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The month of I absolutely love my kids. Like most moms, I didn’t know how awesome motherhood would be until I had my son and then my daughter. Yes, it can be incredibly frustrating. Yes, sometimes, I just want to get away for a few hours (or even a few days). JENNIFER Yes, I miss the days of being able to do what I want when I want. But nothing else matches the joy of being with my kids: cuddling in the morning, sharing adventures during the day, and reading together at night. “I love you, love you, love you,” I tell them. One “love you” just isn’t enough. One of the ways I show them love is by bringing them surprises – little things,

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such as a chocolate kiss or a single glow stick. My mom did this for me, and I loved it. My son is just like me in this way. Whenever I give him something, he tells me, “You’re the best mom ever!” Who knew a single piece of chocolate could inspire such devotion? JHON My daughter is less moved by gifts. She’ll say thank you, but then she usually asks, “Can I have another?” But she’ll cuddle with you until next week. She likes to sit in my lap, or to be picked up and carried, or to be chased in a game of tag. Those things make her feel cherished. February is all about loving family and friends, and I appreciate all the red and

pink in the air that reminds me to do that. I want my loved ones to know how much I care for them. I want my children to always feel my love and affection. Being their mom has become the most fulfilling role of my life, and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

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FPL creates safe haven for manatees in Riviera Beach BY DEBORAH WORK The band of manatee watchers rushed to the railing, eager to catch sight of the beloved sea cows chilling out near Lake Worth Lagoon in Riviera Beach. And the manatees didn’t disappoint. The herd – eight in all, including a mother and her calf – floated languidly into Florida Power & Light Co.’s new manmade lagoon along the Intracoastal Waterway, hovering close enough to the observation deck to delight the crowd. They were accompanied by a school of young spotted eagle rays and a barracuda or two. Manatee Lagoon – An FPL EcoDiscovery Center is Palm Beach County’s latest educational attraction, providing the perfect spot to view the iconic creatures. Tourism officials appreciate the commitment FPL has made to caring for the manatees, as well as the surrounding coastal landscape. “We’re thankful to FPL for putting together a facility of this quality that allows the public to observe one of the most unique animal species in the state of Florida,” said Jorge Pesquera, president of Discover the Palm Beaches. “It provides great education for kids and for adults.” The Key West-styled 16,000-square-foot, $4.8 million facility boasts a two-story manatee viewing deck, built for a close watch. During cooler winter months, it’s the perfect place to watch them savor the warm-water outflows from FPL’s adjacent new Next Generation Clean Energy Center. Elaine Hinsdale, manager of executive communication for FPL, said the warm water flows from the power plant have been a sanctuary for hundreds of manatees since the 1940s. But the attacks of 9/11 increased security, restricting public manatee watching.

The Vote Is In! BROWARD BOY, 4, WINS TRIP TO NYC FOR GAP PHOTO SHOOT BY DEBORAH WORK

Fortunately, the $1.3 billion set aside for a new plant included funds for the eco-discovery center, returning the prized lookout to manatee watchers. The marine science center includes interactive touch screen displays, galleries, a pavilion and picnic area, meeting and classroom spaces, and a café and gift shop. Best of all, a manatee webcam broadcasts live images from the lagoon.

If You Go MANATEE LAGOON – AN FPL ECO-DISCOVERY CENTER opens to the public on Saturday, Feb. 6 The center at 100 Broadway, Riviera Beach, will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Monday. FREE. For GPS or driving directions, use: 6000 N. Flagler Drive, W. Palm Beach To watch the manatee webcam, go to www.visitmanateelagoon.com CONTACT 561-626-2833

When Covenant Village of Florida resident Jeannie Harris met Rodlaine Dolcine nine years ago, she took the then-19-year-old dining services employee under her wing. Through the years, she came to see Dolcine as a daughter, watching her rise to pastry chef at the Plantation retirement community. And when Dolcine was pregnant, Harris felt she knew baby Elijah even before he was born. “I knew Elijah when he was in his mother’s tummy,” said Harris, 85. “The minute she was pregnant, she told us, and we watched that baby grow.” So it was no surprise when Covenant Village residents pulled together to help Elijah – now 4 and blessed with bright eyes, a bundle of curly hair and an irresistible smile – win a recent modeling competition with Gap, Inc. “We drummed up enough votes here to secure his win,” Harris said. “And when I heard he’d won, I cried.” The Gap 2015 casting call was looking for children to star in their fall campaign. The iconic brand’s annual contest awards the winner a trip to New York City for a photo shoot. Elijah was ready. He’d already secured management with Mary’s Special People Talent Management, in Hollywood. He’d landed gigs with Babies R Us and Aldi. Dolcine said the outpouring of support was the real prize. “Even if we hadn’t won, I was grateful,” she said. “Knowing I had this support was the best part.”

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Nutrition for a Healthy

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ebruary is American Heart Month, so as we think about love and Valentine’s Day, let’s also focus on keeping our hearts healthy. Having a healthy diet that includes lean protein, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole grains, along with exercising regularly, keeps our hearts working properly. Fiber is also an important nutrient for heart health. FIBER Dietary fiber is the plant foods that your body cannot digest or absorb. Therefore, it is important to drink lots of water when eating a high-fiber diet; fiber absorbs the water, helping it pass easily out of your system and creating soft stools. Eating foods that contain fiber helps keep bowel movements normal, lowers the risk of colon problems, helps maintain a healthy weight, and can lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease. Fiber is found in the following foods:

» Oats » Whole grain products » Beans, peas and legumes » Fruits » Vegetables » Nuts and seeds A high-fiber food is one that has 5 or more grams of fiber

per serving; a good source of fiber has 2.5- 4.9 grams of fiber per serving. Make sure to check the nutrition facts panel for fiber content because packages can be deceiving. How Much Fiber is Needed HOW MUCH FIBER per Day IS NEEDED PER DAY Toddlers 1-3 years 19 grams Gramss Children 4-8 years Toddlers 1-3 years 19 25 grams Boys 9-13 Children 4-8years years 25 31 grams Boys 9-13 years 31 1 Boys 14-18 years 14-18 years 38 38Boys grams Girls99years+ years and older26 26 Girls grams BEANS Beans are a great food to include in your diet regularly, because they are packed with nutrients. One cup of beans will provide you with: 50-100 calories 1 gram of heart healthy fat 8 grams of protein More than 100 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C 8 percent of your recommended daily amount of iron Lots of fiber: 12-20 grams per cup You can easily eat more beans by making chili, putting beans in soups, adding black beans to eggs or quesadillas, adding garbanzo beans to salad, or substituting beans for meat in recipes. DIETARY FATS Eating the right types of

an also keep you ur heart fats can your healthy. It is necessary to have some fat in our diet. We want to be choosing unsaturated fats (monounsaturated/polyunsaturated) most often, limiting saturated fats, and consuming very little to no trans fat. Unsaturated Fats Avocado Nut butters (trans-fat free) Nuts: almonds, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, cashews Oils: canola, olive, peanut, corn, cottonseed, flaxseed, grape seed, soybean, sunflower Olives Margarine Salad dressing; reducedfat or regular Saturated Fats Bacon Butter Cream, half and half Cream cheese Sour cream

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Trans fats are found natunatu rally in some meat and dairy dai products in small amount amounts; h rs are added to foods others for taste and texture, suc such as doughnuts, baked goods, biscuits, frozen pizza and margarine. Look at the nutrition facts panel to determine if a product has trans fat, and avoid foods that list partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients. Even though we need fats in our daily diet, the amount of added fats should be limited to about 4-6 teaspoons per day depending on your age and calorie needs. Always refer to the nutrition facts panel on a product to determine if it is a nutritious option. A balanced diet that includes lean protein, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains along with regular exercise will help keep your heart strong and healthy.

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Your Child’s High Blood Pressure

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anaging a child’s chronic health condition is an ongoing challenge. But it’s very important for parents to do whatever is necessary to keep things under control so your child has an opportunity to enjoy a lifetime of good health. That’s certainly the case with high blood pressure (HBP) or hypertension, a growing concern for U.S. children and teenagers. This chronic condition, which is more common in adults, can be a symptom of a serious medical problem, such as a congenital heart defect, stroke or kidney disease. An infant born with high blood pressure may develop serious complications requiring emergency medical care. In older children and teens, HBP is often related to obesity or other metabolic conditions that also need to be treated. Overweight teenagers with a family history of HBP may have a higher risk for health problems. Studies indicate that obese adolescents with HBP may develop fatty buildups on the walls of their arteries at a relatively early age, leading to heart disease and stroke. At any age, high blood pressure needs

to be carefully monitored and managed to avoid long-term damage to the heart, lungs and other vital organs. Because high blood pressure usually has no clear-cut symptoms, it can often go undetected unless you take your child in for regular checkups. The American Heart Association recommends that children have their blood pressure checked once a year. More frequent follow-up would be needed if a blood pressure reading is high. To determine if a child (or adult) has HBP, doctors measure both the systolic pressure, when the heart is pumping, and diastolic pressure, when the heart is at rest. Those two figures, such as “100/60,” may vary slightly at different times or different days and rise as a child grows. A doctor may also listen to your child›s heartbeat to see if there are any unusual sounds. If HBP is found, your doctor may order further evaluations, including blood and urine lab tests, x-rays or ultrasound imaging. MANAGING HBP IN CHILDREN If your child has mild HBP, the treatment recommendations may include weight loss, regular physical activity and a low-sodium diet that includes plenty of

fruits and vegetables. As with any chronic condition, early diagnosis and treatment is best for long-term health. While there is no way to prevent congenital conditions that cause high blood pressure in children, there are many things you can do to help your child avoid potentially serious medical problems: Talk regularly with your child’s doctor and follow that professional advice. • Lower the amount of salt (sodium) in your child’s diet. • See that your child gets plenty of rest. • Encourage your child to take part in regular fitness activities. • Monitor your child’s weight and body mass index (BMI) to see if a better diet and exercise are producing positive results. Parents who do their homework to learn about HBP and become a partner with their child’s physician are taking the right approach to managing this serious medical condition.

BY BOB LAMENDOLA, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN BROWARD COUNTY

especially on biting surfaces of molars, where most decay happens. The project was sparked by a $1.27 million grant from the state Agency for Health Care Administration, operator of Florida Medicaid. “The school-based mobile sealant program will improve the oral health of children and prevent absenteeism due to tooth pain,” said Dr. Paula Thaqi, director of DOH-Broward. “We were very, very pleased to receive the grant.” In Palm Beach County, second-graders already receive dental sealants from the department at participating schools, along

with fluoride rinses. (Information at 561840-4500.) Under the progam, dental hygienists will give each child an oral health exam, a cleaning, fluoride rinse and a personal lesson in brushing and flossing. If appropriate, they will paint biting surfaces with the coating, which is tasteless, not visible and free of BPA. The process is simple, painless and takes minutes to complete. The teams will see an estimated 120 to 140 children a day and at least 10,000 by June, said DOH-Broward Dental Administrator Scott Glincher.

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e Grant brings dental sealant program to more schools l i m S An estimated 10,000 school children in Broward County will have their teeth protected against decay and cavities – for free – as part of a new dental sealant program. Teams from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) are mobilizing to visit 103 elementary schools this school year to apply a thin, plastic coating to the teeth of children whose parents agree to the treatment. Numerous studies have shown that dental sealant can prevent cavities for years,

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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE SPRAY HAIR CARE Do you have kids who don’t like shampoo or combing their hair out after a shower? Change their minds with Rock the Locks, a spray line of hair products made with essential oils (not fragrance) and organic ingredients, and without sulfates or parabens. My kids loved spraying on the “So Fresh and So Clean” Shampoo + Conditioner Spray, which lathers lightly and easily. And even my son wanted the “Not So Knotty” Detangler spray. “It smells good,” he said. It also works well, conditioning even my daughter’s curly hair. The line includes a flex gel spray, anti-frizz spray and curl boost spray. $13-$16, rockthelocks.com

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Add nutrition and flavor to yourr eggs with Clevere, a cooked mix Foodies’ Scramble, of vegetables, herbs and spices that you add to eggs before cooking. Available in three flavors – Leafy Greens, Rancheros and Mediterranean – Scramble is super-easy to use: just use 1 scoop of mix per egg, scramble and pour into a pan to make a fast, tasty omelet. Scramble adds less than 60 calories per serving and is gluten-free and no sugar added, making it a great way to add veggies to your breakfast menu. $3.99-$4.99, available at Publix or cleverfoodies.com

Baby wipes are necessary for babies today, and what better way to clean than with wipes that are 99.9 percent water? Water Wipes are just that. These ultra soft, chemical-free wipes contain .1 percent grapefruit seed extract. Nonirritating, preservative free and allergy-friendly, these convenient wipes keep baby clean without harsh soaps or chemicals. And now, you can wipe your child’s mouth with a wipe without worrying about getting soap on their lips Available at Target, Babies R Us and other retailers. $3.99 for 60-wipe package, $14.99 for 240-wipe bag, Waterwipes.com/us

LIGHT IT UP

Get the night-time light you need without using a valuable power outlet with the SnapPower Guidelight, an outlet cover with three built-in LED lights on the bottom. Guidelights snap into place, just like a regular outlet cover, so you don’t need wiring expertise, and the design leaves both outlets free. A built-in sensor turns the LEDs on automatically in the dark, making them perfect for hallways and bathrooms. SnapPower also has decor faceplates for illuminating light switches. $15, snappower.com

NATURAL HAIR CARE

Camille Rose Naturals hair care line is designed to help you care for your (or your little one’s) curly hair. Products such as the Curl Love Moisture Milk, Fresh Curl Revitalizing Hair Smoother and Curl Maker gel help eliminate frizz and define curls, while moisturizing with a yummy blend of oils designed to prevent split ends, breakage and other styling damage. $14-$22, camillerosenaturals.com

BUGS, BUGS BUGS, GO AWAY The Para’Kito roll-on gel and refillable repellent wristbands and clips are made with natural essential oils that are paraben-, phthalate- and DEET-free. The roll-on gel is gentle on skin and easy to apply. The Para’Kito clips and adjustable, waterproof bands are colorful and patterned, kindof like jewelry, and the repellant is secured in a mesh pocket, so it doesn’t touch the skin. The inserts are removeable, so you can order new ones as needed. The best part: Para’Kito works! While camping, I only got bitten before I applied the gel; my son, who wore the band all weekend and gel on his face and neck at night, got 0 bites. $19.50, us.parakito.com

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Simple Ways

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BY GAYLA GRACE Your kids know you love them, right? Still, children can always use a few extra hugs or simple reminders of how important they are to us. Try some new ways this month to say “I love you.” 1. Tell them the story of their birth. Show pictures of how they looked as a newborn and talk about who came to visit in the beginning. Make sure they know how excited you were when they entered your life. 2. Love them despite their faults. Offer them grace freely and often. 3. Surprise them with a new game on Saturday morning. Enjoy donuts and hot chocolate while learning to play the game. Be sure to include the whole family. 4. Find a unique quality about your child and praise him for it. Whether it’s a sensitive spirit toward a sibling or a quickto-forgive gesture toward friends, tell him how it makes him special. 5. Indulge in a child-specific treat and enjoy some one-on-one time together. Ask for input and make plans ahead so your child knows it’s a special occasion. 6. Compliment your child in front of another adult. Be specific with an exam-

ple of good behavior as you beam with pride. 7. Praise their efforts, not just results. Don’t expect perfection on every chore or straight-A’s on every report card. Let them know you notice when they do their best. 8. Let them pick their favorite book and read to them, even when you don’t want to. 9. Play outside together. Ride bikes together or go to the beach or playground. 10. Accompany them to walk the dog. Ask about their day at school or a budding friendship. Listen more than you talk. 11. Allow them to be messy. Play with finger paints and Play-doh. Go outside and spray silly string on each other. 12. Display their artwork on your refrigerator or window. Talk about what a great job they did and how you love to look at it every day. 13. Put a surprise in their lunch. Include a note that says, “I love you.” 14. Hop off social media and completely tune in when they’re talking, focusing on their needs. 15. Patiently help with homework. Don’t raise your voice when you have to

explain it one more time. 16. Ask for their ideas when you plan your next vacation. Look at fun places to visit on the computer and dream together for future trips. 17. Sit under the stars and talk about the beauty of God’s creation. 18. Take off your serious hat and make them laugh. Tell jokes or watch a funny movie together. Tickle them until they cry. 19. Offer a no-rules day. Let your kids stay in their PJ’s all day and eat and play whatever they want. 20. Ask your child to sing to you. Join in and finish the song as a duet. Let your children know you love hearing their beautiful voices. 21. Surprise them with a simple gift through the mail, such as a comic book, a glow-in-the-dark pencil or their favorite player’s card. Include a note of “I love you.” 22. Make s’mores around the fire pit or roast marshmallows in the fireplace. Include a cup of hot cocoa or favorite beverage with it. 23. Start fun traditions for holidays and birthdays that your children can look for-

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ward to as a family. 24. Get to know their friends and encourage healthy friendships. Take everyone out for a movie night or bowling night once in awhile. 25. Be their biggest fan. Let them experiment with sporting activities, music lessons and other extracurricular activities. Cheer them on as they seek to find what fits for them. 26. Allow them to be different from you. 27. Treat them with respect. Don’t interrupt when they’re talking. Ask for their opinion as often as possible, and include them in family decisions as they get older. 28. Daydream with them about their future spouse, career or long-term ambitions. 29. Hug, kiss and shower them with physical affection every day. Tell them at least once a day, “I love you.”

Books to Help Your Kids Feel

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You Are Special By Max Lucado

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valentines BY JENNIFER JHON

Now that the holidays are over, ‘tis the season for love and valentines. Although children tend to outgrow Valentine’s Day, almost every lower-grade class (K-3) has parties to mark the occasion, with shoebox letter holders and valentines for each classmate. our ur children can Although stores sell some cute “class sets” of valentines, your dy. Here are some dy design their own to charm their classmates, even without candy. ideas to get you started: BUBBLES, BUBBLES A time-honored kid favorite, bubbles bring good, clean fun on Valentine’s Day.

GET WILD Use small animals to deliver your valentine wishes, or go with tiny dinosaurs for a “dino-mite” gift.

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Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day By Susan Newman

COLOR THE WORLD WORL Give the gi gift of creati creativity with a 24-pa 24-pack of crayons.

Themed pencils make this valentine a good fit for almost any interest.

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go By Dr. Seuss

Gayla Grace is a freelance journalist who enjoys finding unique ways to show love to her five children.

Kids love glow sticks. Use the force with “Star Wars” valentines that replace light sabers with glow sticks, or appeal to the non-movie fan with a firework-themed “I light up around you!”

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Second Chances BY MELISSA L. TICHAUER

Less than a year and a half ago, Ashley Morrison packed up her car and her son and headed to South Florida. Morrison left her high-profile job at CBS MoneyWatch in New York in search of a fresh start after going through a personal rough patch. Not only did Morrison eventually land a morning news anchor job on WSVN 7, but she also met the love of her life in Keith Jones, a weekend anchor with NBC 6 South Florida. Morrison met her future husband over the airwaves while she was in New York and he in Tampa, where he worked as a news anchor for CBS affiliate WTSP. “I tell people we basically met in space,” Jones said. Their similarities were undeniable: both college athletes from the Midwest and both newly-single parents. “I really leaned on him,” Morrison said. “He was there for me, and someone I could trust. We were literally the same person.” Morrison and Jones each relo-

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cated to South Florida within a few years of one another, and he asked her out on a date. It didn’t take long for the pair to realize they were meant for each other. But before Jones asked his girlfriend to marry him, he made sure to get the approval of Morrison’s first love - her son, Jack. “One night when Ashley was away on business, I asked Jack what he thought about me asking his mom to marry me,” Jones said. “He was so happy, and said, ‘Yes!’” On Dec. 12, Morrison and Jones walked down the aisle in front of 25 of their closest friends and family in Weston. Jack, 10, served as best man, and Jones’ two daughters, 18 and 19, were also present to watch the couple exchange vows. “My entire life, I didn’t know I could be so happy and in love with somebody,” Morrison said. “When we first started dating, I knew he was the person I wanted to spend my life with. It’s so nice to have a real love.”

“We both believe things happen for a reason, and that those things build the person that you become,” Jones said. “For whatever reason, we found each other. And it feels like it’s supposed to be.”

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party time! let them eat cake BY CHRISSIE FERGUSON The day your child was born marks a special day on the family calendar. It’s a day that stands apart from every other day of the year. And it should be celebrated in a special way. For many parents, the party for their 1-year-old is a breeze. As long as there is an opportunity to witness the doublefisted cake smash and wide-eyed “yummy first taste of icing” face, the party is a huge success. But as children grow, parties might not be quite as easy to plan. The good news is that there are plenty of innovative ways to throw a memorable birthday party. DO IT YOURSELF PARTIES

D.I.Y. parties are a great way to have fun at home, especially when trying to stick to a budget. Tie-Dye parties are all the rage these days. Rainbow colors and “peace & love” themes are currently saturating Pinterest, with great ideas for the perfect party for your little princess or posh teenager. With options from healthy, colorful fruit kabobs to colorful rock candy, cakes and Oreos, this idea is sure to be a hit. For this party, you might want to provide smocks. Or make it easier on yourself and encourage children to wear bathing suits and old T-shirts for cover-ups. Things could get a messy at this colorful party. Combine a fun activity with a takehome party favor: Set up tables outdoors,

cover them with plastic cloths, and provide T-shirts, rubber bands, buckets and dye (and plenty of supervision). Voila! Your guests will leave the party with their own tie-dye creation. A science experiment might be another fun activity. All you’ll need is food coloring, test tubes and white carnations (check out stevespanglerscience.com). This might become a take-home project, as it may take up to 24 hours for the colored water to work its way up to the white petals. You can find test tubes with caps on Amazon.com so your guests can finish the experiment at home. A fun, new idea for a piñata is making one with a colorful array of waterfilled balloons. No one will want to miss their swing at this unique explosion of fun. At-home camp-outs are another great way to celebrate that special day. Have a supervised backyard or indoor campout. For younger children or the not-so-brave, a late afternoon mock campout with an early evening pickup might be more feasible. Have children bring their own tents and sleeping bags, or encourage parents to stay and help their

child make their own tent that he or she can go home with at the end of the party. It might take pre-meditated handy work, such as pre-cut pieces of wood, hardwood dowels and a spade drill bit, but according to justanotherhangup.blogspot.com, “this is probably one of the easiest projects you could make for a child.” “Campfire grilled cheeses” and pizza delivery are easy ways to feed your campers. Or make dinner a fun activity by allowing the kids to make their own pizzas for dinner. Buy premade dough in your grocer’s freezer or pre-made pizza crusts. Lay out bowls with tomato sauce, cheese and toppings, and let your campers design their own. Want to stick with the campout Marshmallow theme? Get

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creative and try a marshmallow pizza for dessert with a recipe from the South Beach-based restaurant Barton G. (Get it online at SouthFloridaParenting.com.) Making s’mores is always fun, as well. But a fire pit is not the best idea with curious little ones running around. Try a s’mores-making bar instead with all the fixings. You can microwave the finished products for 10-15 seconds if your guests want their marshmallows gooey. Finish the evening by playing games like “Ghosts in the Graveyard” or flashlight tag as soon as it gets dark. With these D.I.Y. ideas, you can create a party your child will remember. LET THE PARTY COME TO YOU

Make it even easier on yourself by hiring someone else to provide the entertainment. Places like Mad Science (palmbeachbroward.madscience.org) put on explosive parties that are fun for children ages 5-12. During the 45- to 60-minute presentation, children will participate in interactive demonstrations and witness cool chemical reactions. Guests will also have the opportunity to make their own takehome Mad Science putty, slime or bouncy super ball. If a visit from a princess or a superhero is what your birthday boy or girl seeks, then check out A Fairytale Come True (afairytalecometrue.com), which serves Port Saint Lucie to Miami-Dade. With this traveling company, a professional entertainer dressed as the princess or superhero of your choice will host your child’s party and entertain your guests. Your character host or hostess will provide the games, songs, crafts and a special picture time so that each guest can remember this experience for years to come. A similar company – Miamisuperhero. com – has packages for kids and adults and more than 100 characters from which to choose. All In 1 Kids Entertainment (Allinonekidsentertainment.com), serving the tricounty area, offers face painting, balloon art, and a magic show with a live bunny in addition to character appearances.

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DESTINATION PARTIES

If the thought of having a lot of children running around your house seems daunting, there is always the option of a destination birthday party. Check out trampoline parks, like Sky Zone (skyzone.com/fortlauderdale or skyzone.com/miami) or Planet Air Sports (planetairsports.com) in Deerfield Beach, for birthday party packages that will have your child bouncing off the walls – literally. Or call local art studios, like Imagine that Creations (imaginethatboca.com) or Art Thyme Pottery and Canvas Studio (artthyme.com) in Miami, for parties that include painting clay pieces that become each child’s take-home favor. For your active crew of boys and girls, martial arts schools, like In-Nae Tae Kwon Do (innaetaekwondo.com) in West Palm Beach, provide two hours of supervised, non-stop games, activities and challenges. Kids have a great time and go home with a free headband, T-shirt and gift certificate for one martial arts class. Anta’s Fitness (doralkungfu.com/ birthday-parties) in Miami offers a similar package with varying themes, such as Ninja Turtle and Kung Fu Panda. If your child is into baking, Mia’s Cake House (miacakehouse.com) in Plantation is the place. Mia’s Cake House host parties for 5-14 children ages 5 and older. The parties last for two hours, and children can choose to bake their own cupcakes, cookies or cakes. This party kills two birds with one stone. “You don’t need a party favor, and there’s no need for a cake,” co-owner Guy Iusim said. Or choose from three different cupcakemaking party packages for up to 10 guests at LA Sweetz (LASweetz.com) in Miami. At LA Sweetz, you can enhance your party with a variety of options, such as a signature candy buffet, ice cream service, or personalized aprons and chef hats. Would your child rather take the party out to sea? Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures (bluefootpirates.com) sets sail daily on a pirates’ treasure hunt along the Fort Lauderdale waterway. The trip includes free

face painting for little ones, and costume packs with a bandana, eye patch and sword can be purchased at the dock. Your birthday child will become an honorary captain for the day and lead the hunt for treasure. Farther north, try Black Sparrow Pirate Adventures in West Palm Beach (blacksparrowpirates.com). In this 65-minute, action-packed adventure aboard a certified pirate ship, children will take the “Black Sparrow Oath” and become part of the crew. Tiny Scallywags – adorned with pirate sashes and painted faces – will set sail from the Riviera Beach Marina and participate in an interactive treasure hunt around Peanut Island.

IF YOU GO SKY ZONE, skyzone.com/fortlauderdale or skyzone.com/Miami 1834 SW 2nd St., Pompano Beach 5450 NW 82nd Ave., Doral 10200 SW 186th St., Cutler Bay PLANET AIR SPORTS , planetairsports.com 1401 Green Road, Deerfield Beach CREATIONS , imaginethatboca.com 1501 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton ART THYME POTTERY AND CANVAS STUDIO artthyme.com 8813 SW 132nd St., Miami IN-NAE TAE KWON DO innaetaekwondo.com 1800 Forest Hill Blvd. Suite B5, West Palm Beach ANTA’S FITNESS doralkungfu.com/birthday-parties 10721 NW 58th St., Doral MIA’S CAKE HOUSE , miacakehouse.com 1739 N. University Drive, Plantation LA SWEETZ, LASweetz.com 12544 SW 88th St., Miami BLUEFOOT PIRATE FAMILY ADVENTURES bluefootpirates.com Bahia Mar Hotel & Marina, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale BLACK SPARROW PIRATE ADVENTURES blacksparrowpirates.com Riviera Beach Marina, 200 E. 13th St., Riviera Beach

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GUIDE

VENUES ACTION Action Town Family Fun Center

7925 W. 2nd Court, Hialeah, actiontownfl.com, 305-647-3343

The Little Farm

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

The Native Village

300 Gulfstream Way, Dania Beach igfa.org, 954-927-2628

Spun Gold Equestrian Center

Pony parties, Petting zoo parties, Fun barnyard party experience for all ages. 507 SW 70th Ave., Davie spungoldequestriancenter.com, 954-410-3690

Jungle Island

Underground Reptiles

Lion Country Safari

Wild Florida Productions

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Wonderful World Of Wildlife

Miami Auto Museum

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

Serving the tri-county area undergroundreptiles.com, 954-428-8434

2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee lioncountrysafari.com, 561-793-1084

Join Otter John as he brings the Florida Everglades to you. A one-hour educational, action-packed show. Serving the tri-county area and Monroe county. otterman.net, 786-493-4201 wildlifepresentations.net, 305-253-4645

K1 Speed

ARTS & CRAFTS

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

Miami Pirate Duck Tours 1680 Washington Ave., Miami Beach miamiducks.com, 305-623-2637

Monster Mini Golf

8813 SW 132nd St., Miami, artthyme.com, 305-992-8222

Artists At The Falls

12974 SW 89th Ave., Miami, artistsatthefalls.com, 305-278-2690

Ceramics And Fun

Ceramics and Fun is here to bring out the artistic side of you. Choose from our wide range of plaster pieces and complete a design that you are sure to love. We do all types of events, parties and much more. The best part is we come to you. 954-661-3092

Ceramics On Wheels

Xtreme Action Park

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

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

X-Treme Rock Climbing

13972 SW 139th Court, Miami, x-tremerock.com, 305-233-6623

ANIMALS, PETTING FARMS & RANCHES Acts 2 Acres Equestrian Center

We offer 2.5 hour parties on Saturday or Sunday for up to 30 children. They will learn the basics of riding, grooming, play interactive games and "paint a pony." Call for pricing and additional info. 4000 NW 43rd St., Coconut Creek acts2acres.com, 954-326-2528

Craft Gallery

401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale, mods.org, 954-467-6637 One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale nsuartmuseum.org, 954-525-5500

11701 Lake Victoria Gardens, #4102, Palm Beach Gardens crafthauspalmbeach.com, 561-630-3450

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach palmbeachzoo.org, 561-547-9453

Joe Picasso’s

1495 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale joepicassos.com, 954-462-2551

PLAYMOBIL FunPark

Celebrate your child’s special day with a PLAYMOBIL birthday party! With a costume character, face painting, goody bags, activities and a pizza lunch this will be an unforgettable birthday bash. Call now to reserve! 8031 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens playmobil.us/funparkusa, 561-691-9880

Plaster Castle

7974 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs plastercastle.com, 954-742-5969

Plaster Party

Serving South Broward and Miami-Dade counties plasterparty.com, 305-752-7837

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach schoolhousemuseum.org, 561-742-6780

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

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

Billie Swamp Safari

Gator Park

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

30000 Gator Tail Trail, Clewiston swampsafari.com, 800-GO-SAFARI

Jungle Island

Boca Raton Children’s Museum

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

498 Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton, cmboca.org, 561-368-6875

Lion Country Safari

Deering Estate At Cutler

2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee lioncountrysafari.com, 561-793-1084

16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami deeringestate.com, 305-235-1668

Miami Seaquarium

Everglades Alligator Farm

Sugar Sand Park

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

The Native Village

Currently doing traveling road shows only. nativevillage.com, 954-961-4519

The Girls Strawberry U-Pick

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

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

Flamingo Gardens

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

NSU Art Museum

Craft Haus

30290 Josie Billie Highway, Clewiston ahtahthiki.com, 877-902-1113

1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach palmbeachzoo.org, 561-547-9453

Birthday parties, day and week-long camps. Come get splashed by a killer whale or jump in the water with a dolphin! Overnight programs, home school, Mommy & Me, Girl and Boy Scouts. 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami miamiseaquarium.com, 305-361-5705

Museum Of Discovery And Science

Billie Swamp Safari

Palm Beach Zoo

Miami Seaquarium

Monkey Jungle

ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS

Birthday parties, day and week-long camps. Come get splashed by a killer whale or jump in the water with a dolphin! Overnight programs, home school, Mommy & Me, Girl and Boy Scouts. 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami miamiseaquarium.com, 305-361-5705

Birthdays at Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) are all about playing, learning, imagining and creating! Birthday party packages include a full day admission for 20 children and 40 adults, private party room and a party host. Enjoy one of our custom party themes or create your own. 980 Macarthur Causeway, Miami miamichildrensmuseum.org, 305-373-5437 ext. 112

Schools, special needs, party events, YMCA, Scouts, themes, fund raising, malls, plaster craft painting, sand art, hats, bags, rock gardens, tattoos, go green. Serving the tri-county area We come to you! ceramicsonwheels.net, 954-298-3838

Interactive and educational animal shows for children of all ages. 30 or 60 minute show options. A fun and unique experience for birthday parties. Serving the tri-county area. animaltalesonline.net, 954-804-5055 30000 Gator Tail Trail, Clewiston swampsafari.com, 800-GO-SAFARI

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

Young At Art

Have your party among panthers, alligators, otters & of course, pink flamingos. Peacocks roam while your guests enjoy a tram ride, lunch, wildlife encounter show & much more. 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie flamingogardens.org, 954-473-2955

751 SW 121st Ave., Davie youngatartmuseum.org, 954-424-0085

Zoo Miami

12400 SW 152nd St., Miami zoomiami.org, 305-251-0400

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Animal Tales LLC

Miami Beach Botanical Garden Miami Children’s Museum

Art Thyme

An exciting indoor monster themed, glow-in-the-dark, 18-hole miniature golf course that offers a host of fun activities at every turn. Fun for all ages! Great for birthday parties. monsterminigolf.com 14435 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, 954-589-1878 9533 Westview Drive, Coral Springs, 954-526-5115

Come SHELL-E-BRATE your child’s birthday under the sea with Loggerhead Marinelife Center! Sea turtles, fun and more. Various packages available. 14200 US Highway 1, Juno Beach marinelife.org, 561-627-8280 2000 NE 146th St., North Miami dezercollection.com, 305-354-7680 ext.103

Zoo Miami

12400 SW 152nd St., Miami, zoomiami.org, 305-251-0400

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

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

IGFA Fishing Hall Of Fame & Museum

Currently doing traveling road shows only. nativevillage.com, 954-961-4519

El Loro Pirate Adventure

401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, miamiaquatours.com, 305-860-8854

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

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Gameroom

Baby Stars

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

Game Ryderz

Ball Mania Indoor Party Place

AMF Davie Lanes

GameTime

BOWLING

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

AMF Boynton Beach Lanes

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

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

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

Bird Bowl Bowling Center

Game Xite

9275 SW 40th St., Miami birdbowl.com, 305-221-1221

thegamexite.com, 877-274-6484

Games On Wheels

Diamond Strike Lanes

gamesonwheelsinc.com, 305-218-5200

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

Gamin’ Ride

Based out of Palm Beach county and serving the tri-county area. gaminride.com, 954-861-0386

Revolutions

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

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

Sawgrass Lanes

8501 N. University Drive, Tamarac sawgrasslanes.com, 954-722-2700 5325 S. University Drive, Davie sparez-davie.com, 954-434-9663

Splitsville Bowling

5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 202, South Miami splitsvillelanes.com, 305-665-5263

Strikers Family Sports Center

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

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

Gym Kidz

COOKING/FOOD DECORATING Celebration Cake Design

23442 SW 57th Ave., Boca Raton celebrationcake@aol.com, 561-477-6301

Belly Motions

8235 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables bellymotions.com, 305-663-1553 hiphopkidz.net, 305-233-3555, 954-499-7729

PARTY PLANNER DIRECTORY

Smarty Fit Party

Smarty Fit Party is the ultimate mobile fitness party experience! Birthday parties, fitness classes, cooking classes & personal training. smartyfitparty.com, 954-708-4900

Universal Dance Studios

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

Zumba For Kids Parties

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

GAMES & ARCADES Adventure Miniature Golf

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

Boomers!

3100 Airport Road, Boca Raton boomersparks.com, 561-347-1888

Dave & Busters

funbuses.com Palm Beach: 954-698-5835 Miami-Dade: 305-385-9167 1455 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale funderdome.net, 954-525-1816

Funtasmic Indoor Party Place 13017 SW 112th St., Kendall funtasmicpartyplace.com, 305-387-7477

GameTime

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

Gulfstream Park

Serving the tri-county area, thelittlegym.com

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

Tumbleland Gymnastics

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

Twins Gymnastics

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

Twister Gymnastics

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

West Broward Gymnastics Academy 409 SW 136th Ave., Davie wbgymnastics.com, 954-382-1767

INDOOR PLAY & PARTY FACILITIES AquaNuts At EAU Palm Beach Resort & Spa

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10141 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines froggysplayhouse.com, 954-433-7818

The Little Gym

Fat Screens

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Goin' Bananas

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South Florida’s newest indoor children’s activity center and playground. Kids 1-14 years old. 3868 N. University Drive, Sunrise, flippos.net, 844-354-7767

Nova Gymnastics

daveandbustersevents.com 3000 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood, 954-923-5505 11481 NW 12th St., Miami, 305-468-1555 fatscreens.com, 305-305-1410

Flippo’s

Funderdome

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

Hip Hop Kidz

11401 NW 12th St., #E610, Doral cool-de-sac.com, 305-477-5505

Kids In Motion

mygym.com Aventura: 305-933-0496 Coconut Creek: 954-596-9010 Coral Gables: 305-285-9440 Kendall: 305-270-0230 Plantation: 954-382-0222

DANCE/FITNESS

Cool Corner Family Bistro parties are a truly unique, entertainment experience! Your child will be the center of attention on their big day and your adult guests can enjoy socializing and enjoying gourmet food and beverages in a posh environment. 500 Seabiscuit Trail, Suite #1050, Hallandale Beach coolcornerbistro.com, 954-399-9953

Fun Bus

My Gym

1739 N. University Drive, Plantation miacakehouse.com, 954-319-0939

Looking to throw your child the best birthday party ever? Celebrate at Cool Beans Indoor Playground & Cafe at Downtown at the Gardens. From customer catering to decorations, favors and more, we take care of everything so you can enjoy the day too! We offer a stimulating environment for children and a relaxing, cozy oasis for adults. 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., #3115, Palm Beach Gardens coolbeansplaycafe.com, 561-627-1782

gymkidzmiami.com 2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7767 2038 NE 155th St., North Miami Beach, 305-944-4277 405 University Drive, Coral Gables, 305-460-5615 11246 Wiles Road, Coral Springs kidsinmotion.net, 954-344-1661

Mia Cake House

Cool Beans Indoor Playground & Cafe

Cool-de-Sac Play Cafe

GYMNASTICS

Strikes @ Boca

13550 SW 120th St., Suite 504, Miami bounceplayworld.com, 305-232-7944

Off The Wall

Strike Miami

8500 NW 44th St., Sunrise strikersfs.com, 954-749-1400

Bounce Play World

Monster Mini Golf

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

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

2600 NW 87th Ave., Suite 5, Doral ballmaniapartyplace.com, 305-640-0701

Cool Corner Family Bistro at Gulfstream Park

An exciting indoor monster themed, glow-in-the-dark, 18-hole miniature golf course that offers a host of fun activities at every turn. Fun for all ages! Great for birthday parties. monsterminigolf.com 14435 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, 954-589-1878 9533 Westview Drive, Coral Springs, 954-526-5115

Sparez Bowling Center

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

9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton levisjcc.org, 561-852-3200 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan aquanutskids.com, 561-540-4833

15750 SW 56th St., Miami goingbananasmiami.com, 305-401-5954 Cool Corner Bistro: Family-friendly dining, interactive play and the coolest all-inclusive, themed birthday parties in town! Strike 10 Bowling: Exclusive, high-tech bowling alley offering exciting party packages for all ages. 901 S. federal Highway, Hallandale Beach gulfstreampark.com, 954-454-0700

Joey’s Outback Adventures

Hop on over to Joey’s Outback with inflatables, arcade games, kiddy rides, toys, costumes and the BEST birthday parties ever! Carefree parties include: private party rooms, hosts, tableware, souvenir drinks and more! 10670 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington joeysoutback.com, 561-204-4554

Jump A Roos

jumparoos.com 20505 S. Dixie Highway, Cutler Bay, 305-238-5867 6830 N. University Drive, Tamarac, 954-721-5867

Jumpin’ Jamboree

Miami's largest indoor inflatable playground and party place. 7 giant unmatched inflatables, video arcade & separate toddler soft play area. jumpinjamboree.com 6000 NW 97th Ave., Suite 1, Doral, 305-599-3288 4001 SW 152nd Ave., #4057, Kendall, 786-420-2420

Jump!Zone Party Play Center 10064 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise jumpzoneparty.com, 954-703-1330

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Monkey Joe’s

Just 4 Fun

monkeyjoes.com 11411 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561-488-2272 10301B Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs, 954-796-6500 6250 Lantana Road, Bay 18, Lake Worth, 561-968-0009 9980 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-442-8777 3445 N. Hiatus Road, Sunrise, 954-748-4123

Fun for the entire family. Great birthday packages. Toddler area, interactive indoor playground, arts & crafts and many more activities. Private party rooms. Restaurant with gourmet menu. 5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 355, Miami just4funparks.com, 305-786-8249

Kids Adventure

18505 NW 75th Place, Miami kidsadventureplay.com, 305-231-2525

Kydoo Kids Club & Cafe

625 SW 1st Ave., Brickell, kydoo.us, 786-456-9147 Where girls can shine & party all the time. We can create the perfect party package for girls. Birthdays, Sweet 16, slumber parties and showers. 8763 SW 132nd St., Miami littledivaspartyplace.com, 305-235-5519

9851 NW 58th St., Suite 124, Doral myclubhouse.net, 305-470-1888

My Gym

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

The Wow Factory

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

2750 Glades Circle, Suite 100, Weston littlejavas.com, 954-888-6488

PLAYMOBIL FunPark

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1401 Green Road, Deerfield Beach planetairsports.com, 954-428-3386 Celebrate your child’s special day with a PLAYMOBIL birthday party! With a costume character, face painting, goody bags, activities and a pizza lunch this will be an unforgettable birthday bash. Call now to reserve! 8031 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens playmobil.us/funparkusa, 561-691-9880

my-gym.com Aventura: 305-933-0496 Coral Gables: 305-285-9440 Doral: 305-500-9688 Kendall: 305-270-0230 Plantation: 954-382-0222

Little Divas Spa Party Place

Planet Air Sports

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

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

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

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Museum Of Discovery And Science 401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale mods.org, 954-467-6637

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

The Science Academy

It’s always a hands-on party at The Science Academy camp. Where S.T.E.M Education meets fun! Enroll your child now for hands-on fun. Early registration discounts. Boca Raton/Delray Beach thescienceacademyinc.com /561-285-7552

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Portable ice rinks bellaice.com, 954-445-3749

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

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7500 Southgate Blvd., North Lauderdale galaxyskateway.net, 954-721-0580

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awesomebounce.com, 800-226-8623

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kidokinetics.com, 954-385-8511

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Mini Indy Cart Racing

miamipartyrentals.biz, 305-234-4555

Busy Bees Bounce-N-Party

Players Edge Baseball Academy 11401 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton playersedgebaseball.com, 561-672-7474

Choice Party Rentals

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Event Depot

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Fun Factory Bounce-N-Party

13972 SW 139th Court, Miami x-tremerock.com, 305-233-6623

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2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach miamibeachparks.com, 305-673-7000 Ext.2530

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British Swim School

Glacier Ice And Snow

4601 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point glaciericeandsnow.com, 954-943-1437

Kendall Ice Arena

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

Palm Beach Ice Works

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

awesomepartiesusa.com, 954-240-1930 bouncehousebroward.com, 954-907-5089 busybeesbounce.com, 954-275-2777

choicepartyrentalsofmiami.com, 305-417-1873

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

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

extremelyfun.com, 561-213-2721

soccershotsmiami.com, 786-390-1828

Pines Ice Arena

12425 Taft St., Pembroke Pines pinesice.com, 954-704-8700

Scott Rakow Youth Center Ice Rink

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

Serving the tri-county area. funtimebouncers.com, 954-434-9797

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jumping4funcorp.com, 786-210-5680

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Sassy The Magical Clown

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Party Tales

Soda Pop The Clown

A Magic Birthday

Strawberry The Clown & Company

Magician Mitchell J. Davie

OTWE.com, 954-986-6906

Serving the tri-county area, 561-577-5846

Don’t just have a party, you can have a PARTY TALE! Bounce houses, face painting, princess characters, party favors and party supplies. Serving South Florida. partytalesbylauren.com, 954-825-3371

amagicbirthday.com, 954-720-1739

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strawberrytheclown.com, 954-609-9809

Terry’s Face Painting & Princess Parties

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Best face painting, glitter and airbrush tattoos, songs and games. Serving the tri-county area. terrysfacepainting.com, 305-519-0195

One-of-a-kind show with your inner child being the star! Hilarious award-winning show and balloon twisting. Over 10,000 career shows performed! For photos and info visit my website. Serving the tri-county area. hiremitch.com, 954-914-4530

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

DJ & ENTERTAINERS

Roger Firestone

Ultimate Inflatable

Alisa G. & Co.

Sugar and Spice

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

Merlina Magician and Storyteller merlina.com, 305-258-3414

954-523-0923 or 954-822-7454

alisagandco.com, 888-617-2202

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All About Entertainment

allaboutentertainment.com, 954-433-7348

Hilarious comedy magic/puppet shows for kids ages 2-10. Ventriloquist puppets and adorable bunnies. Wannaparty.tv, 305-235-1774

Aloha Islander Dancers

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robermagic.com, 888-762-3704

alohaislanderdancers.com, 786-390-9736

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wehula.com, 954-873-0200

Awesome Parties USA

awesomepartiesusa.com, 954-240-1930

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amazingpartiesmiami.com, 305-595-0007

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msparties.webs.com, 786-587-8557

allaboutentertainment.com, 954-433-7348

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mr-mike-raffone.com, 561-509-5304

entertainmentbyhearts.com, 954-344-1415 Bouncers, water slides, paddle boats, dunk tanks, clowns and hamster balls. theeventdepot.com, 305-234-4555

Ooopsy The Clown And Company

Serving the tri-county area, ooopsytheclown.com, 954-438-9977

magicalmomentspartyandevents.com, 754-244-0263

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Paints N' Cocktails

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

puppetstogo.com, 954-979-8882

Trina The Mermaid

For all your party needs offering a variety of bounce houses, chairs, tables, tents, popcorn, snow cone, cotton candy, frozen drink machines. choicepartyrentalsofmiami.com, 305-417-1873

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CAKES, ICE CREAM & TREATS Ali’s Sweet Treats

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

Cold Stone Creamery Catering coldstonesouthflorida.com, 954-592-8147

Cupcake Connie 954-479-0604

Dairy Queen

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

Gilbert’s Bakery

Many Birthday Packages to choose from

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

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant 128 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach jaxsonsicecream.com, 954-923-4445

Mia Cake House

miacakehouse.com, 954-319-0939

Misha Cupcakes

Indoor Playground with Restaurant with complete gourmet menu.

mishascupcakes.com Coral Gables: 786-200-6153 London Square: 786-573-9700 Miami Lakes: 305-819-1889 Aventura: 305-792-5030

Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream tikiz.com, 855-845-4928

CATERING & FOOD Big Cheese Italian Restaurant 8080 SW 67th Ave., Miami bigcheesemiami.com, 305-662-6855

Brother Jimmy's BBQ

900 S. Miami Ave., Miami brotherjimmys.com, 305-517-5124

• Toddler Area • Playground Kingdom • Family Hair Cut Activity • Art & Crafts

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BY JANET GROENE Because it’s Heart Month, let’s focus on a healthy new beginning for the whole family. Plenty of South Florida resorts allow families to book an active getaway with spa treatments, and some spas have special treatments for children, tweens and teens. Other spas are adults only in resorts that offer programs for children’s fun while adults bliss out in the spa. READY FOR A NEW START?

ESPA at Acqualina Resort and Spa in Sunny Isles Beach will get you started on yoga, running training or a personal consultation in wellness including a nutrition/detox program. At the Mandarin Oriental in Miami, adults can launch a new fitness regimen by booking an hour-long consultation with a fitness trainer. Following a lifestyle consultation covering nutrition, blood pressure and body fat analysis, a personal trainer will customize a routine for you. In addition to a lengthy menu of spa treatments, Mandarin Oriental guests can take classes in Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, meditation and visualization, and even belly dancing. Typical of South Florida’s luxury resorts, both Mandarin Oriental and Acqualina Resort offer spacious suites, watersports and various dining options. Acqualina Resort makes a big splash with children ages 5-12 with an exceptional menu of children’s activities, from watersports and eco-exploration to pizza-making classes. Families can also book a child’s private lessons in swimming and other sports. Programs are led by certified professionals and are open exclusively to guests, residents and members of the resort’s Beach Club.

At the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, the children’s program starts younger, ages 4-12, so parents can take advantage of Lapis, the full-service spa for ages 18 and older. Children’s activities vary daily, providing time for action, quieter games, team building, eco-study, scavenger hunts and sports skill building. Families can enroll kids for full or half days, and take advantage of Kids Night Out on Fridays and Saturdays, which features movies and games. The Fontainebleau offers a suite with up to five bedrooms to accommodate the whole clan. The hotel also has an impressive fitness facility, a concierge staff that can fulfill requests from sightseeing and sportfishing to dining reservations, and a nightclub, Liv. In Broward County, families can book a spacious suite at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, where fitness is a key word at the spa, and fitness classes are free. A private Atlantic beach is at the resort’s back door, and out its front door are a biking trail and a jogging trail. Children ages 5-12 have their own multimedia area and a jam-packed program of arts and crafts, video games, an outdoor splash pad and a Hawaiian surfing simulator. Families can play together in the big swimming pool with a lagoon and waterfall, and a full menu of watersports is offered. Guests can also drive to nearby attractions such as the Museum of Discovery and Science, take the water taxi to see city highlights or have the concierge book a tour of the Everglades. Treat your family to a posh Palm Beach experience at the oceanfront Four Seasons Palm Beach, where ages 12 and older are welcome in the spa and salon. For ages 3-12, the resort’s complimentary Kids for

all Seasons program of nature walks, arts and crafts, music, movies and more is open daily except Wednesdays. Children under 5 eat free from the resort’s kids’ menu, and on Saturday nights, youngsters are treated to a high-energy program while parents have an evening to themselves. Four Seasons guests can work out in the 24-hour fitness studio and book one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer. The resort is also home to a Peter Burwash International Tennis for Life program, so guests can play at any level, take clinics or private lessons, and enroll kids in a Quickstart tennis class. Guests at the all-suite, oceanfront Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa have easy access to a wealth of activities, from the eye-popping lagoon pool with water slide and action-packed children’s program to the lavish, adults-only SiSpa. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, parents at the resort can take a night out while their children have their own party with supervised play, or babysitters can be arranged any time. The resort also offers plenty for families to do together: Comb the beach, build sand castles, check out the pool and water slide, attend dive-in family movies poolside on Friday nights, and gather around the fire pit after the sun goes down. Now through April 16, the AAA Four Diamond-rated resort offers a “Dinosaurs Around the World” package in collaboration with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The package includes discounted tickets to the Center’s exhibit of 13 life-size roaring, breathing dinosaurs and a wel-

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family come Dino-Mite treat of chocolate dinosaur bones for kids to find after brushing away “sand” made from graham cracker crumbs. One of Florida’s few all-inclusive resorts is Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, where activities and care for children starts as early as 4 months. For parents, L’Occitane spa treatments are done in the Wellness Centre with its treatment rooms, Zen area and fitness equipment. An exhaustive menu of resort activities includes instruction in more than a dozen sports, including the flying trapeze and circus skills, pool sports such as Aqua Zumba, basketball, beach volleyball, tennis (14 and older), golf (4 and older) and a Fitness Academy for ages 16 and older.

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If You Go Acqualina Resort and Spa, 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-918-8000, acqualinaresort.com Club Med Sandpiper Bay, 4500 SE Pine Valley St., Port St. Lucie, 772-398-5100, clubmed.us Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 800-548-8886, fontainebleau.com Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561-582-2800, fourseasons.com/palmbeach Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305-913-8288, mandarinoriental.com Marriott Harbor Beach, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-4000, marriottharborbeach.com Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa, 3800 N. Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach, 561-340-1700, marriottpalmbeach.com For information on Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach, go to sfsciencecenter.org.

Family-friendly Day Spas The following is just a sampling of the many day spas in South Florida that welcome minors and/or design spa parties. Contour Day Spa, 455 SW 78th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, offers Little Diva spa treatments for girls 12 and younger, a spa for teens, mother-daughter treatments and prenatal treatments. 954-472-7733 or contourdayspa.com Little Divas, 8763 SW 132 St. in Miami, does princess parties. 305-7091138 or littledivaspartyplacefl.com Pink Lemonade Day Spa, 18673 W. Dixie Highway in Aventura, offers 2-hour spa parties for girls with manipedis, hair styling, make-up and a fashion show. 305-466-6444 or pinklemonadegirlspa.com

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Is “cultural” TV good for families? Back in my day, good family TV consisted of “Family Ties,” “The Jeffersons,” “Different Strokes,” “Growing Pains” and “Charles In Charge.” TEANA MCDONALD The list is much longer, but I will spare you the trip down memory lane. I learned a plethora of life lessons while watching these shows, like “Say no to drugs,” “Girls should travel in packs” and how to have a house party and not get caught. (That was a BIG fail by the way.) Today we have shows like “Fresh off the Boat,” “Malcolm in The Middle,” “The Goldbergs,” “Black-ish” and “Modern Family.” (Yes, I watch all of them – don’t judge.) Of course, there is better family programming on TV, but I gravitate toward these shows because they discuss real-life issues and stereotypes, which I feel are important and funny. Do I let my kids watch all of these shows? The answer is no. However, I did let them watch an episode of “Black-ish” just to see what they thought. Believe it or not, after their first episode, they were hooked. I allow them to watch because this show does an excellent job of bringing black stereotypes to the forefront in a light-hearted way. The family is an upper-middle-class family with four kids who are very privileged and don’t understand how certain things in the “black culture” work. One of my favorite episodes is the “head nod” episode. Every time a black man sees another black man in public, it’s a known fact that you give a “head nod.” Don’t ask me why, but it’s always been

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the ‘n’ word so bad?” I would rather have these critical conversations with them before their friends do. Wouldn’t you agree? The shows that are on TV might push the “cultural” envelope, but it’s relatable (to some). All of these shows are making it easier for us as a nation to understand and relate to all types of people and their cultural differences in a comical way. As our kids get older, the questions will get tougher and the explanations longer. We live in a world where the conversations are happening at a much younger age, and if a TV show can help stir up that type of dialogue in my home, I’m all for it.

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For Valentine’s Day 2013, my 8-year-old daughter, Jessie, and I baked a pound cake for my wife, Mattie. I remember it well because I’m not sure if the kitchen has recovered. I’m pretty sure I haven’t. Egg slime ran down the cabinet. I fished egg shells from the batter. Flour dust covered the dish detergent bottle, faucet, and coffee pot. Jessie melted butter until it boiled over in the microwave. Luckily, I heard the splatter and stopped the microwave; three minutes remained on the timer. Even a little bit of vanilla extract left on a teaspoon proved problematic. Jessie asked, “May I have it?” She made a face after she licked the teaspoon. Apparently, vanilla smells better than it tastes. Ten minutes later, Jessie complained of a bellyache. Little did I realize, my head would soon ache from our cake-making adventure. Jessie had used the hand-held electric mixer to stir the ingredients. I asked her to hand me the mixer so I could make sure the batter was well-mixed, but we had a poor exchange. Fumble! The mixer, turning at full speed, plopped into the bowl. Batter sprayed everywhere: my shirt, my pants, the wall, the sink, the coffee maker. Jessie avoided the erupting batter by running into the living room. Had I remained calm, I would have unplugged the cord from the outlet, but one doesn’t think well while his kitchen, and self, are being painted in batter. I pulled the mixer from the remaining ingredients in the bowl, careful not to get my fingers caught in the spinning beaters and bring a quick end to my writing career. Jessie came back into the kitchen as clean-up began. She retrieved a spatula to scrape the batter that blanketed the mixer

back into the bowl. Surprisingly, enough batter remained, and before too long, the sweet aroma of pound cake filled the kitchen. Next, Jessie wanted to help with the Valentine’s Day supper. She suggested that I cut the onions and chicken while she peeled the potatoes. After thinking, “I don’t have energy to clean up blood,” I gave her permission. As Jessie peeled the potatoes, she sang “Over the Rainbow.” As my fatigued head rested against the kitchen cabinets, my beautiful girl wished upon a star. Jessie, now 11, still loves to bake, cook and microwave. On a recent Saturday when Mattie was out of town, Jessie and I were watching my favorite college football team hold onto a one-point lead. Jessie turned to me and said, “I’m hungry.” I said, “I am, too.” Jessie quickly responded, “I’ll make supper.” Since my team needed me to cheer them on, I said, “OK, but don’t burn down the house.” Jessie cut a hard-boiled egg in half and delivered it in a glass bowl. Then she heated a can of chicken soup on the stove and served it. All was going well, but then I picked up an all-too-familiar scent – the smell of something burning. I opted to run to the kitchen and forget about my

team’s slim lead. “What’s burning!? “Everything’s OK, Dad. Please don’t look.” Jessie likes to surprise me. Trust me; if I smell something burning, I’m going to look. Jessie had over-microwaved two cookies. She served me the blackened one with a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream on the side and covered the burnt cookie with chocolate syrup and white chocolate morsels. As I enjoyed my dessert, I asked Jessie, “Did you turn off the stove?” Jessie ran into the kitchen. I heard the stove knob click, followed by, “It’s off now.” My team held on for a 1-point victory. When I read the sports page the next morning, the kitchen still smelled like burnt cookie. What did I learn from these experiences? Wear an apron … always. Chocolate syrup is a good condiment for burnt desserts. Though I enjoy college football, I cherish living in my house more. Most importantly, I must continue to let Jessie try things so she can grow … but with supervision. I don’t know what Valentine’s Day 2016 will bring, but I plan to keep a scented candle on hand. If I don’t use it to mask the smell of burnt food, it can always provide a romantic ambience for my valentine. Until next month, remember to cherish the moments. Happy Valentine’s Day! Patrick Hempfing had a 20-year professional career in banking, accounting and auditing before he became a father at age 44. He is now a full-time husband, stay-at-home dad and writer. Follow Patrick at www.facebook. com/patricklhempfing and on Twitter @PatrickHempfing.

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Sharing the love of Valentine’s Day By Heather McMechan (aka localmomscoop.com)

Do you remember your Valentine’s Day at school as a child? I remember it was such an exciting day. In my 3rd or 4th grade, and the week before Valentine’s Day, our teacher had us create a Valentine’s mailbox. We were instructed to bring in an empty shoe box, which we would cover with white paper, decorate and make a slit in for all of the Valentines to be delivered. Later that week, I dragged my mom to the local pharmacy store to pick out the Valentine’s cards. I remember the cards that could hold a lollipop. If you got one of those, well, that was such a big deal. I would get my class list in my backpack, and I would personalize each card. Usually, I would hold out special ones for best friends and maybe a boy or two that I liked on the playground. I could barely sleep the night before the big delivery. Would I get a box of message Sweethearts or a cool red or pink pencil? The excitement was almost too much to handle. The worst part about the next day was the waiting. It would feel like the longest day of my life. I couldn’t concentrate, wondering how many I would receive. I’m not sure why I wondered so much, because there should have been the same amount of cards as students. But you never knew.

Finally, it was the last hour of the day, and the teacher let us get our Valentine cards out of our backpacks. We were then called by rows to walk around to each mailbox and deliver the cards that had been bought to show friendship and love. When it was my turn, I’m not sure if I was more excited about giving or receiving. But I remember walking around the room as I delivered each Valentine; the looks on each of my friend’s faces made me so happy. Then the bell would ring, and I would run to the car line, hoping my mom was one of the first cars. This would mean I could rip the top off my beautifully colored mailbox and begin to tear open and read each Valentine one by one. One would say “You’re mine,” which would make me blush; another would say “We are best friends.” The best Valentine would be the one I would get from my mom. This one meant the most of all. I hope on this Valentine’s Day, I’m able to share with my kids what a wonderful holiday this can be. I will encourage them to show how much they care about their friends, and I will also show my kids how much I care about them, in just a few words written on a card. Heather McMechan is the chief operating officer of her family and a work-at-home mom. She started localmomscoop.com after getting together with her fellow moms (married, singleparent, working or stay-at-home) and realizing they were all searching for the same information about local fashion, food, events and other “mommy scoop” within Boca Raton, Delray Beach and South Florida.

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Child Sense: Surviving the nightly bath BY PRISCILLA DUNSTAN While the Johnson Baby ads would like to have us believe that bathing a baby is some sort of spiritual experience, the reality for most of us is far from it. Time constraints, baby protests and endless mess can make the whole experience something to “get through” rather then enjoy. Create realistic expectations and use your child’s dominant sense to help make it an easier experience for all. Being sensitive, “Taste and smell” babies will resist a bath that smells overly perfumed or chlorinated. (It’s a good idea to filter a young baby’s bath water if your town uses lots of chemicals.) They tend to be more aware of their physical bodies, so try to use non-allergenic bath soap. Taste and smell babies find even the simplest transitions difficult, so it’s important to keep the experience calm and serene. Be calm and use the bath time as a bonding experience, with lots of facial and vocal time. You will find that these babies vocalize during this time, but generally only when prompted into an interaction with their caregiver. “Visual” babies will need to see their caregiver to feel safe. Make sure you bathe them front-on to prevent accidents as they try to turn to find you. They will EXP. Feb 28, 2015

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stages » baby be fascinated not only with the water, a substance they can see through, but also with bubbles and brightly colored bath toys. Being stimulated by a visually different environment, their vocalizations are usually quiet and vowel-like, spoken almost in conversation to either their caregiver or the item they are playing with. If your routine has the bath at night, try to keep the lights low and toys to a minimum. The bubbles and their own body are enough for before bed play. Expect lots of splashing by your “tactile” baby or toddler. They will enthusiastically kick their legs, push against the bottom of the bath and with their usual physical exuberance, explore the floaty, wet world around them. For these babies, you will need to hold on tight as they wriggle around a lot, so it’s even more essential that you take extra care when it comes to safety. As children of this age are generally learning to vocalize, tactile children are no exception and will be practicing their vocalizations with an added kick or physical splash. Expect a fair amount of water to go astray as they squeal as they start kicking or vocalize repetitive oohs as they try to catch those elusive bubbles. The echo in a bathroom is in itself a fascinating thing and the “auditory” baby will take full advantage of this by squealing, oohing and practicing their vocalizations. You will be able to hear what are the beginnings of conversation as they babble back to you, trying to copy your sounds. Aside from their own vocalizations, they will love splashing in time to your singing, singing along in their own way or banging on the sides of the bath with a bath toy. As auditory babies and toddlers are sensitive to sound, there may be some babies who don’t like the echo; in this case simply help deaden the sound by using thick bath mats and tow-

els in your decor. Bathing babies, especially newborns, can feel daunting; try to be organized before you start by having all the items you will need organized beforehand. Follow all safety warnings, such as checking bath water temperature, having a safety holder either built into the bath or attached, and never let your baby go or leave them unattended even for a

moment. Make the most of bath mats and towels – you don’t want to slip while holding your baby. Remember this is a bonding experience for you to enjoy with your baby. Priscilla Dunstan is a behavioral researcher and author of “Child Sense” and “Calm the Crying.” She currently works in New York as a behavioral consultant.

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Are girls all sugar and spice and everything nice? Not exactly. Sheryl Sandberg, author of “Lean In” and COO of Facebook, says “I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead that she has leadership skills.” In a world of princesses and Pinkalicious, it’s time for all children to have strong voices, to know what they need to solve problems, and to feel capable and successful. It’s especially time to raise the glass ceiling on preschool gender stereotypes, and let girls be girls. Change begins at home as we help every child discover their age-appropriate power and their fullest potential. The website amightygirl.com was “founded on the belief that all children should have the opportunity to read books, play with toys, listen to music, and watch movies that offer positive messages about girls and honor their diverse capabilities.” It has more than 1 million Facebook followers. Powerful, fearless girls may be loud and active, or they may be quietly determined; either way, they are children who know what they want and fight hard to get it. Look out parents, powerful children keep you on your toes. And at times, you may find yourselves in no-win power struggles. But with a few sanity-saving tips, you may discover these little powerhouses can be masterful and helpful rather than oppositional and defiant.

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What is a powerful, fearless girl? In my experience, these are the girls who are extremely self-directed. They embrace novelty and change, eager to try new things and find the biggest challenge to prove what they can do. And if they can’t do something, they remain determined to try and try again. (Or defiantly walk away until they figure it out ... they will be back.) When they succeed at doing something, they swell with personal satisfaction, selfpride and pure joy because they are internally motivated and confident risk-takers. All these traits are evident before they are 2, and some parents report seeing these traits while they are still babies. Parent Sanity Tips Powerful, fearless children cannot be

mildchanged into mild-mannered little people. At the same time, they st still need direction and guidance from smarter more expesmarter, rience grown-ups. rienced Here are three tips on how to live su successfully with a powerful fearless child: Let them lead. One mom described a constant battle over walking hand-inhand with her not-yet2-year-old. If s insisted on she ho holding hands, her child would crump to the crumple ground in the least cooperativ way. She cooperative could have scolded and da long without cajoled all day success. Instead, she asked her d ht to t hold h ld her h finger f daughter - immediately her daughter proudly accepted the “new way.” The solution was to let her child lead. Look for ways for your powerful child to have more responsibility, not less. To be more active, not passive. To be helpful, capable and strong. Think three steps ahead of your child. Powerful, fearless children are SMART. They are chess-players at life, looking ahead and leaping into a new and exciting world. In some ways, they expect to “win” - that feeling of being masterful and able. Expect your child to be fast, curious and all-in. Before you try to unload all the beach paraphernalia from your car, be sure someone is heading down to the water with your child, because you know she is bolting into the biggest waves as soon

as she sees them. Reason and patience are going to take years to develop. Your fearless, powerful child needs you anticipating her strongest desires. Remember, she doesn’t mind failure because she believes she can do anything. You are her safety net and her coach helping her to evaluate risk. Her successes will be great, though there may be a few heart-stopping moments along the way. Be prepared for judgment and criticism. Your fearless child is strongly driven from within and not all that concerned with what others think of her choices. Yes, teach her how others feel when she stomps over their toys or boldly grabs for what she wants. She may need your redirection in social settings, reminders to ask for what she wants and assistance waiting for her turn. She can and will be empathetic as she leads others on adventures. She also can learn to watch and follow in order to acquire new skills and enjoy new things. Keep her engaged, interested and involved. Try to avoid labels like bossy or meangirls at an age when children are experimenting with social power and are not malicious or intentionally hurtful. Toddlers and preschoolers are learning about social rules and effective ways to act, to speak and to listen. Teaching kindness and empathy matter. Powerful children learn best when challenged to do better, not when made to feel small for poor choices. Bravo for a new generation of lean-in, stand-up and be heard children. Bravo for ever-growing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) toys and experiences for boys and girls. Bravo for busy, active, thinking, doing children who will be the leaders of tomorrow. Karen Deerwester is an author and the owner of Family Time Coaching & Consulting, writing and lecturing on parenting and early childhood topics since 1984. She is the director of Family Time classes at The Ruth and Edward Taubman Early Childhood Center at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton and the host of the parenting podcast See Me Hear Me Love Me.

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“How do you respond when your child asks if you are rich? Or poor?” asked the mother of a 7-year-old. “I don’t want him thinking or saying we are rich. But I don’t want to burden him either.” One financial adviser suggested answering with another question: “Why do you ask?” but my answer to my son, Paul, when he was about that age was, “We are middle class.” By the “Business Insider” chart of a minimum income of $30,691, that was technically correct in Florida. In New Jersey, however, we’d have to earn $46,777. The difference proves my point: Unless shelter and food and medical care are issues, wealth and “needs” are a matter of perspective. Paul repeated my long-ago lesson at the magnet school he attended, where 79 percent of students were on free or reducedprice lunch. “My black friends said, ‘You are white. Obviously you are rich,’ ” he recalls. “I told them, ‘No. We are middle class. We don’t have a four-story mansion, but we have a house. Everyone has their own bedroom. We can afford tiny luxuries like cable and high-speed Internet without breaking the bank. We have a constant supply of food, and I never have a day when I go hungry.’ ” Some of his friends then, and now, might still consider that rich. “My parents say we are poor until we hit the lottery,” said Evan Spalluto, a freshman at Deerfield Beach High. “But I feel that rich is when you don’t feel like you want anything, and I want things I can only achieve through determination.”

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table request for more money with a gentle refusal or the lesson will be forever unlearned. Right now, my daughter, Sarah, needs a new guitar. There was a time, back when we were paying for violin lessons, that I would have said she “wanted” a new guitar. I thought guitar was a hobby. Sarah felt otherwise. She bought a $30 Walmart guitar and taught herself on YouTube. Four years later, she has abandoned violin and embraced guitar, with which she performs regularly. She has saved more than enough to purchase a better instrument. After playing a few and studying the prices, however, Sarah left the store without buying one. She is saving to buy exactly the one she wants, she said, from the part-time job she fits around school. That was the word she used, by the way: “wants” not “needs.” Elizabeth Roberts was a “Money” magazine correspondent for 17 years and is now a professional journalist in South Florida.

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Sensational Story ‘n More. Ages 2-5. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. $5. 561-742-6780 or schoolhousemuseum.org Little Hands-Big Art. Ages 3-5. Students try many different forms of art. 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. $4 with $5 paid admission. 561-742-6780 or schoolhousemuseum.org

St. Joan Of Arc Catholic School Open House. School tours available. 8:15-10:30 a.m. St. Joan Of Arc Catholic School, 501 SW 3rd Ave., Boca Raton. 561-392-7974 or stjoan.org

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Jazz in the Gables. 12:15 p.m. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. coralgables.com

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Tales for Tots. Storytime designed for toddlers. 10-11 a.m. Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library, 1298 NE 37 St., Oakland Park. 954-630-4370 or oaklandparkfl.gov Sharkey’s Storytime. Sing along in storytime and play instruments with books that have a beat. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Free. 954-262-4600 Polliwogs: Science and nature program. Ages. 3-5. I Spy: Wildlife! animal tracks and clues. Register online or by phone. 9:30-11 a.m. Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, 5591 NW 74th Place, Coconut Creek. $5 per child. 954-357-5100 or WebTrac.Broward.org Story Times At Plantation Library. Ages 2-4. 10:30 a.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-797-2145 or plantation. org/Library Baby Lap Time. Ages 3-11 months. 10 a.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-797-2145 or plantation.org/Library

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Lil’ Explorers - Super Sensory Messy Play. Ages 2-5. Little ones explore while developing important readiness skills. 3-3:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. $4 per class plus $5 paid admission. 561-742-6780 or schoolhousemuseum.org Sensational Story ‘n More. Ages 2-4. 2-2:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learn-

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My First Nature Class. Ages 20 months-4. Nature through art, science, movement and storytelling. 9:30 a.m. Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park, 1725 NE 135 St., North Miami. 305-895-9840 or northmiamifl.gov Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs and activities. 10:15 a.m. Culmer/Overtown Branch Library, 350 NW 13th St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-579-5322 Bark & Read. Ages 5-12. Children read stories to Flora a licensed therapy greyhound. 3:30 p.m. West End Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd., Miami. Free. 305-385-7135

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IMACS Free Math and Logic Class Plantation. Ages 6-11. Opportunity for parents to observe their children in a real classroom setting. Parents will see firsthand how their children perform, think and respond to new ideas. 4:15 p.m. IMACS Plantation, 7435 NW 4th St., Plantation. RSVP. 954-791-2333 or imacs.org Pups And Tots At The Humane Society. Ages Newborn-4. Story time, activity, and puppy and kitten visits, $12. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Humane Society Of Broward County, 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale. $12. 954266-6831 or humanebroward.com Story Times At Plantation Library. All ages. 4 p.m. Plantation Library, 501 N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-797-2145 or plantation.org/Library Music & Movement. Ages 2-4. 10:30 a.m. First Thursday of month. Plantation Library, 501 N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-797-2145 or plantation.org/Library

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Beach Treasures. Learn about shells and sea life, and go beachcombing with the experts. 3-4:30 p.m. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd Boca Raton. $8. 561-544-8615 or gumbolimbo.org Wellington Food Trucks. 5-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Wellington Amphitheater, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. Free. foodtruckinvasion.com Preschool Story Time. Cats and Dogs. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 4 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-655-2776 or fourarts.org

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Family Movie Night. “Inside Out.” Activities before the movie. Bring a blanket or chair. 7-9 p.m. Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. sibfl.net Gallery Night Live. Free admission and live music every first Friday. 6-10 p.m. Coral Gables Museum Events 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. 305-603-8067 Family Movie Night. “Penguins of Madagascar.” 7:30 & 7:45 p.m. Flashlight Tour. Movie begins at 8 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. $5. Children under 2 free. 305-669-6990 or pinecrest-fl.gov

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Movies in the Park. “Annie.” Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions as well as “glow” items will be available for purchase. 7 p.m. Villages of Hillsboro Park, 4111 NW 6th St., Deerfield Beach. Free. 954-480-4429 Outdoor Movie. “The Peanuts Movie.” Free popcorn. Bring seating. 7:30 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. Free. 954-747-4600

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Mrs. Shulman rocks because she is very nice and teaches us lots of new things. She makes learning fun instead of boring, and I look forward to going to school each day. I cannot wait to see what else she has planned for the rest of the year.

Mrs. Duckman has made it a personal mission to ensure that all of her students understand how important a good education is and how fun it can be. Mrs. Duckman has integrity, honesty, kindness, patience, willingness, gratefulness and dedication. She is by far one of the most dedicated teachers I have ever met in my lifetime.

Mrs. Bacallao takes her time to make sure the kids are learning. She makes her class very fun so that makes the kids’ learning experience even more fun. Mrs. Bacallao is one exceptional kindergarten teacher who loves what she does inside of that classroom. It’s always nice to have a teacher like that, especially when they are entering a new school and a new grade. When a child feels comfortable and happy, you know that they are in good hands.

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Through Feb. 28. Musical story of a young orphan girl who joins a traveling French circus, where she meets a manipulative magician and a disillusioned puppeteer, who can only show his emotions via his whimsical puppet creations. The Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Margate. $38-$42. 954-344-7765 or stagedoortheatre.com PINKALICIOUS

Feb. 6. Pinkalicious cannot stop eating pink cupcakes, and her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with a severe case of pinkititus, which makes her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for a pink-loving girl. Ticket includes pre-show face painting and arts activities, along with complimentary post-show snacks. Amaturo Theater at Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $16. 954-462-0222 or browardcenter.org THREE LITTLE BIRDS

Feb. 7. The musical uses the reggae songs of Bob Marley to tell the story of Ziggy, a shy boy who is more than happy to stay home and watch TV until his friend convinces him to embark on a daring adventure across the island. Ticket includes pre-show face painting, art activities and complimentary post-show snacks. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura. $16. 877-311-7469 or aventuracenter.org

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that evokes passion, solicits curiosity and ignites creativity in others. 6:30 p.m. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $25. 305-949-6722 or arshtcenter.org

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Feb. 26. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy and 25 other Disney characters. 4 and 7 p.m. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway Sunrise. $16-$60. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS

Feb. 26-28. Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Adults, $12; students, $8. 561-447-8829 or solchildren.org KIDS FEST FAMILY DAY

Feb. 27. “The Jungle Book.” Theatre fun for the whole family. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $20. 305-4444181 or actorsplayhouse.org

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Feb. 21. Theatrical stage show based on the PBS animated television series. Martin and Chris Kratt step out live on stage to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story. 1 and 4:30 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. Tickets start at $26. 954-3445990 or coralspringscenterforthearts.com TEDXYOUTH@MIAMI

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Feb. 28. The Harlem Globetrotters celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour. Family entertainment for all ages. AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets start at $20. 800-745-3000, aaarena.com, or ticketmaster.com

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First Friday Jazz Jams. Student musicians perform with jazz professionals. 7:30-9:30 p.m. ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Free. goldcoastjazz.org Family Hayride and Campfire Series. Campfire and marshmallow roasting. 7-9:30 p.m. Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park. Hayride and s’mores, $3.50 per person for ages 3 and up. 954-357-5190

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Tot Time. Ages 1-4. crafts, snacks, and indoor play stations. $5 per child. 10 a.m.-Noon. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-347-3900 or sugarsandpark.org Parents Night Out. “Electrifying Energy.” Ages 4-12. science experiments, a science-related craft, exploration of the center and its exhibit “Dinosaurs Around the World,” a pizza dinner and a planetarium show. 6-10 p.m. South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach. $30 per child; additional children, $15. 561832-2026 or sfsciencecenter.org/parents-night-out Movies in the Park. Free drawing with prizes. Bring chairs or blankets. 7 p.m. Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 29 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach 561-600-9093

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Family Movie Night. “Inside Out.” Activities prior to movie. Bring a blanket or chair. 7-9 p.m. Town Center Park, 17200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. sibfl.net Carnival! Food & Tunes. See website for more information. Ed Burke Recreation Center 11400 NE 9th Court, Biscayne Park. biscayneparkfl.gov

Play Day! Outdoor games, music, arts & crafts, face painters, and more. Doral Meadow Park, 11555 NW 58th St., Doral. Free. cityofdoral.com

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ArtsPark Live!. Listen to live bands in the park. 8-10 p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. 954-9213500 or visithollywoodfl.org

Coral Springs Christian Academy’s Annual Country Fair. Rides, games, food, prizes and more. 10 a.m. Coral Springs Christian Academy, 2251 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs. csca.us IMACS Free Math and Logic Class Weston. Ages 6-11. Opportunity for parents to observe their children in a real classroom setting. Parents will see firsthand how their children perform, think and respond to new ideas. 1 p.m. IMACS Weston, 2585 Glades Circle, Weston. RSVP. 954-791-2333 or imacs.org The Big Read. 5th grade and up. Learn about Florida’s birds of prey from a local falconer, who will bring in a hawk. A Young At Art Museum Art Educator will demonstrate step-by-step drawing techniques and visitors can follow along using their own sketch pads and drawing pencils. 11 a.m. Broward County Main Library, 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-424-0085 Family Fun Day and Car Show. Music, food trucks, Star Wars characters, Sawgrass Nature Center, obstacle course, mobile video game theater, vendors, bounce houses and entertainment. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Downtown Coral Springs, 9400 W. Sample Road, Drive. 954345-2119 or coralsprings.org

2016 Drawn to the Beach Family 5K Run/ Walk and Kids Fun Run. Races start at 7 a.m. Visit website for more information and prices. Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, A1A at Garfield Street (Charnow Park), Hollywood. bmvptsa.org or splitsecondtiming.com

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Manatee Lagoon Eco-Discovery Center Opening. Visit exhibits offering insight into South Florida’s coastal ecosystem, learn about manatees and view manatee herds. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Free admission. 561-626-2833 or visitmanateelagoon.com Meet The Orchestra. Attend a dress rehearsal, meet the conductor and musicians, watch instrument demonstrations and participate in an instrument petting zoo. 10:30-noon. The Roberts Theatre at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton. Adults, $5; children, free. RSVP. 866-687-3848 or thesymphonia.org Big Wonders At Gumbo Limbo. Ages 5-6. Crafts, lessons, and guided tour. No siblings please. 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. $8. 561-544-8605 or gumbolimbo.org Little Wonders At Gumbo Limbo. Ages 3-4. Hikes, crafts, and stories to introduce novice naturalist to a new animal each month. No siblings please. 10-11 a.m. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd Boca Raton. $8. 561-544-8605 or gumbolimbo.org Wellington Father Daughter Dance. Ages 5-14. Dancing, dinner, games, keepsake and pictures. 6-9 p.m. Village Park Gymnasium, 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington. Call for prices. 561-791-4005 or wellingtonfl.gov Kids Yard Sale. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Veterans Park, 1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. Fire Rescue Expo. Meet firefighters and paramedics, see firefighting demonstrations, learn about health and safety, photos ops with firefighters, free food, free blood pressure and cholesterol checks, and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-368-6001 Family Story Time. Mo Willem’s Birthday. 10:3011:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 4 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-655-2776 or fourarts.org

7th Annual Daddy-Daughter & MotherSon Date Night. Ages 3-14. Dinner, dancing, photo booth, games, activities, and more. 6-9 p.m. Lake Worth Casino Ballroom, 10 South Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth. Check online for prices. lakeworth.org

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Sunday Family 4-Pack. Four 1-hour timed-play game cards plus large 1-topping pizza for $39.99. 1 a.m.-11 p.m. GameTime, 5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 330, Miami. 305-667-4263

BROWARD

Downtown Hollywood Dream Car Classic Car Show. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Downtown Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd. 954-825-1027 Sunday Jazz Brunch. Free, live outdoor concert series with local jazz artists. Bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. First Sunday of the month. Performances take place along the Riverwalk area off Las Olas Blvd. 954-828-5363. 14th Annual 5K Butterfly Run. Race time start is 7:30 a.m. Sabal Pines Park, 5005 NW 39th Ave., Coconut Creek. butterflyrun.com

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Fitness in the Park. Free fitness class. 10 a.m. First and last Sunday of the month. Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. 561-865-4613 Special Needs Family Fun Night. All children receive 50% off admission. Socks required for both adults and children. 6-8 p.m. first Sunday of the month. Cool Beans, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. $10.95; 6 months-2, $8.95; siblings, $6.95. 561-627-1782

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Sharing Stories. Ages 3-5. Read aloud stories. 11 a.m. Country Walk Branch Library, 15433 SW 137th Ave., Miami. Free. 786-293-4577 Toddler Storytime. Stories and songs for toddlers. 11 a.m. Allapattah Branch Library, 1799 NW 35th St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-638-6086 After School Club: Games and More. 3 p.m. Opa-locka Branch Library, 780 Fisherman St., Suite 140, Opa-locka. Free. RSVP. 305-688-1134

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IMACS Free Math and Logic Class Fort Lauderdale. Ages 6-11. Parents will see firsthand how their children perform, think and respond to new ideas. 4:30 p.m. IMACS Fort Lauderdale, 1750 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP. 954-791-2333 or imacs.org Art Time Tuesday. Art Activity designed monthly, conducted by YAA Museum Educators. 5 to 7 p.m. IKEA Sunrise, 51 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. 888-888-4532

PALM BEACH

Ukulele Get-Together Workshop. Play with other ukulele owners. Beginners welcome. 6 p.m. Delray Beach Public Library, 100 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Free. RSVP. 561-665-1718 or tavitandlynn@gmail.com Little Hands-Big Art. Ages 3-5. Students try many different forms of art. 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. $4 with $5 paid admission. 561-742-6780 or schoolhousemuseum.org Toddler Tuesdays. Ages 6 months-3. Socks required. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays. Cool Beans, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. Call for pricing. 561-627-1782 or coolbeansclaycafe.com Sensational Story ‘n More. Ages 2-5. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. $5. 561-742-6780 or schoolhousemuseum.org STEM Time for Junior Scientists. Ages 3-5. Fun STEM activities. 10:30 a.m. Lantana Road Branch, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. RSVP. 561-304-4500

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Meet the Athletes. Ages 1 and older. Practice your abilities and compare yourselves to some of these greats. 1:30 p.m. Daily. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Causeway, Miami. 305-373-5437 ext. 100 or 145 Playtime with Mommy. Newborn-9 months. Structured activities to stimulate senses. 10:15 a.m. Kendale

Lakes Branch Library, 15205 SW 88th St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-388-0326 BASS Babies. Toddlers interact with art through song, gallery activities, and art making. 10:30 a.m. Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd St., Miami Beach. Free. RSVP. 305-535-4219

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Game and Family Movie Night with Hallandale Beach Police. Games 6-9 p.m. Family movie 7:30-9 p.m. Austin Hepburn Center, 750 NW 8th Ave., Hallandale. 954-457-1644 or hallandalebeachfl.gov Sharkey’s Storytime. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Free. 954-262-4600 Story Times At Plantation Library. Ages 2-4. 10:30 a.m. Plantation Library, 501 N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-797-2145 or plantation.org/Library Baby Lap Time. Ages 3-11 months. 10 a.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-797-2145 or plantation.org/Library

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Family Fun: Mommy & Me Kamishibai Story Telling. Reading of a Japanese kamishibai folk story. 10:30 a.m. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. $15; ages 6-17, $9. 561-495-0233 or morikami.org

IMACS Free Math and Logic Class Delray Beach. Ages 6-11. Opportunity for parents to observe their children in a classroom setting and see firsthand how their children perform, think and respond to new ideas in this fun one-hour class. 4:30 p.m. IMACS Delray, 6200 Linton Blvd, Delray. RSVP. 561-470-1178 or imacs.org Lil’ Explorers - Super Sensory Messy Play. Ages 2-5. Little ones explore while developing important readiness skills. 3-3:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, 129 E Ocean

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Wags And Tales. Ages 5-12. Read to a dog at the library. 4-5 p.m. Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Free. RSVP. 954-262-4600 Food Trucks At ArtsPark. Over 20 different food trucks. 5:30-10 p.m. Mondays. ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood. Free admission. 954-921-3500

IMACS Free Math and Logic Class Pembroke Pines. Ages 6-11. Opportunity for parents to observe their children in a real classroom setting. Parents will see firsthand how their children perform, think and respond to new ideas. 4:15 p.m. IMACS Pembroke Pines, 750 NW 180th Terr. #101, Pembroke Pines. RSVP. 954791-2333 or imacs.org

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Food Truck Invasion. 6-10 p.m. Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave., Lake Worth Beach. lakeworth.org

Preschool Story Time. Chinese New Year. 10:3011:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 4 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-655-2776 or fourarts.org Chinese New Year Celebration. Stories, games and crafts. Ages 1-3 10:30 a.m., Ages 4-8 3:15 p.m. Gardens Branch, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. RSVP. 561-626-6133

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day. Stories, crafts and more. 4 p.m. South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Free. RSVP. 305-233-8140 Holiday Craft & Storytime. 4 p.m. Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111th St., Pinecrest. Free. RSVP. 305-668-4571 Toddler Storytime. 5 p.m. Golden Glades Library, 100 NE 166th St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-787-1544

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Ave., Boynton Beach. $4 per class plus $5 paid admission. 561-742-6780 or schoolhousemuseum.org

Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories. Storytelling, African drumming, dance, call and response songs, and audience participation. Call for time. West Boca Branch Library, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton. RSVP. 561-470-1600 Also at Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave., South Boca Raton. RSVP. 561-482-4554

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day. Stories, songs and activities. 6:30 p.m. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-553-1134 Preschool Storytime. 6:30 p.m. West Flagler Branch Library, 5050 W. Flagler St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305442-8710 Toddler Storytime. 6:30 p.m. North Central Branch Library, 9590 NW 27th Ave., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305693-4541

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The Next Generation Road Rascals Car Show. 6-9 p.m. Lake Worth Casino Building & Beach Complex, 10 South Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth. 786-2348152 or rstarr2010@gmail.com Preschool Story Time. Valentine’s Day. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 4 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-655-2776 or fourarts.org

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Meal & Memories with Dad. Girls ages 8 and up. Meal, dice games, make a keepsake picture frame, and more. American Girl Miami, 8888 SW 136 Street Suite #395A, Miami. $38. RSVP. 877-247-5223 Bilingual Storytime. 10:15 a.m. Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111th St., Pinecrest. Free. RSVP. 305668-4571 Romare Bearden: Paint Your Own Collage. Celebrate Black History and learn about Bearden’s unique collage style of art. 3:30 p.m. West End Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd., Miami. Free. 305-385-7135

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ArtsPark Funtastic Fridays And Movie Night.” Lady and the Tramp.” Bounce house, face painters and more. Movie begins at 8 p.m. 5-8:00 p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. 954-921-3500 or visithollywoodfl.org Music Under the Stars. Bring chairs and blankets. 7 p.m. Second Friday of every month. Pompano Beach Great Lawn, Atlantic Boulevard and Pompano Beach Boulevard, Pompano Beach. 954-786-4111 Home Grown Concert Series. Jive: Current Hits, Disco, 80’s dance, and rock cover songs. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Food Trucks will be there. 7-8:30 p.m. Band Shell, 1100 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. Free admission. 954-545-6620 or CoconutCreek.net/Events

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N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-797-2145 or plantation. org/Library Family Hayride and Campfire Series. Campfire and marshmallow roasting. 7-9:30 p.m. Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park. Hayride and s’mores, $3.50 per person for ages 3 and up. 954-357-5190 Pop-up Rainbow Cards. Create colorful, rainbow pop-up cards. Included with museum admission. 10 a.m.2 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or YoungAtArtMuseum.org

ArtsPark Live!. Listen to live bands in the park. 8-10

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Beach Bonfire. Roast marshmallow around a mini bonfire. 6-9 p.m. Lake Worth Beach, 10 South Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth. Free. lakeworth.org Friday Night At The Museum. Ages 7-12. “After Hours” museum access, pizza, “Cars 2” movie, and a racecar challenge. $7 discount for each additional child in the same household. 6-9:30 p.m. Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. $20-$25. 561-347-3912 or ScienceExplorium.org Movie Time at the Library. 1 p.m. Fridays. Highland Beach Municipal Library, 3618 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach. Free. 561-278-5455

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Pet Adoption Day. Adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mall of the Americas, 7795 West Flagler St., Miami. 305-261-8772 or malloftheamericas.com Children’s Library Series. Ages 4-10. “Alice in Wonderland.” 11 a.m. Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia St., Miami Beach. 305-460-5600 Bay Cruise. Depart from Deering Estate and explore Biscayne Bay. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami. $35 per person. 305-235-1668 ext. 233 or deeringestate.com

p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. 954-9213500 or visithollywoodfl.org Recycled Fantasy Book Art. Create art using torn or broken books with artist/educator Stacey Tannehill. 3-4 p.m.. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. RSVP. 954-357-8585 Family Funday. Ages 3 and up. Explore the museum and create art projects. Project themes change monthly. Please arrive by 2:45 p.m. second Saturday of the month. 3 p.m. Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. $5. RSVP. 954-340-5000 or coralspringsmuseum.org Heart Printed Silk Screen T-shirts. Ages 5 and up. Make and take your own heart silk-screened T-shirt. $7 per person, per shirt. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. $14; Broward County residents and children over 1, $12. 954-424-0085 or YoungAtArtMuseum.org The Big Read. 5th grade and up. Participants can create a one-of-a-kind art using a torn or broken book. Young At Art Museum Special Guest Artist & Educator will introduce artists who use recycled books as their canvases. 3 p.m. Broward County Main Library, 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-424-0085 YAA Love Fest. Create day-of-love art and explore how famous artists have created art to share their love with the world. Included with museum admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954424-0085 or YoungAtArtMuseum.org MODS National Parks Activities. Climbing wall, learn about the rock cycle, asteroids and comets, and minerals, gems and rocks, and create an animal that can withstand extreme temperatures. Noon-4 p.m. Museum of Discovery and Science , 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-463-IMAX (4629), mods.org, or mods.org/imax

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IMACS Free Math and Logic Class Boca Raton. Ages 6-11. Opportunity for parents to observe

their children in a classroom and see how they perform, think and respond to new ideas in this fun one-hour class. 1 p.m. IMACS Boca Raton, 23172 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive Boca Raton. RSVP. 561-470-1178 or imacs.org Mardi Gras at the Dog Park. Dog-related vendors, dog and human friendly activities, dog costume contest, pictures with your pet, bounce house, games, face painting, dessert trucks and more. 9 a.m.-noon. Greenbriar Dog Park, 2975 Greenbriar Blvd., Wellington. 561-791-4082, 561-784-PETS, or wellingtonfl.gov Family Story Time. Happy Valentine’s Day. 10:3011:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 4 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-655-2776 or fourarts.org

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Barnacle under Moonlight Concerts. Free concert on the second Sunday of the month. September-May Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. Free. 305-442-6866 or thebarnacle.org 24th Annual Kite Day. Kite-building classes, kiteflying demonstrations, kite competitions, food and refreshments for purchase, and a live concert. Free admission, parking $7. Noon-5 p.m., Haulover Beach Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami. 305-893-0906

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Jammin’. Unplugged jam session for musicians and listeners interested in folk, mountain, and bluegrass music. Bring an instrument if you like. 2-4 p.m. second Sunday of the month through May. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek. Free. 954-357-5198 MODS National Parks Activities. Noon-4 p.m. Museum of Discovery and Science , 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-463-IMAX (4629) or mods.org Be Kind to Animals. Meet a featured animal. 11 a.m. Sundays. Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. Donations appreciated. 954-752-9453 or sawgrassnaturecenter.org

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Bluegrass Jam. Bring your banjo, washboard, or other acoustic instruments and jam along with the band. Included in park admission. 3-5 p.m. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach. 561-624-6952

Sandoway House Nature Center Daily Shark Feedings. Learn facts about the oceans top predators, while watching them eat. 1:30 p.m. Ages 3 and up, $5. 142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. 561-274-7263 or sandowayhouse.org

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Mini Monday Mornings. Ages 0-3. Painting, sand play, story times, and a puppet show. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Included in museum admission. 305-373-5437 ext. 100 or ext. 145 Adrienne Arsht Center Farmers Market. Florida-grown produce, prepared foods, workshops with food writers and chefs, live music and cooking demonstrations. 4-8 p.m. Mondays. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Civic Center Station Farmers Market. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays. 1601 NW 12th Ave., Miami. 305-5310038 or themarketcompany.org

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Food Trucks At ArtsPark. Over 20 different trucks. 5:30-10 p.m. Mondays. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free admission. 954-921-3500 Stranahan Stories. 11 a.m.-noon. Historic Stranahan House Museum, 335 SE 6th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Free. 954-524-4736 or StranahanHouse.org

Florida Renaissance Festival Presidents Day Special. Children under 12 years of age, and Teachers with valid Teacher I.D. admitted free until noon. Festival features food, crafts, demonstrations, games, knight battles, sword fighters, magicians, and more. 10 a.m.-sunset.

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Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feedings. 10:30, 12:30 Monday-Saturday. 1:30 Sunday. Gumbo Limbo, 1801 N Ocean Blvd Boca Raton. Free. 561-544-8615 or gumbolimbo.org Great Escape. Ages 6-12. Spend the day with the Explorium staff on a school day off. Bring a lunch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. $25-$31.25. RSVP. 561-347-3912 or ScienceExplorium.org

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Storytime Mondays and Monday Madness Happy Hour. Storytime for ages 2-6. 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Free with regular admission. Monday Madness Happy Hour admission from 3-5 p.m. is $5. Free face painting. Socks required. Cool Beans, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. 561-627-1782 Craft Haus School Day Off Camp. Ages 5-12. Ceramics, mosaics, drawing, painting, and more. 9-4 p.m. Craft Haus, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. #4102, Palm Beach Gardens. $73.14. 561-630-3450

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Preschool Storytime. 6:30 p.m. Naranja Branch Library, 14850 SW 280th St., Homestead. Free. RSVP. 305-242-2290

IMACS Free Math and Logic Class Aventura. Ages 6-11. Opportunity for parents to observe their children in a classroom and see how their children perform, think and respond to new ideas. 4:15 p.m. IMACS Aventura, 20350 NE 26th Ave., Aventura. RSVP. 954791-2333 or imacs.org Miami Children’s Museum One-Day Camp. “Tet Festival of Vietnam.” Make a mask craft, design a firework display, taste traditional foods eaten during the New Year, and enjoy an ancient Vietnamese folk tale. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. RSVP. 305-373-5437, ext.112, or yanet@miamichildrensmuseum.org

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Read-Along with Troop 10863. Girl Scouts will read to kids in the IKEA Children’s department. 6-7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month. IKEA Sunrise, 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. 888-888-4532 or ikea.com CHADD Of North Broward Support Group. Meeting for parents of children diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD. Meet and greet, question and answer session, raffle, and refreshments. 6:30-8 p.m. third Tuesday of the month. Atlantis Academy Coral Springs, 10193 NW 31st St., Coral Springs. 561-603-6154 or 954-752-7571 Mommy and Me Babycakes Group. Babywearing safety and education, sign language for hearing babies and more. Noon-1:30 p.m. Memorial Regional Hospital, The Family Birthplace, 3501 Johnson St., Hollywood. 954-265-5930 or memorialregional.com

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Dare to Care. Ages 4-7. Celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day by listening to stories about friendship and making a craft. 3:30 p.m. Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. RSVP. 561-233-2600 Superhero Mini Camp. Grades K-5. Create a superhero identity, craft and activities. Costumes welcome. 3:30 p.m. West Boca Branch, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton. RSVP. 561-470-1600

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Fun & Games at the Library. Ages 7 and up. Sharpen game skills by playing a variety of table games. 3 p.m. Culmer/Overtown Branch Library, 350 NW 13th St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-579-5322 Hora de los Cuentos. Stories, songs and games in Spanish. 3:30 p.m. West End Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd., Miami. Free. 305-385-7135

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Sharkey’s Storytime. Stories about sharks and ocean creatures. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie. Free. 954-262-4600 Story Times At Plantation Library. Ages 2-4. 10:30 a.m. Plantation Library, 501 N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-797-2145 or plantation.org/Library

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Crafty Wednesday. Ages 2-6. Craft activity your child can take home. Socks required. 3-3:45 p.m. Cool Beans, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. $6 class only. RSVP. 561-627-1782

Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories. Storytelling, African drumming, dance, call and response songs, and audience participation. 10:30 a.m. Clarence E. Anthony Branch, 375 SW 2nd Ave., South Bay. RSVP. 561-992-8393

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Bark & Read. Ages 5-12. Children read stories to Flora a licensed therapy greyhound. 3:30 p.m. West End Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd., Miami. Free. 305-385-7135 Kid Lit: Book Club. Discuss books, comics, poetry and more. 4:30 p.m. third Monday of the month. Northeast Dade - Aventura Branch Library, 2930 Aventura Blvd., Aventura. RSVP. 305-931-5512 Toddler Storytime. 6 p.m. West Flagler Branch Library, 5050 W. Flagler St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305442-8710

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Fun & Fitness with African Dance. Ages 6 and up. Get fit in a fun and engaging way while learning about an African cultural tradition. 4 p.m. North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library, 6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale. Free. RSVP. 954-357-6660 Green Golly Project. Ages 3-7. “Little Kids Little Songs: Audience 101.” Musical/comedy group performance. 10:30 a.m. North Regional/BC Library, 1100

Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. Free. RSVP. 954201-2600 Story Times At Plantation Library. All ages. 4 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-797-2145 or plantation.org/Library

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IMACS Free Math and Logic Class Boca Raton. Ages 6-11. Opportunity for parents to observe their children in a classroom and see how their children perform, think and respond to new ideas in this fun one-hour class. 4:15 p.m. IMACS Boca Raton, 23172 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive Boca Raton. RSVP. 561-470-1178 or imacs.org Preschool Story Time. Dinosaur Day. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 4 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-655-2776 or fourarts.org Craft Time Program. Ages 4 and up. Story and craft. 4 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month. Highland Beach Municipal Library, 3618 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach. Free. 561-278-5455

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Campfire and Night Hike. Explore the park at dusk. Marshmallow roasting following the night hike. 7:30-9 p.m. third Friday of every month. Meet at the Arch Creek Museum, 1855 NE 135th St., North Miami. $6. RSVP. 305-944-6111 or miamidade.gov After School Storytime. Ages 5-12. Books, games, craft and movie. 4 p.m. Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-375-2665 Target Free Third Friday. The Miami Children’s Museum is free every third Friday of the month. Due to space, no strollers please. 3-9 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. 305-3735437 ext. 100 or ext. 145

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ArtsPark Funtastic Fridays And Movie Night. “Annie.” Bounce house, face painters and more.

5-8 p.m. Movie begins at 8 p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. 954-921-3500 or visithollywoodfl.org Movies on the Lawn. “The Lorax” in 3D. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. 7 p.m. third Friday of every month. The Great Lawn, Corner of Atlantic and Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach. Free. 954-786-4111 Animation Fascination. Use the traditional technique of zoetrope and flip books to create animations. Included with museum admission. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-4240085 or YoungAtArtMuseum.org Open Chess. 5-7 p.m. Fridays. Plantation Library, 501 N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-797-2145 or plantation. org/Library Live Music at Mickel. Jam Port Authority Rock, Funk and Jazz. 7-9 p.m. Mickel Park, 2675 NW 7th Ave., Wilton Manors. Free. 954-390-2130

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Music on the Rocks. Food Trucks and music. 5-9 p.m. Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 29 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach 561-600-9093 Concert Series and Food Truck Invasion. Music and food trucks. 5-9 p.m. 11600 Poinciana Blvd, Royal Palm Beach Evening On The Avenue. Music, food trucks, art, specialty vendors. 6-10 p.m. first and third Friday of the month. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Free. lakeworth.org

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Wings Over The Bay. Chicken wing competition, entertainment, bounce house and slide. 2-6 p.m. Cutler Ridge Park, 10100 SW 200 St., Cutler Bay. Free admission. 305-238-4166 or cutlerbay-fl.gov Sunny Serenade. Outdoor concert. Bring a blanket or chair. 7:30-9 p.m. Samson Oceanfront Park, 17425 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. sibfl.net

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International Festival. Food, crafts and entertainment from around the world. 1-3 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. Free. RSVP. 954-765-1560 IKEA Presents Design Squad Nation. IKEA challenge, egg drop, build a city, Maxflight Simulator roller coaster ride, and the third annual Bricktastic Buildoff. Call for schedule. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Museum of Discovery and Science , 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-463-IMAX (4629), mods.org, or mods.org/imax Moonlight Movie in the Park. “Jurassic World.” Bring lawn chairs or blankets. 7:30 p.m. Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston. Free. 954-3894321 or westonfl.org The Three Little Circus Pigs. Grades K-5. Comic retelling of the traditional story, presented by Atlantic Coast Theatre. 2 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. $7. 954-747-4646 Pony Rides. 9:30-11:30 a.m. third Saturday of the month. Sand & Spurs Equestrian Park, 1600 NE 5th. Ave., Pompano Beach. 954-786-4133

IMACS Free Math and Logic Class Plantation. Ages 6-11. Opportunity for parents to observe their children in a classroom and see how they perform, think, respond to ideas. 1:15 p.m. IMACS Plantation, 7435 NW 4th St., Plantation. RSVP. 954-791-2333 or imacs.org One Beautiful World Family Beach Cleanup. Cleanup supplies are provided. Parking is free for One Beautiful World Beach volunteers. 4 p.m. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. one-beautiful-world.org/beach-cleanups Survivor Island. Ages 8 and up. Learn survivor skills and compete in challenges. Includes free boat ride. Register online or by phone. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Deerfield Island Park, 1720 Deerfield Island Park, Deerfield Beach. $8. 954-357-5114 or WebTrac.Broward.org Kids Night at the Museum. Ages 5-12. “Night of Gadgets.” Parents enjoy a night out while kids enjoy exhibits, crafts, pizza, popcorn and movie “Inspector Gadget.” Bring a pillow, blanket and PJs. Register online. 6-11 p.m. Young At Art, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. $35$40. 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org Free Puppet Show. “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Pre-K to 2nd grade. Good nutrition and exercise are stressed. 1:30 and 3 p.m. Weston Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston. 954-389-4321

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MacArthur Under Moonlight Concert. “Acoustic Calamity.” Folk and Bluegrass music. Doors open at 6 p.m. 7-9 p.m. MacArthur Beach State Park, Nature Center, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach. Ages 10 and up, $5. 561-624-6952 Minecraft Coding. Ages 9-12. Explore Minecraft code with iPads. 3 p.m. Glades Road Branch, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. RSVP. 561-482-4554

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Tamiami Trail Triathlon. Ranger-led Tamiami Trail Triathlon, a day of paddling, hiking, and bicycling. NPS Rangers will lead four, all-in-one day events. Reservations required. 8:30 a.m. and begin paddling at 9 a.m. Race begins at Everglades National Park’s Gulf Coast Visitor Center, 815 Oyster Bar Lane. 239-695-3311 or nps. gov/ever/planyourvisit/tamiami-trail-triathlon.htm

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Jazz in the Pines Concert. Refreshments available for sale. Bring blankets and chairs. 3-5 p.m. William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 NW 160 Ave., Pembroke Pines. Free. 954-435-6525 or ppines.com 4th Annual Celebrate the Arts Day. Performances, Graffiti Wall, free face painting, balloon and caricature artist, musical “petting zoo.” 1-5 p.m. Weston Town Center, 1675 Market St, Weston. 954-389-4321 or Westonfl.org

Victorian Tea Party with Ivy and Frank Stranahan. Celebrate Fort Lauderdale’s first school teacher and “First Lady” with high tea and private house tours on her birthday. 2 p.m. Historic Stranahan House Museum, 335 SE 6th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $25. 954-524-4736, info@stranahanhouse.org, or StranahanHouse.org

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Bluegrass Music. Included with park admission. 1-3 p.m. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach. 561-624-6952 Sunday on the Waterfront. National and regional recording artists along Flagler Drive waterfront. 4:30-7:30 p.m. third Sunday of every month. Meyer Amphitheatre, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach. Free. 561- 822-1515 or wpb.org/sunday-on-the-waterfront

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Feb. 5-7. Native arts, crafts, foods, music, Pow Wow dance competition and prizes, alligator shows and more. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Free. semtribefairandpowwow.com MIAMI INTERNATIONAL MAP FAIR

Feb. 5-7. Explore antique atlases, maps and books and interact with the dealers themselves. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Members $15; non-members $20. 305-375-1618 or historymiami.org WOOFSTOCK

Feb. 6. Entertainment, demonstrations, a lure course, rescue groups, canine contests, and food and retail vendors. The first 500 canines will receive a “Doggie Bag” of treats. All dogs must have a current rabies tag for admittance. Retractable leashes not permitted. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sawgrass Sanctuary Park, 237 N. New River Circle, Sunrise. Free. 954-747-4600 or sunrisefl.gov FORT LAUDERDALE GREEK FESTIVAL

Feb. 11-14. Greek food, music, dancing and culture, indoor marketplace, outdoor kids area with carnival rides and games, and other kids activities. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 815 NE 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $5. 954-761-3378 or fortlauderdalegreekfestival.org TRIBUTE MUSIC & FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

for kids, dance performances, more. 9 a.m.4 p.m. Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Free. lakeworth.org THE FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Feb. 13- March 27. Reenactment of Europe’s Renaissance period with food, crafts, demonstrations, games of chance and skill, rides, knight battles, a crafts village with more than 100 merchants and artisans, and hundreds of live performers, including sword fighters, minstrels and magicians. Each weekend has a theme, such as “Time Travelers Weekend” and “Swashbucklers & Sirens.” 10 a.m.-sunset, Saturdays and Sundays, plus President’s Day. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Adults, $21; children 6-11, $9. 954-776-1642, 1-800-3-RENFES or ren-fest.com

Feb. 13-15. Visual, culinary and performing arts by artists from around the world, including live music. Resident discount available online. Coconut Grove Exhibition Center, 2700 S Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove. Tickets start at $15. coconutgroveartsfest.com

Feb. 26-28. Over 250 displays, arts & crafts show, fine arts show, Native American display, strawberry festival, animal farm, bounce house, giant slide, rides and climbing wall. Saturday events include Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. and parade at 10 a.m. Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Davie Town Hall, 6591 Orange Drive, Davie. Old David School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. Free admission. $5 parking. davie-fl.gov

BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK FAMILY FUN FEST

Feb. 14. “My Fellow Americans.” Learn about the park’s connections to past presidents. Includes Family Fun Fest Junior with speciallydesigned activities for toddlers. 1-4 p.m. Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead. Free. 305-230-7275 or nps.gov/ bisc

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Feb. 11-15. Almost 2,000 boats displayed in and out of the water, showcasing powerboats, sailboats, personal watercraft and new-to-market accessories, open-air and closed exhibits, contests, sweepstakes and seminars. Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key. Tickets start at $20. miamiboatshow.com

Feb. 20. Theme: “Songs of the Everglades.” Wildlife presentations, interactive games, guest speakers, conservation exhibits, demonstrations, canoeing, music, food trucks and hiking. Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach. Free. loxahatcheefriends.com

LAKE WORTH FESTIVAL OF TREES

Feb. 13. Talks on butterfly gardening, proper pruning and the Lake Worth lagoon, musical guests, yoga, music and storytime

Feb. 20-21. Watch as more than 400 artists use environmentally friendly chalk to transform asphalt and sidewalks into living art. Live music, food and drinks, children’s creative areas and more. Free. Lake and Lucerne Avenues, Downtown Lake Worth. streetpaintingfestivalinc.org ORANGE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, PARADE AND RODEO

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Feb. 12-14. Arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, Saturday parade, and fireworks show. Main Beach parking lot, 149 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach. Free. 954-480-4429

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Feb. 11-13, 18-20. Food trucks, entertainment and music by tribute bands. Visit website for schedule and information. Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. 561-753-2484 or wellingtonfl.gov

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onstrations, make & takes, performances, unique activities, booths, strolling acts and more. Nominal fee for select activities and food. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Ages 16 and under, $10; adults free with paid child admission. sugarsandpark. org/arts-spark

Feb.19-21. Rides, food, carnival games, vendors and entertainment. Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End, Parkland. Free admission. Unlimited rides wristband, $25. 954-7574105

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Feb. 21. “Party on the J.” Classic car show, live band showcase, food, kids activities, raffle prizes, and handcrafted artwork by local artisans. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Johnson Street, 56th Avenue to State Road 441, Hollywood. Free admission. 954-993-6156 or Visithollywoodfl. org/events ARTS SPARK KIDS FEST

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Feb. 26-28. Western-style performers, live country entertainment, amusement rides, shopping, games, petting zoo, pony rides, gunslingers, food and drinks from local vendors, and more. Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 1-10 p.m., Sunday 1-8 p.m. Royal Palm Beach Commons, 11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. Free admission. 561790-5149 or rpbwestfest.com 14TH ANNUAL BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL

Feb. 27. Live music, kids rides and games, business expo, K-9 demonstrations, butterfly kite flying, magic show, fireworks display, and food and beverages. 1-8:30 p.m. Sabal Pines Park, 5005 NW 39 Ave., Coconut Creek. Free admission. coconutcreek.net/events FUN AND FIT AS A FAMILY FESTIVAL

Feb. 27-28. Family-friendly event allows parents and kids to learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle with Food Network personalities and renowned chefs. Food garden, beach sports, and interactive kitchen. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. $20. sobefest.com/ funandfit

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Events are subject to change CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM After School Club: Games and More. Board games and other activities. 3 p.m. Opa-locka Branch Library, 780 Fisherman St., Suite 140, Opa-locka. Free. RSVP. 305-688-1134 Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs and activities for toddlers. 5 p.m. Golden Glades Branch Library, 100 NE 166th St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-787-1544

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Monday Morning Story Time. “F is for Fruit.” 10:30 a.m. Stirling Road Branch Library, 3151 Stirling Road, Hollywood. Free. RSVP. 954-357-7550 Musical Storytime. Birth to 4. Songs, rhymes, stories and more. 10:30 a.m. Tamarac Branch Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac. Free. RSVP. 954-765-1500 Food Trucks At ArtsPark. Over 20 different trucks. 5:30-10 p.m. Mondays. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free admission. 954-921-3500 Tween Book Club. Ages 8-12. Book discussion, craft and treats. 6:30-7:30 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. Free. RSVP. 954-765-1560 Full Moon Drum Circle. Bring a drum or percussion instrument to the ArtsPark and participate in a guided drum circle. All skill levels welcome. 7-9 p.m. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-926-0204

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Preschool Story Time. Construction Day. 10:3011:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 4 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-655-2776 or fourarts.org LEGO Bricks. Ages 6 and up. Create vehicles or buildings out of LEGO bricks. 3 p.m. Wellington Branch, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington. RSVP. 561-790-6070

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Fun & Games at the Library. Ages 7 and up.

6:30 p.m. Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd St., Miami Beach. Free. RSVP. 305-535-4219 Meet the Musicians. Learn about great artists and make music of your own. 4:30 p.m. Daily. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Causeway, Miami. 305373-5437 ext. 100 or ext. 145 Preschool Storytime. 4 p.m. South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Free. RSVP. 305-233-8140

Sharpen your game skills by playing a variety of table games. 3 p.m. Culmer/Overtown Branch Library, 350 NW 13th St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-579-5322 Bilingual Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs and activities for preschoolers in English and Spanish. 6:30 p.m. Doral Branch Library, 10785 NW 58th St., Doral. Free. RSVP. 305-716-9598

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Hoops with the Cops. Play basketball with Hallandale Beach Police. 5-8 p.m. BF James Park, 777 NW 1st Ave., Hallandale Beach. 954-457-1466

IMACS Free Math and Logic Class Pembroke Pines. Ages 6-11. Opportunity for parents to observe their children in a classroom and see how their children perform, think and respond to new ideas. 4:15 p.m. IMACS Pembroke Pines, 750 NW 180th Terr. #101, Pembroke Pines. RSVP. 954-791-2333 or imacs.org

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15th Annual Taste of the Beach. Sampling of local food and drinks. Music, silent auction and raffle. 6-10 p.m. Freidt Family Park, Bougainvilla Drive, Lauderdale by the Sea. $45. lbts.com or president@ lbts.com Sharkey’s Storytime. Special all-ages event with Positively Africa in honor of Black History Month 10:3011:15 a.m. Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Free. 954-262-4600 Baby Lap Time. Ages 3-11 months. 10 a.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-797-2145 or plantation.org/Library

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Choose Kindness Movement. Ages 8-11. Crafts

ukulele owners. Beginners welcome. 6 p.m. Delray Beach Public Library, 100 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Free. RSVP. 561-665-1718 or tavitandlynn@gmail.com Royal Subjects. Grades K-3. Stories about kings, queens, princesses and princes, short film, and craft. Royal attire is encouraged, but not required. 3:30 p.m. West Boca Branch, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton. RSVP. 561-470-1600 Incredible Elephants. Ages 5 and up. Learn about the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, listen to stories, and make a craft. 2 p.m. Glades Road Branch, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. RSVP. 561-482-4554

and activities to help find ways to choose kindness. 3 p.m. Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. RSVP. 561-233-2600 Reading Buddies. Grades K-5. Children work once a week with a teen to read together and play literacy games. 4:15 p.m. Gardens Branch, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. 561-626-6133

response songs, and audience participation. 3:30 p.m. Gardens Branch, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. RSVP. 561-626-6133

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» exhibits for families INSPIRED BY

Feb. 7- 21. This open theme, open media exhibition asks artists to complete the sentence: “My work is inspired by_____________.” Coral Springs Museum, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. $6. 954-340-5000 or coralspringsmuseum. org NATURE CONNECTS: ART WITH LEGO BRICKS

Through Feb. 14. The exhibit by Sean Kenney features 15 super-sized structures in 13 different displays made out of nearly a half-million LEGO bricks, including a peacock, herd of deer, giant corn spider, and a monarch butterfly on milkweed. TuesdaysSundays. Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $7. 561-233-1757 or mounts.org PHILODENDRON: FROM PANLATIN EXOTIC TO AMERICAN MODERN

Through Feb. 28. Central and South American flora take center stage in Philodendron, a sprawling exhibition that charts the migration of tropical plants from their native habitats to North American and European gardens and interiors. The Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Adults, $7; children 6-12, $5. 305-5311001 DINOSAURS AROUND THE WORLD: THE EXHIBITION

INVITATION TO THE BALL: MARJORIE MERRIWEATHER POST’S FANCY DRESS COSTUMES

Through April 17. Exhibition focuses on intricate dress costumes that were designed specifically for Post when she attended elaborate charity balls. The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. $5; ages 14 and younger, free. 561-6557226 or fourarts.org

MAGIC & MAYHEM: THE ART OF ICONIC TOYS

Through May 29. Featuring toy collections of Transformers and My Little Pony, interactive art stations, merchandise displays, firsthand accounts by local collectors, murals, sculpture, photography, mixed-media works, and more. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie. $14; children over 1, $12. 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org

ONGOING MY GREEN HOME

Introduce the concept of energy and why it is important to conserve and use alternative and efficient technologies in our homes. Featuring renewable energy technologies such as solar panels and a wind turbine, it gives children a “hands-on” approach to learning important lessons on efficient energy. $18; $14 Florida residents; children under 1 free. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Causeway, Miami. 305-3735437 or miamichildrensmuseum.org THE MARY ALICE FORTIN CHILDREN’S ART GALLERY

Through Summer 2016: “Illustrating Words: The Wondrous Fantasy World of Robert L. Forbes, poet and Ronald Searle, artist.” 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.12:45 p.m. Saturdays. Free admission. The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-655-2776 or fourarts.org

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Through April 16. View 13 life-sized roaring, breathing dinosaurs. Learn about the latest paleontological research, discover and name a dinosaur, determine what colors dinosaurs actually were and more. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. $16.95; ages 3-12, $12.95. 561-370-7710 or sfsciencecenter.org

will have gathered the necessary clues and secret passwords to become a member of the Mindbender Society and add their portrait to the “Wall of Fame. Also, through April 28, enjoy the film WILD AFRICA 3D at the IMAX. In the film, water crafts wild Africa from its jungles to its deserts, conjuring up life wherever it journeys on its eternal continental cycles. Museum of Discovery and Science and AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. $14; ages 2-12, $12. 954-463-IMAX (4629) or mods.org

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Preschool Storytime. 6:30 p.m. West Flagler Branch Library, 5050 W. Flagler St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305442-8710 Toddler Storytime. 6:30 p.m. North Central Branch Library, 9590 NW 27th Ave., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305693-4541 Sand Exploration. Ages 0-10. Build with kinetic sand. 10:30 a.m. Daily. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Included in museum admission. 305-373-5437 ext. 100 or ext. 145

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lion mask craft. 12:30 p.m. Pembroke Pines/ Walter C. Young Resource Center, 955 NW 129th Ave., Pembroke Pines. Free. RSVP. 954-357-6750 Mommy and Me Yoga with Nipa. Ages birth to 1. Playful interactions and communication between parent and baby. 10:30 a.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. RSVP. 954-357-8585

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Free Music Concert. Cecilia Lauren & The Ocoee River Band. 6:30 p.m. Wellington Amphitheater, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. Wellington Food Trucks. 5-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Wellington Amphitheater, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. Free. foodtruckinvasion.com Preschool Story Time. Transportation Day. 10:3011:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 4 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-655-2776 or fourarts.org

IMACS Free Math and Logic Class Delray Beach. Ages 6-11. Opportunity for parents to observe their children in a classroom and see how their children perform, think and respond to new ideas in this fun onehour class. 4:30 p.m. IMACS Delray, 6200 Linton Blvd, Delray. RSVP. 561-470-1178 or imacs.org

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After School Storytime. Read books, play games, make a craft, and watch a movie. 4 p.m. Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-375-2665 Movie Night in the Park. “Jurassic Park” movie and Food Truck Invasion. Bring seating. 5-10 p.m. Goodlet Park, 4200 West 8th Ave., Hialeah. hialeahfl.gov

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Orange Blossom Kick Off Concert. Arts and craft vendors, bounce house, petting farm and food trucks. Food and beverages available for purchase. Bring blankets and chairs. 6-9 p.m. Old David School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. Free. davie-fl.gov

ArtsPark Funtastic Fridays And Movie Night. “Remember the Titans.” Bounce house, face

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painters and more. 5-8 p.m. Movie begins at 8 p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. 954-921-3500 or visithollywoodfl.org Tunes ‘N Trucks. CSN Songs. Outdoor concert series with food trucks. Music begins at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. 6 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. Free. 954-747-4600 Kids Night Out. Ages 5-12. Children will play games, make new friends, create arts and crafts projects, and eat pizza. 6-11 p.m. Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach. $10 per child. 954-786-4111 Celebrate African American Heritage Month. Learn the traditional symbols of African Adinkra, and stamp the symbols. Included with museum admission. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or YoungAtArtMuseum.org Family Hayride and Campfire Series. Campfire and marshmallow roasting. 7-9:30 p.m. Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3300 N Park Road, Hollywood. Hayride and s’mores, $3.50 per person ages 3 and up. 954-357-8870 Concert in the Park. 7-9 p.m. Mainlands Park, 4500 Monterey Drive, Tamarac. 954-5497-3620 or tamarac.org Friday Night Family Ceramics Class. $6 optional pizza dinner at 6 p.m. Place pizza reservation

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by the Wednesday of the week you are attending the class. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Community Center, 9000 SW 50th Place, Cooper City. $10 per family. Material fee per child, $10. 954-434-4300 #233 or coopercityfl.org

PALM BEACH

Free Movie Night. “Minions.” 7:30 p.m. Wellington Amphitheater, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. wellingtonfl.gov Beach Bonfire. Roast marshmallow around a mini bonfire. 6-9 p.m. Lake Worth Beach, 10 South Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth. Free. lakeworth.org Daddy Daughter Date Night. Dads with daughters ages 4 and up. 50’s theme with dancing and food. 6-8 p.m. 4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Call for pricing. 561-630-1100 or recinfo@pbgfl.com I Love My Crazy Hair Day. Ages 7 and up. Celebrate and read books about all types of wonderful, beautiful, crazy hair. 3:15 p.m. Gardens Branch, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. RSVP. 561-6266133

Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories. Storytelling, African drumming, dance, call and response songs, and audience participation. Call for time. Greenacres Branch Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres. RSVP. 561-641-9100 Also at Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. RSVP. 561-304-4500

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Big Cat-Nap Campout. Ages 6 and up. Real camping experience complete with sound effects, behind-thescenes tour with a zookeeper, animal encounter, campfire with s’mores, and Continental style breakfast. 6:15 p.m. Saturday to 8:30 a.m. Sunday. RSVP. Zoo Miami, 1 Zoo Blvd., 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. $60-$70. 305-2510400 or zoomiami.org/CatNap Stories On The Spot. Introduce children to impromptu storytelling. 3 p.m. Culmer/Overtown Branch Library, 350 NW 13th St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-579-5322 Fun French Storytime. Story read in French and practice French vocabulary. 3:30 p.m. Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111th St., Pinecrest. Free. RSVP. 305668-4571 Dr Seuss’ Birthday Party. Activities, storytelling, fun foods, and pictures with the Cat in the Hat. 11 a.m.1:30 p.m. Downtown Doral Charter Elementary, 8390 NW 53rd St., Doral. Free. cityofdoral.com Storytime. 10 a.m. Saturdays. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. 305-442-4408

BROWARD

Afternoon Movie. Ages 6-11. Popcorn and a movie. 2-4 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. Free. RSVP. 954-765-1560 Kids Fishing With The Pros. Ages 6-16. All materials provided. 10 a.m. Bass Pro Shops Dania Beach, 200 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach. Free. RSVP. 954-9297710 or basspro.com

Florida Renaissance Festival Fun Pass Weekend. Free admission for kids with South Florida Parenting Kids Fun Pass and paid adult admission. Festival features food, crafts, demonstrations, games, knight battles, sword fighters, magicians, and more. 10 a.m.-sunset. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Adults, $21; ages 6-11, $9. 1-800-3-RENFES or ren-fest.com ArtsPark Live!. Listen to live bands in the park. 8-10 p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. 954-9213500 or visithollywoodfl.org ReptiDay. Reptile show and sale. See live animals, purchase pets and pet products, and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals at live seminars and demonstrations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Universal Palms Hotel, 4900 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale. Adults, $12; ages 5-12, $5. reptiday.com Cokesbury UMC 2nd Annual Car Show. Entertainment, fire department demonstrations, food vendors, vendors, Salvation Army collections, animal rescue, and the blood bank. Tote bag given for each bag of non-per-

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ishable food items. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 5701 Margate Blvd., Margate. 954-979-9855 STEAM Engineering Challenge. Ages 8 and up. Design, build and test a model bridge. Kids will be presented a challenge to build the strongest bridge using simple materials while learning about Engineering. 11 a.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. RSVP. 954-357-8585

Celebrate African American Heritage Month. Learn the traditional symbols of African Adinkra, and stamp the symbols. Included with museum admission. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or YoungAtArtMuseum.org Movies in the Park. “Minions.” 7 p.m. City of Margate Sports Complex, 1695 Banks Road, Margate. margatefl.com Just for Kids Party. Princess & Superhero Party. Interactive event featuring Batman, Ironman and Wonder Woman as well as Ella and Anna for meet and greets and free pictures. Face painting and $1 Carousel rides. Children are invited to dress in their favorite princess or superhero costume during this magical event. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pompano Citi Centre, 1955 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach.

PALM BEACH

Naturalist Walks. Guided walk exploring the trails of Riverbend Park. Please register by 2 p.m. the day before. Please bring drinking water, sunscreen, and insect repellant. 8 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Saturday-Sunday. RSVP. 561-741-1359 or pbcparks.com Children’s Department Grand Opening. Interactive showcase of new items in the expanded Children’s Department, entertainment, refreshments, and giveaways. 10:10 a.m.-1 p.m. Delray Beach Public Library, 100 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 561-266-0775 or delraylibrary.org Tattoo Day. Tattoo-inspired activities for the whole family, including a kids’ tattoo shop, a tattoo coloring station, and kite making and lantern building activities. Additional fees required for certain programs. Visit website for full program and pricing. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. 561-495-0233 or morikami.org/tattooday Archery Class. Ages 8 and up. Gear will be provided for this beginner course that will introduce the proper technique of shooting at a stationary target with a compound bow. 9:30 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 Indiantown Road, Jupiter. $10. RSVP. 561-746-7053 or pbcparks.com Dancing Under the Stars. Dance or listen to music by the Palm Beach Quintet. 7-9 p.m. Veterans Plaza at City Hall, 10500 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. Free. pbgfl.com

Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories. Storytelling, African drumming, dance, call and response songs, and audience participation. Call for time. Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. RSVP. 561-233-2600 Also at Okeechobee Boulevard Library, 5689 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. RSVP. 561-233-1880

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Art in the Park with Marie. Toddler-8. Free art program. Activity changes monthly. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 305-673-7256 Sunday Family 4-Pack. Four 1-hour timed-play game cards plus a large 1-topping pizza for $39.99. 1 a.m.-11 p.m. GameTime, 5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 330, Miami. 305- 667-4263 Dance Party. Move and groove with our best dancers. 11:30 a.m. Weekends Only. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Included in museum admission. 305-373-5437 ext. 100 or ext. 145

Florida Renaissance Festival Fun Pass Weekend. Free admission for kids with South Florida Parenting Kids Fun Pass and paid adult admission. Festival features food, crafts, demonstrations, games, knight battles, sword fighters, magicians, and more. 10 a.m.-sunset. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Adults, $21; ages 6-11, $9. 1-800-3-RENFES or ren-fest.com Be Kind to Animals. Meet a featured animal. 11 a.m. Sundays. Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. Donations appreciated. 954-752-9453 or sawgrassnaturecenter.org

PALM BEACH

Naturalist Walks. Guided walk exploring the trails of Riverbend Park. Please register by 2 p.m. the day before. Please bring drinking water, sunscreen, and insect repellant. 8 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Saturday-Sunday. RSVP. 561-741-1359 or pbcparks.com Recycling Artists. Ages 5-9. Make art pieces with recycled materials and found objects in nature. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Resident, $10-$12.50. 561-347-3900 or sugarsandpark.org Archery Class. Ages 8 and up. Gear will be provided for this beginner course that will introduce the proper technique of shooting at a stationary target with a compound bow. 9:30 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 Indiantown Road, Jupiter. $10. RSVP. 561-746-7053 or pbcparks.com Musical Matinee. “Grace & the Victory Riders Trio.” 2 p.m. Delray Beach Public Library, 100 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. $20. 561-266-0775 or delraylibrary.org Fitness in the Park. Free fitness class. 10 a.m. Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. 561-865-4613

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After School Club: Games and More. Read books, play games, make a craft, and watch a movie. 3 p.m. Opa-locka Branch Library, 780 Fisherman St., Suite 140, Opa-locka. Free. RSVP. 305-688-1134 Sharing Stories. Read aloud stories. 11 a.m. Country Walk Branch Library, 15433 SW 137th Ave., Miami. Free. 786-293-4577 Toddler Storytime. 11 a.m. Allapattah Branch Library, 1799 NW 35th St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305638-6086

BROWARD

Food Trucks At ArtsPark. Over 20 different trucks. 5:30-10 p.m. Mondays. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free admission. 954-921-3500 Crafty Kids. Ages 6-11. African mask craft. 7 p.m. South Regional/BC College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Free. RSVP. 954-201-8825 Musical Storytime. Birth-4. Songs, rhymes, stories and more. 10:30 a.m. Tamarac Branch Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac. Free. RSVP. 954-765-1500 Toddler Time Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Imperial Point Branch Library, 5985 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Free. RSVP. 954-357-6530

PALM BEACH

Preschool Story Time. Celebrate World Read Aloud Day (WRAD). 10:30-11:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 4 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-655-2776 or fourarts.org Main Street Entertainment. Live entertainment on Main Street. 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. 561-865-4613 or delraymarket.com Seuss Time. Ages 5-8. Stories by Dr. Seuss, silly songs and a craft. 4 p.m. West Boynton Branch, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach. RSVP. 561-734-5556

BROWARD

4th Sundays Beach Entertainment Series. Motowners band performs. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy music at the beach. 2-5 p.m. South City Beach Park, 1870 S. Ocean Drive, Hallandale Beach. 954-457-1452. Free. hallandalebeachfl.gov

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