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CONTENTS August 2021
FEATURES Spotlight On Preschools
6 After School Options
12 Gidgets & Gadgets
On The Cover
Addison Schaffer, 4, daughter of Justin & Shannon Schaffer of Fort Myers
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19 Kid Approved Food
18 Books to Google
19 17 Things to do in August
20 Health & Wellness
28 Arts & Entertainment
30 4 - August 2021
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Preschools & Child Care Educating our children in 2021-2022
All Aboard Preschool
Enroll Now for fall VPK! All Aboard Preschool has open enrollment for all ages 4 weeks through 12 years old. We are a certified VPK Provider. We offer a full curriculum that provides the finest early learning experience for all age children. We also offer before and after school and holiday camps for school age children. 1918 SE Santa Barbara Place, Cape Coral www.allaboardonline.com 239-574-5220 6 - August 2021
All programs are developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory, multi-dimensional, sequential, and provide for socialization. Our curriculum is also aligned with the Florida Early Learning Standards. Open door policy for parents. 13 months through PreK. Priority Daycare VPK participant. Our program is planned to develop each child’s sense of self worth, provide a wide range of experiences which will form the basis of future learning in all areas of the elementary school curriculum, provide an environment in which children are cared for and loved. www.bobbienoonans.com 8560 Crystal Ct., Fort Myers • 239-939-2255 1217 Cape Coral Pkwy, Cape Coral • 239-945-3366 (infant-preK) 3528 SW 3rd Ave., Cape Coral • 239-945-7001 Family News
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Preschools&ChildCare The Children’s Learning Center
Family focused and devoted to quality early childhood education, The Children’s Learning Center is a nationally accredited program operated by Child Care of Southwest Florida. The new 5,064square-foot facility enrolls children from infants through pre-kindergarten, as well as an after-school program for students up to 8 years old. Our child-centered classrooms encourage learning through play, helping children make sense of their world. The Children’s Learning Center is open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free morning VPK. www.ccswfl.org 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers 239-267-1136
Zion Early Learning Center
Our school specializes in early childhood development, prioritizing our relationships with each family in meeting the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of each child in our care. Programs for children ages 18 months – 5 years. In addition to swim lessons, music programs, computers, taekwondo, dance classes and flexible schedules both part time and full time, we are the only school in Southwest Florida to offer a Full Spanish Immersion Program. APPLE Accredited! 12211 Towne Lake Dr., Fort Myers 239-332-1900 www.brownacademy.net
Cape Coral Parks & Recreation
The City of Cape Coral offers safe, fun and educational child care for children ages 4-5. Our age appropriate rooms are full of educational fun for our Voluntary Pre Kindergarten program for those children who are four years of age on or before Sept. 1. Monday-Friday: 9:00am-12:00: Free VPK Lunch included. VPK Wrap Around Care Monday-Friday: 6:45am-6pm: $90 Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Included located near Sun Splash Water Park 239-242-3965 8 - August 2021
Crestwell Higher Learning
Crestwell is an accredited private school with professional staff and degreed teachers. Our programs provide an academic curriculum for children from three years old through eighth grade. Hands on classes include: art, music, computer lab, character education, Spanish, library, reading/language arts, math, social studies, steam, exploration and discovery, along with organic outdoor gardening and science. At Crestwell, your child will be known, loved, and challenged. Crestwell School is a Florida not for profit 501(c)3 organization. www.crestwellschool.org 1901 Park Meadows Drive Fort Myers 239-481-4478
The Community Children’s Center
Child Care of Southwest Florida’s The Community Children’s Center is one of the few nationally accredited child care centers in Lehigh offering a low staff-to-student ratio. Our highly trained teachers and staff encourage children to be independent thinkers and work to form strong partnerships with parents. Our goal is to provide the best early learning experience and prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond.We care for infants up to 8 years old from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering free morning and afternoon VPK classes for 4 year olds. www.ccswfl.org 1260 Wings Way, Lehigh Acres 239-369-2220
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Preschools&ChildCare Foundations Early Learning Center
We provide a nurturing, safe, faith-based foundation that enriches each child Spiritually, Socially, Emotionally and Academically. Full Time: 6:30 am – 6:00 pm. Ages 1yr to 4/5. VPK for 4 year olds. Small class sizes and Snacks/Lunch Included. 4118 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral www.capecoralfirst.org 239-542-0122
Garden Haus Academy
GardenHaus Academy is now accepting enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year! Our mission at GardenHouse is to provide an exceptional learning environment where children’s minds can grow intellectually, physically, and emotionally. We provide care from ages 6 weeks through 5 years in the preschool program, and ages 5-13 in our afterschool program. In addition, we provide Taekwondo enrichment classes to ages 2 and up! Come join us for an incredible year ahead. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 18011 S Tamiami Trail #22, Fort Myers www.gardenhausacademy.com 239-437-7100
Growing Room Child Development
Growing Room Fort Myers and Growing Room Bonita Springs opens the door to a secure, quality, fun and nurturing educational environment based on a balanced partnership with parents. We are proud to offer a Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) “wrap-around” program for preschool children age 4, as well as in depth programs for all ages from infants through preschool. Our VPK program focuses on reading, writing and social skills and prepares children for Kindergarten. We also offer a school-age after school program with planned daily activities as well as homework assistance. www.GrowingRoomChildDevelopment.com 25151 Bernwood Drive, Bonita Springs 239-495-0045 8950 Gladiolus Road, Fort Myers 239-466-6646
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Cape Coral Parks & Recreation
Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center
Providing reliability and flexibility for the 21st century parent who may work a non-traditional schedule, we care for children 1 to 8 years old and are open 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Operated by Child Care of Southwest Florida and located near Page Field, this unique and exciting nationally accredited center offers community gardens and a natural playscape. Teachers facilitate learning by allowing children to plan their explorations, building early literacy, language, math and science skills through play. We provide free, nutritious meals and offer VPK. www.ccswfl.org 4650 Fowler St., Fort Myers 239-278-1148
P.A. Geraci Child Development Center
Child Care of Southwest Florida’s P.A. Geraci Child Development Center is a nationally accredited center dedicated to providing the best educational program and a safe, loving place for children and their families. We empower children by helping them develop, refine and expand knowledge, skills, language and social competence. We care for infants through 8 year olds, morning and afternoon care and offer free VPK for 4 year olds. Family style nutritious meals and snacks provided for free. Open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.ccswfl.org 3713 Canal Street, Fort Myers 239-337-4995
Wellington Academy has been serving Lee County families for over 35 years. We are the providers of quality child care for children ages birth through VPK. Our qualified staff are here to help your child navigate the new modes of learning. Our schools are nationally accredited and Gold Seal approved. Voted by parents as the Best Preschool in the 2011 Parent’s Choice awards, 2015, 2016 & 2016 Best of SWFL Recipients! Our VPK program has been extremely successful in fully preparing students for Kindergarten and beyond. Wellington Academy’s Kindergarten Readiness Rates have been in the top 5% in Lee County for the last 5 years. Our VPK program offers a safe well-equipped classroom environment for your child while focusing on all of the Kindergarten readiness standards. Our schools are conveniently located near your home and work place to serve you better. Call or stop by today to reserve a spot for your child in our programs! www.wellingtonacademyschools.com. Fort Myers, 5244 Ramsey Way • 239-275-8818 North Cape Coral, 1024 SE 10th St. • 239-574-8818 South Cape Coral, 4412 SE 15th Ave. • 239-549-8818
Zion Lutheran Early Childhood Center
The mission of Zion Lutheran Early Childhood Center is to support families and help young children grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18) by nurturing their spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development (Proverbs 22:6) and equipping them to share the love of Christ with others (Mark 16:15). Program Goals: Children develop a personal relationship with Jesus, their Savior; Prepare children socially and emotionally for kindergarten; Set a solid foundation for self-discipline; and Set groundwork for life-long interest in academic learning and problem solving. A Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and School Readiness Provider, our fee schedule is available upon request. 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers 239-481-4040
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After School Options
USA Taekwondo Center
Cape Coral T.I.G.E.R.S. The Youth Center’s T.I.G.E.R.S. after school program is offered Monday through Friday from 2 - 6 p.m. for only $35 per week. Students will engage in homework assistance, daily exercise, sports and games and FREE busing is available from most schools. Extended care is offered until 8 p.m. for an additional $10/week. 315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral located near Sun Splash Waterpark 239-242-3965
Coast Elite Gymnastics
Ready to get your kids moving while having fun? Put Coast Elite on your back to school schedule. Our 12,000 square foot, air-conditioned facility is fully equipped with state of the art gymnastics apparatus. Highlights include in-ground foam block and Resi landing pits, 30ft. TumbleTrack training trampoline and 18’ climbing ropes. We offer preschool, recreational, and women's competitive gymnastics programs. USA Gymnastics National Team Training Centers. Also, offering cheer-based classes (tumbling and cheer basics for 5-18 year olds and boys classes. Check out our morning Open gym & Toddler open gym + our new Ninja fitness classes! 6360 Arc Way #1B, Fort Myers 239-936-8467 www.coastelite.com
Fort Myers Skatium
The Fort Myers Skatium offers an ice skating arena, an athletic gymnasium and a fitness center all under one roof! Bring the family because there is something for everyone to enjoy. On the ice side of the building we offer learn to skate, and learn to play hockey classes, recreational and competitive figure skating, and recreational and travel hockey for skaters of all ages and abilities. The Fort Myers Skatium provides a variety of athletic programs including basketball, indoor soccer and volleyball. 2250 Broadway, Fort Myers 239-321-7510 www.fmskatium.org
Lee Co. Parks & Recreation
The school day is done; time to join Club Rec. This program provides children an outlet to burn off the stress of the school day through organized games, activities, clubs, sports, crafts and homework time. Participants will learn the benefits of recreation, healthy lifestyles, teamwork and caring for/understanding the environment/nature. Club Rec expects children to participate in planned activities as well as maintain a steady attendance. This program is for children in second to eighth grade. www.leeparks.org
Xtreme League Martial Arts
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Jump into fall at Southern Starz Gymnastics. Our Little Starz gymnastics program is geared toward gymnasts 1 - 5 years. These Starz will focus on beginning gymnastics skills while having fun in our 11,000 square foot facility. We offer gymnastic classes, tumbling classes, boys gymnastics and competitive gymnastics. 915 SE 11th Place, Cape Coral 239-574-0034 www.southernstarzgymnastics.org Family News
USA Taekwondo Center
USA Taekwondo Center offers After School Program with transportation from local area schools. Students have supervised homework time and taekwondo class every day. We are open for a day camp on no school days and half days. Our center offers Taekwondo classes for ages 4 & up and we have classes for parents and adults also. Come in for a free trial class! For more info visit our website or call Master Kreis. 6251 Commerce Park Drive, Fort Myers 239-561-9470 www.UsaTaekwondoCenter.com
Xtreme League Martial Arts
XLMA’s Master Raphael Ruiz has been teaching the traditional Olympic style Taekwondo for over 25 years. Xtreme League offers an exciting After School program with the best instruction in SWFL. School Pick up, homework assistance, and arts and crafts as well. Come join our Martial Arts family! We are located in Bay Crossings Shopping Center. 26251 S. Tamiami Trail Ste 18, Bonita Springs 239-877-3738 or 239-287-4836 www.xtremeleaguema.com
After school programs at the Y keep kids safe, introduce them to new friends and activities and are focused on safety, health, social growth and academic enrichment. Children are placed in ageappropriate groups and take part in a daily rotation of activities that include homework time, arts & crafts, guest speakers, enrichment programs/specialty clubs, physical fitness activities, learning centers and much more. The Y also provides a nutritious daily snack. 27200 Kent Road, Bonita Springs 239-221-7560 www.BonitaSpringsYMCA.org 1360 Royal Palm Square Blvd., Fort Myers 239-275-9622 www.FortMyersYMCA.org
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The School District of Lee County 2021 - 2022 Instructional Calendar
14 - August 2021
Back-to-school sales tax holiday July 31 - Aug. 9 Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin July 31 and runs through Aug. 9. During this period, no sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item, or on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and computers and certain accessories selling for $1,000 or less per item, when purchased for non commercial or personal use. For a complete list of qualifying items, visit online at floridarevenue.com/backtoschool
Open houses set for Lee County schools AUGUST 4
Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Varsity Lakes Middle School, 5 - 7 p.m
Orangewood Elementary School, 4 - 6 p.m. North Fort Myers High School, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Cypress Lake High School, 6 - 8 p.m.
How to register children for Lee County public schools Registering by Email
• Please include your child’s full name in the subject line. • Due to email size limitations paperwork may be split into multiple emails. Send registration paperwork, registration form, enrollment form and records release form to student email@example.com
Registering in Person
• One family member only (students do not need to be present), mask required, capacity in waiting area is limited, social distancing is practiced. Located at 2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers - Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed 12 to 1 p.m.)
Step 1 (Registration)
Registration and enrollment into The School District of Lee County is a two-step process. • Registration requirements include: child's birth certificate, child's immunization record, child's wellness physical (dated within one year)*, child social security card (option), parent photo ID, proof of current address (recent utility bill or lease), custody documents if applicable. • Enrollment is based on residential zone/sub-zone. Student Enrollment application to be completed once residential address is confirmed.
Step 2 (Registration)
Download and complete the Student Registration Form (Required for ALL Students)
For more info, visit www.leeschools.net Family News
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This is the robotics kit that enables a young engineer to assemble a pair of boxing robots. Its 600 interlocking pieces snap together to form a pair of nearly identical 12"-tall robots that balance on a set of tires and throw jabs and uppercuts. Ages 8 and up.
Hexbug Vex Robotic Boxing Bots www.hammacher.com
GIDGETS, GADGETS AND GIZMOS!!
Explore the world of science by creating your own mini ecosystem with this terrarium kit for kids! During the day, when the terrarium is in full light, it soaks up light for the plants and also soaks up light in the glow stickers to make them shine at night.
Grow & Glow Terrarium 16 - August 2021
Honeysticks beeswax crayons and soy/beeswax bath crayons are handmade in New Zealand from 100% natural raw ingredients and non-toxic food grade pigments. Honeysticks Bath Crayons come in 7 colors that children of all ages will love using in the bath to explore their creativity and harness their imagination.
An update to the classic Micro Scooter, this model has an adjustable handlebar height allowing the scooter to grow as your child grows and is suitable for children aged 2-5 years old.
Micro Scooters Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter www.amazon.com
Rainbow colored, flexible, completely portable piano with 49 standard keys. The keyboard features multiple keyboard tones, demo songs, realistic sounds and a record playback feature. It can be powered by usb cord, included or 4 AAA batteries
Rock & Roll it Out Rainbow Piano www.macys.com
Everyone loves sprinkles, and now they're easier than ever to use for fun, creative artwork! The Crayola sprinkle art shaker is a portable art set that allows kids to decorate line art or blank paper—with less mess.
Crayola Sprinkle Art Shaker www.amazon.com
Meet the new Baby Shark Fingerlings! Magic Motion Sense allows you to move him in a wave-like motion to hear him splash around and break into the Baby Shark song! Responds to sounds, motion, and touch!
Baby Shark Fingerlings www.walmart.com
The world's first dodgeball card game! Try to collect matching sets of cards faster than your opponents while simultaneously ducking, dodging, and throwing squishy airborne burritos.
Throw Throw Burrito www.target.com
Warmies make the perfect bed time companion and are gently scented with lavender for a perfect night’s sleep. Follow the directions and pop them in the microwave to make them warm, cuddly and softly fragranced with lavender.
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Lemonade Cookies 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions: •Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Place parchment paper on baking sheet. •Using a mixer, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. •Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined. •Add Lemonade powder and coloring gel to create a nice yellow color. Mix well. •Blend in the dry ingredients, knead the dough together. •Add chopped strawberry licorice bits •Roll dough into balls and place on baking sheet. •Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are set. •Slide parchment paper onto a cool counter and allow cookies to cool right on paper.
1 cup of chopped Twizzler Strawberry Licorice
1 large egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 packet (0.23oz.) Kool Aid Lemonade Yellow food coloring gel 2 3/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
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Nerdy Birdy Tweets Nerdy Birdy and his best friend, Vulture, are very different. Nerdy Birdy loves video games, but Vulture finds them BORING. Vulture loves snacking on dead things, but Nerdy Birdy finds that GROSS. Luckily, you don’t have to agree on everything to still be friends. One day, Nerdy Birdy joins Tweetster, and the friend requests start flying in. Vulture watches as Nerdy Birdy gets swept up in his new friendships, but when she finally gets angry, Nerdy Birdy knows just what to do to make things right.
Bug Soup It Began with Lemonade This imaginative, colorful tale of making (and selling!) lemonade from life's lemons is not too sour and not too sweet.
Mrs. Hoop makes the soups for all the animals at her local zoo. Today, Mrs. Hoop received a super large soup order, but she's lost her "Soup List"! Can you help Mrs. Hoop match each pot of soup with the correct animal?
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish Get ready for some more fishy fun! After Tom rescued Frankie the goldfish from his big brother Mark's toxic science experiment by zapping him back to life with a battery, Frankie some how became a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with dangerous hypnotic powers. Fortunately, Tom has won Frankie's trust, and together with Tom's best friend Pradeep, they team up to thwart Mark's Evil Scientist plans.
I Love You Stinky Face
Even if her little boy were an alligator or a super-smelly skunk, this mother would love her child unconditionally. Share this magical book with the Stinky Face in your life! The first in the popular Stinky Face series! Family News
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August Things to do
Sun - 1
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers Through August 1, 5 & 6 There are two sides to every story and when the Big, Bad Wolf takes the stand in Piggsylvania’s Trial of the Century, his voice is finally heard. Will the pigs’ splashy puppet show make a puppet out of justice or is the wolf’s catchy song and dance about a sneeze gone wrong all razzle-dazzle? $19 For Kids of all ages. Includes lunch and show. 239-278-4422 Failure: A Love Story By Philip Dawkins The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers August 1, 8 at 2 p.m. & August 5, 6, 7 at 8 p.m. A whimsical comedy with musical elements, we follow the three Fail sisters, their brother, and a man named Mortimer Mortimer in 1928 Chicago. By the end of the year, all three Fail sisters will die unusual deaths. Sponsored By Lee County School District. 239-218-0481 Young Eagles Rally and Pancake Breakfast EAA Chapter 66 House at Page Field 5200 Captain Channing Page Dr, Fort Myers Sunday, August 1 • 8 a.m. The Young Eagle program is designed to introduce youth, ages 11-17 to general aviation. The Young Eagles first flight program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of our pilots and ground crew. The minimum age to fly is 11 years old. A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the waiver and be on-site during the flight. Children younger than 11 may participate in the instruction class and walk around the aircraft but they cannot fly. A pancake breakfast is also available for $6 per person – Cash only. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 20 - August 2021
Little Leapers - Baby Shark Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Sunday, Aug 1 • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. For children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448
Wed - 4
Little Leapers Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Wednesday, August 4 • 10 a.m. - noon Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. We welcome children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448
Thu - 5
Family Glow Party Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Thursday, August 5 • 6 p.m. A fun time filled with family music for even the youngest jumpers, hula hoop games, limbo and fun contests. 239-313-5448
Friday - 6
Fireworks Fridays CenturyLink Sports Complex 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers Friday, August 6 • 7 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the game to enjoy our Post-Game Fireworks! Mussels vs. Dunedin Blue Jays. www.milb.com Family News
Family Glow Party Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Friday & Saturday • 7 p.m. Filled with family music for even the youngest jumpers, hula hoop games, limbo and fun contests. Club Glow is from 9 p.m. - Midnight where the energy is targeted to the teens with dance contests, competitive races, top hit music and giveaways. 239-313-5448
Sat - 7
FOR 2021 - 2022
Little Leapers - Baby Shark Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Saturday, August 7 • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. For children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448 Grand Opening Celebration Robin Dawn Dance Academy 244 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral Saturday, August 7 • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Since we were unable to host a Grand Opening Celebration of our new location last year due to Covid we are excited to announce we are kicking off our 2021-2022 season with a grand opening event! Registration & studio tours will be available! FREE RDA T-shirt for anyone who registers during the event! Enter our raffle for your chance to win a FREE month of tuition, a ballet bar, or a tap floor! We hope to see you there! www.robindawnacademy.com 239-549-0827 GreenMarket Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Saturdays • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our outdoor farmer’s market is loaded with local produce, artisanal foods, edible and landscape plants, yoga on the lawn, live music, art, one-of-a-kind gifts, backyard farming workshops and all the good flavors and good vibes you can fit into your Saturday morning. Plus, there’s plenty of shade, camaraderie and community – the perfect setting to enjoy a bite and relax! Our weekly market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each and every Saturday, year-round and rain or shine. 239-939-2787
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Bark in the Park CenturyLink Sports Complex 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers Saturday, August 7 • 7 p.m. Saturday home games are for Bark in the Park! All fans are invited to bring their dog with them to the game! Mussels vs. Dunedin Blue Jays. www.milb.com
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Things to do Saturday, August 7 continued GreenMarket Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Every Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Our outdoor farmer’s market is loaded with local produce, artisanal foods, edible and landscape plants, yoga on the lawn, live music, art, one-of-a-kind gifts, backyard farming workshops and all the good flavors and good vibes you can fit into your Saturday morning. Plus, there’s plenty of shade, camaraderie and community – the perfect setting to enjoy a bite and relax! Our weekly market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each and every Saturday, year-round and rain or shine. 239-939-2787 Pizza Fest Street Fest Millennial Brewing 1811 Royal Palm Ave, Fort Myers Saturday, August 7 • Noon – 10 p.m. Free Pizza lovers unite! Millennial Brewing is bringing all the best pizza and pizza themed food trucks and local restaurants to Royal Palm Ave in Downtown Fort Myers for a block party celebrating the best food ever! Two bars, live music, bounce houses, axe throwing, and tons and tons of delicious food! 239-271-2255 STARS Back to School Expo STARS Complex, 2980 Edison Ave, Fort Myers Saturday, August 7 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Join us as we prepare our students to go back to school. This free event for the whole family! Looking for extracurricular activity, afterschool program, or find out the latest styles, trends and fashion accessories! We will have back-pack, prizes, and other giveaways, food and sweet treats. 239-321-7545 5th Annual TikiFest Fishermen's Village 1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Saturday, August 7 • Noon - 4 p.m. Vendors, music, dance and more. 941-639-8721
22 - August 2021
Summer Movie Express Minions & LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Regal Belltower & ScreenX, 13499 Bell Tower Dr, Fort Myers Regal Gulf Coast & IMAX, 10028 Gulf Center Dr, Fort Myers Tue. August 3 and Wed. August 4 • Noon Both movies play on all days. Tickets: www.regmovies.com
Sun - 8
Little Leapers - Pirates & Mermaids Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Sunday, Aug 8 • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. For children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448
Back to School Bash Cypress Lake United Methodist Church 8570 Cypress Lake Dr., Fort Myers Sunday, August 8 • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Join us for a fun, FREE night for the entire community! The first 250 students in attendance will receive a free bag of school supplies to help kick-off the school year! In addition, there will be inflatables, games, music, and even food trucks on site to purchase a delicious meal or snow cone! 239-482-1250
Wed - 11
Little Leapers Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Wednesday, August 11 • 10 a.m. - noon Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. We welcome children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448 Bulletproof Backpack Florida Repertory Theatre Conservatory Historic Arcade Theatre 2267 First St, Fort Myers August 11 – 15 at 7 p.m. and August 14 & 15 at 2 p.m. Features a cast of local teens and young professionals. Bulletproof Backpack began as a student driven social conflict project creating a platform for students to research, discuss and interview our local community on the subject of gun violence in our schools. The play is an intertwining of student feedback and interviews with fictional characters who beg for answers and continue to pose the question; “How can I feel safe in our schools?” Tickets are available online and through the Box Office for $25 and $20. www.FloridaRepEducation.org 239-332-4488.
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Thu - 12
Family Glow Party Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Thursday, August 12 • 6 p.m. A fun time filled with family music for even the youngest jumpers, hula hoop games, limbo and fun contests. 239-313-5448
Fri - 13
Sea Turtle Talk Lovers Key State Park 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach Friday, August 13 • 10 a.m. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the fascinating life-cycle and journeys of the marine turtles that visit Lovers Key each summer. Learn about their nesting behavior and find out what you can do to help protect them. Reservations are required. 239-463-4588. Regular entrance fees apply. The Diary of Anne Frank Fort Myers Theatre, 16120 San Carlos Blvd. #5, Fort Myers Aug. 13, 20 and 27 at 7 p.m. Aug. 14, 21 and 28 at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” 239-323-6570 www.ftmyerstheatre.com Family Glow Party Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Friday & Saturday • 7 p.m. Filled with family music for even the youngest jumpers, hula hoop games, limbo and fun contests. Club Glow is from 9 p.m. - Midnight where the energy is targeted to the teens with dance contests, competitive races, top hit music and giveaways. 239-313-5448 Family News
Now Enrolling for Fall 2021-2022 School Year!
• Toddlers • Pre-School • Pre-Kindergarten • Spanish Immersion • Private Kindergarten
• Enrichment Programs • Summer Camp • Formal Swimming Lessons • Extended Hours
12211 Towne Lake Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33913 239-332-1900
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Things to do
Blippi The Musical
Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero Sunday, August 8 • 2 p.m.
Blippi The Musical brings the energetic and loveable character Blippi off the screen and onto the stage with world-class production, audience engagement and amazing music. Children from the ages of 2 to 7 years old across the world have quickly taken a liking to Blippi’s charismatic personality and innovative teaching lessons! In the Live show they will continue to learn about the world around them while singing and dancing along with this one of a kind show. 239-948-7825
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Little Leapers - Pirates & Mermaids Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Saturday, August 14 • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. For children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448 Just for Fun Dog Show Rotary Park 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral Saturday, Aug 14 • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bring your dogs and join in the fun or just come to watch this pawsome, entertaining event! Register in advance or the day of the show beginning at 9 a.m. This event will be held outside, on the east side of the Rotary Park building. Show starts at 10 a.m. 239-549-4606
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Nature Explorers! Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium 3450 Ortiz Ave. Fort Myers Every Saturday, 9-11 a.m. Join us for a drop-off environmental education program series that focuses on specific lessons to inspire students to connect with nature through interactive guided hikes, planetarium shows, environmental arts and crafts, and interactive role playing games and activities. $10 per person, ages 5-11. 239-275-3435 Little Leapers - Paw Patrol Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Sunday, August 15 • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. For children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448 24 - August 2021
Mon - 16
Guys and Dolls Jr. Auditions Fort Myers Theatre, 16120 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Monday, August 16 - Schedule a time Guys and Dolls JR. follows gambler Nathan Detroit as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married. Guys and Dolls JR. takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong. 239-323-6570
Wed - 18
Little Leapers Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Wednesday, August 18 • 10 a.m. - noon Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. We welcome children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448
Thu - 19
Auditions for Fame Jr. Fort Myers Theatre, 16120 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Thursday, August 19 • 6 - 8 p.m. Auditions for ages 10 - 18. To sign up for an audition, ftmyerstheatre.com/fame-jr/. Set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts in the early 1980s, Fame JR. is the bittersweet, but ultimately inspiring, story of a diverse group of students who commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today. 239-323-6570
Family Glow Party Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Thursday, August 19 • 6 p.m. A fun time filled with family music for even the youngest jumpers, hula hoop games, limbo and fun contests. 239-313-5448
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Walk on the Wild Side Lovers Key State Park 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach Friday, August 20 • 10 a.m. Join a Park Ranger for a guided hike along our Black Island Trail. Learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock. Do some bird watching, and maybe learn a little local history. Reservations are required. 239-463-4588. Regular entrance fees apply. Family Glow Party Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Friday & Saturday • 7 p.m. Filled with family music for even the youngest jumpers, hula hoop games, limbo and fun contests. Club Glow is from 9 p.m. - Midnight where the energy is targeted to the teens with dance contests, competitive races, top hit music and giveaways. 239-313-5448
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Little Leapers - Paw Patrol Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Saturday, August 21 • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. For children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448 Family News
Library Storytimes Are Back!
Superhero Street Party Millennial Brewing Co. 1811 Royal Palm Ave, Fort Myers Saturday, August 21 • noon - 10 p.m. Calling all Superheroes!!! Join us for family friendly street festival with food trucks, themed vendors, cosplayers, bounce houses, axe throwing,and more. Free entry, free parking and always tons of fun for all! 239-271-2255
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Little Leapers - Trolls Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Sunday, August 22 • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. For children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448
For ages 18 - 36 months and caregivers. Toddlers and caregivers move and groove to stories, music, rhymes and activities during this interactive storytime that builds language and motor skills. Space is limited. Fort Myers Regional Library 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 24, 31
East County Regional Library 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 24, 31
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 10 & 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25
Lakes Regional Library 11 a.m. Mondays, Aug. 23, 30
Northwest Regional Library 10:30 & 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25
For ages 3 - 5. Preschoolers develop school readiness skills through books, rhymes, songs and movement. while parents wait nearby in the library building. Space is limited. Fort Myers Regional Library 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25
Lakes Regional Library 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 11 a.m. Mondays, Aug. 23, 30
Northwest Regional Library 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26
Family For children through age 5 and caregivers. Families with young children enjoy a variety of stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities designed to promote and reinforce literacy and language development. Registration is required. Space is limited. Bonita Springs Public Library 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26
Northwest Regional Library 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27
Pine Island Public Library 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 24, 31
Lakes Regional Library 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25
Riverdale Branch Library 110 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27
North Fort Myers Public Library 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25
South County Regional Library 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 24, 31 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26
Registration Required 239-479-4636 Family News
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Fishing Clinic Lovers Key State Park 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach Tuesday, Aug 24 • 10 a.m. Join a Park Naturalist to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida. You might even learn a few of the “secrets” our local fishermen swear by. Reservations are required. 239-463-4588. Regular entrance fees apply.
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Little Leapers Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Wednesday, August 25 • 10 a.m. - noon Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. We welcome children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448
Thu - 26
Family Glow Party Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Thursday, August 26 • 6 p.m. A fun time filled with family music for even the youngest jumpers, hula hoop games, limbo and fun contests. 239-313-5448
Fri - 27 Walk on the Wild Side
Lovers Key State Park 8700 Estero Blvd., Ft Myers Beach Friday, August 27 • 10 a.m. Join a Park Ranger for a guided hike along our Black Island Trail. Learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in the area. Reservations are required. 239-463-4588. Regular entrance fees apply. August 2021 - 25
Things to do Friday, August 27 continued Family Glow Party Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Friday & Saturday • 7 p.m. Filled with family music, hula hoop games, limbo and contests. Club Glow is from 9 p.m. - Midnight where the energy is targeted to the teens with dance contests, competitive races, hit music and giveaways. 239-313-5448 Fireworks Friday CenturyLink Sports Complex 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Ft Myers Friday, August 27 • 7 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the game for our post-game firework show! Mussels vs. Bradenton. www.milb.com
Sat - 28 Bark in the Park
CenturyLink Sports Complex 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Ft Myers Saturday, August 28 • 7 p.m. Each home Saturday game come out to the ball park with your furry friend. Mussels vs. Bradenton. www.milb.com
Little Leapers - Trolls Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Saturday, August 28 • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. For children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448
Baby Rhyme Time
Sun - 29 Little Leapers - Ice Cream Social
Sky Zone Trampoline Park 14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Sunday, August 29 • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. For children 5 years old and under. 239-313-5448
Like us on Facebook Bonita Springs Public Library 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. Mondays, Aug. 23, 30 Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Aug. 23, 30 North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, N. Fort Myers 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26
For babies up to 18 months. Babies and caregivers wiggle and giggle to stories, action rhymes, and songs while building early literacy skills in a supportive environment. Space is limited. Arrive early and visit the children's desk to check in. First come, first served. 239-479-4636 26 - August 2021
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Back to school safety By Lt. Gregory S. Bueno, Florida Highway Patrol Welcome back to school, Southwest Florida! This coming 2021-2022 school year is probably the most anticipated start of a school year…EVER! After a year of many changes and adjustments to our way of life, exciting times are now upon us as school is soon to be back in session. Students will soon be devoting their full, in-person attention to all things academic, while teachers will be busy planning their days and setting classroom goals. School hallways will be filled with sounds of lockers closing, laughter, and feet scurrying to classrooms, and athletic fields will be used to help further develop student work ethic, team unity, and school pride. As we prepare our community and families for this wonderful, long-awaited school year, we must also remind ourselves of the importance of making good choices, serving as role models for our future drivers, and staying safe in our daily commutes and after-school festivities. Big yellow buses are back, making daily stops throughout southwest Florida, picking up and dropping off our leaders of tomorrow, as they patiently await roadside. Let's also remember many children will choose to walk, ride bikes, or perhaps ride to school in the family car. Now is the perfect time to reflect on your driving habits, refresh your knowledge of traffic laws, and engage in safety conversations with family and friends. Add these safety tips to your back-to-school checklist to help make this school year our safest ever.
• Assess driving habits. Remember, young passengers mimic what they see. • Hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, and mind on driving at all times. • When backing out of a driveway,
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walk around the vehicle to make sure no child is in the area, look directly through the rear window, and back out slowly.
• Be alert, especially around buses, bus stops, driveways, and parking lots. • Always stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. • Monitor your child's school bus stop and ensure they wait in a safe place away from the road.
• Seatbelts save lives and are required to be worn by all drivers and front-right passengers and anyone under the age of 18; however, we strongly recommend everyone, regardless of age, to buckle up. • Children under the age of five are required to be in a properly secured, federally approved child restraint device. • Children should be in the rear seats until at least age 12.
• All bicycle riders and passengers under age 16 are required to wear a
helmet. • Always wear a properly fitted helmet and securely fasten the strap. • Wear appropriate shoes (no flip flops or barefoot), bright colors, pay attention, ride in the same direction as traffic, stay as far right as possible, use bike lanes when available, and if desired, ride on sidewalks. • Closely monitor children riding anywhere in the vicinity of driveways or roadways.
• Use the sidewalk; if no sidewalk present, walk against the direction of traffic. • Be seen and stay alert. • Pay attention. Avoid wearing headphones so that you can hear the traffic and pedestrians around you.
• Make sure all children are out of the vehicle and accounted for before leaving. Put your purse or wallet in the back seat as a reminder to check. • Never leave a child unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle. Florida temperatures are hot and will rapidly increase in minutes, even if parked in the shade or with a window cracked. Family News
Physicians’ Primary Care opens new pediatrics office
Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida celebrated the public grand opening of its new San Carlos Park pediatrics office with an open house July 17 that included activities for children and special visits by the San Carlos Fire Department along with super heroes Spiderman and Iron Man. Free vision screenings and car seat inspections also were held at the office in the Preserve Plaza at 18070 S. Tamiami Trail, Unit 108. Children and their parents
had an opportunity to tour a fire truck from the San Carlos Fire Department, have their photos taken with the super heroes and have balloon animals made by Karito of Say It With Fun. The new office is situated to serve patients in Estero, San Carlos Park and the Florida Gulf Coast University area because of its easy access on U.S. 41. New patients are being accepted. Appointments can be made by calling PPC at 239-481-5437.
Emerson Farley and Brittany Farley at the July 17 grand opening celebration. photos by Susie Bennett
Nick Hadji and Greg Hadji at the grand opening. Family News
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Florida Rep presents Bulletproof Backpack Aug. 11-15 Florida Repertory Theatre presents Bulletproof Backpack by Eric Coble as part of the Education Department’s 20212022 Conservatory season. Conceived and directed by Florida Rep education director Kody C Jones, the new play runs Aug. 11 – 15 in the Historic Arcade Theatre and features a cast of local teens and young professionals. Tickets are $25 and $20. Bulletproof Backpack is a world-premiere co-commission with Oregon Children’s Theatre and comes from the same creative team behind 2018’s hardhitting new play for young audiences, Refugee. Conceived by Kody C Jones and written by Broadway playwright, Eric Coble, Bulletproof Backpack
began as a student-driven social-conflict project. It’s meant to create a platform for students to research, discuss, and interview the Southwest Florida community on the subject of gun violence in schools. Written with contributions from local students, the play intertwines student feedback and interviews into a fictional story where the characters seek to answer the most important question, “How can I feel safe in my school?” Performances in the Historic Arcade Theatre are Aug. 11 – 15 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 14 and 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at www.FloridaRepEducation.org or by calling 239-332-4488
Tatum Bates, Elizabeth Fleetham, Wedeler Lordeus, Danica Murray, Violet Mann, Bryce Hagan and Macy Magas in Florida Rep's Conservatory production of Bulletproof Backpack by Eric Coble. Photo by Joe Dafeldecker
New inflatable business opens Mary Lou and Chad Gamez-Shepard have started a fun, new party rental business for Southwest Florida. The Bounce House People is a licensed and insured LLC that services Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties. Imagine the fun of being inside the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca, C3PO and R2D2. Or going through an obstacle course and waterslide with the Avengers or a Disney Princess. The Bounce House People have custom built and licensed Star Wars, DC Comics, and Disney bounce houses for your kids and even the young adults who are still kids at heart. For more details, call 239-910-3336 or visit online at www.TheBounceHousePPL.com
PAW Patrol Live at Mann Hall Sept. 22-23
Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” an actionpacked, music-filled production. The PAW Patrol is back and on a roll in person and live on stage. Ryder and your favorite pups have been working hard to get back on the road and they are ready to roll to Fort Myers Sept. 22 and 23 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. In this production, the heroic pups from the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment and airing on Nickelodeon, embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure. Tickets for all three performances can be purchased at www.pawpatrollive.com or at www.bbmannpah.com. 30 - August 2021