Summertime Fun at Zoo Miami

Summertime is now upon us and many are looking for new, fun things to do with their families.   We are very excited about a visit to Zoo Miami this summer because it is the home of a series of great animal exhibits and activities that are sure to be very exciting for the whole family!

Zoo Miami has just introduced one of their newest additions  – a female black rhinoceros named “Aria”! She is the 13th successful birth at Zoo Miami for this very highly endangered species. The African Black Rhino is also one of the species you can adopt at Zoo Miami!rhino2 rhino

In addition, lioness “Kashifa’s”  five cubs are now on exhibit: “Saba,” “Bantu,” “Asani,” “Amirah,” and the adopted male, “Kwasi,” son of Kashifa’s late sister, “Asha”.

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Check out the Creatures of Habitat Exhibit – a gazillion-piece animal adventure” all made

legozoomiamiof LEGO® bricks.  Zoo Miami will be presenting this most exciting, educational, and fun exhibit until June 22, 2014, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, at Dr. Wilde’s World (DWW), so hurry there to catch it!  The exhibit will be displayed both in DWW’s air-conditioned museum space as well as on its outdoor plaza.  The Creatures of Habitat, a popular exhibit made up of LEGO® bricks, comes to Zoo Miami from the Philadelphia Zoo, where it captured a wide audience.  The purpose of this exhibit is multifaceted:  to educate visitors on the potential extinction of various animal species and habitats; to inspire them to protect our planet; to teach them how our behaviors and actions contribute to the destruction of these animals and their habitats; and how we can change our lives to ensure and promote our planet, animal species, and habitat conservation.

giraffesDid you know that this Saturday, June 21st, is World Giraffe Day?  Be sure to take the kids out to Feed the Giraffes at the SAMBURU GIRAFFE FEEDING STATION.   Have you ever been face to face with a giraffe? Since these famously tall creatures stand at about 16-20 feet tall, most people would only be able to compare to one of its legs in height. At Zoo Miami, you can get up close and personal with Titan, Kita, Fezzick, and the rest of your favorite giraffes at the Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station. At this interactive exhibit, guests can walk up a custom built ramp that leads to an elevated platform overlooking the African Plains exhibit. Every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can purchase delicious green veggies like lettuce or collard greens to feed to these giant creatures for only $3! You will get to check out their spots up close and look into their eyes as they come right up to you and extend their 14-inch long tongues to gently scoop the treats right out of your hand.

There is no shortage of great, fun things to do with the family this Summer and Zoo Miami is one of the best ways to do just that.  For more information on what’s happening at Zoo Miami, visit their website.



Summer Time…

Summer is just around the corner and the summer camp options can be overwhelming. Here are 10 tips to keep in mind when choosing a camp for your child.

  1. Consider the age of your child. Children between the ages of 8 to 10 are good candidates for overnight camps, while younger kids can benefit from a variety of day camps or local activities (at the library, through the YMCA, or ones you and other parents set up in your own neighborhood) and teenagers can look into becoming a junior counselor or acquiring new skills via certification programs.
  2. Consider your finances. Day camps range in price from a few to several hundred dollars a week; overnight camps can be in the thousands. Many offer sibilng discounts, but consider how much you’re willing to pay (what the activities at the camp are worth to your child). It can add up to a serious investment.
  3. Consider your child’s interests and needs. Does your child love arts and crafts? A more traditional day or overnight camp may be a good fit. Are you looking to specialize? There are plenty of options, from camps that focus on horseback riding or sports to ones for kids who want to hone a skill or trade. Does your child have special needs? Make sure the camp is equipped to provide the services he or she requires.
  4. Co-ed, or single sex? Does your daughter want to go to an all-girls camp? Does your son want to rough it with the guys? Would your tween prefer to be in a place that’s co-ed? There are pros and cons to each choice, and it all depends on what works best for your child.
  5. Find out what’s out there. The American Camp Association has more than 2,400 accredited camps in their database and the YMCA often has good and affordable summer camp options.  Be sure to check out the offerings at your area museums.
  6. Talk to other parents.   Ask a friend – or two!  See what they’ve done in the past or are planning for this year.  Get as many details as you can, not just opinions, so you can decide for yourself whether a camp could be the right fit.
  7. What do you and your child hope to get out of the experience? Are you looking for childcare during the summer months, or are you hoping to help your child gain a new skill? Does your child want to hang out with friends or learn a new skill? Are you and your child on the same page when it comes to what camp should to be like?
  8. What’s the best fit? Does your child need a very structured schedule, or does she function better with a lot of flexibility? Do you want him to gain leadership skills or learn how to be a better team player? Does your child need to learn how to manage responsibilities or is she learning to be more independent?
  9. What are the counselors like? Are they adults or older kids? Licensed or learning on the job? Do they come back to camp year after year, or is the turnover rate high? Talk to the staff
  10. Take a closer look at the ones you like best. Just as you would when evaluating a new school, look for red flags like class or group size, scrutinize the camp’s finances, and dig around for details like what options or activities have been cut or added over the past few years. Try to arrange a visit to see what the place is like for yourself, so you don’t have to rely on the brochure when it comes time to make your decision!

City of Parkland Summer Camp

The City of Parkland is now accepting registration by mail or in person at the Parkland Amphitheater for both the Parkland Kids Camp and Parkland Teen Camp.

Parkland Kids Camp is a summer recreation program for children ages 5 to 11 (kindergarten through grade 6) and Parkland Teen Camp is a summer recreation program for children ages 12 to 14 (grades 7-9).

Field trips are taken aboard air-conditioned motorcoach busses to facilities located in the tricounty area such as movies, bowling, water parks, arcades, skating, museums, etc.

For further details, contact GerriAnn Dougherty at or by calling 954-757-4129.