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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 www.jax4kids.com 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 jax4kids.com 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 Jax4Kids.com – 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 jacksonville-fl.toysfortots.org. 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 www.Jax4Kids.com 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 jax4kids.com. 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 www.jax4kids.com. 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. spartan.com/en/kids-obstacle-course. 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 www.spartan.com 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 Jax4Kids.com and our social media sites. Log on to Jax4Kids.com 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 Jax4Kids.com 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 www.jax4kids.com, 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 jax4kids.com. 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 www.Jax4Kids.com.

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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 Jax4Kids.com 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 Jax4Kids.com.

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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 Jax4Kids.com, 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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