Mind Your Manners
For all of you who thought that etiquette was deep in a grave along with chivalry and Elvis, let it be known that She has been unearthed thanks to the Miss Molly Manners Etiquette Class. No, your eyes do not deceive you. Miss Molly Manners offers a variety of programs that claim to prepare children of all ages and socioeconomic levels with the opportunity to learn the value of table etiquette, general nutrition, self-control, autonomy, how to speak with good purpose, and "many other valuable attributes that will help them grow as individuals while interacting with others." In other words, social conditioning is not just for debutantes anymore. Along with basic etiquette, the classes offer instruction for children on character development, mores, and values. The Miss Molly Manners Etiquette Class can act as a safety net to ensure busy parents that their children will at least learn on which side of the plate the knife belongs and at most gain some insight into Molly Manners morality. If this sounds appealing to you and yours, $60 buys a four-week session at Brian Piccolo Park, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City. Visit www.missmollymanners.com, or call 954-494-4605. -- Alexis Berkowitz
Camp Sailfish turns kids into... kids who can fish!
Camp Sailfish has become something of an institution. The summer camp, the first session of which begins this week, takes 14 children ages 8 to 10 or 11 to 13 on a variety of oceanic activities throughout the week, including a beachcomb, a snorkeling trip to Peanut Island, a field trip to examine and identify local marine life, fishing at Sailfish Marina's docks, a field trip to the IGFA and Bass Pro Shop, sea kayaking, and sting-ray feeding at the Florida Oceanographic Society. Eight one-week sessions are planned, and given the small class size and the program's popularity, space fills up quickly. Children meet each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sailfish Marina (98 Lake Dr., Palm Beach Shore). Camp Sailfish costs $375 for the week, which includes lunch. Visit www.sailfishmarina.com, or call 561-844-1724. -- Dan Sweeney
Around the World In...
Oh, about four weeks
Hey, kids and aspiring travelers! What's in your passport? China? Italy? Japan? England? Australia? France? If you're interested in taking a little trip this summer, sans the parental units, the Boynton Beach Recreation Department's Art Center (125 SE Second Ave., Boynton Beach) can help. The center offers the wonderful program Passport to Art. Children ages 6 to 12 can learn about art from different countries with artistic activities, special guest artists, and interactive hands-on events, all without having to get on a plane. The camp runs five days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for four weeks and costs $250. Call 561-742-6221, or visit www.boynton-beach.org. -- Audra Schroeder
SAT 6/7 Barbie, Tea, and You
Holy 26-inch waist -- it's a Barbie Tea Party! Yes, girls, you heard right. Come join America's favorite anatomically incorrect doll for an afternoon of wholesome fun. Young ladies ages 3 to 10 enjoy face-painting, dress up, cupcakes, and prizes. The party starts at 12:30 p.m. at Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, and costs $5. Call 954-724-2445. -- Audra Schroeder
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