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fun family events

Holiday Events

for the whole family Winter village at Curtis Hixon park Nov. 18 - Dec. 25, various times

Claus at this largest fundraiser for the gardens. Event is free but $4 donation suggested. For more information, call 727-582-2100. Everyone

Celebrate the holiday season on ice at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa! This season long event features Tampa's only outdoor ice skating rink, a pop-up market featuring 20 local businesses and plenty of holiday activities and sights for children and adults of all ages. 90 minutes of ice skating: $12. Hours vary by day. Everyone.

Mickey's very Merry Christmas party Through Dec. 22, various times

Enjoy this festive celebration of live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and an oh-so-jolly holiday parade at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando. Everyone

Symphony in Lights Through Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m.

Watch an array of dancing lights, holiday décor and snow as the Christmas spirit arrives early at The Shops at Wiregrass. Catch an inspiring light show choreographed to the holiday music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Shows nightly on the hour. Free. Everyone

Christmas Town

Through Dec. 31, various times Create a new family tradition at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay when you see the park transform into a holiday wonderland of entertainment, holiday shopping, festive treats and more than 2 million twinkling lights. Everyone

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration Through Dec. 31, various times

Head to SeaWorld Orlando for a delightful holiday experience from carols filling the air to a sea of lighted trees and world-famous skaters twirling across the ice. Stroll the lakeside Christmas Market, nosh on festive food and see stunning live shows. The Christmas Celebration is included with park admission. Everyone

Holiday Lights in the Gardens Through Dec. 31, various times

Take in the holiday lights along the gardens and paths at Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Enjoy free entertainment and visits from Santa


Christmas at Gaylord palms Through Jan. 1, various times

Catch the brand new interactive experience ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas as the classic story unfolds through ice sculptures and displays as part of this year’s holiday celebration at Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando. Marvel at lavish holiday displays with more than 2 million twinkling Christmas lights and acres of larger-than-life decorations. Visit with Santa and see the live stage show Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. Everyone


Santa's Workshop at MoSI's Idea Zone

Idea Zone® is included with MOSI admission. Everyone

Through Jan. 3, 7-10 p.m.

Visit MOSI’s Idea Zone® as it transforms into a toy workshop where visitors will use their creativity and building skills to create imaginative toys to give to family and friends. The

Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens Nov. 25, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017

Enjoy the holiday season with a variety of

festive events at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. Go on a Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate, watch special carillon concerts, tour the winter gardens, see the poinsettia displays and more. Admission is $20 adults and $9 kids ages 5-12. Everyone

Browse for the holidays at this unique shopping experience coordinated by Working Women of Tampa Bay at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Enjoy Black Friday deals without battling crowds and support local women-owned businesses. Guests will be treated to a glass of wine, food samples, mini spa treatments, swag bags and more. Admission is $5

victorian Stroll Dec. 1-23, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Travel back in time and delight in the exquisite Victorian holiday decor on display at the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa. Visit decorated exhibit rooms while sipping cider and munching on cookies. Proceeds fund the hotel's restoration and preservation

Santa and His Elves visit Florida Aquarium

holiday songs as the backdrop to high-flying adventures including acrobats, aerialists and talented circus performers with their daredevil athleticism. Tickets are $25-$85. amaliearena. com Everyone

Christmas in the Wild

Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-23, 26- 30 various times Experience a festival of lights shining brightly and get into the holiday spirit courtesy of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Encounter amazing animals at night, enjoy Christmas carolers and live entertainment, and marvel at the skills of artisans. Sample holiday treats and seasonal refreshments at the Zoo’s Christmas Lodge, visit with Santa, and have a merry and memorable evening. Everyone

Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, various times Bring family and friends to celebrate the holidays at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Santa and his elves will be stopping by on select Saturdays after Thanksgiving for a visit and to dive in the Coral Reef Gallery during daily shows. Everyone

SantaFest and Annual Downtown Tampa Christmas parade Dec. 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Take in a parade at 11 a.m. down Madison Avenue traveling westward from Morgan Street to Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa. Then at noon, settle in for a festive afternoon in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park with make-n-take holiday crafts, hands-on games and activities, photos with Santa Claus and other holiday entertainment. Admission is free. Ice skating is available for $5 per person. friendsoftamparec. org Everyone

efforts. Everyone

Jingle Bellrock at Glazer Children's Museum Dec. 2, 6-9 p.m.

Say hello to the holidays as the Glazer Children’s Museum introduces a new party filled with holiday cheer, VIP views of the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, photos with Santa, festive craft stations and more. Cost is $12 general admission and $10 premium/ super premium members. Moms, Dads

Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony Tampa Theatre Holiday Classics Film Series Nov. 27 – Dec. 23, various times

Revisit cinematic holiday favorites at this annual series hosted by Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa. Films in this year’s series include: "Miracle on 34th Street" (Nov. 27), "Holiday Inn" (Dec. 4), "White Christmas" (Dec. 11), "It’s a Wonderful Life" (Dec. 16-18) and "Love, Actually" (Dec. 23). For film details and showtimes, visit Everyone

Think pink Holiday Shopping Boutique

members and $10 non-members. Proceeds benefit The Working Women Foundation. Girls Night Out

Melissa Etheridge's Holiday Trio Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

See the multi-platinum recording artist in action as she celebrates the holiday season with her Holiday Trio at The Mahaffey in St. Petersburg. Etheridge will perform songs from her 2008 holiday album, "A New Thought for Christmas." Tickets start at $49.50. 8 & Older

Dec. 2, 6-10 p.m.

See the official lighting of the City of Tampa’s tree at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Evening includes a countdown to light the tree with Mayor Bob Buckhorn, a Christmas Market and a free movie in the park, “A Christmas Story.” Admission is free. Everyone

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Be dazzled by this thrilling new show featuring a live symphony orchestra accompanying the performers. Show features favorite

The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay presents Making Spirits Bright Dec. 3, 3 p.m.

Get lost in the mesmerizing sounds of holiday choral music with this special concert hosted by Tampa Theatre. See The Master Chorale led by Joseph Holt and featuring The Master Chorale Ensemble Singers conducted by Deah McReynolds for a moving music performance. Tickets are $20 Everyone

Holiday Boat parade and Tree Lighting Dec. 3, 6-9 p.m.

Ring in the holidays during this traditional waterfront celebration as decorated boats parade through the Dunedin Marina at around 7 p.m. Listen to holiday music and nibble on s’mores while awaiting Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree in Edgewater Park. Free. Everyone

parents Shop / Kids Create at Morean Arts Center Dec. 3, 10 and 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Leave the kids at Morean Arts Center in St. Pete to create art in a safe place while catching up on some last-minute holiday shopping. Cost is $25 first child and $15 each additional sibling. Everyone

Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m.


fun family events

visit with Santa Claus at Hyde park village Dec. 4, 10-11, 17-20, and 22-24, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stop by Hyde Park Village to visit with Old St. Nick and bring your own camera. Santa’s location changes each week to a different shop in the village. Check the event calendar at for upcoming scheduled appearance locations. Everyone

A very Merry Market Dec. 8, 4-8 p.m.

Take part in a night of shopping and holiday cheer hosted by Great Explorations and Sunken Gardens at the St. Pete children's museum. For the latest details, visit greatex. org Everyone

Patel Conservatory Presents Holiday Music Concert Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

Attend a festive concert by music ensembles from the vocal and instrumental classes at Patel Conservatory when they take the stage in Ferguson Hall at Straz Center. Tickets start at $15. Tickets can be purchased online at Everyone

Mix 100.7 Mistletoe Show Dec. 9, 7 p.m.

Catch this concert featuring a number of platinum artists including headline act The Fray as well as Blue October, Colbie Caillat and Joshua Radin. Tickets start at $35 with VIP available. 12 & Older

'Tis the Season: A Tarpon Arts Holiday Celebration

adult members, $20.95 child non-members, and $12.95 child members. Children ages 2 and younger are free. Everyone

YMCA reindeer run Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m.

Bring along the whole family for holiday fun, laughs and carols at the Heritage Museum. Proceeds raised will be donated back into Tarpon Arts programming. Tickets are $16 general admission, $14 members and students and $6 children in grades K-6. Everyone

Sign up to take part in this holiday race to benefit YMCA programs taking place at John Chesnut Sr. Park in Palm Harbor. The whole family can take part in this event and are encouraged to don holiday-inspired attire. All runs start at 8:30 a.m. Fees increase as event approaches: 5K run/walk starts at $30 and 1-mile fun run/walk starts at $15. Everyone

Breakfast with Santa at The Florida Aquarium

Holiday Extravaganza 2016

Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 10, 8-9:30 a.m.

Meet Santa and his animal friends at this special event hosted by The Florida Aquarium. Begin your visit with a buffet breakfast and a meet-up with Santa. Admission for the day and parking are included with the package. Tickets are $34.95 adult non-members, $15.95


Dec. 10, 5 p.m.

Celebrate the season in dance as Expressions of Academy of Dance performs onstage at The Palladium at St. Pete College. Tickets are $26 general admission and $10 SPC students/ staff/faculty with valid ID. Everyone


1st Annual DFAC & Sterling Society Holiday Gala party Dec. 10, 7-10 p.m.

Come out for a debut event as Dunedin Fine Art Center and Sterling Society host a holiday party at the Art Center in Dunedin. Evening includes carving stations, appetizers, desserts, adult beverages, live music and dancing. Guests can also visit the Gallery Shop for lastminute specials. Tickets are $50 members and $60 non-members. Moms, Dads

Nutcracker Tea at Glazer Children's Museum Dec. 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Revisit the timeless world and characters of the Nutcracker ballet as they come to life at the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa as part of this partnership between the Straz Center and Next Generation Ballet. Meet Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and others in a private setting while enjoying tea and finger foods. Cost is $20 members and $25 nonmembers. Everyone

Santa's Holiday revue Dec. 17, 11 a.m.

Sing, clap and tap along to this fast-paced, rollicking musical that tours the world of festive dance, song and stories onstage at Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo.

Tickets are $8.50 adults and $7.50 children with family 4-pack available for $26. Everyone

Holizaar at The Studio@620 Dec. 17, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Shop at this 9th annual handmade holiday bazaar hosted by The Studio@620 in St. Pete. Check out the work of over two dozen crafts people and show your support for local entrepreneurs and artists. Admission is free. Everyone

The Family Blessing Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Get inspired as Artz 4 Life Academy returns with its unique holiday musical celebration at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Performance features hundreds of the Bay Area’s most energetic and fiery youth performing ballet, jazz, hip hop, African, Mexican and Cuban Dance. Tickets: $19-$39. Everyone

at LEGoLAND Florida

Dec. 17-18, 24-25, 26-30, various times Bring in the holiday season with a 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree made of 270,000 LEGO bricks and life-size LEGO Santa, reindeer and sleigh at LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven. Go on holiday-themed scavenger hunts, meet up with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier and take part in other festivities. Everyone

Mr. Tommy's rockin' robot reindeer Holiday Dec. 18, 2-3 p.m.

Continue the holiday celebration at The Florida Aquarium by enjoying a real snow play area for the kids. For details and a complete schedule, visit Everyone

Chanukah Celebration Dec. 27, 5-7 p.m.

Attend a grand Menorah lighting on the 8th night of Chanukah at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel (in front of Dillard’s). All are welcome. Evening includes entertainment for the whole family including face painting, balloon art and more. Free. Everyone

Join the children’s entertainer for a holiday concert to rock audiences with classic kids’ songs and a few surprises at Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa. A glass of milk and cookie included with each ticket. Tickets are $7 members and $8 general admission with a family 4-pack available for $28. Everyone

A Christmas Carol Dec. 18, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Jingle Ball Dec. 17, 7 p.m.

Treat the tweens to an all-star night of music at Tampa’s Amalie Arena courtesy of 93.3 FLZ. This year's lineup includes Pitbull, The Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, Lukas Graham, DNCE, Martin Garrix and Daya. Tickets start at $20. Everyone

Next Generation Ballet Presents Nutcracker Dec. 17-18, various times

See the talented and elegant members of the Next Generation Ballet bring this holiday classic to life in a cast of nearly 175 dancers and gymnasts at Tampa's Straz Center. Tickets are $30-$125. Everyone

Christmas Bricktacular

Experience a holiday tradition in this fully staged musical version of the Dickens classic when it is performed for two shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Meet up with the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future as they guide Scrooge on a journey to find the true spirit of Christmas. Tickets start at $38.75. Everyone

Trans Siberian orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Dec. 18, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Get lost in the haunting sounds of these performers as they bring their signature sound to the live stage to tell one of the group's most beloved stories at Amalie Arena for two shows. Tickets start at $32. Everyone

rudolph the red-Nosed reindeer: The Musical Dec. 22, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Watch a beloved television classic soar off the screen and onto the stage as favorite characters come to life at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for two shows. Catch up with Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice and Yukon Cornelius as Rudolph sets out on adventures after being ousted from reindeer games in Christmastown. Everyone

Moscow Ballet's Great russian Nutcracker Dec. 26-27, various times

Admire this exquisite production featuring nearly 40 world-class Russian dancers. Romantic costumes and shimmering backdrops drape the classic story, music and ballet onstage at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $32. themahaffey. com Everyone

Snow Days at The Florida Aquarium Dec. 26-30, various times


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kid-friendly new years events

New Year's with kids

Happy Noon Year's Eve Party Dec. 30, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy dancing, entertainment, door prizes and light refreshments at Largo Community Center. Celebrate the New Year early with a champagne toast at noon. Tickets are $5 per person. Everyone

Noon Year's Eve at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Dec. 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Ring in the New Year family style at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for a midday celebration. The party includes live entertainment, games and activities, character appearances and more. Watch the countdown and welcome the New Year with noisemakers, hats and a juice toast. Activities included with paid zoo admission or zoo membership. Everyone

New Year's Noon at Great Explorations Dec. 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Start off the New Year with a dance party, a parade around the museum and a balloon drop at noon at Great Explorations Children's Museum in St. Pete. Then, families can stay to play and make resolutions for 2017. greatex. org Everyone

Downtown Countdown at Glazer Children's Museum Dec. 31, noon – 5 p.m.

Ring in 2017 at the top of every hour at Glazer Children’ Museum’s in downtown Tampa. Sip on kiddie party punch, design your own party hat, or take part in the Resolution Wall. Don’t miss out on bubble wrap fireworks, dance parties and balloon drops starting at noon. Everyone

Aqua-Eve New Year's Celebration Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Splash into 2017 with great food, beer and wine, entertainment and a champagne toast at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Catch an amazing fireworks display over the Bay with the best view in town. Party guests must be 21 or older. Tickets start at $120. Moms, Dads

Kids' New Year's Eve Dec. 31


Come out to LEGOLAND Florida for a kidfriendly New Year's Eve celebration at the Winter Haven park. The giant LEGO brick drops at 7 p.m. Catch a dance party and stay for the fireworks, all before midnight. Everyone

dozen venues. Activities include a drum circle, a Human Foosball Court, banyan tree climbing, a Resolution Bonfire and a skating rink. Free to walk around, but nominal fee ($15 adults, $10 ages 6-12) for activities and to enter venues.

New Year's Eve at Busch Gardens

New Year's Eve outback Bowl parade – Ybor City

Dec. 31

Join in for an awesome year-end celebration at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Enjoy thrill rides in the dark, jam to music throughout the park and catch the fireworks show in Gwazi Park after the countdown. Dive in the dark on Falcon's Fury and join in on a park-wide countdown to the New Year. Festivities are included with paid park admission. Everyone

First Night St. Pete Dec. 31

An alcohol-free celebration in downtown St. Petersburg. Begins at 4 p.m. in Straub Park at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE with live music, art and entertainment at more than two


Dec. 31

Eclectic Ybor City is the site of this festive celebration featuring the Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade and a pep rally. The parade will feature floats and about twenty marching bands including the two college bands! The Pep Rally features a battle of the bands and cheerleaders from both universities. This free family event is sponsored by our friends at Bud Light, 970 WFLA, Mix 100.7 FM Radio, 98Rock and the City of Tampa. Be there early. The Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs along 7th Avenue. Please note: no coolers, glass containers or open alcohol allowed on streets.

New Year' Eve Channelside Fireworks Celebration Dec. 31

Ring in the New Year at the largest fireworks celebrations in Tampa Bay at the 2016 New Year's Eve Channelside Fireworks Celebration! Channelside Bay Plaza hosts the annual New Year's Eve fireworks celebration with the open air entertainment venue located in the heart of the Channelside District in Downtown Tampa. Fireworks at midnight.

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When you’re buying for children under 3, make sure the toy has no pieces small enough to fit in a toilet paper roll (anything smaller than 1.5 inches). Barbie shoes, Lego pieces, coins, marbles and little bouncy balls may be potential choking hazards. If you’re buying for an infant, make sure you pick something that can easily be cleaned off—especially if you have a little teether in the house.

2. Buy a helmet with a riding toy. “If you are planning

to surprise your child with a new bike, skateboard, scooter or other riding equipment, be sure to include a certified helmet to keep them safe while they are having fun riding their new toy,” Layton says. Safe Kids USA states that more children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for biking-related injuries than any other sport. Although helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent, only 45 percent of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet, even though it is the law in Florida to wear one if you’re 16 or younger.



s adults, we know that the true meaning of the holidays is family togetherness and a deeper spiritual connection—but try and tell that to the 5-year-old who’s been agonizing over her list. For little ones, there’s undeniable magic in finding a wondrous toy under the tree. And for many parents, the secret hunt for the ideal toy is as much part of the festive season as holiday cards and family fun. However, the truth is that not all toys are made equal. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 251,000 children were taken to emergency rooms in 2014 for toy-related injuries. Most of these were lacerations, contusions or abrasions, and most of the injuries were also to the face and head area. No one wants to spend precious holiday hours stuck in the ER—so keep these handy tips from Pediatric Wellness and Safety Expert Rebecca Layton of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in mind when shopping for little ones to ensure that their December is as safe as it is fun. 1. pick

the right toy for the child's age and developmental ability. Those “For Age” labels

on the toy? They’re there for a reason. Make sure you choose something that is within your child’s age range, even if it may seem babyish and you feel your child could play with something more advanced. On the other hand, a toy may fit your child’s age, but may be too hard to play with, leading to frustration or injury. “Sometimes a child may fit the age requirement but developmentally may not be able to use the toy,” says Layton. “Look at the details and think about the child you are shopping for.” Layton also advises parents to read all the instructions and labels before leaving the store.



Layton recommends wearing helmets for all wheeled activities, including skateboarding and scooters. And though it may be tempting to buy a larger size that the child can “grow into,” Layton advises against that. Proper fit is crucial in protecting young heads and the brains inside.

3. Avoid small parts, strings, sharp edges and balloons that can lurk in surprising places. Even

an innocuous teddy bear can pose a hazard if it has an unsecured ribbon around its neck that a child can slip off, or small button eyes or nose that can be pried off by insistent little fingers. Flying toy parts can smack a child in the eye. Don’t buy toys for little ones that have ribbons or strings longer than 7 inches. Most of all, beware of small batteries. “If the toy has high powered magnets or batteries, be sure that they are secured within the toy,” says Layton. “If magnets or batteries are ingested, serious injuries may occur. Battery buttons can become lodged in the child’s throat. It can cause chemical burns and potentially internal damage. If your child swallows a battery button or battery of any size, call your local poison control center (800-222-1222).” Another hazard? The toy’s plastic wrapping: Dispose of this immediately.

4. Sign up to receive product safety recalls at or Keep track and get rid of

or replace toys that have been recalled. You can also go on the Consumer Product Safety website and check on any used toys you may have bought to ensure they have all the needed parts.

5. Store toys after playing with them. Keep bins or

other storage options handy so children can put away their toys when they’re done playing. Older kids should especially be taught to do this so younger siblings don’t crawl over and pop a little toy piece in their mouth and choke. Also, monitor toys regularly and make sure to throw away anything broken or ripped. Most of all, Layton would like to see parents spend their time choosing toys that encourage physical activity, imaginative play and early reading rather than picking up something pretty that’s battery operated. Always remember, says Layton: “There’s no substitution for adult supervision.”

By Anu Varma Panchal


From The Heart

GREAT PLACES TO DONATE TOYS AND GIFTS IN TAMPA BAY Don't forget about used toys! Consider having your child go through their toys and books before the holidays to make room for the new. Ask them to select several items to donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army and many other organizations in town.

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Metropolitan Ministries More than 18,000

families will be assisted by Metropolitan Ministries anticipates helping more than 18,000 families this holiday season, and the agency’s Holiday Tent is a great place to drop off new gifts so your kids can see volunteers in action. It is located near downtown Tampa at 905 North Governor St. with additional drop-off locations in Pinellas and Pasco counties. The most needed items include food and toys for infants and teens. Learn more about other ways to donate and find drop-off locations convenient to you: holiday-central

ronald McDonald House Charities 

Help bring joy to families and patients during their stay at the hospital. Some of the most needed items on this year's Holiday Wish List include new toys and books for

newborns to teens (especially for boys), gift cards and pantry items like packaged snacks and dry paper goods. Drop-off locations: Tampa: 35 Columbia Drive and St. Petersburg: 401 7th Ave S. To learn more and see the complete list, visit:

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital The wish list

includes items for children of all ages from infants to teens including teethers and rattles, Duplo blocks, Play-Doh, Matchbox cars, light up toys and educational games. You can drop off new items at the Information Desk in the lobby of St. Joseph's Children's Hospital located at 3001 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Find the complete wish list here:

Champions for Children The Holiday Store opens for three days to allow families to “shop” for gifts for their

children up to age 12. This year's wish list includes educational toys and games, crib toys, arts and crafts sets, bath toys, sports equipment, action figures, remote control cars, culturally diverse dolls, girls’ accessories, children's DVDs and more. You may deliver the new and unwrapped gifts until Dec. 9 at Champions for Children at 3108 W Azeele St. in Tampa. Learn more:

Toys for Tots The U.S.

Marine Corps Reserve is collecting new and unwrapped toys for needy children of all ages in our community. There are more than 100 drop-off locations in Hillsborough County which includes most Publix stores and Toys R Us stores. To find a drop-off location near you, visit

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital The

Child Life Department is always accepting donations. Items on the wish list include toys,

books and games for children of all ages from infants to teens. Diapers and clothing items are also accepted. You may bring the new and unwrapped gifts to All Children's Hospital located at 501 6th Ave. St. Petersburg. For more information, call the Child Life Department at 727767-4323

Hope Children's Home

Hope Children's Home is accepting gift cards from general stores like Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods and clothing stores like JC Penney, Old Navy, Dillard’s and more. Gift cards from Publix, Chick-fil-A, McDonald's and other similar food stores are also appreciated. You can even find the wish lists on (First name: Hope, Last Name: Children) and Amazon Prime (search Hope Children's Home). Drop-off locations: Tampa 702 E Fowler Ave. or 11415 Hope International Drive. Clearwater: 2881 Gulf-toBay Blvd. There are many more organizations out there; these are just a few to get you started!


Corbett Preparatory School of IDS PreK3-8th grade

Admissions Open Houses

8:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 13 Highly trained teachers provide academics with joy and challenge Brain-based teaching strategies reach and engage all learners Focus on team sports that provides options for every player Visual and performing arts that build confidence and creativity Social and emotional learning integrated into curriculum



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When storing my personal photos, I always save to an external hard drive that I store in a small fireproof safe. Taped to the top is a list of items to collect around the house in the event of a hurricane evacuation, including family heirloom portraits.


I frequently sync my phone, either through the cloud or via cord to my laptop, and then save my pictures and transfer to the hard drive. I utilize the hard drive so that I can free up memory space on my computer. And lastly, obviously from a photographer's viewpoint, I say print them, whether for a yearly photo album (I do this) or just to hang them on the wall. I also take photos of my son's artwork and holiday craft projects on a plain white poster board if it is something I may not be planning on keeping and that way, I have a record of it for memory's sake. I sometimes will sprinkle them into the yearly albums or may eventually make one devoted to that when he gets older.

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The best way to guarantee your sweet little holiday photos will be able to be enjoyed for years (and generations) to come are truly all things you’ve heard a million times and know in your hearts. Back those images up!  Dropbox is a great way to do this as it creates a file on your computer as well as backed up offsite.  I always get a set of prints from my big occasions in life as well just to have, just in case.  But let’s face it, those files get buried and life moves on and the next thing you know, your Christmas morning images are collecting cyber dust.  This is exactly why I LOVE my Chatbooks.  Any image that I absolutely love or want to remember for all of time, I post to Instagram and let Chatbooks automatically send me a sweet little book every time my feed reaches 60 images.  My book pulls from both the hubs and my feed so our images are combined.


Jot down some of the fun things your kids say. This way you can store them up in the box with their photographs to remember. I also put my kid’s letters to Santa in the box. If your kids are little, pick one place in your home where you will take a photograph every year. For us it is in front of the tree on Christmas Eve.




After photographing children/families for 12 years, I have found that distraction and patience are the two most important factors in having a successful photo session. For distraction, try using a whoopie cushion during the session. I get candid true smiles and everyone loves a good laugh. Patience: Your children will feed off of your positivity/negativity.  If you are trying to get the perfect picture, it might not happen. Try and let your kids be kids. Let them run around, tickle each other. You will get the best pictures when they are relaxed and having fun.





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mily Ley is the creator of the popular Simplified Planner, founder and creative director of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts and author of “Grace. Not Perfection.” You’ve probably seen the Simplified Planner in the hands of some of your friends and co-workers because it’s a favorite among many Tampa Bay moms. Her brand is world-wide, but Emily calls Tampa home, along with her husband and three children. She is a master of organization, so we thought that as we head into the New Year, this is the perfect time for her to share her secrets!

In your new book "Grace. Not perfection," you point out


that no planner is going to change your life or find you more time. As an entrepreneur and mother, what advice can you share about how you find balance in your life and family schedule?

I really believe every mom has to find her own system that works for her family and their lifestyle. As the creator of the Simplified Planner, I know firsthand that the “battle for joy is fought on the pages of our calendars” (one of my favorite quotes by Bob Goff). But planners and systems aren’t going to miraculously provide balance. You have to decisively and intentionally commit to putting the system you choose to work for you and making it part of your daily routines. Additionally, sometimes our lack of organizational tools isn’t the problem—it’s our overabundance of commitments, appointments, meetings and practices. Every few months, I take inventory of our lives to be sure we’re committed in all


the right places and still have enough white space on our calendars to enjoy each other, to be creative, and to play.

Your Simplified planner is a favorite among many women here in Tampa Bay? What is so unique about your planner?

Thank you! I’m so proud of the Simplified Planner. I created it very minimally on purpose, without all the bells and whistles many other planners I’d tried have. Both our weekly and daily editions include five key pieces: space for your schedule, your to-do list, notes, dinner and an inspirational quote on every page. Beyond those few things, the Simplified Planner has space for you to make it your own. I’ve seen women turn their daily schedule into a place to take notes. I’ve seen them use the dinner box to track exercise and water intake. I’ve seen women use the notes section as a place to capture memories made that day. I just love seeing how women use the Simplified Planner to its fullest potential. Some of my favorite social media posts I’ve seen show messy


pages with lots of color coding and stickers and tons of writing. If you don’t get your planner messy and make it work for you, it’ll sit on a shelf looking pretty.

Schedules are one thing, but the home is whole new ball game! Any tips on organizing at home?

Whew! Yes. I really embrace a “less is more” philosophy here. Physical clutter is mental clutter to me. So weekly (if not daily) I make a sweep of our common areas and find things to donate. This practice has really impacted my buying philosophies. If it’s just another cute knick-knack, I probably don’t need it (it’ll probably end up in the donate pile eventually). But if it’s a “treasure” or an heirloom, I’ll think twice. Practicing the art of clearing the clutter regularly helps keep my home feeling fresh and clutter free. In turn, that helps my mind stay clear of distractions and overwhelm.

Dinnertime seems to be a big stressor for many parents! What are some of your favorite quick and easy meals to prepare for your family?

Dinnertime is a big stressor for me ESPECIALLY because I don’t love to cook. One of my dear friends started Clean Plate Cooking, a wholesale Tampa-based dinner service. We order food from CPC two or three times a week (they deliver!). For the rest of the week, I stick to simple, healthy, comfort foods. I love SkinnyTaste and 100 Days of Real Food for their delicious, easy-to-make recipes.

What is your favorite thing to do with your kids in Tampa Bay? We have three little ones under the age of 6 (including two toddlers!) so we love the Glazer Children’s Museum, the Florida Aquarium, and, of course, our public library. We also have a lot of really great parks nearby that we love to visit. Sometimes we’ll pick up breakfast and coffee on a Saturday morning and head to the park to enjoy the weather before it gets too warm. 


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Holiday Sugar Cookies with Silly Monkey Cookie Company! With Bill and Dulcinea Kimrey

OUR FAVORITE RECIPE Royal Icing: We prefer this recipe because it uses meringue powder rather than egg whites. Beat 2 cups of confectioners sugar, 1 ½ tablespoons of meringue powder and 3 tablespoons of warm water with mixer for about 5-7 minutes until stiff peaks form. If the icing is too thin, add more confectioners sugar and continue to beat until the stiff peaks form. If too thin, add a few drops of water, but not too much. Add a few drops of clear vanilla or almond extract for flavor. Divide icing into small bowls and tint icing with food coloring. Finally, put the icing into pastry bags and decorate! Super Simple Sugar Cookies: Preheat oven to 400F. Sift 2 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder and set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of sugar until smooth. Then beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Slowly add one cup of the dry mixture until completely mixed. Divide the dough into two balls and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough on a floured surface until the dough is about 1/8 inch thick. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out shapes and bake on a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper for 6-10 minutes or until light brown! Allow to cool on cooling rack and then decorate!

GET To KNoW THE SILLY MoNKEY CooKIE CoMpANY The Silly Monkey Cookie Company was built

on sugar, spice, love, and honor. It was launched earlier this year by Dulcinea and Bill Kimrey in honor of their son, Wilson, who passed away in 2013 and Dulcinea’s father, who also died that same year. As they struggled with grief, they went to work in their kitchen and soon discovered their creative culinary talents in baking were in high demand among friends and co-workers, so they decided to launch Silly Monkey Cookie Company, a name inspired by a stuffed monkey in Wilson’s nursery. We recently met with them in their kitchen to see the magic being made and it truly was extraordinary. Their baking advice this holiday season is simple: HAVE FUN! Don’t worry about making the perfect cookie, just treasure the time spent with family because time together is what truly matters. While we can't share their secret recipe, we can share our favorite recipes that are perfect for decorating!







rowing up in Great Neck, New York, wasn’t easy for Wendy Rice because of a problem sustained during her birth that left her right side “droopy.” Although the active, determined little girl went on to disprove doctors who said she might not be able to run or do physical activities like other children, Rice struggled with ADHD. She struggled to keep her room tidy, follow instructions in school and study. It wasn’t until she started spending time with horses that she had her “aha” moment. Her love for animals was a critical piece of her development that helped her understand that intelligence comes in many forms and led her to a career spent helping others make those discoveries for themselves. “When I put the birth injury pieces together and realized that it really, really wasn’t my fault, I also realized that I had at least one great skill: I could intuitively understand people and their problems, just as I’d always done with horses,” writes Rice in her upcoming book, “More than One Thing.” “Because I get learning, memory, attention and even emotional difficulties from the inside out, I have an uncanny ability to understand and explain those problems to those who also experience them. That synergy, that connection, is what it’s all about for me.” Rice went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Yeshiva University in New York City. She also completed postdoctoral programs in psychodynamic psychotherapy and in clinical neuropsychology. After living and practicing in Manhattan for ten years, she moved to Tampa in 2000 to be closer to family and founded Rice Psychology Group, which has offices in North and South Tampa. She loves to travel—and particularly loved her recent African safaris—and enjoys time with family and friends. A competitive amateur equestrian, two of the most important people in Rice’s life are her horse, Caspar, and English goldendoodle, Milo.

What is your proudest moment?

After my first year of graduate school, I was sure I couldn’t become a psychologist. It was just too hard: the ink blots, the statistics, the report writing – but somehow, I knew there would be a light at the end of the tunnel! And then my brother suggested that I move to Tampa. “Hang out a shingle and you’ll be fine; you’re from New York,” he said – and I did! Looking back, I cannot count the number of individuals, families, professionals and even schools I have touched over the past 20 years. Those are truly my proudest moments.

What is your biggest achievement?

Utilizing my own struggles as a way to help others. It was a huge decision for me whether or not to reveal that I have ADHD, but when I looked back, I realized that not only have I come out okay, I’m a better psychologist for having lived my particular life. I serve others and help them to see what is possible when they understand their own strengths and challenges, or those of their children or loved ones. This thing that I used to be afraid to share is one of the reasons that folks seek me out. It helps people to see how they can succeed in spite of and even because of their condition.

Describe the holidays at your house.

Fireplace, Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, friends and family. Sometimes croissants from William Sonoma. Celebrating all of the holidays,



although I am Jewish. I give and receive Chanukah and Christmas gifts – and I love it! The holidays are an important time for me to celebrate what is important to all of the people I know.

What is your happiest holiday memory?

Celebrating Chanukah with all of my nieces and nephews when they were younger because it was so easy to find fun gifts for them that they really enjoyed. One year I wanted an iPod and my nephew thought I needed to have a full line of American Girl dolls so he brought me a doll, the horse, the dog and an outfit. This didn’t happen to me as a child; this happened just a few years ago when I was already solidly in my 40’s! One of my most memorable holiday memories is of when I took Milo to a soup kitchen on Christmas Day – being a psychologist, my tendency is to help, and this is what I did.

Do you have a tradition or gift?



There are two sides to the holiday. On the personal side, I like to light the menorah, enjoy singing the prayers and love gift exchanges and latkes (potato pancakes) with apple sauce. The other side is the professional: Dr. Wendy Rice who sends gifts and cards to those who matter and receives gifts and well wishes. I love to celebrate the amazing people who make Rice Psychology Group their work family. We always have a holiday gathering (the past few years at my house) which is a time to celebrate each other, bring our significant others together, and of course eat, drink and be merry.

What makes you happy during the holidays, and how do you avoid holiday stress?

Christmas stockings and holiday lights. Sometimes I go out of town and celebrate with other people’s families

What kind of message would you like to give women in the area or in this community? Because holidays are stressful, remember that everything doesn’t have to be perfect.

Dr. rice Photo by Matt Nassif of Joe Photo Tampa











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2 St. Joseph's Children's Hospital 3

patients get "Trick-and-Treatment" during the hospital's annual Halloween Parade, which is organized by the hospital's Child Life team. During the event, costumed team members manned decorated tables as pediatric patients, joined by siblings and other family members, went trick-ortreating throughout the hospital hallways. [pics 1 to 3]

4 A Knight in Key West, benefiting

Robinson High School Foundation, took place October 8, 2016. Pictured (L to R) are Kim French, RHS Foundation Board President; Jim Baker, Chair of the Benefit; Carol Kurdell, School Board member and RHS alumna; Robert Bhoolai, RHS Principal; Maicie Clark, performer; Kathy Castor, U.S. Representative and mother of an RHS alumna; and Harry Cohen, City of Tampa Councilman.


5 Grand opening of the Chil-

dren's Board North Tampa Family

Resource Center. From left to right: Doretha Edgecomb, Megan Dempsey, Susan Schneider, Marisa Mowat, and Kelley Parris at the official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Children’s Board Family Resource Center in North Tampa.

6 Amy Lundy, the organizer of Mother of

All Baby Showers, pictured at the event on Nov. 10. She’s 4 months pregnant with her 3rd child!



8 patel Conservatory students in the production of Willy Wonka, Jr. at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, November 2016.

9 Congratulations to The Junior League of Tampa on another record breaking Holiday Gift Market! More than 21,000 shoppers participated in the 13th annual event at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall.





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Next Generation Ballet Delivers a Holiday Favorite The Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Next Generation Ballet (NGB) presents “The Nutcracker” in Carol Morsani Hall at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, and 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. American Ballet Theatre (ABT) principal dancers Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside and the award-winning dancers of NGB will perform with a cast of nearly 175 dancers, gymnasts and other guest artists in the extravaganza. “Nutcracker” was choreographed by former NGB Artistic Director Peter Stark with a few new additions by current NGB Artistic Director Philip Neal and is designed by Thom J. Peterson. A stepping stone for great dance talent, NGB prepares dancers for professional employment through instruction, coaching and performance opportunities. Performers in NGB have been awarded scholarship opportunities at the leading ballet schools worldwide and have received employment with ballet companies including Boston Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Hamburg Ballet. They have also placed first in prestigious competitions including Youth America Grand Prix, Prix de Lausanne and the World Ballet Competition. Boylston (Sugar Plum Fairy) joined ABT Studio Company in 2005, and was promoted to principal dancer in 2015. Whiteside (Cavelier) has been a principal dancer with ABT since 2013, after joining the company as a soloist the prior year. Pre-show activities will include family photos with Santa Claus and live caroling. Regularly priced tickets for the “Nutcracker” start at $30

Take a Stroll Through Christmas past Families are invited to experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel during the Henry B. Plant Museum’s Victorian Christmas Stroll. The event which allows visitors a glimpse of Christmas past will run 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from Dec. 1-23. During the Victorian Christmas Stroll, visitors can explore the Museum transformed by 40,000 lights, hundreds of feet of garland and Christmas trees ranging in height from a few inches to more than 14 feet. Decorations include vintage fashions, antique toys, locally sourced cigar boxes and fanciful ornaments. New to the festivities this year are “Welcome to Florida” complete with a tree adorned with all things Florida; a fanciful tree made of softly lit wine bottles; and handmade Temari balls reminiscent of Mr. and Mrs. Plant’s travels to distant lands. Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda each day while holiday joy floats through the air with live music 6 p.m- 8 p.m. nightly. Guests can also visit the Museum Store for unique holiday shopping including elegant antique reproductions, artwork and holiday accessories. During the month, the Plant Museum will also hold a variety of special events, among them Member Appreciation Day (Dec. 1), the Museum Society Stroll Party (Dec. 3), Music in the Museum at 11 a.m. (Dec. 15) and Upstairs/Downstairs Live Theater (Dec. 11 and 18). Proceeds from the Stroll fund museum restoration and preservation projects and educational programming. For more information, visit

dates: Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

When Pigs Fly South BBQ Challenge Bring your family, friends and appetite to this annual event hosted by SUN ‘n FUN campus in Plant City. Sample delicious entries from this year’s BBQ competitors and check out cars, motorcycles and airplanes on display. Plenty of kids’ activities in the Piggy Arcade including Kid Air Simulators, Bounce House, Pumpkin Bowling, Cornhole and more. Free admission and $5 parking.

Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Magnet and School Choice Exploration Night Learn about magnet and school choice programs available in Hillsborough County for area elementary and middle school children at one of these informative Q&A events scheduled monthly. In December, parents can stop by Jefferson High School in Tampa to gather information and get questions answered. Free to attend.

Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Free Car Seat Inspection in Riverview Get valuable tips on proper installation of a car seat and a thorough inspection of current seat placement courtesy of Safe Kids of Tampa and Pediatric Associates Tampa at their Riverview office. Call 813-443-3074 to schedule a free appointment.

Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Babysitting Safety Enroll your aspiring babysitter in this helpful course led by a certified instructor through the Girls Scouts of West Central Florida at its Camp Dorothy Thomas campus in Riverview. Students will learn the basic responsibilities of infant and child care, as well as first aid/CPR and safety training. Each attendee receives a handbook and certification card after course completion. For more information and to register, go to

Dec. 15-17, various times

Winter Tales at PuppetWorld Playhouse See a special production performed with shadow and hand puppets at PuppetWorld Playhouse in Dover. After the show, guests get to make their own puppet. Showtimes are weekdays at 10:15 a.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. General admission is $8.50; children 2 and younger are free.

Dec. 19, 5:30-8 p.m. Baby Matters Sign up for this interactive class for parents who want to learn about their baby’s developments and the basics of newborn care. Certified Parent Educators lead the class at Brandon Regional Hospital and share the importance of the parent-child relationship and its impact on brain development. Free. Register at


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dates: Dec. 3, 4-5 p.m.

Stuffed Animal Slumber Party Drop off a beloved stuffed animal friend to the North Tampa library by 5 p.m. for a unique sleepover with other stuffed animals. Come back the next day at 12:30 p.m. for storytelling, a craft activity and photo review of the fun activities the stuffed animals took part in overnight. For more information, call 813273-3652.

Dec. 6, 6-9:30 p.m. Newborn Care

Attend this informative class covering a variety of aspects of safe infant care hosted by St. Joseph Women’s Hospital in Tampa. Class covers feeding, diapering, bathing and detecting signs of illness as well as cues and communication. Fee covers expectant parent and one guest. Fee is $35. For more information, call 877692-2922. Register at

Dec. 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

North Tampa Market at the Carrollwood Cultural Center Shop vendors for handcrafted goods, fresh foods and organic products at this monthly event at Carrollwood Cultural Center. Browse the Kids Market while enjoying live music. Free admission.

Dec. 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Cards, Cookies and Cocoa Bring the kids for a fun morning activity making a card for someone special using a variety of art mediums at this special event at Temple Terrace Public Library. Guests can enjoy cookies and hot cocoa as they create. Activity is designed for kids 12 and younger with a caregiver. For more information, call 813-5066770.

Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m.

Corbett Prep Admissions Open House Ask questions and tour the campus at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS in Tampa. Learn about the school’s academic, visual arts and performing arts programs for grades PreK3-8.

Dec. 17, 7-11 a.m.

Ry’s Up to Punch Out Pediatric Cancer 5K Lace up the sneakers for a good cause at this benefit walk at Al Lopez Park. Join the Ry Guy Foundation in its effort to spread awareness and raise money for research aimed at finding a cure for childhood cancers. Register at 7 a.m. with 5K run and walk events to begin at 8 a.m.


Hit the Hiking Trails, Hillsborough Families! This fall, Hillsborough County’s Parks & Recreation unveiled a new program that encourages people to exercise and experience nature by exploring its numerous parks and preserves. The Hiking Spree 2017 program features 19 hikes, and those who complete at least eight of them between Nov. 1 and March 31 will earn a patch or a medallion for a walking stick from the department. Hikes range in length from less than half a mile to four miles and include such popular regional parks as Lettuce Lake, Upper Tampa Bay and Lithia Springs, as well as lesser known but equally scenic parks like the Blackwater Creek and Alafia Scrub preserves. Each of the 19 trails is rated for its difficulty (easy, moderate or strenuous), and participants in the program are also allowed to create one other trail of their choice. The Hiking Spree program is designed to introduce people to the County’s diverse parks and preserves spread across the region and encourage people to explore new areas as well as hike near home. Those who complete at least eight hikes during the designated timeframe can turn in their forms at All People’s Life Center, Branchton Regional Park Offices, Bell Creek Regional Park Offices or Upper Tampa Bay Regional Park, as well as mail their completed form with a stamped and self-addressed involved included to HCPRD Hiking Spree, All People’s Life Center, 6105 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33617. For more details about the new hiking program, visit

CDS Students Embark on Service Learning Trip In early October, 52 enthusiastic Carrollwood Day School (CDS) juniors and seniors and four faculty chaperones packed their suitcases with school supplies and traveled to Nicaragua to volunteer as part of the Outreach360 program. Founded in 1995 as Orphanage Outreach to assist an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, the volunteer program transformed into Outreach360 in 2011 and expanded its efforts to support neighboring communities with a focus on education, including English, literacy and community health. In their recent trip to join Outreach360, the group of passionate teens from CDS spent a week in the rural, central highland town of Jinotega and surrounding areas working with impoverished youth to help empower them. The recent CDS visit represented the largest volunteer group Outreach360 has worked with in Nicaragua to date. As an International Baccalaureate World School, this service-learning trip serves as a capstone experience for many of the school’s Diploma Programme students. Students worked alongside long-term volunteers from Outreach 360 teaching conversational English to local children through games and songs. In addition to volunteering, the students got to experience authentic culture and real-world immersion through activities and excursions planned by their hosts. This is the fourth year that CDS high school students have partnered with Outreach360. CDS students alternate volunteering at Outreach360 learning centers in Nicaragua and Dominican Republic each year. For more information about this or other programs offered through Carrollwood Day School, visit


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Photo by Nicole Geller Photography

Local Student Selected as Special presidential Advisor Logan Beatty, a 9th grade Land O’ Lakes High School International Baccalaureate® student, recently visited The White House as one of President Barack Obama’s Kid Science Advisors. The White House chose Logan for this honor based on his Kid Science Advisor Initiative Essay Contest entry. He is curious about innovations based on nature and particularly interested in the oceans, having served as a regular volunteer for beach cleanups, including after the 2010 Gulf BP oil spill. Logan participated in October in a roundtable discussion about future STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) ideas with The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, senior Administration officials, pioneers of scientific discovery and other Kid Science Advisors. “I am proud of Logan and the honor the White House has extended to him,” says Kurt Browning, Pasco County Superintendent of Schools. “I predict that he will have continued success and an impact in the STEM field.” The Kid Science Advisor Program was established on the recommendation of a 9-year-old during the 6th Annual White House Science Fair. At the fair, 9-year-old presenter Jacob Leggette asked President Obama if he had a Kid Science Advisor. The President loved the idea so much, he suggested to his science advisor Dr. John Holdren to seek ideas from young people about what they felt was most important in science, technology and innovation. At this year’s first ever Kid Science Advisors meeting, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy team greeted more than 2,500 Kid Science Advisors from across the country. During their visit, these young people met up with Holdren as well as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, National Science Foundation Director France Cordova and former astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly.

dates: Dec. 3, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Winter Festival at Centennial Middle School Stop by Centennial Middle School for a day of family-friendly fun at the Dade City STEM Magnet School. Event will offer a chance to browse arts and crafts and fresh produce as well as wreaths and holiday décor with activities for the kids including a bounce house, games, prizes and more. For more information, call 352-524-9700.

Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fresh Market at Wiregrass Browse over 50 vendors of locally grown produce, plants, herbs, flowers and more on the first Saturday of every month at Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. Check out work from local artists and shop for eco-friendly products.

Dec. 3, 17 and 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dade City Little League Early Registration Sign up your aspiring baseball player, boys and girls ages 4-16, for their opportunity to take part in area little league teams. Registration is available for baseball, softball, T-ball and challenger division at 13220 Gene Nelson Blvd. in Dade City. Parents should bring the player’s birth certificate, three proofs of residency dated Feb. 1, 2016 or later and parent or guardian driver’s license. http// dadecityll

Dec. 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Country Christmas Open House

All Aboard the Christmas Train! Families are invited to come out for an old-fashioned train ride courtesy of Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad (CP & G). Christmas Train 2016 launched its first rides the weekend after Thanksgiving and continues to roll through this month at Crews Lake Wilderness Park in Spring Hill. Visitors can hop aboard the Christmas Train 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during the weekends of Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 17-18, and Santa Claus is scheduled to stop by to greet passengers. Train rides cost $6 per person. Food vendors will also be on hand for those families interested in staying for lunch. The Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving railroad heritage and oversees a 7 ½-inch gauge riding railroad open to riders of all ages. Over the past 10 years, the volunteer membership has installed about 8,500 feet of track. The CP&G offers the public rides on the second Saturday of each month as well as birthday train rides and holiday rides on Halloween and Christmas. The train is modeled after the Orange Belt Railroad that ran through the area in the late 1800s. For more information about Christmas Train 2016, call 727-639-7639 or visit

Have yourself a very country Christmas at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, which is decked out for the holidays and open to merry visitors. Admire the pioneer holiday décor, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, shop or dine at vendors onsite, listen to live music and check out a Train Show in the Mable Jordan Barn. Free admission with a new unwrapped toy.

Dec. 11, 8 a.m.

23rd Annual Flapjack 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Lace up the sneakers for this tradition held in memory of Coach Kris Keppel at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex. Sign up on to participate or root for friends and family and indulge in yummy flapjacks (free for runners). Fee is $25 adults and $17 students for the 5K and $15 any age for the 1-Mile Fun Run.

Dec. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Family Night Out

Come out with the whole family for crafts, games and stories the third Tuesday of each month at the Land O’ Lakes Library. Activities are designed for kids ages 5-12. For more information, call 813-929-1214.





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Hospital receives Grant for Children's Blood Clot Study Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, recently announced that it has received a $2.8 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand its international clinical trial on blood clots in young patients. Researchers launched its Kids DOTT trial in 2007 with hopes of determining the length of time infants, children and teens should be treated with anti-clotting medication after a first-time acute venous thromboembolism (VTE), or blood clot in a vein. Pediatric blood clots affect one in 200 hospitalized children, and one out of every 10,000 children overall. Shorter treatment can reduce costs and spare a patient additional weeks of invasive treatment, often involving twice daily injections of anti-clotting medication or additional blood draws to monitor effectiveness. “This NIH grant will expand ongoing research to improve the safety and reduce the costs of anti-clotting therapy that is needed after children leave the hospital,” says Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president, CEO and physician-in-chief of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and vice dean and professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Receiving this grant from the NIH underscores our commitment to clinical care and research focused on providing safe, high-value care and improving outcomes to benefit children everywhere.” The Kids-DOTT study is one of the largest randomized trials ever performed in the field of pediatric blood clots, with a collaboration of more than 40 children’s hospitals from around the world. More than 800 patients are expected to participate in the trial, with approximately 280 children enrolled to date. The award marks one of two NIH grants that Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital recently received for multi-center studies. For more information about this and other news, visit

dates: Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m. Wiggle, Giggle and Sing!

Engage little ones ages 5 and younger in 30 minutes of free play followed by 30 minutes of musical movement as part of this weekly activity hosted by Seminole Community Library at St. Pete College on its Seminole Campus. Caregivers are invited to join in the fun. For more information, call 727-3946905.

Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m. Death by Chocolate Treat yourself to a chocolate feast at this Largo Rotary Club fundraiser at the Central Park Performing Arts Center. Sample an array of mouth-watering delicacies and desserts and support the Club's various youth programs. Tickets are $20 advance; $25 at event.

Dec. 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Largo’s Freecycle

Swap out something you no longer need for an item you could use as part of this city-wide event hosted by Largo Public Library Dec. 8 and 9. Drop off gently used, unwanted items such as kids’ toys, holiday decorations, books, clothes, housewares and more (no large items or electronics). Donors will earn a goody bag with raffle prizes given out all day during the Freecycle event. Free admission. For more information, call 727-587-6715.

Dec. 13-14, 7-8 p.m.

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The Holidays Are "rockin" in Largo Family and friends can gather for a special holiday celebration filled with lights, entertainment and fun activities for all ages as part of Holiday Stroll 2016: Rockin’ Lights Family Fun Night. The event, to be held 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Largo Central Park, will feature live performances, a kids’ craft tent, a visit from Santa and the city’s official Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. This year’s event also offers visitors a Holiday Craft Market presented by Simply Events. To be held both Dec. 3 and Dec. 17, the event features more than 60 specialty local merchants, holiday characters, cookie decorating, children’s crafts and fun photo ops with beloved characters from Disney’s Frozen ®. Prior to the night’s Rockin’ Lights Family Fun Night festivities, visitors can stop by the park to check out the work of talented area artists at the 2nd Annual Holiday Chalk Fest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase in Largo Central Park. Limited on-site parking is $10. Free park-and-walk from Largo Middle School or Everest University will also be available. For more information about this year’s holiday festivities in Largo Central Park, go to

Gather essential information about the programs offered at Shorecrest Preparatory School during one of two unique Facebook Live events this month @ShorecrestPrep. Get an overview of the Middle and Upper School programs for students in grades 5-12 on Dec. 13. Learn about the Experiential School, Lower and Middle School programs for grades PreK6 on Dec. 14. Guests can take part in an admissions Q&A at both events.

Dec. 17, 8 a.m. Fun Family 5K

Dress up, be silly and have fun as part of this fun family exercise series offered through Highland Recreation Complex in Largo. Register for this and other untimed family fun runs at any of Largo’s recreation facilities or online.

Dec. 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Free Family Movie Day Take in a movie with the whole family as part of this fun event offered through Gulfport Public Library. Free admission. For additional information or movie titles, call 727-8931074.








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palm Harbor Gets New 24/7 Er Medical Center of Trinity has opened its doors to its latest facility, ER 24-7 in Palm Harbor, a freestanding emergency department of Medical Center of Trinity. ER 24-7 in Palm Harbor is a 24- hour, seven- day- a- week emergency room for adults and kids. The public came out to celebrate the launch at an open house event held Saturday, Oct. 8. The event included tours of the new ER, the onsite Teddy Bear Clinic and ambulance. ER 24-7 in Palm Harbor will offer the community easy, convenient access to emergency care 24 hours a day and provide more advanced emergency services than an urgent care center. This full service, free standing ER will also accept patients via ambulance and have on site CT scan, ultrasound, x-ray and laboratory services. Staffed by physicians who are board certified in emergency care and nurses with emergency care experience and certifications, the new free standing emergency room, located at 35750 U.S. 19 N. in Palm Harbor, will serve residents of Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas: For more information about ER 24-7 in Palm Harbor, call 727-789-8420.

dates: Dec. 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dunedin Youth Guild Annual Tour of Homes Indulge in a Dunedin tradition and take a tour of six homes and one church, beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Save time for a visit to enjoy a tea included in the ticket price and browse boutique vendors in the Our Lady of Lourdes School cafeteria. Advance tickets are $25 from Dunedin Youth Guild members, the DFAC, the Chamber and Community Center. Tickets are $30 day of the event.

Dec. 3-4, Dec. 10-11, 2 p.m.

Little Red Riding Hood (or Grandmother Slyboots) Relive the beloved tale revamped and performed by The Gilbert & Sullivan Players at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center. Tickets are $12 general admission and $6 Tarpon Arts members, students or a child with adult. Purchase tickets at or call the box office at 727-942-5605.

Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.

pinellas Student program recognized by Local Tech Forum On Oct.14, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum named the Pinellas Education Foundation’s Next Generation Tech program as the Student Program of the Year at its 13th Annual TBTF Industry Achievement Awards. The award recognizes a company or organization that developed an innovative and effective student training, apprenticeship or internship program. The Next Generation Tech program, developed by Robyn Mussler, CEO of Resolution Management Inc., in collaboration with the Pinellas Education Foundation, provides high school students with a ‘real world’ environment for developing software while working with business community mentors from companies such as Nielsen, Tech Data, Raymond James, GTE Financial, Power Chord, Exhedra, Triad Media, All Team and Achieva. The uniqueness of this program is its emphasis on the software development framework and the different types of skills needed to develop and deliver technology solutions. “It’s an honor to have this program recognized for its positive impact on our students and business community,” Mussler says. “Students are taught by their mentors the necessary skills to pursue the many different paths within business and technology.” Last year, 30 teams (100 students) and 15 mentors from four different businesses took part in the program. This year, the program has more than doubled and consists of 58 teams with 220 students in Pinellas county from 13 different high schools. The business team now consists of 55 mentors from ten different local businesses. For more information about this or other programs offered through the Pinellas Education Foundation, visit

Companies 4 Kids Charity Golf Invitational Tee up for this charity golf fundraiser being hosted by Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor. Event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. Sign up at

Dec. 16, 6-10 p.m.

Third Friday Music Series Stroll along Main Street in downtown Safety Harbor every third Friday of the month and enjoy live music and other entertainment for the whole family as you shop and dine. Charity to benefit from proceeds that night is the Safety Harbor Library Foundation. Free entry.

Dec. 20-22, various times The Dunedin Express

Snag your golden ticket for a chance to ride the holiday trolley presented by Dunedin Museum & Historical Society. Kids can don their pajamas for a ride to Santa’s workshop where they will receive a special gift and can enjoy games, crafts, cookies and cocoa.

Dec. 26, 3:30 p.m. Music Mash

Join in with the little ones for a mix of music and movement as part of this Youth Services Program Series at Dunedin Public Library. Activities are designed for ages 5 and younger and use expressive props. Event is free with no registration required. For information, call 727-298-3080, ext. 1732.




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How to carve out time for yourself

Making time for yourself allows you to: · Recharge your batteries and counteract the stress and intensity of life · Reflect and rewind · Fill your creative well (solitude is critical for creativity) · Be more productive

DO ONE THING: Take out your calendar and schedule a date with yourself — today.

· TAKE ADVANTAGES OF WAIT TIMES. Read, listen to a podcast you’ve been saving or just savor a few quiet moments. · GET UP A LITTLE BIT EARLIER. Morning people tend to get more done during the day. Even night owls can benefit from waking just a few minutes earlier each day. Use this time solely for yourself. · STOP MULTITASKING. Really. Doing one thing at a time allows you to do that thing faster and better, which actually frees up time you could spend on something pleasurable. · FIND A NEW ACTIVITY. Take a class, learn a new sport or join a group that requires you to make a time commitment.

· BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE — You’ll be more likely not to let life interfere in your plans. · PRACTICE DOING NOTHING. Turn off your computer and other devices and simply be alone with your thoughts. · TAP INTO YOUR NETWORK. Swap babysitting or other chores with a friend. Now you each have a little time for yourself! · IDENTIFY TIME WASTERS. Are they really necessary? Can you give them up or turn them over to someone else to free up that time? · DO WHAT YOU CAN WITH WHAT YOU HAVE. In other words, no matter how much time you have, fill it with something rewarding and enjoyable, even if it’s only 15 minutes. Focus on quality, not quantity.

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Why it matters

· PUT IT ON THE CALENDAR. You schedule appointments with your doctor, your boss and your child’s teacher, so why not with yourself? Set aside a certain evening for yourself or schedule a specific activity that will bring you pleasure. Consider making weekly dates for solo expeditions. Visit a museum exhibit or take a walk in the park. Putting the date on the calendar makes it more likely you’ll honor the commitment to yourself.


december Events

Member Morning at Glazer Children's Museum Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Stop by Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa for an exclusive morning with the family the first Sunday every month. Invite other family members to join you and meet other members and special guests. Everyone

Geek Week at Glazer Children's Museum Dec. 5-11, various times

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Celebrate all things geek at this special theme week at Glazer Children’s Museum. Learn about such fun topics as coding, technology do’s and don’ts, robotics and more. glazermuseum. org Everyone

Hillsborough County Choice Application Deadline Through Dec. 9

Children's Board Free Tuesday Dec. 6, noon – 7 p.m.

Complete your child's application in time for Hillsborough County’s deadline for its School Choice program. To get information about specific elementary school, middle school and high schools, call the Choice Information Line at 813-272-4692 or visit Everyone

Enjoy free admission as part of this special promotion at Glazer Children’s Museum presented in partnership with The Children's Board of Hillsborough County the first Tuesday each month. Adults must be accompanied by a child and vice versa. Everyone

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#GCMparents Series at Glazer Children's Museum

Dec. 1, 6 a.m. through Dec. 2, 7 p.m.

Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m.

Show your support for area country radio station US 103.5 FM as it takes to the airwaves to raise funds for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital as part of its annual radiothon campaign. Contribute to the cause and hear stories from patients and families from around the community about the role the hospital has played in their lives. Everyone

My Doll and Me: Addy Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – noon Kids can travel through time with their favorite dolls based on the American Girl© book series hosted by Tampa Bay History Center. Explore the past with crafts, games and gallery experiences based on historic characters and themes. This month's focus is the doll Addy and African-American life in 19th century Florida. Pre-registration is required. Fee is $18 museum members and $20 non-members, 6-12

Shanghai Nights: Shanghai Acrobats of the people's republic of China Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Experience a sumptuous stage show featuring the crowdpleasing, death-defying and jaw-dropping spectacle of one of China’s oldest acrobatic troupes at Straz Center in Tampa. See hoop-diving dragons, silk aerialists, magicians and more. Tickets are $35-$45. 6 & Older

Minecraft Mania at MoSI Dec. 3, 10 and 17, 1-3 p.m.

Uncover secrets and tricks of the popular game while making new friends and becoming a better Minecraft designer, adventurer and master exploring customized worlds and scenarios at Tampa’s MOSI. Program fee is $15 members and $20 general admission. 7-12


Network and learn from top experts about various parenting topics as part of this new series offered through Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa. This month’s theme is App-y Hour., Museum CEO Jen Stancil brings her knowledge of the best apps and tech for kids on the market for a fun Q&A with local anchor of Morning Blend, Carley Boyette. For ticket information, go to Moms, Dads

Developmental Screenings Dec. 9 Pack up the kids for free health screenings for infants, toddlers and preschoolers courtesy of a program sponsored by Early Childhood Council and Children's Board of Hillsborough County. Screenings assess vision, hearing, speech, language, behavior and overall development and are available at a different site each month. In December, the host is New Beginnings Christian Church, 4100 S. Manhattan Ave., in Tampa. Schedule an appointment at 813-837-7723. Newborn – 5

parents' Night out at Great Explorations Dec. 9, 6-10 p.m. Bring the kids to the St. Pete Museum and leave them with entrusted team members for a night of fun while you enjoying an evening out or taking time for yourself. Children can play, explore the Touch Tunnel, watch science shows and catch a G-rated movie. Pizza, snacks and juice are included. Advance registration is required. Cost is $25 members; $35 non-members. 4-10

Tampa Bay AIDS Walk + 5K Dec. 10, 8-11 a.m.

Sign up for this annual event at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg to raise support and resources for the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas. The 5K run begins at 9:15 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. For tickets or to register, go to Everyone


The Triple p-positive parenting program Dec. 12 Join the Museum as it partners with Champions for Children to provide this new parenting program for parents of children ages 18 months to 12 years. Register and meet with trained clinicians to cover topics like how to encourage cooperation or teach new skills. Parents can select dates and a time that they would like to register to meet with a Champions for Children’s clinician. Each registration requires a minimum of two 40- minute sessions with an optional third session available. Moms, Dads

Developmental Checkups at Glazer Children's Museum Dec. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn more about your child’s development (for kids up to 36 months) with an expert who will review and discuss as part of a special museum partnership with Champions for Children and Baby Bungalow. Pre-registration is required and checkups included with general admission or membership. A caregiver must accompany child. To learn more, contact Kerry Falwell at Newborn – 3

Home School Days at Glazer Children's Museum: Inventing! Dec. 14, 2-5 p.m. Bring along the kids for this newest museum program designed to help homeschool students develop and advance their social skills as they interact with others in their community. Homeschool instructors also can connect with GCM educators to learn about group bookings and educational programs. This month’s theme of inventing invites guests to explore a pop-up invention station. Admission is $6. To register, email Everyone

Great Futures Breakfast 2016 Dec. 14, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Attend this annual fundraiser breakfast at Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa. Take part and support the efforts of Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. For more information or tickets, go to Moms, Dads

"BrainDeer" 5K for the Fight Against Brain Tumors Dec. 17, 9 a.m. Show support for the Brain Tumor Alliance and take part in this annual benefit walk at Gadsden Park in Tampa. Run or walk in memory of those who have lost their lives or are surviving their battle against brain tumors. Registration fee is $35. Everyone

Skywatch: The orion Nebula Dec. 17, 7-10 p.m. Explore the night sky as part of this monthly interactive event at MOSI. See how stars are born through the museum’s telescopes, guided by MOSI’s expert astronomers. Skywatch event is free to the public with no admission required. Parking is $5. Everyone

Make & Take Workshops Dec. 17-18, various times Take part in workshops for the whole family being offered at Glazer Children’s Museum. Children will be able to pick from

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a collection of fun craft ideas to design presents for teachers, friends and family members. Everyone

Mess Fest at Glazer Children's Museum Dec. 17-18, various times Get ready to get messy at Glazer Children’s Museum this winter break. The museum will feature some of the slimiest and coolest science experiences for visitors. Everyone

School's out Camp at Great Explorations Dec. 19-22 and 27-30, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Enroll the kids in a fun camp over wWinter Bbreak at Great Explorations in St. Pete. Each week offers a different theme: Festivals of the World (Dec. 19-22) and Celebrating the Seasons (Dec. 27-30). Early drop off and late pick-up options are available. Cost is $35 per day for Museum members and $40 per day for non-members. For more info, go to


Through Jan. 8, 2017, various times

Special Needs Screenings at Studio Movie Grill Dec. 3, 24 and 31, 11 a.m. See movie screenings in a sensory-friendly environment at Studio Movie Grill at Tampa's University Mall. Films feature low sound and lights. This month’s films available to families are "Moana" (Dec. 3), "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (Dec. 24) and "Sing" (Dec. 31). 8 & Older

Family Support Group Dec. 6, 6:30-7:30 a.m. Meet with other parents of special needs kids at this monthly support group hosted by Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Child Development and Rehabilitation Center in St. Pete. RSVP at 727-767-2885. Moms, Dads

Autism Support Group

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Dec. 8, 7-8 p.m.

Winter Break Camps at MoSI

Join parents and caregivers of loved ones with autism for a support group that meets the second Wednesday monthly at Medical Center of Trinity. Register at or call 727-824-5630. Walk-ins are welcome. Moms, Dads

Dec. 19-23 and 27-30, various times

Tampa’s MOSI has camp offerings for grades that explore a variety of topics including building and launching high-flying rockets using everyday items (week of Dec. 19-23) and being a paleontologist on a search for fossils (week of Dec. 27-30). Students in grades 4-8 can sign up for camps focused on experiencing the thrill of virtual reality gaming and creating a video game (week of Dec. 19-23) and building robots and creating fun inventions (week of Dec. 27-30). Register at 5-13

Winter Holiday Break Camp at Lowry park Zoo Dec. 19-23 and 26-30, various times

Young winter break campers can enjoy a variety of activities and lessons at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. This year's two weeks of camp activities will include Care of Magical Creatures and Animal Art for grades K-3 and Animal Enrichments and Wild About the Arts for grades 4-8. Register at 5-13

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Winter Sensory Storytime Dec. 10, 2-3 p.m. Celebrate winter fun with crafts, stories and sensory activities at Clearwater Main Library. Activities are designed for children and teens on the autism spectrum and those who are sensitive to sensory overload. Parental or caregiver attendance is required. For more information, call 727-562-4970. 6 – Teen

Great Connections Dec. 11, 10 a.m. - noon Roam the exhibit rooms at Great Explorations Children's Museum in St. Petersburg with other special needs families while the venue is closed to the public. This month, the museum partners with Off the Walls Photography to set up a holiday photo station for guests. Event admission is $5 per person. Digital photos will be available at no charge after the event. 6 & Older

Check out a retrospective of Florida snapshots by legendary outdoor photographer Clyde Butcher in this current exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center. The exhibit highlights Florida’s indigenous flora and fauna, and spotlights early Floridian naturalists. Everyone

Morning at the Museum Dec. 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Take a private tour designed for families with young children at The Dali as part of a monthly event held before regular museum hours. Join an expert docent and junior docents for a trek through the museum's permanent collection and hear stories about the eccentric artist and his works oriented toward children. Take part in hands-on activities and enjoy coffee and breakfast in the cafe. Pre-registration is required. 6-12

Annual St. pete Beach Corey Area Art and Craft Festival Dec. 3-4, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. See eclectic displays of original handmade crafts at this annual event held along Corey Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in downtown St. Pete Beach. Browse an array of unique and functional pieces as well as affordable gift items. Check out the festival’s Green Market, which offers exotic live plants, handmade soaps, dips, gourmet sauces and more. Admission is free and open to the public. Everyone

Holiday Break Camp for Kids at Morean Arts Center Dec. 26-30, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sign up the kids for a fun 5-day art camp over winter break at Morean Arts Center in downtown St. Pete. Extended care is available. Cost is $165 members and $185 non-members. 5-10

Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. Witness the signature blend of bizarre antics, audience interaction, hilarious video clips and mind-blowing magic when this talented actor-comedian-magician visits The Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $29, $39, $49 and $59. themahaffey. com 8 & Older

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A Beautiful planet All Month

There Is No Time Like the presents Holiday 2016 Art Show and Sale Through Dec. 30, various times


Visit the Morean Arts Center and browse unique holiday gift items as part of this annual sale featuring work by members of the Center. Check out paintings, functional pottery, jewelry, glass, ornaments and arty stocking stuffers. moreanartscenter. org Everyone

See Earth from space and join astronauts aboard the International Space in this IMAX film co-produced with Disney in cooperation with NASA and showing at Tampa’s MOSI. One IMAX® film is included with MOSI general admission. Everyone


DEcember Events

tunes like “Children Will Listen” and “No One Is Alone.” For tickets and showtimes, go to 12 & Older

The Great Gatsby Dec. 1-18, various times

National parks Adventure All Month Soar high above red rock canyons and scale steep mountain peaks among America’s most legendary outdoor places in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre at MOSI. Filmed in more than 30 national parks, the movie celebrates 100 years of National Park Service. Everyone


Meet Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, the elusive Daisy Buchanan and the young newcomer Nick Carraway and be drawn into their world of obsession and greed in this latest adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic adapted by Simon Levy and brought to Stageworks Theatre in Tampa. Tickets are $30. 12 & Older

Twelve Dec. 1-18, various times

Get a closer look at the future of robots in this IMAX film being shown currently at Tampa’s MOSI. Watch how scientists are using innovative engineering and design to make cyber characters less humanoid and more human. Everyone

Travel back to 1950's San Diego, to the week before Christmas and meet a single mom working hard as a waitress to put food on the table for her two young daughters. This latest production from PowerStories is written by founder Fran Powers and playing at its Tampa studio. For tickets and showtimes, go to 12 & Older

rogue: A Star Wars Story

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Dec. 2, 6 p.m.

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Catch the latest whereabouts of The Rebellion as they plot to steal plans to the Death Star. Film stars Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn. Running time, 133 minutes. Check local theaters for showtimes. 9 & Older

Wild Africa Opens Dec. 16 Check out MOSI’s latest IMAX film that takes audiences from the highest snow-covered mountains in Kenya and great rivers to the steamy rainforests and wide-open savannahs. One standard IMAX film is included with MOSI general admission. Everyone

Sing Opens Dec. 23 Meet a koala named Buster Moon who embarks on one last chance at reviving his theater’s glory days by coordinating an international singing competition in this latest animated comedy. Film features the voice talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson. Rated PG. Running time, 110 minutes. Check area movie listings for tickets and showtimes. 8 & Older

Watch these charming characters from the popular U.K. children’s TV series spring to life in their first ever interactive theater show in the U.S. when it arrives at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Audiences are invited on an underwater quest full of adventure, interactivity and tons of sea life surprises. Tickets start at $33.25. 4 & Older

An American in paris Dec. 20-25, various times

See the Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an inviting European city as a classic show takes the stage at Straz Center in Tampa. For tickets and showtimes, go to 10 & Older

Dancing with the Stars Dec. 30, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Get lost in the dazzling spectacle of the popular ABC dance competition as some of viewers’ favorite pros and celebrities bring the show to the road for a nationwide tour to stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets start at $38.75. 8 & Older

music & comedy

t h e at e r & d a n c e Into the Woods Through Dec. 4, various times Experience the charming blend of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine mixed with beloved Brothers Grimm characters in this production at Tampa’s Straz Center. Sing along to beloved


patel Conservatory presents Free rock School Blowout Dec. 4, 3 p.m. Jam along with members of the Patel Conservatory Rock School bands as they offer their take on classic


and modern rock at this special event hosted by Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa. Event is free and open to the public. Everyone

Ms. Lauryn Hill and the MLH Caravan Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Experience the unique sound of multi-platinum singer, songwriter and hip hop icon when she brings her acclaimed tour to St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater. Each show will include special guest performances by artists from throughout the African diaspora. In St. Pete, Hill will be joined by Nigerian musician Seun Anikulapo-Kuti and his band Egypt 80. Tickets are $61.50-$141.50. 12 & Older

Martina McBride Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Catch the award-winning country superstar as she brings her latest studio album RECKLESS and old favorites to her fans when she visits Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall. McBride will be joined by special guests High Valley and Hailey Whitters. Tickets start at $45. 8 & Older

TFo presents: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Dec. 16, 8 p.m. Join The Florida Orchestra as they bring a special video game concert to their lineup to be performed live for one night only at The Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. The concert takes audiences back to the land of Hyrule and celebrates 30 years of the beloved video game franchise. Reserved seat tickets start at $25. 8 & Older

Jackie Evancho Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. See the 16-year-old American classical crossover artist and American’s Got Talent alum when she returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Evancho will sing tracks from her previous albums as well as her most recent single “Coming Home, Pt. II” from her upcoming album. Tickets are $39.50-$150. 8 & Older




t’s that time of year again! For the holidays, my wife and I purchased a new laptop for our daughter and a tablet for our 14-year old son. We’re hoping that Chelsea’s laptop will help her with her advanced classes and Josh’s tablet will be really useful as he’s about to hit high school next fall. In the back of my mind though, I can’t help but think that maybe these new gifts will distract them with Snapchat or Facetiming instead of doing schoolwork. Am I overreacting or are these legitimate concerns?


If there’s one thing that many of us deal with in this day and age, it’s getting lost in new forms of technology. How could we not? Smartphones can do so much and many of us just can’t help but sit down and, before we know it, an hour (or hours!) has slipped by. There isn’t anything wrong with giving your kids a few age appropriate tech gifts this year, provided as a parent you make sure your child doesn’t overdo it.

Here’s a tip: Allow your children the freedom of some screen time based on whatever time they have left over after schoolwork, physical activities or other family-oriented activities – usually short time periods toward the end of the day. Remember teenagers act very differently online than they do in your presence, so be sure and stay in the know about what they do on the Internet.

Infants (under 18 months)

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children 18 months and under should not be exposed to any technology, or “screen time,” at all. At this age, children are very susceptible to what they see and hear, and overexposing them can have aftereffects that’ll make any parent worry. Too much exposure to screens can also result in missing out on important bonding and attachment that happen in infancy. Making eye contact with babies and talking with them is critical to their development. If Mom or Dad is distracted by technology during feeding, changing and playtime, the effects on development can be profoundly affected. We support the recommendation to avoid exposing them to screen

We’ve come to the age where many kids either own smartphones or have easy access to the Internet or other timeconsuming digital media. From ages 6 and on, parents can be a bit more lenient on how much digital media their children indulge in. We understand that teenagers love keeping up with friends through Snapchat, learning what their favorite celebrities are saying on Twitter and what’s trending on Instagram, but as a parent, it’s important to know when to step in to prevent overexposure.

time, especially at this young age.

ToDDLErS (2-5 YEArS oLD)

At this age, the AAP says it’s okay to expose your child to some screen time, but not too much. If anything, keep this exposure to less than an hour a day. It’s very important for parents to be extra cautious of what their young children watch or do when it comes to digital media. Avoid gifting anything technology-related to kids in this age group during the holidays unless it’s something very educational and can easily be monitored by you. Keep in mind that young children and televisions are not always a great combination. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you’ve decided to let your young ones indulge in some screen time: • Allow them to only watch educational programming. PBS, for example, has several series appropriate for young children, such as “Sesame Street.” • Avoid programs with too many commercials since these can be overwhelming to young children, and they don’t understand that marketers are trying to sell them things. • If dealing with smartphones, tablets or laptops, allow your young children to communicate to family members through chatting software like FaceTime or Skype. Doing this helps them form stronger bonds with long-distance relatives they rarely see in person.

Kids need to be able to selfmonitor their screen time to some extent. This means staying calm when it is time to turn off Minecraft or stop Snapchatting. Some kids struggle to be present in the real world when they are not connected online and others become irritable or downright angry when they can’t be playing their online games. Teach your kids that being able to stop doing something they enjoy and shifting to another activity is an important part of life. Their being able to do so without a huge reaction will make you, their parent, more likely to be okay with allowing them more time in the future.

Dr. Wendy Rice of Rice Psychology Group has been instrumental in bringing the 2016 documentary “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” to the greater Tampa Bay community. She has locations in South Tampa and Carrollwood and Dr. Rice and her team treat include ADD/ADHD and other attention difficulties, family and relationship concerns, anxiety and phobias, depression and Autism Spectrum Disorder.



Business Tools for

The Family CEO

D By: Calista Roussos

id you know that your digital photographs are not the only files potentially at risk if they exist on your phone, computer or hard drive? And did you also know that you can take advantage of software that many businesses use to preserve those family memories and documents? Tools like Office 365 can make life so much easier. Vology partners with Microsoft to provide support for Office 365. Office 365 allows employees to access files, emails and data anywhere from any device. One of the applications of Office 365 is OneDrive for Business. OneDrive for Business and Office 365 make it easy to manage your work files, share them and collaborate with others from any device.


could have access to business class tools to protect your important assets (like those family photos): OneDrive Personal. Just like OneDrive for Business, OneDrive Personal is pre-installed on Windows 10 and works perfectly on all your devices. You can access and share files and photos on PC, Mac, Android and iOS. This means you can securely save all your pictures, documents and assets you can’t afford to lose in a central place, the cloud. You can also select and share files with the whole family so they can enjoy the pictures and not miss out on that birthday party or school graduation. If you aren’t looking for business class tools and are just looking for a place to store your photos there are several cloud-based applications that allow you to upload, store and even print your photos. Most of these are even free up to a certain storage level. Check out the most popular applications like Dropbox, Google Photos, BOX, iCloud and Amazon Prime Photos.

Vology is a High-Growth Strategic IT Solutions Provider with the unique capability to manage and monitor network and data center infrastructure in both on-premise, private data center or public cloud environments. Vology brings enterprise tools and process to mid-market clients to address their business needs.

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