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Exploring Canada with Kids

Words by Diane Jennings The Jennings clan welcomes exploration. My husband, Kevin, and I have been on the voyage of marriage for 16 years. We have two curious young men, Noah Samuel (15) and Sawyer Finn (11), who count the days until our next adventure. After all, they’ve been traveling since birth in planes, trains, automobiles […]

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Things to do Easter Weekend

Easter fun goes way beyond regular ol’ egg hunts here in Orlando. Check out the top places to PLAY: Do an Easter Egg Craft on April 13! Kids ages 5-12 will love this free event at the Windermere Library. Be sure to register in advance! See website for more info. Hard Knocks Orlando is doing […]

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Newborn-Friendly Dates

4 Date Night Ideas That Don’t Require a Sitter Words by Stephanie Patterson As a new parent, date night may be the last thing on your priority list. Yet, a regular night out is an important part of a happy and healthy relationship, and there’s no need to forgo it once your baby has arrived. […]

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Gender Creative Kids

Coloring outside the gender lines. Words by Cortney Thekan | Artwork by Erin Stork When my first child was born, I didn’t give gender much thought. He was a boy, and it was the late ’90s, so I dressed him in a hideous navy onesie emblazoned with “Little Slugger” or something equally conventional. I painted his […]

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DIY: All Natural Cleaner

Words by Luna Jauregui, Doulas of Orlando Did you realize that with a few items from your pantry, you can mix your own kitchen and bathroom spray cleaners? Bonus: They’re a lot cheaper and healthier for your little one! Exposure to chemicals in our environment could affect your baby, even in the womb. After all, […]

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Spring Break Camps in Orlando

Keep the kids playing at these local Spring Break camps. RDV Sportsplex Ice Den is hosting a Learn to Skate Camp and a Figure Skating camp from March 20-24! Each camp is $245 for the week or $60 for individual days. Skaters must be at least 6 years old to participate in Learn to Skate […]

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Top 10 Baby Names of 2016

Bringing a new bundle of joy into the world? The Baby Place at Winter Park Memorial Hospital sent us their top 10 baby names of 2016 to help give you ideas of what you’ll call your little prince or princess. Girl Names: Kayla Annabelle Elizabeth Carolyn Grace Stephanie Sarah Abbigail Lexy Jazlynn Boy Names: Alvin […]

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8 Ways to Raise Healthy, Active Kids

Words by Dr. Sharon DiChristafaro, First Choice Pediatrics Hectic sports and school schedules, heavy use of electronics and perceived safety risks of allowing children to play outside unsupervised have created consequences to our children that are frightening and life-long. One in three children and teens is obese, according to the American Heart Association. Even children […]

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10 Downtown O-Town Spots for Kids

Words by Amanda Keefer themammamiablog.com Think downtown Orlando is off limits for families and especially kids? Think again. Downtown features some great places your kids will love. Flip through the pictures below to explore downtown O-Town: Click anywhere to see next slide, or use arrows at the bottom to navigate.

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Having “The Talk”

When is the right age to talk to your kids about sex? Words by Angelique Luna I know what some of you are thinking: Talk about sex with my kid? Never! However, in today’s tech-driven society, we don’t have the luxury of putting off “the talk.” Still, there are suggested guidelines about how much information […]

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Making Exercise a Family Affair

Words by Tracey C. Velt When my son, Jake (21), was small, he would ride his bike alongside me during my runs, often veering off into the park and forcing me to chase after him. As he got older, he started running along with my husband and me (complaining all the way!). Running wasn’t his […]

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USTA National Campus Now Open!

Tennis Like Never Before The Home of American Tennis officially opens to the public on Jan. 2, 2017, and it’s ready to provide a tennis experience like never before. The USTA broke ground on the USTA National Campus back in April 2015 with one goal in mind: to enhance the sport at every level and […]

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5 Secretly Healthy Recipes

Make a New Year’s Resolution to fill your family up with healthy fruits and veggies! Ready to get started? Try these five easy snack recipes from Produce for Kids and Power Your Lunchbox.   1. Flourless Rasberry Banana Pancakes (Pictured above) Packed with three kinds of fruit, these gluten-free pancakes are a sweet delight! Use […]

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Your Elfin’ PLAYguide

Don’t Panic, here are 24 easy things to do with your Elf on the Shelf. Last-Minute Ideas For those days where you want to put zero brainpower into this elf thing. 1. All Buckled Up The elf is buckled up in the car or carseat, all ready for a ride! 2. Flying High Elves don’t […]

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Go PLAY for the Holidays

Don’t wait until Santa lands on your rooftop to celebrate the season. Words by Anna Karasik Theme Parks & Resorts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Select dates November 7 to December 22, 7 p.m. to Midnight Disney’s Magic Kingdom Join Mickey and friends in a holiday celebration as the Magic Kingdom transforms into a winter […]

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Orlando Science Center Thanksgiving Week Ticket Giveaway!

Got the whole gang home for Thanksgiving week? Get out of the house and over to Orlando Science Center! It’s open all week long barring Thursday. New KidsTown recently opened its doors to the public, and if you haven’t gone to see it yet, this could be your chance! You can win a family five-pack […]

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New KidsTown: A place for Collaboration, Creativity, Safety & Accessibility

Words by Anna Karasik A cheery blue archway welcomes families to the new jewel of Orlando Science Center, New KidsTown. It’s the only entrance and exit to the area: one of many features specifically geared towards the safety of the thousands of kids who will now enjoy it. New KidsTown is the product of a […]

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Raising a Water-Confident Kid

Originally published in the Summer 2010 issue of Playground Magazine. Written by Joanna Nesbit When my daughter, Leah, was 6, I signed her up for a month’s worth of swim lessons, every day for half an hour, because, well, it worked for another mom’s kids. This mom had told me her kids’ skills didn’t progress […]

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Senses Spa-ahh! (For mommy & kiddos too)

A new Disney spa at the Grand Floridian I have a confession to make … I loathe getting pedicures, spa treatments and getting my hair done. Don’t get me wrong, I love the end result, but all I can think of when I’m at those places is how much work I still have to finish […]

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