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  • MayJune 2024

    MayJune 2024

    Soon kids will be out for summer, and we’re helping you prepare for a great summer with this issue. Make your reservations today for Be My Neighbor Day, May 11th, from 10am to 2pm, at WJCT studios. Kids will learn how to be caring neighbors at this free, community event. They can meet Daniel Tiger and his friends and enjoy face painting, balloon art, and more. There will be inside and outside activities. Inside activities require pre-registration. To learn more and register, visit and turn to page 2.

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  • April 2024

    April 2024

    This is a great time of year for getting out and enjoying springtime events! The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp season opens this month. Every Sunday during the season, kids can play catch on the field for 20 minutes before the game and run the bases after the game. There will also be free face painting and balloon animals. Fans who wear red on Friday save $1 on a ticket at the box office. You can enjoy fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights. Section 108 F-Q is a designated Family Section, with no alcohol allowed. Single game tickets start at $7. For a list of home games this month, turn to page 22 or visit our online events calendar at

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  • March 2024

    March 2024

    The countdown to summer is on! To help you start summer camp planning, turn to pages 13 through 15 for Spring and Summer Camp options and visit us online at for an always updated list of camps. The Clay County Fair opens April 4th! Save money and buy your tickets online in advance. Scan the QR code on the cover of this month’s issue for Fair information and promotions.

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  • February 2024 - Image Coming Soon

    February 2024

    Safe Kids Northeast Florida has provided important information to keep your children safe from firearm-related harm. These preventable accidents are a leading cause of injury and death among children. Please take a moment to read and share this information. See page 8. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. During the month, the American Dental Association promotes the benefits of good oral health to children. In this issue, we’re addressing the risks sippy cups pose for children and how you can prevent your child from getting tooth decay. Turn to page 10 to learn more.

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  • January 2024

    January 2024

    Coming up on January 27th is the 15th annual Wolfson Children’s Challenge. If you haven’t yet registered, visit to register. Your participation supports one of our most valuable community resources – Wolfson Children’s Hospital! This year, the Wolfson Children’s Challenge is moving to a new location – Nocatee Station Field and includes a 1-mile fun run, food and family-friendly activities.

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  • December 2023

    December 2023

    Fifteen years ago, I was honored to work with a team of dedicated individuals on a new fundraising initiative to benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Over the years, the Wolfson Children’s Challenge has raised over 4 million dollars to purchase life-saving equipment and technology for their most critical patients. Each year, the Wolfson Children’s Challenge also honors 55 current and former patients, known as the “Wolfson 55,” who represent the wide range of services Wolfson Children’s Hospital offers to children of Northeast Florida, South Georgia and the region. This year, the Wolfson Children’s Challenge is moving to a new location – Nocatee Station Field. Join me on January 27th for the 1-mile fun run. The event will also feature food and family-friendly activities. To register, scan the QR code on the back of this month’s paper or visit them online at

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  • November 2023

    November 2023

    It’s that time of year! The Jacksonville Fair will be open November 2nd through November 12th. Mark your calendar for these special events: November 2nd is opening day and gate admission is free with the purchase of a $15 ride armband. November 8th is Family Night; children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult admission and armbands are $15. Visit for more daily specials. Featured entertainment this year includes Bob Bohm Magic, Bot the Robot, Diamond D Ranch Pony Rides, Gem Mining, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Sea Lion Splash and a Live Shark Encounter.

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  • October 2023

    October 2023

    Mark your calendars for October 14 and order your solar eclipse glasses now because a rare occurrence will happen on that date. It’s called an Annular Solar Eclipse. Where we live, as the moon passes the sun, it will be eclipsed about 60%. The maximum eclipse is projected to be at 1:22pm. The next of these rare total eclipses will take place on April 8 of next year if you want to see a total eclipse, make travel arrangements now for one of the major U.S. cities inside the path of the total eclipse - San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. Your next opportunity to see a total eclipse after that will be in the year 2044! Turn to page 6 and read more about this month’s eclipse.

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  • September 2023

    September 2023

    This month, we celebrate Grandparents Day on September 10. It’s a day to celebrate and honor grandparents and the important role they play in the lives of children fortunate enough to have them. The FDA has approved the first oral drug to treat postpartum depression. Read more about Zurzuvae on page 9. Dr. Seuss’ books are getting podcast adaptations! The first in this weekly series is “The Cat in the Hat Cast,” which premieres September 18 and will be available exclusively on the Wondery+ subscription service through the Wondery app and Wondery Kids+ on Apple Podcasts. Read more about the podcast on page 11.

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  • JuneJuly 2023

    JuneJuly 2023

    Summer at last! We’ve assembled a guide to help you make the most of your summer months. On pages 12 through 19, you’ll find summer movies, theatre & arts events, sporting events, deals, hands-on fun, tips for camping with kids, and much more. You can also visit us online at any time you want to find places to go and things to do with your kids this summer! If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities for your teen this summer, turn to page 9. This month, we’re celebrating Dads! Turn to page 4 for Father’s Day events and go to for a full list.

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  • May 2023

    May 2023

    Expedition Dinosaurs: Rise of the Mammals opens on May 12th! The exhibit immerses visitors in the final days of the Jurassic period, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, through the period where mammals emerged. It’s a fascinating exhibit that offers kids of all ages the opportunity to step into the shoes of a paleontologist. Learn more about the exhibit on page 23. Parents of children ages 2 to 4 in Duval County can take advantage of a no-cost school readiness program called HIPPY, which stands for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters. To learn more about the program, turn to page 10. If you have a child with ADHD, read “6 Things Parent of Kids With ADHD Need to Understand” on page 7.

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  • April 2023

    April 2023

    April is Autism Awareness Month. It affects all of us, either directly or indirectly. The CDC recently reported that 1 in 36 8-year-old children are diagnosed with Autism. Whatever the age, the prevalence of children with autism spectrum disorder is growing. Turn to page 11 to read about the CDC’s report. There is lots happening this month in Clay County! The Clay County Fair is open through April 9th. Also this month, the Orange Park Kids Fest is April 22 and 23 at Town Hall Park in Orange Park. The Kids Fest, ideal for kids ages 12 and younger, is a three-time winner of the Bold City Best award for Best Kids Entertainment and has twice been named one of Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events!

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  • March 2023

    March 2023

    If you’re looking at summer camp options for your children, you’ll find lots of choices throughout this month’s issue. You can also find an always updated list of camps online at The Clay County Agricultural Fair opens on March 30th! Discounted ticket sales, including armbands and the 2023 Fair Fun pass, will be available for purchase until March 29th at Turn to page 5 for more information about the fair and advance ticket options.

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  • February 2023

    February 2023

    You don’t have to drive to Cape Canaveral to play astronaut for a day, MOSH’s newest exhibit, Planet Pioneers: To Mars and Beyond, is now open! Kids will learn what awaits humans on distant worlds and what it takes to be an astronaut at this interactive STEM-based exhibition. The exhibit is included with general admission and is open through April 23.

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  • January 2023

    January 2023

    Each January, there are opportunities to help organizations that help our children while getting some exercise and enjoying the great outdoors. One of those is the Wolfson Children’s Challenge, a family-friendly event that raises money to help fund the purchase of life-saving equipment and technology at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Individuals and teams of all fitness levels can participate in a variety of races and fundraising activities on January 28th at 121 Financial Ballpark. Find out more about the Wolfson Children’s Challenge on page 5 and register at

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  • December 2022

    December 2022

    Happy Holidays! If you’re in need of some ideas for gifts for the kids in your life, check out Amazon’s Top 10 Best-Selling Toys on page 4 and gift ideas for teens on page 20. If giving an experience is what you prefer, we have a few ideas for you. Described as “The American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show,” the Venardos Circus opens December 16th at The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre and runs through January 1st. Jax4Kids readers can save 20% on tickets to this uplifting night of family entertainment by using the code “JAX4KIDS.” For tickets and showtimes, scan the QR code on the cover. ICE! is now open at the Gaylord Palms resort in Kissimmee! Kids will love the story of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!™ brought to life by ice sculptures – some up to 30 feet high that have been carved out of over 3 million pounds of ice! They’ll also love sliding down frozen ice chutes!

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  • November 2022

    November 2022

    It’s November and the Jacksonville Fair is in the Air! The Fair opens on November 3rd and runs through the 13th. Advance tickets are on sale at a savings at through November 2nd. The Fair is just the beginning of a season of great events as we head into the holidays. You’ll find a list of holiday events on pages 13 through 15. A few highlights are Cirque Dreams Holidaze, presented by FSCJ Artist Series and on stage at the Jacksonville Center for Performing Arts on November 20th. Tickets are available at Elf The Musical runs December 6 through 11, the Jacksonville Symphony: Holiday Pops December 8 through 11, Hometown Holiday in the Park is December 9th and 10th at Clark House Park on Kingsley Avenue (see page 13 for more details), and the St. Augustine Night of Lights opens November 19th.

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  • October 2022

    October 2022

    Happy fall! What a great time of year! There is an abundance of wonderful fall events and festivals to enjoy all month long. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Town of Orange Park’s Fall Festival. Join the celebration October 15th and 16th from 10am until 5pm and enjoy over 150 artists and makers, food trucks and vendors, a pumpkin patch, a kids’ zone, live music and more! On September 17th, MOSH opened its newest exhibit, Voyage to the Deep – Underwater Adventure. Based on the novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the exhibit is an immersive oceanic experience. Learn more about the underwater world and adventures of Captain Nemo on page 16. Fun fact: From 1971 through 1994, guests at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom could take an underwater submarine voyage based on the same timeless classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!

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  • September 2022

    September 2022

    If you didn’t get a chance to see the Dinosaur Explorer exhibit at MOSH this summer, it’s not too late. The exhibit is open through September 5th. Jax4Kids was happy to have sponsored this exhibition that explores the wildest, wackiest and most wondrous dinosaurs! We’re excited for the opening of the Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience opening on September 16th! Tickets are on sale now. Learn more by visiting For a list of other events happening this month, turn to page 15, and you can visit us online at for an always-updated list of events.

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  • June/July 2022

    June/July 2022

    On June 11th, Jacksonville will celebrate its Bicentennial! A full day of activities is planned. Turn to page 4 for a lineup of the day’s activities and join the celebration! Our nation is also celebrating its 246th birthday. For a list of Fourth of July events, turn to page 5. If you have a dog who is frightened by the sound of fireworks, turn to page 22 to learn what you can do to help them. Governor DeSantis recently signed into law a few tax holidays that we want to make sure you are aware of. There will be a sales tax exemption period on diapers and baby and toddler clothing, apparel, and shoes from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. See page 9 for more information. The 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs from now through June 10th. During the sales tax holiday period, tax is not due on the retail sale of eligible items related to disaster preparedness.

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  • May 2022

    May 2022

    MOSH’s new exhibit, Dinosaur Explorer, opens on May 19th, which Jax4Kids is delighted to sponsor. Dinosaur Explorer journeys through the wildest, wackiest, and most wonderous dinosaurs and examines human physiology through the lens of these magnificent creatures. Dinosaurs thrived on planet earth, and this exhibit asks the question: “Where do we see similarities in our world today between dinosaurs and we humans and the world we live in today?” See it through September 5th at MOSH. Speaking of summer camps, our online summer camps guide is available 24/7 to help you plan summer camps for your kids. Visit us online at to easily find the perfect match for your children. Camps are organized by area of interest.​

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  • April 2022

    April 2022

    Happy Spring! The Clay County Fair is open now through April 10th, and Jax4Kids is proud to once again be a sponsor of this great North Florida tradition of quality family entertainment. Enjoy midway rides and games, fair food, live entertainment, livestock shows, a Kids Ag-tivia area, and visit the Early Florida Village to experience what life was like in Clay County dating back to the 20s, 40s, and beyond! The Early Florida Village is open each day of the fair until 7pm. If you didn’t purchase tickets in advance, visit for daily specials on admission and ride armbands.

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  • March 2022

    March 2022

    Last month, the CDC and American Association of Pediatrics released updated Developmental Milestone Guidelines. The new guidelines strongly support the importance of early intervention for children with developmental delays. Checklists have been added for ages 15 months and 30 months, as well as for every well-child visit for ages 2 through 5. New social and emotional milestones have also been added. The CDC also has a milestone tracker app to help you reference where your child should be based on their age. Read more about the new guidelines and the app on page 8.

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  • February 2022

    February 2022

    Spring Break is next month and we have been gathering together all of the information on Spring Break Camps that will be offered this year. You’ll find a good variety of camps by interest and area of town on page 13 and visit us online at for a complete and always updated list of Spring Camps. Burn Awareness Week, observed the first full week in February, is a window of opportunity to talk about burn prevention. On page 7 you can learn tips to prevent your children from being burned or scalded. If you have a young tween, there is a resource available that we thought you might like to know about. The book, Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen by Michelle Icard, can provide a helpful communication guide. Turn to page 12 and read more about what the book offers.

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  • January 2022

    January 2022

    We are blessed to have Wolfson Children’s Hospital here to care for our children when the need arises. I think we can all agree that supporting Wolfson Children’s Hospital benefits us all as a community. This month, you can support Wolfson Children’s Hospital by participating in the Wolfson Children’s Challenge. The challenge returns as an in-person event on January 29th at 121 Financial Ballpark, 301 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL, 32202. Read more in our Community Profile on page 4. The PBS Kids Writers Contest, created to promote children’s literacy skills, is open to kids in grades K through 3. See page 15 for contest details. Deadline to enter is March 15th.

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  • December 2021

    December 2021

    Happy Holidays! In this issue, you will find some great gift ideas, resources, and things to do this holiday season. If you have gifts to send out-of-town this holiday season, turn to page 12 for ship- ping deadline dates. On page 6, you’ll find a handy chart that you can cut out and save to reference in the future for how to safely store food – including those leftovers. Turn to page 8 for book gifts for toddlers and page 21 for 15 gifts that will impress the teen in your life.

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  • November 2021

    November 2021

    The Jacksonville Fair is back, and you can order advance admission tickets and advance mega passes and save money through midnight on Wednesday, November 3rd - the day before the Fair opens. Visit jacksonvillefair. com to order discounted advance tickets. The Fair runs from November 4th through November 12th and features live music, animal encounnters, Disc-Connected K-9’s dog shows, Scott’s World of Magic Show, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Pretty Bird Paradise, Play with Giants, and of course rides and fair food! The Fair will be followed by Thanksgiving and as we gear up for the holiday season, you will find a list of Winter Break Camps for your kids during the holidays (page 11) and Holiday events (pages 12 and 13). You’ll find an always updated list of Winter Break Camps and Holiday events online at​

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  • AugSept 2021

    AugSept 2021

    With the beginning of school comes the beginning of enrichment programs for kids. Here are a few that may be of interest to you. The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is now auditioning for Grades 2 through 12. Visit or call (904) 353-1636 for more information. The Theatreworks children’s theatre schedule and registration information are on page 15. Fall art classes are registering now at Orange Park Art Classes and Children’s Art Classes in Baymeadows and Ponte Vedra. Theatre Jacksonville’s Theatre for Kids classes begin September 13th; turn to page 14 for more information. Find more enrichment programs including sports leagues registering now online at

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  • July 2021

    July 2021

    There’s still a lot to enjoy this summer before kids go back to school! In this issue, you’ll find a roundup of the places to go and things to do this month. On the cover, the Harlem Globetrotters are back! Tickets are available for the show on July 22nd at the Arena. With a Magic Pass (available for purchase when you order your tickets), kids can go on the court before the show begins to meet and shoot hoops with the stars of the show, get autographs, and take photographs. And, if you purchase your tickets between July 1 and July 7, tickets are exempt from sales tax during the state of Florida Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday. Read more on page 14.

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  • June 2021

    June 2021

    Our Summer Guide is here! Turn to pages 12 - 15 to find this summer’s free and discounted movies, sporting events, hands on activities, deals, discounts, summer camps, family-friendly concerts and kid-friendly theatre including Seussical the Musical, playing June 17th through August 1st at The Alhambra Theatre and Dining. Don’t wait to order tickets for this popular summer event. You’ll also find Summer Reading lists on pages 16 and 17 and summer activities for Teens on page 10. The House of Leaf and Bean is hosting a Healthy Cooking Contest for Kids. See contest details on page 6. Deadline for entries is July 22nd. Check out the healthy Easy Quinoa Salad on page 6. It’s delicious!

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  • May 2021

    May 2021

    The Jumbo Shrimp are back and it’s a welcome return to a pre-COVID normal! You’ll find a list of home games and special themed nights, events, and activities you can enjoy at the ballpark on page 23. Some upcoming themes include Youth Sports Day on May 9th, Military Appreciation Day on May 27th – tickets for all active duty, veterans, and former military members and their dependents are free (subject to availability). Enjoy fireworks at Friday night games, and on Sundays, kids can run the bases after the game; there will also be free face painting and balloon animals.

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  • April 2021

    April 2021

    On the cover this month is the Clay County Fair! The return of the Fair, an event so many of us in North Florida look forward to, has been much anticipated this year. The Fair opens April 1st and runs through April 11th. Visit for Fair hours and schedules, entertainment, and important dates. Also this month is National Park Week April 17 – 25 – see page 5 for a list of daily celebrations and plan to visit one of North Florida National Parks! If you’ve got a writer in the house, there are two contests whose deadlines to enter are April 15th - the PBS Kids Writer’s contest (for grades K-3) and Jax Poetry Fest contest (for High School students). See page 15 for details about both contests.

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  • March 2021

    March 2021

    W e are happy to be talking about Spring and Summer Break Camps! It’s a welcome sign of life returning to a more pre-COVID normal for children, parents and camp providers. On pages 10 through 14, you’ll find Spring and Summer Break Camp information. March is National Reading Month and that is something worth celebrating! On pages 15 and 16 you’ll find a Read Across America booklist for kids and a booklist for infants and toddlers on page 8 that will help instill a love of reading in your child early in life.

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  • February 2021

    February 2021

    If there is one thing the pandemic has taught us it is how valuable it is to be resilient. We can do our children a service by teaching them from an early age how to be resilient. Turn to page 12 to learn how to build resilience in infants and toddlers. Also for parents of infants and toddlers, if you are looking for quality childcare, The Learning Experience Flagler and River City locations are offering Jax4Kids readers a $25 discount on registration now through March 31. See page 13 for details, locations and contact information. The Learning Experience offers military and sibling discounts and accepts ELC School Readiness vouchers and is an approved provider for Child Care Aware, the Coast Guard and NACCRRA military subsidy programs.

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  • January 2021

    January 2021

    This year’s Duval County Public Schools’ Choice Expo will be held virtually on January 9th. Read more about the virtual event and the application process on page 16. Another event that will be held virtually this year is the Wolfson Children’s Challenge fundraiser. We are blessed to have Wolfson Children’s Hospital, recognized as one of the best Children’s hospitals in the nation, here in our community. No child is ever turned away for inability to pay. This fundraiser supports the services they provide for our children so, walk, run bike or swim for Wolfson Children’s Hospital this January! Learn more at

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  • December 2020

    December 2020

    Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and/or Happy Kwanza! While we may be unable to have the traditional family gatherings this year, there is joy in celebrating all we do have and all we can look forward to. I hope this issue lifts you up and helps you celebrate this holiday season. There are still many holiday events that have been reimagined to comply with social distancing recommendations that you can enjoy with your family this year. Find them throughout pages 12 – 14.

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  • November 2020

    November 2020

    We hope the beginning of this holiday season finds you healthy and happy as we usher in a season of good cheer and gratitude! Harvard Health asked their doctor’s to offer advice on holiday gatherings in the age of COVID-19. If you are struggling with how to celebrate the holidays, this interesting article may help you with the decision-making process. Turn to page 13 to read advice from the experts in the field of medicine.

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  • October 2020

    October 2020

    I love our happy, colorful cover this month introducing MOSH’s new exhibit TOYTO- PIA! It opens on October 17th and Jax4Kids is delighted to sponsor the exhibit. Learn more about TOYTOPIA on page 5. I also love the Diaper Bank for Northeast Florida – they are our community profile this month. Turn to page 4 to learn about this wonderful and much needed new non-profit that is helping parents.

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  • September 2020

    September 2020

    So begins the new school year under circumstances none of us could have imagined a year ago! The amount of thought, effort, and care that has gone into planning for this school year by those whose lives are dedicated to educating our children deserves a thunderous applause. And, every parent with a child in school deserves a hearty pat on the back. I hope this issue of Jax4Kids’ newspaper provides content that lifts you up, useful information, and a reminder that there is still much to enjoy and look forward to.

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  • July 2020

    July 2020

    We hope that you and your family are enjoying the summer. While it may be a summer like no other, we can still find much to enjoy, celebrate and be thankful for. This month’s issue is part resources and part guide to what you can do and enjoy this month.​

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  • June 2020

    June 2020

    We are overjoyed to be able to restart publication of Jax4Kids’ newspaper after the COVID-19 pandemic altered so many aspects of our lives. As of publication time, the Governor has given the green light to proceed with summer camps and youth sports, the Mayor has announced the reopening of pools (see page 15) and city-run summer camps, and Walt Disney World has announced plans to begin reopening on July 11th. It is with optimism about the days ahead that we bring you this abbreviated version of Jax4Kids’ newspaper!

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  • March 2020

    March 2020

    Spring is here and that means it’s time to think summer camps. You’ll find lots of great ideas and details beginning on page 14. Visit our online summer camps guide at for an easy to navigate and comprehensive guide to area summer camps.

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  • February 2020

    February 2020

    This month, we cover everything from Random Acts of Kindness to Building a Bone Bank Account. Interest piqued? Read on. Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th. Science has proven that being kind has a host of health benefits. For a read that will make you feel good and want to make committing Random Acts of Kindness your mission this year, turn to page 16.

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  • January 2020

    January 2020

    Happy New Year! To help you get 2020 off to a positive start, turn to page 4 and read Jon Gordon’s words of wisdom – 20 Tips for a Positive New Year. For a healthy start to the new year, read Aurea Thompson’s Choose a Healthy 2020 on page 6. Karate America is offering Fitness for Families at 4 weeks for $49. See page 6 for more. You’ll also find health and fitness events you can participate in this month. Visit us online at any time for an always updated list of family-friendly health and fitness events.

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  • December 2019

    December 2019

    In addition to all of the wonderful holiday events you can enjoy this month – all of which you will find within the pages of this issue and online at – there are some outstanding, non-holiday events we think your kids will love. Movies at The Jacksonville Symphony are a big hit, and this month you can see Disney and Pixar’s UP with its score played live by your Jacksonville Symphony. The movie is playing December 1st at 3pm.

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  • November 2019

    November 2019

    Jax4Kids is making your holiday event planning easy! Turn to pages 14 through 20 to find the season’s favorite family-friendly holiday events. If you’re looking for gift ideas for the kids in your life, check out the Toy Award Winners for 2019 on page 20. If you’d like to help a family in need this holiday season, Toys for Tots will be collecting toys through December 11th. If your family needs gifts, you can register at Turn to page 19 for more details about registering to receive or collect toys, volunteer, or host a Toys For Tots event.

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  • October 2019

    October 2019

    It’s Fall Festival time and there are a LOT of great activities for you to enjoy this month. Turn to page 29 and let the planning begin! Space wouldn’t allow us to list every event so I encourage you to visit our always updated online events calendar at to find all of the Fall Festivals, Events and Pumpkin Patches.

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  • Aug/Sept 2019

    Aug/Sept 2019

    We hope that you had a wonderful and memorable summer. For many parents, the beginning of the school year feels like the beginning of a new year. It’s certainly a big shift and we’re here to help so, Back to School we go! On page 3 you’ll find a list of Back to School events including school supply giveaways. Students can get free sports physicals at Jefferson Davis Middle School on August 3rd from 9am until 12noon. Turn to page 7 for details. Take your kids and their family pet to Earthwise Pets for free Back to School photos on August 24th. Details are on page 23. For more back to school events, visit us online at Our Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition, Aurea Thompson offers nutritious back to school lunch ideas on page 7. You’ll find back to school tips for teens on page 28 and those with special needs on page 26.

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  • July 2019

    July 2019

    In the words of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, “Summer means happy times and good sunshine!” We hope you’re enjoying lots of both this summer. To help you make the most of the summer, we have compiled a list of events, places to go, things to do, deals, discounts, indoor and outdoor activities, sporting events and much more.

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  • June 2019

    June 2019

    In this issue, you’ll find SO many great activities to experience this summer! On May 25th, “Expedition: Dinosaur” will open at MOSH and Jax4Kids is proud to sponsor this exciting new summer exhibition. You’ll travel back in time and walk among the dinosaurs! Life-size, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs with realistic movements and sounds, along with a wide range of hands-on interactive experiences throughout three floors of the Museum, celebrate and explore the fascinating world of dinosaurs. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram – we’ll have an opportunity for you to win tickets to see “Expedition: Dinosaur!”

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  • May 2019

    May 2019

    We parents define the start of summer as the day the school year ends and we are weeks away! If you still need to register your children for summer camps, we are here to help. The Summer Camps section begins on page 17; here you’ll find lots of ideas and options.

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  • April 2019

    April 2019

    It’s spring time and that’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors! The Clay County Fair starts on April 4th; the Jumbo Shrimp season opens on April 4th; the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show is April 5 - 7 and Jax4Kids will be there to bring you lots of activities for the kids to enjoy in the Kids Zone. It’s blueberry season! See page 7 for a list of pick-your-own farms. There are so many Easter Egg Hunts and Spring festivals to enjoy. We’ve listed as many as space allowed on page 29; you’ll find a complete list online at Turn to page 6 for a list of events to enjoy in April including Earth Day celebrations and on page 8, health events including kid-friendly runs.

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  • March 2019

    March 2019

    The summer camp season kicks off now! It’s time to explore camps and get your kids enrolled, and we are here to help you find the perfect camps for your kids. Beginning on page 14, you’ll find many summer camp options and some things that you might want to think about as you begin planning. If you have a child with special needs, you’ll find a list of special needs summer camps on page 10.

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  • February 2019

    February 2019

    There are some REALLY cool events coming up in February! Heard of the Spartan Races? They’re the hugely popular obstacle course races held worldwide and they’re coming to Jacksonville February 23 - 24. There are over 200 races in 42 countries for everyone from the most elite athletes to novice adventure seekers. Kids will run, climb, jump and get muddy as they run the Spartan Kids Race obstacle course. The Kids Race is for ages 4 – 13. See page 13 for more information and register online at www. Note: There is a Special Spartans race for kids with intellectual, and/or developmental disabilities, and those with cognitive, learning and/or vocational delays December 7-8 in Mulberry, Florida (near Lakeland). Visit for more information.

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  • January 2019

    January 2019

    Happy 2019! With the holidays now memories to cherish, we turn our attention back to weightier topics such as the education of our children. This month, our focus is on just that. In this issue is the Spring 2019 Parent Academy Course Schedule. These courses, offered free of charge to students and parents, are available to everyone in the community, not just to students and parents of Duval County Public Schools. There is an array of excellent courses on student achievement, personal and individual growth, and parenting and advocacy. You’ll find the complete list of courses available beginning this month on pages 11 through 22.

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  • December 2018

    December 2018

    During the month of November, we gave away 60 prizes including a trip to the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando and a family ski vacation to Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. If you were not one of the lucky winners, take heart – we’renot finished gifting you, our valued readers and visitors to and our social media sites. Log on to between December 1 – 12 for details on how to win a family ski vacation to Cataloochee Ski Area. We are also giving you the chanceto take your family to see an advance screening of the new movie SPIDER-MAN Into the Spider-Verse on December 8th. The movie opens in theaters nationwide on December 14th. To find out how you can see it before it opens in theaters and maybe a little movieswag to go with it, log on to before December 5th. Drawing will be held Thursday morning, December 6th. There’s more! We’ll celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas from December 13 through December 24 with 12 more days of giveaways.

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  • November 2018

    November 2018

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we are helping you get ready to make holiday memories with your kids. In this, our Holiday Guide, you will find holiday events on pages 16 – 18, with more online at, books to help your kids give thanks, be thankful and develop an attitude of gratitude. Looking for gift ideas for the children in your lives? The top toys and games for 2018 (page 15) and Smart Toys for Infants and Toddlers (page 11) will help.

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  • October 2018

    October 2018

    With each issue we strive to bring you valuable information you can put to use in raising your children. This month, our focus is on Education – perhaps the second most important topics of interest to parents next to health and safety. On pages 15 – 23 you’ll find articles about available scholarships, study skills, vocabulary strategies, books to teach and help children and much more.

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  • Aug/Sept 2018

    Aug/Sept 2018

    We hope you had a great summer! Did you get a chance to visit the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Cool off at Adventure Landing Water Park? Take in a Jumbo Shrimp game or see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Alhambra? There was so much great entertainment for families to enjoy this summer! Jax4Kids is proud to sponsor the National Geographic Earth Explorers exhibit at MOSH and if you haven’t been yet, it’s not too late. The exhibit is open through September 9th. You and your kids can become a National Geographic explorer in this highly interactive, hands-on exhibition. The exhibition features six themed and immersive environments: Base Camp, Polar Regions, Oceans, Rain Forests, Mountains & Caves and African Savannas.

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  • June/July 2018

    June/July 2018

    This is your guide to a great summer! If you’re looking for something to do around town with your kids this summer, you’ll find plenty of ideas within the pages of this issue and online at Theatre events, sporting events, Hands-On activities, Father’s Day events, 4th of July events plus things to do with Infants and Toddlers, children with Special Needs, Teens, your Pets and more.

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  • May 2018

    May 2018

    It’s time to get ready for Summer! If you’re packing your bags to hit the road this summer, check out our Travel Tips on page 17. Disney has two exciting new attractions to enjoy this summer. Toy Story Land opens on June 30th and H2O Glow Nights are coming to Typhoon Lagoon beginning June 21st. Read more about H2O Glow Nights on page 15. If taking the kids to the beach is among your plans for this summer, get kids excited with the books on page 16 and, before you head to the beach, find out what the best-rated sunscreens are for kids on page 14. If you’re still trying to decide on summer camps for your kids, turn to pages 18-21 for ideas and, visit our online summer camps guide at

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  • April 2018

    April 2018

    entrepreneurship skills including developing a brand, creating a product or service, building a marketing plan and opening for business. Additional details are on page 23. The Jumbo Shrimp season kicks off on April 11th and the games are great family entertainment! Kids can explore trucks, emergency vehicles, military vehicles and more at Feel the Wheels on April 28th at the St. Augustine Outlet Mall. The event benefits the Children’s Museum of St. Augustine. The opening of the beaches parade is April 29th and of course the family-friendly Clay County Fair is open through April 7th. Look for more events on pages 9 (Health Events), 12 (Infant and Toddler Events), 13 (Special Needs Events), 23 (Education Events), 27 (Teen Events), 28 (Pet Events), 29 and 30 (Events for everyone).

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  • March 2018

    March 2018

    With spring comes some our community’s favorite annual family-friendly events. Here are just a few that you can enjoy this month. Jax4Kids is proud to sponsor many exciting family-friendly events including the 6th Annual Jacksonville Science Festival, March 1 – 3. Enjoy STEAM interactive booths, hands-on art, science activities, performances plus a rock wall, bungee jump, human-sized hamster balls and more! See page 30 or visit us online at for more details.

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  • February 2018

    February 2018

    We hope 2018 has gotten off to a healthy and happy start! In this, our annual Health & Safety issue, we are bringing you valuable information to help keep your family safe and healthy. Do you have a First-Aid Kit? If so and you haven’t checked the contents to make sure medicines haven’t expired, the new year is a good time to do that. If you don’t have a kit, turn to page 13 for a list of what to stock. If you have pets, turn to page 29 and program the after hours emergency vet center near you into your phone.

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  • January 2018

    January 2018

    Happy New Year! We hope the peace and joy of the holiday season is yours throughout 2018. There is so much family entertainment to look forward to this winter! Marvel Universe Live will be on stage at the Veterans Memorial Arena January 19th through the 21st. Turn to page 4 for details on how you can save $5 on tickets.

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  • December 2017

    December 2017

    Happy Holidays! To help you get prepared and make the most of the holiday season, we’ve assembled gift ideas for the kids in your life (page 11), where to find a Christmas Tree Farm (page 13), Holiday Events (pages 19 and 20), Hanukkah Events (page 16), Ways to Give During the Holidays (page 10), Winter Camps (page 15) and much more throughout this issue.

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  • November 2017

    November 2017

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year and in this issue you will find a Holiday Guide to help you plan for the season! On the cover, our friends with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra have some great family-friendly programs for you to enjoy! One of our family’s favorite traditions is the Holiday Pops concert. The movies have become really popular. They are shown on a giant High Definition screen and the orchestra plays the score live with the film. This holiday season, they’ll be showing Home Alone on November 25th and It’s A Wonderful Life on December 22nd. For a complete and always updated list of holiday events, visit us online and

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  • October 2017

    October 2017

    It’s Fall and that means Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patches, Halloween events and all the fun that goes with it. This issue is a great guide for the busy Fall season!

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  • August/September 2017

    August/September 2017

    The new school year is here and we are helping you get ready for it with this, our Back to School issue. For many students, the beginning of the school year is a time of apprehension. To help your child, we have included expert advice and tools.

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  • June/July 2017

    June/July 2017

    We hope this summer will be filled with great family time together and we are here with the resources to help you do just that! In this Guide to Summer you’ll find places to go, things to do, deals and much more. We begin with Summer Deals on page 12 including coupons to Adventure Landing, Kids Bowl Free, free admission to the Cummer, free donuts, ice cream, and smoothies.

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  • May 2017

    May 2017

    The countdown to summer is on! Have you made travel plans? Booked summer camps for your children? Found activities to do with your kids for Mother’s Day? This issue is full of ideas and useful information. You’ll find lots of Summer Camps and helpful information on pages 17 – 21.

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  • April 2017

    April 2017

    Spring is a wonderful time of year - summer is just around the corner, there are lots of spring time events happening around our city, Easter is April 16th and we celebrate Earth Day this month. This issue of Jax4Kids’ newspaper is filled with useful information on these and many other topics.

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  • March 2017

    March 2017

    The countdown to summer has begun and it’s time to start planning. If you’re considering a Summer Camp for your kids, from this issue through the June issue, we will bring you articles and resources to help you find a camp that’s best suited to your child. In this issue, we’re covering the benefits of camp for both parent and child (page 15), what to look for and ask about to ensure the camp you send your child to is safe (page 6), tips for helping anxious kids enjoy summer camp (page 18) and summer camp tips and tricks (page 16). You’ll also find ads throughout this issue with information about many area camps.

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  • February 2017

    February 2017

    I can’t imagine a topic more important to a parent than the Health and Safety of our children and so, with that in mind, we bring you our annual Health and Safety issue, filled with information to help you keep your children and family healthy and safe.

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  • January 2017

    January 2017

    Happy New Year! Whatever your hopes, dreams and goals are for yourselves and your families, surely a good education for your children is one of them. In this issue, we focus on this most important of topics.

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  • December 2016

    December 2016

    This is our “Best” issue of the year – it’s the issue where we present your picks for the Best businesses in North Florida for Families. Turn to page 16 to find out who this year’s Winners are. Congratulations to all of the winners on the high honor of earning the praise and recognition from you, the parents of the children they serve.

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  • November 2016

    November 2016

    The holiday season begins now! Turn to page 13 for our annual Holiday Guide and start planning where to go and what to do to make memories with your family this holiday season.

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  • October 2016

    October 2016

    October is a busy month with school and sports, Fall Festivals and Halloween. We wanted to bring you a few highlights of the season, beginning with our cover featuring the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden’s Spooktacular!

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  • August/September 2016

    August/September 2016

    It’s time to shift gears to Back to School! Mark your calendars for these dates in August.

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  • November 2015

    November 2015

    The month of November is full of great family-entertainment opportunities! The 60th year of the Jacksonville Fair kicks off on November 4th.

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  • December 2015

    December 2015

    We’ve arrived at the most wonderful time of the year and some of the year’s best events to bring families together to make memories. One of our favorites is ZOOLights which graces the cover of this month’s issue.

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  • January 2016

    January 2016

    Happy New Year! We are kicking off the year with an issue filled with great information to make 2016 a happier, healthier year for you and your family.

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  • February 2016

    February 2016

    It’s the time of year that many of us turn our attention to planning for the next school year. With this in mind, we dedicate this issue to Education.

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  • June/July 2016

    June/July 2016

    Another school year ends and another summer of fun begins. You’re holding your guide to a summer of fun!

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  • May 2016

    May 2016

    Summer is in sight and you are likely thinking about what you would like to do this summer. How about a cruise?

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  • April 2016

    April 2016

    Summer Camp planning is in high gear and Jax4Kids has you covered! Our Summer Camps Guide will to help you easily find summer camps for your kids.

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  • March 2016

    March 2016

    It’s March and Spring and Summer Camp planning is underway!

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  • October 2015

    October 2015

    Ah, Fall! Festivals and Halloween events are here and in this issue and online at, we bring you events, Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals!

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  • August/September 2015

    August/September 2015

    In this month’s issue, we help you ease back in to the new school year with tools and tips including great Apps for your students to download, establishing a strong study routine at home, beating the lunch blues and much more.

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  • June/July 2015

    June/July 2015

    This issue is one of the most fun issues of the year to put together for you. It is FILLED with free and discounted things to enjoy all summer long.

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  • May 2015

    May 2015

    In just a few short weeks, the school year will end and summer will begin. This issue of Jax4Kids’ newspaper is to help you start planning for a summer filled with fun and memories including summer camps, ideas for places to go and things to do and tips for traveling.

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  • April 2015

    April 2015

    April is Autism Awareness month and in this issue Dr. Ozdemir of Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville helps us to understand Autism. In our Tidbits this month, read about how you can help shine a light on Autism.

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  • March 2015

    March 2015

    It’s time! Time to start planning for summer camps that is, and we want to help you. Throughout the pages of this issue, you’ll find information on a variety of camps.

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  • February 2015

    February 2015

    This issue is packed with information and resources to help you with the education of your children including topics for every age from preschool to college bound.

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  • January 2015

    January 2015

    I think we would all agree that an important part of parenting is setting your kids up for success in the future and this includes in the area of their health. This issue is dedicated to the health and safety of your children.

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