Volusia County Schools Extends Spring Break

March 17, 2020 UPDATE: In a Facebook post on March 17, 2020 at 6:30 PM, Volusia County Schools announced that all schools within the district will be closed until April 15. This extends the original closure of March 29. This decision was made by the governor and affects the entire state. State testing has been canceled this spring. All extra-curricular activities are and will be … Continue reading Volusia County Schools Extends Spring Break

Color Me Crazy

Crayola Experience – Orlando Photos by Kelsey and Scott Walters My daughter, Avery, is turning two this month, and like many kids, she loves to color. In fact, she’s so obsessed with coloring and art, she rolls out of bed most mornings and asks to color before she even asks for breakfast. Family Things to Do in Central Florida Luckily, nearby Crayola Experience Orlando is … Continue reading Color Me Crazy

The Best Gift a Child Can Receive

As a child, when the Christmas holidays come around, it’s normal to be focused on what you are going to find under the tree. I know, I could barely sleep on Christmas Eve, as the height of anticipation was overwhelming.  I will never forget when I started to realize that it wasn’t all about the getting, but more about the excitement that came from the … Continue reading The Best Gift a Child Can Receive

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest in Eustis, FL Does the thought of strolling through a wintery forest to carefully choose your own Christmas tree sound like the ideal holiday to you? While I can’t promise a snowy wonderland, there is a spot in Florida that allows you to cut your own Christmas tree, plus tons more fun to get your family in the holiday spirit. Holiday … Continue reading Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Sea Squirts

The Sea Squirts Program introduces marine life to children ages 2-5 years. Adults will accompany their children to the program. Activities may include examinations of species both skeletal and alive, arts and crafts, stories, audio visual presentations, and games. Reservations must be made in advance so we can prepare materials for arts and crafts. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance to receive a … Continue reading Sea Squirts

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The Most Fun Outfit of the Year

Growing up, I knew the selection of my Halloween costume was one of the biggest decisions of my year. It’s a time to be anybody or anything you want to be. You can be spooky, silly or glamorous; the sky is the limit. This year, Americans are expected to spend over 9 billion dollars on this holiday. We spend 3.4 billion on adult costumes, 1.2 … Continue reading The Most Fun Outfit of the Year

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Page Turner

When you think of a library, you think books. Which is correct…but there is a lot more to it than a pile of books. Don’t get me wrong here. I love books and I prefer them to other reading devices. There is just something about curling up with a good book that a Kindle cannot replace. Your local library has a lot more to offer than you … Continue reading Page Turner

Every Kid in a Park

As part of the commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Every Kid in a Park program allows fourth graders nationwide to go online and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year. … Continue reading Every Kid in a Park

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EdgeFest Back to School Party

Close out the summer with tons of fun at the EdgeFest Back to School Party! Summer is more than halfway over and it is time to begin to think about the kids returning to school. Our annual Back to School Party is planned for Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Southeast Volusia Family YMCA (148 West Turgot Avenue, Edgewater). The event begins at 10 a.m. … Continue reading EdgeFest Back to School Party

Newly installed shade sails cover the new 27th Avenue Beachfront Park playground in this photo taken May 21, 2019. (City of New Smyrna Beach/Phillip Veski)

NSB Opens New Beachfront Playground

The City of New Smyrna Beach will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate completion of its newest playground at 27th Avenue Beachfront Park (3701 S Atlantic Avenue) on Friday, June 28 at 10:00 AM.  Paid for in part with a $220,000 Volusia County ECHO grant, the playground features all-inclusive, ADA-accessible amenities and large shade sails to keep park-goers cool. Ribbon-cutting for NSB’s new 27th Avenue Beachfront Park … Continue reading NSB Opens New Beachfront Playground