South Floridians may not know autumn by the chill in the air or the changing of the leaves, but the All Hallows Eve festivities are a sure sign that it has arrived once again. Whether you "trick" or "treat," the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Health Fair on Saturday is fun for the whole family and your little dog too.
T.Y. Park (3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood) hosts the fair and its many activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your Halloween garb for a costume contest. Pets are allowed and have a costume contest of their own, so get creative, and bring your four-legged friend. Playing dress-up isn't for you? Try your hand at traditional Halloween pumpkin carving. There will be a carving contest as well, so better get practicing!
If costumes or carving pumpkins are not your gigs, you may want to check out the Fall Festival while your kids jump in the bounce house. The whole family can enjoy an old-fashioned hayride, but you better bring some Claritin just in case. Come out to the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Health Fair for a fun and safe way to welcome the new season. One more key thing that makes this event great -- it's free! Call 954-985-1980. -- Beth Kirkpatrick
A miniguide to the many parks of SoFla
Looking for a place to skate without trouble from "the man"? Here's a guide to places you can shred, grind, or just mess around: Riverside Park (205 Coral Ridge Rd., Coral Springs) offers open skating every Friday at 6 p.m., and it's free. Call 954-345-2200. Women skate free every Thursday night at Pompano Indoor Skate Park (2171 Blount Rd., Pompano Beach), Wednesday nights are BMX nights, and skate lessons are given every day. Call 954-979-7966. Brian Piccolo Park (9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City) boasts a skate park with miniramps and street courses for skateboarding and in-line skating seven days a week. Call 954-437-2626. Mills Pond Park (2201 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale) has the Edge, a 20,000-square-foot skate park that includes street courses and a half-pipe. Call 954-468-1565. Dude! -- Audra Schroeder