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Back-to-School Information, Expo, and More!

Back-to-school
Yes, the time is just around the corner! It seems like summer just started, but they will be heading back soon. Here's some info to keep in mind:

  • If you a child who is (or about to turn) four years old, you are eligible for free VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten). There will be a sign-up for this at the Back-to-School Expo at the Volusia Mall, or you can call the Early Learning Coalition and get signed up. It's a great preschool program for kids and you should take advantage of it.
  • There will be a free Back-to-School Expo at the Volusia Mall, located in Daytona Beach, on Saturday, August 4, 2012. It will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The expo will feature information on after school care, youth sports, dance classes, fitness, and much more. There will also be a Sears building workshop held during that time on the 4th.
  • Tax free back-to-school shopping this year is going to be August 3-5, 2012. This means you can save the sales tax on clothing under $75, and school supplies up to $15.
  • Volusia County schools start back on August 20, 2012. However, meet the teacher days are the week before that. To find out when yours is (as it is different for elementary, middle, and high schools), go to the school district site here, find your school, and visit their home page for details.

There is still plenty of time before school starts for having some more summer fun. Be sure to check the events calendar on the left hand side of the page in order to see what activities are coming up.

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DeLeon Springs Park in Volusia County, Old Sugar Mill Restaurant

If you are looking for a great place to spend a day with the kids, check out DeLeon Springs Park, located in DeLeon Springs, which is right here in Volusia County. It's a beautiful place that has plenty to do. The whole family will have a great time!

DeLeon Springs is located at 601 Ponce DeLeon Blvd. You will find plenty of area to roam, let the kids play, and have a picnic. They have a 50-minute eco boat ride, a short nature walk back to a 500 year old tree, and swimming in the spring. There is also a longer trail you can take if you want a lengthier hike. The spring is enclosed, so that you don't have to worry about any alligators, too! The spring remain a constant 72 degrees. When you first get in it's COLD, but once you go under the water completely you are fine and it actually feels great. Also, you will find a beautiful butterfly garden, featuring several kinds of butterflies making stops.

While you are there you may also want to check out The Old Spanish Sugar Mill restaurant, which is right in the park next to the springs. The restaurant features make your own pancakes, where the tables have a griddle in them and you make the pancakes right at your table. 

Here are some pictures from our recent day spent at at DeLeon Springs Park:

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