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Handmade Neverland Nursery

Rocking chair: Babies R Us, $199; Arrow bedding: Target, $10; Star door knobs: Hobby Lobby, $5 each; Chevron arrow garland: Hobby Lobby, $20; Crib: OfferUp, $50

A Subtle and Modern Twist on a Classic Theme

Alexandra and Ariel Rolon could not have predicted the time their son, Gabriel, would be born, but they clearly picked the right nursery theme. In the movie Peter Pan, Peter and the Darling children fly through the London sky and land on the minute hand of Big Ben. Under their weight, the hand drops from 8:04 to 8:15 p.m., the exact time Gabriel Rolon was born. 

Changing table: Craigslist, $20; Hamper: Target, $17

When the Rolons designed their third child’s Peter Pan-inspired nursery, they knew they wanted a subtle and timeless look. To accomplish this modern take on a classic theme, they chose a light, neutral color palette and added personal, handcrafted touches throughout the space. 

Crochet alligator: Etsy/StubbornDogDesigns, $38

This creative couple worked together to make the signpost that features locations from the story. They added three notches to each sign to represent the three Rolon children: big sisters Jasmin and Leena and baby brother Gabriel.

The couple also made the floating shelf, which features a lantern repurposed from their wedding. Alexandra added handmade silhouettes to the lantern and to a clock that once hung in Ariel’s childhood home. A crocheted alligator, vial of pixie dust, Peter Pan hat and replica of the book add whimsical flair to the space.

The rustic backdrop to the crib was once headboard when the room functioned as a guest room. The couple liked the way it complemented other nautical nuances throughout the space. The banner above the crib, handmade by Alexandra, complements the arrows in the bedding. The stripes in the window valance and toy bin were inspired by the stripes worn by characters in the story.

Custom artwork: Etsy  $24; Frames: Michaels, $23 each

The light furniture stands out against a backdrop of cool gray walls framed by bold gray trim. The result is a serene and peaceful space that will transition effortlessly as Gabriel grows older, although as Peter Pan would say, “Even though you want to try to, never grow up!”

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Amy is a former educator of 20 years. She has four children ranging in age from 3 to 30. In addition to being a mother, she enjoys watching sports and traveling. She is also a special needs advocate and you can read her blog Big Abilities.

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April 12, 201910:00 am
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Celebrate the beauty of planet Earth at Lake Lotus Park (Altamonte Springs), a 150-acre nature preserve.





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Celebrate the beauty of planet Earth at Lake Lotus Park (Altamonte Springs), a 150-acre nature preserve.





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  • Gem Sluicing by Central Florida Mineral & Gem Society
  • Fossils on display from the Fossil Hunters
  • Family activities, exhibitions and crafts
  • Plant giveaways and free drawings
  • Music and guest speakers
  • Vendor booths and food
  • Ranger guided tours
  • Butterfly gardening
  • Bird banding
  • Live animals




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1153 Lake Lotus Park Road, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714


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On April 12, the Morse Museum has several programs specifically geared towards families. Free admission, music by the ...

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Kids can hit the range at Drive Shack this Easter in search of some egg-ceptional surprises. Join us for our very first Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20. Doors will open at 8 a.m. that day to welcome families for a free, fun-filled, Easter celebration – complete with photos with the Easter Bunny and a classic Easter ...

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Central Florida Earth Day is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! It will take place at beautiful Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando on April 20, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE! Earth Day is a family-friendly, dog-friendly, alcohol-free, and smoke-free event.


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Central Florida Earth Day is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! It will take place at beautiful Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando on April 20, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE! Earth Day is a family-friendly, dog-friendly, alcohol-free, and smoke-free event.


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The community is invited to participate in the annual Marshmallow Drop at the Oviedo Sports Complex on Saturday, April 20th. The first drop starts promptly at 10am, so arrive early for parking.





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April 20, 201912:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Kidsfest is the day when the Audubon Park Garden District gets turned into a mini kids campus for the day. Enjoy free or nearly free workshops on arts and crafts, food, music, sustainability and more, plus the

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April 27, 201912:00 am
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Enjoy a morning of fishing fun with the family at the 2nd Annual Fish Winter Springs Derby! Bring your children to experience the leisure of fishing and learn how to cast, bait the hook, and take pictures with your catch.





Enjoy a morning of fishing fun with the family at the 2nd Annual Fish Winter Springs Derby! Bring your children to experience the leisure of fishing and learn how to cast, bait the hook, and take pictures with your catch.





Poles and bait will be available to use. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is free, but required as space is limited. To register or for more information, contact Mike Barclay at mbarclay@winterspringsfl.org or 407-327-6592.






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