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Living like Vikings back burner, and I'm pushing forward A friend of mine, Laura, a single mom with with the knowledge that experiences are two young teens, did the most amazing thing what make life worth living. There will during Palm Beach County’s spring break this always be laundry that needs to be done, year: She took her kids to Iceland. always be more bills, but you “I could have picked Disney, only get one shot in life.” the north Georgia mountains, Many people say the same maybe even the Grand Canyon,” words Laura did. Many people she wrote on Facebook before believe it. But too few people she left. “But no, I have to be take action. weird and go to a country where Instead of letting worries about the national dish is rotten shark the future keep her from taking meat.” this trip, Laura let her hopes for Like a trouper, Laura posted a JENNIFER JHON the future, and for her children, video of herself and her daughter inspire her. trying the dish while they were abroad. “I hope they keep this memory forever The results weren’t pretty, but the amazand laugh one day at what a freak their ing thing is, she tried it – and so did her mother is. I want them to pursue things teen. that are off the beaten path, go down the “I've had some second thoughts about road less traveled or head off onto the frothis trip,” she wrote in announcing her zen tundra. All three of those apply here. pending adventure. “Spending this kind “So now, we're off to live like Vikings of money that I could have used on things for a few days.” like a washer and dryer, or bills, or a hunIn doing so, she became a role model dred other responsibilities come to mind, not only for her children, but for many of but practicality has never been my strong her friends as well. point. Laura is an amazing photographer, so “So I put all the ‘have to’ stuff on the

the images she posted during the next week were just as inspiring as her sendoff message. “Today was magical,” she wrote along with a group of photos she posted mid-trip. “Waterfalls, geysers, traditional Icelandic food, turf homes, horses, greenhouses and snow. Lots of snow.” She saw the northern lights, got a Nordic runes tattoo and inspired dozens of friends to dream her dream with her. I hope I’m brave enough to follow in her footsteps. I, too, want to give my kids the gifts of discovery and adventure and the courage to go get lost somewhere, where they can find the Viking in themselves.

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DITCH THE PLANE, KEEP THE FUN AT IFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING BY JENNIFER JHON There is no way I’d let my kids jump out of a plane, but now they can fly freely just a few feet above the ground. iFly Indoor Skydiving has opened in Davie, just off I-595, and it is an incredible experience. iFly claims to be “fun for the whole family from ages 3 to 103,” and we proved it during a test flight in the indoor vertical wind tunnel in early March. I was nervous when we checked in to the facility at 11690 W. State Road 84, near Hiatus Road. But then I stepped inside the wind tunnel, and my excitement overcame my fears. Indoor skydiving is hard to explain: It is windy, it is loud, but it is exhilarating. Once I figured out I wouldn’t crash into a wall, and that it would be almost impossible to fall to the floor, I relaxed. My kids – ages 6 and 8 – figured it out before me, thanks to our excellent instructor, Marcus Lewis. He helped them to get used to the feeling of indoor flight by moving them around and flipping them through tricks and turns so they understood they wouldn’t fall.

Children have an advantage in the tunnel because of their smaller size, Lewis said. In fact, kids as young as 9 and 10 are competing internationally. Even if your kids aren’t looking for a world title, iFly is fun. I had to drag my 6-year-old daughter out of the wind tunnel launch chamber, and she wouldn’t let us leave without a promise to come back. Compared with the price of a real skydive, iFly is a bargain, but it still isn’t cheap; first flight packages start at $69.95. But iFly has return flyer deals that start at less than $50. Best of all, iFly has a Kids Club on Tuesday nights, so kids can work with a specific instructor every week to polish their indoor skydiving skills and get to know other adrenaline junkies like themselves. If you want to share the fun of flight with your family and friends – and since selfies aren’t allowed in the wind tunnel – several iFly packages include videos of your soaring. You can also purchase videos and photos from the website, and get a look at what your own flight might

involve by checking out the flyers who came before you. For those looking for a bonding experience, iFly has birthday party, corporate event and STEM field trip options. Learn more at

Make-A-Wish’s 11,000th local wish has legs BY JUNETTE REYES FORUM PUBLISHING GROUP Madison White has a passion for horses. The Pembroke Pines girl has been riding since she was about 10, everything from western style to jumping. Her love for riding came to an abrupt stop last summer when she was 14, when a sudden leg pain was revealed to be osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bones. The months since then have been a long, stressful journey. Madison couldn’t ride and jump as much during chemotherapy, but she hoped one day to be able to compete in horse shows once more. Much to Madison’s surprise, her dream has now come true. The teen recently was presented with her own horse, thanks to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. “Even if they didn’t get it, we would have had to beg, borrow and steal to make sure that she ended up getting this

horse, just because she is so deserving for what she has endured the last nine months of her life,” said her father, James. Madison was able to try out horses, but her search stopped as soon as she found Cos, a thoroughbred retrained for jumping. “The second I met him, before I even rode him, I knew I wanted him to be mine because me and him just clicked somehow,” she said. “When I saw him, I loved him.” The surprise was significant in many ways – not only was it the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida’s 11,000th wish, but also Madison just completed her final session of chemotherapy and is now in recovery. “This wish, to me, was very special because this is a horse getting a second chance at life too,” said Greg Baty, the chairman-elect of the South Florida MakeA-Wish chapter. “This horse gets a second chance, and Madison gets a chance to have this bond with this horse and compete and love.”

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ASK THE PEDIATRICIAN Hello Dr. Katie. I have three children: ages 1, 4 and 7. My 4-year-old has very bad allergies, and when the spring season comes around, we always find ourDR. KATIE selves struggling to keep her comfortable. Do you have any tips for helping combat allergies, and any other springtime emergencies and illnesses I can prepare for with my other children?


Hi, and thanks so much for writing in. I love the spring time, and as a Floridian, we all know this is the best time of year. The weather is warming up to that perfect 70s temperature, and flu season is almost over. This is the time of year for sun, fun and relaxation. Unfortunately, with the warm weather comes a different group of illnesses and medical hazards. As a pediatric emergency room doctor, I see an influx of allergies during the spring season, along with some other emergencies and illnesses. ALLERGIES. Here in South Florida, we escape the snowstorms and harsh temperatures. However, our beautiful landscape comes with its own set of problems. Florida tends to have a longer and harsher allergy season, with spring being the peak of the season because of the blooming trees, plants and flowers. Pollen and other products of nature get carried by the wind and end up in our noses, eyes and lungs. When this happens, our immune system reacts to the foreign elements and releases histamine. Histamine causes swelling and mucus production in the nose, redness and tearing in the eyes, and itching. More seriously, it can cause wheezing, excess mucus production, and swelling in the lungs. Make sure you have the tools you need to fight against allergies, including antihistamines, decongestants, and cromolyn nasal spray. It is important to plan ahead, especially if your child tends to wheeze. Speak to your doctor about a plan to fight allergies before the season starts, because it can be stressful for both you and your child. HEAT ILLNESS. As the sports season changes, so do the illnesses and injuries


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we treat in the emergency room. In South Florida, we experience humidity and high temperatures during the spring season. We start to see cases of dehydration and heatrelated illnesses. So let’s go over them and discuss how to prevent it from happening. Heat cramps are brief, painful muscle cramps in the legs, arms or abdomen that may occur during or after exercise in extreme heat. They aren’t dangerous, but they are a painful sign that it is time to hydrate and cool off. Heat exhaustion causes symptoms including increased thirst, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, irritability, headache, increased sweating and fainting. If your child is having any of these, you need to take them indoors immediately and encourage fluids with salt or sugar (Gatorade), and call the doctor. Sun poisoning is sunburn that forms large painful blisters on your body along with symptoms of fever, chills, nausea, headache and signs of dehydration. To prevent this heat illness, keep your child is well-hydrated. They need to be drinking fluids every 30-45 minutes while out in the sun. The best types of fluids are ones that have sugar and salt to replenish electrolytes. Sunscreen is imperative. Wear a sunscreen that has at least 30 SPF and apply it 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Reapply sunscreen at least every hour and after you have been in the water. Wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure. MOSQUITOES, TICKS AND MORE. Unfortunately as we start to experience warmer weather and heavier rains, we start to see more mosquitoes. Mosquito-borne infections are usually caused by arbovirus and can lead to serious illness, including Zika, St. Louis encephalitis and dengue fever. Although not as common in Florida, tickborne infection increases significantly during the spring and summer months. Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis are infections spread by ticks. It is important to make sure your child is not only wearing sunblock but bug spray, too. I recommend using an organic bug spray, as the chemicals used to repel the insects can be strong.

MEET OUR EXPERT: My name is Dr. Katie Friedman, and I am a board-certified pediatric emergency room doctor, wife, mother of two, and a sister to my three siblings. Working in the pediatric emergency room has allowed me to meet so many unbelievable parents and help them through difficult times. For me, education is one of the most important parts of being a doctor. I spend a significant amount of time teaching parents about their child’s illness and giving tips to get through it. Seven years ago, I started my greatest journey when I became a mother. I am head-over-heels in love with my two beautiful children, Mason and Charlee, and look forward to sharing the tricks I have learned along the way.

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Some say we eat with our eyes, meaning food needs to look appealing before we eat something. In reality, we all know we eat with our mouths, and having healthy teeth, gums, tongues and lips makes healthy eating easier. What’s also true is that some foods can contribute more toward dental health than others. It stands to reason that crunchy foods such as raw apples, carrots, and cucumbers improve dental health, but so do calcium-rich foods such as cheese, almonds and leafy greens. High-phosphorus foods such as meat, eggs and fish can also help keep tooth enamel strong and healthy. To help keep teeth healthy, dig in to a toothsome family meal of Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Portobellos, Broccoli Apple Salad and Green Tea Smoothies. Other good recipe options include Almond Crusted Tilapia, Broccoli Cheese Quesadillas, Asian Beef and Noodle Salad and Cabbage, Carrot and Pineapple Salad. ___ CHEESE AND SPINACH STUFFED PORTOBELLOS Number of servings: 4 Preparation time: 15 to 30 minutes Cooking time: less than 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS: 4 large portobello mushroom caps 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided 1 cup part-skim Ricotta cheese 1 cup finely chopped fresh spinach 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese, divided 2 tablespoons finely chopped kalamata olives 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 3/4 cup prepared marinara sauce PREPARATION: Preheat oven

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to 450 degrees. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Place mushroom caps, gill-side up, on the prepared pan. Sprinkle with salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Roast until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile, mash ricotta, spinach, 1/4 cup Parmesan, olives, Italian seasoning and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Place marinara sauce in a small bowl, cover and microwave on High until hot, 30 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes. When the mushrooms are tender, carefully pour out any liquid accumulated in the caps. Return the caps to the pan gill-side up. Spread 1 tablespoon marinara into each cap; cover the remaining sauce to keep warm. Mound a generous 1/3 cup ricotta filling into each cap and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan. Bake until hot, about 10 minutes. Serve with the remaining marinara sauce. Source: EatingWell ___ BROCCOLI APPLE SALAD Number of servings: 4 Preparation time: less than 15 minutes Cooking time: No cooking required

INGREDIENTS: 1 large crown and stem of broccoli 2 Apples DRESSING 1 lemon, juiced 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper ALTERNATE DRESSING 1 tablespoon yogurt 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped Salt and pepper PREPARATION: Slice the stem of the broccoli into 1/8” discs. If you can’t get them that thin, don’t worry, but the thinner the better if you have the patience! Once you reach the crown of the broccoli, cut each of the florets off and slice each of them as thinly as you can as well. Set the broccoli in a bowl. Halve and core the apples, then place the

apples flat side down on your cutting board to make them easier to slice. Slice the apples into 1/8” pieces as well, then dump them into the same bowl. Choose either of the dressing options and prepare it by simply mixing the ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste it and season with more salt and pepper to match your preferences. Pour the dressing over the bowl of vegetables and mix it all together. If you put a plate in the fridge for 10 minutes before serving the salad, it’ll stay crisp slightly longer. For the best presentation, pile the salad as high and tight as you can manage. Source: Good and Cheap, Leanne Brown ___ GREEN TEA SMOOTHIES Number of servings: 4 Preparation time: less than 15 minutes Cooking time: no cooking required

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup green tea, steeped for 4 minutes and cooled. 1 cup of fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt 1 cup 1% low-fat milk 1 1/2 cups ice 2 teaspoons lemon juice PREPARATION: Mix and drink. Source: MM User ___ ADDITIONAL RECIPES Almond Crusted Tilapia Broccoli Cheese Quesadillas Asian Beef and Noodle Salad Cabbage, Carrot and Pineapple Salad ___ For more information, nutrition tools and additional family meal recipes, visit

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Does your child avoid certain foods because he is a picky eater or because of an allergy? Having an allergic reaction to certain foods means that the body’s immune system overreacts to the proteins of that food. General symptoms range from skin reactions, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, coughing and even asthma or anaphylaxis in severe cases. Reactions vary depending on the type of exposure to the allergen and whether it is consumed or the exposure is through skin. Suffering from food intolerance can be confused with being allergic. As symptoms of food intolerance and allergy can be similar, the difference can be deceiving. A sensitivity may cause adverse reaction to the smell or taste of a food, a delayed reaction may cause a headache or fatigue. Any of the above qualifies for food intolerance. KEEPING FAMILIES SAFE AND ALLERGY-FREE IS THE JOB AND MISSION OF THE ALLERGIST. These foods cause the majority of allergic reactions: • Peanut • Tree nuts • Milk • Egg • Wheat • Soy • Fish • Shellfish




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More than just history Kids will find plenty of entertainment on St. Augustine’s menu BY RICHARD TRIBOU ORLANDO SENTINEL

History class is always in session in St. Augustine, but that might not get your kids to lift their heads from their iPads and experience real life in the nation’s oldest city. Yes, history is embedded in nearly everything in this city founded in 1565. But while the booming cannons of Castillo de San Marcos were the stars of a recent school trip with my 10-year-old son, Morgan, parents can close the textbook and focus on the things that will really capture a child’s attention. Let’s start with the sweet. The corner of Hypolita and Charlotte streets in historic downtown could be dubbed Sugar Rush Central, with an ice-pop emporium called The Hyppo and probably the best place for dinner — from a child’s point of view, at least — Cousteau’s Waffles and Milkshakes. Cousteau’s ( takes its two edible offerings seriously, yet under the whimsical trappings, it honors the late

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ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. In fact, anyone donning a red beanie like Cousteau used to wear receives 10 percent off their order. My 8-year-old daughter Miriam opted for “Matching Pajamas,” two halves of a waffle sandwiched around her choice of ice cream (chocolate). I chose the decidedly adult-flavored “Jaguar Shark,” with maple syrup, bourbon whipped cream, candied pecans and candied bacon. It’s worth noting my son snagged half my bacon when I wasn’t looking. For shakes, the most popular is the standard “Sonny” in either chocolate, vanilla or butter pecan. I went for the “Calypso,” basically a Key lime pie concoction named for Cousteau’s research vessel, which came to St. Augustine in the 1980s for an extensive overhaul. Across the street is The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops (, which has been serving Spanish-style ice pops known as

paletas in St. Augustine since 2010. Having created more than 450 flavors through the years, this spot has nearly 100 available — including the kid-friendly Nutella and the honey honeydew. Ginger plum and pineapple cilantro may appeal to more adventurous palates. A larger Hyppo a few blocks away also serves sandwiches and coffee. Craving more sweets? A walking tour of Whetstone Chocolates’ King Street factory lets visitors sample dark, milk and white varieties as they hear about the history of the company ( and see how the treats are made. Cost is $8 for adults, $5.50 for children 6-17 and free for 5 and younger; each ticket is also good for $2 off a chocolate purchase. Sugar: Check. Now how about some animals? If you’re the parent of an 8-year-old girl whose first sight upon arriving in downtown St. Augustine is a pink horse-drawn carriage with fuzzy pink blankets, guess what? You’re going for a ride. Be ready to pony up $85 for about a 45-minute trot about town. Our guides were Annemarie Coughlin and a horse named Wakinyan. Coughlin, with CB Hinson Southern Carriages tours (, was very good at engaging the kids, mixing historical gems and some light ghost yarns. Wakinyan was pulling one of up to 10 working horse-drawn carriages from five companies that line up on Avenida Menendez, along the waterfront between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo

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family de San Marcos. Tours — by bus, horse or Ghost Train — provide a quick taste of the city core, leaving time for some child-friendly attractions that are farther afield. A must-see for the younger set is the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park ( and its 15-foot3-inch star: a saltwater crocodile named Maximo. Feeding time for the 1,250pound beast is a Jurassic World moment, with Maximo leaping 10 feet out of the water for a treat. The kids were amazed by the sheer size of the Australian-born Maximo: A reptile nearly four times longer than they are tall will be something they won’t soon forget. Just as interesting as seeing a croc in its biggest form, is seeing it in its smallest. There are baby crocodiles, alligators and caimans on hand at the park, as well as other animals, such as toucans and lemurs. For the adventurous who are at least 8 years old and 52 inches tall, two zip-line courses traverse the park. The Nile River Course ($67) features 16 zip lines 60 feet above the cold-blooded creatures and lasts about 90 minutes. The tamer Sepik River Course ($37) takes about 45 minutes and has nine lines that are, at most, 20 feet above the ground. Admission is $23.99 for 12 and older, $12.99 for ages 3-11. Buy the zip-line tickets first: the Nile River ticket includes park entry and the Sepik provides halfprice admission. Also worth a visit is the St. Augustine Wild Reserve (staugustinewildreserve. org), about a 40-minute drive west of downtown. The nonprofit exotic animal sanctuary is home to nearly 400 animals — including lions, tigers and bears … and wolves, leopards, servals, caracals and coatimundis. There’s even a liger, the offspring of a male lion and female tiger (the opposite would be a tigon). “We are a home of last resort for unhoused exotics,” said volunteer and tour guide Karen Malfy. “Once an animal comes to live here, it spends the rest of its entire life here.” The roughly two-hour tours must be booked in advance. No photography is allowed, so don’t expect to get a selfie while that Siberian tiger is getting its bubble bath. Just sit back and enjoy the show. Each animal has a name and a story. And each animal gets fed on the tour. By the end, visitors will have seen a lion going loopy for catnip, witnessed a tiger becoming enthralled with the scent of Calvin Klein’s Obsession and heard a pack of wolves howling. Tours ($30 for adults and $20 for chil-

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dren) help pay for the animals’ food. A CD of animal photographs is available after the tour for $5. There’s one other animal that kids might be interested in seeing when in St. Augustine. A two-headed rabbit is one of many animal oddities featured at the nation’s original Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! ( in downtown. The attraction will make the children yell, “Dad! Come here! You have to see this.” That exclamation came from my son at least half a dozen times after seeing peculiarities such as a headless chicken, a tarantula taco and an International Space Station and space shuttle made of matchsticks. The kids can spend plenty of time here and pick up a plush two-headed rabbit in the gift shop. Believe it, or not. So, yes, St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States, but the kids will be having too much fun to notice.

ST. AUGUSTINE What: Founded in 1565, the nation’s oldest city is in northeast Florida. Where: Situated 43 miles south of Jacksonville in St. Johns County, St. Augustine is about 250 miles north of West Palm Beach. Getting there: From South Florida, take Interstate 95 north to Exit 311. Take State Road 207 North for 5 miles, then turn left onto U.S. Highway 1 North. Head north for 1 mile, then take a right onto King Street, which will take you through the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine. Population: According to 2015 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the population of St. Augustine is 14,128. Accommodations and activities: Historic downtown St. Augustine is home to high-end hotels such as the Casa Monica Resort, quaint bed-andbreakfasts and major hotels. Main draws are the historic Castillo de San Marcos, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, the Lightner Museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and the Alligator Farm. Call: 1-800-653-2489 Online: ALL IMAGES: RICHARD TRIBOU, ORLANDO SENTINEL

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Reducing food waste is good for the Earth AND your wallet BY DEAN FOSDICK ASSOCIATED PRESS Remember how it was when you were a kid sitting at the kitchen table, and your mother served up a healthy helping of rutabagas? Gross, right? You slipped them to the family dog or spooned them into a napkin to get them out of sight. But there was no fooling Mom. Your failed sleight-of-hand resulted in a guilt trip and membership in the Clean Your Plate Club. Fast-forward to today, and you’ll find that wasting food has costly consequences extending well beyond your plate. “Getting food from the farm to our fork eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. rcent of U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent cent of all freshland and swallows 80 percent nited States. Yet water consumed in the United 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten,” according to the Natural l. Resources Defense Council. ocacy group says The environmental advocacy that cutting food waste by just 15 percent n 25 million would help feed more than hen 1 in 6 people a year “at a time when upply of Americans lack a secure supply food to their tables.” tension Alice Henneman, an extension ity of educator with the University Nebraska-Lincoln, puts it another ey lost.” way: “Food tossed is money d in a landfill, Food rots when dumped and produces methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Food urants cuts into wasted in stores and restaurants profits. n introduced to But incentives have been reduce food waste, many of them financial. ble for “Tax benefits are available restaurants and stores for donating eople are food,” Henneman said. “People etables,’ buying ‘ugly food and vegetables,’ pen in or produce that is misshapen use stores appearance, in stores because ount.” are offering them at a discount.” ity has been Michigan State University ood waste in its aggressive about fighting food re than 30,000 10 dining halls, where more meals are served daily. id Carla Iansiti, “Food is expensive,” said nager for MSU’s sustainability projects manager ain our staff Culinary Services. “We train members to get the most volume out of hat you need for their product, only cut what

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a recipe and be creative about using all the products.” The university remodeled several of its dining halls to be trayless and stocked them with smaller dishes. “It makes a difference with smaller plates and fewer plates, and people always have the option to come back for more,” Iansiti said. ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR MINIMIZING FOOD WASTE: Think landfill diversion. Compost your leftovers for better crop or garden production, or mix them with animal feed. Freeze or can surplus garden produce or donate it to a food bank. There is value in sizing. Buy things that won’t spoil in quantity. Check your garbage. Cook dishes that have proven popular and don’t end up

being thrown out. Buy often and buy fresh, eating as much as you can before it goes bad. Shop your refrigerator before purchasing more. Practice portion control. Share rather than discard leftovers. Ask for a sample when dining out if you’re uncertain about ordering something. Don’t rush through meals. Plan “cook-it-up” menus. Check expiration dates and move older food products toward the front of your shelves so they can be used first.

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BY CAROL J. ALEXANDER I get a charge out of up-cycling, repurposing, or otherwise finding a use for things that most folks send to the landfill. From old socks to appliance cords to twist ties, I can find a use for it. Even food scraps go into a soup or casserole, are fed to the animals, or added to the compost bin. At our place, very little is left for the trash heap. Mason jars are handy to have around, even if you don’t can food in them. Following are 17 ways to use these versatile containers — or any other jars you save. BAKE IN THEM For individual servings of dessert, fill half-pint jars half full of brownie or cupcake batter and bake according to instructions. Serve or cap and freeze for later. GROW SPROUTS Sprouts are an excellent way to add some green food to your diet and extra crunch to that sandwich. No need to buy a fancy sprout grower. Just use a special sprouting lid on top of a canning jar. This lid is a plastic ring with a screen in place of the usual metal cap. You can purchase them at your local health food store or online. Teach the kids to grow sprouts and you’ve started a new family project. TAKE A SALAD FOR LUNCH A salad layered in a jar will keep fresh three to five days in the fridge. Using a wide-mouth jar, put the dressing in the bottom, heavy veggies next, then greens on top. Cap and store. CREATE A NOVELTY CANDY DISPENSER At your local farm store, pick up a chicken feeder that uses a Mason jar screwed to the top. Fill the jar with M&M’s, jelly beans, peanuts, or other small treats. Screw on the feeder top for a country-themed candy dispenser. STORE WATER If you regularly can your garden produce, don’t store empty jars as you eat the food. Fill them with water. In fact, boil the water and process it a few minutes in the canner to seal. When the


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power goes out, you are prepared with bottled drinking water that costs nothing. MAKE MEALS IN JARS My friend layers freeze-dried food in a jar and seals with an oxygen absorber inside. She ends up with a meal for four that lasts years in the pantry for times of illness or natural disaster. When I can my produce, I do a supply of mixed vegetables. When I want a quick meal, I simply pull out a jar of chicken broth with meat, a jar of mixed vegetables, and have soup. TAKE A DRINK Want to drink from glass, but don’t like the price tag on a glass water bottle? Use a jar. You can now buy silicone or stainless steel drinking lids that fit into the ring of a Mason jar. Or, you can make your own by punching a hole in the metal lid and inserting a straw. Get a crocheted or quilted sleeve to slide over your jar to prevent breakage and absorb condensation. CREATE A SPRINKLE JAR Did you know that a parmesan cheese lid fits a regular-mouthed Mason jar? What do you want to sprinkle? Sugar or cinnamon? What about homemade body powder? Or even fertilizer in the garden? The possibilities are endless. STORE STUFF Use different sizes of Mason jars on the bathroom shelf to store cotton balls, swabs, or floss picks. Tie ribbons around the rims and label with markers. STORE BUTTONS If you have buttons all mixed together in your sewing room, use small jars for sorting them by color. Then, when you are looking for just the right color, you don’t have to go through a mixed-up mess of buttons to find what you want. If you want a country touch to your décor, fill a few old blue Ball jars with an assortment of buttons and tie a plaid ribbon around the neck. These make great bookends. BURN A CANDLE Fill the bottom of a wide-mouthed jar with sand. Insert a pillar candle. Make several and you have safe holders to line your sidewalk or patio in the evening.

WRAP A GIFT For the person who has everything, you buy a gift card, right? For creative wrapping, fill a half-pint jar with his favorite candy (M&M’s, jelly beans, etc.) and slide the card down in the middle. Tie a ribbon around the lid and you have two gifts in one. Just make sure to tell him there is something hiding in the candy. DISPLAY FLOWERS An old blue Ball Jar makes a stunning vase for a bunch of wildflowers picked in the spring. Or consider a bunch of greenery with berries for the holiday season. Tie a ribbon or raffia around the neck, for an added touch. CREATE A SEWING KIT On the flat part of the lid assembly for a wide-mouthed jar, place a ball of polyfill and cover with fabric. Bring the fabric to the underside and glue to make a pin cushion. Inside the jar, place a small pair of scissors, spools of thread, a tape measure, and other notions to fit. DISPENSE STRING Drill a hole in the center of the canning jar lid. Using a jar to fit your ball of string, place the ball inside the jar. Thread the string through the hole in the lid before screwing it on. You can decorate the jar with a ribbon tied round, permanent markers, or paint. KEEP CREATURES My boys have used my canning jars for more than I care to admit. The most frequent reason they ‘borrow’ a jar is to house bugs. A jar of fireflies by the bed creates fond childhood memories. We’ve even kept praying mantis oothecae (that’s the name for their egg sacks) in jars and waited for hundreds of baby mantises to emerge. A butterfly chrysalis is another fun one to watch. BUILD A TERRARIUM Another idea for the kids is to build a terrarium. A terrarium is a self-sustaining environment with plants and sometimes small animals. Using a larger, half-gallon or gallon pickle jar for this would be ideal.

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SNACK TIME Almost all children go through a picky-about-food phase, and it can be frustrating when your child, who used to eat everything, suddenly decides he will only eat macaroni and cheese. Introducing children to many different flavors, colors and textures is one way to keep them interested in new foods. Ella’s Kitchen provides o rganic foods fo fforr ba abi b es e aand nd d ttoddlers od ddlers to do just that. Their toddler snacks, such as organic babies Yu Yum Yummy Apple + Ginger Toddler Cookies and Mangoes + Carrots Nibbly Fingers, are less sweet and more adventurous in tast than other brands. Ella’s also has a full taste line of fruit and vegetable purees, meals-ina-po a-pouch such as Spaghetti + Meat Sauce and Four Bean Feast, and dairy-free and smoothie drink for bigger kids. drinks

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EASTER EGG HUNT April 8. Bring a container to find eggs and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Wristband required, available free at the Miami Springs Community Center for Springs and Virginia Gardens residents only. Nonresidents wristbands, $5 starting April 5. 10:15 a.m., ages 2-5. 10:45 a.m., ages 6-11. Prince Field, 1300 Westward Drive, Miami Springs. PINECREST GARDENS EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 8. Egg hunt, prizes, face painting, balloon art, interactive games, music, crafts, petting zoo, storytelling, food and wildlife show. $7 per person. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. SPRING EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 8. Egg hunt for children 10 and under, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny, carnival rides and refreshments for sale. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Egg hunt at 11 a.m. North Shore Park, 501 72nd St., Miami. SPRING FEST April 8. DJ, bounce houses, egg hunt, food trucks and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ed Burke Recreation Center, 11400 NE Ninth Court, Biscayne Park.

EASTER BUNNY AND BRUNCH April 9. Girls ages 3 and older. Brunch and a chance to meet and take a picture with the Easter Bunny. 9:30-11 a.m. American Girl Miami, 8888 SW 136th St., Suite #395A, Miami. $25 per person. RSVP. PET PHOTOS WITH THE EASTER BUNNY April 9. Bring pets to pose for photos with the Easter Bunny. Photo prices vary. 7:30-8:30 p.m.; RSVP at dadelandmall. Center Court, Dadeland Mall, 7535 Dadeland Mall, Miami. BUNNY PALOOZA AT MIAMI SEAQUARIUM April 14-16. Egg hunts, the largest Easter parade in South Florida, slides, rides, bounce houses and visits from the Easter Bunny. Adults, $44.99; children ages 3-9, $34.99. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. EASTER AT JUNGLE ISLAND April 14-16. Egg hunts, bounce houses, arts and crafts, music, Easter Bunny visits. Bring a basket or purchase one at the Jungle Island gift shop. Adults, $39.95; Children, $32.95. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami.

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LITTLE FARM EASTER EGG HUNT April 15. Petting farm, pony rides, tour, egg hunt. Food and drinks for purchase. Reservations required. Adults, $10. Children, $20. 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Little Farm, 13401 SW 224th St., Goulds. LONDON'S DECOR 6 EASTER EGG HUNT April 15. Games, raffles, bounce house, train rides, arts and crafts, vendosrs, an egg hunt and quality time with the Easter Bunny. Free. 1-6 p.m. Arcola Lakes Park, 1301 NW 83rd St., Shelter 2, Miami. EGG HUNT April 16. Peter Rabbit puppet show, wearable art in the Art Studio, a relay race and egg-shaped art, all with museum admission. 12-3 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. 4EARTH MINI FILM FESTIVAL April 21. All ages can enjoy Beneath the Waves short films. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and pack a picnic dinner to watch the films on the field. Free. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami. plan-a-visit/events 4EARTH LIONFISH DERBY April 22. Learn about the invasive lionfish and join a community picnic. Taste the fish, cooked in different methods and flavors, and create jewelry from lionfish fins and recycled materials. Included with paid admission. 2-6 p.m. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami. EARTH DAY CELEBRATION April 22. Visit website for more information. Ed Burke Recreation Center, 11400 NE Ninth Court, Biscayne Park. EARTH DAY FESTIVAL April 23. Workshops, food demonstrations, planting activities and sales, an eco-fashion show, green vendors, wildlife shows, school performances, crafts for kids, ladybug releases and more. Free. 12-4 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. PARTY FOR THE PLANET April 22-23. Tree and plant sale, ecofriendly animal activities and live entertainment. Free admission for those who donate an old cell phone for the ECOCELL recycling program. Adults, $21.95; children ages 3-12, $17.95; members and children 2 and younger, free. 10 a.m.-5


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BRUNCH WITH THE BUNNIES & FRIENDS April 8. Brunch buffet, games, crafts, animal encounters, an egg hunt and photo opportunities. $15 per person; babies under one year, free. 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sawgrass Nature Center, 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs.

EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS March 24-April 15. Meet the Easter Bunny and pose for photos. Photo packages available. Visit website for hours. Pet photos available on April 3 and 10 from 4-8 p.m. Pembroke Lakes Mall, 11401 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines.

EASTER BUNNY BRUNCH April 8. The first 100 people can enjoy brunch and activities and receive an Easter gift while supplies last. Free. 9:3011:30 a.m. Macy’s Women’s Court, Coral Square, 9469 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs. stream/bunny-brunch-4835903

EASTER-THEMED CELEBRATION April 1. Take photos with the Easter Bunny, and the first 500 children will receive an Easter egg filled with goodies and a voucher for a plush toy. Anyone who donates a new or gently used prom dress will receive vouchers for a free taco at LIME and a free scoop of ice cream at Hoffman’s Chocolates. 12-4 p.m. The Fountains (in front of Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill), 801 S. University Drive, Plantation.

WILTON MANORS’ ANNUAL EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 8. Children up to age 13 can search for thousands of eggs. Bounce house, pony rides, entertainment, pictures with Mr. Cottontail and more. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. St. Clement Church, 225 NW 29th St., Wilton Manors. wiltonmanors. com/calendar.aspx?eid=2696

EARTH DAY FESTIVAL April 1. Exhibitors, food vendors and activities for kids. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sawgrass Sanctuary Park, 237 N. New River Circle, Sunrise. FREE COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE April 1. Easter egg hunt and spring photos, inflatables, activities for kids, crafts, vendors, refreshments, bike helmet fitting station, police and fire rescue, and drowning prevention. Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, 1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive, Hollywood. Additional parking with shuttle access will be provided at Hollywood Hills Elementary on Taft Street and 35th Avenue. EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 1. Bring a basket to collect hidden eggs. Free. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. Raymond P. Oglesby Preserve, 3115 SW 52nd Ave., Hollywood. PET PHOTOS WITH THE EASTER BUNNY April 3, 11. Leashed, well-behaved pets can take photos with the Easter Bunny.

SUNDAES WITH THE BUNNY April 8. Games, prizes, visits from Peter Cottontail, sundae making and a holiday show. Residents, $6; non-residents, $8. 2-4 p.m. Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave., Pembroke Pines. SPRING EGG HUNT April 11. Bring baskets to hunt for eggs and enjoy other spring activities. Ages 3-8. Coconut Creek residents, $10; nonresidents, $15. 6:15-7 p.m. Coconut Creek Community Center, 1100 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. ECO-EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 13. Create cradles or parachutes to protect the eggs and help them survive the fall. Prizes will be awarded to the surviving egg’s designers. Other art activities will be held throughout the day. Outside Egg Drop is free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Egg drop at 2 p.m. $14; Broward County residents, $12. Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT April 13. Ages 7-14. Gifts, prizes and refreshments. Free. 8 p.m. Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach.

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EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 14. Ages 12 and under. Eggs filled with candy will be scattered throughout the park. Free. 6 p.m. Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW Second St., Deerfield Beach. EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 15. Ages 3-10. Free. 10 a.m. Middle School Athletic Complex, 501 SE Sixth Ave., Deerfield Beach. COOPER CITY EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 15. 5th grade and under. Bring basket to collect eggs. Free. 10 a.m. Cooper City Sports Complex, 10300 Stirling Road, Cooper City. ANNUAL EGG HUNTS April 15, two locations. Ages 12 and under can enjoy an egg hunt, face painting, bounce houses and a visit from Peter Rabbit. Bring a basket. Egg hunt line begins at 8:30 a.m. Egg hunt begins at 9 a.m. Pines Recreation Center, 7400 NW Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines Pembroke Shores Park, 501 SW 172nd Ave., Pembroke Pines SPRING EGG HUNT AND FESTIVAL April 15. Egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. Free candy for ages 0-8, with prizes awarded for found Magic Eggs. Other activities include animal farm, hay ride, giant slide, bounce houses and climbing wall. 9 a.m.1 p.m. Bamford Sports Complex, 3801 S. Pine Island Road, Davie. EASTERFEST April 15. Easter egg hunt and celebration. Free. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. First Church of Coral Springs, 8650 West Sample Road, Coral Springs. EGG HUNT TRIATHLON AND DUATHLON April 15. Race spectators can participate in a variety of family-friendly activities including an Easter egg hunt. Splash and Dash Aquathlon open to kids ages 7-15. $1.50 to park. See website for race registration prices. C.B. Smith Park, 900 M. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines. BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY April 15. Enjoy a meal at Brio with the Easter Bunny. 9-11 a.m. The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, 527 SW 145th Terrace, Pembroke Pines. Call 954-430-2333 for reservations. WESTON’S ANNUAL ROYAL EGG HUNT April 15. Egg hunt for ages 10 and under. Take photos with the Royal Bunny


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and enjoy bounce houses. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston. ROYAL EASTER EGG HUNT April 15. 10 a.m. Travers Field, 6250 SW 16th St., Plantation. EASTER CELEBRATION April 15. Families can take their own photos with the Easter Bunny, plus arts and crafts, face painting, a scavenger hunt, carousel rides and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pompano Citi Centre, at the southwest corner of Copans Road and Federal highway in Pompano Beach. EASTER EGG HUNT EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 15. Annual egg hunt by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. Crafts, raffles, games, bake sale, hot dogs. Free. Noon-2 p.m. Colee Hammock Park, 1500 Brickell Drive, Fort Lauderdale. FREE PHOTOS WITH THE EASTER BUNNY April 15. Photos, crafts, face painting, scavenger hunt. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Southwest corner of Copans Road and Federal Highway. EASTER SUNDAY AT NORTH BEACH VILLAGE April 16. Easter egg hunt and decorating. One hunt for children under 5, one for ages 5-12. Free. Noon. Beach Gardens Hotel, 533 Orton Ave., Fort Lauderdale. EARTHFEST April 22. Celebrate Earth and Arbor Days with wildfire exhibits, guided tours, plant giveaways for Coral Springs residents and children’s activities. Refreshments available for purchase. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sawgrass Nature Center, 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. HEAL THE PLANET DAY April 22. A vegetarian cooking competition, kid’s zone with free face painting and activities, environment and sustainability workshops, a movement zone with yoga, pilates and dance, live entertainment, vendors and music. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale.

PALM BEACH EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS March 24-April 15. Visit the Bunny in Bunnyville and capture the moment with keepsake photo packages. Children

receive a carrot seeds packet and free admission to Lion Country Safari while supplies last. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The Mall at Wellington Green, 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Suite 2000, Wellington. PHOTOS WITH THE EASTER BUNNY March 25-April 15. Meet the Bunny at Bloomingdale’s Court. Photo packages available online. The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. EASTER BUNNY PHOTO EXPERIENCE March 31-April 15. Visit with the Easter Bunny and get professional photos of the occasion. Center Court, Boynton Beach Mall, 801 N Congress Ave., Boynton Beach. BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY April 1. A free buffet breakfast, followed by photos with the Easter Bunny and the Kids Fun Time Party. RSVP required. Ages 12 and under. 8:30-11 a.m. Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach. KIDX CLUB REAKFAST WITH THE BUNNY April 1. Morning with the Easter Bunny; treats from Auntie Anne’s and more. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Food Court, Boynton Beach Mall, 801 N Congress Ave., Boynton Beach. EASTER EGG HUNT April 8. Children up to age 12 can hunt for Easter Eggs and enjoy train rides, games, prizes, bounce houses and visits with the Easter Bunny. Free. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. REAKFAST WITH THE BUNNY April 8, 9 & 15. Egg hunt, animal encounters, photos with the bunny and more. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. RSVP required. KIDX CLUB EASTER EGG HUNT April 8. Hunt with about 1,500 candy-filled eggs. Free. 12:30; children must enter by noon. Play Area, Boynton Beach Mall, 801 N Congress Ave., Boynton Beach. PET PHOTOS WITH THE BUNNY April 9. Pose pets with the Easter Bunny and purchase a commemorative photo package. 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Mall at Wellington Green, 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Suite 2000, Wellington.

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EGG-STRAVAGANZA AT CITYPLACE April 9. Easter Bunny photos, relay races, egg coloring, storybook village, bounce houses, face painting, entertainment. Free. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING SPRING FESTIVAL AND EGG-A-PALOOZA April 9. Egg hunt, bunny scavenger hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment, food trucks, arts and crafts, games, prizes, giveaways, balloon artists, face painting, bounce houses and familyfriendly exhibitors. $8 per person; babies under 18 months, free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. southfloridaparenting. com FLAGLER MUSEUM EASTER EGG HUNT April 15. Pictures with the Easter Bunny, crafts, face painting, balloon sculptures and games. 9 a.m. Adults, $18; children, $15. Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 15. Hunt for special prize eggs, hay ride, arts and crafts, inflatable amusements and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Food and refreshments available for pur-


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JUPITER EASTER EGG HUNT April 15. Ages 10 and under. Bounce houses, face painting, arts, crafts, toddler play area and Easter Bunny visits. Food and drinks available for purchase. Bring basket to collect eggs. Egg Hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. Jupiter Community Park, 3377 Church St., Jupiter. Easter-Egg-Hunt

BOYNTON SPRING EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 15. Ages 1-12. Rock wall, face painting and visits with Peter Cottontail. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Barrier Free Park, 3111 S. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach. EARTH DAY AND ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION April 22. Face painting, a giant mural, vendors, and tree planting. Take home free seedlings. Free. 4-7 p.m. Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington.

ANNUAL EGG HUNT April 15. Egg hunt and Easter Bunny visit. Ages 1-10. Robert P. Miller Park, 1905 SW Fourth Ave., Delray Beach.

EARTH DAY AT OLD SCHOOL SQUARE April 22. Games, demonstrations, music, samples, vendors, entertainment. In conjunction with the Delray Beach Green Market. 9:30 a.m.-noon. 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. 561-2437000x4100

CATHERINE STRONG EGG HUNT AND KIDS SPRING FEST April 15. Community event with egg hunt, food, prizes. Ages 2-13. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1500 SW Sixth St., Delray Beach. 561-243-7194

PARTY FOR THE PLANET April 22. Food trucks, crafts, recycling project and more. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach.

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Fighting Allergies with Awareness BY CHRISSIE FERGUSON A sea of red sneakers can be seen throughout the halls of Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach. They aren’t part of the school uniform. Instead, they are worn to honor the life of a former fifth-grade student, Oakley Debbs. Oakley, who had asthma and had tested positive for a mild peanut and tree nut allergy, died unexpectedly during Thanksgiving break from anaphylactic shock after inadvertently consuming a walnut. He was 11. His school community united in an effort to wear red sneakers – Oakley’s chool, favorite shoes – at school, on the playing field, everywhere they stepped. They wear them to remember the sweet boy who lived each day to the fullest, without fear of his asthma, and also to support Red Sneakers for Oakley, the organization formed by his parents, Merrill and Robert Debbs. The goal of Red Sneakers for Oakley is to raise awareness of the danger of asthma and allergies, specifically nut allergies, through educational programs and community outreach so that no other parent will have to experience the devastating loss of a child due to anaphylaxis – the life-threatening allergic reaction that happens when an over-release of chemicals puts a person into shock. “I knew about allergic reaction, which is what you see on your skin when you bite into something that you’re allergic to, or you get hives, or your eyes are itchy, or your nose is runny,” says Merrill Debbs. “I know about asthma because I have asthma, so I’m used to having an allergic reaction, which is if I go next to a cat or a horse or if I eat pineapple. I understand that. “I didn’t know what anaphylaxis was,” she said. “No one explained [it] to me.” Merrill said if doctors had provided her with more information and a better awareness and understanding of her child’s asthma and allergies, Oakley would still be here today. “Doctors need to do their due diligence to explain the process of an allergic reaction of ingestion, what an EpiPen is,

and what happens inside the body with anaphylaxis,” she said. “They don’t give you enough information at the allergist’s office.” With allergic disease, including asthma, being the third most common chronic disease in children under 18, and with asthma being the third-ranking cause of hospitalizations for children under 15 – according to the Asthma Allergy Foundation of America – education and awareness are of the utmost importance. If your child has a reaction to food or other substances, the first step in awareness is having your child tested for specific allergies, said Dr. Elliott Grusky, a family chiropractor who works with children with asthma and allergies at Grusky Chiropractic Center in Miami. “First, you have to quantify what the allergic substance is,” Grusky said. “The newest treatments have to do with body ecology, making sure that [patients] are drinking healthy water, eating organic foods, and making sure that their liver is clean.” Another way of assessing sensitivities to foods and other substances is administering a blood test called the LCAT. “It is food sensitivity testing, based on live blood cell analysis,” Grusky said. “You get blood drawn and they run a panel, anywhere from 40 to 80 substances, to see where [a patient’s] sensitivities lie.” Grusky, who has served as a team doctor for the University of Miami Hurricanes for the past 20 years, said, “We just want to find what the child is allergic to and get them off of it.” After discovering what a child may be allergic to, the next step is learning how to read labels. “We have to understand what kind of chemicals are in the foods that we eat,” Grusky said. “It’s scary in that some people are very sensitive to these chemicals in foods.” West Palm Beach resident Chris Miquel, creator and co-founder of the mobile app AllerCheck, designed the app to help parents manage and track safe foods for children living with food allergies. Miquel has two children with food allergies. “You can create profiles for each

one of your children,” he said. “All of the eight major allergies are on there. You can scan the product, and it will show you if no allergies are found. “Scan and save [the product] on the app, so then you can share it with your family if your kids go to a friend’s house or if they go to their grandparent’s house.” Miquel hopes to launch the app, which is still in the beta stage, in app stores within the next year, he said. While it is being “pitched as a management tool, we still encourage parents to read the labels,” he said. The Debbs family hopes to make labeling on allergy-free foods more recognizable. “My goal for Oakley is to make the red sneakers symbol a globalized symbol to represent no nuts,” Merrill Debbs said. “I’m aiming for no-nut products. The red sneaker will be on the front of the packaging so that [consumers] know it is safe.” While Merrill Debbs hopes schools and restaurants will begin to use the red sneaker logo on menus to let fami-

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lies know which foods are safe for their child to eat, there are some healthy and safe steps to take while dining out in the meantime. The American Dietetics Association suggests letting your server know about your child’s food allergy. He or she should know how each dish is prepared and what ingredients are used. Ask about preparation and ingredients before you order. If your server does not know this information or seems unsure of it, ask to speak to the manager or the chef. Another strategy for dining out with food allergies is to give your server a food allergy card, which contains information about the specific items your child is allergic to. It may include additional information, such as a reminder to make sure all utensils and equipment used to prepare your meal are thoroughly cleaned before use. Create and print the cards and give them to friends and family members to present to the server if they are taking your child out for a meal. You can find templates for food allergy cards online. Although most children outgrow their allergies, allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish might be lifelong. As a result, children with food allergies will often be prescribed an emergency kit that contains epinephrine, which helps stop the symptoms of severe reactions. “If [children] have a history of systemic reaction, or if they have a history of hives or swelling, or they are allergic to foods or any medication, they should carry an EpiPen,” said Dr. Zevy Landman, an allergy immunologist with Florida Center for Allergy & Asthma Care in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Training on when and how to use an EpiPen or any adrenaline device “is the most important thing,” Landman said. “The school, the nurse, the parents should all be very familiar with how to use it,” Landman said. “The faster they use the EpiPen, the better the outcome. If they have a doubt that they need to use the EpiPen, don’t hesitate to use it. And right after using the EpiPen, they have to call 911.” Support Red Sneakers for Oakley by visiting

Chrissie Ferguson is a freelance writer and the mother of three boys. She is also a middle school writing teacher at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach. On Twitter @gatorchriz1

WHAT FOODS MOST OFTEN CAUSE FOOD ALLERGY? Approximately 90 percent of all food allergies are caused by the following eight foods: Milk Eggs Wheat Soy Tree nuts Peanuts Fish Shellfish

FOOD ALLERGY SYMPTOMS According to, food allergy symptoms may include: Vomiting Diarrhea Cramps Hives Swelling Eczema Itching or swelling of the lips, tongue, or mouth Itching or tightness in the throat Difficulty breathing Wheezing Lowered blood pressure *Note: Allergic symptoms may begin within minutes to an hour after ingesting the food. The above are the most common symptoms of food allergy. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. *The symptoms of food allergy may resemble other problems or medical conditions. Always consult your child’s doctor for a diagnosis.

TREATMENT FOR FOOD ALLERGY Avoid foods that cause the symptoms. Give vitamins and minerals to your child if he or she is unable to eat certain foods. *Consult your child’s doctor first. For severe reactions, your child may be prescribed an emergency kit that contains epinephrine, which helps stop the symptoms of severe reactions. Some children, under the direction of his or her health care provider, may be given certain foods again after three to six months to see if they have outgrown the allergy. Many allergies may be short-term in children, and the food may be tolerated after the age of 3 or 4. Some doctors may recommend chiropractic care or acupuncture for children suffering from asthma and/or allergies.

REFER TO THE “BE S.A.F.E. ACTION GUIDE” CREATED BY ALLERGISTS AND EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS (ACAAI.ORG): S: Seek Immediate Medical Help. Call 911 and get to the nearest emergency facility at the first sign of anaphylaxis, even if you have already administered epinephrine. A: Identify the Allergen. Think about what you might have eaten or come in contact with – food, insect sting, medication, latex – to trigger an allergic reaction. F: Follow up with a specialist. Ask your doctor for a referral to an allergist/immunologist, a physician who specializes in threatening asthma and allergies. E: Carry epinephrine for emergencies.

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Pledging to turn over a new, green leaf is a noble cause, but maintaining that eco-friendly endeavor is even more important. Families can go green not just on Earth Day but all year long with these tips.

1. Celebrate the Earth during storytime with “The Lorax.” Read this eco-friendly classic to your kids, and then talk about making good environmental choices.

17. Conse Conserve water. Wash your ccar on the lawn. Set a rain barrel under your downspout and use the rain collected to water you your plants. Turn wh you’re off water when brushing you your teeth. And when you ba bathe the kids, draw one tubf tubful of water and let them ta take turns getting in.

2. Save recyclable items and think about how they can be used for creative purposes. Before tossing those egg cartons, toilet paper tubes, buttons and ribbon scraps, encourage your child to repurpose and reuse them in making fun crafts. 3. Put your child’s old artwork to good use. Have him select several theme-related ones and create a book. Place the best pieces in frames. Cut and laminate them to use as bookmarks. Or scan them onto your computer and create a screensaver. 4. Sign up for one of many kid-friendly environmental programs offered in South Florida, such as beach or park cleanups or kids nature programs or hikes at county parks. Or get really local and take an hour to pick up trash that has accumulated in and around your neighborhood playground.

9. Get in shape and save on gas and air quality with a push mower. If you can’t find one, opt for an electric plug in model plug-in model.

5. Start a zero-waste lunch program in your school and encourage families to pack trash-free lunches in the coming year. Instead of using mini bags and bottles, buy items in bulk and place them in reusable containers. You can pack cloth napkins, too.

11. Create your own spring-cleaning concoctions. There are oodles of websites – search “green cleaning” – that give recipes for natural, eco-friendly cleaning brews that use common household items such as baking soda and lemon.

10. Wash your clothes on a short, cold cycle and hang them out to dry. This saves money, energy and the life of your clothes and appliances.

6. Take your children to visit a recycling center or landfill so they get a firsthand look at where trash goes. Science centers such as Frost Museum of Science in Miami (which expects to open May 8), the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach teach them to appreciate and protect our natural resources, too.

12. Start an eco-friendly endeavor, such as a solar energy co-op or community garden, in your neighborhood. Or participate in a rally or sign a petition calling for more environmentally sound practices.

7. Let your kids rummage through your closet or visit a thrift store to see what kind of costumes they can create.

14. Use old giftwrap to make recycled paper. Sprinkle flower seeds into it, then bury it beneath the soil to germinate.

8. If you’re shopping for a new spring wardrobe, avoid trendy clothes and opt for quality items that will stand the test of time. Or look for gently-used apparel at The Salvation Army, Goodwill or another resale shop. You could also do a clothing or toy swap with friends.

15. Before going on vacation, unplug appliances you won’t be using, turn the thermostat on your air conditioner up by several degrees, and turn off your water heater.

13. When you plant an organic garden, cover the soil with black-and-white newspaper – it will eventually biodegrade – and add a layer of mulch to keep weeds down.

18. Look for dra drafty areas in your home and addres address them. Install weather stripping or caul caulk where needed. Use thermal drapes to cover your windows, keeping the cool aair in and the hot air and sunshine out. In Insulate your hot water heater. 19. Stop by yard sales or thrift stores 19 to find toys and save money and landfill space. When you do purchase something, look for eco-friendly items. If you’re looking for a gift-giving alternative, sponsor or adopt an animal from your local zoo or aquarium. 20. Need more ideas? Sign up for The Green Guide electronic newspaper (www. It’s a free publication by National Geographic with ecofriendly information that will keep you motivated to go green all year long. Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and four grandchildren.

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South Florida Spring Break fun BY JENNIFER JHON Spring break is almost here in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, bringing the usual celebration from public school students and mixed reviews from parents, some of whom have to keep working through the break instead of being able to escape daily life for a week with their kids. Day camps abound for South Florida students during the break – everything from surf camp or skate camp to arts camp to robotics camp. But if you’re home with your children this spring break, there’s also plenty to keep you entertained as a family. JUMP TO IT If you have young ones, Rockin’ Jump at Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale has a Rockin’ Tots program for ages 6 and younger, who can jump from noon to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday with one adult for $15. SkyZone Fort Lauderdale has a toddler time Tuesdays 10-11 a.m. and Saturdays 9-10 a.m. for ages up to 5. The cost is $7 for the toddler hour. SkyZone Doral’s toddler time is for ages 4 and younger on Mondays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon, and is $15 per adult/child pair. The SkyZone near you might also offer special spring break pricing; check the website for deals. GET SPLASHING Broward County water parks are open 10 a.m.-5:20 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in April plus April 10-14. Fees range from $5.25 to $10 daily depending on the location: central Broward, Deerfield Beach, Hollywood or Pembroke Pines. Pages/WaterParks.aspx Most city pools are also open during spring break, offering an even cheaper option for family fun. And Miami-Dade parks offer plenty of water and beach options for families. Miami’s Grapeland Water Park opens April 8 for the week of spring break, plus Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the school year. EAT UP A variety of food trucks line up at Artspark in Hollywood every Monday evening and at Plantation Heritage Park in Plantation every Tuesday night. On Wednesdays, catch the food trucks

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in Tamarac at Tamarac Park on University Drive. Miami-Dade hosts a variety of farmer’s markets, including the Adrienne Arsht Center Farmers Market on Mondays from 4 to 8:30 p.m., and Sundays in Aventura, Lincoln Road, Pine Crest and Doral. THE FAIR The Miami Youth Fair opens at noon daily April 8-16, so spring breakers can enjoy carnival rides, exhibits, food, concerts, entertainment and more. Advance tickets start at $10 ($14 at the gate), and discounts are offered online. Miami-Dade students get a free ticket through their schools, and fairgoers can get $7 tickets on weekdays before 6 p.m. Kids 5 and under are always free.

Children’s Museum is free after 3 p.m. SECOND SATURDAY April 8 is the second Saturday of the month, which means HistoryMiami museum’s free family fun day with educational, hands-on activities and kid-themed craft projects from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's also Family Day on Aragon’s Family and Kid Flix, where $5 gets you a movie, popcorn and a soda Saturday and Sunday at the Coral Gables Art Cinema.

FREE FRIDAY FUN Fridays nights are huge for free fun in South Florida. Catch the Friday Night Sound Waves concerts on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Family Fun Fridays with entertainment and activities for kids 7-9 p.m. every Friday at the Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, and Hollywood’s Artspark Funtastic Fridays and Movie Night with bounce houses, face painters, a movie and more at Young Circle. In Miami, families can enjoy free Friday Tours at the Wolf to learn more about The Wolfsonian collection ( during a 45-minute free guided tour at 6 p.m. And on the third Friday of the month, the Miami

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BY HEIDI STEVENS CHICAGO TRIBUNE As my daughter marches toward the teen years and I try to pave the way for a peaceful go of it, I’m trying this thing where I say the opposite of what I’m thinking. The other day, for example, she was taking forever to get ready, going to great lengths to make sure each strand of hair was exactly where it should be and paying not an ounce of attention to the clock. Instead of screaming, “WE ARE GOING TO BE LATE FOR THE EIGHT GAZILLIONTH TIME YOUR HAIR LOOKS FINE LET’S GO!” I kissed her on the back of her head and said, “I’m so glad you take such good care of yourself, sweetie.” And like some sort of karmic miracle, I actually became glad she takes such good care of herself. Just the act of saying those words out loud helped them to become true. Fabulous, right? We were still very late for school. But let’s stay on point, shall we? The point is that by telling my kids — and myself — positive things, I can change the way I experience situations with them, for the better. It’s like a superpower, except I suspect we all have it. I’ve decided to try it with her texts to me. They are hilariously brief. Curt, one might say, if one were looking for a word that means rude but isn’t the word rude. She recently traveled with classmates to Springfield for a two-day statewide academic competition, and my aggressively cheerful texts to her were met with little to no response. “Hi, sweetie! How’s the bus ride? Who are you sitting with? Are you almost there?” “Almost” (A few hours later) “Hi, sweetie! Are you having fun? How’s the hotel?” Nothing. (A few hours later) “What did you guys have for dinner? Everybody having fun?” Nothing. (The next day) “Good morning! How’s emerging going?” “What?” “Oops! I meant everything, not emerging! Lol!”

Nothing. What an impressive economy of words, I told myself. Look at her not falling apart when I’m not around, I thought. Not at all like those stories of kids who go to college and can’t even select a class without mom’s help, I thought. And I mostly believed those things. But I also wondered if I was sort of fooling myself on this one — turning a blind eye to bad tech manners. When she first got a phone, I had to coach her to say “Goodbye” before she hung up on people. She wasn’t being intentionally rude; she just wasn’t used to having phone conversations that didn’t start and end with me handing her my phone to talk to people. I called Michelle Icard, author of “Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years” (Routledge) to get her take. I told her about the Springfield texts and that I was feeling a little snubbed. “That’s a situation where you’re extra eager for interaction and she’s extra distracted,” Icard said. “And that’s actually great.” How so? “The fact that she’s there, in the moment, is what we want,” she said. “We’re always preaching to our kids, ‘You need to be present. You need to focus on doing what you’re doing.’ It’s a bit of a catch-22 because then we encourage them to take themselves away from the moment and get on their phones to text us.” It’s a good sign, Icard said, that she doesn’t give in. “It shows you she’s independent, she’s not particularly homesick and you can have those heartfelt, connected conversations when she gets home.” With tweens and teens, as opposed to toddlers and little kids, parenting doesn’t always have to happen in the moment, Icard said. “Just like you can have a delayed reaction when they ask you a question, maybe about sex, that you’re not ready to answer,” she said. “Or they do something that requires a consequence. They’re old enough that they can wait. That applies to communication too. It doesn’t have to happen right then.”

In fact, it very often shouldn’t happen right then. I wrote about a study once that found 25 percent of teens say their parents expect a reply within five minutes of texting — even if the kids are driving. “We have a generation of parents that are used to being very connected with their children,” Stephen Wallace, chief executive officer of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), said about the study. “They’re looking for that constant communication.” Guilty. But willing to admit it and, more importantly, cut it out. We talked all about the trip the night she got home, just like parents and kids did before cellphones. None of my questions were autocorrected (emerging!), and all of her answers were multisyllabic. It was lovely. And from now on, when she leaves me — for a few hours or a few days — I’ll remember to respect her desire to stay in the moment. I’m so glad she takes such good care of herself.

Heidi Stevens is writer at the Chicago Tribune. Reach her at or on Twitter @heidistevens13

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Operation: Sleepover Back in my day, sleepovers were the norm. We would stay for weekends at our friends homes, and my mother didn’t even bat an eyelash. She knew TEANA MCDONALD the parents, she knew the kids and was comfortable allowing us to enjoy sleepovers and slumber parties with our friends. Growing up, my best friend Erika (God rest her soul) was NEVER, I mean NEVER, allowed to sleep out. Not even at my house, which was very weird since we’d been friends since fifth grade, we carpooled together and she came over all of the time. Fast forward to my current situation with two kids who ask me constantly to sleep over at their friends’ houses. I can really identify with Erika’s mom now. Every time they ask me to have a sleepover (yes, in front of the parents), I cringe. Not because I don’t like the parents or their friends, but because I truly feel like Erika’s mother (and I’m now being seen as weird). Sometimes, I blame it on my husband, and sometimes I get away with saying, “I’ll think about it.” The issue(s) for me stem from a few crazy thoughts that take up space in my mind: What if my kid wants to come home in the middle of the night? What if the kids don’t get along and my kid is miserable the entire time? What if they don’t lock the front door? What if they have guns in the home? What if cats sit on the counter while my kid is eating? Yes, these are the crazy things that run through my mind (and I know that I’m not alone). I almost feel like I need a checklist or questionnaire. That would be crazy, right? I sat down with a friend who also has reservations about sleepovers, and we both decided that her daughter will sleep at my house on a Friday, and my daughter will sleep at her house on Saturday (same weekend). That way we both knock it out in one weekend, and this will “hopefully” put an end to it, right? Or am I opening Pandora’s Box? Then there’s the boy who wants to have a sleepover with two other boys

(whom I know and adore). All I am thinking about is the three boys trolling the Internet and researching things that they shouldn’t. Not because they are bad kids (they’re not), but because they are curious boys in a room hanging out. Do I allow him to bring his electronics (so I can FaceTime him every hour) or do I say “no”? Yes, I know it’s my own anxiety, and I have to trust that my children will behave when their parents aren’t around, but it’s easier said than done. I’ve realized that all of these feelings have absolutely nothing to do with a sleepover. The bigger picture is that we

(parents) have to trust that we are raising our kids to be honest, respectful and generous when they are on their own. Also, it’s allowing me to start processing the power of letting go, which is so difficult at any age. So while my kids are screaming “Let It Go” in their Elsa voices, we are screaming “Stay With Me” in our Sam Smith voices. Let’s work together on trying to find a happy place with this entire “operation sleepover” thing. It’s hard, scary and unfamiliar, but there will be so many other moments that will be much more difficult than this. Wish me luck!

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every parent should know BY MARLA JO FISHER ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Being a mom has been a beautiful experience, mostly, when I didn’t feel like I was headed for a padded room. There are things, though, I wish people had warned me about. I didn’t take up motherhood until the advanced age of 46, and I never got an owner’s manual. So if you’re contemplating parenthood, consider this: Your child will never willingly put on outerwear of any kind – not a coat or hat – or use an umbrella before age 35. Just take a deep cleansing breath and let it go. And, yes, they will wear flip-flops in the rain. When my teens complain about being cold, I just look at them and say, “I have no pity for self-inflicted wounds.” Kids will not voluntarily starve to death. I knew a mom who fretted herself into a frenzy because her finicky son was going to camp, and she was sure he would pass out from malnourishment. Well, guess what? He ate heartily until he came home, then he turned on the finicky act again. My kids turned up their noses at Thai food until we went to Thailand and there was nothing else to eat. Guess what? They discovered they loved it. They need to participate in sports. If your precious ones don’t like team sports, get them into tennis or running or swimming. Don’t make it optional. Their bodies need exercise. I tried to convince my daughters’ best friends to join her basketball, soccer and softball teams, and their moms would always say, “Oh, she doesn’t like that.” Really? She never tried it. Just don’t encourage horseback riding unless you’re Bill Gates. My friend’s daughter rides English, and it’s bankrupting her. You will never again own white furniture. I walked past a lovely white couch in the window of a furniture store in Laguna Beach the other day and pondered the mystery of who would buy it: People who have houses so big they can ban kids and dogs from entering certain rooms (entirely possible in Laguna Beach) or people who have neither kids nor dogs. But, then, I spilled red wine on the only






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through the longest, most boring Little League game of all time. In Simi Valley. When it’s 111 degrees. And the coach is yelling at you because you keep running out and putting cold towels on your son’s neck. Oh, sorry. Sudden flashback. Ignore the peanut gallery. People who don’t have kids always seem to know the best ways to raise children, and they’re happy to share that with you, any time of day or night. Ditto with old folks who’ve forgotten what their own kids were like. Don’t be embarrassed. When your baby cries on the plane, just remind yourself of the 1,112 times you had to sit and listen to other people’s crying babies. Now it’s your turn. I remember being in a restaurant in Yucca Valley when my kids were little, blissfully happy that, for once, they were sitting nicely in their chairs and weren’t running around creating havoc, and I saw some crabby older woman glaring at them like they’d killed her dog. I looked over at my son, and he was very quietly shredding napkins into a neat little pile. I was just happy my kid had a new hobby. They need to do chores. Yes, I know it’s easier to do the housework yourself than to make them do it. But, unless they have a trust fund, your children will actually need to know how to clean things. When we went to Costa Rica, my kids were the only ones who could cook. How are these young adults going to survive, my friends, if they don’t know how to do common household tasks? Never let them see you sweat. Yes, it’s scary. But you can do it, my friends. You can do it.

white couch I ever owned 10 minutes after we took the plastic off, so I guess some of us are at fault, too. Your kids don’t have to like you. If they don’t hate your guts occasionally, you’re not doing it right. Yeah, yeah, you need to be sensitive to their tender little feelings and all that, but sometimes they just need to suck it up, and you need to make them. I’m always amazed when I hear parents say, “Well, Junior doesn’t want to do that.” Who the bleep cares what 5-year-old Junior wants? Get in the car, kid. You’re going. And if I find out you’re one of those parents who lets kids have parties with liquor, I will personally come over and kick your pants off. What are you teaching them? To break the law? You are not a bad parent. Any of your kids locked in the closet right now? Any of them have rickets? Do you beat them with a strap? Do you berate them and call them names? Are you drunk when they come home? Do you leave them with the nanny and stay out until 10 p.m.? If not, then you’re probably not a bad parent. Failing to make your child’s preschool graduation does not make you a bad parent. But failing to make their high school graduation does. They grow up ridiculously fast. It’s all over in the blink of an eye, my friends. Don’t think you’ll spend time with your kid later, because there isn’t any later. There is only now. Someday, when you’re on your deathbed, you won’t regret the times you missed work, but you will regret the times you didn’t spend with your children. Even if it means sitting






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Books, rewards and consistency help with potty training BY DAWN ANTIS THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Toddlers are typically ready to learn to use the toilet between 2 and 4 years of age. Just like crawling, walking or sleeping through the night, potty training is a learned skill that can’t be taught in one day. Rather than focusing on a specific age, you should begin potty training when your child shows multiple signs that they’re ready. Signs of readiness include waking up in the morning with a dry diaper, telling you when they’ve soiled their diaper, removing their soiled diaper and clothing, showing curiosity about your potty behavior, understanding potty-related words and showing interest in using a potty chair or toilet. Signs your toddler isn’t ready: Demanding their diaper be put back on after you remove it, being resistant or hysterical to the concept, unable to remove their own pants, can’t follow simple directions such


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as “sit on the potty” or “please flush.” If you’re looking for easy-to-follow instructions and getting the job done in the shortest amount of time, then the three-day method is for you. There are many variations of this approach, but the concept is the same. First, clear the calendar for 72 hours and remain at home on potty training lockdown, then ditch the diapers (but really just hide them because they are still going to be needed for naps and at night). Next, let your child be naked from the waist down. Give him lots of liquids and take him to the toilet every 15 minutes. When he goes in the potty, you can reward him. When he goes on the floor, clean it up and move forward without punishment. “I’ve seen the most success in potty training when parents take a weekend

or three days to completely focus on it,” says Taylor Pettit, a lead preschool teacher at the Goddard School in Ladera Ranch, Calif. For parents who prefer not to follow a textbook method, consider buying a potty chair and underwear once your child shows interest, and give them lots of reminders and encouragement. Introducing a potty-traning doll that can pee is also an effective approach. Pettit thinks rewards are also key and that it’s important to praise children even when they simply try to go. “I am a believer in rewarding, offer a sticker chart, marshmallows or even M&M’s,” Pettit says. When you’re not using the three-day method, you can take time to allow kids to practice. Have your child sit on the potty when they wake up in the morning and before and after naps and bedtime. Consider sticking with diapers or pull-ups at night. “A lot of families don’t understand the difference between potty training during the day and night,” says Michelle Donaghy, a certified Gentle Sleep Coach in Orange County, Calif. “The bladder has to grow to a certain size to hold enough liquid at night and a hormone from the brain has to start being secreted in order to tell the bladder to hold it. You can’t really train for that,” she adds. Consistency is key. “Once you put your child in underwear, don’t turn back (other than naptime and bedtime). It is beyond confusing for toddlers to go back and forth,” Pettit says. Educate yourself and your little one. “Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do it Once and Do It Right” and “Potty” are helpful books, and “Potty Power” is an insightful DVD. Keep your car stocked with a Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus Travel Potty & Trainer Seat or OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty for Travel. The PottyEZ Child Adult Toilet Seat is a great alternative to stand-alone toilets, which can get in the way at home. Lastly, have a sense of humor.

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Shootings, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, end-of-the-world predictions – even political coverage of current events – can be upsetting news for adults, not to mention kids. In our 24/7 news world, it’s become nearly impossible to shield them from distressing current events. Today, kids get news from everywhere. This constant stream of information shows up in shareable videos, posts, blogs, feeds and alerts. And since much of this content comes from sites that are designed for adult audiences, what your kids see, hear or read might not always be age-appropriate. Making things even more challenging is the fact that many kids are getting this information directly on their phones and laptops. Often parents aren’t around to immediately help their kids make sense of horrendous situations. The bottom line is that young kids simply don’t have the ability to understand news events in context, much less know whether or not a source of information is credible. And though older teens are better able to understand current events, even they face challenges when it comes to sifting fact from opinion _ or misinformation. No matter how old your kids are, threatening or upsetting news can affect them emotionally. Many can feel worried, frightened, angry, or even guilty. And these anxious feelings can last long after the news event is over. So what can you do as a parent to help your kids deal with all this information? TIPS FOR ALL KIDS Consider your own reactions. Your kids will look to the way you handle the news to determine their own approach. If you stay calm and rational, they will, too. Take action. Depending on the issue and kids’ ages, families can find ways to help those affected by the news. Kids can

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TIPS FOR KIDS UNDER 7 Keep the news away. Turn off the TV and radio news at the top of the hour and half hour. Read the newspaper out of range of young eyes that can be frightened by the pictures (kids may respond strongly to pictures of other kids in jeopardy). Preschool kids don’t need to see or hear about something that will only scare them silly, especially because they can easily confuse facts with fantasies or fears. Stress that your family is safe. At this age, kids are most concerned with your safety and separation from you. Try not to minimize or discount their concerns and fears, but reassure them by explaining all the protective measures that exist to keep them safe. If the news event happened far away, you can use the distance to reassure kids. For kids who live in areas where crime and violence is a very real threat, any news account of violence may trigger extra fear. If that happens, share a few ageappropriate tips for staying and feeling safe (being with an adult, keeping away from any police activity). Be together. Though it’s important to listen and not belittle their fears, distraction and physical comfort can go a long way. Snuggling up and watching something cheery or doing something fun together may be more effective than logical explanations about probabilities. TIPS FOR KIDS 8–12 Carefully consider your child’s maturity and temperament. Many kids can handle a discussion of threatening events, but if your kids tend toward the sensitive side, be sure to keep them away from the TV news; repetitive images and stories can make dangers appear greater, more prevalent and closer to home. Be available for questions and conversation. At this age, many kids will see the morality of events in stark black-andwhite terms and are in the process of developing their moral beliefs. You may have to explain the basics of prejudice, bias, and civil and religious strife. But be careful about making generalizations, because kids will take what you say to the bank. This is a good time to ask them what they know, since they’ll probably have gotten their information from friends, and you may have to correct facts. Talk about – and filter – news coverage.

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stages » child You might explain that even news programs compete for viewers, which sometimes affects content decisions. If you let your kids use the internet, go online with them. Some of the pictures posted are simply grisly. Monitor where your kids are going and set your URLs to open to nonnews-based portals.

TIPS FOR TEENS Check in. Since, in many instances, teens will have absorbed the news independently of you, talking with them can offer great insights into their developing politics and their senses of justice and morality. It will also help you get a sense of what they already know or have

learned about the situation from their own social networks. It will also give you the opportunity to throw your own insights into the mix (just don’t dismiss theirs, since that will shut down the conversation immediately). Let teens express themselves. Many teens will feel passionate about events and may even personalize them if someone they know has been directly affected. They’ll also probably be aware that their own lives could be affected by violence. Try to address their concerns without dismissing or minimizing them. If you disagree with media portrayals, explain why so your teens can separate the mediums through which they absorb news from the messages conveyed. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES For more information on how to talk to your kids about a recent tragedy, visit the National Association of School Psychologists,, or the American Psychological Association,

Marie-Louise Mares, associate professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, contributed to this article.

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of the news COMMON SENSE MEDIA If it’s tough for us grown-ups to figure out what’s real news and what’s fake these days, imagine how difficult it is for kids. Among hearing opinions at home, talking with friends, learning from teachers, reading things online or in print, and seeing news on television, kids have a lot of information to sift through and a lot of sources to evaluate. How can we help them? The answer is media literacy. And it starts with asking questions. By encouraging kids to question what they see and hear, you train them to think critically about information. With strong media-literacy skills, they’ll be informed, engaged, and less likely to be taken in by fake news. Here are some practical tips to help your kid be a smart consumer of the news. Don’t start believin’. While it’s important to be open-minded, in today’s world you have to be just a little skeptical of pretty much everything. – Little kids can build media-literacy skills by analyzing things such as toy packaging and cereal boxes. Tell them to put on their thinking caps (pantomime it!) to get them ready. – Tweens and teens can start with a little side-eye, especially at online news, and avoid sharing, forwarding and commenting on stories until they’ve verified

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stages » child that they’re true. It takes all kinds. Talk about how there are lots of different news sources: investigative journalism, research studies, opinion pieces, blogs, punditry, evening news, and so on. – Kids will hear about the news at home, at school, and in other communities they’re a part of. Explain that “wordof-mouth” stories and rumors aren’t always true. Playing an old-school game of telephone might illustrate how information can get twisted along the way. – Make sure kids know the difference between fact and opinion. If they’re older, talk about objective vs. subjective information and bias. Ask them for examples of undisputable facts and colorful opinions. – Explain the difference between established news organizations that follow certain professional standards and every other type of publisher. – Watch out for viral videos. Videos that circulate around the internet may or may not contain nuggets of real news, but they rarely represent the whole situation. And, like photos, videos can be doctored and edited to bend the truth. Check out Photoshop fails for visual examples. From both sides now. There’s usually more than one side to a story.

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stages » child – Talking about a real-life situation can help little kids understand the idea that different people have different points of view. Ask: “Remember when you and your sister were arguing? How many sides to the story were there?” – Older kids already understand the concept of perspective but might need help to transfer the idea to the news. Ask them to consider how different audiences (by gender, race, and culture) might interpret a story. Play bad cop. Interrogate the source.Walk kids through the questions they can ask to test a source’s validity: – Who made this? – Why did they make it? – Is it for or against something or someone? – Are they trying to get a big reaction from me or just inform me? How can I tell? – Is anyone else reporting this news? Look for signs that the source is legit and not fake, such as a clear “About Us” section and a standard URL (for example, “.com” instead of”). Older kids can dig deeper with factchecking websites like and Putting the pieces together. Sometimes the news can be like a puzzle with information coming in bits. – Just as with a puzzle, we need more than one piece to see the whole picture, so checking other sources is critical. – Remind kids that it’s hard to have all the facts all at once. Even respected news outlets make mistakes or jump the gun. It’s smart to wait to make up your mind about something until you have more information. – Model a wise approach to news by using media-literacy skills yourself. Show kids how you check other sources and ask questions to get as much truth as possible. – Leave some space for kids to make up their own minds. Of course we want them to respect our values and beliefs, but we also want kids to hold them up to the light to see for themselves.

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‘Irresistible’ technology is making our kids miss social cues BY HEIDI STEVENS CHICAGO TRIBUNE You probably don’t need Adam Alter to tell you that your kids are addicted to tech, or that the average American’s attention span is now officially shorter than a goldfish’s, or that Facebook is carefully designed to keep you scrolling endlessly. Those truths, by now, are what we call self-evident. But Alter’s new book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked” (Penguin), feels like required reading nonetheless. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t come across as antiALTER tech, even as he makes the case for curbing our tech addiction. Alter likes his screens and argues that they

improve our lives immeasurably. His title, after all, is “Irresistible” — a word we use to describe chocolate ice cream and baby cheeks. “We have these tools at our disposal that make life so much easier,” said Alter, an associate professor of marketing at New York University. “The trick is finding a way to use them sustainably, particularly for our children.” His book explores the roots of our tech addiction — from the pleasure centers in our brains that are activated by Facebook “likes” to the psychological tricks web designers use to keep us hooked — and

argues that we have a responsibility (and the power) to minimize the dangerous effects. “I’m not advocating we treat tech like a drug,” he said. “We’re not talking about heroin, where your kid goes near it once and there’s trouble.” But devices — and the websites, apps and games that fill them — are designed to capture and hold our attention for as long as possible, which makes it extremely difficult for kids and adults alike to regulate our use. “Instagram, like so many other social media platforms, is bottomless,” Alter writes. “Facebook has an endless feed; Netflix automatically moves on to the next episode in a series; Tinder encourages users to keep swiping in search of a better option. ... According to Tristan Harris,



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a design ethicist, the problem isn’t that people lack willpower; it’s that ‘there are a thousand people on the other side of the screen whose job is to break down the self-regulation you have.’” Alter spells out research that shows kids who spend a lot of time staring at screens suffer from an inability to empathize and read social cues. “There’s a critical period of maturation, when kids stop parallel play and start engaging with other kids, where they pick up the social skills they’ll use and hone throughout their lives,” he said. “If you aren’t sitting face-to-face, you never really learn what works and what doesn’t and how to discover subtle differences between emotions.” When kids are asked to detect people’s emotions — happy, sad, angry, surprised — based on nonverbal cues, those who spend a lot of time on tech struggle to decipher one emotion from another at a much higher rate than kids who spend more time interacting in the real world, Alter said. “And we don’t know how this will turn out long-term for kids who’ve spent the majority of their lives in a screen world,” he said. “Will their overexposure to screens mean they’re generally not as adept, socially, as previous generations?” For argument’s sake, I asked Alter what makes the buried-in-tech experience so different from a kid who spends childhood buried in books — also avoiding interactions in the real world. “If you can show me a kid who spends as much time buried in books as kids do on tech, I would also be worried about that kid,” Alter said. “But beyond that, books don’t have the same hooks as screens, which give us so much feedback so rapidly that we’re not allowed to get bored. You have to be very self-motivated to keep your nose buried in book after book.” And books move slowly. “One of the things that happens with our brains is we get used to whatever is the most rapid thing we’re experiencing,” Alter said. “If you put a kid in front of something high-paced, say ‘SpongeBob,’ that kid assumes that’s the natural pace of things.” Not so with a book, or even slowerpaced games and programs, such as “Sesame Street,” Alter said. With older kids who rely on their phones to survive and thrive socially, Alter said, it’s important to discuss limits without demonizing tech. Better, he argues, to familiarize yourself with the

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stages » child platforms they use most and strike up frequent conversations about them — ideally without seeming bewildered. “If you care about your kids’ well-being, it’s worth understanding the dynamics that influence their behavior,” he said. “Ask them how Snapchat works, even if they laugh at you.” At the very least, it gives you one more thing to talk about, which is increasingly important in a screen-filled world. “Every day, pedestrian, mundane interactions are the glue that sticks us together and makes us feel closer to people,” Alter said. “I think that’s what we’re largely losing when we retreat to our screens — those small, minute interactions that help us feel close to other people and help us understand who they are.” Losing that would truly be tragic.

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“All lives will have disappointments, so learn how to deal with them,” said Roy Baumeister, a social psychologist and author of “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.” A recent study by researchers at the University of Arizona found that kids who were over-parented and weren’t disappointed had an exaggerated sense of entitlement. They became adults who were less confident about overcoming challenges. “Disappointment happens not only to kids, but to all of us on a daily basis starting from a really young age,” said Madeline Levine, San Francisco-based author of “The Price of Privilege” and “Teach Your Children Well.” The baby cries, and you’re 30 seconds late to pick him up, or he can’t figure out how to crawl to his toy. “It’s important to continue to make this a regular part of life, and I think you should start doing it really early. It’s like a vaccination,” Levine said. She suggests using age-appropriate disappointments, like refusing to give kids candy, so that they build resilience for big disappointments that may come later, such as a broken engagement. “You’re doing a great favor by helping them use their resources to problem solve,” Levine said. But it’s tempting not to do it, Levine

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stages » child said, describing one mother whose 11-year-old wasn’t invited to a birthday party, so she threw a more extravagant birthday party, inviting the same children. “That sort of thinking is miserable for a kid, because it’s retaliatory and does nothing to help the child to think through it: ‘Is there a reason why I wasn’t invited? Why does it matter to me? Should I talk to this girl?’ ” Levine asked. “There’s a checklist of things that help us deal with disappointment.” That’s why you need to tolerate it when your children are distressed, she said. Falcone likened it to a biology experiment she did in school when she wasn’t allowed to help a chick hatch. If she helped the chicken hatch in the egg, the chick would die. “They needed the exercise, the struggle of pushing against the shell, to strengthen its muscles to stand and walk and get itself around,” Falcone said. For parents – particularly those who have always rescued their children – it’s not too late to work on building resiliency. You could begin with homework or with the morning routine, Falcone said. Don’t race over to help with homework; let your child struggle to get herself dressed. It’s not necessary to announce big changes are coming, Falcone said. “Tiny little steps will help,” she said. Falcone also suggested enlisting support when you start making changes. The hardest part of disappointing a child is fearing that you’re going to let him down or lose his love, Falcone said. But neither will be the case, and a friend or therapist may help keep you on track, she said.

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Through April 16 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY Miami-Dade Youth Fair. Rides, games, exhibits, food, concerts, entertainment and more. Fair Expo Center at Tamiami Park, 10901 Coral Way, Miami. Tickets start at $7 at the gate. Discounts available online.

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South Florida Parenting Spring Festival And Egg-A-Palooza. Egg hunt, bunny scavenger hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment, food trucks, arts and crafts, games, prizes, giveaways, balloon artists, face painting, bounce houses and family-friendly exhibitors. $8 per person; babies under 18 months, free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.

Saturday, April 22 BROWARD COUNTY FREE Pines Day 57th Birthday Celebration. Celebrate the city’s birthday with free children’s rides, Royal Court Pageant Contents, the Kids Konnection Business Expo, children’s stage performances, a cake cutting ceremony and a food truck invasion. 12-6 p.m. Pembroke Pines city Center, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines.

1 SATURDAY FREE First Saturday at Gold Coast Railroad Museum. Fun, food, bounce houses and train rides. Nominal fee for food and train rides. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 13450 SW 152nd St., Miami. Discovery at Deering. First Saturday of every month. Plant mangroves and build your own terrarium. RSVP required. $15. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami.

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promotions. 6-9 p.m. Grand Avenue, Main Highway, Commodore Plaza and Fuller Street, Coconut Grove. FREE April Pool’s Day. Pool fun, music, education experiences and demonstrations. Food available for purchase. Noon-4 p.m. Mullins Park Pool, 10180 NW 29th St., Coral Springs. Sunny Isles Beach Farmer’s Market. Fresh produce and baked goods. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Town Center Park, 17200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach.

2 SUNDAY Food Play for Kids. The domains of art and food collide in an interactive exploration for kids ages 3-12. Children will learn about various veggies and eat as they play. $25. 1-3 p.m. Wynwood Yard, The lots at 56, 64 and 70 NW 29th St., Miami. Sunday Sounds at Fairchild. Live music performed by student ensembles from the Frost School of Museum. Included with Garden admission. 1 p.m. Glasshouse Café, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables.

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» fairs & festivals MIAMI RIVER DAY FESTIVAL April 1. Free Miami boat tours, live music, historic re-enactors, environmental education and kids’ activities. 1-6 p.m. Lummus Park, 250 NW N. River Drive, Miami.

showing what communities are doing to protect the environment. Food, sodas, beer and wine will be available for purchase. $10 per person. 6-9:30 p.m. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter.

FORT LAUDERDALE PIZZA FESTIVAL April 1. Event features local pizza and national pizza joints, local art and entertainment, a family-friendly kids’ zone and a pizza eating competition. $30. 1-6 p.m. War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale.

DANIA BEACH ARTS AND SEAFOOD CELEBRATION April 8-9. Live music, performance art, juried fine art vendors, family activities and seafood. Frost Park, 300 NE Second St., Dania Beach. Free.

HATSUME FAIR April 1-2. Entertainment, artisans, plant vendors, Japanese foods, martial arts, bonsai and Japanese flower arranging demonstrations, taiko drumming, characters, anime costume contest, fashion show. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Adults, $15; ages 4-10, $10. TAMARAC ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL April 1-2. Exhibits from artists and artisans, a children’s festival, live entertainment, interactive robot demonstrations by middle and high school students. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac. Free. CRAWDEBAUCHERY FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL April 1-2. Live music, New Orleans food and drinks, arts and crafts booth area, KidZone and crawfish boil. $35; 10 and under free. 12 p.m. Pompano Beach Amphitheater Field, 1806 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach. WORLD FEST April 2. Food, entertainment, arts, crafts, Kid’s World. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2575 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. Parking, $3. living/events/worldfest GRILLIN N CHILLIN April 2. BBQ in every style, pop-up sports bar, live band, arts and crafts, food vendors, and Kids’ Zone. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. MANA Wynwood, 2217 NW Fifth Ave., Miami. $8-$13. TOMORROW’S RAINBOW POP MUSIC FESTIVAL April 2. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy a live music celebration supporting children’s grief. Suggested donation, $10. 12-5 p.m. The Ranch, 4341 NW 39th Ave., Cconut Creek. DELRAY AFFAIR April 7-9. Fine arts and crafts from around the world. 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Free.

SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL AT FAIRCHILD April 8-9. Garden tips, local food, artisan vendors and plat sale. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL Through April 9. See more than 800 paper lanterns crafted into 40 glowing sets, plus martial arts performances, folk art, a dinosaur empire, and more. 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. $25; children $15; under 4 free. Discount tickets online. Parking free. Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton. NATIONAL PARK WEEK April 15-23. Free entrance days at all National Parks. Visit website for locations.

REDLAND BLUES AND BARBECUE FESTIVAL April 22-23. Award-winning barbecue, blues and country music, kids’ activities, pony rides. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2480 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. Ages 12 and up, $8. GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE April 22. Set a world record for the number of cloth diapers changed at one time. Visit website for location. BLUE WILD OCEAN ADVENTURE EXPO April 22-23. See 160 exhibitors, seminars and demonstrations covering watersports, adventure travel, beachwear fashion, water toys and a Kids’ Corner. Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 13 and older, $20. OUR KIDS WORLD FAMILY FUN FEST April 29-30. Educational activities, entertainment, sports mascots, petting zoo and more. Free tickets available on website. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm. $8; ages 12 and under, $5. Play-all-day wristbands, $10.

MIAMI-DADE YOUTH FAIR Through April 16. Rides, exhibits, food, live concerts, entertainment and more. Fair Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami. Tickets start at $10. WYNWOOD LIFE April 21-23. Enjoy top street artists painting live, local bands, a pop-up gallery, the Style Lounge & Runway, the Wynwood Culinary Showcase, over 150 arts & crafts vendors and food trucks. Mana Wynwood, 2250 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. LION COUNTRY SAFARI PARTY FOR THE PLANET April 21-22. Free crafts and fun games with staff art show. 12-4 p.m. 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee. SOUTH FLORIDA SURFERS FOR AUTISM BEACH FESTIVAL April 21-23. Concerts, surfing, food trucks and paddleboarding. Participants must have autism or other related developmental delay with an IEP or equivalent and be at least 4 years old. 9 a.m.4 p.m. 149 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach. Free.

WILD AND SCENIC FILM FEST April 8. A series of international short films

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Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $5. 786-3859689 or PAMM Free Second Saturdays. Hands-on activities and guided tours. 1-5 p.m. Perez Art Museum, 2203 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. or 786-345-5643 HistoryMiami Family Fun Days. Educational, hands-on activities and kid-themed projects. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Second Saturday of the month. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Sensory Saturday. Yoga, art and other sensory experiences for children with sensory processing disorders and their families. 9-11 a.m. Second Saturday of the month. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. $15. RSVP. 305-373-5437 ext. 100 Autism Awareness Day. Meet community professionals, participate in an interactive music session and learn the benefits of music therapy. Included with museum admission. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Caribbean Market Day. Fresh fruit and vegetables, Caribbean food, handmade arts and crafts and afro-Caribbean entertainment. Second Saturday of every month. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 5925 NE Second Ave., Miami.

9 SUNDAY Family Day on Aragon. Featured Film: “Despicable Me 3D.” Admission includes popcorn and soda. 11 a.m. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $5. 786-385-9689 or FREE Family Fun Fest. “Something’s Fishy.” Learn about the scaly, gilled swimmers in the sea. 1-4 p.m. Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead. Oleta River Canoe Tour. Ages 7 and up. $30. 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. Second Sunday and fourth Saturday of each month. Meet at East Greynolds Park, 16700 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach. RSVP at 305-666-5585

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trips, and participate in athletic activities. Bring water, lunch, protection from the sun and closed-toe shoes. Ages 6-12. Registration is $35 per child, $31.50 for a sibling. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. A.D. Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave., Miami.

11 TUESDAY FREE Family Fun Night. Wear pajamas to participate in stories, songs and activities. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Coconut Grove Branch Library, 2875 McFarlane Road, Miami. 305-442-8595

14 FRIDAY Family Fun Movie. Watch “Zootopia” in the Banyan Bowl. $8. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Movie begins at 8 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57 Ave., Pinecrest. FREE Little Havana Art Walk. Meet artists and see new work. Second Friday of every month. 7-11 p.m. Along Southwest Eighth Street between Twelfth and Seventeenth Avenues.

15 SATURDAY FREE GO GO MOA+D. Kid-friendly tour of museum exhibits and hands-on art activities. Third Saturday of every month. 12-4 p.m. Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design, 600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. 304-237-7700 FREE Bird Road Art Walk. Art, music, poetry and more in one of Miami’s artist communities. Third Saturday of every month. 7-10 p.m. Bird Road Art District, 7259 SW 48th St., Miami. 305-332-1905

FREE Yoga Mornings. All ages and levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat and juice or water. 9-10 a.m. New World Center, 400 17th St., Miami Beach.

16 SUNDAY Food Play for Kids. The domains of art and food collide in an interactive exploration for kids ages 3-12. Children will learn about various veggies and eat as they play. $25. 1-3 p.m. Wynwood Yard, The lots at 56, 64 and 70 NW 29th St., Miami. Spring Fling. Peter Rabbit puppet show, relay race, egg hunts and arts and crafts. Included with museum admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami.

21 FRIDAY FREE Wynwood Life 2017. Artists painting and musicians performing live, an Art House pop-up galler, a Style Lounge & Runway, arts and craft vendors and food trucks. 5-9 p.m. Mana Wynwood, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami. Nature Film Night. Watch a nature film in the Banyan Bowl. $8. Gates open at 7 p.m. Movie begins at 8 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57 Ave., Pinecrest.

FREE Target Third Friday at Miami Children’s Museum. Explore the museum for free. 3-9 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami.

FREE Tour of Freedom Tower and Museum of Art + Design. Learn the history of Freedom Tower and see current exhibitions the second floor. Third Saturday of every month. Limit 25 people. 2 p.m. Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design, 600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. RSVP to or 305-237-7700 FREE Coconut Grove Bike Tour. Free bicycle tour of the neighborhood’s architecture. Bring water, sunblock and a bike. Preregistration required. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Coconut Grove City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove. 786-346-3356

22 SATURDAY Junior Naturalist Earth Keepers Club. Students will meet bees and learn how they live and what they do. $20 per person. 10 a.m. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. RSVP to Oleta River Canoe Tour. Ages 7 and up. $30. 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. Second Sunday and fourth Saturday of




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each month. Meet at East Greynolds Park, 16700 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach. RSVP at 305-666-5585 Earth Day Extravaganza. Arts and crafts and demonstrations on recycling and water conservation. Storytime includes a reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Included with museum admission. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Storytime. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers can see the gallery, read a story and do a related art activity in PAMM’s Knight Education Center. Fourth Saturday of the month. Preregistration required. Included with museum admission. 1-2 p.m. Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd.

23 SUNDAY Old Time Dances. Dance contras, circles, squares and waltzes. Bring a blanket and a picnic. $10, adults; ages 9 and under, free. 6:30-10 p.m. The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Miami. park/the-barnacle Earth Day Festival. Workshops, food demonstrations, planting activities and sales, an eco-fashion show, green vendors, wildlife shows, school performances, crafts for kids, ladybug releases and more. Free. 12-4 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest.

24 MONDAY Mini Mini Monday: Celebrating Week of the Young Child. Kids can develop math, language and literacy skills through music. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami.

26 WEDNESDAY FREE Miami Beach Food Truck & Music Fest. Food trucks and area restaurants. 5-10 p.m. Fourth Wednesday of the month. Northshore Park Bandshell, Collins Avenue and 73rd Street.

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of the month. Domino Park, SW 15th Avenue and 8th Street, Miami. 305-643-5500 or FREE Food Trucks. Every fourth Friday of the month. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Road, Miami. Family Fun Movie. Watch “Finding Dory” in the Banyan Bowl. $8. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Movie begins at 8 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57 Ave., Pinecrest.

29 SATURDAY New World School Chamber concert. Browse the farmer’s market, enjoy the Splash ‘n’ Play and petting zoo, and hear the New World School Chamber students perform at the Banyan Bowl. Included with admission. 2 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. Miss Nelson is Missing. The play based on a popular children’s book tells the story of students who search for their teacher to escape their substitute. $20. 2-4 p.m. Actors’ playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.

30 SUNDAY FREE Art in the Park with Marie. Ages toddlers-8. Create something new each month out on the lawn under the shade of the Banyan tree. Supplies included. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Last Sunday of the month. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 305-673-7256 FREE Sponsor an Athlete 5k. All proceeds go to Special Olympics Miami-Dade County. Early registration, $25. 8 a.m. Gulliver Preparatory School, 6575 N. Kendall Drive, Pinecrest. Food Play for Kids. The domains of art and food collide in an interactive exploration for kids ages 3-12. Children will learn about various veggies and eat as they play. $25. 1-3 p.m. Wynwood Yard, The lots at 56, 64 and 70 NW 29th St., Miami.






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Email us at Miami International University of Art & Design is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 45 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of Argosy University. Miami International University of Art & Design 1501 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 100 Miami, FL 33132 © 2017 The Art Institutes. All rights reserved. Our email address is See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info. Our instruction is only offered in English. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

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BROWARD 1 SATURDAY Gold Coast Gunslingers. Ages 10 and up can watch a cowboy action match. $15 per person. Holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 person. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 954-3575143 Breakfast At Gulfstream. Character appearances, giveaways and prizes, and guest speakers. $10 buffett breakfast includes free T-shirt. 8-11 a.m. Stretch’s Tiki Bar, Champions Plaza, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. Bird Walk. A naturalist-led walk of just over two miles to look for the many bird species that live in an around the park. Preregistration required. 8:30-10:30 a.m. 1720 Deerfield Island Park, Deerfield Beach. 954-357-5100 FREE Me and My Dad Challenge. Broward County’s male role models and their children are invited to participate in fun activities and win prizes. Bring swim gear for water activities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. View the Stars at Fox Observatory. View the night sky with assistance from members of the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association at the park’s observatory. Sunset- midnight. Call for prices. Markham Park, 16001 W State Road 84, Sunrise. Gate entrance fee of $1.50.

2 SUNDAY Bird Walk. A naturalist-led walk of just over two miles to look for the many bird species that live in an around the park. Preregistration required. 8-10 a.m. Tall Cypress Natural Area, 3700 Turtle Run Blvd., Coral Springs. 954357-5100 Be Kind to Animals: Critters Matter. Each week guests will be introduced to a featured animal. 11 a.m. Sundays. Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. Donations appreciated.


Find vintage cars, collectible vehicles and vendors at this family-friendly event. First Sunday of every month. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1900 block of Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood. Thin Mint Sprint. Those who finish the 5k will receive a box of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. $20, registered Girl Scouts; $30, non-registered; $15, Tagalong Trot for 8 and under. 7:30 a.m. T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood.


FREE Artist Encounter Series at IKEA Sunrise. Live demonstrations, performances or hands on workshops. 1-4p.m. First Sunday of the month. IKEA Sunrise, 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. 888- 8884532 or

3 MONDAY Food Trucks At Artspark. Over 20 different food trucks. 5:30-10 p.m. Mondays. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free admission. 954-9213500

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4 TUESDAY Family Nights With Food Trucks. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. Free. 954-357-5135

6 THURSDAY FREE First Thursdays: Starry Nights. Light refreshments in the museum cafe, exhibits and hands-on art projects. 4-8 p.m. NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Food Truck Invasion. 5-10 p.m. First and third Thursday of the month. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Free.



First Friday Food Trucks. A gathering of eats on wheels and live music. 5-9 p.m. Parking lot of Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. 954-473-2955 Family Fun Fridays. Free entertainment, and a different line up of activities and entertainers every week. 7-9 | 305.341.0247


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JOIN US THIS SUMMER AS WE TRAVEL AROUND THE GLOBE! Discover different countries, cultures, art, music and science!



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p.m. Fridays. The Village at Gulfstream Park, Champions Plaza, 501 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach.

Artspark Funtastic Fridays And Movie Night. Bounce house, face painters and more. Movie begins at 8 p.m. 5-8 p.m. Fridays at ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. Used Book Sale. Support Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Library. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-7972140 FREE Bite-sized Learning Lunch. Have lunch with a naturalist and learn about Florida plants, animals and habitats. Bring your own lunch. Preregistration required. 12:15 -12:45 p.m. 1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park.

8 SATURDAY Family Fun Day. Interactive art session and museum exploration for ages 3 and up. Second Saturday of every month. $4, presale. $5 at the door. 3 p.m. Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. Used Book Sale. Support Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Library. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-7972140 FREE Hop into Spring. Meet small furry and feathered animals and make crafts with the family. Preregistration required. Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale.

9 SUNDAY FREE The Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam. Bluegrass, folk and mountain music. Bring an instrument if you’d like, but please leave amps at home. 5-7 p.m. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road S., Coconut Creek. 954-357-5295 Music at the Mangrove. All ages are invited to a free chamber music concert. Donations will benefit the Friends of Anne Kolb Nature Center. 2-4 p.m. Anne Kolb

Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. 954-3575161 Night Hike. Naturalist-led walk through nature. Preregistration required. $5. 7 p.m. 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach. 954-357-8884 FREE Retooled Workshop. New art project every second Sunday of the month provided by Young At Art Museum. First 25 participants receive an IKEA gift. 4-6 p.m. IKEA Sunrise, 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. ikea. com/us/en/store/sunrise

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13 THURSDAY FREE Concerts in the Park. Food trucks, bounce house and live music. Second Thursday of every month. 6-9 p.m. Old Davie Bandshell, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie.

14 FRIDAY FREE Dania Beach Neighborhood Nights. Family-friendly block party with music, interactive art, movies, games, a barbecue and more. PATCH Market will sell organically-grown produce. Second Friday of the month. PATCH Urban Farm and Market, 1201 W. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach. FREE Music under the Stars. Music on the great lawn. Second Friday of every month. 7-9 p.m. Atlantic and Pompano Beach Boulevards, Pompano Beach. Gulfstream Park’s Spring Extravaganza. Free, outdoor fun with an Easter Bunny meet and greet, DJ, face painting, balloon artists, games, dancing, sing-alongs and giveaways. 6-9 p.m. Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach.

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Summer Jamz Summer Camp JUNE 19-AUGUST 11, 2017 Camp Day 9-3 $200 Half day 9-12 $150 Full day 7:30-5:30 $250 Daily rates available Field trips are all in house.

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Chapel Trail Elementary in West Pembroke Pines Manatee Bay Elementary in Weston (2 camps at this location) Mirror Lake Elementary in Planation Hollywood Central Elementary in Hollywood Palm Cove Elementary in Pembroke Pines Park Trails Elementary in Parkland Tradewinds Elementary in Coconut Creek (pending School Board approval) Winston Park Elementary in Coconut Creek (pending School Board approval)

CAMPS AT OUR ALPHABETLAND PRESCHOOLS: Alphabetland in Coconut Creek/Margate # 954-978-2900 Alphabetland in North Lauderdale/Tamarac # 954-720-9034

Please ask about our Alphabetland Summer Camp for ages 6 weeks – 5 ½ years

CAMPS AT PARKS:  CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines  TY Park in Hollywood Licensed and Insured We do not discriminate against any child on the basis of religion, race, national origin, color, sex or handicap.

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FREE Moonlight Movie in the Park. Watch “The Secret Life of Pets.” Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Road, Weston.

FREE Natural Area Geocaching Adventure Series. Use GPS or a smartphone to explore habitats and search for geocaches. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Bringing drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent is recommended. Preregistration required. Third Saturday of every month. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Helene Klein Pineland Preserve, 4701 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Coconut Creek. 954357-5110 Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk. Visit galleries and shops and enjoy art, live music, an artisan market and a guided mural tour. Third Saturday of every month. 5-10 p.m. Downtown Hollywood. Model Train Rides. Functioning model steam train runs the third weekend of the month. Adult must ride with children under 10; pregnant women not allowed to ride. $1.50 for rides, additional $1.50 for weekend entry fee to park for ages 6 and up. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek.

16 SUNDAY Team/Family Shutterbug Photo Hunt. Nature Photography class followed by a photo hunt. Participants will take one picture home in a frame they decorate. Preregistration required. $10 per team. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road S., Coconut Creek. 954-357-5198

FREE North Beach Village Resort Easter Sunday. Decorate an Easter bag for an egg hunt, one for children 5 and under and one for ages 5-12. Noon. Beach Gardens, 533 Orton Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Model Train Rides. Functioning model steam train runs the third weekend of the month. Adult must ride with children under 10; pregnant women are not allowed to ride. $1.50 for rides, additional $1.50 for weekend entry

fee to park for ages 6 and up. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek.

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for a picnic that requires no other prep on your part. 5-9:30 p.m. Brian Piccolo Park, 9501 Sheridan St., Hollywood.

20 THURSDAY Food Truck Invasion. 5-10 p.m. First and third Thursday of the month. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Free.

21 FRIDAY Kids Night at the Museum. Parents can have a night on the town while kids enjoy games, art activities, pizza and popcorn, and a movie screening. Bring a blanket, pillow and pajamas. Ages 5-12. 6-11 p.m. $35 for members, $40 for non-members. Young At Art, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie.

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Night Hike. Naturalist-led walk through nature. Preregistration required. $5. 7:30 p.m. Woodmont Natural Area, 7250 NW 80th Ave., Tamarac. 954-357-5110 FREE Movies on the Lawn. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics for a feature presentation on the great lawn. Atlantic and Pompano Beach Boulevards, Pompano Beach.


22 SATURDAY Used Book Sale. Support Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Library. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-7972140 IKEA Design Nation. Through April 23. Activities celebrating the opening of the film Dream Big 3D include the IKEA building challenge, Earthquake Tables, Build a City, Windy City Tower, Mission: Egg Drop, Little Engineers Zone and K’nex Building Zone. Included with museum admission. Noon-4 p.m. Museum of Discover and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. FREE Pines Day 57th Birthday Celebration. Celebrate the city’s birthday with free children’s rides, Royal Court Pageant Contents, the Kids Konnection Business Expo, children’s stage performances, a cake cutting ceremony and a food truck invasion. 12-6 p.m. Pembroke Pines city Center, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. Hollywood Runs for Haiti 5K Run/Walk. Support an orphanage, school and community center in Haiti for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Adults, $25; 18 and under, $15. 7:30 a.m. Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, Charnow Park, 300 Garfield St., Hollywood.

23 SUNDAY IKEA Design Nation. Activities celebrating the opening of the film Dream Big 3D include the IKEA building challenge, Earthquake Tables, Build a City, Windy City Tower, Mission: Egg Drop, Little Engineers Zone and K’nex Building Zone. Included with museum admission. Noon-4 p.m. Museum of Discover and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Hollywood Healing Haiti. Concert benefits Project Papillon Orphanage and Community Youth Center in Portau-Prince, Haiti. Free. 1-5 p.m. Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood. FREE Join the Force to Protect the Earth. The Sierra Club’s Broward chapter and other environmental groups are hosting event with booths, displays, speakers, demonstrations and free activities for Earth Month. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood.

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Food Truck Invasion. A variety of cuisine and treats. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 5-9:30 p.m. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-3578870.

28 FRIDAY FREE Tunes & Trucks Concert Series. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy food trucks and live music by Havoc 305. Food trucks 6 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m. Sunrise Civic Amphitheater, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise.

29 SATURDAY American Parkinson’s Disease Association’s Second Annual Optimism Walk. Fundraising event includes a 1.8-mile walk, music, prizes and more. Participants can walk as little or as much as they choose. 9:30 a.m. Tradewinds Park, 3600 Sample Road, Coconut Creek.

30 SUNDAY Sunday in the Park: A Taste of Hollywood. Food, wine, craft beer, art, music and a business expo. For the kids, age-appropriate cooking lessons, face painting and more in the Mizart’s Kidz Korner. Noon-5:30 p.m. ArtsPark at Young Circle, One N. Young Circle, Hollywood. Great Strides Hollywood. This 5k walk raises awareness about Cystic Fibrosis and raises funds to support programs and services for the disease. 7-11 a.m. North Beach Park, 3601 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. Lauderdale?pg=entry&fr_id=6036

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5 WEDNESDAY Explorium Science Squad. Kids investigate a topic as a team through hands-on learning. Ages 7-9. Resident, $10. Non-resident, $12.50. 4 p.m. Friday Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton.



Hack Shack Tech Club. Kids make a virtual Magic

Hike through History. Ages 5 and up can participate in a 2-mile hike through historic points of interest in the natural area surrounding the lighthouse. Registration required. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter. WPBF 25 Health and Safety Festival. Dr. Oz and Amy Robach will speak, plus a Kids Zone for face painting, arts and crafts, jugglers, balloon artists and more fun. Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Guided Pedal. A naturalist guides the way down the trails of Riverbend Park. Bicycles available to rent from Canoe Outfitters (561-746-7053). Enjoy s’mores at the end. Ages 8 and up. $5 per person. Preregistration required. 9:30 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter.

2 SUNDAY ARTful Adventure Sunday. Create art in a workshop led by experienced art educators. $5 per family. 2-3 p.m. Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Make & Take. Kids explore renewable resources. $5 per person. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton.

4 TUESDAY Explorium Science Squad. Kids investigate a topic as a team through hands-on learning. Ages 5-6. Resident, $10. Non-resident, $12.50. 4 p.m. Friday Children’s Sci-

8-ball while practicing basic programming techniques. Members, $15. Nonmembers, $20. 5-7 p.m. South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach.

7 FRIDAY Astronomy Night. Use solar scopes and discuss the solar eclipse coming in August. $10 adults, $5 kids. 6 -8 p.m. Loggerhead Marine Life Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. FREE Movies in the Park. Bring a beach chair or a blanket and catch a movie on a large inflatable screen. 6 p.m. Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 561-737-3256 FREE First Friday Art Walk. Explore the art of Downtown Delray. 6-9 p.m. East Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Delray Beach. FREE Wetlands & Wildlife. Guided ¾- mile tour of Florida’s wetland birds and ecosystems. Ages 7-adult. 8:30 a.m. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach.

8 SATURDAY FREE Family Movie Night. Free outdoor movie series. JTAA’s Jupiter Mustangs will be selling concessions. 7:30 p.m. Abacoa Community Park, 1501 Frederick Small Road, Jupiter. Seining the Lagoon. Catch and release fish, shrimp, crabs and more in the Intracoastal Waterway behind Gumbo Limbo. Ages 10-adult. Members, $7; Non-mem-

bers, $10. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-544-8615 Guided Paddle. Explore 5 miles of backwaters of Riverbend with a naturalist as a guide. Canoe and kayaks available to rent from Canoe Outfitters (561-746-7053). Ages 8 and up. $10 per person. Preregistration required. 9:30 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. FREE Healthy Kids Day. Bounce houses, rock climbing wall, petting zoo, Y Bike safety demonstrations and helmet giveaways, an egg scavenger hunt, water slide, sports clinic, live entertainment, family fun games, food trucks and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton, 6631 Palmetto Circle S., and DeVos-Blum Family YMCA of Boynton Beach, 9600 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach. FREE Flamingo Quest. Carpool caravan to see the flamingos that visit the Stormwater Treatment Area. $5 suggested donation. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mile marker 50.5, U.S. 27, South Bay.

“Drop it, Thrill it, Float it, Launch it, Clean it.” The Florida Engineering Society and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium present their 31st annual engineering design competition. Elementary, middle and high school students can participate to win cash and prizes in their age category. Pre-registration by April 5 at 5 p.m. $3 per participant. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach.

9 SUNDAY South Florida Parenting Spring Festival And Egg-A-Palooza. Egg hunt, bunny scavenger hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment, food trucks, arts and crafts, games, prizes, giveaways, balloon artists, face painting, bounce houses and family-friendly exhibitors. $8 per person; babies under 18 months, free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Cars and Coffee Palm Beach. Auto enthusiasts gather to display cars of many varieties. Free for specta-




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» theater, shows, & concerts THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER April 1. Spend time with Piglet, Tigger, Christopher Robin and Pooh. After the show, Hoffman’s Chocolates will provide complimentary treats. $16-18. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

MIAMI CITY BALLET PROGRAM FOUR Dancers perform George Balanchine choreography set to Mozart. Through April 2. Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. April 8-9. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER Physical comedy, juggling, acrobats and trained cats and dogs. April 18. Crest Theater at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. $25, adults; $15, student. April 22. Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura. $40-50. aventuracenter. org

“MESSIAH” April 1. The Demetrius Klein Dance Company will perform a shortened version for kids and families. Pay what you can. 11 a.m. Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1300 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach.

WE ROCK FOR AUTISM CONCERT April 15. The band Fairly Amazing will perform at the third annual Concert for Acceptance. 8-11 p.m. Gigi’s Music Café, 4385 NW 88th Ave., Sunrise.

FOR CHILDREN: MEET THE ORCHESTRA April 22. Families can interact with the Symphonia’s conductor and musicians and attend a live dress rehearsal. Children can hold and learn about instruments. Adults, $5. Children, free. Preregistration required. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. The Roberts Theater at Andrews Hall, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton.

DISNEY ON ICE: WORLD’S OF ENCHANTMENT See characters from Frozen, Toy Story, Cars and the Little Mermaid performing on the ice. Tickets start at $16. Through April 2. BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway, Sunrise. April 5-9. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Maimi. THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE April 6. Jerry Springer hosts the interactive stage show. Tickets start at $42.50. 7:30 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs.

STAR STORIES April 15. Interactive shadow puppet and storytelling performance explains constellations and the myths and folktales they’re named for. $8, adults; $6, children. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. THE FROG PRINCE April 22. The puppet show is based on the classic fairy tale. Free. 1:30 and 3 p.m. Weston Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston.

CHOPIN FOR ALL Piano concert series local piano students in an All-Chopin program. 3 p.m. April 22. Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Laurderdale. April 23. Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Drive, Coral Gables. MATILDA THE MUSICAL April 25-May 7. Watch the story of a young girl passionate about books uses her imagination and her wit to change her situation. Broward Center


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tors. $5 fee per vehicle entry. 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, April 9. Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach. Thin Mint Sprint. Those who finish the 5k will receive a box of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. $20, registered Girl Scouts; $30, non-registered; $15, Tagalong Trot for 8 and under. 7:30 a.m. Okeeheelee Park, 7751 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach. Bird Walk. Walk about 1-1.5 miles on improved trail with dirt and uneven surfaces and observe wildlife. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Sunday. Seacrest Scrub, 3400 S. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. Bird Walk. Walk less than a mile on a boardwalk and observe wildlife. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach.

11 TUESDAY FREE Music and Interactive Art. Bring musical instruments to participate in interactive music and art. Art supplies for free. 6-9 p.m. Veterans Park, 802 NE First St., Delray Beach. 561-243-7350

13 THURSDAY FREE Kids Can Cook. Interactive class uses literacy, math and science skills to teach kids cooking basics. Grades 3-5. 4-5 p.m. Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. 561-868-7703

14 FRIDAY FREE Stories in the Garden. Kids ages 2-6 can enjoy stories, songs and learning activities in the garden. 10-11:30 a.m. Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. FREE Food Truck Invasion. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. 5-9:30 p.m. Abacoa Town Center, 1200 Town Center Drive, Jupiter. Full Moon Bike Ride. A naturalist guides the way down the trails of Riverbend Park. Bicycles available to rent from Canoe Outfitters (561-746-7053). Enjoy s’mores at the end. Ages 8 and up. $10 per person. Preregistration required. 6:30 p.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter.

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16 SUNDAY FREE Sunday on the Waterfront. Live music on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. 4-6 p.m. West Palm Beach Waterfront, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach.

17 MONDAY FREE Floral Design. Ages 6 and up. Children can create floral arrangements. 3-4 p.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach.

19 WEDNESDAY FREE Food Truck Roll Out. Every third Wednesday of the month. Street food, vendors, music and more. 6-10 p.m. Northwood Village, 427 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach.

20 THURSDAY Drawing and Painting for Kids. Experiment with different art materials to make animal projects. Ages 6-13. Residents, $28. Non-residents, $35. 3-5 p.m. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton.

21 FRIDAY Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens Family Fun Days. Make cat origami coasters for your


home café. 12-3 p.m. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. FREE Fun Chefs with Stacey Stolman. Fun Chefs with Stacey Stolman. Reservations required. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2:30-3:15 p.m. and 3:30-4:15 p.m. 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Friday Night at the Museum. Movie, science experiment and a pizza dinner for ages 7-12. $20 for residents; $25 non-residents; $7 discount for each additional child. 7-9:30 p.m. Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. FREE Wetlands & Wildlife. Guided ¾- mile tour of Florida’s wetland birds and ecosystems. Ages 7-adult. 8:30 a.m. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach.

22 SATURDAY First Step to Stardom auditions. Bring dance clothes and shoes to audition for the theatre’s 2017-2018 productions. 10 a.m. Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Pajama Jams Story Time with Miss Mij. Stories, music and pretend play. $5 per child includes carousel token. 10 a.m.- 10:45 for ages 18 months to 2 years. 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. for ages 3-4 years. Sugar Sand Park


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Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Princesses and Super Heroes Day. Games, activities, ice cream, face paitning, crafts and music. Children can meet princesses, super heroes, fire fighters and policemen. $7 members, $10 non-members. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, 120 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. Safe Kids Day. The first 500 children to attend this event to raise awareness about preventable injuries will receive a free bicycle helmet. There will be a bicycle rodeo and children will be able to get a free ID and meet West Palm Beach police officers and firefighters. Free. 10 a.m.2 p.m. Center Court at Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach. palmbeachoutlets. com Tri-Rail Ride and Play. Costumed characters, balloon artists and magicians will be on select trains. Weekend fares are $5 all day; children under 5 ride free. Archery. Learn archery from USA Archery and N.F.A.A.certified staff. Equipment provided. Ages 8 and up. $5 per person. Preregistration required. 9:30 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter.

23 SUNDAY Sunday Family Movie. See website for movie titles. $1 includes movie, popcorn and a drink. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Bird Tour. Car caravan into the preserve. Meet at Gate 1, 2.5 miles east of main address. 6:15-10:30 a.m. Dupuis Management Area, 23500 SW Kanner Highway, Canal Point. Bird Walk. Walk about 1-1.5 miles on an easy trail. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Meet at north parking lot near picnic pavilions 9 and 10. $18 onsite parking, $3 per hour street parking. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Spanish River Park, 3001 A1A, Boca Raton.

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27 THURSDAY Preschool Story Time: Pirate Day. Celebrate the end to the 2016-2017 season in pirate garb. Food and refreshments will be served. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Society of the Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach.

28 FRIDAY The Center for Autism and Related Disorders leads training sessions to teach parents of kids with autism and related disorders valuable skills and tips. Pre-registration required. 6-7 p.m. webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?wbsi=a7c0e970-fa77-e495e711-780dcab9835f, keyword “parent” Night at the Museum. Interactive science crafts, activities, entertainment, exhibits, planetarium shows, and food and beverages available for purchase. Last Friday of every month. $13.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors, $9.95 for children ages 3-12, free for children under 3, $6 for adult members and free for child members. 6-9 p.m. South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach.

29 SATURDAY Dip Net. Catch, observe and release aquatic life. Wear closed toe shoes that can get wet. Preregistration required. $5 per person. 9:30 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 Indiantown Road, Jupiter. FREE Lego Takeover! Kids Grand Opening. See life-sized Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America and other beloved characters made entirely of LEGO bricks and build your own creations. Contests, entertainment and more. 1-5 p.m. The Gardens Mall, 2101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens.

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TUESDAYS Civic Center Station Farmers Market. 9 a.m.3 p.m. 1601 N.W. 12th Ave., Miami. 305-531-0038 or Kidgits Toddler Tuesdays. Ages 12 and younger. Free kids meals with purchase of an adult entrée. Also, save $3 on a Cartoon Cut for ages 3 and under. 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. The Falls, 8888 SW 136th St., Miami. Free to Simon Kidgits members. $5 annual fee. 305-255-4571 Afterschool Creative Corner. Arts, crafts, games, and origami. 4:30-5:30 p.m. North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens. 305-625-6424

WEDNESDAYS FREE Bass Babies. Ages 2-4. A weekly art program designed for our youngest visitors. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 786-436-8133 or FREE Young Poets Society. Young poets can read, learn, and write together. 4-5 p.m. Wilde e-Library, 1701 West 53rd Terrace, Hialeah. 305-818–9766


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play, story times, and a puppet show. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Adrienne Arsht Center Farmers Market. Produce, workshops, music and cooking demonstrations. 4-8:30 p.m. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Cuentos y Dibujos. Spanish storytime with crafts, music and riddles for school-age children. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Community Jam Session. All are invited to make sweet music. Guitarists should bring their own amps. 8-10 p.m. South Florida Center for Percussive Arts, 12600 SW 130th St. #9, Miami. $5. Call 786-478-6899. Kid’s Muay Thai Kickboxing. Ages 7-12. Martial arts. 6 p.m. Ed Burke Recreation Center, 11400 NE Ninth Court, Biscayne Park. For pricing, call 305-542-5549

FRIDAYS FREE Friday Tours at the Wolf. Learn more about The Wolfsonian collection and related art and design themes during a 45-minute free guided tour. 6-6:45 p.m. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. 305-531-1001 or Friday Night Drum Jam. Guests can try percussion instruments such as hand drums and drum sets. 7-9 p.m. South Florida Center for Percussive Arts, 12600 SW 130th St. #9, Miami. Call 786-478-6899

SATURDAYS FREE Book & Books Storytime. 10 a.m. Saturdays. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. 305-442-4408 or Fun Days at The Little Farm. Pony rides, petting farm, tour of farm and butterfly garden. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Weekends. The Little Farm, 13401 SW 224 St., Goulds. $10. RSVP. 305-258-3186 or

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» exhibits for families HEART MATTERS: THERE’S ART IN EVERY HEART April 21-May 19. An artist and writer coming out of her shell after battling a paralyzing case of polio showcases colorful, uplifting work. The exhibit will open with a variety show performance by VSA’s Spotlighters: On the Road. Reception: Friday April 21, 6-8 p.m. CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex, 2278 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth. vsapbc. com LEGO TAKEOVER! April 28-May 15. See life-sized Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America ca and other beloved characters made entirely of LEGO bricks and build your own wn cre-ations. The Gardens Mall, 2101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. DREAM CITY STUDIO: CHILDREN’S INTERACTIVE E EXHIBIT Through June 17. There are many ways to play and learn in this exhibit for children ages 2 to 12 and their parents: discover how cities are built, construct with building blocks and design a skyscraper. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. LOST EGYPT: ANCIENT SECRETS, MODERN SCIENCE Through April 20. This traveling exhibit

shows how archaeologists use science and technology to understand the ancient civilization of Egypt. Museum of Discovery and Science, 402 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Exhibit admission is $16 for adults; $13 for ages 2-12; free for children under 2. OUR BODY: UNIVERSE WITHIN Through April 23. This artful and educational exhibit consists of actual human bodies and organs. The bodies, specimens spec and organs have been preserved using usi a process known as polymer polyme impregnation. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Aqua Trail North, West Palm Trai Beach. $16.95, ages 3-12, Bea $12.95. $12 WOMEN IN THE WOM VISUAL ARTS EXHIBIT TThrough hrough May 2. “Artist Reflections” R displays the juried work of twenty artists, art channeled through watercolors, oil, pastels and mixed media such as acrylics and collage. Boynton Beach City Library, 201 S. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. OPENING DOORS: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN ACADEMIC SURGEONS Through May 6. Explore the role of African Americans as health care providers in the history of medicine. $10 per person. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Spady

Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW Fifth Ave, Delray Beach. HI-TECH/LO-TECH Through May 21. This exhibit features an array of interactive technological artwork produced by contemporary South Florida artists. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie. $14, residents, $12. SID THE SCIENCE KID TRAVELING EXHIBIT Through the end of May. Conduct experiments with Sid the Science Kid: oobleck creations, balloon races, marshmallow tower building and bottle rocket launching. Admission is $15 for Florida residents. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway. Miami. DREAM CITY STUDIO: CHILDREN’S INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT Through June 17. There are many ways to play and learn in this exhibit for children ages 2 to 12 and their parents: discover how cities are built, construct with building blocks and design a skyscraper. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables.

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trucks. 5:30-10 p.m. Mondays. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-921-3500 Mother Goose Time. Children up to 36 months. 10-11 a.m. Deerfield Beach Branch Library, 837 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach. 954-357-7680 Crafty Kids. For ages 6 to 11. 4- 5 p.m. South Regional Broward County Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. 954-2010-8821.

TUESDAYS Family Nights With Food Trucks. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Every Tuesday. Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-357-5135 Mommy & Me Workshops. Ages 5 and under. 10:15 and 10:40 a.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. $5 per parent/child pair per workshop. 954-424-0085 or

WEDNESDAYS Tamarac Food Trucks. 5:30- 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Tamarac Park, 7501 N. University Drive, Tamarac. 954597-3620 or

THURSDAYS FREE Tiny Tots. A story for ages 5 and under, with songs and an occasional craft. 10:30- 11 a.m. Sunrise Dan Pearl Branch Public Library, 10500 Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. 954-457-7441 FREE Storytime Fun. Reading and crafts for 3- to 5-year-olds. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 W Broward Blvd., Plantation. 954-765-1585 FREE Story Time. A story for children age 4 and under. 11-11:30 a.m. Main Library, 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-357-7344

FRIDAYS FREE Friday Night Sound Waves. Visit website for complete schedule of performances. 5:30-8:30 p.m.


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the Hub, Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, Fort Lauderdale. FREE Family Fun Fridays. Free activities and entertainers. 7-9 p.m. Fridays. The Village at Gulfstream Park, Champions Plaza, 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach.

FREE Artspark Funtastic Fridays And Movie Night. Bounce house, face painters and more. Movie begins at 8 p.m. 5-8 p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood.

SATURDAYS Breakfast At Gulfstream. Character appearances, free backstretch tram tours, giveaways and prizes, and guest speakers. $10 buffett breakfast includes free T-shirt. 8-11 a.m. Stretch’s Tiki Bar, Champions Plaza, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. FREE ArtsPark Live!. Listen to live bands in the park. 8-10 p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-921-3500 or FREE Reading Buddles. Ages 5-10 can practice reading with a teen volunteer. 2 p.m. Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar.954-357-8006

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SUNDAYS FREE Be Kind to Animals. Meet a new critter every week. 11-11:15 a.m. Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs.

PALM BEACH MONDAYS Monday Madness Happy Hour. Free face painting. Socks required. 3-5 p.m. $5.95 per child. Cool Beans, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. 561-627-1782 or

Tuesdays Toddler Tuesdays. Ages 3-5. Experience animals through stories, crafts, and animal presentations. 10:3011 a.m. 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee. $7 per vehicle; Ages 10 and up, $33; ages 3-9, $24. 561793-1084 x2127 or

Call Now For A Personalized Tour SCHOLARSHIPS ACCEPTED John McKay • Gardiner Scholarship • Florida Tax Credit (FTC) • Atlantis Academy is proudly accredited by SACS and CASI, an accrediting division of AdvancED.

MIAMI 9600 SW 107th Avenue Miami, FL 33176 Tel: 305.271.9771

MIAMI L.I.F.E. PROGRAM 10855 SW 72nd Street, Suite 49 Miami, FL 33173 Tel: 305.456.9578

CORAL SPRINGS 11411 NW 56th Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33076 Tel: 954.752.7571

WEST PALM BEACH 1950 Prairie Rd West Palm Beach, FL 33406 Tel: 561.642.3100 Atlantis Academy does not discriminate against any applicant due to race, sex, religion or national origin.

Wednesdays Sensational Story ‘n More. Ages 2-4. 2-2:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. $5. 561742-6780 or

Thursdays FREE Preschool Story Time. Ages 4 and under.

BEAM virtual playground at


Stories, songs, arts and crafts. 10:30 a.m. The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-6552776 or FREE Wellington Food Trucks. 5-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Free concerts and food trucks. Wellington Amphitheater, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington.

Fridays FREE Friday Concerts. Bring lawn chairs, no pets or

Saturdays FREE Wellington Green Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington.

Weekend Fun at Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market. Petting zoo, feeding area, pony rides, and bounce house. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 10066 Lee Road, Boynton Beach. Free admission, fee for some activities. 561-733-5490

BEAM is a virtual playground that makes entertainment lively, hygienic, toy-free and above all, breathlessly fun. Boredom, meet your new kryptonite.

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outside food and beverage. Food trucks available. Gates open at 6:30 pm; concerts start at 7:30. The Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. 561-243-7922, ext 1 or Family Night. Kids eat free. Bounce house, magicians, balloon artist, marshmallow roast and music. 5 p.m. Every Friday. Lake Worth Beach Club, 1 Seventh Ave. N., Lake Worth. 561-585-8976 Monkey Joe’s Family Fun Fridays. $24.99 for 2 children, a cheese pizza and a pitcher of soda. 6250 Lantana Road, Bay 18, Lake Worth. 561- 968-0009 Toddler Time at Craft Haus. Ages 5 and under. Stories, painting ceramics, snacks, and receive a token for the carousel or train. RSVP required. 10 .a.m. and 3 p.m. Fridays. Craft Haus Interactive Art Studio, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Suite 4102, Palm Beach Gardens. $15. 561-630-3450 or


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South Florida Parenting April 2017 issue  

Parenting magazine for South Florida parents

South Florida Parenting April 2017 issue  

Parenting magazine for South Florida parents