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South Florida treasures found One of my favorite feelings is involve both family fun and the pleasure of discovering food. I gravitate toward these something new and unexpected. places like a bee to honey. I I am an explorer at heart, seek out recommendations from and finding hidden gems of friends. I use holidays and speplaces is like discovering a cial events as excuses to drive a new world, even if I am not ways to experience them. the first to lay claim to it. Once for my birthday, instead South Florida is full of of gifts, I asked to drive down JENNIFER JHON these gems. to the Robert is Here fruit stand Just in the past week or so, I in Homestead for a Key Lime have uncovered new treasures: the funky, milkshake, with a stop at Knaus Berry peaceful drive down garden-lined SouthFarm for sticky buns. I have honestly gone west 122nd Avenue in north Kendall; the to the Florida Renaissance Festival solely stacked plants and mango orchards hidto eat the various foods and stock up on den behind The Girls Strawberry UPick fresh-popped Kettle Corn. storefront in a strip mall in Delray Beach; So this issue of South Florida Parenting, and the free water playground and pool featuring our annual Kids Crown Awards, at Croissant Park in downtown Fort Lauis one of my favorites. Every year I can derdale. get a whole list of new places and things Of course, my favorite discoveries to try with my family. Best Indoor Attrac-

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Home pool safety: Bringing in the experts By Jennifer Jhon

aby proofing a home can be tough – and the job gets much harder when pools and backyard canals are involved. The record number of child drownings in South Florida this year has illustrated that. Mindy York, one of the owners of Baby Otter Swim School, said the school has offered swim lessons for more than 20 years, “but we realized that’s not enough.” Children are dying because of a lack of safety education, she said. So six months ago, Baby Otter created the Home Pool Safety Assessment Program, which sends safety experts into the home to go over a step-by-step process on preventing child drownings. “It’s something that’s truly making a difference,” York said. “People are going, ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t know that.’ ” For example, she said, “people don’t

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realize you need to remove toys from the pool when you get out, because toys act like a magnet to kids.” And most would not know what to do if a child’s hair gets caught in a drain. The Safety Assessment program is effective because instructors in the home can identify safety hazards and show parents what needs to be done in emergency situations. “We really try to spend time and educate them,” York said. “It’s about making sure your home is safe.”

The Florida Department of Health in Broward County and the Drowning Prevention Task Force are supporting the Safety Assessment program. “They donate all the door alarms for homes,” York said. Baby Otter experts travel to all three counties in South Florida for home-based swim instruction and home assessments, and the program will soon be opening in every county in Florida. “We’re really proud of that program, and if it saves one family, then it is so worth it,” York said. Baby Otter provide three home pool assessment programs priced from $99 to $249. All include door alarms for the pool area and a DVD on keeping your home and pool safe. The gold package includes a children’s animated water safety DVD and CPR classes for two people. For more information, call 954-7040080 or visit babyotter.org/programs/homepool-assessment.

‘Cars’ characters come to life in kids’ ride-along experience Orlando Sentinel report

Two of the “Cars” film characters have been brought to the real world in the Piston Cup Junior Ride-Along, a new event at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando. Children ages 6 to 13 now have the opportunity ride shotgun with a professional driving instructor in one of the

two specially-equipped Piston Cup cars, Aiken Axler and Sage VanDerSpin, from the Disney-Pixar film starring rookie racer Lightning McQueen and Mater the tow truck. The 3-lap ride-alongs cost $59 and children must be at least 48 inches tall to ride. The specially-designed character cars come equipped with special passenger

seats that ensure the safety and security of smaller riders.

Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley to open in Orlando July 8 Orlando Sentinel report Get ready, muggles. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley will open to the public at Universal Studios on July 8. Universal Orlando officials announced the date recently during a media preview of the area, which is based on the “Harry Potter” series of books and movies created by author J.K. Rowling. Details about Diagon Alley have been released gradually, including new treats such as butterbeer-flavored ice cream, “interactive wands”

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and the thrill ride “Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts.” In the Potterverse, Diagon Alley is the shopping district for wizards such as Harry. It’s hidden away from muggles -- that’s Potter-speak for non-wizards. At Universal, Diagon Alley is fronted by a scene of London architecture that guests will pass through to see the attraction. Diagon Alley will be linked to the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure by the Hogwarts Express train featured in Rowling’s fiction.

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BEWARE of Biters SMALL MOSQUITOS CAN CARRY NEWLY EMERGING TROPICAL VIRUS

By Bob LaMendola Florida Department of Health in Broward County

You don’t have to go outdoors to encounter disease-carrying mosquitoes. The biters-to-watch for summer 2014 will come right in your house and make themselves at home. The little black Aedes aegypti mosquito lives in close proximity to people, in the house or yard. Aedes is in the spotlight this summer because it can carry the newly emerging tropical virus chikungunya (pronounced chicken-GOONye), which is spreading in the Caribbean and may pose a risk to South Florida. “Several travelers from South Florida contracted chikungunya while they were visiting the Caribbean this year,” says Dr. Paula Thaqi, Health Officer at the Florida Department of Health in Broward County. “So far, the virus has not been detected in South Florida mosquitoes, which is good news. “We encourage everyone to take steps to protect themselves,” Dr. Thaqi says. “The best way to do that is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. We recommend a practice called Drain-and-Cover.” Drain standing water in and

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around the house. Eliminate even puddles because Aedes mosquitoes can breed in containers as small as a bottle cap. Get rid of water collected in garbage cans, tires, buckets, roof gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots and plants with pockets, such as bromeliads. Discard items where rain or sprinkler water collects. Clean bird baths and pet water bowls twice a week. Inside the home, Aedes can breed where water collects, such as refrigerator ice makers, electric toothbrush holders and drips under sinks. Cover yourself and the openings in your home. If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are active, wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves. You may spray bare skin and clothing with kid-safe repellent (with picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535). Keep windows and doors closed, and repair damaged screens. Certain disease-carrying mosquitoes bite from dusk to dawn, so avoid being outdoors at that time. But be aware that Aedes is a daytime biter. Chikungunya spreads when a mosquito bites an infected person and then passes the virus by biting someone else, according to the federal Cen-

ters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease is similar to dengue fever – also spread by Aedes mosquitoes – but tends to be milder and rarely fatal. Symptoms typically appear three to seven days after being bitten, and include fever accompanied by headache, muscle pain, swelling or rash. Notably, chikungunya often causes joint pain that can be severe and can last for months or even years. There is no vaccine or treatment, other than pain relievers to alleviate symptoms. The disease did not appear in the Caribbean until last year, but has spread quickly with more than 50,000 cases reported in Haiti, Dominican Republic and other islands as of this spring. So far, the handful of Floridians who contracted chi-

kungunya were bitten in the Caribbean and recovered fully. Dr. Thaqi says the risk is very small that those individuals passed the virus to South Florida mosquitoes, but health officials ask everyone to help prevent the disease from getting a foothold here.

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Protect Your Child with Vaccinations By Jose Rosa-Olivares, MD

Vaccinations are a safe and effective way to protect your child against dangerous infectious diseases. Thanks to immunizations, polio, diphtheria and tetanus (lockjaw) have almost disappeared in the United States. Each year vaccines save an estimated 6 million lives around the world. By safely exposing a child to a very small amount of weakened or killed bacteria or viruses, vaccinations “teach” a child’s immune system to fight back against these invaders. That’s why immunizations provide long-lasting protection against diseases that could result in serious health problems, including disability or death. However, some parents are not vaccinating their children because of misguided concerns about safety. As a result, some dangerous diseases like pertussis (whooping cough) and measles have actually increased in recent years. Numerous scientific studies show that vaccines and their components do not cause autism, ADHD or other childhood disorders. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Medicine agree that the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks. While allergic reactions or other side effects from vaccinations are extremely rare, be sure to contact your doctor right away if your child develops a fever, breathing difficulties or other serious symptoms. Because of the importance of childhood immunizations, parents may need to provide proof of certain vaccinations before their child can attend day care, preschool or kindergarten in Florida. RECOMMENDED IMMUNIZATIONS There are several recommended childhood immunizations, including the following: DTaP, a combination vaccine that protects your child against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. Five doses of the vaccine are given from 2 months through age 4 to 6 years. DTaP is not given to older children. MMR, a “3-in-1” vaccine that protects your child against measles, mumps and rubella. Generally, the first dose is given when a child is 12 to 15 months old, and a second dose at age 4 to 6 years, before entering school. IPV (inactivated polio vaccine), which protects against the poliomyelitis virus. Children get four doses of IPV starting at 2 months and continuing to 4 to 6 years. Hepatitis A vaccine, which is recommended for all children older than age 1. A second is given six to 12 months after the first shot. Hepatitis B vaccine, which is given before leaving the hospital, followed by a second shot between 1 and 2 months and a

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Florida’s Fourth: Declare Your Independence! BY GEORGINA CRUZ

With July 4 landing conveniently on a Friday this year, it is easy to declare your independence and put together a three-day getaway to celebrate our nation’s freedom – and your own. If the idea of a mini-vacation in Florida to take in family-friendly Fourth festivities is appealing, here are some popular destinations and what they offer for Independence Day weekend:

Daytona Beach The Coke Zero 400 has been an Independence Day weekend tradition as popular as fireworks and cookouts in Daytona Beach for decades. This year the event, on July 5, will see the drama of the 160-lap, 400-mile holiday weekend classic and one of the country’s largest fireworks displays will light up the skies after the race. Ticket prices range from $45 to $158.99. Children ages 12 and under are $10 with paid adult. Visit daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

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fireworks at Blackwater Sound, where viewing is best at bayside restaurants around Mile Markers 103-104; and the Big Pine & Lower Keys July 4 Celebration is set for the Pine Community Park on Mile Marker 30 bayside. There will be live music, games and activities and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Visit fla-keys.com/calendarofevents for complete regional listings and individual event details.

Orlando Want a Fourth filled with whimsy and magic? Head for the Central Florida theme parks where family-friendly festivities are included in regular admission. Independence Day at SeaWorld Orlando features

fireworks in the midst of the park’s 50th Celebration (seaworldorlando.com). Also, a new nighttime Shamu show, “Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night,” debuts June 21. The high-energy show will include new, original music and production elements, as well as new killer whale behaviors. Independence Day at Universal Orlando Resort includes a special version of the popular “Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular,” a cinematic adventure that combines cutting-edge projection technology with lasers and pyrotechnics to bring movies to life (universalorlando.com); and Independence Day at Walt Disney World offers one of the year’s biggest fireworks displays at the Magic Kingdom, the holi-

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The Fourth of July Concert & Fireworks in St. Augustine on presents a free, two-hour concert by the All Star Orchestra in the historic Plaza de la Constitucion, 1 South Castillo Drive, in the heart of the Old City on July 4. The concert starts at 6 p.m. and one of the East Coast’s largest fireworks displays bursts above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflects in the waters of Matanzas Bay beginning at 9:30 p.m. The 20-minute show is synchronized to a patriotic soundtrack. Best vantage points for viewing the fireworks are located along the bay front between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. Visit floridashistoriccoast.com.

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Prometeo Theatre The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami prometeotheatre.com, 305-237-3940 Founded by Teresa Maria Rojas, Prometeo Theatre’s mission is to preserve Hispanic culture through theatre. In 2006, it became part of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. Prometeo Theatre offers classes in voice and speech, acting, singing, movement, playwriting and more. Classes are offered for kids (ages 6-12), teens (ages 13-17) and adults. Past performances have included Infieles, Remembranzas de Emily Dickinson and Mujeres de Shakespeare. Students can also take part in a 2-year Professional Actor Training Program offering conservatorystyle actor training in Spanish.

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STARcise Locations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties starcise.com, 305-771-KIDS STARcise teaches children the principles of being a STAR - smart, talented, athletic and respected. From health and nutrition to exercise and self-respect, the curriculum teaches essential core development issues. The 30-minute, in-classroom group sessions feature warmup, a cardio-based routine and cool down. Fitness is made fun with the music-based programs that are easy to follow for any age. The curriculum changes every six weeks. STARcise also offers birthday parties and play dates.

Unique Gifts from “Teeny to Tweeny”

The Imagination Laboratory

www.Pollywallydoodle.com 1-888-99-POLLY Dr. Mark Stavitsky

Children’s Medical Association, P.A.

theimaginationlaboratory.com, 954-933-8386 Enriching the lives of young children and their families, The Imagination Laboratory offers programs designed to build a strong foundation for learning. They are familyoriented, environmentally conscience and separated into infant, toddler and preschool ages so that each child can learn at his or her own pace. The programs are offered in two different series – Learn as We Grow and Faith and Fun. Classes include activities such as singing and dancing, family projects, science, math, art projects and more. Summer programs are held at the Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center in Hollywood.

Animal Tales Wildlife Shows and Exhibits Dr. Mark Stavitsky & Children’s Medical Associates would like to thank you for voting him best Dr. in Broward County

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Coral Springs, Tamarac & Plantation 8430 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324 • (954) 473-1101 7489 N. University Drive, Tamarac, FL 33321 • (954) 722-0300 5810 Coral Ridge Dr., S 110, Coral Springs, FL 33076 • (954) 580-4800 OSCAR BETANCOURT, M.D.• LAURENCE D. PEARSON, M.D. LISA J. SIROTA, M.D. • MARK STAVITSKY, M.D. MARCO LEON, M.D. • YOLANDA M. VALDES, M.D. ALAN LOUIS, M.D. • HAROLD DEULOFEUT, M.D. MATTHEW PENSON, M.D. • JUSTINE KELDERHOUSE, ARNP ELLEN MASS, ARNP • LINDA BARRERAS, ARNP

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4801 Dreher Trail North West Palm Beach, FL 33405 (561) 832-1988 sfsciencecenter.org

animaltalesonline.net, 954804-5055 Animal Tales Wildlife Shows and Exhibits is a fun and interactive animal show that travels throughout the tri-county area. Shows are great for family events, schools, camps and birthday parties. Animal Tales’ main goal is to educate while entertaining with positive interactions between animals and audiences. From interactions with scorpions, bearded dragons, hedgehogs and more, children will observe and learn fun facts about animals. Amy Nemeth, owner and presenter, hopes to inspire respect, understanding and appreciation for the role that each animal has in our world. There are a variety of shows and animal options available.

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Preferred by Discerning Storks for 20 Years Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Toppel Family Place at Boca Raton Regional Hospital has earned a reputation for providing the finest in maternity services for women in South Florida. Just ask the most discerning storks. They’ll tell you that at Toppel Family Place women find a program whose staff is dedicated to ensuring the childbirth experience is as joyful and stress free as possible. They’ll rave about the beautiful, all-private labor and delivery rooms and postpartum suites, located in a unit with the most sophisticated security system. They’ll stress that Toppel Family Place provides a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and has board-certified neonatologists onsite 24/7. And they won’t forget to remind you that Toppel Family Place has earned Healthgrades ® 2014 Maternity Care Excellence Award ™ for the fourth year in a row. If you’re deciding on maternity services for yourself or a loved one and need more information, please visit our website at BRRH.com. Or feel free to talk to the stork of your choice.

The readers of South Florida Parenting have chosen Toppel Family Place as a Kids Crown Award Winner for Best Maternity Hospital in Palm Beach County.

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Big Pink 157 Collins Ave., Miami Beach bigpinkrestaurantmiami.com, 305-532-4700 Offering families an enormous selection of food choices, Big Pink has everything from burgers and wraps to pizza and steak. The kid’s menu includes favorites such as macaroni & cheese, chicken fingers and grilled cheese. Breakfast items are also on the menu and include omelets, pancakes and waffles. Big Pink offers its guests a smoothie and juice bar and a large variety of homemade desserts, cakes and pies. Favorites include fried Oreos, peanut butter Snicker pie with chocolate sauce, and warm apple pie. Customers can order online for pick up or delivery.

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Tijuana Taxi Co. tijuanataxico.com 4400 S. University Drive, Davie, 954-472-5008 901 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, 954-344-9201 As soon as you and your family walk in, you’ll feel welcomed in this family-oriented restaurant. Menus and crayons are given to keep kids busy, and Tijuana Taxi Co. has plenty of high chairs and booster seats to accommodate your brood. Sunday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., kids eat for 99 cents from the $4.99 kids menu and for $2.99 from the $6.99 kids menu. A balloon artist also visits on Sundays to keep kids entertained. Parents can order off the extensive Mexican-themed menu that includes salads, wraps, quesadillas and much more. Drink specials, lunch specials and catering are available.

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Havana Harry’s Restaurant havanaharrys.net 4612 Le Jeune Road, Coral Gables, 305-661-2622 9525 N. Kendall Drive, Miami, 305-595-1116 Inspired by Cuban, Spanish and Latin American cuisine, Havana Harry’s Restaurant features quality food and a variety of options, including appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches and numerous pork, chicken and beef entrees. Homemade desserts include flan, tres leche and cheesecake. Breakfast is only served at the Coral Gables location while lunch and dinner menus are available at both.

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Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton stircrazy.com, 561-338-7500 This Asian restaurant in the Town Center Mall at Boca Raton doesn’t just serve Chinese food. For 15 years, families who eat at Stir Crazy have had their choice of Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Korean. With the “Create Your Own Stir-Fry” option on the menu, kids can choose their own sauces and vegetables, giving them ownership over their meals. In Stir Crazy’s open kitchen, children can watch their food being cooked over a flame right in front of them. The process gets kids excited about eating food that not only tastes good but is good for them, too.

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Mississippi Sweets BBQ Company MULTIPLE COUNTIES

Benihana Multiple locations, benihana.com Dining at Benihana comes with a show as teppanyaki chefs slice, toss and dazzle diners with the ingredients used to make their entrees. The menu at this popular chain restaurant offers a variety of options, including sushi rolls, sashimi, noodles and the treasure of the restaurant -- hibachi-style dishes. Children can select from the impressive kids menu and then watch their food prepared right in front of them. Seating is in a group setting, which allows more people to join in on the interaction with the personable chef.

AMERICAN RESTAURANT BROWARD

Legends Tavern & Grille 10079 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise legendstavernandgrille.com, 954-742-7115 Legends offers 2-for-1 Monday night burgers, 49-cent Tuesday wings night, lunch specials for $5.99 that includes a beverage, and a kids menu for $3.99. Throw in a friendly staff, large selection of draft beers and full bar, and you have a restaurant that’s great for parents as well as the kiddos. Music on weekends and sports on TV add to the appeal of Legends as a night out for the whole family

mississippisweetsbbq.com 2399 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-394-6779 9859-29 Lake Worth Road, Wellington/Lake Worth, 561-642-4748 Mississippi Sweets BBQ Company offers a variety of fresh, homemade, delicious BBQ with friendly customer service that families enjoy. In this small, independent chain, everything is cooked fresh to order with generous portions in a comfortable and cozy atmosphere. Families can choose from a variety of food options like Danish baby back ribs, pulled pork, BBQ and rotisserie chicken, chicken wings, catfish, sandwiches, salads and more. Mississippi Sweets also offers catering for parties and family get-togethers, and a Deerfield Beach location is planned this summer.

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Bru’s Room Multiple locations, brusroom.com Adults aren’t the only ones who enjoy catching a game at a restaurant; children can also be glued to the TV to watch their favorite sports star. Bru’s Room offers plenty of age-appropriate food and activities for kids at its nine South Florida locations. The restaurant’s kids menu boasts several healthy entrees and arrives with the choice of oranges or apple sauce in addition to the customary sides. Bru’s also scores big with its popular Kids Eat Free promotion on Tuesday, which also offers fun entertainment at several of the restaurants, including movies and a balloon artist at the Coral Springs location.

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WEST KENDALL BAPTIST HOSPITAL Winner for #1 ER in Miami

MORE THAN AWARD-WINNING ER At West Kendall Baptist Hospital, we believe in providing world-class emergency care. Our state-of-the-art facility provides the pediatric care children deserve – right in their neighborhood. West Kendall parents can rest assured our staff of specialized nurses, boardcertified emergency specialists and pediatricians have a wide range of experience handling cases from the routine to the complex. Our excellent care goes above and beyond the emergency room. The Family Medicine Center is a primary care facility offering personal and comprehensive patient- and family-centered care to patients of all ages. We have extended hours and are open every other Saturday. Services offered at the Family Medicine Center include: 

Primary pediatric care

Primary care for the whole family

Chronic disease self-management and support: Anxiety | Arthritis | Asthma | Back pain | Cholesterol Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder | Depression Diabetes | High blood pressure | Obesity

Most major health insurance plans accepted.

Acute illness care

Excision of skin lesions

Family planning

Health education

Immunizations

Medical clearances

Minor sports injuries

To schedule an appointment, please call 786-596-2464.

BaptistHealth.net/WestKendallBaptistHospital First Floor, Medical Arts Building • 15955 SW 96 Street • Suite 102

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JUDGE’S CHOICE: SEAFOOD Joe’s Crab Shack joescrabshack.com 4402 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, 954-749-2722 1451 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-537-2051 Joe’s Crab Shack offers two locations in Florida for casual, beach-themed seafood dishes. Joe’s offers steampots of seafood and buckets of crab for both adults and kids, but it also includes chicken and pasta dishes for the non-seafood lovers in the family. The real treats come with dessert. Joe’s offers a Build Your Own Sundae Sandwich and a Paint a Crab Rice Krispies Treat that let kids get creative with their food.

PIZZA BROWARD

Antonio’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant

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619 East Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach Antonios.info, 954-923-5151 This locally owned family restaurant serves up traditional Italian-American style fare and gets rave reviews for it’s garlic knots. The menu is priced reasonably with daily specials that allow families not to break the bank. All items on the kids menu are $5 and less, and they include such items as cheese raviolis, spaghetti and meatballs, ziti with meatballs, stuffed shells and mini pizzas.

8080 SW 67th Ave., Miami bigcheesemiami.com, 305-662-6855 Known for its large portions and reasonable prices, The Big Cheese of Miami offers dinners, pasta, subs, salads and, of course, pizza. Finding your traditional pizza toppings won’t be a problem -- customers have more than 20 items to choose from, including some not-so-traditional choices like shrimp, mussels and Buffalo Mozzarella. Specialty pies include unique flavors such as The Big Cheese Hawaiian, Spinach Pie and The Miami Slice. Calzone and Stromboli are also on the menu and don’t forget to try their garlic rolls. Eat-in, delivery and takeout are available.

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Children’s Medical Care Is Soaring to New Heights. Thank you for naming us BEST Pediatric Hospital in Palm Beach County!

Helping a five year old overcome a battle with cancer. Reconstructing a child’s misshapen leg. Performing heart surgery on a patient who is only 12 hours old. Palm Beach Children’s Hospital has elevated the quality of children’s medical care in South Florida. Our goal: to provide advanced care that is less invasive, requires less recovery time, and alleviates the need for families to travel. Palm Beach Children’s Hospital helps ensure that children have access to the care they need close to home.

More than 175 doctors representing over 30 specialties.

Reaching new heights for kids.

Learn more at PalmBeachChildrens.com

cardiology & cardiac surgery

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901 45th Street, West Palm Beach

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Dominic’s Dominicspizzapasta.com Locations in Boca Raton, Lake Worth and Boynton Beach Inspired by the culture and cuisine of Italy, this family-friendly, neighborhood restaurant offers the finest and freshest ingredients and dishes. They prepare every meal from scratch. Menu items include appetizers, soups and salads, subs, chicken and veal entrees, pasta and seafood. But the pizza is what makes Dominic’s a Kids Crown winner. Pizzas come in slices, medium, large and Sicilian. Whole wheat pizza is also available. Diners will find their traditional favorites as well as some delicious specialty creations such as Primavera, House Special and even a Salad Pizza. White pizza, calzones and Stromboli are also on the menu.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

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Multiple locations, acfp.com Constructing a pizza is easy -- dough, sauce, cheese, some toppings, and then toss it into an oven for 20 minutes. But the outcome is much different at Anthony’s -and tastier -- thanks to its coal-fired brick oven that not only cooks the ingredients but melds them together into a delicious pie. With restaurants from Palm Beach Gardens to South Beach, Anthony’s has become a favorite for its specialty pizzas, chicken wings, sandwiches and other Italian dishes. The pies can be covered with toppings ranging from anchovies and eggplant to the more kid-popular pepperoni and sausage.

DESSERTS BROWARD

Hey Cupcake! 5213 W. Broward Blvd. Plantation 954-931-2758 HeyCupcakeToday@aol.com heycupcakecreations.blogspot.com/ Looking for something unique and beautiful for a special occasion? Let Hey Cupcake fulfill your wildest dream. Perhaps Mickey Mouse cupcakes and a matching cake? They offer custom cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, cake truffles, cupcake cookies and cupcakes in a jar, plus vegan and gluten-free upon request. They also carry customized birthday hats and crowns for your little party-goer as well as personalized hair bows, bibs, towels, shower wraps and beach towels. Tea Parties for the little ones are also available.

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Twinkle twinkle little star, no more wondering how you are

It’s all about healthy beginnings. There’s always a good story in the details. When your little star is under the weather, we have everything it takes to get his or her shine back ASAP, no matter what the time is. Because illnesses or accidents don’t always happen between 9-5. Our highly skilled pediatric team of nurses and board certified/eligible pediatricians specialize in Emergency Medicine and are equipped to handle the smallest sniffle to the biggest boo-boo. Not only can you rely on us in the after hours but you can also rely on fast action diagnosis and treatment so you can be out sooner than expected. When it comes to your little one’s health there should be no compromise at all. End of story.

To speak to a Registered Nurse 24/7, call Consult-A-Nurse® at 866-442-2362 www.HCAEastFlorida.com

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Misha’s Cupcakes mishascupcakes.com Locations in Coral Gables, Aventura, London Square and Miami Lakes. A new location in Pembroke Pines was recently opened. The story of Misha’s Cupcakes is a sweet one - a new mother baking cupcakes as a way of earning extra money and as a bonding experience with her newborn daughter. There are now five locations, and stores distribute to local businesses including restaurants, hospitals and coffee shops. Cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cakes and special orders are available and come in delicious everyday and seasonal flavors such as Cappuccino Mousse, Banana Cream Pudding and Cookie Dough. Misha’s Cupcakes also works closely with local schools and other organizations to help raise money.

PALM BEACH

Sloan’s Ice Cream Multiple locations from Boca Raton to Palm Beach Gardens www.sloansicecream.com, 561-338-9887

Sloan’s Ice Cream is an ice cream wonderland for the young and the young at heart. Since 1999, Sloan’s has been a place for all things sweet with homemade ice cream, candy, chocolate, toys and an extremely well-known bathroom. Designed to be over the top, families will enjoy the fun, bright and colorful atmosphere with music playing in the background. All the ice cream is manufactured at Sloan’s, including the add-ins like brownie bits, cookie dough and chocolate chips, and has no preservatives.

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Cold Stone Creamery Multiple locations, coldstonecreamery.com Decisions, decisions. Picking and choosing is an art form at Cold Stone, as the frozen eatery invites customers to select from dozens of toppings and tasty creations. Customers can choose among fresh fruits, candies, cake pieces and more, then watch the selections get mixed with your favorite ice cream flavor on a chilly slab right in front of you. Looking for something to sip on instead? Cold Stone also offers shakes

and smoothies blended with your choice of mix-ins. Sign up for its eClub to receive special offers, including a free treat for your birthday.

JUDGE’S CHOICE Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant 128 S Federal Highway, Dania Beach jaxsonsicecream.com, 954-923-4445 From homemade, hand-dipped ice cream cones to party-pleasers like the Kitchen Sink, which can be ordered with enough variety to satisfy everyone at the table, Jaxson’s is an incredible experience for kids and adults alike. Its location on Federal Highway/U.S. 1 in Dania Beach makes it an ideal stop after a day at the beach. Families can order from the pick-up window to enjoy their sweets in the outdoor seating area, or go inside for a full meal and free popcorn at the table. An oldfashioned-candy store in the lobby offers another reason to stay awhile.

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At West Boca Medical Center you can skip the waiting room. If you have a non-life threatening medical emergency, simply hold your place online and wait in the comfort of your own home.

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Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburgers jacksoldfashionhamburgers.com 4201 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-9960 591 S. Cypress Road , Pompano Beach, 954-942-2844 Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburgers has been an institution in Broward County for more than 40 years. Before there were drive-through windows where you could pick up fast-food hamburgers, there was Jack’s, where you got a freshly made quality burger. The burgers are ground fresh daily, never frozen. The kids will enjoy dressing their own burger at the do-ityourself condiment bar. You’ll find three sizes of burgers for all appetites, and all ages will appreciate the thick milkshakes that are almost a meal in itself. Jack’s also offers fresh hot deli sandwiches, hot dogs and salads.

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Pincho Factory

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pinchofactory.com 9860 SW 40th St., Miami, 305-631-2038 30 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables, 305-446-5666 Offering its guests a variety of diversity – from Brazilian skewers to a traditional American burger - Pincho Factory prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients and serving quality products. Burgers are 100 percent fresh chuck, brisket and short rib patties and are made to order. Customers can find a traditional burger on the menu or try the Toston Burger, which uses two fried plantains as buns and is topped with Jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and a homemade cilantro sauce. As a side, choose from Cajun fries, bacon cheddar ranch fries, sweet potato tots or your classic order of fries. Other menu items include chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese, hotdogs and Pinchos, aka skewers.

PALM BEACH

Lindburgers 9834 Glades Road, Boca Raton lindburgers.com, 561-218-5557 Lindburgers offers a wide variety of American cuisine from amazing salads, great sandwiches, chicken and ribs to many other great choices, but they specialize in

their award-winning 50 gourmet burgers. Founded in 1984 by Don Meyers, Lindburgers is celebrating its 31st year in business. In addition to great food and great service, Lindburgers’ price point is about $10 per head. Meyers and his team are happy to serve a great product with great service in a nice environment and keep it in the budget for local families.

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Burger Fi Multiple locations, burgerfi.com BurgerFi is attempting to shatter the conventional thinking of a burger joint while meeting customers’ demands for all-natural ingredients. With nearly two dozen locations throughout South Florida, BurgerFi prides itself on using free-range beef without any additives and carrying other menu items such as Kobe beef hot dogs and frozen treats. Kids and adults alike will find plenty of options, as the burgers are customizable and can be constructed with a variety of toppings. BurgerFi is not restricted to only serving carnivores -- it showcases a veggie burger that is made out of quinoa.

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Dr. Mark Stavitsky, M.D./ Children’s Medical Association 5810 Coral Ridge Drive, Suite 110, Coral Springs 7489 N. University Drive, Tamarac 8430 W. Broward Blvd., Suite 300, Plantation markstavitsky.md.com, 954-580-4800 Dr. Stavitsky works with 10 doctors and has three locations, providing comprehensive medical care for infants, children and adolescents. Specializing in pediatrics, Dr. Stavitsky has the experience and skills to provide medical care for children of all ages, working closely with parents to ensure that the child is developing and maturing properly. Dr. Stavitsky is also trained to practice Adolescent Medicine and can help with the transition from childhood to adulthood.

MIAMI-DADE

Dr. Diaz Pediatrics 5703 NW 7th St., Miami drdiazpediatrics.com, 305-267-3462 Making a child feel comfortable during their first visit to a pediatrician is likely the top priority for parents. Led by practice founder Eduardo Diaz, who is an active member of the pediatric staff at Miami Children’s Hospital, this Miami office specializes in meeting that request and providing quality service for newborns to 21-year-olds. Dr. Diaz and his team offer child check-ups, immunizations and other services, and the office members are bilingual. The office’s website includes resources on proper medication dosage and a symptom checker to determine whether a doctor visit is necessary.

NORTH PALM BEACH

Palm Beach Pediatrics pbpediatrics.com 8200 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, 561- 509-5009 589 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, 561- 471-1144 12955 Palms West Drive, Loxahatchee, 561-798-2468 With three convenient locations and a staff of experienced doctors who are boardcertified by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Palm Beach Pediatrics can be trusted to give your child high quality medical care. Additionally, all Pediatrics’ nurses have had specialized education and experience in the care of well and sick children. Classes and lectures are offered to educate parents on all

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stages and topics of child development as well as special disorders. Palm Beach Pediatrics offers a secure, web-based “Patient Portal” that allows parents to see children’s medical records, including growth charts, immunizations, lab results, visit histories and prescriptions.

SOUTH PALM BEACH

Boca Raton Pediatric Associates 951 NW 13th St., Boca Raton 9250 Glades Road, Boca Raton bocaratonpediatricassociates.com, 561-392-7266 Boca Raton Pediatric Associates have been serving top-notch medical care to children for more 30 years. They are one of the few pediatric practices with a certified laboratory. The practice consists of three physicians and a very capable staff, many having been in the office for more than 20 years. This are a small group practice that promotes a comfortable setting where faces and names are recognized. Their goal is to provide the highest quality of care for your children. They have two offices and offer office hours 7 days a week and 24-hour coverage.

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Pediatric Associates Multiple locations, pediatricassociates.com With offices from Homestead to Wellington

serving South Florida, Pediatric Associates has become one of the most trusted practices in the nation. All of the locations are staffed by multiple physicians, giving the group the ability to focus more on quality and care for your child. Pediatric Associates, which also captured a 2013 Kids Crown award, offers modern facilities and treatment for all children from infants to adolescents. Priding itself on a “team” atmosphere, the dedicated group is committed to creating a comfortable environment for kids. If needed, the staff will assist with referrals to specialists in the community.

DENTISTS/ ORTHODONTISTS BROWARD

Dr. John Bazos, D.M.D.P.A. 9156 Wiles Road, Coral Springs kids2thdmd.com Dr. Bazos is a board-certified pediatric dentist, providing specialized dentistry for children and adolescents in a fun “childfriendly” sea-life themed office. Focusing on preventive care that will help each child have a healthy smile that will last a lifetime, Dr. Bazos and his staff work to make the visit a pleasant experience for each child. His office also specializes in providing comprehensive dental care to children with special needs.

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When Little Ones Need Big-Time Specialists Turn To A Kids Crown Award Winner There are times when your child is sick or hurt and “good” is just not good enough. You need specialized pediatric care. Fortunately, you have Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial, recognized as the best pediatrics hospital in Miami-Dade by South Florida Parenting readers. Call 305-585-KIDS to make an appointment with one of our specialists: • • • • • • • •

Cardiology Dermatology Ear, Nose & Throat Endocrinology (Diabetes) Gastroenterology Nephrology Neurology Oncology (Cancer)

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Ophthalmology Orthopaedics Plastic Surgery Pulmonology Rehabilitation Surgery Urology

www.HoltzChildrensHospital.org

Best Pediatrics Hospital in Miami-Dade, Holtz Children’s Hospital Best Maternity Hospital in Miami-Dade, Jackson Memorial Hospital

(Located at Jackson Memorial Hospital, just north of SR 836 and west of I-95.)

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Pediatric Dental Associates 13846 SW 56th St., Miami childrensdentistmiami.com, 786-230-1990 Visiting the dentist is one of the last things a kid would like to do -- unless that visit comes in a friendly environment and helps turn a cringe-worthy situation into a relaxing experience. Such a visit could lead your child to develop a lifetime of strong dental habits. Dr. Marta Ortiz-Perez prides her practice as a place where children can feel happy about visiting the dentist. In addition, Ortiz-Perez offers instruction on proper hygiene in terms that children can understand, stressing the importance of brushing and flossing. The dental group welcomes patients who have just begun baby teething to adolescents.

PALM BEACH

Palm Beach Pediatric Dentistry 9250 Glades Road, Suite #212, Boca Raton pbpdcares.com, 561-477-3535 Dr. Saadia Mohammed offers a fun-loving atmosphere the minute you walk into

her office. Dr. Saadia, as her patients call her, and her staff believe in an individual and pro-active approach for your child’s oral health. They are proud to be the only pediatric specialist in South Florida to offer laser dentistry with the Waterlase iPlus laser, providing children with a new method of dental care that can be performed without local anesthesia. Kids also are able to pick their own movie to watch while they get work done and receive balloon animals and coupons for ice cream after their appointment.

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Main Street Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics Multiple locations, mainstreetsmiles.com A dentist’s office is probably one of the last places you would think to find TVs, video games and other kid-friendly toys. But Main Street, which has locations in all three counties of South Florida, does not consider itself a conventional office. Parents, who will wish they had such luxuries when they were younger, will take pride in knowing their children are receiving exceptional care. The fun experience will

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Miami Lighthouse for the Blind 601 SW Eighth Ave., Miami 305-856-2288, miamilighthouse.org Already a pillar in the South Florida community for more than 80 years, Miami Lighthouse is not content with staying idle. The center in Little Havana will unveil the fourth-floor addition to its building this summer, a spot that will serve as the hub for helping transition students from high school to college. That commitment to growth has made Miami Lighthouse a premier location for assisting blind and visually impaired residents of South Florida. More than 200 students participate in various programs, including a music education initiative, Braille lessons, support groups and more -all tailored for the visually impaired.

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Best Buddies Multiple locations bestbuddiesflorida.org Since 1993, Best Buddies has allowed volunteers to be matched up with individuals with intellectual disabilities and has given them the opportunity to share time with a new friend. Best Buddies offers a wide variety of programs, including groups tailored for college and high school students, as well as an employment setting that enables those with intellectual disabilities to join the workforce and earn an income. The program has offices in all three counties in South Florida.

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Surfers for Autism 7491 N. Federal Highway, C5-180, Boca Raton surfersforautism.org Surfers for Autism is a nonprofit dedicated to the introduction of the sport of surfing to children with special needs. At an SFA event, children and young adults with t

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progressing to swimming -- all while having fun. For beginning students, Ocaquatics offers a group lesson where children ages 6 months to 3 years can be accompanied by an adult family member in the pool. The 30-minute classes are kept small so children can receive proper attention. The school also offers private lessons at both of its sites, which each house an indoor heated pool. Palm Beach

Kids 1st Swim School 15696 71st Drive N., Palm Beach Gardens kids1stswimschool.com, 561-575-SWIM (7946) Learning to swim is essential for a child’s safety around water. Kids 1st Swim School offers private one-on-one lessons for children of all ages. They teach water safety skills as well as how to swim independently. All instructors have CPR and FirstAid certifications. Private sessions allow your child to connect with the instructor. Once that bond is made, your child will learn quickly. All of Kids 1st Swim School lessons are private, allowing your child to learn at their pace without the distraction of group classes.

The Swim Academy Multiple locations, theswimacademy.com A multiple winner in the Kids Crown contest, The Swim Academy has created a reputation as South Florida’s top swim lesson program thanks to its nationally recognized techniques. The academy stresses the importance of water safety, enabling children the opportunity to master basic swimming while cultivating important survival skills. Infants to middle-school-age children are the target of The Swim Academy’s lessons, which are taught by a thorough and well-trained staff. Private and group lessons are offered at any of the academy’s South Florida locations from Wellington to Weston.

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Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive, Hollywood JDCH.com, 954-265-JDCH Parents hope the day never comes when they need to take their child to the ER. But when it matters most, the Emergency Department and Trauma Center at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is staffed with

world-class pediatric emergency physicians and pediatric nurses who are specially trained in emergency medicine. Minor emergencies are handled at KidsCare, a portion of the emergency room at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital that is designed to treat and discharge patients in a quick and friendly manner. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has the only Pediatric Trauma Center in south Broward County and is equipped to evaluate and treat even the most critical emergencies.

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West Kendall Baptist 9555 SW 162nd Ave., Miami baptisthealth.net, 786-467-2000 Despite being only 3 years old, West Kendall Baptist has already established itself as one of the top care centers in south Miami-Dade County. Its emergency department is a main reason behind its popularity. The ER at West Kendall -- part of the expansive Baptist Health South Florida organization -- is staffed by pediatric specialists who are prepared to handle children’s emergencies. Service also extends to adults. The hospital is dedicated to limiting the wait time for the emergency room and provides a current estimate on its website and phone app -- an extremely useful resource for patients who seek urgent care.

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West Boca Medical Center 21644 State Road 7, Boca Raton westbocamedctr.com, 561-488-8000 With 195 beds, West Boca Medical Center has been helping the medical needs of those in the community for more than 25 years. Part of Tent South Florida, the hospital is family-centered, offering several specialties, including women’s and children’s services. West Boca Medical is the only Level III NICU in North Broward and Boca Raton, and it is equipped to treat expecting mothers and their babies with its BirthCare Pavilion and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The hospital offers general medical and surgical care, 24-hour emergency services for adults and children, and a specialized sleep diagnostic center with a dedicated lab.

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Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive, Hollywood 954-265-JDCH, JDCH.com Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, a recognized leader in pediatric care, offers a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a child-friendly atmosphere. This award-winning hospital— which includes the Heart Institute, Florida’s premier pediatric cardiac center—is inspired by and designed for kids and families. The hospital embodies the “Power of Play” as a healing force, with vibrant colors, whimsical décor, murals, playrooms and a spacious, homelike family support center. They even have a CT scanner disguised as a pirate ship. All patient rooms are private and are wired for movies, video games, the Internet and educational programs. The hospital is staffed 24 hours a day by pediatric specialists, specialty-trained nurses and staff dedicated to delivering exceptional care for each child.

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to a 126-bed newborn neonatal intensive care unit, the Miami Transplant Institute’s pediatric transplant program, the only full-service pediatric cardiology program in South Florida, a prescribed pediatric extended-care program at Jackson Pediatric Center, a palliative care team, and other resources dedicated to the health and wellbeing of children.

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Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center 901 45th St., West Palm Beach FL 33407 palmbeachchildrenshospital.com, 561-844-6300 If you want to be healed both medically and spiritually, St. Mary’s Medical Center is the place to go. They are more than qualified to handle your child’s needs with 134 beds that include 45 beds for NICU, 14 for PICU and 17 beds for oncology. Doctors are on call 24/7, adding a great comfort to parents who can call or ask questions of a real person any time of the day. With more than 30 specialists, there is almost nothing that St. Mary’s can’t handle. For spiritual healing, the hospital also has spiritual leaders from

every denomination to comfort families. This year, St. Mary’s has added a concussion treatment center, a fetal diagnostic center and an adolescent Bariatric program not based on surgery.

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Memorial Regional Hospital 3501 Johnson St., Hollywood MemorialRegional.com, 954-987-2000 Meticulous planning went into the renovation of the Family Birthplace at Memorial Regional Hospital. Earth tones create a warm, calming environment with amenities you might expect to find in a luxury hotel, such as flat-screen TVs, DVD players, wireless Internet and docking stations for digital media players. Each patient room is designed to provide well-deserved privacy and rest for mother and baby, as well as a separate, spacious entry area with a sleeper sofa, dinette and TV. The Family Birthplace offers up to 39 private suites and is staffed by highly experienced physicians and nurses. Every nurse is certified in neonatal resuscitation, and labor and delivery nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support and fetal monitoring. Parents receive

the support of childbirth and parenting classes and a boot camp for new dads.

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Jackson Memorial Hospital 1611 NW 12th Ave., Miami JacksonHealth.org, 305-585-1111 Since 1918, Jackson Memorial Hospital has made its mark on South Florida. Countless parents have trusted Jackson Memorial during the life-changing experience of pregnancy and childbirth. The hospital offers a wide range of services and amenities, including vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC), certified lactation consultants, inpatient education classes, accommodations for an overnight guest, 24-hour access to epidural anesthesia, access to the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital, and more. Their specialized care addresses every aspect of higher-risk pregnancies, including pregnancy after age 35, fertility challenges, history of preterm labor, multiple births and pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Jackson Memorial is also home to the Jackson Fetal Therapy Institute – the only one of its kind in the southeastern United States – where fetuses with life-threatening conditions are treated in the womb.

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800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton brrh.com, 561-955-7100 Boca Raton Regional Hospital is not just an advanced medical center with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The hospital is also a great place to have your child. The hospital’s Maternity Service is based on the concept of “family- centered care,” which personalizes care to meet the specific needs of a mother and her family. Toppel Family Place recognizes that the birth of a baby impacts the entire family and its goal is to have mother and baby -- as well as family members and friends -- have a pleasant and most importantly, safe experience. A great part of Toppel Family Place is its combination of superior clinical care, spectrum of support services and classes with a heavy emphasis on lactation education and its philosophical approach to caring for both mom and family.

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Miami Children’s Hospital Miramar Outpatient Center Miramar Square, 12246 Miramar Parkway, Miramar mch.com/MiramarOutpatientCenter, 954-442-0809 The Urgent Care Center at Miami Children’s Hospital Miramar Outpatient Center offers personalized and prompt care for babies, children and adolescents up to age 21. Available seven days a week, urgent care services are provided by board-certified pediatric physicians and emergency trained nurses for minor injuries and illnesses. Diagnostics including x-ray and on-site lab services are also available. Backed by the full services of Miami Children’s Hospital, the Miramar Outpatient Center offers rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational, speech-language, and feeding and swallowing therapies as well as a host of pediatric subspecialty services for children throughout South Florida.

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Miami Urgent Care 2645 S. Douglas Road, Suite 502, Miami miamiurgentcare.com, 305-494-0536 Miami Urgent Care is a state-of-the-art, walk-in medical clinic dedicated to providing children and adults with quality and convenient medical care. Most patients are seen in less than an hour – much faster

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Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Outpatient Center 11310 Legacy Avenue, Legacy Place, Palm Beach Gardens mch.com/NicklausOutpatientCenter, 561-624-9188 With a typically lower co-pay than an emergency room visit, the Urgent Care Center at Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Outpatient Center offers personalized and prompt care for babies, children and adolescents up to age 21. Available seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., urgent care services are provided by board-certified pediatric physicians and emergency trained nurses for minor injuries and illnesses. Diagnostics including x-ray and on-site lab services are also available. Backed by the full services of Miami Children’s Hospital, the Nicklaus Outpatient Center in Palm Beach Gardens also offers diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation services, including aquatic, physical, occupational, speech-language, and feeding and swallowing therapies as well as a host of pediatric subspecialty services to children throughout South Florida.

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After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care Multiple locations, afterhourspediatrics.com Emergencies don’t work on a schedule. Fortunately, when your regular physician’s office is closed, After Hours Pediatrics is able to handle the late shift. The Floridabased center, which has South Florida locations in Lake Worth and Fort Lauderdale, is staffed by a group of pediatricians who treat children from newborns to 21 years old. Among the urgent-care services at its two locations are X-ray equipment, an onsite laboratory and assistance with hospital admission or consultation with specialists. Your child’s primary physician will always be kept informed of the care at After Hours; the center sends a full report the same day of your visit.

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excitement, and in sunny Florida, it is a novelty for kids to have to wear a jacket to stay warm near the ice. The Florida Panthers offer something for the whole family, from the stunning display of skills on the ice to Florida’s official mascot, Stanley C. Panther, pumping up the fans in the stands. To top it off, the experience is affordable -- season tickets start at $12 per seat per game. With the thrill of the game and the many eating options at BB&T Center, kids will have a time to remember.

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Jump A Roos jumparoos.com 20505 S. Dixie Highway, Cutler Bay, 305-238-JUMP (5867) 6830 N. University Drive, Tamarac, 954-721-JUMP (5867) Jump A Roos is a child’s dream play area, boasting inflatable slides, bounce areas and obstacle courses. Kids 12 and younger can enjoy running and hopping around a maze of inflatable areas that will keep them happy and healthy. While children are bouncing, adults can relax at one of the comfortable seating areas. Jump A Roos, which offers classes for children to interact and learn together, is also ideal for birthday parties and social gatherings.

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JUDGE’S CHOICE Dave and Buster’s daveandbusters.com 3000 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood, 954-923-5505 11481 NW 12th St, Suite E622, Miami, 305-468-1555 The beauty of Dave and Buster’s is that the game place is as much fun for adults as it is for kids. While it has all the bells and whistles and game tickets of an indoor arcade for kids, Dave and Buster’s fullservice sports bar and restaurant delivers quality food and drinks for the parents. The arcade is also geared for patrons of all ages, with sophisticated shooting and driving games as well as virtual golf for the post-puberty crowd. Eat-and-play specials pair select entrees with a $10 game card to encourage all diners to join in the fun.

JUDGE’S CHOICE Monster Mini Golf

BellaICE Skating Events Brings The Party To You!

14435 Miramar Parkway, Miramar monsterminigolf.com, 954-589-1878 It’s fun to putter around with mini golf, but Monster Mini Golf takes the fun to a whole new level. The indoor, air-conditioned course is perfect for South Florida’s hot summers, and the neon, black-lit décor makes it a party, day or night. A DJ spins music to entertain the golfers and runs contests, such as dancing, trivia and sing-alongs, with glow-in-the-dark prizes. Kids can collect tickets in the arcade for additional prizes. Monster Mini Golf offers party packages for both kids and adults, with an option for an after-hours party to make the experience truly unique.

JUDGE’S CHOICE South Florida Science Museum and Aquarium

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4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach sfsciencecenter.org, 561-832-1988 Along with a new name in the last year, the Museum has leapfrogged from a onetime sleepy South Florida attraction to an exhibition hall full of wonder. The centerpiece of the facility is the 3,000-gallon, salt water aquarium teeming with undersea creatures. A specially-designed hole in the middle of the tank offers a 360-degree underwater view. The planetarium offers star gazers a place to see the night sky, even in the middle of the day, and traveling and permanent exhibits help teach kids something new.

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Butterfly World 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek butterflyworld.com, 954-977-4400 Butterfly World is a fascinating place for kids. Ten acres of aviaries, botanical gardens, a butterfly farm and a research facility make up this attraction. Visitors can walk among the butterflies or visit the “bug museum” that showcases some of the world’s most interesting and amazing insects, including an Asian cockroach as big as your hand. A free educational monthly newsletter comes full of photos of the amazing butterflies and plants, tips on butterfly gardening, coupons and news of upcoming events.

Kids can even feed giraffes and ride camels. Zoo Miami is undergoing a remodeling of the entrance and Florida: Mission Everglades exhibit. The 14-month project will create a new state-of-the–art zoo entrance including a multi-purpose facility featuring a large event space, a wildlife tower, a new flamingo exhibit and more. Florida: Mission Everglades will open shortly after and include interactive and informative exhibits on animals such as black bears, panthers and alligators.

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Zoo Miami 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami zoomiami.org, 305- 251-0400 Visit animals from around the world without having to leave the country. Zoo Miami exhibits include a variety of amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals.

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2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee lioncountrysafari.com, 561-793-1084 Lions, giraffe, zebras, ostrich and rhinos are just some of the more than 900 wild animals you’ll see in Palm Beach County’s backyard. At Lion Country Safari, large herds of animals from six continents roam the attraction, while visitors view safely from their vehicles. Families can spend the whole day visiting the four-mile drive through the safari, enjoying the six rides at the Safari World Amusement Park and staying cool at the water sprayground and waterslides. Visitors should allow five hours to see everything, including the world’s largest herd of zebra outside of Africa and the country’s only true pride of lions.

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Swap Shop floridaswapshop.com 3291 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-791-7927 3438 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561-965-3624 After celebrating its 50th anniversary last year, the Swap Shop remains one of the most popular destinations in South Florida. Originally started in Fort Lauderdale, the shopping epicenter has expanded to Lake Worth and Tampa. Visitors can find more than treats and other goods, including entertainers, rides and arcade games to keep children interested. Both South Florida sites have a drive-in theater with a handful of movies playing throughout the year -- a perfect way to conclude a day of shopping.

JUDGE’S CHOICE Quiet Waters Park 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach broward.org/parks/quietwaterspark, 954-357-5100 Many people have visited Quiet Waters Park for the Florida Renaissance Festival, but the park offers much more than that. It also has Splash Adventure water park, Ski Rixen USA cable water-skiing, a marina with boats for rent, several lakes for fishing, bicycle rentals, mountain bike trails, basketball courts, and a campground with platform tents and tepees. Families can take advantage of camping specials that include admission to Splash Adventure,

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or they can learn to ski or board in group lessons at the cable water-skiing facility every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Miami Seaquarium 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami miamiseaquarium.com, 305-361-5705 Although South Florida is surrounded by water, kids rarely get the chance to see killer whales and dolphins up close. Miami Seaquarium gives visitors that opportunity. With shows, exhibits and animal encounters like the Swim With the Dolphins Experience, the Seaquarium introduces kids to manatees, sharks, sea lions, stingrays and much more.

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Explore new mediums, gain new artistic skills and have fun under the guidance of professional artists. Specialty courses for grade 5 – 12 include: Drawing, Painting, Musical Theater, Set Design, Ceramics, Photography, Digital Arts, Character Development and Gaming Arts. Merit and need-based scholarships available.

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Museum of Discovery and Science 201 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale 954-467-6637, mods.org Spend a day exploring two floors of this fantastic, educational, family-friendly museum. Take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, enjoy the playful antics of river otters, experience hurricaneforce winds in the Storm Center and dig for fossils alongside a giant megalodon shark. Or take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. And immerse yourself in a fivestory-high film adventure at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, home of the biggest screen in South Florida. Exhibits are ever-changing so there is always something new to see.

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Miami Children’s Museum 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami miamichildrensmuseum.org, 305-373-5437 Pairing interactive exhibits with educational lessons can be a challenge for some museums, but children will be enamored by the adventures found at this destination near downtown Miami. With 14 exciting exhibits, plus a rotation of seasonal galleries, Miami Children’s Museum offers an outlet for cultivating imagination while educating visitors in the process. The interactive exhibits, which are bilingual, are sprinkled throughout two floors of the 56,500 square-foot facility, giving children ample space to explore. The museum also

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hosts birthday parties and educational classes for young kids, which focus on age-appropriate activities for newborns and infants.

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129 E Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach schoolhousemuseum.org, 561-742-6780 Famous for being more than 100 years old and the first school in Boynton Beach, Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center offers a unique look into the history of South Florida. The Schoolhouse has two floors of interactive exhibits that give children a glimpse into the life of early pioneers in Florida. Kids can play and learn in the child-size replicas of a farmhouse, general store and train depot. There are weekly classes on art, music, the sciences and more for kids as well as affordable education classes and specialty workshops. The museum also hosts themed events such as the recent Princesses and Superhero Day and the upcoming Fourth of July barbecue.

JUDGE’S CHOICE SoccerTots and Lil Sluggers Baseball are sports based child development programs which utilize professionally designed curriculums to teach kids while participating in fun activities. Non-competitive, age appropriate weekly classes are all held INDOORS. No Obligation Trail & Sibling Discounts offered.

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Boca Raton Children’s Museum 498 Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton cmboca.org, 561-368-6875 The Boca Raton Children’s Museum gives imagination a chance to come out and play. Stop by for classes, such as Mommy and Me, Sensory Art or Musikgarten or explore the interactive exhibits, such as the Ricketts Corner Store (a replica of Boca Raton’s first grocery), the KidsCents Bank, Oscar’s Post Office or the Parlor, which features dress-up play and a piano. An outdoor Pirate Ship and Fort allow kids to get some fresh air while they sail the high seas on a creative adventure.

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ONLINE AND HOME PARTY SHOPPING Pollywally Doodle 1-888-99-POLLY, Pollywallydoodle.com Pollywally Doodle is the vision of two moms who share their love and passion for children. Together they created the ultimate online shop for unique children’s gifts from “Teeny to Tweeny.” Pollywally Doodle offers unique “seldom seen” products that are priced just right, and quality is a high priority. Organic Pacifier Pals, personalized quilted backpacks and personalized wallets are just a few of the fun items you’ll find. Parents can even host their own Pollywally Doodle parties.

ONLINE SHOPPING Zulily Zulily.com, 877-779-5615 Zulily.com offers daily deals on clothing, home décor, toys, gifts and more. Aside from the one-day sales, most deals usually last 72 hours and inventory is limited, with deals usually selling out. Members enjoy big savings on retailers including Bugaboo, Melissa & Doug, Disney, Hello Kitty and Peg Pérego. Once you’ve become a member, send an invite to your friends and receive a $15 credit for your next purchase.

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4425 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek partyinpinkboutique.com, 954-970-8868 Tea Parties, makeover parties, spa parties, dance parties, dress-up parties…what more could a little girl wish for? Party in Pink offers a gorgeous birthday party room with decor customized for your birthday party whatever theme you might choose. The store also sells clothing and accessories for infants to tweens, candy of all kinds, stuffed animals and more. Party in Pink offers store events, such as “Girl’s Day Out,” that are unique, fun and interactive parties for kids - no birthday needed and everyone is invited. They also provide on-location birthday parties in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

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Sugar Plum Fairy Kids Boutique Private showroom in Boca Raton. Appointments required. Sugarplumfairyboca.com, 561-447-4545 Looking for designer clothing brands that your kids actually like to wear? Look no further than Sugar Plum Fairy Kids Boutique. It offers more than 100 designer brands in clothes, shoes and accessories for girl and boys, ranging from newborn to size 14. Brands such as Little Me, Juicy Couture and True Religion are among the favorites. They also make shopping for baby gifts, birthdays or back-to-school easy with toys, keepsakes, stuffed animals and even back packs. Find Sugar Plum Fairy Kids Boutique on Facebook or sign up for the newsletter to find out about sales, promotions and coupons.

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service while keeping up with current fashion trends. But that is the focus at Step by Step, a family-owned boutique in South Miami that has been dedicated to dressing children for nearly 20 years. The location, a perennial staple in the Kids Crown Awards, puts an emphasis on tailoring to children’s needs and strives to find the perfect fit for everything from shirts to footwear at an affordable price. Step by Step also boasts one of the largest collections of name brands during back-to-school season.

Multiple locations in the tri-county area childrensplace.com The Children’s Place offers a large selection of clothing, shoes and accessories for newborns, babies, boys and girls. Whether visiting one of their multiple locations or shopping online, parents will find a wide variety of options at affordable prices. From dresses and rompers to school uniforms and swim wear, The Children’s Place sells fashionable, high-quality clothes. Ask an associate about My Place Rewards - a point system that rewards parents for shopping.

JUDGE’S CHOICE: CHILDREN’S CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT Island Water Sports 1985 NE 2nd St., Deerfield Beach islandwatersports.com, 954-427-4929 Not only do they sell everything you need to enjoy a day at the beach or on the water, but Island Water Sports also offers free Surf, Stand Up Paddle and Skim Board lessons every Saturday from 7 to 9 a.m. The

shop, with a giant shark sticking out of the roof, is easy to find. Inside, find boards, apparel, electronics and accessories for sports of all kinds. Once you and your kids are outfitted, instructors in skateboarding, surfing, stand-up paddle and skim boarding offer private lessons to make sure you skate/surf your best.

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Belly Love Spa 3420 NW 62nd Ave., Margate bellylovespa.com, 954-228-4772 While you nurture your baby for the duration of pregnancy, who is looking after your comfort? Fortunately for expectant mothers, Belly Love Spa offers a variety of services, including prenatal spa treatments, facial and nail care, as well as liberating exercises for the body and mind. The spa’s hypnotherapy program contains a vast collection of treatments, highlighted by a six-session class on natural childbirth that will create a relaxed experience and relieve some of the discomfort associated with pregnancy. Belly Love conveniently offers 3D/4D Ultrasound packages, giving parents the first glimpse of their newest member of the family.

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Tutti Bambini 7211 SW 58th Ave., Miami tutti-bambini.com, 305-669-1400 Navigating the different stages of pregnancy can be an arduous process, but the services provided at this South Miami shop serve as a massive help -- especially for new parents. Think of the staff as a baby concierge. Tutti Bambini’s experienced and knowledgeable crew will guide soon-to-be moms and dads through the exciting nine months, offering clothing options and customizable nursery designs. In addition, customers can find assistance on prenatal fitness, as well as classes specifically tailored for helping fathers prepare for the baby and for teenagers who will be tasked with babysitting duties.

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Oh Baby Ultrasound 1880 N. Congress Ave. #226, Boynton Beach ohbabyultrasound.com, 561-732-8888 It’s a special moment seeing your baby for the first time, and Oh Baby Ultrasound makes that experience even more memorable. Families at Oh Baby receive one-on-one attention and can find out the sex of their baby as early as 15 weeks. Family-owned and operated for five years, Oh Baby uses

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A Pea in the Pod Locations in the tri-county area Apeainthepod.com, 1-877-273-2763(APOD) A Pea in the Pod, a luxury maternity boutique, offers a one-of-a-kind collection of both Pea in the Pod fashion and exclusive wears from the industry’s foremost contemporary brands. Presenting moms-to-be with casual and contemporary pieces, they are a favorite among Hollywood’s expectant celebrities, such as Jessica Simpson, Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek. Tops and bottoms, dresses, swim suits and nursing clothes are just some of the items available in stores and online. A Pea in the Pod can be found nationwide in A Pea in the Pod boutiques.

CONSIGNMENT/TRADE BROWARD

Lolliposh lolliposh.com, 954-401-3747

Want to unclutter your closets? Lolliposh is a seasonal consignment event that has been held at the Levin Gymnasium at the Soref Jewish Community Center in Plantation for the past few years. This event gives parents the opportunity to buy and sell brand-new and gently used clothing, toys, furniture and accessories for babies and children of all ages. Whether making some extra money for your family or stocking up on things for the kids at a portion of the price, Lolliposh is a terrific concept for families.

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Once Upon A Child 12394 SW 127th Ave., Miami onceuponachildmiami.com, 786-429-3945 Let’s face it: When children are young, their clothes have a short life span, so paying full price for high-end fashions isn’t ideal. A store that offers those same stylish outfits at a fraction of the cost would certainly help with the rapid turnover of children’s clothes. Behold the mission behind Once Upon A Child, a South Miami hot spot operated by fellow mothers and fathers who understand the need to be thrifty on threads. Customers can find items ranging from brand-name, gently worn apparel to children’s furniture and toys at a discount

up to 70 percent off regular retail prices.

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ZannaJane’s 11419 W Palmetto Park Road, Suite E, Boca Raton zannajanes.com, 561-961-4341 A family-owned business, ZannaJane’s is a consignment service offering its customers unique items. A mix of antiques and vintage, ZannaJane’s offers items for your child’s bedroom. In a family-friendly environment, staff members at ZannaJane’s interact with families and kids so parents can get a chance to look around the store. Children won’t be bored as you shop because the store offers candy to kids and cookies every Saturday. ZannaJane’s prides itself in selling items like jewelry and children’s décor that you wouldn’t find at the mall or another major retail store. The store also holds fun events for families, like the recent sidewalk sale.

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Plato’s Closet Locations in the tri-county area platoscloset.com Plato’s Closet is recognized as the nation’s largest chain of teen and adult resale stores,

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with more than 400 locations. Geared toward hip and trendy fashion, Plato’s Closet buys and sells top-name-brand clothing and accessories in good condition. Inventory has usually been in retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months and includes brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Charlotte Russe, Billabong and Forever 21. Sizes usually range from 0-16 in girls and guys size 28 to 40 waist.

JUDGE’S CHOICE Red Balloon Consignment Shop 1800 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach shopredballoon.com, 561-966-7956 Starting as a children’s shop, Red Balloon has expanded to include Ladies, Juniors, Plus, Mens, Maternity, household accessories and jewelry. This little shop is a good place to find discounted items for babies and toddlers as well as older children who are still growing up fast.

BABY AND KID’S FURNITURE PALM BEACH

Rooms for a Prince & Princess 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton 561-206-6173, rppkids.com Rooms for a Prince & Princess, a familyowned retailer, offers parents everything they need to create the perfect bedroom for their prince or princess. From luxury decor, gifts, toys and clothing to car seats, bouncers and strollers, the store’s selection is topnotch. With brands such as Berg, Young America and Orbit Baby, Rooms for a Prince & Princess features many unique designs in furniture and accessories. The store offers a gift registry as well.

MALLS & SHOPPING CENTERS BROWARD

Promenade at Coconut Creek 4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek thepromenadeatcoconutcreek.com, 954-974-6624 There is no shortage of shopping centers in South Florida, but the key is finding stores and activities suitable for all ages. The Promenade, which also won Best Shopping Mall in Broward in 2013, fills that criteria with more than 35 stores and boutiques and nearly 20 restaurants throughout its outdoor perimeter. Retailers range from adult-tailored Lane Bryant to the more kidfriendly Gymboree. Families can choose from several different cuisines, including Italian, Japanese, Greek and Mexican. The Promenade also hosts several holidaythemed events throughout the year, most notably a costume contest at Halloween and an egg hunt at Easter.

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of the house (tidy or a mess) is not too important. That doesn’t mean, though, that I don’t need to take a few extra breaths when it seems like I’m taking one step forward and two steps back as I attempt to keep the house in order. I guess you could say I’m “learning to chill.” Jessie just finished making an 8-page, glitter-filled activity book at the kitchen table. She had so much fun working on this project as she drew ovals on the pages with glue, then buried them with glitter. Right now, glitter is everywhere – the table, chairs, floor, her clothing and the dog. Even though I’ll vacuum the entire work area, including her, glitter will somehow find its way into every room of the house. The “pre-chilled” dad would moan and groan. However, the “postchilled” dad sees the sparkle in his child’s eyes, and on various places on her face and body, as she shows off her book. So thank you, Mr. Ruschmann, for your shimmery invention. But a bigger thanks goes out to the inventor of the vacuum cleaner. Jessie prepared her activity book to take on an upcoming trip. She says it will make the time pass faster in the car. I praise Jessie for her creative idea and for taking responsibility for her own entertainment. However, that glitter-dripping book isn’t going anywhere near the family van. I guess I haven’t fully mastered the art of “chilling.” Here’s wishing you a fantastic summer of safe travels. May you be blessed with sufficient engineering skills to get everything packed. May you “chill” when your tank of patience runs on empty, which is bound to happen when family members are in a confined space for hours. But most importantly, may your travels leave you and your loved ones with glittering memories. Until next month, remember to cherish the moments.

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Limit Setting: Driving instructions for pigeons wanting to drive the bus BY KAREN DEERWESTER, ED.S.

In the popular children’s book by Mo Willems, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, the message is clear - no amount of begging, pleading, cajoling, insisting or demanding will make this pigeon ready-and-able to drive the bus. And so it is with young children and setting limits. There are some things that give too much power too soon to children and parents need to say “no.” But how? The problem with limit setting isn’t simply what-when-how to define the limit, but your child challenging, questioning and trying to renegotiate your position.

What - When - How The first question for parents is what limits - what is fair and age-appropriate? Best place to start is safety. It’s not safe to run in the street, hit baby brothers or cut sharp objects without supervision. The best limits are clear and predictable. In the beginning, limits are set to keep your child safe, such as starting gradually with baby proofing, then opening up the stairs as your child becomes more skillful. Babies sit in high chairs, safe and secure, until they learn to sit with the family in a chair without constraint. Over time, your child begins to accept the boundary, whether it’s a physical boundary or a routine. Your child begins to internalize the rule and the structure as a form of self-management. Limits help children understand how to act and how to make good decisions.

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Limits Change Limits change as children acquire skills and better decision making. And so, not-hittingyour-brother turns into how-can-you-and-your-brother-workthat-out? Limits also change because your child wants more independence. Except children, like pigeons, don’t know that independence assumes more responsibility. Sleeping in a bed requires more selfmanagement than sleeping in a crib. And yet, at some point the transition must be made. So limit-setting parents are always looking to connect the dots from external limits to self-managed limits. Parent-guided discipline evolves into self-discipline, from toddlers to preschoolers, school age to young adults who actually drive cars and say “no” to peer pressure. All limits must be accompanied by skill-building. Toddlers must hold hands in parking lots until they demonstrate they can stay safe by your side.

The Problem of Enforcement Teaching skills while enforcing limits is a process requiring time and attention (which is why the pigeon often wins because pigeons can wait you out and have singular focus while you are trying to get 99 other things checked off your to-do list). Carrying your child or always using

the stroller is one way to set the limit because they keep your child from running away. However, eventually those options get tiresome. So your child needs to “practice” walking side-by-side repeatedly, when they are eager and when they are tired. In some cases, teaching new behaviors is easy and automatic. In the life of every child, there will be skills that require parent commitment to the teachable moment. In those instances, parents must prepare for resistance with gentle persistence. Gentle persistence means try and try again, with the confidence that your child wants to grow and learn despite momentary opposition. Start with the least coercive parentpower possible. In this case, verbal reminders or a gentle holding of your child’s shirt. If resistance escalates (as it sometimes does because children MUST test your consistency and commitment level), avoid the power struggle. Take a minute to wait for your child to regroup, possibly with a reminder that there is something fun beyond the temporary frustration. The last resort is to change the situation. In this case, leave the parking lot and

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stages » child head back home. Without blame, shame or anger, simply explain that you can’t go to the fun place because your child wasn’t walking safely. Note: You don’t do this on a dreaded visit to the doctor, you “practice” it on a trip to the carousel or ice cream. The challenge of successfully enforcing limits is knowing in advance what you can and cannot enforce. You can’t make a child eat, sleep or potty on your terms. You can set boundaries around those experiences so that you are steering them to self-management and good decision making. Power struggles occur when you try to control something because you are the parent but in reality you cannot control it. Control the environment, not the child. The best limits are your rules and routines that keep your child safe and keep you sane.

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bookmark and summer reading log. Includes a doll-sized poster to take home. Noon-2 p.m., American Girl Miami, 8888 SW 136th St. Suite #395A, Miami. Call 877-2475223. Free. Music Jam. Bring an instrument or use one of ours and learn to master 3 guitar chords and play hundreds of songs. 6:30 p.m., Coconut Grove Branch Library, 2875 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove. Call 305-442-8695.

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will cover the six dimensions of wellness, infant oral health, and more. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sandra Brener and Associates, 9720 Stirling Road, #100, Cooper City. Call 954-441-3777 to register. Free. Music with Movement. Songs, hand-held instruments and movement exercise for preschoolers. 10:30 a.m., Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch Library, 1 Park Ave. East, Dania Beach. Call 954-357-7073.

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4th of July Bash! Wear red, white and blue and join us for fun stories and special activities. Ages 3–8. 4 p.m., Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. RSVP required. Family Storytime. Join Ms. Destynee for stories, songs, crafts and fun! Ages PreK to 3rd grade. 10:30 a.m., Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-868-7703. Once Upon a Movie. Fairy tale-themed movie and self-led craft. 1 p.m., Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-868-7703. Science for Tots. This is the final program of a fourweek hands-on workshop for young scientists. Come dressed to get messy. For ages 3-5. 2:30 p.m., Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-304-4500. Registration required. Shadow Tracing. Draw and color silhouettes from reflections and shadows made by altered light. Ages 4-7. 3 p.m., Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. Call 561-681-4100. Preregister. Tricks, Leaps and Turns. This fun class focuses on sharpening techniques used in choreography stunts.

editor’s picks July 3-6 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY Florida Supercon. South Florida’s largest comic book, anime, animation, videogame, fantasy, sci-fi and pop culture convention. Enjoy four days of panels, fun celebrity guests and adventure. Dress up in your favorite costumes. Thursday-Saturday, 10-3 a.m.; Sunday, 11-3 a.m., Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Call 954-399-1330 or visit floridasupercon. com. Tickets $25-$70. Kids 9 and under free with parent.

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Splash Ahoy. Pirate-themed event at Splash Adventure water park. Fee includes splash time, bounce house, games, and movie (“Rise of the Guardians”). Refreshments will be available for purchase. 6-10 p.m. at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Call 954-357-5100. Advanced tickets are required. Cost is $6.

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» independence day events MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY BASH AT BAYFRONT PARK The largest 4th of July celebration in Miami with a spectacular fireworks display in downtown Miami. Free and open to the public with plenty of activities for kids and adults alike. 2-10 p.m. at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305- 3587550 or visit Bayfrontparkmiami.com. Free. 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

4-5 p.m. at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 561-394-2626 or visit ShowtimeBoca.com. $10.

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The Ballad of America by Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band. Americana songs from the past. 10 a.m., Joseph Caleb Auditorium, 5400 NW 22nd Ave., Miami. Call 305-636-2350. Fizz Boom Read: Grossology 101. Fun craft for grades K-6. 7 p.m., North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183 St., Miami. Call 305-625-6424. Yoga for Kids. Discover the calming and soothing techniques of Yoga exercises. For ages 6-14. 6-7 p.m., West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. Call 305-553-1134.

Children will make fireworks on paper and edible American flags, reconstruct parts of the Declaration of Independence with MCM’s own Benjamin Franklin and make American Flag T-shirts. Bring a plain white T-shirt to participate. Noon-3 p.m. at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Call 305-373-5437 or visit Miamichidlrensmuseum.org. 4TH OF JULY IN COCONUT GROVE

Local restaurants and shops will feature special offers, live music, raffles and more. Pack picnic blankets and lawn chairs and head over to Peacock Park for the fireworks show. Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove. Call 305444-7270 or visit Coconutgrovechamber. com.

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“Cinderella: A Fractured Fairy Tale.” The Fan-

Entertainment, concessions, patriotic mascots and a spectacular fireworks display. The celebration will begin at 5 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Call 855- 311-6903 or visit Biltmorehotel.com. Free.

tasy Theatre Factory presents this retelling of a classic. 1-2 p.m., Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 305-284-8800. Family Storytime. 6:30 p.m., Richard C. Sullivan Public Library, 500 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. Call 954-390-2195. Registration required.

Science Kids: Build, Create, and Experiment. 1-2 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University—Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954-262-5477. Free, registration required.

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American Girl: Marie-Grace & Cécile. Experience the excitement of hunting for a classy craft at our re-creation of 1850s New Orleans at the famous French Market. Ages 6-12. 3 p.m., Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. Call 561-681-4100. Preregister. A.N.T.S.: Art & Nature Together with Science crafts and activities. Ages 6 and older. 3 p.m., Greenacres Branch Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres. Call 561-641-9100. Registration required. Children’s Chocolatier Class. Chocolate dipping and decorating class for ages 6 to 12. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens, 5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres. Call 561-967-2213. Cost is $14.95.

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Bark and Read. Children read to Flora, a licensed therapy greyhound. 3:30 p.m., West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd. Call 305-385-7135. Family Storytime. Ages 4-9. Registration required. 11 a.m., Miami Lakes Branch Library, 6699 Windmill Gate Road, Miami Lakes. Call 305-822-6520.

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Patriotically themed professional floats, other personally decorated and creative entries and marching groups. The parade will start at 11 a.m. with a flyover of jets, and proceed south on Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid, Key Biscayne. Call 305-361-5207 or visit Kb4.org. MIAMI BEACH FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Free concerts and fireworks. Glass containers and alcoholic beverages not permitted. Ocean Drive and 8th Street, 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Call 305673-7577 or visit Miamibeachfl.gov. INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Fireworks, live entertainment, dancing, games, food and more. 6-10 p.m. Milander Park, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah. 305361-6134. Free. OLD-FASHIONED ULY FOURTH PICNIC

Picnic at The Barnacle Historic State Park with traditional board games, crafts, a

scavenger hunt, live music and more. Learn to make and fly your own kite. Bring your own or buy hot dogs, burgers and other treats from The Barnacle Society. Alcohol not permitted. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. Call 305-442-6866. General admission, $5; Children 6-9, $3; children under 6, free. INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show. 7-9:30 p.m. JC Bermudez Park, 3000 NW 87th Ave., Doral. cityofdoral.com. Free. FOURTH OF JULY EVENT

Live music, swim races, arts and crafts, and interactive games. Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways will perform. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Event begins at 2 p.m. Surfside Community Center, 9301 Collins Ave. 305-866-3635. Free for residents, $5 for nonresidents. BROWARD COUNTY FOURTH OF JULY AT MULLINS PARK City’s annual celebration begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Bounce houses, music and nominal fees for kid’s craft activities. Food and refreshments. Event is free, but $3 parking fee at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, Mullins Park and the Center for the Arts, 10000 Ben Geiger Dr., Coral Springs. Call 954-345-2200 or coralsprings.org. ANNUAL JULY FOURTH HOMETOWN PARADE AND CELEBRATION

Parade will feature local businesses, civic groups, schools, bands, organizations and residents. Parade begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Town Center Blvd. and Three Village Road, continuing east on Three Village Road to Bonaventure Blvd., then heading south briefly to Bell Tower Lane. The parade culminates by winding through Weston Town Center to the heart of Main Street. 10:30 a.m. Weston. Call 954389-4321 or visit westonfl.org. Free. BEACH BASH AND FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA

DJ, live music and dance, arts and crafts, antique car show, food trucks, science stations, glitter and airbrush tattoos, fireworks and much more. Noon-10 p.m. Pompano Beach Fishing Pier to the Great Lawn, North Pompano Beach Blvd. Call 954-786-4111 or visit Pompanobeachfl.gov. Free.

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Enjoy fireworks from the highest man-made elevation in Broward County. See displays from Davie, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise and possibly Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Bring lawn chairs, food and refreshments. Hard liquor and glass containers not permitted. Personal fireworks not allowed. The park will stay open until 10 p.m. Arrive before 7:30 p.m. and pay regular park fee. 9 p.m. Vista View Park, 4001 SW 142nd Ave., Davie. 954357-8898 or VistaViewPark@broward.org. $2 per person. FOURTH OF JULY SPECTACULAR

Live bands, a family fun zone, food, drink, merriment and a huge fireworks show. 12:30-9:30 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach, A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. Call 954-8285363 or visit Fortlauderdale.gov. Free. INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Rides, music, arts and crafts, a food truck roundup and a special fireworks display. Personal fireworks, coolers and pets not permitted. 6-9 p.m. Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Call 954-435-6525 or visit ppines.com. Free. INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS AND FAMILY FUN DAY

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Floats will wind their way west along Sunset Strip from NW 12th Street to City Park, where the fun continues with free food, rides and children’s entertainment. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. City Park, 6700 Sunset Strip, Sunrise. 954-7474600 or sunrisefl.gov. Free. CONCERT AND FIREWORKS AT THE BB&T CENTER

Children’s rides and activities, music and food and beverage vendors. The Jacob Jeffries Band will perform, and Grammy Awardnominated alternative rockers the Spin Doctors will headline. Enjoy fireworks after the concert. Coolers, glass containers, alcohol, pets, weapons and personal fireworks not permitted. 5-10 p.m. BB&T Center, 1 Panther parkway, Sunrise. Call 954-747-4600 or visit Sunrisefl.gov. Parking and admission free.

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Arts and crafts, food, drinks and music. At 9 p.m., enjoy fireworks over the Intracoastal Waterway. Noon-8:30 p.m. Bryant Park, Lake Worth. Visit lakeworth.org. Free. FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Step back into the 1950s with a free vintage and collectible car show in the courtyard. Inside the gardens, enjoy old-fashioned games, 1950s costume contests, watermelon and pie eating contests, 50’s music by DJ DigFlorida Supercon. South Florida’s largest comic book,

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PALM BEACH COUNTY FABULOUS FOURTH CELEBRATION Climbing wall, giant slides, rides, carnival games, food trucks, children’s crafts, live music and more. Shuttle service runs 5:30 to 10:15 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Spanish River Sports Complex, 1000 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 561367-7073 or visit myboca.us. Free.

Enjoy a patriotic pool party from noon to 5 p.m. at the Aquatics Complex. From 6-9 p.m., head over to Village Park for traditional games, inflatable rides, face painting and live music by the Brass Evolution Band. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Alcoholic beverages, pets and personal fireworks not permitted. Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington. Call 561-753-2484 or visit wellingtonfl.gov. Free.

anime, animation, videogame, fantasy, sci-fi and pop culture convention. Enjoy four days of panels, fun celebrity guests and adventure. Dress up in your favorite costumes. Thursday-Saturday, 10-3 a.m.; Sunday, 11-3 a.m., Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Call 954-399-1330 or visit floridasupercon. com. Tickets $25-$70. Kids 9 and under free with parent.

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celebratory Fourth of July tunes. 1 p.m., South MiamiDade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Call 305-667-4069 or visit Gmys.org. Mind Your Manners. Learn how to dine while doing business, dress for interviews, network and more. 3-4 p.m., Miami-Dade Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-375-2665.

Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-2600. RSVP required. Fairy Tale Fun. For children grades K-5. 2 p.m., Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-868-7703. Geography Club. Ages 6-9. 3 p.m., Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-2600. Registration required. Get Gross with Slime Science. Learn about things sticky, slimy and gooey. Dress to get messy. Ages 8-12. 3 p.m., Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. Call 561-681-4100. Preregister. Stories at Sunset. With local celebrity storyteller Mij Byram. 5:45 p.m., Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-868-7703.

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dren must be accompanied by an adult. 2-3 p.m., Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch Library, 1 Park Avenue East, Dania Beach. Call 954-357-7073. Silly Stories. Stories, songs and a puppet show with the library’s very own Shermanettes. 10:30 a.m. at Nova Southeastern University—Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954- 262-5477. Free.

different setting with a variety of events scheduled from opening receptions, art talks, screenings, and even musical entertainment. 5-8 p.m. at MDC Museum of Art and Design at Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-237-7700 or visit Mdcmoad.org. Florida Supercon. South Florida’s largest comic book, anime, animation, videogame, fantasy, sci-fi and pop culture convention. Friday-Saturday, 10-3 a.m.; Sunday, 11-3 a.m., Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Call 954-399-1330 or visit floridasupercon.com. Kids 9 and younger free with parent.

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Art After Dark. Museum tours, discussions, live music, crafts and more, designed for children and adults. 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Call 561- 832-5196 or visit Norton.org. Cost is $6 adults, children free. Clematis By Night. Enjoy this after-dark, outdoor concert. 6-9 p.m. on the Waterfront Commons at the east end of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. Call 561-822-1515 or visit Clematisbynight.net.

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Live entertainment, food and refreshments, kids activities and South Florida’s largest fireworks display over the Intracoastal Waterway. 5-10 p.m. Downtown West Palm Beach, near Clematis Street and Flagler Drive. Call 561-822-1515 or visit Wpb. org4th. Free. IGNITE THE NIGHT INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Music, contests, children’s activities, arts and crafts, food and fireworks. 5:30-10 p.m. Greenacres Community Park, 2905 Jog Road. Call 561-642-2181 or visit ci.greenacres.fl.us. Free. INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR

Kids Fun Zone area packed with rides, slides, games, and fun. Plus tribute bands, games, food and more. 1-10 p.m. Village Commons, 11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. 561-790-5140 or royalpalmbeach.com. Free. ANNUAL JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

Music by The Shindigs, with classic hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Zambelli Fireworks display after the concert. Food trucks will be on site. Bring picnics and lawn chairs. BBQs, pets or personal fireworks are permitted. 6:30 p.m. Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 12551 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561488-8069 or pbcgov.com. Free.

music, games, and crafts in the Florida Pioneer House; animal encounters; and special performances of the Wings Over Water bird show and the Wild Things stage show. 5:30-9 p.m. at Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561- 547-WILD or visit Palmbeachzoo.org. General admission, $15.95; children 3-12, $9.95; Members $9 adults, $5 child. Under age 3 is free.

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Creative Arts for Kids. Kids ages 6-12 learn about the elements of art by painting, drawing and sculpting. 2-4 p.m. at Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Call 305-893-6211 or Mocanomi.org. Florida Supercon. South Florida’s largest comic book, anime, animation, videogame, fantasy, sci-fi and pop culture convention. Saturday, 10-3 a.m.; Sunday, 11-3 a.m., Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Call 954-399-1330 or visit floridasupercon.com. Kids 9 and younger free with parent.

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Boulevard Heights Movie Night. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a screening of “Soul Surfer.” 8 p.m. at Boulevard Heights Community Center, 6770 Garfield St., Hollywood. Call 954-967-4235. Free. Hi (Our Science Guy) Presentation. Join Professor Hi Bleeker for a presentation on “Climate Change.” 1 p.m., Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-713-0930 or Mods.org. “Japan: Kingdom of Characters.” See the history of Japan’s affinity for and fame of its world-renowned and beloved characters, beginning in the 1950s with Astro Boy through to the 2000s with Pokémon and more. At the opening event of JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters, visitors can enjoy fun and creative art projects inspired by the exhibit. On view through Sept. 7 at the Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. Call 954-424-0085. Admission is $14 per person; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children over age 1; $11 for military members and their immediate families.

Turtle Races. Day of turtle-themed events includes turtle races, stained glass turtle art, science shows and more. Noon-4 p.m., Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-467-6637 or visit Mods.org.

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Fizz, Boom, Read: Family Reading Safari with The Palm Beach Zoo. Meet zoo animals during this visit from The Palm Beach Zoo. All ages. 3 p.m., Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. RSVP required. Haitian Cultural Music Food Festival. Food, activities and music by Carimi, T Vice, J Beatz, Rara Lakay, Tragedy, 5 Etwal, and more. 1-11:30 p.m. at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-634-1748 or visit Haitianculturemusicfoodfestival. com. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at gate. Children under 15 are $10, students with ID $15. Harry Potter Summer. Remember to wear your house pins and participate in a new Harry Potter-themed activity each week. Ages 7 and up. 2:30 p.m., Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-304-4500. Registration required. Little Wonders. Hikes for little feet, crafts for tiny fingers, and stories for growing minds. 10 a.m. at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 561-544-8605. Cost $5 members, $8 non-members. Summertime Dog Tales. Read to a specially trained therapy dog. 10:30 a.m., Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-868-7703.

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Florida Supercon. South Florida’s largest comic book, anime, animation, videogame, fantasy, sci-fi and pop culture convention. Sunday 11-3 a.m., Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Call 954-399-1330 or visit floridasupercon.com. Kids 9 and younger free with parent.

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» ongoing events MIAMI-DADE COUNTY BASS BABIES

Tuesdays. In this program, children 2 to 4 and their caretakers interact with art through themed songs, gallery activities and art projects. Only one caregiver per child is allowed. 10–11:30 a.m. Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 305-673-7530, kcrook@bassmuseum.org or bassmuseum.org. Members, $10; Nonmembers, $15. Sibling discounts are available. MEETUP.COM PLAYGROUP

Tuesdays. This is an opportunity for structured mom-child activity and for children to play while their mothers exchange parenting advice and share experiences. 1-4 p.m. The Gathering Place, 5810 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. 786-953-6417 or theplacewegather.com. Annual membership, $15.

STORYTIME

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Saturdays. Bring children 3 to 7 to hear stories and make a craft. 10 a.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables. 305442-4408. Free.

Wednesdays. Children and teens 6 to 17 are invited to enjoy arts and crafts. Preregistration is required. 6-7:30 p.m. Franklin Park, 2501 Franklin Dr., Fort Lauderdale. 954-7911037. Free.

TRAIN RIDES

Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy 20-minute train rides on the Edwin Link Children’s Railroad. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. 305-253-0063 or gcrm.org. Rides, $3; Museum admission: Adults, $8; Children 3-12, $6; Children 1 and younger, free. BROWARD COUNTY FOOD TRUCKS AT ARTS PARK

Mondays. Bring blankets and chairs and choose from more than 20 food trucks. 5:3010 p.m. Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood Blvd. and U.S. 1, Hollywood. 954-921-3500, visithollywoodfl.org/events.aspx or miamifoodtrucks.com. Free admission. WONDERSCAPES

$5 FRIDAYS

Fridays. For just $5, anyone 17 and younger is invited to check out a collection of approximately 1,200 automotive vehicles spanning the decades, including military vehicles, James Bond cars and Batmobiles. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dezer Collection Auto Museum, 2000 NE 146th St., North Miami. 305-354-7680 or dezercollection.com. Adults, $25 per building; Seniors, $15 per building.

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

NATURE EXPLORERS

Wednesdays. There is a different theme each week at this hand-on adventure, full of craft projects, live animal interaction, fun stories and other educational activities for children 3-5. 10-11 a.m. Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. 954-752-9453, sncrobin@aol. com or sawgrassnaturecenter.org. Members, $5; Nonmembers, $8. FUNTASTIC FRIDAYS FOR KIDS

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

Sundays. Meet a native or exotic animal, learn about how animals live in the wild, how we can best interact with them and how our choices affect their quality of life. 11-11:20 a.m. Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. 954-752-9453, sncrobin@aol.com or sawgrassnaturecenter.org. Free. BROWARD

Turtle Races. Turtle races, stained glass turtle art, science shows and more. Noon-4 p.m., Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-467-6637 or visit Mods.org.

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Picasso, Maybe. Join artist Romario Brown of Dance4Art to learn how to create your own masterpiece. For children ages 6-12. 2 p.m., Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-868-7703.

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Kids Club. Enjoy your favorite games, crafts, stories, and books. 4 p.m., North Central Branch Library, 9590 NW 27 Ave., Miami. Call 305-693-4541.

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PJ Party. Food, games, crafts and more. 10 a.m.-noon at Festival Flea Market, 2900 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach. Call 954-266-6831. Stories in Spanish and English. Stories and songs in both English and Spanish. 7-8 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University—Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954- 262-5477. Free. Ooga, the Cavewoman. Join the fun for a stone-age barrel of fun with Suzy Hammer, entertainer extraordinaire. 11 a.m., Miramar Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Call 954-357-8169.

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Art Club. Dress to get messy. Ages 8 and up. 4 p.m., Wellington Branch Library, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington. Call 561-790-6070. Free, registration required. Baby Story Time. Ages 3-12 months. 10:30 a.m., West Boca Branch Library, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton. Call 561-470-1600. Free, registration required. Crafts for Kids. Ages 3-8. 3 p.m., Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. Call 561-6814100. Preregister.

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PALM BEACH COUNTY DAILY SHARK FEEDINGS

Tuesdays-Sunday. Have a splashing good time learning fun and interesting facts about the ocean’s top predators while watching them eat their breakfast in a 15,000-gallon tank. Tues.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m. Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. 561-274-7263 or sandowayhouse.org. Children 2 and younger, free. General admission, $4. ANIMAL FEEDINGS

Wednesdays-Saturdays. Gather around the alligator tank and learn about a baby gator while he is being fed on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Come learn about snakes while they are being fed on Thursdays and the striped skunk George on Fridays. 3:15-3:30 p.m. Daggerwing Nature Center, 11200 Park Access Road, Boca Raton. 561-629-8760. Free. CHILDREN’S RESEARCH STATION

Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, except April 13. In this 30-minute program geared at children 5-12, a trained volunteer teaches participants about sea turtle rescue and release and common injuries and illnesses that affect these endangered animals. Guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early to sign up. Wed. and Fri., 3:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. Highway One, Juno Beach, Lots o’ Legos. Ages 6–9. 3 p.m., Glades Road Branch

ROOTS AND SHOOTS CLUB

Wednesdays. In conjunction with Jane Goodall’s worldwide kids’ activist group, children will create hands-on local service projects that show care and concern for the environment, animals and the human community. Each meeting includes a project and peacerelated activities. Registration is required. Children 5 to 9, 3-4 p.m.; Children 10 to 16 , 5-6 p.m. Sunflower Creative Arts, 2601 Saint Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-482-3412 or sunflowercreativearts.org. Free. FOOD TRUCK INVASION

Thursdays. Bring family, friends and picnic blankets and choose from more than 15 food trucks. 5-9:30 p.m. Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd. 561-753-2484. Free admission. ART EXPLORATION: OODLES OF ART

Saturdays. Little artists ages 2-4 will be introduced to various art mediums and create simplified forms of mosaic art, origami, clay sculptures and more. 10:30-11 a.m. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center. 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 561-7426780 or schoolhousemuseum.org. Adults, $5; Seniors 62 and older, $4.50; Children 1-17, $4; Members and children younger than 1, free.

E-MAIL: calendar@sfparenting.com FAX: 954-429-1207 MAIL: South Florida Parenting Calendar 1701 Green Road, Suite B Deerfield Beach, FL 33064 • Include the name of event, location, address, date, time, brief description, price and a telephone contact for the public. • Items must be submitted six weeks before the beginning of the month in which the event occurs. • Preference is given to nonprofit or community-based events and events of broad appeal to families, particularly those that are free or low-cost.

Please check all events listed, as some may have changed because of weather or other events after press time. For calendar updates, visit our Web site, www.southfloridaparenting.com.

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

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Includes a doll-sized poster to take home. Noon-2 p.m. at American Girl Miami, 8888 SW 136 Street Suite #395A, Miami. Call 877-247-5223. Free. Baby and Me. For parents and babies 0-12 months. 10;30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. Call 305-553-1134. Gaming @ Your Library. Play some of the latest board and video games and compete against others in the comfort of your library. 4-5:30 p.m., South Miami Branch Library, 6000 Sunset Drive, Miami. Call 305-667-6121.

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Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561482-4554. Registration required. Musical Theatre-Acting. Learn voice, styling and musical theatre performance. 4-5 p.m. at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 561-394-2626 or visit ShowtimeBoca.com. Cost $10. Robobug. Make a robotic bug that jiggles and learn about electrical circuits. Ages 8-11. 2 p.m., Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133. Registration required. Summertime Dog Tales. Read to a specially trained therapy dog. 10:30 a.m., Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-868-7703.

561-627-8280, ext. 107, info@marinelife.org or marinelife.org. Free.

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» fairs & festivals Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Call 305-256-8399 or visit fairchildgarden.org. Nonmembers: Adults, $25; Seniors, $18, Children 6-17, $12. Free for members, military personnel and children 5 and under. Guests who walk, ride a bike or take public transportation receive $5 off admission for adults and $2 off for children.

TANABATA FESTIVAL

July 1-8. Bring the family for Japan’s Star Festival. Guests have the opportunity to follow Japanese tradition by writing their own special wishes for the future and placing them on the Tanabata bamboo in the museum lobby. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. 561-495-0233. General Admission, $8; Children 4-10, $6. Members and children 4 and younger free. FLORIDA SUPERCON

July 3-6. Come out for South Florida’s largest comic book, anime, animation, videogame, fantasy, sci-fi and pop culture convention. Four days of great panels, fun celebrity guests and lots of adventure. Thursday-Saturday, 10-3 a.m.; Sunday, 11-3 a.m. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Call 954-399-1330 or visit floridasupercon.com. Single day advance $25-30, day of show $30. Two-day pass in advance $45, day of show $50. Three-day pass in advance $65, day of show $70. Children age 9 and younger free with parent. HAITIAN CULTURAL MUSIC FOOD FESTIVAL 5.

July 5. Enjoy a day of music by performers such as Carimi, T Vice, J Beatz, Rara Lakay, Tragedy, 5 Etwal, and more. There will also be food, activities, and more. 1-11:30 p.m. at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-634-1748 or visit

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Haitianculturemusicfoodfestival.com. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at gate. Children under 15 are $10, students with ID $15. FESTIVAL OF NATIONS: A MULTICULTURAL SOCCER FEAST

July 12-13. Foot Volley Cup featuring players from 32 countries. Enjoy Footvolley tournament, live bands, food from all countries, exhibitors from all nations and a special kids’ zone during the live finals. 10 a.m. at Pompano Beach Fishing Pier. Visit Facebook.com/ festivalofnationsflorida THE 22ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MANGO FESTIVAL-MANGOES OF COLOMBIA

July 12-13. Shop for Curator Choice mango trees and fresh fruit, enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world’s largest display of mangoes, take part in the world’s only mango auction and buy mango merchandise and botanical art. The event will also include mango culinary demonstrations, a mango brunch, an International Fruit Market and fun activities for the kids. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old

KID’S FITNESS FESTIVAL

July 16-17. Participants will get the chance to try more than 40 different sports clinics, conducted by a professional from that sports area. Gain unique insight while having fun. Attendees this year include representatives from Roger Dean Stadium, Florida Panthers, Florida Atlantic University Football, International Polo Club and the Miami Marlins. The event also features mascots, autograph sessions, special guests, demonstrations and a midway with a bounce house, rock-wall and mist tent, and much more. Registration required. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-3124 or visit Palmbeachsports.com. WET AND WILD WEEKEND

July 19-20. Bring the kids to cool off with lots of water and fun. Expect bounce houses, waterslides, water games and activities, and animal presentations throughout the day. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wray Lawn at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. Call 954-473-2955 or visit Flamingogardens.org. Half-priced admission.

Math and Logic Class. For children 6-11. Registra-

Mommy and Me Yoga. Mommies can enjoy yoga

tion is required. 4:45 p.m. IMACS Plantation, 7435 NW 4th St. Call 954-791-2333 or imacs.org. Free. S.T.E.M. for Tweens. Science demonstrations, plantinspired character creation, experiments, special guests, and more. 2-3 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University— Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954-262-5477. Free, registration required.

with their little ones, ages 6 months to 3 years. 10 a.m. at Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek. Call 954-357-5198. Cost is $10. Paint Like a Pro. Each person receives an 11x14 canvas board to paint and take home. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. Call 954-4240085. Cost is $5, plus museum admission.

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Science Kids: Build, Create, and Experiment. 1-2 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University—Alvin

Art for Tots. Come dressed to get messy. For ages 3-5. 2:30 p.m., Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-304-4500. RSVP required. Dream, Discover, Do. Join us as we talk, sing, read, write, and play our way to a brighter future. Take home tips on how to incorporate these five practices of Every Child Ready to Read in your own home. 1 p.m., Wellington Branch Library, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington. Call 561-790-6070. Free, registration required. Floating is Fun. Experimenting with buoyancy and density in water. Dress to get messy. Ages 4-7. 3 p.m., Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. Call 561-681-4100. Preregister.

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Board Game Night. Come and play board games. 7:15 p.m., Kendall Branch Library, 9101 SW 97 Ave., Kendall. Call 305-279-0520.

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Family Storytime. 6:30 p.m., Richard C. Sullivan Public Library, 500 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. Call 954-390-2195. Registration required. Harlem Globetrotters Summer Clinics. Kids can be coached by Globetrotters stars. Each day consists of three separate, two-hour sessions – 9-11 a.m.; 12:302:30 p.m.; and 3:30-5:30 p.m. at 24 Hour Fitness, 8333 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Visit Harlemglobetrotters. com/clinics. Cost is $69 per two-hour clinic.

Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954-262-5477. Free, registration required.

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Hands-On Science and Math Club. Ages 8–12. 4 p.m., Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. RSVP required. Help Your Child Succeed in School. Dr. James L. Casale will present his parent-friendly book, “Wise Up: Be the Solution.” 2 p.m., Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133. Registration required. Lego Building Crew. Ages 7-11. 2:30 p.m., Royal Palm Beach Branch Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. Call 561-790-6030. Registration required. Math and Logic Class. For children 6-11. Registration is required. 10 a.m. at IMACS Boca Raton, 23172 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive, Boca Raton. Call 561-470-1178 or visit Imacs.org. Free. Puppet Workshop. Stitch a puppy hand puppet. Then take your new “pet” home. Ages 8–12. 5 p.m., West Boynton Branch Library, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach. Call 561-734-5556. Free.

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Bedtime Storytime. Wear your pajamas for bedtime stories, songs and more. 7 p.m., Kendale Lakes Branch Library, 15205 SW 88 St., Miami. Call 305-388-0326.

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Arts and Crafts with Miss Frances. Small children must be accompanied by an adult. 2-3 p.m., Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch Library, 1 Park Avenue East, Dania Beach. Call 954-357-7073.

A Love Story: How the Moon Falls for the Earth. Learn what it means to be in orbit. 2-3 p.m., Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-357-7443. Free. “Cinderella: A Fractured fairy Tale.” The Fantasy Theatre Factory presents this retelling of an old classic. 1-2 p.m., Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 305-284-8800. Nature Tots. For ages 2 to 4. 10 a.m. at Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek. Call 954-357-5198. Cost is $5. Preschool Play and Learn. Games, hands-on activities, crafts, storytelling, songs and a nature walk or animal encounter. Preregistration is required. 10 a.m. at Long Key Natural Area, 3501 SW 130th Ave., Davie. Call 954357-8797. Cost is $5. Silly Stories. Stories, songs and a puppet show with the library’s very own Shermanettes. 10:30 a.m. at Nova Southeastern University—Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954- 262-5477. Free.

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Art After Dark. Museum tours, discussions, live music, crafts and more for children and adults. 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Call 561- 832-5196 or visit Norton. org. Cost is $6 adults, children free. Clematis by Night. Enjoy this after-dark, festive outdoor concert. 6-9 p.m. on the Waterfront Commons at the east end of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. Call 561822-1515 or visit Clematisbynight.net. Firefighter to the Rescue! Learn all about fire safety, create an art project and maybe see a big, red fire engine. Ages 5 and older. 3 p.m., Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561482-4554. Registration required.

Pre-History Mysteries: Make and Study Fossils. Explore how fossils are formed and make your

Full Moon Hike. 8-9 p.m. at Long Key Natural Area,

Safari Nights. Face painting and a DJ; dinner specials;

3501 SW 130th Ave., Davie. Call 954-357-8797. $5. Harlem Globetrotters Summer Clinics. Get coached by Globetrotters stars. Each day consists of three separate, two-hour sessions – 9-11 a.m.; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; and 3:30-5:30 p.m. at 24 Hour Fitness, 8333 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Visit Harlemglobetrotters. com/clinics. Cost is $69 per two-hour clinic. Rock the Night. During this family-friendly event, stylists will be on hand to deck out wannabe stars with cool temporary tattoos and the hottest rock star hair colors. Guests can also create their own VIP Passes to gain access to the Karaoke Stage, where singing, lip-syncing and air guitar moves are encouraged. Other activities during the event include a Just Dance video game station at GameStop, a Paparazzi Photo Booth and free rides on the Rock ‘N Roll Carousel. 6-9 p.m. at Pompano Citi Centre, 1955 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach. The first 300 kids get a free inflatable electric guitar or microphone. For more information visit www.pompanociticentre.com. Splash Ahoy. Pirate-themed event at Splash Adventure water park. Fee includes splash time, bounce house, games, and movie (Rise of the Guardians). Refreshments will be available for purchase. 6-10 p.m. at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Call 954357-5100. Advanced tickets are required. Cost is $6. Summer Movie Series. Family-friendly flick. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 305-284-8800.

free rides on the Wildlife Carousel; Art Expo, photo ops with costumed characters, live music, games, and crafts; animal encounters; and special performances of the Wings Over Water bird show and the Wild Things stage show. 5:30-9 p.m. at Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561- 547-WILD or visit Palmbeachzoo.org. General admission, $15.95; children 3-12, $9.95; Members $9 adults, $5 child. Under age 3 free. Screen on the Green. Outdoor movie screening. 8 p.m., Waterfront Commons, Clematis Street at Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Free. Sushi and Stroll Summer Walk. Taiko drumming performance by Fushu Daiko Summer. Ticks for the show are an addition $2 per person. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Call 561-495-0233. $8; Children 4-10, $6. Members and children 4 and younger free. Wigglecise. Ages 2-4. 11 a.m., Greenacres Branch Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres. Call 561-641-9100. Registration required.

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Build-A-Bot. Design your own robot. Ages 8-12. 1 p.m., Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library, 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach. Call 561-894-7500. Free, RSVP. Outdoor Movie Night. Bring a blanket and enjoy “Rio 2.” 8:30 p.m., Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. Call 561-753-2484. Free. Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival. “Much Ado About Nothing.” 8 p.m. at Seabreeze Amphitheatre at Carlin Park, 750 South S.R. A1A, Jupiter. Call 561-9636755 or visit Pbshakespeare.org. Free.

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The 22nd Annual International Mango Festival-Mangoes of Colombia. This two-day festival celebrates the mango fruit. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Call 305-256-8399 or visit fairchildgarden.org. Tickets $12-$25. HistoryMiami Family Fun Days. Free admission and special kid-themed projects. 1-4 p.m. at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305- 375-1492 or visit historymiami.org. Sensory Saturday. Miami Children’s Museum will turn into an environment designed specifically for children with special needs and their families. MCM will be closed to the public to avoid large crowds, while providing modified lighting, sound adjustments and “cool down” rooms available for children to relax in. Special programming will include yoga, art and music therapy and more. 9-11 a.m.,

own. Ages 8-12. 3 p.m., Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. Call 561-681-4100. RSVP. Tricks, Leaps and Turns. Class focuses on sharpening techniques used in choreography stunts. 4-5 p.m. at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 561-394-2626 or visit ShowtimeBoca. com. Cost is $10.

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» theater, shows & concerts THE BALLAD OF AMERICA BY MATTHEW SABATELLA AND THE RAMBLING STRING BAND

JULY 2. Matthew Sabatella and his band perform Americana songs from the past. 10 a.m. at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium, 5400 NW 22nd Ave., Miami. Call 305-636-2350. KATY PERRY – PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR

July 2 (BB&T Center); July 3 (AmericanAirlinesArena). 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Call 800-7453000 or visit Thebbtcenter.com. Also at 8 p.m. at AmericanAirlinesArena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster.com. GREATER MIAMI YOUTH SYMPHONY ADVANCED CAMP FINAL CONCERT

July 3. The Greater Miami Youth Symphony’s Advanced Summer Camp will perform classical favorites as well as celebratory Fourth of July tunes at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. 1 p.m. at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Call 305-667-4069 or visit Gmys.org. PALM BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

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July 11-12 (Aventura Center); July 17-19 (Broward Center). This musical adaptation sheds new light on the beloved fairy tale. Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura. Call 877- 311-7469 or visit Aventuracenter.org. Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Browardcenter.org. Tickets $10 at both locations. JAPANESE TAIKO DRUMMERS AND KOTO PLAYERS BY FUSHU DAIKO

July 12. Taiko is a musical art form of traditional Drums and rhythms of Japan with musical styles from around the world. 10 a.m. at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium, 5400 NW 22nd Ave., Miami. Call 305-636-2350. COMMUNITY ARTS PROGRAM 2014 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS: CELINO ROMERO

July 17. This concert series has grown into a valued tradition and, more recently, part of a Community Arts Program that also provides music education to children within its Conservatory for the Arts. 8 p.m. at Coral Gables United Church of Christ, 3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables. Call 305-448-7421 or visit Communityartsprogram.org.

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July 18 through Aug. 31. This show is a multisensory experience filled with exciting aerial acrobatics, heart-pumping music and over-thetop visuals. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, plus a matinee at 3:30 p.m. and a late 10:30 p.m. show on Saturdays. Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami. Call 305-949-6722 or visit Arshtcenter.org. Tickets $50-$125. BIG NIGHT IN LITTLE HAITI

July 18. Enjoy free compas and kreyol jazz music on the Plaza, arts and crafts in the gallery, Haitian restaurants, neighboring studios, special events in adjacent venues and more. 6-10 p.m. at Little Haiti Cultural Center Plaza, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami. Call 305- 6725202 or visit Bignightlittlehaiti.com. AMERICAN IDOL LIVE!

July 19. Get up close and personal with Season 13 finalists C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Browardcenter.org. Tickets $50.50$145.50. SCIENCE OF ECOLOGY WITH STEVE TRASH

July 19. This eco-empowering show with green entertainer Steve Trash will have your children on the edge of their seats. Live ecological illusions, magic tricks and family-friendly fun. 11 a.m. at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Call 786-5735300 or visit smdcac.org. Tickets $10.

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July 10-13 and 17-20. This year’s festival will present “Much Ado About Nothing.” Bring a blanket, beach chair and a picnic as you enjoy the Bard by the beach. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. at

Seabreeze Amphitheatre at Carlin Park, 750 South S.R. A1A, Jupiter. Call 561-963-6755 or visit Pbshakespeare.org. Free.

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museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Call 305373-5437 or visit Miamichildrensmuseum.org.

a.m.-5 p.m., Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines. Call 954-357-6580. Free.

Super Saturday: Harry Potter’s Magic Potion Show. Children’s entertainer extraordinaire Suzy Ham-

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July 22-27. Nature’s unpredictable creations are brought to life by an international cast of soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. This worldclass explosion of imagination, athleticism and Broadway theatrics for all ages. Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Browardcenter.org. Tickets $34.75-$74.75. AVENTURA ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER PRESENTS: FUTURE STARS OF THE BALLET

July 25. More than 80 young, talented dancers will flaunt the skills they acquired in the Summer Intensive Program of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. 7 p.m. at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura. Call 877311-7469 or visit Aventuracenter.org. SARA BAREILLES

July 25. The multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated recording artist will deliver a night of music. Emily King and Hannah Georgas will open. 7:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Call 954-327-ROCK or visit Myhrl.com. Tickets cost $39-$59.

mer will entertain with wizardly magic, stories, and magic potions. Harry Potter trivia contests, prizes, and nteractive Hogwarts fun. 2-3 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University— Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954- 262-5477. Free, registration required.

Japanese pop fashion designer Sebastian Masuda’s oneman exhibition is an immersive experience of plastic toys, stuffed animals, ribbons, fake fur and other fabrics. On view through December at the Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. Call 954-424-0085. Admission $11-$14 per person. Family FunDay. 3 p.m., Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. Call 954-3405000 or visit Coralspringsmuseum.org. Cost is $5.

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Harry Potter Summer. Remember to wear your house pins and participate in a new Harry Potter-themed activity each week. Ages 7 and up. 2:30 p.m., Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-304-4500. Registration required. Mad Science (Fiction) Story Time. Ages 3-8. 2:30 p.m., Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-2600. RSVP. Nighttime Friends. Stories, songs and a craft. Ages 2-6. 11 a.m., Wellington Branch Library, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington. Call 561-790-6070. Free, RSVP. Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival. “Much Ado About Nothing.” 8 p.m. at Seabreeze Amphitheatre at Carlin Park, 750 South S.R. A1A, Jupiter. Call 561-9636755 or visit Pbshakespeare.org. Free.

Festival of Nations: A Multicultural Soccer Feast. Where Soccer Talent meets Beach Volleyball endurance: Foot Volley Cup. Featuring players from 32 countries, it all comes down to four teams and one city. Enjoy Footvolley tournament, live bands, food from all countries, exhibitors from all nations and a special kids’ zone during the live finals. 10 a.m. at Pompano Beach Fishing Pier. Visit Facebook.com/festivalofnationsflorida Full Moon Hike. 8-9 p.m. at Tree Tops Park office, 3900 SW 100th Ave., Davie. Call 954-357-8797. $5.

Shiver Me Timbers! Pirates: An Overnight Family Adventure. Bring your pirate beards, eye

Tribute Concerts and Food Trucks Summer Series. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for a night

patches, and tattoos to compete for best Pirate costume. Enjoy a special showing of “Journey to the South Pacific 3D” in the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater. After the movie, it’s a delicious pizza dinner, play pirate activities like “Pop the Cannonball” and “Walk the Plank.” Then join in an awesome treasure hunt. Then sleep away like a castaway when the lights turn off at midnight. 6:30 p.m. Saturday until 8 a.m. Sunday at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954713-0930 or visit Mods.org. Cost is $45. S.T.E.A.M. Makers Day. Part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new, S.T.E.A.M. Makers Day is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. 10

of great music and food trucks. 8:30 p.m., Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. Call 561-753-2484. Free admission.

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» exhibits for families ALIEN INVASION NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM

July 25. Make your own Galaxy Goo and learn about the solar system, the night sky, galaxies and the universe with fun handson activities. Explore interactive science craftsexhibits, planetarium shows and a chance to view the night sky in Palm Beach County’s only public observatory. Dress to match the theme for a special prize. 6-9 p.m. at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, Call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Admission is $5.50 for members and free for member children. $12.50 for non-members, $11 for seniors and $9 for children CONTINUING EXHIBITS STEWART NACHIMAS – WORKS ON PAPER – CAST PAPER WOODCUTS Through Aug. 23. These cast paper woodcuts reflect aspects of the artist’s life, transformed into bold, graphic images. The prints show him performing puppet shows, playing music and working as a printmaker. Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. Call 954-3405000 or visit Coralspringsmuseum.org. THE WORK OF NATHAN SAWAYA FEATURING IN PIECES

Through Aug. 17. LEGO® brick artist Nathan Sawaya builds upon his previous body of work with groundbreaking LEGO® sculptures that are integrated into largescale photographs by award-winning Australian photographer Dean West. Shown for the first time in Florida, this exhibition will appeal to all ages. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. Call 954-921-3274 or visit Artandculturecenter.org. PABLO CANO – MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURE AND DRAWING

Through Aug. 23. Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. Call 954-340-5000 or visit Coralspringsmuseum.org.

Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. At the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Call 561832-5196, or visit www.norton. org. THE TINKERTOY®: BUILD YOUR IMAGINATION™ EXHIBIT

Through Sept. 14. A creative play area, a welcome gallery and nine unique activity stations invite families to create their own inventions and work as collaborators in the exhibit’s hands-on environment. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Call 305-3735437 or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org. GOOSE BUMPS! THE SCIENCE OF FEAR

Through Sept. 2. Experience fear in a safe environment and discover the science behind your physical and emotional responses. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sundays, at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-6637 or mods.org. Adults, $19; Seniors, $18; Children 2 to 12, $15; Children younger than 2, free. FROST MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

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Through Sept. 14. More than 60 puzzling experiences. Visitors will have the opportunity to run a marathon with their fingers on the Finger Mazes; become a “webmaster” by climbing through an intricate web of ropes in the Web Maze; get lost in a network of color in the Color Maze; and conquer puzzling perplexities in the Maze of Illusions. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. Call 561- 832-1988 or visit sfsciencecenter.org. Cost is $14 for adults, $10.50 for children ages 3 to 12, and $12.50 for seniors older than 62. SFSCA members free. WHEELS AND HEELS: THE BIG NOISE AROUND LITTLE TOYS

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Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (formerly Miami Science Museum), 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. 305-646-4200 or miamisci.org. Dade County residents: Adults, $12.70; Seniors 62 and older, children 2-12 and students, $9.30; Nonresidents: Adults, $14.95; Seniors 62 and older, children 2-12 and students, $10.95; Members and children younger than 2, free. Fabulous First Fridays: July 11 and Aug. 1 at the Planetarium. Free Planetarium Star Show (7 p.m.) and rooftop observatory viewing (8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., weather permitting.) Later in the evening, check out the Laser Shows in the Planetarium. Tickets per show are $4 per child and $8 per adult. Call 305646-4234. Hurricanes exhibit: Climb inside the cockpit of a P-3 Hurricane Hunter airplane, construct a house and test its strength against a storm, and see remarkable film and artifacts from the most deadly storm to affect our community in

recent history, Hurricane Andrew. Moving Things exhibit: Explore 10 interactive exhibits and test your own brain vs. brawn in this fun, hands-on exhibition focused on how things move from place to place – sometimes easily – sometimes with great effort…. but always full of surprises. ILLUSTRATING WORDS: THE WONDROUS FANTASY WORLD OF ROBERT L. FORBES, POET AND RONALD SEARLE, ARTIST

Through Summer 2015. This exhibit, with more than 60 different works on display, seamlessly fuses the imaginative art of Ronald Searle with the colorful poetry of Robert L. Forbes. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m., The Mary Alice Fortin Children’s Art Gallery, The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-655-7226 or fourarts.org. Reservations preferred. Free. VISIT ANYTIME YOUNG AT ART MUSEUM Children and teens can build a sense of identity through art, architecture, history and culture. 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org. SCHOOLHOUSE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The museum provides an interactive glimpse of life for early Florida Pioneers – before the days of computers, cell phones, televisions or even cars. 129 East Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 561-742-6780 or schoolhousemuseum.org. CHILDREN’S SCIENCE EXPLORIUM

The Explorium is a hands-on science center designed for children ages 5 to 12 offering educational and interactive exhibits, programs and camps that bring the physical sciences to life. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-347-3913 or scienceexplorium.org. OLD DAVIE SCHOOL HISTORICAL MUSEUM

The museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the heritage, culture, and history of the Davie community and western Broward County. 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. Call 954-797-1044. SOUTH FLORIDA RAILWAY MUSEUM

The museum offers a history of railroading and how it affected the population growth and industry boom from the 1940’s to the 1960’s in the South Florida area. We do our best to explain this through the use of railroad artifacts and railroadiana. 1300 West Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach. Visit Sfrm.org.

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Drive, Miami. Visit Harlemglobetrotters.com/clinics. Cost is $69 per two-hour clinic.

The 22nd Annual International Mango Festival-Mangoes of Colombia. This festival celebrates the mango fruit. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Call 305-256-8399 or visit fairchildgarden.org. Tickets $12-$25.

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Festival of Nations: A Multicultural Soccer Feast. Enjoy Footvolley tournament, live bands, food and exhibitors from all nations and a special kids’ zone during the live finals. 10 a.m. at Pompano Beach Fishing Pier. Visit Facebook.com/festivalofnationsflorida

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Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival. “Much Ado About Nothing.” 8 p.m. at Seabreeze Amphitheatre at Carlin Park, 750 South S.R. A1A, Jupiter. Call 561-9636755 or visit Pbshakespeare.org. Free.

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Musical Theatre-Acting. Learn voice, styling and musical theatre performance. 4-5 p.m. at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 561-394-2626 or visit ShowtimeBoca.com. $10. Water Safety. Diane Hennessy’s “Build a Bear” fun, interactive presentation will help you stay safe. Take home special surprises. Ages 3-10. 10:30 a.m., West Boynton Branch Library, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach. Call 561734-5556. Free.

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American Girl Summer Reading Bookmark Craft. Decorate a bookmark and summer reading log. Includes a doll-sized poster to take home. Noon-2 p.m. at American Girl Miami, 8888 SW 136 Street Suite #395A, Miami. Call 877-247-5223. Free. How & Why? With Storyteller Kaye Byrnes. 11 a.m., Country Walk Branch Library, 15433 SW 137 Ave., Miami. Call 786-293-4577.

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nature through stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more. 10 a.m. at West Lake Park, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. Call 954-357-5161. Cost is $5. S.T.E.M. for Tweens. 2-3 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University—Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954-262-5477. Free, registration required.

coached by Globetrotters stars. Each day consists of three separate, two-hour sessions – 9-11 a.m.; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; and 3:30-5:30 p.m. at 24 Hour Fitness, 8400 Mills Drive, Miami. Visit Harlemglobetrotters.com/clinics. Cost is $69 per two-hour clinic.

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Stories in Spanish and English. 7-8 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954- 262-5477. Free. Science Fun. 10 a.m. at Festival Flea Market, 2900 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach. Call 954-266-6831.

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Build the Future. Meet a real-life architect and build a small structure. Ages 7-11. 2 p.m., Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133. Registration required.

Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133. RSVP. Math and Logic Class. For children 6-11. Registration is required. 4:45 p.m. at IMACS Boca Raton, 23172 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive, Boca Raton. Call 561-470-1178 or visit Imacs.org. Free.

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Books, Dreams and Magical Things. With magician Brent Gregory. 11 a.m. at Edison Center Branch Library, 531 NW 62nd St., Miami. Call 305-757-0668.

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Edible Slime. Make your own slime and then eat it up! 2-3 p.m., Miramar Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Call 954-357-8169. Geddy the Gecko. An all-ages science rainforest show. 4 p.m., Richard C. Sullivan Public Library, 500 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. Call 954-390-2195. RSVP required. Math and Logic Class. For children 6-11. Registration is required. 9:45 a.m. IMACS Plantation, 7435 NW 4th St. Call 954-791-2333 or visit imacs.org. Free. Paint Like a Pro. Each person receives an 11x14 canvas board to paint and take home. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. Call 954-4240085. Cost is $5, plus museum admission.

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Garden Safari. Join our friends from 4-H as we get

Hands-On Science and Math Club. Ages 8–12.

hands-on with some of the nature, wildlife, bugs, worms, and more from your own backyard. Ages 4-7. 3 p.m., Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. Call 561-681-4100. Preregister. Grow Grassy Hair. Make a hilarious grassy hair planter by letting your imagination sprout. Ages 7-11. 2 p.m.,

4 p.m., Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. Registration required. Jr. Space Stations. Ages 4-5. 1:15 p.m., Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. Call 561-681-4100. Preregister. Science Adventures. Dress to get messy. Ages 5-8. 3:30 p.m., Royal Palm Beach Branch Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. 561-790-6030. RSVP.

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Bark and Read. Read to Flora, a licensed therapy greyhound. 3:30 p.m., West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd. Call 305-385-7135.

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Art After Dark. For children and adults. 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Call 561- 832-5196 or visit Norton.org. Cost is $6 adults, children free. Clematis by Night. Outdoor concert. 6-9 p.m. on the Waterfront Commons at the east end of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. 561-822-1515 or Clematisbynight.net. Geography Club. Ages 6-9. 3 p.m., Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-2600. Registration required. Magnet Mania. Ages 8-12. 3 p.m., Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. Call 561-6814100. Preregister. McGruff the Crime Dog. Meet McGruff and a PBC Sheriff and get a child identity kit. All ages. 11 a.m., Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. Registration required. Minecraft Meetup. Bring your device and challenge other players. Snacks and crafts included. Ages 8-12. 3 p.m., Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. RSVP.

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A World of Knowledge LEARNING CENTER Pre-K thru 1st grade 90% of our kinder/first graders are placed in HIGH ACHIEVERS OR GIFTED CLASSES 95% of our VPK Students READ before entering kindergarten NG Named “One of the TOP 5 schools in Early Learning for the state of Florida” by FACCM/APPLE

ArtsPark Movie Night. “George of the Jungle.” 8 p.m. Friday in the ArtsPark Amphitheater at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1, Hollywood. Call 954921-3500. Free. Fun Friday Nature. Theme: Water Wonders. 10 a.m.1 p.m. at Long Key Natural Area, 3501 SW 130th Ave., Davie. Call 954-357-8797. Cost is $5. Mad Science Club. Grades 2-4. 2 p.m., Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133. Registration required. Night at the Museum. Mom and dad can enjoy a night out while the kids stay at the museum and enjoy museum exploration, games, and a special Lego activity and more. Bring your favorite pillow or blanket and wear your coolest PJs and settle in for pizza and a movie, “The Lego Movie.” 6-11 p.m., Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. Call 954-424-0085. Cost is $35-$40.

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Branch Library, 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach. Call 561-894-7500. Free, registration required. Origami in the Morning. Ages 7-10. 10:30 a.m., Royal Palm Beach Branch Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. Call 561-790-6030. RSVP required. Outdoor Movie Night. “Cloud 9.” 8:30 p.m., Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. Call 561-753-2484. Free. Safari Nights. Face painting and a DJ; dinner specials; free rides on the Wildlife Carousel; Art Expo, photo ops with costumed characters, live music, games, and crafts; animal encounters; and special performances of the Wings Over Water bird show and the Wild Things stage show. 5:30-9 p.m. at Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561- 547-WILD or visit Palmbeachzoo.org. General admission, $15.95; children 3-12, $9.95; Members $9 adults, $5 child. Under age 3 free.

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ecological illusions, magic tricks, and family-friendly fun. 11 a.m. at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Call 786-573-5300 or visit smdcac.org. Tickets cost $10.

American Idol Live! Get up close and personal with Season 13 Finalists C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. At the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Browardcenter.org. Tickets cost $50.50-$145.50. Boulevard Heights Movie Night. “Back to the Future.” 8 p.m. at Boulevard Heights Community Center, 6770 Garfield St., Hollywood. Call 954-967-4235. Free.

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Science Eye Nature Program. 8:30-11 a.m. at Everglades Holiday Park, 21940 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-680-7977 or visit Scienceye.com. Super Saturday. With master storyteller Gail Choate (AKA Professor Laughalot) 2 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University—Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954- 262-5477. Free. Tea With Barbie. 2-4 p.m. at Old Davie School, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. Call 954-797-1044. Cost $15-$20. Wet and Wild Weekend. Bounce houses, waterslides, water games and activities, and animal presentations. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wray Lawn at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. Call 954-4732955 or visit Flamingogardens.org. Half-priced admission. Wonderful Reptiles. 10 a.m. at Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach. Call 954357-8884. Free.

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10:30 a.m., Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133. RSVP. Harry Potter Summer. Remember to wear your house pins and participate in a new Harry Potter-themed activity each week. Ages 7 and up. 2:30 p.m., Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-304-4500. Registration required. Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival. “Much Ado About Nothing.” 8 p.m. at Seabreeze Amphitheatre at Carlin Park, 750 South S.R. A1A, Jupiter. Call 561-9636755 or visit Pbshakespeare.org. Free. Star Wars Day. 1 p.m., Wellington Branch Library, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington. Call 561-790-6070. Free, registration required.

Story Time for Children with Special Needs. Stories, songs, crafts and activities designed for children with developmental disabilities. All ages. 11 a.m., Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. Registration required. Summertime Crafts. Ages 5-10. 2:30 p.m., Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-233-2600. Registration required.

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20th Anniversary Screening of “The Little Rascals.” 3 p.m., Colony Theatre, Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Call 305-434-7091 or visit Colonytheatremiamibeach.com. Tickets cost $22.50. From Six Weeks Old To 5 Years Old. Before & After School Care Programs For Kids Up To 12. 1 hour FREE wrap around care for VPK, The Only S.T.E.M. Preschool in Florida. Call to tour our high-tech school, ONE FREE week Summer Camp, FREE Registration with ad.

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covery programs and historic house tours. Gates open at 7 p.m. at Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. Call 305-235-1668 or visit Deeringestate.org. Free. YAA Day @ Marlins Park. Young At Art mascot YAYA will be in attendance with Billy the Marlin. A silent auction will raise funds for Young At Art Museum and a 50/50 drawing will be held. The game will be San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins. 1:10 p.m. at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way (NW 16th Ave.), Miami. Call 954-4240085. Cost is $20.

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tions. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wray Lawn at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. Call 954-4732955 or visit Flamingogardens.org. Half-priced admission.

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National Lollipop Day. Children will make a lollipop craft, sway to music and listen to sugary sweet stories. Ages 4-7. 2 p.m., Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-304-4500. RSVP.. Sunday On The Waterfront. Monthly outdoor concert. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic basket. 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Meyer Amphitheatre, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach. Visit Wpb.org/CityCalendar.

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Paper Weaving and Inspirational Writing Workshop. 10:30 a.m., South Shore Branch Library, 131 Alton Road, Miami Beach. Call 305-535-4223.

Math and Logic Class. For children 6-11. Registration is required. 4:30 p.m. IMACS Plantation, 7435 NW 4th St. Call 954-791-2333 or visit imacs.org. Free. STEM for Tweens. 2-3 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University—Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954-262-5477. Free, RSVP required.

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Chocolate Tasting Party. Ages 11–17. 6 p.m., Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. Registration required.

Fizz, Boom, Read! Ocean Science with Mark Fischer. Ages 5 and older. Noon at the Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. Call 561-681-4100. Preregister. Fun with Liquids & Solids. Dress to get messy. Ages 4-8. 2 p.m., Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. 561-626-6133. RSVP.

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Classical Music “Story Time.” Children from the Suzuki Music Academy visit the library for a kid-friendly presentation. 10:30 a.m. at Stirling Road Branch Library, 3151 Stirling Road, Hollywood. Call 954-985-2689. Free. Pit Bull Presentation. Program presented by the Humane Society. 11 a.m., Miramar Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Call 954-357-8169. Sports Challenge. Wear your favorite team shirt and sneakers. 10 a.m. at Festival Flea Market, 2900 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach. Call 954-266-6831. Stories in Spanish and English. 7-8 p.m., Nova Southeastern University—Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954- 262-5477. Free.

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Baby Story Time. Ages 3-12 months. 10:30 a.m., West Boca Branch Library, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton. Call 561-470-1600. Free, registration required.

Fizz, Boom, Read! Ocean Science with Mark Fischer. Ages 5 and older. 2:30 p.m., Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133. Registration required. Physics Fun. Harness the power of the wind with your own windmill. Ages 8 and up. 4 p.m., Wellington Branch Library, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington. Call 561-7906070. Free, registration required. Toddler Dot Art. Dress to get messy. Ages 1-2. 10:30 a.m., Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133. RSVP required.

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Family Storytime. 1:30 p.m., South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211 St., Miami. Call 305-233-8140.

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Science Kids: Build, Create, and Experiment. 1-2 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University—Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954-262-5477. Free, registration required.

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Hands-On Science and Math Club. Ages 8–12. 4 p.m., Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. RSVP required. Math and Logic Class. For children 6-11. Registration is required. 10 a.m. at IMACS Boca Raton, 23172 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive, Boca Raton. Call 561-470-1178 or visit Imacs.org. Free.

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It’s a Barbie World. Doll enthusiast Gina Morelli will explore the history of Barbie’s creation and careers with a multimedia presentation. Collector dolls will be available for viewing and a variety of books available for check out. Ages 7-12. 3 p.m., Greenacres Branch Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres. Call 561-641-9100. RSVP required. Prehistoric Popcorn. Learn about popcorn archaeology in this hands-on presentation. Ages 8-12. 3 p.m., Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Call 561-482-4554. Registration required.

Shocking Discoveries: Experiments in Electricity. Ages 8-12. 3 p.m., Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. Call 561-681-4100. Preregister, space is limited.

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Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Presents: Future Stars of the Ballet. More than 80 young, talented dancers will take the stage. 7 p.m. at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura. Call 877- 311-7469 or visit Aventuracenter.org. Family Fridays and Dive In Movie. Enjoy swimming, and sliding and a fun family flick. 5:30 p.m. at Grapeland Park, 1550 NW 37th Ave., Miami. Visit Miamigov. com/parks. $5.

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in the ArtsPark Amphitheater at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1, Hollywood. 954-921-3500. Free. Moth Night. Presentations about moth life cycles, diversity and gardening; plant giveaways; and pointers on how to view moths. 8-10 p.m. at Long Key Natural Area, 3501 SW 130th Ave., Davie. Call 954-357-8797. Cost is $5. Sara Bareilles. Multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated recording artist. Emily King and Hannah Georgas will open the show. 7:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Call 954-327-ROCK or visit Myhrl. com. Tickets cost $39-$59.

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Boulevard Heights Movie Night. Fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a screening of “Freaky Friday.” 8 p.m. at Boulevard Heights Community Center, 6770 Garfield St., Hollywood. Call 954-967-4235. Free. Magical Moths. Learn about moths and their cousins the butterflies. Children and their parents can drop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to participate in activities including games, storytelling, crafts and nature walks. Various activities will occur throughout the day. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Long Key Natural Area, 3501 SW 130th Ave., Davie. Call 954-357-8797. Cost is $5. Science Eye. Learn about the solar system and make a cool comet craft. 11 a.m., Miramar Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Call 954-357-8169. Super Saturday. Get up and dance with master storyteller/dancer/librarian Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis of the Louines Louinis Haitian Dance Theatre. Children will learn traditional stories, games, and dances from the Caribbean in this interactive, high energy program. 2-3 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University—Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. Call 954-2625477. Free, registration required.

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Pajamarama Time. Listen to stories, fingerplays and songs about dreams. Sing and dance to some silly songs and make a special craft to bring home. Don’t forget to wear your favorite PJ’s. Stuffed animals welcome. Ages 3-6 plus siblings. 7 p.m., Royal Palm Beach Branch Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. Call 561-790-6030. Registration required. So You Think You Can Dance. Showcase your hot moves at Teen Dance Dance Revolution. Be crowned king or queen of the dance extravaganza. Ages 12-17. 1 p.m., West Boynton Branch Library, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach. Call 561-734-5556. Free. Star Wars Jedi Training. Calling all young Jedis. Perfect or practice your skills at this Star Wars Academy. Grades 1-5. 2 p.m., Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-6133. Registration required.

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American Girl Summer Reading Bookmark Craft. Celebrate summer reading with American Girl! At this craft event, your girl will decorate her own bookmark and summer reading log to keep track of all the great books she’ll read over break. Includes a doll-sized poster to take home. Noon-2 p.m. at American Girl Miami, 8888 SW 136 Street Suite #395A, Miami. Call 877-247-5223. Free. Make a Robot - Engineering Skills for Kids. A fun introduction into the engineering skills of the future, participants will work in teams to build and program a robot, using Scratch, a special programming language developed for kids. The program is designed to raise cognitive awareness and develop natural abilities in children ages 6-11 years. 2-3 p.m. at North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183 St., Miami. Call 305-625-6424. Reservations required.

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Chickens 101: Care & Grooming. Join our friends from 4-H for an introduction to the care and keeping of everyone’s favorite feathered friends, with advice from champion chicken keepers. Ages 8 & up. 4 p.m., Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. Call 561-681-4100. Preregister.

GEM Club: Girls Excelling in Math and Science. Open to girls in grades 3 – 8, the free club gathering is an opportunity to empower young girls to explore STEM fields, and high school girls can join to be mentors. 5-7 p.m., South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. Call 561832-1988 or visit Sfsciencecenter.org. Night Sky Exploration. Constellations wheeling through the night sky will be the “focus” of our program. We’ll explore the stars above us through stories, a computer program and with flashlights. Bring a flashlight, if possible, since library supplies are limited to use on premises. Ages 7-12. 2 p.m., Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library, 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach. Call 561-894-7500. Free, registration required.

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Bedtime Storytime. Stories and more to prepare children for bedtime. 7 p.m. at North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183 St., Miami. Call 305-625-6424. Reservations required. Yoga for Kids. Discover the calming and soothing techniques of Yoga exercises. For children ages 6-14 years. 6-7 p.m., West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. Call 305-553-1134.

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vard, Miami. 786-953-6417 or theplacewegather.com. Childbirth Education, prenatal/postpartum classes, parenting workshops, Infant Safety, CPR & Basic First Aid, Infant Massage, Prenatal yoga, Becoming a Father, Baby Signs, Babywearing, Hypnobirthing, Breastfeeding MERCY HOSPITAL. 3663 S. Miami Ave., Miami. 305- 921-0532 or mercyhospitalblog.com. Prenatal Breastfeeding Class, Childbirth Preparation, Infant CPR

BROWARD COUNTY BROWARD HEALTH MEDICAL CENTER 1600 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-7597400 or healthline@browardhealth.org. Breastfeeding, Spanish Childbirth, Childbirth Preparation, Infant CPR (English and Spanish), Baby Care Workshop, Maternity Tours, Infant Massage JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. 1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive, Hollywood. 954-265-5831. Booster Seat Smarts, Breastfeeding, Water Smart Babies, ESTHER GROSSMAN WOMEN’S CENTER. 4320 Sheridan St., Hollywood. 954-265-5930. Breastfeeding, Childbirth preparation, Babysitting Basics, Maternity Tour, Infant CPR and Safety, Grandparents Class, Dancing for Birth Prenatal/Postpartum Childbirth Education, Baby Calming, Infant Massage, Mommy and Me HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL. 4725 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. 954-202-7332 or maternity. holy-cross.com. Maternity Tours, Infant CPR, Breastfeeding, Baby Care MEMORIAL HOSPITAL MIRAMAR. 1901 SW 172nd Ave. 954-538-5180 or memorialmiramar. com. Baby Care, Babysitting Basics, Breastfeeding, “A Grandmother’s Shower,” Childbirth Preparation, Coping With Your Newborn, Infant CPR, Infant Massage, Nursing Moms Support Group, Mommy and Me, Prenatal Yoga, Siblings Class, MEMORIAL REGIONAL HOSPITAL. 3501 Johnson St., Hollywood. 954-265-5930 or memorialregional.com. Baby Care, Baby Calming, “A Blessing Shower,” Babysitting Basics, New Dad Boot Camp,

Car Seat Safety, Childbirth Preparation. Doula Support, Grandparents Class, Hospital Tours, Infant Massage, Infant/Child Safety and CPR, Mommy and Me Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Infant Massage, Nursing Mothers Support, Siblings Class MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WEST. 703 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines. 954-844-7110. Baby Care, Babysitting Basics, Breastfeeding, Child Passenger Safety, Coping With Your New Addition, Grandparents Class, Infant Massage, Infant Safety and CPR, Mommy and Me, Nursing Support, Sibling Class NORTHWEST MEDICAL CENTER. 2801 N. State Road 7, Margate, 866-442-2362, northwestmed.com. Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding Support, Baby Care, Sibling Class PLANTATION GENERAL HOSPITAL. 401 NW 42nd Ave. 888-256-7724, plantationgeneral. com. Maternity Center Tour, Baby & Me, Baby Care, Breastfeeding, Baby Saver Infant CPR, Prenatal Yoga, Childbirth Preparation BROWARD HEALTH CORAL SPRINGS . 3000 Coral Hills Drive. 954-344-3344 or healthline@ browardhealth.org. Breastfeeding Class, Hospital Tours, Babytalk (Newborn Care Class), Childbirth Preparation, Spanish Childbirth Class, CPR, Pregnancy Massage, Sibling Class

PALM BEACH COUNTY BETHESDA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. 2815 S. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. 561-369-2229 or bethesdahealthcare.com. Maternity Tours, Breastfeeding, Childbirth Education, Infant Safety BOCA RATON REGIONAL HOSPITAL. 800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton. 561-955-7100 or Brrh. com. Childbirth preparation, Basics of Baby Care, Prenatal Yoga, Hypnobirthing, Maternity Tours, Lactation Services, Mommy and Me Yoga, Infant Massage GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER. 1309 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. 561-6506023 or goodsamaritanmc.com. Tour of Birthing Suites, HypnoBirthing Child Birth Education, “Comfort Measures,” Doula Assistance, JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER. 1210 S. Old Dixie Highway. 561-263-2676 or obed@jupitermed.com. Breastfeeding, Boot Camp for Dads, Bright Beginnings Birthing Suites Tour, Childbirth Class, Siblings Class, ST. MARY’S MEDICAL CENTER. 901 45th St., West Palm Beach. 561-882-9100 or Stmarysmc. com. Childbirth Education, Newborn Care, Infant and Child CPR, Boot Camp for Dads, Breastfeeding, The Birthplace Tour

WELLINGTON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER. 10101 Forest Hill Blvd. 561-798-9880. Baby Care, Maternity Unit Tours, Infant/Child CPR

WEST BOCA REGIONAL HOSPITAL. 21644 state road 7, Boca Raton. 866-904-9262 or visit Westbocamedctr.com. Birthcare Pavilion Tour, Breastfeeding Support Group SUNFLOWER CREATIVE ARTS. 2601 Saint Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-482-3412

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