There are lots of great local things to do with children -- several within walking distance!
Here are a few:
- Musical Beginnings--Mommy and Me in the neighborhood--www.musicalbeginningsmt.com
- Holiday Park Playground and Toddler Playground
- Holiday Park Social Center--Indoor activities for children
- Blockbuster IMAX Theatre--Indoor Playground for Toddlers, Science Exhibits
- Croissant Park Water Park--Free water park!
- www.Momsclubfortlauderdale.com Great for local Moms!!!
- Red Pearl Yoga--Located behind Gateway Plaza and has kids yoga!
- County Library/Artserve--located north side of Holiday Park---great kids section with books/DVD's
- Barnes and Noble---Story time Tuesday 10 am and Saturday 10 am
- Fort Lauderdale Childrens Theatre -- www.flct.org
- Jack Nelson Swim School -- www.jnss.net
In a sad commentary on our times, the Florida Department of Consumer Affairs alerts parents to potential theft of childrens' personal information:
Protect Your Child's Identity
Becoming a victim of identity theft is not just something that happens to adults; children are increasingly targeted as well. Children comprise the fastest–growing segment of identity theft victims. Each year, more than 50,000 children in Florida become victims of identity theft and more than $100 million is stolen using the fraudulently obtained identities of children. Identity thieves target young victims because children have clean credit records, making it easy for the criminal to create new accounts. Because parents often don't check their child's credit report, identity theft among children can go undetected for years.
Keep Your Child's Personal Information Safe
- Be cautious when providing your child's Social Security number (SSN). When a school, youth sports team, or a medical office asks for your child's Social Security number, question why they need it, what they will do with it and how they plan to keep it safe.
- Shred anything with your child's personal information. Shred forms, documents and mail before disposal.
- Never carry your child's Social Security card. To help reduce the risk for theft, leave your child's card – and the cards of all the members of your family – in a secure place, such as a safe or a safe deposit box.
- Educate your child about identity theft and the dangers of sharing personal data. Keep your child's sensitive documents safe and teach them the importance of keeping their Social Security card and other personal information in a secure place.
- Contact credit reporting agencies to place a credit freeze on your child's SSN. The fee to freeze a child's credit report is $10. If the child has already been the victim of identity theft, the fee is waived. For full details on how to contact all three credit bureaus.