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Calendar January 2012 Fun Around Town Winter Activities

Over 1000 listings of kids activities in the greater Gainesville area Happy New Year!!! Whew, after all the activities and events in October, November and December, you may be thankful that there are so few events happening this month. January is a great time to check out some of the ongoing programs and classes for kids you’ve heard about but have never had time to do. (See page 6.) 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 late January or early February. (See the link for the preschool directory to the right.) Many after-school arts and sports programs begin classes this month. (Check out pages 10 and 12 for details. ) Did you know you can save money at local businesses, just by mentioning (Check out the Hot Local Deals listings on pp20-21.)

Indoor Play Areas Arcades Museums Educational Places Playgroups Day Trips

Schools Directory Charter Schools Preschools Private Schools

Parties Directory Cakes Entertainers Inflatables Mobile Parties Party Supplies Party Sites

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

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January 2012 Mon




Kids Events










8 Stephen Foster Day









17 Auditions for Godspell Jr.


19 20 Kids Only Anna Moo Concert Dental Place Sylvan Workshop Open House

21 Collectors Day at FLMNH Stargazing at Paynes Prairie

22 Hoola Hoop Family Workshop





28 Children’s Week Kickoff Rally Family Sportsmen Fest Great Air Potato Roundup Hawthorne Heritage Day Hoggetowne Medieval Festival

29 Gainesville Children’s Choral Festival Hoggetowne Medieval Festival



27 Florida Virtual Program Community Outing

Hawthorne Classic Car Show

On-Going Programs & Classes Mondays



Every Monday

Every Thursday

Every Saturday

Babies First Class at the little shop Homeschoolers Park Day

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

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

Every other Monday Art Classes with Jane Gravois Animal Exploration at the little shop

First Thursday



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

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 Tuesday Story/ Craft Time Michael‘s Kids Craft Events

Family Safety Night Harn Museum Night

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

Second Friday Last Tuesday

Sun Country Family Night

First Saturday Home Depot Kids Workshop

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

Tot Time at the Harn

Third Friday Every Other Tuesday

Trinity UMC Parents Night Out

Little Scientist at the little shop Mommy and Me Playdate at Miracles


Fourth Friday

Every Sunday

YMCA FridayFun Night

Artsy Kids Open Studio Family Fun Shoot



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

Every Other Wednesday Little Picasso at the little shop

Second Sunday Gainesville Hoola Hoop Jam

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

Every Day A Child‘s Academy Mommies Day Out

January 2012 Mon 2


Library Programs



3 Junior Panther Den 3:30PM Wii Fun 3:30PM

4 Wii Wednesday 4PM

5 Gaming 2PM


10 Bunny Rescue 2:30 Does Chocolate Milk Come from Brown Cows? 3:30PM Junior Panther Den 3:30PM Wii Fun 3:30PM Girls Tea Party 4:30PM

11 Wii Wednesday 4PM


17 Junior Panther Den 3:30PM Visit with Santa 6:30PM





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7 Musikgarten 11AM


12 13 Gaming 2PM Arts & Crafts: 4PM

14 It’s Not Magic—It’s Science! 1PM


18 It’s the Year of the Dragon! 3PM Abstract Painting with Olivia 3:30PM Wii Wednesday 4PM

19 Gaming 2PM

20 Head Start Registration Drive 9AM Bingo! 2PM



24 Junior Panther Den 3:30PM Wii Fun 3:30PM Chinese New Year, Year of the Dragon 4PM

25 Wii Game Day 3:15PM Wii Wednesday 4PM

26 Gaming 2PM


28 29 Puppet Man & Storybook Lady 11AM First Lego League 1PM

31 Junior Panther Den 3:30PM Police Dog to the Rescue! 3:30PM

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

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

Story Times Mondays




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

Programs Now Registering Kids Corner Classes at Santa Fe College - Registration starts 1/5 Gainesville Creative Kids - Classes start 1/7 Musikgarten — Classes start in January Independance Studio - Classes start 1/9 Artsy Kids Studio - Classes start 1/17 Musical Me Theater - Auditions for Godspell Jr. on 1/17 GACA - Classes start 1/30 Fun Languages - Classes start 2/1 French, Fun, Food and Foreign Languages – Registration Ongoing Sun Country Sports Center— Registration Ongoing

Sports Programs Registering UF Gator Softball Camp—One day camp on 1/7 Elite Pro Ball Academy Spring Training—Starts 1/7 Girls on the Run—Registration opens 1/9 Gatorball Spring Break Training—Registering Now Spring Volleyball at A Girl’s Place—Registering Now Youth Basketball with City of Gainesville—Registering Now Girl’s Volleyball at Boys and Girls Club—Registering Now Wrestling at Boys and Girls Club—Registering Now Archery Classes at Easton Newberry Sports Center—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 Williams Magnet Open House 1/17 Cornerstone Academy 1/19 Millhopper Montessori School 1/20 Archer Magnet Open House 1/24 Heart Pine Open House 1/28 Duval Magnet Open House 1/30 Foster Magnet Open House 1/31

Featured Non-Profit The vision of Kids Count in Alachua County, Inc. is that all elementary children in the community who need extra support to succeed in school and life will have that opportunity. To work towards this vision, Kids Count partners with schools, churches and other organizations to offer highly effective programs that inspire hope, enhance learning, improve confidence and build life skills. Kids Count provides qualified staff, volunteers and expertise for the programs it supports. There are 3 components to the Kids Count Program: literacy tutoring, character development and enrichment.

Kids Count Wish List Kids Count appreciates donations of items that can be utilized by our program. -Healthy snacks (consider sponsoring snacks for a month) -Colorful rugs, table & chairs for young children -Large shelving unit for kitchen -Digital camera, flip video camera -CDs with children's songs -Parachute (large for outside) -Outside activity items: portable volleyball net, portable soccer goals, plastic "bases", hula hoops, jump ropes, sandbox toys, balls -Inside activity Items: Play-doh, simple board games, simple puzzles (100 pieces or less), etc. -Arts and crafts materials -Large blankets suitable for outside circle time -Clothes in kids' sizes (for emergencies) coats, shorts, shirts, pants, underwear, sweatpants/shirts -Children's books

School Holiday Camps City of Gainesville 1/20 only Florida Museum of Natural History 1/20 only Girls Place, Inc. 1/20 only O2BKids 1/16 & 1/20 Skate Station Funworks 1/16 & 1/20 Sprout Learning Resources 1/16 & 1/20 Sun Country Sports Center 1/16 & 1/20 YMCA窶年orthwood Location 1/20 only

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



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

Hot Local Deals Giveaways Exclusive Deals On-Going Local Deals for Kids Stuff

At the Movies

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Free Movies at the Library Every Monday 4PM / Headquarters First Saturday 2PM / Millhopper

January 2012 Calendar of Family Events  

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