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Ariana

and her heart surgeon Dr. Frank Scholl

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital | Pediatric Heart Transplant Program

Celebrating Seven Years of Second Chances Ariana was 2 years old when she was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy – a rare heart condition. During her teen years she started to experience symptoms of heart failure. “We determined she would need a mechanical heart device to get her strong enough for a transplant,” says Maryanne Chrisant, MD, Medical Director of Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy and Transplant.

Ariana is one of 40 children who have received successful heart transplants since our Pediatric Heart Transplant Program was launched seven years ago.

In the summer of 2017, Ariana became the first child at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to be implanted with a ventricular assist device, called the HeartWare. Two months later Ariana’s family got the call at 3am. “They said they had a heart,” her mom Adriana recalled.

Watch Ariana’s heart transplant journey at JDCH.com/Transplant

After a successful heart transplant, Ariana is ready to start the next chapter of her life. “Words have not been invented to describe how I feel,” says Adriana. “Ariana’s going to have two birthdays now.”


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Spring events in South Florida County by county list of events happening this spring.

DEPARTMENTS 6 EDITOR’S NOTE 7 BROWARD NEWS Museum of Discovery and Science plans to open new Science Park. 8 PALM BEACH NEWS Annual Spring Fling moves to Hoffman’s Chocolates.

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Protect young athletes How to protect your child from the Larry Nassers of the world.

10 MIAMI-DADE NEWS Youth Fair plans 21 days of entertainment. 12 HEALTH Ways to deal with toddler constipation. 15 TRAVEL Cruise line private islands.

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St. Patrick’s Day

Camp Guide

Ways to celebrate with your child.

17 STUFF WE LOVE 18 GIVEAWAYS 26 BASEBALL ADVENTURES How to make America’s favorite past time special for your child.

List of camps county by county. | Page 37 83 EDUCATION

ON THE COVER WHO Chase Blackburn, 11, of Coconut Creek, a 2018 Cover Kids winner WHERE Ramp48 Skate Park, 6290 NW 27th Way, Fort Lauderdale, calvaryftl.org/Ministry/Detail/ Ramp48 PHOTO BY Taimy Alvarez

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Dreaming of summer

arch is here, which gives They can go to the movies, explore the families a break from school Everglades and watch live theater perat the end of the month and a formances. Who wouldn’t want a week taste of the summer freedom (or 10) of fun like that? approaching. As a parent, of course, I It’s also time to shop for would love to get my kids incamps for the kids, which is a volved in enrichment during process I love. I like shopping in the summer: learning a foreign general, but shopping for sumlanguage, building robots, mer camps is even better. mastering math, etc. But that is It is a lot of fun to imagine the a hard sell in my household. adventures my kids can have at They much prefer skateboard summer camp. They can explore camp and playing video games JENNIFER the outdoors, learn to rock with their friends from the JHON climb, build robots and develop neighborhood. their swim skills. The can visit all of the Still, I hold out hope that our summer cool places we have here in South Florcamp dreaming will help my kids disida that I often don’t have time to take cover their passions. them to, such as Zoo Miami or the Palm We are still in the exploratory phase, Beach Zoo, roller skating and ice skattrying a bunch of different sports and ing rinks, and community pools and experiences to find the one that fits. splash parks. Shopping around and trying out a surf I’ve seen opportunities for my kids to camp or spending a week behind the learn cheerleading, horseback riding, scenes at a museum or zoo might lead to digital animation and martial arts. that deeper interest.

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Our editors spent hours last month preparing this issue’s summer camp guide, checking out the offerings in South Florida from snorkel camps to science programs to cooking classes. South Florida has a wealth of offerings for the summer, from large community college programs for youth to small park-based adventure programs. My family will be exploring our options in the weeks ahead and dreaming of summer.

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BROWARD COUNTY NEWS

Outdoor park expands adventure at Museum of Discovery and Science BY JENNIFER JHON, SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING

The Museum of Discovery and Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale will open an interactive, outdoor Science Park for museum guests on March 23. Giant full-body exhibits will demonstrate key principles of physics and engineering while providing entertainment and group interaction, according to a news release. Elements include ball range, ball launcher, bottle rockets, xylophones, drums, roller coaster build area, giant levers, kaleidoscopes, a visitor powered fan, a sound station and more. The Science Park is part of the second phase of the museum’s $35 million expansion. The Museum of Discovery and Science, at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, is open seven days a week. Exhibit admission, including the new Science Park, is $16 for adults and $13 for ages 2-12. mods.org MARCH 2018 | southfloridaparenting.com

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PALM BEACH COUNTY NEWS

FAMILY OVERNIGHT: WHERE THE WILD THINGS SNORE

The Palm Beach Zoo invites families to discover the Zoo after hours. Who’s the biggest party animal at the Zoo? Find out who stays up all night, who needs their beauty sleep and who snores the loudest. Overnight program March 16-17 includes animal encounters, a nocturnal tour and themed activities from 7 p.m. Friday to 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40-$50 at the Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Learn more at palmbeachzoo.org/ family-overnights.

TURTLEFEST

Get up-close encounters with threatened and endangered sea turtles on March 24, plus enjoy fine art, shopping, children’s games and activities, educational presentations, a Global Village, food and music from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Loggerhead Marine Life Center, 14200 U.S. Highway One, Juno Beach. Free. marinelife.org

ALL PEOPLE’S DAY FESTIVAL

Enjoy international acts, dancing, drumming, singing acts, booths with free food, crafts, health fair, vendors and interactive activities on March 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd Street and NW 10th Avenue, Delray Beach. Register for a free kids craft dough people workshop for ages 3-11 from 9:30-11 a.m. allpeoplesday.com 8

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Chocolate Factory adds sweet touch to Spring Fling BY JENNIFER JHON, SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING South Florida Parenting has added a seriously sweet element to its Spring Fling on March 24 with a new location at Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens, 5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres. In addition to the annual event’s family fun, music, face painting, kids activities, vendors, Easter Bunny photos and continuous egg hunts from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy tours of the coco-

late factory and watch the art of candy making through observation windows. Also new this year is a Breakfast With The Bunny, which allows families to meet and take photos with the Easter Bunny and enjoy a breakfast, early admission to the Spring Fling, special activities and a factory tour for $30. Spring Fling admission is $15. Get tickets and more information at sunsentinel.com/springfling.


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY NEWS TOTALLY TEACHERS WEEKEND AT MIAMI SEAQUARIUM

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County teachers and school employees get free admission to Miami Seaquarium on March 3-4 with valid I.D., thanks to the Totally Teachers Weekend promotion, which includes half-price tickets for up to four guests. Teachers and their guests can also get 50 percent off the park’s animal encounter programs, such as Dolphin Odyssey, Seal Swim, Sea Trek and Penguin Encounter. Teachers must call 305-365-2501 to reserve the discounted animal encounter programs. Teachers visiting the park can also enter to win a free field trip for their class to Miami Seaquarium. Learn more at miamiseaquarium.com.

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

Little engineers and their families can take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St. in Miami, on the first two weekends in March, March 3-4 and 10-11. Children can also meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy a day of Thomasthemed activities, crafts, storytelling and more. Train rides leave the station every 45 minutes from 10:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $16-$20. For more information, visit gcrm.org/day-out-withthomas.

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Youth Fair returns to Miami BY JENNIFER JHON, SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition opens March 15 at Tamiami Park, 10901 SW 24 Street (Coral Way) in Miami, with carnival rides, fair foods and 21 days of entertainment, including Nelly, Lecrae, TLC, Gente De Zona and Sugarhill Gang & Ginuwine. The Fair will also have a Battle of the DJs on March 30, an Easter Sunday parade and egg hunt on April 1, and the Royal Hanneford Circus, acapella group Kazual, pig races, a petting zoo and ice skating shows daily. The Fair has added free trams to its

parking lots this year (parking fee $10) with portable restrooms and additional lighting at the tram stops. The Youth Fair runs March 15 through April 8 except March 19-20 and April 2-3. Regular admission is $14 for ages 6-64; unlimited ride wristband $30-$37. Active duty and retired military (with valid military ID) are free opening day and Wednesdays. Discounted parking available online for $5 through March 14. www.fairexpo.com


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FAMILY | HEALTH & SAFETY

The Kid’s Doctor: Diet, exercise can help constipation

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get many questions about toddlers and constipation. Constipation relates to stool frequency and consistency, and it is important to understand that everyone has different bowel habits. Not all children will have a stool every day. While some children will have several stools a day, another may have a stool every two to three days. Both of these scenarios may be normal and not an indicator of problem. At the same time, stool consistency is important. If your child has hard, dry, pebble like stools (rocks rather than softer snakes or blobs), this may be an indicator of constipation. Everyone will occasionally have a hard stool, but this should not occur consistently. Lastly, it should not be painful to pass the stool. While toddlers may grunt or push, or even start to “hide” to poop, it should not cause real pain. With all of that being said, it is not uncommon for toddlers to become constipated, as they often are also becoming picky eaters. Due to this “phase,” some young children will drink too much milk in place of eating meals, and this may lead to constipation. Your toddler should be drinking somewhere between 12 to 18 ounces of milk per day. Many children also load up on other dairy products, such as cheese, yogurt and cottage cheese, which, while healthy, may also lead to too much dairy intake and contribute to constipation. Water intake is important to help prevent constipation. If your child is drinking too much milk, substitute some water. It is a balancing act to make sure your child is getting both milk and water. If necessary, I will also put the smallest amount of apple or prune juice in the water. By the age of 1, your child should no longer have a bottle as their main source of nutrition. Fiber is also important, so offer plenty of whole grains and limit the “white foods” that toddlers love (yes, the bread, cereal, pasta). If you always buy whole wheat pasta and whole grain breads, your children 12

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will never know the difference. Not only will this help their stools but Stay away from processed white foods their longterm healthy eating habits as whenever possible. well. It is also easy to throw flax Movement is also important to seed or bran into muffins help keep the bowels healthy or smoothies (disguising and “moving.” Water intake is fiber). I also sometimes Making sure that your important to help use Metamucil cookies toddler is moving seems prevent constipation. If (they are pre-made), crazy, as they are on the go your child is drinking and I may even resort to all of the time. too much milk, putting a dot of icing on But with an older child, substitute some water. it and offering it as a make sure they are getting cookie for snack, along plenty of time for play and with a big glass of water. exercise outside or in and not Fruits and veggies are a just sitting in front of a screen. must, even if you think your child won’t Lastly, for short term issues with eat them. Your toddler needs two servconstipation it is also OK to try using ings of fruits and veggies every day. Be milk of magnesia (MOM) or even Misure to rotate what you offer them. You raLAX, but ask your doctor about dosing will be surprised at how one day they in toddlers. may refuse something, and the next day, they will eat it. Don’t give up on fruits and veggies. It may literally take years for your child to Dr. Sue Hubbard is an award-winning eat peas, but if they aren’t offered a food pediatrician, medical editor and media repetitively, they will probably never it host. Learn more at kidsdr.com. eat. I know a lot may get thrown to the floor, but just clean it up and persevere.


FAMILY | HEALTH & SAFETY

Schoolyard conflicts may be linked to serious health problems BY AMY JOYCE, THE WASHINGTON POST

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ids argue at school, push each other after a foul on the court, ghost a former BFF. And parents often roll their eyes when these conflicts happen. But in fact, the way kids handle conflict with peers may have major longterm health repercussions. New research from the University of Virginia shows that ramifications from schoolyard conflicts may be tied to premature aging and other issues — even tumors, arthritis and cancer — later in life. “It’s easy for parents to think these adolescent relationships are trivial, that they don’t mean much, that it’s all passing,” said Joseph Allen, U-Va.’s Hugh Kelly Professor of Psychology, who led the study. “This is to say they aren’t trivial.” The study, called “TheBody Remembers” and published in the journal Development and Psychopathology, found that a protein in the bloodstream that has been associated with development of cancerous tumors, osteoporosis, arthritis and other problems associated with aging, was present at high levels in the bloodstreams of 28-year-olds who experienced chronic social conflict beginning as early as age 13, but not among those who handled conflict well. What does this mean? “Teens are not irrational to care so much about their peers,” Allen said. “Humans are pack animals and adolescents know that ... getting along with peers will make or break you.” Allen and his team of researchers started following 127 middle-schoolers in 1988. They asked the students and their peers how well they managed conflict and then observed the students interacting with their close friends. The researchers followed up with them throughout the years. When the students were 28, the researchers took blood samples. (They had not collected them when the subjects were younger.) Those who had trouble handling conflict when they were younger had higher levels of the protein (called interleukin-6) in their

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blood. “There’s enough research in adulthood that links stress to health. That made us wonder about adolescence,” Allen said. “Our interest was really, ‘Is it strong enough that it affects our biology, that it has a lasting impact?’ ” One way the team measured conflict stress and management was to ask 13-year-olds in the study to respond to hypothetical situations. For instance, if they were playing basketball and another team made fun of them in a mean way, what would they do? The researchers rated them based on how they said they would defuse the conflict. Punch somebody? Not a good rating. Pretend they didn’t hear the comment? A so-so rating. But choosing to shut down the conversation with a comment, without causing more conflict, would receive the highest rating. At 16, the teens were asked whether they were able to get over conflicts easily, whether they managed disagreement with friends well. And at 21, they were studied interacting with a romantic

partner. They were asked to both determine where they disagreed. Then researchers looked at how much hostility was directed at them by the partner. Those who didn’t handle conflict well at younger ages and those who had difficult romantic relationships later were found to have a higher protein marker. “We have reason to think the immune system and stress system are particularly malleable and open to influence in teen years,” Allen said. “These things that have them stressed in adolescence have long-term impact.” To help children with these stressors, parents should model good conflict management and teach their children that they can still remain friendly with people they disagree with. “Let them disagree with you, but rein in their hostile behavior,” Allen said. The message Allen hopes parents can takeaway from the research? “When teens are worried about [peer conflict], that’s exactly what they should be doing. We need to take this seriously. It’s not something to be ignored.” MARCH 2018 | southfloridaparenting.com 13


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Islands in the Stream BY JANET GROENE

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eghan, 8, is a typical Florida water baby. She swims like a fish and slathers on her own sunscreen like a pro, and she scampered ashore at Half Moon Cay on the sea legs of a true sailor. Today’s cruise ships offer lavish children’s playrooms, and she loved the swimming pool aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam, but stepping ashore on a private island was the frosting on this little cruiser’s cake. Picture a brown-sugar beach a mile long, gin-clear waters and a world of just-for-us restaurants, shops, bars, private cabanas and a playground that win annual awards for Half Moon Cay from readers of “Porthole” magazine. Cruises out of South Florida seaports offer a bonus: Seven private enclaves, six in the Bahamas and one in Belize, have been bought or leased by cruise lines and developed into luxury lairs such as Half Moon Cay. Here cruise guests walk barefoot on the private beach, swim, snorkel, sun, dine on barbecue or fresh lobster, and enjoy a wide range of special services ranging from watersports to feeding sting rays and riding horses through the surf. Here’s what awaits your family.

CASTAWAY CAY, DISNEY CRUISE LINE

Formerly Gorda Cay in the Abacos, this thousand-acre idyll starred in the filming of the Disney movie “Splash” with Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks. Disney sprinkled $25 million in pixie dust over 55 acres of pristine beaches and swaying palms. See underwater submarines that appeared in Disney movies, plus underwater statues of Mickey and Minnie.

COCOCAY, ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL CRUISES AND CELEBRITY CRUISES This island in the Berry Islands was known as Little Stirrup Cay, one of a chain of cays alight with sugar-sand beaches between Freeport and Nassau. Passengers can choose from a variety of private beaches and coves in a 140-acre paradise that also offers shops and dining venues.

HARVEST CAYE, NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE, OCEANIA AND REGENT CRUISES

This private paradise in Belize is owned by the government, which developed it with a city-size swimming pool with swim-up bar and a dock for the ships. Private cabanas have concierge service. Unlike the other private islands, this one doesn’t lay on a free beach buffet. You don’t have to take a tender to shore, so you can walk back to the ship for lunch. While here, you can also book an excursion to Mayan ruins.

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Ride a Wave Runner, swim with sea turtles or walk the wide boardwalk, which is also stroller- and wheelchairfriendly. Shop, dine, drink, splash in the sparkling lagoon or sun on the pristine beach. In the works are a new zip line and an ala carte restaurant. Some areas are reserved for guests in the ships’ suites and Haven category cabins.

HALF MOON CAY, HOLLAND AMERICA LINE, CARNIVAL CRUISES

It was known for years as Little San Salvador. Although a small, resident staff lives here to care for the horses and maintain facilities, this is a deserted island jewel set in an incredible turquoise sea. Take a nature hike, feed stingrays or ride a horse through the bush, ending up with a splashy trot through the surf. For those who want to spend all day, two-story private cabanas are available for day use by up to 25 people. A lavish barbecue lunch is provided; other meals and drinks are available around the island at added cost.

I Book your cruise through a travel agent who can schedule a seamless experience complete with shore excursions, spa appointments, pre- and post-cruise stays and other extras. I The islands usually offer a free

beach barbecue buffet, but other dining venues may be at added cost. Activities and cabanas are individually priced and, like shore excursions and beach-side massages, should be reserved ahead of time.

I Wear bug repellent. Sandflies, also known as no-see-ums, are almost invisible, but their bite is mighty. I Attend briefings so you’ll know what to take ashore. You may not need cash, just your room key card, to make purchases.

I Make sure kids get plenty of

water. Dehydration occurs quickly in warm, island breezes.

I In the Bahamas, cay is pronounced “key.”

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LABADEE, HAITI, ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES

It’s not really an island, but this worlds-end outpost in Haiti is cradled in dramatic mountain scenery. Shop for Haitian paintings and enjoy watersports and thrill rides, such as the lightningfast, over-water zip line.

PRINCESS CAYS, PRINCESS CRUISES

Start with a hike to Crow’s Nest Overlook to take visual possession of your domain on the south tip of the island of Eleuthera. Available for rent by the day are air conditioned bungalows to serve as a base camp, or take a beach clamshell to shade just the two of you. Hang out at the beach to sun, splash or play volleyball. Rent watersports equipment. Drink, dine, buy local crafts and take kids to the colorful playground, Pelican’s Perch.

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Prepare for your spring holidays without the danger of artificial food dyes thanks to J.R. Watkins food coloring, natural colors made from pure vegetable juices and spices including beet juice, tumeric and spirulina extract. The food coloring is free of FD&C dyes and gluten, and it comes in red, yellow, green and blue. $8.99, jrwatkins.com

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Bring some of the Elf magic from Christmas into the Easter holidays with Easter Eggsters, tiny "helpers" who play with kids during the day and report back to the Easter Bunny each night. The box set includes an Easter Eggster (your choice of raccoon, skunk, rabbit, or squirrel), a large plastic "magical" egg and 1 copy of the "Easter Eggsters" storybook. The set comes with the bonus of having kids clean up, as they must put their animals away in the egg each night. The storybook includes pages to record Easter memories.

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Keep tabs on your book bags, lunch bags, phones and other important items with cute Bluetooth trackers from FoundMi . Available in 40 popular characters, including My Little Pony, Power Rangers, DC, Marvel and Star Wars, FoundMi trackers are fun and functional flair. They can also be used to ring your phone or as a remote control button for your phone’s camera, making these trackers multitasking wonders. $25 with free shipping, foundmi.com

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Teach your children skills that aren’t taught in school, such as self-love, inner peace, mindfulness and gratitude, with affirmation cards and meditation cards from The Prana Tribe ($24.95 each, thepranatribe.com). The set of 45 affirmation cards feature powerful and easy-to-memorize rhymes that can become part of your child's inner voice, such as "I am a good friend" and "I am enough." The 46 meditation cards feature exercises such as deep breaths and inner focus. Instruction cards and tips for parents are included.

AlwaysFits.com gets you ready for Spring Break with a variety of giant pool floats and inflatable lawn sprinklers for the best water fun. New offerings for 2018 include a 6-foot cotton candy float with sparkles and 4-foot jellyfish, butterfly wings and angel wings from Big Mouth, plus a giant unicorn yard sprinkler that is more than 7 feet tall ($28-$66, alwaysfits.com). The company also has a selection of smaller floats for little ones up to 45 pounds. Enter to win one of the new inflatables for 2018.

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SPRING EVENTS in South Florida

MULTIPLE COUNTIES EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS

March 9-31. Visit with the Easter Bunny at participating Simon mall locations, including The Falls in Miami, Miami International Mall, Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs and Town Center in Boca Raton, and get professional photos of the occasion. Skip the line and book your family’s reservation with the Easter Bunny online. Simonbunny.com

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

DADELAND MALL BUNNY BREAKFAST & EGG HUNT

March 10, 8-10 a.m. Enjoy breakfast and fun with the Mall Bunny in Dadeland Mall’s Dining Pavillion. Children will enjoy snacks, entertainment, face painting, arts & crafts and more, followed by an Egg Hunt on the front lawn of Dadeland Mall, 7535 N. Kendall Drive, Miami. $5 per person benefits Susan G. Komen. Please RSVP by March 5. dadelandmall.com

AMERICAN GIRL BUNNY BRUNCH

March 11 & 18, 9-10:30 a.m. Hop in and celebrate spring’s arrival by sharing a sunny brunch with your girl and meeting the Easter Bunny. Bring your own camera. $25 per person, (gratuity not included), RSVP required, for ages 3 and up. American Girl at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St. #395A, Miami. americangirl.com

ST. PATRICK’S DAY IRISH FESTIVAL

March 11, 12 p.m. Traditional and contemporary Irish music, crafts, food, clowns, face painting, giant slide and rock-wall climbing. Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. emeraldsocietysfl.com

EASTER AT THE FARM

March 17-18, 24-25, 31-April 1. 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 times and prices. pintofarm.com

CARING BUNNY

March 18, 9-11 a.m. Families with children with special needs can have a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Dadeland Mall, 7535 N. Kendall Drive, and The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. autismspeaks.org/caring-bunny

BUNNY EGGSTRAVAGANZA HUNT

March 24, 3-5 p.m. Kids will have the opportunity to enjoy treats, games, a special Bunny show, mall wide Easter egg hunt, arts & crafts, and story time reading with the Easter Bunny. The Falls, 8888 SW 136th St., Miami. miamiandbeaches.com/event/bunnyeggstravaganza-hunt/16566

PINECREST GARDENS EGGSTRAVAGANZA

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and a wildlife show. $5 in advance; $7 at the gate. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. pinecrestgardens.org/entertainment/ events-festivals/eggstravaganza

SPRING EGGSTRAVAGANZA

March 24, 10 a.m.–1 p.m, egg hunt 11 a.m. Free admission, arts and crafts and photograph with the Bunny. Carnival rides and refreshments for sale. Egg hunt for children 10 & younger. City of Miami Beach; call 305-861-3616 for more information. miamibeachfl.gov

EXPERIENCE PASSOVER

March 28, 12-4 p.m. Come celebrate the Passover at the Miami Children’s Museum with special activities: make a matzah cover and design a cup for Elijah. Then, join the PJ Library at 2 p.m. for a fun story time, decorate a place mat for the Seder, and munch on matzah. 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org

CITY OF HIALEAH EGGSTRAVAGANZA

March 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be activities the whole family including an egg hunt featuring over 50,000 eggs, a Kids Zone and live entertainment. Come enjoy a variety of food trucks, rides, and a chance to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Milander Park, 4800 Palm Ave., Hialeah. $5 for egg hunt and bounce houses; $12 for rides; $15 all access. eventbrite.com/e/city-of-hialeaheggstravaganza-2018-tickets

BUNNYPALOOZA

March 30-April 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A hip-hopping weekend of egg hunts, an Easter parade, visits from the Easter Bunny, bounce houses, slides and an all-new Kids Foam Zone. Day Pass includes access to all shows and exhibits. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. miamiseaquarium.com/bpweb

EGG SCRAMBLE

March 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy carnival rides, games, music, and our annual egg hunt. $5 Sunny Isles Beach residents; $20 non-residents. Pelican Community Park, 18115 N. Bay Road, Sunny Isles Beach. sibfl.net/calendar/

ZOO MIAMI EGG SAFARI

March 31-April 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids ages 12 and under can enjoy continuous egg hunts, photos with the Bunny, music, games and prizes. See zoo animals receive their special holiday treats. Egg Safari entry is included with Zoo admission. Zoo members hunt early at 10 a.m. Zoo Miami, 1 Zoo Blvd., Miami. zoomiami.org/EggSafari

LITTLE FARM EASTER EGG HUNT

March 31, 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Petting farm, pony rides, tour, egg hunt. Food and drinks for purchase. Reservations required. Adults, $10. Kids, $20. The Little Farm, 13401 SW 224th St., Goulds. thelittlefarm.us

EASTER DAY EGGSTRAVAGANZA

April 1, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Meet the Easter bunny and participate in the Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt with over 10,000 colorful and decorated eggs filled with treats and secret prizes. Free; all-access wristbands available. Olinda Park, 2101 NW 51 St.,

Miami. eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-easterday-eggstravanagza-tickets

EASTER FUN DAY

April 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Children will be able to hunt for more than 12,000 eggs on Cauley Square grounds. $12-$15 admission fee per child by age group. Cauley Square, 22400 Old Dixie Highway, Miami. cauleysquare.com/events/easter-fun-day

BROWARD COUNTY PURIM CARNIVAL

March 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 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. Temple Sinai Hollywood, 1400 N. 46th Ave., Hollywood. sinaihollywood.org

STORYFEST!

March 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy hands-on art activities, live theater shows, face-painting, entertainment and storytellers. Food trucks will be on site with lunches and snacks available for purchase. Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Jay Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. sherman.library/nova.edu

ARTS AND CRAFTS FEST IN THE PINES

March 10-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Live music, a hands-on children’s art area, art demonstrations and art and jewelry for purchase. Pembroke Pines City Center, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. fl-pembrokepines.civicplus.com/1240/ ArtFest-in-the-Pines

ST. PATRICK’S PARADE & FESTIVAL

March 10, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The festivities begin at Huizenga Plaza (Las Olas and Andrews Avenue) at 7 a.m. with the Shamrock Run, immediately followed by the “Lucky Little Leprechaun Dashes” for kids. The parade at noon — complete with the Budweiser Clydesdales, floats and bands — travels west along Las Olas Boulevard from Southeast Fifth Avenue through downtown Fort Lauderdale. Plus live bands, Irish dancers, interactive entertainment, cultural attractions and an expanded Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, slides, pony rides, a trackless train, face painting, a petting zoo and mechanical rides. 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. stpatsftl.com

CARING BUNNY

March 11, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. The Caring Bunny event gives families with children with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Coral Square, 9469


West Atlantic Boulevard, Coral Springs. eventbrite.com/e/caring-bunny-tickets

HOLLYWOOD ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL

March 11, 12-6 p.m. Parade, music, children’s activities, Irish merchandise, food and beverages. Noon-6 p.m. Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street, downtown Hollywood. stpatricksparade.com

CORAL SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS AND GARDENFEST

March 17-18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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. The Walk, 716 N. University Drive, Coral Springs. Free. csfoa.com

BRUNCH WITH THE BUNNIES & FRIENDS

March 17, 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Brunch buffet, games, crafts, animal encounters, an egg hunt and photo opportunities. $15 per person; babies under one year, free. Sawgrass Nature Center, 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. sawgrassnaturecenter.org

and prizes. 10001 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac. Communitycc.com

SPRING MARSHMALLOW DROP

March 24, 2-5 p.m. Boulevard Heights Community Center, 6770 Garfield St., Hollywood. hollywoodfl.org

ROYAL EGG HUNT

March 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dress as your favorite prince or princess, bring your basket and join a magical quest for eggs. Children will be divided into age groups for the egg hunt. There will also be face painting, arts & crafts, rides and more. Bring your camera and take your picture with King Bunny. Admission $5. Sunrise Athletic Complex, 11501 NW 44th St. sunrisefl.gov

SIT. STAY. SAY CHEESE!

March 25, 6-8 p.m. Bring your furry friend to visit the Easter Bunny and have a special commemorative photo made. This event is not open to exotic pets, and all pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. Coral Square, 9469 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs. eventbrite.com/e/ easter-bunny-pet-photos -tickets-42727198200

ANNUAL SPRING BONNET CONTEST

March 24, 10 a.m.-noon. Bounce houses, games and an egg hunt for ages 10 and under. Egg hunt starts promptly at 10 a.m. Tamarac Sports Complex, 9901 NW 77th St. Free. tamarac.org

March 27, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Make a bonnet to wear to this event and you could win a prize. 12 p.m. The Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center Campus, 301 NW 103rd Ave., Pembroke Pines. ppines.com

March 24, 10 a.m. Children ages 2 – 2nd grade are invited to bring their favorite basket and HOP on over for a FREE Easter Egg. In addition, there will be face painting, photo stations, refreshments,

March 29, 10 a.m.-5p.m. Come for “green” fun and YAA’s egg drop competition. Children will use their creativity and ingenuity to create cradles or parachutes to protect eggs in a fall from a 50-foot fire truck crane operated by the Davie Fire Department at 2 p.m. Will your egg survive

SPRINGFEST

EASTER EGG HUNT AT COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN CHURCH

ECO EGGSTRAVAGANZA

the fall? Egg Drop kit: $2. Prizes will be awarded for uncracked eggs. Regular admission fees apply. Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121 Ave, Davie. youngatartmuseum.org

FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT

March 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ages 7-12 hunt eggs at 8 p.m.; ages 13-17 at 8:15 p.m.; and ages 18 and up at 8:30 p.m. Each Egg Hunt has thousands of prizeand candy-filled eggs for participants to discover. Find the “special eggs” and receive an exciting prize or Easter basket. Enjoy refreshments, outdoor activities with friends, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Registration begins March 15. Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach. deerfield-beach.com

TEEN TWILIGHT EGG HUNT

March 29, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. It’s an evening Egg Hunt in the dark for Cooper City middle-school students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Bring your flashlight to find special hidden eggs at the Pool and Tennis Center, 5350 SW 90th Ave., Cooper City. Free; RSVP required at 954-434-4300, ext. 233, by March 27. coopercityfl.org

EGG HUNT SPRING TRIATHLON & DUATHLON

March 31, 7 a.m. The Egg Hunt duathlon & sprint triathlon is a family affair at C.B. Smith Park. Spectators can take part in a multitude of activities during and after the race, including an Easter egg hunt for children. CB Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines. multirace.com/events/114

HIPPITY HOPPITY SPRING EGG HUNT

March 31, 9 a.m.-noon. Egg hunt will kickoff at 10 a.m. sharp for ages 0-8 years old. Additional

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activities include inflatables, train rides, petting farm and much more. Pictures will be available with the bunny at a small cost. Bamford Sports Complex, Pine Island Road, Davie. davie-fl.gov/963/Upcoming-Events

COOPER CITY ANNUAL EGG HUNT

March 31, 10 a.m. Hop on over to the Cooper City Sports Complex and enjoy a morning of fun. Don’t forget to bring your own basket and a camera to take a picture with Peter Cottontail. The event is for toddlers (must be able to walk) to 5th-graders. 10300 Stirling Road, Cooper City. coopercityfl.org

ANNUAL EGG HUNT

March 31, 10-11 a.m. Hunt for over 50,000 eggs. First 500 children receive a free pair of bunny ears. Free. Prizes and children’s arts and crafts, plus a special visit with Peter Rabbit and more! Two locations: Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd., and Pembroke Shores Park, 501 SW 172nd Ave. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. ppines.com

FREE PHOTOS WITH THE BUNNY

March 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Arts and crafts, face painting, activities for kids, music, giveaways. Pompano Citi Centre, Copans Road and Federal Highway. pompanociticentre.com

HOPPIN’ INTO SPRINGS

March 31, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Families with children ages 3-7 are invited to this egg hunt with a DJ and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. Free and open to Coral Springs residents, but participants must register in advance online or at the Coral Springs Gym. coralsprings.org/ living/events/hoppin-into-spring

WESTON’S ANNUAL ROYAL EGG HUNT

March 31, 10 a.m. Egg hunts for children 10 and under. Arrive at the park by 9:15 a.m. The egg hunts will be held on baseball fields 1-4. There will be over 30,000 candy-filled eggs so bring a basket or bag for collecting. “Golden” eggs earn an additional prize. After the Egg Hunt, take photos with the Royal Bunny, enjoy the bounce houses and have fun until noon. Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston. westonfl.org

SPRING EGG HUNT

April 3, 6:15-7 p.m. Bring baskets to hunt for eggs and enjoy other spring activities. Ages 3-8. Coconut Creek residents, $10; non-residents, $15. Coconut Creek Community Center, 1100 Lyons Road. coconutcreek.net

PALM BEACH COUNTY PURIM IN THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

March 1, 4-6 p.m. Family Purim Dinner with a golden ticket door prize, chocolate desserts and fondue fountain, make your own chocolates activity and a prize for every person in costume. $15 adults; $10 children; $50 maximum per family. Chabad of West Boca Raton, 19701 State Road 7. chabadbocacom.clhosting.org

EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS

March 9-31, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit the Bunny in Bunnyville and capture the moment with keepsake photo packages. Bunnyville is an interactive, family-friendly Spring display with four buildings in a quaint “town square” setting including “24-Carrot” Bank, “Hare” Salon, “Hoppin’ Fresh” Bakery and Stone Bunny House. The Mall at Wellington Green, 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. Shopwellingtongreen.com 22

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MALLSTARS BREAKFAST WITH BUNNY

March 10, 9-10:30 a.m. Enjoy a free Breakfast with the Bunny provided by Chick-fil-A and a basketful of Easter-themed activities. Attendees must be MallStars Kids Club members and can sign up for the club at the Guest Services desk. Space limited; RSVP required at Guest Services starting Feb. 26. The Mall at Wellington Green, 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. shopwellingtongreen.com

STORYBOOK VILLAGE

March 11, 1-4 p.m. Enjoy 20 booths plus special guest readers, face painting, adopt a book (free) and more. The first 500 to register on site receive gift bags. CityPlace, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. cityplace.com

DELRAY BEACH ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL AND PARADE

SPRING FLING

March 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Egg hunts, family fun, music, face painting and more at Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens, 5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres. $15. Enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny plus early admission, a factory tour and special activities for $30. sunsentinel.com/springfling

TURTLEFEST

March 24, 10 a.m. Fun-filled day of closeup encounters with endangered and local species of native loggerheads, green and leatherback turtles. Listen to great music, see captivating art and discover a place where it’s cool to be green. Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. Highway One, Juno Beach. thepalmbeaches.com/top-event/turtlefest

EASTER EGG HUNT

March 16-17. Irish dancing, traditional pipe and drum bands, food, beer and live music. Festival on Friday. Run and parade on Saturday. Visit website for parade routes. $20 per adult, $15 children. Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. stpatrickparade.com

March 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Children up to age 12 can hunt for over 24,000 Easter Eggs and enjoy train rides, games, prizes, bounce houses and visits with the Easter Bunny. Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. delraymarket.com

March 17, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Enjoy a night of music and dance with live performances by Rogue Theory, Steeltown Religion, Celtic Mayhem, and the Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance. Interactive activities for all ages, including a giant inflatable slide, bounce house, rock wall, video game trailer, face painting, balloon art, corn hole and giant Jenga. Boynton Beach Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton. catchboynton.com

March 24, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. The Easter Bunny will make his annual spring appearance with an “eggs-travagant” celebration and candy hunt. Join the world’s most beloved rabbit and his fabulous friends – butterfly stilt walkers, jugglers, a DJ, and magicians – and more. The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. thegardensmall.com

BLARNEY BASH

PHOTOS WITH THE EASTER BUNNY

March 17-31. Meet the Bunny at Bloomingdale’s Court. Photo packages available online. The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. thegardensmall.com

SOOTHING BUNNY

March 18, 9:30-11 a.m. Soothing Bunny is a welcoming environment for children with autism and special needs to visit and take photos with the Easter Bunny in a more soothing and sensory-friendly environment. Reservations required at 561-530-3532. The Mall at Wellington Green, 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. shopwellingtongreen.com

BUNNY BITES BREAKFAST

March 18, 8:30-11 a.m. Breakfast, free photo with the Bunny, crafts, music and more for ages 12 and under. RSVP required at 844-790-7315. Palm Beach Outlets, Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. palmbeachoutlets.com

PET PHOTOS WITH THE BUNNY

March 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Easter Bunny is welcoming pets for a night of very furry photos in Bunnyville. Line up outside of the Food Court entrance starting at 6 p.m. Pets need to be on a leash or in a carrier. The Mall at Wellington Green, 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. shopwellingtongreen.com

BREAKFAST WITH THE BUNNY

March 24, 25, 31, 8:30 a.m. Your reservation includes zoo admission, hot buffet breakfast, meet ‘n’ greet with the Easter Bunny, private animal encounters, egg hunt ages 12 and under, and complimentary carousel rides. Pre-registration is required. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Palmbeachzoo.org

SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING

EASTER BUNNY ARRIVAL & SCAVENGER HUNT

ANNUAL EGG HUNT

March 31, 8 a.m. Egg hunt and Easter Bunny visit. Ages 1-8. Free. Robert P. Miller Park, 1905 SW Fourth Ave., Delray Beach. mydelraybeach.com

JUPITER EASTER EGG HUNT

March 31, 8:30 a.m. Ages 10 and under. Bounce houses, face painting, arts, crafts, toddler play area and Easter Bunny visits. Food and drinks available for purchase. Bring basket to collect eggs. Jupiter Community Park, 3377 Church St., Jupiter. jupiter.fl.us/647/Easter-Egg-Hunt

BOYNTON SPRING EGGSTRAVAGANZA

March 31, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages 1-12. Crafts, egg hunt, face painting and more, plus special prizes for the golden egg. Free. Ezell Hester Jr. Community Center, 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. boynton-beach.org/recreation

EASTER EGG HUNT

March 31, 10 a.m. Search for eggs around two acres of palms, native plants and sculptures. Pictures with the Easter Bunny. Adults, $15; kids, $7. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, 2051 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. ansg.org

EGGSTRAVAGANZA

March 31, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Hunt for special prize eggs (15 eggs for $5), hay ride, arts and crafts, inflatable amusements and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Food and refreshments available for purchase. Cash only; no ATM. Samuel J. Ferreri Community Park, 2905 Jog Road, Greenacres. ci.greenacres.fl.us

FLAGLER MUSEUM EASTER EGG HUNT

March 31, 10 a.m. Pictures with the Easter Bunny, egg hunt, crafts, face painting, balloon sculptures and games. 9 a.m. Adults, $18; children, $15. Commemorative wooden eggs will be distributed to children at the conclusion of the event. Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. flaglermuseum.us


PARENTING | ADVICE

How parents can protect their young athletes from predators BY JULIE DICARO, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON POST

"L

ittle girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world." Those words, spoken by sexual-abuse survivor Kyle Stephens to her tormentor, Larry Nassar, likely chilled the hearts of every parent in America. Nassar, who rose to prominence while working with USA Gymnastics, began abusing Stephens when she was 6 years old. She reported the abuse when she was 12, only to find that her parents didn't believe her. During the recent sentencing phase of Nassar's prosecution on seven counts of criminal sexual conduct, three of the counts for sexually abusing girls under 13, more than 100 young women gave victim impact statements, detailing Nassar's abuse and telling a Michigan judge how it affected their lives. Nassar, once a highly sought-after

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doctor who worked primarily with USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, will be spending the rest of his life in prison. To date, more than 150 young women, including some of America's most decorated gymnasts, have alleged sexual abuse by Nassar. The horror stories surrounding Nassar are stomach-churning, and all the more tragic for how easily many of them could have been avoided. For years, young women reported Nassar's abuse to parents, police and school staff, only to have their reports ignored. The seemingly endless litany of missed opportunities to stop Nassar and prevent other children from abuse has left many wondering: How does a sports parent know when a trusted coach, trainer or doctor is behaving inappropriately with their child? Gymnasts, in particular, become used to being touched, held, thrown, caught,

bent and stretched by coaches at an early age, sometimes blurring the lines between "good touch" and "bad touch" for small children. Given the competitive nature of parents involved in youth sports, a coach taking a special interest in a young athlete is as likely to be attributed to a child's superior athletic genes as grooming for sexual abuse. So what can sports parents do to protect their child from becoming prey to predators like Nassar? Few parents are as competitive as those who think they have a superstar athlete on their hands, which can make spotting inappropriate behavior by coaches and trainers difficult. But no matter how much talent, if a coach is taking a special interest in a child, parents must ask themselves why. If a coach stresses the need to be alone with the Continued on PAGE 24 MARCH 2018 | southfloridaparenting.com

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If a coach stresses the need to be alone with the child, in the gym or outside it, parents should see it as the inappropriate request that it is, rather than giving in to the flattery of a coach's attention.

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child, in the gym or outside it, parents should see it as the inappropriate request that it is, rather than giving in to the flattery of a coach's attention. Former Olympian Nancy HogsheadMakar, now a civil rights lawyer and chief executive of the legal advocacy group Champion Women, says it's crucial to begin talking to children about "good, ethical" coaches at an early age, with age-appropriate language. "Parents have to teach kids that they have bodily autonomy, to know what's theirs, and to trust their inner gut. We don't want parents telling their kids 'Do whatever the coach says,' " she said. "Athletes have to be empowered to say no to coaches, doctors, and trainers at an early age, or we're setting them up for failure. Athletes and coaches should not be in an authoritarian relationship." Parents should tell their young children, for example, that a good, ethical coach will never need to be alone with the child. "You will always be in an area that can be observed by other people," is something to say to your child, Hogshead-Makar said. "You can tell an 8-year old that a good, ethical coach will never text just you. He or she will never contact just you on social media. Everything should be in group texts or social media 24

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posts. A good, ethical coach will never give only you a gift. A good, ethical coach doesn't play favorites." As children approach their teen years (10-12), parents can begin wading into a discussion of inappropriate romantic and sexual relationships with coaches, telling young athletes, "Coaches should not have romantic or sexual relationships with the athletes they coach regardless of age or consent," HogsheadMakar said. "We have rules about teachers, doctors and lawyers having relationships with their students, patients and clients." And coaches need to be a part of that list. The reasons for these rules, says Hogshead-Makar, are numerous. First, young athletes must understand that coaches who enter into relationships with the athletes they coach abuse the position of power they hold over the athlete. Further, watching older teammates enter into romantic relationships can skew the judgment of a young athlete. "When an 18-year-old is dating a coach, a 12-year old getting kissed is lulled into the idea of true love." Hogshead-Makar says a coach who takes a special interest in a young athlete also upsets the team dynamic. Athletes who are shown favoritism by their coach get more playing time, are introduced to more college coaches, and have

PROTECT YOUR ATHLETE I No matter how much talent,

if a coach is taking a special interest in a child, parents must ask themselves why.

I Tell your children that a good, ethical coach will never need to be alone with the child.

I As children approach their

teen years, parents can begin wading into a discussion of inappropriate romantic and sexual relationships with coaches.

I Empower your athlete to trust their instincts and to say no to coaches, doctors, and trainers if they feel uncomfortable. I Strive to have their children

in an authoritative relationship with their coach.


coach, which stresses teaching and guidance over an authoritarian relationship, where a coach exerts control through power and coercion. And while the coach may be the expert in their chosen field, parents must feel free to disagree and give their input. "If a parent doesn't feel like they can speak out, you'd better believe a kid doesn't believe they can speak out, either," Hogshead-Makar said. Currently, Hogshead-Makar is pushing for the passage of Senate Bill 534, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., which requires amateur athletics governing bodies, like USA Gymnastics, to immediately report sex-abuse allegations to local or federal law enforcement, or a child-welfare agency designated by the Justice Department. The bill was created in response to recent allegations of sexual abuse in USA Swimming and USA Taekwondo, as well as USA Gymnastics.

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Assistant Attorney General Robyn Liddell (left) hugs Nassar victim Ashley Erickson after the conclusion of the sentencing of former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Michigan.

numerous other opportunities not available to all team members. For example, speedskater Eva Rodansky was infamously kept off the Olympic team because the national team coach was sleeping with her rival.

In an era when athletes start training with club coaches and taking private lessons at younger and younger ages, Hogshead-Makar says parents should strive to have their children in an authoritative relationship with their

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Baseball adventures: making it a memorable experience BY DENISE MORRISON YEARIAN

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ne of America’s favorite pastimes is attending major and minor league baseball games. Before you and your family head to the ballpark this summer, consider how to make it a more memorable experience. “If your child isn’t an avid fan of any particular team, choose one nearby that is having a good season or has several star players to keep it interesting,” said Chris Kemple, a minor league spokesperson. “Next, get on the team’s website to see which games offer special promotions for kids — either in giveaways, preor post-game events or discounted tickets.” That’s what Deborah Rowe does. As former minor league team booster members, she and her husband have always enjoyed attending baseball games. “When our daughter came along, we wanted to give her that same opportunity,” she said. Her daughter is now 5. “Hannah and I sit at the computer and go over which games have special promotions so she can pick the ones she wants to see.” 26

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To build excitement for attending said Meghan Essman, a major league fan games, play catch with your child, development and educational prowatch televised games together grams administrator. “The and discuss fundamentals of elaborate ones teach children the sport. If your child about the team and the sport Nearly all major and hasn’t signed up to play in on their level. Some even minor league an area league, encourhave video clips kids can baseball teams age participation. watch and word searches, have websites with Bill Mitchell has done coloring pages or wallpages designed this. By the time his son paper downloads.” specifically for was 3, Mitchell was taking Organization-affiliated children. him to major and minor kids’ clubs are a good way to league games. “When our introduce children to baseball team wasn’t home, we’d watch and build enthusiasm for attendthe major leagues on TV,” Mitchell said ing games. For a minimal cost, kids can of his now-11-year-old son. “He’d ask join and receive discounted tickets, questions about the game, and we’d invitations to special events, newsdiscuss different players and their posiletters, a membership card and teamtions. Now he’s a newspaper and interrelated sundries. net guy. He loves to read the stats and go Before leaving home, encourage your online to see how different teams and child to dress in team attire. Mitchell players are doing.” does this. “He has several team jerseys, Following teams online is easy. so he’ll find out which one the team is “Nearly all major and minor league playing in and wear his like it; he wears teams have websites with pages dehis cap, too,” he said of his son. “When signed specifically for children. Some he was younger, the players called him are simple, others are more detailed,” the bubblegum kid because he’d tote


along a container of bubblegum and offer them some as they went onto the field. This made him feel really special.” Some children make signs for their favorite players to cheer them on. Others do face painting, either at home or when they get to the park. “I suggest kids bring along a glove in the event a foul ball heads their way,” Essman said. “Don’t forget your camera either.” Whatever you do, arrive early. “Most stadiums open their gates 60 to 90 minutes prior to game start so patrons can find their seats, avoid food and concession lines, receive limited giveaway items and watch pre-game events and batting and infield practice,” Kemple said. That’s how Hannah Rowe landed several signature balls. “We always arrive early so we can watch the team practice,” her mother said. “It’s also the best time to get the players’ autographs. One time before a game, Hannah was standing by the guardrail asking for autographs when a player came up and signed her ball. She was so excited and started hollering, ‘Look what I got! Look what I got!’ ” Game programs can be used to en-

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hance the experience, too, Kemple said. “They are usually filled with rosters, stats and profiles of home team players and may even contain a score card so children can learn to follow and record plays.” Above all, bear in mind your child’s

age and attention span. If he grows restless of watching the game, look for other activities to provide a diversion. Most ballparks today offer non-baseball kids’ interactive games and activities such as bounce houses, playgrounds, speed pitches and virtual games. These may enable you to stay until the game ends so you can cheer your team on and take part in any postgame events, most of which are geared for families. Although the Rowes arrive early for games, they almost always leave before that final out. “Hannah loves the whole ballpark ambiance, but by the seventh inning, she’s ready to go,” Rowe said. “I know as she gets older and learns more about the game, she’ll enjoy it even more. For now, she just likes watching the team play, seeing the mascots and special events and receiving the giveaways. It’s what keeps her coming back for more.”

Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and has four grandchildren.

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6 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with kids BY SARAH LYONS

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lmost every holiday brings the opportunity to participate in celebrations with your kids, and St. Patrick’s Day has no shortage of fun festivities. Whether you are lucky enough to be Irish or just love celebrating the holiday, try these fun and educational ideas to bring some luck to your home.

EAT ALL THINGS GREEN

Celebrate the day by feasting on all things green. For breakfast, try some green eggs and ham while reading the Dr. Seuss book to your kids, or dye your pancakes green just for fun. For lunch, try serving up a buffet of green foods - broccoli, celery, salad, guacamole, and grapes. Wash it all down with some green juice. Who knows? Maybe your child will try some new foods trying to get good luck on St. Patty’s Day.

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ATTEND A PARADE

Find a Saint Patrick’s Day parade near you, and attend as a family. Go green by painting your face or picking up some silly hats or headbands at the local dollar store. See which family member can dress in the most green for the event. Fort Lauderdale will have the Budweiser Clydesdales at its parade on March 10, with Hollywood’s parade March 11 and a parade in Delray Beach on March 17.

SET A LEPRECHAUN TRAP

The night of March 16th, have your kids set a leprechaun trap using a box or laundry basket. Put gold coins inside to attract your leprechaun, but remember, leprechauns are very sneaky and do not like to be seen. In the morning, your child may awake to see that the leprechaun has taken their gold coins and left them a small gift or treat.

HAVE A SCAVENGER HUNT

Create a scavenger hunt for your kids (or let the leprechaun leave the first clue in the trap). Make it educational by asking kids to answer a question or riddle to figure out the next clue or leave an interesting fact about Ireland to learn more about the holiday. Have your kids follow the clues through the house to find a pot of gold coins at the end

tree and discuss your heritage. For dinner try serving a traditional Irish meal such as corned beef and cabbage. If this isn’t a family favorite, Reuben sandwiches may be a good alternative. There are many ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day that do not involve adultonly activities. Parents can get creative with crafts and activities that are family-

friendly and visit South Florida events that offer fun for all ages.

Sarah Lyons is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom of six children, including 3-year-old triplets.

MAKE A RAINBOW

St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a rainbow. Have your kids use watercolors or finger paint to create their own rainbow. Vanilla pudding with food coloring makes for a fun and edible finger paint. Put food coloring in cups of water and let kids experiment by mixing them to see what colors they can create. Using eye droppers and ice cubes trays lets you sneak in a little fine motor practice too. You can also offer some Lucky Charms cereal as a snack for inspiration.

EXPLORE THE IRISH CULTURE

Learn about the Irish culture online or check out books or movies about Ireland and the history of St. Patrick’s Day from the library. Have the kids watch a video of an Irish dance performance (YouTube is a great place to find one) and have the family try some of the dance moves themselves. This activity will get the whole family moving and probably produce some giggles too. For the crafty, try painting or drawing an Irish flag or four-leaf clover. If you are lucky enough to be Irish, make a family MARCH 2018 | southfloridaparenting.com

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Day camp: Preparing for adventures close to home BY DENISE YEARIAN

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ummer day camp is a place where children can stretch their minds, exercise their bodies, develop new interests and forge lasting friendships. For young children, it is a good introduction to the camp experience. For older ones, it is a way to enjoy the activities without the overnight option. Day camp programs vary from one setting to the next. So how can you help make the most of your child’s day camp experience?

CONSIDER INTERESTS

Day camps offer a host of options that include everything from one centralized activity to a variety of traditional camp fun. Talk with your child about his interests and what he would like to gain from the experience. Would he enjoy an assortment of activities or does he want to concentrate on one skill, such as soccer or art?

CHOOSE A PROGRAM LENGTH

Day camps range from several hours to a full day and can run from one week to an entire summer. How long your child should participate in a program will depend largely upon his age, developmental level and previous camp experience. First-time campers would do well starting in a partial- to full-week program. Experienced campers may enjoy one that runs throughout the summer. Even if your child decides to stay at camp all summer, consider allowing a few weeks break between school and camp (and vice versa) for down time.

LOOK AT LOCATION

If you choose a day camp close to home, commute time will be less and your child may already be acquainted with some of the other children. A day camp near your employer, however, would give you quick access to your child, in the event of an emergency. But if your child needs additional morning or afternoon childcare, you may want to consider a program close to your sitter.

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ASK ABOUT STAFF

Find out what the camper-to-counselor ratio is. Ideally it should be six campers to one counselor, as recommended by the American Camping Association. What experience and/or training do the counselors have? How are they selected? What is the camp’s discipline policy? Are they trained to take care of health concerns such as asthma, allergies and dispensing medicine?

FOCUS ON THE FACILITY

Ask about indoor and outdoor facilities. Is there ample indoor space for children to play during inclement weather? What do they do if it rains all week? Is the outdoor equipment and grounds well maintained and safe? Are the children’s swimming skills tested before they are allowed to enter the water? Is the staff certified in lifesaving

and present during water activities?

INVESTIGATE COST

Inquire about additional fees. Some day camps have a base price but charge extra for trips, special events and activities. If the camp you want to send your child to costs more than you can afford, find out if there is a scholarship program. Also ask about a refund policy, in the event of an illness or family emergency.

ARRANGE A PRE-VISIT

Many day camps have open houses prior to season start up. Find out if the camp you have chosen has one. If not, make other arrangements to introduce yourself to those who will be caring for your child. Since open houses are a good time to gather information, jot down any questions you have before leaving home.


If they are not addressed during this time, ask to speak with someone before securing your deposit.

FILL OUT FORMS

During your pre-visit, you may receive forms to fill out. When it comes to medical forms, be thorough and specific. If your child was on a medication during the school year but will be taken off of it for the summer, make sure the camp is aware of this as it could cause an extreme change in behavior. Insect and food-related allergies should be listed too. Equally important is to share other concerns, such as if your family is going through a divorce or has experienced a recent death, as this may affect how your child interacts throughout the day. Remember, camps look out for the physical and emotional needs of your child, so the more information you provide, the better equipped they will be. You will also be asked to fill out an emergency contact form, which lists another designated individual to call if you cannot be reached in the event of an accident or illness. While it is imperative to have an appointed individual, equally important is that the person

knows she is designated as such. Every year camps contact the emergency person listed and she was not informed she was “on call.” The best advice? Check with that individual before writing the name down.

PERUSE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Camp should give you materials on camp policies, procedures and planned activities. If you and your child know what to expect and what is expected of you, camp will run smoother. Most camps have a weekly schedule so parents know what the upcoming activities are. Talk with you child about what is planned. If she cannot participate due to health reasons, make sure you (not your child) inform the camp. In recent years, many day camps have developed strict policies about leaving technology items – cell phones, handheld games and other tech toys – at home. Their philosophy is day camps are designed to be enriching experiences and the children should be engaging in these activities rather than playing with electronics. If restricted items are

brought to camp, they may be confiscated and returned at the end of the day in hopes the child gets the message.

KEEP THE LINE OF COMMUNICATION OPEN

Talk about camp before it even starts. Reassure your child of the positive experience he will have. At the end of each camp day, find a block of uninterrupted time where you can listen as he shares his adventures. Ask what he liked about camp and if there were any things he didn’t like. If he is having a hard time articulating what happened, break it down by activities—“What crafts did you do?” “Did you play any outdoor games that involved balls or running?” “Who did you play with at the pool?” “Who did you sit with at lunch?” Above all, encourage your child to always do his best, obey the rules and be respectful of others, and chances are, he’ll have a great time.

Denise Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children.

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The benefits of special-needs camps

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t age 6, Kim Kelly paid her first visit to a special needs’ residential camp. It was an experience she and her family will never forget. Up to this point, she had lived a pretty sheltered life, her mother Ruth explains. "Because she has a hearing loss and an orthopedic problem, it was natural for me to want to hold her close.” By bringing Kim to camp, her mother realized two things: "My daughter needed to learn to do things on her own, and I needed to let go a little." For the Kellys, it was a positive experience. There's a host of benefits children derive from attending camp, but for kids with special needs, those benefits are amplified, says Sandy Cameron, editor of “Camping Magazine.” "Traditional camps do a great job mainstreaming special needs' children into their programs, but a special needs camp lets them be with other kids who have similar disabilities. The programs are pretty much the same, but may be altered to meet the children's needs." Heidi Haldeen, summer program specialist for Easter Seals, agrees. "At a special needs camp, kids have the same opportunities they have at traditional camps. The only difference is the activities are modified according to the campers' needs. This gives them a chance to shine." That's what 9-year-old Tiffany Wells found when she attended a special needs camp. During the school year, Tiffany, who has cerebral palsy and asthma, played on a children's softball team and a community bowling league. But because none of the children she played with were disabled, the competition wasn't always equal. "Attending a special needs camp allowed Tiffany to compete on more even ground because all the other kids were playing with some kind of disability," said her mother, Linda . The result? "Tiffany saw that she could actually win and come out on top." One of the beauties of a special needs camp is that the kids can learn and experience new things with others who have similar disabilities, Cameron said. "It's like a camaraderie. It gives them the confidence they need to try new things 32

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CHOOSING A CAMP I Is the camp is accredited by

an organization such as the American Camping Association (ACA, www.acacamps.org) or the National Camp Association (NCA, www.summercamp.org)?

I Does it meet the

organization's standards for kids with special needs, including facility and staffing requirements? What training and experience do the directors and counselors have in working with kids with a need similar to your child's? Are there other families you can contact whose children have attended the camp who can discuss their experience with you?

I What is the ratio of counselors to campers? For children with severe disabilities, the ratio should be at least one counselor for every three campers. What are the camp's health and safety procedures? How close is the nearest hospital? Are they able to accommodate special dietary needs? Who will assist with feeding, toileting or other activities of daily living? I Can you visit the camp to see the program firsthand? Do they have sessions year-round? I How do they ensure an inclusive environment when some activities aren’t appropriate for your child? What alternatives are available? What about the camp's registration fee? (Keep in mind that expense and quality may not go hand-in-hand. Find out if there are scholarships available.)

they might not have otherwise tried." This was the case with Kim Kelly. When she first went to camp, Kim was afraid of the water. "She cried just getting her face wet," said her mother. Through the encouragement of the trained staff, Kim slowly edged her way into the water. "By summer's end, she was jumping in the deep end and had received her first American Red Cross swimming certificate." While some see summer camp as an outlet for fun and recreation, others use it to continue education and therapy goals and teach life skills. This is accomplished one step at a time. "It may mean being 10 minutes late for breakfast so Timmy can learn to tie his shoes by himself," Haldeen said. Developing new skills isn't the only thing kids get from a special needs camp. They learn about friendships, too. Last year when Tiffany went to camp, there was a girl in her cabin with a more severe case of cerebral palsy than Tiffany had. Because Tiffany had spent her whole life with people helping her, she naturally wanted a chance to help others. "When we went to the dance, I got to push my new friend around in her chair," Tiffany said. "I also got to help her eat." "One of the best things to be said about camp – any camp – is the opportunity for the children to make friends. And for children with special needs, it's especially important. They find out they are not alone, that there are others with similar disabilities," Cameron said. When camp is over, what do the children take with them? For some, new skills. For others, new friends. And for many more, simply a fond memory of having had a break from their normal routine. Many campers look forward to returning year after year, Haldeen said. "For many, we are their summer vacation. The minute they drive away, they are making plans to return next year."

Denise Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and four grandchildren.


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How to get your child ready for the swim check at camp BY ROSE SHILLING

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amp swim tests go something like this: Kids jump in the water and swim a set distance. No dog-paddling allowed. They typically must also tread water and float on their backs, while camp staff and possibly other campers look on. And all this usually on the first day or two of camp. It can be stressful. Kids who aren't strong swimmers sometimes feel nervous and might not swim their best, says Tom Wraight, waterfront director at Camp Belknap in Mirror Lake, New Hampshire. Pool swimmers can be thrown by a lake's choppy, chilly water, cloudy bottom or lurking critters. “Swimming in a lake is potentially just mentally scarier,” he says. Wraight usually hears from a parent or two who received a disappointed 34

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letter home about swim-test end of the world because there are results. Kids who are rejust so many other activities,” stricted to shallow water or says parent Laura Gogia. Last are deemed non-swimsummer, her daughter LindNOT A mers can feel embarsay, 10, placed in the lowest STRONG rassed, though Wraight swim group at a camp near SWIMMER? says they typically their home in Richmond, Don’t stress. For one recover quickly. Virginia. So Lindsay opted thing, remember that “There's always a few for other activities, such as swimming is only one tears, which is always joining kids making friendpart of camp. unfortunate,” he says. “We ship bracelets by the lake. remind them that everyone Eventually, she got bored as was there at some point.” one of the oldest kids in the shalHe and other experts say there are low area and longed to use a zip line over steps parents can take to prepare childeep water, and that motivated her to dren and to relieve swim-test anxiety. give swimming lessons another try over For one thing, remember that swimthe winter. She clicked with a young, ming is only one part of camp. gentle-mannered instructor who tai“I would tell parents who are maybe lored one-on-one lessons to the swim dreading the fact that their kid might test. not pass the swim test that it's not the


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Here are some other pointers from experts for parents preparing children for a camp swim check: 1. Tell your child in detail what to expect. Kids who aren't prepared have a harder time. 2. Ask your child to set a goal, adjust your expectations accordingly and try to provide practice time. 3. Find out the policy for retaking the test or advancing through lessons. Wraight says Camp Belknap encourages kids to take lessons during camp to try to progress through swim levels. 4. If you can, enroll your kid in swimming lessons — private or group — in the winter or spring, and let the instructor know about swim test goals. 5. Consider refresher lessons for kids who swim consistently only in summer. 6. Check around for reduced-rate or free instruction or pool membership, which the Y offers. Or take your children swimming for fun and ask a lifeguard for skills to practice on your own. 7. Don't rule out camp just because your child hasn't taken swim lessons or won't pass the test. Many kids find their motivation to learn to swim at camp. Camps administer swim checks for Continued on PAGE 36 MARCH 2018 | southfloridaparenting.com

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safety, to prevent water injuries and deaths, says Lindsay Mondick, the Minneapolis-based senior manager of aquatics for the national Y. The Y updated its swimming lesson curriculum in 2016 to increase the emphasis on drowning prevention. One skill, called “swim, float, swim,” has a goal similar to that of many camp swim tests: that children orient their bodies toward safety and swim for it, taking breaks to avoid tiring out and then starting up again. “If a child feels they have more control of their body, they will be more willing and achieve strokes faster,” Mondick says. The Boy Scouts have a standard swim test, and the Y offers its locations a sample test. But overall, requirements vary somewhat among camps. Generally, swimming without stopping for a predetermined length — 50 yards or more is common for deep-water competency — shows endurance to reach safety. Test givers don't expect competition-level strokes, but kids should stay at the top of the water, lift their faces out to breath, kick steadily and keep moving forward.

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Bright & Smart

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

Broward College - Kids and Teens Summer College

broward.edu/youth, 954-201-7800 Fort Lauderdale: 111 East Las Olas Blvd. Davie: 3501 SW Davie Road Pembroke Pines: 16957 Sheridan St. Hollywood: 7200 Pines Blvd. Coconut Creek: 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd. Dania Beach: 580 Gulfstream Way Explore your career pathway! Programs use fun

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and outdoor activities and field trips that take advantage of resources in the local area. We also offer optional specialty programs during regular camp hours that cater to any interest.

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Camp Live Oak

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Camp Renegade & Camp ASP camprenegade.com, 954-596-9000

Camp Sunshine

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Chesterbrook Academy

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Funky Fish Ocean Camp

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Institute for Math & Computer Science - IMACS

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Lil' Rascals Academy

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Mathnasium

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My Gym

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Nob Hill Academy

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Heron Lakes Family Center, 5601 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, 954-346-0002 Perlman Family Campus, 6501 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, 954-792-6700

The Swim Academy

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

Acts 2 Acres Spring Break Horse Camp

4000 NW 43rd St., Coconut Creek acts2acres.com, 954-326-2528 Dates: March 26th-30th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $250/week. Early Drop Off (8 a.m.) and After Care (until 5 p.m.) available at an additional charge. Activities include: Riding, Groom & Tacking, Arts & Crafts and Barn Management.

Adventure Bay Learning Center Camps

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

American Heritage Day Camps

12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation ahsummerprograms.com, 954-472-0022, x-3043

American Heritage Summer Institute

12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation ahsummerprograms.com, 954-472-0022, x-3043

American Pride Martial Arts

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

Baldwin Academy Preschool & Camp

5835 N. University Drive, Tamarac baldwin-academy.com, 954-721-1107

Broadway Kids Studio

9042 W. State Road 84, Davie broadwaykidsstudio.com, 954-693-7500

Help Us Make Every Kid Water Smart! Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under 5 in Broward County. With pools, lakes, and canals all around, it is important for parents to take precautions. • Teach your children swim safety. • Install fences and alarms around pools. • Learn CPR and First Aid.

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Voted the Best Kids Theater Program, Performing Arts Studio, Dance Studio & After School Program, look no further than BKS for all your Summer Camp needs. This year we will be performing 101 Dalmatians, Jungle Book, Mary Poppins and School of Rock!

Camp Atlantis

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

Camp Coral Diabetes Camp

Parkside Elementary, 10257 NW 29th St., Coral Springs browardhealth.org/camp, 954-344-3344

Camp Ramat Shalom

Cheerleading, Dance, Manners, Crafts and More Summer Camp

Coral Springs Charter School, 3205 N. University Drive americasleaders.co, 954-748-5977 Join us for the Best Summer Camp for girls in South Florida - Since 1994! 2 camps to choose from with tons of fun activities: cheerleading, dance, manners, crafts, fitness, parties, performances and more. Free Pre- and Post-Care, No Reg. Fees. 319 S. State Road 7, Margate 954-974-7320

Christi Stepps Academy

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

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

City of Sunrise Summer Camp

Locations throughout Sunrise. sunrisefl.gov/camp, 954-747-4600 The City of Sunrise offers a variety of specialty and traditional camp programs for children age 5 to 15. Registration begins in April. Visit sunrisefl.gov/camp for enrollment information, or call 954-747-4600.

Cool Music School Day Camp

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

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

Children’s World Margate

City of Lauderhill Parks Department

GameRoom

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

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida gssef.org, 561-427-0177

Intensity Gymnastics And Parkour

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

Jump!Zone Party Play Centers

10064 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise jumpzoneparty.com, 954-703-1330

Junior Achievement BizTown Camp

Coral Springs Museum Of Art

1130 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek jasouthflorida.org/camp, 954-979-7100

Dance FX

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

Eagles Landing Camp

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

Equine-Assisted Therapies Of South Florida

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

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

10057D Sunset Strip, Sunrise dancefxsunrise.com, 954-742-3114 7600 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek kidsloveelc.com, 954-571-8709

Kenpo Care Day Care & Preschool Kids In Motion

Kol Tikvah Phylis J. Green ECC Summer Camp

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

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

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

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

Future Scholars Preschool

Mary Help Of Christians Catholic School

Mia Cake House

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SUMMER FOOTBALL CAMP Boys and Girls ages 8-14 can train like their favorite Miami Dolphins players. Locations in Miami Dade, Broward, and Hard Rock Stadium. Exclusive Dolphins apparel and special guests. Dolphins.com/JuniorDolphins

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The #1 Summer STEM Camp for Ages 7–18 Empower your child to take their STEM skills to the next level. From coding and game development to robotics and design, your child will develop in-demand skills and ignite lifelong passions—all within a fun, inclusive environment. Get ready for the best summer ever!

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Monkey See Monkey Do

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

New Adventures Early Learning Center 4500 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek newadventureselc.com, 954-968-0011

Next Stop Broadway Summer Camp 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs thecentercs.com, 954-344-5991

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

Signature Stables Horseback Riding Camps

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

Striker's Family Sport Center 8500 NW 44th St., Sunrise strikersfs.com, 954-749-1400

Temple Beth Orr - Camp Yeladim

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

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Modeling Camp ™

SPORTS BROADCASTING CAMP IS BACK IN SOUTH FLORIDA JUNE 11-15,, 2018

The ideal camp for all fashionistas!

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

Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El Early Childhood 8200 Peters Road, Plantation tkae.org, 954-472-1988

The Wow Factory

Miami

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

SOUTH BROWARD:

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

A World of Knowledge

750 NW 180th Terrace, Pembroke Pines aworldofknowledge.net, 954-430-7707

AEF School and Camp

4650 SW 61st Ave., Davie aefcamps.com, 954-581-8222

AllGolf at C.B. Smith Park • 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

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

American T.K.A

10376 State Road 84, Davie americantka.com, 954-472-2554

Apple Tree Montessori

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

Nation’s #1 Sports Broadcasting Camp For more information call 800.319.0884 www.playbyplaycamps.com

Art And Culture Center Of Hollywood

1650 Harrison St., Hollywood artandculturecenter.org, 954-921-3274

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Music. Theater. Dance. Visual Arts. Fashion.

JUNE 11 - AUGUST 17, 2018 (10 weeks) AGES 5 - 16

Early drop off at 7:30 a.m. / Classes are Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 6161 NW 22 Avenue Miami, Florida 33142 | 305-638-6771 | ahcacmiami.org The Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. It is a policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disability Act. The facility is accessible. To request materials in an accessible format and or/accommodation to attend an event at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, please contact Gloria Wilkins at 305-638-6771 or ahcac@miamidade.gov, at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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Barb Koster’s Riding Academy

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

Berlitz Language Summer Camp 2018

2202 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines berlitzkidsandteens.com, 954-997-9977 The best and most valuable summer camp for your children. Experience a total immersion program where they can enjoy learning Spanish or Mandarin with interactive activities, playing, singing, painting, sharing and having lots of FUN! Ages 4 - 11

Bill Clark Tennis Academy

SUMMER

LEARNING ACADEMY

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

Broadway Kids Studio

9042 W. State Road 84, Davie broadwaykidsstudio.com, 954-693-7500 Voted the Best Kids Theater Program, Performing Arts Studio, Dance Studio & After School Program, look no further than BKS for all your Summer Camp needs. This year we will be performing 101 Dalmatians, Jungle Book, Mary Poppins and School of Rock!

C By Me

OUR 14TH YEAR!

4624 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 203, Hollywood cbyme.com, 954-926-3636

Cadenza Center

INDIVIDUALIZED TUTORING IN

READING AND MATH

We offer students the opportunity to catch up or go beyond their grade level

FULL DAY PROGRAM MIAMI-DADE CAMP DIRECTORY

Half day tutoring half day arts and crafts

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PRE-K4 – 8TH GRADE JUNE 11-AUG 17 305-273-8999

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

Camp B'nai Aviv

1410 Indian Trace, Weston bnaiaviv.org, 954-384-6605

Camp Chameleon

Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise campchameleon.com, 954-815-9054 A fun and friendly summer camp for children ages 5-15 since 2008. Nature, creative arts, athletics, aquatics & field trips every day. Mature, experienced counselors. June 11-August 3, 2018. Extended hours included 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Register online today!

Camp Kadima

David Posnack JCC, 5850 S. Pine Island Road, Davie dpjcc.org/campkadima, 954-434-0499 Camp Kadima offers camps for ages 1 to 14 regardless of faith, race or ability. Choose a camp that lets you do some of everything or select a specialty camp for tech, basketball, sports, or theater. Or mix it up and choose a week of each.

Camp Lingua

4700 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches camplingua.com, 954-642-CAMP (2267)

Camp Nova

3375 SW 75th Ave., Fort Lauderdale uschool.nova.edu/summer, 954-262-4506

Camp Sagemont

1570 Sagemont Way, Weston campsagemont.com, 954-384-1894

Camp Sinai of Hollywood

1400 N. 46th Ave., Hollywood sinaihollywood.org, 954-987-0026


Camp Woodland and Woodland Teen Camp

C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines campwoodlandfl.com, 954-921-1497

City of Hollywood Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts

hollywoodfl.org/summercamps, 954-921-3404

City Of Miramar Spring Camp

miramarfl.gov/313/Parks-Recreation, 954-602-3167 Spring camps take place from March 26th – March 30th; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The program includes sports, field trips, field day, arts & crafts and more. Spaces are limited. For registration information, please visit miramarfl.gov or call 954-602-3342.

City Of Pembroke Pines Summer Camps

ppines.com, 954-435-6520

Coral Reef Gymnastics & Cheer

15851 SW 41st St., Suite 100, Davie coralreefgymnastics.com, 954-430-1530

Dancer’s Gallery

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

Dynamic Family Martial Arts

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

Everglades Academy Preschool

6941 SW 196th Ave., Pembroke Pines eapreschool.com, 954-434-8884

Flamingo Gardens

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

Healing Hooves Psychotherapy

6201 SW 180th Terrace, Southwest Ranches therapybarn.org, 954-907-6862

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

Little Giants Academy

2710 Van Buren St., Hollywood littlegiantsacademy.com, 954-367-5636

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

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Little Grown Ups Center

6883 Stirling Road, Davie, 954-587-1217

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

Miami Dolphins Summer Camp

7500 SW 30th St., Davie dolphinsacademy.com, 305-943-7272

Miramar Cultural Center

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

Montessori Institute of Broward

12425 Orange Drive, Davie montessoriinstituteofbroward.com, 954-357-0369

Nova Gymnastics

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Tauber Academyy

CAMP CHAVERIM

Open to all children ages 3 months - 7 years old • • • • • •

Cooking Arts & Crafts Soccer Water Play Silly Science Kidokentics

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Judaic Weekly Shows Music Mind Lab Bounce House ABC..123

• Upper Camp Field Trips • Spirit Fridays • Camp Shabbat • And so much more

Healthy lunch & snack included.

2018 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Camp Chaverim at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center 20400 NE 30th Avenue | Aventura, FL 33180 | (305) 931-0010 | www.tauberacademy.com

Art • Athletics • Coding • Dance • Drama • Engineering • Innovation • Music • Robotics

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Co-ed Camps Now Available! Weekly sessions June to August, 2018 For girls and boys entering PK3 through 9th (ages 3 to 15) Co-ed and single-gender activities Choose from our full day Camp Carrollton or from our Specialty Camps. For more information visit www.carrollton.org

3747 Main Highway, Coconut Grove • www.carrollton.org

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Oh's Tae Kwon Do Center

SPORTACademy

Pines Ice Arena

Spun Gold Equestrian Center

Precious Years Learning Center

Summer Dance Jam Camp

621 NW 99th Ave., Pembroke Pines ohstaekwondo.com, 954-432-6999 12425 Taft St., Pembroke Pines pinesice.com, 954-704-8700

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

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

1301 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood Beach

Culture and Community Center hollywoodfl.org, 954-921-3600

Shaolin Academy

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

Smart And Fit Kids

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

Smatts’ Tennis Academy

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

780 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale sportacademymiami.com, 954-455-0460

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

409 SW 136th Ave., Davie wbgymnastics.com, 954-382-1767

Summit–Questa Montessori School

Young At Art – Spring Art Camps

5451 SW 64th Ave., Davie summitquesta.com, 954-584-3466 Offering Early Childhood (Ages 3-5) and Elementary (Ages 6-10) Camps with a variety of activities including weekly field trips, pool activities, science experiments, sports, arts & crafts, outdoor play, plus specialty programs just to name a few!

Sunny Seeds Preschool

South Florida Youth Basketball League 5325 S. University Drive, Davie sparezbowling.com, 954-434-9663

Tree of Life Christian Academy

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

Summer Exploration at NSU’s Mailman Segal Institute

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

Sparez

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

1250 SW 160th Ave., Weston treeoflifeacademy.com, 954-440-0174

13750 W. State Road 84, Davie sunnyseedspreschool.com, 954-452-2924

sflbasketball.com, 954- 809-5131

Temple Solel

floridasuperstars.com, 954-438-2075

South Florida Council, Cub Scout Day Camp 3551 SW 142nd Ave., Davie sfcbsa.org, 954-584-4200

Temple Beth Emet - Camp Beth Emet

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

West Broward Gymnastics Academy

751 SW 121st Ave., Davie youngatartmuseum.org, 954-424-5031 From March 23 & 26 - 30 campers can experience hands-on art projects, interactive exhibitions and museum exploration! Kids will also enjoy artrageous artist workshops, our Eco-Eggstravaganza and a movie day! 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Register online or in person.

EAST BROWARD:

Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Wilton Manors, Lighthouse Point

Aikido Martial Arts Camp

Tag USA Gymnastics Camp

730 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale holidayparkmartialarts.com, 954-562-1093

Temple Beth El Preschool

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

1351 S. 14th Ave., Hollywood templebethelhollywood.org, 954-921-7096

Ashanti Cultural Arts Summer Camp Astrid Audet Academy of Ballet & More 6135 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

AWARD WINNING CAMPS!

• For children 5-12 yrs. • Accredited Camp • All Adult Staff

COMPUTER CAMP! Ages 8-14

SELECTED BY DISNEY AS 1 OF 5 TOP UNIQUE CAMPS IN THE USA! Summer Camp from June 11th - August 17th Located at: University of Miami Pinecrest Community Center / Pinecrest Gardens Pine Tree Camps at Lynn University (Boca Raton)

REGISTER TODAY! (305) 666-2992 WWW.FUNCAMPS.COM

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Video Game Design 3D Animation Story Boarding Basic Computer Programing

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astridaudetacademyofballet.com, 954-491-8418

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

Camp Rock - City of Pompano Beach

901 NW 10th St., Pompano Beach pompanobeachfl.gov, 954-786-4131 Camp Rock will take place the entire summer break beginning June 11, 2018 with hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lunch and a snack is provided for all campers. There are many activities and field trips planned. For additional information, call us.

Camp SOAR Specialty Camp

1801 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach pompanobeachfl.gov, 954-786-4111 This nine week specialty camp is designed in a way that is sure to suit the needs of many interests. Each week we will focus on specific activity such as zoology and robotics, and incorporate activities and field trips around it.

City Of Oakland Park

oaklandparkfl.org, 954-630-4505

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 Multiple camp options available. deerfield-beach.com

Florida Children’s Theatre – Summer Stage Camp

2542B E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale flct.org, 954-763-6882 The Summer Stage program is a show camp designed for students in grades 2-10. Campers work with trained instructors in acting, music, dance & design to mount a full-scale production at the end of each session. Camp is held at The Galleria Mall.

Florida Children’s Theatre – Storybook Adventures Camp

2542B E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale flct.org, 954-763-6882 This is a creative drama program designed for students Pre-K- 1st grade, with students as young as 4 years old. Campers unleash their imaginations through theatre games, music, story drama & movement, culminating in a showcase for family and friends.

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

SUMMER CAMP 2018

MIAMI-DADE CAMP DIRECTORY

June 11 – August 3, 2018 Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Space is Limited! Register Today! North Miami Beach Summer Camp programs are designed for children grades K-9 to provide general day camp experience during the summer break. Each camper will participate in a variety of supervised activities, including arts and crafts, music, swimming, sports, games, weekly field trips and special events. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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

For registration information, contact the Parks & R.E.C. Department at

(305) 948-2957

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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 Weeklong camps are designed to give children ages 6-12 entire days filled with exploration & hands-on learning. Camp runs from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; before & after care available. Fee includes all workshop materials, chaperoned exhibit exploration & IMAX film.

NSU University School

3375 SW 75th Ave., Fort Lauderdale uschool.nova.edu, 954-262-4506

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

Pine Crest Summer Programs & Day Camps

1501 NE 62nd St., Fort Lauderdale pinecrest.edu/summer, 954-492-4137 Campers exercise their bodies and minds, and try new things. Join us for one week or the entire summer. Choose one camp for the summer or something different each week. Open to the public. Locations in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. Grades PK-12.

Planet Air Sports

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

Camp Life

is the

Best Life 2018 Summer Camp programs with Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida Day Camp & Overnight Camp programs for girls age 5 to 17

Jun 11 to Aug 10, 2018

305.253.4841

2 locations: Coral Gables and South Miami.

www.girlscoutsfl.org


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Children from 3 years old to those entering Grade 2 6800 Nervia Street Coral Gables, FL 33146 Director Pete Alfonso

BE PART OF THE ACTION!

SCHEDULE A TOUR TODAY CALL US NOW AT (305) 666-1856

Children entering Grade 3 to those entering Grade 10 9775 SW 87th Avenue Miami, FL 33176 Director Courtney Young

W W W.RIVIERASCHOOLS.COM

Turn a day off from school into an education-packed experience a Miami Seaquarium®. At our educational day camps, children enjoy j exciting i i animal i l iinteractions, i marine i mammall shows, h art projects, games, and marine biology fun. From marine invertebrates to marine mammals, our broadly 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.C

March 23 - Coral Report

pers on fe under the sea! Our week long Spring camp includes educational games and crafts, marine life learning, animal interactions & Bunny Palooza activities!

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CAMPS

Grades K – 5 • Register Online Now!

Visit frostscience.org/camps • 305-434-9564

Get ready for the best summer 2018!

Registration is now open!

www.campsinai.org

MINI-CAMP: MARCH 23 OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS Meet some of the birds from our own backyard, then learn about adaptations and what makes birds so unique from feet to beak.

SPRING CAMP: MARCH 26-30 BRAINIACS

Campers will challenge their mind and test their senses with thrilling hands-on activities.

1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132, Miami, FL 33132 | frostscience.org 305-932-9012 • campsinai@tsnd.org 18801 NE 22nd Avenue North Miami Beach, Fl 33180

SUMMER CAMP KIDS ASK FOR US BY NAME

MIAMI-DADE CAMP DIRECTORY

ACT•SING•DANCE

Spring Camp Campers will dive into the world of marine biology and surf their “brain waves” while exploring the many aquatic habitats of the Deering Estate! March 26-30, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm. $200 for a five-day session. Register online at www.deeringestate.org or call 305-235-1668 ext. 233. 16701 SW 72 Avenue Miami, FL 33157 Deering Estate 305-235-1668 • www.deeringestate.org

305.226.0030 4246 SW 152 Ave

www.RoxyPAC.com

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To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Parks-sponsored program or meeting, contact Mary Palacios, 305-755-7848 or Mary.Palacios@miamidade.gov, at least 7 days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).


ProAm Dance Studio

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

WITH OVER 90 YEARS OF RUNNING CAMPS, WE KNOW A BIT ABOUT HOW TO SUMMER.

Rio Vista Community Church

880 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale riovistachurch.com, 954-522-2518

Rockin’ Jump "The Ultimate Trampoline Park"

Inside Xtreme Action Park 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale ftlaudedale.rockinjump.com, 954-656-1241 The perfect field trip option for your campers: 2 hours of fitness and fun: Ninja Course, X Bean, Rockinwall, Dodge Ball Arena, Dunk Zone, Stunt Bag and trampoline arena. Our moto is to provide fun in a clean and safe environment.

academics

aquatics

basketball camp

chess camp

day camp

drama camps

guitar camp

mad dance

simple soccer camp

tech camps

top flight

travel programs

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

St. Thomas Aquinas High School

2801 SW 12th St., Fort Lauderdale aquinas-sta.org, 954-581-0700

Trinity Christian School

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

Miami Country Day School | 601 NE 107 St. Miami, FL 33161 305.779.7350 | summer.miamicountryday.org

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PALM BEACH CAMPS MULTIPLE LOCATIONS:

Camps with multiple locations throughout Palm Beach

Camp Invention

campinvention.org, 800-968-4332 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

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

Engineering For Kids

engineeringforkids.com Northern Palm Beach: 561-818-8750 South Palm Beach: 561-558-4959

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

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

The Science Academy

thescienceacademy.org, 561-285-7552 FUN Science Summer Camp for grades K-6, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. extended care available. Science and Technology Labs mixed with recreation program. All INCLUSIVE. Location Boca / Delray.

mats, bodyboarding. Surf contest and Friday pizza ceremonies with free hats and glasses from O’Neill.

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

YMCA of South Palm Beach County

ymcaspbc.org/summercamp Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton 6631 Palmetto Circle S., Boca Raton, 561-237-0949 Devos-Blum Family YMCA Of Boynton Beach 9600 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach, 561-536-1418 The Best Summer Ever is at Y summer camp! Campers build lasting friendships and explore new experiences by participating in engaging planned activities. Many camps are offered in Boynton & Boca Y's such as Traditional, Sports, Aqua, Art, Teen & more.

Camp Atlantis

1950 Prairie Road, West Palm Beach atlantisacademy.com, 561-220-3441

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

NORTH PALM BEACH:

City of Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks

Academy For Child Enrichment

Epiphany Lutheran Church & School

(North of Delray Beach)

700 Camellia Drive, Royal Palm Beach academyforchildenrichment.com, 561-798-3458

Aloha Surf Camp

14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach alohasurfingschool.com, 561-543-7873 Full or Half day programs: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. available. Learn ocean safety/skills, Surfing, paddle boarding, jet tubing, water trampolines, splash

boynton-beach.org, 661-742-6650

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

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

10205 SE Girl Scout Camp Road, Tequesta gssef.org, 561-512-2270

Junior Achievement Summer Camps

BROWARD CAMP DIRECTORY

Where future entrepreneurs spend their summer!

JA CEO Academy Summer Camp

JA BizTown Summer Camp

Build entrepreneurial skills and create a business plan! Ages 12-16 Begins June 18

Learn Le financial skills in a mini-city! Plus science, art, fitness and field trips! Ages 8-13 / LIT’s 14-16 Be egin June 25, July 9, and July 16 JA A World Huizenga Center at Broward College 1130 Coconut Creek Blvd Coconut Creek, FL 33066 jasouthflorida.org/camp 954-979-7100

REGISTER NOW at JASouthFlorida.org/camp

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CAMP ASP ENRICHMENT $140 per week

AM ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

INSTRUCTED BY SCHOOL BOARD TEACHERS FROM EACH SCHOOL PM Activity Schedule: 2 Trips per Week

LOCATIONS

Park Trails Elementary in Parkland Manatee Bay Elementary in Weston Mirror Lake Elementary in Plantation Winston Park Elementary in Coconut Creek Gulfstream Academy of Hallandale Beach ($110 per week) Hollywood Central ($95 per week)

CAMP ASP ON – SITE: $115

On-Campus Activities: 2 Trips per Week

LOCATIONS

Chapel Trail Elementary in West Pembroke Pines Tradewinds Elementary in Coconut Creek Sheridan Hills Elementary in Central Hollywood Palm Cove Elementary in Pembroke Pines

CAMP ASP & RENEGADE AT PARKS CAMP RENEGADE AT CB SMITH PARK FOR ONLY $115 PER WEEK!

DAILY FIELD TRIPS WITH NO ACTIVITY FEES! LOCATIONS

Alphabetland Pre-School in Margate Renegade Coconut Creek Aphabetland Pre-School in North Lauderdale Renegade North Lauderdale

Licensed and Insured. We do not discriminate against any child on the basis of religion, race, national origin, sex, or handicap. *Discount not offered at our $85 and $95 flat rate camps.

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

BROWARD CAMP DIRECTORY

For a full summer schedule or any other information, stop by your ASP Program or give us a call! Corporate Offices: 5700 Horizons Land, Margate, FL 33063 954-596-9000 1-888-720-2882 www.aspkids.com www.camprenegade.com

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THIS SUMMER GIVE YOUR KIDS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

SUMMER CAMP

MANDARIN

FRENCH

SPANISH

SUMMER CAMP FUN AT MARKHAM PARK!

GERMAN

EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE TOTAL IMMERSION PROGRAM WHERE YOUR CHILDREN WILL ENJOY LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE WITH INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES, PLAYING, SINGING, PAINTING, SHARING AND HAVING LOTS OF FUN!

SESSION 1: June 11th to June 29th

SESSION 2: July 9th to July 27th SESSION 3: July 30th to August 17th

MORNING SESSION FROM 9AM TO 12PM. AFTERNOON SESSION FROM 2PM TO 5PM.

THE BEST TEACHING METHOD THAT REVOLUTIONIZED LANGUAGE LEARNING AROUND THE WORLD IS NOW AVAILABLE IN BROWARD

(954) 388 9170

Celebrating 10 years of incredible Summer Camp Fun! • Field trips EVERYDAY!

REGISTER YOUR CHILDREN TODAY. AGES 4 – 9. SPACE IS LIMITED www.berlitzbroward.com

June 11,2018-August 3,2018

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

2202 N Flamingo Rd. Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

Teaching Languages to Children is our Passion

Call 954-815-9054 Register at campchameleon.com

NATURE • CREATIVE ARTS • ATHLETICS • AQUATICS • FIELD TRIPS

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

KIDS & TEENS COLLEGE SUMMER

JUNE 18 - AUGUST 3 B R O WA R D . E D U / Y O U T H BROWARD CAMP DIRECTORY

ARTS

EDUCATION

Graphic Design

Teaching

STEM

AVIATION Drones ATC

HEALTH SCIENCE Nursing Vision Care

BUSINESS

Real Estate Entrepreneurship

OPEN HOUSE at 5:30p.m. MAY 1 MAY 2

• Arts • Aviation • Business • Coding • Drones • Education • Entrepreneurship • Graphic Design • Health Sciences • Nursing • Real Estate • Robotics • STEM • Teaching • Vision Care View our Full Brochure & Register BROWARD.EDU/YOUTH 954-201-7800

MAY 3

NORTH CENTRAL PINES

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EXPLORE YOUR CAREER PATHWAY IN:

Black Rocket CSI Coding Robotics

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S U N DAY, M ARC H 1 1 • PARA D E 1 PM • DOWN TOWN T H OL LY WOOD

Pipe & Drum Bands • Kid’s Zone • Irish Food & Drink • U2 BY UV Live in Concert www.stpatricksparade.com • 954.921.3404

Presented by the Hibernians of Hollywood, City of Hollywood and Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency

Saturday March 24 2-5pm p

Boulevard Heights Community Center 6770 Garfield St. Hollywood

954.921.3404 • www.hollywoodfl.org

Hollywood is the place to be for

SUMMER CAMP Check out all of Hollywood’s Summer Camps at

www.hollywoodfl.org/summercamps 954.921.3404

BROWARD CAMP DIRECTORY

See YOUR Child LIVE on the BIG STAGE!

2 SESSIONS ★ AGES 7–18 3 LOCATIONS Broward Center for the Performing Arts Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University

REGISTER NOW!

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SUMMER FUN at Camp Nova for ages 5 - 17

Camp Activities 3-D Painting Archery Arts and Crafts Camp Olympics Cartooning Ceramics Cheerleading

Coding CURTANNA™ Dance Digital Photography Electric Game Design Field Trips Halloween in July

Innovation Martial Arts Minecraft Robotics Sports Swimming Wacky Wednesdays

Specialty Camps Baseball Basketball C.I.T. Program Chess Drobot

Golf Junior Lifeguard Lacrosse Magic Marine Science

Overnight Soccer Teen Travel Tennis Theatre Volleyball

Summer Scholars

Camp Dates

June 11 - August 3 Two-Week Sessions Available Post Camp Sessions run from August 6 – 17 (daily field trips) Camp hours are: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (before and after care available) Hot lunches and snacks are included.

Register & pay in full by

APRIL 13 and receive

10% OFF* *Plus 10% discount for each sibling

uschool.nova.edu | (954) 262-4528

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BROWARD CAMP DIRECTORY

This program gives both public and private school students the opportunity to enrich their summer with learning experiences in Reading, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Writing, and Language Arts within a challenging and supportive environment.

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High Touch High Tech of South Florida

sciencemadefunsfl.net, 561-792-3785

Hula Surf School

Oceanfront Park, Boynton Beach hulasurfschool.com, 877-321-HULA (4852)

Jupiter Outdoor Center

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

Jupiter Pointe Paddling

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

Spring Break Camp dates: March 19-23 and March 26-30

4000 NW 43rd Street Coconut Creek , FL 33073

Mad Science

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

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

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

Kentwood Preparatory School

• BeginnerAdvanced Riding Lessons • Summer Camp and Spring Break Camp • Birthday Parties

14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach marinelife.org/camp, 561-627-8280 Our summer camp programs are interactive, educational and stimulating. Kids will learn the journey of our sea turtle patients through their recovery and what conservation tools they can use to make sure no sea turtles get injured on their watch!

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

Karate America

Horseback Riding Lessons

Loggerhead Marinelife Center Junior Marine Biologist Camp

Kravis Center ArtsCamp

701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach kravis.org/artscamp, 561-651-4366

Lion Country Safari Safari Day Camp

2003 Lion Country Safari Road, West Palm Beach lioncountrysafari.com, 561-793-1084 An entertaining and educational summer adventure! Nine themed weeks for campers to experience including some behind-the-scenes opportunities. Wild fun with animal encounters, KOA pool, splash play area, water slides, mini golf, paddleboats and more.

954-326-2528

Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Melissa & Starling’s Performing Arts and Tutoring

801 N. Congress Ave., #377, Boynton Beach mandsperformingarts.com, 561-313-6143

Mountaineer's School of Autism

1340 Kenwood Road, West Palm Beach msainc.org, 561-932-3938

Mounts Botanical Garden

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

Oxbridge Academy

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

Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation

pbcsplash.com

www.acts2acres.com ts2a 2a

Camp ROCK / Highlands Park 1650 NE 50th Court, Pompano Beach, FL 33064

BROWARD CAMP DIRECTORY

Summer fun filled with swim lessons, field trips, special events, arts & crafts, organized sports, reading program and cultural arts.

AGES 6-12 Registration starts Monday, April 2nd

Field trips every day!

Sports: Flag football, Soccer, Karate, Fishing. Fun Activities: Water Play, Experiments, Cooking, Arts & Crafts, Cinema, Bowling, Arcade, Zoo, Museums & Much More! From 5 to 12-year-old

Summer Camp also available from 6 weeks to 4-year-old

City of Pompano Beach h Residents $150/Session Non-Residents $180/Session

Se io I: Ju Session June11th-June 29th Session II: July 2nd-July 20th Session III: July 23rd – August 10th

For more information please call 954-786-7871 or visit our website

www.pompanobeachfl.gov

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Summer C Camp

Fun under the sun!

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From June 11th to August 10th. From 6:30 am to 6:30 pm with no extra charge. Lunch available 13750 West State Rd. 84. Davie FL 33325

954 452 2924

$175/wk.

www.sunnyseedspreschool.com sunnyseedspreschool@gmail.com


Palm Beach Preschool

water play. State-of-the-art playground. Weekly entertainment. 8 Weeks. Enrolling for Preschool 2018-2019.

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/zoo-camp, 561-547-WILD (9453) Come for a week or the entire summer! Each week offers a unique wildlife theme with zoo keeping activities, behind-the-scenes tours, conservation education activities, interactive fountain time, up-close animal encounters and much more! Ages 5-14.

Pine Jog Summer Day Camp

Beth El Early Learning Center - Summer Adventure Camp

Temple Torat Emet

9800 Yamato Road, Boca Raton tbeboca.org, 561-391-9091

The Broadway Artists Intensive Junior

Boca Raton Museum Art School – Summer Camp

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

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

The King’s Academy

8401 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach tka.net, 561-686-4244

The Learning Experience

801 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton bocamuseum.org/artschool, 561-392-2503 Weekly Art Camp at the Boca Raton Museum Art School is so much fun, kids don’t know they’re learning! Art projects are geared to age groups 5-7, 8-10, 11-12. Themed weeks and a wide variety of creative projects stimulate children’s imaginations.

FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Educational Center 6301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach pinejog.fau.edu, 561-686-6600

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

Science and Tech Adventure Camps 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach sfsciencecenter.org/camp, 561-832-1988

Unity School

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

7429 S. Military Trail, Lake Worth standingoh.com, 561-734-0187

(Delray Beach and South)

Camp Yeladim At Congregation B’nai Israel

Temple Beth Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool Summer Camp

300 E. Yamato Road, Boca Raton adventschoolboca.com, 561-395-5322

Center Stage Performing Arts

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

The Weiss School

4176 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens weissschool.org/summer, 561-627-0740

SOUTH PALM BEACH:

Standing Ovation Performing Arts

Advent Adventure Club

900 Big Blue Trace, Wellington templebethtorahpreschool.net, 561-793-2649 Children 2-6 will enjoy activities that promote learning and social development such as art, gymnastics, computers, sports, nature, cooking,

American Heritage Camps Multiple camp options available 6200 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach ahschool.com, 561-637-2440

Boca Sports Stars Camp

1798 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton bocasportsstars.com, 561-251-7578

Camp Nageela Boca

Boca Prep International, 10333 Diego Drive South, Boca Raton campnageelaboca.com, 561-544-2854

2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton cbiboca.org, 561-241-1484

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

PRESCHOOL

CAMP EXPLORERS:

SUMMER CAMP:

KINDERGARTEN - FIFTH GRADE

INFANT - FIFTH GRADE • Splash Days

attractions such as Ninja Lounge,

• Thematic Hands-On Curriculum

Off the Wall, Rapids Water Park*,

• Cooking Art, and Science Projects

ParrotJungle Island and more

• Face painters and more!

• Fun sport week to include Miami HeatJam, Marlins Game and FloridaPanthers Ice Tour

FOR KINDERGARTEN - FIFTH GRADE 6/11-8/9

•Cooking.Art and Science projects coupled with thematic hands-on

Creative Child

curriculum

)'("$%$& *'$#'! The Smart Choice for Preschool

*OPTIONAL

THREE CONVENIENT LOCATIONS Coral Springs - Parkland 9675Westview Drive Coral Springs, FL 33076

(954) 796--0081

Davie - Plantation 1305 SW 101st Road Davie, FL 33324 (954) 452-3346

Weston - sunrise 150 Weston Road Sunrise, FL 33326 (954) 389-8245

For more infonnation, please call or visit us today! creativechildleamingcenter.com

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BROWARD CAMP DIRECTORY

• Daily Field Trips to local

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Creative Heart Dance Studio

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

Emerging Minds Montessori Academy

9087 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-487-3535 Authentic Montessori Summer Camp Ages 2-6. Free Summer VPK. Montessori Lessons in the morning with Themed Activities in the afternoon. Half Day/Full Day/Extended Day Options. 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Email: info@emmontessori.com

Everglades Youth Conservation Camp

12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, West Palm Beach fyccn.org/eycc, 561-624-6929

Evert Tennis Academy

SAVE UP TO Baldwin Academy is now registering for Summer Camp. The cost is $125 per week and includes field trips such as skating, bowling, swimming, soccer, basketball and more! Mention this ad and waive the registration fee through June 1st ($50 value). 2 locations in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-730-7855 for details.

LANGUAGE IMMERSION SUMMER CAMP SPANISH • FRENCH • ENGLISH • MORE

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Pine Tree Camps at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton funcamps.com, 305-666-2992 Camp options include: Magicamp, Jurassicamp, Camp Idol and Game Tech Institute. Visit our website for more information.

Funky Fish Ocean Camp

South Inlet Park, Boca Raton funkyfishkidsday.com, 954-712-9900

Gymnastics Plus

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

iD Tech

Institute for Math & Computer Science - IMACS

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS AND PAYMENT PLANS

LANGUAGE - CULTURE SPORTS - OUTDOORS FIELD TRIPS - ARTS & MUCH MORE!

Fun Camps

idtech.com, 1-844-788-1858 iD Tech is the world’s #1 summer STEM program for ages 7-18 held at 150 prestigious universities including University Of Miami, FAU, Rollins College, UNF, USF. With world-class instructors and innovative courses in coding, game development, robotics, and design, our programs instill in-demand skills that embolden students to shape the future. Learn more at iDTech.com.

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10334 Diego Drive South, Boca Raton evertacademy.com, 561-488-2001

23172 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive, Boca Raton imacs.org/summercamp, 561-470-1178 Summer program includes computers, electronics, logic puzzles, virtual robotics and math. Weekly sessions for grades 1-12. Locations also available in Broward.

Levis JCC Marleen Forkas Camps 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton levisjcc.org/camp, 561-852-5090

Old School Square

51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach oldschoolsquare.org, 561-243-7922 x-478

Pine Crest Summer Programs

2700 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton pinecrest.edu/summer, 561-852-2823 Campers exercise their bodies and minds, and try new things. Join us for one week or the entire summer. Choose one camp for the summer or something different each week. Open to the public. Locations in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. Grades PK-12.


Pine Tree Camps

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

Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre

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

Saint Andrew's Camps

3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton saintandrews.net/summercamp, 561-210-2100

Sandoway Discovery Center

Sugar Sand Park Community Center is the place to be this summer, with a wide array of full and half-day programs available for children ages 5-15. Registration is open, so secure your child’s spot before it’s gone.

Sunflower Creative Arts Camp

Super Stars Summer Day Camp

Loggers' Run Middle School 11584 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton superstarscamp.com, 954-850-7827

503 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton showtimeboca.com, 561-394-2626

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

Showtime Performing Arts Theatre Sol Children Theatre

3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton solchildren.org, 561-447-8829

Sports Broadcasting Camp

Florida Atlantic University playbyplaycamps.com, 800-319-0884 Learn from the pros. Meet sports celebrities. Make play by play, anchoring, and reporting tapes. Host your own sports talk radio and PTI style shows. Participate in trivia contests and much more.

St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church

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

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

The Little Gym

The Slomin Family Center For Autism & Related Disabilities

16705 Puzzle Place, Delray Beach slominfamilycenter.org, 561-495-4443

TOPS Piano and Creative Writing Camps Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton fau.edu/tops, 561-297-3803

Trinity Delray's SunFun Adventure Camp

Camps with multiple locations throughout Miami-Dade

Adventure Links

adventurelinks.net/Miami, 305-341-0247 With surfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking, and much more, there's something for everyone ages 8-15! Adventure Links offers multiple pick up locations and payment plans making it one of the most convenient camps in Miami-Dade County.

Alexander Camp

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

Big Red Truck Events

bigredtruckevents.com, 786-248-1801

Bubbles Swim School

400 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach trinitydelray.org, 561-276-8458 SunFun begins June 4th and runs through July 27th. Camp sessions are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We offer an assortment of fun activities for kids in K-5th grade including art, sports, academic enrichment & field trips. We have something for everyone!

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MIAMI-DADE CAMPS MULTIPLE LOCATIONS:

227 N Dixie Blvd., Delray Beach sunflowercreativearts.org, 561-501-6615

142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach sandoway.org, 561-274-7263

Young Makers Lab

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

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

Engineering For Kids

engineeringforkids.com, 305-570-1243

Fantasy Theatre Factory

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

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Call 954-584-3466 for more info TODAY!

Outdoor Play • Arts & Crafts • Sports Science Experiments • Pool Activities Weekly Field Trips Ask about our specialty programs, including academics, sailing, swim and more!

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FunCamps

funcamps.com, 305-666-2992 University of Miami, 1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 SW 111th St., Pinecrest Camp options include: Magicamp, Jurassicamp, Camp Idol and Game Tech Institutte. Visit our website for more information.

Jumpin' Jamboree - ALM Education & Sports Camp

jumpinjamboree.com 6000 NW 97th Ave., Suite 1, Doral, 305-599-3288 4057 SW 152nd Ave., Kendall, 786-420-2420 South Florida's Premier Sports and Education Camp with over 10 years of camp experience all over South Florida. Currently running summer camps in over 20 Miami-Dade and Broward schools. Come be part of the best spring break & summer camp around.

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, 305-666-1856 6800 Nervia St., Coral Gables 9775 SW 87th Ave., Miami South Florida's premier summer camp since 1950. From 3 years old through 10th grade. Four 2-week sessions. Specialty camps in Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Art, Theater, and Dance. We provide swimming for all ages. Friendships that last forever!

The Carrie Brazer Center For Autism & Alternative Approaches

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, 786-433-9622 2370 NW 17th Ave., Miami, 305-635-9622 9355 SW 134th St., Miami, 305-254-0310 1034 NE 8th St., Homestead, 305-248-5189 Own Your Summer at the Y! Kids discover who they are and what they can achieve while having loads of fun and adventure from sports, aquatics, art and science to fitness, performances, leadership training and making new friends. Try great new 2-week camps with sports, teen adventure, STEM, and more.

Zumba Kids

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Miami, Doral, Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Miami Gardens, Opa Locka, Sweetwater

African Heritage Cultural Arts Center

6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami ahcacmiami.org, 305-638-6771 2018 Summer Arts Conservatory Ages 5-17. June 11 - August 17 2018 (10-Weeks). Music. Theater. Dance. Visual Arts. Fashion. Free Lunch and Snack. Classes: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early Drop Off is at 7:30 a.m. Last Pick Up is at 6 p.m. For more info, call 305-638-6771.

Angels Reach Academy

12051 W. Okeechobee Road, Hialeah Gardens angelsreachacademy.org, 305-828-5276

Beth David Congregation

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

Brazilian Soccer Training Center 20300 NE 24th Ave., Miami bstcsoccer.com, 786-522-7577

City of Hialeah Summer Camps

hialeahfl.gov, 305-818-9143 When schools are closed for the summer, the City of Hialeahts ages 6-22 and are either free or at a low cost. Space is limited and some restrictions apply.

Conchita Espinosa Academy

12975 SW 6th St., Miami conchitaespinosa.com, 305-227-1149


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“SUMMER OF FUN” ENRICHMENT CAMP

Monte

ssori Summer Camp!

3-WEEK SESSIONS JUNE 4TH - AUGUST 3RD

Montessori trained staff providing lessons in the am and themed activities in the afternoon.

Full / Half / Extended Day 8:00am — 5:30PM

SUMMER VPK AVAILABLE

Junior Dophins Summer Football Camp

347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens dolphins.com/juniordolphins, 305-943-7272 The Junior Dolphins Summer Football Camp allows boys and girls ages 8-14 to spend the summer training like their favorite Dolphins players. This four (4) day non-contact camp experience allows players of all levels to work on their football skills.

KinderCare Learning Center 8 Weeks - Full & Part-Time Available 15 Months to Kindergarten Loving & Nurturing Environment Secure Facility State-of-the-Art Playground Theme Weeks Arts & Crafts Gymnastics

Computer Skills Sports Nature Cooking Water Play And Much More!

8001 Oak Lane, Miami Lakes kindercare.com, 305-821-5801

Miami Theater Center

9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami mtcmiami.org, 305-751-9550

Miami Watersports Complex

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

Same Tag Television Arts Group 8200 NW 27th St., Suite 114, Doral sametagtv.com, 305-986-8966

South Florida Autism Center

18305 NW 75th Place, Hialeah sfa-center.org, 305-823-2700

For Info Call Director, Sandy Wilensky at 561.793.2649

AGES 2-6

9087 Glades Road • Boca Raton, FL 33434 561-487-3535 • info@emmontessori.com Lic: 50-51-04244

www.emmontessori.com

Boca MuseuM

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suMMer caMp

900 Big Blue Trace Wellington psdirector@templebethtorah.net NOW ENROLLING FOR PRESCHOOL 2018-2019 THIS SCHOOL IS A GOLD SEAL PROGRAM & NAEYC ACCREDITED LIC. # 50-51-0135423

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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., 2nd floor, Hialeah hialeahfl.gov, 305-824-5705

SOUTH MIAMI-DADE

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 7802 NW 103rd St., Hialeah actiontownfl.com, 305-647-3343

Actors' Playhouse At The Miracle Theatre 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables actorsplayhouse.org, 305-444-9293

PALM BEACH CAMP DIRECTORY

Alper JCC Summer Camp

Dave and Mary Alper JCC on the Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus 11155 SW 112th Ave., Miami alperjcc.org, 305-271-9000, x-271

ArtSouth Creative Arts Summer Camp artsouthmiami.org, 305-662-1423

Art Thyme Ceramics

8841 SW 132nd St., Miami artthyme.com, 305-992-8222

Beaux Arts

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

Cartooning, painting, sculpting, drawing, and active play

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

So much fun kids don’t know they’re learning! Boca Museum Art School 801 West Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, FL 33486 www.bocamuseum.org/artschool

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Bright Futures Preschool

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

Camp Atlantis

954-850-7827 www.SuperStarsCamp.com

Loggers’ Run Middle School, Boca Raton

9600 SW 107th Ave., Miami atlantisacademy.com, 305-501-1523

Camp Seaquarium

4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami miamiseaquarium.com, 305-361-5705


Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart

3747 Main Highway, Miami carrollton.org, 305-446-5673 We create a unique environment where children have an opportunity to learn from new experiences, to grow, to make new friends, and to develop important social skills that will last a lifetime. Now, girls AND boys PK3 through Grade 9 can choose from a wide variety of co-ed and single gender camp experiences that vary in activities from performing arts, athletics, visual arts, creative design and science.

Casely Tennis Academy

caselytennis.com, 305-962-2633

Children's Resource Education Center 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

Cornerstone Kids Preschool

20740 Old Cutler Road, Cutler Bay cornerstonekidspreschool.net, 305-235-6654

Crandon Park Tennis Center

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

Deering Estate At Cutler Spring Camp

16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay deeringestate.org, 305-235-1668 Campers, ages 6-14, will dive into the world of

marine biology and surf their brain waves while exploring the aquatic habitats of the Deering Estate. Learn about the importance of our marine life and how to protect the habitats they live in.

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

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

First Girls Club Summer Camp

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

International Bilingual Montessori School

6330 SW 40th St., Miami ibmontessorischool.com, 305-661-6434

International Gymnastics Camp

18640 SW 104th Ave., Miami internationalgymnasticsmiami.com, 305-259-0677

Just 4 Fun at The Shops at Sunset Place 5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 355, South Miami just4funparks.com, 305-763-8249

Kendall Ice Arena

FIU Center For Children And Families

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

Florida Gymnastics Training Center

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

11200 SW 8th St., Miami, AHC 1, Room 140 http://ccf.fiu.edu, 305-348-0477 13115 SW 89th Ave., Miami fgtc.net, 305-251-4414

Girl Scouts Of Tropical Florida

Killian Oaks Academy

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5960 SW 71st St., South Miami, 305-662-2326

Luna Academy Summer Camp

girlscoutsfl.org, 305-253-4841 Day, sleep away and travel camps for girls entering grades K to 12.

9025 SW 72nd St., Miami lunaacademy.com, 786-332-2189

14187 SW 72nd St., Miami good-shepherd-school.org, 305-385-7002

501 Marlins Way, Miami marlins.com/group, 305-480-2523

Marlins Camp Days

Good Shepherd Catholic School

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Granada Day School

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

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

Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation Fit2play Summer Camps

Hurricane Aquatics

1306 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables hurricaneaquatics.net, 305-284-4713

Miami-Dade County Parks, miamidade.gov/parks, 311

iD Tech

idtech.com, 1-844-788-1858 iD Tech is the world

trips field s Daily eme kly th Wee Art

Specia lty Cam Acade ps mic En richm ent June 4th - July 27th Sports 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. (extended day program available)

Registration begins April 9th Space is limited, don't miss out!

TRINITY DELRAY

400 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444 www.trinitydelray.org 561.276.8458 Trinity is a family growing in Christ, led by dynamic teachers, excelling in academics, arts and sports.

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Loggerhead Park, Juno Beach www.alohasurfingschool.com 561-543-7873

Miami Elite Tennis Academy 8840 SW 123rd Court, Miami metennis.com, 305-814-8914

Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp

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

Thomas Armour Youth Ballet

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

7900 SW 40th St., Miami tropicalparktennis.com, 786-205-1006

One On One Learning Summer Learning Academy

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

Montessori Children ALOHA SURF & WATERSPORTS CAMP

• Surf Camp for ages 6-12: 9-1 $200. • Watersports Camp for ages 7-12: 9–3 $295. • Teenager Camp for ages 13+: 9:30-3:00 $295. • Before & after care available 8-9am and 3-4 pm. • Register online at alohasurfingschool.com A SUMMER CAMP FOR

ACTIVE kids! @ Don Estridge H.T. Middle School

Ages

JUNE 4th - JULY 27th

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Field Physical Activity Camp Trips featuring sports and PE / WK games daily, basketball, soccer, dodgeball and kickball for example.

5-14

CALL 561-544-7410

BocaSportsStars.org

BocaSportsStars@gmail.com

7701 SW 98th St., Miami oneononelearning.com, 305-273-8999 Our Summer Learning Academy is the perfect blend of learning and fun. The program has been designed to ensure that students do not fall behind academically over the summer all while having fun. Weekly field trips included.

Palmetto Golf Course

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

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

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

Rosemont Academy

4707 SW 127th Ave., Miami rosemontacademy.com, 305-403-2344

Roxy Theatre Group Summer Camp

SPRING AND SUMMER CAMPS **Limited Seating** Reserve your spot NOW

4246 SW 152nd Ave., Miami roxypac.com, 305-226-0030 Performing Arts Camp for children ages 5-14. Acting, Singing, Dancing, Musical Theatre, Improvisation, Field Trips, Shows, and more. See what a difference this 8 week camp can make in your child's life. "Kids ask for us by name!"

School Of Rock Music

PALM BEACH CAMP DIRECTORY

8783 SW 132nd St., Miami schoolofrock.com/Miami, 305-969-2828

Summer Jamz

Tuition starts at $200. Plus a $50. registration fee.

See all Rates and Discounts on website. WWW.THESCIENCEACADEMY.ORG

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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 Spring Camp

12400 SW 152nd St., Miami zoomiami.org/zoo-camps, 305-255-5551 Our award-winning camp combines education with entertainment. Kids (ages 4-12) will enjoy learning about wildlife, getting an introduction to environmental conservation, and making new friends. Spring Camp is March 26-30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

EAST MIAMI-DADE:

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

AileyCamp Miami

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

Allison Academy

1881 NE 164th St., North Miami Beach allisonacademy.com, 305-940-3922

Baby Stars

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

Camp Greynolds

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

Camp Manatee

Camp Sinai at Temple Sinai of North Dade

sfcbsa.org, 305-364-0020

Spring Camp - March 19th To March 23rd. Summer Camp Starts June 4th. Locations in Boca Raton and Delray Monday to Friday Regular Hours are 8am To 5pm. For K - 6th. Graders from any School

Tumblebees Gymnastics

Soccer Shots Miami

South Florida Council, Cub Scout Day Camp

And more…

Tropical Park Tennis Center

Greynolds Park, 7530 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach miamidade.gov, 305-666-5885

soccershotsmiami.com, 786-390-1828

Register now with a deposit

5818 SW 73rd St., South Miami taybballet.org, 305-667-5543

Sense Of Wonder Nature Center

A.D. Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave, Miami miamidade.gov, 305-662-4124

0% Financing Available

Taste Buds Kitchen

14740 SW 26th St., Suite 207, Miami tastebudskitchen.com/miamiwest, 786-999-8629

Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, 14401 Old Cutler Road, Miami ocpc.org, 305-238-8121

Summer Theatre Academy at the University of Miami

1231 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables as.miami.edu/sta, 305-284-4474

Summer Youth Music Camps

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

18801 NE 22nd Ave., North Miami Beach tsnd.org, 305-932-9010 Camp Sinai campers from 18 months through 8 years, will enjoy a wide range of exciting activities in a warm and spirited atmosphere. We provide children with a rich and wholesome summer vacation of fun and excitement with a Judaic experience.

City of North Miami Beach Parks & R.E.C. Camp

17051 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach citynmb.com, 305-948-2957 Sign your kids up for camp this year at the City of North Miami Beach Parks & R.E.C. Department. This all day program features field trips, special events, swimming, arts and crafts and more. When school is closed, our camps are open!


Hebrew Academy Summer Program

2400 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach hebrewacademymiami.org, 305-532-6421

Jungle Island

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami jungleisland.com, 305-700-7211 We're different kind of camp; Jungle Island provides an atmosphere meant to expand children's knowledge and creativity through experiences. We give young explorers a chance to go on quests all summer long. Each week brings a thrilling new theme designed for five to thirteen-year-olds.

Live! Modern School of Music Summer Camp

1788 Sans Souci Blvd., North Miami lmsom.com, 305-893-0191

Master Sang's TNT Martial Arts

mastertntacademy.com Aventura: 305-785-2286 Sunny Isles Beach: 305-785-2286

Miami Children

980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami miamichildrensmuseum.org, 305-373-KIDS (5437) Join us this summer as we travel around the globe! Discover different places, cultures, art and science! Contact Yanet at 305-373-5437 ext. 112 or yanet@miamichildrensmuseum.org

Miami Children

980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami miamichildrensmuseum.org, 305-373-KIDS (5437) Join us as we take a journey into the African savanna to learn about wildlife conservation and journey on a mission to protect the circle of life. Contact Yanet at 305-373-5437 ext. 112 or yanet@miamichildrensmuseum.org

MONTHS

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

142 S. OCEAN BLVD. DELRAY BEACH, FL 33483 For more information call: 561-274-7263 or visit our website at: www.sandoway.org

Miami Auto Museum & KidsZone Arcade

2000 NE 146th St., North Miami Kids@dezercollection.com, 305-503-4023

Miami City Ballet School

PALM BEACH CAMP DIRECTORY

2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach miamicityballet.org/school, 305-929-7007 Enroll now! Summer Ballet classes for ages 3-18.

Miami Country Day School

601 NE 107th St., Miami summer.miamicountryday.org, 305-779-7350 MCDS Summer Programs offer kids ages 3+ and adults sports, travel, academics, and specialty camp options, as well as our ever-popular Day Camp. With over 90 years of running camps, we know a bit about how to summer. Contact us today!

Miami International University of Art & Design

1501 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 100, Miami artinstitutes.edu, 800-225-9023

Miami Seaquarium Spring Camp

4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami miamiseaquarium.com/camp, 305-361-5705 Springtime brings excitement to Miami Seaquarium with the return of spring camp. The weeklong camp consists of one marine mammal show a day, at least one animal interaction a day, arts and crafts, interactive games, and much more!

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

Michael-Ann Russell JCC Camp Sol Taplin

St. Patrick Catholic Preschool

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

Summer Camp at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura turnberryislemiami.com, 786-279-6524

18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach marjcc.org, 305-932-4200 Camp Sol Taplin is one of the largest and most experienced Jewish Summer Camps in South Florida, featuring over 30 camps with safe, fun-filled activities for ages 2 to 16 years old. We promote a positive sense of Jewish identity and values.

1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami frostscience.org/camp, 305-434-9600 Summer Camp at Frost Science Explore the wonders of science through four different week-long camps themed around the amazing science showcased at Frost Science including engineering, astronomy, marine biology and health.

Modeling Camp

Tauber Academy's Camp Chaverim

17375 Collins Ave., North Miami Beach modelingcamp.com, 888-757-5575 Modeling Camp invites all girls to 'discover the model in you' this summer! Photo shoots, fashion shows, health and fitness, personal style, life skills and grooming. This is the ideal camp for all fashionistas.

Moti Horenstein

18425 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach mhka.com, 305-935-1855

Museum Of Contemporary Art

20400 NE 30th Ave., Aventura tauberacademy.com, 305-931-0010 Camp Chaverim offers camp to children 3 months- kindergarten. With daily activities, field trips for our upper campers, and an all new in-house entertainment line-up, camp is sure to heat up this summer. Register now while space is still available!

Teatro Prometeo At The Koubek Center

Miami Dade College, 2705 SW 3rd St., Miami prometeotheatre.com, 305-237-3262

770 NE 125th St., North Miami mocanomi.org, 305-893-6211

The Learning Nest

3885 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach stpatrickmiamibeach.com, 305-538-8004

Turnberry Kids at Turnberry Isle Miami

Universal Dance Studios

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

RESIDENTIAL CAMPS

Camps located outside the tri-county area or out of state

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

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

Aquanuts - Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa Summer Camp

100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, FL aquanutskids.com, 561-540-4833

Camp Boggy Creek

30500 Brantley Branch Road, Eustis, FL boggycreek.org, 352-483-4200

Camp Glen Arden

1261 Cabin Creek Road, Zirconia, NC campglenarden.com, 828-692-8362

The Cushman School

Ninja Lounge

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

14401 NE 19th Ave., North Miami ninjalounge.com, 786-590-5000

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A life-changing 2-week sleep-away camp for young people who stutter. CJL is an independent, residential summer camp for girls ages 7-17. 1 & 2 week sessions

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Camp SAY provides an environment of inclusiveness, builds confidence, communication skills, friendships & community for kids and teens, ages 8-18. Camp SAY is ACA-accredited, and located in the Pocono Mountains, PA.

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Preparing Girls for Confident Living and Leadership Since 1922

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2018 SUMMER CAMP

Nestled in North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains, Turtle Island is an outdoor experience like no other. Boys and girls spend one or two weeks outside as they learn, play, and explore our pristine mountain valley. Campers have the opportunity to connect to nature, learn a variety of skills and crafts from our seasoned and caring staff, and experience a real Appalachian farm and homestead. Every scrumptious meal is cooked over wood fire, our clean creeks are prime for play, and our woods full of lessons for those looking for adventure. Most importantly, the fun and friendships made here will last a lifetime.

YOUNG BOYS CAMP: AGES 7 - 10 JUNE 24 - 30

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OLDER BOYS CAMP: AGES 11 - 17 JULY 1 - 14

YOUNG GIRLS CAMP: AGES 8 - 11 JULY 15 - 21

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

In operation since 1917, Skyland Camp is a premier overnight camp for girls, nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. Girls ages 6-15 will form lifelong friendships and become the best versions of themselves through fun and traditional camp activities such as archery, culinary arts, horseback riding, musical theatre, recycled arts, swimming, tennis and more!

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Camp Illahaw

4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud, FL campillahaw.com, 407-957-9794 Camp Illahaw is a coed sleep-away horseback and adventure camp for kids 10-15 years old. On a real working cattle ranch. With horseback riding, heritage, archery, shooting basics, hiking, team building, kayaking, arts & crafts, field sports and more!

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 on Lookout Mountain, CJL offers exciting outdoor programs that foster self-confidence, independence, teamwork, and leadership. Girls ages 7-17. 1 & 2 week sessions.

Camp Pillsbury

315 S. Grove Ave., Owatonna, MN camppillsbury.com, 507-214-2200

Camp Pinewood

300 Orrs Camp Road, Hendersonville, NC camppinewood.net, 800-832-5539

Camp Rockmont for Boys

375 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC rockmont.com, 828-686-3885 Camp Rockmont's focus is male development in an intentional Christian community. Activities include camping, kayaking, homesteading and more! Campers live in a cabin of 8-12 boys their age and participate in large-group activities in their age group.

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Camp SAY: Summer Camp For Young People Who Stutter

Summer address: 48 Pocono Springs Way, East Stroudsburg, PA Winter address: 247 W. 37th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY campsay.org, 646-403-3522 Camp SAY: a 2-week, ACA-accredited, sleep-away camp that helps kids & teens who stutter (ages 8-18) build confidence, communication skills & friendships. July 30-Aug. 13, 2018. Visit CampSAY.org or contact Camp Director: Meg@SAY.org, 646-735-1559.

Camp Walkabout

171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN baylorschool.org/summer , 423-267-8505, x-827

Circle F Dude Ranch Camp

5301 Dude Ranch Road, Lake Wales, FL circlefduderanchcamp.com, 863-676-4113

Foundation For Dreams, Inc / Dream Oaks Camp Bradenton, FL foundationfordreams.org, 941-746-5659

iD Tech

idtech.com, 1-844-788-1858 iD Tech is the world

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66 Bowers Road, Rock Hill, NY iroquoissprings.com, 631-462-2550 Iroquois Springs is magical, something that changes people

Seacamp

1300 Big Pine Ave., Big Pine Key seacamp.org, 305-872-2331


Seaworld & Busch Gardens Adventure Camp Orlando and Tampa Bay swbg-adventurecamps.com, 800-406-2244

Skyland Camp for Girls

Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, Clyde, NC skylandcamp.com, 828-627-2470 Skyland inspires girls to discover their extraordinary potential, develop independence, gain confidence, try new activities, and build friendships that last a lifetime. Archery, horseback riding, hiking, culinary arts, musical theatre and much more!

Timber Lake Camp

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THERE’S LOTS TO SEE AND DO

Winter address: 85 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542 timberlakecampl.com, 516-656-4200 Our camp mission is to teach children the skills of making and keeping friends, while building their self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience. Campers will leave camp with memories and friends that will last a lifetime.

Timber Lake & Timber Lake West Camps

Shandaken, NY and Roscoe, NY camptlc.com, 516-656-4210 Built on a strong foundation of summer camp spirit, tradition, dedication to excellence, and innovative programming. We teach children the skills of making and keeping friends, while building their self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience.

Turtle Island Preserve

2683 Little Laurel Road, Boone, NC turtleislandpreserve.org, 828-265-2267 At Turtle Island campers connect with nature, learn a variety of skills & crafts all while living on a real Appalachian farm. Our woods and creeks are full of lessons for those looking for adventure. Fun & friendships made here will last a lifetime.

USTA National Campus Summer Camp

10000 USTA Blvd., Orlando ustanationalcampus.com, 844-872-8667

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp

606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA valleyviewranch.com, 706-862-2231 Horse lovers

YMCA Camp Winona

898 Camp Winona Road, Deleon Springs, FL campwinona.org, 386-985-4544

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The lifelong benefits of science fairs for kids BY SARAH LYONS

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s your child considering participating in a school science fair? Are you wondering if the benefits are worth the time commitment? Participating in a science fair is a great way for kids to explore their world and how things work. Science fairs first became popular in the 1950s, when the invention of the television and atomic bomb piqued the interest of budding scientists all over America. Today, with the growing popularity of STEM education (focusing on the study of science, technology, engineering and math) in our schools and the potential for a dramatic increase in STEM-related jobs in the future, science fairs are more popular than ever. Kids who participate in science fairs will learn skills that can be used for problem solving and critical thinking throughout their lifetime.

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The first step in participating in a science fair is to come up with an idea. Kids will have the opportunity to choose a topic they are curious about, plan an experiment that will help answer their questions, and conduct an experiment. This fosters their creativity and problem solving skills. It will also encourage them to question how things work and make them aware scientific principles all around us.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Once the child has planned their science experiment, they will need to manage their project. This is no small task. Kids will need to use time management, stay within a budget, acquire the materials needed, conduct the experiment, and meet deadlines. The ability to successfully manage a project is an invaluable skill that kids can use now and in the future as they continue their education and enter the workforce.

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When the science experiment is complete, the child will need to compile the data, analyze it, and create a chart of graph of the findings. The answers to their questions will not be from a textbook, but will come from their own hard work and experience. Reflection is key as they have an opportunity to think about what they would do differently, what they have learned, and why. The ability to analyze and problem solve will be skills they use throughout their lifetime.

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2018 Spring Day Camps Ages 6 -12

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DID YOU KNOW? Kids who participate in science fairs will learn skills that can be used for problem solving and critical thinking throughout their lifetime.

Even as our culture moves more towards digital communication, such as texts and emails, good public speaking skills are an asset they will rely on throughout the rest of their school and professional careers. In many cases, hands-on learning leads to better understanding, which is what participating in a science fair offers to students. When time is spent researching and developing a project, analyzing the results and studying it thoroughly to communicate the findings to others, students are much more likely to understand and retain the information they have learned. And that learning will last a lifetime.

Sarah Lyons is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom of six children, including 3-year-old triplets.


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South Florida’s Spring Break fun BY JENNIFER JHON, SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING

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pring Break is this month, bringing a glorious week off school to students throughout South Florida, March 19-26 in Palm Beach County and March 23-30 in Broward and MiamiDade. Palm Beach County’s water parks (discover.pbcgov.org/parks/Pages/ Waterparks.aspx) in Royal Palm Beach and Boca Raton open daily March 17-25, while Broward County’s four water parks (broward.org/Parks/ ThingsToDo/Pages/WaterParks.aspx) start the 2018 season on March 23 and open daily through April 1 before switching to a weekend-only schedule until June. The city of Miami’s Grapeland Water Park (miamigov.com/grapeland/) will also be open for Spring Break, as well as many city pools throughout South Florida. The biggest water park in South Florida, the privately-owned Rapids Water Park in north Palm Beach County, opens for business March 10 and will be open daily throughout the month of August. (rapidswaterpark.com) Many museums and parks have workshops and extra classes for students during the break, but if parents are scheduled to work, or they need a break from the demands of 24⁄7 parenting, spring break camps might fit the bill. Plenty of cities, parks and businesses in South Florida offer Spring Break camps for students this month, but space is limited, so register as early as possible. Here are a few of the options:

Miami Theater Center Spring Break Mini-Camp

9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores March 26-30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $225, ages 6–15 mtcmiami.org/education/#Camps Experience a week of exploring the imagination, dancing, and singing as a teaching artist helps campers create their own play. On the final day, campers show off their new piece to family and friends in an exciting debut. Lunch not included.

$350, grades K-5 frostscience.org/spring-camp/ Campers will challenge their minds and test their senses through hands-on activities that explore how the brain works and what happens when it malfunctions. They’ll also build their own neuron, dissect a sheep’s brain and see neuroplasticity in action. Snacks included; lunch, before- and after-care available at extra cost. Register by March 14.

Deering Estate Spring Camp “Brain Waves”

Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave. Miami March 26-30, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $200, age 6-14 deeringestate.org/spring-camp/ Campers dive into the world of marine biology and surf their brain waves while exploring the many aquatic habitats of the Deering Estate. Campers will learn about the importance of our marine life, as well as protecting the habitats they live in. Beforeand after-care available at extra cost.

Spring Camp: A Journey Through the African Savanna

Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami March 26-30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $220, ages 4-10 miamichildrensmuseum.org/camps/spring-camp Spring campers will take a journey into the African Savanna, where they will learn about wildlife conservation and journey on a mission to protect the circle of life. At the end of the week, campers put on a show of what they have learned throughout the week. Before- and after-care available at extra cost.

Heroes and Heroines Five-Day Camp

Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale March 26-30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $225, ages 6-12 mods.org

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FROM 11AM -2PM TAKE YOUR OWN FREE PHOTOS WITH THE EASTER BUNNY! ARTS N CRAFTS • FACE PAINTING ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS MUSIC, GIVEAWAYS AND MORE!

Fine-tune your superhero skills by investigating the science behind superhuman flight, flexibility, speed, and more. Learn how to cast spells, use a shrink ray and master your levitation skills in camp discovery. Camp fee includes all workshop materials and chaperoned exhibit exploration.

Spring Break Theater Camp: Broadway Around The World

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale March 26-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $295, ages 7-9 and 10-13 browardcenter.org/spring-break-theater-camp During this week-long theater experience, students study acting, singing and dancing while rehearsing for a Broadway revue featuring a lively selection of music and dance numbers that students will perform in the JM Family Studio Theater for friends and family. Tuition includes a script and costume T-shirt. Campers must bring their own lunches and snacks. Before- and after-care available at extra cost.

Pembroke Pines Spring Break Mini Camp

Pembroke Pines Early Development Center campus, 12200 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines March 23-30, 7 a.m-6 p.m. $35 per day, plus $35 registration, grades K-4 ppines.com/564/Camps-and-Mini--Camps Pembroke Pines mini-camp meets in the charter elementary school cafeteria and has events or field trips each day, including Flippers Cinema, All Star Events, Science Eye, Monster Golf and Young At Art Museum.

Spring Break Art Camp

The River of Grass ArtsPark, 17189 Sheridan St., “M” Building, Pembroke Pines March 26-30, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $125, ages 6-11 ppines.com/309/Camp-Information The Art Camp offers fine arts instruction, student art show, dress up days, gym time, games and tons of fun. Register in person only; call 954-322-2597 for more information.

All Out Skate Spring Break Camps

Betti Stradling Park, 10301 Wiles Road, Coral Springs Ramp 48 Indoor Skatepark, 6290 NW 27th Way, Fort Lauderdale March 23-30, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $50 daily, $200 weekly, ages 6-14 alloutskate.com/camps Learn exciting skills and grow as skaters in a safe and nurturing environment. Coaches focus on safety and sk8 etiquette, park awareness and critical thinking, board set-up and maintenance, balance, control, and how to fall and popular tricks.

Plantation Spring Break Camps

March 23-30 Times, locations and prices vary. plantation.org/Parks-Recreation/camps.html Choose from Day Camp at Central Park (ages 5-11), Tennis Camp (ages 6-16), Share-A-Pony Camp (ages 4-12), Bright & Smart Robotics Camp at Central Park (ages 7-12), Golf Academy (ages 6-15) and Snapology Camp with Lego bricks at the Community Center (ages 5-12).

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SCHEDULE YOUR MATERNITY TOUR TODAY

LOVE IS FRAGILE Love grows stronger when touched by compassion. At Jackson Health System, we understand your safety concerns, especially with a high-risk pregnancy. Equipped with the region’s largest neonatal unit, a highly-specialized medical team, and a host of parenting classes, Jackson’s maternity program keeps the journey smooth — so that you can enjoy the simple pleasures of new life.

LOVE IS LIFE.

We are proud to be designated a Baby-Friendly hospital for giving mothers the skills and support needed to feed and bond with their child. Jackson Memorial Hospital Jackson North Medical Center Jackson South Medical Center Designated 2017 – 2022

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IN NEED OF A DATE NIGHT?

Tag USA No School Camp

Tag USA Gymnastics, 1951 N. Commerce Parkway, Weston March 23-30, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $50 daily, $210 weekly, ages 5-14 taggymnastics.com/camps/ Enjoy gymnastics, tumbling, dance, color war, sports and cheer. For boys, there is indoor basketball, trampolines, giant pit, soccer, gym games and parkour. Hot catered lunch $25 per week. Extended care available for additional cost.

Spring Break Martial Arts Camp

Premier Martial Arts Davie, 4464 Weston Road, Davie March 26-30, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. $40 daily, $150 weekly, ages 3-13 Premier Martial Arts incorporates a combination of techniques found in four effective disciplines – Krav Maga, kickboxing, submission grappling and Kali – which provide students with a realistic personal protection and fitness system for a modern world. Camp is open to everyone. No previous training required. Bring or buy lunch for $5 per day, cash only.

West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Spring Break Camps

Call the babysitter and reconnect with your partner at this exclusive dining experience. DELRAY BEACH: MARCH 20 | $100 FORT LAUDERDALE: MARCH 26 | $100 NEW! B BRUNCH in FORT LAUDERDALE: MARCH 25 | $75

March 19-23, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Grades K-5 Prices and locations vary wpb.org/cityfun/foosa-tgns-specialty-camps Enjoy a general camp, a Journey Quest camp with field trips daily, or a Space Camp.

Children’s Science Explorium Spring Break Blast

Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton March 19-23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $15-$18.75 daily, grades 1-5 SugarSandPark.org Campers will perform activities and experiments, play games, and more. Additional activity, Starlab Adventure on March 24, will give kids the opportunity to explore the galaxy in the inflatable planetarium. Sign up for just one day, or all week. Bring a lunch.

Spring Break Skate Camp

WHAT TO EXPECT: An adventurous foodie experience including a multicourse seated meal accompanied with wine pairings and signature cocktail within a unique social setting where we believe great conversations goes hand-inhand with a great meal.

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Phipps Skate Park, 4715 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach March 19-23, 9:30 a.m.-noon $50-$60, grades K-5 Times and locations vary wpb.org/cityfun/foosa-tgns-specialty-camps Spend your spring break skating. After-care available until 1 p.m. for an additional fee.

Wellington Athletic Spring Camps

Times, prices and locations vary wellingtonfl.gov/government/departments/parksrecreation/sports-athletic-leagues Campers in Wellington can attend basketball camp (ages 8-15), Soccer Club Elite camp (ages 8-18), tennis camp (ages 6-13) or camp with Building Up Sports Academy (ages 6-13).

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Parents strapping it up: Baby wearing widespread BY EMILY PERSCHBACHER, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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etting out of the house with your baby is one of the first milestones for parents. (Successfully getting your toddler somewhere on time will be another milestone down the road.) New parents who filled their baby registries with car seats, carriers, slings and wraps will find they have many options for taking their precious cargo out and about, including baby wearing; that is, strapping a baby to an adult’s chest or back. The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance reports that baby carriers are now the fifthmost popular item on baby registries, said Xza Higgins, founder and program director of Wear: A Babywearing Conference. “Out of 3.9 million live births in the United States, 92

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over 70 percent of caregivers are purchasing or being gifted carriers,” she said. Baby wearing is certainly not a new practice, but it has steadily become commonplace in the U.S., perhaps due, in part, to attachment parenting, said Beth Leistensnider, who started her own carrier brand, Catbird Baby, in Chicago. “Baby carrying is a centuries-old tradition,” she said. The Wear conference was established to provide educators, parents and clinicians with comprehensive information on the benefits of baby wearing, Higgins said. The following are some of parents’ top concerns about baby wearing:

BABY WEARING IS ONLY FOR THOSE WHO PRACTICE ATTACHMENT PARENTING. “You don’t have to be part of the attachment-parenting circle,” said Kathy Low, vice president of the board of directors for Babywearing International. “It can just be for convenience. And it doesn’t have to be all the time.” WEARING YOUR CHILD WILL MAKE HIM WANT TO BE HELD ALL THE TIME. “A lot of times, parents are afraid their child will never want to be put down,” Leistensnider said. “For babies, they expect to be held, and we really need to meet that need. When needs are met like that, they don’t become issues.” Other benefits of baby wearing include happier, healthier babies and more confident, loving parents and caregivers, according to Babywearing International’s website, which includes references to academic journals that have


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published relevant academic studies. Leistensnider added, “You can’t spoil a child by holding him.” BABY WEARING WILL HURT MY BACK. “If your carrier is hurting you, it shouldn’t be,” Higgins said. Higgins, who is a certified baby-wearing educator through the Center for Babywearing Studies, added, “Normally, the carrier just needs an adjustment.” Most carriers are weighted for up to 30 or 45 pounds, allowing for baby wearing into toddlerhood. But carrying that much weight, or even a 10-pound infant, can sound like a heavy load for parents. Leistensnider said many of the popular carriers, such as Ergobaby, are inspired by a traditional Chinese carrier, which incorporates a wide base and allows the baby to sit in a spread-squat position. “That positioning is more ergonomic for the baby and also helps distribute the weight for the (adult),” she said. If parents are concerned about fit or safety, she recommends consulting with an expert. REAL MEN DON’T BABY WEAR. “Dads are a crucial part of the family dynamic. They can’t breast-feed their child, but they can wear them and provide great comfort,” Higgins said. Babywearing International has seen an increase in male baby wearers and educators at their meetings, Low said. She also noted a national trend of fathers being more involved in raising children. Not to mention, as Higgins said, “I don’t know a single woman who has seen a father or a man wearing a child that doesn’t think, ‘That’s a good-looking man,’ It’s instantly attractive to see a man as a father figure.”

Emily Perschbacher is a freelancer.

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Solid food to car seats: Book covers baby questions BY LEANNE ITALIE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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ringing a newborn home can be daunting for new parents. Throw in the race to keep up with the latest news and research on what to do after that, and stress levels may rise even higher. Dr. Tanya Altmann, a California pediatrician, professor and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) spokeswoman, provides answers to parents’ top 150 questions in a new book, “Baby & Toddler Basics.” Here’s a look at some updates from the past few years:

before introduction might be needed, Altmann said.

CRIB SAFETY

INTRODUCING SOLIDS

There have been a lot of changes in infant feeding guidelines, Altmann said. “Years ago, we used to recommend holding off on potentially allergic foods until kids were 1 or 2 years of age, and now due to recent research, we have data to recommend early introduction of most of allergic types of foods,” she said. In her practice, Altmann starts babies on all sorts of healthy foods about 6 months of age. She rarely starts with white rice cereal anymore. “I usually start with avocado and veggies. I try to get in some healthy fats like nut butters and fish, and all sorts of healthy things that parents used to say, ‘Oh my gosh, why would I feed that to my baby?’ But the truth is that babies need good nutrition. It helps form their palates at a young age. They don’t need empty white carbohydrates that get them used to bland things,” Altmann said. In terms of allergen introduction, one study out of Israel cited by Altmann introduced peanut protein to babies 4 months to 11 months of age three times a week with good results, she said. “That doesn’t mean whole peanuts. It means a peanut powder or a peanut puff, and they did show that the kids who were introduced to peanuts on a regular basis were less likely to develop a peanut allergy later in life. The theory 94

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is that your body will get used to what it’s introduced to and learn to accept it, so by holding off, you may be more likely to develop a reaction,” Altmann explained. The AAP’s order in terms of introducing new foods changed a few years ago, Altmann said. Now, there isn’t a strict order. “They recommend talking to your pediatrician but getting all types of healthy foods and allergic foods in earlier, including peanut products, usually 6 months versus a year,” she said. Altmann cautioned parents to make sure such foods are forms babies can handle to avoid choking hazards. More often than not, that means a liquid or puree, she said. And make sure your pediatrician is aware of any family history of allergies and signs your baby might be sensitive, such as eczema or egg allergies. Consulting a physician first is key as peanut-allergy testing

There have been dramatic improvements in reducing baby deaths during sleep since the 1990s, when recommendations were introduced to place babies on their backs for sleep, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. However, since the late ’90s, declines have slowed, the CDC said. About 3,500 sleep-related deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome and suffocation, among U.S. babies occur each year, the center said, with 22 percent of mothers reporting they do not place their babies on their backs to sleep, as recommended. In addition, 39 percent of mothers reported using soft bedding, which is not recommended, when putting babies down to sleep. Other recommended safe sleep practices today include eliminating hazards altogether, including keeping blankets, pillows, bumper pads and soft toys out of cribs and bassinets. Recommendations also include room sharing but not bed sharing. “I was actually shocked to see this data from the CDC,” Altmann said. “Even though we have these great guidelines out there, a lot of parents and caregivers aren’t following them.” Parents today are busier than ever and more exhausted than ever, she said. That could increase the potential that a parent will roll over onto a young baby sleeping in the same bed. “The recommendation is back to sleep in a bare crib or bassinet or a co-sleeper. A tight fitted sheet, no bumpers. Nothing your baby could get wrapped up in, because that’s where the danger occurs,” Altmann said. There are a lot of sleep positioning devices on the market today, she said. There might be rare instances where a doctor wants a baby to sleep on an incline, but Altmann is not a huge proponent of such devices in general.


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“I usually recommend that the parent rotates the side that the baby’s looking. Also, position babies off their backs at other times of the day. I always say car seats are for cars. I see parents carrying their babies in car seats everywhere,” she said. A 1992 policy revision recommended non-prone sleep, including back and side positions. That was changed in 1996 to back positioning alone because side-lying positions are unstable and an infant can easily roll into a prone position, Altmann said.

FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE

After the first tooth erupts, a little bit of fluoride for infants is important for promoting dental health, Altmann said. “We used to recommend just brushing with plain water or fluoride-free toothpaste until children could spit on their own. The more recent guidelines (dating to 2014) are to use just a tiny, tiny smear of fluoride, like the size of a grain of rice, on your baby’s toothbrush,” she said. Toddlers likely still need help brushing properly, Altmann said. For young preschool or school-age children, parents battling the me-do-myself saga might let a child brush on their own in the morning under supervision but more actively assist at night. The AAP and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry now agree on minute amounts of fluoride for babies, she said.

CAR SEATS

Rear-facing remains the safest, Altmann said, but previously the recommendation — and the law in most states — was until at least a year, when “everyone would flip their child around.” Now the research shows a child should remain rear-facing in a car seat until age 2 or older, she said.

“Most states now have also changed the law to at least 2, and the car seat companies are now all on board so all of their rear-facing seats are bigger and can hold kids longer,” Altmann said. Height and weight should be monitored to make sure car seats remain safe as babies grow. “You should keep them rear-facing for as long as possible because it’s really the safest way to ride,” Altmann said.

FEVER ANXIETY

Altmann’s best advice: “Don’t let the

number freak you out.” For babies over 3 months old, the number may not matter as much, she said. Parents know their babies best and must take into account all symptoms, not just a thermometer reading, Altmann said. “Treat the child, not the number,” she said. In babies younger than 3 months, any temperature reading of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher should prompt a call to a pediatrician, she said. For infants 3 to 6 months, it’s 102 degrees or higher, Altmann said. For babies older than 6 months, it’s 104 degrees or higher. Altmann gets a lot of calls from frazzled parents saying: “‘It’s 103.5, I always forget do I add a degree or subtract a degree,’ and I say,It’s ` OK, don’t worry about that, what’s going on with your child? What are their other symptoms? Are they drinking fluids? Are they having trouble breathing?’ " In terms of thermometers, the “gold standard” for newborns remains rectal devices, she said. For older kids, length of fevers, extended loss of fluids or trouble breathing should mean a trip to the doctor, Altmann said.

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Get your child organized: 5 tips you can start using today

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ou know it: The never-ending battle of your son’s messy room. His room isn’t like other children’s, though. Your son’s room is an all-out black hole where things disappear, never to be seen again. You feel the anger starting to boil up inside of yourself and before you can collect your thoughts, words are spewing out of your mouth yelling, “Pick that up! How did your room get this messy? Why are your comic books torn up? Are those wrappers under you bed?” The truth is, some kids — especially those with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) — have a hard time getting organized and staying organized. For these children, there are few things — short of threatening your child with taking away his electronics for the rest of his life — that will let him know how serious you are about picking up after himself. Try these 5 tips the next time you walk into your child’s chaotic bedroom.

1. TELL HIM ONE THING AT A TIME

Kids with ADHD have a hard time following multiple directions. Give them one command at a time. For example, you might say to your daughter, “Please put all of the Legos in the red bin. When you are done with that, come back and see me.” Notice the command was not vague. It was very specific. This tip is imperative for children who process commands differently than other children. It can be overwhelming and frustrating for kids when they can’t remember which order to do things in, which almost always ends up in a meltdown. As the parent, this extra step can feel like just one more thing in the laundry list of tips to remember with our children, but in the end, it benefits everyone involved. Once your child has put all of the Legos in the red bin and is now standing in front of you, go ahead and give her another task. “Please make your bed and then come back and see me.” Even after specific commands like 96

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BY MEAGAN RUFFING these, your daughter might still feel overwhelmed with the constant picking up. For these types of children, it is important to give a timeline or a plan. Say, “After you put the Legos in the red bin and make your bed, you can take a break and swing outside. But after your 10-minute break, you will need to go back to your room and hang your clothes up.” This story-telling serves more than one purpose: It lets your daughter know what’s expected of her, and it tells her the plan in a very clear way.

2. DON’T BE AFRAID TO GIVE REWARDS

Some kids do better with tangible rewards. Forget the guilt of thinking you’re bribing your kids. Do what works for you and your child and get on with your day. Too often, guilt plays a role in parenting children with ADHD. Let it go and remind yourself that you know your child best, and what works for other children does not always work for yours. Allowing phone time or screen time can be a lucrative incentive for kids who crave media. Use this to your advantage. If you see that your child is getting frustrated because he does not want to pick up his room, tell him he can have five minutes of Minecraft for every command he does without whining. Be sure to remind him of this after he successfully does what you have asked him to do. Kids with ADHD crave structure and routine. It may not always seem like it, especially when they’re yelling back at you or being defiant, but these children need boundaries. Even though they like control and they like to test you, they ultimately do better when they know what is expected of them.

3. MAKE A STORY-TELLING BOARD

A story-telling board is exactly what it sounds like. This is ADHD Advice 101. Get a piece of poster board, markers and maybe even some stickers. You will write out and draw what you want your child to do each day. Keep the commands short and to the point. “Eat Breakfast.”

“Get Dressed.” “Brush Teeth.” Add drawings or stickers to make the points clear and visual. Include “Free Day” labels on weekend, if appropriate.

4. TAKE A PICTURE OF EACH AREA CLEANED UP THE WAY YOU WANT IT

This is a really simple way to have a visual example for kids about what you expect their space to look like. Remember the Legos? Take a picture of them in the red bin. When it comes time for your daughter to pick her room up, pull out that picture and show it to her. Kids need visual reminders of what needs to be done. This will take the guesswork out of what she thinks you expect and make it an exact example of what you want her to do.

5. PRAISE

It’s a toss-up for kids with ADHD on whether they like praise. Some do and some don’t. If your child does, than praise him as he picks things up. If you have a child who reacts negatively when you offer positive reinforcement, wait until he is done with everything you have asked him to do and simply say, “Good job.” You may want to say more if you are used to doing that with other children who love it when you tell them how proud or happy you are, but some kids can’t stand this. If this sounds like your child, simply acknowledging the hard work he has done is enough. It may not seem like it now, but kids really do want to be good, especially those with ADHD. Use these tips the next time you walk into a room and see a huge mess. You’ll thank yourself later for having a plan in place instead of reacting in the moment.

Meagan Ruffing has an 9-year-old son with ADHD. Just when she thinks she’s got him figured out, he throws her a curveball and they find themselves starting from square one again. meaganruffing.com.


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Earbuds made my kids tune me out, so I changed how we listen to music BY NICOLE A. ROACH, COMMON SENSE MEDIA

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’m not quite sure when earbuds took over our kids’ lives, but eventually they did — and I wasn’t happy about

I also wasn’t surprised when my kids became more plugged in. After all, I remember listening to Michael Jackson, Prince, David Bowie, Hall and Oates, Run-DMC, and tons of ’80s music on my Walkman when I was their age. Back then, headphones were not that comfortable (nor was the sound coming from them that great), cassette tapes got easily mangled, CDs skipped, batteries died quickly, and albums were pricey. But today’s combination of low-cost streaming services, algorithmically driven playlists and endless music options make it much easier for kids to escape into their earbuds for hours. So when my husband and I noticed our children increasingly tuning us out as they washed dishes, hung out in their rooms or traveled in the car, we became curious about what they were listening to and how they were interpreting the lyrics they were hearing. We decided to try an experiment: Every time we were driving together, each person would take turns DJing by connecting their device to our dashboard stereo. We would listen together and talk about the artist, the music, the lyrics and why our kid liked the song. What that meant was not only did our teens select songs, but my husband and I also shared our picks, as well as our thoughts on some of the iffy content in our kids’ music. Daily car rides were filled with a diverse mix of songs from the likes of Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, The Weeknd, Curtis Mayfield, Drake, Erykah Badu, Steel Pulse, Logic, Nina Simone, Kehlani and more. My husband and I got a better understanding of our kids’ expanding tastes, as well as a chance to share stories about our own teen years. Believe it or not, some great conversations emerged, and as an added bonus, we came across a handful of artists we agreed on (beyond Michael Jackson). 98

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Now it’s become a family ritual as we drive to dinner, on errands or on road trips. As soon as we get in the car, everyone scrambles to be the first one to connect to the stereo. And while it isn’t always easy sitting through some of the songs my kids (or even my husband) selects, I’m happy we’ve discovered another way to share media and memories together. If you’re looking for ways to talk to your kids about their music, here are some conversation starters to get you going:

TALK ABOUT CREATIVITY

Every generation has a different sensibility about music. I remember my parents raising a skeptical brow at my selections. So discussing music as an art form can be enlightening. Ask: How does music change through different time periods? What types of things inform an artist’s lyrics? How do different genres help an artist convey his or her ideas? Why did this artist choose certain in-

strumentation? And, even: Why do you like this song?

TALK ABOUT THE IFFY STUFF

If you come across strong language or explicit lyrics, use it as an opportunity to share your values about whether they’re appropriate — either in a song or real life. Ask: Why did the artist use these lyrics? Does explicit language make the song better? Could the song have been as effective without it? Why or why not?

TALK ABOUT MARKETING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Help kids understand that an artist’s performance, persona, and presentation are about selling albums — not necessarily how they conduct themselves in the real world. Ask: What makes music sell? Does popular always mean good? How does the software created by media and tech companies keep us plugged in?


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March

CALENDAR 101 Fairs & Festivals 104 Exhibits for Families 110 Theater, Shows & Concerts

100 Miami-Dade County events 103 Broward County events 107 Palm Beach County events

EDITOR’S PICKS BY JENNIFER JHON, SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING

Miami-Dade County, March 3-4 and 10-11

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: FRIENDSHIP TOUR. Take a ride with a talking Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, visit the Imagination Station, plus crafts, storytelling, activities and live music. $16-$20. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. gcrm.org/day-out-with-thomas

Broward County, March 18

KID DUCK FEST DERBY, NOON-3 P.M. Flock to Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale, 400 SW Second St., for a variety of family-friendly activities at the KID Fun Zone, including bounce houses, petting zoo, face painting, funny photo opportunities, characters and food. Each child who participates in every Olympic event will receive a chance to win a raffle prize that afternoon. At 2 p.m. join the crowd as they cheer on the 30,000 rubber ducks floating down the New River to the finish line. Each duck is racing to win one of the prizes, including the grand prize of $10,000 cash. DuckFestDerby.org

Palm Beach County, March 20

SPRING CHILDREN’S FAIR, 10 A.M.-3 P.M. 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. Patch Reef Park, 2000 W. Yamato Road, Boca Raton. patchreefpark.org

EVENTS BY COUNTY

ALL COUNTIES 3 Saturday

HOME DEPOT KIDS WORKSHOP, 9 A.M.NOON. Ages 5-12. First come/first served. First Saturday of the month. All counties. Home Depot. Free. Find participating stores at homedepot.com .

MIAMI-DADE 1 Thursday

MOVIES ON THE MILE, 7 P.M. Watch “Mrs. Doubtfire.” First Thursday of the month. Free. Grounds open 6 p.m. The Plaza, 150 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. coralgables.com

2 Friday

DR. SEUSS’ BIRTHDAY, 10 A.M.-6 P.M. Join in for special celebrity readers and for several original stage performances by the MCM Players. Sing Happy Birthday, cut the cake and enjoy face painting and balloon twisting. Design birthday cards with Blick Art Materials, and take pictures with the Cat in the Hat. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org 100

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MOVIES AT THE PARK, 7:30-10 P.M. “Cars 3.” Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 NW 82nd Ave., Miami Lakes. miamilakes-fl.gov FREE FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT FOOD TRUCKS, 5:30-10 P.M. First Friday of each month. Palmetto Bay Village Center. 18001 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay. foodtruckinvasion.com LASER FRIDAYS, 7 P.M.-1 A.M. Get ready to rock under the Frost Planetarium’s 67-foot dome on the first and third Friday with laser light spectacles with music from Pink Floyd to Daft Punk. $10 adult; $8 child. Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. frostscience.org FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, 7-9 P.M. Watch “Cars 3.” Bring your own blanket or chair and join your neighbors. Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. Free activities for children at 7 p.m. Movie at 7:30 p.m. sibfl.net/calendar

3 Saturday

CORAL GABLES FARMERS MARKET, 8 A.M.-2 P.M. Fresh Florida produce, prepared foods, cooking demos, children’s activities, free Tai Chi classes every Saturday through March 24 at Merrick Park on the corner of Miracle Mile and LeJeune Road. coralgables.com MIAMI LAKES FARMERS MARKET, 9 A.M.-2 P.M. The Saturday farmers market operates

MORE ONLINE For updates and additional events, visit our website southfloridaparenting.com every Saturday in March offering a variety of fresh produce, natural juices, assorted flowers, cultural foods and handcrafted accessories. Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 NW 82nd Ave., iheartmiamilakes.com ARTSEA FESTIVAL, 11 A.M.- 4:30 P.M. Learn about the ocean with hands-on activities and demonstrations. Complete an “ArtSea Passport” to receive a free gift bag. Meet Mocha Mermaid & Friends. Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami. RSVP at bit.ly/2Bt5ewC. bigblueandyou.org/artsea FREE FIRST SATURDAY AT GOLD COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM, 11 A.M.-4 P.M. Fun, food, bounce houses and train rides. Nominal fee for food and train rides. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 13450 SW 152nd St., Miami. gcrm.org ST. PATRICK’S DAY FOOD & TUNES, 6:30-8:30 P.M. Ed Burke Recreation Center, 11400 NE Ninth Court, Field Area, Biscayne Park. biscayneparkfl.gov FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, 7-9 P.M. Watch “Cars 3.” Bring your own blanket or chair. Town Center


FAIRS & FESTIVALS BEACH VOLLEYBALL MAJOR SERIES Through March 4. Major Series competition from 8:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m. daily on Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. Free, but spectator seating fills up fast. us.beachmajorseries.com CARNIVAL IN THE RANCHES March 1-4. Over 25 rides, indoor garage sale, international food tent, games, food and raffle at Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 5601 S. Flamingo Road, Southwest Ranches. carnival.stmarkparish.org MIDNIGHT SUN FESTIVAL March 2-4. Musical performers from Finland, Finnish foods, “Rock & Roll” Car Show and the Wife-Carrying Contest, plus bounce house, rock climbing wall, bungee jumping trampoline, face-painting. $5. Kids under 4 feet tall, free. Bryant Park, 100 S. Golfview Road, Lake Worth. midnightsunfest.org SCOTTISH FESTIVAL & HIGHLAND GAMES March 3. Enjoy piping, drumming, Scottish dancing and athletics, folk singing, fiddling, children’s games, sheepdogs, craft demonstrations, Celtic bands and Scottish foods and beer. $15 advance; $20 at gate. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Parade of clans at 12 p.m. Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane. sassf.org ASIAN CULTURE FESTIVAL March 3-4. 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. asianculturefestival.net LAS OLAS ART FAIR March 3-4. Art, music and entertainment 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at along East Las Olas Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Free. artfestival.com/cities/ CARNAVAL ON THE MILE March 3-4. Sculptures, paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry, music, Canine Café, interactive games, craft making, demonstrations and more. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. carnavalmiami.com FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL March 3-25. Reenactment of Europe’s Renaissance period with food, crafts, demonstrations, games of chance and skill, rides, knight battles, a crafts village and live performers including sword fighters, minstrels and magicians. Each weekend has a theme, including a Harry Potter weekend. 10 a.m.-sunset Saturdays and Sundays through March 25. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. $25; ages 6-11, $12. ren-fest.com DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: FRIENDSHIP TOUR March 3-4, 10-11. Take a ride with a talking

Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, visit the Imagination Station, plus crafts, storytelling, activities and live music. $16-$20. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. gcrm.org/dayout-with-thomas ORCHID FESTIVAL March 9-11. More than 10,000 orchid plants will be on display, and visit “OrKids” where children work with crafts, play sciencethemed 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 9-11. Entertainment, food, amusements, crafts, merchants, a classic car show, games and Our Town’s Got Talent talent show. Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sportsplex, 2575 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. ourtownamerica.org ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL March 10. Family-oriented entertainment, music, children’s activities, traditional Irish dishes, Irish coffee and crafts. 12-6 p.m. at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., five blocks south of Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. emeraldsocietysfl.com/Festival.htm ST. PATRICK’S PARADE AND FESTIVAL March 10. Bands, Irish dancers, entertainment, cultural attractions and an expanded Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, slides, pony rides, a trackless train, face painting, a petting zoo and mechanical rides 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza (Las Olas and Andrews Avenue). Parade at noon travels west along Las Olas Boulevard from Southeast Fifth Avenue through downtown Fort Lauderdale and includes the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. stpatsftl.com ARTFEST IN THE PARK March 10-11. Two-day art festival is artists, entertainment, food trucks, live hands-on demonstrations, student art competition, a farmers market, a kids art zone, children and adult workshops at The Frank Art Gallery. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On the Plaza of the Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. ppines.com/artfest MIAMI SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS March 10-11. Art, kid’s zone, culinary corner and more, with work from 13 categories; oil, acrylic, sculptures, photography, and more. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 201 Westward Ave. (Westward Drive from City Hall to Curtis Parkway). miamieventsandfestivals.com

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL March 11. Parade at 1 p.m. with floats, marching bands and the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. The parade goes through downtown Hollywood from Harrison Street and 21st Avenue, north to Hollywood Boulevard, east to Young Circle, south to westbound Harrison Street returning to 21st Avenue. 12-6 p.m. StPatricksParade.com CALLE OCHO March 11. Celebrate Hispanic cultures with music, street performers, food kiosks, sample products and more. 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Southwest Eighth Street, Miami. carnavalmiami.com MIAMI-DADE COUNTY YOUTH FAIR March 15-April 8. Rides, fair food, events and games, agriculture, a circus, a petting zoo, livestock, an ice show, skateboarding races, professional boxing matches. Miami-Dade County Fair, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami. Coral Way. $12; 5 and under free. thefair.me/ thefair/index.php ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL March 16-17. Parade at noon Saturday highlights local nonprofits, businesses, schools, civic organizations, veterans and Emergency Service personnel. Festival activities 5-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Old School Square Park in Delray Beach. StPatrickParade.com CORAL SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS AND GARDENFEST March 17-18. Fine art show, craft festival, theatrical performances, literary workshops, children’s area, Green Market, music and kids introduction to gardening. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Walk, 716 N. University Drive, Coral Springs. Free. csfoa.com ASIAN TRADE, FOOD AND CULTURAL SHOW March 17-18. Dance, music, arts and crafts, food, a carnival and more. South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. asianfair.org PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW March 22-25. Featuring more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts and accessories, seminars and kids fishing clinics, exotic cars and live music. Marine life experts teach basic fishing techniques to ages 4-16. 101 S Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. $24 adults; $14 ages 6-15. bboatshow.com DEERING SEAFOOD FESTIVAL ON THE BAY March 25. Food, cooking demonstrations, a kids zone, stilt walkers, live entertainment and a Bahamian Junkanoo musical parade. $20 advance, $25 at gate; ages 4-14, $7 advance, $10 at gate. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami.

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HOMESTEAD NATIONAL PARKS TROLLEY, 9 A.M. Explore Everglades and Biscayne National Parks and Homestead Bayfront Park with a free guided trolley ride from Historic Downtown Homestead . Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Ave., Homestead. cityofhomestead.com/gateway FOOD PLAY FOR KIDS, 1-3 P.M. Earth Angel Outreach presents Kids' Food Play, an experience every Sunday for ages 3-12 that brings organic vegetables of all sizes to their hands for them to create art masterpieces. Kids are encouraged to munch, and parents can enjoy lunch and adult beverages while watching or helping kids create. All supplies and materials provided. $25. Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami. thewynwoodyard.com/events/

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SENSORY SATURDAYS, 9-11 A.M. Children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorders and global developmental delay explore the Miami Children’s Museum in a sensory modified supportive setting. RSVP to sensorysaturday@miamichildrensmuseum.org. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. Handson activities and demonstrations from noon to 4 p.m. Interact with real fossils and meet an archaeologist at 1 and 3 p.m. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St., Miami. historymiami.org STORYTIME AND CRAFT, 10 A.M. AND 11 A.M. . 10 a.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Also 11 a.m. Books & Books, 11297 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest. booksandbooks.com FAMILY DAY ON ARAGON: MOVIE, MUSEUM, BOOKS. A free block party on the second Saturday of the month includes discounted movies at the Coral Gables Art Cinema in the mornings, free admission at the Coral Gables Museum, and free story time and entertainment at Books & Books. gablescinema.com/ events/family-day-block-party WOODWORKING AT THE WYNWOOD YARD, 11 A.M.-1 P.M. Kids of all ages will use real tools to build the project of the day. They will also have plenty of craft materials to decorate. Get a seat in the Yard and watch your children learn new skills. $25.The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St. metalmonkeyworkshop.com/shop PLAY EVERYWHERE TOUR, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. Enjoy games, music, food trucks and family fun. Shenandoah Park, 1800 SW 21st Ave., Miami. miamigov.com/parks HOMESTEAD CARNIVAL PARADE & FLAVORS OF THE CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL, 4-10 P.M. Parade led by Junkaroo Band, delicious food, authentic New Orleans Zydeco music, entertainment and other activities. Parade begins

at 5 p.m. Free. Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Ave., Homestead. homesteadmainst.org

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FAMILY FUN FEST, 1-4 P.M. Hands-on activity stations for families to complete together. Participants can earn a special button to remember their day. Biscayne National Park Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9700 SW 328th St, Homestead. nps.gov/bisc/learn/kidsyouth/familyfunfest.htm

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MINI READ-ALONG MONDAY, 10 A.M. AND 6 P.M. Go beyond the pages of books and explore the words through the messiest of Messy Plays after reading Listen to Rain, watching a performance of Pete the Cat and catching the rhythm with instruments like the little girl from I Got The Rhythm. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org

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PAINTING WITHOUT BRUSHES, 6-9 P.M. Pick your canvas size and unleash your inner Van Gogh by using hands, fingers, sponges, potatoes and found objects. The three-hour exploratory class welcomes all ages and levels of painters. There will also be a full bar and multiple food trucks. $25-$35 depending on canvas size. The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami. thewynwoodyard.com/events/

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THIRD THURSDAY BLOCK PARTY. Live music, dancing and food trucks to accompany the art show. This month is Pet Night, so bring your furry friend for a night of fun. Local restaurants and food truck vendors will be lined up. Bring lawn chairs to relax in the open space off 95th Street in Surffside. townofsurfsidefl.gov

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LASER FRIDAYS, 7 P.M.-1 A.M. Get ready to rock under the Frost Planetarium’s 67-foot dome on the first and third Friday with laser light spectacles with music from Pink Floyd to Daft Punk. $10 adult; $8 child. Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. frostscience.org FREE FRIDAY AT MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 4-8 P.M. Every third Friday, enjoy free museum entrance and interactive activities, crafts and storytelling. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org

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CORAL GABLES FARMERS MARKET, 8 A.M.-2 P.M. Fresh Florida produce, prepared foods, cooking demos, children’s activities, free Tai Chi classes every Saturday through March 24 at Merrick Park on the corner of Miracle Mile and LeJeune Road. coralgables.com

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FOOD PLAY FOR KIDS, 1-3 P.M. Kids' Food Play, for ages 3-12, brings organic vegetables of all sizes to kids to arrange and create art masterpieces. Kids are encouraged to munch, and parents can enjoy lunch and adult beverages while watching or helping the children create. All supplies and materials provided. $25. The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami. thewynwoodyard.com/events/

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MINI-CAMP: OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS, 9 A.M.-3 P.M. Open to grades K-5, spend the day exploring interactive exhibitions, conducting experiments and making new friends with a daylong study of birds. Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $50, nonmembers. frostscience.org/minicamp AROUND THE WORLD, ONE-DAY CAMP, 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. Discover what life is like for kids around the world. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway. Ages 4-10. $45-$50. $10 walk-in fee. miamichildrensmuseum.org/ camps/one-day-camp

24 Saturday

SOUTHLAND MALL KIDS’ CLUB WITH MIAMI HEAT, 1-3 P.M. Southland Mall Kids’ Club event in partnership with the Miami HEAT takes place in our Center Court. Free event for 12 and

under, featuring entertainment and prize giveaways. Free. Southland Mall, 20505 S. Dixie Highway, Miami. mysouthlandmall.com

25 Sunday

GABLES BIKE DAY, 12-4 P.M. Food trucks and free bike valet. A music event stage, exercise classes and a variety of giveaways. Bounce houses, scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, and a bike rodeo to teach kids how to ride safely and follow the rules of the road. Bike tours scheduled hourly. Merrick Park, 405 Biltmore Way Coral Gables. bikewalkcoralgables.org FREE FAMILY DAY, 2-4 P.M. A free, monthly IDEAS program for all ages with activities that encourage experimentation through art. Design Challenge, action guides for gallery exploration, performances and activities with special guests. Free. The Bass, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. thebass.org .

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ARTS PARK LIVE GLASSBLOWING DEMONSTRATIONS, 7-10 P.M. Hollywood is home to the centuries old tradition of glassblowing. Master glassblowers perform live at ArtsPark in downtown Hollywood, 1 Young Circle. Free. floridashollywood.org, hollywoodhotglass.com MICRO MINI MUSE, 4:30-7 P.M. A free monthly drop-in art program for ages 3-5 featuring

interactive art projects and child-friendly exhibition tours. The program provides an opportunity for families to create art together and explore museum exhibitions. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. nsuartmuseum.org

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OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES, 7:30 P.M. If Batman wants to save Gotham from the Joker’s hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with his team, and maybe – just maybe – learn to loosen up. “The LEGO Batman Movie” is rated PG. City Park, 6700 Sunset Strip, Sunrise. sunrisefl.gov FIRST FRIDAY FOOD TRUCKS, 5-9 P.M. Food trucks and a DJ spins the tunes in the parking lot. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. Parking and entry to the food trucks is free. flamingogardens.org OLD TOWN UNTAPPED, 6-9 P.M. South Florida’s premiere Craft Brew and Arts Festival. A night filled with free craft beer samples from Pompano’s own breweries, live music, food trucks and art. 6-9 p.m. First Friday of each month. Bailey Contemporary Arts. 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach. pompanobeachfl.gov FRIDAYS MOVIE NIGHT VILLAGE DESIGN, 7-9 P.M. 600 Breakers Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Free. Movies begin at sundown. villagedesigngallery.com HAYRIDE & CAMPFIRE SERIES, 7-9:30 P.M. Includes one hayride and one bag of fixings for

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EXHIBITS FOR FAMILIES ARTSPARK AT YOUNG CIRCLE GALLERY Through March 8. Funky Mosaics by Coral is on display at the ArtsPark at Young Circle Gallery. The works displayed are inspired by Coral's love of color, jewelry, sparkle and bling. Funky Mosaics showcases different materials such as discarded, broken, antique and new items creating a one-of-a-kind art piece. The ArtsPark at Young Circle Gallery, 1 N Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. hollywoodfl.org/65/ ArtsPark-at-Young-Circle ADVENTURES WITH CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG Through May 6. Visit Birdwell Island to explore the world of Clifford and Emily Elizabeth. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. $16; ages 2-12, $13; seniors, $15; military, $13. mods.org CURIOUS GEORGE: LETS GET CURIOUS Through May 6. The Curious George stories come to life in this exhibit featuring interactive math, science and engineering-based adventure. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. $16; ages 2-12, $13; seniors, $15; military, $13. mods.org ASTRONAUT Through April 15 at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Through hands-on and full-body displays, investigate what it takes to be a space explorer. Its 26 exhibits — including a rocket launch simulator and a human gyroscope — show the physical and psychological effects of living in microgravity on the human body and the technology used to complete a mission. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. sfsciencecenter.org/ astronaut BRAIN: THE INSIDE STORY Through April 15 at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Explore the human brain through art, brain-scan imaging and interactive exhibits. Interactive brain teasers, puzzles and a build-a-brain exhibit. Featuring a 6-foot-tall artificial humanoid, a three-pound preserved brain, and a "brain lounge," where visitors can watch brain scans of a professional basketball player in action. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $29; ages 3-11, $20; 15 percent discount for Miami-Dade and Broward residents. Frostscience.org/exhibition/brain DESIGN: FORM / FUNCTION / FUN Through April 21 at Young At Art Museum. Featuring an eye-popping interactive designscape by Milagros. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. Youngatartmuseum.org

IT’S A NANO WORLD Through May 6. The Explorium unveils a new hands-on traveling exhibit that kicks off a season-long exploration where both children and adults can explore what’s around them. Separate cells in a giant Cell Sorter, play Giant DNA, Dust & Germ Pinball, zoom into your own hair and skin, measure your height in nanometers. The Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. scienceexplorium.org THE LION GUARD Through Aug. 26. The traveling exhibit takes the audience through the African savanna where they will meet the Lion Guard and the Circle of Life. Train with the Lion Guard in their secret lair, explore the power of teamwork by joining all the members of the Lion Guard on Pride Rock, discover the African savanna and learn about the animals that live there. The exhibit will also feature the Little Lion Guard, where toddlers can engage in developmentally appropriate activities of exploration, creativity and skill building. miamichildrensmuseum.org MONSTER FISH: IN SEARCH OF THE LAST RIVER GIANTS Through spring 2018 at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Learn about ancient fish that roam the depths of the world’s rivers. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $29; ages 3-11, $20; 15 percent discount for Miami-Dade and Broward residents. Frostscience.org/ exhibition/monster-fish MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE SCIENCE PARK OPENING March 23. Museumgoers can continue their exploration of the Museum of Discovery and Science outdoors. Giant full-body exhibits will demonstrate key principles of physics and engineering while also providing entertainment and group interaction. $13-$16. 10:30 a.m. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. mods.org “FLORIDA IS...” EXHIBIT March 29-May 19. An evolving body of twodimensional works that depict the natural beauty of Florida. With a focus on community engagement, artist and curator Xavier Cortada asks Floridians to define their state by its unique flora and fauna, rather than the things we build to displace it. Through drawings, monoprints and larger-than-life projections, this exhibition educates viewers of all ages on the importance of Florida’s wildlife ecosystems . Opening reception, Thursday, March 29 from 6-9 p.m. The Frank Art Gallery, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. thefrankgallery.org


s’mores. Preregistration and prepayment are required by calling or visiting the park of your choice. 7-9:30 p.m. Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park. $3.50 ages 3 and older. Call 954-357-5190, broward.org/Parks TRASH 2 ART CLASS, 3:30-4:30 P.M. Participants will make art from environmentallyfriendly recycled materials. Session 1 for ages 8-11 on March 2; Session 2 for ages 5-7 on March 6. $20; $10 residents. Supplies included. Recreation Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd., Coconut Creek. CoconutCreek.net MOVIES ON THE LAWN, 7 P.M. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics and enjoy “Leap” under the stars at the great lawn on the first Friday of every month at the Great Lawn, Corner of Atlantic and Pompano Beach Blvd. Free. pompanobeachfl.gov

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FREE COMMUNITY BIRTHDAY PARTY, 1-4 P.M. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale celebrates its 60 year anniversary with art activities for all ages, music and performances, festive food, an art scavenger hunt, games and creativity stations. One East Las Olas Blvd. nsuartmuseum.org/events STORYFEST, 11 A.M.-4 P.M. SeussFest is now StoryFest and is an early childhood literacy event for ages 4 to 8. Music, face painting, storytelling, a petting zoo, visits with storybook characteres, a magic show, arts and crafts. Children can select a free book, while supplies last. Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie. public.library.nova.edu/storyfest WESTON WORLD FEST, NOON-4 P.M. Learn about sports from around the world with booths that represent 20 countries, showcasing international sports, health and fitness. Passport Challenge, international foods, activities for kids, onstage performances and

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9 Friday

TUNES ‘N TRUCKS CONCERT SERIES, 6 P.M. Nibble on items from food trucks and savor entertainment as Switch Back to the ’80s perform at this free outdoor event. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Sunrise Amphitheater, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd. sunrisefl.gov

10 Saturday

BROWARD WATER MATTERS DAY, 9 A.M.-3 P.M. Workshops and booths with landscaping and gardening experts, giveways, children’s activities, face painting and entertainment, plus a tree giveaway for Broward County residents. Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Ave., Davie. broward.org/WaterMatters/Pages/ ProgramsWMD.aspx FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, 10 A.M.-6 P.M. Kids ages 5-18 display, sell and profit from their own artwork. Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. youngatartmuseum.org ONE TAMARAC MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL, 3-9 P.M. Performances by Latin Grammy Award winner Ed Calle, the Sunshine State Junkanoo Band, T-Wave, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Ashanti Cultural Arts and others. Cultural village, food trucks and a kids zone with rides and crafts and a fireworks display. Tamarac Sports Complex, 9901 NW 77th St.,Free. tamarac.org

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POMPANO PIER FOOD TRUCK ROUND UP, 6-10 P.M. An evening of food trucks, music and fun. Participants are encourage to bring their blankets and folding chairs since seating is limited. Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach. Entertainment, full bar and fun. pompanobeachfl.gov

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KIDS BIKE RIDE TO SAFETY EVENT, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. Parents and children get educated about the safety aspects of riding a bicycle on streets and roads and have the opportunity to practice and develop skills via obstacle and skill courses and training stations. Brian Piccolo Park, 9501 Sheridan St., Hollywood. Free. pediatricassociates.com/bikesafety MODEL STEAM TRAIN RIDES, 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. Ride the train on Saturday and Sunday of the third full weekend of the month, year round, at Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek. Rides are $1.50 per person on one-eighth-sized trains, on a half-mile track along a scenic lake. livesteamers.org 12TH ANNUAL KID DUCK FEST DERBY, NOON-3 P.M. Flock to Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale, 400 SW Second St., for a variety of family-friendly activities at the KID Fun Zone, including bounce houses, petting zoo, face painting, funny photo opportunities, characters and food. Each child who participates in every Olympic event will receive a chance to win a raffle prize that afternoon. At 2 p.m. join the crowd as they cheer on the 30,000 rubber ducks floating down the New River to the finish line. Each duck is racing to win one of the prizes, including the grand prize of $10,000 cash. DuckFestDerby.org

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23 Friday

WILDERNESS EXPLORERS. Take on the challenge of surviving in the great outdoors. Learn navigational skills, build your own sling-shot launchers and ‘bug-out’ over some unfamiliar cuisine. Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. mods.org.

24 Saturday

LET’S GO BIKING! 2018. The ride begins in Tree Tops Park at 3900 SW 100 Ave., Davie. This is a family event featuring a bike ride, bike rodeo, bicycle safety activities, giveaways, music, free food, speakers and other activities for children. Registration, 9-9:30 a.m.; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. BrowardMPO.org

25 Sunday

JAZZ IN THE PINES CONCERT, 3-5 P.M. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of jazz. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and chairs. Free. Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way. Per website Don’t forget to bring your blankets and chairs. ppines.com .

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EVENING ON THE AVENUE, 6-10 P.M. Free live music, food and specialty item vendors. Free. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. palmbeachculture.com. CONCERTS IN THE COURT, 6-9 P.M. Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. downtownatthegardens.com/event. DADDY DAUGHTER STEM NIGHT, 5:30-8:30 P.M. Experience a luminescent laser light show, maneuver robots, make liquid nitrogen ice cream and step into virtual reality on this fun-filled evening. For girls in grades K-5 and their father-figure. Cost includes pizza dinner, laser show and all activities. RSVP required. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N, West Palm Beach. sfsciencecenter.org/daddydaughternight FULL MOON BIKE RIDE, 6:30 P.M. Discover the trails of Riverbend at night with a naturalist guiding the way. Appropriate safety gear required. All ages. $10. Reservations required. Riverbend Park, 9060 Indiantown Road, Jupiter. pbcnature.com HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS! 4 P.M. Celebrate with stories, activities, a craft and a film. All ages. Preregister. Glades Road Branch, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton.

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4 Sunday

BOATING & BEACH BASH FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, 10 A.M.-3 P.M. Families with special needs are invited to a day of fun, games, food, characters, music and boat rides for special-needs individuals all ages. Spanish River Park, 3001 N. Ocean Blvd. (State Road A1A), Boca Raton. boatingbeachbash.com

7 Wednesday

FAMILY NIGHT WITH FOOD TRUCKS, 5-9 P.M. Bi-weekly gathering of South Florida’s top food trucks along with entertainment or a movie. Bring chairs or blankets to picnic. There will also be covered seating available. Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton. foodtruckinvasion.com

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SCREEN ON THE GREEN, 6-10 P.M. Kids activities on the Great Lawn. The movie “Cars 3” at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and watch the film and the stars. 100 Clematis St., between Narcissus Avenue and Flagler Drive, in down-

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town West Palm Beach. wpb.org/events EVENING ON THE AVENUE, 6-10 P.M. Free live music, food and specialty item vendors. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. palmbeachculture.com MOVIE AT THE BEACH, 7 P.M. “Wonder Woman.” Lantana Municipal Beach, 100 North Ocean Blvd. Bring chairs and blankets. lantana.org/ enjoy-lantana-events PLANETARIUM NIGHTS, 7:30 P.M. A fun demonstration and journey with the stars in an inflatable planetarium. The telescope will be out for at least one hour after the scheduled start time (weather permitting). Childrens Science Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. scienceexplorium.org

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BIRDS & BREAKFAST, 9-11 A.M. Ages 9 and older are invited to enjoy coffee and refreshments before embarking on a one-hour birding tour with one of our naturalists. $3. Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Space is limited; RSVP at 561-966-7000. friendsofgreencay.org CREATURE FEATURE, 10-11:30 A.M. Join our Early Explorers for an interactive educational experience at the Palm Beach Zoo designed for toddlers and preschool-aged children. This special themed program is for children ages 3-4 and includes up-close animal encounters, stories, games, crafts, and visits to animal exhibits. $20-$40 includes zoo admission for

one child and one adult. Pre-registration is required. 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. palmbeachzoo.org BOCA CHAMBER COMMUNITY COOKOUT, 11 A.M.-3 P.M. Fun games for all ages, bounce houses, slides, DJ and more. Admission is free. Meal tickets $5 for a burger or hotdog, cold salad, chips and a beverage. Meals free for kids under 10. RSVP online at bocaratonflcoc.wliinc17.com. YMCA of South Palm Beach County, 6631 Palmetto Circle South, Boca Raton. ymcaspbc.org DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES SHOW AND SALE, 9 A.M.-3:30 P.M. Mini item dealers, free Make It and Take It Demos, raffles, door prizes and lunch facilities. Boca Raton Community Center, 150 NW Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton. $5, adults; $2, children under 12. sites.google.com/ site/lespetitsclub

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CARS & COFFEE PALM BEACH, 8 A.M.-NOON. Vehicles, food trucks, vendors and more. Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach. carsandcoffeepb.com

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FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, 6-9:30 P.M. Kids ages 7-12 are invited to hang out “after hours” with the Children’s Science Explorium staff, enjoy pizza, watch a movie, and conduct a science experiment while their parents have a date night. $20-$25 at the Children’s Scien-

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ce Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. scienceexplorium.org FAMILY OVERNIGHT: WHERE THE WILD THINGS SNORE, 7 P.M.-8:30 A.M. Discover the Zoo after hours. Program includes animal encounters, nocturnal tour, themed activities. $40-$50. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. palmbeachzoo.org/familyovernights

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KIDS - DOG TALES, 10:30 A.M.-NOON. Specially trained therapy dogs “listen” to your child read. Go to KidSpace on the 3rd floor, Mendel Public Library, 11 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. wpb.org

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SUNDAY ON THE WATERFRONT, 4-7 P.M. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Listen to Caribbean Chillers tribute to Jimmy Buffett. Free. Currie Park, 2400 North Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Wpb.org/events

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SPRING CHILDREN’S FAIR, 10 A.M.-3 P.M. 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. Patch Reef Park, 2000 W. Yamato Road, Boca Raton. patchreefpark.org

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ANIMAL KEEPER FOR A DAY, 10-11:30 A.M. Ages 8 and older can keep learning on this day off school. Work behind the scenes with animal care staff and volunteers to find out what it would be like to be an animal keeper. Kids may get messy! $10. Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Space is limited; RSVP at 561-966-7000. friendsofgreencay.org FAMILY NIGHT WITH FOOD TRUCKS, 5-9 P.M. Bi-weekly gathering of South Florida’s top food trucks along with entertainment or a movie. Bring chairs or blankets to picnic. Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton. foodtruckinvasion.com PARENTING SEMINAR, 6:30-8 P.M. Discussions and information concerning the pertinent subject regarding parenting in today’s world. Sessions led by Eric Thomas Mundt, a marriage & family therapist who specializes with children in play therapy, parenting skills training in filial therapy, and working with couples in creating teamwork in parenting. DeVosBlum Family YMCA, 9600 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach. ymcaspbc.org

22 Thursday

BIRDING FOR KIDS, 10 A.M. TO NOON. Ages 9 and older are invited to explore the world of birds during this fun, family friendly program. See some of nature's most amazing examples of adaptations, hone your observation skills and find out the easiest ways to identify birds through an interactive presentation full of games, activities and movements. You will also meet Green Cay's two avian ambassadors: Oliver the Eastern Screech Owl and Kilee the American Kestrel. $3. Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Space is limited; RSVP at 561-966-7000. friendsofgreencay.org

23 Friday

ARCHERY 101, 10 A.M. TO NOON. Ages 9 and older are invited to join a USA Archery Certified Instructor to learn the basics of archery and develop a fun new skill. This 1.5 hour program will start with an indoor demonstration followed by outdoor target practice. All equipment provided; please wear closedtoed shoes and bring water and sun protection for the outdoor portion. No personal equipment allowed. $10. Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Space is limited; RSVP at 561-966-7000. friendsofgreencay.org KIDS BEACH NIGHT: PARENTS SURVIVAL NIGHT, 6-8 P.M. Parents can have a date night and drop kids ages 5-15 with Under Blue Waters for a night of games, crafts, projects, and beach fun, including a Sunset Strength Training program. Burger Fi, 6 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. $30 includes dinner. underbluewaters.com EVENING ON THE AVENUE, 6-10 P.M. Free live

music, food and specialty item vendors. Free. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. palmbeachculture.com

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WEST PALM BEACH GREENMARKET, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. Saturdays through April 21. Downtown West Palm Beach, Waterfront Commons. wpb.org/greenmarket SURIVALIST!, 10 A.M. TO NOON. Reading the woods, tracking and orienteering are just a few of the skills you will learn during this 2-hour family-friendly outdoor adventure. Classroom component followed by an outdoor nature walk. Please wear close-toed shoes. Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Space is limited; RSVP at 561-966-7000. friendsofgreencay.org TURTLEFEST, 10 A.M.-6 P.M. 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. Loggerhead Marine Life Center, 14200 U.S. Highway One, Juno Beach. Free. marinelife.org ALL PEOPLE’S DAY FESTIVAL, 11 A.M.- 5 P.M. International acts, dancing, drumming, singing acts, booths with free food, crafts, health fair, vendors and interactive activities at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd Street and NW 10th Avenue, Delray Beach. Free kids craft dough people workshop for ages 3-11 from 9:30-11 a.m. allpeoplesday.com

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EVENING ON THE AVENUE, 6-10 P.M. Free live music, food and specialty item vendor. Free. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. palmbeachculture.com EASTER EGG HUNT, 5-6 P.M. Bring your camera to take photos with your YMCA Easter Bunny. DeVos-Blum Family YMCA, 9600 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach. Registration fee: one bag of candy per family; no chocolate candy. Register by March 29. ymcaspbc.org FISHING FUN, 10 A.M. Learn the basics of freshwater fishing and practice learned skills. Class includes: fishing pole basics, casting tips, and freshwater fish identification. All supplies provided. Bring a water bottle, sun protection, and closed-toed shoes that can get wet/ muddy. Ages 8 and older. $10. Daggerwing Nature Center in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, 11435 Park Access Road, Boca Raton.pbcnature.com

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CRAFT AND STORY TIME, 10-11 A.M. Ages 4-10 are invited to discover nature through crafts and stories about animals and other naturerelated themes. Free while supplies last. Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Space is limited; RSVP at 561-966-7000. friendsofgreencay.org

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THEATER, SHOWS & CONCERTS CINDERELLA March 1-18. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance in this musical theater performance. $20; $15 ages 11 and under. Sol Children Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. solchildren.org. THE FAB FAUX March 2. Listen to classic Beatles songs performed by tribute band The Fab Faux at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. $35 and up. parkerplayhouse.com RAGTIME March 2-4. A musical portrait of early-20th century America. It tells the story of three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream: a Harlem musician named Coalhouse Walker Jr; a woman known only as Mother, who is the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe. Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. flct.org THE SNOW QUEEN March 3. Atlantic Coast Theatre presents a lively musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale that inspired Disney’s Frozen. Gerda must save her friend, Kay, from the mysterious Snow Queen. Fortunately, Gerda has help from a talking crow, a notorious (and comic) Robber Prince, a Reindeer Herder – and “reindeer” from the show’s audience. 2 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd. sunrisefl.gov THE HIT MEN March 3. The group consists of Lee Shapiro, Jimmy Ryan, Jeff Ganz, Russ Velazquez and Steve Murphy who either played, sang or did both on some of the most memorable hits of the era, including “Who Loves You,” “Oh What a Night,” “The Loco-motion,” “Peace Train,” “Mony Mony,” “Joy to the World” and other songs. 8 p.m. $37.10-$68.90 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. thecentercs.com/events FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA Through March 3. Features classical music, jazz, art, film and literature. Mizner Park Boca Raton. $15-$75. festivaloftheartsboca.org THE ILLUSIONISTS March 6-11. Now you see it, now you don’t! This event showcases the talents of five Illusionists that will keep the magic coming and keep you wondering. $28 and up. Kravis

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Center in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. kravis.org WINTER CONCERT SERIES – MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE March 7. Featuring all the of the King of Pop’s biggest hits. Relive the energy, excitement, spectacle and pure joy of this legendary performer and his music. $14. 7:30-9 p.m. Doors open, 6:30 p.m. E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 MKL Jr. Blvd., Pompano Beach. pompanobeachfl.gov JUST DANCE LIVE March 8-11. This two-plus hour experience comes alive as part stage show, part audience-involvement. Fans play an integral role in the show, from walking the red carpet, to mingling with other dancers, to transforming their hair and makeup look in the “Get Ready For It” zone before the live performance. $45 and up. Limited specially-priced family four packs available. The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. justdancelive.com RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS March 9. This Scottish group plays bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent. The group was voted Scotland’s ‘Live Act of the Year in 2007 and 2010 at the Scots Trad Music Awards. $33.92 - $55.12. 7 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. thecentercs.com/events FAMILY FARE: MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR March 10. The best of selected short family films from Colorado’s Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. Cultural, environmental and inspirational stories, such as how it feels to be an immigrant or the challenges of pursuing a competitive sport, are told in fun, engaging ways to not only entertain, but also to get children and parents talking about today’s issues. 10 a.m. $5. The Kravis Center, Helen K. Persson Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. kravis.org THE DOO WOP PROJECT March 10. Featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” and Motown, the group traces the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. They sings songs from groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through Smokey Robinson, the Temptations and the Four Seasons to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse. $28.62-$49.82. 8 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. thecentercs.com/events

FLORIDA YOUTH ORCHESTRA March 18, 3-6 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket for this musical performance; chairs will also be for rent ($5 cash only). Outside food, beverage, and pets are not permitted. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. floridayouthorchestra.org VIDEO GAMES LIVE March 22. Experience the energy and excitement of a rock concert, the power and emotion of a symphony and the stunning visuals of video games. Concert features music from the most popular video games of all time such as Halo, Warcraft, Legends of Zelda and more. Come early and in costume for the costume contest and prize give-ways. Tickets start at $20. 8 p.m. Au-Rene Theater at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. browardcenter.org LE NOZZE DI FIGARO CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE March 24. A behind-the-scenes, storytelling adventure for children, families and caregivers to experience the magic of opera. This performance will feature a 60-minute abridged version of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” performed by Palm Beach Opera’s Benenson Young Artists and Apprentice Artists. This is a sensory friendly integrated performance. Kravis Center, Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. 1 p.m. $10; $5, age 12 and under. kravis.org/events/pbochildren BEHOLD THE BOLD UMBRELLAPHANT March 25. Family Fun Concert Series where poetry and music come together to create magic with silly rhymes and fun. Seventeen poems by children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky are turned into a Carnival of the Animals. Performed with narration in English. 3 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest. $15; $10 children. orchestramiami.org DISNEY ON ICE REACH FOR THE STARS March 28-April 8. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for extravaganza with magic with the royal sisters Anna and Elsa, plus Rapunzel and Beauty and the Beast in a skating spectacle. $40 and up. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. thebbtcenter.com SEAHAWK FESTIVAL March 29. A concert headlined by Grammy Award-winning singer Wyclef Jean, plus guests Walshy Fire of Major Lazer and Miami native IRIE. 7 p.m. at the Broward College Central Campus in Davie. $25; BC students $15. seahawkfestival.com


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