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Dancing Through Life

Words by Tracey C. Velt | Photos by Jessica Friend Hannah Harshman is no stranger to dance. “My mom put me in dance class when I was 3 years old,” says Hannah, artistic director and owner of Dance 360 Orlando in Baldwin Park. “It started as a summer activity to keep me busy, and I’ve […]

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Get Ahead on Summer Camp Planning

It’s already March– time to start thinking about summer camps! Take the stress out of planning your kid’s summer experience by booking it all under one roof. At the Summer Camp & Adventure Expo on March 4, you can interact with camp counselors one-on-one; get exclusive discounts on travel and camps; and find unique new […]

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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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Dress Up. Play Hard. Stand Out.

Words by Lisa A. Beach | Photo by Jessica Friend With a company slogan of “Dress Up, Play Hard, Stand Out!,” mompreneur Tracey Currey of Winter Park is a force in giving back to the community and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Currey’s company, PonyTail Bows, caters to the equestrian market (with expansion plans in the […]

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Child Neurologist Dr. Nitzmari comes to Orlando

Florida Hospital Medical Group is pleased to welcome Nitzmari Melendez-Vazquez, MD, a highly-skilled doctor treating pediatric epilepsy and founding physician of the new Center for Child Neurology. Dr. Melendez earned her medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Her research includes the study of rare immune diseases and infections affecting the […]

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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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Mia Muniz Has the Write Stuff

Words by Lisa A. Beach – Photos by Jessica Friend   Many writers spend their entire lives trying to break into the big leagues, aiming to snag a byline in Time magazine or The Washington Post. But Lake Nona grade schooler Mia Muniz, age 10, can already add that feather to her cap, as she […]

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5 Speed and Agility Trainers for Kids

Words by Tracey C. Velt Want to improve your child’s speed and strength? Consider speed and agility training for children 10 years and older. Here are some places around town: 1. Atlas Speed Orlando Former Olympian sprinter Ernest Wiggins works with kids from age 8 to college-age, offering training for speed, agility and explosiveness. His […]

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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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Pediatric PLAYguide 2017

Keep your family healthy! These pediatricians and pediatric dentists can guide your path to a healthier lifestyle. A Special Advertising Section Children’s Dentistry of Longwood: Dr. Donald is committed to the highest level of pediatric dentistry for your child. You and your child will experience dentistry in a fun environment that teaches about healthy teeth. […]

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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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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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Letters FROM Santa

“Is Santa Claus real?” The answer is Yes, thanks to USPS! Have your child write their wish list to Santa, and they can get his personalized response back in the mailbox, postmarked and all. Drafting up the letter to Santa is a great Thanksgiving activity that the whole family can take part in; getting Santa’s […]

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5 Healthy Holiday Snack Ideas

Sometimes it’s hard to fill your kids up with the fruits and veggies they need. It’s a lot easier when they don’t even know they’re eating something that’s good for them! Try out these healthy and insanely easy-to-make snack recipes from Produce for Kids: Fruit Cornucopias The Cornucopia is a symbol of plenty during the […]

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Registration Open for Spring Classes at DPC School of the Arts

Registration is now open for 2017 Spring Semester classes at the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts. Classes begin Monday, January 16. Students of any age can take part in classes for dance, vocals, instruments, acting, and musical theater. Check out all of the available classes below: Dance & Movement Jazz I […]

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The Prego Expo Ticket Giveaway!

– Surprise! – PLAYGROUND Magazine is giving away 1 Mommy & Guest ticket to The Prego Expo Registry Event & Brunch at the Babies”R”Us in Altamonte Springs on Sunday, November 13. This event is an opportunity for mommy-to-be to build her registry in style! Get a swag bag, enjoy a complimentary brunch, explore shopping & […]

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Fall Fashion Look Book

                                   

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Science of Parenthood : The Book for Parents who Love to Laugh

Author Norine Dworkin-McDaniel has parenting down to a science– a funny science. From her own experience and that of others comes Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations, a book that highlights the moments that just about any parent can relate to. Dworkin-McDaniel spoke to PLAYGROUND Magazine about the book ahead […]

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GUTS Orlando: Creatives Carving For Kids

GUTS is a friendly pumpkin carving competition with all proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish®.  AIGA Orlando presents its 2nd Annual live pumpkin carving competition, GUTS Orlando. The event will be held October 29, 2016, at 2428 E. Robinson St., Orlando, FL, 32803. The carving competition will last from 2 to 5 p.m., with an after-party featuring live music from […]

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Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye The Dreaded School Drop-Off  Words by Amy Zolessi  School’s here, and it is time to say goodbye to summer. For some families, school drop-off can be daunting. Are the crying, pleading and tears too much to handle? The key to peaceful and happy drop-offs is to build a routine. The brain is pattern-seeking, […]

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Date Night: Take Your Child Out on a Date Night

      For six years my husband and I have worked with a parenting coach. Among her many gems of advice, one that truly stands out as a game-changer for us is the concept of time in. The idea is that when kids are being less than angelic, parents should swap time out for […]

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Date Night: Globe Trotting

Wouldn’t it be lovely to hop on a plane with your sweetie and land in an exotic place far from the ups and downs of modern parenting? When such a getaway is out of reach, consider recreating the experience locally. We’ve uncovered five Orlando spots that will take you around the world on your next […]

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Central Florida Kids Casting Call

WHO: Calling all Central Florida boys that fit into clothing sizes 6 months to size 6 youth, and girls that fit into clothing sizes 6 months to size 12 youth. WHAT: We are casting several models for the Tugboat & the Bird and Pink Oranges Spring Fashion Look Book that will be published on playground-magazine.com as a slideshow incorporating still photos […]

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OVIEDO MALL CELEBRATES TAX FREE SHOPPING WITH PLAYGROUND MAGAZINE’s BACK TO SCHOOL BASH & AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT EXPO             PLAYGROUND Magazine returns to Oviedo Mall for the third year of their annual Back to School Bash & After School Enrichment Expo. The event will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, […]

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