Moms throughout Miami wake up on Friday mornings to the JustAskBoo email newsletter, loaded with a treasure trove of kid-friendly advice and items for sale. JustAskDomesticHelp, meantime, matches families with nanny and housecleaning services. The woman behind both endeavors is Boo Zamek, mom to Caroline, 13, and Aly, 11. Striving to teach her girls the importance of giving back, Zamek makes it a point to do something charitable with her daughters at least once a week. She also includes philanthropy-related content in every issue of her newsletter.
We just asked Boo for her six top gift ideas for kids, which she kindly shared with us. Click here to see all of our experts’ suggestions.
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1. Donate to Charity
“The simplest gift, but so meaningful, is a cash donation to a charity in the name of the recipient. This is a great way to either introduce a child to a new charity or to support a charity that is already important to them.”
Miami Children’s Health Foundation, mchf.org/donate-now.
2. The Nutcracker Tickets
“Tickets to The Nutcracker at the Adrienne Arsht Center. A tradition for many families, regardless of faith.”
From $30. December 15-24 at Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org.
3. Live Like Bella 5K
“Sign up to do the Live Like Bella Superhero 5K Run/Walk with your kids at ZooMiami on February 25. Live Like Bella is very near and dear to my heart. My girls were friends with Bella and are still close with Bella’s sister Rayna.”
4. Miami Children’s Museum Membership
“Kids love to check out the new exhibits at Miami Children’s Museum. Annual memberships are a great gift, and a lot of museums offer special deals for families and kids.”
From $125. 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami; 305-373-5437; miamichildrensmuseum.org.
5. See the Miami Heat
“Give the gift of tickets to a Miami Heat game! Want to give more? Couple the tickets with a contribution to the team’s foundation charities, which do a great deal of work in South Florida.”
6. Adopt a Pet
“If you and your kids are ready for a new pet, there are several reputable adoption centers around town. One of my favorites for dogs is Paws 4 You Rescue.”
8717 Southwest 134th Street, Miami; 786-242-7377; paws4you.org.