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1 Visit us online at FREE! June/July 2014 Information, Education and Entertainment for Northeast Florida Families The Tony Award-Winning Musical PRE S E N T I NG SPO N S O R pediatric associates of jacksonville

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3 Dear Readers, We are so excited to present this issue to you. It s our summer savings issue. We ve assembled for you a wealth of summer savings on products and services and entertainment values. Kicking off the summer, Jax4Kids.com brings you Kids Day at Riverside Arts Market. Join us from 10am 4pm as we present an afternoon of family fun at RAM. Jax4Kids.com is also proud to sponsor MOSH s summer exhibit, Megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived. On July 26th, join Jax4Kids.com at The Jacksonville Landing for the Summer Splash Bash, a day of cool fun on the river with live entertainment on stage, boat rides, water slides and more family fun and, it s free! We invite you to come see us at the Episcopal Early Learning Academy Open House on June 5th from 5pm 7pm at their beautiful new facility at San Jose Blvd. There will be free food, prizes and family entertainment. You ll find deals and discounts throughout this issue within our summer savings section beginning on page 14 and discounts from our advertisers including $25 off installation of a Toddler Barrier Pool Safety Fence, 10% off your Pirate Ship Black Raven adventure; 15% off for active military (see page 32), 10% off your rental with Space Walk of Jacksonville, get a $100 resort credit at Gaylord Palms Resort (see page 33), 10% off from Creative Minds Academy, Switch and Save New Customer Discount from Sawyer Gas, 50% off family registration at KidsPark, and for Moms, Beauty Complexions CIinic is offering discounts on some of their most popular treatments to help you look and feel your best this summer (see page 28). Follow us... Letter From The Editor On a serious but important note, this FREE offer could be life-saving. If your child gets locked in a hot car, Pop-A-Lock provides a free Emergency Door Unlock program. See page 30 for more information. We re giving away tickets to some of your favorite entertainment venues all summer long! Connect with Jax4Kids.com to find out about contests, discounts, current events, and more. Subscribe to our enewsletters from the home page at www. jax4kids.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Visit us online. Jax4Kids.com is your What, Where & When for kids! Happy Father s Day and Happy summer J Alison Peters-Carlson Editor Alison Peters-Carlson Editor... Natasha Chapman Associate Linda Bigbee Graphic Jen Cramer Circulation Manager... Doug Berle Advertising Beth Canonica Advertising Sales... Donna Paunetto Advertising Sales... Adam Jordan Advertising Sales... Mary Gustafson Business Manager... Judi Fields Administrative Assistant Tim Jaskiewicz Contributing Writer living well Contents June/July 2014 The Grass Isn t Greener...4 Kids Say the Funniest Things!...4 eating well Stop and Rethink that Drink!...6 Health & safety All About Sports: Tour De France...7 When Should a Physician Suspect Lyme Disease?...9 nature Florida Wildlife: American Alligator...11 Infant & Toddler Playful Parents: Learning Language through Play...12 Drowning Prevention...13 summer savings Summer Savings Duval county public Schools Success in Reading...20 Just Read, Florida! 2014 Summer Recommended Reading List...21 Duval County Public Schools Summer Camps...22 St. Johns County School news AYCA Banquet...23 Clay County School news Ancient Times Festival State Science and Engineering Fair Winners...24 Music Makes a Difference...24 Education That s MY Job! Keith R. Oken, M.D, Cardiologist...25 Two Duval County Teachers Believe Cursive Writing Is Relevant Today...26 special needs Toe Walking in Children...27 Teens Words Between Friends...31 Pets Pet Resorts...34 Fourth of July Safety Tips...35 Things to do Fourth of July Events...37 June and July Events...38 Published by Child Enrichment, LLC, Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL Copyright Reproduction of any artwork or copy prepared by Jax4Kids.com To Go is strictly prohibited without written consent of the publisher. We will not be responsible for any errors and/or omissions. The Publisher s liability for error will not exceed the cost of space occupied by the error. Articles for publication are welcome and may be sent to For more information concerning advertising, call or Page 3 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

4 Living well The Grass Isn t Greener We often think that the grass will be greener somewhere else. We believe we ll be happier and more successful anywhere but where we are. And so we pursue happiness and chase success thinking one day we will magically find them. But rarely will we find happiness and success by seeking them. I ve learned if you want success you can t chase it. Instead you must decide to make a difference where you are and success will find you. I ve learned if you want to find happiness don t seek it. Instead decide to work with passion and purpose and happiness will find you. Too many people want instant success and gratification right now! Too many athletes want to be traded because they think they ll be more successful on another team. Too many employees complain that their co-workers aren t working hard enough and this affects their own performance. Too many sales people compare themselves to others and become frustrated and disengaged. Too many people worry about what Things to Do Health Events Hale and Hearty 7K and Fun Run June 7, 8am The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida presents the Community First Hale and Hearty 7K and one mile Fun Run for children 13 and under. The Community First Hale and Hearty 7K celebrates healthy communities and happy and healthy places. Registration runs from 6am to 7:30am, and the 7K and fun run begin at 8am. Registration for the 7k ranges from $31 to $45. Unity Park / x108 / 220 Riverside Avenue Jacksonville, FL US / haleandhearty7k.com 6th Annual Super Grom Surf Fest Series June 7, 9am to 1pm July 12, 9am to 1pm The Florida Surfing Association proudly announces the 6th Annual Super Grom Surf Fest Series coming to Jacksonville Beach on June 7, July 12 and August 9, All three events will be held on the south side of the Jacksonville Beach Pier. The event is from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM on all three dates, given acceptable surf conditions. Each event includes: lunch, a t-shirt, a medal and a goody bag for each participant. The event is open to participants ages 10 and under. A parent or legal guardian must accompany each participant at all times. This is a great opportunity to learn to surf with the best surfers at the Beaches, while building confidence and self-esteem. Participation is limited to 150 entries per event on a first come everyone else is doing instead of focusing on what they are doing. Too many people run from challenges instead of developing stronger roots. If you are like me, you ve been one of these people. Most of us have at one time or another. It s human nature after all. That s why I want to encourage you not to worry about things you can t control. Don t run away from where you are in the hope of finding greener pastures. Instead plant yourself like a Seed each day and invest your time and energy growing yourself and others. When you plant yourself where you are with a passionate desire to make a difference you ll grow into the influencer you were born to be. The greenest pasture is not somewhere else. It s the place where you plant yourself and create a great environment for growth. When you do this, you ll produce an abundant harvest filled with real success and true happiness. j Jon Gordon first serve basis. Please bring sunscreen, towel and water. Lunch will be provided. Parking is available at the Pier or across the street. Entry fee is $10. Jacksonville Beach Pier / 503 1st st. N. Jacksonville Beach, FL / floridasurfing. org/event/super-grom Child & Babysitting Safety Course June 7, 9:30am to 2:30pm June 23, 9:30am to 2:30pm This class is designed to familiarize and to provide youth approximately ages with the basic knowledge and skills needed to care for infants and children. Certification is through the American Safety & Health Institute. Fee is $40, plus Eventbrite fee. It is highly recommended that babysitters take CPR- First Aid course to compliment this certificate. Christ s Church/ 6045 Greenland Rd., Jacksonville, FL / safetyfirstjax.com/babysitting-classes.html JTC Running Track Series June 7, 4:30pm to 6:30pm July 12, 4:30pm to 6:30pm JTC Running s 2014 Track Series continues with a track and field meet. Entry to all meets is free of charge to all pre-registered on line participants. On line registration will close at 6:00 PM the Friday preceding each meet. One registration enters an athlete in all four meets. Coaches can enter their team members as Guest Registrations. Age groups: 0-5, 6-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, and adult age groups. Those not pre-registered will be charged $5.00 for day of meet registration. Bib pickup and day Kids Say The Funniest Things! Kids really do say the funniest things! Please share your favorites with us by ing your story directly to One entry each month will be turned into a cartoon to be published in the next issue of Jax4Kids. We ll send you the original cartoon as a keepsake. of meet registration will open at 3:30 PM in the stadium concession stand. A full schedule of events can be found in the registration confirmation . Awards: Medals will be given to the top three in each individual event. No medals for relay teams. All athletes age 12 and under will receive participation ribbons. The Bolles School / 7400 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL / jtc.wildapricot.org Run For the Pies June 14, 7pm The annual Run For the Pies will be held on June 14 at the Jacksonville Landing. The Championship 5K starts at 7pm, and the Open 5K at 7:30pm. There will also be a block party, pie eating contest, prizes, giveaways, awards and more. Registration fees range from $20 to $30. Jacksonville Landing/ 2 Independent Dr, Jacksonville, FL / The World s Largest Swimming Lesson June 20, 11am The nation s top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL), Friday, June 20, 2014, to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 20th, waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously at 11am Eastern Standard Time (3pm GMT) in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Local WLSL Host Locations will manage the schedule for individual participant registration and sign-in at their facility. Facility Name: Julington Creek Plantation CDD Program Coordinator: Ashley McVeagh 350 Plantation Club Parkway, St. Johns, FL Main Phone: Direct Phone: Fax: World s Largest Swimming Lesson / Join the Movement 5K and Fun Run June 21, 8am Join the Movement 5K is the first annual charity run for Hyperthermia Emergency Awareness Training a local nonprofit organization that is committed to increasing awareness of hyperthermia training by providing education to athletes, coaches and athletic event volunteers. Founded in 2010 following the tragic loss of Nikki Baird Buchholz, HEAT strives to keep local athletes safe by educating the community on proper emergency response techniques for heat illness. Registration fees are $30 for the 5k and $10 for the 1 mile fun run. The 5K is an out and back course starting at Jacksonville Beach Pier and turning around at 19th Ave South to finish back at the Pier. Jacksonville Beach Pier / 503 1st st. N. Jacksonville Beach, FL / Visit Jax4Kids.com for more event listings. Page 4 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

5 New DUPLO Valley Opening May 23! Purchase Tickets in Advance and Save at Florida.LEGOLAND.com! Just 45 minutes from Orlando and Tampa! LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configuration, the Minifigure, LEGENDS OF CHIMA and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group The LEGO Group. LEGOLAND IS A PART OF THE MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP. TM & 2014 Cartoon Network. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved. Page 5 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

6 eating well Stop and Rethink that Drink! The hot weather is upon us! It is important to keep our families well-hydrated during the summer months. The beverages that we choose for our family are just as important as the healthy foods we choose. We know as adults that every calorie counts if we are trying to lose weight, and calories from the sugars in drinks are not excluded. Likewise, children already get too much sugar in their diets sometimes from hidden sugars so we need to be aware of where those empty calories are coming from. The average American gets 23 teaspoons of sugar in their diet every day That means some individuals get way more than that. Yellow (Caution): Drink once or twice a week, if at all. Diet sodas Low-calorie, low-sugar drinks (Crystal Light) 100% juice (4 ounces or less per serving) 2% milk (Reduced-fat milk) Green (Go): Drink plenty! Water Water with added fruits Skim or 1% milk Unsweetened decaffeinated ice tea Lemon Cucumber Water Excess sugar in the diet can lead to tooth decay and weight problems in our children. Not only that, but excess sugars may be setting them up for insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease down the road by increasing blood pressure and contributing to weight gain. Many times these empty calories come from sodas, sweet tea, energy drinks, coffee drinks, and other sweetened beverages. Did you know that a regular 12-ounce can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar that s almost ¼ cup in every can? Would you hand a ¼ cup of sugar to your kids to eat whenever they felt like it of course not! Think of that when it comes to making beverage choices for your child. If you choose a soda because it is caffeinefree thinking it is healthier for your child, just remember it still has 10 teaspoons of sugar per can, unless it specifies diet or calorie-free. However, diet drinks have their own concerns for some because of the artificial sweeteners in them. Finding it hard to decide which drinks are healthiest for your child? Think of a stoplight when it comes to making good decisions about your child s beverage choices. Red (Stop): Don t drink. Regular sodas Energy and sports drinks (if not exercising) Fruit drinks (that contain 10% juice) Lemonade drinks Sweet tea Try this recipe for refreshing lemon-cucumber water that your whole family can enjoy! Ingredients: 3 quarts or 12 cups of water 1 lemon, sliced 1/2 cucumber, sliced 10 mint leaves Lemon: Add one thinly sliced lemon to a large pitcher, or squeeze fresh lemon juice into your glass. Lemon also aides in digestion and boosts your immune system with vitamin C. Mint: Mint adds a touch of sweetness without the sugar, and it also can help settle your stomach and is purported to aid in digestion. Cucumber: Adding a few slices of cucumber to your water makes for excellent re-hydration, and cucumber can have anti-inflammatory properties. Directions: Rinse everything really well. Slice lemon and cucumber. Add lemon, cucumber, and mint to pitcher. Cover with 3 quarts of water and refrigerate overnight. You can adjust the flavor by adding more or less of each ingredient to your taste. Enjoy! j Aurea Thompson, MSH, RD, CSP, LD/N Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition Wolfson Children s Hospital Back to school June and July Harvest 8 Beans, cucumbers, herbs, nectarines, peaches, peppers, raspberries, rhubarb, sweet corn, tomatoes and watermelon. From Madeline Samec, St. Johns County UF/IFAS Extension Service Page 6 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

7 health & safety All About Sports: Tour De France To be a cyclist is to be a student of pain...at cycling s core lies pain, hard and bitter as the pit inside a juicy peach. It doesn t matter if you re sprinting for an Olympic medal, a town sign, a trailhead, or the rest stop with the homemade brownies. If you never confront pain, you re missing the essence of the sport. Without pain, there s no adversity. Without adversity, no challenge. Without challenge, no improvement. No improvement, no sense of accomplishment and no deepdown joy. Might as well be playing Tiddly-Winks. -- Scott Martin Anyone who has ever watched the Tour De France on television or has actually seen the colorful riders fly by them in person has a feeling for the pain in the above quote. Since 1903, the greatest bicyclists in the world have entered this multiple stage bicycle race. Originally organized to increase paper sales for the magazine L Auto, stages through the picturesque Alps often make the difference in the race. Stages cities in this year s event include Leeds, Harrogate, York, Sheffield, Cambridge, Ypres, Oyonnax, Risoul, Maubourguet, and Pays du Val d Abdour. There are a total of 198 riders in the Tour De France with 22 teams of nine riders each. Each team s strongest rider is supported by the other eight to help him either win stages, accumulate points, or capture the overall title. These eight riders are known as domestiques or servant riders, but future leaders and Tour winners spring from this talented group. They form a riding group to help their team leader with drafting and pacing during each stage. In addition, a support car with more staff is attached to each team to radio instructions, provide water and food, and help in the event of a mechanical failure WE RE ON FACEBOOK PHILIPS HWY REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE AT Volleyball Association VOLLEY TOTS CAMP SESSION 1 SESSION 2 SESSION 3 SESSION 4 JUNE 9-11 JUNE JUNE 30-JULY 2 AUGUST 4-6 ALL SKILLS CAMP 9AM-4PM AGES 5-8 $95 PER SESSION 9AM-12PM This camp focuses on motor skills such as volleyball movement, jumping and throwing. We work with a light ball and volleyball skills are introduced. (T-shirt included) $260 per session (FULL WEEK) $165 per session (3 DAY OPTION - MONDAY THRU WEDNESDAY) $110 per session (2 DAY OPTION - THURSDAY & FRIDAY) AGES 9-12 AGES SESSION 1 JUNE 9-13 JUNE 9-11 (3 DAY OPTION) JUNE (2 DAY OPTION) SESSION 2 JUNE JUNE (3 DAY OPTION) JUNE (2 DAY OPTION) SESSION 3 JUNE 30-JULY 2 (AVAILABLE ONLY 3 DAYS) SESSION 1 JUNE JUNE (3 DAY OPTION) JUNE (2 DAY OPTION) SESSION 2 JULY JULY (3 DAY OPTION) JULY (2 DAY OPTION) SESSION 4 JULY 7-11 JULY 7-9 (3 DAY OPTION) JULY (2 DAY OPTION) SESSION 5 JULY JULY (3 DAY OPTION) JULY (2 DAY OPTION) SESSION 6 AUGUST 4-8 AUGUST 4-6 (3 DAY OPTION) AUGUST 7-8 (2 DAY OPTION) SESSION 3 JULY 28-AUGUST 1 JULY (3 DAY OPTION) JUNE 31-AUGUST 2 (2 DAY OPTION) the race has developed into one of the premier sporting events in the world. Geo Lefevre was the journalist who originally came up with the idea and sixty riders competed in that first race over a hundred years ago. This year s Tour De France will begin on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Leeds, England, and take the riders on a course which totals a distance of 3,656 kilometers, 2,271 miles for us Americans. Along the way, the field will travel through 21 stages until the finish on Sunday, July 27, 2014, on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. This year s course will consist of nine flat stages, five hill stages, six grueling mountain stages, an individual time-trial stage, and two rest days. The Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Each of the individual stages is timed and riders are ranked in the overall field by their total time for each stage. The rider with the lowest time wears the distinctive yellow jersey as the overall race leader. It is not necessary to win any stages to capture the overall title as consistency is awarded through all the stages. A green jersey is awarded to the rider with the most points, a polka-dot jersey to the event s best mountain climber, and a white jersey to the rider under 26 with the lowest overall time. The rider with lowest aggregate time for all the stages is declared the winner. The winner of this year s race will receive 450,000 Euros, the equivalent of $624,195. j Campers will receive instructional training on the six fundamental volleyball skills. Campers have the choice to attend two days, three days or five days per session. (T-shirt included) Note: JJVA does not have a cafeteria. You will need to bring your own lunch. JV/VARSITY TEAM CAMP AUGUST 1 5PM-8PM AUGUST 2 9AM-4PM $50 PER PLAYER SUMMER SKILL SESSION $180 / 8 SESSIONS OPTION 1: MONDAY/WEDNESDAY JV and Varsity players will focus on team development and team concepts. Teams will also be involved in competition drills. (T-shirt included) AGES PM-6:30PM AGES :30PM-8PM OPTION 2: TUESDAY/THURSDAY (July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 31) (July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 30) Campers have the opportunity to receive instructional training on basic volleyball skills during the evenings. This is a good option for those that cannot attend day time summer camps. Page 7 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

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9 health & safety When Should a Physician Suspect Lyme Disease? Within the last year, I was quite surprised that all four patients I had tested for Lyme Disease tested positive. I then asked myself, What was common in these children? and began an extensive review of both conventional traditional literature and Integrative Medicine cases. What I realized through my research is there is no clear consensus yet and we are not very well educated as physicians on this rapidly growing disease epidemic. Lyme Disease is one of the fastest growing infectious disease in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported over 300,000 new cases per year last August. The disease is caused by the bite of an infected deer tick or Lone Star tick. Dog ticks have also been found to be infected by Lyme although it is unclear whether dog ticks can transmit infections to humans. Children are bitten by ticks more frequently around the head and neck, making them more vulnerable to brain and central nervous system infections. Lyme Disease can also be transmitted to a child during pregnancy. It is important to note that there have been cases of Lyme acquired locally without a travel history to the Northeast or other highly endemic areas. Lyme Disease is hard to diagnose for several reasons: Fewer than half of all Lyme patients recall a tick bite The symptoms that are considered typical for acute Lyme - a bull s eye rash, fever, positive ELISA test, and / or a swollen large joint occur in fewer than half of proven cases. Standard labs for Lyme are unreliable, missing about 1/2 of actual cases according to peer-reviewed studies When Should Lyme Disease be Suspected? Lyme should be suspected in a child that presents with a cluster of seemingly unrelated symptoms (for example joint pain and anxiety, colic and motor delays). Since Lyme can cause secondary issues (endocrine issues, autonomic issues, food allergies, psychiatric issues), it should be noted that diagnosis of a condition does not exclude a Lyme diagnosis. What are the Symptoms? Lyme pediatric specialist Charles Ray Jones, MD and other leading Lyme specialists have compiled a list of common symptoms of infection in young patients: Fatigue unrelieved by rest * Insomnia * Headaches * Mitochondrial dysfunction * Syncope, POTS or Neurally Mediated Hypotension * Nausea, abdominal pain * Seizure disorders * Impaired concentration * Poor short-term memory * Inability to sustain attention * Difficulty thinking and expressing thoughts * Difficulty reading and writing * Overwhelmed by schoolwork * Difficulty making decisions * Confusion * Outbursts and mood swings * Fevers/chills * Dizziness * Noise and light sensitivity * Increased incidence of ear and throat infections * Increased incidence of pneumonia * Irritability * Joint and body pain * Poor muscle tone * Gastro esophageal reflux * Small windpipe (tracheomalacia) * Cataracts and other eye problems * Developmental delays (language, motor) * Learning disabilities * Psychiatric problems (anxiety, depression, OCD) * Autism or Asperger s type presentation Western blot serologic studies, PCR for Borrelia burgdorferi in blood, serum, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and urine, and/or Borrelia antigen testing in urine and CSF are helpful tests. Blood tests should not be used to rule out Lyme Disease when there is a strong clinical presentation. Most individuals with Lyme Disease respond to antibiotics, but the treatment is highly patient specific. For more information, visit the ILADS website at j Aylin Ozdemir, MD, FAAP, ABIHM Dr. O Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville * www. doctorojax.com 1102 A1A North, Unit 104 * Ponte Vedra Beach, FL * Sutton Park Court, Suite 801 * Jacksonville, FL * Race Track Road, Suite 103 * Jacksonville, FL * And Melissa Bell, Florida Lyme Disease Association We take the FEAR out of Dentistry! Watch versus Warning Did you (1/8 know page) 82% of people say fear is the Beauty Complexion Clinic 1/ New Patients Welcome! number one reason they don t go to the dentist? Don t let this be you! Let us help you ease your fears and take care of your smile! At Carlson Dental Group, we offer different levels of sedation allowing you to relax or even snooze! FREE Sedation Consultation EXPIRES JUNE 30, Pediatric Dentistry (904) We accept many PPO dental insurance plans Drs. Setzer, Cochran, Soares & Hubbard The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get. Tim Russert, Big Russ and Me visit our online kids eat free pages Page 9 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

10 health & safety Emergency Preparedness Hurricane season started June 1st and will go through November 30th. Ensure that your family will weather any storms smoothly by taking some time to get prepared. Try to have these supplies on-hand and know where they are in case of an emergency: Enough water and food for 3 days for all members of the household, including pets Pack high-energy foods that don t spoil like peanut butter, jelly, crackers, canned meats, canned meals, packaged juice drinks Non-electric can opener Backup prescriptions, fever-reducing medicines, allergy medicines, inhalers, and first aid kit Shut-off wrench to turn off gas and water Fire extinguisher Travel toothbrushes, toothpaste, extra toilet paper, diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer Whistle Sleeping bags, tarp, insect repellent, umbrella Boredom Busters like cards, travel games, and a couple of good books One binder with birth certificates, insurance policies, and copies of important permanent documents Battery-powered radio and extra batteries Comfortable Clean clothes (3 days worth).a program to help parents, grandparents, and other caregivers keep infants safe and secure during their first months. Pediatricians recommend infants sleep on their backs, close to their moms, but in their own separate, safe sleep environment. Other recommendations include breastfeeding, getting baby s immunizations, and knowing infant CPR. Northeast Florida has an infant mortality rate higher than the state or national rate. Kohl s Ready, Set, Sleep is designed to address this concern because there is a lot you can do to help get your baby off to a healthy start! If you need information about keeping your baby safe while sleeping or about other safety concerns for the first year, please visit our website, wolfsonchildrens.org/readysetsleep Watch versus Warning? Do you know the difference between a watch and a warning? According to the National Weather Service s National Hurricane Center A watch lets you know that weather conditions are favorable for a hazard to occur. It literally means be on guard! During a weather watch, gather awareness of the specific threat and prepare for action - monitor the weather to find out if severe weather conditions have deteriorated and discuss your protective action plans with your family. A warning requires immediate action. This means a weather hazard is imminent - it is either occurring (a tornado has been spotted, for example) - or it is about to occur at any moment. During a weather warning, it is important to take action: grab the emergency kit you have prepared in advance and head to safety immediately. Both watches and warnings are important, but warnings are more urgent. More information at: 5.25x5.375 SKNF_1096_ Jax4Kids.com_Ad_v01.indd Jax4Kids ad dpi, CMYK. 1/6/14 3:03 PM SUMMER STARTS HERE! School may be out, but a great smile is always in! At Rice Orthodontics, we want to help you achieve the smile and confidence you deserve. We have multiple treatment options available, including clear braces, Invisalign and hidden lingual braces, to provide you with individualized treatment that will suit your needs. Summer is the perfect time to get your treatment underway! 8708 PERIMETER PARK BLVD. SUITE 2 JACKSONVILLE, FL Page 10 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

11 nature Florida Wildlife: American Alligator When most people think of Florida, one of the first animals to come to mind is usually the American alligator. Known for their strength and adaptability, they can be found throughout our state. Often feared and misunderstood, alligators have a wide array of fascinating adaptations and play a vital role in their habitat. forth and wallow in muddy areas to stay moist, creating gator holes. When it rains, these holes fill with water to create small ponds. In times of drought, gator holes are critical to the survival of many fish and amphibian species. Native mammals, birds and reptiles also rely on the ponds as a source of water. BOATING MADE SIMPLE! As apex predators, alligators are very efficient hunters both on land and in the water. They have keen senses and excellent camouflage. Their extremely strong jaws and teeth help them catch prey. Webbed feet and a strong tail allow them to swim up to 20 miles per hour. On land, their claws act as built-in cleats, allowing them to keep traction in their muddy swamp habitat. Believe it or not, alligators can run at speeds of over 10 miles per hour for short distances! Many people don t realize that alligators are also excellent mothers. A mother alligator will remain with her eggs, protecting her nest from predators. After the babies hatch, they will stay with mom for up to two years. Occasionally, mom will even share food with her hatchlings. Alligators can be classified as a keystone species, meaning their presence is crucial to the survival of many other animals that share the same habitat. Alligators sweep their tails back and Things to Do Nature Events Anastasia State Park Beach Bash June 7, 9am to 4pm Anastasia State Park hosts their annual Beach Bash. Activities include a scavenger hunt, sandcastle/sculpture contest, interpretive programs, a geo-caching event, many interactive and informative table displays from community organizations, and prizes. Regular park entry fees apply. Anastasia State Park / / 300 Anastasia Park Road St. Augustine, FL / www. floridastateparks.org/anastasia Archaeology & Paleontology Roadshow June 14, 10am to 2pm Do you have a fossil, shell or mystery object? Bring it to a panel of scientists for identification. Panelists will include Dr. Barry Albright, paleontologist; Dr. Harry G. Lee, malacologist; Dr. Jeremy Stalker, marine scientist; and Dr. Keith Ashley, archaeologist. Free with Museum admission. Archaeology & Paleontology Roadshow will take place from 10am to 2pm and is presented in support of Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, MOSH s summer exhibit. Please note, this event is for informational purposes only; dollar values will not be assigned to objects. Museum of Science and History / MOSH / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL / You can find alligators of all sizes here at the Jacksonville Zoo. We have several large alligators living in our Wild Florida exhibit, and we also have smaller, younger alligators who are animal ambassadors in our education programs. j Jason Montgomery Interim Education Supervisor Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Geocaching with a Smart Phone June 21, 9am to 10:30am The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens hosts Geocaching with a Smart Phone. Geochaching is treasure hunting by Global Positioning System (GPS). This is part of the Discovering Nature Nearby series at the Arboretum. Jacksonville Arboretum / 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville FL / Family Seining Activity June 28, 8:30am to 10:30am July 26, 8:30am to 10:30am Join GTM Research Reserve docents in the 4th Saturday of every month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for a family seining activity. Pull a seine net through Guana Lake, collecting species of fish, crabs and more, and then learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat. Necessary gear including waders and boots will be provided. The program takes place at the Environmental Education Center. The programs are free with paid admission to the Reserve. RSVP online at gtmnerrfamilyseine-eorg. eventbrite.com. Please meet the Docents at the Environmental Education Center. GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center / / 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL / gtmnerrfamilyseine. eventbrite.com Visit Jax4Kids.com for more event listings. Let your kids call you Captain! Enjoy boating without maintenance! No cleaning or hassles! Membership access to over 700 boats and over 75 clubs! The affordable alternative to boat ownership 2 LOCATIONS JULINGTON & CREEK CAMACHEE COVE ST. AUGUSTINE CALL Page 11 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

12 How do children learn to interact with the people and objects in their environment? How do they form their own sense of self and develop meaningful relationships with others? Watch them play and you will see! Play also gives children the opportunity to understand and use vocabulary, expand vocabulary into phrases and sentences, learn proper communication skills and enhance literacy skills. It is vital that parents and caregivers model age-appropriate play in order to encourage the growth of both receptive and expressive language skills. Birth to 1 year Play Style: Solitary Play - Infants explore their environment and discover new things. They attend to themselves and touch and taste everything! Language Milestones: Baby turns toward sounds, responds to name, produces various cries, cooing, babbling, imitates sounds, and uses first words. Toys/Activities: books, rattles, teethers, floor gym/tummy time Playful Parent Tips: Parent can respond to coos and babbling by repeating back, sharing eye contact, keeping your language simple, singing songs, labeling items, and reading books. Ages 1 to 3 infant & toddler Playful Parents: Learning Language through Play Play Style: Parallel Play - Toddlers play side-byside with similar toys, but not with each other. They observe non-verbal/verbal language of their peers. Language Milestones: Toddlers follow 1-2 step commands, identify toys, enjoy social games like Peek-a-Boo, ask basic questions, name items and combine words. Toys/Activities: books, animals/barn, blocks, pretend kitchen Playful Parent Tips: Parents can expand their words (i.e. dog / big dog ), use repetition, encourage imitation of sounds and words, and describe daily routines like (i.e. bathing). Age 3 to 4 Play Style: Associative Play Children engage in peer-to-peer play in a structured activity. They play together and react to each other. Language Milestones: Toddlers/Preschoolers follow 2-3 step commands, understand complete sentences, answer simple questions and usecontractions (i.e. it s, there s). Toys/Activities: books, puzzles, dress-up, alphabet/number matching. Playful Parent Tips: Parents can use prepositions when playing (i.e. Put the car under the bridge. ), ask them to tell you about what they re doing, and give enough wait time to respond. Age 4-5 Play Style: Cooperative Play Children learn more complex social skills with peers and have a common goal. They take turns, share and negotiate. Language Milestones: Preschoolers follow complex commands, use past tense, produce 4-6 word sentences, and ask Who and Why questions. Toys/Activities: books, flower planting, crafts, Play Doh. Playful Parent Tips: Parents can classify objects into categories, have children help plan events (i.e. party), read longer stories and encourage children to retell the stories. Lastly, here are some website you can visit for more fun ideas: j Lindsey Brown, MS, CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist Brooks Rehabilitation My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. Jim Valvano Things to Do Infant & Toddler Art For Two June 14, 10:30am to 12noon July 12, 10:30am to 12noon Come make art with your little one and enjoy gallery and Garden visits on the second Saturday of every month. Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult. Class size is limited. For further information please call or Saturdays, 10:30am to 12noon. Members $15 per pair, Non-members $20 per pair. The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens / Riverside Avenue Jacksonville, FL / Children s Story Time at Mandarin Museum June 21, 1pm July 19, 1pm Kids are invited to join the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society for Children s Story Time. This program is ideally for children ages 3 through 6, but siblings are welcome. A parent or guardian must accompany their child during story time. Mandarin Museum / / Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, FL / www. mandarinmuseum.net Little Learners: The Little Star That Could July 9, 9am to 11am On the second Wednesday of every month, MOSH hosts exclusive programming for preschool-aged children and their caregivers. From 9am to 11am admission is only $5 per person (ages 3 & up) and includes programs at 10am and 11am. In July, Experience Pregnancy In A Whole New Way Safe and gentle chiropractic care during pregnancy may: Help ease inflammation Allow for an easier and faster birth Alleviate neck, back and sciatic pain Allow the baby to get into the best position for birth Balance pelvis and spine Little Learners will be treated to The Little Star That Could in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium and a visit from My Gym who will help Little Learners practice their tumbling skills. Call MOSH (6674) for details and register here. Museum of Science and History / MOSH / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL / Sid the Science Kid July 19, 10am to 3pm Visit with popular PBS character Sid the Science Kid from 10am to 3pm. Included with Museum admission. *If you are a MOSH Member, you can visit with Sid the Science Kid on July 18 during a special program: Sid the Science Kid: Members Only Event Popular PBS Character Sid the Science Kid will be at MOSH for a special program exclusively for MOSH Members that will include science programs in the JEA Science Theater and an astronomy program in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium. The evening will also include plenty of photo ops and a pizza dinner. MOSH Member price is $5 per person. The event is from 5:30 to 8 p.m on July 18. This is for members only. Museum of Science and History / MOSH / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL / Visit Jax4Kids.com for more event listings. 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13 infant & toddler Drowning Prevention Two-thirds of Drowning Deaths occur between May and August. As the weather heats up and more children and families head to pools and beaches, Safe Kids Northeast Florida and its lead organization THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children s Hospital want to remind parents and caregivers to keep an eye on their kids and actively supervise children at all times when they are in and around water. Drowning is the leading cause of death in Florida s children under 5, and the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages Florida leads the nation in drowning deaths in the under 5 age group. A drowning child cannot cry or shout for help so simply being near your child doesn t always help, said Cynthia Dennis, RN, coordinator of Safe Kids Northeast Florida. Whether it s a trip to the beach or a dip in the community or backyard pool, you can ensure that swimming is as safe as it is fun by following a few basic safety tips starting with keeping your eyes on your kids at all times. Studies show that although 90 percent of parents say they supervise their children while swimming, many acknowledge that they engage in other distracting activities at the same time like talking, eating, reading or taking care of another child. Even a near-drowning incident can have lifelong consequences. Kids who survive a near-drowning may have brain damage, and after four to six minutes under water the damage is usually irreversible. Safe Kids Northeast Florida recommends the following 5 tips to keep kids safe in and around water: 1. Give kids your undivided attention. Actively supervise children in and around water, without distraction. If you have water of any kind in your backyard or nearby, use multiple layers of protection to keep preschoolers from wandering into the water unsupervised. Locks installed high on doors, four-sided isolation fencing around pools, audible alarms on doors and windows are some examples. Because no one method is 100% effective at stopping a curious young child, use several methods. 2. Use the Water Watcher strategy. When there are several adults present and children are swimming, use the Water Watcher strategy, which designates an adult as the Water Watcher for a certain amount of time (such as 15-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision and give parents a chance to read, make phone calls or take a bathroom break. 3. Teach kids not to swim alone. Whether you re swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with an adult. Older, more experienced swimmers should still swim with a partner every time. From the first time your kids swim, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present. 4. Learn CPR. We know you have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better. Visit for information about local CPR classes visit baptistjax.com/classes. 5. Be extra careful around pool drains. Educate your children about the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment and teach them to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets. For more information about drowning and water safety, please wolfsonchildrens.org/watersafety. About Safe Kids Northeast Florida Safe Kids Northeast Florida works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Northeast Florida is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Founded in 2003, Safe Kids Northeast Florida is led by THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children s Hospital. For more information, visit safekids.org or wolfsonchildrens.org/ safekids. j Pool Safety Fencing Keeping all members of your beloved family safe Mention Jax4Kids and receive a $25 discount Rick Dennis Toll-Free: Serving Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Nassau Counties and Southeast Georgia Page 13 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

14 SUMMER SAVINGS FREE SUMMER THEATRE Theatreworks presents FREE Summer Theatre Doug Berky No Show June am and 1 pm Florida Theatre 128 E Forsyth St. Jacksonville, FL Doug Berky Gems: The World s Wisdom Stories June am and 1 pm Florida Theatre 128 E Forsyth St. Jacksonville, FL Alice Rocks Wonderland June am and 1 pm Jacksonville Library, Main Branch 92 O AT THE ZOO From July 7th through August 31st, any day the temperature reaches 92 degrees or higher, admission will be half price with coupon. A coupon will be posted after 4pm the day before on the Jacksonville Zoo website, $5 FRIDAY ADMISSION AT MOSH RUNS ALL SUMMER! The museum stays open until 8 pm on Fridays and admission is only $5. Stay late and enjoy Friendship Fountain Park. See MOSH s Summer Exhibit Megalodon, proudly sponsored by Jax4Kids.com! JAGUARS KIDS CLUB Join the Jaguars Kids Club, proudly sponsored by Jax4Kids.com! Kids ages 4-12 will receive a membership package with Jaguars items designed just for them and each month, you and your child will receive monthly e-newsletters featuring player interviews, interesting tidbits on the ROAR cheerleaders and Jaxson de Ville. PICNIC IN A PARK THIS SUMMER! Research shows that children who are exposed to nature are better able to deal with bullying, have more robust immune systems and view the world in a more holistic manner. Picnic in a park this summer! Visit the official Florida State Parks Pinterest Board for fun and easy meal and game ideas. Then check out all of the picnicking opportunities available at Florida State Parks and Trails. Finally, pack a lunch, head out and build some memories. activities.cfm HOMESCHOOL BOOKBUSTER Homeschool bookbuster featuring used curriculum and other school materials. July 12, Hillcrest Baptist Church, 7673 Collins Rd, Jacksonville, FL H.E.R.I. members can enter at 9 am; general public enters at 9:45 am. Entry fee is $2/person for members and $3/person for non-members. Visit for membership information. 4TH OF JULY Admission to MOSH on July 4 is only $4. The museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm and the staff will be hosting science experiments around Friendship Fountain all day. Buy One, Get One admission to The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Guests who buy a regular admission get another for free from July 4 through 6th with coupon available online at jacksonvillezoo.org FREE - Live entertainment and fireworks display over the St. Johns River at The Jacksonville Landing beginning at 3 pm For more Fireworks displays and 4th of July celebrations throughout North Florida, see page 37 and visit Jax4Kids.com for an always updated list. SUMMER SPLASH BASH FREE Family Fun from Jax4Kids.com! Enjoy live entertainment on stage, free boat rides, water slides, and more at The Jacksonville Landing, July 26, 10am - 2pm. Rumpelstiltskin at Friday Musicale July 7 and 8 11 am and 1 pm 645 Oak St., Jacksonville, FL For reservations call WEAVER FIRST SATURDAY FREE FOR ALL Free admission to the Cummer 10 am - 4 pm, June 7, July 5 and August 2! Plan to enjoy both the Cummer and Jax4Kids.com s Kids Day at Riverside Arts Market on June 7th, 10 am - 4 pm. You and your child will also have access to special youth ticket offers to Jaguars games and a list of members-only contests and calendar of events throughout the year. Join at NEW! Jaguars Cub Club for newborns through age 3! Join at FREE ADMISSION TO THE KINGSLEY PLANTATION IN THE TIMUCUAN ECOLOGICAL & HISTORIC PRESERVE ON FORT GEORGE ISLAND Admission is free and there s a new audio tour entitled The Lion s Storyteller which guests can take between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm. Taken from first-hand accounts and documents from the time, the tour provides a real picture of what life was like on the plantation. The 20 remarkably preserved tabby slave cabins provide a real reminder of the harsh conditions which slaves endured. Visitors will not only be struck by the beauty of the grounds, but will understand that there were differing perspectives on the plantation from the different groups who lived and worked there. VISIT CUMBERLAND ISLAND! Cumberland Island National Seashore is Georgia s largest and southernmost barrier island. Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness. Cumberland Island s human history spans nearly 4000 years and features time periods including early native peoples, the Colonial expansion, the Plantation Era, the Gilded Age and finally its designation as a National Seashore. Learn more at the Land and Legacies tour on the Island. The National Park Service offers guided, interpretive tours via passenger van to historic locations around the Seashore. Whether you spend the day walking the island, sitting by the shore, learning about the history of the Island or opt to stay longer and camp, this is an experience you ll not soon forget. To get to Cumberland Island, board the Cumberland Queen Ferry in St. Mary s. Cumberland Island charges an entrance fee of $4 for Adults (over age 15) which is separate from the concession ferry fee. The entrance fee is is good for seven days. Passage aboard the Cumberland Queen Ferry is $20.00 for adults, $18.00 for seniors (65 and over) and $14.00 for children (12 years and under). In the summer, the ferry departs St. Mary s at 9:00 am and 11:45 am, and departs from Cumberland Island at 10:15 am, 2:45 pm and 4:45 pm. The Cumberland Queen also rents bikes on Cumberland Island when the boat is in port at Sea Camp. Bike rentals are first come first serve. Cost: $16.00 per day trip, $20.00 if keeping bike over night. You can camp at Sea Camp campground for up to 7 days. Sea Camp $4.00 per person per night. Backcountry and Wilderness $2.00 per person per night. Bring food, drinks, sunscreen, insect repellant, and wear comfortable walking shoes and anything else you think you need for an enjoyable visit. There is no source of supplies on the island. There are several places to refill water bottles. Visitors can make reservations for Cumberland Island by contacting the Concession operated ferry reservation office. The reservation lines are open Monday-Friday from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, and they can be reached by calling toll free The reservation office handles reservations for the ferry, camping, and the Lands and Legacies tour. Page 14 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

15 SUMMER SAVINGS MOVIES BY THE BAY June 11-August 13 Free movies each Wednesday throughout the summer at St. Augustine Municipal Marina. The movies are shown at 8:30 pm at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. REGAL CINEMAS SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS $1 MOVIES Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am starting June 10th Movies & Showtimes Week Title 1 Hotel Transylvania 1 The Smurfs 2 2 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 2 The Pirates: Band of Misfits 3 Arthur Christmas 3 Despicable Me 2 4 Lego 4 Free Birds 5 Adventures of TinTin 5 Rise of the Guardians 6 Kung Fu Panda 2 6 Madagascar 3 7 The Croods 7 Epic 8 Turbo 8 Walking with Dinosaurs 9 Mr. Peabody & Sherman 9 Rio 2 Regal Avenues Stadium 20, Jacksonville Regal Beach Boulevard Stadium 18, Jacksonville Regal River City Marketplace Stadium 14, Jacksonville FREE SWIM LESSONS Safe Kids Northeast Florida, led by THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children s Hospital, is once again providing free swim lessons to Jacksonville children ages four and up who qualify. Funded by support from Firehouse Subs Foundation and Wolfson Children s Hospital, the lessons are a part of Mayor Brown s Waterproof Jacksonville initiative, whose goal is to teach 1500 children to swim who might otherwise not have been able to take lessons this year. Families qualify based on income requirements for free or reduced lunch or McKay Scholarships. Military families also may qualify with proof of active military photo ID. Please call for more information and to pre-qualify for a voucher for free lessons. Safe Kids Northeast Florida and McDonald s will reward children who finish their swim lessons with a coupon for a free ice cream cone at McDonald s. Be sure to look for the Safer 3 water safety tray liners at all area McDonald s starting in June. REGAL CINEMAS SUNDAY VALUE DAY Before 6 pm $6 any age, any time before 6 pm 3D is $9.50 After 6 pm $7 Adult, $6.50 Child 3D Films $10.50 Adult, $10 Child Regal Beach Blvd Stadium Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL Regal The Avenues Stadium Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL Regal River City Marketplace Stadium City Center Blvd, Jacksonville FL PET PARADISE Going to the Zoo and need pet care while you re there? The Pet Paradise Airport location, Pecan Park Road Jacksonville, FL will give a 20% discount to those who present their Jacksonville Zoo and Garden s receipt upon pick up of their pet. Additionally, both Jacksonville area Pet Paradise locations (Airport and University near I95) offer a 20% discount to Duval County Public School teachers with valid ID. CARMIKE SUMMER KIDS SERIES Thursdays, 10am June 5 through August 7 $4 Includes popcorn and a drink June 5 Epic June 12 The Croods June 19 Turbo June 26 Despicable Me July 3 Despicable Me 2 July 10 The Nut Job July 17 The Lego Movie July 24 Rio July 31 Mr. Peabody & Sherman August 7 Rio 2 Amelia Island South 14th Street Fernandina Bch, FL (904) Carmike TOWN CENTER BLVD. Fleming Island, FL (904) PIRATE SHIP ADVENTURE Book an action-filled, family adventure aboard the Black Raven Pirate Ship this summer and get 10% off when you mention Jax4Kids.com. Active Military and their immediate family members (spouses and children), mention Jax4Kids.com and get a 15% discount. Current Military ID required. Call or or visit CINEMARK TINSELTOWN SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE $1 MOVIES Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am June 10th through August 14th Tickets are $1 per person or buy tickets to all 10 movies ahead of time for $5. Movies & Showtimes 6/10 & 6/12 Ice Age 2 Meltdown 6/17 & 6/19 Epic 6/24 & 6/26 The Croods 7/01 & 7/03 Turbo 7/08 & 7/10 The Smurfs 2 7/15 & 7/17 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 7/22 & 7/24 Walking with Dinosaurs 7/29 & 7/31 Lego Movie 8/05 & 8/07 Rio 2 8/12 & 8/14 Mr. Peabody & Sherman JACKSONVILLE WATER TAXI RIDES Operating on the St. Johns River, the water taxi runs continual service along designated routes with fixed Landings like a water bus system. The Water Taxi operates on a counterclockwise rotation with pickups every 20 to 25 minutes. One way and all day fees available. Fares: $6 Adult All Day $4 Adult One Way $3 Children (3 10 Yrs Old) $3 Senior Citizens (65+) FREE Infants (2 and Under) SPACE WALK OF JACKSONVILLE Mention Jax4Kids.com when you book your rental with SpaceWalk and get 10% off JUMP (5867) VISIT JAX4KIDS.COM S ONLINE DEALS & DISCOUNTS PAGE. BRUSTER S ICE CREAM Children 40 and below receive a free baby cone with purchase of another ice cream treat at Bruster s Ice Cream. Any day, any time, any flavor Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL Argyle Forest at Oakleaf Town Center Page 15 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014 JUNE/JULY 2014 Jax4Kids.com Page 15

16 SUMMER SAVINGS ST. JOHNS RIVER FERRY 4610 OCEAN STREET, ATLANTIC BEACH, FL The St. Johns River Ferry is a car and passenger ferry that connects the north and south ends of Florida State Road A1A in Duval County, linking Mayport Village and Fort George Island via a pleasant sail across the St. Johns River. The 0.9 mile voyage crosses the St. Johns River 2.5 miles inland of the river s mouth and departs every half hour. Ferry schedule: FROM MAYPORT VILLAGE TO FT. GEORGE ISLAND Mon. - Fri. 6:00 am, 6:20 am, 7:00 am, and continuing on the hour and half hour, with the final departure at 7:00 pm. Sat. & Sun. 7:00 am, 7:20 am, 8:00 am and continuing on the hour and half hour, with the final departure at 8:30 pm. FROM FT. GEORGE ISLAND TO MAYPORT VILLAGE Mon. - Fri. 6:10 am, 6:40 am, 7:15 am, and continuing on the quarter after and quarter before the hour, with the final departure at 7:15 pm. Sat. and Sun. 7:10 am, 7:40 am, 8:15 am and continuing on the quarter after and the quarter before the hour, with the final departure at 8:45 pm. The ferry operates every day, including holidays. RATES: Pedestrian/Bicycle - $1.00 Motorcycle - $5.00 Vehicles under 20-feet in length (Cars/Vans/Trucks) - $6.00 Busses/RV s - $20.00 Vehicles 20-feet in length or longer - $10.00 Coupon Book (20 Crossings) *Vehicles under 20-feet in length - $85.00 Weekends Only Additional vehicle occupants $1.00 each (Driver and children five and under: no charge) 5TH ANNUAL CHILDREN S ART SHOW June 10, 6pm to 8pm FREE and open to the public! Children s Art Classes hosts a Student Art Show. Held at 868 Blanding Blvd. #101B. SLINKEE S OPEN PLAY FOR $7 Monday - Thursday 11-5 Friday & Saturday 11-7 Sunday 12-6 (904) Opt-in to receive Jax4Kids.com s enewsletters. They re free and full of great information, discounts, current events and contest notifications. Join at and like us on Facebook and Twitter We ll be giving away prizes all summer long! Scan our QR code ----> SUMMER MOVIE CLASSICS SERIES AT THE FLORIDA THEATRE IS BACK! G, PG and PG-13 options include: June 29: The Wizard of Oz (75th Anniversary) (PG) July 6: The Never Ending Story (PG) July 13: Goonies (PG) July 20: Batman (25th Anniversary) (PG-13) July 27: Gremlins (PG) Aug. 10: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (G) Aug. 24: Field of Dreams (25th Anniversary (PG) Tickets are $7.50 each but patrons can purchase a Summer Movie Classics Admission Card for $45 that s good for 10 admissions. The card can be used for multiple admissions to any movie or for a single admission to all 10 movies in the series. Tickets or admission cards can be purchased at the Florida Theatre Box Office at 128 East Forsyth Street, Suite 300, Jacksonville. For more information, go to com or call (904) 355-ARTS. GLOBAL DONUT DAY On June 6, Dunkin Donuts will be celebrating Global Donut Day by offering guests a free donut with any beverage purchase WAVES OF HONOR Active military personal and up to three direct dependents get free admission to either SeaWorld or Busch Gardens once per year. Go to to register. Waves of Honor was established to allow active military returning from deployment to enjoy time together as a family. All military families can purchase discounted tickets from NAS Jax and Mayport for SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Aquatica, SeaWorld water parks and Discovery Cove. MOCA MOCA offers discounts to students, military and children under 2 years old. Free admission on Art Walk Wednesday evenings and Free admission on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month to Bank Of America card holders. FREE ADMISSION TO THE CUMMER Free Tuesdays Admission to The Cummer is free every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. KIDS BOWL FREE ALL SUMMER LONG Kids Bowl Free all summer long at participating bowling centers. Registered kids receive 2 free games of bowling daily. Anastasia Bowling Lanes through October 26 Ages 18 & under Beach Bowl through August 31 Ages 15 & under Nassau Bowling Center through October 31 Ages 15 & under Batt Family Fun Center through September 2 Ages 15 & under Standard shoe rates apply. Must register kids online at See participating bowling center s kidsbowlfree.com web page for available days and times. FATHER S DAY EVENTS AND DISCOUNTS Kids Camp Free on Father s Day Weekend June at Koa Campgrounds Nearby Koa camp locations are in St. Augustine Beach, Daytona Beach, Starke, and Kingsland, Ga. Koa has over 475 campgrounds across the u.s. For more details and to make reservations, visit Father s Day at the World Golf Village Hall of Fame June 15th Celebrate Father s Day with a visit to the Hall of Fame and IMAX Theater. Guests will enjoy complimentary admission to the Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 15 in honor of Father s Day. Dads will also receive a free round on the Putting Course, discounts in the IMAX Theater and the first 300 dads through the Museum will receive a special gift. Guests can enjoy a special scavenger hunt through the Hall of Fame and a photo opportunity with the U.S. Open Trophy. World Golf Hall of Fame, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine / fame.org Jacksonville Zoo June 14, 10 am - 4 pm Dad s get in free with a paid admission with coupon available at jacksonvillezoo.org Enjoy the Car Show and Bar B-Q on the Great Lawn Dad s Swim Free at Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach with purchase of full price daily admission on Father s Day. Dad s Play Free Mini Golf at Adventure Landing with purchase of round of Mini Golf at Regular Price. 8TH ANNUAL NATIONAL FLIP FLOP DAY June 20, 2pm to 7pm Tropical Smoothie hosts their 8th annual National Flip Flop Day. Customers who come in wearing their flip flops, will receive a free 24oz. Jetty Punch Smoothie. Donations will be gratefully accepted for Camp Sunshine, the only retreat in the nation to address the effects of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate family the ill child, the parents and the siblings. Page 16 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

17 SUMMER SAVINGS DEALS AND DISCOUNTS BY THE DAY MONDAYS Kids Eat Free between 5 pm - 9 pm at Your Pie. One free kids meal per adult entrée purchased. No other discounts or coupons apply. Dine-in only please Deer Lake Dr W, Jacksonville, FL County Road 220, Suite #125 Fleming Island, FL Kids 10 and under get a FREE meal and juice pouch from the kids menu, when an adult buys a meal and beverage from the full sized menu at European Street Café all day long, all locations. 992 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL Park St, Jacksonville, FL Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL TUESDAYS Regal Summer Movie Express, Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am. Admission is $1. Starting June 10th Cinemark Tinseltown Summer Movie Clubhouse, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:30am. Starting June 10th WEDNESDAYS Regal Summer Movie Express, Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am. Admission is $1. This summer, starting June 10th THURSDAYS Carmike Cinemas Amelia Island and Fleming Island s, Kids Summer Series, Thursdays at 10 am beginning June 5. $4 includes popcorn and a drink. Cinemark Tinseltown Summer Movie Clubhouse, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:30 am. This summer, starting June 10th FRIDAYS $5 Fridays at the MOSH Adventure Landing Friday Family Night From 6 pm - 10 pm, a family of four can enjoy Unlimited Mini Golf, Unlimited Laser Tag and a large pepperoni pizza for just $24.99! Valid for up to 4 guests. Each additional family member is $5 (does not include additional pizza). Not valid with any other offers or discounts. SATURDAYS Steak n Shake - Kids eat free all weekend with an adult meal purchase of $8 or more. One child per Adult $8 meal. Dine in only Regency Square Blvd North, Jacksonville, FL Phillips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL Wells Road, Orange Park, FL County Rd 220, Orange Park, FL US Highway 17 South, Brunswick, GA SUNDAYS Regal Cinemas Sunday Value Day $6 movies every Sunday before 6 pm. $7 after 6pm ($6.50 for kids). Upcharge for 3D movies. Visit Jax4Kids.com s Deals & Discounts page and Kids Eat Free pages for more! All information is accurate at time of printing and is subject to change. Visit Jax4Kids.com for updated information or call before you go. Follow us Page 17 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014 JUNE/JULY 2014 Jax4Kids.com Page 17

18 THIS SUMMER SWITCH & SAVE WITH HURRY, THIS HOT OFFER WON T LAST LONG! HOT SUMMER SAVINGS WHEN YOU CHOOSE SAWYER GAS FOR YOUR PROPANE NEEDS. No matter how you use propane in your home, Sawyer Gas DELIVERS. Our professional team is committed to providing SAFE and RELIABLE propane service to our community. Depend on our highly trained staff for all your propane needs. SWITCH to Sawyer Gas today! SWITCH AND SAVE TODAY! CALL TODAY FOR OUR NEW CUSTOMER SPECIAL! * (904) *New Customer Special is a limited time offer. Certain restrictions, credit approval, and minimum gallon requirement apply. Offer applies to new, leased tank, residential customers only. Additional fees and charges may apply per delivery, please call our office. WORLD CLASS SAFETY 24/7 LIVE EMERGENCY SERVICE FLEXIBLE PAYMENT OPTIONS GUARANTEED PRICE PROGRAMS ASK ABOUT OUR CUSTOMER REFERRAL AWARDS Page 18 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

19 Page 19 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014 Reading Tips and Lists

20 Success in Reading Did you know. Research has found a relationship between the amount of time that children read for fun on their own and reading achievement. The more they read, the higher the reading achievement. The following are standards/expectations that your child should be able to do. To help your child, especially over the summer, have your child read every day. After reading have them discuss or write reflections using these reading expectations. Grades K-2 Grades 3-5 Ask and answer questions about what they have read or about key details in the text. Use words such as: who, what, why, when, and how. Retell stories, including key details. In non-fiction text: identify the main topic and key details. Identify or describe the main characters, the setting (where the story takes place), and major events in the story. Describe how people, events or pieces of information are connected. Identify unknown words and phrases. Recognize difference types of text. Some books tell stories and other books give information. Be able to name the author and illustrator as well as who is telling the story. Understand that illustrations (pictures) help support the story or non-fiction text. Compare and contrast (how are they alike and how are they different) the adventures and experiences of characters in stories. Compare and contrast versions of the same story by different authors or from different cultures. Identify and/or describe how the reasons an author gives, help us understand and support the topic or points made in the text. Foundational Skills Ask and answer questions about what they have read. Retell stories, including fables, folktales, and myths; determine the central message, theme, lesson, or moral and explain how it is expressed through key details in the text. Explain how the characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. Thoroughly describe a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, giving specific details in the text (example- a character s thoughts, words, or actions). Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that refer to characters found in mythology and figurative language such as metaphors and similes. Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each part builds on earlier sections. Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first and third-person narrations. Explain how the illustrations contribute to the story (create a mood, emphasize a character or setting) and examine how the illustrations contribute to the meaning, tone or beauty of a text Compare and contrast (how are they alike and how are they different) similar themes and topics and patterns of events in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures. Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (example-mysteries and adventure stories). Describe the connection between sentences and paragraphs in a text (compare & contrast, cause/effect, first/second/third, in a sequence). Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support points in a text. Identify which reasons and evidence support which points. Print Concepts Demonstrate understanding of organization and basic features of print. (read from left to right, spoken words are represented in written language, words are separated by spaces, sentences begin with capital letters and end with punctuation, decode regularly spelled words, recognize long and short vowels, and read grade-appropriate spelling words) Phonological Awareness Understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (rhyming words, long and short vowel sounds, isolate sounds in a word-beginning sound-middle sound-ending sound). Phonics and Word Recognition Know and apply grade level phonics and word analysis skills to decode (makes sense of) words. Know spelling-sound correspondence (what letters make what sounds). Understand long and short vowels, read common sight words, understand that every syllable has a vowel, know final e and other common vowel patterns, recognize and read grade level irregularly spelled words (words that do not fit a spelling pattern). Fluency Correctly read books on their grade level with the correct speed and expression. Question Stems to Ask After Reading: Is this fiction or non-fiction? How can you tell? Who is the main character in the story? What are some of the characteristics of that character? Where/when does the story take place? Retell the story. What happens at the beginning, middle and end? What is the problem is the story? How was the problem solved? What are some events leading up to the story problem? What are some events leading to the story conclusion? Explain why the character said. What did the character do first or after? Explain how the character felt when Explain how the character changed from the beginning to the end of the story. What do you think the character would do if? How are and alike/different? What is the theme/moral/lesson of the story? What evidence from the story helps you to think that way? What is the topic in this non-fiction text? What are the key details? Show where you found the evidence. Who is telling the story? What is the main idea of the story? (Or what the article is mostly about) Explain how the illustration/pictures help you understand the story, poem, or non-fiction text? How is this story/text like something else you have read? What do you think will happen next? What from the text makes you think that? What do you think the author meant by Write a summary of the story/article (Don t tell everything in the story, only the most important parts). What is the difference between and? What might be another title for this story/article? Page 20 Jax4Kids.com JUNE/JULY 2014

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