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Gecko ParX, an Exhilarating New 40,000-Square-Foot Family Trampoline and Action Park, Debuts in Weston

Weston, Fla. —Gecko ParX, a fun-filled, new 40,000-square-foot family entertainment center, recently opened its doors in Weston. A trampoline and action park, the center is designed so children, teenagers and adults can all enjoy exciting activities all in one location.

Gecko ParX includes a main trampoline court with interlocking trampolines, a vast selection of state-of-the-art arcade games, two basketball slam dunk courts, a custom Soft Play® playground for young guests, two trampoline dodgeball courts, and a multi-attraction pit that features jousting and a slackline.

Other features include a ropes course and a speed rock-climbing wall that encourages guests to compete for the fastest climb. Gecko ParX also houses a modular two-lane ninja warrior attraction with connected parkour course. Additionally, there is a café shop with a variety of food and beverage options including pizza, wings, soft drinks, desserts and more. Beer and wine is available for adults. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the space. A lounge for parents includes seating areas with massage chairs, electrical outlets to plug in any device and a panoramic view of the venue.

Gecko ParX offers a variety of events, camps, personalized classes, and after-school activities. The park has seven oversized party rooms, as well as a VIP area for birthday parties, special occasions and corporate events, along with exceptional and exclusive service.

Owner John Duran has more than 25 years of family entertainment industry experience as an owner/operator. His years of experience and passion for family entertainment motivated him to open a venue that appeals to all ages, and where the entire family can enjoy time together.

“Gecko ParX is bringing an entirely new level of entertainment for the entire family to South Florida,” said Duran. “It provides an action park where young adults, teenagers, and kids can engage in various activities, from competitive to social, in a safe and fun environment.”

Well-trained staff supervise each section of the facility, to provide assistance on how to properly use the attractions in a safe manner. Safety is a priority – each staff member has received crowd management training and is trained and certified for each attraction. The trampoline and Soft Play® equipment is top of the line and made in the U.S. under strict quality standards. All participants must complete a waiver prior to participating in the center’s activities. The weight limit is 250 pounds per person.

Designed for guests of all ages, demographics, and lifestyles, Gecko ParX offers the following ticket options:

  • 1-hour pass (seven attractions) — $19.99
  • All-day Soft Play pass (kids under 42”) — $9.99
  • Ropes course pass — $9.99
  • 2-hour pass (seven attractions) — $25.99
  • Promotion (purchase two regular passes and get a third one free on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) — $13
  • Ultimate pass (2-hour pass, nine attractions + $10 arcade card) — $45.99
  • Rock wall pass — $4.99

Gecko ParX is located at 3305 Corporate Ave between the Royal Palm and Griffin Road exits off I-75 in Weston, Florida. For additional information, visit www.geckoparx.com or speak directly with the marketing team at 954-526-8180 and/or info@geckoparx.com.

About Gecko ParX:

Gecko ParX, a 40,000-square-foot family entertainment center, is located at 3305 Corporate Ave., Weston, FL 33331. Hours are Tuesday–Thursday 3:30–8:30 p.m., Friday 3:30–9:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gecko ParX is closed on Mondays. The hours of 10–11 a.m. are only open for kids who are less than 42 inches tall. Gecko ParX is situated between the Royal Palm and Griffin Road exits off I-75. For additional information, visit www.geckoparx.com, or speak directly with the marketing team at 954-526-8180 and/or info@geckoparx.com.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami Presents “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” May 24 – Aug. 5, 2018

North Miami, Fla. TheMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami will present the group exhibition “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” from May 24 – Aug. 5, 2018. Curated by Risa Puleo, the exhibition features the works of 37 artists who are native to the Americas separated into conceptual categories including indigenous, immigrant and assimilated.

The exhibition focuses on the monarch, the only butterfly that migrates in two directions, as a geographic range and a metaphor. Monarchs (specifically those of eastern North American) fly from southern Canada through the Midwest on their way to Michoacán, Mexico and back.

This survey of artists from or living in the path of the monarch, brings to life the Dakota Access Pipeline and the call to build a wall in Mexico as unrelenting issues that create challenges for people native to the Americas — being separated by conceptual categories of indigenous, immigrant, and assimilated.

Like the butterfly, which takes at least four generations to completely navigate its way through middle America with inherited knowledge, these artists also use inherited cultural memory to showcase and explore historical narratives of their respective heritage through abstract techniques.

Artists incorporate processes such as basket weaving, beadwork, copper hammering, and quilting, and materials such as stucco, plaster, ceramics, and feathers, that hold a high degree of resonance within native, immigrant, and brown aesthetics and vernacular cultures. The exhibition also charts the movement of styles and approaches through large spans of time across the Americas, speaking to an inherited means of production and genealogy of form.

William Cordova, a nationally respected Miami-based artist, is one of the artists featured in the exhibition. Other artists include Gina Adams, Carmen Argote, Natalie Ball, Margarita Cabrera, Juan William Chávez, Rafa Esparza, Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, Guillermo Galindo, Jeffrey Gibson, Sky Hopinka, Donna Huanca, Truman Lowe, Ivan LOZANO, Cannupa Hanska Luger and Marty Two Bulls, Jr, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Nicholas Galanin andMerritt Johnson, Rodolfo Marron III, Harold Mendez, Mark Menjivar, Ronny Quevedo, Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez, Josh Rios andAnthony Romero, Guadalupe Rosales, Carlos Rosales-Silva, Francisco Souto,Rodrigo Valenzuela, Mary Valverde, Dyani White Hawk, Nathan Young, and Sarah Zapata.

“‘Monarchs’brings together the stories of migration and geography of those native to the Americas,” said MOCA Executive Director Chana Budgazad Sheldon. “We are very pleased to showcase these works by many talented artists who derive or live in the migration path of the monarch butterfly. At MOCA, we take pride in providing provocative and innovative exhibitions with works that collectively embody diverse cultures from around the world.”

The “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” project originated at the Bemis Contemporary Art Center.

Admission to MOCA is $5, free for MOCA members and North Miami residents. An artist reception will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 with an admission cost of $10 to the general public, free to MOCA members and North Miami residents.

About Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami is dedicated to making contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences – especially underserved populations – through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the best of contemporary art and its art historical influences. The Museum is located at 770 NE 125thStreet, North Miami, FL 33161. It is open Tuesday–Friday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 1–9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed Mondays and major holidays). Admission to the museum is $5 and is free to MOCA members and North Miami residents. For more information, visit mocanomi.org, call 305-893-6211 or email info@mocanomi.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Offers Summertime Fun with 2018 Summer Program for Area Youth


Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is once again offering exciting summer fun during its 2018 Summer Program for area youth, starting Monday, June 11 through Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

Registration will open during Spring Break, which begins April 26, at four of the five Clubs, including the Hank Kline Club, Northwest Club, South Beach Club and Kendall Club. Just like the after-school program during the school year, the Summer Program enables children to learn values such as friendship, honesty and teamwork by providing a safe and secure environment where they can develop into productive and independent young adults.

The Summer Program is open to all boys and girls ages 5–16 (must be entering kindergarten in the fall; cannot turn 17 before Sept. 1, 2018), and run Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; however, counselors will be available to supervise children beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.

The Summer Program at all Clubs is staffed by qualified full-time and summer staff.

During the Summer Programs, children participate in fun indoor activities such as arts & crafts, computer room, game room, table games, movie room, basketball and much more. Outdoor activities include all types of organized group games, and swimming at the South Beach Club. Field trips are also offered to exciting locations and events such as the movies, bowling, Chuck E. Cheese’s, swimming field trips for older groups and more.

A free nutritious lunch and afternoon snack is provided daily at no additional cost, or children may bring their own lunch. At each Club, awards will be given to recognize the boys and girls who have made a positive contribution to the Summer Program.

For more details about an individual Club’s Summer Program, please call the contact/phone number listed.


Hank Kline Club

2805 SW 32nd Avenue

Miami, Florida 33133


8-week session: $450, 4-week session: $250

Northwest Club

10915 NW 14th Avenue

Miami, Florida 33167


4 weeks sessions June 11-July 6 and July 9-August 3 @ $125 each session 

South Beach Club

1200 Michigan Ave.

Miami Beach, Florida


4 weeks sessions June 11-July 6 and July 9 – August 3 @ $125 each session

Kendall Club

9475 North Kendall Drive

Miami, Florida 33176


4 weeks session June 11-July 6 and July 9-August 3 @ $350 each session


To register, parentsmust come in person to the specific Clubwhere their child(ren) will be attending the Summer Program. Mailed or faxed registration cards will not be accepted. Children will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is filled. Parents are encouraged to register early, as the Summer Program does sell out. With questions about the Summer Program or for more information, call Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Administrative Office at (305) 446-9910.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1940. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to five Clubs serving thousands of boys and girls year round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable young people and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. For more information, please visit www.bgcmia.org.