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In Egypt, ancient secrets meet modern science

A new exhibit opens at the Museum of Discovery & Science this month: “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science.” The threemonth exhibit shows how archaeologists use technology to uncover and understand ancient civilizations. The show’s interactive challenges and artifacts, such as a real human mummy and animal mummies, plus scans and reconstructions, will help visitors understand ancient Egypt, its culture and its people. The exhibit also features video interviews and photographs of real scientists working in Egypt. Learn more at

Talk about having history: The Florida Renaissance Festival celebrates its 25th season this year from Feb. 11 to March 26 at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. The festival is a treasure trove of activities for children and families, with a Kid’s Kingdom and storytelling, plays, sword fighting, jousts, horses, knights, magic and music throughout the festival. Families can dress up as Renaissance royalty, pirates, fairies or knights and join in the fun from 10 a.m. to sunset every Saturday and Sunday. An aerial high-wire show by The Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean is joining the festival this year, and many crowd favorites are returning. Pirates shoot cannons into the lake, mounted knights joust and falconers show off the talents of their winged friends several times a day during the fest’s seven weekends. Each weekend has a different theme, including (in order) Pirates’ Weekend, Time Travelers’ Weekend (which includes Presidents Day on Feb. 20), Masquerade, Wenches, Taste of FLARF (Florida Renaissance Festival), Celtic Weekend, and Vikings and Barbarians. Feb. 18 and 19 are also South Florida Parenting Kids Fun Pass days, so kids ages 6-11 with a Fun Pass get in free with a paid adult admission (a $9 value). And on Presidents Day, Feb. 20, all kids under 12, senior citizens and teachers with ID get in free before noon. Inside the festival, the shows and performances are free, and they are scheduled on multiple stages throughout the event. The fair’s vendors are entertaining as well, with glass blowing demonstrations, interactive candle making and Florida wine tastings. Themed encampments give visitors a closer look at various aspects of Renaissance life. Prices are $21 for adults at the gate and $9 for ages 6 to 11. Ages 5 and under are free. Discount tickets are sold at Walgreens, and season passes are sold online. Get tickets and information at Florida Renaissance Festival is also on Facebook, on Twitter @FlaRenFest and Instagram/flarenfest.

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Ear Tubes are effective in treating children’s painful infections BY YAMILET TIRADO, M.D.

Many young children suffer from painful infections of the ear. In infants, the symptoms of an earache include irritability or crying that cannot be soothed by rocking or feeding. Many young children with an acute ear infection have a fever or trouble sleeping or complain about pain or hearing loss in the affected ear. The most common type of ear infection is called otitis media, a condition caused by a blockage in the normal drainage of fluid produced in the middle ear, which is located just behind the eardrum. That fluid blockage can lead to an infection, a condition that occurs most frequently in infants and preschoolers, although it can also occur in older children. Some of the causes of earaches include allergies, colds and the flu, or an infection from the adenoids in the upper throat. Acute ear infections occur most often in the winter when colds spread more frequently among children. Fortunately, most earaches go away in

a day or two without medical treatment. You could apply a warm cloth or warm water bottle to the affected ear, or give your child over-the-counter ear drops or a pain reliever (not aspirin) to help your child feel more comfortable. But if the earache gets worse, continues for more than a day or two, or becomes a regular problem, you should contact your pediatrician. Your doctor can use an otoscope to look inside your child’s ears for signs of infection, such as redness or swelling. A hearing test might be recommended if your child has a history of ear infections. TREATING EAR INFECTIONS If your child has an ear infection, your doctor might prescribe a stronger painreliever along with antibiotics. However, antibiotics only work against bacteria and won’t help your child if the infection is caused by a virus. If the painful ear infections continue,

one of the most effective forms of treatment is the placement of tiny tubes in the ear drum to release the fluid trapped in the middle ear. This safe, well-established microsurgical procedure called myringotomy typically takes about 30 minutes. First, the otolaryngologist will remove any fluid that has collected in the middle ear. Then, a small tube is placed through the eardrum, allowing air to flow into the middle ear and equalize the pressure is on both sides of the eardrum. The tube also provides a healthy drainage channel for the fluid, reducing the risk of future ear infections and potential hearing loss. Most parents report good results from ear tube surgery, as their children feel better, have few infections and recover from illness more quickly. In most cases, the eardrum gradually heals itself, and tubes fall out on their own after serving their purpose. TIPS FOR PARENTS Here are some suggestions for reducing your child’s risk of ear infections: • Wash your child’s hands frequently (and do the same yourself). • Keep playthings and toys clean, using a disinfectant spray or wipe. • Avoid pacifiers. • Breastfeed because it reduces the likelihood of ear infections. • If you are bottle feeding, hold your infant in an upright, seated position. • Don’t smoke inside the home to minimize your child’s exposure to secondhand smoke. • Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date, including pneumococcal vaccine. This can help prevent bacterial ear and respiratory infections. Remember that most earaches will clear up on their own without antibiotics or microsurgery. But if your child suffers from a series of painful ear infections, see a doctor right away to determine the best course of treatment.

Yamilet Tirado, M.D., is a pediatric otolaryngology specialist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Hospital System.

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We know that food is a necessary part of life; we need it for our bodies to grow and function properly. But can some foods really prevent or even cure diseases? “Functional foods” claim to have various health benefits, such as reducing cholesterol and preventing cancer. You will find these claims on the packaging of items in stores. For example, a box of Cheerios says “you can lower your cholesterol 4% in 6 weeks.” So what exactly is a functional food? All food is functional as it provides basic nutrition. However, functional food is a class of foods said to provide additional health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Foods in this category are often given additional functions by adding new ingredients or more of an existing ingredient. FUNCTIONAL FOODS INCLUDE: * Conventional (non-organic) foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts. * Fortified foods such as orange juice with added calcium for bone health. * Medical foods such as tube feeding solutions or Glucerna nutritional drinks for individuals with diabetes. * Foods for special dietary needs like infant formula and gluten-free or dairy-free foods. Functional foods are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and claims made are based on scientific evidence. However, the health claims made on many product labels are a marketing tool, and many consumers are drawn to purchasing these items by marketing only. It is important to look beyond the front of the package and turn to the nutrition facts panel to see what is actually in the product, its nutrients and ingredients. nerals Many products are fortified or enriched, meaning vitamins, minerals nsume or other nutrients are added after processing. You may have to consume a lot more of a fortified product to get the same benefit of eating a food that naturally has these nutrients in it. in Include in your diet the following foods, which naturally contain functional ingredients beneficial for good health: Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which lower er n, and the risk of heart disease, improve brain development and function, reduce joint pain. Whole grains contain fiber to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and improve digestive health; look on the ingredient list to make sure whole grains are listed as the first ingredient. Beans contain cancer-fighting plant chemicals, fiber, protein, potassium and folate. Berries are packed with antioxidants, which prevent/slow oxidative ativ ve damage to our body and boost our immune system. Cranberry juice can reduce the risk of urinary tract infections. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which may protect against certain cancers. ancers. Yogurt contains probiotics, which help keep your gut healthy and nd protect your immune system. Nuts such as almonds and cashews have magnesium, which helpss owerr lower blood pressure. Almonds, walnuts and pecans can help lower cholesterol. sts off The most important thing is to eat a balanced diet that consists lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy. ssible. Food in its most natural form is best but is sometimes not possible. tain Aim to consume foods that are nutrient-dense, meaning they cont contain ient li ist fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals and do not have an ingredient list a mile long. FEBRUARY 2017 7

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4 ways to make food a part of your 2017 vacation BY EILEEN OGINTZ, TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY Red or green? That’s what everyone asks you in New Mexico restaurants. Translation: Do you want New Mexico’s famous red or green chiles? You can teach the kids a lot about the culture of a place through its food. Besides, it’s fun. Two-thirds of those polled for the 2016 Portrait of American Travelers say fine dining is important on vacation. Food is especially important for millennial families. MMGY Global’s Steve Cohen said at the TMS Family Travel Summit that 77 percent of those polled said experiencing new cuisines was a motivation for vacation. Chefs and hoteliers report that kids are often the biggest foodies in the family and turn up their noses at traditional kids’ menus once they are past kindergarten. “The families I see today have a whole different take on food,” said celebrity chef and hotelier Charlie Palmer, the father of four sons. “They are concerned about the quality of the food they are eating.” To that end, it’s up to all of us to help restaurants and hotels up their game when it comes to food for kids. If you think the kids’ menu is too limited, ask to order a half portion at half price or an appetizer portion. If the waiter balks, ask to speak to a manager. Award-winning San Francisco chef Traci Des Jardins wishes American restaurants would take a page – a menu page – from their counterparts in other parts of the world. “The United States is one of the only places in the world that has special meals for kids,” she said. “We are conditioned to teach kids to eat differently than we do and that is a mistake.” This is especially true when kids’ menus are not only pedestrian, but unhealthy, serving up processed, fat-laden dishes like macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers. Here are four ways to up your food game and encourage picky eaters to try new foods on your next 2017 trip: CONSIDER A CRUISE. Families tell me cruises offer the chance for kids to try all kinds of new foods, because if they don’t like something, they can simply order

something else. And at the bountiful buffets you can encourage them to sample something beyond pizza or a burger and fries (a curry, for example). According to the 2016 Portrait of the American Traveler, the vast majority of those polled who vacationed with kids – 88 percent – said food available onboard was influential in their cruise line selection. Just be mindful of the upcharges for specialty restaurants aboard ship. (Check to see if kids can go free, as those staying in Carnival Vista’s Family Harbor can, or at a reduced price.) VISIT A FARMER’S MARKET where you can chat with local farmers about what they grow and taste varieties of fruits and vegetables different from home. One of my favorites is the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco; Barcelona’s La Boqueria Food Market also shouldn’t be missed. The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles has been its city’s most extraordinary landmark since 1934 when 18 pick-up trucks drove onto a large vacant lot to offer fresh fruits and vegetables to families in the growing community. Let the kids help choose pic-

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14 Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Kids BY ALYSSA CHIRCO Valentine’s Day may be about passion and romance for some, but for parents, weekend getaways and romantic dinners for two are rarely on the menu. No matter how you celebrate with your significant other, be sure to embrace the fun that you can have with your kids on this special day, too. Ready to create some family-friendly Valentine’s Day traditions that include even the littlest loves of your life? This list of fun ways to celebrate with kids of all ages will help. 1. GET A SWEET START. Show your special sweethearts how much you care by preparing a Valentine’s Day breakfast. Use food coloring or berry juice to dye pancake or waffle batter pink, and then top your fluffy creations with sliced strawberries and whipped cream. Bonus points if you use cookie cutters to make the waffles or pancakes in the shape of hearts. 2. WEAR YOUR HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE (OR YOUR SHIRT). If you have a little girl who loves pink, this is the day for her to shine. Help her shop for a special Valentine’s Day outfit, and accessorize with heartthemed jewelry and hair bows. Not into cutesy and pink? Buy plain T-shirts and bottles of fabric paint at the local craft store and let your kids design their own Valentine’s Day fashions. 3. MAKE HANDMADE VALENTINES. Handmade Valentines may sound complicated, but with the right materials, they can be easy to make. Cut hearts out of colored construction paper and let your kids decorate them with stickers, glitter and candy conversation hearts. Short on time? Use this method of decorating to turn storebought cards into handmade Valentines. 4. SPREAD THE LOVE. In addition to giving Valentines to friends and family, spread the love further by delivering cards to a local nursing home or children’s hospital. Take your children with you so they can see how much the simple gesture means to others.

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5. WRITE LETTERS OF APPRECIATION. Take the traditional Valentine’s Day card one step further by sitting down at the table with your kids and writing letters of appreciation to the important people in your lives. Grandparents, teachers and long-distance relatives will all enjoy hearing how much your family cares. 6. GET HEART HEALTHY. February is American Heart Month, so use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to educate your kids about the importance of exercising for a healthy heart. Plan an annual family walk or bike ride, or crank up the love songs and get your hearts pumping with a Valentine’s Day dance party. 7. DECORATE YOUR HOME. You decorate for Halloween and Christmas, so why not Valentine’s Day? Make the holiday fun and festive by purchasing inexpensive decorations such as streamers, balloons, silk roses and heart-themed tablecloths at the dollar store. Invite your kids to help you deck the halls of your home with Valentine’s Day cheer. 8. PLAN A KID-FRIENDLY PARTY. Now that the house is decorated, invite some of your children’s friends (or just their stuffed animals) to a party. Find free printable templates for games like Valentine’s Bingo or Tic-Tac-Toe online. Decorate cupcakes or heart-shaped cookies with pink frosting and sprinkles. Make guests feel special by serving a sparkling pink punch made of equal parts pink lemonade and strawberry-flavored sparkling water in plastic champagne flutes. 9. MAKE CHOCOLATE-COVERED STRAWBERRIES. Even kids appreciate this classic Valentine’s Day treat. And if you buy a container of microwavable dipping chocolate, it’s one they can (almost) make without help. Dip strawberries into the melted chocolate, and then set them on wax paper to harden. Wrap up these sweet treats to give as a gift, or – even better – enjoy them yourselves.

10. GO ON A SCAVENGER HUNT. Create a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt for the whole family by writing clues on paper hearts and hiding them all over your home. Each clue should lead participants to the next and, finally, to a special gift or message at the end. 11. ENCOURAGE A LOVE OF READING. A book like Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You is perfect to read aloud on Valentine’s Day. Or introduce your family to Robert Sabuda’s Saint Valentine, which tells the story of the ancient Roman priest and physician for whom Valentine’s Day is thought to be named. 12. COMMIT RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS. Did you know that Valentine’s Day falls during Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb. 12-18)? Spend Feb. 14th performing kind gestures in your community. Smile at everyone you see. Deliver flowers to an elderly neighbor. Challenge your kids to see who can commit the most acts of kindness throughout the course of the day. 13. ENJOY A FAMILY DATE NIGHT. Skip the reservation for two and take the whole family out for a night on the town instead. Get dressed up in nice clothes and dine at a restaurant you all enjoy. End the evening with a horse-drawn carriage ride or a trip to an ice rink to skate together. 14. SAY “I LOVE YOU.” How often do you say those three simple words out loud? No matter how else you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, there’s no better way (or day) to let your children know how just how special you think they are.

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Love takes center stage with a Valentine’s Party BY CAROL J. ALEXANDER

Nothing celebrates friendship more than a Valentine’s party. With a decorated shoe box, a bowlful of conversation hearts and chocolate treats galore, friends can show the appreciation that is at the heart of the holiday. Preparation can make your Valentine’s party a memorable affair, and these ideas can help put your guests in the giving spirit. INVITATIONS Decorate your invitations with a heartshaped potato stamp. Better yet, use a heart-shaped punch and stamps from your scrapbooking supplies to cut heart shapes from red or pink cardstock. Punch holes in the top of your card about an inch apart, thread ribbon through them and tie. Tear pieces of red, pink and white tissue paper into small pieces. Glue on an outline of a heart to create a pretty collage. Write your invitation on a paper doily with a permanent marker. Roll up and tie with a ribbon. Using a paper doily as a stencil, spray

paint the lace pattern on card stock. MENU Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut slices of bread and create sandwiches your crowd will enjoy. Have two fondue pots for dipping. Make a cheese sauce for one and a chocolate sauce for the other. Dip cut-up vegetables, meat cubes, bread cubes or breadsticks, and meatballs in the cheese. Dip cut fruit, strawberries, pretzels or marshmallows in the chocolate. Cook shish-kabobs on the grill. Get out the punch bowl and serve punch made with a lemon/lime soda and strawberry sherbet. Create a vegetable platter and use a large, hollowed out apple or pepper to serve the dip. DECORATIONS Use red, pink or white carnations in random vases around your room or patio. Fill clear dishes with conversation hearts or red hot candies. Insert votive holders or tea lights in the center for theme-related candle holders. Hollow out bright red apples and use as votive or tea light holders to line a mantle. Use three apples—small, medium, and large—to create an apple topiary. Decorate them individually and then stack them in a flowerpot filled with dried greenery and baby’s breath. Place the largest on the bottom, medium-sized one in the middle,

and the smallest on the top. To keep them together, thread them onto a skewer. Use jars of different shapes and sizes filled with red marbles as vases for flower arrangements. Dress up the jars by tying a ribbon around the threads. Line your buffet table with cut-out hearts, heart confetti or rose petals. ACTIVITIES Set out a big jar of small candies like red M&M’s or conversation hearts. Have guests predict how many candies are in the jar. Give a prize to the person guessing the closest without going over. Have two stations set up — one for creating mailboxes from small boxes and the other for creating Valentine cards. Throughout the day, have children make a mailbox for themselves and cards for the other guests. When they go home, each guest takes home a mailbox full of cards. Play Pin The Heart on The Tin Man. Obtain or draw a life-size likeness of the Tin Man from the “Wizard of Oz.” Have blind-folded guests try to pin a heart on him in the fashion of Pin The Tail on The Donkey. Have a relay race with spoons full of red hots, candy hearts or even pink cotton balls.

Carol J. Alexander enjoys planning parties with her kids.


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The latest in parties -what’s hot and what’s notBY CHRISSIE FERGUSON


et’s face it: If there are presents, cake and a few best friends in tow, a birthday party is perfect in a child’s eyes. But as parents, we don’t always keep things simple. Instead, we go the extra mile to make sure our child’s special day is memorable and unique. Thinking of new ideas every year is not always easy, however. That’s why it’s important to be in-the-know about what’s trending in 2017. “What’s been popular for kids is whatever character they’ve fallen in love with in the first years,” says Jessyca Perez, an event coordinator and owner of “Events by Jess,” located in Miami. Mickey Mouse has always been popular with young children and “never seems to go out of style,” Perez says. But this year, parents are choosing theme-parties that feature Mickey with a twist, such as Safari and Nautical Mickey. Carla Tavolacci, an event designer with “The Event Group Design and Décor” in Pompano Beach, agrees that characters are still popular at parties. “Disney always has a hand in whatever the theme is,” Tavolacci says. “There are a lot of Disney movies that have just come out, [including] Trolls and Beauty and the Beast. So I can foresee a lot of tea parties.” Heather Cipriani’s Miami-based company, Fairy Tale Favorites, provides performers dressed in character for parties throughout South Florida. Cipriani knows firsthand that 2017 will be a popular year for the princess, Belle. “I am seeing less of the Frozen parties; the parents are tired of it,” Ciprani says. “The older princesses are coming out, especially Belle, because there is a new movie coming FEBRUARY 2017 |

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out.” Let’s not forget about the boys. According to Cipriani, “Star Wars” characters and superheroes continue to be all the rage. “‘Rogue One’ is obviously going to be very popular” this year for boys, she said. While movie characters will influence the themes of parties in 2017, event planners are predicting parties full of entertainment and activity. “They are shying away from the bounce house,” says Tavolacci – whose clientele includes stars who live in South Florida, “and they’re leaning more toward the interaction and interactive stuff.” “I’m doing a ‘Star Wars’ party in April, and we are doing a Jedi training,” Tavolacci says. “The activities keep the kids entertained, and the parents can actually relax and enjoy themselves as well.” Perez agrees that boys’ parties, in particular, will be more interactive this year. At a recent party, “we did a pirate theme and rented pirates and sailors and did a whole play with the kids,” Perez says. The characters from Fairy Tale Favorites, a company Perez uses, do interactive storytelling and songs at parties. “After they are done with their storytelling, they’ll do dancing games and freeze dance,” says Cipriani. “[The characters] do meet-and-greets and makeup and answer questions.” Jessica Lighter, a party stylist in Boca Raton and owner of Celebration Stylist, says unicorns and Trolls are on the trend list, as well as fruit-themed parties – “think watermelon, strawberries, pineapples or even tutti frutti. Another big trend is modern, bold black-andwhite parties with a pop of color. “Anything gold is still going strong, too,” she wrote via email. Hosting parties at unique venues is also the latest trend. A place like “Picolinos Farm” in Miami could be fun for a Safari Mickey party. Here, children can take pony rides, zip line and enjoy the petting zoo. Red Carpet Kids in Miami is a party experience trending straight from New York City. “The core of what we do is experiential, interactive events,” says Eva Shure, CEO and co-founder of Red Carpet Kids. “We have the world premier experience. We are trying to the get the kids excited about movies.”

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According to Shure, children get costumed depending on the movie in which they’ve chosen to star, and they act in front of a green screen, with pre-selected backdrops. The movie is then edited while the kids eat pizza and have cake. After the party, the show is premiered and all of the kids take home a DVD of their movie “premier.” Want to host a rad party on a Sunday? Check out “Ramp 48,” where kids can have hours of fun on the skateboard. Ali Mendia, wife of pro surfer Peter Mendia and mother to Kepa, a 10-year-old competitive surfer and skater, says, “Ramp 48 is awesome. It has big ramps, bowls and a street section. “It’s indoors, so you can go when it rains,” says Mendia, “and it’s good for all levels – beginners to pros.” Having the option of going inside during a party is crucial in South Florida. “Living in South Florida, you can’t predict the weather for your party,” Tavolacci says. “I always tell people to plan on [the party] being indoors, and if we can pull it outside, we will.” “And don’t plan on doing anything too big that you can’t fit [the party] inside,” she says. “Plan your guest count and décor around being inside.” If you’re on a budget, house parties are perfect. “It’s more affordable to have the party at your house,” Tavolacci says. “All the parties I am currently doing are at the client’s homes.” One can also save money by using Pinterest and Etsy. “Pinterest is a great forum for inspiration,” Tavolacci says. And with Etsy, “you make something that was not custom, custom. Even with invitations, you can print and cut out your own, which saves a tremendous amount of money.” If parents want florals at the party, “stick with what’s currently in season,” Tavolacci says. Doing the food yourself also helps with a budget. “Just getting all the party trays from Publix can be helpful,” she says. “It’s less work on a parent and costs a lot less.”

Chrissie Ferguson is a freelance writer, a middleschool language teacher and the mother of three young boys.

HOT THEMES FOR 2017 With the new Pokemon Go app, Pokemon is back Star Wars, particularly Rogue One New characters, such as Trolls Princesses such as Belle Mickey with a twist (Safari or Nautical Mickey) Swans and unicorns Just a color theme, like pale pink and gold

OTHER IDEAS Décor: Balloons are coming back (especially balloons with letters to spell out names) More customization and signage Twilight parties: 4 to 6 p.m. Interactive activities (i.e.-young Jedi training at a “Rogue One” party) Unique theme and/or venue

OUTSIDE-THE-BOX PARTY IDEAS Red Carpet Kids: Painting with a Twist: Ramp 48 Skate Park: Organic Movements Dance Studio: JoBella Girls Boutique (tutu and lip gloss/bath salt making parties): Sugar Sand Park: We Rock the Spectrum: Boca Raton Children’s Museum:

PARTY ENTERTAINMENT/ EVENT PLANNING Songs for Seeds: Trusted Party Rentals: A Fairytale Come True: The Event Group Design and Decor: Events by Jess: Celebration Stylist:


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Kendall Regional Medical Center presents

No Heart Is Too Small A Valentine’s Day Healthy Heart Celebration

Fun for the Whole Family!

Saturday, February 11th 11a.m. - 2 p.m.

Enjoy a day of Valentine treats and fun! h FREE Admission h Food and Drinks h Valentine Crafts h Sweets and Treats

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Bring your te eddy bear for a check-u up and have or blood it screened fo pressure, tem mperature and weight.

To register or for more information, call 305-222-2200 OR on at Wear Red

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Plaster Party, 305-752-7837


Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation 34725 W. Boundary Road, Clewiston, 877-902-1113

Billie Swamp Safari

30000 Gator Tail Trail, Clewiston, 800-GO-SAFARI

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

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

Everglades Alligator Farm


Cock-A-Doodle-Doo Petting Zoo, 561-676-4786

Fairytale Pony Rental

ACTION Action Town Family Fun Center 7925 W. 2nd Court, Hialeah, 305-647-3343 Miami: 305-231-1234 Broward: 954-359-5000 Palm Beach: 772-285-8989 West Palm Beach: 561-419-9379

El Loro Pirate Adventure

The Little Farm

401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-7600

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

iFly Indoor Skydiving

Spun Gold Equestrian Center

11690 W. State Road 84, Davie, 954-280-4359

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

K1 Speed

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

Serving the tri-county area, 954-428-8434

Miami Pirate Duck Tours

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

Wild Florida Productions

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


Monster Mini Golf 14435 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, 954-589-1878 9533 Westview Drive, Coral Springs, 954-526-5115

Art Thyme

Xtreme Action Park

Artists At The Falls

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

5300 N. Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954-491-6265 For an amazing birthday party your child will never forget, trust Xtreme Action Park to deliver the best in family entertainment! Our party packages are custom-made to provide unlimited access to our arcade games, bowling lanes, ropes course and of course multiple racing sessions for kids who crave back-to-back races with their closest friends. With all of the fun things to do at Xtreme Action Park, your child and invited guests will be guaranteed hours of fun and excitement that they will never forget.

X-Treme Rock Climbing

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

Ceramics On Wheels

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

Craft Gallery

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

13972 SW 139th Court, Miami, 305-233-6623

Craft Haus


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

Acts 2 Acres Equestrian Center

Joe Picasso’s

4000 NW 43rd St., Coconut Creek, 954-326-2528 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.

Animal Tales

Serving the tri-county area., 954-804-5055 Safe, fun and interactive animal shows for all ages. 30 or 60 minute options available. Great for parties and kid's events.

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

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

Plaster Castle

Serving the tri-county area, 954-742-5969

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

Flamingo Gardens

3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie, 954-473-2955

Frost Science Museum

1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami (Opening April 2017), 305-434-9600

Gator Park

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

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

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

Golisano Children's Museum of Naples

15080 Livingston Road, Naples, 239-514-0084 We love celebrating with kids and hope you choose to have your next birthday with us! C’mon offers a birthday party room for children of all ages and interests. Birthday parties can be scheduled on a weekday or weekend, during the day! Call us today for more information.

IGFA Fishing Hall Of Fame & Museum 300 Gulfstream Way, Dania Beach,, 954-927-2628

Jungle Island

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami;, 305-400-7000

Lion Country Safari

2003 Lion Country Safari Road, West Palm Beach, 561-793-1084, x-2270 Come celebrate your child's birthday with over 1,000 wild animals at Lion Country Safari! Our birthday package includes all day admission into the drive-thru safari park and amusement park, a one hour pizza party and much more. We know your guests will have a roaring good time!

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

14200 US Highway 1, Juno Beach, 561-627-8280 Come SHELL-E-BRATE your child’s birthday under the sea with Loggerhead Marinelife Center! Sea turtles, fun and more. Various packages available.

Miami Auto Museum

2000 NE 146th St., North Miami, 305-354-7680

Miami Beach Botanical Garden 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, 305-673-7256

Miami Children’s Museum

980 Macarthur Causeway, Miami, 305-373-KIDS (5437), x-100 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. To book your party, please contact Yanet at 305-373-5437 ext.112 or at


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Miami Seaquarium

4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, 305-365-2507 Make new friends when you party with Lolita the Orca, TV superstar Flipper, Salty the Sea Lion and all your marine animal friends. It's the no-hassle way to give your birthday child the party of a lifetime! Book your party today!

Monkey Jungle

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

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

Sugar Sand Park

Sparez Bowling Center

The Girls Strawberry U-Pick

Splitsville Bowling

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

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

Young At Art

Strikers Family Sports Center

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

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

Zoo Miami

Strikes @ Boca

5325 S. University Drive, Davie, 954-434-9663

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

21046 Commercial Trail, Boca Raton, 561-368-2177

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

NSU Art Museum

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


Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

AMF Boynton Beach Lanes

1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-547-WILD (9453) Palm Beach Zoo is a roaring good place for a party for kids of all ages! For birthdays or any special occasions. Packages include all day admission and you can add animal encounters and more. Space fills up quickly, so book in advance. Visit the private events section of our website or call 561-533-0887 x-217.


8031 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-691-9880 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!

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


AMF Davie Lanes

8200 W. State Road 84, Davie, 954-473-8822

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

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

Diamond Strike Lanes

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

4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, 561-832-1988

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

Sawgrass Lanes

23442 SW 57th Ave., Boca Raton, 561-477-6301

Little Chef’s Kitchen

4990 SW 72nd Ave., Suite 103, Miami, 786-458-2922

Mia Cake House

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

Sweet Life Cake and Candy Supply

Bowlero Miami


South Florida Science Center And Aquarium

Celebration Cake Design

1190 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach, 561-734-1500

8501 N. University Drive, Tamarac, 954-722-2700

12394 SW 127th Ave., Miami, 305-382-1089

Taste Buds Kitchen

14740 SW 26th St., Suite 207, Miami, 786-999-8629 Cooking birthday parties - Camps - Semesters and more! Culinary entertainment for ages 2 through 99. Give the gift of cooking to the budding chef in your life.

The Diva-Licious Cake House - Bakery 601 Heritage Drive, Suite 146, Jupiter, 561-308-8599




All Inclusive Party Packages Themed Party Options • Decor And Balloons Creative Art Projects • Guided Exhibit Visits Invitations • and so much more!

No mess at home! Let us do the work! Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Fat Screens

Belly Motions


8235 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, 305-663-1553

Hip Hop Kidz

13 locations from Miami to Palm Beach., 305-233-3555, 954-499-7729 Learn the hottest Hip Hop moves from your favorite music videos and TV shows. Entertaining and Interactive.

Smarty Fit Party, 954-708-4900

Universal Dance Studios

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

Zumba For Kids Parties

Serving Miami-Dade and Broward Counties Email: 305-519-0195, 786-973-7789

GAMES & ARCADES Adventure Miniature Golf 6585 S. Military Trail, Lake Worth 561-968-1111

Arcade Odyssey

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

My Gym, 305-305-1410

Mobile video game theater., 954-471-9456 17881 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-933-0496 6651 Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach, 561-961-8005 6504 N. State Road 7, Coconut Creek, 954-596-9010 2531 Coral Way, Coral Gables, 305-285-9440 2878 NW 79th Ave., Doral, 305-500-9688 11735 SW 147th Ave., Kendall, 305-270-0230 9775 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 954-382-0222 13920 Wellington Trace, Suite 100, Wellington, 561-713-2768


Nova Gymnastics

2608 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise, 954-845-8740

Game Ryderz

5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 330, Miami, 305-667-4263

2280 SW 71st Terrace, Davie, 954-476-3154

Game Xite

The Little Gym, 877-274-6484

Serving the tri-county area,

Monster Mini Golf 14435 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, 954-589-1878 9533 Westview Drive, Coral Springs, 954-526-5115

Off The Wall

4939 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, 954-973-3031

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

Tumbleland Gymnastics

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

Twins Gymnastics


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

American Twisters Gymnastics

Twister Gymnastics

6805 Lyons Technology Circle, Coconut Creek, 954-725-9199

Gym Kidz


3100 Airport Road, Boca Raton, 561-347-1888 2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7767 2038 NE 155th St., North Miami Beach, 305-944-4277 405 University Drive, Coral Gables, 305-460-5600

Dave & Busters

Kids In Motion 3000 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood, 954-923-5505 11481 NW 12th St., Miami, 305-468-1555

TumbleBees Gymnastics

11246 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, 954-344-1661

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

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

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


Make new friends when you party with Lolita the Orca, TV superstar Flipper, Salty the Sea Lion and all your marine animal friends. It’s the no-hassle way to give your birthday child the party of a lifetime! For reservations, call 305-365-2507 today. Party package includes a party area with decorations, kid-friendly lunch, personalized cake, costumed character visit (weather permitting), admission to all shows and exhibits and much more.





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

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

Book an amazing weekend party for 15 kids and receive $25 off or book a weekday party for 15 kids and receive $50 off your party. Parties need to be booked by 3/31/17 and take place by 7/31/17.

Just 4 Fun

5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 355, Miami, 305-763-8249 Indoor playground with gourmet restaurant. Open 7 days. Birthday parties, field trips and anytime family fun time.

Baby Stars

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

Ball Mania Indoor Party Place Bounce Play World

Cool Beans Indoor Playground & Cafe

11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., #3115, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-627-1782

Cool Corner Bistro

Gulfstream Park, 500 Seabiscuit Trail, #1050, Hallandale Beach, 954-399-9953

Cool-de-Sac Play Cafe

11401 NW 12th St., #E610, Doral, 305-477-5505

Little Divas Spa Party Place


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

Little Java's Family Fun Center

2750 Glades Circle, Suite 100, Weston, 954-888-6488 Active lifestyle, fun, indoor playground. Family time, baby/toddler play area, tweens exercise. Party time, events, rock climbing, adventure for teens.

Serving Broward and Palm Beach Counties, 954-698-5835


Monkey Joe’s


3868 N. University Drive, Sunrise;, 844-354-7767

Fun Bus

13017 SW 112th St., Kendall, 786-502-9307 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

Goin' Bananas

My Clubhouse Indoor Party Place

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

Funtasmic Indoor Party Place

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

15750 SW 56th St., Miami, 305-456-1485

Gulfstream Park

901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-0700 Cool Corner Bistro: Family-friendly dining, interactive play stations 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.

Joey’s Outback Adventures 10670 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, 561-204-4554 3491 NW Federal Highway, Jensen Beach, 772-444-3728 Hop on over to Joey's Outback Adventures with inflatables, arcade games, kiddy rides, toys, costumes and the best birthday parties ever! Carefree parties include a private room for 2 hours & hosts that serve your every need; tableware, a souvenir drink, a visit from Outback Joey & more! Customize your party with large party menu of kid's favorites and homemade specialties. Kids will have a blast from the first minute to the last.

Jump A Roos 20505 S. Dixie Highway, Cutler Bay, 305-238-5867 6830 N. University Drive, Tamarac, 954-721-5867

Jumpin’ Jamboree 6000 NW 97th Ave., Suite 1 or 2, Doral, 305-599-3288 4057 SW 152nd Ave., Kendall, 786-420-2420 Miami's largest indoor inflatable playground and party place.

Jump!Zone Party Play Center

10064 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise, 954-703-1330 Jump!Zone is filled with action-packed fun for the whole family!

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

Studio Center Recording Parties

8500 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, 561-740-9000 Birthday parties at the Mandel JCC are fun for kids and easy for parents! We offer dance, sports, gymnastics, pool, and so much more! Select a classic package and leave the rest to us or party your way by customizing your own! You can add on costume characters, party favors, DJ services, pizza, cotton candy and more! Go to for more information. Located at 5221 Hood Road in Palm Beach Gardens and 8500 Jog Road in Boynton Beach. For details and to book your party call 561-712-5227 in Palm Beach Gardens and 561-740-9000 in Boynton Beach.

1425A E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park, 954-281-5605 Private parties. Supervised, structured indoor play. Face painting, arts & craft, dress up.

Party Studio

Kydoo Kids Club & Cafe

Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches

EPD Occupational Therapy Inc.

1229 NE 37th St., Oakland Park, 954-563-2697

Rockstar Recording Studio

625 SW 1st Ave., Brickell, 786-456-9147

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

Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir

Kids Adventure

18505 NW 75th Place, Miami, 305-231-2525

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


My Gym Aventura: 305-933-0496 Boynton Beach: 561-961-8005 Coconut Creek: 954-596-9010 Coral Gables: 305-285-9440 Doral: 305-500-9688 Kendall: 305-270-0230 Plantation: 954-382-0222 Wellington: 561-713-2768

548 NE 42nd St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-776-2276

6157 NW 167th St., Suite F4, Hialeah,786-671-7246

Beakers & Bugs

Serving Broward County., 954-563-0259 Ladybug Lori delivers hands-on, science-themed parties combined with unique art! Many exciting choices. Take homes for each scientist.

Engineering For Kids Miami: 305-570-1243 Broward: 954-678-1516 Palm Beach: 561-558-4959

Frost Science Museum

1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami (Opening April 2017), 305-434-9600

High Touch High Tech

Serving the tri-county area., 800-639-7923

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

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

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

The Science Academy

Boca Raton/Delray Beach, 561-285-7552

SKATING Atlantis Skateway

3100 Jog Road, Greenacres, 561-964-4300

Off The Wall

BellaICE Skating Events

Planet Air Sports

Florida Panthers IceDen


Galaxy Skateway

4939 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, 954-973-3031 1401 Green Road, Deerfield Beach, 954-428-3386 8031 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-691-9880 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!

SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park

Portable ice rinks, 954-445-3749

3299 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs, 954-341-9956 7500 Southgate Blvd., North Lauderdale, 954-721-0580 3737 N. Davie Road Ext., Davie, 954-435-3300

Glacier Ice And Snow

4601 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, 954-943-1437 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

Kendall Ice Arena

The Wow Factory

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

5891 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 954-380-8600

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

Palm Beach Ice Works


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

Pines Ice Arena

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

Scott Rakow Youth Center Ice Rink 2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7767

Super Wheels Skating Center 12265 SW 112th St., Miami, 305-270-9386

Soccer Shots Miami

Choice Party Rentals

X-Treme Rock Climbing

Event Depot, 786-390-1828 13972 SW 139th Court, Miami, 305-233-6623

British Swim School

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

Extremely Fun

Swim With Mr. Blue

Fun Factory Bounce-N-Party

SPORTS Bases Loaded

The Swim Academy

Brazilian Soccer Training Center, 305-234-4555 Choose 2 of our party locations in Miami or we can come to your tri-county location. We have everything you can imagine to create your best event ever. Carnival rides, paddle boats, go-karts, ice skating rink, bounce house, rock wall, tents, table, chairs and much more.


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

4151 N. Pine Island Road, Sunrise, 954-616-5408, 305-417-1873, 561-508-8143 954-788-6899, 561-684-2220

Funtime Bouncers & More, 954-434-9797

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

Jumping 4 Fun Party Rental, 786-210-5680

20300 NE 24th Ave., Miami, 786-522-7577 Recreational and competitive soccer classes. 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. First class free.


Danny Berry’s Baseball Birthday Parties


A Kid’s Party Express, 305-883-1218

11155 SW 112th Ave., Miami, 305-281-0961

Florida Panthers Hockey Club, 305-825-2333

Mega Party Events, 305-971-8494

Off The Wall Entertainment Power Party Events

South Florida Bounce & Slide

1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7000

Awesome Bounce


Awesome Parties USA, 954-385-8511, 954-240-1930

Serving the tri-county area., 561-245-7100, 954-420-2942 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!

Mini Indy Cart Racing

Bounce House Broward, 305-234-4555, 954-907-5089

Ultimate Inflatable

Revo Soccer

Busy Bees Bounce-N-Party

10395 NW 41st St., Suite 101, Doral, 305-717-0020, 800-226-8623 786-303-5597, 954-937-5200, 561-330-8530, 954-275-2777

Ask for David or Jack

Now Serving Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties

Grand Opening! February 2017

Candy Land

Wipeoutt Wipeo Football Challenge



Excluding Small Bounce Houses

561-245-7100 • 954-420-2942

Cooking Birthday Parties Camps Workshops Adult BYOB Events Semester Classes 14740 SW 26th Street, Ste 207 Miami, FL 33185 786-999-8629


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A Fairytale Come True, 954-610-0165

Magin Music LLC

12668 NW 6th Court, Coral Springs, 954-803-8400 Celebrate your preschooler's birthday with a Sing, Play & Dance birthday party! Playing hits from favorite children's music artists and classic children songs, music specialist Stacy Magin will make the party a memorable one. Parties feature live guitar, instruments for the children to play, lots of fun props to dance along with and a bubble dance.

Anna Banana, 561-396-3644

Entertainment By “Hearts”

A Superhero Production



Gypsy Dreams Entertainment

Awesome Parties USA

Mr. Mike Raffone, 786-873-5613, 954-240-1930, 561-509-5304

Miami Party Entertainment

Kids Fiesta

My Magical Party, 786-704-4910, 954-438-4FUN(4386)

Ooopsy The Clown And Company

M & S Parties, 954-438-9977, 786-587-8557

Strawberry The Clown & Company

Miami Princess Party Company, 954-609-9809, 305-600-1635

Terry’s Face Painting & Princess Parties

Party Princess Productions

Serving the tri-county area., 305-519-0195 Best face painting, glitter and airbrush tattoos, songs and games., 954-866-4062


Trina The Mermaid

Email:, 561-779-7705

MAGICIANS A Magic Birthday, 954-720-1739

Magician Mitchell J. Davie, 954-914-4530

All About Entertainment, 954-433-7348

Merlina Magician and Storyteller, 305-258-3414

Aloha Islander Dancers, 786-390-9736

Roger Firestone

Aloha Islanders Hawaiian Entertainment, 954-873-0200

954-523-0923 or 954-822-7454

Sugar and Spice, 305-235-1774

Amazing Parties

We bring all the science supplies and all the FUN! Book Now! Dates are limited! 954-563-0259 |, 954-234-5643, 866-386-3046, 888-617-2202

• Creepy crawlers • Chemical Eruptions • Gem and Fossil Digs

Puppets To Go

Cesar Domico

Alisa G. & Co.

Ladybug Lori brings you engaging, hands on science themed parties!, 786-457-4410, 305-595-0007

The Amazing Tomaso, 561-523-2928

Captain Cartoon, 561-350-3218

The Magic Of Rober, 888-762-3704


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CallorText 305-519-0195

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

Choice Party Rentals

Little Princess Spa, 954-699-6630

Ali’s Sweet Treats

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

Pink Lemonade Girl's Spa

18673 W. Dixie Highway, Aventura, 305-466-6444

Candy's Cake Pops

Prissy Missy Spa

129 Weston Road, Weston;, 954-385-3030


Event Dept

Big Red Truck Events

Magical Moments Party And Events, 754-244-0263

Smarty Fit Party, 786-248-1801

Fantastic Fire Department, 561-914-8777

THEMED PARTIES: TEA PARTIES All About Entertainment, 954-433-7348, 954-708-4900

Amazing Parties


Hidden Tea Secrets

Celebration Stylist

Let's Have Tea, 954-205-4045

Giggles Kids Salon


Mini Divas Mobile Spa, 305-417-1873, 305-234-4555 Choose 2 of our party locations in Miami or we can come to your tri-county location. We have everything you can imagine to create your best event ever. Carnival rides, paddle boats, go-karts, ice skating rink, bounce house, rock wall, tents, table, chairs and much more.

FOOD 3350 NW 2nd Ave., #B26, Boca Raton, 561-544-0000 13873 Wellington Trace, Wellington, 561-557-5957

129 NW 13th St., Suite D-19, Boca Raton, 954-667-YUMM (9866)

Caramelo Caramelo

1560 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 104, Coral Gables, 305-595-0007 A candy boutique with wholesale prices. Come create your candy buffet! Choose from our vast variety of high quality candy in every color and flavors imaginable!

Carvel Ice Cream

9360 W. Commercial Blvd., Sunrise, 754-206-3550 Opening February 2017. Check for updates.

Cold Stone Creamery Catering, 954-592-8147

Creams & Dreams, 305-595-0007

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

6682 Parkside Drive, Parkland, 954-757-6512

Dairy Queen

2361 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, 954-755-0488

6923 Stirling Road, Davie, 954-584-8888

Gilbert’s Bakery

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

Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties, 954-649-6204 3340 SW 22nd St., Miami, 305-442-2427 5777 SW 40th St., Miami, 305-668-0366

Little Divas Spa Party Place

Veronica's Dollhouse

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant

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

7212 S. Red Road, South Miami, 305-662-2966

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


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A candy boutique with wholesale prices!


Come create your candy buffet! Choose from our vast variety of high quality candy in every color and flavors imaginable! Come today and share the sweetness!

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Little Java's Entertainment

15 feet Rock Climbing Wall 5 Point Obstacle Rope Courses Cannonball Zone Inflatable Obstacle Courses Bounce Houses • Arcade Zone



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Book your next Party or just come and visit for unlimited fun The Shop at Sunset Place

Mia Cake House

1739A N. University Drive, Plantation, 954-319-0939

Misha Cupcakes Coral Gables: 786-200-6153 London Square: 786-573-9700 Miami Lakes: 305-819-1889 Aventura: 305-792-5030 Pembroke Pines: 754-400-8380

Indoor Playground with Restaurant

Party Cakes by Shawn

Open 7 Days

The Cookie Bandit, 561-249-9094, 305-450-5692

The Cupcake Girl Miami, 786-487-6481

Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream

Many Birthday Packages to choose from, 855-845-4928

Two Fat Cookies

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

CATERING & FOOD Big Cheese Italian Restaurant

8080 SW 67th Ave., Miami;, 305-662-6855

20% OFF in birthday packages from Monday to Thursdays except holidays.

Blue Sky Food By The Pound 5751 Bird Road, Miami, 305-363-4762

Boca Joe's International Catering 3731 FAU Blvd., Suite 10, Boca Raton 305-647-2710, 954-446-7566, 561-901-5383

Brother Jimmy's BBQ

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

Chez Gourmet Catering, 561-740-9690

DD BBQ and Party Catering Serving the tri-county area., 954-587-3663


• Toddler Area • Playground Kingdom • Face Painting • Balloon Artist • Characters

Dominion Caterering, 954-437-8630

Domino’s Pizza

Multiple South Florida locations;

JC BBQ For Kids, 786-556-1920

Mama Jennie’s

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

Mr and Mrs Hibachi Catering, 305-790-0298

Original Pancake House

Full service restaurant with gourmet menu for the entire family

Appetizers & Soups - Salads & Pasta - Kid’s Favorite Choose from the Grill - Paninis & Sandwich Flatbreads & Pizza - Sodas, Wine, Beer 5701 Sunset Drive, 3rd Floor Suite 355, South Miami, Florida 33143

305-763-8249 • Regular Hours: Monday to Thursday 12:00pm to 8:00pm • Friday 12:00pm to 9:00pm Saturday 11:00am to 9:00pm • Sunday 11:00am to 8:00pm Summer Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11:00am to 8:00pm • Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 9:00pm

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Multiple South Florida locations.

Paella And Party Creations, 305-252-6669

Papa John’s Pizza

Multiple South Florida locations;


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

Pasta Party Miami

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

Pollo Tropical, 866-769-7696

Woody’s Burgers Catering and Events, 561-531-3734


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PLAYMOBIL FunPark 8031 North Military Trail Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Phone: 561-691-9880

FunPark Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 5:30 pm Sunday: 12 pm to 4:30 pm Last admission to the FunPark play area is 30 minutes before closing

Let’s Party at the PLAYMOBIL FunPark!


Celebrate Your Child’s Special Day with a 90-Minute PLAYMOBIL Birthday Party! • Activities and Games • Face Painting • Costume Characters • Goody Bags • Party Photo for the Birthday Child

• Hostess • Birthday Meal: - 2 Large Cheese Pizzas - Unlimited Lemonade

• Party Decorations • Party Invitations • Thank You Cards • Free Birthday Registry - 10% Off All Registry Items

Visit us online!

Get 10% off your PLAYMOBIL Birthday Party Coupon Code: “SFPBirthday 02-2017” Expires December 31, 2017 • Not valid on previously booked birthday parties • No substitutes Valid only at time of booking birthday party • Coupon must be surrendered at time of booking Only original coupons accepted • Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts Discount for birthday parties only • While supplies last • No rainchecks • Discount valid only on base package @playmobilusa


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2017 FINALISTS very year, South Florida Parenting


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Alexander Fair newborn - 23 months

Anais Ramos, newborn - 23 months

Ariella Striedinger, newborn - 23 months

Ashley Harder, newborn - 23 months

Ashton Marsh, newborn - 23 months

Austin Pouch, newborn - 23 months

Dereck Michael Brown, newborn - 23 months

Dublin Malkemus, newborn - 23 months

Dylan Botett, newborn - 23 months

Garrett Fink, newborn - 23 months

Jalani Cornish, newborn - 23 months

Jaxson Adams, newborn - 23 months

John Romano, newborn - 23 months

Korra Budham, newborn - 23 months

Kyle Smith, newborn - 23 months

Logan Huggard, newborn - 23 months

Luca Castellano, newborn - 23 months

Madeleine Malkemus, newborn - 23 months

Mckenzie Anderson, newborn - 23 months

Milos Rico, newborn - 23 months

Mireya Muentes, newborn - 23 months

Namiko McGee, newborn - 23 months

Nathaly Pena, newborn - 23 months

Ocean Chesney, newborn - 23 months

Quinn Salichs, newborn - 23 months


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Reese Schnaider, newborn - 23 months

Sarah Patto, newborn - 23 months

Sofia Nunez, newborn - 23 months

Tucker Bradford, newborn - 23 months

Zieg Oliveros, newborn - 23 months

Addison Siegel, 2 - 4 years

Aiden Walker, 2 - 4 years

Alexis Siegel, 2 - 4 years

Alyse Moonasar, 2 - 4 years

Bryon O'Berry, 2 - 4 years

Camille Adam, 2 - 4 years

Cayden Smith, 2 - 4 years

Chloe Montoya, 2 - 4 years

Elijah Rivera, 2 - 4 years

Gialyza Feliz, 2 - 4 years

Henry Fink, 2 - 4 years

Hudson Wolff, 2 - 4 years

Jace Wilson, 2 - 4 years

Justin Harder, 2 - 4 years

Kamani Knight, 2 - 4 years

Kayden Matthew, 2 - 4 years

Kayla Pridemore, 2 - 4 years

Khaylee Gayle, 2 - 4 years

Khris Griffin, 2 - 4 years

Logan Mendes, 2 - 4 years

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Makayla DeMassis, 2 - 4 years

Noah Delvalle, 2 - 4 years

Noah Mendes, 2 - 4 years

Olivia Calefate, 2 - 4 years

Prince Pollard, 2 - 4 years

Scarlett McKeown, 2 - 4 years

Sebastian Carrie, 2 - 4 years

Starr Lopez, 2 - 4 years

Tobias Cherisma, 2 - 4 years

Valentina Diaz, 2 - 4 years

Adrian Prieto, 5 - 8 years

Alexander Sanchoo, 5 - 8 years

Amara Perovec, 5 - 8 years

Aniyla Garcia, 5 - 8 years

Ariana Moonasar, 5 - 8 years

Bailey Rains, 5 - 8 years

Bethany Ospina, 5 - 8 years

Brianna Brewster, 5 - 8 years

Demitri Pinto-Campana, 5 - 8 years

Gabriel Marcial, 5 - 8 years

Hayden Rodriguez, 5 - 8 years

Jayden McVay, 5 - 8 years

Kayleah McKinnie, 5 - 8 years

Lailah Martinez, 5 - 8 years

Layla Pierrette, 5 - 8 years


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Lexi Hurtado, 5 - 8 years


Makhi Talley, 5 - 8 years

Marlon Muentes, 5 - 8 years

Mikaila Fernandez, 5 - 8 years

Nailah Boyd-Taylor, 5 - 8 years

Noah Cruz, 5 - 8 years

Rebecca Hayes, 5 - 8 years

Siena Feigenbaum, 5 - 8 years

Sofia Santiago, 5 - 8 years

Soleil Knight, 5 - 8 years

Thomas Broadley, 5 - 8 years

Valentina Sicher, 5 - 8 years

Vanessa Dettmer, 5 - 8 years

Vanessa Manning, 5 - 8 years

ZuriAnn Lowe, 5 - 8 years

Abby Marquardt, 9 - 13 years

Ashley Taylor, 9 - 13 years

Bradley Stevens, 9 - 13 years

Christian Dettmer, 9 - 13 years

Elijah Testamark, 9 - 13 years

Emma Tate, 9 - 13 years

Jonah Chali, 9 - 13 years

Kyla Dean, 9 - 13 years

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ASK THE EXPERTS: THE WINTER FORECAST We are a month into the New Year, enjoying a fresh start, a new lease on life, and a vibrant energy to do better. Some simple tips can help keep our children and pets safe and healthy in 2017, while still also looking cute and stylish.


THE VETERINARIAN Want to keep your pets heathy this year? Make sure to bring your pet to your veterinarian at least 2 times per year. Pets cannot tell us when they are not feeling well, and veterinarians may be able to detect things that pets’ parents do not. Yearly bloodwork is important for catching and treating disease early. A physical examination gives veterinarians an overall idea about your pet’s health, but blood work will better detect organ function and certain diseases. Make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations, per AAHA regulations. It is important to protect your pet against easy transmittable and deadly diseases. Proper parasite control is also imperative. Monthly flea/tick and heart worm prevention is safe and easy. Fleas and ticks pass along many diseases. Heart worm is a serious parasite that targets your pet’s heart and can cause death. Know the local and seasonal plants and chemicals that are toxic to your pets. Keep your pet at the proper weight. Overweight pets are more prone to diabetes, degenerative joint disease and other diseases. Use natural supplements glucosamine chondroitin sulfate for joint health and omega 3 fatty acids for skin and cardiac health. Have your pet’s teeth cleaned professionally and maintain your pet’s dental health. Periodontal disease is the most overlooked disease in pets and can cause significant health problems such as cardiac disease, diabetes and systemic illness.

THE PEDIATRICIAN Winter is here, bringing a host of health challenges, especially for families with children:

The common cold. The winter months are the busiest months in the emergency room as we see a huge surge of upper respiratory infections. Parents should get ready to break out the tissues and humidifiers; this is the time of year when children suffer from fever, runny nose and cough. The common cold can be caused by many different viruses. Unfortunately, they all result in similar symptoms: sore throat, runny nose, cough and low-grade fever. The symptoms typically peak 3 to 5 days into the virus and take 7-10 days to completely resolve. It is important during these months to stock the house with Motrin and Tylenol and know the appropriate dose for your child’s weight. Influenza. The flu, also known as influenza, is caused by a virus that infects the respiratory system. Unlike other viruses that cause cold-like symptoms, the flu can cause severe illness and have life threatening complications. Along with runny nose, cough and sore throat, influenza causes high fever, muscle aches and extreme fatigue. It is estimated that 5-20 percent of the U.S. population will suffer from the flu this year, and over 200,000 people will be hospitalized because of complications. Unlike with the common cold, we have medication to help shorten the duration of the virus, but it must be started in the first 24-48 hours of symptoms. The best way to protect your family is to get annual flu shots. RSV. Respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV, is the leading cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) in children younger than 1. This respiratory virus can cause symptoms ranging from runny nose and mild cough to more serious respiratory symptoms, such as difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. Newborns and infants are at higher risk for developing wheezing and dehydration if they become sick with RSV. Most cases can be managed at home with the help of your pediatrician. It is important to have your child evaluated to assess the severity of the illness and see if intervention is necessary. The best way to prevent your child from getting RSV is to practice good handwashing hygiene and to clean contaminated surfaces.


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The good, the bad, and the ugly BY PATRICK HEMPFING “Love you, Daddy.” My 12-year-old daughter, Jessie, slammed the car door and went off to school, toting her book bag, lunchbox and clarinet. I drove out of the school parking lot happy. Each day, parents experience numerous joys and challenges. In my 12 years as a stay-at-home dad, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly. “Love you, Daddy” provides a perfect example of the good. I never get tired of hearing those words. We experienced the bad earlier this year when Jessie had pneumonia. Any time Jessie is crying is also bad, which happened more this year because my wife, Mattie, took a new job in another state and Jessie had to leave her friends. Then there’s the ugly; Jessie learning to play the clarinet fits that bill. Early in August, Mattie and I registered Jessie for sixth grade. The middle-school receptionist handed us a course selection form and said to number the electives in order of our preference. Jessie wanted to take Drama I. Since she already excels in

“daily drama,” I didn’t see the need. In fact, I think she could teach it. However, Mattie and I approved Jessie selecting it as No. 1 on her list of electives. With Jessie’s preferred elective checked, we went through the rest. Robotics, no problem. Art, great idea. Beginning Band? Mattie wanted Jessie to learn to read music and play an instrument. Jessie had no interest. I could have gone either way. It’s amazing how three people in the same family can think so differently. Sadly for Jessie, she didn’t get into Drama I, her top choice. Beginning Band, however, is her first class each day. Little did I realize, things would only get more complicated when the band teacher invited parents to his classroom to discuss instrument options. The band director felt that Jessie’s mouth shape made the clarinet a good choice. That worked fine for me. I just didn’t want Jessie beating away on drums or clanging cymbals. Mattie envisioned her daughter playing the flute. Jessie didn’t care. We watched online videos of both instru-


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ments. Although the flute makes beautiful sounds in the hands of a skilled musician, videos of students making high-pitched squeals on the flute convinced us to choose the clarinet. Next, Jessie had to learn to play it. I’ve helped Jessie with her homework, but never before have I had to wear earplugs. As it turns out, the clarinet can also make high-pitched squealing sounds. We had just moved into an apartment, and I didn’t want to force our neighbors, or our dog, to listen to clarinet practice. So I took Jessie, along with my earplugs, to our truck to complete her homework. The first week, Jessie blew into the mouthpiece, attached only to the barrel (not the rest of the clarinet), for as long as she could – 5, 7, 10 seconds and more – emitting a loud unpleasant sound. I sat beside her in the truck, timing her as she repeated this exercise to improve her lung capacity and mouth position. I doubted that Jessie needed practice for her lung capacity, as she can speak paragraphs without taking a breath. As Jessie practiced, I squinted my eyes, cupped my hands over my plugged ears … and thought about the advantages of Drama I. Speed ahead to the winter concert. A proud dad, not wearing earplugs, sat in the school auditorium. The band director, with his little white baton, led the class of more than 100 students in an impressive performance. Months earlier, most of them couldn’t even name their instruments. This leads me to two key takeaways. First, I need to get myself one of those little white batons. They apparently convey special powers to get kids to obey instructions. Second, something might start out bad or ugly, but not stay that way. Jessie recovered from her pneumonia and loves living in her new home state. There were times I thought about hiding Jessie’s clarinet. However, just by hanging on, and sometimes inserting earplugs, the clarinet turned out to be good, too. Until next month, remember to cherish the moments … and take out the earplugs to hear “I love you.”

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Who’s your favorite? I absolutely love this question! As a 40-something-year-old woman, I still ask my mother this question. And ’til this day she never answers, just gives me the side-eye and a laugh (which TEANA MCDONALD I know means that I am). It’s a simple response for parents that have one child. But for those of us who don’t, it can be tricky, because deep in your heart you might just have a favorite, and you kinda feel guilty about it, right? Let me ease your guilt for a moment. When my little animals ask me this question, my response is simple. The one that is not getting on my nerves is my favorite right now. And we all know that it’s very rare when all of your kids are equally good at the same time. I’ve learned that it’s OK to have a favorite based on circumstances and situations. So, my son runs track and my daughter doesn’t, which

makes him my favorite track star. My daughter is in gymnastics, so she’s my favorite gymnast. But let’s be real, this doesn’t work all of the time, so I always choose my words carefully and wisely. Having siblings growing up always creates a sort of healthy competition within the household. There always seems to be a more dominate child who assumes the leadership role, and the others usually just follow. Growing up, I always assumed that role (no surprise there), and my little brother just followed. Which of course worked for me and made me feel (in my mind) like I was the favorite. Now that I have children of my own who are asking the same question, I’ve realized that the reason they are asking this question is because they want a little extra love, hugs or attention. And yes, being that I’m still asking my mom this question – the same probably goes for me. Since this is the month of “love,” let’s use February as the starting point of BIG

LOVE all year round. Now, I’m not saying that we don’t love our kids, that we don’t hug them, kiss them and buy them nice things. What I am proposing is scheduling dates with each child separately so they can feel like they are your “favorite” and like they are special. We take time to schedule dates with our friends, happy hours with our co-workers and dates with ourselves at the salon or nail shop. Let’s do the same with our kids. Take out that mobile device and let the scheduling begin. And remember, when they ask you “Who’s Your Favorite?” you say: “The one who’s not getting on my nerves” (with a smile).

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Kids who care: Goodness from within BY KAREN DEERWESTER, ED.S. Haters and bullies are not born that way. Neither are selfish, entitled children. We choose the values that shape who we are, what we think and how we act. Unfortunately, according to Harvard’s “Making Caring Common” Project, we may have been misguided. There’s been too much emphasis on happiness and achievement instead of on caring and kindness, particularly in affluent communities. And while we say we value kindness and community, children interpret our actions very differently. It’s never too late! Breathe. Pause. Feel. Start here.

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Start now. The pressure to give children the best, the “race to nowhere,” often creates that sense of entitlement or a sense that an ondemand life is “normal.” Young children live in a Me-Mine-Now world, according to “The Entitlement-Free Child,” but that doesn’t mean it’s developmentally appropriate to stay there. Children learn and grow by experiencing delayed gratification and age-appropriate problem solving – waiting for a turn, learning how to follow simple rules and recognizing how others feel and what others need. Caring starts with experiencing kindness, being loved, knowing you can trust that others are on your side even when there is conflict and disappointment. A SENSE OF SELF - A SENSE OF OTHERS A caring world begins with a healthy sense of self, one that comes from positive

attachment, a loving family, and a safe and secure home. Peace begins within and it begins at home. How do we create connections to other people and experiences? Time in. Children learn what matters most by where we focus our attention and our time. When children seem needy, reconnect in unstressful, uncomplicated ways – holding them, sitting close without using connected devices, walks, time in nature, time to daydream or tell stories. Connect the dots between feelings and actions. Help your child understand what to do with challenging emotions. (No one ever calmed down by being told to calm down. But everyone can use a reminder to breathe or to take a minute.) Children aren’t born with social-emotional skills, so they need help learning to think and feel at the same time. We teach children to express what they need and reasonable ways to get what they need. Once they


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stages » child understand their own frustrations and difficulties, they can help others. Does someone need help putting something together or encouragement to do it on their own? Even toddlers are wired to “read” people’s likes and dislikes and help someone in need. Focus on the person. Rushing through routines and errands can make people feel invisible. It starts with care-giving time (meals, baths, bedtime, school pick-up and drop-off), recognizing children are partners in daily actions. Then noticing the people who wait on us, who are our community helpers, who help the world to function, gives children a sense of place and purpose that they cannot create on their own. Express gratitude and appreciation daily. Talk about different perspectives. Imagine a world where children grow not expecting everyone and everything to be just like them. It’s inevitable that “my way” is sometimes different from “your way.” Children learn “morality” from the grownups around them – how to understand, communicate and problem-solve according to shared values such as kindness, patience, generosity, forgiveness. It’s as simple as saying that another child wants

a turn or that someone is sad, alone or frustrated, and then inviting your child to be part of a solution – “what can we do?” “Can you think of a way to help? Create hands-on, age-appropriate opportunities to give and help. Increase your awareness of how and where to help in your neighborhood and your community. Include your child in family rituals and routines of giving back and helping. By preschool age, your child will quickly see opportunities and strategies on her own – from birthday giving parties to weekly donations of food and towels to a pet adoption center. A FEW THINGS TO AVOID Just a word of caution and balance: No need for bubble wrapping and over-protecting. Learning to cope with “negative” feelings is essential to stepping outside of ourselves to see and help others. We can’t understand another’s hurt or loss if we never experienced anything that resembles it. Allow children to feel all emotions with the confidence that someone is always there to comfort and help. Don’t be a “happiness chaser.” The research is clear that focusing on happiness turns focus inward and makes us all

more “self-centered” rather than othercentered. Don’t make it all about your child. Yes, children need us to be their protectors and their best advocates. Still, focus on the big picture – family needs, school, community, even a global perspective (but keep it sincere, not just “children starving somewhere”). Children gain great comfort and purpose knowing they are part of something bigger than themselves. All of these give children a full heart to bring to others and to the world. Children, especially young children, need to know they are loved and cared for in order to care for others. They also need to grow in families where mom and dad’s needs and preferences matter, too, and where siblings and even pets deserve respect, care and attention. Start simple and watch kindness grow.

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Love Lessons for boys BY MARGARET SAGARESE Males as jerks, stalkers, sexual predators, cads – the past year featured terrible narratives about men, young and old. What’s going on here? It’s time to double down and give young adolescent boys some needed guidance about the opposite sex. Girls usually get all the “talk” about sex and relationships. Since mothers do most of the talking, it’s easier to have uncomfortable conversations about puberty and sex and lust with daughters. It’s not so easy with sons or sons who may be gay. Not that having “the talk” is ever going to be fun, but here are a few suggestions about what needs to be covered for boys. Both mothers and fathers can follow these 10 love lessons. At the very least, this is a template of where to begin. 1. Tell the truth about the smooth operator. There is no such animal. “When it comes to dating and girls,” says Dr. Andrew Smiler, a developmental psychologist and therapist, “I was clueless, but I couldn’t

ask for advice. Guys are supposed to know it all, and we don’t ask for directions.” In his new book, “Dating and Sex: A Guide for the 21st Century Teen Boy,” he emphasizes that all boys have lots of anxieties. This is a point that parents can reveal to sons. Then everyone can take a deep breath. 2. Expose the myth that males are always ready and eager for sex. Dr. Smiler says the idea that all boys are Casanovas – wanting sex with as many girls as possible and as many times as possible – is just plain wrong. Make note of this as you watch movies or television shows where the Casanova stereotype pops up. Look for examples of male characters who say no to sexual come-ons. 3. Prepare boys for inevitable locker room talk with a come-back. Sooner or later, every boy finds himself in a group where girls are being talked about in demeaning language. This kind of crass and sexist cruelty doesn’t just happen among athletes

in a locker room. It can occur anywhere there are boys or men joking around. Teach that silence is not acceptable. An “I’m not comfortable with this” will take courage. Boys need to learn that standing up for women, not staying mute, is what it means to be a man. 4. Watch expressions describing romance. Think and talk about how romantic relationships are worded. “Love is a battlefield” was raised to an anthem by Pat Benatar. Or referring to your girlfriend as your “ball and chain.” “Boy Toy,” a Madonna favorite. “Trophy wife.” Love is not a conquest, nor is it a prison. Sex is not a challenge to get past all four bases. Girls are not objects to be exploited, toyed with or used to add status. Talk about what is beneath these expressions. 5. The bottom line about words is that words are the essence of love. Talking to each other is how boys and girls get to know one another. Talking is how one communicates affection, companionship,

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stages » preteen and emotional support. Words are the romantic DNA of emotional intimacy – how romances and relationships work or do not work. Point out the error of the old wives' tale that men don’t like to talk about their feelings; they do. All humans do. 6. Getting Naked. Tween and adolescent boys are just as insecure about their bodies as girls are. There is pressure in sixpack abs. The fears go further, Dr. Smiler says. Boys worry about overall appearance or how a particular body part looks. The penis itself is loaded with OMG: Is it big enough? If a girl laughs at the sight of a penis, it could be just giggling nerves – a great piece of advice in his book, which is full of more. 7. Guilt isn’t just for girls. Feeling guilty after having a sexual experience is commonplace among boys, according to research. Guys have admitted that they felt used. Some didn’t like feeling as if they were out of control. Others admitted to being just plain embarrassed about an encounter. Having sex is a very complicated experience. It triggers many strong and complex emotions. Understanding this beforehand can help boys make better sexual decisions.

8. Hook-ups have baggage no matter what anyone says. This is a good place to bring up alcohol or any other drug taken before engaging in sexual behavior. Many young people – boys and girls – drink or take drugs to lower their inhibitions. They think this is an excuse for making a sexual decision, as in “I was drunk.” The blame game will not erase the fact everyone still has to live with the consequences of a decision. Do you know one of the biggest mistakes boys admit to? Smiler notes, “Losing one’s virginity in a classic hookup is one of the more common regrets that

dudes have.” 9. Consent. The issue of consent, especially non-verbal consent, has become the most controversial and confusing issue for boys to understand. You cannot talk enough about consent with your boys. They need to understand: a girl must give verbal consent before he moves further in an intimate situation. In films, eyes lock, body parts collide. Consent and condoms rarely are in the script. But life isn’t the movies. Point that out the next time you are watching a love scene. Tell him that hearing a “yes” is always necessary. Add that it can also be thrilling. 10. Rejection is unavoidable. Here is a big truth: Losing is part of loving. It is the risk. No one goes into a romantic relationship or a sexual situation anticipating feelings of rejection or the pain of a broken heart. Boys need to hear about the dark side of love and how to process it. Retaliation on the Internet with badmouthing or posting inappropriate pictures is not the way to go. Also, sending lewd photos of a minor is a crime. Being a gentleman entails losing in love graciously. These conversations are a tall order, but without them, how and what will boys learn?


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The Florida Renaissance Festival. Reenactment of Europe’s Renaissance period with food, crafts, demonstrations, games, rides, knight battles, merchants and artisans, and hundreds of live performers, including sword fighters, minstrels and magicians. Each weekend has a theme, and kids with the South Florida Parenting Kids Fun Pass get in free with paid adult admission on Feb. 18-19. 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.

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Saturday-Sunday, February 25-26 PALM BEACH COUNTY FREE Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. 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 Worth and Lucerne Avenues, Downtown Lake Worth.

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Sunny Isles Beach Farmer’s Market. Fresh produce and baked goods. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Town Center Park, 17200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach.

4 SATURDAY Discover at Deering. Wear old sneakers to hike through Cutler Creek for World Wetland Day. Ages 6 and up. RSVP required. $15. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. FREE Family Movie Night. “The Angry Birds Movie.” Bring blankets and chairs. Kid-themed activity at 7 p.m. Movie 7:30-9 p.m. Town Center Park, 17200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. 305-792-1706

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FREE Fashion + Art + Music Nights: First Saturdays. Participating CocoWalk galleries, restaurants and businesses will host artists, live music and promotions. 6-9 p.m. Grand Avenue, Main Highway, Commodore Plaza and Fuller Street, Coconut Grove. Sunny Isles Beach Farmer’s Market. Fresh produce and baked goods. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Town Center Park, 17200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach.

5 SUNDAY Bluegrass Festival and Acoustic Jam. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy live music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Park admission is $7 per car. 12:30-5 p.m. Greynolds Park, 18501 NE 22 Ave., North Miami Beach. Group Bike Ride. Ages 12 and up are invited to a family-friendly bike ride. Helmets and waivers required. $10 suggested donation. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. and stops during the ride for a food truck break and a yoga demonstration. Coconut Grove Metrorail Station, 2780 SW 27th Ave., Miami.

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9 THURSDAY FREE Walk and Talk: Caterpillars and Butterflies. Walk through the butterfly garden and learn about the native butterflies of South Florida. 12-12:30 p.m. A.D. Barnes Park North, 3401 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. 305-662-4124 Thursday Nights & Moonlight Tour. Narrated tram tours, lectures, sunset yoga and more. Adults, $25; Kids 6-17, $12; Kids 6 and under, free. 6-9 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables.

10 FRIDAY FREE Winter Stargazing @ Fruit & Spice Park. Explore the night sky. Bonfire, refreshments and storytelling. Bring a blanket. 7-10 p.m. Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. 8th Annual Daddy & Daughter Dance. Music, refreshments and a formal photograph. $40 per pair and $20 for each additional daughter; discount offered for members. 6-9 p.m. Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 SW 111th St., Pinecrest.

11 SATURDAY FREE No Heart Is Too Small. Valentine’s Day celebration features food and drinks, Valentine crafts, sweets and treats, pony rides, a bounce house and slide, face painting, games and a teddy bear clinic. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Kendall Regional Medical Center, 11750 Bird Road, Miami. 305-223-3000 Sunny Serenade Concert. Live music at an outdoor concert. 7:30-9 p.m. Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. 305-792-1706 FREE Artful Playdates. Children and families can explore learning through singing, arts & crafts and role-

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play. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami. 305-348-1911 FREE PAMM Free Second Saturdays. Handson activities and guided tours. 1-5 p.m. Perez Art Museum, 2203 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 786-345-5643 HistoryMiami Family Fun Days. Educational, hands-on activities and kid-themed projects. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Second Saturday of the month. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Sensory Saturday. Yoga, art and other sensory experiences for children with sensory processing disorders and their families. 9-11 a.m. Second Saturday of the month. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. $15. RSVP. 305-373-5437 ext. 100 Family Day on Aragon. Featured Film: “Mary Poppins.” Admission includes popcorn and soda. Second Saturday and Sunday of the month. 11 a.m. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $5. 786-3859689 or Oleta River Canoe Tour. Ages 7 and up. $28. 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. Second Sunday and fourth Saturday of each month. Meet at East Greynolds Park, 16700 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach. RSVP at 305-944-6111

12 SUNDAY Shalom Family Tu B’Shevat: A Celebration of Trees!. Families with children ages 1-6 and older siblings are invited to celebrate the Jewish Arbor Day. Seder, empathy exercise, library books and a puppet show. $18 suggested donation. 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Oleta River State Park, 3400 NE 163rd St., North Miami. shalomfamilyevents FREE Young Talent Big Dreams Auditions. Kids ages 8-17 can audition to compete in a youth talent contest for prizes including performing arts scholarships, cash awards, performance opportunities and more. 3-7 p.m. Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Mile Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.

FREE PJ Library Storytime. Children’s story and activity. 10:30 a.m. Books & Books, 365 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. 305-442-4408 Under the Moonlight Concert. J Street Revival performs Southern Rock music. $10 adults, $3 kids ages 6-9, free for kids under 6. 6:30 p.m. The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Miami. Family Day on Aragon. Featured Film: “Mary Poppins.” Admission includes popcorn and soda. Second Saturday and Sunday of the month. 11 a.m. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $5. 786-3859689 or

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14 TUESDAY Valentine’s Day Concert. Bring a picnic basket and blanket to hear the musical stylings of Nicole Henry while enjoying the ambience of the garden. Adults, $80; Kids 6-17, $25; Kids 6 and under, free. 5:30-9 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Valentine’s Day. Kids will make cards, learn about the symbols of the holiday, design a tissue-paper flower, try sweet treats and participate in story time. $15. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. $15. RSVP. 305-373-5437 ext. 100

15 WEDNESDAY Mommy and Me: When a Manatee is Sick at Sea. Learn about the Miami Seaquarium’s rescue and rehab program. Feed manatees, work on crafts and play a game. Ages 2-5. Pre-registration required. $10 per parent, $5 per child or additional parent. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. mommy-and-me FREE Lunch & Learn: Decent Exposure. Get tips from a professional photographer to take photos of animals. Bring lunch to eat shaded picnic table in the park. 12-1 p.m. Castellow Hammock Park, 22301 SW 162nd Ave., Miami. 305-242-7688

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17 FRIDAY FREE Target Third Friday at Miami Children’s Museum. Explore the museum for free. 3-9 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Family Fun Movie. Watch The Angry Birds Movie in the Banyan Bowl. $8. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Movie begins at 8 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57 Ave., Pinecrest. FREE Sounds of Little Haiti. Family-friendly cultural event features live music while Little Haiti offers art studios, restaurants, retail shops and venues. $10 suggested donation. 6-10 p.m. Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212-260 NE 59 Terrace, Miami.

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FREE Coconut Grove Bike Tour. Learn about the architecture of the neighborhood. Bring water, sunblock and a bike. Preregistration required. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Coconut Grove City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove. 786-346-3356

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19 SUNDAY Sunny Isles Beach Cultural Event Trip. Bus trip takes attendees to tour the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and the Miami Beach Holocaust Museum. $25 for residents, $30 for nonresidents. Bus departs at 9:15 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m. Sunny Isles Beach City Hall, 18070 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. 305-792-1706

FREE Tour of Freedom Tower and Museum of Art + Design. Learn the history of Freedom Tower and see current exhibitions the second floor. Third Saturday of every month. Limit 25 people. 2 p.m. Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design, 600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. RSVP to or 305-237-7700 FREE Kite Day. Demonstrations from kite-flying enthusiasts and adult and child kite-flying competitions. See hundreds of kites in the air and enjoy music, food and refreshments, bounce houses and more. $7 parking. 12-5 p.m. Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

20 MONDAY Turtley Rad Turtles Day Camp. Students can spend the teacher work day learning about marine animals. They will get a chance to hold a red footed tortoise and feed sea turtles. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Early and late care available. $50 per camper. Lunch included.

22 WEDNESDAY FREE Lunch & Learn: Unpopular Pollinators. The spotlight goes to the lesser known creatures that help pollinate plants. Bring lunch to eat shaded picnic table in the park. 12-1 p.m. Castellow Hammock Park, 22301 SW 162nd Ave., Miami. 305-242-7688

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

24 FRIDAY FREE Cultural Fridays. Enjoy music and discover works by local artists and artisans. 7-11 p.m. Last Friday of the month. Domino Park, SW 15th Avenue and 8th Street, Miami. 305-643-5500 or FREE Outdoor Jazz at MOCA. Free admission to the museum and live music. 7-10 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. FREE Food Trucks. Every fourth Friday of the month. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Road, Miami.

25 SATURDAY Oleta River Canoe Tour. Ages 7 and up. $28. 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. Second Sunday and fourth Saturday of each month. Meet at East Greynolds Park, 16700 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach. RSVP at 305-944-6111 Live Like Bella Superhero 5k Run/Walk. Dress up as a superhero for a day of fun and family activities, food, drinks, music and a 5k course through the zoo. Participants in this fight against pediatric cancer get free entry to the zoo for the rest of the day. Runners, $40; Walkers/spectators, $35; Kids 2 and under, free. Black Heritage Celebration Day!. The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center brings the history of the African Diaspora to life through dance, music and storytelling. The day ends with a parade. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami.

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contest for prizes including performing arts scholarships, cash awards, performance opportunities and more. 12-7 p.m. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Old Time Dance. Learn traditional American folk dance. $10 adults, kids 9 and under free. 6:30-10 p.m. The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Miami. 305-442-6866 FREE Art in the Park with Marie. Ages toddlers-8. Create something new each month out on the lawn under the shade of the Banyan tree. Supplies included. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Last Sunday of the month. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 305-673-7256

BROWARD COUNTY 2 THURSDAY FREE First Thursdays: Starry Nights. Light refreshments in the museum cafe, exhibits and hands-on art projects. 4-8 p.m. NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

3 FRIDAY FREE Outdoor Movie Series. Bring outdoor seating to enjoy “Annie” starring Quvenzhané Wallis. 7:30 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. 954-747-4600 Used Book Sale. Support Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Library. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-7972140 First Friday Food Trucks. A gathering of eats on wheels and live music. 5-9 p.m. Parking lot of Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. 954-473-2955 Family Hayride and Campfire. Preregistration and prepayment required. $3.50 per person. Children 2 and under free. 7-9:30 p.m. Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park. 954-357-5190

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9 THURSDAY FREE Concerts in the Park. Food trucks, bounce house and live music. 6-9 p.m. Old Davie Bandshell, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. 954-797-1166

10 FRIDAY FREE Movies in the Park. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch “The Jungle Book.” Movie concessions and glow merchandise will be sold. 7-9 p.m. Villages of Hillsboro Park, 4111 NW Sixth St., Deerfield Beach. 954480-4429 FREE Tunes & Trucks Concert Series. Bring lawnchairs and blankets to enjoy food trucks and live music by the Motowners. Food trucks 6 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m. Sunrise Civic Amphitheater, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. FREE Full Moon Drum Circle. All skill levels invited to bring a drum or percussion instrument to this guided community jam session. 7-9 p.m. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 N. Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-9260204 Full-Moon Forest Stroll. Night hike led by a park naturalist. Preregistration required. $5 per person. 6 p.m. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road S., Coconut Creek. 954-357-5198 Family Hayride and Campfire. Preregistration and prepayment required. $3.50 per person. Children 2 and under free. 7-9:30 p.m. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-357-8870.

11 SATURDAY Family Fun Day. Interactive art session and museum exploration for ages 3 and up. $4, presale. $5 at the door. 3 p.m. Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. events Eco Baby Expo. A gathering for parents who want learn and share ideas about natural parenting. Guest speakers, a mommy lounge and swag bags. $19.99+. 10:30 a.m.-

5:30 p.m. Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Love Fest. Find out how artists have used their mediums to express love. Create your own art to take home. Included with paid admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Young at Art, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. Outrun Hunger 5k. Feeding South Florida raises funds and awareness for the food insecure. $30 per person before Feb. 11. Music by Mike Sipe. Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. outrunhunger5k. Night Hike. Naturalist-led walk through nature. Preregistration required. $5. 6 p.m. Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach. 954-357-8884

12 SUNDAY FREE Retooled Workshop. Kids use recycled materials to make a themed craft. First 25 participants receive an IKEA gift. 4-6 p.m. IKEA Sunrise, 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. Andy’s Family Pasta Dinner. Event benefits LifeNet4Familuesm which provides food, services and referrals to those in need in Broward County. Tickets are $50 per adult and include one child under age 13. 4-7 p.m. Signature Grand, 6900 W. State Road 84, Davie. Coral Springs Farmers’ Market. Vendors sell fresh and organic product, herbs, flowers, baked goods and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ArtWalk, 9405 NW 31st Court, Coral Springs. FREE Dan Barrow Bluegrass Jam. Open mic acoustic folk and blues session. 2-4 p.m. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road S., Coconut Creek. 954357-5198

13 MONDAY FREE Wags and Tales. Children read to a therapy dog. 4-5 p.m. Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-262-4600

4 SATURDAY Reptiday. Repticon presents a reptile show and sale. See live animals, seminars and demonstrations. Purchase pets and products. Adults $10, children 5-12 $5, 4 and under free. Universal Palms Hotel, 4900 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale. FREE Family Fun Day and Car Show. Music, food trucks, an obstacle course, vendors, nounce houses and entertainment. Refreshments and some activities for a nominal fee. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sportsplex, 2575 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. FREE Flea Market and Bazaar. Over 100 indoor vendors. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave., Pembroke Pines. 954-4506888 Camp Lingua Open House. Early bird pricing, discounts and payment plans available at summer enrollment kick off event for language immersion camp. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Camp Lingua, 1200 S. Flamingo Road, Davie.


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5 SUNDAY FREE Flea Market and Bazaar. Over 100 indoor vendors. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave., Pembroke Pines. 954-4506888 Run for the Love of Love. Lucas Ryan Foundation hosts 5k run/walk along the Boardwalk to benefit the fight against cancer. $24. Kids fun run, $10. 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Charnow Park, 1500 N. Broadwalk, Hollywood. 954405-1000

t Watch the Adorable Baby Mexican Spider Monkey Explore Its World

15th Annual Coconut Creek 5k Butterfly Run. Run and walk. All kids 10 and under receive a participation ribbon. $1.50 per person gate entrance fee, children under 5 free. Registration is $30-$50 for adults 18 and over; $15 for ages 17 and under. 7 a.m. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek.

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» exhibits for families 30 YEARS SINCE THE RIBBON CUTTING. Feb. 1-March 10. Art incubators celebrates its 30th anniversary with an exhibition of Pre-Columbian art from the collection of FIU’s Miami Beach Urban Studios. Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. OPENING DOORS: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN ACADEMIC SURGEONS Feb. 1-May 6. Explore the role of African Americans as health care providers in the history of medicine. $10 per person. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW Fifth Ave, Delray Beach. LOST EGYPT: ANCIENT SECRETS, MODERN SCIENCE Feb. 4- April 20. Traveling exhibit shows how archaeologists use science and technology to understand the ancient civilization of Egypt. Museum of Discovery and Science, 402 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Exhibit admission is $16 for adults; $13 for ages 2-12; free for children under 2. SID THE SCIENCE KID TRAVELING EXHIBIT. Feb.11-end of May. Conduct experiments with Sid the Science Kid: oobleck creations, balloon races, marshmallow tower building and bottle rocket launching. Admission is $15 for

Florida residents. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway. Miami. THE DISCIPLINE OF NATURE: ARTCHITECT ALFRED BROWNING PARKER IN FLORIDA Through Feb. 12. Become familiar with the life and design of a modern architect known for designing more than 500 projects in his 60-year career. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. I AND I: THE POLITICS OF SELFLOVE Feb. 15-March 16. Several artists explore the relationship among the self, the “other” and political life. Opening reception Feb. 15 from 4-7 p.m. Broward College South Campus Art Gallery, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. CULINARY ADVENTURES, BRONZE SCULPTURE AND PAINTINGS BY LUIS MONTOYA AND LESLIE ORTIZ. Through Feb. 24. Two artists explore the world of food through larger-than-life paintings and sculptures. Virginia Miller Galleries, 169 Madeiro Ave., Coral Gables. CUBAN ARCHITECTS AT HOME AND IN EXILE: THE MODERNIST GENERATION Through Feb. 26. See original documents, draw-

ings, photographs, letters and more from public and private collections to examine the lives and work of mid-20th century Cuban architects. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. OUR BODY: UNIVERSE WITHIN Through April 23. Artful and educational exhibit consisting of actual human bodies and organs. The bodies, specimens and organs have been preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. $16.95, ages 3-12, $12.95. 561-832-1988 or sfsciencecenter. org WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS EXHIBIT Through May 2. “Artist Reflections” displays the juried work of twenty artists, channeled through watercolors, oil, pastels and mixed media such as acrylics and college. Boynton Beach City Library, 201 S. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. HI-TECH/LO-TECH Through May 21. Exhibit features an array of interactive technological artwork produced by contemporary South Florida artists. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie. $14, residents, $12. 954-424-0085 or




n nvestigate, explorre and discover a world ffull of ures! scientific adventu Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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14 TUESDAY Valentine’s Pineland at Night Hike. Naturalistled walk through nature. Preregistration required. $5. 6 p.m. Miramar Pineland. 4600 S. University Drive, Miramar. 954-357-8776 Kids Disco Party. Parents can have a Valentine’s date night while kids enjoy virtual adventure, a hair stylist, a professional DJ, pizza and more. $40 per child. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. SPORTACademy, 780 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale. 954-455-0460

16 THURSDAY Food Truck Invasion. A variety of cuisine and treats. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 5-9 p.m. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield.

17 FRIDAY Used Book Sale. Support Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Library. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-7972140 Kids Night at the Museum. Parents can have a night on the town while kids enjoy games, art activities, pizza and popcorn, and a screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2. Bring a blanket, pillow and pajamas. Ages 5-12. 6-11 p.m. $35 for members, $40 for non-members. 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. Family Hayride and Campfire. Preregistration and prepayment required. $3.50 per person. Children 2 and under free. 7-9:30 p.m. T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood. 954-357-8811. Night Hike. Naturalist-led walk through nature. Preregistration required. $5. 6 p.m. Military Trail Natural Area, 4600 NW Ninth Ave., Deerfield Beach. 954-357-5110 Scholastic Art Award Ceremony. Exhibition of Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention Winners. Included with paid admission. 7-9 p.m. Young at Art, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. Taste of Oakland Park. Demonstrations from local restaurants, live music, children’s activities. Adults, $10;









children under 12, free. Jacob Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park. 954-630-4251

18 SATURDAY FREE Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk. Market with vendor booths, a guided walking tour of the Mural Project, demonstrations. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street, Hollywood. 954-924-2980 FREE Pet Expo. Pet adoptions, pet costume contest, puppy kissing booth, music and carousel rides. Leashed pets are welcome. Noon-4 p.m. Pompano Citi Centre, 1955 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach. Model Train Rides. Functioning model stream train runs third weekend of the month. Parents must ride with children 10 and under, and pregnant women are not allowed to ride. $1.50 for rides, additional $1.50 for weekend entry fee to park for ages 6 and up. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. FREE New Parent Class. One-hour course prepares expectant parents. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Pediatric Associates, 9611 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. pediatricassociates. com

19 SUNDAY Model Train Rides. Functioning model stream train runs third weekend of the month. Parents must ride with children 10 and under, and pregnant women are not allowed to ride. $1.50 for rides, additional $1.50 for weekend entry fee to park for ages 6 and up. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. FREE Art & Culture Center of Hollywood. Admission is free the third Sunday of most months. Noon4 p.m. Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. 954-921-3274

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24 FRIDAY FREE Music on Main Street. All-ages event features food trucks and live performances. 6-10 p.m. Oakland Park City Hall, 3650 NE 12th Ave., Oakland Park. 954-630-4251


Meet at the south end of the main parking lot. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 Indiantown Road, Jupiter.



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Proceeds help support services for domestic violence victims. Complimentary breakfast and T-shirt for participants. Adults, $25; Youth ages 6-17, $26; Dogs on a leash, accompanied by a registered adult or teen, $10; Kids 5 and under, free. Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave., Davie. Camp Lingua Open House. Early bird pricing, discounts and payment plans available at summer enrollment event for language immersion camp. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Camp Lingua, 1200 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. FREE Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Show. Precious and semi-precious gemstone beads, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, hand-blown beats and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach.

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26 SUNDAY Tour de Broward Ride Run Walk. An event featuring activities for adults and kids of all ability levels benefits Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Registration fees $10-$40. Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar. FREE Coral Springs Farmers’ Market. Vendors sell fresh and organic product, herbs, flowers, baked goods and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ArtWalk, 9405 NW 31st Court, Coral Springs. FREE Jamming in the Park. Bring your favorite instrument and join in an acoustic music jam. 1-4 p.m. Fourth Sunday of the month. Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach. 954-357-8884 Victorian Tea Party. High tea, hors d’oevres and private house tours at a party commemorating the birthday of Ivy Stranahan, Fort Lauderdale’s first schoolteacher. Advanced registration required. $25 per person. 2-3:45 p.m. Historic Stranahan Hosue Museum, 335 SE Sixth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. FREE Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Show. Precious and semi-precious gemstone beads, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, hand-blown beats and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach.

FREE Florida’s Forgotten Wading Bird: Flamingo. Learn more about Florida’s American Flamingo’s

programming and design their own video game. Members, $15. Nonmembers, $20. 5-7 p.m. South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach.

resurgence from Dr. Frank Ridgley, zoo and wildlife veterinarian at Zoo Miami’s Conversation and Research Department. 7 p.m. FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach.

a blanket and catch a movie on a large inflatable screen. 6 p.m. Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 561-737-3256 FREE Wetlands & Wildlife. Guided ¾- mile tour of Florida’s wetland birds and ecosystems. Ages 7-adult. 8:30 a.m. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach.

10 FRIDAY FREE Family Movie Night. Free outdoor movie series. JTAA’s Jupiter Mustangs will be selling concessions. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Abacoa Community Park, 1501 Frederick Small Road, Jupiter. 561-741-2400 FREE Food Truck Invasion. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. 5-9:30 p.m. Abacoa Town Center, 1200 Town Center Drive, Jupiter.

4 SATURDAY FREE Jupiter Jubilee. Community gathers to cel-

FREE VSA West Festival: “Artists in Wonderland. Children with disabilities engage in the arts

ebrate Jupiter’s character, history and community. 11-5 a.m. Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail, Jupiter. 561-741-2315 FREE Bird Watching Tour. The Audubon Society of the Everglades hosts a driving tour in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District. First Saturday of the month and third Sunday of the month. Preregistration required. 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. STA-1E, Flying Cow Road and Southern Boulevard, Wellington.

with performances, workshops and exhibits. Preregistration required. 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. Tot Time. Toys, costumes, bubbles, crafts and snacks in an indoor playroom for ages 1-4. $5 per child. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. FREE Beach Bonfire. Bring ingredients for s’mores to enjoy by the fire. Music by Neil Freestone. 6-9 p.m. Lake Worth Beach, 10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth.

5 SUNDAY Make & Take. Kids can learn to make simple machines and build their own mousetrap car while supplies last. $5 per person. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. FREE Bird Walk. Take a two-mile walk over shell rock trails and grassy areas to look for birds such as Winter warblers, water birds and other woodland birds. Participants can return early if they can’t make the whole walk.

11 SATURDAY FREE Family Story Time Event: Happy Valentine’s Day. Arts & crafts activity and valentine exchange party. Bring Valentines to share. 10:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach.

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» theater, shows, & concerts BALE FOLCLORICO DA BAHIA Feb. 2. Observe the stylings of a 38-member troupe of dancers, singers and musicians from Brazil. Tickets start at $3. Lap tickets available for children 12 months and under. 10:30 a.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale.

WYCLIFFE GORGON Feb. 12. Trombone player and composer brings a New-Orleans style performance to downtown Boca Raton. Tickets start at $30. 4 p.m. St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. STEVE LAWRENCE SINGS SINATRA Feb.14. A musical tribute to Frank Sinatra and his music. Tickets start at $26. 8 p.m. A.W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.

HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE AKA “THE BAD BOYS OF JAZZ.” Seven brothers from Chicago’s south side play an eclectic style of jazz. Tickets start at $3. Lap tickets available for children 12 months and under. 11 a.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale.

MUTTS GONE NUTS Feb. 17. Comedy show features Scott and Joan Houghton and dogs who do more than your average tricks. Adults and seniors, $15; children, $10. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. aspx

MATHEMAGIC! Feb. 10. The secret of ancient magicians was really math. Explore mathemagic with internationally renowned magician Bradley Fields. Tickets start at $3. Lap tickets available for children 12 months and under. 10 a.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale.

BOCA RATON SYMPHONIA Feb. 18. Families interact with the conductor and orchestra and attend a live dress rehearsal. Kids can touch the instruments, meet the musicians and ask questions. Reservations required. Adults, $5; children, free. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Roberts Theatre at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton.

LOVE DOESN’T HURT Feb. 11. Forget Me Not Advocacy Group hosts a night filled with art, theater and fashion to raise awareness for teen dating violence. Art Serve Library, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Feb. 23. The award-winning musical group infuses South African musical traditions with gospel music. The artists will take questions from students throughout the show and encourage active engagement. 10 a.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale. ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER FAMILY MATINEE. Feb. 25. A performance will be followed by a Q&A with Ailey dancers. Tickets start at $29. 2 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. PABLO VILLEGAS: AMERICANO Feb. 28. Spanish-born guitarist is known for a sound so rich and full that it needs no amplification. $39. 7:30 p.m. Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID Feb. 22. The familiar tale of a mermaid who longed to live on land. Tickets start at $30. 8 p.m. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

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Ladybug Day. Ladybug release party includes crafts, face painting and a costume contest. Included with paid admission. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. New Shanghai Circus. The only Chinese acrobatic troupe to play Broadway comes to town. $10. 11 a.m. Duncan Theatre, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth. FREE Everglades Day. Enjoy free entry to the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach. Seining the Lagoon. Catch and release fish, shrimp, crabs and more in the Intracoastal Waterway behind Gumbo Limbo. Ages 10-adult. Members, $7; Non-members, $10. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-544-8615

12 SUNDAY FREE Bird Watching Tour. The Audubon Society of the Everglades hosts a tour of Belle Glade/Western Palm Beach County. Meet at Costco in parking area between Starbucks and Costco gas station to carpool. 6:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 11001 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. Sunday Family Movie. Watch “Ice Age 5: Collision Course” in the Maple room. $1 includes movie, popcorn and drink. 11 a.m. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton.

13 MONDAY FREE Preschool Story Time Event: Happy Valentine’s Day. Arts & crafts activity and Valentine exchange party. Bring Valentines to share. 10:30 a.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. FREE Floral Design. Ages 6 and up. Children can create floral arrangements. 3-4 p.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach.

14 TUESDAY FREE Music and Interactive Art. Bring musical instruments to participate in interactive music and art. Art

supplies for free. 6-9 p.m. Veterans Park, 802 NE First St., Delray Beach. 561-243-7350

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

FREE Joey’s Outback Grand Opening Celebration. Bounce houses, arcade games, a toddler zone, face painting, a magician, raffles and more. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Joey’s Outback Adventures, 3491 NW Federal Highway, Jensen Beach.

19 SUNDAY FREE Sunday on the Waterfront. Live music

17 FRIDAY FREE Fun Chefs with Stacey Stolman. Fun Chefs with Stacey Stolman. Reservations required. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2:30-3:15 p.m. and 3:30-4:15 p.m. 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. FREE Bird Walk. Meet at the top of the boardwalk for the Great Backward Bird Count. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach. Friday Night at the Museum. Movie, science experiment and a pizza dinner for ages 7-12. $20 for residents; $25 non-residents; $7 discount for each additional child. 7-9:30 p.m. Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. FREE Wetlands & Wildlife. Guided ¾- mile tour of Florida’s wetland birds and ecosystems. Ages 7-adult. 8:30 a.m. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach.

18 SATURDAY FREE Spady Living Heritage Festival. Celebrate Black History Month with music, food, demonstrations, games and more. 12-5 p.m. Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW Fifth Ave., Delray Beach. Pajama Jams Story Time with Miss Mij. Stories, music and pretend play. $5 per child includes carousel token. 10 a.m.- 10:45 for ages 18 months to 2 years. 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. for ages 3-4 years. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton.

on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. 4-6 p.m. West Palm Beach Waterfront, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach. FREE Bird Walk. Meet at the top of the boardwalk by the north side of the Lake Worth Bridge for the Great Backward Bird Count. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Snook Islands Natural Area, 100 North Golfview Road, Lake Worth. FREE Bird Watching Tour. The Audubon Society of the Everglades hosts a driving tour in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District. Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Preregistration required. 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. STA-1E, Flying Cow Road and Southern Boulevard, Wellington.

23 THURSDAY Sunset Canoe Fly-in. Meet at the main parking lot for a leisurely paddle through the marsh with stops to learn about Grassy Waters and see wading birds flying in to roost for the night. Bring water, hat and bug spray. Preregistration required. $10 per person. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. ase-grassy-waters-sunset-canoe-fly-in.eventbrite. com

24 FRIDAY FREE Beach Bonfire. Bring ingredients for s’mores to enjoy by the fire. Music by Future Prezidents. 6-9 p.m. Lake Worth Beach, 10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth. FREE Bird Watching Tour. Meet at Gate 5 for an easy walking and driving tour at the Dupuis Management Area. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 23500 SW Kanner Highway, Canal Point.

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a light walk. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach. Tour Florida’s Dry Prairie Ecosystem with the Audubon Society’s Dr. Paul Gray. Preregistration required. $4 per car. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, 33104 NW 192nd Ave., Okeechobee. FREE Downtown Boca Italian Fest. Authentic Italian food, wine and entertainment, plus face painting and rides for the kids. 4-10 p.m. Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Sea Fest For Kids. Family day on the waterfront with sea-inspired education and adventures for kids. Live music, storytelling, crafts, demonstrations, activities and kid-friendly food and ice cream. Mermaid and pirate costumes welcome. Adults, $10; children 18 and under, free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter. calendar/sea-fest-for-kids Seining the Lagoon. Catch and release fish, shrimp, crabs and more in the Intracoastal Waterway behind Gumbo Limbo. Ages 10-adult. Members, $7; Non-members, $10. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-544-8615

26 SUNDAY Benise in Concert: Spanish Days. Musicians and dancers take you around the world in this matinee show. Food and beverages available for purchase. Tickets start at $25. 2 p.m. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. FREE Music for Humanity. Florida Intergenerational Orchestra begins its 12th season in celebration of the “Dignity of the Human Spirit.” Doors open at 2:15 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 2:30 p.m. Show begins at 3 p.m. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, O’Shea Hall, 22094 Lyobs Road, Boca Raton.

FAMILY DEALS IMACS Free Math and Logic Classes. Ages 6-11. Opportunity for parents to see how their children perform, think and respond to new ideas in this fun onehour class. RSVP at 561-470-1178 or 954-791-2333. Feb. 4: 9 a.m. IMACS Weston, 2585 Glades Circle, Weston. RSVP. 954-791-2333 or Feb. 6: 4:30 p.m. IMACS Delray, 6200 Linton Blvd., Delray. RSVP. 561-470-1178 or Feb. 7: 4:30 p.m. IMACS Fort Lauderdale, 1750 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP. 954-791-2333 or Feb. 9: 4:30 p.m. IMACS Plantation, 7435 NW Fourth St., Plantation. RSVP. 954-791-2333 or Feb.11: 1 p.m. IMACS Boca Raton, 23172 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive, Boca Raton. Feb. 15: 9 a.m. IMACS Weston, 2585 Glades Circle, Weston. RSVP. 954-791-2333 or Feb. 16: 4:30 p.m. IMACS Delray, 6200 Linton Blvd., Delray. RSVP. 561-470-1178 or Feb. 18: 11:30 a.m. IMACS Plantation, 7435 NW Fourth St., Plantation. RSVP. 954-791-2333 or Feb. 23: 4:30 p.m. IMACS Boca Raton, 23172 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive, Boca Raton.

SATURDAY, FEB. 4 Special Needs Family Fun Night. Children receive 50 percent off admission to indoor playground. Socialize with families in the special needs community. Food and beverages available for purchase. Socks required for adults and children. Ages 2-6, $5.50. Ages 6 months2, $4.50. Siblings, $3.50. 6-8 p.m. Cool Beans Indoor Playground and Café, 11701 Lake Victoria Garden Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. P.O. Box 15719 • Tampa, FL 33684 72 |

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ONGOING MIAMI DADE Mondays 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. $18; Florida residents, $14. 305-373-5437 or

BROWARD COUNTY Mondays FREE Food Trucks At Artspark. Over 20 different food trucks. 5:30-10 p.m. Mondays. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-921-3500

Tuesdays FREE Tuesday Night Beach Dances. Movie,

FREE Adrienne Arsht Center Farmers Market. Florida-grown produce, prepared foods, workshops

dancing and more. 7-9 p.m. Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 S.E. 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach. 954-480-4429 or

with food writers and chefs, live music and cooking demonstrations. 4-8:30 p.m. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Wednesdays FREE Star-gazing. 7-10 p.m. Buehler Planetarium,

Tuesdays FREE Community Yoga. Bring a mat, towel and water bottle to enjoy some relaxing stretches and poses. 6-7 p.m. Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami. Go to

Fridays FREE Friday Night Food Fest. Live music, food for purchase and local vendors. Harris Field Park Large Pavilion, 1034 N.E. 8th St., Homestead. Little Lizards. Nature exploration takes a different theme every month. Ages 3-10. 1-3 p.m. $5 for park admission. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 S. Red Road, Pinecrest. 305-669-6990 or

Saturdays FREE Live Music. Catch different musical acts on each night when stopping by the Dolphin Mall’s Ramblas Plaza Stage. 8 p.m.- 12 a.m. Dolphin Mall, 11401 N.W. 12th St., Miami. Go to

Sundays Sunday Sounds at Fairchild. Live music performed by students of University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in the Glasshouse Café. 1-2 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Free with paid admission. Adults, $25; ages 6-17, $12. 305-667-1651


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Fridays FREE Family Fun Fridays. Free entertainment, and a different line up of activities and entertainers every week. 7-9 p.m. Fridays. The Village at Gulfstream Park, Champions Plaza, 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. 954-399-9953 or

FREE Artspark Funtastic Fridays And Movie Night. Bounce house, face painters and more. Movie begins at 8 p.m. 5-8 p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-921-3500 or

Saturdays FREE ArtsPark Live! Listen to live bands in the park. 8-10 p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-921-3500 or

View the Stars at Fox Observatory. View the night sky with the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association at the park’s observatory. Sunset- midnight. Call for prices. Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise. Gate entry $1.50. 954-357-8868 or

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

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

Wednesdays FREE A Walk on the Ashley Trail. See local plants and animals on this guided quarter mile walk on a natural trail. Children must be with an adult. 11-12:30 p.m. Gumbo Limbo, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton.

Thursdays Art After Dark. The museum stays open until 9:00 p.m. Special exhibitions, live music, films, tours, cash bar, and food. Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Adults, $12; ages 13-21, $5. 561832-5196 or FREE Wellington Food Trucks. 5-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Free concerts and food trucks. Wellington Amphitheater, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington.

Fridays FREE Friday Concerts. Various live music performances from Classic Rock to Motown. Weather permitting; bring lawn chairs, no pets or outside food and beverage. Food trucks and cash bar are available. Gates open at 6:30 pm; concerts start at 7:30. The Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. 561243-7922, ext 1 or

Saturdays Story Times. Stories, songs and finger plays for parents and children of all ages to enjoy together, included with Boca Raton Children’s Museum admission. 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. 498 Crawford Blvd, Boca Raton. FREE Wellington Green Market. Shop produce, artisan foods, and artists and crafters selling jewelry, handicrafts and other unique wares. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington.



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» fairs & festivals FESTIVAL MIAMI Through Feb. 17. Three-week festival includes more than 20 live shows including House of Cards in Concert, Emily Estefan, Dizzy Gillespie Tribute with the Frost Concert Jazz Band and more. Tickets start at $15. For schedule and locations, visit festivalmiami. com MIAMI INTERNATIONAL MAP FAIR Feb. 3-5. Explore antique atlases, maps and books and interact with the dealers themselves. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. $20. WOOFSTOCK Entertainment, demonstrations, a lure course, rescue groups, canine contests, and food and retail vendors. The first 500 dogs will receive a 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 FORT LAUDERDALE GREEK FESTIVAL Feb. 9-12. Greek food, music, dancing and culture, indoor marketplace, outdoor kids area with carnival rides, games and other activities. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 815 NE 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $5.



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TRIBUTE MUSIC & FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL Feb. 9-11, 16-18. Food trucks, entertainment and music by tribute bands. Visit website for schedule and information. Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. 18TH ANNUAL SOUTH FLORIDA GARLIC FEST Gourmet Alley food area, entertainment, children’s area with rides, more than 200 artist and craft vendors, and more. $10-20. John Prince Park, 4759 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth. 2017 SEMINOLE TRIBAL FAIR AND POW-WOW Feb. 10-12. Native arts, crafts, foods, music, alligator shows and more. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Free. EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL Feb. 11. Wildlife presentations, interactive games, guest speakers, conversation exhibits, demonstrations, canoeing, music, food trucks and hiking. Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach. Free. THE FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Feb. 11- March 26. 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, and kids with the South Florida Parenting Kids Fun Pass get in free with paid adult admission on Feb. 18-19. 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. BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK FAMILY FUN FEST Feb. 12. “Mighty Mammals.” Learn about Biscayne’s fantastic beasts. Includes Family Fun Fest Junior with specially-designed activities for toddlers. 1-4 p.m. Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead. Free. bisc PIONEER DAYS Feb. 16-18. 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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MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW Feb. 16-20. Almost 2,000 boats displayed in and out of water, showcased powerboats, sailboats, personal watercraft and new-to-market accessories, open-air and closed exhibits, contests and sweepstakes and seminars. Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key. Tickets start at $25 for adults. Children 15 and under, free.

COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL Feb. 18-20. 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 $5 for residents, $15 for non-residents. ARTIGRAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL Feb. 18-20. Outdoor arts festival include a juried exhibition, live entertainment, artist demonstrations, interactive art activities for all ages and a youth art competition. $10 in advance; $12 at the gate. Abacoa Town Center, 1267 Main St., Jupiter. ARTS SPARK KIDS FEST Feb. 19. An interactive festival of the arts for kids. Featuring hands-on workshops, demonstrations, 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. ORANGE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, PARADE AND RODEO Feb. 24-26. 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. Davie Town Hall, 6591 Orange Drive, Davie. Old David School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. Free admission. $5 parking. WEST FEST 2017 Feb. 24-26. Western-style performers, live country entertainment, amusement rides, shopping, games, petting zoo, pony rides, gunslingers, food and drinks from local vendors, and more. Royal Palm Beach Commons, 11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. Free admission. LAKE WORTH STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL Feb. 25-26. 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 Worth and Lucerne Avenues, Downtown Lake Worth. FUN & FIT AS A FAMILY Feb. 25-26. Family-friendly South Beach Food & Wine Festival event allows parents and kids to learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle with Food Network personalities and renowned chefs. Food garden, food sampling, music and entertainment, beach sports and interactive kitchen, plus all the animal entertainment of Jungle Island. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. $20. sobefest. com/funandfit


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Sunday, March 19 11 am - 4 pm 5300 Powerline Rd, Ft. Lauderdale

• Free Game Card to Xtreme Action Park ($5 value-one per child) • Crafts • Indoor S’Mores • Magic Shows • Face Painting • Entertainment • Games, prizes & give-aways • Scavenger Hunt • All Activities Free Call to reserve a table for your camp or related business

Call Diane at 954-596-5631 or Angela at 954-596-5633

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Nationally Recognized Congenital Heart Surgeon Joins Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

The Heart Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Guleserian, a congenital heart surgeon, to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining the Heart Program, she was the Surgical Director of Pediatric Cardiac Transplantation at Children’s Medical Center/UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where she also served as Surgical Director of Adult Congenital Heart Surgery. A Harvard College graduate, Dr. Guleserian earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at Brown University Alpert Medical School/Rhode Island Hospital in Providence and her thoracic surgery residency at Washington University School of Medicine/ Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. A Boston native, Dr. Guleserian returned to her hometown for her congenital heart surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital where she also completed fellowships in cardiovascular tissue engineering

and congenital cardiac pathology. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complex aortic arch reconstruction, pulmonary atresia, heart transplantation and mechanical support of the failing heart. Board ViÀ̈wi`ˆ˜̅œÀ>VˆVÃÕÀ}iÀÞ and congenital heart surgery, Dr. Guleserian operates on neonates, infants and children, as well as adolescents and adults with congenital heart defects. The recipient of numerous awards for her dedication, academic achievements and accomplishments, Dr. Guleserian is highly regarded as an innovator and thought leader ˆ˜…iÀwi`°˜>``ˆÌˆœ˜̜…iÀ list of published work, she was featured on the national ABC network television documentary Children’s Med Dallas. Dr. Guleserian is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the physician led group practice of Miami Children’s Health System and joins the existing team of cardiovascular surgeons - Dr. Redmond Burke and Dr. Robert Hannan.

The Heart Program — a world leader in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery and the care of children with congenital heart disorders — serves as a beacon to families confronting the reality of a child or newborn with a heart defect. The Heart Program offers the most innovative, least invasive approaches in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery to the treatment of congenital …i>ÀÌ`ˆÃi>Ãi]ˆ˜VÕ`ˆ˜}“>˜ÞwÀÃ̇ˆ˜‡Ì…i‡ÜœÀ`«ÀœVi`ÕÀiÃ̅>ÌÜiÀi«ˆœ˜iiÀi` by The Heart Program’s own internationally renowned cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. As the largest and most comprehensive group in Florida, the Heart Program’s physician team is comprised of: • Three pediatric cardiac surgeons • 16 pediatric cardiologists • Three dedicated pediatric

cardiac anesthesiologists • Six cardiac intensivists • Three interventional cardiologists • Five cardiac imaging physicians

“I look forward to joining the Heart Program and advancing this worldclass team’s national and international presence as a leader in pediatric cardiovascular care.” – Dr. Guleserian KRISTINE J. GULESERIAN, MD - Congenital Heart Surgeon

For more information about The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital or to make an appointment, please call 305-662-8301.

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