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The miracle of childhood My son has developed a crush on an “older” should be used to it. Both of my children (by one year) girl, and it’s just about the cutest are fiercely loyal friends. My daughter still thing I’ve ever seen. names Abby and Aniya as her I love getting his daily reports, best friends, even though we’ve hearing about their conversations only seen them a handful of and what games they played times since our move a year ago. together, and how she told him And my son recently told his “me, too” when he handed her a friend Tyler that he knew they Valentine’s Day card that said, “I were destined to be best buddies love you.” as soon as he met him at the He told me, “Mom, I think it start of the school year, I believe JENNIFER JHON might be the M-word, but I don’t because a guitar was involved. want to say it.” My children love making new friends, The M-word? “Marriage?” I asked him. as well, and they have a talent for finding “Yeah,” he said, “but I don’t know. I still playmates. miss Izzy.” I rarely take them some place where Izzy was his first girlfriend, or at least they can’t find another child to join in the first he made a point to tell me about. their fun – even though they are less verHe met her during winter break camp two bal than many of their peers. I’m used to Christmases ago, and he still brings her up being introduced (sometimes repeatedly) every once in a while. to complete strangers because my daughIt always surprises me that he’s still ter keeps bringing them over to meet her thinking of her, even though by now I mom.

I kindof view it as a miracle, how social they are despite their speech delays and other “labels.” Many of the concerns that preoccupied me when they were younger have not come to pass. But again, I’m not sure why I’m surprised anymore. Because if there is one thing I can count on with my children, it is that they will never cease to amaze me.

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REVAMP OF BOCA RATON’S SUGAR SAND PARK EXPECTED TO FINISH THIS MONTH BY ARIC CHOKEY SUN SENTINEL The new science playground at Boca Raton’s Sugar Sand Park is expected to be completed in March after months of delays due to multiple design changes and improvements for disability access. Construction of the nearly $2 million project at 300 S. Military Trail should wrap up by March 17, but by midFebruary, no date had been set for the planned ribboncutting, according to the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District. Visitors to the new science park will get to simulate racing different animals on a 60-foot racetrack and discover how much they would weigh on different planets. And while no volunteers were enlisted to help with construction this time around, a fence connected to the more than 17,000-square-foot area will feature 1,252 names of people who volunteered or donated to the original 1995 playground on each picket. The new jungle gym features ramps for wheelchair accessibility and is built from a plastic composite material that the contractor said should last nearly 30 years. “It blows me away,” said Commissioner Robert Rollins, Jr. “There’s no child that’s going to have a problem touring the science playground.” District commissioners got their first

look at the facility in February when contractor NuJak Construction of South Florida marked the project about 85 percent complete. The district, which funded and managed the project’s construction, closed the doors of the original playground in June 2015 with hopes of a renovating the dilapidated wooden facilities by summer 2016. While a design was finalized last year, officials scrapped it in favor of redrawing plans that adhered to the Americans with Disabilities Act design standards. The ADA standards were created to ensure structures had accessibility accommodations for people with disabilities. Meanwhile, the goal was to preserve as much of the old playground as possible, because it was built entirely by community volunteers more than two decades ago.

But as construction continued, workers found more and more of the old structures needing replacement. “The majority share of the delays is you’re dealing with 20-year-old wood,” NuJak Vice President Clifford Moore said. “Ninety to 95 percent of this playground is being replaced, and the original plan did not account for that much.” And with the delays came ire from some residents. “It just keeps being put off, and nobody seems to care,” said Robert Utne III, a Boca resident who frequents the park with his daughter. “I’m kind of fed up.” The district’s board also saw pushback from newly elected District Commissioner Craig Ehrnst during a January meeting, when he voted against a near $282,000 allocation for more wood replacement and a fountain. “I’m anxious to get the project done, too, and I really wanted more of a discussion on how do we prevent this in the future,” Ehrnst said in an interview. “This has been long enough.” Ehrnst built his election platform on speaking out against the project’s delays during the November elections. “I have sympathy with them, but I will not sacrifice safety for expediency,” said Arthur Koski, the district’s executive director. “Once we open the place, I think these complaints will disappear.”

Thunderbirds to fly in Florida air shows ORLANDO SENTINEL REPORT When it comes to air shows in Florida, the big-name Blue Angels and Thunderbirds are the top draws. Although the top-notch aerobatic teams from the Navy and Air Force won’t be at the Lauderdale Air Show in May, the Thunderbirds will be flying on Florida’s East Coast in March and April. The Thunderbirds will headline the TICO Warbird Air Show in Titusville on March 11-12. The show at Space Coast Regional Airport is hosted by the Valiant

Air Command Warbird Museum and features civilian and military demonstration flights, more than 40 aircraft on display, fireworks and plane rides. Also on hand will be World War II re-enactors, historic military vehicles and tanks, a collectible car show, entertainment and food vendors. Advance tickets are $20, or $5 for ages 6-12 at valiantaircommand.com. Parking is free. Up next for the Thunderbirds will be the Melbourne Air & Space Show on

April 1-2. The Melbourne show, which is again being held at Melbourne International Airport, has landed both the Thunderbirds and the French Air Force’s Patrouille de France jet demonstration team, which has not performed in the Unted States in more than 30 years. Advance tickets are $18, or $10 for ages 6-12 at airandspaceshow.com. Parking is $15 if purchased online or $20 at the show. MARCH 2017 |

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ASK THE EXPERTS: 5 WAYS TO COMBAT THE FLU FOR YOUR CHILD The winter season is one of the busiest times of year for pediatricians, with a huge peak in influenza (the flu) and other viruses. This far into flu season, the waitDR. KATIE FRIEDMAN ing rooms have become more crowded and the wait times are starting to lengthen. The persistent fever and dreadful symptoms leave parents feeling frustrated and helpless. Although there is no way to completely protect your child from getting the flu, there are certain steps that can being taken to significantly decrease the chances: A Good Night’s Sleep. Sleep is extremely important to maintaining good health and strong immunity. When our children are run down and tired, they become more vulnerable to becoming sick. School-aged children need up to 11 hours of sleep. Preschoolers need about 13 hours of sleep per night. During flu season, it is time to focus on healthy sleep hygeine.

Create a bedtime schedule and stick to it. If your child isn’t going to bed at a desired time, start slowly having your child go to bed earlier. We recommend starting bedtime preparation 15 minutes earlier each week until you achieve the time that you desire. Noshing on a Healthy Diet. A wellbalanced diet is the key to a healthy body. Certain fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients such as vitamin C and carotenoids, which can help to boost your child’s immune system. Strawberries, blueberries, oranges, green beans and carrots contain antioxidants and phytonutrients that can help to increase your child’s production of infection-fighting white blood cells, and interferons which will help them fight off illness. Children are more motivated to try new things when they are involved in the process. Let them go to the store with you and pick out their own snacks. Allowing them to become involved in their own diet will motivate them to try new things.

Teach them Hand Washing. Research has shown that the most effective way to prevent the spread of illness is to wash our hands. Good hand-washing habits start at home. Make sure your kids wash their hands often and with soap. They need to understand the importance of clean hands before eating, after using the bathroom, and after arriving home from school. If the school allows it, have your child carry disposable wipes in their backpack for quick cleanups. It is equally important to teach your child that if they are sick, they must cover their mouth with an elbow while sneezing or coughing. Good hygiene is the key to decreasing the spread of germs in the classroom. The Healing Power of Elderberry. A lot of parents struggle with illness when their child is in school or daycare. Parents are always asking me if there is any supplement they can give their child to help prevent illness. Although there is no magic medicine to help prevent illness, elderberry has been used since ancient times to help promote immunity and alleviate symptoms of the common cold. This can be used similar to a daily vitamin. There are many ways to incorporate this natural supplement into your child’s diet. I love the idea of making an elderberry syrup for pancakes and waffles. Please remember there are contradictions and limitations to elderberry syrup, so it is imperative that you discuss with your doctor whether it is appropriate for your child to start taking this supplement. Children under 1 should not take elderberry. Please make sure your doctor goes over the appropriate dosing with you. Consider the Flu Shot. The flu shot protects your child against the four most common strains of the influenza virus, so it significantly lowers your chance of getting the virus. In addition, it has been shown to decrease the severity of the symptoms if your child gets sick with the flu.

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De-clutter your diet By Stephanie Quirantes

With spring around the corner, it’s time to get started on spring cleaning. In celebration of National Nutrition Month, March is a good time to clean up your family’s diet. A few changes in everyday habits go a long way in helping all members of the family unit eat right.

HERE ARE 10 QUICK TIPS TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR FAMILY’S DIET: 1. Sweep up the added sugars at breakfast: Look for cereals that are made from whole grains and sweep out words such as high fructose corn syrup, honey, agave, fructose and concentrated fruit juice. Although some may sound healthy, they still add up to extra calories. 2. Pack in whole fruit: Chop up fresh fruit and put it in a cute bowl, on top of oatmeal or whole grain cereal, or even in a

smoothie with milk. 3. Organize your veggies: Cut and clean veggies on the weekend and store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for ready access after school. 4. Toss the sweets: Throw away those candies that have been hoarded since Halloween, Valentines and Easter and replace with pretzels, nuts (if they aren’t allergic) and dried fruit. 5. Clean up your plate: According to the Dietary Guidelines for 2015 and USDA My Plate, everyone should make half their plate fruits and vegetables at every meal, and at least half of grains should be whole grains. 6. Dust away dessert as you know it: Dessert should be a “sometimes food” and not something for every day. Make dessert something special saved for celebrations and holidays. 7. Scrub out bad habits: Think before you eat. Are you hungry or are you eating for another reason? Trust your body to tell you when you are hungry, and don’t take cues from another person or the clock on the wall. 8. Rinse away thirst with low- or no-calorie beverages that hydrate but don’t add calories. Avoid giving your child sodas, fruit juices and sugar-sweetened beverages. 9. Tidy up your recipes: Having a few, good, go-to recipes that are done in a flash or ahead of time can be a sure-fire way to avoid drive-through meals and dining out disasters that can lead to unhealthy choices and extra calories. 10. Hang up the old habits: Take a family walk every night to get in some extra activity. Each member of your family should strive for 60 minutes of activity a day.

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Cruising with the kids for spring or summer break BY EILEEN OGINTZ TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY Imagine a vacation where someone not only cleans your room twice a day, but picks up after the kids. Imagine they can order whatever they like to eat – and as much as they like – at no extra charge. Imagine guaranteed-to-please activities, whether the kids are 4 or 14. WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF CRUISING. The best part: You can easily stay within budget and bring the grandparents along without any trouble. (Kids 11 and younger cruise free on select MSC sailings, and those 17 and under sail free on select Crystal cruises, as long as they share a cabin with two adults, for example.) If you are one of those people who’ve sworn you’d never set foot on a cruise ship, perhaps it’s time to think again. In fact, more than 60 percent of family travelers say they are interested in taking a cruise this year, according to research from MMGY Global, presented at the TMS Family Travel conference I co-chair. There’s no better time, with appealing deals, new ships, family-oriented itineraries and choices. Cruisers have many, many options: a mega-ship with water slides, Broadway quality entertainment, celebrity chef restaurants and a stop at a private island; an expedition ship where seeing wildlife and active excursions are the focus; or river cruises that enable you and your kids to explore a corner of Europe without packing and unpacking. You can also cruise from a port near

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your home and avoid the hassle and expense of flights. What I like best about cruising: There is so much to do, especially after the kids have made some new friends, that it’s not necessary to be in lockstep every minute, whether you are on a major ship or a small one. Think of those trips when, at the end of the day, you were reduced to staring at each other in a hotel room because the kids couldn’t wander on their own. On a cruise ship, they are perfectly safe, especially with organized activities for the youngest cruisers, as well as tweens and teens. Whether you are a veteran cruiser (and I’ve met many families who have cruised a dozen times or more) or a newbie, here are five tips to get you started:

Do your research, starting with a site like CruiseCritic.com where you can get tips from cruisers on community boards, read reviews of the newest ships and find deals. Work with a travel agent who is a cruise expert. Picking the right cruise line and cabin can be very complicated. A cruise agent can not only talk you through the choices, but also get you the best deal and often some extra perks. You can find a certified cruise agent near your home through the Cruise Lines International Association at cruising.org. Consider the kids’ ages and interests. If you have preschoolers in the mix, you don’t want a ship where the kids’ activities start at age 5. (Carnival’s Camp Ocean starts at age 2; Disney has

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family a stand-out nursery for infants, as does Norwegian, though at an extra charge.) If you have tweens or teens, look for lines that have separate programs for these groups rather than lumping them together. (Princess has just redesigned all of its kids and teen programs.) Think hard about whether you want a trip with lots of beach time or sites, perhaps in Cuba, as more cruise lines now are offering itineraries there. Purchase travel insurance or use a credit card that automatically insures your travel. A cruise is a vacation you pay for in advance. If something happens and you can’t go, you want to be able to get a refund. If someone gets sick or injured along the way (it happens more often than you might think) you don’t want to be saddled with out-of-pocket expenses.

SO WHAT KIND OF CRUISER IS YOUR FAMILY? PRIVATE ISLAND FANTASY: Look to the Caribbean. Norwegian Cruise Line has just unveiled more family-friendly

amenities at Great Stirrup Cay, including a zip line course, live music, basketball and volleyball courts and a shaded picnic area. Disney’s Castaway Cay offers you the chance to bike, interact with native stingrays, kayak or sail, among the offerings. Carnival is adding the private 40-acre Bahamian destination of Princess Cays to the itineraries of six different Carnival Cruise Line ships, where you can snorkel in waters teeming with fish, kayak, windsurf or simply laze on the beach (after enjoying the barbecue lunch that is included in your cruise price, of course).

SHARING A SMALL-SHIP ADVENTURE: Want to explore the Galapagos Islands? The Galapagos Conservancy is a good resource. We’ve done expedition cruises around the world (most recently in Antarctica with Abercrombie and Kent), gotten close to calving glaciers in Alaska with Un-Cruise Adventures, and photographed polar bears from a ship in the Arctic on a Lindblad-National Geographic Expedition. We’ve even chartered our own sailboat from the Moorings, so that we could snorkel at

whim aboard a sailboat in the British Virgin Islands. Many outfitters now offer special family itineraries with kid-savvy expedition leaders and guides. Companies such as AdventureSmith Explorations can steer you in the right direction, wherever you want to go.

DISCOVER HIDDEN EUROPEAN GEMS ON A RIVER CRUISE: With river cruises, travelers can appreciate not having to pack and unpack at every port while getting to see Europe beyond its major capitals. River cruising is growing. The cruise line Tauck, for one, has doubled its family departures to 20. Kids up to 17 cruise for half the price on elect Uniworld Generations departures. The adventure company Backroads reports that its Family and Active River Cruise trips in partnership with AMA Waterways are a top trending destination for 2017. AMA Waterways also offers Adventures by Disney cruises, which are the top-rated family river cruises on cruisecritic.com. Imagine cruising from Paris to Normandy or Budapest to Prague with all of the meals and excursions included. Bon voyage!

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SHOES WITH STYLE In the age of school uniforms, kids are always looking for ways to express themselves. KidsShoes.com gives kids dozens of ways to do that with the Sydney Jordyn Hashtag High-Top Sneaker, which comes with 30 fun, reusable patches that can be placed anywhere on the shoe’s fuzzy surface, then peeled off and repositioned whenever the mood strikes. Kids can create their own designs with peace signs, lightning bolts, rainbows, soccer balls and more, customizing their look every day, or every hour. Available in black and turquoise. $68, kidsshoes.com

OATMEAL TO GO Squeeze packs have entered a new realm with Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes. The fiber-rich snacks come in vegan and gluten-free varieties, and they pack omega3 antioxidants, whole grains and protein into an on-the-go treat that will tempt kids with real fruit and tasty flavors. Munk Packs are available at Publix supermarkets and online. munkpack.com

SAFETY LIGHTS MADE EASY Light your home and child-proof your outlets with the SnapPower Safelight, a specialized outlet cover with LED lights built into the bottom of the easily installed faceplate. The Safelight uses safety covers that slide closed as soon as a power cord is removed, blocking dangerous energy outlets from curious toddlers, and the LED lights along the bottom can be adjusted for high, low and automatic lighting, creating a nightlight for safety without tying up an outlet. SnapPower also makes Guidelights ($15) that add lighting to the bottom of light switches for additional safety. $17 or $75 for a pack of five, snappower.com MARCH 2017

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out about SPRING 2017 MIAMI MARDI GRAS CARNIVAL March 3. Free celebration features rides and arts and crafts. Carnival game tickets and refreshments available for purchase. 6-9 p.m. Flamingo Park, 1245 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach. miamibeach.gov/parksandrecreation SPRING BAZAAR March 4. Crafts, music and art by local artists, free entertainment, kids’ activities, bake sale and more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Talents Unleashed Performing Arts Studio, 12265 SW 129 Court, Miami. talentsunleashed.com

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY! FOOD & TUNES March 4. Visit website for more information. Ed Burke Recreation Center, 11400 NE Ninth Court, Biscayne Park. biscayneparkfl.gov MEGA PURIM SCAVENGER HUNT March 5. Families can come to two supermarkets to participate in a Passover food scavenger hunt that will be delivered to the Jewish Community Services of South Florida food bank. Kids can dress up in Purim costumes. After arriving at the store, families will be given a scavenger hunt list with clues. Winners of the hunt will be chosen based on the time it takes them to find all the items. 10 a.m.12 p.m. Publix, 9105 S. Dadeland Blvd., Miami, and Winn-Dixie, 20417 Biscayne Blvd., Aventure. jscfl.org/events PURIM CARNIVAL March 5. Rides, a petting zoo, carnival games, arts and crafts, pool games, contests and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Miami Beach JCC, 4221 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach. mbjcc.org CARNAVAL ON THE MILE March 4-5. Fine artists, sculptures,

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paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry, musical groups and performers, Canine Café. Children can enjoy games, crafts, product demonstrations and more. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. carnavalmiami.com ORCHID FESTIVAL March 10-12. Orchid plants, handmade products and foods from local vendors. “OrKids” children work with crafts, play science-themed games, participate in plantings, and more. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Adults, $25; ages 6-17, $12. fairchildgarden.org ST. PATRICK’S DAY IRISH FESTIVAL March 11. Traditional and contemporary Irish music, crafts, food, clowns, face paitning, giant slide and rock-wall climbing. Noon-6 p.m. Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. emeraldsocietysfl.com EASTER AT THE FARM March 11-12, 18-19, 24-26. Egg hunt, paddleboats, pony and hay ride, race track and access to the children’s zoo. Pinto’s Farm, 14890 SW 216th St., Miami. Visit website for prices. pintofarm.com MICHAEL-ANN RUSSELL HEBRAICA PURIM CELEBRATION March 12. Free celebration includes a

kosher food court, a dance performance, reading of the Meguila, costume contests, games, bounce houses, skateboarding and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach. marjcc.org EASTER BUNNY COTTAGE HOUSE March 24-April 16. Take photos with the Easter bunny. The Falls, 888 SW 136th St., Miami. miamiandbeaches.com/ special-offers/monthly-deals/shop-miamimonth BUNNY’S ARRIVAL AND EGG HUNT March 25. 2-4 p.m. Dadeland Mall, 7535 N. Kendall Drive, Miami. miamiandbeaches.com/special-offers/monthly-deals/ shop-miami-month CARING BUNNY AT THE FALLS March 26. Families with special needs children can enjoy the Easter bunny photo experience. 10-11:30 a.m. The Falls, 888 SW 136th St., Miami. miamiandbeaches. com/special-offers/monthly-deals/shop-

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miami-month CARING BUNNY AT DADELAND MALL March 26. Families with special needs children can enjoy the Easter bunny photo experience. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dadeland Mall, 7535 N. Kendall Drive, Miami. miamiandbeaches.com/special-offers/ monthly-deals/shop-miami-month MATZAH, MITZVAH AND MORE March 26. Families put together Passover food baskets and deliver them to home-bound seniors. 9-11:30 a.m. Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 137 NE 19th St., Miami. jscfl.org/events

BROWARD HAITI YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: KANAVAL March 4. Mardi Gras event. Call for updates. Park gate entrance fee $1.50 per person, children under 5 free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. 954-357-5400. PURIM CELEBRATION FAMILY DINNER AND SHPIEL March 10. Eat a feast of eggplant parmigiana, pasta, salad, bread and hamantashen at 5:45 p.m. and then enjoy the shpiel, a Purim play, at 7 p.m. Members, $12 for adults; $7 for children. Nonmembers, $18 for adults, $10 for children. Temple Beth Emet, 4807 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City. templebethemet.org FORT LAUDERDALE ST. PATRICK’S PARADE & FESTIVAL March 11. Parade, entertainment, kid zones, food and more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. stpatsftl.com HOLLYWOOD ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL March 12. Parade, music, children’s

activities, Irish merchandise, food and beverages. Noon-6 p.m. Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street, downtown Hollywood. $10 parking. stpatricksparade.com PURIM CARNIVAL March 12. Enjoy a rock wall, bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, games and prizes, face painting, cotton candy and kosher food. $15 for an unlimited ride bracelet. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Temple Sinai Hollywood, 1400 N. 46th Ave., Hollywood. sinaihollywood.org PURIM CARNIVAL AND MEGILLAH READING March 12. Reading of the scroll of Esther followed by a carnival with rides, bounce houses, game booths, prizes, purim arts and crafts, face painting, costumes, lunch and more. $18 for a wristband. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Temple Dor Dorim, 2360 Glades Circle, Weston. dordorim.org/purim ST. PATRICK’S DAY 10K March 12. Greater Fort Lauderdale Road Runner’s Club 10k race. See website for registration fees. Park gate entrance fee $1.50 per person, children under 5 free. 7 a.m. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. gflrcc.com TOP O’ THE MORNING March 15. Read books about Irish symbols to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. NSU's Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Jay Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie. sherman.library/nova.edu ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE PARTY March 17. Prizes will be given for best St. Patty’s Day costume. $10 per person. Reservations required. Buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m., dance starts at 6:30 p.m. Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave., Pembroke Pines. ppines.com

MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY March 18. Wear festive hats to enjoy finger sandwiches and sweet treats with Alice and friends. RSVP required. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Historic Stranahan House Museum, 335 SE Sixth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. stranahanhouse.givezooks.com/ events/2017-mad-hatter-s-tea-party CORAL SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS AND GARDENFEST March 18-19. Fine art show, craft festival, theatrical performances, literary workshops, children’s area, Green Market, music and crafts, and learning activities to introduce children to gardening. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Walk, 716 N. University Drive, Coral Springs. Free. csfoa.com CELEBRATION OF SPRING FAMILY STORY TIME SPECIAL March 21. Story-telling and musical event features a performance by the Suzuki Music Academy’s children violinists. 5 p.m. Stirling Road Branch Library, 3151 Stirling road, Hollywood. 954-357-7550 SPRING TEA PARTY March 22. Afternoon tea sandwiches, decadent desserts and assorted teas. Reservations required. $18 per person. 2 p.m. Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave., Pembroke Pines. ppines.com ANNUAL SPRING BONNET CONTEST March 23. Make a bonnet to wear to this event and you could win a prize. Free for SWFP members. 12 p.m. Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave., Pembroke Pines. ppines.com GRAND PURIM PARTY WITH GUY BAVLI March 23. See mentalist and psychic performer Guy Bavli’s “Master of the Mind” show. Adults $15, children $10. Show at 7:15 p.m. Megillah reading at 8 p.m. Chabad of South Broward, 1295 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale. sbfriendshipcircle.com

EASTER CELEBRATION March 26. Arts and crafts, giveaways, face painting, a golden egg scavenger hunt and free photos with the Easter Bunny. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pompano Citi Centre, 1955 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach. pompanociticentre.com MARCH 2017

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SPRING INTO SAFETY WITH BSO March 24. Bounce houses, meet and greet with deputies and firefighters, free child ID kids and a chance to spray the fire hose. 9 a.m.- noon. Cooper City Fire Rescue Station 28, 10550 Stirling Road, Cooper City. coopercityfl.org

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PALM IRISH INTERNATIONAL SHABBAT DINNER March 3. This dinner combines traditional Jewish cuisine with Irish foods for a multicultural celebration. RSVP by Feb. 27. $25 for non-members; $20 for members; $10 for children ages 6-13; children under 5, free. Additional charge of $5 per adult for reservations after cut-off date. Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach, 190 N. County Road, Palm Beach. tepb.org/ events/irish-purim-shabbat-dinner PURIM FAMILY DINNER AT THE J March 8. Evening of food and family with a Purim theme. Celebrate Jewish traditions with crafts and activities for kids of all ages. 5:30 p.m. Members, $30 per family; Nonmembers, $35 per family. Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches, 5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens. jcconline.com HAMANTASHEN AND PURIM FUN March 8. Stories, singing and making hamantashen. Winn Dixie, 7024 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton. jewishboca.org/pjlibrary

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DELRAY BEACH ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL AND PARADE March 10-11. Irish dancing, traditional pipe and drum bands, food, beer and live music. Parade on Saturday. Visit website for parade route. 5-10 p.m. Friday. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. stpatrickparade.com

BLARNEY BASH March 17. Live music, kid’s activities such as face painters, balloon artists, a garden bounce house, rock climbing, a giant slide and a visit with a leprechaun. See a performance by the Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance. 6-10 p.m. Boynton Beach Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton. catchboynton.com

SALUTE TO SPRING March 10-11. Listen to music and dance at free outdoor concerts. Bring a lawn chair and blankets. Food will be available for purchase. 6-9:30 p.m. Friday. 4-9 p.m. Saturday. Greenacres Community Park, 2905 Jog road, Greenacres. ci.greenacres. fl.us/dept_leisure/community_events.htm

VISIT THE EASTER BUNNY March 20-26. Take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Center Court, 801 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach. boyntonbeachmall.com/eventsnews/event/visit-the-easter-bunny

MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY March 11. Come dressed for tea to create bonnets and top hats and learn the art of table etiquette. $30 for members, $45 for non-members. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. flaglermuseum.us

SPRING CHILDREN’S FAIR March 21. Rides, games, food, free arts & crafts, entertainment, face painting and more. Food and drinks available for purchase. Free park entry. Ride tickets $5 per ride of $20 for an all day bracelet. 10 a.m.3 p.m. Patch Reef Park, 2000 W. Yamato Road, Boca Raton. patchreefpark.org

PURIM SCHMATTE BALL AND DINNER March 11. Dress down in a costume or in casual, comfortable clothes for the Purim Ball. Pasta dinner, live music, dancing and an abridged Megillah reading with audience participation. RSVP by March 7. Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach, 190 N. County Road, Palm Beach. tepb.org/ events/usykadima-purim-celebration

EASTER BUNNY ARRIVAL AT THE GARDENS MALL March 25. Hunt for candy and meet the Easter Bunny and his friends: butterfly stilt walkers, jugglers, a DJ and magicians. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bloomingdale’s Court, The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. thegardensmall.com/ events/easter-bunny-arrival

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Manners made easy BY CAROL J. ALEXANDER “Etiquette is the art of being confident in every situation,” says Dawnya Sasse, founder of My Club Etiquette, a six-week manners course taught in a club setting by local coaches. The word etiquette derives from the French word for ticket. Manners coaches believe that teaching children proper etiquette gives them the “ticket” to a more successful life. Children with proper manners “do better in interviews,” said Susan Teter, Certified Manners Coach from Virginia, “and are more comfortable in various situations like eating out, formal parties or visiting others’ homes.” We’ve all been there. You call a local business to inquire about a particular product, and the young employee on the line gives you the impression she would rather be anywhere than at work. Or, you’ve checked out at the grocery and the cashier spent the entire time texting a friend. No smile, no “hello,” no “have a nice day.” “Children who exhibit good manners stand out among the rest,” said Teter. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen, so do those with bad manners. Curt and June struggled to teach their two boys decent table manners until June came up with a game. She placed beside each plate a tiny toy car. When someone at the table witnessed another’s bad manners, he could take his car from him. At the end of the meal, everyone got to keep the cars they ended up with. June succeeded in making learning a new behavior fun and rewarding. By implementing these ideas, you can too. According to Teter, “It is never too early to start teaching good manners. Even a young child can be taught to look a person in the eye when speaking to them.” In our family, we taught our children to sign the words “please” and “thank you” even before they could speak. Remember, even if a child is too young to understand the meaning behind the behavior, he can still learn the proper behavior. As a child matures, though, it is important to explain the purpose behind the behavior you are trying to instill. We do not wipe our greasy fingers on the table cloth because the grease will not wash out and will ruin the cloth. We do not fly paper airplanes in a restaurant because the other patrons will not enjoy their meal. As a child’s understanding grows, we explain that respect for other people and their property is the basis for the behavior we are trying to teach. As parents, we need to keep the age

of our child in mind and not expect too much of him. Trying to teach too much at one time is a common mistake. Concentrate on one area, like sitting still in church, one week, and opening doors for others the next week. Just as June made learning a new behavior fun with her toy car game, you can use a sticker chart with rewards for your children. Every time you witness the child demonstrating proper manners, he gets a sticker. When the chart is full, he gets a reward. “I keep an ice cream bucket full of prizes,” said Juanita, another mom. “When one of the boys gets five stars on his chart, he gets to pick a prize out of the bucket.” Another fun method is role-playing. This technique is especially effective for phone manners because you can practice making and answering calls between the house phone and the cell phone. Of course it’s always better to demonstrate proper etiquette than to teach it. Woe to the father that says, “Do as I say, not as I do.” But if things seem to be going slowly, don’t give up hope. If mom and dad don’t talk out loud in the theatre, chances are little Johnny won’t grow up doing it either. He will eventually figure out that that behavior is inappropriate. Lastly, it’s always OK to call in reinforcements. Having Grandma teach Susie to set a proper table may have a greater impact on Susie than if mom were doing it. You could also purchase a manners curriculum to do with your children, hire

a manners coach, or attend a manners club or class. Programs such as these incorporate role playing, game playing, prizes, and peer pressure. Remember, it’s never too early and it’s never too late to train your children. And by following some of these methods, hopefully your child will have a “ticket” for success.

Freelance writer Carol J. Alexander lives with her family in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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Raising Confident Daughters BY GAYLA GRACE Parenting daughters can be a complete joy and an unimaginable nightmare, all in the same day. It can be breathtaking and adventuresome, complicated and daunting. You won’t find a road map or a one-size-fits-all. Common roadblocks often trip up a girl with little warning. Our happy-golucky child can unexpectedly turn into a sour, unhappy teenager. But as attentive parents, we can help them navigate the challenges and grow into healthy young women. SELF IMAGE Raising a confident daughter starts as we help them tackle one of the hardest, and most critical hurdles – a healthy selfimage. Too often, young adult women leave home with insecurities that show up in every social situation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Modeling a healthy self image and selfacceptance in our own lives is a good place to start. Moms, especially, carry a huge role here. If you’re constantly looking in the mirror and berating your weight or your scraggly hair or your squatty body, your daughter will do the same. If we model self-acceptance of our own imperfections, our daughters have a much better chance of accepting themselves, warts and all. When we teach our daughters the value of inner beauty over outer beauty, we give them confidence. Hope Guidry, mom of a high school teen, says, “I encourage my

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daughter to dress modestly and feel good about herself, even when she gets pressure from peers at school. … My daughter gets picked on and told she dresses like a hippie because she loves to wear beanies, long shirts, jeans and boots. We must teach our girls to empower one another – build each other up instead of bringing each other down. Social media and the age of selfies teach that outward appearance is more important than inward beauty.” If our daughters believe they must look like the air-brushed model on “Seventeen,” they will never be happy. But if they grasp the value of inner beauty – which they have complete control over – they will find peace with their looks. INTERNAL DIALOGUE We have conversations with ourselves all day, every day. What we say to ourselves dictates how we feel and, ultimately, our behavior. Helping our daughters create positive internal dialogue helps them develop a healthy self image. If your daughter’s self-talk says, “I hate my thighs,” “My stomach sticks out,” or “My nose is too big,” she’ll never feel good about herself. But if you can help her accept herself as a beautiful human being with some imperfections, and change negative self-talk to positive, she’ll grow to love herself in an authentic way. If she’s unhappy with her weight or something she can change, encourage her to make choices that can give her greater confidence. But don’t allow her to think

that if she reaches a certain number on the scale, she will be happy. True happiness comes from within as we learn to love and accept our imperfect selves. BODY IMAGE It’s also important that our daughters understand the difference between body image and self image. We don’t have to have a perfect body to have a good self image. A healthy self image comes from being proud of who we are as a person. If your daughter struggles with her weight, help her be confident in other areas that make her feel good about herself. Encourage her to develop her natural gifts and talents, whether it’s music, athletics, chess club, or volunteering at a nursing home or children’s hospital. As girls move into roles that fit their true selves, they naturally develop a healthy self image. GIRLS ON THE RUN A great program that can help girls in their pre-adolescent years learn to embrace their individual strengths and find tools to develop a healthy self image is a national program, Girls on the Run. The defining statement of their organization says, “We believe that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, can change the world. Can.” For information, go to girlsontherun.org. INVASION OF TECHNOLOGY “Is your home relationship-centered or technology-centered?” The speaker’s words intrigued me. I had never considered whether our home centered more on technology or relationships. If we seek to raise our kids in a relationship-centered home, it starts with limits on technology. An elementary-age girl doesn’t need the latest smart phone with unlimited data. A middle school tween shouldn’t have unlimited access to the Internet without supervision. As our daughters move through their school years, we should be consciously teaching them how to self-regulate their use of technology, including texting, social media and other digital activity. Because girls are relational, they will naturally use technology to access their friends when they’re not together. But it’s too easy to fire off a hateful text or post a sarcastic comment on Facebook that can cut to the core of a girl’s self-esteem. We must help our children make wise decisions regarding how much time they spend fixated to their phones or other devices, and whether the use of technol-

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ogy pervades their life negatively. We must also consider how to protect our family time, which in our home means that phones and iPads are left in another room during the dinner hour and in the kitchen at bedtime. COPING WITH MEAN GIRLS Unfortunately, mean girls exist in all ages, even adults. But mean girls tend to show up more during middle school. Help your daughter cope with mean girls by talking with her about friendship. Encourage her to make friends with girls who will appreciate her for who she is, not whether she’s popular, beautiful or always wearing the right clothes. Help her seek out the nice girls, who may not be the ones running in the popular crowd. It’s important to talk to our daughters about why girls are mean. Help her see that if two girls are saying ugly things about another, and she chooses to join in, she becomes connected to them in a twisted fashion. Their insecure feelings are abated temporarily while they gossip. But gossip is hurtful and wounding, even to those doing it. Encourage your daughter to change the subject, if possible, or avoid girls who gossip frequently. When my youngest daughter, Jodi, was in middle school, she went through a difficult period with mean girls. Her circle of

friends turned on her when she expressed her opinion of a friend’s boyfriend. One day she decided she’d had enough. At the lunch table she told the girls she could no longer be friends and apologized for anything she had done to offend them. She began eating lunch with another friend who wasn’t part of the group and sought to distance herself from the girls. Wounded by the situation, Jodi struggled with trust and took close to two years before developing a circle of friends again. Mean girls run in groups and can do significant damage to a young girl’s selfesteem. Pay attention to your daughter’s friends and encourage her to steer clear of girls who find pleasure in mean behavior. NEED FOR INDEPENDENCE One day our daughters want us in their lives, and the next day they don’t. I love the way the writers of “Raising Girls,” Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff, describe the ambivalence: “Come close … get away. Teenage girls are saying both. I need independence because I’m trying to find myself, but I also need you. It is important to remember they want both. Their ‘get aways’ are more about them than they are about you — even when their words seem directed at you.” As kids move toward the end of their

teen years, they begin to look more like adults and some days act like adults. It’s easy to begin letting go too soon and push them out into the world, thinking they have all the skills they need. They don’t. Teen girls need ongoing communication about everyday issues and wisdom from a mature voice with life experiences they can learn from. They’re listening to their peers, but they still care about what their parents think. Although they might try hard to push us out, it’s important that parents stay tuned to the world their child is living in. Don’t give them complete independence and check out too soon. THE GOOD NEWS Adolescent girls become young adult women and can bring unending joy and pleasure to a family. I cherish the relationships with my two young adult daughters and adult stepdaughter. The teen years were rough, but we traversed the murky waters successfully. Don’t despair if you experience rough days, or even rough seasons with your daughter. There are better days ahead. Pick them up when they fall down. Be their biggest fan at every turn. Help them navigate the roadblocks. And one day you’ll beam with pride as a beautiful, young lady, inside and out, stares you in the face.

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How to parent more effectively in the heat of the moment BY KATIE HURLEY SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON POST he mother of a young toddler recently reached out to me with concerns about managing her child’s behavior. Stuck in a cycle of negative interactions with her child, she was using the only tools that she knew: Spanking and the time-out chair. It wasn’t working. No matter how often she spanked or how many times her child sat in the chair, his behavior didn’t improve. She was exhausted, overwhelmed and uncertain of how to change things. This mother is not alone in her frustration. Parenting young children can be challenging, and each stage includes new sources of stress. When tantrums are frequent and stress levels are high, parents feel angry and overwhelmed. Sometimes they reach for negative discipline strategies because those are the only ones they can access in the heat of the moment. The problem with this is that not only do strategies such as spanking and harsh discipline fail to correct the behavior in question, they can also cause significant harm to the child who is on the receiving end. A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology in April looked at five decades of research on spanking and found that the more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and engage in antisocial behavior and aggression. These kids are also more likely to have mental health problems and cognitive difficulties. The results are clear: Spanking is all harm and no good. Sadly, though, the release of this study reignited the age-old debate on spanking. Statements such as “I was spanked and I turned out fine” (often with an “lol” tacked on for good measure) fill the comment sections on any publication that dares to discuss the matter.

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When parents ask me about spanking and the effectiveness of alternatives, they often make that exact statement. When we dig a little deeper into the subject matter, though, I find that the real issue is that parents feel that taking a hard line against spanking feels like a betrayal of their own parents. They feel like doing things differently sends the message that they weren’t happy as kids. Sometimes they even admit that the threat of spanking overwhelmed them with fear as children and they hope that the simple act of threatening their kids will be enough to scare them into compliance. Often they tell me that they want to change the way they parent their children but they don’t know where to begin. It’s difficult to reboot your parenting style when you’re stuck in a cycle, even if that cycle is negatively charged and frequently results in tears and stress. Rebecca Eanes, author of “Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide,” urges parents to remain calm when children are acting out. “Meeting a child’s aggression with equal grownup aggression only adds fuel to the fire,” explains Eanes. “To extinguish aggressive behavior, meet it with calmness and compassion. Being calm isn’t passive; it’s mature. We must be it to teach it.” Young children act out when they’re upset. Sadness, fear, powerlessness, isolation, loneliness and frustration can all trigger negative behaviors as children seek to connect with their parents. The issue with this is that parents often view these negative emotions, such as frustration, as problems that need to be fixed, instead of cries for help from the child. According to Deborah MacNamara, author of “Rest, Play, Grow,” frustration sets off alarms for parents because it tends to present as loud and heated behavior. MacNamara cautions that we shouldn’t attempt to squash a child’s frustration, though, because it is an important emotion. “Frustration is what mobilizes us to work hard at getting what we want or to change the things that don’t work for us,” she says. Instead of handing out every consequence available when a child acts out, parents should help the child work through their emotions and find a better solution. But how can parents remain calm and focused when kids are yelling, screaming, hitting, kicking and otherwise pushing every button at once? It’s no easy task, but with patience and practice, it can be done. Here are some ways parents can keep their cool when dealing with a child’s big emotions. Harness the breathing room. “There is a space between every action and reaction,” says Eanes. “When you harness that space

and consciously expand it, you can use that ‘breathing room’ to put out the fuse.” It can be difficult to find that space when your child triggers all of your anger points at once, I know, but taking a moment to breathe before you respond to your child can help you remain calm in the moment. Many adults struggle to master the art of deep breathing. In this hurried world, we move from task to task without taking the time to slow down and work through our stress. The best time to practice deep breathing is when you’re calm and happy. If you master deep breathing techniques when you’re calm, you’ll be better able to access them when you’re upset. Try the Stop, Breathe & Think app to get started. Tap into compassion. Eanes recommends shifting your focus from what your child is doing wrong to what your child actually needs. Self-talk might feel silly at first, but it is an effective technique that helps people overcome the negative thoughts that sometimes cloud our judgment. TRY THESE STATEMENTS WHEN YOUR CHILD ACTS UP: We are OK; this is not an emergency. I am capable of handling this. I can remain calm. My child needs me right now. This is just one moment.

Set clear limits. Children are hard-wired to test limits – it’s how they figure out the world around them. They are also easily confused by mixed messages. If we set a limit one day but let it go the next only to bring it back another day, children aren’t sure what to do. Too many limits can lead to risk-averse kids who never stray beyond their comfort zones, but too few can lead to internal chaos. As much as children test limits and push back on boundaries, they also crave them. Knowing the expectations helps them distinguish right from wrong, make decisions on their own and work toward independence. Setting clear limits and boundaries is as important for parents as it is for kids. With age-appropriate limits and boundaries in place, children and parents will spend less time guessing and more time connecting. This results in positive communication and families that thrive together.

Katie Hurley is a child and adolescent psychotherapist and parenting educator in Los Angeles, and the author of “The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World.” You can find her on Twitter and on her blog, Practical Parenting.

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Palm Beach County's spring break fun STAFF REPORT wwwPalm Beach County public schools celebrate their spring break March 17-24, giving students and their families the chance to enjoy South Florida before the heat of summer. HERE’S A ROUNDUP OF IDEAS FOR SPRING BREAKERS: Spring Children’s Fair. Enjoy a day of rides, games, food, arts and crafts, entertainment, face painting and more on Tuesday, March 21, at Patch Reef Park, 2000 W. Yamato Road, Boca Raton. Park entry is free, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Ride tickets are $5 per ride or $20 for an all-day bracelet for the 10 a.m.-3 p.m. event. patchreefpark.org Hit the beach. Head east to find sun, surf and sand. Numerous fishing piers up and down the coast give beachgoers great access to saltwater fishing and gorgeous views of the sunrise. Or go for the island life on Peanut Island Park, where visitors can fish, snorkel, swim or camp overnight. Pick some berries. Strawberries are in season, and families can pick their own at Bedner’s Farm in Boynton Beach and The Girls Strawberry U-Pick in Delray Beach. Visit a children’s museum. Families have

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plenty of museum options, including Boca Raton Children’s Museum and the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum in Boynton Beach. Go farther south for the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale. These museums offer child-friendly exhibits, hands-on play and special classes for kids. Ride the carousel. Go round and round for fun on the Florida-themed carousel at Downtown in the Gardens, which features a great blue heron, Florida panther, roseate spoonbill and other state-specific rides. Unusual animals also grace the carousel at Pompano Citi Centre in Pompano Beach, which includes five Floridainspired creatures. The carousel at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton has 30 horses and two chariots and is open daily. The Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach also has a carousel. Get close to nature. At Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton, you can view live animals and interactive state-of-the-art exhibits or take a walk on the nature trails. Families can also visit Okeeheelee Nature Center in West Palm Beach and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. Or go for manatee watching at the

new FPL EcoDiscovery Center in West Palm Beach, shark feedings at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach or sea turtle education at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach. Walk the gardens. Experience Japanese culture and beauty at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, and or explore Florida’s wildlife and habitat at Flamingo Gardens in Davie. Go to a baseball game. Jupiter hosts spring training baseball games at Roger Dean Stadium throughout March. See the Miami Marlins battle the Washington Nationals or the Houston Astros, and the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Marlins or the New York Mets. rogerdeanstadium. com/schedules Wild animals. Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, with its drive-through safari and kid-friendly water play area, is a favorite for families; the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach also has wild animals and water play, plus a Wildlife Carousel and Safari Train to entertain the kids. Sugar Sand Park. The 132-acre Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton has a children’s science center, carousel, performing arts theater and nature trails, plus a full calendar of spring break programming for youth. sugarsandpark.org Water parks. Palm Beach County’s water parks are scheduled to reopen on March 18. Calypso Bay Waterpark and Coconut Cove Waterpark both feature river rides, two four-story-high water slides and children’s water playgrounds. The Westgate Splashpark in West Palm Beach also reopens March 18, and the John Prince Park Splashpark in Lake Worth is open year round.

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Summer is a great time to dive into a foreign language BY KATHERINE ROTH, ASSOCIATED PRESS For a lot of kids, summer is a time to travel intellectually as well as literally, to dive headlong into new languages and cultures in a way that classroom learning alone doesn’t allow. Every summer, about 4,500 kids ages 7-18 travel to one of dozens of “language villages” nestled in the north woods of Minnesota and run by Concordia College. The camps, which also include typical summer-camp activities such as swimming and crafts, offer serious cultural and linguistic immersion in 16 different languages. There is belly dancing and Middle Eastern food at Arabic language camp, and traditional calligraphy, taiko drumming, karate and Japanese meals in Japanese camp. “Having a foreign language and cultural skills in your background is vitally important. Sometimes it’s a matter of heritage or ethnic background, or sometimes it’s about community demographic. Or it’s just what a child seems to be passionate about,” says Christine Schulze, executive director of the program. “Korean pop culture, for example, seems to be a big driver of interest in Korean language and cultural studies.” For younger kids, the camps run one or two weeks, while those for high schoolers are four weeks. The longer high-school-level camps

are designed (and accredited) to cover an entire year of high school language learning, Schulze says, and unlike a summer overseas, the camps offer the security and ease of remaining in the United States. Kids also can try out several of the “country” villages to find the best fit. “Children come in with the full range of language abilities, with some starting at the very beginning, and others quite advanced and ready push their skills even further,” she says. “Sometimes children do a summer at a village as preparation for a program abroad the following year.” The programs cost roughly $1,000 a week, with about 20 percent of the children receiving some financial assistance. Many colleges and universities also offer summer language programs for eighth- to 12th-graders. For older kids, the Washington, D.C.based Youth for Understanding offers high school study-abroad summer programs in dozens of countries. They include group travel for language teachers and their classes, and more traditional, individual home-stay programs, says Heather Deno, sales director for the organization. Youth for Understanding was started after World War II to foster peace, and is also known for high school programs lasting a semester to a year, and gap-year programs between high school and college.

In its summer programs in India, Ecuador, Paraguay, South Africa and Thailand, kids stay with a host family and do communityoriented volunteer work. “Our organization started in the 1950s with the idea that it’s hard to hate or generalize about a culture once you know people personally,” Deno said. The summer programs run four to eight weeks and cost $5,500 to $9,000, depending on airfare; many students receive financial aid. “We give out $2 million a year in scholarships. Many Japanese companies, in particular, offer full or partial scholarships to Japan,” Deno said. For sleepaway camps, Schulze recommends checking that the program is affiliated with the American Camp Association, which sets safety guidelines. Of course, you don’t have to leave home to get summer language study. Many bilingual and language schools offer their own immersive day camps, including the following: Camp Lingua, Davie camplingua.com Educando a América Dive into Spanish camp, Weston educandoamerica.com Mis Amigos Languages, Coral Gables misamigoslanguages.com Step by Step Languages, South Miami Viva El Espanol Camp, Coral Gables vivaelespanol.com Miami Chinese Language School miamichineseschool.org Le Petit Prince, Boca Raton frenchschoolbocaraton.com World Class Languages, Boca Raton worldclasslanguages.com

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Campers may unplug, but summer camps are plugging in BY MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON, ASSOCIATED PRESS Jen Oiler loves that her two daughters spend a week every summer unplugged from their phones and internet connection while visiting Camp Akita in Logan, Ohio. But she also appreciates that the camp takes full advantage of technology to help parents feel connected to their children’s experience. Each evening that her girls are away, she goes online to view photos that the camp has posted of the day’s activities. “I think not being able to communicate with them is more of a challenge for me than them,” says Oiler, of Dublin, Ohio. While kids are often unplugged at summer camp, the camps themselves are harnessing technology in new ways, for promotion and to enhance the camp experience, from posting photos and videos for parents and alumni to connecting campers in the off-season. It’s a delicate balance, keeping parents informed and happy while not losing sight of camp’s purpose, said Tom Rosenberg, CEO of the American Camp Association, headquartered in Martinsville, Indiana. “I find that parents today need more communication than our parents did when we went to camp,” he said. “It’s a learning experience for us.” Many camps ban cell phones for campers but engage with parents by posting daily photos, letting parents email their children, and creating annual videos featuring campers and activities. Some camps encourage kids to stay in touch year-round by having them share phone numbers, email addresses and social media information. Many camps maintain Facebook pages and Instagram accounts for campers to connect.

ties and meals, said executive director Shane Brown. “We feel that it’s important for parents to have an idea of what is going on at camp,” he said. Capturing the experience in photos is too important and time-consuming a task for counselors, he added: “I don’t think it can be secondary. We hire a person to be the eyes and ears for parents all day, every day.” WEEKLY VIDEOS In addition to posting photos, Camp Fitch in North Springfield, Pennsylvania, creates weekly videos for parents. The videos also allow campers to relive the fun times later, and they provide an opportunity for the camp to reach new audiences, says Matt Poese, executive director. While photos occasionally lead to a parent calling because their youngster looks “mopey,” they typically have a reassuring and positive effect, he said. Parents can see their kids trying new things and making new friends.

PHOTOS A PRIORITY After years of reading teacher blogs and classroom newsletters, parents have grown accustomed to having a window into their child’s day. Many camps have responded by hiring a staffer to take photos and post them online every day. Camp Kanata in Wake Forest, North Carolina, for example, provides daily photos along with updates about the weather, activi-

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“The upside is parents feel a lot more engaged in the experience and become even more evangelical” about the benefits of camp, he said. ONE-WAY EMAIL Tanya Hummels never sent her three children care packages or letters while they were at Camp Tecumseh, in Brookston, Indiana, but she regularly emailed them. Many camps encourage letter-writing by parents but do allow them to send emails, which are printed out and delivered to campers once a day. If kids want to write back, however, they usually must rely on pencils, paper and stamps, although some camps will scan handwritten letters and email them to parents. Hummels liked the ease of composing a few lines each morning on email with tidbits about the family pet or updates on sports news. “The kids said they always looked forward to it,” said Hummels, of West Lafayette, Ind. “It was a little dose of home.” STAYING CONNECTED Hummels’ daughter Abby never objected to leaving her phone at home, but did insist that her mom bring it on pickup day so she could add hew new friends’ contact information. Abby and her camp friends have arranged several reunions and visits outside of camp. The friendships would not be as close if it weren’t for technology, said Abby, who started going to sleepaway at age 8 and is now 17. After booking her week at Camp Fitch, 14-year-old Eleanor Ziance of Bexley, Ohio, shared the information on her social media channels to see who would be there at the same time. That laid the foundation for new relationships and made her look forward to camp even more, she said. Poese, Fitch’s director, said that ability to connect to fellow campers year-round solidifies friendships and the connection to camp, which is good for kids and camps. “We see a lot of kids communicating through Instagram and other platforms,” he said. “It definitely intensifies the experience.”

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Less is more for a great camp care package BY MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON ASSOCIATED PRESS Allison Hendrix puts a lot of thought, but not much money, into the care packages she sends her children at summer camp. She looks for items that will help them engage with cabin mates, and skips things that they would worry about breaking or losing. She seeks out items to make them laugh, and avoids anything that could induce homesickness. “I want to let them know I’m thinking of them and I love them, but I don’t want to make them miss home,” says Hendrix, of Orlando. She has sent costumes and wigs, yarn for making friendship bracelets, games and balls. Less is more, she says. Other tips for creating a good care package for summer campers? Tailor it to a child’s personality, says Gay Gasser, owner of Mirth in a Box, a company that specializes in sending camp care packages. Sending a shy kid a game might serve as an icebreaker in the cabin, she said. An outgoing kid might want stickers or other small, inexpensive items to share with friends. Be sure to follow camp guidelines about

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packages, says Malcom Petty, owner of Sealed With A Kiss Camp Services in Kansas City. Most camps have rules about what parents can and can’t send. Many don’t allow food or electronics. Others only accept packages of a certain size. “They don’t want anything that will create a mess, like water balloons or confetti. Nothing that in any way looks like a weapon,” Petty says. “You want things that are going to add value to the experience.” Done right, packages are a “sweet and lovely touchstone” to home, says Paul Sheridan, director at Four Winds Camp in Washington. And don’t go overboard. Parents who try to outdo each other with lavish and frequent gifts, or who ignore camp rules, can create difficult situations for camps and campers, he says. Constant reminders of home can distract from the purpose of camp. And packages also can cause hurt feelings when not everyone in the cabin receives them, said Lindsay Matteson, director at Camp Winacka in San Diego, California. “It can be really hard,” she said. “At our camp, the girls share space and there aren’t very many ways to be discreet about handing out packages.”

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Coming out of your Shell BY CHRISSIE FERGUSON

Alexandra Iglesias, 5, of Plantation, dresses as a pirate; Kyla Dean, 11, of Boca Raton, dresses as Peter Pan; and Kailyn Ginn, 6, of Lauderhill, dresses as a Lost Boy on the Florida Children’s Theatre stage in Fort Lauderdale. Photo/Taimy Alvarez, Sun Sentinel

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If you thought the stage was only for the confident and gregarious child, think again. There are many benefits to taking theater classes as a child. And improvisational theater, in particular, can make a difference in the lives of children both outgoing and timid. Eva Shure, the CEO and co-founder of Red Carpet Kids – a New York-based acting school for children that is now in South Florida – was once “the shy kid” herself and knows firsthand how beneficial acting classes and camps can be for a child. But it’s improv that proves to make all the difference, Shure said. “A lot of the kids we work with in our improv program are kids that would have never given a first glance at acting or drama or the performing arts,” she said. “The difference between improv and acting classes is that with acting, there is so much emphasis on hitting the mark. It’s a lot of pressure to be something. And with improv, it’s you taking ownership of what comes out of your mouth and standing behind it. It’s your own creativity. It’s sort of like hitting your own mark.” Janet Erlick, who has been the executive artistic director at Florida Children’s Theatre in Fort Lauderdale since 1990, agrees that theater classes and camps are beneficial for children. “We have children coming to us that are so shy that they have anxiety attacks if they have to do a presentation in their class,” she said. “It’s about helping them build that confidence.” Theater and improve can also help children learn how to be more flexible when things don’t go as planned. Scripts are not used in improvisation, and most – if not all – of what is performed is created while it is performed. Situations frequently change, and participants have to adapt, Shure said. It’s important to flex those muscles to understand that theater and performance and improv aren’t always going to go the way you think they’re going to go, Erlick said. “Some people panic and freeze and freak out [when things don’t go as planned]. The theater kids ask, ‘How can we fix this?’ and they are used to flexing that muscle of flexibility.” Improv also fosters creativity and teaches children how to use their imagination. “When we tell children, ‘Don’t think,’ they smile and know they have permission to be creative,” Shure said. “Since you can’t say, ‘I don’t know,’ we have taken all of the ability to be unsure of yourself away from you.”

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According to Erlick, another great benefit of theater is that it can teach children how to step into another person’s shoes and look at the world through a certain lens or perspective. “Theater is one of the few things that can actually teach empathy,” she said. “(Children) have to think about why someone is doing what they are doing.” Both Erlick and Shure said people of

all ages can learn life lessons from theatrical improvisation. “We have alums in every job under the sun – in medicine, in the legal field,” Erlick said. “It’s incredible how much they rely on those skills, no matter the job.” “You don’t need to be an actor or someone who necessarily wants to be on stage for improvisation or acting,” Shure said. “You learn a lot about yourself, and you learn a lot about other people.”

Chrissie is a freelance writer and the mother of three boys. She is also a middle school writing teacher at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach. Follow her on twitter @gatorchriz1

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SHOWTIME PERFORMING ARTS Showtimeboca.com or 561-394-2626 Showtime Performing Arts Theater, Boca Raton Ages 3 and up; all skill levels welcome Spring break camp: March 20-24 (Mary Poppins) Summer camp: June 5-Aug. 11

MIAMI THEATER CENTER Mtcmiami.org or 305-751-9550 Miami Theater Center, Miami Shores Ages 6-12; all skill levels welcome Spring break mini-camp: April 10-14 Summer camp: June 12-30, July 17Aug. 4 SOL CHILDREN THEATER Solchildren.org or 561-447-8829 Olympic Heights High School Performing Arts Theater, Boca Raton Ages 8 and older; all skill levels welcome June 5-30, July 10-Aug. 4

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BROWARD CAMPS MULTIPLE LOCATIONS:

Camps with multiple locations throughout Broward

A World Of Knowledge aworldofknowledge.net 750 NW 180th Terrace, Pembroke Pines, 954-430-7707 6700 Griffin Road, Davie, 954-533-2844

Aloha Broward alohamindmath.com 8030 Peters Road, Building D, Plantation, 954-636-7222 9893 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-636-7222

Bright & Smart ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Plantation Central Park, 9151 NW 2nd St., Plantation brightandsmart.com, 954-816-3346

sunshinefl.com, 954-236-8850 The perfect program to fit your summer camp needs! Program features: Themed weeks, field trips, swimming, arts & crafts, games and more.

cambridgepreschools.com 6100 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, 954-796-1177 17770 SW 2nd St., Pembroke Pines, 954-430-3388 2550 Glades Circle Road, Weston, 954-217-8566

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Camp Live Oak

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campliveoakfl.com, 954-563-4880 ACA accredited day camp offered in Broward and MiamiDade counties. Outdoor environmental and marine camp includes hands-on science, canoeing, archery, fishing, arts/ crafts, surfing, paddleboarding, scuba diving, field trips and Spanish camp. Day camp: ages 5-13. Teen program: ages 14-16. Counselors are certified teachers. Early Bird, weekly & sibling discounts, van service and healthy lunches available.

Creative Child Learning Center

Camp Renegade & Camp ASP camprenegade.com, 954-596-9000 It's all about the children! Multiple options and camp locations available.

Camp Explorer and Preschool Camp - 3 locations! creativechildlearningcenter.com Coral Springs-Parkland: 954-796-0081 Weston-Sunrise: 954-389-8245 Davie - Plantation: 954-452-3346 Our summer camp has something for every explorer: splash days, thematic hands-on curriculum, cooking and science projects, art projects and daily field trips. Call or visit us today for more information.

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2017 Summer Day Camp Adventures Ages 6 -12

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Funky Fish Ocean Camp Bahia Mar Resort, Fort Lauderdale Marriot Resort & Spa, Pompano Beach Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale funkyfishkidsday.com, 954-712-9900 Snorkeling, boogie and skimboarding, mmtie-dye t-shirt and marine science.

Institute for Math & Computer Science - IMACS imacs.org/summercamp 7435 NW 4th St., Plantation, 954-791-2333 2585 Glades Circle, Weston, 954-791-2333 Summer program includes computers, electronics, logic puzzles, virtual robotics and math. Weekly sessions for grades 1-12. Location also in Boca.

Lil' Rascals Academy

5-Day Camps June 12 thru August 18

Week-long camps packed full of science, discovery and FUN! Each camp also includes an IMAX film adventure!

Ocean Explorers 5-Day Camps

Grades 7-8

June 9 - 23 • August 7 -11

2 Days at the Museum 3 Days at FAU’s SeaTech in Dania Beach

Mathnasium mathnasium.com, 954-441-MATH

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

My Gym my-gym.com Coconut Creek: 954-596-9010 Plantation: 954-382-0222

Nob Hill Academy nobhillacademy.org 10125 Sunset Strip, Sunrise, 954-748-2490 3477 Hiatus Road, Sunrise, 954-747-8708 6763 Stirling Road, Davie, 954-791-9270 12213 Pembroke Road, Pembroke Pines, 954-437-3949 We provide your child with a healthy, nurturing, educational and stimulating environment.

Park Avenue Gymnastics parkavenuegymnastics.com 12239 SW 53rd St., Cooper City, 954-434-0099 1728 N. Commerce Parkway, Weston, 954-659-8717

Soref JCC Summer Camps sorefjcc.org Alvin S. Gross Activity Center, 748 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs, 954-344-6790 Heron Lakes Family Center, 5601 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, 954-346-0002 Perlman Family Campus, 6501 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, 954-792-6700

Week-long science camp focusing on coastal marine and coral reef ecosystems plus visit FAU’s ocean engineering/electronics labs.

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lilrascalsacademy.com 8951 Stirling Road, Cooper City, 954-434-5555 6550 SW 39th St., Davie, 954-584-1221 12499 Taft St., Pembroke Pines, 954-704-9000 1685 N. Commerce Parkway, Weston, 954-389-9888

The Swim Academy 1570 Sagemont Way, Weston 14900 NW 20th St., Pembroke Pines theswimacademy.com, 954-384-4500

YMCA of South Florida Summer Camp ymcasouthflorida.org 2000 NW 55th Ave., Lauderhill, 954-496-5428 408 NW 14th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-2444 20201 Saddle Club Road, Weston, 954-424-9622 3161 Taft St., Hollywood,954-989-9622 501 SW 172nd Ave., Pembroke Pines, 954-727-9622 Adventure, sports, STEM, fitness camps, teen camps, aquatics and more! Field trips and swim lessons. No additional charge for pre and post care.

Camp Information 954.713.0930

NORTHWEST BROWARD: Coral Springs, Parkland, Coconut Creek, Margate, Tamarac, Plantation, Sunrise, Lauderhill, North Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes

4Gs Equestrian Center

www.mods.org

4280 NW 71st St., Coconut Creek 4gsequestrian.com/camp, 954-646-3774

Acts 2 Acres Equestrian Center 4000 NW 43rd St., Coconut Creek acts2acres.com, 954-326-2528 Summer horse camp. Early registration discount. BeginnerAdvanced riding lessons. Saturday pony club. Birthday parties available too. Call for pricing.

DOWNTOWN FORT LAUDERDALE • 954.467.6637

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HOURS OF OPERATION: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm (Preschool Locations: 6:30am-6:30pm) AGES OF CAMPERS: Ages 6 through 13 years old (must have completed Kindergarten)

CAMP ASP / RENEGADE ADVANTAGE:

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Celebrating 40 years of safe, quality, award winning child care Experienced, qualified, caring staff! (Same staff that works with us during the school year!) NO MINIMUM SUMMER TUITION! Convenient for everyone! Optional Trips (for our older campers) Include: Marlins Game, Rapids Water Park, and an Orlando Theme Park 2 Free Camp

T-Shirts per child!

Regular Registration Fee:

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Early Registration Fee per Family ($35.00 by May 1st) Regular Registration Fee per Family ($45.00 by June 1st) Late Registration Fee per Family ($55.00 after June 1st)

Registration Fee at our Elementary Schools:

$12.00 per Child or $18.00 per Family

*Discount not offered at our $85 and $95 flat rate camps.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: CAMPS AT OUR ASP ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:      

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

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

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

Corporate Office: 5700 Horizons Lane, Margate, FL 33063 • #954-596-9000 • #1-800-720-2882 www.aspkids.com• www.camprenegade.com MARCH 2017 |

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

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CAMP TODAY!

There’s a fun-filled adventure awaiting your child at the Y this summer. OUR CAMPS FEATURE:

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Adventure, Sports, STEM, Fitness camps and more Field trips and swim lessons No additional charges for pre & post care Value-based programming

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Adventure Bay Learning Center Camps

Cheerleading, Dances, Fitness and More!

Intensity Gymnastics And Parkour

10141 Cleary Blvd., Plantation, adventurebayelc.com , 954-472-3552

Coral Springs Charter School, 3205 N. University Drive americasleaders.co, 954-748-5977 23 years in Broward County Schools! For all girls ages 5 to 12. Free pre and post care. Eight weeks available. No registration fees! Two camps to choose from.

1690 Banks Road, Margate intensitygymnastics.com, 954-532-4088

American Heritage Day Camps 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation ahsummerprograms.com, 954-472-0022, x-3043 The goal of American Heritage Summer Day Camps is to provide each camper with the highest standard of excellence resulting in a happy, healthy and active summer experience. Our camp programs offer a variety of activities that enable each camper to enjoy an enriching summer, cultivate new interests and develop friendships & memories that will last a lifetime. Specialty camps are also available and include: Musical Theatre Camp, Art Camp, Robotics Camp, Science Adventure Camp, Video Production Camp, Lacrosse Camp, Tennis Camp, Baseball Camp and Soccer Camp.

American Heritage Summer Institute 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation ahsummerprograms.com, 954-472-0022, x-3043 The American Heritage Summer Institute is an academic enrichment program for high achievers in PK3-12th grade. Our dedicated faculty is comprised of career educators, as well as professionals currently practicing in their fields. Some of the courses offered are: Early Elementary Enrichment, Writing Seminars, Math, Coding for Gaming, Leadership, Medical Terminology, Embryology, Business Law and SAT & ACT Test Prep.

1130 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek jasouthflorida.org/camp, 954-979-7100 Engaging - Innovative - Unique. Summer camp ages 8-13. Leadership positions available for teens ages 14-16. Six fun-filled weeks (June-August) Before and aftercare available.

Children’s World Margate 319 S. State Road 7, Margate 954-974-7320

Christi Stepps Academy

Kenpo Care Day Care & Preschool

3495 N. Hiatus Road, Sunrise stepssacademy.com, 954-749-6869

6301 W. Atlantic Blvd., Margate kenpocare.com, 954-971-3877

City of Lauderhill Parks Department

Kids In Motion

Veterans Park, 7600 NW 50th St., Lauderhill lauderhill-fl.gov/parks-recreation/camps, 954-572-1459

11246 Wiles Road, Coral Springs kidsinmotion.net, 954-344-1661

Cool Music School Day Camp

Kol Tikvah Phylis J. Green ECC Summer Camp

Imagine School, 8200 Peters Road, Plantation coolmusicschool.net, 954-232-3174

6750 University Drive, Parkland koltikvah.net, 954-346-7878

Coral Springs Museum Of Art

Mary Help Of Christians Catholic School

2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs coralspringsmuseum.org, 954-340-5000

6000 University Drive, Parkland mhocschool.com, 954-323-8006

Dance FX

Mia Cake House

10057D Sunset Strip, Sunrise dancefxsunrise.com, 954-742-3114

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

Eagles Landing Camp

American Pride Martial Arts

Monkey See Monkey Do

7600 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek kidsloveelc.com, 954-571-8709

2670 N. University Drive, Sunrise americanpridemartialarts.com, 954-578-1000

11444 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs mymonkeystudio.com, 954-341-5216

Equine-Assisted Therapies Of South Florida

Camp Atlantis

New Adventures Early Learning Center

Tradewinds Park North, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek equineatsf.org, 954-974-2007

11411 NW 56th Drive, Coral Springs atlantisacademy.com, 954-752-7571

4500 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek newadventureselc.com, 954-968-0011

Future Scholars Preschool

Camp Coral Kids

3816 N. University Drive, Sunrise futurescholarspreschool.net, 954-414-1211

Camp for diabetic kids ages 5 ½ -11 years. Parkside Elementary School, 10257 NW 29th St., Coral Springs browardhealth.org/camp, 954-344-3344

GameRoom

Camp Ramat Shalom

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

11301 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation ramatshalom.org, 954-424-3164

Junior Achievement BizTown Camp

Next Stop Broadway Summer Camp 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs coralspringscenterforthearts.com, 954-344-5991 Next Stop Broadway is back! NSB is the #1 performing arts summer camp in South Florida. Ages 6 and up, we incorporate singing, acting, dancing, art, activities and more into a full-scale production in our 1,400-seat theatre.

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida gssef.org, 866-727-4475

Register early to reserve your spot for

Spring and Summer Camp!

10% EARLY BIRD SPECIAL UNTIL APRIL 15th CALL FOR DETAILS

3 SOUTH FLORIDA LOCATIONS:

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• Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Ft. Lauderdale • Oleta River State Park, North Miami Beach • Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson S.P., Dania Beach

OPEN HOUSE • 4:30 to 6pm APRIL 18-Dania • APRIL 19-FTL • APRIL 20-Miami

10% SIBLING DISCOUNT • Spring Camp: Daily and Weekly rates • Summer Camp: Weekly & Session rates • Ages 5 to 16. Extended care, lunch, transportation available Fort Lauderdale 954-563-4880 • Miami 305-940-4748

FOR MORE DETAILS & ONLINE REGISTRATION

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Signature Stables Horseback Riding Camps

Barb Koster's Riding Academy

11700 NW 8th St., Plantation signaturestables.us, 954-655-2195

5261 Hancock Road, Southwest Ranches barbkostersridingacademy.com, 754-234-5981

Striker's Family Sport Center

Bill Clark Tennis Academy

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

11600 Stonebridge Parkway, Cooper City billclarktennis.com, 954-433-8673

Temple Beth Orr - Camp Yeladim

Broadway Kids Studio

2151 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs templebethorr.org, 954-753-3232, ext. 214

9042 W. State Road 84, Davie broadwaykidsstudio.com, 954-693-7500 Full service performing arts studio. Singing, acting, dancing, instruments, camps, afterschool program and more!

Temple Beth Torah Summer Camp 5700 NW 94th Ave., Tamarac tbtst.org, 954-721-7660

C By Me

Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El Early Childhood

4624 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood cbyme.com, 954-926-3636

8200 Peters Road, Plantation tkae.org, 954-472-1988

Cadenza Center

The Wow Factory

450 N. Park Road, Suite 400, Hollywood cadenzacenter.com, 954-925-3191

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

Camp B'nai Aviv 1410 Indian Trace, Weston bnaiaviv.org, 954-384-6605

SOUTH BROWARD:

Camp Chameleon

Davie, Weston, Cooper City, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood, Hallandale, Dania Beach

North Broward Preparatory School - Fine Arts Camp 7600 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek nbps.org,954-247-0011 ext. 324

Off The Wall Trampoline Fun Center 4939 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek offthewallfl.com, 954-973-3031

Paideia Classical Academy 2370 Hammock Blvd., Coconut Creek paideiaclassical.org, 954-974-1121

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

Sawgrass Lanes 8501 N. University Drive, Tamarac sawgrasslanes.com, 954-722-2700

Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise campchameleon.com, 954-815-9054 A fun & friendly summer camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 15. Nature, creative arts, athletics, aquatics and daily field trips. June 12 – Aug. 11: Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Register online. Early bird before April 15.

AEF School And Camp 4650 SW 61st Ave., Davie aefcamps.com, 954-581-8222

AllGolf At C.B. Smith Park

Camp Kadima

950 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines allgolf.com, 954-441-1333

David Posnack JCC, 5850 S. Pine Island Road, Davie dpjcc.org, 954-434-0499 Choose a different adventure each week, theater, travel, sports, basketball, tech, girls, general camps. All camps offer field trips, swimming, indoor gyms, yoga, karate and so much more.

American T.K.A 10376 State Road 84, Davie americantka.com, 954-472-2554

Apple Tree Montessori

Camp Lingua

6301 SW 160th Ave., Southwest Ranches appletreemont.com, 954-252-9250

Parkway School, 1200 S. Flamingo Road, Davie camplingua.com, 954-642-CAMP (2267) Full immersion language camp. Spanish, English, French, Mandarin and Portuguese. Lab, sports, field trips, arts & crafts and more!

Art And Culture Center Of Hollywood 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood artandculturecenter.org, 954-921-3274

SPRING BREAK FIELD TRIPS! MAKE THIS A SPRING BREAK! WHY CHOOSE

ROCKIN’ JUMP OFFERS EXTREME FUN AND A GREAT WORK OUT FOR CAMPERS AND COUNSELORS ALIKE. • JUMP SAFE • CLEAN • FUN • CLIMATE CONTROLLED • KIDS LOVE THE UNLIMITED FUN • FREE BUS PARKING • PRIVATE ROOMS AVAILABLE FOR LUNCH

• CLIMBING WALL • SLAM DUNK ZONE

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• BRING YOUR OWN SACK LUNCH

• X-BEAM CHALLENGE • TRAMPOLINE • STUNT BAG ARENA DODGEBALL

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INSIDE XTREME ACTION PARK • 5300 POWERLINE ROAD • 954.656.1241 MARCH 2017 |

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Camp Nova

Miami Dolphins Summer Camp

Smatts Tennis Academy

3375 SW 75th Ave., Fort Lauderdale uschool.nova.edu/summer, 954-262-4528

7500 SW 30th St., Davie dolphinsacademy.com, 305-943-7272 Dolphins Academy summer camps are returning this summer. Boys and girls, ages 5-15, can participate in an interactive, week-long flag football experience featuring appearances by current and former Miami Dolphins players.

510 N. 33rd Court, Hollywood smattstennis.com, 954-967-4237

South Florida Council, Cub Scout Day Camp

Miramar Cultural Center

South Florida Youth Basketball League

Camp Sagemont 1570 Sagemont Way, Weston campsagemont.com, 954-384-1894 Camp Sagemont has a variety of camps available for your child to choose from. Visit our website for more information.

Camp Sinai Of Hollywood

2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar miramarculturalcenter.org, 954-602-4519

1400 N. 46th Ave., Hollywood sinaihollywood.org, 954-987-1694

Montessori Institute of Broward

Camp Woodland And Woodland Teen Camp C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines campwoodlandfl.com, 954-921-1497 Making summer memories since 1983. Ages 5 to 16. Color war, field trips, fishing, swimming, crafts and so much more! Field trips 4-5 times/week. Flexible scheduling and extended hours available. Ask about our overnight program.

City of Hollywood Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts hollywoodfl.org/summercamps, 954-921-3404

City Of Miramar Parks & Rec. Summer Camp

3551 SW 142nd Ave., Davie sfcbsa.org, 954-584-4200 sflbasketball.com, 954- 809-5131

Sparez 5325 S. University Drive, Davie sparezbowling.com, 954-434-9663

12425 Orange Drive, Davie montessoriinstituteofbroward.com, 954-472-9620

SPORTACademy

Nova Gymnastics

780 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale 954-455-0460 BEAM is a virtual playground that makes entertainment lively, hygienic, toy-free and above all, breathlessly fun. Boredom, meet your new kryptonite.

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

Oh's Tae Kwon Do Center 1653 N. Hiatus Road, Pembroke Pines ohstaekwondo.com, 954-432-6999

Spun Gold Equestrian Center

Pines Ice Arena

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

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

Summer Dance Jam Camp floridasuperstars.com, 954-438-2075

miramarfl.gov, 954-602-3167

Power and Glory Karate

City Of Pembroke Pines Summer Camps

19620 Pines Blvd., #105, Pembroke Pines pgkkicks.com, 954-436-4822

Summer Exploration at NSU’s Mailman Segal Institute

Precious Years Learning Center

7600 SW 36th St., Davie nova.edu/humandevelopment, 954-262-6918

ppines.com, 954-435-6520

Coral Reef Gymnastics & Cheer 15851 SW 41st St., Suite 100, Davie coralreefgymnastics.com, 954-430-1530

11400 Miramar Parkway, Miramar preciousyearsclc.com, 954-450-3773

Summit–Questa Montessori School

12323 SW 55th St., #1010, Cooper City dancersgallery.com, 954-437-9910

1301 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood Beach Culture and Community Center hollywoodfl.org, 954-921-3600

Dynamic Family Martial Arts

Shaolin Academy

5451 SW 64th Ave., Davie summitquesta.com, 954-584-3466 Art, science, sports, swim, field trips: Ages 6-10. Academic & Summer camp: Ages 6-10. Early Childhood Enrichment Program: Ages 3-5. VPK available.

20841 Johnson St., Pembroke Pines theshaolinacademy.com, 954-450-4666

Tag USA Gymnastics Camp

Dancer’s Gallery

12930 W. State Road 84, Davie dynamicfamilymartialarts.com, 954-370-0001

Everglades Academy 6941 SW 196th Ave., Pembroke Pines eavpk.com, 954-434-8884

Science, Education And Adventure (S.E.A.) Camp

Smart And Fit Kids

1951 N. Commerce Parkway, Weston taggymnastics.com, 954-384-9393

9142 State Road 84, Davie smartandfitkids.com, 954-370-0400

Temple Beth El Preschool 1351 S. 14th Ave., Hollywood templebethelhollywood.org, 954-921-7096

Flamingo Gardens 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie flamingogardens.org, 954-473-2955

Healing Hooves Psychotherapy Stable Social Skills 6201 SW 180th Terrace, Southwest Ranches therapybarn.org, 954-907-6862 Does your child have difficulty interacting with peers? Our program is designed to improve social communication, learn and practice useful ways to interact with others, and prepare each participant to maneuver through life's social challenges.

SPORTS BROADCASTING CAMP IS BACK IN SOUTH FLORIDA JUNE 12-16, 2017

Hollywood Y Preschool Camp 3161 Taft St., Hollywood ymcasouthflorida.org, 954-989-9622 The perfect balance between summer learning and fun!

IGFA Fishing Day Camp 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach igfa.org, 954-924-4309

Inside Out Theatre Company insideouttheatre.org, 954-385-3060

LFE Riding Institute

camp DIRECTORY

5011 SW 173rd Way, Southwest Ranches Email: lfe.riding@gmail.com, 305-879-9244

Little Giants Academy 2710 Van Buren St., Hollywood littlegiantsacademy.com, 954-367-5636 New Hollywood spring camp! Ceramics, bowling, splash pad, movies, art and more. Best price in the area, limited space. Call us now to reserve your spot.

Little Grown Ups Center 6883 Stirling Road, Davie, 954-587-1217

• Boys and Girls 10-18 10 18 • Make sports anchor, reporting, and play-by-play tapes • Host your own sports talk radio show • Day/Overnight sessions available

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

Mack's Fishing Camp macksfishcamp.com, 954-536-7400

Maverick Baseball Camp Archbishop McCarthy High School, 5451 S. Flamingo Road, Fort Lauderdale statechampsbaseballcamp.com, 954-432-1228

Nation’s #1 Sports Broadcasting Camp For more information call 800.319.0884 www.playbyplaycamps.com facebook.com/sportsbroadcastingcamps youtube.com/sportsbroadcastcamp MARCH 2017 |

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Summer Camp

Summer Camp Sol Taplin 2017

June 12 - August 4 Camps for all ages (ages 2 - 15)

New! One Week Only Camps!

• amazing field trips • free transportation* • kosher lunch & snacks

Circus Extreme Sports #Girlsquad Robotics

Temple Solel 5100 Sheridan St., Hollywood templesolel.com, 954-989-0205

Tree Of Life Christian Academy 1250 SW 160th Ave., Weston treeoflifeacademy.com, 954-440-0174

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

Young At Art - Art Camps 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie youngatartmuseum.org, 954-424-0085 Have an ARTrageous adventure at YAA! Our camp allows your child to hone their creative abilities by taking part in art activities and to unleash their playful side by exploring our exciting, hands-on exhibit galleries. Other activities include visits to our on-site library, interactive workshops with professional artists, play days, movie days and more.

EAST BROWARD:

Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Wilton Manors, Lighthouse Point 730 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale holidayparkmartialarts.com, 954-562-1093

Ashanti Cultural Arts Summer Camp

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353 Hammondville Road, Pompano Beach ashanticulturalarts.com, 954-943-4903

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4807 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City templebethemet.org, 954-680-1882

Aikido Martial Arts Camp

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Temple Beth Emet - Camp Beth Emet

Astrid Audet Academy Of Ballet & More 6135 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale astridaudetacademyofballet.com, 954-491-8418

Broward Center For The Performing Arts 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale browardcenter.org, 954-462-0222

City Of Oakland Park oaklandparkfl.org, 954-630-4505

Camp Sol Taplin is one of the largest Jewish summer camps in South Florida, all offered within a safe, secure, well supervised environment, and loaded with tons of fun! Celebrating 40 years of camp experience! check out our brochure at www.marjcc.org or call to register 305-932-4200 ext. 145/146 *specific locations only

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Conte’s Palm-Aire Golf Academy 3701 Oaks Clubhouse Drive, Pompano Beach palmairegolfacademy.com, 954-971-7867

Delmar Multi-Cultural Arts Academy 1400 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale delmarartsacademy.com, 954-537-9278

Deerfield Beach Summer Camps

Book Your Summer Camp & Fieldtrip and Let Spring and Summer Fun Begin Indoor Playground with Restaurant

Open 7 Days

Multiple camp options available. deerfield-beach.com

Best Place To Bring Your 1-13 Yr Old

Florida Children’s Theatre 2542B E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale flct.org, 954-763-6882 Campers grades 2-10 perform The Lion King and Wizard of Oz during two, four-week sessions. One-week creative drama classes for Pre-K to 1st grade.

Funky Fish Paddleboard Adventure Camp Hyatt Pier 66, Fort Lauderdale funkyfishkidsday.com, 954-712-9900 Paddleboarding lessons, snorkeling, marine science, soccer, tennis and re-purposed arts and crafts.

Many Birthday Packages to choose from

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

Glacier Ice & Snow Arena Camps 4601 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach glaciericeandsnow.com, 954-943-1437

Island Camps 1985 NE 2nd St., Deerfield Beach islandcamps.com, 954-427-4929

Mad About Skateboarding 99 SW 14th St., Fort Lauderdale madaboutskateboarding.com, 954-778-4465

McGinnis Water Ski Summer Camp 2421 SW 46th Ave., Fort Lauderdale mcski.com, 954-214-2792

MUSE Center For The Arts 99 SW 14th St., Fort Lauderdale musearts.org, 954-525-4004

Museum of Discovery and Science 401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale mods.org, 954-713-0930 Ages 6-12. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (before and aftercare available)

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Different science themes each week. Plus, Ocean Explorer’s Camp for 7th and 8th graders.

Orangebrook Junior Golf Programs 400 Entrada Drive, Hollywood orangebrook.com, 954-967-4653

Pine Crest Summer Programs 1501 NE 62nd St., Fort Lauderdale pinecrest.edu/summer, 954-492-4100 Pine Crest offers a wide variety of choices on our Fort Lauderdale campus for campers in grades Kindergarten through 12, including our well known Pine Crest Day Camp. From sports and fine arts to innovation and academic enrichment, there is something for everyone. Extended day care and transportation are available. Lunch and snack provided daily.

Planet Air Sports 1401 Green Road, Deerfield Beach planetairsports.com, 954-428-3386

ProAm Dance Studio 118 E. McNab Road, Pompano Beach proamdancestudio.com, 954-782-9908

Rio Vista Community Church 880 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale riovistachurch.com, 954-522-2518

RockinJump "The Ultimate Trampoline Park" Inside Xtreme Action Park 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale ftlaudedale.rockinjump.com, 954-656-1241 Indoor trampoline park, ninja course, fitness, field trip option.

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park 1834 SW 2nd St., Pompano Beach skyzone.com/fortlauderdale, 954-417-3999

St. Mark’s Summer Program 1750 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale saintmarks.com, 954-563-4508

Trinity Christian School 3901 NE 22nd Ave., Lighthouse Point trinitychristianschoolonline.com, 954-941-8033

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

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PALM BEACH CAMPS MULTIPLE LOCATIONS:

Camps with multiple locations throughout Palm Beach

Camp Invention Sunrise Park Elementary School, 19400 Coral Ridge Drive, Boca Raton Poinciana STEM Elementary, 1203 Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach Binks Forest Elementary School, 15101 Bent Creek Road, Wellington campinvention.org, 800-968-4332 Led by local educators, the week-long Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in hands-on STEM activities that reinvent summer fun. Discounts are available!

Camp Shalom at the Mandel JCC campshalom.org 8500 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, 561-736-4753 5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-712-5227 Camp Shalom is the best day camp option in the area! We offer specialty camp options, daily swimming, special events, field trips, first-rate parent communication, background checked staff and more!

Home Away From Home homeawayfromhomechildcare.com Wellington: 561-791-8558 Palm Beach Gardens: 561-627-6170 Royal Palm Beach: 561-790-9244 West Palm Beach: 561-697-4775 Boynton Beach: 561-439-2040

Little Princess Spa littleprincesspa.com 13873 Wellington Trace, B14, Wellington, 561-557-5957 3350 NW 2nd Ave., Suite B26, Boca Raton, 561-544-0000

The Science Academy Serving Palm Beach County (Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lantana, Wellington) thescienceacademy.org, 561-285-7552 For the same cost of a regular camp, your child can now be enrolled in a highly appraised camp. Our labs are: chemistry, physics, engineering, biology, rocketry and more. Our clubs are: Minecraft Club, Legomation Club, Robotics Club, High Tech Club & more. Our outdoor recreation includes sports and games at our playgrounds, fields and basketball courts. Everything is all inclusive. Discounts available.

City of Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks

Lion Country Safari

boynton-beach.org, 661-742-6650

2003 Lion Country Safari Road, West Palm Beach Lioncountrysafari.com, 561-793-1084

Epiphany Lutheran Church & School

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

4460 Lyons Road, Lake Worth epiphanylakeworth.com, 561-968-3627

10205 SE Girl Scout Camp Road, Tequesta gssef.org, 866-727-4475

Jr. Marine Biologist Summer Camp 14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach marinelife.org/camp, 561-627-8280 LMC’s Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camp gives children ages 6-17 the opportunity to explore Florida’s coastal ecosystems. Enjoy hands-on science activities and more, while learning about conservation. Camp sessions run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

High Touch High Tech Of South Florida

Mad Science

Everglades Youth Conservation Camp 12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, West Palm Beach fyccn.com/eycc, 561-624-6929

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida - Camp Welaka

Mad Science Lab, 401 Maplewood Drive, Unit 2, Jupiter palmbeachbroward.madscience.org, 561-747-3033

sciencemadefunsfl.net, 561-792-3785

Hula Surf School Oceanfront Park, Boynton Beach hulasurfschool.com, 877-321-HULA (4852) Learn to surf! Celebrating 9 years. One week session: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ages 6 and up. $200 residents; $250 non-residents.

Jupiter Outdoor Center 1116 Love St., Jupiter jupiteroutdoorcenter.com, 561-747-0063

Maltz Jupiter Theatre 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter jupitertheatre.org, 561-743-2666

Melissa & Starling’s Performing Arts And Tutoring 801 N. Congress Ave., #377, Boynton Beach mandsperformingarts.com, 561-313-6143

Mountaineer's School Of Autism 3151 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach msainc.org, 561-932-3938

Jupiter Pointe Paddling 18701 SE Federal Highway, Tequesta paddleinparadise.com, 561-746-6691

Mounts Botanical Garden 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach mounts.org, 561-233-1757

Karate America 6840 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach karateamerica.info, 561-967-6698

Oxbridge Academy 3151 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach oapb.org, 561-972-9600

Kentwood Preparatory School 6210 S. Congress Ave., Lantana kentwoodprepschool.com/summer-camp, 561-649-6141

Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation

Kravis Center ArtsCamp 2017

Palm Beach Preschool

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701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach Kravis.org/artscamp, 561-651-4366 ArtsCamp 2017 will run at the Kravis Center from June 5-23. Youth ages 9-11 will explore dance, theater, technical theater and vocal music, while creating an original production. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and the cost of the three-week camp is $650.

2890 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach palmbeachpreschool.com, 561-968-4332

Palm Beach Zoo – Zoo Camp 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach palmbeachzoo.org, 561-547-WILD (9453) Enjoy animal encounters, tours, zookeeping, fountain play

YMCA of South Palm Beach County

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NORTH PALM BEACH: (North of Delray Beach)

Academy For Child Enrichment 700 Camellia Drive, Royal Palm Beach academyforchildenrichment.com, 561-798-3458

Boca's Professional Learning Academy 22354 SW 57th Ave., Boca Raton bocaratonchildcare.com, 561-235-3138

Cambridge Schools 1920 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington cambridgepreschools.com, 561-791-0013

Camp Atlantis 1950 Prairie Road, West Palm Beach atlantisacademy.com, 561-642-3100

Casperey Stables 2330 D Road, Loxahatchee caspereystables.com, 561-792-4990

Center for Integrative Science Learning Summer Science Camp Palm Beach Atlantic University, 901 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach pba.edu/camps, 561-803-2018

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and more. Before/aftercare & lunch available. Zoo Camp is for ages 5-17.

Pine Jog Summer Day Camp

South Florida Science Center And Aquarium Science and Tech Adventure Camps 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach sfsciencecenter.org/camp, 561-832-1988 Join us for an exciting line-up of spring break adventures. Perfect for young scientists ages 4-14, each interactive camp offers hands-on exploration of a variety of STEM topics. Register today!

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Standing Ovation Performing Arts 7429 S. Military Trail, Lake Worth standingoh.com, 561-734-0187

Temple Beth Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool Camp 900 Big Blue Trace, Wellington templebethtorahpreschool.com, 561-793-2649 Children ages 2-6 will enjoy a variety of fun activites that promote learning and social development. Weekly entertainment. Loving, nurturing environment. Enrolling for preschool 2017-2018.

Temple Torat Emet 8600 Jog Road, Boynton Beach templetoratemet.org, 561-369-1112

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The Broadway Artists Intensive Junior The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach thebroadwayartistsintensive.com, 561-651-4376

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The King’s Academy 8401 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach tka.net, 561-686-4244

The Learning Experience 8474 W. Lantana Road, Lake Worth lakeworth.tlechildcare.com, 561-757-7414

The Weiss School 4176 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens Weissschool.org/summer, 561-627-0740

Unity School 101 NW 22nd St., Delray Beach unityschool.com, 561-276-4414

Yoga Fox Yoga Camp yogafox.com, 561-703-1236

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Advent Adventure Club 300 E. Yamato Road, Boca Raton adventschoolboca.com, 561-395-5322 Let the adventure begin! Break out of the mold, think outside the box and try new things at Advent Summer Camp for K-8th grade students. ADVENTure club offers a variety of activities both on our beautiful campus and around town. Come for a week or stay for the summer.

Advent Early Childhood Adventure Club 300 E. Yamato Road, Boca Raton adventschoolboca.com, 561-395-3631, Option 1 Explore, Experience and Engage! Young learners will love the wide variety of activities offered for ages 2-4. Each week, campers will experience a new adventure with special events such as wacky wild portable planetarium and yoga lessons with Miss Teen Boca, Lexi Hidalgo.

American Heritage Day Camps 6200 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach ahschool.com, 561-637-2440 The goal of American Heritage Summer Day Camps is to provide each camper with the highest standard of excellence resulting in a happy, healthy and active summer experience. Our camp programs offer a variety of activities that enable each camper to enjoy an enriching summer, cultivate new interests and develop friendships & memories that will last a lifetime. Specialty camps are also available and include: Musical Theatre Camp, Art Camp, Robotics Camp, Science Adventure Camp, Video Production Camp, Lacrosse Camp, Tennis Camp, Baseball Camp and Soccer Camp.

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American Heritage Summer Institute 6200 Linton Blvd, Delray Beach ahschool.com, 561-637-2440 The American Heritage Summer Institute is an academic enrichment program for high achievers in PK3-12th grade. Our dedicated faculty is comprised of career educators, as well as professionals currently practicing in their fields. Some of the courses offered are: Early Elementary Enrichment, Writing Seminars, Math, Coding for Gaming, Leadership, Medical Terminology, Embryology, Business Law and SAT & ACT Test Prep.

Beth El Early Learning Center Summer Adventure Camp 9800 Yamato Road, Boca Raton tbeboca.org, 561-391-9091

Boca Museum Art School – Summer Camp 801 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton bocamuseum.org/artschool, 561-392-2503 Weekly summer camp for ages 5-12. Cartooning, drawing, painting, sculpting, physical activities, games and films. June 5 through August 11 ($275/week) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early and late care available. Fun, creative theme weeks.

Boca Sports Stars Camp @ Don Estridge 1798 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton bocasportsstars.com, 561-302-4984

Camp Nageela Boca 5775 Jog Road, Boca Raton campnageelaboca.com, 561-544-2854

Camp Yeladim At Congregation B’nai Israel 2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton cbiboca.org, 561-241-1484

Center Stage Performing Arts 7200 W. Camino Real, #330, Boca Raton centerstageboca.com, 561-750-STAGE (7824)

Children’s Science Explorium Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton scienceexplorium.org, 561-347-3912

City Of Boca Raton summercampboca.com, 561-393-7888

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June 19 – August 11 2nd – 5th graders Register now! Explore the wonders of science and celebrate the first summer camp season at Frost Science in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park.

For details and online registration, visit frostscience.org/summercamp Call 305-434-9564 or email camp@frostscience.org

1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132, Miami, FL 33132 | frostscience.org

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is supported by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County. This project is supported by the Building Better Communities Bond Program and the City of Miami. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Frost Science is an accessible facility. All contents ©Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. All rights reserved.

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Spring is almost here! Do you need a place for your kids during the week that they are out of school? Sign them up for Parks and R.E.C. Department’s Spring Camp 2017. This all day program features field trips, special events, and swimming! For kids grades K-9!

March 14-18, 2017 Ronald A. Silver “Y.E.S.” Center 17051 NE 19th Ave.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., with early drop-off at 8 a.m. and late pick up at 6 p.m. For more information on fees & registration

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Creative Heart Dance Studio

Pine Tree Camps

8212 Glades Road, Boca Raton creativeheartdance.com, 561-419-7290

3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton pinetreecamp.com, 561-237-7310

Emerging Minds Montessori Academy

Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre

9087 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-487-3535

Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, Boca Raton youthactors.com, 561-962-1570

Everglades Youth Conservation Camp 12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, West Palm Beach fyccn.org, 561-624-6929

Evert Tennis Academy

Saint Andrew's Camps

South Inlet Park, Boca Raton funkyfishkidsday.com, 954-712-9900 Snorkeling, boogie and skimboarding, tie-dye t-shirt & more.

142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach sandoway.org, 561-274-7263 A great place to bring your camp or family! You will find creative, interactive, educational exhibits and programs to inspire the minds of young children, biologists, oceanographers, marine biologists and researchers!

Gymnastics Plus

Showtime Performing Arts Theatre

Funky Fish Ocean Camp

9793 Glades Road, Boca Raton, gpboca.com, 561-353-1974

Institute for Math & Computer Science - IMACS

Sol Children Theatre

Levis JCC Marleen Forkas Camps

Florida Atlantic University playbyplaycamps.com, 800-319-0884 June 12-16. Boys and girls ages 10-18. Make sports anchor, reporting and play-by-play tapes. Host your own sports talk radio show. Day/overnight sessions available.

Old School Square 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach Oldschoolsquare.org, 561-243-7922 x-478

Sports Broadcasting Camp

Year-Round Swim Programs • • • •

100 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton stgregorysepiscopal.org, 561-395-8285

2700 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton pinecrest.edu/summer, 561-852-2823 Have fun at Pine Crest this summer! We offer a wide variety of choices on our Boca Raton campus for campers in grades pre-kindergarten through 8th. From sports and fine arts, to innovation and academic enrichment, there is something fo reveryone. Extended day care is available. Lunch and snack provided daily. "From the field to the stage, we've got it all!"

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Pine Crest Summer Programs

Private Lessons • Infants & Toddlers - ISR (6 months+) Semi-Private Lessons • Category 5 Racing Series Group Lessons • Stroke School Swim Team

All Hurricane Aquatics programs are open to any and all entrants. Our knowledgeable staff teach stroke development through competitive swimming.

Sugar Sand Park Community Center 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton sugarsandpark.org, 561-347-3900

Learn More and Register at HurricaneAquatics.net

Sunflower Creative Arts Camp 227 N Dixie Blvd., Delray Beach sunflowercreativearts.org, 561-501-6615

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The Little Gym

Camp Life

MIAMI-DADE CAMPS

15280 Jog Road, Suite E, Delray Beach thelittlegym.com/bocadelrayfl, 561-637-9992

The Slomin Family Center For Autism & Related Disabilities 16705 Puzzle Place, Delray Beach Slominfamilycenter.org, 561-495-4443

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MULTIPLE LOCATIONS:

TOPS Piano and Creative Writing Camps Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton fau.edu/tops, 561-297-3803 Kindergarten through 12 grade campers have fun while exploring a myriad of activities. All camps take place on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Piano program provides various instruction and techniques for beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Camps with multiple locations throughout Miami-Dade

Young Makers Lab

Alexander Camp

5455 N. Federal Highway, Suite I, Boca Raton youngmakerslab.com, 561-923-9243

alexandermontessori.com Red Road Campus: 305-665-6274 Palmetto Bay Campus: 305-969-1814 Old Cutler Road Campus: 305-233-4540 Ludlam Road Campus: 305-235-3995

Best Life

Adventure Links adventurelinks.net/Miami, 305-341-0247 Adventure Day Camp for 3rd-8th graders. Kayaking, snorkeling, surfing and more. Pick-up locations throughout Miami.

Big Red Truck Events bigredtruckevents.com, 786-248-1801

2017 Summer Camp programs with Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida

Bubbles Swim School 20350 NE 26th Ave., Miami 2225 NE 121 St., North Miami bubbles-swimschool.com, 305-961-1800

Day Camp & Overnight Camp programs for girls age 5 to 17

Engineering For Kids engineeringforkids.com, 305-570-1243

June 19, 2017 to August 17, 2017

Fantasy Theatre Factory We come to your school or camp; 305-284-8800

305.253.4841

FunCamps University of Miami, 1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 SW 111th St., Pinecrest funcamps.com, 305-666-2992 Since launching MagiCamp 28 years ago, Funcamps has grown to include 5 more programs. From Jurassicamp to Amazing Science & Space Rocketry Combination, to Game Tech Computer and Robotics, and Camp Idol, there’s a program for everyone. Funcamps strives to provide an

3 locations – South Miami, Coral Gables and Palmetto Bay area

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NO SCHOOL? JOIN US AT CAMP SEAQUARIUM urn a ay off rom sc oo nto an education-packed experience at Miami ® Seaquarium q . At our educational dayy camps p children enjoy exciting animal interactions, marine mammal shows, art projects, games and marine biology fun. From marine invertebrates to marine mammals mammals, our broadl varied theme weeks offer a new experience each time your child attends. RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY! VISIT MIAMISEAQUARIUM.COM/CAMP OR FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 305-361- 5705 EXT. 526 OR 207, OR E-MAIL EDUCATION@MSQ.CC

February 20 - Turtley Rad Turtles March 24 - Invert Alert

uring pate in educational treasure hunts, learn about pirate myths, marine animals and get soaked at Salty’s Pirate Playground!

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educational & safe, secure environment dedicated to developing the child’s talents, self-esteem & interactive social aptitude. Also located at Pinetree Camps at Lynn University in Boca.

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

KLA Schools of Miami klaschoolssummercamp.com Palmetto Bay: 305-668-0552 West Kendall: 305-387-2480 Coral Gables: 305-668-0552 Doral: 305-418-9000 Brickell: 786-422-6262 North Bay Village: 305-865-2678 Aventura: 305-931-2322

Miami Dade College mdc.edu/summercamps, 305-237-0651

My Gym my-gym.com Coral Gables: 305-285-9440; Aventura: 305-933-0496 Doral: 305-500-9688; Kendall: 305-270-0230

Riviera Day Camp rivieraschools.com 6800 Nervia St., Coral Gables, 305-666-1856 9775 SW 87th Ave., Miami, 786-300-0300

The Carrie Brazer Center For Autism cbc4autism.org 16905 SW 100th Ave., Miami, 305-234-0490 7530 Sunset Drive, Miami, 305-271-8790

YMCA of South Florida Summer Camp ymcasouthflorida.org 735 NW 186th St., Miami, 786-433-96222 2370 NW 17th Ave., Miami, 305-635-9622 9355 SW 134th St., Miami, 305-254-0310 1034 NE 8th St., Homestead, 305-248-5189 Adventure, sports, STEM, fitness camps, teen camps, aquatics and more! Field trips and swim lessons.

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Safe, Fun, Loving Christian Camp! SUMMER JAMZ camp for kids (2-yearsold to 6th grade) features in-house field trips, water days, petting zoo, “sciencey” fun, and more! Bible lessons provide adventures and games galore–your kids won’t want to leave. Spring Break Camp APRIL 10-13, 2017 Closed April 14th for Good Friday 10% Discount for Siblings 10% Discount when you sign up for all 8 weeks

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

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Spring Break ˝ and ˝ Summer camps

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

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experience immerses elementary school children in hands-on STEM activities that reinvent summer fun. Discounts are available!

Miami Watersports Complex

City of Hialeah Summer Camps

Same Tag Television Arts Group

(North of Tamiami Trail 41) Miami, Doral, Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Miami Gardens, Opa Locka, Sweetwater

hialeahfl.gov, 305-818-9143 The City of Hialeah’s multiple camps serve students ages 6 to 22. Camp programs are either free or at a low cost fee. Space is limited and some restrictions may apply.

8200 NW 27th St., Suite 114, Doral sametagtv.com, 305-986-8966

African Heritage Cultural Arts Center

Conchita Espinosa Academy

Zumba Kids Terry’s Zumba for kids 305-519-0195, Email: terryaerobics@hotmail.com

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6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami ahcacmiami.org, 305-638-6771

12975 SW 6th St., Miami conchitaespinosa.com, 305-227-1149 Summer at CEA continues Conchita's philosophy of providing flexible options for integrating your child's summer with creativity, adventure, and intellectual and artistic growth. Students have the option of participating in three- or sixweek programs through a variety of experiences.

Beth David Congregation 2625 SW Third Ave., Miami bethdavidmiami.org, 305-854-3282

Brazilian Soccer Training Center 1128 NW 159th Drive, Miami Gardens bstcsoccer.com, 800-509-5344 Indoor soccer camp. Weekly field trips and futsal training.

KinderCare Learning Center

Camp Invention

Miami Theater Center

Glenn H. Curtiss Mansion, 500 Deer Run, Miami Springs campinvention.org, 800-968-4332 Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention

401 E. 65th St., Hialeah aktionparks.com/miami, 305-476-WAKE (9253)

South Florida Autism Center 18305 NW 75th Place, Hialeah sfa-center.org, 305-823-270

South Florida Youth Symphony Miami Dade College North Campus 11380 NW 27th Ave., 2nd Floor, Miami sfys.net, 305-238-2729

Step Ahead 7400 W. 24th Ave., Hialeah hialeahfl.gov, 305-824-5705

8001 Oak Lane, Miami Lakes kindercare.com, 305-821-5801 9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami mtcmiami.org, 305-751-9550

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(South of Tamiami Trail 41) Coral Gables, Kendall, Kendale Lakes, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Ridge, Homestead, Little Havana, South Miami, Key Biscayne, Westchester, Florida City

Action Town Family Fun Center Call for new location actiontownfl.com, 305-647-3343 Summer camp and field trips starting at $7. Laser Tag Arena - Rock Climbing - Video Arcade - Birthday Parties - Bumper Cars - Glow in the Dark Mini Golf - Canon Blaster - Basketball Court - Inflatable City - Best Paintball Experience.

Actors' Playhouse At The Miracle Theatre

Camp Seaquarium 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami miamiseaquarium.com, 305-361-5705, x-207 Birthday parties, day and week-long camps. Come get splashed by a killer whale or jump in the water with a dolphin! Overnight programs, home school, Mommy & Me, Girl and Boy Scouts.

Casely Tennis Academy Archbishop Curley High School, 4949 NE 2nd Ave., Miami caselytennis.com, 305-962-2633

Call for camp location artsouthmiami.org, 305-662-1423

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

Beaux Arts 1301 Sanford Drive, Coral Gables beauxartsmiami.org, 305-284-1672

8571 SW 112th St., Miami crfcenter.org, 305-596-6966

Circle C Youth Ranch 5801 SW 120th Ave., Miami circlec.org, 305-274-3380

Continental Tennis Center 10001 SW 82nd Ave., Miami, 305-271-0732

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SUMMER CAMP FUN AT MARKHAM PARK! June 12,2017-August 11,2017

7300 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 305-365-2300

• (3) Three-week sessions or by the week!

CRUMK Super Summer Kid’s Camp

• Field trips EVERYDAY!

Crandon Park Tennis Center

Bet Shira Congregation 7500 SW 120th St., Miami betshira.org, 305-238-2601

Deering Estate At Cutler

Bright Futures Preschool

16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami deeringestate.org, 305-235-1668 Ext. 233

13724 SW 84th St., Miami brightfuturespreschool.com, 305-380-6760

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

9600 SW 107th Ave., Miami atlantisacademy.com, 305-271-9771

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Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church 20740 Old Cutler Road, Cutler Bay crumk.net, 305-235-6654

Camp Atlantis

Register at campchameleon.com

3747 Main Highway, Miami carrollton.org, 305-446-5673 For nearly 40 years, Carrollton has offered the best summer programs for girls from all over the world. This year is no exception. Guided by experienced teachers, campers enjoy artistic, athletic and educational experiences while creating new friendships and wonderful memories.

Alper JCC Summer Camp

ArtSouth Creative Arts Summer Camp

A fun and friendly summer camp for boys and girls ages 5-15

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart

280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables actorsplayhouse.org, 305-444-9293

Dave and Mary Alper JCC on the Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus 11155 SW 112th Ave., Miami alperjcc.org, 305-271-9000, x-271 General day camps & specialty camps, including robotics. Sports, performing arts and special needs. Infants – Grade 9.

NATURE • CREATIVE ARTS • ATHLETICS • AQUATICS • FIELD TRIPS

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10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables fairchildgarden.org, 305-667-1651

• Fun park activities! • Extended hours included 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

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First Girls Club Summer Camp Hillel Braman Miller Center University of Miami, 1100 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables fgccamp.com, 305-233-8362

FIU Center For Children And Families 11200 SW 8th St., Miami, AHC 1, Room 140 http://ccf.fiu.edu, 305-348-0477

Florida Gymnastics Training Center 13115 SW 89th Ave., Miami fgtc.net, 305-251-4414

Girl Scouts Of Tropical Florida 11347 SW 160th St., Miami girlscoutsfl.org, 305-253-4841 Day Camp programs for girls ages 5-17 are designed to provide a great camp experience for every girl. A variety of themes and activities match girls' interests and needs, and are appropriate to the age, interests and abilities of the girls participating. Programs are based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Good Shepherd Catholic School 14187 SW 72nd St., Miami good-shepherd-school.org, 786-817-4673

Granada Day School 900 University Drive, Coral Gables granadadayschool.com, 305-444-2028

Hurricane Aquatics 1306 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables hurricaneaquatics.net, 305-284-4713 Hurricane Aquatics Summer Camp is back for 2017! The brand new pool serves as an amazing location to host a fun-filled educational summer camp. All Hurricane Aquatics programs are open any and all entrants. Our knowledgeable staff teach stroke development through competitive swimming.

International Bilingual Montessori School 6330 SW 40th St., Miami ibmontessorischool.com, 305-661-6434

International Gymnastics Camp

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School Readiness WELCOME Davie 6763 Stirling Rd. Davie, FL 33314 (954) 791-9270 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Just 4 Fun at The Shops at Sunset Place

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

Killian Oaks Academy 10545 SW 97th Ave., Miami killianoaksacademy.com, 305-274-2221

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5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 355, South Miami just4funparks.com, 305-763-8249 Bring your summer camp or field trip to Just 4 Fun and let the Spring and Summer fun begin. Many activities for ages 1-13.

L’ Atelier School 5960 SW 71st St., South Miami latelier.org, 305-662-2326

Luna Academy Summer Camp 9025 SW 72nd St., Miami lunaacademy.com, 786-332-2189

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Marlins Camp Days 501 Marlins Way, Miami marlins.com/group, 305-480-2523 Join us this summer for a truly unforgettable field trip experience. Marlins Camp Days are June 14, June 16 and July 19 at 12:10 p.m. Book multiple dates to receive great benefits for your camp!

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

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Miami Elite Tennis Academy

Register at JASouthFlorida.org/Camp

Kenland Bend North Tennis Center 8840 SW 123rd Court, Miami metennis.com, 305-814-8914

Camp begins in June. Open to students ages 8­13. Leadership positions are also available.

Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp

JA WORLD HUIZENGA CENTER AT BROWARD COLLEGE 1130 COCONUT CREEK BLVD, COCONUT CREEK, FL 33066 JASOUTHFLORIDA.ORG/CAMP 954­979­7100

University of Miami, 1241 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables miami.edu/wellness/camp, 305-284-8510

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Montessori Children’s Academy

CAMP FUN FEST

9400 SW 16th St., Miami miamimontessori.com, 305-225-3070

One On One Learning Summer Learning Academy Wayside Baptist Church, 7701 SW 98th St., Miami oneononelearning.com, 305-273-8999 The perfect blend of learning & fun! We offer students the opportunity to catch up or go beyond their grade level, all while having fun and making memories.

Palmetto Golf Course 9300 SW 152nd St., Miami golfpalmetto.com, 305-238-2922

Ft. Lauderdale March 19 - 11am-5pm

REM Learning Center 16400 SW 147th Ave., Miami remlearningcenter.com, 305-235-0300

Rock Crushers Basketball Summer Camp 15420 SW 136th St., #10, Miami rockcrushersbasketball.com, 305-235-4993

ROIG Academy

Horseback Riding Lessons • Beginner-Advanced i d Riding Lessons • Birthday Parties • Pony Club Spring Break Camps Palm Beach- March 20th-24th Broward-April 10th-14th $250 per week/9am to 3pm

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8000 SW 112th St., Miami roigacademy.com, 305-235-1313

Rosemont Academy 9400 SW 87th Ave., Miami rosemontacademy.com, 305-403-2344

Roxy Theatre Group 4246 SW 152nd Ave., Miami roxypac.com, 305-226-0030

School Of Rock Music 8783 SW 132nd St., Miami schoolofrock.com/Miami, 305-969-2828

Sense Of Wonder Nature Center A.D. Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave, Miami miamidade.gov, 305-662-4124

Soccer Shots Miami 4000 NW 43rd Street Coconut Creek , FL 33073

soccershotsmiami.com, 786-390-1828

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South Florida Council, Cub Scout Day Camp sfcbsa.org, 305-364-0020

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Summer Jamz Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, 14401 Old Cutler Road, Miami Ocpc.org, 305-238-8121 Full day camp – 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Camp Day – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Half day camp – 9 a.m. to noon. Themed weeks, in-house field trips. Weekly and daily rates. Discount for siblings.

Summer Theatre Academy At The University Of Miami 1231 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables as.miami.edu/sta, 305-284-4474 Six weeks of fun and learning! Students will gain confidence, self-esteem and creativity. For students ages 6-15.

Summer Youth Music Camps University of Miami - Frost School of Music music.miami.edu, 305-284-3176

Taste Buds Kitchen 14740 SW 26th St., Suite 207, Miami tastebudskitchen.com/miamiwest, 786-999-8629 When school is closed – we are open! Cooking camps for ages 4-teen. Birthday parties, semesters, field trips and more!

Thomas Armour Youth Ballet 5818 SW 73rd St., South Miami taybballet.org, 305-667-5543

Tropical Park Tennis Center 7900 SW 40th St., Miami tropicalparktennis.com, 305-226-8315

Tumblebees Gymnastics 6950 SW 117th Ave., Miami tumblebeesgymnastics.com, 305-596-BEES (2337)

Westminster Christian School 6855 SW 152nd St., Palmetto Bay wcsmiami.org, 305-233-2030

Young Musicians' Camp University Of Miami, Gusman Concert Hall 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables youngmusicianscamp.com, 305-238-8937

Zoo Miami Foundation

Baby Stars

12400 SW 152nd St., Miami Zoomiami.org, 305-255-5551 Zoo Miami Summer Camp. Bring your child for a fun-filled learning experience, as they immerse into the world of wildlife at zoo camp. For more information visit our website.

3565 NE 207th St., Suite A-9, Aventura baby-stars.com, 305-466-1886

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Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami arshtcenter.org, 786-468-2270

Aventura Learning Center 2221 NE 171st St.,, North Miami Beach aventuralearningcenter.net, 786-629-7777

Oleta River State Park, 3400 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach campliveoakfl.com, 305-940-4748 ACA accredited day camp offered in Broward and MiamiDade Counties. Outdoor environmental and marine camp includes hands-on science, canoeing, archery, fishing, arts/ crafts, surfing, paddleboarding, scuba diving, field trips and Spanish camp. Day camp, ages 5-13. Teen program, ages 14-16. Counselors are certified teachers. Early bird, weekly & sibling discounts, van service and healthy lunches available.

Camp Manatee Greynolds Park. 7530 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach 305-948-2891, 305-944-6111

FIELD TRIPS 4-5 TRIPS PER WEEK

LARGE TEEN CAMP PROGRAM LIMITED TO 200 BOYS & GIRLS

CAMPERS ENJOY... All types of sports, boating, swimming, fishing, water tubing, water parks, hockey, crafts, drama, cooking, dance, cheerleading, color war and more.

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• EXTENDED HOURS INCLUDED 7:30 AM-6:00 PM • FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING • SHUTTLE TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE

18601 NE 22nd Ave., North Miami Beach miamidade.gov, 305-945-3425

Camp Live Oak

Miami Beach, Biscayne Park, Aventura, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Shores, Bal Harbour, Sunny Isles, Downtown Miami

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WOODLANDERS Grades K-5 TEEN CAMPERS Grades 6-9 COUNSELOR IN TRAINING Grades 10 & 11

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ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER CAMP 2017

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Camp Sol Taplin At The Michael-Ann Russell JCC 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach marjcc.org, 305-932-4200, x-165 Camp Sol Taplin is one of South Florida’s largest Jewish summer camps. Serving ages 2-15, there are more than 30 camp options to choose from. Free transportation, kosher lunch & snacks and a well supervised environment.

Frost Science Summer Camp 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami frostscience.org/camp, 305-434-9564 Summer camp at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park, taking place from June 19-August 11, provides an unforgettable experience for rising 2nd-5th graders looking to dive deeper into the science topics explored in the museum’s aquarium, Frost planetarium and permanent exhibitions. Before and aftercare is available for an extra charge. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Hebrew Academy Summer Program 2400 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach rasg.org, 305-532-6421

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

Live! Modern School of Music Summer Camp 1788 Sans Souci Blvd., North Miami lmsom.com, 305-893-0191 Join us for an unforgettable two-week music experience this summer. Enhance your musical abilities, meet students from all around the world, and perform in front of a live audience.

Master Sang's TNT Martial Arts mastertntacademy.com Aventura: 305-785-2286 Miami Beach: 305-724-0289

Miami Children’s Museum Explorers Summer Camp 980 Macarthur Causeway, Miami miamichildrensmuseum.org, 305-373-5437 Join us this summer as we travel around the globe! Discover different places, cultures, art and science.

BOCA MUSEUM

ART SCHOOL

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Cartooning, painting, sculpting, drawing, and active play

So much fun kids don’t know they’re learning!

Join us at the South Florida Science Center for our upcoming Spring Break Camps for young scientists and engineers ages 4-14!

Boca Museum Art School 801 West Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, FL 33486 www.bocamuseum.org/artschool

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Miami Auto Museum & KidsZone Arcade 2000 NE 146th St., North Miami Kids@dezercollection.com, 305-503-4023

Miami City Ballet School 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach Miamicityballet.org/school, 305-929-7007

Miami Country Day School 601 NE 107th St., Miami summer.miamicountryday.org, 305-779-7350 We have provided summer fun to the community for over 90 years! PK3-12 offerings with something of interest for all children in the family. Led by experts in their field, awardwinning coaches, as well as well-trained support staff.

Miami Shores Presbyterian Church School 9405 Park Drive, Miami Shores mspcs.net, 305-751-5417

Modeling Camp 17375 Collins Ave., North Miami Beach modelingcamp.com, 888-757-5575 Fashion, Fun and Style - Discover the model in you! Modeling Camp invites all girls to discover the model "in you” this summer! Photo shoots, fashion shows, style and more. This is the ideal camp for ALL fashionistas!

Moti Horenstein’s Karate 18425 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach mhka.com, 305-935-1855

Museum Of Contemporary Art 770 NE 125th St., North Miami mocanomi.org, 305-893-6211

2017 SUMMER DAY CAMP

Ninja Lounge 14401 NE 20th Lane, North Miami ninjalounge.com, 888-682-4318

North Miami Beach Spring Camp 17051 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach citynmb.com, 305-948-2957 Sign your kids up for spring camp this year! This all-day program features field trips, special events and swimming.

St. Patrick Catholic Preschool 3885 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach stpatrickmiamibeach.com, 305-538-8004

June 5th – August 11th, 2017 Register now to secure your spot! YMCASPBC.org /YMCASPBC

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DeVos-Blum Family YMCA of Boynton Beach

Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton

561.738.9622

561.395.9622

Two great camps at one location! Advent School | 300 E Yamato Rd | Boca www.adventschoolboca.org

ADVENTURE CLUB SUMMER CAMP

Grades K - 8

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ADVENTURE BEGIN ! Quality Summer Fun in a Christian Environment JUN 5-AUG 11 $225/week includes lunch 561-395-5322

Planetarium and Yoga with Miss Teen Boca, Lexi Hidalgo.

Engage, Experience, Explore MAY 30-AUG 4 Call for Pricing 561-395-3631 Option 1 MARCH 2017 |

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TOPS Piano &

Creative Writing Camp

Summer Program 2017 1501 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 100, Miami mymiu.edu, 305-428-5748 Live the college experience and apply your talents to a real-world project in the creative fields of design, media arts and fashion.

Teatro Prometeo At The Koubek Center Miami Dade College, 2705 SW 3rd St., Miami prometeotheatre.com, 305-237-3262

The Cushman School 592 NE 60th St., Miami cushmanschool.org , 305-757-1966

The Learning Nest 1801 NE 2nd Ave., Miami mylearningnest.com, 786-414-8968

Turnberry Kids at Turnberry Isle Miami 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura Email: Shelly@PEARprograms.com, 954-261-6154 Innovative summer activities through sports, arts & crafts, fitness, team building, golf, tennis and swimming. Full week $325 or full day $75 both include lunch. Half days $225 per week or $55 half day.

Universal Dance Studios

Bring out the creativity in your child with visual, performing, and interdisciplinary programs! Weekly sessions starting in June: 6-12 June 5 – June 23 K-5 June 26 – August 4

http://www.fau.edu/tops/

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

OTHER CAMPS Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum – Authentic Seminole Adventure Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation 34725 W. Boundary Road, Clewiston ahtahthiki.com, 863-902-1113 Bring your summer camp to the official museum of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Panoramic film, interactive tour of diorama exhibits and boardwall. $5 per student (10 or more) includes free bonus activity, craft or game!

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Boynton Beach Palm Beach Gardens June 5 - August 11

RESIDENTIAL CAMPS American Sports Academy at Casa de Campo Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, La Romana, Dominican Republic americansportsacademydr.com, 203-733-7890

Aquanuts - Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa Summer Camp 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, FL aquanutskids.com, 561-540-4833

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Camp Glen Arden 1261 Cabin Creek Road, Tuxedo, NC campglenarden.com, 828-692-8362 Glen Arden is a place where girls are celebrated as individuals, encouraged to try new things, and develop lifelong friendships in a safe, fun, supportive environment. Activities include: archery, arts & crafts, hiking, rock climbing, dance, drama, horseback riding, pottery, mountain biking, sports, swimming and many more. Full list on our website.

Camp Juliette Low 321 Camp Juliette Low Road, Cloudland, GA cjl.org, 772-428-1062 Platform tents, outdoor adventure, traditional camping, fun and friendship! Located in Northwest Georgia, Camp Juliette Low is a residential summer camp for girls ages 7-17. Outdoor programs foster self-confidence, independence, teamwork, and leadership. One- and two-week sessions. Preparing girls for confident living and leadership since 1922.

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When: JUNE 26-30, 2017 Where: KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Who: AGES 9-13 NO AUDITION REQUIRED TBAI Junior is a one-week introductory session based on The Broadway Artists Intensive three-week program. Students of TBAI Junior train from 9am-5pm daily in ballet, jazz, tap, vocal technique, acting and improvisation with a faculty comprised entirely of professionals direct from Broadway.

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Historic Camp Glen Arden Continues Traditions By Elizabeth L. Harrison In 2016, Erin and Garrett Graham realized their dreams of camp ownership when together they purchased Camp Glen Arden for Girls, a 67-year-old camp tucked among the evergreen and rhododendron in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Tuxedo, North Carolina.

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Summer camp is their passion, and they believe it is a more of a lifestyle than work. “Being able to do what we love - it’s not something most people get to do,” Garrett says. “It”s the relationships with the families, campers, and staff that I enjoy most,” Erin says. “Our camp family is a direct extension of our own family, and every relationship is equally important to us.”

“We get to create experiences for young people that are real,” Garrett says about working at camp. “They challenge themselves and achieve things they can’t anywhere else. Living and working in this type of environment is amazing.” Today, he says, spaces for kids to experience free play, where they can grow and learn from their mistakes, just don’t exist anymore - except at camp.

Erin says choosing Camp Glen Arden “just felt right” even before she stepped onto the Glen Arden property for the first time. It was during a meeting with former camp owners and directors Carol “Casey” Thurman and Elizabeth “Liz” Lowndes McIntosh.

Camp Glen Arden’s program offers an abundance of activity choices, allowing it to serve a broad range of interests. Campers can choose to participate in experiences such as archery, pottery, tennis, swimming, dance, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, weaving, coppersmithing, drama, canoeing, and many more. Opportunities to earn progressions in each activity gives the campers incentive to master skills while gaining confidence, giving each girl the opportunity to experience growth physically, mentally and spiritually in a safe, fun, nurturing and supportive environment.

“I could just tell they were such good people,” Erin says. “And they had a program where campers and parents loved and respected them so much.”

“Building a legacy is important for us as a family. We do believe you should leave something positive in this world,” Erin says. “Our goal is to do this though an uplifting camp experience that builds strong character.”

The Grahams are no greenhorns to the camping industry. Garrett served as the director of a nearby historic summer camp for girls beginning in 2000, and Erin joined him after they were married in 2003, leaving her career as a high school English teacher. They are excited to carry on the wonderful Glen Arden tradition.

To learn more about Camp Glen Arden, visit campglenarden.com or contact them by phone at (828) 692-8362.

Erin and Garrett both have fond memories of their experiences as campers. Erin spent childhood summers at a camp in South Carolina, making lifelong friendships. “It was something I looked forward to all year long. Summer was a time I got to see people I grew close to,” she says. “People at camp are more like family.” Garrett says his camp friendships have always provided unconditional support. “There are these relationships that exist while you’re at camp - everyone has a voice and every voice is heard,” he says. The Grahams believe that it is more important than ever for girls to be able to find their voice in the world, and camp is the perfect place for that to happen.

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Beginning in October, parents throughout South Florida submitted their children’s photos for South Florida Parenting’s 2017 Cover Kids contest, and 100 finalists were chosen. The judges then met with those finalists in January and chose the winners and runners-up in each category for 2017. Meet those winners here! More photos, page 75

WINNERS

Ocean Chesney Newborn to 23 months

Elijah Rivera Age 2 to 4

Demitri Pinto-Campana Age 5 to 8

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Namiko McGee Newborn to 23 months

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Ocean Chesney lives in Fort Lauderdale. She is 13 months old, and she loves life. Her parents say she has a special way of bringing joy and happiness to everyone she meets. Ocean loves to run around and explore, and she loves making new friends. She has no modeling experience, except for all of those photos on her parents' iPhones.

Elijah Rivera, of Lauderhill, has lived in Broward County for five years and is in VPK. Elijah is a natural-born actor and entertainer. You may have spotted his pictures at GAP stores, because Elijah got his start in modeling when he won the GAP 2015 casting call. He has also modeled for H&M, Garanimals and Care.com, among others. He has a leadership mentality and aspires to be a police officer. He enjoys rollerblading, reading and performing with his dance group, HipHopKidz.

Demitri Pinto-Campana, of Delray Beach, has lived in Palm Beach County for four years and is in the first grade. He is very outgoing, loves to perform and is interested in acting and modeling, although he has never professionally modeled before the Cover Kids contest. He dreams of one day being able to walk on the moon and swim in the ocean with sea creatures.

Kyla Dean was born and raised in Boca Raton and is in the sixth-grade pre-engineering choice program in Palm Beach County. When she's not in school, she can be found swimming, running, biking, camping and reading – she LOVES to read. She's friendly and outgoing, and she loves school and having fun with her sister, Hanna, who is in second grade.

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Don't call me Mom: A guide to stepparenting According to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1,300 new stepfamilies are forming every day Over 50% of US families are remarried or re-couples The average U.S. ALLYSON TOMCHIN, LCSW marriage lasts only seven years One out of two marriages ends in divorce 75% remarry 66% of those living together or remarried break up when children are involved 80% of remarried, or re-coupled, partners with children both have careers 50% of the 60 million children under the age of 13 are currently living with one biological parent and that parent’s current partner During a divorce, parents are required to make many decisions about their children in something known as the Parenting Plan. These choices include but are not limited to extracurricular activities, travel plans, communication, school choices, babysitters and much more. Sometimes the Parenting Plan addresses the children’s last name and how they should not refer to anyone else as Mom or Dad other than their biological parents. This is where things get sticky for stepparents. Stepparents do a lot of the heavy lifting in the parenting realm and a recurring issue is what the step kids should call the stepparent. I have heard things from bonus parents to first names to nicknames and kids actually calling their stepparent Mom or Dad. According to Rand Lieber, a Boca Raton family attorney, “Assuming that there is a court fight, the standard is always best interest of the child. You must consider the status of the absent parent, i.e. death, not involved in child’s life, or involved. No child should call their non-bio parent Dad or Mom if the bio is somehow involved in their life. Age of the child is another factor to consider. A teenager will not have the same issues as a toddler. Calling the nonbio parent by their first name is simplest. The overriding issue is avoiding confusion in the child’s mind.” From a mental health perspective, this is important for everyone – the children, the

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biological parent and the stepparent. Children understanding who their parents are and having those boundaries is essential. This creates a sense of stability. Every child has two biological parents and that does not change except in the case of death. Children understanding the role their stepparents play in their lives and their closeness with a stepparent are equally important. Remember, many stepchildren across the nation see their stepparent as their mother or father figure, and this should not be lost in the shuffle. Dino Flora is an active stepparent who has played an essential role in his stepson’s life since he was a young child. According to Flora, they were struggling with what his stepson should call him. “After rattling off all the formal names: sir, Mr. Flora, etc., we landed on ‘stad,’ a mashup of ‘step’ and ‘dad’ that still sounds and feels respectful. Now my stepson has a better understanding of who I am, I feel like I am a part of the family, and his biological dad knows I’m not trying to take his place. It has turned out to be three birds with one stone and continues to work for us today, 18 years later.” This is a great model to follow. Play around with it. Have fun with it. Find something comfortable and respectful. The stepparent role is unique and complicated. It is literally bringing an outsider into a role as an insider and as a parental figure. This may be met with joy, confu-

sion and/or contempt by children. Nonetheless the boundaries should be set up from day one, and the relationship should start with how to refer to the stepparent. Brainstorm about nicknames or use first names, but in most cases families should not have a step child call their stepparent Mom or Dad. It is not OK, it is not healthy and it is not in the best interest of the child if their biological parent is active in any way in their life. This view is important not only for the mental health of all of the family members, but it also plays a significant role in the family legal system. The courts typically frown upon this behavior and recognize each biological parent’s rights. “It is absolutely unacceptable to have a child call the stepparent mother or father,” attorney Kenneth A. Gordon said. “The two possible exceptions are the other natural parent is dead, or if the natural parent agrees to it.” There are many resources out there to help the stepparent in this complex role. Check out liveblended.com or helpguide. org. Happy stepparenting!

Allyson Tomchin is a licensed psychotherapist in Hollywood and Boca Raton. She can be reached at 954-925-9071 or Allyson.tomchin@ gmail.com.

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Don't cry over spilled grits BY PATRICK HEMPFING My 12-year-old daug daughter, Jessie, hates shots, but some somehow made it throu all her vacthrough cinat cinations. Dad, on the oother hand, is still re recovering from her offi office visits. I sat down to write this mon month’s column at the end of a grueling week. Little d did I realize that a shot my mother-in-law received for bronchitis would be one of the week’s highlights. Like any other week, there were a few inconveniences I could have done without. I returned from my morning walk to find dog poop smashed to the bottom of my sneaker. Then I dropped my favorite pair of sunglasses on the bathroom floor, breaking the frame. I needed a haircut and stopped at the barbershop. When I got home and looked in the mirror, I noticed the hair was about an inch longer over one ear than the other. To get both sides even, I had to return to the shop the next day. Then there’s my aging computer that crashes daily, which is not a good thing for a writer. But in the whole scheme of life, these were minor inconveniences. A spilled 24 oz. carton of grits is a o are slightly bigger deal. For readers who d have unfamiliar, grits are ground corn and le the consistency of coarse sand. While ound putting away groceries, I lifted the round helf of cardboard container from the top shelf the pantry, and it slipped from my fingers. Grits sprayed over everything – the food n the on two pantry shelves, the clothes in er laundry basket, and under the washer and dryer. The miniscule particles even d for covered the vacuum cleaner I needed mparicleanup. But even this paled in comparison to the next challenge. A lump appeared near my wife’s left ear in December. On Christmas Eve,, Matmor. tie had a CT scan that showed a tumor. h Life can be sailing along, maybe with en minor inconveniences such as broken sunglasses, a subpar haircut, and an avanters lanche of grits, but when a tumor enters octor the picture, life changes. Mattie’s doctor d, suggested that the tumor be biopsied, but it took two weeks and five days to

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get the procedure and wait for the results. Those who have gone through this know that waiting is tough. The radiologist performed the biopsy on Monday and told Mattie the results would be back within 24-48 hours. Mattie called on Tuesday. No report. She called again Wednesday. Still no results. By this time, I was comforting myself with four ice cream cones: two for lunch and two at bedtime. Mattie said if I didn’t cut back, the next doctor we might be seeing would be for diabetes. Fortunately, late Thursday afternoon, we received good news – no cancer. This put everything else in perspective. Though the tumor will need to be removed, Mattie will be OK. A couple days after receiving the great news, Mattie’s mother, whose bronchitis hadn’t completely cleared after a course of antibiotics, texted early in the morning, “I just got out of the doctor’s office. Got a shot in my behind and some prescriptions. I certainly am awake.” Mattie typed back, “So is whoever gave you the shot.” Mattie informed Jessie, “Grandmommy got a shot in the rear end.” Jessie, remembering her vaccinations at the pediatrician’s office where the nurse used a plastic device to ease the pain of the needle, asked, “Did the doctor use a shot-blocker?” Mattie, apparently having a mental picture of a nurse holding a piece of plastic on her mom’s behind with one hand and a needle in the other, cracked up laughing. Tears rolled down her cheeks. Jessie and I couldn’t help but join in the laughter.

It felt great to laugh. This leads me to several takeaways. I’m thankful I have the time and good health to walk my dog, even if I have to clean my sneakers afterward. I’m fortunate to have the resources to replace sunglasses, get haircuts and buy a new computer. I’m thankful for health insurance and modern medicine that can diagnose problems quickly. I’m even lucky to have a good vacuum cleaner. Last, but most important, laughter is one of our greatest gifts. It serves as a “shot-blocker” when life is challenging. Grandmommy, thank you for taking one for the team! The laughter you provided was the shot in the arm we needed, though I’m sorry you were the butt of the laugh. Until next month, remember to cherish the moments and laugh at the funny ones. Note: My favorite mother-in-law, now fully recovered, approved this message.

Patrick Hempfing had a 20-year professional career in banking, accounting, and auditing before he became a father at age 44. He is now a full-time husband, stay-at-home dad and author of “MoMENts: A Dad Holds On.” Follow Patrick at facebook.com/patricklhempfing and on Twitter @PatrickHempfing.

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How to talk so kids will listen and stop lying, begging and pouting BY HEIDI STEVENS My maternal grandmother was alive for the first six years of my daughter’s life, and I often wonder how odd my parenting style appeared to her — a style I would label generously as “Jump Up at Every Whimper and Smother the Baby With Kisses.” My grandmother was born in 1918, during a slightly less affectionate era. In 1928’s “Psychological Care of Infant and Child,” psychologist John Watson advised a literal hands-off approach. “Never hug and kiss them, never let them sit in your lap,” he wrote. “If you must, kiss them once on the forehead when they say good night.” (If you must!) “Shake hands with them in the morning,” he advised. Watson’s advice was mostly dispensed with by the time my grandmother raised her own kids in the 1940s and ’50s, thanks to British psychologist John Bowlby’s attachment theory, which showed that reassuring physical and emotional connections (eye contact, hugs) produce physically and mentally healthier people. By the time I was a child in the early ’80s, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish ruled the day. Their 1980 manual, “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” (Scribner) has sold more than 3 million copies in more than 30 editions around the world. Now Faber’s daughter, Joanna Faber, has teamed up with co-author Julie King to produce the just-released “How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life With Children Ages 2-7.” Adele Faber, whose gentle advice I adore, penned the foreword. Joanna Faber and King expand her decades-old advice and tackle topics that weren’t even on the radar in 1980. (Hello, internet.) It’s well worth your time if you have little people in your life. Here are three highlights: When kids lie: “Instead of accusing and

interrogating, state the obvious,” Faber writes. When you see a chocolate-smeared face and a missing piece of cake, for example, say, “I see you ate the cake,” rather than, “Did you eat the cake?” “If she protests, don’t call her a liar,” Faber writes. “Accept the feeling behind the protest. ‘It’s not easy to resist eating chocolate cake when it’s sitting right in front of you. I bet you wish you hadn’t eaten it!’”

Express your own feelings. “I’m very upset that the cake was eaten.” Hatch a plan. “Next time you’re tempted, let me know. I’m sure we can find a way to help you wait.” Then help the child make amends. “We’re going to need something for dessert when our friends come over. Can you get out some cookies and arrange them nicely on a plate?”

When kids beg: Hell hath no fury like a 5-year-old shopping for some other kid’s birthday gift. King says to spell out guidelines ahead of time. “We’re only shopping for Elena’s birthday present today. Nothing for us!” (“Elena’s birthday present” could just as easily be “groceries,” “school supplies,” you name it.) Encourage your child to create a wish list that you bring to the store and update regularly to consult when your child’s own birthday or other gift-receiving opportunity rolls around. “When a kid pines for something, you can just write it down,” King writes. “Instead of saying, ‘Don’t be so spoiled, you just got a Lego set last week. You’re never satisfied!’ Try, ‘Wow, that looks pretty cool. You really like the spaceships.’ Take out the pen and add to his list: ‘Star Wars’ jumbo Lego set.” (Not a bad idea for grown-up Target runs.) When parents overpraise: It’s tempting to hover around our kids and heap praise upon them, but overwhelming evidence shows a steady stream of “Great job!” and “You’re a genius!” can backfire, causing kids to take fewer risks out of fear of losing the lavish labels. I like King’s analogy. “Think about how you would feel if you were cooking dinner with your partner sitting a few feet away saying, ‘Nice technique slicing those onions. Good choice of cooking oil. The carrots are very evenly diced. You’re displaying a very effective grip on that can opener.’” I would feel like dumping the whole mess in the trash and ordering Thai food. Point(s) taken.

Heidi Stevens can be reached at hstevens@chicagotribune.com or on Twitter @heidistevens13

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Allowance a great way to teach money matters BY STEVE ROSEN Do kids still get allowances? Sometimes I wonder when I see kids successfully lobbying their parents to buy them cool toys and everything else they ask for. Or when kids so easily pour money — your money, that is — into music downloads and games without paying you back after the bill arrives. Are parents caving to their kids’ spending demands? Do parents even take the time to think about the future consequences? Based on some surveys over the last 10 years that I came across, the practice of giving kids an allowance does seem to be on the decline, especially among kids ages 12 to 19. That’s a missed learning opportunity because an allowance is one of the pillars of teaching kids to handle money responsibly. I’ve always been a big believer in letting kids use their own money to learn about spending, saving for immediate and long-term purchases, investing and giving to charity.

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financial If you’re thinking of paying an allowance for the first time, or if paying an allowance has fallen out of favor in your house, here are some steps to help you get the most bang for your allowance buck: START EARLY: EXPERTS SAY KIDS CAN START ON AN ALLOWANCE ABOUT AGE 4 OR 5.

That’s when kids begin to understand how money works and how money can buy stuff. It’s also when kids are learning in school how to count and how to identify coins. Have a goal in mind: Before you start handing out money, there should be a family discussion. Is the purpose of the allowance to teach money management, period, with no strings attached? Are there expectations that chores will be required in order to be paid? And if chores aren’t required, is there an understanding that the kids will pitch in and help around the house? Many parents tie the allowance to completing chores. I know parents who

have created a grid on a whiteboard in the kitchen, which they fill in with their kids’ names and their chore rotations. I’ve seen it work, but it can get confusing, especially if kids swap jobs and don’t keep you in the loop, or big brother pays little brother to empty the trash for a week. I’m in the keep-it-simple camp. An allowance is strictly a money management tool, with no chores required, but with the caveat that the kids will help out around the house when something needs attention. BE CONSISTENT: PAY REGULARLY AND ON TIME.

Let your kids make mistakes: Don’t rescue your youngster or grant him or her an advance if the money is gone before the next payday. Likewise, don’t stop what you think is a foolish purchase. It may be hard to hold your tongue, but remember that kids learn best from their own mistakes. Consider it a lesson in buyer’s remorse.

How much should you hand out? There’s no right answer. It depends on your child’s age and expenses, your financial means and your attitudes about money. I started with $1 a week when my kids were in first grade, then added $1 dollar each year through elementary school. Middle school and high school brought cost-of-living increases based on a growing number of expenses, like movie tickets and gasoline. Whatever your approach, I recommend that as your kids get older, give them more money to manage. And then give them room and let them learn.

Steve Rosen is assistant business editor at The Kansas City Star. To reach him, call 816-2344879 or send email to srosen@kcstar.com.

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on demand,” and some mothers have had their babies at the breast for hours on end and are exhausted, with sore and bleeding nipples. I have walked into too many hospital rooms with a mother in tears, a fretful baby and a helpless new father. Some feel as if they are failures as mothers before they even leave the hospital, and at the same time are having serious doubts about continuing to breastfeed. They are sure that their baby will catch serious illnesses and have a lower IQ if they don’t breastfeed, but how can they maintain this constant breastfeeding and no sleep and never put a pacifier in their baby’s mouth? Is there only one way to be successful at breastfeeding? I loved breastfeeding, but it was a long time ago and we were instructed by caring nurses to just go home and put the baby to the breast every two to three hours. While that may not have been the best education, has the pendulum swung too far? Will giving the baby one bottle when a mother is having postpartum anxiety and sleeplessness really harm the baby? Should a mother have to sign an order allowing her baby to have a pacifier? While guidelines for breastfeeding

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Upside down, backward and learning BY KAREN DEERWESTER, ED.S. What if how we move changes how we learn? What if sitting still and paying attention in early childhood creates huge disadvantages in learning, emotional self-management and social problem-solving? What if over-emphasis on academics and formal educational skills before age 7 is creating an epidemic of highly anxious, overly cautious, less-competent generation of kids? That’s exactly the state of crisis described by Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, founder of TimberNook and author of “Barefoot and Balanced” and numerous articles for “The Washington Post.” Hanscom warns, “Children are going to class with bodies that are less prepared for learning than ever before.” The problem, she wrote in a “Washington Post” report: “Children are constantly in an upright position these days. It is rare

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stages » toddler brain-body connector that creates strength and stamina, builds the spine, and helps with focus and reading. SPINNING IN CIRCLES Spinning in circles may be the closest thing to flying. Once again, it starts with babies waltzing in your arms, dipping and twirling. Your little one may be surprised and disoriented for a few seconds, but their eyes will work hard to focus back on your loving face, which reassures them that all is safe and fun. That eye movement is essential for visual tracking needed for reading – stringing together letters, words and sentences across a page into meaningful constructions. “Ring Around the Rosie” and maybe even a little “Crack the Whip” are not just silliness. They are ways to regulate the body and organize valuable incoming information. Books such as “Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids” and campaigns like The Race to Nowhere are challenging the benefits and costs of one-dimensional learning. ROLLING DOWN HILLS How flat is your backyard? One local South Florida preschool, Mary Help of Christians in Parkland, designed a grassy hill in their outdoor play space just so the preschoolers would not miss out on fun and forward-thinking learning. Bodies in motion relative to the surrounding space is a science project: What factors can you control? What influences trajectory? Can you make your body conform to the expected outcome? Everyday situations, without adult direction, give children problems to solve and theories to test. Clean, smooth, sanitized environments with limited sensory textures do not challenge children. From controlled natural settings to controlled art experiences, children are “experimenting” but only within narrow circumstances. At some point, they need the messy, unpredictable, ageappropriate risk of “real” play. They need grass and dirt, hills and valleys to explore and to manage – which brings us to the benefits of sensory play. How many parents of toddlers and preschoolers excuse their children from “texture” experiences because their children resist or react to the “ooeyness”? All children need not jump in with both feet or up to their elbows in sensory play, but all children need exposure to unfamiliar and unpredictable sensory experiences. Sensory play is particularly important because of its role in self-regulation. It strengthens neural pathways (Highscope.

org) and increases a child’s ability to process and integrate data into knowledge. Watch as your child explores a sensory experiences (such as hands-on science, art, cooking or nature). You will see choice, evaluation and retention in action. The book “Teaching with the Brain in Mind” describes the increased blood flow and increased oxygen as “high nutrient chemical packages to increase neural connections.” High-powered thinking learning is active and fun.

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Teaching children self-sufficiency early is key BY DANIELLE BRAFF CHICAGO TRIBUNE After 4-year-old Aria Ricchetti wakes up each morning, she grabs the outfit she helped choose the previous night and gets herself dressed. Then she brushes her teeth and hair, feeds the dog, sets the table, toasts waffles for herself and her little brother, and begins eating her breakfast while her mother gets ready for the day. Aria is a self-sufficient anomaly at a time when kids, teens and even some adults are relying on their parents to do everything for them. There’s even a name for it: emerging adulthood. Instead of leaving the nest, getting married and becoming parents themselves in their early 20s, most people are postponing these transitions until at least their late 20s. A Pew Research Center study found that nearly a quarter of 25- to 34-year-olds are living with their parents or grandparents, up from 11 percent in 1980. And another Pew study shows that about threequarters of adults with at least one grown child said they had financially supported that child within the last year. Half of those said they were their grown child’s

primary means of support. It may seem extreme to believe that simply failing to be self-sufficient as a child can lead to financial instability and the inability to leave the nest in your 20s, but experts said there’s a link. “Helping children to acquire the skills to be self-sufficient also helps them be self-sufficient adults,” said Gina Lofquist, senior director of teacher education at the American Montessori Society. Lofquist said that if parents do everything for their children, then these children will come to depend on their parents, which will eventually lower their self-esteem. On the other end of the spectrum, if you show children that you trust them to do more, then the children will establish a sense of independence for themselves, and they will gain selfsufficiency skills. “We educate children in terms of the adult that they will be,” Lofquist said. “It all starts with the fact that we trust children.” That’s why at Montessori schools, children are allowed to cut with real knives, toast with real toasters, and even iron by themselves. When the 2-year-olds want a snack, they walk over to the snack area and they peel their own hard-boiled egg or their own clementine. “It’s everyday living skills,” she said. Aria, who has been going to the Mosaic Montessori Academy in River Forest, Ill., since she was 1 1/2, embraces her independence, said her mother, Roshni, who mainly attributes Aria’s self-sufficiency to two things: the Montessori method and her own laziness. “If I just lie around, she likes to help, and she likes doing things herself,” Ricchetti said. While Ricchetti was very open to having Aria be independent ever since she was a baby, most parents are hesitant, though they shouldn’t be, said Madeleine St. Jacques, a New Jersey-based certified parent and family coach. “It’s never too young to start teaching self-sufficiency skills,” St. Jacques said. During tummy time or when babies are crawling, walking or learning to walk, parARIA RICCHETTI HELPS TEACH HER BROTHER LEO HOW TO FEED THEIR DOG ZOLA BEFORE LEAVING FOR SCHOOL. ERICA BENSON/CHICAGO TRIBUNE

ents can put objects just out of their reach to help them try to grab them. Eventually, the baby will reach the objects, and they will gain satisfaction from doing so. “We want our kids to be happy, and we want to spare them discomfort,” St. Jacques said. “But if we rescue them too early and too often from the safe, everyday struggles, we’re denying them opportunities for growth.” Younger children can help with meal prep, laundry, pet care, packing their lunch boxes; pre-teens can walk short distances unsupervised and complete homework on their own; teens should be doing their own laundry and shopping for their own clothing, St. Jacques said. Treats, pep talks and a playful tone can help if your child is resistant to starting a task, said Carol Weston, author of nine books, and advice columnist at Girls’ Life. And start small, she suggested. So you can tell your child that you’ll set the timer, so he can clean his room for 10 minutes before you go shopping. Or ask him to quickly set the table before dinner or help clean the dishes before dessert. With teens, you could present the task as definitive: Dinner is in 10 minutes, so let’s set the table together. “No cajoling or scolding; try to be matter-of-fact,” Weston said. “Present the task as a given.” While there will be tears, especially with the infants and younger children, the rewards of self-sufficiency are worth it. “Part of being a kid is being proud of your accomplishments — picking an outfit, getting dressed — each of them are small, attainable goals that allow them to feel good about yourself every day,” Ricchetti says. These are also small steps to showing children that they can take care of themselves and manage their own lives, said Eileen Gallo, psychotherapist and coauthor of “Silver Spoon Kids.” Gallo used to give her teenager a clothing allowance and would take him to the mall to help him shop. “The first time I did it, I helped him understand the clothing,” she said. The following year, he was able to do it all himself. “There are so many opportunities to guide them,” Gallo said.

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stages » preteen Is seems tweens are getting away with more than they used to. A CBS This Morning segment called, “Are kids increasingly ruling modern families?” aired in February, alerting parents to a new imbalance of power happening in American households. According to researchers at the University of Maryland and Indiana University, kids are acting more entitled and not always in a good way. The fault apparently lies with parents. Mothers and fathers spend far more time with their children compared to parents 20 and 40 years ago. Family size has dwindled. Economic opportunities have increased, affording both parents more affluent incomes. Surprisingly, a new rivalry has emerged, not a sibling variety, but a rivalry between parents over who can indulge kids more. The net result: A rise in spoiled kids and a lowering of standards to which they are held. That’s where excuses slip in. Surely you have noticed young and tweenage kids acting out. Sitting in restaurants or standing in department store lines, have you seen out-of-control toddlers throw toys? I’ve witnessed mouthy tweens embarrass parents. The humiliated parent offers an excuse. He didn’t get his nap. Or you know how those hormones work. Excuses rather than a firm reprimand. Who’s in charge?

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stages » preteen ARE EXCUSES EVER EXCUSABLE? If you examine your conscience, review your own behavior, or jot down when and how often you make excuses for your tween, you will stumble upon important information. Your rationalizations pinpoint a child’s weaknesses. For example, I noticed my daughter never wanted to ask questions. She would insist on walking around the entire supermarket looking for an item rather than target a store worker or ask. She never answered the telephone. I attributed this to her shy nature. In retrospect, I realize that this was a social deficit, the beginnings of social anxiety. My tendency to let it go backfired as she grew older and became increasingly uncomfortable in some social situations. My daughter and I would have been better served if I recognized and discussed this behavior. If you catch yourself trying to justify a tween’s cheating, or laziness or meanness, you are not doing what’s right or best. That said, when it comes to tweens, certain categories of acting out are rooted in development. Bullying. Battling you over seemingly everything. Lying. These are several examples of things that tweenagers often engage in. Kids 10-15 are notorious for being mean

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Saturday, March 4 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY Light Wars Evening Camp. Kids ages 5-11 can channel their inner Jedi on an obstacle course where they battle the dark side with light sabers and cook “Vader” cookies. $40. 4:30-7 p.m. Castellow Hammock Nature Center, 22301 SW 162 Ave., Miami. timbernook.sharetribe.com/en/listings/352973-light-wars-evening-camp

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BROWARD COUNTY 15th Annual Broward Water Matters Day. Learn about local and regional water sources and receive tips on conservation. Participants can receive a free native plant or tree. Crafts for children, rain barrel and native landscaping demonstrations, food trucks, giveaways and raffles. Park admission fee of $1.50 per person, children under 5 free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Ave., Davie. Broward.org/WaterMatters/Pages/Programs/WMD.aspx

ALL COUNTY 4 SATURDAY FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop. Ages 5-12 can make a craft to take home a free certificate, apron and commemorative pin. First come/first served. First Saturday of the month. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Find participating stores at homedepot.com.

Tuesday, March 21 PALM BEACH COUNTY Spring Children’s Fair. Rides, games, food, free arts & crafts, entertainment, face painting and more. Food and drinks available for purchase. Free park entry. Ride tickets $5 per ride or $20 for an all day bracelet. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Patch Reef Park, 2000 W. Yamato Road, Boca Raton. patchreefpark.org

MIAMI 2 THURSDAY FREE Made at PAMM. Create art inspired by pieces on display in a program lead by teaching artists. 11 a.m.12 p.m. Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. pamm.org

3 FRIDAY FREE First Friday Night Food Trucks. First Friday of each month. 5:30-10 p.m. Palmetto Bay Village Center. 18001 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay. foodtruckinvasion.com FREE Tot Shabbat. Sings songs, play games and celebrate Shabbat with Rabbi Julie Jacobs and the Gordon School’s Marcela Fridman. Refreshments provided. 6 p.m. Beth David Congregation, 2625 SW Third Ave., Miami. bethdavidmiami.org/calendar Orchestra Miami Family Fun Concert. Enjoy the story of Little Red Riding Hood told in an opera. Cookies and juice will be served after the concert. $15 adults, $10 kids. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. pinecrestfl.gov FREE Family Movie Night. Bring a blanket or chair to watch “Finding Dory” in the park. Pre-movie activity starts at 7 p.m. Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. sibfl.net

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» fairs & festivals ASIAN TRADE, FOOD FAIR AND CULTURAL SHOW March 18-19. Dance, music, arts and crafts, food, a carnival and more. South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. asianfair.org CORAL SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS AND GARDENFEST March 18-19. Fine art show, craft festival, theatrical performances, literary workshops, children’s area, Green Market, music and hands-on crafts and learning activities to introduce children to gardening. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Walk, 716 N. University Drive, Coral Springs. Free. csfoa.com

THE FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Through March 26. Reenactment of Europe’s Renaissance period with food, crafts, demonstrations, games of chance and skill, rides, knight battles, a crafts village with more than 100 merchants and artisans, and hundreds of live performers, including sword fighters, minstrels and magicians. 10 a.m.-sunset Saturdays and Sundays. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Adults, $21; children 6-11, $9. ren-fest.com CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL Through April 9. See more than 800 paper lanterns crafted into 40 glowing sets, plus martial arts performances, folk art, a dinosaur empire, and more. 5:30-10 p.m. WednesdaysSundays. $25; children $15; under 4 free. Discount tickets online. Parking free. Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton. chineselanternfestival.com FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA March 2-12. Classical music, jazz, opera, art, film and literature, and authors and speakers. Tickets start at $10. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. festivaloftheartsboca.org CARNAVAL ON THE MILE March 4-5. Fine artists, sculptures, paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry, musical groups and performers, Canine Café, interactive games, craft making, product demonstrations and more. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. carnavalmiami.com 5TH ANNUAL SEUSSFEST March 5. Early childhood literacy event is themed from the book “If I ran the Circus.” Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with music, storytelling, a petting zoo, a magic show, arts & crafts. Noon-4 p.m. Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie. public.library.nova.edu/seussfest ASIAN CULTURE FESTIVAL March 4-5. Asian crafts, art, music, dance and authentic Far Eastern cuisine. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. $12; ages 6-12, $5. fruitandspicepark.org

SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING CAMP FUN FEST March 19. Annual fair with information for local and sleep-away camps. Free face painting, crafts, games, contest giveaways, camp scavenger hunt, indoor s’mores, dance performances, karate demos and magic shows. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Xtreme Action Park, 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale. southfloridaparenting.com

TASTE OF BRICKELL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL March 4-5. Arts and crafts, samplings, health and fitness vendors, food trucks, automotive showcase, and a free kids’ zone. 609 Brickell Ave., Miami. Ages 12 and up, $5. Tasteofbrickell.com WESTON WORLD FEST March 5. Authentic international foods, country booths with activities for kids, onstage performances and music from around the globe. Noon4 p.m. Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston. westonfl.org ORCHID FESTIVAL March 10-12. Orchid plants, handmade products from artisan vendors, and foods from local vendors. “OrKids” where children work with crafts, play science-themed games, participate in planting activities, and more. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Adults, $25; children 6-17, $12. fairchildgarden.org OUR TOWN AMERICA FESTIVAL March 10-12. Entertainment, food, amusements, crafts, merchants, a classic car show, games and the Miss Our Town Americca Beauty Pageant. Sportsplex, 2575 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. ourtownamerica.org ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL IN THE PINES March 11-12. 75 artists will display work in a variety of media celebrating Florida and a beach theme. Families can enjoy music, food and a craft tent where children can ake their own art. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pembroke Pines Academic Village, 17189 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines. Free. ppines.com FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS March 11. Kids and teens ages 5-18 display, sell and profit from their own artwork. Call for more information. Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 40TH ANNUAL CALLE OCHO March 12. Street festival celebrates Hispanic cultures around the world. Music, street performers, international food kiosks, sample products and more. 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Southwest Eighth Street, Miami. carnavalmiami.com

SPRING CHILDREN’S FAIR March 21. Rides, games, food, free arts & crafts, entertainment, face painting and more. Food and drinks available for purchase. Free park entry. Ride tickets $5 per ride of $20 for an all day bracelet. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Patch Reef Park, 2000 W. Yamato Road, Boca Raton. patchreefpark.org MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FAIR & EXPOSITION March 23-April 16. Rides, exhibits, food, live concerts, entertainment and more. Fair Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami. Tickets start at $10. thefair.me PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW March 23-26. Featuring yachts, boats and accessories, live kayak, paddle-board and other water toy demonstrations, IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars and youth fishing clinics. Along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach. Adults, $22; children 6-15, $12. showmanagement.com/palm-beach-international-boat-show-2016/event/ TURTLEFEST March 25. Up-close encounters with threatened and endangered sea turtles, fine art, shopping, children’s games and activities, educational presentations, a Global Village, food and music. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Loggerhead Marine Life Center, 14200 U.S. Highway One, Juno Beach. Free. marinelife.org DEERING SEAFOOD FESTIVAL ON THE BAY March 26. Food, cooking demonstrations, a kids zone, stilt walkers, live entertainment and a Bahamian Junkanoo musical parade. Advanced tickets: Adults, $15; kids $5. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. deeringestate.org/seafoodfestival

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Coast Railroad Museum, 13450 SW 152nd St., Miami. gcrm.org Discovery at Deering. Wear old sneakers to hike for World Wildlife Day. RSVP required. $15. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. deeringestate.org/discover-deering Light Wars Evening Camp. Kids ages 5-11 can channel their inner Jedi on an obstacle course where they battle the dark side with light sabers and cook “Vader” cookies. $40. 4:30-7 p.m. Castellow Hammock Nature Center, 22301 SW 162 Ave., Miami. timbernook.sharetribe.com/en/listings/352973-light-wars-evening-camp

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

5 SUNDAY Food Play for Kids. The domains of art and food collide in an interactive exploration for kids ages 3-12. Children will learn about various veggies and eat as they play. $25. 1-3 p.m. Wynwood Yard, The lots at 56, 64 and 70 NW 29th St., Miami. Eventbrite.com/e/food-playfor-kids-at-the-wynwood-yard-Sunday-march-5th-tickets-31887951722 Bluegrass Festival and Acoustic Jam. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy live music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. First Sunday of every month. Park admission is $7 per car. 12:30-5 p.m. Greynolds Park, 18501 NE 22 Ave., North Miami Beach. southfloridabluegrass.com Group Bike Ride. Ages 12 and up are invited to a family-friendly bike ride. Helmets and waivers required. First Sunday of every month. $10 suggested donation. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. and stops during the ride for a food truck break and a yoga demonstration. Coconut Grove

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Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. Spend the day with Thomas the Tank engine. $20 for ages 2 and up. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. ticketweb.com/ dowt

9 THURSDAY Thursday Nights & Moonlight Tour. Narrated tram tours, lectures, sunset yoga and more. Select Thursdays. Adults, $25; Kids 6-17, $12; Kids 6 and under, free. 6-9 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. fairchildgarden.org/eventscommunity-outreach

10 FRIDAY FREE Little Havana Art Walk. Meet artists and see new work. Second Friday of every month. 7-11 p.m. Along Southwest Eiighth Street between Twelfth and Seventeenth Avenues. facebook.com/littlehavana.artwalk

11 SATURDAY FREE PAMM Free Second Saturdays. Handson activities and guided tours. 1-5 p.m. Perez Art Museum, 2203 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 786-345-5643 FREE Community Bike Ride Day. Students and families are encouraged to get active together. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 Killian Drive, Pinecrest. pinecrestfl.gov HistoryMiami Family Fun Days. Educational, hands-on activities and kid-themed projects. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Second Saturday of the month. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. historymiami.org FREE Citizen Science Workday. Join Frost Science for various restoration projects and get complimentary admission. Bring sunblock and water bottle. RSVP required. Second Saturday of the month. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Virginia Key North Point, Arthur Lamb Jr. Road, Miami. Frostscience.org/event/citizen-science-workday-4 Sensory Saturday. Yoga, art and other sensory experiences for children with sensory processing disorders and

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Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. Spend the day with Thomas the Tank engine. $20 for ages 2 and up. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. ticketweb.com/ dowt

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p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org/events Family Fun Movie. Watch “The Secret Life of Pets” in the Banyan Bowl. $8. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Movie begins at 8 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57 Ave., Pinecrest.

can Tail.” Admission includes popcorn and soda. Second Saturday and Sunday of the month. 11 a.m. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $5. 786-3859689 or gablescinema.com RunWild 5k Run/Walk. Proceeds of the family fun run/walk benefit Chapman Partnership, the private sector partner of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust. Entertainment provided before and after the race. Admission to zoo included with registration. $30 in advance, $35 on-site, free for kids under 2. 8-10 a.m. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. runwild5kmiami.com

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FREE GO GO MOA+D. Kid-friendly tour of museum exhibits and hands-on art activities. Third Saturday of every month. 12-4 p.m. Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design, 600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. 304-237-7700 FREE Bird Road Art Walk. Art, music, poetry and more in one of Miami’s artist communities. Third Saturday of every month. 7-10 p.m. Bird Road Art District, 7259 SW 48th St., Miami. 305-332-1905 Lego + LittleBits Meetup. All a kid has to bring to enjoy supervised free play with thousands of Lego pieces and hundreds of littleBits is their imagination. Juice and chips will be for sale in the snack shop, and kids can also bring a snack in a lunch box. $10. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Moonlighter Makerspace, 2041 NW First Place, Miami. moonlighter.eventbrite.com Junior Naturalist Earth Keepers Club. Students will meet bees and learn how they live and what they do. $20 per person. 10 a.m. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. RSVP to juniornaturalistearthkeepers@biscaynenaturecenter.com

19 SUNDAY FREE Tour of Freedom Tower and Museum of Art + Design. Learn the history of Freedom Tower and see current exhibitions the second floor. Third Saturday of every month. Limit 25 people. 2 p.m. Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design, 600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. RSVP to mseum@mdc.edu or 305-237-7700 Food Play for Kids. The domains of art and food collide in an interactive exploration for kids ages 3-12. Children will learn about various veggies and eat as they play. $25. 1-3 p.m. Wynwood Yard, The lots at 56, 64 and 70 NW 29th St., Miami. eventbrite.com/e/food-playfor-kids-at-the-wynwood-yard-Sunday-march-19th-tickets-31887993848

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

24 FRIDAY works by local artists and artisans. 7-11 p.m. Last Friday of the month. Domino Park, SW 15th Avenue and 8th Street, Miami. 305-643-5500 or viernesculturales.org FREE Food Trucks. Every fourth Friday of the month. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Road, Miami. Camp Blackbear: One Day Nature Camp. Perform scientific experiments, go on environmental field trips, and participate in athletic activities. Bring water, lunch, protection from the sun and closed-toe shoes. Ages 6-12. Registration is $35 per child, $31.50 for a sibling. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. A.D. Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. miamidade.gov/ecoadventures Camp Manatee: One Day Nature Camp. Perform scientific experiments, go on environmental field trips, and participate in athletic activities. Bring water, lunch, protection from the sun and closed-toe shoes. Ages 6-12. Registration is $35 per child, $31.50 for a sibling. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Greynolds Park Boathouse, 17530 W. Dixie Highway, Miami. miamidade.gov/ecoadventures

25 SATURDAY Oleta River Canoe Tour. Ages 7 and up. $28. 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. Second Sunday and fourth Saturday of each month. Meet at East Greynolds Park, 16700 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach. RSVP at 305-944-6111

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dlers-8. Create something new each month out on the lawn under the shade of the Banyan tree. Supplies included. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Last Sunday of the month. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 305-673-7256 Family Day on Aragon. Featured Film: “An American Tail.” Admission includes popcorn and soda. Second Saturday and Sunday of the month. 11 a.m. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $5. 786-3859689 or gablescinema.com

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Hoffman Library. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-7972140 FREE 40th Annual Waterway Cleanup. Volunteers gather at Broward County locations to collect trash and debris from waterways, rivers and canals. Bring gloves, sun protection, water and a signed waiver. A Trash Bash after-party follows the event. Preregistered volunteers will receive a T-shirt and a patch. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Preregister, find locations and print waivers at waterwaycleanup. org

FREE One Beautiful World Nursing Home Visit. Bring the family to brighten up someone’s day.

Orchestra Miami Family Fun Concert. Kids will get exposure to original string music with Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band. Cookies and juice will be served after the concert. $15 adults, $10 kids. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. pinecrestfl.gov

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

Meet at the Ice Cream Parlor just outside the dining room. 12 p.m. Regents Park of Sunrise, 9701 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. one-beautiful-world.org DogFest Walk ‘N Roll. Walk and festival benefits Canine Companions for Independence. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise. cci. org/dogfestfortlauderdale FREE Sunrise Bike Rodeo. Helmet fittings, bike safety checks, an obstacle course, snow cones and more. Every participant must wear a helmet. 7:30-11:30 a.m. Sunrise Athletic Complex, 11501 NW 44th St., Sunrise. sunrisefl.gov

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wheels and live music. 5-9 p.m. Parking lot of Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. 954-473-2955 Family Hayride and Campfire. Preregistration and prepayment required. $3.50 per person. Children 2 and under free. 7-9:30 p.m. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-357-8870. Used Book Sale. Support Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Library. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-7972140

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Family-friendly block party with music, interactive art, movies, games, a barbecue and more. PATCH Market will sell organically-grown produce. Second Friday of the month. PATCH Urban Farm and Market, 1201 W. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach. thepatchgarden.com FREE Music under the Stars. Music on the great lawn. Second Friday of every month. 7-9 p.m. Atlantic and Pompano Beach Boulevards, Pompano Beach. pompanobeachfl.gov

to look for the many bird species that live in an around the park. Preregistration required. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Tall Cypress Natural Area, 3700 Turtle Run Blvd., Coral Springs. 954-357-5100 Legends of Cricket. Cricket match with worldrenowned players. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Park entrance fee $1.50 per person, children under 5 free. Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. 954-357-5400 Music at the Mangrove. All ages are invited to a free chamber music concert. Donations will benefit the Friends of Anne Kolb Nature Center. 2-4 p.m. Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. 954-3575161

6 MONDAY FREE Wags & Tales. Read to Zoe, a visit pet therapy dog. Ages 5-12. North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. Broward.org/ library/eventsclasses/pages/programsNR.aspx

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

10 FRIDAY FREE Movies in the Park. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch “The Secret Life of Pets.” Movie concessions and glow merchandise will be sold. 7-9 p.m. Villages of Hillsboro Park, 4111 NW Sixth St., Deerfield Beach. deerfield-beach.com/1296/Movies-in-the-Park FREE Tunes & Trucks Concert Series. Bring lawnchairs and blankets to enjoy food trucks and live music by Rick St. James and the Rod Stewart Experience. Food trucks 6 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m. Sunrise Civic Amphitheater, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. sunrisefl.gov/tunes

FREE Retooled Workshop. New art project every second Sunday of the month provided by Young At Art Museum. First 25 participants receive an IKEA gift. 4-6 p.m. IKEA Sunrise, 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. ikea. com/us/en/store/sunrise

FREE Symphony of the Americas Pops Concert. Listen to classical and Broadway melodies. Some seating will be available. Feel free to bring chairs. 6:30-8 p.m. Weston Town Center, 1675 Market St., Weston. westontowncenter.net

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FREE Middle School Book Club. Discuss a book

Learn about local and regional water sources and receive tips on conservation. Participants can receive a free native plant or tree. Crafts for children, rain barrel and native landscaping demonstrations, food trucks, giveaways and raffles. Park admission fee of $1.50 per person, children under 5 free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Ave., Davie. Broward.org/WaterMatters/Pages/Programs/WMD.aspx FREE Chess Club. Practice your skills. Participate in a raffle for a prize. Ages 5-18. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. West Regional/Broward College Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. 954-765-1585 FREE Afternoon at the Movies. Popcorn and a movie for ages 6-11. 2-4 p.m. West Regional/Broward College Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. 954765-1585 Family Fun Day. Interactive art session and museum exploration for ages 3 and up. Second Saturday of every month. $4, presale. $5 at the door. 3 p.m. Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. coralspringsmuseum.org/category/events

12 SUNDAY FREE The Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam. Bluegrass, folk and mountain music. Bring an instrument if you’d like, but please leave amps at home. 5-7 p.m. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road S., Coconut Creek. 954-357-5295

and eat snacks. Title is available at the Youth Services Desk. 6:30-7:30 p.m. West Regional/Broward College Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. 954-7651585

15 WEDNESDAY Food Truck Invasion. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for a picnic that requires no other prep on your part. 5-9:30 p.m. Brian Piccolo Park, 9501 Sheridan St., Hollywood. foodtruckinvasion.com

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

17 FRIDAY FREE Wilton Manors Art walk. Artists will be displaying their works. 5-9 p.m. 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton manors. wiltonmanors.com/ Kids Night at the Museum. Parents can have a night on the town while kids enjoy games, art activities, pizza and popcorn, and a screening of Zootopia. Bring a blanket, pillow and pajamas. Ages 5-12. 6-11 p.m. $35 for members, $40 for non-members. Young At Art, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. youngatartmuseum.org Night Hike. Naturalist-led walk through nature. Preregistration required. $5. 6 p.m. Deerfield Highlands Nature

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» exhibits for families DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE March 3-26. The National Association of Women Artists’ Florida chapter presents a juried multi-media exhibition. Opening reception March 3, 6-8 pm. Artist talk March 25, 2-4 p.m. Armory Art Center Annex, 1121 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth. nawafl.org

OPENING DOORS: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN ACADEMIC SURGEONS Through May 6. Explore the role of African Americans as health care providers in the history of medicine. $10 per person. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW Fifth Ave, Delray Beach. spadymuseum.org

OUT OF THIS WORLD Through March 8. 30 artists show the depth and beauty of comic book, fantasy and scifi art. Studio 18 in the Pines, 1101 Poinciana Drive, Pembroke Pines. ppines.com/studio18

OUR BODY: UNIVERSE WITHIN Through April 23. This artful and educational exhibit consists of actual human bodies and organs. The bodies, specimens and organs have been preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. $16.95, ages 3-12, $12.95. sfsciencecenter.org

DREAM CITY STUDIO: CHILDREN’S INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT March 11-June 17. There are many ways to play and learn in this exhibit for children ages 2 to 12 and their parents: discover how cities are built, construct with building blocks and design a skyscraper. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. coralgablesmuseum.org I AND I: THE POLITICS OF SELF-LOVE Through March 16. Several artists explore the relationship among the self, the “other” and political life. Opening reception Feb. 15 from 4-7 p.m. Broward College South Campus Art Gallery, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. broward.org/Arts/Resources/ CulturalDirectory/Pages/Organization. aspx?OrgID=476

121 Ave., Davie. $14, residents, $12. YoungAtArtMuseum.org SID THE SCIENCE KID TRAVELING EXHIBIT Through the end of May. Conduct experiments with Sid the Science Kid: oobleck creations, balloon races, marshmallow tower building and bottle rocket launching. Admission is $15 for Florida residents. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway. Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org

WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS EXHIBIT Through May 2. “Artist Reflections” displays the juried work of twenty artists, channeled through watercolors, oil, pastels and mixed media such as acrylics and collage. Boynton Beach City Library, 201 S. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. HI-TECH/LO-TECH Through May 21. This exhibit features an array of interactive technological artwork produced by contemporary South Florida artists. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW

30 YEARS SINCE THE RIBBON CUTTING Through March 10. An art incubator celebrates its 30th anniversary with an exhibition of Pre-Columbian art from the collection of FIU’s Miami Beach Urban Studios. Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. bacfl.org

SCAPES 2017 Through March 25. Artists of Palm Beach County present a juried exhibit of landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and skyscapes. Art on Park Gallery, 800 Park Ave., Lake Park. Artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com LOST EGYPT: ANCIENT SECRETS, MODERN SCIENCE Through April 20. This traveling exhibit shows how archaeologists use science and technology to understand the ancient civilization of Egypt. Museum of Discovery and Science, 402 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Exhibit admission is $16 for adults; $13 for ages 2-12; free for children under 2. mods.org

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THE ART OF IMAGINATION Through March 25. South Florida artist Dana Donaty creates colorful works featuring unusual characters. Downtown Library, 400 NW Second Ave., Boca Raton. bocalibrary.org

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Preserve, 701 NE 41st St., Deerfield Beach. 954-3575110 FREE Movies on the Lawn. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics for a feature presentation on the great lawn. Atlantic and Pompano Beach Boulevards, Pompano Beach. pompanobeachfl.gov

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sic on the big screen. Meet Ariel and Prince Eric in the lobby after the movie. Costumes encouraged. Each ticket includes a snack and drink. $7 per person. Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. https://www.sunrisefl.gov/tickets.html

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Model Train Rides. Functioning model stream train

kids, adults or both race around a cross-country course complete a variety of tasks. Walk, jog or run. $48 per team, discounts available for teachers, military and first responders. 2-5 p.m. Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Ave., Davie. greatamazingrace.com Model Train Rides. Functioning model stream train runs third weekend of the month. Parents must ride with children 10 and under, and pregnant women are not allowed to ride. $1.50 for rides, additional $1.50 for weekend entry fee to park for ages 6 and up. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. livesteamers.org/schedule Annual Walk for the Animals. Support the Humane Society of Broward County. Visit sponsor booths and enjoy live entertainment. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Walk begins at 10 a.m. Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. walk4theanimals.com

runs third weekend of the month. Parents must ride with children 10 and under, and pregnant women are not allowed to ride. $1.50 for rides, additional $1.50 for weekend entry fee to park for ages 6 and up. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. livesteamers.org/schedule Team/Family Shutterbug Photo Hunt. Nature Photography class followed by a photo hunt. Participants will take one picture home in a frame they decorate. Preregistration required. $10 per team. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road S., Coconut Creek. 954-357-5198 Gold Coast Gunslingers. Ages 10 and up can watch a cowboy action match. $15 per person. Holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 person. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 954-3575143

FREE Spring into Spring! Teens can usher in the new season with picnic foods, games and DIY activities. Preregister at the

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24 FRIDAY Hoffman Library. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-7972140 Mayor’s Golf Tournament for Education. Tournament includes contests, lunch, dinner, prizes, awards and more. Visit website for more information. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pembroke Lakes Golf & Tennis Center, 10500 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines. ppines.com One Day Art Camp. Explore the world of Georgia O’Keeffe’s flowers. Ages 3-4 and 5-12. 455 per day for members, $60 for non-members. $12 for extended care. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Young At Art, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. youngatartmuseum.org

Youth Services Desk. West Regional/Broward College Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. 954-7651585

FREE Natural Area Geocaching Adventure Series. Use GPS or a smartphone to explore habitats and search for geocaches. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Bringing drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent is recommended. Preregistration required. Third Saturday of every month. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saw Palmetto Natural Area, 4950 NW 71st Place, Coconut Creek. 954-3575110

25 SATURDAY Used Book Sale. Support Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Library. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-7972140 Supermoms. Tour the Flagler village farm and plant your own seedling to take home. The group will be picking and collecting produce for the homeless. Payment due by March 20. $15 per child. Flagler Village Farm, 601 NE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Send payment to paypal.me/ SupermomsofBroward FREE Kids Bike Ride to Health and Safety. Bike rodeo will educate kids and parents about safety aspects of riding on streets and roads. Participants who bring bicycles and helmets can practice on obstacle and skill courses and training stations. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Brian Piccolo Park, 9501 Sheridan St., Hollywood. 954-4871089

26 SUNDAY FREE Jazz Concert in the Pines. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy a performance by the Elements of Jazz Band. No pets. 3-5 p.m. William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 Dykes Road, Pembroke Pines. ppines.org Bicycle Scavenger Hunt. Bring bicycles and helmets. Prizes will be awarded to the first 50 participants to complete the scavenger hunt. Park entrance fee $1.50 per person, children under 5 free. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-357-8870.

30 THURSDAY Teen Political Forum. High school students living in Coral Springs or attending a Coral Springs school can participate in an open mic style forum to address state and local elected officials. Local restaurants will serve food and students can win prizes and earn service hours. 6:308:30 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. 954-344-1005 Food Truck Invasion. A variety of cuisine and treats. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 5-9:30 p.m. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-3578870. foodtruckinvasion.com

31 FRIDAY FREE Summer Camp Open House. Tour Young At Art Museum’s Art Institute, meet art educators and camp coordinators and explore the curriculum. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Young At Art, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. youngatartmuseum.org

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Hack Shack Tech Club. Kids can learn how computers turn lines of code into images. Members, $15. Nonmembers, $20. 5-7 p.m. South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach. sfsciencecenter. org Half-School Day Movie. “Cinderella.” Children 8 and under must be with an adult. 1:30-3:30-p.m. Downtown Library, 400 NW Second Ave., Boca Raton. myboca. us/957/library

3 FRIDAY Astronomy Night. A seminar by Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches features highlights of the current night sky, followed by a chance to look through powerful telescopes and binoculars. $10 adults, $5 kids. 6:309 p.m. Loggerhead Marine Life Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. marinelife.org/event/astronomy-night-at-lmc4/?instance_id=3489 FREE Movies in the Park. Bring a beach chair or a blanket and catch a movie on a large inflatable screen.

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6 p.m. Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 561-737-3256 FREE First Friday Art Walk. Explore the art of Downtown Delray. 6-9 p.m. East Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Delray Beach. downtowndelraybeach.com/events

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens Family Fun Days. Through March 4. Celebrate Hina Matsuro, a Japanese Doll Festival. Included with museum admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. morikami.org/hina-matsuri-japanese-doll-festival FREE Wetlands & Wildlife. Guided ¾- mile tour of Florida’s wetland birds and ecosystems. Ages 7-adult. 8:30 a.m. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach.

4 SATURDAY FREE Outdoor Adventure Day. An all-ages adventure for the community to learn and experience canoeing, fishing, archery, rock climbing and other outdoor recreation activities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. John Prince Park, Smythe Pavilion, 4759 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth. 561-963-6749

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens Family Fun Days. Through March 4. Celebrate Hina Matsuro, a Japanese Doll Festival. Included with museum admission. 12-3 p.m. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. morikami.org/hina-matsuri-japanese-doll-festival FREE Family Movie Night. Free outdoor movie series. JTAA’s Jupiter Mustangs will be selling concessions. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Abacoa Community Park, 1501 Frederick Small Road, Jupiter. jupiter.fl.us/649/FamilyMovie-Night Rummage Sale. New and nearly-new items for sale. City of Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks Department Civic Center, 128 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 561742-6243

5 SUNDAY Make & Take. Kids can learn to make simple machines

10 FRIDAY FREE Stories in the Garden. Kids ages 2-6 can enjoy interactive stories, songs and learning activities in the garden. 10-11:30 a.m. Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. mounts.org/programsfor-kids FREE Food Truck Invasion. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. 5-9:30 p.m. Abacoa Town Center, 1200 Town Center Drive, Jupiter. foodtruckinvasion.com Full Moon Bike Ride. A naturalist guides the way down the trails of Riverbend Park. Bicycles available to rent from Canoe Outfitters (561-746-7053). Enjoy s’mores at the end. Ages 8 and up. $10 per person. Preregistration required. 6:30 p.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. pbcparks.gov Tot Time. Toys, costumes, bubbles, crafts and snacks in an indoor playroom for ages 1-4. $5 per child. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. sugarsandpark.org

FREE Haitian Heritage Exhibit Opening Reception. Music, traditional dance and spoken word

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, 2500 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter. buschwildlife.org Guided Paddle. Explore 5 miles of backwaters of Riverbend with a naturalist as a guide. Canoe and kayaks available to rent from Canoe Outfitters (561-746-7053). Ages 8 and up. $10 per person. Preregistration required. 9:30 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. pbcparks.gov Seining the Lagoon. Catch and release fish, shrimp, crabs and more in the Intracoastal Waterway behind Gumbo Limbo. Ages 10-adult. Members, $7; Non-members, $10. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-544-8615

12 SUNDAY FREE Flamingo Quest. Carpool caravan to see the flamingos that visit the Stormwater Treatment Area. $5 suggested donation. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mile marker 50.5, U.S. 27, South Bay. ase-flamingoquest.eventbrite.com

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performances by Haitian American artists. Refreshments will be served. 25 percent of art proceeds benefit Milagro Center. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Milagro Center, 695 Auburn Ave., Delray Beach. RSVP to nescalera@milagrocenter.org FREE Screen on the Green. Enjoy “A League of Their Own” on the great lawn. Bring blankets and lawnchairs. Popcorn, snacks and beverages available for purchase. 8 p.m. wpb.org/Departments/Waterfront/ Community-Events/Screen-on-the-Green

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Space for a family movie with a self-led, kid-friendly craft. Call for a movie schedule. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Night Walk. Afterhours educational program featuring snakes. Spend time exploring the Sanctuary’s nature trails and have s’mores at the campfire circle. $10 per person. Gates open at 6 p.m. Presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.

of the month. Street food, vendors, music and more. 6-10 p.m. Northwood Village, 427 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach.

create floral arrangements. 3-4 p.m. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. fourarts.org

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

16 THURSDAY Drawing and painting for kids. Experiment with different art materials to make animal projects. Ages 6-13. Residents, $28. Non-residents, $35. 3-5 p.m.

and build a robot arm while supplies last. $5 per person. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. scienceexplorium.org

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens Family Fun Days. Through March 4. Celebrate Hina Matsuro, a Japanese Doll Festival. Included with museum admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. morikami.org/hina-matsuri-japanese-doll-festival

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7 TUESDAY Explorium Science Squad. Kids investigate a topic as a team through hands-on learning. This month’s theme is Robot Evolution. Ages 5-6. Resident, $10. Non-resident, $12.50. 4 p.m. Friday Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton.

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DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID Through March 5. The familiar tale of a mermaid who longed to live on land. Tickets start at $35. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. browardcenter.org ORCHESTRA MIAMI FAMILY FUN CONCERT March 3. Enjoy the story of Little Red Riding Hood told in an opera. Cookies and juice will be served after the concert. $15 adults, $10 kids. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. pinecrestfl.gov RHYTHMIC CIRCUS: FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! March 3. Minneapolis dancers hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band. “Heatbox,” the human beatbox, joins the seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain in a parade of genrehopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance $25 adults, $15 students. 8 p.m. Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. OldSchoolSquare.org

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STEP CREW March 22. Celtic, step and tap dancers perform to the sounds of fiddlers and an ensemble. $23-43. 7:30 p.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. parkerplayhouse.com

CHIPOLLINO This ballet tells the story of live fruits and vegetables who discover the importance of friendship through difficult moments. $30. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. March 4-5. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St. aventuracenter.org March 11-12. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. browardcenter.org

IT’S CIRCUS… IT’S SCIENCE March 25. Kids can learn scientific concepts that make the circus so much fun, such as balance, gravity, momentum, centrifugal force, motion and more. Show include juice and cookies with each child’s tickets after the show. $10 adults, $8 kids. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. sugarsandpark.org

TWO 13-YEAR-OLD PRODIGIES March 5. The Music of Mendelssohn and Alexander. Young piano virtuosos Joey Alexander and Daniela Liebman perform as part of Fesetival of the Arts Boca. Tickets start at $15. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. festivaloftheartsboca.org

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FREE CHOPIN FOR ALL March 12. Piano concert series presents Anna Miernik, a young, award-winning pianist from Poland. 3 p.m. Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Drive, Coral Gables. chopin.org THE MAGIC OF BILL BLAGG LIVE! March 17. Interactive magic and illusion. See people float in mid-air, vanish and more. 7:30-9 p.m. $20; $10 under 12. 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. 561-993-1160

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FOR CHILDREN: MEET THE ORCHESTRA March 25. Families can interact with the Symphonia’s conductor and musicians and attend a live dress rehearsal. Children can hold and learn about instruments. Adults, $5. Children, free. Preregistration required. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. The Roberts Theater at Andrews Hall, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton. bocasymphonia.org DRUMLINE LIVE! March 26. Cast of percussionists, music and dances recreates the energy and pizzazz of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) experience. $25, adults and seniors. $10, children. 7:30-9:45 p.m. Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. 561-993-1160 SWAN LAKE March 26. See the performance of a classic by the Ballet Etudes of South Florida dancers. $30-50. 5 p.m. Miramar Cultural Ceneter, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar. miramarculturalcenter.org

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FREE Wetlands & Wildlife. Guided ¾- mile tour of Florida’s wetland birds and ecosystems. Ages 7-adult. 8:30 a.m. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach.

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Chefs with Stacey Stolman. Reservations required. Four Arts Children’s Library, 2:30-3:15 p.m. and 3:30-4:15 p.m. 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. fourarts.org Friday Night at the Museum. Movie, science experiment and a pizza dinner for ages 7-12. $20 for residents; $25 non-residents; $7 discount for each additional child. 7-9:30 p.m. Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton.

Pajama Jams Story Time with Miss Mij. Stories, music and pretend play. $5 per child includes carousel token. 10 a.m.- 10:45 for ages 18 months to 2 years. 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. for ages 3-4 years. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. sugarsandpark.org Archery. Learn archery from USA Archery and N.F.A.A.certified staff. Equipment provided. Ages 8 and up. $5 per person. Preregistration required. 9:30 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. pbcparks.gov The Way of Tea: Sado Demonstration. Green tea and sweet to bring calmness into your life. 12, 1:30 and 3 p.m. $5 with paid admission. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. morikami.org FREE Drum Circle. Drumming, dancing, acro-yoga and more. Veterans Park, 802 NE First St., Delray Beach. 561-243-7350 FREE All People’s Day Diversity Festival. “Discovering Our Connections.” Live entertainers, issuebased and cultural booths, health fair booths, art activities and workshops, free food and merchandise sales. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Pompey Park, 1101 NW Second St., Delray Beach. allpeoplesday.com

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! Interactive magic and illusion. See people float in mid-air, vanish and more. 7:30-9 p.m. $20 adults and seniors, $10 children under 12. 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. 561-993-1160

19 SUNDAY FREE Sunday on the Waterfront. Live music on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. 4-6 p.m. West Palm Beach Waterfront, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach. FREE Bird Walk. Moderately difficult 1-1.5 mile walk through one of the few remaining Atlantic Coastal Scrub areas in the county. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Jupiter Ridge, 1800 South U.S. 1, Jupiter. auduboneverglades.org

20 MONDAY Explorium Spring Break Blast. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Grades 1-5. Spend your spring break with the Children’s Science Explorium in days filled with activities, experiments, games and more. Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton offers different programs and classes throughout the week, including a chef’s program, face painting and a juggling workshop. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. sugarsandpark.org/springbreak

21 TUESDAY Spring Children’s Fair. Rides, games, food, free arts & crafts, entertainment, face painting and more. Food and drinks available for purchase. Free park entry. Ride tickets $5 per ride or $20 for an all day bracelet. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Patch Reef Park, 2000 W. Yamato Road, Boca Raton. patchreefpark.org

24 FRIDAY FAMU Spring Preview 2017. Learn more about Florida A&M University at an alumni-hosted trip to campus. $100 per person. 1700 N. Australian Ave., West Palm Beach. eventbrite.com/e/famu-spring-preview2017-tickets-31415989069

25 SATURDAY FREE Spring Break Kickoff Concert. Check website for more information. 10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth. lakeworth.org/events/ Guided Pedal. A naturalist guides the way down the trails of Riverbend Park. Bicycles available to rent from Canoe Outfitters (561-746-7053). Enjoy s’mores at the end. Ages 8 and up. $5 per person. Preregistration required. 9:30 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. pbcparks.gov Seining the Lagoon. Catch and release fish, shrimp, crabs and more in the Intracoastal Waterway behind Gumbo Limbo. Ages 10-adult. Members, $7; Non-members, $10. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-544-8615

26 SUNDAY FREE Walk MS. Fundraiser aims to help end multiple sclerosis. Check in at 7 a.m. Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. CSL Plasma, 900 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Boca Raton. http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/ FLSWalkEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=28304

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for young girls to learn and grow as they discover the exciting world of math, science, engineering and technology! Pizza dinner and refreshments will be provided. Open to girls in grades 3rd-8th. $7. Preregistration required. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. 561-832-2026

31 FRIDAY Night at the Museum: Sports Science. Interactive science crafts, activities, entertainment, exhibits, planetarium shows, and food and beverages available for purchase. Last Friday of every month. This month’s event includes a hockey-physics lab. $13.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors, $9.95 for children ages 3-12, free for children under 3, $6 for adult members and free for child members. 6-9 p.m. South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. sfsciencecenter.org

FAMILY DEALS 5 SUNDAY Special Needs Family Fun Night. Children receive 50 percent off admission to indoor playground. Socialize with families in the special needs community. Food and beverages available for purchase. Socks required for adults and children. Ages 2-6, $5.50. Ages 6 months2, $4.50. Siblings, $3.50. 6-8 p.m. Cool Beans Indoor Playground and Café, 11701 Lake Victoria Garden Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. coolbeansplaycafe.com

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ONGOING MIAMI-DADE MONDAYS Mini Monday Mornings. Ages 0-3. Painting, sand play, story times, and a puppet show. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. $18; Florida residents, $14. 305-373-5437 or miamichildrensmuseum.org

FREE Adrienne Arsht Center Farmers Market. Florida-grown produce, prepared foods, workshops with food writers and chefs, live music and cooking demonstrations. 4-8:30 p.m. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. FREE Cuentos y Dibujos. Spanish storytime with crafts, music and riddles for school-age children. 6:307:30 p.m. JFK Memorial Library, 190 W 49th St., Hialeah. 305-821-2700 ext. 227 or hialeahfl.gov

TUESDAYS FREE Community Yoga. Bring a mat, towel and water bottle to enjoy some relaxing stretches and poses. 6-7 p.m. Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami. Go to coconutgrove.com/yoga-in-peacock-park FREE Civic Center Station Farmers Market. Locally grown organic and conventional vegetables, fruit and artisanal and prepared foods. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 1601 N.W. 12th Ave., Miami. 305-531-0038 or themarketcompany.org Kidgits Toddler Tuesdays. Ages 12 and younger. Free kids meals with purchase of an adult entrée. Dinein only. Also, save $3 on a Cartoon Cut for ages 3 and younger 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Falls, 8888 SW 136th St., Miami. Free to Simon Kidgits members. $5 annual membership fee. 305-255-4571

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FREE Wellness Wednesdays. The City of Coral Gables is hosting an outdoor fitness series that alternates between yoga, bootcamp and Zumba sessions. There will be no class on Nov. 23 due to the holiday. The Plaza at 150 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Go to coralgables.com/ wellnesswednesdays FREE Community Pilates. Bring a mat, towel and water bottle to work your body with local pilates instructor Rachel Scherdin. 6-7 p.m. Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami. Go to coconutgrove.com/yoga-inpeacock-park FREE Bass Babies. Ages 2-4. A weekly art program designed for our youngest visitors and their caregivers, to foster new discoveries in sensory awareness, creativity and pre-literacy skills through hands-on art activities. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Bass Babies will be held at the Miami Beach Regional Library until further notice. Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 786436-8133 or thebass.org FREE Young Poets Society. Young poets will have the opportunity to read, learn, and write together. 4-5 p.m. Wilde e-Library, 1701 West 53rd Terrace, Hialeah. 305-818–9766

THURSDAYS FREE Dance Band Night. One hour dance lesson, then one of live music on the second Thursday of every month. Each event features a different style of music. All ages, all levels. 7 p.m. North Beach Bandshell. 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Suggested $5 donation at the door. Go to rhythmfoundation.com/series/dance-band-night FREE Community Yoga. Bring a mat, towel and water bottle to enjoy some relaxing stretches and poses. 6-7 p.m. Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami. Go to coconutgrove.com/yoga-in-peacock-park

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SATURDAYS Saturday Yoga Program. Class is accessible to all skill levels. Instructors will teach different variations of each pose, allowing individuals to adjust and cultivate their personal practice. 11:30 a.m. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. $15. 305-673-7256 or mbgarden.org FREE Community Yoga. Bring a mat, towel and water bottle to enjoy some relaxing stretches and poses. 8-9 a.m. The Mayfair Spa & Hotel Rooftop, 3000 Florida Ave., Miami. Go to coconutgrove.com/yoga-in-peacock-park FREE Book & Books Storytime. 10 a.m. Saturdays. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. 305-442-4408 or booksandbooks.com/coralgables Fun Days at The Little Farm. Pony rides, petting farm, tour of farm and butterfly garden. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Weekends. The Little Farm, 13401 SW 224 St., Goulds. $10. RSVP. 305-258-3186 or thelittlefarm.us FREE Live Music. Catch different musical acts on each night when stopping by the Dolphin Mall’s Ramblas Plaza Stage. 8 p.m.- 12 a.m. Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12th St., Miami. Go to shopdolphinmall.com/events Kid’s Muay Thai Kickboxing. Ages 7-12. Martial arts. 6 p.m. Ed Burke Recreation Center, 11400 NE Ninth Court, Biscayne Park. For pricing: 305-542-5549

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FREE Food Trucks At Artspark. Over 20 different food trucks. 5:30-10 p.m. Mondays. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-921-3500 FREE Mother Goose Time. Children up to 36 months can participate in a language-based program with their caregivers. 10-11 a.m. Deerfield Beach Branch Library, 837 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach. 954357-7680 FREE Crafty Kids. Children ages six to 11 are invited to participate in a craft. 4- 5 p.m. South Regional Broward County Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. 954-2010-8821.

TUESDAYS FREE Family Nights With Food Trucks. 5:309:30 p.m. Every Tuesday. Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. 954-357-5135 FREE Tuesday Night Beach Dances. Movie, dancing and more. 7-9 p.m. Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach. 954-480-4429 or deerfield-beach.com FREE Live Music Tuesdays. Entertainer Benjamin Rafaeli sings in more than 10 languages at Gulfstream Park. Deal certificates for nearby restaurants also available. Gulfstream Park Champions Plaza, 901 S Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. Mommy & Me Workshops. Ages 5 and under. 10:15 and 10:40 a.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. $5 per parent/child pair per workshop. 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org FREE Tamarac Food Trucks. 5:30- 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Tamarac Park, 7501 N. University Drive, Tamarac. 954-597-3620 or tamarac.org FREE Zumba Wednesdays. Memorial Healthcare Systems instructors bring fitness to Macy’s Court. Grab your towel and water to get a workout. 6- 7 p.m. Westfield Broward, 8000 W Broward Blvd., Plantation. 954-4738101 FREE Star-gazing. Though the Beuhler Planetarium is currently closed for renovations, there’s still one opportunity each week to see the universe and the stars. 7-10 p.m. Buehler Planetarium, 3501 Davie Road, Davie. 954201-6661

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THURSDAYS under, with songs and an occasional craft. 10:30- 11 a.m. Sunrise Dan Pearl Branch Public Library, 10500 Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. 954-457-7441 FREE Story Time. Three- to five-year-olds can enjoy a story. 10:30- 11 a.m. Northwest Branch Library, 1580 NW Third Ave., Pompano. 954-457-6594 FREE Storytime Fun. Reading and crafts for threeto five-year-olds. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 W Broward Blvd., Plantation. 954-765-1585 FREE Story Time. A story for children age four and under. 11-11:30 a.m. Main Library, 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-357-7344 FREE Playgroup Fun. An approach to learning for babies and toddlers that engages multiple senses. 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Hollywood Branch Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 954-357-7764

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

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the Hub, Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, Fort Lauderdale. FridayNightSoundWaves.com FREE Rockin’ & Reelin’. CriStyle Renae; Soul/R&B. 8 p.m. Provident Park, 1412 NW 6th St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-828-5363 or fortlauderdale.gov/rockin Mommy & Me Workshops. Ages 5 and under. 10:15 and 10:40 a.m. Fridays at Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. $5 per parent/child pair per workshop. 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org FREE Family Fun Fridays. Free entertainment, and a different line up of activities and entertainers every week. 7-9 p.m. Fridays. The Village at Gulfstream Park, Champions Plaza, 501 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. 954-399-9953 or thevillageatgulfstreampark.com

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

SATURDAYS Breakfast At Gulfstream. Character appearances, free backstretch tram tours, giveaways and prizes, and guest speakers. $10 buffett breakfast includes free T-shirt. 8-11 a.m. Stretch’s Tiki Bar, Champions Plaza, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. gulfstreampark.com

FREE ArtsPark Live! Listen to live bands in the park. 8-10 p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-921-3500 or visithollywoodfl.org View the Stars at Fox Observatory. View the night sky with assistance from members of the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association at the park’s observatory. Sunset- midnight. Call for prices. Markham Park, 16001 W State Road 84, Sunrise. Gate entrance fee of $1.50. 954-357-8868 or sfaaa.com FREE Reading Buddles. Five- to ten-year-olds can practice reading with a teen volunteer. 2 p.m. Miramar Branch Library & Education Centers, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. 954-357-8006

SUNDAYS FREE Artist Encounter Series at IKEA Sunrise. Live demonstrations, performances or hands

on workshops. 1-4p.m. First Sunday of the month. IKEA Sunrise, 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. 888- 888-4532 or ikea.com FREE Guided Nature Walk. Explore the trails at Fern Forest with a park naturalist while learning about native South Florida habitats. Call to confirm staff availability. 1-2 p.m. Sundays. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek. RSVP. 954-357-5198 or broward.org/PARKS FREE Be Kind to Animals. Meet a new critter every week. 11-11:15 a.m. Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs.

WEEKENDS Aquarium: Behind The Scenes. All ages. Learn about the aquarium inhabitants and observe them feeding. 2- 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $2 plus tax. Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. 954926-2480 or broward.org/parks Tradewinds Park Farm. Farm animals including a cow, sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens. 11:30 and 1:30. Weekends. Third weekend of the month extra sessions. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. every 45 min. $3 per person. 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-357-8720 or broward. org/PARKS Pony Rides. Ages 9 and under. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Gate entrance fee, $1.50; $3 per ride. 954357-8870 or broward.org/PARKS Weekend Guided Trail Rides. Ages 9 and up. One-hour guided trail rides. Children must be 9 years old or at least 52 inches tall to ride and must have an adult present. Closed-toe shoes are required. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W Sample Road, Coconut Creek. $35 plus tax/person per hour. 954-3578720 or broward.org/PARKS Guided Nature Walk. A park naturalist will walk you along the nature trail and point out the various plants and trees as well as any wildlife and will provide in-depth details about Florida’s flora and fauna. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sundays; 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W State Road 84, Dania. RSVP. 954-3578884 or broward.org/PARKS

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Stories, songs, arts and crafts. 10:30 a.m. The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-6552776 or fourarts.org Monday Madness Happy Hour. Free face painting. Socks required. 3-5 p.m. $5.95 per child. Cool Beans, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. 561-627-1782 or coolbeansplaycafe.com Story Time Fun. Ages 1-5 can enjoy a new story every week. 10:30 a.m. Belle Glade Library, 725 N.W. Fourth St., Belle Glade. 561-996-3453.

through stories, crafts, and animal presentations. 10:3011 a.m. 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee. $7 per vehicle; Ages 10 and up, $33; ages 3-9, $24. 561793-1084 x2127 or lioncountrysafari.com Sensational Story ‘n More. Ages 2-4. 10:30-11:15 a.m. and 11:15-Noon. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. $5. 561-742-6780 or schoolhousemuseum.org $6 Movie Tuesdays. $2.50 Medium Popcorn Excluding IMAX and FDX. Delray MarketPlace Stadium 12, 14775 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. 561-454-8002 or franktheatres.com/tightwad-tuesday FREE Small Fry Programs. Ages 3 and up. Story, songs, and crafts. 4 p.m. Highland Beach Municipal Library, 3618 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach. 561-2785455

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

Crafty Wednesday. Ages 2-6. Craft activity your child can take home. Socks required. 3-3:45 p.m. Cool Beans, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. Admission and class $14.95; $6 class only. RSVP. 561627-1782 or coolbeansplaycafe.com

THURSDAYS FREE Preschool Story Time. Ages 4 and under. Stories, songs, arts and crafts. 10:30 a.m. The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-6552776 or fourarts.org Art After Dark. The museum stays open until 9:00 p.m. Special exhibitions, live music, films, tours, cash bar, and food. Every Thursday evening. Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Adults, $12; ages 13-21, $5. 561-832-5196 or norton.org FREE Wellington Food Trucks. 5-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Free concerts and food trucks. Wellington Amphitheater, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. foodtruckinvasion.com Clematis by Night. Drink specials, food vendors, and music. 6-9 p.m. Thursdays. West Palm Beach Waterfront, 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. wpb.org/events

FRIDAYS FREE Friday Concerts. Various live music performances from Classic Rock to Motown. Weather permitting; bring lawn chairs, no pets or outside food and beverage. Food trucks and cash bar are available. Gates open at 6:30 pm; concerts start at 7:30. The Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. 561243-7922, ext 1 or OldSchoolSquare.org Fun Friday. Ages 2-6. Activities promoting learning, imagination, and physical movement. Socks required. 3 p.m. Cool Beans, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. Admission and class $14.95; $6 class only. 561-627-1782 or coolbeansplaycafe.com Family Night. Kids eat free. Bounce house, magicians, balloon artist, marshmallow roast and music. 5 p.m. Every Friday. Lake Worth Beach Club, 1 Seventh Ave. N., Lake Worth. 561-585-8976 Monkey Joe’s Family Fun Fridays. $24.99 for 2 children, a cheese pizza and a pitcher of soda. 6250 Lantana Road, Bay 18, Lake Worth. 561- 968-0009 Toddler Time at Craft Haus. Ages 5 and under. Stories, painting ceramics, snacks, and receive a token for the carousel or train. Advance reservations are required. 10 .a.m. and 3 p.m. Fridays. Craft Haus Interactive Art Studio, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Suite 4102, Palm Beach Gardens. $15. 561-630-3450 or crafthauspalmbeach.com

SATURDAYS FREE Riverbend Park Naturalist Walk. Guided trail walk to explore the park where visitors learn about the plant and animal communities and the history of Riverbend. Bring your sun block and water. Good walking shoes recommended. 8-9 a.m. Saturdays. 9060 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. 561-741-1359 FREE Wellington Green Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays except Thanksgiving weekend. Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. wellingtonfl.gov/ Early Morning Sew with Romi. Ages 8 and up. Call for prices and more information. 9-10 a.m. Saturdays. Eco-Shanty, 124 Bridge Road, Tequesta. 561-460-8913

FREE Weekend Fun at Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market. Petting zoo, feeding area, pony rides, and bounce house. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 10066 Lee Road, Boynton Beach. Free. 561-733-5490 Bookworm Storytime. Ages 1-5. 10:30 a.m. Highland Beach Municipal Library, 3618 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach. Free. 561-278-5455 FREE Delray Beach Green Market. Pet friendly. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.. 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 561276-7511

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