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24 Tips to keep your family green

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Easter Season taunts a green-minded mom I’ve got a bit of a reputation in the office. When we talk among the cubicles about childbirth, my coworkers look at me like I’m crazy. And I hear comments like, “Don’t tell Jen, but I let my kid eat candy the other day.” I admit, I deserve it. JENNIFER I did water births – without any painkillers – with both of my children at Miami Maternity Center. So when women say things like “I’m definitely getting drugs for my labor,” I tell them, “You don’t need them – you are stronger than you think.” I try not to use traditional medicines. When someone in my family gets a fever, I try to bring it down with peppermint oil before I reach for the Advil (and in many cases, the oil works). And I don’t let my kids eat a lot of the food options out there. I try to get as

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much organic produce into their diets as I can, and keep them away from non-organic options. I almost always veto stuff with food coloring. Of course, there are exceptions. My family has a weakness for Wendy’s Frostys, and my son will beg, borrow and JHON steal for a Starburst candy. But for the most part, we try to stay away from artificial colors, MSG, processed sugar, pesticides, etc. All of this can make the Easter season a trial. There are so many brightly colored, artificially flavored, sugar-laden treats out there during this season that you can’t escape them. I actually encourage my children to hunt for the stuff! (They have been going to South Florida Parenting’s Egg Hunts since birth.) How can I not allow them to eat the candy they find when I just said “See that egg over there, honey?”

We’ve developed some other traditions to take some of the emphasis off the candy. We decorate eggs with natural food colors such as blueberries, beets and curry. We fill plastic eggs with stickers, tattoos and bracelets instead of candy. We watch “Rise of the Guardians” and walk around pretending to be huge bunnies with boomerangs and Australian accents. (Whoops, maybe that is just me.) So I appreciate the story on page 36 about avoiding candy-driven chaos during the holiday. I plan to start a new tradition this year – a Spring Planting. Hopefully my children will have better results with growing things than I do, and we’ll be able to move into the next phase of green – a family garden.

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Check labels carefully! Tiger moms. Soccer moms. Walking Dead” with me. I let Hipster moms. Helicopter my 9-year-old wear fake musmoms. Crunchy moms. taches in the store (her idea, not What’s with all these labels? mine), I don’t spank my kids, I And where do I fit in? don’t have limits on TV or comI’ve never been one to puter, and I occasionally swear follow a trend. In fact, I usuin front of them. (OK, maybe I ally go in the opposite direcswear a lot.) tion. Not to be rebellious, but So as you read this, are you LAURA KOKUS I’m not a big fan of groupjudging me? Are you thinking think. I like to make my own decisions I’m a horrible parent, or do you want to based on gut feeling, and I’m odd anyway, label me a “Free Range Mom?” so I’m not too worried about what people OK, then know this: My children are think when it comes to my actions. both honor students, my son is Captain But I won’t lie when someone quesof Safety Patrol, they brush their teeth tions my parenting style or raises an on their own accord, they ASK for more eyebrow when I say something to my chilgreen vegetables, their favorite movie is dren that they think might is unusual. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” and they tell me I like to call my children “my beasdaily they love me, as I do them. ties.” I allow my 11-year-old watch “The Isn’t that what matters? To make sure

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Florida picks FCAT replacement for 2015 ➙

Examples of the new tests should be ready for the public to review by early sum mer

By Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel

Most of the FCAT will be replaced next year by exams that will rely less on multiple-choice questions and require students to write, show their work and display “higher-order thinking skills,” the Florida Department of Education announced recently. The new, unnamed test will be aligned to new Common Core academic standards. Its exams are meant to be tougher than FCAT. They will rely less on multiple-choice questions — the backbone of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test — and more on “authentic” work, with students asked to create graphs and compare texts, the state Education Department said. The tests also could take more time for students to complete. Fifth-graders, for example, would spend 240 minutes on the new languagearts exams, compared with 140 minutes on FCAT reading, according to the state’s test proposal. And, based on experiences in other states, the tests could be much harder for students to pass. When New York intro-

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Fifth-graders would spend 240 minutes on the new language-arts exams, compared with 140 minutes on FCAT reading, according to the state’s test proposal duced its new tests aligned to Common Core — benchmarks for what students should learn in language arts and math — passing scores plummeted. The percentage of New York third- to eighth-graders proficient in language arts fell from about 55 percent to 31 percent. Many school superintendents in Florida have urged

the state to delay using the new tests for A-to-F school grades next year, fearful that timetable gives educators no time to adjust. That is not, however, a plan state leaders have embraced. “We will work to be as successful as we can,” said Margaret Smith, superintendent of Volusia County schools in Orlando, but “we absolutely expect scores to go way down, for students, for schools.” The American Institutes for Research, a social-science research organization based in Washington, D.C., will create a new series of standardized exams for Florida. The language-arts and math tests are to be taken by nearly 2 million public-school students. The new Florida tests are to replace the math, reading and

writing sections of the FCAT. They also will include new end-of-course exams in algebra 1, geometry and algebra 2. FCAT science exams will remain in place. There will be both paperand-pencil and computerbased versions of the new exams. “I am confident that his new assessment is the best decision for Florida students,” Education Commissioner Pam Stewart wrote in a letter she sent to principals. “The assessment will help us keep all students on their path to be college and career ready.” Now that Stewart selected Florida’s next test maker, the state will finalize a $220 million, six-year contract with the research group, nicknamed AIR. The new tests, like FCAT, will be used to help make promotion and graduation decisions for students, grade public schools and evaluate teachers. Examples of the new tests should be ready for the public to review by early summer, Stewart said.

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Palm Beach Zoo employees bring conservation home By Angel Streeter, Sun Sentinel new conservation effort is stalking the footprints of Palm Beach Zoo employees. For years, the zoo has focused on conservation to protect wildlife. Now, it’s taking that mission to another level and asking employees to reduce their carbon footprints by finding a more fuel-efficient way to get to work. So they’re carpooling, walking, biking and taking public transportation. “Our mission at the zoo is to encourage people to act on behalf of wildlife and wildlife habitat,” said Andrew Aiken, the zoo’s president and CEO. “We, ourselves, have to set a good example.” And if they set a good example, maybe zoo visitors will parrot their efforts. The drive to consume less fuel came with a name change. Last year, the zoo tweaked its name to officially become the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society. That made them address the elephant in the room — the zoo’s own efforts to conserve, Aiken said. How can it send less garbage to landfills and use more renewable energy?

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And how much fuel were employees consuming? The zoo’s conservation research associate surveyed all 84 zoo employees on their commutes and found some hairraising facts: They collectively burn 13,600 gallons of fuel a year. The average daily commute is 16 miles per day. They spend more than $40,000 a year on gas. Their fuel consumption emits 133 tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Some 33 acres of new forest growth at 167 trees per acre would be needed to absorb all that carbon. With those results, the zoo didn’t monkey around. It began a program asking all employees to pledge once a month to find a way to get to work that consumes less fuel. They were grouped into teams based on where they live to encourage carpooling, camaraderie and a little competitive spirit. Awards and cash prizes will be given out at

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the end of the year for those who use the least amount of fuel, walk or bike to work the most and shrinks their carbon footprint the most. The results from last month: About a third of employees participated. They reduced their fuel consumption by nearly 5 percent. That adds up to about 967 pounds of carbon not emitted into the atmosphere. The reduction may not be earth-shattering, Aiken said. But the point is to show that small steps can make a big difference. “Our way of life as it is, as it’s always been, is very much the cause of a lot of extinctions,” he said. “Little things, if we do all together, are painless and hugely helpful for wildlife.”

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Food Labels are getting a Makeover

By Rachel Sestrich, RD, LD

ood labels have not always been mandatory on food products; in fact it wasn’t until 1994 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required nutrition information to be placed on most food packages. This was following the passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) in 1990 requiring all packaged foods to have nutri-

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tion labels and food labels that contained health claims to meet specific requirements. The last change made to food labels was 20 years ago. Since then there has been a lot of new information regarding food ingredients and their health benefits as well as health risks. New trends emerge each year that change the way people think about

food. Many Americans are interested in making changes to improve their diet, which is a great thing. Having the right tools to make informed decisions is helpful and food labels are one of the most useful tools to make this possible. The FDA has proposed making changes to food labels. Below are some changes that have

recently been discussed: Moving the food label to the front of the product instead of the back or bottom of the package. Increasing the font size to make it easier to read for those who are visually impaired and the elderly. Currently serving sizes are misleading- for instance if you pick up a can of soup and look

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family » nutrition at the label you might think the amount listed is for the entire can when it actually may only be for half of the can; so if you eat the entire can you have to double each nutrient. The FDA is considering making changes to reduce confusion with serving sizes. The units of measurement may change to more standard units of measurement; cups and tablespoons instead of grams. Removing the calories from fat; most people are not concerned with this information and tend to be more interested in calories, total fat, and carbohydrates/sugar content. A line may be added to include the amount of added sugars and artificial sweeteners contained in the food product. The amount of whole grains a product contains may be listed.

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All of these changes being considered are to help increase consumer understand-

ing of what is in foods and make reading food labels easier for the general population. This in turn helps consumers make better food choices and lead healthier lives. Some food products do not contain food labels, such as fresh produce, but many resources exist to help consumers find the nutritional content of these products. Many restaurants are beginning to publicize the nutritional content of their products and are listening to consumer opinions to improve their products and make them healthier. It is not just the nutrient content that is being looked at when choosing a product. The ingredient list is being considered even more now than ever before. Food blogs are popping up all over the place and are allowing people to share their feelings about products and start petitions to promote change. Gone are the days when consumers merely received a letter

from the company in response to a complaint or concern. Food companies are listening to consumer feedback regarding potentially harmful ingredients in their products and have even begun removing/replacing ingredients to improve the healthfulness of their products and to help ensure that people continue to purchase their products. The use of high fructose corn syrup has decreased over the past decade due to its negative image and the use of artificial food colorings is beginning to decrease as this becomes a bigger concern to Americans, especially parents. In the near future there will be many beneficial positive changes being made to food products; both on food labels and in the ingredients used to make the products. We need to continue to stay informed of these changes to be able to make the best food choices to keep our families healthy and happy.

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By Bob LaMendola Florida Department of Health in Broward County

You’re driving the kids to the beach on a beautiful spring day and the thought creeps into your mind – is the water clean? Don’t wonder. Look it up. The Florida Department of Health puts the latest readings on beach water bacteria levels as close as your smart phone. The data shows that in South Florida, the water is almost always safe. Even so, FDOH officials say swimmers should take a few precautions at the beach to avoid contamination that can cause illness. “Overall, our beach water is very clean,” said Craig English, an environmental specialist who runs the Healthy Beaches program at the FDOH in Broward County. “We take samples every two weeks, and in the vast majority of cases, there is no problem at all.” FDOH inspectors test beach water at 42 locations in South Florida. Problems are rare. In 2013, the DOH-Broward issued only one advisory about high bacteria levels in beach water

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– in an area just south of the Pompano Beach fishing pier for a few days in December. In Miami-Dade County, the FDOH found high levels at Sunny Isles beach for a week in February and Dog Beach in Miami’s Virginia Key for a few days in March 2013. The FDOH in Palm Beach County issued advisories for a few days at Dubois Park in Jupiter in January and February, and last year in April and May, as well as twice last year at Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach and once each at Ocean Inlet Park and Riviera Municipal Beach. The FDOH posts the latest reports of ocean bacteria levels every two weeks at www.

floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/beach-water-quality/ index.html, so you can check out your favorite beach before leaving home. On the site, you can view all the water-quality readings dating back to the year 2000. The FDOH tests ocean water for enterococci, which are illness-causing bacteria that live in feces. If levels exceed safe standards in the first sample and in a re-test the next day, health officials post an advisory at the beach urging people to avoid swimming there until bacteria drops to safe levels. However, it’s up to local governments to decide whether to close a beach. High bacteria levels in the

ocean most often stem from storm water runoff, untreated or undertreated sewage, pets and wildlife. Bacteria can enter the body through breaks in a swimmer’s skin or if ingested in contaminated water, causing diarrhea, vomiting and even fever. Be aware that ocean water can contain other harmful bacteria and contaminants that the FDOH does not measure. Health officials urge beachgoers to take a few simple precautions: Use a beach shower before and after swimming, supervise children so they don’t drink ocean water, and avoid swimming if you have a cut or cover it with a watertight bandage. If you have a weakened immune system, ask your doctor if you need to take special precautions.

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TIPS FOR PROTECTING THE KNEE Complete a pre-season screening to identify if your athlete is at “high risk.” Follow proper stretching activities and warm-up activities. Avoid flexing the knee at more than a 90-degree angle. Wear properly sized footwear with the right tread pattern. For instance, running shoes may “grip” the court too much when playing tennis. If your child is wearing shoes with cleats, be sure they are the right length for the condition of the field. Tell your child to listen to her body. If her knee “doesn’t feel right,” then seek medical evaluation. Remind your child to avoid sharp turns and sudden stops that could over-stress the knee.

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Remember that it’s far better to prevent a knee injury than to repair a torn ACL. Be sure that your child puts safety first.

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A Sea of Garbage

he 2008 Pixar animated film “WALL-E” painted a daunting picture of a trash-covered Earth. While viewers could not help falling in love with the adorable robot programmed to clean up the mess the humans left behind, many also walked away from the film pondering serious questions about the reality of the Earth’s trash problem and its future. Mass quantities of garbage are not just affecting our land. Our oceans are being affected as well. The trash in the ocean is coming from intentional littering – like tossed cigarette butts – and unintentional littering, like adding trash to an overflowing garbage, said Allison Schutes, Trash Free Seas program coordinator with the nonprofit Ocean Conservancy. Schutes, who organizes the annual International Coastal Cleanup, said most of the materials being collected in the cleanup are plastic. Greenpeace statistics support that. According to its website, 10 percent of the 100 million tons of plastic produced each year is ending up in the sea. The plastic debris is trapped in the ocean’s circular currents, forming “garbage patches.” The Great Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch and the Western Pacific Garbage Patch, when combined, are estimated to be twice the size of the continental United States. This plastic breaks down slowly, over hundreds of years, and it is harming marine life. While loggerhead sea turtles are killed after ingesting larger pieces of plastic, like a bag that looks like a jellyfish, “small plastics look appealing to sea birds or fish,” Schutes said. And when trash collects on the ocean’s surface, it blocks sunlight from reaching plankton and algae below, creating problems for the entire food chain. “A simple solution is to eliminate plastics,” Schutes said. “But they play an important role in our lives.” Many families use plastic daily. Plastic is lightweight and durable. And some plastic items are needed for the safety of our families, like helmets and other protective gear. If families cannot eliminate plastics, how can they help the environment? “Disposing of trash properly is one of the most important key things people can do,” Schutes said.

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Making the Arts Fun for Everyone! Whenever you see the Sensory-Friendly umbrella symbol, you know that the event or performance is specially designed and adapted for individuals with Sensory Processing and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).



Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs is delighted to provide accessible arts experiences through its All Kids Included (AKI) initiative. AKI provides funding, ideas, programs and resources so that all children— those with disabilities and without—can fully participate in the arts. Here’s how:



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BY JANE HERSEY Every spring, children eagerly anticipate a visit from that furry purveyor of candy, the Easter Bunny. Parents, on the other hand, do not look forward to the chaos that he often leaves in his wake when their kids eat all of those brightly colored candies. In fact, dealing with children’s hyperactivity, irritability and aggression after they have emptied their Easter baskets can leave parents at their wits’ end. Many parents have blamed sugar for their children’s bad behavior, but the real culprits are likely the synthetic food dyes and other additives in the candies. It has been know for decades that synthetic petroleum-based food dyes (like Red 40 and Yellow 6) and certain preservatives with unpronounceable names (like butylated hydroxytoluene and tertiary butylhydroquinone) can affect children’s health, but recent research has highlighted their dramatic effects on children’s behavior. A 2011 Australian trial conducted at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, sponsored by the Feingold Association, studied children ages 4 to 12. It found

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that a diet eliminating synthetic additives, including food dyes, and other factors led to significant improvements in behavioral problems like oppositional behavior, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and inattentiveness. A 2012 article published in the journal Neurotherapeutics concluded that artificial food dyes represent a significant general public health problem, since they can affect the behavior of all children, and not just those with ADHD. Similar studies, including a prominent one in the British medical journal Lancet, resulted in the European Union’s decision to require labels on most artificially colored foods to warn that the additives “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” In the United States, concerns about the safety of artificial food dyes have recently prompted hundreds of thousands of people to sign petitions to the food industry to remove these additives from their products. Until these additives are banned, what can parents do to make Easter less stressful?

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of flower seeds, a plastic shovel and mini watering can in the Easter basket. Planting flowers is not only fun for children, but it also gives them the satisfaction of watching “their plants” grow throughout the spring and summer. Draw a Bunny. Let your children draw bunnies or color them in coloring books. Be sure to have pictures of rabbits out to inspire the kids and consider handing out prizes for the best drawings. Give Healthier Candies. Stock your Easter baskets with natural candies that are free of artificial food dyes and other harmful additives. Candies like Surf Sweet’s Organic Watermelon Rings and Peach Rings, Organic Fruity Bears and Organic Spring Mix Jelly Beans have no artificial colors or flavors, no corn syrup, no GMOs and are gluten and dairy-free. Unreal candies also contain no artificial flavors, no high fructose corn syrup and no preservatives. Encourage Creativity. Add art sup-

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plies like watercolors, small brushes, colored pencils and a small sketchbook to bring out the artist in your child. You can also include washable sidewalk chalk for art on a larger scale. Ode to a Bunny. Write a poem or song with your children about Easter Bunnies. You and the kids could be inspired by reading Tales of Peter Rabbit or one of Beatrix Potter’s other classic books. Find the Eggs. An old-fashioned Easter egg hunt is a great way to take the emphasis off candy and burn up some calories. Consider using hollow plastic eggs containing tickets that the kids can redeem for prizes after the event. If you try thinking outside the Easter basket and plan fun activities that don’t involve candy, you won’t have to dread the post Easter meltdown.

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY Eggstravaganza: A Hop Through Pinecrest Gardens. April 12. Egg hunts, interactive games,

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Club Road. Call 954-3894321 or visit westonfl. org. Spring Festival, Egg Hunt & International Multi-Ethnic Festival. April 19. Egg

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South Florida Parenting Event will feature more than 20,000 colorful eggs as children get their hunt on with candy, toys and special prizes. There will also be visits with the Easter bunny, bounce houses, crafts, a scavenger hunt, magic show, live entertainment and more. 11 a.m.4 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 954-596-5631 or visit Southfloridaparenting.com. Cost is $6, under 18 months is free. Boomers Egg Hunt. April 20. Vendors, music, crafts, and tons of eggs. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday at Boomers, 3100 Airport Road, Boca Raton. Call 561-347-1888 or visit boomersparks.com. Celebrate Easter. April 19-20. Free egg craft at the education station between noon and 3 p.m. both days, and the animals will receive themed treats throughout the weekend. Lion Country Safari, 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee. Call 561-793-1084 or visit lioncountrysafari.com. General admission, $29.95; Seniors 65 and older, $26.95; Children 3-9, $21.95; Children 2 and younger, free; Parking, $6. Earth Day Celebration. April 19. Earth-themed information, goods, ideas, activities, and more. 10 a.m. at Old School Square Park, 95 NE First Ave., Delray Beach. Visit Mydelraybeach.com. Easter Egg Hunt. April 19. Hunts with more than 7,000 eggs, pictures with the Easter

Bunny, face painting, and themed games and art activities. Guests receive a commemorative egg. Bring an Easter basket and a camera. 9 a.m., The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. Call 561-655-2833 or visit flaglermuseum. us. Adults, $18; Children, $10. Egg Hunt. April 19. Bring a basket. 10 a.m. Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington. 561-753-2484. Egg’stravaganza. April 19. Egg hunt, hayrides and pictures with the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m.1 p.m., Greenacres Community Park, 2905 Jog Road. 561-642-2181. Jupiter Egg Hunt. April 19. Bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts, and a toddler play area. Egg Hunt, divided by age groups, begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. Bring a basket. 9 a.m.-noon at Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail, Jupiter. Call 561- 7412400. Spring Egg Dive. April 18. Children search for pennies at the bottom of the pool and trade them in for plastic eggs filled with toys. Specially marked penny gets a special prize. All children receive an egg for participating. 10:30 a.m., Boca Raton Swim and Racquet Center, 21618 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 561-544-8540.

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5 Ways to Teach Your Child to Respect Our Planet By Carrie Wells, Ed.D. (aka HuppieMama)

As an advocate for natural living, I am excited about celebrating Earth Day with my children in April. Here’s a list of 5 simple ways you can teach your child to respect our planet on Earth Day and every day.

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Show your child where their food comes from. It sounds simple, but young children do not always make the connection between what they find in the grocery store and what occurs in nature. Teach your children that strawberries can be picked off plants, milk comes from cows, and eggs are from real chickens. Visit your local farms to help children respect where real food is harvested.

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Grow plants from seeds. The process of clearing a space in a garden or planting seeds in small pots is both fun and educational for children. Even within a tight space, you can plant an herb garden or small flowers. Children like to dig in the dirt, plant the seeds, water them, and check each day to see if they have grown.

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Observe nature. Take your children outside and show them the beauty of nature. We recently observed caterpillars transform into chrysalises and then butterflies on the milkweed in our front yard. Children enjoy making observations about the color, size, texture, and shape of both living and non-living objects in nature.

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Minimize waste. Whenever possible, be cognizant of the amount of waste you create as a family and remind your children to focus on reusing items. For example, buy reusable water bottles and fill each day to

take on outings. Teach your child to use both sides of a piece of paper for art projects. When grocery shopping, bring along reusable shopping bags. Use hand towels to clean up kitchen messes.

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Reduce the use of chemicals in your home. Whenever possible, opt for more natural cleaning products, hygiene products, baby care products, and food. Teach your child, even at a young age, to look for certain labels on products that indicate the ingredients are more natural. Try making your own natural products and recipes so that you know exactly what is in each one.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a wife, mother of two (a daughter, 4, and a son, 2) and college instructor. She is also a blogger at HuppieMama.com, where she writes about child development, healthy eating and natural living.

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movie reference yet again. Her 4th birthday was around the corner so I gave in and decided to let her have the “Tangled” look. The poor child almost gave herself whiplash. She was swinging her hair like she was a supermodel (with a little Willow Smith). Her attitude changed, her mood improved and she was in her glory. All because she was able to look like what she thought was pretty. As a parent I could either allow this one moment to dictate how she felt about herself or teach her that her hair is so unique that she can decide how she wants it to look. That’s exactly what I decided to do! If I stressed about it, fought her on it and refused to understand, this would be something that she would always want to do. From that moment on I decided to allow her to have her hair straight for special occasions only. The rest of the year we will look for new hairstyles that work with her curly hair. I’m happy to say that Elise just turned 5 and she has learned to love her hair (I have, too). She embraces the curls, the tangles and the braids. She understands that her hair will never be like her favorite Disney princess and she’s OK with that. In our culture, like so many others, there will always be an aspect of what’s socially acceptable in the eyes of others. I’m happy that we have Chris Rock to thank for bursting the bubble on the “Good Hair” myth. We’ve both come a long way. Teana McDonald shares her enthusiasm and passion for social media and public relations as the President of a successful boutique agency, 3E Connections, Inc. She built her brand by assisting companies establish a robust online and offline presence to expand their reach. Teana is a past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Social Media Chair for FemFessionals, SCORE business mentor, former co-host of the popular web series 3 Loud Women and former co-host of NBC’s Miami Moms. She loves to share her experiences and knowledge with the everyday woman juggling life, career and family. Let’s continue the conversation @3EConnections on Twitter. APRIL 2014 |

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Write Letters: What if you couldn’t be there on your daughter’s wedding day? As her parent, what advice would you give her? Writing letters to your children that can be handed to them on special days or during rites of passage can make those monumental moments all the more special. You can also create Journals to express and describe the values you want them to carry into the world. Imagine how special they’ll feel.

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What To Do When You Just “Don’t Feel Like It” There are thousands of reasons I ciation because we feel justiadmire my husband, but one of the top fied in doing so, especially if reasons is his level of commitment. we’re hurt or upset. When he commits to doing Now, I know that love has something – whether it has to a lot to do with feelings and do with work, a project or workemotions, but if just feelings ing out – he follows through were enough to make relauntil he’s done, even when he tionships work, there would GLADYS DIAZ doesn’t feel like it. probably be very few breakThis attitude is what gets him ups and no divorces. the results he achieves at work, life and Having a relationship that really works with his health. and stands the test of time requires someMany times, relationships fail because thing beyond feelings and emotions. It we tend to let ourselves be guided solely takes a high level of commitment – even by our feelings and emotions. We will when you don’t feel like it. justify our actions or lack of action on the There may be times when you don’t feel fact that we’re “just not feeling it.” We’ll like responding in a respectful manner withhold tenderness, respect and apprewhen your husband or boyfriend snaps at

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Bundling Your Little Bundle of Joy BY JENNIFER LACEY

Whether this is your first baby or your third, the amount of nursery linen choices available can be astounding. Granted, the major cuteness factor of all things baby makes it tempting to buy anything that strikes a doting mom and dad-to-be’s fancy. But between crib sheets, burp pads and blankets, it’s easy for parents to be overwhelmed by all the different brands and varieties available.

Bedding and Layette Must-Have’s Along with the joy that your newborn generates, you will also be embarking on a journey that includes spit-up and endless loads of laundry. For baby’s sleep time, look for bedding with breathable, natural fibers that will be flexible and able to withstand Florida’s temperature changes;

durable (to take on all those trips to the washing machine) and long-lasting. You should have three to five crib sheets, two to six moisture-proof mattress pads, five to seven lightweight blankets and one to two heavier blankets. For bath time, hooded bath towels and washcloths are essential for drying off baby and keeping her warm. Plan to stock two to four towels and four to six washcloths. Also, make sure to have at least five burp cloths on hand. A few vinyl ones are good because they can easily be cleaned off in the sink. Onesies are an absolute staple in your newborn’s layette. These one-piece bodysuits with a snap crotch are extremely versatile baby can wear them during the humid Florida months or as a body hugging, toasty undergarment during the cooler months. You’ll want to have at least seven of these for your newborn. A wide-brimmed 100 percent cotton sunhat will help keep your little one protected against the sun. During the cooler winter months, a warm cap will help retain body heat.

The ABC’s of Baby Blankets You will quickly learn that baby blankets play an essential part of your newborn’s wardrobe and life. The right baby blanket should be functional, protecting you infant from the elements, and also able to provide your little one (and you, too) with a peaceful night’s sleep. Created with lightweight, breathable fabrics such as cotton and muslin, blankets should allow for air to flow, assisting in regulating your baby’s body temperature, which will prevent overheating and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). “The breathable fabric properties of muslin

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Receiving Blankets — A thin, lightweight, handy companion for instant tummy-time; a quick catcher of spittle, drool and other baby byproducts; and an instant shade against the strong rays of the sun, receiving blankets can serve a wide variety of purposes.

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Security Blankets — Chances are you or someone you know can look back to childhood and remember that faded, worn, yet still-so-soft-to-the-touch blankie that never left your side. Blankets provide little ones with a sense of security and ease feelings of anxiety and tension. Look for blankets made from a soft, plush material like fleece that will have the durability to withstand numerous washes.

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Swaddling Blankets — Medical research suggests that swaddling can assist with neuromuscular growth as well as sleep enhancement. But recent research also suggests that traditional swaddling, in which an infant’s legs are stretched out straight, may be a contributing factor for hip dysplasia. The September 2011 edition of AAP News warned that if a newborn’s legs are swaddled too tightly or incorrectly so they cannot move, this can impede proper hip development. Charles T. Price, MD, director of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) in Orlando, advises parents who practice swaddling that their babies, “should be wrapped so that their legs are able to bend up and out at the hips. Avoidance of forced or sustained passive hip extension in the first few months of life is essential for proper hip development.” The IHDI has approved the HALO® SleepSack® and SleepSack® Swaddle, two wearable blankets that contain adequate legroom and free movement of an infant’s hips and knees, which permits parents to practice safe swaddling.

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Toddler Shock: WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR SWEET EASY-GOING CHILD?

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Toddlers are motion and emotions, power plays and exponential growth. Toddlerhood is a stage unlike any other, with the possible exception of becoming a teenager. Actually, becoming a toddler is very similar to becoming a teenager - defiant, oppositional independent. Toddlerhood is that transitional stage between the loving, secure bonding bubble of babyhood and the capable preschooler with personality, style and self-mastery. It’s a great ride when parents understand that those toddler edges are the places where toddlers are growing the most. Generally speaking, toddlers are Xkids - Xtreme emotions, Xtreme growth, Xtreme changes. They push back from the first year of falling in love with mom and dad – bonding, attachment, the parent-child dance. Toddlers change everything when they discover the words “No” and “Mine!” “No” does not mean “no” – it means “I AM.” I am my own person, or at least trying to be. “Mine!” means I am claiming this world as an extension of ME! I’m taking ownership, and I like the way it feels. MY toy, MY cup, MY teddy bear, MY mommy! It’s going to take the next 6 to 12 months for the Me-Mine-Now toddler to learn to share, learn to wait, and learn to co-exist happily in a world where everything doesn’t always go his or her way. Toddlers know many things and can think of those things when they are out of sight. Unfortunately, they have not experienced enough of the world to know that mommies and daddies return when they drive out of the driveway (or return ready to pick up where they left off when they go to the bathroom). They also have no problem wanting two mutually exclusive things. I want to go to school and stay home. I want to play in the park and I want to play in my bedroom. I want

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grandma; I don’t want grandma. I don’t want this song to end and I don’t want to miss the next song ... in circle time at my music class. How is a parent supposed to stay sane if everything is a battle, if a child isn’t reasonable, and if something is guaranteed to throw everything out of whack again and again? Answer: Meet toddlers where they are. Adult expectations won’t work. Trying to make a toddler “happy” only adds frustration for you and them (because it’s their “job” to be oppositional, to find where the edge is). Be ready with comfort, ready to wait through the explosions and the meltdowns, ready to teach that there are good choices and happy endings after the emotional detours. Toddlers are learning to think and feel at the same time. That’s no easy feat. Many years ago, Jean Illsley Clarke listed these as the essential affirmations for being the parent of a toddler (18 months to 3 years old):

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I’m glad you are starting to think for yourself.

It’s OK for you to be angry, and I won’t let you hurt yourself or others.

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You can say no and push and test limits as much as you need to.

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You can learn to think for yourself, and I will think for myself.

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You can think and feel at the same time.

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You can become separate from me, and I will continue to love you.

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stages » toddler Those are not easy messages for parents who are missing their sweet, happy, gentle, eager-to-please baby. Just remember, “no” doesn’t always mean “no.” It might mean: “Hey, listen to me sounding big and powerful.” It might mean: “I really want that blue cup but please put it on the table so I can get it myself.” Or, it might mean: “Are you sure it’s a bad idea for me to stay up all night or eat all these cookies?” Or “but I

Toddlerhood is a stage unlike any other, with the possible exception of becoming a teenager. really did want to clobber my baby sister because I can’t figure out where she came from or how long she’s staying.” Parenting toddlers requires lots of patience, a few breaks and a lot of help from your friends. It means accepting that they will get stuck on good ideas (can’t leave a playground) and bad ideas (like taking the knives out of the dishwasher), and there’s nothing you can do about it. Introduce books about emotions (especially angry and sad). Read about all those high-drama characters (dinosaurs who break rules, No David, and Llama Llama). Introduce big fun power play (sand, water, digging, spraying, building, running, climbing). Keep easy routines that don’t overwhelm or overextend. Rest assured, by 2.5 and 3 years old, your crazy-making toddler will have found his personality without bumping into frustration every minute of every day. Karen Deerwester is the owner of Family Time Coaching & Consulting, writing and lecturing on parenting and early childhood topics since 1984. Currently, Karen is the director of Family Time classes at The Ruth and Edward Taubman Early Childhood Center at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton. Karen is the author of The Potty Training Answer Book, The Playskool Guide to Potty Training, and most recently The Entitlement-Free Child.

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Tweens Need Stranger Danger Alerts, Too

BY MARGARET SAGARESE When parents think of “stranger danger,” usually kindergarteners come to mind. There’s the awkward lesson for mothers to impart, complete with naming private parts and equipping youngsters with instructions to scream at or run from unfamiliar adults. But tweens need alerts to be wary of strangers, too. An estimated 100,000 to 300,000 children are put in jeopardy every year from human trafficking. Young adolescent girls and boys, particularly 12to 14-year-olds, are being lured into being sexually exploited. It is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world. Raking in $9 to 12 billion nationally, “human trafficking rivals Microsoft in what it makes annually in sheer profits,” said Terry Coonan, executive director of the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. Florida registers third behind New York and California in the number of victims, 98 percent of which are girls and women. South Florida’s cities – Miami and Fort Lauderdale – rank as particularly hot destinations for people looking to sexually exploit the young.

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stages » preteen The ports of entry were ordinary. A 14-year-old, distraught and acting out over her father’s death, went to a party in a hotel. A cheerleader got drugged and detained while at a house party. An eighth-grader, bullied and beaten down, accepted an instant message online from a 22-year-old and fell hard for his romantic gestures. Once drugged, deluded and threatened, the girls felt hopeless. Some girls are more vulnerable than others. Children whose home lives include physical or verbal torment, sexual abuse or substance abuse are at high risk. Such tweens typically spend more time away from family unsupervised and vulnerable. Runaways who need food and shelter account for close to 50 percent of victims. But all girls need warnings. Someone with low self-esteem may be too eager or too gullible to distinguish easily between a suitor with good intentions and a lecher with lascivious intent. She’s getting gifts and pledges of true love; then he’s expecting her to do things for him that go way beyond normal. Someone who dreams of a career in modeling or acting may believe a man is going to help her break into the industry. Meanwhile he is focused on getting her to accept the wrong kind of opportunities, such as appearances on X-rated websites. The would-be manager, suitor or friend can find his prey anywhere from public parks and malls to hotels, Internet chat rooms and social networking sites. The dangerous stranger can be a new girlfriend or school mate who sports great clothes and lots of cash. Middle school is a time when kids meet lots of new people from other parts of town. Girls who are being exploited are often pushed into recruiting other unsuspecting youths. Creeps can look wholesome, young and normal and still be dastardly through and through.

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What can be done? “Education about the issue is the best protection,” insists Julie Simons of Girl Future, an organization that empowers girls 9 to 15. Parents can help with everything from support to raising awareness. Work on self-esteem with your daughters. Young adolescents struggle with poor self-image over appearance. They are growing and changing while comparing themselves to starlets and pop stars whose photos are air-brushed and whose stylists and trainers make them appear perfect. When real girls come up short, they are vulnerable to people who give them compliments and make promises. Encourage your daughters to find passions and pursue hobbies so they have an identity that is not about how they look. Supervise. Anytime your child wants to go to a party, call ahead to make certain that the party includes a parent. Don’t get talked into giving permission for a tween to attend an underground rave or a gala in a hotel. Get to know all your child’s new friends and meet their parents. Watch movies or music videos that glamorize pimp culture with your tweens. Life on the street isn’t like Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.” Nor are pimps like popular rap

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Lighthouse Chickee Chats. Story Time for Kids. Story and craft about Lighthouse Keepers, Florida history and people, plants and animals. 10:30 a.m. at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter. Call 561-747-8380. Happy Sunshine Yoga. For kids of all levels including “specially-ABLED.” 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Call 561-3473900 or visit Sugarsandpark.org. Cost is $18-$22.50 per session.

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Teen Club Anime. Watch some of your favorite anime titles. 4 p.m. at the Miami-Dade Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-375-2665. Toddler Storytime. Soothing stories, songs and finger plays for toddlers and their caregivers. 10 a.m. at the Sunny Isles Beach Branch Library, 18070 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. Call 305-682-0726.

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6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. Call 954-382-5860. Free. Family Night With Food Trucks. A variety of cuisines including vegetarian and novelty options. 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. Call 954-357-5135. Healthy Parents, Happy Baby Club. Open discussion with experts on the 6 Dimensions of Wellness including Infant Oral Health Program. From pregnancy up to 12 months of age. Sandra Brener & Associates, 9720 Stirling Road #100 Cooper City. 11am to 12:30pm. Free/ Registration required. 954-441-3777

Answering Children’s Difficult Questions. Truthfully and age-appropriately answer challenging questions: How are babies made? Why are you getting divorced? Will I die some day? 7 p.m. at South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay. Call 305-233-8140. Bedtime Storytime. 7 p.m. at the North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens. Call 305-625-6424. Junior Great Books Read-Aloud. Early readers in grades K-2 will read stories and poems from Common Core-correlated Great Books materials. 3:30 p.m. at Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd St., Miami Beach. Call 305-535-4219.

PALM BEACH COUNTY

Favorite Pop-Up Books. Learn the basic elements of kinetic energy and paper engineering and make a “pop-up” craft. For ages 3-7. 3:15 p.m. at the Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133.

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editor’s picks Sunday, April 6 PALM BEACH COUNTY Egg-A-Palooza. This South Florida Parenting Event will have more than 20,000 colorful eggs as children get their hunt on with candy, toys and special prizes. There will also be visits with the Easter bunny, bounce houses, crafts, a scavenger hunt, magic show, live entertainment and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 954-596-5631 or visit Southfloridaparenting.com. Cost is $6, under 18 months is free.

Saturday, April 26 BROWARD COUNTY

Everglades Earth Day Festival. Natural, organic and healthy food choices, hands-on arts and crafts activities, musical and dance performances, environmentally focused demonstrations and exhibits, health and wellness exhibits and demonstrations, and family and community support demonstrations and activities. 2 p.m. at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. Call 954- 883-6950.

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April 5-6. Food, drink, family activities, turtle talks, nautical/beach arts and crafts, community entertainment, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Visit Lbtsevents.com. Free. REPTICON

WiiU Wednesdays. Make new friends while playing the WiiU. 3:30 p.m. at the Miami-Dade Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-375-2665. World Autism Awareness Day. Find out information, tips, and advice from TACA (Talk About Curing Autism). Families will be able to relax with a movement class and engage in a range of sensory activities, including a sensory-friendly stage performance. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Call 305-373-5437 or visit Miamichildrensmuseum.org. Yoga for Kids. For ages 6-14. 6-7 p.m. at the West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. Call 305553-1134.

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Anime Club. Watch, discuss and learn about all things anime. 4-5:45 p.m. at the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-3577504. Free. Art Workshop. Splatter, squish and roll out paint to make a child-sized apron with your little one. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. Call 954-424-0085. Cost is $10 for parent/child pair, in addition to museum admission.

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Beginning Chess Class. For ages 8–12. 3 p.m. at the West Boynton Branch Library, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach. Call 561-734-5556. Free.

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Bedtime Storytime. 7 p.m. at the Kendale Lakes Branch Library, 15205 SW 88th St., Miami. Call 305388-0326. Open Mic for Teens. Poetry, songs and original literary works from local teens. 7 p.m. at the Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 11th St., Pinecrest. Call 305668-4571.

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Imagination Laboratory. Sensory exploration, babycises, sing-a-longs, parent discussion, keepsake projects and more for babies up to 13 months. 10 a.m. at the Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center, 2030 Polk St., Hollywood. Call 954-933-8386. Cost is $40 per month. Kids Corner. Stories, sing songs and crafts for ages 3-6. 4 p.m. Thursday at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard, Plantation. Call 954-765-1560.

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Storytime. May include live animals, games, nature walks and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. 10 and 11 a.m. at Okeeheelee Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-1400. Cost is $2. Reservations required. Your Child’s Health Mind and Body. Learn how to make healthy and delicious meals. Includes handouts and a food demonstration. 3:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-2600. Registration required.

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April 5-6. Find a new pet that isn’t all warm and fuzzy. Demonstrations, lectures, pet accessories and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 863-268-4273 or visit Repticon.com. $12 adults, $7 ages 5-12. TURTLEFEST

April 5. Fine art, activities, music and a chance to interact with endangered sea turtles. Local students in grades 4-12 will create environmentally conscious artwork to be judged in several categories. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach. Call 561-6278280 or visit marinelife.org. Free. GREEN BABY FAIR

April 5. Learn about the healthy and sustainable options during pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Vendors include pediatricians and chiropractors, photographers, baby-sitters and green-friendly products like baby slings and handmade toys. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 NE 59 Terrace, Miami. Call 786-9536417 or greenbabyfair.com. Adults, $10 in advance, $15 at door; Children 13 and under, free. FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Through April 13. Food, crafts, demonstrations, games, rides, knight battles, and hundreds of live performers, including sword fighters, minstrels and magicians. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-sunset. Cauley Square Historic Village, 22400 Old Dixie Highway, Miami. Call 800-373-6337 or visit Ren-fest.com. General admission, $20; Children 6 to 11, $9; Children 5 and younger, free; Gate entrance fee, $1.50 per person 6 and older. 2014 SPRINGS RIVER FESTIVAL

April 11-13. Activities, crafts, a cake bakeoff, the Dog and Cat Show, the Chili Showdown and more. Saturday night is the Mega Reunion for all Miami Springs High School alumni. Friday, 6 p.m.-midnight. Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight. Sunday, Noon-9 p.m. 100 Curtiss Parkway between Curtiss Circle and Canal Street, Miami Springs. Visit springsriverfestival.com or info@springsriverfestival.com. Free.

YAA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS YOUTH ART EXPO AND BATTLE OF THE BANDS

April 12. Children and teens ages 5-18 showcase, demonstrate and sell their artistic creations. Jam out with YAA’s first teen Battle of the Bands competition. Also enjoy authors, art workshops and storytelling throughout the day. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. Call 954424-0085 or visit Youngatartmuseum.org. $14 per person; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children over 1; $11 for military members and their immediate families. 35TH ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE AND BUTTERFLY DAYS

April 12-13. Spring Plant Sale, culinary demonstrations, butterfly lecture and activities, and more. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. 305-667-1651 or fairchildgarden.org. Adults, $25; Seniors 65 and older, $18; Children, $12. Active military: Adults, Free; Spouses, $20; Children, $10. Walk, bike, or public transportation to Fairchild: Adults, $20; Children, $10. BUFFALO BASH FOOD FESTIVAL

April 13. Local restaurants showcase their best chicken wings to benefit Autism Speaks. 1-5 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 561-393-7700 or visit facebook.com/ atoaxidbuffalobash. BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK FAMILY FUN FEST

April 13. Enjoy “A Sesame Street Salute” with the fuzzy monsters, giant birds and mathematical vampires that live on Sesame Street. Hands-on activities for both children and adults. Sunday 1-4 p.m., Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328 St., Homestead. Call 305-230-1144 or visit nps.gov/ bisc. Free. FLORIDA LIGHTHOUSE DAY

April 19. Celebrate Florida’s Quincentennial of Spanish heritage, music, storytelling and more. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way. Call 561-747-8380 or visit jupiterlighthouse.org. Adults, $9; Children 6-18, $5; Active U.S. military, free with ID. THE 52ND ANNUAL DELRAY AFFAIR

April 25-27. Youth rides and games, an arts and crafts show, photography and jewelry, live music and the festival’s famous conch fritters. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Between NW Second Avenue and the Intracoastal Waterway and surrounding areas, Delray Beach. Call 561278-0424 or visit Delrayaffair.com. Free. City parking garage, $5.

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» fairs & festivals POMPANO BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

APRIL 25-27. Seafood, live music, kids’ activities and more. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., on the beach at the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, one block north of Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach. Visit Pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com. SWEET CORN FIESTA

April 27. Games, contests, music, rides, and a corn eating contest that awards the winner $100. Unlimited ride access wristbands cost $5. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Yesteryear Village, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-996-0343 or visit Sweetcornfiesta.com. Advance: adults, $7; children 6-11, $4. On Site: adults, $8; children 6-11, $5; children 5 and younger, free. CULTURAL FRIDAYS (VIERNES CULTURALES)

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Day of the Young Child. Interactive, early-childhood stroll. Local painters, sculptors and artisans, live music, street performers, giveaways, samplings, a domino competition in Domino Park, a free walking tour and other activities. 7-11 p.m., 1508 SW Eighth St. between 14th and 17th Avenues, Miami. Call 305-643-5500 or visit Viernesculturales.org. Free. FOUNDER’S DAY PARADE & FESTIVITIES

April 26. Music, games, activities, pancake breakfast and a family walk. Founder’s Day parade starts at 10 a.m., from the Community Center to Cooper City High School. Afternoon at Brian Piccolo County Park features Optimist All-Star Baseball and Softball games, a concert and fireworks. Saturday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Community Center, 9000 SW 50th Place, Cooper City. Call 954-4344300. Brian Piccolo County Park, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City. Call 954-3575150 or visit coopercityfl.org. Park gate fee, $1.50 per person 6 and older. OUR KIDS FAMILY FUN FEST

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Teen Club Anime. Watch some of your favorite anime titles at the library. 3 p.m. at the Coral Gables Branch Library, 3433 Segovia St., Coral Gables. Call 305-442-8706. Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs and activities for toddlers and their caregivers. 10 a.m. at the South Miami Branch Library, 6000 Sunset Drive, Miami. Call 305-667-6121.

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creatures of the night and hike the beach and coastal areas. 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Hollywood North Beach Park, 3601 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. Call 954-357-5161.

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ArtsPark Movie Night. Bring the whole gang out for a fun, family-friendly flick. 8 p.m. Friday in the ArtsPark Amphitheater at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1, Hollywood. Call 954-921-3500. Free. Crochet Club for Children. Bring your hook and yarn and socialize while learning basic stitches or working on projects. For ages 9 and older of all skill levels. 3 p.m. at the Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133. Mommy, Mother Nature and Me. Stories, music, crafts and activities for ages 2-5. Also meet Shadow the Owl. 10:30 a.m. at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Road, Boca Raton. Call 561629-8760. Cost is $4. Night at the Museum. Hang out “after hours” with the Explorium staff and enjoy pizza, a movie, seed bombs and edible plants cells. 6-9:30 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Call 561347-3900 or visit Sugarsandpark.org. Cost is $20-$25. Playtime With Shaving Cream. Sensory play for ages 6 and older. 3:30 p.m. at the Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-3044500. RSVP required.

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educational activities with a focus on the mental, physical, and emotional development of children from birth to age 8. Health screenings, nutritional information and parenting resources. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at MDC Homestead Campus, 500 College Terrace, Homestead. Call 305- 2375134. Free. Green Baby Fair. Healthy and sustainable options for expectant mothers during pregnancy, birth and early parenting. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 NE 59 Terrace, Miami. Call 786-953-6417 or greenbabyfair.com. Adults, $10 in advance, $15 at door; Children 13 and younger, Free. Introduction to Archery. Learn about the origins and history of archery as both a sport and tool for survival before being instructed on proper technique. After the lesson, take some practice shots at a target. 2-4 p.m. at A.D. Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. Call 305-3653018. Cost is $6.

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April Pool’s Day. Open swim and play, bounce houses, music, candy, games and more. 12:30-3:30 p.m. at British Swim School, 2084 N. University Drive, Sunrise. Call 954-747-7251 or visit Britishswimschool.com. Cost is $5. Cinema Saturday. Fun family flick. 3-5:30 p.m. at the Imperial Point Library, 5985 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-357-6530. Lauderdale-by-The-Sea Fest. This fun family event on the beach will have food and drink, family activities, turtle talks, nautical/beach arts and crafts, community entertainment and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Visit Lbtsevents.com. Free. Nature at Night Hike. Night trek on Deerfield Island. Arrive by 6:45 p.m. for the boat shuttle to the island. 7-8 p.m. at Deerfield Island Park, 1720 Deerfield Island Park, Deerfield Beach. Call 954-357-5100. Cost is $5. Oakland Park Youth Day. Parade, a craft fair, a Little Miss Oakland Park contest, family fun, and more. At Wimberly Field Athletic Complex, 3900 NE Third Ave., Oakland Park. Call 954-630-4500. Repticon. Demonstrations, lectures, pet accessories and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 863268-4273 or visit Repticon.com. Cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 5-12. Spring Fling. Games, face painting, egg hunts, arts and crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Community Park Multi-Purpose Field, 1701 NE Eighth St., Pompano Beach. Call 954-786.4111. Free. Earth Day Festival. Music, rides and activities, a farmer’s market, ethnic and traditional foods, eco-conscious organizations and giveaways. Coolers, bottles, pets and bicycles are not allowed. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sawgrass Sanctuary Park, 237 N. New River Circle, Sunrise. Call 954-747-4662 or visit sunrisefl.gov. Free. Riverland Park Eggstravaganza Block Party. Games, egg hunts, music, visit with Mr. Bunny, free swim lessons, prizes. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Riverland Park, 950 SW 27th Ave, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954- 828-5322. Free. Teen Cook-off. Teams of local teens will be given the same ingredients to prepare a meal. Cooking begins at 9 a.m. Whole Foods, 810 N. University Drive, Coral Springs. Call 954-345-2119.

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Coupon Strategies. Save on groceries using smart coupon strategies. 11:30 a.m. at the Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-2600. RSVP required. Hi-Tech Camp Open House. Students are immersed in fun-filled academic pursuits such as computer programming and virtual robotics, electronics, and logic puzzles. 3-4:30 p.m. at IMACS, 23172 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive, Boca Raton. Call 561-470-1178. Little Wonders. Hikes for little feet, crafts for tiny fingers, and stories for growing minds. 10 a.m. at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 561-544-8605. Cost is $5 members, $8 nonmembers.

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Meet the Orchestra. Children can interact with musicians and experience a variety of instruments at The Symphonia’s rehearsal. 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Roberts Theatre at St. Andrews School, 21212 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 866-687-4201. Cost is $5 for adults, children free. RSVP required. Turtlefest. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach. Call 561627-8280 or visit marinelife.org. Free. Worms. Learn about worms and read fun worm stories. Bring a small container with holes in the lid. Live worms will be going home with each child to put in their garden. 2:30 p.m. at the Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-304-4500. Registration required.

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Cane Pole Fishing Clinic. Learn all about the history of cane pole fishing and how it was one of the first ways people used to fish many years ago. Learn many aspect of this style of fishing including how to set up a cane pole, the types of baits used, and the different species of fish you will be able to catch. 1-3 p.m. at Bill Sadowski Preserve, 17555 SW 79 Ave., Miami. Call 305255-4767. Cost is $10. Jazz in the Park. Enjoy an afternoon of great live jazz. 5 p.m. at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, 100 E. 32nd St, Hialeah. Call 305- 885-8000. Free.

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Lauderdale-by-The-Sea Fest. This fun family event on the beach will include food and drink, family activities, turtle talks, nautical/beach arts and crafts, community entertainment, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Visit Lbtsevents.com. Free. Repticon. Reptile and exotic animal enthusiasts will enjoy this special event where you can find a new pet that

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isn’t necessarily all warm and fuzzy. There will also be demonstrations, lectures, pet accessories and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 863-268-4273 or visit Repticon. com. Cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 5 to 12. WorldFest. This culturally-rich event will feature ethnic foods, live entertainment, arts and crafts, kiddie activities, and more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Coral Springs Sportsplex, 2575 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. Call 954- 344-1063. Free event, but there is a fee for parking, food and rides.

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April 5. Witness some of America’s most creative ice champions performing together. Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and maybe a few surprises. 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise. Call 954835-7000 or visit thebbtcenter.com. Cost is $27-$168.

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April 5, 12, 19, 26. Can the fairies save the princess from the evil Maleficent in this Disney classic? 2 p.m. Saturdays at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Suite 73, Boca Raton. Call 561-394-2626 or visit Showtimeboca.com. Cost is $14 adults, $10 children.

April 18-20. Dancers, musicians and awardwinning vocalists recreate short pieces ranging from ancient Chinese legends to contemporary tales of courage. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-949-6722 or visit Arshtcenter.org. $64$204. JUNIE B. JONES

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April 10-12. The Cat In The Hat takes you on a journey with Horton The Elephant to help Whoville. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Palm Beach Atlantic University, 326 Acacia Road, West Palm Beach. Call 561- 803-2970. Cost is $5-$10. TUNES AND TRUCKS CONCERT AND FOOD TRUCK SERIES

April 11. Featuring Journey tribute band Never Stop Believin’. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks, 6 p.m.; Concert, 7 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd. 954-747-4646. Free. DON QUIXOTE

April 12. Miami City Ballet’s version of the timeless tale of love and adventure. 2 p.m. at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-949-6722 or visit Arshtcenter.org. Free.

April 26. Musical about new friends, new glasses and other first-grade situations. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-4620222 or visit browardcenter.org. Tickets cost $15. HANDS

April 26. Helping America Notice Deaf Society is a performance by West Broward High School’s American Sign Language Club that uses sign language, choreography and music. 2 p.m., Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., Hollywood. Call 954-921-3439 or visit Hc-pac.org. Free. KEEP FLIPPIN’S MUSIC AWARDS

April 26-27. A tumbling and apparatus revue featuring the Keep Flippin’ Showteam and students. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 6791 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 28, Jupiter. Call 561-745-2511

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sister run away and end up in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and discover everything there is to know about art. 11 a.m., Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Call 954-602-4500 or visit Miramarculturalcenter.org. Tickets $15; $2 lap seats for children 2 and younger.

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Walk-a-thon and Fun Day. This event will benefit Family Promise and will include a 2.5-mile walk, entertainment, attractions, and more. 3 p.m. at South County Regional Park, 11200 Park Access Road, Boca Raton. Call 561-265-3370, ext. 103. Cost is $10 per walker. Wellington Kid’s Triathlon. This annual swim-bikerun event is designed as an introduction to a multi-sport endurance event within a safe and positive environment. The top male and female finishers in each age group will receive a trophy and all participants will receive a medal. For children born between 2000-2010. Event begins at the Wellington Aquatics Complex, 12150 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. Call 561-791-4082.

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enjoy creating something entirely by hand during this fun program. 3:15 p.m. at the West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. Call 305-553-1134.

or go to Keepflippin.com. Cost is $18. ARGENTINE FOLK AND TANGO SHOW.

April 27. The show tells, through dance, the story of the “gaucho” becoming a tango dancer. 2 p.m., Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Call 561- 347-3948 or visit Willowtheatre.org. Tickets cost $20. HANSEL AND GRETEL

April 27. Free preshow art activities provided by Young At Art Museum. Postshow snacks from Family Fun Series sponsor, Whole Foods Market. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th Street, Aventura. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Aventuracenter.org. Cost is $15. GALA OF THE ROYAL HORSES

April 27. The Royal Horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters. See the tradition, athleticism and grace of these horses along with Spanish flamenco dancers in authentic vibrant costumes. 3 p.m., BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables. Call 305-284-8686 or visit Bankunitedcenter. com. Cost is $25-$45. SUNFEST

April 30-May 4. Annual music and arts extravaganza. Highlights include Robin Thicke, Ellie Goulding, Goo Goo Dolls, Justin Moore, Austin Mahone, and more. Downtown West Palm Beach. Visit Sunfest.com. BROWARD COUNTY

Food Truck Invasion. Up to 20 food trucks will be peddling their culinary creations that will satisfy any appetite. There will also be music and kids’ activities. 5:309:30 p.m. Mondays at Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1. Call 954-921-3500.

PALM BEACH COUNTY

Are You Ready to Lego? Create the tallest tower of blocks you can. For ages 3-6. 3:30 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Branch Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. Call 561-790-6030. Registration required.

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Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs and activities for preschoolers. 7 p.m. at the Naranja Branch Library, 14850 SW 280 St., Naranja. Call 305-242-2290. Teen Club: Earth Day. Make things using recycled materials. 6 p.m. at the Miami Lakes Branch Library, 6699 Windmill Gate Road, Miami. Call 305-822-6520.

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» ongoing events MIAMI-DADE COUNTY BASS BABIES Tuesdays. Children 2-4 and their caretakers interact with art through themed songs, gallery activities and art projects. Only one caregiver per child is allowed. 10-11:30 a.m., Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 305-673-7530, kcrook@bassmuseum.org or bassmuseum. org. Members, $10; Nonmembers, $15. Sibling discounts available.

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Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Workshops for families with children 5 and younger. Earth-friendly art with recycled materials on Mondays; live music, instruments, singing and movement on Wednesdays; interactive literary adventure on Fridays. 11:30 a.m.-noon. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-5022 or youngatartmuseum. org. Adults, $13; Children 1 and older, and seniors 62 and older, $12.

Wednesdays-Saturdays. Learn about a baby gator while he is being fed on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Snakes are fed on Thursdays and the striped skunk George on Fridays. 3:15-3:30 p.m. Daggerwing Nature Center, 11200 Park Access Road, Boca Raton. 561-629-8760. Free.

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Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, except April 13. A 30-minute program geared at ages 5-12 about sea turtle rescue and release and common turtle injuries and illnesses. Arrive 30 minutes early to sign up. Wednesday and Friday, 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. Highway One, Juno Beach, 561-627-8280, ext. 107, info@marinelife.org or marinelife.org. Free.

Tuesdays. Structured mom-child activity and playtime for children while mothers exchange parenting advice and share experiences. 1-4 p.m. The Gathering Place, 5810 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. 786-953-6417 or theplacewegather.com. Annual membership, $15. $5 FRIDAYS

Fridays. See about 1,200 automotive vehicles spanning the decades, including military vehicles, James Bond cars and Batmobiles. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dezer Collection Auto Museum, 2000 NE 146th St., North Miami. 305-354-7680 or dezercollection.com. STORYTIME

Saturdays. Children 3-7 hear stories and make a craft. 10 a.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables. 305-442-4408. Free. TRAIN RIDES

Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy 20-minute train rides on the Edwin Link Children’s Railroad. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. 305-253-0063 or gcrm.org. Rides, $3; Museum admission: Adults, $8; Children 3-12, $6. BROWARD COUNTY FOOD TRUCKS AT ARTS PARK Mondays. 5:30-10 p.m., Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood Blvd. and U.S. 1, Hollywood. 954-921-3500, visithollywoodfl.org/ events.aspx or miamifoodtrucks.com. Free admission. BROWARD COUNTY

Bedtime Stories. Bring the children for an evening story and arts and crafts. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. Call 954-382-5860. Free. Family Night With Food Trucks. Approximately 20 food trucks selling a variety of cuisines including vegetarian and novelty options. 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. Call 954-357-5135. Twilight Tales. Get ready for bedtime with a good story. 7 p.m. at South Regional Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Call 954-201-8277.

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Bunny Hop Time! Stories, fingerplays, funny songs and a bunny origami craft. Ages 5-8. 3:30 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Branch Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. Call 561-790-6030. Registration required.

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Wednesdays. For children and teens ages 6-17. RSVP required. 6-7:30 p.m. Franklin Park, 2501 Franklin Dr., Fort Lauderdale. 954791-1037. Free. NATURE EXPLORERS

Wednesdays. Craft projects, live animal interaction, fun stories and other activities for children 3-5. 10-11 a.m. Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. 954-752-9453, sncrobin@aol.com or sawgrassnaturecenter. org. Members, $5; Nonmembers, $8. FUNTASTIC FRIDAYS FOR KIDS

Fridays. Enjoy family fun with a DJ, face painter, games, bounce houses and more. 5-8 p.m., Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood Blvd. and U.S. 1, Hollywood. 954-921-3500 or visithollywoodfl.org/events.aspx. Free.

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Wednesdays. Create hands-on local service projects for the environment, animals and the human community. Each meeting includes a project and peace-related activities. RSVP required. Ages 5 to 9, 3-4 p.m.; Ages 10 to 16 , 5-6 p.m. Sunflower Creative Arts, 2601 Saint Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-482-3412 or sunflowercreativearts.org. Free.

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Sundays. Meet a native or exotic animal and learn about how animals live in the wild. 11-11:20 a.m., Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. 954-752-9453, sncrobin@aol. com or sawgrassnaturecenter.org. Free. PALM BEACH COUNTY DAILY SHARK FEEDINGS Tuesdays-Sunday. Learn about the ocean’s top predators while watching them feed in a 15,000-gallon tank. Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. 561-274-7263 or sandowayhouse.org. Admission, $4. Children 2 and younger, free.

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Bedtime Storytime. Children can settle down for bedtime by listening to a dream-inspiring tale. 7 p.m. at the North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens. Call 305-625-6424. Junior Great Books Read-Aloud. Early readers, grades K-2, led by children’s librarian, will read stories and poems from common core correlated Great Books materials. 3:30 p.m. at the Miami Beach Regional Library, 222 22nd St., Miami Beach. Call 305-535-4219 to register. Teen Poetry Slam. Join other teens for a discussion of poetry as part of National Poetry Slam Month. 5 p.m. at the North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens. Call 305-625-6424. WiiU Wednesdays. Make new friends while playing the WiiU. 3:30 p.m. at the Miami-Dade Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-375-2665. Yoga for Kids. Discover the calming and soothing techniques of Yoga exercises. For children ages 6-14 years.

FOOD TRUCK INVASION

Thursdays, with more than 15 food trucks. 5-9:30 p.m. Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd. 561-753-2484. Free admission. ART EXPLORATION: OODLES OF ART

Saturdays. Artists ages 2-4 will create simplified forms of mosaic art, origami, clay sculptures and more. 10:30-11 a.m., Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center. 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 561-742-6780 or schoolhousemuseum.org. Adults, $5; Seniors 62 and older, $4.50; Children 1-17, $4. 6-7 p.m. at the West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. Call 305-553-1134.

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Family Films. Bring the whole family out for a fun flick. 3-5 p.m. at South Regional Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Call 954-201-8277.

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Beginning Chess Class. Discover the basics of chess with an award-winning instructor. For ages 8–12. 3 p.m. at the West Boynton Branch Library, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach. Call 561-734-5556. Free.

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Bark and Read. Children can read stories to Flora, a licensed therapy greyhound. 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kendall Branch Library, 9101SW 97th Ave., Miami. Call 305-279-0520. Celebrate Easter. Celebrate Easter with stories, crafts and more. Registration required; for children ages 6 years and up. 4:30 p.m. at the Concord Branch Library, 3882 SW 112th Ave., Miami. Call 305-207-1344.

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Loom Crafts. Be a part of this family crafts program. Seating is limited to 12 people. 4-5 p.m. at the Little River Branch Library, 160 NE 79th St., Miami. Call 305751-8689. Free. Teen Meet. Join other teens for a discussion of poetry, music lyrics and books. 3 p.m. at the North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens. Call 305-625-6424.

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Imagination Laboratory. Babies up to 13-monthsold can enjoy sensory exploration, baby-cises, sing-a-longs, parent discussion, keepsake projects and more. 10 a.m. at the Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center, 2030 Polk St., Hollywood. Call 954-933-8386. Cost is $40 per month. Kids Corner. Ages 3 to 6 can listen to stories, sing songs and create crafts. 4 p.m. Thursday at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard, Plantation. Call 954-765-1560. Nature Tots. Children ages 2 to 4 can learn about nature with through stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more. 10 a.m. at Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek. Call 954-357-5198. Cost is $5. Preschool Play and Learn. Preschool children explore the natural world while learning nature-based lessons. Program may include games, hands-on activities, crafts, storytelling, songs and a nature walk or animal encounter. Theme: Butterfly, Flutterby. Preregistration is required. 10 a.m. at Long Key Natural Area, 3501 SW 130th Ave., Davie. Call 954-357-8797. Cost is $5.

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ArtsPark Movie Night. Enjoy a fun, family-friendly flick. 8 p.m. Friday in the ArtsPark Amphitheater at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1, Hollywood. Call 954-921-3500. Free.

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chairs, blankets and picnics welcome. No pets, please. 7-9 p.m. at The Barnacle Historical State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. Call 305-442-6866. Cost is $7 ages 10 and up; $3 ages 6-9; under 6 free. Creatures of the Night. Fascinated by the moon and the stars or even glow bugs? A park naturalist will take you through the park in search of its nocturnal residents. 7:30-9 p.m. at Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami. Call 305-944-6111. 2014 Springs River Festival. A cake bake-off, the Dog and Cat Show, the Chili Showdown and a Mega Reunion on Saturday for all Miami Springs High School alumni. Friday, 6 p.m.-midnight. Saturday, 11 a.m.midnight. Sunday, Noon-9 p.m. 100 Curtiss Parkway between Curtiss Circle and Canal Street, Miami Springs. Visit springsriverfestival.com. Free.

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PALM BEACH COUNTY casual craft time featuring a variety of simple crafts. 3:30 p.m. at the West Boca Branch Library, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton. Call 561-470-1600. Free, registration required. Art After Dark. This cultural event will feature museum tours, discussions, live music, crafts and more, designed to give children and adults a good dose of art. 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Call 561- 832-5196 or visit Norton.org. Cost is $6 adults, children free. Money Smarts for Kids. Maisie Ross, from the Palm Beach County Extension, will talk about money, where it comes from and how to use it. For ages 6-12. 3:30 p.m. at the Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. Registration required. Pajama Tales. Ages 2 to 6 can wear your jammies and bring your teddy bear as you wind down for the evening with bedtime stories. This month’s theme is the color green. 6 p.m. at the Wellington Branch Library, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington. Call 561-790-6070. Free, registration required.

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techniques. All materials provided. Ages 7-11. 3:30 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Branch Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. Call 561-790-6030. RSVP required. Eyes to the Skies. Explore the night sky with our amazing telescope or bring your own. (Weather permitting). 8:15 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Call 561-347-3900 or visit Sugarsandpark. org. Free. Learning Money Smarts. Children in grades 3 to 5 can learn about the importance of saving and spending money wisely. 4 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-2600. Registration required. Superhero Stories. Who is your superhero? Come dressed as your favorite superhero, share stories, and make a superhero craft. For ages 4-7. 3:15 p.m. at the Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133 to register.

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butterfly lecture, activities, and more. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. 305-667-1651 or fairchildgarden.org. Free for Fairchild members. Non-members: Adults, $25; Seniors 65 and older, $18; Children, $12. Active military: Adults, Free; Spouses, $20; Children, $10. Walk, bike, or public transportation to Fairchild: Adults, $20; Children, $10. Community Easter Egg Hunt. Children 12 and under will hunt for eggs, greet the Easter bunny and enjoy music, face painting, bounce house and more. Free hot dogs and drinks. Register online at Holycrossnm.com or call 954 803-3457. Free. Florida Renaissance Festival. Through April 13. This reenactment of Europe’s period between the Middle Ages and the modern era features 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. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.sunset. Cauley Square Historic Village, 22400 Old Dixie Highway, Miami. Call 800-373-6337 or visit Ren-fest.com. General admission, $20; Children 6 to 11, $9; Gate entrance fee, $1.50 per person 6 and older. 2014 Springs River Festival. Includes the Mega Reunion for all Miami Springs High School alumni. Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight. Sunday, Noon-9 p.m. 100 Curtiss Parkway between Curtiss Circle and Canal Street, Miami Springs. Visit springsriverfestival.com or info@springsriverfestival.com. Free. Sensory Saturday. Miami Children’s Museum will turn into an environment designed specifically for children with special needs and their families. MCM will be closed to the public to avoid large crowds, while providing modified lighting, sound adjustments and “cool down” rooms available for children to relax in. Special programming will include yoga, art and music therapy and more. 9-11 a.m. at the museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Call 305-373-5437 or visit Miamichildrensmuseum.org.

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part in this resource fair, featuring entertainment, giveaways, children’s activities, and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Roosevelt Gardens Park, 2841 NW 11th St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-357-8700. Free. Butterfly Gardening. Learn how to identify and attract butterflies to your backyard, pick the proper plants, see nectar and larval host plants, and more. 1 p.m. at Butterfly World, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Call 954-977-4434. Free with paid admission, $24.95 adults, $19.95 children ages 3-11, age 2 and under free. Dog Expo. This event will shine the spotlight on Spot, or Fido or Fluffy. Expect Vendors such as veterinarians, pet sitters, kennels, food, supplies, and groomers. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Windmill Park, 700 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. Call 954-545-6682. Extreme Aquathon and Family Fitness Day. This event is a combination of fitness classes for adult participants and an Extreme Aquathon for youth partici-

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pants that consist of a half-mile run, a 50-yard swim followed by another half-mile run. Ages 7-9 will start at 8 a.m. and ages 10-12 will start at 9 a.m. Fitness classes for adults consist of CrossFit, Zumba, boot camp and obstacle race training classes. At the Deerfield Beach Middle School Athletic Complex, 501 SE 6th Ave. Call 954-480-4426. Cost is $20. Hi-Tech Camp Open House. This open house will show children a unique opportunity to explore and expand their intellectual world. Students are immersed in fun-filled academic pursuits such as computer programming and virtual robotics, electronics, and logic puzzles. 3-4:30 p.m. at IMACS, 2585 Glades Circle, Weston. Call 954-791-2333. GreenFest. This green celebration promotes the city’s water conservation program and the use of fuel-efficient vehicles while encouraging businesses and students to get involved. The green initiatives program has saved several billion gallons of water. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hallandale Beach City Hall, 400 S. Federal Highway. Call 954-454-0541 or visit hallandalebeachchamber.com. Free. Eggstravanganza. Hop on over to this South Florida Parenting Kids Fun Time event for a hunt featuring 15,000 eggs, a visit with the Easter Bunny, crafts, music and contests. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4119 Lyons Road. Call 954-596-5631 or visit thepromenadeatcoconutcreek.com. Free. Spring Marshmallow Drop. Features entertainment, face painting, refreshments, a visit with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt and games for children 3 to 5 (at 4:15 p.m.), and a marshmallow drop for children ages 6 to 12 (at 5 p.m.) Event is from 2-6 p.m. at Boulevard Heights Community Center, 6770 Garfield St, Hollywood. Call 954967-4407. Free. YAA Festival Of The Arts- Youth Art Expo and Battle of the Bands. Support young, art entrepreneurs as children and teens ages 5-18 showcase, demonstrate and sell their artistic creations. Jam out with YAA’s first teen Battle of the Bands competition and cheer for local musical talent. Visitors will also enjoy authors, art workshops and storytelling throughout the day. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. Call 954-4240085 or visit Youngatartmuseum.org. Cost is $14 per person; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children over age 1; and $11 for military members and their immediate families. Wags and Tales. Children can practice their reading skills by reading to Bella, a pet therapy dog. 11 a.m. at South Regional Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Call 954-201-8277.

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2014 Healthy Kids Day. Expose your child to South Florida’s Premier

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Drowning is the leading Our School, Your Pool cause of death in children ages 1-5. Unique 5 Day Private Program • Over 50 Years of Experience • All Phases of Swim Instruction • Ages: 10 Months to Senior Citizens

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activities that stimulate the body and mind. This annual event will include fun, active play and educational opportunities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the DeVos-Blum Family YMCA of Boynton Beach, 9600 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach. Call 561-536-1428. Free. Earth Day Event. Live animals, special guest speakers, crafts, tours, food, and a variety of other activities as we celebrate Earth. Learn ways to “go green” and take a role in protecting Mother Nature. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Okeeheelee Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-1400. Free. Great American Clean-Up. Annual coastal cleanup. Ages 17 and younger must participate with an adult. Community service hours awarded. Advanced reservations required. To find a park location, visit KeepPBCbeautiful. org or call 561-686-6646. Pawsitive Reading Program. This program allows children who may need extra help in reading and with interpersonal communication to read to Bootsie, the therapy dog. 2 p.m. at the Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-266-0798. Free. Toddler Story Time. Listen to a story or two and we’ll dance and sing to fun songs and fingerplays. 10:30 a.m. at the West Boca Branch Library, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton. Call 561-470-1600. Free, RSVP required. Uncle Gary’s Rock & Ribfest. This benefit for the Kids Cancer Foundation will feature barbecue, live music, bounce houses, face painting and more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at John Prince Park, 4759 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth. Call 561-588-8922. Cost is $20, under 10 eat free.

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THE CUSHMAN SCHOOL

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Robotics & Coding Summer Camp A FUN enrichment program that teaches kids basic engineering skills through “hands-on” robot assembly, computer programming (coding), and teamwork.

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35th Annual Spring Plant Sale and Butterfly Days. Spring Plant Sale, culinary demonstrations, butterfly lecture and activities, and more. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Call 305-667-1651 or visit fairchildgarden.org. Free for Fairchild members. Non-members: Adults, $25; Seniors 65 and older, $18; Children, $12. Active military: Adults, Free; Spouses, $20; Children, $10. Walk, bike, or public transportation to Fairchild: Adults, $20; Children, $10. 2014 Springs River Festival. Noon-9 p.m. 100 Curtiss Parkway between Curtiss Circle and Canal Street, Miami Springs. Visit springsriverfestival.com or info@ springsriverfestival.com. Free. Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest. Celebrate “A Sesame Street Salute” with the fuzzy monsters, giant birds and mathematical vampires that live on Sesame Street. Activities for children and adults. 1-4 p.m. Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328 St., Homestead. Call 305-230-1144 or visit nps.gov/bisc. Free. Florida Renaissance Festival. Through April 13. This reenactment of Europe’s period between the Middle Ages and the modern era features 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. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-sunset. Cauley Square Historic Village, 22400 Old Dixie Highway, Miami. Call 800373-6337 or visit Ren-fest.com. General admission, $20; Children 6 to 11, $9; Children 5 and younger, free; Gate entrance fee, $1.50 per person 6 and older.

BROWARD COUNTY include hula dancers, fire knife dancers, island music, a Hula-Hoop contest, South pacific food, and an appearance by Miami Dolphins Paul Soliai. Noon-8 p.m. at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park. Call 954-938-9010. Cost is $7 adults, children under 12 free.

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dren and their parents can watch a short, funny video on Internet Safety Awareness from NetSmartzKids.org, then compete to see who can bowl more strikes and knock down pins that stand for some of the Internet Villains. 3 p.m. at the Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-304-4500. RSVP required. Buffalo Bash Food Festival. Buffalo Bash is a food festival that invites local restaurants to showcase their best version of the ever-popular chicken wing for a good cause, to benefit Autism Speaks. 1-5 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 561393-7700 or visit facebook.com/atoaxidbuffalobash. Sunday Movie. Enjoy a fun family flick. Popcorn and drink included. 11 a.m. at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Call 561-347-3900 or visit Sugarsandpark.org. Cost is $1. Teen Author Visit. Meet AS King, author of “Please Ignore Vera Dietz,” “Everybody Sees the Ants,” “Reality Boy,” and others. She will discuss her books and what it’s like to be an author. 1:30 p.m. at Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-868-7705.

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JUNE 9-13, 2014 • Boys and Girls 10-18 will have an opportunity to learn from the pros in the industry. • Meet sports celebrities. • Make sports anchor tapes in a TV studio. • Make reporting tapes from professional stadiums. • Make play-by-play tapes of the NBA Finals and Super Bowl. • Participate in sports talk radio and PTI style shows, trivia contests, and much more. • Day/Overnight sessions available.

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Celebrate Easter. Celebrate Easter with stories, crafts and more. 3:30 p.m. at the Virrick Park Branch Library, 3255 Plaza St., Miami. Call 305-442-7872. Free.

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peddling their culinary creations that will satisfy any appetite. There will also be music and kids’ activities. 5:309:30 p.m. Mondays at Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1. Call 954-921-3500.

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Baby Storytime. Baby and parent or caregiver are invited to share in a time of stories, songs, and fingerplays. 10:30 a.m. at the West Boca Branch Library, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton. Call 561-470-1600. Free, RSVP required.

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Celebrate Passover. Celebrate Passover with stories, crafts, and more. 4 p.m. at the North Central Branch Library, 9590 NW 27th Ave., Miami. Call 305-693-4541. Do You Haiku? Join in this special poetry project as we celebrate National Poetry Month with your own haiku. 3:30 p.m. at the Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 11th St., Pinecrest. Call 305-668-4571. Paws to Read. Join the fun as C.A.R.E. certified therapy dogs listen to children read aloud and develop their reading skills. 4 p.m. at the Coral Reef Branch Library, 9211 Coral Reef Drive, Miami. Call 305-233-8324. Teen Club Anime. Watch some of your favorite anime titles at the library. 4 p.m. at the Miami-Dade Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-375-2665.

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Bedtime Stories. Bring the children for an evening story and arts and crafts. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. Call 954-382-5860. Free. Family Night With Food Trucks. Approximately 20 food trucks selling a variety of cuisines including vegetarian and novelty options. 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. Call 954-357-5135. Nature Tots. Children ages 2 to 4 can learn about nature with through stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more. 10 a.m. Tuesday at West Lake Park, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. Call 954-357-5161. Cost is $5.

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After-School Science. Children ages 5 to 6 can study wiggly wormy wonders. 4-5 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Call 561-3473900 or visit Sugarsandpark.org. Cost is $10-$12.50.

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Mythologically Speaking: Join us for a program of

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For group rates, visit skyzone.com/fortlauderdale The Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park playing courts are protected by U.S. Patent No. 5,624,112. This Sky Zone location is an independently owned and operated franchise.

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homeschool students. 1:30 p.m. at the Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 11th St., Pinecrest. Call 305-6684571. Free. Storytelling and More. Stories, games and a craft. 4 p.m. at the Edison Center Branch Library, 531 NW 62nd St., Miami. Call 305-757-0668. Yoga for Kids. Discover the calming and soothing techniques of Yoga exercises. For children ages 6-14 years. 6-7 p.m. at the West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. Call 305-553-1134.

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old can enjoy sensory exploration, baby-cises, sing-a-longs, parent discussion, keepsake projects and more. 10 a.m. at the Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center, 2030 Polk St., Hollywood. Call 954-933-8386. Cost is $40 per month. Kids Corner. Ages 3 to 6 can listen to stories, sing songs and create crafts. 4 p.m. Thursday at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard, Plantation. Call 954-765-1560.

Art Workshop. Enhance motor skills through fun art experimentation with clay. Includes the firing of one piece. At the Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. Call 954-424-0085. Cost is $5 for parent/child pair, in addition to museum admission. Musical Merriment. Parents and toddlers will be amused with live music, instruments, singing and movement. 11:30 a.m. at the Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. Call 954-424-0085. Free with museum admission.

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Internet Safety Week. Learn about Internet safety and great kids’ websites. Enter to win prizes. 3:15 p.m. at the Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133 to register. My Little Pony Pals. Bronies and Pegasisters come and enjoy crafts, songs, and friendship. For ages 3 and up. 6 p.m. at the Wellington Branch Library, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington. Call 561-790-6070. Free, registration required.

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more. 11 a.m. at the Sunset Branch Library, 10855 SW 72nd St., Miami. Call 305-270-6368. Teen Earth Day Craft: Go Green at the library by celebrating Earth Day and making a handmade craft out of recycled materials. All materials provided. 3 p.m. at the West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd., Miami. Call 305-385-7135.

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Imagination Laboratory. Babies up to 13-months-

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Art After Dark. This cultural event will feature museum tours, discussions, live music, crafts and more, designed to give children and adults a good dose of art. 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Call 561- 832-5196 or visit Norton.org. Cost is $6 adults, children free. Storytime. Introduce your little ones to Mother Nature through nature-based stories. Class activities may include live animals, games, nature walks and/or crafts specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers. 10 and 11 a.m. at Okeeheelee Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-1400. Cost is $2. Reservations required.

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Bark and Read. Children can read stories to Flora, a licensed therapy greyhound. 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd., Miami. Call 305-385-7135.

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Bunny Palooza. Sponsored in part by South Florida Parenting, this three-day event will include Easter egg hunts, bounce houses, a giant fun slide, a rock climbing wall, a business expo, hands-on crafts, face painting, games and giveaways. Each day at 12:30 p.m., there will be a parade complete with floats, bands, strolling performers, costumed characters and the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m.-4

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p.m. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway. Call 305-361-5705 or visit miamiseaquarium.com. Free with admission: General, $41.95; Children 3-9, $31.95.

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ArtsPark Movie Night. Bring the whole gang out for a fun, family-friendly flick. 8 p.m. Friday in the ArtsPark Amphitheater at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1, Hollywood. Call 954-921-3500. Free.

Astronomy Rocks School Holiday Camp Adventure. Learn how you can find your own micrometeorites, take a ride in the Mars Rover, and get your own personal tour of our amazing solar system. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-713-0930. Cost is $50. Night at the Museum. Mom and dad can enjoy a night out while the kids stay at the museum and enjoy museum exploration, games, and a special activity and more. Bring your favorite pillow or blanket and wear your coolest PJs and settle in for pizza and a movie. 6-11 p.m. at the Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. Call 954-424-0085. Cost is $35-$40. Pre-Teen Dance. Ages 10-12 can enjoy a fun social dance with others their age. Refreshments will be served. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Westside Park, 445 SW 2nd St., Deerfield Beach. Call 954-480-4481. Cost is $2.

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Bunny Hop! Children ages 2-4 will stretch, wiggle and “hop, hop, hop” to improve motor skills, rhythm, and coordination using beanbags, balls, instruments, and more. 11 a.m. at the Greenacres Branch Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres. Call 561-641-9100. Registration required. A Chicken or an Egg? Would you rather have a chicken or an egg? You could have both, just one comes first, but which? Let’s listen for chicks and eggs in stories, songs, a video and an egg-citing craft to take home with you. For ages 3-5. 11 a.m. at the Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library, 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach. Call 561-894-7500. Free, registration required. Robotics Workshop. Children ages 7 to 12 can learn to build and program robots using Legos. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Call 561-347-3900 or visit Sugarsandpark.org. Cost is $50-$62.50. Spring Egg Dive. Children search for pennies at the bottom of the pool and trade them in plastic eggs filled with toys. If they find a specially-marked penny, they receive a special prize. All children receive an egg for participating. 10:30 a.m. at the Boca Raton Swim and Racquet Center, 21618 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 561-544-8540. Stained “Glass” Art. Learn about this fascinating art form and then create a stained glass look-alike craft of your own. For ages 8-12. 4 p.m. at the Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-304-4500. Registration required. Stop-Motion Animation. Construct your own characters & scenes using stop-motion technology. For ages 6 to 10. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Call 561-347-3900 or visit Sugarsandpark.org. Cost is $36-$45.

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Saint Andrew’s Day & Sports Camps Everyone Is Welcome! June 9 - August 8, 2014 ★ Day & Sports Camps Ages 3 - 10 ★ ★ Adventure & Sports Travel Camps Ages 11 - 13 ★ ★ 8 and 9 Week Full Summer Incentives ★ ★ 2 Week Sessions Also Available ★

8:45 am - 3:10 pm daily with Before & Aftercare available ■ 1:6 Counselor to Camper Ratio ■ Healthy Lunch included (Salad and Deli Bars, Hot Foods, and Fruit) ■ One Swim per Day including Instructional and Free Swim ■ NEW! Gaga Pit, Robotics, 3D Printed Art, Tennis Instruction, Fitness, and More! ■ Specials including Science, Art, Dance, Karate, Rock Climbing, and More! ■ Theme weeks including Splash Week and Color War 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton, Florida 561.210.2100 Register now online! www.saintandrews.net/summercamp

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SUMMER OF FUN AND SOCIAL SKILLS ★ Build self-esteem ★ Enhance social skills ★ Develop organizational skills ★ Control impulsivity ★ Learn to follow instructions ★ Fun & educational activities ★ Sports and games ★ Think through consequences ★ Apply learned skills into home ★ Sharpen life coping skills ★ Great Field Trips ★ Make Friends ★ Campers ages 6-14 are welcome ★ Counselors are school teachers ★ June 9 through July 18 ★ Financial assistance available

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Bunny Palooza. Sponsored in part by South Florida

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Parenting, this event will include Easter egg hunts, bounce houses, a giant fun slide, a rock climbing wall, a business expo, hands-on crafts, face painting, games and giveaways. Each day at 12:30 p.m., there will be a parade complete with floats, bands, strolling performers, costumed characters and the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway. Call 305-361-5705 or visit miamiseaquarium.com. Free with admission: General, $41.95; Children 3-9, $31.95. Easter Eggstravaganza. Includes pie-eating contests, arts and crafts stations, animal encounters, bounce houses, photos with the Easter Bunny and Judy the elephant, and hunts with more than 50,000 eggs stuffed with over 800 pounds of candy, toys and prizes. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; Call 305400-7000 or visit jungleisland.com. Adults, $34.95; Seniors, 32.95; Children ages 3-10, $26.95, with full paying adult. Prices do not include sales tax. Easter Egg Hunt. Children 1 to 13 are invited for egg hunts, a petting farm, pony rides and farm tours. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring your camera and a container for collecting eggs. Registration is required, and guests must present a printed or digital copy of the confirmation e-mail. Any on-site admissions are cash only. 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Little Farm, 13401 SW 224th St., Goulds. Call 305-258-3186 or visit thelittlefarm.us. Children, $15; Adults, $6. Zoo Miami’s Great Egg Safari. Two days of continuous egg safaris, fun activities, the Easter Bunny and more for kids 12 and younger. Zoo Miami’s animals will also get special treats in honor of the holiday. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., 12400 SW 152 St., Miami. Call 305-251-0400 or visit www.zoomiami.org. Eggstravaganza. Enjoy live entertainment, food and egg hunts featuring more than 50,000 eggs. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Goodlet Park, 4200 West Eighth Ave., Hialeah. Call 305-883-5800. Eggstreme Egg Hunt, Helicopter Egg Drop. Five different parks in Coral Gables will be hosting this fun event, featuring thousands of eggs, including “special” eggs that will help you win prizes. 10 a.m. at the following locations: War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Drive; Jaycee park, 1230 Hardee Road; Phillips Park, 90 Menores Ave.; Salvadore Park, 1120 Andalusia Ave.; and Sunrise Harbor park, 25 Sunrise Ave. Call 305460-5600 or visit Gablesrecreation.com. Splash into Spring Duck & Egg Hunt. There will be egg hunts for different age groups, as well as arts and crafts, basket giveaways and poolside activities. Be sure to bring a basket, swimwear and either proof of Surfside residency or a Surfside hotel ID. Nonresidents must be accompanied by a resident. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Surfside Community Center Activity Pool, 9301 Collins Ave. 305-866-3635 or townofsurfsidefl.gov. Surfside residents and hotel guests, free; Nonresidents, $5. Spring Egg Hunt. Bring children of all ages for food, music and an egg hunt. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Ed Burke Recreation Center, 11400 NE Ninth Court, Biscayne Park. Call 305 893 3711. Spring Eggstravaganza. Enjoy crafts, photographs with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt for children 10 and younger and other amusements. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. North Shore Park, 501 72nd St. Miami Beach. 305-861-3616.

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Doggie Easter Egg Hunt. This canines-only event will have your little (or big) pooch searching for eggs. Why should humans have all the fun? 10 a.m.-noon at Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park. Call 954-3575190. Cost is $5 per dog. Easter Celebration. Kids of all ages can enjoy a free bag of popcorn, along with free carousel rides throughout the event. The first 500 kids to take a picture with the Easter Bunny get a special Easter bag and coloring book. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Pompano Citi Centre, SW corner of Federal Highway and Copans Road, Pompano Beach. Call 954-943-4683 or visit Pompanociticentre.com. Free.

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PATRICIA AND PHILLIP FROST MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

ECOLOGY • ROBOTICS • ENGINEERING • TECHNOLOGY • FIELD TRIPS AND MORE!

Engaging activities, enthusiastic educators, unique experiences, and lots of fun will guarantee a summer experience that kids won’t stop talking about.

JUNE 16 - AUGUST 8 Ages 4-14 • 8 One-Week Sessions

Class Times: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm Before and After Camp programs available

REGISTER NOW! Online, by fax (305-646-4300), e-mail or at the Museum’s box office. For details visit our website

www.miamisci.org 305-646-4222 summercamp@miamisci.org

3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129 This program is funded in part by The Children’s Trust. The Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Easter Egg & Treasure Hunt. Find a bounty of eggs, including a golden egg that has a Disney World pass. Take pictures with the Easter bunny, face painting, bounce houses and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tree of Life, 1250 SW 160th Ave., Weston. Call 954-440-0174. Free. Egg Hunt. This annual event for Parkland residents features bounce houses, food, entertainment and 10,000 hidden eggs. Egg baskets are not allowed, but participants will receive a free egg bag. Registration is required. 9 a.m.-noon. Terramar Park, 6575 NW 75th Drive. Call 954-757-4113 or visit cityofparkland.org. Free. Eggstravaganza. Features an Easter egg hunt. 10 a.m.1 p.m. Peter Bluesten Park, 501 SE First Ave., Hallandale Beach. 954-457-1452. Hop Into Spring. Hop into spring with springtime fun as a very large rabbit guides you through a maze. Play some hopping games, meet some small furry and feathered animals with an Animal Tales presentation, and make a springtime craft. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach. Call 954-357-8884. Free. Mini Con. This convention is dedicated to anime, comics, animation, video games, and Pop Culture. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Quality Inn Swagrass Conference Center, 1711 N. University Drive, Plantation. Call 754-444-2782 or visit Flminicons.com. Cost is $10. Movie Night. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy an outdoor screening of “Frozen.” A bag of popcorn is included in price. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park. Call 954-357-5190. Cost is $5. Nature at Night Hike. See nature from a whole new perspective. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes. 7-8 p.m. at Woodmont Natural Area, 7250 NW 80th Ave., Tamarac. Call 954-357-8700. Cost is $5. Royal Easter Egg Hunt. Bring children ages 3 to 10 and your own basket to search for hidden eggs containing prizes and candies. 10 a.m., Pop Travers Field, 6250 SW 16th St., Plantation. Call 954-452-2510. Free. Royal Egg Hunt. Children 10 and younger can enjoy bounce houses, a visit from the Royal Bunny and a hunt with more than 20,000 candy filled eggs and “golden” eggs, which feature a special prize. 9:30-noon. Weston

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CHILDREN’S RESOURCES Inclusion Preschool & Elementary

Summer Camp 2014

8571 SW 112 Street • Miami 305•596•6966 • www.crfcenter.org

Does your child need to acquire or practice new skills and have fun at the same time? Our Camp offers the academics and the fun children need! • Field Trips, Water Play, Cooking • Arts & Crafts, Music, Dance • Sports & Fitness, Day at the Movies & much more • Literacy Enrichment Program • FastForWord Reading Program

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Give your child the academics he/she needs, in a fun, well supervised, structured environment, run by teachers with Bachelor degrees in Early Childhood & Elementary Education. 1:5 adult/pupil ratio. Children’s Resources is a fully accredited inclusion school offering services to children with special needs and their typically developing peers ages 2 to fifth grade. Class sizes are kept small to create a unique program aimed at each student’s individual needs. All therapies are offered on-site along with many extra curricular activities.

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Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road. Call 954-3894321 or visit westonfl.org. Free.

Spring Festival, Egg Hunt & International Multi-Ethnic Festival. This annual event will include an egg hunt, an animal farm, a giant slide, hay rides, bounce houses, a 30-foot climbing wall, sand art and pictures with Peter Cottontail, who will arrive by fire engine. There will also be multiethnic displays and cultural entertainment and activities. Children will receive free candy, and food and refreshments will be available for purchase. 9 a.m.-noon at Robbins Lodge, 4005 Hiatus Road, Davie. Call 954-797-1074 or visit davie-fl.gov. Hunt and most activities, free; Parking, $2. Science Eye Nature Program. Enjoy a morning of fun activities all tied into the nature of Everglades Holiday Park. 8:30-11 a.m. at the park, 21940 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-680-7977 or visit Scienceeye.com. Wonderful Reptiles. Meet some of the native reptiles that call South Florida and Secret Woods home. 10 a.m. at Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach. Call 954-357-8884. Free.

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American Girls: Isabelle. Enjoy activities, games, and snacks of Isabelle’s world. If you’d like, bring your doll and dress like Isabelle. 3 p.m. Saturday at the Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. Registration required. Block Party: Legos in the Library. Come build, imagine, and play with a huge collection of Lego bricks. 10:30 a.m. at the Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133 to register. Donuts and Duct Tape Doodads. Tear it, cut it, stick it! Duct tape is not only useful but also makes beautiful crafts. We’ll provide the tape and donuts and you provide the creativity. 11 a.m. at the Greenacres Branch Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres. Call 561-641-9100. Registration required. Easter Egg Hunt. Features hunts with more than 7,000 eggs, pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, and themed games and art activities. Guests will receive a commemorative egg. Be sure to bring an Easter

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Junior Naturalist (Ages 6-11)

SPECIAL EVENTS • SPORTS FIELD TRIPS • SWIMMING ART & CRAFTS • MORE!

June 16–July 25 (Six one-week sessions) $175 per session (members) $200 per session (non-members)

KoolScience (Ages 12-14) June 16–June 27 (one two-week session) $400 per session (members) $450 per session (non-members) For more information and to register, please visit our website: www.fairchildgarden.org/education/ Summer-Camp/ or call 305.667.1651, ext. 3322

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PARKS

Miami-Dade Parks has partnered with the University of Miami to offer a summer program like no other! This program is designed to educate youth on fitness, nutrition and health through interactive exercise and games. Your child will enjoy a full recreational schedule with fitness activities, sports, arts and crafts, nature encounters, quiet games and field trips. Camps are inclusive so children with disabilities may attend general camps. Specialized camps exclusively for children with disabilities are also available and are managed by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists. Registration starts: May 1, 2014 Camp is Open: June 9 – Aug. 15, 2014

Ages 6-14 Regular Hours 9am – 5pm Early Drop off 7:30am Late Pick-up 6:00pm

LOCATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTY

Cost: $40-$90* per week plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12 *Financial assistance is available for qualifying families. Register and apply for assistance in person at the park.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit: www.miamidade.gov/parks Call: 311 or your nearest park To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.

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February 1ST May 4TH, 2014 Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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basket and a camera. 9 a.m., The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. Call 561-6552833 or visit flaglermuseum.us. Adults, $18; Children, $10; Members, free. Egg Hunt. Bring a basket and come search for hidden eggs. 10 a.m. Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington. 561-753-2484. Egg’stravaganza. Hunt for prize eggs, go on a hay ride and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Greenacres Community Park, 2905 Jog Road. 561-6422181. Florida Lighthouse Day. Celebrates Florida’s Quincentennial of Spanish heritage, music, storytelling and more. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way. Call 561-747-8380 or visit jupiterlighthouse.org. Adults, $9; Children 6-18, $5; Children 5 and under and active US military with ID, Free. Jupiter Egg Hunt. Bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts, and a toddler play area. Food and refreshments available for purchase. Egg Hunt begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Basket). Egg Hunt divided into age groups. 9 a.m.-noon at Jupiter community Center, 200 Military Trail, Jupiter. Call 561- 741-2400. Manga/Anime Club. Read Manga, watch Anime episodes, and meet other teens that love the same things. Monthly club for ages 12 to 17. 2 p.m. at the Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-304-4500. Registration required. Minecraft and Your Craft. Ages 7 and older can gather with other Minecraft enthusiasts. Bring your device and challenge other players or just come for a craft. 10:30 a.m. at the West Boca Branch Library, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton. Call 561-470-1600. Free, registration required. Mr. Potato Head Mania! Make your very own Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head using real potatoes! Learn some facts about the origins of Mr. Potato Head and use various paper cut-outs and other materials to create a uniquelooking potato character. All materials will be provided. 3:30 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Branch Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. Call 561-790-6030. Registration required.

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Zoo Miami’s Great Egg Safari. Continuous egg safaris, fun activities, the Easter Bunny and more for kids 12 and younger. Zoo Miami’s animals will also get special treats in honor of the holiday. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. Call 305-251-0400 or visit www. zoomiami.org. Spring Fling. Enjoy a puppet show, and create some springtime crafts including a collage garden, a healthy spring cooking session and even get a chance to meet, pet and play with the cutest farm animals in town. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Call 305-373-5437 or visit Miamichildrensmuseum.org.

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Shop Sawgrass Mills. Hunt for shopping deals at Sawgrass Mills mall, which will be open Easter Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise.

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Boomers Egg Hunt. This annual Easter event will include vendors, music, crafts, and tons of eggs. 11 a.m.1:30 p.m. Sunday at Boomers, 3100 Airport Road, Boca Raton. Call 561-347-1888 or visit boomersparks.com. Celebrate Easter. There will be a free egg craft at the education station between noon and 3 p.m. both days, and the animals will receive themed treats throughout the weekend. Lion Country Safari, 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee. Call 561-793-1084 or visit lioncountrysafari.com. General admission, $29.95; Seniors 65 and older, $26.95; Children 3-9, $21.95; Children 2 and younger, free; Parking, $6.

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Italian Tarantella Dance. 7 p.m. at Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami. Call 305-235-1668.

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Bedtime Stories. Bring the children for an evening story and arts and crafts. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. Call 954-382-5860. Free. Family Night With Food Trucks. Approximately 20 food trucks selling a variety of cuisines including vegetarian and novelty options. 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. Call 954-357-5135.

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Earth Day Exploring. Do some exploring of our shared planet with stories, videos, a quiz and a craft. 4 p.m. at the Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library, 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach. Call 561-894-7500. Free, registration required.

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WiiU Wednesdays. Make new friends while playing the WiiU. 3:30 p.m. at the Miami-Dade Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-375-2665. Yoga for Kids. Discover the calming and soothing techniques of Yoga exercises. For children ages 6-14 years. 6-7 p.m. at the West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. Call 305-553-1134.

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Celebrate Earth Day. Honor our planet with stories, crafts and more. 3:30 p.m. at the Virrick Park Branch Library, 3255 Plaza St., Miami. Call 305-442-7872. Free.

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Food Truck Invasion. Up to 20 food trucks will be peddling their culinary creations that will satisfy any appetite. There will also be music and kids’ activities. 5:309:30 p.m. Mondays at Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1. Call 954-921-3500.

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Recycled Crafts. Save the planet while turning everyday objects into your own masterpiece! The perfect way to celebrate Earth Day. For Ages 5-10. Jupiter Branch Library, 705 Military Trail, Jupiter. Call 561-744-2301.

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awareness, food tastings, drumming, and recycled art projects. Learn about recycling, conservation, and ways to protect our planet. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Call 305-373-5437 or visit Miamichildrensmuseum.org. Earth Day. Children will get a hands-on educational art session focusing on the environment. 3:30 p.m. at Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd St., Miami Beach. Call 305-535-4219. Tales Under the Stars. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy an evening of stories from Italy and an

with an award-winning instructor. For ages 8–12. 3 p.m. at the West Boynton Branch Library, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach. Call 561-734-5556. Free. Internet Safety Tips for Kids. Learn the rules of Internet safety through games and activities. 5:45 p.m. at the Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. Registration required.

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Bark and Read. Children can read stories to Flora, a licensed therapy greyhound. 3:30 p.m. at the Kendall Branch Library, 9101 SW 97th Ave., Miami. Call 305279-0520.

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Imagination Laboratory. Babies up to 13-monthsold can enjoy sensory exploration, baby-cises, sing-a-longs, parent discussion, keepsake projects and more. 10 a.m. at the Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center, 2030 Polk St., Hollywood. Call 954-933-8386. Cost is $40 per month. Kids Corner. Ages 3 to 6 can listen to stories, sing songs and create crafts. 4 p.m. Thursday at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard, Plantation. Call 954-765-1560. Nature Tots. Children ages 2 to 4 can learn about nature with through stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more. 10 a.m. Thursday at Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach. Call 954-3578884. Cost is $5.

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Art After Dark. This cultural event will feature museum tours, discussions, live music, crafts and more, designed to give children and adults a good dose of art. 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Call 561- 832-5196 or visit Norton.org. Cost is $6 adults, children free.

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Campfire and Night Hike Program. Venture into the beautiful tropical hardwood hammock with a naturalist guide and discover the marvelous nocturnal life of the park at dusk. 7:30-9 p.m. Friday at Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135th St., North Miami. Call 305-944-6111. Cost is $6.

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Pompano Beach Seafood Festival. Enjoy the bounty of the sea, as well as live music, kiddie activities, and more. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on the beach at the Pompano

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The 52nd Annual Delray Affair. Youth rides and games, an arts and crafts show, photography and jewelry, live music and the festival’s famous conch fritters. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Between NW Second Ave and the Intracoastal Waterway and surrounding areas, Delray Beach. Call 561-278-0424 or visit Delrayaffair.com. Free. City parking garage fee of $5. The Cool Creative Kids Club. Create using a variety of art materials and techniques. All materials provided. For ages 7-11. 3:30 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Branch Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. Call 561-790-6030. Registration required. Make a Comic Book! Ages 11 to 17 can create their own comic book pages while looking at and discussing different comic styles. 2:30 p.m. at the Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-304-4500. Registration required.

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Paws to Read. C.A.R.E. certified therapy dogs listen to children read aloud and develop their reading skills. 10:30 a.m. at the Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 11th St., Pinecrest. Call 305-668-4571. Party for the Planet. Zoo Miami’s two-day Earth Day celebration. Learn how to be green and save green, shop the flowering tree and plant sale, and watch the animals receive treats made with recycled and natural materials like newspapers, cardboard tubes, bamboo, old tires, fire hoses and more. Free admission when you turn in a cell phone for recycling. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., 12400 SW 152 St., Miami. Call 305-251-0400 or visit www.zoomiami.org.

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Everglades Earth Day Festival. Natural, organic and healthy food choices, hands-on arts and crafts activities, musical and dance performances, environmentally focused demonstrations and exhibits, health and wellness exhibits and demonstrations, and family and community support demonstrations and activities. 2 p.m. at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. Call 954- 8836950. Founder’s Day Parade & Festivities. Pancake breakfast and a family walk at the Community Center in the morning. The Founder’s Day parade will start at 10 a.m., traveling from the Community Center to Cooper City High School. The afternoon events will be held at Brian Piccolo County Park featuring the Optimist All-Star Baseball and Softball games, a concert, and fireworks. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Morning events: Community Center, 9000 SW 50th Place, Cooper City. Call 954-434-4300 or visit Coopercityfl.org. Afternoon events: Brian Piccolo County Park, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City. Call 954-357-5150 or visit coopercityfl.org. Gate entrance fee at Brian Piccolo County Park, $1.50 per person 6 and older. Hi-Tech Camp Open House. Students are immersed in fun-filled academic pursuits such as computer programming and virtual robotics, electronics, and logic puzzles. 3-4:30 p.m. at IMACS, 7435 NW Fourth St., Plantation. Call 954-791-2333. Plants and Stars. Ages 6 to 12 can explore Earth, the planets and the stars as they celebrate Earth and its place in the universe. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. Call 954-3575161. Cost is $2. Pompano Beach Seafood Festival. Enjoy bounty of the sea, live music, kiddie activities and more. Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on the beach at the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, one block north of Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach. Visit Pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com.

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The 52nd Annual Delray Affair. Youth rides and games, an arts and crafts show, photography, jewelry, live music and the festival’s famous conch fritters. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Between NW Second Avenue and the Intracoastal Waterway and surrounding areas, Delray

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Beach. Call 561-278-0424 or visit Delrayaffair.com. Free. City parking garage fee of $5. Family Fun Mini Workshop: Calligraphy. Learn basic Japanese calligraphy techniques using traditional writing implements. 11 a.m.-noon at the Morikami Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Call 561-495-0233 or visit Morikami.org. Jelly Bean Bingo. Get your beans in a row and try your luck at winning some great books while learning about cool websites and databases. For ages 9-12. 3 p.m. at the Greenacres Branch Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres. Call 561-641-9100. Registration required. Our Kids Family Fun Fest. Exhibits, photo ops with cartoon and comic book characters, inflatables, live performances, music, games, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-793-0333 or visit Adayforkids.com. Admission is $8 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Visit the website for a free kid’s ticket. Spy Training Academy. Children ages 5-10 who want to become international spies can learn the basic techniques for intrigue and secrets. 3 p.m. at the Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. Registration required. Teen Origami. Ages 12-17 can learn how to make your dollar bills into actual art. Bring your own crisp dollar bills or the library will provide fake money to create paper-folding masterpieces. Snacks provided. 3 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Branch Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. Call 561-790-6030. RSVP required. Villain Ball. Everyone loves a princess, but how about a villain? Come dressed as your favorite villain, listen to some fractured fairy tales, and have a wickedly fun time. For ages 4-7. 3 p.m. at the Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-304-4500. Registration required.

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An Afternoon of Music for Children. The Florida Youth Symphony with Music Director Thomas Sleeper, will perform a special show for children titled “Ballet Is

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Nature Lecture. Learn a thing or two about some of the creatures that live at the nature center. Today’s focus will be on “Snakes.” Noon at Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek. Call 954-3575198. Cost is $5. Pompano Beach Seafood Festival. This annual event, now in its 30th year, will feature vendors peddling the bounty of the sea, as well as live music, kiddie activities, and more. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on the beach at the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, one block north of Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach. Visit Pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com.

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Teen Club: Videogaming and More. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of videogaming, board games, and more with other friends. 3 p.m. at the West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd., Miami. Call 305-385-7135.

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BROWARD COUNTY

Food Truck Invasion. Up to 20 food trucks will be peddling their culinary creations that will satisfy any appetite. There will also be music and kids’ activities. 5:309:30 p.m. Mondays at Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1. Call 954-921-3500.

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story and arts and crafts. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. Call 954-382-5860. Free.

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can celebrate spring by reading stories about kites and making a craft that soars! 3:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-2600. Registration required. Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre. This modern dance show will entertain with lighthearted comedy, compelling dancing, and a lot of fun. 2 p.m. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561347-3900. $18.

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April Crafternoon. Make and take lots of beautiful crafts. 4 p.m. at the Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. Registration required.

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BROWARD COUNTY

Knee-High Naturalist. Preschool children enjoy nature-based learning activities while having fun. Program may include games, nature walks, hands-on activities and outside adventures. Theme: Insect Inspection. Preregistration is required. 10 a.m. at Long Key Natural Area, 3501 SW 130th Ave., Davie. Call 954-357-8797. Cost is $5.

PALM BEACH COUNTY

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