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Inspired to create

hildren are amazing creators, they have (and paper ninja throwing and I’ve noticed that almost all stars, and paper Beyblades, and paper of them love to build things. magic wands). At South Florida Parenting events, we I have bought bags and bags of elastic usually have play yards with bands for my daughter to weave large plastic bricks that draw into friendship bracelets, gathkids in like bees to honey. ered tree branches after hurriMy kids would happily spend canes for carving into wands hours playing with these bricks, and walking sticks, and coland I know they are not alone. lected cardboard boxes that are I’ve seen enough parents sitting turned into everything from around the brick pit to underrobots to hats. stand that my kids’ fascination They are definitely “makwith stacking things into new ers,” and it is a trait that runs in JENNIFER shapes is common. our family. Our house – filled JHON Theirs isn’t just a love for with finished projects and raw Legos – although we certainly have a lot materials – is evidence of that. of those in the house, thanks to a year I have jewelry my father made for my when my son put “Lego sets” on his mother, and amazing clothes my mom Christmas wish list and then told all of made when she was younger. our relatives about it. We have ceramic dinnerware, wooden No, in my household, many building utensils, forged metal hair clips, leathersupplies come into play. bound journals and blown glass creaI have learned to rescue stacks of tions, all handmade by family members. misprinted paper from the office recycle This is the legacy my kids have been bin to feed the paper airplane obsession born into.

So I am excited about a couple of events this month, a Maker Faire in Miami (April 7-8) and a Mini Maker Faire in West Palm Beach (April 28). There are maker workshops and craft guilds throughout South Florida, but a Maker Faire brings craftsmen together for a showcase of amazing things and feeds the creative juices of fairgoers. These “show and tell” events are perfect for inspiring the little creator in kids (and their parents), so clean out your craft drawers before you go. You might find you need the space for your next masterpiece.

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Family Fun Fair to wrap up prevention campaign JENNIFER JHON SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING EDITOR A free Family Fun and Resource Fair is planned April 14 to wrap up the 2018 Annual Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children Campaign, a four-month series of free events dedicated to strengthening families and helping prevent child abuse and neglect. Attendees will enjoy free refreshments, raffle prizes, games, mini-workshops, and family resources at the fair on April 14, 11 a.m.-3p.m., at the Rev. Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park, 2520 NW 6th St., in Fort Lauderdale. Alexander Star, an Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter from South Florida, will perform along with speakers and other entertainment. According to a news release, the annu-

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The Maker Faire Miami on April 7-8, a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness in celebration of the Maker Movement, is South Florida’s largest show-and-tell. More than 180 makers and innovators will showcase their creations in technology, science, engineering, design, food and crafts, and engineers, artists, scientists and crafters will display their hobbies, experiments and projects. The Maker Faire is at Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Admission is $15-$20.


The free Miami Riverday Festival on April 7 features river boat tours, live music, historic re-enactments, environmental education and children activities from 1 to 6 p.m. at Lummus Park, 250 NW North River Drive in Miami. There will also be food, drinks and kayak and paddleboard races.


Families can enjoy rides, fair food, events and games, agriculture, a petting zoo, livestock, an ice show, skateboarding races, concerts and professional boxing matches at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair. The Fair will also have a Battle of the DJs on March 30, an Easter Sunday parade and egg hunt on April 1, and the Royal Hanneford Circus, acapella group Kazual and pig races daily. The Fair has added free trams to its parking lots this year (parking fee $10) with portable restrooms and additional lighting at the tram stops. The Youth Fair runs through April 8 except April 2-3. Regular admission is $14 for ages 6-64; unlimited ride wristband $30-$37. Tamiami Park, 10901 SW 24 Street (Coral Way) in Miami.


Cirque show celebrates iconic Latin band JENNIFER JHON SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING EDITOR Cirque du Soleil returns to Miami this month with its highly acclaimed show “Sep7imo Dia - No Descansaré,” a show inspired by the iconic Latin rock band Soda Stereo. “Sep7imo Dia” and its cast of 36 performers pay tribute to the wave of euphoria that Soda Stereo unleashed in Latin America and beyond, and it celebrates the iconic band's deep connection with its fans. It is the first Cirque show that

features a sector where the audience is standing up, according to a news release. The sector, called Zoom Zone, gives audiences the opportunity to experience the energy of the show. “Sep7imo Dia - No Descansaré” will run April 18-22 at Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Drive in Coral Gables. Tickets start at $55.

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Celebrate Earth Day at Daggerwing Nature Center on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free family event features a variety of activities, including live animal encounters, crafts, environmental science demonstrations, a butterfly plant sale, ladybug release and more. Daggerwing Nature Center is operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department and is located in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park at 11435 Park Access Road, off Cain Boulevard between Glades Road and Yamato Road, west of Boca Raton. For more information on Daggerwing Nature Center and other county nature centers, visit


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Help, resources available for families after shooting SUN SENTINEL COMMUNITY NEWS REPORT The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County has dominated South Florida’s news. If your children have questions about what they’ve seen and heard, these resources may be helpful: PBS Parents’ Talking with Kids about News ( offers age-appropriate tips and strategies for discussing violence, war and natural disasters with your children. The National Association of School

Psychologists ( has guidance for parents and educators on a variety of topics, including school safety. for additional resources. The American Psychological Association ( has guidance for children and adults on reactions and responses to disasters, and how to cope. For teachers, the American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson site ( has lesson plans and other guides for educators and the community to help students coping with traumatic events.


The Kid’s Doctor: When should you keep your child home from school? With FSA testing in April, the pressure is on to be in class



n the throes of sick season, I am often asked about when you should keep your child home from day care or school. I noticed a recent article in one of the pediatric journals on this topic, which emphasized that hand washing and vaccines are still the best way to prevent transmission of infectious diseases. But, with that being said, especially when so many upper respiratory tract infections are circulating, when do you need to keep your child home? The short answer is that most minor illnesses are not a sufficient reason to keep a child home. That includes most colds and coughs. But if your child is running a fever, or seems terribly uncomfortable or is ill enough to “require extra care” by a day care worker or teacher, the child needs to stay home. A day at home for some TLC (tender loving care) is often the best medicine, especially for the first day or two of a viral upper respiratory infection, when a child may have a fever. I am also asked about GI illnesses and whether a child with diarrhea needs to stay home from day care. eye or via respiratory droplets. UnIt seems that some day care less a child has other symptoms to facilities now exclude a child keep him or her out of day care, from care if they are havthe child should be allowed WHEN IN DOUBT: ing more than three to to return to school once four loose stools a day, appropriate therapy has If your child is running even if they are still been started. a fever, or is ill enough playful, fever-free and Even with good hand to “require extra care” eating and drinking. The washing, it is not unusual by a day care worker or recommendation by the for children who are crawlteacher, the child CDC does not require a ing and walking to get up to needs to stay home. child with diarrhea to stay 11 to 12 viral infections in a home if the stools can be conseason. This is often difficult for a tained within the diaper. This gets family with two working parents, as back to good hand washing! the decision is made whether a child can However, a child with vomiting is a attend day care and who will stay home different story and should not be sent to if the child needs to be home. school or day care. At the same time, young parents will I am seeing a lot of children with pink often get several of their children’s viral eye (conjunctivitis). Pink eye may be infections as well, even with good handcaused by both bacteria and viruses. washing. What parent has not had their Transmission occurs by direct contact child cough or sneeze directly into their with contaminated secretions from the face, and then within several days also 14 | APRIL 2018


become sick? This is a hazard for us pediatricians as well. Lastly, do not try to figure out “who got your child sick.” There are just too many places we all go on a daily basis where we are exposed to viruses and bacteria. Trying to “track down” the exposure for most of the common infectious diseases that children get is a waste of time. Serious illnesses like meningitis, mumps and measles are a different story, but fortunately, because of vaccines, this is rarely the case. So keep up hand washing and hope for the best while the sick season runs its course.

Dr. Sue Hubbard is an award-winning pediatrician, medical editor and media host of “The Kid’s Doctor” TV feature.


Animal Kingdom's 20th anniversary celebration kick off BY DEWAYNE BEVIL, ORLANDO SENTINEL


alt Disney World is planning special events and activities to mark the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, starting off with two weeks of Party for the Planet festivities beginning in April. Visitors will be able to attend conservation talks by animal-care experts and have enhanced interactions with some of attraction’s animals. Party for the Planet activities will kick off on April 22, which is Earth Day and the anniversary of Animal Kingdom’s official opening in 1998. During the park’s yearlong anniversary celebration, Rafiki’s Planet Watch will offer backstage experiences to learn about animal nutrition, the park’s veterinary hospital and Disney’s promotion of wildlife conservation. The year’s festivities will coincide with the one-year anniversary of Pandora — the World of Avatar, the debut of


an “Up”-inspired bird show and a new Also on April 22, Animal Kingdom Donald Duck-centric dance party. will premiere its “Up! A Great Bird Other elements of the birthAdventure.” The show will day will include: feature “Up” film characSAVE THE DATE! • Oversized picture ters Russell — a Senior frames / opportunities. Wilderness Explorer — On Memorial Day • A special-edition and canine pal Dug enweekend, a print created by famed countering exotic birds. dinosaur-themed party Walt Disney Imagineer On Memorial Day weekwill be tied to Donald Joe Rohde, one of the end, a dinosaur-themed Duck realizing his masterminds behind the party will be tied to Donald ancestors are creation of Animal KingDuck realizing his ancestors dinosaurs. dom. Rohde will be available are dinosaurs. The event will April 22 from 1-4 p.m. to sign include characters such as prints at the park’s Discovery Trading Scrooge McDuck and Launchpad McCompany. Quack plus a nighttime dance party • Kids can earn a limited-edition with DJ. badge with the Wilderness Explorer That weekend will also mark the program. one-year anniversary of the opening of • A commemorative adventure guide Pandora, which includes the popular along with limited-edition merchandise. Flight of Passage ride, the Na’vi River • Tiffins Talks, six themed dinners Journey, Satu’li Canteen, floating mounhosted by animal experts at the park’s tains and plenty of bioluminescence. Tiffins restaurant. APRIL 2018 | 15


Short cruise to the Bahamas fits families well BY GEORGINA CRUZ


hen it comes to family travel, our philosophy is make them count. Since our daughter and her family live in New Hampshire, and my husband and I live in Florida, we get to see each other two or three times a year, so we go out of our way to make every minute count. We have found going on a three- or four-day cruise suits our three-generational group well. A cruise offers activities and facilities for all ages, so nobody gets bored, and a short cruise is easy on the pocketbook, is over quickly (particularly desirable in case someone is not having a good time) and typically features very little sailing – thus there is less chance someone would get seasick. Perhaps best of all, our daughter and I hang up our aprons for the duration, as meals and snacks are included in the fare. Nobody has to take time to go grocery shopping, prepare the food, serve it and clean up afterward. And on a cruise, nobody has to wonder where we will have dinner, make reservations and arrange for transportation to restaurants. Additionally, several cruise lines offer short cruises from Florida ports, so they are easy for Floridians to get to. Our latest family cruise was on Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream, a four-day voyage to Nassau and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, from Port Canaveral. Because some members of our family were flying in from New Hampshire, we booked a two-bedroom accommodation at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in Walt Disney World for the night before the cruise, thus eliminating the chance of literally “missing the boat” if flights were canceled or delayed. The next morning, rested and relaxed, we boarded the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line’s third ship of four, launched in 2010, and we set out to enjoy what the ship has to offer for various age groups. Our teenage grandsons, Aidan and Julian, headed for Vibe, the ship’s club for teens – a big outdoor/indoor facility 16 | APRIL 2018


with two pools, deck chairs, big screen televisions, video games and organized activities such as origami classes, contests and parties. Some events even feature free smoothies and milkshakes for the teens. During frequent open houses for all ages at the ship’s Oceaneer Club, an area for children ages 3 to 12, we were able to see how kids enjoyed being transported to a galaxy far, far away at “Star Wars: Millennium Falcon,” where they get a crack at piloting through hyperspace and triggering light-speed jumps to different locations around the galaxy. “Bobby, it’s time to go,” a father from Baltimore told his 5-year-old, who was busy on the controls of the Millennium Falcon. “If it were up to him,” the dad told us, “he would never leave here.” Among the Star Wars area’s other features are 1,000 blinking LED lights, a wall that replicates the wall in episode 5 of the Star Wars saga where Han Solo kisses Princess Leia for the first time, and animated props including an “android cleaning station” with an R2D2 that looks like he’s been through a lot and

needs to be tidied up. Children can also enjoy themed crafts, games and activities, including watching episodes from the Disney XD animated series “Star Wars Rebels” on a large screen, or virtually join the rebellion at gaming stations featuring the series’ adventures. There’s also a shipboard version of the Jedi Training Academy experience available in Disney parks. This activity invites young Jedi hopefuls – known as “Padawans” – to learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master. They can then use “the Force” in some feats that include “moving” crates and a barrel with Force-full gestures and even face off against the evil Darth Vader. The Oceaneer Club also has a hightech interactive space based on the Disney Infinity video game and sections like Andy’s Room themed to the “Toy Story” movies. While the younger sailors are in the kids’ and teens’ clubs, adults have some spaces for themselves. Among them is an adults-only pool and lounge area with comfortable loungers and a retreat for

18-and-over guests. This retreat includes a water feature, Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides coolness. Around this upper deck, adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or relax under a canopy. The older generations in our group used these areas, as well as the fitness center in the Senses Spa and the spa’s Juice Bar, which serves up made-to-order smoothies, juices, protein and energy shakes, and other libations that can be enjoyed on seating with ocean views. We found the ship’s accommodations to be comfortable and attractive, with nautical décor touches. We booked two veranda cabins. Each cabin has a divided bathroom (one side has a tub/shower and basin and the other side a toilet and basin) a feature that allows people to use parts of the bathroom at the same time in privacy. When we all wanted to enjoy pool time together, the ship has several family pools and water play areas — one of them, the Mickey Pool, equipped with a slide. Most popular of all with our teens and some of the older sailors, the AquaDuck is a 765-foot-long clear plastic water slide that has been dubbed “the first water coaster at sea” and winds around an upper deck of the ship, cuts through the funnel, and at one point, juts out 13 feet over the ocean. Activities and facilities for families include organized games and contests, “draw a Disney character” sessions, meet-and-greets with Disney princesses and various other characters, and a Muppets-themed Midship Detective Agency game, “The Case of the Stolen Show.” The latter is an interactive ship-wide game during which participants uncover clues and solve a mystery using a “detective badge” that activates surprises in “Enchanted Art” (artwork that becomes animated when someone stands in front of it) all around the ship. Big highlights for all ages include a pirates’ night up on deck with fireworks display at sea, Broadway-style shows including one themed to “Beauty and The Beast” in the Walt Disney Theatre and first-run Disney movies in the cinema (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Coco” were among those presented during our cruise). Adults who are nightlife enthusiasts have the ship’s nightclubs and lounges: 687 Pub, Pink, the District Lounge and Skyline. A feature that is tempting to young and old is Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats, a

specialty sweet shop inspired by the movie “Wreck-It Ralph.” It aims to satisfy the taste buds of cruisers of all ages with handmade gelato and ice cream, an assortment of candy, and novelty treats for purchase. (Free ice cream dispensers are available nearby at Eye Scream.) When it comes to dining, the Disney Dream, like all Disney ships, features three main restaurants: Royal Palace (themed to Disney princesses), Enchanted Garden (inspired in the gardens at Versailles) and Animator’s Palate (dinner show themed to Disney animation). Guests go from one to the other each evening with their servers. The food and the service were good at all three restaurants. Since we were traveling with two teens, we did not patronize the adultsonly alternative fine dining restaurants, Palo and Remy, but we did go often to Cabanas, the buffet-style restaurant, and the quick service Flo’s V8 Café, especially for quick meals before and after our port visits. The ports on our sailing included Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamian archipelago. In Nassau, we had visited Ardastra Gardens with its marching flamingoes, the Pirates of Nassau attraction and the beaches of Paradise Island on previous visits, so we went for a stroll around the city, taking in Rawson Square and the Georgian-style Government House with a statue of Christopher Columbus in front. We shopped for woven handicrafts, wooden carvings and colorful fabrics in the Straw Market on Bay Street. We bought a day pass ($79 per person including $40 food and beverage credit) at the Hilton British Colonial, a resort walking distance from the cruise pier, to have access to its sandy beach and swimming pool. Other activities at the hotel include ping pong, giant chess and giant checkers games. In Castaway Cay, we opted for the Getaway Package ($43 for ages 10 and older, $24 for ages 5 to 9) including snorkel equipment and inner tube rental for the day and one-hour bike rental. It was great to explore the island and enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Castaway Cay attractions include a slide, teen beach, family beach, lunch pavilions with included barbecue, a children’s area, organized activities, shops, Bahamian crafts area and post office, and adultsonly beach.

FAMILY CRUISING TIPS Start planning at least six months ahead of the cruise, as some cabin categories and the connecting cabins that family groups often want can sell out. Keep everyone in the loop when planning. Getting input from all is key. Every member of the group should be able to select at least one activity he or she likes. Consider varying stamina levels of family members when planning excursions. It is OK to spend some time apart to participate in different activities to suit personal interests.

IF YOU GO Fares on the Disney Dream start at $624 per person, double, for an inside cabin with a “magical porthole” that shows real-time views of the sea and sightings of animated Disney characters. The Disney Dream offers three- and four-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas year round; the line’s Disney Magic features four- and five-night cruises from Miami during the winter. Additional cruise lines offer a variety of short voyages from Florida ports that are ideal for families, including: Carnival Cruise Lines (, with fares starting at $179 for an interior cabin Norwegian (, with fares starting at $329 with free open bar Royal Caribbean (, with fares starting at $221. Fares are subject to change, and port charges, taxes and gratuities are extra.

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FIELD TRIPS WITH ALLERGY & ASTHMA Summer camps and field trips are those moments in a student’s life for hands-on learning and building memories. With patients suffering from allergic asthma, food allergies or a variety of environmental allergies, the excitement and busyness of the activity cannot overcome preparations: the difference between making the experience from unforgettable to a scary disaster.


Familiarize yourself with the destination, whether it’s a park or a museum, as allergens can be lurking in places where people without allergies may not think of. If, for example, the trip involves crafts, like painting or building artifacts, find out the ingredients of the paints or materials used. Whenever food is shared, make sure children have access to washing hands, since wipes won’t help with making allergens disappear.


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Raising a competitive child BY DENISE YEARIAN


ver since Eileen Dina could remember, her son Matthew has had a competitive edge. “He was 2 when his brother was born and already had three older siblings, so he was constantly vying for my attention,” said the mother of six. “But when he started playing video games at 4, that’s when it really escalated.” Matthew’s case is common. “Parents can expect competition to begin early on,” child psychologist Dr. D’Arcy Lyness said. “In the preschool years, the primary focus is on skill development and the process by which a goal is achieved — ‘I can tie my shoes the fastest!’” Dr. Richard Holmes, a clinical/school psychologist, agreed. “So much of preschool is fantasy play — the best runner, the best at certain games — but it isn’t as much based on reality. Somewhere around 6 years of age, children begin to develop the cognitive capacity to grasp what competition is about.” Karen Kolek, a mother of three, found this to be true. “When Kyle was in preschool and we played games, he hated to lose. But when he started school, that 22 | APRIL 2018


competitive nature really kicked in. Lyness said. “Are there influences in That’s when he began comparing himyour child’s life that are encouraging self to his peers, both physically and this?” academically.” “Last year there was a baseball team Matthew toyed with comparisons, too. in our league and one of their assistant Sometimes when he played video coaches — he was an older brother games, it would be with his two of a team member — got upset older brothers, both of whom about a play and started TRY THIS: had more developed fine cursing in front of the If your child is going motor skills and a better kids,” Kolek said. She overboard with understanding of the knew this teen coach was competition, game. “When he couldn’t setting an example for the communicate what is master the controller or kids, so she took it up with and is not acceptable figure out how to get to the league management, and behavior. next level, he’d get upset,” the rules were changed. his mother said. “SomeDina’s oldest daughter, times he would snap out at one 14-year old Mary, has had to of his siblings and yell at the TV. endure plenty of competitive That’s when I’d tell him he was out of issues with peers. “When she was little, control, and to turn off the game.” there were two older neighbor boys who While it is normal to show disappointwere all about win, win, win,” she said. ment in a bad play or lost game, there are “When they played a game and Mary telltale signs competition is out of conlost, they rubbed it in her face. And trol — intense anger or crying, cheating, when she won, they made such a scene.” lying, fear of failure, and trying to She said Mary learned valuable change game rules, to name a few. If any lessons regarding competition, which of these signs appear, parents may need have helped her find a healthy balance. to intervene. “The last two years she has been part “First look at why is this happening,” of Business Professional of America, an

extracurricular activity aimed at introducing middle school students to business professions,” Dina said. “This past year, she and her team put together a career package and did a formal PowerPoint presentation.” They placed third in a national competition, but the team was not without problems. “They had issues working together because some of the girls wanted to control the project. Mary and I spent a lot of time talking about how best to deal with this,” Dina said. Experts agree communication is key. “Whenever you notice a problem with regard to competition — either in your child or someone in his realm of influence — talk it over,” Holmes said. “Point out examples where others are out of line so your child can learn from these situations.” By the same token, if your child is going overboard with competition, communicate what is and is not acceptable behavior. Most important, look at the value you and your spouse place on competition. “Children watch their parents and follow suit,” Lyness said. “Competition can be a good thing,” she said. “It’s what drives people to

achieve their personal best. But when a child sets out with the sole intention of slamming his opponent, it has gotten out of perspective.” Above all, balance enjoyment of an activity with the desire to win. “A child should try hard so he can feel proud of himself and want to win. But if he does lose, he should see the value in learning from his mistakes, accept the loss, and bounce back with a good attitude, ready to try again,” Lyness said. For many parents, Dina included, this may be a lesson communicated over and over. “I remember the time Matthew was 7 years old and was playing Nintendo. I was in the kitchen and heard things beginning to escalate. Before I had the chance to do my usual ‘Turn it off,’ he got up, switched off the TV, and left the room. That’s when I knew it was finally sinking in.”

SIGNS COMPETITION HAS GOTTEN OUT OF CONTROL If any of the following signs appear, parents may need to intervene:

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I Overly anxious about competing

I Cheating I Lying I Trying to change game rules I Unwillingness to try new things for fear of failure

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How to raise ‘farm-to-table’ kids, even if you don’t live on a farm BY SARAH BRADLEY, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON POST


very night, my 4-year-old son sits down at the dinner table, carefully inspects his food, and asks, “What IS this? And who made it?” He isn’t being rude or critical — he sincerely wants to know. Did this meat come from a chicken or pig? How did the rice get on his plate? Who grew the carrots he’s eating? How did his milk make its way from the farm to the store to his glass? My husband and I are happy to give our son a “farm-to-table” education by explaining what we’re eating, where it came from and how it got to our table. “Promoting a relationship for children with food and food production leads young people to be more engaged with their own health and develop lifelong habits that will serve them into their future,” said Jacqueline Maisonpierre, farm director for New Haven Farms, a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates urban spaces into organic farms. “Learning about nutrition and devel24 | APRIL 2018


oping healthy habits as a young person can have long-term impacts on health and well-being, leading to lower incidence of chronic diet-related disease,” she said. Teaching kids where their food comes from is valuable — but actually providing this kind of education in a hands-on way is a challenge for many parents. Not all families have a back yard. Some don’t have easy access to grocery stores that sell fresh foods. And others cannot afford to purchase higher-quality, locally grown foods or participate in Community Supported Agriculture programs. In an ideal world, “farm to table” eating habits would be possible for all families. In reality, it can feel like an unattainable goal. But teaching kids about the origins of their food isn’t impossible; it just requires a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of community cooperation. Here are some simple ways to get started.


When food comes ready-made in a package or is passed through a drivethrough window, there’s an inevitable detachment. Buying the individual ingredients to make meals from scratch at home — at least some of the time — is worth the extra effort: The act of cooking invites kids to not only touch, taste and explore their food, but to ask questions about it. Why does it have seeds? Why don’t we eat the skin? Why was it packaged this way? How do we know when it’s ready to eat? Deborah Grieg, farm director at Common Ground in New Haven, Conn., recommends starting simply. “You can involve your child in the basics, like helping with dinner, or try interesting projects like making butter, pizza, jam or something else they might have only seen in the store or in a restaurant,” she said. “[Cooking with kids] raises conversations and helps expand their palate.”


Located at the base of a state park in an otherwise densely populated city, Common Ground’s campus offers several ways to learn about growing food: a charter high school, an urban farm and an environmental education center for kids and adults, all designed to increase the community’s connection to and understanding of the natural world. A wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown on-site in the campus gardens, but Grieg says the simple act of sprouting seeds on a windowsill offers just as much opportunity for childhood learning: “Even if it doesn’t make it to a large plant, it’s a great way to see something growing.” Seed sprouting is an easy, foolproof activity: Wrap a dried bean (pinto and lima work well) in a damp paper towel and place it in a see-through glass or plastic cup on a windowsill. Within a few days, the bean will begin sprouting, and kids can examine its growth step-bystep.


“It’s important for kids to know where their food comes from so they have more of an appreciation for food and farmers,” said Alexa Fiszer, a lead environmental educator at Common Ground. “This [appreciation] often helps evolve kids’ understanding of the food production system and the ways in which it has evolved over the course of history.” Most of us don’t consider the resources, like electricity and gas, that are required to transport our food from its point of origin to the supermarket. Grieg encourages families to create a “food map” to better understand the relationships among nutrition, farming and freshness. “After [grocery] shopping, look at where your food is coming from - the locations where it was grown or shipped from — and map those routes out,” she said. “You can then start talking about how traveling long distances can affect the nutrients and quality of the food you eat, who might be growing your food, what their lives might be like and the environmental impact of eating [certain foods].”


Studies have shown that kids are more willing to try a new food if they have helped with its growth or preparation. Families that have access to a patch of back-yard green — even a small one — can plant tomatoes, squash, lettuce or


herbs. A child who “hates” green beans just might be tempted to eat some for dinner if she feels a sense of pride and accomplishment over helping those green beans get onto her plate.


More schools are seeing the value in connecting their students to the food production process, whether it’s through participation in farm to school initiatives or by starting their own school gardens. If your child’s school hasn’t started thinking about this yet, it might be time to advocate for some changes, or at least request a field trip to a local farm. There is also a wealth of educational material available online for teachers who want to promote this kind of learning in their classrooms: The Edible Schoolyard Project offers lesson plans by grade, Netflix is home to several documentaries about food production appropriate for older grades (including “Food, Inc.” and “Forks Over Knives”) and Let’s Move is a good starting point for schools looking to improve the quality of their school lunches.


Most people associate the idea of “farm to table” foods with rural communities, but even urban ones are joining the trend. Community gardens are everywhere — including metropolitan areas — and always need volunteers. Farmers markets, which pop up sea-

sonally, are a chance for families to get an up-close look at foods they might not otherwise encounter, chat with local farmers, and sample fruits and vegetables. (Though farmers markets may not be an affordable option every week, there are often coupons for SNAP recipients that could make the occasional trip possible.) Finally, urban farms might seem rare, but are actually not so hard to find: There are more of them, most are accessible by public transportation and many offer open farm days, where families are invited to explore the grounds and learn about the food grown on-site. Some South Florida neighborhoods and cities have started community gardens, as well, giving families the opportunity to help grow their own food close to home. “I think kids are willing to try a wider variety of food when they see where it grows from, and they are excited to pick [food] themselves,” Fiszer said. “A hands-on approach [like this] shows kids the physical work that goes into harvesting and tending to food, and consequently, a better appreciation for food is often formed.”

Bradley is a freelance writer and creative writing teacher. She is mother to three wild and wonderful boys, and wife to one extremely patient husband.

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In quest for financial literacy, the buck stops with parents BY REBECCA MCBANE


oney might be the last taboo topic. In a society that runs on capitalism, we seem to have a harder time talking to our children about personal finance than we do about sex, race or even death. Maybe it’s because so many of us are so bad at financial matters ourselves. According to a 2017 GOBankingRates survey, 57 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve says the average American household carries $137,063 in debt while the U.S. Census Bureau reports a median household income of $59,039. You don’t have to be a licensed accountant to see what those numbers add up to. One reason we’re so bad at personal finance is that many of us were not taught about it when we were young. 26 | APRIL 2018


So why aren’t we doing more to teach the next generations about financial literacy? “In the state of Florida, it’s up for debate right now,” said Robert Brazofsky, executive director of the Department of Social Sciences for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. “The state legislature is looking at different alternatives for financial literacy education.” As it stands now, the only requirement is that personal finance be part of the 12th-grade economics course, a half-credit course that covers a wide variety of topics, including supply and demand and economic trends. “So it’s not even a stand-alone financial literacy course,” Brazofsky said. “Obviously there is a need for students to have more comprehensive approach to financial education and to be financially litera-

te. By the time they get to 12th grade, some of these kids already have credit cards. So they may have already made mistakes. “ About three years ago, Brazofksy led an effort to include more financial literacy education for Miami-Dade students. Teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade got together and created 195 lessons spanning the grade levels, with 15 lessons per grade. The lessons are available online for parents and students to review on their own as well, and that’s a good thing, because despite their hard work and best efforts, Brazofsky and his teachers had to shoehorn the entire financial literacy program into the last three weeks of the school year. By then, testing is complete and the rest of the course requirements Continued on PAGE 28

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for a given grade level have been taught. Three weeks a year of financial education isn’t much, so a great deal still rests on parents’ shoulders. And that can be hard. Most adults learn to manage their own finances through trial and error. Brazofsky said many of his teachers feel awkward presuming to teach personal finance to children when their own finances might not be in order. Parents struggling with debt and living beyond their means also might be uncomfortable talking money with the kids who rely on them. Gregg Murset, CEO of BusyKid, has one piece of advice for those parents: “Get over it.” A certified financial planner with six children of his own, even Murset struggled at first to teach his offspring money matters. “The overall goal is you want them to leave your house one day and never come back except to visit once in a while, and so if we want that to happen, these are the things we have to teach them,” Murset said. “It’s a life skill that we use more than any other life skill. You make so many financial decisions everyday, and the fact that we don’t teach this, for the most part, in school really drives me bonkers.” Murset firmly believes children learn best by doing. That why he developed his BusyKid app, which allows children to work for and use money the same way adults do now, by swiping a card. “Gone are the days of the old school piggy bank on the dresser. I think that ship has sailed, so we’ve got to change,” Murset said. “We’re not taking out a wad of cash anymore, so it’s hard to teach them about something we don’t actually see.” BusyKid allows parents to assign chores, give each chore a value, create a chore chart to keep track of what’s been assigned and completed, and pay the hardworking kids their allowance. Parents can choose gift cards or a prepaid card. Parents also get to see how their kids are spending their money and, to some extent, control it. “It gives them an ecosystem to do all that in,” Murset of the app.“You’re not going to let them go too far off the rails. So, later, when they get to the big decisions — such as ‘Should I buy this car or get this student loan?’ — they’re prepared.” Children can divvy up their “income” just like an adult would. They can put some into savings, designate some for spending, and even make donations to charities. Future financial pros can even 28 | APRIL 2018


get a taste of investing by buying stocks, all within the safety of the app and under the watchful eyes of their parents, who get alerts asking for approval for everything their child does. Teaching children to work hard and to manage money are the two pillars of Murset’s teaching philosophy, but the magic, he said, is when they learn how work and money go together. “I think there’s some great places to do this. No. 1 is at the checkout stand,” Murset said. “You’re out with your kid in tow. You’re standing there anyway wasting your time waiting to checkout. This is a great time to teach about the difference between credit and debit cards.” He said to let them actually swipe the cards and push the buttons. Then hand them the receipt and point out the various line items, like sales tax. “Another great step: You get an email that the electric bill is due or the auto is due. Call your child over and say, ‘I have a bill I have to pay,’ and explain it. Pull up bill pay or whatever it is you do to pay that bill and let them do it. Let them push the buttons. Let then tap in $695 for the electric bill in the summer,” said Murset, who lives in Arizona. It’s moments like these, he said, when the magic happens and children connect how long and hard they have to work to make money with how much things in life actually cost. If you’re diligent, you end up with a child who is more interested in how much they can save rather than what they can spend it on. “This is what happened with my now 17-year-old. I’ve exposed her to so much of this stuff — how much things cost, stuff like that. So now she gets after me for stuff

like, ‘Why are we remodeling the bathroom? That’s a waste of money.’ Why not ask questions like that? That’s the kind of thing that I want to happen. That’s the kind of lightbulb. Being more transparent is better, even if it’s a little embarrassing, and maybe that’s what you need, too.” After all, if in the process of teaching our children good financial skills, we learn (and practice) a few ourselves, all the better.

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Taking the pressure off Girls can be anything — but they don’t have to be everything BY HEIDI STEVENS


hen my daughter was a baby, I used to joke that she’d sleep with her eyes open if it were humanly possible, so unwilling was she to miss even a moment of action. I would walk her and rock her, walk her and sing, walk her and whisper, and she would fight with every cell in her body to stay awake — keeping one eye open after the first eye surrendered to exhaustion, like some kind of baby Popeye. She’s 12 now, and her early reticence was a sign of things to come. Sleep is nothing more than an impediment to world domination. She packs her days down to the minute — morning debate club followed by school followed by cheer practice followed by trampoline practice followed by prep for the upcoming math competition in Springfield followed by homework followed, reluctantly, by sleep. Wake, rinse, repeat. I’m proud and worried. Proud because she’s bright and engaged and fearless and determined to be great. Worried because I fear that some voice — in her head, in the world — tells her that she’s not good enough unless she’s good at everything. A 2015 survey commissioned by the University of California at Los Angeles, which included responses from 150,000 full-time students at more than 200 colleges and universities, found the highest levels of unhappiness ever recorded in female first-year college students. Twice as many young women than young men said they were “overwhelmed by all I have to do.” The survey is cited in educator Rachel Simmons’ new book, “Enough as She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives” (Harper). I devoured the book, wincing, waiting for it to prove that I’m setting my daughter up for a lifetime of anxiety as she struggles to keep up with an impossible set of standards and demands. “Yes, this is the most promising moment for girls in history,” Simmons told me recently. “At the same time, girls have more expectations and obligations than 30 | APRIL 2018


any time in history. That’s not an easy responsibility to bear.” Psychologists call it “role overload,” Simmons writes, meaning too many roles for a single individual to play, and “role conflict,” meaning the obligations of the roles you play are at odds with one another. “Both conditions are known to include high levels of stress,” Simmons writes. “In the so-called age of girl power, we have failed to cut loose our most retrograde standards of female success and replace them with something more progressive. Instead we’ve shoveled more and more expectation onto the already robust pile of qualities we expect girls to possess.” Be a STEM star, but with perfect makeup. Be class president, but with plenty of time for your friends. Be an athlete, but not too muscle-y. Simmons’ book offers a road map for helping girls navigate the obligationladen terrain with their wits and confidence intact. The key, she argues, is to help girls know themselves well enough to pursue what makes them tick, not what they assume will please or impress others. Social media, not surprisingly, occupies a lot of the book’s real estate. “Girls use social media every day to mobilize and inspire their peers to activism,” Simmons writes. “When they feel alone and that no one understands them, the internet regularly offers what a hallway or classroom can’t.” But it shouldn’t be the barometer of a girl’s self-worth. Instead, she writes, we

should help the girl in our life use it to do the following: Say something about herself, rather than prove something about herself; connect with others, rather than compete with others; amplify a cause that’s bigger than herself. She’ll have missteps; we all do. But when she makes a mistake — on social media, in school, in a friendship — teach her to go easy on herself. “If you don’t beat yourself up when you fail, failure becomes a lot less scary,” Simmons writes. “The drive to learn rather than perform makes self-compassionate people more motivated, more resilient in the face of failure and more comfortable taking healthy chances. “When self-compassionate people fail, they are less likely to revert to feelings of shame and worthlessness.” We can model this by being compassionate with ourselves and sharing stories of times we stumbled. It can also help, Simmons writes, to ask your daughter how she would approach a close friend or relative who’d made a mistake and try applying that same grace to herself. Help her lean on others when she needs help. “Challenge the assumption that selfmade success is somehow better or more worthy,” Simmons writes. “Remind her that connections forged in vulnerability, in her personal life and at work, are often the most real and lasting.” And, maybe my favorite bit of advice of all, help her connect with her own values. “She will grow stronger when she is rooted in who she is, how she feels and what she stands for, not who she is trying to be for anyone or anything else,” Simmons writes. “Ask her about three values she wants to honor right now in her life. Friendship? Family? Honesty? Service? Talk together about how she can align herself with what she cares about. “Being able to get young people thinking about what they stand for,” she said, “helps them make sure what they’re doing is what they feel passionate about, not just what some college will want from them.”






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Budgeting after baby BY SARAH LYONS




abies cost a lot of money: Diapers, formula, clothes and baby gear can take a huge chunk out of your monthly budget. The cost of child care or reducing households to a single income can make the adjustment even more difficult than expected. Here are some tips to cut down on spending after adding to your family:

Breastfeeding is not always an option for families for a variety of reasons and formula is pricey. Coupons and rebates are readily available from the manufacturer. Go to the manufacturer's website and sign up for additional coupons and have friends and family do the same. You can also ask your obstetrician and pediatrician for free formula samples.



To save on diapers, consider switching to cloth. Modern cloth diapers are easy to use and come in cute designs. The initial cost is typically $10-20 per diaper, but they can be reused for years. If cloth diapers aren’t for your family, there are still ways to save money on disposable diapers. Check manufacturer websites for high dollar coupons and combine with store sales. Generic diapers are another great way to save and they are typically comparable to name brand. 32 | APRIL 2018

Car seat, stroller, high chair, bouncer, swing and more. There sure is a lot of gear for someone so small and it seems each item costs $100, often more. It’s wise to buy a new car seat that meets current safety standards but all the other items can be purchased gently used and later sold again when your family no longer needs them.


Babies grow fast! It doesn’t make sense to spend a lot on several cute baby

outfits when your child outgrows them only a few weeks later. Consider buying gently used clothing and/or asking friends for hand me downs. If you want new items, buy less than you think you will need because they are used for only a short time.


To save money on childcare, you have to get creative. Ideas include having a family or friend watch the baby at a lower rate, trading babysitting with another family, or alternating shifts with your partner to reduce time in child care. Some companies offer flexible spending plans to pay for child care with pre-tax money.


The key to saving money on adult clothing is to shop for versatile pieces that can be worn many different ways. A solid color top can be worn with jeans, slacks, or a skirt and paired with a scarf,

necklace, jacket or worn alone for a variety of looks. Once you have your key pieces, only buy clothing when you really need them.

Have a garage sale, utilize consignment sales, or sell items in online marketplaces.


There are several ways to cut costs in this area. Purchasing groceries with coupons, on sale, or generic brands can save money. Also, consider making items from scratch and eating out less to help trim your food budget. A quick google search will provide you with several $5 meals ideas.

Look at the family budget and evaluate where you can easily trim expenses. Do you belong to a gym, have club memberships, subscriptions, or other monthly bills that you do not use enough to justify the expense? Discuss with your partner whether some of these items can be cut to free up the money for other expenses.



Just because a new baby is in the house doesn’t mean that you have to stop enjoying entertainment but you might need to approach a night out in a new way. You do not have to go without movies, concerts or area attractions, but you should check deal sites to see if there are any options available to you. This will require planning ahead to make sure it fits into the budget and that you have childcare covered, if necessary. Also consider if items like cable or streaming subscriptions are necessary. Choose to pay for the entertainment you use and enjoy.


A simple way to save money is to do things yourself. Cleaning and lawn services are nice but expensive. Taking care of it yourself is free. Instead of paying someone to repair or remodel things around the house, try it yourself first and save the money you would have spent on labor.



Our homes are filled with items we rarely use. Consider selling these items to put extra cash in your hand that can be used for all those new baby expenses.

Sarah Lyons is a stay-at-home mom of six children, including young triplets. She has learned to cut costs and save money in a variety of ways as her family has grown.

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What you should do if your child is a “quitter”



ella was going out of her mind. Her 9-year-old daughter, Angie, would agree to sign up for an activity with great enthusiasm. Swim team? Yes, please! Book club? You bet! Ballet? Sign me up! Then something would happen that made the activity, well, hard. Her team had to practice diving off racing blocks and she hated diving. She didn’t like the book chosen for book club. Her ballet teacher was too strict. When it came time to go to the lesson or club, a power struggle ensued that made it hard to get her out the door. Bella and her husband had heard me run through the research revealing that the best thing you can do to cushion your kids from anxiety and to help them develop self-motivation is to let them take the driver’s seat. But now that belief was being tested. Was their 9-year-old driving herself into the quitter’s ditch? They were a hard-working couple who knew how important diligence and perseverance were to their own success. If they kept letting Angie quit, they were afraid they would be raising a soft kid who’d be underprepared for the real world. I hear concerns like this all the time, and here is my advice:


All of our worry about our kids is about the future — we fear that they’ll get stuck in a negative place and won’t get better. Angie’s parents were envisioning their 9-year-old as a lazy 20-year-old, coming to them to bail her out. They needed to tell themselves: “Who she is now is not who she will always be.” We all know the negative impacts of peer pressure, but there are positives, too: I see many kids who are cautious or seem to have trouble committing become passionate in their pursuit of self-selected goals when they see their friends doing it, too. Kids can be completely different after puberty, when peer influences become even stronger, often with the result of a kid trying out for a team, joining a club, or 34 | APRIL 2018


signing up for volunteer work, apparently out of nowhere.


Distinguishing long-term desires from immediate feelings will help kids understand the difference between an immediate task and ultimate goal. When Angie says, “I don’t want to read my book club book,” her parents might say that although she may not feel like reading it, she may want to read it if she hopes to continue being a part of the club. This is a lesson that doesn’t register right away, but it’s worth planting the seed and emphasizing over time.


Say “I know you’re someone who can stick with things when they’re important to you.”


When Angie says, “I don’t want to go,” it’s all too easy to respond with, “You’re going!” But pause and ask a question

instead. Help her think it through. Why doesn’t she want to go? Point out that she seems to enjoy it after the fact — why? It could be that you will uncover a deeper issue. Maybe diving is painful because she belly-flops. Maybe she’s embarrassed and feels she isn’t as good as others. What might make that better? Extra practice with mom and dad, so that she feels more comfortable during swim practice? Engage her in coming up with a solution. If she’s resisting the activity because she’s not very good at it, tell her, “I know from my own life that we often have to be not so good at things for a while as part of the process of getting good at something. I want to be sure that you’re not just looking for something that comes easily, as a little struggle is necessary for all of us.” Many people misunderstand my advice that they should give their kids more control over their own lives as meaning that they should give their kids carte blanche to do whatever they want. Not so. For one, Angie’s parents paid for her swim team and had a financial stake in her seeing it through. They were well within their rights to explain that for the duration they’d paid for, she needed to stick with it. And as for book club, it

didn’t feel right to let Angie back out of a commitment she’d made to the others. So I advised Bella to say, “I’d feel like a terrible mom if I let you back out of things. It’s not good for your relationships, and it’s not good for you as a person to get used to doing that.” Bella might explain that if Angie really wants to back out of the book club, she will need to write a letter to the other members explaining why she is quitting. This gives her a choice about whether to persist or quit, but she will have to take ownership of her decision.


Angie’s parents shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that their daughter is a quitter. Either these activities didn’t energize her, or she was apprehensive. It could be that she had low baseline levels of dopamine (the “get-up-and-go” hormone) or high levels of cortisol (the “stress hormone”).


Bella felt it was important for Angie to work hard at something. But how could she help Angie find something that

would capture her interest enough so that she’d keep at it? It might take some time to find. But focusing intently on that activity would be one of the best things for Angie’s brain, because it would induce what’s come to be called “flow,” when levels of certain neurochemicals in your brain — including dopamine — spike. The more Angie experiences flow, the more she’ll be conditioning a motivated brain, so that when she is older and has to focus on things she doesn’t want to do (and there is plenty of that in adult life), she’ll be able to make herself do them. As parents, we expose our kids to what we like or what their friends are doing. But if you’re a family of jocks and have an artist, it may take a while to hit the sweet spot. And what’s wrong with being a dilettante before zeroing in? Sports experts are now deeply concerned about the risk of injuries in kids who specialize too early rather than playing everything. Or consider that acclaimed musician Wynton Marsalis picked up a trumpet at age 14, but then practiced four hours a day because he wanted to. In short, what’s the rush? We should remember that we can’t

make a kid develop grit; that’s not part of our job description as parents. We can expose them to things they may like, support them in sticking with things as they get harder, and express confidence that they can handle the stress or the boredom necessary to get to “the next level.” Remember that the world is so complex that we have no idea where the things that will turn our kids on come from. If Bella encourages Angie to keep seeking what she loves, and to work hard at it when she finds it, she will help her grow into a confident and self-directed woman.

Stixrud is the co-author, with Ned Johnson, of “The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives.” A professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine with a clinical neuropsychology practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, he is a specialist in learning difficulties and speaks regularly on the impact of stress on the brain.

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Writing it out Keeping a journal might help your stressed or anxious child BY SARAH HOSSEINI, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON POST


hen I was in fifth grade, I wrote in my journal one day that I was upset about not having any real friends in class. My teacher reminded us, like she did every day, that our black-and-white composition notebooks were for our eyes only. She would read them only if we asked her to. That day, I asked her to. This turned out to be my cry for help. My parents had recently divorced after years of domestic violence and infidelity. My sister and I lived with my mom, who was grappling with the emotional and financial toll divorce takes on a family. Life at home was tense and shaky. I didn’t understand any of it. That’s probably why a small fight with popular girls in class felt so catastrophic. In an instant, I became unglued. As a journal-keeping adult (who has since gone through therapy), I believe that, as a child, I probably suffered from undiagnosed anxiety mixed with depression. I certainly wouldn’t be alone. Nearly one in seven children ages 2 to 8 in the United States has a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder, according to a 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. One in five children ages 9 to 17 has a diagnosable disorder.


Despite the prevalence of mentalhealth issues in modern life, people of all ages still face many barriers to treatment. Costs are staggering and often not covered by insurance companies. There is a shortage of mental-health providers, especially in rural areas. And social stigmas run rampant even as awareness increases. While many mental-health experts would agree that having a journal alone is not a substitute for mental-health treatment, it can help. What helps even more is that it’s so accessible. Journals can be tailored to any age, interest, ability and income level. You can doodle. Scribble. Color. There are no barriers. “Imagine a photo journal, filled with 46 | APRIL 2018


images that are meaningful to the child, or a musical playlist, where the tone or lyrics of the songs capture a child’s feelings,” says Jaime Malone, a counselor at Insight Counseling and Consulting in New Jersey. Malone says keeping a journal helps kids develop a sense of ownership and positive control over their emotions. These skills come in handy when events in their lives or in certain environments feel scary or out of their control. When my daughters moved to Atlanta, there was no counselor on staff at their elementary school. This is not uncommon in school districts with stretched budgets. Unfortunately, it was during this time that I noticed one of my daughters struggling with her emotions, how to make sense of them, and how to manage them. When I would ask her, “What’s going on with you?” or “How was your day?” I’d get nothing but blank stares. “Oftentimes, survivors of trauma, both adult and child, are reluctant to

verbalize their experiences. For children especially, they may fear getting in additional trouble or upsetting adults,” says Kristie Arguette, a marriage and family therapist at New Vision Counseling in Washington state. My daughter, like many girls, was programmed to please me and everyone around her. Instead of telling me how she felt, she would feign headaches for days. But keeping a journal helped her become more assertive. She could draw and write her feelings (she did them as comic strips) without shame or fear of judgment.


“Daily journaling presents regular opportunities to identify and explore emotions, express feelings and build an emotional vocabulary, attribute meaning to what has happened and engage in problem-solving,” Arguette says. “When these processes are allowed to happen, it Continued on PAGE 49

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is less likely that the child will externalize their feelings via engaging in disruptive behaviors, or internalize them resulting in psychosomatic symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches or muscle pains.” Most parents can identify direct traumas and triggers quickly and easily: The bully at school, a move to a new house, a divorce or death in the family. But what if the trauma is more abstract and not so obvious? In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, where 17 people were killed, and the numerous other school shootings before it, many parents, administrators and mental-health experts are starting to question how children across the nation are dealing with the collective grief and trauma of these terrifying tragedies. “Trauma can occur for children after any emotional event, even one that they had no direct involvement with,” says Kimberly Hershenson, a social worker in New York City. “For children especially it may be difficult to make sense of things.” As anyone who’s been around children knows, they are always listening. The hushed conversations between parents are heard. The newscasters who announce death tolls are heard. The social media posts from parents crying out in the virtual abyss are heard. Kids are hearing adults talk about these scary


things, but that doesn’t mean they understand them. “Children do not always know how to talk about what they’re feeling. Sometimes they’re unsure of what they’re feeling, especially in the wake of trauma, when things are unclear and don’t make much sense,” says Jacqui Blue, a hypnotherapist in California who specializes in trauma.


She suggests that children in the United States who are distraught over the shootings use the “unsent letter” technique to help them cope with their emotions or find some clarity. “It is a letter that is never meant to be sent, but it enables the writer to get it out of them with a very powerful outlet,” Blue says. The child chooses whom they are going to write the letter to: A teacher, a deceased student, a survivor, or even the

shooter. Then they write down everything they need to say. “Let it flow uncensored,” she suggests. After all, there is no script for grief and pain. The raw nature of keeping a journal is exactly what makes it so cathartic. Teaching our kids about journaling and giving them the opportunity, space and privacy to do it can grow their emotional intelligence and empower them. And who knows; maybe one day, it will be their cry for help, like it was mine. We can’t erase our children’s hurts and pains, but we can give them the tools and opportunities to write themselves back together again, especially when they’re feeling lost and broken.

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PINES DAY April 28. Pembroke Pines celebrates its 58th birthday on Pines Day with a circus/carnival, live performances, singers and dancers, stilt walkers, jugglers, strolling magicians, rides and craft booths, carnival games. Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way. Noon-6 p.m. “Party on the Plaza” cake cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Free.

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MAKER FAIRE MIAMI April 7-8. This family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness is South Florida’s largest show-and-tell, with more than 180 makers and innovators showcasing their creations in technology, science, engineering, design, food and crafts. Engineers, artists, scientists and crafters display their hobbies, experiments and projects. Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. $15-$20.

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HATSUME FAIR April 21-22. Celebrating the first bud of spring, the Morikami’s largest annual event, Hatsume, transforms the normally tranquil Morikami Park into a unique Japanese spring festival. It features three stages with continuous entertainment. Enjoy martial arts demonstrations and taiko drumming shows, Japanese games and activities, Cosplay and fashion contests, avenues of artisan, craft and plant vendors, and Japanese street fair food vendors. $6-$17. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach.



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EGG SAFARI PRESENTED BY NICKLAUS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, 11 A.M.-4 P.M. Kids ages 12 and under can enjoy continuous egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny, music, games, prizes and see the Zoo animals receive their special holiday treats, too. Egg Safari entry is included with Zoo admission. Zoo members hunt early at 10 a.m. $18.95-32.50. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 154 St., Miami. REGGAE SUNDAYS, 2 P.M. Reggae music with live bands and Djs every Sunday afternoon into the evening. Enjoy selections by Lance-O of Kulcha Shok Muzik & the Kulcha Shok Crew: Selecta BinBin, Galaxy Sound plus guest DJs and performers weekly. All ages. The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami.

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THEATER, SHOWS & CONCERTS DISNEY ON ICE REACH FOR THE STARS Through April 8. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for extravaganza with magic with the royal sisters Anna and Elsa, plus Rapunzel and Beauty and the Beast in a skating spectacle. $40 and up. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. SHEN YUN April 1. The Chinese troupe combines ancient legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with animated backdrops. The program includes classical Chinese dance as well as ethnic and folk traditions. 2 and 7 p.m. $80 - $200. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami., TIME STEP April 1- May 6. European jig, reel steps, clog and African rhythms combined to create tap dancing, a true American theatrical art form. Kevin Black and Ben Bagby star in the premiere of the musical show that brings to the stage the beloved dance style in all its forms. 2 and 8 p.m. $48. Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Margate. ERTH'S DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE April 3. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live guides your family on a breathtaking tour through prehistoric Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance. Erth’s DINO is brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists. $10-$15. 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. events/erths-dinosaur-zoo-live/ FRIDAY NIGHT SOUND WAVES April 6-Nov. 2. Alt-Country rocker Edan Archer kick offs country music weekend on Fort Lauderdale Beach. 6-9 p.m. Free. Fort Lauderdale Beach, The Hub, Las Olas & A1A, 300 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. BROWARD COLLEGE SPRING DANCE CONCERT April 6-7. The Broward College Dance Ensemble presents its Spring 2018 Dance Concert featuring repertoire created by Pascal Rioult, founder and choreographer of Rioult Dance New York. New works by faculty and students will also premiere during this special event. $5-$10. 8 p.m. Bailey Hall, 3501 Davie Road, Davie.

MIAMI CITY BALLET: PROGRAM FOUR April 6-8. 8 p.m. $25. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. THE FANTASTICKS April 6-15. A funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. $25. $20 group rate for 4 or more. Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. ZORRO THE MUSICAL April 6-15. This new musical retells the dramatic tale of a romantic hero with aerial acrobatics, sword-fighting and magic all set to the famous red-hot Gipsy Kings beat. 8-10 p.m. $35. Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second 2nd Ave., Miami Shores. I GOT RHYTHM April 7. Brazilian-American singer and pianist Beatriz Malnic will present an evening of songs by Tom Jobim, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. 7 p.m. $18, adult; $10, children. Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. BLUEGRASS IN THE PAVILION April 7. Features co-headliners Blue Highway and the Gibson Brothers for an afternoon of bluegrass music set in the Flagler Kenan Pavilion. $35. Flagler Museum One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. STARS ON ICE April 8. See America’s top medal contenders, including 2017 U.S. Champion Nathan Chen, World Silver Medalist Ashley Wagner, threetime World Medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, 2017 U.S. Champion Karen Chen, and U.S. Champion Jason Brown, plus Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. 4-6 p.m. BB&T Center, 2555 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise. A UKRAINIAN MONTAGE April 15. An afternoon of authentic Ukrainian folk dance and song featuring the Ukrainian Dancers of Miami. Lap Seats available for ages 2 and under. All guests require a ticket. 2 p.m. $25. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale. CARDINAL GIBBONS HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS ANNIE THE MUSICAL April 13-15. $15. Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. OLIVER April 13-29. The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dicken’s novel. 2 p.m. and

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MOVIES ON THE MILE. Grounds open at 6 p.m. and movie begins at 7 p.m. every first Thursday at 150 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables: This month’s movie, "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off." In the event of rain, movies will take place on the following Thursday. MOMENTUM DANCE COMPANY: COUNTING SONGS, 6-7:30 P.M. This fun and action packed 30-minute performance teaches children numbers 1-8 while simultaneously teaching the multiplication tables for the same numbers to older kids. Each number comes to life with an original song by local composer Devin Marsh and a dance by Momentum's delightful, goofy, and high-energy dancers. Each song is in a different musical style (jazz, reggae, rock, Caribbean, classical, rap) and each dance has a special element such as puppets and scarves. Free. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami.

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FREE FRIDAY GUIDED TOUR, 6–6:45PM. Learn more about The Wolfsonian and related art and design themes during a 45-minute free guided tour of the building, collection, or exhibitions. New guides bring different perspectives each week! The Wolfsonian–FIU, 1001 Washington Ave. Miami. FREE FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT FOOD TRUCKS, 5:30-10 P.M. First Friday of each month. Palmetto Bay Village Center. 18001 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay. LASER FRIDAYS, 7 P.M.-1 A.M. Get ready to rock under the Frost Planetarium’s 67-foot dome on the first and third Friday. Retro throwback to the classic laser light spectacles you know and love. From Pink Floyd to Daft Punk. $10 adult; $8 child. Admission includes laser glasses. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

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DISCOVERING DESIGN FREE FAMILY DAY: WORD PLAY, 12–3 P.M. It’s poetry month -and even our littlest poets can compose their first haiku, with the help of grown-ups! Play with words on our word wall to get your creative juices flowing, then make your own book of poems. Wondering what a poem is? So does Arthur, who’s looking for ways to comfort his fish Leon in the story This is a Poem that Heals Fish (2007), by Jean-Pierre Siméon and Olivier

Sorman. Free for children and accompanying adults. The Wolfsonian–FIU, 1001 Washington Ave. MOMENTUM DANCE COMPANY’S CHILDREN LIBRARY SERIES: A DANCING IMAGINATION, 11 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Momentum Dance Company shows kids how any topic can be fodder for dance by using your imagination. “Duet” is an unusual pas de deux for a dancer and electric car. “I See A Song” explores how we can “see” music and “hear” color. “Bubble Wrap” has the dancers popping that irresistible stuff through rhythms in their feet, ballet steps, jumping and rolling and more hilarious antics. “Power Hitter” incorporates the world of sports in a portrait of a baseball player trying to hit a home run. Free. Coral Gables Public Library, 3225 Segovia Ave., Coral Gables. FREE FIRST SATURDAY AT GOLD COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM, 11 A.M.-4 P.M. Fun, food, bounce houses and train rides. Nominal fee for food and train rides. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 13450 SW 152nd St., Miami. FASHION ART AND MUSIC NIGHT, 6-9 P.M. Live music, art and entertainment will fill the shopping, dining and business district the first Saturday of every month. Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, 3390 Mary St., Suite 130 Coconut Grove. STORYTIME AND CRAFT, 10 A.M. AND 11 A.M. Children of all ages are invited with their

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FOOD PLAY FOR KIDS, 1-3 P.M. Earth Angel Outreach presents Kids' Food Play, an experience every Sunday for ages 3-12 that playfully brings organic and tasty vegetables of all sizes and textures to their hands for them to arrange, build and create art masterpieces. Kids are encouraged to munch, and parents can enjoy lunch and adult beverages while watching or helping the children create. All supplies and materials provided to create a 'Food Play Character' to take home. $25. The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami. HOMESTEAD NATIONAL PARKS TROLLEY, 9 A.M.-5 P.M. Explore Everglades and Biscayne National Parks and Homestead Bayfront Park with a free guided trolley ride from Historic Downtown Homestead every weekend through April 29. Free. Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Ave., Homestead. FAMILY FUN FEST, 1-4 P.M. Hands-on activity stations for families to complete together. Participants can earn a special button to remember their day. Biscayne National Park Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9700 SW 328th St, Homestead.

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FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, 8 P.M. Watch "Moana"Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. $5. Children under 2 are free. FOUNTAIN TERRACE CONCERT SERIES, 8 P.M.The free concert series, open to listeners of all ages, includes something for everyone: jazz, pop, swing, Charanga, hip-hop, reggae, salsa and even opera. Hialeah Park, at 100 East 32nd St., Hialeah For more information, please visit


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SENSORY SATURDAYS, 9-11 A.M. Children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorders and global developmental delay explore the Miami Children’s Museum in a sensory modified supportive setting with limited admission and sound and lighting adjustments. RSVP to Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. WINDS OF CHANGE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION PICNIC, 11 A.M.-3 P.M. Celebrating the countless individuals in our community who work every day to keep children safe. A fun-

filled family day with food, cotton candy, snow cones, face painting, bounce house, awards, games and entertainment. Learn about resources in the community, child related safeties you can use to help keep children safe and how you can help prevent child abuse in our community. Free. Amelia Earhart Park Corporate Pavilion 401 E 65 St., Hialeah. For tickets, JACKSON HEALTH FAMILY FUN DAY, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. Join HistoryMiami Museum and Jackson Health System in a celebration of 100 years of caring for the community. Noon-4 p.m., activities. The Jackson Centennial exhibition with guided tours at 1 and 3 p.m. Receive a free health screening and learn about key services provided by Jackson Health System. Experience activities for the whole family with music, arts and crafts, storytelling and building blocks station. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St., Miami. SENSORY SATURDAYS, 9-11 A.M. Children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorders and global developmental delay explore the Miami Children’s Museum in a sensory modified supportive setting with limited admission and sound and lighting adjustments. RSVP to Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. FREE FAMILY FUN DAY, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. Join

HistoryMiami Museum and the Florida Public Archaeology Network for family fun exploring Florida’s history through hands-on activities and demonstrations from noon to 4 p.m. Interact with real fossils and meet an archaeologist at 1 and 3 p.m. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St., Miami. FAMILY DAY ON ARAGON: MOVIE, MUSEUM, BOOKS. A free block party on the second Saturday of the month which includes discounted movies at the Coral Gables Art Cinema in the mornings, free admission at the Coral Gables Museum in the afternoon, and free story time and entertainment at Books & Books. FREE FAMILY DAY AT PEREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI, Free admission the second Saturday of the month with activities for families from 1-4 p.m., including family-friendly tours and chances for children to create art. The museum also is free to visitors the first Thursday of every month, and there will be talks, performances and movie screenings on Thursday nights, when the museum is open until 9 p.m. WILD TALES, PRIMATE STORIES, 5:30-8:30 P.M. Hear the stories of these animals as Patti shares the dangers of the exotic pet trade and how we can make better choices to support primate conservation. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 154 St., $5.00 voucher for food/drink at Zoo

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FISHING DERBY, 7-10 A.M. Have breakfast and help clean up lakes of invasive fish species. Zoo provides the rods and bait, you reel 'em in! Removing invasive fish species helps improve habitat quality and creates room for native fish and wildlife. Zoo Miami,12400 SW 154 St., Breakfast and Zoo admission included with FREE FAMILY DAY, 1-3 P.M. Every third Sunday of the month includes food, face painting, balloon animals and more. Festivities will be held in the Palm Court Event Space on the 3rd floor. Complimentary parking is available at City View and Palm Court Garages located on Northeast 38th Street between North Miami Avenue and Northeast Second Avenue. Miami Design District/Palm Court, 140 NE 39th St., Miami,

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and food trucks to accompany the art show. This month is Throwback Thursday, so dress up as your favorite decade. Local restaurants and food truck vendors will be lined up selling their specialties and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to relax in the open space. THIRD THURSDAY BLOCK PARTY, 6-9 P.M.The free community event includes live music, dancing and food trucks to accompany the art show. Activities for the entire family. This month is Throwback Thursday where you dress as your favorite decade. Entertainment focuses on showcasing music from previous decades. Local restaurants and food truck vendors will be lined up selling their specialties and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to relax in the open space off 95th Street in Surffside.

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FREE FRIDAY AT MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 4-8 P.M. Every third Friday events include interactive activities, crafts and storytelling. Children also explore hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits related to arts, culture, community and communication. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. LASER FRIDAYS, 7 P.M.-1 A.M. On the third Friday of each month, the Frost Planetarium holds a retro throwback to classic laser light

spectacles. Refusing music from artists of our time with old-school laser light visuals under the Planetarium’s 67-foot dome. Show admission includes laser glasses. Check schedule for various shows. $10 adult. $8 child. Frost Planetarium, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

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PARTY FOR THE PLANET, 10 A.M.-3 P.M. This is Zoo Miami’s annual Earth Day celebration. Lots of conservation-themed activities for the entire family as well as fun enrichment for the animals through Sunday. Conservationthemed activities are included with Zoo admission. $18.95-$32.50Zoo Miami,12400 SW 154 St., EARTH DAY AT THE WYNWOOD YARD, 11 A.M.-4 P.M. Jungle Island residents will be celebrating at The Wynwood Yard for a funfilled day of wildlife conservation and arts & crafts. Locals and visitors alike will get the opportunity to learn about some of the world’s most interesting animals and interact with them as well. Kids will also be able to make their own planters with recyclable materials and plant garden seeds. The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami. events JUNGLE ISLAND VISITS THE YARD. NOON-3 P.M. The feathery stars from Jungle Island want to hang with the community on the

mainland. Animals such as Jungle Island's famous parrots are making an exclusive appearance at The Wynwood Yard on a day filled with hands-on animal interactions and surprise activations. Free. The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami. events MIAMI MARKET FOR MAKERS. 10 A.M.-3 P.M. This two-day event features four floors of items you can’t easily find in stores and items that you never thought to look for. Home decor, fashion, art, design, food and much more. $7. Kids younger than 12, free. First 100 attendees receive totes with selected goodies inside. Located in the Miami Design District, The Moore Building, 191 NE 40th St., Miami.

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MEET ME AT THE PARK, 4-6 P.M. Family activities planned for every fourth Sunday of the month for Miami-Dade parks. Contact your local park for activity updates and stay tuned for schedule updates by downloading the Nextdoor app. FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION, 10 A.M.- 5 P.M. The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, a museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture, offers free admission every Saturday. The museum has a collections and research center, films,

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MONKEY MADNESS: 9TH ANNUAL 5K RUN AND FAMILY FUN WALK, 7:30A.M.-12:30 P.M. A day filled with entertainment for the entire family. Participants can spend the rest of the day at Zoo Miami for free. 35, adults 12 and older; $15, children 3-11. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. FAMILY DAY, 2-4 P.M. A free, monthly IDEAS program created to engage families with children of all ages in activities that encourage conversation, exploration and experimentation through art. Activities include a ‘Design Challenge’, action guides for gallery exploration, along with performances and activations with special guests. Free to all visitors on Family Days. The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. family-days BEE-ING ERIKA/ BATTEN DISEASE FAMILY FUN DAY. 11 A.M.- 4 P.M. Tropical Park in Miami, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami. The event will feature a car meet, bounce houses, face painting, ponies, live performances by local artists and dance studios, Frankies Pizza food truck, live graffiti wall. $5. erikaspaide ART IN THE PARK WITH MARIE, 10 A.M.-1 P.M. A free art program for toddlers through 8-year-olds) is held every last Sunday of the month. Supplies included. Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Free.

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DREAM CAR CLASS CAR SHOW. 10 A.M.-3 P.M. The first Sunday of every month. Features dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles. Free. Registration, $20. 2000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Vehicles can be registered the morning of the show. CobraJoeProduc- BE KIND TO ANIMALS – ALL CRITTERS MATTER, 11 A.M. Each Sunday guests are introduced to a featured animal. Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs. Call 954-752-WILD or

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FAMILY NIGHTS WITH FOOD TRUCKS, 5:30-9:30 P.M. Browse food trucks every Tuesday at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. CHILDREN'S ART CLASS. 4-6 P.M. Art class for children with Loi Laing. Ages 6 and up. $40, non-residentsThe Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines.

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SHARKEY’S STORYTIME SPECIAL. 10:30-11 A.M. The Tortoise and the Hare Puppet Show allows puppets to tell the tale of a great race between a lovable tortoise and an arrogant hare. Children learn the moral that perseverance prevails, and good nutrition and exercise are important in this show. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Alvin Sherman Library and Information Technology Center, First Floor, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Davie.

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SKATE NIGHT FUNDRAISER FOR MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS. Push for Good, Island Water Sports, Vans and Boards for Bros will host skate night from 5-9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Tamarac Skatepark, 9901 NW 77 St., Tamarac. Volunteers are welcome as they grill hot dogs and serve drinks for the monthly meetup. Email TODDLER THURSDAYS. 11 A.M.- 4 P.M. Come in with your Toddler and he/she can paint a Beautiful Bank a forum for kids to express their creativity, to relax, have some fun and learn in a creative and pressure-free environment. Color Me Mine, 13740 State Road 84, Davie. $10-12. Ages 5 and younger.

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FIRST FRIDAY FOOD TRUCKS, 5-9 P.M. Food trucks and a DJ spins the tunes in the parking lot. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. Parking and entry to the food trucks is free. KIDOLOGY HIP-HOP DANCE CLASS. 5- 6 P.M. An educational enrichment program for children that teaches ballet and acrobatics and various forms of dance. Ages 5 and older. Veterans Park, 7600 NW 50th St., Lauderhill. Register online at OLD TOWN UNTAPPED, 6-9 P.M. South Florida’s premiere Craft Brew and Arts Festival. A night filled with free craft beer samples from PomAPRIL 2018 |


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LET'S GO BIKING! 9 A.M.-1 P.M. A leisurely bike ride, bicycle safety, kid activities, giveaways, music, free food and more! There will also be a FREE bike raffle. Vista View Park, 4001 SW 142nd Ave., Davie. Register at COMMUNITY SPRING GARAGE SALE, 7 A.M.NOON. Twice a year the residents of Cooper City bring various treasures from their homes for the community to purchase. Held in the parking lot of the Cooper City Sports Complex, 10500 Stirling Road.

954-434-4300 #233 CERTIFIED 5K RUN AND 1 MILE FAMILY WALK, This is not a fundraiser, but an event to get the community moving and to have a good time with a wellness and resource fair, family fun and prizes. 7:30 a.m. 5K Run; 8 a.m. 1 mile family walk. Open to ages 5-80. Markham Park, 16001 State Road, Sunrise. Register to run $15, individual; $25 for families up to 4 members. GREEN MARKET, 9 A.M.-2 P.M. Featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fresh seafood, gourmet teas and coffee, specialty food items, as well as home-made crafts, health-related products and live music. Every Saturday through April 28. Dogs welcome. Northeast First Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach. FAMILY SAFETY DAY, NOON-5 P.M. Family members benefit from activities and resources being provided: Free food and swimming, water slide, CPR and water safety demos, raffle and games. John Mullin Park, 2000 NW 55th Ave., Lauderhill. HANDMADE PUPPET DREAMS, 1-4 P.M. The late Jim Henson's daughter Heather curates this touring festival of short films. The series showcases independent puppeteers exploring their handmade live-action craft specifically for the screen. The films focus on real-time puppetry, allowing artists to build their vision

and then breathe life into them. The screening is part of the Les Marionnettes du Monde (Puppets of the World) exhibit and includes a make-it-and-take-it puppet craft. 1-4 p.m. Free. Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Library/EventsClasses/Pages/ProgramsMN.aspx SENSORY-FRIENDLY PIZZA PARTY WITH CURIOUS GEORGE, 5:30-8:30 P.M. For children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences. Have fun exploring the museum in a comfortable and accepting environment. Enjoy pizza, hands-on activities, meet and greet with Curious George in a less crowded space. No charge for family support staff/aides. $30 per participant includes pizza dinner, all activities, meet and greet, and exploration of the Museum. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP at 954-713-0930.

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JAZZ PICNIC IN THE PARK, 11 A.M.- 2:30 P.M. Live music and family fun from local bands. Jazz Survivors band performs. Free. Ilene Lieberman Botanical Gardens, 3801 Inverrary Blvd., Lauderhill. BE KIND TO ANIMALS – ALL CRITTERS MATTER, 11 A.M. Each Sunday guests are introduced to a featured animal. Sawgrass Nature

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Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs. GENERATIONS OF TASTE COOKING COMPETITION, 5-7 P.M. Come try appetizers, salads, drinks, soups, breads, main dishes, side dishes and desserts in this popular competition. $20; $10, ages 5-10. Old Davie School Cafe, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. Want to show off your culinary skills? The competition is free to enter. Learn more online at

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INDOOR SKYDIVING PROGRAM, 6-8 P.M. An indoor skydiving program aimed at providing an encouraging experience to those with varying physical and cognitive abilities, in an inclusive environment with flyers of all ages, skills, and abilities. iFLY Fort Lauderdale, 11690 West State Road 84, Davie. Reservations, 954-280-4359 or email sales. MICRO MINI MUSE, 4:30-7 P.M. A free monthly drop-in art program for children ages 3-5 featuring interactive art projects and childfriendly exhibition tours the first Thursday of every month. The program provides an opportunity for families to create art together and explore museum exhibitions. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. PRESCHOOL PLAY ‘N’ LEARN, 10-11 A.M. An

exploration of nature through such activities as games, hands-on projects, crafts, storytelling, songs, and a nature walk or animal encounter. Themes vary by month at this program for ages 3 to 5, offered the second Thursday of the month at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center, 3501 SW 130th Ave., Davie. $5 per child; RSVP at 954-357-8797.

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TUNES ‘N TRUCKS CONCERT SERIES, 6 P.M. Nibble on items from food trucks and savor entertainment as The Vybe perform at this free outdoor event. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Sunrise Amphitheater, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd. 954-747-4600 FAMILY SPORTS NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS, 5:45-7:15 P.M. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, enjoy an evening of sports and family activities for adults and children with special needs. Wear blue and receive a gift. Ages 5 and older. Sign waiver to participate in activities Free. Recreation Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd., Coconut Creek. RSVP, 954-545-6604 or MUSIC UNDER THE STARS. 7 P.M. Music and entertainment every second Friday of the month. Music kicks The intersection of Atlantic and Pompano Beach boulevards. Performance by Poor Life Decisions, a pop/rock

band. FUNTASTIC FRIDAY AND ARTSPARK MOVIE NIGHT, 5-10 P.M. Enjoy family fun with a DJ, face painter, games, bounce houses and more activities. Movie starts at 8 p.m. Lawn seating. Bring a blanket or beach chair. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle Hollywood. Free.

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THE YOGA EXPO, 10 A.M.- 6 P.M. Mindfulness workshops, healthy and local food court, live music, aerial and Acro yoga show. $35, children under 12, free. The Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. MOONLIGHT MOVIE IN THE PARK, 8 P.M. The full-length feature film, "Spider-Man: Homecoming," is projected onto a giant inflatable screen. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, your own food and beverages. Alcohol is not permitted. Free. Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road. 18TH ANNUAL 2018 RIVERWALK RUN, 7 A.M. Honoring the Junior League's 80 year anniversary. Run or walk through Fort Lauderdale's New River and Rio Vista neighborhoods on 5K or 5 miles courses. Afterwards, a post-race brunch and awards ceremony. There will be a Kids Fun Race with games and activities. $1. 32 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

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954-462-1350 or STAGE KIDS: MIC CHECK PERFORMANCE, 6:30 P.M. Students will perform musical numbers from The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, Greatest Showman, as well as from today’s favorite hits. The is for family and friends of all age. Free. Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St. FREE ANNUAL FAMILY FUN AND RESOURCE FAIR, 11 A.M.-3 P.M. The free event is held in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, observed each year in April to bring awareness to human trafficking, child abuse and neglect. Free refreshments, raffle prizes, games, mini-workshops, and resources on keeping children safe and healthy. Entertainment by Alexander Star. Rev. Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park, 2520 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. TAKE THE STAGE! HIP-HOP INTENSIVE, 9:30-10:30 A.M. the first session program; 10-45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. second program. Classes focus on enhancing coordination, rhythm, socialization, self-awareness, self-expression, and self-confidence Offered Saturdays through May 26. Youth, ages 8- 13, with developmental disabilitiesparticipate in two free dance programs this spring. Peregistration required.Central Park Multi-Purpose Center,



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Camp Locations: Highland Village Community Center,13621 NE 21 Ave. • (305)948-2928 Ronald A. Silver “Y.E.S.” Center, 17051 NE 19th Ave. • (305)948-2972 Washington Park Community Center, 15290 NE 15th Court • (305)948-2943 Uleta Park, 386 NE 169 street • (305)652-3658

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JULY 11th - AUGUST 17th Intensive instruction in acting, singing, dancing, and audition prep. June 11th - August 17th Enrollment on a weekly, rolling basis. Attend all 10 weeks, or just one! Student showcase performance on our main stage at the end of each week!

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APRIL POOL'S DAY, 11 A.M.-2 P.M. Pool fun, music and an entertaining and educational experience as you participate in water safety activities, watch real-time scenarios and demonstrations, and learn about resources available to help make your home water-safe. Free. Cypress Pool, 1300 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. april-pools-day PNC ARTS ALIVE: FREE ARTS! FAMILY DAY. Free admission to the gallery and interactive arts activities. Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood.

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FAMILY CERAMICS NIGHT, 6:30-8:30 P.M. Enjoy painting a ceramic masterpiece with your child and creating your own work of art. A fun night for the whole family. Pre-registration and payment is required by the Wednesday prior. Residents: $10 per family plus $10 material fee per child. Non-residents: $12 per family plus $10 material fee per child. Pool & Tennis Center. 11600 Stonebridge Parkway, Cooper City. Register at 954-434-4300, x272. coop- POMPANO PIER FOOD TRUCK ROUND UP, 6 -10 P.M. Food trucks, music and fun. Bring blankets and folding chairs. 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach. FUNTASTIC FRIDAY GOES GREEN, 5-8 P.M. Enjoy family fun with a DJ, face painter, games, bounce houses and celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with environmental exhibits, outdoor nature opportunities, recycling exhibits. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle Hollywood. Free.

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MODEL STEAM TRAIN RIDES, 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. Ride the train on Saturday and Sunday of the third full weekend of the month, year round, at Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek. Rides are $1.50 per person on one-eighth-sized trains, which run on a half-mile track along a scenic lake. DOG ADOPT-A-THON, 10 A.M.- 1 P.M. Looking for a new family member? Visit with our furry friends to find their forever home. Adoption fees vary. Memorial Park, 9001 SW 51st St., Cooper City. BEST DAY FOUNDATION BEACH EVENT, 7:30 A.M.- 2 P.M. Family-friendly day at the beach. Features tandem surfing, body-boarding, stand up paddling, kayaking, beach obstacle course, beach games. They provide all the gear.

You bring your towel, change of clothes. Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, 222 N Pompano Beach Blvd., SEMINOLE DISCOVERY DAYS SERIES. This series provides an opportunity for visitors to discover more about Seminole culture with hands-on activities for all age groups. This month’s focus is Earth Day. It will highlight the importance of the Everglades to Seminole people. Explore the Everglades with a boardwalk tour, meet Seminole Tribe member Daniel Tommie in his hunting camp, and try your hand at archery.

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PARKLAND FARMERS MARKET, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. There will be fresh and organic vegetables, fruits and herbs, beautiful flowers, breads, pastries and other baked goods as well as a variety of gourmet foods such as jams, honey, dips, sauces, fresh pasta, cheese and pickles. Equestrian Center, 8350 Ranch Road, Parkland. BEACH ENTERTAINMENT SERIES, 2-5 P.M. Features a new band the fourth Sunday of every month through April. Free. Bring your lawn chair. South City Beach Park, 1870 S. Ocean Drive, Hallandale Beach. 954-457-1452,





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27 Friday

KIDS NIGHT OUT, 6-11 P.M. Children ages 5-12 will play games, make new friends, create unique arts and crafts projects. Space is limited. $10,pre- registration; $20, day of event. Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach.

28 Saturday

JAZZ IN THE PINES CONCERT, 3-5 P.M. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of jazz. Features 9 Jazz Concerts on Sunday afternoons once a month. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and chairs. Free. Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way. PINES DAY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. 12-6 P.M. Celebrate Pembroke Pines’ 58th Birthday with events including children's rides, live music and entertainment, food, games and lots more. SUPERHERO PARTY. 1-2:30 P.M. Dress up as your favorite superhero or villain and join the fun that includes a comedic superherothemed show, a trivia battle and more. All ages. NSU Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie.

29 Sunday

WALK LIKE MADD & MADD DASH FORT LAUDERDALE 5K, 6-7 A.M. Registration; 7:30-11 a.m., race. More than 3,000 walkers and runners will make strides in the ongoing fight against drunk driving during the 8th annual race. The day’s festivities include children’s activities, an awards ceremony, live musical performances, vendor and educational booths, and appearances by local dignitaries, including Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Huizenga Park, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

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INTRACOASTAL ADVENTURES - KAYAKING, 9:30-11:30 A.M. Beautiful scenery, fresh air, and exercise! Join us for a kayak tour as we learn about the fascinating wildlife that calls the intracoastal home. Must have kayaking experience and be able to get in and out of a kayak without assistance. Registration required. Program is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Ages 6-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult. Non-member, $30. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. MAKE AND TAKE, 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. In celebration of Earth month, kids will capture the balance found in the Earth’s unique ecosystems. Supplies are limited so arrive early. Ages 5 and up. $5 per craft. Children’s





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CAMPS OPEN 7:30AM – 6:00PM | SERVING CHILDREN AGES 6 THROUGH 13 (must have completed kindergarten) Registration Fee at our Elementary Schools: $12.00 per Child or $18.00 per Family Early Registration for Camp Renegade $35.00 per family (by May 1st ) Regular Registration $45 per family (by June 1st ) | Late Registration $55 per family (after June 1st) MULTIPLE CHILD DISCOUNTS: 20% APRIL 2018 |


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Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. CAROUSEL RIDES. To celebrate Autism Awareness month, 10 percent of the proceeds rides through April benefit Els for Autism, a Jupiterbased nonprofit organization committed to helping people on the autism spectrum fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives. Ride hours: Sunday-Thursday from 10a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The carousel is wheelchair accessible.

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OUTDOOR MARINE AQUARIUM FEEDING. 12:30 P.M. What is the connection between mangrove and coral reef communities? How do fish use these habitats? Learn about the fascinating behaviors of native fish, stingrays, and other marine life during these free daily presentations. Meet at the outdoor marine aquariums. All ages. Children under 18 must participate with an adult. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. KIDS CAN CODE. 3:30-5 P.M. For kids in grades K - 5. Nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity during this hands-on, interactive class designed to introduce kids to computer science. All skill levels. Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, KidSpace, 3rd floor, 411 Clematis St. SEA TURTLE TALK. 2 P.M. Last year, over 100 sea turtle patients were treated at Gumbo Limbo. Meet some of the current patients and hear their stories. Why are they here? What can you do to help? Meet in the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility. Free daily program. All ages. Children under 18 must participate with an adult. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. FEED THE LORIKEETS, 10 A.M.-4:30 P.M. Daily explore the up close and personal escapades of these birds in the new Lorikeet Loft. Nectar pricing (not included with Zoo membership or admission) $2 per cup or 3 cups for $5. Palm



When: JUNE 25-29, 2018 Where: KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Who: AGES 9-13 TBAI BAI Junior is a one-week introductory session based on The Broadway Artists Intensive three-week program. Students of TBAI Junior train from 9am-4pm daily in ballet, jazz, tap, vocal technique, acting and improvisation with a faculty comprised entirely of professionals direct from Broadway. REGISTER NOW! or call 561-651-4376


TBAI Junior parents are invited to attend a Student Demonstration on the final day of the program to get a glimpse into some of the skills acquired over the week-long intensive.


JUNE 1 - August 31 MAKE RESERVATIONS NOW FOR A FIELD TRIP WHICH INCLUDES A SHARK FEEDING! NEW this year… Fossil and modern Sawfish and Saw sharks! • 100 genuine shark and ray jaws! • Hawaiian Shark Tooth Weapons! • Fossil dig to find a shark tooth! • Take a photo in a giant Megalodon Jaw! • Shark Feedings Tues-Sat at 10:30am and Sundays at 1:30pm • Admission is only $5 per person ages 3 and up. • We now have Stingray feedings Tues-Sun at 2:45pm

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EXHIBITS FOR FAMILIES DESIGN: FORM / FUNCTION / FUN Through April 21 at Young At Art Museum. Featuring an eye-popping interactive design-scape by Milagros. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. ONCE IN A LIFE TIME Through April 28 at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. The photographs of Ralph Morse, whose career spanned from being LIFE’s youngest war correspondent in 1942 to photographing John Glenn’s return to space in 1998. The Photo Centre, 415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. MONSTER FISH: IN SEARCH OF THE LAST RIVER GIANTS Through spring 2018 at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Learn about ancient fish that roam the depths of the world’s rivers. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $29; ages 3-11, $20; 15 percent discount for Miami-Dade and Broward residents. exhibition/monster-fish smART Gallery at Aventura Mall April 12-14, A pop-up exhibition for children and families fosters creativity and engages children with interactive, educational activities. Features dozens of pieces with a Letters and Numbers theme to promote literacy and numeracy. Free. Aventura Mall Expansion Wing, 2nd level, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. ASTRONAUT Through April 15 at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Through hands-on and full-body displays, investigate what it takes to be a space explorer. Its 26 exhibits — including a rocket launch simulator and a human gyroscope — show the physical and psychological effects of living in microgravity on the human body and the technology used to complete a mission. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. BRAIN: THE INSIDE STORY Through April 15 at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Explore the human brain through art, brain-scan imaging and interactive exhibits. Interactive brain teasers, puzzles and a build-a-brain exhibit. Featuring a 6-foot-tall artificial humanoid, a three-

pound preserved brain, and a "brain lounge," where visitors can watch brain scans of a professional basketball player in action. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $29; ages 3-11, $20; 15 percent discount for Miami-Dade and Broward residents. brain IT’S A NANO WORLD Through May 6. The Explorium unveils a new hands-on traveling exhibit that kicks off a season-long exploration where both children and adults can explore what’s around them. Separate cells in a giant Cell Sorter, play Giant DNA, Dust & Germ Pinball, zoom into your own hair and skin, measure your height in nanometers. The Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. ADVENTURES WITH CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG Through May 6. Visit Birdwell Island to explore the world of Clifford and Emily Elizabeth. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. $16; ages 2-12, $13; seniors, $15; military, $13. WASHED ASHORE: ART TO SAVE THE SEA Through June 3. Visitors can see giant marine-inspired sculptures made entirely of plastic and other debris gathered from the ocean. These handmade pieces, ranging from 15 feet long and 10 feet wide to 7 feet long and 12 feet high, will fascinate and educate all those who seek creative solutions to environmental challenges. Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mounts Botanical Gardens, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. $5-$15. THE LION GUARD Through Aug. 26. The traveling exhibit takes the audience through the African savanna where they will meet the Lion Guard and the Circle of Life. Train with the Lion Guard in their secret lair, explore the power of teamwork by joining all the members of the Lion Guard on Pride Rock, discover the African savanna and learn about the animals that live there. The exhibit will also feature the Little Lion Guard, where toddlers can engage in developmentally appropriate activities of exploration, creativity and skill building.



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GUIDED NATURE WALK. 11 A.M.-NOON. A free guided walk along the Ashley Trail, a quartermile natural trail that winds through the butterfly garden, coastal hammock, and mangroves, to a sandy beach by the Intracoastal on Tuesday and Wednesday. Observe local flora and fauna as your naturalist guides you on this island exploration. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd., Boca

Raton. EXPLORIUM SCIENCE SQUAD. 4 P.M. Kids, ages 5-6, spend an hour investigating a new topic while working as a team in this fun and handson learning experience. This month’s theme is Think Green, where they will conduct experiments to explore the Earth’s greenhouse effect. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. Ages 7-9. Resident, $10; nonresident, $12.50. MANATEE LAGOON TOURS, 2 P.M. Manatee Masters guide visitors on a walking tour of Manatee Lagoon’s exhibits Tuesdays through Saturdays, providing insight about "all things manatee" and the Lake Worth Lagoon ecosystem. Manatee Lagoon, 6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach.

4 Wednesday

HAPPY SUNSHINE YOGA TWEENS. 4:30-6 P.M. Offered every Wednesday in April. Classes aim to enhance body awareness, balance and coordination, build muscle tone and strength. Activities help develop sensory integration skills including sustained levels of focused attention and self-locomotion. Breathing techniques are incorporated that help children self-soothe and regulate their minds. Instructors focus on each child’s needs while cultivating a class environment where kids can learn, grow and thrive. All abilities welcome. Resident, $15; Non-resident, $18.75. Ages 8-12.

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Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. EXPLORIUM SCIENCE SQUAD. 4 P.M. Kids, ages 7-9, spend an hour investigating a new topic while working as a team in this fun and handson learning experience. This month’s theme is Think Green, where they will conduct experiments to explore the Earth’s greenhouse effect. 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. Resident, $10; non-resident, $12.50.

5 Thursday

OWL FEEDING, 4 P.M. Every Thursday families and children can stop by the Center to feed the owls. Free. Okeeheelee Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach. EXHIBITS ALIVE! 10 A.M.-NOON. An interactive and educational experience focusing on their exhibits every Thursday. These take plae in the exhibit halls at scheduled times. Free with paid admission. $5, children over 1 & Adults; $4.50, seniors (62 and older) All ages. The Schoolhouse Children's Museum & Learning Center, 129 Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach.

6 Friday

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Includes 9, 18 and 36 Day Sessions Mother - Daughter Weekend: June 8-10, 2018 Skyland Camp For Girls inspires girls to discover their own extraordinary potential.

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August 1-15, 2017 The life-changing 2-week sleep-away camp that builds confidence, communication skills, and friendships for kids & teens who stutter, ages 8-18. Young family members and friends are welcome (one week & shortened stays are available). Our camp is ACA-accredited, and located on a 500-acre facility in Hendersonville, NC.

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ing or afternoon guided boardwalk tour to learn more about Florida’s wetland birds and ecosystems. Reservations, 561- 544-8615 or online at Tour may be cancelled due to bad weather or no sign up. Ages 7-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. EVENING ON THE AVENUE, 6-10 P.M. Free live music, food and specialty item vendors. Free. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. CONCERTS IN THE COURT, 6-9 P.M. The Samantha Russell Band plays songs from classic country to Southern rock to originals, as well as the occasional current pop tune. Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. EVENING ON THE AVENUE, 6-10 P.M. Free live music, food and specialty item vendors. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. EVENINGS AT THE COUNCIL. 6:30-8:30 P.M. Spend an evening enjoying art and music among friends. On the first and third Fridays of this months. Celebrate the end of the week with live music and art. Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Free. JR. MARINE BIO NIGHT, 6-8 P.M. Your kids ever

wonder what it’s like to be Marine Biologist? Drop off kids age 5 and older for a night of Marine Science Education on the water with interactive games, experiments, projects, and crafts. Topic: Importance of Mangroves. Bryant Park, Fourth Avenue S & S Lakeside Drive in Lake Worth. $20 includes dinner and certificate.

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WEST PALM BEACH GREENMARKET, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. Saturdays through April 21. Downtown West Palm Beach, Waterfront Commons. FUN FACE PAINTING.11:30 A.M.- 1:30 P.M. Ask questions about your favorite marine mammals while getting some flair for your face every Saturday this month. Manatee Lagoon, 6000 N Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach. ECO-CHAT. 1 P.M. Short talks about South Florida’s unique animals and ecosystems every Saturday. Different topics will be discussed each week with interesting artifacts and even the occasional live animal. All ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd Boca Raton HEALTH FAIR & BENEFIT WALK FOR AUTISM AWARENESS, 8-9 A.M., walk; 9-11 a.m. Musical performances, free product samples, healthy lifestyle resources, Vitamin and sup-

plement information, family fitness options, healthy dieting solutions, kids activities, hands on activities. Delray marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. Register at the amphitheater the day of the event or register at DROP-IN CRAFT. 10:30- 11:30 A.M. Each weekend through April 21, kids ages 2-7 "drop-in" and use their imagination to create a different craft each week. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129, E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 561-742-6780

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JUNIOR AQUA LAB, 10:30-11:30 A.M. every second and fourth Sunday. Explore scientific wonders showcasing marine applications at Manatee Lagoon. Learn about migrating animals, water properties, phases of the moon, and much more. Activities will vary and are geared towards children ages 9-14. Manatee Lagoon, 6000 N Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach. CARS & COFFEE PALM BEACH, 8 A.M.-NOON. Vehicles, food trucks, vendors and more. Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach.

10 Tuesday

KIDZART, 5-6 P.M. Drawing-based art class

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where students learn to draw with KidzArt! Each Tuesday through April, the class incorporates a new medium and will help students create original works of art beyond what they thought possible. Ages 5-12. Residents, $18; Non-resident, $22.50 per class. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. SENSATIONAL STORY ‘N MORE, 10:30 A.M. Children’s books are brought to life through interactive readings and an art activity each Tuesday. Free with paid admission. Ages 2-5. The Schoolhouse Children's Museum & Learning Center, 129 Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach.

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OPEN HOUSE, 6:30 P.M. SouthTech Preparatory Academy, a tuition-free charter school serving students in grades 6-8, will host an information session at 1325 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach. The school offers small class sizes for individualized learning and educates students in the STEAM disciplines.

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SCREEN ON THE GREEN, 6:30-10:30 P.M. Kids activities on the Great Lawn. The movie "Spiderman Homecoming" at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and watch the film and the stars. 100 Clematis St., between Narcissus Avenue and Flagler Drive, in downtown West Palm Beach. FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, 6-9:30 P.M. Kids ages 7-12 are invited to hang out "after hours" with the Children’s Science Explorium staff, enjoy pizza, watch a movie, and conduct a science experiment while their parents have a date night. $20-$25 at the Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. STORIES IN THE GARDEN: BUTTERFLIES, 10-11 A.M. Children ages 2-6 participate in nature-

WHAT’S WILD? 10-11:30 A.M. An interactive educational experience at the Palm Beach Zoo designed for toddlers and preschool-aged children ages 3-4 and includes up-close animal encounters, stories, games, crafts, and visits to animal exhibits. $20-$40 includes zoo admission for one child and one adult. Preregistration required. 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. PLAYGROUND PLAYDATE, 11 A.M.- 12:30 P.M. Meet at the playground for a craft and learn about upcoming programs at the park. Free. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. MilitaryTrail, Boca Raton. BIRDS AND BREAKFAST, 9 A.M. Start the day at Green Cay and enjoy coffee and refreshments before embarking on a one-hour birding tour with a naturalist. Ages 9 and older, $3. RSVP required. Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. TOUCH A TRUCK PROGRAM. 10 A.M.-NOON. Gather the family to see, touch, climb aboard and learn about Boca Raton’s many trucks and vehicles. Truck operators will be on hand to demonstrate how their vehicles work and explain what they do. Check out a fire engine,


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WHAT’S WILD? 10-11 A.M. Join the Early Explorers for an interactive educational experience designed for toddlers and preschool-aged children. For children age 2 and includes up-close animal encounters, stories, games, crafts, and visits to animal exhibits. $20-$40 includes zoo admission for one child and one adult. Pre-registration required. Palm Beach Zoo,1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. LIL’ EXPLORERS SUPER SENSORY MESSY PLAY, 3 P.M. Every Wednesday let your little ones explore while developing important readiness skills that build early scientific inquiry and creativity. Each class features multiple activities based around a common theme. Ages 18 months- 5 years. The Schoolhouse Children's Museum & Learning Center, 129 Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach.

themed programs that include interactive stories, songs and learning activities in the Garden. A craft activity to culminate each day will be reserved for the first 30 registrants. Free. Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach. 561-233-1757, REFLECTIVE SCAVENGER HUNT, 7 P.M. Have fun in the dark hunting along trails for reflective clues to learn about Okeeheelee animals and habitat areas. Please wear close-toed shoes and bring bug spray. Ages 8 and older. $5. Reservations required. Okeeheelee Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach. FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. 6-9:30 P.M. Hang out "after hours" with the Explorium staff, enjoy pizza, watch a movie, and conduct a science experiment. Visit our website for movie details. Ages 7-12. Resident $20; Nonresident $25. $7 discount for each additional household child. Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. CONCERTS IN THE COURT, 6-9 P.M. Groove Merchant Band plays an eclectic range of music, from jazz to pop to the blues. Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. TOT TIME, 10 A.M.-NOON. Keeps your child active and social.Toys, costumes, bubbles, crafts and snacks in an indoor playroom. Drop-ins welcome at any time during the program. Ages 1-4. $5. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton

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MANATEE TALES STORYTIME, 10:30 A.M. Every third Sunday of the month a storyteller uses colorful books to tell stories about the aquatic species that live in the Lake Worth Lagoon. Usually, a complementary craft lesson, which is also free, is created to reinforce the story. Manatee Lagoon, 6000 N Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach. CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY, 3 P.M. The Florida Atlantic University Classical Guitar Society, directed by Ken Keaton, will present a beautiful performance of works for classical guitar solos and ensemble. The concert will feature the masterpiece of the 20th Century, Benjamin Britten's Nocturnal. 3 p.m. $10. FAU University Theatre 777 Glades Road, Boca

Raton. THE MOTOWNERS, 7 P.M. From Stevie Wonder to Aretha Franklin, the Supremes to the Four Tops, Wilson Pickett to Martha and the Vandellas, you'll hear it all when the Motowners take the stage at Boca Black Box. The Motowners perform all your favorite soul and blues classics. Revisit one of the most wonderful eras in music at this lively concert in Boca Raton. 7 p.m. $25. Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Boca Raton.

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CONCERT BAND AND CHORUS, 7 P.M. Join the Palm Beach State College Music Department for their performance featuring the Concert Band & Chorus. Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach State College, 11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. $10. Free for PBSC students, faculty and staff and students K-12. Purchase tickets at 561-207-5900.

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BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL - WORLD TOUR, 7-10 P.M. Florida Atlantic University and Old School Square present the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This year’s screenings feature the world’s best mountain sport, culture and environmental films, letting you experience the thrill and challenges of the

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mountain environments that inspire us all. 7-10 p.m. $18. Crest Theatre, Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. SENSATIONAL STORY ‘N MORE, 2 P.M. Children’s books are brought to life through interactive readings and an art activity each Wednesday. Free with paid admission. Ages 2-5. The Schoolhouse Children's Museum & Learning Center, 129 Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach.

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KIDS CAN COOK, 4 P.M. For kids in grades 3-5. Kids learn cooking basics during this interactive class while engaging literacy, math and science skill. Registration required. Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, KidSpace, 3rd Floor, 411 Clematis St. 561-868-7703.

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PLANETARIUM NIGHTS, 7:30 P.M. A fun demonstration and journey with the stars in an inflatable planetarium. The telescope will be out for at least one hour after the scheduled start time (weather permitting). Childrens Science Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. CONCERTS IN THE COURT, 6-9 P.M. Incorporat-

ing a 32 string electric harp, vocals, and drums, Twisted Tapestry plays rock and roll music with a twist. This local band’s sound covers many favorites from classic to modern rock. Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. EVENINGS AT THE COUNCIL, 6:30-8:30 P.M. Spend an evening enjoying art and music among friends. On the first and third Fridays of this months. Celebrate the end of the week with live music and art. Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Free. PALM BEACH ZOO CREEPY COOL EXPERIENCE, 2:30 P.M. Do you have an adventurous attitude? Do you want to get up close and personal with sssslithering, scaly and slimy friends? Adventure awaits as keepers lead you through a short, secret door to a land of behind-the-scenes fun. See them eat, possibly touch some scaly friends, or be involved in a training session. Offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult (18+). $25, members; $30, non-members. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. creepy-cool-experience

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ARCHERY 101, 10 A.M. Learn the basics of archery and develop a fun new skill. All equip-

ment provided, please wear closed-toed shoes and bring water and sun protection for the outdoor portion. Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. DEEP AND RAPTOR WALK, 10:30 A.M. Go on a behind the scenes tour of the deer and raptor compounds for an opportunity to see the animals up close and learn about these unique creatures. Program length is approximately one-hour. All ages. $3. Reservations required. Okeeheelee Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach. GREEN MARKET. 9A.M.-1 P.M. Last one of the season. A Saturday spot to shop for fresh food, produce, plants and local goods. Currie Park, 2400 North Flagler Drive. West Palm Beach.

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PARTY FOR THE PLANET. 11 A.M. Celebrating Earth Day by showcasing some of the steps you can commit to that will truly make a difference for animals across the globe! Party for the Planet will be filled with educational, engaging, and fun activities for the entire family – Discover more about the environment, wildlife, and our natural resources with interactive activities and eco-craft stations, up-close animal encounters About the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, 1301 Summit Blvd.,West Palm Beach

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FAMILY ADVENTURE DAY, 10 A.M.-2 P.M. Bring the whole family or drop off the kids for a morning paddle tour around Sullivan Island. Easy inter coastal paddling and Island Tour. Sullivan Park, 1633 Riverview Road, Deerfield Beach. $30 includes all equipment, lessons, tour, water and snacks.

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KIDS CRAWL, 11A.M.-1 P.M. Families are invited to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of children's and family activities, retailer promotions, free carousel rides, arts, crafts the last Wednesday of every month. SPRING CONCERT, 7:30 P.M. Join the Palm Beach Gardens Concert Band for their final concert of the season with guest artist Frank Cerbabino, satiric columnist for the Palm Beach Post. He also entertains on tenor sax and accordian. $18. Students under 18, free. Purchase tickets at 561-207-5900.

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NIGHT STALKERS, 7 P.M. Join a naturalist on a night-time boardwalk tour looking at nature from the point of view of its nocturnal residents. Ages 9 and older. $5. RSVP required. Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. ONE-ACT THEATRE FESTIVAL, 7 P.M. Jupiter Christian School presents a two-night festival full of one-act plays and musical theatre selections. 7 p.m. $15, adults; $10, students; free, kids 3 and under. Purchase tickets at 561-746-7800. Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach State College, 11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens.

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KIDS DANCE PARTY, 5 P.M. Kids between the ages of 7-13 get the chance to bring their best dance moves to the dance floor. Light refreshments served. $5. Carolyn Sims Center, 225 NW 12th Ave., Boynton Beach. pg/boyntonbeachrecandparks/events/ SNAKE FEEDING PRESENTATION, 3:15 P.M. Animals being fed may include a rat snake, ball python, or pine snake. No RSVP required. All

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ages welcome. Free. Okeeheelee Nature Center,7715 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach. ART NIGHT OUT, 6-9 P.M. Focus is on local artists and merchants. Every last Friday of the month, patrons explore the creative lifestyle and unique offerings of the historic main street in West Palm Beach. Residents and visitors experience an inspired evening in Northwood Village with restaurants, distinctive shopping, live music and array of art in a laid back and hip atmosphere. Free. Northwood Village, 400 Northwood Road West Palm Beach, 561-822-1550 or visit CONCERTS IN THE COURT, 6-9 P.M. Exciting selection of music ranges from Top 40, Rock, Dance, R&B and exceeds the standard for today's top cover bands. Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. event ONE-ACT THEATRE FESTIVAL, 7 P.M. Jupiter Christian School presents a two-night festival full of one-act plays and musical theatre selections. 7 p.m. $15, adults; $10, students; free, kids 3 and under. Purchase tickets at 561-746-7800. Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach State College, 11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. KIDS BEACH NIGHT: PARENTS SURVIVAL NIGHT, 6-8 P.M. Parents can have a date night and drop kids ages 5 and older for a night of games, relay-races, projects, crafts and more on the beach. Burger Fi, 6 S. Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach. $30 includes dinner.

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STORY AND CRAFT TIME.10 A.M. Kids discover nature through crafts and stories about animals and other nature-related themes. This month’s theme is frogs. Ages 4-10 years. $2. RSVP required . Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. EARTH DAY EVENT, 9 A.M. A family-friendly event. From eco-friendly crafts to food and live animal presentations. All ages. Free. Okeeheelee Nature, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach.

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HOMEWORK CENTER. 2-4 P.M. Kids can get help with their homework from certified teachers for free. Studentsreceive assistance with all subjects and projects. Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis St. SATURDAY OCEAN KIDS DAY, 10 A.M.-2P.M. A half day of snorkeling, boogie boarding, skim boarding, paddle boarding, surfing, fishing. Ages 5 and older. Atlantic Dunes, 1605 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. $

FAIRS & FESTIVALS SUNSET CELEBRATION April 5-26. A free weekly Thursday evening arts and crafts show featuring over 35 artists, live local musicians and food and drink. 6-9 p.m. 98 Lake Drive, Palm Beach Shores. SOUTH FLORIDA SURFERS FOR AUTISM BEACH FESTIVAL April 6-7. 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. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Municipal Beach, 149 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach. Free. TORTUGA MUSIC FESTIVAL April 6-8. A three-day, multi-stage music festival on the beach featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music. The organizers work with the Rock The Ocean Foundation to increase public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans and to support scientific research, education, and ocean conservation initiatives. 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Noon-10 p.m. $125 and up; ages 6 and under free. MIAMI SPRINGS HOME DESIGN AND REMODELING SHOW April 6-8. Experience Florida’s home remodeling industry. A diverse range of products and solutions tailored specifically to the Florida housing market. See some of South Florida’s prominent home designers and home remodeling companies. Sunday is Family Day, so join the creative team from the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) for a kid-friendly art activity. $7- $10. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1900 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. MIAMI RIVERDAY FESTIVAL April 7. Free Miami River boat tours, live music, historic re-enactors, environmental education, children activities, food, drinks and more. 1- 6 p.m. Lummus Park, 250 NW North River Drive, Miami. KUNDALINI FESTIVAL - BE THE LIGHTHOUSE April 7-8. A two-day festival of yoga, meditation, dance and child yoga with vendors, a healing tent and healthy food. $66. All Weekend pass includes Be The Light Concert w/ Karina Skye. $33-$44 one-day passes. I Love Yoga Studio, 649 E. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach. MAKER FAIRE MIAMI April 7-8. This family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness in celebration of the Maker Movement is South

Florida’s largest show-and-tell, with more than 180 makers and innovators showcasing their creations in technology, science, engineering, design, food and crafts. Engineers, artists, scientists and crafters display their hobbies, experiments and projects. Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. $15-$20. ORCHID AND PLANT FESTIVAL April 7-8. Over 20 orchid and plant vendors, garden art, food and beverages, birds of prey, furry friends and other planned events to keep you busy. The Sawgrass Nature Center, 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. $7. CITYPLACE ART FESTIVAL April 7-8. CityPlace will transform into an art gallery with life-size sculptures, paintings, one-of-a-kind jewelry, photography, ceramic and other unique items from an array of national and local artists participating in the festival. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. CityPlace, 700 E. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. EARTH DAY FESTIVAL April 7. Celebrate green living at this free family event, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Features a tree-planting ceremony; a Kids’ Corner with children’s activities, bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts; live music; handcrafted goods; and nonprofit exhibitors and educational displays to help you green your routine. No coolers, pets or bicycles will be allowed. Free. Sawgrass Sanctuary Park, 237 North New River Circle, Sunrise. ARTISTS IN THE PARK April 7-8, 21-22. Browse and purchase original works of art from artists who will showcase a variety of original art, paintings, photographic prints, mixed media work, sculpture, photography. Free. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Veteran’s Park, 802 NE First St., Delray Beach. GRILLIN ‘N’ CHILLIN April 8. BBQ in every style, pop-up sports bar, live band, arts and crafts, food vendors, and Kids Zone. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. Free. FESTIVAL SPRING CAR SHOW April 8. See over 600 cars of all makes, models, styles and categories. Browse the parking lot and relive memories of the cars of your youth alongside some of the most current or show ready modern cars. Free for spectators. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Festival Flea Market, 2900 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY YOUTH FAIR Through April 8. Rides, fair food, events and games, agriculture, a circus, a petting zoo, livestock, an ice show, skateboarding races, concerts and professional boxing matches. The Fair will also have a Battle of the DJs on March 30, an Easter Sunday parade and egg hunt on April 1, and the Royal Hanneford Circus, acapella group Kazual and pig races daily. The Fair has added free trams to its parking lots this year (parking fee $10) with portable restrooms and additional lighting at the tram stops. The Youth Fair runs through April 8 except April 2-3. Regular admission is $14 for ages 6-64; unlimited ride wristband $30-$37. Tamiami Park, 10901 SW 24 Street (Coral Way) in Miami. index.php GENERATIONS OF TASTE COOKING COMPETITION April 8. Sample a variety of dishes and then vote for your favorite in each catregory. Enter the competition & show off your cooking skills. 5-7 p.m. $20, adults; $10, children 5-10. Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. 954-797-1044 THE JOYFUL JOURNEY BABY & FAMILY EXPO EXTRAVAGANZA 2018 April 8. Explore the world of baby and family products, services, goods, businesses and organizations all under one roof. The free event is geared toward expecting moms, moms of newborns, infants and toddlers with car seat safety demos, children’s book authors, fun foods, baby fashion items, pediatricians, health and medical organizations, early childhood specialists and related vendors. 1-5 p.m. Free. Babies ‘R Us, 7350 W. Commercial Blvd., Lauderhill. REDLAND BLUES AND BARBECUE FESTIVAL April 14-15. Features award winning BBQ, blues and country music, children’s activities including pony rides, and a Classic Car and Motorcycle Show. $8; free for ages under 12. The Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. blues-bbq/ DELRAY AFFAIR April 13-15. Over 500 exhibitors including artists, crafters and food vendors. The event stretches 12 city blocks from the Intracoastal to Northwest Second Avenue. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. Free. SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL April 14-15. Celebrate the season with local foods and the gardens they grow in. Learn tips to

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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. GARDEN FESTIVAL & BONSAI SHOW April 21-22. The annual garden event features a Bonsai Show by the Broward Bonsai Society, along with a variety of plant and landscape experts with plants, supplies, garden art and accessories for sale. Demonstrations and lectures, guided tours, music, food and Kid’s Gardening Zone with Butterfly Encounter. Included with paid admission to Flamingo Gardens. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie. EARTHFEST April 21. Free event offers a unique opportunity to enjoy nature and get up close and personal with wildlife at the beautiful Sawgrass Nature Center. Nature exhibits, community garden info, children activities, and plant giveaways. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sawgrass Nature Center, 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. RALLY AND RIDE: TOUCH A TRUCK AND CAR SHOW April 22. Free family-friendly event, featuring touchable large vehicles for the kids and a car show for the adults. The event will include live entertainment, kids fun zone, petting farm, food and vendors. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Road. Davie, EARTH DAY April 22. Free community day with a dynamic intersection of art, science and the natural world. Educators from environmental organizations participate in question and answer sessions. Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, 253 Barcelona Road, West Palm Beach. HEALING HEARTS ANGEL WALK April 22. This year’s walk is dedicated to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students who lost their lives and their family and friends. 11 a.m. registration. 1 p.m. walk. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. $15. Children 5 and younger free. Pet-friendly park. POMPANO BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL April 27-29. Live music, seafood, arts and craft, children’s activities, beach games. Atlantic Boulevard on the beach, Pompano Beach, Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $15; under 12 free. PINES DAY April 28. Pembroke Pines celebrates its 58th birthday on Pines Day with a circus/carnival, live performances, singers and dancers, stilt walkers, jugglers, strolling magicians, rides

and craft booths, carnival games. Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way. Noon-6 p.m. “Party on the Plaza” cake cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Free. SATURDAY MORNING KID’S SCREENINGS April 28. Programs for children will be played at the Wolfsonian Museum. Programs include: Doodle Time, Explora, Mac & the Monsters, Raffy the Curious Giraffe, and Zippy. 10-11:30 a.m. The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. PALM BEACH MINI MAKER FAIRE 2018 April 28. Showcases the work of all kinds and ages of makers - anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. Bring the whole family and experience DIY robotics, Maker workshops for all ages, 3D printing, rocket launching, visual art, live science demos and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $16.95; ages 3-12, $12.95 South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. ARTISTS IN THE PARK April 28-29. Enjoy the art of the Delray Art League in an outdoor setting. A wide variety of master artists will feature paintings, photographic prints, mixed media work and sculpture. Free. Saturday, 3-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Old School Square Grounds, 51 N Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. artists-in-the-park/ SWEET CORN FIESTA April 29. A day of family friendly entertainment that includes local sweet corn and hot dogs, local food vendors, live music, corn shucking for kids and adults, and a professional competitive corn eating competition. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $10; ages 6-11, $5. Children’s unlimited ride wristband, $5. Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds , 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. DIAMONDS AND DONUTS SUPER CAR SHOW April 29. This monthly car event includes a charity BBQ for #MDSstrong. East side of the lot is reserved strictly for exotics, north side is imports and south side American muscle. Trucks, motorcycles and classics are welcome. Parking for display vehicles and spectators is free along with complimentary breakfast for all who attend (while supplies last). Charity BBQ starts at noon. Wristbands will be available for charity 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Diamonds By Raymond Lee, 2801 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton.

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