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Calendar February 2012 Fun Around Town Outdoor Activities

Over 1000 listings of kids activities in the greater Gainesville area Here’s what’s new this month!   

Tioga Town Center opened a new playground! Cade Museum is now offering kids science and art programs! Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway opens on February 4th

The weather has been SO nice! Why not check out a new playground? (See the links to the right.) If you have a child between 2 and 4, this is the time of year to start thinking about preschools. Most preschools start registering students for the fall in early February. (See the link for the preschool directory to the right.) Did you know you can save money at local businesses, just by mentioning fun4gatorkids.com? (Check out the Hot Local Deals listings on pp20-21.)

Day Trips Nature Adventures Playgrounds Outdoor Pastimes

Schools Directory Charter Schools Childcare Centers Preschools Private Schools

Kid Stuff Doctors and Therapists Family Photographers Babysitters Baby Stuff Consignment Stores Tutoring Frozen Treats


This Month‘s Calendar Kids Events Ongoing Programs and Classes Library Programs Story Times School Holiday Camps Programs Now Registering Sports Programs Registering School Open Houses Restaurant Fun Kids Cheap/ Free Nights Hot Local Deals At the Movies

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February 2012 Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Kids Events

Fri

Sat

Sun

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3 Dudley Farm Plow Days Soweto Gospel Choir Family Team Kickoff for March of Dimes Walk

4 Cash Mob Day Out w/Mommy & American Girl Dudley Farm Plow Days Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Lego Friends Launch & Build Opening Day for Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway at FLMNH

5 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

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11 4H Shooting Sports Open House FrogWatch USA Hot Rodding for Heroes Next Level Sports Kids Fit Day Valentine’s Sleepover at Sprout Valentine’s Sleepover at Sun Country

12 FLMNH Ask a Paleontologist

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14 Anna Moo Concert O2BKids Morning Magic Open House

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17 Shakespeare Festival

18 Family Day at the Harn Olustee Battle Festival Soul of Broadway

19 FLMNH Spring Presentation Series Olustee Battle Festival Soul of Broadway Sunday at the Pops

20 Sylvan FCAT Skills Check UUA Softball Camp

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24 Health Fair and Zumba Festival Winter Fine Art Fair

25 26 Chick-fil-A Daddy Daughter Date Night Winter Fine Art Fair Engineering Day Greathouse Butterfly Farm Open House Haile Village Center Mardi Gras Read Across America at Target Scottish Games and Festival Winter Fine Art Fair

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On-Going Programs & Classes Mondays

Thursdays

Saturdays

Every Monday

Every Thursday

Every Saturday

Animal Exploration at the little shop Babies First Class at the little shop Homeschoolers Park Day

Mommy & Me Lunch at the little shop O2BKids Morning Magic Bilingual Enrichment for Preschoolers

Every other Monday

First Thursday

Art Classes with Jane Gravois

Family Safety Night Harn Museum Night

Tuesdays

Fridays

O2BKids Morning Magic Artsy Kids Open Studio Do-Re-Moosica at Sprout French Club Living History Days Planetarium Kids Matinee Michael‘s Kids Craft Events Mill Creek Farm Retirement Home for Horses Skate Station Skating Lessons Yummy Art at the little shop (check calendar)

Every Tuesday

Every Friday

O2BKids Morning Magic Sun Country Stay and Play Bilingual Enrichment for Preschoolers Children‘s Zumba Chick-fil-A Family Night Mommy & Me Lunch at the little shop Twinkle Toes at the little shop Zumbatomic at the little shop

O2BKids Parents Night Out PJ Library Tot Shabbat Sun Country Gym Jam Sun Country Stay and Play Scribble and Dribble at the little shop

First Friday

First Tuesday

Feed-a-Frog Fridays Sun Country Little Lunchers Tot Time at the Harn

Story/ Craft Time at Sprout Michael‘s Kids Craft Events

Second Friday Sun Country Family Night

Last Tuesday Tot Time at the Harn

Second Saturday Dudley Kids Hogtown Reptile Shop Children‘s Program Lowe‘s Build and Grow Clinic

Third Saturday Old Time Dance at O‘Leno Park

Fourth Saturday Lowe‘s Build and Grow Clinic

Trinity UMC Parents Night Out

Sundays

Fourth Friday

Every Sunday

YMCA FridayFun Night

Artsy Kids Open Studio Family Fun Shoot

Wednesdays

TBA

Every Wednesday

Family Jam Night

O2BKids Morning Magic Barnyard Buddies Parents Day Out at Academy Preschool Wild and Wiggly at the little shop Twinkle Toes at the little shop

Home Depot Kids Workshop

Third Friday

Every Other Tuesday Mommy and Me Playdate at Miracles

First Saturday

Every Other Friday Jedi Training at the little shop Superhero Training at the little shop

Second Sunday Gainesville Hoola Hoop Jam

Every Week Day A Child‘s Academy Mommies Day Out

Library

Cade Museum

Turn to page 10 for library programs

Click HERE to see this month‘s programs


February 2012 Library Mon

Tue

CLOSED

Wed 1 Tonewood Music 1:30PM Heart Zoo 3:30PM Wii Wednesday 4PM

Thu

Programs Fri

Sat

Sun

2 Gaming 2PM

3 Head Start Registration Drive 9AM

4 Musikgarten 11AM

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7 8 Dragons, Dragons, Dragons Wii Wednesday 4PM 3:30PM Junior Panther Den 3:30PM Wii Fun 3:30PM

9 Gaming 2PM Arts & Crafts: 4PM Who Do You Love? 4PM

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11 Baby Yoga 11AM

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14 Junior Panther Den 3:30PM Winter Crafts 3:30PM Girls Tea Party 4:30PM

15 Tonewood Music 1:30PM Club Day 3PM Wii Wednesday 4PM

16 Gaming 2PM Beginning Birding 6:30PM

17 Head Start Registration Drive 9AM

18 Game Day 2PM

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20 21 A Musical After- Junior Panther Den 3:30PM noon 3:30PM Wii Fun 3:30PM Yum-Yum 3:30PM Dangers of Bullying 4PM

22 Wii Wednesday 4PM

23 24 Gaming 2PM An Evening with Javatka Steptoe artist & illustrator 6:30PM

25 FCAT Tutoring 10AM Puppet Man & Storybook Lady 11AM

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29 Wii Game Day 3:15 Wii Wednesday 4PM

See the next page for library story times Turn to page 22 for movie times at the library

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28 Junior Panther Den 3:30PM

Color Code Guide: Alachua Archer Library Partnership

Cone Park Hawthorne Headquarters High Springs Micanopy Millhopper Newberry Tower Road

Click HERE to go directly to the Alachua County Library Event Calendar

Professional Moms of Alachua County


Story Times Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

the little shop 9:30AM 2nd & 4th Mondays

Library Partnership 9:30AM

Learning Path 10:30 (RSVP PLEASE)

Headquarters Library 10:30AM

Sprout Learning Resources 10:00AM

Millhopper Library 11AM—1st & 3rd Wednesdays

Milhopper Library 10:30AM

Headquarters Library 10:30AM

Micanopy Library 11AM

Alachua Library 11AM

High Springs Library 11AM

Newberry Library 11AM

Hawthorne Library 10:30AM 1/26

Millhopper Library 6:30PM on 1/9

Tower Road Library 10:30AM & 7:00PM 2nd Tuesday Chick-Fil A 5:30PM 2nd Tuesdays

Saturdays Books a Million 10:AM Millhopper Library 11AM 1/14


School Holiday Camps President’s Day 2/20 City of Gainesville O2BKids Skate Station Funworks Sprout Learning Resources Sun Country Sports Center YMCA—Northwood Location


Programs Now Registering Fun Languages - Classes start 2/1 Art Classes at the Doris—Classes start 2/7 Artsy Kids Studio—Registration Ongoing French, Fun, Food and Foreign Languages – Registration Ongoing Studio Percussion — Registration Ongoing


Sports Programs Registering Gatorball Spring Break Training—Registering Now Spring Volleyball at A Girl’s Place—Registering Now City of Gainesville Basketball, Softball and Baseball —Registering Now I9 Soccer—Registering now Gainesville Fastpitch Softball— Registering Now Gainesville Soccer Alliance—Registering now Gainesville Youth Soccer League—Registering 2/25 and 2/29 Girl’s Track at Boys and Girls Club—Registration starts 2/14 Wrestling at Boys and Girls Club—Registering Now Sun Country Sports Center—Ongoing Pro Taekwondo—Ongoing Florida Fencing Academy— Ongoing Dreamstone Farm Horseback Riding—Ongoing


School Open Houses The Rock—Every Monday Night Cornerstone Academy—2/28 Heart Pine 2/25


Restaurant Fun Space Walk Bounce House Burger King Archer Rd & Newberry Rd—Friday Nights Beef ‗O‘ Brady‘s on Archer Road—Tuesday Nights

Magic Mike Beef O‘Brady‘s on 43rd St: Tuesdays 5:30-8:30 Leonardo‘s 706 : Wednesdays 6:00 –9:00 Sonny‘s on Archer Road: Fridays 5:30-8:30 Moe‘s on Newberry Rd: Sundays 12-3

Cody‘s Roadhouse Monday Nights The Magic Man performs tableside

Chick Fil-A Fun Nights Tuesday Nights Arts & Crafts, Games and Entertainment

Gator‘s Dockside Tuesday Nights Clown / Balloon Artist

Texas Roadhouse Tuesday Nights Arts & Crafts, Entertainment, Games and Prizes and Andy the Armadillo

Mexico Lindo Tuesday Nights Mariachi Band

Napolatano‘s Trivia Night—Monday Nights Live Bands—Sunday Nights


Kids Eat Cheap Sundays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Mamma Mia Kids 9 and under eat FREE at buffet w/ adult purchase

Beef O'Brady's - Kids 12 and under eat FREE with adult purchase /Dine In Only from 4 - 8pm

Applebee’s – Kids eat for .99 price w/ adult purchase

Steak and Shake - Kids 12 and under eat FREE with purchase of adult meal Stevi B’s Kids eat for .99 at the buffet after 4 pm Venice Café—Kids 10 and under eat free with purchase of adult meal

Mondays Bubbaque’s—Kids 8 and under eat FREE with paying adult

Chick-fil-A— Kids eat free with adult purchase 5:30-7:30PM

Blue Highway Pizzeria—Kids eat for $1 with adult purchase of pizza or pasta 4-7PM

Cody’s Original Steakhouse

Haile Village Bistro - Kids eat FREE

Kids 10 and under eat FREE with adult purchase Gainesville Ale House - Kids 12 and under eat FREE with purchase of adult meal Gator’s Dockside - Kids under 12 years of age, l child per adult eat FREE / 6:00-8:30 PM

Cody’s Original Steakhouse -Kids 10 and under eat FREE with adult purchase

I Love NY Pizza in Haile—Kids 10 and under eat free with adult purchase

David's Real Pit BBQ - One FREE kid's meal with one adult meal purchased

Kazbor's Grille - Kids 10 and under eat FREE with adult purchase

Newberry’s Backyard BBQ—$1.50 Kids meals with adult purchase

Texas Roadhouse - Kids 12 and under eat for $.99 with adult purchase / 4 8pm

Pazza Bistro—.99 Kids meals for kids 10 and under with adult purchase Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q - Kids 12 and under eat 1/2 off with adult purchase Venice Café—Kids 10 and under eat free with purchase of adult meal

Every Day Bahn Thai— Kids eat free at the lunch buffet with adult purchase Crispers - Kids 12 and under eat for .99 when wearing Kids Club t-shirt IHOP - Kids 12 and under eat FREE with purchase of adult meal / 4 -10pm

Mamma Mia Kids 9 and under eat FREE at buffet w/ adult purchase O!O Tapas and Tinis—Kids eat free off the kids menu with adult purchase Sisters—Kids eat free off the kids menu with adult purchase. Joe’s Place – Kids 10 and under eat FREE with each adult meal purchase Zaxby’s - 2 kids meals for $.99 with adult purchase

Thursdays Captain D's - Two FREE kid's meals with any adult entree purchase / Dine in only Piccadilly Restaurants - .99 Kid's Meals and $1.99 Big Kids meals / All day Thursdays /11-4 on Saturdays

Fridays Burger King—Kids eat for .99 with adult purchase

Saturdays Piccadilly Restaurants - .99 Kid's Meals and $1.99 Big Kids meals / All day Thursdays /11-4 on Saturdays Steak and Shake - Kids 12 and under eat FREE with purchase of adult meal


At the Movies Click HERE for current show times

Free Movies at the Library Every Monday 4PM / Headquarters / 1PM on 2/20 First Saturday 2PM / Millhopper Wednesday, February 22nd—African American Movies all day—Library Partnership


February calendar of Family Events in Gainesville