER CHILI COOK OFF, 3 P.M. Gather the family for cold drinks, hot chili and live music. This year’s event helps the association provide assistance to firefighters with cancer

and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy cancer. Bryant Park, 100 S. Golfview Road, Lake Worth. 3 p.m. $10 armbands for unlimited chili tastings. pbcfr-retiree.org FAMILY CAMP OUT. Enjoy a stay-cation at the Boynton Beach YMCA and take your family camping. Enjoy a hot dog dinner followed by a movie on the field and fun field games. An “on the go” breakfast will be served in the morning. $12 per person. Children 3 and under free. DeVos-Blum Family YMCA, 9600 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach. ymcaspbc.org

11 Sunday CARS & COFFEE PALM BEACH, 8 A.M.-NOON. See hundreds of vehicles, vendors and more. Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach. www.carsandcoffeepb.com PAWS IN THE PARK, 11 A.M.-4:30 P.M. Vendor booths, pet talent show, Splash Dogs dock jumping, kids bounce house play area, pet costume contests, music, pet blessings on the main stage, celebrity dog wash, pet photo booths, adoptable pets, obstacle course and simulated Stand-up Paddleboarding demos by Salty Dog Paddle. Free. West Palm Beach Lake Pavilion at Waterfront Park, 100 Clematis St. pawsintheparksouthflorida.com

16 Friday ART DAY CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH, 1:30-3:30 P.M. Ages 5-12 are invited to listen to the story of a young artist, Jacob Lawerence, and explore various materials, paint, and collage techniques to create their own art work. Free. Mandel Public Library, Kidspace, third floor, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. wpbcitylibrary.org EVENING ON THE AVENUE, 6-10 P.M. Free live music, food and specialty item vendors as you enjoy music under the stars. Free. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. palmbeachculture.com FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, 6-9:30 P.M. Kids ages 7-12 are invited to hang out “after hours” with the Children's Science Explorium staff, enjoy pizza, watch a movie, and conduct a science experiment while their parents have a date night. $20-$25 at the Children's Science Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. sugarsandpark.org

17 Saturday WEST PALM BEACH GREENMARKET, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. Saturdays through April 21. Listen to live music and shop more than 90 vendors featuring local produce, plants, exotic flowers, herbs, baked goods, gourmet foods, teas, coffee and specialty pet products. The GreenMarket also features live music, unlimited mimosas for $10, free activities for kids, plus plentiful green space and seating for a morning of fun and relaxation. Downtown West Palm Beach, Waterfront Commons. wpb.org/greenmarket

SENSORY STORY TIME, 11 A.M. Stories, songs, crafts and movement activities specially designed for children with sensory challenges. All ages. Preregister. Glades Road Branch, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. pbclibrary.org DRAGONFEST, 11 A.M.-3 P.M. DragonFest is Palm Beach Zoo's annual celebration of the Chinese New Year, complete with a DJ, crafts, face painting, and the Dragon and Lion Dances by John Wai Kung Fu Academy along with a marial arts demonstration. Be sure to visit the resident modern day dragon, the Komodo dragon. Regular admission applies. 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. palmbeachzoo.org

18 Sunday SUNDAY ON THE WATERFRONT, 4-7 P.M. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Listen to Nuthin’ Fancy’s tribute to Lynyrd Synyrd. Free. Palm Stage, 100 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Wpb.org/events

21 Wednesday PARENTING SEMINAR, 6:30-8 P.M. Discussions and information concerning the pertinent subject regarding parenting in today’s world. Sessions led by Eric Thomas Mundt, a marriage & family therapist who specializes with children in play therapy, parenting skills training in filial therapy, and working with couples in creating teamwork in parenting. DeVosBlum Family YMCA, 9600 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach. ymcaspbc.org

23 Friday EVENING ON THE AVENUE, 6-10 P.M. Free live music, food and specialty item vendors as you enjoy music under the stars. Free. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. palmbeachculture.com

24 Saturday SEA FEST FOR KIDS, 11 A.M.-5 P.M. Jupiter's biggest family festival has sea-inspired education and activities. The Ah-tah-thi-ki Museum will bring Seminole crafts to the Chickee. Kids will learn beach safety with county lifeguards. Clay-building activities, painting with the Lighthouse ArtCenter, musical kids programming on stage, children's storytellers, underwater dance party and DJ, costume contest for kids, team-building pirate ship exercises, kids yoga and child-friendly food trucks and ice cream treats. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain Armours Way, Jupiter. www.jupiterlighthouse.org WEST PALM BEACH GREENMARKET, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. Saturdays through April 21. Listen to live music and shop more than 90 vendors featuring local produce, plants, exotic flowers, herbs, baked goods, gourmet foods, teas, coffee and specialty pet products. The GreenMarket also features live music, unlimited mimosas for $10,

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EXHIBITS FOR FAMILIES YARN BOMBING Through Feb. 2. A special installation and exhibition that is a crocheted and knitted version of graffiti street art that features students enrolled in the MOCA Teen Program. The exhibition Fresh Threads curated by Gregory Pierre-Louis featuring multiple fiber inspired creations will also be on display. Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami Pavilion Gallery, 770 NE 125th St., Miami. Free. mocanomi.org THE LION GUARD Through Aug. 26. The traveling exhibit takes the audience through the African savanna where they will meet the Lion Guard and the Circle of Life. Train with the Lion Guard in their secret lair, explore the power of teamwork by joining all the members of the Lion Guard on Pride Rock, discover the African savanna and learn about the animals that live there. The exhibit will also feature the Little Lion Guard, where toddlers can engage in developmentally appropriate activities of exploration, creativity and skill building. miamichildrensmuseum.org ADVENTURES WITH CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG Through May 6. Visit Birdwell Island to explore the world of Clifford and Emily Elizabeth. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. $16; ages 2-12, $13; seniors, $15; military, $13. mods.org CURIOUS GEORGE: LETS GET CURIOUS Through May 6. The Curious George stories come to life in this exhibit featuring interactive math, science and engineering-based adventure. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. $16; ages 2-12, $13; seniors, $15; military, $13. mods.org ASTRONAUT Through April 15 at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Through hands-on and full-body displays, investigate what it takes to be a space explorer. Its 26 exhibits — including a rocket launch simulator and a

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human gyroscope — show the physical and psychological effects of living in microgravity on the human body and the technology used to complete a mission. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. sfsciencecenter.org/astronaut BRAIN: THE INSIDE STORY Through April 15 at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Explore the human brain through art, brain-scan imaging and interactive exhibits. Interactive brain teasers, puzzles and a build-a-brain exhibit. Featuring a 6-foot-tall artificial humanoid, a three-pound preserved brain, and a "brain lounge," where visitors can watch brain scans of a professional basketball player in action. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $29; ages 3-11, $20; 15 percent discount for Miami-Dade and Broward residents. Frostscience.org/exhibition/brain DESIGN: FORM / FUNCTION / FUN Through April 21 at Young At Art Museum. Featuring an eye-popping interactive design-scape by Milagros. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. Youngatartmuseum.org IT’S A NANO WORLD Through May 6. The Explorium unveils a new hands-on traveling exhibit that kicks off a season-long exploration where both children and adults can explore what’s around them. Separate cells in a giant Cell Sorter, play Giant DNA, Dust & Germ Pinball, zoom into your own hair and skin, measure your height in nanometers. The Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. scienceexplorium.org MONSTER FISH: IN SEARCH OF THE LAST RIVER GIANTS Through spring 2018 at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Learn about ancient fish that roam the depths of the world’s rivers. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd.,

Miami. $29; ages 3-11, $20; 15 percent discount for Miami-Dade and Broward residents. Frostscience.org/exhibition/monsterfish ROCK ON AND ‘SPLASH’ART SHOW & SIGNING Feb. 9-10. Featuring artist Tim “Frogman” Cotterill, known for his signature depictions of frogs in motion. 5 p.m. Friday. 1 p.m. Saturday. Pavo Real Art Gallery, Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road. pavoreal.com D.C. HOLOCAUST MUSEUM EXHIBIT Feb. 11 through May 6. The South Florida Holocaust museum hosts its first traveling exhibition, “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda.” The exhibit utilizes a multimedia environment to examine how the Nazis used propaganda to win broad voter support in Germany’s young democracy after World War I, implement radical programs under the party’s dictatorship in the 1930s, and justify war and mass murder. The Holocaust Documentation & Education Center 303 N. Federal Highway, Dania Beach. hdec.org LOOKING GLASS Through Feb. 25 at the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square. This group exhibition of contemporary works uses reflections to make the viewer part of the art. Cornell Art Museum, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. $8; seniors 65 and up and students with ID, $5; children under 12 and veterans free. Free for Florida residents on Sunday. Oldschoolsquare.org/about/cornell-museum MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL FINALISTS Through April 1. See the images that wowed a panel of internationally accomplished street photographers on display. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Adults, $10; ages 6-12, $5.Historymiami.or

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DOWNTOWN AT THE GARDEN’S KIDS CRAWL. 11 A.M.-1 P.M. Features children’s and family activities, retailer promotions, carousel rides, arts, crafts. Last Wednesday of every month. Free. 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. downtownatthegardens.com


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South Florida Parenting February 2018 issue  

Parenting magazine for South Florida parents - February 2018

South Florida Parenting February 2018 issue  

Parenting magazine for South Florida parents - February 2018

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